Monthly Archives: April 2014

Multiple consecutive days of tornado activity spawn worst events

From Purdue University , a press release related to tornado activity without any mention of a climate change link. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Significant tornado outbreaks and especially strong tornadoes are more likely occur within periods of activity lasting three … Continue reading

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Posted in Obvious science, tornadoes, Weather | 40 Comments

Of sangaku and wind farms

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Edo period in Japanese history ran from 1603-1867. For most of that period, 1639-1854, the nation kept itself deliberately aloof from all Western influence. Japan was closed to foreigners. Meanwhile, the aristocratic samurai class … Continue reading

Posted in wind power | 55 Comments

The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 6 – What’s All The Hubbub About?…

…or Introductions to the Impacts of El Niños on Global Weather Patterns and to the Long-Term Effects of Strong El Niño Events on Global Surface Temperatures Since the first of the year, there have been hundreds, possibly thousands, of news … Continue reading

Posted in El Nino Basics | 103 Comments

New skeptic publication in Nature Climate Change rebuts Åström et al. claims of increased deaths due to heat waves

Rebuttal to Åström et al. Attributing mortality from extreme temperatures to climate change in Stockholm, Sweden., published in Nature Climate Change by Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, Patrick J. Michaels, and Anthony Watts Last fall, the press pounced on the results … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 206 Comments

Nobody Expects the Climate Inquisition

Josh writes: I thought the National Review article, The Climate Inquisitor posted on BishopHill, was worth a cartoon. H/t Rick Cina in the comments for the peer-reviewed critiques of Mann’s hockey sticks.

Posted in Humor, Michael E. Mann, Satire | 49 Comments

New paper finds climate sensitivity to CO2 is lower than previously believed, strong natural variability in Southern Hemisphere

(NOTE: I’m traveling today, and thus I’m posting this article from The Hockey Schtick as it deserves attention and discussion. At 10AM EDT, an announcement about a new skeptic publication in Nature Climate Change  will follow this article – Anthony) … Continue reading

Posted in Climate sensitivity | 51 Comments

Smithsonian Magazine Claim: ‘ up to 1 billion climate refugees by 2050′

Back in 2009, it was 200 million climate refugees according to this article in the NYT: There could be 200 million of these climate refugees by 2050, according to a new policy paper by the International Organization for Migration, depending … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism | 114 Comments

Climate mitigation via Ergonomics ???

Two-Part Special Issue of Ergonomics in Design Highlights Climate Change Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) experts, like professionals in many other scientific domains, have joined the fight against global warming and climate change. Their research and practice focus … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae | 49 Comments

Finding ET: ‘worse than we thought’

From the University of Toronto: Search for life on exoplanets more difficult than thought A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough suggests the search for life on planets outside our solar system may be more difficult than previously … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy | 145 Comments

Claim: ‘health facilities are too vulnerable to weather and climate events’

From the American Meteorological Society A risk management framework improves health systems’ resilience to high-impact weather WASHINGTON — April 29, 2014 – According to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program, a risk management framework can … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 35 Comments

Article: ‘Wikipedia is worthless and damaging’

You only need to read a few climate entries on Wikipedia to know this Spiked Online article rings true We have watched how people like Wikipedia climate fiddler William Connolley rides shotgun on just about any climate related article on … Continue reading

Posted in Wiki Wars | Tagged , | 173 Comments

One way adjustments: The Latest Alteration to the U.S. Climate Record

Guest essay by Dan Travers On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the U.S. National Climactic Data Center switched to gridded GHCN-D data sets it uses to report long term temperature trends – with a resulting dramatic change in the official U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 224 Comments

Climate Craziness of the Week – UN: Climate change to affect computers, communications, prepare now

Rampant BSOD’s expected in a warmer future? Guest essay by Eric Worrall In a mind aching exercise in recursion, the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union has released a report based on computer projections of future climate change, to provide direction … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Craziness of the Week | 62 Comments

The best argument yet for draining wetlands

From the University of Guelph Wetlands Likely to Blame for Greenhouse Gas Increases A surprising recent rise in atmospheric methane likely stems from wetland emissions, suggesting that much more of the potent greenhouse gas will be pumped into the atmosphere … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 47 Comments

Gone with the wind: England’s most important coastline

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley I shall not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land. Thus William Blake, in the coda of the mystical … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | 170 Comments

Watching the U.S. Tornado Outbreak from Space

NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite that shows the development and movement of the weather system that spawned tornadoes affecting seven central and southern U.S. states on April 27-28, 2014. … Continue reading

Posted in tornadoes, Weather | 26 Comments

Sea level rise slows while satellite temperature ‘pause’ dominates measurement record

Measured sea level rise drops 30% with “pause” greater than half of RSS measurement period. Guest essay by Larry Hamlin A paper titled “The rate of sea-level rise” published in Nature Climate Change on March 23 by Cazenave, et al. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Hiatus in Global Warming, Sea level | 80 Comments

The Guardian tries to claim global warming sank the Titanic – research says the exact opposite

