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  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming

    03/19/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A scholarly paper explaining why predictions made by climate computer models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming has ignited a political firestorm. Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came under attack by environmentalists after co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper explaining “the widening discrepancy between prediction and observation” in climate change models, and members of Congress soon took sides. The scientific paper, entitled “Why Models Run Hot,” concludes that the computer models overstated the impact of CO2 on the climate: “The impact of anthropogenic global...
  • Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before

    02/28/2015 7:41:05 PM PST · by StACase · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jason Samenow
    Even as the eastern U.S. freezes, there’s less cold air in winter than ever before Yet, in what may seem like a paradox, the amount of wintertime cold air circulating around the Northern Hemisphere is shrinking to record low levels. This winter (2014-2015) is on track to see the most depleted cold air supply ever measured. “We are still on pace to break the all-time record — no question about it,” says Jonathan Martin, a professor of meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Despite the brutal cold in the eastern U.S., the whole hemisphere is warmer this winter than it...
  • Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

    01/17/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:33am EST | Barbara Lewis
    European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power. As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 and the European Investment Bank has set an emissions limit for the energy for which it provides preferential loans, meaning coal is excluded....
  • Hillary Clinton: Climate changing 'no matter what deniers may say'

    12/02/2014 1:04:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 134 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Hillary Clinton argued for forceful action to fight climate change in an environmental speech on Monday night, but did not mention the controversial Keystone pipeline. [Snip] “The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say, sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc,” Clinton said, according to ABC News. “The political challenges are also unforgiving, there is no getting around the fact the kind of ambitious response required to effectively combat climate change is going to be a tough sell at home and around the world at a...
  • A Famous Scientist Becomes a Skeptic

    05/12/2014 3:56:26 PM PDT · by fso301 · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 12, 2014 | Axel Bojanowski
    Meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson has long been considered a cool head in the often heated conflict over global warming. In an interview, he defends his decision to join an organization that is skeptical of climate change. The debate over climate change is often a contentious one, and key players in the discussion only rarely switch sides. But late last month, Lennart Bengtsson, the former director of the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, one of the world's leading climate research centers, announced he would join the academic advisory council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). ANZEIGEGWPF, based in Britain, is...
  • Anti-Science: Those Who Wish to Debate Climate Threatened with Death or Jail

    03/23/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 03/23/2014 - 19:19 | Posted by : George Washington ( User Nmare?)
    Preface:  The scientific method requires allowing a free-for-all of hypotheses, which then rise or fall based upon the results of actual experiments.  In other words, science means that you throw out theories - no matter how good they look on paper - that are disproven by experimental results, and adopt those confirmed by the results. [Economics is supposed to do that, too ... but hasn't.]For example, putting Galileo to death because he didn’t agree with the “accepted” consensus that the Sun revolved around the Earth was not a great example of the scientific method. Instead of conducting experiments to see...
  • Prince of Wales hits out at climate change deniers…labeling them the ‘headless chicken brigade’

    02/02/2014 5:26:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 31 January 2014 | Rebecca English
    Climate change deniers are headless chickens, Prince Charles has claimed. In an inflammatory speech, the heir to the throne spoke out against “the barrage of sheer intimidation” from what he described as powerful interest groups. Addressing young environmental entrepreneurs at Buckingham Palace, he said skeptics were turning accepted scientific wisdom on its head. […] Charles has long led the public charge against global warming—despite repeated warnings about his “meddling” in contentious global issues. His “headless chickens” jibe ranks among his strongest comments yet. Benny Peiser, of the climate-skeptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, described the attack as aggressive and contentious. …
  • World's climate warming faster than feared, scientists say

    01/02/2014 8:17:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/02/2013 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Scientists say the world’s climate is warming faster than feared because previous predictions were too “optimistic” and overestimated the cooling impact of clouds. As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record, a study published in the journal Nature found increasing levels of carbon dioxide will lead to thinner ocean clouds and reduce their cooling impact, causing temperature rises of at least 5.6F (3C) over the course of the century. The team of scientists said the findings show some climate models have been too “optimistic” and previous estimates of a minimum temperature rise of only 2.7F (1.5C) could now...
  • Early ice causing probs on Lake Michigan - earnest Icebreaking; New Year's Eve cruise canceled

