Antón Uriarte, a wonderful resource

Antón Uriarte

Antón Uriarte

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I stumbled on this link via a search for something else. Then backed up stream to the start. Then looked up the author.

I’d started from a question about the weather of about 8000 and 6000 years BC. Something for another posting…

I found a much more valuable work. A veritable book of references and neatly summarized understandings from it. I’ve read a few chapters. Eventually I’ll read them all.

The book is written in Spanish, and a very good English translation is available.

The Spanish original:

http://web.me.com/uriarte/Historia_del_Clima_de_la_Tierra/Historia_del_clima_de_la_Tierra.html

The English version:

http://web.me.com/uriarte/Earths_Climate/Earths_Climate_History.html

There is a decent Wiki on Antón Uriarte but it is in Spanish:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant%C3%B3n_Uriarte

Anton Uriarte Cantolla1 es un geógrafo español, nacido y residente en San Sebastián especializado en climatología. Doctor en geografía por la Universidad de Zaragoza, FRMetS (Fellow Royal Meteorological Society) , ha sido catedrático en la Universidad del País Vasco y es especialmente conocido por su posición escéptica respecto a la influencia antropogénica sobre el clima.

Posición sobre el cambio climático de origen humano

Antón Uriarte afirma que existe un cambio climático.2 3 Sin embargo mantiene posiciones relativamente contrarias a la influencia que tiene el ser humano en ese cambio: afirma que tal influencia es irrelevante,4 y que el principal causante del aumento de temperaturas no es el dióxido de carbono,5 e incluso no considera que el CO2 sea un contaminante ya que no es tóxico6 sino al contrario, un fertilizante necesario para la vida vegetal,7 por lo que una mayor cantidad favorecerá el crecimiento de las plantas.

Critica al IPCC por diversos motivos, como errores en los modelos8 o valorar incorrectamente los efectos del cambio de usos del suelo en el clima.9

Considera que los medios de comunicación están actuando de forma alarmista, exagerando los posibles problemas que pueda traer el cambio climático, no diciendo las incertidumbres,10 no comentando noticias buenas11 12 ni aquellas que parezcan contradecir la idea de que la Tierra se está calentando, como la existencia de olas de frío13 o la no disminución de la banquisa de hielo antártica.14 También duda de la honestidad de aquellos que mantienen posturas catastrofistas, ya que en algunos casos tienen intereses en ello.15

Antón Uriarte es crítico con las energías renovables por la gran cantidad de espacio que ocupan16 y su impredecibilidad17 y con la energía nuclear por su peligrosidad18 , mientras que muestra sus simpatías por el carbón por ser barato y abundante.19 20

Considera que el aumento de gases de efecto invernadero en la atmósfera va a amortiguar la frecuencia de fenómenos meteorológicos extremos21 y que no existen pruebas de que existan más huracanes ni los vaya a haber.22 Es más, considera que un clima cálido será mejor para la vida en la Tierra23 no sólo porque el calor favorece la vida sino también porque en una Tierra más cálida llueve más.24

Respecto al protocolo de Kyoto, le parece que se trata, sobre todo, de una medida publicitaria ya que gran parte de los países de la Unión Europea ya lo tenían cumplido de antemano gracias al uso de la energía nuclear (Francia), al cierre de la industria pesada (Alemania) y al abandono del carbón (Gran Bretaña). Se trata, según él, de un tratado poco útil.25 Además considera que, aunque se hable mucho de las energías renovables para cumplirlo, el protocolo tiene como objetivo relanzar la energía nuclear.26

Afirma que la reforestación puede tener medidas contraproducentes para el calentamiento, ya que los bosques tienen un albedo muy bajo, por lo que absorben bien la luz del Sol.27 28

Obras

Historia del Clima de la Tierra, Servicio Central de Publicaciones del Gobierno Vasco, 2003, ISBN 84-457-2079-1
Ozono: la catástrofe que no llega, Donostia : Tercera Prensa D.L., 1995, ISBN 84-87303-28-5
El régimen de precipitaciones en la costa NW y N de la península Ibérica, Donostia : CAP, 1983, ISBN 84-7231-929-6

The discussion banner at the top of the page says some folks are questioning the neutrality of the point of view of the article…

I’d translate that as, roughly:

Anton Uriarte Cantolla is a geographer. Spanish, born and residing in San Sebastian, he specializes in climatology. He holds a PhD in geography from the University of Zaragoza, FRMetS (Fellow Royal Meteorological Society), and has been a professor at the University of the Basque Country and is especially known for his skeptical views of anthropogenic influence on climate.

Position on human-induced climate change

Anton Uriarte says there is climate change. Despite this position, he remains relatively contrarian to the influence of humans, affirming that such influence is irrelevant, and that the main cause of rising temperatures is not carbon dioxide, and even does not consider that CO2 is a pollutant because it is not toxic, but rather, a fertilizer necessary for plant life, so that more will encourage growth of plants.

