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  • Environmentalists claim contraception, Agenda 21 will end global warming

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com)—While President Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius claim contraceptives can lower health care costs, influential environmentalist activists say birth control may save the world from the scourge of global warming. At a think tank conference last week, activists promoted Agenda 21 and United Nations climate change meetings, claiming that promotion of lower fertility rates “trumps almost anything else” and that the average 14-year-old girl “needs to know how to have” sex “for her pleasure.” The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held the hearing, “Women’s Health: Key to Climate Adaptation Strategies” last Tuesday. Participants asked,...
  • Global annualized temperature – “full of [snip] up to their eyebrows”

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

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

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

    03/02/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by Crapgame · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The History Channel
    Earth 2100. Any Freepers seen this scaremongering future docu-drama? Makes New York City out to be the hope of mankind and a green utopia. Gratuitous use of Obama's green alternatives speeches and a sickening narrative by some fictional character. John Podesta, Van Jones and other alleged experts offer their opinions on civilization's fall. Then of course an apocalyptic future when man's attempts to reverse Globull Warming fail.
  • The Gas of Life

    03/01/2012 7:12:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 3+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 29, 2012 | By Jim Goodridge – former California State Climatologist
    The Gas of Life Posted on February 29, 2012 by Anthony Watts By Jim Goodridge – former California State ClimatologistPhotosynthesis simply stated is 6CO2 + 6H2O + photons = C6H12O6+6O2. It is suggested by the relative abundances of atmospheric CO2 and O2, That CO2 is a quite active material and it is always in short supply.Plant growth is basically the chemical reaction of storing solar energy. Chemical reactions generally double with an increase of 10°F. Rising temperatures cause CO2 to boil out of ocean water. Rising temperature and CO2 concentration both stimulate plant growth. Our atmosphere originally contained about 30...
  • Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong ( Author is an Ecconomist....his science ???)

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

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

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

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

    02/26/2012 10:00:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 5+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From Amazon’s list of Gleick book reviews hereMust read — for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers,February 8, 2012 This review is from: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Hardcover) Michael Mann — a world class scientist and communicator about the seriousness of climate change — has finally put all of the recent history (sordid, indeed) about climate denial, attacks on climate scientists, and serial and intentional efforts by climate “skeptics” and “deniers” (a word many of them self-apply) into a book. As the title suggests, there IS...
  • The Funding Imbalance ( AGW Cult vs the Skeptic's Heartland Institute)

    02/26/2012 9:41:45 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Mr Worthing (Blog) ^ | Sunday, 26 February 2012 | Malcolm
    Richard North at the EU Referendum blog provides some interesting comment regarding funding. While the warmists are successfully focusing attention on the minor-league operations of the Heartland Institute, with a total budget for all its issues, which include health care, education, and technology policy, of around $4.4 million, their own funding arrangements, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, are largely evading scrutiny. .... The Climate Works Foundation, though, is of special interest as it was in 2008, awarded $460,800,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a grant-making organisation with assets of $7.2 billion, which disbursed $353,400,000 in grants...
  • The Gleick affair is further proof of the warmists' endless credulity ( But UK funding continues)

    02/25/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday 26 February 2012 | Christopher Booker
    Dr Peter Gleick provides more evidence that the supporters of the Cause will stop at nothing. Magical thinking: a rainmaker in Kenya, whose credibility is being funded by British taxpayers Photo: DFID/International Development Research Centre/Thomas Omondi What a very odd situation we find ourselves in, due to the extraordinary transformation in recent years of the so-called debate over global warming. Last week, The Sunday Telegraph reported that, as part of Britain’s overseas aid budget, the Department for International Development is well on the way to spending Ł1.5 billion on a mass of climate-related projects across the world. These range from...
  • EPA Budget Judgment Day Coming Up

    02/25/2012 3:42:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 2+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’d ask EPA’s Lisa Jackson about the legality of “disappearing” the over $468,000 dollars in grants to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute from the EPA grants database, then putting them back, all without any public notice. Since 2007, Gleick’s PI has received over 1 million in taxpayer’s money. In 2007 they got $647,000 dollars in two grants from the EPA, which also “disappeared” this week. When an FOIA request was made to the EPA, they mysteriously returned. Showdown at the EPA corralSource: Junk Science By Steve MilloyMarch 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection...
  • Peter Gleick lecturing the U.S. Senate on “deceitful tactics” (February 7, 2007 )

