Over the past several years I've written a few pages about climate.
they don't really go together, but they're not completely independent,
either. There's a good chance I'll write more or split the climate
change page into sections, so I decided to write this home page now instead
Environment New Hampshire - the Power of One.
I wrote this in 2010, but didn't finish it. A recent event, an unveiling of a
wind power paper, evokes memories of the 2010 event, so here it is in 2014. The
content is not so much about the (uninteresting!) paper, but how a New
Hampshire environmental group has organizational and fund raising ties far
beyond what I expected.
State of the Climate - 2009
I hope this is the first of a series of reports of what's happening in climate
research today, what's interesting, and where we're heading. Even if I don't
have time for an update next year, this will be a useful snapshot.
This report features the impact due to the PDO shift, notes about the
Society of Environmental Journalists, and the release last year of a paper
that reports evidence that sunspots will fade from view around 2015. (Please
make it be 2016! See below.)
Science, Method, Climatology, and Forgetting the Basics
What passes as debate about climate change seems to involve people who do not
understand science and scientists who have forgotten what science is all about.
Recent events are giving us the chance to get things back on course and
inspired me to write this essay. If it works, it will explain to lay people
the basics about the scientific method, describe the leading theories behind
climate change, and get scientists from both sides of the debate to invite
the other to their next picnic. I will then move onto bringing peace and
prosperity to the Middle East. Actually, I'll be happy if it gets a few people
thinking and watching what may be a very important period in climate study.
1816: The Year without a Summer
This was inspired by finally hunting down a granite monument to this
year that is close to one place I lived. I created a geocache for that
2016: The [Next] Year without a Summer
When the movie "The Day after Tomorrow" came out, I just had to write something
about the bad science in it. Besides, the director said he hoped the movie
would inspire discussion. Ice cores from Greenland show the climate there
can change in a couple of decades, and this page looks at some of the real
science behind it. I never really finished the page as the movie didn't
inspire much discussion at all.
Glacial Retreat of 5,000-7,000 Years Ago
Much handwringing has been expended over the current glacial retreat. While
it may indeed be unrelated to past retreats, there is ample evidence that
we have had much less glacial ice in the not too distant past.
London Science Museum poll
This very unscientific poll degined to encourage the British government
to work for a "strong, effect, fair deal at Copenhagen" predates the decision
to abandon work on signing a treaty there. It's not clear how the message will
be received, but it looks like the poll will be defeated so I guess the message
will be to "not work at Copenhagen."
The following are documents I've written to various organizations
in response to announcements of public hearings or to explain my views
to public figures.
Testimony for the NH Governor's Climate Change Task Force
The task force was formed from representatives of various organizations
and produced a series of documents that are long on reducing CO2 emissions
and short on climatology. I also have Joe
D'Aleo's testimony and Fred Ward's testimony
they presented at the session. The only media present was the Hippo Press, and
their reporter, Jeff Mucciarone, summarized the event well in
Hot enough for you?
Residents have their say at climate change meeting
Lewis Gordon Pugh and a kayak expedition to the North Pole
This is Email I sent to the Select Committee on Energy Independence and
Global Warming after I heard this fellow was invited to address them.
This boondoggle was inspired by predictions that ice at the North Pole
might melt this year, 2008. It didn't.
Re: Gore's Message To Climate Change Skeptics
This is a letter I wrote to 60 Minute's correspondent Lesley Stahl about a
segment that seems to be a kickoff for a $300,000,000 effort to get people
excited about global warming. Gore says "I
think that those people are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with
their point of view, they're almost like the ones who still believe
that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those
who believe the world is flat. That demeans them a little bit, but
it's not that far off." I couldn't let that pass.
The following are the very best of the best external sites about
climate science. I do intend to write a page to host a wider selection
of links, but these deserve recommendation here, probably even after
I write that other page. All three of the authors once felt that global
warming was human-caused but after into the subject found that is likely
not the case.
Watts Up With That?
This is a blog by Anthony Watts, a meteorologist from Chico CA and
founder of Surface Stations, a grassroots effort to document the weather
stations used in the US climate record. Anthony has managed to capture
a sweet spot with his blog - not too technical, definitely not pablum,
opinionated, but peer pressure helps keeps the ad hominem insults down.
