Archive for August, 2010

Oxford Union Debate on Climate Catastrophe

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Source:  Climate Conservation Group

by Richard Treadgold

the Oxford Union building
The lovely old Oxford Union building. It’s nice to know that there are still places where reason and intellect roam free.

[SPPI Note:  The Oxford debate took place earlier this year, in May.]

Science 135, global warming scare 110

For what is believed to be the first time ever in England, an audience of university undergraduates has decisively rejected the notion that “global warming” is or could become a global crisis. The only previous defeat for climate extremism among an undergraduate audience was at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, in the spring of 2009, when the climate extremists were defeated by three votes.

Last week, members of the historic Oxford Union Society, the world’s premier debating society, carried the motion “That this House would put economic growth before combating climate change” by 135 votes to 110. The debate was sponsored by the Science and Public Policy Institute, Washington DC. (more…)

It’s the science that counts, not the credentials

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Source:  Walter Cunningham

By Walter Cunningham, 8/24/2010

The subjects and style of my writing attracts rebuttals. I usually resist the temptation to respond, but the article by Robert Curl, Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at Rice University and Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry is just too good to resist. His article is typical of academics with all those advanced degrees, and who know what is best for the rest of us—if we would just listen. In typical global warming alarmist fashion, it attacks the credentials, the economic interests or the politics (or all three) of those who disagree with them, and does not cite any empirical data that would prove their critics do not know what they are talking about.

After citing the National Academy of Sciences endorsement of AGW, Professor Curl emphasizes the credentials of the members and claims the NAS is “objective.” Maybe we’re supposed to ignore bad science if the perpetrators’ credentials are good. NAS is certainly a prestigious organization, but, along with several other scientific organizations lately, it has descended into the world of science politics. (more…)

Ocean Acidification Research

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Source:  CO2 Science

Subject Index Summary
Ocean Acidification (Effects on Marine Animals: Shellfish): Will the shells of shellfish dissolve away in a high-CO2 world of the future?

Journal Reviews
Some Facts About Corals and Calcification: … and how they may be impacted by the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 concentration.
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China, India, Indonesia, Brazil Can’t Estimate Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Latest Figures are From 1994

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Source:  CNSNews
By Chris Neefus

Former Vice President Al Gore at the U.N. Climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(CNSNews.com) – Even as the Obama administration seeks to negotiate an international treaty to cap manmade greenhouse gas emissions, many of the world’s most egregious producers of greenhouse gasses cannot accurately estimate how much gas they currently emit, according to a recent report from Government Accountability Office.

The GAO examined the greenhouse-gas-emission estimates made by seven developed countries listed as “Annex I” nations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and seven developing countries listed as “non-Annex I” nations (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, and South Korea) under the framework. The study found that the lack of accurate data and reporting on greenhouse-gas emissions from non-Annex I nations complicates the efforts for global climate policies. (more…)

Sea Level History Lesson

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Source:  World Climate Report

We are sure you’ve heard that sea level is rising? We conducted a web search on “Global Warming and Sea Level” and nearly 3.5 million websites are immediately located. And before you conduct the search yourself, you already know what you will find. The earth is getting warmer due to the buildup of greenhouse gases, the warmer sea water expands causing sea level to rise, and most of all, you will read all about the ice melting throughout the world pouring fresh water into ocean basins causing sea level to rise far more. Alarmists insist that the worst is just around the corner, and the sea level rise will accelerate or even quickly jump to a new level given some catastrophic collapse of large sheets of ice near the fringes of the polar areas. Coastlines will be inundated, the human misery will be on a Biblical scale, ecosystems will be destroyed … this goes on for millions of websites!

But things aren’t really so simple. (more…)

Selective Memory

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Source: ICECAP

By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM

It has been, typical of La Nina summers after an El Nino winter, very warm in the east and central US. Some of our hottest summers have come in such years including most recently 1999, 1995, 1988, and 1977.

Here is the anomaly since June 1, 2010 (below, enlarged here).

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Alarmists including Michael Mann, Joe Romm and Al Gore and their friends in the mainstream media have used the heat in the east and south and in parts of Russia along with the heavy rains in Pakistan as further proof of global warming. They conveniently ignore the concurrent record cold in coastal California, the record cold and snow in South America, Africa and Australia. (more…)

From King of the World to Chicken of the Sea: Director James Cameron challenges climate skeptics to debate and then bails out at last minute

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Source: Climatedepot

Hide the Debate: Cameron ducks Climate Debate with Breitbart, Morano, & McElhinney

by Marc Morano

[SPPI Note: This is the same arrogant and hapless Joe Romm who claimed that global warming cause the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis in August of 2007.  For other entries on Romm see here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/commentaries/climate_mccarthyism.pdf

and here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/blogwatch/climate_inquisition.pdf

and here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/commentaries/romms_fairy_tales.pdf ]

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ASPEN COLORADO: Hollywood director James Cameron challenged three high profile global warming skeptics to a public debate at a global warming and energy conference. But Cameron backed out of the debate at the last minute after environmentalists “came out of the woodwork” to warn him not to engage in a debate with skeptics because it was not in his best interest.

