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  • Good news for stocks folks – The End of the World is Moved Back —- again!

    the Air Vent
    Jeff Id
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    It’s unfortunate that I don’t have time for blogging cause I’m sure there is some easy math to play with in this article by Michael Mann.   The article is essentailly “climate porn” for believers who are still praying for the end of the world.  In it, even he admits that temperatures aren’t rising, although he stays away from recognizing that climate model gods have failed him.   The intent of the article seems to be to move the bar of absolute global doom – apparently because the last bar was missed. Who could have guessed that in…
  • Radiocarbon calibration and Bayesian inference

    Climate Audit
    niclewis
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    A guest post by Nic Lewis   1. Introduction On 1 April 2014 the Bishop Hill blog carried a guest post ‘Dating error’ by Doug Keenan, in which he set out his allegations of research misconduct by Oxford University professor Christopher Bronk Ramsey. Professor Bronk Ramsey is an expert on calibration of radiocarbon dating and author of OxCal, apparently one of the two most widely used radiocarbon calibration programs (the other being Calib, by Stuiver and Reimer). Steve McIntyre and others opined that an allegation of misconduct was inappropriate in this sort of case, and likely to be…
  • Bigots, Climate Change Deniers and George Orwell

    Jennifer Marohasy
    jennifer
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    GEORGE Brandis says it is “deplorable” deniers are being excluded from the climate change debate and people who say the science is settled are ignorant and medieval. The attorney general called the leader of the opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, the “high priestess of political correctness” and said he did not regret his comment that everyone has the right to be a bigot in an interview with the online magazine Spiked. He said one of the main motivators for his passionate defence of free speech has been the “deplorable” way climate change has been debated and he was “really…
  • Faith, Culture and the Climate Movement by Koreti Tuimalu

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    fenton
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Koreti Tuimalu delivering her speech at the NZ- Pacific Power Shift in 2012   At the end of 2012, I spoke of faith at the NZ-Pacific Power Shift.  I talked about a few things but it was my mentioning of faith that copped me some criticism in a survey of participants that stood out for me.  And it hurt.  It was only one or two comments from a largely positive reaction but it’s the bad things about you that you remember, right? At the time, this made me question my place in the climate movement: can someone with faith in God be part of a climate change movement – which is derived by…
  • People and Data Cherry-Picked For the IPCC Political Agenda

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Cherry-picking data in climate science gained notoriety during the joint Committee Hearing chaired by Representative Barton on the “hockey stick.” Steve McIntyre reported, “D’Arrigo put up a slide about “cherry picking” and then she … Continue reading →
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • Faith, Culture and the Climate Movement by Koreti Tuimalu

    fenton
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Koreti Tuimalu delivering her speech at the NZ- Pacific Power Shift in 2012   At the end of 2012, I spoke of faith at the NZ-Pacific Power Shift.  I talked about a few things but it was my mentioning of faith that copped me some criticism in a survey of participants that stood out for me.  And it hurt.  It was only one or two comments from a largely positive reaction but it’s the bad things about you that you remember, right? At the time, this made me question my place in the climate movement: can someone with faith in God be part of a climate change movement – which is derived by…
  • What just happened on Keystone XL:

    Bill McKibben
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Friends, Today’s Keystone XL news from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meaning it may be past the midterm elections before a final call is made. Three things strike me: In pipeline terms it’s a win. Every day we delay a decision is a day when 830,000 barrels of oil stays safely in the ground. Together we’ve kept them at bay for three years now, and will continue to until perhaps the beginning of next year it seems. In climate terms, it’s a disappointment. Since the State Department…
  • Vanishing Pearls: How BP forced this community to the brink of extinction

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A film documenting the David and Goliath struggle between BP and the oystermen of Pointe a la Hache premiers in theaters today. Watch the trailer below: Via African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM)
  • What if everyone in the UK did this incredibly simple thing?

