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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: Discovery could lead to new catalyst design to reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust

Diesels are in need of some good news after all the recent negative press. The researchers believe their findings are of ‘major environmental importance’. Researchers have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust, as

2017-08-17 20:01   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Hybrid trucks to operate on ‘electric highway’ in Germany 

Could be expensive, but similar systems have already been installed in Sweden and California. No overtaking? The German state of Hesse is to build a 10km-long highway with overhead power lines that trucks can connect to at speed with a pantograph, reports Power Engineering International. Siemens Mobility are to develop the line to supply electricity

2017-08-17 13:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: David Miliband’s Silly Dream of a Second EU Referendum

Originally posted on Ben Somervell's Brexit Blog: Here is the hyperlink to an article entitled “Miliband’s second referendum idea’s bananas” which I have just written for the “Comment Central” website. I have reproduced below the text of the article: Former Foreign Secretary and former Labour leadership candidate, David Miliband, stated this week that he supports…

2017-08-16 16:41   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Buildings to generate their own power with innovative glass blocks

Leaving aside questions like cost, effectiveness and ease of replacement, the idea is that ‘the electricity generated will then be available to power the building, be stored or used to charge electric vehicles’. Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new

2017-08-16 13:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: RSPB fights Scottish govt. backed Tay and Forth wind farm developments

From the Evening Express The Scottish Government gave consent to four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review. The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing the development and prompting the RSPB to seek a

2017-08-16 06:51   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: South Australia’s Renewable Energy Fiasco: Wind ‘Powered’ State to Run On Diesel-Fuelled Jet Engines

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: Diesel-fuelled jet engines: what promises to power SA this summer and next summer and .. ? If South Australia were a novel, it would find itself a place amongst the classic tragic comedies. For a while the bromance between its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill and Californian carpetbagger, Elon Musk…

2017-08-15 09:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Los Angeles tests cooling pavement paint to beat heat

Whether this is anything more than a gimmick remains to be seen. It’s described as an experiment ‘to reduce the heat island effect’. Can a splash of gray pavement paint help combat global warming? In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), workers are coating streets in special gray

2017-08-14 09:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Panic over for Europe’s diesel makers as Mild-Hybrid technology comes to the rescue

European auto makers look like riding out the current panic over diesel engine health risks, fighting off a clamour for action by politicians and environmentalists, and despite some worrying projections by investment bankers, as Forbes reports. New “mild-hybrid” technology will quickly fill the gap left by diesel’s precipitate decline, while a softening attitude from the

2017-08-12 13:51   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Met Office tiptoeing round the truth

Air time for climate change sceptic Lord Lawson, critical questioning of Al Gore and the stonewalling Met Office – is the BBC’s support for climate alarmism weakening? Met Office can’t bear to give facts on hurricanes writes Andrew Montford in the GWPF Newsletter. It’s normal when somebody like Nigel Lawson appears on the BBC, for the corporation

2017-08-12 09:56   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Algal biofuel dream turns out to be a damp squib

Another green dream has crumbled in the face of inconvenient reality, defeated by biology, as Yahoo News reports. Research shows it is neither commercially nor environmentally sustainable, unless the equivalent of three Belgiums and a mountain of fertilizer can be found. Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since

2017-08-11 18:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Scottish wind-power racket 

John Constable and Matt Ridley at Capx deliver the lowdown on how Scotland gets UK taxpayers to pay for its windfarms, even when there’s no wind – or too much wind. Imagine a sausage factory – the luckiest, most profitable sausage factory in the world. Its machines crank out their sausages, and lorries carry them

2017-08-10 10:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: NASA admits it hasn’t been accurately measuring Earth’s radiation balance

In order to measure Earth’s radiation balance, accurate measurements of both incoming and outgoing radiation have to be made. NASA has been testing a new prototype satellite to measure outgoing radiation from Earth. Up until now, the error on this measurement is estimated to be around +/- 5Wm^2, which means any ‘global warming’ signal is lost

2017-08-09 20:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: IPCC AR6 Won’t discuss radiative forcing: ‘Science is settled’

IPCC obviously thinks 'the science is settled' Piers. A cute way of avoiding discussion of recent literature? e.g. — Rog Tallbloke (@RogTallbloke) August 9, 2017 Clearly the science is settled so far as the IPCC is concerned. Or maybe they don’t want a discussion of…

2017-08-09 13:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years

Long-term natural climate variation just won’t go away, as this report at shows. A great deal of evidence relating to ancient climate variation is preserved in proxy data such as tree rings, lake sediments, ice cores, stalagmites, corals and historical documents, and these sources have great significance in evaluating 20th century climate warming in

2017-08-09 11:03   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why we need to leave the single market

Originally posted on Ben Somervell's Brexit Blog: In this article, I will use the terms “single market”, “internal market”, “European Economic Area” and “EEA” interchangeably as they are all effectively synonyms. (The following article is a full significantly extended, revised and updated version of a much shorter article which I wrote for the “Comment Central”…

2017-08-08 14:58   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Peter Hitchens: The REAL villain behind your surging electricity bill 

