Monthly Archives: April 2009

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 3 of 3

Part III: Where does global warming rank among future risks to environmental health? Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany NOTE: Entire 3 part series is now available as a PDF here In Part 1 of this series we saw that … Continue reading

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Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 65 Comments

April – another record month at WUWT

The hits just keep on coming. 1,672,437 page views this month, up from 1,478,801 page views in March. After posting last months stats, there was some discontent by some angry and somewhat incredulous bloggers that it might be an April … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 142 Comments

See speck run

Another anemic solar cycle 23 sunspeck, could 19th century astronomers have seen it? From SUNSPOT 1016: A ring-shaped sunspot numbered 1016 has emerged near the sun’s equator. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of old Solar Cycle … Continue reading

Posted in Solar | 233 Comments

The Met Office UK summer forecast – Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Guest Post by Steven Goddard The Third Little Show Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun The Japanese don’t care to, the Chinese wouldn’t dare to Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve till one But Englishmen … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting, Weather | 186 Comments

Watch the Wilkins ice shelf collapse in time lapse animation – looks like ‘current’ events to me

Previously on WUWT we discussed the media’s fascination with “melt” when it comes to ice shelves cracking off. Then there’s also this picture that keeps getting recycled. It is clear from the photo above that we see a stress … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Sea ice | 96 Comments

Zogby poll: only 30% of Americans support cap and trade

The Zogby poll results mirrors the recent Gallup poll It’s the economy, stupid. Even so, with opinion on Cap and trade in the minority it seems plans are in place to move forward. On Earth Day, Secretary Chu warmly embraced … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 79 Comments

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 2 of 3

Part II: Where does global warming rank among future risks to public health? Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany In Part 1, we saw that at present climate change is responsible for less than 0.3% of the global death toll. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 64 Comments

What Is Normal Arctic Ice Extent?

Guest post by Steven Goddard I have been noticing in recent weeks that NSIDC extent is much closer to their 1979-2000 mean than NANSEN is to their 1979-2007 mean.  This is counter-intuitive, because the NANSEN mean should be relatively lower … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, measurement, Sea ice | 126 Comments

New Australian continent wide low temperature record set for April

Minus 13 degrees – the coldest it’s been in April From Weatherzone – Brett Dutschke, Wednesday April 29, 2009 – 14:58 EST A new Australian record was set early this morning, a temperature of minus 13 degrees, at Charlotte Pass … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Weather | 195 Comments

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 1 of 3

Part I: Ranking global warming among present-day risks to public health. Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany There seems to be no limit to the hyperbole surrounding climate change – and that’s no hyperbole. Numerous politicians have informed us over … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 127 Comments

Inconvenient Eisdicken – “surprising results” from the Arctic

This is a news story from Germany outlining another Arctic ice measurement expedition. This one was conducted by flying the scientists across the north polar ice cap using the WWII era workhorse Douglas DC-3 airplane equipped with skis, and towing … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 163 Comments

Britain’s only wind turbine plant to close

Who would have thunk? Maybe it had something to do with this video of a Vestas wind turbine: I wonder if it used “Lucas” electronic parts? I owned an Austin Healy Sprite and a Triumph TR6 at one time, and … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Technology | 222 Comments

Catlin Crew Out Of Time

Guest post by Steve Goddard An Arctic Blizzard As reported here two weeks ago, April 30 is the last safe date to recover explorers from the Arctic.  The people who rescued Pen Hadow from the Arctic in May, 2003 said … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Uncategorized | 138 Comments

Misunderstandings about the Pacific Decadal Oscillation

Misunderstandings about the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Guest post by Bob Tisdale INITIAL NOTE The first version of this post (The Common Misunderstanding About The PDO dated June 26, 2008) incorrectly described the method for calculating the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. I … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Oceans, PDO | 115 Comments

Another inconvenient TV meteorologist

From WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, MI Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen has been a familiar face in West Michigan since 1975. MSNBC needs to read Bill’s Blog April 26th, 2009 at 4:55 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill’s Blog, Weather MSNBC is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 98 Comments

Are Record Temperatures Abnormal?

Guest post by Steven Goddard Consider a hypothetical country with 1,000 top notch weather stations and the perfect unchanging climate (which our AGW friends imagine used to exist before they were born.)   During the first year of operations, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement | 204 Comments

Ice at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959 – not so thick

What would NSIDC and our media make of a photo like this if released by the NAVY today? Would we see headlines like “NORTH POLE NOW OPEN WATER”? Or maybe “Global warming melts North Pole”? Perhaps we would. sensationalism is … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 289 Comments

Bad news from NSIDC

Last year we had the forecast from NSIDC’s Dr. Mark Serreze of an “ice free north pole”. As we know, that didn’t even come close to being true. Summer 2008 had more arctic ice than summer 2007, and summer 2007 … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Ridiculae | 144 Comments

Quote of the week #5 – Waxman’s stunningly stupid statement

Image from WUWT reader “Boudu” This QOTW is from Congressman Henry Waxman, who is pushing (or maybe bribing) the carbon cap and trade bill through congress. The statement made by Waxman can be corrected by a third grader; it is … Continue reading

Posted in Quote of the Week, Ridiculae | 191 Comments

Media addicted to “melt”, when it it should be “crack”?

