Reid Bryson who died in his sleep at age 88 on June 11, 2008
Reid Bryson, a towering figure in climatology and interdisciplinary studies of climate, people and the environment, and the founder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s meteorology department and Center for Climatic Research, and the first director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, died in his sleep early June 11 at his home in Madison. He was 88.
Bryson was one of the pioneers of modern climatology and was among the first to explore the influence of climate on humans and human culture and, in turn, some of the human impacts on climate. He was an early developer of simple computer models to study the causes of past climate change, comparing those simulations with records of paleoclimate and human culture.
By Garth Paltridge, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Tasmania in the Australian
"I hear on the scientific grapevine that CSIRO’s biggest problem when providing formal advice to the federal Government on the matter of climate change is to say nothing that can be interpreted as giving aid and comfort to the army of irresponsible sceptics out there who are doubtful about the dreadful consequences of global warming.
One can only feel sorry for the Government. Where can it go these days to get unbiased advice on the issue of global warming? Its official sources are poisoned by the fear among many scientists that they may be labelled by their colleagues and by their institutions as climate-change sceptics.
Basically, the problem is that the research community has gone so far along the path of frightening the life out of the man in the street that to recant publicly even part of the story would massively damage the reputation and political clout of science in general. And so, like corpuscles in the blood, researchers all over the world now rush in overwhelming numbers to repel infection by any idea that threatens the carefully cultivated belief in climatic disaster.”
NASA, ESA, M. Wong, I. de Pater (UC Berkeley), et al.
For about 300 years Jupiter’s banded atmosphere has shown a remarkable feature to telescopic viewers, a large swirling storm system known as The Great Red Spot. In 2006, another red storm system appeared, actually seen to form as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the curious reddish hue. Now, Jupiter has a third red spot, again produced from a smaller whitish storm. All three are seen in this image made from data recorded on May 9 and 10 with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The spots extend above the surrounding clouds and their red color may be due to deeper material dredged up by the storms and exposed to ultraviolet light, but the exact chemical process is still unknown. For scale, the Great Red Spot has almost twice the diameter of planet Earth, making both new spots less than one Earth-diameter across. The newest red spot is on the far left (west), along the same band of clouds as the Great Red Spot and is drifting toward it. If the motion continues, the new spot will encounter the much larger storm system in August. Jupiter’s recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.
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Tim Palmer, Modeler from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK
Politicians seem to think that the science is a done deal,” says Tim Palmer. “I don’t want to undermine the IPCC, but the forecasts, especially for regional climate change, are immensely uncertain.” Palmer is a leading climate modeller at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, and he does not doubt that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has done a good job alerting the world to the problem of global climate change. But he and his fellow climate scientists are acutely aware that the IPCC’s predictions of how the global change will affect local climates are little more than guesswork. They fear that if the IPCC’s predictions turn out to be wrong, it will provoke a crisis in confidence that undermines the whole climate change debate.
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See more exciting photos, a discussion of some early cold weather in South America and a look ahead to their winter soon.
Introduced by Marlo Lewis, Competitive Enterprise Institute
First five of dozens of interviews form the First International Confereence on Climate Change in NYC March 2-4, 2008 plus some other videos including some Al Gore ‘debates’ from DemandDebate.com and CEI television interviews with Marlo Lewis, Myron Ebell and Chris Horner can be found here.
By Dr. Hans Schreuder, Ilove my carbondioxide.com
Spectacular aerial photgraphs of Iceland’s noth and northwest coasts and then Greenland (image below).
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Are Al Gore and the UN right about global warming being a planetary emergency? NO! says the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in a devastating 2007 presentation delivered at Cambridge University. Watch Lord Monckton place climate science into largely layman terms, exposing climate scare after climate scare. “Scientifically masterful, brilliantly composed, and emotionally moving,” says Dr. Laurence I. Gould, Professor of Physics, University of Hartford. DVD available in NTSC (US & Canada) and PAL (Europe and Asia). See more and find how to purchase it here.