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Laughable AGU Claim: 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami ‘spurred global warming’

From the “everything causes global warming” department….except, the effect they are claiming is miniscule compared to business as usual emissions in the USA. For example, they say in the PR: “…released 6,600 metric tons (7,275 U.S. tons) of [CFC] gases stored in insulation, appliances and other equipment into the atmosphere.” First, this plot from NOAA…

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National Association of Scholars says ‘The fossil fuel divestment movement, is an exercise in futility.’

NEW YORK, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As United Nations delegates gather this week to negotiate new Sustainable Development Goals, the National Association of Scholars released the first major critical report detailing how the campus sustainability movement harms higher education. Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism shows that the sustainability movement distorts college curricula and cuts…

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Amazing study of the IPCC and media concludes: “…reception and coverage in the media has varied widely.”

From the Department of Obvious Science and from the University of Exeter comes this report that makes me wonder: why was time and money spent on it? A difficult climate: New study examines the media’s response to the IPCC The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) periodically releases Assessment Reports in order to inform…

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NASA refutes Mann and Rahmstorf – Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not Slowing

From the “we told you so yesterday” and the “settled science” department. This study was released in 2010, and they used actual measurements, rather than proxy data and reconstructions like Mann did. Gee, what a concept! NASA Study Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not Slowing 03.25.10 PASADENA, Calif. – New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional…

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Ocean Acidification: Natural Cycles and Ubiquitous Uncertainties

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism In 2002, Scripps’ esteemed oceanographer Walter Munk argued for the establishment of an Ocean Observation System reporting, “much of the twentieth century could be called a “century of…

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Mann on the run – latest paper ‘dead at birth’, rejected by German warmist scientists, deletes inconvenient Facebook challenge

Pierre Gosselin over at “No Tricks Zone” is reporting that within a day of its publication, the paper from the German Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has now been debunked and denounced by German climate scholars, some of whom side with the warmer view of climate. He writes:   Spiegel and the FAZ pour…

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Michael Mann and Stefan Rahmstorf claim the Gulf Stream is slowing due to Greenland ice melt, except reality says otherwise

UPDATED – see below From your “Day after Tomorrow” department (where a slowing Gulf Stream turned NYC into an icebox) comes this claim from the bowels of Mannian Science. Unfortunately, it looks to be of the caliber of Mann’s Hockey Schtick science. As WUWT reported on a peer reviewed paper last year, H. Thomas Rossby…

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Don’t believe in global warming at the state level? FEMA will yank your Federal disaster money

From Inside Climate News: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #173

The Week That Was: 2015-03-21 (March 21, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Certainty: The quote [below] from logician Bertrand Russell is part of his extensive writings in praise of science and its capability to…

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So far, 2015 seems to be a bad year for the ‘severe weather caused by climate change” meme

Looks like another “divergence problem” as tornadoes don’t follow the climatology From NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center: NORMAN, Okla. During a month when severe weather typically strikes, this March has been unusually quiet, with no tornado or severe thunderstorm watches issued by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center so far. And, National Weather Service forecasters see no sign…

Figure 4 in B.A. Black et al.: This image shows annually averaged temperature anomalies in excess of 3°C for the first year after the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption compared with spatial distribution of hominin sites with radiocarbon ages close to that of the eruption.
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Claim: Did volcanic induced climate change wipe out Neanderthals 40,000 years ago?

