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  • How much methane came out of that hole in Siberia?

    RealClimate
    david
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Siberia has explosion holes in it that smell like methane, and there are newly found bubbles of methane in the Arctic Ocean. As a result, journalists are contacting me assuming that the Arctic Methane Apocalypse has begun. However, as a climate scientist I remain much more concerned about the fossil fuel industry than I am about Arctic methane. Short answer: It would take about 20,000,000 such eruptions within a few years to generate the standard Arctic Methane Apocalypse that people have been talking about. Here’s where that statement comes from: How much methane emission is “a lot”?
  • September 3rd Web Workshop: Divestment as a Solidarity Tactic

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Cat Jaffee
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    August has been a month of big news stories that weigh heavy on our hearts: injustice and unrest in Ferguson, escalating conflict in the Middle East, Ebola outbreaks, droughts, fires, and more. With these pressing social justice issues that need immediate action, divestment might feel like an afterthought. But it’s not. Not at all. For our web workshop on September 3rd, we are joined by two fossil fuel divestment leaders to discuss how divestment can be used as a solidarity tactic, and how climate change is innately intertwined with social justice. Joshua Kahn Russell is the Global…
  • Status report on WUWT updates – reader poll on threaded comments

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    A week ago I asked what readers though about the new format updates, and overwhelmingly, readers have approved of the changes as seen in the results at right. About 25% of the respondents were unsure, and I get that, you have to try new things out to decide. Some people hate it. I suspect a…
  • Who Wrote EPA’s “Myths vs Facts”?

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Mann Statement of Claim prominently displayed, as one of only two quotations from the “inquiries”, an extended quotation from the Myths vs Facts webpage, included as one of three Resources accompanying the EPA decision denying reconsideration of various petitions for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding (though Mann’s Statement of Claim falsely cited the gazetted (Federal Register) denial decision itself as its source.) The Myths vs Facts document (as well as the Factsheet and Press Release, also linked as “Resources”) contained statements and…
  • Exceptionally well preserved insect fossils from the Rhône Valley found

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    In Bavaria, the Tithonian Konservat-Lagerstätte of lithographic limestone is well known as a result of numerous discoveries of emblematic fossils from that area (for example, Archaeopteryx). Now, for the first time, researchers have found fossil insects in the French equivalent of these outcrops -- discoveries which include a new species representing the oldest known water treader.
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • September 3rd Web Workshop: Divestment as a Solidarity Tactic

    Cat Jaffee
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    August has been a month of big news stories that weigh heavy on our hearts: injustice and unrest in Ferguson, escalating conflict in the Middle East, Ebola outbreaks, droughts, fires, and more. With these pressing social justice issues that need immediate action, divestment might feel like an afterthought. But it’s not. Not at all. For our web workshop on September 3rd, we are joined by two fossil fuel divestment leaders to discuss how divestment can be used as a solidarity tactic, and how climate change is innately intertwined with social justice. Joshua Kahn Russell is the Global…
  • INTRODUCING THE GLOBAL CLIMATE AMBASSADORS!

    Mahir Ilgaz
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    On September 21 the largest climate mobilisation will be taking place in NY and beyond. A delegation of globally diverse grassroots leaders will be in attendance at the NY march to ensure voices from movements and campaigns around the world are heard. They will also emphasise various ongoing struggles which will carry forwards beyond September. We… Read more »
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance Assesses Divestment and Finds Net Gain

    Cat Jaffee
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    On August 25, 2014, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a white paper acknowledging and analyzing fossil fuel divestment in the world of finance. Fossil Free Campaigner Jay Carmona and Cat Jaffee Digital Divestment Campaigner share their thoughts regarding the white paper and what it means for the Fossil Free divestment movement. From Jay Carmona, Fossil Free Community Divestment Manager at 350.org: This white paper is significant for four reasons. 1. It’s timely. This is the latest from the financial community about divestment, and it is and will be something that campaigners can…
  • Disruption: A New Movie For the Movement

    Anna Goldstein
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    We just sent out this email to our friends in the USA. Not on our email list yet? Sign up here to receive crucial updates from the climate movement.  Friends, There’s no replacement for masses of people standing shoulder to shoulder to demand change. Have you ever felt that energy? If you’re looking for hope, there’s nothing like it. But we can capture a little bit of that magic with a movie — and now the People’s Climate March has one! Here’s the brand-new trailer for Disruption, a movie for the climate movement that we’re hoping will galvanize a new wave of climate…
  • VIDEO: EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE. PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOBILISATION.