    02/25/2012 3:29:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Copner” alerts us in comments to this public document:Testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, February 7, 2007 Senate Commerce, Science, and TransportationTable 1 Categories of Deceitful Tactics and Abuse of the Scientific Process (source: P.H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, 2007)There are many tactics used to argue for or against scientific conclusions that are inappropriate, involve deceit, or directly abuse the scientific process.Personal (“Ad Hominem”) Attacks This approach uses attacks against the character, circumstances, or motives of a person in order to discredit their argument or claim, independent of the scientific evidence. Demonization Guilt by Association Challenge to Motive (such as greed or...
  • Why the Climate Skeptics Are Winning ( Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs.)

    02/25/2012 2:24:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 2+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 | STEVEN F. HAYWARD
    Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs. Steven F. Hayward March 5, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 24 The forlorn and increasingly desperate climate campaign achieved a new level of ineptitude last week when what had looked like a minor embarrassment for one of its critics​—​the Chicago-based Heartland Institute​—​turned out to be a full-fledged catastrophe for itself. A moment’s reflection on the root of this episode points to why the climate campaign is out of (greenhouse) gas.In an obvious attempt to inflict a symmetrical Climategate-style scandal on the skeptic community, someone representing himself as a Heartland Institute insider “leaked” internal...
  • Fakegate Illustrates Global Warming Alarmists' Deceit and Desperation

    02/25/2012 12:49:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 2/22/2012 @ 4:02PM | James Taylor, Contributor - Op/Ed
    There never was a “leaker” in the shameful Fakegate scandal. In the end, there was only a forger, a fraudster and a thief. Alarmist scientist Peter Gleick has admitted that the latter two were one and the same person – himself. I suspect we will soon learn the identity of the forger, as well.With the weight of damning evidence closing in on him, Gleick has admitted in his Huffington Post blog that he was the alleged “Heartland Insider” who committed fraud and identity theft, lying and stealing his way into possession of Heartland Institute internal personnel documents and then sending...
  • FakeGate: The sound of a meme collapsing ( An Overview )

    02/25/2012 12:34:47 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 25th, 2012 | Joanne
    Heartland have released both emails that Peter Gleick wrote under his name (below) as well as under a false name. The deceit is there for all to see. Heartland have at all times behaved impeccably. — Jo From James Taylor at Forbes.com The real story in this Fakegate scandal is how the global warming movement is desperate, delusional, and collapsing as global warming fails to live up to alarmist predictions. People with sound science on their side do not need to forge documents to validate their arguments or make the other side look bad. Also, people who are so desperate...
  • Politicians notice Fakegate

    02/24/2012 3:07:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    bishop-hill.net ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | bishop-hill
    Rep Edward Markey of Massachusetts has written to Heartland asking for them to document the inaccuracies in the Fakegate documents and asking for originals. In a letter to Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, Markey asked the group for an explanation of any inaccuracies in the leaked documents as well as accurate versions of those documents. “These documents appear to indicate that the Heartland Institute is receiving large donations from corporations for the direct purpose of discrediting the mainstream science of climate change and has planned to engage in a campaign to undermine the teaching of well-established science at our public...
  • More grants to Gleick scrubbed from EPA Grants Database

    02/24/2012 1:11:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    junkscience.com ^ | February 24, 2012 | Steve Milloy
    EPA, do you know where your grants are?Additional grants (possibly as much $647,000) to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute seem to have disappeared from the EPA Grants Database.A source tells us: I do government work as you probably know. That means I know how to search the system.I followed your link to his article on the EPA scrubbing its website of his grants. Since he got a screenshot I was able to look at it and then do some sleuthing. Here is what I found.I did a search on their Dun and Bradstreet Number (DUNS), which is a requirement for them...
  • FBI called in over climate change mole ( Fakegate...)

