The Christianist authors of Earth Science 4th Edition, after achieving a crescendo of crackpottery, manage to dial it back down to nearly knowledgeable as they explain Short-Term Climate Change. They describe things like ENSO and La Niña in terms befitting a science text. But you can see them slipping when they devote a section to volcanism. All that ash! It cools the world!
Um. Actually. Ash is just a part of what causes cooling due to volcanic eruptions. But BJU writers can’t be bothered with little things like sulfur dioxide. They also claim forest fires and “large regional dust storms” can cool the climate like volcanoes. Forest fires in Northern latitudes may cool it a bit, but not because of ash – it’s because all those lovely dark green conifers are gone, which means snow’s free to reflect the sun’s heat, and it’s not like that’s going to reverse the upward trend in warming. If an area hasn’t got snow, even that bit of cooling is unlikely. And, of course, burning trees releases bunches o’ carbon, which ultimately leads to more warming. As for dust storms, sure, those dust clouds can reduce temps – but that’s neglecting the winds that, in some regions, bring warm air right back in. And if increased dust starts landing on snow, you get an increase in solar radiation absorption, and you’ve warmed stuff right up again. Continue reading “(Repost) Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education IV-E: Wherein there is a Climate of Jeer”
My dear delights, I’m sure you’ve been waiting with breathless anticipation for the results of our adventures of last week. I took our own Lousy Canuck over the mountains and through the woods, because when you get a sun break in some very stormy October weather while a Canadian is visiting, you damned well show them all the volcanoes you can reach.
It’s a bit fraught at this time of year, with some visitors centers closing unexpectedly and roads shut down. We didn’t get to see as much of Rainier as I would have liked. But we got a bit in. The volcano was even somewhat visible! Continue reading “A Selection of Delicious Mount Rainier Photos for Your Viewing Pleasure”
If you’re one of those wacky people who thinks the opinion of 97% of scientists counts for something, you may want to grab a stick, wrap it in leather or a leather equivalent, and place it between your teeth. One of those mouth guards for people who grind their teeth in their sleep would also work. A stress ball would help avoid damage caused by clenching hands. If you’re prone to pounding surfaces when frustrated to the point of apoplexy, please acquire a pillow or punching bag before continuing. Continue reading “(Repost) Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education IV-d: Wherein there is a Climate of Sneer”
We left our merry band of Creationists, so ignorant even other YECs can’t stand ’em, breezily ignoring all the sedimentary rock in previously-frozen wastes. Now we shall continue on while they butcher the rest. I hope you have hair. You’re gonna need some to pull out. If nature has blessed you with a pate that requires no shampoo, you may wish to glue some locks to your noggin. Don’t worry about having to acquire appropriate hair-care products: they won’t be there for long.
Now just imagine having to read this tripe repeatedly…
Remember the rule of headlines with a question in them. Answer’s actually probably not, actually. Head on over to Rosetta Stones to find out what the experts on my Facebook feed have to say about matters, and how to prepare just in case.
Not in Cali? That doesn’t mean you don’t need to do some earthquake prep! Check out the USGS seismic hazard map, and see where you fit in: Continue reading “New at Rosetta Stones: Should You Be Freaking Out Over the Recent California Earthquake Forecasts?”