Peer-Review Scam

” In the past 2 years, journals have been forced to retract
more than 110 papers in at least 6 instances
of peer-review rigging. What all these
cases had in common was that researchers
exploited vulnerabilities in the publishers’
computerized systems to dupe editors into
accepting manuscripts, often by doing their
own reviews.”

Click to access 515480a.pdf

(h/t JoNova)


EBRO Observatory (Spain) and Bright Sunshine

In 2008 a paper was published called  “Short Communication – Sunshine and synoptic cloud observations at Ebro Observatory, 1910–2006” by J. J. Curto, E. Also, E. Palle and J. G. Sole.

I managed to download a copy. The following graph is of sunshine measured from an Observatory in Spain. If you weren’t paying attention you might think it is a graph of GISS or HADCRU temperatures … right?


Since 1910, we find that there has been
an overall increase in the number of sunshine hours, but
with large oscillations that make this increase statistically
insignificant, while over the same time period cloudiness
has increased by a larger amount (about 12%) with high
statistical significance.
We associate the increase in both sunshine hours and
cloud amount with a shift in cloud types during the
100-year period covered by the observations.”

Greater Alpine Region

“The recent trends in winter precipitation have been accompanied by respective trends in sunshine (significant increase in all subregions of 17 to 29%)”

Sunshine Hours Way Up in Greater Alpine Region
Sunshine Hours Way Up in Greater Alpine Region

Int. J. Climatol. 27: 17–46 (2007)
Published online 6 July 2006 in Wiley InterScience
( DOI: 10.1002/joc.1377