I see that at one time on 7 October 2015 Denmark was generating 140% of its local electricity demand from wind turbines enabling it to export to neighbouring countries. The country has a population of only 5.6 million, but a long coastline suitable for offshore generation. The rated capacity of its wind turbines was only 4.8… Continue reading Renewable Energy
Widespread rain and flooding and frequent severe storm warnings can lead to the conclusion that the Southern Africa drought is rapidly coming to an end. This is however not necessarily the case especially in the winter rainfall areas of the country. The following table indicating current dam levels as a % of full capacity illustrates… Continue reading Southern Africa Drought #4
As the Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly weakened from its strong positive number scientists became less confident about future trends with forecasts subject to more than the normal variation month to month. On 8 December the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University’s Earth institute (IRI) reported that the anomaly was -0.5°C,… Continue reading Southern Africa Drought #3
There has been speculation that the El Niño phenomenon, believed to have caused the drought in Southern Africa, would be succeeded by a significant La Niña phenomenon, which generally indicates a wetter spell. However the following graph from the International Research Institute (IRI) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York reproduced below is less… Continue reading Southern Africa Drought #2
Winter Highveld temperatures The dramatic drop in the share price of Mr Price together with comments from Woolworths and others has illustrated the mildness of the winter in parts of Southern Africa and Australia. With El Niño possibly mutating into an La Niña the stage seemed set for a colder South African Highveld winter but… Continue reading Southern Africa Heat and Drought
First published 13 Dec 2015 Your correspondent is only too well aware that he is likely to have missed many of the implications of this agreement on first reading but nevertheless lists some points which struck him: Some countries have not yet provided their ‘contributions’ (measures/savings). The intended nationally determined contributions lodged by October 2015… Continue reading UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
First published 13 December 2015 Your correspondent tries to keep an open mind which seems lacking in some of the pro and anti people who don’t seem able to ‘change their mind when the facts change’. Recently he has however been veering to the pro-anthropogenic side. So many denialist articles sound like the man with… Continue reading Global Warming