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 »

New Research Finds Earth Even Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

September 27th, 2014

Source: GWPF  benefits of CO2

Research Used Data From This Year’s IPCC 5th Assessment Report

London, 25 September: A new paper published in the prestigious journal Climate Dynamics find that the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on global temperatures is likely to be even smaller than previously thought.

Earlier this year, in a widely discussed report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, climate researcher Nic Lewis and science writer Marcel Crok put forward a new estimate of the Earth’s climate sensitivity based on observational data, finding that it was much less alarming than suggested by computer simulations of the Earth’s climate.

Now, Lewis and well known American climate science professor Judith Curry have updated the Lewis and Crok report estimates using the latest empirical data, a more sophisticated methodology and an approach to accounting for uncertainties that has been described by one independent reviewer as “state of the art”. Their findings fully support the modest estimates of climate sensitivity and future warming given in the Lewis and Crok report, and compared with that report make it look even less likely that the substantially higher estimates based on computer simulations are correct. Read the rest of this entry »

US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks

September 26th, 2014

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/25/us-foundation-climate-security-idUSKCN0HK2PW20140925

Sea Levels are not rising

Sea Levels are not rising

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

“Increasingly, we’ve moved not only from a security focus to a resiliency focus,” said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at Homeland Security, an agency better known for its fight to curb terrorist threats.

Durkovich spoke Thursday on a panel at the Rising Seas Summit, a three-day conference organized by the U.S.-based Association of Climate Change Officers to discuss tools and ideas on building resiliency, particularly against rising sea levels. Read the rest of this entry »

CCNet 24/09/14

September 24th, 2014

Source: GWPF

World of the climate left

World of the climate left

1) Damp Squib In New York As China Procrastinates On Climate Commitments – The Diplomat, 24 September 2014

2) Chinese Media Warn Against Western “Climate Hegemony” – BBC News, 24 September 2014

3) India Warns: Developed World Need To ‘Walk The Talk’ On Climate Change – The Hindu, 24 September 2014

4) Why India And China Snubbed UN Climate Summit – Hindustan Times, 23 September 2014

5) Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming – The New York Times, 23 September 2014

6) Obama’s Speech Unlikely To Change Indian, Chinese Climate Change Stance: UK Think Tank – RIA Novosti, 23 September 2014

7) Reality Check: Green Germany Set To Miss 2022 Climate Targets As Coal Use Increases – Mining.com, 22 September 2014

Climate Humor

September 24th, 2014

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