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  • Five Reasons the NEB Needs to Consider the Climate Impacts of Energy East

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Cam Fenton
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    On March 3rd the National Energy Board application period for the Energy East pipeline review ends. By then hundreds of people from all across Canada will have applied to the NEB review demanding to speak about the massive climate impacts of Energy East, equal to adding 7 million cars to Canada’s roads. The NEB is the last review process and last regulatory body in Canada that could mandate climate reviews on tar sands pipelines, a necessity if Canada is going to get serious about tackling climate change. Unfortunately, NEB chair Peter Watson has so far refused to include climate change in…
  • Statement from Heartland on the climate skeptic witch-hunt

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Left Launches Witch Hunt Against Climate Scientists New York Times, Boston Globe, and others help Greenpeace attack scientists who disagree with its extreme views on global warming CHICAGO (March 1, 2015) — A week ago, the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Washington Post ran stories repeating claims made by long-time Greenpeace staffer Kert Davies…
  • Forget About Climate Change, America's Refineries Make Keystone XL A Bad Idea - Forbes

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    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    ForbesForget About Climate Change, America's Refineries Make Keystone XL A Bad IdeaForbesWhen I filled up my hybrid's gasoline tank last week, the pump price had jumped 30 cents from my last fill-up. I said to myself, “Hmmm…something's going on.” Gasoline prices don't just move up and down on a whim. So when I found out about the refinery ...
  • Revkin’s Source

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:41 pm
    In Andy Revkin’s article about Pachauri’s resignation, Revkin, apparently without awareness of the irony, included the following quotation from Grist (from The Hindu in India). Some in India are also calling for Pachauri to step down from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), where he is currently on leave. “To safeguard the interest of global climate science Pachauri should step down immediately from the Chairmanship of IPCC and TERI,” Iqbal S. Hasnain, a former professor of environmental studies, told The Hindu. The surname of Revkin’s informant ought to have…
  • On-board school bus filtration system reduces pollutants by 88 percent

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a new study.
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  • Five Reasons the NEB Needs to Consider the Climate Impacts of Energy East

    Cam Fenton
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    On March 3rd the National Energy Board application period for the Energy East pipeline review ends. By then hundreds of people from all across Canada will have applied to the NEB review demanding to speak about the massive climate impacts of Energy East, equal to adding 7 million cars to Canada’s roads. The NEB is the last review process and last regulatory body in Canada that could mandate climate reviews on tar sands pipelines, a necessity if Canada is going to get serious about tackling climate change. Unfortunately, NEB chair Peter Watson has so far refused to include climate change in…
  • February Divest Digest: the Global Divestment Day edition

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:09 am
    February was a *huge* month for the divestment movement — and even that might be a bit of an understatement. Our movement went truly global this month, with over 450 events in 60 countries for Global Divestment Day. From the Pacific Islands to South Africa, from the United States to Germany, check out some of what happened on the Global Divestment Day wrap-up page and check out the celebration web workshop here. It also became clear that the fossil fuel industry is getting mighty nervous. Even oil giants like Shell have been forced to look at whether or not their business plans are…
  • Hear the people sing for climate justice!

    Chuck Baclagon
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Around 300  climate activists marched towards Malacanang Palace,  to demand to French President Hollande to fulfill their climate obligations.Photo: AC Dimatatac There was an apparent media frenzy when news came that French President Francois Hollande will be visiting the Philippines accompanied by prominent personalities known for their involvement in environmental advocacies to the Philippines, including Marion Cotillard,Mélanie Laurentand high officials from various international organizations and French investors. Hollande’s trip is meant to be a build-up to the 21st Conference of…
  • President Obama’s veto, our response.

