Climate sensitivity and visual rhetoric.


I found another visual way to depict an aspect of climate science in the course of a discussion. The issue was what value of climate sensitivity can be used to inform policy. The amount the global average surface temperature will rise for a doubling of CO2 is often chosen for its policy implications rather than for its scientific credibility. The problem is there are a range of values, and no good reason to prefer one over another. Continue reading

back again

Back again

After such a long absence from posting it is customary to return with a reason. A tale of events somehow proportional to the length of the gap. But a large part of it was indolence.

Certainly there were the real world logistics of summer holidays work and family to distract. But nothing exceptional.
There are two reasons for not posting anything new recently. Continue reading

HOW2 (?) in AE

Video FX and editing. A How2 Do a photo-montage in Adobe After Effects video editing and FX software.
Fast, flashing images, subliminal effects and tachistocopic limits.montageHOW2 Continue reading


It is that time of year again when a local music festival in which friends and relatives are involved approaches. So here is a little bit of animation to advertise the event.Chiddfest-1
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Mining the Past

Coal has a history. In synergistic symbiosis with steel-making and steam engines it fuelled the industrial revolution. Replaced slavery and became the dominant economic industry on the planet for a few decades.
In the present coal appears to be dying. The bankruptcy of Peabody energy, the last big private coal producer in the US and the conviction of Blankenship, a mine owner for a mining disaster are events that could never have been imagined during the days of King Coal.
Does coal have a future? Or under the influence of campaigns like the coal disinvestment movement will it be relegated to a small scale resource, exploited for its local convenience and no longer exist as a major player in the global energy markets? Continue reading

Impossible Nightmare Scenario

Indulging in serendipitous news gathering via Youtube has its dangers as I have mentioned before. Whatever algorithm suggests new videos can lead from the merely obsessive to beyond the ridiculous.
This nightmare scenario is obviously the product of this, a concatenation of disparate reports Continue reading

Back on trend

Back on trend.

Well after a hiatus in posting, a pause even in blog posts, here are some views on the flotsam and jetsam encountered while wandering through the twilight zone, the outer limits of the Internet in a futile attempt to avoid the febrile nonsense of the EU referendum debate in the UK and the interminable circus of the Trump.

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Year Rear View

It is that time of year when we make belated wishes of happiness to all those celebrating.
It is also the time of year when it is a convention to look back on the year past from the present and look forward to the year ahead. With that in mind, this post will examine aspects of the past year from the global to the blog level. And briefly look to the future….
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That was then this is now

This is another post on the theme of future and past times and how we view them. It was prompted in part by reflecting on the Lamar Smith witchhunt of Karl et al at NASA and the scientists who have been analysing and improving the historical temperature record. Continue reading

Here are the emails Rep Lamar Smith(R) is looking for…

The Chair of the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has demanded all communications between scientists and administrators in relation to the scientific paper on recent surface temperature rise.
Here is his reason why –

“It was inconvenient for this administration that climate data has clearly showed no warming for the past two decades. The American people have every right to be suspicious when NOAA alters data to get the politically correct results they want and then refuses to reveal how those decisions were made. NOAA needs to come clean about why they altered the data to get the results they needed to advance this administration’s extreme climate change agenda.”

He clearly thinks the scientific paper was fiction, a made-up version of reality to further a political end.

Here are the emails Rep Lamar Smith(R) is looking for… Continue reading