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Ed Davies's Blog

Global Warming Stopped in 1997, Yeah Right

David Rose, writing in the Mail on Sunday claims Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it. Lots of people have already bashed this but I think I can provide a perspective that might be helpful to some.

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So Far...

For anybody who hasn't corresponded with me recently it must be a bit of a puzzle what's going on with my house build project. Or, to put it a bit more succinctly, WTF have I been up to? I'll start from the beginning...

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Extradition to the US

I've just signed the petition (via Boing Boing) against the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer to the US. Here's why.

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Elsewhere

Some comments made on other people's blogs:

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Cheeky Deer

The deer here are getting just a bit too bold. A bunch of them were in the field diagonally across from the house this evening after dinner so I decided to see what I could do to both photograph them and scare them off a bit.

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Transit of Venus

This morning Venus transited the Sun. From here in Tongue only the last hour and a bit could possibly have been visible starting at sunrise at around 03:20Z (04:20 BST).

Frankly, the chances were fairly slim that the weather would co-operate but, given the excellent skies we had for the 2003 Transit of Mercury and 2004 Transit of Venus it seemed churlish not to at least give it a try.

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Scope Test

It's been over two years now since I last used my telescope. With the transit of Venus coming up on Wednesday morning I thought I'd give it a quick try.

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Scenery

Living around Tongue the view is usually at least interesting - even if it's only for the lack of a view in rain and mist. Sometimes, though, it's almost possible to understand why people come this way on holiday.

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Playing with some Evacuated Tubes

My House Sketch shows evacuated-tube solar-thermal panels along the bottom of the south roof. An offer came up which would save at least £1200 relative to possible alternatives so, with a bit of prodding by skyewright, I ordered them the other week and they arrived on Tuesday. I had to have a play, of course.

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Stratospheric Cooling

Last autumn I wrote a post on the Navitron forum about a reason for cooling of the stratosphere with increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. I later posted a reference to it in a comment on Kaitlin Alexander's blog (Climate Sight) which lead to further discussion which showed that what I described is only one of the mechanisms which tends to cause stratospheric cooling. In particular, Martin Vermeer's comment explains the other, perhaps the main, mechanism well.

Nevertheless, I'm sufficiently smug about my own explanation that I'm going to put a slightly-edited copy here.

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