A shift of wind

A shift of wind: Anthony Watts has discovered that wind turbines are noisy and not really appropriate in residential areas. Damn, I guess Nigerian Overlord Obama will have to reconsider his plan to force windmills to be built beside every home in America.

Regarding shifting wind, I though that was closely tied to whether Anthony’s mouth was open or closed.

Iceland, soon to be Ashland

Iceland, soon to be Ashland“. Anthony Watts pastes a disappointingly non-alarmist NASA Picture of the Day post about the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland, which is continuing to erupt. The real environmental impact of volcanic eruptions occurs when sulfur dioxide reaches the stratosphere, which is not happening in this instance.

The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland ash cloud from space.

Sulfur dioxide turns into tiny droplets of sulfuric acid. These light-colored droplets cool the Earth by reflecting sunlight back to space. Because it doesn’t rain in the stratosphere, the droplets can linger for months or years. Massive eruptions can cool the global average surface temperature by several degrees for several years.

In most cases, though, high-latitude eruptions have little influence on global climate even when they are explosive enough to inject sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere; the reflective particles rarely have a chance to spread around the globe. Stratospheric air generally rises above tropical latitudes, spreads toward the poles, and then sinks back toward the lower atmosphere at high latitudes.

The article references a 2006 post on RealClimate.org by Anthony’s ‘nemesis’, the actual climatologist Gavin Schmidt. So I guess he’s off the lying commie world gubmint conspirators list. Or is this one of those posts that are intended to ‘prove’ that he doesn’t always attack climatologists?

I’m trying to imagine Anthony explaining something is a way that Gavin would consider accurate and unbiased and link to…

AGW to reach…”The Edge of Wetness”…

AGW to reach…”The Edge of Wetness”… Super-hip Anthony Watts references the Johnny Carson Show to attempt a put down a press release about a paper (An Adaptability Limit to Climate Change Due to Heat Stress) that suggests the following:

Despite the uncertainty in future climate change impacts, it is often assumed that humans would be able to adapt to any possible warming. Here we argue that heat stress imposes a robust upper limit to such adaptation.

Maximum wet-bulb temperatures from a climate scenario with mean temperature 12°C warmer than 2007. Land areas >~34°C exceed the wet-bulb limit of potentially lethal heat stress. (Purdue University/Matthew Huber)

Here’s Anthony’s snappy comeback in its entirety: “Apparently it’s not just the heat, but the humidity too.” Now that’s what I call critical thinking. How is considering the possible impact of a particular level of warming a bad thing?

The Gulf oil rig explosion – on the scene photos

The Gulf oil rig explosion – on the scene photos“. Dramatic photos, and a smidgeon of insight, about the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion have been provided to Anthony Watts and he posts it.

Commenters are, of course, noting that “more oil seeps naturally than from human spills“, and that “the Feds have only made the problem worse by their slow and bumbling action/inaction” (maybe this can be spun as Obama’s “Katrina”!!!). There have also been deeply delusional speculations about “deliberate sabotage for political reasons“.

As noted by Climate Progress from the Wall Street Journal;

BP’s “it can’t happen here” mentality is no doubt why it decided to save $500,000 and didn’t bother with “a remote-control shutoff switch that two other major oil producers, Norway and Brazil, require,” the WSJ reported (subs. req’d).

BP knows it can’t blame the feds since it fought efforts to change the voluntary self-regulation laws, the industry opposed mandates for the remote-control shutoff switch, BP sold the Minerals Management Service on a laughable planning scenario — it was “unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities” — and the industry, not the feds, have the relevant equipment to stop the gusher.