Monthly Archives: August 2011

Soot easier to control than CO2 – may help Arctic ice

From the American Chemical Society something I’ve always wondered about, that soot plays a major role in the Arctic. Controlling soot though, has to start outside of the United States, because soot emissions are already highly regulated by the EPA. … Continue reading

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Posted in Carbon soot | 70 Comments

Solar’s lead balloon of pollution in developing countries

From the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Solar industry responsible for lead emissions in developing countries Solar power is not all sunshine. It has a dark side—particularly in developing countries, according to a new study by a University of Tennessee, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 48 Comments

Katia now a hurricane tropical storm

This post has been combined into a new one for Katia and Lee here Also I have our new track projection map online now, that covers all the way out to the Cape Verde Islands where these storm systems form. … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | 50 Comments

Blocking highs contribute to unusually hot July in the Great Plains

From NASA Goddard, something reminiscent of last year’s blocking high for the heat wave in Russia. NASA Satellite Observes Unusually Hot July in the Great Plains Andrey Savtchenko and Adam Voiland NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Much of … Continue reading

Posted in heat wave, Weather | 48 Comments

A blast from the gas in the past

From the AGU today, I find they are moving the cause of ancient planetary disaster from comets impacts and volcanoes or other big events to CO2 causing acidification of the oceans, literally they have a blast from the gas, to … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Oceans, Paleoclimatology | 82 Comments

Government Funding of the National Weather Service: A Response to Our Critics

This is a response to the article posted by Dr. Ryan Maue here titled: CEI misses the boat on the need for the National Weather Service.  Ryan’s response is in the comments, and here is the key clause: …The CEI … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion | 71 Comments

Final Arctic Sea Ice forecast poll

Poll now closed. Results below will be submitted to ARCUS on Sept 1st. 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’m late … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Forecasting, Sea ice | 178 Comments

Houston, we have a temperature problem

Eric Berger writes (excerpt below) at the Houston Chronicle “SciGuy” blog about the wicked hot record breaking temperatures people were getting in Houston on their iPhones. Turns out the whole issue is over station siting. While he located the station, … Continue reading

Posted in GHCN, records, Weather_stations | 35 Comments

Bill Nye is the anti-science guy when it comes to global warming and hurricanes

Post by Dr. Ryan Maue (cross posted at my Policlimate) “Must watch TV: Nye expounds on theory of racism” Much “debate” has erupted in the liberal mainstream media concerning the effects of global warming on Hurricane Irene. With a few … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Weather | Tagged , , , | 237 Comments

Fuel cells get the dynamite treatment

From the University of Southern California  a parallel for Alfred Nobel’s design of a stable substrate for dynamite (which at the time used unstable nitro-glycerin). This solves the collision problem for automobile mounted fuel cells. Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel cells … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Technology | 112 Comments

Byrne on “The real science trashers”

I think this was directed squarely at Joe Romm and his band of TPers. One of Romm’s favorite put downs is “anti-science”, a label he uses with abandon. This opinion piece appeared in the Chicago Tribune today to wide circulation. … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion, Satire | 59 Comments

The next hurricane to be is on the move: Katia

As we were given an early forecast of by Dr. Ryan Maue, NHC has now declared tropical depression 92L a tropical storm with the name Katia. UPDATE: 18z 08/30/2011 GFS forecast puts Gulf of Mexico in for a meandering powerful … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | 51 Comments

Precautionary Principle Memo – ready for transmission

Guest post by Reed Coray Two members of the Penn State University faculty (Seth D. Baum and Jacob D. Haqq-Misra) and one employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman) have taken valuable time to address the … Continue reading

Posted in Satire, Space | 103 Comments

Climate Change Causes Mental Illness

Alternate title: Bill McKibben explained o_O I’ve had about two dozen emails wanting me to carry this from the Sydney Morning Herald: Mental illness rise linked to climate Erik Jensen RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, GLOC, Ridiculae, Satire | 118 Comments

Quote of the week – hype and hurricane force winds

Should Irene have been downgraded sooner? Cliff Mass, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington and a popular blogger asks, “When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?”

Posted in Quote of the Week | 118 Comments

Scientists and activists behaving badly

UPDATE: Pat Michaels responds, see below: ======================================================== Maybe it’s the summer weather, I dunno, but in the space of 4 days, we have three prominent figures in the global warming debate behaving badly. First we have Al Gore, who paralleled … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Climate ugliness, Opinion | 57 Comments

NASA’s James Hansen arrested yet again

Photo courtesy of flickr, stream Link Excerpt from Bloomberg: James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested outside the White House as he joined protesters in urging President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism | 158 Comments

Wastewater GHG emissions, a poop de grace?

