THE HEAT IS ON Even during the polar night, the center of Apatity is warmer (red) than the outskirts of the Russian city. AWS urban is the weather station in the town center

Study proves urban heat islands exist, even in the Arctic

From the “we told you so years ago” department comes this interesting study that might explain the 8 °C red spot in the Russian Arctic that NASA GISS always seems to have: From Science News: A novel form of the “urban heat island” effect might contribute to why the far north is warming faster than…

Tanner Creek Power Station in Lawrenceburg, IN - closed in 2015 by new EPA regulations. Photo by A. Watts

Supreme Court puts Obama’s “climate saving” power plant regulations on hold

From the skeptics and common sense win one department… A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday abruptly halted President Obama’s controversial new power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the administration’s sweeping plan to address global warming. In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising…

Cute abandoned kitten, author Nicolas Suzor from Brisbane, Australia, source Wikimedia

Reduce CO2, or More Homeless Kittens

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the New South Wales Cat Protection Society, climate induced warmer weather is causing cats to have more unwanted kittens. Longer breeding seasons, more kittens: are cats reacting to climate change? When Kristina Vesk started working at the Cat Protection Society of NSW in 2006, she rarely saw kittens…

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A TSI-Driven (solar) Climate Model

Guest essay by Jeff Patterson Temperature versus CO2 Greenhouse gas theory predicts a linear relationship between the logarithm of CO2 atmospheric concentration and the resultant temperature anomaly. Figure 1 is a scattergram comparing the Hadcrut4 temperature record to historical CO2 concentrations. UPDATE: Thanks to an alert commenter, this graph has now been updated with post…