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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: Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study

It looks as if a lot of car makers will have to raise prices of some models at least, to meet the cost of EU mega-fines tied to average CO2 emissions that are due to come into force in 2021. Phys.org reporting. Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions

2017-09-22 17:53   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: A tale of two cities: whose sea rise is it anyway?

Some may say this smacks of an attempt at extortion, but the oil companies can at least afford the fees of the lawyers. Can it be a punishable offence to lack confidence in some of the claims of some climate scientists? H/T The GWPF. Two Northern California cities filed separate lawsuits against five major oil companies

2017-09-22 09:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Graham Stringer MP: Now that’s an inconvenient truth 

As a long-time critic of climate alarmism, chemistry graduate Graham Stringer MP is not surprised by the latest cracks appearing in the facade of modern climate science, as the GWPF reports. Al Gore, the U.S. politician and self-appointed champion of the green cause, famously declared that ‘the science is settled’ on climate change. It was a

2017-09-21 10:46   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Recent solar flares may test why sun acts up when its cycle wanes 

Even though the current solar cycle (SC 24) is well-known for its relatively low level of sunspots, it can still produce surprisingly powerful bursts of ‘counter-intuitive’ activity, causing solar scientists to put their thinking caps on. A series of rapid-fire solar flares is providing the first chance to test a new theory of why the

2017-09-20 19:58   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New research suggests Mercury’s poles are icier than scientists thought

The first photos of ice at Mercury’s poles were released in 2014 but this research goes a step further, as Phys.org reports. It finds that ‘the total area of the three sheets [is] about 3,400 square kilometers—slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island’. The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place

2017-09-20 09:45   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The global warming backpedalling begins. “It’s less worse than we thought”

Computer modelling used a decade ago to predict how quickly global average temperatures would rise may have forecast too much warming, a study has found. Myles Allen, professor of geosystem science at the University of Oxford and one of the study’s authors told The Times: “We haven’t seen that rapid acceleration in warming after 2000 that

2017-09-19 07:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: What you need to know & are not told about hurricanes

Originally posted on Fabius Maximus website: Summary: Millions of words were expended reporting about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but too little about the science connecting them to climate change. Here are the details, contrasted with the propaganda barrage of those seeking to exploit these disasters for political gain. Let’s listen to these scientists so we…

2017-09-16 17:10   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Astronomers probe origin of Planet 9

This may say something about what is not likely to be true about the mysterious, or mythical, Planet 9 but obviously it’s still all in the realms of theory. If it did form around the sun, how did it get to be so much further away from it than the known major planets in the

2017-09-14 22:09   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Hurricanes, AMO , And Sahel Droughts

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? ? Reader Dermot Flaherty questioned the relationship of ENSO to the Atlantic hurricane season. There are indeed many factors which affect hurricane activity. As leading hurricane expert Chris Landsea stated in his 1999 paper “Atlantic Basin Hurricanes: Indices of Climatic…

2017-09-10 19:23   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Go-ahead for mini reactors as energy crunch looms

From the Sunday Times: By Alan Tovey MINISTERS are ready to approve the swift development of a fleet of “mini” reactors to help guard against electricity shortages, as older nuclear power stations are decommissioned. The new technology is expected to offer energy a third cheaper than giant conventional reactors such as the ongoing Hinkley Point in Somerset.

2017-09-10 07:59   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cassini captures wave structure in Saturn rings

We now know that Saturn’s rings share a process with spiral galaxies, and the unique co-orbital pattern of two of its moons get some attention. This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn’s rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave, reports Phys.org. Resulting from the same process that creates

2017-09-08 22:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Claim: ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense

The researchers say ship exhaust can alter thunderstorm intensity. They seem to have ignored the fact that ships on the open seas have always been a natural target for lightning. Thunderstorms directly above two of the world’s busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don’t travel,

2017-09-08 14:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Prince Charles ‘wrong’ on climate link to Syria war 

No evidence for the Prince’s Syrian refugees theory but plenty that he’s a serial climate alarmist. Scientists have accused the Prince of Wales of exaggerating the link between climate change and the civil war in Syria, says The Times (via the GWPF). A new study found no evidence for the widely publicised theory that climate

2017-09-08 10:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Last Man Standing: Nuclear Plants Power Texans During Deluge – Wind Turbines Automatically Shut Down During Hurricane Harvey

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: Texans have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, over the last week or so. Hurricane Harvey belted the Texan coast with 130 mph (209 kph) winds and delivered a deluge of biblical proportions. For some time now, Texas has been the pinup girl for American wind…

2017-09-07 20:56   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Australian chief scientist advocates coal-fired power extensions 

Some say the ‘soaring prices and increased black outs’ mentioned in the report are at least partly due to over-hasty substitution of fuel-powered generation by expensive and intermittent renewable energy, mainly wind and solar. Now the argument is that Australia needs early action to try and prevent the situation getting even more serious. Alan Finkel,

2017-09-06 19:41   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Unique study tests fundamental laws of physics

As the Talkshop reaches the milestone of 5 million visits, do we hear echoes of Scotty of Star Trek fame: ‘Ye cannae change the laws of physics’? Does fundamental mean universal – or could some ‘laws’ depend on where you look in the universe? Meanwhile Tallbloke is boldly going…somewhere… ???? A study that will ‘test

