Archive for the ‘News’ Category

US Having Its Coolest Year On Record

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Source:  Real Science

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The percentage of US HCN stations to reach 90 degrees was the smallest on record this year, with four of the five coolest years occurring above 350 PPM CO2. The most widespread heat occurred in 1931, when more than 98% of stations were over 90 degrees.

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It’s rarely about the environment anymore

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Source:  SPPIA-Greenpeace-activist-in--006

It’s about slashing our energy use, free enterprise, job creation, living standards and freedoms

by Paul Driessen

Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today’s battles are rarely about the environment. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 16 October – 22 October 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Source: CO2 Sciencea-water

Effects of CO2 on the Growth & Flavonoids of Two Medicinal Plants (22 October 2014)
The yield and pharmaceutical quality of Scutellaria species can be enhanced “with controlled environment production and CO2 enrichment”…

Why 2014 Won’t Be the Warmest Year on Record (21 October 2014)
Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average this year will be the warmest in the modern instrumental record. Dr. Roy Spencer explains why he feels this is wrong…

Sea Level Rates-of-Rise Along Europe’s North Sea Coastline (21 October 2014)
Have they accelerated as the air’s CO2 concentration has continued its upward climb?…

Gene Expression Plasticity Evolution in Threespine Stickleback Fish (21 October 2014)
A new study finds extremely compelling support for it, and that is encouraging news for those concerned about animal range expansions or shifts caused by climate change…

Mid- and High-Latitude Forests Respond to Environmental Change (20 October 2014)
To “reduce the uncertainties in predicting future carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems, land surface models should not only consider land-use history, but also account for key physiological processes governing the fate of carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems, such as the effects of CO2 fertilization, nitrogen deposition, and climate warming on vegetation growth.”… (more…)

The terrestrial biosphere – a growing carbon sink

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Source:  http://euanmearns.com/the-terrestrial-biosphere-a-growing-carbon-sink/borealforest

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Roger Andrews

Over the course of time CO2 emitted to the atmosphere is sequestered in carbon sinks. There are two places it can go:

* Into the ocean sink, or
* Into the terrestrial biosphere sink (vegetation, soils etc.)

How much goes into each? I’m still looking into that. In the meantime I’m presenting some observational data which suggest that the terrestrial biosphere sink is growing rapidly and may be making a larger contribution than is generally supposed. (more…)

PayPal Co-Founder Is Skeptical of Man-Made Global Warming for This Reason

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Source:  The Blaze

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, often considered one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley, said Tuesday that he is skeptical of man-made global warming because many refuse to allow debate the subject.

“Whenever you can’t have a debate, I often think that’s evidence that there’s a problem,” Thiel said on The Glenn Beck Program. “When people use the word ‘science,’ it’s often a tell, like in poker, that you’re bluffing. It’s like we have ‘social science’ and we have ‘political science,’ [but] we don’t call it ‘physical science’ or ‘chemical science.’ We just call them physics and chemistry because we know they’re right.”

Thiel said no one will be upset if you ask questions about the periodic table, because it is actually science. But referring to man-made climate change as “science” tells you “that people are exaggerating and they’re bluffing a little bit,” Thiel said. (more…)

Why 2014 Won’t Be the Warmest Year on Record

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Dr. Roy Spencer

Dr. Roy Spencer

Source:  Roy Spencer

Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average this year will be the warmest in the modern instrumental record.

I claim 2014 won’t be the warmest global-average year on record.

..if for no other reason than this: thermometers cannot measure global averages — only satellites can. The satellite instruments measure nearly every cubic kilometer – hell, every cubic inch — of the lower atmosphere on a daily basis. You can travel hundreds if not thousands of kilometers without finding a thermometer nearby.

(And even if 2014 or 2015 turns out to be the warmest, this is not a cause for concern…more about that later). (more…)

Curbing Obama power grabs

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Source: SPPI55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

OPINION

The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help?

BY Paul Driessen

You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats.

But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid

Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the “nuclear option” to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe out any chance that Republicans could block Obama nominees or prevent the President from packing the vital DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The three new liberal judges on that court can now be counted on to defer to Mr. Obama’s policies and “agency discretion” on future arrogations of power. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 9 October – 15 October 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Source: CO2 Sciencecoral-reef-1

Alleviating Phosphorus Limitations in a Future Acidified Ocean (15 October 2014)

Once again, we have another example of a marine organism that will likely benefit from so-called ocean acidification, even in the face of an important resource limitation…

The Diverse Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine N2 Fixers (15 October 2014)
They range from negative to neutral to positive. Guess which one predominates…

Impacts of Warming and Cooling Trends on Swedish Alpine Flora (14 October 2014)
By what means and how well have the plants dealt with these two climatic challenges?…

Some Incompatibilities of Global and Regional Climate Models (14 October 2014)
Regional- to local-scale predictions of GCMs can often be misleading; and corrections imposed by RCM downscaling can also be misleading… (more…)

Global warming scare declared over

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Source: WND  agw-earth

‘Past time to stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat’

Scientists and others on a team assembled by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which focuses on free-market solutions to today’s problems, say the “scare” of global warming from the use of carbon fuels and other human activities “is over.”

