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  • The Stats and the Stories: 5 years since the BP oil spill

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    Thelma Young
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 5 years ago, I anxiously watched day in and day out as the oil slick seemed to never stop. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t just any body of water to me, it’s the place I grew up. Its bays are the places where I fished with my family, it’s beaches are where I learned how to swim with the waves. An oil spill isn’t just an economic incident – or one to gawk at – it’s communities and livelihoods. And it’s not just the Gulf of Mexico. These shores mean a lot to me — but (unfortunately) I bet a lot of you…
  • Carbon Sequestration: Distorted Policy Results From Distorted IPCC Science

    Watts Up With That?
    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball ⇒ The political objective of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to demonize carbon dioxide (CO2) as the cause of global climate disaster succeeded. Governments and businesses attacked for not dealing with climate change are doing things to reduce human production of CO2, but benefiting from more than public…
  • The Pope, the Poor and Climate Change - Wall Street Journal

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    20 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Wall Street JournalThe Pope, the Poor and Climate ChangeWall Street JournalHow different this is from the narrative that dominates the conversation on the environment, and especially the conversation on climate change. All too often the vision of man here is as the despoiler, speeding the planet along the path to doom and and more »
  • Pitfalls in climate sensitivity estimation: Part 3

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    niclewis
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A guest post by Nicholas Lewis In Part 1 I introduced the talk I gave at Ringberg 2015, explained why it focussed on estimation based on warming over the instrumental period, and covered problems relating to aerosol forcing and bias caused by the influence of the AMO. In Part 2 I dealt with poor Bayesian probabilistic estimation and summarized the state of observational, instrumental period warming based climate sensitivity estimation. In this third and final part I discuss arguments that estimates from that approach are biased low, and that GCM simulations imply ECS is higher, partly because…
  • Where humans and nature collide: Roadkill hot spots identified in California

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    A map shows how California's state highway system is strewn with roadkill "hot spots," which are identified in a newly released report. The data could help state highway planners take measures to protect both drivers and wildlife.
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • The Stats and the Stories: 5 years since the BP oil spill

    Thelma Young
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 5 years ago, I anxiously watched day in and day out as the oil slick seemed to never stop. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t just any body of water to me, it’s the place I grew up. Its bays are the places where I fished with my family, it’s beaches are where I learned how to swim with the waves. An oil spill isn’t just an economic incident – or one to gawk at – it’s communities and livelihoods. And it’s not just the Gulf of Mexico. These shores mean a lot to me — but (unfortunately) I bet a lot of you…
  • VIDEO: Harvard Heat Week Launch

    Allyse Heartwell
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Harvard Heat Week is turning up the heat on fossil fuel divestment. Starting on April 12th, students, faculty, alumni, and members of the Harvard community are coming together in Cambridge to speak out for climate justice, learn from one another, and take action. Learn more and join in here. If you’re nearby, join us on Friday for the final Harvard Heat Week rally. Here are the details: Final Harvard Heat Week Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment Friday, April 17th, 6:00 PM Harvard Science Center Plaza, Cambridge
  • Edinburgh University on track for coal & tar sands divestment decision

    Louise Hazan
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Edinburgh students gathered yesterday outside Central Management Group meeting to push for full divestment Students at the University of Edinburgh have learned from sources inside yesterday’s meeting that the university’s Central Management Group (CMG) received a recommendation for the university to divest from companies involved in the coal and tar sands extraction. The recommendation would require Edinburgh University to divest from most large oil majors like BP, Shell and Total who all operate in the tar sands. It will be passed forward to the next meeting of the University Court in…
  • We’re fighting Shell together: A message of solidarity

    Olivia Linander
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    We’re in the middle of a worldwide struggle to keep as much coal, oil and other fossil fuels in the ground as possible. Some of us urge institutions to divest from fossil fuels – some of us make street art visualising what a world driven by renewable energy could look like – some of us push petitions to stop building destructive pipelines and other infrastructure – and some of us climb oil rigs to stop dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic. We are many doing all we can to enable the transition to a more just society, powered by renewable energy sources. In this moment, we turn our eyes…
  • Divest Digest: MARCH-ing ahead full steam

