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  • Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion ( March 2012)

    08/08/2012 12:52:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the whole barycentric thing which gets certain people into shouting matches. Figure 9 looks to be interesting, but note that it is in generic units, not temperature, so has no predictive value by itself.Fig. 9. Proposed solar harmonic reconstructions based on four beat frequencies. (Top) Average beat envelope function of the model (Eq. (18)) and (Bottom) the version modulated with a...
  • The secret letter UEA and CRU doesn’t want us (or anybody else) to read

    08/07/2012 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 3, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Uh oh.Steve McIntyre has written an eviscerating essay about a secret letter circulated by the IPCC to UEA/CRU, which they are refusing to divulge, because: there would be an adverse effect on international relations between IPCC WG1 and academic institutions within the United Kingdom because it would force is to reconsider our working arrangements with those experts who have been selected for an active role in WG1 AR5 from your institution and others in the UK”. McIntyre writes: On Feb 26, 2010, as part of their first response to Climategate, Thomas Stocker, a Climategate correspondent of Phil Jones and by...
  • NASA’s James Hansen’s big cherry pick ( Summer heat... caused by Global Warming )

    08/07/2012 5:26:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 6, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From NASA:  Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global WarmingA new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth’s land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Earth’s Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years has seen more “hot” (orange), “very hot” (red) and “extremely hot” (brown) summers, compared to a base period defined in this study from 1951 to 1980. This visualization shows how the area...
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, ......

    08/07/2012 2:47:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    Full Title:**********************$1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in Nevada Reid-sponsored National Clean Energy Summit pushes more subsidies as key to Nevada’s futureLAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job.Despite...
  • Clean Energy Summit Sparks Political Events, Debate Over Government Role In Renewables

    08/07/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off today in Las Vegas, the debate over alternative energy development and the government's role in its future rages on. The purpose of the day-long event as described on the website is to, “once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence.” But the role of the federal government in the...
  • Fifth Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas to Focus on Clean Energy Choice, August 7

    07/31/2012 5:50:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ^ | July 31, 2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
    Former President Bill Clinton to Give Keynote Address at Nation’s Premier Annual Clean Energy ConferenceLas Vegas, NV — On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, “National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice” returns to Las Vegas at Bellagio Hotel & Resort for the nation’s foremost conversation about clean energy options. As a passionate advocate for energy alternatives, Former President Bill Clinton will give a keynote address during the summit about the importance of taking action and utilizing the power of choice when it comes to clean energy. The annual conference is hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), MGM...
  • OBAMA TO TRANSFORM U.S. MILITARY INTO SOCIAL WORKERS: New focus on ‘global warming,’ poverty, etc

    08/06/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Klein Online / WND ^ | July 31, 2012
    Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second term plans for President Obama to transform the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work-style organization designed to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations, and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide. The groups, already instrumental in influencing Obama’s first term defense agenda, call for massive, second term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change. These schemes and many more are documented in the soon-to-be-released book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans...
  • Ousted EPA administrator vows to “stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas”

    08/06/2012 11:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/06/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Al Armendariz's big mouth cost him his job as a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that he's working for the Sierra Club, Armendariz appears even more opinionated about the industry he once regulated.In his first comments since resigning from EPA in April, Armendariz unloaded on the coal industry, called President Obama the most environmental president ever, and attacked the state of Texas for fighting the EPA in court. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his comments comparing the EPA's philosophy to the brutal tactics used by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its adversaries.Armendariz's most pointed comments...
  • The Perspective of a Lifetime on Atmospheric Modeling

    08/04/2012 11:57:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2012 | Anthony J. Sadar
    The president vowed to make climate change a top priority in his second term, suggesting that a major assault on industry is coming if he is re-elected. So before the potential onslaught, some real-world perspective on climate change is essential. First, note that the tool used to both develop future global climate scenarios and to panic the public on meteorological mayhem is atmospheric modeling. Most of my nearly 35 years of professional life has been involved with atmospheric modeling in one... --snip-- What I and so many other air modelers have discovered is that, as impressive as modeling has become,...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama chief of staff Daley briefed on Solyndra concerns six months before bankruptcy

    08/03/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The Solyndra scandal took a big step up the ladder today, as ABC News uncovers new evidence that shows fears over a collapse reached all the way into the West Wing. An OMB analyst tried to raise red flags on the Obama administration’s attempt to rescue the now-bankrupt green-tech firm, before the Department of Energy rejected her advice and restructured the loans in March 2011, which illegally subordinated taxpayers in case of default. An e-mail from Kelly Colyar in August 2011 reminded recipients that she had predicted that very scenario — and that White House chief of staff had been...
  • Think Progress Falsely Claims Global Warming Melted Street Lights in Oklahoma

