Anthony Bright-Paul: A Climate Discussion on Facebook

Written by Anthony Bright-Paul

Now all you guys, it is great having a discussion with you. I can understand your getting upset and calling me names, but you want to get really upset with those who have led you up the garden path. Why! I have supplied you with a list of names of various Sceptical Professors.  facebookDid you notice how many were Emeritus? That is at the very top of their Profession, be they Botanists, Marine Biologists, Physicists, Astrophysicists, Meteorologists and so on.

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Rain in China 17 percent Higher 7,000 Years Ago

Written by School of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

New paper: Summer precipitation reconstructed quantitatively using a Mid Holocene δ13C common millet record from Guanzhong Basin, China. flower

Authors: Qing Yang1,2, Xiaoqiang Li2, Xinying Zhou2, Keliang Zhao2, and Nan Sun31School of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing , 210023, China
2Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100044, China
3The School of Earth Science and Resources, Chang’an University, Xi’an, Sha’anxi, 710054, China

Abstract: In order to produce quantitative Holocene precipitation reconstructions for particular geographical areas, explicit proxies and accurate dating controls are required. The fossilized seeds of common millet (Panicum miliaceum) are found throughout the sedimentary strata of northern China, and are highly suited to the production of accurate quantitative Holocene precipitation reconstructions: their isotopic carbon composition (δ13C) gives a measure of the precipitation required during the growing season, and allows these seeds to be dated.

We therefore used a robust regression function, as part of a systematic study of the δ13C of common millet, to produce a quantitative reconstruction of Mid Holocene summer precipitation in the Guanzhong Basin. Our results showed that summer precipitation from 7.7–3.4 ka BP was 240–477 mm, with a mean of 354 mm, i.e. ~ 50 mm or 17 % higher than present levels. Maximal mean summer precipitation peaked at 414 mm, ~ 109 mm (or 36 %) higher than today, occurring during 6.4–5.5 ka BP; this is when the East Asian Summer Monsoon (EASM) was at its peak. As the δ13C-based precipitation record can reliably indicate EASM intensity during the Holocene, this work can provide a reliable proxy for further research into the detailed processes, and precise mechanisms, of the EASM.

Citation: Yang, Q., Li, X., Zhou, X., Zhao, K., and Sun, N.: Summer precipitation reconstructed quantitatively using a Mid Holocene δ13C common millet record from Guanzhong Basin, China, Clim. Past Discuss., doi:10.5194/cp-2016-87, in review, 2016.

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Written by Freeman Dyson

Sometime in the next few hundred years, biotechnology will have advanced to the point where we can design and breed entire ecologies of living creatures adapted to survive in remote places away from Earth. I give the name Noah’s Ark culture to this style of space operation.

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Establishment Arrogance Hinders Planetary Electromagnetic Science

Written by PSI staff

Below is another in the series of articles about the extraordinary science writer Edsel Chromie. Now in retirement this American innovator is candid about the failures of Establishment science to take up his novel ideas about electromagnetism on other planets and impacts on earth’s weather.


Now his inspired ideas are gradually being accepted by leading institutions such as NASA. Here readers can be appalled and enthralled by Chromie’s reminiscences and be mindful of these sage words: “Scientific orthodoxy kills truth.” – Murray Gell-Mann, 1969 Nobel Prize in physics

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Europa moon ‘spewing water jets’

Written by Jonathan Amos

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[Image captionEuropa is one of the best search targets for extra-terrestrial life in the Solar System]

Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter’s icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space. Scientists first reported the behaviour in 2013 using the Hubble telescope, but have now made a follow-up sighting. It is significant because Europa, with its huge subsurface ocean of liquid water, is one of the most likely places to find microbial life beyond Earth. Flying through the jets with an instrumented spacecraft would be an easy way to test the possibility.

One could even attempt to capture a sample of ejected material and bring it back to Earth for more detailed biological analysis. The alternative – of trying to land on the moon and drill through perhaps tens of kilometres of ice to examine the ocean’s water – would be immensely challenging.

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Record Arctic Sea Ice Growth Continues

Written by Tony Heller


After the shortest melt season on record, and the earliest end to the melt season record, September ice growth has been the fastest on record.


