Park service to thin out Yosemite’s growing crowds — of trees
Thousands of younger pines and cedars will be cut down this fall to restore many of the park’s original scenic vistas that in previous decades were managed by natural and controlled fires.
By Julie Cart
Reporting from Yosemite National Park — National parks tend to be a tree hugger’s paradise. Layers of federal laws, strict park service rules and even the disapproving scowls from some visitors prohibit so much as driving a nail into a tree, much less cutting one down.
But it’s getting a bit crowded in Yosemite, where more than a hundred years of prompt firefighting have allowed towering pines and cedars to clog the park’s meadows and valleys. These days, you can barely see the granite for the trees.
That’s about to change. Yosemite National Park officials say thousands of trees will be felled to preserve the iconic views of the park’s waterfalls and the craggy faces of El Capitan and Half Dome. (Los Angeles Times)
Fighting back against the chemophobes
This week’s HND piece attempts to explain why the aggressive posture shown by the styrene people against the regulators is so rare these days.
In so doing, we discuss trade associations, NGOs, science nerds, and media manipulation.
Give it a look. (Shaw’s Eco-Logic)
Grief to be known as a mental disorder
People suffering from long-term grief after the death of a loved one will soon have their condition officially labelled a mental disorder.
Many psychiatrists have argued grief should not be labelled as a mental condition because it is a natural phenomenon which everyone experiences.
However, the next edition of the industry’s so-called bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, will include a new diagnosis for people still struggling to cope a year or more after a loved one dies.
The condition will be officially known as adjustment disorder related to bereavement. (ninemsn)
Exercise and diet no use for obese, claim researchers
EXERCISE and diet programs are all but useless in helping obese people shed weight permanently, prompting calls from an Australian expert for more public hospitals to offer gastric surgery.
JunkScience.com greets Huntsman, RINOs at dinner
The RINO group Republicans for Environmental Protection held its second annual dinner last night, featuring “Republican” presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. You won’t want miss JunkScience.com’s pre-dinner welcome wagon…
MILLOY: EPA’s air-quality overkill
Costly new air-quality standards are based on suspect statistics
By Steve Milloy
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to kill more jobs with another make-believe air-pollution scare. Although congressional Republicans and businesses oppose the coming rules tightening ground-level ozone standards, they once again have opted to fight the agency with both arms tied behind their backs.
U.S. aims to slash emissions from oil, gas industry
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued draft rules on Thursday that would cut emissions of health-harming gases emitted during the production of oil and natural gas.
The rules, which were expected, would lower emissions of volatile organic compounds that contribute to smog by nearly 25 percent across the oil and gas industry and by 95 percent from natural gas wells drilled using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. (Reuters)
T. Boone’s Windy Misadventure And the Global Backlash Against Wind Energy
By Robert Bryce
Three years ago this month, T. Boone Pickens launched a multi-million dollar crusade to bring more wind energy to the US. “Building new wind generation facilities,” along with energy efficiency and more consumption of domestic natural gas, the Dallas billionaire claimed, would allow the US to “replace more than one-third of our foreign oil imports in 10 years.”
Those were halcyon times for the wind industry. These days, Pickens never talks about wind. He’s focused instead on getting a fat chunk of federal subsidies so he can sell more natural gas to long-haul truckers through his company, Clean Energy Fuels.
US Vilifies Carbon-Trading Scheme for Airlines
American airlines would rather not pay for their emissions in Europe.
Starting in 2012, airlines with flights to the EU will have to pay for certificates to emit CO2. But the United States has balked at the expensive plan. Their resistance threatens to spark a major trade dispute. (Spiegel)
BREAKING Australian Carbon Tax Legislation Released
The Carbon Tax legislation has been released finally: The draft from the Climate Change Department.
It’s supposed to be a simple tax on every ton of pollution. But nothing is simple when you try to tax a basic element of life. In a true free market you only need a buyer, a seller and a product. The Australian government is running this market from beginning to end: There are 340 pages of unfree rules.
The complexity is a chance to hand out favours to “our friends our fans and our marginal seats”.
How many ways can they crony up the country? (Jo Nova)
Carbon cop handed tough new powers
The Kingdom Of Darkness
Doug L. Hoffman
North America, after suffering through a lingering cold, wet spring, is now experiencing a bout of record setting summer heat. Once again, the sizzling summer temperatures are being blamed on global warming. The prophets of climate catastrophe claim to be exposing mankind’s folly by shining the light of science on humanity’s sins against nature. Perhaps it is time to recall the words of Thomas Hobbs who described the Kingdom of Darkness as “nothing else but a confederacy of deceivers that, to obtain dominion over men in this present world, endeavour, by dark and erroneous doctrines, to extinguish in them the light.” With sweltering weather as their cover, minions of the ecological Kingdom of Darkness are again on the march. (The Resilient Earth)
Why Most Forbes Readers Know More About Global Warming than Most Climate Scientists
Climate science is notoriously complex. To put this complexity in perspective, Edmund Teller once estimated that the costs of building the data and computing infrastructure needed to extend weather forecasting abilities by about two weeks ran well into the trillions of dollars. (Forbes)
Sea level rise less from Greenland, more from Antarctica, than expected during last interglacial
MADISON – During the last prolonged warm spell on Earth, the oceans were at least four meters – and possibly as much as 6.5 meters, or about 20 feet – higher than they are now.
Where did all that extra water come from? Mainly from melting ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica, and many scientists, including University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience assistant professor Anders Carlson, have expected that Greenland was the main culprit.
How the IPCC Defines ‘Distinguished Scientist’
Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), appears to be on a media tour intended to rehabilitate both his own reputation and that of the organization he leads.
Yesterday’s article in the UK’s Telegraph may turn out to be one of a series of similar stories (backup link here). Unfortunately, there’s every indication that these accounts will be written by shockingly uninformed journalists who’ll continue to give Pachauri the benefit of the doubt.
Junk [Climate] Science Unravels
Climate Change: The scientist who claimed that global warming threatens polar bears is under investigation. There’s a hole in Earth’s greenhouse. A cooler era lies ahead. That hiss is the hot air coming out of alarmists’ balloon.
The global warming fraud is coming apart faster than the alarmists can repackage and rebrand their fairy tale. Their elaborately constructed yarn can’t hold together much longer. There are just too many loose ends: (IBD)
Main polar bear alarmist put on leave, investigated