One of the many dangers of global warming being thrown around is the increased incidence of malaria in Africa. The theory being that warmer climate would allow mosquitoes to transmit malaria to higher altitudes as the climate warmed up. Year after year it has been thrown out that malaria will rise as a result of global warming. Considering the typical accuracy of the IPCC it should be no surprise that they are once again completely wrong.
A new paper from Malaria Journal is claiming that there has been an unexplained and dramatic DECREASE in the mosquitoes that cause malaria. The drop over the past 20 years cannot be explained by activities to reduce mosquitoes and the drop is ~100%. They actually put the percent drop at 99.7% and 99.8%, but you will excuse me if I round that up a tiny amount. This qualifies as a significant drop in the mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
As Hurricane Irene weakens and behaves exactly like any other hurricane of this size, the NYT has decided to bring up the old and silly argument that hurricanes are getting worse because of global warming. This is a really dead horse, but it appears that it must be dealt with each and every time a hurricane shows up.
I always enjoy seeing contradictory results from peer-reviewed science. The simpler the topic the better.
Is the science settled on this or not? The latest paper says it should be changed to the thirty-second rule which contradicts as earlier paper which said the zero-second rule should always be applied.
If I favor the thirty-second rule does that mean I also believe the Earth is flat and I am anti-science? Or is it the other way around. If two more papers come out saying the zero-second rule is correct, does that become a consensus and mean that only anti-science people pick up an M&M that falls on the ground? Would anybody take scientific papers on the five-second rule and apply them in their lives?
I believe MythBusters tested double dipping and found that dip already has so much bacteria in it that it wasn’t possible to determine the impact of double dipping using food. That had to use sterile gelatine to perform the tests.
For the past couple of years I have found many interesting sources of information. I am going to share one of my favorites now. Gaisma.com has a vast library of locations around the world and they show the yearly solar cycle for these locations. I have definitely spent more time than was required just strolling through the various locations around the world and seeing how the day-night cycle behaves.
The final editing is ~80% complete. It is getting close. The other good news is that there will be a hard copy version in full color. I don’t have final pricing on that yet, but it will be reasonable. Hard copy version will be available after the eBook version. Hard version will be available on [...]
I had previously noted that that the Pacific has developed a cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). I have been suspecting that there is a correlation between the two events. My research has made clear that the oceans cycles dominate the weather on the land and this should not be an exception. My region has had a cool and moist year on average and Texas has had the opposite. In looking around I found this for a warm phase PDO.
As usual things do not go as planned. The editors have been working on it, but instead of steady work it has been in bursts. I have been keeping up with them and the number of edits needed is decreasing. I am hopeful that the eBook will be available in the next couple of weeks. [...]
I fully agree with the assertion that CO2 is dependent on temperature (ocean temperature specifically) and I have shown why this is in the past. What I had not considered was that the entire baseline for CO2 could be incorrect. What the ice cores really provide though is a natural ceiling for the total ‘natural’ level of CO2 in the atmosphere. The ice cores show that for the past 400,000 years the level of CO2 never exceeds 300 ppm. The highest recorded value in the Vostok ice core is 298.7 ppmv which was for YBP 323,485. If that data is accepted, then values higher than that today must be unnatural. That is certainly what warmists like to show.
The recent presentation by Dr. Murry Salby is getting lots of attention. I have now listened to his podcast and I must say it is intriguing. Instead of rehashing discussion that has been done to death on other sites I am going to show some things that I found previously that tie in well with his paper. I didn’t understand what I found at the time, but now it is clear that what I found actually supports what he is proposing. That human emissions have almost no impact that global CO2.
When I was working with the sea level data and the acceleration rates for the sea level I also used that same method on temperature and CO2 level. Acceleration is the rate at which the rate is changing. Acceleration is zero if the speed is not changing. When I used the same method for determining the acceleration for temperature I ended up with this result.
The Pacific Ocean is developing an interesting pattern that is different from the more well known El Nino/La Nina cycles that officially go by ENSO. Instead a very powerful cool phase of the pattern known as PDO is developing. The PDO was last in the cool phase back in the early 1970′s. Since then it has typically been in what is called the warm phase. I have compared the current pattern to the available records that extend back to 1998 and I cannot find anything that even compares to the well defined nature of the current ‘cool’ PDO.