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  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Renewable Energy

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

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    Fenton Lutunatabua
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    We recently started a new series on our Instagram – modeled after Humans of New York – that profiles young climate activists from around the world. 350 Pacific‘s Communications Coordinator Fenton Lutunatabua helped start the series strong with these powerful stories from Fiji. Meet 5 people at the frontlines of fighting for a better world. This is the story of how young Pacific Islanders are finding their voices in the climate discourse, and how they are shaping their own narratives with their multiple truths. This is their story.   Tevita Bola, Lau, Fiji Islands…
  • The Mathematics of Carbon Dioxide Part 2

    Watts Up With That?
    Guest Blogger
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Guest essay by Mike Jonas Introduction This article is the second in a series of four articles. Part 1 of the series (Part 1) is here In Part 1, simple mathematical formulae were developed to emulate the carbon dioxide (CO2.) contribution to global temperature change, as represented in the computer climate models. This article uses…
  • Hilary Clinton & Large Corporations Commit To Tackling Climate Change - CleanTechnica

    "climate change" - Google News
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Hilary Clinton & Large Corporations Commit To Tackling Climate ChangeCleanTechnica10 years ago, presidential candidate John Edwards told voters there were two Americas — one for the wealthy and one for the rest of us. Edwards was right; there are two Americas, but the fault line is between those who take climate change seriously and more »
  • Raymond Bradley and the Grand Old Duke of York

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    In today’s post, I’ll return to more typical Climate Audit programming.  Upside-down Mann’s mentor, Raymond Bradley, has somewhat surprisingly published an article (Balascio et al 2015) that supports a longstanding Climate Audit criticism of varve proxies. Bradley and coauthors did not report that their interpretation of an important Baffin Island series is upside-down to the orientation used in PAGES2K and numerous AR5 vintage multiproxy reconstructions.  It seems that proxies used by the Team are like the Grand Old Duke of York: And when they were up, they were up, And…
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  • Their Words Will Inspire You: Stories From Fiji

    Fenton Lutunatabua
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    We recently started a new series on our Instagram – modeled after Humans of New York – that profiles young climate activists from around the world. 350 Pacific‘s Communications Coordinator Fenton Lutunatabua helped start the series strong with these powerful stories from Fiji. Meet 5 people at the frontlines of fighting for a better world. This is the story of how young Pacific Islanders are finding their voices in the climate discourse, and how they are shaping their own narratives with their multiple truths. This is their story.   Tevita Bola, Lau, Fiji Islands…
  • Broad support from German NGOs for direct action against coal

    Melanie Mattauch
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Numerous German NGOs have issued a statement in solidarity with the peaceful direct action Ende Gelände from 14-16 August that aims to bring the coal diggers in the Rhineland to a halt. The declaration signed by 350.org, Friends of the Earth Germany, Oxfam, Campact, urgewald, Attac and many more, refers to the action as an ‘awakening signal to phase out a destructive technology‘ and ‘an act of solidarity with people around the world, especially those that are already threatened by climate change today‘. The statement criticises the lack of political action on…
  • “We are Winning the War”: 350 Kenya’s Own Stories

    Landry Ninteretse
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    During a recent digital storytelling workshop in Nairobi, the 350 Kenya team created profiles of each other so that climate activists all over the world can hear their stories. Check it out here
  • Fossil Fuel Divestment: Building the Movement

    ellengibson
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    On Saturday 11th July, over 250 divestment activists came together in London for ‘Fossil Fuel Divestment: Building the Movement’, sharing their campaigning skills, inspiring stories from across the country, and the occasional cup of tea. great images emerging from the big #divestuk meeting in London today! You guys are leading the world! pic.twitter.com/6XcW7vHu0r — Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) July 11, 2015 The event was organised by 350.org in partnership with The Guardian and hosted speakers from Carbon Tracker, BP or not BP, Divest London, ShareAction and Community Reinvest and…
  • We’re Rocking with Thom Yorke, Patti Smith (& more) in Paris

    Jamie Henn
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    We’re thrilled that our friends over at the “Pathway to Paris” initiative just announced an amazing concert that they’re throwing in Paris during the COP21 Climate Talks this December to benefit 350.org. The concert will feature musical acts like Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Dhani Harrison, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith, and Rebecca Foon.  And it will include some incredible speakers, like our very own Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, and others. We couldn’t be more ready to rock. Music has always been a critical part of 350.org, from the…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • The Mathematics of Carbon Dioxide Part 2

