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Cleaned 07/13/15

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    • Read a news article about this a well at http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/new-model-of-sun-s-cycles-predicts-mini-ice-age-in-2030s-1.2467463 One difference is the CTV news article had this to day at the bottom:

      As for the “mini ice age,” Hall cautions the effects would only be temporary and climate change from man-made greenhouse gases would have a greater impact on Earth temperatures in coming decades.
      “Even if their theory turns out to be correct and there is a reduction in the amount of light and heat from the sun,” he said, “the greenhouse gases will still be there.”

    • I actually went ahead and checked on the scientist that the article refers to…her credentials look legit. I wonder if WUWT could follow up with an article on this–after all 15 years (2030) is not that far away. What would be the possible consequences of a LIA (little ice age) for today’s world?

      • I recently had a letter to the editor published in my local broadsheet in which I expressed my concern about this recent study that warned of an impending cooling period commencing 15 years or so hence and how we should be preparing ourselves for this rather than a small increase in temperature. I was amused to note that the scientists at our local weather bureau reacted to this by posting a rejection on their blog that we should place any hope on the sun in rescuing us from global warming. They presented a NOAA graph, covering the period 1880 to 2000 (they could find nothing more recent), comparing temperature increase against solar activity (1C increase over a 120 year period)and a graph from the IPCC AR 5 report covering green house gas emissions showing a ‘high concentration’ scenario and a ‘low concentration’ scenario – naturally these diehard believers in AGW emphasised the former and ignored the latter.

    • BBC Scareology?

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33551569

      Polar bears fail to adapt to lack of food in warmer Arctic

      By Matt McGrath
      Environment correspondent, BBC News.

      I have no doubt our frequent (and hugely appreciated) Ursus maritimus expert, Dr. Susan Crockford, will make the usual mincemeat out of this – but why do the BBC never cross check?
      A sample of 25 bears, in one area?

      Auto – looking for an alternative to the BBC Licence Fee . . .

      • It’s not just the BBC and the Guardian involved in mass media delusion. Here is an article on “The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial” and of course what is the highlight picture in the article of but Polar Bears of course. Any time you see a picture of a polar bear, you can rest assured the attendant article is going to be a vacuous exercise in alarmist propaganda.

        http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/22/opinions/cook-techniques-climate-change-denial/index.html

        CNN does not properly classify the piece as propaganda, but at least classifies it as opinion.

        What is despicable is that they allow comment on conflicting opinions without giving a voice to that conflicting opinion. It’s like having a trial where the defendant is not allowed to cross examine witnesses or bring their own witnesses. It is even more despicable that they do not recognize the grossly unethical and unjust position they have taken.

  1. In today’s California Water News – Climate Youth:
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/07/13/3679159/talking-to-kids-about-climate-change/
    “. . .Moms attending the event had different perspectives on how they talk to their kids about climate change and pollution. Many did their best to tie it into simple, everyday topics like not being wasteful or leaving things better than how you found them. Some found a way to make climate change real to their kids by monitoring household buying habits and energy consumption. Others got into the details of the science, and their children became the climate enforcers of the household. Some parents admitted they mostly avoided the topic. . .”

    “. . .he got covered in poison ivy because the whole fenced area by the baseball field — it used to just be a little bit but has really proliferated, and I think it’s related to carbon emissions. It’s just making these plants overgrow and become more toxic. Poison ivy can also set off his asthma, too. There are a lot of impacts, it’s all related.”

  2. Ocean warming leads to stronger precipitation extremes
    http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/07/ocean-warming-leads-stronger-precipitation-extremes?et_cid=4672714&et_rid=219918439&location=top

    Note: “The Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean have warmed by about 2 C since the early 1980s. Russian and German scientists investigated what impact this warming may have had on extreme precipitation in the region.”

    ” We carried out a number of very-high-resolution simulations with an atmospheric model to investigate the impact of rising sea surface temperatures on the formation of intense convective storms, which are often associated with extreme rainfall”, Meredith continued. Simulations of the event with observed sea surface temperatures showed an increase in precipitation intensity of over 300%, compared to comparable simulations using sea surface temperatures representative of the early 1980s. “

    • Kinda hard to do solid coding when you have to use four, five or six different languages, all based on perversely different and idiosyncratic coding concepts, to create a single webpage. Basically, the whole system needs replacing.

  3. the Church of England is way out of line:

    14 July: SMH: Nicole Hasham: Church of England leaders call on worshippers to fast for climate change
    It comes as the Abbott government has come under fire for directing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind and small-scale solar projects, throwing doubt on its commitment to renewable energy…
    ***The Church of England leaders also overwhelmingly supported a new climate change investment policy adopted in May, which excludes two categories of companies from the church’s funding – those that derive more than 10 per cent of their revenues from the extraction of thermal coal, and those that produce oil from tar sands.
    Bishop of Manchester David Walker said climate change calls for an urgent response from all of us “individually, institutionally, nationally and internationally. And that includes investors”…
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/church-of-england-leaders-call-on-worshippers-to-fast-for-climate-change-20150714-gibr0d.html

  4. insanity:

    13 July: Guardian: Damian Carrington: Climate change threat must be taken as seriously as nuclear war – UK minister
    In foreword to Foreign Office report, Baroness Joyce Anelay highlights holistic risks of global warming, including food security, terrorism and lethal heat levels
    The report, commissioned by the Foreign Office, and written by experts from the UK, US, China and India, is stark in its assessment of the wide-ranging dangers posed by unchecked global warming, including…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/13/climate-change-threat-serious-as-nuclear-war-uk-minister

    Centre for Science & Policy: Climate Change: A Risk Assessment
    Click here to download a free copy of the full report
    The risk assessment was informed by a series of meetings, held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November 2014; Tsinghua University in Beijing in January 2015; the Council on Energy, Environment and Water in Delhi in March 2015; and Lancaster House in London in April 2015. These were attended by experts in energy policy, climate science, technology, finance, international security, politics and economics…
    The report was commissioned by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an independent contribution to the climate change debate. Its contents represent the views of the authors, and should not be taken to represent the views of the UK Government. Sponsorship for the project was also generously provided by the China National Expert Committee on Climate Change, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Global Challenges Foundation, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and the Willis Research Network.
    The report was edited and produced by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge.
    Lead Authors:
    Sir David King, UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change
    Professor Daniel Schrag, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Member of US President’s Advisory Council for Science and Technology
    Professor Zhou Dadi, Member of China National Expert Committee on Climate Change, Former President, Energy Research Foundation of the National Development and Reform Commission
    Professor Qi Ye, Director of Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Tsinghua University
    Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
    Project management team
    Project Manager: Simon Sharpe, Climate Risks Team, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/projects/climate-change-risk-assessment/

  5. another CAGW industry that has remained in the shadows:

    13 July: Marketwatch: Carbon and Energy Software Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2022
    PRNewswire/ — This report aims to provide a comprehensive strategic analysis of the global carbon and energy software market along with the market size and growth forecast for the period from 2012 to 2022. The key factors driving the growth of the carbon and energy software market include rising environmental concerns pertaining to climate change, increasing awareness about reducing carbon emissions, and need to achieve enhanced energy efficiency to reduce operational costs…
    Furthermore, rising trends in developing sustainable business strategies are further driving the growth of this market. Growing significance of an environment-friendly brand image, and increasing need to comply with various government norms and mandates have made it imperative for organizations to effectively monitor and assess their energy consumption levels…
    It also provides the competitive landscape of the key players in the carbon and energy software market in order to highlight the prevalent competition in this market…
    The report includes an overview of the market strategies, annual revenues, and recent developments of the key companies operating in the market.
    ***The key market participants profiled in the study include Intelex Technologies, Inc., CA Technologies, Inc., SAP SE, Enviance, Inc., IHS, Inc., ProcessMAP Corporation, Thinkstep AG (PE International), IBM Corporation, Enablon North America Corporation, and Verisae, Inc…
    ***LINK: Read the full report
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/carbon-and-energy-software-market—global-industry-analysis-size-share-growth-trends-and-forecast-2014—2022-2015-07-13

    still in the shadows:

    13 July: Brookings Institution: Adele Morris: Why the federal government should shadow price carbon
    A growing number of companies are putting a shadow price on carbon to reduce their carbon footprint cost effectively. Shadow pricing is method of investment or decision analysis that adds a hypothetical surcharge to market prices for goods or services that involve significant carbon emissions in their supply chain. For example, if a firm is analyzing acquisitions of new energy-using equipment, it would use expected energy costs of expected market prices plus a charge associated with the carbon dioxide that would be released when the fuel is combusted. Shadow prices can apply in all sorts of analyses of investments, procurements, and other strategic decisions to give an edge to options that are more emissions-efficient, other things equal. These decisions then allow firms to reduce their emissions gradually up to the incremental cost reflected in the carbon price they apply…
    Why would companies do this?…
    Companies that wish to adopt shadow pricing have few public examples of how to do it…
    The U.S. federal government has two key leadership opportunities here. First, the government could shadow price its own emissions in ways analogous to those used by companies but customized to the particular needs of federal agencies…
    One potential first step would be to establish an expert committee and/or interagency process to explore the feasibility of carbon shadow pricing by the federal government…
    http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/planetpolicy/posts/2015/07/13-carbon-footprint-governement-shadow-prive-morris

  6. re Adele Morris who wrote the Brookings carbon “shadow price” piece:

    Adele Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution…
    Before the JEC, Adele served nine years with the U.S. Treasury Department as its chief natural resource economist, working on climate, energy, agriculture, and radio spectrum issues. On assignment to the U.S. Department of State in 2000, she was the lead U.S. negotiator on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she conducted regulatory oversight of agriculture and natural resource agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.
    Adele Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics

    • pat

      Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she conducted regulatory oversight of agriculture and natural resource agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.
      Adele Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics

      So, without continued Catastrophic Global Warming alarms, she – and her entire bureaucratic team of bottom sucking algea eaters – have no job, no budget, no future, no power, and no reason for being, do they? Yet we are told endlessly that ANY results or studies or papers even remotely funded by the “fossil fuel” conspiracy are tainted by bias and self-interst.

      how many other government jobs are self-funded?

  7. 14 July: Bloomberg: Alex Nussbaum: Carbon-Trading Program Generates $1.3 Billion in U.S. Northeast
    A cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide generated $1.3 billion in benefits for nine U.S. states, a finding that may win converts elsewhere in the country.
    Funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative also created more than 14,000 new jobs in the Northeast and saved consumers $460 million in lower electric bills over the past three years, according to a report released Monday by Analysis Group, a Boston-based consulting company. The benefits came mainly from customer rebates and efficiency measures spurred by the program…
    “There are a lot of states that are looking carefully at doing the same thing,” said Paul Hibbard, an Analysis Group vice-president and co-author of the study, in a telephone interview. “It will be hard for states to not realize that from the standpoint of economic efficiency, that’s the way to go.”…
    Not everyone was a winner: Power-plant owners lost almost $500 million in revenue from 2012 to 2014, due to both reduced electricity demand and the cost of credits they had to buy to emit greenhouse gases.
    ***The report was funded by four private foundations that advocate for action on climate change and “sustainable energy,” including the Boston-based Barr Foundation and the ***Energy Foundation of San Francisco…
    The Northeast program was overhauled last year after demand for pollution credits proved weak. After reducing the amount of allowances available by 45 percent, prices increased, and with them, the incentive to cut emissions, proponents said. Pollution credits sold for $5.50 a ton in the latest quarterly auction on June 3, almost double the $3 they fetched before the cap was lowered, according to the RGGI website…
    Governor Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the market in 2011, saying it was driving up electric rates without providing any environmental benefits…
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-14/carbon-trading-program-generates-1-3-billion-in-u-s-northeast

    ***from HuffPo: Energy Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization …. funds the Sierra Club, the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund and Earthjustice.

    no link to the report in the Bloomberg article.

  8. I read a post on ‘Spaceweather .com’ (penned by Dr Tony Phillips of NASA?) In his daily blog section he penned this about the recent Solar Prediction Cycle

    “ICE AGE NEWS REPORTS ARE EXAGGERATED: Stop the presses. The mainstream media is reporting a sensational new study about the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo. According to a double-dynamo model advanced by researchers at Northumbria University, solar activity could drop by 60% in the 2030s, mimicking conditions during the Little Ice Age of the 17th century. A widely copied quote-fragment from lead researcher Valentina Zharkova notes that “…we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97%.” In fact, the model has never successfully predicted any future solar activity. So far it has only been used to “predict” solar cycles from 1976 to 2008. Almost any model can be fine-tuned to match the past. As forecasting tools, previous dynamo models have failed spectacularly. The double-dynamo model of Zharkova et al may yet prove to be correct, but until it passes the test of correctly predicting future solar activity, there is no reason to worry about an historic decline in sunspots, much less an Ice Age. Indeed, it is more likely that the reverse is true.”

    I found it interesting that he excoriated Dr Zharkova’s model based on the idea that “Almost any model can be fine-tuned to match the past.” and ” the model has never successfully predicted any future solar activity.” He then links to an article that also excoriates Dr Zharkova’s work but, it relies on model output from models that have NEVER successfully hindcast the climate, nor have they ever successfully predicted future temperatures. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/07/13/3679662/global-warming-speed-up-not-ice-age/

    I find it a little odd that Dr Phillips denounces one model based on other models that have the same issues.

  9. Excellent commentary and plan of action for improving governance in scientific associations: The link below is related to the ongoing saga about how the national organization (Staff and Leadership) of the American Psychological Association National supported a policy against the wishes of its membership & implemented an approach to vilify vocal member dissenters. This is applicable to many of the scientific associations (American Physical Society comes to mind) where a national scientific or medical organization (and/or staff) adopts positions in support of “popular” or federal positions, completely disconnected and /or independent of or against the wishes of the membership. Staff accountability is also addressed very appropriately

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/13/opening-comments-to-the-american-psychological-association-apa-board-of-directors/

  10. NOT SO FOR AUSTRALIA, “but this is the first study to show this trend applies at a global scale” – OH WELL:

    15 July: ABC: Anna Salleh: Climate increasing global fire danger
    Climate change is lengthening fire danger seasons around the world, although the picture is not so clear for Australia, according to a new study.
    On first glance the findings suggest the continent that is so famous for bushfires bucks the global trend, but the researchers warn this may not be the case.
    They say the anomaly in the study’s findings is due to Australia’s highly variable climate…
    In a study published today in Nature Communications, Bowman and colleagues used global data to develop a fire danger index that could be used to detect trends in fire weather seasons throughout the globe from 1979 to 2013…
    “Previous research had found that some regions of the world, such as the US, are increasing their fire weather season length, but this is the first study to show this trend applies at a global scale…
    Bowman and colleagues are now investigating further the influence of climate variability on fire in Australia.
    Meanwhile, Bowman warns against complacency in Australia.
    ***He says colleagues in the US who can see lengthening fire seasons there are “dumbfounded” the trend can’t be seen in Australia.
    “The reason Australia doesn’t fit the pattern well is because of its high climate variability which makes detecting very strong signals or trends difficult,” says Bowman.
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/07/15/4273580.htm

    14 July: Nature: Climate-induced variations in global wildfire danger from 1979 to 2013
    W. Matt Jolly, Mark A. Cochrane, Patrick H. Freeborn, Zachary A. Holden, Timothy J. Brown, Grant J. Williamson, David M. J. S. Bowman
    Abstract: Climate strongly influences global wildfire activity, and recent wildfire surges may signal fire weather-induced pyrogeographic shifts. Here we use three daily global climate data sets and three fire danger indices to develop a simple annual metric of fire weather season length, and map spatio-temporal trends from 1979 to 2013. We show that fire weather seasons have lengthened across 29.6 million km2 (25.3%) of the Earth’s vegetated surface, resulting in an 18.7% increase in global mean fire weather season length…etc
    ***Fire weather season length and long fire weather season affected area increased significantly across all continents except Australia (Table 1). …
    http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150714/ncomms8537/full/ncomms8537.html

  11. 13 July: UK Daily Mail: Victoria: Woollaston: Solar Impulse 2 grounded in Hawaii: ‘Irreversible’ battery damage sustained during Pacific flight may mean the plane will miss the window for its Atlantic leg
    The Solar Impulse 2 suffered ‘irreversible’ damage to its batteries during its five-day flight from Japan to Hawaii
    Parts now need to be repaired and replaced, which could take ‘several weeks to work through’
    It is the trip’s latest delay and it may also cause the plane to miss its weather window to cross the Atlantic
    This could mean the round-the-world mission would be grounded in New York until at least Spring next year
    The problem arose when too much insulation caused the plane’s battery temperature to spike on the first day of the Pacific flight last month, and there was no way to cool it after Solar Impulse was off the ground, the aircraft’s team said…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3159160/Solar-Impulse-2-grounded-Hawaii-Irreversible-battery-damage-sustained-Pacific-flight-mean-plane-miss-window-Atlantic-leg.html

  12. “could” be longer…but author says they “could” be shorter:

    14 July: Time: Justin Worland: How Climate Change Could Make Your Flights Longer
    Longer flights would burn more fuel and contribute more to climate change, a study suggests
    Flights over the Pacific Ocean have gotten longer due to climate change-related changes in wind patterns, a shift that could be mirrored in other regions across the globe, according to new research.
    Air travel currently accounts for more than 3% of the carbon emissions driving human-caused climate change, and the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests a feedback loop where longer flight times lead to greater carbon emissions and vice versa…
    ***“I’m not saying that climate change is going to cause the global flights to be longer, they might even be shorter,” Karnauskas (study author Kristopher Karnauskas, a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts) says….
    http://time.com/3957203/climate-change-flight-time/

  13. happily, they appear to be harming the CAUSE!

    14 July: Belfast Telegraph: Heathrow protest: Belfast-bound flights cancelled as climate change activists chain themselves together on runway
    The members of activist group Plane Stupid cut a hole in a fence at around 3.30am and lay down on the tarmac.
    The demonstration caused delays for passengers around the world and 22 flights out of the airport were cancelled…
    Ms Rogers said: “It’s affecting an awful lot of people’s lives.
    “I’m not one bit impressed.
    “They should be shot with rubber bullets.”
    Ms Lalor said: “They’ve disrupted so many people.
    “They shouldn’t be allowed.
    “Get the fire engine out and hose them down.”…
    Ella Gilbert, one of the activists on the runway, said: “Building more runways goes against everything we’re being told by scientists and experts on climate change.
    “We want to say sorry to anyone whose day we’ve ruined, and we’re not saying that everybody who wants to fly is a bad person.
    “No ifs, no buts, no third runway.” She added that the protest showed that “we mean it”.
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/heathrow-protest-belfastbound-flights-cancelled-as-climate-change-activists-chain-themselves-together-on-runway-31374427.html

  14. “heartfelt” Christiana aiming for a “climate-neutral world”!

