Tips & Notes

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Cleaned 04/27/15

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102 thoughts on “Tips & Notes

  1. Anthony
    Why is Cryosphere Today not updating for the last two weeks? Are they preparing us for a surprise adjustment? WUWT. I sent an email last week that hasn’t been answered. Maybe they will answer you.

  2. Is the Global Sea Ice Area Anomaly on holiday? It does not seem to have moved from 0.306 for an extended period. Cheers

    [Yes, the Cryosphere (Univ of Illinois) has not updated its databases nor plots since 11 April. Others (JAXA (Japan) have been down for several months now.) DMI, NANSEN, NSIDC plots are up-to-date. We do not know any reason for the outage. .mod]

  3. So, an intermittent ( only works when the sun shines ) renewable is now making up less than 1 percent of the electricity market today but could be the world’s biggest single source by 2050.

    This means that a backup system of, guess what?, fossil fuels is needed for cloudy days. There is also a big problem with “could be the world’s biggest.” It means that they are making a guess, either educated or wild: or put another way, they just don’t know.

    Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

  4. not sure we should be “fighting” climate change, but subscription required to read the following:

    27 April: UK Times: Matt Ridley: Africa needs to be rich—rather than green
    Cheap, coal-fired energy will help the developing world to become healthier, happier and afford to fight climate change.
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4423128.ece

    according to Carbon Brief:

    Africa needs to be rich-rather than green
    In today’s Times, Matt Ridley, the columnist with declared coal mining interests in Northumberland, argues that allowing sub saharan Africa to profit freely from cheap coal should be a higher moral priority than transitioning to more sustainable, low carbon energy. He says, “those who advocate no support for coal are effectively saying that the adoption of renewable energy is more important than alleviating African poverty.” Matt Ridley, The Times

  5. 27 April: CarbonBrief: Robert McSweeney: Hydrofluorocarbon emissions up 54% with air conditioning on the rise
    But while these machines cool our buildings and cars, they could be having an increasing warming effect on the planet, a new study says…
    And as temperatures and incomes rise during this century, air conditioning use is set to grow rapidly in warm countries around the world, a second study finds…
    The researchers found the largest increases in emissions of HFC-32 and HFC-125, which are increasingly used in air conditioning units, they say.
    In developed countries, emissions rose by 63% and 44% for the two gases, respectively. The same two HFCs have increased by 166% and 100% in developing countries over the same period, Lunt says:
    “Our results show the largest growth in emissions over the last few years is for the two HFCs which are primarily used in air conditioning units, coinciding with the boom in Chinese sales.”
    The most abundant HFC, which makes the biggest contribution to global warmingof all HFCs is HFC-134a. Emissions of this gas rose by 29% in developing countries, which could be a result of rising demand for air conditioning in cars, the researchers say…
    Making projections for Mexico specifically, the study suggests over 70% of households will have air conditioning by the end of the century under a moderate emissions scenario (RCP4.5), compared to 13% now.
    Other developing countries, such as India, China and Nigeria are likely to follow a similar pattern, the researchers say…
    And as the world gets warmer and demand for air conditioning increases, the push to produce more affordable units could mean cheaper, leakier machines and even higher emissions, Lunt warns.
    Lunt, M.F. et al. (2015) Reconciling reported and unreported HFC emissions with atmospheric observations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1420247112
    Davis, L.W. and Gertler, P.J. (2015) Contribution of air conditioner adoption to future energy use under global warming, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1423558112
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/04/hydrofluorocarbon-emissions-up-54-percent-with-air-conditioning-on-the-rise/

    let’s call the whole CAGW scam off.

  6. “Leif Svalgaard – Active Region Count: (updated weekly)”

    Do you have any influence over the currency of these charts? They are stuck in 2014.

  7. Why I am a Protestant …
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/28/vatican-heavies-silence-climate-heretics-at-un-papal-summit/
    From the article:
    ———————————–
    “I don’t think faith leaders should be scientists,” said Ban, in reply to a question. “What I want is their moral authority.”
    ———————————–
    In other words, “Shaddup and play yer role.” BTW, Father Benito Vines, call the Vatican. You shouldn’t be a scientist.

  8. Is there anything that the Magic Molecule(tm) can’t do? Now it is causing a Wet Drought.
    http://www.climatecentral.org/news/northwest-wet-drought-climate-future-18910
    “Wet Drought

    “The drought in California is one of both heat and dryness, as a persistent ridge of high pressure that parked itself over the western U.S. over the past two winters blocked much-needed storms and drove up temperatures to spring and summer levels.

    “Oregon and Washington, on the other hand, are stuck in a seemingly oxymoronic wet drought. The storms that were prevented from hitting California did provide rains to the Pacific Northwest, with winter precipitation in Oregon only about 30 percent below average, not even in the bottom 10 years historically, said Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Service.”

  9. ***Bloomberg still pushes the CAGW rhetoric in the face of reality, and (see Disclosure at bottom) in the face of its own hypocrisy:

    28 April: Bloomberg: Jesse Riseborough: Biggest Coal Exporter Says Climate Change Won’t Strand Assets
    Glencore Plc, the top exporter of coal used in power stations, expects efforts to curb climate change by keeping its fossil-fuel reserves in the ground to fail in the face of world energy demand.
    Shareholders won’t be “prevented from realizing the full value of Glencore’s fossil fuel assets,” Ivan Glasenberg, 58, Glencore’s billionaire chief executive officer, said Tuesday.
    ***His comments are a snub to a growing campaign that wants investors to shun fossil fuels that cause climate change…
    Coal supplies the world with about 30 percent of its main energy needs and more than 40 percent of its electricity, according to the World Coal Association. Global coal output reached a record 7.8 billion metric tons in 2013.
    “Some of our stakeholders are concerned about the future of our fossil fuel reserves; in particular that they may become stranded assets,” Glasenberg said in Glencore’s sustainability report on Tuesday. “We do not believe that the global energy reality will economically support carbon measures that would prevent us from fully utilizing our fossil fuel reserves.”…
    Glencore owns 4.3 billion tons of reserves of coal used for energy and to make steel in Australia, South Africa and Colombia. It produced 146 million tons last year…
    ***Two-thirds of the world’s fossil-fuel reserves must remain unburnt to hold temperature increases below dangerous levels, according to researchers at University College London….
    Disclosure: Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, is a senior independent non-executive director of Glencore.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-28/biggest-coal-exporter-says-climate-change-won-t-strand-assets

  10. Slate.com has a substantial readership and their bloggers

    Phil Plait, Ps. P. [Pseudo Scientist]

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/04/28/climate_change_an_online_course_to_teach_reality.html

    and

    Eric Holthaus, a former meteorologist

    both preach the histrionic screed according to climate alarmism.

