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  • 'Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe' Says Sci Am Editor

    03/18/2012 5:12:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    'Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe' Says Sci Am Editor By Noel Sheppard Created 03/18/2012 - 6:52pm "Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe." So read Saturday's headline to Senior Editor Gary Stix's piece at one of the nation's most popular science magazines Scientific American: A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to acknowledge this point: “Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental...
  • The Long Sunspot Cycle 23 Predicts a Significant Temperature Decrease in Cycle 24

    03/17/2012 10:49:11 PM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 24 replies
    Science Direct.Com ^ | February 2, 2012 | Jan-Erik Solheim, Kjell Stordahl, Ole Humlum
    a b s t r a c t Relations between the length of a sunspot cycle and the average temperature in the same and the next cycle are calculated for a number of meteorological stations in Norway and in the North Atlantic region. No significant trend is found between the length of a cycle and the average temperature in the same cycle, but a significant negative trend is found between the length of a cycle and the temperature in the next cycle. This provides a tool to predict anaverage temperature decrease of at least 1:0 1C from solar cycle 23...
  • German Scientific Study Predicts Global Cooling Till 2030

    03/17/2012 10:25:48 PM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 23 replies
    Climate Change Dispatch ^ | March 9, 2012 | John O' Sullivan
    Research based on over 100 independent expert studies points to a cooling Earth climate at least until 2030. Author, Dr. Theodor Landscheidt of the Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar Activity points to failures by climatologists to account for solar variation in their projections.
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)---> http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA
  • More WH Emails Released on Solyndra Troubles

        White House staff knew enough about Solyndra’s troubles in January 2011 to dismiss talk of inviting the company’s executives into President Barack Obama’s special State of the Union box, internal emails released Friday show.     The idea of seating Solyndra officials with Michelle Obama in the Capitol during the president’s nationally televised speech came up around the same time that DOE was preparing a controversial change to the company’s $535 million federal loan guarantee, which wound up increasing the risk to taxpayers.  But Daniella Gibbs Léger, director of White House message events, batted down the idea of a State...
  • Air pollution to become major killer, predicts 'grim' report

    03/17/2012 4:25:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 16 March 2012 | OECD
    Air pollution is set to cause increasing numbers of early deaths in the coming decades, including in rich countries, a “grim” report on the environment has warned. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also cautioned yesterday that without changes to government policies, emissions would rise by 50 per cent by 2050, putting the world on course for three- to six-degree rises by 2100. The organisation’s outlook to 2050 projected further losses in wildlife and pressure on natural resources, including fresh water. “This is a very grim report. It suggests that we are not steering in the right direction,”...
  • Los Angeles TV station pans California’s AB32 climate bill

    03/16/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | March 16, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    This is a surprise, a major TV station in Los Angeles pushes back against the California Air Resources Board AB32 bill aka California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. I urge readers to drop him a letter of support at the email address included in the transcript below.Click to play the video on KTTV's page Transcript follows. LOS ANGELES – KTTV Vice-President and General Manager Kevin Hale takes a look at how one well-intentioned Climate Change Bill might our economy beyond repair in this P.O.V.When Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 six years ago, it was pre-recession. And that legislation, California’s Global Warming...
  • As seas rise, researchers say devastating floods could soon wreak havoc on (NJ) Shore towns

    03/16/2012 10:33:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger via NJ.com ^ | Thursday March 15, 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    Living along New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastline has always posed something of a risk. Terms like coastal flooding, erosion and nor’easter have long been a part of the vocabulary of residents on the Shore. But new research predicts rising sea levels due to global warming will more than triple the likelihood of devastating coastal flooding by the year 2030, putting more than 230,000 beach and bay-side residents in the flood zone. Put simply, the once in a lifetime coastal storm may soon come around once in a generation. "Sea level rise is not some distant problem that we can...
  • API: Proposed EPA Emission Rules Will Reduce Shale Gas Drilling

