Archive for November, 2013

UN Climate Fanatics

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

ambler - global economySource:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A fanatic, said Winston Churchill, is someone ?who can?t change his mind and won?t change the subject.? That?s an apt description of senior United Nations personnel.

Last week, I listened as Ban Ki-moon, the head of the UN, addressed a room full of other UN personnel in Warsaw, Poland. His remarks followed those of Achim Steiner, who?s in charge of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Michel Jarraud, who leads the World Meteorological Association.

Those two organizations happen to be the parents of a third UN body ? the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ban Ki-moon mentioned it in his speech. Indeed, he went so far as to assure the assembled crowd that while the UN had been ?very much troubled by science skeptics? just ?a couple of years ago,? the recent release of the new IPCC report had put an end to all that.

There is now, he said, ?much more clarity.? It ?is a scientific finding? that climate change is humanity?s fault. (more…)

Calm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Source:  Yahoo Newssun spots

Washington (AFP) – The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late — with fewer sunspots than anytime in in the last century — prompting curious scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth.

Sunspots have been observed for millennia — first by Chinese astronomers and then, for the first time with a telescope, by Galileo in 1610.

The sunspots appear in roughly 11-year cycles — increasing to a daily flurry and then subsiding drastically, before amping up again.

But this cycle — dubbed cycle 24 — has surprised scientists with its sluggishness. (more…)

UN climate delegates failing everyone

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Source:  Online Opinion  spider web

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!

Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)

For many years, our representatives to the United Nations climate conferences have behaved as if they could make dramatic, headline-grabbing commitments without serious long term consequences. Perhaps they hoped people would forget about their agreements as the years went by and other pressing issued arose. Or maybe they assumed they would no longer be in office when the impact of their decisions would be felt.

The UN climate conference in Warsaw, Poland over the past two weeks has clearly demonstrated that their chickens are finally coming home to roost. UN delegates are actually being held accountable for the climate change problems which those representatives years ago claimed the developed world to be causing.

Developing countries are now demanding that we have an obligation to pay them trillions of dollars for loss and damages, since much of the extreme weather and other problems they are experiencing are supposedly our fault. (more…)

DARWIN?S MISTAKES

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Source: NZCLIMATE TRUTH NEWSLETTER  

OPINION

Darwin and HMS Beagle

Darwin and HMS Beagle

by Vincent Gray

Until the middle of the 19th century everybody believed that the earth was static and unchanging, interrupted by earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters, caused, usually  by Gods,  but after which the earth returned to its original static state.

It was the developments of the science of geology by Hutton and Lyall that changed this picture. They showed that the earth is in a constant state of change. Many of the rocks are formed from deposits made in previous history. In addition they contain remains of organisms that had lived at the time they had been deposited,

Charles Darwin, who joined captain Robert Fitzroy in a voyage around the world in HMS Beagle? in 1831, was an enthusiastic naturalist who had also studied the new geology. He took the first volume of Lyall?s ?Principles of Geology? with him on the voyage and picked up the second volume at Valparaiso during the trip. (more…)

A climate of fear, cash and correctitude

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Source:  SPPIclimate science fraud

Trashing real science to protect grants, prestige, and desire to control energy, economy, lives

by Paul Driessen and Dennis Mitchell

Earth?s geological, archaeological and written histories are replete with climate changes: big and small, short and long, benign, beneficial, catastrophic and everything in between.

The Medieval Warm Period (950-1300 AD or CE) was a boon for agriculture, civilization and Viking settlers in Greenland. The Little Ice Age that followed (1300-1850) was calamitous, as were the Dust Bowl and the extended droughts that vanquished the Anasazi and Mayan cultures; cyclical droughts and floods in Africa, Asia and Australia; and periods of vicious hurricanes and tornadoes. Repeated Pleistocene Epoch ice ages covered much of North America, Europe and Asia under mile-thick ice sheets that denuded continents, stunted plant growth, and dropped ocean levels 400 feet for thousands of years. (more…)

Pole Shift: It?s Started?

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Source: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/pole-shift-it-looks-like-its-started_112013pole shift

OPINION

All this crap we hear about climate change, the explanations about why some areas are experiencing warm seas and rising sea levels, it?s not climate change, it?s the start of magnetic pole shift.

