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  • Do greenhouse gases warm the planet by 33°C? Jinan Cao checks the numbers.

    09/08/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | September 7th, 2012 | Joanne
    Jinan Cao has been dissecting the nature of the greenhouse effect and a key calculation that I normally just accept without questioning. This will set a few pigeons loose, but it will be interesting to see where they land. The claims analyzed here are the oft repeated ones that the Earth’s greenhouse effect already warms us by 33°C and that a doubling of CO2 directly causes a 1.1°C rise (that’s with no feedbacks taken into account).Jinan points out that these numbers, repeated as “fact”, are merely a result of misuse of the Stefan-Boltzmann equation. If Earth is not a...
  • The Weather in Charlotte right now for Obunga's cancelled outdoor coronation is...

    09/06/2012 4:14:54 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 21 replies
    Weather.com ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | frankenMonkey
    The Weather in Charlotte right now for Obunga's cancelled outdoor coronation is...
  • Weather System in Gulf South of Mississippi

    09/05/2012 12:25:30 PM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    NHC NOAA ^ | 9-5-2012 | Vanity
    There is a possibility of a shutdown of oil platforms in the Gulf because of a rapidly developing system South of the State of Mississippi. It has gone from a 20% chance of tropical development to 40% chance in just the past few hours. The oil industry tends to be very conservative in terms of making sure that it can evacuate workers in the Gulf. It is possibble -- if this system continues to intensify that the Gulf of Mexico oil operations might be shut down in the next day or so.
  • Live National Weather Service Forecast Thread 28202: "Uptown" Charlotte

    09/05/2012 7:35:06 AM PDT · by catnipman · 8 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | Live Thread | National Weather Service
    Live 7-day National Weather Forecast for "Uptown" Charlotte.
  • Eco-nomics: Was Stern 'wrong for the right reasons' ... or just wrong? --The Global Warming Scam --

    09/04/2012 8:52:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th September 2012 12:38 GMT | Andrew Orlowski
    Perhaps greens just aren't the good guysAnalysis "Why should we sacrifice 10 per cent of our income today to make Bill Gates better off?" asked an MP. "As the world's [second] richest man, he doesn't need our sacrifice." The second richest man in the world, Bill Gates, is a proxy in this rhetorical question. The MP, a former Cabinet minister, is raising a fascinating and rarely asked moral question. Should we make ourselves poorer to save the rich of the future some insignificant amount of money: an amount so small, it will be a rounding error? The argument he builds...
  • “Thing Of The Past” Now A Thing Of August! Snow Blankets Alps Down To Less Than 1600 Meters!

    09/03/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    NoTrickZone ^ | September 2, 2012 | P. Gosselin
    A sudden blast of cold polar air accompanied by heavy precipitation led to heavy snowfall in the Alps at levels below 1600 meters.
  • Tropical Storm Leslie in the Atlantic (How can the DNC even think about not cancelling?)

    09/02/2012 10:17:14 PM PDT · by willyd · 22 replies
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ ^ | 09/02/2012 | NOAA
    Tropical storm Leslie is listed on the front page. Could get interesting.
  • New paper finds deep Arctic Ocean from 50,000 to 11,000 years ago was 1–2°C warmer ......

    08/31/2012 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Reposted from the Hockey SchtickA new paper published in Nature Geoscience finds “From about 50,000 to 11,000 years ago, the central Arctic Basin from 1,000 to 2,500 meters deep was … 1–2°C warmer than modern Arctic Intermediate Water.” This finding is particularly surprising because it occurred during the last major ice age. Horizontal axis is thousands of years ago with modern temperatures at the left and 50,000 years ago at the right. Temperature proxy of the Intermediate Water Layer of the Arctic Ocean is shown in top graph with degrees C anomaly noted at the upper right vertical axis. Note...
  • Seattle on the verge of record August (weatherwise)

    08/31/2012 2:41:20 AM PDT · by djf · 11 replies
    Provided there is no rain recorded at Sea-Tac airport by midnight tonight, Aug 31st, Seattle will break a longstanding weather record. The very first-ever totally rainless August in the history of the weather records. We are also on something like day 40 of days without any measurable precipitation, which is about the 6th longest stretch on the list. The record of rainless days in Seattle goes back to 1951, when a 51 day stretch of no rain was recorded. Now Seattle certainly has a reputation for alot of rain. A well deserved reputation, even though there are plenty of places...
  • Louisiana Flooding - Akers, LA (Drudge headline pic) [vanity]

