Thursday, January 29, 2009

Renewable is lookin' good.

Wind farms offend the delicate sensibilities of your average wingnut. I think they can be quite pretty.

Here's one on the Yorke peninsula that I took a piccy of on the weekend (click to enlarge):

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Fark it's HOT! part XXIV

My Gods!  It's 6:30pm and it's still 43.7C (111F).  Major public transport failure. We've got another week of this (and being good citizens, our little household doesn't have aircon). The joy.

And Stoaty asks:
...if I could suddenly make the world, or at least this little bit of it, 2 degrees warmer all year round, would I be better or worse off?
I think I can emphatically answer in the negative. When these events are more common, that's problamatic.

UPDATE:  Worrying developments.  Phone lines down.  EFTPOS not working in the bottle shop.  Punters cannot purchase beer.  Widespread unrest expected once people can be bothered to riot.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Denialists love to parse the language of others in the hope of a ‘gotcha’ moment. If only people could just read between the lines they’d see there really is a Grand Climate Change Conspiracy. Steve McIntyre, for instance, provides numerous examples of said parsing.

Super Awesome Award-Winning SCIENCE blogger Anthony Watts similarly loves the ‘gotcha’. Unfortunately, as Tamino demonstrates, he’s not the most cluey fella. Or in any way consistent, when it comes to it. For example; witness a letter on Watts’ site written by Ross Hays attempting to debunk the recent work of Steig et al. concerning warming in Antarctica.

Tamino shows why Ross is, at best, a little confused. At worst, completely full of cow dirt.

But what is Watts’ reply when Hay’s inaccuracies are bought to light?

Commenter D. Patterson asks:
Anthony, what is the basis for Ross Hay’s statement: “December 2006 was the coldest December ever for McMurdo Station”? When was it lower than -81C?
Anthony replies:
I don’t know, perhaps he’s got some inside information we don’t know about. It would seem odd to me, that a person familiar with the working of the press and science (having been a meteorologist for CNN and working in a science facility) would make such a statement, knowing that it could easily be refuted, if he didn’t have some basis for it.
Maybe he’s got some ‘inside information’!! WTF!! Were the thermometer’s children being held by Antarctic separatists, who threatened that the littleuns’ll swim with the penguins unless the temperature is reported as -60C rather than -257C, only to be overheard by Hays who’d snuck outside for a sly ciggie?

Or is there some other sort of ‘inside information’?

After all, he was a meteorologist for CNN and worked in a science facility. What is the possibility of a TV meterologist being a little less than honest?

Patterson persists:
Agreed. Tamino, however, challenged the claim using a graph indicating the McMurdo temperature for December was -60C and nowhere near the lowest December temperatures. Tamino appears to be using a monthly mean temperature. Daily minimum temperatures have been at least as low as -81C in 1977 according to HADCRU. Perhaps Ross can shed some light on Tamino’s challenge of Ross’s comment?
To which Anthony replies:
I’ll ask. Being a balloon met, he may have been referring to any level of the atmosphere and just didn’t qualify his comment well. Most of our discussion has been “grounded” so to speak, on surface data.
Hmmmm…..didn’t qualify his data well. Monthly temperature could actually mean daily. Could have been any level of the atmosphere.  

Here’s my thinking McMurdo station existed on the…what is it….surface, and doesn’t exist levels.

But I haven’t spent a summer in the Antarctic. No day-to-day experience.

Hay's reply, if it ever occurs, will be interesting.  Not holding breath.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Windschuttle Hoaxer revealed (II) - Katherine Wilson

OK. OK. Bonnie Prince Charlie informs me he was out having his way with hounds and wild foxes or some such.

So who does that leave?

The focus is moving to weathergirl Katherine Wilson; Crikey contributor, anti-science activist and Quadrant loather.


But, really, not a good look for Crikey as a 'new-media' news organisation if she is the hoaxer.

UPDATE:  Some interesting, though uncouth, discussion in comments at Catallaxy.

UPDATE 2:  It seems our Katherine was tried to hoax Quadrant  before.

UPDATE 3:  Suprise.  Suprise.  It's Katherine.  Interesting piece of work.  Doesn't like hoaxers, but consistancy doesn't seem to be her strong suit.

For a pointer on how she operates, here's a comment from Prof. Rick Roush at Crikey:

By an interesting coincidence, I was interviewed by the Age about Gould's Quadrant hoax a few days ago. I cannot remember even hearing of Karen Wilson before today, but have now learned that she has a protected website about me, which came as quite a surprise ( Why is it protected? No idea, but then, I don't know what Wilson has written there.

The Age reporter has brought to my attention that Wilson has a previous article in Crikey that mentions me and others. It has several errors, of fact and interpretation, including various accusations. Wilson never contact ed me for comment, and I doubt she contacted the others attacked in her piece. is there a mechanism for me to ask Crikey for a correction?

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The Windschuttle Hoaxer revealed

Strange whiny person - check
Writes Monckton-style with lots of pretend jargon - check
Hates biotech for confused, unscientific and discredited reasons - check

It's obvious. The hoaxer is revealed below the fold.

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