“Climate-smart” Policies for Africa are Stupid

August 9th, 2014

Source: TownHall

The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bolster trade and investment by American companies on a continent where a billion people – including 200 million aged 15 to 24 – are becoming wealthier and better educated.

They have steadily rising expectations and recognize the pressing need to create jobs, improve security, reduce corruption, and control diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They also understand that better roads and air transportation, improved agriculture and nutrition, and far more energy – especially electricity – are the sine qua non to achieving their aspirations. Indeed, nearly 700 million Africans still do not have electricity or get it only sporadically, a few hours a day or week. Read the rest of this entry »

Greenpeace in Chaos as Staff Revolt Against Management

July 24th, 2014

Source: Breitbart London

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Greenpeace is in turmoil after more than 40 staff signed a letter calling two of the group’s most senior officials to resign. The group faced ridicule last month after it emerged that Husting chose to regularly fly between his home in Luxembourg and work in Amsterdam, leaving a massive carbon footprint. Read the rest of this entry »

Two new papers posted at SPPI

July 24th, 2014

Source:  SPPIidso - marine_animals_warming_response

Two new papers posted at SPPI

    Response of Various Marine Animals to Ocean Warming

According to the IPCC, CO2-induced global warming will be net harmful to the world’s marine species. This summary examines this hypothesis for various marine animals, presenting evidence in opposition to the IPCC’s point of view.


    Medieval Warm Period in Central Europe

Was there really a global Medieval Warm Period? The IPCC used to acknowledge there was; but they have long since changed their view on the subject. Mounting evidence, however, suggests they were wrong to do so; and in this summary, new and important data from Central Europe that support their original belief are described and discussed.idso - mwp_central_europe

Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions

July 23rd, 2014

Source:  Natural News

(NaturalNews) When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.

Now, in what might be the largest scientific fraud ever uncovered, NASA and the NOAA have been caught red-handed altering historical temperature data to produce a “climate change narrative” that defies reality. This finding, originally documented on the Real Science website, is detailed here. Read the rest of this entry »

Atmospheric CO2 – A Boon for the Biosphere

July 22nd, 2014

Source:  ACC Live

by Dr. Craig D. Idso, Center for the Study of Caron Dioxide and Global Change

The reasons for rejecting efforts to regulate and reduce carbon dioxide

Ready for a pop quiz? Name a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is found in the atmosphere in relatively minute quantities and is essential to nearly all life on earth.  ___________.  Time’s up! The answer is carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, was probably not the first molecule you thought to name. After all, in today’s world CO2 is given a bad rap. Ironically, some people even refer to the emission of this life-giving and life-sustaining gas into the atmosphere as “carbon pollution.” They fear its accumulation in the air because of computer model projections, which forecast a future of dangerous global warming and a host of other climate- and extreme-weather-related catastrophes if atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to rise. And, therefore, in an effort to alleviate their concerns, these individuals seek government regulation of CO2 emissions as part of their overall objective to reduce the CO2 content of the air.   Read the rest of this entry »

New Paper: Grasslands and CO2

July 16th, 2014

Source: SPPIidso - grassland_response

As the air’s CO2 content continues to rise, nearly all of earth’s plants should exhibit increases in photosynthesis and biomass production; but climate alarmists periodically claim that water stress will negate these benefits. In reviewing the scientific literature of the ten-year period 1983-1994, however, Idso and Idso (1994) concluded that water stress will not negate the CO2-induced stimulation of plant productivity. In fact, they discovered that the CO2-induced percentage increase in plant productivity was nearly always greater under water-stressed conditions than it was when plants were well-watered. And seven years later, Poorter and Perez-Soba (2001)[1] conducted a similar literature review and came to the same conclusion. In this summary, therefore, we provide some background for this phenomenon and highlight some of the most impressive work that has subsequently been done in this area.

June 2014 Archive of Scientific Literature Reviews

July 15th, 2014

Source:  NIPCC
redwood trees


Old Trees: The Bigger They Are, The More Carbon They Sequester (3 Jun 2014)
New data overturn an old concept, revealing that “rapid growth in giant trees is the global norm” and “it appears to hold regardless of competitive environment”… Read More Read the rest of this entry »

Holding Greenpeace accountable

July 5th, 2014

Source:  SPPI

unaccountable and clueless Greens

unaccountable and clueless Greens

Poor countries should hold Big Green groups and directors liable for deaths, ravage they cause

by Paul Driessen

Fossil fuel and insurance company executives “could face personal liability for funding climate denialism and opposing policies to fight climate change,” Greenpeace recently warned several corporations. In a letter co-signed by WWF International and the Center for International Environmental Law, the Rainbow Warriors ($155 million in 2013 global income) suggested that legal action might be possible. Read the rest of this entry »

NOAA Reinstates July 1936 as the Hottest Month on Record

July 5th, 2014

Source: Daily Caller

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, criticized for manipulating temperature records to create a warming trend, has now been caught warming the past and cooling the present.