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Guest essay by Mike Jonas Introduction This article is the second in a series of four articles. Part 1 of the series (Part 1) is here In Part 1, simple mathematical formulae were developed to emulate the carbon dioxide (CO2.) contribution to global temperature change, as represented in the computer climate models. This article uses…
  • Berkeley Earth endorses Natural Gas as a ‘bridge fuel’

    Anthony Watts
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    From the Frack On department, and their previous endorsement of fracking comes this new paper that suggests we should not worry about methane leakage, and just get on with coal to Natural Gas conversion. Via press release today from Berkeley Earth: Natural gas can help reduce global warming – even if it modestly delays renewables…
  • Younger Dryas cooling event said to be comet related

    Anthony Watts
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    From the University of California – Santa Barbara: A cataclysmic event of a certain age Geologist James Kennett and an international team narrow the date of an anomalous cooling event most likely triggered by a cosmic impact At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago­ — give or take a few centuries…
  • Another unknown climate feedback – plankton blooms create brighter clouds

    Anthony Watts
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Marine plankton brighten clouds over Southern Ocean From the NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER New research using NASA satellite data and ocean biology models suggests tiny organisms in vast stretches of the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds overhead. Brighter clouds reflect more sunlight back into space affecting the amount of solar…
  • Climate Skeptic Piers Corbyn’s brother may be next British Prime Minister

    Eric Worrall
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Guest essay by Eric Worrall Jeremy Corbyn, brother of famous British skeptic Piers Corbyn, is currently the front runner to win the leadership of the Labour Party, the main political opposition in the British Parliament. According to The Express, a popular daily British newspaper; Following the tensions between Ed Miliband and his elder brother David…
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  • Hilary Clinton & Large Corporations Commit To Tackling Climate Change - CleanTechnica

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Hilary Clinton & Large Corporations Commit To Tackling Climate ChangeCleanTechnica10 years ago, presidential candidate John Edwards told voters there were two Americas — one for the wealthy and one for the rest of us. Edwards was right; there are two Americas, but the fault line is between those who take climate change seriously and more »
  • What Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina Aren't Saying About Climate Change - National Journal

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    National JournalWhat Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina Aren't Saying About Climate ChangeNational JournalRepublican presidential candidates aren't going anywhere if they endorse government regulations on power plants or industry to limit carbon-dioxide emissions and confront the threat of climate change. But some, wary of being branded "climate deniers," ...
  • Taking Note Bad News for Climate-Change Deniers Taking Note - New York Times (blog)

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    New York Times (blog)Taking Note Bad News for Climate-Change Deniers Taking NoteNew York Times (blog)First, a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit puts climate change in terms of cold, hard cash: It estimates that investors will lose $4.2 trillion between now and 2100 as a result of the changing climate, an amount about equal to the G.D.P. of
  • Hillary Clinton's climate change policy pitch: install half a billion solar panels - The Guardian

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The GuardianHillary Clinton's climate change policy pitch: install half a billion solar panelsThe GuardianThe Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination cast climate change as one of the most urgent threats of our time – but she was also careful to raise the prospect of freeing Americans from their monthly utility bills as part of the Hillary Clinton Lays Out Climate Change PlanNew York TimesHillary Clinton Outlines 'Bold' Climate Change ProposalsBloombergIn climate change plan, Hillary Clinton makes big bet on solar powerMashableWashington Post…
  • Bernie Sanders Electrifies Crowds in Louisiana with Message to Fight Climate ... - De Smog Blog (blog)

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    De Smog Blog (blog)Bernie Sanders Electrifies Crowds in Louisiana with Message to Fight Climate De Smog Blog (blog)“The scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us climate change is real, climate change is caused by human activity, climate change is already causing devastating problems, and if we do not get our act together the situation will only and more »
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Raymond Bradley and the Grand Old Duke of York

    Steve McIntyre
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    In today’s post, I’ll return to more typical Climate Audit programming.  Upside-down Mann’s mentor, Raymond Bradley, has somewhat surprisingly published an article (Balascio et al 2015) that supports a longstanding Climate Audit criticism of varve proxies. Bradley and coauthors did not report that their interpretation of an important Baffin Island series is upside-down to the orientation used in PAGES2K and numerous AR5 vintage multiproxy reconstructions.  It seems that proxies used by the Team are like the Grand Old Duke of York: And when they were up, they were up, And…
  • Ruling out high deflation scenarios

    Steve McIntyre
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Further to my series of posts on Deflategate, reader chrimony observed that my statistical analysis had shown that it was possible that there had been no tampering, but had not excluded the possibility of tampering.  This is a sensible observation, but raises the question of whether and how one could use the available statistical information to exclude tampering. This is analysis that ought to have been done in the Wells Report.  I’ve done the analysis in this post and the results are sharper than I’d anticipated. For Logo initialization, any manual deflation exceeding de…
  • Exponent’s Transients: Bodge or Botch?

