Archive for March, 2014

The carbon dioxide level is dangerously low

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Source:  Human Events55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

By: David Archibald

The following has been excerpted from Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short by David Archibald:

The United States is needlessly penalizing itself and squandering its resource endowment, all because of the big lie that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. The Chinese, in contrast, merely pay lip service to that big lie. The only reason they are making a token effort on the ?global warming? front is to encourage Western countries to continue hobbling their own economies. One can be forgiven for thinking that there must be some truth in the global warming notion given how much noise its advocates have made. But as with most causes promoted by leftist ideologues, the truth is exactly the opposite to their claim. The fact of the matter is the carbon dioxide level of the atmosphere remains dangerously low at four hundred parts per million. In fact the more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the better for all forms of life on planet Earth. (more…)

Conflict-of-Interest in the IPCC?s New Chapter 7

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: No Frakking Consensuswitches and McBeth

The process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) writes its reports is fraught with conflict-of-interest. A startling example can be seen in Chapter 7 of the Working Group 2 report.

Scheduled to be released in a few weeks, this chapter explores how climate change might impact humanity?s food supply. You can download a leaked copy of it here.

Andrew Challinor is one of eight lead authors for Chapter 7. (There are also two chapter heads, 10 contributing authors, and two Review Editors.)  According to the headline on a University of Leeds media release issued this week, Challinor?s latest, hot-off-the-press research paper demonstrates that Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought. (more…)

The Poverty of Renewables

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: Project Syndicate

Bjorn-Lomborg

Bjorn-Lomborg

by Bjørn Lomborg

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ?Climate change harms the poor first and worst.? This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current policies to address global warming make energy much more costly, and that this harms the world?s poor much more.

Solar and wind power was subsidized by $60 billion in 2012. This means that the world spent $60 billion more on energy than was needed. And, because the total climate benefit was a paltry $1.4 billion, the subsidies essentially wasted $58.6 billion. Biofuels were subsidized by another $19 billion, with essentially no climate benefit. All of that money could have been used to improve health care, hire more teachers, build better roads, or lower taxes. (more…)

The Growing Benefits of a Warmer World

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: NCPA55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

by H. Sterling Burnett

Earth?s climate has changed many times throughout its history. During the last century and a half, average temperatures have risen modestly, though the warming trend has stalled for the past 16 years. Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future. (more…)

AAAS?s Guide to Climate Alarmism aka ?What We Know?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Watts Up

AAAS' Climate Lie

AAAS’ Climate Lie

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. ?Chip? Knappenberger

Back in the Bush II Administration, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) nakedly tried to nudge the political process surrounding the passage of the environmentally-horrific ethanol fuel mandate.  It hung a large banner from the side of its Washington headquarters, picturing a corn stalk morphing into a gas pump, all surrounded by a beautiful, pristine, blue ocean.  They got their way, and we got the bill, along with a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

So it?s not surprising that AAAS is on the Washington Insider side of global warming, releasing  a report today that is the perfect 1-2-3 step-by-step how-to guide to climate change alarm.

This is how it is laid out in the counterfactually-titled AAAS report  ?What We Know?: (more…)

Mainstreaming fringe science with John Holdren

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Wash Times

Holdren & Obama

Holdren & Obama

by Chip Knappenberger

The White House science adviser confuses global-warming fact and fancy

In recent months, White House science adviser John Holdren has repeatedly pushed the link between extreme weather events and human-caused climate change well beyond the bounds of established science. Now, veteran climate scientists are pushing back.

Mr. Holdren?s efforts started in January, as much of the nation was shivering in the midst of an excursion of arctic air into the lower 48 states.

Anyone with a passing interest in the climate of the United States knows that is hardly an unusual occurrence (?citrus freeze? anyone?), but outfit the chill with a new, scarier-sounding moniker and a blase-sounding ?cold-air outbreak? goes viral as the ?polar vortex.? (more…)

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Source: msn newssolar flare

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT on August 31, 2012.

The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. (more…)

EPA: Artless Dodging on ?Carbon Pollution? Rule

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Source: Global Warming. Org

More Climate Fantasy

More Climate Fantasy

Yesterday, the House Science Energy and Environment Subcommittees held a joint hearing on the ?Science of Capture and Storage: Understanding EPA?s Carbon Rules.? EPA Air Office Acting Administrator Janet McCabe was the sole witness on the second panel. Her testimony begins about one hour and 54 minutes (1:54) into the archived Webcast. Although calm and non-ideological in tone, McCabe?s responses in the lengthy Q&A were terse, usually uninformative, and often evasive.

The hearing focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS), the technology new coal-fired power plants will have to install to meet the carbon dioxide (CO2) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) in EPA?s proposed ?Carbon Pollution Rule.? Under the Clean Air Act, NSPS are to ?reflect the degree of emission limitation achievable through the application of the best system of emission reduction which . . . has been adequately demonstrated.? (more…)

Canadian Ice Service, Coast Guard Warns Most Ice In 25 Years

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Source: http://modernsurvivalblog.com/weather-preparedness/canadian-ice-service-coast-guard-warns-most-ice-in-25-years/

by Ken Jorgustin

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images: Environment Canada

From data provided by Environment Canada ? the Canadian Ice Services, and from real world conditions on the ground (on the ice), the Canadian Coast Guard is pleading with merchant ships to plan their voyages well in advance this year as their icebreaker fleet is confronting the worst ice conditions they?ve seen on the Atlantic Ocean in decades.

