Everton will submit a revised planning application next month that will include architectural and design changes to the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.
The club's original planning documents were conveyed to Liverpool City Council last December, with a decision expected some time this year. Although the application was submitted just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Everton insist that their plans, which are very much in line with the Government's "build, build, build" mantra aimed at stimulating an ecomomic recovery, have been moving on apace.
The changes to the plans for Bramley-Moore Dock will trigger an additional review of the planning application which the Council are expected to complete by December this year which will likely involve a delay a start of construction of the project until April 2021.
The proposed multi-storey car park has been removed from the plans and a stepped, river-facing plaza has been proposed instead
Everton have also confirmed the team that would be taking the project forwards, as previously revealed when original architect, Dan Meis, was dropped earlier in the summer.
Laing O'Rourke have been chosen as the contractors for the proposed build, and they have selected Pattern to be the technical architects in the process. Buro Happold and Planit-IE have been retained as engineering consultants and landscape architects respectively.
Matt Jones, Dave Downey and Sarah Halpin discussed the new ground on The Blue Room Weekly today
Colin Chong, Stadium Development Director for Everton Football Club, details the changes and the new path forward in a lengthy blogpost at the club's website.
However, objections to the club's proposed new stadium are being made to Liverpool City Council by Historic England and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a heritage body acting on behalf of UNESCO.
Historic England, together with ICOMOS, believe the proposals should be reviewed by the Government due to their concerns over the impact of Everton's plans to infill the dock could have on what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Conservation Area. Similar concerns have also been raised by the Victorian Society.
It remains to be seen how these tricky heritage issues will be resolved but some changes have been proposed, the most notable of which is the inclusion of a river-facing plaza on the west side of the ground and the removal of the multi-storey car park.
The West Quay will now become the car park with spaces for disabled supporters, with the solar panels originally planned for that location now moving to the stadium roof.
The brick façade has been simplified to make Archibald Leitch lattice work patterns more obvious in the brickwork and there will be a slight reduction in the stadium roof to meet LCC's guidance on World Heritage Site requirements.
The club stress that they do not anticipate that the changes will create any additional expense to the project which has been estimated to cost around £500m, with construction being financed by private investment.
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1 Posted 26/08/2020 at 15:52:25
2 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:01:28
3 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:43:20
4 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:45:04
The Meis effort was a typical "emperor's new clothes" story. No-one seemed to have the balls to say "Fuck me, that is absolute cack!"
5 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:47:07
I suggest that we cancel the Bramley-Moore Dock deal and let the dock sink into the Mersey and leave the rest of the area in decay. Then the Heritage and other pseudo intellectual societies will be happy.
6 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:54:37
Michael and Barry, maybe we could fill in some more of the dock and add some terraced houses and while we are at it just transport the existing Goodison Park design to Bramley-Moore Dock?
7 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:54:42
Either way, to reduce the height means a reduction in internal space so what has been lost inside to make this work better than it's taller predecessor?
8 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:56:00
9 Posted 26/08/2020 at 16:57:59
10 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:00:05
It seems unbelievable that the planning process could be moved away from the local authority to central government on the grounds of a disused dock being infilled. Whilst the site is clearly of historic interest, history is dynamic, new life for a disused piece of land is surely the best way to maintain its integrity.
11 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:01:30
12 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:03:11
13 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:04:22
14 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:08:50
15 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:15:41
Do we really need Archibald Leitch lattice work patterns? He was architect for many – not just Everton. I'm on my own here, I know.
16 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:24:23
17 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:42:22
I think the communication from Colin Chong is clear and continues to make a good case for the project.
Answer the questions, get behind the project, and get it built.
18 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:49:44
Unesco would have loved it and a Rupert's tower at each corner with a blue liver bird overlooking the river it would been pure Everton glamour.
Add a couple of canon pointed at Anfield from the inland facing towers and you have perfection.
Cheap build as well being essentially a rectangular box.
19 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:51:55
20 Posted 26/08/2020 at 17:52:58
I understand the need for conservation but have they seen the crap that has already been allowed to be built around it?
It's currently an unused piece of prime retail space that is being left to rot under a pile of bird sewage.
I hope the government do get involved and provide some funding for it whilst telling the other organisations to stop wasting important funding in needless meetings and legal chit chat.
21 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:18:35
22 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:22:03
I had dealings with English Heritage a few years back and they were absolute pedantic pricks.
Didn't Barca have similar issues with the Camp Nou, which is why 20% is below ground level?
23 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:31:21
24 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:33:25
25 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:38:39
26 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:43:00
27 Posted 26/08/2020 at 18:59:52
The last paragraph makes it appear they have already made their mind up and want it to be "called in" by the Secretary of State. I suspect if that happens the best we can hope for is a long delay.
28 Posted 26/08/2020 at 19:22:58
I agree it does seem certain to be called-in, whether, this Tory government is of a mind to scupper the scheme in the current climate is open to debate as they can be contrary in these matters, particularly for Northern schemes and Merseyside in particular.
Bottom line is that we will have to wait even longer to begin the project and we could be looking as far as 2024-25 before we have a chance to sit in the stadium. It would seem another renewal of season tickets will have taken place before we will know whether the ground will get the go ahead or not. My concern is if it does get rejected, what will the club do then?
However, we consider that the proposal to infill the dock would result in substantial harm to the significance of the Grade II listed Bramley-Moore Dock and cause harm to the World Heritage Site.
Due to the impact of the proposals on a World Heritage Site, which has the highest level of heritage protection and is internationally significant, we think that this application should be determined by the Secretary of State and will ask for it to be called in for his determination. We have also advised that the application should be refused, unless the decision-maker concludes that the public benefits would outweigh the substantial harm to Bramley-Moore dock and the harm to the World Heritage Site which the proposals would cause.
29 Posted 26/08/2020 at 19:43:45
If they tear their eyes away from the 19th Century and look at the past forty years they'll have seen desertion of the site, consequent and increasing delapidation as a direct result, and absolutely no statement project to anchor the development of more infrastructure by way of leisure, retail and housing development.
The whole redevelopment of the North Riverside will need an axle around which every other business can revolve, otherwise it'll likely end up as an endless smear of precincts, never to one day become historically significant in its own right.
A quality stadium may have the Historic England of 2120 going ape when someone in that future time suggests Everton's Riverside stadium is no longer fit for purpose.
30 Posted 26/08/2020 at 19:50:56
Whilst this is an advisory body of the UK government, the arbitrary statement to oppose the (any) development is outrageous and is disingenuous to the people of the area, the development of derelict site now or in the future. It's a derelict hole in the ground filled with water, unused and unsafe.
If English heritage (now Historic England) had been so concerned, why did they not block the offensive sewage plant next door to it?
Their statement indicates that nothing the club does will satisfy them and lead to more delay with cancellation a distinct possibility. Their ultimate aim. So we await revised planning permission and for it to be called in for a decision by the government, hardly bodes well.
31 Posted 26/08/2020 at 19:58:20
Ray, sounds like a craven decision to build a cottage. All we'd need is an appropriate name for it.
32 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:05:03
33 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:10:08
34 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:14:00
35 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:14:02
36 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:16:19
The only thing that cheered me up today is the news that Pinnochio has been dropped by Sky. Too much to hope he will be replaced by an ex-Blue?
37 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:17:42
Thanks for the link and comments.
The very first sentence of the Historic England article relating to Everton's new stadium read as unnecessarily saccharine to me:
'Liverpools docks were the heart of this incredible city and the principal source of its spectacular wealth.'
No mention of the fact that Liverpool has not been a full-blown working maritime port for 50 years.
At least they go on to acknowledge the importance of football to the city and that HE have had:
* 'extensive and productive discussions with the Club' * 'that Everton want to ensure a new stadium 'is sensitive to its surroundings and of a standard of design respectful of its context'
* 'that the club made positive enhancements to the stadium design over the summer'
Yet still they conclude as they do, as reported by Patrick.
The issue for them is the infill of BMD, harmful as they consider it to be to the sites Grade II listing and the docks World Heritage Site listing.
They are very explicit, advising that '...the application should be refused, unless the decision-maker concludes that the public benefits would outweigh the substantial harm to Bramley-Moore dock and the harm to the World Heritage Site which the proposals would cause.'
My challenge to the above is this:
What are the current 'public benefits' to the good citizens of Liverpool (and further afield) given the present state and restricted access to large swathes of the docks as they have slowly decayed, unworked, unseen, unknown, unappreciated and inacessible?
I'm sure I'm not alone in remembering in the 70s and 80s the Royal Albert Dock at the heart of the city being boarded up and abandoned. The dock itself silting up with stagnant water.
But look at it today. A vibrant day and night life. A cultural and culinary centre.
Transformed by tasteful development around a dock that was never going to return to supporting the purpose as to why it was originally built.
Everton FC with its very extensive research and canvassing before submitting the planning application is very much part of the fabric of the city. As such, it is clearly doing its utmost to embrace the heritage of the listed docks, not eradicate it.
Being called in to be reviewed by the Secretary of State is one more hurdle we don't need in further delaying this project.
Hopefully, this government, desperate as it must be post-Brexit, still-in-Covid-19, to kick-start and stimulate the economy will see the benefits of our BMD stadium far outweigh the negative the likes of Historical England attempt to portray.
38 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:39:46
39 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:43:00
40 Posted 26/08/2020 at 20:46:58
41 Posted 26/08/2020 at 21:38:15
Nothing in this statement from the club conveys any positivity whatsoever.
What's the club's motivation for doing this? They want to keep stringing you along and spending money.
But don't worry. There's a brand new third kit.
42 Posted 26/08/2020 at 21:42:51
Originally, we had our club name in big letters at the south end of the stadium but that has since been removed. Can someone tell me why we have no sign telling anyone this is Everton FC, surely we will be promoting ourselves as tourists will visit and not know the obvious etc.
43 Posted 26/08/2020 at 22:10:38
The default position of non-departmental government bodies like Historic England is to say ‘no and pass the matter up the line to ministers. Who can blame them especially in the present political environment in which we have a shambolic government only too happy to pin blame on public servants for their own incompetence?
44 Posted 26/08/2020 at 22:29:01
Historic England and ICOMOS need a serious head wobble if they think a virtually unused, semi-derelict dock, with no public access, is preferable to what is planned.
