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  • Mann’s Hockey Stick Goes Zombie

    Watts Up With That?
    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nuclear war simulation forgets the Medieval Climate Optimum Story submitted by P. Wayne Townsend Yesterday’s Daily Mail carried an article about a simulation of the climate consequences of nuclear war.  The paper Multidecadal global cooling and unprecedented ozone loss following a regional nuclear conflict is not paywalled gives the usual horror stories (nuclear winter, crop … … Continue reading →
  • Claim: Antartica record high sea ice partially an artifact of an algorithm

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the European Geosciences Union New research suggests that Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as fast as previously thought. A team of scientists say much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data. The findings are published today in The Cryosphere, … … Continue reading →
  • Saving trees in tropics could cut emissions by one-fifth, study shows

    Climate Change: Changing our World
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am
    Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere -- by as much as one-fifth -- research shows. In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated the amount of carbon absorbed by the world's tropical forests and the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions created by loss of trees, as a result of human activity.Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere -- by as much as one-fifth -- research shows.In the first study of its kind, scientists have…
  • El Niño or Bust

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    mike
    8 May 2014 | 6:39 am
    Guest commentary from Michelle L’Heureux, NOAA Climate Prediction Center Much media attention has been directed at the possibility of an El Niño brewing this year. Many outlets have drawn comparison with the 1997-98 super El Niño. So, what are the odds that El Niño will occur? And if it does, how strong will it be? To track El Niño, meteorologists at the NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center (CPC) release weekly and monthly updates on the status of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society partner with us on the monthly…
  • Kreativa aktiviteter i Almedalen

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Olivia Linander
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Efter att ha samlats ett stort gäng kampanjare i Norrköping för Klimatriksdagen, var nästa anhalt Almedalsveckan i Visby! Här följer en sammanfattning av vad vi gjorde. – Jakob Sahlin Fossilbubblevolleyboll En favorit i repris! På tisdagsförmiddagen i ett soligt Almedalen var det återigen dags för det framtidsavgörande spelet fossilbubblevolleyboll. Med ett volleybollsnät, orange fossilbubbla  och ett gäng taggade ungdomar kunde matchen börja. Med både knytnävslag och vindputsar blev det en spännande match. Vi ställde oss alla frågan, såväl spelare som…
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  • Kreativa aktiviteter i Almedalen

    Olivia Linander
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Efter att ha samlats ett stort gäng kampanjare i Norrköping för Klimatriksdagen, var nästa anhalt Almedalsveckan i Visby! Här följer en sammanfattning av vad vi gjorde. – Jakob Sahlin Fossilbubblevolleyboll En favorit i repris! På tisdagsförmiddagen i ett soligt Almedalen var det återigen dags för det framtidsavgörande spelet fossilbubblevolleyboll. Med ett volleybollsnät, orange fossilbubbla  och ett gäng taggade ungdomar kunde matchen börja. Med både knytnävslag och vindputsar blev det en spännande match. Vi ställde oss alla frågan, såväl spelare som…
  • 350 Vanuatu – Meet the team, and the big plans!

    Aaron Packard
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Over the last five years, we’ve been working with 350 groups across more than 15 Pacific Islands.What started out as a network that organised for the 350.org global days of action, has now evolved into a grassroots network of Pacific Islanders building movement locally, and translating that into campaigns to stand up and protect the Pacific Islands from climate change. Last week, the team in Vanuatu passed a landmark step in registering the organisation “350 Vanuatu”, with a board and team of executive officers. Isso Nihmei, the 350 Vanuatu coordinator explains how they came…
  • Copenhagen’s investments undermine green ambitions

    melanie
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Image: Mstyslav Chernov The investments of Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, clash with its efforts to become a leader in sustainability, a recent article in Danish newspaper Politiken points out. Copenhagen aims to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. If the city is serious about its goal, it’s high time for the European Green Capital 2014 to end its DKK 53 million investment in fossil fuels. According to research organisation DanWatch, Copenhagen supports fossil fuel companies like Shell, Statoil, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Glencore and RWE. While the DKK 53 million…
  • The 5th and Final Tar Sands Healing Walk.

