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Cleaned 6/15/14

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879 Responses to Tips and Notes

  1. Bill Parsons says:

    I’d like to thank Dennis Wingo for his excellent article in WUWT a few weeks ago, describing his plan to re-activate the International Sun-Earth Explorer Satellite as part of a joint project with fellow NASA employees. As I understood it, the ultimate goal included using the experience as part of an educational exercise for young STEM students.

    Dennis’ project was recognized on the front page of the NY Times this morning.

  2. yam says:

    Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood


    The BBC article is as much about the failure of solar power on the grid as it is about vanadium and its potential use for electric storage.

  3. Mike McMillan says:

    Ditto yam on Vanadium.
    The big anchor slowing solar and wind is the storage problem. We should quit spending the bucks subsidizing “renewables” and direct it to storage. Once solved, solar/wind would be self supporting without taxpayer subsidies.

  4. Mike Jowsey says:

    Surprised to see this not covered by WUWT – it’s a biggie!

    BIG NEWS Part I: Historic development — New Solar climate model coming

  5. F. Ross says:

    Anthony —

    Now that you have had solar power at your home for some time, I think many of your readers would appreciate it if you would share your evaluation of that project with those of us who may be considering going the same route.

    In any case thanks for the great site.

  6. Mike Lewis says:

    Hi Anthony, just noticed this line in New Scientist: “Conversely, high IQ is no guarantee that a person will act rationally – think of the brilliant physicists who insist that climate change is a hoax” – from the article:

    I am not sufficiently gifted but surely this must be worthy of a withering response.
    Best wishes.
    Mike Lewis

  7. Most Ice Pack since 1994 resulting in many icebergs along the shores of Newfoundland. A record long viewing season extending into September is expected:

  8. el gordo says:

    And here is the second part of Nova’s story.

    I feel in my water that this could be the breakthrough, but its highly complex and I’m not qualified.

  9. Warren in New Zealand says:

    Greenpeace loses $5.2M on rogue employee trading

    AMSTERDAM (AP) Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned if reckless employee in its financial unit.

    The environmental group, which is based in Amsterdam, said Monday the employee who had bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies in 2013, when it did had acted beyond the limits of his authority.

  10. View from the Solent says:

    “A top British expert has come out with new research flatly contradicting the idea that extremely cold winters in North America – like the one just past – will become more frequent due to global warming. This new analysis disagrees completely with the assessment of President Obama’s personal science advisor.”

    reporting on

  11. Ken Coates says:

    Oxfam America’s Behind the Brands campaign is targeting Kellogg and General Mills by turning Tony the Tiger and the Pillsbury Doughboy against them:

    “In a subversive new PSA about climate change, Oxfam America is taking aim at titans of industry Kellogg and General Mills by using their own beloved brand spokesmen Tony the Tiger and the Pillsbury Doughboy.”

    Oh, the irony!

  12. omegapaladin says:

    XKCD tries to make the case for global warming alarmism again – this time, with ice age units.

  13. Mac the Knife says:

    Iraq burns…. Kerry fiddles about Climate Change while Obama golfs

    John Kerry: Protecting Oceans from Climate Change a ‘Vital Security Issue’
    “With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) advancing rapidly through Iraq and posting images of their brutal mass executions, plans have begun to evacuate America’s embassy in Baghdad. In Washington, however, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a conference on the world’s real “vital security issue”: climate change.”

  14. JaneHM says:

    Antarctic warming causing massive damage to near-shore seabeds around Antarctica

  15. Rocky says:

    Jo Nova and David Evans have a proposed theory on a Solar Notch. Still early days on this but worth a look

  16. Lewis P Buckingham says: Warren in New Zealand says:
    June 16, 2014 at 7:01 am
    Further to this the annual non profit income of Greenpeace is given as just over 400 million Canadian Dollars.

  17. Cam says:

    Reading University scientists have come out with their prediction of September ice extent based on melt ponds on the ice flow. Their guess for this year…5.4 million sq km.

  18. Cam_S says:

    Ross McKitrick has an article in the Financial Post.

    The global warming hiatus?
    Climate models all wrongly predicted warming, so let’s call it a discrepancy

  19. Terry Comeau says:

    CBC has story about Northern Gateway Pipeline:,

    There is also an internet poll asking whether the Feds should approve it. Feel free to weigh in.

  20. Richard Patton says:

    You are always talking about science is never settled, Here is a very good article on the subject, unfortunately it is just the first part, the next part is next week.

  21. Nylo says:

    I thought I saw a pussy hockey stick…

  22. The BBC has an article up about forecasts for Arctic sea ice cover. The quote that caught my eye:

    “Their extent has diminished from about 7 million square km in the 1990s to less than 5 million square km in five of the past seven years, with a record minimum of 3.6 million square km being set in 2012.

    But the year-to-year variation is large and the computer models in general have failed to capture the behaviour.”

    Computer models not infallible? Bit of a break-through for the BBC.


  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Statistics professor fired as an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive Washington D.C. think tank due to his position on climate change. This particular article is interesting in that it details how he made the switch from a believer to a skeptic and the reactions of students when they find out how weak the data is.

    About a decade ago, Rossiter assigned his international statistics students a paper that asked them to analyze some topic of international affairs using statistics. When one female student turned in a paper on humans’ role in global warming, he gave her an F.

    “She came to see me and said, ‘But Doc, it’s not fair, I am just repeating exactly what they said,” he recalled. “And I said, ‘That’s impossible, because the evidence you cited here is just wishful thinking, there is no real data.’”

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    Al Gore spews more garbage in rolling stone.

    Major article where he sells the idea that they are winning and renewables are a big success story.
    No he did not miss an opportunity to direct a significant portion of the article to ranting on Koch conspiracies.

  25. Data Soong says:

    Here is a new journal article that might be of interest to your readership: Adjustments in Tornado Counts, F-Scale Intensity, and Path Width for Assessing Significant Tornado Destruction, by E. Agee and S. Childs in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, here:

    Here’s my brief summary of their paper:
    – The U.S. tornado record is inhomogeneous, so “adjustments” need to be made to compare data at different points in time.
    – They increase the strength of reported tornadoes from 1953-1973 (the pre F-scale era) to account for “overestimated intensities”.
    – Since from 1953-1994, the mean path width of a tornado was recorded, yet this was changed to maximum path width from 1995 onward, they adjust upward the annual mean maximum path width from 1953 to 1994 to obtain a common lower threshold to compare the two datasets.
    – Despite these adjustments, the annual mean kinetic energy of all tornadoes combined shows no annual trend since 1953.
    – The annual mean maximum path width shows an increasing trend (i.e., tornadoes are getting wider.)
    – The tornado destruction index ((wind speed * path width)^2) shows no significant trend until 2007, after which the 3 years with the highest values in their 1953-2012 database were 2007, 2008 and 2011.

    My conclusion: There are no overall trends in tornadic activity significant enough to rise above the uncertainty in the observational measurements. We’ll have to wait longer before we can conclude if there is a significant trend.

  26. Luc VC says:

    This might be a bit political but at the end of the day a technology revolution direly needed by the EU might mute the whole climate debate.

  27. L. E. Joiner says:

    How about a page for the constant flood of examples of “Reflexive Obeisance to Global Warming”? E.g.:


    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A crop scientist credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize.

    Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, wins the $250,000 prize founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug that honors vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. . .

    “It’s a great honor,” Rajaram said. “I’m a very humble person but very honored the World Food Prize committee has recognized me for the work I have done.”

    The next big challenge, Rajaram believes, is developing plants with more drought tolerance, staving off the effects of salt water intrusion as oceans rise, and other issues related to climate change.

    “Future crop production is bound to decline unless we fully factor in the issues related to climate change, soil fertility and water deficits, and utilize advanced genetics in the next 20 to 30 years,” he said in a telephone interview. . .

    /Mr Lynn

  28. Bruce Foutch says:

    “Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.”

    “This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.””

  29. Bruce Foutch says:

    This should have been pasted with above regarding Dr. Schlüchter:

    “Then he made himself even more unpopular thanks to a recent interview titled “Our Society is Fundamentally Dishonest” which appeared in the Swiss publication Der Bund where he criticized the U.N.-dominated institutional climate science hierarchy for extreme tunnel vision and political contamination.”

  30. Mark says:

    Solar climate model….not familiar with the source, but it sounds promising,,,,

  31. Hans Henrik Hansen says:

    Looks like interesting stuff:
    “…trade-off between the climate impact of aviation carbon dioxide emissions and contrails for a single flight”
    – basically this article outlines how much a flight could (should?) be extended to nullify/reduce the climate effects of contrails, see:

  32. Frank Perdicaro says:

    The “Slow Fourier Tranform” of Willis is now generalized. See
    and the good paper referenced there.

  33. aaron says:

    Matt Ridley:

    Junk Science Week: IPCC commissioned models to see if global warming would reach dangerous levels this century. Consensus is ‘no’

    The IPCC commissioned four different models of what might happen to the world economy, society and technology in the 21st century and what each would mean for the climate, given a certain assumption about the atmosphere’s “sensitivity” to carbon dioxide. Three of the models show a moderate, slow and mild warming, the hottest of which leaves the planet just 2 degrees Centigrade warmer than today in 2081-2100. The coolest comes out just 0.8 degrees warmer.

    Now two degrees is the threshold at which warming starts to turn dangerous, according to the scientific consensus. That is to say, in three of the four scenarios considered by the IPCC, by the time my children’s children are elderly, the earth will still not have experienced any harmful warming, let alone catastrophe…

    Curious to know what assumptions lay behind this model, I decided to look up the original papers describing the creation of this scenario. Frankly, I was gobsmacked. It is a world that is very, very implausible…

    Nuclear and renewable technologies contribute little, because of a “slow pace of innovation” and hence “fossil fuel technologies continue to dominate the primary energy portfolio over the entire time horizon of the RCP8.5 scenario.” Energy efficiency has improved very little.

    These are highly unlikely assumptions. With abundant natural gas displacing coal on a huge scale in the United States today, with the price of solar power plummeting, with nuclear power experiencing a revival, with gigantic methane-hydrate gas resources being discovered on the seabed, with energy efficiency rocketing upwards, and with population growth rates continuing to fall fast in virtually every country in the world, the one thing we can say about RCP8.5 is that it is very, very implausible…

    The IPCC produced two reports last year. One said that the cost of climate change is likely to be less than 2% of GDP by the end of this century. The other said that the cost of decarbonizing the world economy with renewable energy is likely to be 4% of GDP. Why do something that you know will do more harm than good?

  34. el gordo says:

    I’ve been battling this nonsense since yesterday, explaining to warmists that one month is not a trend, but they won’t listen.

  35. Pamela Gray says:

    It would be interesting to give this piece of research a once over. Fairly recent (2013). Attributes 40% of the recent trend to intrinsic factors, with the AMO oscillation a prominent piece. It has a pretty good section on Solar issues too. I am betting Willis might be interested as well. Lots of filtering of a single record.

  36. kakatoa says:

    …….”The point being that in an article that argues that it’s all just a big communication problem, they give a first class example of why, no, it ain’t just a communication problem, outside of the fact that yeah, misrepresenting the actual state of what is known about a scientific issue, is yeah, a big communication problem.
    So, I broke my own rule of not wasting time commenting on such thing, and submitted a brief comment. It was up briefly, got a couple of responses, then got deleted by somebody later. I have no idea why I’m listed as “ID1686610″, since I gave my full name when registering, but whatever, here’s the comment:
    “Wildfires have become more prevalent in the US because of climate change.”
    Wildfires have become more “prevalent” (frequent?, larger?, more intense?…and with reference to what baseline period, exactly?…what *exactly* do you mean?) …due to a combination of factors, the principal one being the very large increase in available fuels that have arisen due to a century or more of fire reduction activities, especially in fire prone ecosystems…..”

  37. A Lovell says:

    I have been keeping an eye on Josh Tickell’s Indiegogo fundraising for his ‘Fracked’ endeavour. He was trying to raise $72,000. He raised only $3,535 from 37 funders. There are 10 comments registered, of which only 3 are shown. I’d love to see the censored ones!

  38. Keith Wallis says:

    Interesting in itself, but with comments you’d never hear from the Team.

    The BICEP2 Collaboration announced in March that, from their telescope at the South Pole, they thought they’d discovered the signal of the rapid inflation of the Universe immediately after the Big Bang. They said that they’d picked up the predicted swirls and ripples in cosmic microwave background radiation, but now they’re not so sure.

    Data from the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope found the same rippled pattern in dust within the Milky Way galaxy. Importantly, it looked at many parts of the sky, including that part surveyed by BICEP2. One of the BICEP team leaders, Professor Clem Pryke, from Uni. Wisconsin, said “Has my confidence gone down? Yes”. But here’s the quote that the climate science Usual Suspects would do well to heed, but have ridden roughshod over:

    “Real data from Planck are indicating that our dust models are underestimates. So the prior knowledge on the level of dust at these latitudes, in our field, has gone up; and so the confidence that there is a gravitational wave component has gone down. Quantifying that is a very hard thing to do. But data trumps models.

    Good to see that the to and fro of scientific investigation getting nearer the truth and trying to make sure that the null hypothesis is fully assessed before rejection.

    However, swap “dust models are underestimates” for “climate models are overestimates”, and “gravitational wave component” for “anthropogenic component”, and you have the last year’s numerous papers providing climate sensitivity downgrades summed up nicely. If only the IPCC process followed the same path of integrity that true science treads…

  39. Keith W. says:

    Keith Wallis beat me to it, but still, here is the Yahoo! News link for the story on the Big Bang story.

  40. DougS says:

    June 20, Friday. A Flu like virus is moving among us in the SF Bay Area. Both my wife and I are sick and so are co-workers. Wash hands and hydrate; whiskey recommended.

  41. Mac the Knife says:

    This may be a bit late for the Friday Funny but it IS worth a laugh!

    Rep. Stockman introduces ‘The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act’
    by John Hayward 20 Jun 2014, 1:14 PM PDT

    Why shouldn’t taxpayers be allowed to use the same excuses the IRS, and other elements of our imperial government, deploy when they get in trouble? Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) aims to make it happen with his “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.”

  42. Margaret says:

    This article by a group of economists is trying to work out what the right discount rate should be for benefits in the future. They come up with 2.6%. I can’t remember what Lord Stern used, so it would be interesting to compare it.

    According to my calculations (and I may be wrong) this means that something which gives you $100 in 100 years time should be valued as if it gave you $7.37 now.

  43. charles nelson says:

    Steven M. Mosher, B.A. English, Northwestern University (1981); Teaching Assistant, English Department, UCLA (1981-1985); Director of Operations Research/Foreign Military Sales & Marketing, Northrop Corporation [Grumman] (1985-1990); Vice President of Engineering [Simulation], Eidetics International (1990-1993); Director of Marketing, Kubota Graphics Corporation (1993-1994); Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Criterion Software (1994-1995); Vice President of Personal Digital Entertainment, Creative Labs (1995-2006); Vice President of Marketing, Openmoko (2007-2009); Founder and CEO, Qi Hardware Inc. (2009); Marketing Consultant (2010-2012); Vice President of Sales and Marketing, VizzEco Inc. (2010-2011); [Marketing] Advisor, RedZu Online Dating Service (2012-2013); Advisory Board, urSpin (n.d.); Team Member, Berkeley Earth 501C(3) Non-Profit Organization unaffiliated with UC Berkeley (2013-Present)

  44. Jarmo says:

    EPA war on nuclear?

    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new emissions rule for nuclear power plants, which sets very low levels for Krypton-85, a noble gas. For the past 50 years, we’ve known that there is no scenario in which Kr-85 released from a power plant could cause any health issues. K-85 can’t enter the human body. Once it’s released, K-85 cannot react or bond with other elements and decays to stable, non-hazardous, non-radioactive rubidium. Nothing has changed to lead the EPA to think otherwise. What could change if we set absurdly low limits on Kr-85 emissions is that new generation of nuclear reactor designs that are incapable of melting down could become more expensive, maybe even economically impossible. Given that it poses no risk to human health, K-85 shouldn’t even be regulated by the EPA; this falls to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  45. SanityP says:

    This must be a kick in the nuts for the warmistas:

    Melting Yukon ices reveals 5,000-year-old archaeological treasures

  46. boballab says:

    Anthony thought you might like this:

  47. F. Ross says:

    Well who would have thought that species might be able to adapt to “climate change”?

  48. Keith Minto says:

    Just clicked on to my fav SST anomaly map by Unisys and found that it not operating (sorry, unable to cut and paste), only this information:

  49. Paul Westhaver says:

    Wind Power Economic Failure:

    Nova Scotia Government lies about power generation, green jobs and costs to install wind generation facilities.

    The Wealthe redistribution scam revealed:

    Only the sycophant reporters at Chronicle Herald never asked the socialist NDP government to verify it’s fake jobs projections when the project was proposed.

  50. J Martin says:

    Ross McKitrick finds a 97% concensus.

    The IPCC briefly discussed the seriousness of the model-observation discrepancy in Chapter 9 of the 2013 report. It reports that over the 1998-2012 interval 111 out of 114 climate model runs over-predicted warming, achieving thereby, as it were, a 97% consensus.

    found via

  51. Roger Sowell says:

    President Obama is either clueless about the difference between “solar” and “renewables” or just does not care about being off by a factor of 3. He stated that California recently obtained 18 percent of its total grid energy from solar power. It was barely 6 percent, in fact.

  52. L. E. Joiner says:

    Christopher Booker in The Telegraph (made Drudge):

    The scandal of fiddled global warming data
    The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record

    /Mr Lynn

  53. Hoser says:

    Yes, what he said (LE Joiner)!!!

  54. Sasha says:

    Greenpeace leaked documents reveal extent of financial disarray

    …Like their entire raison d’etre…

  55. Earth mesh says:

    The Galaxy-sunspots-climate connection finally revealed!
    The huge electric galactic center-magnetar sends electricity to all the Milky-way [1. Eatough R. P. et al]. In our solar system, mostly Jupiter and secondly the other planets periodically divert a part of this electricity (that stimulates them) from its course to the Sun, causing him a solar minimum and to the Earth more atmospheric and magma stimulation: more thunderbolts [2. Gurevich A.] (even from CLEAR sky, without clouds), storms, quakes [3. Simpson J., Jain R.] and volcanic eruptions-clouding-glacials [4. Ebisuzaki et al], all AVERTABLE with proper MESHES [] over active craters and the equator, where from most electricity hits our planet.
    The reason why the sunspot cycle is averagely 11 years is because the charge-discharge of Jupiter lasts as long as it takes him to evolve around the Sun and it depends on the other planets’ positions [5. Wilson I. R. G.].
    1.A strong magnetic field around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy R. P. Eatough et al
    A magnetar at the heart of our Milky Way
    – J. A. Kennea et al. Swift Discovery of a new soft gamma repeater, SGR J1745-29, near Sagittarius A*, Astrophysical Journal Letters 770, L24, 2013 ( 
- K. Mori et al. NuSTAR discovery of a 3.76-second transient magnetar near Sagittarius A* 
Astrophysical Journal Letters 770, L23, 2013 ( 
- R. M. Shannon, S. Johnston Radio properties of the magnetar near Sagittarius A* from observations with the Australia Telescope Compact Array Monthly Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. (MNRAS) Letters, August 14, 2013 (
    – Intergalactic Medium Emission Observations with the Cosmic Web Imager: I. The Circum-QSO Medium of QSO 1549+19, and Evidence for a Filamentary Gas Inflow
    Martin, D. Christopher and Chang, Daphne and Matuszewski, Matt and Morrisey, Patrick and Rahman, Shahinand Moore, Anna and Steidel, Charles C. (2014) Intergalactic Medium Emission Observations with the Cosmic Web Imager: I. The Circum-QSO Medium of QSO 1549+19, and Evidence for a Filamentary Gas Inflow.Astrophysical Journal, 768 (2). Art. No. 106. ISSN 0004-637X.

    – Intergalactic Medium Emission Observations with the Cosmic Web Imager. II. Discovery of Extended, Kinematically-Linked Emission around SSA22 Lyα Blob 2
    Martin, D. Christopher and Chang, Daphne and Matuszewski, Matt and Morrisey, Patrick and Rahman, Shahinand Moore, Anna and Steidel, Charles C. and Matsuda, Yuichi (2014) Intergalactic Medium Emission Observations with the Cosmic Web Imager. II. Discovery of Extended, Kinematically-Linked Emission around SSA22 Lyα Blob 2. Astrophysical Journal, 786 (2). Art. No. 107. ISSN 0004-637X.
    On the Galactic Center Being the Main Source of Galactic Cosmic Rays as Evidenced by Recent Cosmic Ray and Gamma Ray Observations – Yiqing Guo, Zhaoyang Feng, Qiang Yuan, Cheng Liu, Hongbo Hu
    2. The observed electric fields in thunderclouds are generally too weak to initiate the atmosphere’s electrical breakdown. But COSMIC RAYS can play a surprising role in the drama of LIGHTNING: A. V. Gurevich and K. P. Zybin, Runaway Breakdown and the Mysteries of Lightning.

    – Solar activity as a triggering mechanism for earthquakes – Simpson J.,…3..417S
    – Solar flares trigger earthquakes – Jain, R., Physical Research Laboratory.
    EACH of the 682 >4.0 EARTHQUAKES under study was preceded by a SOLAR FLARE of B to X class by 10-100 hrs.
    -2011 March 9th ended with a powerful SOLAR FLARE. In addition, on March 10, 2011 around 0630 UT, a CORONAL MASS EJECTION did strike a glaceing blow to Earth’s magnetic field.
    4. Explosive volcanic eruptions triggered by cosmic rays: Volcano as a bubble chamber
    Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, Hiroko Miyahara, Ryuho Kataoka, Tatsuhiko Sato, Yasuhiro Ishimine
    5. The Venus–Earth–Jupiter spin–orbit coupling model, I. R. G. Wilson, The Liverpool Plains Daytime Astronomy Centre, Gunnedah, Australia –

  56. M Courtney says:

    Further to what Sasha highlights.

    That article also reports on a Greenpeace employee who commutes to work in Amsterdam form Switzerland by aeroplane. How large a carbon footprint can a hypocrite have?

    It’s surprisingly critical of Greenpeace for the Guardian. And so are the comments.

  57. Navy Bob says:

    Not sure where to post this, but it seems worth passing on. The Supreme Court has ruled against at least a portion of EPA’s greenhouse gas authority. The news item below is short and cryptic. I can’t tell if EPA’s rule-making authority over CO2 has been abolished or if it’s just a minor technical limitation.

    “Supreme Court strikes down part of EPA permitting rule
    Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter
    Published: June 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    The Supreme Court today struck down part of a U.S. EPA program for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.

    Justices held in a split decision that the agency improperly required stationary sources to obtain permits if they qualified for the program only because of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Utilities, several industry trade groups and a dozen states challenged EPA’s suite of greenhouse gas regulations, including the auto standards and EPA’s finding that the gases endanger public health. They lost at a federal appeals court, and the Supreme Court declined to take up those issues.

    The high court limited its review to whether EPA lawfully decided to include greenhouse gases in its Prevention of Significant Deterioration, or PSD, program.

    The regime requires facilities to obtain permits before construction or modifications. The permits mandate that they use the “best available” technology to control emissions of harmful pollutants.”

  58. Navy Bob says:

    Never mind. Looks like it’s a very limited technical restriction.
    ‘Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the court, said “EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case.” Scalia said the agency wanted to regulate 86 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted from plants nationwide. The agency will be able to regulate 83 percent of the emissions under the ruling, Scalia said.’

  59. aaron says:

    Pondering a new geological epic.

    I say we call it the Anthropomorphicene.

  60. Alec aka Daffy Duck says:

    [Support for O'Dowd et al theory that air pollution had artificially kept temps lower, but then the clean air acts
    of the 1960-70s reduced aerosols which reduced has and clouds, in turn rose temps in the 1970-1990s???

    Clouds did decline: ]

    “A loss of ~4.2% total cloudiness is observed between 1982 and 2012 over a North American domain centered over the contiguous United States. While ENSO can explain some of the observed change, a weather state clustering analysis identifies shifts in weather patterns that result in loss of water cloud over the Great Lakes and cirrus over southern portions of the United States…..

  61. The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley says:

    Greenpiss caught out – one of their blokes flies 250 miles to work.

  62. aaron says:

    Oops! “Epoch”. But yeah, the spin of “anthropocene” is epic.

  63. Pacific earthquake swarms in past few hours:

  64. David L. Hagen says:

    Magnitude 8.0 quake western Aleutian Islands
    Forecasters Assess Tsunami Threat After Big Quake in Alaskan Islands

    centered near Little Sitkin Island, near the southwestern end of the Aleutians

  65. john says:

    India to open civilian nuclear programme to greater scrutiny

    (Reuters) – India said on Monday it was ratifying an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to expand oversight of its civilian nuclear programme, in a move aimed at unblocking a major nuclear partnership with the United States.

  66. Chris says:

    Carl Sagan on Global Warming?

  67. Roger Sowell says:

    My take on the Supreme Court’s ruling today in Utility Air Regulatory Group v US EPA,

  68. Sasha says:

    Where Greenpeace donations really go

    Massive pay for execs…currency speculation…gratuitous air flights…huge commutes for privileged exec…dangerous, pointless, counter-productive stunts…etc…

    The fairy tale world of those “green” hypocrites at Greenpeace now embraces all the characteristics of any other giant corporation; massive pay at the top, financial malfeasance by it’s employees and now the blatant exploitation of an underclass of its workers who have been either fired or replaced by outsourcing…

    “John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace UK, also addressed internal disquiet over a restructuring that has seen staff moved from Dutch wages in Amsterdam to lower, regional wages around the world. “That’s a pretty hard thing to do and get perfectly right, especially when people’s jobs are involved. Perhaps there are things that could have been done better or differently to communicate better about the planned change and help it happen more smoothly.”

    Read about some of the scandal here:

    Greenpeace defends top executive flying to work
    Issue of Pascal Husting flying from Luxembourg to Amsterdam is ‘a really tough one’, says Greenpeace UK’s executive director

  69. Lewis P Buckingham says: Seany Royal says:
    June 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    The hottest ever this one has polar bears on the click on.

  70. Sasha says:

    INDIA is Sick and Tired of Greenpeace’s antics

    British Greenpeace activists are a threat to India’s economic development, according to an intelligence report

    The Indian government has banned direct foreign funding of local campaign groups, after a report by its Intelligence Bureau warned that organizations funded by Greenpeace and other international institutions were growing throughout India and creating mass movements which are a significant threat to India’s economic health. Greenpeace and other environmentalist groups have stalled the development of new coal mines, challenged plans for more coal-fired power stations, and delayed other vital infrastructure projects in campaigns which had reduced India’s GDP growth by 2-3%. Prakash Javadekar, the environment minister, said India had a right to grow and that it would not address climate change until it had eradicated poverty.

    The Intelligence Bureau report describes six NGOs, including Greenpeace, at the forefront of anti-GMO activism in India. It says the movement was started by Vandana Shiva 11 years ago. The report goes on to say that Vandana Shiva is a consultant to Greenpeace Australia and her group, Navdanya, is a recipient of foreign donations. This and other movements were blamed for anti-developmental activities.

    Shiva is an adviser to Prince Charles on sustainable agriculture. (Shiva blamed the high cost of GM cotton seeds for the suicides of 284,000 heavily indebted farmers since 1995).

    The report named four British environmentalists and cyber-experts among 12 foreign activists it said were planning to organize protests against coal fired power stations and had been involved in upgrading Greenpeace India’s computer security systems. Two other British activists, Fiona Stewart and Emma Gibson, had visited Greenpeace’s headquarters in Bangalore in January an “upgraded its communications systems and installed sophisticated and encrypted software in its servers and computers,” the report said.

    Dr Vandana Shiva said India’s Intelligence Bureau’s report was an “attack on civil society” which she said she would defend. She had decided to campaign against the introduction of genetically-modified seeds into India in 1987 after she attended a conference at which agricultural chemicals industry representatives said they would “take patents on seeds so they could collect royalties from every farmer, in every season, in every country of the world,” she said in the Asian Age newspaper. Her court action against the genetically-modified seed company Monsanto delayed its plans to cultivate Bt Cotton in India for four years. Her NGO Navdanya has since collected a vast seed bank to help farmers cultivate low cost organic crops and avoid the debts she believes have been caused by the costs of using genetically-modified seeds. The report was biased in favor of foreign companies she blames for farmers’ debts and suicides, she said. “They’re not allergic to foreign funding for defense or railways but only foreign funding to build civil society,” she said.

    Samit Aich, Greenpeace’s India director said the report was a malicious attempt to speed up environmental clearances for coal and nuclear power projects and a “concerted effort by parties with a vested interest to ensure elimination of any opposition.”

  71. Bruce Cobb says:

    Risky Business. Know-nothing big names in the news today blathering about the “big costs” of “climate change”:
    The Executive Summary of the group, started last year is here:
    Caution; Regurgitated climate lies galore. Have barf bag handy.

  72. Mardler says:

    Would like to see a critique of the Telegraph story (see Seany Royal above) that claims May 2014 was the hottest month since records began.

  73. Skiphil says:

    Thomas Steyer et al. produce an Alarmist report. Justin Gillis and the NY Times make themselves available as PR flacks:

  74. E. Martin says:

    According to Lamar Smith’s article in today’s WSJ, EPA head Gina McCarthy refuses to make public the scientific research it uses. And she seems to be channeling Phil Jones: “Speaking before the NAS in April, she defended her agency’s need to protect data ‘from those who are not qualified to analyze it’.”

  75. Gary says:

    What ever happened to Kristen Byrnes (Ponder the Maunder)? She was finishing up high school and looking at colleges when she deactivated her blog. It would be interesting to interview her now some 7 years after her brush with fame.

  76. FerdinandAkin says:

    Want to make a quick 10,000 dollars? Dr. Christopher Keating is offering a reward for anyone who can disprove Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

    Monckton of Brenchley critiqued the challenge, but did not offer a response.

  77. daymite says:

    According to Jeff Masters: April and May 2014, warmest April and May months ever recorded. If so, does this mean the “Pause” is over?

    “May 2014: Earth’s 2nd Consecutive Warmest Month on Record

    By Dr. Jeff Masters, 11:31 AM EDT on June 23, 2014
    Director of Meteorology, Weather Underground

    May 2014 was Earth’s warmest May since records began in 1880, beating the record set in 2010, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and NASA. The planet has now had two back-to-back warmest months on record …”

  78. Quinn says:

    Europe’s Green Energy Industry Faces Collapse As Subsidies Are Cut

    Looks like Germany is joining Spain, planning to levy charges on residential solar panel owners.

  79. Icebear says:

    The three stooges, paulson, bloomberg, and steyr are really going into misinformational overdrive.

    And look at this on our beloved ex-mayor’s network:-

  80. Paul Westhaver says:

    Supreme Court of the USA decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA:

    A non-liberal spin interpretation:

    Justice Scalia writes:

    “An agency has no power to ‘tailor’ legislation to bureaucratic policy goals by rewriting unambiguous statutory terms,”

    CO2 remains a pollutant according to the decision and the EPA ma regulate BUT they may not do so capriciously and impractically.

    ie The president may not modify statutory terms for politics.

  81. Peter Yates says:

    There is a new NASA video here :-

    Description: “NASA is about to launch a satellite dedicated to the study of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) will quantify global CO2 sources and sinks, and help researchers predict the future of climate change.”

    At 0:09 they show images of a power station and a vehicle exhaust. It seems that they are releasing a lot of CO2, since that is the subject of the video. However, it should be noted that CO2 is colorless. We can’t see it. Using those images in a video about CO2 is misleading. (See additional images of power stations and pollution at 2:15.)

    At 0:30 there is a graph of CO2 levels over the last 400,000 years. The text just above the graph says: “For 650,000 years…”, and the voice-over says: “..atmospheric CO2 is now at its highest level in at least the past 800,000 years.”.
    Apart from the apparent confusion about the number of years shown on the graph, the CO2 information appears to be factual. However, the full story would have been shown if the graph could have extended to at least 2 million years ago. At that time the proxy records show CO2 levels at about the same levels as they are today (ie. about 350~400 ppmv). If you go even further back in time the CO2 levels go up to 1,000 ppmv or higher, as shown here :-

    At 2:25 a graph shows: ‘Global Temperature Anomalies (1880-2012)’. The graph doesn’t clearly show the zero trend during (at least) the last 15 years. .. The voice-over says: “Global surface temperatures are increasing, and changing our planets climate.” The implication appears to be that the climate is getting worse, or will get worse. Is there any evidence to support those claims? On the contrary, there is evidence that storm systems like hurricanes and tornadoes have been *decreasing in their frequency. (Refer: )

  82. KenB says:

    Big Al Gore surfaces in Australian politics, standing shoulder to shoulder with Millionaire/Billionaire Clive Palmer who has cobbled together the Palmer United Party, drawing a loose grouping of so called independents together to hold the balance of power in the Australian Senate, able to break or make the deadlock that the Abbot Government is facing to recovering the Australian Economy from the excesses of the Green Left and the Australian Labor Party as they try to both dump the carbon taxes and get rid of the Green preferential renewable energy.

    The deal is that Palmer will support getting rid of the Carbon Tax but demand in return the Australian Government “move” to introduce an Emissions Trading scheme, in a strange echo this was the failed policy of Malcolm Turnbull who was once the leader of the present government party in the Lower house, but rolled by Tony Abbot the present Leader of the Australian Liberal Government.

    The Alliance and endorsement of the Palmer group by Al Gore ensures that this will get world headlines, and lost of promotion by your President, but by my reckoning anybody that thinks Clive is in it for the “good of the country” and/or the good of the world has been sold a pup and like your country we will have been gored and done over, until we wake up to the inconvenient truth. One story you need to highlight, Truly the henhouse has been invaded by the chicken stranglers!!

  83. tango says:

    I am godsmacked this will make your day All Gore backing Clive Palmer in Australia

  84. Steamboat Jon says:

    From Bloomberg – Climate Forecast: A Heat More Deadly Than the U.S. Has Ever Seen
    By Tom Randall Jun 24, 2014 2:07 PM ET

  85. tango says:

    in Australia we cannot believe Clive Palmer can have anything to do with Al Gore

  86. Sasha says:

    daymite says:
    According to Jeff Masters: April and May 2014, warmest April and May months ever recorded. If so, does this mean the “Pause” is over?
    “…May 2014: Earth’s 2nd Consecutive Warmest Month on Record…”

    That claim is dishonest, though it’s hard to stop hysterical headlines appearing from ignorant and lazy journalists.

    NOAA’s own figures give an error margin for their figures of +/- 0.07C. When this is allowed for, May 2014 statistically joins an eight-way tie as the hottest May, all since 1998. The other years being: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

    Statistically, their claim of the “hottest month” does not hold water. We should also bear in mind just how sparse their temperature data coverage really is:

    Finally, we can take a look at what the satellites have to say:

    RSS show May 2014 as only the 6th warmest, while on UAH it ranks 3rd. Both datasets show May 1998 as by far the warmest month.

  87. Keith Sketchley says: Killer bloom strikes Ganges Harbour

    Even on Silly Silly Island people aren’t blaming global warming for odd phenomenon, at least explicitly.

    Algal blooms are common late this spring/early summer.
    An article in the Driftwood newspaper of June 18, 2014 identifies the likely cause as warm sunny weather encouraging reproduction rates higher than currents, winds, and animal consumption can clear (especially in the inlet called Ganges Harbour).

    Worse is that much marine life such as mussels is dying. Likely cause is that organisms are unable to access needed light, nutrients, and oxygen due to the algal bloom.
    Early indications are that rain and wind are reducing the problem.

    (There have been algae blooms elsewhere on SSI and in the region, some are orange, some are stringy.)

    Just another “once in 50 years” phenomenon I’d say. Millenia ago people might think it was the result of a curse

  88. Ben Bauer says:

    Toronto Star, Ottawa Bureau reporter, Published on Tue Jun 24 2014

    “The report, ‘Canada in a Changing Climate,’ is an update of a 2008 examination of Canada’s efforts to recognize and cope with global warming.
    ‘Over the last six decades, Canada has become warmer, with average temperatures over land increasing by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 1950 and 2010,’ it says.
    The rate of warming in Canada is double the global average, the study says.

  89. Gil Dewart says:

    Check out the Paulson-Steyer-Bloomberg out fit called :”Risky Business”.
    Big money promotes “climate change”, as usual.

  90. Mark Hladik says:

    Yahoo news page lists a new challenge/bet: $10,000 to the first person to “prove” AGW is wrong/hoax.

    Guess who the judge(s) is/are.

    Mark H.

  91. DaveH says:

    Mark Hladik:
    Here is the link to Christopher Keating’s offer:

    There were 177 comments – for fun, I refreshed the page and now there are 167, now 155.

  92. Roy says:

    Coastal residents team up with skeptics to convince North Carolina’s legislature to deep six the alarmists prediction of a 39-inch sea level rise.

    NAGS HEAD, N.C. — The dangers of climate change were revealed to Willo Kelly in a government conference room in the summer of 2011. By the end of the century, state officials said, the ocean would be 39 inches higher and her home on the Outer Banks would be swamped.

    The state had detailed maps to illustrate this claim and was developing a Web site where people could check by street address to see if their property was doomed. There was no talk of salvation, no plan to hold back the tide. The 39-inch forecast was “a death sentence,” Kelly said, “for ever trying to sell your house.”

    More at The Washington Post

  93. mark in toledo says:

    are EPA grant proposals considered FOIA compliant?

    I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good study for someone to look at all proposals given in the past 20 years and determine what percentage mentioned global warming or climate change total…..which ones mentioned it of those that were accepted….which ones mentioned it of those that were rejected.

    if it turned out that of all climatology proposals the amount which mentioned climate change or global warming was huge, it would be a bit damning. it would confirm the suspicion of many that it is one of the main ways to get grant money.