    03/15/2012 12:18:03 PM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 15, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations would drastically reduce shale gas drilling by 31 percent to 52 percent, or 12,700 to 21,400 wells, over the 2012 to 2015 time period, according to a study by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API study also found that: 5.8 to 7.0 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of otherwise economic unconventional natural gas would not be developed and produced by 2015, a 9 percent to 11 percent reduction 1.8 billion barrels of otherwise economic unconventional liquids would not be developed and produced by 2015,...
  • Obama compares Republicans to ‘flat earth society’ for stance on green energy

    03/15/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/15/2012 | By David Nakamura
    President Obama blasted his Republican critics Thursday for their resistance to investing in alternative energy sources, comparing their stance to the beliefs of those who thought that Columbus would sail off the edge of the world. In another in a series of speeches defending his energy policies, Obama touted his push for green energy growth — including wind and solar power, electric cars and biofuels — as a way to help wean the nation from a dependence on foreign oil. And he mocked his rivals for failing to embrace his ideas. “If some of these folks were around when Columbus...
  • New Science Curriculum to Address Climate Change Controversy

    03/14/2012 2:02:21 PM PDT · by Sopater · 35 replies
    Education News ^ | March 14th, 2012 | Julia Lawrence
    The groups currently drafting new science standards for American classrooms have decided to include a section addressing the issue of climate change. The Congressionally chartered National Academies, including the National Research Council, plan to include a document drafted last year that says that human activities have at least a partial impact on climate.Although there’s a strong consensus in scientific literature on anthropogenic climate change, in America the issue is a source of significant controversy and debate. Just how strident the debate over climate change had become came as a surprise to one California middle school teacher: When Treena Joi, a...
  • 'Invisible tsunami' of rising sea levels puts US coasts at risk, expert says

    03/14/2012 4:12:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 53 replies · 2+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | staff and news services
    “Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” Strauss told The New York Times. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.”
  • Sinking Nations Are Pursuing Legal Options To Stave Off Destruction

    03/12/2012 5:49:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    forbes.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Michael Bobelian
    The Marshall Islands is approaching extinction. The threat is not from a plague or a warring neighbor. It is the very ocean that surrounds this archipelago of islands and atolls located in the Pacific Ocean just above the equator. The math is as simple as it is deadly. As global temperatures rise, so will sea levels from three to six feet by the end of the century according to the Columbia University Earth Institute. The speckles of flat land that make up the Marshall Islands rise about seven feet above sea level. In a few decades, scientists predict that rising...
  • Forget evolution, climate science is the most controversial subject in school

    03/13/2012 6:16:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 8:20 pm on March 12, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Little by little, the federal Department of Education appropriates ever more power for itself. (Never mind that the department might very well be unconstitutional in the first place.) Today, most public schools are dependent one way or another on federal funds. Those funds don’t come without strings — and, under the Obama administration, bureaucrats have tightened those strings considerably. Through the Race to the Top competition, the Ed Department enticed states with reward funds to adopt national standards. (Some state leaders — like Texas Gov. Rick Perry — turned down the funding, but they were the exceptions.) The common core...
  • Keystone vote underlines greens' isolation

    03/12/2012 5:38:41 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/12/2012 | John Kemp
    Only intense lobbying by the president himself ensured the latest congressional bid to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was defeated in the U.S. Senate last week. But if Keystone's opponents won the latest skirmish, it appears they are losing the war. The vote revealed deep divisions among Senate Democrats as well as the waning influence of environmentalists and the growing power of the oil and gas lobby in Congress. It seems only a matter of time before the controversial northern section of Keystone, which goes from Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma, is given the go-ahead. It will probably happen once the...
  • Climate Coup — The Politics (How the regulating class is using bogus claims )