Cameron challenged Andrew Breitbart, Climate Depot’s Marc Morano and filmmaker Ann McElhinney of ‘Not Evil Just Wrong.’ The debate was already in the program for the Aspen American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) summit. The website program described the agreed to debate as “AREDAY Climate Change Debate: Reality or Fiction?” (more…)

Climate Depot’s Presentation at Warmists’ Summit Met By Hostile Interrupting Moderator and Crowd; Call for Morano to Kill Himself!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Source:  Climatedepot

Global Warming Summit’s Warm Welcome: Morano told to drive car into garage with engine running and then close the doors

By Marc Morano

[SPPI Note: This is the same arrogant and hapless Joe Romm who claimed that global warming cause the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis in August of 2007.  For other entries on Romm see here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/commentaries/climate_mccarthyism.pdf

and here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/blogwatch/climate_inquisition.pdf

and here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/commentaries/romms_fairy_tales.pdf ]

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[Also see: From King of the World to Chicken of the Sea: Director James Cameron challenges climate skeptics to debate and then bails out at last minute]

Note from Climate Depot’s Executive Editor Marc Morano:

My presentation at Aspen American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) summit on Sunday August 22, 2010 at 5:30 was met by a rude moderator and hostile audience. I was offered the 90 minute time slot to present the skeptical view of man-made climate change after Hollywood director James Cameron’s cowardly final cancellation of a pre-planned and agreed to global warming debate. See here: From King of the World to Chicken of the Sea: Director James Cameron Sets up Debate with Skeptics Then Flees! Cameron Ducks Climate Debate with Breitbart, Morano, & McElhinney (more…)

The Australian election – a well-hung parliament

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Source:  For SPPI by an independent commentator on the ground

As you will have heard by now, disaster has been averted by the narrowest of margins in the Australian election, in that the former Labor government has definitely failed to win a majority in its own right; 76 seats are required in a 150-seat chamber, and Labor is probably going to win between 71 and 73.

The Liberal (=Right Wing in Australian terms)-National  Coalition has won between 71 and 73 seats also, but because 3 of the 4 independent MPs are from a right-wing background and electorate, the Coalition is favoured by some to be the most likely contender to form a minority government.

But even should Labor manage to cobble together some rickety government, it will be temporary and pandering to the Greens in that government is likely to damage them terminally at the next election. (more…)

An Inconvenient Provocateur

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Source:  http://www.collide-a-scape.com/2010/04/23/an-inconvenient-provocateur/

by Keith Kloor

UPDATE: After finishing the Q & A, do check out the comment thread where Judith Curry is actively engaged with readers.

Last week, a single blog comment by Judith Curry, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, outraged the proprietors and readers of Real Climate. Curry had mentioned the IPCC and the term “corruption” in the same sentence. I then discussed the brewing firestorm here, and that triggered a spirited exchange in the comment thread, of which Curry was an active participant.

As this exchange was playing out, I sensed that Curry was expanding on her recent controversial critique of climate scientists, while also putting forth a contrary view of the two recent probes that have exonerated scientists of wrongdoing in the affair known as Climategate.  So I asked her if I could follow up with a few questions to clarify some of her recent statements. She immediately accepted and what follows is a short Q & A, conducted via email, and reproduced in its entirety. (more…)

Rear Mirror: Curry On the credibility of climate research

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Source:  Climate Audit

http://climateaudit.org/2009/11/22/curry-on-the-credibility-of-climate-research/

by Steve McIntyre

[SPPI Note: Blog comments following Curry's are worth a review.  Not everyone is buying the goods being peddled.]