2017-09-06 15:21   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scotland to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2032 

‘New plans from the Scottish Government would allow the sale of hybrid and electric cars but not exclusively petrol or diesel ones’, reports Auto Express. But is it just political bluster, based on Scotland having left the UK? Scotland has set out plans to phase out the sale of cars powered solely by petrol or

2017-09-06 11:23   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Merkel pledges billion euros to help German cities fight pollution from diesel cars 

The campaign to demonise diesel cars – above all other causes of city air pollution – rumbles on, as The Local reports. The conundrum being of course that Germany makes vast sums from sales of diesel cars, trucks, buses etc. As usual climate is wrongly conflated with air quality issues. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday

2017-09-05 12:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why Phi? – the rainbow angle

The minimum deviation angle for the primary bow [of a rainbow] is 137.5° according to Wikipedia. This is known as the rainbow angle. A circle is 360 degrees, so the ratio of the rainbow angle to the circle is therefore the square of the golden ratio i.e. 137.5:360 = 1:2.61818~. – – – Hong Kong

2017-09-03 20:45   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New study identifies natural driving forces of climate change 

Another paper attempting to shed some light on the mysteries of long-term cyclical climate patterns is brought to our attention by the GWPF. The abstract looks fair but there are a few nods in the direction of ‘greenhouse gases’ later in the paper, in particular related to what they identify as millennial signals. Abstract The

2017-09-03 13:54   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Two Decades of Temperature Data from Australia – Not Fit for Purpose – Jennifer Marohasy

What is going on with Australian temperature data? It doesn’t look good, as Jennifer Marohasy explains. Australia is a large continent in the Southern Hemisphere. The temperatures measured and recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology contribute to the calculation of global averages. These values, of course, suggest catastrophic human-caused global warming. Two decades ago

2017-09-02 10:09   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Solar Power Deal will Lower Social Tenants’ Energy Bills

Originally posted on Andrew James: Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme. The Dutch firm, Maas Capital is investing £160m in the project. The panels are expected to save 100,000 tenants living in social housing hundreds…

2017-09-02 08:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Coastal wetlands dramatically reduce property losses during hurricanes

This study reported on the U.S. East Coast, but all ideas for protection of increasingly populated coastal areas from severe weather should be under the microscope after the recent floods in Texas. Phys.org reporting. With the Atlantic hurricane season well under way and Tropical Storm Harvey causing devastation in Texas, a new scientific study reports

2017-09-01 14:04   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alan Carlin: Reducing CO2 Emissions Is Not a Useful Substitute for Effective Stormwater Management

The author writes: ‘ask yourself whether you would rather buy a house in a flood prone area with effective stormwater management or with CO2 emission controls and subsidies’. Hurricane Harvey has undoubtedly caused great damage to Houston and surrounding areas on the Texas Coast. The climate alarmists have immediately tried to blame carbon dioxide (CO2)

2017-09-01 09:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: German wind energy market “threatening to implode” 

If the flood of subsidies looks like turning to a trickle, the backers of renewables soon get cold feet – in Germany at least, as Pierre Gosselin explains (via GWPF). While Germany likes to fancy itself as being among the “global leaders” in tackling climate change by expanding green energies, the country has in fact taken

2017-08-31 09:47   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cassini hints at young age for Saturn’s rings 

NASA’s Cassini space probe is still sending back useful data before it ends its 20 year mission by diving into the unexplored Saturnian atmosphere. The spectacular rings of Saturn may be relatively young, perhaps just 100 million years or so old, says BBC News. This is the early interpretation of data gathered by the Cassini

2017-08-30 09:08   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Poorer homes could be exempted from paying green energy taxes 

This is the official admission that ‘green energy’ costs due to ideologically-based policies are a significant portion of, and reason for, fast-rising UK domestic energy bills. Poorer customers could be exempted from paying ‘green’ energy taxes included in bills and pay just for what they use under plans being drawn up by leading power firms,

2017-08-29 09:32   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why tropical storm Harvey is showing Texas no mercy

“The problem with Harvey is that it is trapped,” an atmospheric scientist and tropical storm expert tells Gizmodo. One fear is that Harvey could drift back out to sea and then return again with renewed force. Right now, Houston is in the midst of a catastrophic flood disaster as tropical storm Harvey, which made landfall

2017-08-28 10:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Methane hydrate is not a smoking gun in the Arctic Ocean 

If there was any life left in this climate change scare story, this latest research should finally see it off. Clathrate (hydrate) gun hypothesis stirred quite the controversy when it was posed in 2003, as ScienceDaily reports. It stated that methane hydrates — frozen water cages containing methane gas found below the ocean floor —

2017-08-28 09:20   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Another Arctic Rowing Expedition Comes To Grief

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? h/t AC Osborn ? ? The Mail reports on yet another Arctic expedition that has come perilously close to real grief: ? Three British rowers attempting a record 1,200-mile voyage across the raging seas of the Arctic Ocean are stranded…

2017-08-27 17:24   Click to comment


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