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  • Astronauts and scientists send letter to NASA: Stop global warming advocacy

    04/11/2012 8:28:18 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    CFACT ^ | April 11, 2012 | swampsniper
    Joint letter from 49 former NASA scientists and astronauts to the current NASA Administrator blasts agency’s policy of ignoring empirical evidence about global warming.
  • Prof Says Global Warming Skepticism Is Racism…Wants It Diagnosed As a Disease

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

    04/01/2012 10:26:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Global Warming Denialism ‘Just Foolishness,’ Scientist Peter Raven Says U.S. prestige falling as world has ‘pretty well given up’ on any American leadership facing climate change. ——- Nature’s Edge Notebook #23 Observation, Analysis, Reflection, New Questions One of the world’s most widely known and respected senior scientists tells ABC News that current denial about the basic daunting realities of manmade global warming is “just foolishness.” He also reports that the rest of the world has now “pretty well given up” on its hope for U.S. leadership in dealing with global climate change. His assessment reinforces our findings at the recent...
  • Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future

    03/22/2012 8:47:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies
    redOrbit ^ | March 21, 2012
    Scientists looked back in time – in the geologic record – to see the future Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)–as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends–future generations will likely have to deal with a completely different world. One with sea levels 40 to 70 feet higher than at present, according to research results published this week in the journal Geology. The scientists, led by Kenneth Miller of Rutgers University, reached their conclusion by studying rock and soil cores taken in Virginia, New Zealand and the Eniwetok Atoll in...
  • Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

    03/21/2012 12:16:40 AM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 47 replies
    philly.com ^ | 2012-03-20 | Mary Elizabeth Dallas
    WEDNESDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who say they've had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds. ...or conversely, those who had no religious affiliation, had more hippocampal shrinkage (or "atrophy") compared to people who identified themselves as Protestants, but not born-again. ...SOURCE: Duke University, news release, May 19, 2011
  • 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...
  • Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat

    03/14/2012 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 1:06 PM 03/14/2012 ADVERTISEMENT A Danish researcher claims he has discovered yet another reason to combat the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere: it is making us fat. According to the researcher, orexins, neuropeptide hormones in the brain that regulate energy, are negatively affected by CO2 — making us more tired and hungry, Science Nordic reports. Lars-Georg Hersoug of the Research Centre for Prevention and Health at Glostrup University Hospital tracked obesity over a 22-year span. He found that both thin 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...
  • Good Grief… Now Team Obama Wants to Blow Up 3 Dams In the Name of Junk Science

    02/29/2012 7:09:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 29,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder… The Obama Administration now wants to demolish three dams in northern California to supposedly save the salmon… But the whole reason to support the move was based on shoddy and inconclusive scientific data.
  • 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...
  • Santorum: Global warming is politics, not science (Finally someone to tell it like it is!)

    02/20/2012 9:30:16 AM PST · by tobyhill · 48 replies
    boston globe ^ | 2/20/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON/ap
    Rick Santorum says President Barack Obama is pushing a radical environmental agenda that unwisely limits energy production and turns its back on science. Santorum told voters in eastern Ohio on Monday that science is on the side of those who want to aggressively produce more oil and natural gas in America. He said the notion of global warming is not climate science but "political science."
  • Eastern Europe: Cold Spell Freezes the Danube and Black Sea, Hundreds Die of Hypothermia

    02/10/2012 11:49:04 AM PST · by Ragnar54 · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 9, 2012 11:41 AM EST | IBTIMES STAFF REPORTER:
    As the European cold front is about to enter its third week, the Danube River and Black Sea have frozen over in many countries, with La Repubblica reporting that 420 have died across Europe. ... The Black Sea waters around the Ukrainian port city of Odessa were completely frozen for the first time since 1977, and Ukrainian ports will remain closed until at least Feb. 15. Russia's Novorossiysk port, usually an ice-free port all year round, was closed for two days last week because of ice. In the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanța, the waters were frozen for up...
  • Earth's Polar Ice Melting Less Than Thought [but we're still doomed!]

    02/08/2012 11:13:58 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies · 2+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | February 8, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Better technology yields better data. The bad news is the extra water from 2003-2010 would fill Lake Erie eight times By Jason Koebler February 8, 2012 RSS Feed Print Nearly 230 billion tons of ice is melting into the ocean from glaciers, ice caps, and mountaintops annually—which is actually less than previous estimates, according to new research by scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder. If the amount of ice lost between 2003 and 2010 covered the United States, the whole country would be under one-and-a-half feet of water, or it'd fill Lake Erie eight times, researchers say. Ocean levels...
  • What Do You Get When You Rub Two Climatologists Together?

