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  • This is what Our Power looks like

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    And wow, is it beautiful. This August nearly 500 people from across the country stood together and raised their voices as one in Richmond, California. Here’s why: Courtesy of Our Power and Project Survival Media
  • Open Thread

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m on travel today, and will be away from email for quite some time (unless the flight has WiFi). I’ll be attending both the Cook and the Mann lecture at University of Bristol, along with a couple of other meetings.  Thanks sincerely to the WUWT readers that made this trip possible. I look forward to…
  • Inventory of Hide-the-Decline

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    In a recent post, I reported on the diagram in Jones 1998 (Science), which pushed hide-the-decline a year earlier than my previous inventory. (The Briffa bodge, an earlier technique, dates back to 1992 and Jones 1998 is a sort-of transition from the Briffa bodge to truncation as hide-the-decline technology.) I’ve had a few requests for a fresh inventory of hide-the-decline incidents, updating the discussion of Oxburgh panelist Kerry Emanuel’s false claim to the US Congress that hide-the-decline had been limited to a “single lapse of judgement” in a “non…
  • NASA's wind-watching ISS-RapidScat ready for launch

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, carrying the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station's partners and managers.
  • Editorial Leakage at NPR

    Climate Sanity
    tommoriarty
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    When I was in college I worked for Phytofarms of America, which produced the highest quality leafy vegetables in a hydroponic environment.  The environment was completely artificial, high-powered lamps, nutrient controlled water and CO2 at three times the atmospheric level. Years later when I was working at NREL I received incredulous guffaws from some co-workers when I mentioned the growing advantages of high CO2.  They were certain, of course, that any deviation from the “normal” CO2 level was bad. We’ve now had two decades of dire predictions of…
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • This is what Our Power looks like

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    And wow, is it beautiful. This August nearly 500 people from across the country stood together and raised their voices as one in Richmond, California. Here’s why: Courtesy of Our Power and Project Survival Media
  • From students to scientists, faith groups to farmers, we will march as one

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This weekend, communities around the world will unite for climate justice. Where will you be? Join us in New York or beyond: http://peoplesclimate.org/ Via People’s Climate March
  • All the Ways to Fight Fracking at the People’s Climate March

    lindacapato
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    In the next 5 days tens of thousands of people around the world will be rallying for climate action from our world leaders.  For those of us who work on fracking, we’re especially excited to see how folks are starting to connect the dots between extreme extraction and climate change. In California, we’re watching folks here battle a historic drought that’s been inextricably linked to climate change.  While citizens are being asked to curb their water use with shorter showers and not to water their lawn, we’re also watching fracking for oil get the green light.  While this is all…
  • Historic commitment from Oxford City Council!

    daniellepaffard
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Great news – Oxford City Council has passed the first UK council motion in favour of Fossil Fuel divestment! At a meeting of the full Council on July 14, 2014, a motion proposed by Green Party Councillor Craig Simmons was passed, committing the council to make no direct investments in the fossil fuel industry for moral reasons. Thanks to hard work from the inspiring local campaign group ‘Fossil Free Oxfordshire’ and dedicated councillors, the motion received near unanimous support and is a cause for celebration. The group publicly announces the success this week as part of the…
  • Your grandchildren may never see some of our favorite birds

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Love the Bald Eagle? How about the Baltimore Oriole? These are just a couple of the bird species threatened by climate change. According to Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, shifting and shrinking ranges could endanger nearly half of North American bird species. Watch the video below to find out more. Courtesy of the National Audubon Society
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Open Thread

    Anthony Watts
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m on travel today, and will be away from email for quite some time (unless the flight has WiFi). I’ll be attending both the Cook and the Mann lecture at University of Bristol, along with a couple of other meetings.  Thanks sincerely to the WUWT readers that made this trip possible. I look forward to…
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story

    Guest Blogger
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    This WUWT story from two days ago:  Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home went viral after being linked to by the Drudge report, earning WUWT it’s best performing day ever with 345,393 views. It seems to have evoked a response. Eric Worrall writes: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today responded, to…
  • Claim: Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution

    Anthony Watts
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From Burness Communications via Eurekalert Urban transportation systems an emerging priority ahead of UN climate and sustainable development meetings NEW YORK (17 September, 2014)—More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2)—a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—could be eliminated by 2050 if the…
  • Quote of the week: The link between ‘defending Michael Mann is defending climate science’ seems to have been broken

    Anthony Watts
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Mark Steyn writes: [Tuesday] marked a not unimportant court deadline in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and I wouldn’t want to let it pass without comment. Ever since this tedious suit was launched by Doctor Fraudpants in defense of his global-warming hockey stick, Michael Mann’s supporters have insisted that it’s not,…
  • Another benefit of climate change and increased CO2 – trees continue to grow at a faster rate

    Anthony Watts
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    WUWT readers may recall this WUWT story from 2011: The Earth’s biosphere is booming, data suggests that CO2 is the cause, part 2 Now there is even more evidence. From From Technische Universität München: Study highlights forest growth trends from 1870 to the present- Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate “…scientists are…
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    Climate Audit

  • Inventory of Hide-the-Decline

    Steve McIntyre
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    In a recent post, I reported on the diagram in Jones 1998 (Science), which pushed hide-the-decline a year earlier than my previous inventory. (The Briffa bodge, an earlier technique, dates back to 1992 and Jones 1998 is a sort-of transition from the Briffa bodge to truncation as hide-the-decline technology.) I’ve had a few requests for a fresh inventory of hide-the-decline incidents, updating the discussion of Oxburgh panelist Kerry Emanuel’s false claim to the US Congress that hide-the-decline had been limited to a “single lapse of judgement” in a “non…
  • Another Porky from Mann, Williams and Fontaine

    Steve McIntyre
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Jean S has spotted a highly amusing entry in Mann’s CV. The entry yields yet another porky in Mann’s pleadings. The Muir Russell panel had conceded that the WMO 1999 diagram and related IPCC 2001 diagrams (the two most discussed hide-the-decline diagrams) were “misleading”. CEI reported this in their original Memorandum in December 2012 For example, the Independent Climate Change Email Review (“ICCER”), convened by UEA, declined to make any “statement regarding the correctness of any of these analyses in representing global temperature trends”…
  • The Original Hide-the-Decline

    Steve McIntyre
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    In a twitter exchange among Jean S, Ronan Connolley and Tim Osborn, Ronan drew attention to an early spaghetti graph in a comment on MBH98 published by Phil Jones in Science on the day after (Apr 24, 1998) publication of Mann et al 1998. The Briffa reconstruction is in purple below. Like IPCC 2001, it hides the decline in the Briffa reconstruction (here a 1998 version) by deleting late 20th century values – here after 1950. jones_comment-on=mbh98 Figure 1. From Jones 1998 comment on MBH98. Orange – Mann et al 1998; green – Jones et al 1998; purple – Briffa et al 1998.
  • Mann’s New Memorandum

    Steve McIntyre
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Michael Mann’s reply brief in the Court of Appeals has been posted here. Its main points are very similar to their reply memoranda of January 2013 (to CEI; near identical to NR) Some comments have been accumulating on an unrelated topic. Please comment on this thread. I’ll try to write something over the next couple of days. But in a quick first look, Mann has re-iterated his untrue claims that various listed inquiries investigated and exonerated Mann personally. The untruthfulness of these claims has been discussed in a number of CA posts. I read a comment that Mann had coopered up…
  • Rule N revisited

    Jean S
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    PCA was also performed on certain proxy sub-networks (spatially dense regional networks of tree-ring data available separately in different continents) as means of dimensional reduction of the predictor network. In this case, the procedure was performed separately for each independent step of the stepwise calibration/reconstruction procedure described in “3” below. A decreasing number of PCs of these sub-networks are retained increasingly further back in time, as dictated by application of objective selection criteria (consideration of results of both Preisendorffers Rule N and…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • NASA's wind-watching ISS-RapidScat ready for launch

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, carrying the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station's partners and managers.
  • August and June-August global temperatures each reach record high, driven largely by record warm global oceans

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was the highest for August since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive August with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for August occurred in 1976.
  • Mysterious volcanic eruption of 1808 described

