Environment

Its all over bar the tidying up; see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Sockpuppet investigation block/Proposed decision – which, somewhat confusingly, is the real decision. Chase-Me is stripped of all priv: CheckUser, Oversight and (once Arbcomm grew a spine) Sysop too. Oh, and independently, Contribsx is unblocked. See my prior post for context. The page I’ve linked to contain the…

Odd

Which is the odd one out? (from the Graun). [Update: and the answer is, the one on the far left, because it isn’t odd; as most people answered, with varying degrees of formality.] [Update, from the comments, CR offers us a rather easier “spot the odd one out”:]

There is a poorly secured railroad crossing in Saint Paul Park (south of Saint Paul, Minnesota) where a small industrial road crosses a BNSF track. The crossing has warning lights but no barriers. Yesterday (June 7, 2015) a semi crossing the tracks was hit by a Bakken oil train coming down the BNSF line. The…

Check out the tiny new species of frogs discovered in the cloud forests of Brazil. Images from LiveScience.

The Problem with terminology There is some confusion about the way we talk about global warming. Most of this confusion arises during the communication of science to the public or to policy makers. Part of this confusion rests within the science itself; There is no meaningful confusion about the nature of global warming or how…

Death of the pause

Never mind yer twitterings or blogospherics or facey bookers, when people come in future years to look back and ask “when did people stop wittering about the pause” they’ll see 2015-06-05T12:34:10‎ Yakushima (talk | contribs)‎ . . (31,755 bytes) (+17)‎ . . (Treating it as a hypothesis rather than as near-certainty seems overdue) (undo |…

The Graun and Shell

Once again the fearless Graun is out to name-n-shame Shell. Or something. I only noticed because of Dave Hone’s post. The Graun whinges: But the most damaging email is dated 8 May 2014… <stuff I don’t much care about> And it ends: “Regarding the gallery update, can I check whether you have touched base with…

There is no such thing as a “pause” or “hiatus” in global warming. There is, however, variation as the earth’s surface temperature steadily rises as the result of the human release of greenhouse gas pollution. Every now and then that variation results in a period of several years when the rise in global temperature is…

Joe and Mary built a house. They built it on an old flood plain of a small river, though there’d not been a flood in years. This was a 500-year flood plain. Not a very floody flood plain at all. The local zoning code required that for a new house at their location the bottom…

Bad Climate Science Debunked

Recently, a paper published in a Chinese journal of science by Monckton, Soon and Legates attracted a small amount of attention by claiming that climate science models “run hot” and therefore overrepresent the level of global warming caused by human greenhouse gas pollution. The way they approached the problem of climate change was odd. The…