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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #154

The Week That Was: 2014-18-11 (October 18, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) A Modest Proposal: The 2013 Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contained an estimate…

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Tips & Notes to WUWT Cleaned 10/18/14 1. Be sure to check the front page of WUWT first, we often get duplicate tips here of stories already posted, sometimes days later. 2. Please remember this is not a discussion thread. Tips, notes, and links only please. 3. To put links in comments. simply copy the…

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We weren’t lying, we were oversimplifying – the Conversation’s latest ‘dog ate homework’ excuse for climate insanity

Eric Worrall writes about “The Conversation” Austalia’s favorite hangout of climate doomers: As the great unwinding of the more extreme climate alarmist positions gathers momentum, “The Conversation” provides us with a hilarious new excuse for some of the wild claims made by climate scientists over the years. Apparently they weren’t lying or exaggerating, they were…

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Climate Dialogue about the sun

Guest blog by Marcel Crok Over at Climate Dialogue we have started a new discussion about the influence of the sun on the climate. People familiar with climate discussions know that the sun has been and still is a popular argument to explain at least part of the warming since 1750. This has to do…

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Friday Funny – Renewable Energy Fails Protesters Calling for More Renewable Energy

Oh, this is precious. In Madison, Wisconsin, demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a…

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With ARGO, There is a Wide Range Warming (and Cooling) Rates of the Oceans to Depths of 2000 Meters

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The KNMI Climate Explorer has added a number of datasets to their Monthly observations webpage, where users select desired data based on global coordinates. (Many thanks to Dr. Geert Jan van Oldenborgh of KNMI.)  The new datasets include, under the heading of Ocean mean temperature, the National Oceanographic Data Center…

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Backyard Birds Spreading as Climate Changes

By Pat Michaels and Chip Knappenberger In a recent Global Science Report, we posted some good news coming out of California’s Sierra Nevada, where climate change (from whatever cause), has been partially responsible for a greening of the organo state. Technically, the biomass in the montane forests have been on the increase over the past…

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A Simple Truth; Computer Climate Models Cannot Work

Guest opinion by Dr. Tim Ball – Ockham’s Razor says, “Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.” Usually applied in making a decision between two competing possibilities, it suggests the simplest is most likely correct. It can be applied in the debate about climate and the viability of computer climate models. An old joke…

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Major Hurricane Gonzalo Gives an “Eye-opening” Performance

NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing continuous coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo as it moves toward Bermuda. NASA’s Terra satellite saw thunderstorms wrapped tightly around the center with large bands of thunderstorms wrapping into it. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provided [an] “eye-opening” view of Gonzalo, still a Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 16. A hurricane warning…

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NOAA: Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather Repeat of last year’s extremely cold, snowy winter east of Rockies unlikely

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. While drought may improve in some portions of the U.S. this winter, California’s…

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The Weather History Time Machine

From Sand Diego State University – A program created by Samuel Shen allows researchers to look back in time to see how precipitation across the globe contributed to major weather events. Shen and colleagues created a video (which follows) showcasing their historical precipitation data. At 00:31 (July 1933 – June 1934), you can see the…

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Another IPCC modeling failure – so THAT’s where the atmospheric methane went

From Oregon State University – Scientists discover carbonate rocks are unrecognized methane sink CORVALLIS, Ore. – Since the first undersea methane seep was discovered 30 years ago, scientists have meticulously analyzed and measured how microbes in the seafloor sediments consume the greenhouse gas methane as part of understanding how the Earth works. The sediment-based microbes…

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Smells fishy: Alexa’s data blunder hits Drudge, WUWT, mostly favors leftist news sites over conservative news sites

As many WUWT readers know, I have been using alexa.com for quite sometime to gauge the performance of WUWT. Reader “Pat” brought this recent strange disparity to my attention. When you see things like the Drudge report plummet and MSNBC soar, you know immediately that something isn’t right: Those who run watchdog news websites are…

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Michael Mann loses the Nobel Prize – again

  Yesterday I was privileged to be cc’d in some communications between Steve Milloy (of junkscience.com) and UCLA. The communications dealt with yet another false claim of Michael Mann being a “Nobel Prize Winner” in an announcement about an upcoming talk of his, as seen below: Milloy wrote: From: Steve Milloy Date: Monday, October 13,…

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Another major misunderstood climate issue – models ‘underplay plant CO2 absorption’

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. Scientists say that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought. The authors say it explains why models consistently overestimated the growth rate of carbon in the atmosphere. But experts believe…

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Letter: Warmists Watch Wrong Weather Warnings

Letter to the Editor | Climateers keep trumpeting alarms that glaciers and ice sheets are melting, thus threatening land-based life with rising seas and supporting their dubious claims that Earth faces catastrophic global warming. Life on earth cannot be extinguished by a sun-warmed atmosphere or retreating ice – sea levels merely rise steadily as land-based…

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Dr. Patrick Moore’s Australian Tour Schedule

Dr. Patrick Moore, committed environmentalist and Greenpeace co-founder, will visit Australia in October-November. His schedule of public addresses here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/patrick_moore_tour.php He left Greenpeace after its hijacking by political activists. He’s committed to restoring the genuine environmental movement, one of Earth’s most important. He’ll discuss various issues including his desire to reinstate science as the basis of…

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Oh that’s going to leave a mark – Owen Paterson To Call For Suspension Of UK Climate Change Act

UK Manufacturers Sound The Alarm Over Rising Energy Costs Britain will struggle to “keep the lights on” unless the Government changes its green energy policies, the former environment secretary will warn this week. Owen Paterson will say that the Government’s plan to slash carbon emissions and rely more heavily on wind farms and other renewable…

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‘Icebergs once drifted to Florida’

From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the department of melted evidence, comes this interesting story about the last ice age. Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests The first study to show that when the large ice sheet over North America known as the Laurentide ice sheet began to melt, icebergs…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #153

The Week That Was: 2014-10-11 (October 11, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Intentionally Vague? The quote below is taken from a lecture by Richard Feynman, as it was reproduced on Jo Nova’s blog,…

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September 2014 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale This post provides an update of the data for the three primary suppliers of global land+ocean surface temperature data—GISS through September 2014 and HADCRUT4 and NCDC through August 2014—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based lower troposphere temperature data (RSS and UAH) through September 2014. The three surface data suppliers…

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Video: why renewables equal death

I provide this video for informational and entertainment purposes only. I have no opinion pro or con on it. Videographer Paul Budline writes: First, pardon the overwrought subject heading.  But I would like as many people as possible to see a 5-minute piece that I just finished.  It focuses on the unintended consequences of marchers demanding…

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Shock! Horror! Australian Climate and Meteorology Scientists told to raise their own funds

Today Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt told assembled Antarctic scientists,  that they need to find a way of broadening their funding base – they will have to raise charitable and commercial funding, to supplement funds provided by the government. According to Greg Hunt; “Whether it’s in relation to the walrus population, whether it’s in relation…

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The ‘methane hotspot’ identified in the Four Corners area of the U.S. Southwest can be fixed with some preventative maintenence

Study period predates the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing. | One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate — according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at…