    May Boeve
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Today, we’re one step closer to a final rejection of Keystone XL — President Obama has vetoed Congress’ bill that would have forced him to approve the pipeline. It’s not the same as rejecting the pipeline, but it is a big deal: it’s just the third time this President has vetoed a bill. He wouldn’t be taking this step if not for the extraordinary work you’ve done to push him to take this issue seriously. A few years ago, he was barely acknowledging the pipeline, and now he’s talking about climate change often, and Keystone is one of the top…
  • EU: do as you say, not as you do

    Nicolò Wojewoda
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    On the day after US President Obama, in a notoriously challenging domestic political context for climate action, vetoed a major fossil fuel infrastructure project, the EU has announced its ‘Energy Union’ vision and commitment kicking off the UN climate talks’ country pledges process. Prepare to be underwhelmed. The move is failing to deliver the emissions cuts proposal required to be in line with science and justice, and represents a missed opportunity to amplify positive climate action already happening in the bloc. The proposed emissions reduction figure by the EU, as…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Statement from Heartland on the climate skeptic witch-hunt

    Anthony Watts
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Left Launches Witch Hunt Against Climate Scientists New York Times, Boston Globe, and others help Greenpeace attack scientists who disagree with its extreme views on global warming CHICAGO (March 1, 2015) — A week ago, the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Washington Post ran stories repeating claims made by long-time Greenpeace staffer Kert Davies…
  • Test at Tonopah solar project ignites hundreds of birds in mid-air

    Anthony Watts
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Uh, oh. From NatureWorldNews “It’s no secret that solar power is hot right now, with innovators and big name companies alike putting a great deal of time, money, and effort into improving these amazing sources of renewable energy. Still, the last thing you’d likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly…
  • What is the Optimum Temperature with respect to human mortality?

    Guest Blogger
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    By Indur M. Goklany It is well known that the risk of mortality increases at both the high and low ends of the temperature range experienced by a particular population.[1],[2],[3] Therefore, there should be a temperature at which that population’s risk of mortality is at a minimum. [There, however, may be more than one “local”…
  • Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #170

    Anthony Watts
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    The Week That Was: 2015-02-28 (February 28, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Politicized Science: This week members of Congress removed any doubt that Climate Science has become highly politicized, virtually ignoring that scientific knowledge is…
  • Study: The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods

    Anthony Watts
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    From Aarhus University: The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler. There has been much discussion as to whether variations in the…
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  • Forget About Climate Change, America's Refineries Make Keystone XL A Bad Idea - Forbes

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    ForbesForget About Climate Change, America's Refineries Make Keystone XL A Bad IdeaForbesWhen I filled up my hybrid's gasoline tank last week, the pump price had jumped 30 cents from my last fill-up. I said to myself, “Hmmm…something's going on.” Gasoline prices don't just move up and down on a whim. So when I found out about the refinery ...
  • A Conservative Approach to Climate Change - Huffington Post

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    A Conservative Approach to Climate ChangeHuffington PostEarlier this year, the U.S. Senate voted 98-1 that "Climate change is real and not a hoax." That vote did not comfort many liberals because only a third of Republicans (vs. two-thirds of Democrats) think that human activity is causing climate change and more »
  • Climate change debate moves to State Capitol - KXAN.com

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Climate change debate moves to State CapitolKXAN.comAUSTIN (KXAN)- On Monday, a retired three-star General from the U.S. Air Force and a retired Rear Admiral from the British Navy will be talking to Texas lawmakers about the national security threats posed by climate change. Lt. Gen. Ken Eickmann, USAF ...
  • Watch 'Meet the Press' treat climate change as a big joke - Los Angeles Times

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The InquisitrWatch 'Meet the Press' treat climate change as a big jokeLos Angeles Times"Now, I'm not going to use that to get into a climate change debate," Todd said dismissively, as though a "climate change debate" would just muck up the cheery good fellowship of the "Meet the Press" panel and maybe cause glumness for its Sunday Jim Inhofe Uses Snowball To Debunk Climate Change, Unexpectedly Makes The InquisitrScience in the Senate doesn't stand a snowball's chance…Lexology (registration)all 13 news articles »
  • UMD researcher sorts out climate variability from climate change - INFORUM

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    UMD researcher sorts out climate variability from climate changeINFORUMDULUTH, Minn. – Research by a University of Minnesota Duluth professor that separates Earth's natural climate variability from outside factors points in particular to greenhouse gas-induced climate change as the likely cause of the warming planet.
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Revkin’s Source

