Category Archives: Obvious science

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

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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

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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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