From part of Peter Hitchens Mail on Sunday Blog I feel sorry for British Gas, attacked for raising the price of electricity. I still find it confusing a gas company sells electricity, but the facts are quite simple. British Gas and the other power companies are raising charges because we have a mad Government. Under

2017-08-08 09:01   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: African children pay the price for “clean green” electric car battery technology

Goldman Sachs, the merchant bank, calls cobalt ‘the new gasoline’ but there are no signs of new wealth in the DRC, where the children haul the rocks brought up from tunnels dug by hand. Adult miners dig up to 600ft below the surface using basic tools, without protective clothing or modern machinery. Sometimes the children

2017-08-06 05:21   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Bjorn Lomborg: Flawed climate mortality “Study” excludes deaths from cold

Bjorn Lomborg eviscerates a bad stats propaganda piece masquerading as a scientific ‘study’ in the Lancet. The FakeNews BBC uncritically regurgitates the story: Based on a pathetically wrong study which is timed just right for great coverage. The study specifically excludes any adaptation and assumes a laughably small number of cold deaths. Both dramatically push

2017-08-06 04:40   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

This is the same ‘deal’ of which the founder of climate alarm James Hansen said: “It’s a fraud really, a fake”. Of course the BBC ignores that and tells the British public how terrible this US pullout is, in their not-so-humble opinion. The Trump administration has issued its first written notification that the US intends

2017-08-05 09:10   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality says professor

Even electric cars can’t cut the mustard in polluted cities, according to this BBC report at least. Plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK do not go far enough to tackle air pollution, according to a leading government adviser. Writing in the Guardian, Prof Frank Kelly said fewer cars, not just cleaner ones, were

2017-08-04 16:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: SA’s Wind Power Disaster: Deluded, Potty-Mouthed Premier Brands Critics ‘Right-Wing Fu@%wits’

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: What left wing fu%#wits can achieve… ? South Australians must wake up each morning in the vain hope that it’s all just a very bad dream. Alas, their sorry reality is one dictated by wind worshipping lunatics, not least its vapid Premier, Jay Weatherill. Last week, Weatherill launched an…

2017-08-02 19:14   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Voyager spacecraft still reaching for the stars and setting records after 40 years

These two 1977 vintage machines really are ‘cosmic overachievers’ as this report calls them. Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in 2012, but the last science instrument is not due to be switched off until 2030. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and

2017-08-02 17:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: An Iceberg As Big As Delaware–Should We Be Worrying?

Originally posted on Climate Change Sanity: An iceberg as big as Delaware!   For those of you that are saying, “what’s a Delaware,?” — it is the second smallest State of the USA’s 50 States.   Even so, an iceberg that big is really impressive.  If it ran into the Titanic, the ship’s orchestra would probably not…

2017-08-02 09:23   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface

Something new for solar theorists to ponder. Of course the surface itself doesn’t have a uniform rotation speed – at the equator it rotates faster than it does at the poles. ‘The idea that the solar core could be rotating more rapidly than the surface has been considered for more than 20 years, but has

2017-08-01 16:49   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: China’s ageing solar panels are going to be a big environmental problem 

What to do with millions of tons of retired solar panels? Answers on a postcard to China. China will have the world’s worst problem with ageing solar panels in less than two decades, according to a recent industry estimate, as South China Morning Post reports. Lu Fang, secretary general of the photovoltaics division in the

2017-07-31 21:39   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Study to take soundings on dolphins’ attitude to turbines 

H/T Wind Energy News Ideally these studies should have been done years ago, but better late than never. Scottish scientists are set to gain new insights into the lives and habits of the world’s most northerly resident population of bottlenose dolphins and how they are coping with wind turbines in the North Sea, says The

2017-07-31 18:54   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Solar Activity Linked to Periodic Climate Change During the Holocene

H/T to GWPF for this new paper linking solar variation with climate change. Date: 28/07/17 Mohammed Allan et al., Climate of the Past, 11 July 2017 Several intervals of significant rapid climate change were detected during the Holocene at 10.3, 9.3-9.5, around 8.2, 6.4-6.2, 4.7-4.5, and around 2.7 ka BP. Those intervals are similar to

2017-07-28 11:19   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Tony Thomas: Climate science comes up short

Temperatures refuse to rise, exterminate polar bears, melt the icecaps, engulf coastal cities or make Tim Flannery seem rational. Not that the paleontologist is alone in the upper ranks of ratbaggery. Meet Professor Matthew Liao, who yearns to bio-engineer smaller, drug-ready humans People unwilling to act on the climate-crisis narrative should be assisted with drugs

2017-07-28 09:22   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

Originally posted on Brave New Climate: Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the introductory paragraphs a throwaway line about its application to the storage of renewable energy.  Energy storage makes…

2017-07-27 11:59   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ben Somervell: “No deal is better than a bad deal” is still true for #Brexit

Ben Somervell | @bensomervell1 Originally published on Student Voices Since the Conservative Party lost of its parliamentary majority, the line ‘no [Brexit] deal is better than a bad deal’ has come under attack. Conservative MP Anna Soubry suggested that the line is a ‘nonsense’ and Labour MP Hillary Benn stated that the idea of leaving the

2017-07-27 08:28   Click to comment

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