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  1. 17 Oct: The Conversation: Climate ‘uncertainty’ is no excuse for climate inaction
    by Richard Pancost & Stephan Lewandowsky
    Former environment minister Owen Paterson has called for the UK to scrap its climate change targets…
    Uncertainty is not the same as ignorance
    This argument is incorrect – uncertainty does not imply ignorance. Indeed, whatever we don’t know mandates caution. No parent would argue
    “I accept that if my child kicks lions, this will irritate them, but a range of factors will dictate how the lions respond; therefore I will not stop my child from kicking lions.”
    The deeper the uncertainty, the more greenhouse gas emissions should be perceived as a wild and poorly understood gamble. By extension, the only unequivocal tool for minimising climate change uncertainty is to decrease our greenhouse gas emissions.

    http://theconversation.com/why-climate-uncertainty-is-no-excuse-for-doing-nothing-32924

    • This reminded me of one of my favorite jokes.

      What is the difference between ignorance and apothy? Answer- I don’t know and I don’t care.

  2. a bit of a laugh!

    PIC: 18 Oct: SaintPetersBlog: Phil Amman: Email Insights: NextGen Climate dresses up for Halloween
    You know Halloween is near, when the newest email from NextGen Climate shows fans dressed in silly costumes to blast Rick Scott.
    Florida’s governor needs to stop his “Stone Age agenda” on climate change, the email says. It comes complete with a photo of supporters dressed as both science teachers (white coats and all) and cave dwellers carrying clubs and dressed in faux animal skins.
    Nice.
    NextGen Climate Florida is the environmental PAC founded by investor and philanthropist Tom Steyer, which is targeting Scott as one of the state office-bearers denying humanity’s role in climate change…READ ON

    http://www.saintpetersblog.com/archives/163359

  3. 18 Oct: UK Telegraph: Christopher Booker: Ed Miliband and Baroness Worthington, the most expensive man and woman in Britain’s history
    The Climate Change Act could cost the UK £1.3 trillion over the next 36 years
    Less well known, however, is the extraordinary story of how this most expensive Act ever put on the statute book originated in the first place…
    The Bill passed the Commons by 463 votes to three, after a debate in which not a single MP asked how such an ambitious target could in practice be achieved without destroying virtually our entire economy…
    But this is what at last one senior politician, Owen Paterson, dared to question in his lecture last week to the Global Warming Policy Foundation…
    There was, of course, a knee-jerk howl of derision from the likes of Lord Stern and Lord Deben, along with a blizzard of personal abuse across the Twittersphere. But the more thoughtful among them, such as the BBC’s Roger Harrabin, tried instead to ride with the punch, by claiming that Decc was already looking at all the parts of Paterson’s “Plan B” for keeping our lights on….READ ON

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/11171445/Ed-Miliband-and-Baroness-Worthington-the-most-expensive-man-and-woman-in-Britains-history.html

    as nuclear is part of Paterson’s plan, best to mention:

    18 Oct: UK Daily Mail: Hugo Duncan: Fears of winter blackouts as repairs to mend boiler cracks shut EDF nuclear plants for two years
    Work to prevent high temperatures causing further cracks at ageing plants
    Move will lead to increase in the risk of power shortages this winter and next
    The nuclear power reactors have been in operation since the early 1980s
    Two of Britain’s nuclear power plants closed in August over safety issues will not be fully up and running for another two years – triggering fears of blackouts this winter…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2797966/fears-winter-blackouts-repairs-mend-boiler-cracks-shut-edf-nuclear-plants-two-years.html

  4. Yet another look-a-squirrel paper. In Science online last week a paper title “Increased variability of tornado occurrence in the United States,” by Harold E. Brooks, Gregory W. Carbin, Patrick T. Marsh. It is found at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6207/349. The abstract is “Whether or not climate change has had an impact on the occurrence of tornadoes in the United States has become a question of high public and scientific interest, but changes in how tornadoes are reported have made it difficult to answer it convincingly. We show that, excluding the weakest tornadoes, the mean annual number of tornadoes has remained relatively constant, but their variability of occurrence has increased since the 1970s. This is due to a decrease in the number of days per year with tornadoes combined with an increase in days with many tornadoes, leading to greater variability on annual and monthly time scales and changes in the timing of the start of the tornado season.” I looked at the paper and the SI and I suspect the key is in their words “changes in how tornadoes are reported.” I have looked at the tornado data in the past and I would be very surprised if the reported “increased variability” is anything more than misguided statistics failing to reflect changes in the underlying sample/reporting procedure. Sadly, I am tiring of reviewing the seemingly endless stream of look-a-squirrel papers coming out now that hard empirical data increasingly does not support the AGW hypothesis. Perhaps someone who still has intellectual energy to spare for these climate squirrels would want to look at the underpinnings of this paper. It is already being seized upon in the warmista press.

  5. Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought.

    Instead of stressed-out plants, he found young trees that looked pretty happy, he said. But at some point, he glanced upward and saw something startling.

    “The foliage had died back on a much larger sequoia above me,” said Stephenson, a sequoia authority who works for the U.S. Geological Survey. “It’s not happening to all of them, but there is a subset of bigger trees showing stress. It makes sense, but it surprised me a little.”

    The brown needles on a 3,000-year-old tree are a smart response to drought, Stephenson said. The trees dump their old foliage when they get drought-stressed and focus on new growth.

    But the bigger takeaway: Nature may hold a few surprises as the climate warms this century for giant sequoias and other plants and animals. California’s intense drought is giving scientists a valuable sneak peek.

    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/18/4184871_giant-sequoias-may-surprise-us.html?sp=/99/217/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

  6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/10/19/beijing-marathon-runners-wear-masks-to-combat-smog-from-pollution/

    Why is China going to reduce carbon fuel burning because of a threat of a 2 degree temperature rise in 80 years when they already have this situation in their country? They know the urgency of reducing carbon fuel burning, lives are being shortened now because of it. But when you try to focus the issue on global warming then when the data comes in showing the warming isn’t as bad as predicted you get a reaction of “Well I guess its not as bad as they said, there is no need to shift off of carbon fuels, so lets keep burning away!” Obviously the economy of any country can’t handle a drastic, forced conversion off of carbon fuels, and that must be a consideration when setting a course for switching to cleaner energy, but I think the focus on AGW reduces the urgency to reduce carbon fuel consumption when the focus should be on pollution.

  7. There has been a major fire tonight at Didcot B power station in the UK – this plant provides around 3% of the country’s electricity.

    In addition, an abnormal amount of the UK’s nuclear power stations are currently down for maintenance or repair.

    A cold winter will bring widespread black outs in the UK and with it the long overdue realisation by the lumpen proletariat that an energy policy reliant on intermittent, unreliable, expensive wind power is totally insane.

    This is a breaking news story, so no quotes.

  8. It seems to me that many people involved with climate alarmism are using climate change as a tool to bring about a fundamental change to the world. One of these changes that I believe some want is some form of Marxism. I have been unable to figure out how anyone could come to the conclusion that Marxism/communism would work very well. During my search of the internet to see how it was supposed to work in the USSR, I found it surprising that Karl Marx thought that a free press was essential for his ideas of utopia to work.

    I think that many in the main stream media (MSM) are determined to bring about that utopia by controlling the press by limiting or trying to prevent information that counters the CAGW agenda.

    The following is copied from the following URL: https://www.marxists.org/archive/norman/marx-reality/ch01.htm

    “Marx would not accept any form of censorship in any circumstances, for it is ‘a precautionary measure taken by the police against freedom… and a bad police measure at that’.

    Where there is no freedom of the press, he wrote – and to this also Soviet reality bears witness:

    … the government hears only its own voice; it knows that it hears only its own voice and thus establishes itself in the illusion of hearing the voice of the nation, and demands from the people that they share the same illusion.

    And where can a better description – which is also an indictment of the Soviet press – be found than in this passage by Marx:

    Boasting every day of everything created through the will of the government… [this] press is constantly lying, since one day necessarily contradicts the other. And it reaches the point of not even being aware of its lies and losing all shame.”

    Could this be what has happened to Mann, Hanson and all of his sort?

    Jim Francisco

  9. VIDEO: 20 Oct: NoTricksZone: Amazing…AP Reporter Seth Borenstein Emphasizing Value Of “New Catch Phrases” To Hype Up Climate Stories!
    By P Gosselin
    For the media, at least for the AP’s Seth Borenstein, it’s not about presenting the science in a professional and balanced manner, rather it’s all about sensationalizing it and getting the editor to print it. The good stuff starts at about the 7:30 mark…

    http://notrickszone.com/2014/10/20/amazing-ap-reporter-seth-borenstein-emphasizing-value-of-new-catch-phrases-to-hype-up-climate-stories/

  10. unfortunately, this article is being picked up online, not only by CAGW websites, but by some alt websites that are sceptical of CAGW. when it’s promising a renewable future that “would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month”, i guess it’s tempting to believe:

    19 Oct: CleanTechnica: Roy L. Hales: America Can Nearly Quadruple Its Renewable Electricity By 2030
    A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030. Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of UCS, referred to the EPA’s goal as just a fraction above “business as usual.” The UCS found raising this target, to +23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030, would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month. Cleetus described this as a realistic and affordable goal: “Looking at the way renewable energy is ramping up and costs are falling dramatically, there is a real opportunity to go farther.”…

    http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/19/america-can-nearly-quadruple-renewable-electricity-2030/

  11. Quadrant magazine has an article by Tony Thomas titled, “Shooting Santa to Save the World.”

    http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/tony-thomas/2014/10/shooting-santa-save-world/

    It’s about a graphic novel, “Climate Changed” by Philippe Squarzoni. In this novel a woman armed with an automatic rifle goes to a shopping mall and murders three department store Santas for the sake of “energy issues,” read AGW. Squarzoni himself is her fictional lover.

    The novel is apparently fulsomely praised by Jean Jouzel, a high-level IPCC scientist. Jouzel apparently also appears in the novel, holding forth on the scientific truth of it all.

    I see this sort of thing as a literary rehearsal for the real thing. It’s is an inducement to political murder, no more no less. Some AGW skeptic will be the likely victim. If that happens, I’ve no doubt but that this and/or similar literature will be found to have provided the impetus.

    If that ever happens, it will be as much on Jouzel’s head as on Squarzoni’s.

    The front cover of the book, by the way, touts Jouzel as, “IPCC vice-chair, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

  12. ???

    21 Oct: SMH: Peter Hannam: Pacific warms towards El Nino levels as Australia heats up
    Ocean temperatures are again warming in the Pacific, helping to drive global temperatures to new highs and also leaving conditions primed for an El Nino event to be declared in coming months.
    The Bureau of Meteorology said sea surface temperatures in the central equatorial Pacific had warmed closer to El Nino-threshold levels in the past fortnight.
    “They’re at the warmest levels they’ve been since the build-up [for an El Nino] started in March,” Andrew Watkins, manager of climate prediction services, told Fairfax Media.However, meteorologists are yet to see the signature elements of such an event, such as a sustained stalling or reversal of the east-west trade winds, Dr Watkins said.
    One reason why the atmosphere to yet to “couple” with the oceans and reinforce conditions needed for an El Nino to develop is that sea surface temperatures also remain warmer than usual in the western Pacific, he said. Without that temperarure gradient, winds won’t reverse…
    Australia is already experiencing unusually warm temperatures and rainfall deficiencies typical for an El Nino year. Clear night skies in inland areas are also leading to frost – another symptom, Dr Watkins said…
    A huge pool of heat will settle over much of South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland with maximums of 42 degrees or more for Sunday and Monday…
    The fact 2014 may challenge for the hottest year even with at most a weak El Nino is one reason climatologists warn action must be taken to curb the rise of greenhouse gas emissions that trap ever more heat from the sun.
    The bureau’s Dr Watkins said heat records could be broken even without a “full-blown El Nino” because of the planet’s broadscale warming. Sea-surface temperatures in the central Pacific, for instance, had increased by about 0.5 degrees since the 1950s.

