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Claim: CO2 causes plant viruses to spread more easily

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Scientists working in Victoria, Australia, have claimed that barley yellow dwarf virus spreads more easily, when wheat plants are subject to elevated levels of CO2. Dr Piotr Trêbicki, speaking to the ABC; Lead researcher Dr Piotr Trêbicki said the study found the spread of the disease in wheat increased more…

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Claim: Democracy creates climate change paralysis

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Conversation has published yet another green attack on liberal democracy. According to The Conversation, Liberal democracy is old fashioned – it’s antiquated institutions produce climate change “paralysis”, which the authors suggest can be resolved, by transferring democratic powers to unelected panels of national and trans-national bureaucrats. According to The…

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Climate modeler Matthew England still ignoring reality – claims IPCC models will eventually win

From the University of New South Wales and  ‘models versus reality‘ department comes this claim from alarmist Matthew England, whose “say anything” track record isn’t at all impressive, and looks to be an obsession with “being right” rather than doing careful science, for example: December 2012:  England accuses sceptics of lying when they say the…

Elevation-dependent warming is a poorly observed phenomenon that requires urgent attention to ensure that potentially important changes in high mountain environments are adequately monitored by the global observational network," say members of the Mountain Research Initiative Working Group.
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Despite ‘extremely sparse’ data, Mann’s buddy Ray Bradley seems sure that ‘High mountains are warming faster than expected ‘

From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst High mountains warming faster than expected UMass Amherst climate scientist and international team call for extra attention AMHERST, Mass. – High elevation environments around the world may be warming much faster than previously thought, according to members of an international research team including Raymond Bradley, director of the…

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Failed Earth Day Predictions

Via iHateTheMedia, here are a few of the predictions made on the first Earth Day. Don’t these sound like the predictions today that fail, like the 50 million climate refugees by 2010 followed by the moving of the goalposts to 2020? “We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” • Kenneth…

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Greens extend estimated point of no return – by 25 years!

How many climate deadlines and incontrovertible tipping points have been noisily proclaimed over the years, only to be quietly forgotten or shamelessly rescheduled, when the deadline passes uneventfully? The Earth League, a group composed mostly of climate personalities nobody has never heard of, have just extended the green point of no return to 2040 –…

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Nobody expects the Climate Inquisition

The Whitehouse-White House inquisition Sen. Whitehouse says reaction to intimidation is “overheated” – but he ignores Tides Foundation abuses Guest essay by Paul Driessen Senator Sheldon Whitehouse recently had a Huff-Po tantrum. The Rhode Island Democrat was miffed that people criticized him and equally liberal Senate colleagues Barbara Boxer (CA) and Ed Markey (MA) for…

It can be clearly seen, how the current differs above the methane seeps (blue square). Simulation and visualization: GEOMAR.

Effectiveness of methane-consuming bacteria in the ocean moderated by ocean currents

Ocean Currents Impact Methane consumption Study in Nature Geoscience on interactions between marine microbiology and oceanography Offshore the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, methane gas is seeping out of the seabed in several hundred meters depth. Luckily, bacteria are consuming a large proportion of the methane before it reaches the surface and is released to the atmosphere,…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #177

The Week That Was: 2015-04-18 (April 18, 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) Energy Not Heat, Exclusively: A source of frustration for members of SEPP, and others, are the efforts by some of classifying these skeptics…

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Too Many Wild Cards in the Climate Game

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Climate alarmists claim incessantly that all bad weather is caused by man’s use of hydro-carbon fuels – oil, gas and coal. They insist that man-made carbon dioxide is the trump card in the climate game. Their computerised models of doom assume ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide which will trump all…

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Peak Oil Re-visited

Guest essay by Mike Jonas   In January 2012, my article “Peak Oil – the R/P Ratio re-visited” was posted on WUWT. 3 years on, maybe this ever-controversial subject is worth (re-)re-visiting. In 2012, I said that it was getting ever more difficult to increase production, and that I suspected that we were already at…

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Claim: Graduates shunning climate studies

The Economic Times reports that there is a profound shortage of scientists choosing to study climate change – that advanced Physics and Maths graduates are being attracted to more interesting fields, such as Cosmology. According to the Economic Times; The facts should speak for themselves. The Divecha Centre for Climate Change, at the Indian Institute…

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Ridiculous claim by Marco Tedesco: ‘Darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet is projected to continue as a consequence of continued climate warming’

Via Eurekalert, maybe Tedesco just isn’t looking hard enough, or maybe he only looks at data, as these and other photos previously published on WUWT and Mother Jones demonstrate:     Greenland darkening to continue, predicts CCNY expert Marco Tedesco City College of New York Darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet is projected to continue…

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NYT: Developing world abandoning Obama’s green agenda, turning to China for help

h/t James Delingpole – The New York Times reports that the developing world is abandoning green tainted US backed global banking institutions, and is looking to China for infrastructure finance. According to the New York Times; American diplomats are upset that dozens of countries — including Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh — have flocked to join…

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Aussie Government gives $4 million to Bjørn Lomborg, to set up a “Consensus Centre” at Lewandowsky’s old university

The Australian Abbott government has granted Bjørn Lomborg $4 million, to set up a “consensus centre” at the University of West Australia. According to The Guardian; The Abbott government found $4m for the climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg to establish his “consensus centre” at an Australian university, even as it struggled to impose deep spending cuts…

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Obama Expected to Bind US to CO2 Reduction at Paris Climate Meeting This Year

Guest essay by S. Fred Singer Much ado about nothing. I expect very little from the much-ballyhooed Paris conference: maybe a White-House claim of a “breakthrough” climate accord – but nothing of substance. In his State-of-the-Union address, president Obama again confirmed that “saving the climate” remains one of his top priorities. Yet an official December…

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Dr. Judith Curry’s Testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Hearing on the President’s UN Climate Pledge

Here is the content of Dr. Curry’s verbal testimony: The central issue in the scientific debate on climate change is the extent to which the recent (and future) warming is caused by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions versus natural climate variability that are caused by variations from the sun, volcanic eruptions, and large-scale ocean circulations. Recent…

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March 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 March 2015 and HADCRUT4 and NCDC through February 2015—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based lower troposphere temperature data (RSS and UAH) through March 2015. INITIAL NOTES: For discussions of…

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Abiotic methane discovered under the Arctic Ocean

From CAGE – Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean Methane, a highly effective greenhouse gas, is usually produced by decomposition of organic material, a complex process involving bacteria and microbes. But there is another type of methane that can appear under specific circumstances: Abiotic…