    Mahir Ilgaz
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    We, the people across the planet, are going to make history on climate change — again. We are about to write a new chapter and shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world. Will world leaders write this chapter with us? On September 20-21, let’s tell them it’s time for Actions, Not Words. 
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Status report on WUWT updates – reader poll on threaded comments

    Anthony Watts
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    A week ago I asked what readers though about the new format updates, and overwhelmingly, readers have approved of the changes as seen in the results at right. About 25% of the respondents were unsure, and I get that, you have to try new things out to decide. Some people hate it. I suspect a…
  • Inconvenient: New paper finds the last interglacial was warmer than today – not simulated by climate models

    Anthony Watts
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Reposted from the Hockey Schtick] A new paper published in Climate of the Past compares temperature reconstructions of the last interglacial period [131,000-114,000 years ago] to climate model simulations and finds climate models significantly underestimated global temperatures of the last interglacial by ~0.67C on an annual basis and by ~1.1C during the warmest month. This…
  • The Global Warming Policy Foundation Launches Campaigning Arm

    Anthony Watts
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    London, 2 September 2014 Five years after its inauguration in 2009, the Global Warming Policy Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new campaigning arm, the Global Warming Policy Forum. The new organisation will be able to conduct campaigns and activities which do not fall squarely within the Foundation’s remit as an educational…
  • UN/WMO Propaganda Stunt: climate fantasy forecasts of hell on Earth from the future

    Anthony Watts
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Eric Worrall writes: The UN has launched a climate propaganda campaign, consisting of two weeks of “weather forecasts from the future”, intended to give people a taste of what our children will endure, if we don’t do what we’re told. According to The Guardian, a major green newspaper in Britain, highlights from the fantasy forecasts…
  • Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100, tree growth due to improved climate blamed

    Anthony Watts
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    From the University of California – Irvine and the “Environmentalists are never happy” department comes this amusing quandary. The cause? Increased high-elevation plant growth fueled by climate warming Irvine, Calif. — Freshwater runoff from the Sierra Nevada may decrease by as much as one-quarter by 2100 due to climate warming on the high slopes, according…
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    Climate Audit

  • Who Wrote EPA’s “Myths vs Facts”?

    Steve McIntyre
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Mann Statement of Claim prominently displayed, as one of only two quotations from the “inquiries”, an extended quotation from the Myths vs Facts webpage, included as one of three Resources accompanying the EPA decision denying reconsideration of various petitions for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding (though Mann’s Statement of Claim falsely cited the gazetted (Federal Register) denial decision itself as its source.) The Myths vs Facts document (as well as the Factsheet and Press Release, also linked as “Resources”) contained statements and…
  • Mannomatic smoothing: technical details

    Jean S
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    This post is rather technical, and it is intended mainly for the historical completeness. So unless you are very, very interested in the tiny technical details of the HS saga, you can safely skip this. As most readers are aware, and stated in my post few hours after CG broke out, Mike’s Nature trick was first uncovered by UC here. He was able to replicate (visually perfectly) the smooths of MBH9x thereby showing that the smooths involved padding with the instrumental data. The filter used by UC was the zero-phase Butterworth filter (an IIR filter), which has been Mann’s favourite…
  • Who wrote the EPA documents?

    Jean S
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Jean S writes (transferred from a comment with the addition of a few headings): A question for the experts: is it known who wrote and who were used as experts in the EPA documents? If not, is that information considered public (i.e., obtainable under FOIA or similar)? The reason I ask is that I get very, very eerily feeling when reading certain parts of the EPA decision, especially this one. For instance, I think there are very, very few people in this world from whom the following paragraphs could originate (considering style, content and astonishing familiarity with Mann’s work): Response…
  • Misrepresentations and the Tainted Narrative of Mann’s Complaint

    Steve McIntyre
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    In a recent post, I observed that Mann’s Statement of Claim contained a bizarre misrepresentation about the nature of Mann’s research, as it falsely credited Mann with being “one of the first” to document the increase in 20th century temperatures. Reader PhilH, a retired judge, observed that, on its own, the misrepresentation was merely odd and that it would have significance for the pleadings only if it could be connected to the narrative of the case. In today’s post, I’ll try to do exactly that. The “money quote” chosen by Mann’s lawyers as…
  • The “Discovery” of the EPA Inquiry

    Steve McIntyre
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    One of the essential elements in Mann’s reliance on EPA findings is his assertion that his supposed exoneration by EPA had been “widely available and commented” on in the media and had been “read by the Defendants”: All of the above reports and publications were widely available and commented upon in the national and international media. All were read by the Defendants. The claim that all nine “inquiry” reports had been “read” by Steyn and the other defendants is surely a fantasy on the part of Mann and his lawyers. While Steyn seems to be…
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    Climate War Room

