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Oh, Minty; you are such an ingénue. Know you not that your years of hard work and study are but naught when compared with Entropic man’s vast knowledge of things of which he has little understanding? Perhaps this: “If you could clearly explain which ocean changes you have in mind I might be able to suggest which control knob they relate to.” should have alerted you, with its pomposity and arrogance. We could go on:

Temperatures are rising…
Er… no, they aren’t.
… as are sea levels…
No, they are not.
Ice is decreasing.
Ah. Wrong again – but, that has never stopped EM pontificating on, convinced as he is that he is the fount of all knowledge, and those who have devoted their lives to a subject have a lot to learn from him about it.

Feb 17, 2018 at 8:03 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

EM, because a control knob to earn its name ought to be under somebody's control. Continental configuration isn't. It may be considered a factor, even a variable but not a knob.

Feb 17, 2018 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

golf charlie

Solar power should not be a problem in the Balearics, nor should desalination of seawater, using solar power, but...

...the Balearics have night and winter too. What is going to power all the night life on Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

Feb 17, 2018 at 6:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

EM I'm objecting to your gross misuse of a well known term. If you had changed to using continent configuration I would not have objected. After all closure of the Panama isthmus was sufficient to alter ocean currents and greatly affect global climate. However to stubbornly persist in using the term "plate tectonics" as a climate control knob was stupid.

Feb 17, 2018 at 6:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Supertroll

I am surprised by your strong denial of a fairly commonplace piece of geological thinking. There is a whole literature on the subject.

Talk to Paul.

Rhoda

Why should all control knobs only be under human control? Every knob on my list has been automatically adjusting global temperatures in response to geological, and solar changes for the last 4 .5 billion years.

Humanity has only been fiddling with three of the knobs (land use, albedo and CO2) for a few hundred years, artificially changing their natural settings.

Feb 17, 2018 at 5:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

stewgreen

Obvious I know - but ... I look forward to The Balearic Islands banning fossil fueled ferries and aircraft

Feb 17, 2018 at 1:24 PM | tomo

They get freshwater piped from mainland Spain. Electricity should be no problem.

Solar power should not be a problem in the Balearics, nor should desalination of seawater, using solar power, but...

Feb 17, 2018 at 3:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

EM I repeat: plate tectonics has nothing to do with climate. If you know about plate tectonics you would not have made such an obvious error. Perhaps you should revise your Plate Tectonics Ladybird book.

Feb 17, 2018 at 11:41 AM | Supertroll

Unless extensions of the Pacific Rim, Mid Atlantic Ridge etc are causing localised Arctic and Antarctic warming that Climate Scientists have mistakenly attributed to CO2.

Feb 17, 2018 at 2:52 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Yep @Tomo
obvious priority that should start soon.

YP : York Uni scientist claims to have found fungus enzymes that will break down wood into convenient fuel.
Is that oil/gas from wood ?

Feb 17, 2018 at 2:06 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

stewgreen

Obvious I know - but ... I look forward to The Balearic Islands banning fossil fueled ferries and aircraft

Feb 17, 2018 at 1:24 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Fridays Times : Balearic's politicians did a big press conference about the future of electricity in Ibiza/Majorca

"We will go from 3% renewables to 100% by 2050
And all car hire will be electric by 2035 and sales of new non electrics banned"

Hmm they already don't have enough homegrown leccy : Their mix is 3% renewables, 27% imports and 70% fossil fuels
They plan to close the main coal power plant in 2025

Yeh... A lot of off their heads on drugs people in the Balearics.

..You guys have seen that the Portuguese newspapers are reporting that Corbyn's new best friend the Portuguese homeless dead man, is actually an Angolan, who'd illegally re-entered after being deported twice, once after a sex attack conviction

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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