    cameron
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Healing Walk 2014 from Zack Embree on Vimeo. Over the last 5 years, thousands of people have gathered with First Nations leadership to walk, pray and heal in the heart of the tar sands. This June the fifth and final Healing Walk brought hundreds of people to march along the side of Highway 63 in Northern Alberta, looping through the destruction wrought by tar sands development. We marched along the shore of tailings ponds, past miles of industrial development and alongside boreal forest turned to desert. The air was thick with the acrid smell and taste tar sands extraction as trucks rolled…
  • A Dark Day for Australia is Our Rallying Call

    Aaron Packard
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    It’s a dark day here in Australia with the repeal of the carbon price, but as dark as it is, it’s also a rallying call for our movement – the following is from 350.org Australia’s Blair Palese. After a torturous few weeks of furious debate in the senate (including a rather bizarre Al Gore cameo), Australia’s coalition government has finally been successful in having the carbon price repealed, signalling Australia’s determination to bury its head in the sand and turn its back on the rest of the world’s efforts to reduce climate change. The 17th of July will go…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Of mountains, molehills, and noisy bumps in the sea-ice record

    Anthony Watts
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Note: This is a follow up post to this one: Claim: Antartica record high sea ice partially an artifact of an algorithm I’d actually planned to write a rebuttal like this, but a wonky T-1 data line took all my time today, so the honor goes to Pat and Chip – Anthony Molehill of Antarctic … … Continue reading →
  • New climate alarm mascot – white ringtail possums

    Anthony Watts
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Embarrassed by the stubborn refusal of polar bears to die out, or even to appear convincingly rare, climate scientists are touting a new poster child species for our collective climate guilt – the white lemuroid ringtail possum. The possum is restricted to just one mountain range in tropical Australia. Previously numbered in the thousands, the … … Continue reading →
  • Claim: Antartica record high sea ice partially an artifact of an algorithm

    Anthony Watts
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the European Geosciences Union New research suggests that Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as fast as previously thought. A team of scientists say much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data. The findings are published today in The Cryosphere, … … Continue reading →
  • Mann’s Hockey Stick Goes Zombie

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nuclear war simulation forgets the Medieval Climate Optimum Story submitted by P. Wayne Townsend Yesterday’s Daily Mail carried an article about a simulation of the climate consequences of nuclear war.  The paper Multidecadal global cooling and unprecedented ozone loss following a regional nuclear conflict is not paywalled gives the usual horror stories (nuclear winter, crop … … Continue reading →
  • ‘Goldilocks zone’ exoplanets would not be habitable without an ocean

    Anthony Watts
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    UEA: Oceans moderate the climate Story submitted by Eric Worrall h/t The Register – University of East Anglia researchers have challenged the view that any planet in the Goldilocks zone (the right distance from a star so water is likely to be liquid) is likely to be habitable. New research shows that without an ocean, … … Continue reading →
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  • Safeguarding Belize's barrier reef with conservation drones

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Seeking to gain a high-tech edge over illegal fishers, the Government of Belize will use “eyes in the sky” to enforce fishing regulations in the biodiverse Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve and other reef systems in what is the first use of conservation drones to monitor marine protected areas.
  • Vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing shown by study

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable.
  • Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Scientists attached radio-frequency identification tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.
  • NASA's HS3 mission spotlight: The HIRAD instrument

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26 through September 29. One of the NASA Global Hawks will cover the storm environment and the other will analyze inner-storm conditions. HIRAD will fly aboard the inner-storm Global Hawk and will be positioned at the bottom, rear section of the aircraft.
  • New water balance calculation for Dead Sea

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The drinking water resources on the eastern, Jordanian side of the Dead Sea could decline more severely as a result of climate change than those on the western, Israeli and Palestinian side. This is the conclusion reached by an international team of researchers that calculated the water flows around the Dead Sea. The natural replenishment rate of groundwater will reduce dramatically in the future if precipitation lowers as predicted.
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • Climate Hockey Stick Confirmed!!

    tommoriarty
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The Climate deniers are taking it on the chin again today as another independent source confirms the climate hockey stick that was first revealed by Michael Mann.  It is getting harder and harder for those corporate sponsored capitalist luddites to hide the truth about runaway effects of increasing atmospheric CO2. See for yourself…   This satellite data comes to us via an unimpeachable source: The University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences. What could be clearer than the rapidly rising temperature seen in the blade of the hockey stick on the right side of the…
  • News: White house installs 6.3 kW solar PV system

    tommoriarty
    28 May 2014 | 8:38 pm
    You’ve probably seen the news – it been reported everywhere: the White House has installed 6.3 kilowatts of solar PV.  How much energy will that system yield in practical terms? The rated power of a PV system is the power that it will yield when the sun shines straight on to it with an irradiance of 1000 W/m2, and the temperature is 25 degrees C .  If those conditions are met for one hour, then the white house PV system will yield 6.3 kilowatt-hours.  If they are met for two hours, then it will yield 12.6 kilowatt-hours, etc. But those conditions are rarely met exactly.  In…
  • Washington Post sums up why voters don’t believe White House about global warming.

