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He is a qualified engineer and a graduate of the History and Philosophy of Science. He is interested in finding out how the solar system works and how Earth is affected by changes in it. He says: "Some people don’t like the implications of my research or my blogging about them and one night in December 2011 the Climate Cops turned up at my door with a warrant to impound my computers. Prof. Michael Mann and Dr Greg Laden told everyone I am a criminal cyberthief involved in hacking the Climate Research Unit emails."

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Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ian Wilson: Help Needed to Solve an Interesting Lunar Puzzle

Astrophysicist Ian Wilson has emailed me to ask for a brainstorming session at the talkshop to assist him. Ian writes: “I was wondering if you or your colleagues (e.g. oldbrew) could help me work out the solution to the following lunar puzzle” The Conundrum The diagram below shows the Perigee of the lunar orbit pointing

Today: 17:39   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The shale revolution crushes wind and solar 

H/T GWPF / RealClearEnergy The author notes that ‘the rigs are getting roughly twice as productive every three years. No other energy technology is improving that quickly.’ Wind and solar are now experiencing a declining rate of improvement as those technologies start to approach their limits in terms of what physics permits. Shale technology is

Today: 10:51   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

There goes another £2 billion or so. The long-term aim is ‘de-carbonising the UK gas networks through conversion to 100 per cent hydrogen’ – just as UK shale gas drilling is about to start. Plans to convert the gas grid in Leeds to run entirely on hydrogen have moved a step closer to becoming reality

2017-04-28 19:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: How Team Trump plans to kill Obama’s Paris climate deal by declaring it a treaty 

H/T GWPF / Washington Times It may be a bit of a legal minefield but it would put an extra element of democracy into the current situation. As President Trump’s top advisers prepare to hash out a final policy on the Paris climate agreement dumped onto their laps by President Obama, another option has hit

2017-04-28 10:24   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cartoon of the day: Gavin’s Goggles

@RogTallbloke @ClimateOfGavin @Balinteractive @tan123 @curtstager

2017-04-27 21:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: James Delingpole: An energy policy for Theresa May

As a followup to the commonsense stuff UKIP’s Roger Helmer suggested yesterday, here’s James Delingpole’s take on what is likely to happen. Reposted from Breitbart Suppose you were a Conservative leader hoping to win a stonking majority in your general election campaign, which of these two manifesto propositions do you think would win the most

2017-04-27 13:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Little Ice Age displaced the tropical rain belt

This seems to add weight to the idea that the moving position of the ITCZ can be a useful indicator of natural climate change, in conjunction with other data sources. The tropical rain belt, also known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), is in a state of constant migration, as reports. It continuously changes

2017-04-26 10:18   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Energy: What we should be doing post-Brexit

Originally posted on Roger Helmer MEP: The EU has long been committed to “the fight against global warming”.  In this context it has created a series of measures, most of which increase energy costs for industry and for households.  The result has been to force millions of UK households into fuel poverty, and to drive…

2017-04-25 12:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cassini, Voyager missions suggest new picture of Sun’s interaction with galaxy

It seems the interstellar magnetic field is a lot more powerful than scientists expected, as reports. New data from NASA’s Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from

2017-04-25 10:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alan Carlin: Second edition of path-breaking research report shows the Orwellian nature of the “March for Science”

Despite Saturday’s so-called “March for Science,” the almost simultaneous release of a Second Edition of a Research Report showing the exact opposite of what some of the marchers claim to be the conclusions of climate science, has brought home the Orwellian reality that the marchers have gotten their claims concerning what the science says exactly

2017-04-24 17:14   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UK Government seeks clean air plan delay 

Maybe the courts could order the issue of free anti-pollution masks, pending any government ‘clean-up’ action. The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election, says BBC News. The courts had given ministers until 16:00 on Monday to set out draft

2017-04-24 16:37   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Glacial Advance During The Little Ice Age

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? ? From HH Lamb’s “Climate, History and the Modern World” We know that sea levels have risen since the late 19thC, and that much of this is due to melting of glaciers and ice sheets. However, we also know that…

2017-04-23 10:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ancient stone carvings confirm comet struck Earth in 10,950BC

The alleged event appears to pre-date the Göbekli Tepe site itself by at least 1,500 years, which seems at odds with the idea that the carvings were intended as observations of it. Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the

2017-04-22 13:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’ 

After 20 years of service its time is up, but due to its plutonium power source Cassini can’t be left to find its own final destination. Before its September demise it will weave through Saturn’s rings making yet more observations. Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a

2017-04-22 10:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: When Swarm met Steve 

Quote: ‘Flying through Steve, the temperature 300 km above Earth’s surface jumped by 3000°C’. Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently, as ESA reports. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve. ESA’s Swarm

2017-04-21 18:36   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Steven Koonin: A ‘Red Team’ exercise would strengthen climate science 

H/T GWPF Put the ‘consensus’ to a test, and improve public understanding, through an open, adversarial process, says Steven Koonin in the Wall Street Journal. – – – Tomorrow’s March for Science will draw many thousands in support of evidence-based policy making and against the politicization of science. A concrete step toward those worthy goals

2017-04-21 09:12   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano 

It sounds promising, but what happens if the satellites fail to predict a serious eruption? The case of the convicted but later exonerated Italian volcano experts springs to mind. A UK-led team of scientists is rolling out a project to monitor every land volcano on Earth from space, reports BBC News. Two satellites will routinely

2017-04-20 09:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Venezuela blames climate change after its troops invade Colombia

H/T Climate Depot Another story from the ‘Climate change causes everything’ file. Fortunately Colombia has not over-reacted. TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near the border accidentally led the soldiers beyond their jurisdiction. Foreign Minister Delcy

2017-04-19 10:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Half-mile wide asteroid close approach on Wednesday

Dr Roy Spencer discusses today’s asteroid approach, the closest for 13 years. An asteroid capable of destroying Washington D.C. and New York City at the same time will be making its closest approach to Earth on April 19. At a half-mile wide, it will have over 30,000 times as much mass as the 2013 meteor

2017-04-19 09:40   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cuadrilla to begin shale drilling in “couple of months” 

H/T GWPF It’s been a bumpy road so far for UK shale gas and there could be more of the same ahead, but for now it’s progress. The US has shown that big economic benefits to the nation are there for the taking if the drilling is as successful as predicted. British unconventional exploration company

2017-04-17 16:24   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs

Scare stories about man-made global warming or even city pollution cut little ice with Chinese car buyers. The high cost of battery power and/or fear of running out of it on their journeys – range anxiety – seem more of a concern. Automakers face a dilemma in China’s huge but crowded market: Regulators are pushing

2017-04-17 09:29   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Discussion thread: reactions to House Hearing

Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Judith Curry Climate Feedback has interviewed a number of scientists regarding the recent House Hearing on climate science. The article:  Scientists reactions to the US House Science Committee hearing on climate science. The scientists that were interviewed:  James Renwick, Gavin Schmidt, Tim Osborn, Retto Knutti, Victor Venema, Mark Zelinka,…

2017-04-16 09:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New clean air stickers required for travel to French cities

A colour-coded badge of honour or shame for every car under new French regulations. UK MoT certificates won’t do for city visitors. UK drivers planning to go to France in the coming months are going to require new ‘clean air’ stickers or face on-the-spot fines for failing to display them, as CLM reports. Paris, Lyon

2017-04-16 09:18   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: At last: Britain preparing to scrap EU renewables targets after Brexit 

This could put a bit of sanity back into UK electricity generation policy, if it happens. Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit, says the GWPF.   Government sources told The Daily

2017-04-15 09:41   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Renewables’ deep-sea mining conundrum 

To what extent do ‘renewables’ depend on finding sources of non-renewables? Mining is involved – the raw materials have to be found and extracted from the earth. British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals, reports BBC News. Their investigation of a seamount more than

2017-04-14 10:47   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Distant Object ‘DeeDee’ Makes the Dwarf Planet Grade

The solar system’s dwarf-planet population is about to increase by one, reports The far-flung object 2014 UZ224 — informally known as DeeDee, for “Distant Dwarf” — is about 395 miles wide (635 kilometers), new observations reveal. That means the frigid object probably harbors enough mass to be shaped into a sphere by its own

2017-04-13 21:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UK Electric Car Battery Projects Get Millions In Government Funding

Why the motor industry needs these handouts is not obvious, unless of course the lack of public enthusiasm for electric cars means car makers expect a ‘sweetener’ before doing any related work. The government has awarded £62 million in funding to low-emissions automotive projects, including the development of electric vehicle batteries to be be produced

2017-04-12 20:53   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: NASA to launch 12 satellites to Venus 

The satellites won’t land as the surface pressure – 92 times that of Earth – and heat of Venus would destroy them. Instead they will look for a ‘mysterious substance’ thought to be lurking in its atmosphere. NASA has spent $3.6 million to build 12 small satellites to explore the planet Venus in search of a

2017-04-11 17:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: A Swelling Volume Of Scientific Papers Now Forecasting Global Cooling In The Coming Decades

Reblogged from NoTricksZone By Kenneth Richard on 10. April 2017 Modern Solar Grand Maximum Ends: ‘Little Ice Age’ Cooling On The Way During the 20th and early 21st centuries, Earth’s inhabitants have enjoyed an epoch of very high solar activity that is rare or unique in the context of the last several thousand years.  The higher solar

2017-04-10 18:34   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Tony Heller: Extreme weather of 1936 and Hiding the warmth of early C20th

Tony Heller, AKA Steve Goddard, has published two short videos on youtube covering the topics of the extreme weather of 1936 compared to today, and the way temperature data has been manipulated to hide the 1940s-1970s cooling trend. Well worth 15 minutes of your time.

2017-04-10 16:26   Click to comment

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