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The perils of just reading the abstract (and of not understanding it)

The last interglacial is the early Holocene on steroids. Changes in the Earth’s orbit caused high latitudes to received increased summer insolation and they were consequently even warmer than the early Holocene. A large fraction of the Greenland Ice Sheet melted and … 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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Aerosols, clouds and a digression into cosmic radiation

Aerosols, both natural and anthropogenic, provide the condensation nuclei around which cloud droplets form. Changes in emissions of aerosols affect the abundance and properties of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), and consequently the radiative properties of the clouds that form. There … Continue reading

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Man with one graph declares war on mosses (more on Miller et al 2013)

Miller et al’s (2013) study on very old dead moss emerging from beneath ice caps on Baffin Island, indicating unusual warming, must have touched a nerve with the so-called climate skeptics. I’ve previously shown that attempts by Anthony Watts and … Continue reading

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Statistics are not a substitute for physics

Doug Keenan has written a long essay on the “Statistical Analyses of Surface Temperatures in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report” that Anthony Watts has seen fit to link to from WUWT. The essay claims to evaluate the IPCC claim that … Continue reading

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“Unprecedented” – skeptic flypaper

“Unprecedented” Nothing seems to attract the inverted love of fake climate sceptics like the word ‘unprecedented’. Perhaps they don’t like to be reminded that our shared climate trajectory is into unexplored and potentially dangerous space. Perhaps because they can often … Continue reading

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Testing Doug Keenan’s methods

Doug Keenan’s allegation that he has a confession from the Met Office that “statistically significant temperature rise can’t be supported” has been devoured with relish by the pigeons. But elsewhere, Lucia has argued that Doug is going on about the … Continue reading

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Red Herrings, Cats and Pigeons at WUWT

Hold the front page, Doug Keenan has a confession from the Met Office that “statistically significant temperature rise can’t be supported”. In a long post, more concerned with the details of which minister would not answer which parliamentary question than … Continue reading

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