45 Posted 26/08/2020 at 22:33:22
As young teenagers, we used to roam the docks on our bikes many days, and sometimes (secretly) overnight, fishing off the dock walls. It was in a terrible and derelict state then, 40 years ago... my enduring memory is of empty old warehouses and seagull crap everywhere, decay. Any sound and sympathetic investment needs to be grabbed and celebrated.
I just can't fathom this point of issue they are raising, it seems like they are stopping it on a technicality. What's motivating that? I would hope the bigger picture can be looked at as soon as possible and this puerile pedantry is put to bed.
46 Posted 26/08/2020 at 22:50:12
47 Posted 26/08/2020 at 23:02:04
Also, if the council/government choose to ignore their grievances for all the positive reasons outlined here and elsewhere, can't we just build without their restrictions? For example, why lower the height of the stadium? Just crack on and do what is right for the city and it's people – if this means falling out with UNESCO et al, so what?
48 Posted 26/08/2020 at 23:06:53
I share your concern. We can only hope the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport sees the matter as neutral from a political standpoint, ie, there are no votes to be won or lost whichever decision is made.
49 Posted 26/08/2020 at 23:25:54
On the subject of the stadium design itself, I do like it but, from looking at it on the People's Project app, I just feel inside the stadium it's a little bit of a let-down.
I feel there's too many entry/exit points on the lower east stand and the ones behind the goals look far too close to the pitch, and both spoil the look for me. Maybe it's just me, hope not!
50 Posted 26/08/2020 at 23:34:13
51 Posted 26/08/2020 at 00:03:25
This is simply the various bodies of government, advisors and others doing their thing with a little muscle flexing, as is often the case, and putting on the show. Politics. The Machine. The decision and outcome is 90% likely already known; this is just the dance.
When the "Historic" word enters the game, the same thing happens whether it's a cottage rebuild or a site across many acres. Assets are wilfully abandoned essentially, for decades, dissolving into eyesores, wastelands, danger zones. No-one gives a damn. And there's "No money".
Someone comes along willing to make a huge investment into an undeniable improvement by all reasonable measures. Suddenly, they all come out of the woodwork, wanting to monitor the colours and the door handles to be used.
Anyway, it could certainly be worse than so far. See that estimate, £500M? Here we go...
£625-675M when complete... that's my guess.
52 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:05:58
Anthony, I haven't checked but I doubt it. They usually don't come out of their coffins until someone else decides to take action.
53 Posted 26/08/2020 at 00:07:48
I did hear Bill was sorting out a few panto tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk but historic England have declared they are concerned that an unauthorised use of magical beans to grow a giant unsightly beanstalk must be called in. It is unknown as to whether the millions of beans, jobs and revenue it will produce are in the public interest.
I hope the government cut their funding for wasting everyone's time whilst being of no use as to how else they could restore and or reuse the dicks... (sorry, government typo) docks.
54 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:08:24
Bring it on!
55 Posted 26/08/2020 at 00:16:02
Does anybody know how the if-needed expansion to 62,000 was future-proofed. Was the roof higher than needed to allow an extra ring of seating? Lowering the bowl into the dock was not an option due to the risk of water ingress and flooding.
56 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:20:09
Unfortunately for the hippies, most of us locals already know that we are already light-years behind the Mancs, Brummies and London towners.
Time for city-wide change. With Everton at the forefront of our renaissance. Keep moving forward, Blues, the Tesco own stadium is a distant bad dream. Coyb!
57 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:25:33
I haven't fully decided what I think of it all yet, but there seems very little spare clear approach and circulating space around three sides of the stadium, however the finishing details are laid out. Water's edge after all...
58 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:27:07
59 Posted 27/08/2020 at 00:57:30
Incidentally weren't the so-called Three Graces built on infilled docks which eventually became the World Heritage waterfront! Without those infilled building projects, we would have no World Heritage status!
61 Posted 27/08/2020 at 01:05:37
Derek, please stick to and work within, only the officially sanctioned & cited PR elements.
62 Posted 27/08/2020 at 01:18:01
Yes, quite right, it is on the very outer edge of the World Heritage Site; however, the water treatment plant is within the buffer zone which, from their (ICOMOS) articles:
104. For the purposes of effective protection of the nominated property, a buffer zone is an area surrounding the nominated property which has complementary legal and/or customary restrictions placed on its use and development to give an added layer of protection to the property. This should include the immediate setting of the nominated property, important views and other areas or attributes that are functionally important as a support to the property and its protection.
So, given that little gem, in what context can the treatment plant ever be thought of as complementary or offering protection to the site? In which case, why would it even be in the buffer zone makes a mockery of the site in the first place!
Given their stance, I fail to see any regeneration activity that would be acceptable to this lot. Whilst we should keep our heritage intact for future generations, at what point do we sacrifice everything else as it becomes an eyesore, dangerous, and a blot on the landscape? No developer or council will touch it with a barge pole and the decline will only get worse.
Integrate history into the future with taste and vision, that's what Everton have done... importantly the consequences for the city as a World Heritage Site is not dependent on Bramley-Moore Dock alone but on the whole Liverpool waterfront developments from Bramley-Moore Dock to the Pier Head.
I would say that EFC have put together an excellent plan, design and opportunity for the future in keeping with the World Heritage Site. If this is rejected, then the whole of the Liverpool Waterfront development will be dammed. That's what's at stake for the developers and the council. I know whose side I am on, just peeled the English Heritage sticker off my car.
63 Posted 27/08/2020 at 01:38:24
A) Dan the man's fancy architectural flourishes binned for more practical construction methods.
B) This carpark thing and the other stuff is going to cost How Much?
With these things its almost always...unless the Govt. is spending your money for something they want...You never get all three from;
Quality, Time or Cost.
The best you can hope for is some permutation or ratio of those three things.
You can have quality - but it won't be cheap.
You can have it less expensive - but it mightn't be top top quality.
You can have it built quickly - but it'll cost you...and we might have to cut a few corners.
Anybody who has built so much as a patio or a car engine will know, it always takes longer, it always cost more and there is always a snag or two that causes you amend you original plan and put in a cheaper part
Its not unexpected, well by me anyway, its always a compromise game.
With the added bonus of pushing it forward in to maybe more settled times.
Edit; As for World Heritage, they can take a flying leap off BMD.
They don't put in 1 Brass wazoo. The just say other people should.
As Christine said, what do they want? Just let it rot.
64 Posted 27/08/2020 at 02:08:45
65 Posted 27/08/2020 at 02:12:08
66 Posted 27/08/2020 at 02:18:19
Bit more dancing, then off we go.
67 Posted 27/08/2020 at 03:28:02
OMG, I made a point of walking around the area when I was over in UK last September. It is ridiculous to make such a messed up, disused dock area a heritage listed site. From which monkey do these people (trying to be polite) get their brains?
68 Posted 27/08/2020 at 05:50:02
Given the statues that are being pulled down as they might be reminders of past wrong doings, could the same logic be applied here? To the barricades, lads & lasses, before the gunboat arrives!
69 Posted 27/08/2020 at 06:59:48
70 Posted 27/08/2020 at 09:28:04
This scheme will create huge amounts of jobs (and tax income), it's in the north, and it's worth hundreds of millions of pounds in contracts. The government will absolutely love this scheme, and throw their weight behind it.
Historic England and the rest are just going through the motions in objecting. As they themselves say, the benefits (everything) will have to outweigh the negatives (filling in a hole in the ground on a site that's been derelict for decades), which they clearly will do.
71 Posted 27/08/2020 at 09:47:08
Goodsion is about 200 ft higher - the heart of the club that will soon become something very different. I don't trust Moshiri and his goons to make the right decisions on anything. His choices have so far been embarrassing.
The stadium is going to be too small, freezing cold, and the pitch will have a swirling wind vortexing the ball and all of the food wrappings up into the Liverpool sky. The surroundings will be knee-deep in river water in 20 years.
72 Posted 27/08/2020 at 09:57:17
73 Posted 27/08/2020 at 10:32:58
74 Posted 27/08/2020 at 10:51:52
Rising sea levels have been factored into the design.
The loons are the ones who believe climate change is not man-made and spread the extreme right-wing fake news rubbish, as per your link.
75 Posted 27/08/2020 at 10:58:12
Sounds like one of King Donald's conspiracy theories that!
76 Posted 27/08/2020 at 11:38:40
Now Eddie, the global warming impact on rising sea levels, yes they do exist and it will effect a huge sway of the world I think football and stadiums in particular will be the last thing to worry about, also the land is on a lease from Peel Holdings.
Vortex and waste paper blowing all around the City, come on surely there is more important issues to complain about, notably the latest change to a stadium that has been through a fantastically managed consultation process, that's my concern. Why would we even consider a variation at this stage? Get the original application through then, once on site, apply for a variation to the design.
My concern also includes why create a potential delay opportunity. Should we just scrap it and insist the Council give us the same planning permission for Stanley Park? Now that's a debate for another time.
77 Posted 27/08/2020 at 11:47:29
In the alternative, he could decide to appoint an Inspector to hear the arguments in open debate at a Public Inquiry. Either way it would seem that delay is becoming more likely and will be in the order of 12-18 months. The longer time attaches to holding the Inquiry and waiting for the Inspector to report to SoS with his recommendation. Final decision will be with SoS.
As so many rightly observe we are edging towards the political dance that always surrounds controversial schemes. It is to be hoped the City have every intention to approve the application. That being the case, they should start (maybe they have already) engaging the government about the pressing need for the approval of the scheme because to do otherwise would set back the Council's regeneration ambitions for this part of the City resulting in continuing decay and economic decline.
This would be contrary to the Governments own policies about the northern Powerhouse and their much-vaunted rebalancing of the economy. In other words, both the Club and the City have an opportunity to box them into a very awkward corner. At that point, the dance should end in our favour. However, don't be surprised if the dance includes the call-in of the application.
78 Posted 27/08/2020 at 11:57:04
If you cannot it will confirm you are another "reason via headline" merchant.
79 Posted 27/08/2020 at 12:18:17
Until someone can show me how an element comprising 0.038% of the atmosphere (1 part per 2,500) can have any meaningful thermal/insulating effect amongst the other 99.962%, I'll worry about tangible things.
80 Posted 27/08/2020 at 13:37:57
81 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:03:27
82 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:05:36
83 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:21:00
Politicos, media and vested interest researchers are coining it leading the gullible into a battle against fuck all as a percentage of fuck all.
Whenever anyone asks for empirical evidence of man made climate doom, the rush back to the echo chamber is akin to the start of the Grand National.
