Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 30 March 2024

Latest from the asylum: Climate Change is ‘Slowing the Earth’s Rotation’. Bless ’em

If you weren’t already gibbering in your boots at the prospect of devastating climate change, it’s time to think again. Apparently, the movement of water from the melting icecaps is slowing the rotation of the Earth.

The effect is so drastic that – wait for it – the next ‘leap second’ required to reconcile atomic time with the position of the Earth may need to be added a whole three years later than expected. Scientific American is one of the outlets with the story:

Drastic polar ice melt is slowing Earth’s rotation, counteracting a speed-up from the planet’s liquid outer core. The upshot is that we might need to subtract a leap second for the first time ever within the decade.

“This is another one of those ‘this has never happened before’ things that we’re seeing from global warming: the idea that this effect is large enough to change the rotation of the entire Earth,” says study co-author Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The BBC’s World At One (March 28th 2024) wheeled in Professor Andrew Shepherd, Head of the Geography and Environment Department at Northumbria University to spell out the impending horological catastrophe.

He explained, deploying a colourful metaphor:

The mass [of water] moves towards the equator and spreads evenly around the planet. And that causes the planet to slow down in the same way that a ballerina spinner spinning would slow down if they moved their arms outwards.

Presenter Jonny Dymond was keen to make sure listeners understood this is no joke with a proposition masquerading as a question: “This is another message from the Earth that things are changing.”

Prof. Shepherd took the bait:

Yeah. It’s another bad news story unfortunately but it’s a good example of how climate change affects all kinds of different parts of our lives. You might not think it’s important that the Earth is slowing down but that changes all of the satellite telecommunications that we rely on and people have to take account of to make sure that the GPS system is as precise as we want it to be and all of that has to go on in the background because we don’t, we don’t programme those satellites but someone else has to.

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