    Slate.com has recently taken to circling the wagons and banning anyone who questions their revealed truths.

    I suggest that Plait and Holthaus articles be featured and dissected.

    This would drive the dogma spewing Plait, in particular, nuts.

  11. 28 April: PR Newswire: Project Insight – Power Generation Construction Projects in the Middle East and Africa
    Summary
    Construction activity in the Middle East and Africa is growing at a rapid pace, underpinned by public and private investment in infrastructure developments, particularly in power generation. This report details the investment in large-scale power generation projects in the region. The analysis centers on the projects tracked by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC). The projects are at various stages of development, from announced to execution, and are in the 10 categories: biomass, coal, gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, ocean, oil, solar and wind. The total value of the region’s power generation projects tracked by the CIC stood at US$717 billion in 21 countries as of January 2015, with these projects adding a planned power generation capacity of over 378 GW. The average power yield across all the 508 projects analyzed is 0.53 MW per US$ million…
    ***Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/2788812/
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/project-insight—power-generation-construction-projects-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-300073516.html

  12. any nod to “renewables” is mere CAGW rhetoric, obviously:

    28 April: Investopoedia: Vanessa Page: Fundamentals Of How China Makes Its Money
    Industry
    Like most countries looking to develop their economies, China’s first step was to build up its heavy industry. Today, China is the world leader in manufacturing and produces almost half of the world’s steel.
    China’s mining industry extracts coal (3.7 billion tons in 2014), iron ore (345 million tons in 2014), salt (70 million tons in 2012), oil (210 million tons in 2014), gas (1.3 billion cubic meters in 2014), and more gold than South Africa. Because of China’s dependence on coal, the country is moving towards more renewable resources and plans to increase its natural gas use in the coming years. China also has multiple oil reserves, as well as natural gas deposits that have yet to be fully explored.
    The country is also a good candidate for hydroelectricity production, and in 2012, the Three Gorges Dam was completed and is now a major producer of electricity for the southern cities of China (including Shanghai)…
    With China already considered a large polluter and emitter of greenhouse gases, the ***expected increase in coal usage is troubling to some…
    With a service industry of less than 50% and over 20% of its workforce still employed in the farming industry, the country has huge room to grow.
    http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/042815/fundamentals-how-china-makes-its-money.asp

  13. Anthony,
    The ghoulish Newsweek piece about the Nepal earthquake makes me nauseous.
    I beg you to stop directly linking to such pieces. You have a wide reach and by giving them clicks you provide the enemies of reason with prestige and advertising revenue. This will only encourage their disgusting behaviour.

    I know you are a busy man – but if you could run such links through an archiving site and publish an indirect link it would be a great boon. It will also provide a copy held by a 3rd party to verify any changes made to the clickbait garbage.

    https://archive.is/
    Is a quick and easy site I would recommend using (it may take a moment to scrape the page, but the url it will appear at is available immediately). Webcite and waybackmachine are more cumbersome. Others I have looked into sadly do provide the original page with page impressions when the archive link is clicked.

    I hope you consider this.

  14. Anthony, been having issues with the WordPress ads recently. There are a number of ads that have sound on by default, and some that jump-scroll the page to show the advert automatically. I know you do not have control over the ads but you must have some pull with WordPress to let them know those practices are unacceptable.

    If they think those two things are ok, may be time to find a different host!

    I’m assuming these issues are not limited to me. I visit the page every day and have only had this happen today.

  15. 29 April: WaPo Capital Weather Gang: Jason Samenow: “Historically harsh” winter weather slowed U.S. economic growth substantially
    The Department of Commerce reported today that the gross domestic product (GDP) increased at just a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2015 compared 2.2 percent during the final quarter of 2014.
    “The weather impact was evident in weakness in consumer spending,” Reuters reported. “Growth in consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, slowed to a 1.9 percent rate. That was the slowest in a year and followed a brisk 4.4 percent pace in the fourth quarter.”…
    Much of the highly populated northeastern U.S. had one of its top three coldest first quarters of the year in records dating back to 1895. And Boston experienced its snowiest winter on record, with over 110 inches…
    Interestingly, the White House CEA has observed a trend towards more severe winters over the last 10 years – with weather shaving away an increasing fraction of the GDP. In 2014, the severe winter slashed the GDP by 1.4 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported…
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/29/historically-harsh-winter-weather-slowed-u-s-economic-growth-substantially/

    28 April: Star-Telegram: Monica S. Nagy: Tuesday sets DFW record for lowest high temperature
    FORT WORTH
    OK, that was really cool.
    On Tuesday, the series of weather events continued with a bracingly chilly day. The high temperature at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport reached only 59, and that came in the evening after the sun came out from behind the clouds.
    That set a record for the lowest high temperature for April 28. The previous mark was 61 in 1932…

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/weather/article19791903.html#storylink=cpy
    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/weather/article19791903.html

  16. NOTE, in particular: ***The final report also removes demands for a phase-out of fossil fuels that appeared in an earlier draft published by the New York Times.

    QUESTION: did CAGW SCEPTICS bring about this change in the document???

    29 April: CarbonBrief: Sophie Yeo: Vatican spells out vision for zero-carbon world
    This was the essence of a declaration (LINK) signed by the attendees of a one-day meeting hosted yesterday by the Holy See…
    Today, these institutions released theirown report (LINK), designed to accompany the declaration and to support a forthcoming encyclical on climate change authored by Pope Francis.
    The report is entitled “Climate change and the common good: a statement of the problem and the demand for transformative solutions”. It was prepared by a selection of high-profile scientists and economists, including Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute…
    Zero emissions
    The Pontifical academies join the growing call from campaigners, politicians and scientists alike for emissions to be reduced to zero.
    ***However, the report is unclear on whether carbon emissions should be reduced to “near-zero” or “net-zero” by around 2070, demanding both at different points in the text.The difference is an important one…
    Reducing emissions to nearzero by around 2070 means that the total volume of emissions would have to be cut dramatically, without the help of negative emissions technology. This cuts the fossil fuel industry far less slack, as it means demand for the products is also reduced to near zero.
    While the academies’ text appears to conflate the two, the options are not at all interchangeable…
    Renewable energy
    However, there are hints in the report that the academies are backing the near-zero option.
    The clue is in the authors’ vision of the future energy supply. They call for a shift towards “zero-carbon and low carbon sources and technologies” – a demand echoed by the declaration…
    ***The final report also removes demands for a phase-out of fossil fuels that appeared in an earlier draft published by the New York Times…
    ***The second version removes the idea that continued extraction of coal, oil and gas is impossible in a sustainable future, replacing it instead with the less prescriptive warning on the dangers of ‘business-as-usual’ extraction, but without a calling for a phase-out…
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/04/vatican-spells-out-vision-for-zero-carbon-world/

    pdf. 10 pages: 29 April: Climate Change and the Common Good: The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
    http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/dam/accademia/pdf/protect/climate_change_common_good.pdf

    earlier 12-page version:

    pdf. 12 pages: April 2015: Climate Change and The Common Good: A Statement Of The Problem
    And The Demand For Transformative Solutions
    http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2068632/climate-change-and-the-common-good.pdf