It’s “past time” for the world to realize that and “stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat,” contends Kenneth Haapala, the executive vice president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project at the Heartland Institute.

Institute experts said Thursday the Remote Sensing Systems, which provide data to NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, have confirmed “the global mean surface temperature has not risen for 18 consecutive years.” (more…)

We need some regulatory patriotism!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Source: SPPIThe-Economic-Collapse-Is-Not-A-Single-Event-262x300

President Obama condemns tax inversions, but pillages America with his regulatory agenda.

“My policies are on the ballot, every single one of them,” he reminded voters on October 2.

by Paul Driessen

It’s no mystery why American companies have stockpiled over $2 trillion of overseas earnings in foreign bank accounts. If they bring it to the United States, the IRS would grab 35% of it. That’s the US corporate tax rate – the highest in the developed world, double the average in EU nations.

Medtronic found a creative way to repatriate its cash, allowing it to bring money to the USA subject to just a 12.5% tax. The company acquired Covidien, another, smaller medical device firm in Ireland and will establish its formal headquarters in Dublin, thereby slashing its tax rate by two-thirds, and leaving it with far more cash for plants and equipment, innovation, hiring and keeping workers, and tapping new markets. (more…)

Patrick Moore’s Public Appearances in Australia

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Short biographyDr. Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. The leader of many Greenpeace campaigns (e.g. “Save the Whales”, seal hunting), he was a member of the Rainbow Warrior crew when the anti-nuclear testing ship was bombed in Auckland Harbour.  Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization.

He left Greenpeace in 1986 because of his concern at the anti-science and extreme political policies it was adopting; nevertheless, he remains passionately concerned about the environment and describes himself as a “sensible environmentalist”. This, of course makes him a most controversial figure as the current Greenpeace policies are not aligned with his “sensible” view.  He is visiting Australia to explain why his view of catastrophic global warming differs from that of the extreme green movement. (more…)

The Global Warming Statistical Meltdown

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: WSJ

Dr. Curry

Dr. Curry

by JUDITH CURRY

Mounting evidence suggests that basic assumptions about climate change are mistaken: The numbers don’t add up.

At the recent United Nations Climate Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that “Without significant cuts in emissions by all countries, and in key sectors, the window of opportunity to stay within less than 2 degrees [of warming] will soon close forever.” Actually, this window of opportunity may remain open for quite some time. A growing body of evidence suggests that the climate is less sensitive to increases in carbon-dioxide emissions than policy makers generally assume—and that the need for reductions in such emissions is less urgent. (more…)

Global Temperature Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Monckton Foundation

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

It’s official: no global warming for 18 years 1 month

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

The RSS monthly satellite global temperature anomaly for September 2014 is in, and the Great Pause is now two months longer than it was last month. Would this year’s el Niño bite soon enough to stop the psychologically-significant 18-year threshold from being crossed? The official answer is No.

Globally, September was scarcely warmer than August, which was itself some distance below the 18-year trend-line. Therefore, taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomalies, there has now been no global warming for 18 years 1 month. (more…)

‘Where’s the global warming?’ Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Express Climate-Change

THE PUBLIC are becoming ever more sceptical of climate change as they begin to ask ‘where is the global warming we were promised?’, a leading scientist has claimed.

This week saw the 18th anniversary since the Earth’s temperature last rose – something that Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum, says experts are struggling to understand.

He explains that we are now in the midst of a “crisis of credibility” because the global warming – and accompanied ‘Doomsday’ effects – that we were once warned about has not happened.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once predicted a temperature rise of 0.2 degrees per decade – but are now baffled by the fact our planet’s temperature has not increased for almost two decades.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Dr Peiser said: “What has happened is that the public has become more sceptical because they were told we are facing Doomsday, and suddenly they realise ‘Where is the warming that we were promised?’”

“They say we can predict the climate and the reality is that they can’t.”
(more…)

Paper: Climate Policy Implications of the Hiatus in Global Warming

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Fraser Institutegreening earth

by Ross McKitrick

The fact that CO2 emissions lead to changes in the atmospheric carbon concentration is not controversial. Nor is the fact that CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared energy in the atmosphere and contribute to the overall greenhouse effect. Increases in CO2 levels are therefore expected to lead to atmospheric warming, and this is the basis for the current push to enact policies to reduce GHG emissions.

For more than 25 years, climate models have reported a wide span of estimates of the sensitivity of the climate to CO2 emissions, ranging from relatively benign to potentially catastrophic. These continuing uncertainties have direct policy implications. Economic models for analyzing climate policy are calibrated using climate models, not climate data. In a low-sensitivity model, GHG emissions lead only to minor changes in temperature, so the socioeconomic costs associated with the emissions are minimal. In a high-sensitivity model, large temperature changes would occur, so marginal economic damages of CO2 emissions are larger. (more…)