Archive for August, 2012

Caribbean Corals: What’s Really Been Giving Them a Hard Time?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source: CCR

http://freewallpaperspot.com/36-coral-reef-wallpaper.html/coral-reef-1

Reference
Cramer, K.L., Jackson, J.B.C., Angioletti, C.V., Leonard-Pingel, J. and Guilderson, T.P. 2012. Anthropogenic mortality on coral reefs in Caribbean Panama predates coral disease and bleaching. Ecology Letters 15: 561-567.

In introducing their newest study of the subject, Cramer et al. (2012) write that “Caribbean reef corals did not appear to be affected by human activities until the 1980s (Hughes, 1994),” but they say that “since this period, coral cover in the Caribbean has declined by an average of 80% (Gardner et al., 2003) and branching species of Acropora and Porites corals have been replaced by non-branching species of Agaricia and Porites,” citing Aronson et al. (2004, 2005) and Green et al. (2008). They also indicate that “surveys of fossil reefs have revealed that such drastic changes in Caribbean coral communities are unprecedented over the last c. 200,000 years despite large fluctuations in sea level and climate (Pandolfi and Jackson, 2006; Greer et al., 2009), implicating [some non-climatic] anthropogenic disturbance in the recent decline.” Nevertheless, they write that “the appearance and intensification of mass coral disease and bleaching events in the Caribbean and elsewhere have been widely attributed to anthropogenic climate change.” (more…)

Polar Bears May Have Survived 4-5 million Years of Climate Change

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source:  CCR

http://www.free-predator-pics.com/Free_Predator_Photos/Polar_Bears

Reference
Miller, W., Schuster, S.C., Welch, A.J., Ratan, A., Bedoya-Reina, O.C., Zhao, F., Kim, H.L., Burhans, R.C., Drautz, D.I., Wittekindt, N. E., Tomsho, L. P., Ibarra-Laclette, E., Herrera-Estrella, L., Peacock, E., Farley, S., Sage, G.K., Rode, K., Obbard, M., Montiel, R., Bachmann, L., Ingolfsson, O., Aars, J., Mailund, T., Wiig, O., Talbot, S.L. and Lindqvist, C. 2012. Polar and brown bear genomes reveal ancient admixture and demographic footprints of past climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi: 10.1073/pnas.1210506109 in press.

There has been considerable research effort expended recently on determining when and where polar bears arose (e.g. Davison et al., 2011; Edwards et al., 2011; Lindqvist et al., 2010). For example, a paper published earlier this year (Hailer et al., 2012) examined 14 nuclear genes of 19 polar bears (Ursus maritimus), 18 brown bears (Ursus arctos) and 7 black bears (Ursus americanus) and found less genetic variation within polar bears than within brown bears or black bears. Hailer and colleagues found enough haplotypes unique to the polar bear to suggest that it is a genetically distinct lineage and calculated a median divergence date for polar bears and brown bears of approximately 603,000 years – much older than previously estimated from mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and fossil data. They found no evidence of recent or on-going hybridization between brown and polar bears. However, they did find a polar bear haplotype of one nuclear gene in brown bears from the ABC Islands of Southeast Alaska, suggesting that this might be evidence of an ancient hybridization event, while their mtDNA analysis found a signal of at least one or two major hybridization events in the Late Pleistocene. (more…)

Good News For Polar Bears Is Bad News for Global Warming Alarmists

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source: Forbes

Professor Susan Crockford, a zoologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Victoria, Canada, reports that polar bears have successfully adapted to severe climate change many times in the past and will likely adapt to future climate change, as well. While common sense tells us that people concerned about global warming should welcome Crockford?s findings, expect the merchants of doom and gloom to ignore or go on the attack against the evolutionary biologist?s findings. (more…)

How “Policy By Panic” Can Backfire for Environmentalists

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source: Slate

Saying that droughts are caused by global warming leads to public distrust and disengagement when the rain starts to fall.