    [Thank you! .mod]

  17. 30 April: ABC: Brian Owler: AMA says climate change is a serious threat to Australians’ health
    (Associate Professor Brian Owler is president of the Australian Medical Association and a Sydney neurosurgeon)
    As the predicted effects of climate change become reality, we need to deal with the massive changes to Australians’ health that will result
    CLIMATE CHANGE IS a significant worldwide threat to human health that requires urgent action. There is overwhelming evidence that the global climate is warming and human factors have contributed to the warming. It is happening gradually, but there is no doubt that it is warming. The AMA supports that evidence.
    As the world continues to warm, there will be significant and sometimes devastating impacts of climate change — particularly for human health.
    Today, along with the president of the highly respected Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes, I launched the Academy’s much-anticipated report — Climate change challenges to health: Risks and opportunities (pdf)…
    Both the AMA and the Academy of Science hope it will be a catalyst for the Federal Government to show leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year…
    Policies and institutions must be in place now to ensure that Australia can adapt to the health consequences of climate change — these phenomena are inevitable.
    As the climate warms, and we experience more extreme weather events, we will see the spread of diseases, disrupted supplies of food and water, and threats to livelihoods and security.
    The health effects of climate change include increased frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves, flooding and storms. In Australia, we are already experiencing weather extremes with prolonged drought and bushfires in some areas, and severe storms and floods in others. Not only can these cause illness and death, but there are significant social impacts as well.
    Climate change will dramatically alter the patterns and rate of spread of diseases, rainfall distribution, availability of drinking water, and drought. International research shows that the incidence of conditions such as malaria, diarrhoea, and cardio-respiratory problems is likely to rise.
    The Academy of Science recommends that Australia establish a National Centre of Disease Control to provide a national and coordinated approach to Australia’s response to climate change…
    http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2015/04/30/4226722.htm

    30 April: Australian Academy of Science: Climate change will affect vulnerable people’s health most: Academy
    The elderly, the sick, the very young and disadvantaged Australians are most likely to suffer health problems as the climate changes, according to a new report released today by the Australian Academy of Science.
    Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities has been endorsed by the Australian Medical Association…
    The report and its 22 detailed recommendations are based on discussions between world experts and 60 early- and mid-career researchers at a Think Tank convened by the Academy with support from the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund in Brisbane last year.
    https://www.science.org.au/news/climate-change-will-affect-vulnerable-people%E2%80%99s-health-most-academy

    from the AAS site, u can find this:

    2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank: Climate change challenges to health
    23-25 July 2014, Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane
    (see Steering committee and Invited Experts + Breakout Groups etc etc)

  18. There is an election coming up here in the UK next week. Next Thursday, a week today.

    Climate Change has not been an issue in the debate. It is only mentioned by the Guardian and the BBC and then the question is why is it not mentioned by the main parties. It’s barely mentioned by the Greens, even.

    Could we have an article from someone who knows about UK politics that explains how the UK has avoided the issue? I believe it’s because all parties across the spectrum agree with the Greens (except UKIP who are silent on the issue as they will have to fold if they want to join a Tory coalition).

    Maybe WUWT could ask for a guest post from Graham Stringer or Peter Lilley or Nigel Lawson… or just Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) or Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes).

    It would help the readers to know how climate change is unquestioned by all political wings in Europe (at least the UK).

  19. I admit to being somewhat of a masochist, if not an outright ‘D’ier’ Yes, I am enrolled that MOOC class trying to explain ‘the science of d’ial’ I am not certain as to why the opposition feel the need to put us in our place, but so it is. I will pose that question in the Discussion Forum. I have made several observations about – well, shall we call them ‘Alarmists’? Personally, I have had no contact or discussion with Scientologists, but I imagine there are some striking similarities. Perhaps brainwashing is too strong a word, but it is remarkable as to the similarity of responses and reactions when beliefs are challenged. They all seem to have stock answers to questions and comments, even if the ‘answers’ have little to do with the comments. I will give our readership some progress reports as we discover just how anti-social (and of course, anti-science) we really are. Here is to CO2, may it have a long and useful life.

  20. On another point, I am married to very Catholic Colombian woman. We had a conversation last night about global warming, and the Pope. She indicated that the priests here in Colombia are very much against much of the ideology he is trying to promote. They are very conservative about Church doctrine. It seems to me that the Pope is playing with fire with his promotion of global warming. Catholics are as skeptical as anyone else. This encyclical could very well backfire on him, and on the Alarmists.

  21. Another Arctic ‘climate change’ measuring ice thickness research fiasco!

    Polar skiers missing on the Arctic Ice
    “Yesterday Polar adventurers, Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, went missing while doing science research work on the Arctic ice.

    On March 29 they arrived in Resolute Bay in preparation for their ice survey project…”

    “…When the plane arrived, the pilot was unable to land due to the open-water-ice conditions. The dog was found alive next to a sled and a big hole in the ice. No sign of Marc and Philip.

    Soon this news came to us, a search and rescue action was coordinated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to the white-out weather conditions, a standby helicopter could not leave Resolute. Another search plane left Resolute; on board 4 spotters trained to search on the ice from the air.

    After an extended search flight, the plane spotted again the dog still in the same position. Also two sleds were found. One on the ice, partly unpacked. The other in the open water.

    The plane returned with no more news of Marc and Philip than that the sleds were found and that the open-water-ice conditions are too dangerous for either a helicopter or a plane to land.

    Upon return of the latest search flight, the RCMP after consulting Canadian authorities, decided to start a recovery operation. Marc and Philip are still missing. END

    Route plan
    Marc and Philip had already covered 400 km in their survey to examen the thickness of the ice to determine the impact of climate change.”

    I’d wonder about polar bears, except for the dog.

