Category Archives: Obvious science

Warming climates intensify greenhouse gas given out by oceans

From the University of Edinburgh and the department of soda pop science, comes something we already knew. I wonder who approved the grant for this one? Rising global temperatures could increase the amount of carbon dioxide naturally released by the … Continue reading

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Posted in Climate News, Obvious science, Oceans | 59 Comments

A press release I never quite finished reading

Nature Climate Change asks this: How does snow affect the amount of water in rivers? New research has shown for the first time that the amount of water flowing through rivers in snow-affected regions depends significantly on how much of … Continue reading

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Multiple consecutive days of tornado activity spawn worst events

From Purdue University , a press release related to tornado activity without any mention of a climate change link. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Significant tornado outbreaks and especially strong tornadoes are more likely occur within periods of activity lasting three … Continue reading

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Climate craziness of the week: climate change> bigger waves> fish have to swim harder

From the department of obvious science and anything to do with climate change must be bad comes this study from Australian National University: Waves costly for fish Big waves are energetically costly for fish, and there are more big waves than … Continue reading

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Oh noes! Richer countries get more climate research than poorer more vulnerable regions of the world

That darn wealth distribution is affecting who has money for climate research. “The results show that the supply of climate change knowledge is biased toward richer countries.”. Can the begging be any more transparent? Oh, the pain! Climate change research … Continue reading

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They are just now figuring this out?

From the University of Washington, something woodsmen, hunters, and campers have observed in forests for hundreds of years.  It’s all about the LWIR. Snow melts faster under trees than in open areas in mild climates It’s a foggy fall morning, … Continue reading

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University of New Hampshire invertedly overheats soil, and pronounces a climate change result

From the University of New Hampshire comes this press release that made me recoil when I read the methodology involved because it is Mannian-Tiljanderish in the approach. Instead of doing top down heating (as occurs in Nature), they do bottom … Continue reading

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Flowers like the warmer weather

From Harvard University An early sign of spring, earlier than ever Researchers say record-high temperatures led to earliest spring flowering in history Record warm temperatures in 2010 and 2012 resulted in the earliest spring flowering in the eastern United States … Continue reading

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‘Carmageddon’ in LA makes ‘Carmaheaven’

From the University of California – Los Angeles  and the WUWT Obvious Science Department: ‘Carmaheaven': Closure of 405 in 2011 improved air quality up to 83 percent Take the time to enjoy a deep breath next weekend when the 405 … Continue reading

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Newsflash: tropical species adapt to temperature changes

From Wiley Sciences, some interesting admissions, though I have to think that insects are far more tolerant than they give them credit for. But, take it all with a grain of salt, because it is just more modeling output. Some … Continue reading

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Shocker: burning trees release stored carbon

From the Department of Obvious Science and the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Research Station, comes this shocking headline: Washington’s forests will lose stored carbon as area burned by wildfire increases Even small increases in area burned could have … Continue reading

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Who would have thunk it? Standing trees better than burning ones

From Duke University and the Department of Obvious Science  comes this study partially funded by NASA: Standing trees better than burning ones for carbon neutrality DURHAM, N.C. — The search for alternatives to fossil fuels has prompted growing interest in … Continue reading

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Oh the Entomology! Light pollution “radically altered” environment – making more bugs, more bug predators

From the University of Exeter , some buggy science. Next thing you know, PETA will be campaigning to have us shut off street lighting to “save the insects”. I’m surprised it has taken them this long to figure out that … Continue reading

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Another poll shows global warming on the outs, distrust of climate scientists cited

When hockey stick creator Dr. Michael Mann responds to valid questions about his science by blocking the person asking the questions as well as deleting them so that others can’t see them, is it really any surprise that distrust of … Continue reading

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Why William D. Nordhaus Is Wrong About Global Warming Skeptics Being Wrong…

Guest post by David Middleton William D. Nordhaus is an economics professor at Yale University. He recently published this essay in the New York Review of Books… Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong March 22, 2012 William D. Nordhaus … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Carbon dioxide, Global warming, James Hansen, Michael E. Mann, Obvious science, Paleoclimatology, The Skeptic's Case | Tagged , , , , , , , | 115 Comments

