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Changes in Total Solar Irradiance

Total solar irradiance, also called “TSI”,  is the total amount of energy coming from the sun at all frequencies. It is measured in watts per square metre (W/m2). Lots of folks claim that the small ~ 11-year variations in TSI are amplified by some unspecified mechanism, and thus these small changes in TSI make an…

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LEGO advertises their Arctic Industry Collection – Payback for the Greenpeace “everything is awesome” smear?

Eric Worrall writes: WUWT readers might recall a nasty but successful Greenpeace campaign a few months ago, which had Santa Claus drowning in oil, seen above, and pressured LEGO Corporation into not renewing its deal with Shell, by spoofing the LEGO “everything is awesome” advertising campaign. Now it appears LEGO is fighting back, with a…

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Is NOAA Wrong?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach On another post here on Watts Up With That, a commenter pointed out that NOAA says that September 2014 was the warmest September ever on record. The commenter asked, “Is NOAA  wrong?” Sadly, as near as I can tell the answer is “Quite possibly”. Here is the NOAA graphic in question, showing their…

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Massive X class flare erupts from the sunspot 2192

As we previously mentioned on WUWT, the Sunspot 2192 which is as large as Jupiter had the potential of hurling large solar flares toward Earth. According to NASA’s spaceweather.com “Giant sunspot AR2192 has a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions. NOAA forecasters estimate an 85% chance of M-class flares and a 45%…

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Friday Funny – You’re a climate denier if:

By Mark Heyer – You’re a climate denier if: – You believe that the atmosphere has continued to warm for the last 17+ years despite rapid growth of CO2. 97% of real climate scientists acknowledge that it hasn’t. They call it the “pause” or “hiatus” although there is no scientific evidence that warming will pick…

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New Study Predicts a Slight Cooling of North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures over the Next Decade

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale Pierre Gosselin at NoTrickZone provided an introduction to a recently published paper in his post IPCC Scientist Mojib Latif Sees North Atlantic Cooling Over Next Decade…Confirms Oceans Play Crucial Role. The paper is Klöwer et al. (2014) Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and the prediction of North Atlantic sea surface temperature.…

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Finally Some Reality from RealClimate – But, Unfortunately, They Remained Unreal about Some Things

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The post Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target + Update at RealClimate finally presented a few realities of the global-warming metric known as ocean heat content—realities we have discussed numerous times.  But they weren’t completely open about it and the other ocean temperature-related dataset, sea surface temperature. That…

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Scary climate stories for Halloween from the AGU

Guest essay by Joel O’Bryan A read through of the presenter’s abstracts for the upcoming 2014 AGU Convention in San Francisco, December 15-19, I found these two presentation abstracts which caught my eye that I thought would be worth sharing with WUWT readers. Without further ado, here they are with my prefacing comments about both.…

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Solar Update October 2014

Guest essay by David Archibald This essay provides a series of graphs that describe the current state of the sun in context with its history. Figure 1: Oulu Neutron Count 1964 – 2014 Cosmic rays are pushed away, to some extent, from the inner planets of the solar system by the Sun’s magnetic field carried…

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Quicky Mid-October 2014 El Niño Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale This is a quick update on the status of the sea surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific, along with a brief discussion of the recent excursion of the daily Southern Oscillation Index into El Niño conditions.  Things are NOT looking good if you’ve been looking forward to an El Niño…

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Splattergate II: Machine Gun Shopping Mall massacre promoted as an expression of Green Conscience

Eric Worrall writes: James Delingpole has today written about the latest PR disaster from deep greens trying to pretend they are normal people – an award winning graphic novel which associates a terrorist with a machine gun in a shopping mall, with a positive message about environmental activism. The headline picture of Delingpole’s piece depicts…

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Eye roller: ‘Climate change shrinks goats’

From Durham University, and the “would you, could you, with a goat” department comes this inanity. They can’t come up with any other explanation, so it must be ‘climate change’. At the rate of observed shrinkage, the goats will be palm sized by the year 2100. Just think of the pet market! Via Eurekalert: ‘Shrinking…

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Climate Craziness of the Week: ‘Exhale up to the atmosphere. Love away the carbon dioxide.’

From: “LOVING THE EARTH” reflections on yogaecology, climate change, permaculture and community, the only thing missing is the unicorns (h/t to WUWT reader Hank Veild) Meditation for Climate Change This meditation came to me a week ago in meditation. I often let my consciousness and breath follow my spine up and down. Recently I learned a…

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The Answer is NOT always in the data – why data analysis is always contaminated by human value judgements

  Eric Worrall writes; Mike Whitehorn, chair of analytics at Dundee University, has written a fascinating article on The Register, about why data analysis is always contaminated by the value judgements of whoever is doing the analysis. According to Whitehorn; “Evidence-based decision making is so clearly sensible because the alternative — making random decisions based…

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Video: Why science reporter Seth Borenstein at the Associated Press is more about ‘New Catch Phrases’ and less about science

Worth repeating, in their own words on video, from Pierre Gosselin’s “No tricks Zone”: Amazing…AP Reporter Seth Borenstein Emphasizing Value Of “New Catch Phrases” To Hype Up Climate Stories! By P Gosselin on 20. Oktober 2014 For the media, at least for the AP’s Seth Borenstein (seen at left in the video), it’s not about…

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Red or Blue pill? Light sensitive diatoms may hold key to a big portion of the climate puzzle

From the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research: In between red light and blue light: Leipzig researchers discover new functionality of molecular light switches Diatoms play an important role in water quality and in the global climate. They generate about one fourth of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere and perform around one-quarter of the global…

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FEMA edict to U.S. states: ‘Provide a Climate Plan or Lose Funding’

h/t TriplePundit – FEMA, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, has issued draft guidance which demands that states include an assessment of climate risk in their 5 year disaster plan, or risk losing federal funding. According to the FEMA draft guidance; “Key concepts under consideration include strengthening specific requirements for: …assessing future risk in light…

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California trees ‘smart response’ to drought

Via WUWT reader NEO in “Tips and Notes” – Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought. Instead of stressed-out plants, he found young trees that looked pretty happy, he said. But at some point, he glanced upward and saw something startling. “The foliage…

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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…