    08/03/2012 8:08:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    August 02, 2012 | 18:11 | Noel Sheppard
    So eager are the shills at the George Soros-funded far-left website Think Progress to find evidence of global warming that on Thursday they falsely blamed melting street lights in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on the heat. As originally reported by TP's Stephen Lacey:… Even as residents swelter in the relentless heat, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe continued his tirade about man-made global warming during a Senate hearing yesterday, saying the science had “collapsed.” It appears the only thing collapsing are the street lights.Way down at the bottom is this:UPDATE: After we published this piece, we saw reports from people on the ground in...
  • Report: Extreme South Jersey weather could be caused by global warming

    08/02/2012 5:35:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Gloucester County Times ^ | August 2, 2012 | By Andy Polhamus
    Climate change has come to New Jersey, according to Environment New Jersey, a statewide environmental advocacy group. The organization released a report Thursday that attributes this year’s extreme weather to global warming. “Certainly, we have a problem on our hands,” said Matt Elliott, a representative from Environment New Jersey. “We need to do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today.”
  • California weighs giving away more CO2 permits (to stem 'leakage' of businesses fleeing state)

    08/01/2012 10:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    Aug 1 (Reuters Point Carbon) - In an effort to dissuade companies in key industries facing new carbon costs from leaving the state, California is considering giving them millions of dollars worth of additional free greenhouse gas allowances, state's air regulator said on Monday. California's cap-and-trade program seeks to emulate tactics used in the European Union and Australia to address emission "leakage" - a term describing the exodus of employers from a state or country in order to sidestep environmental costs. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulator of the forthcoming program, held a workshop in Sacramento on Monday...
  • Senate EPW hearing on global warming tomorrow ( Wed August 1 )

    08/01/2012 11:48:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Anthony Watts
    Posted on July 31, 2012 by Anthony Watts On Wednesday at 10AM ET (7AM PT) the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will conduct a hearing on (take your pick) global warming climate change climate disruption. Dr. John Christy will be there, but it is confirmed that Dr. Richard Muller of BEST will NOT be testifying.  From what I hear it will be webcast, details below.It is called: “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.” You can watch the webcast at http://www.epw.senate.govFull Committee hearing:Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.Wednesday, August 1,...
  • Anthony Watts: My response to NCDC’s op-ed in the New York Times ( RE - Temperatures of CONUS)

    07/31/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 30, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Andrew Revkin asked me to provide comments on this article of his where the National Climatic Data Center was asked to respond to Watts et al 2012:A Closer Look at Climate Studies Promoted Before PublicationHere is what I sent to him:My comments on Thorne’s response are pretty simple.They still refuse to get out of the office, to examine firsthand the condition of the network and try to come up with hands on approaches for dealing with station inhomogeneity, but instead focus of trying to spot patterns in data and massage it. In my view this is the wrong approach and...
  • New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial

    07/31/2012 7:17:24 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 29 July 2012 | Anthony Watts
    A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated siting system which addresses USHCN siting issues and data adjustments. The new improved assessment, for the years 1979 to 2008,...
  • Climate change – off in the ozone

    07/30/2012 1:32:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the Harvard University  news service and the what are they smoking department, comes this suggestion that apparently it never was ozone damaging CFC refrigerants at all, it was those nasty thunderstorms wot done it.  They say: “Recent studies have suggested that the number and intensity of such storms are linked to climate changes…which could in turn lead to increased ozone loss and greater levels of harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, and potentially higher rates of skin cancer.” I have a pretty hard time believing this one, because, well, it’s like Rube Goldberg machine construct where lots of...
  • Backstory on the new surfacestations paper ( Anthony Watts of "Watts Up With That?")

