Monthly Archives: July 2011

Roll to observe Elenin – STEREO BEHIND looks at a hot topic

Story submitted by Robert Bateman In just a few hours from now, NASA rolls the STEREO BEHIND solar satellite to have a look at Comet Elenin (P/2010 X1), and if you haven’t been paying attention, it is one red hot … Continue reading

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Posted in Space | Tagged , , | 62 Comments

The “Row to the Pole” publicity stunt looks doomed to failure by a sea ice block

Regular readers may recall that back on June 15th, I pointed out the absurdity of this “Row to the Pole” publicity stunt sponsored by the whisky company “Old Pulteney” which had plans to row to the North Magnetic Pole (based … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | Tagged , , | 122 Comments

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Quote of the Week: It is scientists, not sceptics, who are most willing to consider explanations that conflict with their own. And far from quashing dissent, it is the scientists, not the sceptics, who do most to acknowledge gaps in … Continue reading

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What do sea measurements reveal about Earth’s temperature trend?

From the AGU highlights Despite the fact that average temperatures on land have been increasing from year to year, globally averaged surface temperatures from 2000 to 2010 have shown only moderate warming. This is because sea surface temperatures over the … Continue reading

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The Parthenon of Climate

I can’t improve on the description offered by Steve McIntyre on the most recent taxpayer funded %&#@^*! from NOAA: their sponsorship of the display Pillars of Climate at the recent American Meteorological Society’s Applied Climatology and Climate Change Adaptation conference … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae, Satire | 72 Comments

Connecticut’s new short lived all time high temperature record corrected – but was it ever a record at all?

The recent heat wave in the Midwest and the eastern United States has been characterized by all sorts of exaggerated claims. One even made it into Wikipedia as an “official” all time high record. From Dr. Roy Spencer alerted … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, records, Weather, Weather_stations | Tagged , , , , , , | 64 Comments

Fallout from Our Paper: The Empire Strikes Back

by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. posted an article yesterday where the usual IPCC suspects (Gavin Schmidt, Kevin Trenberth, and Andy Dessler) dissed our recent paper in in the journal Remote Sensing. Given their comments, I doubt any of … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Modeling | Tagged , , , , | 184 Comments

Carbon Tax needs a sunset clause

Sunset Clause for the C-Tax? Letter to the Editor Watts Up With That? 30 July 2011 Australians must insist that the monstrous carbon dioxide tax legislation has a sunset clause which is triggered by global cooling. This whole tax extravaganza … Continue reading

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Riding a Pseudocycle

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Loehle and Scafetta recently posted a piece on decomposing the HadCRUT3 temperature record into a couple of component cycles plus a trend. I disagreed with their analysis on a variety of grounds. In the process, … Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Don — disintegrates on landfall

For those in SE Texas hoping for some drough relief from Tropical Storm Don, so far early Saturday morning after landfall, a trace or scant rainfall is to be found.  Don’s convection has distintigrated with only a weak-low level swirl … Continue reading

Posted in Weather | 45 Comments

New Berkeley study on grass and global warming misses one very important issue

Caveat, no, it isn’t about “grass use” in UC Berkeley, and note the press release with the key word, “could” in the title. From the University of California – Berkeley Warming climate could give exotic grasses edge over natives Invasive … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Climate News | Tagged , , | 73 Comments

Federal Official: Monnett suspension unrelated to “drowned” polar bears

As some WUWT readers theorized yesterday, something, perhaps even more egregious is the root of the suspension. The AP obtained an internal memo from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, sent via email circulated to staff. From the Sacramento … Continue reading

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Inspector general’s transcript of drowned polar bear researcher being grilled

This fellow, Charles Monnett has been suspended pending an investigation into his polar bear research. You may recall that he single-handedly inspired Al Gore (not that it takes much) into producing this piece of science fiction for his even larger … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Arctic | Tagged , , , | 205 Comments

Rationalizing Trenberth’s missing heat

By Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. Additional Information On The “Ocean’s Missing Heat” By Katsman and van Oldenborgh 2011 I discussed the papers C. A. Katsman and G. J. van Oldenborgh, 2011: Tracing the upper ocean’s ‘missing heat’. Geophysical Research Letters (in … Continue reading

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Spencer and Braswell on Slashdot

This is how Slashdot breaks the news from Forbes article: “New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism”. When it hits Slashdot, you know it has gone viral. New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models Posted … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Global warming, Modeling | 168 Comments

Wind energy -vs- wildlife, public comments sought

John Droz writes in with this today: Anthony: A US federal agency, the Fish & Wildlife Service, is currently debating whether or not there will be national wildlife rules for industrial wind energy, and if yes, what they will be … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | 45 Comments

Solar industry on the rise

Via Slashdot Hugh Pickens writes: According to Rhone Resch, the last three years have seen the U.S. solar industry go from a start-up to a major industry that is creating well-paying jobs and growing the economy in all 50 states, … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Solar | 148 Comments

Al Gore’s “drowned polar bear” AIT source under investigation

According to AP/Anchorage Daily News, he’s on leave pending results of investigation. It seems everywhere you look, there’s some sort of fakery going on with the polar bear issue. For example, the image at left, where Science magazine used this … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Alarmism, Arctic | Tagged , , , , | 91 Comments