    02/04/2012 5:09:27 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 2/2/2012 | Roger L Simon
    That’s the droll title of an article by Patrick Michaels at the prize-winning science blog Watts Up With That. Michaels is having fun while making some trenchant observations about the uproar surrounding a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “No Need To Panic About Global Warming.” It’s by sixteen concerned scientists, including the estimable Richard Lindzen of MIT, who were aiming their words, at least in part, at the current presidential candidates (hello, Newt Gingrich). This article apparently set off a @#$%storm in the already beleaguered warmist community, including the NY Times‘ leading enivro blogger, The Guardian, a gaggle of “climate...
  • Global Warming Heats Up In The Classroom

    02/04/2012 4:56:29 AM PST · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    TFP ^ | 1/31/2012 | Gary J Isbell
    The debate over global warming is now entering the classroom and its proponents are alarmed. It seems the “dogma” of the existence of global warming is running into problems as boards of education in several states have established a standard that requires the presentation of climate change “denial” as a valid scientific position. Legislators in other states have introduced bills that require equal time for climate change skeptics’ views in the classroom. With new national science standards from kindergarten through twelfth grade due by the end of 2012, we can expect to see a heated debate over climate change appear...
  • Age of environmental fear

    01/25/2012 12:37:54 PM PST · by Hegewisch Dupa · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 24, 2012 (Mary Lou Retton B-Day) | Rich Trzupek
    Government regulators, environmental groups and the news media tell us that the air we breathe is polluted, the water we drink is tainted, our orange juice contains a fungicide, and evil corporations are hoping to make a profit at Mother Earth’s expense. They also remind us that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies are protecting us by fighting the greedy capitalists who seek our destruction. Don’t believe it. The United States is among the cleanest nations on the planet.
  • South Florida climate change plan attacked (great comments telling it like it is!)

    01/21/2012 9:57:03 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | Jan 20, 2012 | David Fleshler
    A South Florida plan to prepare for rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change has drawn intense criticism from a small segment of the public who see a conspiracy to weaken the United States. "Bogus science." "Socialist power grab." "A UN-based manmade global warming agenda that will tangle us all up in a nightmare." These are among the public comments received in response to the Draft Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, produced by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. "Anyone of even modest intelligence should be able to see that it is nothing more than One-World,...
  • Carbon Dioxide Is 'Driving Fish Crazy'

    01/20/2012 7:02:58 PM PST · by dila813 · 78 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | ScienceDaily
    Rising human carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous system of sea fishes with serious consequences for their survival, an international scientific team has found. Carbon dioxide concentrations predicted to occur in the ocean by the end of this century will interfere with fishes' ability to hear, smell, turn and evade predators, says Professor Philip Munday of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.
  • Playing global warming games with glaciers

    01/19/2012 12:33:15 PM PST · by landsbaum · 4 replies
    Over at Real Science they have pulled back the curtain on another of the global warmists’ deceptive tactics. We will republish here what they have to say, which is so revealing of the way the warmists work:
  • VA AG Fears DC Law May Relocate Rat 'Families' to Virginia

    01/17/2012 9:07:13 PM PST · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | By Christopher Goins
    (CNSNews.com) -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 -- is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these...
  • Scientists want climate change in young minds: Teachings to point to human causes

    01/16/2012 10:03:54 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, January 16, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Climate change subscribers say the fight against global warming will require younger soldiers. On Monday, the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that denounces intelligent design and supports an evolution-only curriculum in the classroom, will expand its mission. The organization of scientists, anthropologists and others is turning its attention to climate change, and it will mount an aggressive effort to teach the nation’s schoolchildren that climate change is real and is being driven by human activity. “For 20 years, we’ve helped teachers cope with what we can only describe as societal or political problems in teaching evolution. They’re...
  • If you want to drink less, then turn down the music

    01/12/2012 10:34:10 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 10 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 15 December 2011
    Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing and the noise could make it difficult for drinkers to judge how much they are consuming, new research has claimed. Dr Lorenzo Stafford, a psychologist from the University of Portsmouth, conducted the first experimental study to find out how music can alter the taste of alcohol. Dr Stafford said: 'Since humans have an innate preference for sweetness, these findings offer a plausible explanation as to why people consume more alcohol in noisy environments.' New findings: Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing and the noise could make it difficult for drinkers...
  • Sen. Boxer to climate change deniers: ‘You are endangering humankind’