  94. Jeff L says:

    Mindless journalism from Skiing magazine. Evidently they weren’t around for any of last winter in Colorado – snow so deep that mtn biking still isn’t possible because there is still snow on the trails from last winter.

  95. TomRude says:

    Funny: Rep Waxman seems all excited about US exporting… LNG

    “Accordingly, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has questioned the real impact of legislation to expedite approvals.
    “Rushing the DOE review is not going to speed up the construction of these projects. We need the construction of the infrastructure for the export of natural gas,” Waxman said.”

  96. pouncer says:

    WHY Mann and Goddard do what they do… to persuade.

    “one conclusion of work presented by four researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles at this week’s IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference. By wedding computer vision to media analysis, the team of three computer scientists and a communications professor created a way of analyzing huge numbers of political images to determine their likely effects on audiences.

    Images, they note, are especially persuasive. “Because we believe our own eyes, but know well that people are manipulative, we tend to be verbally skeptical and visually gullible,” write Jungseock Joo, Weixin Li, Francis F. Steen, and Song-Chun Zhu. ”

  97. PaulH says:

    High profile CAGW scientists complain that they aren’t taken seriously:

    “They are now all too used to being shot at, kicked and maligned as their findings are misunderstood, misrepresented, trivialised or booted around like footballs between politicians and other warring ideological factions and self-interested industry groups.”

    The article features musings from Michael Mann, Richard Betts, Stefan Rahmstorf and more.

  98. James the Elder says:

    You have got to be kidding.

    I didn’t know humans couldn’t survive in equatorial jungles.

  99. Trucker Bob says:

    On the 17th of June 2010, Anthony spoke in Newcastle Australia, we novocastrians have the distinction of being the climate craziness of the week with our one and only illuminated wind turbine.

    Well news out yesterday, after 17 years service the turbine is to come down due to unjustified maintenance cost.

  100. Kozlowski says:

    There’s a new petition taking off on, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

    General Mills and Kellogg: Help farmers and end harmful business practices that cause global warming

    Richard Oswald
    Langdon, Missouri

    Sign Richard’s Petition

    As a fifth generation sustainable farmer, I’ve seen firsthand how devastating climate change has already been to the American way of farming. That’s why I was so shocked to learn that two giant American food corporations, Kellogg and General Mills, use horribly unsustainable business practices that damage the environment and cause climate change.

    Short-sighted policies by General Mills and Kellogg are harming the planet and accelerating climate change. With another dangerous summer upon us, I urgently need you to join me in asking these companies to commit to more responsible environmental policies.

    Both General Mills and Kellogg claim they are trying to reduce their emissions which harm the planet and affect our air quality, but refuse to say what their current impact is and how they plan to reduce their impact. They do business with companies which burn down forests to clear land and overuse polluting fertilizers, too.

    Globally, agricultural production of raw materials is the largest source of global warming emissions. Investigations in Asia and Africa show that General Mills and Kellogg purchase palm oil through suppliers that clear and burn forests. And while General Mills and Kellogg have recently adopted zero deforestation palm oil policies, these do not extend to commodities like soy and sugar. Other companies have policies that address these problems, too, so I know it’s something big food companies can do.

    We need to act now, so I’m supporting a group called Oxfam to urge General Mills and Kellogg to take the three following steps:

    · Disclose emissions from your supply chains that contribute to climate change making people hungry.

    · Commit to clear, science-based targets and actions that reduce emissions from your operations and supply chains.

    · Use your power and influence to call on governments and businesses to do what’s needed to fight climate change.

    I remember the regular rainfall which nourished our corn fields when I was young. It was just about every Saturday night. But a few years ago in 2011, the river flooded from unusual rain and snow, and my fields were underwater for months.

    All told, the flooding in the Missouri and Souris river basins that year caused more than $2 billion in damages and my state had three declarations of major disasters. The devastation contributed to record high prices of grains for consumers like you.

    Because of these companies’ inaction, things continue to get worse on my farm and many like it across the Midwest. The once regular rains have given way to long periods of dryness followed by drenches of four to five inches at a time that damage our corn and soybeans in the standing water left behind. Sudden powerful bursts of wind up to 90 miles an hour slam into our farm several times a summer now, knocking over irrigation systems and ripping our buildings.

    Despite this, neither General Mills nor Kellogg publicly report on agricultural emissions through the industry-standard Carbon Disclosure Project. This is something that the vast majority of food and beverage companies are already doing, so I wonder if they are trying to hide something from consumers.

    Now we have a huge opportunity for these companies to ensure a sustainable source of revenue for the future. Anything that is ultimately good for the earth is good for people. Please sign to support farmers like me!

    Sign Richard’s Petition

  101. Sasha says:

    “Land taken over by foreign investors could feed 550m people”

    Land grabbing in Africa and Asia for export and biofuel crops is keeping populations malnourished and hungry.

    “The world already produces enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people go to bed hungry every night, many of whom are the very people who rely for food on land that big agribusinesses are targeting,” said Hannah Stoddart, head of policy for food and climate change at Oxfam. “Stronger land rights are crucial to ensure that affected communities do not lose out.” She said investment in small-scale farming and more sustainable agricultural practices could reduce hunger for the poorest people.

    The new analysis, published on Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, calculated the potential maximum crop yield from every known land grab deal over 200 hectares from 2000-2013 and then used the crop’s food calories to determine the amount of people it could feed. The analysis also revealed that while 43% of grabbed land is in Africa, it is the more productive land and more nutritious crops in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea that could provide the most food.

    “Policymakers need to be aware that if this food were used to feed the local populations it would be sufficient to abate malnourishment in each of these countries, even without investments aiming to increase yields,” said Prof Maria Cristina Rulli from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, one of the research team.

    The hungry poor can praise Al Gore for saving the planet by making them starve; (notice that Gore himself never goes without food).

  102. Michael D says:

    From the BBC:

    The government may have failed to protect the interests of bill payers when awarding green energy contracts, says the National Audit Office (NAO). Eight long-term deals worth £16.6bn were signed earlier this year to secure projects at risk of cancellation.

    The NAO says too much money was awarded to these renewable sources “without price competition” and is concerned this could ultimately increase costs.

    The NAO highlights the fact that the money will generate just 5% of the renewable electricity required by 2020.

    It is also concerned that the department made its decision to commit consumer funding, not on the basis of price competition …

  103. PeteJ says:


    At least when Simon and Ehrlich made their wager they had concrete terms specifying who the winner will be. Perhaps $10k if the global temp is lower 10 years out?

  104. pouncer says:

    A wonderful discussion of “data peeking” that fails, utterly, to mention examples in climate science….

  105. ShrNfr says:

    The latest grant whoring example is the development of a “super-chicken” that will be tolerant of the higher temperatures that will result from CAGW.

  106. NZ Willy says:

    Just a brief reminder about the polarizing lens on the orbiting satellite. Before 2008 the Arctic ice extent charts showed an upwards bump on 1 July when the polarizing lenses were switched from Antarctic to Arctic mode — this was so that Arctic melt ponds would not be interpreted as open water. The reverse switch was on 1 January so was not evident on the charts because it was at the edge. Anyway, people complained about the bump so they decided to “improve” the chart by gradually turning the polarizing lens. This rapidly became carte blanche for turning the lens any way they wanted, and accounts for much of the symmetry seen nowadays — when the Artic ice anomaly rises, the Antarctic anomaly falls, and so on. Today we see the Antarctic ice anomaly rising to record levels even as the Arctic ice anomaly is oddly dropping even as the ice edge is strong — this is because the Arctic ice concentration has dropped to about 75% – 80% all across the ice cap — because the melt ponds are all being interpreted as open water (see the washed out orange color on the ice concentration map). It’s just that they’ve turned that polarizing lens all the way into Antarctic mode to report as low an Arctic ice area as possible– which thus causes the reported Antarctic ice extent to skyrocket.

    This account is short of citations because they are hard to find, but everything I’ve seen in the past few years is consistent with this interpretation. What’s needed is someone in the satellite data area to come forth and tell the reality.

  107. Mycroft says:

    See the BBC has enforced its view on AGW!! SHOCKING for free speech and unbiased journalism

  108. Auto says:

    Where do they teach them?
    I’ve just had a call from one of the proliferating scams – although this might be a genuine attempt to earn a crust.
    ‘Options in Conjunction with the Government’ [nothing if you google them . . . ] called, trying to get me to have a ‘no-obligation’ solar panel assessment – not for the Chinese type, oh no! – but the German type, which I was assured, will be photovoltaic, and would also be ‘self-funded’, which I think might be their script’s way of saying it’ll pay for itself, but sounded like it would mean that I paid for it!
    And it would work off daylight, too.
    And it would provide all my power needs. now, I don’t run a nine-room cannabis farm, but I did voice my doubts . . . .
    But the great thing, I was told, was that, at the end of the day, all the electricity I had not used would be sold back to the National Grid. It had been stored in the panels I was told, and, when it got dark [at a time that I might like some electricity for lighting, say] it would all flow back to the NG! I queried this, but was assured that it would go back at the end of the day!
    And I’d get paid!

    Now, you’ve probably guessed that, living in the UK, where we have an energy policy that seems designed to turn off all our lights, thanks to Ed Miliband, Christopher Huhne, and Ed Davey [only one of whom has been imprisoned for perjury, so far], such seems interesting, if only due to our weather – and the fact it’s dark half the time, apparently!
    But the education of those who devised the scripts [or the cunning, assuming that three quarters of the population would believe the script] is frightening.


  109. Sasha says:

    16 Democratic Assembly Members and California Chamber of Commerce makes lawsuit against the state’s Air Resources Board that cap-and-trade revenues constitute an illegal tax

    “We are concerned about the impact of the AB 32 cap-and-trade program on our constituents,” they wrote, adding that “many of the areas we represent are still struggling with double digit unemployment.” They explain that cap and trade’s carbon permitting “was not intended to be a funding mechanism for massive, new State efforts at greenhouse gas reductions.” They don’t identify any programs by name, but this year’s budget appropriates $250 million of the proceeds from carbon permit auctions, and 25% of all future revenues, for high-speed rail. The state budget analyst predicts the auctions will raise between $12 billion and $45 billion in revenue by 2020.

    Assembly Democrats fear that applying cap and trade to fuels will cause an immediate jump in prices at the pump. While estimates vary, an increase of about fifteen cents per gallon is likely and a much larger jump is possible. Senate President Darrell Steinberg has warned that gas prices could shoot up by 40 cents per gallon. The Assembly Democrats point out, cap and trade is “hurting the most vulnerable members of our communities.” Most of the letter’s 16 signatories represent heavily minority and low-income regions in Los Angeles, the Central Valley and Inland Empire. Nine are black or Latino.

    California’s gas prices, which typically run 40 to 50 cents above the national average, are already the highest in the US due to the state’s fuel blending requirements and taxes—which also top the other 49 states. The Boston Consulting Group predicted in 2012 that cap and trade and the state’s carbon fuel standard would drive up gas prices between $0.49 and $1.83 per gallon by 2020. These green regulations are intended to raise the cost of gas to encourage people to drive less or buy electric cars.

    It’s nice to see some California liberals place the interest of their poor constituents over the party’s rich, Tesla-driving friends. If only Governor Jerry Brown and President Obama would do the same.

  110. Pamela Gray says:

    A fox news snippet about nitrous oxide emissions. The little snippet has a cheerful gal discussing air quality improvement and links to nitrous oxide emissions and asthma. Funny. CO2 wasn’t mentioned. So they are changing the narrative to say that continued efforts to reduce whatever will help asthma sufferers. But I thought it was CO2 that caused asthma? /sarc

  111. Kauaibrad says:

    OH $HIT! That lady @LenarWhitney just Bought the whole can of WhoopA$$! … #tcot #globalwarming

  112. Gail Combs says:

    Sad News we just lost another Warrior: Nigel Calder, 1931-2014

    From: The Global Warming Policy Foundation
    The science writer Nigel Calder has died, aged 82, after a short illness.

    Jo Calder has left a comment on Nigel’s blog\

  113. CrossBorder says:

    There’s one born every minute.

    “Solar Roadway drive nets $2.2M”

  114. Warren in New Zealand says:

    Is climate change destabilising Iraq?

    By Eric Holthaus
    2:48 PM Sunday Jun 29, 2014

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    An Iraqi woman walks in a field beside a temporary displacement camp for Iraqis caught-up in the fighting in and around the city of Mosul in Kalak, Iraq. Photo / Getty Images
    An Iraqi woman walks in a field beside a temporary displacement camp for Iraqis caught-up in the fighting in and around the city of Mosul in Kalak, Iraq. Photo / Getty Images

    This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent.

    A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades.

    Drought is becoming a fixture in the parched landscape, due to a drying trend of the Mediterranean and Middle East region fueled by global warming. The last major drought in this region (2006-2010) finished only a few years ago. When taken in combination with other complex drivers, increasing temperatures and drying of agricultural land is widely seen as assisting in the destabilization of Syria under the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Before civil war broke out there, farmers abandoned their desiccated fields and flooded the cities with protests. A series of U.N. reports released earlier this year found that global warming is already destabilizing nation states around the world, and Syria has been no exception.

  115. Ken Robinson says:

    Are you going to look into this:

  116. Mike H. says:

    Editorial from the Washington Times on the Supreme Court following the EPA. It mentions Steve Goddard’s blog.

  117. RACookPE1978 says:

    Antarctic Sea ice anomaly sets a new satellite-era record – exceeding 2.04 million square kilometers !

  118. Seppie. says:


    Southpole-ice is on a all time record!

  119. Ben says:

    Good article about drought and excess water usage in Nevada. Las Vegas is close to losing half of it’s water supply lines, if Lake Mead’s water level falls below it.

    From the article:

    “The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry”

    Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way”

    Lake Mead’s water level is currently at 1,087ft above sea level. There are two pipes, known as “straws”, that take water from it to Las Vegas

    The first extracts water at an elevation of 1,050ft and is likely to be sucking at air, rather than water, soon. The second straw is at 1,000ft.
    Lake Mead is expected to fall another 20ft towards that critical point by the end of this year.

    “I go boating on Lake Mead and I’ve watched it dry up. It’s just astonishing. You see a rock poking out and then three weeks later it’s 15ft high. I don’t know what they are going to do.”

    One proposal is for landlocked Nevada to pay billions of dollars to build solar-powered desalination plants in the Pacific off Mexico, taking Mexico’s share of Colorado River water in exchange.

    But Mr Mrowka said: “The Colorado is essentially a dying river. Ultimately, Las Vegas and our civilisation in the American South West is going to disappear, like the Indians did before us.”

  120. Gary Barnes says:

    Have you seen the video from John Coleman’s site. The interview with E. Michael Smith about the reduction in weather stations used for surface temperature records? I am almost sure that you must have. If you have, is this a significant piece of the puzzle as to the increase in surface temperatures from the 1990’s on?

  121. Gil Dewart says:

    Is an unstable Middle East muddying our climate data? Are we receiving credible weather reports from the areas of Syria and Iraq occupied by “ISIS”? Or do they crucify meteorologits as part of their dogma (false prophets?). If they do establish some kind of “state” will it be welcomed into the WMO and IPCC along with a bunch of other psychopath-ruled regimes? Inquiring minds want to know!

  122. Chris says:

    Milankovitch theory describes the collective effects of changes in the Earth’s movements upon its climate, named after Serbian geophysicist and astronomer Milutin Milanković, who worked on it during his internment as a First World War prisoner of war (POW).

    Milanković mathematically theorized that variations in eccentricity,axial tilt, and precession of the Earth’s orbit determined climatic patterns on Earth through orbital forcing.

  123. kbray in california says:

    Hi An-thony.

    I just did a google search for “climate change”.

    WUWT came up on the 17th page.

    I thought that you adding “climate change” to your heading quite some time ago would move you higher up the google search engine results…

    Is there a reason you still don’t come up on the first or second page?

  124. SandyInLimousin says:

    a further update on Luling data. Looks like the numbers are in a constant state of change.

    Could it be that there is a programme running every month which is doing an adjustment which was only supposed to run once, alternatively they may just be addicted to changing stuff.

  125. Sasha says:

    kbray in california says:

    I just did a google search for “climate change”.
    WUWT came up on the 17th page.
    …Is there a reason you still don’t come up on the first or second page?

    Actually, “climate change” brings up WUWT on page 21 and “global warming” lists WUWT on page 13, which is remarkable considering it is the foremost site on this subject, gets the highest number of unique visitors year on year, and is linked to and quoted so often even by its critics.

    The reason is because google’s owners, which include Al Gore, have a policy of manipulating the search returns to promote the Church of Global Warming and the Carbon Dioxide religion and exclude to the maximum extent any heretics who question their scripture and doctrine.

  126. Jimbo says:

    We are doomed.

    Eureka Alert – 29-Jun-2014
    High CO2 levels cause warming in the tropics

    …….Project leader and Director of the Cabot Institute, Professor Richard Pancost said: “These results confirm what climate models have long predicted – that although greenhouse gases cause greater warming at the poles they also cause warming in the tropics. Such findings indicate that few places on Earth will be immune to global warming and that the tropics will likely experience associated climate impacts, such as increased tropical storm intensity.”

    The scientists focussed their attention on the South China Sea which is at the fringe of a vast warm body of water, the West Pacific Warm Pool (WPWP)……

  127. Rich says:

    Climate change is likely to cut Antarctica’s 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100, a study suggests

    Satellite measurements of Antarctic sea-ice extent show winter coverage to be at record levels. However, climate computer modelling expects this trend to be reversed in the future, as conditions in the Antarctic warm.

    Is there anything computer modelling can’t predict?

  128. Jim Ryan says:

    Kevin Williamson has an article on the abuse of science in political debate in the latest National Review (on dead tree.) It is characteristically brilliant. The gist is that science is used as a cudgel by people who know nothing about science and ignore it when it contradicts their views. Quite insightful.

  129. Hi Anthony, for the first time I noticed when I Googled “Global warming” with 31 million refs, it was surpassed by “global cooling” with 37 million refs.

    REPLY: Yeah, true, but it is a false result. Try it with quote marks included to force search for the exact phrase. Then warming outnumbers cooling 10 to 1. – Anthony

  130. Gil Dewart says:

    June 30 is the anniversary of the “Tunguska Event” of 1908, an extraterrestrial impact “air burst” over Siberia in 1908. It raises many interesting questions, including the role of atmospheric carbon dioxide as a protective shield.

  131. Latitude says:

    Anthony…..this deserves it’s own post…

    NOAA Reinstates July 1936 As The Hottest Month On Record

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, criticized for manipulating temperature records to create a warming trend, has now been caught warming the past and cooling the present.

    July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the U.S. during a summer that was declared “too hot to handle” by NASA scientists. That summer more than half the country was experiencing drought and wildfires had scorched more than 1.3 million acres of land, according to NASA.

    According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in 2012, the “average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest July and all-time warmest month on record for the nation in a period of record that dates back to 1895.”

    “The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936, when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F,” NOAA said in 2012.

    This statement by NOAA was still available on their website when checked by The Daily Caller News Foundation. But when meteorologist and climate blogger Anthony Watts went to check the NOAA data on Sunday he found that the science agency had quietly reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record in the U.S.

  132. View from the Solent says:

    “Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it. If that’s the case, “there is potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web,” says Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia, Crawley. “And we are part of this food web.”

    Perhaps it’s hiding behind the missing heat

  133. climatemodel says:

    Hi Anthony,
    WUWT readership would likely find this post I have been working on interesting:

    WUWT is welcome to repost this in full.

  134. Non Nomen says:

    Projected continent-wide declines of the emperor penguin under climate change
    Once again predictions made under the influence of erroneous and manipulated IPCC-models.

    “We analyse global population trends of the emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), an iconic Antarctic top predator, under the influence of sea ice conditions projected by coupled climate models assessed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) effort4. We project the dynamics of all 45 known emperor penguin colonies5 by forcing a sea-ice-dependent demographic model6, 7 with local, colony-specific, sea ice conditions projected through to the end of the twenty-first century. Dynamics differ among colonies, but by 2100 all populations are projected to be declining. “

  135. crosspatch says:

    Suggestion for the Sea Ice page: For the webcam image for the floating buoy, use the Webcam 2 image and link and not Webcam 1. Webcam 1 tipped over some time ago and now appears to have malfunctioned (possibly got wet?). Webcam 2 is the only one functioning.

  136. NikFromNYC says:

    New type of diesel piston engine has no crankshaft and generates electricity instead of torque by simply moving a magnet back and forth for a very high efficiency:

  137. Pat Frank says:

    For the ‘Great Things Going on in Science’ Department

    Just got an email about a seminar at Stanford on some very positive science:

    “Restoration of Sight with Photovoltaic Subretinal Prosthesis”

    Speaker: Daniel Palanker (Stanford University)
    Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Kavli Auditorium, 1:30PM

    Abstract: “Retinal degeneration leads to blindness due to gradual loss of photoreceptors. Information can be reintroduced into the visual system by patterned electrical stimulation of the remaining retinal neurons. Photovoltaic subretinal prosthesis directly converts light into pulsed electric current in each pixel, stimulating the nearby inner retinal neurons. Visual information is projected onto the retina by video goggles using pulsed near-infrared (~900nm) light. This design avoids the use of bulky implants with power supplies, decoding electronics and wiring, thereby greatly reducing the surgical complexity. Optical activation of the photovoltaic pixels allows scaling the implants to thousands of electrodes, and multiple modules can be tiled under the retina to expand the visual field.

    “Subretinal arrays with 70μm photovoltaic pixels provide highly localized stimulation: retinal ganglion cells respond to alternating gratings with the stripe width of a single pixel, which is half of the native resolution in rat retina (~30μm). Similarly to normal vision, retinal response to prosthetic stimulation exhibits flicker fusion at high frequencies (>20 Hz), adaptation to static images, and non-linear summation of subunits in the receptive fields. In rats with retinal degeneration, the photovoltaic subretinal arrays restore visual acuity up to half of its normal level, as measured by the cortical response to alternating gratings. If these results translate to human retina, such implants could restore visual acuity up to 20/250. With eye scanning and perceptual learning, human patients might even cross the 20/200 threshold of legal blindness. Ease of implantation and tiling of these wireless modules to cover a large visual field, combined with high resolution opens the door to highly functional restoration of sight.”

    Here’s Palanker’s website page describing his sight-restoration project:

    Amazing stuff.

  138. Bruce Foutch says:

    “Unipolar model of the world has failed” – Vladimir Putin

    I saw this today and thought how appropriate this would be to describe the almost universal media and alarmist focus on the Arctic sea ice extent while ignoring the antarctic. Of course, Putin was talking about something else entirely:

  139. cjames says:

    As of July 1, Dr. Judith Curry has stepped down as Chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. She has been replaced by Dr. Greg Huey.

  140. Roger Sowell says:

    A hybrid super-capacitor/battery without the weakness of traditional lead-acid batteries. Axion’s batteries are penetrating the highly lucrative frequency regulation market on the grid, easily beating out natural gas power plant response times. Validating the new technology, the company just received a $1,100,000 purchase for four more PowerCube energy storage systems from a NJ-based solar installer, where the Cubes will store energy from a commercial solar panel system and provide short bursts of power to the frequency regulation market on the PJM grid.

    No hype. Just better technology. Making wind and solar more and more attractive.

  141. Warren in New Zealand says:

    The report, which analyzed the work of 90 experts over three years, said Caribbean reefs have declined by more than 50 percent since the 1970s. It said that while many experts have blamed climate change for the problem, a drop in the populations of parrotfish and sea urchins is largely responsible.

    Parrotfish and sea urchins feed off seaweed, and a drop in their numbers has led to an increase in seaweed, which smothers coral reefs, Jeremy Jackson, lead author of the report, said.

    “The situation is truly horrific in the sense that you have all these places that are desperately overfished,” Jackson said in a phone interview from Australia.

    He said the main culprits in reef degradation are overfishing, coastal degradation and diseases introduced to the region.

    Willis has been saying this for how long now? 3 years? more?

  142. Bob F says:

    Nature will investigate how it reviews articles… shame it cant be retrospective

  143. Mac the Knife says:

    A positive story of science developing the tools to restore sight to many blind people. The process for regrowing corneas and restoring sight has been demonstrated in mice.

    Researchers regrow corneas using adult human stem cells
    Boston researchers have successfully regrown human corneal tissue – a feat that could potentially restore vision in the blind. The achievement also marks one of the first times that scientists have constructed tissue using adult-derived human stem cells.

  144. Merrick says:

    Perhaps someone knows more about the information in the graphics over at NOAA and can help me understand what appears to be a major discrepancy in the information presented over at the National Hurricane Center. Here is the email I just sent them:


    I’m looking at the 2014-June-02-1400EDT Intermediate Advisory (7A) for Tropical Storm Arthur and it calls for hurricane development during the day on Thursday and most of the weather forecasts I have seen are calling for 85 MPH sustained winds Friday. But if I look at the Hurricane Wind Speed Probability for the same update is shows a maximum probability of hurricane force winds at <30% in the center of the storm path for the next 5 days (wouldn't it have to be 100% somewhere is a hurricane is predeictied?) and the Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities for the same update shows <100% probability of tropical storm force winds anywhere on land for the next 5 days. Additionally, looking at US Rainfall Potential for the same update indicates much less than 2" of rain anywhere on land for the next 5 days. In fact, none of the other graphics presented with the Warnings/Cone Static Images graphic which predicts hurricane formation seem to be at all consistent with hurricane formation. Can you please comment on that?

    With best regards

  145. Leo Morgan says:

    HI Anthony,
    I ask your forebearance for the length of my posting.
    I am frustrated beyond belief by the number of websites that censor the climate debate, regardless of how factual and courteous the contributor might be.
    I would like you to consider writing a lead about the widespread censorship of the debate. I am contemplating creating a blog simply to publicise the censorship. I would appreciate any advice you might have on the subject.
    In the interim, I have ben repeatedly censored on Tamino’s blog. (I’m glad of the first instance, it turns out I was factually wrong. He could justifiably have mocked me. But his opposition to letting any view he disagrees with being heard is outrageous.) I have just submitted a comment in response to his article suggesting Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. I expect that this too will be censored. I’d like your indulgence to display here exactly what it is that Tamino finds too threatening to publish. If I’m wrong and he does publish it, I apologise in advance. But I don’t expect it:

    I’m writing about your article “Who founded Greenpeace? Not Patrick Moore.”
    Tamino, you say “I would love to hear him (Moore) explain this one”.
    He did so back in 2010. (1)
    You can easily disprove this claim by Greg Laden on Scienceblogs (2). Just go to the Greenpeace website,(3) or the Wikipedia article on Greenpeace(4).
    Laden claims Greenpeace was founded in 1970. Greenpeace itself disagrees. On their website they claim 1971 as their founding year. (3 Ibid)
    They identify the activists who sailed on the Phyllis Cormack as the founders of Greenpeace. Moore was one of those activists, on that sailing.
    Their website identifies that trip as the birth of Greenpeace. Moore was on that trip. He provides a screen capture of the organisation’s website as of 2007, which lists the dozen people on board that ship. (5) There were journalists, crew, scientists and three Greenpeace members including Moore himself, explicitly listed as a Greenpeace member.
    Laden’s fallacy is his identification of the embryo organisation that grew into Greenpeace with Greenpeace itself. That might perhaps be arguable; if it weren’t for the fact Greenpeace itself doesn’t think so. Or that the predecessor group had a different goal, membership and name. That goal was solely and explicitly to oppose the American underground nuclear test at Amchitka (6).
    Moore has many achievements each of which entitles him to be called a co-founder of Greenpeace:
    • He was a director of Greenpeace International from its very first day.
    • He was one of those who conducted the negotiations that created Greenpeace International.
    • He was president of the predecessor (and subsequently subordinate) organisation of Greenpeace International, the Greenpeace Foundation, before Greenpeace International was formed.
    • He was a member of the Greenpeace Foundation from its very first day in 1972.
    • He was a member of the predecessor organisation, the Don’t Make A Wave Committee before it was called Greenpeace.
    • He was one of those responsible for the organisation calling itself Greenpeace(6).
    • He was one of the three people Greenpeace later identified as Greenpeace members who participated in the activity Greenpeace calls the birth of Greenpeace.
    Even if we ignore all the above, and disagree with Greenpeace itself, and grant Laden his premise, it is still not inappropriate to call Moore a founder of the Don’t Make A Wave Committee, given that he was an active member (as a researcher) for the organisation before its first ever public protest action. (7)
    Moore’s 2010 article was in response to the first draft of this Orwellian attempt to make him an unperson, produced by a naïf who did not appreciate the difference between the Phyllis Cormack and the Rainbow Warrior, which Moore was also on. This attempted rewriting of history is an affront to the intellectual integrity of those who practice it and those who are subjected to it. We don’t love Big Brother.

  146. Quinn says:

    Climate Change ‘Experts’ Didn’t See This Coming: Rising Water Levels In The Great Lakes

    “Scientists warned communities that they could only expect more tragedy with the Great Lakes. With a lack of rain from climate change, they told everyone to expect levels to continue to drop. Even last week, Canadian news outlet CTV News reported that sinking water levels in the Great Lakes could have severe economic impacts and cost the U.S. and Canada billions of dollars. Mark Fisher, the leader of the Mowat Centre for the Council of the Great Lakes Region, said the downturn could be severe.”

    “But scientists cannot ignore the rapid increase of water levels that has occurred in Great Lakes since the conclusion of the study. The New York Times reported that levels are rising at a remarkable rate.”

  147. CaligulaJones says:

    In more “the science is settled”, and “but it was peer reviewed!” nonsense:

  148. Anthony Watts says:

    There is no point trying to argue with Greg Laden, he has no honor, he’ll never admit to being wrong – Anthony

  149. Antarctic sea ice hits second all-time record in a week

    Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, responded to e-mail questions and also spoke by telephone about the new record sea ice growth in the Southern Hemisphere,

    Over the phone, I asked Serreze if he could clarify what was heating the water. His full response is below:

    What we’re talking about is water that is 60 degrees south and more southerly than that, and so the basic thing is you have got surrounding the Antarctic continent a band of fairly strong and somewhat steady west-east winds, which they call the Roaring 40s, but then you’ve got this thing called the coriolis force, which wants to turn things to the left. What happens is that water at the high latitudes, what happens is that as we heat that water, you set up what’s called an Ekman drift, which at the surface transports that water from the high southern latitudes toward the equator.

    What happens is you have to set up a continuity that has to occur so that what happens is that there’s an upwelling of cold waters from below, there’s a whole circulation loop where water sinks in the lower southern latitudes, then there’s a return flow that brings the same amount of mass to the higher latitudes.

    Basically, what happens is that in the Arctic you can warm that surface water up and it doesn’t get transported away. It stays there, and it helps melt more ice, but in the Antarctic, the water gets carried away.

    I thanked Serreze for his response but told him that I still didn’t know what heated the water at high latitudes. Was it, simply, global warming?

    “Exactly!” he said.

    “How many degrees is the water heated, before it is transported toward the equator?” I asked.

    “I don’t have data on that,” Serreze said. He indicated that Marika Holland, a sea ice specialist and climate modeler at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, would possibly have some data as well as, perhaps, a fuller description of the mechanism warming the water nearest Antarctica and the associated growth of sea ice.

    Holland did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

    Gavin Schmidt, director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

  150. pat says:

    ***least strings attached? bribes?

    2 July: Reuters: Alister Doyle: UN green fund to seek cash in November; poor want $15 billion
    Green fund seen intended to unlock global climate deal.
    “Now it’s time to mobilise money,” Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, told Reuters after two days of talks in Oslo among more than 20 nations about the legal details of cash pledges.
    ***”What matters is that we raise as much as possible as early as possible with the least strings attached as possible.”…
    Rich nations gave developing nations $10 billion in climate aid a year from 2010 to 2012 and aim to raise it to $100 billion from 2020. Sapped by years of austerity, they have not mapped out how they will raise the amounts in the years up to 2020.
    ***Cheikhrouhou said the fund so far has $55 million, largely for its own administration and to help countries plan, including $10 million from Seoul and $23 million from Germany. She said the fund was primarily seeking cash grants rather than loans…
    “Financing is a prerequisite for having the developing world as part of a global compact” he (Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende) said…

    Point Carbon has the following story, but no MSM picking it up, so can’t excerpt, but found the details here:

    2 July: Montel Norway: Nora Kamprath Buli: Frankfurt prosecutor raises new emissions VAT-fraud charge
    Frankfurt prosecutors on Wednesday said they have raised criminal charges against a British citizen accused of evading EUR 30m in tax payments from emissions trading deals.
    The accused was arrested in the UK on 21 January and has been in police custody in Germany since 16 April, the German prosecutor’s office said.
    Between September 2009 and April 2010 the man was managing director of a Frankfurt-based company and involved at the so-called “buffer level” in a carousel VAT-fraud scheme in connection with the trading of European CO2 allowances.
    The man is part of the same carousel scheme that led to the arrest of one of the scheme’s main organisers in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May, Frankfurt prosecutor spokesman Alexander Badle told Montel…
    Around 150 suspects are being investigated as part of the case that started in 2010, Badle said, calling it “the most extensive tax evasion case our unit has been handling over the past few years”.
    As part of the investigations, six people were sentenced in December 2011 and two in April this year.
    The investigation focuses on the top members of the fraud scheme, many of whom are often hiding outside of Germany, Badle said…

  151. Warren in New Zealand says:

    The latest lunacy
    An intrepid team of 10 women divers are preparing for the experience of a lifetime snorkeling the arctic with a little help from their expedition namesake, Sedna, Inuit Goddess of the Sea

    In July 2016, the team of passionate women divers will embark on an epic three-month journey, snorkeling over 1,865 miles (3,000km) through frigid Arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Supported by a mother ship equipped with two rigid hull inflatables, the snorkelers will scout and document the impacts of global warming on this fragile arctic ecosystem and on the aboriginal peoples’ traditional ways of life.

    Before tackling the 100-day Northwest Passage snorkel relay, ‘Team Sedna’ will embark on a 15-day, action-packed proof-of-concept expedition in July of this year. Traveling aboard the 116-foot (35m) MV Cape Race, along the Labrador coast to Baffin Island and across the Davis Strait to Western Greenland, the participants will conduct team-building exercises and, importantly, demonstrate that snorkelers—using diver propulsion vehicles—can successfully ‘go the distance’ through ice-infested arctic waters. This summer’s schedule also includes oceanographic studies, educational outreach in Inuit communities and shooting topside and underwater footage for a two-part television series.

    Where does the stupidity begin or end?

  152. Michael Larkin says:

    Anthony, I’ve seen your response to my post in the “A Cool Question, Answered?” thread, which you have now closed.

    I didn’t mean to cast aspersions on you personally: my high regard for you remains unaltered. I know it’s a hard job you do and that you can’t be moderating every post. My present annoyance is not with you, but with a couple of individuals who in my opinion have behaved atrociously. It’s left a sour taste in my mouth and I just don’t feel as enthusiastic about coming here. I hold Jo Nova and David Evans in high regard too, whether or not the notch model turns out to be correct. It feels like friends have been insulted for no good reason that I can see and I felt I had to say how much that has disappointed me.

    Maybe in time my annoyance will attenuate. But please, don’t think my main issue is with you personally–though I do fear that your blog stats might be negatively affected.

  153. JustAnotherPoster says:

    Mann has released a new paper. Whats really interesting is the four temperature graphs and the temperature change estimates…..

    We present GCM and DS estimates for recent historic conditions

    the graphs are FLAT

    There is absolutely no change in temperature whats so ever.

    Copy of the graphs screenshotted and uploded elsewhere


    Mean T Change 0.02±0.01 (0.01–0.03)

    Mann has somehow written a climate change paper using a site that basically has has absolutely ZERO temperature change from 1981–2000.

    We can accurately read temperatures to 0.01 of a degree ?

    How on earth this has been published i’ll never know.

    I haven’t done maths formally since school His calculations stand out a mile as being wrong.

    Managing to write a paper linking climate change in an area where there hasn’t been any to Malria takes some skill.

  154. Crispin in Waterloo but really in Singapore says:

    Obama grants wind industry permit to kill eagles, ruffling more than feathers

    By sacrificing a few bald eagles, the Obama administration may have opened a can of worms.

    In a bid to give alternative energy sources a boost, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly granted a California wind energy farm a permit to kill a limited number of endangered bald and golden eagles that get sliced up in its giant turbines. But last week’s free pass is sparking anger from wildlife advocates and from free market advocates who ask why they don’t qualify for the same dispensation.


    “We know we need renewables, and that’s fine. We’re not saying shut them down, we’re just saying, ‘Hey, enough’s enough, bring them into the same ballpark that everyone else is in,’” said Mr. Johns. “Give them regulations, tell them where they need to site these things, where they shouldn’t site them. Don’t give them a set of, ‘Gee, it would be nice if you did this, but if you don’t, it’s OK.’”


    Michael Sandoval, an energy analyst with the Independence Institute in Denver, said there is inevitably enormous outrage when sea gulls or ducks are coated with oil after a spill, but much less concern over wind turbines that chop eagles in half or cause bats to explode.

  155. Green Sand says:

    Met Office latest on the El Nino potential:-

    “Is an El Niño on the way and what might its impacts be?”

    The message appears to be:-

    “The current assessment presented in this report is that an El Niño is probable, but that its strength is likely to be moderate, similar to the 2009/10 event.”

    Published under “Research News”?

  156. g2-9ed9acc685824c6663c51c5b093476cc says:

    Saw on Gizmodo today a story about the island nation of Kiribati planning to move the entire population (around 50 people) elsewhere because “the island is sinking due to climate change.”

    Except digging into the story it seems the only indicator of the demise of the island is climate models. What’s the reality?

  157. Sun Spot says:

    I recently came across a video link at WUWT, it was either an American Senator or Congressman asking a panel of scientists to raise their hands to affirm President Obama’s pronouncements on Extreme Weather/ClimateChange. NONE of the panel would raise their hand to confirm Obama’s pronouncements. Dose anyone have this link as I cannot seem to locate it and need it to convince a person that President Obama is wrong ?

  158. Pete Kang says:

    Have you heard the $30,000 reward offered by Keating for anyone to disprove man-made global warming?

  159. g2-9ed9acc685824c6663c51c5b093476cc says:

    So everyone gets two dollars then?

  160. David L. Hagen says:

    WUWT Readers could win NASA $10,000 jackpot
    NASA Challenge: New Ways to Use, Visualize, and Analyze OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data

    NASA is seeking creative new ways to utilize the Climate and Earth Science data recently made available on the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This Challenge is being run in conjunction with the 2014 NEX Virtual workshop to engage and enable individuals and groups to provide new contributions and insight to address global climate change.

    This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
    Challenge 9933584
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  161. David L. Hagen says:

    $60,000 NASA OpenNEX Challenge

    Challenge goes live on July 1st, 2014
    The OpenNEX challenge, in collaboration among NASA, Amazon Web Services Inc. and Innocentive, invites the general public, climate scientists, software engineers, and data analysts to design and implement concepts that enable climate resilience. There will be $60,000 in prize money available for participants as a reward for their innovations. To learn more click below

  162. Bill P. says:

    Now, if I were a cynic, I would note that:

    1. It is a canon of logic that you cannot “prove a negative.”
    2. A self-proclaimed “climate scientist” would know that.
    3. Making such a bold offer might be construed as pandering to the low-information types who hang on every word of the “climate science experts,” and who might NOT know about “not provign a negative.”
    4. That kind of pandering to low-information types is exactly the kind of thing that we skeptics accuse the “AGW Alarmist” crowd of indulging in constantly.

    Good thing I’m not a cynic.

  163. RACookPE1978 says:

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Hoax ^ | July 3, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders

    A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could mean bad news for environmental doomsayers. Forget all those warnings about the million tons of plastic debris floating in the ocean. Ignore the photos that you think show the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Andres Cozar of the University of Cadiz in Spain is the man who once extrapolated the 1 million-ton estimate. Since then, however, he has led research that collected samples at 141 ocean sites. Cozar’s new estimate: Between 7,000 and 35,000 tons of plastic are floating in the ocean.

    Cozar’s team didn’t find country-sized islands of plastic bags strangling baby birds and sea turtles. It found “micro plastics.” What people think of as a dump doesn’t look like floating junk. Instead, ocean current “convergence zones” are swirling with flecks of plastic — like a snow globe a half-minute after you shake it — and with considerably less plastic trash than expected.

    Not that plastic in the ocean is a good thing, but it’s looking to be less of a peril to the planet than once suggested.

    As I read about the Cozar study, I could not help but think of California state Sen. Alex Padilla and his Senate Bill 270, which would ban single-use plastic bags. San Francisco started the plastic bag ban craze in 2007. More than 100 cities in the state have followed as bag ban proponents have shopped two images — of bags in the ocean and of dead marine life.

    The thing is that you don’t find whole shopping bags in convergence zones. Peter Davison, an oceanographer with California’s Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, told me he frequently has seen plastic bags littering harbors, but in the ocean, one is likelier to come across debris from a fishing fleet and bits of plastic from many sources.

    In support of bag bans, the Surfrider Foundation has posted a video that asserts, “Plastics kill 1.5 million marine animals each year.”

    “I have no idea where they got that number,” Joel Baker, environmental science professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma, told me. He has assigned students to track down that number, and “the trail goes cold.”

    Surfrider now uses a different number — 100,000 marine animals. As for the 1.5 million figure, Surfrider senior staff scientist Rick Wilson referred me to a United Nations paper with no specific sourcing. Then he said, “I will admit it’s difficult to track down a definitive scientific study source for it.”

    Factoids are almost as indestructible as plastic.

    Both Davison and Baker can think of animals that have died from plastic; you can see photos on the Internet. But from bags? Davison found chunks of plastic in about 10 percent of 150 ocean fish he dissected. “We don’t know if it kills them or not.”

    Neither Davison nor Baker likes the idea of plastic in the ocean, and neither would say it is not a problem. As Baker put it, “we don’t know what effect it’s having on organisms.”

    We do know, however, that single-use plastic bags require fewer resources than reusable bags — which you have to wash — and paper bags. Plastic bags litter harbors but also represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. municipal waste stream. It’s a mistake to believe that what might replace them would have no downside.

  164. Mick says:

    Hi Anthony, and readers…
    this is new for me…. not sure if has been suggested. It has global temp. anomaly and more climate visualization…. just click under the globe to change perspective.

    Kind Regards,

  165. Galane says: Dr Christopher Keating is offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide him with proof that man-made climate change isn’t real.

  166. John Slayton says:

    National Geospatial Intelligence Agency? $20 million to study climate change and civil unrest?

  167. Kip Hansen says:

    [noted -thanks]

  168. ossqss says:

    Happy 4th of July WUWT’ers!

  169. Bob Koss says:


    GHCN has changed their priority over-write scheme for the unadjusted files. I assume this is a screw-up, but maybe not. Using the following files it is obvious there has been a change. The flag data and data tallies all point to it.
    Old = ghcnm.tavg.v3.2.2.20140603.qcu.dat June 6th.
    New = ghcnm.tavg.v3.2.2.20140702.qcu.dat July 2nd.

    Here are the correct flags for their data-sources. The readme file in the folder with their data files appears to be incorrect. USHCN data shouldn’t be ranked near CLIMAT data in priority, and isn’t in the following table.

    Table 3. Source Data Sets From Which GHCN-M Version 3 is Constructed and Maintained.
    Priority: Data Source: Source Flag
    1: Datzilla (Manual/Expert Assessment): Z
    2: USHCN-M Version 2: U
    3: World Weather Records: W
    4: KNMI Netherlands (DeBilt only): N
    5: Colonial Era Archive: J
    6: MCDW (DSI 3500): M
    7: MCDW quality controlled but not yet published: C
    8: UK Met Office CLIMAT: K
    9: CLIMAT bulletin: P
    10: GHCN-M Version 2: G

    The table indicates when you have multiple data sources for the same month, over-write priority is given to the lowest number in that list. Example: data with flag K(8:) shall be over-written by data with flag C(7:).

    Here is a comparison of the two files for the single year 2013.
    Monthly data by source flag:
    _______C_____K_____P_____U_____total data

    No data(-9999)__station tally

    Note the reduction in total data and the increase in -9999 data. Six stations have also disappeared from the New file. It appears they have started over-writing MCDW QCed data with CLIMAT data from the Met Office.

    By eyeball it doesn’t seem to affect the USHCN data, nor the 501 stations which I believe are all Australian. Not sure about other specific areas of the world.

    How long this has been going on, I don’t know. 2012 and 2014 also appear to have problems. I assume this change was done recently and is simply projecting back through several years.

    Hope my underscores kept the columns reasonably aligned.

  170. R L says:

    Hi Anthony, It is distressing for me to read about sackings of academic staff and others who have voiced a challenge to aspects of GW.It seems that the list is becoming quite long ,and I wondered if you thought that a permanent link, listing the casualties and their circumstances would worthwhile.No doubt there have been many others who we haven’t heard about. This segment may give them a place to air their stories ,or for others who also feel the injustice to colleagues .

  171. reaping says:

    …. again…

  172. JFA in Montreal says:

    We’re Screwing Up the Oceans So Much, These Fish Can’t Find Their BFFs
    As CO2 levels rise, coral-reef fish seem to lose the ability to recognize each other.
    —By John Metcalfe
    | Tue Jul. 1, 2014 1:04 PM EDT

  173. Allen says:

    BBC wants to eliminate false balance (whatever that means) on science reporting:

    Perhaps they should take courses on the authority fallacy that biases their science reporting.

  174. John Colaw says:

    I came across something odd in one of your stories from 2008 ( ) You commented that the USHCN station in boulder city NV had closed sometime in the previous 5 years. In an oddity, if you pull up the historic median temps for that station they go all the way to the current date.

    Even stranger, they go all the way back to 1904. Boulder city was purpose built by the government to build the dam, it was empty desert before 1931. Even stranger yet, by eyeball the temperatures shown before the city existed or anyone was there are about 2F cooler.

    link used to get above link:

    Is this historic data or fantasy data????

  175. Bob Koss says:


    Minor error in file dates. They are correct in the actual filenames, but while interpreting them into plain language, I inadvertently confused day with month and put June 6th for the date of the older one. It should be June 3rd.

  176. markx says:

    Speaking of computer models, corrections, theoretical calculations, solar cycles, and small measurements of largely unknown processes:

    Top Habitable Exoplanet Candidate Probably Doesn’t Exist
    July 4, 2014 | by Lisa Winter

    The study analyzed the rotational speed of Gliese 581, which had been unknown up until this point. That data was then used to go back to previous observations and correct for the star’s movement that caused excess noise and distorted signals. Those corrections did boost the signal of many super-Earth planets, but diminished the signal for d incredibly while the signal for g was eliminated entirely.

    “Gliese 581d does not exist,” the paper states, “but is an artifact of stellar activity which, when incompletely corrected, causes the false detection of planet g.”

    The paper:

  177. policycritic says:

    BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes
    BBC Trust says 200 senior managers trained not to insert ‘false balance’ into stories when issues were non-contentious

    The BBC’s determination to give a balanced view has seen it pit scientists arguing for climate change against far less qualified opponents such as Lord Lawson who heads a campaign group lobbying against the government’s climate change policies.

    Andrew Montford, who runs the Bishop Hill climate sceptic blog, former children’s television presenter Johnny Ball and Bob Carter, a retired Australian geologist, are among the other climate sceptics that have appeared on the BBC.

    The report highlighted World at One edition in September of a landmark UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) research project which found concluded with 95 per cent certainty that the climate is changing and that human activity is the main cause.

    The programme’s producers tried more than a dozen qualified UK scientists to give an opposing view but could not find one willing to do so – so they went to Mr Carter in Australia.

    Pitted against Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Mr Carter described the findings of the most authoritative report ever undertaken into the science of climate change – put together by hundreds of scientists around the world – as “hocus-pocus science”.

  178. David L. Hagen says:

    EPA Presumes rules & right to garnish wages for its imposed fines without court order.
    Roy Spencer links to
    EPA Harasses Americans

    Chantell and Michael Sackett of Idaho were similarly threatened by the agency with fines of $75,000 per day for seeking to build a home on a small lot situated between two other lots that already had homes, an action the EPA claimed the couple could not even challenge. The Sacketts challenged it anyway, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won a unanimous verdict. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the court’s decision stating that, “In a nation that values due process, not to mention private property, such treatment is unthinkable.” Scalia went on that “there is no reason to think that the Clean Water Act was uniquely designed to enable the strong-arming of regulated parties into ‘voluntary compliance’ without the opportunity for judicial review—even judicial review of the question whether the regulated party is within the EPA’s jurisdiction.”
    While the Supreme Court may have found that the Sacketts and, consequently, folks like Johnson, do have some recourse to challenge administrative compliance orders from the EPA, those who fall into the agency’s sights may now face a new and crushing hurdle: wage garnishment. Just how many people could endure challenging the EPA’s regulatory actions—no matter how indefensible—if they faced fines that the agency could garnish from their wages? How many can be coerced into “voluntary compliance”?

    Detailed letter opposing the EPA by the Heritage Foundation

  179. PhilW2 says:

    “Martha … has also written for the FT, the Times, and the Guardian, and has appeared on The Today programme, BBC News and Sky News. Previously, she was a staffer at the New Statesman …”
    Says it all really. Continuing the Leftward drift of the once fine Telegraph.
    Oh, and she links to “an excellent piece that shoots down all [Lord Lawson's] arguments”… turns out to be by Bob Ward. Poor girl.

  180. jorgekafkazar says:

    Found this on Twitter:

    This explains a lot. Now they’ll just have to go back to crapping on the wealth-producing sectors of the US.

  181. Mark says:

    Presentation explaining how to predict weather, temperature and climate based on the solar cycle modulated by solar magnetic links and the moon.

  182. Not only do these idiots not understand climate, simple genetics and mutation confuses the heck out of them:
    Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    REDHEADS could become extinct as Scotland gets sunnier, experts have claimed.

    The gene that causes red hair is thought to be an evolutionary response to the lack of sun in Scotland.

    Redhead colouring allows people to get the maximum vitamin D from what little sun there is.

    Only one to two per cent of the world’s population has red hair but in Scotland the figure is about 13 per cent, or 650,000 people.

    However, the figure could fall dramatically – and even see redheads die out completely in a few centuries – if predictions that the country’s climate is set to become much sunnier are true.

    Dr Alistair Moffat, boss of genetic testing company ScotlandsDNA, said: “We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England is adaptation to the climate. We do not get enough sun and have to get all the vitamin D we can.

    “If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.”

    Another scientist, who asked not to be named because of the theoretical nature of the work, said: “I think the gene is slowly dying out. Climate change could see a decline in the number of people with red hair in Scotland.”

    Canadian comic Shawn Hitchins, who led a ginger pride march in Edinburgh last year, said: “It seems like everyone is coming up with new ways to eradicate the gingers.”

  183. Alec aka Daffy Duck says:

    Trenberth slapped in the face with a cold fish!
    The Anchovy say no Super El Niño!

    Peru says El Nino threat over, waters cooling and fish returning…00A20140705?irpc=932

  184. Larry Butler says:

    Over on it says:
    “It is theorized that as much as 25% of the anticipated global warming of the earth may be solar in origin.”

    I’m only a simple RF electronics engineer with no training in climate, but can you, for the ignorant readers like me, please explain this stupid statement? Where else does global warming come from? Is this about dark matter or some new branch of physics kept secret from mere mortals?
    Thank you for all you do…..I nearly fell out of my chair. Nasa’s oco-2 website already states the conclusion the human CO2 is responsible for everything. It’s right there on the home page. Hansen must write this stuff….

  185. Robert in Calgary says:

    I came across this NY Times item via the Hot Air Headlines.


    “Do Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution?

    At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes “Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades.” Unsurprisingly, beliefs on both topics are divided along religious and partisan lines. For instance, 46 percent of Republicans said there is not solid evidence of global warming, compared with 11 percent of Democrats.

    As a result of surveys like these, scientists and advocates have concluded that many people are not aware of the evidence on these issues and need to be provided with correct information. That’s the impulse behind efforts like the campaign to publicize the fact that 97 percent of climate scientists believe human activities are causing global warming.”

  186. Bob Koss says:


    Given the holiday weekend, I imagine you are waiting to get confirmation and comments from GHCN. Just figured I’d add a couple examples of what I found.

    Old = ghcnm.tavg.v3.2.2.20140603.qcu.dat June 3th.
    New = ghcnm.tavg.v3.2.2.20140702.qcu.dat July 2nd.

    Below are changes to three stations between time of Old file and New file for the year 2013. Old is first one in each pair. My comments are intersperse.

    Two fields have been cropped from each station year, they are all the string ‘2013TAVG’. The lines have been split in order to avoid the vagaries of screen wrap due to line length. The letters C & K are the data source for the value to the left. C = MCDW QCed data. K = Met Office CLIMAT data. All three stations had data provenance changed from MCDW to Met Office.
    13167217000 2030 C 2030 C 2000 C 1890 C 1730 C 1570 C
    1510 C 1720 C 2000 C 2080 C 2240 C 2080 C

    13167217000-9999 1970 K 2000 K 1890 K 1730 K-9999
    -9999 1720 K 2020 K 2080 K 2240 K 2080 K

    The no data(-9999) values in New above are not given a data source provenance, but my inference is they must be from source K. Also two temperature changes (Feb & Sep).
    40578767000 2530 C 2510 C 2530 C 2630 C 2640 C 2670 C
    2530 C 2640 C 2700 C 2650 C 2580 C 2520 C

    New has no trace of the full year of data found in Old. Maybe Met Office had nothing?
    40678310000 2390 K 2430 K 2290 K 2630 K 2670 K 2690 K
    2730 C 2730 C 2670 C 2670 C 2550 C 2480 C

    40678310000 2390 K 2430 K 2290 K 2630 K 2670 K 2690 K
    2730 K 2730 K 2670 K 2670 K 2550 K 2480 K

    Only difference is the data source has been changed from July onward.
    It appears they over-write the data an entire year at a time. No consideration is given to the existence of a valid value being big-footed by a -9999 or the possibility of averaging two valid values. I don’t understand the type of mind-set it takes to think less information is better than more. Especially when the claim is made the fate of the world is in jeopardy.

  187. J Martin says:

    Myself, I haven’t come across the above site for the global warming faithful before. They haven’t posted any of my critical comments.

  188. Sasha says:

    Gore’s constipation may be terminal.

  189. J Martin says:

    The above co2 logarithmic curve looks more like a straight line and is surely preposterous ?

    Can anyone tell me where I can find the real co2 forcing curve to rebut

  190. Caleb says:

    Alas! The second North Pole Camera got crunched by a jumble of ice, apparently as two bergs collided and formed a pressure ridge. (Not because the bergs melted, if anyone asks.) The blogger Max™ put together a short sequence of stills that shows the end coming, and the last tilted picture with the jumble approaching from the right. It is at the bottom of my post at :

  191. sadbutmadlad says:

    Guardian publishes article about “dark snow” or soot as the cause of melting glaciers/ice. Tell me its not true that the Guardian is agreeing with Anthony.

    “Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting
    Industrial dust and soil, blown thousands of miles, settle on ice sheets and add to rising sea level threat”

  192. milodonharlani says:

    Reluctant as I am to give CACA advocates ammo with which to attack this blog, here is a “puzzling thing”, ie UFOs observed high over Chile:

    Since it’s forwarded from the HuffPo, “progressives” can’t hoot too much.

    My dad was the first person Ken Arnold told about his UFO sighting in 1947, to kick off the craze. And no, I don’t think that the observations are of space alien flying saucers.

  193. cjshaker says:

    This paper makes the Climate Models look like a joke – 100% Error Per Century on Temperature Forecasts
    The Backcasting of Climate Models
    “However it is not true that the accuracy of the climate models cannot be tested without waiting 50 years or so. The climate models can be run backwards just as well as forward. Instead of a forecast they would give a backcast of the climate characteristics of the past. Another term coined for this process is retrodiction, in analogy wit prediction. Patrick J. Michaels in his book, Meltdown, gives the backcasting of two climate models from about 1993 back to 1905. One is the first Coupled Global Climate Model(CGCM1) from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis and the second is British, from the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. The data were scaled from the Michaels’ graph.” …
    “Although the model gets the shape generally right the timing is off and that shape had to have come from inputting the sulfate aerosol estimates which may not have been independent estimates but values chosen on the basis of the known observations of global temperature. Nevertheless the backcast change in temperature was 96 percent higher than the observational change of the eighty eight year period. That is nearly a 100 percent error per century.”

    The Need for Honest Backcasting of Climate Models
    “The validity of climate models must be established by their use in explaining the past climate data, the so-called backcasting of the model. However this backcasting must be honest; i.e., the independent variables must be independently known and not surmised from the past climate data. For example, global temperatures after rising for decades took a downturn from 1940 to about 1955. Climatologist speculated that downturn was due to increased levels of sulfate aerosols. If measurements of the average global sulfate levels were available and higher levels did in fact coincide with the downturn in global temperatures then that would be a validation of the model. However if the investigators had no independent measurements of sulfate levels or anything correlated with sulfate level to test the speculation then that is not a validation of the model. The term that is used for this process is tweaking. Worst yet than tweaking is if the investigators asked what would the sulfate level have had to be to produce that downturn and found out the values by trial-and-error and presented that information as though it were an actual measurement of sulfate levels. This would be simple dishonesty.

    Furthermore, the backcasting that is relevant for validation of models for the projection of future climate is the backcasts based upon no more information than is available for the future projections. This means volcano erruptions and such should not be used because they are not available for the future projections.”

    Interesting that a search for “Backcasting of Climate Models” at Google Scholar finds NOTHING!

    Google Scholar also has NO hits for “Backcasting Climate Models”! Puzzling that no one has written a peer reviewed paper doing Backcasting of Climate Models as this teacher did????

  194. cjshaker says:

    So, is the climate data really bad, or is this paper bad?

    Pattern of strange errors plagues solar activity and terrestrial climate data
    “The last decade has seen a revival of various hypotheses claiming a strong correlation between solar activity and a number of terrestrial climate parameters. Links have been made between cosmic rays and cloud cover, first total cloud cover and then only low clouds, and between solar cycle lengths and northern hemisphere land temperatures. These hypotheses play an important role in the scientific debate as well as in the public debate about the possibility or reality of a man-made global climate change.

    Analysis of a number of published graphs that have played a major role in these debates and that have been claimed to support solar hypotheses [Laut, 2003; Damon and Peristykh, 1999, 2004] shows that the apparent strong correlations displayed on these graphs have been obtained by incorrect handling of the physical data. The graphs are still widely referred to in the literature, and their misleading character has not yet been generally recognized. Readers are cautioned against drawing any conclusions, based upon these graphs, concerning the possible wisdom or futility of reducing the emissions of man-made greenhouse gases.”

    Full paper available here

    Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on the competency of Climate Science?

  195. Bob F says:

    Apparent ly ice age ending CO2 release was 100x slower than current man made rise

    Seems to require almost never ending series of assumptions

  196. Marc K says:

    No more government surplus trucks for rural fire departments because they don’t meet EPA emission standards.

  197. ferd berple says:

    a great story showing how fossil fuels are sustainable

    “We’ve been assessing every single facet of it and feel this is the right project for us in terms of its impact on the environment and its impact on rights and title, but most importantly because it can solve social problems we’ve been struggling with for a long time. We used to have 60 per cent unemployment, now we have 23-year-olds from the reserve getting mortgages and buying cars and travelling, which are things I struggled my whole life to do.

  198. Winston says:

    Here’s the way the BBC cut of air time for AGW skeptics is presented by the scientifically illiterate conformists. Perhaps the above-average scientifically literate contributors on the site should educate Lindsay Abrams:

    SUNDAY, JUL 6, 2014 03:14 PM MDT
    BBC staff ordered to stop giving equal airtime to climate deniers
    The network will stop airing “debates” featuring members of the anti-science fringe

    “Good news for viewers of BBC News: You’ll no longer be subjected to the unhinged ravings of climate deniers and other members of the anti-science fringe.”

  199. Sparks says:

    Ginger extinction due to Climate Change?


  200. milodonharlani says:

    Now the Guardian finally gets the message on peer review:

    I shudder to consider with what the Guardian would replace it, however. Probably even chummier pal review. Or CACA Commissar review.

  201. Gary says:

    Local forecast for Arkansas with maps from, calling for a potential cool event. They admit it’s a long distance forecast, but it got my attention after we had what was probably the greatest weather for July 4th in my lifetime.

  202. el gordo says:

    The Oz carbon tax is about to get the chop, so AGW advocates are making stuff up on the run.

  203. Rational Db8 says:

    There’s just so much we don’t know yet – and they keep turning up more and more things like this, which likely feed into the climate system and yet are totally unaccounted for….

    SAR11, oceans’ most abundant organism, has ability to create methane

    4 hours ago

    The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world’s major oceans are supersaturated with methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – yet little is known about the source of this methane.

    Now a new study by researchers at Oregon State University demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans’ most abundant organism – SAR11 – to generate methane as a byproduct of breaking down a compound for its phosphorus…

    “Anaerobic methane biogenesis was the only process known to produce methane in the oceans and that requires environments with very low levels of oxygen,” said Angelicque “Angel” White, a researcher in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and co-author on the study. “In the vast central gyres of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the surface waters have lots of oxygen from mixing with the atmosphere – and yet they also have lots of methane, hence the term ‘marine methane paradox.’

    “We’ve now learned that certain strains of SAR11, when starved for phosphorus, turn to a compound known as methylphosphonic acid,” White added. “The organisms produce enzymes that can break this compound apart, freeing up phosphorus that can be used for growth – and leaving methane behind.”…

    …bottom line is that this shows phosphate-starved bacterioplankton have the capability of producing methane and doing so in oxygen-rich waters.”

    SAR11 is the smallest free-living cell known and also has the smallest genome, or genetic structure, of any independent cell. Yet it dominates life in the oceans, thrives where most other cells would die, and plays a huge role in the cycling of carbon on Earth….

    “Their ability to cleave off methane is an interesting finding because it provides a partial explanation for why methane is so abundant in the high-oxygen waters of the mid-ocean regions,” Giovannoni added. “Just how much they contribute to the methane budget still needs to be determined.”…

  204. RACookPE1978 says:

    Anthony: Adding to the subsidy battles on the “true cost” of fuel. This from Egypt on their REMOVAL of fuel subsidies by the new Egyptian government ….

    Egypt to raise fuel prices by up to 78 percent from midnight
    Reuters ^ | 04 July 2014

    Egypt was set to raise mainstream fuel prices by up to 78 percent from midnight on Friday, an Oil Ministry source told Reuters, in a long-awaited step to cut energy subsidies to ease the burden on its swelling budget deficit.

    Food and energy subsidies traditionally eat up a quarter of state spending. The government is cutting subsidies in hopes of reviving an economy battered by more than three years of political turmoil.

    Successive governments have failed to curb energy product subsidies, fearing backlash from a public used to cheap fuel.

    “The increase will start being implemented by midnight,” the source said.

    The source said the price of 92 octane gasoline would be 2.60 Egyptian pounds (36 cents) per liter, up 40 percent from its current price of 1.85 pounds, while 80 octane gasoline would rise to 1.60 pounds per liter, up 78 percent.

  205. Clovis Marcus says:

    If you need a good laugh have a look at this:

    This is advice for people living in a Northern Temperate climate where the March 2014 global anomaly* was +0.71C. I wonder how they manage to stay alive in the tropics?

    The only thing that stopped my sides splitting was that my taxes paid for it.

    *based on suspect data

  206. Cam_S says:

    Have you ever heard of “environmental neuroethics”? Well, apparently there is such a field of study.

    True field of science? Or more academics riding the global warming gravy train?

    Climate right for environmental neuroethics

  207. Clovis Marcus says:

    @milodonharlani says:

    July 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    This is the alternative to peer review:

    Of course what that means is that if you are going to cite a paper in your research you’d better be sure it is quality. No defence saying “It was peer reviewed so it must have been right”

  208. Cam_S says:

    The floods in Saskatchewan and Manitoba now caused by global warming…

    Changing climate at root of ‘utterly unprecedented’ summer flood

  209. Frank says:

    Science joins push to screen statistics in papers
    New policy follows efforts by other journals to bolster standards of data analysis.

    The journal Science is adding an extra round of statistical checks to its peer-review process, editor-in-chief Marcia McNutt announced today. The policy follows similar efforts from other journals, after widespread concern that basic mistakes in data analysis are contributing to the irreproducibility of many published research findings.

    “Readers must have confidence in the conclusions published in our journal,” writes McNutt in an editorial today1. Working with the American Statistical Association, the journal has appointed seven experts to a statistics board of reviewing editors (SBoRE). Manuscript will be flagged up for additional scrutiny by the journal’s internal editors, or by its existing Board of Reviewing Editors (more than 100 scientists whom the journal regularly consults on papers) or by outside peer reviewers. The SBoRE panel will then find external statisticians to review these manuscripts.

    Asked whether any particular papers had impelled the change, McNutt said: “The creation of the [statistics board] was motivated by concerns broadly with the application of statistics and data analysis in scientific research and is part of Science’s overall drive to increase reproducibility in the research we publish.”

    Giovanni Parmigiani, a biostatistician at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a member of the SBoRE group. He says he expects the board to “play primarily an advisory role”. He agreed to join because he “found the foresight behind the establishment of the SBoRE to be novel, unique and likely to have a lasting impact. This impact will not only be through the publications in Science itself, but hopefully through a larger group of publishing venues that may want to model their approach after Science.”

    John Ioannidis, a physician who studies research methodology at Stanford University in California, says that the policy is “a most welcome step forward” and “long overdue”. “Most journals are weak in statistical review, and this damages the quality of what they publish. I think that for the majority of scientific papers nowadays statistical review is more essential than expert review,” he says, but he noted that biomedical journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet pay strong attention to statistical review.

    Professional scientists are expected to know how to analyse data, but statistical errors are alarmingly common in published research, according to David Vaux, a cell biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville, Australia. Researchers should improve their standards, he wrote in Nature in 2012, but journals should also take a tougher line, “engaging reviewers who are statistically literate and editors who can verify the process”2. Vaux says that Science’s idea to pass some papers to statisticians “has some merit, but a weakness is that it relies on the board of reviewing editors to identify [the papers that need scrutiny] in the first place”.

    Journal reform is starting to happen, says Bernd Pulverer, chief editor of the EMBO Journal in Heidelberg, Germany. “We have been discussing the level of statistics in our papers for some time. All too often, data in molecular cell-biology papers are indeed still published with ill-defined, underpowered or plain wrong statistics,” he says. But Pulverer adds that the EMBO Journal and other publications are planning to launch checklists of basic statistical information that should be reported in research papers, and it also plans to add statistics experts to its editorial board.

    Statistical checklists are emerging as standards after workshops organized by the US National Institutes of Health in 2012 to discuss the problems leading to irreproducible research findings. In April 2013, for example, Nature announced it that had created such a checklist, and that to help improve the statistical robustness of its papers, it would employ statisticians “as consultants on certain papers, at the editors’ discretion and as suggested by referees”3. (Nature’s news and comment team is editorially independent of its research editorial team.)

    “Nature and Science have shared their experiences of measures to improve their systems,” says Veronique Kiermer, executive editor at Nature. “We welcome their new initiative, just as we welcome any undertakings by publishers to improve statistical analyses.”

  210. Kip Hansen says:

    Anthony — Have you seen this from Berkley Earth?

    “A skeptic’s guide to climate change”

    Kip Hansen

    (Searched WUWT in the search box but found nothing…. and don’t remember seeing it)

  211. Rick Morcom says:

    Interesting article in the Guardian today linking the demise of whales with global warming, and their recent recovery being related to the “pause”.

  212. Keith Minto says:

    Refreshing headline,

    Volcanoes Cooled Earth Less Than Thought


    The original article in Nature Climate Science is a little more circumspect. It seems that the Volcanic record prior to 1500 has been overestimated.

    Whereas agreement with existing reconstructions is excellent after 1500, we found a substantially different history of volcanic aerosol deposition before 1500; for example, global aerosol forcing values from some of the largest eruptions (for example, 1257 and 1458) previously were overestimated by 20–30% and others underestimated by 20–50%.

    Still, good to see a “less than thought” headline than the opposite.

  213. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    China and the US discuss technologies for the capture of CO2, extraction of oil from gaseous coal and presumably the burning of such gas products.
    Also covered ‘food security’.
    This appears the area of agreement concerning security between these powers.

  214. Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter) says:

    Just a thought:

    This section is for tips and notes. What about…. a section which people could view, for suggestions on things they themselves might have an interest in researching?

    Example: It occurred to me, that the spike in tornados in 2011, might be a precursor to the wind shifts which brought about the polar vortex dropping down into NA. That led back to the idea that perhaps the big tornado spike in 1974, was a precursor to the coldest winter on record, which also saw the descent of the polar vortex.

    It is just a thought, but, I myself may do some looking into it.

  215. rogerknights says:

    Earth’s magnetic field weakening–more cosmic rays intruding:

  216. Taphonomic says:

    Rasmussen poll reveals that:

    U.S. Voters strongly believe the debate about global warming is not over yet and reject the decision by some news organizations to ban comments from those who deny that global warming is a problem.

    Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the scientific debate about global warming is over, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-three percent (63%) disagree and say the debate about global warming is not over. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

  217. Cam_S says:

    Humans are pushing sea-level rise
    By Thomas F. Pedersen, executive director
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    University of Victoria

    Is a rebuttal to this article…

    Global warming doesn’t have to ruin economies

    Which is a rebuttal to Risky Business.

  218. Chris says:

    Settled Science, Exoplanet Division:

    Newfound Frozen World Orbits in Binary Star System

    “This greatly expands the potential locations to discover habitable planets in the future,” said Scott Gaudi, professor of astronomy at Ohio State. “Half the stars in the galaxy are in binary systems. We had no idea if Earth-like planets in Earth-like orbits could even form in these systems.”

  219. Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson: ‘BBC Have Banned Me’
    July 09, 2014 , by Nick Hallett
    Former UK Chancellor Nigel Lawson has launched a scathing attack on the BBC after it said he should not appear on its programming again to discuss climate change. Lawson, who served as Chancellor of Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher’s government from 1983 to 1989, is a leading sceptic of man-made global warming and has even founded a think tank on the subject.
    The BBC Trust ruled, however, that he should not have been allowed to take part in a debate on Radio 4 in February in which he questioned climate policy, after receiving what Lawson describes as a “well-organised deluge of complaints”.
    Lawson says the Trust made this ruling on the basis of an inaccurate complaint by a Green Party activist, Chit Chong, who said that Lawson claimed global warming was a “conspiracy”. Lord Lawson points out that he did not say this, as is clear from the transcript.
    Nonetheless, the BBC upheld the complaint without even contacting Lawson. Writing in the Daily Mail, he says:
    “Needless to say, while apparently in active correspondence with the Green Party politician and non-scientist Mr Chong about the iniquity of allowing me to appear on the Today programme, at least not without emphasising that, as a non-scientist, no one should take any notice of what I may have to say, at no time has either the head of the Editorial Complaints Unit or anyone else from the BBC sought to get in touch with me about all this.
    “Had they done so, I might not only have sought gently to educate them on a subject about which they clearly know very little.”
    Lord Lawson added that if he is to be banned from debating the subject on the basis he is not a scientist, perhaps the BBC would also like to ban non-scientists who advocate the theory of man-made global warming:
    “I might have suggested, too, that if there is to be a ban on non-scientists discussing climate change issues (which I do not, of course, support), this should in the best BBC tradition be an even-handed one.
    “That is to say, they should also ban non-scientists such as Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Ed Miliband, Lord Deben (chairman of the Government’s Climate Advisory Committee), Lord Stern (former adviser to the Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development) and all the others who are regularly invited to appear.”
    He also took up the cause of a colleague of his, Matt Ridley, who is leading science writer and yet has never been interviewed on the BBC since he challenges the consensus view on man-made global warming.
    “The truth is that the BBC’s outrageous behaviour is nothing whatever to do with whether I am a climate scientist or not. Indeed, it is not about me at all.
    “Matt Ridley, for example, is arguably this country’s — indeed, the English-speaking world’s — leading science writer who has researched the climate change issue and reached a conclusion which is very close to my own.
    “(He is also among the unpaid members of the Academic Advisory Council of my think-tank.)
    “Not once has he been invited to discuss any aspect of the issue on Radio 4’s Today programme.”
    Lord Lawson’s conclusion is scathing, accusing the BBC of outright censorship that violates its commitment to impartiality:
    “The fact is that, on this issue, the BBC has its own party line (indistinguishable from that of the Green Party) which it imposes with quasi-Stalinist thoroughness.
    “The one occasion, last February, on which it permitted a balanced and civilised discussion is now seen by the Corporation as a colossal error for which it must grovel and undertake never to repeat.
    “This amounts to a policy of outright political censorship.
    “It is hard to imagine a more blatant breach of its charter, which commits it to political balance, or a more blatant betrayal of the people’s trust, on which the continuation of its licence fee depends.
    “The BBC justifies its unique compulsory funding model — a television tax — by claiming that it provides a fair and balanced public service. Its treatment of climate change shows this is simply not the case.
    “It is little wonder that a recent poll found most people would like to see the licence fee scrapped.”
    A poll by ComRes at the weekend found that 51 percent of the public think the BBC licence fee, which is compulsory for all people who own a TV set in the UK, should be scrapped. The research found that the public support this even if it means a cut in the amount of original programming produced by the corporation, and advertisement breaks in the middle of programmes.
    Chris Whitehouse of Whitehouse Consultancy, who commissioned the poll, said: “These figures show the huge job of work still be done by the BBC if it is to have a strong hand in the future in renegotiating the licence fee and justifying why the public should continue to pay it.”

  220. milodonharlani says:

    Confessions of a climate modeler, who writes on tweaking to get desired results:

    Log In required if not a subscriber.

  221. milodonharlani says:

    I mean subscription required.

  222. Neil Jordan says:

    Article in the Opinion section of this morning’s Wall Street Journal about Tom Steyer:
    Business World by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

    “The New York Times is the latest to investigate his former hedge fund’s investments to increase the output of Indonesian and Australian coal mines to feed China during a period when China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest carbon-dioxide emitter.”

    “Many stories are festooned with environmentalist statements lamenting the damage Mr. Steyer did to the planet before he decided to save it.”

    Mr. Steyer made his money wherever money was to be made. Then when he wanted to start a new career, claimed to have experienced a “road to Damascus” conversion on climate and energy at age 55.”

    “And we do mean pseudo-influence. He vilifies the Koch Brothers (“evil persons”), and lobbies universities and foundations to dump their fossil energy holdings, though the only effect is to transfer those holdings to investors like Mr. Steyer’s former hedge fund that are immune to pressure and unwilling to forgo the profits from meeting the world’s wholly non-illusory demand for energy.”

    “Mr. Steyer will be able to say of his impact on the climate debate: I softened up the public to be milked for green handouts that did nothing for climate change.”
    [end excerpts]

  223. milodonharlani says:

    With apologies to the WSJ for any possible copyright infringement:

    Confessions of a Computer Modeler

    Any model, including those predicting climate doom, can be tweaked to yield a desired result. I should know.