    07/30/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’m a bit burnt out, so this is a just a few notes to quench some speculations about Steve McIntyre’s role and to help everyone understand what this week has been like.
  • NEWS... on Watts Up: Half the trend is due to badly placed thermometers and erroneous adjustments

    07/29/2012 7:09:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    JoNova ^ | July 30th, 2012 | joanne
    It’s all up on Watts Up now. What Anthony Watts and Evan Jones have revealed is breathtaking, a must see. Half of the warming trend has gone. 92% of the artificial rise was due to” erroneous adjustments of well sited stations”. Muller et al used an older siting classification system. The new classification system shows that siting does have a major impact on the data.We always knew thermometers were never meant to be stuck next to air-conditioners. Now we know they shouldn’t be recording global warming near airports either.Go and Visit Watts Up and enjoy! I’ll be posting my own analysis...
  • Global Warming? Yeah, right

    07/29/2012 4:12:51 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 14 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 29th, 2012 | J Delingpole
    Have a look at this chart. It tells you pretty much all you need to know about the much-anticipated scoop by Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That? What it means, in a nutshell, is that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – the US government body in charge of America's temperature record, has systematically exaggerated the extent of late 20th century global warming. In fact, it has doubled it.
  • An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S.( Temperatures)

    07/29/2012 1:27:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    PRESS RELEASE Posted on July 29, 2012 by Anthony Watts PRESS RELEASE – July 29th, 2012 12PM PDT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated...
  • Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., (Harvard) Study Says (More Global Warming Alarmists)

    07/27/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    NY Time ^ | 7-26-2012 | Henry Fountain
    Strong summer thunderstorms that pump water high into the upper atmosphere pose a threat to the protective ozone layer over the United States, researchers said on Thursday, drawing one of the first links between climate change and ozone loss over populated areas. In a study published online by the journal Science, Harvard University scientists reported that some storms send water vapor miles into the stratosphere — which is normally drier than a desert — and showed how such events could rapidly set off ozone-destroying reactions with chemicals that remain in the atmosphere from CFCs, refrigerant gases that are now banned....
  • Storm trends in Australia and New Zealand? No evidence that CO2 increases extreme weather

    07/25/2012 6:11:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    joNova ^ | July 25th, 2012 | Joanne
    Get ready — for all the fears of extreme weather coming our way — studies of Queensland, Victoria, the whole of SE Australia, New Zealand, and Perth show that either nothing is changing (there have always been bad storms) or possibly, the weather is better now than it used to be. Where is the evidence to support the claims by alarmists that increasing CO2 will make “extreme weather” more common?It’s less windy now across South East Australia than it was in the 1920′s. It’s less stormy on the southern coast of Victoria, and records that go back 7000 years...
  • CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought ( AGW Alarmists at work again?)

    07/25/2012 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 25th July 2012 06:48 GMT | Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor
    Atmospheric feedback loops can be rather swift, geologically speakingThe time lag between increased quantities of CO2 reaching or leaving the atmosphere and global temperature change may be far shorter than previously thought, according to a new paper, Tightened constraints on the time-lag between Antarctic temperature and CO2 during the last deglaciation published this week by Climate of the Past.The paper states its claims by suggesting other ice-core-based assessments of the correlation between CO2 prevalence and global temperature use samples from a region of Antarctica where ice accumulates slowly, making conclusions on the age of air bubbles difficult. This new research...
  • Pennsylvania coal companies announce layoffs, blame Obama

    07/23/2012 6:17:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/23/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Two coal companies in Pennsylvania blamed President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the layoffs announced last week. “[T]he escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EPA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry,” said PBS Coals Inc. President and CEO D. Lynn Shanks in a statement on Friday, as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The company also cited weaker-than-normal demand for coal. Shanks’ comment on the EPA came as he announced a 28 percent work force reduction. “PBS Coals Inc. and its affiliate company, RoxCoal Inc., laid off about...
  • Dumping iron at sea does sink carbon

    07/24/2012 1:06:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Natue News ^ | 18 July 2012 | Quirin Schiermeier
    Geoengineering hopes revived as study of iron-fertilized algal blooms shows they deposit carbon in the deep ocean when they die. In the search for methods to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere after all. Despite other studies suggesting that this approach was ineffective, a recent analysis of an ocean-fertilization experiment eight years ago in the Southern Ocean indicates that encouraging algal blooms to grow can soak up carbon that is then deposited in the deep ocean as the algae...
  • The rise and fall of Al Gore and Global Warming

    07/23/2012 4:42:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 22, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I noticed with my morning coffee that Tom Nelson had a Google Trends graph that piqued my interest, so I decided to expand upon it a bit before getting back to work. After looking at my results, the title of this post could just as easily be “off the radar”. Have a look: Source: Google TrendsYou can clearly see when An Inconvenient Truth was released, the 2007 IPCC report and subsequent Nobel prize, and when Climategate occurred. That Gore blip in the summer of 2010 was the “Sex Poodle” episode.Here’s a similar graph with the maximum number of relevant phrases...
  • Sugar cane ethanol biofuel produces 10 times the pollution of gasoline and diesel