    Steve McIntyre
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    In my first writeup, I observed that Exponent’s Logo transients appeared to be bodged too high, even with their unwarranted and adverse use of 67 deg F initialization (Exponent’s “temperature trick”). In today’s post, I’ve taken a closer look at the seemingly questionable calculation of the transients at 67 deg F, showing that the Patriot transients make sense only if initialization for the transients purporting to show Logo Gauge initialization were not actually initialized at 12.5 psi using the Logo Gauge (as stated and as is the purpose of the diagram).
  • NFL Officials Over-Inflated Patriot Balls

    Steve McIntyre
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    One of the ironies of the NFL’s conduct in this affair is that it can be established that NFL officials (under the supervision of NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent) over-inflated Patriot balls at half-time, the only proven tampering with Patriot balls. Brady and the Patriots were unaffected by the overinflation by NFL officials, as they destroyed the Colts in the second half. Exponent must have noticed the over-inflation by officials, as it is implied by the post-game measurements, but failed to report or comment on it. Their avoidance becomes all the more conspicuous because…
  • More on Deflategate

    Steve McIntyre
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    By converting football pressures to ball temperatures under the Ideal Gas Law, it is possible to conveniently show Colt and Patriot information – transients, simulations and observations – on a common scale. I’ve done this in the diagram shown below, and, in my opinion, it neatly summarizes the actual information. Commentary follows the figure. Figure 1.  Transients as digitized from Figures 25 and 27 converted to temperature transients using Ideal Gas Law. Red- Patriot, blue- Colt; thick – dry; thin – wet; solid -Logo, dashed – Non-Logo.  Simulations…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Cataclysmic event of a certain age

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago­ — give or take a few centuries — a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the Younger Dryas. New research has narrowed the date to a 100-year range, sometime between 12,835 and 12,735 years ago.
  • Closing roads to save tigers

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far East.
  • Predictors of climate change awareness, risk perception vary around the globe

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk perception. They say results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be tailored to public awareness and perceptions specific to each nation.
  • Researchers find reasons behind increases in urban flooding

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk to American cities, storm surges caused by weather patterns that favor high precipitation exacerbates 'compound flooding' potential. With nearly 40 percent of the US population residing in coastal areas, compound flooding can have devastating impacts for low-lying, densely populated and heavily developed regions when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together.
  • Twin volcanic chains above a single hotspot with distinct roots

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Many processes inside the earth are still enigmatic. One of the open questions is how neighboring chains of volcanoes, supplied by the same volcanic hotspot, can emit material of distinct geochemical composition over tens of millions of years?
 
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    Climate Skeptic

  • Matt Ridley: What the Climate Wars Did to Science

    admin
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    I cannot recommend Matt Ridley’s new article strongly enough.  It covers a lot of ground be here are a few highlights. Ridley argues that science generally works (in a manner entirely parallel to how well-functioning commercial markets work) because there are generally incentives to challenge hypotheses.  I would add that if anything, the incentives tend to be balanced more towards challenging conventional wisdom.  If someone puts a stake in the ground and says that A is true, then there is a lot more money and prestige awarded to someone who can prove A is not true than for the…
  • Manual Adjustments in the Temperature Record

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

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

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

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

  • Is the Iran deal about staving off the coming oil shock - By Nafeez Ahmed

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    The Iran nuclear deal signals a major shift in the geopolitics of the Middle East. Integral to the equation is oil, economics, terror – and US hegemony.The Bush administration had initiated a long-term covert strategy to undermine Iranian influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, combined with overt pressure through diplomatic initiatives and economic sanctions.Under Obama, this strategy accelerated, largely in concert with other Gulf powers like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, who have long sought to roll-back Iranian influence.Yet even as the strategy accelerated, unlike its…
  • New Energy Outlook 2015