By

?Everyone knows? that you should drink eight glasses of water a day. After all, this is the advice of a multitude of health writers, not to mention authorities like Britain?s National Health Service. Healthy living now means carrying water bottles with us, sipping at all times, trying to drink our daily quota to ensure that we stay hydrated and healthy.

Indeed, often we drink without being thirsty, but that is how it should be: As the beverage maker Gatorade reminds us, ?your brain may know a lot, but it doesn?t know when your body is thirsty.? Sure, drinking this much does not feel comfortable, but Powerade offers this sage counsel: ?You may be able to train your gut to tolerate more fluid if you build your fluid intake gradually.? (more…)

August 2012 ? State Of The Climate Summary Report

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Source: Real Science

Don't Get Crazy about Climate

 

  1. Quietest tornado summer on record
  2. Quietest hurricane summer on record
  3. Quietest long term hurricane period since the Civil War
  4. No global warming for 16 years
  5. No change in sea level rise rates
  6. Record cold in the midwest
  7. Average fire season
  8. A cyclical drought affecting portions of the country

Let?s panic and turn control of the US over to the UN, in order to stop all this bad stuff.

And Why Bill McKibben is an Utter Fool

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Source: No Frakking Consensus

This blog will return in mid-September. In the meantime, here?s a video of a presentation I gave in Australia last month ? and some thoughts on the bankruptcy of contemporary green analysis.

To those of you who?ve been checking this blog for new material, please accept my apologies for the radio silence.

The climate debate can be a difficult place in which to live. Emotions run high. Chronic simple-mindedness abounds. Sometimes a person needs a bit of a holiday.

In a recent interview prominent green activist Bill McKibben declared that ?fossil fuel barons? are ?taking away the future? and must therefore be stopped (backup link here).

Those of us who regard affordable energy as a golden ticket out of drudgery, as providing access to light, heat, refrigeration, and safe cooking facilities can only marvel that there still are people who consider McKibben?s perspective ?a riveting fresh look? at the climate debate. (more…)

EPA actions at mine could hurt $220 billion in investments

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Source:  Daily Caller

http://metaldetectingworld.com/reviews_gold_prospecting_tools.shtml

The Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) preemptive assessment of the Pebble Mine in Alaska could have a ?chilling effect? on $220 billion in investments, according to the Brattle Group, an economic and financial consulting firm.

In May, the EPA released its watershed assessment of large-scale mining by Pebble LP at Bristol Bay, which could be one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world, and expressed concerns over impact the mine would have on local salmon habitats and surrounding wetlands.

Under the Clean Water Act, operations that dump ?dredge or fill materials? into wetlands, rivers, lakes, or streams are required to obtain a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The EPA can revoke this permit if there are ?unacceptable adverse impacts on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds and fishery areas, wildlife, or recreational areas.? (more…)

Video: Obama’s attack on coal industry and employees

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Source:  FOX News

mining coal

 

West Virginia residents face unemployment, jobs crisis

Video about Obama’s attack on the US coal industry.  This a direct attack not only on the nation, but each worker and member of the nation’s coal industry.

Link:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/1787005034001/crisis-in-coal-country

 

New paper at SPPI: Flood Activity in Asia

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Based on simulations provided by mathematical models, climate alarmists generally predict more frequent and more severe floods in response to global warming. In this summary we examine real-world data relative to this claim as it pertains to Asia.

 

New Paper at SPPI: Reply to Climate Extremist

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

by Lord Monckton

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/reply_to_a_climate_extremist.html

In August 2012, a climate extremist addressed to various skeptical climate researchers what he offensively called ?an appeal to you to be reasonable?. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley replied, whereupon the extremist ? unable or unwilling to produce a single scientific argument ? said he did not wish to pursue the debate further. This paper is an extended version of the reply to the climate extremist.

