Monthly Archives: January 2014

KXL pipeline gets green light from State Department

Keith Sketchley writes: Today the US State Department reported ‘no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion Keystone pipeline’. I wonder what Obamas and Kerrys reasons for further delay will be now? About these ads

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Posted in Climate News | 109 Comments

Study: Green roofs suck at solving global warming

White roofs three times as effective as green roofs From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and some members of the BEST team comes this surprise. “We conclude that the choice of white vs. extensive green roof should be based on the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Green tech | 127 Comments

Better living through carbon conversion chemistry

UD catalyst can convert CO2 to CO with 92 percent efficiency A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has developed a highly selective catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — to carbon monoxide … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide | 109 Comments

Friday Funny: If you thought Mann’s lawsuit was ridiculous, take a look at this one

Remember this before and after picture in the news recently from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity? Well, it appears there’s a conspiracy theory under every rock, more fodder for Lewandowsky and Cook I suppose.

Posted in Humor, Ridiculae, Space | 132 Comments

Open Letter to Kevin Trenberth – NCAR

Date: January 31, 2014 Subject: Your Blog Post at SkepticalScience and an Invitation from WattsUpWithThat From: Bob Tisdale To: Kevin Trenberth – NCAR Dear Kevin: I note that you were co-author of the SkepticalScience blog post Warming oceans consistent with … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Global warming, Hiatus in Global Warming, Ocean Heat Content, Trenberth's missing heats | 152 Comments

Response to the SOTU address: Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare

OPINION By Craig D. Idso, Ph.D. In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming … Continue reading

Posted in Cap-and-trade, Carbon dioxide, Opinion, Politics | 72 Comments

Asteroid Diversity Points to a ‘Snow Globe’ Solar System

As of today, there are currently 1453 known potentially hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth and cause a real planetary catastrophe. Given the new diverse “snow globe” model of our solar system in relation to asteroids, how may more don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy | 93 Comments

Mann look-alike thinks Mann’s lawsuit will wipe out National Review

Damon Linker writes at THE WEEK: Is National Review doomed? The conservative movement’s leading magazine faces a lawsuit that could bring it to its knees. This part made me laugh:

Posted in Humor, Michael E. Mann, Satire | 116 Comments

Tweet of the Week – ‘big climate’ and ‘big tobacco’

Skeptics routinely get smeared by Al Gore, Michael Mann, and others of being like and/or in the employ of “Big Oil’, ‘Big Coal’, or “Big Tobacco’. Yet many of the same people who hurl such accusations seem blind to their … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 41 Comments

A report on the AR5 hearings: ‘Unsettling the “Settled Science” of Climate Change’

Video of the session 2 follows. The committee for Energy and Climate Change must be in line for an award. Its performance this week was exceptional. The mental level of Yeo’s committee is – well, the climate debate is so … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 135 Comments

Is the Climate SELL Signal Imminent?

What a simple statistical investment tool can tell us about the climate Guest essay by Eric Worrall One of the simplest statistical tools used by investors is a moving average plot. If you plot the average share price of a … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climate News | Tagged , , , , | 114 Comments

Counting Your Penguin Chicks Before They Hatch

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, the BBC, which as I understand it is an acronym for “Blindly Broadcasting Cra- ziness”, gives us its now-standard tabloid style headline, that Climate change is ‘killing penguin chicks’ say researchers Of course they’ve included … Continue reading

Posted in Bad science | Tagged , | 193 Comments

Bombshell from the Snowden Docs: The U.S. Spied on Negotiators at 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit via the NSA

From the “don’t trust but verify” department comes the revelation that the Obama administration went into COP15 negotiation with spy help. WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United … Continue reading

Posted in Copenhagen Climate Conference, Government idiocy | 152 Comments

Important study on temperature adjustments: ‘homogenization…can lead to a significant overestimate of rising trends of surface air temperature.’

From the “we told you so” department comes this paper out of China that quantifies many of the very problems with the US and global surface temperature record we have been discussing for years: the adjustments add more warming than … Continue reading

Posted in Adjustments/Corrections, Climate data, GHCN, Weather_stations | 195 Comments

Picture of the week – great moments in climate protests

I trained to be a 350.org climate activist, now I are one! From the Keystone XL protest yesterday ahead of the SOTU address. Note the snow and cold weather gear which is required for a global warming protest, but that’s … Continue reading

Posted in 350.org connect the dots | 123 Comments

Quote of the week – a preposterous POTUS pronouncement

Last night in the SOTU address, Obama made this pronouncement about climate change: But the debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact. To that, I say this:

Posted in Quote of the Week | Tagged , , , | 166 Comments

Should We Be Worried?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I chanced to plot up the lower tropospheric temperatures by broad latitude zones today. This is based on the data from the satellite microwave sounding unit (MSU), as analyzed by the good folks at the … Continue reading

Posted in Temperature | Tagged , , | 272 Comments

Why did Met Office try to cover Up ‘the pause’ two years ago?

By Paul Homewood Last July, the Met Office published the second in a series of papers, discussing the recent pause in global warming. On page 6, they state: The start of the current pause is difficult to determine precisely. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Hiatus in Global Warming, MetOffice | 82 Comments

Excerpts on climate from the SOTU – comments welcome

I made it back to a computer in time today to get a copy of the State of the Union address, here are the relevant passages about climate:

Posted in Climate News, Politics | 201 Comments

SOTU Open Thread – what freaky climate claims will POTUS make tonight?

While the most recent public polls on climate-change give a ho-hum response, Dr. Roy Spencer recently surmised that in the State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama will join the “everything is caused by global warming” club. He writes: … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics | Tagged , | 85 Comments