    07/23/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    joNova ^ | July 22nd, 2012 | Joanne
    ndur Goklany calculated that biofuels policies killed nearly 200,000 people  in 2010 alone. That was before this study showed things may be worse than we suspected. Brazil is the largest sugar cane ethanol producer in the world, but people are burning four times the area of sugar cane plantations than previously realized, and it’s producing far more pollution than they thought. For every unit of energy generated, the ethanol-biofuel use produces a lot less CO2 (plant fertilizer) but more volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), more carbon monoxide, more nitrous oxides, as well as more sulphur dioxides. (See Graph b below).Compared to...
  • There’s Still Hope for the Planet (Barf alert!)

    07/22/2012 8:23:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2012 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    YOU don’t have to be a climate scientist these days to know that the climate has problems. You just have to step outside. The United States is now enduring its warmest year on record, and the 13 warmest years for the entire planet have all occurred since 1998, according to data that stretches back to 1880. No one day’s weather can be tied to global warming, of course, but more than a decade’s worth of changing weather surely can be, scientists say. Meanwhile, the country often seems to be moving further away from doing something about climate change, with the...
  • Wet climate may have fueled Mongol invasion

    07/20/2012 6:55:45 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 20, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Consistent rain and warm temperatures may have given the Mongols the energy source they needed to conquer Eurasia: grass for their horses (huge amount of grass needed to feed the 10 horses for each Mongol warrior).
  • More on Koutsoyiannis and the homogenization of temperature data – plus some comments on blog review

    07/20/2012 3:15:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 20, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    First, correcting an error that originated with the blog The Hockey Schtick about not giving appropriate credit. Marcel Crok writes on De staat van het klimaat One of the basic principles of blogging is to give credit when credit is due. I always try to mention the source of my information and most blogs do this using an acronym like h/t (hat tip). This week one of my own blog articles was not referred to as the source for another blog article on The Hockey Schtick. This blog then alerted WUWT? who brought the same news quite loudly and then...
  • Media Questions and Answers from the Norfolk Police regarding the closing of Climategate

    07/20/2012 1:05:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 19, 2012 | by Anthony Watts
    Operation Cabin Q&As (from the Norfolk Police here PDF) The following questions and answers are an abridged version of Norfolk Constabulary’s Operation Cabin media briefing held on Thursday 19 July 2012.How do you know it was an external hack?In outline terms, we know it came via the internet from a number of different IP addresses, in various countries, which may have been proxy servers. The attack was, first of all, into the web server (CRUweb8) in the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the UEA. From there, a link was established to a CRU back-up server (CRUback3).It’s fair to say, the...
  • Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

    07/20/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th July 2012 01:00 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2. While the principle behind seeding is simple enough – the iron acts as a fertilizer for phytoplankton, which multiply and consume carbon dioxide as they grow – the topic is fiercely debated. The core of the argument is also simple: it’s probably impossible to predict what other environmental impacts phytoplankton fertilization would have. The researchers, led by Victor Smetacek from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, are reporting the results of a 2004...
  • Dumping iron at sea can bury carbon for centuries, study shows (yes, this again)

    07/20/2012 1:41:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 July 2012 | Damian Carrington for The Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    Dumping iron into the sea can bury carbon dioxide for centuries, potentially helping reduce the impact of climate change, according to a major new study. The work shows for the first time that much of the algae that blooms when iron filings are added dies and falls into the deep ocean. Geoengineering—technologies aimed at alleviating global warming—are controversial, with critics warning of unintended environmental side effects or encouraging complacency in global deals to cut carbon emissions. But Professor Victor Smetacek, at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, who led the new research, said: "The time...
  • Climate Craziness AND Quote of the Week – Bill McKibben suggests we can ‘change physics’

    07/19/2012 11:11:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 19, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on July 19, 2012 by Anthony Watts I’ve never done a double feature before where our Climate Craziness of the Week and Quote of the Week are one and the same. 350.org’s Bill McKibben gets this unique honor.From the what universe does Bill McKibben live in department? While going on about heat waves, he comes up with the ultimate “I don’t understand science” zinger. How long before people stop listening to this guy? I would not have believed he’d be disturbed enough to write this if I hadn’t read it as a direct quote written by his own hand.Hat...
  • Medieval Warm Period found in 120 proxies. Plus Roman era was similar to early 20th Century.

