Guardian finally goes batshit crazy

100ppm CO2 causes this?

The global warming narrative is going nowhere, the public are more sceptical than ever of the outrageous claims of climate scaremongers, and the combined efforts of Climategate (I and II) and Peter Gleick’s recent Heartland deceptions have exposed yet again the rotten underbelly of consensus science.

So instead of taking stock and rethinking their approach, perhaps being more frank and open about uncertainties in the science or conceding that the science isn’t as settled as they like to pretend, the headbangers have gone even further, stretching the alarmism to even more unbelievable lengths in order to get people to listen, when in fact such a course of action will have precisely the opposite effect.

Alarmists have attempted to link “global warming” to other geological phenomena in the past (see “Earthquakes linked to “climate change for example) but this time the headbangers have outdone themselves with a string of exaggerations and scares to match the best in the business:

Could it be then, that if we continue to allow greenhouse gas emissions to rise unchecked and fuel serious warming, our planet’s crust will begin to toss and turn once again?

The signs are that this is already happening. In Alaska, where climate change has propelled temperatures upwards by more than 3 degrees Celsius in the last half century, the glaciers are melting at a staggering rate, some losing up to one kilometre in thickness in the last 100 years. The reduction in weight on the crust beneath is allowing faults contained therein to slide more easily, promoting increased earthquake activity in recent decades. The permafrost that helps hold the state’s mountain peaks together is also thawing rapidly, leading to a rise in the number of giant rock and ice avalanches. In fact, in mountainous areas around the world, landslide activity is on the up; a reaction both to a general ramping-up of global temperatures and to the increasingly frequent summer heatwaves.

Whether or not Alaska proves to be the “canary in the cage” – the geological shenanigans there heralding far worse to come – depends largely upon the degree to which we are successful in reducing the ballooning greenhouse gas burden arising from our civilisation’s increasingly polluting activities, thereby keeping rising global temperatures to a couple of degrees centigrade at most. So far, it has to be said, there is little cause for optimism, emissions rocketing by almost 6 per cent in 2010 when the world economy continued to bump along the bottom. Furthermore, the failure to make any real progress on emissions control at last December’s Durban climate conference ensures that the outlook is bleak. Our response to accelerating climate change continues to be consistently asymmetric, in the sense that it is far below the level that the science says is needed if we are to have any chance of avoiding the all-pervasive devastating consequences. (source)

It’s actually funny, really. The desperation is so palpable. There’s plenty more at the link.

Who would have thought that a planet that has survived for 4.5 billion years and allowed the evolution of myriad species of plants and animals, including humans, could be so vulnerable to increasing a harmless trace gas by 100 parts per million? Sorry, no one’s listening any more, and the more this kind of nonsense is spouted as “science”, and regurgitated by complicit media like the Guardian and Fairfax, the less people will take any notice.

(h/t Bolta)


  1. The author of the Guardian fantasy is flogging a book, according to WUWT. Cynical, isn’t it? Create a willing market of zombie children by feeding them fairy stories about the evil of humanity and the looming apocalypse in secondary school – as our “science” teachers have done over the past four decades – and clean up by spruiking any old pseudoscience text you like.

  2. “The reduction in weight on the crust beneath is allowing faults contained within to slide more easily” Setting aside for the moment how insignificant a few million tonnes of ice is compared to the hundreds of billions of tonnes of magma and the suns gravitational pull that combine to cause techtonic activity, the nearest large techtonic fault is hundreds of miles off the Alaskan coast, deep within the Aleutian trench (google it and check yourself) and makes up part of the fault line between the North American and Pacific techtonic plates. It’s not even under the mountains and glaciers. The Guardian is claiming that the removal of a few cubic kilometers of ice is enough to destablise a plate comprising almost a quarter of the planets surface and then they complain that people have stopped believing them.

  3. post glacial rebound

  4. It shouldn’t really be any surprise that the author of the article, Bill McGuire, a volcanologist, is a full-blown grand poobah alarmist, of the highest order.

    Some of Bills Global Warming books include:
    – Seven Years To Save The Planet
    – Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet
    – Global Catastrophes: a Very Short Introduction
    – A Guide to the End of the World
    – Apocalypse
    … start to get the picture.

    Bill is also a contributing author of the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

    The guy is an absolute nut-job and the stuff of children’s nightmares!

  5. Ian Somerville via Facebook says:

    Mental Certification is insufficient for these AGW Sheep.They can’t even reason or think for themselves!!

  6. Look at Alaska. Glaciers are growing in Alaska for the first time in 250 years. In May of last year, Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier was advancing at the rate of seven feet (two meters) per day Рmore than half-a-mile per year. And in Icy Bay, at least three glaciers advanced a third of a mile (one half kilometer) in one year.

    Oh, by the way. The Juneau Icefield, with its “positive values,” covers 1,505 square miles (3,900 sq km) and is the fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere. Rather interesting to know that Gore’s own source admits that the fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere is growing, don’t you think?

  7. Oh simon,

    If that’s not the best headline I’ve seen!! LMAO

    [REPLY – Glad you like it, but I didn’t invent it, sadly!]

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