Right now I am in Emerald, Qld., Australia with choppers droning constantly overhead in the middle of a flood event, having spent the last few days bagging sand for friends' houses. I have been through this a few times now, having grown up in country areas.
I want to document how poorly BoM modeling has served the community during this event. No flood risk was projected initially.
Dec 25th: The main rain fell on Christmas day in the catchment, a widespread 4-6 inches.
Dec 27th: The Read more [...] 25 com
Another day, another half-baked green scheme busted as $150 million is blown on a clean coal scheme. Common sense tells us that burning a bulk substance, only to recapture it and return it back to where it came from will be very expensive. And, OMG, that's what they found.
Its a good example of moral hazard, as the scientists, policy makers and advisers bear none of the costs that all fall on the long-suffering taxpayer. The list of green debacles in the state of Queensland (with a GDP about Read more [...] 2 com
A very interesting couple of graphs were posted by Bill Illis here.
The sensitivity of the climate system to CO2 (or its doubling) has often been estimated from the left-over warming after removing natural variations. Bill uses a very simple and straightforward approach of fitting a regression of the atmospheric temperature from RSS to selected ocean basins. He arrives at the following graph and regression:
Bill also makes a prediction of temperatures over the next few months, which is Read more [...] 2 com
What did they say about warming in Antarctica? In a review by Professor Will Steffen, Australian National University, commissioned by the Department of Climate Change and a major input to Labor government policy advanced also by Senator Wong in her discussions with Senator Fielding:
“Climate Change 2009: Faster Change & More Serious Risks”
A recent analysis shows warming of about 0.1°C per decade over the West Antarctica region over the last half century, attributed in part to changes Read more [...] 7 com