Category Archives: Silliness

Fossil fuel loving dinosaur

Anthony Watts suggested today that we could use the Cretaceous Period as an analogue for a 2°C warmer world. Excellent idea, we can use that warm period from the past to test how well climate models perform. If they perform … Continue reading

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An honest view of sea level change?

Writing for the National Parks Traveller, ecologist  Daniel Botkin claims the sea level has been rising since the end of the last Ice Age, starting about 14,000 years ago as the continental and mountain glaciers have melted and sea water … Continue reading

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Climate implications of Holocene Sea level changes

A few years ago Andrew Kemp and coauthors published a sea level reconstruction for the last two millennia from two salt marshes in North Carolina. Reconstructed sea-level was relatively stable until the start of the 20th Century, when it started … Continue reading

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Bob Irvine is bringing engineers into disrepute

Bob Irvine is touting his new paper at WUWT. He seems very happy with himself. He shouldn’t be: the paper comparing the efficacy of solar and greenhouse forcing is awful. The first indication that the paper is going to be bad (other … Continue reading

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Scroll bar defeats Lord Monckton

I’ve been watching some of the videos from the Heartland’s fake climate conference in Las Vegas. It is the real cargo cult: all the trappings of a real conference, none of the substance. Lord Monckton has a lunchtime keynote: light … Continue reading

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A minimal model for estimating climate sensitivity

One of the classic tells that a fake climate skeptic is trying to squeeze a weak paper into the literature is that they submit it to a journal where it falls outside the usual scope of papers published there. The problem … Continue reading

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Still waiting for trilobites

First they find a living  coelacanth, thought to have become extinct in the Cretaceous. Then they find dawn redwood, growing in a grove in China. Now Kenneth Mertens has found living cysts of a dinoflagellate thought to have become extinct in the … Continue reading

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Climate skeptics confuse time and space

Climatologies — gridded datasets of,  for example, mean monthly or annual temperature or precipitation — are very useful in large scale ecological work. I use the World Ocean Atlas extensively in my work on marine climate proxies and the New et al … Continue reading

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Smilodon and the climate skeptic

I had been meaning to write about La Brea Tar Pits, having spent a morning with the mammoths last month, paying homage to the bones of the Pleistocene megafauna, the relics of extinction. Researchers from the museum have published two papers on … Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition in Physics

Some journals have published thousands of issues, and are still thriving; other journals fold or merge. Few can have published less than Pattern Recognition in Physics which was terminated last week after just two issues by publisher Copernicus. Copernicus is … Continue reading

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