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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: Woods Hole Climatologist Gives False Evidence To Congress

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? Science Magazine had fun taking the mickey out of this GOP Rep, but failed to uncover some seriously erroneous statements by a supposed “climate scientist” at the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee earlier this week. This is…

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Tallbloke's Talkshop: Possible origin of Dansgaard-Oeschger abrupt climate events

Numerous studies have found evidence of an apparently regular and significant climate event every 1,470 years (on average), which seems to show up most clearly in glacial periods. They speak of a ‘robust 1,470-year response time’, ‘a precise clock’, ‘abrupt climate change’ and so forth. However they also say things like: ‘The origin of this

2018-05-19 20:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Study: no relationship between methane in groundwater and proximity to natural gas wells

Actual evidence contradicts colourful but unresearched scare stories once again. A study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling, reports Geologists with the University of Cincinnati examined drinking water in Carroll, Stark and Harrison counties, a rural region in northeast Ohio where

2018-05-19 10:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Energy poverty and the home truths MPs would rather ignore 

Governments often waste, but rarely run out of, other people’s money. Take renewables for example – the UK is already committed to vastly excessive payments until 2030 in the hope of possibly reducing a trace gas in the atmosphere. Why has the Government still not formally responded to the independent review that it commissioned into

2018-05-18 19:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: How Atmospheric Pressure Drives Temperatures, Not Trace Gases

This is on similar lines to the ongoing studies of Nikolov & Zeller, featured here at the Talkshop on several occasions. The ‘standard’ tropopause pressure of ~0.1 bar is an interesting factor. By looking at the temperature of every planet with sufficient atmospheres, we see temps rise along with atmospheric pressure, and not from a

2018-05-17 15:15   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Green Europe may be on the verge of blackouts

We’re supposed to believe that coal-hungry Germany and forest-clearing biomass-burning Britain are impressively ‘green’. Their obsessive renewables bias has made new gas-fired power stations hard to justify for energy firms. H/T The GWPF Europe is facing power generation capacity shortages and may even risk blackouts without additional use of natural gas, one of the continent’s…

2018-05-17 09:16   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: There Is No Unprecedented Global Modern Warming

Originally posted on American Elephants: You have heard the wailing and screaming about President Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Accords, but do you understand that the agreement, never ratified by the U.S. government (NOT a treaty) accomplished nothing at all to modify or change the climate. The climate of the earth has been changing…

2018-05-16 08:41   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans

The headline from the source should perhaps mention that those ‘variations’ can include ‘no global warming trend’, or hiatus, as explained below. New research has shown that natural variations in global mean temperature are always forced by changes in heat release and heat uptake by the oceans, in particular the heat release associated with evaporation,

2018-05-15 18:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alan Carlin: Press Release on new research report showing CO2 has no significant effect on temperatures

In their latest report the authors point out: ‘it is never mathematically proper to attempt to validate any theory embedded in a model using the model itself.’ As discussed last week, several reports have shown in the last year or two that carbon dioxide (CO2) does not significantly affect global temperatures, contrary to endless repetitions

2018-05-14 09:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New subsidies for ageing European wind farms, or death spiral?

Good luck dismantling and trying to recycle redundant end-of-life wind turbines and their massive concrete bases. New academic research on whether to repower or extend the lifetime of an obsolescent wind farm in Europe reveals that without new subsidies for repowered sites, low cost lifetime extensions focused on maximising return before decommissioning are more probable,

2018-05-13 19:22   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alan Carlin: Both sides ignore the major finding of recent climate research

The author poses what he calls the ‘major question’: why does CO2 have no significant effect on temperatures in the real world? The major development in climate science in the last year or two is something almost no one talks about, says Alan Carlin – strong evidence that changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have

2018-05-12 09:16   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: To accelerate climate action, citizens are suing governments

All this rests on the notion that humans can somehow tune the climate to their liking – whatever that may be – which of course has never been shown to be true. Are court cases and ‘rule books’ just the latest attempts to impose the will of one group in society, over everyone else? As

2018-05-11 18:56   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UN climate talks end in stalemate 

So the climate talkshop moves on to Bangkok, by which time it will be nearly three years since the Paris ‘agreement’. But if they still can’t agree on anything after nine days, is waiting another few months going to make much difference? Without the USA the whole process is starting to look a bit forlorn.

2018-05-10 08:33   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Nicola Sturgeon asked if she misled Scottish Parliament on fracking ‘ban’

When is a ban not a ban? The Telegraph quotes the SNP’s own website which currently states: “The Scottish Government has put in place a ban on fracking in Scotland – meaning fracking cannot and will not take place in Scotland.” Seems clear enough from the renewables-mad SNP – but read on… The Scottish Government’s

2018-05-09 19:40   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Hawaii’s unstoppable volcano eruption could go on – and on

One volcanologist commented: “When a house today might look like it’s perfectly safe, it might get taken out by a lava flow five years from now if the eruption keeps on going.” So much destruction, as ScienceAlert reports. For the fleeing residents who had to evacuate the cracked, burning streets of Leilani Estates, Hawaii, last

