2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23

Trump & Paris Climate Accord
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.

Editor’s Pick

Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy

Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others.

The declaration by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, that Trump believes in climate change makes matters worse, not better. Trump is knowingly and brazenly jeopardizing the planet. Continue reading


World’s largest marine pollution project


Ocean pollution choking parts of Port Moresby, PNG. Image: Sustainable Coastlines.

Online — CSIRO is undertaking the world’s largest marine pollution survey, working with countries across the globe to help them assess and reduce the amount of litter entering the oceans.

Some of the world’s top 20 polluters will take part in the project including China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and the United States, plus other countries including Australia, South Korea and Taiwan.

CSIRO senior scientist Dr Denise Hardesty said the project would provide hard numbers on the amount of litter entering the ocean by using real data collected on coastlines and cities across the globe.

“Bad Metal” Revels Clues to High-Temperature Superconductivity

By CSA Editor

Online — A research collaboration based at Stony Brook University has found that “stripes” of electronic charge persist across surprisingly high temperatures, shape conductivity, and have direction-dependent properties.

The findings—published in Physical Review Letters—came as the group studied metals that conduct electricity poorly, looking for a perhaps counter-intuitive key to unlock high-temperature superconductivity.

High-temperature superconductivity offers perfect conveyance of electricity, but it does so at the price of extreme cold and an ever-elusive mechanism.

If understood, scientists might push superconductivity into warmer temperatures and radically enhance power grids, consumer electronics and more—but the puzzle has persisted for more than 30 years. Continue reading

NEW integrated camera, capable of imaging visible & infrared simultaneously

ICFO develops the first graphene-quantum dot based CMOS integrated camera

ICFO_30106_sm_CROnline — This obstacle has now been overcome. ICFO researchers have shown for the first time the monolithic integration of a CMOS integrated circuit with graphene, resulting in a high-resolution image sensor consisting of hundreds of thousands of photodetectors based on graphene and quantum dots (QD).

They operated it as a digital camera that is highly sensitive to UV, visible and infrared light at the same time.

This has never been achieved before with existing imaging sensors. Continue reading

NIST Hybrid Cooler Attains 2 Kelvin

By CSA Editor

Online — NIST scientists have devised a novel hybrid system for cooling superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPD).

It uses a pulse-tube refrigerator cooled to 10 Kelvin (K) to precool a Joule-Thomson cryocooler that can then reach 2 K.

That level of cooling has typically been achieved with liquid helium systems that are not only costly, complicated and large, but that also demand considerable expertise to operate and maintain safely.

Continue reading

Meteorological Technology World Expo

10 – 12 October 2017 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Screen Shot 2017-06-05Online — Now in its seventh year, this truly global exhibition attracts around 200 exhibiting companies and 4,000 attendees from over 100 countries.

Meteorological Technology World Expo is an international exhibition of the very latest climate, weather and hydrometeorological forecasting, measurement and analysis technologies and service providers.

This Expo serves a global community of key decision makers within the aviation industry, shipping companies, marine/port installations, airports, military operations, off-shore exploration companies, wind farm operators, met offices, agriculture operations and research institutes. Continue reading

New: VT325 / Room Guard

lg-b-vt325 room guard rBratislava, Slovak Republic  —  The unit is used for temperature, humidity, voltage, leakage, smoke, airflow, doors control in small facilities.

It has built-in temperature sensor, can connect up to 12 sensors and 2 dry contacts, 2 alarm beacons, 1-Wire board, USB modem or USB-?am.

The unit is used for temperature, humidity, voltage, leakage, smoke, airflow, doors control in small facilities. Continue reading

Data Acquisition Starter Kit DI-1120

By DaqGuy

DI-155 vs. DI-1120

DATAQ Instruments announces a contemporary replacement for model DI-155 starter kit, model DI-1120 USB Data Acquisition (DAQ) Starter Kit ($178).

The DI-155 has earned its place in DATAQ Instruments’ starter kit archives, having sold thousands of instruments since its release in 2012.

Model DI-1120 picks up where its predecessor leaves off, with an impressive feature list and a price point that maintains DATAQ Instruments leadership in price/performance data acquisition solutions. Here’s a comparison: Continue reading

The morning after.

By William Hooke

“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

President Trump’s speech announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement appears to be triggering the predicted response. Both domestically and globally, people everywhere, from diverse publics – whether national, state or local government; private sector; academia; or civil society; from global leaders to those in the most humble circumstances – he woke up this morning expressing a blend of dismay, regret, and anger.

The chatter has been deafening; it’s also been largely negative, and surprisingly diverse. People found much to dislike –whether with respect to the Earth science, the economics, the politics, or the tone.

One of the more balanced responses came from Keith Seitter, Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society [full disclosure: my boss].

Published on the Society’s blog, The Front Page, the post is repeated here in its entirety: Continue reading

The Difference Between Lightning Detection and Prediction Can Have Shocking Implications for Utility Companies

Utility Companies and Lightning Data

By Earth Networks Blog
The difference between lightning detection and prediction can have a big impact on utility companies. Severe weather is a huge problem for utility providers.

In fact, weather-related power outages are the leading power disrupter in the U.S.

To make matters worse, this type of power outage is continually on the rise. Weather-related power outages are often more difficult for utility companies to deal with considering severe weather can shut down roads and injure line workers. Continue reading

Lufft introduces laser-based snow depth sensor SHM31

A little ahead of the season…being prepared

lufft snow-depth-sensor.pngOnline – SHM31 is new measuring tool for meteorological services, airports, road maintenance depots, and ski resorts, as well as for the generation of renewable energy, is now available from Lufft.

The SHM31 measures snow depths of up to 15 metres in mere seconds.

It is the successor to the tried-and-trusted SHM30, which Jenoptik launched on the market in mid-2009.

Since 2014, SHM30 has been a fixed part of Lufft’s range of optical sensors. Continue reading

Heated Humidity Sensor for Radiosondes

HMC03M available on tape and reel of 500, 1000 or 2500 pcs

Heated Humidity Sensor for RadiosondesOnline  —  The new E+E Elektronik’s HMC03M humidity sensor is dedicated for use in radiosondes and weather balloons.

The sensor is characterized by high accuracy and a short response time even at low temperature.

An integrated heating resistor ensures best measuring performance of the sensor under condensing or icing conditions. This makes the sensor ideal for weather observations in the upper atmosphere. Continue reading