Author Archives: Alec Rawls

Facepalm: More casual death wishes from Australia

Guest post by Alec Rawls Jill Singer, long time Aussie talking head: I’m prepared to keep an open mind and propose another stunt for climate sceptics – put your strong views to the test by exposing yourselves to high concentrations … Continue reading

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Silly Nazi hijinks: let’s tattoo deniers “for the grandchildren”

Guest post by Alec Rawls Richard “bonehead” Glover, radio talker and 20 year columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, dares to be outrageously conventional: Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. There … Continue reading

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Stop checking the facts: “Your Internet search has just helped kill the planet”

Guest post by Alec Rawls This could explain a few things. Greens are against searching for information. To save the planet, only follow safe links from Joe Romm, Andrew Revkin, John Cook and RealClimate. Searching bad. Vewwy vewwy bad: It … Continue reading

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Yes, impossibly stupid “weather panic” IS the new normal

Guest post by Alec Rawls Is Newsweek actually heeding the instruction of Linnaeus to “know thyself”? Their latest panic-mongering cover seems pretty self aware. Panic is a loss of reason: pan•ic (pænɪk), noun: a sudden, overpowering terror, often affecting many … Continue reading

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“May snow depths are deeper than anything we have seen in the last 45 years”

That’s from the avalanche center in the Tetons, and here is a current web-cam view up Yosemite Valley towards still-closed Tioga Pass (in the left background): AP has a nice roundup of late snow and snowpack news (including the Teton … Continue reading

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“People underestimate the power of models. Observational evidence is not very useful.”

Guest post by Alec Rawls Andrew Orlowski at the UK Register has an anecdotal account of Downing College’s skeptics-vs-believers mash-up. Ace of Spades pulled the juiciest bit: In short, the day lined up Phil Jones, oceanographer Andrew Watson, and physicist … Continue reading

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Solar warming and ocean equilibrium, Part 3: Solanki and Schuessler respond

Guest post by Alec Rawls Solar physicist Sami Solanki and his colleagues at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research helped pioneer the use of cosmogenic isotopes from ice cores to create a proxy record for solar activity going … Continue reading

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Does solar activity have to KEEP going up to cause warming? Mike Lockwood responds

Guest post by Alec Rawls My first post on this subject remarked on the number of scientists who assert that late 20th century global warming cannot have been driven by the sun because solar activity was not trending upwards at … Continue reading

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Snow in Saratoga

“A veritable dusting” as Time says of Friday’s snow in San Francisco (“the first snow in 35 years“), but that was at 900 feet (in the Twin Peaks neighborhood). Here’s a picture I just got from some friends on the … Continue reading

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Do solar scientists STILL think that recent warming is too large to explain by solar activity?

  Guest post by Alec Rawls Study of the sun-climate link was energized in 1991 by Friis-Christensen and Lassen, who showed a strong correlation between solar-cycle length and global temperature: This evidence that much of 20th century warming might be explained … Continue reading

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Lump of coal award: to IPCC lead author Kevin Trenberth for hiding the decline (or the lack of increase) in global temperatures

Old, but untold. Trenberth treated us to a trick in his Halloween interview with Bill Sweet by changing the sign on his own most famous quote. As Trenberth now tells it: One cherry-picked message saying we can’t account for current … Continue reading

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