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Some News from Penn State: "Michael Mann and David Pollard, both scientists in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, have been elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union for exceptional contributions in original research in climate change"
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"In the late 1990s, Mann with colleagues published the "hockey stick" graph of Northern Hemisphere temperatures over the past millennium. Based upon so-called "proxy" climate records such as ice cores, tree rings and corals, the graph demonstrates significant global warming in the last century. The graph, which has become a lightning rod for climate-change deniers, and the ensuing controversy are the subject of Mann's soon-to-be-released book, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines.""

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/ps-pss020112.php

Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterEric (skeptic)

This news tweet on Matt Briggs's blog caught my eye while I was there. Though it is completely off-topic, I thought I'd pass it on because there are people who are interested in reading about these kinds of things:

Cannibal who ate head of former lover proposes to Satan-worshipping vampire girlfriend behind bars of psychiatric unit

This news is from Daily Mail, and it continues thus:

Sweden's most evil couple - a cannibal and a Satan-worshipping vampire - have applied to get married behind the bars of their secure psychiatric hospital.

Isakin Jonsson, 33, has asked human vampire Michelle Gustafsson, 23, to join him in unholy matrimony in a move that has shocked the country.

He killed mother-of-five Helle Christensen - his girlfriend at the time - by cutting her head off, eating parts of her body and then boasting about it on the Internet.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2094724/Cannibal-ate-head-lover-proposes-Satan-worshipping-vampire-girlfriend-bars-psychiatric-unit.html#ixzz1lAwLCQHf

I am not sure what is creepier. The budding couple? The Daily Mail treatment of the 'news', or the most highly recommended reader comments on the page that yell out "Electric chair!" and "Hang these freaks!"

In terms of technological development we now live in world of magic, though I sometimes wonder whether, in terms of mental development, we have ever left the medieval ages.

Feb 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Volcanoes, what volcanoes?

My favorite volcano blog weighs in on the volcanoes caused the LIA meme:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/01/volcanoes-and-the-little-ice-age-not-the-smoking-gun/

I’m not going after the Miller et al. (2011) paper with any agenda. However, when I see headlines in the news that unequivocally say “Little Ice Age was caused by Volcanoes“, well, I’d like to see the evidence. Sure, we have a lot of correlations – evidence of cold climate with evidence of higher sulfur loads in the atmosphere. However, right now we don’t have eruptions to match with the big sulfur loads.

Evidence? Doesn't he realise that's not the way climate science works. Evidence of those eruptions has simply eloped with the missing heat and is probably keeping around a deep ocean vent somewhere. One should not look for evidence or one would more likely see a climate scientist riding an epicycle, or chasing a funding cycle.

Feb 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

BBC NW reporting a Goose cull on Windermere - what's the odds on climate change being blamed for a drop in the goose population in a few years time?

Feb 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteveW

Oh boy oh boy oh boy

http://sciencedenial.wisc.edu

Feb 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM | Maurizio Morabito

So AGW now has the same status as the theory of evolution and thus cannot be denied according to the University of Wisconsin!

Notice not a word about scientific scepticism.

Feb 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterRKS

Oh boy oh boy oh boy

http://sciencedenial.wisc.edu

Feb 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterMaurizio Morabito

Climate models as 'Space Invaders'

Do you think that actually downloading and running a climate model is the sort of thing that only the most R-reading and Fortran-savvy Climate Audit readers are competent to do? Think again. Visit the NetLogo site. Download and install NetLogo (runs on any operating system): this is no harder than installing Firefox or Dropbox. Run NetLogo and load the 'Earth Science/Climate Change' model. Twiddle the parameters for albedo, clouds, CO2, and the sun to your heart's content. Watch it all happening. Note the temperature soaring (or not*). Hey, you're a real climate scientist now!

*I had trouble getting the temperature above 26C -- a bit hot for me, but I guess some BH readers may find that temperature congenial.

[Note to Josh: a screen grab of the model in action might provide a suitable background image for one of your more cynical cartoons.]

Feb 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterJane Coles

Phillip Bratby
Indeed they will, especially since the GWPF have had the brass neck to give it wider circulation!
The physics is over my head but from what I have succeeded in gleaning on the subject, it looks persuasive (if not very welcome). I have never been happy with the idea that a quieter sun would be followed instantly (apparently within nano-seconds, according to the alarmist bible!) by a drop in temperature were it not for the presence of everybody's favourite trace gas.
The time lag they quote in this paper strikes me as a much more reasonable and likely effect.
It also seems to tie in (regrettably) with what we know of past climate cycles.
I fear my new grandson/daughter (whichever it turns out to be) will be living in interesting times!

Feb 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Trenberth et al will no doubt be out in force denying this paper at the GWPF.
http://thegwpf.org/science-news/4877-russian-astrophysicist-predicts-global-cooling.html

Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Looks like smart meters will be optional.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/financialservices/utilities/Business-energy/9053100/Smart-meters-for-energy-to-be-voluntary.html

Feb 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

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