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/pacific-warms-towards-el-nino-levels-as-australia-heats-up-20141021-119bzl.html

  13. 21 Oct: Guardian: Adam Vaughan: Divest MPs’ pension fund from fossil fuels, says Caroline Lucas
    Green party MP calls on parliament to pull money out of gas, coal and oil investments
    MPs should follow in the footsteps of the Rockeller family, Glasgow University and churches around the world by pulling their pension fund investments out of fossil fuels, according to Caroline Lucas.
    The Green party MP says the £487m Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund should join the movement of hundreds of institutions worldwide who have already divested $50bn (£31bn) from gas, coal and oil investments as a way of tackling climate change. A University of Oxford study says the campaign has grown faster than any previous divestment movements, including those on apartheid and tobacco.
    Lucas has written to Brian Donohoe, the chairman of the fund’s trustees board, telling him that she is particularly concerned that the fund is contributing to global warming and of the economic risk to such assets if governments put in place “effective climate regulation”…
    Lucas said the divestment campaign had benefited from comments by the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, who said earlier this month that the “vast majority of reserves are unburnable.”…
    Donohoe, a Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, said he did not think fossil fuels were an investment the fund should avoid, or pull out of.
    “We’ve got to balance what individuals like she [Lucas] will say about certain investments… [with] the good of the fund…
    He added that his personal view was that Lucas was a lone voice on the issue. “I don’t know what she’s talking about frankly. If she’s talking about stopping taking coal out of the earth, that would have to be universally applied, there’d be a closure to all coal-fired power stations. That would have quite a significant impact on Soctland and perhaps elsewhere. I don’t know where she’s coming from on this one.”…

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/21/divest-mps-pension-fund-from-fossil-fuels-says-caroline-lucas

  14. Anthony, This is Crushing to the Hockey Stick and that past warm periods did not occur. Them finding this stuff lately only means one thing, the climate was as warm now as then.

    Found 1300-Year-Old Ski and 6000-Year-Old Arrows in Reinheimen

    http://thornews.com/2014/10/09/found-1300-year-old-ski-and-6000-year-old-arrows-in-reinheimen/

    Post Name
    Mann’s Hockey Stick takes crushing blow from the Ski Stick
    We should name this period 1,300 years ago the Ski Stick Period.

  15. Sadly, there is no transcript that I know of, but here’s the alarmists at it again, morphing the story again as necessary to keep the hype up:

    http://wdet.org/shows/detroit-today/episode/great-lakes-levels-102114/

    The first seven minutes feature John Allis of the US Army Corps of Engineers to talk about the recent record rises in Great Lakes water levels (in direct contrast to last years dire predictions of continued water loss in the Great Lakes) with the moderator/interviewer trying desperately to get him to say that we were going into continued rise and how scary that is and John Allis repeatedly swaying: well – we try to predict 6 months out, and in the 4-6 month time frame our predictions are already pretty sketchy so I’m not willing to make any statements at all further out.

    For the last 10 minutes, after bidding farewell to John Allis, Michael Murray of the National Wildlife Federation is brought to opine on all the doom and gloom scenarios that rising water levels will bring on: increased erosion, increased algal blooms, endangered drinking water, dogs and cats living together – you get the idea.

    It’s a pretty disgusting example of tabloid journalism finding ways to make rising water levels in the Great Lakes as much of a boogey man as possible until the trend, inevitably, reverses and they can start screaming global climate change and droughts again.

  16. The major sunspot now rotating around to face earth is by far the largest sunspot since at least 2003 and possesses highly unstable magnetic fields. In other words, this one could produce a monster X10+ class solar flare at any time with possible major coronal mass ejections. Given that there is some evidence that extreme flares tend to happen later in solar cycles (e.g., the Carrington event was late in a weak solar cycle), this deserves a news blurb to watch if notching else.

