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  • A typical president’s daughter probably wouldn’t blockade the world’s biggest coal port, but Milañ Loeak did

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Pacific Climate Warriors did something amazing earlier this month. Using traditional canoes, they paddled out to block the path of coal ships headed toward the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia. Milañ Loeak, daughter of the president of the Marshall Islands, was among the protestors. Watch her speak out about the blockade and the collective faith and strength of the Pacific Warriors. Courtesy of Record InFocus
  • Splicing Clouds

    Watts Up With That?
    Willis Eschenbach
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach So once again, I have donned my Don Quijote armor and continued my quest for a ~11-year sunspot-related solar signal in some surface weather dataset. My plan for the quest has been simple. It is based on the fact that all of the phenomena commonly credited with affecting the temperature,…
  • UN official: Climate change threatens global health security - Fox News Latino

    "climate change" - Google News
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    UN official: Climate change threatens global health securityFox News LatinoThe rapid propagation in recent years of infectious diseases such as malaria, Chikungunya and even Ebola is one more example of how climate change threatens global health security. "Climatic changes also affect temperatures and regional climates, the ...and more »
  • The Kaufman Tautology

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The revised PAGES2K Arctic reconstruction used 56 proxies (down three from the original 59).  Although McKay and Kaufman 2014 didn’t mention the elephant in the room changes in their reconstruction (as discussed at CA here here), they reported with some satisfaction that “decadal-scale variability in the revised [PAGES2K] reconstruction is quite similar to that determined by Kaufman et al. (2009)”, presumably thinking that this replication in the larger dataset was evidence of robustness of at least this property of the data. However, while the decadal scale similarity is…
  • Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Concern about fisheries is widespread around the world. Over the past several decades, a robust discussion has taken place concerning how to manage fisheries better to benefit ecosystems and humans. Much of the discussion has focused on preserving biological diversity, a critical component of healthy ecosystems. One aspect that gets less attention is the role of fishing fleet diversity.
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • A typical president’s daughter probably wouldn’t blockade the world’s biggest coal port, but Milañ Loeak did

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Pacific Climate Warriors did something amazing earlier this month. Using traditional canoes, they paddled out to block the path of coal ships headed toward the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia. Milañ Loeak, daughter of the president of the Marshall Islands, was among the protestors. Watch her speak out about the blockade and the collective faith and strength of the Pacific Warriors. Courtesy of Record InFocus
  • Climate Costumes, from the Good to the Bad to the Koch Brothers

    Thelma Young
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A joint project of Cat Jaffee and Thelma Young What do trick-or-treaters and climate activists have in common? They both aim to organize door to door from the ground up, they enjoy telling the story of a cause or concept through artistic expression, and they look GREAT in orange. In fact, one of the little secrets of Halloween is that it is actually the unsung holiday of the climate change activist in all of us. Far too often, the hoards of culturally insensitive sexy sports mascots dressed as kitty nurses cloud our vision of the the great potential of Halloween – the creative costumes,…
  • The World Is Not As Oil Hungry As They Thought

    Cat Jaffee
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By Fossil Free Staff Jay Carmona, Community Divestment Campaign Manager & Cat Jaffee, Digital Divestment Campaigner As oil prices drop, spectators are ready to jump on the tails of fossil fuel divestment advocates and say, “see…?” See what? The recent drop that we are seeing on the price of oil shows that stranded assets are a real financial risk. Billions of dollars have been poured into energy projects that require long-term oil prices over $80 a barrel to be profitable–this is especially true for expensive Tar Sands and offshore arctic projects. It is increasingly likely…
  • This is what happened when frontline communities tried to make their voices heard at the UN Climate Summit

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    When frontline communities tried make their voices heard to leaders assembled at the UN climate meeting, it didn’t quite go how they wanted. They’d gathered for the People’s Climate Justice Summit, right across the street from where global corporate and government leaders met to discuss the future of our planet. Watch the video below to see what happened next. Thanks to our friends at Our Power!
  • Denmark pledges to quit coal by 2025

