Schneider on global warming, Parts 1, 3 and 4

December 12, 2011

Earlier I posted a video of Stanford’s late Dr. Stephen Schneider in a meeting with Australian climate “skeptics.”  It was one of a four-part series, Part 2, to be precise.

Here are the other parts.  They are excerpted from an Australian television program, “Insight,” taped in June 2010.

Part 1:

Links promised in the video above can be found below the fold.

Part 2 is here, in a previous post.

Part 3:


Part 4:


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Stephen Schneider explains global warming so even a “skeptic” can get it

December 12, 2011

Impressive.  Schneider explains, to Australian “skeptics,” how CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere, why that’s bad, what the urban heat island effect is and why it does not negate temperature measures that show global warming.  He savages the argument about CO2’s “logarithmic” absorption characteristics negating scientists’ findings.

Sadly, Dr. Schneider died a few weeks after this was taped in 2010.

This is, I see, part 2 of a 4 part series.  Hmmm.  WhHere are the other parts?.

What Rick Perry said, and what he meant

December 12, 2011

Yeah, this guy — whoever she or he is — got it right:

Voldemort in Rick Perry's coat

Voldemort in Rick Perry's coat. We hope.

Annals of Global Warming: It didn’t start with the hockey stick . . .

December 12, 2011

Peter Sinclair comes through with a good explanation of the history of concern about global warming — how the warming trend was discovered.

It wasn’t scientists trying to get government grants.  It was the U.S. Air Force, trying to beat the commies and keep America safe for democracy and, ironically, safe for dissent from such applications of science.


Real history couldn’t be published as fiction, which is one way we can tell real history from the stuff that gets made up.  In the story told in this video, note carefully the serendipity of figuring out the CO2 issues:  Who could invent a story about warfare leading to the discovery of global warming?  As with the coincidence of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, no editor of fiction would accept it as believable.


Why we worry, why policy makers are involved:  Carbon Emissions, 2000 – from WorldMapper, with a serendipitous tip of the old scrub brush to Petra Tschakert at Penn State.

Carbon emissions 2000, from - creative commons license

Carbon Emissions 2000, from - creative commons license

Carbon Emissions 2000 © Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan). “We welcome use of our maps under the Creative Commons conditions by educational, charitable and other non-profit organisations.”

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