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  • FBI: Smart Meter Hacks Likely to Spread

    04/09/2012 3:17:58 PM PDT · by dila813 · 57 replies
    KrebsonSecurity ^ | Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 10:19 am | KrebsonSecurity
    A series of hacks perpetrated against so-called “smart meter” installations over the past several years may have cost a single U.S. electric utility hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the FBI said in a cyber intelligence bulletin obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. The law enforcement agency said this is the first known report of criminals compromising the hi-tech meters, and that it expects this type of fraud to spread across the country as more utilities deploy smart grid technology.
  • No Global Warming For 15 Years

    04/08/2012 6:26:29 PM PDT · by Signalman · 43 replies
    IceCap ^ | 4/2/2012 | IceCAp
    No Global Warming For 15 Years New UK Met Office global temperature data confirms that the world has not warmed in the past 15 years. Analysis by the GWPF of the newly released HadCRUT4 global temperature database shows that there has been no global warming in the past 15 years - a timescale that challenges current models of global warming. Whether the global temperature standstill of the past 15 years continues or is replaced by warming, as the IPCC predicts, only future data will tell. In the meantime the length of the standstill means that the challenge it offers for...
  • Crony Capitalist Land Grab in California

    04/07/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT · by Law is not justice but process · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 6, 2012 | Alec Rawls
    In 2006 California’s Senate Bill 107 codified a requirement that by 2010 all electricity retailers in the state were to procure 20% of their electricity from “renewables.” That same year L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich established Nuisance Abatement Teams that started combing the Mojave desert hitting isolated residents with ever-expanding lists of code violations, imposing whatever it took to drive residents out, and they made their intentions perfectly clear . . . . . . Apparently it is not enough that our green crony capitalists are getting billions in taxpayer subsidies, or that that rate-payers are forced to buy their...
  • Shakun Redux: Master tricksed us! I told you he was tricksy!

    04/08/2012 6:05:43 AM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 7, 2012 | Willis Eschenbach
    The quote above is from Lord of the Rings, an exchange between Gollum and Smeagol, and it encapsulates my latest results from looking into the Shakun 2012 paper, “Global warming preceded by increasing carbon dioxide concentrations during the last deglaciation” (paywalled, at Nature hereinafter Shakun2012). I discussed the paper in my post “Dr. Munchausen Explains Science By Proxy“. Please see that post for the underlying concepts and citations. ------------------- There was excellent agreement between the Shakun2012 data and the ice core records I had downloaded … but there was also a surprise. ------------------- -the big surprise was not what the...
  • Climategate Heads to Court

    04/07/2012 6:08:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 5, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    As a climate scientist, I am quite familiar with the background facts that Prof Michael E. Mann (now at Penn State U) so shamelessly distorts in his new book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. First, the scientific background: Mann's claim to fame derives from his contentious (and now thoroughly discredited) "hockeystick" research papers (in Nature 1998 and Geophysical Research Letters 1999). His idiosyncratic analysis of proxy (non-thermometer) data from sources like tree rings, ice cores, ocean sediments, etc. did away with the well-documented Medieval Warm Period (MWP - 900-1200AD) and Little Ice Age...
  • Coral Links Ice Sheet Collapse to Ancient 'Mega Flood'

    04/07/2012 12:01:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 3, 2012 | U of Oxford
    Previous research could not accurately date the sea-level rise but now an Aix-Marseille University-led team, including Oxford University scientists Alex Thomas and Gideon Henderson, has confirmed that the event occurred 14,650-14,310 years ago at the same time as a period of rapid climate change known as the Břlling warming... During the Břlling warming high latitudes of the Northern hemisphere warmed as much as 15 degrees Celsius in a few tens of decades. The team has used dating evidence from Tahitian corals to constrain the sea level rise to within a period of 350 years, although the actual rise may well...
  • 'Fakegate': Climate Change Fanatics Wage War on Dissenters

    04/07/2012 12:55:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 7, 2012 | Nancy J. Thorner
    Why would Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and chairman of an American Geophysical Union task force on "scientific ethics and integrity," break the law to engage in a smear campaign against a small think-tank called The Heartland Institute that resulted in "Fakegate"? As Alan Caruba related in the opening paragraph of his article published on Tuesday, April 3rd, titled "Fatetgate: The War on Science," "[g]enerations of Americans have been raised to venerate science and those who have enhanced and extended our lives through its application. The rise of environmentalism, however, has generated a...
  • Climate change vs. Easter bunnies (This is HUGH!)

