• A Cool Look At 2011, and 2012

    • Date: 19/10/11

    When I was a postgraduate researcher at the Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory I was given advice by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell that has stayed with me ever since. One evening we unrolled the pen recorder data in a long ribbon down the corridor outside the main observing room. “Now,” he said, “look at the data. […]

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  • An Inconvenient Eradication: Malaria Deaths Fall Over 20% Worldwide In Last Decade

    • Date: 18/10/11

    One of the things mentioned very often here is the case of the WHO claim that 150,000 deaths throughout the world can be attributed to climate change. This figure was then upped to 300,000 by the now defunct Global Humanitarian Forum, under the stewardship of former UN chief, Kofi Anan. The WHO and GHF studies were used […]

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  • Met Office Wakes Up To Solar Influence On Climate

    • Date: 12/10/11

    For as long as I have been a meteorologist, the mere suggestion that solar activity could influence climate patterns has been greeted with near derision. Quite why this has been the case is difficult to fathom. But it’s been clear for a long time that there must be a link of some kind, ever since […]

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  • The Sun And The Winter Of 2011

    • Date: 10/10/11

    I’ve said it before. If you are not confused about the Sun’s role in global and regional climate variations, you haven’t been paying attention. The latest manifestation of the Sun-climate debate takes place in the pages of Nature Geoscience (paywall), here and here. The UK Met Office also issued a press release on the subject a […]

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  • Nigel Calder: The Trouble With Clouds

    • Date: 08/10/11

    Against the Danish physicist’s claim that cosmic rays influence the Earth’s low cloud cover and thereby the climate, there’s one contention that keeps turning up like the proverbial bad penny. During recent years, so the story goes, the Sun has been weak, cosmic rays have been relatively intense, and yet the expected increase in low […]

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  • Malaria Declines Despite Local Warming

    • Date: 04/10/11

    “Spreading tropical disease” is high on the list of bad things that are going to happen as the world warms—if you believe the doomsayers. And topping their list of spreading tropical diseases is malaria. But, as we have on many past occasions pointed out, malaria is neither “tropical” nor is it “spreading.” In fact, back in […]

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  • 2011 Much Cooler Than 2010 So Far

    • Date: 28/09/11

    2011 global average temperatures are now available to July, and in some cases to August. With most of the year gone we are beginning to be in a position to tentatively consider what temperatures the rest of the year would have to achieve to make 2011 a record year, or joint record, given the errors […]

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  • Sea Level: Another Thing The IPCC Got Wrong

    • Date: 22/09/11

    Our current rising sea level is often given as evidence of anthropogenic influence on the oceans, though usually when data from only the past decade or two are taken into consideration. An example is frequent comments by the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, who has said that global sea level has […]

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