Skip to comments.Now itís a Phytoplanktonic panic (Environmentalist Scare Du Jour)
Posted on 07/30/2010 2:40:25 PM PDT by Daralundy
Now its a Phytoplanktonic panic
Posted on July 30, 2010 by Anthony Watts
Borrowing a phrase from NSIDCs Dr. Mark Serreze, Phytoplankton are now apparently in a Death Spiral. See Death spiral of the oceans and the original press release about an article in Nature from a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, which started all this. Im a bit skeptical of the method which they describe in the PR here:
A simple tool known as a Secchi disk as been used by scientists since 1899 to determine the transparency of the worlds oceans. The Secchi disk is a round disk, about the size of a dinner plate, marked with a black and white alternating pattern. Its attached to a long string of rope which researchers slowly lower into the water. The depth at which the pattern is no longer visible is recorded and scientists use the data to determine the amount of algae present in the water.
Hmmm. A Secchi disk is a proxy, not a direct measurement of phytoplankton. It measures turbidity, which can be due to quite a number of factors, including but not limited to Phytoplankton. While they claim to also do chlorophyll measurements, the accuracy of a SD measurements made by thousands of observers is the central question.
From the literature: The Secchi disk transparency measurement is perhaps one of the oldest and simplest of all measurements. But there is grave danger of errors in such measurements where a water telescope is not utilized, as well as in the presence of water color and inorganic turbidity (source: Vollenweider and Kerekes, 1982). Ill have more on this later. Anthony
(Excerpt) Read more at wattsupwiththat.com ...
Ever wonder why you never stop hearing about studies finding GW responsible for everything from kidney stones to cannibalism? Explains MIT's Richard Lindzen: "It's become standard that whatever you're studying, include global warming's effects in your proposal and you'll get your (government) funding."
hot chocolate scares me ....I think it causes herpes
Next... Peak oxygen.
Don't give them ideas...
This is all BP, Sarah Palin and George Bush’s fault, respectively. BP put oil in the water that kills plankton. Sarah Palin’s husband catches salmon that keep the plankton population down, thereby causing them to overproduce. George Bush is friends with oil executives and eats salmon. So therefore he’s the most responsible, because he’s encouraging the oil companies to kill the plankton that are overpopulated because he’s encouraging Sarah Palin’s husband to kill the salmon. Therefore it’s all of their faults, but especially George Bush’s.
ROFL>>>>>what a list....
This, of course proves beyond all reasonable doubt that government is not even a god, let alone GOD!!! Since this is Sunday, I'll close this rant with "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!" How's that for a benediction on the whole subject??? Ha ha Ha!!!
I had better start stocking cases of beer.