    Robert J. Caprara
    July 8, 2014 7:15 p.m. ET

    The climate debate is heating up again as business leaders, politicians and academics bombard us with the results of computer models that predict costly and dramatic changes in the years ahead. I can offer some insight into the use of computer models for public-policy debates, and a recommendation for the general public.

    After earning a master’s degree in environmental engineering in 1982, I spent most of the next 10 years building large-scale environmental computer models. My first job was as a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency. I was hired to build a model to assess the impact of its Construction Grants Program, a nationwide effort in the 1970s and 1980s to upgrade sewer-treatment plants.

    The computer model was huge—it analyzed every river, sewer treatment plant and drinking-water intake (the places in rivers where municipalities draw their water) in the country. I’ll spare you the details, but the model showed huge gains from the program as water quality improved dramatically. By the late 1980s, however, any gains from upgrading sewer treatments would be offset by the additional pollution load coming from people who moved from on-site septic tanks to public sewers, which dump the waste into rivers. Basically the model said we had hit the point of diminishing returns.

    When I presented the results to the EPA official in charge, he said that I should go back and “sharpen my pencil.” I did. I reviewed assumptions, tweaked coefficients and recalibrated data. But when I reran everything the numbers didn’t change much. At our next meeting he told me to run the numbers again.

    After three iterations I finally blurted out, “What number are you looking for?” He didn’t miss a beat: He told me that he needed to show $2 billion of benefits to get the program renewed. I finally turned enough knobs to get the answer he wanted, and everyone was happy.

    Was the EPA official asking me to lie? I have to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he believed in the value of continuing the program. (Congress ended the grants in 1990.) He certainly didn’t give any indications otherwise. I also assume he understood the inherent inaccuracies of these types of models. There are no exact values for the coefficients in models such as these. There are only ranges of potential values. By moving a bunch of these parameters to one side or the other you can usually get very different results, often (surprise) in line with your initial beliefs.

    I realized that my work for the EPA wasn’t that of a scientist, at least in the popular imagination of what a scientist does. It was more like that of a lawyer. My job, as a modeler, was to build the best case for my client’s position. The opposition will build its best case for the counter argument and ultimately the truth should prevail.

    If opponents don’t like what I did with the coefficients, then they should challenge them. And during my decade as an environmental consultant, I was often hired to do just that to someone else’s model. But there is no denying that anyone who makes a living building computer models likely does so for the cause of advocacy, not the search for truth.

    Surely the scientific community wouldn’t succumb to these pressures like us money-grabbing consultants. Aren’t they laboring for knowledge instead of profit? If you believe that, boy do I have a computer model to sell you.

    The academic community competes for grants, tenure and recognition; consultants compete for clients. And you should understand that the lines between academia and consultancy are very blurry as many professors moonlight as consultants, authors, talking heads, etc.

    Let’s be clear: I am not saying this is a bad thing. The legal system is adversarial and for the most part functions well. The same is true for science. So here is my advice: Those who are convinced that humans are drastically changing the climate for the worse and those who aren’t should accept and welcome a vibrant, robust back-and-forth. Let each side make its best case and trust that the truth will emerge.

    Those who do believe that humans are driving climate change retort that the science is “settled” and those who don’t agree are “deniers” and “flat-earthers.” Even the president mocks anyone who disagrees. But I have been doing this for a long time, and the one thing I have learned is how hard it is to convince people with a computer model. The vast majority of your audience will never, ever understand the math behind it. This does not mean people are dumb. They usually have great BS detectors, and when they see one side of a debate trying to shut down the other side, they will most likely assume it has something to hide, has the weaker argument, or both.

    Eventually I got out of the environmental consulting business. In the 1990s I went into a completely different industry, one that was also data intensive and I thought couldn’t be nearly as controversial: health care. But that’s another story.

    Mr. Caprara is chief methodologist for PSKW LLC, which provides marketing programs for pharmaceutical firms.

  224. John F. Hultquist says:

    Avista testing batteries that store wind, solar energy

    That’s a headline that seems funny to me. In the State of Washington with hydro power producing electricity on demand 24/7, the “State” thinks it wise to spend $3.2 Million on a project designed to store “energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources.” I have read that hydro is not part of the definition of renewable.

    This is a test and “Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where the battery technology was developed, will work with Avista on the project, analyzing data from the tests.” The site for this is in Pullman, home of WSU and the Cougars.

    Ellensburg – small town with a university in central WA – had 5 different types of windmills erected for a test. I’ve not heard that they actually got any data. Last year one of the things blew over in a relatively mild wind. The Kittitas Valley – Ellensburg is near the center – is noted for its strong and long duration winds. The local paper carried the story and since then nothing. The City used other people’s money but when it came time to continue using money the City had collected from its citizens the elected officials refrained.

  225. Frank says:

    Robert Caprara: As Stephen Schneider wrote: “…as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts.” There is nothing scientific about modeling if you don’t include the uncertainty arising from parameter uncertainty in your output.

  226. Ben D says:

    I know he is from Kentucky and there may be a hillbilly factor but this is just so funny….

  227. Clovis Marcus says:

    Type senna the soothsayer into a google search and look at the first result. I don’t know how it was done but I bet the met office are having a conniption.

  228. anna v says:

    Hi Anthony et al

    Have you seen this :

    The heat waves of 2003 in Western Europe and 2010 in Russia, commonly labelled as rare climatic anomalies outside of previous experience, are often taken as harbingers of more frequent extremes in the global warming-influenced future. However, a recent reconstruction of spring–summer temperatures for WE resulted in the likelihood of significantly higher temperatures in 1540. In order to check the plausibility of this result we investigated the severity of the 1540 drought by putting forward the argument of the known soil desiccation-temperature feedback. Based on more than 300 first-hand documentary weather report sources originating from an area of 2 to 3 million km2, we show that Europe was affected by an unprecedented 11-month-long Megadrought. The estimated number of precipitation days and precipitation amount for Central and Western Europe in 1540 is significantly lower than the 100-year minima of the instrumental measurement period for spring, summer and autumn. This result is supported by independent documentary evidence about extremely low river flows and Europe-wide wild-, forest- and settlement fires. We found that an event of this severity cannot be simulated by state-of-the-art climate models.

  229. anna v says:

    Hi Anthony et al

    Have you seen this :

    The heat waves of 2003 in Western Europe and 2010 in Russia, commonly labelled as rare climatic anomalies outside of previous experience, are often taken as harbingers of more frequent extremes in the global warming-influenced future. However, a recent reconstruction of spring–summer temperatures for WE resulted in the likelihood of significantly higher temperatures in 1540. In order to check the plausibility of this result we investigated the severity of the 1540 drought by putting forward the argument of the known soil desiccation-temperature feedback. Based on more than 300 first-hand documentary weather report sources originating from an area of 2 to 3 million km2, we show that Europe was affected by an unprecedented 11-month-long Megadrought. The estimated number of precipitation days and precipitation amount for Central and Western Europe in 1540 is significantly lower than the 100-year minima of the instrumental measurement period for spring, summer and autumn. This result is supported by independent documentary evidence about extremely low river flows and Europe-wide wild-, forest- and settlement fires. We found that an event of this severity cannot be simulated by state-of-the-art climate models.

  230. StuartMcL says:

    “While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.”

  231. Johanus says:

    Everyone thinks that Solar Cycle 24 is over. Not so fast. It is still going strong (for a small cycle), hitting a peak 200 SFI with M5 “fanflare”!

    It is starting to look a lot like a time-reversed twin of Solar Cycle 20, also runt-sized (1965-1975).

    SC20 started with a roar and then diminished. Perhaps SC24 will have a much grander finale?

  232. Nylo says:


    Someone brought to my attention this article by Kinnard et al. 2011, where they claim to have done a reconstruction of the arctic sea ice extent for the last 1400 years:

    I have not seen it discussed in WUWT before, so that I bring it. The reconstruction itself is laughable (shows minimum arctic ice extent during the Little Ice Age), and presents lots of technical flaws, the first of which is being based in proxies which are, ALL of them, on land and rather far from the ocean (tree rings, ice cores, lake sediments).

    I think bringing it to pieces would be quite interesting and entertaining for the readers here. I, unfortunately, do not feel capable of doing it. I can identify more or less where the problems with the paper are, but correctly explaining why it is incorrect from a technical point of view is another story.

  233. Pointman says:

    “There is a growing body of opinion that we might be moving out of our interglacial and back into a colder world, perhaps a very much colder one. That’s happened many times before and there’s absolutely nothing to prevent it happening again. Should that turn out to be the case, this article speculates on our total energy unpreparedness for that scenario and the possible geopolitical ramifications of such a global change.”


  234. Keith Sketchley says:

    Great article on economics of warming: Global warming doesn’t have to ruin economies

    With a rebuttal attempt that is interesting: Humans are pushing sea level rise

    Note he uses rise rate data close to real, unlike many alarmists, but claims a trend that he claims is caused by humans. He’s significantly slick.

  235. Mark Hladik says:

    Hi Anthony (or Mods, or ANYONE with Meteorology knowledge and expertise … ):

    At the outset of this inquiry, I would like to state that I am NOT a ‘chemtrail’ believer, or any other kind of wacko — — I was laid off from my Air Taxi Pilot position in 2008, and now I teach Math and Science (Geology, specifically) at our local community college.

    For the past two weeks, there has been something unusual, in regards to the normal contrails behind high-flying turbojet aircraft. I track air carrier aircraft on a website called , which lets one view specific airport activity, or you can track a specific flight.

    At first sight, you would think that you are seeing something similar to what Air Traffic Control sees at their radar screens, but in reality, what you see is lagged about 10 minutes (sometimes less), so the presentation is where the aircraft “was” a few minutes ago. I have learned to compensate for this lag.

    If I am watching a particular flight on the website, and it is going to pass overhead, or very nearly so, I wait until the appropriate to begin looking for it; more specifically, I look for the contrail, which shows the location of the aircraft. Of late, there are virtually NO contrails at all, making it difficult to actually see the aircraft passage. Everyday, I wait for an Air France Airbus 380 – 800 series, as it passes overhead, usually at FL 380 or FL 400 (38,000 feet and 40,000 feet respectively, for the non-aviation inclined reading this), where the air temperature must be at or below minus 40 Celsius, and the contrail cannot help but form. Point of fact, with several hundred air carrier jets flying over, there have been NO contrails at all.

    This might normally happen for a few hours, but with the movement of air masses, seeing this “condition” for several days in a row (coming onto two weeks now), I am stymied.

    I come up with two hypotheses:

    1) We have a very large, very extensive, exceptionally dry air mass, stuck in place over the Intermountain West;

    2) all aircraft fuel, including foreign carriers, has been suddenly reformulated, such that contrails are a thing of the past.

    Occam’s Razor says the former is the simpler, and most likely correct hypothesis, but some evaluation from a Meteorologist would help.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mark H.

    [You will have a few minutes to save this text to own computer for your future use, then it will be removed. This site will not discuss chemtrail speculation. .mod]

  236. Mark Hladik says:

    For unknown reasons, the website did not post, but it is flightaware dot com .

  237. Ed, Mr. Jones says:


  238. Catcracking says:

    The climate community isn’t the only group to cook the books on peer review. A scholarly journal has retracted 60 papers due to fraud in the peer review process.

    “Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal.

    Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once.

    The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published.

    You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.”

    The publication is the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC). It publishes papers with names like “Hydraulic enginge mounts: a survey” and “Reduction of wheel force variations with magnetorheological devices.”

    It’s field is highly technical:

    Analytical, computational and experimental studies of vibration phenomena and their control. The scope encompasses all linear and nonlinear vibration phenomena and covers topics such as: vibration and control of structures and machinery, signal analysis, aeroelasticity, neural networks, structural control and acoustics, noise and noise control, waves in solids and fluids and shock waves.

    JVC is part of the SAGE group of academic publications.

    An announcement from SAGE published July 8 explained what happened, albeit somewhat opaquely.

    In 2013, the editor of JVC, Ali H. Nayfeh, became aware of people using “fabricated identities” to manipulate an online system called SAGE Track by which scholars review the work of other scholars prior to publication.”

  239. Mark Hladik says:

    Hello to the Mod responding to my initial inquiry:

    The question is not about “chemtrails”. It is about the absence of normal, white contrails behind high-flying jets.

    I stated that I do not believe in the “chemtrail” wacko-ness.

  240. Paul Westhaver says:

    Very cold, maybe record cold, anticipated for USA and Canada North East next week.

  241. Gary says:

    I posted earlier about a summer cooling event. Here is another article – calling it – wait for it – a poor man’s POLAR VOREX!

  242. Patrick (the other one) says:

    Climate change may bring more kidney stones

    It’s worse than we thought.

  243. milodonharlani says:

    From the author of the upcoming book, “In Global Warming We Trust: A Heretic’s Guide to Climate Science”:

  244. Mary Brown says:

    Be interested to see how the skeptics attack this one…

  245. TonyK says:

    And from the ‘We could have told you that if you had bothered listening to reason’ department…

    One down, umpteen thousand to go…

  246. Steve Ferwerda says:

    I thought this was very humorous as I was watching Cuomo on the news last night:

  247. milodonharlani says:

    A puzzling thing in origin of life natural science:

    Which came first, the virus or the cell?

  248. milodonharlani says:

    Mary Brown says:
    July 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    The Eastern Seaboard of the US is sinking due to post-glacial rebound in Canada & subsidence in areas lifted up by the weight of the now gone but eventually to return Laurentide Ice Sheet (which spread out from the area of Hudson Bay, which exists because of depression from its mass).

    Also, cities & structures have expanded into vulnerable areas. That combined with about a foot of sea level rise since the depths of the LIA (the rate of which is slowing) have made flooding easier, if not less common. OTOH, it was a lot stormier during the cold LIA than warmer present.

  249. Chris says:

    Climate Research data sharing polices being adopted by other scientific disciplines

  250. neillusion says:

    30,000 dollars if you can disprove global warming by the scientific method…

    Great conference in vegas by the way.

  251. neillusion says:

    physics world report/article Christopher Keating challenge
    30000dollars to prove manmade GW not exist

    1. I will award $30,000 of my own money to anyone that can prove, via the scientific method, that man-made global climate change is not occurring;

    Mod feel free to delete this post…just a heads up for interest…

    [See the thread already established on this topic. .mod]

  252. George Lloyd says:

    Hi Anthony this is a little dated but it seems that the National Science Foundation is well and truly out of control – look what they are doing with your money (both from campus

    $5 million to the University of Wisconsin to create climate change fairytale -

    Columbia University to spend $5.7 million on taxpayer funded climate change games –

  253. James says:

    I found the slide show in this huff po article revealing:

    Basically, to lower your “contribution to climate” (whatever the *bleeep* that means) we should:

    -not have kids
    -not have pets
    -not vote republican
    -not fly
    -not have (christmas) lights
    -not eat meat
    -not take a shower
    -not use AC
    -not drive (alone)

    I have not seen such a concise collection of the future green nightmare anywhere else.


  254. M Courtney says:

    I know this is faith and not science but isn’t that what AGW is all about?

    Also, for comparison:

  255. ecowan says:

    ” Carl “Bear” Bussjaeger says: July 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm
    Not only do these idiots not understand climate, simple genetics and mutation confuses the heck out of them:
    Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier……..’

    Don’t Say Goodbye to Redheads Yet … Global warming won’t put them out to pasture……Dr. Moffatt, whoever he may be, seems to be making a fundamental confusion here between two very important scientific concepts, ultraviolet and infrared radiation, or as we might call them, “sunlight” and “heat.” If global warming meant more sunburn-causing ultraviolet radiation were reaching the earth, then redheads might be in for a hard time. But ultraviolet has nothing to do with global warming.
    The theory of global warming instead says that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will trap infrared radiation — heat — normally reflecting back into space, therefore warming the earth — the so-called “greenhouse effect.” So redheads won’t be impacted more than anyone else.
    Granted, Moffatt gets around this by arguing that cloud cover will be the controlling factor. Decreased cloud cover, he says, will let in more sunlight, which will make the low-melanin, redheaded gene superfluous. But nobody has any idea whether a hypothetical warming earth would have more or less cloud cover. In fact, Richard Lindzen, perhaps the world’s most prominent global warming skeptic, argues precisely that increased warming will create more cloud cover and that this will be enough to offset the whole earth-overheating scenario.
    Actually, if you think about it long enough and want to engage in the kind of off-the-wall speculations that characterize most global warming “science,” you could argue that red hair will become more important. Red hair is a recessive gene that has emerged mostly in northern latitudes such as Denmark and Scotland where the Gulf Stream keeps the weather tolerably warm while sunlight remains relatively weak. Now if the earth’s middle latitudes start becoming intolerably hot and people start migrating toward places like Canada and Siberia, then red hair is going to become more adaptive.
    Well, this is just another far-out speculation of the kind that says we should be closing down whole sectors of the economy because of what the weather is going to be like 50 years from now. In any case, I’m not worried that my grandchildren will become evolutionarily obsolete. (Red hair seems to skip generations.) I’m much more worried that there won’t be much left of the American economy if we base our future on predictions like this one.

  256. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Another stupid piece of warmista propaganda


    Previous research has identified the interaction between political orientation and education as an important predictor of climate change beliefs. Using data from the 2010 General Social Survey, this article looks at the moderating effect of party identification on income in predicting climate change beliefs in the U.S. Probing this interaction reveals that increased income predicts a higher probability of dismissing climate dangers among Republican-leaning individuals when compared with Independents and Democrats. Alternatively, increased income predicts a higher probability of ranking climate change as the most important environmental problem facing the United States among Democratic-leaning individuals compared with Republicans. The results indicate that income only predicts climate change beliefs in the presence of certain political orientations, with poorer Republicans less likely to dismiss climate change dangers than their affluent counterparts.

    People get paid for this?

  257. Tim Southgate says:

    Oh no, floods and famines I can cope with, but no redheads. Somebody do something!

  258. Mary Brown says:

    This proves what many have been saying for a long time… that global warming may make the world a better place, not worse.

    No more redheads? Definite improvement.

  259. Federico says:

    According to Scientific American, “summers in Helena, Mont., will warm by nearly 12°F, making it feel like Riverside, Calif.”… They even have a handy global warming calculator!

  260. Bill P. says:

    My employer is based in Canada, and involved in enviromental engineering. I see a lot of news items regarding Canadian government regulations, etc., therefore, and noticed a link to this document on our company portal:

    There must be a “talking points memo” somewhere that suggests all discussion of “global warming” alarm must conclude, in the first paragraph of any document, the phrase “Climate change is HERE.”

    I find it interesting they are predicting a rise on the southern B.C. coast of “between 80 and 120 cm by 2100,” which they claim will cause “Coastal inundation and reduced drainage capacity; Coastal erosion; Changes to coastal habitats and loss of wetlands such as salt marshes; Reduction in coastal sea ice; and…”

    OF COURSE!!!

    “More frequent and intense storms, storm surge and wave action.”

    I would have thought that by now, the Alarmists would dispense with the “more frequent and intense storms” pitch, since there are NO statistical analyses of any reputable kind that have indicated this, and it’s obvious alarmism, but you can’t keep a good FALSE MEME down, I suppose.

  261. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    I know its just weather, but its cold in Queensland with record low this morning.
    I wonder if this will delay the El Nino?

  262. Bill P. says:

    The Carbon Tax vs. Unemployment/Economic “Growth”:

    Correlation? You tell me.

  263. dccowboy says:

    It’s BACK! and better than before

    Just clicked on the Unisys page and they have reposted the page using the higher resolution product. It is a thing of beauty.

  264. ShrNfr says:

    Oh the horror. Fridges and TVs cause climate change. Brought to you by Department for Energy and Climate Change in Britain of course. On another note, the drek being smeared around by Bloomberg et al. with the title “We Are All Texans Tomorrow: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers” proclaiming that we are all toast by 2100 notes: “Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. ” Well, yes they are, but were not the same folks calling for the oncoming ice age in the 1970s?

    As an overall comment, the 55″ LED tv that I use as a monitor because of some vision problems uses all of 60 watts. That will certainly toast the planet in no time.

  265. R Taylor says:

    According to Prince Chuckles, as of July 12 we have only 36 months until planetary condemnation. So little time, so much ego …

  266. John Brisbin says:

    Geothermal activity described as weather (which we all know is just ‘little’ climate):

    Oddly, the other stories I read about this did not involve the weather at all.

    Example quotes:
    “Yellowstone National Park’s Firehole Lake Drive was closed Thursday, July 10, as portions of the roadway’s asphalt melted amid the summer’s recent heat in the Northwest.”

    “As temperatures soared in the park this week, the extreme heat from the thermal areas surrounding Firehole Lake Drive caused thick oil to bubble to the roadway’s surface, inducing major and dangerous damage to the blacktop.”

  267. Neil Jordan says:

    A colleague sent this link and article to me:

    “Scientists now believe that a tremendous amount of light that would otherwise be illuminating our universe is mysteriously absent.”

    “How much light exactly? According to new research conducted by a team of international scientists and funded in part by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, around 80 percent of the universe’s light is nowhere to be found.”
    [end quote]
    My colleague suggested (\carc) that the missing light was caused by human technology. I emphatically responded that the missing light is hiding in the abyssal ocean, right next to CAGW’s missing heat.

  268. Joel O'Bryan says:

    Earth magnetic field strength rapidly decreasing… more than previously thought.
    ESA satellites as data source, so GISS can’t hide this one.

  269. Zeke says:

    RUSTON, La. — Peach orchards at Mitcham Farms, near the north Louisiana city of Ruston, have survived winter freezes, droughts and dangerous hail storms. But they evidently will not survive the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations.

    The family-owned business, established in 1946 and featured in tourism magazines, is Louisiana’s largest peach orchard,according to its website, but owner Joe Mitcham expects he’ll close up shop in only a few years.

    In 2005, the federal government completed its phase out of a chemical known as methyl bromide, used to control pests in peach trees and other plants. This has given Mitcham no choice but to close, as most of his trees won’t survive without it. In fact, many already have.

    The EPA claims using this chemical threatens the earth’s ozone layer and that the U.S. had to discontinue its use because of the Montreal Protocol On Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer and because of the Clean Air Act.

  270. Zeke says:

    Strawberry growers and the recently EPA-outlawed methyl bromide:

    “California is the top strawberry growing state producing 2-3 billion pounds per year. California accounts for 20% of the world’s production of strawberries. Since about 1965, approximately 90% of strawberry land in California has been fumigated before each crop is planted. Statewide average strawberry yields tripled following the adoption of fumigation. Generally, the increase in strawberry yield is credited to effective control of the soilborne fungal disease, verticillium wilt, which attacks the water-conducting tissue of the plant. In recent years, the use of fumigants in California has been under intense regulatory review with a phaseout of methyl bromide and use restrictions which could include expanded buffer zones in strawberry fields where fumigation will not be permitted. A recent working group in California assessed the status of nonfumigant alternatives……”

  271. Zeke says:

    Methyl bromides occur in nature:
    “Bromomethane originates from both natural and human sources. In the ocean, marine organisms are estimated to produce 1-2 billion kilograms annually.[2] It is also produced in small quantities by certain terrestrial plants, such as members of the Brassicaceae family. It is manufactured for agricultural and industrial use by reacting methanol with hydrogen bromide:

    CH3OH + HBr → CH3Br + H2O”

    That is pathetic. All of the elements are present in sea water as well, and yet these environmentalists ban the use of simple Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous fertilizers because some of it might get into the ocean! And notice that the fertilizers are used by wild microbes and organisms as well. Not only that, methane is produced by plants abundantly in the presence of UV light. Why are we banning the use of chemicals that are produced and used by the wild plants and animals, and which are present in the ocean in uniform quantities? How can this be?

  272. Michael D says:

    Al Gore is on BBC

  273. DaveH says:

    A new sensor for atmospheric moisture.
    Excerpted from Israeli News site I24News

    “Most modern cell towers have two different sets of antennas. The first are the long rectangle ones which communicate with our Smartphones, the second type are round antennas which are used to communicate using higher frequencies with adjacent to construct the backhaul transmission of the network . Those high frequency stationery antennas are what made Professor Messer’s idea possible.

    Each time a high frequency electromagnetic wave from a cell tower’s antennas moves between towers, it encounters water molecules in the air. While mobile phones broadcast at around 2GHz and are typically not affected by rain and other similar atmospheric conditions, high frequency electromagnetic waves used to communicate data between towers (ranging from 10-40GHz frequencies), do suffer from some measurable loss as they travel between towers.”

  274. peter says:

    From the department of Every thing is the fault of Global Warming.

  275. Greg says:

    Brandon (presumably) has made the contents of the SKS “secret” forum availalbe. h/t Lucia 12 June 2012.

    “This underscores the value in including the category “humans are causing >50% of global warming” as I think it will be interesting to see how many papers come under this option ”

    That was at the planning stage, before doing the donkey work. Once he had found out how many supported >50% , did he publish it ???

    2012-02-21 09:20:39 16 deniers in WSJ: what is being disputed is the size and nature of the human contribution to global warming
    John Cook


    Don’t have a link for this but apparently the 16 climate misinformers who wrote that WSJ oped have responded to critiques of their oped. Here’s a short excerpt that jumped out in light of the TCP:

    The Trenberth letter states: “Research shows that more than 97% of scientists actively publishing in the field agree that climate change is real and human caused.” However, the claim of 97% support is deceptive. The surveys contained trivial polling questions that even we would agree with. Thus, these surveys find that large majorities agree that temperatures have increased since 1800 and that human activities have some impact.

    But what is being disputed is the size and nature of the human contribution to global warming. To claim, as the Trenberth letter apparently does, that disputing this constitutes “extreme views that are out of step with nearly every other climate expert” is peculiar indeed.

    This underscores the value in including the category “humans are causing >50% of global warming” as I think it will be interesting to see how many papers come under this option (yeah, yeah, DAWAAR). Here’s the full article:

  276. Greg says:

    More from same source.

    Interesting as the research continued and they did not fine “that many” #1 papers.

    Finally they had to few that they did not report on it at all, and merged #1 #2 and #3.

    As Monkton pointed out #1 was only 0.05%

    Dana Nuccitelli

    I thought category #1 was our response to that criticism – in addition to ‘x’ percent of papers endorsing AGW, ‘y’ percent endorse AGW as the primary cause of the observed warming.

    Then there’s the future phase of the TCP where we do a survey of climate sensitivity papers to prove there’s a consensus on that issue as well. That’ll really kill the deniers.
    2012-03-06 09:37:13
    Andy S


    So far, I haven’t had that many category #1 papers.

    One step at a time. If we force skeptics to say that they never denied AGW, just “CAGW”, then that will be progress in itself, since many of them will have to get in the low sensitivity corner with Lindzen and so on. That’s when the climate sensitivity Plan B will kick in.

    Since the BEST study, I have noticed relative silence on the part of skeptics with regard to the temperature record and urban heat islands. Of course, “no-significant-warming-in-the-past-decade” is still alive as an idea but that meme should die after a couple of hot years.

    This is trench warfare, not a Blitzkrieg.
    2012-03-06 10:57:09
    John Cook


    Dana, yes, category #1 addresses the “amount of human contribution” argument but TCP doesn’t address climate sensitivity at all. If TCP has deniers conceding AGW, we should pin that on them because for sure they will try to back away from that afterwards and go back to “it’s not us” arguments.

    I haven’t seen that many category #1 although I will say I’ve seen a helluva lot more category #1 than I’ve seen category #4, #5 or #6 combined.

  277. Paul Westhaver says:


  278. Keith Sketchley says:

    John F. Hultquist:

    There’s been a wind farm roughly southwest of Ellensburg WA for years.
    I don’t know if it is still there as it is 14 years since I drove I-90 past there.

    It is funny that WA is spending on alternative energy research, they have hydro, nuclear, coal-fired (a coal plant IIRC near Centralia, was under pressure to shut down), natural gas fired (a plant near Sumas WA using natural gas from NE BC, a second was proposed but fussing from residents to the north stopped that AFAIK), and perhaps the windmills I mentioned above.

    But hey! WA is the land of “Whoops” as people called the botched nuclear plant building effort. Decades ago there were scary projections of electricity shortage, so an organization was set up to build some nuclear plants, financed by selling bonds to utilities, many city-owned.

    But demand did not materialize so only one plant was completed, somewhere near the “Tri-Cities” area of southern WA, home of the nuclear research operations.

    At least two others were started:
    – One near Longview WA, IIRC, its cooling tower could be seen from I-5 but has probably been demolished.
    – One west of Olympia on the highway west to Aberdeen and the ocean. (That’s the one referred to as at “Satsop”.) Last I heard its cooling tower is in use for drying long objects, and a large building is used by a company or more for something that suits the volume in it. Very expensive structures compared to their present use.
    (Some sites including Satsop were to have two reactors eventually.)
    People are still hurting from the loss of their investment in the scheme. I’d hope there are enough people still alive to yell loudly about more government meddling.

    The “Whoops” fiasco was a lesson in the folly of forecasting. I don’t remember specifics, but suspect it was the usual traps of extrapolating without limit, failing to include conservation in forecasting, and perhaps unrealistic economic growth expectations.

  279. policycritic says:

    Who says climate change isn’t a religion? “Lifelong environmentalist says she suffering from Environmental depression 7/13/14 — “I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help.”

  280. Jeff Alberts says:

    Keith Sketchley says:
    July 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    There’s been a wind farm roughly southwest of Ellensburg WA for years.
    I don’t know if it is still there as it is 14 years since I drove I-90 past there.

    It is indeed still there, and growing. There are probably a couple in that area, but Ryegrass is the largest one I know of.

  281. CRS, DrPH says:

    Hi, Anthony! Here’s a brief, but fact-filled, editorial from The Chicago Tribune regarding the ethanol mandate:,0,6446153.story

    Ethanol manufacturers have long maintained that government subsidies to their industry pay off for consumers in the form of lower gas prices. Not so fast. The Congressional Budget Office recently determined that the feds’ ethanol targets will push gas prices higher.

The Environmental Protection Agency, under a rule known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, requires oil refiners to blend a huge amount of ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply.

    The EPA target for ethanol is scheduled to rise sharply in coming years. The CBO projects that will send the price of gasoline up 26 cents a gallon by 2017.

The Renewable Fuel Standard also requires more use of so-called advanced biofuels. Nearly all the ethanol produced in the U.S. today comes from corn, and roughly 40 percent of the nation’s largest cash crop gets burned up in gas tanks.

    Congress approved the RFS mostly to encourage commercial production of ethanol from inedible ingredients such as grass or wood chips.

That idea has flopped. Very little of this next-generation ethanol is available commercially. The outlook is bleak for ramping up production.

    Yet under the law, refiners and blenders are required to boost their use of this scarce fuel, which adds more unnecessary costs.

Last year, the EPA appeared to recognize the problem it was creating and it proposed to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard. The target is scheduled to rise from 16.55 billion gallons in 2013 to 18.15 billion gallons in 2014. The revised target would be 15.21 billion gallons in 2014.

    That’s a sound, if modest, adjustment. But it set off alarms among the business interests that benefit from government support of ethanol. The crop farming and renewable fuel lobbyists have ramped up pressure on the EPA to reverse itself and force consumers to buy more ethanol, no matter what the cost or consequences.

The EPA needs to resolve this now. But the ultimate answer lies with Congress. It’s time to end the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  282. Mark says:

    The top 1 percent of scientists dominate publishing, apparently exploiting the other 10 million scientists.

  283. Mary Brown says:

    Who says climate change isn’t a religion? “Lifelong environmentalist says she suffering from Environmental depression 7/13/14 — “I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help.”

    This is an example of one of the negative feedbacks that are being overlooked. Climate change causes depression and suicide and premature fatalities which reduces population and lowers carbon use…thus reducing the warming

    Negative feedback :-)

  284. Keith says:

    Telegraphh reports that people who think global warming is too remote to worry about spend less on their electricity than people concerned about global warming.

  285. Mary Brown says:

    Hedge fund titan Tom Steyer plans to spend $100 million to win mid-term elections for democrats with a heavy emphasis on climate change. Nevermind that his investments have spewed carbon like crazy. And I thought only the Coke Brothers spent money to influence climate opinion

  286. Mary Brown says:

    Nice article in WSJ about how computer models can be abused to generate desired results and funding
    Confessions of a Computer Modeler

  287. TRG says:

    Some of the links on the Extreme Weather page no longer work. Any way to get that information back?

  288. Keith Sketchley says:

    - On Vancouver Island schools now have weather measuring equpment, connected to the Internet (but the arranger Ed Weibe is a mouthy climate alarmist,

    – His comment about temperatures being warmer in The Highlands seems shallow, of course it is because it is miles away from ocean water which moderates temperature (ocean water being cold even in summer) and much of the Highlands is on a south slope albeit extensively treed. And colder in winter, probably because it is higher and inland.

    – Meanwhile his colleague Andrew Weaver says he got into politics so decisions could be made on science. Yah sure, says I, the science of your anti-human dreams, that’s called “psychology”.

  289. Jimbo says:

    Anthony, consider posting a link to Pat Michaels’ terrific speech at Vegas

  290. Cam_S says:

    “What we are seeing in the Northwest Territories this year is an indicator of what to expect with climate change,” says Mike Flannigan, a professor of Wildland Fire in the University of Alberta’s renewable resources department. “Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires.”

    “Tornadoes of fire” in N.W.T. linked to climate change
    N.W.T. resident describes flames, Edmonton prof says raging fires this year an indicator of what’s to come

  291. ferd berple says:

    EPA regs likely to kill 68-year-old Louisiana peach orchard

  292. Chris says:

    The Corruption of Peer Review Is Harming Scientific Credibility

    Dubious studies on the danger of hurricane names may be laughable. But bad science can cause bad policy.

  293. Tom in Florida says:

    From the “here we go again” Dept:

    Coast Guard rescues sailboat stuck in Arctic ice.

    (don’t know the news source so I cannot testify to the accuracy)

  294. Keith Sektchley says:

    Mark Hladik:
    Recognize that some aspects of the typical visible trails from aircraft at high altitudes form due to super-cooled water vapour coalescing on soot particles in engine exhaust.
    The A380’s engines will probably be very clean, as that is the trend now and they are a quite new design. I’d want to know the other types of aircraft, especially if 787 aircraft are not leaving vapour trails as that is an even newer aircraft.

    Otherwise, aircraft exhaust has water vapour in it from the combustion process, that freezes at high altitudes. (Note that the visible trails only start a distance behind the engine.)

    I’d suspect dry air in the case of the other aircraft, as visible trails at high altitude will disappear fairly quickly when relative humidity is below 60%, as they “sublimate”. (Akin to evaporation – the visible trail is ice since air temperature is well below zero, ice disappears with time – recall that point made about the ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro though sseemingmore slowly due ). I too would be interested in how dry the air usually is at high altitude, 60% seems like quite a bit of humidity but that is _relative_ humidity so not much moisture.

    At lower altitudes the mechanism may be different.

    There are less common causes, including wingtip vortices – trails from tips and engines will merge after a distance, but recent airliner designs have features to reduce them, and the “winglet” type of feature has been retrofitted to many airliners to reduce drag thus fuel consumption. (The 787 has raked wingtips instead of winglets, as do a few other airplanes.)

    Visible trails from aircraft have been a concern for effect on climate (covered in WUWT), and have been mistaken for missile exhaust trails (that flapping was covered at least once by WUWT in a feature article).

    Moderators: the subject is weather, not conspiracy theories – which in any case are best addressed by facts, the questioner asked a weather question that IMO is related to climate science (how dry is the air at medium altitudes?), and the questioner simply noted the absence of visible trails.

  295. Chris says:

    The Frogs and the Gulls: Nicholas Kristof’s confirmation bias.

  296. john says:

    Britain to fund South African carbon trading experiment

    (Reuters) – Britain will expand funding for a programme to help coal-rich South Africa develop a carbon trading market in an attempt to rein in its rising greenhouse gas emissions.

    The British High Commission in Pretoria last week said it will fund a pilot emissions trading programme from next year to help companies prepare for a 120-rand-per-tonne ($11.21) carbon tax that is expected to come into force in 2016.

    The value of the grant was not disclosed.

    The launch of South African’s carbon tax, which would apply to major emitters including steel giant ArcelorMittal, utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL] and petrochemical group Sasol, was delayed by one year to allow more time for planning and consultation with stakeholders.

  297. Chris says:

    Cellular towers in the service of meteorology
    Israeli scientists perfected a method using phone service towers to measure rain, snow and even detect fog

  298. markx says:

    Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue among many hit by exodus

    While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate rapidly growing populations, some islands in the Pacific face the opposite dilemma: how to stop everybody from leaving.

  299. Keith Minto says:

    Publish (annually) and you shall not perish.
    Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce

    Using the entire Scopus database, we estimated that there are 15,153,100 publishing scientists (distinct author identifiers) in the period 1996–2011. However, only 150,608 (1000 citations in the same period. Skipping even a single year substantially affected the average citation impact.

    Interesting; quantity seems to rule.

  300. Keith Minto says:

    This is a more complete quote,

    Using the entire Scopus database, we estimated that there are 15,153,100 publishing scientists (distinct author identifiers) in the period 1996–2011. However, only 150,608 (1000 citations in the same period. Skipping even a single year substantially affected the average citation impact.

  301. Supreme Court to Obama Administration: You cannot rewrite laws to achieve your political agenda

    July 14, 2014 , by Marita Noon

    UARG v. EPA has broad implications for the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations

    Now that the dust has settled on the Supreme Court’s 2014 session, we can look at the decisions and conclude that the Administration received a serious smack down. Two big cases got most of the news coverage: Hobby Lobby and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recess appointments. In both cases, the Administration lost. At the core of both is the issue of the Administration’s overreach.