  • We need your help

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Young people around the world are asking what our leaders are going to do about climate change -- and they're submitting their questions on video for a chance to have them presented at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.We've been receiving videos from around the world. We've heard questions about solar power in Italy, flooding in the Philippines, and climate change negotiations from a young man in Dubai. The young people asking them are intelligent. They're passionate. And they're going to represent their generation on the world's stage.But now we need to increase the…
  • UN warns frequency of extreme weather will grow with climate change

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    The UN is set to release a series of imagined, but probable weather forecasts to highlight how extreme weather events will increase in frequency and intensity over the next three decades.The videos, to be released ahead of a crucial UN climate summit on September 23 in New York, use fictional weather forecasts to illustrate how global warming will change the world by 2050, if mitigation action is not taken.A teaser video has been released, to be followed by 14 ‘weather reports from the future’ from around the world.The forecasts are described as “imaginary but realistic” if global…
  • Al Gore’s “Turning Point”

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Eight years after Al Gore wrote a book and made a movie to impress upon us the "planetary emergency of global warming" (his subtitle for An Inconvenient Truth), he wrote an article with a more optimistic feel- ing in the 18 June 2014 issue of Rolling Stone. He begins "The Turning Point: New Hope for Climate" as follows:Al Gore - Climate Reality Leadership CorpIn the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only…
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Climate Change Films Urging Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewables

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Production company Tree Media, whose mission is to inspire positive social action, has just released the first of four films in the Green World Rising series focusing on solutions to the climate crisis.The eight-minute film, CARBON, narrated by actor and dedicated environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, was created with support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and in collaboration with Thom Hartmann. The film’s goal is to draw attention to how some governments are already putting a price on carbon through carbon taxes and carbon trading to encourage polluters to shift from dirty energy…
  • 2028: The End of the World As We Know It?

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “There is nothing radical in what we’re discussing,” journalist and climate change activist Bill McKibben said before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the University of California Los Angeles last night. “The radicals work for the oil companies.”Bill McKibbenTaken on its own, a statement like that would likely sound hyperbolic to most Americans—fodder for a sound bite on Fox News. Anyone who saw McKibben’s lecture in full, however, would know he was not exaggerating.McKibben was in Los Angeles as part of his nationwide “Do the Math” tour. Based on a recent article of his in…
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    Jennifer Marohasy

  • So much Conversation, so little evidence

    jennifer
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I’VE never meet Jo Nova in person. But she can write a good headline, and she cares about the truth. Her blog has never received any government funding, but it includes a lot of interesting facts and evidence on science-related topics. Meanwhile ‘The Conversation’ is a government-funded blog for university researchers that got $6 million [...]
  • Weatherman’s records detail heat that ‘didn’t happen’: Graham Lloyd

    jennifer
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    THE famous Australian poet Henry Lawson wrote, “If you know Bourke you know Australia.” For me Henry Lawson was alluding to the vastness of the landscape, the extremes of climate, and also the can-do attitude of its people. But the technocrats would like to change some of this, and pretend that Australia’s climate was once [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    “A pessimist sees the difficult in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  • The ABC of Rutherglen

    jennifer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    IF global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time, then the truth really does matter. But this morning, I felt that I had been shut outside, or at least cut-off, without having a chance to tell the whole story. Bronwen O’Shea the host of an ABC radio program for the Goulburn Murray, a [...]
  • Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen?

    jennifer
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    HEADS need to start rolling at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The senior management have tried to cover-up serious tampering that has occurred with the temperatures at an experimental farm near Rutherglen in Victoria. Retired scientist Dr Bill Johnston used to run experiments there. He, and many others, can vouch for the fact that the [...]
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    The Blackboard

  • Arctic Sea Ice data

    DeWitt
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
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  • Excuse for not posting.

    lucia
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
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  • Back from Vacation. . . (Open Thread)

    lucia
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
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  • NH Jaxa 7-day Minimum Sea Ice Extent

    lucia
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
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  • July UAH bets!

    lucia
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
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    RealClimate

  • On arguing by analogy

    gavin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres of life are closely parsed only to find clubs with which to beat an opponent. Etc. Etc. While the…
  • Unforced variations: September 2014

    group
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).
  • IPCC attribution statements redux: A response to Judith Curry

    gavin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    I have written a number of times about the procedure used to attribute recent climate change (here in 2010, in 2012 (about the AR4 statement), and again in 2013 after AR5 was released). For people who want a summary of what the attribution problem is, how we think about the human contributions and why the IPCC reaches the conclusions it does, read those posts instead of this one. The bottom line is that multiple studies indicate with very strong confidence that human activity is the dominant component in the warming of the last 50 to 60 years, and that our best estimates are that pretty much…
  • How much methane came out of that hole in Siberia?

