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  • ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’

    09/01/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The headline is a quote by Dr. Judith Curry from a David Rose article in the Sunday Mail: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now. The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his...
  • Claim: Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate, but a ‘pause’ and other studies ...

    09/01/2014 8:05:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change Claim: Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate, but a ‘pause’ and other studies suggest ice melt isn’t the only factor Anthony Watts / 20 hours ago September 1, 2014 From the University of SouthamptonA new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm.Researchers at the University of Southampton detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans of a region...
  • National Geographic’s Warming Warning – 10 Years Later

    09/01/2014 1:17:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    Geoff Sherrington writes: National Geographic Magazine had a Global Warming issue in September 2004. New instruments have given new data. By planning now, NatGeo can make a revised issue 10 years later, in September 2014. The 2014 edition should aim to correct what is now known to be wrong or questionable in the 2004 edition. We can help. Here are some quotes that need attention. The first three have some commentary, as is suggested for the remainder.1. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80% since 1912.” P.14 This might have been correct at the time of...
  • In Obama Power Grab, Climate Trumps Constitution

    09/01/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    This lawless administration plans to bypass the two-thirds requirement for Senate ratification on a climate change treaty by entering into a "politically binding" hybrid agreement to "name and shame" climate scofflaws. Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough. The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another...
  • 'Mega droughts and extreme floods': World Met Office mocks up 2050 weather report...

    09/01/2014 7:12:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 1, 2014 | JONATHAN O'CALLAGHAN
    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), headquartered in Geneva, is releasing videos that predict what weather reports will be like in 2050 These are based on what happens if climate change is allowed to continue Earth's average temperature could rise by more than 4°C (7.2°F) by the end of the 21st century, according to researchers This could lead to more extreme weather around the world such as storms, droughts and flooding The videos are being released ahead of the UN Climate Summit 2014 What will weather reports be like in 2050? Rather dramatic and unnerving if climate change gets out of...
  • Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

    08/31/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | AFP
    Paris (AFP) - Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent's icesheet, scientists said on Sunday. Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica's coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in total compared to a rise of six cm for the average of the world's oceans, they said. The local increase is accompanied by a fall in salinity at the sea surface, as detected by research ships. These dramatic changes can only be explained by an influx of...
  • Shaking, Quaking, and Freezing

    08/31/2014 6:54:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/31/14 | Alan Caruba
    Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell Have you noticed how much earthquake and volcanic activity has been occurring lately? There was a major earthquake in Napa, California on Sunday, August 24th as well as considerable volcanic activity from Iceland to Papua, New Guinea. August was also a month that set records for colder U.S. temperatures. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were some 1,097 “low max” temperature records broken in the U.S. between August 1 and August 23, meaning that the maximum temperature during that time period was the lowest it...
  • Obama turns 'prepper,' warns of coming 'crisis' 'Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit'

    08/30/2014 8:58:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 126 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    President Obama on Friday turned prepper, with a proclamation regarding National Preparedness Month that warned emergencies, “from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks, can strike anywhere at any time.” In his proclamation, he said each household should have its own plan. “Before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk...
  • Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

    08/29/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Robert Grimes
    Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence.The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology – it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses....
  • The Continued Farce

    08/29/2014 6:28:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Just last week, the temperatures in Middle Georgia, where I write, were over 100 degrees. This week, they are struggling to get to 90. But, as say climate change advocates, that is called weather, not climate. Of course, this is the second year in a row Georgia has experienced a milder than normal summer. The data shows, rather inconveniently, that there has not been a warming trend in 17 years. Climate change alarmists say that is wrong. Just a few months ago, the alarmists claimed the world is still warming. The Pacific Ocean, they claimed, is acting as a heat...
  • Scared Scientists: The Moving Portraits which Will Change Forever Your Views on Climate Change

    08/28/2014 12:32:53 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 89 replies
    Breibart London ^ | 8-28-2014 | James Delingpole
    First they showed us the melting ice caps. But we just said: "Yeah. It's what ice does in summer." Then they showed us the drowning polar bears. But we just said: "Proves nothing. And anyway the polar bear population has increased fivefold in 50 years, which hardly sounds like a species under threat." Then they showed us the Hockey Stick. But we just laughed and made amusing videos about Michael Mann. But then, they showed us their ultimate weapon: grainy, arty, black and white portraits of climate scientists with concerned expressions on their faces. It was then that we knew...
  • UN Climate Chief: 'Not Very Far' from Considering 'Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency'