    Louise Hazan
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meets in Copenhagen to approve its latest report, which will provide the strongest assessment to date of the dangers to life and the planet of burning fossil fuels, Denmark has pledged to examine how it can stop using coal as an energy supply by 2025. This is five years ahead of previous targets and, as Danish Climate and Energy minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen, said, “It would benefit the climate and it would be a very, very good signal to send“. Denmark has already set itself the target of meeting 100 per cent of its energy needs…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Splicing Clouds

    Willis Eschenbach
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach So once again, I have donned my Don Quijote armor and continued my quest for a ~11-year sunspot-related solar signal in some surface weather dataset. My plan for the quest has been simple. It is based on the fact that all of the phenomena commonly credited with affecting the temperature,…
  • Quote of the Week – climate fears in context

    Anthony Watts
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A dear friend sent me a note the other day that I thought was prescient, as it relates to the alarmism side of climate, where we see fear stories being propagated by the media on an almost daily basis. Many of the fears spread by climate alarmism pander to the base emotions of people. So…
  • Violent Tornadoes Are On The Decline In The US

    Paul Homewood
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Paul Homewood http://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/#data As we, fortunately, head towards the end of the third quiet tornado year in a row, let’s take a closer look at the intensity of tornadoes in the US. We often hear claims that tornadoes are growing stronger as a result of global warming. But what do the facts tell us?…
  • Satellite captures massive smoke and haze over china

    Anthony Watts
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    China seems to be ground zero for air pollution these days. From NASA: Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014.  China uses the method of “slash and burn” agriculture to rid their fields of leftover plants. Farmers often use…
  • The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 19 – Is an El Niño Already Taking Place?

    Bob Tisdale
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The recent post at WattsUpWithThat Yes Virginia (and everyone else) there is an El Niño coming was written by Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell Analytics.  As a result of that article, Joe and I exchanged a good number of emails.  Once again, Joe Bastardi was more than willing to teach from…
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  • UN official: Climate change threatens global health security - Fox News Latino

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    UN official: Climate change threatens global health securityFox News LatinoThe rapid propagation in recent years of infectious diseases such as malaria, Chikungunya and even Ebola is one more example of how climate change threatens global health security. "Climatic changes also affect temperatures and regional climates, the ...and more »
  • Clive Palmer's spectacular end to climate change saga - Sydney Morning Herald

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    Sydney Morning HeraldClive Palmer's spectacular end to climate change sagaSydney Morning HeraldAfter the theatrics of his surprise conversion to climate change activism at a press conference with former US vice-president Al Gore, it was a spectacular, if inglorious and bizarre ending to a saga that looked for some time like it would cruel the Direct Action Plan: What is Tony Abbott's climate change policyNEWS.com.auDeal on government's climate change planThe AustralianAbbott Govt and PUP do deal on climate changeABC OnlineThe Guardian -Phys.Org -UQ Newsall 271 news…
  • Climate change forum at Toledo library - Toledo Blade

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Climate change forum at Toledo libraryToledo BladeHoly Spirit Catholic Community will host a discussion about climate change at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sanger branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 3030 W Central Ave. The event will include a video presentation and discussion about what ...
  • The Weather Channel disavows co-founder's comments on climate change - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)The Weather Channel disavows co-founder's comments on climate changeAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)This week, several people inside and outside our company have asked about the comments John Coleman, a co-founder of The Weather Channel, has made in the media denying the science around climate change. Mr. Coleman does have a place in our ...The Weather Channel's Climate ChallengeThe AtlanticWeather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate ChangeThinkProgressWeather Channel founder blasts climate changeFox NewsMediaite -Hollywood…
  • U.S. Postal Service Is Worried About What Climate Change Will Mean For Mail - Huffington Post

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    U.S. Postal Service Is Worried About What Climate Change Will Mean For MailHuffington PostThe Council on Environmental Quality, the White House office overseeing environmental issues, released plans on Friday from 38 federal agencies that detail how they each may need to adapt to climate change. Some of the agencies' concerns are to be ...and more »
 
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    Climate Audit

  • The Kaufman Tautology

    Steve McIntyre
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The revised PAGES2K Arctic reconstruction used 56 proxies (down three from the original 59).  Although McKay and Kaufman 2014 didn’t mention the elephant in the room changes in their reconstruction (as discussed at CA here here), they reported with some satisfaction that “decadal-scale variability in the revised [PAGES2K] reconstruction is quite similar to that determined by Kaufman et al. (2009)”, presumably thinking that this replication in the larger dataset was evidence of robustness of at least this property of the data. However, while the decadal scale similarity is…
  • Warmest since, uh, the Medieval Warm Period

