A Few Things Ill Considered

Another week of GW News, April 10, 2011

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April 10, 2011

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Low Key Plug

My first novel Water was published in Canada May, 2007. The American release was in October. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk(which includes some quotations), An overview of my writing is available here.


P.S. Recent postings can be found in the week archive and the ancient postings can be accessed here, which should open to this.

I notice moyhu has set up a monster index to old AWoGWN on AFTIC.

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  1. #1 Kiwiiano
    April 11, 2011

    Whoa! the change from a serif font to sans serif makes Ill Considered very hard to read. Was it an accident?

  2. #2 coby
    April 11, 2011

    I don’t have control on the font, AFAICT, I think it is a Scienceblogs setting…

    At the very least, I did not knowingly make any configuration changes and the AWoGWN posting is a pretty regular and simple process.

  3. #3 coby
    April 11, 2011

    Do others want me to try to fix this?

  4. #4 skip
    April 11, 2011

    I didn’t even notice.

    But please the masses as needed, Coby.

  5. #5 Ari Jokimäki
    April 11, 2011

    It seems to me that the text stays bolded after this text:

    “”I have no stomach for jokes today. The truth is too sad, and the lies too numerous.” -Bob Park, April 1, 2011″

    Probably HTML end-tag missing for bolding there.

  6. #6 GregS
    April 12, 2011

    Thus far I haven’t seen any of the climate change blogs pick up on this news story claiming that the increase in CO2 is also being linked to increasing numbers of people suffering from hay fever: BBC . Not as pressing as sea level rise, droughts, etc. but still another negative consequence of our addiction to fossil fuels.


  7. #7 adelady
    April 12, 2011

    Greg, I fancy the hayfever thing would be a combination of different pollens being released at different times because of seasonal changes … with the added bonus of ozone effects and relative humidity being higher/lower than previously at those times.

    (I remember being surprised, not being a hayfever sufferer myself, when I heard that rainfall, not just wind, caused pollen of some common street trees to ‘explode’. So that a calm sunny morning after an overnight shower was a worse proposition for many people than a breezy day with pollen visibly flying about.)

  8. #8 GregS
    April 13, 2011

    All I have is the BBC link to go by and have not seen the actual study results. However, several points in the article caught my atention. The first was that increases in CO2 are known to promote the amount of pollen certain trees produce and the second was that the scientists had pretty much ruled out other possible causes. Finally the article stated that the number of people being diagnosed with hay fever has invreased by a third between 2001 and 2005 suggesting that it is not a one off event.

    Make of it what you will. I did find it interesting as I do indeed suffer from hay fever and it is a miserable malady and as such would not wish it on others.

  9. #9 mandas
    April 13, 2011

    GregS / Adelady

    The paper on pollen was a hard one to track down, but I managed to find the abstract buried in a list of about 700 that were presented at the EGU 2011 General Assembly. The abstract is here:


    Unfortunately, the full paper has not been published through the EGU as yet, so its impossible to know exactly what is in it.

    Mind you, there is already a large body of research into exactly this issue. Here is one link to a similar study, with references and links at the end if you feel like reading more:


  10. #10 GregS
    April 13, 2011

    Thanks Mandas.

  11. #11 skip
    April 14, 2011

    . . . the full paper has not been published through the EGU as yet, so its impossible to know exactly what is in it.

    Which means any minute now it will be cited on Wattsup as the latest disproof of AGW.

  12. #12 adelady
    April 14, 2011

    Hah! The ABC obviously knows our interests. It’s not exactly the same thing but “Thunderstorm Asthma” is very interesting. Esp since the punchline at the end of the piece is that you don’t need to be an asthmatic to get ‘thunderstorm asthma’. But it’s a terrific explanation of exploding (ryegrass) pollen.