    tommoriarty
    9 May 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Five reasons from the Washington Post about why people are rejecting the administrations blathering on global warming.  They pretty well sum up the non-technical reason for rejection. Overreach Hypocrisy The global warming cause fits too nicely with the president’s left-wing political agenda. A lack of faith in foreign cooperation. This administration lacks credibility. See the details here.  
  • China to accelerate thorium reactor development.

    tommoriarty
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Thorium is a viable alternative to uranium for power generation with some huge potential advantages.  It is a shame that the United States is not aggressively pursuing it as an energy source.  China has been exploring the use of thorium and just announced a rapid acceleration in their development schedule. According to the South China Morning Post… A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world’s first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as fuel rather than uranium, but they have now been told they have 10. That…
  • RetractionWatch: Lowendowsky paper formally retracted

    tommoriarty
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    RetractionWatch.com… A year after being clumsily removed from the web following complaints, a controversial paper about “the possible role of conspiracist ideation in the rejection of science” is being retracted. Lowendowsky unrepentant about his embarrassment to science.
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    Climate Skeptic

  • Computer Models as “Evidence”

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog The BBC has decided not to every talk to climate skeptics again, in part based on the “evidence” of computer modelling Climate change skeptics are being banned from BBC News, according to a new report, for fear of misinforming people and to create more of a “balance” when discussing man-made climate change. The latest casualty is Nigel Lawson, former London chancellor and climate change skeptic, who has just recently been barred from appearing on BBC. Lord Lawson, who has written about climate change, said the corporation is silencing the…
  • Another Plea to Global Warming Alarmists on the Phrase “Climate Denier”

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog Stop calling me and other skeptics “climate deniers“.  No one denies that there is a climate.  It is a stupid phrase. I am willing, even at the risk of the obvious parallel that is being drawn to the Holocaust deniers, to accept the “denier” label, but it has to be attached to a proposition I actually deny, or that can even be denied. As help in doing so, here are a few reminders (these would also apply to many mainstream skeptics — I am not an outlier) I don’t deny that climate changes over time — who could?  So I am…
  • My Thoughts on Steven Goddard and His Fabricated Temperature Data Claim

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Cross-posted from Coyote Blog. Steven Goddard of the Real Science blog has a study that claims that US real temperature data is being replaced by fabricated data.  Christopher Booker has a sympathetic overview of the claims. I believe that there is both wheat and chaff in this claim, and I would like to try to separate the two as best I can.  I don’t have time to write a well-organized article, so here is just a list of thoughts At some level it is surprising that this is suddenly news.  Skeptics have criticized the adjustments in the surface temperature database for years There is…
  • The Thought Experiment That First Made Me A Climate Skeptic

    admin
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:42 am
    Please check out my Forbes post today.  Here is how it begins: Last night, the accumulated years of being called an evil-Koch-funded-anti-science-tobacco-lawyer-Holocaust-Denier finally caught up with me.  I wrote something like 3000 words of indignation about climate alarmists corrupting the very definition of science by declaring their work “settled”, answering difficult scientific questions with the equivalent of voting, and telling everyone the way to be pro-science is to listen to self-designated authorities and shut up.  I looked at the draft this morning and while I agreed with…
  • Explaining the Flaw in Kevin Drum’s (and Apparently Science Magazine’s) Climate Chart

    admin
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:58 pm
    Cross-Posted from Coyoteblog I won’t repeat the analysis, you need to see it here.  Here is the chart in question: My argument is that the smoothing and relatively low sampling intervals in the early data very likely mask variations similar to what we are seeing in the last 100 years — ie they greatly exaggerate the smoothness of history (also the grey range bands are self-evidently garbage, but that is another story). Drum’s response was that “it was published in Science.”  Apparently, this sort of appeal to authority is what passes for data analysis in the…
 
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    Climate Change: Changing our World

  • Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Hundreds of years after humans mastered the art of chimney venting so they could heat their houses, scientists have undertaken a major research project to better understand how Earth’s atmosphere uses it’s very own version of a chimney.More than 40 researchers recently visited a sparsely populated part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean—near the island of Guam—known as the "global chimney." The area boasts the world’s warmest ocean temperatures and vents massive volumes of warm gases from the surface high into the atmosphere, which may shape global climate and air chemistry…
  • Summer is Coming

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:28 pm
    "Studies such as these help us gaze into the uncertain future and ask if that is what we want for our children. Most of us don’t. A few of us actually try to do something to change it. For the rest, the lag time is comforting. The complexity of non-linear feedback systems gives us an excuse to procrastinate."Why are zombies so ubiquitous in contemporary popular culture? The HBO mini-series, Game of Thrones, supplies one theory. Unlike in the AMC series, Walking Dead, or in the film, World War Z, the undead are not coming on like a Blitzkrieg hoard. Rather, the White Walkers are building…
  • Solar is here

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Solar is here.That's right. You know the solutions to the climate crisis are available today; we simply need the public (and political) will to implement them. Clean energy is urgently necessary, abundant, and becoming increasingly more affordable. That's why on June 21, The Climate Reality Project is joining 12 other organizations in a day of action to support clean-energy solutions and show our commitment to bringing solar power to communities around the world.If you don't already have plans to take part on Saturday, don't despair! Here are a few last minute ways to get involved: Sign: Send…
  • Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Lord Stern, the world’s most authoritative climate economist, has issued a stark warning that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than current models predict.This makes it more important than ever to take urgent and drastic action to curb climate change by reducing carbon emissions, he argues.Lord Stern, who wrote a hugely influential review on the financial implications of climate change in 2006, says the economic models that have been used to calculate the fiscal fallout from climate change are woefully inadequate and severely underestimate the scale…
  • Saving trees in tropics could cut emissions by one-fifth, study shows

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am
    Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere -- by as much as one-fifth -- research shows. In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated the amount of carbon absorbed by the world's tropical forests and the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions created by loss of trees, as a result of human activity.Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere -- by as much as one-fifth -- research shows.In the first study of its kind, scientists have…
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  • Climate4You Update June 2014: Ole Humlum

    jennifer
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    “ALL five global temperature estimates presently show an overall stagnation, at least since 2002. There has been no increase in global air temperature since 1998, which however was affected by the oceanographic El Niño event. This stagnation does not exclude the possibility that global temperatures will begin to increase again later. On the other hand, [...]
  • Most Unsuccessful Tax in History: Marita Noon on Repeal of the Carbon Tax

    jennifer
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    THE Wall Street Journal states: “The public hates it.” The (UK) Telegraph calls the tax: “one of the most unsuccessful in history” and points out that it is “unique in that it generated virtually no revenue for the Australian Treasury due to its negative impact on productivity; contributed to the rising costs that have taken [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    From the poem Desiderata: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    THIS THREAD IS ALREADY CLOSED. According to Larry Fields: I really like the Open Thread. I don’t have the energy to keep up with the long articles at WUWT and elsewhere. Commenters who provide links in the Open Thread help me prioritize my reading.
  • In Search of a Moderator

    jennifer
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    GROUPS of people, by their nature tend to seek out a consensus, but groups are more resilient and more likely to get closer to the truth when they are open to new ideas and when they confront dissent with rational argument. So, I’ve been very tolerant at this website of what many would call trolling. [...]
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  • Cook/TCP speaking event.

    lucia
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
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  • SkS TCP Front

    lucia
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
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  • June UAH Bet Winners!

    lucia
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
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  • Popsie-Wopsie Jan 6, 1929, July 6, 2014.

    lucia
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
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  • June Bets!

    lucia
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
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    RealClimate

  • Rossby waves and surface weather extremes

    stefan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    A new study by Screen and Simmonds demonstrates the statistical connection between high-amplitude planetary waves in the atmosphere and extreme weather events on the ground. Guest post by Dim Coumou There has been an ongoing debate, both in and outside the scientific community, whether rapid climate change in the Arctic might affect circulation patterns in the mid-latitudes, and thereby possibly the frequency or intensity of extreme weather events. The Arctic has been warming much faster than the rest of the globe (about twice the rate), associated with a rapid decline in sea-ice extent. If…
  • Release of the International Surface Temperature Initiative’s (ISTI’s) Global Land Surface Databank, an expanded set of fundamental surface temperature records

