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  • The California state legislature just passed a coal divestment bill – what will this mean for the global divestment movement?

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    Brett Fleishman
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    This week, California became the first state in the US to pass a state-level divestment bill. This is huge news for the fossil fuel divestment movement — but it’s just the first step. First, a little backstory. Senate Bill 185 (SB185), was authored by the Senate President, Kevin de León. Senator de León is the first Latino senate president in over 130 years, and focuses his work on the environment, the working poor, immigration, and gun violence. He spearheaded a package of climate bills for this legislative season and focused his promotion of the bills on climate justice and energy…
  • A whole peck of prognosticated Pika trouble vanishes with a new study

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    Guest Blogger
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Climate Change NOT Endangering Pika! Guest essay by Jim Steele In February 2015, I posted an essay on WUWT about why the pika, a high elevation relative of rabbits, are not endangered by climate change. I highlighted some bad science that has been deceptively used to fear monger about catastrophic global warming, falsely suggesting pika…
  • Climate Change Negotiators Are Undeterred by Slow Progress - TIME

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    4 Sep 2015 | 2:33 pm
    TIMEClimate Change Negotiators Are Undeterred by Slow ProgressTIMEClimate change advocates at a conference in Bonn, Germany this week lamented the slow pace of crucial negotiations on how to curb global warming—but several leaders said they remained optimistic that a final deal is within reach. As the conference ...Compensation poses sticking point ahead of climate change talksFinancial TimesClimate Change: Negotiators In Bonn Mull Loss And Damage Options Ahead Of International Business TimesThe UN is frustrated with 'snail's pace' progress on climate changeBusiness Insider…
  • The Ocean2K “Hockey Stick”

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    The long-awaited (and long overdue) PAGES2K synthesis of 57 high-resolution ocean sediment series (OCEAN2K) was published a couple of weeks ago (see here here). Co-author Michael Evans’ announcement made the results sound like the latest and perhaps most dramatic Hockey Stick yet: Today, the Earth is warming about 20 times faster than it cooled during the past 1,800 years,” said Michael Evans, second author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geology and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). “This…
  • Polar bears may survive ice melt, with or without seals

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:44 am
    As climate change accelerates ice melt in the Arctic, polar bears may find caribou and snow geese replacing seals as an important food source, shows a recent study. The research is based on new computations incorporating caloric energy from terrestrial food sources and indicates that the bears' extended stays on land may not be as grim as previously suggested.
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  • The California state legislature just passed a coal divestment bill – what will this mean for the global divestment movement?

    Brett Fleishman
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    This week, California became the first state in the US to pass a state-level divestment bill. This is huge news for the fossil fuel divestment movement — but it’s just the first step. First, a little backstory. Senate Bill 185 (SB185), was authored by the Senate President, Kevin de León. Senator de León is the first Latino senate president in over 130 years, and focuses his work on the environment, the working poor, immigration, and gun violence. He spearheaded a package of climate bills for this legislative season and focused his promotion of the bills on climate justice and energy…
  • Facing climate change through justice and intersectionality

    Juan Soriano
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This is a guest blog from TierrActiva, a network of youth climate activists in Peru. This article was originally posted in Spanish in LaMula.pe. by Majandra Rodriguez Notes for civil society organizing against the climate crisis When we talk about climate change and the actions we must take to address it, we usually rely on two concepts or areas of action: mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of emissions we are unable to mitigate. In the context of the international climate negotiations (COP), it is easy as civil society organizations to focus on tackling…
  • One of the President’s best climate talks. He should walk the walk, too.

    Sara Shor
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Friends, President Obama arrived in Alaska yesterday for a high-profile address on climate change. His speech was one of his best ever on the issue — moving, forceful, and grounded in the reality of the melting permafrost. Here’s what he said during his address: “The United States recognizes our role in creating this problem, and we embrace our responsibility to help solve it … It’s not enough just to talk the talk. We’ve got to walk the walk.” But the gap between his walk and his talk is almost painful to see. Remember, this is a President who has let a…
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels Conference – Live

    Eduardo Santaela
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
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  • Reconnect to the land; rise against climate change

    Olivia Linander
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:22 am
    40 activists, organisers and other grassroots from Sápmi gathered in Jokkmokk this weekend for a skillshare on climate and justice. In this blog, Jenni and Olivia share their story of this weekend’s “Sámi grassroots – a skillshare on climate & justice”. Photo by Tor Lundberg Tuorda Olivia: The indigenous Sámi people live in the Arctic region of Sápmi, a region which stretches across the borders of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. People here are already living with the impact of climate change: The weather patterns have changed and made their traditional ways of life –…
 