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    If February was big in the divestment world, this month the movement didn’t bother catching a breath. Nope — the movement is growing bigger, bolder, and MARCH-ing ahead full steam (ha, see what we did there?). And not only are the ranks growing within the movement, we’re also gaining widespread acknowledgement from some actors you might not have expected — the Bank of England, the United Nations, and Peabody Coal, for starters. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — fossil fuels are on their way out, and the industry knows it. Financial actors are coming to…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Carbon Sequestration: Distorted Policy Results From Distorted IPCC Science

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball ⇒ The political objective of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to demonize carbon dioxide (CO2) as the cause of global climate disaster succeeded. Governments and businesses attacked for not dealing with climate change are doing things to reduce human production of CO2, but benefiting from more than public…
  • Want a green pass, so you can fly your own private jet? Here’s how.

    Eric Worrall
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Guest essay by Eric Worrall How many global warming crusaders do you know about, who manage more air miles in a year, than most normal people manage in a lifetime? President Obama is not shy about air miles – according to Breitbart, he is scheduled to fly on Airforce One, to give a speech in…
  • Effectiveness of methane consuming bacteria in the ocean moderated by ocean currents

    Anthony Watts
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Ocean Currents Impact Methane consumption Study in Nature Geoscience on interactions between marine microbiology and oceanography Offshore the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, methane gas is seeping out of the seabed in several hundred meters depth. Luckily, bacteria are consuming a large proportion of the methane before it reaches the surface and is released to the atmosphere,…
  • Memo to our cousins at the American Physical Society: time to embrace reality

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
      By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley » Several members of the American Physical Society have contacted me to ask how they should respond to a tokenistic “consultation” by the Society’s “Panel on Public Affairs” about its proposed amendment to its existing daft “Statement on Climate Change”. They invited me to submit this to WattsUpWithThat for…
  • The Secret Life of Half-Life

    Willis Eschenbach
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I first got introduced to the idea of “half-life” in the 1950s because the topic of the day was nuclear fallout. We practiced hiding under our school desks if the bomb went off, and talked about how long you’d have to stay underground to be safe, and somehow in all…
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  • The Pope, the Poor and Climate Change - Wall Street Journal

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Wall Street JournalThe Pope, the Poor and Climate ChangeWall Street JournalHow different this is from the narrative that dominates the conversation on the environment, and especially the conversation on climate change. All too often the vision of man here is as the despoiler, speeding the planet along the path to doom and and more »
  • Climate change talk focuses on adaptation, not debate - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Sioux Falls Argus LeaderClimate change talk focuses on adaptation, not debateSioux Falls Argus LeaderCraig Moody is talking the talk on climate change Wednesday during Earth Day activities in Sioux Falls, but there will be no arguments. "I'm not terribly interested in having a debate about whether or not climate change exists, or what is causing it
  • Canada an international laggard on climate change - Toronto Star

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Toronto StarCanada an international laggard on climate changeToronto StarTo call the Harper government's climate change inaction a “policy” would be a compliment. What Canada currently has in place are some regulations on cars and trucks and a ban on coal-fired plants. (The latter shepherded by the Ontario government, ...G7 agrees greater role for climate change in foreign policyBusiness Greenall 7 news articles »
  • Limbaugh: Climate Change 'One Of The Biggest Scams Ever Perpetrated On ... - Daily Caller

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Limbaugh: Climate Change 'One Of The Biggest Scams Ever Perpetrated On Daily CallerConservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted President Barack Obama's insistence that climate change “poses the world's biggest threat” Monday after hundreds drowned trying to flee Libya and ISIS beheaded more Christians over the weekend. Opening ...and more »
  • Climate change denial from PUB chair Andy Wells 'really scary,' says prof - CBC.ca

