Archives for February, 2014

Um, so. Exciting times in the Ukraine seems to have got even more exciting. Is it possible to hope for a Happy Ending? If people will Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation then yes [*]. The Prez is fled, and the Beeb says Ukraine crisis: Crowds descend on…

Or, in fuller, Why are there people who seem hell-bent on denying anthropogenic global warming?; What are the deniers trying to achieve?; Why do they post comments on your article that totally defy not only science, but also common sense? These are not easy questions to answer accurately. But its easy to give sloppy caricatures…

Found by the lost

Um, so, it just happened that I was checking my moderation filter (can you guess why?) and the comments-held-in-moderation, which I very rarely do, and was embarrassed to find quite a few there that didn’t belong. Sifting through the piles of trash trying to sell handbags, or herbal acne remedies, or even worse in a…

In Tim Ball: turned out NN again I gloated over Tim Ball’s nth deletion, but now I have to eat humble pie because he’s been undeleted. Or rather, he’s been created from scratch. Before his partisans get too excited its worth pointing out that the keep rationales begin with Keep: Michael E. Mann called him…

This post comes about as an attempt to write down, slowly and carefully, a simple version of the “idealised GHE model“. This apparently simple concept causes lots of confusion, though mostly amongst people who want to believe there are fatal flaws at the heart of climate science. Before I go on: this is an idealised…

A question raised by the normally sensible Geoengineering Politics. They come to an odd conclusion: any damages caused by SRM [Solar Radiation Management, I believe - W] would essentially be the negative side effects of a response measure intended to remediate harms caused by excessive fossil fuel use, and fossil fuel companies have been the…

Bloggers behaving badly

Maybe I should save this stanza for a slightly more apt occasion, but I’m impatient, so: But my Totem saw the shame; from his ridgepole-shrine he came, And he told me in a vision of the night: — “There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, “And every single one of them is…

There’s a paper in Nurture GeoSci entitled Arctic amplification dominated by temperature feedbacks in contemporary climate models by Felix Pithan & Thorsten Mauritsen (Nature Geoscience (2014) doi:10.1038/ngeo2071). As far as I know the paper is entirely sensible, though I’ve only read the abstract. From which I quote: Feedback effects associated with temperature, water vapour and…

Another year in stoats

Subtitled As the days of my life are but grains of sand. I’ve tried to not-choose the knockabout stuff, which is all great fun, but ephemeral. But some months were thin and I had little choice. * Jan: On happiness * Feb: The sleepwalkers * Mar: Man slumped after hitting wall (see-also) * Apr: North…