Monthly Archives: February 2014

Study on weather disasters shows claims of increased damage costs aren’t rooted in climate, but rather, society

“…societal change is sufficient to explain the increasing costs of disasters at the global level…” We often hear of the wailing by climate activists and in the MSM about the huge cost numbers related to weather disasters, as if somehow … Continue reading

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Posted in extreme weather, Weather | 60 Comments

‘Pineapple Express’ pattern for drought stricken California is shaping up – how long will it last?

From NASA JPL, video animation follows. Wet weather is again hitting drought-stricken California as the second and larger of two back-to-back storms makes its way ashore. The storms are part of an atmospheric river, a narrow channel of concentrated moisture … Continue reading

Posted in Drought, Rainfall, Weather | 121 Comments

You can be part of a new crowd-funded book on climate change facts

I’m writing two chapters in this new book, Climate Change: The Facts 2014 which will be crowd-funded to become published. I’m sure you will recognize some other names also contributing chapters in addition to my two chapters on extreme weather … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Book Review | 45 Comments

More Evidence for a Low Climate Sensitivity

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger We have two new entries to the long (and growing) list of papers appearing the in recent scientific literature that argue that the earth’s climate sensitivity—the ultimate rise in the earth’s … Continue reading

Posted in Climate sensitivity | 92 Comments

Friday Funny – Mann’s Hot Seat

A couple of days ago, I was sent this satirical cartoon totally unsolicited by SFO Bay Area artist Tim Sheppard who said he was troubled by the free speech issues surrounding the Mann-Steyn lawsuit. He sends it with a disclaimer: … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Satire | 87 Comments

An Odd Mix of Reality and Misinformation from the Climate Science Community on England et al. (2014)

In this post, we’ll discuss a recent article and blog post about the recently published England et al. (2014). This post includes portions of past posts and a number of new discussions and illustrations. We’ve already discussed (post here) the … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Hiatus in Global Warming, Sea Surface Temperature | 48 Comments

The Top Ten Reasons global temperature hasn’t warmed for the last 15 years

Explanation #10 for the pause …”coincidence” has just completed the top 10 list, thanks Gavin! Party on! Excellent! There is a new paper by Gavin Schmidt et al that comes in as #10 in the growing list of explanations for … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Hiatus in Global Warming | 170 Comments

Study projects big thaw for Antarctic sea ice

From the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the department of unverifiable forecasts in our lifetime comes this model based projection. Researchers say Ross Sea will reverse current trend, be largely ice free in summer by 2100 Antarctica’s Ross Sea … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Sea ice | 127 Comments

Josh on “Mann of Rigor”

“Robust” has a new image. Josh writes: Over at Climate Audit Steve McIntyre’s posts on the ‘Mann vs Steyn’ battle are great fun to read and the comments are very entertaining. The posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here, with another … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Satire | 38 Comments

The Power Stroke

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I got to thinking about the well-known correlation of El Ninos and global temperature. I knew that the Pacific temperatures lead the global temperatures, and the tropics lead the Pacific, but I’d never looked at … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO | Tagged , , , | 145 Comments

New lab reference standard for CO2 and Methane

From the National Physical Laboratory, a rather curious press release that had a fact I didn’t know: the gas calibration standard sample for measuring CO2 comes from an obscure location in the Rocky Mountains. One would have thought Mauna Loa … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Methane | 70 Comments

Claim: Offshore Wind Turbines for ‘Taming Hurricanes’

From the University of Delaware a press release I just can’t stop laughing about. Of course, they have no real-world tests of this claim, only “their sophisticated climate-weather model”. No numbers were given on turbine “mortality”, so one wonders how … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, hurricanes, Weather, wind power | 223 Comments

Bizarre: Anti-Defamation League apparently gives a green light to defamation of climate skeptics by comparing them to Holocaust Deniers

UPDATE: 2/27 6:30AM PST It seems the person making the attack, Shelley Rose, is part of a climate activist group, see below. UPDATE: 2/27 2:50PM PST, The ADL Atlanta website has deleted comments on the issue, and has closed the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness | 448 Comments

Climate change before our current CO2 worries wrecked Indian mega-cities

From the University of Cambridge, it makes you wonder how climate could just go and change abruptly on its own back then, with CO2 levels being in the “safe zone” and all that: =========================================================== Decline of Bronze Age ‘megacities’ linked … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 72 Comments

A case of the vapours: source of ‘climate-active’ organic aerosol particles pinned down

From Forschungszentrum Juelich , comes what looks to be a pretty important discovery about how plant emitted aerosols like Great Smoky Mountains National Park haze comes about and grows large enough to reflect significant sunlight, something climate models don’t yet … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols | 42 Comments

97% of pictures are worth 1000 climate words

Guest essay by By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Guardian, one of the fastest-collapsing “legacy” news media in Britain, is bleeding circulation more rapidly than almost any other national newspaper. One reason, perhaps, is that on the question of the … Continue reading

Posted in 97% consensus | 93 Comments

Quote of the Week – ‘Cooked up’ surveys lack integrity

Jo Nova writes: The so called “experts” (say like Stephan Lewandowsky, and John Cook) either don’t understand what drives skeptics, or they know but do their best “not to accidentally discover it” with irrelevant surveys, loaded questions, poor sampling and … Continue reading

Posted in Stephan Lewandowsky, Surveys | 18 Comments

Confessions of a ‘Greenpeace Dropout’ to the U.S. Senate on climate change

Update: I’m making this a top “sticky post” for a couple of days, new stories will appear below this one. UPDATE: 2/27 3PM PST Dr. Moore leaves a comment, see below. Our friend Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, went … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 420 Comments

Claim: ‘temperature, not snowfall, driving tropical glacier size’, but Climategate emails suggest otherwise

[UPDATE: and it's not just Climategate email, see the analysis by McIntyre added below - Anthony ] From Dartmouth College and the irascible Lonnie Thompson of OSU, who still ‘publicly’ thinks  in PR that Kilmanjaro and Peru’s Quelccaya glaciers are affected … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 53 Comments

An Open Letter to CNN’s Carol Costello on ‘Why are we still debating climate change?’