New paper: UHI, alive and well in China

JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 116, D14113, 12 PP., 2011 doi:10.1029/2010JD015452 Observed surface warming induced by urbanization in east China Key Points The rapid urbanization has significant impacts on temperature over east China A new method was developed to dynamically … Continue reading

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Antarctic ice – more accurate estimates

Guest post by Verity Jones @ Digging In The Clay Cracking ice shelves make headlines, but ice loss estimates that are revised downwards don’t.  While there is great hand wringing over coastal ice loss in Greenland and the West Antarctic … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Sea ice | Tagged , , | 35 Comments

UEA/CRU releases their climate data under ICO order, but there are a few holdouts

From Climate data released Wed, 27 Jul 2011 All data sent to the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia by National Meteorological Services around the globe to complete its global land temperature dataset CRUTEM3 will be … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Weather_stations | Tagged , , | 75 Comments

August ARCUS forecast poll – What will the September NSIDC Arctic minimum extent be?

Once again, I’m going to give WUWT readers an opportunity to make a forecast for submission, based on voting. See the poll at the end.  I’ll run this poll each month in the week before the deadline, and we’ll see … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | Tagged , , | 136 Comments

Quote of the Month – Nature disses skeptics

I already have a quote of the week, but since the fact that Nature decided to pay any attention at all to the Heartland Conference in Washington, D.C. which ended July 1st, this deserved a special place on WUWT, and … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, Quote of The Month | Tagged , , , | 110 Comments

Sheep study confirms a premise of McIntyre & McKittrick 05

Yesterday, I published a press release titled Tree ring widths more affected by sheep than temperature in which researchers in Norway published a peer reviewed study stating: “We found tree ring widths were more affected by sheep than the ambient temperature at … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , , , | 40 Comments

Tipping points and beliefs – the 10% solution

From the Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, statistics | Tagged , , | 119 Comments

Tree ring widths more affected by sheep than temperature

From Wiley-Blackwell, via Eurekalert, something just plain surprising. Nibbling by herbivores can have a greater impact on the width of tree rings than climate, new research has found. The study, published this week in the British Ecological Society’s journal Functional … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology, Satire | Tagged , | 71 Comments

Quote of the week: from the reductio ad absurdum file

This story is about why laws bowing to sea level worries will make signs like this at left more common in one Australian town. I’ve seen stupidity from local city governments before, but this one takes the cake. Residents of … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Sea level | Tagged , , , | 87 Comments

A down under slide show on the folly of the carbon tax

A reminder to PM Gillard: you are a carbon based life form. Here’s the entire slide show online from Philip R. Wood in Australia given July 14th.

Posted in carbon tax, Politics | Tagged , , | 80 Comments

Pielke Sr. on new Spencer and Braswell paper

Reposted from Dr. Roger Pielke Sr’s blog New Paper “On the Misdiagnosis Of Surface Temperature Feedbacks From Variations In Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance” By Spencer and Braswell 2011 There is a new paper published which raises further questions on the robustness … Continue reading

Posted in Climate reconciliation, feedbacks, Modeling | Tagged , , , | 203 Comments

Antarctic Ice shelf collapse – “worse than we thought”

Researchers Provide Detailed Picture of Ice Loss Following Collapse of Antarctic Ice Shelves An international team of researchers has combined data from multiple sources to provide the clearest account yet of how much glacial ice surges into the sea following … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Satire, Sea ice | Tagged , , | 132 Comments

Volcano found on the Moon’s farside

Non-mare silicic volcanism on the lunar farside at Compton–Belkovich Bradley L. Jolliff,Sandra A. Wiseman,Samuel J. Lawrence,Thanh N. Tran,Mark S. Robinson,Hiroyuki Sato,B. Ray Hawke,Frank Scholten,Jürgen Oberst,Harald Hiesinger, Carolyn H. van der Bogert,Benjamin T. Greenhagen,Timothy D. Glotch& David A. Paige Nature Geoscience … Continue reading

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Loehle and Scafetta calculate 0.66°C/century for AGW

Guest post by Craig Loehle and Nicolas Scafetta Human Effect on Climate Clearly Detected (but is 0.66 deg C/100yr since ~1950!) Loehle, C. and N. Scafetta. 2011. Climate Change Attribution Using Empirical Decomposition of Historical Time Series. Open Atmospheric Science … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming, IPCC, Modeling | Tagged , , | 678 Comments

Prey and predator model of clouds

From the Weizmann Institute of Science – Eat, Prey, Rain Photo: Tamar Deutsch What do a herd of gazelles and a fluffy mass of clouds have in common? A mathematical formula that describes the population dynamics of such prey animals … Continue reading

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Curiosity – coming to Mars – maybe

When I was in Washington a couple of weeks ago for ICCC6, I took the family to the National Air and Space Museum on the mall. While everyone was gazing at rockets and other bus-sized hardware of glory days past, … Continue reading

Posted in Space, Technology | Tagged , , , , | 108 Comments

Law of unintended carbon consequences

From Oregon State University Northwest Forest Plan has unintended benefit – carbon sequestration CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Northwest Forest Plan enacted in 1993 was designed to conserve old-growth forests and protect species such as the northern spotted owl, but researchers … Continue reading

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