October 13th, 2015
by Dennis Ambler
The management aspects had already been examined by Pachauri the previous year and he has now got approval for his proposals plus some more funding. They accepted what they wanted to accept and the issue of grey literature remains a grey area, but they obviously intend to carry on using it, whilst attempting better justification for its use.
The public impression is that the IAC was independent and gave the IPCC a kicking, but it is all smoke and mirors as usual. It will now be more difficult to get IPCC criticisms accepted, because they have been “investigated” and given “recommendations”, just like the CRU scientists.
October 12th, 2015
Source: Sacramento Bee
“By a 9-0 vote, the California Air Resources Board passed a broad set of rules that brings the state in line with President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s auto fuel economy standards from the current 27.3 miles per gallon to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.
But the new rules go far beyond the federal mandates by providing a road map for the growth of the electric car industry, which will eventually represent one in every seven new cars sold in the state.”
August 17th, 2015
Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming on Corals (Laboratory Studies)
Most of the ocean acidification research conducted to date has focused solely on the biological impacts of declining seawater pH. Fewer studies have investigated the interactive effects of ocean acidification and temperature. This summary examines what has been learned in several of such studies for coral reefs, as reported in various laboratory-based studies on the topic. Contrary to what is widely assumed and reported, the studies reviewed here collectively reveal that many corals will remain unaffected by rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Furthermore, in contrast to projections, some will likely experience growth and performance benefits.
Antarctic Sea Ice Trends
Noting that Antarctic sea ice may show high sensitivity to any anthropogenic-induced increase in temperature, Watkins and Simmonds (2000)1 analyzed temporal trends in different measures of the sea ice that surrounds Antarctica, using Special Sensor Microwave Imager data obtained from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program for the nine-year period December 1987-December 1996, in search of the suspected signal. But contrary to what one would expect on the basis of climate model simulations, and especially in light of what climate alarmists of the day described as the unprecedented warming of the past quarter-century, the two scientists observed statistically significant increases in both sea ice area and extent; and when they combined their results with those of the preceding nine-year period (1978-1987), both parameters continued to show increases over that expanded time period. In addition, they found that the 1990s also experienced increases in the length of the sea-ice season.
Historic Trends in Global Sea Level
Periodically, individual scientists and groups of scientists analyze global sets of sea level data to see if there is any indication of a dramatic increase in the mean rate-of-rise of the global ocean surface in response to the supposedly unprecedented warming of the planet over the course of the 20th century and the initial phase of the 21st century, which latter phenomenon the world’s climate alarmists claim should be accelerating global sea level rise and leading to catastrophic coastal flooding throughout the world. Hence, we here provide a brief summary of the findings of several such studies that we have reviewed over the past several years.
Robert Ferguson, President
Science and Public Policy Institute
July 10th, 2015
Source: CO2 Science
CO2 brings abundance
A Biblical Perspective on Humanity’s Relationship to the Biosphere
Summary: Protecting the environment has become a key consideration in almost all that we do; for it is put forth as a self-evident fact that being good to the Earth is the only way to ensure that our children and grandchildren will inherit a world that provides equal or greater opportunities and resources than that in which we now live. But who decides what is right and what is wrong in this regard? For a sizable segment of earth’s population, such answers are found in the Bible. Comprised of writings dating back thousands of years, this sacred book serves as an ethical compass for people of numerous faiths. It records historical events that reach back to the world’s beginnings, and contains prophetic writings that foretell the world’s future. But does the Bible cast any light on society’s stewardship role with respect to the environment and the other forms of life with which we share the planet? This question must be seriously considered; for if it does, that light would be incredibly important, as it would have to be acknowledged as coming from God Himself. And who is better qualified to settle differences among earth’s many life forms than He who created and placed them here?
PDF file here: http://www.co2science.org/education/reports/stewardship/stewardship.php
May 22nd, 2015
Not the funniest Monty Python sketch, but for me it illustrates what the climate wars have finally come down to: blackmail. The examples range from the benign?pressuring journalists not listen to skeptics? to the professional? pressuring colleagues to avoid working with skeptics, to the petty?Ammann refusing to do a paper with McIntyre because it would be bad for his career? to the bizarre, blowing up people who refuse to sign a pledge to cut their carbon emissions.
Aptly titled, ?no pressure?, this video depicts the common fantasy people have about those with whom they disagree. ?Why can?t we just blow them up? ? When reasoned words don?t work, there is an ineluctable progression through the following stages?naming calling, caricature, demonizing, dehumanizing, through fantasy attacks which culminate in action. Doing something about it. Showing them you mean business.