July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the U.S. during a summer that was declared “too hot to handle” by NASA scientists. That summer more than half the country was experiencing drought and wildfires had scorched more than 1.3 million acres of land, according to NASA. Read the rest of this entry »

NOAA Reinstates July 1936 as the Hottest Month on Record

July 5th, 2014

Source:  Florida Climate Center


These are the headlines today and the topic has blown up on the blogosphere lately, basically accusing NOAA of “cooking” the historical climate data. There is a simple explanation for what happened. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

June 13th, 2014

Source: http://nipccreport.org/reports/ccr2b/ccr2biologicalimpacts.html

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts is an independent, comprehensive, and authoritative report on the impacts of climate change on plants, terrestrial animals, aquatic life, and human well-being. It is the fifth in a series of scholarly reports produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), an international network of climate scientists sponsored by three nonprofit organizations: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), and The Heartland Institute.

Previous volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series were published in 2008, 20092011 and 2013.

Whereas the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of a dangerous human effect on climate, NIPCC concludes the human effect is likely to be small relative to natural variability, and whatever small warming is likely to occur will produce benefits as well as costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Life on Earth: Principal control knob governing Earth’s temperature

April 26th, 2014

Source: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/04/life-on-earth-principal-control-knob-governing-earths-temperature/

by Roy Spencer

The title of this post is a purposeful play on the title of a 2010 paper by Lacis, Schmidt, Rind, and Ruedy, entitled Atmospheric CO2: Principal control knob governing Earth’s temperature.

In that paper, the authors claimed that the existence of CO2 is what provides enough warming to keep the Earth from becoming an ice planet. They also claim that, because CO2 is “non-condensing” (whereas water vapor, Earth’s most abundant greenhouse gas, does condense) this gives it special status as some sort of primary control knob governing Earth temperatures.

That latter argument has never quite convinced me of anything…both CO2 and water vapor have various sources and sinks, and just because water vapor goes through a phase change and CO2 doesn’t is, in my mind, irrelevant. Yes, the CO2 source/sink processes act more slowly than the water vapor ones (evaporation and precipitation) do, but on the long time scales of Earth’s history, who cares? Read the rest of this entry »

Skeptical Arguments that Don’t Hold Water

April 26th, 2014

Source: http://www.drroyspencer.com/

Dr. Roy Spencer

Dr. Roy Spencer

by Roy Spencer

There are some very good arguments for being skeptical of global warming predictions. But the proliferation of bad arguments is becoming almost dizzying.

I understand and appreciate that many of the things we think we know in science end up being wrong. I get that. But some of the alternative explanations I’m seeing border on the ludicrous.

So, here’s my Top 10 list of stupid skeptic arguments. I’m sure there are more, and maybe I missed a couple important ones. Oh well.

My obvious goal here is not to change minds that are already made up, which is impossible (by definition), but to reach 1,000+ (mostly nasty) comments in response to this post. So, help me out here! Read the rest of this entry »

Obama’s Last Shot

April 26th, 2014

Source:  RollingStoneObama - climate

The president came into office promising to make fighting climate change a priority. Now, he finally seems to be getting serious about it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Friday April 18th, after the print version of this story had closed, the State Department announced that the decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline would be delayed due to legal challenges to the pipeline’s route, effectively putting off resolution of this controversial issue until after the election. The text has been updated to reflect these latest developments.

President Obama is not even halfway through his second term yet, but you can almost feel the cement hardening around his feet. The glory days of hope and change have faded, his approval rating has flat-lined below 50 percent, and jockeying for 2016 has begun in earnest. But for Obama, the game ain’t over yet. In the next few months, he will take one of the biggest gambles of his presidency by testing the radical proposition that even SUV-loving Americans believe that global warming is real and are ready to do something about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Devastating Renewable energy subsidies in Europe

March 26th, 2014

Source: SPPIwind uk

by Dennis Ambler

Renewable energy subsidies in Europe are having a devastating effect on conventional power prices, causing power companies to mothball plant, cut jobs and sell assets. The unforseen consequence for the Renewable Subsidy Farmers, is that these companies are also scaling back on renewables.

SSE to freeze prices until 2016 and cut 500 jobs – The Scotsman

Power supplier SSE today said it was freezing household energy prices until “at least” January 2016 as it unveiled plans to trim £100 million off its annual cost base within the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »