Archive for June, 2012

Reflections on the D.C. Circuit Court GHG Decision

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source:  Global Warming. Org

Attorney Peter Glaser’s “Morning After” Reflections on the D.C. Circuit Court GHG Decision

Despite the disappointing decision yesterday, it would be well to remember that the real damage was done in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Massachusetts decision, where EPA was found to have authority to regulate GHGs under the CAA so long as it determined that GHGs endanger the public health and welfare.

. . .the Massachusetts decision was a real travesty.  It is impossible to review the history of the public debate on GHG regulation in this country beginning in the 1980s, when potential climate change first came to prominence, and conclude that authority to regulate GHGs was always available, hiding in plain sight in the CAA as first enacted in 1970. The Supreme Court said in the 2001 American Trucking Associations decision, in language that is often cited, that Congress does not “hide elephants in mouseholes.”  Evidently, in the case of EPA GHG regulation, Congress did.

In the end, the most rational thing for the country to do on GHGs is for Congress to enact legislation that gets EPA out of the GHG regulatory business entirely.  — Peter Glaser (more…)

EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard — One Step Closer to Policy Disaster

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source:  Global Warming. Org

by Marlo Lewis

Today (June 25th) is the deadline for submitting comments on the EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standard Rule, which will establish first-ever New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel electric generating units.

The proposed standard is 1,000 lbs of CO2 per megawatt hour (MWh). The EPA claims that 95% of all new natural gas combined cycle power plants can meet the standard — maybe, maybe not. One thing is clear — no conventional coal power plant can meet the standard. Even today’s most efficient coal power plants emit 1,800 lbs CO2/MWh on average. (more…)

Everything You Know About Paleo-Climate May Be Wrong

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source: GWPF

Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere’s climate. But the method — comparing the ratio of oxygen isotopes buried as snow fell over millennia — may not be such a straightforward indicator of air temperature. “We don’t believe the ice cores can be interpreted purely as a signal of temperature,” says Anders Carlson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison geosciences professor. “You have to consider where the precipitation that formed the ice came from.” –e-Science Earth & Climate, 25 June 2012 (more…)

World Cooling To Global Warming

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source:  GWPF

Politicians, today, have predictably “walked away” from the issue of global warming. In retrospect we have to ask why this mass illusion, the transition to “a new ecological society” imploded and fell off the teleprompters, off the front pages, and out of the seemingly endless TV special reports on threatened polar bears and collapsing ice cliffs. How could this all disappear so fast? –Andrew McKillop, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 28 June 2012 (more…)

Solar Pie-in-the-Sky

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source: No Frakking Consensus

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How plans to run an entire Australian town on solar energy failed miserably.

I came across an interesting article today. It’s from the Reuters news service, is dated November 2007, and has a headline that reads:

Australian town to run on solar power in 2 years

The article says that a sun-drenched town in a remote part of northern Queensland was chosen as the site of a $7 million, 10-megawatt solar thermal power stationas part of a push to make Cloncurry one of the first towns to rely on solar power alone. (more…)

Earth’s Thermal Sensitivity to a Doubling of Atmospheric CO2

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source: CCR

Reference
Lindzen, R.S. and Choi, Y.-S. 2009. On the determination of climate feedbacks from ERBE data. Geophysical Research Letters 36: 10.1029/2009GL039628.

What change in the mean surface air temperature of the planet would be caused by a doubling of the air’s CO2 content? In the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report, the most likely range for this thermal sensitivity parameter, as determined by numerous climate models, is something in the range of 2 to 4.5°C; yet even this significant degree of warming has been suggested by many of the world’s climate alarmists to be too small. And as a result, a great hue and cry has been raised by folks such as Al Gore, who is hard at work attempting to convince everyone that they have a moral responsibility to “save the planet” by demanding legislative actions designed to drastically reduce anthropogenic CO2emissions. (more…)

Acidified Seawater: Does It Always Depress Calcification?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Findlay, H.S., Wood, H.L., Kendall, M.A., Spicer, J.I., Twitchett, R.J. and Widdicombe, S. 2011. Comparing the impact of high CO2 on calcium carbonate structures in different marine organisms. Marine Biology Research 7: 565-575.

In introducing their study, Findlay et al. (2011) write that “calcifying marine organisms such as molluscs and foraminifera, crustaceans, echinoderms, corals and coccolithophores are predicted to be most vulnerable to decreasing oceanic pH (ocean acidification).” They also, however, say there is a possibility for “increased or maintained calcification under high carbon dioxide conditions,” and they go on to experimentally demonstrate the reality of this phenomenon in different types of calcifying marine animals. More specifically, working with five different calcifying organisms – two gastropods (the limpet Patella vulgata and the periwinkle Littorina littorea), a bivalve mussel (Mytilus edulis), one crustacean (the cirripede Semibalanus balanoides) and one echinoderm (the brittlestar Amphiura filiformis) – Findlay et al. say they “measured either the calcium (Ca2+) concentration in the calcified structures or shell morphological parameters as a proxy for a net change in calcium carbonate in live individuals exposed to lowered pH,” where the lower pH of the seawater employed was created by the bubbling of CO2into header tanks. So what did they find? (more…)

Millennial-Scale Climate Variability: It’s the Norm!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Harada, N., Takahashi, K., Timmermann, A. and Sakamoto, T. 2012a. Climate change dynamics of present and past in the North Pacific and its northern marginal seas. Deep-Sea Research II 61-64: 1-3.

