The Great Green Diesel Swindle

Date: 24/07/17  Chicago Tribune German carmakers colluded on diesel controls, technology for decades: report Another week, another scare from the German car industry. What began with Daimler’s massive recall of more than 3 million diesel cars to lower their emissions, ended on Friday with Audi also embarking on a voluntary recall of 850,000 vehicles. Adding…

Who’s Afraid of Sea-Level Acceleration?

by Joe Born This is kind of a coda to Willis Eschenbach’s recent post about sea-level rise. In that post Mr. Eschenbach argued against confidence in the recently observed accelerations’ reality. His post was characteristically compelling. But there’s a sense in which the question of whether apparent acceleration is real seems secondary to whether the…

No Lye

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach “In Reading gaol by Reading town There is a pit of shame, And in it lies a wretched man Eaten by teeth of flame, In burning winding-sheet he lies, And his grave has got no name.” —Oscar Wilde, from “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898)   So … why is…

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

From Eurekalert Public Release: 25-Jul-2017 University of Washington The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures. A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a…

Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting

From the “may the Farce be with you” department and the Neuroskeptic Blog @ Discover By Neuroskeptic | July 22, 2017 4:57 am A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it. Inspired…