    08/30/2012 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 18 replies
    http://www.drudgereport.com ^ | 8/30/2012 | Drudge-BlueFlag
    IF you go to the Drudgereport you'll see a pic of a flooded restaurant in Akers, LA. This seafood joint is on the North shore of Lake Maurepas, just west of Lake Pontchartrain -- NW of New Orleans. It sits REAL close to the water's edge below Interstate 55 which is elevated probably 25 feet (guessing) above the ground below. I am postulating this shows what the storm surge there has done, as opposed to rainfall. This link shold take you to a street view where you can just about duplicate the pic on the Drudgereport. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=middendorf's+seafood-manchac+la&ll=30.289514,-90.402589&spn=0.003029,0.00486&fb=1&gl=us&hq=middendorf's+seafood-manchac+la&cid=0,0,6392791585389205583&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=30.289711,-90.402629&panoid=xPsDGbpc-o6PR-5IA3YkRA&cbp=12,93.54,,0,-5.74 Shift the view...
  • Earthquake So. CA.

    08/29/2012 1:33:28 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 34 replies
    8/29/2012 | me
    No idea where it centered.
  • Best weather projection website

    08/29/2012 7:42:54 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 14 replies
    Yesterday, Drudge was showing a website link, I think maybe thru NOAA, that had projections of the future of the Hurricane Isaac, that link is not there today. It was the computer models projected tracks of 30-50 models. Does anyone know that web address. Thanks a bunch!!!
  • FReeper Help on Live Weather Websites

    08/27/2012 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 29 replies
    27 AUG 2012 | Yours Truly
    Okay, Folks, here's the situation: In light of the developing weather situation this hurricane season, I need some expertise I can only find here. Since I deployed to Iraq in 2005, I have been using WeatherUndergound.com for updated weather reports, radar shots, and alerts. They were VERY faithful in the past, and the technical data available on the site was easily translated into what I needed and when. But this year, it's getting ridiculous. Wundergound is now spamming every screen with Obama's face and money-begging, and Shelly-O's mug is getting hideous exposure on every page. So, let me ask the...
  • Drought Relief with TS/Hurricane Isaac

    08/26/2012 10:26:20 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    Weather Predictions on TS/Hurricane Isaac | August 27, 2012 | Vanity
    The National Weathe Service (at this time) is forecasting that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac may be tropical depression as it enters Missouri/Tennessee. This may be very good news in terms of the drought. Sections of the Mississippi River has been shut down on account of the lack of water. It is possible that this storm system might into the Ohio Valley or even the Upper Mississippi River Valley. It is possible to draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico/Tropics. This may not help farmers this year. But it is possible that this might help fill reservoirs for some towns and cities...
  • Hurricane Isaac and the oil left from the deepwater horizon spill

    08/26/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by diverteach · 84 replies
    8/26/2012 | diverteach
    I've heard nobody talk about the possibilty of the fact that dispersed oil sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and any potential for it to get stirred up from Hurricane Isaac. That oil is down there sitting in the nooks, crannies, crevices and other low spots.
  • Cantore is a Dusch Bag

    08/25/2012 5:19:51 PM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 101 replies
    Paraphrase"biden has cancelled.Id like to look it in the eye but there is no eye".could that be its not a huuricane. Sorry but imop whatever that channel is it is SLANTED
  • 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

    08/24/2012 10:44:27 AM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 18 replies
    8/24/2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I can't believe it's been 20 years since Andrew struck.
  • 10,000 square miles of floating volcanic pumice found in Pacific

    08/23/2012 6:16:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    iceagenow.info ^ | August 10, 2012 | Robert
    Came from an underwater volcano. The New Zealand Navy announced today that they have found a patch of floating volcanic pumice from an underwater volcano floating about 600 miles off the shore of New Zealand. “The rock looked to be sitting two foot (half a meter) above the surface of the waves and lit up a brilliant while colour in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf,” said Lieutenant Tim Oscar aboard the ship the HMNZS Canterbury.Scientists aboard the ship said the white pumice – which covers 10,000 square miles ( 26,000 sq km) –...
  • Antarctic peninsula was 1.3°C warmer than today 11,000 years ago

