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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…

More confusion from Hansen

Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative of a Carbon Fee and Dividend says: This chapter discusses the importance of a carbon fee and dividend in minimizing the impacts of climate change on humanity and nature. Before outlining the policies needed to produce a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel emissions, it enumerates the fundamental flaws of…

Says The Onion. And its right, even if the original is damaged (I’ve not done it, of course)). But that’s not quite what I wanted to write about… I wanted to talk about The war against Exxon Mobil (WaPo) and the contrast between reactions to that and In re Smith v Karl (and several reprints).…

Deepak Chopra vs Wikipedia

Slightly not-the-usual fare, but H mentioned it and its wiki, and following – or failing to follow – the trail was moderately amusing, so here we go. Deepak Chopra is an Indian American author and public speaker.[4][5] He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, but more importantly is…