Archive for July, 2013

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Source: Climate Change Reconsidered  co2

Shrub Proliferation Throughout Low Arctic Ecosystems (9 Jul 2013)
How rapid and extensive has the phenomenon been? According to the authors of this study, ?vegetation in the upland tundra east of the Mackenzie Delta has changed dramatically in the last three decades with relative increases in tall shrub cover and alder density of 68.1 and 35%, respectively?… Read More

Impact of Continental Mass Change on Rate-of-Rise of Sea Level (9 Jul 2013)
New findings indicate the rate of sea level rise over the past two decades in on the order of 1.7 ± 0.8 mm/year, which is far less than that projected by climate alarmists… Read More (more…)

Obama?s global-warming folly

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Source:  Wash Post

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The economy stagnates. Syria burns . Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him , even as a ?29-year-old hacker? revealed his nation?s spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change .

Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans? concerns (last of 21 ? Pew poll). Which means that Obama?s declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost ? and it will be heavy ? is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic. You decide: (more…)

The Economist: A Cooling Consensus

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Source: GWPF crazy2

The public has been systematically deceived by climate alarmists

Global warming has slowed. The rate of warming of over the past 15 years has been lower than that of the preceding 20 years. There is no serious doubt that our planet continues to heat, but it has heated less than most climate scientists had predicted. Nate Cohn of the New Republic reports: ?Since 1998, the warmest year of the twentieth century, temperatures have not kept up with computer models that seemed to project steady warming; they?re perilously close to falling beneath even the lowest projections?.

Mr Cohn does his best to affirm that the urgent necessity of acting to retard warming has not abated, as does Brad Plumer of the Washington Post, as does this newspaper. But there?s no way around the fact that this reprieve for the planet is bad news for proponents of policies, such as carbon taxes and emissions treaties, meant to slow warming by moderating the release of greenhouse gases. The reality is that the already meagre prospects of these policies, in America at least, will be devastated if temperatures do fall outside the lower bound of the projections that environmentalists have used to create a panicked sense of emergency. Whether or not dramatic climate-policy interventions remain advisable, they will become harder, if not impossible, to sell to the public, which will feel, not unreasonably, that the scientific and media establishment has cried wolf. (more…)

Hot weather and climate change–a mountain from a molehill?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Source: Wash Times  earth on fire

by Steve Goreham

 On Sunday, Death Valley temperatures reached 129oF, a new June record high for the United States, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reached 117oF, tying the previous record set in 1942 and 2005.

National Geographic, NBC News, and other media ran stories attributing the Southwest heat wave to human-caused global warming. But history shows that today?s temperatures are nothing extraordinary.

The United States high temperature record was set in 1913, measured in Death Valley on July 10. Twenty-three of the 50 US state high temperature records date back to the decade of the 1930s. Seventy percent of state high records were set prior to 1970.

The alarm about climate change is all about one degree. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global surface temperatures have increased about 1.3oF (0.7oC) since 1880. Proponents of the theory of man-made warming claim that this is evidence that man-made greenhouse gases are raising global temperatures. (more…)

Science or Science Fiction? Professionals? Discursive Construction of Climate Change

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Source: Organizational Studies  man-made-global-warming-is-a-fraud-t-shirt

by Lianne M. Lefsrud and Renate E. Meyer

Abstract

This paper examines the framings and identity work associated with professionals? discursive construction of climate change science, their legitimation of themselves as experts on ?the truth?, and their attitudes towards regulatory measures. Drawing from survey responses of 1077 professional engineers and geoscientists, we reconstruct their framings of the issue and knowledge claims to position themselves within their organizational and their professional institutions. In understanding the struggle over what constitutes and legitimizes expertise, we make apparent the heterogeneity of claims, legitimation strategies, and use of emotionality and metaphor. By linking notions of the science or science fiction of climate change to the assessment of the adequacy of global and local policies and of potential organizational responses, we contribute to the understanding of ?defensive institutional work? by professionals within petroleum companies, related industries, government regulators, and their professional association. (more…)