    08/28/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/28/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” and his French counterpart has warned of climate “chaos” in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Christiana Figueres told a World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted event in Geneva Wednesday that “we are not very far” from the point where climate change should be declared an international public health emergency, according to her prepared remarks. Under international health regulations, a PHEIC is...
  • State Rep. McCarter hosts global warming hearing

    08/28/2014 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 13 replies
    For many scientists, educators, environmental activists and citizens, the topic of global warming and climate change is alarming. Many agree change is the offset — change in how we live, our legislation and how people are educated about the issue. During a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing about global warming and climate change hosted by state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-154, Aug. 26, professors, a meteorologist, state representatives, representatives from local environmental agencies and residents filled Curtis Hall in Cheltenham Township to listen, question and offer solutions, to what many say is an issue that needs be addressed now. “Numerous studies...
  • Obama’s use of executive authority is about to become a real political issue

    08/28/2014 9:33:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8-28-14 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama is weighing a big-time executive action on immigration that has both Democrats and Republicans anxious. He's also pursuing a major international climate-change agreement without ratification by Congress. And it's not yet clear whether the White House will seek congressional authorization for military action in Syria that appears increasingly likely. Yes, we are finally entering into what could be a very big debate about executive authority -- and with the 2014 election just weeks away. ThIS (sic) debate was supposed to happen when House Republicans sued Obama over his having delayed a portion of Obamacare unilaterally. But if he...
  • Constitutional chutzpah

    08/28/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Seth Lipsky
    There are three ways something can become what the US Constitution calls the “supreme law of the land.” It can be made part of the Constitution by amendment, it can be passed by Congress as a law or it can be ratified by the Senate as a treaty. President Obama can’t get his climate-change agreement made supreme law of the land by any of those constitutional routes. Not even close. The Republican House doesn’t want it. The Democratic Senate won’t act. That’s because the people don’t want it. They’re no dummies. Even in drought-stricken California, the Hill newspaper reports, Democratic...
  • The U.N.'s upcoming grab for global tyranny

    08/27/2014 6:39:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Lord Monckton
    The EU advisers have been telling the U.N. secretary-general that the process of annual agreements by which individual states have already signed away much of their sovereignty and independence has now gone far enough for the final stage to be achieved without anyone really fighting back. The one thing neither the EU nor the U.N. has sufficiently understood is the wisdom and prescience of your Founding Fathers. Mr. Obama may mark his “X” on the draft world-government treaty (it won’t be called that, of course, but that is what it will be). But unless two-thirds of the Senate can be...
  • Obama takes over from Maurice Strong as global warming/climate change guru

    08/27/2014 10:20:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/27/14 | Judi McLeod
    A new sun rose over the United Nations today and it's got the Barack Obama logo on it. In one of the most significant transitions of our lifetime, a mantle was passed today, yet most of humanity remains blissfully unaware of it. It couldn’t be worse because just as the late and lamented author Henry Lamb predicted back in 1997, aging, health-hampered Global Warming/Climate Change Godfather Maurice Strong has been replaced by Barack Obama. “The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratifications...
  • Obama’s new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification

    08/27/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-27-14 | Allahpundit
    It’s not a “new” treaty, apparently, if they’re rewriting an old treaty that’s already been ratified. Maybe that’s a sneak peek of Obama’s Syria policy too. Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an “addendum” or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda. Come to think of it, that’s his approach on immigration too. The mega-amnesty he’s getting ready to uncork isn’t being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more. It’s being presented as a discretionary application of law that’s already on the books. Turns out every...
  • Obama plans to ink climate deal without Senate approval

