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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: Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

The researchers believe Saharan air reaching the Arctic was a rare but significant factor in an unusual warming event two years ago. In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of

Today: 12:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Just five councils take up government offer on electric car charge points

Looks like UK councils have better things to do than worry about providing charging points for a few electric car owners. There are no council-run filling stations after all. Just five councils across England have taken advantage of a government backed scheme for funding electric car charge points, ministers have revealed. Jesse Norman and Claire

Today: 11:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Rupert Darwall: Green Welly Tories dig #Brexit industrial policy black hole.

The May government’s greenwashing is classic displacement activity. Productivity numbers released by the Office for National Statistics earlier this month should be front and centre of every government policy. Normally productivity growth falls in a recession but then bounces back to the previous trend, the ONS says. This time it didn’t. If productivity had returned to its pre-downturn…

2018-01-15 23:09   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Matt Ridley: The mysterious cycles of ice ages

A sort of review of leading ice age theories. A paper by Ralph Ellis that was featured at the Talkshop gets a mention. A point not mentioned: the carbon cycle dictates that cooling leads to the oceans absorbing more CO2, while warming leads to more outgassing of it to the atmosphere. Record cold in America

2018-01-14 18:18   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cuadrilla prepares for fracking in Lancashire after gas discovery

The last legal challenge has failed and the initial results impress the boss, so it’s full steam ahead for gas drilling tests in 2018. Fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources said it has discovered a “very sizeable quantity” of natural gas at its exploration site in Lancashire as it prepares to drill what will be the UK’s

2018-01-13 12:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Benny Peiser and Matt Ridley: Bad weather is no reason for climate alarm

H/T The GWPF Trump was more likely winding up the over-zealous climate alarmists, rather than being confused about anything. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump greeted the cold snap that was gripping much of the U.S. by tweeting, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming.” He was criticized for

2018-01-13 11:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: NASA Announces the First Multi-Planet System Discovered Entirely Through Crowdsourcing

And it’s a good one. The abstract says: ‘The periods of the five planets are 2.35, 3.56, 5.40, 8.26, and 12.76 days, forming an unbroken chain of near 3:2 resonances.’ The Exoplanet Explorers project has led to the first discovery of a multi-planet system solely through crowdsourcing efforts, as Futurism reports. Through a project called

2018-01-12 22:15   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather, say researchers

The team say they have found ‘a strong driver of climate extremes in Europe for the last 300 years’, which obviously pre-dates the Industrial Revolution and its ’emissions’ by a wide margin. Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such

2018-01-12 15:11   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: More renewables mean less stable grids, researchers find

Who knew? Apart from nearly everyone who ever gave it any thought, that is. But if confirmation and analysis from published research is needed, PEI reports it here. It seems to be worse than they thought. Grid stability is likely to be increasingly challenged as power distribution moves from a centralized to a more decentralized

2018-01-11 17:39   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alps hit by ‘once-in-a-generation’ snow storms

Parts of the Alps have seen a return to 1978 weather conditions according to this report, with some places only accessible by helicopter. Hundreds of roads across the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland were closed, cutting off resorts and villages, after the kind of snowfall that only comes once every 30 years, as Euronews

2018-01-10 14:19   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Planets around other stars are like peas in a pod

It seems the planetary structure of our solar system is an oddity compared to most of the exoplanetary systems so far discovered. On the other hand it’s easier to find planets close to their stars than those a long way away, so what is known so far might not be giving us the whole picture.

2018-01-10 11:24   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ineos to challenge Scots fracking ‘ban’

One report says £50 million was spent on acquiring two fracking licenses and planning permissions, only for the company to find its hands tied. Meanwhile it is importing shale gas from the USA. Grangemouth refinery operator Ineos is to challenge the Scottish government in the courts over fracking, reports BBC News. Petrochemical firm Ineos has

2018-01-10 10:29   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: APOD: Fibonacci relations appear in IR at Jupiters poles

So to clarify here (because I messed it up earlier) what was presented this morning at #AAS231 were infrared images of Jupiter's north pole (left, via @lrebull) and south pole (right, via @Stardustspeck) showing respectively eight and five cyclones circling central vortices. ???????? — Jason Major (@JPMajor) January 9, 2018

2018-01-09 22:16   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New study reveals strong El Niño events cause large changes in Antarctic ice shelves

Some parts of the media may try to give a different impression, but El Niño/La Niña events are natural phenomena with a range of consequences. A new study published Jan. 8 in the journal Nature Geoscience reveals that strong El Niño events can cause significant ice loss in some Antarctic ice shelves while the opposite

2018-01-09 10:20   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Thieves shut China’s solar highway after just five days

For less cost they could have put the panels at the side of the road, angled towards the sun. Road built from solar panels targeted by gang thought to be trying to steal technology, reports the South China Morning Post. The one-kilometre stretch of photovoltaic highway – built of solar panels which cars can drive

2018-01-08 10:59   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scientists: Global warming is not causing harsh winter weather 

As one university-based climatologist said: ‘Such claims make no sense’. The climate isn’t doing as predicted so far-fetched excuses are produced by climate alarm promoters. Record snowfall, a “bomb cyclone” and cold Arctic air have once again stirred up the debate over global warming’s impact on winter weather, says Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.