    03/12/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    JoNova ^ | last updated 13 Mar 2012 | Guest Post: Dr David M.W. Evans,
    How the regulating class is using bogus claims about climate change to entrench and extend their economic privileges and political control.Guest Post: Dr David M.W. Evans, 29 Feb 2012, last updated 13 Mar 2012, latest pdf hereThe Science The sister article Climate Coup—The Science (a more mainstream version of The Skeptic’s Case) contains the science foundation for this essay. It checks the track record of the climate models against our best and latest data, from impeccable sources. It details how you can download this data yourself. It finds that the climate models got all their major predictions wrong: Test Climate...
  • Monckton’s Schenectady showdown

    03/12/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 33 replies · 1+ views
    WUWT ^ | March 10, 2012 | Justin Pulliam
    Schenectady, NY - THE NEWS that Lord Monckton was to give his “Climate of Freedom” lecture at Union College in Schenectady, New York, had thrown the university’s environmentalists into a turmoil. The campus environmentalists set up a Facebook page announcing a counter-meeting of their own immediately following Monckton’s lecture. There is no debate about global warming, they announced. There is a consensus. The science is settled. Their meeting would be addressed by professors and PhDs, the “true” scientists, no less. Sparks, it seemed, were gonna fly. Traveling with Lord Monckton on the East Coast leg of his current whistle-stop tour...
  • "The world is getting warmer": Romney

    03/12/2012 9:43:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 3, 2011 | Ros Krasny
    (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
  • GE rejects Republicans’ climate change doubts

    03/12/2012 5:22:30 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 11 March 2012 | Pilita Clark
    General Electric has brushed aside the doubts leading Republican presidential contenders have raised about climate science. The US industrial and financial conglomerate said it had long seen climate change as a valid concern after an internal evaluation of the scientific case in 2005. (Snip) Observers have attributed the party’s shift since the last election to a range of factors, including the rise of the anti-regulatory Tea Party and fears about unemployment. Others suggest the change is due to fossil fuel interests using so-called super PACs – the new generation of political action committees empowered by a 2010 Supreme Court ruling...
  • Forget climate change, we must focus on the real issue

    03/10/2012 5:10:17 AM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Autonomous Mind ^ | February 6, 2012 | Autonomous Mind
    Over at Bishop Hill there is a post titled A Study in Groupthink that looks at an exchange of Twitter comments between Maurizio Morabito ( @Omnologos ) and Bora Zivkovic ( @BoraZ ), the blogs editor at Scientific American. The author of the Bishop Hill blog, Andrew Montford, explains in his post that Zivkovic is clearly very much out of the same mould as Peter Gleick, which I take to mean an unswerving true believer, a rigid in his views who sees anyone dissenting from what he chooses to believe in and argue for as ultimately evil or corrupted by...
  • WOLF: Mitt beat Rick, but Newt beat Barack

    03/10/2012 9:53:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    This wouldn't be the first time the media missed the real story. In the wake of a split Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum scored wins against each other, but it was former Speaker Newt Gingrich who single-handedly drove President Obama into panic mode... And then there was Newt Gingrich, the Lazarus of the presidential campaign, as the Drudge Report recently called him, ready to rise once again. While the mainstream media stayed focused on the game of checkers between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, Mr. Gingrich forced President Obama into an astonishing game of chess. In a 30-minute...
  • Hey Hansen! Where’s the Beef !?

    03/10/2012 7:14:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 8, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    In June 1986, Dr. James Hansen made a prediction to an AP newspaper reporter, which was carried in Oxnard, CA, of a 2 degree temperature rise by 2006. This was two years before, almost to the day before he and Senator Tim Wirth duped a bunch of Washington legislators with stagecraft on a hot June day by turning off the a/c in the hearing room while complaining about global warming and urging the need for “immediate action” (translation: cash). Like Dr. Hansen’s 20 year sea level prediction, it hasn’t come true. In honor of the 80′s, when a popular TV...
  • A view of climate “on the ground” from a reporter who was there at the beginning

