Perhaps the only bit of science you really need to ‘get’. This, somewhat confusing chart from the IPCC, attempts to show the relative flows of energy in to and out of the Earth’s atmosphere (and surfaces).  A key point to note is that whilst the incoming radiation is indeed equal to the outgoing radiation – the diagram itself makes no […]

Watts Causing Climate Change?

The biggest cause of rising atmospheric CO2 has been the burning of coal to make electricity.  Our love affair with Electricity goes back to the late 1800’s. Wikipedia tells us the world’s first public electricity supply was provided in late 1881, when the streets of the Surrey town of Godalming in the UK were lit with electric […]


Climate is what you want; Weather is what you get! – oft attributed to Mark Twain (‘though its apparently doubtful he said it).  Weather is always a local event; climate is global – it’s an average. The problem is that people remember the weather extremes they experience – not averages. Extremes, even those experienced  by other people, […]