    Within the cases the Supreme Court heard, one had to do with energy—and it, too, offered a rebuke.

    You likely haven’t heard about Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and may think you don’t care. But with the session over, UARG v. EPA makes clear the Court’s trend to trim overreach.

    ginamc3The UARG v. EPA decision came down on June 23. None of the major news networks covered it. Reviews of the 2014 cases, since the end of the session, haven’t mentioned it either. The decision was mixed—with both sides claiming victory. Looking closely, there is cause for optimism from all who question the president’s authority to rewrite laws.

    A portion of the UARG v. EPA case was about the EPA’s “Tailoring Rule” in which it “tailored” a statutory provision in the Clean Air Act—designed to regulate traditional pollutants such as particulate matter—to make it work for CO2. In effect, the EPA wanted to rewrite the law to achieve its goals. The decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority, stated:

    “Were we to recognize the authority claimed by EPA in the Tailoring Rule, we would deal a severe blow to the Constitution’s separation of powers… The power of executing laws…does not include a power to revise clear statutory terms that turn out not to work in practice.”

    Had the EPA gotten everything it wanted, it could have regulated hundreds of thousands of new sources of CO2—in addition to the already regulated major industrial sources of pollutants. These new sources would include office buildings and stores that do not emit other pollutants—but that do, for example, through the use of natural gas for heating, emit 250 tons or more of CO2 a year.

    The Supreme Court did allow the EPA to regulate CO2 emissions from sources that already require permits due to other pollutants—and therefore allowed the EPA and environmentalists pushing for increased CO2 reductions to claim victory because the decision reaffirmed the EPA does have the authority to regulate CO2 emissions. However, at the same time, the decision restricted the EPA’s expansion of authority. Reflecting the mixed decision, the Washington Post said the decision was: “simultaneously very significant and somewhat inconsequential.”

    It is the “very significant” portion of the decision that is noteworthy in light of the new rules the EPA announced on June 2.

    Currently, the Clean Air Act is the only vehicle available to the Administration to regulate CO2 from power plant and factory emissions. However, the proposed rules that will severely restrict allowable CO2 emissions from existing power plants, resulting in the closure of hundreds of coal-fueled power plants, bear some similarities to what the Supreme Court just invalidated: both involve an expansive interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

    It is widely believed that the proposed CO2 regulations for existing power plants will face legal challenges.

    Tom Wood, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP who specializes in air quality and hazardous waste permitting and compliance, explains: “Although the EPA’s coalplant3Section 111 (d) proposals cannot be legally challenged until they are finalized and enacted, such challenges are a certainty.” With that in mind, the UARG v. EPA decision sets an important precedent. “Ultimately,” Wood says, “the Supreme Court decision seems to give more ammunition to those who want to challenge an expansive view of 111 (d).” Wood sees it as a rebuke to the EPA—a warning that in the coming legal battles, the agency should not presume that its efforts will have the Supreme Court’s backing.

    In his review of the UARG v. EPA decision, Nathan Richardson, a Resident Scholar at Resources For the Future, says: “In strict legal terms, this decision has no effect on EPA’s plans to regulate new or existing power plants with performance standards. … However, if EPA is looking for something to worry about, it can find it in this line from Scalia:”

    When an agency claims to discover in a long-extant statute an unheralded power to regulate “a significant portion of the American economy” . . . we typically greet its announcement with a measure of skepticism. We expect Congress to speak clearly if it wishes to assign an agency decisions of vast “economic and political significance.”

    Cato’s Andrew Grossman adds: “The Court’s decision may be a prelude of more to come. Since the Obama Administration issued its first round of greenhouse gas regulations, it has become even more aggressive in wielding executive power so as to circumvent the need to work with Congress on legislation. That includes … new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions by power plants …that go beyond traditional plant-level controls to include regulation of electricity usage and demand—that is, to convert EPA into a nationwide electricity regulator.” Grossman suggests: “this won’t be the last court decision throwing out Obama Administration actions as incompatible with the law.”

    Philip A. Wallach, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies, agrees. He called the UARG v. EPA case “something of a sideshow,” and sees “the main event” as EPA’s power plant emissions controls, which have “much higher practical stakes.”

    The UARG v. EPA decision is especially important when added to the more widely known Hobby Lobby and NLRB cases, which are aptly summed up in the statement by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ General Counsel Rich Moskowitz: “We are pleased that the Court has placed appropriate limits on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. By doing so, the Court makes clear that an agency cannot rewrite the law to advance its political goals.”

    Justice Scalia’s opinion invites Congress to “speak clearly” on agency authority. It is now up to our elected representatives to rise to the occasion and pass legislation that leaves “decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance’” in its hands alone. Such action could rein in many agency abuses including the heavy-handed application of the Endangered Species Act and public lands management.

    It would seem that the UARG v. EPA decision—while “somewhat inconsequential”—is, in fact, “very significant.” With this decision the Supreme Court has outlined the first legislation of the new, reformatted, post-2014 election, Congress.

  302. ilmastotiede says:

    I watched a movie called ”There Once was an Island” about Takuu atoll and how it’s being drowned by climate change. Global warming is touted from the opening texts onwards without caveats. The camera crew manages to record an ”exceptional” case of flooding in December 2008, about which a lot is made (though without the dramatic music and cut, it doesn’t seem terribly scary).

    Two scientists participated the movie, telling Takuu residents about global warming and their political views about who should cut their emissions. One of them was John Hunter who has also participated the debate on
    WUWT (in a rather heated tone). He suggests WUWT was mistaken and remarks

    Will it ever be corrected? I suspect not, as to do so would spoil a good story.

    On the other hand, the Takuu movie tells a great story about innocent atoll residents drowning due to our way of thinking. It’s interesting to find out how Hunter’s findings fit the story.

    Hunter mentions the movie on his home page, but the linked pdf with his findings has, for a reason or another, been deleted. A copy survives on the Wayback Machine.

    In the deleted document Hunter states that similar flooding (to the scary 2008 event) has occurred about once a decade since at least 1940s. If anything, there has been less flooding recently (no flood in the 1990s). ”No evidence for increase of flooding frequency during last 60 years”.

    Apparently the problem has been exacerbated because homes have been recently built near the shores, along with flood walls that disrupt the natural atoll dynamics.

    The concept of the movie (global warming drowning an atoll and forcing the residents to migrate) falls completely apart if you consider John Hunter’s hidden findings. This is in line with IPCC AR5 WGII conclusions that there’s no evidence of global warming driving migration or coastal erosion.

    “Will it ever be corrected? I suspect not, as to do so would spoil a good story.”

    A German scientist returned from Takuu (which was supposed to disappear by 2005) in June. She notes that the atoll still exists and the residents don’t believe in a climate catastrophe.

  303. Mary Brown says:

    Richard Branson is giving up steak to save the world from CO2. Never mind that carbon footprint from travel is enormous and he runs an airline for a living.

    Amazing misguided guilt and shameless hypocrisy

  304. evanmjones says:

    WMO at it again. Claims that “extreme weather” has increased by a factor of five since 1970. (Sounds like a job for Glokany.)

  305. stan stendera says:

    I think I’ve got a pretty good shot at getting a post on WUWT published in my local newspaper. What do I or the paper do? The post in question is Mr. Verity’s (sp) post.

  306. stan stendera says:

    Correction: Mr. VOISIN’s post.

  307. Paul Westhaver says:

    File this under the Panspermia Religion:

    Nasa has “FAITH” that in 20 years (ie forever) they will find alien life.

    NASA, the church Panspermia and all of it empty promises based on the the religious doctrine of “science”.

  308. ironargonaut says:

    As previously posted on WUWT about the 30k prize by Christopher Keating, they seem to have a separate submission page however. I seem to be the only one posting there. I have made some comments to which I have not gotten back any valid arguments, the usual blanket false statements until you ask them to quote which one. So, am I on point or just way out there?

  309. Robert Clemenzi says:

    A pair of web sites – watch live storm information. Be sure to turn on Stations to see the triangulation paths.

    We should definitely have an article on these!

  310. Richard Bell says:

    BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, The Sun


  311. The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley says:

    Large and strange hole appears in Siberia, looking like a meteor strike, but it isn’t. Global warming gets the blame!

  312. Rick says:

    Here’s a good one. Global warming causes random giant explosions to rip giant holes in the ground.

    That’s right…a couple of degrees world wide and gaping chasms appear.

  313. random dude says:
  314. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    If the defendants used global warming/climate change to defend wildfire losses caused by the ignition of bush by their power lines didn’t work.

  315. Quinn says:

    Another candidate for Climate Craziness?

    These Past Three Months Were Earth’s Warmest On Record

    I wasn’t aware that the Japan Meteorological Agency is the go-to authority on global temperatures.

  316. RH says:

    How about Mr. Watts sum up his experience at the conference and maybe invite people to comment on which speech was their favorite, and why? I’m currently sitting through every video and I am frankly surprised not only how informative they were, but how entertaining they were. If people haven’t watched Dr. Moore, Joe Bastardi, Dr. Soon, etc. they are really missing out.

  317. Mark says:

    In *rau* world, the last three month were the hottest in recorded history. The graph is a so blatantly *rau*ulent, it’s laughable.

  318. James in Perth says:

    The world will end in Perth and/or South Australia. Yawn. I haven’t checked the running tab but so far it seems to have been a modestly rainy winter here in Perth.

  319. JJ says:

    To the ever expanding list of (of course) Bad Things ™ that are caused by ‘global warming’ has now been added … Super Killer Poison Ivy:

    This article comes from Golf Digest, but references an unidenitified USDA propaganda release.

    Note that the article blames Super Killer Poison Ivy on ‘global warming’, even though the alleged effect is not a result of global warming (which is at any rate not occurring) but rather of CO2 fertilization. I do not play golf and so do not read this magazine, but I would be willing to bet a fair sum of money that this magazine has never published a similar article claiming that the fairways are now greener because of CO2 fertilization. Only Bad Things ™ are caused by ‘global warming’…

  320. Pamela Gray says:

    Holly Hot Tamale Batman! Oregon, Idaho, and Washington are on fire?!?!?!?

    Nope. Its just NOAA calling pleasant temperatures bright orange so they can deep red the hotter ones. Their new motto: Make the data speak for NOAA.

  321. Bruce says:

    Anthony, Have you seen the C3 headlines at It lists a number of people in the science community that question the ipcc reports.
    Bruce Wilkins

  322. M Simon says:

    The UARG v. EPA decision came down on June 23. None of the major news networks covered it. Reviews of the 2014 cases, since the end of the session, haven’t mentioned it either. The decision was mixed—with both sides claiming victory. Looking closely, there is cause for optimism from all who question the president’s authority to rewrite laws.

    A portion of the UARG v. EPA case was about the EPA’s “Tailoring Rule” in which it “tailored” a statutory provision in the Clean Air Act—designed to regulate traditional pollutants such as particulate matter—to make it work for CO2. In effect, the EPA wanted to rewrite the law to achieve its goals. The decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority, stated:

    “Were we to recognize the authority claimed by EPA in the Tailoring Rule, we would deal a severe blow to the Constitution’s separation of powers… The power of executing laws…does not include a power to revise clear statutory terms that turn out not to work in practice.”

  323. Mumbles McGuirck says:

    Warmist try to put Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) in a corner about global warming.

  324. Steamboat Jon says:

    25 sun spots? On WUWT – and on

  325. Keith Sketchley says:

    Somehow had a metal drum to bang on, no suggestion of having a rifle which he should have had.

  326. Good news from UK.

    David Cameron’s reshuffle gets rid of the ‘green crap’
    Liz Truss replaces Owen Paterson as environment secretary, while William Hague and Greg Barker – rare strong green voices in the Conservative party – also leave government…

  327. UK Reshuffle: Green Energy Industry Fears Cutback Of Green Subsidies – City A.M, 15 July 2015

  328. Roger Sowell says:

    “. . . One of the key strengths of [the 36 MW] storage delivery is that it’s so much faster and more accurate. If the system frequency level moves to one side of 60 Hz or the other, ERCOT [the utility grid] will send a signal to increase or decrease output. A conventional power plant can take several minutes to ramp to the new output level, so the grid operator has plants that are chasing the signal. By the time they reach their new dispatch level, the grid operator may actually want them doing just the opposite. With storage we’re not chasing the signal, because the battery can respond with full output within less than a second.”

  329. rxc says:

    I have been making some comments about the value of “computer-based experiments” over at Coyote, and in the course of tracking a chain of documents, I found a fascinating book that was published by Nature in 2012 (or maybe 2013, depending on the reference) – “The Social Life of Climate Change Models; Anticipating Nature”, by Hastrup and Skrydstrup. I have only read a few pages, but would be tempted to buy an e-book to read the rest, if it comes available. It talks about how Hansen and his colleagues were driven by the “politically relevant scientific activity” of climate modeling to push the results into the limelight, and how they turned the results of their computer models into “facts” and “data” that became accepted by the scientific community and the public. If you publish enough charts and graphs, evidently some people start to think that you know what you are talking about.

    I have not found any climate-oriented web sites or blogs that reference this book, and was wondering whether anyone has read it. My local library in Florida does not have it, and it is not in their lending/sharing network. It is a bit expensive, at about $90 on Amazon, but a paperback version is coming out in the fall at about $40.

  330. cms says:

    Anthony I notice your blog roll has several defunct sites especially including Tom Fuller. I am not suggesting they should not be there, on the contrary many of them still have very useful posts and should be linked to. My suggestion would be to add my earliest favorite site to this list John Daley’s IT still has many great discussion from his analysis of sea level rise to TOB. Anyway both for utility and respect for his contribution, I think that he deserves a place on the wall.

  331. JP de Ruiter says:

    Anthony, if I’m using firefox to open WUWT, it goes into an infinite loop making the http address longer and longer until it crashes. With Safari (mac) I can still watch WUWT, but as there are many firefox users, I wonder if they also have this problem.

  332. Margaret says:

    This article on how wrong the environmental lobby was about population growth may appeal

  333. markx says:

    Hi JP de Ruiter says: July 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    Re Firefox – no problems here – using it right now.

  334. markx says:

    Looks like some researchers are just acknowledging the effects of the biosphere. But these particular researchers don’t seem to know their recent climate history too well: “….balmy climate of the past few million years ….”
    I guess that is OK if you regard Ice Ages as balmy…. but what about the earlier ice ages of 2 billion years ago?

    Fifty million years ago the Earth was in a dire state. Overheated by runaway greenhouse gases, the future of life seemed bleak. But a little green fern saved the day. Behind the shift which created the balmy climate of the past few million years was a geological coincidence: The isolation of the Arctic Ocean.

    Called Azolla, many parts of the world regard it to be a weed. Then, as now, it blooms rapidly in the same way as algae. Fifty million years ago, this happened on an enormous scale. The little green plant quickly formed a thick-green carpet covering the entire enclosed Arctic Ocean. Nitrogen — and carbon dioxide — were its primary food.

    As it changed the weather, rains returned. These rains, in turn, helped spread the little fern over the hard-baked continents. The plant bloomed — and died. Bloomed, and died. Each time depositing a thick layer of sediment. This carbon-laden soil was first discovered under the Arctic Ocean seabed in 2004.

  335. Ian L. McQueen says:

    We are going to see more turbulence affecting aircraft because turbulence is caused by conflicting air masses and turbulence is going to increase due to climate change. I just heard it this evening from a very nice man on CBC TV, so it must be true.

    Ian M

  336. Sasha says:

    JP de Ruiter says:
    “… as there are many firefox users, I wonder if they also have this problem.”

    I use FF and there is no problem. You could have a system fault or a corrupted software or a virus.
    Try completely uninstalling FF then reinstalling from a new download. You can get rid of malware with Malwarebytes (free version) and check for viruses with an online virus scan or free anti-virus program such as Avast!

  337. old contruction worker says:

    Wind turbine fire risk: Number that catch alight each year is ten times higher than the industry admits

    Read more:
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  338. Ulric Lyons says:

    This smells rather fishy:

    There have been three extreme equatorward swings of the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) during the satellite era. These zonal SPCZ (zSPCZ) events coincided with an El Niño of different magnitude and spatial pattern, in which strong anomalous warming reduced the off-equatorial-to-equatorial meridional sea surface temperature (SST) gradient near the dateline, enabling convection to shift equatorward. It is not known, given the short observational record, how and whether different types of El Niño are associated with zSPCZ events. Using perturbed physics ensembles experiments in which SST biases are reduced, we find that zSPCZ events are concurrent with notable eastern Pacific (EP) warming. Central Pacific warming alone is rarely able to produce a swing, even as the climate warms under a CO2 increase scenario. Only El Niño events with strong EP warming can shift the convective zone. Such co-occurring events are found to increase in frequency under greenhouse warming.”

    Given that increased GHG forcing models point to increased positive Arctic Oscillation, I don’t see how El Nino would increase, as positive AO is associated with faster trade winds.

  339. Rheg says:

    i read this article on dietary advice. The changing advice on fat reminds me how scientific opinion can change.

  340. Mary Brown says:

    “The changing advice on fat reminds me how scientific opinion can change.”

    There is a shocking similarity between the war on saturated fat and the climate wars. After 30 years, the evidence didn’t match the theory but it was a huge industry.

  341. me3 says: would love to see this discussed on WUWT, paper says only 3.75% of CO2 in atmosphere comes from the burning of fossil fuels.

  342. Ed MacAulay says:

    Firefox is fine working great.

  343. ralfellis says:

    When the consensus in science gets it wrong (for more than 40 years).

    Remember the great science and media campaign to tell you that butter, cream and meat fats were bad for you. Well, it turns out that they were good for you:

    And if consensus science can get it wrong with fats, what about climate??



    Researchers at Imperial College looked at the data in the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (CWIF) database of wind turbine and found a worldwide rate of 11.7 fires/year. However records from Renewable UK show that the CWIF database only holds c. 10% of the incidents, hence the rate of fires is likely to be c. 120/year.

  345. Gil Dewart says:

    The formation of a development bank by the “BRICS” countries might just have something to do with the current carbon policies of the Western nations. Note that four of the five BRICS have significant coal resources and they might see anti-carbon measures as an assault on their national assets.

  346. ben says:

    Anthony, please pass on to Christopher Monckton, that numbers in his recent graphic don’t add up.
    It’s in his article: “The climate consensus is not 97% – it’s 100%”

    His graphic about Propaganda vs Science, regarding Legates et al (2013), states that “99.7% of 11,944 papers did not say recent global warming was mostly manmade.”
    It then says, “Only 0.5% did.”

    Monckton makes the point in his article that only 0.3% of the articles apply. He found only 41 articles instead of 64, which is where the 99.7% comes from. To be consistent, shouldn’t the bottom number in his graphic then read – Only 0.3% did? That way the 99.7% and the 0.3% add up.
    Either use those two numbers or go back to the 99.5% number he had previously used, with 0.5%.

    Seems that to be effective, the numbers on the graphic should add up and support whichever of the two numbers he wants to get across… either 0.3% of 0.5%. Mixing numbers that don’t add up adds confusion, which is not helpful.

    Please also tell him that overall, his graphics are very helpful. They make key points quickly and effectively, in a colorful and professional fashion. They have an important impact on those who see them. His work and his summary graphics are very much appreciated, because they work to educate and to counter false claims.

  347. Keith Minto says:

    A well deserved award…..
    Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone Honored

    Ed Stone, project scientist of NASA’s Voyager mission since 1972, and former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, was honored with a lifetime achievement award on Wednesday from the American Astronautical Society. Stone received this honor “for sustained and extraordinary contributions to America’s space programs, including innovative planetary missions in support of unmanned exploration of the solar system,”

    To my mind, the Voyager missions are the greatest scientific deep space endeavour ever accomplished. What a journey it is, ably administered by Ed Stone.

  348. Jon Jermey says:

    I have no privileged information on the fat issue, but Tim Worstall has pointed out several times that living in warmer houses and sleeping in warmer beds is necessarily going to reduce the average person’s caloric consumption, and without a corresponding reduction in intake it may very well lead to weight gain.

    See for instance

    On this theory the fast-food and related industries would be the unfortunate scapegoats for something they have no control over.

  349. Retired Engineer John says:

    If you haven’t noticed, the Sunspot number for July 17, 2014 is zero.

  350. Nik says:

    Norway to develop fish food from captured carbon dioxide

  351. Nik says:

    Adelie penguins suffering from Climate Change.

    When actually.

    We report on the first global census of the Adelie Penguin ( ´ Pygoscelis adeliae), achieved using a combination of ground counts and satellite imagery, and find a breeding population 53% larger (3.79 million breeding pairs) than the last estimate in 1993.

  352. L. E. Joiner says:

    The Sahara is expanding? Didn’t we hear that it is ‘greening’, because of increased CO2? I’m confused.

    4,700 miles of trees holding back the desert

    The Great Wall of China was built over a millennium to ward off nomadic raiders. With Africa’s farmlands threatened by an enemy more pernicious than any Mongolian horde, Senegal is leading a 12-nation cooperative effort to erect a living defense system aptly named the Great Green Wall of Africa.
    The Sahara is currently the second largest desert in size, only smaller than Antarctica. However, unlike its frozen relative, the Sahara is actually expanding. The United Nations estimates that, by 2025, two thirds of Africa’s arable land will be covered in Saharan sand, vastly expanding the current 9 million square kilometers. Even if these predictions prove aggressive, the effects of farmland destruction on a continent already hard-pressed for food would be devastating on any level.
    With this peril in sight, the leaders of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti have banded together on an unprecedented endeavor to stave off impending catastrophe. Once complete, Africa’s Green Wall will be a manmade forest of drought-resistant trees (principally acacia) stretching across the entire continent.
    9 miles wide and 4,750 miles long, the vision for the project is as ambitious as it is necessary. Thus far, only 330 miles of greenery stands guard in Northern Senegal, and has cost the Sengalese government over $6 million since the start of digging in 2008. International organizations have pledged over $3 billion to the monumental defense system. . .

    /Mr Lynn

  353. Winston says:

    Earth’s Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected (9 Jul 14)

    Changes measured by the Swarm satellite show that our magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, especially over the Western Hemisphere

    Found to be not 5% per century, but 5% per decade.

    Earth’s magnetic field is important for climate change at high altitudes
    (23 May 2014)

    “The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has been thought to be the main cause of climatic changes at these high altitudes. This study suggests that magnetic field changes that have taken place over the past century are as important.”

  354. MattB says:

    Well yesterday at it was showing a SSN of 11 today it is officially 0

  355. Steamboat Jon says:

    What MattB says. Official zero sunspot over at Spaceweather. SS24 is at “Mini-Max” and the count is zero.

  356. Down to Earth says:

    New paper finds only ~3.75% of atmospheric CO2 is man-made from burning of fossil fuels

    A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that only about 3.75% [15 ppm] of the CO2 in the lower atmosphere is man-made from the burning of fossil fuels, and thus, the vast remainder of the 400 ppm atmospheric CO2 is from land-use changes and natural sources such as ocean outgassing and plant respiration.

    Link leads to story, links to the paper are provided there.

  357. Winston says:

    New paper finds Medieval Warm Period was global & significantly warmer than the present, rejects Mann’s hockey stick

  358. Dyrewulf says: U.S. Amb. Blames ‘Climate Change’ for Hotel That Collapsed 12 Yrs Ago on African Beach
    July 17, 2014 – 4:40 AM

    I’m waiting for one of these true believers to blame something happening on the moon on ‘global warming.’

  359. Jtom says:

    Ok, this is no big deal, not timely (I first complained to the site a couple of years ago), and likely can’t be changed, but t has been irritating me for such a long time that I have to say something to someone. It’s’s misleading graphics. Go here,

    and scroll down to Month-to-Date totals, specifically, the ‘thermometer’. Notice something strange about the graphic? They routinely show the graphic of a warmer than normal month (max highs are significantly higher than normal, min lows are close to normal) despite the actual numbers showing a much cooler than normal month wrt max highs and min lows. Is it any surprise that thry are big supporters of global warming theory? Shameless.

    Ok, I feel much better now.

  360. Clovis Marcus says:

    I made a complaint to the BBC about their Horizon Global Weirding episode which was repeated on BBC4 recently. I have had a holding reply:
    Thanks for recently contacting the BBC. We aim to reply to complaints within 10 working days (around 2 weeks) and do so for most of them but cannot for all. The time taken depends on the nature of your complaint, how many others we are dealing with and can also be affected by practical issues such as whether a production team is available or away on location.

    This is to let you know that we have referred your complaint to the relevant staff but that it may take longer than 10 working days to reply. We therefore ask you not to contact us further in the meantime. If it does prove necessary however, please use our webform, quoting any reference number we provided. This is an automatic email sent from an account which is not monitored so you cannot reply to this email address.

    In order to use the licence fee efficiently we may not investigate every issue if it does not suggest a substantive breach of guidelines, or may send the same reply to everyone if others have complained about the same issue. You can read full details of our complaints procedures and how we consider the issues raised in feedback at In the meantime we’d like to thank you for contacting us with your concerns. We appreciate your patience in awaiting a response.

    Kind regards,

    BBC Complaints.

    It seems the complaints department might be overloaded. I hope it is the Lawson backlash.

  361. Colin W says:

    Well, a new media push by the UK government on climate change:
    “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office today launched a new map to show the impact of global climate change.”

    And a new poster for greens to hang on their bedroom walls:

  362. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    We are looking at a two degree centigrade rise and a rise of the ocean by one metre this century.
    Australian report and Australian Scientific prediction on Australian national TV.
    Particularly the heating of the ocean, any connect with Risbey et al 2014?

  363. PaulH says:

    This geologic map of Mars from the USGS is pretty cool:

    “This global geologic map of Mars, which records the distribution of geologic units and landforms on the planet’s surface through time, is based on unprecedented variety, quality, and quantity of remotely sensed data acquired since the Viking Orbiters. These data have provided morphologic, topographic, spectral, thermophysical, radar sounding, and other observations for integration, analysis, and interpretation in support of geologic mapping. [...]“

  364. Skiphil says:

    valuable info about the “shale revolution” — this article is only about shale oil, not gas, but it includes interesting info about the potential for horizontal drilling aka “.fracking” —

    America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution

  365. @njsnowfan says:

    I see two post here regarding this paper since 7/17, Well are you going to run a post on it. Lots of questions to Ask, Thanks Anthony.

    We find that the average gradients of fossil fuel CO2 in the lower 1200 meters of the atmosphere are close to 15 ppm at a 12 km × 12 km horizontal resolution.

  366. rogerknights says:

    JP de Ruiter says:
    July 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Anthony, if I’m using firefox to open WUWT, it goes into an infinite loop making the http address longer and longer until it crashes. With Safari (mac) I can still watch WUWT, but as there are many firefox users, I wonder if they also have this problem.

    Do you have an older operating system? I do, and I’ve noticed that updates to Firefox are incompatible with it, leading to the sort of problems you mention.

  367. Keith says:

    Great article by just ousted UK Environment Secretary Owen Patterson. Now that he is no longer part of government, he can speak his mind about the “Green Blob”, their relationship with Renewable Energy, former Labour environment secretary policy which caused the Somerset floods, celebrity greens’ distance from reality on fuel poverty etc.

  368. Roger L. says:

    Just found an interesting open file from the Canadian Geological Survey:

  369. bob alou says:

    Frac ‘em! As a petroleum engineer who resides in Texas I have no sympathy for the stupid bastards who let the envirowackos control anything outside of a compost pile (which I do have). The “Let them freeze in the dark” expression has not gone away, a 97% consensus of oilfield workers confirms.

  370. ATheoK says:

    Pepper and Salt comic in the WSJ

    Global warming genesis, right!

  371. Mike, England says:

    Map to Show Climate Change Impact released.

    London: A new map developed by climatologists shows that climate change will impact the whole planet by the end of this century, if carbon emissions continue to increase.

    The new map called “Human Dynamics of Climate Change” was launched on Wednesday at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK.

    Does the Met Office and the Hadley centre have no shame at all.

  372. Keith Sketchley says:

    - On Vancouver Island schools now have weather measuring equipment, connected to the Internet (but the arranger Ed Weibe is a mouthy climate alarmist,

    – His comment about temperatures being warmer in The Highlands seems shallow, of course it is because it is miles away from ocean water which moderates temperature (ocean water being cold even in summer) and much of the Highlands is on a south slope albeit extensively treed. And colder in winter, probably because it is higher and inland.

  373. Keith Sketchley says:

    In the huge debate/bunfight over the Northern Gateway oil pipeline through BC, some points
    – Tom Fletcher reports on some aspects of the Northern Gateway pipeline and oil export plan, including that the tribes on the Queen Charlotte Islands (aka Haida Gwai) claim title to waters that oil tankers would want to go through, though he predicts their claim will fail in court. Life after the Tsilhquot’in decision

    – Note that the area of the specific court case recently decided is well south of the oil and NG pipeline routes to Kitimat and Prince Rupert, but may facilitate other tribes gaining control of land. (Though my impression is that the Tsilhqot’in may have a stronger case than most – Fletcher and a law professor at University of Victoria say they have a history of defending the territory against road builders and settlers.)

    – Much flapping around on the subject, this person makes an interesting point that resource development will be more achievable since enterprises will be dealing with an actual specific owner who has motivation to get the benefits: But suggests they’ll be tough negotiators for benefits and environmental protection. He points to precedents of both his key points.

    (Area of specific court case shown at
    Court judgement at

    – The BC government is modifying some park areas and/or allowing access, to facilitate pipelines including the TransMountain expansion and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

  374. Owen in GA says:

    Since I am always checking these boards and discussing the science (and how bad the data is) with all and sundry, my lovely spouse bought me a cheap remote reporting weather station. Now my conundrum is where on my 48 acre farm to set it up. The area immediately around the house is probably out due to a 1 – 1.5 acre pond adjacent the house. My question is: “How far away from this small pond should the station be to negate its effects?” The winds in this part of Georgia are predominantly from the South and the West and the pond is on the North East side of the house.

    I was thinking about 100 m to the north west of the pond at the edge of one of the pastures. Any expert guidance would be appreciated.

    [Clearly, you need to buy three more weather stations and put one equidistant on each of the 4 quadrants of the pond ..... .mod]

  375. Kelvin says:

    “Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate, study shows”
    online publication by the journal Nature on July 20

  376. markx says:

    Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds
    July 21, 2014 – 10:10AM

    The title should read: “Some Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds”.

    By selecting climate models in phase with natural variability, the research found that model trends have been consistent with observed trends, even during the recent “slowdown” period for warming, Dr Risbey said.

  377. It doesn’t seem that this has been covered already; but it could fit very well in the hall of fame of the “climate craziness”

    From the Financial Times: the astonishing ECO FRIENDLY cow.

  378. AJB says:

    Simulating the integrated summertime Δ¹⁴CO₂ signature from anthropogenic emissions over Western Europe.

    Would be good to get Ferdi’s take on this.

  379. John says:

    You may have missed this story which hit The Hill early this morning.

    June’s global temperatures hit all-time high

    The temperature across land and ocean surfaces was 1.3 degrees above the average for the 20th century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday in its monthly report of global temperatures. It was the 352nd month in a row in which the global temperature was above the 20th-century average, and the 38th consecutive June.

  380. Chris says:

    Two Magazines in One!

    “Mangroves are on the march. . . . From 1984 to 2011, mangrove forests doubled in size at the northern end of their Florida range. What’s enticing the mangroves north? Fewer cold snaps. These days temperatures rarely dip below 25ºF, a vital threshold for the trees.”–Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, July issue

    “The future of goliaths is also tied up in those mangrove nurseries, where the fish live around the trees’ tangled roots until they are about five years old. Coastal development, agriculture, and pollutants threaten these shallow-water habitats. The current trajectory suggests 20 percent losses of remaining U.S. mangroves in the next 50 years–devastating for young, developing goliaths, which are already reeling from unusually cold winters that took out thousands of the fish from their juvenile habitat throughout South Florida.”–Jennifer Holland, National Geographic, July issue

    From BEST OF THE WEB TODAY 07212014

  381. NOAA is reporting a June temperature anomaly of +0.72, claiming it is a new record. Looking at UAH, RSS etc. there seems to be some strange disconnect here. It would be great to see this issue unpacked here.

  382. Paul Westhaver says:

    When you tell a lie… make it BIG!!

    SETH Borenstein told a big one today.

    Apparently the world has never been hotter than it wan in June.

    I simply don’t believe him.

  383. Pamela Gray says:

    Anthony! Having met Willis and his indeed very lovely, intelligent, and gracious wife, it is measurably evident that Willis is a really nice man!

  384. Peter says:

    Three mayor Korean companies Samsung, POSCO and SK abandon solar business

  385. Bruce Foutch says:

    “Relax, redheads. You’re not about to die out” due to climate change.
    “The ‘extinction of the ginger gene’ story is just bad science designed to sell ancestry tests. Red hair is here to stay”

    As the article says: “science by press release”.

  386. davidmhoffer says:

    Apparently the US military is asking for funding to defend its bases from climate change:

    From the article:

    Army training ranges that are flooded, burned by wildfires or bogged down by melting permafrost. Submarines in dry dock, threatened by coastal flooding that might permanently damage the multibillion-dollar machines. Investigators heard from military officials that the heavy rain, storm surges, warm temperatures and droughts that caused these conditions are on the rise.

    One has to ask what kind of dry dock facility could get overwhelmed by water levels so quickly that they would not have time to secure vessels that, after all, can float. If they mean by flooding, what moron would build such a facility in an area prone to flooding. One who realized their mistake and is looking for an excuse to cover it up I suppose. But if the concern is seal level rise…at 2 to 3 mm per year, they would likely rust out of existence before the water got to them.

  387. Brin says:

    Hopefully this is the right place to advise of this.

    In the right column of the main page, the first image / link under “Live Weather Roll” leads to an image / link that has been dead since October 2011:

    The current / correct link is:

  388. A C Osborn says:

    Anthony & Mods, E M Smith appears to have found some very incriminating code in the GISS temperature calculations where Cold Sea temps are ignored along with other changes to the data set.


  389. Mumbles McGuirck says:

    Recently, Jeff Masters advertised for a new hurricane blogger for Wunderground. But any applicant would be blogging about more than hurricanes. (Boldface is mine)
    Weather Underground is looking for a passionate Weather and Climate Science blogger! This position will function as a full-time scientist, who has excellent written communication skills, who will be responsible for writing a daily weather blog. During slow weather periods, blogging on climate change topics and new weather research will be expected. The position requires extensive outreach and interview efforts. Location will likely be in Atlanta, SF or NY.

    Write weather/climate change blog posts geared towards an audience with a high school science education.
    Perform media interviews and outreach (TV, print, radio, web, speaking engagements)
    Stay current with the latest weather and climate science research by reading journal articles and attending conferences
    Update and improve the hurricane and climate change pages on the website
    Help out with social media (Twitter and Facebook) during breaking weather events”
    When someone challenged Jeff on what sort of ‘climate change’ blogging is expected, her replied, “Wunderground supports the conclusions of the IPCC and National Climate Assessment, emphasizing the importance of human-caused climate change. We want anyone we hire to support those assessments in their blogging efforts.”

  390. Bruce Foutch says:

    Matt Briggs offers his take on the Kaya Identity:

  391. paul says:

    Climate Depot address reads:
    “Site Offline
    This website has been disabled for technical reasons. Please contact the site administrator for more information. ”
    Anyone have any insight?

  392. Lars P. says:

    GW problem solved, giant UFO sucked sun’s energy, expecting global cooling to come:

  393. Lars P. says:

    Ooops forgot the /sarc tag … :(

  394. Jeff L says:

    An interesting article for those who think who would like to think petroleum is an inexhaustible resource. If so, then why is industry exploration success declining, despite state of the art technologies & record exploration budgets? Yes, unconventional fields are filling the gap but the corollary is that all that hydrocarbon is high priced ( ie – uneconomic at lower prices). So , not “peak oil” but generally the end of “cheap & easy ” oil. Some interesting food for thought anyway:

  395. Jeff Mitchell says:

    Just noticed this article reference in

    Someone might be better able than I to tell this guy that a scientist is a person whose experiments can be replicated, and these authors may not fit the description of being scientists attributed to them.

    I’d really be interested in the “accidental” models internals and assumptions if they actually predicted reality. I don’t know if they came up with the correct answers with wrong assumptions, or actually got the physics right. Would be interesting to find out.

  396. Ron Tuohimaa says:

    The cattle battle again . . . lead author of a yet another study on this was Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College – he’s a vegetarian, but I’m sure that didn’t skew any methodology or results. You’ll note how effortlessly the story’s author throws out global warming as if nobody ever questions it.

  397. M Courtney says:

    I know the Guardian is de trop here but the insight into the smoke from steam engines and diesel vehicles is quite insightful, in a way.

    And the article is hilarious.

  398. Brad says:

    People send me stuff…:)

    Referenced report is here:

    Having a single question in the title was revealing, sounds more like a planted question?

    ul 18, 2014, 5:04pm PDT
    Henry Paulson sounds alarm over global warming, faces down climate change skeptic
    PAULSON BOOK Enlarge Photo
    Andrew Harrer
    Henry “Hank” Paulson shared sometimes-alarming views on how climate change will affect U.S. business for a sell-out crowd at the City Club of Portland today. Greenhouse gas is nature’s way fo charging us compound interest, he told a crowd of more than 500 at the Sentinel Hotel.

