Monthly Archives: March 2011

Icebergs, phytoplankton, and CO2 – negative feedback

Via Lewis Page at the Register: Some cheerful news on the climate change front today, as US government boffins report that ice breaking off the Antarctic shelves and melting in the sea causes carbon dioxide to be removed from the … Continue reading

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New Hampshire House Votes to Quit Cap-and-Trade

The New Hampshire House of Representatives, the third largest legislative body in the world, voted yesterday to end the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program. The House voted 251-108 after less than 5 minutes of debate … Continue reading

Posted in Cap-and-trade, Carbon credits, Carbon dioxide, Carbon footprint, Climate News, Energy, Government idiocy, Politics | Tagged , , , | 51 Comments

Expect the BEST, plan for the worst

RELATED ARTICLES, highly suggested: Clarification on BEST submitted to the House Pielke Sr. on the Muller testimony Independent company station siting analysis demonstrates the problem Quote of the Week – other scientists weigh in Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, I had … Continue reading

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The planes! The planes!

From Dr. Roger Pielke Senior: (with apologies to Tattoo) There is a news article on March 29 2011 from Rueters titled Aircraft condensation trails criss-crossing the sky may be warming the planet on a normal day more than the carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Clarification on BEST submitted to the House

UPDATES: A number of feckless political commentators have simply missed this response I prepared, so I’m posting it to the top for a day or two. I’ll have a follow up on what I’ve learned since then in the next … Continue reading

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New climate data term: “bodge”

I learn something new every day. “Bodge” – here’s the definition from Wikitionary: Etymology 1 The term “bodge” derives from Middle English boccen, which means “to mend.” Verb bodge (third-person singular simple present bodges, present participle bodging, simple past and … Continue reading

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Sunengy, with a chance of typhoons

Yes, it floats on water, and has a Fresnel lens from the local high school projectionist club, but what about typhoons and lesser gales? No mention of that. Somehow, this bullet point from the Overview page doesn’t seem reassuring: Floating … Continue reading

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Mental Sloth and Joshua Trees

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach “Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions” Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900 Anthony discussed the press release about the paper Past and ongoing shifts in Joshua tree distribution support future modeled range … Continue reading

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Warm water, cold winters

From California Institute of Technology: Warm water causes extra-cold winters in northeastern North America and northeastern Asia PASADENA, Calif.—If you’re sitting on a bench in New York City’s Central Park in winter, you’re probably freezing. After all, the average temperature … Continue reading

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Anti-Nuclear Power Hysteria and its Significant Contribution to Global Warming

Guest post by Michael Dickey (cross posted from his website matus1976.com) The decline of nuclear power has had a significant effect on global carbon emissions and subsequently any anthropogenic global warming effect. To see the extent of this influence, let … Continue reading

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California governor to declare end to drought

Table from Department of Water Resources (DWR) here Governor to Declare End of Drought By Nicole Garcia KMPH TV, Fresno. Fresno –  Thanks to our wetter than normal winter, Governor Jerry Brown is set to declare an end to California’s … Continue reading

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The greens worst nightmare? A CO2 to Oil process

From the University of Minnesota: U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable “petroleum” using bacteria, sunlight and carbon dioxide MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/23/2011) —University of Minnesota researchers are a key step closer to making renewable … Continue reading

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MESSENGER Sends Back First Image of Mercury from Orbit

And it looks a lot like our moon…below is an artists rendition, and below the “Continue reading…” line is the actual image. From the MESSENGER website: Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. … Continue reading

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Communicating uncertain climate risks

Note to NSF: It isn’t the method of communication, it’s the message itself. See the latest Gallup Poll to see how global warming aka climate change has come in dead last for environmental concerns. From the National Science Foundation In … Continue reading

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A new form of hydroelectric power – no dam needed

From Stanford University: A unique idea that has great potential (pun intended). The only catch is that availability and quality of fresh water is one of the biggest environmental concerns now, way ahead of global warming. Stanford researchers use river … Continue reading

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Record Snow in Sierra – Near 200% of normal at Boreal Ski resort

“Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms,” says the IPCC in 2001. Recent snows suggest much for AGW induced snow worries, but still the hype continues: “Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” said Jeff Masters, director of … Continue reading

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Here, let me fix that headline for you

