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Atmosfear: Communicating the Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Weather

Excellent new paper by Jankovic & Schultz (Uni. Manchester) on the simplistic, activist attribution of extreme weather-events to anthropogenic climate change, contrary to the scientific findings: "Atmosfear oversimplifies and misstates the true state of the science and policy concerns...recent increases in damages and losses due to extreme weather events are due to societal factors." (h.t.NoTricksZone)

The website "The Best School" has an outstanding interview with Princeton professor William Happer on climate change and CO2. This is a very long interview, but also a very explicit and civil one. One of the best occasions to read the position of an eminent physicist on climate facts and on politicized science.

"The consensus has largely ignored the huge positive effects of more CO2....Frenzied, ad hominem attacks on credible opponents show that consensus supporters have a very weak scientific case."


The "Exxon Mobile 2017 Outlook for Energy: A view to 2040" has been published, and makes for a very interesting reading.

Look at the left graph, and see how the energy mix changes for 2040: the part of renewables remains rather modest (less than 15%, with wind and solar extremely poor), the total of carbon-free energy (which includes nuclear) about 22%, which leaves still 78% for fossil fuels. A far cry from Rifkin's visions!

Click here for a table with precise numbers corresponding to the left graph (highlights added to original) and here for the stunning infographics.

PS: the report uses US units.

1 quadrillion BTU (1 quad = 10^15) = 293 TWh = 293*10^9 kWh
1 million BTU = 10^6 BTU = 293 kWh


Dr. Dieter Ewringmann from the FiFo Institute (Köln) wrote a report on Luxembourg's pump tourism (i.e. the costs and benefits of selling large quantities of fuel at the pump to drivers from abroad).

Read my comments here (with links to short and full versions of the report). All parts (1,2,3 and 4) of the discussion are now on-line.

Prof. Philippe de Larminat (from Ecole Centrale de Nantes), a specialist in systems theory, has published a very interesting paper in Elsevier's "Annual Reviews in Control" titled: "Earth climate identification vs. anthropic global warming attribution". He applies systems theory to the climate data and finds that, contrary to what the  IPCC says, "the natural contributions by solar and internal variability could be the dominant factor in recent global warming".
Excellent and clear paper with some not too difficult maths!

The great "Third Industrial Revolution Lëtzebuerg" report by Jeremy Rifkin has been released.

I wrote a multi-part discussion of this 475 page blockbuster in my blog. Links to short and full version are included.

Excellent and very short video from Prager online University with Prof. Richard Lindzen from MIT who tells the essentials in crystal clear words .

An absolute ***must view***!


0. Excellent article by Eyles&Miall (Uni. Toronto): The constancy of change and the new catastrophism: a personal reflection on crisis-driven science : " From the upper reaches of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans onwards to the deep interior of the planet our knowledge of complex earth systems is still rather rudimentary...Much of our science is what we would call ‘crisis-driven’ where funding, politics and the media are all intertwined and inseparable generating a corrupting and highly corrosive influence on the scientific method and its students."

1. The volcano Mount Yasur (Pacific island of Vanuatu) emits 42 kilotons CO2 per day, what makes about 15 million tons CO2 per year, according to new measurements by NASA's OCO-2 satellite (link to Science article, paywalled). That's about 5 times more than Luxembourg, which emits 3 million tons CO2 per year (link), fuel export included. Curiously, Vanuatu is credited only 21 kilotons CO2 per year, the export by the volcano seems not to be included...  how unfair compared to Luxembourg accounted with its fuel exports.
All volcanoes on Earth are assumed emitting 600 million tons CO2 per year, a number that has been updated continuously during the last years..

2. The "Collectif des Climato-réalistes" (an association of predominantly academic scientists, many French university teachers or professors) has started to put the videos of the different speakers at its "Contre-COP22"on-line: look here.

3. Want to produce non-carbon electricity? Go nuclear if you have no big hydro resources.! Click here for a (somewhat older, 2012) graph showing how good France fares compared to über-green Germany!
Click here for most recent graph given percentage of renewables (nuclear excluded) in total energy consumption.


10. A real cool 12 minute video by Dr. David Evans "Climate change in 12 minutes". Peek also into this animated video by Dr. Roy Spencer.


Bill Gates, who said poor countries “desperately need cheap sources of energy now to fuel economic growth that lifts families out of poverty. They can’t afford today’s expensive clean energy solutions and we can’t expect them to wait for the technology to get cheaper.” - See more at: http://www.thegwpf.com/new-climate-change-battlefront-pits-tony-abbott-against-the-anti-coal-brigade/#sthash.J5szcsdQ.dpuf
Bill Gates, who said poor countries “desperately need cheap sources of energy now to fuel economic growth that lifts families out of poverty. They can’t afford today’s expensive clean energy solutions and we can’t expect them to wait for the technology to get cheaper.” - See more at: http://www.thegwpf.com/new-climate-change-battlefront-pits-tony-abbott-against-the-anti-coal-brigade/#sthash.J5szcsdQ.dpuf

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James Lovelock: "They all talk, they pass laws, they do things, as if they knew what was happening. I don’t think anybody really knows what’s happening. They just guess. And a whole group of them meet together and encourage each other’s guesses." (link)

97. Words of the great physicist Freeman Dyson: "Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. If it happens that I am wrong and the climate experts are right, it is still true that the remedies are far worse than the disease that they claim to cure."

98. Words by the great French philosopher Pascal Bruckner: "All the foolishness of Bolshevism, Maoism, and Trotskyism are somehow reformulated exponentially in the name of saving the planet." (comments here and here)

99. R. Lindzen: "Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age"

 "Le doute est le commen-cement de la science ; qui ne doute de rien n'examine rien ; qui n'examine rien ne découvre rien ; qui ne découvre rien est aveugle et demeure aveugle".
Jean Chardin, 1686. Journal du voyage du chevalier Chardin en Perse.


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Fire and Ice, R. Frost, 1920

"The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda."
Michael Crichton + 4Nov08
(best speeches here and here)
Josh cartoons

"Und denn, man muß das Wahre immer wiederholen, weil auch der Irrtum um uns her immer wieder gepredigt wird, und zwar nicht von einzelnen, sondern von der Masse. In Zeitungen und Enzyklopädien, auf Schulen und Universitäten, überall ist der Irrtum oben auf, und es ist ihm wohl und behaglich, im Gefühl der Majorität, die auf seiner Seite ist". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1828.

A complete list (with links!) of all things caused by global warming! (video)



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The data of MeteoLCD are used to compute the UV-Index published by several Luxembourg periodicals. A research project done in collaboration with the Radiation Protection Office of Luxembourg studies the general UV pattern and the relationship between UVB irradiance and tropospheric ozone concentrations. 

Head of the station:

Prof. Francis MASSEN, Physics Laboratory
Lycée Classique de Diekirch
L-9233 DIEKIRCH ( francis.massen@education.lu)

Collaborators of the Lycée classique de Diekirch Prof. Mike ZIMMER
. Raoul THOLL

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Dipl. Phys./ Ing. Nucl. Nico HARPES ...tel: (352) 247-85673