Monthly Archives: February 2014

How Much Windpower can the UK Grid Handle?

This guest post examines the impact of different levels of wind power penetration on the security of the UK grid. Continue reading

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The causes of coastal flooding, UK January 2014

Coastal flooding of SW England, early January 2014 was caused by a storm surge linked to a large storm combined with exceptional high tides. The contribution from rising sea levels was negligible. Continue reading

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Blowout week 8

UK Energy: chaos because policies are founded on non-science. Climate Change: opinion in chaos because it is founded on non-science Continue reading

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Parallax in Burrow Bridge

I had a brief exchange with commenter Tim on Bishophill earlier today. He was asking how the different perspectives of the photographs (1 and 2 below) might affect what we are looking at. It was a good question. I then began … Continue reading

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Met Office storm final briefing – good, bad and ugly

There are three serious omissions 1) snowfall connected to the storms, 2) tides (omitted from summary) and 3) flood defences role in the flooding. The information on sea levels cannot possibly be correct and is presumably a mistake. Continue reading

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UK storms and floods – a post-mortem

The main human impact on recent flooding is UK government incompetence. Continue reading

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Blowout week 7

Does getting facts and policies right matter any more? Continue reading

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So Foul a Day and the Jet Stream

Alastair Dawson’s book chronicles 300 years of climate hell in Scotland (1600 – 1900) most probably extending to the whole of the UK, that was followed by the quiescent 20th Century that we have all come to assume is normal. Normality for UK weather may in fact be much stormier, wetter and colder weather than we have experienced in the recent past. Continue reading

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Ski Scotland: another global warming paradox

In February 2009, Alex Hill chief government advisor with the Met Office, declared: Scottish ski industry could disappear due to global warming. Current snow reports: Aviemore – All runs have amazing amounts of snow; Glencoe – Soft powdery snow everywhere; Nevis Range – There is really deep snow all over the mountain; Glenshee – too much snow in places. The Met Office now wants to put this down to global warming. Continue reading

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UK Shale Gas Potential and Perspectives

If the UK gets lucky and the Bowland Shale turns out to be as productive as the better US shale plays like Marcellus then drilling 200 shale wells per year over a decade may once again see the UK approach self sufficiency n gas supplies. Continue reading

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Blowout week 6

MENA: gas imports loom over Egypt; rebels continue to disrupt oil supplies from Libya; Iraq near implosion; tensions rise over oil exports from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey. Also stories on renewables, technology and Scottish independence. Continue reading

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UK oil and gas production update to October 2013

The annualised declines (12 month mean) for oil and gas both stand at around 10% per annum, improved from the high teen values seen in recent years, but production is still falling at 10% per annum despite record investment. Continue reading

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Tilapia farming in the desert

“Oil companies watch out. Biofuels are on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform the oil market. Not only that: it will also green the planet” – Energy Post last week. So I went off looking for evidence. Continue reading

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Blowout week 5

Big Oil is in big trouble. ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron report profits down, capex up and production flat Continue reading

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