That Time I Met Dean Sessions

This is part of a series of articles responding to the claims made in Dean Sessions’ Universal Model.  Click the link to see the introduction to the series. To hear Dean Sessions tell it, his Universal Model (UM) is such…
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Marches for Science

Tomorrow is the day of Marches for Science. The idea of a march for science has somewhat divided people, although along rather predictable lines. There’s concern that it will be seen as politicising science. There’s concern that it will be…
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March 2017, global temperature update

This is a quick update to my temperature graphs based on the latest NASA GISTEMP numbers. First, the monthly anomalies. The March anomaly was 1.12C, the second-warmest March and the fourth-warmest month ever. In the absence of an El Niño,…
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The Earth from Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken an image of the Earth, through the rings of Saturn. I don’t think I really need to say anything more. Credit: NASA/Cassini…
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Peak Emissions by 2020? A Possible Dream

Above, Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, on the prospect of peaking global emissions by 2020. Emissions globally have flattened over the last 3 years even as global GDP has grown. Green Car Reports:…
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SkS Analogy 1 – Speed Kills

Tag line Speed Kills Elevator Statement Deceleration from 60 mph to 0 in … 30 seconds (base rate): Normal exit from a freeway; no drinks spilled, life goes on. 3 sec (10 times base rate): Slam on the breaks. All…
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Reconciling ECS estimates – again

I’m heading home after giving a public talk, and have a bit of time to write about the recent Armour paper Projection and Prediction: Climate Sensitivity on the rise. It’s basically another attempt to reconcile energy balance estimates for climate…
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On the Uses of Twitter

One of the good things about 140 characters is that it concentrates the mind and lets you compose your elevator speech.  One of the bad things is that while concentrating the mind and composing the elevator speech you forget to…
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Moresuch on Gorsuch

Read Mashey. Definitely plagiarism, and Gorsuch didn't read "his" primary sources (e.g. a court case that was sealed years prior to Gorsuch, after the author who Gorsuch copied had read the filings). The claims by his academic defenders, who should've…
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State of the blog

Since I’ve now been running this blog for four years, I thought it might be an opportunity to consider if I should make any changes. Things have certainly got a little quieter, which might simply be because I’m writing less,…
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