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    CBC.caClimate change denial from PUB chair Andy Wells 'really scary,' says profCBC.caAn American professor and climate scientist says Andy Wells' denial of climate change is at "fundamental odds" with actual scientific fact, added deniers like Wells are spreading misinformation to mislead the public. Michael Mann, a professor at Penn
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Pitfalls in climate sensitivity estimation: Part 3

    niclewis
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A guest post by Nicholas Lewis In Part 1 I introduced the talk I gave at Ringberg 2015, explained why it focussed on estimation based on warming over the instrumental period, and covered problems relating to aerosol forcing and bias caused by the influence of the AMO. In Part 2 I dealt with poor Bayesian probabilistic estimation and summarized the state of observational, instrumental period warming based climate sensitivity estimation. In this third and final part I discuss arguments that estimates from that approach are biased low, and that GCM simulations imply ECS is higher, partly because…
  • Pitfalls in climate sensitivity estimation: Part 2

    niclewis
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    A guest post by Nicholas Lewis In Part 1 I introduced the talk I gave at Ringberg 2015, explained why it focussed on estimation based on warming over the instrumental period, and covered problems relating to aerosol forcing and bias caused by the influence of the AMO. I now move on to problems arising when Bayesian probabilistic approaches are used, and then summarize the state of instrumental period warming, observationally-based climate sensitivity estimation as I see it. I explained in Part 1 why other approaches to estimating ECS appear to be less reliable. Slide 8 The AR4 report gave…
  • Pitfalls in climate sensitivity estimation: Part 1

    niclewis
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    A guest post by Nicholas Lewis As many readers will be aware, I attended the WCRP Grand Challenge Workshop: Earth’s Climate Sensitivities at Schloss Ringberg in late March. Ringberg 2015 was a very interesting event, attended by many of the best known scientists involved in this field and in areas of research closely related to it – such as the behaviour of clouds, aerosols and heat in the ocean. Many talks were given at Ringberg 2015; presentation slides are available here. It is often difficult to follow presentations just from the slides, so I thought it was worth posting an…
  • Rahmstorf’s Third Trick

    Steve McIntyre
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Rahmstorf et al 2015 Figure 5 shows a coral d15N series from offshore Nova Scotia (see left panel below). The corresponding plot from the source is shown on the right.  Original captions for both follow.  There’s enough information in the figures and captions to figure out Rahmstorf’s next trick. See if you can figure it out before looking at my explanation below the fold. Figure 1. Left – Rahmstorf et al Figure 5. Original caption: Figure 5 A compilation of different indicators for Atlantic ocean circulation. The blue curve shows our temperature-based AMOC index also…
  • Rahmstorf’s Second Trick

    Steve McIntyre
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    The Rahmstorf et al reconstruction commences in AD900 even though the Mann et al 2009 reconstruction goes back to AD500.  Once again, this raises the obvious question: why didn’t Rahmstorf show values before AD900?  Are these results adverse to his claims? Once the question is posed, you can guess the answer.  First, here is a slightly annotated version of Rahmstorf 2015 pseudo-AMOC index, supposedly calculated as the difference between the Mann et al 2008 NH reconstruction and the Mann et al 2009 gyre reconstruction.  I did my own calculation of this series and overplotted it onto…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Where humans and nature collide: Roadkill hot spots identified in California

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    A map shows how California's state highway system is strewn with roadkill "hot spots," which are identified in a newly released report. The data could help state highway planners take measures to protect both drivers and wildlife.
  • Soil nutrients may limit ability of plants to slow climate change

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Many scientists assume that the growing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will accelerate plant growth. However, a new study suggests much of this growth will be curtailed by limited soil nutrients.
  • 'MyEarth' energy-tracking app encourages sustainable behaviors

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.
  • Oldest fossils controversy resolved

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    New analysis of world-famous 3.46-billion-year-old rocks is set to finally resolve a long running evolutionary controversy. The new research shows that structures once thought to be Earth's oldest microfossils do not compare with younger fossil candidates but have, instead, the character of peculiarly shaped minerals.
  • Importance of 'self-DNA' for maintaining diversity among species

