Category Archives: Originals

Historical Temperature Trends in China

By | August 28, 2013

Controversy abounds over the temperature history of the earth, particularly that of the past one to two millennia. The original debate was sparked by the papers of Mann et al. (1998, 1999), which challenged the long-accepted view that there was nothing unusual about earth’s climatic history subsequent to the inception of the Industrial Revolution; and it prompted the… Read More »

Cloud Cover and Climate Change

By | August 14, 2013

Understanding how clouds respond to anthropogenic-induced perturbations of our planet’s atmosphere is of paramount importance in determining the impact of the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content on global climate; for as Charlson et al. (2001) have noted, “man-made aerosols have a strong influence on cloud albedo, with a global mean forcing estimated to be of the… Read More »

Medieval Warm Period in China

By | August 9, 2013

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a global climatic anomaly that encompassed a few centuries on either side of AD 1000, when temperatures in many parts of the world were even warmer than they are currently. The degree of warmth and associated changes in precipitation, however, varied from region to region and from time to time; and, therefore,… Read More »

Growth Response of Grassland Plants Exposed to Higher Temperatures and C02

By | August 9, 2013

As the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration continues to rise, most plants tend to exhibit increased rates of photosynthesis and biomass production, including those of various grassland ecosystems. This increase in productivity should increase the amount of forage available for grazing animals and possibly reduce the land area occupied by bare soil in certain environments. However, some people claim that… Read More »

Global Warming = Climate Change

By | August 8, 2013

This short essay questions the actions to combat Global Warming / Climate Change from several points of view: — The Temperature Context — Man-made CO2 Emissions 1965 -2012 — The Significance and Influence of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) — De-carbonisation Context and Consequences.

Delaware’s Future Weather

By | July 25, 2013

During this hot, wet summer, a “national climate expert” recently told Delawareans that they can expect even hotter summers – with a climate like Savannah, Georgia’s – by the end of the century. The culprit, naturally: runaway global warming. Savannah residents are long accustomed to their climate and, thanks to air conditioning and other modern technologies, are better… Read More »

Impact of Rising C02 on Agricultural Methane Emissions

By | July 25, 2013

What impact does the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content have on the atmosphere’s methane concentration? The implications of this question are huge, in light of the fact that, molecule for molecule, methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide. Hence, we here consider this question as it applies to methane emissions associated… Read More »

Interactive Effects of C02 and Water Stress on Agricultural Crop Growth

By | July 25, 2013

As the air’s CO2 content continues to rise, nearly all of earth’s plants will exhibit increases in photosynthesis and biomass production; but climate alarmists periodically claim that elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2 will lead to more droughty conditions in many parts of the world and thereby significantly reduce or totally negate these CO2-induced benefits. Therefore, to help determine… Read More »

The Logical Case against Climate Panic

By | July 25, 2013

Logic is the heartbeat of all true learning – the soul of the Classics, the Sciences and Religion. Once everyone studied the Classics, to know that in logic there is a difference between true and false; the Sciences, to discern where it lies; and Religion, to appreciate why it matters. Today, few study all three empires of the… Read More »

Ten Years’ “Accelerated Global Warming”? No, Mr. President!

By | July 23, 2013

During the July 2013 U.S. Senate hearing at which Roger Pielke Jr. and Roy Spencer gave stellar testimony to the visible discomfiture of the climate-extremist witnesses, none of the Democrat Senators and none of those they had chosen to testify before them was at all anxious to defend Mr. Obama’s assertion that over the past decade global warming… Read More »