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  • A whole peck of prognosticated Pika trouble vanishes with a new study

    Guest Blogger
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Climate Change NOT Endangering Pika! Guest essay by Jim Steele In February 2015, I posted an essay on WUWT about why the pika, a high elevation relative of rabbits, are not endangered by climate change. I highlighted some bad science that has been deceptively used to fear monger about catastrophic global warming, falsely suggesting pika…
  • The Pause lengthens yet again

    Guest Blogger
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:07 pm
    A new record Pause length: no warming for 18 years 8 months By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley One-third of Man’s entire influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution has occurred since January 1997. Yet for 224 months since then there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1). With this month’s RSS temperature record,…
  • Going Solar: System Requirements For 100% U.S. Solar Generated Utility Baseload Electricity

    Guest Blogger
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:23 am
    By: Tom D. Tamarkin & Barrie Lawson Over the next 50 years, utility companies in the United States must replace approximately 440 Gigawatts (GW) of baseload generation capacity to provide electricity nationwide. Significant electrification of the transportation segment through electric cars and trucks can potentially quadruple the amount of needed power.   This paper explores…
  • Friday funny – Unbalanced by Josh

    cartoonsbyjosh
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:49 am
    Josh writes: On Wednesday the BBC’s Newsnight interviewed Emma Thompson on the newsworthy topic of left wing activists protesting about drilling for oil in the Arctic. And refugees. And voting for Jeremy Corbyn, hopeful candidate for the Leadership of the UK Labour Party. Emma clearly did not have a clue what she was talking about – even Richard…
  • Inconvenient Stanford study: ‘Sea levels may not rise as high as assumed.’

    Anthony Watts
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Study suggests that global sea level is less sensitive to high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations than previously thought. From STANFORD’S SCHOOL OF EARTH, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists Sea level rise poses one of the biggest threats to human systems in a globally warming world, potentially causing…
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  • Climate Change Negotiators Are Undeterred by Slow Progress - TIME

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:33 pm
    TIMEClimate Change Negotiators Are Undeterred by Slow ProgressTIMEClimate change advocates at a conference in Bonn, Germany this week lamented the slow pace of crucial negotiations on how to curb global warming—but several leaders said they remained optimistic that a final deal is within reach. As the conference ...Compensation poses sticking point ahead of climate change talksFinancial TimesClimate Change: Negotiators In Bonn Mull Loss And Damage Options Ahead Of International Business TimesThe UN is frustrated with 'snail's pace' progress on climate changeBusiness Insider…
  • California's Climate-Change Push Heats Up - Wall Street Journal

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:02 am
    Wall Street JournalCalifornia's Climate-Change Push Heats UpWall Street JournalSACRAMENTO, Calif.—Democrats in California, which already has the toughest climate-change rules in the U.S., are pushing to strengthen them drastically, an effort that has spurred business groups to mount an intense opposition campaign. A proposed ...CLIMATE CHANGE: Inland lawmakers weigh impacts of Senate billsPress-Enterpriseall 17 news articles »
  • Impact of climate change on the Arctic 'scary', says Obama's envoy - The Guardian

    4 Sep 2015 | 10:21 am
    The GuardianImpact of climate change on the Arctic 'scary', says Obama's envoyThe GuardianClimate change is exerting “really scary” impacts on the Arctic with far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world, Barack Obama's envoy for the region said on Friday. Those changes, from melting sea ice to thawing permafrost and more frequent Fact-checking claims on climate changePolitiFactObama Puts Alaska At Epicenter Of Climate Change With Big Oil's BlessingForbesBaked AlaskaOnEarth MagazineInternational Business Times -Newsweek -The Guardianall 2,089 news…
  • Music heavyweights team for climate change song - CBS News

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    CBS NewsMusic heavyweights team for climate change songCBS NewsPaul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and Fergie have joined forces to record a song about climate change. Sean Paul, Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat also appear on "Love Song to the Earth," which was released Friday on iTunes and Apple Music via ...and more »
  • Climate change is going to reshuffle ocean animals - Futurity: Research News

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    3News NZClimate change is going to reshuffle ocean animalsFuturity: Research News“Climate change is going to reshuffle marine biodiversity, creating novel communities,” says Ben Halpern, a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. “Our results predict what these ...Climate change impact on NZ marine ecosystems examined3News NZall 7 news articles »
 