    02/24/2012 11:17:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 21 hours 6 min ago | Paul Bedard
    The Chicago-based free market Heartland Institute has called in the FBI and threatened other legal action against a global warming proponent who has admitted stealing emails from the institute in a bid to embarrass and discredit the group’s questioning of climate change. Heartland officials tell Washington Secrets that they have been in talks with the FBI over the case against prominent global warming proponent Peter Gleick, co-founder of the respected Pacific Institute. Heartland is getting ready to reveal their probe of the affair, which they hope the FBI will act on.
  • Dr. Peter Gleick may have run afoul of a new cyber-impersonation law in California

    02/24/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 23, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    WUWT commenter “The Duke” writes:I just sent the following letter to Senator Joe Simitian (D- Palo Alto) regarding Dr. Gleick’s apparent violation of SB 1411 which went into effect January 1st, 2011. Dear Senator Simitian:I am writing to you regarding possible violations of the impersonations law (SB 1411) you authored and successfully guided through the California legislature into law. It appears that Bay Area Scientist Dr. Peter Gleick has violated the law you wrote by impersonating a member of the Board of Directors at the Heartland Institute in Chicago in order to obtain privileged information from that private organization. Mr....
  • Breaking: EPA scrubs grants database of Gleick grants

    02/23/2012 5:43:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1+ views
    junkscience.com ^ | February 23, 201 | Steve Milloy
    Gleick’s grants from EPA get Stalinized from the EPA Grants Database.Here’s the timeline: Yesterday at 11:41 am we reported that EPA has awarded Peter Glieck’s Pacific Institute $468,000 in grants. Later in the afternoon, the National Center for Public Policy Research issued a media release calling for Congressional hearings into the EPA grants to Gleick. Today, a JunkScience.com commenter Brian Carter reported that the links in our original post didn’t work. We confirmed Carter’s observation around 12:30pm today. Fortunately, we saved a PDF file of one of the EPA grants to Gleick. So unless JunkScience.com gets Stalinized…Click for: The EPA...
  • Fakegate: why the perps should be prosecuted (Guest post by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley)

    02/23/2012 10:31:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 26+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 23, 2012 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of chairing a packed meeting in the Palace of Westminster (don’t tell the Clerk of the Parliaments), at which Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT spoke even more brilliantly than usual on “global warming”, and engagingly answered many questions from Parliamentarians and the public. Afterwards, Dick went to brief a Cabinet Minister (who shall be nameless, but he is a good egg, and privately regards catastrophic manmade “global warming” as nonsense). The Minister indicated – in effect, and with scarcely-concealed regret – that the party line set by David Cameron in response to various opinion polls,...
  • “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with.... values.”

    02/22/2012 11:49:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    AGU weighs in on Gleick: “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with our organization’s values.” AGU Encourages Integrity in all Aspects of Climate Change Discourse Scholarly Society Rejects Deception Regarding Heartland Institute Documents February 21, 2012AGU Release No. 12-11For Immediate Release In response to a blog post late yesterday, 20 February 2012, by Dr. Peter Gleick regarding documents purportedly from the Heartland Institute which he disseminated, AGU President Michael McPhaden issued the following statement: “AGU is disappointed that Dr. Gleick acted in a way that is inconsistent with our organization’s values. AGU expects...
  • Ethicists blast chair of science ethics panel for taking global warming skeptic group’s papers

    02/22/2012 11:07:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 12:08 PM
    WASHINGTON — In the field of climate science, when someone — especially skeptics — did something ethically questionable or misrepresented facts, scientist Peter Gleick was usually among the first and loudest to cry foul. He chaired a prominent scientific society’s ethics committee. He created an award for what he considered lies about global warming.Now Gleick admits that he posed as a board member to get and then distribute to the media sensitive documents from a conservative think tank that is a leader in denying mainstream climate change science.
  • Newt for Energy --- would remove CAFE Standards on Autos; more (Nt Ttle --Video)

    02/22/2012 3:00:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    This is a winner Video...apeaks to making America Independand of the OPEC war lords.Newt talking for 30 minutes with no visible notes.
  • Beautiful Sunset Photos

    02/22/2012 1:04:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75866963@N03/ ^ | February 2, 2012 | Jim Caldwell
    Pretty cool series of sunsets in Redondo Beach, CA by Jim Caldwell. Enjoy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/75866963@N03/
  • Climate scientist admits duping skeptic group to obtain documents ( Plans to use "Discovery" )

    02/22/2012 12:52:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin,
    Legislation to fight global warming has disappeared from Washington’s policy agenda, but the battle over climate science continues to escalate. The latest skirmish culminated in the admission Monday night by Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and author, that he assumed a fake identity to obtain documents that would expose the inner workings of a climate skeptic group. “My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved,” Gleick wrote in a post...
  • Is stealing OK? Alarmist climate scientists don’t know – “in tumult!”

