Archives for February, 2007

Global warming explained

Yes, its… well I’m not quite sure what it it, but its wacky, and all the planets are taking part. See here. Page 1 is only silly; but page 2 gets seriously wacky: The “cause and effect” of these remarkable planetary transformations, we believe, is explained by appealing to a new form of Physics —…

So says Howat et al. in Science (why hasn’t this made it into the blogosphere before? Or did I miss it?). Interestingly, though the most recent change is a decrease: Using satellite-derived surface elevation and velocity data, we find major short-term variations in recent ice discharge and mass-loss at two of Greenland’s largest outlet glaciers.…

Conservapedia

Sounds like a dumb idea and it seems to be one. So I looked up the Global Warming entry. Which I suppose you could compare to the wiki version. Unlike the wiki version the Consa one is just about fact free (even a graph of temperature change is obviously to liberal for them) and not…

IPCC facts

There is a new website called IPCCfacts. Presumably this is a reflection of the fact that the general public can’t cope with reading the SPM, much less the full report when it emerges. The “facts” section is a bit thin – lets hope there are more than this to come. Resources, of course, under “Global…

Well yes indeed, but in this particular case I’m referring to the funding for the Natural Environment Research Council, which has been cut in order to help pay for the govts failed attempt to rescue the Rover car company; and rescuing the nuclear industry. Or so says the BBC – all I know for sure…

Great wikipedia edit comments

Coming back from the pub, I find the edit comment Someone added a bunch of none sence. First of all, it’s not a giant beaver the creates the wind. Second, it’s impossible that the people you mentioned knew about beavers. If that makes no sense (and should it?) this is the edit in question. Kind…

Cheatneutral

Thanks to G for http://www.cheatneutral.com/.

Talk tonight

If you happen to be free in Cambridge tonight (7:45) , you can hear me talk at the Cambridge Humanist, in between a country walk and a pot luck meal :-). Usual subject…

UK leads the world

I’m happy to say that in one respect at least the UK leads the world: the proportion of the U15’s having sex. According to UNICEF we storm ahead with 38%, way ahead of our nearest rivals the repressed Swedes (figure 5.2d). We also do best at getting drunk, too (5.2b), though we only just beat…

I thought I’d expand a bit more on why Svensmarks figure 4 is unacceptable (fig 4 of arXiv; fig 6 in Cosmoclimatology: a new theory emerges). Bear in mind that there is more wrong in the article than just this, though! The fig is: I’m arguing about the lower line, which purports to be a…