Why Skeptics are Losing the Climate Change Battle

Written by Anthony Bright-Paul

I am a climate skeptic. Many skeptics know that and have even contributed to my book Climate for the Layman. But we are losing the argument and for one simple reason. loser We keep, – or at least some of us – keep up the illusion that there is such a thing as a Global Temperature. There is no such entity and never has been. Furthermore there is no such thing as an average Global Temperature either.

Peace be to Dr. Christy of the University of Alabama, for whom I have the greatest respect. He assures me that there is an average Global Temperature arrived at by inference from remote sensing from satellites. This is done by counting the number of joules, which as you all know I trust, are units of energy.

But may I humbly beg to differ. It is manifestly impossible to put in all the data in order to arrive at an average. It is clear that an average such as NASA provides based upon some 3,486 weather stations situated at 5ft above the ground is just nonsense. Why? Because in the whole of this sacred Planet of ours to determine the temperature based upon such a sparse amount is truly ridiculous. Moreover of the 3,486 stations 3,269 are situated in the relatively warm areas of Europe, America, and Africa. How many stations are there in the vast continent of Antarctica? Merely 8. Read that again – merely 8.

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China Shows Germany how Nuclear Fusion is Done

Written by Iain Thompson, www.theregister.co.uk

Days after the German chancellor triggered the creation of hydrogen plasma for less than a second, China has announced that one of its fusion reactors has broken the record for plasma creation.

On Friday the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced that its boffins had created the 102-second plasma burn in its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) at Hefei, capital city of east China’s Anhui Province.

During the experiment, sensors recorded the plasma’s temperature at 50 million degrees Celsius (90 million degrees Fahrenheit). That’s more than three times as hot as the core of the sun, which NASA estimates is a toasty 15 million degrees Celsius (27 million degrees Fahrenheit).

The Chinese experiment is a major step forward in fusion research, but the Middle Kingdom magicians have much bigger plans. They hope the EAST instrument will eventually be able to sustain plasma for 1,000 seconds at twice the current temperature.

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Benefits & Rewards: The Innovation Race

Written by Dr Klaus L E Kaiser

A well-functioning technological society is built on and operates with a mutually advantageous system of benefit and reward; outreach is one of the “in”-terms these days, as are globalisation, internet service and its instantaneous communication facilities.

They have brought about massive shifts in many aspects. One of such shifts is in innovation.

The Competition

There are companies, let’s call them service providers (SPs) that sprung up to make use of the great new global communication potential. Their raison d’être is bringing together actual problems with potential solvers of such. Typically, they publish a “Seeker’s” problem and their registered “Solvers” can compete for the reward.

There is no limit to the type of problems or promised rewards. The problems can range from small improvements for existing materials or technologies to brainstorming of most complex problems and searching for novel ideas, processes, and so forth. Just to give you an example of what it is about, here is a screenshot of an actual and current problem, with a deadline of Feb. 12, 2016, as obtained from a screenshot: bouy mooring

Accompanying this headline is a brief description of the desired idea or development and more details on the “Challenge” can be found once you open the link and log in. This particular challenge by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center is probably quite representative in its terms of advice, idea, or actual product desired by the seeker.  Of course, the level of rewards is not set by the SPs that provide their dissemination but by the seekers.

With access to all kinds of government procurement modes, and hundreds or thousands of researchers with (presumably) first-hand experience and potential ideas in numerous government facilities, one might think that a solution (if it exists at all) to this challenge could be found in-house. Obviously, that does not seem to be the case here. If that is so, is the “reward” shown in the figure commensurate with the challenge?

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UK Government Officially Begins Human Genetic Engineering

Written by Darren Pauli, theregister.co.uk

Groundbreaking research could help fertility treatment … or create custom humans. UK scientists have been given the green light to use the CRISPR gene editing technique to experiment on unused human embryos in what is described as a boon to biological research. genome

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted approval to London’s Francis Crick Institute to explore the earliest moments of human life using the latest genetics research techniques.

It is also the first time such research has been cleared by a Western Government regulator.

Scientists in China have tinkered with the DNA of embryos and last year announced they ad altered a gene to correct a blood disorder.

It will remain illegal to implant a manipulated embryo into the womb of a woman.

Francis Crick Institute developmental biologist Dr Kathy Niakan will use the pioneering CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique to alter genes in healthy human embryos in research lasting a week after fertilisation when embryos reach about 250 cells.

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Stonehenge Mystery Finally Solved?

Written by Alex Rennie, Salisbury Journal

A landscape architect believes she might have solved the mystery of Stonehenge’s origin. Sarah Ewbank believes the ancient structure was a two-storey “majestic roundhouse” and has used her 30 years of experience in design to create a scale model. stonehenge roundhouse

It has taken nearly a year of research and studying the footprint of the stones to come up with the theory. She thinks it was once used as a multi-purpose venue and says not being an archaeologist has allowed her to think about it logically.