Guest post by Steven Goddard What is Wrong with this Picture? The picture of the Wilkins Ice Shelf cracks is itself fine, and the news media loves it so much that they recycle it every year.  The problem is with … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Arctic, media, Sea ice | 56 Comments

Examining SORCE data shows the Sun continues its slide toward somnolence

Guest post by Guillermo Gonzalez I recently happened upon the SORCE/TIM website and decided to look up the plot of the full total solar irradiance (TSI) dataset ( The SORCE mission began collecting TSI data in February 2003. I was … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 434 Comments

Waxman bribes Mr. Gene Green? – private deal “allowances” if Dems will vote for cap and trade bill

It seems our future is being bargained away for a few pieces of silver as this passage from the article indicates. Those of you that have an interest in this, now is the time to write and call your U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon credits, Politics | 87 Comments

Antarctica’s Bipolar Disorder

Guest post by Steven Goddard Two days ago I questioned how Antarctic ice could be both “melting faster than expected” and “expanding” at the same time.  Yet (as WUWT has noted before) the answer is obvious – according to NASA, … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic | 109 Comments

New Zealand sacks its top climate researcher for speaking with the media

WUWT reader “Purakanui” emailed me: “I have just read an extraordinary news item. Jim Salinger is the voice of global warming as far as New Zealand is concerned. Until recently he was always there when a new ‘record’ appeared, or … Continue reading

Posted in media, Science | 128 Comments

Monckton not allowed to debate with Gore today

SEE UPDATE BELOW FROM MONCKTON I’m out of the political loop, and have no way of judging the merit of the claim, so I’m just going to link to this story. If it is true, it shows just how bad … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Politics | 371 Comments

A possible correlation between the Southern Oscillation Index and the Solar Ap Index

I was pointed to this graph by an email from WUWT reader Phil Ravenscroft and I’m reposting it here for discussion. While the correlation looks plausible, it seems almost too good. Since the email tip for this graph did not … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Solar | 169 Comments

The Left Hand Knows Not What The Right Hand is Doing

Guest Post by Steven Goddard Last weeks’ top Antarctic AGW story was : Antarctic ice melting faster than expected due to CO2, of course. This week the #1 story is : Antarctic ice spreading but the increase in size is … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Ozone, Science, Sea ice | 114 Comments

Catlin Arctic Ice Survey: paid advertising of results before they are even off the ice!

Sharp eyed WUWT reader Rick K spotted this advertisement on Yahoo News: I double checked what Rick K reported, and yes, they are running this ad. Either they just don’t care that they are running ads for “results” prior to … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Ridiculae, Science, Sea ice | 135 Comments

Ice Target Zero

Shooting At a Rapidly Moving Target Guest post by Steven Goddard Arctic ice area has recovered to normal (one standard deviation) levels, so ice area no longer matters.  The issue is now thickness, which is measured by a team of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 189 Comments

WUWT Poll: What should we call the current solar minimum?

Although we’ve been covering this quiet sun issue for over a year on WUWT, the light bulb seems to have gone on for mainstream media right about now. There is growing press coverage about the current state of the sun, … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff, Solar | 543 Comments

IBD Earth Day Editorial: The Late Great Planet Girth

From Yahoo News Feed Earth Day: We are now told that obesity causes global warming. Maybe that’s why belief in human-caused climate change is at an all-time low. That and the fact that Antarctic ice is growing, not melting. Over … Continue reading

Posted in Earth | 122 Comments

Are today’s poorer generations morally obliged to solve problems that may or may not confront tomorrow’s much wealthier generations?

Guest post by Indur M. Goklany Some people argue that we are morally obliged to reduce greenhouse gases aggressively because otherwise the world’s current development path would be unsustainable, and our descendants will be worse off than we are. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Economy-health | 79 Comments

CBS’ Charles Osgood on the Sun – and a surprising suggestion

Holy Cow! Charles Osgood, a skeptic? A QUIET SUN DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. excerpts: I know you’ve already got a lot to worry about as it is, but something rather odd is going on — on the Sun. The Sun normally … Continue reading

Posted in media, Solar | 258 Comments

Possible “habitable zone” planetary system discovered only 20 light years away

From RedOrbit and Science News Astronomers Discover Lightest Exoplanet Yet Astronomers claim to have discovered an exoplanet that is the most similar to Earth in terms of mass than any previously discovered. Found in the constellation Libra, the planet known … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | 102 Comments

Leaving The Ice Pack Behind

Leaving The Ice Pack Behind Guest post by Steven Goddard 2009 Arctic ice extent has jumped into a big lead over the previous four years.  Danish Meteorological Institute Ice Cover April 21, 2009 NSIDC shows Arctic extent continuing to close … Continue reading

Posted in Sea ice | 140 Comments