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24 Sep 2018
Weather Balloon v Models

The recent McKitrick and Christy paper on measuring warming in the atmosphere via weather balloon data (over 60 years) in comparison to the results from modelling. The paper was written in the lead up to the next, 5th, IPCC Report on global warming (the report that keeps the alarmism on track). The latest report uses research from MCIP5 (The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5) which consists of 20 climate modelling groups, worldwide.

24 Sep 2018
Arrhenius

Svante Arrhenius was a Swedish chemist (they didn't have climate scientists in his day) and he investigated the effect of doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide and how it may affect the global climate. This was read as a paper at an 1895 conference in Stockholm (and duly published). It was a defining moment for modern climate scientists of a certain persuasion that believe greenhouse gases are capable of causing catastrophic global warming. However, Arrhenius wrote his paper in an effort to understand the swings and roundabouts of the Ice Age.

23 Sep 2018
Geological Instant

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/caos-cts091718.php ... we have an interesting headline - Chinese led team (from the Chinese Academy of Sciences) shows mass extinction happened in a geological instant. Of course, what they mean by a geological instant is nothing like the real meaning of that word. They are claiming the end of Permian mass extinction event took place between 30,000 years ago and a few thousand years ago (leaving an option open for an even smaller instant in time). The end of Permian event took place around 250 million years ago.

23 Sep 2018
Ryugu

At www.spaceweather.com (september 22nd 2018) we learn that the Sun has just crossed the equator and is heading south and changing seasons. This event seems to be what causes the crack in Earth's magnetic field.

22 Sep 2018
Heat Wave

According to Weather Eye in The Times (of London) earlier this month the recent hot weather in Europe was caused by a huge horseshe shaped pattern of sea temperatures stretching across the North Atlantic. Throughout the summer the tropical Atlantic between the Caribbean and Africa has been coller than normal - and these cool waters arched around towards the tip of Greenland. Inside the horseshoe pattern sat a large area of unusually warm water in the Mid Atlantic.

22 Sep 2018
Brown Dwarf Oddity

At https://astrobites.org/2018/09/17/over_luminous_brown_dwarf/ ... the curious case of the over luminous brown dwarf. It is theorised brown dwarfs form secondarily to main sequence stars. A gas cloud collapses, heats up, and ignites. However, brown dwarfs, the theory supposes, do not have enough mass to start forming hydrogen as in a star (and instead they form deuterium). Over time they cool off - and fade away. The brown dwarf in question is 16 times brighter than expected by the model (theory). Hence, astronomers are looking for reasons why.

22 Sep 2018
Rocket Propulsion

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uop-sr091418.php ... propelling spaceships without fuel. Mike McCulloch of Plymouth University first came up with the idea of quantised inertia (QI) in 2007. This involves light being converted into thrust. QI predicts that objects can be pushed by differences in the intensity of Unruh radiation in space. The idea is similar to a ship being pushed towards its bay because there are more waves hitting it from the sea ward side of the boat.

22 Sep 2018
solar constant

At https://andymaypetrophysicist.com/2018/09/19/how-constant-is-the-solar-c... ... the IPCC lowered their estimate of the impact of solar variability on the Earth's climate from the already low value of 0.12 watts per square metre given in the 4th Report to just 0.05 in the 5th Report (2013). There are long term values extended over 261 years (1750-2011) and they apply to 11 year solar cycles (sunspots). The peaks of sunspot/solar cycles vary so what is being measured is the baseline (the minimums of each cycle).

22 Sep 2018
Aboriginals

Evidence of people living in western Australia 50,000 years ago has been discovered in the remote Carnavon Ranges. They lived in the region during a long part of the so called Ice Age - see https://phys.org/print456652654.html ... and a similar, but longer report can be found at https://phys.org/print456653140.html ... where it adds, '.. more than 50,000 years ago). The findings are published in PLOS One, an online journal, and the excavations are taking place in a rock shelter (with some deep diggings into the floor area).

21 Sep 2018
Blue Sun Anomaly

At https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/dr-willie-soon-the-global-blu... ... is actually a link to a video by one of my favourite scientists, the much maligned (by CAGW activists) Dr Willie Soon. He is an extremely polite man even in the face of some incredible abuse by people who know as much about climate as they can write on a postage stamp. He doesn't resort to the same level of insults as his critics and always comes across as cool as a cucumber - a one time admirable human characteristic that seems to be part of history nowadays.