    Steve McIntyre
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The money quote in the PAGES2K abstract was that there wasn’t any worldwide Little Ice Age of Medieval Warm Period and that AD1971-2000 temperatures were the highest in nearly 1400 years, long before the Medieval Period: There were no globally synchronous multi-decadal warm or cold intervals that define a worldwide Medieval Warm Period or Little Ice Age … during the period ad 1971–2000, the area-weighted average reconstructed temperature was higher than any other time in nearly 1,400 years. In today’s post, I’ll show that the knock-on impact of changes to the Arctic…
  • The Third Warmest Arctic Century

    Steve McIntyre
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    PAGES2K (2013) unequivocally stated that the Arctic was “warmest during the 20th century”: The Arctic was also warmest during the twentieth century, although warmer during 1941–1970 than 1971–2000 according to our reconstruction. McKay and Kaufman 2014 did not withdraw or amend the above statement, instead reporting that the revision amplified the cooling trend prior to the 20th century and had only a “fairly minor impact on the relative variability” of the reconstruction .  However, in the corrected reconstruction, the 20th century is only the third warmest. (I…
  • Gavin Schmidt and the EPA Denial Decision

    Steve McIntyre
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    About eight weeks ago, Jean S postulated that Gavin Schmidt had been involved in writing the documents supporting EPA’s decision denying various petitions for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding (the “RTP documents“), documents that Mann had cited to the D.C. Court as a supposedly  “independent” investigation into allegations against him. Obviously, if Schmidt had been involved in the evaluation of evidence for EPA, any claim to “independence” of the EPA’s supposed investigation would be risible. Jean S directly asked Schmidt, but…
  • Millennial Quebec Tree Rings

    Steve McIntyre
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    In today’s post, I’m going to discuss an important new 1000-year chronology from northern treeline spruce in Quebec (Gennaretti et al 2014, PNAS here).  The chronology is interesting on multiple counts.  This is the first Quebec northern treeline chronology to include the medieval warm period.  Second, it provides a long overdue crosscheck against the Jacoby-D’Arrigo chronologies (including Gaspe) that have been embedded in a number of canonical reconstructions.  Its results are very different.  Third, the Quebec (and Labrador) northern treeline is the closest…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Concern about fisheries is widespread around the world. Over the past several decades, a robust discussion has taken place concerning how to manage fisheries better to benefit ecosystems and humans. Much of the discussion has focused on preserving biological diversity, a critical component of healthy ecosystems. One aspect that gets less attention is the role of fishing fleet diversity.
  • Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Green spaces in cities are great, but they don't ensure biodiversity, according to biologists. The team found insect abundance was lacking in two common urban trees, suggesting insect movement may be limited by barriers, such as roads and buildings.
  • Lack of oxygen delayed the rise of animals on Earth

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Scientists have long speculated as to why animal species didn't flourish sooner, once sufficient oxygen covered the Earth's surface. Animals began to prosper at the end of the Proterozoic period -- but what about the billion-year stretch before that, when most researchers think there also was plenty of oxygen? Yale University researcher Noah Planavsky and his colleagues found that oxygen levels during the 'boring billion' period were only 0.1 percent of what they are today.
  • Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team that confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.
  • Captive rhinos exposed to urban rumbles

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    The soundtrack to a wild rhinoceros’s life is wind passing through the savannah grass, birds chirping and distant animals moving across the plains. But a rhinoceros in a zoo listens to children screaming, cars passing and the persistent hum of urban life. A group of researchers believes that this discrepancy in soundscape may be contributing to rhinos’ difficulties thriving and reproducing in captivity.
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • Physics Envy

    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I have marveled through the years as quacks and charlatans justify their nonsense with vague references to quantum mechanics.  But today I saw something that takes the cake. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Where could you find more quacks and charlatans than in the present administration of the United States. Today the embarrassing White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, was confronted by CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller about the The Most Transparent Administration In History’s  lack of transparency when it comes to President Obama’s fundraisers.  First, it…
  • Plain Speaking from John Coleman

