Everything You Know About Paleo-Climate May Be Wrong

Source: GWPF

Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere’s climate. But the method — comparing the ratio of oxygen isotopes buried as snow fell over millennia — may not be such a straightforward indicator of air temperature. “We don’t believe the ice cores can be interpreted purely as a signal of temperature,” says Anders Carlson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison geosciences professor. “You have to consider where the precipitation that formed the ice came from.” –e-Science Earth & Climate, 25 June 2012

Unconventional gas reserves in Germany amount to trillions of cubic metres (cbm) and can be safely exploited if the right rules are in place, federal authorities said on Monday with the release of the first findings of an ongoing long-term study. The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) said between 0.7 trillion and 2.3 trillion cbm of the gas could be technically extracted. This is calculated as a 10 percent extraction rate they believe is achievable from the 6.8 trillion-22.6 trillion cbm of shale gas they have located in the country. –Vera Eckert, Reuters, 25 June 2012

Over the years, we’ve quickly run out of superlative adjectives used to describe game changing, paradigm shifting or simply huge shale plays. The only word that quickly comes to mind regarding the German shale estimates released yesterday are immense. One guarantee is that we’ll soon see the doubters, whingers and vested interest weighing in who will look down tell us that this discovery, which to put in perspective is larger than the Marcellus and Poland combined won’t actually change any games. I would also guess that Gazprom, looking to lose 40 years of exports to Germany with a present value of at least $16 billion, will be desperately trying to make them an issue. This changes everything for Poland, the UK, France and Europe.  It’s fantastic news, which guarantees some will attack it as much as some parts of the press downplay it. –Nick Grealy, No Hot Air, 26 June 2012

The Coalition’s energy reforms threaten the “beauty and tranquillity” of the countryside because they encourage National Grid to cover Britain with pylons, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned. –Rowena Mason, The Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2012

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