Tag Archives: greenhouse gas

Methane: The Irrelevant Greenhouse Gas

Water vapor has already absorbed the very same infrared radiation that Methane might have absorbed. Guest essay by Dr. Tom Sheahen Q: I read that methane is an even worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and cattle are a big … Continue reading

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On the Futility of Long-Range Numerical Climate Prediction

Note: two events at AGU13 this morning dovetail in with this essay. The first, a slide from Dr. Judith Lean which says: “There are no operational forecasts of global climate change”. The second was a tweet by Dr. Gavin Schmidt, … Continue reading

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Hump Day Hilarity – DECC The Halls

Josh writes of this development in the UK: Ed Davey’s performance yesterday at the Energy and Climate Change Committee, posted here, was a mix of horror and farce. DECC seem to live in a make believe world where increases in costs cost less … Continue reading

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Yes, but weren’t climate pledge goals always out of reach?

From the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach Current pledges for greenhouse gas emission reductions are inadequate and will further increase the challenge to reach internationally agreed … Continue reading

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At last, a Plan B to stop global warming

Bjørn Lomborg writes on hisFacebook page about this story on WUWT: Newsbytes: Japan Stuns UN Climate Summit By Ditching CO2 Target The last twenty years of international climate negotiations have achieved almost nothing and have done so at enormous economic … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Japan Stuns UN Climate Summit By Ditching CO2 Target

From Dr. Benny Peiser of the GWPF Rich Nations Block Push To Count Past CO2 Emissions At UN Climate Summit Japan set a new target for greenhouse gas emissions that critics say will set back United Nations talks for a … Continue reading

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Why and How the IPCC Demonized CO2 with Manufactured Information

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Elaine Dewar spent several days with Maurice Strong at the UN and concluded in her book The Cloak of Green that, “Strong was using the U.N. as a platform to sell a global environment … Continue reading

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Claim: LLNL scientists find precipitation, global warming link

LIVERMORE, Calif. — The rain in Spain may lie mainly on the plain, but the location and intensity of that rain is changing not only in Spain but around the globe. A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists … Continue reading

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Submission to EPA hearing on ‘carbon pollution’ standards

Currently no scientific or logical basis for regulation of CO2 emissions, logician tells EPA Guest essay by Terry Oldberg Submitted to the EPA’s Public Listening Session on 111(d) Carbon Pollution Standards For Existing Power Plants  November 5, 2013 in San … Continue reading

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Radiative Forcing, Radiative Feedbacks and Radiative Imbalance – The 2013 WG1 IPCC Report Failed to Properly Report on this Issue

Guest essay by Roger A. Pielke Sr. Main Points 1. The difference in ocean heat content at two different time periods provides the global average radiative imbalance over that time [within the uncertainty of the ocean heat measurements] 2. This … Continue reading

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EPA to be challenged at SCOTUS over climate change

From Reuters (h/t to reader John) U.S. justices to hear challenge to Obama on climate change Tue, Oct 15 11:06 AM EDT By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a blow to the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Retro 3D climate model applied to faint young sun paradox

From the AGU weekly highlights: Evaluating solutions to the faint young Sun problem During the Archean eon, between about 3.8 billion years ago and 2.5 billion years ago, the Sun was about 20 to 25 percent fainter than it is … Continue reading

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Gatekeeping at Geophysical Research Letters

Dr. Judith Curry writes: As the IPCC struggles with its inconvenient truth – the pause and the growing discrepancy between models and observations – the obvious question is: why is the IPCC just starting to grapple with this issue now, … Continue reading

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50:1 should now be 100:1

Low ECS doubles the cost:benefit shortfall Guest essay by Barry Brill Topher Fields’ excellent documentary video http://topher.com.au/50-to-1-video-project/ explains that the overall costs of any global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be at least 50 times greater than its … Continue reading

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Claim: simulated satellite data back to 1860 proves global warming caused by humans

This is just nuts, sorry, I just don’t have any other words for it. Computer modeling and simulations are not hard data nor empirical proof, especially when trying to hindcast the upper atmosphere temperature back to 1860, well before radiosonde … Continue reading

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The ‘Diffenbaugh Delusion’ – refuted with a single graph of temperature

From Stanford University,  a claim easily refuted with a single graph of Tmax. See below. Global warming has increased risk of record heat, say Stanford scientists Drought shriveled crops in the Midwest, massive wildfires raged in the West and East … Continue reading

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That ‘Methane Time Bomb’ now lurks behind dams

From the American Chemical Society. I wonder if they studied how much methane comes from sediment loads dropped by rivers naturally and compared them? The Mississippi Delta alone must be a terrible offender. Sediment trapped behind dams makes them ‘hot … Continue reading

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Nature puts methane hydrate fears to rest – says it will be 1,000 years before they make any impact

WUWT reader “Jos” advises in Tips and Notes of this essay in Nature’s Knowledge Project. Excerpts follow: Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change Concern about the long-term stability of global gas hydrate deposits is rooted in the potential impact that … Continue reading

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Essay: carbon footprint as ‘original sin’

