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The Last Deglacial Transition

March 21, 2012 by Tony Noerpel filed under Columns, Sustainable Planet No Comments
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“Although the current overall capacity for society to perturb the carbon cycle is comparable to that of the PETM [the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, 55 million years ago], the rate at which we are imposing the current perturbation on the Earth system may be unprecedented.” Ying Cui et al. [1]

“The last deglacial transition, although characterized by temperature and CO2-increase, is two orders of magnitude slower than the current anthropogenic change. It is also thought to largely represent a redistribution of carbon within the ocean and to the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere and hence did not have as potent or globally uniform an acidification effect as an input from geological reserves.” B. Honisch et al [2].

At a party a few weeks ago a friend identified himself as a moderate claiming to listen to both sides of arguments. I suggested that an issue like illegal immigration has no basis in the hard sciences and therefore on that issue at least a moderate view might make sense but that opinions on either side are likely ideological. I suppose there is a body of historic data or economic analysis but these are subject to cherry picking. Economic analysis is famous for being capable of deriving any desired result and history is a soft science. But the issue of anthropogenic global warming is different. Global warming is founded on hard science by experimentation, observation and analysis and has been developed using the scientific method and is therefore quite rigorous. Thus the truth is knowable with reasonably good approximation. I reminded my friend of Nobel Laureate Physicist Richard Feynman’s advice that science is what humans do to keep from lying to ourselves.

To deny global warming is to deny science itself and thus reality and consequently to slide down a slippery slope into a mind space where any inconvenient reality can be denied and all self-deception can be rationalized. Since AGW is an existential issue for the human race denial is a rather big lie and one cannot reasonably assume a denier isn’t also lying about everything else. And reality has to inform the moderate view else it isn’t moderate.

My friend said [3] “Wait a minute, Tony, there are compelling arguments. After all, the climate has changed in the past without human influence. Consider the ice ages.”

Like all denier arguments, this one is curiously nonsensical. This is easy to appreciate by using the same argument in a different the context. A cigarette smoker informs you that there is no reason for him not to smoke in bed because houses burn down from natural causes. Sure they do but the number one cause of fatal fires is still careless smoking [4]. The possibility of one does not rule out the possibility of the other. In fact, the study of natural house fires reveals just how flammable houses are and how sensitive they are to careless smoking and other human misbehavior. Another salient point is that the scientists, who study one cause, are the same ones who study the other. It is not the case that deniers study natural causes and climate scientists study only human causes. Climate scientists study both while deniers simply make stuff up.

I replied, “Seriously, John? That argument doesn’t make any sense even if you don’t know the science. But the science is that the transition from the depths of the ice age with ice a mile deep over New York to the mild Holocene when humans discovered agriculture and built cities was two orders of magnitude slower than what humans are doing to the climate now; two orders of magnitude slower.”

He looked back at me stunned so I repeated, filling the void, “Two orders of magnitude slower and yet the impact was that dramatic. Did your source forget to mention that not insignificant detail?”

The figure below is from a recent paper by Andrea Burke and Laura Robinson published in the journal Science [5]. The purple curve is a reconstruction of atmospheric carbon dioxide from ice core data stretching back from the last glacial maximum (LGM), 20,000 years ago through the Holocene to the pre-industrial era. I superimposed a box circumscribing the part of the curve which shows the fastest rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide during this time. Atmospheric carbon dioxide increased 30 parts per million by Volume (ppmV) from 17,300 years ago until 16,000 years ago or over a period of 1300 years at the beginning of the shaded Heinrich stadial 1 (HS1). This is equivalent to an average rise of 0.023 ppmV/year over the period of fastest increase. The increase during the Younger Dryas (YD) is almost as steep. Currently, human emissions are increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide by about 2.4 ppmV or one hundred times faster than the most rapid increase during the last deglaciation.


