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  • Alarmism at Scientific American (again)

    Climate Sanity
    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,…
  • Severe flooding hits central Texas, Oklahoma

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    29 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    A stagnant upper-air pattern that spread numerous storms and heavy rains from central Texas up into Oklahoma has resulted in record flooding for parts of the Lone Star State.
  • Definition: Barber Event

    Climate Sanity
    tommoriarty
    9 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    A monumental climatic event is unfolding before our eyes this year.  The ramifications will affect entire human race, nay, the entire community of Gaia dwelling souls.  David Barber, 21st Century Arctic Explorer, has been warning us for years, but too many of us have been blinded by our greed for oil and money.  The Arctic will go completely ice free this summer.  This will no doubt force polar bears into extinction and set off a globe spreading chain reaction of extinction and desolation. This extraordinary occasion deserves its own geological name.  I propose we call it the…
  • A new round of Antarctic ice alarm

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

    Watts Up With That?
    Willis Eschenbach
    29 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For folks with sensitive stomachs, I’d advise that you do not read the “Working Paper” named How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies? It was produced by the IMF [the “I” stands for “International” and most folks know what a “MF” is] as part of the media blitz in preparation for the upcoming…
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  • Why Students Are Joining the March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate

    camfenton
    28 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    This post was written by University of Toronto Divestment Organizer & Toronto350 member Jody Chan. Canada’s ready for a new kind of climate movement. On July 5th, we’re marching for climate and economic justice in Toronto, Canada. RSVP for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate at http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. The divestment movement is based on the idea that we cannot continue to invest in companies that undermine our future. My name is Jody Chan. I am a part of the University of Toronto’s fossil…
  • Norway will make (coal) history

    Louise Hazan
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    It’s set to be the largest divestment from fossil fuels ever made.  Just hours after a coalition of groups delivered nearly 50,000 signatures and a worldwide Twitterstorm to #DivestNorway, the Norwegian parliament last night issued a unanimous recommendation to divest its country’s sovereign wealth fund from the coal industry. The largest sovereign wealth fund in the world has just agreed to divest. Can you feel the momentum? #DivestNorway pic.twitter.com/GX3Zc46trX — 350 dot org (@350) May 27, 2015 The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global is not only the world’s largest…
  • Beyond Norway: The Faces Behind the Investments

    Thelma Young
    27 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today in Oslo – 44,000 petition signatures were delivered urging Norwegian politicians to divest their Global Pension Fund from fossil fuels, starting with companies mining and burning coal. Coal investments make up only 1.2% of the fund’s US$867bn investment portfolio, yet this is enough to make the fund one of the ten largest coal investors in the world.   This is about more than Norway though. This is about all the communities impacted by coal. The fund’s investments are not just numbers on a spreadsheet. Today during the petition delivery, messages from people around the…
  • The best takedowns of TransCanada’s very dumb tweet:

    Duncan Meisel
    25 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Today, TransCanada — builders and promoters of both Keystone XL and the Energy East tar sands pipelines — had this to say about their commitment to protect the environment: Then the internet took over. The response… was not kind. But it was kind of funny! Bill McKibben had this to say: Maybe my favorite tweet ever. I sure hope no one thinks up any clever replies. #kxl https://t.co/aLpmYucxnx — Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 25, 2015 Others wondered if it could have been a joke? Has @TheOnion taken over @TransCanada twitter account? #nokxl — Jane Fleming Kleeb…
  • Norway: Heed our call divest from destruction

    Chuck Baclagon
    22 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    A quick look at coal projects funded by the Norwegian pension fund. Yesterday Gerry Arances, the national coordinator of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, a broad coalition of grassroots organizations working with vulnerable sectors and communities to campaign for climate justice in the Philippines, addressed the Norwegian Parliament to divest the Norwegian sovereign fund from fossil-fuels as it comes under review in the Norwegian Parliament. Below is a transcript of the speech he delivered at the Norwegian Parliament: This year will be a historic year. We are at a crucial moment…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong?

