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

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.”
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Paper: Climate Policy Implications of the Hiatus in Global Warming

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. Read the rest of this entry »

An Already Lost Battle Against Climate Change?

October 10th, 2014

Source: INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILYibd

By JOHN MERLINE

“What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“With another decade of ‘business-as-usual,’ it becomes impractical to achieve the ‘alternative scenario.’”James Hansen, climate scientist.

“Substantial reductions in global CO2 emissions must occur within the next 10 to 15 years,” or stopping catastrophic warming “may be nearly impossible.”“Protecting Our Biosphere” report.

“If we delay action by even a few years, the rate of reduction needed (would be) beyond anything achieved historically and could be very costly, making it practically unachievable.”Presidential Climate Action Project.

Warnings like these might appear to explain the urgency about climate change shown these days by the Obama administration, where almost every top official has been declaring it the world’s biggest, potentially catastrophic threat.

But in fact those quotes point more to the futility of efforts to stop it. Read the rest of this entry »

Environmental Collusion: Choosing Climate Policy Over Economic Stability in U.S. Manufacturing

October 10th, 2014

Source:  Sen. David Vitter 

Senator Vitter

Senator Vitter

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, has launched the second phase of his investigation into the collusion between environmental activists, lawyers and lobbyists, billionaires and their supporting foundations who use large sums of money to influence environmental public policy.

From farmers to miners to rig workers to manufacturers and fishermen, EPW Republicans have been examining how the jobs in those industries and their way of life are being targeted by well-funded environmental activists whose primary goal is maximizing government control, particularly over the land, water, and resources utilized by private industries and individuals. Today’s focus is on manufacturing. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama misleads students about climate and energy

October 10th, 2014

Source: SPPIobama in fantasy land

Climate change actually has little to do with energy choices

by Bob Carter and Tom Harris

In his October 2 address on the economy at Northwestern University, President Barack Obama told students, “If we keep investing in clean energy technology, we won’t just put people to work assembling, raising and pounding into place the zero-carbon components of a clean energy age. We’ll reduce our carbon emissions and prevent the worst costs of climate change down the road.”

But what does climate change have to do with energy supply? Almost nothing.

Climate change issues involve environmental hazards, whereas energy policy is concerned with supplying affordable, reliable electricity to industries and families. So where is the relationship to climate? Read the rest of this entry »

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 2 October – 8 October 2014

October 10th, 2014

Source:  CO2 Sciencearctic sea ice

Climate Model Biases in Arctic Wintertime Temperature Inversions (8 October 2014)
We find yet another glaring example of the fact that today’s CMIP5 models are still not up to the task of adequately portraying Earth’s current climate…

Ocean Acidification Impacts on Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbioses (8 October 2014)
Symbiotic sea anemones “could not only survive ocean acidification, but also thrive under future conditions”…

Extreme Surface Air Temperature Trends of Canada: 1961-2010 (7 October 2014)
“Canada has become much less cold but not much hotter”… Read the rest of this entry »

EU energy policy slated as industrial players take flight

October 10th, 2014

Source: Natural Gas DailyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

By Tom Hoskyns

Brussels must consider fundamental energy policy changes to prevent a mass exodus of industrial players, according to speakers at a conference held at London’s Chatham House on Monday.

Rob Franklin, president of gas and power marketing at ExxonMobil, criticised EU energy policy implemented in recent years, which he noted favoured an overly interventionist approach by governments.

“The most effective energy policies are the ones that are transparent, predictable and based on cost benefit analysis. Importantly, policies [should] allow market prices and open competition to determine the solutions,” said Franklin. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland to draw red line on EU climate change targets

October 10th, 2014

Source: Polish Radiored line

PM Kopacz says she has told the European Council president in Brussels that Poland would not accept new EU climate change policies if they cause a rise in energy prices.

Speaking after a meeting with Herman van Rompuy during her first trip abroad as prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz told journalists that during the talks on Monday she laid out the “expectations of the Polish government at the European Council meeting [on 23 October]”.

The October summit will try and reach a consensus on CO2 emissions policy ahead of next year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In July, the European Commission proposed reducing the EU’s energy use by 30 percent by 2030, though individual member states would be able to decide whether to opt in to the targets. Read the rest of this entry »

Eastern countries oppose EU climate goals

October 10th, 2014

Source: EUobserver

Brussels – With only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets.

In an effort to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, the European Commission proposed in January 2014 several targets for 2030.

Greenhouse gas emissions should be 40 percent lower; the market share of renewable energy should be 27 percent and energy efficiency should be improved by 30 percent.