Figure is adapted from Andrea Burke and Laura Robinson [5]. The purple curve is the Atmospheric carbon measurements from arctic ice core records

Likewise the global temperature increased about 5 degree Celsius over thousands of years or by the same amount as the projections based on a business-as-usual path for human emissions for just this century [6]. I wanted to ask my friend who he thought was studying paleoclimate if not actual credible climate scientists. Did he think deniers were generating this science? In fact the study of past climate change, paleoclimatology, is of great interest to climate scientists who are desperately looking for analogous events to the current situation. This study will be a significant part of the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report [7].

A good recent example is a paper by Barbel Honisch and colleagues [2] which reviews climate change events of the past 300 million years and concludes that “Although similarities exist, no past event perfectly parallels future projections in terms of disrupting the balance of ocean carbonate chemistry – a consequence of the unprecedented rapidity of CO2 release currently taking place.” In fact the Permian Triassic extinction event, 252 million years ago may be the closest analogue but it was accompanied by an estimated annual carbon release of between 0.1 and 1 Gigatons per year compared with current human emissions which are 10 Gigatons per year. Yet the End Permian was the most severe of all mass extinction events, extirpating between 90 and 96 percent of all species [8]. We are emitting carbon ten times faster and combining that with a large variety of additional coherent misbehavior such as over fishing, mountaintop removal mining and over fertilization.

Meanwhile about global warming Senator Inhofe said on MSNBC last week in an interview with Rachel Maddow [9]: “I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this. I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost.” In other words, Inhofe decided to deny physical reality because it conflicted with his very bad economics. Demonstrating that he has gone well off the deep end, Inhofe has also said [10]: “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.” Obviously only God can change the climate and start house fires. So according to Inhofe we are all off the hook; liars, murderers, rapists, careless smokers, strip miners, coal companies, Wall Street bankers, corrupt senators, everybody because only God can do anything and if you think your activity has any significance at all, you are just too bloody arrogant. Some theology.

I find it curious that my friend, who is intelligent, would be skeptical of legitimate science while accepting unquestioningly utter nonsense from utterly unreliable people (I assume his source is the main-stream media). Why Inhofe rejects science in favor of nonsense is not nearly as mysterious when we consider that he has received over $1.3 million in campaign contributions from the fossil fuels industry [11]. Money talks and only God can take a bribe.

I’ve pointed out before that the Republican Party institutionally denies climate physics and therefore cannot be trusted on any issue, but heck don’t take my word for it. Ann Coulter [12] recently said: “I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party.” Dishonesty attracts them like flies.

Dear reader, the climate has indeed changed in the past in ways which have been quite dramatic and on a few occasions even resulting in mass extinctions. And yet the perturbations to the earth system, the forcing functions, have been one or more orders of magnitude slower than what we are doing now in many respects but we are also doing additional things which are unprecedented. What do you think the outcome is going to be? You may want to ask yourselves while looking at your kids and grandkids if Homo sapiens could survive a major mass extinction event, regardless of whether it was caused by God or by our own misbehavior.

And a moderate does not take counsel from con men and charlatans.

[1] Ying Cui, Lee R. Kump, Andy J. Ridgwell, Adam J. Charles, Christopher K. Junium, Aaron F. Diefendorf, Katherine H. Freeman, Nathan M. Urban and Ian C. Harding, Slow release of fossil carbon during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, Nature Geoscience, 5 June 2011 | DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1179

[2] B. Honisch, et al., The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification, Science, vol 335, 2 March, 2012.

[3] It would not have mattered if my friend had chosen any other denier argument as they are all pretty ludicrous. For a complete list with applicable debunking see http://www.skepticalscience.com/

[4] http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/urban.pdf

[5] Andrea Burke and Laura Robinson, The Southern Ocean’s Role in Carbon Exchange During the Last Deglaciation, Science, vol 335, 3 February 2012. See also Michael Kaplan, et al., Glacier retreat in New Zealand during the Younger Dryas stadial, Vol 467| 9 September 2010| doi:10.1038/nature09313

[6] James E. Hansen and Makiko Sato, Paleoclimate Implications for Human-Made Climate Change, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University Earth Institute, New York. See also the MIT study Sokolov, A. P., and Coauthors, 2009: Probabilistic Forecast for Twenty-First-Century Climate Based on Uncertainties in Emissions (Without Policy) and Climate Parameters. J. Climate, 22, 5175–5204. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2009JCLI2863.1 see also http://globalchange.mit.edu/pubs/abstract.php?publication_id=990

[7] J. Tollefson, “Forecasters look back in time”, Nature, vol 483, 15 March, 2012, also P. Valdes, Built for Stability, Nature Geoscience, vol 4, July 2011, and R. Zeebe, Where are you heading Earth?, in the same issue.