Dreadful people thieving public funds that should be going to genuine problems like cancer research.
Got no time for the crooks.
84 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:30:16
And I doubt most people realise it even exists.
85 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:52:59
86 Posted 27/08/2020 at 14:53:04
It looks like there might be more up-to-date (2020) and widely accepted scientific studies that indicate slow but accelerating rates of sea-level rise, consistent with various model predictions and measurements. For example:
I would imagine the site has a life expectancy of 75 to 200 years before it really becomes unmanageable, if at all. At worst, it means rare flooding at spring or surge tides, becoming more frequent as the decades pass. But the tide still goes out and the range is something like 30 feet.
87 Posted 27/08/2020 at 15:08:41
Kenwright and his cronies pushed it like hell through greed rather than reason.
I would hope that Bramley is much more professionally managed and supported by the local council which DK wasn't.
The only possible fly in the ointment for me is a Tory government vs a labour council.
I would hope that Colin Chong is far more professional than the guy who produces the occasional show.
88 Posted 27/08/2020 at 15:17:35
89 Posted 27/08/2020 at 15:27:07
90 Posted 27/08/2020 at 15:31:10
91 Posted 27/08/2020 at 15:49:47
Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. They protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. Working with communities and specialists they share their passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us.
John Hudson, Head of Publishing for Historic England, said: "We're delighted to have entered into this partnership with Liverpool University Press which we know will be a good home for our list and for our fine authors of books already published and those to come. LUP has a proud 120-year history yet is renowned for its innovative approach to commerce within the not for profit sector, and will prove to be a great cultural fit for Historic England.
"LUP was our clear choice from a number of serious applications to partner with Historic England, which speaks volumes for the reputation and quality of the list."
Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press added: "Historic England Publishing is amongst the most well-known and highly-regarded imprints in heritage publishing. Building on the outstanding efforts of John Hudson and his team, LUP will further grow the readership for the list in print and digital formats, and expand and enhance the editorial focus working in harmony with Historic England."
92 Posted 27/08/2020 at 16:36:25
93 Posted 27/08/2020 at 16:52:11
The Maldives hasn't sunk and isn't actually sinking. What is irrefutable is that the water level is rising and they are experiencing unprecedented floods. Eventually it will be under water but, at the current rate, that will take many decades. Also irrefutable is that most of the earth's pollution is man-made.
Conspiracy theories on global warming are propagated by über right neoliberals to convince the gullible that global warming is a natural phenomena and not the result of them plundering and polluting the planet.
All logic is reversed so that many conspiracy theorists see Trump as the only one who will speak up for the little man/woman.
94 Posted 27/08/2020 at 17:07:36
95 Posted 27/08/2020 at 17:14:48
96 Posted 27/08/2020 at 17:18:43
The Devonshire Dock Hall at Barrow was built on land that was created by infilling part of Devonshire Dock with 2.4 million tonnes of sand pumped from nearby Roosecote Sands.
The building is roughly the size of a football stadium and I would say its considerably heavier when 2 or 3 submarines are inside. It's been standing for nearly 40 years so no worries for us.
97 Posted 27/08/2020 at 17:58:05
98 Posted 27/08/2020 at 19:06:13
The piece you cite is not a new study it is the usual blog tantrum by those upset at scientists exposing the "accelerated sea level rise" fantasy.
Referencing a computer modelled reconstruction from 2006 it simply fits the climate doom rationale of thinking models are fact. Climate models can't even hind-cast known trends.
But even if someone "believes" their conclusion is hardly going to impact our proposed riverside abode
"there has been a statistically significant acceleration since 1880 and 1900 of 0.009 ± 0.003 mm year−2 and 0.009 ± 0.004 mm year−2, respectively."
Political patsy, ex Pres Obama, must have read this and thought "wtf??" and bought his mansion on the coast. The climate doom religion is empirical evidence bereft bunkum.
99 Posted 27/08/2020 at 20:54:38
100 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:11:21
I did some checking and the basin walls at Wellington Dock are also Grade 2 listed and protected by English Heritage.
The treatment plant upgrade is supported on pylons sunk on average 50 feet into the base of the dock. The dock was filled with sand to protect the walls after removing 30,000 m³ of silt. I don't think there is any weight on the walls themselves.
As the extension to the plant was a necessary upgrade to keep up with new EU standards, that is probably why it was passed. I doubt a football stadium will be given the same leeway as protecting the environment.
Maybe access to view the walls can be included in the stadium design, like the dock at Liverpool 1. I hope this can be resolved quickly before escalating costs kill the project.
Regarding the World Heritage Site in general apart from bragging rites.
101 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:12:13
I've never spoken or listened to an über right neo-liberal in my life. Sounds like an unpopular beast. I've spoken with many scientists though.
I could coin a political label for the people that are driving the charade, as is the wont of most when trying to oppose anybody, but then that just diverts the argument.
Most people in my experience actually don't give a second thought to the politics when they're studying the facts.
102 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:12:48
You don't seem to have much respect for the work of specialists and experts in the field who, I feel sure, know far more about the subject than you or I.
How are getting on with the flat earth business? I hear that's gaining in popularity too amongst the smart set. After all, it looks flat, doesn't it?
103 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:16:52
That would be nice. It might not be feasible but why not suggest it?
104 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:30:29
Sometimes it's wise to be a little informed before blithely giving respect. And to have an idea of the machinations that illicit these movements.
The connection you cited to "Flat earth" shows exactly how the simplistic put-down works. Easier to mock than learn. Hmm... I wonder how that flat earth thing got attached to the concept of questioning global warm... er, I mean "Climate change". (Damn that recalcitrant warming, just where is it)
105 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:42:44
Obama's mansion is on a knoll about 40 feet above sea level and perhaps 100 yards from the water. He's in no danger from ocean rise.
And as for him being a political patsy, love seeing your expertise on our politics, but a lot of people who thought so are still wearing tire tracks. Obama won two landslides, and if he was running again this year he'd win a third.
106 Posted 27/08/2020 at 21:53:58
107 Posted 27/08/2020 at 22:45:02
Liverpool business leader Frank McKenna has renewed his call for the city to hand back its World Heritage Status following news it was holding up Evertons new £500m stadium.
On Wednesday, Everton FC told fans there would be a further 28-day public consultation on the project at Bramley Moore Dock after objections from the heritage lobby forced changes to the design.
Although the stadium will be built in Liverpool Waters, which is outside of the WHS zone, it would be in a so-called buffer zone. Among the changes made to the design are a lowering of the overall height of the structure.
Mr McKenna is repeating his calls for the WHS badge to be handed back. He said:” “Even a pandemic and the huge economic impact it will have on Liverpool does not register with these people who want to put Liverpool in aspic. They are still content to delay or even stop a major, job creating, regeneration scheme.
“I cant be the only one who is fed up with the city having to constantly go cap in hand to this faceless, unaccountable body, amending plans, stymying regeneration and pausing progress in order to retain a title that is worth little or nothing in economic, tourism or cultural terms.
“Can the ordinary Liverpudlian understand how an abandoned, derelict part of the city can be considered a ‘heritage site that needs to be protected?
108 Posted 27/08/2020 at 23:03:34
Whenever I think of Goodison and the memories I have, it's the interior I love and will remember most fondly when it's gone. It seems a bit of a missed opportunity therefore that the interior of Bramley Moore is quite bland – it could really do with something that gives it a bit of personality.
Love the exterior, but wish we were celebrating the interior just as much.
109 Posted 27/08/2020 at 23:12:51
Thanks for posting. I think that's what's called saying it like it is, and contains some truths. The system that runs this ball we live on is inexorably getting growing levels of control and influence across the spectrum, by means direct and less so.
I'd rather the word of words that may ensue comes after we get the go-ahead though!
110 Posted 27/08/2020 at 23:15:45
111 Posted 28/08/2020 at 00:24:08
112 Posted 28/08/2020 at 00:28:45
113 Posted 28/08/2020 at 00:39:36
114 Posted 28/08/2020 at 01:12:33
I agree the lattice could be in danger of looking shite, those carved brickwork effects always do, if it's some clever brick patterning like they could have done 200 years ago then I'm sure it will be great but using some naff machine to hack into them would be terrible.
Looking at the images they may be bringing the lattice into it by turning the bricks in the pattern to 45 degrees, that might be okay, they should be very careful though proper brickwork is an ancient art and should be respected.
115 Posted 28/08/2020 at 01:31:47
116 Posted 28/08/2020 at 01:34:03
Modern bricks look awful, if they can source some old pattinad bricks for at least the 'lattice' effect it could look much better.
117 Posted 28/08/2020 at 01:54:08
Isn't the heavy rain and higher than normal sea levels caused by melting ice caps which is caused by global warming...which is mainly the effect of man made pollution?
118 Posted 28/08/2020 at 07:47:39
Maybe there are real top quality bricks that are available that can look good for a hundred years and withstand all that the weather can throw at them.
Using any old cheap modern brick would be a foolish shortcut and damaging to the long aesthetic quality.
The brickwork is the main feature of the design and must be the absolute best quality; meeting strict, uncompromising specifications.
If they pay the extra money for the best bricks they can get, it will be worth every penny.
119 Posted 28/08/2020 at 07:57:20
Now this is my interpretation not his but membership of the EEC (as was) did the Liverpool economy no favours. (Before the arrows fly, I am a Remainer, btw.)
Trade moved to the southern and eastern ports, as the UK looked to Europe rather than the traditional transatlantic arena and the docks and the big players that supported them, T&L, Bibby's, BAT etc moved on.
To compensate, the city received millions in Objective One and Two cash which has been used to develop, rather nicely, the immediate South end of the city, providing scores of minimum-wage jobs in the service sector.
Perhaps this is how Unesco and English Heritage wants to see us. Think of those waiters etc dressed up in costume at "Jacobean Banquet Evenings".
And another thing: if we end up in Gillmoss, the Alt could rise and drown us all.
120 Posted 28/08/2020 at 08:03:51
Edit; Does nobody make those Navy Blue engineering bricks anymore.
121 Posted 28/08/2020 at 08:38:21
122 Posted 28/08/2020 at 08:56:10
If it does get referred expect a quick memo saying Build, Build, Build and an additional grant for regeneration.
Or a TV PR visit to Bramley-Moore Dock from Boris and a timely speech taking some credit for clearing the way. The Prime Minister has a few faults but he will see this as an open goal.
