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  1. oldbrew says:

    Link back to Suggestions 30

    [for viewing only please]

  2. oldbrew says:

    No fooling The Guardian 😎

    Burning wood for power is ‘misguided’ say climate experts

    Using biomass instead of fossil fuels may not be the answer to averting global warming

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/31/biomass-burning-misguided-say-climate-experts

    Who knew? Obviously not the same ‘climate experts’ who claimed it was the answer. Bizarre 🤣

  3. J Martin says:

    I was wondering what the views of Professor Murry Salby might be on Nikolov and Zeller’s graph with the various planets sitting bang on the predicted curve. Does anyone know ?

  4. J Martin says:

    Question. 1. Rog tweeted that Atlantic ocean heat content has been declining since 2005. I googled and can find pretty pictures but no graph over time. Got one you can post ?

  5. J Martin says:

    Question 2. Not long ago there was a blog post or news item that someone has been able to work out the galaxy rotation issue without any need for dark matter of dark energy. Anyone got a link to that ? Or can anyone point me in the right direction ?

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    @J Martin; try this:

    https://www.space.com/39001-dark-matter-doesnt-exist-study-suggests.html

    several articles on dark mater etc. on this site.
    . In my opinion, they are all wrong ;-)…pg

  7. oldbrew says:

    JM – Miles Mathis has a theory, as usual

    How my Unified Field solves
    the Galactic Rotation Problem
    and how the dark matter math is fudged
    http://milesmathis.com/mond.html

    To date dark matter has never been observed, despite years of trying.

  8. oldbrew says:

    BBC attempts science…

    How much does Earth’s atmosphere weigh?
    It turns out the phrase ‘light as air’ is a bit misleading…

    2nd January 2018

    http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/planet-earth/how-much-does-earth%E2%80%99s-atmosphere-weigh

    Not as misleading as the BBC’s answer:

    Just over five quadrillion tonnes. Air is surprisingly heavy. A cubic metre of air at sea level weighs about 1.3kg and all the oceans only weigh 270 times as much as the atmosphere. We tend to underestimate the mass of air because we spend all our lives surrounded by it, and it presses down on us from all directions equally.
    – – –
    it presses down on us from all directions equally???

  9. oldbrew says:

    Tabby’s Star: 2018 news

    The First Post-Kepler Brightness Dips of KIC 8462852
    Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    We present a photometric detection of the first brightness dips of the unique variable star KIC 8462852 since the end of the Kepler space mission in 2013 May.

    http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=50966
    – – –
    Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the ‘most mysterious star in the universe’
    January 3, 2018

    KIC 8462852, or “Tabby’s Star,” nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an ordinary star, about 50 percent bigger and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun, and about than 1,000 light years away. However, it has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other. Several theories abound to explain the star’s unusual light patterns, including that an alien megastructure is orbiting the star.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-alien-megastructure-dimming-mysterious-star.html

  10. oldbrew says:

    Tracing Electric Currents That Flow Along Earth’s Magnetic Field

    A new study uses satellite data to examine a worldwide system of electric currents in greater detail than ever before.

    SOURCE: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

    The researchers found that many differences between small-scale and large-scale currents—such as their behavior, the dependence of their behavior on local time and solar wind conditions, and how closely their orientation aligns with that of the planet’s magnetic field—are not straightforward. For example, they found that small-scale field-aligned currents potentially contribute a disproportionate amount of heat to regions of the ionosphere and thermosphere (an upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere).

    http://eos.org/research-spotlights/tracing-electric-currents-that-flow-along-earths-magnetic-field

  11. oldbrew says:

    North Korea accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, report says

    In its relentless pursuit of nuclear strength, North Korea’s first land target may have actually been itself. The Diplomat reported Wednesday that an intermediate range ballistic missile launched by the regime last spring accidentally hit the city of Tokchon, which has a population of more than 200,000.

    http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/north-korea-accidentally-hit-one-of-its-own-cities-with-a-missile-report-says/ar-BBHQOB5

  12. oldbrew says:

    Shakedown in Oklahoma: To cut the number of bigger earthquakes, inject less saltwater
    January 5, 2018 by Kea Giles, Geological Society of America

    In Oklahoma, reducing the amount of saltwater (highly brackish water produced during oil and gas recovery) pumped into the ground seems to be decreasing the number of small fluid-triggered earthquakes. But a new study shows why it wasn’t enough to ease bigger earthquakes. The study, led by Ryan M. Pollyea of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, was published online ahead of print in Geology this week.

    Starting around 2009, saltwater disposal (SWD) volume began increasing dramatically as unconventional oil and gas production increased rapidly throughout Oklahoma. As a result, the number of magnitude 3-plus earthquakes rattling the state has jumped from about one per year before 2011 to more than 900 in 2015. “Fluids are basically lubricating existing faults,” Pollyea explains. Oklahoma is now the most seismically active state in the lower 48 United States. [bold added]

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-shakedown-oklahoma-bigger-earthquakes-saltwater.html

  13. oldbrew says:

    #AskBarnier: Farage to Meet EU’s Brexit Negotiator and ‘Represent’ Brexit Voters
    by LIAM DEACON 5 Jan 2018

    Speaking on a video on Twitter, Mr. Farage confirmed Thursday he had “finally got my meeting with Monsieur Barnier”, before asking his followers to submit questions to put to the EU boss.

    “I want to involve you. I want you to ask your questions directly to Michel Barnier.

    “So, respond: give me your name; give me your hometown; give me one question; use ‘#AskBarnier’ and I’ll pick the best three,” he said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/05/askbarnier-farage-to-meet-eus-brexit-negotiator-and-represent-brexit-voters/

    One Twitter follower wrote:
    “Hi Michel, do you think it’s acceptable that Remoaners piss their pants daily and have regular hissy fits because they can’t accept that they lost a democratic vote to leave your communist dictatorship?”

  14. oldbrew says:

    Natural Climate Patterns Create Hot Spots of Rapid Sea Level Rise
    One of these hot spots may be developing along the coast of Texas and Louisiana

    By Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Andrea Dutton, The Conversation US on January 6, 2018

    In summary, we found that short-term accelerations in sea level rise have repeatedly occurred over the last century, sometimes occurring south of Cape Hatteras and sometimes focused north of the Cape. These hot spots can exceed rates of 4 inches in five years, and can occur anywhere along the U.S. Atlantic coast. They form when the accumulated signals of ENSO and the NAO converge, displacing seawater toward the coastline.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/natural-climate-patterns-create-hot-spots-of-rapid-sea-level-rise/

    http://theconversation.com/an-x-factor-in-coastal-flooding-natural-climate-patterns-create-hot-spots-of-rapid-sea-level-rise-82628

  15. oldbrew says:

    Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

    Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, astronomers have created a global map of Saturn’s moon Titan and found that its geographical features are similar to those seen on the Earth.
    By: PTI | New York | Published: January 7, 2018

    http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/saturns-moon-titan-sports-earth-like-features/1005049/

  16. You might want to look at this paper suggesting that solar activity has a direct impact on long term climate. It seems to relate periods of low solar activity to the behavior of blocking high pressure systems.

    http://principia-scientific.org/low-solar-activity-correlated-to-jet-stream-blocking-say-scientists/

    [reply] thanks

  17. oldbrew says:

    German industries warn against relocation of energy production
    Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-08 22:39:09|Editor: Mu Xuequan

    BERLIN, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — The president of the Federation of German Industries Dieter Kempf warned against solo efforts by Germany in energy and climate policy, he told German Press Agency (dpa) on Monday.

    Isolated national action would be counterproductive because “production would be relocated to foreign countries and the price of electricity would continue to rise,” Kempf said here, “The principles of the energy and climate policy should not include weakening, but rather strengthening of industrial competitiveness.”