    08/27/2014 7:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    President Obama is planning to use some legislative trickery to write a new climate change accord and bypass the Senate's historic responsibility to approve treaties.Hey! At least he's consistent in his lawbreaking. The Hill: Obama's climate team is putting together a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” nations to cut their emissions, according to The New York Times. The administration’s hope is to get the deal signed by a United Nations summit next year in Paris. Because the Senate would be unlikely to ratify a treaty on global warming, the administration is seeking to mix fresh voluntary pledges with legally...
  • Obama’s Desperate Climate Change Plan

    08/27/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 17 replies
    The New York Times has a splashy front page article today that’s sure to warm the hearts of global warming fanatic. It likely will cause opponents of so-called climate change to burn with the rage of a thousand suns. In fact, we should not get excited at all. President Obama is working on a non-binding international agreement on climate change. It would “name and shame” countries that don’t comply with its strict standards. Those pushing this agreement believe it has “legal and political magic.” In reality, it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. Obama cannot get a climate...
  • Climate Change 'Pause' May Last Another Decade

    08/26/2014 3:13:58 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    BI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2014 | Emily Gosden
    Emily Gosden, The Telegraph August 26, 2014 The "pause" in global warming may last another decade before surface temperatures start rising again, according to scientists who say heat is being stored in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans. Global average surface temperatures rose rapidly from the 1970s but have been relatively stable since the late 1990s, in a trend that has been seized upon by climate sceptics who question the science of man-made warming. Climate change scientists have proposed more than a dozen theories to explain the "hiatus", which they say is a "distraction" from the widespread consensus...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vice’s Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies’ work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the world’s largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we don’t answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • The War on Coal: It’s Because I’m Black, Isn’t it?

    08/24/2014 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-24-2014 | MOTUS
    I see that both the Farmer’s Almanac and Joe Bastardi (the other Joey B) are predicting another El Nino winter, which means a stormier and colder than normal winter, especially along the east coast. That could prove to be a bit of a problem since power companies apparently took Barry at his word that “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”  So they didn’t. And they’re closing the coal plants they do have: “In order to comply with the new Obama era EPA regs, American Electric Power, which supplies...
  • The heat is on. Bureau of Meteorology ‘altering climate figures’ — The Australian

    08/24/2014 3:09:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 23rd, 2014 | Joanne
    Congratulations to The Australian again for taking the hard road and reporting controversial, hot, documented problems, that few in the Australian media dare to investigate. How accurate are our national climate datasets when some adjustments turn entire long stable records from cooling trends to warming ones (or visa versa)? Do the headlines of “hottest ever record” (reported to a tenth of a degree) mean much if thermometer data sometimes needs to be dramatically changed 60 years after being recorded?One of the most extreme examples is a thermometer station in Amberley, Queensland where a cooling trend in minima of 1C per...
  • Surpise! Glaciers appearing in Scotland

    08/24/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 45 replies
    WUWT ^ | 8/24/14 | Eric Worrall
    British Botanists conducting a Summer survey of Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, have been stunned to find evidence of recently formed multi-year ice fields, areas of compacted snow, some of which weigh hundreds of tons. According to the BBC; “Hazards common in arctic and alpine areas but described as “extremely unusual” in the UK during the summer have been found on Ben Nevis. A team of climbers and scientists investigating the mountain’s North Face said snowfields remained in many gullies and upper scree slopes. On these fields, they have come across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve. Neve is...
  • Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures (The unbearable sadness of climate activism)

    08/23/2014 4:28:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Tim Blair Blog ^ | 8-16-2014 | Tim Blair
    The unbearable sadness of climate activism: Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to "the small stuff" – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. So, she's a bossy...
  • Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority

    08/22/2014 5:27:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2014 | Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
    George Soros gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in July with $7.5 million. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors ... Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed...
  • Bay Area billionaire's climate-change ads leave fact-checkers cold

    08/22/2014 10:16:09 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Richman
    Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer's blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he's emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, a former hedge fund manager who ditched his ties to fossil fuels and presented himself as a transparent antidote to the conservative Koch brothers' semi-clandestine funding network.
  • Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

    08/22/2014 8:10:16 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 49 replies
    The University of Washington ^ | 8/21/2014 | Hannah Hickey
    Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study...
  • Farmer's Almanac Predicts 'Super-Cold' Winter, More Snow In Eastern U.S.