123 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:00:24
I don't envisage any planning problem filling the dock, since a nearby project has already filled in the dock, but think it would have been wise to at least tip the hat to heritage in the Stadium design, to at least try to counter objections. The Stadium has no relevant theme.
124 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:06:06
I can well understand how the smaller uninhabited islands can disappear. The second time we went, we got a boat to and from the airport to our island. On the return to Mali airport, we were caught up in a tropical storm in the middle of the Indian ocean and it really was very scary. We had to turn back to the island for a bigger boat.
Put it this way, the islands are definitely not somewhere where you can build a football stadium, although the capital, Mali, does have an 11,000 capacity stadium.
125 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:10:46
126 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:11:09
"You don't seem to have much respect for the work of specialists and experts in the field who, I feel sure, know far more about the subject than you or I."
Don't be silly I put up the work of a world renowned scientist who obliterates the nonsense with empirical data. And do at least try and debate in an adult fashion flat earth jibes simply confirms you have no argument beyond infantile "call to authority".
Michael Gaynes you are a petulant so and so and rather ignorant. Any sea-level rise of the magnitude imagined would breach the surrounding natural defences and flood the place at the first major storm
Andrew Hight this is science not politics if you don't understand perhaps you should jog on out of your ludicrous echo chamber.
127 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:28:11
128 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:52:48
129 Posted 28/08/2020 at 09:58:44
130 Posted 28/08/2020 at 10:33:36
131 Posted 28/08/2020 at 11:18:35
132 Posted 28/08/2020 at 12:30:27
133 Posted 28/08/2020 at 12:39:58
Touch of photo shopping perhaps? ... to help sell the product to the pompous asses and pedants who will be making judgement on the future Blues.
134 Posted 28/08/2020 at 13:54:37
Which is more than can be said for two other docks which are closer to the city centre, the Victoria Dock, one of the last docks built for sailing ships, which was filled in in 1972 for a ferry terminus, and the Trafalgar Dock which was filled in in the 1990s. Apparently Peel have plans for that land so we are building at Bramley Moore Dock.
135 Posted 28/08/2020 at 15:01:01
It is strawman #101 among the uninformed
Andrew Hight, your emotive little missive explains exactly why you are a disciple of man made climate doom. But know this, if you ever uncover empirical evidence for man made climate doom credo I will welcome you back like a prodigal son for truth and robust science is all that matters
Don't hold your breath though
136 Posted 28/08/2020 at 15:54:48
It's not like there's a compromise where we just build a museum instead.
137 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:12:42
The problem we have is that we are told to trust the scientists on all things whether it is about the virus or climate change. In my youth we were told by our most eminent scientists that the planet was cooling and another Ice Age was on its way.
Similarly if the sea-level rise was happening, why do people on the coast of Wales (and virtually every other place) still pay top dollar for property?
Of course the majority of scientists now think mankind is responsible for the increase in global warming, but of course much depends on who is funding the science. One major volcanic eruption could send the planet into a massive famine, putting the current worries into perspective.
Wouldn't it be sad if several generations of Earthlings tried very hard to be less wasteful and more eco-friendly only for a Krakatowa to pop, putting the population into a catastrophic winter lasting years?
Anyway, has anyone got the time to get the data of projected sea-level rises in the Liverpool Docks over the next 30 years? If so please share.
138 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:22:21
What I am not certain about is how influential it is and how much difference it will, or will not make, to the natural changes that occur every 10,000 years, or so (Ice Ages).
Ever since being a primary school pupil (more years ago than I care to remember), we were being taught that science said we were between two Ice Ages and that the all-encompassing ice sheets would come again at some time in the future.
From that I take comfort that mankind's impact will be effectively minimal in the overall cycle and that, despite all else, " the iceman cometh" – but hopefully not for another few thousand years.
139 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:28:16
Building a football stadium in Maldives is nothing compared to building an airport there, which holds much more people per day, every single day.
ps: The highest point of 2 metres must be the artificial hill on Hulumalé Island?
140 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:40:37
It might take a long time to definitively prove it one way or the other.
In the meantime I remember the words of Sir Patrick Moore, to the effect of, the climate changes in 10 year cycles, always has, always will.
141 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:57:26
Very well put. No-one can deny there are climate changes (well some do). It changes every season and on a planet that has been around for millions if not billions of years.
100 or 200 years from now is just a blip in the cycle and humans have survived because they innovate and change to thwart the adverse effects of the world changing.
Football as we know it is more likely to be gone by them than Bramley-Moore Dock.
In the 1880s, an eminent scientist predicted that the world would starve by 1930. They couldn't foresee the advance of mass produced food or canning of produce.
So by all means listen to the science but not the doom-mongering.
142 Posted 28/08/2020 at 17:20:00
What I would say is, and this applies to anything coming from the broad and increasingly amorphous thing I'll call "Government" today - woe betide he that passively takes things at face value. Research, and research some more.
Derek @ 120:
Those bricks are available. When I last used some, not so many years back, they were available in blue, blue/grey, red and dark grey. They're structurally strong, in class A or B, and expensive.
Personally I'd go for brick that matched/reflected the original dock buildings, highlight with the varying existing colours seen locally. If they're available/reproduced, suitable and the right price, that is.
143 Posted 28/08/2020 at 17:35:22
And keep amassing all the research there is; be discriminating in the robustness of each piece of research; and see what the general conclusion is.
144 Posted 28/08/2020 at 17:50:20
145 Posted 28/08/2020 at 17:54:33
146 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:09:52
It was Nicolas Apert in 1809 who developed the process of prolonging food life by putting it in sealed containers, usually glass or canvas.
It was later in the 1800s when commercial tin canning started and mass production did not start until the early 1900s.
I guess like me the 1880 scientist did not think about canning that was already about.
147 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:29:11
I found sea level trends for Liverpool Georges and Princes Piers between 1860 and 1980 and the rise is circa 1cm.
Meaning in a 1000 years we're in 1 metre territory.
We need to bomb New Brighton right now and turn it into a massive flood plain no alternative exists.
Well. there is we could just build a retaining wall but I just wanted to indulge the madness.
148 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:34:15
But by all means please continue your idiotic observations on the island's "natural defenses" for storms, which carry just as much credibility as your idiotic observations about American politics. Just take your thumb out of your mouth before your next post. It may help you type better and use proper punctuation.
Best regards from the "petulant so and so".
149 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:52:03
You really need to calm down your petulant child antics and what you "believe" are of no concern. The world is full of genuine problems like finding a cure for cancer, addressing 3rd world poverty, improving health care and education, eradication of homelessness, combatting substance abuse, racism etc etc – all real issues public monies would be better spent on.
By all means indulge your climate doom religion but do it out of your own coffers. Now go and have a lie down.
150 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:52:19
I also read somewhere that the release of water from the ice caps could be a rather unpredictable and sudden sequence rather than a steady drip-drip!
Perhaps the design should be changed to include an opening roof, like the Cardiff one.
152 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:14:57
One of the problems with CO2 drives climate via warming idea is the temp "hiatus" (IPCC AR5).
As CO2 continued to rise temps flatlined much to the annoyance of the high priests who had 2 options
1. Admit the idea was bust
2. Change the data
No prizes for guessing what they did.
The other little wrinkle is 800k years of ice core studies show CO2 rise is a product of warming, not a causative agent. Empirical science is out there for any enquiring mind.
153 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:18:07
Can I ask a question related to the stadium "redesign", besides the loss of the admittedly not too pretty car park? What else exactly has changed? I hear they have lowered the overall height? Why? How much?
I personally wanted our stadium to rise above everything, I didn't realise we were denying the surrounding shithole empty warehouses some view?
Barry Rathbone excepted, this design still looks fantastic.
154 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:20:35
155 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:32:55
I also enjoyed your portrayal of my beliefs regarding climate change -- beliefs of which you are also (to use your own chosen word) ignorant.
156 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:40:53
I might be naive in these matters but I genuinely don't get that at all. What difference would it make if it was a few meters taller? What a wasted opportunity if it's compromised leaving little room for expansion and reducing the space inside. We've had to put up with cramped conditions at Goodison for years - we need to get this right as, once it's built, we may not get another shot.
158 Posted 28/08/2020 at 19:54:37
159 Posted 28/08/2020 at 20:14:59
Yes my sentiments completely, what or who are we obstructing?
This English Heritage obstruction is frankly appalling at best. To deny a regeneration of a completely decrepit area not available to the public at the expense of our proposal is in my eyes perverse.
They would rather see an old dock stay derelict than see a massive sympathetically designed regeneration site develop to the benefit of Liverpool people.
I would go further than disagree with these peoples objections, I would call into question their validity and their supposed impartiality.
160 Posted 28/08/2020 at 20:50:42
We can check empirically if your views hold water
(Dyageddit? Water... catastrophic sea-level rise... empirical evidence, all there. Fabulous.)
161 Posted 28/08/2020 at 21:22:51
162 Posted 28/08/2020 at 21:38:47
There are always mavericks and outliers, not least in science. Challenging the consensus is a good thing, and is part of the reason science works so well, and is to be encouraged in fact. Scientists actually enjoy being proven wrong as it means that some new knowledge has been gained, to the betterment of humanity and our understanding of how our world and the wider universe works.
If you want to take on the consensus view, then incredibly strong and robust evidence is required to overturn it. Of course it is possible that all of these thousands of highly educated climatologists are wrong, and that you Barry are right, but I would say that is quite unlikely. If you haven't been exposed to scientific training, including how to think critically and evaluate the evidence, then that's not your fault, but I would urge you to at least try it before posting with such apparent authority. Sometimes that means taking things at face value, from people who are far more expert in a particular field than ourselves.
Being ignorant, in the sense of not knowing something, is no crime. After all, we are all born that way. Being willfully ignorant, in the face of all evidence, is more pernicious, and unfortunately in this 'post-truth' world, seems to be (temporarily I hope) on the increase.
163 Posted 28/08/2020 at 21:43:38
164 Posted 28/08/2020 at 22:38:35
Here is a simple test for your assertion - if you know what 97% of climate scientists think then you must know how many climate scientists exist in total.
Tell me how many climate scientists there are on this planet.
Then ruminate on this quote correcting your idea about how science really works:
"Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant."
165 Posted 28/08/2020 at 23:20:00
But that one investigator has yet to be shown to be right.
166 Posted 28/08/2020 at 23:37:48
I'm happy to answer your questions. I notice you didn't answer mine - perhaps you thought they were rhetorical?
As I'm sure you are aware, knowing the percentage of something gives no indication of the entire total number in question. For example, 97% of 100 people is 97 people. 97% of 1,000 people is 970 people etc. I don't know how many climate scientists there are on the planet, but I would imagine they number in their thousands at least. The figure, which I have come across independently many times, was drawn from this peer-reviewed paper, which is freely-available here:
This is the first paper I came across, I could provide much more evidence if required. In the interests of fairness, the paper assesses the number of abstracts in the relevant literature, not the number of individual scientists per se. The number of abstracts examined was 11,944, of which about 35% expressed an opinion either way on anthropogenic climate change, with 97% of those concluding that humans were causal agents.
I'm not sure where your quote originates, but maybe you can tell us? In any case, I don't fully agree with it. Maybe you could ruminate on what it means to be 'right', and how much evidence is required to claim to be so, especially if everyone else around you arrives at the opposite conclusion?
Finally Barry, I am a scientist, so I have a good idea of how science really works. I'll ask again, are you a scientist?
Apologies if this thread really has degenerated - I hope we can all enjoy the new stadium when it is eventually built.
167 Posted 29/08/2020 at 00:29:57
I don't know your field, but having a scientific mind, maybe you'd take a shot at the one-part-per-2,500 thing. How one molecule has a meaningful thermal impact in a gas system, amongst the other 2,499. Chemically or physically. No-one seems to be able to explain it.
168 Posted 29/08/2020 at 00:35:05
169 Posted 29/08/2020 at 00:39:26
It's not what's happening that many are questioning. It's what's causing it.
170 Posted 29/08/2020 at 00:46:11
It is more a general frustration on my part of non scientists wading in on things they know nothing about, and refusing to accept consensus views. It doesn't happen in any other fields to my knowledge, and I think it is vastly detrimental to societal progress. So excuse my frustration.
Let's hope for progress on the pitch next season.
171 Posted 29/08/2020 at 02:00:05
Climate Change arguers can all go somewhere else to argue and then collectively do one.
The real questions are; short term - Will we have a new (any?) Midfield for the Spurs game.
Medium term; Will the Stadium get built before the real long-term problem, me being too old to go in it, happens.
172 Posted 29/08/2020 at 04:37:20
Takes me back to the laborious debates patient TWers had with those saying the response to the Covid-19 pandemic was unnecessary and that its effects were not worse than the common cold. 835,000 deaths later it has all gone quiet.
173 Posted 29/08/2020 at 04:41:15
174 Posted 29/08/2020 at 05:09:34
As for global warming, I'm all for it. When I can grow palm trees in my back garden in Liverpool, I'll move back there.
175 Posted 29/08/2020 at 05:15:39
Capt. Kirk: "Mr Spock, tie in the Universal Translator."
Mr Spock: "I did, Captain, but it makes no sense in any language in the known universe."
Capt Kirk: "Well, then, screw it, Spock. No time for gibberish. Mr Sulu, lay in a course to our next conversation, warp factor 2."
176 Posted 29/08/2020 at 06:30:40
177 Posted 29/08/2020 at 06:33:29
My own personal view is based on
1. My belief that there is truly climate change
2. My belief that this happens from time to time
3. My belief that the planet is over-populated
4. My lack of being convinced that this change is due to carbon emissions, due to insufficient believable and unattested statistics
5. My belief that the rise in sea levels is being massively over-exaggerated for some reason, possibly political
6. It is clear that, generally speaking, the ocean water temperatures are rising at present.
I would add a beware! That is beware that this can be, according to some, a precursor to at least a mini-Ice Age.
178 Posted 29/08/2020 at 07:33:23
Get yourself down there and see just how high the water gets and how much of the dock wall is left uncovered.
Sorry to be a tidal bore, but Barry wants empirical evidence so take a tape measure.
I'm sure they'll take this all into consideration...
179 Posted 29/08/2020 at 08:05:23
I have a friend who has a PhD which involves an element of coastal studies and climate change conjecture. She could be described as a "scientist". Unfortunately, I would not describe her as one of my more intelligent friends, nor one of the better informed on these issues.
Her degree and PhD were relatively easy to get, in fact, Wales was giving full grants for students to fill the PhD courses. They even gave her an extra year to complete her thesis. She has, some 4 years since becoming a Doctor, been unable to gain employment in a scientific capacity.
Therefore there are a whole load of people out there who can legitimately call themselves "scientists". They are not all of a great calibre.
The other worry is that research is funded by parties with interests in the results. I once worked as an Archaeologist in a former Soviet, Muslim country. The interpretation of everything was strongly influenced by whether it is was of cultural significance to the regime. Christian burials were of no interest, evidence of Christian settlements was ignored. Excavations were used (funded by a 3rd party) to extract as much money from the 3rd party. The data is still being interpreted by various scientists in the Institute in the capital city.
There was so much conjecture and guesswork even amongst the Western Archaeologists that the conclusions would be built on the most tenuous of theories.
The problem was that, once these "theories" had been decided, the whole machine would defend them, and everyone in their Institute would have to go along with them or find themselves out of a job.
I have seen this in many other places. The hierarchy does not usually encourage alternative views as it undermines the cozy status-quo.
One only has to recall the assurances given by experts when the Fukushima plant exploded. I heard leading scientists telling us that there would be very little danger to the public etc etc.
I'd rather not hear that 97% of climate scientists believe this or that but would prefer clear explanation with evidence that is clearly explained.
Personally, I do think that mankind has helped to increase climate change but I am also open to theories including shifts in the polarity of the planet, sun spot impact, and the causes of the fluctuation in the position of the jet stream and the El Nino effect.
180 Posted 29/08/2020 at 08:06:37
You're correct everything is taken into account. When building everything is based on HAT - Highest Astronomical Tide- they will also factor in storm surge based usually on 100 years storms.
Off the top of my head, I think HAT for Liverpool is about 11m and storm surge is about 2m.
I might be wrong but I can't recall anything coming close to the dock height around Bramley-Moore Dock and Canada Dock areas.
181 Posted 29/08/2020 at 08:16:35
I'd read something on the weather pages about there going to be high seas, (not sure if it was because of storm Ellen) and honestly couldn't believe how close the water was to the top of the sea wall.
Get the Dutch over – they know how to sort these things out, but let's just get the stadium built first!
182 Posted 29/08/2020 at 08:59:31
183 Posted 29/08/2020 at 09:15:09
We've had tales of winds that could feature in those disaster B movies, storm surges that'll need the players to wear life vests while playing, just in case, and now conditions to rival Mt Everest.
I think some are mistaking the area for Murmansk!
Ooh look, here's a pic of BMD in July:
184 Posted 29/08/2020 at 09:49:33
185 Posted 29/08/2020 at 09:50:39
186 Posted 29/08/2020 at 09:55:45
187 Posted 29/08/2020 at 09:59:46
Going to the game will be a piece of cake, in fact, the hard part will be watching> By the time we get there, Carlo will have made that a lot easier, in fact, it will be wonderful.
188 Posted 29/08/2020 at 10:01:03
So we have established no such study exists asking ALL climate scientists anything let alone what you claim and the notorious paper you cite is actually from blogging ex cartoonist and nazi uniform wearer, John Cook. It has been taken apart in many places I have provided an example below.
In the abstract of the paper your claim is also eviscerated
We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming.
The reference for the quote you asked for is here and take note of the additional Max Planck quote at the end
I am not a scientist nor am I a cartoonist.
189 Posted 29/08/2020 at 10:05:23
For some reason it won't show in my previous post
190 Posted 29/08/2020 at 10:19:36
Perhaps you will understand this - your assertion that Obama's coast line property is 40ft above sea level is ill informed nonsense. Quotes from people checking out the level
"If you go to the Realtor.com listing you can see theres little elevation between the beach and the house. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/79-Turkeyland-Cove-Rd_Edgartown_MA_02539_M46762-74498#photo4"
"Four different elevation calculators that I used gave an elevation of 3-3.3 feet, right where the main house stands. Skeeter must really believe that He can lower sea levels."
191 Posted 29/08/2020 at 10:58:00
It was too high for the Ferries to run and the Pier Head, in those days it was a bus terminal for the Corpy and Crosville buses, was under water. I also remember the Mersey being so rough that passengers needed the help of the Ferry seamen to get on and off the ships, timing the rise and fall of the river to jump onto the Landing Stage on both sides of the river. High tides are nothing new here.
Just enter 'Pier Head Flooded Liverpool' on Google and you can see photos of the flooding from different years there. It's worth looking at some older photos of Liverpool.
192 Posted 29/08/2020 at 11:09:31
The docks down in the Dingle were reclaimed from marshland and our shoreline has altered over the years by man's intervention as well as nature's.
Over on the Wirral, Hoylake is built on sand. Look under the floorboards in many houses and that is what you see.
Of course the Dutch know all about how to survive in a low-lying area and I once worked with giant Dutchmen who travelled the world putting in steel piles for river crossings and other engineering projects.
It would be a wonderful thing if we could get to the new ground by boat. A marina full of bobbing boats and Farhad's massive Yacht in the middle with Blue Bill's little tug blowing hot air into the blue sky.
The players arriving at the ground in speedboats and the fans on huge barges bedecked in flags and scarves.
193 Posted 29/08/2020 at 11:24:59
Thanks for the quote - it's by Michael Crichton, who was of course a medical doctor before becoming an author and getting involved in film and TV. The other quote by Planck, in no way invalidates the idea of a consensus, as it relates to the initial generation of an idea - which of course often comes from an individual.
I won't post again - this has reminded me why I don't post on internet forums! And it's not really the place for such a debate I don't think, so I don't want to contribute to a derailment of the main topic. I'll go back to just reading TW daily without commenting, like I have been doing for the last twenty years or so!
Here's hoping that the team can give us improved performances to enjoy this season, and that we can all appreciate and experience our brand new stadium in a few years time.
194 Posted 29/08/2020 at 12:19:40
195 Posted 29/08/2020 at 12:27:49
196 Posted 29/08/2020 at 12:44:22
197 Posted 29/08/2020 at 13:20:18
Unfortunately the tide dropped as quickly as it had risen and the ferry got stuck halfway down our road.
Within three days all that was left of it was a cracked toilet. Guess none of the locals had any use for that!
198 Posted 29/08/2020 at 13:22:12
199 Posted 29/08/2020 at 13:27:44
200 Posted 29/08/2020 at 13:32:06
201 Posted 29/08/2020 at 13:36:35
Weeeeell I didn't start it.
