Rainfall and El Niño

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In a recent post here on WattsUpWithThat, the claim was made that the El Nino influences rainfall. They showed a correlation between various historical proxies and El Nino/La Nina. So I thought I’d take a look at the modern correlation between rainfall and the El Nino. As a measurement of…

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The 2016 BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Guest essay by Philip Lloyd, Energy Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology The annual Review has just been published. The data is readily downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. A few minutes work soon gives an excellent idea of the trends in the world’s energy. The changes since 1965 in the consumption of the primary energy sources,…

Friday Funny: Study claiming psychotic traits linked to conservatism gets reversed–finds liberalism more likely to have those traits

From the friends of Stephan Lewandowsky, and upside-down Mann department Ralph Dave Westfall submits this story: Here’s an interesting example of possibly politicized research findings getting blown out of the water: Conservative political beliefs not linked to psychotic traits, as study claimed. Researchers have fixed a number of papers after mistakenly reporting that people who…

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Claim: Global Warming will Cause Extreme Tropical Population Shifts

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study has just been published which claims a few degrees global warming will cause extreme population migrations in the tropics. But their model makes a rather questionable assumption about tropical climates. Evidence increasingly suggests that as climate warms, some plant, animal, and human populations may move to preserve…