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May 22nd, 2015
Source: UK Telegraph
by Christopher Booker
Nashville, the home of leading global warming prophet Al Gore, has enjoyed the coolest July 21 on record, observes Christopher Booker.
Al Gore, obscured by snow Photo: AP
It was delightfully appropriate that, as large parts of Argentina were swept by severe blizzards last week, on a scale never experienced before, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, should have enjoyed the coolest July 21 in its history, breaking a record established in 1877. Appropriate, because Nashville is the home of Al Gore, the man who for 20 years has been predicting that we should all by now be in the grip of runaway global warming. Read the rest of this entry »
May 22nd, 2015
by Richard Courtney, UK
I think it is obvious, and I am not at all surprised that the Select Committee has published the ?findings? that it has.
I am holding in my hand the full Report of that Select Committee (the Select Committee has kindly sent me two copies), and it is very obvious that this Report represents a legal ? and not a scientific ? understanding of ?evidence?.
Simply, the Select Committee assessed information in the same way that a Court of Law would.
Legal ?evidence? is completely different from scientific evidence. Scientific ?evidence? is information obtained from observation of the real world. Law Courts assess the credibility of opinions. They do not have the technical expertise to assess scientific arguments. Read the rest of this entry »
May 21st, 2015
Source: UK Express
A CONTROVERSIAL climate change scientist at a top university faced mounting calls for his resignation last night after it emerged he breached rules by withholding research data from critics.
Professor Phil Jones, director of University of East Anglia?s climatic research unit ? funded by £13million in grants ? colluded with colleagues to block freedom of information applications for details of his activities, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith found.
Emails begging other scientists to help him fight off the applications showed the requests were ?not dealt with as they should have been?, Mr Smith said.
The university could have faced an unlimited fine for the breaches but escaped because of a loophole. More than six months had passed since the offences happened and there is a time limit on penalties. Read the rest of this entry »
May 20th, 2015
Source: Wash Post
“We might one day find ourselves looking back on the crazy weather of the 2010s with a deep yearning for those halcyon days.”
The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.
The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists. True, the basic theory that predicts a warming of the planet in response to human emissions does not suggest that warming should be smooth and continuous. To the contrary, in a climate system still dominated by natural variability, there is every reason to think the warming will proceed in fits and starts. Read the rest of this entry »
May 7th, 2015
Source Washington Times
Government ban on mercury-free fixtures takes effect Jan. 1
Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A.
Edison?s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age. They?re coming for our light bulbs Read the rest of this entry »
April 13th, 2015
Source: The Australian
by PATRICK MOORE
There is nothing more symbolic of the natural beauty of Australia than the Great Barrier Reef.
This makes it a powerful emotional tool to strike fear into the hearts of citizens. The ?ocean acidification? hypothesis, that corals and shellfish will die due to higher levels of carbon dioxide dissolved in the sea, is often used to stoke those fears.
Here?s why I don?t believe there is a shred of evidence to support these claims.
When the slight global warming that occurred between 1970 and 2000 came to a virtual standstill, the doomsayers adopted ?climate change?, which apparently means all extreme weather events are caused by human emissions of CO2.
Cold, hot, wet, dry, wind, snow and large hailstones are attributed to humanity?s profligate use of fossil fuels. But the pause in global warming kept on and became embarrassing around 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
April 13th, 2015
Will Congress and media examine government, environmentalist and university alarmist funding?
by Paul Driessen
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), other senators and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent letters to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work questions claims that Earth and humanity face unprecedented manmade climate change catastrophes.
The letters allege that the targeted researchers may have “conflicts of interest” or may not have fully disclosed corporate funding sources. They say such researchers may have testified before congressional committees, written articles or spoken at conferences, emphasizing the role of natural forces in climate change, or questioning evidence and computer models that emphasize predominantly human causes.
Mr. Grijalva asserts that disclosure of certain information will “establish the impartiality of climate research and policy recommendations” published in the institutions’ names and help Congress make better laws. “Companies with a direct financial interest in climate and air quality standards are funding environmental research that influences state and federal regulations and shapes public understanding of climate science.” These conflicts need to be made clear, because members of Congress cannot perform their duties if research or testimony is “influenced by undisclosed financial relationships,” it says. Read the rest of this entry »