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    We all know that LED bulbs are more efficient than standard, incandescent ones. But by how much, and to what effect? Check out a couple fun facts from Energy Saving LED below, or see the full infographic here.
  • Striking: indigenous Komi people in Russia are fed up with oil

    Yuliya Makliuk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Read this article in Russian This guest article by Greenpeace Russia continues the discovery of front-line indigenous communities resisting to fossil fuel giants in order to protect their unique identities and precious nature. Determination showed by Komi can mark a revival of Russia’s protest movement, an expert says. On April 11th the municipal council of Izhma district of Komi region in the North-East of Russia supported claims of local community and voted to stop oil company Lukoil operations in the area. The councilors ask to stop all industrial activities until requirements of locals…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • People and Data Cherry-Picked For the IPCC Political Agenda

    Anthony Watts
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Cherry-picking data in climate science gained notoriety during the joint Committee Hearing chaired by Representative Barton on the “hockey stick.” Steve McIntyre reported, “D’Arrigo put up a slide about “cherry picking” and then she … Continue reading →
  • Can we deduce climate sensitivity from temperature?

    Guest Blogger
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Central to Professor Lovejoy’s paper attempting to determine climate sensitivity from recent temperature trends is the notion that in any 125-year period uninfluenced by anthropogenic forcings there is only a 10% probability of a global … Continue reading →
  • 26 multi-kiloton nuclear sized explosions detected in Earth’s atmosphere since 2001

    Anthony Watts
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The biggest threat to humanity, far bigger than global warming/climate change, is about to get bigger, much bigger A press release from some former NASA astronauts on the current asteroid impact threat to earth, based on data on in-atmosphere detonations … Continue reading →
  • Open thread – with an important question

    Anthony Watts
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have some important work to do today, and so I’m going to put my interaction with WUWT on hold for a bit. However, I see here an opportunity to ask a question I have been pondering for quite some … Continue reading →
  • My Friend Billy

    Willis Eschenbach
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    (Note – I saved this for the weekend, when people who might read this would likely be more relaxed. This is not the usual fare for WUWT, but it is something that is revealing, enlightening, entertaining, and educational, while at … Continue reading →
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    Climate Audit

  • Radiocarbon calibration and Bayesian inference

    niclewis
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    A guest post by Nic Lewis   1. Introduction On 1 April 2014 the Bishop Hill blog carried a guest post ‘Dating error’ by Doug Keenan, in which he set out his allegations of research misconduct by Oxford University professor Christopher Bronk Ramsey. Professor Bronk Ramsey is an expert on calibration of radiocarbon dating and author of OxCal, apparently one of the two most widely used radiocarbon calibration programs (the other being Calib, by Stuiver and Reimer). Steve McIntyre and others opined that an allegation of misconduct was inappropriate in this sort of case, and likely to be…
  • The “Ethics Application” for Lewandowsky’s Fury

    Steve McIntyre
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    In today’s post, I will discuss the ethics application and approval process for Fury. According to Fury, on August 28, 2012, Michael Marriott (of Watching the Deniers) and John Cook (of SKS) began a program of monitoring and “real time” categorization of “conspiracist ideation” within blog articles and comments. The monitoring program continued until October 18, 2012. The program was carried out under UWA ethics approval RA/4/1/4007 “Understanding Statistical Trends”, an approval originally issued for a protocol for questioning pedestrians on their…
  • Frontiers Issues Statement on Lewandowsky

    Steve McIntyre
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Following a variety of untrue allegations by Lewandowsky and his supporters, Frontiers have issued a new statement stating that they received “no threats” and that they had received “well argued and cogent” complaints, including mine here and here. (I did not report or publicize this complaint at Climate Audit or invite any public pressure on the journal.) According to my understanding, the issues identified by the journal are issues that constitute of violations of most codes of conduct within academic psychology, including Australian codes. There has been a series of…
  • SH Proxies: Peru d18O

    Steve McIntyre
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    One of the hidden assumptions of proxy reconstructions, as carried out by IPCC authors, is that each “proxy” has a linear relationship to temperature plus relatively low-order red noise. Under such circumstances, the noise will cancel out in a linear combination of proxies (reconstruction) and a “signal” will emerge. However, I’ve never seen any author discuss the validity of this assumption, let alone establish the validity. In today’s post, I’m going to look at low-latitude South American d18O isotope series mainly from Peru, including three proxies…
  • Neukom and Gergis Serve Cold Screened Spaghetti

