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  • Sea levels rising on US East Coast faster than anywhere else (3 times faster than global average)

    06/25/2012 8:46:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/25/2012 | By Seth Borenstein
    The Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the US Geological Survey. Sea levels are rising much faster along the U.S. East Coast than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile (965-kilometer) swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990,...
  • East Coast seas on the rise

    06/25/2012 6:13:48 AM PDT · by McBuff · 96 replies
    InsideNova ^ | 6/25/2012 | Seth Borenstein
    From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. It's not just a faster rate, but at a...
  • DRIESSEN AND FLANAKIN: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

    06/24/2012 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
    The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. “TheFutureWeWant” outlines the common vision for “sustainable development” throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. “Sustainable,” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save...
  • Global warming: second thoughts of an environmentalist

    06/24/2012 5:46:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 Jun 2012 | Fritz Vahrenholt
    Fritz Vahrenholt, one of Germany's earliest green energy investors, is not convinced that humanity is causing catastrophic global warming. Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are quite certain: by using fossil fuels man is currently destroying the climate and our future. We have one last chance, we are told: quickly renounce modern industrial society – painfully but for a good cause. For many years, I was an active supporter of the IPCC and its CO2 theory. Recent experience with the UN's climate panel, however, forced me to reassess my position. In February 2010, I was invited as...
  • Finally, an explanation for the mindsets of our favorite green doomsayers: Al Gore,...

    06/23/2012 7:04:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 22, 2012 | By Stephen Murgatroyd, Troy Media
    Posted on June 22, 2012 by Anthony Watts Delusion is a big problem with the green crowd By Stephen Murgatroyd, Troy Media The draft text for discussion at Rio +20 – the UN conference on sustainable development – makes clear that the summit itself is a waste of energy and time. Even the environmental non-government organizations attending it think so.Jim Leape, international director-general of World Wildlife Fund, hoped that the document would be renegotiated: “It’s pathetic. It’s appalling. If this becomes the final text the last year has been a colossal waste of time.” Friends of the Earth are even...
  • Rio: The Political freeloaders hide — but is it their failure or their plans they ......

    06/23/2012 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    JoNova ^ | Joanne
    I wrote yesterday about the unprecedented way the UN was locking out anyone at Rio that was not part of an official government delegation. More than ever before, the UN is not even pretending to to serve the people of the world. Even the facade is gone. The rules have changed since Monckton, Watts Up and the internet spoiled the party at Durban. All the heroic NGO’s have been blocked from the negotiations (as well as those evil free market libertarians). They are only there for the theatrics. The real action goes on behind closed doors, in what Monckton calls...
  • Rio+20: Scientists call for action on population (the real face of “sustainable development”)

    06/18/2012 3:04:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 18 June 2012 | Jonathan Watts for The Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    The Rio+20 Earth summit must take decisive action on population and consumption regardless of political taboos or it will struggle to tackle the alarming decline of the global environment, the world's leading scientific academies have warned. Rich countries need to reduce or radically transform unsustainable lifestyles, while greater efforts should be made to provide contraception to those who want it in the developing world, the coalition of 105 institutions, including the Royal Society in Britain, urged in a joint report released on 14 June. It's a wake-up call for negotiators meeting in Rio for the UN conference on sustainable development....
  • Sustainable Development: The latest UN scare

    06/23/2012 5:54:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 23, 2012 | Guest post by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker
    Posted on June 23, 2012 by Anthony Watts United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The UN’s Rio+20 agenda would harm health, welfare and nature – and make poverty permanent Guest post by David Rothbard and Craig Rucker Twenty years ago, the Rio de Janeiro “Earth Summit” proclaimed that fossil fuel-induced climate change had brought our planet to a tipping point, human civilization to the brink of collapse, and numerous species to the edge of extinction. To prevent these looming disasters, politicians, bureaucrats and environmental activists produced a Declaration on Environment and Development, a biodiversity treaty, Agenda...
  • Green ‘drivel’ exposed. The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

    06/23/2012 11:37:38 AM PDT · by OnAMission · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 6/23/2012 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change. The implications were extraordinary. Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.
  • People Matter - Robert Zubrin’s powerful critique of antihumanism

