Archives for January, 2008

Morano madness

Morano can’t jump the shark, because in his case it comes pre-jumped. But he does his best here. Nice to see Eli getting so much publicity, he deserves it. But why Morano is reduced to commenting on blogs, surely his golden rat award winning website is platform enough? Oh, and there is KDPs version on…

Less clean coal

Following in the tracks of DeSmog again. So, the $1.8B carbon capture and storage commercial scale demo has fallen apart due to excess costs (or possibly other things: here is what they say; there seems to be some dispute over the siting. Since this is probably largely a boondoggle, which town gets the jobs is…

I must be getting old, I’m starting to seriously think of switching our paper order from the Grauniad to the Times. Which forms a lead in to: this piece which provides two interesting points: In the National Statistics omnibus survey, conducted in August 2006, 39 per cent of people thought that cars were the most…

Well, he says so himself: This is probably the most provocative hypothesis I have ever (and will ever) advance: The long-term increases in carbon dioxide concentration that have been observed at Mauna Loa since 1958 could be driven more than by the ocean than by mankind’s burning of fossil fuels. Most, if not all, experts…

Bee-o-matic

A colleague at work has parents who keep bees, and has instrumented their hives. See here for the top level, and the webcam. As well as being jolly fun, its also quite useful. Looking at the weights of the hives, especially through the year (bottom pic) you can see how they are doing over winter,…

Sea ice betting summary

I’ve been putting off collating all the misc bets that came in. But here we go: $333 (ie about 3p :-() against Joe Romm on an ice-free Arctic by 2020. P Farrington-Douglas, E200, same terms. On next years Arctic sea ice being larger than this years record minimum: Nick Barnes, £10; Gareth, £20; Eli, £10…

SequestrationWatch

Well, its more interesting than CorbynWatch. So, Nature sez: New power stations across Europe could be routinely fitted with carbon-dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology within two years under a proposal by the European Commission.

Corbynwatch

James is too busy worrying about his shares so I shall have to continue Corbynwatch. He’s popped up in the Times, making the implausible claim that his forecasts for November were correct. Quite where he is going to find -17 oC for January is a mystery – in fact we have record warmth. I don’t…

Dr Stoat

There I was, happily listening to R4 about some nonsense about obese kids, when suddenly I’m listening to a “Dr Stoat”. Good heavens. He does indeed seem to exist, it wasn’t my ears, e.g. here. He’s a GP, not a holder-of-a-doctorate, but its close enough. Next step, anyone ever listened to a Dr Weasel? Dr…

Jumping the shark?

Is Fred Singer worth listening to(o)? It sounds unlikely – certainly when I heard him speak he provided nothing but disinformation. Sadly I may never know for sure, because their site was broken when I tried it. If anyone does manage to find Singer saying anything worth hearing, do let me know what is was…