Thursday, December 31, 2009

Carbon Dioxide Fraction of Atmosphere Not Rising, May Not Have Risen for 160 Years

Further undermining the case for AGW is research done by Wolfgang Knorr at the University of Bristol that seems to show that the concentration of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere may not have increased over the last 160 years, or even in the last 50, as it is either absorbed by the oceans or by plant life.

Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere.

An abstract of the research is here:

Several recent studies have highlighted the possibility that the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems have started loosing part of their ability to sequester a large proportion of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. This is an important claim, because so far only about 40% of those emissions have stayed in the atmosphere, which has prevented additional climate change. This study re-examines the available atmospheric CO2 and emissions data including their uncertainties. It is shown that with those uncertainties, the trend in the airborne fraction since 1850 has been 0.7 ± 1.4% per decade, i.e. close to and not significantly different from zero. The analysis further shows that the statistical model of a constant airborne fraction agrees best with the available data if emissions from land use change are scaled down to 82% or less of their original estimates. Despite the predictions of coupled climate-carbon cycle models, no trend in the airborne fraction can be found.

Given this information, the proposed Cap and tax Trade legislation seems even more ill-adivsed than ever.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iowahawk Generously Provides A Forum for a Complaint About Holiday Air Travel

We've all had the experience of holiday air travel at some point or other and it can either go very smoothly or it can be the trip from Hell. Iowahawk has generously provided Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, the would-be Fruit-of-the-Loons bomber a forum to relate his holiday jihad travel horror story, where he stopped just short of going to Hell. No worries though, he'll get there eventually.

When the flight to Detroit started boarding, the concierge told me to keep quiet and he would take care of the check-in. The US State Department agent asked to see my passport, and the concierge explained that I was a Somali refugee. So she looks at her computer screen and says, "um, I'm afraid there's a problem, this passenger's name is on a watch list." Oh, great. Looks like my dad is playing Mr. Buzzkill again, just because I took that semester off from Oxford to go backpacking in Yemen. So I showed her my official State Department visa.

So I'm like, "honey, do I look like I'm a US military veteran?"


"Do I look like I'm some sort of right wing anti-tax teabagger?"


"Do I look like anybody else on the DHS terrorism danger list?"

"No, but..."

"Then I suggest that unless you want a nasty anti-discrimination lawsuit on your hands, you'd best give me an aisle seat. With extended legroom."

That shut her up

Read the whole thing. It's Iowahawk. You know it will be hilarious.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Caught Green-Handed: More on Climategate/Climaquiddick by Viscount Monckton

Lee Gerhard gave us the Cliffnotes version of the Climategate/ Climaquiddick scandal, now Lord Christopher Monckton gives us the long version, and it is an absolutely devastating indictment of all those involved. There is more than one person who ought to go to prison over this.

This is a coincidence but in the interests of disclosure, I took a course in Climatology as part of my degree program back around 1980 or 1981 (IIRC) and my professor for the course was none other than Raymond Bradley, co-author of the "hockey stick" paper with Michael Mann and Malcolm Hughes. Back then we were being warned of the soon-to-be-here Ice Age. This is a fact that only came to my attention recently as Mann tends to be the one that gets all the press whenever the hockey stick comes up.

(h/t to Frank)
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Reviewer of the Last Two IPCC Reports Lays Out What We Do, and Don't Know, About Climate Change

Via Powerline we have this bullet point summary of what we know about climate science, and what we don't. It is as compact as it is comprehensive, no small feat. It was written by one of the reviewers for the last two IPCC reports, geologist Lee Gerhard. This is what he has to say about the AGW true believers claims of support for the AGW position by thousands of scientists:

"I have been a reviewer of the last two IPCC reports, one of the several thousand scientists who purportedly are supporters of the IPCC view that humans control global temperature. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of us try to bring better and more current science to the IPCC, but we usually fail. Recently we found out why. The whistleblower release of e-mails and files from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University has demonstrated scientific malfeasance and a sickening violation of scientific ethics."

Who are the climate change denialists now? Those who believe that man is the primary agent of climate change, that's who.

Read the whole thing.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to One and All

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to One and All
Brother J
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Monday, December 07, 2009

EPA Declares CO2 a Pollutant

Today the Environmental Protection Agency declared a product of respiration, i.e., breathing, to be a dangerous pollutant. The carbon dioxide you exhale every time you take a breath is now subject to government regulation. I have a strong suspicion that the EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, has been unduly influenced by inhaling the methane gas fumes she (and a lot of the EnvironMental community) is breathing owing to having her head jammed so far up her own ass she can see daylight.

Just great.

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Brother J's Three-Bean Chili In Pictures

After my post on Steve Green's Ultimate Turkey Sandwich, Steve linked back to my post on his post, generating quite a few visits. I thought that perhaps those who were finding it hard to face any more turkey might be interested in my recipe for chili so I posted an update. Of course that led to the realization that I hadn't had it myself for a while. I last made it to bring along to a 4th of July party so I decided I was overdue and this time I took a few pictures during the preparation. I never get tired of this recipe:

Assembling the ingredients....

After a couple of hours of simmering down.....

Preparing to embellish.

Ready to eat. Excuse me.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's Smack Down Time with Bill Whittle

Bill Whittle gives Chris Matthews, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann a little schooling. He also gives them a figurative paddling. Go and watch.
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