And there may have been a few more bits left then!
202 Posted 29/08/2020 at 14:14:46
203 Posted 29/08/2020 at 14:23:35
204 Posted 29/08/2020 at 15:31:05
All this seems obvious, but it's amazing how often the obvious get overlooked...until after the event when somebody will say...with hindsight it was obvious.
205 Posted 29/08/2020 at 15:40:26
206 Posted 29/08/2020 at 15:41:40
207 Posted 29/08/2020 at 16:05:19
I don't know about the Bramley-Moore Dock area regarding the flooding, but Mann Island was certainly flooded to about 8-10 inches. The photos on Google clearly show that. The river also came over the sea wall in the nineties, again, the photos show that. Some very interesting photos when you start looking. It can be a bit addictive though!
208 Posted 29/08/2020 at 16:41:43
209 Posted 29/08/2020 at 17:01:29
3.1.7 Climate change allowance
Allowances for the predicted effects of climate change should be taken into account when preparing site-specific flood risk assessments. In addition to the data provided in Table 3-2, the EA also provided predicted flood levels for 2065 and 2115, accounting for sea level rise (SLR), as shown in Table 3-4. It has been agreed with the EA that the Design Flood Event (DFE) for the site is the 2115 1 in 200 year flood event.
Table 3-4 – Design Flood Levels based on the present water levels with latest climate change calculations
|Data||Design Life||0.5% AEP (1 in 200yr)||0.1% AEP (1 in 1000yr)|
|Water Level – 2016 (mAOD)||-||6.26||6.48|
|Flood Level – 2065 (mAOD)||55 year||6.58||N/A|
|Design Flood Level – 2115 (mAOD)||95 year||6.97||N/A|
With existing site levels generally above 6.58m AOD, large areas of the application site will be free from flooding during the 1 in 200 year event (Flood Zone 3) up to 2065. The vast majority of the site would move into Flood Zone 3 by 2115 (i.e. high risk of flooding), assuming no benefit from existing or proposed defences.
Regent Road existing levels range between 7.0 – 7.2m AOD; access in and out of the site would therefore remain free from flooding in 2115.
210 Posted 29/08/2020 at 17:12:32
Slightly more sensible than Barry's 1 m in 1000 years nonsense. Not exactly doom-mongering.
Everything will be built above 7.3m AOD, which includes an additional 300 mm freeboard above the projected 2115 Design Flood Level that takes account of climate change per EAs Mersey Estuary 2018 Study.
211 Posted 29/08/2020 at 17:37:08
We're all laypeople with respect to a lot of things, and sometimes you just have to take things at face value, and trust that people are doing their jobs properly and not trying to mislead. There are loads of things I'm completely ignorant about, so I accept what an expert in that area is saying. Something I don't quite understand is the suspicion and mistrust of science and scientists in society, more so than for other professions. It's as if they are all part of some secretive mission to hoodwink the entire population. It's a bit bizarre really, notwithstanding the issues mentioned above.
Regarding the stadium design - I think it looks fantastic, especially with the new revisions. There is a before and after picture on the Grand Old Team forum. I just hope there won't be much cost-cutting done when it comes to materials - the brick facade looks slightly different (slightly worse) to me compared to the original version. I don't live in the city anymore, but would be very tempted to get a season ticket again for BMD. I guess there will also be lots of non-regulars, including myself, who are hoping to get to Goodison a few more times before the turnstiles close for good.
Cheers for the comments.
212 Posted 29/08/2020 at 18:14:57
"Design Flood Levels based on the present water levels with latest climate change calculations"
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at your touching faith in failed "climate change calculations". Stick with empirical evidence of observations even the IPCC concede climate cannot be predicted.
" The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible" IPCC
Please stop digging it's clear you have no idea about the topic
213 Posted 29/08/2020 at 18:55:52
Still ticking over some 32 years later. Over the years I have has visits from various business advisers giving it the bollocks about forecasts, etc.
It's meaningless just like these one on 200 year flood averages. When the weather changes, it doesn't give a fig about what some twit in the council thinks is aone in 10, 20 100 or 200 year event.
I've been flooded twice, so I know.
So Michael might have found the data that the builders/developers have to use to okay the funds, insurance etc, but in reality if there is an unpredictable climate event, they will be useless.
I still think we should stay at Goodison, invest in the area around the ground, improve the lives of local people and find ways to improve the ground like Liverpool have.
Despite the fact that I hate them, Anfield, the area is now reknowned but Everton will only be a footnote in our history.
Goodsion park is 131 feet above sea level.
214 Posted 29/08/2020 at 19:19:16
I understand the position Barry is projecting and the (possible) scaremongering he questions in relation to rising sea levels.
Given that 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water and that at it's deepest point you could throw Mount Everest into the ocean and and its peak would still sit 6-7,000 feet below sea level, that's a lot of volume to top up.
There is also a great deal of science that acknowledges the planet, nature itself, does go through cycles of ice ages to more temperate ages.
The climatic changes we are experiencing then could be simply part of the earth itself shrugging and going through a natural cycle, as Barry suggests.
Where I digress from Barry is the implication in his position that the activities of the human race is only impacting on the environment in neglible ways.
Again, there is a lot of science and research that demonstrates that before the onset of the Industrial Revolution and, in its wake, the advances of better nutrition and modern medicine which allows us to live longer, the planet supported an extremely modest human population that lived in harmony with their environment.
In the 1800s when the world population was still less than 1 billion, working primarily locally, by hand, as an agragarian society, the advent of the machine changed totally the face of society.
It took more than 2,000 years to reach 1 billion inhabitants. Another 100 years to double that to 2 billion (1928). 30 years to top 3 billion (1960). 15 years to 4 billion (1975). And then, like metronome, every 12 years since then we have added another billion - 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1999, 7 billion in 2011. We're well on course to hit 8 billion before 2023.
Technological advances has given homosapien total dominion over the natural world unmatched by any other species that has swam, crawled, walked or flown over this planet in its entire history.
Together with political philosohpy, industrialation, capitalism, consumerism and globalisation, we are hunting, fishing, harvesting and extracting all other species, plant life and natural resources, all of which are finite in number, to extinction.
In doing so, as a by-product of our activities, we are polluting our support system, the very land, water and air on which all living matter is dependent.
There is an interdependency between all living creatures and plants that even now remains beyond our knowledge. Yet we ourselves, our consumerism, continue to be unmindful, uncaring, of the repurcussions of our acts in the now.
Such is the rate of the depletion of our unique support system, whereas in the recent past I wondered what kind of world my grandchildren will inherit, now it wouldn't surprise me at all if - even at 65 - I could encounter an environmental Armageddon in my life time.
And living as I do in Brazil, I can call on a lot of statistical data and empirical evidence - the latter I've witnessed with my own eyes - that is in no way reassuring of where we are heading.
215 Posted 29/08/2020 at 19:43:18
"Where I digress from Barry is the implication in his position that the activities of the human race is only impacting on the environment in neglible ways."
Just to clear that up I don't think that.
Man made environmental issues are clear and evidenced empirically - plastic in the seas etc - but people conflate man made co2 effect with environmental issues. Nothing could be further from the truth. The rise in co2 has paralleled a greening of the planet. Based on observations an argument for more co2 to be pumped into the atmosphere exists.
216 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:09:51
That's where I thought people were mis-reading you Barry. I thought you very clearly questioned the likelihood of drastically rising sea levels and some respondents broadened that out to environmental issues.
That said, there is a touch of cynicism and slight of hand in referencing and associating as you do - in isolation - Barrack Obama with the rising sea level issue when his own environmental policies were much broader than being focussed on a that alone.
Now you clearly acknowledge that man does and is impacting on the environment, will you also acknowledge that a possible consequence of that is an accelerated melting of the ice caps over and beyond that of a 'natural cycle', which in turn can impact on seasonal tidal patterns and the weather it brings with it, and who knows what besides?
As you fairly argue, this is all based on possibly fancy theoretical speculation and modelling, but it is one possible scenario of many, don't you think?
The challenge is which model to put your trust in and to make disaster-preventing and policy making decisions on going forward. This is all the more difficult when the political and corporate will and position resists it.
217 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:24:17
Not to put a label on you within the debate, but you've obviously seen first hand which way the wind blows, and thanks for what you wrote. Much of it parallels the history of how we got to where we are in the whole climate change arena. From scientists to "Carbon Al" Gore.
John (Armstrong), you keep citing scientists. You come from a standpoint of defending scientists, and their integrity. They aint behind all this. Scientists did not initiate this. Scientists did not present it, scientists do not form the major policy. Scientists are not the people working towards controlling just about all future global consumption of energy in all aspects via access, distribution and regulation in terms of financial carbon "Markets".
This is what people are challenging. Not simply scientists as individuals. I might add however, many scientists are indeed doing this; questioning the scientists whose advice is often cited by those at the helm. They don't get invited to IPCC dinners, and it never gets mention in the media. Everything has been passed through the agenda tunnel on its way to public announcement, and eventual engineering into life.
I agree with a lot of what you say - undoubtedly there are vested interests, funding body issues, biases, cherry picking and sometimes blatant fraud in science. I would hope that climate scientists around the world have looked at the data and managed to come their own independent conclusions, and that they all tally sufficiently to give confidence in the statements that they have made.
Your words, to Eddie. I struggle to reconcile this with "sometimes you just have to take things at face value, and trust that people are doing their jobs properly and not trying to mislead". Laypeople are not precluded from researching and educating themselves simply because it is not their profession. Down that path lies ignorance and vulnerability - and modern politics, more than ever, is primarily not there to protect and inform.
Like you, I too would hope that the whole issue was in the hands of scientists. Real, independent scientists, all of them, without conclusion-dependent funding, risk of career suicide and more. This way we would stand the best chance of getting to the real, unadulterated truth of the situation. Then the politics could start.
The reality and history is essentially the polar opposite of how we arrived at the current position. This is not the place to go through it all, and would require more words than are already typed in this (off topic) thread. The information, for now, is out there, for any that care to learn. Some time spent researching the history, the government bodies, the NGOs, the global think tanks, the speeches, the UN, the vested interests, the control of the narrative and more, may prove eye opening.
Of course most have no time for this, and fair enough. It's the same whenever the subject is raised. Those who have spent not five minutes to even consider the reality of the overview they heard some years ago on the telly, have only the interest and energy to respond to people like Barry with playground retorts. At least the man has spent some time trying to learn.
So here we have the largest, most dynamic, most complex and ever-changing system on the earth, of the earth; the climate. If ever there was a place for the ongoing and unfettered application of independent science in the vein of which you've described earlier, then this is it.
The go-to soundbite from Gore and his ilk in this regard? "The science is settled".
218 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:32:02
There have been seven ice ages in the last 650,000 years. If you look at the chart you can clearly see the peaks and troughs in CO2 levels, which correspond to each ice age coming and going. But at no point in the last 800,000 years has CO2 been above 300 ppm, instead cycling between 300 ppm and 180 ppm.
Then there is a sudden spike, correlated with recent history since the industrial revolution, where CO2 levels rise dramatically above 300 pm, to the current value of about 410 ppm. It is not only the change (rise), but the rate of change which is unprecedented.
So yes, as you say Jay, this appears 'over and beyond' any natural cycle that has occurred so far. I'm not sure how far this recent dramatic rise over the last couple of centuries parallels any greening of the planet.
220 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:47:50
In other news, it appears Allan has been spotted at the airport.
221 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:51:50
222 Posted 29/08/2020 at 20:56:13
How do you see man-made environmental issues causing polar ice to melt beyond the norm?
"There are 32 families of computer models that are used by the United Nations, each government-sponsored, and all of them are predicting far, far too much warming. one model works. And you know what it is? It's the Russian model.”
Dr Patrick J Michaels.
224 Posted 29/08/2020 at 21:03:12
225 Posted 29/08/2020 at 21:04:57
226 Posted 29/08/2020 at 21:05:54
It's next door to a sewage plant and surrounded by derelict warehouses. Heritage kills good design and modernity faster than a bullet. You would think it was Venice the way heritage cranks carry on.
Let the downsizing, cheapness and nastiness begin. End up like the Arena, too small and pokey to host the world's top bands so they go elsewhere while we get tribute bands.
227 Posted 29/08/2020 at 21:08:58
228 Posted 29/08/2020 at 21:37:03
'...a possible consequence of that is an accelerated melting of the ice caps over and beyond that of a 'natural cycle'.
If you want to argue from one position only - that manmade co2 emissions are neglible and not impacting negatively on the planet in any meaningful way (but rather, benefitting the planet, as per your NASA linked claim) - that is your right.
I'll take a more balanced view, acknowledging some of what you say, questioning on others.
The minute-long NASA video demonstrating that increased co2 levels has led to a greening of the planet includes the detail that the retreating ice cap due to the resulting raised temperatures has exposed more land in the Artic Circle which in turn is being greened.
Do you see the irony here?
Meanwhile, the higher co2 levels which are leading to the exposure and greening of land within the Artiic is, in part, being fueled by the slashing and burning of primary tropical rain forests around the club, from Africa to Asia to South America.
You don't easily grow back primary rain forest once it's gone. Nor do you easily replace the fauna and flora dependent upon it.
I somehow doubt it's a quid pro quo, that it's OK to lose tropical rain forest ' cos the greening of polar tundras makes up for it.
229 Posted 29/08/2020 at 22:07:44
You seem irked for some reason I understood your position I just asked a perfectly reasonable question as to how man made environmental issues could cause polar ice to melt - I can't think of a single reason why.
There is no irony in the NASA commentary they can say whatever they like. Choosing causation bereft of empirical evidence is one of the reasons ex NASA scientists complained about the damage their view is causing to the reputation of the agency.
"Meanwhile, the higher co2 levels which are leading to the exposure and greening of land within the Artiic"
It is misleading. The idea co2 exposes the land via melting the ice has no scientific evidence whatsoever. Moreover the majority greening of the planet is a global entity. You have jumped the shark with these remarks about "exposure" of land obviously making your idea of imagined co2 effect from "slashing and burning" null and void.
Environmentally the rain forest is an issue but has nothing to do with co2 and global warming.
Have you any realistic ideas of how man made environmental issues can cause the ice to melt? Genuine question
230 Posted 29/08/2020 at 22:13:15
231 Posted 29/08/2020 at 22:58:52
In none of my posts have I sounded 'irked'. I thought I was having a polite exchange with you, acknowledging where I agreed with you. Siding with you that people mistakenly collated your position on rising sea levels to broader environmental issues. Offering my own thoughts and opinions. I believe that's allowed. Nothing confrontational.
Like on this point:
'Environmentally the rain forest is an issue but has nothing to do with co2 and global warming.'
Sure about that?
Rain forests are pretty useful in absorbing the harmful greenhouse gases that have increased since the onset of the Industrial Revolution.
The burning of rain forests releases ever more harmful gases into the atmosphere and removes the very mechanism that could absorb such gases.
The denuded land that remains potentially helps increase global land temperature with no tree cover.
A further knock on effect of deforestation, taking the Amazon rain forest as an example, is the diminishing of 'sky rivers'. A single large tree in the Amazon can release 1,000 litres of water into the atmosphere every day. Collectively, the Amazon rain forest releases 20 TRILLION litres of water into the air every day.
This creates the world's (unseen) largest river - a sky river that fans out across all of Latin America. This sky river has particular importance in a symbiotic relationship with the Pantanal to the south, the world's largest wet lands, on which the Amazon sky river falls and feeds.
Last year and this year increased (man-made, not natural) forest fires in the Amazon has impacted on the weather cycles across all of Latin America and the wet lands are drying up. The tinder box that results means there have been constant fires - 1,000+ a day - for the last two months. An area six times the size of London has been lost in the Pantanal as a result. And we haven't entered the peak months for 'natural' bush fires.
As in the devastating Australian bush fires earlier this year when it is estimated 1 billion animals died, the Pantanal is facing similar stark numbers in a very fragile ecosystem.
The smoke from such forest fires carry 100s of kms to distant urban cities, smogging out the sun for days on end and causing all manner of respiratory problems.
This is but one example of the connectivity between different ecosystems and how messing with one can have consequences for another.
It took Covid-19 in nationwide isolation for some cities to - very rapidly - see for example clear waters in the canals of Venice, the Himalayan mountain range from Indian cities for the first time in 30 years, to hear birdsong and nature calling in cities usually drowned out by the constant hum of traffic and machines.
How so? Because traffic and factories fell silent and co2 levels fell. Nature's recovery was rapid and dramatic.
To paraphrase Isaac Newton, every action has a reaction.
Man-made co2 emissions is not the sole reason for the fluctuation in global temperatures, I've already agreed with you Barry. But it is certainly IMO a contributing one.
232 Posted 29/08/2020 at 23:30:20
Mike Gaynes was upset because he was wrong about Obama's house, childish I know but that's his problem not mine.
As far as I can see I have just reiterated the fact no empirical evidence exists showing co2 warms the planet.
Admittedly that destroys your previous assertions but I'm slightly surprised you got in such a tizzy about it. First impressions suggested you were quite open minded and not prone to tantrums when presented with irrefutable fact.
233 Posted 29/08/2020 at 00:14:38
Resorting to ad hominem attacks without justification.
Or is any reply addressed to you unjustified and 'tetchy' just because it doesn't conform to your own world view?
Hey-ho. Getting back to the debate...
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you have not offered irrefutable 'fact' that 'no empirical evidence exists showing co2 warms the planet.'
To flip that claim on its head, I wouldn't be so rash as to say that 'no empirical evidence exists showing co2 DOESN'T warm the planet.'
Superficially, empirical evidence is what you want it to be. It is gathered from the senses, that which is observed.
That's why TW is as diverse as it is on match day. The same game and the same players can be viewed by thousands. Some enjoy the game, others are critical. A player gets nominated as MoTM by some. Others describe him as a waste of space. The manager is seen as a tactical genius, or a dated dinosaur.
But back to the point under discussion. You first observe a phenomenon (empirical evidence) and then seek out evidence as to why it occurs (demonstrable statistical evidence compiled by applying strict scientific method).
To use the example we are discussing, the polar ice caps are melting. Global temperatures are rising. Historical ice core samples show that current temperatures are higher than anything recorded in the last 2,000 years. This effect has accelerated since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Man-made co2 emissions is a possible contributing factor in this.
Now you, Barry, seem to be hanging your hat primarily on empirical evidence. Fine. But there is also a considerable body of statistical evidence that challenges your basic premise which you are sceptical about. Again, fine.
Like yourself it appears, I have read claims and counter-claims on both sides of the divide. You sit in one camp. I sit in another.
Choices. Such is life, eh?
234 Posted 30/08/2020 at 00:42:11
This from someone whose knowledge base has emerged from his extensive scholarly study of... blog posts.
No ordinary troll, this fellow. He's a veritable Trump.
235 Posted 30/08/2020 at 01:15:56
Such few people probably absolve Kenwright of any responsibility for our thirty year demise under his influence.
It takes all sorts I suppose.
236 Posted 30/08/2020 at 01:22:01
They've been measuring polar ice cap temperatures for 2,000 years??
237 Posted 30/08/2020 at 02:17:20
Learn what ice cores are, how they are extracted and studied and what they can inform us about historical global conditions before making such fascil statements.
It might save you from looking a bit silly.
238 Posted 30/08/2020 at 02:35:59
I then thought, heritage hole. We must protect the heritage hole.
Normally I'm all for preservation of the built environment but FCS how many repurposed giant socks do you need ?
239 Posted 30/08/2020 at 07:02:04
240 Posted 30/08/2020 at 07:44:42
You state; "Homosapien dominion over the natural world unmatched by any other species that has swam, crawled or flown over."
You haven't mentioned those aliens from outer space and I'm totally shocked, if not staggered, that Barry hasn't picked you up on this point.
Has anyone mentioned Einstein's theory on the true value of a good defensive midfielder to turn away the flooding of defensive lines by a speedy opposition? And I thought reaching my three score and ten would be depressing.
241 Posted 30/08/2020 at 08:32:19
Is it possible to change the image of Bramley Moore dock and our proposed new stadium with a montage of biblical floods, Amazon rainforests, polar ice caps and Barack Obama's flooded or bone dry front garden please?
This can act as a sort of warning to anyone like myself who keeps straying on to it expecting a discussion about the changes to the ground, English heritage etc. It's like stumbling into a posh tuxedo style party in your Jeans on account of me not being a Proffessor of climate change or Sherlock Holmes smarter brother.
