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  • Jon Stewart shreds televised coverage of the People’s Climate March and then explains why it’s so ridiculous we need to march in the first place

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    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Try not to fall out of your seat with laughter as Jon Stewart burns the bumbling televised media coverage of the People’s Climate March and uses a cup of water and a bowl of ice to give the high-school science lessons some of us (ahem) clearly never got. This clip from Monday evening’s edition of The Daily Show is a must-see. Warning: Contains some adult language Made you laugh? You can thank The Daily Show for that.
  • Claim: Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    While we have record high sea ice in Antarctica, the Australian research council is figuring that a collapse of Antarctic ice is imminent, followed by 3-4 meters of sea-level rise. It’s all based on a model that they took back in time to 14,000 years ago to model “meltwater pulse 1A” seen in the graph…
  • Revisions to Pages2K Arctic

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Kaufman and the PAGES2K Arctic2K group recently published a series of major corrections to their database, some of which directly respond to Climate Audit criticism. The resulting reconstruction has been substantially revised with substantially increased medieval warmth. His correction of the contaminated Igaliku series is unfortunately incomplete and other defects remain. In several Climate Audit posts, I criticized PAGES2K for using Miller’s Hvitarvatn, Iceland varve data, upside down to the interpretation of the original author, an eminent paleo-scientist (see here; here). Kaufman…
  • Understanding Greenland Ice Sheet's meltwater channels

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger.
  • 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

  • Jon Stewart shreds televised coverage of the People’s Climate March and then explains why it’s so ridiculous we need to march in the first place

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Try not to fall out of your seat with laughter as Jon Stewart burns the bumbling televised media coverage of the People’s Climate March and uses a cup of water and a bowl of ice to give the high-school science lessons some of us (ahem) clearly never got. This clip from Monday evening’s edition of The Daily Show is a must-see. Warning: Contains some adult language Made you laugh? You can thank The Daily Show for that.
  • Who Says Voters Don’t Care About Climate Change?

    Karthik Ganapathy
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    There’s a lot you can take away from the People’s Climate March. From one perspective, it taught us the sheer extent of what’s possible when diverse groups rally behind a common vision for the future. From another, it taught us how much that kind of grassroots movement can shift the narrative, and draw focus to an issue that simply doesn’t get its share of media attention. Put simply, there’s a lot from last weekend that can inspire and teach us as we continue to build our long-term movement for a future without fossil fuels. But one of the most significant takeaways from The…
  • Watch the throwdown between Naomi Klein and Stephen Colbert on capitalism vs. the climate

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Naomi Klein appeared on Tuesday night’s Colbert Report, and gave capitalism a good hard knock. Needless to say, Stephen Colbert wasn’t having it. Watch what happened next in the video below. The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive
  • The poem that moved world leaders to tears at the UN Climate Summit

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands wrote a poem for her daughter, and it brought down the house on Tuesday at the UN Climate Summit in New York. This 4-minute video is a must-see. Oh, and you might want to grab a tissue (or two). Courtesy of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters
  • Church of Sweden completes full divestment

    Louise Hazan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Before the warm glow of empowerment from this weekend’s People’s Climate Mobilisation has even worn off, there’s some incredible news to share with you on the divestment campaign front. President Al Gore is presenting over 800 fossil fuel divestment commitments by institutions and individuals in a speech to heads of state at the UN Climate Summit in New York today. Among them, the Church of Sweden is announcing that it has completed its divestment process by ridding itself of its remaining holdings in gas companies. Its assets of $691,292,490 are now completely fossil free. And ,whilst…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Claim: Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels

    Anthony Watts
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    While we have record high sea ice in Antarctica, the Australian research council is figuring that a collapse of Antarctic ice is imminent, followed by 3-4 meters of sea-level rise. It’s all based on a model that they took back in time to 14,000 years ago to model “meltwater pulse 1A” seen in the graph…
  • From my inbox today – “Climate Credit”

    Anthony Watts
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This is reminiscent of how it started in Australia with the carbon tax. Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your October Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Twice a year, in April and October*, your household and millions of…
  • Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘Mass gathering of 35,000 walruses is latest sign of global warming’