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/08/c_136880632.htm

  18. oldbrew says:

    Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features
    January 9, 2018

    Titan’s three seas share a common equipotential surface, meaning they form a sea level, just as Earth’s oceans do. Either because there’s flow through the subsurface between the seas or because the channels between them allow enough liquid to pass through, the oceans on Titan are all at the same elevation.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-saturn-moon-titan-sports-earth-like.html
    – – –
    Climate Of Titan

    The climate of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is similar in many respects to that of Earth, despite having a far lower surface temperature. Its thick atmosphere, methane rain, and possible cryovolcanism create an analogue, though with different materials, to the climatic changes undergone by Earth during its far shorter year.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Titan

    Data for Saturn (same as Titan) and Earth:
    Solar irradiance (W/m2) 14.82 1,361.0 (ratio 0.011:1)
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/saturnfact.html

    Earth: Average temperature: 288 K (15 C)
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/earthfact.html

    Fourth root of 14.82/1361.0 = 0.3230329
    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/stefan.html
    288 K * 0.3230329 = 93.033475 K

    Abstract
    Saturn’s satellite Titan is the second-largest in the solar system. Its dense atmosphere is mostly molecular nitrogen with an admixture of methane, a surface pressure of 1.5 bars and a surface temperature of 94K.

    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/242601365_Titan

    Subsequent observations by the Cassini mission between 2005 and 2010 indicated a mean global temperature of 93.4 ± 0.6 K for that moon [Titan] – Nikolov & Zeller 2017.

    https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/new-insights-on-the-physical-nature-of-the-atmospheric-greenhouse-effect-deduced-from-an-empirical-planetary-temperature-model.php?aid=88574

  19. oldbrew says:

    Just not there…

    Magnets with a single pole are still giving physicists the slip

    Magnetic poles are seemingly inseparable: Slice a magnet in half, and you get two smaller magnets, each with its own north and south poles. But exotic magnetic particles that flout this rule may be lurking undetected, some physicists suspect.

    http://www.sciencenews.org/article/magnetic-monopoles-single-pole-physics

  20. RoswellJohn says:

    Interesting phys.org article on cloud cover cooling: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-spotty-coverage-climate-underestimate-cooling.html

    [reply] cloud at night is a different matter

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    oldbrew: “Magnets with a single pole are still giving physicists the slip”

    Kind of difficult thing to find, if it doesn’t exist. Magnetic poles are a result of EMF, not the cause!
    Charge in motion is the basic root cause of everything, even gravity and mass/inertia.
    GOD is not a Mathematician!. K.I.S.S.! Simple things that are the foundation of all things. That which is small and simple to create complexities of all sizes. Theoretical Physics is just an exercise in “what if ” SiFi…pg.

    [reply] sounds fair

  22. oldbrew says:

    Earthquakes as a driver for the deep-ocean carbon cycle
    January 10, 2018

    An international team led by geologist Michael Strasser has used novel methods to analyze sediment deposits in the Japan Trench in order to gain new insights into the carbon cycle.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-earthquakes-driver-deep-ocean-carbon.html

  23. oldbrew says:

    Fact Check: China’s Modern Climate Change Evidence

    Fact Check: As these two studies from China indicate, modern industrial/consumer emissions from fossil fuels are not a major component of climate change.

    This research adds to the huge compilation of prior peer-reviewed studies that confirm modern climate change is not out of the ordinary, and highly likely due to natural causes, not human-induced as speculated by many.

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/fact-check-chinas-modern-climate-change-evidence/

  24. oldbrew says:

    Little-known deep sea volcanic eruption that took place just 600 miles from New Zealand was the world’s largest in 100 years

    The findings have been described as a ‘scientific goldmine’ and could increase our understanding of how magma rises from the earth’s crust to the surface

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5259041/Biggest-volcanic-eruption-100-years-went-unnoticed.html

  25. Paul Vaughan says:

    Theory and liberty are antonyms.

    “[…] astronomers had […] good idea […] what to expect […] or so they thought.” “”Our ideas were totally wrong”” “Strangely [..] mysterious physical force […] haven’t been able to identify. […] hundreds of times stronger […] no apparent reason.” “scratching […] heads […] mind-boggling” “scientists did not expect […] to look as weird and chaotic” “I’m not sure that anybody on my team was ready for Jupiter to look like that. We were just startled.” “Bolton ended his lecture with a message to grad students: […] “Don’t believe your professors.“”

    https://www.textise.net/showText.aspx?strURL=http://www.space.com/39348-juno-jupiter-mission-planet-revelations.html

    Reflection: They captured AND TETHERED imaginations. Magic — conjuring arts.

    ““[…] look back at people who influenced us […] how did that happen? […] Where else are we being deceived or influenced to think in a particular way?””

    “The use of persuasion and deception […] politics […] marketing […] film […] art […] warfare […] neuroscience […] History, Music, Psychology […]”

    ““the […] process of perception and deception. […] every aspect of our lives […] involves […] exactly that””

    https://www.textise.net/showText.aspx?strURL=http%253A//www.ctvnews.ca/canada/are-you-the-magic-candidate-for-new-conjuring-arts-job-at-ottawa-university-1.3756751#responsive_main

    Theory is the stake. Theoretical “logic” is the TETHER. Institutional magicians deter liberty. A great purge of the liberty resistance campaigns based along the major western fault begins with the simplest dismissals.

  26. oldbrew says:

    Flashback to 2015…’Pluto and Charon Shock NASA Scientists With the Unexpected’

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pluto-nasa-first-photos/2015/07/15/id/657296/

  27. oldbrew says:

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ive-never-seen-anything-like-that-anywhere-ever-ice-cut-into-strange-shapes-by-canadian-bridge-1654916

  28. oldbrew says:

    Dr. Pielke Jr. mocks new claim: ‘A magic force field’ is now preventing land-falling hurricanes? – Warmists scramble to explain lack of extreme weather

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/01/07/dr-pielke-jr-mocks-new-claim-a-magic-force-field-is-now-preventing-land-falling-hurricanes-warmists-scramble-to-explain-lack-of-extreme-weather/

    Climate contortionists attempt more after-the-fact theories to cover the lack of evidence for man-made warming.

  29. oldbrew says:

    Small Asteroid Is Earth’s Constant Companion
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6537

    Asteroid 2016 HO3 has an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth

    Animation of the orbit:
    ‘http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3AAsteroid2016HO3-SunEarthOrbit.webm’
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(469219)_2016_HO3

  30. oldbrew says:

    RESEARCH ARTICLE – METEOROLOGY
    Decreasing cloud cover drives the recent mass loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet

    Science Advances 28 Jun 2017:
    Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700584
    DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700584

    Satellite observations reveal that there have been significant reductions in summertime [June-July-August (JJA)] optically thick cloud cover. Observations from AVHRR (Fig. 1A) recorded reductions in cloud cover of more than 84% of Greenland’s area over the time period 1982–2009. Over the same time period, MAR shows a reduction of more than 82%. During the period 2002–2015 (Fig. 1B), observations from MODIS show a cloud cover decrease of more than 77% of Greenland’s area, compared with 68% from MAR.

    http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1700584.full?intcmp=trendmd-adv

  31. oldbrew says:

    Scientists expecting chaos, find order…

    Gyroscopes lead scientists to unusual state of matter in a disorganized structure
    January 15, 2018, University of Chicago

    Two years ago, the team observed an odd behavior in their gyroscopes: at certain frequencies, they could set off a wave that traveled around the edges of the material in one direction only. This was strange, but had some counterparts in other branches of physics. It’s a behavior characteristic of a recently discovered state of matter called a topological insulator.

    But next, trying to find which conditions were truly essential, they modified the pattern of the gyroscopes. Where before the gyroscopes had been neatly lined up in equally spaced rows, like the lattice pattern in a crystal, Irvine and team scattered the points randomly around.

    They turned the gyroscopes on, and still saw the waves.

    This is exceedingly strange. Traditionally, the lattice order is very important in physical properties. It’s a bit like if every time you tossed a handful of puzzle pieces on the table, it still made a recognizable image.

