New battery technology will be great – if it is viable

We’ve seen so many press releases for a new battery technology that seems almost to good to be true over the years. A lot of them were and never made it past the press release. Here’s to hoping this one isn’t one of those. From the University of Southern California USC scientists create new battery…

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Climate Warning to be Removed from Aussie Driving Handbook

While Al Gore brings his trademark ‘Gore Effect’ to Canberra, it seems some of the most ridiculous climate edicts of the KRudd/Gillard administrations are being purged. Eric Worrall writes: A bizarre warning to Australian learner drivers, in the official State of New South Wales Government handbook, which says that climate change could cause dangerous road…

The 'Gore Effect' Strikes Downunder

Craig Kelly, MP writes: With Al Gore visiting Canberra today, it’s little surprise that the ‘Al Gore Effect’ has struck again. The ‘Al Gore Effect’ is defined by the Urban Dictionary as; “the phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming.”

Study: irrigation causes 'significant cooling of global average surface temperatures over land'

From the HockeySchtick: A paper published last week in Climate Dynamics finds man-made agricultural irrigation “causes significant cooling of global average surface air temperatures over land and dampens regional warming trends” by increasing cloud cover and precipitation. According to the authors, “irrigation, however, is typically not included in standard” climate models, and thus, “irrigation should…