Archive for August, 2013

Obama’s War on Coal

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source:  The Daily Caller  coal-wanted-gg_s160x222

Coal industry lobbyists and politicians have been urging the Obama administration to ease up on its regulatory agenda and craft carbon dioxide emission rules that would allow the coal industry to survive.

All the while, reports indicate that hundreds of coal plants are slated to be shut down in the coming years.

The unveiling of President Obama?s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants earlier this summer stoked the fears of coal supporters who have already been hit hard by stricter environmental regulations.

However, the industry is not going down without a fight. (more…)

Europe Pulls The Plug On Its Green Future

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: The Australian

  • by Benny Peiser

As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy strategy is dying on the vine. Green dreams are giving way to hard economic realities.


Solar panels in Spain, where 50,000 solar panels entrepreneurs face financial disaster following cuts in government subsidies.Source: AFP

Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.

The mainstream media, which used to encourage the renewables push enthusiastically, is beginning to sober up too. With more and more cracks beginning to appear, many newspapers are returning to their proper role as the fourth estate, exposing the pitfalls of Europe?s green-energy gamble and opening their pages for thorough analysis and debate. Today, European media is full of news and commentary about the problems of an ill-conceived strategy that is becoming increasingly shaky and divisive. (more…)

Mann-made Science

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Source:  Somewhat Reasonable  a - mann

Michael Mann Redefines Science

In a post over at Peter Guest?s blog, Michael ?Hockey Stick? Mann is quoted making one of the most remarkable statements that I?ve ever heard coming out of a supposed scientist?s mouth:

Proof is for mathematical theorems and alcoholic beverages. It?s not for science.

He goes on to explain that science is all about ?credible theories? and ?best explanations? and his gosh-darn critics supposedly don?t offer up any of those.

Now it seems pretty obvious that Mann?s attempt to separate proof from science stems from increasing public awareness that the warming predicted by the high-sensitivity models that Mann and others have championed just hasn?t occurred over the last fifteen years. No matter. You don?t need ?proof? when you have ?credible theories.?

That comes as something of a shock to me. When I was going to school to earn my degree in chemistry, we were taught that science was indeed all about absolute truths and proofs at the end of the day. ?Credible theories? is how you got to those truths, not an alternative to them. (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: Medieval Warm Period in China

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Source: SPPImwp_china

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a global climatic anomaly that encompassed a few centuries on either side of AD 1000, when temperatures in many parts of the world were even warmer than they are currently. The degree of warmth and associated changes in precipitation, however, varied from region to region and from time to time; and, therefore, the MWP was manifest differently in different parts of the planet. In this Summary, what occurred in China is reviewed.

New Paper at SPPI: Growth Response of Grassland Plants Exposed to Higher Temperatures and C02

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Source: SPPI  growth_response

As the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration continues to rise, most plants tend to exhibit increased rates of photosynthesis and biomass production, including those of various grassland ecosystems. This increase in productivity should increase the amount of forage available for grazing animals and possibly reduce the land area occupied by bare soil in certain environments. However, some people claim that global warming will negate the growth-promoting effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment and actually stimulate the opposite process of desertification. This summary thus seeks to develop an answer to this important question by reviewing published scientific studies of the photosynthetic and growth responses of grassland plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment when exposed to higher-than-normal temperatures.

July 2013 Science Reviews

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Source:  Boy Sitting on Large Book Reading

by Dr. Craig Idso

Cold Weather vs. Warm Weather: Which Kills More People? (2 Jul 2013)
In Portugal, as in many other countries where, in the words of Vasconcelos et al., low winter temperatures “are generally under-rated compared to high temperatures during summer periods,” cold weather is demonstrated to be “an important environmental hazard” that is much more deadly than the heat of summer… Read More

Hot-Water Climate-Change Refugia for Corals? (2 Jul 2013)
According to the authors of this study, nearshore reefs in the sheltered bays of Palau are valuable refuges to “buffer coral-reef ecosystems against climate change-induced disturbances”… Read More

The Near-Death Experience of South Andaman Island Corals (2 Jul 2013)
They apparently have what it takes to survive a horrible case of bleaching… Read More (more…)