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British Climatic Research Unit Refuses To Release Data Once Again

Let me review the request situation for readers. There are two institutions involved in the present round of FOI/EIR requests: CRU and the Met Office. Phil Jones of CRU collects station data and sends his "value added" version to the Met Office, who publish the HadCRU combined land-and-ocean index and also distribute the CRUTEM series online.

I requested a copy of the "value added" version from the Met Office (marion.archer at metoffice.uk.gov) which has been refused for excuses provided in my last post. On June 25, 2009, learning that Phil Jones had sent a copy of the station data to Peter Webster of Georgia Tech, I sent a new FOI request to CRU ( david.palmer at uea.ac.uk) requesting the data in the form sent to Peter Webster. This too was refused today.

We now have a new excuse to add to our collection of excuses - each excuse seemingly more ridiculous than the previous one.

Bizarro Earth

Global Warming propagandists enforcing censorship policy

Pouring cold water on global warming by Terri Jackson a Queens graduate physicist, climatologist and formerly founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, London
The following article by Terri Jackson was originally published in the Belfast Telegraph in May this year and as you will see from the following communication it was also due to be republished in the Autumn edition of the newsletter of the London branch of the Institute of Physics South East Branch. This is a first class article, but it would appear there was a change of mind concerning the nature of the materiel involved.

Terri contacted ClimateRealists.Com and made the following comments...... when they (the editor) saw that it was against man made global warming and for natural climate change my article was immediately suppressed and I was told it would not be published.


Dear Terri,

The secretary of the IOP London & South East Branch, Len Lewell, has passed to me your offer of an article written by yourself on global cooling, about a page or so, for the branch newsletter. I understand that the article would include solid scientific facts and proof.

Please accept my apologies for not having contacted you earlier.

I am writing to accept your offer, and would like to include your article in the Autumn issue of the newsletter, which will be distributed to branch members at the beginning of September. Illustrations should if possible be of high definition, and attached separately from the text. The deadline is Monday 20th July.

With best wishes,

Michael Hammond

Editor


Dear Terri,

I am sorry to say that, as indicated recently, it is not possible to include your article after all.

I apologise for any disappointment caused.

So here is the Terri Jackson article ........and many thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Cloud Lightning

Cosmic meddling with the clouds by seven-day magic

Billions of tonnes of water droplets vanish from the atmosphere, as if by magic, in events that reveal in detail how the Sun and the stars control our everyday clouds. Researchers of the National Space Institute in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have traced the consequences of eruptions on the Sun that screen the Earth from some of the cosmic rays - the energetic particles raining down on our planet from exploded stars. 'The Sun makes fantastic natural experiments that allow us to test our ideas about its effects on the climate,' says Prof. Henrik Svensmark, lead author of a report newly published in Geophysical Research Letters. When solar explosions interfere with the cosmic rays there is a temporary shortage of small aerosols, chemical specks in the air that normally grow until water vapour can condense on them, so seeding the liquid water droplets of low-level clouds. Because of the shortage, clouds over the ocean can lose as much as 7 per cent of their liquid water within seven or eight days of the cosmic-ray minimum.

'A link between the Sun, cosmic rays, aerosols, and liquid-water clouds appears to exist on a global scale,' the report concludes. This research, to which Torsten Bondo and Jacob Svensmark contributed, validates 13 years of discoveries that point to a key role for cosmic rays in climate change. In particular, it connects observable variations in the world's cloudiness to laboratory experiments in Copenhagen showing how cosmic rays help to make the all-important aerosols.

Igloo

Ice pockets choking Northern Passage: officials

Despite predictions from a top U.S. polar institute that the Arctic Ocean's overall ice cover is headed for another "extreme" meltdown by mid-September, the Environment Canada agency monitoring our northern waters says an unusual combination of factors is making navigation more difficult in the Northwest Passage this year after two straight summers of virtually clear sailing.

In both the wider, deep-water northern corridor and the narrower, shallower southern branches of the passage, the Canadian Ice Service says pockets of more extensive winter freezing and concentrations of thicker, older ice at several key "choke points" are complicating ship travel.

The fabled trans-Arctic sea route, zealously sought by European explorers in centuries past as a shortcut to Asia, is increasingly seen in today's era of rapidly retreating sea ice as a potential highway to resource riches and Arctic tourist destinations.

A record number of vessels passed through Canada's Arctic islands last year, and experts have been predicting a steady rise in ship traffic in both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route, which connects Europe to eastern Asia along Russia's Arctic coast.

Umbrella

Heavy rains flood Shanghai

The "heaviest rains in 70 years" lashed Shanghai Thursday, flooding 3,000 homes and leaving nearly 2,000 travellers stranded at the city's airports, state media reported.

Between 80 to 140 millimetres (three to 5.5 inches) fell in most areas of China's largest city, official news agency Xinhua reported, adding that vehicles had been damaged by falling branches. No casualties were reported.

More than 500 workers were deployed to clear the water, which was up to 30 centimetres deep on city roads, the report said.

Magnify

Scientists Untangle Multiple Causes of Bee Colony Disorder

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© Photo by Hi Paul
Honeycomb may contain pesticides applied years ago.
Pullman, Washington, - A microscopic pathogen and pesticides embedded in old honeycombs are two major contributors to the bee disease known as colony collapse disorder, which has wiped out thousands of beehives throughout the United States and Europe over the past three years, new research at Washington State University has confirmed.

Working on the project funded in part by regional beekeepers and WSU's Agricultural Research Center, entomology professor Steve Sheppard and his team have narrowed the list of potential causes for colony collapse disorder.

Phoenix

Fire in Canary Islands forces evacuation of 4,000

Madrid - A fierce forest fire fanned by high winds has forced the evacuation of around 4,000 residents on the Canary Island of La Palma, the Spanish government said Saturday.

Flames raging on steep hillsides southeast of the island's dormant San Antonio volcano have engulfed several houses and could damage fragile wildlife habitats, environmental worker Narciso Lorenzo said by telephone.

Bizarro Earth

Moderate earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's Honshu island on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.

The quake hit at 0:57 am (1557 GMT Saturday) at a depth of 11 kilometres near the west coast of Honshu and 57 kilometres northwest of Niigata, the USGS said.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake rocks Maluku

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted Saumlaki, Maluku at 6 a.m., local time on Sunday, but no fatalities or damages have been reported.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake Magnitude 5.0 - Central Peru

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© US Geological Survey
Date-Time:
Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 23:07:04 UTC
Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 06:07:04 PM at epicenter

Location:
12.100°S, 75.338°W

Depth:
124.3 km (77.2 miles)

Distances:
15 km (10 miles) W of Huancayo, Peru

165 km (105 miles) NW of Ayacucho, Peru

170 km (105 miles) NNE of Chincha Alta, Peru

185 km (115 miles) E of LIMA, Peru