The Pliocene is coming to get you.
The shocking news is that the world cooled for 50 million years, then, just like that, two hundred years ago, humans stopped the cooling, and turned the global clock, or thermometer, whateveryoucallit, around. Now, unleash the disaster — by 2030 Earth is going to resemble the mid-Pliocene. So in just 11 years time, it will be like 3 million years ago. Apparently we are losing 250,000 years every year. Buy a solar panel now!
You think I’m joking:
Our future on Earth may also be our past.
In a study published Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million years. And it’s taken just two centuries.
By 2030, Earth’s climate is expected to resemble that of the mid-Pliocene, going back more than 3 million years in geologic time.
How bad was the Pliocene?
In the Pliocene, North and South America joined tectonically, the climate was arid, land bridges allowed animals to spread across continents and the Himalayas formed. Temperatures were between 3.2 and 6.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.8 to 3.6 degrees Celsius) warmer than they are today.
Look out for land bridges. Seriously, if you keep using coal power your only friends will be Australopithecus.
But worse is coming
It’s the Dr Who Hockey stick from hell. The Tardis is taking off.
By 2150, the Eocene will be upon us again:
Without reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, our climates by 2150 could compare to the warm and mostly ice-free Eocene, an epoch that characterized the globe 50 million years ago.
During the Eocene, Earth’s continents were packed more closely together and global temperatures averaged 23.4 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) warmer than they are today. Dinosaurs had recently gone extinct and the first mammals, like ancestral whales and horses, were spreading across the globe. The Arctic was occupied by swampy forests like those found today in the southern U.S.
Well, that’s it. A world full of primitive horses and swampy forests? And who wants our continents to be packed more closely together?
I wasn’t worried about climate change before but if the dinosaurs have to go extinct again, I think I’ll buy a Hybrid car.
What’s really scary is that some people think this is scientific work
This paper is a naked politicized plea for renewables with no scientific skerrick of merit, they have practically no data, junk resolution, and error bars bigger than the Roman Empire — and yet PNAS published it.
The basis of the 50 million year analysis are the same models that can’t even predict the cooling back in the 1970s.
Image created by Robert A. Rohde / Global Warming Art
All our ancestors survived this for millions of years, but we’re in uncharted territory:
All of the species on Earth today had an ancestor that survived the Eocene and the Pliocene, but whether humans and the flora and fauna we are familiar with can adapt to these rapid changes remains to be seen.
So life’s done this before, but this is new”?
Faster than we’ve ever seen?
The biggest flaw in this joke of a paper is that we have any meaningful idea of what speed the climate was changing at millions of years ago on a resolution remotely close to 100 years.
The accelerated rate of change appears to be faster than anything life on the planet has experienced before.
Shall we just phone up the old Eocene Bureau of Met and ask if they are really sure there was not a two degree rise from 17,580,100 BC to 17,580,000BC?
What are the error bars? Perhaps they were like Zhang et al 2017 who reported that their dating on Miocene carbon readings 21 Million years ago were “plus or minus 30,000 years”. Are temperature readings much better?
The numbers needed to analyze this stupendous era of history are mindboggling. There have been 500,000 centuries since the Eocene, yet these researchers are saying they know for sure that not one of half a million centuries warmed faster than today? Are we kidding?
This paper is so obviously a political activist sheet
Look, modelers who investigate 50 million years ago also find man-made storms, and dead people now:
“The further we move from the Holocene, the greater the potential that we move out of safe operating space,” says Williams, a faculty affiliate with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research. “In the roughly 20 to 25 years I have been working in the field, we have gone from expecting climate change to happen, to detecting the effects, and now, we are seeing that it’s causing harm. People are dying, property is being damaged, we’re seeing intensified fires and intensified storms that can be attributed to climate change. There is more energy in the climate system, leading to more intense events.”
“The obvious issue is that this guy has been doing this for almost 3 decades and is just making the climate worse. He should just stop…”
Somehow they need to strike a balance between fear and hope that is exactly like the one struck by the IPCC and every other registered climate scientist:
In their paper, the researchers try to strike a balance between alarm and optimism. On the one hand, Earth is headed into the unknown in our children’s and grandchildren’s lifetimes. On the other, life has long proven to be resilient. And, Williams says, in many places we are moving away from fossil fuels toward more sustainable and carbon-free energy sources. But more needs to be done.
Was the point of this study to understand our climate or to find a new way to scarify media stories? Do you need to ask? The researchers admit this was an exercise to train plebs to “think” about climate change with geologic analogs.
“We can use the past as a yardstick to understand the future, which is so different from anything we have experienced in our lifetimes,” says Williams. “People have a hard time projecting what the world will be like five or 10 years from now. This is a tool for predicting that — how we head down those paths, and using deep geologic analogs from Earth’s history to think about changes in time.”
Are we feeling patronized yet? Do you find it hard to predict five years in advance like Al Gore or Prince Charles does?
Some of this advertising was generated out of cosmetic surgery catalogues:
While not without their flaws, each of these models represents the best available data and state-of-the-art techniques.
Get ready, models that don’t work next summer can tell you Wisconsin “in the Eocene” will be warmer than Seattle:
The models showed these deep-geological climates emerging first from the center of continents and then expanding outward over time. Temperatures rise, precipitation increases, ice caps melt and climates become temperate near the Earth’s poles.
“Madison (Wisconsin) warms up more than Seattle (Washington) does, even though they’re at the same latitude,” Williams explains. “When you read that the world is expected to warm by 3 degrees Celsius this century, in Madison we should expect to roughly double the global average.”
US taxpayers paid for this wanton drivel:
THE STUDY WAS FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (DEB-1353896) AND THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION.
Do I have that grant right? $733,042. Sigh.
More warmist irrational fears,
Reviewed by more warmists, their peers,
Now claim that Earth’s fate,
Due to warming of late,
Is,to bring back the Pliocene years.
- K. D. Burke, J. W. Williams, M. A. Chandler, A. M. Haywood, D. J. Lunt, B. L. Otto-Bliesner. Pliocene and Eocene provide best analogs for near-future climates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018; 201809600 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809600115