    13 July: Business Green: James Murray: UN climate change chief: ‘We are counting on the business community’
    The UN’s climate change chief, Christiana Figueres, has today issued a heartfelt plea for businesses to support the push for a global climate change agreement, arguing they are crucial to the success of any deal reached in Paris later this year…
    “Governments, through decisive and bold action – such as the recent announcement by the leaders of the G7 countries to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century – are signalling that investment in green technology is a sure bet as the world transitions to a low-emission economy,” she said…
    “Ultimately, one of the most compelling ways that businesses can build the will for a climate agreement is by signing up to initiatives that are truly transformational in terms of putting us on a trajectory towards steeply declining emissions such that in the second half of the century everyone can live and breathe in a climate-neutral world,” she writes. “This can mean setting a target for 100 per cent renewable energy use, committing to include climate change information in financial reports, or calling for a price on carbon – as six major European oil and gas companies did last month.”…
    The UN’s latest intervention came on the same day a major new study from Grantham Institute argued that economics is no longer a barrier to tackling climate change. It claimed almost all measures to curb global temperature rise to under two degrees will bring a net economic benefit to individual countries.
    http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2417384/un-climate-change-chief-we-are-counting-on-the-business-community

    the full Christiana:

    13 July: Business Green: Climate change: Getting down to business
    Businesses and governments have broken the ‘catch 22’ of who should act first on climate change, says UN climate chief
    By Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC
    But perhaps most spectacularly of all – Solar Impulse – the only airplane able to fly day and night exclusively on solar power, is currently crossing the Pacific and demonstrating that human ingenuity can make the impossible possible…
    The science is well known: current patterns of human activity, often in the name of economic progress, are causing dangerous changes to our climate. It is time to truly decouple growth from pollution, and poverty from environmental degradation…
    http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/2416783/climate-change-getting-down-to-business

  15. pdf :46 pages: July 2015: LSE: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment: Nationally self-interested climate change mitigation: a unified conceptual framework
    by Fergus Green
    (Fergus Green: Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science. I am grateful to Alessandro Tavoni and Dimitri Zenghelis for their most helpful comments and suggestions. Thanks also to Joe Mazor and Elizabeth Morrow, who also provided helpful comments. I also benefited from comments from participants at a presentation of some of the material from this paper at the LSE public event on International Cooperation and Climate Change on 23 June 2015. Finally, I am indebted to Nick Stern, with whom I have had the great privilege of working over the last 18 months, and who has done more than anyone to build the insights on which this paper draws. Any errors or omissions are my own. This work was carried out with financial support from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council via the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.)
    http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/F_Green_Nationally_Self_Interested_Climate_Change_Mitigation.pdf

    7 July: FindMBA: Imperial to Launch an MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance
    A new MSc program from Imperial College Business School is intended to help students develop the skills needed to tackle the business challenges caused by climate change.
    With these skills, grads from Imperial’s new MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance will be set to go onto careers in carbon finance, risk management, sustainability consulting, the energy industry, as well as other, related fields.
    Indeed, although there are threats associated with climate change, it is also opening up a whole range of career possibilities…
    The new MSc was developed through a partnership with the Grantham Institute, a climate-change research center launched by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008…
    Students will also “develop an in-depth appreciation of the science, policies and technologies linked to climate change, including the scientific basis of including the scientific basis underpinning international agreements on carbon reduction targets,” according to the program’s webpage.
    The London-based MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance will take one year to complete; the inaugural intake will be in 2016…
    http://find-mba.com/news/2015/07/imperial-to-launch-an-msc-in-climate-change-management-finance

  16. ***Chatham Rules for these talks:

    13 July: RTCC: Ed King: What could a legally binding UN climate deal look like?
    A mooted UN climate pact could end up working like a credit ratings agency, say influential figures involved in crafting a Paris pact.
    Countries that default or break their pollution cutting promises will lose credibility and trust amongst their peers, which will impact them in other venues and on other issues.
    Rogue climate states (***Canada) could miss out on benefits such as protection from trade sanctions, or “in club” transfer of low carbon technologies.The suggestion was one of a series set out during a session hosted by the London-based E3G think tank last week …
    ***The session was held under the Chatham House rule – so names are off-limits…
    There appeared to be a consensus that judging whether Paris is a tough deal will not simply swing on whether a new treaty or protocol is developed.
    The legal form of a deal is one way of determining how binding it is. But so too is language, how specific pledges are, and the institutions that are created as a result…
    Climate hawks hope countries will commit to a tough new regime under a legally binding treaty in the French capital.
    But support for a deal with some legal options but without an overarching UN treaty has support from the Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
    The US government is also holding out against a new treaty as it would have to get it past a hostile Senate…
    Track Zero, an influential lobby group, wants emissions from fossil fuels to fall to zero (or net zero) by 2050.
    But some emerging economies are less keen. India and China worry mid-century is too soon; top oil producers like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia see this as a red rag…
    It seems unlikely the US or China would agree to their respective commitments coming under international law…
    But it seems unlikely that the US, EU and others, who in 2009 promised to deliver $100 billion a year by 2020 in climate finance, would agree to long term financial hand cuffs…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/13/what-could-a-legally-binding-un-climate-deal-look-like/

    ***how CAGW – a ‘CLEAN’ Trillion a year!

    13 July: InsideClimateNews: More ‘Green Bonds’ Needed to Fund the Clean Energy Revolution
    A critical piece of the funding needed to transition to a low-carbon world—bond financing for climate-saving projects—grew by 20 percent to nearly $600 billion compared to last year, but it’s still short of what’s needed, according to a new report.
    “It has grown 20 percent, which is good. It’s not good enough, but it’s a start,” said Sean Kidney, chief executive of the nonprofit Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), which wrote the report and is helping create the market in bond financing for green and climate-related projects…
    Researchers at the International Energy Agency estimated last year that it would take about $53 trillion in infrastructure, energy efficiency and other projects to get the world on track to meet the 2-degree promise. An earlier IEA estimate put that figure at $36 trillion over 36 years—a projection that was shortened to a ***”Clean Trillion” of investment per year…
    Climate-related bonds are an answer to filling the gap because the overall bond market is worth an estimated $100 trillion—which means it has more money flowing through it than the world’s stock exchanges, according to the CBI. The United States is the largest bond market, accounting for about one-third of the total.
    CBI’s report said the market for climate-aligned bonds totaled $597.7 billion in June, with bonds that are labeled “green” making up 11 percent of the overall total…
    And while it’s still growing fast, the market could grow much faster if there were more green bonds available for investors to buy. The report, the most extensive accounting of climate-related bonds, was commissioned by HSBC’s Climate Change Centre of Excellence…
    Kidney and others had hoped the fast-growing green bond market, now at $65.9 billion, would have topped $100 billion by now, but growth was slowed by two factors. China’s entry into the green market, which will bring with it big offerings to finance its planned expansion in renewable energy, was delayed until this fall; and U.S. corporations have been slow to embrace the new bond market…
    The most recent U.S. green bond issuance came from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which issued $32.9 million in green municipal bonds to finance clean power projects for the city, according to CBI.
    Low-carbon transport projects, such as building commuter rail lines, represented 70 percent of the $597.7 total climate-aligned bonds, followed by clean energy at 20 percent…
    India has set a target of 165 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity by 2022, and the report suggests that the nation will need to finance $70 billion in debt to accomplish it…
    The majority of the bonds earn investment-grade status from ratings agencies such as Standard and Poor’s…
    http://insideclimatenews.org/news/13072015/more-green-bonds-needed-fund-clean-energy-revolution-climate-change-finance-global-warming-solar-wind-China-India

  17. Hey Anthony,

    How about fighting back with something the MSM can’t ignore. Let’s face it, the professional alarmists in alliance with the cheerleading media continue to beat us up on the PR front. Thanks for folk like you we’ve done remarkably well with no funding, and an oblivious or downright hostile press, but I’m sick of getting sand kicked in our faces over and over again with stuff like the latest “hottest this or that ever” claim.

    How about holding a march scheduled to coincide with Paris if possible? Promoted properly, I can see 10’s of thousands of frustrated, pissed off skeptics eager to stand up and be counted. (Of course I could be dreaming.) We could invite 2 or 3 highly credentialed skeptic scientists to speak, thereby lending the event some real credibility. The media could not and would not ignore such an event.

    I have no idea how to promote such a thing, but you certainly have a bully pulpit here at WUWT. I’m pretty sure you could attract people willing to get out in front and organize this thing. Funding would be a concern of course, but I’ve seen nothing but generosity from skeptics when it comes to digging into their pockets. I think we could probably raise all we need and then some if we could get people excited…

    Hey, it’s an idea. It probably sucks. But thought I’d run it by nonetheless.

    Best,

    Al Neipris

  18. Sent from my iPad

    An article out today, says that flights are taking longer because of increased Northern Hemisphere jetstream speeds.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3162027/How-global-warming-delaying-flights-Planes-air-longer-battle-extreme-winds-caused-climate-change-say-scientists.html

    One major flaw in this stupid report.

    The 2008 analysis of jetstream trends by Archer and Caldeira, showed the Northern Hemisphere jetstream winds have been decreasing for the last two decades.

    http://iri.columbia.edu/~blyon/REFERENCES/P4.pdf

    So this ‘scientific’ analysis is a busted flush from the very outset. And we have to pay for this rubbish, through the education budget? Its about time all these Warmist pseudo academics were thrown onto the dole.

  19. References EPAs use of inaccurate computer models to measure air pollution. This is the response to an editorial piece by the Charlotte Observer.

    July 15, 2015 Charlotte Observer. Feedback Section (Op-Ed)

    From Sheila Holman, Director, N.C. Division of Air Quality:

    The July 2 editorial, “An about-face on air quality,” understated the accomplishments of North Carolina’s Division of Air Quality and did not provide the proper context to understand why its monitoring of North Carolina’s air quality is evolving.

    After years of reducing pollution in North Carolina, our air quality and protection of the environment have improved markedly. In fact, North Carolinians are breathing cleaner air today than any time in decades. Taking this success into account as we plan for new federal requirements is responsible policy. More is not always better.

    Pollution levels have by design been declining year after year. We use the latest scientific data to determine the design of an appropriate air monitoring plan. Those data come from criteria pollutant monitors, which are used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine compliance with federal health based standards.

    Due to miscommunication between the Observer’s editorial board and a DENR spokesperson, the editorial said the number of air monitors would be reduced by more than half. North Carolina’s program operates instruments to monitor the air for compliance with federal standards as well as track weather and other information not required by federal regulations. The Division of Air Quality has proposed to decrease the number of monitors we operate by about 17 percent, or 19. Those reductions would be made in areas where we are confident that air quality standards will continue to be met. We identified the monitors that could be removed only after analyzing scientific data that justifies their reduction. We will remain a leader in the Southeast in ambient monitoring even with the proposed reduction, as Virginia and South Carolina would still operate fewer monitors than North Carolina.

    North Carolina’s historical policy was to operate more monitors than required by the EPA to better define the counties that needed more stringent regulation to meet a national health standard. But the EPA has since included counties in the enhanced regulatory group even when a county’s monitor showed compliance.

    The ambient levels of other air pollutants that are regulated on an hourly basis, including sulfur dioxide, are impacted by individual nearby sources. During the past year, the EPA and some special interest groups settled a lawsuit that defined how short-term sulfur dioxide levels will be estimated in the future. In part, the March 2 settlement allows the use of computer models that have been shown to inaccurately predict one-hour concentrations. The use of these inaccurate models will be imposed wherever sulfur dioxide ambient monitors are not in place. We are readying to install 10 to 30 new sulfur dioxide monitors to avoid expending unnecessary resources based on inaccurate modeling data.

    Our regional air quality is steadily improving and environmental regulation is at an all-time high. North Carolina understands that its finite resources will be better spent on the implementation of new sulfur dioxide requirements rather than maintaining monitors that do not impact our compliance with the federal health based standards. This shift from quantity to quality rooted in scientific-based monitoring will advance how we measure sulfur dioxide and further improve the health of our air quality.

    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article27252655.html#storylink=cpy

  20. who will be held accountable for this CAGW folly?

    15 July: Financial Times: Christopher Adams: UK faces second winter with dearth of spare power capacity
    Britain’s creaking electricity system faces a second winter with an uncomfortably slim safety cushion of spare power capacity, forcing National Grid to again buy in emergency supplies to combat the risk of blackouts.
    The margin of capacity over demand is expected to be 5.1 per cent this winter, the grid has disclosed in a consultation document for power generators, compared with last year’s 4 per cent, which was the lowest level in seven years.
    Without having bought in the reserve supplies, the margin of spare capacity would have been just 1.2 per cent, the lowest level in a decade. ..
    But the risk of a plunge in temperatures has compelled the authorities again to go out and buy almost 2.6 gigawatts of back-up capacity from four power stations, which could be called on during any severe cold snaps this winter.
    ***It added that it had also struck agreements with “major energy users willing to reduce their energy consumption at critical times”…
    “It’s clear that electricity margins for that coldest, darkest half-hour of winter are currently tighter than they have been, due to power station closures . . . We feel we’ve taken a sensible precaution again this winter to buy some extra services,” said the grid’s Cordi O’Hara…
    Peter Atherton, utilities analyst at Jefferies investment bank: “Unfortunately, the closure programme has been progressing as planned, but the new build programme is running four to five years late.”…
    “With more coal closures already announced and the gas fleet under severe economic stress the problem is only likely to get worse in winter 2016-17.”…
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/be010f16-2a41-11e5-acfb-cbd2e1c81cca.html

  21. 14 July: UK Daily Mail: Richard Gray: Are women the key to solving CLIMATE CHANGE? Females produce less pollution than men when travelling, study reveals
    Women produce 70 per cent less carbon dioxide using transport than men
    They drive fewer miles than men and are more likely to use public transport
    Female motorists were also more likely to favour green driving measures
    Researchers have found that women tend to adopt a greener approach to transport, putting in fewer miles behind the wheel than their male counterparts.
    They calculated that women emit around 70 per cent less carbon dioxide through their use of transport than men…
    ***They conclude that women should perhaps be given more of a role in helping to plan and run transport networks.
    Dr Lena Hiselius, an economist and expert of road and traffic use at Lund University in Sweden, said: ‘We would see more traffic solutions which promote walking, bicycling and use of public transportation.’…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3159604/Are-women-key-solving-CLIMATE-CHANGE-Females-produce-pollution-men-travelling-study-reveals.html

    ***passing the buck to women. just say no.

  22. 14 July: Wiley: Ways of knowing climate: Hubert H. Lamb and climate research in the UK
    Author: Janet Martin-Nielsen: Center for Science Studies, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
    Today, numerical modelling is widely seen as the leading method of climate research. Modelling enjoys a hegemonic status in the production of climate predictions and the discussion and policy application of climate knowledge. This dominance obscures past and present debates about which types of climate knowledge are important, which epistemic standards are used to judge that knowledge, and which applications of that knowledge are considered useful. In the existing historiography of climate research, the focus has overwhelmingly been on numerical modelling, and relatively little has been written about other ways of knowing climate…
    For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website…
    LINK PDF
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.349/abstract

    Zharkova responds to ***the climate people:

    14 July: WaPo: Chelsea Harvey: No, Earth is not heading toward a ‘mini ice age’
    Climate scientists aren’t buying it…
    It’s a dramatic idea, but it isn’t being embraced by many climate scientists, who argue that anthropogenic global warming — brought on by a human outpouring of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere — will far outweigh any climate effects that might be caused by the sun…
    However, the issue isn’t so simple for Zharkova, who is openly skeptical about the strength of anthropogenic greenhouse gases when compared to the influence of the sun…
    “What will happen in the modern Maunder Minimum we do not know yet and can only speculate,” she says. On the other hand, she adds, her gut assumption is that temperatures will drop as they did 370 years ago.
    The reason, she says, is her belief that the sun is a bigger influence on earthly climate than the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “I am not convinced with the arguments of the group promoting global warming of an anthropogenic nature,” Zharkova says, adding that she would need to examine more research before she could take a clear stance on anthropogenic climate change. Given the right evidence, she says she might accept that human-caused climate change is a bigger factor — but her belief for the time being is that changes in solar radiation are likely to have a bigger influence on temperature changes on Earth, not just during times of solar minimum, but throughout history…
    However, this belief is in direct contrast with much literature on the topic. Georg Feulner, deputy chair of the Earth system analysis research domain at the Potsdam Institute on Climate Change Research, co-authored a paper in 2011 specifically examining the effect a solar minimum might have on Earth’s climate. His paper, and subsequent related research has concluded that any solar-related temperature drops would be far outweighed by human-caused global warming…
    While Zharkova is one of a small minority of scientists who do not fully accept human activities as the greatest drivers of current climate change, she says she’s surprised at the media response her study has garnered. “I didn’t realize there would be such a strong response from ***the climate people,” she says…
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/14/no-earth-is-not-heading-toward-a-mini-ice-age/

  23. 42:59 Sharon Hill mentions exactly the type of “scientific” behavior many CO2-obsessed people have been engaging in. Unfortunately, this is during a discussion panel on the methods of Bigfoot hunters and cryptozoologists.

  24. Boston’s snow farm finally finished melting by July 6th.

    Looks like the footage came from a location on Drydock Ave. The snow farm was between Tide St and Seafood Way in South Boston. It started 75 feet high in March.

  25. Anthony,
    New Scientist July 2015 has an article, The Road to Climate Hell, by psychologist Robert Gifford that deserves a response from someone in your pantheon of experts.

    I stopped reading after seeing:

    By now most reasonable people understand that they have been burning too much carbon

    The inference is that, if you do not believe the CAGW mantra then your are automatically not ‘reasonable’.

    His one-sided point #8 is:

    Confirmation Bias
    We like to be told that we are correct. Therefore, people tend to read and watch media that tells them they are on the right track. Those who have doubts about climate science prefer to read newspapers and watch broadcasts that reinforces their convictions. That, in turn, is a serious barrier to engaging in climate-positive behaviour.

    The newspapers I read and the broadcasts (TV/radio) that I have heard are predominantly pro-CAGW so hardly reinforcing my doubts on climate science. Apparently, if you are pro-CAGW you cannot possibly have confirmation bias.

    I stopped reading after #8 and there are 33 in total letting us know how wrong we are to challenge the consensus.

  26. Try again with better formatting

    Anthony,
    New Scientist July 2015 has an article, The Road to Climate Hell, by psychologist Robert Gifford that deserves a response from someone in your pantheon of experts.

    I stopped reading after seeing:

    By now most reasonable people understand that they have been burning too much carbon

    The inference is that, if you do not believe the CAGW mantra then your are automatically not ‘reasonable’.

    His one-sided point #8 is:

    Confirmation Bias
    We like to be told that we are correct. Therefore, people tend to read and watch media that tells them they are on the right track. Those who have doubts about climate science prefer to read newspapers and watch broadcasts that reinforces their convictions. That, in turn, is a serious barrier to engaging in climate-positive behaviour.

    The newspapers I read and the broadcasts (TV/radio) that I have heard are predominantly pro-CAGW so hardly reinforcing my doubts on climate science. Apparently, if you are pro-CAGW you cannot possibly have confirmation bias.

    I stopped reading after #8 and there are 33 in total letting us know how wrong we are to challenge the consensus.

  27. The Ides of July have arrived, and with it, the Arctic Sea Ice Concentration charts are beginning the annual flip from counting melt ponds as open water to not doing so. It seems to be done over a period of days by region, so Laptev was the first region swapped over on the 15th. Two days done now, see the OSISAF chart on http://osisaf.met.no/p/ice_extent_graphs.php for the effect of the first 2 days. Up to 2006 this was done all at once on the 1st July, clearly a better method then.

    • It’s a lie made of 100% true and accurate facts. Very nice propaganda.
      facts you find in the text :
      * coal power plant [were] closed (they switched to gas, probably ; even if it isn’t in the text)
      * they spend 1 300 M$ MORE
      * while people paid 460 M$ less on BILLS
      * is this possible ? it is indeed, provided
      -> they double count weatherization as, on one hand, reduced bills, and on the other hand “added economic activity”. Obviously they don’t know that weatherization is a waste most of the time
      https://epic.uchicago.edu/news-events/news/do-residential-energy-efficiency-investments-deliver
      -> new gas plant are cheaper
      -> some of the money went back to power plant. And it did.

      bottom line : without this program, bills would have dropped far more than 460 M¤

  28. 16 July: Guardian: In exclusive interview (with Suzanne Goldenberg) Al Gore says climate deniers won’t win – video
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2015/jul/16/in-exclusive-interview-al-gore-says-climate-deniers-won-t-win-video

    The Great Indoctrinator!