    12/19/2013 1:43:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 18, 2013 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Low temperatures in recent weeks have quickened the annual chill of Lake Michigan, growing sheets of ice a month earlier than usual, disrupting holiday plans for local cruise lines and bringing winter chores for harbor masters and industrial shippers. The early pockets of ice have prompted one Chicago cruise line to cancel its New Year's Eve fireworks cruise for the first time in five years. The company that manages harbors on the lakefront has started efforts to protect their docks from ice. And in the northern part of Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard has been busy breaking through ice, making...
  • Interior Secretary: I don't want any climate-change deniers in my department

    08/12/2013 9:39:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-12-13 | Sean Higgens
    Buried in a lengthy Washington Post article about President Obama’s environmental policy is an illuminating anecdote about just how debatable the administration views climate change — namely, not at all: In an agency-wide address to employees Aug. 1, (Interior Secretary Sally) Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said. The address does not appear to be posted on the department’s website, so the Washington Examiner can only go by the...
  • (EU climate commissioner) Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

    07/14/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09 July 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion ($170 billion) to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews. “I am particularly keen to see three international financial institutions—the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank—join with their EU and OECD partners to take a lead role in eliminating public support for fossil fuels,” she said in the foreword to a report on bank lending policies in the Western Balkans, published on 25 June. Although all three banks...
  • ‘Last action hero’ sexes up EU climate change gathering (Arnold S.)

    06/25/2013 1:04:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 June 2013
    Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a film star who is also an environmentalist, stole the show at a gathering of mayors committed to climate and energy objectives held in the European Parliament yesterday (24 June). Speaking to the annual meeting of the Covenant of Mayors, Schwarzenegger was applauded as he said that real drama was not in Hollywood movies, but in the climate change challenge. “If we do nothing, we are on track for a temperature increase of 3.6 to 5.3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. We have already seen in California the changes. There is no...
  • Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?

    06/20/2013 1:38:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 20, 2013 | Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter
    Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven't. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this "puzzle" might force scientists to alter what could be "fundamentally wrong" models. SPIEGEL: Mr. Storch, Germany has recently seen major flooding. Is global warming the culprit? Storch: I'm not aware of any studies showing that floods happen more often today than in the past. I also just attended a hydrologists' conference in Koblenz, and none of the scientists there described such a finding. SPIEGEL: But don't climate simulations...
  • Could Global Warming Slow Sea Level Rise?

    06/06/2013 12:55:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    The most widely feared consequence of global warming appears to be sea level rise (SLR). Environmental advocacy groups are polluting the airwaves and internet with lurid images of flooding of Bangladesh and Pacific islands, and raising the specter of hundreds of millions of environmental refugees. Even sober scientists... --snip-- The first clue that there might be something amiss with the IPCC logic comes from the IPCC report itself. According to this authoritative source, the contribution to SLR of the past century comes mainly from three sources: (i) thermal expansion of the warming ocean contributed about 4 cm; (ii) the melting...
  • Obama's Energy Secretary Says Climate Change Not Debatable

    05/23/2013 8:47:46 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 42 replies
    Big Government ^ | 05/23/2013 | William Bigelow
    Ernest Moniz, Barack Obama’s new Secretary of Energy, is making it clear there is no room for dissent regarding climate change. Speaking to his department’s employees after he was sworn in, Moniz said, “Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change. I am not interested in debating what is not debatable. There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda.”
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • Freeze Watch In Effect for SE Oregon

    08/22/2012 9:57:50 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | 22AUG2012 | Wright
  • Droughts cut Europe's food output, raise fire risks

    08/20/2012 5:48:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    Droughts in southern and eastern Europe are contributing to the global decline in grain production while also elevating concern about the long-term impact on freshwater supplies. The European Commission, which has declared 2012 the Year of Water, is preparing a review some of Europe’s water legislation partly with climate change and extreme weather events in mind.Food security and how the EU safeguards its liquid resources are among the topics due to be discussed during World Water Week events that begin in Stockholm on 26 August. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization reports that food prices rose 6% overall in July,...
  • (California Governor) Jerry Brown launches website to rebut climate change skeptics

    08/14/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 13, 2012 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown said today that "humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return" on climate change, and he launched a website criticizing conservatives who dispute its significance. The website "Climate Change: Just the Facts," is hosted by Brown's Office of Planning and Research. It devotes one page to "the denialists" and another to rebutting "common denialist arguments." [Snip] "Global warming's impact on Lake Tahoe is well documented. It is just one example of how, after decades of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return," Brown...
  • Global Warming 'Skeptic' Never Really Was - Media's portrayal of scientist wrong

