Saturday 27th of November 2021

what's wrong with the news — including those from DW, in germany?...

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In an article about science of the Gulf Stream, entitled: "Gulf Stream system threatens collapse, study finds" the image above used by DW (deutsche welle) is that of the currents along the Japanese coast in the Pacific and it is clearly marked as "A NASA visualization of the Gulf Stream". with the caption: "Climate change is behind the factors threatening the health of the Atlantic current system"


Geez! You would expect the boffins at DW, the grand old dame of news in Germany to be more careful. Meanwhile the Die Spiegel news is all about Lukanhesko because one athlete from Belarus has refused to go home... because we in the West we hate that Belarus is still in the clutches of Russia rather than in the piss-pan of the USA. But what about the stolen bicycles in Germany that end up in Ukraine?... This for another rainy day...


Meanwhile, we do not dispute the fact that the Gulf Stream is slowing down and could bring "cold weather" to Europe, but the process is a bit more complex as it's likely that, as the Gulf Stream slows down, it could actually get warmer, creating a mega-tension of sorts. Okay, we've had our beef... 


Researchers found the Atlantic current system to be weaker than at any time in the past 1,000 years. Its collapse would substantially cool Europe.


The Atlantic Ocean's system of currents, which impact the Northern Hemisphere's climate, could be weakening and result in major changes to the world's weather, a new scientific study warned.

In the study, published on Thursday in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers focused on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). The large system of ocean currents, which is part of the Gulf Stream, transports warm water from the tropics northwards into the North Atlantic.

It transports that warm water from the tropics near to the ocean's surface, while it pushes cold water southwards and deeper below the surface. As the AMOC redistributes heat, it influences weather patterns globally.

"Significant early-warning signals are found in eight independent AMOC indices, based on observational sea-surface temperature and salinity data from across the Atlantic Ocean basin," researchers wrote in the study's abstract.

"The AMOC may have evolved from relatively stable conditions to a point close to a critical transition," they concluded.

A collapse of the system would substantially cool Europe and have a strong impact on the tropical monsoon systems.


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sea currents...

A Crucial System of Ocean Currents Is Faltering, Research Suggests


A slowdown in the network, which influences weather far and wide, could spell trouble. “We’re poking a beast,” one expert said. “But we don’t really know the reaction we’ll cause.”


The water in the Atlantic is constantly circulating in a complex pattern that influences weather on several continents. And climate scientists have been asking a crucial question: Whether this vast system, which includes the Gulf Stream, is slowing down because of climate change.

If it were to change significantly, the consequences could be dire, potentially including faster sea level rise along parts of the United States East Coast and Europe, stronger hurricanes barreling into the Southeastern United States, reduced rainfall across parts of Africa and changes in tropical monsoon systems.

Now, scientists have detected the early warning signs that this critical ocean system is at risk, according to a new analysis published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

“I showed that this gradual slowing down of the circulation system is associated with a loss of stability,” said Niklas Boers, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, “and the approaching of a tipping point at which it would abruptly transition to a much slower state.”

Alex Hall, the director of the Center for Climate Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study, said that although the findings did not signal to him that any collapse of that ocean system might be imminent, the analysis offered a crucial reminder of the risks of interfering with currents.

“We’re poking a beast,” he said. “But we don’t really know the reaction we’ll cause.”


Studying ocean systems is difficult for many reasons. One challenge is that there’s only one Earth, said Andrew Pershing, director of climate science at Climate Central, an organization of scientists and journalists focused on climate change. Consequently, researchers can’t easily compare two oceans — one ocean dealing with the effects global warming caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and another ocean that hasn’t had to contend with that problem.

Dr. Pershing praised the analytical workarounds that the scientists came up with in order to study the ocean-spanning tangle of currents, which are known as Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC. By parsing more than a century of ocean temperature and salinity data, Dr. Boers showed significant changes in multiple indirect measures of AMOC’s strength.

“The work is fascinating,” he said.