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    Climate Audit

  • The Ocean2K “Hockey Stick”

    Steve McIntyre
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    The long-awaited (and long overdue) PAGES2K synthesis of 57 high-resolution ocean sediment series (OCEAN2K) was published a couple of weeks ago (see here here). Co-author Michael Evans’ announcement made the results sound like the latest and perhaps most dramatic Hockey Stick yet: Today, the Earth is warming about 20 times faster than it cooled during the past 1,800 years,” said Michael Evans, second author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geology and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). “This…
  • Op Ed on Deflategate

    Steve McIntyre
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:44 am
    In Financial Post here. My submitted version was a little harsher. #deflategate For related blog posts, see tag here.
  • Did McNally Inflate One Football in the Washroom?

    Steve McIntyre
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    In today’s post,  I’m going to show the Deflategate data from a new perspective.   Rather than arguing about whether the Patriots used the Logo gauge, I’ve assumed, for the sake of argument, the NFL’s conclusion that the Non-Logo gauge was used, but gone further (as they ought to have done). I’ve “guessed” the amount of deflation that would be required to yield the observations. And, instead of only considering the overall average, I plotted each data point and how the “guessed” deflation would reconcile each data point. Some very…
  • Letter to Daniel Marlow on Exponent Error

    Steve McIntyre
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    On June 29, I sent a letter to Ted Wells, notifying him of the erroneous description of key figures in the Exponent report, but did not receive any acknowledgement.  In the presumption that Daniel Marlow of Princeton is more likely to be concerned about the erroneous research record (as well as having obligations that the research record be properly presented) I sent him a similar letter today, copying lawyers Daniel Goldberg and Jeffrey Kessler. Dear Dr Marlow, I am an experienced data analyst and have followed the Deflategate controversy with interest.  I wish to draw the following…
  • Exponent’s Trick to Exaggerate the Decline

    Steve McIntyre
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    In an earlier article,  I pointed out that essential figures in the Exponent report contained (what appeared to be) an important misrepresentation: that transients purporting to represent Logo gauge initialization had not really been initialized with the Logo gauge.  The same point was later (and independently) made in a technically oriented sports blog.  Exponent’s misrepresentation (“trick”) exaggerated the “decline” – a word that climate readers will be amused to find in discussion of this topic.  To effectively defend their client,  in my opinion,…
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  • Polar bears may survive ice melt, with or without seals

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:44 am
    As climate change accelerates ice melt in the Arctic, polar bears may find caribou and snow geese replacing seals as an important food source, shows a recent study. The research is based on new computations incorporating caloric energy from terrestrial food sources and indicates that the bears' extended stays on land may not be as grim as previously suggested.
  • European citizens measure air pollution with their smartphones

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    The successful Dutch iSPEX-project that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled up and running its first Europe-wide citizen campaign: iSPEX-EU. From 1 September to 15 October 2015, thousands of citizens in major European cities take to their streets, squares and parks to measure air pollution with their smartphone. Participating cities include: Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Manchester, Milan, and Rome.
  • Solar water-splitting technology developed

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:13 am
    Researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles.
  • Plants also suffer from stress

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:13 am
    High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops. Now researchers have found specific proteins that allow plants to grow better under salt stress, and may help breed future generations of more salt-tolerant crop plants.
  • Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering, climate adaptation

    4 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
    A fourth wheat gene governing vernalization -- the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation -- has been identified, giving plant breeders one more tool for developing improved varieties of wheat that are adaptable to climate change.
 
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    Climate War Room

  • Humus depletion induced by climate change?

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil — the crucial source for humus formation — is decreasing.Scientists from the Technical University Munich (TUM) suspect that the humus stocks of arable soils are declining due to the influence of climate change. Humus, however, is a key factor for soil functionality, which is why this development poses a threat to agricultural production — and, moreover, in a worldwide context.In their study, which has been published in Science of the Total Environment…
  • Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    A little-noted portion of the chain of pipelines and equipment that brings natural gas from the field into power plants and homes is responsible for a surprising amount of methane emissions, according to a study published on Tuesday.Natural-gas gathering facilities, which collect from multiple wells, lose about 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, about eight times as much as estimates used by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.The newly discovered leaks, if counted in the E.P.A. inventory,…
  • Let us fix this planet before we go out and ruin another