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    In natural plant communities, diversity is maintained by limits set on each plant by itself. This involves a detrimental effect of self-DNA -- DNA from the same species released during decomposition -- on the plant's and its offspring's growth. New research finds that this process not only regulates plant populations but may also be generalized to a range of additional organisms including algae, protozoa, fungi, and animals.
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • A new round of Antarctic ice alarm

    tommoriarty
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    The alarm of a catastrophic meltdown of the Antarctic cycles up and down every year or two.  A journal article says the rate of melt is increasing, the popular press picks up on it and breathlessly warns about huge sea level rises sinking coastal cities around the world. We are told that x number of gigatonnes of ice per year are being dumped off the continent and wreaking their havoc on the world.   Then another study says “not so fast,” the mass losses aren’t that great after all.  Or, some crazy old skeptics ruin all the fun by recklessly bringing some logic to the…
  • Alarmism at Scientific American (again)

    tommoriarty
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Scientific American is such an embarrassment.  It’s sad, because I used to like that magazine. Once again they are shills for the global warming alarmists, scaring people with wildly exaggerated claims about sea level rise.  This time Colin Sullivan writes that the sea level at New York City could increase by six feet by 2100. Heat waves and floods caused by climate change could mean disaster for the Big Apple’s five boroughs by the end of the century, with sea levels now predicted by a new report to climb by as much as 6 feet by 2100. Really?  6 feet by 2100???? First,…
  • Strategy for Protecting Freedom of Speech

    tommoriarty
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    The world is grappling with how to handle Islamist extremists.  The lynch pin of advanced civilizations is the freedom of speech, and the Islamist extremist now see this as one of our vulnerabilities.  By taking down this one pillar, the integrity of the entire structure trembles. I propose what I will call the “expanding infidel group” strategy.   The center of the infidel group will be those individuals or organizations who have already published ideas, including cartoons and satire, that the Islamic extremist condemn with threat of death.   The outside part of the infidel…
  • Seven IPCC Claims Refuted

    tommoriarty
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Roger Andrews addresses seven claims of the IPCC Working Group 2.  I know that oil people are supposed to be automatically suspect, but open your mind and read what Andrews has to say as he handily addresses these points… Claim 1: Glaciers continue to shrink almost worldwide due to climate change Claim 2: Many terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species have shifted their geographic ranges ….. in response to ongoing climate change. Claim 3: While only a few recent species extinctions have been attributed as yet to climate change, natural global climate change at rates slower than…
  • Victor Davis Hansen has his say about “climate change”

    tommoriarty
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Hansen sums up the phenomena of global warming alarmism in two ripping paragraphs… Take also global warming — for Secretary of State John Kerry, the world’s greatest challenge. Once the planet did not heat up in the last 18 years, and once the ice of the polar caps did not melt away, global warming begat climate change. The new nomenclature was a clever effort to link all occasional weather extremities to some underlying and fundamental climate disruption. Brilliant though the strategy was — the opposites of cold/hot, drought/deluges, and calm/storms could now all be used as…
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    Climate War Room

  • Turning Ethiopia's desert green

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    A generation ago Ethiopia’s Tigray province was stricken by a famine that shocked the world. Today, as Chris Haslam reports, local people are using ancient techniques to turn part of the desert green.People performing their 20 days of compulsory community labourIn the pink-streaked twilight, a river of humanity is flowing across Tigray’s dusty Hawzien plain. This cracked and desiccated landscape, in Ethiopia’s far north, occupies a dark corner of the global collective memory. Thirty years ago, not far from here, the BBC’s Michael Buerk first alerted us to a biblical famine he…
  • BP, Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Deaths

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    April 19, 2015. Azerbaijan, Five years ago Monday, 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig — despite Chelsea Manning’s effort to save their lives. were revealed in the secret State Department cables Manning released in December 2009 through WikiLeaks.Greg Palast being arrested in AzerbaijanCables from the U.S. ambassador relayed a summary of confidential meetings in which BP's top Azeri executive confided that the big Caspian offshore rig suffered a "blowout" in September 2008, leading to the "largest such emergency evacuation in BP's history." Its likely cause: "a bad cement job."…
  • Engineers purify sea and wastewater in 2.5 minutes

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    A group of engineers have created technology to recover and purify, either seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in, incredibly, just 2.5 minutes, experts say.A group of Mexican engineers from the Jhostoblak Corporate created technology to recover and purify, either seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in, incredibly, just 2.5 minutes, researchers say.The…
  • Watch the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Earth Day PreviewThis hugely important film tells the story of how we veered off the very path we evolved to follow and what that decision is doing toour human biology, fertility and brains. I can think of nothing more important to our survival."Dave Asprey - Founder of The Bulletproof ExecutiveWatch the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film from APRIL 17-26th. Get Details: http://origins.well.org#OriginsFilmFind out more at http://well.org Don't forget to check us out on... Facebook - http://well.org/facebook Twitter - http://well.org/twitter Pinterest - http://well.org/pinterest…
  • Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change.