    Steve McIntyre
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    Neukom, Gergis and Karoly, accompanied by a phalanx of protective specialists, have served up a plate of cold screened spaghetti in today’s Nature (announced by Gergis here). Gergis et al 2012 (presently in a sort of zombie withdrawal) had foundered on ex post screening. Neukom, Gergis and Karoly + 2014 take ex post screening to a new and shall-we-say unprecedented level. This will be the topic of today’s post. Data Availability As a preamble, the spaghetti is cold in the sense that the network of proxies is almost identical to the proxy network of Neukom and Gergis 2012, which…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • 'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it" may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup.
  • Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But in the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species.
  • Impact glass from asteroids and comets stores biodata for millions of years

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina suggest that what happened on Earth might well have happened on Mars millions of years ago. Martian impact glass could hold traces of organic compounds.
  • Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.
  • Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States have been outlined in a new report. "The northern quadrant of the United States includes 172 million acres of forest land and 124 million people," said one researcher. This report "is helping identify the individual and collective steps needed to ensure healthy and resilient futures for trees and people alike."
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    Climate Sanity

  • China to accelerate thorium reactor development.

    tommoriarty
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Thorium is a viable alternative to uranium for power generation with some huge potential advantages.  It is a shame that the United States is not aggressively pursuing it as an energy source.  China has been exploring the use of thorium and just announced a rapid acceleration in their development schedule. According to the South China Morning Post… A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world’s first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as fuel rather than uranium, but they have now been told they have 10. That…
  • RetractionWatch: Lowendowsky paper formally retracted

    tommoriarty
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    RetractionWatch.com… A year after being clumsily removed from the web following complaints, a controversial paper about “the possible role of conspiracist ideation in the rejection of science” is being retracted. Lowendowsky unrepentant about his embarrassment to science.
  • Units of energy: homes?

    tommoriarty
    8 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    corrected 4/12/14 How many BTUs are in a kilowatt-hour?  How many barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) are in a kiloton of TNT?  There are a lot of different units of energy and power.  Which one is chosen at a particular time depends on the field and the customs of its experts.  It can get a little confusing when comparing numbers from practitioners in different fields. It can be very eye opening to make the conversions.  For example, six sixteen watt CFL bulbs lit up for six hours will use as much energy as released by the detonation of one pound of TNT.  My preference is to convert…
  • The Search for Acceleration, part 10, US Gulf Coast

    tommoriarty
    16 Feb 2014 | 11:01 pm
    This is part 9 of a series of posts in which I am searching for a large acceleration in sea level rise rate in the latter part of the 20th century.  Such a rise rate is needed  to reconcile the 1.8 mm per year average rise rate for the century attributed to tide gauge data and the approximately 3 mm per year rise rate for the tail end of the century attributed to the satellite data. U.S. Gulf Coast This region  has 4 tide gauge sites with at least 90% data completion between 1950 and 2008.  Three of the sites have data back to 1930 or earlier .  I will analyse this data in my…
  • Vermeer and Rahmstorf paper rejected

    tommoriarty
    30 Jan 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Vermeer and Rahmstorf had a paper rejected by the journal “Climate of the Past.” This news is 16 months old, but I just heard about it, and could find very few references about it on the web. This paper, On the differences between two semi-empirical sea level models for the last two millennia,  promoted their earlier sea level rise models.  They couldn’t seem to get traction with this paper. Here are some reviewers’ comments… One of the major problems with this work is the decidedly biased analysis and presentation. Highly biased analysis and presentation. It…
 
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    Climate Change: Changing our World

  • The Cost of Climate Change in 2010

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
     It's hard to put a price on the effects of climate change, but one group has tried to do just that. Based on 2010, DARA came up with figures of 400,000 human lives, and $1.2 trillion. The human, environmental, and economic costs will only rise as climate change intensifies.http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/29/climate-change-is-already-costing-the-global-economy-400000-livesyear-finds-report/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 © 2014
  • National Security by Robert Redford

