Tag Archives: Stanford University

Contrasting Good and Bad Science: Disease, Climate Change and the Case of the Golden Toad

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director Emeritus, Sierra Nevada Field Campus San Francisco State University To insure the public does not become complacent as the 16-year hiatus in rising global temperatures continues, the media is spammed with untested models claiming … Continue reading

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Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity … Continue reading

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The ‘Diffenbaugh Delusion’ – refuted with a single graph of temperature

From Stanford University,  a claim easily refuted with a single graph of Tmax. See below. Global warming has increased risk of record heat, say Stanford scientists Drought shriveled crops in the Midwest, massive wildfires raged in the West and East … Continue reading

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A new understanding of the solar dynamo published

Our resident solar expert, Dr. Leif Svalgaard, sends word of this new discovery. Stanford solar scientists solve one of the sun’s mysteries The sun’s magnetic field can play havoc with communications technology. Stanford scientists have now described one of the … Continue reading

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Claim: Climate change is 10x faster than ever before

From Stanford University  comes this breathless missive that sounds just like every one we’ve heard before. No mention of “the pause”, but we do have a “baked into the system” goodness apparently. Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at … Continue reading

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Grade school science howler from Ken Caldeira: ‘CO2…forms carbonic acid (the same thing that makes soda fizz)’

From the Carnegie Institution , where soda pop science is like a carbonic acid trip, they say (thanks to modeling) we have to make big changes:  “To save coral reefs, we need to transform our energy system…” while equating natural … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Energy Overlord

Guest essay by Kevin D. Knoebel In case you missed it, physicist Ernest J. Moniz was sworn in on May 21, 2013 as the new US Secretary of Energy. Born in 1944 in Fall River, Massachusetts, graduated high school in … Continue reading

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An interesting advance in battery applications

From Stanford University encouraging news, a rechargeable Zinc-air battery would put electric cars into the realm of reasonable practicality, where with lead-acid batteries they are currently not. Stanford scientists develop high-efficiency zinc-air battery Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced … Continue reading

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The carbon footprint of alternate energy technology

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies Americans take electrical power for granted whenever they flip on a light switch. But the growing use of solar and wind power in the United States makes … Continue reading

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Paul Ehrlich joins the Royal Society, rants on Twitter

Josh writes: “All the text Paul Ehrlich is saying comes from his recent tweets.“ And the Bishop says “it’s a hoot”. I wonder where he got the idea that its was “the greatest snowstorm on record for the city” when … Continue reading

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Another kind of ‘fracking’, this produces geothermal energy

From the AGU fall meeting comes some pragmatic engineering tests with fracking like methods that produce geothermal energy. Developers of renewable energy and shale gas must overcome fundamental geological and environmental challenges if these promising energy sources are to reach … Continue reading

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Mind exploding: an all carbon solar cell

From Stanford University , the first carbon sequestration project that makes energy. I wonder, will Al Gore say the electricity produced by a carbon solar cell is “dirty energy”? Somewhere, off in the distance, I hear Joe Romm’s head exploding. … Continue reading

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Al Gore’s palm oil train wreck gets worse

From Stanford University , more bad news coming from Al Gore’s failed Goldman Sachs palm oil fantasy. Stanford researchers show oil palm plantations are clearing carbon-rich tropical forests in Borneo Expanding production of palm oil, a common ingredient in processed … Continue reading

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SLACing the soot

From the DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures Laser probes microscopic components of air pollution Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the most detailed images … Continue reading

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H2O 2012 conference theme: “please send money”

From Stanford University , this press release with a “who the heck cares?” question as a title. We have far bigger problems in California to worry about. It is another one of these “might result” weasel word press releases in … 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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America’s clean energy policies need a reality check, say Stanford researchers

From Stanford University comes another head exploder for Joe Romm. IMAGE: In the fast-globalizing clean-energy industry, the US should press its advantage in engineering, high-value manufacturing, installation and finance, writes Stanford researcher Jeffrey Ball. America’s approach to clean energy needs … Continue reading

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Finally, a population crash NOT blamed on global warming

From Stanford University , a realization that El Niño an La Niña play far greater roles than any global warming does in ocean populations. Squid mystery in Mexican waters unraveled by Stanford biologist and a class of students While shorter … Continue reading

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