    Steve McIntyre
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:41 pm
    In Andy Revkin’s article about Pachauri’s resignation, Revkin, apparently without awareness of the irony, included the following quotation from Grist (from The Hindu in India). Some in India are also calling for Pachauri to step down from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), where he is currently on leave. “To safeguard the interest of global climate science Pachauri should step down immediately from the Chairmanship of IPCC and TERI,” Iqbal S. Hasnain, a former professor of environmental studies, told The Hindu. The surname of Revkin’s informant ought to have…
  • Andrew Weaver: Libel Chill or Libel “Polar Vortex”

    Steve McIntyre
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Andrew Weaver has been taking a victory lap following the recent decision in his favor by rookie judge Emily Burke. In previous commentary about Mann v Steyn, I’ve made some snide remarks about the competence of D.C. trial court judge Combs-Greene, either implying or stating that Canadian courts have higher standards. I take it all back.  As a Canadian, it’s embarrassing to discuss Judge Burke’s disorganized and muddled decision with readers from other countries. Unsurprisingly, beneath the muddled prose, there are (what appear to me) some bright-line legal errors over and…
  • Marotzke and Forster’s circular attribution of CMIP5 intermodel warming differences

    niclewis
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    A guest post by Nicholas Lewis Introduction A new paper in Nature by Jochem Marotzke and Piers Forster: ‘Forcing, feedback and internal variability in global temperature trends’[i] investigates the causes of the mismatch between climate models that simulate a strong increase in global temperature since 1998 and observations that show little increase, and the influence of various factors on model-simulated warming over longer historical periods. I was slightly taken aback by the paper, as I would have expected either one of the authors or a peer reviewer to have spotted the major flaws in…
  • Important New North American East Coast Proxy Data

    Steve McIntyre
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    One of my long-standing interests is the location of ocean sediment series that enable apples-to-apples comparison of the 20th century to the mid-Holocene.   These are not nearly as common as one would think.   Ocean sediment series covering the Holocene typically stop prior to the 20th century due to core recovery problems and, on the other hand, high-resolution series (especially from box cores) that provide detailed 20th century information are not necessarily accompanied by corresponding Holocene information (even on “intermediate” resolution.) Last week, Sicre and coauthors…
  • Ground-truthing Marcott

    Steve McIntyre
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The MD99-2275 core offshore Iceland is a very high-resolution ocean sediment core, results of which over the past millennium have been discussed here from time to time. Alkenone and diatom results for the last millennium have been available for about 10 years. MD99-2275 results were used in PAGES2K Arctic and Hanhijarvi 2013, also Trouet et al 2009, but not Marcott et al 2013.  Because of their high resolution and because of their extension through box cores into the 20th century,  it’s gratifying that high resolution results are now becoming available through the Holocene.  In 2012,…
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • 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…
  • 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
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    Climate Skeptic

  • Manual Adjustments in the Temperature Record

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    I have been getting inquiries from folks asking me what I think about stories like this one, where Paul Homewood has been looking at the manual adjustments to raw temperature data and finding that the adjustments actually reverse the trends from cooling to warming.  Here is an example of the comparisons he did: Raw, before adjustments;   After manual adjustments   I actually wrote about this topic a few months back, and rather than rewrite the post I will excerpt it below: I believe that there is both wheat and chaff in this claim [that manual temperature adjustments are…
  • Mistaking Cyclical Variations for the Trend

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    I titled my very first climate video “What is Normal,” alluding to the fact that climate doomsayers argue that we have shifted aspects of the climate (temperature, hurricanes, etc.) from “normal” without us even having enough historical perspective to say what “normal” is. A more sophisticated way to restate this same point would be to say that natural phenomenon tend to show various periodicities, and without observing nature through the whole of these cycles, it is easy to mistake short term cyclical variations for long-term trends. A paper in the journal…
  • Typhoons and Hurricanes

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    (Cross-posted from Coyoteblog) The science that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and causes some warming is hard to dispute.  The science that Earth is dominated by net positive feedbacks that increase modest greenhouse gas warming to catastrophic levels is very debatable.  The science that man’s CO2 is already causing an increase in violent and severe weather is virtually non-existent. Seriously, of all the different pieces of the climate debate, the one that is almost always based on pure crap are the frequent media statements linking manmade CO2 to some severe weather event. For…
  • Those Who Follow Climate Will Definitely Recognize This

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    This issue will be familiar to anyone who has spent time with temperature graphs.  We can ask ourselves if 1 degree of global warming is a lot, when it is small compared to seasonal variations, or even intra-day variation, you would find in most locations.  That is not a trick question.  It might be important, but certainly how important an audience  considers it may be related to how one chooses to graph it.  Take this example form an entirely unrelated field: Last spring, Adnan sent me a letter about … something, I can’t even remember exactly what. But it included these two…
  • 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.
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    Climate War Room

  • How do agri-food systems contribute to climate change?

