Author Archives: Ira Glickstein, PhD

About Ira Glickstein, PhD

[Retired] Senior System Engineer (Advanced Avionics and Visionics, Route Planning, Decision Aiding, Five Patents ... at IBM, Lockheed-Martin); Adjunct Associate Professor (System Engineering at University of Maryland, System Science and Computer Science at Binghamton University); PhD in System Science (Binghamton University, 1996); MS in System Science (Binghamton); Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (CCNY)

“One Guy With A Marker …” DECONSTRUCTED

Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein John Coleman (Co-Founder of The Weather Channel) made a comment on my: earlier WUWT posting  “Ira, please make a video that presents the counter argument so I can put the two videos together for a … Continue reading

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Claim: ‘One Guy With A Marker Just Made The Global Warming Debate Completely Obsolete.’

Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein My granddaughter just sent me a link to a video that claims: “One Guy With A Marker Just Made The Global Warming Debate Completely Obsolete.” I watched the video with interest. He starts off saying he … Continue reading

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Friday Funny: Forget CO2 – US Executions “Cause” Global Warming

From the “correlation is not causation” department. Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein Since the Death Penalty was restored in the US in 1975, the Number of Executions per Year correlates with UAH Global Temperature Anomaly better than CO2 levels! So, … Continue reading

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Putting Human-Caused Warming in Proper Perspective

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein Some of the net Global Warming since 1880 is undoubtedly due to human actions, but how much? [Update 10 April. My PowerPoint Show that includes the following graphic is available for download here: https://sites.google.com/site/iraclass/my-forms/2014%20Global%20Warming%20Civil%20Discourse.ppsx?attredirects=0&d=1 ] … Continue reading

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No Clue Haiku – Temp Rise Past Due

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. Oceanographer Gregory Johnson, Lead Author of the IPCC AR5 chapter on marine measurements, has summarized the entire 2,200 pages in 19 nicely illustrated haiku. Haiku is an artful Japanese writing form with a 5-7-5 cadence. Here … Continue reading

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Animated analysis shows that IPCC AR5 global warming prediction is lower than AR4, TAR, and FAR

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein I just updated my December 2012 IPCC “Arrows” animation based on the latest available IPCC AR5 (2013) Global Warming prediction for 2035. One good result is that the midpoint of the AR5 prediction range for … Continue reading

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How well did Hansen (1988) do?

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. The graphic from RealClimate asks “How well did Hansen et al (1988) do?” They compare actual temperature measurements through 2012 (GISTEMP and HadCRUT4) with Hansen’s 1988 Scenarios “A”, “B”, and “C”. The answer (see my … Continue reading

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An animated analysis of the IPCC AR5 graph shows ‘IPCC analysis methodology and computer models are seriously flawed’

This post made me think of this poem, The Arrow and the Song. The arrows are the forecasts, and the song is the IPCC report – Anthony I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not … Continue reading

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Environmentalist Air Pollution

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. What’s the difference between a whimsical fable and an environmental fallacy? On the outside, fables are light-hearted fibs. But oh so true on the inside. Environmental fallacies are just the opposite, serious and plausible on … Continue reading

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Unified Climate Theory May Confuse Cause and Effect

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein The Unified Theory of Climate post is exciting and could shake the world of Climate Science to its roots. I would love it if the conventional understanding of the Atmospheric “Greenhouse” Effect (GHE) presented by … Continue reading

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CO2 Sensitivity is Multi-Modal – All bets are off

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein A multi-modal probability distribution, such as the graphic below [from Schmittner 2011], cries out “MULTIPLE POPULATIONS”. Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (expected temperature increase due to a doubling of CO2 levels, all else being equal) is distinctly … Continue reading

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Topsy-Turvey Carbon Footprints from Nature Climate Change

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein The lastest issue of Nature Climate Change to reach my mailbox has some startling news, particularly considering that it comes from a generally Warmist publication. One might say is is “topsy-turvy” (upside down) from a … Continue reading

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Slipping some “past the goalie” at RC

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein Seinfeld fans will remember how proud Kramer was when he thought he had slipped one past the goalie. Well, I’ve managed to slip a few comments onto RealClimate’s discusion of the Times Atlas “Greenland Meltdown” … Continue reading

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Shame and Witches (Nature Climate Change)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein A copy of the journal Nature Climate Change> landed in my mailbox just in time for Halloween. According to them: (1) almost any kind of climate change is likely to cause increased conflict, and (2) … Continue reading

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Inches of “Global Warming” Get Dumped on NASA-GISS HQ

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein [Update: New York City got more snow in October 2011 than ever before in recorded history, according to the NY Daily News (including some good photos). Special thanks to WUWT commenter NikFromNYC who posted this … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Satire, Snow | Tagged , , , , , | 149 Comments

Skeptic Strategy for Talking About Global Warming

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein What should a responsible Skeptic say to an astute audience? When recently invited by the “Technology, Engineering, and Science Plus” group in my community to give a talk and answer questions, I knew I would … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Cap-and-trade, carbon tax, Climate sensitivity, Climategate, Climate_change, Global warming, NASA GISS, Uncategorized | 557 Comments

Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Light and Heat

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein Solar “light” radiation in = Earth “heat” radiation to Space out! That’s old news to those of us who understand all energy is fungible (may be converted to different forms of energy) and energy/mass is … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Climate sensitivity, Earth, measurement, Modeling, Radiation, Science, Solar, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 958 Comments

Uncertain Climate Risks (Nature Climate Change)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein As I continue to plow through Vol 1 Issue 1 of the new Journal Nature Climate Change, I came to the following amazing statement: Communicating the value of climate modelling … requires confronting such apparent … Continue reading

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Overstretching Attribution (Nature Climate Change)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein VOL 1 NO 1 of a new journal, Nature Climate Change, arrived in my mailbox today. While clearly in the Warmist camp, it was refreshing to read the first paper Overstretching attribution. It starts off … Continue reading

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Molecules and Photons

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein This series began with a mechanical analogy for the Atmospheric “Greenhouse Effect” and progressed a bit more deeply into Atmospheric Windows and Emission Spectra. In this posting, we consider the interaction between air molecules, including … Continue reading

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Canadian Harp Seals In New England (“prediction” of cooling?)

Canadian Harp Seals may have “read” the predictions of the coming decades of stabilization of global temperatures and perhaps some cooling. Animals like the Harp Seal have experienced many millions of years of climatic change and, through the complex processes … Continue reading

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Nuke Tsunami Makes Clean Coal Look Better

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein The recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which shut down several reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex in northeastern Japan, followed by a failure of the backup cooling systems that resulted in hydrogen gas explosions and … Continue reading

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Emission Spectra

Guest post by Ira Glickstein The Atmospheric “greenhouse effect” has been analogized to a blanket that insulates the Sun-warmed Earth and slows the rate of heat transmission, thus increasing mean temperatures above what they would be absent “greenhouse gases” (GHGs). … Continue reading

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Atmospheric Windows

Guest post by Ira Glickstein A real greenhouse has windows. So does the Atmospheric “greenhouse effect”. They are similar in that they allow Sunlight in and restrict the outward flow of thermal energy. However, they differ in the mechanism. A … Continue reading

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – A Physical Analogy

Guest post by Ira Glickstein Albert Einstein was a great theoretical physicist, with all the requisite mathematical tools. However, he rejected purely mathematical abstraction and resorted to physical analogy for his most basic insights. For example, he imagined a man … Continue reading

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Forget CO2, US Debt “Causes” Warming

Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein Total US Debt (public and private) as a percentage of US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) correlates with NASA GISS US Annual Mean Temperature Anomaly better than CO2 levels! So, if we want to reduce warming, … Continue reading

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Global Warming is a Pussy Cat

Guest post by Ira Glickstein Thanks to WUWT readers who posted estimates of how much of the supposed 0.8ºC Global Warming since 1880 was due to Data Bias, Natural Cycles, and AGW (human-caused warming). I am happy with the results … Continue reading

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Some People Claim There’s a Human to Blame (GW Tiger)

Guest post by Ira Glickstein Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, But I know, it’s my own damn fault.. The original Jimmy Buffet lyrics say “woman to blame” but I changed it to “human” in the title … Continue reading

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Normal Seasons of the Sun (GW Tiger)

Guest post by Ira Glickstein PhD. We had joy, we had fun, we had Seasons of the Sun. But the mountains we climbed were but whimsies of our minds. That song (apologies to Terry Jacks) could well be the theme … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Carbon dioxide, Climate data, Climate_change, ENSO, feedbacks, NASA GISS, Solar, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 152 Comments

The PAST is Not What it Used to Be (GW Tiger Tale)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. Time machines are a staple of sci-fi. Someone travels back to the past and changes some momentous historical event, expecting his or her heroic action will improve the present and future, usually with disastrous results! … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Climate data, Climategate, measurement, Modeling, NASA GISS | Tagged , , | 87 Comments

Tale of the Global Warming Tiger

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. Once upon a time, long ago and far away, three brave warriors decided to do something about the tiger that was terrorizing their village. The first approached the tiger’s head and whacked it with a … Continue reading

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CO2 is Plant Food (Clean Coal, Say WATT?)

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein. When Lord Monckton told Congress “CO2 is plant food”, the Global Warming activists went crazy because … well, because they know he spoke an inconvenient truth. Monckton’s statement was ridiculed in many blog posts and … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Carbon dioxide, Carbon sequestration, Energy, Environment, Solar, Technology | Tagged , | 110 Comments

Clean Coal (Say WATT?) – Our Energy Future

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein The December 2010 issue of the Atlantic shows an amazing turn-around by some of the Global Warming warmists! Yes, they are still tuned in to the CAGW crowd predicting imminent climate change disaster, but … … Continue reading

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NASA’s Sunspot Prediction Roller Coaster

Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein Santa brought us a new Sunspot prediction to be added to NASA’s incredibly high series of at least five ill-fated predictions starting in 2006. NASA’s latest peak Sunspot Number for Solar Cycle #24 (SC24) is … Continue reading

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Do We Care if 2010 is the Warmist Year in History?

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein According to the latest from NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies), 2010 is shaping up to be “the warmest of 131 years”, based on global data from January through November. They compare it to … Continue reading

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