Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say.
The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically.
Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared.
Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: “Solar Minimum is underway and it’s a deep one.” … NASA scientists fear it could be a repeat of the Dalton Minimum, which happened between 1790 and 1830 — leading to periods of brutal cold, crop loss, famine … __ Source
The developed world is full of whining children, demanding to be coddled and protected by governments from every conceivable crisis or “apocalypse” under the sun — real or imagined. I wonder how the governments will protect these little neotenates from an ice age? More lockdowns, probably.
During Business Lockdowns, Pollutants are Down, But CO2 is Up
Climate scientists indicated that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a drop in emissions but that without structural change, they would be short-lived and have little impact on the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere that has taken place over decades.
Rob Jackson, head of the Global Carbon Project, told Reuters that… greenhouse gas emissions dipped in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis… __ Source
They were wrong about CO2 (but were not wrong about actual human-made pollutants such as NO2).
Shutdowns Reduced NO2 Pollution
NO2 is a real anthropogenic pollutant, which rises or falls in cities and industrial regions based upon human industrial activity and motor vehicle exhaust. The cause and effect of the rise and fall of NO2 is clear.
Stavrakou and her colleagues used satellite measurements of air quality to estimate the changes in nitrogen dioxide pollution over the major epicenters of the outbreak: China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran and the United States.
They found that nitrogen dioxide pollution decreased by an average of 40 percent over Chinese cities and by 20 to 38 percent over Western Europe and the United States during the 2020 lockdown, as compared to the same time in 2019. __ Source
But the rise and fall of CO2 is a far more complex matter, given the enormous magnitude of natural emissions of CO2 which are not dependent upon human activity. During recent COVID global lockdowns, CO2 levels did not decline. Why not?
The annual variations of the CO2 growth rate are not due to variations in fossil fuel emissions. Figure 3 shows the measured annual atmospheric increase of CO2 compared to the reported annual fossil fuel emissions. The ups and downs in the atmospheric increase are due to variations in the exchange of CO2 between the atmosphere, oceans, and land ecosystems. They are primarily due to small annual fluctuations of temperature and precipitation affecting photosynthesis and respiration on land. __ NOAA
The rise in average atmospheric CO2 from year to year is due to fluctuations of temperature — particularly ocean temperature trends which drive the massive ongoing release of CO2 from the world’s oceans. Ocean temperatures have been rising since long before human industrial activities revved up in the 1800s, leading to the conclusion that nature has a big head start in the great global warming sweepstakes.
No one knows how much of current rise in atmospheric CO2 is due to human activity. That is why “natural experiments” such as the global coronavirus shutdowns can be so interesting. If humans were stupid enough to allow governments to shut down anthropogenic CO2 production, they will discover the underlying direction of the cause and effect arrow connecting ocean/atmospheric temperatures to CO2 levels.
Cause and Effect: Temperatures and CO2 Levels
The graph below attempts to correlate temperature change with changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration. But the correlation was poor.
Correlations of decrease in Average worldwide temperature and volcanic activity are high.
Correlation of increase in average worldwide temperatures and El Niño events are high.
Correlation of atmospheric CO2 concentration and temperature increases are extremely weak or nonexistent. See Pearson Correlation analysis.
The total atmospheric CO2 concentration represented by the Mauna Loa, Hawaii Keeling curve shows an almost straight line degree of annual change from 337 ppm in 1979 to 408 ppm in 2018. The rate of change in annual anthropogenic global fossil-fuel carbon emissions is shown to be, in five year time frames, from 1979 to 1999, as follows; 1979-84 -89, 1984-89 +817, 1989-94 +169, 1994-99 +344, 1999-2004 +1,197, 2004-2009 +933. This shows that the Keeling curve reflecting total atmospheric CO2 concentration is not materially affected by annual anthropogenic global fossil-fuel carbon emissions. __ Source via
Over meaningful global climate time frames — millions of years — data from ice core samples suggest that temperature change leads CO2 change.
Global climate panic is a form of hysteria very much like COVID hysteria. If governments are allowed to pull the same kind of disastrous economic stunts for climate as they have pulled over COVID, modern nations are in big trouble.
COVID-19 Killed Like a Cold — It Killed the Old and Infirm, about 0.1%
Shutdowns are useless for protecting the public from a virus that is not going away, and kills roughly 0.1% of infected people — largely the elderly and infirm.
The virus hardly affects anyone—it has killed a maximum of 0.1% of the population in the very worst-hit locations. One-tenth of one measly percent.
… But on the other hand, more than thirty million workers in the US are unemployed. That’s about twenty percent of the number of full and part-time employees. And that job loss affects the entire household, not just the workers.
And that doesn’t count the loss of life from increased suicides and from delayed medical diagnosis and procedures. Nor does it count the fact that some 20% of the lost jobs are not expected to return. And we have calls to mental-health hotlines skyrocketing, and domestic violence through the roof. In a most ironic outcome, we have hospitals and doctors going bankrupt, and thousands of nurses being furloughed, because “non-essential” medical procedures are forbidden. Then there are the huge financial losses, both to the economy and to the government.
And in a beautifully circular process, we have trillions and trillions of dollars borrowed by the government to try to offset some of the damages that the government just caused … these lockdowns are far, far more destructive than the virus. The virus damage is short-lived, but we and our children will be paying for decades for our stupidity in killing the economy. __ WUWT
If the climate hysterics are allowed to take control of the economies of the world, the economic pain and suffering will be many orders of magnitude greater than any inconvenience felt from natural climate change. Needless to say, anthropogenic climate change is essentially undetectable against the massive backdrop of natural climate change.
The sun may settle the issue for us. But the whining wankers of the new millenium have only one tool for dealing with crises — hide in the closet and lock the doors.
Surprising distribution of CoV-19 disease across the US — half of US cases clustered in only 1% of US counties.