  22. New research by Timothy Hall:

    The Frequency and Duration of US Hurricane Droughts†
    Accepted manuscript online: 6 April 2015Full publication history
    DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063652View/save citation
    Abstract
    As of the end of the 2014 hurricane season, the US has experienced no major hurricane landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, a drought that currently stands at nine years. Here, we use a stochastic tropical-cyclone model to calculate the mean waiting time for multi-year landfall droughts. We estimate that the mean time to wait for a nine-year drought is 177 years. We also find that the average probability of ending the drought with a major landfall in the next year is 0.39, and is independent of the drought duration, as one would expect for a Bernoulli process.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL063652/abstract

    A Category 3 storm or greater has not made landfall along the U.S. coastline since Category 5 Hurricane Wilma hit south Florida in October 2005.

    “The longest period with no major hurricanes before this was eight years in the 1860s,” said lead author Timothy Hall, a climatologist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

    With hurricane data limited, the study published in Geophysical Research Letters analyzed a 63,000-year statistical model based on modern-era hurricane activity, finding a nine-year drought happens once every 177 years.

    “We conclude from that, that the nine years drought is largely dumb luck,” he said.

  23. This new free-access paper from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland uses a 160-year tidal gauge series from 26 stations in the Baltic Sea to show that the (global) sea level is completely governed by multi-decadal oscillations of the lunar cycle -superimposed on a unchanging and slow (1.2 mm/yr) sea level rise during that long period. The upside of studying the Baltic is that the daily tidal difference is very low in this region, which gives data with low noise. The final correlation coefficient with the lunar influence was 0.997, so not much room for AGW there. No wonder they (according to the Danish weekly ‘Weekendavisen’) were turned down by Nature, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate, and the Nature-affiliated Earth Science Reviews.

    Jens Morten Hansen, Troels Aagaard, and Antoon Kuijpers (2015) Sea-Level Forcing by Synchronization of 56- and 74-Year Oscillations with the Moon’s Nodal Tide on the Northwest European Shelf (Eastern North Sea to Central Baltic Sea). Journal of Coastal Research In-Press.

    http://www.jcronline.org/doi/abs/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-14-00204.1

    They end the paper on this note:

    “If our theory is correct and no unprecedented sea-level
    changing mechanism occurs during the ongoing nodal cycle,
    then the region’s ongoing sea-level rise (quasi-oscillatory rise
    since 1971) would be expected to culminate around 2011 and
    thereafter be falling. At the earliest, this prognosis can be
    empirically documented when the ongoing lunar nodal period
    is complete in 2020–21, i.e. within the next 6–7 years.”

  24. 29 April: The Hill: Timothy Cama: House panel passes bill to delay, weaken EPA climate rule
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to delay the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants and let states opt out of complying with it…
    The panel voted 28-23 to send the bill to the full House for a vote…
    Whitfield called the regulation “a federal takeover of the electric generating and distribution system, which has never occurred before.”
    Under the bill, the rule would not be able to take effect until all court challenges to it have been exhausted…
    Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) said he has problems with the EPA’s rule, but he could not support the GOP’s bill.
    “I prefer that we sit down and craft a bill that addresses the many challenges we face, not only domestically, but as a world leader,” Green said…
    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/240494-house-panel-passes-bill-to-delay-weaken-epa-climate-rule

    can find no NYT, WaPo, Guardian, BBC or other MSM coverage, apart from this Bloomberg piece which conerns itself mostly with Democrat & Environmental groups’ outrage!

    30 April: Bloomberg: Andrew Childers: House Committee Moves Bill Allowing States to Opt Out of Clean Power Plan Compliance
    The bill would allow states to defer compliance with the Clean Power Plan (RIN 2060-AR33) until after legal challenges to the rule are exhausted. The bill would also allow state governors to opt out of compliance with the rule if doing so would increase electricity rates or jeopardize reliability…
    Whitfield said his bill is necessary because the EPA typically provides states with three years to develop compliance plans for other Clean Air Act regulations, but states would only have 13 months to develop strategies to comply with the Clean Power Plan.
    “We’re not even trying to repeal this regulation,” Whitfield said. “We’re simply saying it’s so outside the bounds of expectations that we should allow the courts to render a decision before states are put in this position.”
    Allowing states to decide for themselves when to comply with Clean Air Act requirements would set a dangerous precedent that could cripple efforts to reduce air pollution, 88 environmental groups said in an April 28 letter (LINK)…
    Democratic Amendments Defeated ..etc
    http://www.bna.com/house-committee-moves-n17179925967/

  25. NOTE: ***Over 95pc of coal reserves in the US, Russia, and the Middle East would be stranded. LOL.

    illustrated by the usual chimney/black smoke night-time pic.

    29 April: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: G20: fossil fuel fears could hammer global financial system
    Top energy watchdog says two thirds of all assets booked by coal, oil and gas companies may be worthless under the ‘two degree’ climate deal
    World leaders are increasingly concerned that a $6 trillion wave of investment into the nexus of oil, gas, and coal since 2007 is based on false assumptions, leaving companies with an overhang of debt and “stranded assets” that cannot easily be burned under CO2 emission limits.
    The G20 has asked the Financial Stability Board in Basel to convene a public-private inquiry into the fall-out faced by the financial sector as climate rules become much stricter…
    Diplomatic sources have told The Telegraph that the investigation is being pushed by France and is modelled on a review launched by the Bank of England last year…
    The International Energy Agency warns that two thirds of all declared energy reserves become fictional if there is a binding deal limit to C02 levels to 450 particles per million by the year 2100. This amounts to a nominal $28 trillion of stranded assets over the next two decades, according to a study by Kepler Cheuvreux. ..
    ***Over 95pc of coal reserves in the US, Russia, and the Middle East would be stranded. ..
    Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice-president for climate change, said the G20 inquiry aims to find out how much damage a “burst carbon bubble” could do to institutional investors…
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11563768/G20-to-probe-carbon-bubble-risk-to-global-financial-system.html

    ***climate change a “national security threat”!

    30 April: RTCC: Ed King: US State dept labels climate change “strategic priority”
    Tackling global warming ranks alongside terrorism, promoting economic growth and building open and democratic societies
    Climate change will be one of four foreign policy priorities for the US up to the end of the decade, secretary of state John Kerry announced on Tuesday.
    Unveiling the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a key policy document that directs State Department thinking, Kerry said climate and clean energy lay at the heart of future planning…
    ***Branding climate change a “national security threat”, the QDDR recommends countries that have a key role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and those with influence are targeted by diplomats…
    The review’s launch comes at a ***frenzied time for international climate diplomacy, months before a global climate pact to limit warming is set to be signed off in Paris…
    Last week France foreign minister Laurent Fabius linked migration and conflict to rising temperatures, suggesting it could “stoke conflict over the control of vital and scare resources.”
    On Tuesday the Vatican’s science academy issued a statement urging the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to play a “decisive role” in mobilising public opinion behind a low carbon future.
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/29/us-state-dept-labels-climate-change-strategic-priority/

  26. dumb and dumber.
    how is it the MSM is able to continue with the “CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER” meme, without feeling embarrassed?

    is there no body anywhere willing to challenge such a ridiculous term, given there’s no-one on earth who denies Climate Change, and quite a few CAGW sceptics even agree with GW or AGW?