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    New light has been shed on one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in the last 500 years -- the so-called 'Unknown eruption' -- thanks to an unusual collaboration between a historian and a team of earth scientists.
  • Tropical rabbitfish a threat to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    The tropical rabbitfish, which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns. Researchers surveyed more than 1000 kilometers of coastline in Turkey and Greece, where two species of plant-eating rabbitfish have become dominant, and found regions with abundant rabbitfish had become rocky barrens.
  • Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Dioxins forms faster, at lower temperatures and under other conditions than previously thought. This may affect how we in the future construct sampling equipment, flue gas filtering systems for waste incineration and how to treat waste incineration fly ash.
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    Climate Sanity

  • Editorial Leakage at NPR

    tommoriarty
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    When I was in college I worked for Phytofarms of America, which produced the highest quality leafy vegetables in a hydroponic environment.  The environment was completely artificial, high-powered lamps, nutrient controlled water and CO2 at three times the atmospheric level. Years later when I was working at NREL I received incredulous guffaws from some co-workers when I mentioned the growing advantages of high CO2.  They were certain, of course, that any deviation from the “normal” CO2 level was bad. We’ve now had two decades of dire predictions of…
  • 10 to 1 odds for Prof. David Barber

    tommoriarty
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Background Back in 2008 University of Manitoba Professor David Barber made two rediculous statements.  First, National Geographic reported on June 20th, 2008, that Barber said “We’re actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time [in history].” Of course, that did not happen.  At the low point for the year there were still 3 million square kilometers of ice in the Arctic and 2.25 million square kilometers in the Arctic Basin.   But Barber wasn’t done sharing his insight.   That year the Star Pheonix (Saskatoon) reported The ice…
  • Climate Hockey Stick Confirmed!!

    tommoriarty
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The Climate deniers are taking it on the chin again today as another independent source confirms the climate hockey stick that was first revealed by Michael Mann.  It is getting harder and harder for those corporate sponsored capitalist luddites to hide the truth about runaway effects of increasing atmospheric CO2. See for yourself…   This satellite data comes to us via an unimpeachable source: The University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences. What could be clearer than the rapidly rising temperature seen in the blade of the hockey stick on the right side of the…
  • News: White house installs 6.3 kW solar PV system

    tommoriarty
    28 May 2014 | 8:38 pm
    You’ve probably seen the news – it been reported everywhere: the White House has installed 6.3 kilowatts of solar PV.  How much energy will that system yield in practical terms? The rated power of a PV system is the power that it will yield when the sun shines straight on to it with an irradiance of 1000 W/m2, and the temperature is 25 degrees C .  If those conditions are met for one hour, then the white house PV system will yield 6.3 kilowatt-hours.  If they are met for two hours, then it will yield 12.6 kilowatt-hours, etc. But those conditions are rarely met exactly.  In…
  • Washington Post sums up why voters don’t believe White House about global warming.

    tommoriarty
    9 May 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Five reasons from the Washington Post about why people are rejecting the administrations blathering on global warming.  They pretty well sum up the non-technical reason for rejection. Overreach Hypocrisy The global warming cause fits too nicely with the president’s left-wing political agenda. A lack of faith in foreign cooperation. This administration lacks credibility. See the details here.  
 
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    Climate Skeptic

  • Testing Blog Cross-Post 2

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    again
  • Reconciling Conflicting Climate Claims

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog At Real Science, Steven Goddard claims this is the coolest summer on record in the US. The NOAA reports that both May and June were the hottest on record. It used to be the the media would reconcile such claims and one might learn something interesting from that reconciliation, but now all we have are mostly-crappy fact checks with Pinocchio counts.  Both these claims have truth on their side, though the NOAA report is more comprehensively correct.  Still, we can learn something by putting these analyses in context and by reconciling them. The NOAA temperature…
  • Computer Models as “Evidence”

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog The BBC has decided not to every talk to climate skeptics again, in part based on the “evidence” of computer modelling Climate change skeptics are being banned from BBC News, according to a new report, for fear of misinforming people and to create more of a “balance” when discussing man-made climate change. The latest casualty is Nigel Lawson, former London chancellor and climate change skeptic, who has just recently been barred from appearing on BBC. Lord Lawson, who has written about climate change, said the corporation is silencing the…
  • Another Plea to Global Warming Alarmists on the Phrase “Climate Denier”