[8] Michael Benton, When Life Nearly Died, Thames and Hudson 2003, also Douglas Erwin, Extinction, Princeton, 2006.

[9] http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/03/16/446008/inhofe-maddow-global-warming/

[10] http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/03/12/442584/inhofe-arrogance-people-change-god-climate/

[11] http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00005582&newMem=N

[12] http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/03/15/445436/ann-coulter-gop-conservative-movement-has-problem-with-con-men-and-charlatans/

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Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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July 31, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Summer Camps

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August 1, 2014

38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, 20197
540.454.8639

The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers are offering two, fun summer camps!  If you've never clogged before, join us July 28 - Aug 1 for our Novice Camp.  Hours are 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you are an experienced clogger, join us Aug 4 - Aug 8 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for our Experienced Camp.  Ages 8 through adult.  $50 per camp.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Child Safety Day

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, 20175
USA

Saturday, August 2 from 12pm-4pm  FREE

Get up close to awesome rescue squad vehicles and cool interactive displays! Enjoy music, inflatables,  prizes and giveaways and more fun. Go to VillageAtLeesburg.com for full schedule.

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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August 2, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

Summer Saturdays

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August 2, 2014

Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd SE
Leesburg, 20175
USA
5712912288

Village at Leesburg presents a music concert series. Come listen to various artists on Saturday July 19th, Saturday August 2nd, Saturday August 9th, Saturday August 16th, Saturday August 30th, Sunday August 31st, and Monday September 1st at Village at Leesburg in Fountain Court. There will be performances by Paul Pfau & Connor Pledger (R&B former The Voice contestants), Julian Roso (Acoustic Pop), Todd Wright Band (Alternative Pop Covers), Poorhouse Rd (Americana Blues), Music Bone (Electric Rock/Jazz), Gina de Simone & The Moaners (Swing/Dance), AJ Sith & The Apollo (Indie Rock) on alternating nights. For the full music schedule please visit villageatleesburg.com

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View From the Ridge

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

3 Jun 2014

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future. On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh …

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Editorial

War Madness

25 Jul 2014

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The Dying Gaul By John P. Flannery In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war. It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. …

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Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

3 Jun 2014

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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building …

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Lifestyle

Susan Greenbaum to Perform in Middleburg

17 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Susan Greenbaum on Saturday, July 26 for the last of our four Saturday evening concerts in Middleburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Middleburg concerts are now held at the Middleburg Community Center baseball field, located at 300 West Washington Street. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and …

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Woodgrove High School Debate Camp

15 Jul 2014

Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art …

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Solas to Perform in Leesburg for Bluemont Concert Series

15 Jul 2014

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The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to present Solas on Sunday, July 27th at 7:00 PM for the fifth of six Sunday evening concerts held on the grounds of the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St. in historic, downtown Leesburg. All are welcome at these family-oriented events and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to …

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Wild Loudoun

Fireflies – Green Sequins Of The Night

3 Jul 2014

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I don’t usually start my Wild Loudoun column by sharing information about the scientific classification into which a given plant, animal or insect falls. But, in the case of the firefly, it’s too fun not too … Fireflies are part of an insect family known as Lampyridae … as in “lamp.” Of course they are, you say. Firefly larva – …

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Around Virginia

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines …

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Sports

Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Lady Vikings Claim District Lacrosse Title

3 Jun 2014

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley girls lacrosse team beat Woodgrove 10-7 on May 22 for the district championship. It was a hard fought victory and a long time coming as Valley had never beaten Woodgrove until this game, having narrowly lost last year’s district and regional Titles in the …

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Letters

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

3 Jul 2014

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force …

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

24 Jun 2014

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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has …

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De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

11 Jun 2014

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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia …

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