    08/23/2012 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 23, 2012 | British Antarctic Survey
    Posted on August 23, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the British Antarctic SurveyWordie Ice Shelf location within Antarctic Peninsula (Photo credit: Wikipedia) New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warmingResults published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves.The first comprehensive reconstruction of a 15,000 year climate history from an ice core collected from James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region is reported this week in the journal...
  • Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years

    08/23/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by gorush · 13 replies
    http://iceagenow.info ^ | 25 May 10 | Robert W. Felix
    25 May 10 – The revamped cap-and-trade (control-and-tax) bill that Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are trying to foist on the American public is predicated on a flat-out lie. The control-and-tax proponents would have you believe that our planet has been enduring unprecedented global warming (now coyly referred to as “climate change”), but the facts do not bear that out. Facts. Oh, those damnable facts... ...You’ll see that today’s benign climate is not even close to being the warmest on record. Not even close. Temperatures have been warmer than today for almost all of the past 10,000...
  • Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual--Press release flatly contradicts ...

    08/23/2012 12:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 23rd August 2012 10:16 GMT | Lewis Page
    Press release flatly contradicts what boffins said New ice core data from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed that temperatures in the region during the past 10,000 years have often been higher than they are today, and that warming of the sort seen there recently has also occurred in the pre-industrial past. The new data are derived from a massive new 364m-long core extracted from the ice sheet lying on top of James Ross Island towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the freezing Weddell Sea. The core was extracted by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, assisted by...
  • Tropical Storm Isaac (vanity)

    08/22/2012 12:47:54 PM PDT · by jb729 · 33 replies
    8/22 | Me
    This storm could potentially have a far greater effect than Akin IMO. No matter how strong it is, the media is going to turn this into one of the greatest disasters ever and probably give it to the RNC for throwing a party during it. Obama will be down there handing out water and they'll make him look like a god. People usually rally around the President during disasters. We need to pray this thing turns and stays out of the news.
  • Topical Depression Nine soon to be Gulf Hurricane (and affecting GOP Convention)?

    08/21/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT · by topher · 53 replies
    US Weather Service ^ | August 21, 2012
    See: NOAA National Hurricane Center Web Site To keep up to date... It appears Tropical Depression Nine might be one to watch. It might provide much needed rain to drought stricken parts of the South. But it might also wreak havoc with the GOP Convention. Also it might wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast... The Gulf of Mexico is quite potent this time of year to produce storms with exceptionally warm water and conditions. Might be something to follow...
  • Biz bosses 'to save £400m' as UK.gov axes green red-tape---More than 100 ... climate change ...

    08/10/2012 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 10th August 2012 08:40 GMT | Out-Law.com
    Rules for power lines, pipelines and more shown the door More than 100 energy and climate change regulations are to be scrapped or improved in a bid to cut "red tape" for businesses, the government has announced. Energy Minister Charles Hendry said that, following a review, 86 regulations would be dropped completely while a further 48 regimes would be "improved". The full package of reforms, including other initiatives by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is expected to save businesses around £400m over the next 20 years, he said. The review was part of the government's 'Red Tape...
  • America's Safest Weather Cities

    08/09/2012 8:52:35 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 77 replies
    weather.com ^ | Aug 9, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT | Jon Erdman
    Virtually no location in the U.S. is 100% safe from dangerous weather. According to the National Weather Service, the combination of flooding, lightning, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, snow/ice storms, extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and rip currents claims almost 600 lives each year in the U.S., on average. Of course, catastrophic events in any year (Hurricane Katrina, spring 2011 tornadoes) can skew the averages. However, there are locations in the U.S. where the weather is generally "safer."
  • July 2012 not a record breaker according to data from the new NOAA/NCDC U.S. .....

    08/09/2012 7:38:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 8, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I decided to do myself something that so far NOAA has refused to do: give a CONUS average temperature for the United States from the new ‘state of the art’ United States Climate Reference Network (USCRN). After spending millions of dollars to put in this new network from 2002 to 2008, they are still giving us data from the old one when they report a U.S. national average temperature. As readers may recall, I have demonstrated that old COOP/USHCN network used to monitor U.S. climate is a mishmash of urban, semi-urban, rural, airport and non-airport stations, some of which are...
  • Ray Evans reviews The Denialist Victory ( Man-Made Global Warming Advocate not happy)

    08/09/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | August 8th, 2012 | Ray Evans
    Ray Evans writes a review below of  Robert Manne’s essay in The Monthly entitled A Dark Victory: How vested interests defeated climate science. (Forgive me Ray for slipping in one or two thoughts of my own below).   Ray Evans is the secretary of The Lavoisier Group one of the first original skeptical groups in Australia (I’ve put a few notes on that at the base of the article). It was Graham Readfearns review (ABC Drum) that apparently brought the Manne article to Ray’s attention.Dear All,Readfearn’s review was a lamentation of defeat and disappointment. So I immediately bought a copy of The...
  • Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion ( March 2012)

    08/08/2012 12:52:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the whole barycentric thing which gets certain people into shouting matches. Figure 9 looks to be interesting, but note that it is in generic units, not temperature, so has no predictive value by itself.Fig. 9. Proposed solar harmonic reconstructions based on four beat frequencies. (Top) Average beat envelope function of the model (Eq. (18)) and (Bottom) the version modulated with a...
  • The secret letter UEA and CRU doesn’t want us (or anybody else) to read

    08/07/2012 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 3, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Uh oh.Steve McIntyre has written an eviscerating essay about a secret letter circulated by the IPCC to UEA/CRU, which they are refusing to divulge, because: there would be an adverse effect on international relations between IPCC WG1 and academic institutions within the United Kingdom because it would force is to reconsider our working arrangements with those experts who have been selected for an active role in WG1 AR5 from your institution and others in the UK”. McIntyre writes: On Feb 26, 2010, as part of their first response to Climategate, Thomas Stocker, a Climategate correspondent of Phil Jones and by...
  • NASA’s James Hansen’s big cherry pick ( Summer heat... caused by Global Warming )

    08/07/2012 5:26:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 6, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From NASA:  Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global WarmingA new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth’s land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Earth’s Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years has seen more “hot” (orange), “very hot” (red) and “extremely hot” (brown) summers, compared to a base period defined in this study from 1951 to 1980. This visualization shows how the area...
  • Scientists probe link between magnetic polarity reversal and mantle processes

    08/03/2012 8:50:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 19 replies
    TerraDaily ^ | Aug 3, 2012 | Staff
    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that variations in the long-term reversal rate of the Earth's magnetic field may be caused by changes in heat flow from the Earth's core into the base of the overlying mantle. The Earth is made up of a solid inner core, surrounded by a liquid outer core, in turn covered by a thicker or more viscous mantle, and ultimately by the solid crust beneath our feet.
  • Senate EPW hearing on global warming tomorrow ( Wed August 1 )

    08/01/2012 11:48:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Anthony Watts
    Posted on July 31, 2012 by Anthony Watts On Wednesday at 10AM ET (7AM PT) the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will conduct a hearing on (take your pick) global warming climate change climate disruption. Dr. John Christy will be there, but it is confirmed that Dr. Richard Muller of BEST will NOT be testifying.  From what I hear it will be webcast, details below.It is called: “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.” You can watch the webcast at http://www.epw.senate.govFull Committee hearing:Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.Wednesday, August 1,...
  • Anthony Watts: My response to NCDC’s op-ed in the New York Times ( RE - Temperatures of CONUS)

    07/31/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 30, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Andrew Revkin asked me to provide comments on this article of his where the National Climatic Data Center was asked to respond to Watts et al 2012:A Closer Look at Climate Studies Promoted Before PublicationHere is what I sent to him:My comments on Thorne’s response are pretty simple.They still refuse to get out of the office, to examine firsthand the condition of the network and try to come up with hands on approaches for dealing with station inhomogeneity, but instead focus of trying to spot patterns in data and massage it. In my view this is the wrong approach and...
  • Climate change – off in the ozone

    07/30/2012 1:32:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the Harvard University  news service and the what are they smoking department, comes this suggestion that apparently it never was ozone damaging CFC refrigerants at all, it was those nasty thunderstorms wot done it.  They say: “Recent studies have suggested that the number and intensity of such storms are linked to climate changes…which could in turn lead to increased ozone loss and greater levels of harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, and potentially higher rates of skin cancer.” I have a pretty hard time believing this one, because, well, it’s like Rube Goldberg machine construct where lots of...
  • Backstory on the new surfacestations paper ( Anthony Watts of "Watts Up With That?")