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Cross-posted from Coyoteblog Stop calling me and other skeptics “climate deniers“.  No one denies that there is a climate.  It is a stupid phrase. I am willing, even at the risk of the obvious parallel that is being drawn to the Holocaust deniers, to accept the “denier” label, but it has to be attached to a proposition I actually deny, or that can even be denied. As help in doing so, here are a few reminders (these would also apply to many mainstream skeptics — I am not an outlier) I don’t deny that climate changes over time — who could?  So I am…
  • My Thoughts on Steven Goddard and His Fabricated Temperature Data Claim

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Cross-posted from Coyote Blog. Steven Goddard of the Real Science blog has a study that claims that US real temperature data is being replaced by fabricated data.  Christopher Booker has a sympathetic overview of the claims. I believe that there is both wheat and chaff in this claim, and I would like to try to separate the two as best I can.  I don’t have time to write a well-organized article, so here is just a list of thoughts At some level it is surprising that this is suddenly news.  Skeptics have criticized the adjustments in the surface temperature database for years There is…
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    Climate War Room

  • Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Jason Box's research into Greenland's dark snow raises more concerns about climate change.Jason Box knows ice. That’s why what’s happened this year concerns him so much. Box just returned from a trip to Greenland. Right now, the ice there is … black:The ice in Greenland this year isn’t just a little dark—it’s record-setting dark. Box says he’s never seen anything like it. I spoke to Box by phone earlier this month, just days after he returned from his summer field research campaign."I was just stunned, really," Box told me.The photos he took this summer in Greenland are…
  • It's clear that prosperity and climate change action can go hand in hand

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    The UK has been at the forefront of integrating climate change action into economic decision-makingThe link between economic growth and action to reduce the risks of climate change is the focus of the New Climate Economy report issued on Tuesday.Its credentials are impressive and its findings emphatic.Released by a global commission of 24 global economic leaders from government, business, finance and academia, led by former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the year-long study has involved individuals from over 100 organisations across every continent and advised by a panel of…
  • Why We March

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march — environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups — which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet’s citizens…
  • Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Nearly half the world’s trash is burned in the open, spewing pollutants into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change and affect human health, according to a new study.Since such burning is largely unregulated and unreported, emissions of some pollutants have been underestimated by as much as 40 percent, said the researchers, who published their findings in the journalEnvironmental Science & Technology."I was shocked at the numbers," said Christine Wiedinmyer, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the study’s lead author. "They were much…
  • Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships’1-4 September 2014 | Apia, SamoaThe Third International Conference on SIDS drew to a close today, after a final session of general debate in the morning that continued into the afternoon, followed by a closing plenary. Moderators reported back from the six partnership dialogues that took place in previous days. Delegates adopted the SAMOA Pathway outcome document, and adopted a draft resolution expressing thanks to the people and…
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  • Homogenisation of Williamtown temperatures, draws attention to hot Newcastle in 1878

    jennifer
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    WINSTON Churchill famously said that, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others. Indeed when everyone has the opportunity to have a say it can be difficult to keep everyone marching together in the same direction, at the same speed, repeating the same mantra. Of course, getting to the truth often [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    “Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.” Karl Popper, 1902-1994.
  • Bureau Caught in Own Tangled Web of Homogenisation

    jennifer
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledge that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated. Indeed, earlier in the week, 28 pages of ‘adjustments’ were released online following a series of articles in The Australian and The [...]
  • Newspapers as the guardians of hot history

    jennifer
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    OLD newspapers hold a lot of information, some of it very valuable. I’m not only referring to last week’s The Land, but clippings that date back to editions published one hundred or more years ago. For example, in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 5th January 1909 it was reported that Bourke was experiencing a [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Some things worth remembering … We are persuaded not by truth, but by fidelity to evidence and context. It is important to understand the difference between propaganda and information. Objectivity is a research method, not a philosophy.
 
