Category Archives: Environment

The “Toxic Twenty”: Keeping America’s Lights On

Guest Post by David Middleton The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out with their latest “Toxic Twenty” list… The NRDC’s report is standard green claptrap. Kentucky led the Toxic Twenty, “emitting nearly 40.6 million pounds of harmful chemicals” in … Continue reading

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Plants: An efficient green technology for cities

From the American Chemical Society Green plants reduce city street pollution up to 8 times more than previously believed Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome … Continue reading

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Was “Good Science” Really Applied in the Recent Mercury Report Issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection?

Guest essay Dr. Willie Soon (Note: the newspaper The Florida Times-Union at jacksonville.com refuses to allow Dr. Soon to post a rebuttal fitting the word length and other editorial restrictions, so he has offered this expanded essay. He asks readers … Continue reading

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Oh the Entomology! Light pollution “radically altered” environment – making more bugs, more bug predators

From the University of Exeter , some buggy science. Next thing you know, PETA will be campaigning to have us shut off street lighting to “save the insects”. I’m surprised it has taken them this long to figure out that … Continue reading

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Racing To The Mountaintop at 0.4 Metres Per Year

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Anthony highlighted a study called “Recent Plant Diversity Changes on Europe’s Mountain Peaks” (paywalled here , hereinafter Pauli2012). The Supplementary Online Information (SOI) is here. The study concluded that the plants had moved vertically up … Continue reading

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Oh noes! Global Warming has driven Europe’s Mountain Plants to Migrate 2.7 m Upwards in 7 Years

The precision, down to a tenth of a meter, calculated by the University of Grenada in their press release below is simply stunning. I wonder what the error bars are on 2.7 meters over seven years of the study? And, … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced Climate Complexity – Compiling the WUWT Potential Climatic Variables Reference Page

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments, which began on this thread on January, 15th 2011, and grew on January 22nd, 2011, February 10th, 2011, February 28th, 2011, June 30th, 2011 … Continue reading

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The Simon-Erlich Wager at Seven Billion People

Guest post by David Middleton Back in 1980, the great libertarian economist, Julian Simon, and the prepetually wrong Malthusian biologist, Paul Erlich, entered into a little wager regarding population growth and resource scarcity. They decided on using the inflation-adjusted prices … Continue reading

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The Birth of CGR Science

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was reading a study published in November 2011 in Science mag, paywalled of course. It’s called “The Pace of Shifting Climate in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems”, by Burrows et al. (abstract here,  hereinafter B2011). … Continue reading

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Climate change invites aliens into Canada

From the Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press) Climate change invites alien invaders – Is Canada ready? Ottawa, Ontario – A comprehensive multi-disciplinary synthesis just published in Environmental Reviews reveals the urgent need for further investigation and policy development to … Continue reading

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Amanda Carey: Green Movement Dead In The Water

Via the Global Warming Policy Foundation Friday, 06 January 2012 09:12 Amanda Carey, Capital Research Center A careful look at the history of environmental activism shows how the movement has been unravelling. Now it seems to be dead in the … Continue reading

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Shutting down power plants: Imaginary benefits, extensive harm

EPA mercury rules for electricity generating units are based on false science and economics Guest post by Craig Rucker The Environmental Protection Agency claims its “final proposed” Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rules will eliminate toxic pollution from electrical generating … Continue reading

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Plants and bees keep up with climate change where birds don’t?

Readers may recall last week when I highlighted a press release that said Birds apparently can’t outfly climate change. It seemed ridiculous and there were many questionable claims in that work. Now from Cornell University  we have this today: As … Continue reading

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Coal – confirmed by NASA as getting cleaner

Oh Dear, It’s another Joe Romm head exploder. The improvement is verified by satellite data and the results are peer reviewed. Yet the EPA still insists on closing coal plants nationwide. NASA Satellite Confirms Sharp Decline in Pollution from U.S. … Continue reading

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Chicken Little of the Sea Visits Station ALOHA

Guest post by David Middleton Introduction My never-ending search for actual observational data that support the hypothesis of catastrophic anthropogenic ocean acidification (Chicken Little of the Sea) has taken me to offshore Hawaii and Station ALOHA.

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Study: ‘green’ biofuels could be costing the earth

From the University of Leicester  department of inconvenient truths: New study suggests EU biofuels are as carbon intensive as petrol University of Leicester research into greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations provides robust measures now being used to inform … Continue reading

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Water evaporated from trees cools global climate

From the Carnegie Institution – maybe we should build more cooling towers. Washington, DC. — Scientists have long debated about the impact on global climate of water evaporated from vegetation. New research from Carnegie’s Global Ecology department concludes that evaporated … Continue reading

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Wastewater GHG emissions, a poop de grace?

From the University of Cincinnati Wastewater recycling can multiply greenhouse gas emissions New research shows that wastewater recycling processes may generate more greenhouse gases than traditional water-treatment processes. Despite this finding, there are good reasons to continue keep wastewater recycling … Continue reading

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Attack of the killer clothes dryer

From the University of Washington  comes news of a terrible scourge of air pollution coming from America’s suburban wasteland. Yes, it’s the unregulated clothes dryer vent. I see a whole new division of the EPA just for this major threat … Continue reading

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Animals and plants flee 0.7°C temperature rise in last century

UPDATE: Highly recommended reading from Donna LaFramboise (h/t to reader Lars P), apparently this researcher has had several rebuttals posted against his previous peer reviewed version of this claim. One rebuttal by a prominent ecologist said: “the worst paper I … Continue reading

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