 

New Paper: Hail Storm Trends

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/hail_storm_trends.html

Insurance costs related to life and property damages caused by extreme weather events have been steadily rising in the United States and elsewhere; and it is not uncommon for many in the insurance industry and government to place the blame for this development on what they claim are significant increases in the frequencies and intensities of severe weather events, since climate models suggest that these phenomena should be increasing as a consequence of CO2-induced global warming. But is this explanation correct? The following material reviews this question as it pertains to hail storms.

New Paper: Climate and Fire

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

According to model-based predictions, larger and more intense wildfires will increase as a result of CO2-induced global warming; and as a result, many scientists have begun to search for a link between fire and climate, often examining trends of the past to see if they support the model projections. In the following summary, therefore, we examine what has been learned, starting with studies conducted in North America and ending with the planet as a whole.

Full paper here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/climate_and_fire.html

Caribbean Corals: What’s Really Been Giving Them a Hard Time?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://www.amazon.com/CO2-Global-Warming-Coral-Reefs/dp/0971484589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344747863&sr=8-1&keywords=idso+coral+reefs

In introducing their newest study of the subject, Cramer et al. (2012) write that “Caribbean reef corals did not appear to be affected by human activities until the 1980s (Hughes, 1994),” but they say that “since this period, coral cover in the Caribbean has declined by an average of 80% (Gardner et al., 2003) and branching species of Acropora and Poritescorals have been replaced by non-branching species of Agaricia and Porites,” citing Aronson et al. (2004, 2005) and Green et al. (2008). They also indicate that “surveys of fossil reefs have revealed that such drastic changes in Caribbean coral communities are unprecedented over the last c. 200,000 years despite large fluctuations in sea level and climate (Pandolfi and Jackson, 2006; Greer et al., 2009), implicating [some non-climatic] anthropogenic disturbance in the recent decline.” Nevertheless, they write that “the appearance and intensification of mass coral disease and bleaching events in the Caribbean and elsewhere have been widely attributed to anthropogenic climate change.”

So what, or who, is the real culprit? And how was the guilty party identified?

In terms of their contribution to the search effort, Cramer et al. “analyzed coral and molluscan fossil assemblages from reefs near Bocas del Toro, Panama to construct a timeline of ecological change from the 19th century to the present.” This work revealed “large changes before 1960 in coastal lagoons coincident with extensive deforestation, and after 1960 on offshore reefs.” Some of the “striking changes” they identified include “the demise of previously dominant staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis and oyster Dendrostrea frons that lives attached to gorgonians and staghorn corals.” And they say that “reductions in bivalve size and simplification of gastropod trophic structure further implicate increasing environmental stress on reefs.” (more…)

Wind payback period “several millennia”

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  Bishop Hill 

ConsumerReport.org is reporting that home wind turbines are a rip-off:

The Honeywell costs $11,000 installed, comes with a five-year warranty and has a 20-year expected product life. But having a thorough site analysis by a manufacturer-authorized installer, backed by your own research on websites such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is vital.

At the rate the WT6500 is delivering power at our test site, it would take several millennia for the product to pay for itself in savings?not the 56 years it would take even with the 1,155 kWh quote we received.

Editorial: ?Hansen is simply wrong? and ?his hypothesis is a complete and abject failure?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  WattsUp

Hansen Arrested at Protest

UPDATE: 9:55 AM  PDT 8/8/12 A graph of Palmer Drought Severity Index -vs- GISTEMP data has been added from Dr. Michaels. Looks like another ?GISS miss?.

There?s a lot of blowback against James Hansen?s recent (non tested) PNAS paper, trying to link weather and climate, covered here on WUWT. Even NOAA scientist Dr. Martin Hoerling is panning it. This from The NYT:

Dr. Hoerling contended that Dr. Hansen?s new paper confuses drought, caused primarily by a lack of rainfall, with heat waves.

?This isn?t a serious science paper,? Dr. Hoerling said. ?It?s mainly about perception, as indicated by the paper?s title. Perception is not a science.?

Here?s a short editorial by Dr. Pat Michaels, former Virginia State Climatologist:

Hansen is simply wrong. (more…)