    06/23/2012 10:07:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | 22 June 2012 | Bruce S. Thornton
    Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, by Robert Zubrin (Encounter, 328 pp., $25.95) A ruling idea of the last two centuries has been materialism: the notion, as arch-materialist Daniel Dennett asserts, that “there is only one sort of stuff, namely matter—the physical stuff of physics, chemistry, and physiology—and the mind is somehow nothing but a physical phenomenon.” One consequence of this belief has been the rise of antihumanism—the stripping from people of their transcendent value and a reduction of them to mere things in the world to be studied, understood, reshaped—and ultimately...
  • UN RIO + 20 Conference

    06/23/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 3 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | June 22, 2012 | Tom Wholley
    50,000 hard core America hating leftists and environmental demagogues, who envision controlling the world through establishing choke-holds on economic growth, that they prefer to call “smart growth” or “sustainable development”, are presently meeting in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the RIO + 20 United Nations Conference. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, in Rio de Janeiro , and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg and is scheduled to conclude today with the signing of a watered down agreement that won't make...
  • Science held hostage in climate debate

    06/23/2012 7:15:29 AM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Australian Financial Review ^ | June 22, 2012 | Garth Paltridge
    The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense. If humans continue to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, there can be little doubt that the average temperature of the world will increase above what it would have been otherwise. The argument about the science is, and always has been, whether the increase would be big enough to be noticed among all the other natural variations of climate. The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the worse.
  • The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

    06/22/2012 10:54:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 23, 2012 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change. (Link: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11144098-gaia-scientist-james-lovelock-i-was-alarmist-about-climate-change?lite ) The implications were extraordinary. Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory. Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic. His inventions have been used by NASA, among...
  • A response to Dr. Paul Bain’s use of ‘denier’ in the scientific literature

    06/22/2012 7:32:17 PM PDT · by Rocky · 12 replies
    What's Up With That? ^ | June 22, 2012 | Dr. Robert G. Brown
    The tragic thing about the thoughtless use of a stereotype (denier) is that it reveals that you really think of people in terms of its projected meaning. In particular, even in your response you seem to equate the term “skeptic” with “denier of AGW”. ----------------------------------------------- For this honest doubt and skepticism that the highly complex global climate models are correct you have the temerity to socially stigmatize them in a scientific journal with a catch-all term that implies that they are as morally reprehensible as those that “deny” that the Nazi Holocaust of genocide against the Jews? For shame.
  • Report: Calif. to get seas rising 6 inches by 2030

    06/22/2012 2:32:34 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT | JEFF BARNARD AP Environmental Writer
    The West Coast will see an ocean several inches higher in coming decades, with most of California expected to get sea levels a half foot higher by 2030, according a report released Friday. The study by the National Research Council gives planners their best look yet at how melting ice sheets and warming oceans associated with climate change will raise sea levels along the country's Pacific coast. It is generally consistent with earlier global projections, but takes a closer look at California, Oregon and Washington. Although the 6 inches expected for California by 2030 seem minor, the report estimated that...
  • A Luxury the World Can’t Afford (Air Conditionining!)

    06/22/2012 4:14:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 190 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Stan Cox
    The economist Thorstein Veblen once quipped that "invention is the mother of necessity." That was before the age of air-conditioning, but no technology better illustrates Veblen's point. Having developed efficient cooling, we've designed homes, businesses and transportation systems that are completely dependent on it, while the resulting greenhouse emissions create the need for even more air-conditioning. (snip) We must break this feedback loop, but what does one say to someone living in one of the tropical nations where much of the increase in cooling demand is expected? Surely not that Americans are addicted to air-conditioning and can’t give it up,...
  • California to see higher than average sea level rise, report says

    06/22/2012 5:02:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Tony Barboza
    Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise as much as 1 foot in 20 years, 2 feet by 2050 and as much as 5 1/2 feet by the end of the century, climbing slightly faster than the global average and increasing the risk of flooding and storm damage, a new study says. “Sea level rise isn’t a political question it’s a scientific reality,” said Gary Griggs-Wanker, a coastal geologist at UC Santa Cruz and a member of the committee that issued the report. The 274-page report was drafted by a committee of U.S. scientists that formed as a...
  • This meaningless green drivel, by environment guru: Scientist's U-turn on doomsday claim