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Click picture for video“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change ©
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  • Survey Denying My Position on Climate Change

    jennifer
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    ACCORDING to those who define popular culture, prominent sceptics like myself deny the reality of climate change.   It’s a convenient argument for the activist, and its repeated in a survey I just received today from academic Raymond Orr, University of Melbourne.  According to the preamble to the survey, prominent sceptics like myself “are doubtful that climate […] The post Survey Denying My Position on Climate Change appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Like Expecting George Pell to Admit Pedophilia During Sunday Sermon

    jennifer
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Following is an email just sent to Bob Baldwin concerning the need for him to urgently establish a public forum to enable dissident views to be heard concerning the bastardization of Australia’s official temperature record by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Noosa, Queensland, 9th March, 2015 Dear Mr Baldwin Re: Robust assessment of the trusted and respected Bureau […] The post Like Expecting George Pell to Admit Pedophilia During Sunday Sermon appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Donald and David’s Relevance to Climate Science

    jennifer
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    “CRICKET legend Sir Donald Bradman is a useful metaphor for the escalating global row over claims the world’s leading climate agencies have been messing with the weather. Imagine, for instance, if some bureau of sport were to revise the Don’s batting average in test cricket down from 99.94 to 75 after adjusting for anomalies and […] The post Donald and David’s Relevance to Climate Science appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Reality…

    jennifer
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity – Allan Lokos. The post Reality… appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • When Measurements Don’t Matter: Calem Smith

    jennifer
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:31 pm
    When measurements don’t matter…   a YouTube by Calem Smith explaining how the Bureau of Meteorology grossly misrepresented the strength of Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The post When Measurements Don’t Matter: Calem Smith appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
 
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  • A Scientific Debate

    mike
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Guest posting from Bill Ruddiman, University of Virginia Recently I’ve read claims that some scientists are opposed to AGW but won’t speak out because they fear censure from a nearly monolithic community intent on imposing a mainstream view. Yet my last 10 years of personal experience refute this claim. This story began late in 2003 when I introduced a new idea (the ‘early anthropogenic hypothesis’) that went completely against a prevailing climatic paradigm of the time. I claimed that detectable human influences on Earth’s surface and its climate began thousands of years ago…
  • Unforced Variations: April 2015

    group
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    April already? Time for a new climate science open thread…
  • Reflections on Ringberg

    gavin
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    As previewed last weekend, I spent most of last week at a workshop on Climate Sensitivity hosted by the Max Planck Institute at Schloss Ringberg. It was undoubtedly one of the better workshops I’ve attended – it was focussed, deep and with much new information to digest (some feel for the discussion can be seen from the #ringberg15 tweets). I’ll give a brief overview of my impressions below. As we’ve discussed previously, there are multiple classes of observational data that could provide some constraints on how warm the planet will get as CO2 increases (either on a…
  • A hypothesis about the cold winter in eastern North America + Update

    stefan
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    The past winter was globally the warmest on record. At the same time it set a new cold record in the subpolar North Atlantic – and it was very cold in the eastern parts of North America. Are these things related? Two weeks ago NOAA published the following map of temperature anomalies for the past December-January-February (i.e. the Northern Hemisphere winter). One week ago, we published a paper in Nature Climate Change (which had been in the works for a few years) arguing that the cold in the subpolar North Atlantic is indicative of an AMOC slowdown (as discussed in my last post).
  • What’s going on in the North Atlantic?

    stefan
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    The North Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland is practically the only region of the world that has defied global warming and even cooled. Last winter there even was the coldest on record – while globally it was the hottest on record. Our recent study (Rahmstorf et al. 2015) attributes this to a weakening of the Gulf Stream System, which is apparently unique in the last thousand years. The whole world is warming. The whole world? No! A region in the subpolar Atlantic has cooled over the past century – unique in the world for an area with reasonable data coverage (Fig. 1). So…
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  • Lewandowsky Strike 4?? Really….