All sides get aired, participants range from just plain folks to top
There are other important blogs and sources, but their important stories
wind up here within hours. Making this your daily starting point will
keep you up up-to-date.
One shortcoming of the blog host, Wordpress, is that they offer no good
way to browse months of articles. I've made a bit of a start at that with a
Table of Contents
Curious Anomalies in Climate Science
This is a wonderful adjunct to my Science, Method, Climatology, and Forgetting
the Basics. The author is an environmentalist and her essay traces her journey
from belief in global warming to realizing that the emperor has no clothes.
Her journey is not unique, in fact many people now convinced that CO2 is not
the demon Al Gore and the IPCC make it out to be, have followed similar
journeys. This one is the best documented and one made after much good
material has become available on the Web. Her collection of links provides
great support and backup.
Editorial: The Great Global Warming Hoax?
I think this started as an editorial but has grown into a
comprehensive account shedding light in many more corners than I
have time to study. It keeps getting better over time. The author,
Jim Peden, started out as an atmosperic scientist, but is happy to
be called Dad and would make a very good teacher.
The Skeptics Handbook
The Skeptics Handbook by Joanne Nova is a good guide to more of the science
than I have and is written for a wide audience.
People often claim that nothing ever really disappears from the Internet.
While that's well worth considering before putting something on the 'net,
it's false. Lots of junk disappears every day. A frustrating amount of
good information, especially news stories, disappears. Future historians will
have a lot of trouble tracing things. While I'm reluctant to make my own
copies of many documents, especially those on today's complex web sites,
there are some things I really don't want to lose. Here are a few of them.
- Climategate's HARRY_READ_ME.txt file
Climategate, in 2009, released hundreds of Emails from a mail server at
UEA's Climate Research Unit. Several
web sites sprang up, some with very usable search engines. Most of these have
disappeared over time, which is a pity. More than Email was released. While
most of the other documents were not very interesting, a simple text file,
HARRY_READ_ME.txt, resonated with software engineers. It was a journal, a lab
notebook if you will, of someone's attempt to wrestle a huge pile of data and
software into the HADCrut weather database. Unfortunately, it was nowhere
near ready for primetime. (CRU got the data in part because the person
gathering it went into a religious order, essentially after having a nervous
breakdown.) (Or something like that, I'll clarify the history a bit soon.)
In November 2015 I received a request asking if I had a copy,
because someone couldn't find it on the web. While I'm sure there must be
many copies around, I simply uploaded my copy here. When I later tried
searching for a copy on the web, I couldn't find it myself. A first level
search for the name was swamped by pages referring to it. Even searching for
a string from within the file came up dry. Perhaps it was gone, perhaps
Google doesn't index large text files.
At any rate, it lives on here. As it should! If you're a software
engineer, don't start reading it close to bedtime. It kept me up to 0300 that
first night. Keep in mind this data, ready or not, is now in the HADCrut
- Coal Combustion:
Nuclear Resource or Danger
This article, by Alex Gabbard of Oak Ridge National Labs, is several decades
old but everything in it probably still applies. Coal power plants do a good
job getting the chemical energy out of coal, but the fly ash waste contains
more nuclear energy in terms of its thorium and uranium content. Nuclear
plants cannot release more uranium than they take in. Even if a nuclear
plant lost 1% of its fuel, the plant would be shut down and trigger massive
protests from the public. Well, from Greenpeace, the Clamshell Alliance (in
New England), etc.
It's one of my favorite pieces to share with detractors of atomic energy.
- Still Waiting for Greenhouse:
One of the early climate skeptics, Tasmanian John Daly, died in 2004, almost
four years before I started my involvement with the skeptic community. While
I regret never having had a chance to be involved with him, hist web site was
kept going, first by his wife, then Jerry Brennan, and now me.
I intend to mostly preserve it as a historical state-of-the-art site.
So far I haven't had time to do anything with it, so I guess I'm succeeding!
He dabbled in a lot of things, and there have been many cases where that
2004 snaphot has been useful.
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Last updated 2015 Nov 15.