    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel, knows a thing or two about the climate.  He recently had plenty to say about global warming hysteria.  In an open letter to the UCLA Hammer Forum he said… The ocean is not rising significantly. The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science…
  • In Defense of Solar Thermal

    tommoriarty
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Is the sacrifice of 28,000 birds in order to offset the energy needs of 57,000 Californians for a year really asking all that much? “Solar thermal” energy is the concentration of light to heat which can be used to generate electricity or for other purposes.  This is different, of course, from solar photovoltaics (my field). I like to be realistic about energy sources, staying clear of the abundant quasi-religious nonsense.  Because of this I am not a great enthusiast for massive solar thermal projects.  They may have their place, but they are still expensive.  For example,…
  • Editorial Leakage at NPR

    tommoriarty
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    When I was in college I worked for Phytofarms of America, which produced the highest quality leafy vegetables in a hydroponic environment.  The environment was completely artificial, high-powered lamps, nutrient controlled water and CO2 at three times the atmospheric level. Years later when I was working at NREL I received incredulous guffaws from some co-workers when I mentioned the growing advantages of high CO2.  They were certain, of course, that any deviation from the “normal” CO2 level was bad. We’ve now had two decades of dire predictions of…
  • 10 to 1 odds for Prof. David Barber

    tommoriarty
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Background Back in 2008 University of Manitoba Professor David Barber made two rediculous statements.  First, National Geographic reported on June 20th, 2008, that Barber said “We’re actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time [in history].” Of course, that did not happen.  At the low point for the year there were still 3 million square kilometers of ice in the Arctic and 2.25 million square kilometers in the Arctic Basin.   But Barber wasn’t done sharing his insight.   That year the Star Pheonix (Saskatoon) reported The ice…
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    Climate War Room

  • IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change. What does it mean for the Caribbean?IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change. What does it mean for the Caribbean?

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    The Caribbean’s response to Climate Change is grounded in a firm regional commitment, policy and strategy. Our three foundation documents – The Liliendaal Declaration (July 2009), The Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (July 2009) and its Implementation Plan (March 2012) – are the basis for climate action in the region.The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores the importance, scientific rigour and utility of these landmark documents. The IPCC’s latest assessment confirms…
  • Micropower’s Quiet Takeover

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    In a cover story and article 14 years ago about the emergent disruption of utilities, The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran coined the umbrella term “micropower” to mean sources of electricity that are relatively small, modular, mass-producible, quick-to-deploy, and hence rapidly scalable—the opposite of cathedral-like power plants that cost billions of dollars and take about a decade to license and build.His term combined two kinds of micropower: renewables other than big hydroelectric dams, and cogeneration of electricity together with useful heat in factories or buildings (also known…
  • Mismanaging Climate Change

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Pakistan’s extreme vulnerability to climate change is not a scientific secret but is, in fact, a logical certainty owing to its geographic location, inclined elevation, as well as demographics.Former Minister Malik Amin Aslam Khan The issue directly impacts upon the country’s already volatile water dynamics driven by the northern glaciers and the seasonal monsoon rains and, if not managed properly, could burden our economy to the tune of $6-14 billion per year (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change NEEDS study 2010). In response to this challenge, Pakistan’s National…
  • Turks & Caicos Joins The Caribbean's Renewable Energy Race

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Governor Peter BeckinghamNew York, October 16,2014— Tlirks & Caicos fTCI) deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room's Ten Island Challenge today.The Premier of Turks and Caicos, the Honorable Doctor Rufus Ewing, and Carbon War Room Operation Director, Justine Locke, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to work together to reduce the island's dependence on fossil fuels through increased renewable energy production and improved energy efficiency."With the addition of Turks & Caicos, the Ten Island Challenge continues to expand its efforts…
  • The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and SecurityIn conjunction with the one-day symposium "Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security," the Smithsonian has released the following statement on climate change:Rapid and long-lasting climate change is a topic of growing concern as the world looks to the future. Scientists, engineers and planners are seeking to understand the impact of new climate patterns, working to prepare our cities against the perils of rising storms and anticipating threats to our food, water supplies…
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  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    I’m wondering how the sooty owl, rescued by a reader of this blog last week, is fairing?    The post Open Thread appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Patrick Moore has Nothing New to Offer