Deadly collision? Really? This must be before they remove all the automobiles from London per the recent edict from the EU/EC. The author must have suffered through too many “BBQ summer” heat waves in the London tube. Here’s more:

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Tuesday Titter

Scott Adams says through Dilbert what we have all been thinking lately…

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Visualizing the “Greenhouse Effect” – Molecules and Photons

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein This series began with a mechanical analogy for the Atmospheric “Greenhouse Effect” and progressed a bit more deeply into Atmospheric Windows and Emission Spectra. In this posting, we consider the interaction between air molecules, including … Continue reading

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Yeah, that’s gonna work

By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels 4:16PM BST 28 Mar 2011 The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050. The plan also envisages an end to … Continue reading

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Gallup’s public opinion poll on global warming? Dead last

Water Issues Worry Americans Most, Global Warming Least PRINCETON, NJ — With Earth Day about a month away, Americans tell Gallup they worry the most about several water-related risks and issues among nine major environmental issues. They worry least about … Continue reading

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Model trumps observation – dam operator caught in fabrication

From Operator of dam ‘invented’ rain data Hedley Thomas, National chief correspondent March 26, 2011 12:00AM EXTREME rainfall so rare it happens on average once every 2000 years has been “invented” by the government operator of a major Queensland dam … Continue reading

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Bombshell conclusion – new peer reviewed analysis: “worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years”

The paper is currently in press at the Journal of Coastal Research and is provided with open access to the full publication. The results are stunning for their contradiction to AGW theories which suggest global warming would accelerate sea level … Continue reading

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Little oxygen hogs

Algae and bacteria hogged oxygen after ancient mass extinction, slowing recovery of marine life, say Stanford researchers After the biggest mass extinction in Earth’s history – 250 million years ago – algae and bacteria in the ocean rebounded so fast … Continue reading

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An opportunity for online peer review

I have been asked to present this for review by readers here, and to solicit critical comments for the purpose of improving the presentation. Moderators please remove any off-topic comments and commenters please stick to the issues of review. – … Continue reading

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Olympic sized climate control pie in the sky

From Slashdot.org “In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will shade spectators and athletes from the intense sun. The $500,000 artificial clouds … Continue reading

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What did you do for Earth Hour? The (yawn) reality

Here’s a collection of thoughts, quotes, and of course the result of our WUWT poll on “what did you do for Earth Hour? First, my own experience: Being keenly aware of it days ahead, even I forgot about it at … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Quote of the Week: The reason for so much bad science is not that talent is rare, not at all; what is rare is character.” –Sigmund Freud, H/T William Readdy – – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading

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Farmers versus Famine

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Bill McKibben, the skeptics best friend, can always be depended on to provide interesting claims. Never one to let a good crisis go to waste, he opines on the tsunami and our “shrinking margins” over … Continue reading

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The negligent promotion of nuclear panic

It pains me to see large parts of the media still hyperventilating over the very modest amounts of radioactive material coming from the Fukushima Daiichi plant on the east coast of Japan. Nothing has been made more plain that most … Continue reading

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Well, which is it?

Andrew Bolt (via his reader John Coochey) of the Herald Sun notes an astonishing incongruity with expert claims on CO2 warming retention times made about 24 hours apart on radio programs in Australia.

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Carbon taxing greens routed in NSW Australia elections

Maybe there is hope and change after all: Zorro says: March 26, 2011 at 5:16 am The AGW promoting, carbon tax toting, Australian NSW Labour government has just been virtually annihilated in the State elections – there is hope folks.

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Guardian on the food crisis: nothing to do with global warming

UPDATE: Willis Eschenbach eviscerates Bill McKibben on the global food production issue here Despite paid agenda driven bloviations of “Climate-driven food insecurity“, even environmental media king The Guardian sees the real reasons behind it, and it isn’t global warming aka … Continue reading

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CO2 causes unchecked wetdry

This is important because scientists are concerned that unchecked global warming could cause already dry areas to get drier. (Global warming may also cause wet areas to get wetter.) Cao and Caldeira’s findings indicate that reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide could … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Drought, Ridiculae | Tagged , , | 129 Comments

Poll: what are you doing/did you do for Earth Hour Saturday?

UPDATE: Somebody in Toronto is going to really aggravate the greens, see below. Or more importantly, what will the United Nations do? The American Thinker points out the hypocrisy of the UN with the photo below. Does anyone live in … Continue reading

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