Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ooops! Biodegradeable products release methane which is more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas

Bad news for Greenware cups like the one below. Study: Biodegradable Products May Be Bad For The Environment Research from North Carolina State University shows that so-called biodegradable products are likely doing more harm than good in landfills, because they … Continue reading

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Sea Ice News – June ARCUS forecast from readers submitted

JAXA AMSR-E Sea Ice Extent -15% or greater – click to enlarge I submitted the WUWT ARCUS sea ice forecast today, based on votes received in our poll. Here is what I submitted via email, and asked for an acknowledgment:

Posted in Sea Ice News | Tagged , | 52 Comments

Oh noes! Giant thistle weeds a coming consequence of climate change, but another study says “maybe not”

Yellow starthistle is indeed a problem in western states, but the problem preceded “climate change” by decades.  See the end of the press release for more. Climate change allows invasive weed to outcompete local species May 31, 2011 WEST LAFAYETTE, … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Alarmism | Tagged , , , | 51 Comments

Temperature reconstruction of Greenland shows ups and downs in climate happened over 5600 years

Greenland’s early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from lakes near the Norse settlement in … Continue reading

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Skeptic Strategy for Talking About Global Warming

Guest Post by Ira Glickstein What should a responsible Skeptic say to an astute audience? When recently invited by the “Technology, Engineering, and Science Plus” group in my community to give a talk and answer questions, I knew I would … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Cap-and-trade, carbon tax, Climate sensitivity, Climategate, Climate_change, Global warming, NASA GISS, Uncategorized | 557 Comments

Hail and waterspouts in Australian coastal cities

Details and video here. Hail that covered the ground like snow along the Gold Coast, photo below:

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Kill It With Fire

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The discussion of the 1998 Mann “Hockeystick” seems like it will never die. (The “Hockeystick” was Dr. Michael Mann’s famous graph showing flatline historical temperatures followed by a huge modern rise.) Claims of the Hockeystick’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 111 Comments

The Washington Post produces a bigoted editorial against the public’s right to know

From WashPost: Freedom of Information Act not for skeptics’ use by Steve Milloy In a bizarre Memorial Day editorial, the Washington Post criticized climate skeptics for using the Freedom of Information Act to pry documents concerning Climategater Michael Mann from … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness, Copygate | 73 Comments

New WUWT Oceanic Oscillation Page – With Link Tutorial

Introducing WUWT’s newest addition, the Oceanic Oscillation Page, which includes graphs and graphics,on Oceanic Oscillations including the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), El Niño/La Niña and the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation (AMO). It was a struggle to find content for this page, … Continue reading

Posted in AMO, Climate data, ENSO, measurement, Oceans, PDO, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 17 Comments

Knee jerk energy policy

BBC – 30 May, 2011 Germany pledges to end all nuclear power by 2022 Germany’s ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants.

Posted in Politics | 230 Comments

Memorial Day 2011 – America’s Finest Hours

On this Memorial Day, 2011 we of course honor and remember the men and women who gave so much to preserve our freedoms in this country. That path is the most common theme that people follow, and it is most … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space, Technology | 51 Comments

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Several readers of last week’s TWTW commented that TWTW may be giving too much credit to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and others, by … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News Roundup | 12 Comments

It’s All Over: Kyoto Protocol Loses Four Big Nations

Saturday, 28 May 2011 16:58 Agence France-Presse DEAUVILLE, France: Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 193 Comments

“May snow depths are deeper than anything we have seen in the last 45 years”

That’s from the avalanche center in the Tetons, and here is a current web-cam view up Yosemite Valley towards still-closed Tioga Pass (in the left background): AP has a nice roundup of late snow and snowpack news (including the Teton … Continue reading

Posted in records, snowfall, Weather | 215 Comments

The Worst “Cook”book Interview Ever?

Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones. (AKA Bob_FJ) In addition to regular readers at WUWT, those familiar with John Cook’s misleadingly named website “Skeptical Science” may be offended by the following interview with John Cook and Haydn Washington about their new … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, media, Opinion | Tagged , , , | 99 Comments

Is Bill Nye Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Post by Ryan Maue It’s a wonder why the media continue to trot out the likes of Bill Nye and Michio Kaku to speak about climate change and the weather when they already have folks like Al Roker and Sam … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | Tagged , | 95 Comments

Open thread weekend

Posting will be light this weekend through Monday. Guest posters are welcome to submit stories. Enjoy your holiday (and don’t forget to honor those who gave the ultimate price on memorial day)! – Anthony

Posted in Open Thread | 96 Comments

Warmer temperatures stimulate the gain of carbon stored in trees

Global Warming May Affect the Capacity of Trees to Store Carbon, MBL Study Finds WOODS HOLE, MA—One helpful action anyone can take in response to global warming is to plant trees and preserve forests. Trees and plants capture carbon dioxide … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon sequestration, Obvious science, Science | 79 Comments