    Anthony Watts
    29 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Guest essay by Patrick J. Michaels Day after day, year after year, the hole that climate scientists have buried themselves in gets deeper and deeper. The longer that they wait to admit their overheated forecasts were wrong, the more they are going to harm all of science. The story is told in a simple graph,…
  • Potholes In Their Arguments

    Willis Eschenbach
    29 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For folks with sensitive stomachs, I’d advise that you do not read the “Working Paper” named How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies? It was produced by the IMF [the “I” stands for “International” and most folks know what a “MF” is] as part of the media blitz in preparation for the upcoming…
  • NASA: El Niño driven ‘stagnant upper-air pattern spread numerous storms and heavy rains [into] central Texas’ no mention of ‘climate change’

    Anthony Watts
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The climate zealots were out in force this week trying to link the rains in Texas to ‘climate change’. The press release from NASA makes no such connections, but instead blames a mundane weather pattern induced by El Niño. Video and explanatory graphic follows. From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: Severe flooding hits central Texas, Oklahoma …
  • New Paper Confirms the Drivers of and Processes behind the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

    Bob Tisdale
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The new paper by McCarthy et al. (2015) Ocean impact on decadal Atlantic climate variability revealed by sea-level observations has gained some attention around the blogosphere.    McCarthy et al. (2015) was discussed by Jo Nova here, at ReportingClimateScience here and LiveScience here.  Also see the University of Southampton press release…
  • First Eastern Pacific tropical depression of the season

    Anthony Watts
    28 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The first tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed during the early morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, well southwest of Mexico. An image of the storm taken from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite shows the depression in infrared light as it was born in the early morning hours before…
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  • How the pope is shaking up the debate on climate change - MinnPost

    29 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    MinnPostHow the pope is shaking up the debate on climate changeMinnPostSo it's not surprising that word of a major new Vatican focus on climate change have shaken up many people on both sides of the issue, in the process turning comfortable sets of ideological assumptions on their head. Those you might expect to be highly ...Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change messageSioux City JournalClimate denier to Pope Francis: Environmental regulations are like Aztec human Raw StoryFive things to look for in the encyclical on environmentNational Catholic Reporter (blog)all…
  • Study: Most Glaciers Near Mount Everest Will Disappear With Climate Change - Mother Jones

    29 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    Mother JonesStudy: Most Glaciers Near Mount Everest Will Disappear With Climate ChangeMother JonesThis story originally appeared on the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Most of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region will disappear or drastically retreat as temperatures increase with climate change over Most glaciers in Mount Everest area will disappear with climate change – studyenvironmentalresearchweball 7 news articles »
  • Climate change blamed as thousands die in Indian heat - Financial Times

    29 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    Financial TimesClimate change blamed as thousands die in Indian heatFinancial TimesThe Centre for Science and Environment said that human-induced global warming had made 2014 the hottest year on record, and urged India's governments to adapt to climate change. “This includes building awareness about heatwaves and their effects, ...India heat wave kills 1500 in taste of climate change impactsRTCCThe Death Toll From India's Hellish Heat Wave Is Now More Than 1800TIMEClimate change: Extreme heat wave in India could be a reasonFinancial ExpressBay Area Indymediaall 2,617 news…
  • The 95% Doctrine of Climate Change - Jewish Daily Forward

    29 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Jewish Daily ForwardThe 95% Doctrine of Climate ChangeJewish Daily ForwardIn November 2001, faced with unconfirmed reports that Pakistani scientists might be helping Al Qaeda get a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney articulated what became known as the Cheney Doctrine: If there's even a 1% chance that the ...As GOP Candidates Question Climate Change, Texas & Oklahoma Hit by Democracy Now!So climate change caused TX flooding after it caused drought?OneNewsNowWhy Bill Nye really pissed off the Ted Cruz right: It's no longer possible SalonInsideClimate…
  • Climate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely Ignored - Texas Tribune

    28 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Texas TribuneClimate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely IgnoredTexas TribuneClimate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in and more »
 
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    Climate Sanity

  • Definition: Barber Event

    tommoriarty
    9 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    A monumental climatic event is unfolding before our eyes this year.  The ramifications will affect entire human race, nay, the entire community of Gaia dwelling souls.  David Barber, 21st Century Arctic Explorer, has been warning us for years, but too many of us have been blinded by our greed for oil and money.  The Arctic will go completely ice free this summer.  This will no doubt force polar bears into extinction and set off a globe spreading chain reaction of extinction and desolation. This extraordinary occasion deserves its own geological name.  I propose we call it the…
  • Arctic to be ice free within four months

    tommoriarty
    7 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    A milestone than many are dreading will arrive within the next four months.  The Arctic will be ice free, probably for the first time in the last 6000 or so years.  This event has been long predicted by the eminent Professor David Barber.  In 2008 the Winnipeg Free Press quoted Barber… “We’ll always have ice in the winter time in the Arctic, but it will always be first-year ice,” Barber said on Friday.  “2015 is our estimate for summer free (of) ice.” As Barber said, the Arctic will always have ice in the winter, but some winters may have more or less…
  • A new round of Antarctic ice alarm