    Elevated from a comment Theodore White says: March 8, 2012 at 5:04 pmLet’s clarify a few things on another of Anthony’s excellent posts, like this one ‘Hey Hansen! Where’s the Beef !?’ –It’s lengthy, but gives the view of a person who was there on the ground, covering climate science and global warming in the late 1980s – years before the AGW mania took off.I worked as a journalist in the late 1980s in Colorado, home state of Senator Tim Wirth. I had interviewed him several times on other topics. As part of my general assignment beat, I also covered...
  • Another EU Greenfail As Poland Vetoes Carbon Targets

    03/10/2012 11:20:45 AM PST · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 10, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    The EU’s carbon agenda has launched a trade war that has China blocking purchases of Airbus’s troubled new jumbo jets; now word comes that the EU climate agenda is beginning to fall apart at home. The European Union’s ambitious low carbon plan collapsed yesterday when Poland vetoed plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically after 2020. The move is the latest stage in the ignominious failure of EU carbon policy that has seen a grandiose carbon trading system bog down in a quagmire of scandal and price collapse. Europe will meet its current carbon reduction goals less because of any...
  • Romney's Pending Sellout on Global Warming

    03/10/2012 11:46:25 AM PST · by trappedincanuckistan · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 7, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    But those conservatives and Tea Party patriots overlooking Romney's Romneycare apostasy to still vote for him in the primaries are setting themselves up to be gravely disappointed again on this issue. As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney appointed to state office Obama science czar John Holdren, a wacky far out leftist, and Obama EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is writing and implementing all of the Obama restrictions on power plants. Among the advisors to the Romney campaign on these issues today is James Connaughton, formerly head of the Bush White House Council of Environmental Quality, and a long time ardent...
  • David Suzuki Goes Ballistic, Advocates Retracting All Rights From AGW Skeptics (my title)

    03/10/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 9MAR2012 | Anthony Watts
    David “fruit fly” Suzuki goes ballistic, and advocates retracting all rights from skeptics. I’m mentioned as some sort of baddie central, but at least I don’t dress up with Santa Claus to scare the kids and ask their parents to send me money. Where’s that DDT when you need it? From the Huffington Post: “This public responsibility is especially important in light of the stepped-up efforts to deny the reality of climate change, or the role humans play in it. Cases in point are illustrated by the “denialgate” scandal revealed by the release of Heartland Institute documents and the revelation...
  • Hansen : Tampering With Data All Over The Planet

    03/09/2012 8:17:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    real-science.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Steven Goddard
    Hansen has been deleting cooling trends all over the planet. The image above compares current GISS 1950-1998 trends, with those he published in 1999. He has erased historical cooling trends (blue) in North America, South America, Africa, the Arctic, Antarctica, and elsewhere. He also has created data in the southern hemisphere which didn’t previously exist. Note how the area of grey has shrunk. The color scales are shifted, but the legends are located below the maps – and you can see that the values have changed. The circle over Africa has changed from a -0.5C to -0.3C cooling trend, into...
  • TN lawmaker says green policies are part of secret U.N. plot

    03/09/2012 8:27:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/9/12 | Anne Paine
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120309/NEWS0201/303090079/TN-lawmaker-says-green-policies-part-secret-U-N-plot?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • China vigorously promoting shale gas exploration, development ( 200 yr supply est)

    03/08/2012 8:21:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    peakoil.com ^ | March 5, 2012
    Shale gas exploration and exploitation in China is still at an early stage.Natural gas accounted for 4% of China’s total energy consumption in 2010. The natural gas share of total world energy demand was nearly six times that, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2011.In the first 5 months of 2011, Chinese crude oil import dependence reached 55.2%, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.China’s shale gas resource is 100 trillion cu m, and the technically recoverable shale gas resource is 36 trillion cu m.1Shale gas in China Here are key dates and activities in...
  • Ł120 billion gamble on wind turbines:Green energy 'ten times dearer than power stations'