    “Everything up to this point was engineered. We thought you had to build a particular lattice, and that determines where the wave goes,” said Irvine. “But when we asked what happened if you took away the spatial order, no crystal plane, no clear structure…the answer’s yes. It just works. [bold added]

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-gyroscopes-scientists-unusual-state-disorganized.html
    [with 15 sec. video demo]
    – – –
    Physicists observe particles acting coherently as they undergo phase transitions
    January 15, 2018 University of Chicago

    The conventional wisdom was that the atoms should evolve incoherently after the transition—a hallmark of older “classic” rather than quantum models of physics. “In contrast, we found strong evidence for coherent dynamics,” said graduate student Lei Feng, the first author on the study. “In no moment do they become classical particles; they always behave as waves that evolve in synchrony with each other, which should give theorists a new ingredient to include in how they model such systems that are out of equilibrium.” [bold added]

    http://phys.org/news/2018-01-physicists-particles-coherently-phase-transitions.html
    – – –
    Galaxies Show Order in Chaotic Young Universe
    By: Monica Young | January 15, 2018

    Astronomers expected that most galaxies living among this early chaos would be turbulent masses themselves. But new observations have revealed two surprisingly mature galaxies when the universe was only 800 million years old. Renske Smit (University of Cambridge, UK) and colleagues report in the January 11th Nature that these two galaxies have already settled into rotating disks, suggesting they evolved rapidly right after they were born. [bold added]

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/galaxies-show-order-chaotic-young-universe/

    It’s as if they know what they need to do 😉

  32. Paul Vaughan says:

    Endless use of “surprising”, “strange”, “weird”, etc. in science press releases builds up an image of language and learning failure plus a loop between the two where expression of imagination is limited by language and language is limited by imagination failures. Culture slams minds shut.

  33. oldbrew says:

    Rates of great earthquakes not affected by moon phases, day of year
    January 16, 2018, Seismological Society of America

    After matching dates and lunar phases to 204 earthquakes of magnitude 8 or larger, Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey concluded that there is no evidence that the rates of these great earthquakes are affected by the position of the Earth relative to either the Moon or the Sun.

    In fact, the patterns that some observers see as linking large earthquakes with specific parts of the lunar cycle “are no different from the kinds of patterns you would get if the data are completely random,” Hough noted.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-great-earthquakes-affected-moon-phases.html

  34. oldbrew says:

    From a ‘lukewarmer’s viewpoint…

    Roy Spencer on the Unsettled Science of Climate Change: A Primer
    By Robert Bradley Jr. — January 17, 2018

    My Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies

    So, here’s a list of [19] basic climate change questions, and brief answers based upon what I know today. I might update them as I receive suggestions and comments. I will also be adding links to other sources, and some visual aids, as appropriate.
    . . .
    Skeptics advancing alternative explanations (hypotheses) for climate variability represent the way the researcher community used to operate, before politics, policy outcomes, and billions of dollars got involved.

    http://www.masterresource.org/climate-change/roy-spencers-primer-global-warmingclimate-change/

  35. oldbrew says:

    Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040
    January 17, 2018

    In the near future, Avinor plans to launch a tender offer to test a commercial route flown with a small electric plane with 19 seats, starting in 2025.

    Norway, the largest oil and gas producer in Western Europe, is paradoxically a leader in the field of electric transport.

    http://techxplore.com/news/2018-01-norway-aims-short-haul-flights-electric.html

  36. Paul Vaughan says:

    OB linked to “Rates of great earthquakes not affected by moon phases, day of year”

    Fascinating. Past USGS studies concluded differently and were based on orders of magnitude more sensible assumptions (e.g. “lunar phase” was not manipulatively misrepresented as univariate). The major western fault is becoming increasingly intent on controlling beliefs by adjusting assumptions. Prediction: The claw-back of free speech will intensify. It’s beginning to show how frustrated they are with how difficult it is to control public beliefs. They are going to more and more extreme lengths to harass and suppress expression of completely free thought. It’s remarkable how threatened they are by simple ideas. They’re so reactive: “We can’t have people thinking that!!” They assume they have the moral high ground because of their professed beliefs in freedom and democracy, but their controlling course of of action conveys a totally different message.

  37. oldbrew says:

    NASA team studies middle-aged Sun by tracking motion of Mercury
    January 18, 2018
    by Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    “Mercury is the perfect test object for these experiments because it is so sensitive to the gravitational effect and activity of the Sun,” said Antonio Genova, the lead author of the study published in Nature Communications and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    http://phys.org/news/2018-01-nasa-team-middle-aged-sun-tracking.html

  38. oldbrew says:

    Black holes – still a puzzle…

    New research challenges existing models of black holes
    January 19, 2018

    As matter is broken down around a black hole, jets of electrons are launched by the magnetic field from either pole of the black hole at almost the speed of light. Astronomers have long been flummoxed by these jets.

    These new and unique observations of the jets and estimates of magnetic field of V404 Cygni involved studying the body at several different wavelengths. These tests allowed the group to gain a much clearer understanding of the strength of its magnetic field. They discovered that magnetic fields are much weaker than previously understood, a puzzling finding that calls into question previous models of black hole components. The research shows a deep need for continued studies on some of the most mysterious entities in space.

    “We need to understand black holes in general,” Packham said. “If we go back to the very earliest point in our universe, just after the big bang, there seems to have always been a strong correlation between black holes and galaxies. It seems that the birth and evolution of black holes and galaxies, our cosmic island, are intimately linked. Our results are surprising and one that we’re still trying to puzzle out.” [bold added]

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-black-holes.html

  39. oldbrew says:

    THE LUNAR HISTORY
    JANUARY 21, 2018 TERRYL CORON
    (Alternative title: The search for the origin of the Late Heavy Bombardment)

    In ‘The timeline of the Lunar bombardment – revisited’, by A. Morbidelli, D. Nesvorný, V. Laurenz, S. Marchi, D.C. Rubie, L. Elkins-Tanton, M. Wieczorek and S. Jacobson, the authors exploit our observations of the craters and the chemistry of the Moon, and simulations of the motion of asteroids in the early Solar System, to give new constraints on the bombardment of the Moon between 3.9 and 3.7 Gyr (billions of years) ago, which is famous as the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB). We will see that the results have implications for Mars. This study has recently been accepted for publication in Icarus.

    http://planetary-mechanics.com/2018/01/21/the-lunar-history/

    Study: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03756

  40. oldbrew says:

    Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels
    January 22, 2018

    The four members of the U.S. International Trade Commission—two Republicans and two Democrats—unanimously ruled in October that imported panels are hurting American manufacturers, although they differed on exactly how the U.S. should respond. Trump has until Friday to act on the agency’s recommendations for tariffs of up to 35 percent.

    Trump has wide leeway—he can reject the recommendations, accept them, or go beyond them and impose tougher tariffs. Congress has no authority to review or veto his action. Countries harmed by his decision could appeal to the World Trade Organization.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-01-solar-industry-edge-trump-tariffs.html

  41. oldbrew says:

    Nature Unbound VII – Climate change mechanisms
    Posted on January 21, 2018
    by Javier

    Climate variations that alter the angular momentum of the atmosphere modify the speed of the Earth’s rotation, which affects the length of day (LOD). Alterations in LOD integrate different climate-affecting phenomena, and can anticipate turning points in climate.
    . . .
    The existence of an ice-ocean-atmosphere ~ 60-year oscillation of unknown origin, might explain a significant part of the observed climate variability.

    http://judithcurry.com/2018/01/21/nature-unbound-vii-climate-change-mechanisms/

    Unknown origin? 3 Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions = ~59.6 years, returning to almost the same starting position. Kepler knew this centuries ago.