    04/07/2012 10:49:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | Apr. 5, 2012 | Dean Kuipers
    Easter is still a great day for worship, candy in baskets, pagan equinox rituals and running around the yard finding eggs, but every year it gets quite a bit worse for bunnies. And no, not because the kids like to pull their ears. The culprit is climate change, and the folks at Climate Nexus found that rising temperatures are having adverse effects on at least five species of rabbit in the U.S.
  • Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery

    04/06/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | April 6, 2012 | Severin Carrell
    Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others". Hansen, who will next Tuesday be awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his contribution to science, will also in his acceptance speech call for a worldwide tax on all carbon emissions. In his lecture, Hansen will argue that the challenge facing future generations from climate change is so urgent that a...
  • Follow the money. The morality of green funding

    04/06/2012 12:58:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    the commentator ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jonathan Bracey-Gibbon
    Following the recent hysteria over political party funding, Tory donor Michael Hintze was briefly brought into the public eye via The Guardian, and the Daily Mail. An Australian-born fund manager with a rags to riches tale, it wasn't so much the fact that Hintze fitted the ‘fat-cat fund manager’ template that condemned him, but more that he funds a UK-based think-tank that challenges much of the sacred wisdom of The Guardian. The think tank in question is Lord Lawson's Global Warming Policy Foundation. On the day the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Princeton's leading physics professor questioning the...
  • EPA's new farcical carbon mandate

    04/06/2012 11:20:00 AM PDT · by billflax · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    Bill Flax Popular in Opinion 1 PETA vs. people ... and animals 2 EPA's new farcical carbon mandate 3 Manhattan Moment: One word hurting growth: Zero 4 Examiner Editorial: Obama's budget, not Ryan's, is 'antithetical' to history 5 How many incumbents voted themselves a pay raise this year? Last week the Environmental Protection Agency issued new standards for carbon dioxide requiring that fewer than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide be released per megawatt-hour of electricity. Plants running on natural gas already average below 850 pounds. Coal-fired plants, which emit on average 1,768 pounds per megawatt-hour, cannot achieve this without prohibitively...
  • Durbin Says We Must Buy Hybrid Cars Because Of Tornadoes: "It's Your Money Or Your Life" (video)

    04/06/2012 10:32:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 6, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the tornadoes in Dallas, Texas earlier this week. Durbin calls for more laws regulating carbon output while he sends a dire warning that we must convert to hybrid cars or lose our life. Durbin says we must spend money now to fix the problem. "It's your money or your life," he said a press conference. "We are either going to dedicate ourselves to a cleaner, more livable planet and accept the initial investment necessary or we're going to pay a heavier price in terms of loss of human life, damage and costs associated with it."
  • Clovis Comet Gets Second Look

    04/06/2012 9:21:52 AM PDT · by baynut · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    Scientists, it's said, behave more like lawyers than philosophers. They do not so much test their theories as prosecute their cases, seeking supportive evidence and ignoring data that do not fit—a failing known as confirmation bias. They then accuse their opponents of doing the same thing. This is what makes debates over nature and nurture, dietary fat and climate change so polarized. But just because the prosecutor is biased in favor of his case does not mean the defendant is innocent. Sometimes biased advocates are right. An example of this phenomenon is now being played out in geology over the...
  • Climategate Heads to Court

    04/06/2012 7:33:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 5, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    As a climate scientist, I am quite familiar with the background facts that Prof Michael E. Mann (now at Penn State U) so shamelessly distorts in his new book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Mann's claim to fame derives from his contentious (and now thoroughly discredited) "hockeystick" research papers (in Nature 1998 and Geophysical Research Letters 1999).
  • Nunavut Government Study: “the [polar] bear population is not in crisis as people believed,”

    04/05/2012 2:00:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 5, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on April 5, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the Daily Globe and Mail in Canada:Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday...
  • Nature ISN'T fragile nor a bossy mother-in-law - top eco boffin

    04/05/2012 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th April 2012 12:42 GMT | Andrew Orlowski
    Get rid of hippies, save the planetThe Green movement needs to rethink its philosophy from the ground-up. That's according to Peter Kareiva, a leading conservation expert and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, the world's biggest environmental group.It must abandon the idea that nature is "feminine" and in particular that it's "fragile", he said, because not only is this artificial, it's wrong, and so many bad ideas follow.When people believe that a fragile "Mother Nature" is harmed by anything humans do, it's actually the humans who suffer, Kareiva argues in the co-written essay Conservation in the Anthropocene. It's little wonder...
  • ....And Environmental Justice For All, Comrade

