Category Archives: climate

“Fossil Insect Study Suggests That Los Angeles Climate Has Been Relatively Stable for at Least 50,000 Years”

So sayeth the press release. But what about the paper, and the 182 beetles sampled from La Brea tar pits? Fossil preservation in the tar pits is exceptional, but the constant stream of gas through the tar deposits mixes the … Continue reading

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John Birks – At the frontiers of palaeoecology

This week, the University of Bergen is holding a seminar in honour of John Birks and his academic career so far. He retired earlier this year, at least from teaching and administration duties. Several well known palaeo/ecologists who have either … Continue reading

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The Sun’s apparent orbit is not an icosikaitetragon

The Sun appears to go around the Earth. Round that is, like a circle, not jumping every hour from one side to the next of a 24-sided polygon. Despite this, it is convenient to represent the Sun’s position in climate models as if … Continue reading

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Solar science Heartland style

[I wrote this some time back, but got distracted by Lord Monckton’s inability to use a scroll bar, and then lost momentum. Given Willie Soon’s return to media attention, I thought I should give his presentation a little loving, but … Continue reading

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A “Robust Response of the East Asian Monsoon Rainband to Solar Variability”?

I’ve been searching for robust evidence of the influence of solar variability on Earth’s climate. Zhao & Wang (2014) promise it in a paper I found at the Club du Soleil. They are looking for a correlation between annual sunspot number and the … Continue reading

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Was China 6-8 K warmer in winter 6000 years ago?

Monckton, Soon, Legates & Briggs have published a paper in the Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), which, despite having an impact factor of 1.365, is “one of the world’s top six learned journals of science”. Allegedly. In their paper, … Continue reading

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Happy Perihelion

When better than perihelion to think about orbital forcing? I’ve wanted extract some insolation data for the late Quaternary to compare with some proxies as part of a rebuttal of some nonsense written elsewhere. Two insolation datasets are available from the Paleoclimatology … Continue reading

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