Archives for January, 2008

Why is climate modelling stuck? asked mt, and Bryan weighs in too. So I don’t see why I shouldn’t too. This is no kind of comprehensive list or manifesto, the way mt’s is. Just some random thoughts.

Old pictures

Don’t you just hate bloggers who post a whole pile all at once? Sorry. Anyway, some scans from a film that sat in my F801s for ages. Miranda and the Alien Spacecraft The Fairy Dress

Septic arguments

Thanks to R for pointing out a list of every skeptic argument encountered online as well as how often each argument is used. Clear winner is “the sun” but its nice to see that old chestnut of 1970’s cooling still in there at number 7.

Confusing weather and climate

RP Jr has a whole succession of posts, starting here. I was going to point out why it was all rather pointless, but it seems so obvious and tedious to wade through that I’m not going to bother. This probably wins my award for least enthusiastic post of all time :-( [Update: RC do this…

Clean coal?

Clean coal – as in burning and capturing the CO2 – is an idea being floated. There are obvious problems (apart from anything else, the capture and storage costs extra energy and so burns even more coal…), and AFAIK only a few pilot schemes exist. So the story that a commercial-scale plant was being built…

Green aeroplanes, ho ho

A mind-bogglingly stupid article in the Times came my way. Someone has built a small aeroplane powered by batteries. So far nothing exciting. But then to report the claim Ms Lavrand said that the fuel cost per hour of the Electra was €1 (70p) compared with about €60 for an equivalent petrol-driven machine. The motor…

Polar amplification, again

People constantly get polar amplification wrong. The most obvious mistake is to assume it applies equally at both poles. It doesn’t in both models and observations: there is far more warming in the Arctic (at present, and expected in the future. This picture is somewhat complicated if you look back to, say, the last glacial,…