Judy Curry writes in as follows:

Having been riveted for the last few days by posts in the blogosphere on the HADCRU hack and the increasing attention being given to this by the mainstream media, I would like to provide an “external but insider” assessment and perspective. My perspective is as a climate researcher that is not involved directly in any of the controversies and issues in the purloined HADCRU emails, but as one that is familiar with this research, the surrounding controversies, and many of the individuals who sent these emails. While the blogosphere has identified many emails that allegedly indicate malfeasance, clarifications especially from Gavin Schmidt have been very helpful in providing explanations and the appropriate context for these emails. However, even if the hacked emails from HADCRU end up to be much ado about nothing in the context of any actual misfeasance that impacts the climate data records, the damage to the public credibility of climate research is likely to be significant. In my opinion, there are two broader issues raised by these emails that are impeding the public credibility of climate research: lack of transparency in climate data, and “tribalism” in some segments of the climate research community that is impeding peer review and the assessment process. (more…)

Praise for Bob Carter’s Climate: the Counter Consensus

Friday, August 20th, 2010

In this gem of a book … Carter drives an Aussie road train through the red dust of deliberate obfuscation and misrepresentation that is the hallmark of IPCC reports and other climatic claptrap. This is an enthralling book, a sunrise of calm analysis and penetrating good sense – John Dyson (Amazon UK review).

Surely … one of the most important rigorously scientific, responsible and level-headed reviews of literature relevant to the whole [AGW] debate yet published … a pivotally important book – Christopher Cooper (Amazon UK review).

What an excellent book: clear and concise in every way. All of the various tricky subjects were covered and all reasonable questions asked and answered – John Wellock (Amazon UK review).

Just been reading … the new book by Bob Carter – and it’s a cracker. By the end, you’re left feeling … that the scientific case against AGW is so overwhelming that you wonder how anyone can still speak up for so discredited a theory without dying of embarrassment – James Delingpole (Telegraph.co.UK).

A well-written account of much of the deep corruption of our scientific inheritance which has been central to spread of this [AGW] fantasy – Ray Evans (Secretary, Lavoisier Society; Quadrant review).

Professor Carter has worked, taught and studied in this field [palaeoclimatology] for 40 years. It is refreshing to read a book from someone who has worked at the coalface – Wilson Fletcher (Amazon UK review).

Carter takes a scalpel to the so-called facts of ‘global warming’ that are churned out and unquestioningly accepted …. [his] book typifies the mission of the ‘Independent Minds” series, namely to replace political correctness and received wisdom with common sense and rational analysis – Philip Stott (The Clamour of the Times). (more…)

GOP candidates knock global warming

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Source:  Politico
by Darren Samuelsohn

Fueled by anti-Obama rhetoric and news articles purportedly showing scientists manipulating their own data, Republicans running for the House, Senate and governor’s mansions have gotten bolder in stating their doubts over the well-established link between man-made greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

GOP climate skeptics have held powerful positions on Capitol Hill in recent years, including the chairmanship of the House Energy and Senate Environment panels. But they’ve typically been among the minority. Now, they could form a key voting bloc, adding insult to injury for climate advocates who failed to pass an energy bill this year. (more…)

SPPI Monthly CO2 Report

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A note to our readers –

During the last few years, the desperation has become palpable among the UNIPCC, many Western governments and their lavishly-funded conscripts promoting more political centralization, massive transfers of wealth and technologies and breath-taking personal greed.

Because some of the graphs in the SPPI Monthly CO2 Report expose exaggerations, if not outright deceptions, in the UN’s IPCC reports, alarmist pro-IPCC, pro-regulatory websites have, of necessity, attacked them and their presenter, Christopher Monckton.

A response to these attacks appears in this month’s report, and also in this recent short paper posted on the SPPI website: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/commentaries_essays/they_do_protest_too_much.html (more…)

Laputans in Retreat

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Source:  Quadrant

by Ray Evans

Climate: The Counter Consensus by Robert M. Carter
(Stacey International, 2010)

Bob Carter is a member of a small group of Australian scientists (although he was born in the UK and mostly educated in New Zealand) who, having attained a distinguished position in their disciplines (he is a paleo-climatologist), were willing to put their reputations on the line by speaking out against the most extraordinary fraud in the history of Western science: the fantasy that by controlling anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, mankind can control global temperatures; a miraculous global thermostat.

This fantasy is so bizarre that Jonathan Swift could, using statements from today’s Royal Society without embellishment, write them into his account of the kingdom of Laputa. The citizens of Laputa lived on a cloud and threw rocks at rebellious surface cities beneath them. Using Laputa as a satire on the Royal Society, Swift portrayed the ruin brought about by the attempts by the scientists living in the clouds to impose their will on the helpless people living below them.

Bob Carter’s book is a well written account of the deep corruption of our scientific inheritance which has been central to the spread of this fantasy. It is a fantasy which has spread throughout the intellectual, political and religious elites of the English-speaking world, and which has infected key Australian institutions, notably the CSIRO, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and virtually all our universities. (more…)