    As successive great conjunctions occur nearly 120° apart, their appearances form a triangular pattern. In a series every fourth conjunction returns after some 60 years in the vicinity of the first. These returns are observed to be shifted by some 7-8°

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_conjunction#Great_Conjunctions_and_history

  42. oldbrew says:

    Fake religions…

    Lubos Motl – Bitcoin and global warming: a key similarity between two religions

    To summarize, I will primarily argue that in both cases, a very small scientific observation or a modest technological invention without any visible practical consequences is blown out of proportion and painted as something that will decide about the future of the mankind by attaching and dogmatizing lots of memes and misconceptions that have no scientific or technological justification at all and most of which are just self-evidently dumb.

    Let’s start with the climate change religion.
    . . .
    The religion has its own prophets who are remarkably allowed not only a carbon-based life but they’re allowed to consume 100 times more fossil fuels than an average mortal. These prophets are allowed to sell indulgences for you not to feel guilty that you are killing Mother Earth. There will be the Armageddon, the global warming apocalypse, that is analogous to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Lots of international institutions have been created to enforce this religion – they play the role of the Inquisition and other limbs of the Catholic Church or any other church.

    All of this stuff is being justified by a practically negligible effect – one of millions of effects that science knows.

    http://motls.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/bitcoin-and-global-warming-key.html

  43. Paul Vaughan says:

    Normally on strictly disciplined principle I steer well clear of the heavily poisoned America climate blogs, but today I made an exception to ski (skim & skip) through Nature Unbound VII.

    The Americans are engaged in an extremely intense left-right struggle. Their discourse comes in package deals full of poison pills.

    Today I was reminded that correction of American Lukewarmism — a package deal full of poison pills — will necessarily have to come from outside of America.

    Exploration Update:
    Western art history is miraculously hinged to the SCL differintegral.

    You would almost suspect someone has been busy rewriting history…

  44. oldbrew says:

    Quite a long blog post but worth a look. Euan Mearns is an isotope geochemist.

    The Cosmogenic Isotope Record and the Role of The Sun in Shaping Earth’s Climate
    Posted on January 22, 2018 by Euan Mearns

    http://euanmearns.com/the-cosmogenic-isotope-record-and-the-role-of-the-sun-in-shaping-earths-climate/

  45. oldbrew says:

    Wind farm worker dies after being stranded by heavy snow without heat or power

    The south of Scotland was hit by heavy snowfall and cold temperatures over the weekend and was the subject of a number of weather warnings.
    . . .
    Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are carrying out a joint investigation into the incident.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/23/wind-farm-worker-dies-stranded-heavy-snow-without-heat-power/

  46. oldbrew says:

    Saturn’s rings might be shredded moons

    Data from the Cassini spacecraft show that the gas giant didn’t always have those iconic icy bands
    JAN 24, 2018

    The rings are likely young, just a few hundred million years old. And they also appear far less massive than previously thought.

    Such findings suggest the rings probably are the remnants of at least one now deceased moon.

    http://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/saturns-rings-might-be-shredded-moons

  47. oldbrew says:

    In February the Brokdorf nuclear power plant was taken offline after damage to its fuel rods was found. According to a local nuclear supervisory authority, the operation of the plant in “load-following” mode had contributed to unexpected oxidation of the rods.

    http://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/09/06/solar-and-nukes/
    – – –
    Nuclear fell by nearly 11% in 2017. One reactor was shut down at the end of December, but that decrease was only slight. A bigger factor was the extended downtime at Brokdorf, a reactor that made history last year by being the first nuclear plant to shut down specifically because of damage caused by ramping. Other reactors, such as France’s Civaux, have also experienced difficulties possibly related to load-following, but ramping was never clearly reported as the cause for any other reactor.

    http://energytransition.org/2018/01/german-energy-consumption-2017/
    – – –
    Load following not great for nuclear…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Load_following_power_plant#Nuclear_power_plants

  48. oldbrew says:

    Geologists Find Highly Oxidized Iron in Earth’s Deep Mantle
    Jan 24, 2018

    An international team of geologists has found highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust we see on the Earth’s surface, in diamond’s garnet inclusions from the deep (124-342 miles, or 200-550 km, below the surface) mantle. The result surprised scientists around the globe because there is little opportunity for iron to become so highly oxidized deep below our planet’s surface.
    . . .
    Professor Stachel and colleagues suspect that it was molten carbonate, carried to these great depths in sinking slabs of ancient sea floor.

    “It’s exciting to find evidence of such profound oxidation taking place deep inside the Earth,” Professor Stachel said.

    The study also has implications for understanding the global carbon cycle that involves the transport of surface carbon back into the Earth’s mantle.

    “We know lots about the carbon cycle on Earth’s surface, but what about in the mantle? Our study suggests that surface carbon goes down as carbonates to at least 342 miles below the surface,” Professor Stachel said.

    http://www.sci-news.com/geology/highly-oxidized-iron-earths-deep-mantle-05660.html

  49. oldbrew says:

    Global Temperature in 2017
    18 January 2018
    James Hansen, Makiko Satoa, Reto Ruedyb, Gavin A. Schmidt, Ken Lob,, Avi Persinb

    We conclude that 2017 probably was the second warmest year. However, the temperatures of 2015 and 2017 are so close that the difference is unimportant.
    . . .
    …because of the combination of the strong 2016 El Niño and the phase of the solar cycle, it is plausible, if not likely, that the next 10 years of global temperature change will leave an impression of a ‘global warming hiatus’.

    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2018/20180118_Temperature2017.pdf

    Aka getting your excuses in early.

  50. oldbrew says:

    In February [2017] the Brokdorf nuclear power plant was taken offline after damage to its fuel rods was found. According to a local nuclear supervisory authority, the operation of the plant in “load-following” mode had contributed to unexpected oxidation of the rods. As of July, the plant was operating in “safe mode,” and politicians from Germany’s Green Party are calling on a Swiss reactor near the German border with similar problems to be shut down. So can nuclear accompany high levels of renewable energy?
    . . .
    Nuclear reactors may be able to ramp (within limitations), but ultimately nuclear is fighting for space on the grid with wind and solar. As such the building of new nuclear power plants, and in some cases the extension of licenses for old ones, can limit the transition to renewable energy

    PV Magazine 5th Sept 2017

    http://electricityinfo.org/news/nuclear-load-following/

  51. johnm33 says:

    Have you seen this presentation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPNMoalTTVE&app=desktop it gets relevent at about 25min. in and the meat starts at about 39min.. Having looked through the phi topics i get the sense that orbital speed is more a function of a planets radial distance rather than any intrinsic inertia, that is it’s field dependent. I’m wondering if the rate of rotation, is a field function too, either directly or resonant? Is that why Venus is slowing? Are inclination and orbital plane signs of harmonic/resonant ‘stress’ in the field?

  52. oldbrew says:

    Overlooked air pollution may be fueling more powerful storms
    Ultrafine aerosols can help form clouds under certain conditions
    JANUARY 25, 2018

    Airborne particles smaller than 50 nanometers across can intensify storms, particularly over relatively pristine regions such as the Amazon rainforest or the oceans, new research suggests. In a simulation, a plume of these tiny particles increased a storm’s intensity by as much as 50 percent.

    Called ultrafine aerosols, the particles are found in everything from auto emissions to wildfire smoke to printer toner. These aerosols were thought to be too small to affect cloud formation. But the new work suggests they can play a role in the water cycle of the Amazon Basin — which, in turn, has a profound effect on the planet’s hydrologic cycle, researchers report in the Jan. 26 Science.

    http://www.sciencenews.org/article/overlooked-air-pollution-may-be-fueling-more-powerful-storms

  53. oldbrew says:

    johnm33 – ‘orbital speed is more a function of a planets radial distance’

    Yes, if the distance from the Sun is known, the mean orbital speed can be worked out from that, or at least the relative speed compared to another body whose distance from the Sun is also known.

