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  • 28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Cam Fenton
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    For Immediate Release Concordia University First Canadian University to Partially Divest from Fossil Fuels Decision comes amidst rising momentum for student divestment movement across Canada See the full press releases from the Concordia Student Union and Divest Concordia Montreal – This past week Concordia University in Montreal announced it would be divesting $5 million of it’s endowment fund from fossil fuels to establish a special sustainable investment fund. “Though society demands a much deeper commitment to sustainability than this, we appreciate that the university has…
  • Open Thread

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
        Feel free to discuss topics within the bound of regular discussions here at WUWT. Regular programming will resume this weekend.
  • Global climate change talks could cut through the smog - Boston Globe

    "climate change" - Google News
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The GuardianGlobal climate change talks could cut through the smogBoston GlobeThe ideal end game is an agreement in 2015 to take bold action on climate change. The droughts, floods, and extreme weather scourging the planet from California to Calcutta make an urgent case. With the recent agreement between the United States and ...UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EUThe GuardianPeru president inaugurates site of climate-change summitFox News LatinoInternational finance vital in climate change fightBangkok PostScotsman (blog) -ABC Online -Columbus…
  • Anti-SLAPP Hearing Today

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Mann v CEI, National Review, Simberg, Steyn and their amici is being argued today. Amici for Steyn, CEI, Simberg and NR include: American Civil Liberties Union, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, American Society of News Editors, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Association of American Publishers, Inc., Bloomberg L.P., the Center for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Coalition, First Look Media Inc., Fox News Network, Gannett Co. Inc., the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club, the National Press Photographers Association, Comcast…
  • Emergence of modern sea ice in Arctic Ocean, 2.6 million years ago

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    The extent of sea ice cover in Arctic was much less than it is today between four and five million years ago. The maximum winter extent did not reaching its current location until around 2.6 million years ago. "We have not seen an ice free period in the Arctic Ocean for 2,6 million years. However, we may see it in our lifetime." says a marine geologist.
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • 28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am

    Cam Fenton
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    For Immediate Release Concordia University First Canadian University to Partially Divest from Fossil Fuels Decision comes amidst rising momentum for student divestment movement across Canada See the full press releases from the Concordia Student Union and Divest Concordia Montreal – This past week Concordia University in Montreal announced it would be divesting $5 million of it’s endowment fund from fossil fuels to establish a special sustainable investment fund. “Though society demands a much deeper commitment to sustainability than this, we appreciate that the university has…
  • Gratitude for Indigenous Women Leading the Way

    Thelma Young
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    In the struggle to defend our climate and the earth, throughout the world and especially in North America, it is indigenous women who are leading the way. The indigenous movement Idle No More recently released these series of videos to highlight several incredible women who are at the frontlines of fighting the oil and fracking industries. We want to show our gratitude to them and encourage everyone to listen to the words. Learn more about them here.   Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Follow her on Twitter: @EllenGabriel1 “Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years…
  • “Why I was arrested standing up to the fossil fuel industry”

    James Clark
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    IPCC Expert Contributor, Professor Colin Butler arrested today as part of the Leard Blockade in Australia. The blockade is part of the fight to stop the Maules Creek coal mine, which would open up one of the largest reserves of  coal in the world. To prevent this mine from causing even more climate chaos, people from across Australia  are taking the brave step of standing up to the fossil fuel industry to say that enough is enough. Professor Colin Butler writes about why he decided to take this powerful action. In 1991 my first scientific paper concerned climate change and health. Since…
  • People Surge: to Rage and Love for Justice

    Zeph Repollo
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    It was plastered all over our nation’s news and even broke into the global reports: the inspiring strength to rise up, resurge and demand justice despite their tragic losses was displayed by the People Surge, an alliance of Super Typhoon Haiyan survivors and their supporters. Photo Credits: Phil Prins   I have witnessed the increasing poverty in the most impacted areas; the thriving situation of families in evacuation sites; the children’s unfavorable situation in school tents; the stories of increasing number of trafficked women and children; the massive landlessness coupled with…
  • Carbon Blind: Lessons from 350Seattle’s Struggle Against a Flawed Divestment Report