    07/19/2012 10:53:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    joNova ^ | Joanne
    Two major proxy studies, larger than ever, were released in April and June 2012. They show that the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) existed, and was similar to current temperatures. These comprehensive studies suggest current temperatures are not unusual, and that itself is not all that surprising — I’ve mentioned before how there are hundreds of proxy studies showing it was as warm or warmer back then. (CO2science has been documenting them.) But these studies are worth a mention because they are so large. Climate models cannot explain what caused the warming 1000 years ago, nor the cooling  300 years ago,...
  • Is global warming just another ‘End-of-the-World’ delusion?

    07/19/2012 10:17:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 18, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: less than 24 hours after posting this, we already have an end of the world prediction naming global warming, see below. New end of the world book treats climate change just like many other end of times worries that have not come to pass. Weston, FL — (SBWIRE) — 07/16/2012 — The end of the world is not going to happen within our lifetimes. That’s the word from Justin Deering, author of The End of the World Delusion: How Doomsayers Endanger Society. “We’re bombarded with end-of-the-world scares practically everywhere you look,” Deering explains. “You hear about it in church, on...
  • New paper blames about half of global warming on weather station data homogenization

    07/17/2012 10:46:23 PM PDT · by Rocky · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 17, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the told ya so department, comes this recently presented paper at the European Geosciences Union meeting. Authors Steirou and Koutsoyiannis, after taking homogenization errors into account find global warming over the past century was only about one-half [0.42°C] of that claimed by the IPCC [0.7-0.8°C]. ------------------------------------------------ Here’s the part I really like: of 67% of the weather stations examined, questionable adjustments were made to raw data that resulted in: “increased positive trends, decreased negative trends, or changed negative trends to positive,” whereas “the expected proportions would be 1/2 (50%).” And… “homogenation practices used until today are mainly statistical, not...
  • Global Warming's Terrifying New Math (It's a catastrophe!)

    07/19/2012 6:12:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | July 19, 2012 | Bill McKibben
    If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe. Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest...
  • Iran VP claims country's drought is part of West's weather war on Islamic republic

    07/18/2012 1:47:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 18:29 EST, 17 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:34 EST, 17 July 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The head of Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organization believes that in addition to economic sanctions, the West is launching another kind of “soft war” on the Islamic republic. Speaking at a ceremony to introduce the nation’s new meteorological department chief, Hassan Mousavi, said that he was “suspicious about the drought in the southern part of the country.” He went on to accuse the West as using “technology” to influence the nation’s climate, saying sand storms, droughts, and other extreme weather were the result of an unspecified method of war. … Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western countries...
  • Crack in the Earth: Greenland glacier loses ice island twice the size of Manhattan

    07/17/2012 9:19:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    Watts up with That? ^ | July 17, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    It’s business as usual at the Petermann glacier, doing what a glacier does, calving ice into the sea. We reported on another chunk in 2010, four Manhattans in size. Borrowing from an oft used media ploy, at this rate, it will be down to ice cube size in ten years. I wonder though, if we’d ever have noticed any of this without MODIS? Keep that in mind when reading the claims.At left An ice island twice the size of Manhattan has calved from Petermann Glacier off northern Greenland. At right, the 2010 calving, with the crack for the new chunk...
  • Courtroom Climate: Global warming suits from children

    07/17/2012 3:47:15 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    Copyright © 2012, The Daily Record. ^ | Posted: 6:48 pm Mon, July 16, 2012 | By Kevin Williams
    grade school-aged children are increasingly appearing as plaintiffs in lawsuits involving global warming. In one Oregon case, an 11 year old filed a lawsuit against the State of Oregon and Gov. John Kitzhaber claiming “failure to protect the public trust and to protect the state’s natural resources from the impacts of climate change.” But before you cheer on the legal chutzpah of these youngsters, note that there are various nonprofit organizations who are largely behind these cases. In fact, these organizations have supported similar cases in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Mary Christina Wood, a professor at the...
  • Another boost for shale gas – less impact than coal

    07/17/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Watts up with That? ^ | July 17, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Map of major shale gas basis all over the world from the EIA report World Shale Gas Resources: An Initial Assessment of 14 Regions Outside the United States .From the AGU Journal Highlights:Replacing coal with natural gas would reduce warmingA debate has raged in the past couple of years as to whether natural gas is better or worse overall than coal and oil from a global warming perspective. The back-and-forth findings have been due to the timelines taken into consideration, the details of natural gas extraction, and the electricity-generating efficiency of various fuels. An analysis by Cathles, which focuses exclusively...
  • UK: Ministers delay plans to axe subsidies for wind farms

