C3: Déjà vu: The Significant Warming Pause For UK Temperatures – It Goes On Too

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

October snow …

This is what it looks like when it starts snowing in Colorado in October!

This is what it looks like when it starts snowing in Colorado in October!

FRISCO — Dramatic days in Summit County, with hulking storm clouds, wind and some significant valley snow, right on schedule. Pretty soon, we’ll be in the all-white mode, but for now, there’s still that fabulous clash of seasons, visible even through the kitchen window as the last few aspen leaves hang on under the onslaught of winter. Click the images to see larger versions, follow the @bberwyn Instagram and Twitter feeds, or visit our online gallery for fine art quality prints and greeting cards.

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Andrew Montford on precipitation

Originally posted on ...and Then There's Physics:

Andrew Montford, who runs the Bishop Hill blog has produced a report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation/Forum (GWPF) on precipitation, deluge and flood. It’s the standard kind of message; climate models have failed, we can’t find a trend in some data, cherry-pick a few papers that support this position, argue that we shouldn’t do anything. I can’t really face going into it in much detail. However, if anyone does wish to read the report, it might be worth reading this RealClimate post that discusses one of the papers that Andrew Montford’s report relies on (H/T Gavin Cawley), and having a look at this Met Office webpage that suggests that 1 in 100 precipitation events may have become more frequent.

What really bugs me about these type of reports is that they fail to acknowledge our understanding of the underlying physics/science. There’s a reason why climate scientists are quite…

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Environment: $627 million restoration plan finalized to repair some of the damage from the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds targeted for restoration

A NASA satellite image shows the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spreading across the northern Gulf of Mexico in late May, 2010.

A NASA satellite image shows the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spreading across the northern Gulf of Mexico in late May, 2010.

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FRISCO — Nearly four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling operation disastrously failed and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA and its partners have finalized a $627 million restoration plan. The formal record of decision released last week authorizes 44 projects to restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

This announcement marks the largest suite of Gulf early restoration projects selected thus far in the wake of the 2010 oil spill. The projects aim to address a range of injuries to natural resources and the subsequent loss of recreational use. Details of restoration efforts are outlined in the Final Programmatic and Phase III…

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A quick recap

Originally posted on Out of Ice and Time:

This summer was unexpectedly quite on the archaeology front.  The non-profit through which my grants were run had some problems, which meant that work had to stop and I had to move my grants.  This turned into a rather long drawn-out process, with many fits and starts.  In the end, I was appointed as a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College and the three grants on which I am PI (Principal Investigator) were moved.  We are still finalizing moving the purchase orders to allow for work to proceed on the WALRUS grant, but hope to get it done this coming week.

We had hoped to be doing some work at Walakpa, which had survived the winter unscathed, but despite the North Slope Borough asking for UIC Science’s Certificate of Insurance, which usually happens when a contract is about to be awarded (good thing, the insurance…

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Chinese lenders grow wary of Russia – FT.com

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

This is currently one of the most popular articles in the FT.It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via Chinese lenders grow wary of Russia – FT.com.

Clearly, Russia is increasingly struggling to find international funding to finance investment and trade. Sanctions are becoming more painful and damaging.

It is significant that China wants to protect her many other geopolitical interests other than Russia.

Perhaps, when China’s Premier leaves, it will be time for the Russian leadership to reflect? Russia is still strong enough to play a winning hand.

Thoughts?

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Doubling Time and the Future

Originally posted on Musings from the Chiefio:

This is a simple posting about what the doubling time of a virus means for our future expectations.

We can expect a 3 week or so doubling of cases of Ebola until such time as we gain control of the spread or develop an effective cure. That may take a while. So what happens until that point? How much worry and how much time?

So lets just list a set of “doubles” and realize that it is about 3 weeks between each set. We had our first (not flown in by a medical air ambulance) patient in Dallas. Now a couple of weeks later, our first home grown transmission (to his nurse, despite medical protective gear). So that is our first “double”, from 1 to 2.

2  4  8  16  32  64  128  256  512  1K  (that '1k' is about 1000)

In weeks, that’s roughly 3 x 9 or 27…

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