Hump Day Hilarity: Great moments in planet saving energy engineering

Watts Up With That?

British fracking protestor Prajna has it all figured out. Tom Wilson interviewed this guy at the fracking protest in Balcombe England. A cartoon from Josh follows.

Prajana

Prajna

Have you protested before on energy issues?
Prajna: “Well, no. But I’ve designed a few energy things. I’ve designed an internal combustion engine that only has two moving parts, which is far too efficient to produce, otherwise oil companies would kill me.

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Hump Day Hilarity: Great moments in planet saving energy engineering

Watts Up With That?

British fracking protestor Prajna has it all figured out. Tom Wilson interviewed this guy at the fracking protest in Balcombe England. A cartoon from Josh follows.

Prajana

Prajna

Have you protested before on energy issues?
Prajna: “Well, no. But I’ve designed a few energy things. I’ve designed an internal combustion engine that only has two moving parts, which is far too efficient to produce, otherwise oil companies would kill me.

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Earth Blows Away The Record For Sea Ice Gain In 2013

Real Science

The amount of thin, rotten, decayed, bald sea ice on Earth has increased by nearly 33,000 Manhattans since this date last year – almost doubling the previous record for annual ice gain.

Note that the amount of sea ice on Earth has increased during six of the last eight years.

NOAA says that these are the hottest years ever, and that the Arctic will soon be ice-free.

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arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.global.anom.1979-2008

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Arctic sea ice and extreme weather

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

Is the dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice, spurred by manmade global warming, making the  weather where we live more extreme?  Several recent studies have made this claim.  But a new study finds little evidence to support the idea that the plummeting Arctic sea ice has meaningfully changed our weather patterns. 

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Greenhouse Gas Theory & Arctic Amplification

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

According to theory, increasing GHG’s should lead to greater warming in the Arctic than elsewhere, a process known as Arctic amplification. There are two main principles underlying this theory:-

 

1) By far the most powerful atmospheric greenhouse gas is water vapour. Water vapour shares many overlapping absorption bands with CO2 and therefore an increase or decrease in atmospheric CO2 has limited effect on the overall rate of IR absorption in those overlapping regions, if water vapour is present in sufficient quantity. In the Polar Regions , the air is dry due to prevailing low temperatures, allowing CO2 to exert a much greater influence than would be possible in warmer and moister air masses at lower latitudes.

 

2) The albedo effect. Rising temperatures will usually increase melting of snow and sea ice, reducing surface reflectance, thereby increasing solar absorption, which raises temperatures…

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Arctic Update

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

I don’t usually report on the Arctic, as others do this well. Nevertheless, we seem to be at an important turning point for this year, so let’s look at some of stats from DMI, the Danish Meteorological Institute.

 

 

Temperatures

    

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Daily mean temperature and climate north of the 80th northern parallel, as a function of the day of year.

http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

   

Temperatures have been running below the mean, which is based on a baseline of 1958 –2002, since April. They are now dropping sharply, and are now at the level we would expect to see probably in another two or three weeks. As this is very much a model based dataset, it is worth repeating DMI’s warning not to take the actual temperatures too literally:-

 

“Therefore, do NOT use this measure as an actual physical mean temperature of the arctic. The ‘plus 80…

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Urban Heat Island Effect In Japan

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

 

It is worth taking a closer look at a paper I briefly referenced to earlier today, regarding UHI in Japan.

 

 

Urban warming in Japanese cities and its relation to climate change monitoring

Fumiaki Fujibe 

April 2010

 

This article briefly reviews urban warming studies in Japan, where many of the stations established by the beginning of the 20th century are located in cities that have undergone rapid industrialization. The recorded rate of temperature increase is a few degrees per century in large cities and tends to be larger at night than during the daytime. In some cities, the increase in annual extreme minimum temperature exceeds 10 °C century−1. On the other hand, recent numerical studies have revealed widespread urban warming around Tokyo and other megacities during afternoons of the warm season as a result of extensive urbanization that enhances daytime…

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Climate Clowns Predict Cold Wet Hot Dry Summers

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422239/Forget-Spain-Mega-heatwaves-will-become-the-norm-for-UK-over-the-next-decade-say-experts

 

This comes as bit of a surprise, since only last December the BBC reported:-

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-20758780

 

There again, back in 2006, David Viner told us:-

 

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/jul/19/weather.climatechange

 

[I am prepared to accept this may have been a Grniduan typo, as they describe the aforesaid Viner as a “climate expert”!]

 

And the reality? Just year after year of good old British weather!

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cet_info_mean.html

 

The only mystery is why anybody pays the slightest attention to these clowns.

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