This essay appears today in The Chronicle Review and it makes an interesting claim: What is the carbon footprint, after all, if not the gaseous equivalent of Original Sin, the stain we inflict on Mother Gaia? Pascal Bruckner writes: There … Continue reading

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An Engineer’s Take On Major Climate Change

Guest essay by Ronald D. Voisin Let’s examine, at a high and salient level, the positive-feedback Anthropogenic Global Warming, Green-House-Gas Heating Effect (AGW-GHGHE) with its supposed pivotal role for CO2. The thinking is that a small increase in atmospheric CO2 … Continue reading

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Australian scientists take 6 degrees of global warming off the table, say it is closer to 2 degrees

From the University of Melbourne Scientists narrow global warming range Australian scientists have narrowed the predicted range of global warming through groundbreaking new research. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Victoria University have generated what they say are more reliable projections … Continue reading

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The effectiveness of CO2 as a greenhouse gas becomes ever more marginal with greater concentration

The political target of limiting the effect of Man-made global warming to only +2⁰C can never be attained. Guest essay by Ed Hoskins According to well understood physical parameters, the effectiveness of CO2 as a greenhouse gas diminishes logarithmically with … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Climatism: Resource Misuse on a Global Scale

By Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times. Last week, thirteen members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution “recognizing the disparate impact of climate change on women.” The resolution implied that man-made climate change was responsible for … Continue reading

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Michael Mann says climate models cannot explain the Medieval Warming Period – I say they can’t even explain the present

Ice core data shows CO2 levels changed less than 10 parts per million from 1600-1800 during the MWP. From the Hockey Schtick:  A new paper from Schurer et al (with Mann as co-author) finds that climate “models cannot explain the warm … Continue reading

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A Comparison Of The Earth’s Climate Sensitivity To Changes In The Nature Of The Initial Forcing

Guest post by Bob Irvine ABSTRACT The Earth’s feedback response to warming is independent of the nature of the forcing that caused that warming. The question I intend to examine is whether the nature of the forcing will have a … Continue reading

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In a new study, James Hansen pushes nuclear power as saving more lives than it has harmed

This is sure to get some enviros in a tizzy. From Chemical and Engineering News of the American Chemical Society: Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes Climate Change: Study estimates that nuclear energy leads to substantially fewer pollution-related … Continue reading

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The puzzle: why have rising temperatures been on a ‘Twenty-year hiatus”?

Not sure that “sceptical fringe” would apply here, but I’ll take the press where we can get it. See my comments below. – Anthony Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scientists puzzled | The Australian DEBATE about the reality … Continue reading

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A sea-change on climate sensitivity at The Economist

People send me stuff, today it was this “editors picks” from John Micklethwait, editor of The Economist. After years of being pro-warming, I was shocked to see this headline as a “pick”. It seems a change in editorial position may … Continue reading

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NASA satellite data shows a decline in water vapor

Guest post submitted by Ken Gregory, Friends of Science.org An analysis of NASA satellite data shows that water vapor, the most important greenhouse gas, has declined in the upper atmosphere causing a cooling effect that is 16 times greater than … Continue reading

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‘King’ Obama to circumvent lawful due process on climate

FLASHBACK March 2011: Obama on Deporting Illegals ‘America Is a Nation of Laws,’ Presidential Action Not ‘Appropriate’ Obama Administration Moves Forward on Climate Change Without Congress Forthcoming regulation likely means no new coal-fired power plants will be built in the … Continue reading

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Another geoengineering idea – gaming coalition modeled

From the Carnegie Institution  comes a nutty consensus type idea, modeled in game-theory, implemented by an equally nutty future coalition. Law of unintended consequences anyone? Geoengineering by coalition Washington, D.C.—Solar geoengineering is a proposed approach to reduce the effects of … Continue reading

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The Sanders-Boxer carbon tax will be 15 times costlier than letting warming happen

Inter-temporal investment appraisal of the Sanders/Boxer carbon tax bill by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Standard climatological and economic techniques, combined in an investment appraisal of the proposed Sanders/Boxer carbon dioxide tax (U.S. Senate, 2013), show that even at a zero … Continue reading

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Bob Tisdale shows how ‘Forecast the Facts” Brad Johnson (and now Dr. Heidi Cullen) are fecklessly factless about ocean warming and the blizzard

UPDATE2: Gosh. Shouldn’t Dr. Cullen know more than McKibben and Brad Johnson?!  (h/t to Marc Morano) – Anthony Here’s the SST anomaly map she cites as proof in her post about the issue at Climate Central. Note that actual temperatures … Continue reading

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If you thought global warming is a ‘can of worms’ you were right – Earthworms found to increase GHG emissions

Bruce. C. submits this odd story from the Dutch Telegraph, which is likely to have some organic farmers is a tizzy. This is a story that was translated from the Dutch newspaper article, so may not be 100% accurate in … Continue reading

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Global warming – more complex than we thought

From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST, more modeling mania for the future. New research shows complexity of global warming Greenhouse gases versus solar heating Global warming from greenhouse gases affects rainfall patterns in the world differently than that from … Continue reading

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