Little room for CO2 in climate change, according to 24 July and Baylor University news 27 July 2009.

Chris de Freitas of Auckland University, NZ, along with Australians John McLean and Bob Carter, have studied records of lower atmospheric temperatures from 1958 to 2008 and found a strong correlation with natural phenomena including “internal climate-system factors including the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Pacific warming phenomenon and its cooling twin, La Nina” and “intermittent volcanic activity”. In particular they found temperature variations followed ENSO with a lag of about seven months. The researchers concluded: “The sequence of the lagged relationship indicates that ENSO is driving temperature rather than the reverse.” According to De Freitas the ocean oscillations account for about 80% of the temperature variation, leaving “little room for CO2” as the cause of recent climate changes.

El Nino and La Nina are also believed to have started in the late Tertiary period according to a report in Baylor University news, which says: “The Late Tertiary period is a crucial period in earth history because it represented warm weather conditions immediately prior to the development of extensive northern hemisphere glaciers. It is widely believed this period provides the best available analog for predicting climate changes associated with global warming that the world is presently experiencing.” Researchers at Baylor University have studied a recently discovered “sinkhole lake filled with well-preserved sedimentation and fossils that act as a good record of the Late Tertiary period from four million to seven million years ago” and found “patterns of recurring thicknesses, with repetitions that were four and 24 years apart.” Steven Driese, professor of geology at Baylor University explained: “The 24-year repetition corresponded to Hale sunspot cycles, which can influence weather conditions. The only known mechanism for the three-to-four year cycles is El Niño and La Niña variations in climate.”

Editorial Comment: It is no surprise these two studies show changes in the oceans having a major effect on climate. Water absorbs and holds most of the heat on earth. Therefore changes in the ocean and ocean currents will have much greater effects on the climate than gases in the air. Furthermore, in the air it is water vapour that holds most of the heat, rather than carbon dioxide.

The most profound changes in climate described in the Bible are associated with changes in the distribution of water. In the beginning the earth was surrounded by “waters above” placed there by God on the second creation day, and in the first world the ground (and all things growing on it) was watered by a daily mist. This produced a lush, fruitful, pleasantly mild environment. At Noah’s Flood there was a catastrophic change in the distribution of water, with masses of water falling from the sky and bursting forth from underground reservoirs. After 40 days and nights of atmospheric filtering by water, huge amounts of CO2 would also have been removed, all of which made for a massive permanent change in the water cycle and the arrival of extremes of seasons after the flood. Volcanic activity with huge amounts of gas activity that began with the breaking of the fountains of the deep to start Noah’s flood has also continued.

After the flood God promised that regular seasons (summer and winter) and times of heat and cold will continue until the world’s end. The world is still here and we will experience times of heat and cold brought about by large forces such as the sun, volcanoes and ocean current that mankind has no control over, but are tools in God’s hands.

Evidence News 5 August 2009

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