    02/22/2012 12:17:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Joanne
    The Guardian: Gleick apology over Heartland leak stirs ethics debate among climate scientistsWhoops. Suzanne Goldenberg unwittingly exposes how empty the Ethics Vault is in establishment climate science. Peter Gleick used a false identity to steal documents, and released them without permission and without an effort to redact private irrelevant details. So let’s ask climate scientists if stealing, deception and breaching privacy is OK. It’s a yes or no choice, is it a/ heroic, or b/ misguided? We’d hope a ten year old could get this one, but Goldenberg tells us that its thrown “the scientific community into tumult, with fierce...
  • From Climategate to Fakegate ( The AGW Cult reveals their ethics...or lack of any!!)

    02/22/2012 11:39:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    globalwarming.org ^ | February 22, 2012 | Marlo Lewis
    Anthony Watts’s indispensable Web site, Watts Up with That?, has a trove of hard-hitting commentaries on climate scientist Peter Gleick’s theft and publication of the Heartland Institute’s fund-raising documents and apparent forgery of a “confidential” climate strategy memo. Gleick earlier this week confessed to stealing the documents, but not to fabricating the strategy memo, although textual and other evidence point to him as the culprit.Gleick, who described his conduct as a “serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics,” has resigned from his post as Chair of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Task Force on Scientific Integrity. He...
  • WSJ: Opinion: The Purloined Climate Papers - Video interview of Joe Bast Heartland Institute

    02/21/2012 9:40:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/21/2012 6:48:27 PM
    Heartland Institute President Joe Bast on why global warming activist Peter Gleick stole and forged documents from his organization.
  • "Fakegate" Blows Up in Warmist Faces

    02/21/2012 6:34:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    On February 16, I published “Anatomy of a Global Warming Hoax” concerning the theft of the private records of The Heartland Institute’s board meeting and the creation of an alleged forged document intended to harm its reputation as a long time advocate of the real, not fake, science that has been the basis of the global warming—now called “climate change”—hoax. The Feb 21 issue of The Wall Street Journal published an editorial, “The Not-So-Vast Conspiracy” noting that “As for ‘the largest international science conference of skeptics’ Heartland will, according to the documents, spend all of $380,000 this year on the...
  • UN climate chief turns to CEOs for action

    02/21/2012 3:25:35 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/21/2012 | KARL RITTER
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — As governments bicker over who should do what to slow the pace of global warming, the U.N.'s climate chief is increasingly looking to business leaders to show the way forward to a low-carbon future. Christiana Figueres told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her efforts to reach out to high-profile executives from companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Virgin Group represent "a deeper recognition of the fact that the private sector can contribute in a decisive way." Since the start of 2012, the Costa Rican head of the U.N. climate agency has met corporate leaders at the...
  • Hero Scientist responsible for Heartland Expose ( Daily Kos ---Barf Alert of course)

    02/21/2012 1:14:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Anthony Watts Update ^ | Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST
    The Headline at WUWT is: BREAKING: Gleick Confesses*****************************EXCERPT*************************************Posted on February 20, 2012 by Anthony Watts Since I have started updates here, I’ll keep this post as a “sticky” – new content will follow below it and linked within updates. – AnthonyUPDATE15: 11:08AM 2/21 Unbelievable. Daily Kos elevates Gleick to hero status (via Tom Nelson):Daily Kos: Hero Scientist responsible for Heartland Expose Hero scientist, Peter Gleick, a water and climate analyst is the one responsible for exposing the Heartland agenda to spread misinformation and lies and subvert any real action for the climate change crisis. He did so at considerable risk...
  • Gleick removed from AGU Task Force on Scientific Ethics page (FakeGate & AGW)

    02/21/2012 12:38:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Commenter FP writes: Hmm, they’ve removed Peter Gleick’s name from this page:http://www.agu.org/about/governance/committees_boards/scientific_ethics.shtmlIt was there four days ago, according to google’s cache. Has he resigned/been fired already? It had read as the page screencap shows: (from Google cache here) Chair Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, Oakland, CaliforniaNow reads:
  • Four dead in avalanches at Stevens and Snoqualmie passes ( WA )