    04/06/2012 1:00:30 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 86 replies
    My Brain, | 4/6/12 | Alan Levy
    Hey, take a look at what I found on the EPA's website (Yes, I have a life. Really. I do. Promise.): ********************************** "Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means that: (1) people have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may...
  • Regulators wet dreams of controling you

    04/05/2012 12:52:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    JoNova ^ | April 5th, 2012 | Joanne
    The Planet Under Pressure conference has brought out the clawing powermongers. The Commentator.com team who were brave enough to attend, tell us that no one got very excited about the science, but the word “regulation” was received, well… ecstatically. The conference was largely focused on how scientists and activists can coalesce to deconstruct the Western way of living and moving to something entirely different, where economic growth and wealth creation is abandoned and replaced, instead, with sustainability targets, trade barriers, regulation and taxation. Indeed there were numerous occasions during the main sessions whereby even the mention of the word ‘regulation’...
  • Exclusive: New information on Romney’s views on global warming (July 23, 2011)

    04/05/2012 9:07:08 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    www.romneyexposed.com ^ | July 23, 2011 | Rino Hunter
    Recently, various media outlets have reported on Romney’s statement in which he expressed support for global warming: “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.” This despite the last two winters being among the coldest in recent history and the recent evidence revealing pro-global warming scientists to have made fraudulent claims and suppressed contrary views. Romney also called for America to “reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases,” which, will, of course entail massive new government programs despite air quality in the United States being among the cleanest in the world....
  • Carbon Emissions Are Good

    04/04/2012 11:02:49 PM PDT · by Delacon · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 3, 2012 4:00 A.M. | Robert Zubrin
      Carbon Emissions Are Good By Robert Zubrin April 3, 2012 4:00 A.M.   Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to enforce regulations that would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants in the United States. As coal is by far America’s cheapest and most plentiful fossil fuel, and coal-fired power stations account for 45 percent of all electricity generated in the U.S., the destructive economic effects of this edict can hardly be overstated. It is therefore imperative to subject the EPA’s logic to a searching examination. According to the EPA, despite their disastrous economic effects,...
  • A new paper in Nature suggests CO2 leads temperature, but has some serious problems

    04/04/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 4, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    This is an attempt to redefine the graph made famous by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth that showed temperature leading CO2.From a press release embargoed until 1PM EST 4/4:Work that may clarify the relationship between carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and temperature at the end of the last ice age is presented in this week’s Nature. The study reveals that rising temperatures were preceded by CO2 increases during the last deglaciation, contrary to prior findings derived from ice cores that were thought to represent larger global patterns. These results support an important role for CO2 in driving global climate change....
  • CNN Weatherman Blames Tornadoes on Climate Change

    04/04/2012 2:12:28 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4, 2012 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele attributed the severity of the tornado outbreak across Texas, and other extreme weather like it, to global climate change On CNN Newsroom Wednesday.
  • The end of the Global Warming Scare would look a lot like this

    04/04/2012 11:23:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    JoNova ^ | April 4th, 2012 | Joanne
    Soon, the moment will come when the crowd will say “I always knew it was fake”.Here are three signs we are at the beginning of The End.1. Op-Ed writers will be pointing out how governments are unwinding policies: Dominic Lawson: Britain Has Finally Rejected The Bogus Economics Of Climate Change. Germany (home of half the worlds solar energy production) is winding up its pursuit of renewables, and eight Eastern European nations said “No Thanks” (legally) to the EU’s authoritarian dictat on carbon emissions, and hardly anyone complained… And which energy source is ecologically correct Germany now developing faster than...
  • PROOF: Climate change NOT causing increase in tornadoes

    04/04/2012 4:30:06 AM PDT · by mmichaels1970 · 13 replies
    Newsnet 5 Cleveland ^ | 4/4/2012 | Mark Johnson
    CLEVELAND - I saw and heard some very disturbing things on television on Tuesday. What I SAW was live television video showing a tornado tearing through a Dallas, Texas business park. The most amazing site was seeing the twister pick up empty semi tractor-trailers and toss them hundreds of feet in the air like toys. Only to drop them, crashing to the ground in a unrecognizable mess of metal. Ah, the awesomeness of nature! What I HEARD was even more disturbing. I watched a cable television meteorologist, a former Weather Channel met, blame yesterday's Texas tornadoes on...(drum role) climate change!...
  • Climate Change, Act Three