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Agriculture and food security are exposed to impacts and risks related to the changing climate in several ways. On the other hand, agriculture and food production activities are also responsible for part of the greenhouse gas emissions that in turn cause climate change.According to the latest conclusions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, agriculture, together with deforestation and other human actions that change the way land is used (codename: AFOLU, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use), accounts for about a quarter of emissions contributing to climate change.GHG…
  • CARICOM Special Meetings Focus on CCREEE, Sustainable Energy

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    5 February 2015: The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and the Caribbean region's sustainable energy strategies were at the center stage at two Special Meetings of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The ministerial meetings on energy and the environment focused on the establishment of the CCREEE, regional energy coordination and sustainable energy strategies, and the post-2015 development agenda, among other themes.The establishment of the CCREEE, which was endorsed by COTED in November 2014, was on…
  • Branson urges students to lobby leaders for clean energy

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    Cayman could be ‘carbon neutral’ in six years, says entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson told Cayman Islands students they need to lobby their government to go green. He said the island could save money and be “carbon neutral” within six years if leaders committed to clean energy. Sir Richard BransonSpeaking at a forum for students at Camana Bay on Friday, Sir Richard sounded a dire warning for the world’s coral reefs, saying it may already be too late to save marine ecosystems from the impact of global warming. But he said more could be done to move toward clean energy and lessen the…
  • Row Erupts over Jamaica’s Bid to Slow Beach Erosion

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    KINGSTON, Feb 2 2015 (IPS) - A plan that government says will slow the rate of erosion on Jamaica’s world-famous Negril beach is being opposed by the people whose livelihoods it is meant to protect.Jamaica's Negril beachWork is set to begin in March, but some in the tourist town continue to resist the planned construction of two breakwaters, which experts say is one of a series of actions aimed at protecting the beach and slowing persistent erosion. Those opposing the plan say the structures will do more damage than good.The construction of the two breakwaters 1.2 kilometres offshore…
  • We are building a network of Climate Change Clubs!

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) welcomed a group of 25 students from the Belmopan Comprehensive High School today for an interactive climate change exchange. The visit forms part of a broader engagement with young people in an effort to create a network of school-based environmental clubs with a strong climate change focus across the region. The initiative is being piloted by the Centre in five (5) schools in Belmopan, Belize with support from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) under the "Enhancing Belize’s Resilience to Adapt to…
 
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    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.
  • Missing Observational Data for Middle Percy Island

    jennifer
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    IT is valid for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to estimate the intensity of a cyclone using computer models when it is far out to sea.  But once that same cyclone passes over a weather recording station the modelling data must be updated with real world observational data. In the case of Marcia even after this […] The post Missing Observational Data for Middle Percy Island appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • How do we know that Cyclone Marcia was a Category 5 at landfall?

    jennifer
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued a media release last night (19thFebruary) with the headline “Tropical Cyclone Marcia to reach Category 5 system at landfall”.    This morning there was extensive media reporting of Marcia having reached landfall as a Category 5. But where is the evidence?  And who is asking for it?  Like the Bureau, the […] The post How do we know that Cyclone Marcia was a Category 5 at landfall? appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
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  • New thread.

    lucia
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
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  • OMG! Zeke Won the Quatloos on the Pachauri Bet!

    lucia
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
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  • Bozer and his Bulgarians: DDOS?

    lucia
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
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  • Open Thread… for Ken :)

    lucia
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
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  • Is the Mann Suit a Dispute About $10 in Damages?