Climate Progress blog shuts down – disappears all previous comments

UPDATE: Josh catches the essence, see below. It appears the mendacious Joe Romm has been given new marching orders by Center for American Progress Big Brother Blog: “Think Progress”. From what I make of it, it seems the management realized … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness | 96 Comments

Quick, ban local citizen owned thermometers

Yes that’s it, the locals are just too stupid to notice global warming because they are conflating it to local temperatures. Let’s remind everyone bloviating about AGW the next time we have a heat wave and record setting local temperatures … Continue reading

Posted in measurement, Ridiculae | 102 Comments

Conservative Think-Tank falsely conflates hurricane forecasting with climate change

Post by Dr. Ryan N. Maue The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative “think-tank”, has again issued a press release asking if NOAA is Smarter than Fifth Graders (?) when forecasting the number of Atlantic tropical storms in … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Politics | 104 Comments

Camping and Climate Change

Image: Anthony Watts Allow me to share with you a speech given by one of my sound colleagues here in the European Parliament.  Derk Jan Eppink is a Dutch national representing Belgium who sits with us in our Euro-sceptic ECR group.  … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Opinion, Satire | 211 Comments

Friday Funny – nursing a hurt

Josh captures the essence of waiting by the phone for your date to call…

Posted in Humor, Satire | 25 Comments

Interesting memo from the White House on science and climate collaboration with the UK

But the words “medal, dinner, and Royal Society” seem to be missing. I suppose Obama just doesn’t see the need to acknowledge them at all. *From:* White House Press Office [] *Sent:* Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:46 AM *To:* … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Science | 42 Comments

Tornadoes and global warming – still no linkage

While Joe Romm, Bill McKibben, and others follow the fear card script to do everything and anything they can to link severe weather to global warming, they are clearly fighting a losing battle for public opinion on the issue. Now, … Continue reading

Posted in tornadoes, Weather | 80 Comments

New Jersey announces intent to pull out of RGGI cap and trade – Christie strikes major blow

In a press conference moments ago in Trenton, Gov. Christie announced his support for repealing the state’s cap-and-trade law and withdrawing from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 10-state regional compact in the Northeast that implements a cap-and-trade energy … Continue reading

Posted in Cap-and-trade, Politics | 65 Comments

Evidence that early Antarctic Circumpolar Current development affected global climate

From NSF: Significant Role of Oceans in Onset of Ancient Global Cooling Aerial view of the drillship JOIDES Resolution. Credit and Larger Version May 26, 2011 Thirty-eight million years ago, tropical jungles thrived in what are now the cornfields of … Continue reading

Posted in Oceans, Paleoclimatology | 57 Comments

Obama snubs Royal Society, plays ping pong

Post by Ryan Maue: The British media continues to mock and criticize the President, which has been petty and unfair in some respects.  But how do we reconcile this?  From the UK Telegraph Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Science | Tagged , , | 166 Comments

Nursing their wounds with salt

Royal Society Bemoans Freedom of Scientific Information This is a collection of articles related to the In an interview with the Guardian by Sir Paul Nurse of the Royal Society that in connection with FOI: I have been told of … Continue reading

Posted in FOI, Ridiculae | 95 Comments

Tornado in my own back yard tonight

It would be just my luck, that on the day of the biggest weather story in my area of the year, I’d be out of town. I was in Sacramento on an unexpected trip to find an important and now … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 59 Comments

“Snowball Earth” ended by methane – now an impossible theory

From Eurekalert: Caltech-led team debunks theory on end of ‘Snowball Earth’ ice age Finds that rocks used as key geologic evidence were formed deep within Earth millions of years after the ice age ended PASADENA, Calif.—There’s a theory about how … Continue reading

Posted in Methane, Paleoclimatology | 114 Comments

Another tornado outbreak expected


Posted in thunderstorms, tornadoes, Weather | 35 Comments

Oh noes! The abalone must be saved so we can eat it!

From the University of British Columbia: Endangered Gourmet Sea Snail Could be Doomed by Increasing Ocean Acidity Increasing levels of ocean acidity could spell doom for British Columbia’s already beleaguered northern abalone, according to the first study to provide direct … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism | 103 Comments

Last chance for early registration for ICCC6

Last chance! Early registration discount ends Friday! Details below:

Posted in Announcements | 17 Comments

Filling Lake Erie, one headline at a time

This is a press release from OSU, home of Dr. Lonnie Thompson. The press releases from there, written by Earle Holland, tend to be a bit excitable. For example, here’s one from just before COP16. Mr. Holland loves those all … Continue reading

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