Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tabloid Meteorology – The Weather Channel goes a bridge too far in storm chasing

UPDATE: I have a “before” picture of the vehicle now, posted below. UPDATE2: Perhaps storm chasing has reached a tipping point. Respected Tornado Reseacher And Storm Chaser Among Dead In Oklahoma | FOX17online.com OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Family members and … Continue reading

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Testimony of Climate Depot’s Marc Morano at Congressional Hearing on Climate Change

Love him or hate him, he’s making an impact. I thought it worthwhile to make his testimony available to read.

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The Baker Institute Climate Embarrassment

Guest essay by Rob Bradley Rice’s Baker Institute Climate Embarrassment (Sass’s ad hominem response to Rep. Smith) “The Baker Institute has some truing up to do in the multi-disciplinary field of climate change. Playing to its strengths, Rice University and … Continue reading

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The Met Office responds to Doug Keenan’s statistical significance issue

Bishop Hill reports that Doug Keenan’s article about statistical significance in the temperature records seems to have had a response from the Met Office. WUWT readers may recall our story here: Uh oh, the Met Office has set the cat … Continue reading

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AGU says CO2 is plant food

Elevated carbon dioxide making arid regions greener 31 May 2013 AGU Release No. 13-24 WASHINGTON, DC—Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in … Continue reading

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Friday Funny – The Global Warming Escalator -vs- The Rocket

Many WUWT readers have seen the famous bit of propaganda produced by John Cook at the antithetically named “Skeptical Science” website, where he creates a series of steps along the graph of global temperatures suggesting that every time climate skeptics … Continue reading

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Plants that got buried during the Little Ice Age come to life again

From the University of Alberta, this news release is making the rounds, but what many of the alarmists don’t get (Joe Romm for example) is that these plants had to have a warm environment to grow in first, then they … Continue reading

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Congressional Budget Office says US carbon tax will generate $1.2 trillion

Lance Wallace writes in Tips and Notes: The Congressional Budget Office has released an analysis of the effects of a carbon tax. At $20 a ton. they estimate about $1.2 trillion in revenues over a 10-year period. A money quote … Continue reading

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An interesting advance in battery applications

From Stanford University encouraging news, a rechargeable Zinc-air battery would put electric cars into the realm of reasonable practicality, where with lead-acid batteries they are currently not. Stanford scientists develop high-efficiency zinc-air battery Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced … Continue reading

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Study says global warming caused by CFCs interacting with cosmic rays, not carbon dioxide

From the University of Waterloo, an extraordinary claim. While plausible, due to the fact that CFC’s have very high GWP numbers, their atmospheric concentrations compared to CO2 are quite low, and the radiative forcings they add are small by comparison … Continue reading

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Climate Craziness of the Week: James Hansen calls for new political party to combat climate change

From his Columbia University web site comes the latest manifesto from ex NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, who calls for a “centrist” third political party. I’ve republished the manifesto below. h/t to Charles the moderator. The American Party James Hansen … Continue reading

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Last three years prove AGW is not responsible for tornadoes

By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM Tuesday was an active severe weather day with 29 reported tornadoes (preliminary). Enlarged But for the season thus far, we are at the bottom end of the frequency as of the date. When it was active … Continue reading

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Is it a failure to communicate, or faulty climate science?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times. Earlier this month, a New York Times article by Andy Revkin voiced concern over a gap between “the consensus” of climate scientists and public acceptance of the theory of … Continue reading

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It’s Official: We Are All Climate Sceptics Now

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Tim Yeo: We Are All Climate Sceptics Now Humans May Not Be Responsible For Global Warming Says Committee Chairman Humans may not be responsible for global warming, the MP who oversees government policy … Continue reading

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Hansen falsified: His extreme sea level rise projections are drowning in hubris

After yesterday’s tongue-in-cheek mention of Obama’s healing the planet (and sea level rise with it) here’s the real lowdown on the current knowledge. It seems that all the science that Hansen uses to base his 5-6 meter sea level rise … Continue reading

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Update on the CLOUD experiment at CERN

Rik Gheysens says: in Tips and Notes The latest results of the CLOUD experiment in CERN are published: http://science.orf.at/stories/1717291/. It’s a German article with the following statements of Jasper Kirkby (head of the CLOUD experiment): At the present time we … Continue reading

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Modeling sea ice loss

From Wiley Study explores atmospheric impact of declining Arctic sea ice There is growing recognition that reductions in Arctic sea ice levels will influence patterns of atmospheric circulation both within and beyond the Arctic. New research in the International Journal … Continue reading

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Peer review falls for recycled manuscripts