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
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  • Hawaii Flips Switch on World’s Largest Ocean Harvesting Clean Energy Plant

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Hawaii is definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy. In June, the Aloha state became the first state to mandate that all of its electricity come from renewable sources no later than 2045. Along with other islands, its charging ahead with wind, solar and smart grid systems. But now, the state is home to the first fully closed-cycle Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant in the U.S.OTEC is “a process that can produce electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters,” Makai Ocean Engineering, the…
  • Kiribati president says Australia's loyalty to coalmines 'selfish and unjust'

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    The president of Kiribati has criticised Australia’s commitment to new coalmines on economic grounds as a “very selfish perspective” that illustrates the “fundamentally unjust” dynamics of climate change.Anote Tong, whose small Pacific island nation is threatened by rising sea levels, has written to other national leaders calling for a worldwide moratorium on new mines ahead of UN climate talks in Paris in December.Tong, who called for a pact to end new coal projects “simply to find some very concrete action on climate change”, told Guardian Australia he knew it would “touch…
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  • Bureau Just Makes Stuff Up: Deniliquin Remodelled so Rutherglen can be Homogenized

    jennifer
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology just makes stuff up.    You may remember Rutherglen, that town in north eastern Victoria, Australia, where the Bureau changed a slight cooling trend in the minimum temperatures to catastrophic global warming?  After they were caught-out, they claimed the “adjustments” were necessary because there had been a site move.  That’s right, moving a weather station […] The post Bureau Just Makes Stuff Up: Deniliquin Remodelled so Rutherglen can be Homogenized appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Remembering, the Day After Tomorrow

    jennifer
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    So, it may be difficult to remember a time in the future!  But do you remember the movie ‘The Day after Tomorrow’ when New York froze over?  That ice age was caused by changes in the circulation of warm water in the Atlantic Ocean, in particular the Gulf Stream closed down because of melting in the […] The post Remembering, the Day After Tomorrow appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • The Minority is Always Right

    jennifer
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    THANK YOU to everyone who heard Maria Pita and sent a letter off to their favorite politician or editor, or made comment in the long thread online at The Australian, highlighting the many inadequacies in the recent report by the Technical Advisory Forum into the homogenization of historical temperature data by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. […] The post The Minority is Always Right appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Remember Rutherglen, & “Whoever has Honor Follow Me!”

    jennifer
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The results of an independent ­review of the Bureau of Mete­or­ology’s national temperature records should “ring alarm bells” for those who had believed the bureau’s methods were transparent, says a key critic, Jennifer ­Marohasy.  So, begins an article by Graham Lloyd in The Weekend Australian. Lloyd goes on to write: Dr Marohasy said the review […] The post Remember Rutherglen, & “Whoever has Honor Follow Me!” appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Response to ‘Yes Minister’ report by Ron Sandland

    jennifer
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    FOLLOWING  are my initial comments in response to the release of the report by the Technical Advisory Forum on the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network (ACORN-SAT): I NOTE that The Forum, chaired by Dr Ron Sandland formerly of the CSIRO, concurs with the Bureau that: “There is a need to adjust the historical temperature record to account […] The post Response to ‘Yes Minister’ report by Ron Sandland appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
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  • Unforced Variations: Sept. 2015

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    2 Sep 2015 | 4:05 am
    This month’s open thread.
  • Bjørn Lomborg, just a scientist with a different opinion?

    stefan
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    Bjørn Lomborg is a well-known media personality who argues that there are more important priorities than reducing emissions to limit global warming. In a recent controversy centering on him, the Australian government (known for its contradictory position on climate change) offered the University of Western Australia (UWA) $4 million to make Lomborg professor – which UWA first accepted, but then after massive protest from its staff and students refused. The Australian government was quick to label it a “freedom of speech” issue that Lomborg should get a university position, and vowed to…
  • Let’s learn from mistakes

    rasmus
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    The publication ‘Learning from mistakes in climate research’ is the result of a long-winded story with a number of surprises. At least to me. I have decided to share this story with our readers, since it in some aspects is closely linked with RealClimate. The core of this story is the reproduction and assessment of controversial results, and it has unfolded with this publication. Almost at the same time, discussions from the session reproducibility at the Royal Society meeting on the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication were released. Similarities may suggest that my story is not…
  • Ice-core dating corroborates tree ring chronologies