    03/07/2012 11:59:24 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8:52 AM on 7th March 2012 | By Sean Poulter
    A rush to green energy by spending billions covering much of the countryside with wind turbines would be an expensive blunder, a damning study has found. Professor Gordon Hughes of Edinburgh University said the massive programme will cost consumers Ł120billion by 2020 through higher bills. This is almost ten times more than the Ł13billion it would cost to generate the same amount of electricity from efficient gas-fired power stations, according to the leading energy and environment economist. Professor Hughes said families are being forced to subsidise wind farms through their bills. Meanwhile business energy costs are also being driven up,...
  • Green donors bet on Romney flip-flop

    03/05/2012 8:41:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | March 5, 2012 07:59 PM EST | Darren Samuelsohn
    Will Mitt Romney flip-flop on climate change if he’s elected president? Some big donors are betting on it.Romney and his super PAC have taken millions from funders with strong green streaks — despite the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has run to the right in the primary, proclaiming doubts about global-warming science and trashing President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policies.Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger Management hedge fund, helped put cap-and-trade legislation on the map with $60 million in contributions over the past decade to the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, Robertson has given $1.25 million to Romney’s Restore...
  • Obama: I’ll make energy prices “skyrocket” (11/2/2008. Obama's own words wanting higher prices)

    03/06/2012 3:28:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/2/2008 | Ed Morrissey
    In another clip from the same January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in which Barack Obama promised to bankrupt anyone foolish enough to build coal-burning power plants, he also made an interesting admission about his entire energy plan. Obama told the editors that his policies would make energy prices “skyrocket” as the energy industry passed along the exorbitant costs of his cap-and-trade policy: The problem is not technical, uh, and the problem is not mastery of the legislative intricacies of Washington. The problem is, uh, can you get the American people to say, “This is really important,” and...
  • Green Firms Get Fed Cash, Give Execs Bonuses, Fail (Taxpayer funded Golden Parachutes)

    03/06/2012 8:19:13 AM PST · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    ABC The Blotter ^ | March 6, 2012 | Brian Ross
    President Obama's Department of Energy helped finance several green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy -- but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives, a Center for Public Integrity and ABC News investigation found. ----------------------- snip EnerDel, maker of lithium-ion battery systems, landed a $118.5 million energy grant in August 2009. About one-and-a-half years later, Vice President Joe Biden toured a company plant in Indiana and heralded its taxpayer-supported expansion as one of the "100 Recovery Act Projects That Are Changing America." Two months after Biden's visit, EnerDel corporate parent Ener1 paid $725,000...
  • Climate Deniers Are Giving Us Skeptics a Bad Name

    02/29/2012 11:21:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 29, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    Gallia omnia est divisa in partes tres. This phrase from Julius Gaius Caesar about the division of Gaul nicely illustrates the universe of climate scientists -- also divided into three parts. On the one side are the "warmistas," with fixed views about apocalyptic man-made global warming; at the other extreme are the "deniers." Somewhere in the middle are climate skeptics. In principle, every true scientist must be a skeptic. That's how we're trained; we question experiments, and we question theories. We try to repeat or independently derive what we read in publications -- just to make sure that no mistakes...
  • Global annualized temperature – “full of [snip] up to their eyebrows”

    03/05/2012 10:17:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 4, 2012 | Guest Post by Dr. Robert Brown,
    Physics Dept. Duke University [elevated from comments] Dr. Brown mentions “global temperature” several times. I’d like to know what he thinks of this.Dr. Brown thinks that this is a very nice piece of work, and is precisely the reason that he said that anybody who claims to know the annualized average temperature of the Earth, or the Ocean, to 0.05 K is, as the saying goes, full of [snip] up to their eyebrows.What I think one can define is an average “Global Temperature” — noting well the quotes — by following some fixed and consistent rule that goes from a...
  • New Study Shows A Clear Millennial Solar Impact Throughout Holocene (The Sun is in Control)