    07/17/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2012 | Robert Winnett, and James Kirkup
    Ministers have delayed plans to axe Government subsidies for wind farms after another disagreement between the Conservatives and their coalition partners Liberal Democrats. Chris Huhne, the former Climate Change Secretary, had blocked any subsidy cuts The Government was poised to announce a 25 per cent cut in wind farm subsidies today after warnings from George Osborne that the taxpayer support was too generous. The planned deal, phased in over several years, also involved a system of community grants to encourage wind farm development in some areas as part of a “complex package”. Sources claim that Ed Davey, the Climate Change...
  • Americans Least Green - And Don't Care

    07/16/2012 7:35:16 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 46 replies
    NatGeo ^ | 7-12-2012 | Ker Than
    Americans are the the least likely to suffer from "green guilt" about their environmental impact, despite trailing the rest of the world in sustainable behavior, according to a new National Geographic survey. This year's Greendex report, conducted by the National Geographic Society and the research consultancy GlobeScan, also found that Americans are the most confident that their individual actions can help the environment. (National Geographic News is a division of the Society.) (How green are you? Find out with the Greendex calculator.) "There's a disconnect there, and we hope the Greendex helps shed light on it," said Eric Whan, GlobeScan's...
  • Carbon prices fall to new record low — $4 per ton (Australians will pay $23 — that’s 500% more!)

    07/16/2012 9:24:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    JoNova ^ | July 17th, 2012 | joanne
    So much for that global “free” market.Scott the trader writes to explain that the EU “CER” credits are the ones people can buy and exchange for Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) but they have sunk to $4. The more expensive $9 EUA units that most commentators mention, are not exchangeable in the Australian market:The EU CER price is equivalent to about A$3.80  per tonne…  Almost $20 below Australia’s fixed price.    These are the products most comparable to Australia’s $23/Tonne as it will be CERs that we can surrender instead of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) to satisfy an Australian Clean...
  • GOP leadership: Carbon taxes are not up for negotiation

    07/16/2012 9:04:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7:21 pm on July 16, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Earlier today, certain Congressional Democrats let it be known that their party would be ready and willing to take the country over the coming fiscal cliff if Republicans don’t agree to President Obama’s proposal to hike taxes on the country’s wealthiest earners (but remember: Republicans are ones refusing to cooperate and causing all of this dat gum partisan gridlock!). A top Senate Democrat bluntly warned Monday that her party is prepared to let all the Bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs take place at the beginning of next year unless Republicans agree to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- AR1520: Islands in the Photosphere

    07/14/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | July 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Awash in a sea of plasma and anchored in magnetic fields, sunspots are planet-sized, dark islands in the solar photosphere, the bright surface of the Sun. Dark because they are slightly cooler than the surrounding surface, this group of sunspots is captured in a close-up telescopic snapshot from July 11. The field of view spans nearly 100,000 miles. They lie in the center of active region AR1520, now crossing the Sun's visible face. In fact, an X-class solar flare and coronal mass ejection erupted from AR1520 on July 12, releasing some of the energy stored in the region's twisted...
  • Current Global Weather Patterns Normal Despite Government and Media Distortions

    07/11/2012 2:39:12 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    Dr. Tim Ball: A Different Perspective ^ | June 28, 2012 | Dr. Tim Ball
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science and its promotion involves selection of only material that supports the hypothesis that human CO2 is causing warming and latterly climate change. It is used in everything from tree ring samples chosen to create the hockey stick, to omission of the Milankovitch Effect, and the role of cosmic rays in the formation of low cloud from IPCC computer models.There’s a similar pattern of selective reporting about weather events. People are inundated with reports giving the impression that what is happening is worse then ever before, unusual and therefore due to human activities....
  • Heat wave, fires have climate change activists on offensive

    07/06/2012 5:32:19 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Heat wave, fires have climate change activists on offensive By Ben Geman - 07/06/12 06:00 AM ET Record-breaking heat across the U.S. and catastrophic wildfires in Colorado are giving environmentalists a rare opening to regain the political offensive on climate change. While scientists caution against chalking up specific weather events to climate change, they say generally that heat waves, wildfires and other extreme weather is expected with increasing frequency and intensity in a warming world. Skeptics of climate change often point to winter blizzards as evidence that the planet is not warming; now those who say climate change is a...