Dr. Pershing said that analysis supported the idea that the AMOC has gotten weaker over the course of the 20th century. It’s a critical area to study because AMOC epitomizes the idea of climatic “tipping points” — hard-to-predict thresholds in Earth’s climate system that, once crossed, have rapid, cascading effects far beyond the corner of the globe where they occur.

“The big challenge is, what do we do with that information?” he said of the new study.

Susan Lozier, a physical oceanographer and dean at the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech, said that there was no doubt that climate change is affecting oceans. There is wide consensus in her field that sea levels are rising and oceans are warming, she said.

She also called Dr. Boers’ study “interesting,” but said she wasn’t convinced that the findings showed that circulation in that ocean system is slowing. “There are lots of things to worry about with the ocean,” she said, such as the more definitive concerns involving sea-level rise.


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RT vs die welt...


The head of RT in Germany has challenged Die Welt [The World] to take responsibility for publishing untruthful facts harming RT DE’s reputation. The claims were made in a column about alleged Russian disinformation printed by the newspaper. 

Dinara Toktosunova, head of RT in Germany, called out the influential media giant Axel Springer’s daily publication on Wednesday, citing two injunctions ordered by German courts. Both rulings dealt with the same opinion piece published by Die Welt last month, which was highly critical of the channel and made several claims that RT DE found objectionable. The district court in Berlin and Frankfurt sided with the channel, agreeing that the column stated untruthful facts about RT DE.

“I hope our colleagues will have the dignity to acknowledge their mistake,” Toktosunova said on social media.

Or was it a mistake or a deliberate provocation, what do you think?

The column, bylined by Die Welt writer Ulrich Clauss, sought to expose a purported Russian disinformation campaign in Germany and targeted RT DE as one of its elements. The alleged operation, the article said, was being conducted under the so-called ‘Gerasimov doctrine’. It's a non-existent Russian military policy that even Mark Galeotti, the person who coined the term, acknowledged was a product of translation error.

Two of the claims that made RT DE file complaints in German courts were about the infamous 2016 ‘Lisa case’. Lisa F. is a Russian-German girl who went missing for several days, scaring her family. After returning home, she claimed she had been raped. German police later said the girl actually ran away from problems at school and that the accusations were fabricated. The investigators also found that Lisa, who was 13 at the time, did have a sexual relationship with an adult man, Ismet S., who was consequently tried for violating German age of consent laws and sentenced to a suspended term in 2017.

The situation caused a top-level diplomatic rift between Russia and Germany and fueled anti-immigrant sentiments in Germany, after the girl’s family reportedly falsely claimed that her alleged rapists were Arabs. Die Welt’s columnist claimed RT DE “invented” the case and called on the Russian-German community to protest. Both statements were falsehoods rather than opinions, the courts said.

The third point of the RT DE complaint was about a misleading passage citing Lennart Maschmeyer, a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. It said “broadcasters like ‘RT Deutsch’ remain the main actors in disinformation,” without explaining whether the quotation marks indicated a direct quote of the expert.

In fact, Maschmeyer’s February paper that the Die Welt article referred to did not mention the channel at all. So the courts agreed that a reasonable reader of the column could be left with a wrong impression of what the expert actually said in his research.

The August 11 ruling of the Frankfurt court said RT DE was correct in believing that the false claims harmed its reputation and ordered Die Welt to cease their dissemination. The Berlin court, which issued its decision on August 4, instructed the newspaper to add to the column a highly visible notice reflecting RT DE’s position. Both rulings can be appealed.

As of Wednesday, the controversial material remains available on Die Welt’s website in its original form.





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one more DW blooper...

The last piece of the $11 billion (€9.2 billion) pipeline was laid underneath the Baltic Sea on Monday. Then, the individual sections of the 1,230 kilometers (764 miles) had to be attached to one another, a process that was completed early Friday morning.

What is the significance of the announcement?

Gazprom's capacity to move oil* through the Baltic to Europe has now doubled to a total of 110 billion cubic meters a year.

Ukraine and the United States have been highly critical of the project, citing Europe's increasing reliance on Russia for its energy needs. In the case of Ukraine and other so-called transit countries in eastern Europe, fees paid by Russia for gas exported through their territory could also be at risk.


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