    06/22/2012 5:12:31 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | June 18, 2012 | Mario Ledwith
    He was once a guru to environmentalists, claiming climate change would kill billions of humans by the end of this century. But it seems James Lovelock has had a change of heart. On the eve of a major environmental summit, he has attacked the modern green movement – declaring its theories 'meaningless drivel'.
  • IPCC Gives Up On Science, Makes Grey Literature Official

    06/22/2012 3:03:39 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | June 20, 2012 | Hank Campbell
    'Grey' literature, which led to the "Glaciergate" scandal of 2010 when it was revealed that the rate at which Himalayan glaciers are losing ice (gone by 2035!) was stated as fact even though it was not based on evidence, will no longer be a problem for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Because they have declared that grey literature will no longer be grey - any information they choose to use will be considered peer reviewed just by being posted on the Internet by the IPCC.
  • $9 Billion in ‘Stimulus’ for Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs -- $9.8 Million Per Job

    06/20/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 20, 2012 | By Michael W. Chapman and Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs -- annual operation and maintenance positions -- meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs. At the same time, those green energy projects also created, in the end, about 4,600 “indirect” jobs – positions indirectly supported by the annual operation and maintenance jobs -- which means they cost about $1.9 million each ($9 billion divided by 4,600). Combined (910 + 4,600 = 5,510), the direct and...
  • The Intriguing Problem Of The Younger Dryas—What Does It Mean And What Caused It?

    06/21/2012 10:11:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 19, 2012 | Guest post by Don J. Easterbrook
    This is a follow up posting to Younger Dryas -The Rest of the Story!Guest post by Don J. Easterbrook Dept. of Geology, Western Washington University.The Younger Dryas was a period of rapid cooling in the late Pleistocene 12,800 to 11,500 calendar years ago. It followed closely on the heels of a dramatically abrupt warming that brought the last Ice Age to a close (17,500 calendar years ago), lasted for about 1,300 years, then ended as abruptly as it started. The cause of these remarkably sudden climate changes has puzzled geologists and climatologists for decades and despite much effort to find...
  • Younger Dryas -The Rest of the Story!

    06/21/2012 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 16, 2012 | Guest Post By: Rodney Chilton
    Posted on June 16, 2012 by Anthony Watts WUWT readers may recall this recent story: New evidence of Younger Dryas extraterrestrial impact The story below provides much more detail about the Younger Dryas event and the split that has developed in the scientific community over the cause. I’ve added this graph below from NCDC to give readers a sense of time and magnitude of the event. – Anthony The Younger Dryas cold interval as viewed from central Greenland. From:Quaternary Science Reviews Volume 19, Issues 1-5, 1 January 2000, Richard B. AlleyGuest Post By: Rodney Chilton www.bcclimate.com A consideration of many...
  • Climate Change to Bring More Hot Days to Los Angeles Region: UCLA Study

    06/21/2012 5:23:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NBC News LA ^ | June 21, 2012 | Melissa Pamer
    The Los Angeles region is expected to see more days above 95 degrees by the middle of the 21st Century, according to a first-ever report from UCLA on the local impacts of climate change. The report, "Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region," predicts that temperatures will rise an average of 4.6 degrees Fahreneit if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to increase at current levels. The change would mean three times today's number of extremely hot days in downtown LA, and four times as many in the surrounding valleys and mountain areas. The report is the first of five expected releases from...
  • NC Senate Moves Closer to Opening Up State's Energy Resources

    06/21/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-20 | Rachel Hyde
    A bill which would legalize hydraulic fracturing—a practice that has been used to extract natural gas for decades—was passed by North Carolina’s House last week. The Senate previously approved a different version of the legislation than the one passed by the House. The updated version is pending approval by the Senate tomorrow. Senate Bill 820, titled the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act, would sanction the use of hydraulic fracturing by mid-2014, consequently lowering energy costs across the state and creating a plethora of new jobs for North Carolinians. Currently the oil and natural gas industry supports 135,165 well-paying jobs...
  • Professor fired after expressing climate change skepticism

    06/20/2012 6:39:47 AM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/12 | Daily Caller
    Oregon State University chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela was fired without warning three weeks ago and has still been given no reason for the university’s decision to “not renew his contract.” Drapela, an outspoken critic of man-made climate change, worked at the university for 10 years. In the early years of his career, he published a number of textbooks, received a promotion to senior instructor and, in 2004, received a Loyd F. Carter award for outstanding and inspirational teacher. In 2007, Drapela began giving talks on his own climate change skepticism. He often and openly questioned the science behind man-made global...
  • Kerry slams ‘disgraceful’ climate denial