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
      © 2014
  • IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation's greatest journey

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The landmark UN report shows the affordable paths to averting a global climate catastrophe: now politicians must decide the route and who pays the fareJakarta trafficIf you are embarking on a long and essential journey, it really pays to book early. That is the key message from Sunday's landmark UN report that sets out the route to averting catastrophic climate change.By starting right now to end the era of dirty fossil fuels and create a new world of clean energy, not only do you ensure you arrive at your destination – a safer world – but you also get the cheapest ticket. The report's…
  • New climate change feedback increasing extreme weather

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    New climate change feedback increasing extreme weather.Published on Apr 6, 2014 • From December, 2013 until early April, 2014 there have been persistent and very large temperature anomalies in the northern hemisphere (+20 C = +36 F in the Arctic, -20 C = -36 F in vast parts of the US and Canada). I claim that this represents a previously unrecognized large positive feedback acting to homogenize the temperature in the northern hemisphere.  © 2014
  • Planet at Risk

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:25 am
    Human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems . The assessment of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability in the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) evaluates how patterns of risks and potential benefits are shifting due to climate change. It considers how impacts and risks related to climate change can be reduced and managed through adaptation and mitigation. The report assesses needs, options, opportunities, constraints, resilience, limits, and other aspects associated with…
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    Jennifer Marohasy

  • Bigots, Climate Change Deniers and George Orwell

    jennifer
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    GEORGE Brandis says it is “deplorable” deniers are being excluded from the climate change debate and people who say the science is settled are ignorant and medieval. The attorney general called the leader of the opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, the “high priestess of political correctness” and said he did not regret his comment that everyone has the right to be a bigot in an interview with the online magazine Spiked. He said one of the main motivators for his passionate defence of free speech has been the “deplorable” way climate change has been debated and he was “really…
  • More Relevance in Indigenous Culture, Than ABC Culture

    jennifer
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    EASTER is about religion, which is about culture, which is about myth. I was raised on the myths of the Australian Outback, on the poems of Banjo Paterson where the heroes could be “hard and tough and wiry – just the sought that won’t say die”. The landscape was also tough, harsh, and certainly ready to break the individual who was not resilient and innovative. Modern Australia still likes a hero, but our relationship with the landscape has changed. The idea now is that we have broken the landscape, that collectively we have changed the environment and not for the better. It’s…
  • Cooper Creek Wilderness in Direct Path of Ita – UPDATED

    jennifer
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    SEVERE Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, is expected to move in a general southwest direction towards the far north Queensland coast tonight and into Friday, while possibly intensifying further. That’s the advice at the Bureau of Meteorology website. Neil Hewett, who has contributed so many beautiful photographs to this website, and his beloved Cooper Creek Wilderness, are in the anticipated path of the cyclone. I know Neil built the family home, nestled in the the oldest surviving rainforest on earth, with a cyclone bunker: a specially reinforced windowless pantry. That is where Neil and…
  • Rewriting the History of Bourke: Part 3, Shortening an Already Shortened Record

    jennifer
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    AT Bourke temperatures were carefully recorded at the post office for 125 years, from 1871 to 1996. But this record is ignored by those announcing new temperature records on local Bourke radio. They rely on a record that only goes back to 1998! From about 1952 through until 1996 the Postal Service staff carefully read and recorded the weather in the Stevenson screen at 9am, 12noon, 3pm, 6pm and then went back to the post office each evening at 9pm, 3am – yes the temperature was read manually at 3am by Postal Service staff – and then again at 6am. This information was immediately relayed…
  • Rewriting the History of Bourke: Part 2, Adjusting Maximum Temperatures Both Down and uP, and Then Changing Them Altogether

    jennifer
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Albert Einstein. THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology extrapolates from the particular to the general in the development of their annual climate statements, but with a complete lack of fidelity to the original recorded temperature values at many locations. Indeed scrutiny of their methodology shows that the annual average temperature for Australia is a totally contrived value achieved through the rewriting of history at iconic locations including Bourke in north western New South Wales. The…
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    The Blackboard