Water evaporated from trees cools global climate

From the Carnegie Institution – maybe we should build more cooling towers. Washington, DC. — Scientists have long debated about the impact on global climate of water evaporated from vegetation. New research from Carnegie’s Global Ecology department concludes that evaporated … Continue reading

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Montana’s new big sky discovery – El Niño casts a wide net

From Montana State University  and the “weather is not climate” department: Montana State researcher discovers link between Montana weather, ocean near Peru BOZEMAN, Mont. – A Montana State University researcher who analyzed 100 years of data has found a significant … Continue reading

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Mapping the guilt of fruits and vegetables out of state

From DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, probably the biggest load of crap I’ve seen in quite some time. I realize that’s harsh,  and I don’t think I’ve ever used that sentence to describe a scientific study, but there’s really no other … Continue reading

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Breaking news! Trees store carbon!

Who would have ever guessed trees store carbon by utilizing the gas of plant photosynthesis, carbon dioxide, and in an “immense, profound” way? From the Institute of Arctic Biology, where they seem to see no positive benefit to this, but … Continue reading

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Robust uncertainty

There’s nothing like conflicting your title in your own press release. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Climate change reducing ocean’s carbon dioxide uptake MADISON – How deep is the ocean’s capacity to buffer against climate change? As one of the … Continue reading

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Gee, ya think? Proof of what many have said for years

From Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News Mercury vapor released from broken compact fluorescent light bulbs can exceed safe exposure levels New Rochelle, NY, July, 6, 2011—Once broken, a compact fluorescent light bulb continuously releases mercury vapor into the air … Continue reading

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Cleaner air may result in increased solar insolation and therefore warming.

This makes me wonder if the temperature dip in the 1970’s where everyone was worried about global cooling wasn’t partially driven by atmospheric aerosols. With the advent of pollution controls, certainly we have cleaner (and more optically transparent) skies since … Continue reading

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Oh Noes! Climatic monetary disruption seen in US economy

Weather affects business, and “It’s clear that our economy isn’t weatherproof,”. Gosh, who knew? For some monetary perspective on this issue, please note that Obama’s economic stimulus package was $787 billion (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and it … Continue reading

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One more reason to say asphalt affects local weather

Paved surfaces can foster build-up of polluted air From the National Center for Atmospheric Research BOULDER—New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants … Continue reading

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Warmer temperatures stimulate the gain of carbon stored in trees

Global Warming May Affect the Capacity of Trees to Store Carbon, MBL Study Finds WOODS HOLE, MA—One helpful action anyone can take in response to global warming is to plant trees and preserve forests. Trees and plants capture carbon dioxide … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon sequestration, Obvious science, Science | 79 Comments

Stunning discovery by USFS and AP: dead trees burn faster

Yeegads. The serial regurgitation in media is impressive.  Here’s the money quote:

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The name game of climate change

From the: University of Michigan It’s all in a name: ‘Global warming’ vs. ‘climate change’ ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Many Americans are skeptical about whether the world’s weather is changing, but apparently the degree of skepticism varies systematically depending on what that … Continue reading

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One more thing to worry about: cloud light pollution amplification

Clouds amplify ecological light pollution The brightness of the nightly sky glow over major cities has been shown to depend strongly on cloud cover. In natural environments, clouds make the night sky darker by blocking the light of the stars … Continue reading

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We had to nuke the planet to save it from global warming

Eric Nielsen writes to me via Facebook: I find it disturbing the National Geographic would suggest something like this Well, um, yeah. This sort of thing is why I don’t subscribe to National Geographic anymore. Could there ever be a … Continue reading

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Things we don’t know – about climate

This is a guest post by Paul Murphy – and I’d like to thank Mr. Watts for giving me this opportunity to present it here. This is a very long post by WUWT standards – nearly 3,000 words all driving … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Climate data, measurement, Obvious science | 139 Comments

Fireworks under fire

UPDATE: Yes, sadly, I had to look. There’s the fireworks and global warming question being bandied about related to the 2012 Olympics. See below the read more line. – Anthony From the Journal of Obvious Science department: Smoke from fireworks … Continue reading

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