2018-01-07 15:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Environmentalists lose climate lawsuit over Arctic oil drilling

Another attempt to use the law to get a court to take on the role of government over supposed climate issues bites the dust, assuming no appeal. The green groups were ordered to pay the state’s $94,000 legal costs. Oslo District Court on Thursday ruled that Norway’s drilling for oil in the Barents Sea does

2018-01-06 19:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: America braces for lowest temperatures on record

Battered by the bomb cyclone which brought heavy snow and flooding to a swathe of the US, America is facing the threat of the big chill says the Daily Telegraph. As workers started shovelling away the mountain of snow, temperatures started plunging. They plummeted to as low as -20C (-4F) in many parts of New

2018-01-05 23:04   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Australian Government adopts NEG: steers away from’Green Energy’ black hole

Signs of a return to sanity down under. The Australian government has opted for reliability over renewables in the power sector. In the wake of the “System Black” power failure that knocked out South Australia for up to two days in late 2016, the country’s government has dumped the existing clean energy-based policy in favour

2018-01-05 09:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: England’s soggy historical place names could predict the climate…

Anglo-Saxon England was unusually warm and stormy. Place names coined then could hold clues to how the weather will get wetter and wilder as the climate changes, says Assuming the weather does do that, of course. The author asks: “Is it a surprise that places with watery names are more prone to flooding?” It’s

2018-01-04 11:09   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New study identifies thermometer for global ocean

Geoscientist Jeff Severinghaus said: “Our precision is about 0.2 ºC (0.4 ºF) now, and the warming of the past 50 years is only about 0.1 ºC,” adding that advanced equipment can provide more precise measurements, allowing scientists to use this technique to track the current warming trend in the world’s oceans, reports Quite modest

2018-01-04 09:21   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why Wind Power Is Not Equal To Coal Fired Power

How much enforced variability in electricity generation can a country’s power system tolerate? A close look at the numbers for Australia is not encouraging, to say the least. How often have you heard that Wind power is intermittent, but has anyone ever explained that to you, or shown just how it actually is intermittent, and

2018-01-02 19:45   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Sun is cooling faster than anyone suspected

This is an opinion piece, a sort of alarmism-in-reverse, and no-one can be sure that any given weather or climate forecast will prove to be accurate or even on the right lines, but the arguments are here to consider. Numerous climate researchers do expect the solar slowdown to push average temperatures lower for at least

2018-01-01 11:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Natural disasters down in 2017, despite impact on North America

The role of social media in mitigating the human cost of natural disasters may also have been significant. About 30,000 people die from natural disasters per year. This year, the number was closer to 6,000, writes Seth Borenstein in the Toronto Star. North America couldn’t catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States

2017-12-31 15:07   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Reality Check: Are hurricanes getting worse?

Looks like a fairly sober BBC analysis from weather forecaster Chris Fawkes, avoiding some of the more extravagant climate claims the BBC is sometimes guilty of. The past year has been a busy one for hurricanes. There were 17 named storms in 2017, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) – an

2017-12-30 17:41   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Droughts and ecosystems are determined by the interaction of two climate phenomena

Study of long-term oceanic influences on a regional climate has turned up some interesting results, as explains. What is causing the droughts that the Iberian Peninsula regularly endures? Why are the winters sometimes mild and rainy and other times cold and dry or cold and damp? Is climate change of anthropogenic origin exerting an

2017-12-29 11:12   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Brutal cold breaks records across the US

Climate contortionists must be working overtime to explain how this could fit into their models showing ever milder northern winters under supposedly dire man-made warming. Bitter cold continues to blanket the northern United States and Canada as forecasters warn that the deep freeze will continue into the start of 2018, reports BBC News. International Falls

2017-12-29 09:37   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scientists predict ‘mini ice age’ could hit UK by 2030 – Sky News

Sky News ran the Zharkova interview straight after one about record snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania – which a climate scientist claimed was due to increased evaporation caused by global warming. The research Sky is now referring to was first published in 2015. A model of the Sun’s magnetic activity suggests the River Thames may freeze

2017-12-28 13:28   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Great American Eclipse of 2017 left ‘bow waves’ in Earth’s atmosphere

Researchers say: ‘Study of wave characteristics reveals complex interconnections between the Sun, Moon, and Earth’s neutral atmosphere and ionosphere.’ The waves in the upper atmosphere are similar to the V-shaped waves left behind by a ship moving through water, reports The IB Times. The 21 August total solar eclipse that overshadowed the entire stretch from

2017-12-28 10:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Green activists forced to withdraw false ‘50% off’ claim in wind power adverts

Greens playing propaganda tricks on the public? Probably not their first ‘offence’ of this kind… H/T The GWPF Environmental activists have withdrawn an advertising campaign after being accused of making false claims about the price of wind energy, says the Daily Mail. The poster, launched in September by Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and plastered

2017-12-27 10:56   Click to comment

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