244 Posted 30/08/2020 at 09:20:58
There are ice core records not agreeing with your assertion but I am concerned at referencing them given your sensitivity to opposing fact.
If you have empirical evidence of CO2 warming the planet please supply ditto the ad hominem I allegedly threw at you.
Don't morph into Mike Gaynes for heavens sake.
245 Posted 30/08/2020 at 13:44:48
You'll get no argument from me that the dinosaurs ruled the earth for much longer than mankind.
But I didn't refer to 'occupancy' in time of a dominant species, did I? I spoke of a species dominion over its environment. And no species other than homosapien has come close to transforming the planet at such a rate that nature cannot keep pace and evolve to the changed conditions as it did under any other dominant regime.
You are probably familiar with the model that if the history of the planet was condensed into a 24 hour clock and as it was still forming from compressed gases 4.6 billion years ago, that would represent second one in said clock.
Around 6am in the morning very, VERY basic life form appears. ALL life form exists in water for the next 16 hours - that is, until 10pm at night.
Plants and land animals next appear before dinosaurs finally emerge around 10.45pm. Dinosaurs stick around for an hour before an apocalyptic event does for them, having been the dominant species for 175 million years.
Taking the here and now as midnight at the end of our imaginary 24 hour clock, humankind appeared just two minutes ago. That's just 200,000 years ago out of 4.6 billion years. 'Civilization' as we know it is just 6,000 years old.
As an archeologist you will know full well in the past 6,000 years empires have risen and collapsed on themselves due to politicial, economic, cultural and environmental issues.
What's your prediction Eddie for the planet and the human race based on the known evidence and the continued degradation of the environment and its finite resources and the depletion of bio-diversity at the alarming rates we are seeing?
I repeat, it is only in the last 200 years since the onset of the Industrial Revolution that humankind has had the capacity to depelete and transform the planet as is self-evident (for those willing to see).
An apocalyptic event from outer space did for (chronologically) the planets most enduring dominant species, the dinosaurs.
We are crafting our own apocalyptic event right here on earth, armed with the knowledge of what we are doing and with the technology and means to arrest it.
Sadly, the political, corporate and social will just doesn't exist in a large enough or sufficiently influential lobby to change the destructive path we are on.
246 Posted 30/08/2020 at 13:54:31
As for your ad hom claims, see Mike's list @ 234.
It's not just me you name-call rather than debate with. In doing so you are flippantly dismissive of another's position whilst elevating your own to being superior and inrefutable without actually engaging in the debate.
Eric Myles seemingly marches to the same tune.
Each to their own.
247 Posted 30/08/2020 at 13:59:54
Pot, kettle, black.
248 Posted 30/08/2020 at 14:07:05
They must absorb so much, but they are getting decimated, something I don't think I will ever be able to understand.
I might be getting in the way, but there are some very educated people on this forum, and I've always been intrigued why people would want to destroy a part of nature that seems to do so much to help preserve our planet?
249 Posted 30/08/2020 at 14:30:09
In the current climate of ridiculously over-hyped fear, we'll be tripping over these sort of articles on coincidentally topical themes for a good while.
I agree with some concerns for many activities that are not good for the world, but the sudden link with trees and pandemics is a rather, er... unsurprising bogey man.
Don't take my word for it Tony, but I wouldn't worry unduly.
250 Posted 30/08/2020 at 15:23:57
The gullible are then used as foot soldiers to convince the rest of us deforestation doesn't contribute to climate change. Step forward Barry and Eric et al.
251 Posted 30/08/2020 at 15:53:01
My prediction is that it is most likely that a simple volcanic eruption (or series of them) will be sufficient to reduce life on Earth to a much-reduced variety of organisms and, if some humans make it through the episode, it will take thousands of years before we are in such a mess again. Indeed there is evidence of previous sophisticated civilisations with technology that we still can't fathom.
Mainstream archaeology doesn't yet accept some of the breakthrough discoveries that are being made but before the last Ice Age there seems to have been a cataclysmic event (about 12,000 years ago) and it wiped out both the civilisations and any records they kept.
Incidentally I wouldn't call myself an archaeologist, I was merely dragged into a big project and blagged it for 18 months. I was managing many sites on an oil pipeline overseas. It ain't rocket science.
252 Posted 30/08/2020 at 15:54:48
253 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:05:46
I offered you advice to learn about ice cores before pronouncing on them in the supercilious manner you did.
'They' haven't been 'measuring the polar ice cap temperatures for 2,000 years' as you glibly questioned.
An ice core is a sample gathered and preserved from deep bore holes, usually from permanent ice caps. Ice cores show the strata of successive annual compacted ice/snow falls down the eons.
'They' have been extracting ice cores for decades now and then interpreted what they show as an indicator of possible historical world temperatures and climates. A bit like cutting down a tree and looking at the annual growth rings in the trunk which is also an indicator of climatic conditions in each year; a growth spurt, or a stunted one.
Let me be even more 'tetchy'. The deepest ever ice core recovered was more than 3.6km. And the 2,000 year old samples I mentioned in my earlier post is barely a suckling babe compared to the oldest ice core recovered from the Antarctica which comes in at an astonishing 800,000 years old. That should offer you even more to scoff at.
Hope that helps.
254 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:08:40
If you think describing irritable responses as a tizzy equates to ad hom you need to research the term.
As for my responses to others I give as I receive. Michael Gaynes, Michael Kenrick, Andrew Hight and others took a swing for no reason other than they could not argue the facts. I did not insult them.
Accused of BS, membership of the flat earth society and told to jog on would have invoked fury amongst the more sensitive but I find it amusing that calmly pointing out hard scientific fact causes angst. And if you read back the contents of our little "chat" that's all I have done to you.
You (and perturbed others) should look at it this way - the continued failure to supply requisite empirical evidence should not be a source of annoyance but enlightenment.
Furnished with the knowledge that this basic tenet of science has not been met puts you in a better position to gauge how much science and how much BS is being thrown your way.
But I understand for a certain group man made climate doom is a religion not science so logic and reason don't apply.
255 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:36:41
Again, pot, kettle black.
256 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:40:31
There is a presumption that modern 21st century humankind is the pinnacle of our species, standing on the shoulders of the accumulative knowledge of all those that went before.
I personally don't believe that. Beyond question, today we do have unprecedented dominion over the entire face of the planet, but not necessarily to its or our own long-term benefit.
I very much side with you that there were earlier sophisticated and possibly more harmonious civilisations with technology, political and social structures which were far more equitable than the models we live under today.
Working on an archeological dig 'Back in the USSR' must have been a gas!
I'd love the opportunity to work on the same, be it to reveal the remnants of a lost civilization, or unveiling a human-high femur from dinosaur fossil remains. What a buzz!
257 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:50:57
And then complaining when they're called on it!!
258 Posted 30/08/2020 at 16:58:58
I'll look forward to you actually contributing something of substance and relevance to the debate beyond the one-line sneering you've offered so far.
I fancy it could be some wait.
259 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:10:08
Strangely, the same guy credits the agreement on CFCs as eliminating the hole in the ozone layer, which he says was responsible for global warming, and that the other factor was some small subglacial eruption of basaltic lava in Iceland 5 years ago that is responsible for the recent uptick in temperatures?
There's no doubt that the mechanisms involved are highly complex and the interdependencies involved require a wide knowledge of physics to understand. But to make the claim that it is all a complete hoax on such a poor foundation really does put it right up there with flat earthism in its conspiracy-theory wackiness.
You should put up more links to that Geraint Hughes fella, he's a real charmer.
260 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:16:04
Reminds me of our neighbours.
And the deflection also.
So glad to see that you haven't changed your tetchy mode in your last post either.
261 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:24:53
Asking for empirical evidence is a prerequisite of robust science but in matters climate it is the kryptonite question. Believers dissolve in front of your eyes wailing in agony I've seen it a thousand times.
Ludicrous given the only robust evidence over a long period (800k years of ice core samples) irrefutably demonstrate CO2 lags behind, not causes, warming.
But as I said earlier those devoted to the credo are indulging faith not science. Not that I mind my beef is the use of public funds to support religions when so many real issues exist. Let them indulge their faith with their own cash
262 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:28:43
"So, if I understand where you are coming from on this, Barry, there's one geologist – up against thousands of physicists and other career specialists – who has reinvented the laws of thermodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, and heat-transfer to 'explain' how the contribution of greenhouse gases to global warming is 'a physical impossibility'?"
No. He hasn't said that at all quite staggering that you should invent such a statement.
263 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:45:59
Of course, I would expect nothing less than for you to deny it absolutely. Well done.
264 Posted 30/08/2020 at 17:52:21
When you said "if I understand where you are coming from" I naturally assumed you were referencing the paper I originally stated in this dialogue.
You needed to say something along the lines of "I've researched this chap and he said.... blah, blah"
If you want me to respond to your findings paste your source and I will take a peek. Try not to get upset
265 Posted 30/08/2020 at 18:03:49
A shoutout to Mr Armstrong, who manages to do the virtually impossible and come across as a likeable, mature and intelligent fellow from this thread. In answer to his query, the great posters leave when the febrile posters run riot. Something about cause and effect springs to mind.
If arguing the toss with randoms on the internet is your thing (particularly when arguing over topics that you have little to no actual knowledge) may I make a suggestion? Please head to a site called Reddit where threads like this happen all day, every day. Reddit is a true nirvana for the time rich, quarrelsome and frankly ignorant types who love nothing more than to have a good rant about something they know so very little. Many names on this thread would enjoy time spent over there I'll wager.
I actually came here to post about the stadium, but I wouldn't want to take the thread off-topic. As you were gentlemen. If climate science as a topic has been exhausted perhaps we can learn why MI5 killed Diana or how the moon landing was faked from one of the experts here? Or even just explain to us laypeople how QAnon is genuine and not made up craziness at all?
266 Posted 30/08/2020 at 19:07:14
I do agree I will refrain from posting anymore about alleged man made climate doom
267 Posted 30/08/2020 at 19:20:44
It sounds as if normal service may now resume. Once again, thanks.
268 Posted 30/08/2020 at 19:38:13
Natural habitats are getting destroyed, workers dont just take food, they kill and then eat on the job. The article makes a lot of sense to me, but then again Ive never saw any sense in getting rid of a natural rainforest.
269 Posted 30/08/2020 at 20:20:44
270 Posted 30/08/2020 at 20:31:56
Well said, thank you
271 Posted 01/09/2020 at 19:59:01
TW broke this story last Wednesday.
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