    04/04/2012 1:59:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Once upon a time, it was the contention of global warming alarmists that the earth was getting warmer -- a lot warmer. Now, after decades of such claims, the evidence points to a world that is, for the present at least, growing colder. When that fact became evident, alarmists shifted the ground of their argument. The earth's climate was not necessarily getting warmer; it was just "changing," and that was somehow a bad thing. No matter that the climate had been changing for more than four billion years, ever since the earth's formation. Not to be deterred, climate alarmists insist...
  • Gov. Brown looks to global warming fees to pay for high-speed rail ("Better, faster, cheaper")

    04/03/2012 9:11:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/3/12 | Mike Rosenberg and Paul Rogers
    With a lower price tag and speedier plan to start zipping bullet trains up and down California, Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious new high-speed rail proposal is still wobbly on one vital ingredient: billions and billions of dollars. The state still has no guarantee on where it will come up with about 80 percent of the funding needed for a project that high-speed rail leaders announced Monday will cost at least $68 billion. But bullet train backers are now touting a new wild card .. Anywhere from $2 billion to $14 billion a year could be in play for high-speed rail,...
  • Prof Says Global Warming Skepticism Is Racism…Wants It Diagnosed As a Disease

    04/03/2012 7:44:01 AM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 31, 2012, | Andrea Ryan
    Professor Kari Norgaard has followed the lead of all the other Liberals who can’t use data and facts to win their argument. Professor Norgaard, from the University of Oregon, says to deny Global Warming junk science is “racism.” But, it’s even more absurd than that. If you reject the junk data, corruption, and blatant grab for power that is the Green Movement she wants you diagnosed with a disease. And treated.
  • Solar Trust of America files bankruptcy

    04/02/2012 1:37:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 2, 2012 | Reuters
    The Oakland-based company has held rights for the 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Power Project in the Southern California desert, which last April won $2.1 billion of conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect that project.
  • More combined Arctic and Antarctic sea ice than 30 year average.

    04/02/2012 11:41:37 AM PDT · by Kinsingmonster · 9 replies
    University of Ilinois ^ | April 2, 2012 | Universtity of Ilinois
    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg
  • How long does global warming have to stop to prove global warming has stopped?

    04/02/2012 10:11:55 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 8 replies
    Those who insist that a fraction of a degree over a century and a half is evidence of global warming raging out of control aren’t real keen on what would disprove their alarmist theory. But one of the high priest gurus of the movement said this not too long ago. . .
  • Sippin' on Coal and Rum

    04/02/2012 4:09:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Me: “I'll take a ‘Coal and Rum.’”Bartender: “What's that?”Me: “I'm protesting the EPA.”Bartender: “Got it. Awesome. Your drink is on the house.” Coal is my lifestyle. Coal allows me to turn darkness into light at the flip of a switch. Coal allows me to brew a cup of coffee, toast a bagel and pour a class of refrigerated orange juice in minutes. Coal lets me text friends and find directions from my fully-charged iPhone. Coal grants me the ability to use machines to wash and dry my week’s laundry pile while I run on my treadmill. Coal allows me to...
  • 135 Years of Records Reveals Deep Ocean Warming

    04/01/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 62 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | 1 April 2012 | David Biello
    Her Majesty's Ship Challenger set sail in 1872. Stripped of her guns and outfitted for science, her mission was to sail around the globe sampling as she went. Among other scientific triumphs, the Challenger gathered the first global set of ocean temperature readings, more than 260 in all. The British expedition measured from the surface to a depth beyond 900 meters. In 2004, a set of drifting buoys began to make similar measurements. There are now more than 3000 of these floats bobbing in the world's seas, collecting oceanographic information. Comparing the data sets, separated by more than a century...
  • Global Warming Denialism ‘Just Foolishness,’ Scientist Peter Raven Says