    Brett Fleishman
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    By Alex Lenferna A growing number of divestment campaigners have had the experience of fighting against reports from investment advisers which argue against divesting from fossil fuels. Likewise, here in Seattle, where we’ve been working hard to get the Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) to consider divesting from fossil fuels, our efforts were almost derailed by a report which advised against divestment. Too many groups have had their efforts derailed by such reports, most recently American University, so I’m writing this article because I think the time for bad reports on…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Open Thread

    Anthony Watts
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
        Feel free to discuss topics within the bound of regular discussions here at WUWT. Regular programming will resume this weekend.
  • A big (goose) step backwards

    Anthony Watts
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Guest opinion: Prof Richard Betts, Dr Tamsin Edwards Dr Tim Ball’s blog post “People Starting To Ask About Motive For Massive IPCC Deception” – drawing parallels between climate scientists and Hitler – doesn’t do anyone in the climate change debate any favours: in fact it seems a big (goose) step backwards. It’s especially frustrating to…
  • The Art of Art

    Willis Eschenbach
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I’d write about something other than science. A few weekends ago, I went by kayak across Tomales Bay from Marshall to Lairds Landing, where I lived for nine months or so when I was about twenty-five with a wonderful friend and his lady and…
  • Claim: A warming world may spell bad news for honey bees

    Anthony Watts
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite -now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team of…
  • Model claim: airplanes of the future won’t be able to take off at some airports due to global warming

    Anthony Watts
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Density altitude is the biggest factor in aircraft take off on a given runway length, temperature, and altitude. I know this from firsthand experience as I used to be a private pilot – until my hearing got so bad that I decided I was a danger to myself and others. This study published in the…
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    "climate change" - Google News

  • Global climate change talks could cut through the smog - Boston Globe

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The GuardianGlobal climate change talks could cut through the smogBoston GlobeThe ideal end game is an agreement in 2015 to take bold action on climate change. The droughts, floods, and extreme weather scourging the planet from California to Calcutta make an urgent case. With the recent agreement between the United States and ...UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EUThe GuardianPeru president inaugurates site of climate-change summitFox News LatinoInternational finance vital in climate change fightBangkok PostScotsman (blog) -ABC Online -Columbus…
  • Crackpot Climate Change Claim of the Week: Global Warming Means Airplanes ... - Breitbart News

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Crackpot Climate Change Claim of the Week: Global Warming Means Airplanes Breitbart NewsAirplanes of the future will have to carry lighter loads more often thanks to global warming, according to two scientists at Columbia University, New York. They reached their conclusion by creating models which predicted that by 2060 there will be more
  • Austrian Alps Are Dismantling Ski Lifts And Moving Villages To Adapt To ... - Business Insider

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Business InsiderAustrian Alps Are Dismantling Ski Lifts And Moving Villages To Adapt To Business InsiderInnsbruck (Austria) (AFP) - With temperatures rising faster in the Alps than the rest of the world, alpine countries are working together to adapt to climate change and hope to set an example. A recent Austrian climate change report found that the and more »
  • Expert says climate change negatively affecting turkey meat quality - Lansing State Journal

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Lansing State JournalExpert says climate change negatively affecting turkey meat qualityLansing State Journal“With climate change, as we understand it, there is predicted to be more variation in the weather patterns, so we expect temperature swings from very hot weather to very cold weather,” said Strasburg, a professor of food science and human nutrition at ...
  • Editorial: Florida, nation cannot ignore climate change - Tampabay.com

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Castlegar SourceEditorial: Florida, nation cannot ignore climate changeTampabay.comThat's the message from the latest in a yearlong series of reports from the world's leading science body, which finds that climate change is "clear and growing" and an immediate risk to people and ecosystems. The report should be wakeup call to COLUMN: Climate change and skeptics -- part IIThe Castlegar SourceCU students push climate purge of fossil fuels from $1.4 billion fundThe Denver PostNotable & Quotable: Google's Green EffortsWall Street JournalThe Globe and Mailall 26 news…
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Anti-SLAPP Hearing Today

    Steve McIntyre
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Mann v CEI, National Review, Simberg, Steyn and their amici is being argued today. Amici for Steyn, CEI, Simberg and NR include: American Civil Liberties Union, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, American Society of News Editors, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Association of American Publishers, Inc., Bloomberg L.P., the Center for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Coalition, First Look Media Inc., Fox News Network, Gannett Co. Inc., the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club, the National Press Photographers Association, Comcast…
  • New Data and Upside-Down Moberg

    Steve McIntyre
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been re-examining SH proxies for some time now, both in connection with PAGES2K and out of intrinsic relevance.  In today’s post, I’ll report on a new (relatively) high-resolution series from  the Arabian Sea offshore Pakistan (Boll et al 2014, Late Holocene primary productivity and sea surface temperature variations in the northeastern Arabian Sea: implications for winter monsoon variability, pdf).  The series has considerable ex ante interest on a couple of counts. Alkenones yield temperature proxies that have a couple of important advantages relative to nearly all…
  • Data Torture in Gergis2K

    Steve McIntyre
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Reflecting on then current scandals in psychology arising from non-replicable research,  E. Wagenmakers, a prominent social psychologist,  blamed many of the problems on “data torture”.  Wagenmakers attributed many data torture problems on ex post selection of methods. In today’s post, I’ll show an extraordinary example of data torture in the PAGES2K Australasian reconstruction. Wagenmakers on Data Torture   Two accessible Wagenmakers’ articles on data torture are An Agenda for Purely Confirmatory Research pdf and a Year of Horrors pdf. In the first…
  • PAGES2K and Nature’s Policy against Self-Plagiarism

    Steve McIntyre
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Nature’s policies on plagiarism state: Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. The description of the Australasian network of PAGES2K (coauthors Gergis, Neukom, Phipps and Lorrey) is almost entirely lifted in verbatim or near-verbatim chunks from Gergis et al, 2012 (withdrawn and under re-review), in apparent violation of Nature’s policy against self-plagiarism. The Copying of Text In this section, I will compare paragraphs from PAGES2K to…
  • Gergis2K and the Oroko “Disturbance-Corrected” Blade

    Steve McIntyre
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Only two Gergis proxies (both tree ring) go back to the medieval period: Oroko Swamp, New Zealand and Mt Read, Tasmania, both from Ed Cook.  Although claims of novelty have been made for the Gergis reconstruction, neither of these proxies is “new”, with both illustrated in AR4 and Mt Read being used as early as Mann et al 1998 and Jones et al 1998. In today’s post, I’ll look in more detail at the Oroko tree ring chronology, which was used in three technical articles by Ed Cook (Cook et al 2002 Glob Plan Chg; Cook et al 2002 GRL; Cook et al 2006) to produce…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Emergence of modern sea ice in Arctic Ocean, 2.6 million years ago

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    The extent of sea ice cover in Arctic was much less than it is today between four and five million years ago. The maximum winter extent did not reaching its current location until around 2.6 million years ago. "We have not seen an ice free period in the Arctic Ocean for 2,6 million years. However, we may see it in our lifetime." says a marine geologist.
  • Another human footprint in the ocean: Rising anthropogenic nitrate levels in North Pacific Ocean

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle -- for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification -- have been observed for decades. However, a new study has shown that human activities, in particular industrial and agricultural processes, have also had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle.
  • Education is key to climate adaptation

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    According to new research, education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change.
  • Impact of climate change on the soil ecosystem

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Scientists are working to evaluate the impact of climate change on the ecosystems of the soil by monitoring its microbial properties over time. The research areas are located at altitudes of between 1,500 and 2,600 meters, which provides a broad range of different climate conditions and makes it possible to observe how the altitude affects the properties of the soil and the micro-organisms living in it. Preliminary results indicate that microbial properties are highly dependent on the physical and chemical properties of the soil on a small scale and on the environmental conditions existing at…
  • Ancient marine algae provides clues of climate change impact on today's microscopic ocean organisms

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    A study of ancient marine algae has found that climate change affected their growth and skeleton structure, which has potential significance for today’s equivalent microscopic organisms that play an important role in the world’s oceans. Coccolithophores, a type of marine algae, are prolific in the ocean today and have been for millions of years. These single-celled plankton produce calcite skeletons that are preserved in seafloor sediments after death. Although coccolithophores are microscopic, their abundance makes them key contributors to marine ecosystems and the global carbon cycle.
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • Interstellar – Others agree with me

    tommoriarty
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    I never considered myself very informed about popular culture. I haven’t watched TV in years and my interests lean to the geeky. But I am pleased that my observations about the movie Interstellar are shared by others. See How Ken Burns’ surprise role in ‘Interstellar’ explains the movie or ‘Interstellar’s’ Rejection of Climate Change Hysteria It seems the the thought police and editors are getting a little sloppy.  The re-education camps may get a little crowded
  • Interstellar – spoiler alert

    tommoriarty
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    All in all, a pretty good movie. Very creative in many respects. If you like science fiction, I recommend it. Spoiler alert – The following observation about the movie “Interstellar” will give away part of the plot. In the movie Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) flies through a wormhole to find several previous expeditions that have been exploring planets in another galaxy for colonization by humans trying to escape a dying Earth.  Each one of these planets has been visited by a single astronaut to collect data to determine its suitability.  The situation is desperate.  A…
  • Physics Envy

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

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

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

  • Layman’s Primer on the Climate Skeptic Position

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I am a “lukewarmer”, which means a skeptic that agrees that man-made CO2 is incrementally warming the Earth but believes that the amount of that warming is being greatly exaggerated.  In addition, I believe that the science behind evidence of current “climate change” is really poor, with folks in the media using observations of tail-of-the-distribution weather effects to “prove” climate change rather than relying on actual trend data (which tend to show no such thing). I have written two articles at Forbes.com summarizing this position and the debate.
  • When Climate Alarmism Limits Environmental Progress

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    One of my favorite sayings is that “years from now, environmentalists will look back on the current obsession with global warming and say that it did incredible harm to real environmental progress.”  The reason is that there are many environmental problems worse than the likely impact of man-made global warming that would cost substantially less money to solve. The focus on climate change has sucked all the oxygen out of every other environmental improvement effort. The recent Obama climate discussions with China are a great example.  China has horrendous environmental problems…
  • Why We Are Exaggerating “Extreme Weather”

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I have written in article at Forbes.com called Summer of the Shark, Global Warming Edition.  It describes why the media, and many average citizens, are exaggerating the degree and effects of extreme weather.  Here is a preview of that article, but I encourage you to read it all In the summer of 2001, a little boy in Mississippi lost an arm in a shark attack.  The media went absolutely crazy.  For weeks and months they highlighted every shark attack on the evening news.  They ran aerial footage of sharks in the water near beaches.  They coined the term “Summer of the Shark.”…
  • HydroInfra: Scam! Investment Honeypot for Climate Alarmists

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog. I got an email today from some random Gmail account asking me to write about HyrdoInfra.  OK.  The email begins: “HydroInfra Technologies (HIT) is a Stockholm based clean tech company that has developed an innovative approach to neutralizing carbon fuel emissions from power plants and other polluting industries that burn fossil fuels.” Does it eliminate CO2?  NOx?  Particulates?  SOx?  I actually was at the bottom of my inbox for once so I went to the site.  I went to this applications page.  Apparently, it eliminates the “toxic…
  • Presentation: The Science of the Skeptic Position

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Here is the most recent version of my presentation “Don’t Panic: The Science of the Climate Skeptic Position” I am working to add the narration to it in video form so it is easier to follow. Until I can get that posted, here is my older version of the presentation: Catastrophe Denied: The Science of the Skeptics Position (studio version) from Warren Meyer on Vimeo.
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    Climate War Room

  • World Resources Institute Publishes Renewable Energy Cost Comparison Factsheet

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    17 November 2014: The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched a factsheet that enables better cost comparisons of electricity from renewables and fossil fuels by identifying key factors to consider, namely: type of user; supply options; and factors that impact additional costs and benefits, such as environmental risks or financial incentives.The publication, titled ‘Understanding Renewable Energy Cost Parity,' seeks to provide a simple, "go-to" resource for information on appropriate comparisons of renewable and "traditional" electricity supply options. The factsheet constitutes the…
  • World Is Locked into ~1.5°C Warming & Risks Are Rising, New Climate Report Finds

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    World Is Locked into ~1.5°C Warming & Risks Are Rising, New Climate Report FindsLatin America and the CaribbeanIn Latin America and the Caribbean, the report warns of longer droughts, extreme weather, and increasing ocean acidification. In the tropical Andes, rising temperatures will reduce the annual build-up of glacier ice and the spring meltwater that some 50 million people in the low-land farms and cities rely on. Heat and drought stress will substantially increase the risk of large-scale forest loss, affecting Amazon ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the forests’ ability to…
  • Smart Dedicated Eleven-Year-Old Takes Vow of Silence Demanding Climate Action