    jennifer
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    HIS greatest claim to fame is that he co-founded Greenpeace. Not something I would be proud of. Of course, I’m referring to Patrick Moore. He is touring Australia at the moment and every other day I get a request from someone asking I promote the tour here, at this web blog. Steve Kates heard Moore […] The post Patrick Moore has Nothing New to Offer appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Lots of stories in the Weekend Australian about climate change and related issues… the editorial includes commentary about Graham Lloyd’s reporting on ‘the pause’. Also comment by John Ferguson, Victorian Political Editor, that: “THE consumer bill for the nation’s largest desalination plant is set to rise to more than $2 billion, as heavy rain and […] The post Open Thread appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • The Secret is To Keep Thinking

    jennifer
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    ACCORDING to a Marxist, and good friend of mine, ‘the left’ has lost its way because too many adopt the ‘correct line’ on issues without any need to investigate first. In essence, they have stopped thinking. All this is explained in his first post at ‘C21st Left’ with the slogan/subheading, ‘Sous les paves, la plage!’ […] The post The Secret is To Keep Thinking appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Opera House Still Above Sea Level: Despite Homogenisation

    jennifer
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    ONE of the longest continuous sea level measuring gauges is not far from the Sydney Opera House at Fort Denison. The mean sea level trend is 0.65 millimetres per year based on monthly sea level data from 1886 to 2010. Except that sea levels haven’t trended consistently up each year but rather follow 50-60 year […] The post Opera House Still Above Sea Level: Despite Homogenisation appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
 
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  • Toy Math vs. ‘Lew’ math: Toy wins.

    lucia
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
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  • No Lew. We don’t need that level of flood defenses.

    lucia
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
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  • Lew: Curry’s paper suggest LESS uncertainty, not MORE!

    lucia
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
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  • Open thread: Climate related.

    lucia
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
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  • Chan V. Ellis: 1st amendment / stalking / copyright trolling.

    lucia
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
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    RealClimate

  • Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy

    group
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read covering the meteorology of the event, the preparation, the response and the implications for the future. Excerpts On October 28, 2012, a giant, misshapen hurricane made a left turn from its previous northward trajectory over the Atlantic Ocean and headed for the New Jersey coast. On the evening of October 29, following a track never before…
  • How do trees change the climate?

    group
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the climate, don’t plant trees”.  The author’s main argument is that UN programs to address climate change by planting trees or preserving existing forests are “high risk” and a “bad bet”. [Ed. There is more background on the op-ed here] However, I don’t think that these conclusions are supported by the science.  The author connects unrelated issues about trees, conflates what we know about trees from different latitudes,…
  • Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target + Update

    stefan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have agreed to the new goal of limiting global ocean heat content to 1024 Joules. The decision was widely welcomed by the science and policy communities as a great step forward. “In the past, the 2 °C goal has allowed some governments to pretend that they are taking serious action to mitigate global warming, when in reality they have achieved almost nothing. I’m sure…
  • New developments: Climate services for health

    rasmus
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    I recently received a joint email from the World Meteorological and Health organisations (WMO & WHO) which I like to bring to the attention of our readers. Both because it shows the direction of some new developments, but also because the WMO and WHO are inviting people to share their experience with health and climate. We wrote a post on the subject climate and health in 2011, based on a book by Paul Epstein (who sadly pased away in November 2011) and Dan Ferber (Health on a Changing Planet), and are glad to see an increased emphasis on this topic. The call from WMO/WHO goes as follows:…
  • Climate response estimates from Lewis & Curry

    group
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    Guest commentary from Richard Millar (U. Oxford) The recent Lewis and Curry study of climate sensitivity estimated from the transient surface temperature record is being lauded as something of a game-changer – but how much of a game-changer is it really? The method at the heart of the new study is essentially identical to that used in the much discussed Otto et al. (2013) study. This method uses a simple equation of the energy balance of the climate and observations of global temperature change and estimated ocean heat uptake anomalies along with a time series of historical radiative…
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    the Air Vent