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    The Blackboard

  • Arizonal & Wisconsin Real-Estate (bleg for novel).

    lucia
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
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  • Arctic Sea Ice data

    DeWitt
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
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  • Excuse for not posting.

    lucia
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
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  • Back from Vacation. . . (Open Thread)

    lucia
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
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  • NH Jaxa 7-day Minimum Sea Ice Extent

    lucia
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
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  • On arguing by analogy

    gavin
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Helicobacter proponents/Wegener/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres of life are closely parsed only to find clubs with which to beat an opponent. Etc. Etc. While the…
  • Unforced variations: September 2014

    group
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).
  • IPCC attribution statements redux: A response to Judith Curry

    gavin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    I have written a number of times about the procedure used to attribute recent climate change (here in 2010, in 2012 (about the AR4 statement), and again in 2013 after AR5 was released). For people who want a summary of what the attribution problem is, how we think about the human contributions and why the IPCC reaches the conclusions it does, read those posts instead of this one. The bottom line is that multiple studies indicate with very strong confidence that human activity is the dominant component in the warming of the last 50 to 60 years, and that our best estimates are that pretty much…
  • How much methane came out of that hole in Siberia?

    david
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Siberia has explosion holes in it that smell like methane, and there are newly found bubbles of methane in the Arctic Ocean. As a result, journalists are contacting me assuming that the Arctic Methane Apocalypse has begun. However, as a climate scientist I remain much more concerned about the fossil fuel industry than I am about Arctic methane. Short answer: It would take about 20,000,000 such eruptions within a few years to generate the standard Arctic Methane Apocalypse that people have been talking about. Here’s where that statement comes from: How much methane emission is “a lot”?
  • Unforced variations: Aug 2014

    group
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    This month’s open thread. Keeping track of the Arctic sea ice minimum is interesting but there should be plenty of other climate science topics to discuss (if people can get past the hype about the Ebola outbreak or imaginary claims about anomalous thrusting). As with last month, pleas no discussion of mitigation strategies – it unfortunately does not bring out the best in the commentariat.
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  • Common Nonsense

    Jeff Id
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Two things have my attention today, one is not climate related.   CIA contractors in immediate proximity of the American embassy in Benghazi were specifically told to stand down rather than protect the lives of the Ambassador.   The head of the CIA in the region repeated the order multiple times and it was after a half hour and against that order (repeated on 3 separate occasions) that the security team overrode the command. The security team was so close to the fighting that they could hear the gunfire and it was only after muslims lit fires around the buildings that our ambassador was…
  • Motivated Rejection of …..

    Jeff Id
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can make a whole blog (a boring one) simply for the purposes of showing false claims by political activist climate scientists.  The claim below is quoted from a Daily Mail article I ran into surfing the internet. Dr Hawkins said: ‘There is undoubtedly some natural variability on top of the long-term downwards trend caused by the overall warming. This variability has probably contributed somewhat to the post-2000 steep declining trend, although the human-caused component still dominates The error in his statement is that the human-caused component still dominates. Anyone with any…
  • José Duarte on Cook

    Jeff Id
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    José  Duarte has a post up that Carrick called my attention to at the Blackboard.   The article is basically a chastisement of the false externally motivated science in the context of Cook’s recent publication on the 97% consensus.  I call it externally motivated as a way to describe the numerous papers across so many fields of science that have pre-ordained conclusions designed into their methodology, such that they support the authors undisclosed personal interests in some manner.  Climate science is the current poster child for today’s particularly grotesque post-modern…
  • Time for a little healthy skepticism

    Jeff Id
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I have finally completed a huge and mathematically difficult design project that has been on my plate for the last couple of months and have a little time for blogging.   I’m thoroughly excited about the project and like so many things I do, I dug in hard and worked until I was fully burned out on it.  Seems to be my style. Anyway, the multi-billion dollar international global warming industry is continuing on despite the major shots the science has taken in recent years.  The denial of reality by the activist scientists has already reached astounding proportions and seems to be…
  • In the Real World, Accuracy Counts

    Jeff Id
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I received a notice of new publications today, and along with it a graphic linking to yet another Antarctic doom paper.   In it, the link uses the flawed Steig 09 temperature plot of the Antarctic taken from the cover of Nature.    A particularly interesting choice considering that GRL published the corrected version (our paper), and Nature carried the flawed version proudly displayed right on its cover.   For those of us who care about little things like accuracy in science, this is a realistic appearance of Antarctic temperature trends over that same timeframe.  Of course the…
 
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  • Are Your Meetings About Logos, Pathos or Ethos?