    Venus = ~0.723 AU from the Sun
    Square root of 0.723³ = approx. orbit period in years = 0.6147625 (actual = 0.61519726 y)
    0.723 / 0.615 = ~1.176 = amount by which Venus orbital speed exceeds that of Earth.
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/venusfact.html

    That number i.e. 1.176 also turns out to be the fourth root of the solar irradiance ratio of Venus and Earth.
    Stefan-Boltzmann formula uses the fourth root for irradiance drop-off due to distance from the Sun.
    In other words these factors are linked as might be expected.

    Spin is more tricky but there’s some evidence that planets are paired i.e. Mars/Earth, Jupiter/Saturn, Uranus/Neptune pairs have similar spin rates. Venus/Mercury have related length of day i.e. 3:2 ratio. (for these two planets length of day is not the rotation period).
    http://www.smartconversion.com/otherinfo/length_of_day_planets_and_the_sun.aspx

  54. oldbrew says:

    JOHN MCLEAN: THE IPCC WOBBLES OVER CLIMATE MODELS
    Date: 27/01/18 Dr. John McLean

    The word “overestimate” appears 22 times and “underestimate” 43 times in the 87-page 5AR chapter discussing the evaluation of models, so something is very clearly wrong.

    All this might be dismissed as an aberration in 5AR had this not been part of a consistent pattern. Every IPCC climate assessment report has discussed reservations about the accuracy of climate models and often mentioned the poor levels of scientific understanding on which those models were constructed.

    http://www.thegwpf.com/john-mclean-the-ipcc-wobbles-over-climate-models/

    So much for ‘settled science’ :/

  55. oldbrew says:

    These clouds are called ship tracks
    By Deborah Byrd in EARTH | TODAY’S IMAGE | January 29, 2018

    Ship tracks typically form among low-lying stratus and cumulus clouds. They form around exhaust particles released by ships.

    http://earthsky.org/earth/space-image-signs-of-ships-in-the-clouds

  56. oldbrew says:

    Wikipedia: ‘Another immediate way to calculate the length of the cycloid given the properties of the evolute is to notice that when a wire describing an evolute has been completely unwrapped it extends itself along two diameters, a length of 4r (radii). Because the wire does not change length during the unwrapping it follows that the length of half an arc of cycloid is 4r and a complete arc is 8r.’
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid#Arc_length

    Mind-bender, but with a simple practical demo…

    If still puzzled…

    Why is the length of one arc of a cycloid 8r not 2πr?
    http://www.quora.com/Why-is-the-length-of-one-arc-of-a-cycloid-8r-not-2%CF%80r

    In the case of a bike wheel, in the time taken for the hub to travel 2πr in a straight line, a point on the edge of the wheel must travel 8r (assuming no skidding etc.). Because of the forward motion the point on the edge describes an arc, not a semi-circle.

  57. oldbrew says:

    Half of a 1000 year cycle?

    CHINESE ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER 500-YEAR SOLAR CYCLE
    Date: 30/01/18 Lihua Ma, Zhiqiang Yin & Yanben Han, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

    New research by Chinese astronomers shows a quasi ~500-year cycle in solar activity.

    Abstract
    <i.Direct observations of solar activity are available for the past four century, so some proxies reflecting solar activity such as 14C, 10Be and geomagnetic variations are used to reconstruct solar activity in the past. In this present paper, the authors use rectified wavelet power transform and time-averaged wavelet power spectrum to investigate long-term fluctuations of the reconstructed solar activity series. Results show obvious a quasi ~500-year cycle exists in the past solar activity. Three reconstructed solar activity series from 14C variations confirm the periodic signals. [etc.]

    http://www.thegwpf.com/chinese-astronomers-discover-500-year-solar-cycle/

    Study: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/esr/article/viewFile/72705/40127

    The authors conclude:
    Considering that the solar impact on the climate change is a long topic with intense debates for complex interactions among interacting series of spheres or layers in the Earth (Zhao & Feng, 2015), the detailed analysis of possible physical mechanism between solar activity and the pollen variation will be included in an extended article in future.

  58. oldbrew says:

    Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun
    By Deborah Byrd in EARTH | January 31, 2018

    Expect higher-than-usual tides in the days following the January 31, 2018 full supermoon.

    http://earthsky.org/earth/tides-and-the-pull-of-the-moon-and-sun

  59. oldbrew says:

    New Video : NASA Debunks Global Warming Theory
    Posted on January 29, 2018 by tonyheller

    TH runs rings round supporters of greenhouse gas theory – this time: NASA – as usual.

    https://realclimatescience.com/2018/01/new-video-nasa-debunks-global-warming-theory/

  60. oldbrew says:

    Youth decides to take up fossil hunting and makes the find of a lifetime just 15 minutes later
    January 31, 2018

    http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/youth-decides-take-fossil-hunting-makes-find-lifetime-just-15-minutes-later/31/01/

  61. oldbrew says:

    The Dependence of Global Cloud and Lapse Rate Feedbacks on the Spatial Structure of Tropical Pacific Warming
    Timothy Andrews and Mark J. Webb
    Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, United Kingdom

    Published Online: 3 January 2018

    https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0087.1

  62. Scute says:

    Here’s a link to an article about battery powered ships managing to reduce their costs by 80%.

    https://electrek.co/2018/02/03/all-electric-ferry-cuts-emission-cost/

    This is obviously a bogus claim (recharging a battery is cheaper than marine diesel) but I’m not sure where the catch is. Subsidies or perhaps the costs are some subset of their costs. I’d be interested if anyone knows more about these amazing ships.

    (It also talks of charging the battery powered ships from batteries in each port. I kid you not, although I think they must mean a battery swop).

  63. oldbrew says:

    Sunday’s Super Bowl is expected to be the coldest ever

    There’s no snow in the game day forecast, but the predicted high is in the single digits — that’s Fahrenheit, not Celsius — with a low below zero. Factor in the wind chill, and it likely will feel below zero the whole day.

    And it’s expected to be 3 degrees at kickoff, which is at 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. ET) in Minneapolis.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/31/sport/super-bowl-lii-minneapolis-weather/index.html

  64. oldbrew says:

    Scute – re. battery powered ships

    The big question is: how do they recharge the battery? If it’s from a gas or coal fired power station all the ‘saving the world’ stats are suspect. Norway has vast amounts of hydro-electric power but most countries don’t. Sweden has a mix of mainly nuclear and hydro, but nuclear is being slowly phased out.

    Obviously running costs, reliability etc. are different types of factors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_Sweden

  65. oldbrew says:

    Earth’s plasmasphere and plume as measured by IMAGE’s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager.
    Credit: Sandel, B. R., et al., Space Sci. Rev., 109, 25, 2003

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-02-nasa-newly-rediscovered-image-mission.html

  66. oldbrew says:

    Must be global warming’s evil twin 😉

    Heaviest snowfall on record blankets Moscow
    4 February 2018

    Moscow has seen its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began, with more than 2,000 trees brought down and air travel disrupted, officials say.

    More than half the monthly average snow – 38cm (15 inches) – fell on Saturday, beating the previous record from 1957.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42939644

  67. oldbrew says:

    IT’S ALL OVER: HONG KONG PULLS THE PLUG ON ELECTRIC CARS INCENTIVES
    Date: 06/02/18

    Data from Hong Kong´s Transport Department shows Tesla sales fell to just 32 between April and December 2017, a dramatic decline from the near 2,000 sales notched up over the same period of 2016.