    02/20/2012 12:15:18 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | Brian M. Rosenthal, Craig Welch, Mike Lindblom and Lark Turner
    Separate avalanches claimed four lives on Sunday: three skiers in an out-of-bounds area near the Stevens Pass ski resort and a snowboarder in an out-of-bounds area of The Summit at Snoqualmie. ... One man kept his head above the snow by clinging to a tree. Saugstad, who skis frequently in Europe, where inflatable emergency air bags are popular in the backcountry, opened hers. It allowed her to stay largely on the slide's surface. The three who died ended up buried deep, one landing just a few feet from Saugstad, who couldn't move but survived because her head and hands were...
  • Sweden snow: Man 'survives two months trapped in car'

    02/19/2012 8:32:36 PM PST · by EnglishCon · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 02/19/12 | BBC News
    A Swedish man has survived being trapped in his snow-covered car for two months without food, police say. The car was found on Friday at the end of a forest track more than 1 km (0.6 miles) from a main road in northern Sweden. Police say the temperature in the area had recently dropped to -30C (-22F).
  • The World won’t stop having climate cycles just because they are inconvenient.

    02/18/2012 7:16:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Whats up With That? ^ | February 18, 2012 | Guest post by David Archibald
    Guest post by David ArchibaldThe most skillful climatologist the World has seen was Hubert Lamb (1913 – 1997). He can be credited with making the first prediction of the current solar minimum. This was in 1970 in a report (Weiss and Lamb) for the German Navy.He did it by making a reconstructed record of the average frequency of southwesterly surface winds in England since 1340. Quoting Lamb “We sense a cycle or periodicity of close to 200 years in length.” and “There may be a valuable indication of the origin of this apparent 200 year recurrence tendency, in that the...
  • Global Warming Hysteria

    02/18/2012 5:20:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    mikestopa.com ^ | Feb 1, 2012 | Mike Stopa
    My recent post, “What if They Are Wrong,” explored the possibility that human-generated CO2 will be determined, after all is said and done, to have no appreciable affect on climate. The post generated a lot of discussion. I want to follow up on some of that discussion with this brief post.CO2 is, after all, a trace gas and humanity has added to it a trace amount. An essential requirement that it have a major influence on our climate is a set of feedback mechanisms that magnify its effect. Most notably, for CO2 increase to have any seriously dangerous ramifications for...
  • Not quite Friday Funny– “Fakegate” (AGW Cult attempts attack on AGW Skeptics)

    02/17/2012 9:49:04 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 16, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Josh from CartoonsbyJosh.com writes: Another ‘Gate’ – but this one turned round and bit the owner.Leo Hickman and co at the Guardian thought they had a bona fide leak of incriminating information on the funding of climate skeptics by the Heartland Institute.Two problems, the funding turns out to be rather small beer, especially in comparison to the vast sums of money paid to promote Climate Change Alarmism. Secondly it looked like the funds were going to fund scientists and with another trenche for a website to explain climate science research.Hardly a surprise, and not exactly incriminating. It is what the...
  • Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working (So Let's Tax 'Em Instead)

    02/16/2012 8:38:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/15/2012 | Alexander Jung
    In the perfect world of economic liberals, every commodity has its price. Limited supply makes goods more expensive and vice versa. That's how markets work—at least in theory. In practice, things often look different, and this is especially true when it comes to emissions trading, a business subject to a very different mechanism: laws dictated by the European Union. Economists have generally praised the trading scheme as a nearly ideal instrument for reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions. … But for the last half year, prices for CO2 certificates have dropped almost continuously, decreasing by about half, to around €8 ($10.60)...
  • Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents (AGW Cult Attacks )

    02/16/2012 11:24:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | February 15, 2012 | Jim Lakely
    Yesterday afternoon, two advocacy groups posted online several documents they claimed were The Heartland Institute’s 2012 budget, fundraising, and strategy plans. Some of these documents were stolen, at least one is a fake, and some may have been altered.The stolen documents appear to have been written by Heartland’s president for a board meeting that took place on January 17. He was traveling at the time this story broke yesterday afternoon and still has not had the opportunity to read them all to see if they were altered. Therefore, the authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed.Since then, the documents...
  • UPDATE: Heartland Documents Stolen and key one is Fake. No “insider” leak. (AGW Cult attacks)