    Anthony Watts
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Because -there’s no other possible explanation- global warming must be to blame. Eric Worrall writes: In a sign that the climate alarmist camp has not only jumped the shark, but danced an intricate ballet while taking the leap, we now have the latest sign of the end times – global warming is being blamed for…
  • New Book from Roger Pielke Jr. – The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change

    Anthony Watts
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Roger Pielke Jr. announces a new book –  In recent years the media, politicians, and activists have popularized the notion that climate change has made disasters worse. But what does the science actually say? Roger Pielke, Jr. takes a close look at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the underlying scientific research,…
  • WOW. Nature article suggests ‘Ditch the 2 °C warming goal’

    Anthony Watts
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ditch the 2 °C warming goal Average global temperature is not a good indicator of planetary health. Track a range of vital signs instead, urge David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel. For nearly a decade, international diplomacy has focused on stopping global warming at 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. This goal — bold and…
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    Climate Audit

  • Revisions to Pages2K Arctic

    Steve McIntyre
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Kaufman and the PAGES2K Arctic2K group recently published a series of major corrections to their database, some of which directly respond to Climate Audit criticism. The resulting reconstruction has been substantially revised with substantially increased medieval warmth. His correction of the contaminated Igaliku series is unfortunately incomplete and other defects remain. In several Climate Audit posts, I criticized PAGES2K for using Miller’s Hvitarvatn, Iceland varve data, upside down to the interpretation of the original author, an eminent paleo-scientist (see here; here). Kaufman…
  • Sliming by Stokes

    Steve McIntyre
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Stokes’ most recent post, entitled “What Steve McIntyre Won’t Show You Now”, contains a series of lies and fantasies, falsely claiming that I’ve been withholding MM05-EE analyses from readers in my recent fisking of ClimateBaller doctrines, falsely claiming that I’ve “said very little about this recon [MM05-EE] since it was published” and speculating that I’ve been concealing these results because they were “inconvenient”. It’s hard to keep up with ClimateBaller fantasies and demoralizing to respond to such dreck. Far…
  • ClimateBallers and the MM05 Simulations

    Steve McIntyre
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    ClimateBallers are extremely suspicious of the MM05 simulation methodology, to say the least.  A recurrent contention is that we should have removed the climate “signal” from the NOAMER tree ring network before calculating parameters for our red noise simulations, though it is not clear how you would do this when you not only don’t know the true “signal”, but its estimation is the purpose of the study. In the actual NOAMER network, because of the dramatic inconsistency between the 20 stripbark chronologies and the 50 other chronologies, it is impossible to…
  • t-Statistics and the “Hockey Stick Index”

    Steve McIntyre
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    In MM05,  we quantified the “hockeystick-ness” of a series as the difference between the 1902-1980 mean (the “short centering” period of Mannian principal components) and the overall mean (1400-1980), divided by the standard deviation – a measure that we termed its “Hockey Stick Index (HSI)”.  The histograms of its distribution for 10,000 simulated networks (shown in MM05 Figure 2) were the primary diagnostic in MM05 for the bias in Mannian principal components.  In our opinion, these histograms established the defectiveness of Mannian principal…
  • What Nick Stokes Wouldn’t Show You

    Steve McIntyre
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    In MM05, we quantified the hockeystick-ness of simulated PC1s as the difference between the 1902-1980 mean (the “short centering” period of Mannian principal components) and the overall mean (1400-1980), divided by the standard deviation – a measure that we termed its “Hockey Stick Index (HSI)”.  In MM05 Figure 2, we showed histograms of the HSI distributions of Mannian and centered PC1s from 10,000 simulated networks. Nick Stokes contested this measurement as merely a “M&M creation”.  While we would be more than happy to be credited for the…
 
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  • Understanding Greenland Ice Sheet's meltwater channels

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger.
  • Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In a newly published analysis, the risk of high blood pressure among 5,400 post-menopausal women was higher the closer they lived to a major roadway. The result, which accounts for a wide variety of possible confounding factors, adds to concerns that traffic exposure may present public health risks.
  • Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future. A subset of present coral fauna will likely populate oceans as water temperatures continue to rise, researchers have reported.
  • Predicting impact of climate change on species that can't get out of the way