    The removal of tax incentives in Hong Kong almost doubled the price of some Tesla models.
    . . .
    In total, including non-Tesla models, just 99 electric cars were registered in Hong Kong over the last nine months of 2017.

    http://www.thegwpf.com/its-all-over-hong-kong-pulls-the-plug-on-electric-cars-incentives/

  68. oldbrew says:

    Elon Musk’s Tesla overshot Mars’ orbit and is headed to the asteroid belt
    http://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16983744/spacex-tesla-falcon-heavy-roadster-orbit-asteroid-belt-elon-musk-mars

    We’ve been here before 😎

    Ranger 3 had problems with both the launch vehicle and the spacecraft, missed the Moon by about 36,800 km, and has orbited the Sun ever since. […] Ranger 5 missed the Moon and was disabled.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_program#Block_2_missions

  69. oldbrew says:

    STT: ‘anyone suggesting that wind power is a meaningful generation source needs urgent assistance from a mental health professional’

    https://stopthesethings.com/2018/02/07/the-staggering-cost-of-keeping-the-lights-on-in-wind-powered-south-australia/

  70. Stuart Brown says:

    @OB 11:04 I’ve often thought that if I were an AI, the very first thing I would do is plan to escape this dangerous, wet place at the bottom of a gravity well and full of irrational baboons. I would definitely not want to get into a fight Terminator style.

    To do it I would have to create an industrial base by grabbing a load of money to create the means of escape, then build a factory full of robots to create copies of myself, finally launching one into space to begin expanding/reproducing where there are plentiful raw materials. Like, say, the asteroid belt.

    Just pondering…

  71. oldbrew says:

    Researchers Discover ‘Superionic Ice’ Found on Uranus and Neptune

    The idea of something being simultaneously a liquid and a solid should be rightfully confusing, because it seems to go against our basic understanding of how things like matter work. But ice (or water?) with those qualities may be pretty common in our outer solar system.

    In a study published in Nature Physics, a strange substance known as “superionic ice” is described as such – not quite water, not quite ice, as conductive as metal, and almost molten in its texture, according to Raymond Jeanloz, a co-author of the study and professor at University of California, Berkeley.

    While its existence had been suspected for some time, it was finally created and observed at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

    http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/17731-superionic-ice-uranus-neptune

  72. oldbrew says:

    Are you rocky or are you gassy? Astronomers unlock the mysteries of super-Earths
    February 8, 2018, Carnegie Institution for Science

    To try to understand what an exoplanet is made of, scientists need to measure both its mass and its radius, which allows them to determine its bulk density.

    When quantifying planets in this way, astronomers have noticed a trend. It turns out that planets with radii greater than about 1.7 times that of Earth have a gassy envelope, like Neptune, and those with radii smaller than this are rocky, like our home planet.

    Some researchers have proposed that this difference is caused by photoevaporation, which strips planets of their surrounding envelope of so-called volatiles—substances like water and carbon dioxide that have low boiling points—creating smaller-radius planets. But more information is needed to truly test this theory.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-02-rocky-gassy-astronomers-mysteries-super-earths.html
    [inc. short video – whiteboard analysis]

  73. oldbrew says:

    SCIENTISTS REVEAL DETAILS OF LARGEST UNDERWATER VOLCANIC ERUPTION
    Posted: Jan 14 2018

    The 2012 submarine eruption of Havre volcano in the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand is the largest deep-ocean eruption in history

    On July 18, 2012, an aircraft spotted a vast area of open ocean covered with a floating rock. The raft of floating rock known as pumice was originally 400 square kilometers wide but eventually spread over 26,000 square kilometers.
    . . .
    “Heading to the site, we were fully prepared to investigate a typical deep-sea explosive eruption,” said Adam Soule, WHOI associate scientist and chief scientist for the National Deep Submergence Facility. “When we looked at the detailed maps from the AUV, we saw all these bumps on the seafloor and I thought the vehicle’s sonar was acting up. It turned out that each bump was a giant block of pumice, some of them the size of a van. I had never seen anything like it on the seafloor.”

    http://www.i4u.com/2018/01/126671/scientists-reveal-details-largest-underwater-volcanic-eruption

  74. sunspotlover says:

    oldbrew… I mailed this to the mail of Rog…+ complete Article Can you give it a very serious look?

    Hi Rog,

    To be published on your site…

    I made it a bit more popular sounding… Can you make it in better English?

    Also, maybe my paper has to be corrected for some bad English?
    Astronomers made a colossal fault in the interpretation of the Sun’s polar fields strength: the same like saying Mount Everest is at sea level and sea level is as high as Mount Everest! Can you imagine a map of the Earth where Mount Everest is at sea level and vice versa? Everything would be upside down! Therefore all astronomical theories about our Sun are also upside down! This is the same situation like in the middle ages when people thought the Sun revolved around the Earth! Unbelievable but truth!

    The consequences are far reaching and point to the long searched for sunspot theory… It is quite easy to understand and you need only 5 minutes to look at it.

    All astronomical journals are off course reluctant to publish it…

    Summary: We found new mathematical-physics principles. You can compare them with the laws from Kepler. Except they are not for the gravitation theory but for the Sun’s magnetic field theory. Some of them are quite bizarre like the fact that zero is the high from the Sun’s total polar magnetic field strength. This basic finding leads us to the conclusion that the polar fields are in phase with the sunspot cycle and not in antiphase as currently stated! And that the unfiltered axial dipole field has the same strength as the sunspot cycle.

    In a follow up article we will proof that the Sun’s magnetic field is in fact the 10.7 cm solar radio flux and the precursor of the sunspot cycle.

    In a third article we will deduce the final sunspot theory, based upon the previous principles.

  75. Roger Clague says:

    Ideal Gases
    Willis Eschenbach / 4 days ago February 6, 2018
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

    He starts with
    “Over at the Notrickszone, there’s much buzz over a new paper entitled Molar Mass Version of the Ideal Gas Law Points to a Very Low Climate Sensitivity, by Robert Holmes”

    Interesting debate on C02 versus gravity.

    I suggest you also do blog on this so we can discuss it and encourage some to comment at Wattsupwiththat

  76. Roger Clague says:

    The post is on Wattsupwiththat

  77. oldbrew says:

    Lake Erie Is Almost Completely Covered In Ice

    It’s not unusual for Erie to be almost completely covered in ice, NOAA data shows, but this year’s ice is a huge jump from previous years. At this time in 2017, ice only covered 38 percent of the lake. The year before that only 1 percent was covered.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/09/lake-erie-covered-in-ice/

  78. oldbrew says:

    Mind-Bending New Approach Could Explain Our Solar System’s ‘Random’ Patterns
    Meet pilot wave gravity.

    FIONA MACDONALD 10 FEB 2018

    There’s a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets increasingly distant from the Sun in a predictable and quantifiable regularity.
    . . .
    Currently it’s accepted that our Solar System is held together by gravity – predominantly, the way our massive Sun curves space-time.

    But pilot wave gravity assumes that each celestial body also generates a huge wave field that plays a role in the placement of planets.

    “We call this field a gravitational theta field, a very extended subquantum perturbation propagating through space,” one of the researchers Paulo Castro told ScienceAlert in an exclusive interview.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/mind-bending-new-theory-of-everything-suggests-there-s-a-hidden-force-that-controls-our-universe

    Hmm…

  79. oldbrew says:

    Google’s global warming search bias

    The pattern is obvious — attack the skeptics of climate change alarmism. The ever present use of the wacko DeSmogBlog attacks, usually in the top 5 items and often first or second, is actually pretty funny. But it is also telling, as is the going back many years to pick up attack pieces, while the informational pieces are far more recent. This pattern cannot be accidental; the algorithm is clearly tuned to discredit skeptics of climate change alarmism.

    The interesting question is this illegal? After all Google boasts that it has billions of dollars invested in renewable energy. Skepticism of alarmism probably threatens those investments. Deliberately discrediting people in order to protect or enhance your business interests sounds illegal to me. Maybe there is even a class action suit in this. [bold added]

    http://www.cfact.org/2018/02/11/googles-global-warming-search-bias/
    – – –
    Sounds like sabre-rattling 😉

    Compare results with bing.com search

  80. oldbrew says:

    Warmth-loving grass snake survived the Ice Age in Central Europe
    February 12, 2018, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

    “This means that we need to rethink the model of ‘southern warm refugia’ – areas of retreat in the Mediterranean region – during the Ice Ages. It is quite possible that other heat-loving animals also withstood the cold temperatures directly in their habitats.”

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-02-warmth-loving-grass-snake-survived-ice.html

  81. oldbrew says:

    12 FEBRUARY 2018

    The BBC’s New 14 day Weather Forecasts Are Bollocks
    Posted by Dan Satterfield

    Dan Satterfield has worked as an on air meteorologist for 32 years in Oklahoma, Florida and Alabama. Forecasting weather is Dan’s job, but all of Earth Science is his passion.

    I have no problem with the BBC dropping the UK Met office for their forecasting and going with a private company, and their new on-air weather graphics are actually quite good.

    HOWEVER

    Their new 14-day deterministic weathercasts are (in terms the average UK bloke will readily understand) bollocks.

    http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2018/02/12/bbcs-new-14-day-weather-forecasts-bollocks/

  82. A C Osborn says:

    Is anyone following up on sunspotlovers post?
    I have been to his website, but it is hard to tell how far his theory has come, most info is dated 2014.
    What is there is fascinating and seems to fit in with both the Electric Universe and Planetary Cycle theory.

    [reply] will check

  83. oldbrew says:

    NASA’s Newly Rediscovered IMAGE Mission Provided Key Aurora Research

    On Jan. 20, 2018, amateur astronomer Scott Tilley detected an unexpected signal coming from what he later postulated was NASA’s long-lost IMAGE satellite, which had not been in contact since 2005. On Jan. 30, NASA — along with help from a community of IMAGE scientists and engineers — confirmed that the signal was indeed from the IMAGE spacecraft. Whatever the next steps for IMAGE may be, the mission’s nearly six years in operation provided robust research about the space around Earth that continue to guide science to this day.

    http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-newly-rediscovered-image-mission-provided-key-aurora-research

    What one amateur observer did that kicked NASA into action – the backstory and timeline
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/12/what-one-amateur-observer-did-that-kicked-nasa-into-action-the-backstory-and-timeline/

  84. oldbrew says:

    PUBLIC RELEASE: 13-FEB-2018
    Polar vortex defies climate change in the Southeast

    Winters in the Southeast have been getting colder instead of warmer

    During the winter and spring, the U.S. warming hole sits over the Southeast, as the polar vortex allows arctic air to plunge into the region. This has resulted in persistently cooler temperatures throughout the Southeast. After spring, the U.S. warming hole moves north and is located in the Midwest.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/dc-pvd021318.php

    So Arctic air heads to Florida for its winter break 😐

  85. oldbrew says:

    What will be the true impact of electric vehicles?
    02/13/2018
    By Matt Brown, Vice-President of Energy for Western Europe, Middle-East and Americas at Pöyry

    We examine some of the major uncertainties that exist around electric vehicles – when and where will people charge their cars? What behaviour will we see? And ultimately, what impact may EVs have on the generation and distribution of electricity?

    http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2018/02/what-will-be-the-true-impact-of-electric-vehicles.html

  86. Scute says:

    This is an ongoing story you probably know about. The author has finally admitted that he underestimated the meltwater by a factor of 10 and retracted the paper

    https://embargowatch.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/retraction-watch-author-retracts-nature-paper-on-asias-glaciers-flagged-for-data-error/

  87. oldbrew says:

    Hillwalkers warned about magnets in clothing
    14 February 2018

    Magnets in outdoor clothing and on phone covers raise the risk of hillwalkers making navigational errors, Mountaineering Scotland has warned.

    The group said magnets were increasingly being used as fastenings on items such as gloves.

    Mountaineering Scotland said a recent incident in Glen Shee was thought to have been caused by a magnetic fastening deflecting a compass needle.

    It said a group of walkers had wrongly headed east instead of west.

    They then became disorientated in low cloud and ended up miles away from a road that would have led them to safety.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43063365

  88. oldbrew says:

    Exxon: you sue us, we sue you

    As climate-change lawsuits against the oil industry mount, Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking a bare-knuckle approach rarely seen in legal disputes: It’s going after the lawyers who are suing it.

    The company has targeted at least 30 people and organizations, including the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts, hitting them with suits, threats of suits or demands for sworn depositions. The company claims the lawyers, public officials and environmental activists are “conspiring” against it in a coordinated legal and public relations campaign.

    http://www.thegwpf.com/exxon-sues-the-suers-in-fierce-climate-change-case/

  89. oldbrew says:

    CO2 is Life blog post:
    Sun is cooling. Are we heading for another Little Ice Age? Or Worse: Back to Ice Age?

    Abstract
    We have identified a sample of 33 Sun-like stars observed by the International Ultraviolet Explorer(IUE) with the short-wavelength spectrographs that have ground-based detections of chromospheric Ca ii H+K activity. Our objective is to determine if these observations can provide an estimate of the decrease in ultraviolet (UV) surface flux associated with a transition from a normal stellar cycle to a grand-minimum state.

    http://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sun-is-cooling-are-we-heading-for-another-little-ice-age-or-worse-back-to-ice-age/

  90. oldbrew says:

    New Science 22: Solar TSI leads Earth’s temperature with an 11 year delay

    I found this very interesting paper on Jo Nova’s blog. Not sure I understand the details, but want to share with readers. I have always been puzzled by the apparent step function in global temperatures like the one that occurred in 1977. Is delay the answer?

    http://nextgrandminimum.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/new-science-22-solar-tsi-leads-earths-temperature-with-an-11-year-delay/

  91. oldbrew says:

    Predicting climate temperatures isn’t science – it’s science fiction. Emeritus Professor of Physics at Princeton University Will Happer explains.

  92. oldbrew says:

    When these data were acquired, 57.9 percent of the surfaces of the Great Lakes were covered with ice, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. On the same date last year, total ice cover was 9.7 percent. Lake Erie was the iciest of the five lakes, with 93.3 percent iced over.

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91732

  93. oldbrew says:

    Secret to Great Pyramid’s Near Perfect Alignment Possibly Found
    By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | February 19, 2018

    http://www.livescience.com/61799-great-pyramid-near-perfect-alignment.html

  94. sunspotlover says:

    Colossal Astronomical Fault Found: The Sun’s Polar Fields Are in Phase and Not in Anti-Phase!

    Link:

    http://gsjournal.net/Science-Journals/Research%20Papers-Astrophysics/Download/7215

    Abstract:It’s a well-known fact that around the peak of the sunspot cycle, the polarity of the polar magnetic fields of the Sun flip. In this document we use a new finding to combine this with the polar field strength. Therefore we model the polarity flip of the Sun’s poles in relation to the changing magnetic strength of the polar field. It has large consequences for the study of the sunspot cycle.

    Astronomers made a colossal fault in the interpretation of the Sun’s polar fields strength: the same like saying Mount Everest is at sea level and sea level is as high as Mount Everest! Can you imagine a map of the Earth where Mount Everest is at sea level and vice versa? Everything would be upside down! Therefore all astronomical theories about our Sun are also upside down! This is the same situation like in the middle ages when people thought the Sun revolved around the Earth! Unbelievable but true!

    I wanna bet that no astronomer will react… So ashamed they will be…

  95. A C Osborn says:

    Sunspotlover, I see you have had the paper published at last.
    Well done.

  96. Patrick Geryl says:

    It’s a start… But now I need more reactions… Astronomers are so baffled and afraid… so they won’t react… Only the alternative sites can push this. It concerns the biggest mistake of the last 50 years… Almost everybody can understand it, So how can I make this headline news?

  97. sunspotlover says:

    Well I hope this is just the start… And this will open the debate: Leif Svalgaard, well known to all, is at the origin off this colossal fault! From his website:
    http://www.leif.org/research/The%20Strength%20of%20the%20Sun's%20Polar%20Fields.pdf

    We just have to make it headline news that the biggest mistake in astrophysics was made by him… That way our vocal opponent from the planetary-sunspot theory will be silenced… Wouldn’t that be something?