    1 May: Brisbane Times: Natalie Bochenski: Climate change deniers sign up to UQ course tackling climate change deniers
    PHOTO CAPTION: John Cook from UQ’s Global Change Institute interviewing Sir David Attenborough for a segment in their ‘Making Sense of Climate Change Denial’ course. Photo: Supplied
    Co-ordinator and climate communication research fellow John Cook said they were thrilled with the enrolment numbers, which included students from 152 countries.
    Mr Cook said organisers were not surprised that a few dozen climate change deniers had enrolled and were trying to discredit the course from the inside.
    “It is ironic and somewhat precursive, because we’re explaining the techniques of denial, and then when our course is being attacked or I’m being questioned, all those same techniques are on display,” he said.
    “It’s happening in the forums of the course right now, we’re seeing a small minority of the students who reject the science posting their arguments against it.”
    Mr Cook said the bulk of students were enjoying the first week of course material.
    ***”We have a really powerful video of climate scientists talking about the persistent harassment they receive, the emails, the complaints to their universities, freedom of information requests for their personal details,” he said.
    “Just sharing those experiences was quite eye-opening for a number of students.”…
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/climate-change-deniers-sign-up-to-uq-course-tackling-climate-change-deniers-20150430-1mwt52.html

  27. another inconvenient CAGW story that NYT, WaPo, Guardian, Fairfax, ABC don’t seem to be in a rush to publish!

    is Australia in or out? conflicting stories.

    30 April: Reuters: US and Japan miss deadline on cash for UN green climate fund
    By Alister Doyle and Megan Rowling
    The United States and Japan will miss a U.N. deadline on Thursday to firm up promises to provide billions of dollars for a new U.N. fund intended to help developing nations tackle global warming, the fund said.
    The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which wants to decide on a first set of projects to aid developing nations before a Paris U.N. climate summit in December, said donors had signed deals of almost $4 billion, 42 percent of a total promised in late 2014
    The signed deals, which lay out a firm timetable for when promised money will be paid, are below the minimum level set by donors, of 50 percent of the total by April 30, to start full operations by the GCF…
    Top donors the United States, which promised $3 billion, and Japan, on $1.5 billion, were not among nations that have signed deals, according to a GCF overview. Cheikhrouhou (Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Fund) said no new deals were expected later on Thursday…
    It has not ruled out funding fossil fuels, if they help towards cleaner energy use.
    The Fund raised $9.35 billion at a pledging conference in November but new cash promised since then, including by Australia, has raised the pledged total to $10.2 billion…
    Separately, Cheikhrouhou told Reuters that the fund was “an essential ingredient of a successful agreement” in Paris…
    ***Cheikhrouhou said emerging economies needed to invest about $2.5 trillion a year in sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture and industry and an extra $450 billion to ensure they were green.
    http://news.yahoo.com/us-japan-miss-deadline-cash-un-green-climate-135126347.html

    30 April: RTCC: Ed King: US, Japan and Canada miss Green Climate Fund donation deadline
    Officials say Paris climate deal depends on effective GCF, but without cash warn they cannot invest in developing countries
    The head of the UN’s flagship Green bank has warned it cannot start work as planned because leading backers including the US, Canada and Australia have not delivered funds.An April 30 deadline for governments to send contributions passed with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) several hundred million short of a US$4.7 billion target…
    This means it will have to delay plans to back green energy projects in developing countries ahead of this year’s UN climate summit in Paris…
    The analysis published today by the GCF reveals the US is overdue on $1.5bn, Japan $750m and Canada $130m…
    Janet Redman from the Institute of Policy Studies called for the US government to speed up its delivery, accusing lawmakers on Capitol Hill of favouring fossil fuels over green energy…
    Wind, solar and energy efficiency projects are likely to dominate the fund’s early investments, but no decision has been taken on ruling out fossil fuel projects, to the anger of Green NGOs…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/30/us-japan-and-canada-miss-green-climate-fund-donation-deadline/

  28. Sad end for Marc Cornellisen and Philip de Roo who are now presumed drowned. Their last post on the Coldfacts site is tragically ironic.
    “We heard that the winter was unusual cold, but nevertheless the amount of open water is rather unusual too. It shows that ice conditions and temperatures don’t always necessarily correlate. An explanation can be that strong northerly winds have been pushing the floating ice causing it to crack and open up”.
    http://coldfacts.org/live

    [true – It appears they are either in deep trouble (bears? sea ice, fall or submergence into water? climbing accident?) or have perished. .mod]

    • I bought the book on Amazon for Kindle. It looks like an interesting read, but it is still behind a couple of other books I need to read here soon.

  29. u have to admire the precision:

    1 May: CTV: AP: Seth Borenstein: Global warming to push 1 in 13 species to extinction: study
    It won’t quite be as bad in North America, where only 1 in 20 species will be killed off because of climate change or Europe where the extinction rate is nearly as small. But in South America, that forecasted heat-caused extinction rate soars to 23 percent, the worst for any continent, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science…
    University of Connecticut ecologist Mark Urban compiled and analyzed 131 peer-reviewed studies on species that used various types of computer simulations and found a general average extinction rate for the globe: 7.9 percent. That’s an average for all species, all regions, taking into consideration various assumptions about future emission trends of man-made greenhouse gases. The extinction rate calculation doesn’t mean all of those species will be gone; some will just be on an irreversible decline, dwindling toward oblivion, he said…
    Urban’s figures are probably underestimating the real rate of species loss a little, said scientists not affiliated with the research. That’s because Urban only looks at temperature, not other factors like fire or interaction with other animals, and more studies have been done in North America and Europe, where rates are lower, said outside biologists Stuart Pimm of Duke University and Terry Root of Stanford University…
    A separate study in the same journal looked at 23 million years of marine fossils to determine which water animals have the biggest extinction risk and where. Marine mammals, such as whales, dolphins and seals, have the highest risk. The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, western Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean between Australia and Japan are hotspots for potential extinction, especially those caused by human factors, the study said.
    http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/global-warming-to-push-1-in-13-species-to-extinction-study-1.2353320

  30. Thanks for the chance to discuss the UK election. Seems no-one was that interested. Sorry.
    BTW. Your copyright notice seems out of date.