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

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

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

  • Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change

    28 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    A new study, by scientists from the University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre (NOC), implies that the global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades.The change to the new set of climatic conditions is associated with a cooling of the Atlantic, and is likely to bring drier summers in Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the United States, and drought in the developing countries of the Sahel region. Since this new climatic phase could be half a degree cooler, it may well offer a brief reprise…
  • Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

    25 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the turbulent atmosphere above. The analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon, a new study has found.When the conversation turns to the weather and the climate, most people’s thoughts naturally drift upward toward the clouds, but Jessica Oster’s sink down into the subterranean world of…
  • Weak climate deal would jeopardise new development goals - experts - TRFN

    16 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's chances of achieving new international development goals will be slim without more ambitious action to curb climate change, researchers said.Dr. Ulric 'Neville' TrotzPakistan, for example, is unlikely to be able to end poverty by 2030 if accelerating climate change brings worse weather disasters, water scarcity and other problems, a new report from the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network said.But if global warming is held to 2 degrees Celsius - the aim of negotiations toward a new U.N. climate deal at the end of the year…
  • Superadobe/Earthbag Orphanage Withstands Nepal Earthquake

    11 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Cal-Earth Low-cost Sustainable Earthen Housing Solutions Proved Effective and Safe in EarthquakesHesperia, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- Cal-Earth Institute today announced they received confirmation that the Superadobe/Earthbag orphanage project built for the Pegasus Children’s Project in the northern Khathmandu valley in Nepal survived the 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, and the structures are all still standing.The Superadobe (sandbags/barbed wire) building system developed at Cal-Earth (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety…
  • Global carbon dioxide levels break 400ppm milestone

    7 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Record carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere were reported worldwide in March, in what scientists said marked a significant milestone for global warming.Figures released by the US science agency Noaa on Wednesday show that for the first time since records began, the parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere were over 400 globally for a month.The measure is the key indicator of the amount of planet-warming gases man is putting into the atmosphere at record rates, and the current concentrations are unprecedented in millions of years. The new global record follows the…
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    RealClimate

  • Global warming and unforced variability: Clarifications on recent Duke study

    group
    13 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Guest Commentary from Patrick Brown and Wenhong Li, Duke University We recently published a study in Scientific Reports titled Comparing the model-simulated global warming signal to observations using empirical estimates of unforced noise. Our study seemed to generated a lot of interest and we have received many inquires regarding its findings. We were pleased with some of coverage of our study (e.g., here) but we were disappointed that some outlets published particularly misleading articles (e.g, here, here, and here). Since there appears to be some confusion regarding our study’s…
  • Unforced Variations: May 2015

    group
    11 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    This month’s open thread.
  • How long does it take Antarctica to notice the Northern Hemisphere is warming?

    eric
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Eric Steig A series of large and abrupt climate changes occurred during the last ice age, most clearly expressed in ice cores from Greenland and other paleoclimate data from the circum-North-Atlantic region. Since the discovery of these events, we’ve been trying to pin down the timing of abrupt climate changes elsewhere on the globe. Were there corresponding events in the Southern Hemisphere? And did they occur at the same time? A new paper published this week in Nature (April 30th, 2015) provide a significantly updated answer to these questions. Many in the climate research community —…
  • Nenana Ice Classic 2015

    gavin
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Unsurprisingly to anyone looking at the exceptionally warm winter on the West Coast of North America, the Nenana Ice Classic had another near-record early breakup on Friday, netting some lucky winner(s) around $300,000 in prizes. As I’ve discussed previously (last year and an update), the Ice Classic is a lottery that has been run every year since 1917, based on the time and date of the break up of the ice on the NenanaTanana river, some 50 miles from Fairbanks, AK. There has been a historically good correlation with seasonal temperatures in the region, and the long term trend (earlier…
  • The return of the iris effect?