  • What is

    Jeff Id
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Reasoned dissent is the theme here In the face of consensus, atrophy and fear Reasoned implication, reasoned deconstruction Common sense, nothing more nothing less.  
  • Skepticism of Anthropogenic Global Warming Doom

    Jeff Id
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Glenn Tamblyn left a reasonable sounding comment on the previous thread in reply to my comment that I find oceans to be very dangerous to human life in general.   My point is that oceans are very cold and very large heat sinks and that makes them powerful moderators of temperature.  Earth normally exists in an ice age, and we are lucky to be born in this particular time of warmth and comfort.  Of all natural disasters that WILL befall  Earth, the coming ice age is the one I worry about most.  As I wrote, Glenn’s reply sounds like it is reasonable and I think it represents how much…
  • UN Attempting Quatloo Trading Scam

    Jeff Id
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    In the middle of climate model failure, the socialist party of the UN is getting close to a global agreement for cap and trade emissions costs.   A pure mechanism to assign value to something with no inherent cost.   The dollars per unit they will assign will be related to popular politics rather than anything physical, the failed climate models will be ignored, the damage to industry that was their actual goal can be carried out at will. Imagine futures trading and how it can be gamed by a politician with the right clout.  Hey buddy, we are going to announce X this spring, buy/sell. …
  • Doug’s Post

    Jeff Id
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Doug Cotton has been dropping comments here for a couple of years now.   Like many skeptic blogs, the threads become polluted with his unusual brand of CO2 based climate change denial.  His argument has changed dramatically over the years but in fairness (or perhaps unfairness) to him, he says it has not.  Now I think I have been more patient here than any other blog with his unusual proclamations but have been forced to snip many of his recent comment.  Doug has even surpassed me as the most snipped commenter here and while I was well ahead of other readers he leaves me running a…
  • Nic Lewis and Judith Curry Give Certainty

    Jeff Id
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    So much of the IPCC argument is based on uncertainty.   Nic Lewis has been working rather tirelessly on improving climate science’s understanding of the observation based magnitude of warming from CO2.  This time he teamed up with Judith Curry and published a new paper establishing a far tighter uncertainty range for climate sensitivity to CO2 based warming.  The answers they show are substantially lower than the IPCC model based estimates and in my opinion substantially more credible.  See Nic’s article describing their results at climate audit here.
 
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  • Powwownow takes on the Cabbage Patch 10

    Jacqui Keep
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Sunday 19 October saw a strong team of 24 take on the 10 mile Cabbage Patch run in aide of Clarendon House, raising £609. The run which has been in place since 1982 is one of the flattest ten mile races in the country (shouldn’t have been too difficult then!). Starting in Twickenham town centre and following a loop course crossing the river in Kingston and Richmond. Wyn going for the win! With past winners including Mo Farah and with Richard Nerukar setting an all-time British record on the course in 1993 finishing it in 46 minutes and two seconds, our team had some stiff competition. John…
  • Paul Lees handing over the reins at Powwownow

    Jacqui Keep
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Jason Downes appointed as General Manager Paul Lees, Founder and CEO of the UK’s leading free conference call company, Powwownow, has today announced that he will be stepping down from his position as CEO to take up a consultancy role within the company. Paul, who co-founded the company in 2004 after spotting a gap in the market for an affordable conference call service highly accessible to SMEs, has built the company up to the size it is today. The company, which currently has a turnover of £13.1million, employs 65 staff and operates in 15 countries, will now be run by Jason Downes. …
  • Why you work in sales

    Robert Gorby
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    ‘Anytime you are tempted to up-sell someone, stop what you are doing and up-serve instead – Dan Pink, ‘To Sell Is Human’ Mention to most people that you meet at the Bar that you work in ‘sales’ and you are likely to get at best a polite smile and at worst you’ll find yourself drinking your pint alone. If we are honest the image of a sales person is not a great one. For many of us, it still conjures up the notion of a pressured and intense individual determined to foster their product, service or views upon us, whether we like it or need it or not. We may think of the foul…
  • To what extent does on-hold music have an effect on people?

