Posts Tagged ‘Urban Heat Islands’

McLean, de Frietas and Carter BPSDB

In the ongoing story of the ridiculous McLean, de Frietas and Carter paper that has been seized on by the climate change Denialosphere, James’ Empty Blog finds yet another error in the abomination, but the main point of his post is the more serious issue of Editorial standards at AGU journals and how this travesty ever got published in a respectable journal in the first place.

Understanding just what SOI and ENSO have to do with climate is pretty opaque to most people, so thanks to Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal for Confused About El Nino- Taichiro Sakagami can fix that which led me to El Niño (ENSO) Animation V1.25, a good place to get a better understanding of the climate mechanisms underlying all of this fuss. That is the source of the video below. see the originals for higher quality animations and text.



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Countess Brigh and Count BardolphBPSDBPrologue:

(the story so far) Peter Sinclair produced a video debunking the climate change Denier “surface station” fable. The main champion of that fable Anthony Watts filed a DMCA complaint and Youtube removed the video.

Kevin Grandia and DeSmogBlog checked with the lawyers, reposted it, and many blogs and Monbiot at the Guardian spread the word. From Watts and the Deniers we heard nothing, until now…

[Character notes: In his rebuttal/refutation/response it seems Watts would like to play at being Henry V, roused to rightous and Royal fury by a mock from some unworthy, but merciful in his Royal Majesty. What we actually get is decidedly more reminiscent of the rogue, coward and liar Bardolph.]

But enough, now your humble patience pray, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play…


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Global Warming

Thankfully Peter Sinclair has been keeping himself busy with more debunking of climate change Denier fables, although each of his installments does more than simply debunk the fable in question.

Even if you know why the crock in question is a crock, they are still well worth watching and sharing as broadly as possible (HINT Social networks: Facebook, Care2, Stumble, Plum, Twitter … hint hint hint …)

The “Urban Heat Island” Crock


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Ted Talks just recently posted a 2002 talk by Biochemist Kary Mullis: Celebrating the scientific experiment.

“Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.”

Unfortunately Mullis illustrates the truth of his excellent advice by completely ignoring it and instead spouts a bunch of utter nonsense about climate science.

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

We start with a 20 minute talk about the history of science and what makes for good science that is folksy, engaging and quite enjoyable.

As an anchor for the talk he uses the book Leviathan and the Air-Pump to emphasize the importance of verifiable evidence over received wisdom.

He then launches into a 10 minute anti-climate science polemic in which he ignores everything that he had just said. A predictable result is that what he concludes is utterly foolish.

There is nothing particularly interesting about being hopelessly wrong about climate change. Two minutes with a search engine shows that it is common enough. (more…)

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