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CERES and MODTRAN

You don’t radiatively warm the third rock from the sun without reducing long wave radiation from the top of the atmosphere to space. Period. [Unless shortwave absorption increases] For far too long, we have ignored CERES data here at the … Continue reading

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Differential Motion of the Continents, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras III: North America and Eurasia

In the first post in this series we set the goal of using motion vectors of the continents to analyze the forces exerted on them, and described the motions of Africa and South America. In the second post we described … Continue reading

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Differential Motions of Continents, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras II: Antarctica and Australia

In the first post of this series we explored the rationale for extending precise analysis of continental motion only 250 million years. The ultimate goal of this exercise is to develop rigorous constraints on the forces creating the different motions, … Continue reading

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Radiation vs the Adiabat

Amongst those who have come to realize that climate models based on radiative transfer are running too hot, there is disagreement as to whether the hot bias results from emergent complexity the radiative transfer equations have yet to include; or … Continue reading

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Is the Saturation of CO2 Logarithmic?

It is generally agreed by both the red and blue teams in the climate debate that the incremental effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 diminish with increasing concentration. It is often said that the reduction of effect with increasing concentration is … Continue reading

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The Fire Came in the Night

The deadly fires come in the night, with the swoosh of the wind. Fingers of fire, almost liquid, reaching forward just above the ground; fireballs of mistletoe sailing high in the sky; sparks flying everywhere between. Entropy unleashed. Potential energy … Continue reading

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Socrates Died for our Sins

Was Socrates a troll? Maybe. He was not a diplomat. He sought no consensus. Still, hemlock? Given the chance to recant or drink, he drank. Human superstition is boundless. We are not enlightened beings.

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Barefoot Gophernating

Barefoot gophernating is one of those senseless acts of beauty. First of all, it requires an illegal fuel-air bomb assembly a la Caddyshack. Actually, it is not illegal as a welding rig. Mine uses a standard torch handle and propane … Continue reading

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Star Trek and the Internet

This may seem a large span to bridge, but there was a unique concept of disassembly and reassembly In Star Trek that the internet converged to, if it didn’t copy it out right… “Beam me up” presumed not only that … Continue reading

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Paradise to Ice: Carbon Starved Planet Chapter 2

Chapter one can be found here. 2. Where Carbon Comes From   Water and element number six in the form of Carbon Dioxide are the two largest gaseous products of volcanic activity. Having floated around the universe for a while, … Continue reading

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