Archive for June, 2012

Extreme Precipitation Events in Northeast Spain

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: CCR

Begueria, S., Angulo-Martinez, M., Vicente-Serrano, S.M., Lopez-Moreno, J.I. and El-Kenawy, A. 2011. Assessing trends in extreme precipitation events intensity and magnitude using non-stationary peaks-over-threshold analysis: a case study in northeast Spain from 1930 to 2006. International Journal of Climatology 31: 2102-2114.

Writing as background for their study, Begueria et al. (2011) say that “analysis of the characteristics of extreme precipitation over large areas has received considerable attention, mainly due to its implications for hazard assessment and risk management,” additionally noting that “whether there are trends in extreme precipitation records is currently of major interest in climate change studies,” where climate models suggest that as Earth’s climate warms, various types of extreme weather phenomena will become more frequent and severe. (more…)

What is the Best Frame of Reference for Evaluating the Biological Consequences of Ocean Acidification?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Stumpp, M., Wren, J., Melzner, F., Thorndyke, M.C. and Dupont, S.T. 2011a. CO2 induced seawater acidification impacts sea urchin larval development I: Elevated metabolic rates decrease scope for growth and induce developmental delay. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 160: 331-340.

Stumpp et al. (2011a) evaluated the impacts of elevated seawater pCO2 (1264 ppm vs. 375 ppm) on the early development of, and the larval metabolic and feeding rates of, a model marine organism: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, commonly known as the purple sea urchin. This was done via a protocol where growth and development were assessed daily, for a period of three weeks, in terms of total body length, body rod length, postoral rod length and posterolateral rod length, as well as mortality and feeding and metabolic rates. So what did their research show? (more…)

The Response of Coastal Marshes to Global

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Kirwan, M.L., Guntenspergen, G.R. and Morris, J.T. 2009. Latitudinal trends in Spartina alterniflora productivity and the response of coastal marshes to global change. Global Change Biology 15: 1982-1989.

According to Kirwan et al. (2009), “when subjected to future [projected] rates of sea level rise, numerical models and statistical projections predict that marshland worldwide will decline on the order of 10-50% during the next 50-100 years,” and they say that “such a decline could represent a catastrophic loss of ecosystem services by one of Earth’s most valuable coastal environments.” In an effort to explore this subject empirically, Kirwan et al. “compiled 56 measurements of aboveground annual productivity for Spartina alterniflora, the dominant macrophyte in North American coastal wetlands,” along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard of the United States, as well as the east coast of Canada. So what did they find? (more…)

EU plays down expectations for Rio Earth Summit

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012


As negotiators in New York sift through hundreds of pages of ideas for the conference, Karl Falkenberg, the European Commission?s chief of the environmental directorate, said in Brussels that the EU was committed to its goals despite fierce opposition to some of its positions.

The EU heads to the Rio de Janeiro conference in June hoping to make a green economy based on sustainable growth one of its pillars, while also seeking to give the UN Environment Programme and possibly other UN agencies more power to oversee and enforce treaties.

But he acknowledged that ?there are major questions? from other negotiators about the EU?s positions. (more…)

Sea Ice News Volume 3 Number 4: NSIDC Arctic sea ice extent touches the normal line

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: Watsup

There was a lot of controversy leading up to this moment, as we covered previously on WUWT where NSIDC put a new trailing average algorithm online with no notice, and bungled the climatology in the process, needing a fix. As has been the case before when NSIDC data goes wonky it was those bloggers of ?breathtaking ignorance? who spotted the issue before NSIDC did and brought it to their attention.

Here?s today?s graph: (NSIDC publishes a day behind)

Now, it should be pointed out that it hasn?t crossed the normal line, and it only touches it because of the line width, it is still ever so slightly below normal according to Cryosphere Today. (more…)

The UN?s Environmental ?Holocausts?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: No frakking Consensus

April 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

Since the 1970s UN officials have tried to frighten us. Repeatedly, their predictions have failed. Repeatedly, their time frames have been preposterously inaccurate.

Click the green headings to see the news stories in which the info and quotes originally appeared:

UN official in 1972 (Maurice Strong):

  • says: ?Western civilization now is paying the price of its unmitigated arrogance towards nature?
  • that the threat posed by environmental destruction cuts ?across every aspect of human life?
  • that ?powerful forces? have been set in motion which, unless they?re ?checked by an unprecedented display of global co-operation, will be no less destructive in the long run than any nuclear holocaust? (more…)


Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: Heartlander

by James Taylor

SPPI Note — Also see:  Climate “Consensus” Opiate, The 97% Solution

The New York Times on April 30 published a news article that leads off with the assertion, ?polls say 97 percent of working climate scientists now see global warming as a serious risk.? No such poll exists, but don?t expect the New York Times to make a correction any time soon.

The only poll that resembles the Times? assertion was an online survey in which only 79 respondents listed themselves as having climate science as their primary area of expertise. This is an absurdly small number of respondents ? even overlooking the less-than-scientific nature of the poll itself ? from which to draw meaningful conclusions. (more…)

global warming Policies MIGHT BE BAD for your health

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: GWP

The Global Warming Policy Foundation has recently published new paper by Dr. Indur Goklany, titled ?Global Warming Policies Might Be Bad for Your Health.? The paper is available here.

Foreword by Professor Paul Reiter


How climate change has got Worldwide Fund for Nature bamboozled

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: Telegraph of London

WWF derives a very hefty chunk of its income from hiring out its iconic panda logo Photo: AFP/Getty Images

WWF has travelled too far from its original aim, to protect endangered species.