    08/21/2014 3:15:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies
    Huff Post ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rik Stevens
    The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation." More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • ‘Little Green Men’ Believe in Global Warming

    08/19/2014 9:39:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/14 | Judi McLeod
    Extraterrestrials are conveniently global warming believers Only Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson who rose to Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Elliott Trudeau, would tell you that not only do extraterrestrials exist, but they are getting ticked off with those earthlings who don’t buy into Al Gore,/Maurice Strong man-mad global warming. And only Russian Television would be the first to break the ‘scoop’. It’s not enough that earthbound worries like the far left jumping into bed with the expanding Islamic State-Caliphate; that Marxism is on the march in the U.S.A.; or that the...
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies
    weather.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

    08/18/2014 11:16:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | 08/18/2014 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER
    Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, --SNIP-- The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed...
  • More Harsh Winters Could Spell Disaster For The Electrical Grid

    08/18/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 15, 2014 | By Michael Bastasch
    If you thought last winter was bad, get ready for a potentially worse winter in parts of the country this year. But another record-setting winter could mean more than higher heating bills and snow fights. Harsh winter weather combined with coal-fired power plant closings could spell trouble for many households across the country who will desperately need to keep the lights and heat on this winter. Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBELL Analytics, told the Wall Street Journal Live that current weather patterns are “flowing along right now into the type of El Nińo situation that is notorious for giving...
  • Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?

    08/12/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Elijah Wolfson
    ... In a study published in 2012, researchers asked national infectious disease experts in 30 different countries whether or not they thought climate change would affect infectious disease patterns in their countries. The majority agreed. Nevertheless, it’s unclear whether these beliefs are driven by good science, or, as Malcolm Gladwank argued way back in 1995, a guilt-driven “idea of disease as a punishment for wickedness.” It’s true that West Africa, where the latest and most catastrophic Ebola outbreak is currently raging, has faced unequivocal environmental changes in recent years. The International Food Policy Research Institute published a report in 2013,...
  • Kerry Makes Case for Global Warming as Mankind's Greatest Threat

    08/15/2014 8:11:52 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 38 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry continues to baffle observers by insisting that "global warming is, by far, the greatest threat mankind faces in the 21st century." "The reason should be obvious from the term 'global' warming," Kerry said. "This means that it affects everyone. This has to put it ahead of dangers that afflict necessarily narrower categories of victims. The beheading of innocent children by ISIS in Iraq, for example, only affects thousands of people." "The threat to wipe Israel off the map and exterminate the Jews, at worst, would entail the deaths of only a few million," Kerry...
  • PR Firms Take a Stand on Climate Change: Will No Longer Represent Firms Denying Climate Change

    08/15/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Triple Pundit ^ | 08/14/2014 | RP Seigel
    Public relations (PR) is a powerful but unseen force in our society. Companies hire PR firms to make them look as good as possible. When the companies do something they are proud of, they do everything they can to make sure everyone hears about it (including, sometimes contacting reporters like us). When the companies do things that are not so great, they “spin” the news to make it sound harmless. PR firms make their money from fees paid by their clients and have typically been value-neutral, meaning that they promote whatever their clients want them to promote. So it’s a...
  • One Engineer’s Perspective on Global Warming

    08/14/2014 6:10:20 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Engineering.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | David Simpson
    Many scientists and non-scientists are discussing "Global Warming" (or as it is increasingly being called "Anthropogenic Climate Change" or ACC). ACC would simply be an interesting topic for discussion if it were not for the politicization, polarization, and sensationalism that have accompanied the science.
  • A World In Chaos, And Kerry's Talking Climate Change

    08/14/2014 4:05:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: Great leadership isn't necessarily about intelligence, expertise or background. It's more about wisdom and judgment. Based on this, Americans should be very concerned about Secretary of State John Kerry. As the world melts into chaos and threats to the U.S. homeland multiply, America's top foreign policy official seems bizarrely, even dangerously, fixated on ... global warming. In remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Kerry repeated his claim that climate change is "the biggest challenge ... we face right now." To which we respond: Can he be serious? In recent days, we've seen the establishment of a...
  • It's an Unsettling Climate for skeptical scientists like Murry Salby

