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China’s New Energy Plan Forecasts Big Rise In CO2 Emissions

By Paul Homewood News from Enerdata that China has published a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020), presumably following on from the US-China agreement last week. The State Council of China has unveiled a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020) focusing on the development of renewables and capping primary energy consumption at 4.8…

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Climate Research needs Re-direction

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Governments are running huge deficits, but still spend billions on “climate research” especially trying to model the effect of the atmosphere and its trace of carbon dioxide on surface temperature. Benefits are hard to find. It may have improved weather forecasts by a day or so, but official long-term predictions…

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Will Green Politics soon be a thing of the Past?

The electoral troubles of the green bullies Eric Worrall writes: Anyone following the recent G20 will be aware that skeptical politicians, such as Australia’s Tony Abbott and Canada’s Steve Harper, have been subject to intense public pressure from prominent greens like President Obama, to change their public position on climate change. What is less apparent…

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Surprise: sea water salinity matters to sea level on long time scales

LIVERMORE, California — Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought. “By using long-term observed estimates of ocean salinity and temperature changes across the globe, and contrasting these with model…

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Fountain of Youth Underlies Antarctic Mountains

New Study Explains Why Peaks Buried in Ice Look So Young Images of the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains revealed water-filled valleys, as seen by the cluster of vertical lines in this image. (Creyts) Time ravages mountains, as it does people. Sharp features soften, and bodies grow shorter and rounder. But under the right conditions, some mountains…

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Hotwhopper’s Miriam O’Brien – Hoisted by Her Own Petard!

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism The blog Hotwhopper, operated by Miriam O’Brien, of Mount Beauty, Victoria, Australia, is the most non-scientific yet the rudest of all websites discussing climate change. Although Carl Sagan’s…

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Claim: Climate change will slow China’s progress in reducing infectious diseases

From Emory University: Climate change will slow China’s progress in reducing infectious diseases China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, in a study published in the latest edition of Nature Climate…

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Quicky Mid-November 2014 ENSO Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale AUSTRALIA’S BOM UPGRADES ENSO TRACKER STATUS TO EL NIÑO ALERT On November 18, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) upgraded the conditions in the tropical Pacific from El Niño “watch” to “alert” levels, “indicating at least a 70% chance of El Niño occurring”.  See the rest of their update here. NOAA’S WEEKLY…

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Claim: ‘the pause’ is caused by small volcanic eruptions

Small volcanic eruptions could be slowing global warming From the AGU: WASHINGTON, DC— Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study. Scientists have long known that volcanoes can cool the atmosphere, mainly…

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Get Laki, Get Unlaki

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, we haven’t had a game of “Spot The Volcano” in a while, so I thought I’d take a look at what is likely the earliest volcanic eruption for which we have actual temperature records. This was the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki in June of 1783. It is claimed to…

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If 97% of Scientists Say Global Warming is Real, 100% Say It Has Nearly Stopped

John Cook’s methodology proves that there is a “pause consensus”. Guest essay by Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute The central premise of “global warming” is that human greenhouse-gas emissions will lead to a rise in the earth’s average surface temperature, and that as emissions…

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EPA’s next regulatory tsunami

Trillions of dollars in ozone compliance and economic stagnation costs, for fabricated benefits Guest essay by Paul Driessen Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its tsunami of regulations is having on the livelihoods, living standards, health and welfare of millions…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #156

The Week That Was: 2014-11-15 (November 15, 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) China-US Agreement? On November 4, President Obama and his supporters incurred a major defeat in the non-presidential election. The opposing…

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Dr. Trenberth Redux

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A couple days ago, I was given a copy of a most interesting interchange from 2011 between Dr. Kevin Trenberth and a layman asking him a question. The sender of the question recently passed it on to me. I’ve redacted the email addresses and the name of the person asking the question,…

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October 2014 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly & Model-Data Difference Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale I’ve added a graph of the difference between the observed global temperature anomalies (GISS LOTI) and the climate model simulations of that metric by the models stored in the CMIP5 archive (used by the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report).  As a result of the hiatus (slowdown) in global surface…

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Is the Hockey Stick Graph Dead?

Novice warmist debunks Michael Mann Guest essay by David Hoffer For those of us who have followed the climate debate for a long time, the notion that Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick graph might be dead is counter intuitive. For us, the Hockey Stick graph is central to the debate. It’s appearance in one brilliant stroke swept…

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Claim: Warmest oceans ever recorded

From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST “This summer has seen the highest global mean sea surface temperatures ever recorded since their systematic measuring started. Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year,” says Axel Timmermann, climate scientist and professor, studying variability of the global climate system at the International Pacific Research…

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Guy Stewart Callendar

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I greatly enjoy reading old science. Back fifty years or more ago, they actually did real science, not the “my model says it must be true” kind of thing that we are treated to today. In that regard, I’ve been fortunate to stumble on one of the earliest papers on…