    • “This behemoth active region is 125,000 km wide, almost as big as the planet Jupiter. These dimensions make it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes–hence so many pictures in the realtime photo gallery.”

      “A few days ago, AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare. Since then the sunspot has almost doubled in size and developed an increasingly unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field. It would seem to be just a matter of time before another strong explosion occurs. NOAA forecasters estimate at 60% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on Oct. 21st.”

  17. From a comment on one of Huff Puff’s climate scary stories:

    ‘If it gets much warmer, we will all freeze to death’

  18. Hi Antony ,
    I’m sure your readers will LOVE this SKY News Part 2 Richo and Jones ripping apart a climate alarmist .
    Brought tears to my eyes that this could ever get done on mainstream media ,

    Cheers and thanks so much for your good work

  19. climate saviour Obama not to blame:

    21 Oct: Guardian: Suzanne Goldenberg: US greenhouse gas emissions rise despite Obama’s new climate change push
    Federal agency finds that emissions increased during 2014 polar vortex, raising questions about US’s targeted 2020 cuts
    America’s energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5% last year despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to fight climate change, according to new federal data.
    The rise in emissions from burning coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels was one of the steepest on record in the last 25 years, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review…
    The chill Arctic temperatures of last year’s polar vortex can shoulder much of the blame…
    The data also showed a 4.8% increase in the use of energy from coal, and a 10% fall in energy from natural gas…

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/21/us-fossil-fuel-obama-climate-change-energy-heat

  20. ???

    21 Oct: CarbonBrief: Robert McSweeney: Worst case scenarios of sea level rise, and why scientists and policymakers consider them
    Sea levels could rise by a maximum of 190 centimetres by the end of the century, according to a new study, which examines a worst case scenario for sea level rise.
    In reality, the amount of sea level rise we get is likely to be less than that. But scientists and policymakers examine such ‘worst case’ scenarios to safeguard against climate risks…
    The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, considers the assessment of 13 ice sheet experts. They conclude that the contribution from ice sheets is likely to be greater than projected by the IPCC…

    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2014/10/worst-case-scenarios-of-sea-level-rise-and-why-scientists-and-policymakers-consider-them/

  21. ‘Remember Montini’s words: “It is the idea that leads man, that generates man’s strength. A man without an idea is a man without personality.” Be able to combine the primacy of reality with the force of ideas that you have researched. Your task is to assume this challenge with the creativity of young people and the gratuitous and free dedication of university study!’

    http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-address-to-university-students-federation

    Papal address concerning the need to search for truth.
    No mention of specifics but an insight into his idea of the scientific method uncovering reality.
    He is a chemist.

    In this context the ‘primacy of reality’ in some cases has been divorced from the ‘force of ideas’,when one considers the prominent AGW modelling paradigm.

  22. 2005 JPA Ioannidis published: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
    Now he advocates changes:
    How to Make Scientists Publish the Truth

    http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/10/how_to_make_sure_scientists_publish_the_truth.html

    Source: Ioannidis JPA (2014). “How to Make More Published Research True.” PLoS Med 11(10): e1001747. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001747

    http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001747

    Summary Points
    Currently, many published research findings are b><false or exaggerated, and an estimated 85% of research resources are wasted.
    To make more published research true, practices that have improved credibility and efficiency in specific fields may be transplanted to others which would benefit from them—possibilities include the adoption of large-scale collaborative research; replication culture; registration; sharing; reproducibility practices; better statistical methods; standardization of definitions and analyses; more appropriate (usually more stringent) statistical thresholds; and improvement in study design standards, peer review, reporting and dissemination of research, and training of the scientific workforce.
    Selection of interventions to improve research practices requires rigorous examination and experimental testing whenever feasible.
    Optimal interventions need to understand and harness the motives of various stakeholders who operate in scientific research and who differ on the extent to which they are interested in promoting publishable, fundable, translatable, or profitable results.
    Modifications need to be made in the reward system for science, affecting the exchange rates for currencies (e.g., publications and grants) and purchased academic goods (e.g., promotion and other academic or administrative power) and introducing currencies that are better aligned with translatable and reproducible research.

