A Small Margin Of Error

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that Zeke Hausfather and others are claiming that 2018 is the warmest year on record for the ocean down to a depth of 2,000 metres. Here’s Zeke’s claim: Figure 1. Change in ocean heat content, 1955 – 2018. Data available from Institute for Applied Physics (IAP).  When I…

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Greenland Is Way Cool

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As a result of a tweet by Steve McIntyre, I was made aware of an interesting dataset. This is a look by Vinther et al. at the last ~12,000 years of temperatures on the Greenland ice cap. The dataset is available here. Figure 1 shows the full length of the data,…

Hansen’s 1988 Predictions Redux

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Over in the Tweeterverse, someone sent me the link to the revered climate scientist James Hansen’s 1988 Senate testimony and told me “Here’s what we were told 30 years ago by NASA scientist James Hansen. It has proven accurate.” I thought … huh? Can that be right? Here is a…

Where The Texas Winds Blow

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a typically hyper, deceptive, and Pollyanna article in the Houston Chronicle with the headline “Texas has enough sun and wind to quit coal, Rice researchers say“. You gotta watch out for these folks, it’s the old bait and switch. Because sure enough, as they say, there’s more sun and…

The Dryer Gets Wetter

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See Update At The End] I keep reading that one of the things that we are already seeing (or that is predicted) is that the wet areas of the planet are getting wetter and the dry areas are getting drier, viz: Expect the Wet to Get Wetter, and the Dry,…

Another Look At The Fuel Mix

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After my previous post on the subject of the fuel mix that powers the planet, I thought I’d take another look at energy use, this time by region and country. Let me start with the country that uses the most energy. No, it’s not the US … it’s China. Here…

The Limits Of Uncertainty

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the comments to my post called “Inside the Acceleration Factory“, we were discussing how good the satellite measurements of sea surface heights might be. A commenter said: Ionospheric Delay is indeed an issue. For Jason, they estimate it using a dual frequency technique. As with most everything in the…

Where Did The Money Go?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Here’s what we, the US taxpayers, have spent on climate since 1993 … can anyone tell me what we bought that is worth ~ $180 BILLION dollars? Next week we’ll be spending another hundred and forty megabucks or so on this nonsense … where is it going, and what are…

Inside The Acceleration Factory

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Nerem and Fasullo have a new paper called OBSERVATIONS OF THE RATE AND ACCELERATION OF GLOBAL MEAN SEA LEVEL CHANGE, available here. In it, we find the following statement: Both tide gauge sea level reconstructions and satellite altimetry show that the current rate of global mean sea level change is…

The Social Benefit Of Carbon

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After my recent post on the futility of the US cutting down on CO2 emissions, I got to thinking about what is called the “social cost of carbon”. (In passing, even the name is a lie. It’s actually the supposed cost of carbon DIOXIDE, not carbon … salesmanship and “framing”…