    JD Ohio
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
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  • The Soon fallacy

    gavin
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    As many will have read, there were a number of press reports (NYT, Guardian, InsideClimate) about the non-disclosure of Willie Soon’s corporate funding (from Southern Company (an energy utility), Koch Industries, etc.) when publishing results in journals that require such disclosures. There are certainly some interesting questions to be asked (by the OIG!) about adherence to the Smithsonian’s ethics policies, and the propriety of Smithsonian managers accepting soft money with non-disclosure clauses attached. However, a valid question is whether the science that arose from these…
  • The mystery of the offset chronologies: Tree rings and the volcanic record of the 1st millennium

    group
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Guest commentary by Jonny McAneney Volcanism can have an important impact on climate. When a large volcano erupts it can inject vast amounts of dust and sulphur compounds into the stratosphere, where they alter the radiation balance. While the suspended dust can temporarily block sunlight, the dominant effect in volcanic forcing is the sulphur, which combines with water to form sulphuric acid droplets. These stratospheric aerosols dramatically change the reflectivity, and absorption profile of the upper atmosphere, causing the stratosphere to heat, and the surface to cool; resulting in…
  • Noise on the Telegraph

    rasmus
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    I was surprised by the shrill headlines from a British newspaper with the old fashioned name the Telegraph: “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever”. So what is this all about? The story makes serious allegations, however Victor Venema explains why the Telegraph got it wrong in Variable Variability, and makes the point that three hand-picked stations from Paraguay – out of thousands – hardly matters. He also shows the effect of post-processing on the global mean temperature: it reduces the global trend compared to raw data. The story also…
  • Unforced Variations: Feb 2015

    group
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    This month’s open thread.
  • Thoughts on 2014 and ongoing temperature trends

    gavin
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Last Friday, NASA GISS and NOAA NCDC had a press conference and jointly announced the end-of-year analysis for the 2014 global surface temperature anomaly which, in both analyses, came out top. As you may have noticed, this got much more press attention than their joint announcement in 2013 (which wasn’t a record year). In press briefings and interviews I contributed to, I mostly focused on two issues – that 2014 was indeed the warmest year in those records (though by a small amount), and the continuing long-term trends in temperature which, since they are predominantly driven by…
 
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    the Air Vent

  • Free Think

    Jeff Id
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Wei-Hock Soon is accused of failing to disclose funding from corporations in his research.  We don’t seem to know if the funding was for any of the research but to the left-wing climate radicals, that doesn’t really matter. This isn’t about climate folks.   This never was.   It is about politics and enacting a totalitarian style socialist government with the same faux democracy you see in China and North Korea.  It is an openly visible government plot to gain ever more power.  Driven by bureaucrats personally incentivized by the massive money and power government…
  • Paul Matthews — A Journal Publication on the Air Vent Reader Background Thread

    Jeff Id
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    How can you start an anonymous blog, writing on a topic of science, with near zero advertising and expect to have any readers.   Seriously, the first article I wrote here had like 9 views in 24 hours!  The unlikely visitors were probably looking for furnace vents or something. It hardly justified the time put into writing but everyone has an opinion so better out than in right….   Well this is a lot of years later and after some time this blog was blessed with a lot of readers. As Paul Matthews paper demonstrates, the readership here was far from an average slice of the…
  • Freshwater Oceans at Work

    Jeff Id
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    My wife found this really cool MODIS picture of the great lakes dumping mounds of global warming in our back yard. The high resolution satellite image from January 7, 2015 shows the lake effect clouds on the downwind side of each Great Lake. (MODIS- University of Wisconsin) From this article in mlive.
  • Money-green Anthropogenisis in the Union of Concerned Scientists

    Jeff Id
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    The “Union of Concerned Scientists” posts this message on its front page…….   Global warming is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. Sea level rise is accelerating. The number of large wildfires is growing. Dangerous heat waves are becoming more common. Extreme storm events are increasing in many areas. More severe droughts are occurring in others. We must take immediate action to address global warming or these consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the…
  • Merry Christmas

    Jeff Id
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  From a climate perspective, the year couldn’t have been more uneventful.  Nothing new from the advocates, nothing new from Gaia’s actual climate, no new admissions from climate modelers… All I want for Christmas is a reasonable climate model.. A reasonable climate model A reasonable climate model All I want for Christmas is…. Anyway, I’m having a wonderful time with the boys.  We chucked a ball up and down the stairs for an hour and played with an old slot car set I had for another hour.   Looking forward to…
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  • Executing a Smooth Transition

