SDO sees 'Dark Fireworks' on the Sun

From Science@ NASA:  On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only “M” (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill eruption–that is, until researchers looked at the movies. “We’d never seen…

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The grass is greener on the ethanol model side

From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Switch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissions CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and better groundwater quality, researchers…

Gavin's borehole logic

Realclimate censorship by Ecotretas Realclimate.org is notoriously known for censoring comments. Examples are everywhere on the Internet, and in a couple of minutes you get a handful of them: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5). I knew this when I went there today, for the “Is Sea-Level Rise Accelerating?” post. I bet they know that the…

Take away the IPCC's cash source, problem solved

To Kill IPCC, Cut the Cash Source:  SPPI by Dennis Ambler UN climate chief promotes carbon trading in Africa I would suggest that many people think that the UN policies on “global warming/climate change/wealth re-distribution, emissions trading, etc” emerge only from the annual Conferences of the Parties, (COPS), such as Copenhagen and Cancun, but I would guess that not…

Lowering The Bar

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Anthony has pointed out a new paper by McKinley et al. regarding the carbon sinks of the oceans (preprint available here , supplementary online information here). The oceans absorb and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. As usual in this world of “science by press release”, the paper has already been…