From the Geological Society of America: Boulder, Colo., USA – The Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago was one of the largest volcanic cataclysms in Europe and injected a significant amount of sulfur-dioxide (SO2) into the stratosphere. Scientists have long debated whether this eruption contributed to the final extinction of the Neanderthals.…

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The Geography of USCRN Average Air Temperature Trends during the 2004-2014 Decade over the Contiguous United States

Guest essay by Samuel I Outcalt The USCRN monthly average air temperature records were searched for continuous records covering the 2004 to 2014 decade over the contiguous United States. The average values were selected as these averages represented the average of several sensors. The records represent mid-month averages so a simple interpolation algorithm was used…

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Another climate geo-engineering pipe dream proves futile

Ocean pipes ‘not cool,’ would end up warming climate From the Carnegie Institution Washington, D.C.–To combat global climate change caused by greenhouse gases, alternative energy sources and other types of environmental recourse actions are needed. There are a variety of proposals that involve using vertical ocean pipes to move seawater to the surface from the…

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Claim: computer model says thawing permafrost will run a lopsided carbon game in the Arctic

From DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computer sims: In climatic tug of war, carbon released from thawing permafrost wins handily There’s a carbon showdown brewing in the Arctic as Earth’s climate changes. On one side, thawing permafrost could release enormous amounts of long-frozen carbon into the atmosphere. On the opposing side, as high-latitude regions warm, plants…

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Anatomy of a Collapsing Climate Paradigm

Guest post by David Middleton Paradigm: A framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a scientific community. Paradigm Shift: These examples point to the third and most fundamental aspect of the incommensurability of competing paradigms. In a sense that I am unable to explicate further,…

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Claim: Danish Researchers Debunk Greenland Climate Myth

Norse Settlers Adapted To Cold Conditions Hvalsey Church (Danish: Hvalsø Kirke) was a church in the abandoned Greenlandic Norse settlement of Hvalsey (now modern-day Qaqortoq). The best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland, the Church was also the location of the last written record of the Greenlandic Norse, a wedding in September 1408. A new comprehensive…

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Models overestimate 60 year decadal trends

Guest essay by Clive Best Marotzke & Forster(2015) found that 60 year trends in global surface temperatures are dominated by underlying climate physics. However, the  data show that climate models overestimate such 60 year decadel trends after 1940. The recent paper in Nature by Jochem Maritzke & Piers Forster ‘Forcing, feedback and internal variability in global temperature…

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What Is A “Normal” Climate?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball There is a form of argument called reductio ad absurdum. If you can reduce a position to the absurd, it was absurd in the first place. It doesn’t work as well as it used to because there is an embarrassment of absurdity in today’s world. However, there are arguments that…

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Hot news, evolution cools!

Steve McIntyre has the scoop: According to the University of Victoria, Andrew Weaver says: the next generation of his climate model will address the influence of climate on human evolution—much like it’s now being used to examine the influence of humans on climate evolution”. In breaking news, Climate Audit has obtained exclusive information on output from the…

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Where the complex climate models go wrong

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchly Joe Born (March 12) raises some questions about our paper Why models run hot: results from an irreducibly simple climate model, published in January in the Science Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. To get a copy of our paper, go to scibull.com and click on “Most Read Articles”.…

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The Royal Society Misrepresents Climate Science

The Small Print The Royal Society Left Out London, 16 March: A new briefing paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation has accused the Royal Society of presenting a misleading picture of climate science. The briefing, entitled The Small Print: What the Royal Society left out, challenges claims made in the Royal Society’s recently…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #172

The Week That Was: 2015-03-14 (March 14, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Witch Hunt Intensified: Immediately after President Obama’s successful re-election, his campaign organization was transformed into an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) non-profit organization named…

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Chaos & Climate – Part 1: Linearity

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen “…we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled nonlinear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.” – IPCC AR4 WG1           Introduction: The IPCC has long recognized that the climate system is 1) nonlinear and therefore,…

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John Kerry: Secretary of Mis-State?

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball The Washington Examiner headline says, “John Kerry calls climate change deniers members of ‘Flat Earth Society’.” It typifies all reports about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s head-on attack on scientists trying to practice properly skeptical science. I challenge John Kerry to produce a single person who studies climate who…

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February 2015 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly & Model-Data Difference 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 February 2015 and HADCRUT4 and NCDC through January 2015—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based lower troposphere temperature data (RSS and UAH) through February 2015. INITIAL NOTES: For discussions of…