    06/19/2012 10:16:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies
    Kerry slams ‘disgraceful’ climate denial By Ben Geman - 06/19/12 12:29 PM ET Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said there’s a “calculated campaign of disinformation” on climate change that has stalled action on the issue and endangered the country. “We are living through a story of disgraceful denial, back-pedaling and delay that has brought us perilously close to a climate change catastrophe,” Kerry said. The Massachusetts senator’s lengthy floor speech called for the public to be “pounding on the doors of Congress” to act, and cataloged global perils such as drought, floods, wildfires, threatened coastlines, disease risks and more,...
  • Carbon capture and storage may have the potential for inducing seismic events

    06/18/2012 12:44:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 17, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on June 17, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the National Academies of Sciences News:Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Low Risk for Causing Earthquakes, But Risks Higher for Wastewater Injection WellsWASHINGTON — June 15th — Hydraulic fracturing has a low risk for inducing earthquakes that can be felt by people, but underground injection of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing and other energy technologies has a higher risk of causing such earthquakes, says a new report from the National Research Council. In addition, carbon capture and storage may have the potential for inducing seismic events, because significant volumes of fluids are injected underground...
  • Doctored Data, Not U.S. Temperatures, Set a Record This Year

    06/17/2012 4:30:41 PM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 13, 2012 | James Taylor
    “Americans just lived through the hottest 12 months ever recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Tuesday,” according to the May 15 Los Angeles Times. Which begs the question, what does “recorded” mean?
  • Burt Rutan – Human-caused catastrophic global warming a big lie

    06/17/2012 3:15:39 PM PDT · by Errant · 28 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | June 17, 2012 | Mike Satren
    “World-famous aircraft designer and North Idaho resident Burt Rutan looked at climate data and found deception – even fraud – behind the assertions of global-warming alarmists intent on implementing a world-wide climate fix that could bring about economic chaos."
  • Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits

    06/17/2012 9:28:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-16-12 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    BALTIMORE—A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers.
  • 13th century volcano mystery eruption may be solved (Little Ice Age cause?)

    06/15/2012 1:49:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 15, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    A photo of the Rinjani caldera in Indonesia, while Lavigne won’t name the volcano until his paper is published, insiders suggest this a likely candidate for the missing 1258 AD eruption. Image: Wikipedia From ScienceNews: Indonesia implicated as location of biggest eruption in last seven millennia By Alexandra Witze SELFOSS, Iceland — One of the biggest mysteries in volcanology may finally have a solution. An eruption long thought to have gone off in the year 1258, spreading cooling sulfur particles around the globe, happened the year before in Indonesia, scientists report.Until now, researchers have known a big volcano went off...
  • Dem senator: Humans causing climate change, saying otherwise is 'bogus'

    06/14/2012 8:22:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 14, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared on the Senate floor Thursday that the debate over whether humans are causing climate change is over, and that it has been shown conclusively that human activity is leading to global warming. "People say there are questions about the theory," he said. "No, there are not. "The argument that the jury is still out on climate change is a false and bogus argument," he added. "The jury is not out. In fact, the jury is in, the effects are obvious, they surround us every day, and we need to take action." Whitehouse said the theory...
  • James Hansen’s climate forecast of 1988: a whopping 150% wrong

    06/15/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 15, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From their Die kalte Sonne website, Professor Fritz Vahrenholt and Dr. Sebastian Lüning put up this guest Post by Prof. Jan-Erik Solheim (Oslo) on Hansen’s 1988 forecast, and show that Hansen was and is, way off the mark. h/t to Pierre Gosselin of No Tricks Zone and WUWT reader tips. Figure 1: Temperature forecast Hansen’s group from the year 1988. The various scenarios are 1.5% CO 2 increase (blue), constant increase in CO 2 emissions (green) and stagnant CO 2 emissions (red). In reality, the increase in CO 2 emissions by as much as 2.5%, which would correspond to the...
  • The UN defines “climate change” as being man-made: Orwell could not have done it better

