Space Race Game Changer? Chinese Space Elevator Breakthrough

Guest essay by Eric Worrall South China Morning Post has published a claim that Chinese researchers have successfully synthesised a sample of a carbon nanotube material so strong it could be used to construct the tether cable of a space elevator. China has strongest fibre that can haul 160 elephants – and a space elevator?…

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Game Changer: Huge Alaskan Oil Find

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Oilprice.com has announced discovery of 1.2 billion barrels of oil on Alaska’s North Slope, which they expect will revitalise Alaska’s oil industry. Huge Oil Find Could Save Alaska’s Oil Sector By Nick Cunningham – Mar 10, 2017, 1:30 PM CST Spanish oil firm Repsol SA just announced the largest onshore oil discovery…

This New Battery is a Game Changer

Lighter Cheaper More Powerful Battery Changes Renewable Economics Guest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq. Marina del Rey, California It is not often on SLB that I use the phrase “game-changer.”  Most things progress, if they progress at all, in small increments.  This time, though, is one of those that deserves the phrase game-changer. The innovation…

The Guardian: Climategate was 'a game changer'

Despite regular attempts by head in the sand AGW cheerleaders to make it go away, Climategate continues to affect the path of climate science. This endorsement of the Climategate effect comes from a most unlikely source, The Guardian’s Fred Pearce, who also writes for The New Scientist. Most telling about all of the investigations so…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #334

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Importance of Clouds: MIT Sloan Professor of Meteorology emeritus Richard Lindzen wrote TWTW stating that, in the past weeks, TWTW may have underemphasized the importance of clouds and overemphasized water vapor…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #333

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)   Biased: TWTW has been accused as being biased. It is biased against speculative ideas being used to justify far reaching government policy, particularly if the primary support of these ideas are complex…

Study provides less gloom and doom about Antarctica

Antarctic ice sheet is melting, but rising bedrock below could slow it down COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY An international team, led by DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark with Colorado State University, has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response…

Cutting edge statistics for climate

From the AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION. You have to love the title of the publication “CHANCE”. Special issue of Chance explores complexities of global climate change models that prove existence of climate change, project future events and impact on mortality, economy ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 21, 2017) – Projecting the future of extreme weather events and their impact…