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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: Poland clamps down on environmental defenders ahead of UN climate talks

The notoriety of the next IPCC climate conference (COP24 in November) is already infecting the host country, which is a heavy user of its own coal for electricity generation. Maybe COP should read COPS? They clearly suspect trouble is likely. Poland recently passed a bill that bans spontaneous protests and allows police surveillance at this

2018-03-23 15:04   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: In field tests, device harvests water from desert air

They say ‘the next step is to work on scaling up the system and boosting its efficiency’. MIT-developed system could provide drinking water even in extremely arid locations, says MIT’s News Office. It seems like getting something for nothing, but you really can get drinkable water right out of the driest of desert air. Even

2018-03-23 13:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Astronomer announces he has discovered … Mars

As banana skins go, this is a good one. Bad luck, professor! In an online publication, this astronomer reports the detection of a very bright object in the night sky that wasn’t there before. Turns out, he’s thousands of years late for this discovery, says LiveScience. Astronomer Peter Dunsby just made a groundbreaking discovery, after

2018-03-22 13:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New valve technology promises cheaper, greener engines

This type of technology may not be quite as new as suggested in the report. Various manufacturers have tried it in one form or another. Technology developed at the University of Waterloo reliably and affordably increases the efficiency of internal combustion engines by more than 10 per cent, says TechXplore. The product of a decade

2018-03-21 10:22   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Extreme winter weather, such as ‘Beast from the East’, can be linked to solar cycle 

So says a new study, which also has the benefit of being topical. The current weak solar cycle is highlighted. Periods of extreme cold winter weather and perilous snowfall, similar to those that gripped the UK in a deep freeze with the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East’, could be linked to the solar

2018-03-20 20:37   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Pruitt to end EPA’s use of secret science to justify regulations

Surely a step in the right direction. The public is entitled to something better than smoke and mirrors when it comes to the use of science – or alleged science – to determine national policy. But the aim of objectivity is a tough one. H/T The GWPF Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will

2018-03-20 08:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cosmic Rays Continue To Intensify As Historic Solar Minimum Approaches

Originally posted on The Next Grand Minimum: Meteorologist Paul Dorian, Vencore, Inc. All indications are that the upcoming solar minimum which is expected to begin in 2019 may be even quieter than the last one which was the deepest in nearly a century. One of the natural impacts of decreasing solar activity is the weakening…

2018-03-19 08:34   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Russian agents attempted to undermine US shale gas, says official report

This only confirms in greater detail what has been fairly well-known for quite a long time anyway. H/T The GWPF For months, House Committees and a Special Counsel have been investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, reports Inside Sources. Even as these investigations continue to make headlines, interference in American energy markets,

2018-03-17 11:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Newsflash: NH Snow Exceptionally Huge This Year

Originally posted on Science Matters: Over land the northern hemisphere Globsnow snow-water-equivalent SWE product and over sea the OSI-SAF sea-ice concentration product. Credit: Image courtesy of Finnish Meteorological Institute This just in from  Science Daily thanks to the Finnish Meteorological Institute: Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year  March…

2018-03-16 15:03   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot extending upward as it shrinks

It seems to be turning into the not-so-great orange spot. Could this be a feature of climate change Jupiter-style? Though once big enough to swallow three Earths with room to spare, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a century and a half, says Astronomy Now. Nobody is sure how long the storm will

2018-03-16 11:03   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Sherlock Drones—automated investigators tackle toxic crime scenes

One of a number of ways the police can or could use drones. Crimes that involve chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials pose a deadly threat not just to the target of the attack but to innocent bystanders and police investigators, says Often, these crimes may involve unusual circumstances or they are terrorist-related

2018-03-15 09:57   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Astronomers discover galaxies spin like clockwork

Researchers refer here to ‘regularity in galaxies’. Astronomers have discovered that all galaxies rotate once every billion years, no matter how big they are, reports The Earth spinning around on its axis once gives us the length of a day, and a complete orbit of the Earth around the Sun gives us a year.

2018-03-14 09:49   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Unravelling the mystery of ice ages using ancient molecules

It seems there was ‘a distinct increase in sea ice extent’ at some point in time that led to a switch to longer ice age intervals, but the reason(s) for it are not known. Researchers from Cardiff University have revealed how sea ice has been contributing to the waxing and waning of ice sheets over

2018-03-12 13:50   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Battery builders get the cobalt blues

One battery expert said: ‘I’ve had multiple Chinese carmakers in my office really worried [about cobalt supply]. They wish they’d thought about this two years ago.’ They find themselves bidding against the likes of wealthy companies like Apple and Samsung for supplies. Demand for battery metals surges on the back of a global appetite for

2018-03-12 10:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: There’s Ken Rice’s nonsense, and then there’s thermodynamics

Ken Rice, an Edinburgh University academic who selectively censors dissenting comments at his pro-AGW “and Then There’s Physics” propaganda blog, has another of mine in moderation: tallbloke says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. March 12, 2018 at 10:02 am OK, I’ll drop that subject and deal directly with the subject of your blog post. You state

2018-03-12 10:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Changing Arctic–Nov 1922