    rasmus
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Guest post by Jared Rennie, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina on behalf of the databank working group of the International Surface Temperature Initiative In the 21st Century, when multi-billion dollar decisions are being made to mitigate and adapt to climate change, society rightly expects openness and transparency in climate science to enable a greater understanding of how climate has changed and how it will continue to change. Arguably the very foundation of our understanding is the observational record. Today a new set of fundamental holdings of land surface…
  • Unforced variations: July 2014

    group
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    This month’s open thread. Topics of potential interest: The successful OCO-2 launch, continuing likelihood of an El Niño event this fall, predictions of the September Arctic sea ice minimum, Antarctic sea ice excursions, stochastic elements in climate models etc. Just for a change, no discussion of mitigation efforts please!
  • Unforced variations: June 2014

    group
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    June is the month when the Arctic Sea Ice outlook gets going, when the EPA releases its rules on power plant CO2 emissions, and when, hopefully, commenters can get back to actually having constructive and respectful conversations about climate science (and not nuclear energy, impending apocalypsi (pl) or how terrible everyone else is). Thanks.
  • El Niño or Bust

    mike
    8 May 2014 | 6:39 am
    Guest commentary from Michelle L’Heureux, NOAA Climate Prediction Center Much media attention has been directed at the possibility of an El Niño brewing this year. Many outlets have drawn comparison with the 1997-98 super El Niño. So, what are the odds that El Niño will occur? And if it does, how strong will it be? To track El Niño, meteorologists at the NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center (CPC) release weekly and monthly updates on the status of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society partner with us on the monthly…
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    the Air Vent

  • In the Real World, Accuracy Counts

    Jeff Id
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I received a notice of new publications today, and along with it a graphic linking to yet another Antarctic doom paper.   In it, the link uses the flawed Steig 09 temperature plot of the Antarctic taken from the cover of Nature.    A particularly interesting choice considering that GRL published the corrected version (our paper), and Nature carried the flawed version proudly displayed right on its cover.   For those of us who care about little things like accuracy in science, this is a realistic appearance of Antarctic temperature trends over that same timeframe.  Of course the…
  • Another Use for R

    Jeff Id
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    So how about something different.   I learned R programming here for climate software.   Plotting, fitting curves, calculating stats and all kinds of linear algebra.   Prior to that I had programmed in various forms of C, Basic, a few other arcane languages, assembly/machine, etc…  I had written my own matrix multipliers and inverters multiple times. It was all low level engineering style languages for equipment integration, calculation and a literal ton of other applications.   R turns out to be very flexible for most of what I had done in other languages, and could have…
  • Antarctic sea ice area anomaly – record high

    Jeff Id
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    From Cryosphere Today: Antarctic sea ice established a pretty dramatic spike in ice area anomaly apparently continuing its recent upward trend in rather pointed fashion.   Global sea ice continues above average for the year: Arctic ice is still holding in its lower level since 2007:   Please refrain from asserting nefarious intent for posting the data.   It is interesting to all of us after all.  
  • Antarctic sea ice – 2nd highest (Anomaly) in satellite records

    Jeff Id
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Antarctic sea ice extent- posted 6-26-14 http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/ Antarctic sea ice posting 2nd highest anomaly since satellite records began.  In the Antarctic continent on the bottom of the planet where apparently hot is cold and cold is hot.   :D Is anyone else surprised at the nearly monotonic increase in the past several years.   Don’t worry alarmists, the trend will change someday.        
  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    Jeff Id
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I still regularly read climate blogs and occasionally drop a comment but a surprising thing has happened to me lately.   I am almost completely disengaged from climate science.   The mystery is gone for me.   I don’t care much which model said what, the latest Antarctic doom nonsense barely raises an eyebrow, sea ice melting not a drip of interest.   Stats are still fun at CA when they come up and I did mine a bunch of data from the government website.   Did you know we spent nearly 200 million dollars on climate education for minorities  – which means anyone not white…
 
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    Powwownow Blog

  • Find Your Inner Hippy – The Power of Meditation for Productivity

    Jamie Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Working as hard as you can for long hours is not the best way to get ahead in business. Often it can be like banging your head against a brick wall and the more you work yourself into the ground, the lesser the quality of work you produce. But with so much to do, so many deadlines to meet, and so many talented rival business minds, surely making the most of the working day will help you keep up? True, but working yourself into the ground is not the way to get the most out of your working day. Quite the contrary. Making sure you are relaxed at work and in life will increase your productivity…
  • Leadership Is Built On Smarter Conversation

