From the IEEE: A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy

From the IEEE Spectrum Journal: A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy It takes several lifetimes to put a new energy system into place, and wishful thinking can’t speed things along By Vaclav Smil In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the…

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350.org follows the Mooney directive, but will anyone care?

Hilarity from 350.org, they are following Mooney’s rant: time to act is now right now. I guess they’ll be known as Mooneys now. Expect weepy Bill McKibben to give a melting oratory. July 6, 2012 PHOTO CALL/MEDIA ADVISORY Giant Ice Sculpture On National Mall to Symbolize the Melting Away of Climate Denialism WASHINGTON–On Saturday morning,…

The NAO seafood oscillation

Figure 1A, Changes in Jet Streams due to Negative and Positive North Atlantic Oscillation (Source: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/NAO_Schematic.png) ScientificAmerican Headline: Warming Oceans Means Seafood Menu Changes Guest post by Bob Tisdale ScientificAmerican recently published a post on their ClimateWire titled Warming Oceans Means Seafood Menu Changes. The article should actually be titled A Well Known North Sea Climate…

UAH global temperature for June 2012: up slightly

UAH Global Temperature Update for June, 2012: +0.37 deg. C By Dr. Roy Spencer The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for June (+0.37 °C) was up from May 2012 (+0.29 °C). Click on the image for the super-sized version: The 4th order polynomial fit to the data (courtesy of Excel) is for entertainment purposes…

Mannhandled: from data to demonization

Over on Climate Audit, there’s an interesting thread going on about Lonnie Thompson and his wife Ellen, who Steve McIntyre describes as “serial non-archivers” due to their overt refusal to put their ice-core data online is spite of grant rules that require them to do so. Steve begins with: Recently, Geoffrey Boulton’s report and Nature…

CO2 emissions – China is the big hockey stick in the room

China’s CO2 emission in millions of metric tons from 1980 to 2009: Source, EIA: http://www.eia.gov/countries/img/charts_png/CH_co2con_img.png From Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Atmospheric scientists release first “bottom-up” estimates of China’s CO2 emissions Estimates capitalize on instrumental measurements of CO2 in smokestacks and pollutants in the air by satellites and surface stations Cambridge, Mass. – July…