    03/04/2012 7:59:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 4, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Key Points High resolution SST and SSS reconstruction off Cape HatterasLow salinity anomaly (3.5-5.2 ka): absence of Labrador current influenceMillenial NAO pattern and solar variability Emphatic Blow To CO2 Warmists – New Study Shows A Clear Millennial Solar Impact Throughout HoloceneBy Pierre Gosselin (reposted from No Tricks Zone with permission) A new paper titled High-resolution sea surface reconstructions off Cape Hatteras over the last 10 ka appearing just recently in the AGU Paleoceanography Journal authored by Caroline Cléroux et al provides further, clear evidence of a major solar impact on climate during the Holocene. Hat/tip: http://kaltesonne.de/.According to the paper’s abstract,...
  • Climate change research is costing Australian taxpayers $300 million

    03/04/2012 8:20:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 4, 2012 | by Gemma Jones
    MILLIONS of dollars in government research funding is being ploughed into studies of emotion in climate change messages, ancient economic life in Italy and the history of the moon. Studies of sleeping snails and determining if Australian birds are getting smaller because of climate change have also been allocated funding in the latest round of grants totalling $300 million by the Australian Research Council. Another project titled "Sending and responding to messages about climate change: the role of emotion and morality" by a Queensland university secured $197,302. The council said it was an important psychology project. The study to determine...
  • The sun is still in a funk: sunspot numbers are dropping when they should be rising

    03/03/2012 7:52:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 2, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    The sunspot number for February from SIDC is down again, to 33.1Here’s the source of that data: http://sidc.oma.be/DATA/monthssn.datSo far, cycle 24 is significantly lower in SSN number that the last three cycles, in addition to having a delayed start. While the delta of the drop in Feb 2012 is not unusual by itself, it is the lowest observed value of the last three cycles this far into a new cycle.Compared to the entire data set back to 1749, which I’ve plotted below……it shows cycle 24 so far to be on par with cycle 12 and cycle 6 in amplitude.While this...
  • "Fake But Accurate" Science

    02/29/2012 2:17:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Real Clear Ppolitics ^ | February 29, 2012 | Robert Tracinski
    For years, we've been lectured at by the global warming establishment about how anyone who doubts them is an enemy of science. One of them in particular, a fellow named Peter Gleick who was the chair of the American Geophysical Union's Task Force on Scientific Ethics, kept lecturing us about how much more scientific integrity the warmists have compared to us unscrupulous skeptics... --snip-- This is what makes many of us global warming skeptics so outraged. We have spent years being smeared as "anti-science," yet many of us became interested in this subject because of our reverence for science. When...
  • Va. AG Cuccinelli: 'Rogue' EPA Must Be Corralled

    03/01/2012 12:52:01 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Environmental Protection Agency is so out of control that it needs a major fix, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tells Newsmax.TV. And a court case challenging the agency’s powers to limit greenhouse gases now before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., could be just the remedy the agency needs, he said. “I am cautiously optimistic that the court will send this back to the EPA to be fixed,” Cuccinelli said. “I hope to fix it like a dog — snip — but that’s going to require a new president as well, so I hope the timing will work...
  • Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

    03/01/2012 12:10:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 26+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them. In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations. Consider this a promise kept: GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and...
  • Abound Solar, Recipient Of $400 Million Federal Loan Guarantee, Halts Production

    03/01/2012 11:51:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 8+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 1, 2012 | by Todd Woody
    The solar shakeout continues as Abound Solar, a Colorado startup that aimed to take on industry leader First Solar with a $400 million federal loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories, halts production and lays off 180 workers. In addition to the $400 million loan guarantee, Abound, which was founded in 2007, has raised $260 million in venture funding from investors that include Invus Group, Bohemian Companies, DCM, GLG Partners, Technology Partners, BP Alternative Energy and West Hill Investors. Whether Abound can compete in an increasingly tough solar market remains in question.
  • The EPA's Day in Court

    03/01/2012 11:39:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 7+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 28, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A number of states have joined with industry organizations to challenge new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency on the grounds that they run contrary to the Clean Air Act. Oral arguments began on February 28 before D.C.’s Court of Appeals.Previous cases have not gone so well. In 2007, in Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. And last year, the Court unanimously threw out a lawsuit, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, that was brought by eight states. In its decision, the court held...
  • Genetically Engineered Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change (barf alert!)

