• Models Behaving Badly

    • Date: 23/04/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse
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    Science has many useful models including those of the atom, the Solar System, the dynamics of the Universe, the drifting of the continents, the movement of water across a landscape, the flow of traffic, the spread of disease, the behaviour of solids, liquids, gasses and plasmas, the fundamental structure of matter, and of course, the […]

  • Dry Deserts Absorb Unexpected CO2 Levels, New Resaerch

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Washington State University
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    Arid ecosystems absorb an unexpectedly large amount of carbon dioxide as levels of the gas rise in the earth’s atmosphere, according to research led by a WSU biology professor. The study took place over a 10-year period in the Mojave Desert, where scientists fumigated plots of land and observed the collective response of plants, soil […]

  • New Paper: Worldwide Glacier Retreat Decelerating Since 1950

    • Date: 17/04/14
    • The Hockey Schtick
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    A paper published today in The Cryosphere studies glacier length data available worldwide since 1800 and finds that glaciers retreated faster during the first half of the 20th century than the second half from 1950-2000. This is the opposite pattern that would be expected if man-made greenhouse gases were the cause, and suggests a natural origin. Most warmists and […]

  • New Paper: Solar Activity May Influence Arctic Sea Ice Changes

    • Date: 16/04/14
    • The HockeySchtick
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    A paper published today in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology reconstructs Arctic sea ice near West Greenland over the past 5,000 years and finds that solar activity “may be an important contributor to the sea-ice changes.” The paper shows Total Solar Irradiance [TSI] at the end of the 20th century was at the highest levels of the past 5,000 […]

  • New Paper Corroborates Solar-Cosmic Ray Theory of Climate

    • Date: 10/04/14
    • The Hockey Schtick
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    A paper published today in Environmental Research Letters corroborates the Svensmark cosmic ray theory of climate, whereby tiny 0.1% changes in solar activity are amplified via the effect on cosmic rays and cloud formation, which in turn may control global temperatures. The authors find cosmic ray variations due to changes over solar cycles may have as much as […]

  • Sunspots March 2014: Another Record-Breaking Month

    • Date: 04/04/14
    • Inform the Pundits
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    Since last October the sun has developed one of the highest secondary peaks ever measured, if not the highest. The secondary peak will probably go up again next month. No solar physicist saw it coming. Are sunspots fading away, or coming back? At this point, nobody knows for sure what is going on or how it will […]

  • New Paper Finds Solar Amplification By Which Sun Controlled Climate Over Past 250 years

    • Date: 01/04/14
    • The Hockey Schtick
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    A new paper published in Nature Communications finds a “clear correlation” between solar and volcanic activity and a 5-year lagged response of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation [AMO] over the past 250 years, which in turn drives the climate of the Northern Hemisphere. This may represent yet another solar amplification mechanism by which tiny variations in solar activity have large-scale […]

  • New Paper Finds Precipitation Over Greenland Has Increased Since 1890

    • Date: 30/03/14
    • The Hockey Schick
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    A new paper published in the International Journal of Climatology finds precipitation over Greenland shows an increasing trend from 1890-2012. According to the paper, “The coastal meteorological stations showed on average increasing trends for 1890–2012 (3.5 mm water equivalent per year) and 1961–2012 (1.3 mm water equivalent per year). Increased precipitation offsets Greenland ice sheet mass loss from increased snowfall. Increased precipitation […]

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