Monthly Archives: July 2008

Thanks again to my readers, another record month

And the hits just keep on coming… 646,024 for the Month of July, up from 582,079 in June. About these ads

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CONFIRMED: Water on Mars

TUCSON, July 31 (UPI) — Scientists confirmed Thursday that water, considered an essential building block of life, does indeed exist on the planet Mars.An analysis of a soil sample collected by the Phoenix lander detected traces of water, which exists … Continue reading

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An encouraging response on satellite CO2 measurement from the AIRS Team

Recently we’ve been discussing products from the AIRS satellite instrument (Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder) onboard the Aqua satellite. There has been quite a bit of interest in this because unlike the satellite temperature record that goes back to 1979, until now … Continue reading

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Polar Ice Check – Still a lot of ice up there

During our last check in, we had a look at northern Canada from the Arctic Circle to the North pole, and found we had quite a ways to go before we see an “ice free arctic” this year as some … Continue reading

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Putting on AIRS

Recently we’ve been discussing products for the AIRS satellite instrument (Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder) onboard the Aqua satellite. For example we’ve been looking at the only global image we can find of CO2 from its data made in 2003, wondering where … Continue reading

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CO2 – “well mixed” or mixed signals?

One of the few things that BOTH sides of the Carbon Dioxide and AGW debate seem to be able to agree on is the belief that CO2, as a trace gas, is “well-mixed” in the atmosphere. Keeling’s measurements at Mauna … Continue reading

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EPA asking for input on CO2/GHG – let’s give it to them

From this page (h/t Dave Hagen) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment from all interested parties on options and questions to be considered for possible greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. EPA is issuing an advance … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 68

I don’t know what it is with weather stations at some universities. Of course we have the station at University of Arizona Tucson in the parking lot, and this one isn’t too far from that arrangement. It has a long … Continue reading

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Penn and Teller on Carbon Credits

Magicians and Illusionists Penn and Teller have a popular TV show on the Showtime channel called, ahem, “Bullshit”. In homage to their debunking mentor, James Randi, they take on a number of subjects they feel could use a little “clarity”. … Continue reading

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Hey kids! Be a “Climate Cop” – rat on your family, friends, and classmates

Note: I don’t normally allow the discussion of things related to Nazi Germany here, including discouraging the use of the word “denier” due to it’s “Holocaust Denier” connotations. But this full page ad in the Sunday papers in Britain, touting … Continue reading

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Some rational thought left – “climate change as curriculum” vetoed

There was a lot of lobbying going on with this one, I sent a letter myself, listing myself as a former school board member familiar with school curriculum. The real issue is: we currently don’t have a curriculum to teach … Continue reading

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Anchorage’s record setting cold summer

From the Anchorage Daily News, some anecdotal evidence that we may not see an ice-free arctic this summer. I had previously blogged on the lateness of a 70 degree plus day in Anchorage, and now it looks like this may … Continue reading

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Who lives in LA that can survey a station for me?

This is a request for some help to anyone in the Los Angeles area to get a weather station surveyed in the hills east of Altadena, near the Mount Wilson Observatory. Can anyone help out? Requirements: regular car/truck, digital camera, … Continue reading

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Who knew? Rachel Carson – climate change expert

NOTE: For those of you who don’t know, Rachel Carson has often been hailed as the “mother of the environmental movement” due to her book, Silent Spring.  Before that book, she wrote another, The Sea Around Us, in which she … Continue reading

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Beck on CO2 and Temperature: Oceans are the “dominant CO2 store”

Evidence of variability of atmospheric CO2 concentration during the 20th century Geo-Ecological Seminar University of Bayreuth, 17th July 2008 (see here) Ernst-Georg Beck, Dipl. Biol Summary of the presentation (printable PDF available here) In 1958 the modern NDIR spectroscopic method … Continue reading

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NYT: Expert Says Arctic Ocean Will Soon Be an Open Sea

“Catastrophic Shifts in Climate Feared if Change Occurs” In case you missed it, this article in the New York Times illustrates what some scientists believe is a very serious issue, and they are speaking out on it. Here is a … Continue reading

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SEC petitioned to issue guidance on ‘potentially false and misleading statements’ on global warming

See also this related story from the Sacramento Bee: Carbon Markets Take Shape which outlines California’s agreement with six other Western states and four Canadian provinces released the draft of a plan to set up a vast market for greenhouse-gas … Continue reading

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Nutty story of the day #3 – TV ads cause global warming

I suppose if the purpose of this is to say that we need less television advertising, I can go along with that. This is probably good news for the Ty-D-Bowl Man, who has been threatened by catastrophically rising and falling … Continue reading

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Compo and Sardeshmukh: Oceans a main driver of climate variability – it’s the heat AND the humidity.

Illustration only: not part of the paper This paper has been out for a few days, and several people have alerted me to it. This new paper by Compo,G.P., and P.D. Sardeshmukh, 2008: Oceanic influences on recent continental warming. in … Continue reading

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Stuck on Stupid: climate activist tries to superglue himself to UK Prime Minister

Activist tries to superglue himself to Gordon Brown By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 12:57 AM on 23rd July 2008 During these turbulent economic times, Gordon Brown is keen for the country to stick by him. However, this probably … Continue reading

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