The Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis (VII). A summary and some questions

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands climate change.” J. Vinós, paraphrasing Richard Feynman’s words about quantum mechanics. 7.1 Introduction This unplanned plain-language summary has been written at the request of some readers of our series of articles on the Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis:

A Much Larger Greenhouse Effect – But Temperatures Dominated by Cooling

Guest post by Wim Röst Abstract The Earth’s greenhouse effect is much larger than suggested so far. If surface radiation and the greenhouse effect set surface temperatures, our oceans would be boiling. Fortunately, they don’t. Water Earth has a strong water-vapor-based evaporative surface cooling mechanism that effectively sets and stabilizes surface temperatures at a muchContinue reading A Much Larger Greenhouse Effect – But Temperatures Dominated by Cooling

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (VI). Meridional transport is the main climate change driver

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “No philosopher has been able with his own strength to lift this veil stretched by nature over all the first principles of things. Men argue, nature acts.” Voltaire (1764) 6.1 Introduction Climate is a thermodynamic process determined by the energy flux from its entry point, mostly at the topContinue reading “The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (VI). Meridional transport is the main climate change driver”

Are fossil-fuel CO2 emissions good or bad?

By Andy May This is the transcript, with minor edits to get it into blog post format, of my keynote speech to the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs, at the second International Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy Convention in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on August 30, 2022. In the greatContinue reading Are fossil-fuel CO2 emissions good or bad?

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (V). A role for the sun in climate change

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “Once you start doubting, just like you’re supposed to doubt. You ask me if the science is true and we say ‘No, no, we don’t know what’s true, we’re trying to find out, everything is possibly wrong’ … When you doubt and ask it gets a little harder toContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (V). A role for the sun in climate change

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (IV). The unexplained/ignored climate shift of 1997

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “These shifts are associated with significant changes in global temperature trend and in ENSO variability. The latest such event is known as the great climate shift of the 1970s.” Anastasios A. Tsonis, Kyle Swanson & Sergey Kravtsov (2007) 4.1 Introduction While the study of weather variability has a longContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (IV). The unexplained/ignored climate shift of 1997

Overview of the Koonin-Dessler Debate

By Andy May The SOHO Forum Debate began at 5:30PM (Central Time) on August 15, 2022 in the New York Sheen Center, as I announced here. Koonin won the Oxford Style debate since 25% of the in-person and online audience shifted to his view that the debate question: “Climate science compels us to make largeContinue reading “Overview of the Koonin-Dessler Debate”

The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (III). Meridional transport, the most fundamental climate variable

by Javier Vinós & Andy May “The atmospheric heat transport on Earth from the Equator to the poles is largely carried out by the mid-latitude storms. However, there is no satisfactory theory to describe this fundamental feature of the Earth’s climate.” Leon Barry, George C. Craig & John Thuburn (2002) 3.1 Introduction Nearly all theContinue reading The Sun-Climate Effect: The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (III). Meridional transport, the most fundamental climate variable

The Koonin-Dessler Debate

By Andy May Update: You may be able to watch the debate on Youtube around August 24th, the link that worked for a short time has been taken down. The debate I announced here between Steve Koonin and Andy Dessler took place Monday August 15th, it was very educational and illuminating. I will try andContinue reading “The Koonin-Dessler Debate”

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