    Jeff Id
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    So a Stephan Lewandowsky interview deserves publication here.  H/T Barry Woods. Turn your mental filter on, this will cause brain damage. What a complete loser.  He should be pushing a shopping cart collecting cans.
  • Is tax law complicated enough yet?

    Jeff Id
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    What did your April 15 look like? This was ours. It costs a hundred dollars just to mail first quarter taxes.   While these are all checks to various branches of government, it is of course the huge amount on them that matters.   I’m thinking that the huge stack of electronically filed paperwork, massive fees paid to people just to calculate the pile and the ridiculous multiples of my take-home actually paid into the government, perhaps even a liberal could see reason for tax reform.  ….. maybe… maybe not. Four times a year.
  • Entrepreneurs Regulation

    Jeff Id
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Kenneth Fritsch noted in the comments section of the Entrepreneur’s Experience post the following poignant reality: I would suspect that besides taxes, a more hidden expense for small businesses and businesses in general is the cost of regulations. He would need a federal license to be more correct — probably.  In fact, I think the FDA or the ATF or perhaps the EPA has some regulation to say as much.  Hard to tell which division holds responsibility.  I do know that the FDA (food and drug administration) seems to regulate the import of plastic ultra-sonic welders.   At least…
  • Thermorons

    Jeff Id
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    What I don’t like about climate in blogland is people who don’t understand science at all, yet pretend they do.   Outside of climate science, there are plenty of people who reject climate science completely simply because they recognize it for the political nonsense that it is.   They have no real concept as to whether the underlying physics actually functions, nor do they care, because they are smart enough to see through the lies and exaggerations and we all know if you catch the salesman in one lie, there are probably others as well.   Of course that is why Climategate is…
  • 97%…87%…57%…27%….. aw who knows.

    Jeff Id
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Richard Tol has a very nice summary of the 97% consensus f@#$ published by Cook.  It is worth your time. Summary is here.
 
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  • Claimer.org - Climate Change Litigation News - Overview list

    claimer.org
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} New climate change compensation case in Germany - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Suing CO2 polluters here, enforcing judgments there - TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide - Thursday, November 14, 2014 How countries could facilitate private law compensation
  • New climate change compensation case in Germany

    claimer.org
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    The disputed Laguna Palcacocha at risk of flooding the city of Huaraz in Peru due to Climate Change (image 2002 Georg Kaser) According to The Guardian, a Peruvian farmer asks a German coal mining and energy giant (RWE) to pay a share a 0.5% (20,000 €) of the costs needed to prevent indirect effects of climate change. The costs are needed to protect his home from ever increasing floods which
  • Suing CO2 polluters here, enforcing judgments there

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    10 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
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  • Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

    claimer.org
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide A study elaborated by a network of lawyers around the globe confirms our findings: Some Latin American civil law is particularly favorable to victims of climate change claiming compensation from CO2 polluters. The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide study also confirms that India is a
  • How countries could facilitate private law compensation for climate change

    claimer.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Following the model of the Jewish Claims Conference is one of many ways private law 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
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • Occupational Health Hazards and Consequent Economic Losses Due to Workplace Heat Exposure

    Andre Freire
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Occupational Health Hazards and Consequent Economic Losses Due to Workplace Heat Exposure Climate Vulture By Amelia Hamiter Kjellstrom et al. (2015) study how warming temperatures due to climate change may create an occupational health hazard in tropical and subtropical countries that have… (…) Read More at Climate Vulture: Occupational Health Hazards and Consequent Economic Losses Due to Workplace Heat Exposure The post Occupational Health Hazards and Consequent Economic Losses Due to Workplace Heat Exposure appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Germany to Help Strengthen the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Institutional Capacity

    CVF Editor
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Germany partners with UNDP to help countries severely affected by climate change to strengthen policy-making Geneva, Switzerland 15 April 2015 Germany is providing a 100,000 Euro Federal Foreign Office grant to facilitate activities of governments collaborating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum, whose Secretariat is hosted by UNDP. The grant will support the organization of regional and global consultations and policy events of the Forum’s member governments and partners during the first half of 2015. The grant specifically enables the translation of regional climate change policy agendas…
  • PH Climate Change Agency Pushes for Deal to Lower Emissions in Paris Summit

