Archives for October, 2007

[Ooh err. DC points out that she may mean 10 oF. Being American, this is possible. Being a scientist, it shouldn’t be (but were she being a scientist there should be a unit symbol, so this is probably the newspaper, so this may well be oF). 3% chance of 10 oF is probably plausible, though…

BAD

Yes, blog action day, time to post something. mt is as ever sensible, as is Gavin: if you aren’t prepared to take action when your lakes get covered with toxic scum; or when even on a clear day, you cannot see the sun: then why are you going to worry about global warming? FB has…

Another little break from AIT, this time inspired by CIP to scrappleface. Apologies for the caps, its directly lifted and I didn’t want to change it (read: couldn’t be bothered to type it all out again). Or perhaps he really did spend the entire speech shouting; its possible, the things he said deserve to be…

Tuvalu

On with the boring. Disclaimer: this is nit-picking, for the question “is Gore accurate?”. On the wider issue, I’m with the judge and with RC: Gore is basically correct. First off, its not really Tuvalua, its vaguer: “that’s why the citizens of these Pacific nations have all had to evacuate to New Zealand” is what…

Brief cooling interlude

We’ll be back with our usual programming of attack-mustelid on Gore :-) in a moment, but as a little interlude global cooling gets back in the news in the Cristian Science Monitor (thanks to ES). I rather like William Connolley, a sort of self-appointed historian of the global-cooling theory, says that although global cooling was…

The boring truth

Yes indeed, time to weigh in on the great issue of the day: Mr Justice Burton vs Al Gore. My first point was going to be, that it was a poor idea to have judges deciding science. Its still a point, but possibly not a major one in this case, because it looks like the…

Osmosis

Via GBM I find Statkrafts plans for osmosis power plants. An interesting idea and entirely new to me. Statkraft are a bit coy about the costs. This chap says its too expensive now (I don’t know if thats true, its only there for balance).

Tank Man

Via mt via the newly re-returned QS, I find this wonderful video. Having been a small child obsessed by building plastic models of tanks, I always found them rather beautiful, but this combination of their hulking threat and human fragility is iconic. Previously I’ve only seen stills, and in some ways the video is less…

Weitzman’s Dismal Theorem?

Interesting post on this over at James Empty Blog. So: Weitzmans basic thesis is: the PDF of the climate sensitivity has a long fat tail; the cost diminishes less quickly; so the “expected utility”, which is the integral of the two, is divergent. This has echoes of mt’s arguments, which he has been making for…

Brown Bottle

Broon bottles it says the BBC. Well no, they put it more politely: “Gordon Brown has said he will not call a general election this autumn”. Jolly good, all the politico-types can go back to sleep again. Of course, the true Brown Bottle (scroll to the bottom) was in Viz, but it proven hard to…