    12/07/2011 10:33:05 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/11 12:14 PM ET | Andrew Restuccia
    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) blasted skeptics of climate science Wednesday, alleging they are “endangering humankind.” “The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind,” Boxer said during a press conference in the Capitol. “It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world’s leading scientists agree.” Boxer criticized skeptics of climate science, alleging they are standing in the way of significant progress toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions both domestically and internationally. “Wishing that climate change will go away by clinging to...
  • ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Climate Apocalypse’

    12/01/2011 6:00:23 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/29/2011 | Ed Driscoll
    Actually, a couple of funny things happened to global warming’s Vatican, as Bret Stephens notes in a must-read Wall Street Journal essay: ClimateGate and the world’s financial meltdown: The U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and the EU have all but confirmed they won’t be signing on to a new Kyoto. The Chinese and Indians won’t make a move unless the West does. The notion that rich (or formerly rich) countries are going to ship $100 billion every year to the Micronesias of the world is risible, especially after they’ve spent it all on Greece. Cap and trade is a dead letter...
  • 'Climate Change Is a Matter of Life and Death,' Climate Conference Is Told

    11/29/2011 5:30:26 AM PST · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/29/2011 | Arthur Max (AP)
    (South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks during a climate justice rally held in Durban, South Africa, Sunday, Nov 27, 2011, ahead of the official start or a two-week international climate conference with about 190 countries beginning upcoming Monday. The U.N.'s top climate official, Christiana Figueres said Sunday she expects governments to make a long-delayed decision on commitments to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, amid fresh warnings of possible climate-related disasters in the future.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Global warming already is causing suffering and conflict in Africa, from drought in Sudan and Somalia to flooding in...
  • 'New release' of climate emails

    11/22/2011 8:44:44 AM PST · by goodnesswins · 103 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/22/11 | Richard Black
    A computer hacking in Russia has lead to a release of more undermining info about "Climate." Here's one tidbit: "Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels."
  • New ten year plan for carbon and climate science

    11/18/2011 10:33:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | November 16, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    From the Carnegie Institution , what looks to be a throwback to the old days of central planning has been introduced, except it is twice as good as that, ten years instead of five. The only difference between the ten year carbon and science plan and what you see in the image below, is that none of the industrial elements you see will be included. Let’s carry out the five year plan in 4 years! Picture courtesy nhikmetran at flickr.com Scientists tackle the carbon conundrumPalo Alto, CA—U.S. scientists have developed a new, integrated, ten-year science plan to better understand the...
  • Scientific research influences policy and litigation

    11/14/2011 2:16:11 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 1 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 11-14-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Independent scientific research institutes whose work influences the policies of the U.S. government as well as governments abroad, also impact litigation in the states. "The information from these think tanks does bubble up," said Professor Alex Tabarrok, chair of the Economics Department at George Mason University in Virginia. And, James Copland, director of the Center for Legal Reform at the Manhattan Institute in New York, said organizations that host "research" conferences affect trial outcomes. "A lot of lawyers pay top dollar to attend these conferences," Copland said. One such organization is the Collegium Ramazzini (CR), an independent, international ...
  • World has five years to avoid severe warming: IEA

    11/09/2011 7:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/9/11 | Marlowe Hood - AFP
    The world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Wednesday. On current trends, "rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change," the IEA concluded in its annual World Energy Outlook report. "The door to 2.0 C is closing," it said, referring to the 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) cap on global warming widely accepted by scientists and governments as the ceiling for averting unmanageable climate damage. Without further action, by 2017 the total CO2 emissions compatible with...
  • Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases (WE'RE DooMED!

    11/03/2011 12:36:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/3/11 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. "The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing," said John Reilly, co-director of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The world pumped about 564 million...
  • GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on 'Scientific Misconduct'

    10/19/2011 11:12:27 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 19, 2011 | unattributed
    Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration's science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of "scientific misconduct" among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using "sound science." The letter sent Wednesday to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited four specific controversies in recent years where scientific findings were questioned. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., rattled off a slew of questions on what they called "the apparent collapse in the quality of scientific work being...
  • The Death of the Kyoto Process Climate Change Negotiations

    10/18/2011 2:31:42 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 16 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 18th 2011 | Christian Schwägerl and Gerald Traufetter
    There seems little possibility that next month's climate summit in Durban will produce an emissions reduction agreement -- meaning the world will soon lack any binding CO2 targets. Europe may soon find itself alone in the fight against global warming. A climate catastrophe descended on the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin early last week. Politicians and diplomats from around the world were attending a conference to discuss how global warming will affect the world. They examined scenarios depicting how millions of people living in coastal areas could escape flooding, what will happen to the fishing and mineral rights of island...
  • Study blames global warming for shrinking species ('Natural selection' at work?)