What a strange body the WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund, now the Worldwide Fund for Nature) has become these days. It is the largest, richest and most influential environmental lobbying organisation in the world. Originally set up in 1961 by Julian Huxley, Prince Philip, Prince Bernhard and others, for the admirable purpose of campaigning to save species endangered by human activity, it has morphed in the last 20 years into something very different, more akin to a multinational corporation.

The WWF empire now derives a very hefty chunk of its income from partnerships with governments, or the EU, or actual multinationals, such as Coca-Cola and Sky, which like to use its iconic panda logo (originally designed by the naturalist Peter Scott) to give an ?eco-caring? gloss to their commercial activities. The chief reason why it has so greatly increased its wealth and influence is that it has joined other lobby groups, such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, in pushing to the top of its agenda that most fashionable and lucrative of environmental causes, the ?battle to halt climate change?. (more…)

Germany Returns to Coal

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  Breakthrough 

Coal use projected to rise 13.5 percent in 2012, while nuclear plants sit idle

Coal use will rise an estimated 13.5 percent in Germany this year, resulting in at least 14 million metric tons of additional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, even as the nation continues to idle two-fifths of its nuclear power fleet.

The major reduction in European energy demand and industrial output caused by the global recession has led CO2 emissions to slide faster than the emissions reductions mandated by either the Emissions Trading Scheme or the EU’s commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Yet instead of accelerating emissions cuts, the ironic economics of the carbon trading system have justified a return to coal in Germany and elsewhere, as a glut of emissions permits drives down the cost of carbon pollution and makes coal highly profitable once again. (more…)

Two Centuries of Reef Growth in the Southern South China Sea

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Shi, Q., Yu, K.F., Chen, T.R., Zhang, H.L., Zhao, M.X. and Yan, H.Q. 2012. Two centuries-long records of skeletal calcification in massive Porites colonies from Meiji Reef in the southern South China Sea and its responses to atmospheric CO2 and seawater temperature. Science China Earth Sciences 55: 10.1007/s11430-011-4320-0.

According to authors Shi et al. (2012), “rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming are regarded as fatal threats to coral reefs,” noting that “the IPCC has reported that by the end of this century, coral reefs will be the first ecological system that will become extinct,” citing Wilkinson (2004). However, they say “others contend that rising seawater temperature is conducive to enhanced coral calcification, and increased calcification will be higher than the decline caused by rising CO2,” so that “coral calcification will increase by about 35% beyond pre-industrial levels by 2100, and no extinction of coral reefs will occur in the future,” citing McNeil et al. (2004). So who’s right? (more…)

Notes for the Heartland Institute Conference Speech*

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  Heartland Institute

by Václav Klaus

Many thanks for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. I am not for the first time in Chicago. It is also not for the first time that I am attending a conference organized by the Heartland Institute. But it is for the first time I am with Heartland here in Chicago.

Some of you know that I came to Chicago for the NATO summit. Yesterday and today I was supposed to speak about what to do in Afghanistan, how to keep NATO going in an era of overall indebtedness and budgetary cuts, and about NATO-Russia relations. I am glad to tell you that we did not discuss the global warming. It seems that NATO does not consider global warming to be a security threat. But my main preoccupation in the last days was NATO and I am afraid I am not sufficiently prepared to make a serious contribution to your conference. Let me make at least a few remarks I consider relevant now.

The word ?now? is important. On Friday evening I attended a music festival in Prague and during the break I mentioned to a group of people that I go toChicago, among other things to speak at this conference. Their reaction was: ?Global warming? Isn?t it already over? Does anybody care about it?? That is how they see it. Maybe, it is a European perspective. (more…)

?Truthland:? Response to Factually Challenged ?Gasland?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  Master Resource

by Steve Everley

The development of enormous reserves of American energy from tight formations such as shale has been hailed as a ?game-changer? by the Energy Information Administration; as playing a ?key role in our nation?s clean energy future? by the Environmental Protection Agency; and as a means of helping our country ?create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper? by President Obama earlier this year.

But for one mom in rural northeast Pennsylvania, the only real question that mattered was this: Is the process used to develop these resources safe? Or is it the way ?Gasland? star Josh Fox tried to portray it in his HBO film: dangerous and disruptive ? and completely unregulated, to boot? Shelly ? a mother, grandmother, farmer and science teacher from Susquehanna Co., Pa. ? needed answers, for herself, her family and her community. (more…)

Energy Rocks Our World

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

Affordable, reliable energy – a big reason most children now make it to adulthood.

Back in 1990, green activist David Suzuki had this to say about human beings:

there are too many of us; we consume too much; we pollute too much…

Similarly, the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, declared recently that we can’t continue to

consume our way to prosperity.

For these dark souls, humans are a plague on the planet. A pack of coyotes killing a horse – by lunging at its throat, according to a recent story in my local newspaper – is perfectly natural. But human consumption is apparently greedy and stupid. (more…)

?Sustainable justice? = redistribution of scarcity

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  SPPI Blog

The UN Rio+20 agenda means less freedom, happiness, true justice and human rights progress

by Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his Administration would ?fundamentally transform the United States of America.?  He gave a clue to exactly what he had in mind when he told now-congressional candidate Joe ?The Plumber? Wurzelbacher: ?When you spread the wealth around, it?s good for everybody.?

Not necessarily ? especially when activists, regulators, politicians and ruling elites do all they can to ensure there is less and less wealth to spread around. (more…)