Governments cannot admit this because there?s nothing they can do about it. Instead, they sell global warming in a miserable attempt to mitigate some of the changes that are already happening.

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There are two types of pole shift. The terrestrial kind is where the land masses actually move from their current positions to new ones sometimes thousands of kilometers away. Then there?s magnetic pole shift, a flip in the earth?s magnetic field where the North and south Poles exchange places.

Adam Maloof, associate professor of geosciences at Princeton University, has believed in terrestrial pole shift since his student days. Years of research has not fully proven that terrestrial pole shift does occur at all , but his research has shown there is no possible way it could happen the way he envisioned it would. (more…)

Social cost of carbon

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Source:  Climate Etc.  idso positive CO2

by Judith Curry

The debate on the social cost of carbon is heating up.

White House

The White House has recently issued a Technical Support Document on the Social Cost of Carbon [link].   Excerpts from the Executive Summary:

The purpose of the ?social cost of carbon? (SCC) estimates presented here is to allow agencies to incorporate the social benefits of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into cost-benefit analyses of regulatory actions that impact cumulative global emissions. The SCC is an estimate of the monetized damages associated with an incremental increase in carbon emissions in a given year. It is intended to include (but is not limited to) changes in net agricultural productivity, human health, property damages from increased flood risk, and the value of ecosystem services due to climate change.  (more…)

Comments on New SPPI Paper

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Source: SPPIIdso forests

From: D. Ambler
Subject: New SPPI Paper: Modern Growth Trends of Forests

Hi Bob

This paper is a very good demonstration of how critical CO2 is to life.

The myth that permeates the current thinking and propaganda, is that the rainforests are permanent natural features of the earth. Nothing could be further from the truth:

Professor Philip Stott, Emeritus Professor of BioGeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, wrote this in 2003:

?At the end of the last ice age, only some 12-18000 years ago, the tropics were covered by seasonal savannah grasslands, cooler and much drier than now. There were no rain forests in the Malay Peninsula and much of Amazonia, and, despite the increasing human development of forested space, there are still more rain forests persisting than existed then. (more…)

New SPPI Paper: Modern Growth Trends of Forests

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Source:  SPPIIdso forests

How well have earth’s forests been faring during the modern era? This question was asked a few years ago by five researchers (Lapenis et al., 2005[1]), who sought the answer by analyzing trends in forest biomass in all 28 ecoregions covering the Russian territory, based on data collected from 1953 to 2002 within 3196 sample plots comprised of about 50,000 entries, which database, in their words, “contains all available archived and published data.” And in doing so, they discovered that over the period 1961-1998, “aboveground wood, roots, and green parts increased by 4%, 21%, and 33%, respectively,” such that “the total carbon density of the living biomass stock of the Russian forests increased by ~9% from 4.08 to 4.44 kg C m-2.” In addition, they report there was an “increase in the area of the Russian forests (from 695.5 x 1010 m2 in 1961 to 774.2 x 1010 m2 in 1998),” which equates to an increase of about 11%

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Source: NIPCCborealforest

Species Range Shifts in a Warming World (19 Nov 2013)
It is considerably more complex – and conservative – than models have projected. The results of this new study reveal the very real possibility that global warming could lead, not just to a geographical shifting of ranges, but to the actual expansion of the sizes of the ranges of certain tree species. And that is good news for nature!… Read More

How Close is Modeled Precipitation to Measured Precipitation? (19 Nov 2013)
According to the results of this study, not very. Precipitation remains one of the most poorly parameterized physical processes in general circulation models (GCMs), where there is difficulty in simulating such fundamental precipitation features as diurnal variation, frequency and intensity… Read More (more…)

The Creepy Climate Summit

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Source:  No Frakking Consensusun ipcc2

The above photo wasn?t taken at an airport. This is the entrance to the UN climate summit here in Warsaw. UN-issued photo ID, electronic scanning on departure as well as entry, and an overt police presence apparently don?t provide sufficient peace of mind.

What is the UN so afraid of? Has anyone ever faced the slightest threat to their person inside one of these events ? given the special entrances for VIPs, the roped-off areas, and the security personnel everywhere?