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    5 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    Guest commentary from Jonny McAneney You heard it here first… Back in February, we wrote a post suggesting that Greenland ice cores may have been incorrectly dated in prior to AD 1000. This was based on research by Baillie and McAneney (2015) which compared the spacing between frost ring events (physical scarring of living growth rings by prolonged sub-zero temperatures) in the bristlecone pine tree ring chronology, and spacing between prominent acids in a suite of ice cores from both Greenland and Antarctica. The main conclusion was that ice core dates, in particular those ice cores…
  • Unforced variations: Aug 2015

    group
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    This month’s open thread. A traditional time to discuss the Arctic sea ice minimum. But NH summer heatwaves, and to be fair, snow in the southern hemisphere, are also fair game…
 
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  • True Green

    Jeff Id
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:57 am
    If you ever wonder what the UN, IPCC and Climate Science ™ are truly about.  Naomi Klein has your answer.  While some falsely claim that 97% of climate scientist alarmists agree with global warming doom, the reality is that the most powerful of those people believe in ending capitalism and embracing socialism.   There has always been this tendency in humanity to reject what is obviously true and embrace insane ideas, e.g. killing people for Allah or Christianity is just as bad as Muslim.   While both religions have bad history, taken objectively neither of these are reasonable…
  • Ignored Heat Capacity

    Jeff Id
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Something that has often bothered me about climate models and rain water is how the energy transfer to the rock is handled.   Each climate model I’ve read seems to address the problem in similar ways with bulk conductivity parameters that appear to ignore anything but conductive energy transfer to significant depths with basic flows of energy at shallow depths.   The result is that there doesn’t appear to be much effective thermal mass in our land area on Earth.  The consequence of this is that  land thermal mass holds nothing of great effect with respect to global…
  • NSIDC Polar Hole Correction

    Jeff Id
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Data is dangerous as many a paleoclimatology paper can demonstrate. Big data is statistically more dangerous, and the satellite sea ice data record is a multi-gigabyte set. Some years ago, your not-so-terribly-humble correspondent made a small error which was published here, and at WUWT.   I downloaded the global satellite data for sea ice and did not correctly apply the missing “hole” in the data for the entire time series.  The result was an inaccurate trend and associated conclusions.  It was of course, embarrassing, and I did apologize quickly and fixed the data set.  Any…
  • Dead Ice

    Jeff Id
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    The Antarctic ice is melting and is well below average for the first time in 3 years.  Global sea ice is also below minimum. It looks like the death spiral has come to pass…. From Cryosphere Today Except that it is winter there and that means it is simply not freezing at a typical rate.   It still spells doom though, I’m just not sure how.
  • Dual Title Day: Line up for your Brownouts. or Future America to Produce Energy by Harnessing Happiness.

    Jeff Id
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    The most anti-industry president we’ve ever seen continues his rampage against success with his inexplicable anti-scientific and draconian cuts to CO2 emissions.  Why anyone liberal or otherwise doesn’t have the common sense to see the error of this policy is beyond my understanding.   We are violently attacking the very thing which makes us successful — energy.   The costs of these policies are so underestimated they are simply lies,  the consequences will be negative to the environment and the negative consequences to industry are intended to be dramatic.  From…
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  • Claimer.org - Climate Change Litigation News - Overview list

    claimer.org
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} Oil industry since 1990s misleading public opinion on climate change - Friday, August 21, 2015 Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated - THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015 New climate change compensation case in Germany - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Suing CO2 polluters here, enforcing judgments there 
  • Oil industry since 1990s misleading public opinion on climate change

    claimer.org
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    (Image Union of Concerned Scientists) Exxon and other carbon majors like BP, Chevron, Phillips and Shell were at least since the 1980s aware of the links between fossil fuels and global warming. Despite that knowledge they were promoting at least since the early 1990s climate change denial in public. This is the conclusion to be drawn from a report (summary, full report) and a pack of
  • Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated

    claimer.org
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Statoil Oil Platform in the Statfjord oil field off the coast of Norway In a previous blogpost, we have taken the view that the chances for getting compensation for climate change damages in Norway are rather limited. We now double-checked this assessment by evaluating additional sources. As a consequence of the renewed assessment, we now consider Norway to be close to or equal to the most
  • 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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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • An opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations

    Tiaravanni Hermawan
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    An opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations African Herald Express By African Herald Express Staff UNDP has launched today a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities… (…) Read More at African Herald Express: An opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations  The post An opportunity for African journalists to reconfigure state-society relations appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Islamic leaders echo pope’s call for action on climate change