Global warming? Not here? (more…)

The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Source: No Frakking Consensus Train-Dining-Car

Ordinary people don?t care about climate change. How many times do they have to say so?

Imagine you?re on a multi-day train ride. Perhaps you?re crossing Australia. Or Africa. Perhaps you?re retracing the historic Orient Express route, from Istanbul to Calais.

At every meal you?re handed a menu with three choices: chicken, beef, or vegetarian. And at every meal the waiters serve everyone on the train the vegetarian option.

It doesn?t matter how clearly, loudly, or politely you speak when placing your order. It doesn?t matter whether you tip the waiters generously or not at all ? the result is always the same. (more…)

New paper at SPPI: EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CO2 ON SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Source:  SPPIIdso - soil carbon

EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CO2 ON SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION
Citation: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. “Effects of Elevated CO2 on Soil Carbon Sequestration.? Last modified March 12, 2014. http://www.co2science.org/subject/c/summaries/carbonsoils.php.

It is important to note at the outset that atmospheric CO2 enrichment typically has but a small effect on the decomposition rates of senesced plant materials present in soils; yet this fact often leads to significantly greater soil carbon sequestration, as demonstrated by De Angelis et al. (2000)1, who reported a 4% reduction in the decomposition rate of leaf litter beneath stands of 30-year-old Mediterranean forest species enriched with air of 710 ppm CO2, and who thus concluded that “if this effect is coupled to an increase in primary production [which nearly always occurs in response to elevated CO2] there will be a net rise of C-storage in the soils of forest ecosystems.” Similarly, in a study of soybean and sorghum plant residues grown at 705 ppm CO2, where decomposition rates were definitely not impacted by elevated CO2, Henning et al. (1996)2 still concluded that “the possibility exists for increased soil C storage under field crops in an elevated CO2 world,” due, of course, to the greater residue production resulting from CO2-enhanced plant growth.

Why climate change is good for the world

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Source: Spectator

Benefits of CO2

Benefits of CO2

by 

Don’t panic! The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm.

Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion. Yet almost nobody seems to know this. Whenever I make the point in public, I am told by those who are paid to insult anybody who departs from climate alarm that I have got it embarrassingly wrong, don?t know what I am talking about, must be referring to Britain only, rather than the world as a whole, and so forth.

At first, I thought this was just their usual bluster. But then I realised that they are genuinely unaware. Good news is no news, which is why the mainstream media largely ignores all studies showing net benefits of climate change. And academics have not exactly been keen to push such analysis forward. So here follows, for possibly the first time in history, an entire article in the national press on the net benefits of climate change. (more…)

No global warming for half the satellite record

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Source: Lord Monckton Foundation

by Christopher Monckton

No global warming for half the satellite record

According to the RSS satellite data, since September 1996 there has been no global warming for 210 months (17 years 6 months). NOAA?s 2008 State of the Climate report said 15+ years without warming would show a discrepancy between prediction and observation. There has been no warming in central England for 25 years.Monckton chart

The Lord Monckton Foundation?s monthly Global Warming Projection Index number for March 2014 is 0.14 Cº. That is how much the IPCC?s latest central projection of global warming over the 9 years 2 months January 2005 to February 2014 has overshot the observed temperature trend. (more…)

Senate Democrats? anti-scientific hot-air marathon

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

clueless2Source: Wash Times

Climate science is no more ?settled? than the ever-changing climate itself.

While this week?s Senate Climate Action Task Force all-night marathon may seem like the ultimate comedy, real climate scientists are crying over the event. It?s not just because of the numerous basic science mistakes made by the senators.

Scientists are also concerned that most of the media and public will fail to realize that many of the senators? absolute assertions are simply science fiction.

The senators repeatedly argued that the science of climate change is ?settled.? Scientists supposedly know with certainty that our carbon-dioxide emissions are causing a climate crisis. (more…)

Vitter Requests ?Secret Science? Update Per EPA?s Agreement

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

For Immediate Release                                                                                 Contact: Luke Bolar

Senator Vitter

Senator Vitter

March 11, 2014                                                                                                (202) 224-4623

Vitter Requests ?Secret Science? Update Per EPA?s Agreement

After decades of stonewalling, EPA agreed to initiate process to release data behind expensive Clean Air Act regulations, but little progress yet

(Washington, D.C.) ? Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Bob Perciasepe, Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The letter reminds Perciasepe of EPA?s July 2013 commitment to EPW Republicans that the Agency would initiate a process to release data used to justify multiple rulemakings under the Clean Air Act (CAA), while simultaneously developing processes for protecting personal health information (PHI). (more…)