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By 2040, the world's power-generating capacity mix will have transformed: from today's system composed of two-thirds fossil fuels to one with 56% from zero-emission energy sources. Renewables will command just under 60% of the 9,786GW of new generating capacity installed over the next 25 years, and two-thirds of the $12.2 trillion of investment. • Economics – rather than policy – will increasingly drive the uptake of renewable technologies. All-in project costs for wind will come down by an average of 32% and solar 48% by 2040 due to steep experience curves and…
  • Climate Change and Moral Responsibility - NYTimes.com

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet will publish a landmark report highlighting the inalienable and undeniable link between climate change and human health.We warmly welcome the report’s message of hope, which confirms the fact that climate change is more than just a technical or financial challenge (as Pope Francis did in hisencyclical letter on June 18) and confirms the voice of health in the discussion on climate change. Indeed, the central premise of the Lancet commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the single greatest health opportunity of the 21st…
  • The Lessons of the Loess Plateau

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    From John Dennis Liu here are the bare bones of what I have learned studying the Loess Plateau. There is more detail for those who crave knowledge.John Dennis Liu1. Functional ecosystems gave rise to life and are necessary for life to continue.2. Ecosystem degradation has local, downstream (regional) and global impacts suggesting that we must rethink the way we see our relationship with the Earth. This is an essential part of globalization.3. Human activity without ecological understanding leads to ecosystem collapse.4. 4. Poverty and ecological destruction are interrelated. You must solve…
  • IRENA Conference Launches Martinique Action Plan for Renewables Deployment on SIDS

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    14 July 2015: A conference organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched an action plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in small island developing states (SIDS). The Martinique Action Plan outlines practical steps for deploying renewable energy resources and technologies in SIDS. It also seeks to demonstrate commitment of 27 SIDS and 19 development partners to the IRENA of SIDS Lighthouses Initiative in the run-up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.The ‘Martinique Action Plan for Renewable Energy Deployment on Islands' (MAP) focuses on the…
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    Jennifer Marohasy

  • Remembering, the Day After Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

    jennifer
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    ACCORDING to those who define popular culture, prominent sceptics like myself deny the reality of climate change.   It’s a convenient argument for the activist, and its repeated in a survey I just received today from academic Raymond Orr, University of Melbourne.  According to the preamble to the survey, prominent sceptics like myself “are doubtful that climate […] The post Survey Denying My Position on Climate Change appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
 
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  • Unforced variations: July 2015

    group
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This month’s open thread. How about a focus on cimate science this time? Data visualizations anyone?
  • Heaven belongs to us all – the new papal encyclical

    stefan
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Guest post by Brigitte Knopf With his encyclical “Laudato Si” the Pope has written more than a moral appeal without obligation. He has presented a pioneering political analysis with great explosive power, which will probably determine the public debate on climate change, poverty and inequality for years to come. Thus, the encyclical is also highly relevant to me as a non-Catholic and non-believer; the implications of the encyclical are very apparent through the eyes of a secular person. The core of the encyclical makes clear that global warming is a “global problem with grave…
  • Debate in the noise

    stefan
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Last week there was an international media debate on climate data which appeared to be rather surreal to me. It was claimed that the global temperature data had so far shown a “hiatus” of global warming from 1998-2012, which was now suddenly gone after a data correction. So what happened? One of the data centers that compile the data on global surface temperatures – NOAA – reported in the journal Science on an update of their data. Some artifacts due to changed measurement methods (especially for sea surface temperatures) were corrected and additional data of…
  • NOAA temperature record updates and the ‘hiatus’

    gavin
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    In a new paper in Science Express, Karl et al. describe the impacts of two significant updates to the NOAA NCEI (née NCDC) global temperature series. The two updates are: 1) the adoption of ERSST v4 for the ocean temperatures (incorporating a number of corrections for biases for different methods), and 2) the use of the larger International Surface Temperature Initiative (ISTI) weather station database, instead of GHCN. This kind of update happens all the time as datasets expand through data-recovery efforts and increasing digitization, and as biases in the raw measurements are better…
  • Unforced Variations: June 2015

    group
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    This month’s open thread. Some interesting trends in ocean heat content, surface temperatures, multiple oddly reported papers (which are often linked to ambiguous press releases…) etc. But at least we aren’t working in political science…
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    the Air Vent