    06/15/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 16th, 2012
    Sloppy George Orwell, Photo: WikipediaSloppy language works for cheats and charlatans. In the search for the truth only accurate language will do. Orwell understood the power of language to change the way we think, indeed to fence off some possible options completely.Roger Pielke Snr put out a call today asking for precise definitions and protesting about the misuse of the term “climate change”. But when did this nonsensical term start? Where else, but with the UN. All the way back on May 9th 1992, UN defined “climate change” as man-made. See The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (paragraph 6):“Climate...
  • Lisa Jackson Blames Cheap Natural Gas for EPA’s Job-Killing Policies

    06/15/2012 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Lisa Jackson
    In a recent interview with The Guardian, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, stated that it is not her policies that are driving coal-fired power plants out of business, but rather organic changes in the American electricity market. Scapegoating natural gas, Jackson claims that low natural-gas prices and booming gas production are depressing coal consumption. But what Jackson fails to mention is that explicitly due to the EPA’s stringent regulations that some coal production is now non-econommical. The price coal-fired power plants would have to pay to comply with new, burdensome regulations is so expensive, that many coal mines are forced to...
  • How Climate Change Got Removed From the Agenda of the Rio+20 Summit

    06/15/2012 10:09:01 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    In These Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Rebecca Burns
    The Durban Climate Conference last winter ended in almost unqualified failure. The original framework of U.N. climate negotiations was all but abandoned in favor of a new global pact that may or may not be negotiated by 2015 and may or may not be legally binding. Climate change deniers literally crashed the party by parachuting onto a beach in Durban carrying a “Climategate 2.0” banner—and public perception in the U.S. on the reliability of climate science continued to shift in their direction, cementing the stalemate on a domestic climate deal.
  • Arctic Cold Blasts in South American Regions

    06/15/2012 4:04:30 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    Prensa ^ | 6 June 2012 | anon
    Brasilia, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Record cold winter temperatures have come to South America this year, in places such as the town of Quaraí in the Brazilian region known as the Western Frontier, where a temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest of the year, was registered. In this region, where winter extends between June and September, the outbreak of Antarctic air keeps millions of people on alert. According to the Meteorological Institute, other Brazilian towns reported freezing temperatures, such as Vacaria with -2.1 degrees, Sao Jose dos Ausentes, with -0.9 degrees, Sao Gabriel, -0.8 and Santa Rosa, -0.8 degrees....
  • Obama Energy Dept. awards $2 million grant to solar company linked with Van Jones

    06/15/2012 1:35:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/14/2012 | Hal Libby
    On Wednesday the Department of Energy began financing solar power installation research with a $2 million award to Solar Mosaic. The solar energy research company has former Obama “green jobs” czar Van Jones listed as an advisor. It also employed Rebuild the Dream, Jones’ firm, to do its public relations work. The DOE’s grant money will be distributed to nine companies in four states. Solar Mosaic received the most money, four times the amount of most other grants. Jones resigned his post in the Obama administration three years ago amid controversy stemming from his past remarks. Before working in the...
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • Kissing Cousins and Carbon Taxes

    06/14/2012 11:54:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Hugh Johnson
    Testifying in front of the Senate Finance Committee on tax and energy issues, Harvard’s Dr. Dale Jorgenson proposed a tax increase on fossil fuels equivalent to a 1.5 percent increase in federal revenues as a percent of GDP. Chairman Baucus asked if the increase is a “cousin” to a carbon tax and Dr. Jorgenson replied “a kissing cousin.” Defending the tax increase as a way to reduce consumption of carbon based fuels; Dr. Jorgenson claimed such a tax would be most effective if heavily weighted towards coal—this sounds like a carbon tax to us. A carbon tax harms American industries...
  • Obama plans to tackle climate change and nuclear proliferation - if he wins second term

    06/13/2012 5:36:28 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11 2012 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama’s priorities in a second term could include tackling climate change, halting nuclear proliferation, bolstering overseas aid and immigration reform, according to his senior advisers. Although on the campaign trail Obama insists that the central campaign issue is ‘how we build an economy that works for everybody’, White House aides, speaking to the New Yorker in a lengthy article about Obama’s plans for a second term, stressed other themes. Officials insist that they are not taking Obama’s re-election for granted. But Ryan Lizza, author of the article, revealed that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, had told...
  • 50 yrs. of ocean warming attributed to man (Oh Noes!)

