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Blowout Week 148

In this week’s blowout: falling renewable investments, the SA blackout, falling oil output in Libya, Nigeria and Venezuela, EU gives pipeline go-ahead, Warren Buffett on wind subsidies, French nuclear woes and UK energy prices, Fukushima reclamation costs up, the end of nuclear in the US and of coal in UK, Australian coal mines reopening, Sweden and Spain to go 100% renewable, DONG considers selling oil & gas assets, renewables and “Big Data”, the Heathrow third runway, Brexit lowers the UK’s renewables-favorable ranking, few in UK support fracking, new life for the incandescent light bulb and how climate change causes cold winters, an increase in child marriage and more politicians being voted out of office. Continue reading

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How much have sea levels really risen?

Two recent papers refocus attention on how much we really know about the causes of sea level rise and how accurately we can measure it. The most recent, Twentieth century increase in snowfall in coastal West Antarctica by Thomas et al. reports large increases in the rate of snow accumulation over the last 100 years on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – which is said to be on the point of collapse – but provides no specifics on ice sheet volumes. But the earlier paper, Mass gains of the Antarctic ice sheet exceed losses by Zwally et al., does. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 66

The focus this week is on the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. What happens if sanctions on Iran are lifted?

More on Iran and the Middle East below the fold, plus leaks at nuclear plants, layoffs at Hinkley, smart grids, the coal glut, Europe falling behind in renewables, Republican senators going after the EPA, methane emissions from hydro plants and a temperature record that wasn’t.

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The Hunt For Global Warming: Antarctica

14 stations distributed around the edge and in the centre of the continent show a warming trend of +0.35˚C since 1954. If the regression is started in 1969, the trend is completely flat. There is scant evidence of warming on the main Antarctic continent for 42 years.

This observation does not include 3 stations from the Antarctic Peninsula that clearly belong to a separate climatic regime and are therefore treated separately. These three stations show warming of +3˚C since 1944. Continue reading

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