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    Staff Reporter-
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    George W. Bush’s man at the Treasury Department has a message to business — and climate change deniers.
    Climate change may smack of Big Government, but ignoring it runs the risk of creating an even bigger government to address the fallout from hurricanes, droughts and other warming-related catastrophes.
    Henry M. Paulson Jr., an Illinois farm boy who became CEO of Goldman Sachs & Co. and then Secretary of the Treasury under President Bush, visited Portland to promote a bipartisan report that details how global warming will affect regions and by extension businesses, in the U.S.
    He co-authored the report, “Risky Business, The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” with lead author Kate Gordon, two fellow former Treasury Secretaries and a host of A-list economic thought leaders. The full report is available online.
    Paulson made two stops in Portland (in addition to calling son Merritt Paulson, who owns the Portland Timbers soccer team).
    The elder Paulson visited with Oregon Business Council members for breakfast, then shared his sometimes-alarming views on global warming with a sell-out crowd of more than 500 at a City Club of Portland luncheon moderated by Craig Wessel, publisher of the Portland Business Journal.
    Paulson told the City Club audience the report was designed to alert U.S. business leaders to the potential impacts from future warming, be it coastal assets that will be swamped by rising seas, agriculture operations silenced by desertification of the Midwest or a population shifting to escape rising temperatures in the south and increased hurricane activity along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico.
    The picture is grim for much of the country, but less so for the Northwest. There will more 95-plus degree days in the future in Oregon than Texas has now. But on the plus side, industry will seek it out as a clean-energy hub and climate refugees will boost the region’s population.
    “You may have a few Texans for neighbors,” he said.
    His main message: The U.S. needs to set the example on curbing carbon emissions, but its efforts will be fruitless unless China is on board. No climate change initiative will succeed without the cooperation of the world’s fastest-rising economy.
    To that end, Paulson spends much of his time in China working on climate change, a key initiative of the institute he founded when he left the Treasury Department a few months after Lehman Brothers’ infamous collapse in September 2008.
    Climate change is a high-level issue to Chinese leaders and citizens.
    The next 300 million Chinese to move from farms to cities will alter the world’s economics as well as the climate and the government’s survival depends on its success at mitigating both.
    Paulson said that could be a strength.
    “If we work together, there’s a good chance we will avoid the most adverse impacts of climate change,” he said.
    The Risky Business authors stopped short of recommending a solution to global warming.
    Paulson said that was deliberate. With three former Treasury Secretaries — two Republicans and one Democrat — and a bevy of business leaders in the mix, any call to action would have been a “mealy mouthed” compromise. The authors deliberately opted to let data drive the conversation.
    But when Paulson himself penned a June 21 column for the The New York Times, he supported a carbon tax.
    “A tax on carbon emissions will unleash a wave of innovation to develop technologies, lower the costs of clean energy and create jobs as we and other nations develop new energy products and infrastructure. This would strengthen national security by reducing the world’s dependence on governments like Russia and Iran,” he wrote.
    In Portland, he said he wasn’t advocating for a carbon tax, though he won applause when he said changing behavior depends on putting a price on carbon.
    “I imagine if I had the same conversation in Texas, I would not get people standing up and applauding,” he observed.
    Paulson did face one hostile question from a city club member who identified himself as a Cleveland native and “card carrying Republican”.
    The questioner accused Paulson of marketing climate change as human caused when it’s really the result of natural weather cycles.
    Paulson said he hoped the man was right, but noted that addressing climate change is good insurance in case he’s not.
    “How do you know you’re right? If you wait until we get all the information, it will be too late. We will be looking in the rear-view mirror. We’ll be at the scene of the accident.”
    Paulson, who was at the center of the 2008 economic collapse, said climate change is unlike that crisis. In an economic crisis, the government can step in and mitigate the worst impacts. There’s no such luxury with climate change. Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and stay there for hundreds of years. All humans can do is adapt to the resulting changes.
    “Greenhouse gas is nature’s way of charging us compound interest.”
    Wendy Culverwell covers sustainable business, manufacturing and law.

  399. Catcracking says:

    Anthony it would be worthwhile if you or one of your accomplished posters addressed the recent media alarm over the NASA claims that June 2014 was the warmest on record’

    The MSM news media is currently hot with NASA claims that June 2014 was the hottest on record.

    However the Washington Post article indicates that this claim, if accurate, is insignificant especially if one considers that the accuracy of thermometer measurements is not as great as the difference like hundrethes of a degree C. See below:
    “The statistics are akin to splitting hairs on a camel’s fracturing back (the camel being Earth, of course): The three hottest April-May-June periods (2014, 2010, and 1998) are essentially indistinguishable, differing by about 0.06 degrees Celsius according to JMA or about 0.01 degrees Celsius according to NASA.”

    Furthermore it is well known that the NASA does not have a good means to measure the temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic which has been cooler than normal since they primarly rely on thermometers. Other temperature recording organizations such as UAH Satellite data do a better job of measuring the poles as they use Satellites. Below you can see per UAH that the June 2010 temperature was higher than 2014 ( 0.44 versus 0.3) or 14/100 of a degree. See below:

    But NOT per UAH Satellite measurements:
    June 2010 temperatures (preliminary)
    Global composite temp.: +0.44 C (about 0.79 degrees Fahrenheit) where as June 2014 it was 0.3 degrees C.

    To put the claimed temperature increase iin perspective look at the UAHplot since 1979 below. There is nothing alarming about the June 2014 temperatures, in fact one can see a recent. short, gradual cooling trend if any since 2010. Do you see anything that warrants the media panic? Did they mention the clear 17 year long period with no warming?

    The plot below shows the same data in another way and clearly shows no warming and nothing to justify the alarm in the MSM:

  400. holts7 says:

    from ABC Australia via weatherzone site much of it nonsense!!!
    But the ABC here…..
    Record hot June for the world
    Michael Condon, Wednesday July 23, 2014 – 15:16 EST

    ABC image

    Climate Council map showing 156 weather records were broken across Australia during the 2013-14 summer. – ABC

    Last month was the hottest ever June worldwide, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the US, which tracks climate data over ocean and land.

    Records date back to the 1880s.

    It followed the hottest May ever.

    Blair Trewin, a climatologist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, says the record temperatures have to do in part with the coming El Nino, which raises global ocean temperatures, meaning bigger tropical storms in the Pacific.

    “Yes, it was the warmest June recorded on a global level,” he said.

    “Global records began in the late 19th century and, although some of the records don’t cover all of the period through, we have good records from the early 20th century on.

    “What we have seen, while there have been fluctuations, is a definite strong warming trend in the last 40 years.

    “It is certainly a significant event and, with the warming trend, we are seeing higher temperature records being broken from time to time, but the cold record temperatures are virtually becoming extinct.

    “In a global sense, you expect higher temperatures to be associated with higher rainfall as you get an intensification of the water cycle, but then how much of that rain falls over land and how much of that falls over water is a completely different question,” Dr Trewin said.

    – ABC

    © ABC 2014

  401. holts7 says:

    And then believe it or not!!!…
    Nine News Melbourne ‏@9NewsMelb · 45m (VIC Australia)
    The persistent fog resulted in the coldest ever maximum temperatures for Frankston and Coldstream. #9News

    same day of the post above!!!

  402. HenryP says:

    The positive results of global warming

  403. JustAnotherPoster says:

    Visualising the future of UK summer temperatures |— Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) July 23, 2014

    No change in UK temperatures at all.

    Data shows that.

  404. ROM says:

    NoTricksZone headline ; 22 July 2014

    NCEP Data Show June 2014 Among The Coldest This Century!
    Four Of Five Coldest In The Last 5 Years
    Australian Broadcasting Commission [ ABC ]

    Record hot June for the world
    Michael Condon, Wednesday July 23, 2014 – 1
    Last month was the hottest ever June worldwide, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the US, which tracks climate data over ocean and land.

    Records date back to the 1880s.

    It followed the hottest May ever.

    Blair Trewin, a climatologist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, says the record temperatures have to do in part with the coming El Nino, which raises global ocean temperatures, meaning bigger tropical storms in the Pacific.

    “Yes, it was the warmest June recorded on a global level,” he said.

    “Global records began in the late 19th century and, although some of the records don’t cover all of the period through, we have good records from the early 20th century on.

    “What we have seen, while there have been fluctuations, is a definite strong warming trend in the last 40 years.

  405. Sasha says:

    Sir David Attenborough is a conman

    I’ll just give a few bits of information and provide a link to a short (1 min 52 secs) piece of film from the BBC’s FROZEN PLANET series. Then readers can make up their own minds.

    Attenborough went out on a limb by warning about the effect the rapidly-rising human population was having on our planet. (He thinks humans are scum, by the way). Attenborough willingly allowed himself to be used by the Global Warming hysterics and he is now resorting to what could look like deception to prove Global Warming is happening. The most iconic images proving Global Warming are of a sad-looking polar bear stuck on an ice floe far from land or of office-block-sized pieces of glaciers collapsing into the sea. The problem with filming glaciers collapsing is that glaciers move rather slowly – certainly far too slowly for documentary-makers in a hurry who want to scare us about the speed at which supposed “Global Warming” will kill millions of us. So an honest film-maker might have to wait weeks or even months for a big, impressive piece of a glacier to fall into the sea in front of his or her camera. Not all documentary-makers have the time, budget or patience.

    On page 16 of his book Reporting Live from the End of the World, BBC green David Shukman reveals what some film-makers do to get some dramatic ‘killer shots’ of collapsing glaciers. They fly a helicopter near to the edge of a glacier, lower explosive charges into some crevasses, retreat to a safe distance, set up their cameras and then set off the explosives by remote control. The result is of course massive pieces of glacier impressively collapsing into the sea, ‘proving’ Global Warming is happening and is happening now. The attitude is, as Shukman explains, “the ice was going to break off sometime anyway, so it’s no big deal.”

    The full 7 episodes of the BBC’s FROZEN PLANET were broadcast in the UK. But the BBC chose to make the series’ seventh episode – On Thin Ice – which focuses on climate change, optional for syndication in order to aid sales of the show in countries where the issue is politically sensitive.

    Here’s a brief section from Attenborough’s FROZEN PLANET of glaciers ‘collapsing into the sea’

    Looking carefully at this piece of film, (particularly around 40 seconds in) I believe some people might conclude that the pieces of collapsing glacier have been “encouraged” by a series of controlled explosions rather than happening naturally as a result of Global Warming. You can see the snow being thrown up by what I believe are explosions, but Attenborough claims are “ruptures deep within the glacier.” I leave it up to you to reach your own conclusions. But if this piece of film is a result of BBC’s “Global Warming” fakery, we should get an apology from the BBC and from “national treasure” Attenborough.

  406. JP de Ruiter says:

    Is anyone aware that going to WUWT on Firefox (Mac OS-X) leads Firefox going into an infinite loop, making WUWT and Firefox hang? The address line expands and expands, and looks like this:

    Would be useful if someone could fix this. It has been like that for weeks now.

  407. Typhoon says:

    IEEE Spectrum: “Wind Farm Fires Far More Common Than Reported, Study Finds”

  408. Sasha says:

    JP de Ruiter says:

    Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode
    Safe Mode is a special Firefox mode that can be used to troubleshoot and fix problems. Safe Mode temporarily resets some settings and disables add-ons that might be causing problems. By comparing Firefox behavior in normal mode to its behavior in Safe Mode you may be able to pinpoint the cause of the problem.

    How to use Safe Mode

    There is a piece of malware that caused the infinite loop. It is masquerading as an anti-virus application. If you have downloaded it or it has appeared recently, get rid of it.

    You can also reset Firefox completely…
    Reset Firefox to its default state

  409. Keith Sketchley says:

    In a nasty bunfight between skeptics, in this forum, it seemed that even the main combatant experts may not fully grasp each other’s points well enough to focus the debate.

    Wish they could get together in a room with a blackboard and map out what Evans’ thesis is and what the objections are. Show the logic flow, data sources, analysis results that lead to conclusions. Flag the items/processes that are questioned.

    With money that can be done remotely, with collaboration software.

    Does the author of the disputed study need to be given time to get his explanations and all data/formulas together, and review his work in the light of “questions”?

  410. Keith Sketchley says:

    An action of Allan Mulally when CEO of Ford might be instructive to combatents in the unfortunate bunfights between skeptics in this forum.

    After much wrangling in a meeting about organizational changes, he went to the board and wrote across an organizational chart “WORKING TOGETHER”.
    (A slogan he often used at Boeing.)

    My point is that the solid work necessary to defend humans against alarmist accusations would benefit tremendously from co-operation between authors and those who could serve as checkers/‘scrutineers’.

  411. ShrNfr says:

    Oops, a majority in the US think that the change in “climate” is a naturally occurring phenomena.

    97% or more of the respondents also said they were alive at the time of response.

  412. Ivor Ward says:

    Another ship of fools about to set off into oblivion. This time into the Arctic.
    “”A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.
    During the voyage, they will collect data on weather conditions, wildlife, phytoplankton levels and microplastic.
    The eight-strong crew includes 14-year-old Nera Cornell, who is believed to be the youngest Briton to sail the route in the Arctic Circle.
    The team expect to complete the 900-mile (1,450km) journey in eight weeks.
    Until relatively recently, the route was inaccessible for most vessels because it was blocked with sea ice.””
    This should be worth watching

  413. Neil Jordan says:

    A colleague emailed me two AAAS priority alert items. The second was Australia’s vote on carbon tax. The first was California’s second look at its carbon tax.
    [begin quote and link]
    California Lawmaker Seeks to Delay State Carbon Trade Program. A state bill introduced by Democrat Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (Fresno) would delay the provisions of California’s Cap and Trade program for vehicle fuels by three years. Perea contends that requiring oil refineries that produce those fuels to purchase carbon credits could lead to an increase in the price of gas and worries that the sudden price hike would have a negative effect on consumers.

    By Marc Lifsher contact the reporter
    Economy, Business and Finance Environmental Science Laws and Legislation Henry T. Perea Petroleum Industry Jerry Brown Weather

    Political-economic fights at the Capitol never really end. They just morph into new incarnations.

    Take, for example, the eight-year battle among industry, environmentalists and the administrations of Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and successor Jerry Brown over how to deal with threats of global warming.

    Now, the conflict again is heating up.

    Just before their July recess, a group of business-friendly Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to slow California’s campaign to curb climate change.

  414. Bruce Foutch says:

    The real agenda…

    “130 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Capitalism”

  415. Latitude says:

    Sunday, July 20, 2014
    New paper unexpectedly finds diverging trends in global temperature & radiative imbalance from greenhouse gases
    Unsettled science:

    A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters finds that the radiative imbalance from greenhouse gases at the top of the atmosphere has increased over the past 27 years while the rate of global warming has unexpectedly decreased or ‘paused’ over the past 15+ years.

    This finding contradicts expectations from AGW theory of increased ‘heat trapping’ from increased greenhouse gases. However, the finding is consistent with radiosonde observations showing that outgoing longwave radiation to space from greenhouse gases has unexpectedly increased rather than decreased over the past 62 years, inconsistent with more heat being “trapped” in the mid-upper troposphere.

  416. Mary Brown says:

    Keith Sketchley suggests:


    Nice idea but skeptics need to keep that independent streak and be skeptical of everything including each other. Some cooperation is fine but group-think and talking points and data torture have no place in Skepticville.

    Remember, the burden of proof is on Chicken Little. Skeptics don’t have to prove anything.

  417. Ian Adnams says:
  418. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    We have a new problem, catastrophe.
    A Carrington event is due in ten years, probability is 12%.

    We need to prepare.

  419. Pointman says:

    “You did finally get on target about my sensibilities and managed to offend me, because while you have a right to bash away at me, and I’ll overlook the death threats because I know a keyboard coward when I hear one yapping, you’re on sacred ground when you come anywhere near the memory of those good people.”


  420. Here is the entire article without the video. The article was up for as I saw it maybe one hour, might been more but now it’s gone from the main page and a quick search yields nothing.
    Here it goes:

    Aberystwyth £5 per month turbine to be removed

    10 July 2014 Last updated at 15:02 BST

    A wind turbine which cost the taxpayer £48,000 and generated an average of just £5 worth of electricity per month is being removed.

    It was put up at the Welsh government’s Aberystwyth office when it opened in 2009 as part of a range of environmentally-friendly features.

    But ministers came under fire last year over its output and will now remove it.

    Paul Martin reports.

  421. Mary Brown says:

    “130 Environmental groups demand an end to capitalism”

    Interestingly, Capitalism is not an economic system. It is simply what happens when free people conduct commerce. Therefore, it cannot be eliminated… only denied by taking away freedom.

    So, capitalism is how economics exists in nature. Any other system must be imposed by force anthropologically.

  422. Ed Martin says:

    Potentially a Record Setting “Rex-Block” to Develop in the Medium-Range… What Does This Mean? « WSI Blog

    In order to understand the Summer-time Rex Block over eastern North America, we have created a new “Eastern U.S. Blocking” index to put this particular upcoming event into historical context. Below is a time-series of observations (left), and the latest European ensemble model forecast (right) of the “Eastern U.S. Blocking” index. Note that the magnitude of this index is in standard deviations. Nearly all European ensemble members amplify this index into the 3-standard deviations above average range, highlighting potential for this upcoming pattern to potentially be the strongest Rex Block observed in the 1948-2013 climatology during the July-August time frame.

    U.S. Subseasonal Forecast Through August

    Headline: A highly changeable, amplified pattern will persist through the month of August. While timing the changes is problematic, there is relatively high confidence in the overall pattern with an excellent chance of at least one, if not two more significant polar outbreaks during the 3-5 week period.

    Bottom Line: High confidence on below normal temps in the north central US for the remainder of August with moderate confidence over the rest of the central US for below normal temps. Confidence is lower on the coasts and in the deep south where there appear to be equal chances in either direction, with the highest probability of persistent heat in the SW.

  423. Neil Jordan says:

    Today’s issue of Department of Water Resources California Water News carries many articles about the latest drought, including an item about water-free laundry:

    The laundry method uses an EPA-designated hazardous material – “carbon” – also known as carbon dioxide.
    [begin quote]
    World’s First Ever Water-Free Laundry
    Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:18
    Written by Green Liver
    Sacramento, California – In the midst of a drought, wouldn’t a water-free laundry be nice?

    Well, it’s here. With a grant from the Energy Commission, CO2Nexus is wrapping up an experimental project to bring a water-free laundry machine to market. Aramark, a respected Fortune 500 company, is demonstrating the technology in Los Angeles and piloting a process that doesn’t use a drop of water and can cut operational costs by 50 percent.

    The process uses carbon dioxide as a textile cleaner. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring and abundant gas that has excellent cleaning properties when converted to a liquid. When the carbon dioxide is returned to a gas, the fabric is clean and dry with minimal recyclable waste. Traditional dry cleaning is a similar process, but uses a petroleum or synthetic solvent and produces some emissions.

    Results at the Aramark laundry, where the carbon dioxide process was used for “clean room” garments, found the process is gentler on fabric than a traditional wash-dry cycle, extending the life of clothing resulting in less shrinkage and wear.

    While the process is designed for specialty garments, at one laundry, it is estimated the annual water savings would be 60 million gallons. That’s equal to the amount of water 850 homes would use in a year.

    The process also uses less energy, cutting utility costs by nearly half.

    Laundry cleaned with the water-free system.

    The Energy Commission funds research and development projects that reduce emissions and save money. Visit our Research & Development page to learn more about the innovative projects we fund as part of our mission to conserve resources and transform the way we use energy.
    [end quote]
    \irony or something

  424. Mary Brown says:

    Hockey sticks and bad forecasting by an international political body. Sound familiar?

  425. Nick Milner says:

    I wonder how long it will be before the Algerian plane which came down in a heavy storm is linked to climate change…

  426. Russ R. says:


    It’s only coincidentally related to hockey sticks, but I had to share this one with you and your readers:

  427. Miguel Rakiewicz says:

    24 July 2014 – 2:53 pm

    Size and Age of Plants Impact Their Productivity More Than Climate
    UA News / University of Arizona

    [ Researchers from Arizona, Ohio and China combined a new mathematical theory with data from more than 1,000 forests across the world to show that climate has a relatively minor direct effect on net primary productivity, or the amount of biomass – wood or any other plant materials – that plants produce by harvesting sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.

    University of Arizona professor Brian Enquist explained that, "warm and wet environments are thought to allow plant metabolism to run fast, while cold and drier environments slow down metabolism and hence lower biomass production in ecosystems." He added: "this assumption makes sense, as we know from countless experiments that temperature and water control how fast plants can grow. However, when applied to the scale of entire ecosystems, this assumption appears to not be correct."

    The team's findings suggest that mathematical models used for predicting the effects of global climate change can be improved by accounting for the effects of plant size and plant age on net primary productivity. ]

    (21 July 2014)

    Nature —


  428. David L. Hagen says:

    How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.
    “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA.

  429. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    Fewer catastrophes. Insurance shares looking up.

  430. njsnowfan says:

    NEWS “Both 2014 Web Cameras have now stopped transmitting images, #1 on June 27 and #2 on July 1, almost certainly eaten by pressure ridges. This is earlier than usual, but an expected part of the business of deploying Arctic data buoys. Unfortunately, this will deny us a view of the late summer development of melt ponds, which created so much interest in 2013, described at The NPEO Web Cameras and Summer Melt Ponds , which even made the Colbert Report . Judging by the variation in nearby buoy relative positions, there was a lot of ice deformation in the webcam area during both May and June. Fortunately, most of the data buoys have survived, so far.”

    They say pressure ridges but I have evidence that the polar bears took out two of the cameras of the 4 each year.
    Last image the web cam reported in up right position

    2014 first image with web cam on the side, Polar Bear tracks in the snow to the right

    2013 same camera, last image standing up before knocked over by polar bears and tracks appeared 06:45

    First image after being knocked over. same day at 18:45

    Are they not looking at the web cam pictures or trying to down play that there are an increasing polar bear population..

    They need Polar Bear proof camera tripods…

  431. Gary Pearse says:

    Anthony, depletion of aquifers is included as a factor in sea level rise even though much is for irrigation in dry country the surplus of which tends to end up in the atmosphere through evapo-transpiration and eventually as rain somewhere. Moreover, I have noticed there has been considerable rainfall over Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and even Arizona over much of this season.

    Surely aquifer depletion and recharge is a cyclic thing. It might be interesting take a look at up to date water table data on the major US aquifers and some historic data. Any water guys out there you know?

  432. luysii says:

    I received my 25 July ’14 Nature today, and the Oreskes and Lewandowsky article mentioned last weekend isn’t in it. Nature has lots of journals . Where is it to be found ?

  433. cargosquid says:

    Thought that you would like this. (If this is a double post…sorry, the first disappeared without comment while logging in.)

    It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. This article provides a rationale for this tendency by using a modified International Environmental Agreement (IEA) model with asymmetric information. We find that the information manipulation has an instrumental value, as it ex post induces more countries to participate in an IEA, which will eventually enhance global welfare. From the ex ante perspective, however, the impact that manipulating information has on the level of participation in an IEA and on welfare is ambiguous.

  434. MangoChutney says:

    UK’s Met Office:

    Apparently it’s their job to sell the idea of inefficient renewables

    As the world’s reserves of coal, oil and gas begin to disappear, and with the drive to reduce emissions, energy markets worldwide are looking to renewable sources of power. We use our world-class meteorological knowledge to inform and support the development of renewable energy opportunities in the UK and overseas. We provide wide-ranging onshore and offshore services to give businesses the intelligence they need to deliver initiatives safely, effectively and efficiently.

  435. Adam says:

    Just a note.

    In Climate Research we often see the average of many studies which are essentially the same study being used as though they are independent in order to add more weight to the “proof” of a hypothesis (namely that man-made CO2 is bad).

    But strangely enough, in other fields of study, when it suits, this is frowned upon:

    “Unfortunately, Rushton has not done the hard work of separating the potentially valuable data from the trash. He misleads unwary readers by claiming that averaging many studies can overcome poor research methods. [10]”,_Evolution,_and_Behavior

    Now I am not commenting on the veracity of the research being discussed in that Wikipedia article, just pointing out that when it suits the “mainstream”, it is bad to lump together dependent studies, but also, when it suits them, as with Climate, it is good to do so.

  436. MikeW says:


    It looks like NOAA has reorganized some of their web resident data pages. Your link for the Mauna Loa Monthly Mean is out of date. Additionally, I can’t locate the value you currently display in the widget as the MAR CO2 value of 399.82ppm in the NOAA data set. Please investigate.

    Please check this page for the overview:

    This is the seem to be the new location for your broken link to the monthly data:

  437. john says:

    Offshore wind farms in doubt as subsidy pot can fund just one project

    Plans for a series of new offshore wind farms have been thrown into doubt after the Government disclosed it would only award enough subsidies this autumn to fund one such project.
    Wind farm developers who fail to secure a subsidy contract this year will be forced to wait and attempt to secure funding in future years, with no guarantee of how much money – if any – will be available.
    The disclosure underlines a growing realisation in the industry that the finite budget for green subsidies is now on the verge of exhaustion and there is simply not enough cash left for many projects now in the pipeline to be built this decade.

  438. tonybr says:

    Difficult to distinguish fact from fiction with the climate loons

    Even Tatooine feels the heat from climate change

  439. Stephen Singer says:

    EPA Faux Pas

    Checkout this article referenced at Roy Spencer’s site this morning.

    Talk about putting your foot in your @#@#@ and your mouth at the same time.

  440. BruceC says:

    Professor Matthew ‘say anything’ England’s second excuse for the pause. He’s now saying it’s because of the negative phase of the natural Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO).

  441. markx says:

    An interesting article on The Conversation” seemingly implying that the Pre-Holocene and Post Holocene climates will be similar.

    Seems odd comparing an ice age with a purported warming.


  442. Brian H says: The Economist’s bologna pyramid. “The Cost of Doing Nothing” .

  443. Gary D. says:

    Thereseems to be a really large discrepancy between the 15% Artic sea ice extent measured by NANSEN and DMI. NANSEN looks to be showing the extent less than 8M sqK and DMI a little less than 10M sqK

  444. Nylo says:


    Just wanted to bring your attention to the fact that, on July the 17th, we had the first day this year, and possibly in a longer time period, with a Sunspot Number = 0. Could this be an indicator that Solar Cycle 24 is finally starting to decline? The following five days saw little more than “sun specs”. After several months in the proximities of an average sunspot number of 100, this looks almost like a regime change.

  445. skiphil says:

    hi Anthony,

    have you seen the latest at DMI?

    looks pretty dramatic if it doesn’t turn out to be any kind of error:
    [linked at Bishop Hill]

    Today’s DMI Arctic ice looks interesting:

    It’s apparently increasing!

    Jul 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM | turnedoutnice

  446. Tom Moran says:

    Vice Magazine is doing a video part 1:4 on how climate change is causing Lake Enriquillo, Domincian Republic to “double in area in 10 years”

    Unfortunately, they may be unaware that the Lake dropped from sea level in 1892 to 34 meters below sea level in 1900.

  447. Gil Dewart says:

    Miners protest CO2 emissions measures.

  448. JR says:

    Peter Gleick was on NPR this morning being interviewed about water conservation. He spouted the usual party line about how climate change was causing higher temperatures and water shortages out West. He proposed the usual water conservation suggestions, not all of which are bad, though the overriding concept was that once water went down a drain or a toilet was flushed, the water was gone forever, which is a little humorous. He also got in one “tipping point” reference regarding water. The most interesting thing he said was that the Midwest was going to start marketing milder temperatures and abundance of fresh water to get people to move East from California. It was interesting because it is rare for the CAGW crowd to note positive results from “climate change”, even if this was in the context of burning hell in California.

  449. Keith Sketchley says:

    Amazing how some people don’t communicate. Or is it just my old eyes can’t see how to contact The Hockey Schtick blog to tell them the top part of their page is not visible on some computers.

  450. Sasha says:

    Implications of PDO, NAO, GDO, and sun spot cycles for global climate in coming decades

    The IPCC prediction of global temperatures, 1°F warmer by 2011 and 2°F by 2038, stand little chance of being correct. NASA’s imagery showing that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) has shifted to its cool phase is right on schedule as predicted by past climate and PDO changes (Easterbrook, 2001, 2006, 2007). The PDO typically lasts 25-30 years and assures North America of cool, wetter climates during its cool phases and warmer, drier climates during its warm phases. The establishment of the cool PDO, together with similar cooling of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), assures several decades of global cooling and the end of the past 30-year warm phase. It also means that the IPCC predictions of catastrophic global warming this century were garbage, and what’s more, they knew it at the time.

    NOAA’s own trend calculator helps confirm the lack of ocean warming in the 21st century

    It is now displaying a cooling trend commencing in 2001 – 2013. Ensure you are on the Global tab; Annual; 2001;2013;Land and Ocean. Then in the Options Tab click; Display Trend; per century; 2001;2013. Then click plot. These result give you -0.05ºC per/century over 13 years.

    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent July 25 2014 – Obliterates Daily Record By 500,000 sq km

    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,131,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That obliterates the previous daily record by 500,000 sq km. And is also the 127th daily record for the year.

    “Global warming” (i.e, the warming since 1977) is over. The minute increase of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere (0.008%) was not the cause of the warming — it was a continuation of natural cycles that occurred over the past 500 years.

    The PDO cool mode has replaced the warm mode in the Pacific Ocean, meaning there are about 30 years of global cooling coming, perhaps much deeper than the global cooling between 1945-1977. Just how much cooler the global climate will be during this cool cycle is uncertain. Recent solar changes suggest that it could be severe, perhaps more like the 1880-1915 cool cycle than the more moderate 1945-1977 cool cycle. A more drastic cooling (similar to that during the Dalton and Maunder minimums) could plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age.

    The BBC should explain in simple language why they keep saying the exact opposite:
    Seals ‘stressed’ by warming seas

    How stupid do they think we are?

  451. Ed Zuiderwijk says:

    Further seal stressed by warmer seas:

    Whereas the authors talk about “Adverse climatic conditions are typically associated with low krill availability, and reduce the survival and breeding success of fur seals.”, they don’t say explicitly in the abstract what kind of adversity it is. Clearly the BBC as well as the Dutch press, having heard the chimes but not knowing where the klanger is, have substituted this by “melting polar ice”, when clearly it increasing Antartic ice that the author allude to but perhaps do not dare to explicitly state.

    Read the press versions and have a fit: it really says “decreasing Antarctic ice”. Clueless!

  452. John W. Garrett says:

    Bloomberg reports on the horrific mess caused by government-mandated use of wind energy in Germany. Meanwhile, German electricity consumers pay 40% more for their electricity than the EU average:

    German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s Mercy

  453. Alex Baker says:

    Has anyone reviewed the statement here?

    I can’t seem to find much commentary evaluating the various statements, assumptions, findings, and overall logic put forth. I have my own thoughts I’m making note of as I review it, but I’d like to not retread ground others have already covered if they have.

  454. Katabasis says:

    Another ship of fools is readying to set sail:
    “A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland….

    ….The expedition aboard the ship Aventura is part of the Blue Planet Odyssey, devised by veteran sailor and author Jimmy Cornell, which aims to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting life on Earth.

    “Sailors are in touch with the oceans and the seas, so they are already experiencing the effects firsthand,” explained Doina Cornell, Jimmy’s daughter and crew member.”

    – Jimmy Cornell is actually going to put both of his kids’ lives at stake (14 year old Nera Cornell is also going…) on this voyage because he is so certain. Good grief.

  455. JP de Ruiter says:

    Thanks, Sasha, for your tip about getting rid of the FireFox bug that prevented me from reading WUWT.

  456. mike g says:

    Picture taken by a pilot friend of mine on 7/24/2014, southern tip of Greenland. No shortage of white stuff here (I hope this link works):

  457. observa says:

    What can happen to whole continents on wind power-

  458. skiphil says:

    I note the very long times elapsed since serious challenges arose regarding John Cook’s veracity on key issues related to his “ratings” paper and much longer time since Cook’s falsehoods were exposed on Lewandowsky et al. “LOG12″ paper.

    a couple of syllogisms (premises must be argued separately, of course)

    If John Cook could demonstrate his honesty in the issues related to “Lewandowsky’s LOG12 survey and SkS” he would have done so

    John Cook has not demonstrated his honesty in the issues related to “Lewandowsky’s LOG12 survey and SkS”

    John Cook cannot demonstrate his honesty in the issues related to “Lewandowsky’s LOG12 survey and SkS”


    If John Cook could demonstrate his honesty in the issues related to his “ratings” paper he would have done so

    John Cook has not demonstrated his honesty in the issues related to his “ratings” paper

    John Cook cannot demonstrate his honesty in the issues related to the “ratings” paper

  459. Neil Jordan says:

    Today’s California Water News carries an article by Peter Gleick:

    [begin quote]
    California drought requires urgent action
    Peter Gleick
    July 25, 2014 | Updated: July 26, 2014 3:36pm
    Erick Wong, The Chronicle

    If California and much of the West is suffering from severe drought, then why have the responses to it been weak and largely ineffective? The answers are as complicated as California’s water system itself, with our wildly diverse sources and uses of water, prices and water rights, institutions, and more. But here are some observations.

    To continue reading this story, you will need to be a digital subscriber to

  460. Merrick says:

    Hi Anthony,

    You probably have 20 suggestions for this already:

    My favorite quote:
    “This is the single biggest flaw in U.S. climate policy,” said Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush. “Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don’t consider how policy decisions in the U.S. impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world.”

    Really? That’s the biggest flaw? Don’t think so…


  461. Mary Brown says:

    A new smart car runs on plentiful natural gas… (sarc)

  462. wryheat2 says:

    Mr. Watts,

    John Droz suggested I contact you.

    On my blog, I commented on the reasearch by Denica Bozhinova on CO2 content due to fossil fuel burining. She apparently scared The Hockey Schtick into taking down his post on the matter. However, there is an older table from EIA which I reproduce on my post.

    Denica Bozhinova has commented extensively, and frankly, I can’t understand her position since she seems to contradict what she wrote in the abstract to “Simulating the integrated summertime Ä14CO2 signature from anthropogenic emissions over Western Europe”

    See my post here (you may reprint it if you wish):

    Jonathan DuHamel
    Tucson, AZ

  463. Mike, England says:

    This could be interesting:

    The ‘once-in-a-lifetime expeditionary voyage’ is being offered by Crystal Cruises from almost £14,000 ($24,000) and is set to appeal to wildlife lovers and those curious about our changing world. The luxurious Crystal Serenity cruise ship will be the first to traverse the Northwest Passage, ‘a mystical Pacific-Atlantic sea route far beyond the Arctic Circle that for centuries captured the imaginations of kings, explorers and adventurers,’ the firm says.

    The ship isn’t designed for ice that I can see, it resembles last years ship of fools. August 16th for 32 days, will they make it?

  464. Jtom says:

    A recent post about climate change on crops led to a lengthy discussion, and my doing some web research out of curiosity.

    I have neither the acumen nor the resources (WHY must so much research be behind pay walls!) to flesh this out, but if you know of someone with the wherewithal, the following is worthy of future research and publication:

    What will be the effect of us reducing atmospheric CO2 be on crops if most or all of the recent warming is from natural variation, not CO2?

    From what I have read ( Figure 1.2, page 12)

    elevated temperature without elevated atmospheric CO2 would be devastating to crop yields.

    This changes the equation that it is unquestioningly good to reduce CO2. The ‘evil’ CO2 may be keeping elevated temperatures from reducing crop yields, starving the world.

    The precautionary principle now demands that we DO NOT reduce current CO2 levels!

  465. Keith Minto says:

    Considering the drama about an increase in storms etc from Climate Change, I had to laugh at this, the exact opposite
    Yes, folks, warming will lead to more stagnant air and fogs

    Occurrence and persistence of future atmospheric stagnation events

    They found that warming will disrupt natural ventilation and the clearance of polluted air, increasing the number of days of stagnant air.
    Funny how all nuclei are labeled as pollutants.

    There, that’s all the bases covered, isn’t it ?

  466. Mark Hladik says:

    Keith Sketchly (14 July 2014):

    Thanks for your response. As a student (and involuntarily retired Air Taxi Pilot) of aviation, this has been helpful. Since posting, I’ve kept careful track of days w/o contrails. We’ve had maybe three or four days where contrails are visible.

    As to the aircraft types, name it! I see the various flavors of Airbus, 757’s, 767’s, 777’s, 747’s, Citation 501’s up to the 750 model “Citation X” (ten); Falcon 900’s, Falcon 20’s, MD-80’s (and -90’s, which I grew up calling ‘DC-9’s’); MD-11’s (which I called DC-10’s), and, due to our proximity to Ellis AFB (Rapid City) we even have B-1B’s, F-16’s (in formation) and F-15’s making periodic visits.

    And, of course, all types of Gulfstreams are everywhere. I caught a 550 at FL 540 on flightaware, and no contrail. The Winds/Temps aloft showed the temperature that day was minus 55 Celsius at that altitude — — no contrail. Zip, zero, nada. Clear, empty blue sky, despite about 20 – 30 aircarrier-type aircraft in the viewing vicinity.

    As to the Air France A-380 which comes over everyday on its way to LAX, no amount of looking has turned up any sighting. One day it is at 380, the next it is at 400, and nothing. As large as it is, one should expect to catch sight of the aircraft itself, but no luck.

    Anthony has my e-mail, and has my permission to send it to you. We can continue the conversation off-site.

    Thanks again,

    Mark H.

  467. Skiphil says:

    Anthony — this new announcement at GWPF might provide the basis for an excellent thread here, I’d say. This is a succinct, elegant summary of some of the main problems with AR5 and (indirectly) with the mis-uses of “consensus” and the “97%” nonsense.

    Two scientist/MPs dissent from the report of this UK committee, yet they affirm that they are in the “97%” (without referencing it). They affirm that they accept the Greenhouse effect and thus some kind of human influence on climate from release of CO2, yet they list several criticisms of their committee’s report and of the IPCC’s AR5: models running warm, centennial forecast not updated to account for that, sensitivity estimates too high and now disputed even within the IPCC, new knowledge about lower cooling effect of aerosols not taken account because new model runs were not done with updated aerosol research, etc. etc.