    04/01/2012 10:26:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Global Warming Denialism ‘Just Foolishness,’ Scientist Peter Raven Says U.S. prestige falling as world has ‘pretty well given up’ on any American leadership facing climate change. ——- Nature’s Edge Notebook #23 Observation, Analysis, Reflection, New Questions One of the world’s most widely known and respected senior scientists tells ABC News that current denial about the basic daunting realities of manmade global warming is “just foolishness.” He also reports that the rest of the world has now “pretty well given up” on its hope for U.S. leadership in dealing with global climate change. His assessment reinforces our findings at the recent...
  • Life in the Balance – And why Earth-like planets may be rare

    03/31/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 30, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a very creative representation of what the day and night sky on Earth would look like if the earth had rings like Saturn. It is well worth a view.But it puts me in the mind of pondering the delicate balance of life on this earth and, though the artwork in the video is beautiful, I suspect that the presence of rings would dramatically alter life on this earth, perhaps even annihilate it.By way of disclaimer, let me say I am not a geologist or astronomer. But a number of things concern me about the presence of...
  • Climate, Controversy And Strangers On A Plane

    03/29/2012 9:14:16 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | March 29, 2012 | Adam Frank
    He looked like a former linebacker, tall and solidly built. After stowing his wife's luggage in the overhead, he squeezed past me, sat down and looked straight at the astronomy textbook I was reading. "You're a scientist?" he asked. "Are you involved in that big controversy over climate?" I looked into his face and could see he wasn't angry or hostile or combative. He seemed like a good guy and, by the way his wife gently rolled her eyes, I could see he liked to talk. So I took a chance and replied. "What controversy?" What followed was a long...
  • Climate change skeptics should be “treated,” says enviro-sociologist -- Kari...Prof of biology....)

    03/31/2012 12:09:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 4:15 pm on March 30, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    This just smacks of the same mentality that inspired climate change activists to say global warming deniers should be purged from meteorology. Kari Mari Norgaard, a professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of Oregon, suggests that resistance to the threat of climate change at individual and societal levels must be “recognized and treated” before real action can be taken to effectively address the problem global warming poses. From a University of Oregon press release: “Climate change poses a massive threat to our present social, economic and political order. From a sociological perspective, resistance to change is to...
  • Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

    03/31/2012 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Twotone · 45 replies
    The Register Guard ^ | March 30, 2012 | Lewis Page
    Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be "treated", according to an Oregon-based professor of "sociology and environmental studies". Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South. Prof Norgaard holds a B.S. in biology and a master's and PhD in sociology.
  • Forced Meds? Climate-change skepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist.

    03/30/2012 6:13:37 PM PDT · by aruanan · 83 replies
    The Register ^ | March 30, 2012 | Lewis Page
    Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist Dubious on warmo peril? You're the kind who'd own slaves Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be "treated", according to an Oregon-based professor of "sociology and environmental studies". Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South. Prof Norgaard holds a B.S. in biology and a master's and PhD in sociology. "Over the past ten years I have published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology,...
  • Coral links ice to ancient 'mega flood'

    03/30/2012 12:44:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 03-30-2012 | Provided by Oxford University
    Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres. Previous research could not accurately date the sea-level rise but now an Aix-Marseille University-led team, including Oxford University scientists Alex Thomas and Gideon Henderson, has confirmed that the event occurred 14,650-14,310 years ago at the same time as a period of rapid climate change known as the Břlling warming. The finding will help scientists currently modelling future climate change scenarios to factor in the dynamic behaviour of major ice sheets. A report of...
  • Obama Plan Cuts Emissions for Future Coal Plants (To End the Coal Industry)

    03/29/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 27 March 2012 15.55 EDT | Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
    New rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions will make it nearly impossible to build new coal power plants The Obama administration effectively blocked the construction of any new coal-fired power plants on Tuesday, introducing rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the next generation of plants. The proposed new standards would cut carbon dioxide emissions on new power plants in half and will, over time, help move America away from the carbon-heavy plants that currently produce nearly half of the country's electricity, Lisa Jackson, the head of the environmental protection agency, told a conference call with reporters. "Right now there...
  • Global Sea Ice Area Above Normal

    03/30/2012 11:02:52 AM PDT · by brookwood · 22 replies
    Global Sea Ice has returned to above-normal levels.
  • Evidence linking climate change to extreme weather mounts (hot air “mounts”)

    03/29/2012 8:26:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 29 March 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    The world’s scientists are now more than 90% sure that human-caused global warming will increase the length, frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heat waves, the most authoritative scientific report yet on the subject says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report into extreme weather events found with “high confidence” that climate change has already made heat waves more severe in areas including southern Europe and the Mediterranean. By 2100, the financial cost of extreme weather conditions could be some €15 trillion, mostly borne by what is currently the developing world. The worst affected will be...
  • Obama kills coal - as promised, GOP is MIA on EPA overreach