Criticizing the IPCC for various reasons, such as errors in models, or incorrect values used, the effects of land use change on climate.

He considers that the media are acting alarmist, exaggerating the possible problems that can be brought by climate change, ignoring uncertainties, not commenting on good news, or reports that seem to contradict the idea that the Earth is warming, such as waves of cold or the non-reduced sea ice in antártica. He also doubts the honesty of those who hold positions of doom, because in some cases they have conflicts of interest.

Anton Uriarte is critical of renewable energy schemes due to their impracticality and large amount of space they occupy, and nuclear energy and its dangers, while showing his support for coal that is cheap and abundant.

He considers that the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will absorb (amortize) the frequency of extreme weather and there is no evidence that there are more hurricanes nor will there be. In fact, he believes that a warm climate will be better for life on earth not only because the heat promotes life but also because in a warmer Earth it rains more.

Regarding the Kyoto protocol, it seems that it is mainly an advertizing measure, since most of the European Union countries had already met (agreed in outcomes?) in advance through the use of nuclear energy (France), at the end of heavy industry (Germany) and the abandonment of coal (Great Britain). This, he said, makes it a treaty of little use. Also he believes that while there is much talk of renewable energies to meet the treaty goals, the protocol aims to boost nuclear energy.

He claims that reforestation can have counterproductive measures for heating, because forests have a low albedo, so they absorb Sunlight well.

Followed by a list of his publications.

At any rate, I found the online book a very complete, and very readable, wide ranging tour of the history of climate on earth.

It will take me a while to read the whole thing. Longer to dig into some of the references. All of it far less time that it would have taken me to find the same materials and understandings on my own.

Thanks, Antón, for a job well done. Gracias, Antón, por un trabajo bien hecho.

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8 Responses to Antón Uriarte, a wonderful resource

  1. He sounds like a very rare animal…..”An academic with the ability to separate wheat from chaff”. From the same university you have to like Gabriel Calzada Alvarez too:

    Click to access 090327-employment-public-aid-renewable.pdf

    Chiefio! That operating system with the powerful report generator that normal humans could use was called “Pick” and it still has a following.

  2. Eric Barnes says:

    Thanks for the link CheifIO. It should provide many hours of good reading. :)

  3. adolfogiurfa says:

    Spaniards have suffered the direct consequences of naive “green policies”, now they “enjoy” a 21% unemployment (46% if referred to youth unemployment): For every green employment created at least two jobs were lost.

  4. adolfogiurfa says:

    Estudios isotópicos del hielo de glaciares en el Tibet y análisis de anillos de árboles indican también la existencia de un Período Cálido Medieval centrado entre el año 800 y el 900 de nuestra era, así como un calentamiento reciente que comienza en el siglo XVIII (Feng, 2005). Sin embargo, otros estudios indican que en el Pacífico Tropical las temperaturas del agua en el siglo XVIII eran superiores a las del siglo XX (Hendy, 2002).
    But…..the following are actual temperatures of Lima city (Lat:-12, Long.:75), Niño 1+2 area, its minimum temperatures are the same as sea water temperatures (now we are having 16°C min. and surface sea water temperature is the same):

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    BTW Eduardo Ferreyra, has recently published a book on the climate scam:
    “Clima Feroz” (in spanish) available also as pdf file:
    http://www.lulu.com/product/tapa-blanda/clima-feroz/16050977
    Eduardo Ferreyra´s site: http://www.mitosyfraudes.org/ENGLISH.html

  6. adolfogiurfa says:

    Dear E.M.: So you have changed the format of your page, Wow! Hope it brings more hits. Though I preferred your electric volcano (Chaiten volcano) and E.M.Blog classical view.
    You need to publish your articles on paper, a weekly (& truthful) news´science and cultural digest?

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adofo:

    The Theme change is to some extent experimental. We’ll see how folks like it. I hope to get some version of the volcano picture back, but it is on another computer at the moment.

    I’ll take a look at the Ferreyra book.

    BTW, I expect that the coastal areas of Western S. America will be showing the effects of more cold polar water transport lately ;-)

    Oh, and thanks for the endorsement… but paper? Really? Well, I’ll think about it …

  8. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Yes, paper!, your posts are a cultural digest. In a time where there is too much of political/political show business, a kind of garbage food for the spirit there is a big need of good vibrations, real food for the spirit.
    As for the Chaiten image, here you are:
    http://www.google.com.pe/imgres?imgurl=http://pds17.egloos.com/logo/201003/24/57/a0053057.jpg&imgrefurl=http://athgard35.egloos.com/1947316&usg=__oxwq5o7U623yOdo1wLI0x-HXCH0=&h=414&w=500&sz=116&hl=en&start=1&zoom=1&tbnid=60WQzH5K

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