2018-05-09 12:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Gravity of Jupiter and Venus elongates Earth’s orbit every 405,000 years – study 

Amazing what can be gleaned from a 1,700 feet long rock core. H/T Ian Wilson Every 405,000 years, gravitational tugs from Jupiter and Venus slightly elongate Earth’s orbit, an amazingly consistent pattern that has influenced our planet’s climate for at least 215 million years and allows scientists to more precisely date geological events like the

2018-05-08 14:20   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Waves like those controlling weather on Earth found on the Sun

New insights on the internal workings of the Sun. The lead researcher notes: “Solar Rossby waves are gigantic in size, with wavelengths comparable to the solar radius”. They have maximum amplitudes in the Sun’s equatorial regions. A team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of

2018-05-08 11:26   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scientists reveal drivers of prolonged spring-summer drought over North China

But what is driving the drivers – that bright thing in the sky perhaps? A recent study reveals the large-scale dynamic drivers of the prolonged spring-summer drought over North China, where prolonged drought tends to begin in spring and persists to summer with severe societal impacts, says EurekAlert!. North China, where almost half China’s population

2018-05-07 15:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ancient Native American city may have been done in by Mississippi floods

The theory here is that the Cahokians had no experience of Mississippi floods for several centuries, likely due to the drought-prone Medieval Warm Period, and had no defence when one eventually did occur. As one expert (Pauketat) noted: “Cahokia was so large – covering three to five square miles – that archaeologists have yet to

2018-05-07 11:07   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Proof of ‘Planet Nine’ may be sewn into medieval tapestries

There’s a suspicion of confirmation bias, or seeing what you wanted to see, in stories like this. But we’ll look for any merits in the ideas anyway. Claims that Planet 9 can’t hide much longer haven’t proved correct so far. Observations made a thousand years ago could help modern scientists find the theoretical “Planet Nine”

2018-05-05 10:07   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UK car industry on alert over ‘hybrid ban’

UK political leaders are hopelessly hooked on climate dogma, leading to various strange decisions and economically damaging policies. The SMMT trade body hits out after reports the government will target hybrids in a new emissions drive, says BBC News. The UK’s car industry has hit out at the government over unconfirmed reports ministers will target

2018-05-05 08:36   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Garden centre climate propaganda

No hiding place from the trace gas fear campaign…several of these notices were displayed around a local garden centre, to promote plant sales. [Red and yellow markings added to original photo]

2018-05-04 18:11   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New science from Juno probe – ‘like a whole new Jupiter’

There’s the usual speculative talk of exotic materials, mysterious dynamos and so forth, but the probe is delivering plenty of data for scientists to analyse and ponder over. When NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently flew over the poles of Jupiter, researchers were astonished, as if they had never seen a giant planet before, says And

2018-05-04 09:45   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Can CNG trucks go the distance?

The idea here is that high pressure carbon-fibre fuel tanks should help to demolish the ‘range anxiety’ of truck operators who need to cover big distances daily, by giving a range of upto 500 miles. America already has some, but these are the first in Europe. Lifetime costs should be lower than regular trucks, but

2018-05-03 09:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Rising levels of ‘frustration’ at UN climate stalemate

Where have we heard this before? Obviously at every other UN climate meeting that tried to extort vast sums of money from unwilling donor countries, to pay for supposedly climate-related schemes. No wonder the USA walked away from the endless wrangling over a trace gas in the atmosphere. Old divisions between rich and poor over

2018-05-02 14:00   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ireland faces annual EU energy fines of €600m

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: More lunacy from the EU: ? From the Independent: ? ? Ireland faces annual EU energy fines of €600m 1 April 30 2018 2:30 AM   Ireland faces fines of €600m a year from the EU for failing to meet renewable energy targets and cutting…

2018-05-01 10:37   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Researchers plan biggest ever Antarctic field campaign

This BBC report seems unaware that a study in 2014 found that parts of the Thwaites Glacier are subject to melting due to subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal “hotspots”. The existence of this group of volcanoes has long been known. British and American scientists will assess the stability of one of Antarctica’s biggest ice streams,

2018-04-30 23:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Can German engineers brighten the future of diesel?

The VW emissions scandal sent the reputation and sales of the diesel car generally into a nosedive, but one German firm has new ideas that aim to reverse its fading fortunes. Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions significantly below legal limits taking effect in 2020, reports

2018-04-30 12:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: German ‘eco-friendly’ gas power plant set to be idled for third successive year

Billed as ‘the world’s most eco-friendly fossil fuelled power plant’ when it opened in 2011, the owners say Irsching is not commercially viable due to the built-in advantages handed to part-time subsidised renewables. Meanwhile Germany continues building cheaper-to-run coal-fired power stations to help replace its nuclear fleet. A strange situation to be in. German utility

2018-04-29 09:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Alan Carlin: Why Pruitt’s decision to end EPA “Secret Science” is so important

Who needs secrecy when public bodies are making important decisions that directly affect people – except for things like personal data, national security etc.? Censorship arouses suspicion, so showing evidence does matter. This week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt banned the use of “secret science” in EPA regulatory decision making. The Washington Post immediately cried foul,

2018-04-28 09:25   Click to comment

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