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A guest post by Nic Lewis 1. Introduction On 1 April 2014 the Bishop Hill blog carried a guest post ‘Dating error’ by Doug Keenan, in which he set out his allegations of research misconduct by Oxford University professor Christopher Bronk Ramsey. Professor Bronk Ramsey is an expert on calibration of radiocarbon dating and author of OxCal, apparently one of the two most widely used radiocarbon calibration programs (the other being Calib, by Stuiver and Reimer). Steve McIntyre and others opined that an allegation of misconduct was inappropriate in this sort of case, and likely to be counter-productive.

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Lost photos prove Greenland's ice was melting FASTER 80 years ago than today 80-year-old photo plates from Danish polar explorerProve that Greenland's glaciers melted faster in 30s than they did todayBrief cooling period mid-century re-froze icePre-satellite images of ice shelves are extremely rare By Rob Waugh Published: 08:06 GMT, 30 May 2012 | Updated: 11:54 GMT, 30 May 2012 The glacier named after Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen in Greenland A stash of 80-year-old photo plates in a Danish basement has proved that Greenland's ice was melting even faster then that it is now. “Energy as an Ultimate Raw Material”, Weinberg, 1959 « Energy from Thorium ENERGY as an ultimate raw material, or problems of burning the sea and burning the rocks By Alvin M. Weinberg

RealClimate XKCD, the brilliant and hilarious on-line comic, attempts to answer the question How much CO2 is contained in the world’s stock of bottled fizzy drinks? How much soda would be needed to bring atmospheric CO2 back to preindustrial levels? The answer is, enough to cover the Earth with 10 layers of soda cans. However, the comic misses a factor of about two, which would arise from the ocean.

It's no wonder the world's cooling on climate change By James Delingpole PUBLISHED: 01:05 GMT, 17 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:09 GMT, 18 June 2012 They used to call it ‘Flaming June’. Nearer the mark today would be ‘Flaming ruddy awful June’. We are on the cusp of the Summer Solstice (starting on Wednesday evening), in the wake of the wettest April on record and in the midst of what promises to be a June that is both record-breakingly damp and 1.4C cooler than average. Out of our rain-streaked windows we spy leaden skies, louring clouds and oily puddles. Peak Oil and the Financial Crisis: Where do Oil Prices Fit In? at Oil Price The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal have gone into full crisis mode with live blogs continuously reporting unfolding events. Equity markets are falling and London oil prices have been flirting with $100 a barrel for the first time since February. Talk of recessions, depressions, and even collapse of the euro zone is everywhere. There seems to be general agreement that a Greek debt default is inevitable.

Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact Photo WASHINGTON — As a young naval officer in Vietnam, John Kerry commanded a Swift boat up the dangerous rivers of the Mekong Delta. But when he returned there last month as secretary of state for the first time since 1969, he spoke not of past firefights but of climate change. Tree-ring study proves that climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is in the modern industrial age Study of semi-fossilised trees gives accurate climate reading back to 138BCWorld was warmer in Roman and Medieval times than it is now By Science Reporter Published: 12:22 GMT, 11 July 2012 | Updated: 22:51 GMT, 11 July 2012 OPEC Basket Price The new OPEC Reference Basket (ORB) Introduced on 16 June 2005, is currently made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela). Notes: As of January 2006: The Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly & Yearly averages are based on daily quotations. As of January 2007: The basket price includes the Angolan crude "Girassol". As of 19 October 2007: The basket price includes the Ecuadorean crude "Oriente".

Republican 'denialism' grows with climate change splitting voters down party lines Climate change is already proving to be a hot topic in the race to become the next U.S. president - and it’s one of those issues that's just guaranteed to polarise voters. Charles Hanley draws on decades of climate reporting to offer a retrospective and analysis on global warming and the undying urge to deny it's happening at all. By Associated Press Updated: 06:05 GMT, 25 September 2011 Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of an issue of the U.S. journal Science more than 35 years ago drew little attention. Timberline Geodesic Domes The Birch plan is one of our most popular plans for the 35' dome. Totaling almost 2,000 square feet, the Birch features three bedrooms and two baths on two stories. NEW: See a flash movie of a 3D rendering! Downstairs shows an excellent use of extensions. The extensions are used for the two downstairs bedrooms as well as the large kitchen and dining area.

Global warming: 'Women at greater risk' By Tamara Cohen Published: 22:54 GMT, 19 April 2012 | Updated: 23:26 GMT, 19 April 2012 Nicole Kiil-Nielsen (above) claims women are more at risk from climate change than men Geodesic Dome Calculator — Our geodesic dome calculator will calculate the length and number of struts for 2V, 3V, and 4V geodesic domes based on the specified radius. It's a useful tool for planning the size of your dome. Radius = 50 feet * Strut lengths are from vertex to vertex.