Las Vegas, AKA Los Voraces

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach (This is Part 3 of an ongoing digression … see Part 1 and Part 2. We rolled out of Tonopah in the morning, and straight on through Nevada. Mostly what Nevada has are long valleys separated by a single ridge of mountains, and very straight roads. At some point we…

Grant money panic! Murdoch buys the National Geographic

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Media giant Rupert Murdoch has just purchased the National Geographic. According to the Washington Post, Murdoch has provided the non profit organisation with a desperately needed financial lifeline; National Geographic gets financial lifeline from Fox in $725 million deal … Under the terms announced Wednesday, Fox will control 73 percent…

The new poster child for ‘correlation is not causation’: industrial revolution ended 1800 years of volcanic induced cooling

via Eurekalert today… The study emphasises that this trend came to an end with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the resulting global warming caused by human activity. From the UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA The Industrial Revolution put an end to 1,800 years of ocean cooling The high frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions…

♫ I left my UHI, in Sannn Frannncisco ♪

Apologies to singer Tony Bennett for the title. Our own “Charles the moderator” writes in with this curious picture from Weather Underground showing downtown San Francisco at about 2:15PM September 8th, 2015. The disparity of temperature just a few blocks away is quite stunning. In the two temperatures circled in the downtown area yesterday there is…