  • Bleg: Timeline Software?

    lucia
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
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  • Fury Authors Interactions With Participants: John Cook

    lucia
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
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  • Oh Heavens…. (Analysis of a ‘first example’)

    lucia
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
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  • Bleg: Engineers with circa 1995-1996 handbooks.

    lucia
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
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  • Frontiers: Rights of Human Subjects in Scientific Papers

    lucia
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
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    RealClimate

  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report

    stefan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To achieve climate protection, fossil power generation without CCS has to be phased out almost entirely by the end of the century. The mitigation of climate change constitutes a major technological and institutional challenge. But: It does not cost the world to save the planet. This is how the new report was summarized by Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of Working…
  • Shindell: On constraining the Transient Climate Response

    group
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Guest commentary from Drew Shindell There has been a lot of discussion of my recent paper in Nature Climate Change (Shindell, 2014). That study addressed a puzzle, namely that recent studies using the observed changes in Earth’s surface temperature suggested climate sensitivity is likely towards the lower end of the estimated range. However, studies evaluating model performance on key observed processes and paleoclimate evidence suggest that the higher end of sensitivity is more likely, partially conflicting with the studies based on the recent transient observed warming. The new study…
  • Unforced variations: Apr 2014

    group
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    More open thread. Unusually, we are keeping the UV Mar 2014 thread open for more Diogenetic conversation and to keep this thread open for more varied fare.
  • Impacts of Climate Change – Part 2 of the new IPCC Report has been approved

    stefan
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    The second part of the new IPCC Report has been approved – as usual after lengthy debates – by government delegations in Yokohama (Japan) and is now public. Perhaps the biggest news is this: the situation is no less serious than it was at the time of the previous report 2007. Nonetheless there is progress in many areas, such as a better understanding of observed impacts worldwide and of the specific situation of many developing countries. There is also a new assessment of “smart” options for adaptation to climate change. The report clearly shows that adaptation is an option only if…
  • IPCC WG2 report now out

    group
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Instead of speculations based on partial drafts and attempts to spin the coverage ahead of time, you can now download the final report of the IPCC WG2: “Climate Change 2014:Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” directly. The Summary for Policy Makers is here, while the whole report is also downloadable by chapter. Notably there are FAQ for the whole report and for each chapter that give a relatively easy way in to the details. Note too that these are the un-copyedited final versions, and minor edits, corrections and coherent figures will be forthcoming in the final published…
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    the Air Vent

  • Clarification of Understanding

    Jeff Id
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    From WUWT and Frontiers of Psychology – a further clarification of the retraction.    I made it clear in my complaint that it didn’t seem ethical to identify and attack people in a scientific journal – after reading their code of ethics documents – and it seems others did the same.   Besides the basic ethics rationalization for retraction, I note that Frontiers left this in the middle of the paper below: because climate change is a very serious threat for human civilization. So they have identified themselves as sympathetic believers in a field now more akin to…
  • Adults in the room?

    Jeff Id
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Several blogs are already carrying the comment by the journal Frontiers of Science, which appears to be in response to Lewandowsky et ilk’s even-wilder-than-the-paper claims of having their rights suppressed. (Lausanne, Switzerland) – There has been a series of media reports concerning the recent retraction of the paper Recursive Fury:Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation, originally published on 18 March 2013 in Frontiers in Psychology. Until now, our policy has been to handle this matter with discretion out of consideration for…
  • The Truth Will Out

    Jeff Id
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    Richard Tol “It is pretty damn obvious that there are positive impacts of climate change, even though we are not always allowed to talk about them,” he said. “ Article here: Simple reality just the way normal people like it    
  • Good news for stocks folks – The End of the World is Moved Back —- again!