There?s a good argument that the searches to which we all now submit at airports are supported by little evidence, that these measures amount to ?security theatre?. It?s worth noting that the UN ? rather than challenging that approach to the world ? is itself helping to normalize it. (more…)

Scientists Blast Obama?s Global Warming Myth: You?re Basing Politics on Faulty Computer Models Rather than Science

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Source: TDSbarack-obama-drive-chevrolete-volt-photos1

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On Friday, Obama signed an executive order that instructs federal agencies to work with state and local governments to boost preparations for the impact of global warming. Obama?s war on coal has threatened one sixth of America?s electrical output by placing 150 coal-burning power plants on the chopping block ? all due to global warming. Citing global warming has already having an effect on communities and public health across the nation, Obama directed infrastructure projects to take into consideration future climate conditions which naturally could result in a higher price tag for new projects or repairs to already existing structures. However, new scientific evidence has surfaced that ?the solar activity is decreasing at the fastest rate as anytime in the last 10,000 years?.

Environmentalist Lawrence Solomon wrote in the Financial Post, ?Now an increasing number of scientists are swinging back to the thinking of the 1960s and 1970s. The global cooling hypothesis may have been right after all, they say Earth may be entering a new Little Ice Age.?

The Daily Caller reported:

Solomon adds that Columbia University?s George Kukla ? who warned the US government about the dangers of global cooling in 1972 ? postulated that ?global warming always precedes an ice age ? The warming we saw in the 1980s and 1990s, in other words, was expected all along, much as the calm before the storm.?

Recently, scientists have been looking to solar activity as a predictor of world climate. Low solar activity has been connected with cold periods in human history, while high levels of solar activity have been connected with warming periods, like the one from the 1950s to 1998.

The United Nation?s climate authority has tried to downplay the influence of solar activity on the Earth?s climate, but climate scientists have been more assertive that the sun plays a role in affecting global temperatures. (more…)

Australia snubs global climate talks, as Greg Hunt stays home to repeal carbon tax

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

koala_bearsSource:  The Australian

AUSTRALIA will be represented by a diplomat rather than a senior minister at international climate talks in Poland next week aimed at securing an agreement to cut global carbon emissions.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt won’t attend annual United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw, saying he’ll be busy repealing the carbon tax in the first fortnight of parliament.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will also not attend. Neither her parliamentary secretary Brett Mason nor Mr Hunt’s deputy, Simon Birmingham, have been delegated to attend.

Instead, Australia will be represented by Australia’s Climate Change Ambassador Justin Lee, who is based in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Hunt said through a spokesman that he would be ?fully engaged in repealing the carbon tax? while the conference was underway. (more…)

Politically correct coal rally missed the target

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Source: tauntongazette.com  
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by Tom Harris

 The Obama administration must be relieved that speakers at Tuesday?s pro-coal rally in Washington, D.C., only brought up arguments that media will pay little attention to. Job losses and increased costs, the issues presenters cited as consequences of the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) new coal plant emission regulations, are certainly important. But reporters have heard it all before. Most simply accept these sacrifices as necessary to ?fight climate change.?

Had the rally focused instead on attacking the most important, yet most vulnerable reason for the EPA?s so-called war on coal ? the science that backs fears of dangerous man-made climate change ?things would have been very different. Media coverage would have been intense with climate campaigners and miners squaring off on one of the most controversial issues of our time. Then, the impact of the administration?s plans on jobs and prices would have received far broader coverage as well.

Rally organizers would have had to prepare carefully for such an approach, of course. They would need to ensure that speakers were up to date on the basics of the science and that they made reference to solid research that supported their cause. To counter claims from climate activists that ?the science is settled?, presenters would have to cite documents such as those of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change in which thousands of peer-reviewed science papers are listed that reveal the problems with President Obama?s climate change plans. (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: Historical Temperature Trends in Antarctica

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Source: SPPIantarctica_trends

From the birth and death of ice ages to the decadal meanderings of modern-day weather patterns, studies of Antarctica bear witness to the fact that the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration is not a major player in bringing about significant changes in earth’s climate; and in what follows, the case for this proposition is presented in the form of brief reviews of pertinent studies directed, first of all, at glacial periods, then the singular Holocene, and finally the past few decades.