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Google’s Timelapse Tool

December 12, 2016

By Paul Homewood




Google have released a new tool, called Timelapse. It uses satellite images to produce a slideshow of how the Earth has changed over the course of the last thirty years.

It covers a number of topics, such as urbanisation and deforestation. But inevitably it has attracted media attention over its claims about how the Earth’s climate has changed, by using images of glaciers retreating.



I was at the gym this morning and watched Sky News interviewing two dopey eco-birds, both convinced we were all going to die unless we built loads of windmills and solar farms.

Unfortunately we did not have satellites in the 19thC. Otherwise they might have realised that glaciers began melting 150 years ago:




I tried to ignore the TV, but, as you do, could not help spotting a couple of comments.


1) Dopey Bird One : Renewable energy creates lots of green jobs, for instance in the US  there are more jobs in wind/solar than in fossil fuels.

If it’s true, it is hardly an efficient use of labour.

While fossil fuels account for 97% of US energy production, wind and solar don’t even make 3%. (Figures exclude nuclear and biomass).

We might as well employ them all on treadmills.





2) Dopey Bird Two: Apparently we cannot use China as an excuse for doing nothing, as they are building two wind turbines a day.

It seems nobody has told Dopey that China is planning to increase coal fired capacity by nearly 40% in the next few years.

As for windmills, last year wind power only supplied 3% of China’s electricity, compared to 12% in the UK, according to BP.



As ever, the really sad part is that the Sky interviewer was too ignorant and gullible to actually challenge anything they said.

  1. Bloke down the pub permalink
    December 12, 2016 7:42 pm

    I recently saw on twitter, a link to the google timelapse of the Muir glacier that seemed to show it growing in the timescale used.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    December 12, 2016 7:51 pm

    “1) Dopey Bird One : Renewable energy creates lots of green jobs, for instance in the US there are more jobs in wind/solar than in fossil fuels.”

    The Graun: “US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report”

    As usual, your observation is quite correct. Oil+gas industry workers produce 725x as much energy for same number of solar workers.

    • Jackington permalink
      December 12, 2016 8:04 pm

      But what do these wind/solar workers do after installation is completed?

      • John F. Hultquist permalink
        December 12, 2016 8:19 pm

        At the bottom of each tower there is a big wheel so a worker can turn it and make a distant viewer think the part at the top is doing something. For solar places the workers run diesel engines to energize bright lights to shine on the panels. Dopey Birds never look closely at things, so all is well in la la land.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 13, 2016 10:48 am

      It’s always dopey birds isn’t it. Is this because of their caring and nurturing side that they fall for all this guff?

    • Tom O permalink
      December 13, 2016 3:00 pm

      Does anyone know if dopey bird #1 was referring to the fossil fuel employment BEFORE or after Obama idled so many coal mines? Is he counting installers, who are temporary workers in the end, or full time, long term employment?

  3. Terbreugghen permalink
    December 12, 2016 8:33 pm

    I love the glaciers timelapse. Most of the glaciers in that area seem to be static. I wondered how hard it would be to see if there were any advancing glaciers in the timelapse. Easy to spot! Going north to Yakutat Bay and within it, Disenchantment Bay, that glacier is clearly advancing. Same with Icy Bay and Taan Fjord. Ha.! Not sure how to direct. Here’s the googlemaps location:,-139.3708517,9z

  4. ron permalink
    December 13, 2016 6:16 am

    Where I live was under a couple of thousand feet under ice a few thousand years ago. Damn right the glaciers are retreating. They will continue to do so until they stop. At that point, if geological cycles repeat themselves as they have countless times they will start advancing until much of the earth is covered in ice again.

    In fact, that is actually the typical condition using a geological time frame rather than relying on just our customary human frame of reference.

    I don’t know whether it is sad or amusing that when I talk to alarmists about climate science which they say is settled, they don’t have the faintest idea why the Earth is not just a another cold, barren rock flying through space. I try to talk to them about the constantly changing factors that determine that the Earth has an atmosphere and all they can do is talk about how it is settled that CO2 is the end all and be all of climate.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 13, 2016 10:46 am

      It is pointless trying to talk sense to climate idiots and by that I mean ordinary people who otherwise appear normal. I work with a whole load of idiots like that. Just say that you hope they will be happy with the trebling of their energy costs over the next decade.

  5. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    December 13, 2016 9:00 am

    BBC World Service News(?) last night shot out a swift one liner about 400,000 dead reindeer or something similar…its said so fast that I just cannot catch it accurately. Not even sure whether CC or AGW was responsible…usually some sort of false distinction.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 13, 2016 10:44 am

      That could be something to do with disease. Read something probably on WUWT about claims that melting tundra had released a dormant disease when the stopping of vaccination seemed much more likely.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 13, 2016 6:13 pm

      It’s about Anthrax… failure to vaccinate…oil and gas development…driving herders from their way of life…unsustainable herd populations due to overgrazing of lichen. Take your pick.

      Informative article, with some interesting pictures.

      • ron permalink
        December 13, 2016 11:46 pm

        Hmmm. Herding Reindeer in subarctic conditions. Or …live in a modern city and maybe even not have to work to live at a level with more creature comforts than when living in my homeland…. What to do?

        I know! Tell my parents goodbye and go see just exactly what is on the other side of those hills. And then sit back and read about how I am part of a national, cultural, social tragedy.

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