    Candice Choo
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    When a fast growing business is acquired, the handover can often be crucial in determining the future of its success (or failure).  Often people believe that if a company is growing substantially, it will inevitably continue to grow regardless of who owns the company but in reality, this rarely happens. At the end of 2013, Powwownow was acquired by PGi; a global leader in collaboration and conferencing solutions.  PGi saw the value in our company as a unique, instant and cost-free service for businesses that wanted both a user-friendly and straight-forward product.  So rather than just…
  • Avoiding the Horror on Friday the 13th

    Candice Choo
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    #PowwowCOMMUTEMEnow so I can #AvoidTheHorror! The dreaded Friday the 13th is quickly creeping up on us (literally and metaphorically) and the typical feeling towards it includes angst, concern and general uneasiness. But why does it have to be filled with bad luck and/or all things unlucky? That is a question we asked ourselves and as a result, we’re offering three FREE black cab rides during the evening of Friday the 13th in London to help you become lucky on the unluckiest day of the year! Our current campaign; ‘Avoid The Horror’ is about encouraging people to avoid the…
  • Counting the pennies

    Jacqui Keep
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    -with Andrew Johnson, our Finance Director Just like every other ambitious business out there, we run a tight ship-so that includes how we monitor the cash flow in and around our business. Growth that’s as fast as ours requires close attention to every penny, so it’s something that we consistently focus on. Recently, Premierline Business Insurance invited us to share our top three tips for effective cash flow management. Andrew chose three tactics that he deemed to be the most feasible for small businesses amongst the list of ways to avoid running out of cash.  These included: How to…
  • Working From Home – The Right Way to Work

    Candice Choo
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    As many of you may have heard, last week was Work from Home Week and with our company being very vocal about our support for flexible working, of course we were quick to get involved.  Flexible working is an opportunity that we strongly believe in because of the benefit to both a company and its staff, it’s proving to be successful on both ends (not to mention the countless number of articles that are written about the benefits of flexible working and why it is the future). The dreaded commute between home and work is one of the most frustrating and aggravating journeys that many of us…
  • The Horror of the UK Commute

    Staff
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    We all have a story to tell about the horrors of the daily commute. Whether it’s sweaty underground carriages in summer or drafty buses in winter, commuting is never a joy. Even those with a car have the risk of standstill traffic, stuck on the motorway for hours on end. Our research shows that commuting has gotten worse for everyone (with the exception of two regions). No matter where you travel, or what mode of transport you use to get there, things have become quite grim over the past five years. Check out our infographic to find out if you’re in one of the most affected areas, and if…
 
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  • Pacific Regional CVF Meeting Kicks-off in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Pacific Regional Meeting of the CVF in Samoa The first CVF regional meeting for 2015 began on Thursday 26 February in Apia, Samoa together with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The technical regional activity for the South Pacific is a two-day event gathering leading government climate change policy experts from across the region. Visit the web page for the Pacific CVF Regional meeting of February 2015 The post Pacific Regional CVF Meeting Kicks-off in Samoa appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • New CVF Chair: Philippines to Lead Global Forum of Vulnerable Countries

    CVF Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Philippines to Lead Global Forum of Vulnerable Countries Press release English (pdf, 0.4mb) or link LIMA, 08 December 2014 – Costa Rica announced today that Philippines is to assume the presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) from January 2015, leading a global South-South cooperation platform involving 20 countries highly vulnerable to a warmer planet. Costa Rica presided the Forum’s work as a conduit for collective policy action, common communications and knowledge-based activities since mid-2013 following the earlier tenure of Bangladesh as Chair. The Minister of…
  • As Philippines Struck by Hagupit: Leaders of Vulnerable Countries Call for Change of Pace in Lima Talks

