The BBC has quite an interesting article on the history of air conditioning which inadvertently shows how deluded some assumptions, twisted by the belief in the carbon dioxide thermostat control knob, can be;
I’d happen to agree with many of the more zany ideas akin to a science fiction dystopia where we torch/nuke the atmosphere, in our modern crusade to ‘save the world’ or spray/seed it with manure ideas in the hopes it will solve the non problem of modest warming that our ancestors in colder epochs, when glaciers advanced, craved…but hey let’s call it a crisis
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Yes, let’s screw with a climate that we don’t understand because we are clearly Gods. Leaving geoengineering aside, the article does raise some interesting climate changes which of course go straight down the memory hole;
Long before CO2 reached the magical 1950 mark where anthropogenic forcing became the dominant cause of global warming we had erm global warming which reversed the glacial advance. The warming caused, amongst supply problems, ice famines;
Finally, in 1860 there was the first of four ice famines along the Hudson-warm winters that prevented the formation of ice in New England-creating shortages and driving up prices.
The Kennebec, along with the Penboscot and Sheepscot, was widely opened up for the ice industry, becoming an important source, particularly in warm winters, for the rest of the 19th century.
Fuelled by fossil fuels we have made great advances to enable us to inhabit hostile environments and make them more comfortable;
However ad the article nears its end we see a fine example of something the MSM love to hurl as far down the memory home as possible…Urban Heat Islands…which, between them and airports, is where we measure the temperatures that get the BBC in such a tizzy about.
It is not worrying news for climate change at all which will go on as it always has. Unless we can control our star or the oceans or indeed the water cycle (water vapour being the most important greenhouse gas) we are just King Canute against the tides – only Canute was not so arrogant to believe that he could turn the tide;
continuing to rise as usual [the tide] dashed over his feet and legs without respect to his royal person. Then the king leapt backwards, saying: ‘Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.
Alexander Pope (atrb.)
Whatever the cause, the imagery is stunning.