Saturday, September 14, 2013


Quark Soup by David Appell: Arctic sea ice: The Long View
Whether the ice vanishes for the next 220,000 years or the next 221,960 years doesn't matter much in the long view.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds climate models are unable to reproduce warming during the Holocene Climate Optimum
The paper adds to many other peer-reviewed publications demonstrating that climate models are unable to reproduce the Holocene Climate Optimum, Egyptian, Minoan, and Medieval Warming Periods, all of which were warmer than the present. Climate models are unable to reproduce the known climate of the past, much less the future.
Understanding Colorado Flooding | Real Science
People talking about biblical or 1,000 year rainfall have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. These floods can be expected somewhere along the Front Range every couple of decades.
A Few Things To Know Before Moving To Colorado | Real Science
If you do move here with your Prius smug and build your house in a stupid place, don’t blame CO2 for your stupidity.
A window into academia – via a resignation letter | Watts Up With That?
What’s bothersome, however, is how long a purely theoretical result can be milked for grants before the researchers decide to produce something practically useful. Worse yet, there often does not appear to be a strong urge for people in academia to go and apply their result, even when this becomes possible, which most likely stems from the fear of failure – you are morally comfortable researching your method as long as it works in theory, but nothing would hurt more than to try to apply it and to learn that it doesn’t work in reality. No one likes to publish papers which show how their method fails (although, from a scientific perspective, they’re obliged to).

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