    08/07/2012 1:19:16 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/4/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The mainstream media is celebrating a physicist who allegedly did a U-turn on his global warming views and now says humans are the cause. Except Richard Muller had already said in 2008 that man was a cause of global warming. Nonetheless, the San Francisco Chronicle, for example, reported July 31: “The hot issue of global warming got hotter Monday when a UC Berkeley physicist, once a loud skeptic of human-caused climate change, agreed not only that the Earth is heating up, but also that people are the cause of it all.” Never mind that in an interview almost four years...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • Making Trolleys Out of Trucks: 'Green' Transport Idea Is Expensive Folly

    07/08/2012 12:25:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 07/06/2012 | Christian Wüst (Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein)
    The German engineering giant Siemens is researching the idea of using overhead electricity lines to power truck traffic. But the state-supported project makes no sense. It would cost billions to implement—and only lead to higher fuel consumption and more pollution. … Germany's Ministry for the Environment (BMU) saw enough green potential in this hybrid truck to channel over €2 million ($2.5 million) in federal funding to the project. Siemens used the funds to help set up its first test track at an obsolete military airport north of Berlin. … In any case, electrifying Germany's roads is not going to bring...
  • Exxon boss speaks out against climate change 'fear factor'

    07/02/2012 10:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 July 2012 | ( with Reuters)
    Fears about climate change are overblown and shifting weather patterns and rising sea levels should be considered an engineering problem, said the head of the world's largest oil refiner, ExxonMobil. "The fear factor that people want to throw out there to say 'we just have to stop this,' I do not accept," Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil's chief executive, said in a speech on Wednesday (June 27). Tackling global poverty should have a higher international priority than reducing carbon emissions, because it would give billions of the world’s energy poor access to oil and gas supplies, in his view. "They'd love to...
  • Facing up to the sustainable consumption conundrum (ready, Malthusians?)

    07/02/2012 10:36:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 July 2012
    The earth is running out of natural resources like land, water and minerals so quickly that if nothing is done, some predictions say that by 2030 humankind will need the equivalent of two planets to sustain our current lifestyle. Those chilling figures come from a famous World Wildlife Fund ‘Living Planet’ report in 2008, but what exactly can we do to reduce our environmental impact—which has got worse since then—and how should we go about doing it? People “desperately” need a means of putting the environmental impact of their products into context, according to Martin Barrow, a senior consultant at...
  • New study demonstrates the role of urban greenery in CO2 exchange

    06/27/2012 11:22:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Watts up with That? ^ | June 27, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the University of California – Santa BarbaraThese are views of vegetation in summer and winter of suburban Minneapolis landscapes from the 500 foot tall KUOM radio tower where measurements for the study were made. In what might be the first study to report continuous measurements of net CO2 exchange of urban vegetation and soils over a full year or more, scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Minnesota conclude that not only is vegetation important in the uptake of the greenhouse gas, but also that different types of vegetation play different roles. Their findings will be published...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • SCC OK’s APCO rate hike: Virginia customers expected to see $7-per-month increase

    12/10/2011 10:05:39 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph (VA-WV) ^ | December 1, 2011 | BILL ARCHER
    BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Virginia State Corporation Commission announced Wednesday afternoon that it has approved a pair of rate increases for customers of Appalachian Power Co. – one related to a biennial base rate review, and the other meant to recover environmental expenses. The combined increases amount to $85.1 million — a sum that will increase the monthly power bill for APCO’s Virginia customers by $7 per month, based on the average usage of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. “The important thing for our customers in Virginia to know is that these rate increases won’t take effect until February,” Todd Burns,...
  • UN Climate Body Struggling to Pinpoint Rising Sea Levels(they don't know)

    07/17/2011 6:13:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 65 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 07/15/11 | Axel Bojanowski
    Contradictory Studies UN Climate Body Struggling to Pinpoint Rising Sea Levels By Axel Bojanowski Photo Gallery: How High Will Sea Levels Climb? The United Nations' forecast of how quickly global sea levels will rise this century is vital in determining how much money might be needed to combat the phenomenon. But predictions by researchers vary wildly, and the attempt to find consensus has become fractious. Info It is a number which will ultimately establish how billions in taxpayer money will be spent -- and it is one which is the subject of heated debate, both among politicians and scientists. When...
  • Bikinis in Moscow, melting roads in Czech Republic, Europe wilting in heat

    07/17/2010 9:14:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07.15.10
    A heat wave across much of Europe is causing crops to wither, forest fires to ignite and roads to melt, while women in bikinis are sunbathing in Moscow's parks and cooling off in city fountains. From Russia's Ural mountains to western Germany, temperatures have been hovering in the mid-90s this week and forecasters warn there could be more next week.
  • Is the Earth striking back?

    04/24/2010 12:07:24 AM PDT · by TN4Liberty · 42 replies · 1,146+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | Alan Weisman
    ... As we have learned, these gases form an invisible barrier that, like a greenhouse's glass ceiling, keeps reflected heat of the sun from escaping our atmosphere. The denser that gaseous barrier grows, the hotter things get and the faster glaciers melt. As they flow off the land, we are warned, seas rise. Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth's crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.
  • UN Recruits George Soros to Help With Climate Financing

    03/28/2010 9:35:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 809+ views
    Pajamasmedia ^ | March 27th, 2010 3:46 pm | Claudia Rosett
    For all you folks out there who take an interest in the doings of George Soros, here’s one I missed a few weeks ago — but just came across while catching up on some UN press releases. On March 4, the UN announced that Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had picked a panel of “high-level experts” to form a UN “Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.” Their assignment is to help “mobilize” the funding promised at the Copenhagen Climate Carnival this past December. Here’s the list. It includes an interesting mix of public and private officials, ranging from the prime minister of Ethiopia, the president of...
  • The 'consensus' on climate change is a catastrophe in itself

    08/30/2008 9:44:09 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 12 replies · 445+ views
    Then in 1999 an obscure young US physicist, Michael Mann, came up with a new graph like nothing seen before. Instead of the familiar rises and falls in temperature over the past 1,000 years, the line ran virtually flat, only curving up dramatically at the end in a hockey-stick shape to show recent decades as easily the hottest on record. This was just what the IPCC wanted, The Mediaeval Warming had simply been wiped from the record. When its next report came along in 2001, Mann's graph was given top billing, appearing right at the top of page one of...
  • Map Visualizes Greenhouse Gas Sources

    06/11/2008 8:07:35 PM PDT · by bpjam · 36 replies · 119+ views
    Popular Science ^ | April 7, 2008 | Dawn Stover
    A new system for mapping carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. will help regulators figure out exactly where these emissions are coming from and how best to reduce them. Among human-produced gases that contribute to climate change, carbon dioxide is public enemy number one. A group of researchers at Purdue University, led by atmospheric scientist Kevin Gurney, created the interactive mapping system. Called Vulcan, the system tracks the hourly output of carbon dioxide—emitted when fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline are burned—from factories, power plants and other sources across the country. Vulcan shows carbon dioxide emissions at a scale...
  • Anchorage digs out after record snowfall

    04/28/2008 3:17:04 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 23 replies · 84+ views
    Anchorage continues to dig out from a snowfall that set a record for the day and the month.The National Weather Service says 17.2 inches fell at its office just south of Anchorage's international airport and 22 inches fell in northeast Anchorage on Friday and Saturday. The heaviest snow fell between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday at a rate of almost two inches per hour. The monthly total at the weather service office is now 29.7 inches, breaking a record from 1963 when 27.6 inches fell during April.
  • Snow covers London ahead of Olympic torch relay

    04/06/2008 9:02:16 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 31 replies · 78+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04-06-2008 | By Avril Ormsby
    Snow fell across London on Sunday before an Olympic torch relay through the capital that is expected to attract anti-China protests. About 80 athletes and celebrities will carry the torch by foot, bike, boat and bus during a 31-mile (50-km) journey starting at Wembley Stadium and ending in Greenwich. The 2008 Games take place in Beijing from August 8 to 24. The next Summer Olympics are in London in 2012. Anti-China protesters are set to appear at key points along the route. Police have said they will be dealt with firmly if they try to disrupt the torch's journey. The...
  • Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation

    03/09/2008 9:36:26 PM PDT · by M203M4 · 13 replies · 597+ views
    Express News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Geoff McMaster
    Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation Author and U of A professor Colin Soskolne says humans need to smarten up. March 7, 2008 - Edmonton -- Human beings, laments Colin Soskolne, are a "seriously dumb species." Just what kind of defect drives us to destroy the very ecosystems that provide us with sustenance? Why do we turn away from mounting, irrefutable evidence that we are sabotaging our very existence?Such questions are asked in a new collection of essays, called Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance, edited by Soskolne, on the environment and human health."Our...