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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Climate change will bring earthquakes
Tom Smith

Evidently not a joke, or not intentionally anyway.  I searched in vain for anything that might be called evidence, in the loose sense of something that made me think, oh, that does rather seem as if climate change must be causing earthquakes.

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I note the author of the piece has a book coming out, Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes, which Amazon says will be published April 1, 2012. Hmm...

Posted by: Nell | Feb 28, 2012 4:28:34 PM

Well, perhaps...but the big question is not whether the climate is (and will be) changing - it always has been and apparently always will be, with us in the middling area between times of much greater extremes of heat and cold.

The question is whether mankind's activities are any significant influance or driver of change.

Posted by: krm | Feb 29, 2012 8:08:41 AM

Two years ago (?) in New Scientist there was an article offering an explanation on the seasonality of volcanic eruptions along the Alaska coast (apparently in that region the volcanoes are much more likely to erupt in the autumn than the other three seasons.) The theory proposed was seasonal offshore winds reduced the average sea level by an inch or so over a great region of the Pacific in that area and this effect over thousand of square miles reduce the overburden sufficiently to induce eruptions on volcanoes otherwise on the edge of eruption. (If I recall correctly, this effect didn't cause more volcanic eruptions in total, only how they were distributed over time.) So apparently in some cases, minor appearing changes could in theory induce tipping point phenomenon.

I'd just note global warmists theorize rising sea levels generally, so at least in some regions would that imply fewer volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and such? (Or in net, would it balance out?) Plus, significant volcanic eruptions are linked with weather cooling, which would tend to provide an offsetting or at least dampening effect to any warming and warming effects.

But, apparently it's not a totally kooky theory. If you grant credence to everything else having to do with global warming.

Posted by: kendall | Mar 4, 2012 4:27:13 AM