    Jeff Id
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    It’s unfortunate that I don’t have time for blogging cause I’m sure there is some easy math to play with in this article by Michael Mann.   The article is essentailly “climate porn” for believers who are still praying for the end of the world.  In it, even he admits that temperatures aren’t rising, although he stays away from recognizing that climate model gods have failed him.   The intent of the article seems to be to move the bar of absolute global doom – apparently because the last bar was missed. Who could have guessed that in…
  • Strike Out

    Jeff Id
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Bishop Hill blog has posted a fun thread on our favorite climate scientist wannabe, Dr. Stephen Lewandowsky.  Apparently the moon landing followup psycho-paper was removed from publication entirely.   A rare and embarrassing event to be sure.  Especially for such strong pro-science individuals as Dana Nuccitelli of Skeptical Science™ (SkS) fame. We are told from the BH article that the post vanished from their blog shortly after publication.   Probably due to the fact that the blatant lack of objectivity didn’t quite reach the bar for a typical SkS post.  The whole mess is…
 
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    Powwownow Blog

  • 5 Things to Remember In Phone Based Customer Service

    Jacqui Keep
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Even in today’s digital world, the phone is often the best form of communicating a message. Sometimes however we often don’t put enough thought into the phone call and what is actually happening. Here we give our top tips for what to remember when using your phone to speak to customers. 1. Speed If someone is calling you, answer quickly. For many customers, a phone call is the first impression they have of your business. In Powwownow we try to answer all calls within three rings and pride ourselves on having no IVR technology in place. A customer will often get annoyed after more than…
  • Free Powwownow Spring Webinar Series – Why The Great Collaborate

    Jacqui Keep
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    ‘Why The Good Share But The Great Collaborate’. If you can’t communicate well across your organisation – how can you really communicate well outside of it? Modern business communications tools can help our teams to connect, share, engage and create more easily than ever – so why is it often so hard to get people to work well together? In our next Webinar at 10.30am on Thursday 24th April 2014 we’ll be looking at why great collaboration has more to do with leaders and culture than systems and hardware. How do some leaders and organisations get it so right…
  • Ever Thought About Becoming A Powwownow Partner?

    Jacqui Keep
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Steve McGeary and Jacqui Keep discuss the Powwownow Partner Programme and how becoming a Powwownow Partner can help to maximise on business revenue. Steve McGeary is Partner Manager at Powwownow, here he discusses the various options that Partners can undertake when working with us. For more information on becoming a Powwownow Partner, contact Steve directly on 020 3398 1172 or email partners@powwownow.com The post Ever Thought About Becoming A Powwownow Partner? appeared first on Powwownow Blog.
  • The Key to Success is Learning to Share

    Paul Lees
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    I was recently interviewed by Money Week, check out the article below. Or the original on p40  The post The Key to Success is Learning to Share appeared first on Powwownow Blog.
  • Powwownow Webinar: ‘Decline! Why it’s Smart to Ditch Dumb Meetings’

    Jacqui Keep
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    We need meetings… to share, engage, plan, solve, debate, create and motivate. But how can we make sure they are efficient and that you are getting the most out of them? In the first of our spring webinar series we looked into how to ditch those dumb meetings and make sure you are getting the most out of your time together with colleagues, clients and suppliers. If you missed our webinar, you can view it here: Top Tip Takeaways Do Only invite people who need to be there and who can be involved Write clear briefs and agendas. Every attendee should have a role or speciality Ask people…
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  • Complete overview list of all climate change litigation articles on the news section of Claimer.org

    claimer.org
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} Good chances for climate change compensation lawsuits in the Czech Republic - Friday, April 4, 2014 Rather low chances for compensation of climate change damages in Denmark and Norway - MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014 Climate change litigation by the backdoor - Monday, Dec 2, 2013 Relaunch the Kivalina case outside the U.S. - Why U.S. attorneys
  • Good chances for climate change compensation lawsuits in the Czech Republic

    claimer.org
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Civil Court in the Czech District of Jihlava (Image Schuminka Janička) The classic Czech tort law theory requires three elements for assuming tort: the breach of a legal duty, a damage and causal relationship between the breach and its consequently inflicted harm. The Civil Code Section 415 says that “everybody is obliged to behave in such a way that no damage to health, property, nature and
  • Rather low chances for compensation of climate change damages in Denmark and Norway