In March and June, the European Council failed to agree on the commission’s proposal. When the EU government leaders meet again on 23 and 24 October in Brussels, they hope to reach a “final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework”. Read the rest of this entry »

Ocean acidification and coral reefs

October 10th, 2014

Source: SPPI

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

by Christopher Monckton

The calcite corals first achieved algal symbiosis in the Cambrian era, 550 million years ago, when CO2 concentration was 20-25 times today’s. The more delicate aragonite corals first evolved in the Jurassic era, 175 million years ago, when CO2 concentration was 12-15 times today’s. Both species not only throve on the higher partial pressures of CO2 but also survived the only period – 55 million years ago – when the global ocean was acid (pH < 7.0). For comparison, rainwater is pronouncedly acid at pH 5.4, while the oceans are pronouncedly alkaline at pH 8.0 or thereby. Read the rest of this entry »

Impacts of Future pH Reductions on the Early Life of Reef Corals

October 10th, 2014

Source: CO2 Science coral-reef-1

Paper Reviewed
Chua, C.-M., Leggat, W., Moya, A. and Baird, A.H. 2013. Near-future reductions in pH will have no consistent ecological effects on the early life-history stages of reef corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486: 143-151.

In the words of Chua et al. (2013), “until recently, research into the consequences of oceanic uptake of CO2 for corals focused on its effect on physiological processes, in particular, calcification.” However, they note that “events early in the life history of corals are also likely to be vulnerable to changes in ocean chemistry caused by increases in the atmospheric concentration of CO2.” Focusing on these early life history events, Chua et al. thus set out to test “the effect of reduced pH on embryonic development, larval survivorship and metamorphosis of 3 common scleractinian corals from the Great Barrier Reef,” employing “4 treatment levels of pH, corresponding to the current level of ocean pH and 3 values projected to occur later this century.” Read the rest of this entry »

Six Decades of Northeast Atlantic Phytoplankton Productivity

October 10th, 2014

Source:  CO2 Science ocean-waves

Paper Reviewed

Raitsos, D.E., Pradhan, Y., Lavender, S.J., Hoteit, I., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Reid, P.C. and Richardson, A.J. 2014. From silk to satellite: half a century of ocean color anomalies in the Northeast Atlantic. Global Change Biology 20: 2117-2123.

According to Raitsos et al. (2014), “changes in phytoplankton dynamics influence marine biogeochemical cycles, climate processes and food webs, with substantial social and economic consequences,” and they add that large-scale assessments of phytoplankton biomass have been obtained from two different remote sensing satellites, the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS, 1979-1986) and the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS, 1998-2010). However, they note that “due to the large gap between the two satellite eras and differences in sensor characteristics, comparison of the absolute values retrieved from the two instruments remains challenging.” Rising to meet on that challenge, and employing a unique in situ ocean color dataset that spans more than half a century, in the present work Raitsos et al. merged the two satellite-derived chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) histories to produce a six-decade-long history of phytoplankton productivity over the Northeast Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. And what did that history show? Read the rest of this entry »

Oil Price Drops on Oversupply

October 10th, 2014

Source: Oil-price.netoil_well_gusher

 By STEVE AUSTIN

In June of 2014 the Brent Crude Oil Price hit $115 per barrel and many oil market insiders were predicting higher prices. Other analyst however, called a peak, and their predictions proved to be correct. By the beginning of October 2014, the Index dropped to $95 and predictions of further falls down to $90 or even $80 hold sway. What changed?

Panic

Back in June, the world suddenly became aware of the Muslim fundamentalist group called IS. This band of revolutionaries threatened to disrupt Iraq’s oil output, just as that country was beginning to open the taps and sell to the world. OPEC‘s estimates of world demand for oil showed that the loss of Iraq’s output would produce a large shortfall in supply. When supply cannot meet demand, prices rise. However, that simplistic view ignored many other factors that were coming into play in the oil market. Speculators talked the market up and encouraged panic buying. That panic pricing lasted long enough for those insiders heavily stocked with oil futures to offload them on the general public. Read the rest of this entry »

Coal likely to remain India’s energy focus as country battles for jobs

October 10th, 2014

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

By Manipadma Jena

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Investing in renewable energy could cost India jobs in the short run, warns a government report that could influence the direction of energy investment by India’s new jobs-focused administration.

The April report, from India’s Planning Commission, says that installing more wind and solar energy in the country, at a relatively higher cost than conventional energy, could in the short term slow the economy and cost jobs in traditional industries.

“Green energy will give jobs but will also displace those employed in the coal and transportation sectors,” Kirit Parikh, an economist who headed the expert group that produced the report on low-carbon strategies and “inclusive growth”, said at a media seminar in Delhi. Read the rest of this entry »

The Establishment Media Grows Skeptical Of Obama’s Climate Claims

September 29th, 2014

Source: Daily Callercartoon

Is the establishment media finally getting tired of President Obama’s grandstanding on global warming? Some news outlets responded skeptically to Obama’s United Nations climate speech.

On Tuesday, Obama spoke before UN delegates in New York City, trying to rally countries to restrict fossil fuel use and cut carbon dioxide emissions. The speech was hailed by some in the media, but less warmly received by others.

An Associated Press “fact-check” of Obama’s speech found it to be a lot of “spin” on climate statistics, from his claims on U.S. emissions reductions to his supposedly “new” efforts to tackle global warming. Read the rest of this entry »