    16 July: Guardian: Suzanne Goldenberg: Al Gore criticizes Obama on climate change and ‘insane’ Arctic drilling
    At the request of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, Gore has taken his climate training on the road to eight countries seen as critical to a strong outcome at Paris: the big emitters US, India, Australia, Canada, China, and Brazil and those on the front lines such as South Africa and the Philippines.
    The 50-person gatherings in Carthage, Tennessee, have given way to audiences of several hundred at a time – 1,200 were at the Chicago session.
    In the last two years alone, Gore has trained more than 5,000 new Climate Reality recruits in 115 countries, according to the group’s own figures…
    Really they are scouting for anyone with strong ties to a community – a church, a school – who can tell a convincing story.
    Over three days, the trainees are inducted into the world of climate activism as described in Gore’s narrative arc: starting with the picture of earth as viewed from space, the latest science on drought and sea-level rise and other consequences of climate change, and then the multi-coloured grids of solar and wind installations.
    This is where Gore’s excitement really lies. When he talks about, say, solar installations in Costa Rica, his speech gets increasingly folksy – like the clean energy Garrison Keillor – and there are whoops from the hundreds of activists in the ballroom.
    The sessions are free, although activists have to make their own way to the venue. So far, only one known climate denier has managed to infiltrate one of the trainings.
    The idea is for trained-up climate activists – directly schooled in the latest science by Gore and other trainers – to use their personal experience and contacts to spread the word.
    Some may go on to use their connections to lobby in high places…
    Ken Berlin, Climate Reality’s chief executive, said graduates put on a total of 2,500 speaking events last year. The group claims a Facebook following of 361,000, with about 35% in the US, followed by India, Pakistan and the Philippines…
    It’s an open secret of the climate negotiations that there is nothing compelling leaders to take strong climate action…
    For Gore, however, that’s not the point of Paris. The agreement is just meant as a kind of cattle prod to get countries moving on the systemic transformation of their economies, away for coal, oil and gas and to energy sources that do not rely on fossil fuels.
    “Even if it falls a little bit short of the 2-degree threshold it will definitely lend a tremendous amount of momentum to an historic transition that is now well underway, away from carbon based energy and towards renewables efficiency, battery storage and sustainable agriculture and forestry,” Gore said.
    “My optimism is focused on primarily on the larger goal of making this transition and finding a solution for the climate crisis…
    “The Paris agreement will be an important milestone but I think we are now seeing development in the marketplace.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/16/al-gore-obama-climate-change-arctic-drilling

  29. 16 July: Thursday’s Papers Finland
    (SCROLL DOWN) Historically cold summer in the works
    Next, the country’s leading daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that the summer of 2015 may just go down as the second-coldest summer on record, as Finland has only had four days where the temperature has reached more than 25 degrees Celsius so far. “If you measure the summer in terms of the number of very warm days, this summer is not quite the worst ever, however. In 1962, Finland only had three days over 25C all summer,” says the paper’s meteorologist Annina Torma.
    Many locations in Finland haven’t even made it past the 25 degree mark yet this summer. Even Oulu, which is known for its high summer temps, has only seen a high of 23. The temperature reached 30 degrees Celsius at nine observation stations in Finland on only one day this summer, July 3rd. Torma says we won’t enjoy temps of over 20 again until the middle of next week. http://yle.fi/uutiset/thursdays_papers_metro_delays_pori_panel_2nd_coldest_summer_and_6th_place_reputation/8159914

    13 July: NIWA New Zealand: Temperature records broken around the country
    NIWA data shows at more than 30 weather stations from Cape Reinga in the north to Stewart Island, had daily maximum temperature recordings that were either the lowest ever recorded, or at least in the top four coldest for July.
    At South West Cape, the southernmost point on Stewart Island the temperature reached just 5.2°C on July 6. This was the third lowest for July for this location since records began in 1991.
    At the opposite end of the country at Cape Reinga the temperature was a comparably balmy 10.8°C on July 10, but this was the lowest daily maximum July temperature there since 1971.
    Lowest daily maximum temperatures were also recorded at Kaitaia, Port Taharoa, Waione and Ngawi.
    Suspicions that the early mornings for the first half of July have been especially chilly have also been confirmed at several locations.
    In particular Northlanders have been feeling the cold with Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Warkworth all recording the lowest July temperature on record. Kaitaia’s lowest daily minimum was 0°C on July 11, Kerikeri’s -0.7°C on July 12 and Warkworth’s -2.3°C also on July 12.
    Te Kuiti plummeted to -4.9°C overnight on July 13, marking it as the coldest July temperature for the town since records began in 1959. In fact, Te Kuiti has observed its two-lowest July temperatures on record over the past three days: -4.5°C was recorded on July 11 which is its second-lowest July temperature.
    And in Greymouth -2.6°C on July 9 put it in the record books as the coldest July temperature there since records begin in 1947…
    The current list of July 2015 record breakers is…etc
    https://www.niwa.co.nz/news/temperature-records-broken-around-the-country

  30. unconfirmed reports in Australia say Al Gore will be at Uni of Melbourne on 27 July.
    from a comment at Andrew Bolt’s blog:

    ““Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore will deliver a presentation on the impacts of and solutions to the climate crisis at the University of Melbourne on Monday, 27 July. “
    The strange thing is I haven’t heard any word of this anywhere on the media, or google, or publicly from the University itself. In fact I can’t find any word that he will even be in Australia, not even on any of his web sites or Facebook or anything. It is almost like they are trying to keep it secret (probably doesn’t want to deal with inconvenient truths).
    The only reason I know is the University sent around an email to students yesterday (only 2 weeks before it happens). Pretty short notice for a Nobel Laureate. Still no public announcement.
    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/tips_for_friday_july_17/P0/

    16 July: Shanghai Daily: Eastern Australia’s ongoing cold snap sees homeless move north
    SYDNEY, July 16 (Xinhua) — Homeless people from Australia’s south which is experiencing a record and sustained cold snap are heading north to warmer areas.
    Successive Antarctic cold fronts have dumped snow and freezing rain in the southern states of Victoria and Queensland and seen temperatures drop below zero in many areas and as low as five degrees in usually warmer coastal areas at night.
    But the wind chill factor has made conditions much colder and it was reported by Fairfax Media on Thursday that one Sydney homeless woman died from hypothermia last week, and was not murdered as police first thought.
    Those moving north and heading to Queensland’s Gold Coast tourist strip, either hitchhiking or using a once a year train trip available to those on welfare, which most homeless people are.
    But News Corp quoted Jason McDonald who works with homeless people on the Gold Coast as saying the new arrivals were putting a strain on their services.
    “They come by public transport or hitchhike. It’s too cold down there,” he said.
    “The problem is we don’t have enough emergency housing to help everyone out.”…
    http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=292914

  31. “winds of change” – the Met Office “rationalisation” of the hottest July hour on record! hilarious…read all:

    16 July: CarbonBrief: Roz Pidcock: Met Office: Wind data dispels doubt about cause of Heathrow high temperatures
    Earlier this week, The Telegraph claimed the Met Office was “forced to defend” the credibility of the record high July temperatures recorded at Heathrow airport during the recent UK heatwave.
    But a quick look at the temperature and wind data and a chat with Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, shows why claims that we shouldn’t trust the data don’t stand up to scrutiny…
    The blue line below shows the air temperature recorded 1.5 metres off the ground at the Heathrow weather station for an hour-long period from 13:51pm-14:50pm on 1 July…
    But Homewood’s suggestion that the high temperature is down to little more than a change in wind on the hot tarmac is easily checkable. The Met Office will release an hour or so of weather station data for free, since it’s unlikely to serve any commercial purpose.
    So, Carbon Brief asked for it.
    Winds of change
    The plot below from the Met Office shows wind data for the same period as shown above for temperature. Arrows show the direction from which the wind was blowing. The data is plotted in five-minute intervals over an hour-long period, centred on 14:13pm when the temperature record was reached.
    You can see the wind direction remains fairly stable from a southeasterly direction, McCarthy tells Carbon Brief…
    In McCarthy’s opinion, the significant increase in solar radiation is “the most plausible and sufficient explanation” for the peak in temperatures…
    It’s worth noting that the Met Office isn’t saying this was the hottest day ever for the UK, just thehighest temperature recorded in the UK on a July day.
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/07/met-office-wind-data-dispels-doubt-about-cause-of-heathrow-high-temperatures/

  32. 16 July: CarbonBrief: Sophie Yeo: Climate finance: Funding a low-carbon global economy
    Over the next decades, trillions of dollars will be required to tackle climate change…
    But the investment required to deal with climate change will likely cost trillions, as infrastructure and energy across the world reshape into a greener, more resilient form, compatible with a world where temperatures rise no more than 2C. Enabling this will require a rethink of how the financial system itself works…
    The Pascal-Grandjean Commission proposed in its report a “low-carbon financial roadmap” that would prompt the shift towards a greener economy.
    This would be largely shaped by existing bodies outside the UN, such as the G20, Basel Committee and the FSB, with the IMF and the World Bank charged with supervising and implementing it, suggests Pascal Canfin, a former French development minister who led the Commission…
    Conclusion
    Tackling climate change requires a lot of money. Mobilising these funds is a task for both politicians and the financial sector.
    But, as the New Climate Economy points out, it will also save a lot of money – potentially trillions – as fossil fuels are phased out and the share of renewable energy increases.
    But the benefits aren’t purely financial. Limiting global warming and preparing citizens to deal with the impacts of climate change will also better protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/07/climate-finance-funding-a-low-carbon-global-economy/

    16 July: UK Independent: Oliver Wright: Government faces multi-billion pound black hole in budget to pay for clean energy supplies – which could mean your electricity bill rises
    The Government is facing a multi-billion pound black hole in its budget to pay for new clean energy supplies, which could result in rising household electricity bills unless there is a dramatic decline in investment in renewable technologies.
    Senior Whitehall sources have told The Independent that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has already overspent its budget by £1.5bn to support renewable energy projects over the next five years…
    Under the Government’s current projections, the total additional costs added to an average household’s electricity bill to pay for the green schemes are already due to rise from £89-a-year to £188 by 2020. But if ministers continue to pursue official targets with the necessary future investment, this figure will rise significantly…
    Under the scheme, everyone – from a household who decided to put a solar panel on the roof to the developer of an offshore wind farm – was guaranteed a premium on top of the market price for electricity, to help encourage the development of renewables…
    Unless more money can be found, key projects such as carbon capture and storage, as well as the future of new offshore wind farms, could be placed in jeopardy…
    However, they are also aware that any attempt to pay for the addition investment by increasing gas and electricity bills is politically toxic…
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-faces-multibillion-pound-black-hole-in-budget-to-pay-for-clean-energy-supplies–which-could-mean-your-electricity-bill-rises-10391608.html

  33. pot calling kettle…

    16 July: RTCC: Ed King: ‘Rude’ and ‘touchy’ climate sceptics losing UK battle, says Lord Deben
    Conservative peer questions Lord Lawson’s care for poor, claims his budgets while chancellor suggest otherwise
    The head of the UK’s independent climate change watchdog has dismissed suggestions the recent bonfire of green regulations is a sign the government is adopting a more sceptical stance on global warming…
    ***Deben said his fellow peers Lord Ridley and Lord Lawson – longtime critics of UK efforts to tackle global warming – were “dogmatists” repeating what he termed a “pre-rehearsed line”…
    “Their influence is less and less I am happy to say. The facts of science, life and measured views of people like Pope Francis are undermining them. They have become just rude instead of arguing and they are so touchy.”Lord Lawson’s branding of the recent Papal Encyclical on the environment as “junk science” was evidence of a man “who hasn’t listened for years,” he said.“You can’t possibly have confidence in a man who thinks he can improve the Pope’s ethics.”…
    Former UK climate chief Ed Davey told the Guardian prime minister Cameron “may as well hug a coal power station” as a result of the recent budget, while green commentators were equally incensed.But Deben defended the raft of proposals from an administration that has quietly dropped its ‘greenest ever’ moniker in favour of cutting short term costs.“The thing we have to accept about this government is that there is not a place for woolly good-heartedness,” he said.“[Osborne] does understand and does believe in climate change but he has a fundamental antagonism to the sort of loose thinking that means that people can’t add up.”…
    Still, Deben said green groups were also to blame for the lacklustre debate and progress on climate action in the UK, lamenting the lack of effective grassroots action to influence MPs…
    “I keep on saying this. I don’t want any member of parliament to go to his weekly surgery without at least one person raising the issue of climate change – and it’s not difficult to do that… but where are these much vaunted numbers?”…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/16/rude-and-touchy-climate-sceptics-losing-uk-battle-says-lord-deben/

    a mere US$90 trillion a year PLUS tens of trillions more annually needed. soon we’ll be talking about real money!

    16 July: RTCC: The trillion-dollar question: How do we create sustainable development?
    By Achim Steiner
    (Achim Steiner is executive director of the UN Environment Programme)
    From climate change to the need for inclusive, sustainable societies, the absence of even the smallest signals leads to investments that degrade the natural systems on which our economy vitally depends.
    Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result holds little promise if we are to achieve the ‘future we want’…
    We need, instead, a very much ‘business unusual’ approach to find and invest the estimated US$90 trillion required between now and 2030 for critical infrastructure in countries that are modernising their economies.
    We will also need tens of trillions more annually to invest in people, and the millions of small and medium sized business that represent the world’s primary source of employment…
    ***We will also need tens of trillions more annually to invest in people, and the millions of small and medium sized business that represent the world’s primary source of employment…
    “How do we create sustainable development” is quite literally the trillion-dollar question.How we direct our investments in the next decades may very well determine the fate of the estimated 9 billion people who will need food, energy, clean air, clean water, but also healthy soils by mid-century.
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/16/the-trillion-dollar-question-how-do-we-create-sustainable-development/

  34. 16 July: RTCC: ‘Job started’ in Addis but more development cash needed
    No new money pledged for world’s poor at key summit, casting poverty reduction and climate goals into question
    By Leo Barasi in Addis Ababa
    The document, known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, is similar to the draft text presented at the start of the conference. It added a requirement for the UN secretary general to appoint government-nominated members to the UN tax body.
    Its measures include the creation of a new Technology Facilitation Mechanism, designed to improve the UN’s support for transfer of technologies to poorer countries, and a new forum to coordinate infrastructure improvement in developing countries.
    It also commits to the introduction of worldwide social safety net systems, which would seek to ensure everyone is guaranteed basic services and protection from hunger and disasters…
    The agreement is short on details about the quantity of funds available and when they will be provided, apart from when it refers to existing commitments…
    Representatives of developing and middle-income countries have expressed their disappointment about the lack of a commitment to create a new UN body to review global tax arrangements, with India’s delegate describing it as “a historic missed opportunity”…
    One of the principal concerns is whether finance for climate change will replace other foreign aid, instead of being additional to it.
    “It’s not adequately addressed: no-one’s talking about where these resources are going to come from – if we just use existing ODA [overseas development aid] then definitely it’s not enough”, Adam (Jean-Paul Adam, finance minister of the Seychelles) added…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/16/job-started-in-addis-but-more-development-cash-needed/

  35. A study linking climate change to heat-related death in the US. Claiming “Heat ranks among the top weather-related killers in the United States, responsible for more deaths than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined.”
    https://pincdn.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/VCXsufqTzqP1UJnrahjWpg/Heat-Mortality_Report_.pdf

    This is the mother of all cherry picked studies as it completely ignores the death from cold weather related death that is listed on the very next line in the CDC database.

  36. Anthony – I don’t know if you have followed the situation in the state of Oregon, but it might be worth a look.

    The Governor was forced to resign due to his girlfriend both taking money from climate alarmist groups and working on the Governor’s staff on climate policy. To my knowledge, this is the first case where an elected government official was forced to resign due to climate corruption.

    For some reason, I can’t post links. Google Kitzhaber resigns or Kitzhaber investigation

  37. “I don’t actually need the raw data in order to develop science, that’s not how it’s done.”

    This quote was actually uttered by the head of the EPA while being questioned by a congressional committee recently. I think somebody need to write, “I will follow the scientific process”, on the chalkboard 100 times.

  38. BobfromAus
    Anthony you should have a look at some of the predictions from Prof Tim Flannery from here in Australia

  39. leon0112 –
    here’s one:

    18 July: Reuters: Shelby Sebens: Ex-Oregon governor wanted policy to match fiancee’s paid interests: report
    John Kitzhaber, who resigned as Oregon’s governor in February over an influence-peddling scandal, told staff that state energy policies should match those his fiancée was being paid to promote for an outside group, the Oregonian newspaper reported.
    In a memo to staff the newspaper obtained through public records requests, Kitzhaber wrote that his fiancée, first lady Cylvia Hayes, ought to play the same role, as a spokesperson and advocate for his office, as she does as a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Clean Economy Development Center.
    “Cylvia needs to be advocating the same clean economy policy in her role as spokesperson/advocate for the Governor’s Office and her role as a Clean Economy Fellow. There cannot be any daylight between them,” Kitzhaber said in the 2011 memo posted on the Oregonian website on Thursday. “But this is another reason why she needs a role in developing the policy itself.”…
    The center said on its website that Hayes’ fellowship focused on advocating the economic benefits of clean economy projects. She was never on the center’s payroll directly but her fellowship was funded by two foundations, with payments made to Hayes’ consulting firm, 3E Strategies, it said…
    Kitzhaber and Hayes have fought the release of their private emails to local media…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/18/us-usa-politics-oregon-idUSKCN0PS00N20150718

  40. Clean Economy Development Center: Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with CEDC
    Cylvia Hayes was at no point on the payroll of CEDC. 3E Strategies, Hayes’ consulting firm, provided a portion of Cylvia’s time for CEDC’s regional acceleration fellowship. Hayes’ fellowship was funded by two foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and the Energy Foundation, in 2011 and 2012. All payments from CEDC were made to 3E Strategies.
    http://www.cleaneconomycenter.org/

    16 July: OregonLive: Nick Budnick: Kitzhaber told staff state policies should match Cylvia Hayes’ paid agenda
    Hayes has said she took $118,000 over two years from the Clean Economy Development Center, a national advocacy group…
    Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is a professor at Loyola Law School, said the memo appears to show Kitzhaber saying “she’s working for them, and we better put her in a role where she can deliver.”…
    Hayes operated a Bend consulting firm specializing in renewable energy when Kitzhaber took office in 2011 for his third term.
    Kitzhaber designated her first lady and placed her in a powerful role as a government policy adviser…
    In 2012, leaders of the Clean Economy Development Center reported that Hayes helped Oregon with “a strategic approach to preventing the development of coal export facilities on the west coast.”
    This is the first indication Hayes was paid to work on coal policy, but the exact impact of her participation remains unclear. Kitzhaber came into office with a strong environmental ethic but had kept quiet about his views on coal…
    At one point, Hayes shared with Kitzhaber aides an anti-coal article from an advocacy group bashing one of the three corporations trying to build a facility in Oregon…
    As her fellowship ended, Hayes entered into a $20,611 contract in February 2013 with another group opposing coal exports…
    Another group opposed to coal exports retained Hayes in May 2013 under a $50,000 contract to work on clean economy policies..

    http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/kitzhaber_told_staff_state_pol.html

  41. it’s written in the stars:

    18 July: UK Independent: Tom Bawden: The ‘stars are aligning’ ahead of ‘most important environmental summit in history’, says UN climate change chief
    The most important environmental meeting in history is on course to decisively tackle climate change as an “unstoppable and irreversible” momentum builds to “green the planet”, the United Nations climate change chief has told The Independent.
    Christiana Figueres says she is confident that December’s UN summit in Paris – regarded as the most important so far – will deliver its ambitious target to agree on action drastic enough to limit global warming to 2C. Beyond this level, the consequences of climate change become increasingly devastating.
    “The stars are aligning towards a Paris agreement that will establish a pathway that keeps us within the limit of 2C,” Ms Figueres said.
    “What is unique here is that everyone is realising that this truly is a very, very urgent moment in the history of addressing climate change. That this is a moment we cannot afford to miss.
    “And because everybody is mobilised in the same direction, we actually have a very good chance of doing something meaningful.”…
    “I would be hard-pressed to find one sector that is not moving forward with communication that is so much better than we had in the past and, even more importantly, with carbon reduction commitments themselves,” she said.
    “Whether you look at the investment community, the insurance community, cities, territories, states or companies – it really is quite impressive to see the unending procession of commitment and action underway. It is unstoppable, it is irreversible. What Paris is going to do is to confirm that pathway and give it a legal basis,” Ms Figueres said…
    “Frankly what is coming into focus here is the kaleidoscope of all of the different facets that climate change actually covers and each of those facets is finding its voice and become louder and louder for an orchestrated solution,” she added…READ ALL FOR COMMENTS BY PROFESSOR RAPLEY, LORD STERN, ETC.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-stars-are-aligning-ahead-of-most-important-environmental-summit-in-history-says-un-climate-change-chief-10397200.html

    can’t copy the following. click READ MORE to read entire article. watch your retirement funds:

    17 July: Institutional Investor: Katie Gilbert: Investors Unite to Press for Action on Climate Change
    http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/3472199/investors-endowments-and-foundations/investors-unite-to-press-for-action-on-climate-change.html

  42. 17 July: PBS Newshour: What we know — and what we don’t — about global warming
    BY Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman
    Editor’s Note: Last year was officially the hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society delivered more bad news in a report on the state of climate in 2014. Greenhouse gases continued to climb, sea surface temperatures and the global sea level hit a record high and the number of tropical cyclones increased.
    Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman, co-authors of “Climate Shock,” argue that we should insure ourselves against climate change. With a 10 percent chance of temperatures rising 11 degrees Fahrenheit or more and the catastrophic damages that could occur as a result, why wouldn’t we? Below, they lay out their case for pricing carbon dioxide pollution and discuss the economic consequences of a warming planet. Watch Thursday’s Making Sen$e segment for more on the subject.
    — Kristen Doerer, Making Sen$e Editor
    READ ALL
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/know-dont-global-warming/

  43. 17 July: Alaska Dispatch: Polar ice set for 6-meter sea-level rise?
    by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
    That was the worrying message from a paper published in the journal Science earlier this month…
    I was able to talk briefly to one of the authors, Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), who was in Paris at an international scientific conference titled “Our common future under climate change.”
    Rahmstorf described the new study on polar ice sheet disintegration and sea level as “a review of our state of knowledge about past changes in sea level in earth’s history, especially looking at all the data we have on past warm periods, due to the natural cycles of climate — the ice age cycles — that come from the earth’s orbit.”…
    ”We have had warmer times in the past, the last one was about 120,000 years ago, and we find that invariably, during these warmer times, the sea level was much higher. It was at least about 6 meters (19.7 feet) higher than today, even though temperatures were only a little bit higher, maybe one to three degrees warmer — depending on what period you are looking at — compared to the pre-industrial climate.”…
    “Basically the message is: The kind of climate we are moving towards now — even if we limit warming to 2 degrees (Celsius, 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — has in the past always been associated with a sea level several meters higher, which would of course have catastrophic consequences for many coastal cities and small island nations.”…
    The authors of the study stress that the further back you go (they tried to estimate sea level as long as 3 million years ago), the more difficult it gets to calculate precisely how high sea level was, given that geological forces push and pull the Earth’s surface and can also cause vertical movement measuring tens of meters. This makes it hard to separate the geological changes in shoreline position from sea level rise caused by polar ice sheet disintegration.
    Still, the authors point out that small temperature rises of between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius were, in the past, like today, linked with magnified temperature increases in the polar regions, which lasted over many thousands of years…
    The researchers are not able to say how fast sea levels rose in the past, which would be a key piece of information for planning adaptation. Further research will be necessary for that…READ ON
    http://www.adn.com/article/20150717/polar-ice-set-6-meter-sea-level-rise

  44. more good news:

    17 July: BBC: Chris Mason: Further cuts coming to green energy subsidies
    A cabinet source has said that a “big reset” on subsidies paid by consumers, which push up household energy bills, is coming in the autumn.
    “There is a hardening view in the cabinet that we’ve got to deal with green subsidies,” the source added…
    Within a few weeks, the solar power industry is expecting its subsidies will be cut.
    The issue of renewable energy subsidies was discussed at the weekly meeting of the government’s most senior ministers on Tuesday.
    Subsidies to the renewable energy industry, paid for by consumers, are expected to add up to £4.3bn this year…
    This week, the think tank Policy Exchange said the average household energy bill has risen by £120 over the last five years due to what they called “ill-thought through energy and climate policies”…
    But the renewable energy industry fears a cut now could seriously damage an industry at a crucial point in its development.
    “We are getting very anxious about what might be coming,” Leonie Greene, from the Solar Trade Association, told the BBC…
    “All that support costs money,” she (Energy Secretary Amber Rudd) said (in a speech last month). “We cannot ignore the fact that, obviously, people want subsidies if they are on the receiving end of subsidies, but we have to ensure that we get the good measure of it.”
    And there lies the conundrum for the government: attempting to keep bills low, supporting emerging industries and keeping to climate change targets – with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris just a few months away now in December.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33564444

    • Solar panels are now ridiculously cheap to buy wholesale, I’ve seen 250W panels for £100 ($150US) which suggests that the heavy subsidies are no longer justified. So, you can see why the installers are getting worried, especially as it’s always hard to sell installation work if it costs more than the equipment being installed.

  45. A woman called Rachael Carson, who would go on to become the greatest mass murder of the twentieth century, wrote a book called Silent Spring that predicted the end of humanity unless we banned DDT. She was dying herself, which no doubt boosted the book sales but the bitch has taken a lot of people with her into the darkness as company.

    The second greatest mass murderer of the twentieth century was in charge of a small innocuous bureaucratic thing called the Environmental Protection Agency, but he was also a member of something called the Environmental Defence Fund. William Ruckelshaus overruled the advice of a judge and his own experts and declared DDT to be a dangerous chemical.

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/why-we-fight-malaria/

    Pointman

  46. Right now I can only get here from Germany by blocking “.adnxs.” otherwise an ad flashing very hard tries to prevent access to your site.
    wordpress.com issue?

  47. Yes, Prime Minister
    Source: http://www.tameware.com/adam/global_warming/ypm.html

    Later in Act One, Scene Two

    The phone rings. They all look at it.
    Claire Hello? It’s the BBC again. I see. Thanks. (She hangs up.) Piling on the agony. A big new story about global warming has just broken, they’re adding that to the Sunday programme too. Global warming computer models have been proved wrong.
    Humphrey How shocking!
    Claire The new models show that it’s even worse than previously thought. Much more severe. And happening faster.
    Jim Is that supposed to be my fault too?
    Claire Everything is at the moment. They want to know why the government is dragging its feet on CO2 emission controls.
    Jim (losing it) Do we have to deal with that tonight? As well as …(much has gone wrong for Jim earlier in the play)… Is there anything else, anything else we can pile on me tonight? Oh yes! Global bloody warming, thank you very much!
    Claire It’s just that they’re going to add it to the catalogue of your failures. (He gives her a look.) Alleged failures, I mean.
    Humphrey Meanwhile, may I suggest that you don’t worry too much about global warming?
    Jim Right. I can’t do anything about that tonight, can I?
    Humphrey Tell me, how do they know we’re all going to drown in years when the weather forecast was so wrong last Friday?
    Jim Because all the scientists agree.
    Humphrey So they say. So do the computer models. I know. But why should global warming computer models be any more accurate than financial ones?
    Jim Um…
    Humphrey Wall Street computer models were designed to prove sub­prime mortgage derivatives were low risk. These computer models are designed to show global warming is getting worse.
    Jim Come off it, Humphrey.
    Humphrey Remember mad cow disease? Computer models for that proved that we’d be dying in our hundreds of thousands by now. The only thing is, virtually nobody died, did they? Same with the salmonella-in-eggs computer models. Same with swine flu.
    Jim You’re suggesting … what, exactly?
    Humphrey Global-Warming models leave out nearly all the other possible causes except CO2. And then they say ‘Look, CO2 has caused all this climate change.’
    Jim What other causes are there?
    Humphrey If the earth were actually getting warmer, one might start by looking at the sun. Solar activity, water vapour, cosmic rays, sunspots, underwater volcanoes –
    Jim If? The world is getting hotter, the science is overwhelming, everyone knows that.
    Humphrey There’s been no rise in temperature since 1998.
    Jim Really? But it was rising, wasn’t it?
    Humphrey From 1975 to 1998, yes, absolutely.
    Jim That’s what I mean.
    Humphrey But it fell from 1940 to 1975. Even though that was a heavily industrialised period, when CO2 shot up. And overall the temperature isn’t rising at all: the hottest year in the twentieth century was 1934.
    Jim I read that two thousand five hundred top climate scientists contributed to the last IPCC survey and they all agreed that man­made global warming is a proven fact and trapped greenhouse gases are the cause.
    Humphrey Nearly fifty of them agreed. The others didn’t, actually. But their views were left out of the summaries given to the press.
    Claire Haven’t you seen that film of the melting icebergs in the Antarctic?
    Humphrey Yes. Beautiful, aren’t they?
    Claire That’s caused by CO2.
    Humphrey No, that’s caused by warm water masses from the Pacific.
    Claire Why are the polar bears becoming extinct?
    Humphrey Are they?
    Claire The computer models say they are.
    Humphrey But the people who actually go and count them have found more than there were thirty years ago.
    Jim For heaven’s sake, Humphrey! If it’s all such nonsense why does everyone believe it?
    Humphrey (amused) Hard to understand, I agree. But some scientists believe it, lots of others want the billions of pounds you can get for research that seems to show that global warming is caused by greenhouse gases, and most of the scientists who disagree can’t get published. Journalists love shock­horror stories, governments want to look virtuous to the voters, lefties want a way to rubbish big oil, and it makes the tree-huggers, whale-savers, anti-capitalists and everyone at the BBC feel holier than thou and warm and fuzzy inside. What’s not to like?
    Jim Why hasn’t anyone else said all this?
    Humphrey They have. No one wants to hear it.
    Jim So wind farms don’t make sense?
    Humphrey (chuckles) They certainly do, for all the businessmen who are getting enormous government grants for them. But there isn’t enough wind to be practical. The total output of all the UK wind turbines put together is one-fifth of one decent sized coal-fired power station.
    Claire You don’t believe in global warming?
    Humphrey My job is not to believe or disbelieve. My job is to weigh up arguments and produce answers. That’s what the Civil Service is for.

    Jim I really think you must be misinformed somewhere. Al Gore got the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global Warming.
    Humphrey So did Dr Kissinger for his work on the Vietnam War.
    Jim has no answer to that.

    Jim You think it’s all a scam? I can’t get my head around this.
    Humphrey For some people it’s a scam. For most, it’s just the greatest outbreak of collective hysteria since the witchcraft trials in the seventeenth century.

  48. 18 July: Contra Costa Times: Laurel Rosenhall: California’s Air Resources Board: a bulwark against pollution or an out-of-control bureaucracy?
    The ARB, one of the most influential –and controversial — pollution regulatory agencies in the nation, conducts more than 1,500 tests each year at the lab. To environmentalists, the air board offers a bulwark against pollution, setting an example for the nation and the world on how to clean the air and fight climate change. To detractors, it is an out-of-control agency run by unelected bureaucrats who are throttling the state economy.
    “It’s come to the point that they tell you what to do, and you salute, and you hope that your members don’t fire you,” said Jay McKeeman, a vice president at the California Independent Oil Marketers Association…
    “It’s not hyperbole when I say there is probably not a more important agency — not just in this country but around the world — than CARB and what they’re doing on pollution control and climate change,” said William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies in Washington.
    The air board’s roots go back nearly half a century, to a time when thick smog smothered Southern California. Air pollution was a “menace,” in the words of former Gov. Pat Brown, the father of Gov. Jerry Brown.
    Its 2 members are appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate.
    A Dutch-born biochemist at Caltech, Arie Jan Haagen-Smit, took up the challenge…
    But in 1968, Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed the “stubborn Dutchman” chairman of the brand-new Air Resources Board…
    Adrienne Alvord, the California and Western states director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that the air board’s policies are paying off. “They have not been afraid to stand up to oil companies and auto companies, which are obviously very well-heeled interests, in the interest of achieving clean air for the public good,” she said…
    Mary Nichols, 70, is at the helm of the ARB…
    The agency, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is approaching 1,400 employees and has a budget of more than $730 million, larger than most states’ environmental agencies…
    But since Assembly Bill 32, California’s landmark climate-change law, passed in 2006, “thinking about climate change has become a part of everything we do,” she (Mary Nichols) said…
    She spoke at an international climate-change summit in Peru last December. And she’s also visited China for the launch of an emissions-trading system there.
    “I think the thing that’s probably surprised me the most is the international role that we play today,” she said…
    “The level of authority granted to ARB … is quite dramatic,” said Michael Shaw, a vice president with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, in testimony in July over a bill that would require the ARB to carry out a plan for cutting petroleum use in half by 2030. “Taking it further, we think, is a tremendous error.”
    That’s not how Nichols sees it…
    “The science behind global warming requires that more stringent targets be met,” she said. “And California’s goal of being a leader in this field, which we believe benefits our economy overall, requires that we stay ahead of the pack.”
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_28504467/environmentalists-california-air-resources-board-offers-bulwark-against

  49. 19 July: Philippine Star: Alexis Romero: Paris to hold Summit of Conscience for the Climate
    MANILA, Philippines – An international summit seeking to promote environmental awareness ahead of the Paris climate change talks will be held next week, with Sen. Loren Legarda as the lone Filipino participant.
    Hosted by the French government, the Paris Summit of Conscience for the Climate will be held on July 21.
    “It is designed to remind everyone – including delegates to the COP (Conference of Parties), faith leaders, artists, economists, UN officials and young people around the world – that protecting the planet is a deeply personal issue and ultimately our responsibility as passionate individuals,” said Martin Palmer, secretary-general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and consultant of the program.
    “What is unique about this project is that the faiths, along with the arts and other cultural organizations, are asking a deeply personal question – ‘why do I care’,” Palmer added.
    The summit will be opened by French President Francois Hollande and will be hosted by the Elysee Palace through Nicolas Hulot, special envoy of the French President for the protection of the planet.
    Aside from Legarda, also invited to the event were faith leaders, Nobel Prize laureates, former UN leaders, writers, environmental activists and personalities involved in humanitarian action, like Vandana Shiva and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    The audience will include experts on the climate and environment, ambassadors from countries of the UN climate summit delegates, influential representatives from a diverse range of faith and secular communities and youth ambassadors…
    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/07/19/1478583/paris-hold-summit-conscience-climate

    UNFCCC: Global Conscience for Climate – Why Do I Care Campaign
    Find out people’s stories and submit your own here
    http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/mobilizing-global-conscience-for-climate/

  50. playing to his audience:

    18 July: UK Western Morning News: Prince Charles exclusive: We must tackle climate change
    Tackling global warming is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, the Prince of Wales tells today’s Western Morning News.
    In an exclusive interview before the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive for a three-day visit to the Westcountry on Monday, His Royal Highness warns that we have just 35 years to save the planet from catastrophic climate change.
    He says with a global population boost of around three billion by 2050 the 90 trillion dollars of global infrastructure development predicted to take place over the next 20 years must be “as carbon neutral as possible”…
    And he warns that while global summits later this year on tackling the crisis will help, the “real work, by governments, the private sector and civil society has yet to begin”.
    But the Prince – who takes the title Duke of Cornwall when in the Westcountry – puts his faith in farmers as those “best placed to manage the landscape and wildlife.” In what will be seen by many in the South West farming community as welcome words of support during difficult times, he says farmers are, in the main, “conservationists by nature”.
    http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Prince-Charles-exclusive-tackle-climate-change/story-27440039-detail/story.html

  51. Claim:

    Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates

    From journal, PLOS one

    Abstract:

    Over the past ten years, unconventional gas and oil drilling (UGOD) has markedly expanded in the United States. Despite substantial increases in well drilling, the health consequences of UGOD toxicant exposure remain unclear. This study examines an association between wells and healthcare use by zip code from 2007 to 2011 in Pennsylvania. Inpatient discharge databases from the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council were correlated with active wells by zip code in three counties in Pennsylvania. For overall inpatient prevalence rates and 25 specific medical categories, the association of inpatient prevalence rates with number of wells per zip code and, separately, with wells per km2 (separated into quantiles and defined as well density) were estimated using fixed-effects Poisson models. To account for multiple comparisons, a Bonferroni correction with associations of p<0.00096 was considered statistically significant. Cardiology inpatient prevalence rates were significantly associated with number of wells per zip code (p<0.00096) and wells per km2 (p<0.00096) while neurology inpatient prevalence rates were significantly associated with wells per km2 (p<0.00096). Furthermore, evidence also supported an association between well density and inpatient prevalence rates for the medical categories of dermatology, neurology, oncology, and urology. These data suggest that UGOD wells, which dramatically increased in the past decade, were associated with increased inpatient prevalence rates within specific medical categories in Pennsylvania. Further studies are necessary to address healthcare costs of UGOD and determine whether specific toxicants or combinations are associated with organ-specific responses

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131093

    Why am I suspicious? Data is posted on the journal page below the abstract.

  52. It’s being widely reported (I even heard it on the radio) that fracking causes a 27% increase in serious health problems. Go to news.google and search fracking. When you read the article it’s hilarious. They ignore the fact that fracking vastly changes the employment of a county and don’t consider the possibility that this has an effect on how often people go to the doctor. Several medical conditions decrease at very significant p-levels. You guessed it, stuff having to do with women and children which portion of the population decreases when all those roughnecks move into town. I mean really, the guys who wrote this didn’t bother to look at the change in unemployment rates. You’ll find it hilarious and the media is going to make a big big deal out of it. You guys should be all over this. Here’s the original article: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131093

  53. Palm Springs, CA set a new low maximum record of 87 for 7/18, breaking the old record of 95.

    Record Report
    Statement as of 9:48 PM PDT on July 18, 2015
    Lowest maximum temperature records broken or tied on Jul 18 2015 …

    read: Location, new record, old record, period of record

    Indio 89 94 in 1987 1894
    Palm Spgs 87 95 in 1987 1893
    thermal 85 93 in 1987 1950
    Riverside 77 82 in 1940 1893
    Ramona 74 77 in 1991 1974
    Elsinore 73 84 in 1987 1897
    big bear 64 67 in 1987 1960
    Idyllwild 66 68 in 1987 1943

    … Daily precip records broken or tied on Jul 18 2015 …

    Location new record old record period of record

    Ramona 1.25 0.03 in 1985 1974
    San Diego 1.03 0.01 in 1922 1850
    Elsinore 0.60 0.01 in 1954 1897
    Riverside 0.51 0.02 in 1922 1893
    El Cajon 0.22 0.00 in 2014 1979
    Indio 0.17 0.02 in 1938 1894
    Santa Ana 0.16 T in 1986 1906

    … July rainfall records broken at Lindbergh Field… San Diego…

    There is a new record rainfall for the month of July at San Diego
    Lindbergh Field. Today as of 330 PM 1.03 inches of rain has fallen.
    This beats the old record for the month of July which was 0.92 in
    1902. The old record for the date was 0.01 in 1922.

    Source: WU


    A quarter of an inch of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles, setting a new daily and monthly record, according to the National Weather Service. The old record of .24 inch dates from 1886.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-most-15-freeway-lanes-reopen-20150718-story.html

  54. Malaria Cases in the U.S. Reach 40-Year High…

    http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_012814.asp

    The number of malaria cases reported in the United States in 2011 was the largest since 1971, representing a 14% increase from 2010 and a 48% increase from 2008. The majority of malaria infections occurred among persons who traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. Imported malaria can reintroduce malaria into regions where the disease is not endemic…

  55. Why do you suppose they hold “renewable energy conferences” in Aruba? Can’t they save the world from some dingy grey office block in Peckham?

    “More than £75,000 was put towards flying diplomats to a renewable energy conference on the Caribbean island of Aruba and £134,000 on boosting wildlife tourism in Swaziland.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11750074/Trapeze-lessons-and-Caribbean-conferences-funded-by-British-taxpayer-via-European-aid-programme.html

  56. well-travelled NYT elitist throws insults at tourists…in the name of CAGW! Becker was in Cambodia when one scandal(?) broke! only the elite shall travel seems to be the message:

    17 July: NYT: Elizabeth Becker: The Revolt Against Tourism
    COPENHAGEN – The question, says Henrik Thierlein, a spokesman for the city’s tourism office, is: “How do you take advantage of the growth in tourism and not be taken over by mass tourism?”
    Outraged by tourists’ boorish and disrespectful behavior, and responding to the complaints of their constituents, local officials around the world have begun to crack down on tourism, and the tourism industry, even in the face of opposition from their national governments, which want the tax revenue from tourists…
    In Asia, alarm has centered on Chinese tourists; there are more of them than from any other nation…
    There have been reports of Chinese tourists littering beaches and even defecating in public. One tourist even opened the door of an airplane, as it prepared for takeoff, reportedly to get fresh air…
    Tensions are bound to get worse.
    Of course, the Chinese aren’t the only culprits. In Cambodia, half a dozen foreigners, including three Frenchmen and two American sisters, were deported in February for posing nude in the temples at Angkor. ***I was in Cambodia when the scandal broke, leading a discussion near the temples about protecting cultural sites visited by tourists…
    ***Notwithstanding worry about carbon emissions, more of the world’s peoples are crossing borders for leisure than ever before. Now tourism accounts for one in 11 jobs worldwide…
    The United Nations World Tourism Organization projects that by 2030, global tourism will reach 1.8 billion trips a year.
    ***It is now so big that it will inevitably be part of conversations about climate change, pollution and
    migration. Without serious government attention, many beloved places will be at risk of being trammeled and damaged – what those in the tourism industry call being loved to death.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/opinion/sunday/the-revolt-against-tourism.html?_r=0

  57. Will someone at WUWT please address this.

    Study says he Northeast’s Electricity Bills Have Dropped $460 Million Since They Started Paying For Carbon.

    • The Economic Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States–July 14, 2015

      In this report, Analysis Group has tracked the path of RGGI-related dollars as they leave the pockets of competitive-power generators who buy CO2 allowances to demonstrate compliance, show up in electricity prices and customer bills, make their way into state accounts, and then roll out into the economy through various pathways. Our analysis is unique in this way – it focuses on the actual observable flow of payments and economic activity: known CO2 allowance prices; observable CO2 auction results; dollars distributed from the auction to the RGGI states; actual state-government decisions about how to spend the allowance proceeds; measurable reductions in energy use from energy efficiency programs funded by RGGI dollars; traceable impacts of such expenditures on prices within the power sector; and concrete value added to the economy. By carefully examining the RGGI states’ implementation of the program to date, based on real data, we hope to provide a solid foundation for observations that can be used by others in the design of CO2 control programs going forward.

      From a quick read, it looks like a carbon-trading scheme of some sort.

    • Frome page 6:

      RGGI has also led to changes in consumers’ overall expenditures on electricity: On the one hand, the inclusion of the cost of CO2 allowances in wholesale prices increased retail electricity prices in the RGGI region throughout 2012-2014. But the near-term price impacts are more than offset during these years and beyond, because these states invested a substantial amount of the RGGI auction proceeds in energy-efficiency programs that reduce overall electricity consumption, and in renewable energy programs that displace higher-priced electricity generation resources. In the end, consumers gain because their overall electricity bills go down as a result of state RGGI allowance revenue investments, primarily in energy efficiency but also renewable energy-focused programs.

      and

      Energy consumers overall – households, businesses, government users, and others – have enjoyed a net gain of $460 million, as their overall energy bills drop over time.
      The net positive benefits to consumers are spread across residential consumers and commercial and industrial customers. Consumers of electricity save $341 million, and natural gas and heating oil save $118 million. Figure ES-5 shows the net bill reductions to consumers in each of the RGGI wholesale market regions.

      Unlike the RGGI Mr. Ponzie didn’t make everybody invest in his little business.

      [Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 Budget …
      http://www.rggi.org/
      Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative =
      Mandatory, market-based effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the northeastern and mid-atlantic states via cap-and-trade. .mod]

  58. Increased Arctic sea ice volume after anomalously low melting in 2013
    by Rachel L. Tilling, Andy Ridout, Andrew Shepherd & Duncan J. Wingham

    http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2489.html

    Abstract
    Changes in Arctic sea ice volume affect regional heat and freshwater budgets and patterns of atmospheric circulation at lower latitudes. Despite a well-documented decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent by about 40% since the late 1970s, it has been difficult to quantify trends in sea ice volume because detailed thickness observations have been lacking. Here we present an assessment of the changes in Northern Hemisphere sea ice thickness and volume using five years of CryoSat-2 measurements. Between autumn 2010 and 2012, there was a 14% reduction in Arctic sea ice volume, in keeping with the long-term decline in extent. However, we observe 33% and 25% more ice in autumn 2013 and 2014, respectively, relative to the 2010–2012 seasonal mean, which offset earlier losses. This increase was caused by the retention of thick sea ice northwest of Greenland during 2013 which, in turn, was associated with a 5% drop in the number of days on which melting occurred—conditions more typical of the late 1990s. In contrast, springtime Arctic sea ice volume has remained stable. The sharp increase in sea ice volume after just one cool summer suggests that Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than has been previously considered.
    Bold and italic mine.

  59. Our beloved CBC today, on the program As It Happens, tried to scare us once again with yet another story from US government authorities about the way that this year is the warmest on record, and (IIRC) that next year will likely be worse. Does anyone know what temperature data are being used for these scares?

    Ian M

  60. sanity in India:

    21 July: Hindustan Times: Increased coal production helps meet PM’s power promise
    by Suveen Sinha & Aman Malik
    It is only now, says Anil Swarup, that he fully understands what Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him when he first took charge as coal secretary. “Fix coal, fix the economy,” Modi had said. So Swarup, in the nine months since then, has gone about fixing coal and seen the fillip it is giving to power production and in turn to all kinds of economic activity, reducing imports and creating jobs.
    Power plants now have 20 to 45 days’ stock of coal…
    Not surprisingly, India, which produces 60% of its electricity from coal, lost 0.4% of its gross domestic product due to power shortages, according to Ficci. Last year, Modi became Prime Minister with a promise of 24×7 electricity to all.
    The transformation has been made possible by an unprecedented surge in Coal India’s output. The state-owned miner produced 494 million tonnes in 2014-15, an increase of 32 million tonnes over the previous year…
    The target for this financial year is 550 million tonnes.
    The government targets producing 1.5 billion tonnes of coal by 2019-20, the anticipated demand at that time, assuming 8 to 9% growth in the GDP. Of that, 1 billion tonnes is to come from Coal India…
    The rest is to come from private companies that have won blocks in the recent auctions that brought much needed transparency to this sector…
    Swarup is not much worried about the blocks operated by private companies. “Of the 2019-20 target, 500 million tonnes have to come from private companies. We are allotting enough blocks for 800 to 900 million tonnes. They have to pay the government, so they will do it.”…
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/ht-special-increased-coal-production-helps-meet-pm-s-power-promise/article1-1371448.aspx

    • That’s the best they can do in their situation: generating electric power means generating wealth. They got the coal required, so they’d be stupid not to use it.

  61. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/20/the-worlds-most-famous-climate-scientist-just-outlined-an-alarming-scenario-for-our-planets-future/

    I have not seen a discussion of this news report yet on the front page or in the comments. The Washington Post has a column with the headline: “The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future” featuring an alarmist story by James Hansen. The WP includes comments from other environmental scientists…the first is from Michael Mann.

    • Alan Jacobs–in The New Atlantis–has some obverstaions on Hansen’s forthcoming paper:

      climate science and public scrutiny

      So whatever you think about what’s happening to our climate — and therefore to “our common home” — I don’t see how you can’t applaud the way Hansen and his co-authors are handling the presentation of their work. This is science done in the most ethically responsible, and most ethically urgent, way imaginable. Every scholar ought to pay close attention to how this scholarship is being put before the world — and everyone who shares “our common home” ought to pay attention to how the ongoing public peer-review plays out.

      We shall see.

  62. 21 July: AP NewsBreak: Nicole Winfield: Mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’
    VATICAN CITY (AP) – Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world will be signing a Vatican declaration Tuesday urging their national leaders to approve a “bold climate agreement” that keeps global warming at a safe limit for humanity, The Associated Press has learned.
    Some 60 mayors are attending a two-day climate conference at the Vatican featuring an audience with Pope Francis…
    The final declaration, a copy of which was seen by the AP, states that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”
    The document calls for financial incentives to transition to low-carbon and renewable energy and to shift public financing away from the military to “urgent investments” in sustainable development, with wealthy countries helping poorer ones.
    And it says political leaders have a “special responsibility” at the Paris talks to approve a “bold climate agreement that confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change that gravely endangers their lives.”
    In one of the opening speeches, California Gov. Jerry Brown denounced ***global warming deniers who he said are “bamboozling” the public and politicians with false information to persuade them that the world isn’t getting warmer.
    Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, urged the mayors to not be complacent in opposing ***climate deniers…
    “We have a very powerful opposition that, at least in my country, spends billions on trying to keep from office people such as yourselves and elect ***troglodytes and other ***deniers of the obvious science,” he said to applause.
    Other mayors attending hail from Boston; Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oslo, Norway; San Francisco and Vancouver. Many belong to the new Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, whose members have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 or sooner.
    Other mayors hail from the developing world, including Libreville, Gabon; Siquirres, Costa Rica; and Kochi, India…
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29592951/apnewsbreak-mayors-at-vatican-seek-bold-climate-agreement

  63. lol.

    21 July: NYT: Michael M. Grynbaum: De Blasio, After Diverted Flight, Joins Climate Conference at Vatican
    VATICAN CITY — Leaders from around the globe, some stifling yawns, settled in their seats as a Vatican official approached the lectern…
    One participant, however, was missing: the mayor of New York.
    Scheduled to arrive in Rome on Tuesday morning for a two-day conference on climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York instead found himself in Milan, thanks to fog that forced a brief diversion of his overnight flight from Kennedy Airport.
    The mayor arrived at the Vatican about 80 minutes after his scheduled speaking slot. When he finally did speak there, he was unfazed, delivering an impassioned charge to his fellow mayors to resist “powerful corporate interests” and to aggressively battle climate change.
    “Is it not the definition of insanity to propagate corporate policies and consumer habits that hasten the destruction of the earth?” Mr. de Blasio said.
    He pledged that his administration would work to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030…
    Mr. de Blasio, who is expected to be in Rome for less than 48 hours, opted for an overnight flight that was scheduled to arrive about two hours before he was due at the Vatican. (Aides to Mr. de Blasio, aware of criticism about his frequent travels, had emphasized last week that his Vatican visit — his fourth European excursion in a year — would be kept short.)…
    But his plans were foiled by Roman fog, according to an American Airlines spokesman, who said the pilot of the mayor’s flight “elected to divert to Milan as a precaution.” The flight continued on to Rome after about an hour’s delay, once the fog was “burned off by the increasingly warm sun,” the spokesman, Ian Bradley, said.
    Mr. de Blasio was not the only person to miss a scheduled slot for speaking. Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro sent an aide in his stead, citing unrest in his home country…
    In his remarks, Mr. de Blasio said the encyclical “burns with urgency,” and he praised the pope, saying he had “awakened people across the globe to the dangers we face as a planet.”
    “The encyclical is not a call to arms,” Mr. de Blasio said. “It is a call to sanity.”…
    The mayor is expected to leave for New York on Wednesday afternoon — weather permitting.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/nyregion/de-blasio-after-a-diverted-flight-joins-climate-change-conference-at-the-vatican.html?_r=0

  64. 20 July: The Local Denmark: Denmark’s weather ‘won’t get much better’
    Monday’s chilly and grey conditions may set the tone for the remainder of July, as meteorology institute DMI says that summer warmth is nowhere in sight.
    In Denmark, 2015 certainly feels like the year that summer forgot…
    So what does one do if this weather doesn’t suit their fancy? (meteorologist Steen) Rasmussen had some clear, if not entirely practical, advice.
    “Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea area are right now experiencing high temperatures above 30 degrees. So if that is what you want, you should go to France or somewhere around there,” he told BT…
    http://www.thelocal.dk/20150720/denmarks-weather-wont-get-much-better

    1 July: The Post, Denmark: Danish summer the coldest for 24 years so far
    July is finally here with some sun, but this past June was the coldest since 1991
    If you thought June was particularly cold, grey and dismal this year, you are not mistaken – not since 1991 have we experienced a June as cold as this one.
    With an average temperature of only 12.3 degrees, Denmark was a whole 2 degrees below normal for the first summer month of the year, according to DMI…
    DMI only recorded one day that could qualify as ‘summer weather’, and that occurred in Abed in Lolland on June 13, where temperatures reached 26 degrees…
    http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-summer-more-like-the-coldest-for-24-years-so-far.html

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  65. great pics:

    Dr. Eddy Graham’s Hebridean Weather Blog:
    20 July: More funnel clouds spotted over Lewis
    Further funnel clouds were spotted over the island on 12th July during yet another miserable period of ‘non-summer’ weather this year in the Hebrides…
    30 June: True awfulness of Stornoway May+June Weather Confirmed
    It is official, May and June 2015 together will go down in the met history books as two of the most awful months (of their namesakes) ever recorded in Stornoway.
    Overall, the May+June 2015 period was the 2nd wettest on record since 1873 in Stornoway, the 4th dullest (lack of sunshine) and 10th coolest since 1900. Put altogether, these are by far the worst weather statistics for May & June combined since records began in Stornoway in the mid 1850s…
    Temperature: But for a milder final five days of June, it would have been the 4th coldest June on record. Instead, it works out to be the coldest since 1987, and the 10th coolest May-June on record in Stornoway…
    Sunshine-wise: Need I say anymore: There’s an horrendous vitamin-D deficiency for all concerned (4th dullest on record)…
    http://uhi-mahara.co.uk/user/view.php?id=111

    15 July: Michigan Live: Brr? Grand Rapids cracks Top 3 coldest summers ever
    Grand Rapids currently is in third place for the coldest summer on record at 66.3 degrees, according to data compiled through Friday, July 10, by the National Weather Service.
    The Top 2 coolest summers were 65.5 degrees in 1992 and 65.9 degrees in 1915. Records date back to 1892 — a 123-year span.
    And at this rate, the summer of 2015 will be the coolest in the past 10 years by an impressive 1.5 degrees…
    “The chances (of warming up) are very low,” meteorologist Jared Maples said…
    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/07/grand_rapids_cracks_top_3_of_c.html

  66. Check this thread on Facebook. Looks like NOAA is requiring anyone who disputes them to cite peer-reviewed research, while not making the same requirement of those who support them.

  67. BBC’s Click program gets more CAGW all the time. lengthy piece on the treemails in their latest program, which is up on their website:

    16 July: BBC: The Melbourne treemail phenomenon
    About 3,000 emails have been sent to individual trees in the last two years. This didn’t start out as an exercise in sentiment, but a hard-headed attempt by Melbourne city council to manage an urban forest in decline – as a result of drought, by 2009 40% of the 77,000 trees in Australia’s “garden city” were struggling or dying…
    ***The council believes planting additional trees could bring down Melbourne’s sizzling summer temperatures by four degrees Celsius.
    As well as cooling its citizens, planting 3,000 new trees a year will help the city to breathe more easily. Individual trees have received emails thanking them for extracting carbon dioxide from the air…
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33560182

    ***in the Click interview, Wood said 10 years of drought, 13 years is mentioned in the following, but important to note it’s all about countering the URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT:

    20 Feb: Herald Sun: Rebecca David: 202020 Vision calls on planners to create more shade to tackle urban heat island effect
    PHOTO CAPTION: Cr Arron Wood is the chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment portfolio.
    A lack of trees and shade is contributing to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, making it harder for many areas to keep cool in hot weather.
    The effect occurs when built-up areas with surfaces such as roads, concrete and buildings absorb heat on hot days, increasing the temperature and retaining heat into the night.
    Victorian research shows inner-urban areas can be up to 5C warmer than surrounding rural areas, and it is forecast warming due to the UHI effect will continue to rise by approximately 1C each decade…
    Simon Divecha, from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, said there needed to be an urgent culture shift to counter the UHI effect…
    Councillor Arron Wood said it had a target of 3000 new trees a year, which he hoped would significantly increase the canopy over the Melbourne Council area.
    “The City of Melbourne has long been regarded as Australia’s ‘garden city’, but ***13 years of drought in tandem with severe water restrictions left the city’s urban forest in a state of unprecedented decline,” Cr Wood said.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/vision-calls-on-planners-to-create-more-shade-to-tackle-urban-heat-island-effect/story-fngnvlxu-1227225795876

  68. Someone should investigate this amazing July re-freezing of the Arctic: http://igloo.atmos.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/test/print.sh?fm=07&fd=17&fy=2015&sm=07&sd=19&sy=2015

    Note the significant change in ice concentration, and even the expanding ice extent, from July 17th to 19th. They omitted the images for 7/14, 7/15, 7/16, and 7/18, so maybe they’re having trouble with the analysis or the inputs.

    Or maybe someone is tinkering with the algorithm, which was my first guess until they published the results for the 19th. Or maybe they just needed a single screenshot of a melting arctic for public consumption somewhere? (You’ve gotta love the hot red color, if that’s the case.)

    I’d prefer to think it was just an error, but if it was, why continue to publish the result?

  69. Scientists Link Earlier Melting Of Snow To Dark Aerosols

    Tiny particles suspended in the air, known as aerosols, can darken snow and ice causing it to absorb more of the sun’s energy. But until recently, scientists rarely considered the effect of all three major types of light-absorbing aerosols together in climate models.

    In a new study, NASA scientists used a climate model to examine the impact of this snow-darkening phenomenon on Northern Hemisphere snowpacks, including how it affects snow amount and heating on the ground in spring.

    The study looked at three types of light-absorbing aerosols – dust, black carbon and organic carbon. Black carbon and organic carbon are produced from the burning of fossil fuels, like coal and oil, as well as biofuels and biomass, such as forests.

    spaceref.com/earth/scientists-link-earlier-melting-of-snow-to-dark-aerosols.html

    Impact of snow darkening via dust, black carbon, and organic carbon on boreal spring climate in the Earth system, Journal: Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014JD022977/full

  70. There is much in the U.S. media these days related to prison camps. Over the last century and a half there have been extensive areas, world-wide, involved in the incarceration of people for various reasons. Right now it might be certain POW camps – Andersonville in Georgia and the “Hanoi Hilton” – in the spotlight, but of course there is much more to the subject: stalags and gulags, re-location, re-education, extermination camps. What about the climate-related data from these vast forbidden zones? Does it even exist? If so, is it believable? If not, there’s a mighty big hole in the historical record. It is long past time to bring the truth of this excruciatingly human issue into the heart of the climate discussion.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner_of_war

  71. ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. It is slowly slipping down the slope, from science and facts to emotional and “model-based” themes.

    This is a plea to members to contact their congressmen and women to protect their government funding, based on CO2 being a pollutant – https://account.votility.com/enterprise/ASHRAE/ec/126

    This was a group of links in their monthly email to members: i attached the two links i found questionable.
    ********************************8
    In other news…
    Central AC, Heat Pumps Only Decliners in AHRI HVAC Product Shipment Data
    Wind Energy Industry Rebounding Strongly After Down Year – https://www.navigantresearch.com/newsroom/2015-wind-power-capacity-installations-are-expected-to-grow-by-8-9
    Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage
    Climate Change May Be Costing Lives in U.S., Says Study – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-deaths-in-us-study/
    U.S. Circuit Court Won’t Require Air Conditioning on Louisiana Death Row
    Berkeley, Sandia National Labs Launch Voucher Program for Cleantech Companies
    U.S. EPA Recognizes Innovative ‘Green’ Chemistry Technologies

  72. is this an exaggeration?

    21 July: UK Daily Mail/AP: And the Gods finally answer! Heavens open in California as freak July rainfall pounds the drought-stricken state, extinguishing wildfires and boosting water levels
    New rainfall records were set over the weekend in southern and central California as thunderstorms and heavy showers drenched the Golden State during what is usually its driest month…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3167698/The-Gods-answered-Finally-California-gets-rain-calms-wildfires-crossed-highway.html

    meanwhile:

    22 July: CBC: CCGS Amundsen re-routed to Hudson Bay to help with heavy ice
    Worst ice conditions in 20 years force change of plans to icebreaker research program.
    “Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”…
    Johnny Leclair, assistant commissioner for the Coast Guard, said Tuesday conditions in the area are the worst he’s seen in 20 years…
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/ccgs-amundsen-re-routed-to-hudson-bay-to-help-with-heavy-ice-1.3162900

    • Pat,
      I live in Los Angeles, CA. and it did rain pretty heavy on and off here. Mostly drizzle though. Thunderstorms from WSW. El Nino caused I believe. I have never seen it rain here in July. But here in California we rely mostly on the snowpack in the Sierras for much of our water. Snowpack = reservoir and we rely on it to stay cold enough at higher elevations to last through the year until following winter snows.

      D

  73. Figueres is always good for a laugh:

    23 July: UK Daily Mail: Gemma Mullin: ‘Science is telling us that time is running out’: UN climate chief warns the world is ‘playing with fire’ unless agreement on climate change is reached at international summit
    Christiana Figueres says upcoming meeting is last chance for agreement
    Senior official has highlighted economic advantages of renewable energy
    Americans should see China as model of top polluting countries, she said
    She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that with another decade of dawdling ‘we are going to be playing with fire.’…
    The current version of the draft text is a bewildering 85-page list of options, incorporating the demands of the nearly 200 nations participating in the process…
    The message from this week’s two-day gathering in Paris of around 40 countries’ delegations, including 26 with ministers, and an earlier meeting of the world’s major economies was that the negotiating text should be short – around 40 pages – and ambitious, de Brum (Tony de Brum, Marshall Islands’ foreign minister) said…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3171075/Science-telling-time-running-climate-chief-warns-world-playing-fire-unless-agreement-climate-change-reached-international-summit.html

    competing for laughs:

    23 July: CarbonBrief: Robert McSweeney: London ‘imports’ climate change risks, warns capital’s Economy Committee
    Financial services and other businesses in London are increasingly vulnerable to climate change through their investments and supply chains that stretch across the globe, a new report from the London Assembly warns.
    More than half of companies do not have an adaptation strategy to cope with climate change, says the report, led by Baroness Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly…
    Among its recommendations, the report urges Mayor Boris Johnson to “commit to the principle of a transition away from investment in certain fossil fuels, namely coal”…
    Sitting on an estuary with £200bn of property in the Thames floodplain, London already has its fair share of climate-related risks, such as tidal flooding, heatwaves and intense rainfall events. The graphic below shows some of the impacts that businesses in the the nation’s capital will need to cope with as global temperatures rise.
    But a new report warns that the global reach of London’s economy means it’s also vulnerable to climate change impacts on the other side of the world…
    London’s financial services have around £10trillion of investments held overseas, the report says, and many of these assets will be in countries more vulnerable to climate change than the UK…
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/07/london-imports-climate-change-risks/?utm_source=Daily+Carbon+Briefing&utm_campaign=581b84fb19-cb_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_876aab4fd7-581b84fb19-303449629

  74. Today’s eeNews carries a preview of coming attractions at the Paris climate-fest. I used [Ctrl][f] to search for “science”. No luck. Note that the anticipated agreement is called a “hybrid”, so that should imply a lower carbon footprint (sort of \sarc):
    http://www.eenews.net/tv/videos/2013/transcript
    Excerpts:
    Last year, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) organized the “Toward 2015” dialogue, drawing together climate negotiators from more than 20 countries for in-depth discussions on a Paris climate treaty. During today’s OnPoint, Elliot Diringer, executive vice president at C2ES, discusses the outcome of the nearly 100 hours of discussions. He also previews the outlook and expectations for December’s U.N. meeting in Paris.

    Monica Trauzzi: So talk about this idea of a hybrid agreement and why that would be a successful approach top-down, bottom-up.

    Elliot Diringer: Right, and this is the emerging paradigm that we’ve seen for some time now, in which the report coming out of our dialogue really puts front and center. And the idea here is that you want to balance on the one hand some flexibility for countries to design their own contributions. That’s really key to getting broad participation, bringing countries into the agreement, but you want to balance that on the other hand with some rigor at the international level to ensure the countries are held accountable for their promises and to ensure that we build ambition over time.

    Monica Trauzzi: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was recently speaking in Vatican City, and he said that Paris is the last best hope. Do you agree with that?

    Elliot Diringer: Well, I think we’ve seen in the past how setting expectations too high isn’t necessarily helpful. This is a challenge that has accumulated over decades, and frankly we’re going to be working on it for decades. I don’t think you could point to any one moment or any one process as delivering the grand solution. I think Paris presents a real opportunity. I think things are aligning to actually make some real progress there and move us to the next level, creating a durable, more balanced international framework that can give countries confidence that everyone’s contributing their fair share and that we have a way of holding countries accountable. I think that will move us in the right direction.

  75. In todays (23 July 2015) article “throwback Thursday #2 – Al Gore’s Facepalm Forecast

    It may be just me and my eyes playing tricks on me or there is a simple explanation for it but when comparing the two, side by side images of the Arctic Earth photos, something about the scale between them seems off. It appears that the Arctic area in the old 2009 photo is larger than the current 2015 photo, causing the 2015 ice covered area to appear smaller in some way. Even some minor features within the photos seem slightly off.

    I do realize that the ice extent is a little less this year compared to 2009, however, it still looks doctored. Maybe someone else could take a look and tell me if I’m mistaken, or explain the difference.

    Thanks
    Dahlquist

    Source: http://igloo.atmos.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/test/print.sh?fm=09&fd=15&fy=2009&sm=09&sd=15&sy=2014

  76. 23 July: Fox: Tori Richards: Tesla gets $295M in green subsidy credits for technology not offered to customers
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in green subsidy emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers weren’t getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals.
    In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla.
    Tesla claimed the credits between 2012 and mid-2014 — part of a program designed to encourage the carmaker to promote its new battery-swap technology. The program did not require evidence the company actually provided the service…
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/23/tesla-gets-25m-in-green-subsidy-credits-for-technology-not-offered-to-customers/

  77. 22 July: UK Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne DJ in court over alleged carbon fraud conspiracy
    An Eastbourne DJ has appeared in court in connection with an alleged major carbon fraud
    conspiracy.
    Sebastian Brian Duxbury, also known as Sebastian Hamilton, of Linden Close, appeared at Southwark Crown Court last Thursday charged with conspiracy to defraud.
    The 30-year-old, who operates under the DJ name AndMe and Bastian, is one of a number of men charged in August last year with either conspiracy to defraud or money laundering in relation to three companies which allegedly took customer funds without providing any products in return.
    The companies concerned in the alleged fraud were Fast Corporate Solutions, Vero Energy Limited and Oxford Sunergy.
    The hearing has been adjourned for a trial next year.
    http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/eastbourne-dj-in-court-over-alleged-carbon-fraud-conspiracy-1-6863563

    reminder:

    Nov 2013: Investors Lose $38.7M in Carbon Credit Sales Scam
    UK regulators have shut down 19 companies selling carbon credits in the past 15 months for cheating investors out of 24 million pounds ($38.7 million).
    The UK Insolvency Service says more than 1,500 investors were swindled by the companies, which largely targeted the elderly with high-pressure sales tactics and promises of returns, sometimes more than 40 percent, Reuters reports…
    The UK Insolvency Service says more than 1,500 investors were swindled by the companies, which largely targeted the elderly with high-pressure sales tactics and promises of returns, sometimes more than 40 percent, Reuters reports…
    Other companies shut down by the UK government include Cavendish Jacobs, World Future Limited, Capital Wealth, FourteenForty Limited, Hildon Green Energy Markets, Tullett Brown Limited, Foxstone Carr Limited, Carvier Limited, Sloane Knight, Bric Global Limited, Foreco Growth Investments Limited, The London Carbon Credit Company, The London Carbon Company Limited, Carbon Acquisitions, Oxford Sunergy, Fast Corporate Solutions, Vero Energy and Eco Global Markets Limited.
    http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/11/06/investors-lose-38-7m-in-carbon-credit-sales-scam/

  78. Below is a link to NASA’s earthlike discovery, except that it has twice the gravity of Earth and god knows what else is different, but I like the comment:

    “It has a mass that’s five times Earth’s, with a gravity that’s twice as strong. Don’t panic though, you’ll still be able to walk on the surface once you’ve ‘lost a few pounds’.

    John Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, points out that while life would be tough at first, after a few generations, humans would actually adapt to conditions on the planet.”

    So NASA argues we can easily adapt to the most horrendous of conditions on another planet, but in the unlikely event we get a 2 degrees C rise in temperature here, we shall all die. One of them has got to be wrong.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/23/nasa-discovers-second-earth-using-kepler_n_7858100.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D367639

  79. Hello Anthony, remember the article that you published a week ago about a UN poll with more than 7 million participants around the world that put Climate Change as the last worry in a long list?

    Well, have a look at what the Pew Reserach Center published at about the same time: Climate Change is the GREATEST worry in the world. Big contrast, don’t you think? :) Of course, it is not comparing it against the same things, and it counts less than 50 thousand respondents. It looks like a poll with very carefully chosen questions, wording and, perhaps, respondents in order to guarantee the desired outcome.
    http://www.pewglobal.org/2015/07/14/climate-change-seen-as-top-global-threat/

  80. Claim:Rising sea levels are a ‘turtle disaster’
    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/rising-sea-levels-are-a-turtle-disaster/story-e6frfku9-1227453948300
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/raine-islands-baby-turtles-at-risk-from-rising-sea-levels-20150723-giivvh.html
    Dr David Pike – James Cook University had a previous article in 2013 stating “As global warming makes some popular nesting spots too hot or dry for many sea turtles”
    http://theconversation.com/new-map-shows-turtle-nest-spots-cut-off-by-conflict-at-risk-as-globe-warms-11819
    Dry, hot, Wet?

  81. Physicsworld.com have article…Leading UK scientific organizations urge governments to tackle climate change head on…
    They have deleted 4 comments that I witnessed, two of my own, that challenged the articles basic idea. Copy of three below, the other one was a mature balanced view well written that I didn’t get to copy.

    Neil Jackson
    There is no evidence, or knowledge, that CO2 is causing global warming. Occasional correlation does not mean causation. Even a ‘logical’ deduction does not have weight – how many truths are counter-intuitive? The non-scientists that seem to claim climate understanding and knowledge are telling untruths, lies mainly to sway political or assist political agendas that then try to convince the public so they ‘believe’ and subject themselves to control. Scandalous.
    The globe has not warmed in the last 18 years, averaged. The models did not predict this. For many reasons I believe this CO2 manmade global warming scare is SCAM of this century and has or will reveal pathetic non-science, media bred/fed and politically contrived. Very dark.

    ARTESAN
    Climate change is real. Of course it is and the phrase is being propagated around the world to mislead the people with no scientific knowledge. The subtlety is the climate is always changing. As a matter of fact, global warming (using the imprecise language of the UN IPCC) ‘seems’ to have stopped. In Most of North America cooling has begun; 2011 wastrhe peak. That is climate change too. Moreover, the colder air in central NA is preventing weak light humid air from moving across the continent and causing drought and co-emergent wild fires in the faw west. This is not caused by warming, strictly, but by cooling, and may simply be a reversion to the mean.

    PhysicsWorld is just skimming the headlines and parroting the media tripe. If you ever did the serious investigation of the issue: the sun is the foremost cause, in particular it is the sun’s magnetic behavior, NOT carbon-dioxide and not the human race.

    You keep using file photos of smokestacks spewing condensed water vapour on a chilly winter day back-lit by the sun. They look to me like ominous propaganda pictures of the evils of industry. Print a retraction; Karl Marx would be proud.

    Neil Jackson
    No warming for 18 years? Why isn’t the public being told this?

  82. Lake Mead has been put forward as an indication of how climate change is effecting the desert west with its ever precipitous drop in levels. But I just found an interesting thing at the Bureau of Reclamation Lake Mead water levels page. In March and April of 1956, Lake Mead was actually a foot lower than where it was in March and April of this year (a drop of almost 90 feet from the early-40’s to 1956). Granted, with spring runoff that year, it was back to 40 feet above the June 2015 levels, but there were a lot less people drawing water from the Colorado back then.

    http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/mead-elv.html

    • It’s my understanding that Lake Mead went some time without receiving any water from the Colorado River when Lake Powell was created. That project kicked off in 1956.

  83. 24 July: UK Telegraph Editorial: Fiscally sustainable energy: abolishing Green Deal is a victory for common sense
    Telegraph View: Scrapping the Green Deal is sensible, since taxpayers cannot support such schemes
    The end of the Green Deal scheme is a victory for common sense, albeit an overdue one. For some time, it has been clear that the complex system of loans and subsidies for household energy efficiency measures was not working.
    Uptake figures have consistently fallen short of Government expectations, and there have been suspicions that the scheme was simply handing public money to householders who would have carried out their improvements anyway, a clear waste of money.
    Celebrations over the end of the scheme are thus tempered by the knowledge that more than £140 million of taxpayers’ money has already been spent on it…
    To be clear, the objectives of the Green Deal were the right ones. Our homes should be more energy-efficient…
    Yet there must be better ways of achieving that goal than handing large sums of public money to a small number of households canny enough to navigate the application process.
    The decision to end the Green Deal – taken by Amber Rudd, the impressively sensible Energy Secretary – has inevitably drawn complaints from so-called green groups, already unhappy about the withdrawal of subsidies from inefficient and unpopular energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels…
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/11758746/Fiscally-sustainable-energy-abolishing-Green-Deal-is-a-victory-for-common-sense.html

    BBC goes to all the usual CAGW suspects for a response!

    23 July: BBC: Green Deal funding to end, government announces
    The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it took the decision to protect taxpayers, citing low take-up and concerns about industry standards…
    Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst
    Today’s decision has caused anger – not because anyone really likes the Green Deal, but because it is being scrapped without a replacement in sight.
    Campaign group the Energy Bill Revolution says …
    Green MP Caroline Lucas accused the government …
    UK Green Building Council chief executive Julie Hirigoyen said …
    Greenpeace UK head of energy Daisy Sands, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said …
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-33638903

  84. the Indian perspective:

    24 July: EconomicTimes India: Raghav Ohri: Rajendra Pachauri finally sacked, TERI does not cite the sexual harassment
    allegations as reason for exit
    “More than a removal it appears to be a send-off. It is not clear as to whether my complaint or the ICC’s indictment prompted the Governing Council to replace him. I would like to know the reason for this decision”, the complainant told ET. The statement by the GC said that the “Council of TERI respects all court proceedings and abides by its direction”. However, it claimed that the “interests of TERI and its talented staff are paramount”.
    When contacted, Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC and a member of the GC refused to speak on the removal of Pachauri. He told ET that a detailed press statement has been released by the TERI Board. On the other hand, another GC member Kiran Shaw Mazumdar, Chairman
    and MD of Biocon Ltd told ET that she has been informed by the TERI Board that “Pachauri will not continue”. The GC members have faced criticism for not removing Pachauri two months after he was indicted by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in May…
    It is pertinent to mention here that a dozen TERI employees had written a letter to the members of the GC on Wednesday, seeking “immediate” removal of Pachauri.
    The TERI officials said that Pachauri’s “return impacts the reputation of TERI as an organisation and also questions the integrity of not only the organization but all those associated with it”. The letter further reads “It also does not inspire confidence in women employees that future cases of harassment by colleagues will be dealt with firmly”. The letter concluded “there is an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion in the organization; employees are unsure about the consequences from voicing their opinions. Such an atmosphere has reduced the morale and confidence
    of the employees”.
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/rajendra-pachauri-finally-sacked-teri-does-not-cite-the-sexual-harassment-allegations-as-reason-for-exit/articleshow/48191080.cms

    23 July: Times of India: Vishwa Mohan: Sexual-harassment case: Teri sacks RK Pachauri
    The move comes as many existing employees of the institution strongly resented Pachauri’s decision to resume his work as its chief this week after getting a court order for the same on last Friday…
    Pachauri’s removal from Teri has come nearly five months after his resignation from the IPCC as its chief and also as one of the members of the Prime Minister’s council on climate change — a body which advices the government of INdia for all issues relating to adaptation and mitigation measures in the country to deal with the challenges posed by global warming…
    Noting that the interests of Teri and its talented staff are paramount, the statement said that the governing council members also expressed deep confidence in their dedication and the leadership of the institute…
    Times (of India) View
    The exit of R K Pachauri as TERI chief ought to have happened much earlier. His continuing in the position had become untenable in view of the charges of sexual harassment and the evidence showing prima facie that they needed to be thoroughly investigated. What is revealing about the episode is how long it has taken for matters to reach this pass…
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sexual-harassment-case-Teri-sacks-RK-Pachauri/articleshow/48189670.cms

    [Good find. Thank you for your continued, very concise research and reading. .mod]

  85. pdf: 64 pages: The Economist Intelligence Unit: The Cost of Inaction: Recognising the value at risk from climate change
    Sponsored by Aviva (Insurance)
    (From Summary) The world’s current stock of manageable assets is estimated to be US$143trn. The resulting expected losses to these assets identified in our findings, in discounted, present value terms, are valued at US$4.2trn—roughly on a par with the total value of all the world’s listed oil and gas companies or Japan’s entire GDP. This is the average (mean) expected loss, but the value-at-risk calculation includes a wide range of probabilities, and the tail risks are far more serious.
    Warming of 5°C could result in US$7trn in losses – more than the total market capitalisation of the London Stock Exchange – while 6°C of warming could lead to a present value loss of US$13.8trn of manageable financial assets, roughly 10% of the global total…
    Asset managers cannot simply avoid climate risks by moving out of vulnerable asset classes if climate change has a primarily macroeconomic impact, affecting their entire portfolio of assets.
    In effect, total global output will be lower in a future with more climate change, rather than one with mitigation, and accordingly the size of the
    future stock of manageable assets will also be lower.
    Thirty years is a common time frame for pension funds and other long-term investors. But if investors wait until these risks actually manifest themselves, then the options they will have to deal with them will be significantly reduced…
    If investment managers are aware of the extent of climate risk to the long-term value of the portfolios they manage, then it could be argued that to ignore it is a breach of their fiduciary duty. Indeed, fiduciaries arguably have an obligation to reduce the climate risk embedded in their portfolios…
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    This research endeavour was sponsored by Aviva and supported by the Mlinda Foundation and KPMG; it builds on an original proposal by Steve
    Waygood at Aviva Investors. The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The findings and
    views expressed in the report do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors. Christopher Watts was the author of the report, and Brian
    Gardner was the editor.
    The experts below have been kind enough to review the work conducted during the course of this research programme…
    INCLUDES
    3 members of Carbon Tracker Initiative
    Jonathon Porritt of the Forum for the Future
    Alex Bowen of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics
    Nick Robins of the United Nations Environmental Programme, Inquiry into the design of a sustainable financial system…
    2 Members of KPMG etc
    The Economist Intelligence Unit would like to thank the following experts (listed alphabetically by organisation name) who participated in the
    interview programme:..
    Allianz, AXA, Al Gore & David Blood etc
    http://www.aviva.com/media/upload/EIU-cost-of-inaction.pdf

  86. Michael Mann, defender of science, interviewed by pioneering antivaxer Robert Kennedy Jr.

    @5:50 he says, “…in a sense, we are loosing more people to climate change than we are to use of tobacco products.”

  87. The Mad Cat Lady boasts about her deceitfully obtained crap MBA without seeming to notice the problem.

    SouJuly 21, 2015 at 8:09 PM
    I scored a Distinction in Marketing (during my MBA). The exam was the last one in a full-time course workload, while also working in a paid job full time. (I only did that for one semester to catch up.) I’d not done any cramming for the subject and was tempted to skip the exam. Then I figured why not go for it. I knew there was no chance of covering the syllabus in the few hours left before the written exam, so what I did was scan the texts and lecture notes for buzz phrases. I then did the exam and peppered all the answers with the 5 Ps of marketing and various other stock phrases I’d picked up, mostly from speed-reading my lecture notes. I could only laugh when I got the result. Took a while for me to believe I’d got away with it not just for a pass, but scored a Distinction.

    I learnt that trick from my sister, who got an A+ in Cinema Studies (IIRC). She filled one of her essays by joining together ideological phrases and quotes that were, in the main, meaningless waffle. She enjoys words (and enjoyed taking the mickey with pompous lecturers).

  88. The DMI and NSIDC appear to have divergent opinions on the current Artic ice trend versus 2012. Have them moving in totally different directions

  89. Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

    http://phys.org/news/2015-07-deep-sea-looms-horizon-body-issues.html

    the era of deep seabed mining appears to be dawning fueled by technological advances in robotics and dwindling land-based deposits. Rising demand for copper, cobalt, gold and the rare-earth elements vital in manufacturing smartphones and other high-tech products is causing a prospecting rush to the dark seafloor thousands of meters (yards) beneath the waves.
    With authorities at the Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority issuing exploration contracts, alarmed conservationists are warning that the deep ocean’s fragile biodiversity must be protected and not nearly enough is known about the risks of extracting minerals from seabeds.
    “The pace of activity has increased dramatically over the last five years,” said Michael Lodge, deputy secretary-general of the obscure U.N. body in Kingston that acts as a global steward of the deep seafloor and is tasked with regulating this new mining frontier. “We’re seeing the private sector invest in a big way.”
    The U.N. agency, known by its initials ISA, presides over seabed outside the exclusive territorial waters of individual countries. So far, it has issued 27 exploration contracts, the large majority of them since 2011. The 15-year contracts allow for mineral prospecting on over 1 million square kilometers (over 390,000 sq. miles) of seabed in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
    Governments and private companies have been moving so rapidly to stake claims and assess deposits that insiders forecast that commercial deep-sea mining could start within the next five years using robotic collectors equipped with cameras and sonar sensors along with pipe systems that can siphon crushed minerals to ships.
    During a gathering this month in Jamaica of representatives from nearly 170 member states, ISA has started drafting a framework to regulate commercial exploitation of seafloor metals and minerals. The session ended Friday.

  90. New sea-level rise forecast is alarming: Here are 10 maps showing how Maine’s coastline could change

    http://thinkmaine.bangordailynews.com/2015/07/25/buildings-and-places/new-sea-level-rise-forecast-is-alarming-here-are-10-maps-showing-how-maines-coastline-could-change/

    According to a report this week in Slate, a team led by the former lead NASA scientist on climate change is now forecasting a much more rapid and dramatic rise in sea level than was previously expected.

    James Hansen’s 16-person team of researchers has concluded that, as Slate reports, “glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.”

    The publication acknowledges that the latest study has not yet been peer-reviewed — a step in which third-party scientists look over the research and vet it.

    The Washington Post reports that while previous baseline sea-level forecasts by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are, by contrast, often described as too conservative, the Hansen study is being criticized as going too far in the other direction…

  91. Sponsors of the Economist Intel Unit 64-page report posted above – Aviva – wouldn’t be acting in self-interest, would they?

    24 July: BusinessGreen: Madeleine Cuff: Aviva commits to £2.5bn low-carbon investment push
    Insurance giant to invest £500m every year until 2020 in low-carbon infrastructure
    The investments will be made in renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure in Europe, according to Aviva’s chief executive Mark Wilson. They will include investment in ***solar PV and wind power, designed to build on the company’s ***existing renewables portfolio…
    The commitment was revealed today at the launch of a new Aviva-commissioned report from The Economist Intelligence Unit investigating the financial risk that climate change poses to the world economy…
    Aviva said its low-carbon investment strategy will focus on the European market, because the region has the most established market supported by a “clear and relatively stable climate change and energy policy framework”.
    The company revealed it will also work with the UK Green Investment Bank to pilot a Green Investment Handbook, which will outline its investment methodology…
    http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2419204/aviva-commits-to-gbp25bn-low-carbon-investment-push

    their property side isn’t doing too well:

    20 July: UK Telegraph: Kyle Caldwell: Property fund freeze leaves investors with two-year wait to get money back
    Investors in Aviva fund told of move in note that revives unhappy memories of 2008 commercial property freeze
    A property fund run by insurance giant Aviva has suspended dealing after losing two of its biggest investors.
    Savers left in the fund, called Aviva Asia Pacific Property, now face a wait of two years or longer to get their money back.
    This is the second time in less than a week that Aviva has taken action to limit the damage from investors exiting its property funds. Last week it increased costs for those selling out of the £2bn Aviva Property Trust…
    Aviva said it took the decision to freeze the fund because two of the biggest investors, accounting for 75pc of the fund’s assets, have asked for their money back…
    But the bad news is Aviva said investors face a long wait – 12 to 24 months – for their money to be returned.
    In a note to investors, seen by Telegraph Money, the firm said: “We are negotiating the sale of all the properties. Due to the complexities of selling commercial property and dismantling the legal structures of the fund, it is difficult to accurately forecast how long this process will take.
    “However, we expect it to take 12-24 months for us to be able to return the proceeds of your investment to you, but it could potentially take longer.” …
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/funds/11751077/Property-fund-freeze-leaves-investors-with-two-year-wait-to-get-money-back.html

  92. 23 Jully: Iceland Review: Alex Elliott: Coldest Summer in Decades
    The first 13 weeks of summer have not been colder in Reykjavík for around 20 years, and for around 30 years in Akureyri…
    Trausti says that the cold spell which began on the official First Day of Summer has now been going on for three months—the first 13 weeks of summer, using the old calendar. He draws this conclusion by comparing average temperatures in Reykjavík, Akureyri and Egilsstaðir over the last 67 years…
    http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/07/23/coldest-summer-decades

    22 July: Wednesday’s Papers: Finland
    (SCROLL DOWN) To weather, and the already record-cold mid-year months show absolutely no sign of letting the sunshine in. That is if you believe what Iltalehti reports: more than an entire month’s weather forecast, all the way up to the end of August. The weather is notoriously difficult to predict even some days in advance, let alone weeks, so many IL readers may be left wondering whether or not to plan their picnics on, say, August 30 based on Iltalehti’s prognosis of “sunny” weather.
    “Where are the heat waves hiding?” one of the paper’s sub-headings reads, and answers it in the ingress: 850 kilometres to the south, in Poland. The other Nordics aren’t faring much better than freezing Finland, and the so-called “helle” limit of 25 degrees Celsius is something, says Iltalehti, that Finns have “probably already accepted” they won’t be seeing this year at all…
    http://yle.fi/uutiset/wednesdays_papers_greek_price_explosion_whole_months_forecast_plastic_recycling_begins/8172447

  93. In my numerous discussions with non-scientists, I found their greatest confusion is the mistaken belief that carbon dioxide causes global warming. But the truth is that warming causes carbon dioxide. I want to share with you a good way to explain this to non-scientists.
    Hundreds of ice core samples show that climate warming leads carbon dioxide increases by as much as hundred years. This means that it is the warmer temperature changes that cause increased carbon dioxide.
    Why is this? The world’s oceans are a huge reservoir of carbon dioxide and constantly exchange it with the atmosphere. As the oceans heat up they release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is similar to a carbonated soft drink. When it is cold it retains its carbon dioxide much longer than if it is hot and quickly gets flat. Higher global warming causes higher carbon dioxide concentrations.
    The ocean alone can significantly raise or lower the carbon dioxide in the air. But there are also other sources such as the dead organic matter that is both in the earth and in the oceans. When it gets warmer this organic matter decays faster releasing more carbon dioxide. When it is colder the decay is slowed down, releasing less.
    The climate alarmists’ entire case rests on the belief that increased carbon dioxide causes increased climate warming. But they are wrong and warming causes increases in carbon dioxide.
    Ed Toscano (“13 Facts That Prove Humans Don’t Cause Global Warming”) http://www.13facts.com

  94. 25 July: Yorkshire Post: David Davis: Hold firms liable for blowing an ill wind
    (David Davis is the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden who tabled a Bill in Parliament this week on the wind farm industry)
    My Parliamentary Bill takes no side in that debate. It is narrowly defined to one aspect of public interest; it requires the operators of wind farms, who are in receipt of £797m of public subsidy a year, to organise their affairs so that they are able to meet the costs of any nuisance imposed on people living near them.
    In 1995 the World Health Organisation recommended that to prevent sleep interruption low frequency noise should not exceed 30 decibels. However, in 1996, the Government’s Energy Technology Support Unit – ETSU – set the noise limit for wind turbines at 43 decibels. That is an enormous difference; on the logarithmic decibel scale it is approximately double the WHO limit. We still use those standards today.
    In the last five years no planning application was refused on noise-related grounds, but there have been 600 noise-related incidents arising from wind farm operations. The majority of complaints arise as a result of amplitude modulation, which is the loud, continuous thumping or swishing noise regularly described by those living near wind farms.
    Numerous studies have identified that sleep is disturbed on a regular basis even at distances over one kilometre away from turbines, yet under the ETSU standards turbines can be installed just 600 metres away from residential property. The wind farm companies are acutely aware of this, and all the more so since a member of the public, Jane Davis, sued a wind farm near her home for noise nuisance. The matter was settled out of court, and there is a gagging order preventing us from knowing the details, but the settlement is rumoured to have been in the region of £2m…
    Since this case, some dubious measures have been taken by the industry to obstruct perfectly legitimate claims for nuisance. The use of shell companies in the wind industry seems to be the commonest trick. The parent company provides a loan to a specially-created subsidiary to set up the wind farm, then leaves it in control of operations…
    The subsidiary is left as a financial shell, with very few liquid assets and total liabilities greater than total assets. That makes it impossible to bring litigation against a wind farm, simply because there is nothing to win from them. Even liquidating them would generate no cash…
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/david-davis-hold-firms-liable-for-blowing-an-ill-wind-1-7376535

    25 July: Kiii TV News: Chapman Ranch Wind Farm Project Not Approved by FAA
    CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – It’s a big setback for those looking to build a wind farm on the southern part of Corpus Christi near Chapman Ranch Road. The Federal Aviation Administration ruled the project would have a negative impact on air navigation radar.
    The ruling came from a recent FAA study of the Apex Energy project. They said the wind farm would affect the equipment planes use for direction and landing…
    Officials at the Corpus Christi International Airport said the ruling validates concerns they originally had about the project. Another group against the project, Citizens for Responsible Growth, said they are also pleased with the decision…
    http://www.kiiitv.com/story/29628996/chapman-ranch-wind-farm-project-not-approved-by-faa

  95. another flight of fancy for Al:

    27 July: The Age: Tom Arup: Al Gore flies into Australia to push momentum towards Paris climate summit
    Former United States vice-president Al Gore has flown into Australia for a whistlestop tour that includes meetings with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards the Paris climate change summit later this year.
    Mr Gore arrived in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, heading to a speaking engagement and then dinner with Victorian ministers and senior executives from major companies, including BHP, National Australia Bank and Qantas, to discuss climate change and the importance of the Paris meeting, at which it is hoped a new international agreement to curb global warming will be signed…
    Mr Gore arrived in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, heading to a speaking engagement and then dinner with Victorian ministers and senior executives from major companies, including BHP, National Australia Bank and Qantas, to discuss climate change and the importance of the Paris meeting, at which it is hoped a new international agreement to curb global warming will be signed…
    Ministers from Labor-led Victoria, Queensland and South Australia will attend Monday’s meeting with Mr Gore. Conservative-led NSW will send a senior public servant, as will Labor-led ACT. Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia will not be represented.
    The meeting is expected to produce a statement of agreed principles among the ministers attending, including a promise to develop and support measures to reduce greenhouse gases in order to help meet the internationally-agreed goal of curbing global warming to two degrees…
    Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville told Fairfax Media she believed there was a consistency of views across Australian states about climate change.
    “I think there is a willingness for all the states to be working in this space,” Ms Neville said…
    On Monday, Environmental Justice Australia will release a proposal for a Victorian Climate Charter, which it says is modelled on the state’s existing Human Rights Charter…
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/al-gore-flies-into-australia-to-push-momentum-towards-paris-climate-summit-20150726-gikno6.html

  96. the devil will be in the detail. BIG AUTO, BIG TECH, BIG BANK, BIG FINANCE, BIG COKE, ALL ON BOARD THE CAGW TRAIN:

    26 July: Reuters: Valerie Volcovici: U.S. companies pledge financial, political support for U.N. climate deal
    Thirteen big name American companies on Monday were to announce $140 billion in low-carbon investments to lend support to a global climate change deal in Paris in December, the White House said.
    Companies including General Motors (GM.N), Bank of America (BAC.N), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Coca Cola (KO.N), were to join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to support the administration as it tries to secure a climate agreement…
    In addition to announcing a collective $140 billion in new low-carbon investments, the companies announced they would bring at least 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy on line, reduce water use intensity by 15 percent, purchase 100 percent renewable energy, and target zero net deforestation in their supply chains…
    Apple (AAPL.O), one of the 13 countries, pledged to bring nearly 300 MW of renewable energy online in five states and the Sichuan province in China.
    Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N) announced it will retire 75 percent of its coal-fueled generating capacity in Nevada by 2019…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/27/us-usa-climatechange-business-idUSKCN0Q102O20150727

    ***NASDAQ PRETENDS BIG OIL ISN’T ON BOARD, BUT THEN SAYS IT IS, ALONG WITH BIG AGRA, BIG MINING & BIG WAL-MART. LOL:

    26 July: Nasdaq: Amy Harder: Companies to Pledge $140 Billion in Effort to Cut Carbon Emissions
    Bank of America Corp., General Motors Co., Cargill Inc. and Alcoa Inc. are among the companies set to sign onto a pledge to address climate change at a White House event Monday with Secretary of State John Kerry and White House adviser Brian Deese.
    Monday’s announcement, which also includes tech giants Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., is one part of an expansive effort by the Obama administration to address climate change and make it a legacy of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House…
    Most U.S. fossil-fuel companies have either resisted or are silent on efforts to cut carbon emissions. ***But in June, six European oil and natural gas companies sent a letter to the U.N. calling for a price on carbon emissions…
    Alcoa, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aluminum, is committing to cutting its U.S. carbon emissions by 50% by 2025, based on emissions levels in 2005. Bank of America is committing $75 billion through lending and other types of financing by 2025, which is on top of a previously announced $50 billion commitment. General Motors is pledging to cut the carbon intensity of its facilities by 20% by 2020, based on emission levels in 2010.
    The companies making pledges Monday also include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Energy…
    http://www.nasdaq.com/article/companies-to-pledge-140-billion-in-effort-to-cut-carbon-emissions-20150726-00022

  97. good question:

    26 July: San Francisco Chronicle: David R. Baker: Gov. Brown wants to keep oil in the ground. But whose oil?
    Even the greenest, most eco-friendly politicians rarely utter the words Gov. Jerry Brown spoke at the Vatican’s climate change symposium last week.
    To prevent the worst effects of global warming, one-third of the world’s known oil reserves must remain in the ground, Brown told the gathering of government officials from around the world. The same goes for 50 percent of natural gas reserves and 90 percent of coal.
    “Now that is a revolution,” Brown said. “That is going to take a call to arms.”…
    But it’s a concept few politicians will touch. That’s because it raises a question no one wants to answer: Whose oil has to stay put?…
    Take California.
    No state has done more to fight global warming…
    But he (Brown) has shown no interest in cutting the state’s oil production. He has touted the economic potential of California’s vast Monterey Shale formation, whose oil reserves drillers are still trying to tap. And he has steadfastly refused calls from within his own party to ban fracking…
    California remains America’s third-largest oil producing state, behind Texas and North Dakota. The industry directly employs 184,100 Californians, helps support an estimated 271,840 other jobs and yields $21.2 billion in state and local taxes each year, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation…
    Any governor, no matter how environmentally minded, would have a hard time turning that down…
    It’s difficult for politicians to even talk about something as stark as putting limits on pumping oil, he (Dan Jacobson, state director for Environment California) said.
    “Solar and wind and electric cars are really HOPEFUL things, whereas keeping oil in the ground sounds more like doomsday,” Jacobson said…
    And yet, Jacobson, McKibben and now apparently Brown are convinced that most fossil fuel reserves must never be used…
    President Obama, meanwhile, has made fighting climate change a key focus of his presidency…
    But Obama has also boasted about America’s surging oil and natural gas production — and tried to claim credit for it. Last week, his administration gave Royal Dutch Shell the green light to hunt for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Keeping oil in the ground does not quite square with his “all of the above” energy policy, observers note. At least, not American oil…
    Obama has delayed a decision on the (Keystone) pipeline for years. Given America’s own rising oil production, rejecting a project that could be a boon for the Canadian economy would be difficult, analysts say.
    “The message would be, ‘We’re not going to help you develop your resources — we’ll essentially raise the cost,’” said UC Berkeley energy economist Severin Borenstein. He is convinced that Canada will develop the tar sands, regardless.
    “It’s become such a huge symbol that it’s impossible for Obama to make a decision on it,” Borenstein said. “I think he’s just going to run out the clock.”
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Gov-Brown-wants-to-keep-oil-in-the-ground-But-6406708.php

  98. in video below, Al says as he doesn’t vote in Australia & is not an Australian citizen, so he doesn’t feel he should make statements about our internal politics, but he’s lying, of course.
    what he sees is a process of change (CHANGE OF GOVT NO DOUBT), & it’s certainly evident, he says, in the (LABOR) leadership of these State Govts i’m sitting at the table with.
    says u see it when u look at the public opinion polls of what the Australian people BELIEVE, so it’s too early to reach the conclusion that the national Govt will not take notice of what the vast majority of Australians BELIEVE and WANT. if they do not,he says, then the head-scratching will get more intense.

    VIDEO: 27 July: SMH: Tom Arup: Some global ‘head scratching’ on Australia’s climate stance: Al Gore
    On Monday Mr Gore met state (LABOR) government ministers from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia telling media afterwards that he had been impressed by work they were doing in moving to address climate change.
    But he was more circumspect when asked about the national picture and the Abbott government’s decision to scrap the carbon price…
    Mr Gore said renewable energy technologies were developing rapidly and falling quickly in price. He said previous forecasts of how much global solar power would be installed each year were already being smashed, and along with energy efficiency measures, significant green industry jobs growth was occurring in the United States and elsewhere.
    “The only question is which nations, which states and provinces, which regions, will move boldly into the future and harvest the jobs and economic progress associated with this revolution,” he said.
    Later on Monday Mr Gore met federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. He then held a roundtable with academics at the University of Melbourne before giving a presentation to staff and students on the science and dangers of climate change…
    Answering questions from PHD students after his presentation, Mr Gore expanded on his expectations for Paris saying he believed there would be an agreement and people would feel it was a “solid movement forward”…
    Mr Gore added that any agreement in Paris would build more momentum in the shift towards renewable energy and sustainability in the market place.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/some-global-head-scratching-on-australias-climate-stance-al-gore-20150727-gilgny.html

    hopefully, when i wake up tomorrow, he’ll be gone.

  99. Wow! Luckily, for this guy, there is still a lot of Arctic sea ice.
    —————–

    Sergey Ananov, Russian helicopter pilot missing in Davis Strait, found alive
    Canadian Forces JRCC tweets pilot on world flight was found on floe after leaving Iqaluit

    A Russian helicopter pilot who went missing during the Iqaluit-to-Greenland portion of a trip around the world was down to his last flare when he was found on a floe in the Davis Strait this morning.