  • John Cook – Missing the Point Again

    Jeff Id
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    So a couple of days ago Lubos Motl of the Reference Frame blog discovered that his name was being used by extremist envirowhacko John Cook.   Lubos wrote a rather funny reply in an unserious tone which was then followed up on by a number of blogs including this one.   Lubos’s post was titled: Identity theft: the thief of Lubos_Motl turns out to be a well-known man.  I followed up with a rather angry post about Cook lying to people for his own gain.   Note the title I used: John Cook Proprietor of SKS, Repeat Coauthor of Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky Caught Red Handed Impersonating…
  • John Cook Proprietor of SKS, Repeat Coauthor of Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky Caught Red Handed Impersonating Lubos Motl for Purposes of a University of Australia Research Project

    Jeff Id
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    UPDATE:  Just to be clear to the crowd.  Nobody believes this had to do with LOG 12,13 or papers of the moon landing genre.  Not sure what the study had to do with.  Also, these Lubos posts were not initially visible to the public but were made visible to an unknown number of others by John Cook and eventually released to the public by someone else.  Not that I care either way, I just don’t want to be accused of saying something I didn’t say.   I was rather grumpy when I wrote the post and I suppose I still am, that is why it is called the Air Vent after all.
  • Pat Michaels Powerful Testimony

    Jeff Id
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Pat Michaels testimony at the Committe of Natural Resources was fantastic.  Very short but he really nailed it.  He mentions Nic Lewis who was a coauthor of our Antarctic rebuttal paper to Steig a few years ago.  Nic has been doing some of the best work on climate sensitivity for several years now.   He and Judith Curry released a paper which showed a much lower climate sensitivity is likely accurate, but more importantly, they narrowed the range of sensitivity.   It was great seeing it mentioned to congress. . https://videopress.com/v/fYPBkAya . Anthony Watts covered this yesterday at…
  • A Different Opinion

    Jeff Id
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    What if global warming were reversed and the release of CO2 caused cooling.   Would that be better or worse than today?   Would we be happier as biological entities in a cooling world or would food have a harder time growing?  Would more snow, and more glaciers help the biosphere of planet Earth be stronger?  Would lower sea levels and increased glaciation make life generally better across the planet? I read a post at Judith Curry’s blog today that started with a single phrase that I disagree with: We know that climate change is a problem Climate change as we are now taught being…
  • Lewandowsky’s Mess – A question of misrepresentation and scientific integrity

    Jeff Id
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    With the endless continuation of Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky’s attacks on those skeptical of the conclusions of activist climate science, I don’t think I’ve made something clear enough in the past.  In his Recursive Fury article, Lewandowsky published a derogatory statement as a scientific fact, completely contrary to the facts he had in his possession (generally a scientific no-no)and I can prove it fairly convincingly.  The article in question was taken off line immediately in response to my complaint, the reference was changed to something else equally inaccurate but less…
 
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    Claimer.org

  • Claimer.org - Climate Change Litigation News - Overview list

    claimer.org
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:55 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated - Thursday, JulY 16, 2015 New climate change compensation case in Germany - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Suing CO2 polluters here, enforcing judgments there - TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to
  • Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated

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

    claimer.org
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    The disputed Laguna Palcacocha at risk of flooding the city of Huaraz in Peru due to Climate Change (image 2002 Georg Kaser) According to The Guardian, a Peruvian farmer asks a German coal mining and energy giant (RWE) to pay a share a 0.5% (20,000 €) of the costs needed to prevent indirect effects of climate change. The costs are needed to protect his home from ever increasing floods which
  • Suing CO2 polluters here, enforcing judgments there

    claimer.org
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
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  • Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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    14 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide A study elaborated by a network of lawyers around the globe confirms our findings: Some Latin American civil law is particularly favorable to victims of climate change claiming compensation from CO2 polluters. The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide study also confirms that India is a
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  • Climate Catastrophes: Worst-Case Scenarios

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

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

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    20 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Climate Seer James Hansen Issues His Direst Forecast Yet The Daily Beast By Mark Hertsgaard James Hansen, the former NASA scientist whose congressional testimony put global warming on the world’s agenda a quarter-century ago, is now warning that humanity could confront “sea level rise of several meters”… (…) Read More at
  • Welcome to 2050 : Here’s what the planet has in store

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    12 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Welcome to 2050 : Here’s what the planet has in store The Sydney Morning Herald By Lucy Cormack Welcome to 2050. The days are hotter, the sun is harsher and sea levels are up. A series of extreme storms have hit NSW that have been directly linked to the warm ocean temperatures associated with global warming…. (…) Read More at The Sydney Morning Herald : Welcome to 2050 : Here’s what the planet has in store  The post Welcome to 2050 : Here’s what the planet has in store appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
  • New UNHRC Resolution on Nexus of CC and Human Rights

