Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Davos 2015: World Bank chief makes climate action plea

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Source: London Guardian

‘Move to cleaner cities no brainer,’ says Kim as Al Gore and Pharrell Williams launch initiative including global music event

The president of the World Bank hasurged the international community to help developing nations cope with a warming planet as the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was dominated by calls to make 2015 a year of action on climate change.

Jim Kim called for rich and poor countries to put aside their differences over tackling climate change as he warned that the hottest year on record in 2014 was evidence of accelerating global warming. (more…)

Obama’s Greenhouse of Cards: Reflections for the New Year on Carbon Capture, the Clean Power Plan, and the COP 21 Climate Negotiations

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: GWO

by Marlo Lewis

The integrated carbon capture and storage (ICCS) project at the Boundary Dam Power Station has scooped up its first major award, even though it has been fully operational for less than three months. — Estavan Lifestyles, Dec. 17, 2014

The economics only work at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan for two reasons: a C$240 million government subsidy and a ready nearby customer for the carbon in Calgary-based Cenovus. . . .The CO2 is transported 66 kilometers (41 miles) to Cenovus Energy Inc. (CVE)’s oil fields where it is buried underground to coax additional crude from the reservoirs. — Bloomberg News, Dec. 4, 2014

The news items above point to one of the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) fatal legal flaws. (more…)

2014: Year of Futility in the Fight Against Climate Change

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: CDN

By Steve Goreham

The year 2014 was another year of futility in the fight against climate change. Climatists redoubled efforts to convince citizens that urgent action is needed to stop dangerous global warming. But the gap between public warnings and actual events produced an endless stream of climate irony.

January began with a frosty bang as an arctic air mass descended on the central United States, following a similar event in December. What was once called a cold snap is now ominously christened a “polar vortex.” Record-low daily temperatures were recorded from Minnesota to Boston, along with all-time seasonal snowfalls in many cities. (more…)

What Do Voters Think of Climate Change?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: TGV

Americas Majority Foundation, an organization that I work with, held several polls over the past three months, including post-election polls. In August, the foundation polled 1100 Hispanics, and in a national post-election poll, polled 1000 whites, 1000 blacks and 1000 Hispanics. Finally we polled black and Hispanic voters in New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois: states where America’s PAC was involved. (We polled 3500 Hispanic voters in three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and New Mexico, and 2800 black voters in two states: Wisconsin and North Carolina.) 

Americas Majority Foundation has been doing surveys on voters’ attitude on climate change for the past four years. While voters will tell pollsters that climate change is a serious problem, they don’t rate “fighting” climate change as a major priority. In our polls, we added additional options on what causes climate change, and guess what, voters actually reject the climate alarmist worldview. They agree with climate realists on what causes climate change, and furthermore, view job creation as more important than fighting climate change. (more…)

What if Obama’s Climate Change Policies are Based on pHraud?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: Heartland

By Marita Noon

“Ocean acidification” (OA) is claimed to be a phenomenon that will destroy ocean life—all due to mankind’s use of fossil fuels. The claim of OA is a critical scientific foundation to the full spectrum of climate change assertions.

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a senior scientist with the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)—part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). His four-page report: Carbon Dioxide and Our Ocean Legacy, offered on the NOAA website, contains a chart titled “Historical & Projected pH & Dissolved Co2,” which shows a decline in seawater pH (making it more acidic) that appears to coincide with increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. (more…)

The Clean Power Plan Is Unconstitutional

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: WSJ

The EPA acts as though it has the legislative authority to re-engineer the nation’s electric generating system and power grid. It does not.

By Laurence H. Tribe

As a law professor, I taught the nation’s first environmental law class 45 years ago. As a lawyer, I have supported countless environmental causes. And as a father and grandfather, I want to leave the Earth in better shape than when I arrived.

Nonetheless, I recently filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency urging the agency to withdraw its Clean Power Plan, a regulatory proposal to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s electric power plants. In my view, coping with climate change is a vital end, but it does not justify using unconstitutional means. (more…)

Still more politicized pseudo-science?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SPPI

The neonics and honeybees saga takes interesting, potentially fraudulent turn

Paul Driessen

Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn.

Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year ban on using the chemicals. Farm organizations and the Union’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Department unsuccessfully opposed the ban, arguing that evidence for a link is not persuasive, and actual field studies in Canada and elsewhere have found little risk to bees from the pesticides. (more…)

Climate Alarmists Warm It Up

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: NRO

They overcook the evidence of 2014 to support their shaky predictions of global warming.

By Rupert Darwall

The year 2014 had scarcely expired before being declared the warmest year on record. First off was the Japan Meteorological Agency. The year 2014 surpassed 1998 to set a new record by all of five one hundredths of one degree Centigrade, according to the agency’s preliminary numbers. Then Britain’s Met Office announced that 2014 was the warmest year in the 355 years of the Central England Temperature series.

