Archives for November, 2015

Old broken links

At some point SB moved wordpress versions, and when this occurred old links broke. Every now and again when I come across an old post I fix them up, but you can’t, so here is the sekret decoder ring. Things like: http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2007/11/hansen_again.php turn into http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2007/11/23/hansen-again/ Which is annoying, because whilst you can get from “new”…

The UK should not bomb Syria

In fact I’m not quite as certain of the Right Thing as my headline suggests; but if I’m going to nail my colours to the mast in advance of the UK’s parliament’s probable vote next week, I may as well be definite. It puts me with Jeremy Corbyn and against most of the UK pols.…

UK cancels pioneering £1bn carbon capture and storage competition says the Graun: Two projects had been in the running to build plants demonstrating CCS at commercial scale. One was backed by Shell and SSE at Peterhead. The White Rose consortium was based at Drax, the UK’s largest power plant, but was in trouble after Drax…

Iconic

It looks somehow so serene. All that flawless blue sky. Hopefull Evil Uncle Vlad won’t flail out in quite the same way that Good Uncle Sam did after 9/11. It is a much smaller matter, of course; but the Commies, errrm, aren’t really reliably sane. Unlike, errrm, the Yanks. The FT gives me hope: although…

CAGW rears its ugly head

Whenever I descended into the den of iniquity that is WUWT, I’d get “CAGW” flung at me. And I’d always reply that they had made it up1. See for example my If it isn’t catastrophic we’ve got nothing to worry about, have we? or comments in When will it start cooling? But now, alas, the…

An interesting paper in Nature Communications (David B. Kemp, Kilian Eichenseer and Wolfgang Kiessling, doi:10.1038/ncomms9890), and yet oddly unreported, or at least not in the corner of the blogosphere that I watch (did I miss you? Sorry, tell me). True, its not easy to interpret, but even so I’m surprised. I was hoping that someone…

Rice terraces in Yunnan, take 2

It’s not Rice terraces in Yunnan of course: it’s Caribbean brain coral, from the Royal Society photo competition. The winner, tadpoles, is cute, but looks to be a rip-off of the rather better newt. Unless its a common idea. The fish is good, too: As is the snake. I like abstracts: A friend of mine,…

Catherine Ritz, Tamsin L. Edwards, Gaël Durand, Antony J. Payne, Vincent Peyaud & Richard C. A. Hindmarsh; Nature (2015) doi:10.1038/nature16147. And somewhat following on from Joan Crawford has risen from the grave! only its sane, well-crafted, and most important of all not only publishable but actually published. From the abstract: Large parts of the Antarctic…

Perhaps not the world’s greatest shock in Nature Geoscience 8, 880–884 (2015) doi:10.1038/ngeo2560 by Francisco Estrada, W. J. Wouter Botzen & Richard S. J. Tol. Hmm, one of those names is strangely familiar. There’s a press release from U Sussex: Professor Richard Tol is co-author… find that the upward trend in economic losses from hurricanes…

Exxon: the Peabody analogy

Someone (I forget who; remind me and I’ll thank you) pointed me at Everything You Need to Know About the Exxon Climate Change Probe but were afraid to ask. That article makes some points I’ve already made (While environmental advocates have cheered Schneiderman’s effort to take energy firms to task over a global crisis, some…