    02/29/2012 8:17:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 February 2012 | Kim Krieger
    Enlarge Image Crystalline. Calcium carbonate forming in sterile solutions tends to be amorphous and black (left), but the presence of bacteria coaxes it to form calcite crystals. Credit: Jenny Cappuccio/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory As humans warm the planet by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some researchers believe that capturing CO2 and trapping it in buried rocks could lower the risk of catastrophic climate change. Now a team of researchers has shown that bacteria can help the process along. They can even be genetically modified to trap CO2 faster, keeping it underground for millions of years. When CO2 is...
  • Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong ( Author is an Ecconomist....his science ???)

    02/29/2012 8:18:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 1+ views
    nybooks.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | William D. Nordhaus
    The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change. When I showed an early draft to colleagues, their response was that I had left out the arguments of skeptics about climate change, and I accordingly addressed this at length.But one of the difficulties I found in examining the views of climate skeptics is that they are scattered widely in...
  • The Guardian: CO2 Apocalypse Now! Volcanoes, earthquakes, awaken subterranean giants

    02/29/2012 7:13:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 29th, 2012 | | Joanne
    The Guardian “Climate change will shake the Earth” (parroted by the SMH) is feeding the pagan masses who worship The God CO2. Which would be fine, except they pretend that it’s science when it’s the “hell” part of any religion. If you drive your SUV too far you, sinner, will bear the blame for earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. The mystery, we wonder, is why they forgot pestilence and plagues?! Try this on. I’m quoting them: “So what – geologically speaking – can we look forward to if we continue to pump out greenhouse gases at the current hell-for-leather rate?” “we...
  • The Skeptic's Case

    02/28/2012 7:22:06 PM PST · by metmom · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 24, 2012 | David M.W. Evans
    We check the main predictions of the climate models against the best and latest data. Fortunately the climate models got all their major predictions wrong. Why? Every serious skeptical scientist has been consistently saying essentially the same thing for over 20 years, yet most people have never heard the message. Here it is, put simply enough for any lay reader willing to pay attention. *snip* The direct effect of CO2 is well-established physics, based on laboratory results, and known for over a century.[2] Feedbacks are due to the ways the Earth reacts to the direct warming effect of the CO2....
  • Best – warming – headline – evah---BBC -- Global Warming is Making the World Colder

    02/28/2012 7:12:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 28, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’ve been getting a lot of pressure to cover the story by warmspinner Richard Black over at the BBC about a supposed feedback between Arctic sea ice and colder, snowier, winters in the UK and the EU. For example, WUWT “elftone” says: Richard Black of the BBC – despite getting his head handed to him on a platter twice recently – is spinning like crazy about snowy winters. The cause is shrinking arctic ice. No, really :). I’m amazed he’s able to stand:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269 I’ve been resisting covering this for a little bit, because I knew sooner or later some MSM...
  • Keep Shell Out Of The Arctic! (latest polar bear extinction hysterics big lie)

    02/27/2012 12:40:07 PM PST · by pabianice · 23 replies
    Dear BP couldn’t clean up an oil spill in the Gulf. How in the world will Shell do it in the Arctic? The Obama Administration has given Shell tentative approval to explore for oil in Alaska’s Polar Bear Seas. Tell Secretary Salazar to deny Shell the final permits it needs to begin drilling this summer! The Obama Administration is now paving the way for Shell to begin drilling this summer in both of our nation’s “Polar Bear Seas.” We must not let Shell roll the dice with America’s Arctic, where a blowout and spill could devastate populations of polar bears,...
  • Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)

    02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Bishop Hill blog ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall – if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press – then perhaps on balance he did the right...