Man denied climate change asylum in New Zealand, appealing:
Ioane Teitiota, 37, asked New Zealand’s High Court in Auckland to let him appeal a decision that refused him asylum on the grounds his claim fell short of the legal criteria, such as fear of persecution or threats to his life.
Judith Curry – Global warming: a trojan horse of modernity?
What does this perception of climate controversy reveal about our own understanding of the relationship between science and society, nature and culture, and more generally about our relationship to modernity? – LionelScotto D’Apollonia
Boora, Boora, Boora!
Remember this guy? The ScAm Gets Worse—An Open Letter To Bora Zivkovic Pielke Jr. writes:
The issue involves a case of sexual harassment for which the allegations are apparently not under dispute.
I won’t give the full play-by-play but apparently a popular editor at Scientific American named Bora Zivkovic met with a prospective author, Monica Byrne, and had an admittedly inappropriate conversation with her, all but propositioning her on the spot. Byrne’s account is here, Zivkovic’s apology here.
[comment by Van] Bora’s behavior, all denial to the contrary, appears to be a pattern, once again (and it usually is in these cases)–he approached multiple women in the same manner. Moreover, he was in a position of authority over the women who have come forward, determining if they would be able to write for SciAm. SciAm swept the behavior under the rug with a private apology, and then allowed him to stay in that position of authority. Inexcusable, and again, part of the typical pattern.
Just watch, the climateers will collectively try to rehabilitate this guy’s reputation just like what was done with document thief Peter Gleick.
Coal will become more in demand than oil by 2020 driven by growth in China and India, despite campaigns to reduce carbon emissions across the globe, a new report reveals. Marking a return to an era reminiscent of Britain’s industrial revolution, the rapidly expanding economies in the East are turning to coal since it is cheaper and more reliable than oil or renewable energy sources, energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said on Monday. –Helen Collis, Daily Mail, 14 October 2013
The Polar Express is Leaving the Station
This has been a record cold summer in Alabama, and we had cool fronts pass through regularly all summer long. I don’t recall that ever happening in the 30 years we have lived here. The lawn stayed spring-green all summer, when usually we have to work to keep it alive.
And what are the big takeaway lessons in all of this? A key one is that apparently no one, and particularly not IPCC, can be trusted to tell us what turn the climate will take next, or in which direction. Don’t buy a used car from anyone who tells you that they are certain, and for sure, don’t trust them when their past performance proves otherwise.
Fewest US Forest Fires In Three Decades
The fire season is probably over, with no large fires burning and below normal temperatures in the west. The US had less than 40,000 fires this year – the smallest number since 1984.
In 1938, the US had more than four times as many fires as 2013 – source
Australia Releases Carbon Repeal Legislation
The Australian’s Coalition Government has said that scrapping the carbon tax will leave the average household approximately AUD550 (USD521) better off in 2014-15.
The new Government had pledged that its first parliamentary act of business would be to introduce repeal legislation. This has now been released for public consultation.
The bills remove the carbon tax, end the carbon tax on fuels used in shipping, rail and air transport, and on synthetic greenhouse gases. The Climate Change Authority will be abolished, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will be given further powers to take action against businesses engaging in post-repeal “price exploitation.”
Unveiling the draft legislation, the Environment Minister Greg Hunt stressed that businesses and manufacturers will see their compliance costs fall by AUD100m a year, while the economy overall will receive a boost, employment will go up, and cost of living pressures will be eased. Around 440 pages of legislation will be axed.
Germany Power Consumers to Pay Record Green Surcharges
Germany’s power grid operators boosted the surcharge consumers pay for renewable energy by 18 percent to a record, adding to pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to act against rising electricity bills.
The four grid companies set the fee paid through power bills at 6.24 euro cents (8.42 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour next year from 5.28 euro cents now, according to a statement on the website of TransnetBW. The charge has more than quintupled since 2009, helping to make German household power bills the third-highest in the European Union. Big industrial users are largely exempt from the fee.
h/t to WUWT reader “John” for the two stories above
The Snows of Kilimanjaro return (Lonnie Thompson will be SO upset)
Reader Bill Parsons’ writes:
Interesting fly-by of Mt. Kilimanjaro summit from February of 2013.
I’ve never seen a helicopter-eye-view of the crater before. The impressive 12-minute video is shot from a Canadian aircraft, while it does a loop around the rim.
Looks pretty white to me, apparently due to some heavier-than-normal rainfall in the months leading up to Feb.