    group
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    Guest commentary from Andy Dessler (TAMU) When a new scientific hypothesis is published, two questions always occur to me: Did the authors convincingly show the hypothesis was correct? If not, is the hypothesis actually correct? The answers to these two questions may not be the same. A good example is Wegener’s theory of continental drift — his idea was fundamentally correct, but he lacked the data and physical mechanisms to convince the rest of scientific community. It would take several decades before enough data were gathered that the scientific community wholeheartedly endorsed…
 
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    Behind Current Events

  • How Perry’s Ice Cream Is Achieving Sustainability

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    18 May 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Most companies today want to be more sustainable, but the journey towards sustainability is unique for each one. Imagine that you are company making ice cream and selling it in four states (New York, Western Pennsylvania, New England and Northeast…Read more →
  • Senate Democrats Blocked Debate On Fast Track Trade Legislation

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Senate Democrats blocked a debate this week on fast-track trade authority legislation, The Hill reports. Sixty votes are needed in the Senate to start debate on fast-track authority, allowing for an up-or-down vote on trade deals. Apparently, President Obama did…Read more →
  • Interior Department Approves of Shell’s Alaska Coast Drilling Plan

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    11 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    President Obama is viewed by those on the right as being an environmentalist. While some of his administration’s activities show that he is one, other activities indicate he is beholden to the oil and gas companies that contributed to his…Read more →
  • Archer Daniels Midland Commits To Protecting Forests

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    7 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will develop a no-deforestation commitment, the company announced at its recent annual shareholder meeting. ADM’s commitment extends to the palm oil and soy it sources. One of the top three agricultural suppliers globally, ADM is the first…Read more →
  • The Dangers of Plastic Microbeads

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    6 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    A new 2-minute Story of Stuff movie shows just how bad plastic microbeads are for waterways and for the humans who use products that contain them. Plastic microbeads are in a variety of personal care products, including body washes, hand…Read more →
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • MENA Countries Agree 14-points to Tackle Climate Change

    CVF Admin
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Middle East & North Africa Regional Meeting of the CVF Hosted by Lebanon in Geneva Geneva, Switzerland, 29 May 2015 – Press Release Fourteen recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of the Middle East and North Africa region, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 28-29 2015, and hosted by Lebanon. The meeting, gathering eleven countries from the Middle East and North Africa region, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in, Asia, Latin America and the Middle…
  • MENA Regional CVF Meeting Kicks-Off in Geneva

    CVF Editor
    28 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    MENA Regional Meeting of the CVF in Geneva The CVF regional meeting for the MENA region began this Thursday, 28 May in Geneva, Switzerland, together with support from the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the UN at Geneva and the local United Nations Development Programme office. This is the last of a series of regional consultations that began in 2014, in Costa Rica. The technical regional activity for MENA is a two-day event gathering leading government climate change policy experts from countries across the region, including Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria…
  • 10-point Climate Action Plan Adopted at Asia Forum

    CVF Editor
    22 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    Vulnerable Countries Table Climate Action Plan for Asia Download the press release in English (pdf, 0.9mb) Manila, Philippines, 22 May 2015 – Press Release Ten recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following an international meeting at Manila, Philippines on 20-21 May, 2015. Gathering twelve countries from across Asia, the regional event was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Middle East. This Asia meeting of the Climate…
  • CVF Asia at PAGASA to exchange climate information and services

    CVF Admin
    21 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    CVF Asia members visit PAGASA to share and exchange climate information and services Manila, Philippines, 21 May 2015 – Press Release of the Philippines Climate Change Commission Climate disruption poses a need to provide the public with updated and accurate weather forecast and climate information services to enable people especially those vulnerable or directly involved to plan ahead, to mitigate potential social and economic losses. As part of the Climate Vulnerability Forum, a half-day site visit at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration…
  • Asia Regional CVF Meeting Kicks-off in the Philippines

    CVF Editor
    20 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Asia Regional Meeting of the CVF in the Philippines The fourth CVF regional meeting began on Wednesday, 20 May in Manila, the Philippines, together with support from the local United Nations Development Programme office. Ms. Bernadette Fernandez, a senior representative of the host country’s Department of Foreign Affairs, made the opening remarks. The technical regional activity for Asia is a two-day event gathering leading government climate change policy experts from countries across the region, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea,…
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