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When scientists talk about the consequences of climate change, it can mean more than how we human beings will be impacted by higher temperatures, rising seas and serious storms. Plants and trees are also feeling the change, but they can't move out of the way. Researchers have developed a new tool to overcome a major challenge of predicting how organisms may respond to climate change.
  • Support for controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the plumage of birds. Though many were skeptical of Darwin's 'jump dispersal' idea, a new study suggests that Darwin might have been correct.
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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

  • Online Course: Climate Change Science and Negotiations

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Climate Change Science and NegotiationCourse SummaryHumanity has just about run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in mean surface temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put the Earth in dangerous, uncharted territory. Yet we currently are on a path toward an increase of 4º or more this century. The last chance for action has arrived. That chance lies in Paris in December 2015. Either governments will agree to decisive action, as they have promised, or we will look back at 2015 as the year when climate sanity slipped through…
  • We throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, and glass

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The much-anticipated U.N. Climate Summit, which began a few days ago in New York, and was ostensibly a platform for world leaders to leap frog debates over whether climate change is real, and skip straight to discussions centered around how to overcome the challenges it poses. But it’s also an impetus for those beyond the sessions’ panels to illuminate troubling patterns of behavior that are contributing to our collective carbon footprint—and food waste is without question one of the most egregious, especially in the United States.In 2012, the most recent year for which estimates are…
  • UN:Rapid mangrove loss costing $ billions

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    (CNS): The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations has revealed in a new report which points to billions of dollars in economic damage impacting millions of lives. Mangrove Destruction in CancunThe destruction of the coastal habitats is said to now be three to five times faster than global forest loss resulting in $42 billion losses annually and exposing ecosystems and coastal habitats to an increased risk of devastation from climate change. The report was launched Monday at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and…
  • Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Computer giant IBM last week revealed the prototype of its advanced solar electricity generators: a 30ft-high concrete “sunflower” fitted with wafer-thin aluminium mirrors and a maze of tiny tubes for carrying coolant through the heart of each device. The machines, which will be built in conjunction with the Swiss company Airlight Energy, can convert 80% of the sun’s radiation into electricity and hot water, it is claimed, with each generating 12 kilowatts of electricity and 20kW of heat on a sunny day, enough to supply several homes.At the device’s official unveiling in Zurich,…
  • On Low-Carbon Economies

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Former Costa Rican president and Carbon War Room head José María Figueres on islands, carbon, and global energy useIn 1994 at age 39, José María Figueres was elected president of Costa Rica, becoming the youngest president of a Central American country during modern times. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, his administration focused on sustainable development. Since then, he has served as the chair of a United Nations taskforce, CEO of the World Economic Forum and then Concordia 21, and most…
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  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Sophie C. Lewis and David J. Karoly have just had a paper published by the American Meteorological Society. Its starts on page 31 of a special edition, ‘Explaining Extreme Events of 2013: From a Climate Perspective’ that is a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 95, Number 9, September 2014. [...]
  • Sydney Morning Herald not balanced, not fair, not factual

    jennifer
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    ON 10th September 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article suggesting that I was an amateur, hostile to climate science and in denial. When I attempted to respond by way of an opinion piece, I was told there was no space. That I would not be published. I’ve just lodged a complaint with the [...]
  • Absolutely Politically Incorrect: Maximum Temperatures at Bourke and Bathurst

    jennifer
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. Who said that? What does it mean? Of course, for the educated climate scientist this chart that shows the mean annual maximum temperatures for Bathurst gaol and Bourke post office should be homogenised. But what beauty and intrigue in raw data that throws up [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    “The mass crushes out the insight and reflection that are still possible with the individual, and this necessarily leads to doctrinaire and authoritarian tyranny if ever the constitutional State should succumb to a fit of weakness. “Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given [...]
  • Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? Part 2.

    jennifer
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    THE Bureau of Meteorology has spent several weeks looking for documentation to support its recent claim that, contrary to what is written in its published station catalogue, the weather station at Rutherglen was once moved. The Bureau hasn’t been able to find any actual documentation to verify this move. But this hasn’t stopped it nevertheless [...]
 