    02/16/2012 11:07:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 16th, 2012 | Joanne
    Major embarrassment for Joe Romm, and DeSmog and their unthinking fans.In the hours after the ClimateGate emails were released, skeptics asked about their authenticity (as we are want to do). In the hours after the Heartland Documents (including at least one complete fake) were released, the commentators on the other side did not even ask (just as they uncritically accept any weak report in favour of their pet theory).They leapt to their defamatory conclusions in a smear-fest. At least one person out there has probably committed a criminal act. The rest are guilty of small brained unskeptical blind hatred, defamation,...
  • An extensive database of individuals involved in the global warming denial industry. (AGW Cult )

    02/16/2012 10:05:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    desmogblog.com ^ | unk | Staff
    DeSmogBlog thoroughly investigates the academic and industry backgrounds of those involved in the PR spin campaigns that are confusing the public and stalling action on global warming. If there's anyone or any organization, ( i.e. scientist, self-professed "expert," think tank, industry association, company) that you would like to see researched and reported on DeSmogBlog, please contact us here.
  • Was the Northeast Passage first navigated in 1660? ( reduced Arctic sea ice then??)

    02/14/2012 6:45:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Whats up With That? ^ | February 13, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    If true, it suggests periods of reduced Arctic sea ice during that time that made this feat possible.Reposted from the blog Ecotretas with permission A graphical comparison between the North East Passage (blue) and an alternative route through Suez Canal (red) David Melgueiro, a Portuguese navigator, might have been the first to navigate the Northeast Passage (known now as Northern Sea Route), between 1660 and 1662, more than 200 years before Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld, who did it ​​in 1878. One of the most detailed accounts for this voyage is given by Eduardo Brazão in The Corte-Real family and the New...
  • The View From Up There: An Astronauts' Aurora Borealis (Video)

    02/13/2012 8:59:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | February 13, 2012 | Anne Dujmovic
    Oftentimes I'm perfectly happy being in the cheap seats when witnessing life's spectacular moments. (Well, not perfectly happy. I'm always searching for a better view.) Take the Northern Lights. In recent weeks, some people who normally might not be able to gaze at the Aurora Borealis from their own back yard got treated to quite the light show, thanks to a solar radiation storm late last month. But what would the Northern Lights look like from the real nosebleeds (though not cheap)? What would they look like from, say, the International Space Station? NASA has released video of a sequence...
  • Ten ways to see the Northern Lights

    02/13/2012 8:50:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    1 Cruise to northern Norway The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten (0844 448 7601, hurtigruten.co.uk) has launched a number of new charter flights in response to a surge in demand. A five-day “Arctic Highlights Voyage”, sailing from Tromsř to Kirkenes and back, costs from Ł949 per person, including flights, on selected departures in November and December. In addition to time in Tromsř (home to the Arctic Cathedral, Polar Museum and a Polaria Centre containing bearded seals), optional excursions include husky dog sled rides, a visit to North Cape, snowmobiling and a trip to the border post with Russia. There are longer...
  • Hawaii: Living the dream surfing the Banzai Pipeline

    02/13/2012 8:45:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Feb 2012 | Alex Wade
    Alex Wade had always wanted to surf off Hawaii's north shore. But then he saw the size of the breaks at the Banzai Pipeline.Dave Rastovich, 33, is a professional surfer for the Billabong team. As happens every December, "Rasta" is at Billabong's house on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He's there to bag some serious water time at the many breaks along what is known as "the seven-mile miracle", a series of world-class waves stretching from the hippie town of Haleiwa on the south-west of the north shore to Sunset Beach towards the north-eastern point. Rasta...
  • An Unsettling Week For Global Warming's 'Settled Science'

    02/13/2012 1:35:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/10/2012 @ 5:16PM | Patrick Michaels, Contributor
    People who claim that “the science is settled” on global warming have to be pretty unsettled by the science news in the last week.“Setttled science”, of course, means that we are inevitably headed toward a disastrous warming of surface temperatures as forecast by some computer models, and we therefore need an international carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, pronto.Settled science would know all of the important “forcings” and “feedbacks” in the climate system, such as the sensitivity of surface temperature to changes in carbon dioxide (a forcing) and the behavior of clouds, which could either enhance or counter warming (a feedback).Now...