    Also applicable to Climate Science

  23. Finally some scientists have “discovered” that plants CAN cope with and adapt to climate change. They “subjected natural ecosystems to an experimental drought over the course of nine years, simulating predicted future climate scenarios. In the course of their experiment, conducted in four different ecosystems ranging from desert (3.5 inches of annual rainfall) to moist Mediterranean woodland (30.7 inches of annual rainfall), the researchers found that, contrary to predictions, no measurable changes in annual vegetation could be seen.”

    Press release at:

    http://bit.ly/1yUVkyz

    Full paper at:

    http://bit.ly/1x6UbPP

  24. Now, here’s an oddity:
    NOAA employee charged with stealing U.S. dam information
    Chen was accused of accessing restricted areas of the National Inventory of Dams on various days in May 2012 and downloading sensitive files and providing false information to investigators in June 2013, prosecutors said.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Dam Safety Review Board maintain the database, which consists of dams meeting certain hazard or height criteria.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/us-usa-crime-ohio-idUSKCN0IB00120141022

    Espionage…..maybe.

  25. Storms coming to WA & OR:

    Recently the CPC was expecting a drier than average period for WA & OR but I can’t find the old report. They seem to have a new one up that reflects the current weather now approaching the Cascade Mountains. The Olympics may get 5 inches tonight (Tues., 21st) and generally it will be wet, breezy, and cooling. Some flooding. Similar continues.

    The monthly drought outlook released 9/30 for October still shows OR & WA to become drier.

    I have a screen capture.

  26. Abraham’s insults come thick & fast:

    22 Oct: Guardian: John Abraham: Another global warming contrarian paper found to be unrealistic and inaccurate
    Abraham et al. show that a paper by ‘sceptics’ Spencer & Braswell is rife with unrealistic assumptions in an overly simple model
    It’s hard to find a reputable scientist who denies that human emissions of greenhouse gases are warming the planet and that there will be consequences for human society and the biological health of the planet. There are a few holdouts who, for various reasons, either think humans are not causing warming or that the warming will not have much consequence.
    Some members of this vocal minority spend a lot of time trying to convince the public that they are right…
    Well, again this year, I’ve wasted my time (and my colleagues’ time) by rebutting a 2014 paper published by the darling of the Dwindling Few, Roy Spencer…
    Before we get into the errors, let’s talk about what their model does…

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/oct/21/global-warming-contrarian-paper-unrealistic-inaccurate

  27. 21 Oct: The Blaze: Erica Ritz: PayPal Co-Founder Is Skeptical of Man-Made Global Warming for This Reason
    PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, often considered one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley, said Tuesday that he is skeptical of man-made global warming because many refuse to allow debate the subject.
    “Whenever you can’t have a debate, I often think that’s evidence that there’s a problem,” Thiel said on The Glenn Beck Program. “When people use the word ‘science,’ it’s often a tell, like in poker, that you’re bluffing. It’s like we have ‘social science’ and we have ‘political science,’ [but] we don’t call it ‘physical science’ or ‘chemical science.’ We just call them physics and chemistry because we know they’re right.”…
    “The weather has not been getting warmer for the last 15 years. The hockey stick that Al Gore predicted in the early 2000s on the climate has not happened,” he remarked. “And I think as this monolithic culture breaks down, you can have more debates.”…

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/21/paypal-co-founder-is-skeptical-of-man-made-global-warming-for-this-reason/

