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Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by nigelj

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:07:00 +0000

Some people are complaining about too many political or offtopic comments on this article. This might be fair enough. I suggest have a separate, additional, article once a month titled something like " climate change, politics and general issues" The relationship of climate science to politics and economics etc, is sadly pretty big, and quite important. If you don't wish to read the article, you wouldn't have to.

Comment on Predictable and unpredictable behaviour by Russell

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:02:55 +0000

Mal should recall Feynman's response when I asked his his opinion of a pair of much-publicized Science lede article that appeared 1n the same issue in 1983: "you know, I don't think these guys really know what they are talking about." Four of the co-authors were eventually elected Presidents of the AAAS & The Planetary Society. and also wrote the subsequent Science review article reporting on further research in the field. Like stonewalling, sociology continues to happen.

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Hank Roberts

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:09:50 +0000

Influence of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Planetary Wave Resonance and Extreme Weather Events Michael E. Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf, Kai Kornhuber, Byron A. Steinman, Sonya K. Miller & Dim Coumou Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 45242 (2017) doi:10.1038/srep45242

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Hank Roberts

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:04:05 +0000
Publishing in Nature Scientific Reports, Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University and a group of colleagues at research institutes in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands find that at least in the spring and summer, the large scale flow of the atmosphere is indeed changing in such a way as to cause weather to get stuck more often. The study, its authors write, "adds to the weight of evidence for a human influence on the occurrence of devastating events such as the 2003 European heat wave, the 2010 Pakistan flood and Russian heat wave, the 2011 Texas heat wave and recent floods in Europe." But what does it mean for global warming to alter the jet stream? The basic ideas at play here get complicated fast. The study itself, for instance, refers to "quasi-resonant amplification (QRA) of synoptic-scale waves" as the key mechanism for how researchers believe this is happening ....

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Lawrence Coleman

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:59:36 +0000

305: MA Roger: taking a look at the global CH4 graph since 1980 indicates that it is now clearly in an accelerating phase over the last decade or so. Tundra to me doesn't seem as bad as it could be since it is greening at a phenomenal rate. Roots getting deep into the soil activating soil microbes etc injecting O2 into the topsoil. This will create mainly CO2 emissions rather than CH4. I am more concerned about the east siberian arctic seas. It has been proven that the unprecedented ocean warming is extending far deeper than previously believed. The vast majority of the CH4 clathrate are located in relatively shallow depths. In most cases the CH4 plumes as they rise cannot get absorbed by the seawater fast enough and easily outgass into the atmosphere. Cheers.

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Hank Roberts

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:02:49 +0000

P.S. -- worth a look, the site is sane on climate change, and appropriately skeptical about bogosity and netwit commenters generally: which includes a link to this thoughtful piece from a while back:

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Russell Seitz

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:49:55 +0000


Comment on The true meaning of numbers by Mal Adapted

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:46:28 +0000

Hank Roberts:
Paste that string into Google and search to see where that theme is being promoted lately. It’s copypaster fodder.
It's pretty insulting for a Google-Galileo to assume RC participants can't use the same research tool he does, isn't it?

Comment on Predictable and unpredictable behaviour by Mal Adapted

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:35:19 +0000

Russell, to be clear, I recognize the allusion, I just don't see the connection.

Comment on Unforced Variations: March 2017 by Kevin McKinney

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:27:32 +0000

#296, T. Marvell-- "Don’t believe Chinese PR." One does well to take official Chinese pronouncements with a grain of salt. However, I think that the government isn't quite as "decentralized" as all that. Yes, the regional/provincial/municipal governments don't automatically toe the line instantaneously, which is one reason that, for example, it has been tough for the central committee to close inefficient SOEs ("state-owned enterprises.") However, the central government is not without ways of making its desires felt. One thing we do know for sure without reference to central pronunciamentos: the trend in Chinese coal imports is downwards. I would also add that while it may be true that there have problems getting solar capacity connected to the grid, it would be pretty naive to think that it is allowed to sit useless indefinitely. There is some relevant discussion here: