Uncommon example of GreenLeft Australian media mentioning the urban heat island

The Sydney Morning Herald reveals – Sydney area an ‘urban heat island’ vulnerable to extreme temperatures 14 Jan 2016 – It is welcome that such basic facts can be spoken about.
Research by the BoM 15 years ago found measurable urban effects in small Victorian centres Hamilton, Camperdown-Cobden, Colac. The BoM paper can be downloaded as a 216KB pdf-

Huge variations in Australian satellite temperature trends over 37 years 1979-2015

Comparing data for RSS V3.3, UaH V5.6 and the UaH V6Beta for the exact 37 years 1979-2015 (data from KNMI Climate Explorer using the Australian mask) – The trends using the Linest function in Excel are RSS V3.3 – 0.26°C, UaH V5.6 – 0.58 and the UaH V6Beta is an eye watering 0.88. IMHO huge differences shown in these KNMI charts.
First RSS –

Then UaH V5.6 –

Finally UaH V6Beta

I have posted on these issues a couple of years ago – I think the differences in overall trend are increasing.
Warming departure in UAH lower troposphere satellite temperatures compared to RSS over the period 2005-2006
and –
Difference between UAH and RSS satellite lower troposphere T anomalies has a distinct step change 2004-2005 over the USA 48 States – not as marked as Australia

Breakthrough turning CO2 into a clean-burning formate fuel using partially oxidized atomic cobalt layers

This research by Chinese scientists in Hefei is reported in Nature – Partially oxidized atomic cobalt layers for carbon dioxide electroreduction to liquid fuel
and Popular Mechanics – Breakthrough Material Is a Better Way To Turn CO2 Into Clean-Burning Fuel.

Could a process such as this be a basis for making CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) more worthwhile?

95 homes lost at Yarloop – is it time for large water bombers to be managed by the RAAF ?

ABC news today WA bushfire tears through Yarloop; homes destroyed
Map: Yarloop 6218 pre fire – Ninety-five homes and buildings have been confirmed destroyed.

‘Thor’ Hercules C-130 aircraft, capable of dropping 15,000 litres of water, arrives in NSW ahead of bushfire season – 1 Sep 2015 carries 15metric tons
DC-10 “Southern Belle” 43,900 litres carries 43.9metric tons – also in NSW
747 SuperTanker can carry 76 metric tons being refurbished in the USA.

Ralph Ellis has an update of his Albedo regulation of Ice Ages paper

The link is here Modulation of Ice Ages via Precession and Dust-Albedo Feedbacks.
His earlier paper was discussed – Albedo regulation of Ice Ages, with no CO2 feedbacks. And on a related subject I posted – Some climate sanity after Paris COP21 blabfest – drawing attention to The book “The Chilling Stars” by Henrik Svensmark & Nigel Calder sums up 12,000 years of Holocene cosmic & solar driven “climate change” in the North Atlantic. Ralph tells me he is in touch with Henrik Svensmark.
Paper Abstract
We present here a simple and novel proposal for the modulation and rhythm of ice ages and interglacials during the late Pleistocene. While the standard Milankovitch-precession theory fails to explain the long intervals between interglacials, these can be accounted for by a novel forcing and feedback system involving CO2, dust and albedo. During the glacial period, the high albedo of the northern ice sheets drives down global temperatures and CO2 concentrations, despite subsequent precessional forcing maxima. Over the following millennia CO2 is sequestered in the oceans and atmospheric concentrations eventually reach a critical minima of about 200 ppm, which causes a die-back of temperate and boreal forests and grasslands, especially at high altitude. The ensuing soil erosion generates dust storms, resulting in increased dust deposition and lower albedo on the northern ice sheets. As northern hemisphere insolation increases during the next Milankovitch cycle, the dust-laden ice-sheets absorb considerably more insolation and undergo rapid melting, which forces the climate into an interglacial period. The proposed mechanism is simple, robust, and comprehensive in its scope, and its key elements are well supported by empirical evidence.

How much useful electricity does rooftop solar produce in southern Western Australia

The ABC have this article claiming – Rooftop solar producing more energy than WA’s biggest turbine – Curtin University sustainability professor Peter Newman said – “It’s nearly 500 megawatts and it’s growing rapidly,..” Yet when I check NemWatch for WA I can only ever find a little over ~250MW for WA small solar. Is this because about half the output is used in the homes of the owners of these rooftop solar systems?
And of course the article seems to forget that these solar systems only work in the sunny hours – they make no electricity at night while the coal fired generators chug away 24/7. I wonder to what extent the WA grid can keep on accommodating increasing solar and wind power yet remain stable. I also wonder what is the cumulative cost of all the small scale solar subsidies paid out by the various Australian Governments.

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations