Archive for August, 2012

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Some Clear Thinking On ‘The Debt’

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Source:  zero hedge

Drowning in Debt

by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

If you haven’t heard yet, the United States of America just hit $16 trillion in debt yesterday. On a gross, nominal basis, this makes the US, by far, the greatest debtor in the history of the world.

It took the United States government over 200 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars of debt. It took only 286 days to accumulate the most recent trillion dollars of debt. 200 years vs. 286 days. This portends two key points:

  1. Anyone who thinks that inflation doesn’t exist is a complete idiot;
  2. To say that the trend is unsustainable is a massive understatement. (more…)

Germany?s new ?renewable? energy policy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Wind and solar power + soaring electricity prices = outsourced jobs + more coal burning

Meanwhile, eco activists demand ?sustainable lifestyles? ? for other people

Kelvin Kemm

It is amazing how biased the international media is when it comes to reporting on energy generation, specifically electricity.

In mid-August, Germany opened a new 2200MW coal-fired power station near Cologne, and virtually not a word has been said about it. This dearth of reporting is even more surprising when one considers that Germany has said building new coal plants is necessary because electricity produced by wind and solar has turned out to be unaffordably expensive and unreliable. (more…)

?Global Warming? Fear is about Money Not Science

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Source: http://godfatherpolitics.com/6783/global-warming-fear-is-about-money-not-science/

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is spending $1.5 million to defeat five of the most outspoken members of the House of Representatives who believe man-made global warming is a hoax.

The campaign, called ?Defeat the Flat Earth Five? will focus on running TV, mail and phone initiatives to spread the message that the members are ignoring science and out of touch with what most Americans believe.

Equating these anti-global warming congressmen with a belief in a flat earth shows how the folks at the LCV are as out of touch with the history of science as they are with the science behind climate change (it changes every day) since no one of any reputation ever believed in a flat earth.

In the end, it?s not about science; it?s about government (tax-payer) grant money. (more…)

Citizen?s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Source:  Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is circulating a ?Citizen?s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.? You can read and sign the online petition below, download a hard copy of the petition, or contact us at 312/377-4000 and ask us to send you a petition to sign, or for multiple copies to distribute to your family and friends.

EPA Is a Rogue Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970 to protect the nation?s air and water from pollution. Over the years, Congress put EPA in charge of implementing and enforcing many laws, some of them important and needed, but others based on faulty science and adopted without regard to their enormous costs and small or nonexistent benefits. (more…)

DC Circuit Tosses Out EPA?s Pollution Rule

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source:  Madison Project

Amidst Obama?s inexorable war on American energy, consumers, jobs, and prosperity, his EPA is in the process of promulgating 4 new pollution rules that will bury the coal industry and ?necessarily? raise the price of electricity on American households.  They are the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Utilities (MACT), the Cooling Water Intake Structures regulation, and the Disposal of Coal Combustion residuals.  The former two have already been finalized while the latter two are close behind.  Today, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the EPA?s authority to implement the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Euro Optimism Surges, A Greek Tax Revolt Flares Up: It?s Decision Time

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source:  Zero Hedge

http://historylink101.net/greece1/rf-k-greek-island.htm

Euro optimism is once again gushing through the system on the hope that the debt crisis could be wished away with a nod by German Chancellor Angela Merkel or with a wink by the Bundesbank in direction of the European Central Bank, which is dying to print unlimited amounts of moolah to buy sovereign bonds?and old bicycles, if it has to?in order to force yields down for debt-sinner countries like the US Spain and Italy.

There is even hope that sudden German ?flexibility? might solve the Greek debacle when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras heads to Berlin for his session with Merkel, based on indications in Germany that those with the power to say ?no? are getting cold feet. But there was an incident in Greece that they should bear in mind. (more…)

Update: Medieval Warm Period Project

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://picturesofknights.net/Medieval-knight.html

Medieval Warm Period Project

Was there a Medieval Warm Period? YES, according to data published by 1091 individual scientists from 625 research institutions in 46 different countries … and counting! Our latest Medieval Warm Period Record comes from Upper Fly Lake, Southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. To access the entire Medieval Warm Period Project’s database, click here.

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Dying from Heat in a Warming World

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://fox2now.com/2012/07/10/st-louis-county-reports-second-heat-related-death/

In a paper recently published in the journal Climatic Change, Kysely and Plavcova (2012) write that “there is much concern that climate change may be associated with large increases in heat-related mortality,” but they state that “growing evidence has been emerging that the relationships between temperature extremes and mortality impacts are nonstationary,” and that “most of these studies point to declining heat-related mortality in developed countries, including the US, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and France (Davis et al., 2002, 2003a, 2003b; Bi and Walker, 2001; Donaldson et al., 2003; Garssen et al., 2005; Carson et al., 2006; Fouillet et al., 2008; Sheridan et al., 2009).” And they say that this is the case, even in spite of “aging populations and prevailing rising trends in temperature extremes.” (more…)

Winter Snow Accumulation in the Andes of Chile and Argentina

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/portillo/Interesting

Reference
Masiokas, M.H., Villalba, R., Christie, D.A., Betman, E., Luckman, B.H., Le Quesne, C., Prieto, M.R. and Mauget, S. 2012. Snowpack variations since AD 1150 in the Andes of Chile and Argentina (30°-37°S) inferred from rainfall, tree-ring and documentary records. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: 10.1029/2011JD016748.

Background
With all of the hype surrounding climate-alarmist claims of global warming producing more frequent and more extreme manifestations (both negative and positive) of various types of weather phenomena (both negative and positive), the authors write that “the development of robust, statistically-validated models specifically designed to reconstruct Andean snowpack changes over most of the past millennium appears as a necessary and important contribution to evaluate the relative severity of recent observed changes in a long-term context.” (more…)

Court Strikes Down Obama-EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule as an Illegal, Flawed Regulation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  Senator Inhofe

Sen. James Inhofe

Washington, D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama-EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act in crafting its Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).

“As today’s court ruling on the Cross State Air Pollution Rule exemplifies, the Obama-EPA continues to exceed its authority and is living up to its ‘reputation for abuse,’ – I am pleased that the courts have reined in EPA on this illegal, flawed rule,” Senator Inhofe said. “With CSAPR, EPA moved too far too fast, setting unrealistic deadlines for states to meet its stringent requirements; the agency also pushed ahead without any regard for the fact that states were intended to play the primary role in reducing emissions. (more…)

The Roman Warm Period in Southwest Scotland

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://www.politics.ie/forum/current-affairs/142381-last-days-roman-empire-3.html

Reference
Wang, T., Surge, D. and Mithen, S. 2012. Seasonal temperature variability of the Neoglacial (3300-2500 BP) and Roman Warm Period (2500-1600 BP) reconstructed from oxygen isotope ratios of limpet shells (Patella vulgata), Northwest Scotland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 317-318: 104-113.

Background
The authors write that “pre-industrial climate reconstructions during the mid to late Holocene provide the necessary information for understanding natural variation in the climate system prior to anthropogenic changes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and land use,” which information is a prerequisite for determining whether late 20th-century warming was natural or man-induced by the burning of fossil fuels. (more…)

Plant Diversities on Sixty-Six Warming European Mountaintops

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://www.123rf.com/photo_3773871_view-at-alpine-mountain-peaks--grossglockner--covered-by-snow.html

Reference
Pauli, H., Gottfried, M., Dullinger, S., Abdaladze, O., Akhalkatsi, M., Alonso, J.L.B., Coldea, G., Dick, J., Erschbamer, B., Calzado, R.F., Ghosn, D., Holten, J.I., Kanka, R. Kazakis, G., Kollar, J., Larsson, P., Moiseev, P., Moiseev, D., Molau, U., Mesa, J.M., Nagy, L., Pelino, G., Pusca, M., Rssi, G., Stanisci, A., Syverhuset, A.O., Theurillat, J.-P., Tomaselli, M., Unterluggauer, P., Villar, L., Vittoz, P. and Grabherr, G. 2010. Recent plant diversity changes on Europe’s mountain summits. Science 336: 353-355.

Background
In his 26 April 2007 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, NASA’s James Hansen stated that life in alpine regions is in danger of being “pushed off the planet” (i.e., driven to extinction) in response to global warming that encourages the upward migration of plants on mountains. But is this really the case? (more…)

Acidification Effects on Deep-Sea Corals and Other Megabenthos

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://tbsecosystemsold.wikispaces.com/Coral+Reefs

Reference
Thresher, R.E., Tilbrook, B., Fallon, S., Wilson, N.C. and Adkins, J. 2011. Effects of chronic low carbonate saturation levels on the distribution, growth and skeletal chemistry of deep-sea corals and other seamount megabenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series 442: 87-99.

Background
The authors write that “ocean acidification has been predicted to reduce the ability of marine organisms to produce carbonate skeletons, threatening their long-term viability and severely impacting marine ecosystems,” noting in this regard that “corals, as ecosystem engineers, have been identified as particularly vulnerable.” However, they state that “these predictions are based primarily on modeling studies and short-term laboratory exposure to low-carbonate conditions.” And they therefore logically add that “their relevance to long-term exposure in the field and the potential for ecological or evolutionary adjustment are uncertain.” (more…)

Effects of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Early Root Growth of Tomato Plants

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CCR 

http://lauralavigne.com/2011/05/i-am-like-a-tomato-plant-how-ab

Reference
Wang, Y., Du, S.-T., Li, L.-L., Huang, L.-D., Fang, P., Lin, X.-Y., Zhang, Y.-S. and Wang, H.-L. 2009. Effect of CO2 elevation on root growth and its relationship with indole acetic acid and ethylene in tomato seedlings. Pedosphere 19: 570-576.

In an investigation into the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the early root growth of tomato plants, authors Wang et al. (2009) grew well watered and fertilized tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill cv. Cooperate 903) plants in hydroponic solution for 15 days within controlled-environment chambers maintained at atmospheric CO2concentrations of either 350 or 800 ppm, after which they harvested the plants and determined a number of physical and chemical characteristics of their roots.

Results indicated that total root biomass was increased by 189.3% by the extra 450 ppm of CO2, while root length was increased by 21.0%, root surface area by 45.4%, root diameter by 20.9%, root volume by 69.6% and the number of root tips by 113.2%. In addition, Wang et al. say that “root hairs of the control treatment were relatively sparse, short and thin, whereas in the elevated CO2 treatment, they were very intensive.” Last of all, they report that indole acetic acid increased by 26.5% and 56.6% in the roots and leaves, respectively, and that increases in ethylene were nearly 100% in both roots and leaves. (more…)

Effects of Low pH on Early Life Stages of Atlantic Herring

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Franke, A. and Clemmesen, C. 2011. Effect of ocean acidification on early life stages of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L.). Biogeosciences 8: 3697-3707.

According to Franke and Clemmesen (2011), “since the recruitment of fish seems to be determined during the early life stages (Koester et al., 2003; Houde, 2008), knowledge of the factors influencing growth and survival rates of these stages are of great importance in fisheries science.” And they add, in this regard, that “early life history stages even of the more tolerant taxa are assumed to be most susceptible to ocean acidification (Raven et al., 2005; Melzner et al., 2009).” But is this latter assumption correct? (more…)