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Eleven-year-old Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez is proving to the world that sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is absolutely nothing.Today marks Day 22 of the indigenous eco-rapper’s silent strike demanding science-based climate action. His T-shirt explains, “I am taking a vow of silence until world leaders take action on climate change.” After classmates suggested that one sixth grader in Colorado couldn’t influence leaders, Itzcuauhtli added, “When I say world leaders, I’m talking about us.”Accusing “so-called ‘leaders’” of failing, Itzcuauhtli (pronounced…
  • Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    "Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable." Thus spoke President Kennedy in a 1961 address to the United Nations.Naomi KleinThe threat he warned of was not climate chaos — barely a blip on anybody’s radar at the time — but the hydrogen bomb. The nuclear threat had a volatile urgency and visual clarity that the sprawling, hydra-headed menace of today’s climate calamity cannot match. How can we rouse citizens and governments to act for concerted change? Will it take, as Naomi Klein insists, nothing less than a Marshall Plan for…
  • The end of beaches? Why the world’s shorelines are in serious trouble

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    We can have our beachfront properties — our Miami high-rises, our Hamptons mansions, our Jersey boardwalks — or we can have our beaches. But as geologist and Duke University emeritus professor Orrin Pilkey has been arguing for decades now, we can’t have both.As the oceans warm and sea levels rise, coastal living is becoming an increasingly risky proposition. Any climate scientist would tell you not to invest in a beach house, and yet large-scale migration inland is something we’ve yet to see. The beaches themselves can withstand extreme weather, of course. But it’s our attempts to…
 
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    The Blackboard

  • Open thread…

    lucia
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
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  • Mooney: ‘framed as a free-market’?

    lucia
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
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  • Update on Connolley v. Dekker NH Ice Bet

    lucia
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
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  • Americans: Go vote!

    lucia
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
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  • Volcanoes: Ridley et al. (Bleg)

    lucia
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
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    RealClimate

  • A clearer picture how climate change affects El Niño?

    rasmus
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    I still remember the first time I was asked about how climate change affects El Niño. It was given as a group exercise during a winter school in Les Houghes (in France) back in February 1996. Since then, I have kept thinking about this question, and I have not been the only one wondering about this. Now I had my hopes up as a new study was just published on the evolution and forcing mechanisms of El Niño over the past 21,000 years (Liu et al., 2014). The main results published by Liu et al., (2014) rely on simulations with one climate model (CCSM3), but we know that different climate models…
  • Unforced variations: Nov 2014

    group
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    This month’s open thread. In honour of today’s New York Marathon, we are expecting the fastest of you to read and digest the final IPCC Synthesis report in sub-3 hours. For those who didn’t keep up with the IPCC training regime, the Summary for Policy Makers provides a more accessible target. Also in the news, follow #ArcticCircle2014 for some great info on the Arctic Circle meeting in Iceland.
  • Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy

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

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

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

  • Scientific Warming

    Jeff Id
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
      Gallopingcamel left this on a previous thread: Another true scientist wishing that AGW weren’t a religion. In addition to the obvious and massive benefits that increased CO2 brings to chlorophyll based life on this planet, I actually am beginning to wish CO2 warming was a stronger effect.   It would likely be better for us in the long run if it were.      
  • The birthday of Climategate

    Jeff Id
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    So it is that season again folks, Deer Season, aka Climategate Season.   A skeptics Christmas where happy things happen to freedom loving people of the world. Remember this: Climategate 1.0 http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/leaked-foia-files-62-mb-of-gold/ and this: Climategate 2.0 http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/climategate-2-0/ And less exciting for you, but good fun for me: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/sausage-the-deer/ ——– Needless to say, I won’t be around to release moderated comments for Doug’s thread after tomorrow.
  • A good discussion

    Jeff Id
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I probably will always enjoy the back-and-forth considered blog posts.  Nobody ever wins, but they are diverting.  This is from a previous thread. Glenn Tamblyin wrote:   Jeff “Glenn, the IPCC is hardly an unbiased reporting agency. Certainly we can all agree on that!” Depends what you mean by biased Jeff. Is there a bis towards downplaying some aspects of the risks of AGW. Yes. That is clearly evident when one sees the process by which the full report produced by the scientists is then ‘negotiated over’ by the national representatives to produce the final SPM. Case in point…
  • On The Take. An Impromptu Psychological Study of Government Science

