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It isn’t the sun Bryan Walker Sep 13

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The recent CERN paper  in Nature on cosmic rays and cloud formation has caused considerable excitement in the denialist world.  Canadian columnist Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post declared “The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun – not human activities – as the controller of climate on Earth”.  For what the paper really said readers can turn to the welcome and discussion it received on RealClimate. There’s also a useful response to Solomon’s claim on SkepticalScience.

It’s a complex picture, but today I came across this short video which sets it out straightforwardly and with a light touch. (Thanks to The Carbon Brief website.) Put together by Australian science journalist Potholer, it is both an explanation of the science and a picture of how misinterpretations travel in the denialist community.

The Climate Show #10: David Suzuki survives tech meltdown Gareth Renowden Mar 31

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Meltdown in the treacle factory (Glenn’s PC) means that episode 10 of everybody’s favourite Climate Show is only available in full by podcast. We’ve resurrected the video of our interview with David Suzuki, the great Canadian environmentalist and campaigner (above), but for the full goodness — a great climate change graphic, Russian heatwave analysis, thoughts on climate communication, John “Skeptical Science” Cook introducing the new politicians’ myths section on SkS and explaining the #1 skeptic delusion (no, it isn’t the sun wot dun it), plus a whole stack of solutions — tidal power, electric motorbikes, biochar for pasture and artificial photosynthesis — you’ll have to listen to the audio version (link below). That means you’ll have to do without the graphics we so lovingly describe, but… they’re all in the show notes below the fold… (Back, with luck with pictures, in two weeks).

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News & commentary:

Today’s great graphic:

Hat-tip to John Cook at SkS:

Record-Breaking 2010 Eastern European/Russian Heatwave

Communicating climate issues:

1: How not to change a climate sceptic’s mind: How we interpret facts depends on who is telling us about them: the Cultural Cognition Project.

2: Distrust of climate science due to lack of media literacy: “To be climate change literate, the public must first be media literate,” since print, TV and radio reports and opinion pieces are the main ways that the public gets its information about climate change science, Cooper says.

3: People who have experienced extreme weather tend to take climate change more seriously.

Feature interview: David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way. He turned 75 last week. To celebrate he’s put out a film called Force of Nature – David Suzuki’s legacy project.

Debunking the skeptic with John Cook from Skeptical Science.

Climate myths from politicians:

It’s the Sun (no, it isn’t):

Fingerprints expected from solar warming

Solar warming prediction: warming stratosphere

Solar warming prediction: days warm faster than nights

Solar warming prediction: summers warm faster than winters


An electric motorbike: Zero Motorocycles has secured $17 million in financing from a group of investors.

10MW tidal power station gets Scottish government’s approval, but NZ’s Kaipara Harbour scheme (just consented) will be 200MW when fully installed.

Biochar Incorporation into Pasture Soil Suppresses in situ Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Ruminant Urine Patches, and Carbon News.

Daniel Nocera’s “Solar leaf” unveiled:

About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur, or would run slowly. Placed in a single gallon of water in a bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said. It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen.

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