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  31. There is an interesting article on the blog “Strategy Page” dealing with the use of the internet to influence public opinion. Although it does not mention “global warming”, it describes the methodology. The term “viral marketing” is introduced. It describes paid individuals that rebut any information not approved by their employers. The URL is http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20150501.aspx

  32. Earth Day 2015 came and went. Didn’t see any press about turnouts. No news reports of large crowds anywhere. Did I miss something, did it really dud out that badly this year? That in itself should be commented upon.

  33. I see Tesla has a new home battery out for power at home:

    http://www.wired.com/2015/05/get-tesla-home-battery-let-physics-explain/

    I hope you guys are going to do a post about it. When I first saw the proposed size of the battery in question, I started laughing. It costs out in a range of $3,500 – 7,000 depending upon the size (10kWh or 20kWh). The article I’ve linked to says that given the probable efficiency of the 10kWh battery (92%, which I think is a high estimate), you might get as much as three hours of power on it. And it doesn’t even come with an AC/DC converter! You’d have to get that somewhere else. I think this is a big scam. Elon Musk needs to do something else legitimate and really profitable so he can invest in something that actually works like the electric power we all use now.

  34. 2 May: Daily Mail: Steve Doughty: Church of England Bishop provokes anger by saying the biggest moral issue affecting the world is…CLIMATE CHANGE
    Rev Nicholas Holtam says climate change is world’s most urgent problem
    Championing of global warming provoked protests from Church members
    Critics say the CofE’s moral compass ‘has gone awry’ in light of comments
    Andrea Minichiello Williams, a member of the CofE’s general synod, said issues such as extremism, divorce and persecution should not be overlooked.
    ‘No one in this country understands what the Church is saying any more,’ she said. ‘The bishops don’t talk about Christianity.
    ‘They sound like the secular world speaking.’
    Ruth Lea, an Anglican churchgoer and economist for the Arbuthnot Banking Group, said the sell-off was pointless. ‘It is a political gesture of trivial environmental impact,’ she added.
    ‘The CofE’s moral compass has gone awry. Have they noticed what is happening in the Middle East, in Syria, or over migration in the Mediterranean?.
    ***’The idea that climate change is the most pressing moral issue is just bizarre.’…
    It was his second pronouncement on climate change within a day. Earlier, in response to a Vatican paper on the subject, he said that ‘the world’s poor suffer the most severe consequences of climate change, a problem to which they contribute little.’
    He added: ‘Our fossil fuel use is equivalent to releasing the energy of 400,000 Hiroshimas into the atmosphere every day. It is simply not credible that we can introduce an externality of that scale into the atmospheric and oceanic systems that make life on earth possible without seeing serious consequences.’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3064906/Church-England-Bishop-provokes-anger-saying-biggest-moral-issue-affecting-world-CLIMATE-CHANGE.html

    nothing to do with religion, of course:

    1 May: Daily Mail: PA: Church in fossil fuels exodus
    Tom Joy, director of investments at the Church Commissioners, said the church wants to be “at the forefront of institutional investors seeking to address the challenge of energy transition”…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3063768/Church-fossil-fuels-exodus.html

  35. LOL. doing the “moral” thing, sort of, fractionally speaking:

    1 May: BBC: Church of England to sell fossil fuel investments
    It will sell investments worth £12m in firms where more than 10% of revenue comes from extracting thermal coal or the production of oil from tar sands.
    The Church said it had a “moral responsibility” to act on environmental issues to protect the poor, who were the most vulnerable to climate change.
    The Church manages three investment funds worth about £8bn…
    This is but a ***fraction of its total investment portfolio and some are already calling for the church to go further by divesting from all fossil fuels. But the church takes the view that engaging with fossil fuel companies is productive for other forms of energy, such as oil and gas, which may be needed as the world moves towards a low-carbon economy…
    The Church of England does not ***directly invest in tobacco, pornography or payday lenders.
    Two years ago, it emerged that the Church had indirectly invested in Wonga (Payday Loans) – which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admitted to being “embarrassed and irritated” about. It has since ended that investment.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32544480

    following illustrated by a scary chimney black smoke pic:

    1 May: UK Independent: Hazel Sheffield: Church of England pulls out of fossil fuels, but where does it invest its cash?
    That’s right – the church is a business, and business is not all that bad. It takes £1 billion a year, most of it in collection from worshippers. Over £160 million comes from the Church Commissioners who manage assets of £6.1 billion, achieving a staggering 15.7 per cent return in 2013, according to the last data available.
    Two years ago the Church came under fire because one of its investment portfolios included the payday lender Wonga. It’s cleaned up its act, promising no ***direct investment in tobacco, military supplies, guns, gambling, alcohol, pornography and human cloning.
    So where do those 15.7 per cent returns come from?..
    The stock market and other investments account for most of the Church’s investments. It picks big companies like Shell, BP, Vodaphone and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as investing in UK government bonds…etc
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/church-of-england-pulls-out-of-fossil-fuels-but-where-does-it-invest-its-cash-10219386.html

  36. 1 May: Guardian: Adam Vaughan: Church of England ends investments in heavily polluting fossil fuels
    Move by church’s £9bn fund to divest £12m from tar sands oil and thermal coal reflects more interventionist stance and sets lead for other institutional investors
    Bill McKibben, a prominent environmentalist who has previously chastised the CoE for dragging its feet and not heeding calls by the Anglican archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu that organisations divest, applauded the new policy.
    “This is the first great turnaround in the divestment fight, an institution which initially refused to move and then, in good Christian fashion, saw the light. “Much credit to the CoE – they’re studying the signs of the times, as the good book says, and starting to show their concern for the poorest and most vulnerable parts of humanity and of creation,” he said…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/30/church-of-england-ends-investments-in-heavily-polluting-fossil-fuels