    Jacqui Keep
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    As the UK’s leading free conference call provider, we have launched a new on-hold music campaign this week in a bid to better the music our customers hear whilst waiting for other participants to join their call. Check out the new music now or take our fun quiz to see which type of music suits you best.  With the belief that music can play a large part in altering people’s moods, boosting people’s confidence and preparing people for certain situations we have surveyed the nation to find out exactly what extent music has on individuals and the relationships people have with different…
  • Are Your Meetings About Logos, Pathos or Ethos?

    Robert Gorby
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    No matter the profession, an ability to run meetings and persuade people to follow your lead is often the difference between whether your project moves forward in the fast lane or stalls on the hard shoulder. Whilst some meetings are set to share information and updates, in many cases we need them because we need to persuade people to buy from us, supply us better, support our plan or give us something we need. Good meetings are often about persuasion. But how much time do we take to think about how we persuade? What are the ingredients of being persuasive in a meeting? From ancient Greek…
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  • Complete overview list of all climate change litigation articles on the news section of Claimer.org

    claimer.org
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} facilitating private law compensation climate change - Thursday, October 23, 2014 Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions - FRIDAY, October 17, 2014 Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability? - FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2014 A new role for insurers in climate change
  • facilitating private law compensation climate change

    claimer.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Following the model of the Jewish Claims Conference is one of many ways privatelaw can facilitate climate change compensation  (Image: by Arivumathi) How countries could facilitate private law compensation for climate change In the previous blog post, we noted that countries hosting victims of climate change could modify their law to facilitate climate change damage compensation by court
  • Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions

    claimer.org
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
     the five biggest Canadian oil and gas companies could be held liable for 2.4 billion US-Dollars  The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the West Coast Environmental Law Foundation claim, in a study elaborated by two of their staff, that the five biggest Canadian oil and gas companies could be held liable for 2.4 billion US-Dollars per year due to their contribution to climate
  • Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability?

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  • A new role for insurers in climate change compensation?

    claimer.org
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    New role for insurance companies in Climate Change Litigation So far insurance companies were mainly on the passive side of climate change litigation lawsuits. However, this might change. The Article “Responding to Litigation Risk from Climate Change – Informed Decision making“ of Mark Baker-Jones and a more detailed blog entry about climatelawyers.com report referring to a lawsuit of an
 
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  • Blog: Drought risks adding a toxic mix to Lebanon’s security crisis

    Ross Mountain
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    This commentary article is part of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. Lebanon’s humanitarian crisis is also part of a regional climate frontline argues UN’s Ross Mountain Responding to Climate Change By Ross Mountain Lebanon is at the forefront of…
  • Blog Launch: Costa Rica is green and growing despite climate concerns

    Edgar Gutiérrez
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    This is the first of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. Costa Rica’s Environment & Energy Minister Explains how the Country’s Climate Actions Support Socioeconomic Prosperity and the Environment Responding to Climate Change By Edgar…
  • Climate, Migration & Displacement Event

    CVF Editor
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the outskirts of Thata in Pakistan, women displaced by the 2010 flooding line up to fetch water. Source: Asian Development Bank. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Climate Change, Displacement & Migration: Ensuring Effective Adaptation Policies and Solutions Thursday 25 September 2014 Please join the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization on Migration (IOM), Refugees International, and other partners for a breakfast…
  • UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    2014 UN SIDS Conference in Samoa The Third International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS) was opened today in Apia, Samoa with a strong focus on climate change. For more information on the UN SIDS conference, see: http://www.sids2014.org/ CVF Side Event The CVF Side Event at the UN SIDS conference, “The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need: SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups”, is taking place tomorrow on Tuesday 2nd September at 9am at Room CR1 of the Faleata Conference Centre – more information is found here. The post UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off…
  • CVF Side Event at the 2014 UN SIDS Conference in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need – SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups Official CVF Side Event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 09:00Am – 10:30AM, TUESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2014 CONFERENCE ROOM ONE (CR1), FALEATA SPORTS COMPLEX, APIA, SAMOA TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: info (at) thecvf.org As the 2014 UN SIDS conference in Samoa aims to promote the sustainable development of Small Islands through partnership with other countries and institutions, the CVF Side Event explores: How countries vulnerable to climate change…
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