    Robert Gorby
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    No matter the profession, an ability to run meetings and persuade people to follow your lead is often the difference between whether your project moves forward in the fast lane or stalls on the hard shoulder. Whilst some meetings are set to share information and updates, in many cases we need them because we need to persuade people to buy from us, supply us better, support our plan or give us something we need. Good meetings are often about persuasion. But how much time do we take to think about how we persuade? What are the ingredients of being persuasive in a meeting? From ancient Greek…
  • Help, we keep hiring idiots!

    Jacqui Keep
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Hiring the right employee for your business is just as challenging as it is important. A successful employment relationship will have a positive impact on your mind-set and your overall working environment. The time and effort you put into the hiring process will be paid back to you in employee productivity (with interest!) should you choose the right person for the job.  As well as enhancing employee morale, you will find yourself pushing for those more challenging goals with someone who is capable and willing to stretch themselves. On the other hand, hiring the wrong person is expensive…
  • Powwownow Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jacqui Keep
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    After the kind nomination from our digital agency Branded 3, our Marketing Director Robert Gorby, kindly took one for the team and did the ice bucket(s) challenge. A worthy cause and hilarious 5 minutes at the end of the day at Powwownow HQ. We have donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association. The post Powwownow Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on Powwownow Blog.
  • Customer Profile: European Tour

    Jacqui Keep
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Interesting facts about your business? The European Tour Group runs all aspects of professional golf tournaments from Professionals just starting out on the Challenge Tour through to seasoned career Professionals on the European Senior Tour. Golf is one of the only sports where you can start your career in your teens and still be competitive into your 70’s. Within the group, we operate the European Challenge Tour, European Tour, European Senior Tour as well as the European Ryder Cup tournaments. What was the problem? We were let down by our previous supplier. Powwownow was recommended by…
  • Is the 21st century workplace eroding the flexible working parent stereotype?

    Staff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:19 am
    Earlier this year, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave 20 million people the right to request flexible working hours from their employer. The new legislation was implemented on the 30th June, meaning that employees who have worked for the same employer for at least 26 months are eligible to request flexible working hours, which was welcomed by union and employment groups. It’s still at the employer’s digression Even with this new law in place, employers can still refuse their employees flexible working hours. However, they must deal with requests in a reasonable…
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  • UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off in Samoa

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

    CVF Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need – SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups Official CVF Side Event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 09:00Am – 10:30AM, TUESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2014 CONFERENCE ROOM ONE (CR1), FALEATA SPORTS COMPLEX, APIA, SAMOA TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: info (at) thecvf.org As the 2014 UN SIDS conference in Samoa aims to promote the sustainable development of Small Islands through partnership with other countries and institutions, the CVF Side Event explores: How countries vulnerable to climate change…
  • U.K. doctors join divestment campaign

    CVF Editor
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Op-Ed: U.K. doctors join divestment campaign: Will it hurt fossil fuels? Digital Journal By Karen Graham According to Business Green, the British Medical Association, citing the many health risks associated with climate change has made the decision to commit to divesting from fossil fuels.. (…) Read More at Digital Journal: Op-Ed: U.K. doctors join divestment campaign The post U.K. doctors join divestment campaign appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • The case for divestment by Bill McKibben

    CVF Editor
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The case for divestment The Presbyterian Mission Agency By Bill McKibben This June, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will consider overtures to divest from fossil-fuel companies and take other actions related to climate change. Bill McKibben.. (…) Read More at The Presbyterian Mission Agency: The case for divestment by Bill McKibben The post The case for divestment by Bill McKibben appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States

    CVF Editor
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:59 pm
    IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States The International Organization for Migration (IOM) By IOM Editors To raise the voice of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), four countries are leading the efforts within the Geneva diplomatic community, acting as the co-chairs of an Informal Working Group for SIDS: Barbados, Maldives, New Zealand and Singapore.. (…) Read More at IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States The post IOM: A Unified Voice for Small Island Developing States appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
 
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