    10/16/2011 11:06:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/16/11 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    From the mighty polar bear to the tiny house sparrow, many of Earth's species appear to be shrinking in size, a new study reports. And the authors think it's probably due to global warming, a little like wool sweaters that shrink when washed in hot water. But other experts say that conclusion goes too far, blaming global warming for what may be natural changes. ... The shrinking victims, according to the study, include cotton, corn, strawberries, bay scallops, shrimp, crayfish, carp, Atlantic salmon, herring, frogs, toads, iguanas, hooded robins, red-billed gulls, California squirrels, lynx and wood rats. Two years ago,...
  • Columbus blamed for Little Ice Age

    10/13/2011 2:17:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 118 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | 10-22-11 | Devin Powell
    Depopulation of Americas may have cooled climate MINNEAPOLIS — By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and the other explorers who followed may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate for centuries. The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist at Stanford University. “We have a massive reforestation event that’s sequestering carbon … coincident...
  • Climate change could shrink chocolate production: report

    10/12/2011 9:07:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/12/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    Scientists say climate change will eventually claim many victims -– including, according to a new report, chocolate. As temperatures increase and weather trends change, the main growing regions for cocoa could shrink drastically, according to new research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Ghana and the Ivory Coast –- which produce more than half of the global cocoa supply –- could take a major hit by 2050. Currently, the optimal locations to grow the crop are about 330 feet to 820 feet above sea level, with temperatures of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees. That range will soar...
  • The New Hockey Stick?

    10/06/2011 11:27:37 AM PDT · by 7MMmag · 23 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 6, 2011 | Steven Hayward
    Everyone who follows the climate change controversy even casually will know about the “hockey stick” controversy. Well, Nature magazine this week offers a new graph of interest: the rising trend of retractions of scientific research papers... Lo and behold, it looks like a hockey stick! (Heh.) The Nature story notes: [B]ehind at least half of them lies some shocking tale of scientific misconduct — plagiarism, altered images or faked data — and the other half are admissions of embarrassing mistakes. But retraction notices are increasing rapidly. In the early 2000s, only about 30 retraction notices appeared annually. This year, the...
  • The Cold Chill of Global Warming Politics

    10/06/2011 5:39:07 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    TFP ^ | 9/30/2011 | John Horvat II
    Modern science used to pride itself on its insistence on doubting everything and establishing the truth of things based on empirical data. Often the lone scientist would work hard against the common assumptions and make great breakthroughs and discoveries. It seems such ideas about science are becoming old-fashioned and romantic. Today’s scientists are part of university establishments that must worry about their bottom line and prestige. Sometimes it is simply too controversial to doubt. Scientists are treated no different from other academics and are encouraged to tow the politically- or ecologically-correct party line to ensure their future careers. The most...
  • Chris Christie — Global Warming Around His Waistline

    10/02/2011 4:52:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/1/2011 | Roger L Simon
    As Chris Christie continues to play footsie with a presidential run, we should be aware that the New Jersey governor is yet another example of the politician as scientific know-nothing, warning of the dangers of anthropogenic global warming. Christie — a graduate of the University of Delaware in political science [sic] with a law degree from Seton Hall — has decided global warming is real. How does he know? Says Christie: “I’m certainly not a scientist, which is the first problem. So I can’t claim to fully understand all of this, certainly not after just a few months of...
  • EPA’s greenhouse gas science didn’t follow its own peer review procedure, Inspector General says

    09/28/2011 9:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The data process used to arrive at the administration’s determination that greenhouse gases endanger “the public health and welfare” violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s own peer review procedure, a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General reveals.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, requested this report in April, asking that the OIG determine whether the EPA “followed key federal and Agency regulations and policies in developing and reviewing the technical data used to make and support its greenhouse gases endangerment finding.” Now, Inhofe is calling for a series of...
  • IPCC: Resistance is futile