    07/30/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’m a bit burnt out, so this is a just a few notes to quench some speculations about Steve McIntyre’s role and to help everyone understand what this week has been like.
  • Earth once had hazy methane atmosphere like ice-moon Titan--Microbial flatulence dominated ---

    07/30/2012 9:53:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 19th March 2012 15:00 GMT | Lewis Page
    Billions of years ago, before Earth's atmosphere had oxygen, it periodically possessed a "haze" of organic chemicals including methane, boffins have discovered. During these periods the planet's air was more like that of Titan, ice moon of Saturn, than the stuff we breathe today. "Models have previously suggested that the Earth's early atmosphere could have been warmed by a layer of organic haze," says Dr Aubrey Zerkle of Newcastle uni. "Our geochemical analyses of marine sediments from this time period provide the first evidence for such an atmosphere." According to Zerkle and his colleagues, during the period 2.5 to 2.65...
  • NEWS... on Watts Up: Half the trend is due to badly placed thermometers and erroneous adjustments

    07/29/2012 7:09:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    JoNova ^ | July 30th, 2012 | joanne
    It’s all up on Watts Up now. What Anthony Watts and Evan Jones have revealed is breathtaking, a must see. Half of the warming trend has gone. 92% of the artificial rise was due to” erroneous adjustments of well sited stations”. Muller et al used an older siting classification system. The new classification system shows that siting does have a major impact on the data.We always knew thermometers were never meant to be stuck next to air-conditioners. Now we know they shouldn’t be recording global warming near airports either.Go and Visit Watts Up and enjoy! I’ll be posting my own analysis...
  • An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S.( Temperatures)

    07/29/2012 1:27:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    PRESS RELEASE Posted on July 29, 2012 by Anthony Watts PRESS RELEASE – July 29th, 2012 12PM PDT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated...
  • Anybody out there from the Elmira, New York area

    07/27/2012 1:59:00 PM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 12 replies
    Just wondering what's the latest on the damage from the tornado that struck yesterday afternoon.
  • Storm trends in Australia and New Zealand? No evidence that CO2 increases extreme weather

    07/25/2012 6:11:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    joNova ^ | July 25th, 2012 | Joanne
    Get ready — for all the fears of extreme weather coming our way — studies of Queensland, Victoria, the whole of SE Australia, New Zealand, and Perth show that either nothing is changing (there have always been bad storms) or possibly, the weather is better now than it used to be. Where is the evidence to support the claims by alarmists that increasing CO2 will make “extreme weather” more common?It’s less windy now across South East Australia than it was in the 1920′s. It’s less stormy on the southern coast of Victoria, and records that go back 7000 years...
  • CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought ( AGW Alarmists at work again?)

    07/25/2012 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 25th July 2012 06:48 GMT | Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor
    Atmospheric feedback loops can be rather swift, geologically speakingThe time lag between increased quantities of CO2 reaching or leaving the atmosphere and global temperature change may be far shorter than previously thought, according to a new paper, Tightened constraints on the time-lag between Antarctic temperature and CO2 during the last deglaciation published this week by Climate of the Past.The paper states its claims by suggesting other ice-core-based assessments of the correlation between CO2 prevalence and global temperature use samples from a region of Antarctica where ice accumulates slowly, making conclusions on the age of air bubbles difficult. This new research...
  • The rise and fall of Al Gore and Global Warming

    07/23/2012 4:42:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 22, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I noticed with my morning coffee that Tom Nelson had a Google Trends graph that piqued my interest, so I decided to expand upon it a bit before getting back to work. After looking at my results, the title of this post could just as easily be “off the radar”. Have a look: Source: Google TrendsYou can clearly see when An Inconvenient Truth was released, the 2007 IPCC report and subsequent Nobel prize, and when Climategate occurred. That Gore blip in the summer of 2010 was the “Sex Poodle” episode.Here’s a similar graph with the maximum number of relevant phrases...
  • Sugar cane ethanol biofuel produces 10 times the pollution of gasoline and diesel