    CVF Editor
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Leaders of Vulnerable Countries Call for Change of Pace in Lima Climate Talks as Philippines Struck by Typhoon Hagupit Press release English (3.3mb, pdf) or link LIMA, 08 December 2014 – Leaders of Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Philippines speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference at Lima (COP20) today called for solidarity with countries already affected by climate change and a reconciling of polarized positions in the Lima talks to achieve greater progress. The Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta said: “Formal inputs of several parties and groups are still…
  • CVF Press Briefing at COP20 – 8 Dec 2014

    CVF Editor
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    CVF Press Briefing at the UN Climate Change Conference at Lima (COP20) A Climate Vulnerable Forum Press Briefing is taking place from 11:30am-12:00pm PET on 08 December 2014. Hosts: Costa Rica, Philippines & Bangladesh 11:30am-12:00pm PET (GMT/UTC-5) Monday 8 December 2014 Press Conference Room One Upper Floor, Area D, UNFCCC COP20/CMP10 – Lima, Peru LIVE WEBCAST HERE Speakers: H.E. Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Hon. Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica H.E. Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, Secretary, Philippines Climate Change Commission Head/Deputy Head, Delegation of…
  • IOM Joins CVF Trust Fund to Address Climate Pressures on Migration

    CVF Editor
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    IOM Joins Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund to Address Climate Pressures on Migration and Displacement International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Press Release: 26 November 2014 Switzerland - IOM has joined a group of international agencies participating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Trust Fund with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership aims to increase the capacity of affected communities to deal with migration and displacement linked to the impact of climate change and environmental pressures. Costa Rica’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in…
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  • Time for Clean Energy - Let Us Count The Ways

    Ted Redmond
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    “Foresight turns out to be a critical adaptive strategy for times of great stress.” — Jamais Cascio The US consumes a sea of fossil fuels annually, literally.  We burn through 289 trillion gallons of oil every year.  Our use of fossil fuels produces over 6.5 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas, a mountain of man-made atmosphere.  Many mountains, in fact.  The US is responsible for 860 cubic miles of atmospheric CO2 every year, the size of 10 Mount Shasta’s.    The impact our fossil fuel dependence has on climate change as a nation is significant. …
  • The Carbon Footprint of E-Waste

    Ted Redmond
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    E-Waste on The Rise; infographic by Custom Made. We came across an an infographic sponsored by Custom Made that does a good job of outlining the state of E-waste globally.  It made us think.  Many of us have begun to be more aware of the environmental impact of our electronics, but the magnitude of the impact may still shock you a little.  We wanted to explore the topic from the perspective of wasted carbon footprint.  According to the EPA, the average American household has 24 electronic devices.  A study by the UK retailing association, Retra indicates the lifespan…
  • A Long Pipeline and a Big Foot - The Carbon Footprint of the Keystone XL

    Ted Redmond
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    “With 3% of the world’s resources and 25% of the world’s demand, it is pretty obvious this country cannot drill its way to energy security” — Lois Capps, D-CA 24th District With the US Senate working towards a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s January 6th press release indicating he would veto a Keystone bill if it reaches his desk, there is little chance you have not heard of the pipeline.  The proposed Keystone XL is intended to deliver Canadian Tar Sands across the United States to port towns in the Golf of Mexico.  As we’ve been…
  • Even Your Virtual Life Has It - The Carbon Footprint of The Internet

    Ted Redmond
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    “The internet really is the birth of Global Mind” — Terence McKenna Calculate the footprint of the internet?  Am I serious?  Well, actually, yes!  The results might surprise you! To support the efforts of a client, we recently wanted to calculate the carbon footprint of the the internet as well as the typical website.  The exercise offered an interesting side journey so we thought we would share the outline with you.The place to start is at the top.  The global electrical consumption.  It’s a big number: 20,000 Terawatt hours, or 20…
  • How Heavy Is Your Flight - The Carbon Footprint of Air Travel

    Ted Redmond
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    “A world with a sudden limit on air travel would be tremendously different from the one we live in now” — Charles C. Mann Few things seem to irritate us quite like air travel.  At times it is hard to think of air travel as luxury.  But it is.  Every day 8.3 million people benefit from being able to blast themselves across the sky.  We are capable of covering distances in the matter of hours that most of humanity could not even imagine crossing in a lifetime. While you read this, there are likely 5,000 commercial flights in US air space.  Our national…
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