Archives for December, 2007

The official nutters list!

Yes, its now available: 100% self-certified. Mostly its the obvious suspects, lots of Emeritus, and the familiar trick of puffing up your CV with a reference to the IPCC gold standard; in many cases “IPCC expert reviewer” is a credential. Remember folks this doesn’t mean that the IPCC endorse you or accept your reviews. There…

Shrubbery?

Eli suggests I start hedging. Well no. Mostly because the sums people have been prepared to put up so far are trivial. But partly because getting over-exciting about one exceptional year would be really silly, and there does seem to be some danger of people getting carried away. Saying “At this rate, the Arctic Ocean…

“Convection in the Antarctic Ice Sheet Leading to a Surge of the Ice Sheet and Possibly to a New Ice Age” is a 1970′s Science paper by Hughes. Its all superceeded stuff now – the idea that the ice might (very very slowly) convect was current once, but no more (or else the cores wouldn’t…

Misrepresented

Everyone has their own spin on things, but its still not nice to be misrepresented, especially in support of someone elses agenda. RP Sr would like the 2003 heat wave to be unrelated to GW. It may well be; it was such an exceptional event that it would remain outside the stats even if you…

Tropical trends

The issue of reconciling tropical temperature trends at the sfc and in the troposphere rumbles on, although in a not very serious way: its a good subject for research, but it doesn’t seem to be a major septic playing point, probably because the issue is too complex to get much traction. A brief recap: once…

Buy our tat!

I thought I’d take advantage of a rant (sorry, yes, another one) to push some of our tat that we’re selling (we hope) on ebay. So there is the disc firing robot, the ATV buggy, and the nervous alligator science kit. We had two of the robots by some mischance, one non-working. We took it…

Clowns to the left of me…

Jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I can now read the full lyrics and realise I haven’t got a clue what they are on about. Wiki doesn’t know either, but does include the curious line “The song is often mistakenly attributed…

Food fight

Those anxiously awaiting my detailed reply to RP’s reply to my reply to RP’s attack on the IPCC are doomed to disappointment. I’m afraid its fallen into the lifes-too-short category. In summary: RP has forgotten the T^4 radiative feedback; and the IPCC figure is a difference from 1750. Now, who to vote for, or against?

Cute power density factoid, which I owe to Eric Chaisson: humans have far higher power densities than stars. The solar luminosity is about 4.10^27 W, the mass is about 2.10^30 kg; so the power density is 2.10^-3 W/kg. Human use ~2800 kcal/day ~ 120 W. Mass is ~80 kg, so 1.5 W/kg. Isn’t that fun?

Just a post-of-record, following Brian Schmidt, that I have a $333 bet against Joe Romm, with me taking the “cold side” of: at no time between now and the end of the year 2020 will the minimum total Arctic Sea ice extent be less than 10% of the 1979-2000 average minimum annual Arctic Sea ice…