Archives for August, 2007

If you live outside the UK, chances are that you haven’t noticed the climate “camp” protests at Heathrow. Despite various forecasts of direct action, there seems to have been very little action and a lot of sitting around. I’m left wondering why they bothered. One obvious answer is the famous “Something must be done! This…

RC laid into tipping points a while back but now they are back in fashion, it seems: via Tim Lenton, reported at RC today. But they seem as vague and ill-defined as ever. I still retain my antipathy to the idea. TL has now switched from “tipping points” to “tipping elements” to describe the components…

Theisraelproject.org spam

Israeli Climatologists Available for Comment on Hurricane Dean and Climate Change Developments says my inbox, and continues Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, another dangerous Atlantic hurricane is gaining strength in the Caribbean. In a series of extreme weather developments, Hurricane Dean is fast converging on Jamaica as…

JA has a nice entry on Schwartz’ sensitivity estimate pointing out where the probable errors are. I too found the 5-y timescale rather low. Fitting in with James’s assessment that S is wandering out of his field, I was surprised by the lack of discussion of how this new result fits in with everyone else’s…

Corbyns cr*p predictions

Its been obvious for quite a while that there is no trend in solar to explain climate trends; this is the bleedin’ obvious but Lockwood managed to get a paper out of it a while back. Of course neither paper nor data will affect the wild-eyed fringe, as Piers Corbyn demonstrates by tilting at windmills…

The reaction to Smith

Doug Smith and colleagues have a new paper in Science Improved Surface Temperature Prediction for the Coming Decade from a Global Climate Model. The abstract is Previous climate model projections of climate change accounted for external forcing from natural and anthropogenic sources but did not attempt to predict internally generated natural variability. We present a…

Urbanisation, again

Via Lubos (sorry: I was looking for rumours of him leaving) I find some interesting stuff re the temperature record it China. Lubos has misunderstood and oversold it, but the original makes for strong and interesting reading. Mind you SPM fig 4 makes it rather unlikely that any major change to the temperature record is…

Bray and von S

Apologies – back to climate, but opinion, not science. Bray and von Storch ride again! See Nature’s blog and a long write-up of their results. In the blog, they attack Singer for taking stuff out of context, and the skeptics for misrepresenting their results. But they also defend the methodology of the 2003 survey, which…

Pordage

Continuing the non-climate theme for the moment, I offer you The Seeker Culture of the Thames Valley by my father in law, now a historian since retiring from the oil industry. The photo is irrelevant to just about everything, a suggestion from Concarneau that is unlikely to overtake coffee breaks in popularity I feel.

Back from holiday

I’ve been on holiday, I don’t know if you noticed. We came back via Bayeux and here I post a little-known pic from the famous tapestry (yes really). You are to imagine the nice ladies of the time happily needle-pointing away, although perhaps that isn’t such a good image now I think of it.