November 23rd, 2013
From: D. Ambler
Subject: New SPPI Paper: Modern Growth Trends of Forests
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. Read the rest of this entry »
November 23rd, 2013
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), 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%
November 23rd, 2013
By James Topham and Aaron Sheldrick
TOKYO (Reuters) – The failure of solar developers to deliver on planned projects in Japan will cost the country’s utilities close to $3.5 billion annually in additional coal and gas imports to generate power.
Japan’s government banked on solar power to help meet the shortfall in electricity supply after the Fukushima disaster in 2011 shattered public confidence in nuclear energy. The country’s reactors are shut while the government struggles to convince the population the plants are safe to restart.
To encourage solar investment Tokyo introduced generous subsidies more than a year ago, sparking a rush from developers who came forward with plans that would have supplied the equivalent to 21 nuclear reactors.
But in contrast to the experience in countries such as Spain and Britain, where subsidies sparked solar booms that strained government finances, in Japan developers are struggling to deliver. Read the rest of this entry »
November 21st, 2013
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 Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2013
Excerpt. Full article here
Planet Earth has an age of about 4600 million years. The diagram above (Subcommission for Stratigraphic Information) shows a geological stratigraphic chart for the entire geological history, subdivided into a vast number of epochs, each consisting of a number of stages. Most (if not all) of these geological divisions are based on the recognition of environmental changes affecting the entire planet; that is, past global climate changes. In other words, global climate change has been the rule for the entire history of Earth, not the exception. Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2013
Source: No Frakking Consensus
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. Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2013
Source: Wash Times
CHICAGO, November 19, 2013 ? Business must lobby governments to fight climate change, according to the United Nations. On November 14th as part of the current Warsaw climate conference, the UN issued a new report titled, “Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy,” urging active business participation in the UN climate crusade. But is this the best course for business to serve customers and protect the environment?
Representatives from more than 190 nations are meeting in Poland, to lay the groundwork for a binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions by 2015. The tough issues include the size and timing of emissions cuts and contributions to the $100 billion climate fund, to be paid annually to developing nations in 2020. But negotiations are not going well. Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2013
Decades of oppression make Poles wary of being subjugated in name of “climate protection”
by David Rothbard
A cabal of climate change alarmists landed in Warsaw, Poland last weekend, to hammer out terms and rally support for a new binding global agreement to “save the planet” from “dangerous global warming.”
Not so fast, tens of thousands of Poles responded. The facts support their position. Read the rest of this entry »
November 18th, 2013
Subject: RE: Lord Monckton‘s response to Jeffrey Bada
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 23:43:39 +0000
Subject: RE: Ferenc Miskolzci
Dear Professor Bada, – You reply to my earlier email as follows (with some ad-hominem instances of the ignoratio elenchi fallacy removed):
“OK so you accept global warming but say from an economic standpoint we would destroy our societies by trying to mend our ways. What about all the other creatures on the Earth? Do they have any say in your economic based claims we should to do nothing? What about ocean acidification from increasing CO2 and its affects on photosynthetic organisms?”
Let me deal with your three points seriatim. Read the rest of this entry »
November 16th, 2013
Understanding how clouds respond to anthropogenic-induced perturbations of our planet’s atmosphere is of paramount importance in determining the impact of the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content on global climate; for as Charlson et al. (2001) have noted, “man-made aerosols have a strong influence on cloud albedo, with a global mean forcing estimated to be of the same order (but opposite in sign) as that of greenhouse gases.” Thus, this summary presents a brief review of a number of scientific papers that address this crucial issue.
November 14th, 2013
Sinking Islands: Fact or Fiction?
(5 Nov 2013)
The authors of this new study conclude that “despite the widely held perception that reef islands around the perimeter of coral atolls are eroding and will disappear as a consequence of sea-level rise resulting from global warming, the total area of reef islands on Tarawa Atoll has increased over recent decades,” just as it has also done on many other reef islands… Read More
Neotropical Wet Forest Diversity: More Responsive to Temperature or CO2?
(5 Nov 2013)
The authors reach far back in time to determine that irrespective of all else, if the air’s CO2
content continues to rise, so also should the diversity of neotropical wet forests rise right along with it… Read More Read the rest of this entry »
November 8th, 2013
Correlation Does Not Equal Causation and Causes Do Not Equal Effects
by Dr. Lee Gerhard
Correlation is the easiest method to assign causation for an event, even though it is the least valid method. Take an automobile race, for instance. The last four races were won by blue cars. Blue cars win races. That is an example of correlation driving causation. In reality, Vettel was driving the blue car. He just won the Grand Prix championship for 2013. The color of the car had nothing to do with winning the races. There are frequent correlations that do not identify the causes of events, but politics and media jump on the simplest correlations because they do not require extensive research nor complex analysis.
Plant Productivity: Growth Response to C02 When Coupled with Ozone
By Dr. Craig Idso
Ozone (O3) is the primary air pollutant responsible for visible foliar injury and reduced growth in trees the world over. Most studies of the subject suggest it gains entrance to leaves through their stomata, whereupon it interferes with the process of photosynthesis and thereby reduces plant productivity. The global significance of the phenomenon was described in some detail by Fowler et al. (1999), who estimated O3 to have been negatively impacting a full quarter of earth’s forests at the close of the 20th century, and who calculated it to have the potential to negatively impact fully one-half of the planet’s forests by 2100.
November 7th, 2013
Germany has long been admired for its economic achievements. At our Commodity/PROcurement Edge conference last week, Nucor, one of our sponsors, spoke of Germany’s industrial success as being built on its model of long-term investment. Regardless of which party led the government, Germany maintained a focus on manufacturing and technological development as a long-term goal for its economy, a position not followed by its partners in the European Union, despite what they may say.
That focus has kept Germany as the second most successful exporter in the world, with an account balance of $208,100,000,000 in 2012– which is just a whisker behind China’s $213,800,000,000, according to the CIA Data Book. Germany is a world leader certainly in technological sophistication and quality, along with machine tools, automotive, chemicals, steel, and machinery. Its economy is the fifth largest in the world and by far the largest in the EU. And Germany has achieved this while having the lowest unemployment and highest standard of living of any major EU country, with the former at 6.5%. Read the rest of this entry »