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It’s Nuts!

December 19, 2014

By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/12/19/claim-squirrels-cause-climate-change/

 

 

 

Now I’ve heard it all!!

 

According to researchers working on the Polaris Project in the Arctic, which aims to study climate change at the poles, arctic ground squirrels and beavers both contribute to carbon emissions by burrowing into the frozen soil to make their homes, churning up the soil. Faeces and urine from the rodents fertilises the soil, encouraging decomposition of biological material that had been locked in suspended animation by the frost, releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Nigel Golden, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin who took part in the project told the BBC that the ground temperature around the rodents’ burrows was higher than in the surrounding area. “’They are soil engineers,” he said. “They break down the soil when they are digging their burrows, they mix the top layer with the bottom layer, they are bringing oxygen to the soil and they are fertilizing the soil with their urine and their faeces.

“We saw an increase in soil temperature in the soils where the arctic ground squirrels were occupying. This is a major component. As that permafrost begins to warm, now microbes can have access to these previously frozen carbons that were in the soil. And because they mix the soil layers, they are being exposed to warmer temperatures.”

The arctic permafrost is estimated to hold twice as much carbon as is currently present in the Earth’s atmosphere. Climate scientists are therefore concerned that, if the frost melts, the carbon could be released, contributing to climate change. However, they concede that the squirrels are not able to melt the permafrost on their own. There is still a role for man in this climate catastrophe story.

“This is a larger story about wildlife impacts on carbon cycling, and how this may change as the climate warms,” said Dr Sue Natali, who led the Polaris Project.

 

 

I wonder how much grant funding they have received for this nonsense?

9 Comments
  1. December 19, 2014 11:47 pm

    Again they could get the picture right. They are known as “sik-sik,” and do not have bushy tails. There is no lush green grass in their habitat.

    http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/cae/col1111e.shtml

  2. Retired Dave permalink
    December 20, 2014 8:13 am

    I guess we can save the planet by killing all life on it – a bit drastic I know, but that is the precautionary principle for you.

    This is obviously one for the warmlist

    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm

  3. Joe Public permalink
    December 20, 2014 9:30 am

    I wonder if they fly out the p1ss & sh1t excreted by the research scientists and their entourage who have specifically travelled to remote locations simply to observe nature?

  4. December 20, 2014 10:42 am

    “Nigel Golden, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin …. told the BBC ….. We saw an increase in soil temperature in the soils where the arctic ground squirrels were occupying.”

    Really? And the squirrels no doubt noticed an increase in soil temperature below the ground the similarly warm-blooded scientists occupied.

    Why does the BBC broadcast, and taxpayers fund, such blatantly-obvious “research”?

  5. catweazle666 permalink
    December 20, 2014 12:53 pm

    Nuts?

    No, it’s nutters.

    Just when you think they couldn’t get any dafter…

  6. Paul2 permalink
    December 20, 2014 12:57 pm

    Readings from the carbon dioxide satellite. Or something:
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nasa-observatory-reveals-high-carbon-concentrations-southern-hemisphere-1480224

    Biomass burning. Message ends.

  7. December 20, 2014 1:31 pm

    First Global Maps from Orbiting Carbon Observatory:
    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/19dec_oco/
    All carbon-based creatures have to die to save the planet. How sad, how stupid.

  8. Kelvin Vaughan permalink
    December 20, 2014 4:46 pm

    Termites produce 10 times the CO2 produced by all fossil fuel burning. All we need to do is to reduce the termite population by one tenth and CO2 problem solved.

    http://termitedetector.com/detection.cfm

    • Kelvin Vaughan permalink
      December 20, 2014 4:50 pm

      I’ve just noticed that they produce 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, 9% carbon dioxide, 7% methane, and 4% oxygen. We could farm them for the hydrogen and use that instead of fossil fuels.

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