Each year, global-warming adherents anticipate an El Niño (a strong warming phase in the Pacific) as the physical manifestation of global warming’s Second Coming to herald the end of the barren years of flat-lining global temperatures. The Center for American Progress’s Joe Romm called the 2014 record doubly impressive. As Romm noted, “We’re still waiting for the start of El Niño” but got a temperature record nonetheless. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 8 January – 14 January 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: CO2 Science

Corals Seeking Shelter from the Storm of Acidification & Bleaching (14 January 2015)

Can they find protection in the shade of beachfront mangroves? In a word, yes. This “previously undocumented refuge for corals provides evidence for adaptation of coastal organisms and ecosystem transition due to recent climate change,” and that is great news for these valuable marine organisms…

Biases Driving Biases in CMIP5 Models of Earth’s Major Monsoons (14 January 2015)
No wonder their projections are so often so far removed from reality… (more…)

Vetoing bipartisan energy, job and economic growth

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SPPI

President Obama makes it clear that the only “common ground” he respects is his liberal turf

by Paul Driessen

New Republican members were still being sworn in and expressing their desire for bipartisan initiatives, when President Obama said he would veto the Keystone pipeline, ObamaCare fixes and other bills that run counter to his agenda. Washington’s new “common ground” will be a tricky, dangerous swamp.

Meanwhile, U.S. crude oil prices are below $50 per barrel, for the first time since 2009, and natural gas has dropped below $3 per million Btu (or thousand cubic feet). That’s bad news for Iran, Russia, Venezuela and ISIS, but great news for energy users. Motorists will save billions of dollars in gasoline costs; families, factories, hospitals, schools and malls will save billions on heating and electricity bills; and industries that are energy-intensive or use hydrocarbons as raw materials will reap huge benefits. (more…)

The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

With the current claims yet again of “record temperatures” it may be of interest to look again at this Q & A from James Hansen in 2005. It is still on the website.

Data.GISS: GISTEMP — The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature

Here are a few extracts:

The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature (SAT)
Q. What exactly do we mean by SAT ?
A. I doubt that there is a general agreement how to answer this question. Even at the same location, the temperature near the ground may be very different from the temperature 5 ft above the ground and different again from 10 ft or 50 ft above the ground. Particularly in the presence of vegetation (say in a rain forest), the temperature above the vegetation may be very different from the temperature below the top of the vegetation. (more…)

Conning the Public on “warmest year” claima

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source:  Climate Depot

By: Marc Morano

Update: ‘Conning the Public’: Scientists Accuse NASA/NOAA of ‘Misleading’, ‘Deception’ & ‘Lying’ About ‘Hottest Year’ Claim – Concede 2014 probably not ‘hottest year’

U.S. Governments Surprise Admission:  NASA: We’re only 38% sure we were right (about statistically meaningless ‘hottest year’ claim) – ‘But NASA press release failed to mention this’

NOAA, NASA quietly conceded: 2014 was probably not the warmest year on record

NOAA concedes ‘Hottest Year’ claim ‘is within…the uncertainty of the dataset’

Scientists Question Honesty of Federal Agencies & NASA’s Chief Global Warming Scientist Gavin Schmidt (more…)

A Different Climate Model?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SEPP

A Different Climate Model? Statistician William Matt Briggs introduces us to a different, simple, climate model designed by Christopher Monckton, Willie Soon, David Legates and Briggs. According to the press release by Briggs, the model was explained in a paper accepted by Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), the Orient’s equivalent of Science or Nature. The press release states the simple model was designed to answer the question why the general circulation models used by the IPCC overestimate warming since 1990. Based on the information given, the new model tracks much better than the highly complex general circulation models favored by the IPCC and the organizations that follow it. The main difference between the simple model and the IPCC models is that in the new model, it is assumed that natural processes will reduce the impact of warming caused by increased carbon dioxide (negative feedback), while the IPCC models, in general, assume natural processes will enhance the impact of warming caused by increased carbon dioxide (positive feedback such as water vopor). (more…)

NOAA – NASA Temperature Announcements

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SEPP

By Ken Haapala

NOAA – NASA Temperature Announcement: Perhaps few public statements exemplify the willingness of certain government agencies to mislead the public as clearly as this week’s joint announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The press release reads as if the announcement was considered more an opportunity for self-promotion than a scientific statement. (more…)

Hottest Year Claim: Miniscule Change in Imaginary Number

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A few decades hence, it will seem as though 95% of today’s journalists were the recipients of lobotomies. Their ability to see beyond the press release in climate matters appears to be non-existent.

As I begin year six writing about climate change, my heart despairs. The central arguments haven’t changed much in half a decade. This year’s over-heated rhetoric, as activists ramp up for December’s Paris UN climate summit, faithfully echo 2009, when the Copenhagen summit was coming into view.

Then, as now, the media is failing abysmally at its core mission: giving the public useful information. Here in Canada, our government-funded news source, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), produced this headline last November: ‘Hottest year’ record likely for 2014 after warmest October. (more…)