    They are in the “97%” (and far better informed than most go-along-get-along scientists), but they do not see the grounds for all the hysteria and catastrophism:

    Minority dissent to report of UK Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

  468. temp says:

    via drudge hacker copies sat temp data(possible raw) from NOAA computer… world ends and worker refuses to turn over PC to find the evil hacker. Great buzz words about how evil the hacker is for “stealing” public data.

  469. Ed Zuiderwijk says:

    Greenpeace Wars:

    The Volkskrant (Amsterdam) carries an item this morning about the growing revolt among GP members, not only about the behaviour of the top but about financial managment as well.

    “No pensions for us on the ship” (which can only be the Rainbow Warrior, says it all).

    Supreme irony: (my translation) ‘Het gaat ons niet om het beschermen van onze banen, strelen van ego’s of het uiten van woede, maar om behoud en herstel van hoop van binnenin.’
    “It’s not about the protection of our jobs, the pandering to egos or expressing anger, but about preservation and restoration of hope internally”. (Yeah, if you believe that ..)

    I had a deja vu feeling reading such proze, straight back to the hippy days of the seventies.

  470. skiphil says:

    Tuesday Funny:

    in the category of utter hilarity, we could not make this up….

    Paul Matthews notes at Bishop Hill that the new report from a UK parliamentary committee obtained these bulletproof endorsements of the IPCC’s work:

    This is the most entertaining bit of the official report that I’ve found so far:

    “50. Subsequent evidence has confirmed that a number of witnesses supported the conclusions of the IPCC. For example, Dr Stott told us that, ”

    Peter Stott is coordinating Lead Author for IPCC Chapter 10. (Myles Allen, also quoted at length, is also an author of that chapter).

    Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM | Paul Matthews

  471. Questing Vole says:

    BBC reporting the Commons Committee on Energy & Climate Change report on the the work of the IPCC, and the minority report by Peter Lilley MP and Graham Stringer MP.

  472. Manuel Gomez says:

    Today’s Guardian carries news of a study from 2012. I can hardly believe what this article says:

    “Bigger people consume more energy, say researchers, who are proposing that reducing the size of humans could mitigate climate change”

    Sure enough, there is a paper.

  473. Peter says:

    The crisis at Greenpeace continues. Staff is raising their voices and want changes. They have written a list of ideas of changes that would make Greenpeace a better organization.

    Original article in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant:

    Google translate:

    The ideas of the staff are written in the following English letter:

    Some “ideas” in that letter:
    * Finance should be given the authority to report inappropriate use of funds to a trusted individual; such misuse should be repaid by the individual in question.
    * An independent and impartial assessment of both the current International Executive Director and Chair of the GPI Board should be initiated,
    * An annual vote of confidence from staff in the leadership of the senior management (perhaps defined by job level or pay grade) should be held
    * A clear and enforceable system of checks and balances is required
    * The minutes (and decision making processes) for meetings of groups such as the IET should be made freely available within 7 days of the meeting

  474. njsnowfan says:

    New Study Confirms Water Vapor as Global Warming Amplifier

    Scientists suggest that water vapor will intensify future climate change projections

    July 28, 2014

    Nothing about Ocean Cycles like the AMO and PDO and are main drivers of water Vapor

  475. Gil Dewart says:

    Laborers’ union supports fossil fuel pipeline.

  476. PaulH says:

    “IG scolds NOAA on security deficiencies, recommends fixes”

    “The security climate is in need of change at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after a report from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Commerce found “significant security deficiencies” — amounting to thousands of vulnerabilities — threaten its mission critical systems.

    “Specifically, the report on the IG’s audit of NOAA called out the agency for having its information systems connected to National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) critical satellite ground support system which it says “increases the risk of cyber attacks.”

    “The Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites’ (POES’) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites’ (GOES’) mission-critical satellite ground support systems have interconnections with systems where the flow of information is not restricted, which could provide a cyber attacker with access to these critical assets,” said the report, echoing security professionals who have always pegged the transitive trust between the systems that run the business and the infrastructure systems as a point of vulnerability.”

  477. TROY says:

    Another luxury cruise ship to get stuck, perhaps, in the Arctic???

    A luxury cruise operator in the US has announced it will offer a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to experience the environmental devastation of the Arctic – using a mode of transport that emits three times more CO2 per passenger per mile than a jumbo jet.

    It will be the first ever leisure cruise through the Northwest Passage, only accessible now because of the melting of polar ice, and is being marketed at those with an interest in witnessing the effects of climate change first-hand.

  478. Climate Realist says:

    “Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change?”

    Who ever proved they were caused by methane? The best theory is that they are pingos.

  479. David L. Hagen says:

    Insurance drives commercial plans
    Recommend posting Munich Re’s international natural hazards documents under Climate Resources.
    NATHAN world map of natural hazards Munich RE 2011

  480. Joe Prins says:

    What is happening to ENSO? Dropping quite fast. Wuwt?

  481. From Polar Bear Science, an interesting read.

    “I’ve pulled some quotes from the minutes on the presentations made by sea ice experts J. Kay (National Center for Atmospheric Research), M. Serreze, (National Snow and Ice Data Center), and M. Holland (National Center for Atmospheric Research).”

  482. betapug says:

    Is that really the right Russell Seitz? His eloquent editorial on the corruption of Nullus in Verbia at the Royal Society seems totally out of character.

  483. lee says:

    Hmm Dr Seitz seems to be sight impaired, not only phonetically, but then so am I.

  484. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    Palau’s President is looking for help from ‘international funding agencies’.

  485. lee says:

    Interactive Sea Level Time Series Wizard
    Edited: 2014-07-15


    Some recent software updates corrupted the Interactive Sea Level Wizard. We are troubleshooting the causes and will get the wizard back up shortly. If you recently downloaded data from the wizard, please be cautious in using and interpreting them. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  486. Tom in Florida says:

    re: parody blog VVattaupwiththat

    If you have trademarked “Wattsupwiththat” you may want to have a lawyer check into the parody blog. It is certainly designed to confuse people, something that is not allowed on trademarked items. Perhaps our old friend CM could put his legal team to good use on this one.

  487. Travis Casey says:
  488. MarkW says:

    Dr. Watts, regarding the Russel Seitz story. I have to first apologize, because I may have been the one to first tell him of your site. I have attempted to debate with him regarding global warming over on the National Review site. I frequently cite your web site when there.
    “Dr” Seitz is one of those “academics” who doesn’t believe it is possible for someone to honestly disagree with his opinion on any subject.
    Arrogance and pique are the two words I would use to describe my conversations with him,
    This attitude he has shown towards you is nothing new with him.

  489. L. E. Joiner says:

    Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half
    A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power.

    /Mr Lynn

  490. Miguel Rakiewicz says:

    30 July 2014 – 10:56 AM



    [ Free fertility treatment should be banned for those making "lifestyle" reproductive choices, such as sterilisation reversal or single motherhood for fertile women. And fertility clinics should be subject to carbon capping schemes, in a bid to help curb climate change, argues a bioethicist in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
    Only those who are medically infertile through no fault of their own should be eligible for government funded treatment, suggests Theology Department Assistant Professor Cristina Richie of Boston College, Massachusetts. Richie singles out fertility treatments (assisted reproductive technologies, or ART for short) because they not only produce a carbon footprint as a result of the resource they consume, but also create a carbon legacy. And she points out, in an accompanying podcast: “Assisted reproductive technologies are typically given in places with enormously large carbon footprints.”
    In a specially written blog to accompany the publication of Professor Richie’s paper, Dr Iain Brassington, of the School of Law at the University of Manchester, agrees that all areas of life should be assessed for their ecological impact. ]

    Stop free fertility treatment for “lifestyle” babies to curb climate change

    25 July 2014 – European Hospital (Essen, Germany)

    JME —

    JME blog —

    Cristina Richie —


  491. Bill P. says:

    PULL QUOTE: “Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends.
    “Climate changes that affect how and where moisture is delivered to the continent may be causing some of these trends in the Missouri River Basin. Although the USGS scientists did not conduct a complete analysis of the causes, they noted that increased streamflow over broad regions occurred despite the increasing use of water. Decreased streamflow in some areas could also be related to climate change factors, or to groundwater pumping.”

    Hey, we’re not sayin’ it’s “climate change.” But it’s “climate change.”

  492. Theo Barker says:

    [to mods: note change in email address, I've dropped my IEEE membership due to excessive increases in dues and catastrophic climate change propoganda]

    Fires in wind turbines are happening ten times more often than they are reported, according to new research from Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

    The incidence of fire is still far less than in fossil fuel-based energy industries, such as oil and gas, which suffer thousands of fire accidents per year. The wind industry reports about 11 fires per year, but the researchers found there are more likely about 117 wind turbine fires annually across more than 200,000 turbines. For the wind industry, the fires are the second leading cause of accidents after blade failure.

  493. TRM says:


    As the son of a man who had life long hearing issues I am beyond anger. My dad, despite his hearing issue, could take a car engine apart, put it back together and it would work. He is a great guy and after 4+ decades of second rate hearing aids sort of working he’s finally found a set that actually work.


  494. Jeff L says:

    I found this to be an interesting article , with strong parallels to CAGW, where science is being perverted for poltical purposes. In this case, geology & nuclear energy in Japan :

    Yet another step backwards for the public’s trust in science.

  495. Mumbles McGuirck says:

    Aye aye yah! Talk about having a tin ear. You’d think the last thing that NOAA climate people would want to be accused of is ‘story telling’. But lookit this webinar they have planned:
    NOAA Climate Connection Webinar
    Using the Science of Story to Enhance Climate Writing

    Kendall Haven
    Story Consultant, Author, & Master Storyteller

    Friday, August 1
    12:00 – 12:40 PM Eastern

    Kendall Haven conducts research on cognitive and neural aspects of storytelling and its influence on engagement. In this presentation, he will discuss how climate communicators can apply some of his recent findings to their efforts.

    The session will feature information on:
    Narrative Tension (As goes tension, so goes attention.)
    * informational elements that establish, maintain, and control reader tension
    * elements that satisfy the sense-making needs of a reader’s internal neural processing
    Reader Engagement (Engagement is the essential gateway to influence.)
    * research findings that reveal the neural process of engagement and the creation of meaning
    * informational elements that control reader engagement
    Narrative Influence (The goal of every article is to change reader attitudes, beliefs, values, knowledge, and behavior.)
    * story elements that form the new influence models
    * the central role of three narrative character positions

    Presenter Bio
    The only West Point graduate to turn professional storyteller, Kendall Haven also holds a Doctorate in Oceanography. Now a master storyteller, Haven has performed for over 6.8 million adults and children around the world. He has also has led research efforts on effective story structure at the National Storytelling Association. An internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on the cognitive and neuro-science of story, Haven created the first detailed, tested model of dynamic story architecture that accounts for the neurology of how narrative material is processed, understood, remembered, and recalled in a receiver’s mind.
    To register:

  496. Sid Viscous says:

    Correlation is not causation

  497. Jeff says:

    “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

    ― Socrates

  498. Quinn says:


    (James Delingpole)

  499. Dr K.A. Rodgers says:

    Caught this little pass-the-buck in enviro matters:

    One name mentioned there pops up in WUWT from time to time

  500. Keith Sketchley says:

    Mary Brown says: July 14, 2014 at 10:13 am
    “And I thought only the Coke Brothers spent money to influence climate opinion”

    Correct spelling of the name of the businessmen who fund libertarian-oriented think tanks like Cato is “Koch”. Pronounced like the cola.

  501. Keith Sketchley says:

    Cam_S says: July 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    “What we are seeing in the Northwest Territories this year is an indicator of what to expect with climate change,” says Mike Flannigan, a professor of Wildland Fire in the University of Alberta’s renewable resources department. “Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires.”


    Doesn’t explain the summer of 2003 in the Okanagan area of BC (Kelowna) plus Kamloops area to the NW of that (and SE BC), and the variation in forest fire activity in BC/YT/NWT during my lifetime.

    There are dry years and wet years.

    (and side note – people in those two specific areas are learning to clean their roof gutters, and use metal roofing. An ember into a gutter full of conifer needles ignites them, they ignite asphalt shingles. Keeping yard clean is also a VGI. I saw an amazing situation in Barriere, a town hard hit by fires north of Kamloops, driving through it after the summer of 2003: one house completely burned, the next untouched, at normal subdivision spacing.

    (another side note – lots of private charity flowed into Barriere after the fires, the only government help was fighting fires which is of course step 1 to prevent losses. Red Cross being private charity.)

  502. Keith Sketchley says:

    Mary Brown
    “So, capitalism is how economics exists in nature. Any other system must be imposed by force anthropologically.”

    Excellent expression. People trade values.

    Problem is that Karl Marx defined the word “capitalism” in many people’s minds as “exploitation”.
    Observe how neo-Marxists, which most environmental activists are, evade that we have a fairly good justice where most commenters herein live. They even work against it.
    They try to tear down what feeds people, to replace it with an ideology that always leads to starvation and tyranny.
    (Except for the Marxist elite:

  503. Mary Brown says:

    Keith Sketchley says:
    July 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Mary Brown says: July 14, 2014 at 10:13 am
    “And I thought only the Coke Brothers spent money to influence climate opinion”

    Correct spelling of the name of the businessmen who fund libertarian-oriented think tanks like Cato is “Koch”. Pronounced like the cola.
    Mary says…
    Thanks. I thought they ran Coke and were under the gun for all the CO2 emitted from when you open a soda. Just kidding. But that’s closer to the truth than most people and journalists who refer to the Koch Brothers as “Ultra-right wing”. Libertarians are often “ultra left wing” on many issues. I think the mischaracterization is sometimes ignorance and sometimes on purpose in an attempt to discredit.

  504. skiphil says:

    have you seen this one?
    I thought you would like it for scientific and historical interest, and also for the passage about tree rings which seems to suggest that at Columbia U’s tree rings lab they know that tree rings are far more responsive to precipitation than tontemperature??? (if I understood that correctly)

  505. Peter West says:

    I have transcribed a lecture by Stephen Schneider, given 2010/02/04, and placed on YouTube at . The transcription is at
    My attention was drawn to it by Rupert Darwall in his book The Age of Global Warming.
    My primary interest (and Darwall’s) was in the view of scientific method Schneider espouses, but there are many issues in it. I would be particularly interested in comments from Huntsville about his claim (from 15:17) that the satellite guys got it wrong, and that, after corrections by real skeptical scientists, the satellite record has been reconciled with the thermometer record.
    From 19:41, there are similar claims made about the radiosondes. These are particularly interesting in vire of the recent paper co-authored by McKitrick about the radiosonde record.
    For additional entertainment, this comment occurs at 21:45.
    “So you have two and a half years of two hundred scientists writing a report like an IPCC report or a National Academy of Science report–which wouldn’t be two hundred, that would be twenty–and it goes through two rounds of peer review; you have to justify every change you make in it, or don’t make in it, to three review editors who independently comment, and then you sit there and the media gets two petroleum geologists funded by you-know-who oil company, and calls that balance.”

  506. With the recent flurry of papers by McKitrick/Vogelsang and Nic Lewis, I am increasingly convinced that in the same way as Al Capone was undone by tax accountants, climate alarmism will be ultimately pulled apart by statisticians.
    I’ve written a blog post on it here:

  507. Rik Gheysens says:

    Jobs cut at Osram
    A new savings program is announced by Osram that will include 7,800 jobs, or around 23 percent of its staff! 1,700 would be in Germany and 6,100 internationally.
    This is the second program of jobs cut by the company. The first one was called “Push” and this program runs out at the end of this year. It involved cutting 8,700 jobs or 21 percent of its workforce and closing a quarter its 43 factories.–sector.html

    What’s the reason of these job cuts? “Professor Jörg Funder, trade expert and professor at the University of Applied Sciences, stated that the problems of the Group are related to the EU legislation: “Through the EU regulation, the traditional large scale light bulb business of Osram is broken away. There, Osram was a leader.” The problem was obviously that the company’s losses could not be tempered by the energy-saving lamps. On one hand, the buyers were cautious, the light was too cold, too bright, on the other hand, there were suddenly more competitors who could respond. Third is the fact that the buying cycles are greater for energy-saving lamps, so the profit margins turn ultimately lower.

    An analyst for a private bank, just watching the developments in the Group, mentions another reason for the decline in sales: “The demand for LED lamps has increased. This is also related to the ban of conventional light bulbs. In this area there is much low-cost competition from Asia. With the production of LED lamps Osram makes great losses.” CEO Wolfgang Dehen confirmed this: However, the production of new LED lights is not yet profitable. Here Osram plans to reach breakeven in 2015.” (German)

    “Currently Osram has 33,900 employees, including 9,500 in Germany. Wolfgang Dehen makes it clear that even the recent job cuts are not yet the end of the cuts. According to the Osram-Chief, the rapid slump in business is the consequence of the falling price of LED products. That’s why an increasing number of consumers would switch to LED lamps. The switch is faster than expected by Osram, Dehen admits.
    Here we already see the next market upheaval and thus new burdens for Osram. Dehen pointed out that at the EU level, in the context of the earlier conventional light bulb ban, also since long a ban on certain halogen light bulbs is being discussed, i.e. a ban from 2017. “We do not know how the policy will decide.” Therefore, Osram initially has factored in a ban of halogen lamps.” (German)

    P.S.: Neither CFLs nor LEDs are safe!
    – The quality of light of CFLs is horrible. These lamps contain mercury and can emit UV radiation.
    – Abraham Haim: What is so bad about moving to energy saving illumination with LEDs? The answer is light pollution with its negative effects on human health. Emission of short-wavelength illumination (SWL) under natural conditions is dominant during the morning, noon and early afternoon but in the late afternoon and early evening emission of long wavelength illumination becomes dominant. SWL light from LEDs in the evening may confuse our biological clocks when the lighting environment transmits information usually seen in earlier hours. The results include disruption of daily rhythms, decreasing pineal melatonin production and secretion, as well as interference with sleep. Our aim should be to develop sustainable illumination that takes into consideration environmental, social and economical variables. For this purpose we need to define light pollution in biological terms. Smart sustainable illumination, including appropriate policies and standards, will decrease health risks of exposure to light at night. (Source:
    The lamps with the best quality of light are still incandescent light bulbs.

  508. FergalR says:

    NASA has tested and confirmed that the “impossible” Q-drive microwave thruster works. The thrust it produces is tiny but it uses zero propellant.

  509. Cam_S says:

    Peak water!
    New alarmist claims. The planet will run out of water. We won’t have enough water to drink and run hydro electric power. More solar and wind power are needed before we run out of hydro power.

    New studies suggest there will be a worldwide water shortage by 2040

  510. Bill Hutto says:

    Bad Science Muckrakers Question the Big Science Status Quo

    Stossel characterizes this rationale as, “If I am paid by a corporation to do research, I am going to lie, cheat and steal.” Based on his experience at Biogen, he calls this a “total inversion of reality.” He notes that, “95 percent of the scientific papers retracted for falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism have no commercial connection.” And yet, conflict of interest rules continue to proliferate, choking off what could be a critical alternative to taxpayer funding.

    In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of a day when, “because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity,” and “public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

  511. ecowan says:

    If this one has been Posted, I’m sorry – I don’t see it–business.html;_ylt=AwrTWf1bb9pTlFkAmZjQtDMD

    IMF urges higher energy taxes to fight climate change …Energy taxes in much of the world are far below what they should be to reflect the harmful environmental and health impact of fossil fuels use, the International Monetary Fund said in a new book on Thursday. ………For the first time, the IMF laid out exactly what it views as appropriate taxes on coal, natural gas, gasoline and diesel in 156 countries to factor in the fuels’ overall costs, which include carbon dioxide emissions, air pollution, congestion and traffic accidents. …Under its chief, Christine Lagarde, the IMF has delved into the impact of climate change, arguing that tackling the fund’s core mission of economic instability is impossible without also addressing environmental damage………..At the book’s launch in Washington, Lagarde said countries should not have to wait for global agreement on climate policies, and instead should move ahead in adjusting energy prices on their own.. The IMF’s book argues higher energy taxes should not hurt growth if done right…………”On this point, let me be crystal clear: we are generally talking about smarter taxes rather than higher taxes,” Lagarde said, according to prepared remarks for the launch of the book…………

    There is more, if you can stand to read it.

  512. I just received this courtesy of WUWT articles sending me to read Cook et al. I had tracking turned off and cookies turned off and I still got this “Summary of 2013″. I vote it “BEST SATIRE OF 2013″.

    Unfortunately, I think the authors were serious. (Actually some of the papers are pretty interesting but the need to reference “Climate Change” in most of them is pretty funny, and some are just …)

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    Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature
    John Cook, Dana Nuccitelli, Sarah A Green, Mark Richardson, Bärbel Winkler, Rob Painting, Robert Way, Peter Jacobs and Andrew Skuce
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 024024

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    Global premature mortality due to anthropogenic outdoor air pollution and the contribution of past climate change
    Raquel A Silva, J Jason West, Yuqiang Zhang, Susan C Anenberg, Jean-François Lamarque, Drew T Shindell, William J Collins, Stig Dalsoren, Greg Faluvegi, Gerd Folberth, Larry W Horowitz, Tatsuya Nagashima, Vaishali Naik, Steven Rumbold, Ragnhild Skeie, Kengo Sudo, Toshihiko Takemura, Daniel Bergmann, Philip Cameron-Smith, Irene Cionni, Ruth M Doherty, Veronika Eyring, Beatrice Josse, I A MacKenzie, David Plummer, Mattia Righi, David S Stevenson, Sarah Strode, Sophie Szopa and Guang Zeng
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034005

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    Historic and future increase in the global land area affected by monthly heat extremes
    Dim Coumou and Alexander Robinson
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034018

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    Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare
    Emily S Cassidy, Paul C West, James S Gerber and Jonathan A Foley
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034015

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    Medieval Irish chronicles reveal persistent volcanic forcing of severe winter cold events, 431–1649 CE
    Francis Ludlow, Alexander R Stine, Paul Leahy, Enda Murphy, Paul A Mayewski, David Taylor, James Killen, Michael G L Baillie, Mark Hennessy and Gerard Kiely
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 024035

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    Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?
    Amanda S Adams and David W Keith
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 015021

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    Future changes in atmospheric rivers and their implications for winter flooding in Britain
    David A Lavers, Richard P Allan, Gabriele Villarini, Benjamin Lloyd-Hughes, David J Brayshaw and Andrew J Wade
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034010

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    Spatial decoupling of agricultural production and consumption: quantifying dependences of countries on food imports due to domestic land and water constraints
    Marianela Fader, Dieter Gerten, Michael Krause, Wolfgang Lucht and Wolfgang Cramer
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014046

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    Asynchronous exposure to global warming: freshwater resources and terrestrial ecosystems
    Dieter Gerten, Wolfgang Lucht, Sebastian Ostberg, Jens Heinke, Martin Kowarsch, Holger Kreft, Zbigniew W Kundzewicz, Johann Rastgooy, Rachel Warren and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034032

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    The upper end of climate model temperature projections is inconsistent with past warming
    Peter Stott, Peter Good, Gareth Jones, Nathan Gillett and Ed Hawkins
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014024

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    Estimation of regional air-quality damages from Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania
    Aviva Litovitz, Aimee Curtright, Shmuel Abramzon, Nicholas Burger and Constantine Samaras
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014017

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    Cosmic rays, solar activity and the climate
    T Sloan and A W Wolfendale
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    A global fingerprint of macro-scale changes in urban structure from 1999 to 2009
    Steve Frolking, Tom Milliman, Karen C Seto and Mark A Friedl
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 024004

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    J A Screen
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 044015

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    Economic mitigation challenges: how further delay closes the door for achieving climate targets
    Gunnar Luderer, Robert C Pietzcker, Christoph Bertram, Elmar Kriegler, Malte Meinshausen and Ottmar Edenhofer
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034033

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    James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha and Makiko Sato
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    R Giles Harrison and Maarten H P Ambaum
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 015027

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    Global climate targets and future consumption level: an evaluation of the required GHG intensity
    Bastien Girod, Detlef Peter van Vuuren and Edgar G Hertwich
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    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 044026

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    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 044055

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    Jacob G Englander, Sharad Bharadwaj and Adam R Brandt
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 044036

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    Aaron M McCright, Katherine Dentzman, Meghan Charters and Thomas Dietz
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 044029

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    Strategic incentives for climate geoengineering coalitions to exclude broad participation
    Katharine L Ricke, Juan B Moreno-Cruz and Ken Caldeira
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014021

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    Elevation gradient of successful plant traits for colonizing alpine summits under climate change
    Magalì Matteodo, Sonja Wipf, Veronika Stöckli, Christian Rixen and Pascal Vittoz
    2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 024043

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  513. littlepeaks says:

    World Community Grid is soliciting proposals for using distributed computing for Climate Change Research.
    “In response to President Obama’s call to action on the Climate Data Initiative, we invite scientists studying climate change issues to submit proposals for accessing massive supercomputing power to advance their research.”

  514. khroche says:

    Here is study from the Centers for Disease Control that you might be interested in posting. It shows that cold is more deadly to humans than heat waves. Too bad for those who would like us to believe that CO2 is going to kill us all from heat stroke.

  515. baart1980 says:

    I`m from Poland and I love to read some old newspapers. Recently I`ve found regional newspaper from 31.7.1978, where they wrote about giant heatwave in whole Europe (f.e. Scandinavia 30 degree C, Spain 40-50 degree C). Link is in Polish language, but if you want I can help with translation.

    I`m not a climate denier or aalrmist, but I think something is going on.

  516. steve reid says:

    Just finished a couple of books on the Lance Armstrong saga.

    The parallels to the AGW movement are quite stunning.

    Lance and his enablers promulgated the myth that he was a world beating clean athlete. His enablers included media such as the New York Times, sponsors, politicians.

    He had the international governing body (the UCI) in his corner.

    There were skeptics who didn’t buy it.

    Seeing the parallels yet?

    Lance Inc intimidated, threatened anyone who didn’t toe the line.

    Other riders who didn’t take part were run out of the sport, marginalised, bullied, even called insane.

    Other skeptics had their businesses ruined (see Greg Lemond’s story)

    In many cases they were harassed or silenced by lawsuits. The lawsuits went in Lance’s favour. Damaged were awarded, critics were cowed.

    He even had the altruism angle covered – the cancer foundation, which is now seen by many to have been something of a criticism forestaller.

    “You can’t criticise me, I’m saving the world”.

    There was even the dodgy use of statistics. “I’ve been tested 500 times and never failed a test”.

    He was using EPO when there was no test for it, and then switched to blood doping when there was no test for that.

    So, a near perfect analogy for what’s been going on in the AGW “debate”.

    Fortunately, we know how the Lance saga ended. The truth always prevails.


    Seems Polar Bears are living and hunting on non-existing algorithmic ice in the arctic:

    Just a follow up on the WUWT article:

    Remember that claim from NSIDC and Walt Meier that the Antarctic ice expansion was due to a ‘processing error’? …never mind
    Posted on July 28, 2014 by Anthony Watts
    NASA scientist says that error has long since been corrected and the increase in sea ice in Antarctica is real.
    “If the reason that the shift was undetected is because the data is so noisy, how important can it be?”

  518. Gary (Arkansas) says:

    Climate Change to cause surge in immigration. I figured they’d get around to it sooner or later:

  519. MikeH says:

    Aren’t we Taxed Enough Already”? IMF wants more taxes for climate change. Maybe she didn’t get the memo? “Climate Disruption”–business.html;_ylt=AwrTWf1bb9pTlFkAmZjQtDMD

  520. Joel O'Bryan says:

    Requested by Anthony,

    Studies suggest that atoll islands will rise in step with a rising sea
    By Christopher Pala, on South Tarawa

    As the minibus wobbles over the dusty, pothole-filled road that runs the length of South Tarawa island, a song blasting over Kiribati’s state radio envisions an apocalypse for this fishhook-shaped atoll halfway between Honolulu and Fiji: “The angry sea will kill us all.” The song, which won a competition organized by Kiribati’s government, reflects the views of President Anote Tong, who has been warning for years of a knockout punch from climate change. In an interview with CNN in June, Tong insisted that rising sea levels due to global warming will mean “total annihilation” for this nation of 33 coral islands spread over a swath of the Central Pacific the size of India, and for other atoll island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives. In May, Tong announced that Kiribati had spent $8.7 million to buy 22 square kilometers of land on Vanua Levu in Fiji as a haven for displaced citizens, cementing his nation’s global reputation as an early victim of climate change. Many scientists quietly demur. No doubt, the sea is coming: In a 2013 report, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that global sea levels will rise up to 1 meter by 2100. But recent geologic studies suggest that the coral reefs supporting sandy atoll islands will grow and rise in tandem with the sea. The only islanders who will have to move must do so for the same reason as millions of people on the continents: because they live too close to shore. Paul Kench, a geomorphologist who now heads the University of Auckland’s School ofEnvironment in New Zealand, was the first to question the dire forecasts for Kiribati and similar island nations. In 1999, the World Bank asked him to evaluate the economic costs of sea-level rise and climate change to Pacific island nations. Kench, who had been studying how atoll islands evolve over time, says he had assumed that a rising ocean would engulf the islands, which consist of sand perched on reefs. “That’s what everyone thought, and nobody questioned it,” he says. But when he scoured the literature, he could not find a single study to support that scenario. So Kench teamed up with Peter Cowell, a geomorphologist at the University of Sydney in Australia, to model what might happen. They found that during episodes of high seas—at high tide during El Niño events, which raise sea level in the Central Pacific, for example—storm waves would wash over higher and higher sections of atoll islands. But instead of eroding land, the waves would raise island elevation by depositing sand produced from broken coral, coralline algae, mollusks, and foraminifera. Kench notes that reefs can grow 10 to 15 mill imeters a year—faster than the sea-level rise expected to occur later this century. “As long as the reef is healthy and generates an abundant supply of sand, there’s no reason a reef island can’t grow and keep up,” he argues. This equilibrium may not mean that all areas of atolls will remain habitable, says Scott Smithers, a geomorphologist at James Cook University, Townsville, in Australia. “The changes might happen at a rate that exceeds the recovery,” he says. But the geologic record is reassuring, Kench and others found when they drilled deep cores into reef islands to probe how they responded to past sea-level changes. In a February report in Geophysical Research Letters, the researchers found that the island of Jabat in the Marshall Islands emerged on a reef 4800 to 4000 years ago, when sea levels were rising as fast as they are expected to rise over the next century. Other support for the model has come from monitoring how shorelines respond to seasonal No need to redraw the mapf KIRIBATI South Tarawa TUVALU FIJI Vanua Levu Kiritimati changes in wave and wind patterns, investigating how extreme events like tsunamis reshape islands, and analyzing aerial photos and satellite images from the past 60 years, which have shown that the 15-centimeter sea-level rise over the past half-century has had no discernible effect on atolls. Tong has drawn worldwide attention to evidence of his own: Bikeman islet off South Tarawa, which is already submerged; SCIENCE the washed-away village of Tebunginako on Abaiang island; and ubiquitous broken seawalls. But scientists blame these woes on human activity: causeways, sand removal, and poorly designed seawalls. “Pictures of flooding you see on the news have more to do with poor shoreline management and people settling on marginal land than with sea-level rise,” says Simon Donner, a climate scientist at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada who has examined sea-level variability in South Tarawa. Some Kiribati officials agree: “[E]vidence shows that widespread erosion along the ocean and lagoon shorelines is primarily due to [local] human activities,” wrote Naomi Biribo, permanent secretary in the fisheries ministry, and her Ph.D. adviser, geomorphologist Colin Woodroffe of the University of Wollongong in Australia, in the July 2013 issue of Sustainability Science. “[F]urther encroachment onto the active beach will … increas[e] erosion and susceptibility of the reef islands to anticipated sea-level rise.” Still, people living on lower lying and narrower sections of islands are unquestionably vulnerable to rising seas, especially on islands like South Tarawa, where 50,000 people live elbow-to-elbow in 15 square kilometers. Washover events dump salt water onto freshwater lenses—pockets of rainwater trapped in porous coral below the sand—rendering it undrinkable for weeks, until fresh water floats back to the surface. Areas already prone to flooding during storms will have to be abandoned. Shore huggers on South Tarawa will be able to find safer land elsewhere in Kiribati, such as Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, which at about five times the size of Manhattan is the largest atoll in the world. Most of its residents live in a leeward part of the island that’s 7 meters above sea level. Vanua Levu in Fiji is a less appealing refuge. The purchase was “a publicity stunt,” scoffs Teburoro Tito, a former president of Kiribati and member of the opposition party Protect the Maneaba. Already home to 270 farmers from the Solomon Islands, the steep, hilly tract may accommodate only a few hundred more people. If the optimists are right, no one from Kiribati will have to leave their country anyway. ■ Christopher Pala is a writer in Washington, D.C

  521. Neil Jordan says:

    This week’s California Water Plan eNews at

    carries an article about opening a climate document for public comment. See
    “Climate action team opens draft research plan to public comment”

    The California Climate Action Team is accepting public comments on its draft climate change research plan. The plan introduces strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it looks at ways to integrate science into planning strategies. Details, and an address for submitting comments, are available here. The comment deadline is Friday, Sept. 5.

    “Extreme solar storms spark a need for innovation”.
    [As NASA just announced], a massive solar storm similar to the one in 2012 could wipe out GPS, satellite communication, the power grid, the Internet – just about anything that would be affected by a sufficiently large direct electromagnetic blast from the sun [including nuclear plants]. One thing that could be done now is to launch a competition to attract the best ideas from the scientific community, similar to what NASA does with its Innovative Advanced Concepts program. It’s been noticed that, in the event of extreme solar activity, the Earth’s magnetosphere adjusts in response to the CMEs from the sun. Maybe that system could be exploited or augmented by man-made means to create a shield that powers up or powers down anytime NASA’s early-warning system detects unusual activity.
    It’s feasible, because both the easy crater shields and the big equatorial one can start immediately and push for international truce, while the big shield will use gravity balance AND celestial electricity to need less energy!

  523. Dave Ward says:

    UEA – “Climate change will make some tropical regions wetter – then dry them out”

  524. Nylo says:

    I just left a comment in Skeptical Science, in the article dedicated to understanding the basics of the Jet Stream:

    Because I am afraid of it being “disappeared”, I have taken a screen cap as well:

    I don’t know if it will ever get replied to, but I think I make a valid point in it.

  525. JohnB says:

    Are we all waiting with breath abated for the movie “Into the Storm” starting next week?

  526. Bill Parsons says:


    EPA Emissions Plan Draws Protest in Pittsburgh
    Union Members Gather in Opposition to Proposed Carbon-Emissions Rule

  527. MikeH says:

    These goes the oysters..
    In the article, they note that the oysters prefer a pH of 8.2 (more alkaline) . But normal pH levels of the ocean are 7.5 – 8.5 . They provide a doom and gloom narrative stating that when their special filtration system is turned off, and the raw seawater enters the hatchery, the pH “plunges” to 7.6 . But this is within the norm!.

  528. Brad says:

    Released memo from Patty Murray, senator from Washington State.

    What a crock of BS…

  529. Corey S. says:

    NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

    If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months

    NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists with NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories in Houston, Texas, presented a paper indicating they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that’s a big “if,” since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years.

    The type of container NASA tested was based on a model for a new space engine that doesn’t use weighty liquid propellant or nuclear reactors, called a Cannae Drive. The idea is that microwaves bouncing from end-to-end of a specially designed, unevenly-shaped container can create a difference in radiation pressure, causing thrust to be exerted toward the larger end of the container. A similar type of technology called an EmDrive has been demonstrated to work in small scale trials by Chinese and Argentine scientists.

    While the amount of thrust generated in these NASA’s tests was lower than previous trials — between 30 and 50 micronewtons, way less than even the weight of an iPhone, as Nova points out — the fact that any thrust whatsoever is generated without an onboard source of fuel seems to violate the conservation of momentum, a bedrock in the laws of physics.

    Rest here:

    Anomalous Thrust Production from an RF Test Device Measured on a Low-Thrust Torsion Pendulum

  530. rogerknights says:

    Here’s a funny comment on a pot story (on the NYT’s drug war past) on Reason magazine today:

    CatoTheElder|8.1.14 @ 11:19AM|#
    The NYT responsibly reported the consensus of scientists: over 97% of doctors engaged in drug research agreed that marihuana posed overwhelming dangers of psychotic violence, miscegenation, addiction, mental illness, and social rot.

    The NYT understood that this was settled science, that further debate was unnecessary and counterproductive to society, and government had to forcefully address the dangers posed by marihuana with a strong prohibition. Sure, it might be interpreted as an usurpation of individual rights, but reefer madness was an inconvenient truth.

    Ever since the 1920s, experts in the war on drugs almost unanimously oppose legalization. These are the experts with frontline experience with consequences of marihuana addiction in the law enforcement, prison management, and drug treatment industries. It’s settled science!

  531. Rolf says:

    Anthony, you want your site to be perfect ?

    This image on the ENSO page
    has the text : Sea surface anomaly in the ….
    but is actually the sea surface temperature.

  532. PhilW says:

    Anti-fracking ‘expert’ and question marks over his credentials: Ex punk rocker ‘lied and peddled pseudo science’

  533. john says:

    Executive of Canadian renewable company pleads guilty in US to money laundering over renewable energy fraud in first Canadian-related renewable energy fraud case

    Nathan Stoliar, a prominent Australian executive, has pleaded guilty in the US to several criminal charges including money laundering conspiracy, for selling fraudulent renewable energy credits, similar in some ways to carbon credits, from Canada to American companies.

    Although the case was not prosecuted in Canada, it is the first Canadian instance of renewable energy fraud and money laundering that has been prosecuted.

