Sunday, May 22, 2011
Iceland Volcano "Under Largest Glacier in Europe"!
BBC News Europe reports that a volcanic eruption in Iceland, underneath Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull , forced international flights to divert south of the north Atlantic island as an ash plume rose to 50,000 feet (15,240 meters).
Julia Gillards climate lapdog Chris "no proof needed I'm a scientist" Flannery issued a report this morning that sea levels in Australia will rise by one metre this century and it is all the fault of us despicable humans!
Now do you think that a volcano erupting under Europes largest glacier, with a volume of 3,100 cubic kilometres, would have some effect on sea levels?
I think so.
Was this eruption caused by said despicable humans?
I don't think so.
Were you aware that in Hawaii, the Mauna Loa Observatory, where atmospheric CO2 is measured for most of the IPCC's climate models there is an active volcano just thirty miles from the observatory.
The volcano, Kilauea's Pu`u O`o, vent sends 3.3 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. That's enough to change local CO2 concentrations without producing the kind of SO2 volumes needed to have worldwide temperature effects. Pu`u O`o has been erupting continuously since 1983.
Since 2008 it has been joined by a second eruption even closer to the Observatory -- from Halema`uma`u Crater at the top of Kilauea.
Anyway back to the volcanic eruption, which, in eight hours belched more CO2 into the atmosphere then humans have in the last 10 years! And this is just ONE volcanic eruption.
Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, a spokeswoman for the Isavia civil aviation authority said: "We have closed the area until we know better what effect the ash will have."
The authority said Keflavik airport, the country's main hub, would remain shut for the rest of Sunday. But officials say the eruption is unlikely to have the same impact as Eyjafjallajokul in 2010.
However University of Iceland geophysicist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said this was Grimsvotn's largest eruption for 100 years, "much bigger and more intensive than Eyjafjallajokull".
Y'all have a GR8 day now and don't forget to take your daily dose of Julia &Bob's Climate Elixer Fixer.
It's designed to cloud your thinking and change your mind!