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In defense of a scientist in the humble quest for truth

As a follow up to the statement made yesterday by Dr. Willie Soon, this essay is appropriate. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley answers the campaign of assaults on the reputation of Dr. Willie Soon, an unsalaried astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics – Anthony The recent campaign of concerted assaults on Dr Soon’s reputation By…

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Lago Enriquillo Revisted

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Last January, I wrote about the curious case of Lago Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, the “Dead Sea of the DR” – a super-saline lake that lies about 140 feet below sea level in the east of the country right up against the border with Haiti. The lake has been…

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Countdown to alarm

Posted by Josh  For UK viewers, last night’s BBC 4 programme ‘Climate change by numbers’ started well (I am a big fan of Hannah Fry). But sadly it descended into the usual climate change innuendo and alarm. The first number was fine – 0.85˚C is not scary and not catastrophic. The second number, 95%, was, as…

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Statement by Dr. Willie Soon

Via Heartland press release: Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics released the following statement through The Heartland Institute in response to repeated attacks on his character and scientific integrity. All media inquires should be directed to Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org, 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364. For more information…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #170

The Week That Was: 2015-02-28 (February 28, 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) Politicized Science: This week members of Congress removed any doubt that Climate Science has become highly politicized, virtually ignoring that scientific knowledge is…

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Out on bail, IPCC’s Pachauri’s downward spiral continues: Resignation from the Indian Climate Council

Pachauri’s withdrawal from public life continues Story submitted by Eric Worrall Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today accepted Rajendra Pachauri’s resignation from the Prime Minister’s climate change council. According to the Indian Express; “R K Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has resigned from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change as…

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Climatic Jihad?

Climate Crisis extremists attack experts who challenge claims of imminent climate Armageddon Guest opinion by Paul Driessen ISIL and other Islamist jihad movements continue to round up and silence all who oppose them or refuse to convert to their extreme religious tenets. They are inspiring thousands to join them. Their intolerance, vicious tactics and growing…

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Global warming research: strong storms to become stronger, weak storms to become weaker

University of Toronto study finds atmosphere will adapt to hotter, wetter climate (photo by Liam Kearney via Flickr) A study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto finds that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades. Instead, strong storms will become stronger…

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For The Love Of Models: A Global Warming Allegory

Guest essay by William M. Briggs, statistician. Reposted from his blog wmbriggs.com A very odd thing happened in Science. Turns out a famous weatherman has been forecasting highs in the 60s then 70s for New York City all winter long. But the temperature never rose above the single digits, teens, twenties, and thirties. One day…

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On Steinman et al. (2015) – Michael Mann and Company Redefine Multidecadal Variability And Wind Up Illustrating Climate Model Failings

Guest Post By Bob Tisdale For the past few years, we’ve been showing in numerous blog posts that the observed multidecadal variations in sea surface temperatures of the North Atlantic (known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) are not represented by the forced components of the climate models stored in the CMIP5 archive (which were used…

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Swivel eyed lunacy – posted by Josh

The recent climate skeptic witch hunt, even against people like Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., who ISN’T a climate skeptic but has presented some data on severe weather losses that contradict the current meme of “severe weather caused by global warming”, prompted Josh to pen a new cartoon. He gets right to the source of the…

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Eye roller: Global warming affects maple leaves, and the ponds they fall into

From Dartmouth College and the “dead rainbows and starving unicorns” department, complete with artist’s conception: Climate-warmed leaves change lake ecosystems, Dartmouth-led study finds HANOVER, N.H. – Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and consequently the food web, appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes and ponds those leaves fall into, a Dartmouth College-led study…

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GWPF Calls On Governments To Overhaul ‘Missionary’ IPCC

IPCC has lost its scientific objectivity London, 25 February: The GWPF has, for a long time, warned policymakers and the public that the leadership of the IPCC has been losing its scientific objectivity and has been adopting environmentalism as a missionary cause. The astonishing letter of resignation released yesterday by its outgoing chairman, RK Pachauri,…

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Roger Pielke, Jr. Being Investigated by Representative Grijalva for Presenting Inconvenient Data

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale Roger Pielke, Jr. is not a skeptic of human-induced global warming, as we all know.  Pielke Jr. is being investigated, however, for the “crime” of presenting data that disagree with alarmists who make bogus claims about weather and weather-related losses. See Roger’s post I am under “Investigation”, in which he…

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The Peril of Great Causes

Guest essay by Tom Fuller As a Lukewarmer I cheerfully accept the science explaining how our high emissions of CO2 have contributed to the current warming period. As a liberal progressive I support large-scale (government and NGO) efforts to address the pressing problems of today. And as someone who has worked in the solar power industry…

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Are Climate Modelers Scientists?

Guest essay by Pat Frank For going on two years now, I’ve been trying to publish a manuscript that critically assesses the reliability of climate model projections. The manuscript has been submitted twice and rejected twice from two leading climate journals, for a total of four rejections. All on the advice of nine of ten…

Reconstruction of the climate 21,000 years ago at the peak of the last ice age in the western US found that the transition between the dryer zone in the north and wetter zone in the south ran diagonally from the northwest to southeast. Credit :Jessica Oster, Vanderbilt University

Study finds massive climate change in North America before there was even an argument about it

From Vanderbilt University and the “climate has never been static” department: Reconstructing topsy-turvy paleoclimate of western US 21,000 years ago Improves climate models developed to predict future rainfall patterns Climate scientists now put the odds that the American Southwest is headed into a 30-year “mega drought” at 50/50. Meanwhile, the forecast for the Pacific Northwest…

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Greenpeace enlists Justin Gillis & John Schwartz of the NY Times in Journalistic Terrorist Attack on Willie Soon – Miss Target, Hit Smithsonian Instead

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen I cannot bring myself to quote from this unconscionable piece of journalistic malfeasance: Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ FEB. 21, 2015 Instead, I simply let my title and the following excerpts from the so-called “supporting” documents offered by Greenpeace speak…

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Study: Climate skeptics and proponents score highest on climate science literacy…but are the most polarized

From Yale University and the “I’ll bet this guy never reads RealClimate and WUWT” department: Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming Those who score highest on test are more politically polarized, study finds Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific…

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Inconvenient study: La Niña killed coral reefs 4100 years ago and lasted over two millennia

From Georgia Tech and the “it’s your SUV that’s killing the coral reefs today, why can’t you get that through your head” department comes this inconvenient study. La Nina-like conditions associated with 2,500-year-long shutdown of coral reef growth A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of…

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Weekly climate and energy news roundup #169

The Week That Was: 2015-02-21 (February 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) Sea Level Change: The threat of global warming is no longer intensely promoted by governments. No significant temperature rise for over a decade…

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The Disparity Between IPCC Science Reports, Summary For Policymakers and Reality, Requires a Political Science Solution

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball The 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report was the most influential in establishing global warming as a serious threat demanding political action. It contained the infamous hockey stick that Richard Muller identified as, “the poster-child of the global warming community.” However, the Report also achieved another distinction, unknown…

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage In Striking Distance of a Record

Guest Post By Just The Facts After Micheal Mann and Kevin Trenberth helpfully attributed the recent record snowfall in Boston to global warming, we now have another undeniable indication of alarming extreme runaway global warming. After last year’s 2nd highest maximum in Great Lakes Ice Coverage; Great Lakes Ice Coverage stands at 82.8%, within striking…

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Weekend Open Thread

It has been quite awhile since we’ve had an open thread on WUWT, so let’s have one. As usual, stay on topic per this blog’s usual discussions, and keep it civil. I’m particularly interested in hearing from readers about topics and issues we may not have covered that would be relevant for future posts.