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    12 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    New UNHRC Resolution on Nexus of CC and Human Rights American University By Wil Burns This past week, the Council passed its fourth resolution on the topic, likely seeking to send a signal to the Parties to the UNFCCC in advance of the COP21 meeting in Paris… (…) Read More at School of International Service, American University : New UNHRC Resolution on Nexus of CC and Human Rights  The post New UNHRC Resolution on Nexus of CC and Human Rights appeared first on Climate Vulnerable Forum.
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  • The Carbon Footprint of a Lawn

    Ted Redmond
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    “My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.” — Tim Allen It’s summer in Minnesota.  The sun is shining, everything is a rich vibrant green, and the smell of fresh cut grass is wafting through the window.  That smell triggered childhood memories for me…as well as curiosity: what is the carbon footprint of lawn care?  Before we calculate our lawn's footprint, let's look at some lawn facts:80% of all residences in the United States have private lawns.Lawns cover 31,629,440 acres in the United States.  This is an…
  • Carbon Neutral Business is Sustainable Business

    Ted Redmond
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    “When sustainability is viewed as being a matter of survival for your business, I believe you can create massive change” — Cameron Sinclair In our last post, we explored the definition of sustainability according to ecological economist Herman Daly.  When measured against his comprehensive definition of sustainability, very few businesses or products have yet to achieve true sustainability.A clothing company, for example, that focuses on using only certified organic cotton has certainly made strides in terms of use of it’s renewable raw materials.  If that company…
  • Sustainability May Not Mean What You Think It Means

    Ted Redmond
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    “Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all” — Paul Hawken Sustainability is a big deal today.  It is an oft-uttered term among a wide array of businesses and designers.  According to studies by BSR and Global Scan, 62% of business leaders “identified the integration of sustainability into core business operations as the most important leadership challenge for business today.”   Sustainability is important to businesses of all stripes.  To many business leaders…
  • The Atmosphere We Create - The Typical American Carbon Footprint

    Ted Redmond
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    “Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” — Abu Bakr Over the last few years, the number of Americans who report being familiar with the term “Carbon Footprint” has gone from the minority to the majority.  Most people now not only know the term but also want to see us act on making meaningful reductions on our greenhouse gas emissions.73% of Americans see Global Warming as a threat. (Bloomberg)65% favor proposals to set higher emission standards for business and 62% and for automobiles. (Gallup)83% of Americans want their country to…
  • Balancing Actions With Priorities is Solution To Climate Change

    Ted Redmond
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” — Robert Swan These statistics indicate that for most of us, our values include mitigating climate change and making changes to improve our environmental impact.  The US Federal Government and a few select State governments provide $21.5B in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.  One third of that subsidy, $6.5B annually, directly subsidizes oil exploration both within the United States as well as overseas - that is almost as much as the entire funding the EPA receives.  What…
 
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  • Tracking California Renewable Energy

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

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

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    The Sacramento Bee has published my op-ed discussing how an upcoming Sacramento City Council decision on a mega-gas station relates to larger climate change issues.  The op-ed is reprinted below:Mega-gas Station will Worsen Climate ChangeWith great fanfare, the Sacramento City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.The plan is well liked outside Sacramento. Mayor Kevin Johnson received national credit, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to a White House task force.But to maintain leadership, the council…
  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Transportation Fuel Use

    10 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    More California greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation than any other sector.  The most recent inventory from the California Air Resources Board shows transportation emissions of over 172 million tons annually, accounting for 37% of the state total (data here).  90% of the transportation emissions come from on-road sources, with the remainder coming from rail, aviation, off-road and watercraft.Cutting transportation related carbon emissions by 50% between now and 2030 was the subject of a workshop held by several California agencies earlier this week.   (Agenda and…
  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Energy Efficiency

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    While Governor Jerry Brown was in Canada telling the Climate Summit of the Americas that unles we act soon, we are headed towards "ecological collapse" and that "We're on a Titanic unless we turn," (Sacramento Bee), state agency staff and appointees were busy holding workshops delving into the details of how California will achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2050.Meeting the reduction targets will require creativity, ingenuity and perseverance.  State agencies are aligning their programs with the steps needed to achieve energy efficiency, renewable…
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