  28. 19 Oct: Boston Globe: Latif Nasser: When island nations drown, who owns their seas?
    As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations, experts propose some bold legal solutions
    Over the past several years, it’s become clear that one of the starkest potential effects of climate change is the existential threat that rising oceans pose to the world’s low-lying island nations…
    A set of legal scholars from around the world has started to propose new ways to conceive of these ocean rights, so that if and when the islanders are forced to move, their economic domains might still survive as a national asset…
    Several, including UC Berkeley School of Law’s David Caron, have observed that changing sea boundaries aren’t just a problem for islands: The rising ocean promises to redraw every coastline on the map. Instead of constantly updating maps every time a beach is submerged, they suggest, why not freeze the boundaries in place? For low-lying islands, this would mean that the sea as currently measured around Kiribati would become the permanent patrimony of its people—and wherever in exile they end up, the population would continue to receive royalties from its former coastal waters…
    Rosemary Rayfuse of the University of New South Wales in Australia takes a different route to a similar outcome. “An equitable and fair solution,” she writes in a 2013 anthology documenting a Columbia University conference on Threatened Island Nations, “would be the recognition in international law of a new category of State, ‘the deterritorialized state.’”…
    , such a landless state does exist today. The Knights of Malta (not to be confused with the country of Malta) are a 900-year-old lay Catholic order who today have no land, but do have a nonvoting seat at the United Nations…

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/10/18/when-island-nations-drown-who-owns-their-seas/hyH9W5b1mCAyTVgwlFh7qO/story.html

  29. Possibly one of the scariest articles I have ever seen on the UK energy outlook, a mixture of complacency and outright lies.

    1. The BBC is very excited, as one might expect from a flagship ecoloon organisation, that yesterday the UK (one of the windiest days this year) saw wind power generation for the first time overtake nuclear power (8 out of 15 of the UK’s nuclear generation plants are currently down.).

    2. A government spokesman from Planet Zarg said a “diverse energy mix” was essential to the UK’s energy security.

    “We’re preventing a predicted energy crunch by turning round a legacy of underinvestment and neglect.

    3. But Jennifer Webber, a Planet Zarg spokeswoman for RenewableUK, the trade body, said: “Wind power is often used as a convenient whipping boy by political opponents and vested interests.

    “All the while, it’s been quietly powering millions of homes across the UK and providing a robust response to its vocal detractors.”

    If you believe either of these two last statements, I have a very nice British bridge I can sell you. There is virtually no investment in UK energy, other than in intermittent, unreliable, expensive wind power and the spokesperson for RenewableUK quietly ignores the fact that wind power is generally 2-4 times more expensive than conventional fossil fuel electricity generation – and that’s when it is working!

    When the inevitable high pressure system, with its negligible winds and extreme cold weather, sits over the UK this winter, it will be comforting to know for those dying from hypothermia that it was all for a good cause, namely that the smug British political ‘elite’ can be seen to have been green and ‘saving the planet’.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29715796

  30. Greenpeacer in CO advocates vote fraud to help Udall keep his Senate seat:

    Vote fraud in WA & OR have been rampant since we went to all mail-in voting. Workers in nursing homes & politically active college kids vote for those too old or apathetic to vote for themselves, for starters.

  31. Renewable energies are basically rebranded fossil fuels.
    1.5 hours, but the first half hour is worth watching.

    Ozzie Zehner – Green Illusions
    Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC Reads Sustainability Lecture Series. Ozzie Zehner is the author of Green Illusions and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Zehner primarily researches the social, political and economic conditions influencing energy policy priorities and project outcomes. His work also incorporates symbolic roles that energy technologies play within political and environmental movements. (edited for brevity)

  32. http://news.google.com/news/url?sr=1&ct2=us%2F2_0_s_0_1_a&sa=t&usg=AFQjCNHvBCJWK9HHv1vq3KyTmL3kZfC9_g&cid=52778638028633&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2014%2F10%2F22%2Fus%2Fsouth-florida-secession-new-state%2F&ei=YAlIVODWLOn_8AGd3oDQAg&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&bvm=section&did=-1602169425309244345&sid=en_us-n&ssid=n

    In case this doesn’t link the story is that the commissioners of South Miami, suburb of Miami, FL want the south half of Florida to secede from the union. Their thinking is that the southern half of Florida has climate change issues to which the northern part of the state is not exposed.