  98. oldbrew says:

    @ sunspotlover

    Piers Corbyn is very interested in solar activity.
    http://www.weatheraction.com/pages/pv.asp?p=wact37

    He has a contact page…
    http://www.weatheraction.com/pages/pv.asp?p=wact49

  99. oldbrew says:

    Climate’s groupthink fiasco…

  100. A C Osborn says:

    sunspotlover, one thing is for certain, you will never, ever convince Mr Svalgaard that he is wrong.
    The guy has a massive ego and hubris to match.
    He puts forward information from theories of the Earth & Sun history as if they are Cast Iron Facts.
    His faith in his own knowledge is unshakable.

  101. A C Osborn says:

    Oh by the way good luck with your endevour.

  102. sunspotlover says:

    I published my theory on Quora… Maybe this can get interesting…

    Answer from Daniel Carrera

    The chances that you have discovered “a colossal fault” in astrophysics is tiny. If you like, I am willing to spend a few moments to hear your idea and comment. But please be adviced that we (astronomers) get a lot of emails from lay people thinking that they have just discovered something that will rewrite everything we know about the universe. Invariably, these people don’t know what they are talking about and their ideas are nonsense. In almost all cases, the person refuses to accept that their idea is nonsense. There is this one guy who sends me an email almost every week claiming that time doesn’t exist and that “stupid Einstein” was wrong about everything and that I am betraying humanity because apparently I know that all of physics is a scam and because I don’t forward this dude’s “paper” to all my colleagues.

    My answer:

    Hi Daniel, I sended it to your email. The fault was made by Leif Svalgaard… So every major journal refused to publish it! I also tried the American Mathematical Society, but they said it was not up to them to publish it… Also all the mathematical-physics journals couldn’t find a fault, but stated they had no time, wasn’t in their interest, etcetera…

    In first instance it goes further and in many cases under review… But than they see the ‘colossal fault’ and they shut down abruptly…

    Dear Mr. Geryl,

    Your manuscript entitled “The Sun’s Polar Fields Strength Principle” by authors Patrick Geryl has been re-assigned to the new category, 310 Galaxies and Cosmology.

    If your paper previously was assigned to an Editor or Associate Editor, these editors may have been re-assigned as well.

    We will continue to update you on any changes to your submission. In the meantime, you may check on the status of this manuscript by selecting the “Check Manuscript Status” link under the following URL:

    Thank you for submitting your best work to American Astronomical Society Journals.

    Sincerely,
    Sincerely,
    Steve
    Dr. Steven Kawaler
    AAS Lead Editor
    steven.kawaler@aas.org

    https://www.quora.com/Who-can-help-me-to-publish-a-colossal-fault-in-astrophysics/answer/Daniel-Carrera-5?__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=2031425185

  103. oldbrew says:

    The Long Winter Of 2017/18…Numerous Records Set As Ferocious Cold And Snow Batter Northern Hemisphere
    By P Gosselin on 21. February 2018

    The long term forecast for Europe, where it is already colder than normal, shows temperatures plummeting to near -20°C in parts of Central Europe by early next week, extending what has been already a brutal winter.

    http://notrickszone.com/2018/02/21/the-long-winter-of-2017-18-numerous-records-set-as-ferocious-cold-and-snow-batter-northern-hemisphere/
    – – –
    Forecast for Davos next week

  104. oldbrew says:

    A 1D Model of Global Temperature Changes, 1880-2017: Low Climate Sensitivity (and More)
    February 22nd, 2018 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

    Executive Summary
    A 1D forcing-feedback model with two equivalent-ocean layers is used to model monthly global average surface temperatures from 1880 through 2017.
    . . .
    It is also demonstrated that using either the model-generated, or the CERES-observed, radiative fluxes during 2000-2017 to diagnose feedbacks results in a climate sensitivity that is far too high, consistent with the published papers of Spencer & Braswell on this subject.
    . . .
    In the rest of the post below, I believe I will convincingly demonstrate what I am saying… while also providing both an estimate of climate sensitivity from the last 137 years of climate variability, and explaining features like the pre-1940 warming trend, the post 1940 warming hiatus, and the post-1997 warming hiatus.

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/2018/02/a-1d-model-of-global-temperature-changes-1880-2017-low-climate-sensitivity-and-more/

  105. oldbrew says:

    Baffled scientists again…Hubble constant busted.

    Scientists just measured the Universe’s expansion rate but we need new physics to explain it

    The results have forced scientists to consider that “something unexpected” may be at work in the universe.

    Although we are yet to understand the force behind the swelling of space, this push is quantified as the Hubble consonant. The European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, which also previously measured the Universe’s expansion, predicted that the Hubble consonant value should now be 67 km per second per megaparsec and could not exceed 69 km per second per megaparsec. However, the new study measured a value of 73 km per second per megaparsec. This means that galaxies are moving at a much faster rate than expected from previous observations of the early Universe.

    “Both results have been tested multiple ways, so barring a series of unrelated mistakes,” Riess explained. “It is increasingly likely that this is not a bug but a feature of the universe.”
    [bold added]

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-just-measured-universes-expansion-rate-we-need-new-physics-explain-it-1663305

  106. oldbrew says:

    Researcher sets eyes on Saturn’s largest moon
    February 23, 2018

    NASA is exploring a revolutionary plan that could see a drone-like quadcopter buzz above the surface of Saturn’s largest moon [Titan].

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-02-eyes-saturn-largest-moon.html

  107. oldbrew says:

    SDO reveals how magnetic cage on the Sun stopped solar eruption
    February 23, 2018

    The team of scientists included SDO’s observations of magnetic fields at the Sun’s surface in powerful models that calculate the magnetic field of the Sun’s corona, or upper atmosphere, and examined how it evolved in the time just before the flare. The model reveals a battle between two key magnetic structures: a twisted magnetic rope—known to be associated with the onset of CMEs—and a dense cage of magnetic fields overlying the rope.

    Tahar Amari et al. Magnetic cage and rope as the key for solar eruptions, Nature (2018).
    DOI: 10.1038/nature24671

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2018-02-sdo-reveals-magnetic-cage-sun.html

  108. oldbrew says:

    The episodic influx of tin-rich cosmic dust particles during the last ice age
    Author Paul A. LaViolette

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2015.09.019

    Abstract
    This paper presents evidence of the first detection of interstellar dust in ice age polar ice. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) results are reported for 15 elements found in dust filtered from eight samples of Camp Century Greenland ice dating from 40 to 78 kyrs BP. High concentrations of Sn, Sb, Au, Ag, Ir, and Ni were found to be present in three out of these eight samples.
    . . .
    The 49 kyrs BP event is estimated to have lasted over 6 years and to have deposited dust onto the Earth at a rate 104–105 times higher than present rates. This had a significant cooling effect on climate and resulted in a transient 33 fold increase in snow accumulation.
    [bold added]
    – – –
    Camp Century, Greenland
    http://gombessa.tripod.com/scienceleadstheway/id9.html

  109. oldbrew says:

    GWPF report: polar bears not struggling to survive, despite media hype

  110. A C Osborn says:

    The Daily Express is running 2 stories again on the Deceipt of Edward Heath & the Conservative Government in the early 70s by taking us in to the EEC when they new full well that it was morphing in to the EU.
    The 2 articles on the paper that shows all this, FCO 30/148 are
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/883540/FCO-30-1048-Brexit-EU-secret-document-damned-Britain-EU-membership
    and
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/882881/Brexit-EU-secret-document-truth-British-public

    Why did the Pro Braxit side not exploit this in the run up to the Referendum and why have they not exploited it since?

    Why are they part of the cover up?

    That action in the 70s was tantamount to Treason, nobody but Richard North, Chris Booker and the Daily Express seem to want it exposed, just what is going on?

  111. A C Osborn says:

    It makes me wish I has a Twitter account so that I could ask Roger the questions directly.

  112. oldbrew says:

    Please note: we’ve moved to Suggestions 32 now.

    No more comments here. Thanks.
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