    06/13/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    UPI.com ^ | June 11, 2012 | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    LIVERMORE, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- Human activity has been the primary cause of global ocean warming during the past 50 years, a team of U.S. and international researchers says. Scientists say the observed ocean warming in the last 50 years is consistent with climate models only if the models include the effects of observed increases in greenhouse gas during the 20th century. "We have taken a closer look at factors that influence these results," lead author Peter Gleckler at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said. "The bottom line is that this study substantially strengthens the conclusion that...
  • Bank of America to Spend $50 Billion Fighting Global Warming; Got $45 Billion from Bailout

    06/13/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 12, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Monday, Bank of America announced it plans to provide $50 billion in loans and financing over the next ten years for "environmentally friendly energy projects."
  • Mitt Romney worked to combat climate change as governor (He turned to John Holdren for advice?

    06/13/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/13/2012 | Neela Banerjee
    During his first 18 months as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney spent considerable time hammering out a sweeping climate change plan to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions... Before doing an about-face toward the end of his term as he began to prepare for his first run for president, Romney pushed to close coal-fired plants, encourage the development of renewable energy and contain sprawl - steps similar to some President Obama has taken. Indeed, one of Romney's top environmental staffers, Gina McCarthy, now runs the air pollution unit of the EPA under Obama. John Holdren, a scientist Romney turned to...
  • Obama believes the most important issue of second term is 'climate change'

    06/11/2012 10:49:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2012 | Ed Lasky
    President Obama is quoted in a New Yorker column by hooked-in journalist Ryan Lizza as believing the most important issue to address in his second term would be climate change "Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change (italics mine), one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation."
  • Germany’s Green Energy Policy Hit Households Hard

    06/11/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 10, 2012 | Jack Dini
    Many people in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. Skyrocketing electricity prices are making electricity unaffordable for a large number of Germans. The past year over 600,000 households had their power switched off in Germany because they can’t afford the skyrocketing electric bills.(1)
  • A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – Peter Gleick Edition

    06/10/2012 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with That? ^ | June 10, 2012 | justthefactswuwt
    By WUWT regular “Just The Facts”I recently came across a January 21st, 2012 Peter Gleick article 2011 Climate Change in Pictures and Data: Just the Facts, which appears to mimic the format and approach of my January 1st, 2012 article A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature”.What I find particularly amusing about Peter’s article is that a week after noting that, “Lost in this verbal debate are often the simple facts and data of climate change and the immense and definitive global observations of the ways in which our climate is actually changing around us.” Peter Gleick was perpetrating Fakegate. Why,...
  • Cold snap to slow winter veg production [Australia]

    06/10/2012 8:51:11 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 30 May 2012 | By Jennifer Huxley
    A north Queensland agricultural group says the recent cold snap will delay the winter vegetable season by almost two weeks. Weather bureau figures show maximum temperatures for the region over the past four days have been about eight degrees Celsius below average and there has been significant rain. Bowen Gulmu Growers Association spokesman Carl Walker says it could have a positive effect on prices. "A bit of rain, a bit of cold, a bit of wind - they won't grow quite as quick and it will slow down production," he said. "It is probably a good thing because down south...
  • Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find ( tree ring data lies)

    06/10/2012 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 17 May 2012 02.52 EDT | Alison Rourke in Sydney
    Study of tree rings, corals and ice cores finds unnatural spike in temperatures that lines up with manmade climate changeThe last 60 years have been the hottest in Australasia for a millennium and cannot be explained by natural causes, according to a new report by scientists that supports the case for a reduction in manmade carbon emissions.
  • Jo Nova chronicles the snapping of the Gergis hockey stick (More AGW - from Tree Ring Data)

    06/10/2012 6:50:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 9, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Note: I’m reposting this excellent essay from Jo Nova to give it a wide as an audience as possible. Be sure to bookmark her site if you have not already. – Anthony 300,000 dollars and three years to produce a paper that lasted three weeks: Gergis The paper might have been scientifically invalid, but it was a box-office success. The headlines were everywhere“1000 years of climate data confirms Australia’s warming” said the press release from University of Melbourne. It was picked up by The Guardian: “Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find”; The Age and The Australian...