    03/29/2012 4:36:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | By Steve Milloy
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency just condemned to death an entire U.S. industry - a legal and scientific horror story that congressional Republicans failed miserably to prevent. The EPA’s newly proposed greenhouse gas emission standards for coal-fired power plants will be finalized by the Obama administration, win or lose, after the November election. Though the proposed standards leave alone existing coal-fired power plants, they effectively prohibit the construction of new plants by establishing an impossible-to-meet emissions standard. But don’t get the idea that the EPA threw the coal industry a bone by omitting existing coal-fired plants, as the agency has...
  • There go those gravy trains in Queensland & Victoria ( Carbon Tax Rejected)

    03/29/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 28th, 2012 | Joanne
    Australia is stepping back from the cliff We shouldn’t underestimate shift that has just taken place. The psychology of Australian politics moved as the large swinging center was revealed. Not only was the Queensland election worse for Labor than anyone predicted, the message was clear, voters rejected the lies, and rejected the carbon tax. The smear campaign by the Labor leader (Bligh) did more harm to her than it did to her target. Finally, the Hype-&-Spin Machine ran off the rails.This is real progress. Today both Queensland and Victoria are peeling back the warmist bureaucracy. I’m happy.The new premier of...
  • Global warming causing horrid natural disasters? Not exactly.

    03/29/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 2 replies
    You may have seen headlines like this scary one in USA Today: “Experts say global warming is causing stronger hurricanes” What’s the science behind that? Not much, it turns out. In fact, . . .
  • Is global warming cancelled?

    03/29/2012 1:28:14 AM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 7 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | March 28, 2012 | Maria Domnitskaya
    Continuous global warming, which has lately been the talk of the day, will not happen after all. In the 21st century, warming and cooling will be alternately replacing each other approximately every 40 years, with each subsequent cooling more severe than the previous one. This is proved by changes in the ice situation in the Arctic, Nikolay Dobretsov, Doctor of Geology and Mineralogy, the Chairman of the Earth Science United Academic Council, has told The Voice of Russia. He is convinced that the hypothesis of continuous climate warming on our planet has considerably exhausted itself.
  • Climate obstinately Refueses to Cooperate with Global Warming Alarmists

    03/29/2012 1:21:53 AM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 8 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Larry Bell
    Are you worried about global warming during this unusally mild winter?
  • Reports link heat waves, deluges to climate change

    03/28/2012 1:11:48 PM PDT · by Gothmog · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/2012 | Juliet Eilperin and Brian Vastag
    Scientists are increasingly confident that the uptick in heat waves and heavier rainfall is linked to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, posing a heightened risk to the world’s population, according to two reports issued in the past week. On Wednesday, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a 594-page study suggesting that when it comes to weather observations since 1950 there has been a “change in some extremes,” which stem in part from global warming. [text excerpted] But the IPCC team projects that there is a 90 to 100 percent probability that sea level rise “will contribute to upward trends...
  • Will Happer’s WSJ rebuttal to NOAA’s Lubchenco and Karl (RE: Managing Weather Event...?)

    03/27/2012 6:28:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 27, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Readers may recall seeing this article in Physics Today titled Predicting and managing extreme weather events by Jane Lubchenco and Thomas R. Karl I had to laugh when I saw the “managing” part of extreme weather events. I’d love to see Tom Karl try to “manage” an F5. From what I hear, he has enough trouble just managing NCDC.Here’s what Dr. Will Happer had to say in the WSJ:I particularly liked this part:…There has indeed been some warming, perhaps about 0.8 degrees Celsius, since the end of the so-called Little Ice Age in the early 1800s. Some of that warming...
  • Missing from Obama’s big energy tour: not a single word about GHGs or CO2 or climate

    03/27/2012 9:29:12 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-27-12 | Alec Rawls
    Obama's first big energy-policy speech was to the United Nations in 2009 when he boldly told the entire world that it had to get off of fossil fuels because: "the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing." "Rising sea levels threaten every coastline," blah, blah, blah, but to the true believers, it was lines from a psalm: More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent. More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict. All the largest emitters of greenhouse gas pollution [must] act together. Wind turbines and solar panels and batteries for...