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    10 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    PH Climate Change Agency Pushes for Deal to Lower Emissions in Paris Summit Manila Bulletin By Maricel Burgonio Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Philippine Climate Change Commission expects both developed and developing countries will come up an agreement to reduce carbon… (…) Read More at Manila Bulletin: PH Climate Change Agency Pushes for Deal to Lower Emissions in Paris Summit The post PH Climate Change Agency Pushes for Deal to Lower Emissions in Paris Summit appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Vanuatu Needs Compensation, Not Charity

    CVF Editor
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Vanuatu Needs Compensation, Not Charity Thomson Reuters Foundation By Harjeet Singh Lately, compensation has become one of the most contentious issues at the U.N. climate talks. At the Doha climate conference (COP – Conference of Parties) in 2012… (…) Read More at Thomson Reuters Foundation: Vanuatu Needs Compensation, Not Charity The post Vanuatu Needs Compensation, Not Charity appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Shock of Brutal Cyclone Begins to Wane as Aid Begins to Trickle In to Vanuatu

    CVF Editor
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Shock of Brutal Cyclone Begins to Wane as Aid Begins to Trickle in to Vanuatu Environment & Energy Publishing By Lisa Friedman Relief workers in Vanuatu said yesterday that emergency needs — food, fresh water and medical supplies — remain dire a week after Cyclone Pam tore through the Pacific archipelago nation… (…) Read More at Environment & Energy Publishing: Shock of Brutal Cyclone Begins to Wane as Aid Begins to Trickle in to Vanuatu The post Shock of Brutal Cyclone Begins to Wane as Aid Begins to Trickle In to Vanuatu appeared first on Climate Vulnerable…
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  • Carbon Neutral Business is Sustainable Business

    Ted Redmond
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    “When sustainability is viewed as being a matter of survival for your business, I believe you can create massive change” — Cameron Sinclair In our last post, we explored the definition of sustainability according to ecological economist Herman Daly.  When measured against his comprehensive definition of sustainability, very few businesses or products have yet to achieve true sustainability.A clothing company, for example, that focuses on using only certified organic cotton has certainly made strides in terms of use of it’s renewable raw materials.  If that company…
  • Sustainability May Not Mean What You Think It Means

    Ted Redmond
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    “Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all” — Paul Hawken Sustainability is a big deal today.  It is an oft-uttered term among a wide array of businesses and designers.  According to studies by BSR and Global Scan, 62% of business leaders “identified the integration of sustainability into core business operations as the most important leadership challenge for business today.”   Sustainability is important to businesses of all stripes.  To many business leaders…
  • The Atmosphere We Create - The Typical American Carbon Footprint

    Ted Redmond
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    “Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” — Abu Bakr Over the last few years, the number of Americans who report being familiar with the term “Carbon Footprint” has gone from the minority to the majority.  Most people now not only know the term but also want to see us act on making meaningful reductions on our greenhouse gas emissions.73% of Americans see Global Warming as a threat. (Bloomberg)65% favor proposals to set higher emission standards for business and 62% and for automobiles. (Gallup)83% of Americans want their country to…
  • Balancing Actions With Priorities is Solution To Climate Change

    Ted Redmond
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” — Robert Swan These statistics indicate that for most of us, our values include mitigating climate change and making changes to improve our environmental impact.  The US Federal Government and a few select State governments provide $21.5B in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.  One third of that subsidy, $6.5B annually, directly subsidizes oil exploration both within the United States as well as overseas - that is almost as much as the entire funding the EPA receives.  What…
  • Time To Stop Funding Climate Change

    Ted Redmond
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    “A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.” — James Freeman Clarke In 1949 the United States consumed 32 quadrillion BTUs of energy.   By 2013, our total energy consumption grew to almost 98 quadrillion BTU’s.  Per person, that is an average of 314 million BTU’s, almost 50% increase in per capita consumption.  Over that 64 year time span, that works out to an annual increase of 0.6%.  Considering all of the technology driven lifestyle changes that have taken place in those 7 decades, the increase actually seems…
 
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