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)

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

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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

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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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