The answer to your question is in your article. Guest opinion by David Hoffer Carol, in your recent CNN opinion piece, the headline was “Why are we still debating climate change?”. The very first statement in the article that followed … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, media, Opinion | 228 Comments

Study: ‘Climate Engineering': minor potential to reduce warming, major side effects

GEOMAR researchers show limitations and side effects of large-scale climate intervention With global greenhouse gas emissions continuing to increase proposals to limit the effects of climate change through the large-scale manipulation of the Earth system are increasingly being discussed. Researchers … Continue reading

Posted in Geoengineering | 84 Comments

Strongest X class solar flare since March 2012

From NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and spaceweather.com: Strong Solar Flare Radio Blackout Newly numbered Region 1990 (the return of old Region 1967), just now rotating into view, produced an R3 (Strong) Solar Flare Radio Blackout at 0049 UTC on … Continue reading

Posted in Solar, solar flare, Spaceweather | 25 Comments

A follow up on ‘I’m Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, Ask Me Almost Anything!’

People send me stuff. Readers will surely recall  ‘I’m Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, Ask Me Almost Anything!’. A reader who does not wish to be named writes about the questions he posed. Readers probably … Continue reading

Posted in Michael E. Mann | 100 Comments

Government Weather and Climate Forecasts Are Failures

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball In general, we look for a new law by the following process: First we guess it; then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting | 78 Comments

Mann apologizes for defamation (sort of) after lawsuit threat

It’s a “jump the shark” moment for Mann. As if taking a cue from yesterday’s essay The Merchants of Smear in deciding “enough is enough”, Herald Sun Journalist Andrew Bolt has decided to stand up to him for defamation. He … Continue reading

Posted in Michael E. Mann | 117 Comments

Why didn’t the Bible mention blizzards?

Guest essay by Fred F. Mueller While many people will agree that some of the stories recorded in the Old Testament might not be taken too literally, this book nevertheless deserves a lot of respect for the fact that is … Continue reading

Posted in Curious things | 206 Comments

Preliminary results on skeptic survey

Readers may recall this survey announced at WUWT: An AGW opinion survey for your participation. Some preliminary results were announced Monday. From Mike Haesler: The Scottish Climate & Energy Forum has been conducting a survey on the background and attitudes of … Continue reading

Posted in Surveys | 92 Comments

Volcanoes Erupt Again

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that Susan Solomon and her climate police have rounded up the usual suspects, which in this case are volcanic eruptions, in their desperation to explain the so-called “pause” in global warming that’s stretching … Continue reading

Posted in Volcanoes, Vulcanism | Tagged , , , , | 156 Comments

A look at the behind the scenes legal battle with the EPA over the ‘social cost of carbon’ and looming carbon tax

WUWT has been granted exclusive first access to this new legal document challenging the EPA’s proposed use of calculations on SCC. While this submission to OMB from Attorney Menton may look forbiddingly legalistic document to many WUWT readers, a number … Continue reading

Posted in carbon tax, EPA | 52 Comments

Another thing more worrying than global warming aka ‘climate change’

Volcanoes, including Mount Hood in the US, can quickly become active Magma stored for thousands of years can erupt in as little as two months New research results suggest that magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount … Continue reading

Posted in Volcanoes | 56 Comments

The Merchants of Smear

The sanctioned punishment of climate skeptics becomes more than just a few aberrant ideas, and is following some historical parallels First, I loathe having to write essays like this, but I think it is necessary given the hostile social climate … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness, Opinion | 410 Comments

Pine Island Glacier underwent rapid melt 8000 years ago

Current ice melt rate in Pine Island Glacier may go on for decades From Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory A study of the Pine Island Glacier could provide insight into the patterns and duration of glacial melt. The Pine Island Glacier, … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Glaciers | 52 Comments

Study: Volcanoes contribute to recent warming ‘hiatus’

Researchers find models must account for volcanic eruptions to accurately predict climate change. From:MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change By the late 1990s, scientists had observed more than two decades of rapid global warming, and … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Modeling, Volcanoes | 182 Comments

NYT suggests ‘deniers’ should be stabbed through the heart – like vampires

So, as WUWT readers well know, I have a different opinion about global warming. Do you think the New York Times  should endorse stabbing me (and others with similar opinions) through the heart like a vampire because I hold that … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness, media | 299 Comments

Historical Note: Greenwich, England Mean Temperature, 35-yr Daily Averages 1815-1849

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen While researching for a future essay tentatively titled “Whither Original Measurement Error?”, I have been reading up on the origins of the modern meteorological thermometer. Fascinating stuff, those early scientific instrument makers and their creativity … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 97 Comments