    07/23/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    joNova ^ | July 22nd, 2012 | Joanne
    ndur Goklany calculated that biofuels policies killed nearly 200,000 people  in 2010 alone. That was before this study showed things may be worse than we suspected. Brazil is the largest sugar cane ethanol producer in the world, but people are burning four times the area of sugar cane plantations than previously realized, and it’s producing far more pollution than they thought. For every unit of energy generated, the ethanol-biofuel use produces a lot less CO2 (plant fertilizer) but more volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), more carbon monoxide, more nitrous oxides, as well as more sulphur dioxides. (See Graph b below).Compared to...
  • Wet climate may have fueled Mongol invasion

    07/20/2012 6:55:45 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 20, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Consistent rain and warm temperatures may have given the Mongols the energy source they needed to conquer Eurasia: grass for their horses (huge amount of grass needed to feed the 10 horses for each Mongol warrior).
  • More on Koutsoyiannis and the homogenization of temperature data – plus some comments on blog review

    07/20/2012 3:15:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 20, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    First, correcting an error that originated with the blog The Hockey Schtick about not giving appropriate credit. Marcel Crok writes on De staat van het klimaat One of the basic principles of blogging is to give credit when credit is due. I always try to mention the source of my information and most blogs do this using an acronym like h/t (hat tip). This week one of my own blog articles was not referred to as the source for another blog article on The Hockey Schtick. This blog then alerted WUWT? who brought the same news quite loudly and then...
  • Media Questions and Answers from the Norfolk Police regarding the closing of Climategate

    07/20/2012 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 19, 2012 | by Anthony Watts
    Operation Cabin Q&As (from the Norfolk Police here PDF) The following questions and answers are an abridged version of Norfolk Constabulary’s Operation Cabin media briefing held on Thursday 19 July 2012.How do you know it was an external hack?In outline terms, we know it came via the internet from a number of different IP addresses, in various countries, which may have been proxy servers. The attack was, first of all, into the web server (CRUweb8) in the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the UEA. From there, a link was established to a CRU back-up server (CRUback3).It’s fair to say, the...
  • Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

    07/20/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th July 2012 01:00 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2. While the principle behind seeding is simple enough – the iron acts as a fertilizer for phytoplankton, which multiply and consume carbon dioxide as they grow – the topic is fiercely debated. The core of the argument is also simple: it’s probably impossible to predict what other environmental impacts phytoplankton fertilization would have. The researchers, led by Victor Smetacek from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, are reporting the results of a 2004...
  • Climate Craziness AND Quote of the Week – Bill McKibben suggests we can ‘change physics’

    07/19/2012 11:11:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 19, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on July 19, 2012 by Anthony Watts I’ve never done a double feature before where our Climate Craziness of the Week and Quote of the Week are one and the same. 350.org’s Bill McKibben gets this unique honor.From the what universe does Bill McKibben live in department? While going on about heat waves, he comes up with the ultimate “I don’t understand science” zinger. How long before people stop listening to this guy? I would not have believed he’d be disturbed enough to write this if I hadn’t read it as a direct quote written by his own hand.Hat...
  • Medieval Warm Period found in 120 proxies. Plus Roman era was similar to early 20th Century.

    07/19/2012 10:53:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    joNova ^ | Joanne
    Two major proxy studies, larger than ever, were released in April and June 2012. They show that the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) existed, and was similar to current temperatures. These comprehensive studies suggest current temperatures are not unusual, and that itself is not all that surprising — I’ve mentioned before how there are hundreds of proxy studies showing it was as warm or warmer back then. (CO2science has been documenting them.) But these studies are worth a mention because they are so large. Climate models cannot explain what caused the warming 1000 years ago, nor the cooling  300 years ago,...
  • Is global warming just another ‘End-of-the-World’ delusion?

    07/19/2012 10:17:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 18, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: less than 24 hours after posting this, we already have an end of the world prediction naming global warming, see below. New end of the world book treats climate change just like many other end of times worries that have not come to pass. Weston, FL — (SBWIRE) — 07/16/2012 — The end of the world is not going to happen within our lifetimes. That’s the word from Justin Deering, author of The End of the World Delusion: How Doomsayers Endanger Society. “We’re bombarded with end-of-the-world scares practically everywhere you look,” Deering explains. “You hear about it in church, on...