Harada et al. (2012a), in their preface to a special issue of Deep-Sea Research II, briefly highlight what the issue has to say about “the causal relationships connecting atmospheric circulation, the sea surface environment, the intermediate-deep ocean circulation and the carbon cycle,” a good understanding of which, in their words, “is crucial to clarifying the interactions and feedback mechanisms between the global climate system and the physics and climatology of the western North Pacific and its adjacent seas.” And in so doing, they touch on several contributions that clearly reveal the normalityof the millennial-scale cycling of climate that has alternately brought the Earth into and out of the Roman Warm Period, the Dark Ages Cold Period, the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age and the Current Warm Period. (more…)

Extreme Weather Heat Waves

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

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Reference

Otto, F.E.L., Massey, N., van Oldenborgh, G.J., Jones, R.G. and Allan, M.R. 2012. Reconciling two approaches to attribution of the 2010 Russian heat wave. Geophysical Research Letters 39: L04702 doi:10.1029/2011GL05042.

The 2010 Russian heat wave was an extra-ordinary event which killed an estimated 55,000 people during July and early August of that year. The heat wave (and associated drought) also led to crop reductions in Russia by 25%, with an estimated loss in revenue of about 25 billion US dollars. Such an exceptional climate event has prompted many scientists and climate modelers in the US and UK to analyze the large-scale atmospheric sequence of events that led to this exceptionally hot spell in western Russia and, in particular, in and around the city of Moscow, all in attempt to determine if its cause was of natural or anthropogenic origin. In an earlier paper (see Dole et al., 2011) concluded that the 2010 summer Russian heat wave was mainly due to “natural internal atmospheric variability that produced and maintained an intense long-lived blocking event,” further adding that “it is very unlikely that the ‘warming’ attributable to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations contributed substantially to the heat wave.” Other scientist however, have come to a different conclusion. (more…)

Update on Remotely-Sensed Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Pezza, A.B., Rashid, H.A. and Simmonds, I. 2012. Climate links and recent extremes in Antarctic sea ice, high-latitude cyclones, Southern Annular Mode and ENSO. Climate Dynamics 38: 57-73.

According to Pezza et al. (2012) there has been a modest increasing trend in sea ice extent (SIE) around Antarctica over the era of satellite coverage, citing the studies of Watkins and Simmonds (2000), Zwally et al. (2002), Parkinson (2004), Turner et al. (2007) and Comiso and Nishio (2008).

In a broader study of the climatic link between the Southern Annular Mode and Southern Hemisphere SIE, Pezza et al. derived a history of Antarctic SIE for the period stretching from autumn 1979 to autumn 2008, based on remotely-sensed Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I passive microwave data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. In doing so the three Australian scientists report that modest positive SIE trends were observed during all seasons, noting that “the absolute trends over spring and autumn are the most pronounced, with an increase of about half a million square kilometers over the whole period.” In percentage terms, they say “there is an increase between 2 and 3% during winter and spring and from 5 to 7% during the low ice season.” Of special note is their finding that “the greatest SIE on record observed during the low sea ice season occurred repeatedly in December 2007-February 2008 and March-May2008,” with both records being “far greater” than all previous records: 6% greater in the first case and 8% greater in the second. (more…)

Land-Use Conflicts in the African Sahel

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Benjaminsen, T.A., Alinon, K., Buhaug, H. and Buseth, J.T. 2012. Does climate change drive land-use conflicts in the Sahel? Journal of Peace Research 49: 97-111.

Writing as background for their study Benjaminsen et al. (2012) say that “during the last few years, violent land-use conflict in the Sahel has become the most popular example of the alleged link between global climate change and conflict,” noting that “many politicians and international civil servants seem particularly attracted to this idea,” as described in the study of Benjaminsen (2009). And they indicate that this idea “was also at the core of the decision to award the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to former US vice-president Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).” (more…)

Terrestrial “Greening” and “Browning” in Time and Space

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

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Reference
De Jong, R., Verbesselt, J., Schaepman, M.E. and De Bruin, S. 2012. Trend changes in global greening and browning: contribution of short-term trends to longer-term change. Global Change Biology 18: 642-655.

According to De Jong et al. (2012), “field observations and time series of vegetation greenness data from satellites provide evidence of changes in terrestrial vegetation activity over the past decades for several regions in the world,” and they note that these changes in vegetative vigor “may consist of an alternating sequence of greening and/or browning periods,” which can obscure what one could call the “big picture.” (more…)

EPA’s new CAFÉ mileage standards kill

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

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They will prevent many families from buying cars – and leave more grieving for lost loved ones

by Deroy Murdock

Washington taxes and regulations keep yanking money from Americans’ wallets. Now EPA is preparing to make prices for cars and light trucks rise beyond the reach of low-income drivers. That’s bad enough. But from there, things grow deadly.

At fault is a regulatory regime known as Corporate Average Fuel Economy, and commonly called CAFÉ standards. Congress mandated these mileage rules in 1975, during a seemingly decade-long energy crisis. Washington has periodically hiked CAFÉ standards in an ongoing effort to boost automobile efficiency.

Lacking magic wands, car manufacturers spend money to obey these laws. And then – surprise! – up go sticker prices. Now EPA is using its self-proclaimed authority over carbon dioxide to justify tough new mileage standards, on the ground that they will reduce global warming and thus improve human health and welfare. (more…)

Ice Age

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Dodging another UN bullet

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

‘The Future We Want’ offered sustained power and money grabs in name of sustainability

by Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin

The Future We Want outlined a “common vision” for planetary “sustainable development,” as proclaimed by the “Organizing Partners of the Major Group of NGOs,” to guide the taxpayer-funded Rio+20 summit that ended last week in disarray and acrimony.

The activist organizations that cobbled the document together filled it with hundreds of platitudes and pseudo-solutions to global warming cataclysms, newly reconstituted as threats to resource depletion and biodiversity – and presented as standards and mandates for countries, communities and corporations.

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