This piece is the epitome of English summer for me.
The Lark Ascending (Ralph Vaughan Williams), inspired by George Meredith’s poem which begins:
He rises and begins to round,
He drops the silver chain of sound
Of many links without a break,
In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake,
All intervolv’d and spreading wide,
Like water-dimples down a tide
Where ripple ripple overcurls
And eddy into eddy whirls;
My favourite part of the poem is: Continue reading
Ed Davey seemed to forget today that the public is very capable of forming its own opinion and has grown cynical of politicians’ platitudes on contentious issues (who can forget the now Lord Deben during the BSE crisis?). His words, well publicised ahead of the speech, are likely to backfire. It’s too late. The people want to make up their own minds. They don’t want to be told what to think. For example, my car had a few problems last week. I can’t remember how the conversation in the garage turned to climate change, but the subject was met with derision. It is clear the man-in-the-street can see the cause for what it is – pure politics.
Not only that, but much of the criticism aimed at stifling sceptics is actually hypocritical, if naively so on his part.
“… some sections of the press are giving an uncritical campaigning platform to individuals and lobby groups.”
The BBC’s magazine programme A Point of View this week was from John N. Gray – a comment on our modern world illustrated by topical reference to F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
The passage that jumped out was (bold mine):
Human beings live by suggestion, not calculation. Continue reading
This little study got started several years ago because Florida Power & Light and its parent (Next Era Energy) were vigorously lobbying for rate increases and subsidies to support their craving for “Green Energy”. Was FP&L about to go “Green” with energy policies modeled on Spain, Germany, Denmark or the UK? If so Floridians, who already pay more for electricity than the US average might end up challenging Connecticut’s $0.17 /kWh. Two years ago I published a review of solar power in Florida based on the opinions of people who operate major power plants.
My goal was to find out how the electricity generating technologies applicable to Florida compare in terms of economic performance at the plant level, where the real wealth is created. The higher the operating margins, the more wealth is available to pay taxes, reward investors and pay employees. In a better world, high operating margins might even lead to lower consumer prices! In contrast, weak operating margins encourage companies to seek subsidies which inevitably fosters corruption while wasting tax dollars. Continue reading
Unisys Weather has implemented a new colour scheme for the sea surface temperature anomaly (SST Anom). I did see some mention of this in comments elsewhere (WUWT?) but didn’t bother to look until MWhite in comments on the previous post linked to the normal chart: Note the link highlighted in yellow on the picture “SST Anom New”. They’ve replaced the old scale with, in some ways, a more sensible one, with a dramatic change at zero – from cool green to a warm yellow to give that warmer feel. Here are the two compared: Continue reading
According to Météo France, 2013 could be one of the coldest and wettest summers for some time.
After a long, cold winter, France is experiencing its coolest spring for 20 years. There was sleet at low level in Southern Belgium last week, and the seasonal forecast for summer provides little optimism.
Apparently the main numerical models suggests a likely (70%) scenario of the persistence of a cold anomaly during the 3 months of summer (June, July, August) combined with normal rainfall. Continue reading
Some grudging kudos is due to the BBC for a detailed airing of the sceptical viewpoint on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning. They even interviewed ‘Sceptical Blogger’ Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) – who made a great contribution. Pity it was an exercise in reassuring the public that sceptical views are probably wrong.
The usual suspects in authority such as Sir John Houghton (“first chair of the IPCC”) were trotted out, and apparently we will be treated to James Hansen’s views too:
Guest post by Peter Morcombe
Remember the case of “Silver Blaze”? Here Sherlock Holmes discusses it with a Scotland Yard detective:
Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: ”To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”
Why did the dogs fail to bark?
Just a few weeks ago I finally got around to looking at some papers relating to the EPICA “Dome C” ice cores. My interest stems from the idea that temperature changes are presumed to be magnified at high latitudes so it ought to be easier to measure “Global Warming near the poles. Continue reading
Guest Post – the wit and rhyme of Mostly Harmless (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan’s
HMS Pinafore The Pirates of Penzance – Major-General’s song – if you’re not sure of the meter click here to listen).
I am the very model of a modern climatologist,
I’m smart and brash and canny, and not a whit apologist.
I know my greenhouse science from Keeling and Arrhenius,
My hero is Pachauri, a prognosticating genius.
My arguments are fashioned from proxies picked and polished,
So hockey-sticks of various hues see history demolished.
I apologise up front for the title of this post, but it aptly describes the impact of this snowy spring on Britain’s hill farms. The point of this post is to show the severity of this weather event. As the South East of Britain escaped the worst of the snow, it is really the lack of Spring-like temperatures that have made the news, but for many areas in the northwest this has been comparable to the notorious Winters of 1947 and 1962/63, and the effect on livestock, particularly sheep in-lamb, has been devastating.
It all started late on Thursday 21st March when a band of rain moved diagonally across Ireland from the Southwest, turning to sleet and snow as it hit the cold air over Britain. Continue reading