    09/27/2011 9:58:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | September 26, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Donna Laframboise has an excellent piece on how the IPCC has been assimilated by influence from the WWF.Apparently hawking the threat of dead panda bears is quite lucrative, Donna writes:It is important to understand that while the WWF might once have been a humble, shoestring operation this is no longer the case. It has grown into a business entity with offices in 30 countries that employs a staff of 5,000 (see the last page of this PDF). The US branch of the WWF alone employs: a Managing Director of International Financea Vice President of Business and Industrya Senior Vice President...
  • Judge's blistering rebuke of two federal scientists stokes fires under Obama administration

    09/23/2011 6:34:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Mike Taugher
    With a House Republican loading political ammunition in a national fight over government science, Interior Department officials said Friday they would stand by the work of two scientists whose integrity was attacked recently by a federal judge overseeing the Delta water wars. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, in a lengthy and strongly worded assault Sept. 16, said the two scientists deliberately misled him when they urged him not to weaken new rules meant to help imperiled Delta smelt in wet years like this one. He called one scientist, Jennifer Norris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a "zealot" who...
  • Ex-President Clinton: Green movement needs money

    09/21/2011 4:55:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    ap ^ | 9/20/2011 | MEGHAN BARR
    Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas. The ex-president's three-day Clinton Global Initiative for VIPs with deep pockets began Tuesday with a frank discussion about addressing global climate challenges, co-hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and South African President Jacob Zuma.
  • Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users

    09/20/2011 8:23:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/20/11 | Mike Taugher
    For the second time in a year, a federal judge has tossed out a key permit governing Delta water deliveries. The permit was meant to prevent salmon runs and other fish from going extinct. . . . "Some of (the National Marine Fisheries Service's) analyses rely upon equivocal or bad science to impose (restrictions) without clearly explaining or otherwise demonstrating why the specific measures imposed are essential" to protect salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon,
  • Al Gore: climate science "reality" versus Republicans

    09/14/2011 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Al Gore: climate science "reality" versus Republicans Photo 4:00pm EDT By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Al Gore, the choice is obvious: Either accept scientific reality about climate change or believe what the fossil fuel industry is paying some Republican candidates to say. "Anti-climate lobbyists ... give massive campaign contributions and they're not shy about making it clear to the candidates they support that there's a quid pro quo. In return for getting their money, these candidates have to pretend that they really believe this nonsense," the longtime climate change campaigner said on Wednesday in a telephone...
  • How to go out with a bang — score points for censorship — (Science Journal EDITOR resigns)

    09/05/2011 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    JoNova ^ | September 5th, 2011 | Joanne
    Full Title: How to go out with a bang — score points for censorship — a poseur for honor! An editor has resigned after committing the dastardliest of crimes: He helped publish a skeptical paper in a peer-reviewed journal. God-forbid, imagine a paper being reviewed only by people who have some sympathies with your results? It’s unthinkable. We all know that Nature and Science, for example, dutifully send all the papers by alarmists to at least one skeptical reviewer, and since 97% of 77 climate scientists are alarmists, that means the other two scientists who aren’t, are very busy people. ...
  • Obama tells young reporters: Climate change a top challenge for young people

    08/30/2011 12:26:03 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Obama tells young reporters: Climate change a top challenge for young people By Andrew Restuccia - 08/30/11 01:21 PM ET Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing young people, President Obama said in a recent interview with young reporters from Scholastic News. “Another big challenge that your generation is going to face is the environmental challenge,” Obama said in an interview with Scholastic News Press Corp. that was conducted in July but posted online this month. “Although we’ve made big improvements over the last 20 or 30 years in making our air clean and our water clean, there...
  • Perry Vs. Gore

    08/29/2011 6:26:27 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    Junk Science: The governor of a state under assault by the EPA takes on the patron saint of climate change over whether "warmers" or "deniers" benefit financially from the debate. Meanwhile, the nation loses. Is Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry a racist? According to the increasingly bombastic Al "expletive deleted" Gore, who was interviewed by Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky on Ustream last Friday, Perry's global warming skepticism qualifies him as one. Gore related how his "generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators" and that it was when racists could not answer the...
  • Another IPCC prediction fails

    08/24/2011 7:58:30 AM PDT · by BobZimmerman · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Behind the Black Blog ^ | August 24, 2011 | Robert Zimmerman
    In a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) earlier this month, climate researchers have found that another prediction in the UN’s IPCC reports — what Al Gore likes to call “settled science” — is simply wrong, and that IPCC’s predicted rise in sea level over the next century is likely not going to happen.
  • Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

    08/18/2011 7:34:07 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 101 replies · 3+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | August 18, 2011 | Ian Sample
    It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim... This highly speculative scenario...described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University...