Category Archives: Earth

NASA revises Earth’s Radiation Budget, diminishing some of Trenberth’s claims in the process

From the “settled science” department comes this new revision of Earth’s entire radiation budget. Many WUWT readers can recall seeing this radiation budget graphic from Kenneth Trenberth in 2009: Source: Trenberth et al. 2009 http://echorock.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/Staff/Fasullo/my_pubs/Trenberth2009etalBAMS.pdf That figure in a slightly … Continue reading

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Climate as a heat engine

Guest essay by Jan Kjetil Andersen As Willis describes in his article on December 21, the atmosphere can be seen as a gigantic heat engine, i.e. a machine which convert thermal energy, namely temperature, into mechanical energy, namely wind. It … Continue reading

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Scientists solve a decades-old mystery in the Earth’s upper atmosphere

From the University of California – Los Angeles New research published in the journal Nature resolves decades of scientific controversy over the origin of the extremely energetic particles known as ultra-relativistic electrons in the Earth’s near-space environment and is likely … Continue reading

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Earth’s self regulation of Carbon Dioxide is remarkably stable

From CSIRO: “What we learned is that in spite of droughts, floods, volcano eruptions, El Niño and other events, the Earth system has been remarkably consistent in regulating the inter-annual variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels,” Tropical ecosystems regulate variations … Continue reading

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Length of day governed by Earth’s core processes

From the University of Liverpool , something I found interesting because a few years ago, former State Climatologist Jame Goodridge said he saw correlations between length of day and other atmospheric processes. Research reveals Earth’s core affects length of day … Continue reading

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Claim: Faint Young Sun Paradox solved

From the University of Colorado at Boulder a claim that computer modeling has solved the problem, with an atmosphere that is 20,000 parts per million of  CO2 and 1,000 ppm of methane. CU study shows how early Earth kept warm … Continue reading

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Just had an earthquake in California – 56 earthquakes (so far) in cluster near Mt. Lassen Volcanic National park

Felt at my location in Northern CA, details follow  

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Celebrate Earth Day – come all ye carbonators

Bjørn Lomborg has a new column in USA Today. This morning in USA TODAY, Lomborg argues that in virtually every developed country the air is more breathable and the water is more drinkable than it was in 1970. Deforestation has turned to … Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy’s seismic action – a whole lotta normal

From the University of Utah a press release with a shaky basis, since all hurricanes create some micro-seismicity. But, our friends will likely try to make something of it. Superstorm Sandy shook the US ‘Standing waves’ in Atlantic caused seismicity … Continue reading

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A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – “The Pause” Update

Image Credit: NASA and BP.Blogspot.com By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” Recently there has been significant attention focused on “The Pause” in Earth’s warming, the length of “The Pause” and where “Earth’s Temperature” may go from here, e.g.: “Over the … Continue reading

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Saturday Silliness: Tamino aka Grant Foster fracks himself

People send me stuff. This morning my inbox had a forwarded Twitter item about a Tammy post where supposedly none of what McIntyre discovered about the dating problems in Marcott et al hockey stick “matter”, because “Tamino” has proven otherwise, … Continue reading

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A bridge in the climate debate – How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

This is one of the most important posts ever on WUWT, it will be a top “sticky” post for a few days, and new posts will appear below this one during that time. People send me stuff. Imagine, shooting 40,000 … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘electron stash’ found hidden among Van Allen belts

You’d think the science on the Van Allen Radiation belts was long ago considered “settled science”. Nope. And yet, while we discover new things like this, some insist we fully understand all aspects of the workings of Earth’s climate. Instruments … Continue reading

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If you thought global warming is a ‘can of worms’ you were right – Earthworms found to increase GHG emissions

Bruce. C. submits this odd story from the Dutch Telegraph, which is likely to have some organic farmers is a tizzy. This is a story that was translated from the Dutch newspaper article, so may not be 100% accurate in … Continue reading

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Earth at night – wildfires in Australia

From NASA – Wildfires Light Up Western Australia (nothing unusual here, it happens every year) A stunning video of the Earth at night follows. Careful observers of the new “Black Marble” images of Earth at night released this week by … Continue reading

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7.7 Earthquake off west coast of Canada, Tsunami warnings issued

An earthquake with magnitude 7.7 occurred near Prince Rupert, BC, Canada at 03:04:10.56 UTC on Oct 28, 2012. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) Map below:

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Changes in Earth’s gravity in relation to magnetic field measured

From the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Rapid changes in the Earth’s core: The magnetic field and gravity from a satellite perspective Annual to decadal changes in the earth’s magnetic field in a region that stretches from the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Pielke Jr. on Lessons of the LʼAquila Earthquake Lawsuit – comparisons to lessons learned on NWS forecast failures

After learning of the guilty verdict today, Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. sends this along noting that “it is a little bit more complicated than not being able to forecast earthquakes”. From: bridges vol. 31, October 2011 / Pielke’s Perspective By … Continue reading

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