Margaret writes in tips and notes: More about the failure of peer review— or more precisely its inconsistency in producing reliable assessments of the value of the submitted article http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6577844 Abstract A growing interest in and concern about the adequacy … Continue reading

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Obama was right–‘the rise of the oceans began to slow’

From his June 4, 2008 speech on winning the Democratic primaries: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.” Here’s the proof: Ten year running mean sea level rise … Continue reading

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Another electric car company goes belly up

JERUSALEM (AP) — It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel’s self-described status as “Start-Up Nation,” a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world’s reliance on oil — and … Continue reading

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Australian scientists take 6 degrees of global warming off the table, say it is closer to 2 degrees

From the University of Melbourne Scientists narrow global warming range Australian scientists have narrowed the predicted range of global warming through groundbreaking new research. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Victoria University have generated what they say are more reliable projections … Continue reading

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Slaying the ‘Slayers’ with Watts – part 2

Light Bulb Back Radiation Experiment Guest essay by Curt Wilson In the climate blogosphere, there have been several posts recently on the basic principles of radiative physics and how they relate to heat transfer. (see yesterday’s experiment by Anthony here) … Continue reading

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Northern Extratropical Sea Surface Temperatures Are Cool, But Not Abnormally So

Many persons visit the Unisys Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly webpage to check on the surface temperatures of the oceans. Some people prefer the webpage due to the color scaling, which has light blues extending into positive anomalies. Unfortunately, the scaling … Continue reading

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HadCRUt4: revision or revisionism?

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley As Bob Tisdale has recently pointed out, the monthly temperature anomaly series published by the Hadley Centre and the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia has just been extensively revised. … Continue reading

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The 97% consensus paper is starting to fall apart

Two developments suggest that Cook et al 2013 Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature may be soon be headed for “retraction watch”, since serious problems with the data are becoming evident, which when accounted for … Continue reading

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How much do you want to bet global warming causes sharknadoes?

No, really, after the week we’ve had where every opportunist out there is trying to blame global warming for the Moore Oklahoma tornado, I’m not kidding. Sharknadoes are the new EF10. The brief description: When a freak hurricane swamps Los … Continue reading

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Last chance to help fund the 50 to 1 project

Just over a day left now. Note, I have no financial interest in this film, I’m merely one of the people to be interviewed. Thanks – Anthony =========================================== 50-to-1 has the potential to shift the climate debate for good! Watch … Continue reading

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New WUWT-TV segment: Slaying the ‘slayers’ with Watts

As readers may know, Dr. Roy Spencer and I have had a long running disagreement with the group known as “Principia Scientific International” aka the Sky Dragon Slayers after the title of their book. While I think these people mean … Continue reading

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Uh oh, the Met Office has set the cat amongst the pigeons

Excerpt from Bishop Hill (plus a cartoon from Josh) showing that the claim of a statistically significant temperature rise can’t be supported, and the Met office is ducking parliamentary questions: (h/t Randy Hughes) Met Office admits claims of significant temperature … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-05-25 (May 25, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week:. Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the … Continue reading

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New El Niño causal pattern discovered

From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST: Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El Niño El Niño wreaks havoc across the globe, shifting weather patterns that spawn droughts in some regions and floods in others. The impacts of this tropical … Continue reading

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NODC Provides 1st Quarter 2013 Ocean Heat Content Update & Alarmist Writes Science Fiction

This morning I found two emails in my inbox about an alarmist blog post that claims Big Jump in Ocean Warming, in response to the NODC’s recent quarterly update of their Ocean Heat Content data. (Thanks, Anthony and Marc.) The … Continue reading

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Claim: 400 PPM CO2 gives the weather ‘personality’ of the extreme kind – rebuttal to CBS News Face the Nation

CBS’s Face the Nation spent fifteen minutes today talking about “climate change” and its relation to the Moore tornado. The news outlet convened a one-side panel, with no climate skeptics present. The panelists, while on one hand saying there’s no … Continue reading

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Briffa, Yamal, reputational damage, and all that

Keith Briffa has just published a new paper using the Yamal-Urals regional chronology data, something long sought after via FOIA requests. That data was withheld, citing it wasn’t cooked done with yet, and that releasing it would damage the reputation … Continue reading

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Historical Sea Surface Temperature Adjustments/Corrections aka “The Bucket Model”…

Image Credit: Bob Tisdale – bobtisdale.wordpress.com By WUWT Regular Just The Facts The recent Adjustments/Corrections to the HadCRUT4 and CRUTEM4 Temperature Data Sets by the Met Office Hadley Centre and Climatic Research Unit got me thinking about the cumulative impact … Continue reading

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