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Standing Waves Climate Swings

Posted by on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

About a year ago I wrote a post about Fracking and the dangers of opening up a new fossil source of CO2. I also predicted that the societal and economic pressure to exploit this resource was probably going to surmount the warnings that the consumption of traditional carbons were likely to cause enormous climate change and sea level rise. The previous year has proved my prediction. Many nations are joining the bonanza. The scale of the reserve of shale is enormous and new fields are being discovered regularly. .
Sea level rise and global temperature rise is occurring but so far the floods in America, Thailand, Europe, China, Australia and elsewhere seem to be part of a pattern of extreme events that are in the recorded past. There has also been a discrepancy between the predicted global temperature rise and the actual recorded rate of increase since 1998. Climate change sceptics and some of those who perceive there to be an economic incentive to continue to invest political and fiscal capital in the current energy paradigm have used this deviation to delay investment and action. However, it should be no surprise that a complex system like the climate is behaving in a non-linear fashion.
Linear behaviour (or the smooth transition from one state to another) is actually the exception in nature. Earthquakes, economic booms and busts, and growth spurts in children are all examples of the tendency of systems to respond to long term pressure in jolts, arriving at a new resting energy state. Dr. Judith Curry illustrates the point beautifully in this paper on Eurasian sea ice. The implications are stark. We should expect the climate to change in waves, moving slowly and then suddenly changing into a new state. The geologic record shows that locales have moved from one type of landscape to another within a space of a few years and remained stable in that new state for thousands of years. The Sahara desert was once filled with a forested savanna in which humans swam and hunted big game for thousands of years – but for the last 5000 years it has been what we know now.
The underlining pressure on the climate to change is building, and the signs are there to see besides the rising levels of CO2. 2013 was the warmest year in the Atlantic on record. This is bad news for the productivity of the North Atlantic. Thermoclines created by the warmer water prevent the flow of nutrients to feed the marine plants at the base of the food chain. Incidentally, the overarching purpose of this site is to promote an invention by the author that surmounts the thermoclines and harnesses the potential energy. This reserve of energy in the North Atlantic will do more than change the species in the ocean and lower catches of cod. There are many climate faults that could break: The Greenland Ice cap, methane hydrates, melting tundra, and even earthquakes and volcanoes . One of these could cause the sudden change itself or trigger a cascade of events.
Switching to energy systems like the patent described in this site, which move us away from fossils fuels, has been urgent for more than a decade. Much potential energy has been put into the ocean and its full effects are yet to be felt.
The problem with sudden change is that the scale of the effort, the cost of the loss of property and infrastructure, and the number of simultaneous emergencies may push western society into chaos, at least for a while. For instance, the last time CO2 levels were at this level, sea level was around 25m higher than it is now. Let us imagine that this comes to its homeostatic level in a series of 2-3m pulses over the next 200 years: One every 20 years, sometimes none for 40-60 years – and then a big jump. An added factor is that the goal posts are constantly shifting: Emissions go up as more fossil fuels are burned, increasing the pressure on the environment to find a new and higher level.

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