“Archaeologists are very obsessed with dating and the meaning of it,” she said. “I looked at it and thought it was a ruin, and that with my design skills I could work out what was there. In our climate back in the Bronze Age it still rained, and why would you move 75 large stones just so you could dance around twice a year? If you put a roof on it you can use it all year.”

Sarah says the frame would have been made out of oak with thatch used to keep out the elements.

Key to her concept was finding four lines that spanned across the central space, which she interpreted as being huge support beams.

She also noted that the height difference existing between the central giant stones was necessary to allow them be raised from horizontal to vertical.

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Zika Virus: on the Lam?

Written by Dr Klaus L E Kaiser

Respected international scientist, Dr Klaus L E Kaiser, issues words of caution in the wake of the Zika virus and concerns over mosquito-caused infectious diseases and ‘dangerous’ climate change. prison stripes Kaiser writes:

Just in case you feel a need for being on the lam, nature has a tip for you! Whether you’re hiding out in the bush or mingling with the downtown (abbey ??) crowd, you ought to wear the old-fashioned zebra-type striped garb. You know what I mean, the kind of garb that was common in certain government institutions, like in the picture nearby.

After all, as was recently reported in the journal PLOS ONE in an article entitled “Zebra Stripes through the Eyes of Their Predators, Zebras, and Humans,” it seems to be particularly important in the African savannah to avoid not only them nasty lions but, more importantly, blood-sucking insects, like mosquitos.

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Hurrah for Global Warming!

Written by Anthony Bright-Paul

So NASA assures us that 2015 was the warmest year ever. NOAA does the same and sure enough the Climate Research Unit of the Met Office chimes in. celebrate warming Well, that is great news isn’t it? Even the Skeptics do not deny the warming but only quibble that it was the third warmest.

You know what? I had not noticed it. Had you? And did it not strike you as ironic that no sooner was the announcement made than the eastern seaboard of the United States received an unprecedented dumping of snow. Reports came in of bitter cold in Japan, freezing temperatures in Taiwan. Of course the snow in the USA received all our attention, so other places on the globe were left out. But in fact it was unusually cold everywhere upon the Earth. Read the site www.iceagenow.info The snow dominated our TV screens.

Nevertheless NASA and the other conspirators in this great plot still insisted that 2015 was the warmest ever and that it was our entire fault. What a ridiculous position! If the Globe is warming it is something for which we should rejoice. It is only these killjoy scientists who have somehow put it about that warming is bad, and that every sort of calamity will follow from Global Warming. That is ‘suggestion’ on a major scale, which is why I call these evil men Black Magicians.

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The Spark of Life

Written by Klaus L E Kaiser PhD

The Spark of Life, depicted by the Italian master Michelangelo (1475-1564) in his famous fresco of God giving life to Adam in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, is a gift from God. spark of life

That gift includes the carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere and the natural process of converting it to living matter, plants and all other life on earth, a process termed “photosynthesis.” Photosynthesis is what converts atmospheric CO2 to carbonaceous materials, the principal components of all plants. In turn, with plants being the basic food for all higher life forms on earth, the latter also contain that element.

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NOAA/NASA Spurn Satellite Data in Bogus 2015 ‘Hottest Year’ Claim

Written by Thomas Richard, examiner.com

Using data from heavily adjusted land-based temperature readings, NOAA and NASAdeclared yesterday 2015 to be the ‘hottest year ever,’ even though they’ve excluded the satellite record, and worse, ocean temperatures. hottest year That’s important because “70 percent of the Earth is oceans,” and “we can’t measure those temperatures very well,” says MIT’s Dr. Richard Lindzen. “The ocean temps can also be “off a half a degree, a quarter of a degree. Even two-10ths of a degree of change would be tiny but two-100ths is ludicrous.”

2015 was remarkable for two reasons: an ongoingnaturally occurring El Niño event, where the tropical Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures are unusually warm and affect the climate all over the world. This anomaly is responsible for above-normal temps across the planet, and affects countries from Australia to Zimbabwe. There was also the multi-year Pacific blob off the West Coast fueling California’s drought.

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Scientists Claim Ninth Planet for our Solar System

Written by Iain Thompson, theregister.co.uk

Scientists at CalTech claim to have found proof that there is a ninth planet in the solar system, using computer modeling and historical astronomy data.ninth planet

The new planet has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and has a very eccentric path around our Sun, making one complete orbit every 10,000 or 20,000 years and travelling 200 times further from the Sun than our orbit. The planet hasn’t been seen, but can be determined to exist based on its effect on objects in the Kuiper Belt that encircles our solar system.

“This would be a real ninth planet,” said Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. “There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.”

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