    Jeff Id
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The IPCC released their “synthesis report” today.  The long awaited conclusion to their massive multi-hundred billion dollar industry’s belief that they need to keep getting paid.  I have listed the authors from the front page.  Take a few minutes and look up some of the names on this list, copy their resume’s into the comments below.  Anecdotes are appreciated.   My contention is that AGW is an industry, alarm is their product, their personal pay depends on more study and extreme conclusions. Without yet checking, I believe that nobody on this list is…
  • SpaceX

    Jeff Id
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    SpaceX is an amazing story.  We are witnessing space history being made in front of our eyes.  No less important than Columbus style ocean crossings, I do wonder if the public is even aware of it.   I am an aeronautical engineer and an entrepreneur myself, I see these things going on and am fascinated by the common sense approach SpaceX has taken.   I wrote after their first successful flight that SpaceX won’t lose another craft, I don’t expect any near-future rocket failures even though they expect them.   Someday it will happen, but my guess is that it will be the safest…
 
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  • The art of handling a long distance relationship

    Jacqui Keep
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    This is a subject that most of us will have experience with. For some it can evoke painful memories where two parties just couldn’t connect and for others it will show that location is no obstacle when things feel right. We’re not talking about the late-night phone calls between loved ones, racking up that monthly mobile bill; rather the conference calling between companies which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and brings people closer together. It can be a lazy assumption that working with companies in different parts of the country, nay across different countries, is going to be hard…
  • Britain Means Business

    Paul Lees
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    This week I gave a talk at the Britain Means Business Conference in London. With the conference attracting those who have started a business and those looking to, I delivered a speech about how to go from start up to sale, how to come up with that winning idea and implement a plan to grow your business and make a successful sale. This year Powwownow turned 10 years old and as I now steps aside from the business and hand the reins over to Jason Downes. This was the perfect time for me to share my story. A great turn out with plenty of questions. Here are a couple of photos from the day, and a…
  • Can an afternoon doze be the solution to boost our productivity?

    Jacqui Keep
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    A power nap, a cat nap or a siesta, whatever you call it, we’ve all been known to enjoy them at one time and it has been suggested that, should they be of the right length, they can boost our energy levels. A lazy Sunday in front of the fire, on holiday by the pool seem the most common settings for such but could they become the norm in the UK workplace? It is an idea that has been embraced by several blue chip firms including Facebook, Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline. With Google and London’s Olympic Village going one step further and building sleep pods for employees to enjoy throughout the…
  • Goliath BT pushes Powwownow advert off Scotland vs All Blacks screens

    Paul Lees
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    What is it about Powwownow that worries BT so much? The fact that we are a free service? Or simpler to use than them? Or that we have better quality calls? Or simply that our customers love us? Well we’re not sure, but there is something that has them throwing their dolls out the pram as we’ve just been informed that BT has demanded due to its sponsorship of upcoming Autumn Internationals rugby, that Powwownow be withdrawn from the above game this weekend (we were due to pitch side sponsor the Scotland v All Blacks game in Murrayfield). On the one hand it’s nice that BT sees us as such…
  • ‘I got 99 problems but a pitch ain’t one’

    Jacqui Keep
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Pitching, love it or loathe it, will play a part in most people’s lives. The very mention of the word will cause some to profusely perspire but inspire others to embrace their extroverted alter-ego. Others will take the whole process in their stride and relish the opportunity. It is a fact of life that we all have certain characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, and some will be more confident when pitching than others. Here’s the dirty secret however… even if you’re trembling inside, present a confident exterior and nobody will be able to tell the difference. I think that…
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  • Complete overview list of all climate change litigation articles on the news section of Claimer.org

    claimer.org
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} 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 for climate change - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions - FRIDAY,
  • 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
  • Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions

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

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    25 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
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  • Blog: IPCC report has mixed news for climate vulnerable countries

    Saleemul Huq
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    This commentary article is part of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. The UN’s latest assessment of climate change shows how serious the situation is for the world’s poorest Responding to Climate Change By Saleemul Huq A few days ago in Copenhagen,…
  • Blog: Drought risks adding a toxic mix to Lebanon’s security crisis

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

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

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

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