    08/14/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 13th, 2014 | Joanne
    Rupert Darwall is the author of Age of Global Warming (and earning excellent reviews). Darwall has a gift for converting tricky scientific concepts into a story. This month in the City Journal, he beautifully summarizes and updates the story of Murry Salby. He’s interviewed Richard Lindzen and others, and discusses Salby’s work in the context of the way heretics are marginalized. I helped Rupert with some of the background. It’s controversial science, a complex situation, with irrelevant baggage to boot. But that’s exactly the place where science communicators — or in the case of Rupert, excellent historians — are most...
  • Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views

    08/14/2014 9:13:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case...
  • Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

    08/13/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by palmer · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:29am | John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press
    Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them...
  • Carter: 'Nutcases' are stopping climate action (funny)

    08/13/2014 9:08:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Former President Carter says climate skeptics are the "biggest handicap" for the U.S. when it comes to acting on global warming. “I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country that don’t believe in global warming,” Carter said Tuesday during the American Renewable Energy Day summit in Aspen, Colo. “I think they are going to change their position because of pressure from individuals, because the evidence of the ravages of global warming is already there," he added. The 39th president expressed frustration with the administration and Congress on their lack of efforts to...
  • At Martha's Vineyard, Obama complains about Cold Ocean

    08/11/2014 7:58:45 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    "I found, as somebody from Hawaii, the water is still a little cold."
  • British scientists stranded in freezing Antarctic research station

    08/10/2014 11:37:26 AM PDT · by citizen · 77 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 August 2014 | Dan Bloom
    British scientists are stranded after their Antarctic base lost power in the depths of winter as temperatures plummeted to a record low of minus 55C. There is no way of rescuing the 13 researchers from the Halley VI Research Station - which has been hit by a 19-hour blackout - for months until the hostile winter subsides. The British Antarctic Survey admitted it was a 'serious incident' and has suspended all experiments as the workers heat up emergency accommodation which has not been used for months. Some of the fallout from the power cut, which happened a week ago but...
  • “Climate-smart” Policies for Africa are Stupid

    08/09/2014 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bolster trade and investment by American companies on a continent where a billion people – including 200 million aged 15 to 24 – are becoming wealthier and better educated. They have steadily rising expectations and recognize the pressing need to create jobs, improve security, reduce corruption, and control diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They also understand that better roads and air transportation, improved agriculture and nutrition, and far more energy...
  • PACOM not waiting on politics to plan for climate change challenges

    08/09/2014 5:44:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 9, 2014 | By Wyatt Olson
    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii. — As Congress remains gridlocked on more than 200 bills related to climate change, U.S. Pacific Command is forging strategies with partner nations in the region to mitigate the security effects of global warming. “You can’t deny the fact that there are military consequences going on as a result of storms,” said Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod, who headed PACOM’s Logistics, Engineering and Security Cooperation directorate for two years until transferring to the Pentagon this summer. “Seventy percent of the bad storms that happen in the world are in the Pacific,” he said. “Call it climate change, call...
  • Global Warming Pause Puts 'Crisis' In Perspective

    08/07/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/7/2014 | James Taylor
    Much has been written and argued, from all sides in the global warming debate, about the meaning of the asserted 17-year pause in global warming. Is a 17-year pause significant? Is a pause even occurring? Does the pause signal a longer-term halt to global warming or even a long-term cooling trend? Would a resumption of global warming to pre-pause rates end the global warming debate? A look at recent temperatures and their appropriate context provides helpful meaning to the much-discussed global warming pause. Satellite instruments began uniformly measuring temperatures throughout the Earth’s lower atmosphere in 1979. Climate scientists overseeing these...
  • Is It The Sun?

    08/07/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 48 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/14 | Jack Dini
    Research into global cooling and its implications for the globe is long overdue We may be witnessing the sun’s last dying gasps before entering into a long slumber. The impact of that slumber on Earth’s climate remains the subject of growing scientific speculation. (1) In 2008 William Livingston and Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, in a controversial paper that contradicted conventional wisdom and upset global warming theorists, predicted that sunspots could more or less disappear after 2015, possibly indicating the onset of another Little Ice Age. They stated, “The occurrence of prolonged periods with no sunspots...