Peak Oil – now for the downslope

Guest post by David Archibald When I posted on peak oil’s effect on agricultural costs and food security, some comments questioned the idea of peak oil. What follows is a summary of the subject. We will start with what is considered to be the most successful economic forecast ever made – the prediction in March…

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Kelp! Kelp! It’s warming!

From Cell Press , at least they didn’t study Kudzu as a proxy for land temperature. Seaweed records show impact of ocean warming As the planet continues to warm, it appears that seaweeds may be in especially hot water. New findings reported online on October 27 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, based on…

Climate scientists and their excuses

Candid Comments From Climate Scientists By Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. There is  a news release by Paul Voosen on Greenwire titled Provoked scientists try to explain lag in global warming (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) There are some interesting quotes from climate scientists in this article that highlight a large degree of uncertainty with respect to the climate…

Send in the clouds, there ought to be clouds (in models)

New tool clears the air on cloud simulations LIVERMORE, Calif. — Climate models have a hard time representing clouds accurately because they lack the spatial resolution necessary to accurately simulate the billowy air masses. But Livermore scientists and international collaborators have developed a new tool that will help scientists better represent the clouds observed in…

Nature pans BEST and Muller PR antics, prints letter from Dr. Singer

Scientific climate Nature 478, 428 (27 October 2011) doi:10.1038/478428a Published online 26 October 2011 Results confirming climate change are welcome, even when released before peer review. excerpts: … Of course, reproduction of existing results is a valid contribution, and the statistical methods developed by the BEST team could be useful additions to climate science. But…