From the University of Cincinnati Wastewater recycling can multiply greenhouse gas emissions New research shows that wastewater recycling processes may generate more greenhouse gases than traditional water-treatment processes. Despite this finding, there are good reasons to continue keep wastewater recycling … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | 24 Comments

Flashback: Today Show paddles canoe in ankle deep water for photo-op

With all of the serious questions about hype over Hurricane Irene and the media’s introspection and sanctimonious hand-wringing, I felt it was time for some levity. If you do not remember Michelle Kosinkski from a Today Show appearance in 2006, … Continue reading

Posted in Weather | 21 Comments

Even the TV news community is asking if Irene was overhyped

There’s a newsgroup that just about everyone who’s in the television news reads daily called “Shoptalk” which is as old as the Internet. They have a host website called TVspy. Today they asked their own readers this question: Was Hurricane … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, media | 91 Comments

How not to measure temperature in the GHCN, part 1

Yes, it’s back. Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.  and I have started looking at the GHCN to document the siting quality of surface stations that measure climate in the Global Historical Climatological Network (GHCN), the darling of NCDC’s Dr. Thomas Peterson … Continue reading

Posted in GHCN, Weather_stations | 44 Comments

Irene takes a bite out of ocean heat

While nowhere close to Trenberth’s missing heat, it’s a nice bite sized chunk of SST. Hurricanes are heat engines, transporting massive amounts of heat from lower to higher levels of the atmosphere. La Niña is growing too. Have a look:

Posted in hurricanes, Oceans, Sea Surface Temperature | 97 Comments

Debunked: the “climate change causes wars” myth

From the Center for Strategic and International Studies The Washington Quarterly, a total takedown of the myth that wars and climate change are linked as claimed by this ridiculous study from Columbia University we covered last week titled: That darned … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Alarmism | 56 Comments

Diamonds the size of potatoes shoot up at 40 miles per hour from their birthplace 100 miles below Earth’s surface and other strange carbon tales

From the American Chemical Society the same folks who are looking for science superheroes, carbon tales of the weird. Tackling mysteries about carbon, possible oil formation and more deep inside Earth DENVER, Aug. 28, 2011 — How do diamonds the … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Curious things | Tagged | 101 Comments

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Quote of the Week: “That letter is a criminal act against science, against open inquiry. Not only is the world in the hands of intellectual children, they are warring against real science, whose main pillar is open inquiry” by Claes-Göran … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News Roundup | Tagged | 14 Comments

NHC issues final bulletin on Irene


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ACS says we need science superheroes

From the American Chemical Society, a call for science superheros. I suppose this means the Goreacle is not in the running. Remedies for science’s shortage of superheroes DENVER, Aug. 28, 2011 — One of the most serious personnel shortages in … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Satire | Tagged , , | 94 Comments

Gore suggests climate skeptics have parallels with racists

  Open question to WUWT readers:  Will one member of the mainstream media — that was so quick to give page-space to Bill McKibben’s ludicrous assertions about Irene — even bring up these comments by Gore?  Will Revkin or Bryan … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 193 Comments

Hurricane Irene 2011 – now tropical storm with 50 mph winds

At noon 8/28/11 PST, I’ve discontinued this thread as a “top post” on WUWT. NOTE: New posts will appear below this one while Irene is in play. UPDATE: at 5PM EST 8/28 Irene is a tropical storm with sustained winds … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | Tagged , , , | 389 Comments

Long-range forecast models see 92L developing into a powerful hurricane (Katia) next week

Post by Dr. Ryan N. Maue Update:  August 29 — Tropical Depression 12 has formed out of the strong African easterly wave near 30W.  It will generally move Westward over the next 5-days gaining strength steadily, likely becoming a major … Continue reading

Posted in Weather | Tagged , , | 34 Comments

Hurricane Irene TV news reports – a bridge too far?

I just got done watching about 30 minutes of the special “Hurricane Irene Information” Channel 259 on DirecTV where they are carrying live reports from ABC7 out of New York City. I’ve watched many TV channels tonight like it. I … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, media, Satire, Weather | Tagged , , , | 85 Comments

CEI misses the boat on the need for the National Weather Service

Post by Dr. Ryan N. Maue The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) picks an odd time and a curious target for their latest missive pondering whether We Really Need a National Weather Service? Most of their arguments are not particularly persuasive … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Weather | 55 Comments

Hurricane Fatalities, 1900–2010: Context in these Stormy Times

Guest post  by Indur M. Goklany Despite the press given to hurricanes on the dangers they pose to life and limb, in the larger scheme of things, their contribution to U.S. mortality (less than 0.01% on average each year) verges … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes | Tagged , , | 19 Comments

Hurricane Irene not packing much of a “punch” so far

One of the great things about Internet, technology, and personal weather stations today is that I can sit comfortably in my home in California and watch the storm progress on the other coast. This map from Weather Underground suggests that … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | Tagged , , , , | 125 Comments

ATI press release on the Mann UVA emails

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saturday, August 27, 2011 Contacts: Paul Chesser, Executive Director, Chris Horner, Senior Director of Litigation, UVA Goes All-in on Climategate FOIA Cover-up By Christopher C. Horner, Washington Examiner, 08/27/11 The University of Virginia has joined a list of … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | Tagged , , | 89 Comments