  37. UNBELIEVABLE!

    30 April: WaPo: Chris Mooney: Pope Francis has given the climate movement just what it needed — faith
    This week — and it still feels strange to write this — the major climate change news story came out of the Vatican…
    All of this is enough to make environmentalists, members of a traditionally secular movement, nearly rhapsodic. After a history of being rather too technocratic and wonky, there seems to be a growing realization in green circles about the importance of an alliance with the world of faith.
    This has been a long time coming…
    Books have been written about it, and one of its major spokespeople — Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical climate scientist at Texas Tech University — was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people last year.
    And then there’s the 2014 biblical epic film “Noah,” whose director, Darren Aronofsky, called its subject the “first environmentalist.” It grossed more than $300 million worldwide with a message about the relationship between faith and saving the planet…
    Despite all that, having Francis on board takes it all to a much higher level (pun intended). The reason, as David Roberts of Vox has written, is that it makes the climate debate moral, not scientific or technocratic. And when issues are moralized, people feel before they think and refuse to compromise. It may not be what we strictly call “rational,” but it is politically powerful…
    Obama II on climate change, though, has often adopted a moral framing, making sure to talk about “our children,” our “grandchildren” and “future generations.”…
    Why have environmentalists (and their scientific allies) been so focused on talking about policies like cap-and-trade, on tracking emissions targets and parts per million, rather than moralizing the issue?
    Here, I think we need to turn to the research of social scientist Jonathan Haidt of New York University, famed for his insights about the different moral triggers and motivations of liberals and conservatives…
    The moral emotion that is probably most relevant to the environment is what Haidt would call the “care/harm” foundation, and what many of us would simply call compassion or empathy. Recent research suggests that this emotion drives people toward environmental causes. There seems to be a deep connection between caring about other humans and then extending that to nature…
    Another part of the moral message, as Yale Divinity School professor Teresa Berger told me recently, may involve “the pope condemning sins of exploiting the Earth.”…
    They know this is the most powerful chance in a long time to make people care, and to create political will.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/04/30/pope-francis-has-given-the-climate-movement-just-what-it-needed-faith/

  38. back in the real world, not a hint of religion:

    30 April: Reuters: Barbara Lewis: EU carbon talks next week could clinch reform deal
    (Additional reporting by Susanna Twidale in London, editing by David Evans)
    European Union talks next week could clinch a deal to shake up the world’s biggest carbon market after a change of position by the Czech Republic removed a major obstacle to an early start for reforms.
    The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) is meant to be central to efforts to cut carbon emissions, but a huge surplus of carbon allowances caused by recession means they are not worth enough to drive a switch from highly-polluting coal to greener fuels.
    Negotiations between the European Commission, the European Parliament and member states on Tuesday will aim to agree the legal text on when to launch a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) to hold some of the surplus permits in reserve.
    Diplomats said it was possible the talks could deliver a final deal, although another round was scheduled for May 26…
    After the Czech Republic changed position, member states agreed on a start date of Jan. 1, 2019, according to a text of Wednesday’s deal seen by Reuters, while the European Parliament had said the MSR should already be operating by Dec. 31, 2018…
    “It’s all on the table. The major parts of the deal are struck,” Marcus Ferdinand, an analyst at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, said…
    On Thursday, prices hit a two-month high of 7.64 euros ($8.53…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/us-eu-carbon-idUSKBN0NL1TZ20150430

    1 May: HuffPo: President Obama Must Confront His Own Climate Denial
    by Kassie Siegel, Director, Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute
    Even as President Obama rightly deplores global warming’s threats to human well-being and our planet’s web of life, his administration is opening up more public lands for dirty fossil fuel production and weakening international efforts to cut planet-warming pollution.
    President Obama pushed every country going to this year’s Paris climate talks to propose a greenhouse gas reduction goal. But then the president himself announced a weak national plan that scientists say just won’t reduce our pollution enough to help prevent catastrophic warming.
    Under the Obama national plan, America would still be spewing at least 5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution a year by 2025 — far more than entire continent of Africa emits now. And to make matters worse, the plan is just a goal, not the enforceable commitment that we need…
    Hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land have been leased for coal mining. Onshore oil production on public and tribal lands has increased more than 80 percent since 2008, according to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Ninety percent of new wells on federal land are now fracked.
    The administration even allocated 810,000 acres of U.S. public land for oil shale and tar sands leasing in the Colorado River Basin — a grave blow to the climate, since these are among the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on earth.
    Our oceans are also fair game. Secretary Jewell recently pledged to open “vast areas” of the ocean to oil drilling. She has put Arctic drilling back on the table, backed oil exploration along the Atlantic coast, and is opening up tens of millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for new drilling and offshore fracking…
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kassie-siegel/president-obama-must-conf_b_7187134.html

  39. 27 April: EcoSystemMarketPlace: Kay Sater: New Credit Card Aims To Spur Individual Carbon Offset Purchases
    Would you like some carbon offsets with those fries?
    It may seem like a silly question, but if Sustain:Green has its way, some of the money generated from the purchases made by its customers – even French fries – will find its way into the voluntary carbon markets…
    Sustain:Green CEO Arthur Newman previously worked on Wall Street and focused on the cap-and-trade market in the United States and the use of carbon offsets to offset carbon footprints as a former partner for Carbon Capital Advisors. He cites this experience working with large organizations in the carbon market as inspiration for the development of the credit card…
    He notes that offsets have not been marketed to consumers in a successful manner.
    “Some airlines offered offsets after you purchased a plane ticket, but we feel that in a price sensitive purchasing transaction like airline tickets, this the wrong time to be asking a consumer to spend more money,” he said.
    Additionally, the ability to purchase offsets from different companies based on different verification standards can be confusing to those not well-versed in the nuances of carbon offsets. Questions about transparency and what was being purchased may have also stymied the market…
    While offsets aren’t free for Sustain:Green, they have gone as far as they can to make purchasing offsets free for its customers. “The difference with the Sustain:Green card is that we are giving these offsets away for free as a reward,” Newman said “People are not charged additionally for them, and there is no annual fee for having the card. Additionally, the rewards are automatically tied to spending.”
    To do this, the card, which is financially backed by Commerce Bank, offers what works out to be the equivalent of 2.7% cash back on purchases, not including the 5,000 pounds that users receive upon the first purchase. But instead of consumers receiving cash back to purchase individual offsets, the money will be used by Sustain:Green to purchase offsets through the American Carbon Registry (ACR). ACR is a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International focused on developing carbon offset standards and methodologies, and also serving as a clearing house to register, verify, and oversee offsets projects, and issue offsets from projects…
    As more consumers sign up for and start using the card, Sustain:Green will “fill up a ‘bucket’ of money to provide seed funding to get projects going.” Once the bucket is full enough, Winrock International and ACR will suggest projects for Sustain:Green to invest in. Cardholders will also be allowed to suggest projects that will be vetted by ACR, and then all the information will be put up on the Sustain:Green website and cardholders will be able to vote for projects they want to fund.
    The card has the other added environmental benefit of being biodegradable…
    The new card is marketed as biodegradable, but compostable may be a better term. “It takes about six months to biodegrade, and just has to come into contact with soil bacteria, all you have to do is cut it up and bury in the dirt,” he (Newman) said…
    Sustain:Green partnered with Mata no Peito, a coalition initiative to support organizations and communities to protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. Mata no Peito is funded through the retirement of Nike carbon offsets, the originators of the project…
    http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10926&section=news_articles&eod=1

  40. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2852623/mayday_mayday_teslas_battery_just_killed_fossil_and_nuclear_power.html

    The announcement of its two domestic-scale lithium batteries, rated at 7kWh and 10kWh of energy storage was widely trailed.

