Climate change news

Willie Soon

Willie Soon and Sally Baluinas upset the Green Blob some years ago by writing a peer reviewed article in a climate journal that claimed the Sun controlled the Earth's climate rather than a trace gas, co2. It might seem obvious to most people that the Sun is the controller of the climate on Earth - but not it seems to those of the CAGW faith. You may also wonder why an astrophysicist's views are dismissed but social scientists and people with a degree in English Literature, for example, are lauded as all-knowing of how the climate works - but that is the state of play.

plankton blooms

At http://phys.org/print340618543.html ... the accepted theory on what causes plankton blooms is under attack by a marine botanist. Currently, a phyto plankton hot spot in the mid Atlantic has been chosen as the point of study - funded by NASA. Presumably this is an effort to understand the carbon cycle in the oceans.

Trick and Treat

At the English language German blog of Pierre Gosselin another scale falls from the eye. Yes, a bit of a humdinger this one - broken egg shells and all that. The trick was on Joe Public and the Treat has been ladled out to the CAGW faithful.

Converting sunlight into electricity

This story is at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141207091648.htm ... and is about advances made in solar panels in Australia. It involves focussed sunlight. This will make the photo voltaic tower system even more impressive.

The homogenisation of homogenised data

This is a post that explains homogenisation of temperature data so well, it almost blurts out of the page. Very often climate scientists pop up at blogs defending the process of homogenisation of old temperature readings - and the usual excuse is they are trying to drown out the noise.

Inigo Owen Jones, weather prophet

Australian long range weather forecaster, Inigo Owen Jones. (born in Croydon near London), died in 1954 and yet he was surprisingly up to date with his view of what causes the weather to change. He said that ozone is built up by the ultra violet range of the spectrum but is disintegrated by a ray in another part of the spectrum that is especially strong in sun spots. He added that the minimum occurs when the sun spot zones and the earthly hemispheres are more exactly turned to each other. It is easily seen that the sun spots are responsible.

a variation on Piers

At http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/is-the-sun-driving-ozone-and-changing-t... ... which is a look at the Sun, the big orb in the sky that is largely ignored by climate science. Is it a key factor in climate change? Surprisingly, the Sun has a fairly minor role in climate models, assumed to be a near constant and therefore exerting very little extra heat to planet Earth. Something more drastic was required - co2.

Vikings in the Arctic

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/uv-eov121514.php ... the discovery of Viking activity in northern Canada is not exactly something new. However, the latest finds have hit the archaeological headlines as it involves metallurgy - fragments of bronze and small spherules of glass that form when rock is heated to a high temperature. Basically, they have discovered a crucible for melting bronze in order to convert it into something different - tools or ornaments. It is long known the Vikings were in northern Canada to obtain furs and walrus ivory and other items of trade and bartering.

It's a Hoot

Humour is a useful tool, especially when outnumbered. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/05/friday-funny-over-a-centurys-worth... ... this is a guest post (not by Anthony) and is mostly a light hearted look at some of the things doomsayers have been proclaiming through the early 20th century (1920s, 1930s warming), the mid 20th century (ice ages and global cooling) and the late 20th century (1980s, 1990s warming) up to the great shut-off around 2005.

Benny Peiser

Benny Peiser is a former council member of SIS and organised the SIS second Cambridge Conference (1997) which was perhaps the apogee of our achievements, so far. Since then he has gone on to be a professor at Liverpool John Moores University and in more recent years, has worked on policy with the Global Warming Policy Forum, much hated by the Green Blob. He was invited to address a US senate committee on the subject and you can see a short video of his presentation at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/12/2/benny-at-the-senate.html ... which appears to have gone down well.