    claimer.org
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    Norway beach being hit by bad weather but chances for climate change litigation low (Image by Aconcagua) As Sweden is amongst those countries with the best chances for victims of climate change to get compensation of their damages, we examined again and more precisely the chances of the countries in geographic proximity to it: Denmark and Norway. Both legal systems have indeed similarities
  • Climate change litigation by the backdoor

    claimer.org
    2 Dec 2013 | 2:58 pm
    A U.S. attorney is reporting about a lawsuit of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC and about 100 other oil and gas companies. The lawsuit is based on the duty of care derived from various regulations dealing with the protection of water-ways and the coastal area. The defendants have allegedly damaged the coastal protection by the
  • Relaunch the Kivalina case outside the U.S. - Why U.S. attorneys should enlarge the playing field of climate change litigation

    claimer.org
    28 Oct 2013 | 4:00 pm
    The Alaskan Island of Kivalina sinking because of rising sea level, while the U.S. Supreme Court does nothing (Image: Claimer.org) U.S. attorneys were the worldwide environmental law pioneers by suing CO2 emitting industries for compensation. Almost all “real” cases on compensation for climate change damages took place in the U.S. Despite excellent preparation and documentation of damages,
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • Regional Workshop Central America & Caribbean

    CVF Admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Regional Workshop on Climate Vulnerability in Coastal Zones: Central America & Caribbean 23-25 April 2014 San José, Costa Rica As a part of its presidency of the CVF, Costa Rica is seeking to stimulate intra-regional cooperation for dealing with climate change vulnerabilities many of which are shared among countries of the region. The Caribbean and Central American Regional Workshop on climate vulnerability in marine coastal zones will provide an opportunity for government and technical experts to pool and exchange experiences and views on the state of the impact of climate change for…
  • Comparing Climate Change Vulnerability

    CVF Admin
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    Climate Vulnerability World Map – Comparing Global Indexes Comparing Climate Change Vulnerability The EMAPS research project and Digital Methods Initiative has developed a world map combining three different global climate change indexes: the CVF Climate Vulnerability Monitor produced by DARA, the GermanWatch Climate Risk Index, and the GAIN Index. Climate Vulnerability World Map | Source: Digital Methods Initiative Climate Conflicts Workshop, October 2013 The map highlights how these three indexes differ and overlap in their conclusions on national vulnerability to climate change.
  • Interview: Costa Rica Minister on CVF Action Plan

    Editor CVF
    27 Jan 2014 | 3:22 am
    Interviews | New Action Plan of 20 Vulnerable Countries on Climate Change UBrain TV Video Interview of Costa Rica Minister of Environment and Energy at the UN Climate Change Conference at Warsaw, Poland, November 2013. Costa Rica announced a new Action Plan for stepped-up efforts by 20 developing countries active in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).. (…) See More at UBrain TV: Interviews | New Action Plan of 20 Vulnerable Countries on Climate Change The post Interview: Costa Rica Minister on CVF Action Plan appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • High-stakes climate poker

    Editor CVF
    16 Jan 2014 | 10:17 am
    High Stakes Climate Poker The Guardian By James M Byrne The fossil fuel industry is betting that we’ll keep pumping it money instead of paying less to switch to renewable energy.. (…) Read More at The Guardian: High Stakes Climate Poker The post High-stakes climate poker appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • Climate Change Reality 1896-2013: Mauka to Makai

    Editor CVF
    13 Dec 2013 | 3:00 pm
    Climate Change Reality 1896-2013: Mauka to Makai Huffington Post / HuffPost Hawaii By Billy Mason In 1896, approximately 150 years after the dawn of the industrial revolution began to disrupt Earth’s natural energy balance, Nobel Laureate chemist Svante Arrhenius theorized.. (…) Read More at Huffington Post: Climate Change Reality 1896-2013: Mauka to Makai The post Climate Change Reality 1896-2013: Mauka to Makai appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
 
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