Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

Highly speculative meltdown study

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.

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Donna Laframboise on the IPCC’s definition of “distinguished scientist”

How the IPCC Defines ‘Distinguished Scientist’
Donna Laframboise

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.

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Polar bears swim well, dodgy studies not so much

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

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WUWT on UHI paper

New paper: UHI, alive and well in China

JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 116, D14113, 12 PP., 2011
doi:10.1029/2010JD015452

Observed surface warming induced by urbanization in east China

Key Points

  • The rapid urbanization has significant impacts on temperature over east China
  • A new method was developed to dynamically classify urban and rural stations
  • Comparison of the trends of UHI effects by using OMR and UMR approaches

(WUWT)

Roger Pielke Sr. comments on Richard Muller’s NPR interview

Richard Muller On NPR On April 11 2011 – My Comments

I have already posted on Rich Muller’s testimony to Congress; see

Informative News Article by Margot Roosevelt In The Los Angeles Times On Richard Muller’s Testimony To Congress

Is There A Sampling Bias In The BEST Analysis Reported By Richard Muller?

Comments On The Testimony Of Richard Muller At the United States House Of Representatives Committee On Science, Space And Technology

He was also  been interviewed, after that testimony, by NPR on April 11 2011  (see).  I have defered posting on this interview as I have been seeking to engage Rich in a dialog on the issues with the surface temperature data.  However, I understand from an indirect source that he has a Science article under review, and thus, conclude that presenting comments on his NPR interview now would be informative to others. He is also not replying to my e-mail requests to interact on the surface temperature analysis issue. (Roger Pielke Sr.)

Yeah? When are they going to check that fetid pile known as “climate science”?

Scientific fraud in the UK: The time has come for regulation

MPs have called on the government to establish a regulator to set standards and help root out wrongdoing in science. Brian Deer anticipates stiff opposition from scientists (Guardian)

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, July 28th 2011

A hippie accidentally discovers the solution to the US debt crisis, Ethan Hawke has some ‘splaining to do and Australia gets its Kris Kristofferson on. (Daily Bayonet)

Towards a New Environmentalism

Towards a New Environmentalism (open criticism, midcourse correction, and scholarship needed)
Steve Hayward

MasterResource is home to a growing number of grassroot environmentalists who are challenging the Washington, D.C. establishment to reconsider industrial wind turbines. Jen Gilbert’s Dear Sierra Club (Canada): I Resign Over Your Anti-Environmental Wind Support and Jon Boone’s three-part The Sierra Club: How Support for Industrial Wind Technology Subverts Its History, Betrays Its Mission, and Erodes Commitment to the Scientific Method of what Robert Bradley has summarized in his post, Windpower: Environmentalists vs. Environmentalists (NIMBYism, precautionary principle vs. industrial wind).

My piece for National Review (reprinted below) looks at the bigger picture of how reasoned criticism and intellectual diversity have struggled to penetrate the environmental mainstream. The result of such intolerance has been Faustian bargains such as the Sierra Club going all-in for wind power (see their response to Robert Bryce’s recent op-edin the New York Times). After all, it was the Los  Angeles director of the Sierra Club that coined the moniker, Cuisinarts of the Air.

Scholarship and reasoned dissent are essential for public trust. The faster this is recognized by mainstream environmental groups, the better the result for both the environment and economy. (MasterResource)

Green agenda has parallels with excesses of communism

Green agenda has parallels with excesses of communism
Miranda Devine

IN a serendipitous coincidence of timing, in the space of two hours this week, Australians were afforded a sharp, momentary insight into the two opposing ideological mindsets that are competing for the soul of our nation.

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On UN Agenda 21

UN AGENDA 21 – ABOLISH PRIVATE PROPERTY
JULY 27, 2011 TERRY A. HURLBUT

The United Nations wants to abolish private property worldwide. UN Agenda 21 is their tool—and local governments are already cooperating. (Conservative News and Views)

Perhaps try to smack some sense into him with a two-by-four?

It seems to escape the attention of many ignorant advocates but carbon constraint is specifically a policy of poverty creation and expansion, ya dumb schmucks! Climate superstition and the attempt to “address climate change” is the antithesis of development and wealth creation.

Kerry plan weaves climate into development programs
By Ben Geman

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) floated legislation Wednesday that would formally integrate consideration of climate change into U.S. foreign policy on sustainable development and poverty reduction. (E2 Wire)

No way they are getting off that gravy train

Global climate talks can reach agreement

A global deal on a pact to succeed the U.N.’s main climate agreement is still within reach but will not be struck this year, with the pace of talks still far too slow, New Zealand’s top climate negotiator said on Wednesday.

Inevitably, there would be a gap after the Kyoto Protocol’s first period expires in 2012, Minister of Climate Change Negotiations Tim Groser said in an interview after delegates from 35 nations attended two days of climate talks in Auckland. (Reuters)

How’s that hot air scam going?

Trading Emissions ends carbon portfolio sale talks

British carbon offset project developer Trading Emissions on Wednesday halted talks to sell its portfolio after steep falls in carbon prices, sending its share price to two-year lows. (Reuters)

California offset frustration continues

SAN FRANCISCO (Thomson Reuters Point Carbon) – Carbon market participants on Tuesday said revisions to key rules may not be enough to ensure that trading in secondary offset markets in California is liquid and stable.

At issue is the question of who should be held responsible for replacing offset credits in the event that a project is found to be flawed. (Reuters)

So, how goes the [climate] war?

How Did The Radical Green Fringe Lose The Climate Science Propaganda War & The Public?

Read and view here. The greens/lefties/libs/progressives ludicrous climate exaggerations, science stupidity and gross intolerance of others is on full display in these videos. Let’s hope they keep insulting the intelligence of the public because it’s working big time in winning the war for the lukewarmers and C-AGW skeptics.

In the internet age, the lies, threats and propaganda of the left’s totalitarian ambitions, as represented by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund and the National Resource Defense Council, no longer works so well, eh? In today’s wired world, it’s not such a surprise when it has become common knowledge what the radical green, anti-CO2 movement is all about. (C3 Headlines)

Larry Bell: We Get What We Pay For With Disastrous Climate Science

We Get What We Pay For With Disastrous Climate Science
Larry Bell

A rapidly growing number of Americans are coming to distrust “scientific” climate report conclusions that emanate from authoritarian government and institutional sources — often with good reason. Such skepticism has arisen in part from revelations of conspiracies among influential researchers to exaggerate the existence and threats of man-made climate change, withhold background data and suppress contrary findings evidenced in the “ClimateGate” scandal.

Other doubt is legitimately fueled by direct observations. We commonly witness alarmist claims based upon short-term warming events, while other equally notable cooling episodes are dismissed in importance, attributed to warming, or cited as proof of disturbing “climate change.”

Who pays for all this bad science, and worse, news? We do, of course. And it doesn’t come cheap. According to data compiled by Joanne Nova at the Science and Public Policy Institute, the U.S. Government spent more than $32.5 billion on climate studies between 1989 and 2009. This doesn’t count about $79 billion more spent for related climate change technology research, foreign aid and tax breaks for “green energy.” (Forbes)