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? In 1922, NOAA knew that the Arctic was undergoing a “radical change of climate”, and was “not recognizable” from the climate of 1868 to 1917. In November that year, NOAA published this chapter in their Monthly Weather Review: ? ??…

2018-03-11 08:57   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New study: Cooling cloud cycle caused global warming hiatus

An obvious problem with studies like this is that as soon as natural climate variation is invoked – to explain the lack of expected warming from so-called greenhouse gases – the argument that such gases could be a dominant factor in climate processes is then severely weakened to say the least. It is in effect

2018-03-10 09:51   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: North Pacific climate patterns influence El Niño occurrences

Another attempt to shed light on this recurring but tricky to predict climate phenomenon. For decades, scientists have observed the phenomena known as El Niño and La Niña, says Both significantly impact the global climate and both pose a puzzle to scientists since they’re not completely understood. Now, a new study clarifies some of

2018-03-08 12:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Geometric clusters of cyclones churn over Jupiter’s poles

Octagon and pentagon (8:5) shapes at the poles, with groups of cyclones in a 9:6 (= 3:2) polar ratio. Fascinating. Jupiter’s poles are blanketed by geometric clusters of cyclones and its atmosphere is deeper than scientists suspected, says These are just some of the discoveries reported by four international research teams Wednesday, based on

2018-03-08 09:10   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scientists crack 70-year-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the sun

‘Magnetic’ seems to mean ‘electromagnetic’ in this report. There’s a definition of an Alfvén wave here. Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have led an international team to the ground-breaking discovery that magnetic waves crashing through the sun may be key to heating its atmosphere and propelling the solar wind, as reports. The sun is

2018-03-07 14:18   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Running on renewables: How sure can we be about the future?

Researchers have discovered what common sense thinking has led many people to believe anyway, namely that sales pitches and reality can be quite far apart when it comes to renewable technologies and reliable electricity supplies. A variety of models predict the role renewables will play in 2050, but some may be over-optimistic, and should be

2018-03-06 16:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Glaciers in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert actually shrank during the last ice age

Why glaciers are not always climate thermometers. High in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, the climate is so dry and cold that glaciers shrank during the last ice age. Dating of rock deposits shows how glaciers in this less-studied region behave very differently as the climate shifts. The simple story says that during the last ice age,

2018-03-06 10:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Climate-industrial complex wasting £100 billion and shutting down debate – warns Lilley

Government attempts to influence ‘the climate’ by reducing the use of nature’s fuels are proving both ineffective and unnecessarily expensive, argues the ex-minister. H/T The GWPF Former Trade and Industry Minister, Peter Lilley warns that vested interests in the renewables industry, politicians of all parties, the bureaucracy and academia have together largely suppressed debate about…

2018-03-05 16:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: German energy executive severely injured in acid attack

Looks like a case of protest gone mad over Europe’s largest surface coal mining operation. The finance chief of an RWE renewable energy subsidiary was struck by unknown assailants as he crossed a park near Düsseldorf, reports Police said they were investigating “in every direction”. – – – A German energy executive has been

2018-03-05 14:27   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Climate scientists admit they need more reliable temperature measurements

Making so-called ‘adjustments’ to existing temperature data, followed in some cases by adjustments to the adjustments, was never going to be a credible scientific method. H/T The GWPF A group of prominent scientists are calling for a global network of advanced weather stations that don’t need to go through controversial data adjustments, and it’s vindication

2018-03-04 10:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Giant berg mission thwarted by sea-ice

Not the first time something like this has happened, and probably not the last. The UK-led expedition to the waters around the world’s biggest iceberg is forced to turn around, reports BBC News. – – – Scientists have had to abandon their plan to investigate the waters around the world’s biggest iceberg. The team, led

2018-03-03 09:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Britain’s energy market is under the spotlight – for all the wrong reasons

Britain badly needs new power stations but current national policy is working against that, argues an industry insider. Instead we have a ‘sticking plaster’ strategy. Great Britain’s energy market, once the envy of free-marketeers after Margaret Thatcher ended decades of nationalisation in the 1980s, is once again under the spotlight – for all the wrong

2018-03-02 15:00   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cobalt boom turns life upside down in DR Congo

If two thirds of the world’s cobalt comes from this one country, then given the projected numbers of electric vehicles – and other electronic devices – needing it in the years ahead, the question must be: is this sustainable? Recent rapid price rises suggest scarcity of supply in relation to demand. China moved in there

2018-03-02 09:58   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UK National Grid issues natural gas deficit warning for March 1st

No doubt the UK gas drilling companies will point out they have a way of tackling this kind of problem. As it’s cold almost everywhere in Europe at the moment, with high gas demand, nobody wants to bail Britain out. Some industrial users will get paid to cut their demand instead. The UK’s gas system

2018-03-01 12:34   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down

The role of the lowest solar cycle for at least a century is mostly ignored by believers in man-made global warming. There are signs of climate change, but not necessarily the kind they expect. Not for the first time in recent years, Europe has descended into a deep freeze while the Arctic experiences record high

2018-02-28 11:17   Click to comment

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