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Earlier this month, Mark Serreze from NSIDC advised the Ship of Fools that could sail to the North Pole.

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After unusual Arctic storms, sea ice coverage in region is plummeting

Good thing they weren’t foolish enough to listen to Serreze, like Lewis Pugh did in 2008.

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North Pole could be ice-free this summer, scientists say –

In 2008 Lewis Pugh kayaked about 20 miles out of Svalbard before he got blocked by ice, and then spun his total failure as proof of global warming.

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UK flooding tied to sunspot cycle

Written by Robert,

After quantifying the magnitude and frequency of extreme floods in the UK, scientists found that flooding has been the most extreme in more than 600 years.


Flooding in northwest England was reconstructed from the coarse grained units preserved in lake sediments at Bassenthwaite Lake. The record includes the floods of December 2015 (Storm Desmond) and November 2009.

The UK scientists found five flood rich periods (CE 1460-1500, 1580-1680, 1780-1820, 1850-1925, 1970-present) and then (of course) found a way to tie the floods to global warming.

However, reader J. H. Walker comes to a different conclusion.

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Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep

Written by Alice Dreger

People outside academia often struggle to comprehend tenure. We live in a society where job security is in decades-long decline. Contingent and precarious employment is increasingly the norm. Why should professors who receive tenure get a special kind of lifetime job security? wisconsin

If you look only at the remarks of people like Wisconsin’s governor Scott Walker, who has been dismantling tenure as it has existed for generations within his state’s world-class university system, you would be led to believe tenure merely protects the useless and the lazy. But tenure, in fact, does something very important: it frees up researchers and adult educators to try out new, unprofitable and challenging ideas.

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Climate scientists attack new paper predicting a catastrophic 13-degree temperature rise

Written by Thomas Richard

When Climate Change alarmists think your new paper is too alarmist, you know you’ve got a problem. That’s what happened to Carolyn Snyder of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who published a study in “Nature this week warning of a catastrophic 13-degree Fahrenheit rise in temperatures. glaciers Snyder reached her conclusions by doing an extensive, time-consuming reconstruction of past temperatures using two million years of global sea surface temperatures.

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Record Arctic Sea Ice Growth In September

Written by Paul Homewood

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US Government Climate Fraud: Removing The 1940’s Blip

Written by Tony Heller

The blog post below about the Congo shows another example of how NOAA has erased the warmth of the 1940s. In 1974, the National Center For Atmospheric Research showed a large global warming spike to the 1940’s, followed by very rapid cooling back to below 1870’s levels.

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Here’s Why Scientists Say Gov’t Funding Is Wrecking Science

Written by Andrew Follett

Government funding of scientific research has a corrupting influence that could cause more unethical behavior among researchers, according to a new study by scientists at Virginia Tech.


Researchers found federal funding is encouraging scientists to falsify data and publish bad research. The study found that universities are making the problem worse by mostly hiring young scientists as adjuncts, not tenure-track positions, which increases the financial pressures causing them to distort science.

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Written by William M Briggs


John Allen Paulos wrote of innumeracy, the mild malady of being unable to work with numbers. “I’m not primarily concerned with esoteric mathematics here, only with some feel for numbers and probabilities, some ability to estimate answers to the ubiquitous questions… people should have a visceral reaction to the difference between a million, a billion and a trillion.”

So it is true. And undisputed.

The opposite of innumeracy isn’t numeracy or even mathematical ability. High-level mathematics will always be closed off to all but the few, not only because it requires innate abilities most don’t have in the same way most can’t be centers on professional football teams, but because it requires years of dedication and few have the time or inclination.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Written by Dr Klaus L E Kaiser

That futuristic phrase from the science fiction television series Star Trek, with actor James Doohan as Scotty, was the command to instantly beam your physical being to another place in the universe like from one star to another or, for all other earthlings that want to stay close to the surface, like traveling from LA to the Big Apple in a fraction of a second. kirk

Guess what? A kind of “teleportation,” described as ”long-distance ‘disembodied‘ transfer” is now claimed to have been achieved. The wonders of modern science keep getting weirder by the day. I can already see airline executives shaking in their boots, not to mention the Hyperloop and “Uber”outfits—already so yesteryear …

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