Archive for August, 2009
CLIMATE modelers seem puzzled that small fluctuations in total solar irradiance (TSI) appear to have large influence on the climate. They feel it necessary to take recourse to complicated mechanisms. For example, Gerald Meehl of the US-National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and his team have been able to calculate how the extremely small variations [...]
BIG things are happening Sun-wise. The longer Solar Cycle 24 is delayed, the weaker should it be. Thus, it is more likely day by day – while Cycle 24 remains in deferral – that we are entering the next Little Ice Age cold period (Landscheidt Minimum1). In 2004, NASA predicted an extra-powerful Cycle 24 starting in [...]
A PERSISTENT complaint from victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria was that they had “received no warning”. Over and again we heard statements like this: “There was no fire anywhere, but the next thing, we had fire all around us. There was no word of warning, and we never stood a chance”. This [...]
GREEN tree ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, don’t leave their dead lying around.
SCIENTISTS at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) appear to have made a blunder with a data adjustment and splice resulting in sea surface temperatures being warmer than they would otherwise be by about 0.175 degrees C over the last two decades. Roy Spencer, from the University of Alabama, discovered the [...]
“For solar shoppers these days, the price is right. Panel prices have fallen about 40 percent since the middle of last year.” Read more from The New York Times here.
FEAR of global warming is a preoccupation of western societies at the beginning of this 21st century. This fear is usually explained in terms of changes in the surface temperature of the earth as averaged from varying numbers of thermometers from around but the world. But given the many disputes concerning how this data is collected, [...]
BOGOTA – African zoologists are in Colombia to advise local authorities on what to do with dozens of hippos roaming around the abandoned zoo of late drug lord Pablo Escobar in the north of the country. Read more here.
THE Climate Sceptics Party of Australia have been actively generating enough members to be able to register as a political party to contest elections in Australia. With the considerable efforts of President Leon Ashby, Anthony Cox and others we are fast approaching the required 500 members. As of today we need 26 more.
THE company promoting the mass adoption of electric cars, Better Place, has just received an award from the Japanese government to conduct a pilot project in Tokyo for the world’s first electric taxis with switchable batteries. Not so long ago the company got some money to make Canberra Australia’s first city with an electric vehicle infrastructure. The Tokyo electric [...]