    According to American law enforcement, a Vancouver company controlled and operated by Stoliar, City Farm Biofuel, claimed to produce biofuel which was sold to a US company that was part of the scheme, Global E Marketing. It used the imports of non-existant biofuel products to generate and sell renewable identification numbers (RINs) to third parties so that the latter could comply with EPA renewable energy requirements. Stoliar’s Vancouver company allegedly made US$37 million from the environmental crime scheme. Stoliar is alleged to have created false records to conceal the production, importation, sale and fraudulent RIN generation and used Canadian bank accounts in Vancouver to launder the proceeds of crime…

    …Stoliar was a foreign politically exposed person in the US and in Canada when he set up bank accounts in Vancouver and Nevada for, inter alia, City Farm Biofuel. According to the Australian media, he was a very close associate of Eddie Obeid, a prominent Australian politician who was Minister of Mineral Resources and Minister of Fisheries in Australia. Their close association is substantially detailed in the international media. According to Australian media, Obeid was recently found by an Australian corruption commission to have acted corruptly in relation to his position while a member of Parliament. Stoliar had other close associations and business associations that likewise made him politically exposed in respect of his dealings in Canada and the US.

    According to the OECD and FATF, politically exposed persons are higher risk for money laundering and other financial crimes, particularly accepting and paying bribes because they can use their positions of power to influence economic decisions to their benefit, or to the benefit of close associates, and because they have access to facilitate the removal of state assets from states through gatekeepers or other facilitators…

    …Growing Financial Crime Concern with Renewable Energy

    Financial crime in renewable energy is a growing concern for law enforcement and is expected to explode as more businesses enter the lucrative renewable energy field. Over €15 billion was lost in the EU from financial crimes associated with carbon emissions trades including VAT fraud, money laundering and theft.

    Our summary of an Interpol report on financial crime and renewable energy is here. Interpol noted that the lack of regulation and the legal complexity of renewable energy credits are contributors to the increase in financial crimes, particularly in respect of fake carbon and other renewable energy credits.

    It is the fifth major biofuel criminal case in the US involving renewable energy. In December 2013, the US Department of Justice disallowed $33 million in renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it did not manufacture. Earlier in the year, federal prosecutors in the US charged two other US companies of selling millions of fraudulent renewable certificates.

  534. john says:

    john says:
    August 2, 2014 at 4:22 am

    More here…

    EPA details the crimes–go to pages 7 & 8. I smell UPC. Global EMarketing

  535. john says:

    Even more…

    Enter James Jariv:

    Jariv is connected to one Brian Caffyn who heads UPC/UPC Renewables/UPC Solar/First Wind/ Zeehan Zinc and many other companies and their shell and shelf corps…

    James Jariv…

    The principal of Metro group, James Jariv, left Australia in 2004 leaving debts of more than $6 million. The companies in the group have been wound up.
    The principal of Metro group, James …, 24 Sept 2012 [cached]
    The principal of Metro group, James Jariv, left Australia in 2004 leaving debts of more than $6 million. The companies in the group have been wound up.

    Mr Jariv is now working in the biotech industry in Las Vegas.

    Two Men Charged in Las Vegas with Biofuels Fraud Scheme › Briefing Room
    United States Department of Justice
    Jan 16, 2014 – The 57-count indictment against James Jariv, 63, of Las Vegas, and Nathan Stoliar, 64, of Australia, includes allegations of conspiracy, wire …
    FBI — Las Vegas Telemarketers Arrested in Timeshare … › … › Press Releases › 2012
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Nov 16, 2012 – HOUSTON—James Assi Jariv, 62, of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been charged, along with seven others, in a four-count indictment alleging …
    Nathan “Nati” Stoliar indicted by a federal grand jury in the ……/story-fni0cx12-1226...
    The Daily Telegraph
    Feb 1, 2014 – He and Las Vegas native James Jariv, 63, have been indicted on a charges under the Clean Air. Act, as well obstruction of justice and …

  536. Travis casey says:

    Dick Lindzen holds a master class at Oxford. Does anyone listen?
    Climate Change Fact or Fiction | Head to Head | A…:

  537. Stephen Brown says:

    A rather nice letter to the Editor of the Daily telegraph here in the UK:-
    SIR – Yesterday, August 1, was Lammas Day, traditionally the beginning of harvest time, as here in Hertfordshire.
    Almost on cue, just a day early, hay-making began to the north of me and the wheat crop is being reaped to the west.
    Today climate change and global warming are debated widely in forums undreamed of a thousand years ago, but the farming calendar has not changed since Anglo-Saxon times.
    Long may this continue.

  538. betapug says:

    Waves found in the Beaufort Sea for the first time in history! We are all going to die! Computer models are alleged to have reconstructed wave history.

  539. Truthseeker says:


    You have seen (and commented on) Tony Heller’s recent adjustments vs CO2 post. How about re-blogging it here?

  540. Warren in New Zealand says:

    The Tuvalu family moved to New Zealand in 2007, but has had no legal status in the country since 2009.

    Their two children, aged 3 and 5, were born in New Zealand.

    The father is a qualified teacher but has been a maintenance worker at a fast-food chain because he couldn’t register as a teacher.

    His several applications for work visas were refused.

    In November 2012, the family lodged claims for refugee and protected persons status.

    In March last year, their claims were dismissed and last month the tribunal turned down their appeals because they did not meet the refugee convention.

    They successfully appealed against that decision on humanitarian grounds.

    In a decision issued last month, the tribunal found “exceptional circumstances … which would make it unjust and unduly harsh” for the family to return to Tuvalu.

    Immigration lawyer Trevor Zohs, who represented the family with Carole Curtis, told the Herald on Sunday the effects of climate change should be recognised.

    “A lot of people are affected by illness when they go back, they get sick from drinking polluted water. The island is porous so even when the water is not flooding, it penetrates the rocks under the land.”

    Granted on humanitarian grounds, climate change not mentioned

  541. Ben D says:

    Hmmmm….could this technology be used to convert sequestered CO2?

    NASA shows off new technology for Mars Rover, including device to turn carbon dioxide to oxygen

  542. George says:

    The Science Fact essay in the July/August 2014 issue of _ANALOG Science Fiction and Fact_, “Spanking Bad Data Won’t Makea Them Behave” (pp 38-51) makes several references to climate data. Its author is, Michael Flynn, whose “‘Fallen Angels’ – a 1991 satire of climate alarmism” in which, as “a new Ice Age imperils the world, a lunatic fringe of the environmental movement has taken control of the U.S. government” was the subject of an essay by Prescient posted June 22, 2013 on WUWT by guest blogger Eric Worrall . Definitiely worth reading!


    Guest essay byPrescient: ‘Fallen Angels’ – a 1991 satire of climate alarmism
    Posted on June 22, 2013 by Guest Blogger

    As a new Ice Age imperils the world, a lunatic fringe of the environmental movement has taken control of the U.S. government.

    Guest essay by Eric Worrall

  543. Sasha says:

    Travis casey says:
    Dick Lindzen holds a master class at Oxford. Does anyone listen?

    Yes, and it wasn’t worth listening to. It was the same old climate hysteric’s arguments you’ve heard ad nauseam … the “97% consensus” among scientists…the Koch brothers…the IPCC reports…and rising sea levels…extreme weather events…droughts….floods, melting ice, etc. all being caused by man-made CO2, blah, blah, blah,… yawn.

    The interviewer was biased, rude and boorish, and every time Lindzen began to get into his stride the interviewer would interrupt him (sometimes shouting) with another stupid and irrelevant assertion, so the most interesting part of the answer was never articulated properly. This has to have been the worst so-called “debate” at the Oxford Union I have ever heard, and it did nobody any credit (least of all the interviewer), left nobody any the wiser and failed to change anyone’s mind about anything.

  544. Mary Brown says:

    Poor Greens hate rich Greens, too. Those rich techies are ruining our proletariat paradise by using mass transit.

  545. artwest says:

    “College professor uses English class to push global warming, attack Koch brothers

    Prof. Darwin Pagnac required his students to write an essay analyzing methods climate-change skeptics use to subvert scientific consensus.
    Suggested students research ‘anti-science’ textbooks or Koch Industries which are ‘motivated to undermine the credibility of climate change science.’
    The foundation for the essay also claimed that ‘[t]he right-leaning Fox News provided misinformation on climate change in 72 percent of its reporting on the issue.’ ”

  546. Ed Martin says:

    Downright dismal images of the Western drought, a record-setter in California – The Washington Post

    It does look dismal… We could sure [give] you some rain.
    It’s rained here sometimes 5-6 days a week since May 1st and often 4- 5 inches + at a time. 65 miles away in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville they’re grass turned brownish. Here everything is growing like its on steroids. Example: Sumac is bent over to the ground with berries.

  547. Duke C. says:

    Another “prediction” fail –

    ‘Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and Europe Defy Climate Experts’

  548. Bob Shapiro says:

    Hi Anthony,
    I came across this essay looking at Electric Power production to gauge the health of an economy. There’s a graph showing that EP growth in the US stopped after 1995.

    He includes a comment on Global Warming: “Looking at EP’s 52Wk M/A (Red Plot), post WW2 EP demand was doubling every ten years up until 1975; impressive! After 1975, EP didn’t double again until 2008, a full thirty three years later, but the seasonal peaks in EP became very pronounced. EP also provides us with a proxy for national air-conditioning demand. The hotter the summer, the larger the peak; and the truth is that ever since the summer of 1995 (when EP’s summer demand peaked at 30% above its 52Wk M/A), peak-electrical demand for EP has been declining, even as academics seeking additional Federal research funding continue to warn us of “global warming.”

    This doesn’t even consider the US population growth since 1995!

    The link is

    The essay itself is about government mismanagement of the US Economy, but the EP chart, and the quote above might be a good blurb.

  549. Leon Brozyna says:

    An algae bloom in Lake Erie turns the water toxic for the city of Toledo and sure enough … climate change figures in the blame game.

  550. el gordo says:

    After the demise of a tax on a harmless trace gas in Oz, there is a sense that nothing has changed in Canberra.

    Green senator Christine Milne had a message for ‘all those people partying around the corridors’:

    “Enjoy it because it is your last stand. The fact is you have misjudged the temperature … When we look at the temperature of the planet rising, let us look at the climate science. The fact of the matter is we are on track for four to six degrees of warming. That means people will not survive. Part of the world will be uninhabitable. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.”

  551. ivor ward says:

    It would appear that throwing petrol bombs at Gas Frakking workers homes is the next step in “peaceful” protest in Northern Ireland.

  552. Bruce Cobb says:

    Looks like there are turbo-charged waves (some as high as 29 feet!) in the Beaufort seas being kicked up, due to “global warming” which will of course cause an even more rapid decline of sea ice:
    Serreze’s “Arctic Death Spiral” lives on.

  553. Sasha says:

    PR AGW corruption strikes again!

    World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers
    Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations

    Funny, I don’t know any “climate deniers” but apparently some PR wonks and Guardian writers imagine they exist. Notice that they can’t even spell “emission” correctly, so how much do they really understand about climate science?

  554. Pamela Gray says:

    Anthony: Another sea ice story that uses a tiny amount of observations to tell us waves in the Arctic Sea are caused by global warming.

  555. Pamela Gray says:

    Somebody already beat me to it! My link provides the paper.

  556. RonPE says:

    Near the end . . .
    The D_____ word is tossed around freely by Pres and the Economist players. The D____ word has definitely entered the MSM with easy and relaxed usage.

  557. John F. Hultquist says:

    From NASA — March 31, 2014

    The brightest (light pink) areas are in the upper mid-west (I once lived there) and the attribution is to the corn crop, but sunflowers and soybeans are also widely grown. Neither seem to have made the crop list. The signatures of the crops may not be seperable.
    From NASA: “ Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists.

    Now on akkuweather:

    The page seems not to give a link to NASA.

  558. John F. Hultquist says:

    Bob Shapiro says:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    An electric power story ought to mention the increased efficiency of appliances. During the time frame mentioned we have changed the heating and A/C to a more modern air-sourced heat pump, switched many lights to modern, and gotten rid of 2 old refrigerator-freezers (one from the late 1970s and one from 1982).

  559. Taphonomic says:

    Ants will save us from global warming:

    Preprint of article:

    IMHO, I wouldn’t put too much credence in the study, though. Years ago, the author, Ron Dorn, claimed to have developed a radiocarbon method to date desert varnish on rocks. When scientists that he worked with suggested that he tampered with the samples, he sued them. However, he has admitted that the method didn’t work throwing most desert varnish dates into question.

  560. Steve C says:

    A mention on American Thinker of “the estimable Anthony Watts”:

  561. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is scary, some one got to the major PR firms and they are saying that they are refusing to spread the “disinformation” of climate deniers, and will not represent anyone that opposes global warming initiatives.

    Hello Al are you in there?

  562. Cam_S says:

    Polar bears can now go surfing, thanks to Arctic waves.

    Could global warming bring surfing to the Arctic?

  563. flyfisher says:

    Was going to post about the PR companies, but Larry beat me to it. Wanted to add that this would likely by unconstitutional, as the similar case with the bakery not wanting to bake a cake for a gay wedding. I wonder if the PR firms would also have to undergo sensitivity training

  564. MikeH says:

    Sorry, but “Deniers” are not a protected class. We are also not endangered, since our numbers seem to be growing, like the polar bears..
    I too was just about to post the same article, my guess is that there is too much $$$ to be made from the AGW crowd, since they have the deeeeeeeeeep Gov’t pockets to lay cash out for PR. If these firms take on clients with opposing views, they may see their revenue take a hit. Someone may have ‘Talked’ to them about those prospects…

  565. Richard Thal says:

    From a rebuttal of John Coleman’s statements on GW

    He will not be happy

    [Reply: Where is the "rebuttal"? I see confirmation. ~mod.]

  566. Allan MacRae says:

    OT, but bear with me…

    Today is the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1, aka “The Great War”, or the “War to End All Wars” – no irony there.

    My great-uncle Thomas R. Sample, a bank clerk from Vankleek Hill, Ontario, 18 years of age, and the youngest brother of my grandmother Barbara Jane Sample, enlisted as a Private in 1914 and fought through WW1 with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, East Ontario Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade.

    On September 29, 1918, just six weeks before the Armistice, Lieutenant Thomas R. Sample was killed in action during a major offensive east of Inchy, France. He is buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. My father was five years old – as an old man, he remembered that his mother cried all night long when the sad news came.

    The First World War was an incredibly stupid and wasteful war – but then most wars are.

    I suggest that we in the western world live in blessed times. Notwithstanding our current societal problems, created in large part by the scoundrels and imbeciles that will always be us, our generation has been spared major wars, and we can be thankful that modern medicine means that most of us will predecease all of our beloved children.

    So sleep well tonight, and God Bless Us Every One.

    Best regards to all, Allan

    Attestation Paper – 1914

    Back of Form – Description on Enlistment – 1914

    2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
    1st Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Report of Operations of the Battalion – Nov. 1, 1918

  567. Kip Summers says:

    From the “people send me stuff” dept. Climate change now threatening wine. Ugh…

  568. Kevin Hearle says:

    New research for Southern Ocean
    $24 million for NIWA-led Deep South Challenge
    Home › Politics
    Fuseworks MediaFuseworks Media
    Tuesday, 5 August, 2014 – 10:40
    Funding of $24 million over five years has been approved for New Zealand’s second National Science Challenge – The Deep South Challenge Te Kōmata o Te Tonga, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says

    The Deep South Challenge will be hosted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and conducted by researchers across seven organisations including Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, Antarctica New Zealand, GNS Science, Landcare Research, and the University of Otago.

    “The Southern Ocean and Antarctica play a very big role in determining New Zealand’s climate,” Mr Joyce says. “This Challenge aims to shed new light on the exact impact the Deep South has in determining our climatic conditions, and to transform the way New Zealanders adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.”

    Mr Joyce says the Deep South Challenge will involve multi-disciplinary research across universities, Crown research institutes, and other research organisations including international institutions.

    “The Deep South Challenge will leverage the world-class climate research currently undertaken by New Zealand researchers, to provide New Zealanders greater certainty in their planning for changing climatic conditions,” Mr Joyce says.

    The Deep South Challenge will:

    Develop a New Zealand-specific model to improve predictions of our future climate

    Create a better understanding of how our climate conditions are driven from the Southern Ocean and Antarctica

    Research impacts on climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources of changes driven by climate processes in the deep south

    Research climate-related risks and opportunities for industry, Māori, communities, planners, and regulators

    Research into Antarctic sea ice is one example of the science to be undertaken by the Challenge. Scientists will study the growth and decay of Antarctic sea ice to gain a better understanding of its influence on the ocean and the atmosphere components of the climate system.

    The $24 million funding approved for the Challenge is subject to the finalisation of contract conditions. Total funding available for the Deep South Challenge is up to $88.1 million over ten years. This includes CRI core funding of up to $37 million for work aligned to the Challenge. Funding was approved by the Science Board, appointed by the Minister of Science and Innovation, following assessment from a panel comprising world-leading experts in a number of fields including marine and climate science.

    The Deep South Challenge is the second National Science Challenge to have its funding confirmed. The Government has announced ten Science Challenges to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand.

  569. Nylo says:

    Spectacular reduction in the sea ice volume anomaly in the arctic during the month of July, which adds support to the most optimistic predictions regarding the sea ice extent that we may have in September.

  570. Nylo says:

    Oceanic Niño Index repeats for May-June-July the same value that it had for April-May-June. Which means that we had roughly the same anomaly in July than in April. Where is the Super El Niño?

  571. Here we go again. Remind me, by how much have European rainfall and temperatures changed in the last 50 years?

  572. Allan MacRae says:

    Correcting a typo:

    Moderator, if it is not too much to ask. please correct my above post by adding the word WITH as shown below.
    This post is made 1 day after the 100th Anniversary, and can be deleted after the correction is made…

    My apologies, and thank you.


    OT, but bear with me…

    Today is the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1, aka “The Great War”, or the “War to End All Wars” – no irony there.

    My great-uncle Thomas R. Sample, a bank clerk from Vankleek Hill, Ontario, 18 years of age, and the youngest brother of my grandmother Barbara Jane Sample, enlisted as a Private in 1914 and fought through WW1 with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, East Ontario Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade.

    On September 29, 1918, just six weeks before the Armistice, Lieutenant Thomas R. Sample was killed in action during a major offensive east of Inchy, France. He is buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. My father was five years old – as an old man, he remembered that his mother cried all night long when the sad news came.

    The First World War was an incredibly stupid and wasteful war – but then most wars are.

    I suggest that we in the western world live in blessed times. Notwithstanding our current societal problems, created in large part by the scoundrels and imbeciles that will always be WITH us, our generation has been spared major wars, and we can be thankful that modern medicine means that most of us will predecease all of our beloved children.

    So sleep well tonight, and God Bless Us Every One.

    Best regards to all, Allan

    Attestation Paper – 1914

    Back of Form – Description on Enlistment – 1914

    2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
    1st Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Report of Operations of the Battalion – Nov. 1, 1918

  573. A C Osborn says:

    Anthony & Mods, another case of a truthful Scientist’s persecution by University with ties to Wind Power.

  574. rogerknights says:

    Here’s a comment (from a thread on 350.Org) that I endorse. I think invitations to alarmists to post their case on various issues on WUWT would be a great idea:

    climatereason says:
    August 5, 2014 at 1:03 am

    It would be very interesting to invite this group to write an article for this blog in which they could explain HOW we can provide sufficient energy from non fossil fuel sources to power a sophisticated economy at a price that doesn’t break the bank and allows us to continue a life that is the healthiest and most long lived in history and has enabled so many millions to climb out of the poverty trap to which mankind had previously been accustomed.


  575. oeman50 says:

    From this story,
    SEPP’s April Fool says, “The intersection between climate change and food is not just about quantity. We’re now seeing carbon pollution making some of the food we do grow less nutritious than it used to be,” Kerry said, calling the loss of nutrients a “hidden hunger.”

    Does he make this stuff up? CO2 makes food “less nutritious?” CO2 is required to make food in the first place. And what about hothouses that are flooded with CO2 to increase growth? Geez.

  576. Tom Ragsdale says:

    Just kidding of course, but this kind of behavior among “Climate Scientists” would help clean up the discourse.

  577. PhilW says:

    Tongue-in-cheek ‘Kardashian-index’ raises awareness of cult of celebrity in sciences

  578. pat says:

    6 Aug: Yahoo: Greenpeace loses charitable status appeal
    Greenpeace will miss out on the tax exemptions afforded to charities.
    The environmental organisation has been arguing through the courts that its political advocacy shouldn’t disqualify it from having charitable status.
    However, the Supreme Court has just dismissed the organisation’s appeal against a Court of Appeal determination that purposes or activities that are illegal or unlawful preclude charitable status….

  579. pat says:

    6 Aug: Bloomberg: Tom Randall: Five Threats More Terrifying Than Ebola Arriving in the U.S.
    1) Electromagnetic Pulses From Outer Space: Yup, it’s a thing…
    2) Climate Change: Just 500 years ago, many humans still thought you could sail a ship too far and fall off the planet. Everything seemed so magnificent and untouchable. Now, it turns out, we can just drive around playing Candy Crush and totally trash the planet without lifting a finger off the touch screen. Once-verdant land is drying up while coastal cities are at risk of getting washed away. Coral reefs? Don’t even get me started…

  580. pat says:

    5 Aug: NYT: Eduardo Porter: Reducing Carbon By Curbing Population
    As the threat of climate change has evolved from a fuzzy faraway concept to one of the central existential threats to humanity, scholars like Professor Cohen have noted that reducing the burning of fossil fuels might be easier if there were fewer of us consuming them.
    “Population wouldn’t be the whole story but it could make a big difference,” Mr. Cohen said.
    An article published in 2010 by researchers from the United States, Germany and Austria concluded that if the world’s population reached only 7.5 billion people by midcentury, rather than more than nine billion, in 2050 we would be spewing five billion to nine billion fewer tons of carbon dioxide into the air…

  581. pat says:

    re the New Zealand Greenpeace Yahoo report. perhaps Yahoo has it wrong, tho i can’t figure what the facts really are!

    6 Aug: Radio NZ: Greenpeace can register as charity
    The Supreme Court has ruled that groups can register as charities – even if they have political purpose…
    The Court of Appeal ruled that the group’s policies against nuclear and mass destruction weapons were not controversial and shouldn’t discount them from being a charity.
    However, it said their level of political advocacy was above that needed to achieve their aims.
    In a ruling released on Wednesday afternoon, the Supreme Court said political purpose does not discount a group from being a charity, and Greenpeace can now reapply to be one.

    the following requires someone with more legal expertise than me to explain what it means:

    6 Aug: Judgment: Re Greenpeace of New Zealand Incorporated
    Press Release: NZ Supreme Court (.pdf)

  582. rogerknights says:

    Over at the New Scientist Fred Pearce has a nice article, “Local people preserve the environment better than government,” in which he discusses an issue well known to Reason readers – recognzing the property rights of local people protects resources from overexploitation. Pearce is focusing on a new report from the environmentalist think tank, the World Resources Institute.

  583. Brian O says:

    Looks like the world has its first climate change refugees thanks to a gullible judge:

  584. Alan Robertson says:

    There has been an Antarctic sea ice calving event that is large enough to be visible from space, seen between the Kerguelen Islands and the Avery ice shelf.

  585. Windsong says:

    Being an old retired guy, still get a print edition of The Seattle Times delivered. Was somewhat surprised to see today a front page article on butterfly research in Mt. Rainier NP.
    As soon as I saw the reference to the checkerspot, thought to myself it all sounded very familiar. It was; a detailed critique of Camille Parmesan’s 1996 paper on butterflies from last year is here.

    Lynda Mapes is an excellent reporter and author. Disappointing to see her use alarmist style temperature projections from a 2001 U of W “report.”

  586. David L. Hagen says:

    Mysterious Clouds: When Aircraft Inadvertently Cause Rain or Snow
    “As turboprop and jet aircraft climb or descend under certain atmospheric conditions, they can inadvertently seed mid-level clouds and cause narrow bands of snow or rain to develop and fall to the ground, new research finds. Through this seeding process, they leave behind odd-shaped holes or channels in the clouds, which have long fascinated the public.”

  587. Gil Dewart says:

    A taste of extreme mid-summer weather here in Southern California in the last few days. If you are from South Asia or West Africa our “monsoon” won’t impress you, but it does bring thunderstorms, lightning and flash floods. There was even a bright rainbow the other afternoon, with a faint but discernible outer, inverted arc at 50 degrees. Color dispersion reminds us of something often overlooked in discussions of the “greenhouse effect” — it is not a homogeneous blanket, but has a definite frequency spectrum foir all of the greenhouse agents (gases, liquids and particulates included).

  588. Ric Groome says:

    It’s only weather, but a record was smashed in Death Valley on Aug. 3. It was 89 degrees F, 33 degrees lower than normal and 15 degrees lower than the the lowest high (104) previously recorded for the date! Amazing what a few clouds can do…

  589. Miguel Rakiewicz says:

    06 August 2014 – 4:28 pm

    ~* MOXIE to end Al Gore’s neat little income source. *~

    [ MIT News Office: Rover's MIT-led payload known as MOXIE will play a leading role in paving the way for human exploration of Mars.
    MOXIE — short for Mars OXygen In situ resource utilization Experiment — was selected from 58 instrument proposals submitted by research teams around the world. The experiment, currently scheduled to launch in the summer of 2020, is a specialized reverse fuel cell whose primary function is to consume electricity in order to produce oxygen on Mars, where the atmosphere is 96 percent carbon dioxide. If proven to work on the Mars 2020 mission, a MOXIE-like system could later be used to produce oxygen on a larger scale, both for life-sustaining activities for human travelers and to provide liquid oxygen needed to burn the rocket fuel for a return trip to Earth. ]

    Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen from CO2
    The spacecraft, due in 2020, will have a reverse fuel cell to produce oxygen for fuel—or to breathe

    07 August 2014 – Scientific American / Chemistry World

    MIT News Office (31 July 2014) —


  590. Neo says:

    It is the softly spoken radio show that provides good-natured help and advice to thousands of gardeners every week.

    So regular listeners to Gardeners’ Question Time may be horrified to discover it has been accused of peddling racial stereotypes.

    According to an academic, the sedate Radio 4 panel show is riddled with “racial meanings” disguised as horticultural advice.

    One current presenter, Bob Flowerdew, rubbished the idea, calling it “ridiculous”, and asked whether experts on the show “should stop using Latin names to avoid offending the Romans”.

    But Dr Ben Pitcher, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Westminster, claimed the programme’s regular discussions on soil purity and non-native species promoted nationalist and fascist beliefs.

    This also makes the US “Clean Water Act” and the “Clean Air Act” totally racist .. filled with racist language about purity.

    Since much of Global Warming comes under the racist US “Clean Air Act”, Global Warming and the UN IPCC must be racist as well.

    Of course, it would also follow that Al Gore and anybody who believes in “Gorebal Warming” is a racist, too.

  591. Gregory says:

    How many climate bloggers do you think are members of this little group?

  592. pochas says:

    More about the controversial record on solar activity.

    Evidence for distinct modes of solar activity
    I.G. Usoskin, G. Hulot, Y. Gallet, R. Roth, A. Licht, F. Joos, G. A. Kovaltsov, E. Thébault, and A. Khokhlov

  593. Jeff Westcott says:

    Today’s New York Times has a front page picture (below the fold) and story on A16 about a 101 year old Long Island farmer who has kept the longest individual volunteer temperature record according to the National Weather Service. The picture shows him checking the Stevenson? screen that shows signs of being reasonably well sited. Surprisingly, this being the NYT, they manage to tell this human interest story without getting into climate change although the existence of nearby official airport weather stations is mentioned. Wouldn’t it be interesting and ironic to compare the raw data of his record with the official record (most recently airport-based) as a possibly nice UHI siting example, and point it out to the NYT.

  594. Bruce Foutch says:

    Not sure if this can be verified or not, but it would be most interesting to know for certain and to know if, and if, how they push the climate change mantra:

    “1,000-member secretive progressive journalist group uncovered”

  595. Robert in Calgary says:

    I came across this via Tom Nelson (on the WUWT twitter sidebar)

    Nelson’s twitter feed seems rather interesting.

  596. pat says:

    haven’t some CAGW scepics made the point that everyone under 18 years of age hasn’t lived in a world where the temps have gone up according to the CAGW predictions?

    6 Aug: Scientific American: Reuters: Global Warming Has Become “Normal” Climate for Most People
    (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Toby Chopra and Raissa Kasolowsky)
    OSLO: Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a “normal” climate, scientists said. Decades of climate change bring risks that people will accept higher temperatures, with more heatwaves, downpours and droughts, as normal and complicate government plans to do more to cut emissions of greenhouse gas emissions…
    “Because the last three decades have seen such a significant rise in global and regional temperatures, most people under the age of 30 have not lived in a world without global warming,” Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told Reuters.
    “On human time scales the changes in our climate can seem gradual, so we will increasingly need to remind the public about just how rapid and unprecedented the changes truly are,” Jarraud said…
    ???”People have to get used to continuous change in the climate,” said Thomas Peterson, principal scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and president of the WMO Commission for Climatology.,,

    ???NOAA’s Peterson doesn’t realise people have got used to continuous change in the climate forever? it’s called adaptation.

  597. pat says:

    this is it for the MSM so far. not too interested in spreading this information, it seems:

    6 Aug: CBS Local: NASA Climate Scientist Explains 15-Year ‘Global Warming Hiatus’
    Norman Loeb delivered a lecture entitled, “The Recent Pause in Global Warming: A Temporary Blip or Something More Permanent?” at the NASA Langley Research Center auditorium on Tuesday. The talk addressed challenges to scientists and increased skepticism among climate change deniers due to the recent “hiatus” of global warming…
    “Opinions vary about the hiatus, as some view it as evidence that man-made global warming is a myth,” NASA said in a press release. “Others explain that it is simply due to climate variability that is temporarily masking a longer-term temperature trend.”
    “The question is what’s driving it?” said Loeb, according to the Virginian-Pilot. But his answer reflected the complexity of climate science and did not rule out either scenario based upon the last 15 years of the “global warming hiatus.”
    Loeb said that changes in solar radiation, water vapor and aerosol particles in the air have likely played a role, but a major factor may be an El Nino-like pattern of climate variability that has historically coincided with a slowing in global warming. Loeb noted that a rise in global temperatures slowed in the 1940s as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation climate pattern was active – a pattern that similarly lasted 20-30 years.
    “For average climate records, 30 years is like one data point,” said Loeb, reiterating that while the Earth is warming more slowly, it is still warming. “It’s really forcing us to look at our models and observations and ask questions.”…

    6 Aug: Virginian-Pilot: Aaron Applegate: NASA scientist: Despite slowdown, Earth still warming
    He cautioned against drawing conclusions about what 15 years of slower warming means, mainly because it’s a relatively short time period.
    “For average climate records, 30 years is like one data point,” he said, stressing that while the Earth is warming more slowly, it’s still warming…

  598. Selwyn Ellis says:

    Does anyone have an explanation for the radically different shapes emerging in the sea ice graphs from JAXA and Cryosphere today? JAXA is daily and Cryo is averaged but they are trending in different directions. Why? More phantom adjustments?

  599. Pointman says:

    At its heart, this piece is about empowering you. You do not have to endure malicious, aberrant or anti-social individuals persistently spoiling your enjoyment on the internet. It’s up to you. They are findable, you yourself can do that, and once found, even the merest hint of naming and shaming them is enough to rid yourself of them forever.


  600. rogerknights says:

    Two NOAA employees are blaming Lake Erie’s algal bloom on global warming, even though the lake’s temperature is below the ten-year average:

  601. rogerknights says:

    Windsong says:
    August 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Being an old retired guy, still get a print edition of The Seattle Times delivered. Was somewhat surprised to see today a front page article on butterfly research in Mt. Rainier NP.
    As soon as I saw the reference to the checkerspot, thought to myself it all sounded very familiar. It was; a detailed critique of Camille Parmesan’s 1996 paper on butterflies from last year is here.

    Lynda Mapes is an excellent reporter and author. Disappointing to see her use alarmist style temperature projections from a 2001 U of W “report.”

    I hope you post the above as a comment on the ST’s site, for this story, here:

  602. Mary Brown says:

    pochas says:
    August 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    More about the controversial record on solar activity.

    Fig 2 has a remarkable solar/temp correlation for the last 500 years… even longer.

    That’s my eyeball assessment anyway. Very interesting.

  603. MikeH says:

    NASA trying to explain the AGW pause.. Seems to throw everything in the mix, but in the end, it seems he is unsure, that’s how I read the article. Still, they don’t know. But they still believe the AGW theory in the end

  604. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Global warming makes skeptics more skeptical :-)

    The talk addressed challenges to scientists and increased skepticism among climate change skeptics due to the recent “hiatus” of global warming.

  605. CS says:

    fewer tornado days, yes, but they are more efficient now, says a study:

  606. Brad says:

    From ASHRAE:
    Sleeping in Cooler Temps Could Improve Health, Says Study
    NEW YORK—New research has found that lowering the thermostat while sleeping has potential health benefits. According to a National Institutes of Health study, sleeping in a cool, 66°F (19°C) room can increase metabolism, aid weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity. The study, published in Diabetes, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, involved monitoring healthy young men who slept in climate-controlled facilities for four months. The lower temperatures increased the amounts of “brown fat”—called “good” fat for its ability to burn calories and take sugar out of the bloodstream—in the subjects’ bodies.

  607. Brad says:

    From ASHRAE: More EPA overreach
    AHRI Petitions for Court Review of DOE Final Rule on Freezers, Coolers
    ARLINGTON, Va.— The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule issued on June 3, regarding energy conservation standards for commercial walk-in coolers and freezers. The rule establishes minimum energy efficiency standards expressed in terms of annual walk-in energy factor for various equipment classes. AHRI says that in the final rule, DOE set efficiency levels above DOE’s own determination of what the maximum technology is for some types of this equipment.

  608. Billy Vaughn says:

    Dear Anthony, Do you have any idea as to what has happened to the Climate Depot website?
    For the last three weeks every time I try to access the Climate Depot website I get the following message.
    Site Offline
    This website has been disabled for technical reasons. Please contact the site administrator for more information.

  609. Robert of Ottowa posted the link I tweeted author to change “denier” as it is a pejorative but now skeptic appears twice and is awkaward. The most interesting thing is that the NASA scientist did not simply toss away the skeptical viewpoint. ““Opinions vary about the hiatus, as some view it as evidence that man-made global warming is a myth,” NASA said in a press release. “Others explain that it is simply due to climate variability that is temporarily masking a longer-term temperature trend.” … [NASA Scientist Norman Loeb] did not rule out either scenario based upon the last 15 years of the “global warming hiatus.”

  610. phlogiston says:

    This discovery of trees quickly engulfed in glaciers thousands of years ago contradicts AGW dogma and is worth a look:

  611. Mary Brown says:

    ““Opinions vary about the hiatus, as some view it as evidence that man-made global warming is a myth,” NASA said in a press release. “Others explain that it is simply due to climate variability that is temporarily masking a longer-term temperature trend.” … [NASA Scientist Norman Loeb] did not rule out either scenario based upon the last 15 years of the “global warming hiatus.”

    Of course, the Lukewarmer case never even gets acknowledged in the media…anywhere…ever. In this case, that global warming is not a myth. It’s real. But it’s just not very scary and has been highly overrated.

  612. Sasha says:

    Billy Vaughn says:
    Dear Anthony, Do you have any idea as to what has happened to the Climate Depot website?

    Climate Depot is functioning normally.

  613. SIGINT EX says:

    MEM is on Huff-Po about his “vacation to Glacier National Park.”

  614. Mark says:

    Love to hear people’s thoughts on the latest EmDrive tests:

    Lots of debate over what we’re seeing here, especially whether it’s even possible, and not some kind of error. Still, here’s hoping it works and can be scaled up…

  615. It would be very interesting to see, what WUWT readers, especially engineers, think about EMdrive and its apparently successful tests by NASA. The story is in the news but it is difficult to find an intelligent discussion of this “fuel-less” drive that may be a clue to the star travel and cheap energy drawn from directly from the “quantum plasma.”.

  616. Cam_S says:

    According to Doc Suzuki, the Heartland Institute’s ICCC conference in Las Vegas was:

    “A who’s who of fossil fuel industry supporters and anti-science shills variously argued that global warming is a myth”

    David Suzuki: Climate change d=====s are getting desperate

  617. Mardler says:

    Interesting paper from Nottingham University (I think) about Ganges delta south west Bangladesh.

    Author and reviewer interviewed on BBC World Service “Science In Action” claim worldwide sea level rise is 2-3mm/pa but in this delta 3mm+. However, on the basis of 3 tide gauges, the authors claim up to 28mm tidal increase at high tide though, to be fair, they say this is exacerbated by building of higher river walls.

  618. Quotes by H.L. Mencken, famous columnist: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” And, “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.”

  619. policycritic says:

    Why don’t you update the Duarte post with the paper that José Duarte added late last night:

    Hi all, Joe Duarte here. We do have a journal article, now in press at the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences:

  620. policycritic says:

    Why don’t you update the Duarte post with the paper that José Duarte added late last night:

    Hi all, Joe Duarte here. We do have a journal article, now in press at the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences:

  621. Growing pot contributes to global warming? Who knew? I would have thought it is carbon neutral process at worst, and only then if one smokes the whole plant, not just the leaves. Or is it that THC is even a worse GHG than methane? Quite a conundrum since most pot heads are environmental wackos. (Or is it the other way around?)
    ….some patients, perhaps those without cars, will now have to grow their own marijuana plants, an activity that further contributes to global warming,

    Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

    The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported.

    The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote locations — and the additional drive times will only increase the city’s air pollution levels.

    On top of that, some patients, perhaps those without cars, will now have to grow their own marijuana