    Tiaravanni Hermawan
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Islamic leaders echo pope’s call for action on climate change The Christian Science Monitor By Denise Hassanzade Ajiri A group of Muslim experts called on developed nations to end fossil fuel use by 2050 and asked ‘people of all nations and their leaders’ to commit to 100 percent renewable energy…. (…) Read More at The Christian Science Monitor: Islamic leaders echo pope’s call for action on climate change  The post Islamic leaders echo pope’s call for action on climate change appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Why 2 Degrees Of Global Warming Is Still Too Much

    Tiaravanni Hermawan
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Why 2 Degrees Of Global Warming Is Still Too Much Gaia Gazette By Pari In the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate scientists and experts have concluded that we should aim to limit global warming to 1.5°C; the former number of 2°C has been deemed inadequate and unsafe…. (…) Read More at Gaia Gazette: Why 2 Degrees Of Global Warming Is Still Too Much  The post Why 2 Degrees Of Global Warming Is Still Too Much appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Climate Catastrophes: Worst-Case Scenarios

    Tiaravanni Hermawan
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    Climate Catastrophes: Worst-Case Scenarios News Discovery By Talal Al-Khatib A report released in 2012 by the Madrid-based humanitarian group DARA and the Climate Vulnerable Forum found that climate change is already cutting global gross domestic product… (…) Read More at News Discovery: Climate Catastrophes: Worst-Case Scenarios  The post Climate Catastrophes: Worst-Case Scenarios appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Vulnerable Countries Gather in Geneva to Prepare COP21

    CVF Editor
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Climate Vulnerable Forum Briefing Of Members And Observers GENEVA: 23 July 2015 A Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) meeting of members and observers is being convened today in Geneva at the Palais des Nations, presided by the Ambassador of Philippines to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Cecilia Rebong, for the CVF Chair. The event reviews the work of the CVF during the first half of this year and commences preparatory work for inputs of vulnerable countries to the Paris climate change summit (COP 21) at the end of the year, in addition to plans for Forum activities after 2015. Photo: Palais des…
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    Climate Dispatch

  • Some Recent Climate Change Videos I Liked - August 2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Climate Change, Consumerism and the PopeSynopsis from UCTV:  After being summoned to the Vatican to advise on climate change, Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley shares an insider's view on what inspired Pope Francis to issue such a passionate plea to protect the earth in Laudato Si, his 2015 encyclical on the environment. As a practicing Catholic, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (now with U C Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute) praises the Pope for presenting "human ecology" as a moral issue in this lively exchange with Kammen and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public…
  • Traitors to Humanity

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    I consider myself an optimist.  I believe people are generally good hearted, honest and well meaning.  I believe world leaders will finally recognize that climate change must be addressed and must be addressed quickly.My optimism is validated by recent climate actions of President Obama, Pope Francis and others. However, my optimism is tempered by the scientific reality and the persistent denial from leaders who know better.The problem is that quick climate action is now defined as taking steps that will limit global warming to about 2 degrees centigrade.  We're already at…
  • California Coast: Get Ready for Sea Level Rise

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Adaptation.  Resilience. Readiness. Whatever you call it, it's time get our coastline ready for this "slow moving emergency."Active bluff failures at Fletcher Cove, Solana BeachSource:  WikiCommonsSea levels are rising in California as they are throughout the world.  To date the rise has been measured in inches, but it will increase noticeably  in our lifetimes.  What we know and enjoy along the California coastline is going to look a lot different over the next twenty to eighty years. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report,…
  • Tracking California Renewable Energy

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    As I write this post at mid-day on July 23, I can see online that the California electric grid is absorbing over 9,600 Megawatts of renewable energy, meeting 29% of current energy demand.  That's equivalent to the output of about nine major power plants.July 23, 2015Source:  California Independent System OperatorI know this because a little known agency, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), posts near-instantaneous data about California electric supply and demand (here).  The ISO manages the flow of electricity over long-distance transmission lines for about 80% of…
  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Renewable Energy

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    50% renewable energy by 2030 is another California climate goal that is reachable and replicable. The California Public Utilities Commission says the major utilities under their jurisdiction are already past 20% renewable and plan to surpass 30% renewable procurement by 2016 (report here). Governor Jerry Brown set the 50% renewable goal for the electricity sector and getting there was the subject of a workshop held by his representatives recently. (Agenda/presenters here; available slides here)  The 50% by 2030 goal builds on the previously adopted "renewable portfolio standard" goal of…
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