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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Algal Blooms: Not Caused by Global Warming

It seems that global warming is as easy to blame as “the devil made me do it” these days. Almost anything can be blamed on global warming it seems. It has become the new universal evil, replacing the threat of … Continue reading

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Sidebar to Spencer testimony today – Barbara Boxer tosses an insult, implies Limbaugh is involved in Spencer’s testimony

Update: video link added below at 730PM PST (H/T to Joe S.) From C-SPAN, Click for video player When you watch this video it is clear Ms. Boxer does not have any interest in listening to what Dr. Spencer had … Continue reading

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Roy Spencer’s testimony before congress backs up Monckton’s assertions on climate sensitivity

Dr. Roy Spencer went to Washington to give testimony today to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Here is his presentation. While not as technical as Lord Moncktons paper at APS (since it had to be simplified for a … Continue reading

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The Green Inquisition

From Project Syndicate by Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – When it comes to global warming, extreme scare stories abound. Al Gore, for example, famously claimed that a whopping six meters (20 feet) of sea-level rise would flood major cities around the … Continue reading

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American physicists warned not to debate global warming

Original article from the UK Register: By Andrew Orlowski (andrew.orlowski@theregister.co.uk) Published Monday 21st July 2008 16:04 GMT Bureaucrats at the American Physical Society (APS) have issued a curious warning to their members about an article in one of their own publications. … Continue reading

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Nutty Story of the Day #2: whitewashing the ocean

How much lime does it take to treat the whole ocean? Where have we heard this before? Oh yes, dump powdered iron into the ocean. That one didn’t happen yet. Sure, let’s just toss a bunch of lime into the ocean and … Continue reading

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Nutty Story of the Day: “Global Warming” is Killing the Penguins in Antarctica

This picture is my own choice – it is not related to the UK Mirror story You have to wonder how the press allows stories like these to get published without some basic fact checking. I’m reminded of the recent … Continue reading

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Why Does NASA GISS Oppose Satellites?

A Modest Proposal For A Better Data Set Reposted from Warren Meyers website: Climate Skeptic. One of the ironies of climate science is that perhaps the most prominent opponent of satellite measurement of global temperature is James Hansen, head of … Continue reading

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Shifting of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation from its warm mode to cool mode assures global cooling for the next three decades.

Foreword: Don J. Easterbrook sent me this essay on Friday for publication here, but with the dustup over Monckton’s paper and the APS, I decided to hold off publishing it for a bit. For background, see Easterbrook’s web page here. … Continue reading

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American Physical Society and Monckton at odds over paper

Two days ago I posted on this story in this blog related to APS opening up debate on climate change. It appears Lord Monckton did in fact have his paper, Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered,  reviewed by APS, and he drafted revisions … Continue reading

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Cedarville Sausage

A guest post by John Goetz [Update: I cross-posted this on CA and in the process added the brief discussion of night lights as well as made some minor text changes. I have reflected all of those changes here] In … Continue reading

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Fabricating Temperatures on the DEW Line

Would you want to do this every day? Stevenson Screen placement in relation to heated buildings- click for larger image Today I received an email that contained some startling revelations about the Weather Stations that were put in place on … Continue reading

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APS Editor Reverses Position on Global Warming- cites “Considerable presence” of skeptics

Viscount Monckton gives a presentation during the 2007 Conference on Climate Change From Mike Asher at the DailyTech: The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that … Continue reading

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Latest NOAA Press Release in Total Disagreement with NASA Satellite

Joe D’Aleo, CCM, Fellow of the AMS It was the eighth warmest June on record for the globe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday in the 129 years since records began in 1880. And the first six months … Continue reading

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Kidney Stones and Global Warming – Again

This bizarre story is once again in the news, thanks to pillars of journalism like Time Magazine covering it, it is now a wide topic of discussion. I’ll point out that I covered this story when it was a “nobody”, on May … Continue reading

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