Kate Ravilious makes this nutty claim at The Guardian: But in fact the catastrophe may have been set in motion by a warm, wet year over Greenland in 1908, resulting in greater snow accumulation. Writing in the journal Weather, Grant … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Climate FAIL, Greenland ice sheet, Ridiculae | 77 Comments

Exeter University Prof: ‘Debating skeptics is like mud wrestling with pigs’

Paul Burtwistle writes: Last night I watched an item on Channel 9’s 60 minutes here in Australia which covered Dr Stefan Harrison of Exeter University in the UK and his work studying the Exploradores glacier in Patagonia, Argentina. The story … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness | 162 Comments

On the Differences and Similarities between Global Surface Temperature and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Datasets

UPDATE: See the correction at the end of the post, which pertained to the discussion of the trend maps in Figures 13 and 14. I’ve crossed out the paragraph between those illustrations that was incorrect. And I’ve corrected a good … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Lower Troposphere Temperature, NASA GISS, NCDC, UKMO HADCRUT4 | 61 Comments

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2014-04-26 (April 26, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: Science is not concerned only with things that we understand. The most exciting and creative … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News Roundup | 2 Comments

Germany’s CO2 and energy policy – about to falter?

Guest essay by Fred F. Mueller On April 16th, 2014, a few quite remarkable statements were delivered during a discussion event at the premises of SMA Solar Technology AG, a leading German producer of photovoltaic panels and systems:

Posted in Climate News | 120 Comments

A Geological Perspective on Lovejoy’s 99% Solution

Guest post by David Middleton The hyping of Lovejoy, 2014 (L14) has been almost as unprecedented as his conclusions are unsupported… Lovejoy piles on with the sort of trash talk normally associated with activist bloggers, rather than professional scientific publications… … Continue reading

Posted in 99% certainty | 52 Comments

Should California dictate US energy policies?

Can the rest of America afford its Alice in Wonderland energy policies for? (Can California?) Guest essay by Paul Driessen California loves to be seen as the trendsetter on energy and environmental policies. But can we really afford to adopt … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | 58 Comments

Ridley on the claims of exhausting global resources

In the Wall Street Journal, Matt Ridley has an interesting article about the the claims that we will run out of “X”, except that human ingenuity always seems to grasp this and then “Y” comes along. The World’s Resources Aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Economy-health | 107 Comments

Ocean Acidification Expansion

Guest essay by Steven Burnett Back in July I wrote a piece that was published at regarding the ocean acidification hypothesis (OA) and some of the issues I had with it. After reading the comments and more importantly reading … Continue reading

Posted in Ocean acidification | 116 Comments

Salon writer Paul Rosenberg on why “deniers” are winning

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Salon writer Paul Rosenberg has created a gem of an article in which he claims, that the right direction in which to accept climate risks is “180 degrees away from where so-called “common sense” would … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 125 Comments

Two scathing reviews by scholars working with the IPCC show why the organization is hopelessly corrupted by politics

Two scathing letters critical of the IPCC process were published on Friday April 25th; one from Dr. Robert Stavins, an IPCC chapter Co-Coordinating Lead Author, and a five year veteran of the process, plus another by Dr. Richard Tol, who … Continue reading

Posted in IPCC, IPCC AR5 Report | 65 Comments

Climate change accelerating, dirt blamed

from Northern Arizona University Study finds accelerated soil carbon loss, increasing the rate of climate change Research published in Science today found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon sequestration | 56 Comments

Full Moon on Lewandowsky

Climate Psychologist with the Right Stuff Stephan Lewandosky et al (including John Cook and Mike Marriott) published a paper called Recursive Fury, now retracted, psychoanalyzing climate skeptics’ opinions and categorizing them in psycho-babble terminology, such as: (PV) Persecution Victimization (NI) … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Opinion, Satire, Stephan Lewandowsky | Tagged , , , , | 122 Comments

Picking Cherry Blossoms

Letter to the Editor (orginally published in the Washington post, also submitted to WUWT) For the second year in a row, we’ve had peak cherry blossoms later than the average date of March 31. In 2013, they were nine days late; … Continue reading

Posted in Letters To The Editor | 119 Comments

Climate Craziness of the Week: don’t wait to ‘feel’ climate change, act now!

From the Carnegie Institution and the department of feelings, quite possibly the dumbest press release about climate I’ve ever seen. basically what they are arguing for is “don’t look at current and past data go with what we tell you” … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Craziness of the Week | 115 Comments

‘Years of Living Dangerously’ shouts climate fire! But, data says their shouting is simply noise

Taking liberty or artistic license? Debunking the claims made in the film that almost nobody watches, and now shouldn’t even take seriously Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Wildfires | 43 Comments

The Elusive ~ 60-year Sea Level Cycle

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was referred to a paywalled paper called “Is there a 60-year oscillation in global mean sea level?”  The authors’ answer to the eponymous question is “yes”, in fact, their answer boils down to “dangbetcha … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Sea level | Tagged , , , | 224 Comments

Lewandowsky’s ‘downfall’

Bishop Hill notes: Geoff Chambers points me to the (almost inevitable) “Downfall” video to accompany Stephan Lewandowsky’s recent (Fury paper retraction) demise. Enjoy.  

Posted in Humor, Satire, Stephan Lewandowsky | 59 Comments