Monthly Archives: November 2014

Culpable?

Originally posted on Open Mind:
A recent post at WUWT is titled “Needed: Accurate climate forecasts.” My opinion: the authors, Paul Driessen and David R. Legates, give us a stunning display of false and/or misleading claims. Being mistaken about something,…

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“Stochasticity!”

RadioLab’s show/podcast this week was a tour of the world of probability, and its interface with people. I judge it great, but, then, I would. Their description? Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness), may be at the … Continue reading

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Why I don’t eat commercially caught fish

And, of course, I don’t eat land animals either. I will sometimes have scallops and clams.

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“A Bill — To provide for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission fees”

Senators Whitehouse and Schatz introduced legislation to put a fee on Carbon (via the “American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act”), imposed on all sources, including imports, with fees distributed to the general public. Senator Whitehouse gave a lengthy introduction to the … Continue reading

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Bayesian deconvolution of stick lengths

Consider trying to determine the length of a straight stick. Instead of the measurement errors being clustered about zero, suppose the errors are known to be always positive, that is, no measurement ever underestimates the length of the stick. Such … Continue reading

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Global temperatures, Friday, 21st November 2014

From the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer. Hat tip to Carl Safina.

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“Polluters will pay”

I’m afraid “new environmentalism” may be a distraction from the triage on environment needed to do the right thing. I don’t believe in partisanship. My experience with Democrats on environment and, in particular, climate matters, is not as consistent as … Continue reading

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Japan’s US$1.5 billion + United States’ US$3 billion to help developing countries leapfrog to renewables

Major news to help developing countries with the capital needed to go directly to wind and solar. By the way, the United States signed a treaty to do this back in the early 1990s, and never contributed a penny up … Continue reading

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Ray Pierrehumbert on the new U.S.-China climate deal

Professor Pierrehumbert offers his thoughts in Slate. He’s the author of Principles of Planetary Climate which is, as far as I’m concerned, the definitive climate book.

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That AMAZING speech by Van Jones, Forward On The Climate rally; life changing

The vote on the Keystone XL pipeline may take place tomorrow. “Stop being chumps!” “Fight for your future!”

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Antarctic Peninsula, Operation Ice Bridge, from Michael Studinger

Flying over the Antarctic Peninsula with NASA IceBridge from Michael Studinger on Vimeo.

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Carl Sagan Speaks

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Stephanie Waterman, at play

What Makes the Great Ocean Currents Flow Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution About Dr Stephanie Waterman and her thesis. A great exposition of oceanography and of what Science is and how it works. http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=83558&cl=70535&tid=5122 Dr Pedlosky of Dr Waterman’s thesis committee … Continue reading

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Defeating “The Index” in Gilbert, Arizona

“Home rule” means a lot of things. But, as the Catholic hierarchy in Rome once did, the educational authorities of Gilbert, Arizona, USA, are apparently taking it one step too far. Dan Satterfield reports that certain pages in a biology … Continue reading

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A conclusion that “the hiatus” in global land surface warming is natural variability

Lovejoy provides conclusive statistical evidence, free of use of climate models, that the so-called “hiatus” in global land surface warming is due to natural variability and is decidedly not a suspension of global climate change. See S. Lovejoy, “Return periods … Continue reading

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Observed change: National Climate Assessment

See NOAA’s “observed change”.

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Christiana Figueres, the climate chief for the United Nations

Christiana Figueres, the climate chief for the United Nations

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“What will this winter be like? Two Forecasts for Winter in your Region”

What will this winter be like? Two Forecasts for Winter in your Region.

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IPCC WG3 overview video, and Synthesis Report news conference

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“I very much enjoy taking those people on, but, meanwhile, it breaks my heart”

Amen, brother Bill. I very much know what you mean. It really hurts.

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University of Chicago economist Steve Cicala: Free dumping of carbon dioxide into atmosphere is nothing less than “theft”

A conservative economic policy model for taxing carbon is making progress! There’s an article about it in Forbes, along with predictable blowback. Free dumping of CO2 pollution into the atmosphere is nothing less than “theft” from future generations who stand … Continue reading

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