  33. (Michael Mann is coming to Los Angeles on October 23 — entrance is free. This text is from a mailing by the Center for Inquiry, a “skeptical” organization that is nevertheless completely sold on CAGW. — KDH)

    Climatologists To Discuss Global Warming Issues at Hammer Museum Thursday

    Climatologists Brenda Ekwurzel and Michael Mann will be speaking on “Tackling Climate Change Nationally and Globally” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

    Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a danger to the planet, little progress has been made to reduce CO2 emissions. Ekwurzel and Mann will examine the issue. Ekwurzel works with the Union of Concerned Scientists to increase support for strong climate legislation. Mann, who is a member of the National Center for Science Education’s Advisory Council, contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines and Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming.

    The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, and early arrival is recommended. For further information, visit: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/10/tackling-climate-change-nationally-and-globally/

  34. something to look forward to???

    22 Oct: Bloomberg: Alex Morales: Five Years, 2,000 Scientists and How Do You Wake People Up to Climate Change?
    The U.S. and European Union are pushing for a stronger explanation about the dangers of climate change and the consequences of failing to stem fossil-fuel emissions in the UN’s most extensive report on global warming.
    The appeals are detailed in a document putting together comments from more than 30 governments about the United Nations report, due to be published next month. The study is the culmination of five years of work by some 2,000 scientists.
    “This report is a story of what happens if we don’t act, and what can happen if we do,” U.S. negotiators wrote. “It should be an effective story.” The text, they said, “lacks a threading narrative.” …
    In one remark, the U.S. team said authors should strike more of a balance because “there are very few references to the vulnerability of wealthier countries to climate change.” …
    “What about drought? Cyclones? Wildfires? Policymakers care deeply about extreme events,” the U.S. team wrote…
    The comments were obtained from a person with official access to the study who asked not to be identified because the discussions are confidential…
    The final wording of that paper will be debated line by line at a meeting next week in Copenhagen…

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-22/climate-envoys-seek-stronger-warning-in-key-un-report.html

  35. 22 Oct: UK Express: Jason Taylor: Climate change PROVED to be ‘nothing but a lie’, claims top meteorologist
    THE debate about climate change is finished – because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world’s leading meteorologists has claimed.
    John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.
    Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.
    In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.
    “The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.
    “Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).
    “I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.”…
    President Obama told 120 world leaders at the United Nations climate summit last month that America had done more under his watch in cutting greenhouse gases than any other country.
    Despite this, the Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review showed an increase in the use of energy from coal…
    Climate expert William Happer, from Princeton University, supported Mr Coleman’s claims…

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/526191/Climate-change-is-a-lie-global-warming-not-real-claims-weather-channel-founder

  36. What’s going on with Sea Surface Temperatures in the northern hemisphere?
    Is this UNISYS SST map showing correct temperature anomalies?

  37. Was addressing medical research, but applies to all fields

    http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001747

    How to Make More Published Research True by John P. A. Ioannidis mail

    Summary Points

    Currently, many published research findings are false or exaggerated, and an estimated 85% of research resources are wasted.
    To make more published research true, practices that have improved credibility and efficiency in specific fields may be transplanted to others which would benefit from them—possibilities include the adoption of large-scale collaborative research; replication culture; registration; sharing; reproducibility practices; better statistical methods; standardization of definitions and analyses; more appropriate (usually more stringent) statistical thresholds; and improvement in study design standards, peer review, reporting and dissemination of research, and training of the scientific workforce.
    Selection of interventions to improve research practices requires rigorous examination and experimental testing whenever feasible.
    Optimal interventions need to understand and harness the motives of various stakeholders who operate in scientific research and who differ on the extent to which they are interested in promoting publishable, fundable, translatable, or profitable results.
    Modifications need to be made in the reward system for science, affecting the exchange rates for currencies (e.g., publications and grants) and purchased academic goods (e.g., promotion and other academic or administrative power) and introducing currencies that are better aligned with translatable and reproducible research.

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