    Robert Gorby
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    ‘Almost no one — ever achieved anything worthwhile without help. To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate and delegate.” Richard Branson, Entrepreneur Magazine, Feb, 2014 Building and running record companies, airlines, shops, mobile networks and train services requires being smart, but read anything about how he achieved his success and it is quickly pointed out that Sir Richard Branson places a lot of capital on the importance of connecting, collaborating and delegating. Britain’s most dynamic (and most bearded) of billionaires, Sir Richard Branson, achieved…
  • How To Manage Remote Workers

    Jamie Smith
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Rapidly advancing technology has not only made working outside the office possible, but the efficiency of it has made it a popular choice. No longer is it necessary to have your entire workforce in the office. But how do you properly manage a workforce that is scattered around the country (or several countries)? If employees are not properly looked after, they will lose motivation, feel cut off from the rest of the workforce and your whole business will suffer as a result. Here’s how to get it right when it comes to managing remote workers. Assess their working environment Regardless of the…
  • How To Stay On Top Of Email

    Jamie Smith
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Keeping on top of your email is an essential foundation for success in business, not least for the fact that an organised emailing system means more time is freed up for you to focus on getting things done, rather than manically trawling through an endless backlog of unopened mail. Additionally, when email becomes unmanageable, it can affect your self-confidence and your motivation to complete tasks you would normally be happy to get stuck into. The thing about email that makes most of us recoil from the computer screen at the sight of our inbox is how quickly and easily emails can get out of…
  • The Joys of a London Commuter

    Jacqui Keep
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Not everyone has the luxury of working from home every day, and even those that get to do it sometimes will still have to commute for the rest of the week. With London commuters spending longer commuting than anywhere else in the UK we wondered, where do you stand? Commuting into and across London can often feel like a military operation and careful planning to get you from A to B is essential.  So what are you? The quiet contender or the seat hogger? Below we’ve listed the most typical London commuters just for fun. 1. The Steadfast Stander We’ve all seen them; they stand rigid and…
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  • U.K. doctors join divestment campaign

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    1 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Op-Ed: U.K. doctors join divestment campaign: Will it hurt fossil fuels? Digital Journal By Karen Graham According to Business Green, the British Medical Association, citing the many health risks associated with climate change has made the decision to commit to divesting from fossil fuels.. (…) Read More at Digital Journal: Op-Ed: U.K. doctors join divestment campaign The post U.K. doctors join divestment campaign appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • The case for divestment by Bill McKibben

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    5 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The case for divestment The Presbyterian Mission Agency By Bill McKibben This June, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will consider overtures to divest from fossil-fuel companies and take other actions related to climate change. Bill McKibben.. (…) Read More at The Presbyterian Mission Agency: The case for divestment by Bill McKibben The post The case for divestment by Bill McKibben appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States

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    4 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
    IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States The International Organization for Migration (IOM) By IOM Editors To raise the voice of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), four countries are leading the efforts within the Geneva diplomatic community, acting as the co-chairs of an Informal Working Group for SIDS: Barbados, Maldives, New Zealand and Singapore.. (…) Read More at IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States The post IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • IISS: Climate change, disaster recovery and security in the Asia-Pacific

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    31 May 2014 | 4:59 pm
    ISS: Climate change, disaster recovery and security in the Asia-Pacific International Institute of Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit: Shangri-La Dialogue Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh participates in the International Institute of Strategic Studies Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue special session on climate change, high availability disaster recovery (HADR), and security in the Asia-Pacific.   (…) Read More at IISS: Climate change, disaster recovery and security in the Asia-Pacific The post IISS: Climate change, disaster…
  • New Repubilc: Why Doesn’t the Big New Government Report Tell Us How Much Climate Change Will Hurt the Economy?

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    6 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    New Republic: Why Doesn’t the Big New Government Report Tell Us How Much Climate Change Will Hurt the Economy? The Guardian By Danny Vinik Climate change is real, and it’s happening right now. That’s the conclusion of the scientists behind a large report released Tuesday by the federal U.S. Global Change Research Program.. (…) Read More at New Republic: Why Doesn’t the Big New Government Report Tell Us How Much Climate Change Will Hurt the Economy? The post New Repubilc: Why Doesn’t the Big New Government Report Tell Us How Much Climate Change Will Hurt the…
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