A chuckle on global warming

The claim … is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable,

15 thoughts on “A chuckle on global warming”

  1. The tilde isn’t obviously not a minus at first view, on my browser, screen, OS, etc – it is clearer in the Bish’s post). So I thought a very different point about ‘the claim’ was being made!

  2. View from the Solent

    “degree Kelvin”. Indeed CM, indeed. And Ivar Giaever, of all people, should know better.
    I made that mistake once only; the resulting clip round the ear from my physics teacher was a most effective teaching method. (it was a long time ago)

  3. CM & VftS
    Wondered WTH you lot were wittering on about till I looked it up. The degree sign disappears in ’67 which was about when I was learning to lick stamps down the post room & connecting the lab bench plumbing to an HT supply just a happy memory.
    Our Nobel physicist is even more venerable than that, so do the guy a favour.
    I did find degRa though & that looks almost as much fun as femtoparsec. It’s a freezing 545 here currently.

  4. so you think that Christie was criticising the use of the unnecessary word “degree”? I had a dreadful thought that he did not know about the Kelvin scale of temperature, which would be shameful.

  5. Kelvin vs. degree Kelvin could easily have been subbed-in. It’s a minor betise and can be excused in light of the general thrust of the argument. When I was doing my physics degree lo these 20-odd years ago there were still a lot of the more senior faculty who thought in terms of erg/s instead of watts.

  6. I am more interested by William’s insertion….Hal Lewis, Happer, Freeman Dyson, and now Giaever….these are senior guys. Dyson was highly respected by Oppenheimer and played a big part in making Feynman’s ideas respectable by picking up on them in his own papers. Disregard their views at your peril. Watches Connolley tread on a Wiki bathmat and ….

  7. Yeah, Connolly, right. We should all be so “ignorant”. Are you still banned from editing at Wiki?
    Ivar Giaever, M.E., Norwegian Institute of Technology (1952), Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1964), Engineer, Advanced Engineering Program, General Electric Company (1954–1956), Applied Mathematician, Research and Development Center, General Electric Company (1956–1958), Researcher, Research and Development Center, General Electric Company (1958–1988), Guggenheim Fellowship, Biophysics, Cambridge University (1969-1970), Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1965), Nobel Prize in Physics (1973), Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1974), Member, National Academy of Science (1974), Member, National Academy of Engineering (1975), Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego (1975), Visiting Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1975), Professor of Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1988-2005), Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Applied BioPhysics (1991-Present), Professor Emeritus of Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005-Present)

  8. Because Connolly, a Watermelon enviro loon, is not the ignorant one? The guy who thinks it’s acceptable to use computer models to validate the models’ own input assumptions? Which is like the theological arguments for the existence of god that start with the assumption that god exists and then claim that because the logical argument falls apart if god does not exist… therefore god must exist. Replace ‘ god’ with ‘ massive water vapor positive feedback’ and ‘ logical argument ‘ with ‘ computer models’ and you have pretty much distilled the ‘ incontrovertible proof for CAGW’ to its essence.

  9. I thought the theological agument for God’s existence was more along the lines of we’ll torture & burn you at the stake if you deny it.

    Which is pretty well the CAGW position currently….

  10. “so you think that Christie was criticising the use of the unnecessary word “degree”? I had a dreadful thought that he did not know about the Kelvin scale of temperature, which would be shameful.”

    Yes, while it’s “degrees Celsius” and “degrees Fahrenheit” it’s (currently at least) just “Kelvin”.

    I would indeed be shamed.

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