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    The Blackboard

  • The winner of the Sea Ice Bet Minimum is…

    lucia
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
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  • 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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    RealClimate

  • Limiting global warming to 2 °C – why Victor and Kennel are wrong

    stefan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    In a comment in Nature titled Ditch the 2 °C warming goal, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel advocate just that. But their arguments don’t hold water. It is clear that the opinion article by Victor & Kennel is meant to be provocative. But even when making allowances for that, the arguments which they present are ill-informed and simply not supported by the facts. The case for limiting global warming to at most 2°C above preindustrial temperatures remains very strong. Let’s start with an argument that they apparently consider especially…
  • Free climate science / modeling class beginning Sept. 29

    david
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change is a free online adaptation of a college-level class for non-science majors at the University of Chicago (textbook, video lectures). The class includes 33 short exercises for playing with on-line models, 5 “number-cruncher” problems where you create simple models from scratch in a spreadsheet or programming language, and 8 “explainer” assignments where you explain some concept as you would to a smart 11-year old child (short, simple, clear), and exchange these with other students in the class for feedback. The…
  • The story of methane in our climate, in five pie charts

    david
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    methane_pie
  • 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).
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    the Air Vent

  • Nic Lewis and Judith Curry Give Certainty

    Jeff Id
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    So much of the IPCC argument is based on uncertainty.   Nic Lewis has been working rather tirelessly on improving climate science’s understanding of the observation based magnitude of warming from CO2.  This time he teamed up with Judith Curry and published a new paper establishing a far tighter uncertainty range for climate sensitivity to CO2 based warming.  The answers they show are substantially lower than the IPCC model based estimates and in my opinion substantially more credible.  See Nic’s article describing their results at climate audit here.
  • CG

    Jeff Id
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    I just want to post a link to an excellent summary of hide the decline by Jean S at Climate Audit.
  • 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…
 
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  • To what extent does on-hold music have an effect on people?

    Jacqui Keep
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    As the UK’s leading free conference call provider, we have launched a new on-hold music campaign this week in a bid to better the music our customers hear whilst waiting for other participants to join their call. Check out the new music now or take our fun quiz to see which type of music suits you best.  With the belief that music can play a large part in altering people’s moods, boosting people’s confidence and preparing people for certain situations we have surveyed the nation to find out exactly what extent music has on individuals and the relationships people have with different…
  • 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…
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    Behind Current Events

  • UN Security Council Adopts Resolution On Terrorists

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to address the threat from terrorists. The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution which calls on Member States to cooperate in efforts to combat the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The Security Council’s meeting marks the sixth time in the UN’s 70 year historyRead more
  • How Much Have Drought Stricken Californians Reduced Water Use?

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    California is facing one of its worst droughts in recent history. Back in January, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency due to the drought. Brown called for all Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent. How have Californians responded to his challenge? A few weeks ago the State Water Resources Control BoardRead more
  • Media Ignores Destruction of Armenian Church In Syria

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    If it wasn’t for Armenian news sites such as Armenian Weekly and Asbarez, I wouldn’t know that the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A Google search shows that only Armenian news sites, Middle Eastern news agencies, bloggers and independent media inRead more
  • Governments, Organizations and Companies Pledge To Protect Farmers

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Governments, organizations and companies pledged to protect 500 million farmers from climate change. Over 20 governments, 30 organizations and companies announced they would join the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. The countries joining represent millions of farmers, 43 million undernourished people and 16 percent of total agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The aims ofRead more
  • Government and Business Leaders To Mobilize Billions To Fight Climate Change

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Leaders from the government, investment community and financial institutions announced at the Climate Summit that they will mobilize over $200 billion by the end of 2015 to fight climate change. The funding includes public and private financing and pledges by donor and developing countries to the Green Climate Fund. The new financing will be availableRead more
 
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • Blog Launch: Costa Rica is green and growing despite climate concerns

    Edgar Gutiérrez
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    This is the first of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. Costa Rica’s Environment & Energy Minister Explains how the country’s Climate Actions Support Socioeconomic Prosperity and the Environment Responding to Climate Change By Edgar…
  • Climate, Migration & Displacement Event

    CVF Editor
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the outskirts of Thata in Pakistan, women displaced by the 2010 flooding line up to fetch water. Source: Asian Development Bank. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Climate Change, Displacement & Migration: Ensuring Effective Adaptation Policies and Solutions Thursday 25 September 2014 Please join the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization on Migration (IOM), Refugees International, and other partners for a breakfast…
  • UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    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 Editor
    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.
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