    But what no one expected was the price – which came in at a half to a quarter of market expectations: “Tesla’s selling price to installers is $3,500 for 10kWh and $3,000 for 7kWh. (Price excludes inverter and installation.) Deliveries begin in late Summer.”

    And according to energy analyst Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education, that equates to a life-cycle cost of about $0,02 per kWh stored and released, or a little over 1p in UK money.

    And that is transformational. With grid power prices typically 14p / kWh in the UK, or $0.12 in the US, it’s just a fraction of the cost of buying power in – for the first making it economic for small scale generators to ‘save and re-use’ their power surpluses.

  41. Freeman Dyson is interviewed about his new book on NPR (gasp !)

    http://www.npr.org/2015/05/02/403530867/a-veteran-scientist-dreams-boldly-of-earth-and-sky

    From the transcript:

    “On his global warming skepticism

    What I would like to emphasize is that human actions have very large effects on the ecology, which have nothing to do with the climate. Carbon dioxide is what we’re producing in big quantities and putting into the atmosphere. This happens to be a very good fertilizer for all kinds of vegetation, good for wildlife, good for agricultural production, so it has many benefits. And this is something you have together with the climate effects, which are much less certain, so it’s a question of drawing a balance. I’m just saying I don’t understand it and neither does anybody else. I’m skeptical because I don’t think the science is at all clear, and unfortunately a lot of the experts really believe they understand it, and maybe have the wrong answer.

    Of course [the weather] concerns me, but of course, we don’t know much about the causes of those things. We don’t even know for sure whether it is more variable than it used to be. I mean the worst disasters were the Ice Ages, and nobody really understands for sure the causes of Ice Ages, so I’m not saying the climate disasters aren’t real, I’m merely saying we don’t know how to prevent them.

    On his recommendations for change

    I would say one of the first things we should try to do is to get rid of poverty, human poverty. When people are poor, they can’t take care of nature around them. They just have to survive as best they can, so that some of the poorest people are actually the most destructive. So I would say if you can deal with poverty, that’s something very positive, which we should be doing. Also preservation of habitat, of wildlife, all sorts of problems we have to deal with, of which climate is one, and I would say climate is not the most urgent….”

  42. Story on R Pahauri, formerly of the IPCC, form Rueters on Feb 27.

    “Indian police are investigating the complaint by the researcher, who has accused Pachauri of harassing her since 2013 via email, Whatsapp and text messaging. Her lawyers say Pachauri persisted despite her requests that he stop.

    His lawyers have said his computer and mobile phone were hacked and that vested interests were maligning him because of his outspoken stand on global warming.”

    Its those darn denialists! The same defense that Weiner guy in New York tried when he was caught sexting. Your only defense when you use devices that record to communicate is “I was hacked”. I remember a classic quote from Ray Malivasi, Rams football coach back in the late 70s and early 80s. A reporter asked him about a past quote of his, and Malavasi denied ever saying it. The reporter told him “Ray, we have you on tape saying that”. And Malavasi replied angrily “I don’t care what it says on the tape, I DIDN’T SAY IT!” Poor Ray didn’t have evil global warming denialists to blame for the tape.

  43. 29 April: Brookings Institute: The future of arms control, Internet governance, and geoengineering
    On May 4 through May 6, the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) of Berlin will formally release three “Global Governance Futures 2025” research papers. Written by the 2015 Global Governance Futures (GGF) fellows, the 2015 papers focus on issues of global arms control, geo-engineering, and Internet governance.
    Managed by the Global Public Policy Institute and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Global Governance Futures program brings together young professionals from Germany, China, Japan, India and the United States each year to look ahead to future policy issues and propose recommendations for addressing a variety of global challenges. The fellows met four times over the course of 2014 and 2015 in working sessions a series of four sessions, entitled Global Governance Futures—Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues held around the globe…
    Read this year’s GGF research papers:…
    Human Intervention in the Earth’s Climate: The Governance of Geoengineering in 2025+ (LINK)
    By Masahiko Haraguchi, Rongkun Liu, Jaseep Randhawa, Susanne Salz, Stefan Schäfer, Mudit Sharma, Susan Shifflett and Ying Yuan (Members of the GGF working group on geoengineering governance)…
    http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2015/04/29-global-governance-futures#.VUErIGWv2tw.twitter

    read all, for speakers, panelists, etc:

    Global Public Policy Institute: Global Governance Futures 2025: The Future of Geoengineering Governance
    The report focuses on the geoengineering technique of solar radiation management (SRM), which aims to reflect sunlight away from the earth. Although SRM is still in its infancy and may take decades to research, develop and deploy, it is precisely this early stage of development that offers a critical window of opportunity for developing collaborative and inclusive approaches to effective global governance of SRM.
    In a public event on 5 May 2015, the GGF fellows of the Geoengineering Governance Working Group will present their new report at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and discuss their results with three experts: David Goldston, Nathan Hultman and Simon Nicholson.
    Where: Brookings (Stein Room) Washington DC.
    ***The presentation will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
    http://www.gppi.net/index.php?id=251

  44. For Facebook posts, resize graphics to about 3.5″ x 2.5″ to be able to see the complete image. (The file size also has a limit, not sure what it is.) The “Silencing Skeptics” image doesn’t display right.

  45. The Space and Science Research Corporation

    Thursday, April 30, 2015 Press Release 2-2015
    9:00 AM EDT

    New Cold Climate to Devastate
    Global Agriculture within Ten Years

    The Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) announces today that the predicted new cold climate will soon begin to end the historic era of growth in US and global agricultural output that began after the end of World War II. Specifically, as a result of recent events on the Sun and changes in the Earth’s climate, the SSRC again warns that record crop yields and volume in the US and Canadian corn, wheat, and soybean belts are about to end. The SSRC expects the first substantial damage could be observed at any time but certainly within the next ten years.

    http://www.spaceandscience.net/id16.html

  46. Ex-US Rep. Inglis gets JFK courage award for climate stance
    BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his seat in Congress.
    Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, presented the award to Inglis on Sunday at the JFK Library in Boston.

    Presumably the Nobel Prize wasn’t available.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7e82d4c6fdcb4e2fbad7e89b098c47b4/ex-us-rep-inglis-gets-jfk-courage-award-climate-stance

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