    david
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Siberia has explosion holes in it that smell like methane, and there are newly found bubbles of methane in the Arctic Ocean. As a result, journalists are contacting me assuming that the Arctic Methane Apocalypse has begun. However, as a climate scientist I remain much more concerned about the fossil fuel industry than I am about Arctic methane. Short answer: It would take about 20,000,000 such eruptions within a few years to generate the standard Arctic Methane Apocalypse that people have been talking about. Here’s where that statement comes from: How much methane emission is “a lot”?
  • Unforced variations: Aug 2014

    group
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    This month’s open thread. Keeping track of the Arctic sea ice minimum is interesting but there should be plenty of other climate science topics to discuss (if people can get past the hype about the Ebola outbreak or imaginary claims about anomalous thrusting). As with last month, pleas no discussion of mitigation strategies – it unfortunately does not bring out the best in the commentariat.
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    the Air Vent

  • Motivated Rejection of …..

    Jeff Id
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can make a whole blog (a boring one) simply for the purposes of showing false claims by political activist climate scientists.  The claim below is quoted from a Daily Mail article I ran into surfing the internet. Dr Hawkins said: ‘There is undoubtedly some natural variability on top of the long-term downwards trend caused by the overall warming. This variability has probably contributed somewhat to the post-2000 steep declining trend, although the human-caused component still dominates The error in his statement is that the human-caused component still dominates. Anyone with any…
  • José Duarte on Cook

    Jeff Id
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    José  Duarte has a post up that Carrick called my attention to at the Blackboard.   The article is basically a chastisement of the false externally motivated science in the context of Cook’s recent publication on the 97% consensus.  I call it externally motivated as a way to describe the numerous papers across so many fields of science that have pre-ordained conclusions designed into their methodology, such that they support the authors undisclosed personal interests in some manner.  Climate science is the current poster child for today’s particularly grotesque post-modern…
  • Time for a little healthy skepticism

    Jeff Id
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I have finally completed a huge and mathematically difficult design project that has been on my plate for the last couple of months and have a little time for blogging.   I’m thoroughly excited about the project and like so many things I do, I dug in hard and worked until I was fully burned out on it.  Seems to be my style. Anyway, the multi-billion dollar international global warming industry is continuing on despite the major shots the science has taken in recent years.  The denial of reality by the activist scientists has already reached astounding proportions and seems to be…
  • 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…
 
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    Powwownow Blog

  • Customer Profile: European Tour

    Jacqui Keep
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Interesting facts about your business? The European Tour Group runs all aspects of professional golf tournaments from Professionals just starting out on the Challenge Tour through to seasoned career Professionals on the European Senior Tour. Golf is one of the only sports where you can start your career in your teens and still be competitive into your 70’s. Within the group, we operate the European Challenge Tour, European Tour, European Senior Tour as well as the European Ryder Cup tournaments. What was the problem? We were let down by our previous supplier. Powwownow was recommended by…
  • Is the 21st century workplace eroding the flexible working parent stereotype?

    Staff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:19 am
    Earlier this year, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave 20 million people the right to request flexible working hours from their employer. The new legislation was implemented on the 30th June, meaning that employees who have worked for the same employer for at least 26 months are eligible to request flexible working hours, which was welcomed by union and employment groups. It’s still at the employer’s digression Even with this new law in place, employers can still refuse their employees flexible working hours. However, they must deal with requests in a reasonable…
  • Business Stretch with Flexible Working

    Robert Gorby
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    “We are stubborn on our vision but we’re flexible on details.” – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. In June, an extension of the existing provisions of the 2002 Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations, made it possible for any employee to have the right to make a request for flexible working, previously a right only made available to for child care and family care reasons (you can see the BBC article about the Government’s policy on Flexible working here).  The Government believes that flexible working is good for employees and the economy and wants to make it easier…
  • Outsourcing – What’s in it for you?

    Jacqui Keep
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    We know outsourcing is an important subject for small business, so we spoke to the experts at Time Etc, Jessica Faulkner, Virtual Assistant, to find out more… Are you one of those people who tends to take on too much at work? In a rapidly expanding business world, it’s becoming more and more commonplace for businesses to make the decision to outsource their overflow of work to outside agencies. This outsourcing is beneficial for a number of reasons, not only can it help your organisation grow and expand, but it can have a considerable impact on your outgoing costs and final profit. So how…
  • 5 Useful Tips for Your YouTube Channel

    Jamie Smith
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    YouTube is one of many possible social media channels that you might consider using for your business – but where do you start and how do you know what to do with it? Ultimately, you need to know that it is going to be of benefit to your business, and how. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers both large and small. Anyone can have a YouTube channel as it’s simple to use, from providing steps on getting started to guidelines for participating in the…
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off in Samoa

    CVF Admin
    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 Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
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    CVF Editor
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
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    CVF Editor
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
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    CVF Editor
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
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