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The Graun said In the aftermath of the Paris agreement, shares in coal firms plunged rapidly. Peabody, the world’s largest coal firm, saw stock values drop 12.6%, while Consol Energy holdings was down by 3.3%. That’s interesting; one of the things I wondered about the Paris pow-wow was how the markets might take it. But…

An update to the exciting Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2015 October 6. In which I noted a pile of folk such as Nir Shaviv‎ moving from category “Climate change skeptics (scientists)” to “Climate change deniers (scientists)”. After that happened, some people pointed out that wasn’t quite right; and it was debated, and the result was to “delete”…

Methane cracking in molten tin

Via the Economist (probably paywalled; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology PR will do as well): the idea is that instead of steam methane forming to produce hydrogen and CO2, you crack methane directly to hydrogen and carbon. The advantage is no CO2 to dispose of; instead you have carbon, which presumably has uses. From their PR:…

Paris Pow Wow Heap Good

Dr Roy tells it like it is3. Or perhaps you prefer James Hansen1, 6 as reported by JA? “It’s a fraud really, a fake,” he says, rubbing his head. “It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just…

Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change is a report from the Institute for Policy Integrity1, and comes to me via Slate via Twitter. I read the paper and failed to find the obvious flaws, so over to you. They ran a 15-question online survey… We invited the 1,103 experts who met our selection…

Data or Dogma?

Data or Dogma? (full title “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”) is the hearings promoted by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. Happily, this is one of those questions we can answer easily: when you’ve…

It’s grim oop North

Storm Desmond brings flooding and disruption to parts of UK says Auntie, and so it seems – the flood warning map is a sea of severe. Or you can have Storm Desmond: major incident declared as police urge people to evacuate home. I don’t usually do severe weather posts, but I thought I’d make an…

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…