2009 shaping up to be a “normal” temperature year in the USA

While we find cooling trends now in RSS and UAH global data from 2002, the US contiguous temperature record for 2009 seems to be returning to very near the normal baseline for temperature in the last century. From World Climate Report: Another Normal Year for U.S. Temperatures? Early last January, when the final 2008 numbers…

EPA sends CO2 endangerment finding to the White House

Excerpts from Reuters story: EPA C02 endangerment finding to White House By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent its final proposal on whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to human health and welfare to the White House for review, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told…

The climate engine

Guest post by Erl Happ What follows is a general theory of natural climate variation supported by observation of the changing temperature of the atmosphere and the sea between 1948 and September 2009. This work suggests that strong warming after 1978 is an entirely natural phenomenon. Imagine a small planet about the size of the…