    Sergey Ananov, who left Moscow in mid-June, was travelling to Greenland in a Robinson R-22 helicopter after fuelling up in Iqaluit when the Canadian Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre received information about a missing helicopter Saturday morning.
    Sergey Ananov 1

    “It couldn’t have been a more austere area of the planet to be in the Davis Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland. It’s a pretty rough terrain, a lot of ice in it,” said Rear Admiral John Newton

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/sergey-ananov-russian-helicopter-pilot-missing-in-davis-strait-found-alive-1.3168690

  100. I have a question I hope someone can answer. It may be a dumb one but I want to ask. Will, or rather does, the gradual migration of the magnetic pole, north and south, have an effect on geomagnetic forces that strike the Earth and could that influence climate?

  101. Are you planning to review the PALSEA2 paper, whose authors sent out press releases to mainstream media this month?
    The URL above is the link to it. It’s not my website, obviously.

  102. ***a “masterwork of scholarly synthesis, modeling virtuosity, and insight, with profound implications” or simply wrong?

    27 July: WaPo: Chris Mooney: Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments
    There’s no doubt that growing Antarctic sea ice is a mystery in the climate system — and an anomalous, seemingly contrary indicator. However, if a controversial and much-discussed new paper from ***famed former NASA scientist James Hansen and 16 colleagues is correct, then actually it could be a troubling climate warning sign. (Indeed, other scientists have reached similar conclusions.)
    According to Hansen’s thinking, expanding Antarctic sea ice is precisely what you would expect to see if the Antarctic continent itself is losing a lot of ice mass from its vast ice sheet, adding to sea level rise…
    Reached by phone, Hansen added that one reason he thinks the model he is using is is right — and other models are not — is that it captures Antarctic sea ice expansion. “All the other models have sea ice disappearing as the planet get warmer,” he says. He also thinks the Antarctic ice expansion trend will continue, along with ice sheet melt.
    “It will be clearer, give us a few more years,” he says…
    Granted, the new Hansen study is simultaneously advancing a gigantic new synthesis of existing research and also pushing the envelope — it will need to be scientifically digested for some time, and has already drawn some critical comments from experts. However, the Hansen paper also just received its first official peer review by one of several reviewers designated by the journal, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions – the University of Chicago geoscientist David Archer. And it is a strong review – Archer says that the paper is a ***“masterwork of scholarly synthesis, modeling virtuosity, and insight, with profound implications.”…
    Overall, it’s not clear that scientists yet fully understand what’s going on in this extremely remote part of the climate system.
    Nonetheless, this serves to point out the danger of seizing on a mysterious anomaly in the climate system — like expanding Antarctic sea ice — and interpreting it ***to score political points. For what may seem like good news for the climate — and bad news for climate “alarmists,” as skeptics put it — could be the utter opposite.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/27/climate-change-skeptics-may-be-about-to-lose-one-of-their-favorite-arguments/

  103. 26 July: Time: Helen Regan: Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President
    VIDEO AD: STAND FOR REALITY – HILLARY CLINTON
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office.
    Clinton also called for a major increase in other renewable-energy sources, saying she wants every U.S. home to be powered by clean energy within a decade, reports Reuters.
    “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” she said at a weekend rally in Iowa. “And I’ve got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention.”
    The two goals were unveiled in a video posted to Clinton’s campaign website Sunday, and are part of a comprehensive agenda on climate change that will be laid out over the next few months.
    “We are on the cusp of a new era,” she said in the campaign video. “We can have more choice in the energy we consume and produce.”…
    According to the former Secretary of State’s campaign, her climate-change agenda will increase output of solar energy by 700% by the end of the decade.
    http://time.com/3972710/hillary-clinton-presidential-election-climate-change/

    26 July: Reuters: Alana Wise: Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind, solar power
    (Writing by John Whitesides; Additional reporting by Kay Henderson; Editing by Eric Walsh and Cynthia Osterman)
    Her campaign said the goals would lead to a 700 percent increase in the nation’s installed solar capacity from current levels, and eventually could lead to the generation of at least one third of all electricity from renewable sources…
    She criticized Republicans who are reluctant to say climate change is a man-made phenomenon.
    “They will answer any question about climate change by saying: ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Well, I’m not a scientist either. I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know we’re facing a huge problem,” Clinton said.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/27/us-usa-election-clinton-energy-idUSKCN0Q00X920150727

  104. 28 July: UK Daily Mail: David Martosko: EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push – and she’s using a FRENCH aircraft that burns 347 gallons of fuel every hour!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176630/Video-shows-Hillary-Clinton-boarding-private-jet-just-hours-launching-global-warming-push-s-using-FRENCH-aircraft-burns-347-gallons-fuel-hour.html

    btw no word in Australia as to how Al Gore got here.

  105. read all, time will tell:

    28 July: Guardian: John Vidal: Arctic sea ice expert complains to press watchdog over Times story
    Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams says he was misquoted in a story about the deaths of three leading British scientists in 2013
    Professor Peter Wadhams, Cambridge professor of ocean physics, has complained to the Independent Press Standards Organissation (Ipso) that his scientific reputation had been damaged by Times environment editor Ben Webster and that he had been inaccurately quoted.
    The Times (LINK) said it had a recording of Wadhams’ comments and stood by the story…
    A spokesperson for The Times said: “We have a recording of Professor Wadhams making these statements. Another newspaper [the Telegraph] subsequently reported that he had made similar comments to their journalist. We stand by the story.” …
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/27/arctic-sea-ice-expert-complains-to-press-watchdog-over-times-story

  106. why only report The Times? UK Independent only posted this piece 9 hours ago, quoting Wadhams from the Tele:

    27 July: UK Independent: Alexandra Sims: Cambridge professor claims three leading climate scientists may have been assassinated
    Despite reporting the alleged assassination attempt against his life to the police, Professor Wadhams told The Telegraph that he had not announced his theories over the three deaths for fear that he may be seen as a “looney”.
    He told the newspaper: “It’s just a very odd coincidence that something like that should happen in such a brief period of time.”
    “They [the deaths] were accidents as far as anybody was able to tell but the fact they were clustered like that looked so weird.”
    “I thought if it was somebody assassinating them could it be one of our people doing it and that would be even more frightening. I thought it would be better not to touch this with a barge pole.”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/cambridge-professor-claims-three-leading-climate-scientists-may-have-been-assassinated-10419159.html

  107. Patrick Moore does a vg video on co2

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    The Truth about CO2New Video: The Truth about CO2Global Warming activists will tell you that CO2 is bad and dangerous. The EPA has even classified it as a pollutant. But is it? Patrick Moore provides some surprising facts about the benefits of CO2 that you won't hear in the current debate.Posted by Prager University on Monday, July 27, 2015

  109. On sea ice, does anyone know why there’s an apparent discrepancy appearing between the NSIDC chart on Arctic Sea Ice extent (heading towards 2012 line), and the DMI/OSI sea ice chart trending to the average and away from the 2012 line? In past years they’ve tracked together pretty well.

  110. Hillary Clinton Lays Out Climate Change Plan

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/us/politics/hillary-clinton-lays-out-climate-change-plan.html?_r=0

    DES MOINES — Setting ambitious goals for producing energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources, Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on an issue Monday that increasingly resonates with Democratic voters and sets up a stark contrast with the Republican presidential field.

    With many Republican candidates saying they do not believe that climate change is a threat or requires government intervention, Mrs. Clinton assailed their logic, saying, “The reality of climate change is unforgiving no matter what the deniers say.”…

    =========

    Flashback:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/18/clintons-solution-for-the-jobs-crisis-painters/

    UPDATE: have a look at Clinton’s house below. Yep, that’s the big plan. Paint your roofs white. From the Atlantic:

    UPDATE: Reader John provides this image link to the former president’s home. Goose, gander, and all that. We look forward to seeing Bill lead the way.

    Source: http://www.zillow.com/howto/FamousPresidentsHomes.htm

    • I’ve wondered for years why major metropolitan areas don’t “harvest” snow, keep it in insulated piles, and use it for cooling purposes?

  111. For Willis – some numbers on thermals

    This is a reply to a comment of mine at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/07/wait-til-you-see-these-numbers-on-carbon-capture-and-storage/

    “ROM

    July 28, 2015 at 8:21 am · Reply

    Yeh! The amount of gas aka “air” in those thermals make the amount of gaseous CO2 they are trying to capture look like piddling in a lake.

    Say a thermal is 300 metres across;
    Thats an area of about 71,000 sq metres

    Thermal height from Ground to inversion or cloud base ; say 2500 metres [ 8000 ft ]

    Air weighs in at sea level and standard temperature and pressures at 1.1 kgs / cubic meter so say with the decreased density at altitude , about 1 kg / cu mtr

    Weight of air in a typical Australian summer thermal , very, very roughly 1.75 million tonnes all moving upwards at anything from 2 metres / sec [ 400 FPM ] to 8 mtrs / sec [ 1600 FPM ]

    And you have something like that every 2 or 3 or 4 kms as you can see when those cumulus clouds dot the sky. Each one of which was created by the water vapour in that thermal column condensing out when it runs into the colder levels of the atmosphere at height.

    Similar in effect when you breathe out on a frosty morning and your breath turns into a thin fog from the water vapour in your breath condensing when it reaches the cold dry frosty outside air .

    ALL clouds as in ALL clouds other than the 80 to 100 km high Arctic and Antarctic Noctilucent Clouds are formed by rising air.

    Of course there are many, many other days where the air is dry enough so that no clouds or few clouds form on the top of thermal columns and we have clear air thermals.

    Where air goes up, air also comes down but usually spread over a much wider area and therefore slower in descent than in a thermal column.
    But if you run into a good patch of “sink” the altimeter unwinds like the backward running second hand of a clock which definitely gets ones attention as the ground starts to loom up.

    A regular, nice round classical thermal column is like global warming, it exists in theory but most glider pilots have yet to find one as thermals are messy, shifting, changing, more often petulant than not and makes one wonder why the hell one ever took this frustrating sport up
    A really rough thermal, one that jars your teeth literally like getting mixed up in a good willy, willy thats more like the inside of a concrete mixer as you try to climb away from a low level definitely shakes your confidence in your immortality.

    Thats until you hit a beauty and get a lift like ride at 1200 feet or more a minute up to 10,000 feet and you are on your way with a smile on the face and the wind in your hair, thats figuratively speaking only in these days of fully enclosed cockpits.”

  112. Didn’t they say ‘we know who you are, we know where you live’ ?

    Wikipedia shows its true colours.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming

  113. from 86 to 76…and still NO CLARITY, despite the headline.
    the graphic is hilarious, as is #3!

    28 July: CarbonBrief: Sophie Yeo: Explainer: New negotiating text provides clarity on UN climate deal
    The two diplomats responsible for steering the challenging negotiations towards a successful outcome in December, Dan Reifsnyder from the US and Ahmed Djoghlaf from Algeria, released a new text – or a “tool”, as they are calling it – last Friday.
    It is the product of a six weeks of work, following the latest round of talks in June…
    The new text is based on the Geneva negotiating text – an 86-page document that countries constructed in February, following a major round of talks in December 2014 in Lima.
    The new text has been reduced to 76 pages through a process of careful streamlining. This largely involved erasing duplication and redundancies from the Geneva text…
    The co-chairs have not removed any substantive language or options from the text concerning the final content of the agreement. This sort of whittling down is the responsibility of the parties, and is likely to commence in earnest in Bonn in upcoming sessions, the first of which begins this August…

    It separates the previous morass of options into three categories:

    1. Ideas that are expected to form the core of the new agreement, which will likely be long-lasting and legally binding;

    2. Ideas that are more suited to a series of more flexible “COP decisions”;

    ***3. Ideas that belong somewhere, but will require further discussion to decide where. This final section remains the longest and contains many of the most controversial proposals, such as the long-term goal for emissions reductions.

    GRAPHIC CAPTION: An example of how the text currently appears, including a morass of brackets and various options, which will be negotiated during the course of the year. Source: Co-chairs’ text, 24 July 2015
    (LENGTHY, MEANINGLESS OUTLINE OF WHAT’S IN THE 76 PAGES FOLLOWS INCLUDING SECTIONS ON FINANCE)
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/07/explainer-new-negotiating-text-provides-clarity-on-un-climate-deal/

  114. New means of space propulsion has been tested and found to work.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11769030/Impossible-rocket-drive-works-and-could-get-to-Moon-in-four-hours.html

    It’s really weird as something new must be going on. It doesn’t seem to conserve momentum. They speculate that the short-lived particles that pop in and out of existence are impelled to provide the conservation.

    But that doesn’t necessarily help (from a philosophical viewpoint).
    Still, very interesting.

  115. LOL:

    29 July: BusinessInsiderAustralia: Barbara Tasch: These maps are the first to reveal what the world thinks of climate change, and its startling
    Four in 10 adults throughout the world have never heard of climate change, according to a new Yale-led study in “Nature.”…
    “This is the first and only truly global study where we have climate change opinion data from over 100 countries, so it allows us to compare the findings across the world,” lead author Tien Ming Lee, a Princeton University researcher, said in a statement…
    In many developed countries (e.g. North America, Europe, Japan), over 90% of the population is aware of climate change. In developing nations though, the percentage is much smaller — ***although people reported having noticed changes in local weather…
    Co-author Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and study lead, said that the results clearly showed that improving education was vital for public support of climate change…
    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-the-world-thinks-of-climate-change-2015-7

    guess we’ll now have to finance an army of CAGW propagandists to fly out to indoctrinate all those who are blissfully ignorant there is an actual problem.

  116. http://www.rmets.org/paris_climate_communique

    Paris Climate Communique
    Leading UK institutions call for immediate action on climate change ahead of Paris Summit
    A coalition of 24 of the UK’s foremost academic institutions and learned societies from across the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, medicine and engineering, has called for immediate action to avert the serious threats posed by climate change.

    The joint Climate Communiqué, which was initiated by the Royal Meteorological Society’s Climate Science Communication Group, states that we must transition to a zero-carbon world by early in the second half of this century if we are to avoid extreme weather which would put more ecosystems and cultures in significant danger.

    It says: “The scientific evidence is now overwhelming that the climate is warming and that human activity is largely responsible for this change through emissions of greenhouse gases.”

    Here is link to the communique:
    http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2015/climate-communique/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-communique

  117. Drudge lists: “Mind-Blowing Temp Fraud At NOAA…
    USA on long-term cooling trend…”
    linking to:
    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/mind-blowing-temperature-fraud-at-noaa/
    Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA
    Posted on July 27, 2015 by stevengoddard
    “The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend.”
    “The biggest component of this fraud is making up data. Almost half of all reported US temperature data is now fake. They fill in missing rural data with urban data to create the appearance of non-existent US warming.”

  118. “I Call on the United States Government To:

    Immediately commence a social and economic mobilization to restore a climate that is safe, stable, and supportive of human civilization. This heroic campaign shall be carried out on the scale of the American World War II home front mobilization, and will require hard work and shared sacrifice from all Americans.

    Reduce our country’s net greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by 2025 and implement far-reaching measures to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”
    http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/sign_the_pledge/
    (redirect code trimmed from url: ?recruiter_id=62)

    via most recent mind-numbing entry here:
    http://theclimatepsychologist.com/

    They also have a youtube channel with very low view counts on all the videos.

  119. I’m sorry, but this is not science-related. I am having a problem viewing the site. On a lot of pages there is an advertisement that loads or tries to load at the bottom of the posting. Sometimes when it does not load properly it tries to reload every minute or so, and every time it does, it causes the page to scroll so that the ad is at the top. This makes it very difficult to read long postings and the comment sections. I am using the Firefox browser in Windows 8.1 and this has been happening for a couple of weeks now. The ads are small, centered (horizontally) on the page, and when they don’t load, there is just a black box. When they do load, it is a video for “Losing Weight on the Hunger Scale” a lot of the time. I can’t imagine that I am the only person who is having this issue.

  120. Mr. Watts and moderators – I understand WUWT is international in scope, but I wish to provide an insight into the machinations of the governor of the (Once) Great State of Washington, USA. I think it may be worthy of elevation to a general posting, as always that is up to you all. I find that the significance of Mr. Inslee’s actions lies in his choice to go against our state legislature, which had just recently decided in the latest extra-session stint to tax motor fuels $0.115 instead of instituting a Carbon Tax and Trade Scheme, which has always been Mr. Inslee’s Most Fervent Wish. Well, when he did not get his way through legislative process – he decided to bypass the legislature – and utilize his ‘executive powers’ to require the State Department of Ecology to come up with a Carbon Pollution Reduction Plan or New Emission Standards!! Like POTUS, like son I guess. Can’t get your way through the normal, legal, political processes and procedures? Well then, Post-Normal it is in our Brave New World!!! Use your powers to force your pet plan through your (State) executive branch.. now, where have we heard this one before??? Article attached for your reading pleasure: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/politics-government/article29251300.html
    I am beside myself on this new action. Federal tax, new State tax, and now Cap & Trade tax…….on the fuels we require to do our day-to-day commuting. The Regressives at work again. Hopefully you see this issue fit to expand and get it out there, I for one am not a Happy Camper.
    Regards,
    MCR

  121. There are 3 papers on the Hockey Schtick site which need a look The top paper is possibly transformational referencing the Feynman lecture series. The implications need to be written up in layman’s language.

  122. Pierre Gosselin at NoTricksZone (http://notrickszone.com/) is in peril of quitting due to WordPress issues.
    “Right now it’s all garbage and I’m getting ready to quit. If anyone knows a good WordPress repairman, let me know.”

    Anybody help?
    Most of his links are down. I don’t have contact info and that link is dead too.

    He and his site are an important source of material out of Europe – Climate news from Germany in English – by Pierre L. Gosselin

  123. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11769030/Impossible-rocket-drive-works-and-could-get-to-Moon-in-four-hours.html

    ‘Impossible’ rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours

    By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor video source EnvisionNation

    6:09PM BST 28 Jul 2015

    The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed

    Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electromagnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.

    The EM Drive was developed by the British inventor Roger Shawyer nearly 15 years ago but was ridiculed at the time as being scientifically impossible.

    It produces thrust by using solar power to generate multiple microwaves that move back and forth in an enclosed chamber. This means that until something fails or wears down, theoretically the engine could keep running forever without the need for rocket fuel

  124. not worth the $0 in expenses they didn’t spend on it!

    14 pages: 23 July: US Dept of Defense: NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE-RELATED RISKS AND A CHANGING CLIMATE
    This report responds to the Congressional request to the Department of Defense to identify the most serious and likely climate-related security risks for each Combatant Command, the ways in which the Combatant Commands are integrating mitigation of these risks into their planning processes, and a description of the resources required for an effective response.
    Submitted in response to a request contained in Senate Report 113-211, accompanying H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 2015
    The estimated cost of this report or study for the Department of Defense is approximately $22,000 for the 2015 Fiscal Year. This includes $0 in expenses and $22,000 in DoD labor…
    http://www.defense.gov/pubs/150724-Congressional-Report-on-National-Implications-of-Climate-Change.pdf?source=GovDelivery

    29 July: Washington Times: Rowan Scarborough: Climate change a ‘growing threat’ to national security, Pentagon says
    Natural disaster increase unproven
    A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an “urgent and growing threat to our national security” and blames it for “increased natural disasters” that will require more American troops designated to combat bad weather.
    “Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries,” says the report released Wednesday.
    The report’s reference to “increased natural disasters” is not backed by several studies. The latest United Nations report on global warming said there was insufficient evidence to say there have been increased storm, flood or drought activity. A climate center in Colorado said its study of decades of weather patterns failed to show any increase in tornadoes, hurricanes or other natural disasters…
    The report also tells commanders there are “more frequent and/or severe extreme weather events that may require substantial involvement of DoD units, personnel and assets in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”…
    Roger Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Police Research at the University of Colorado, studies global weather trends and makes conclusions at odds with the Pentagon report.
    “Current data sets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century,” he wrote in 2013. “No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.”
    “In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.”
    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a big advocate of changing human behavior to combat global warming, acknowledged there is little evidence of increased natural disasters.
    It said last year there is “low confidence” in any long-term increase in cyclone and hurricane activity. It also said there is “low confidence” in increased tornadoes and hailstorms.
    Global warming skeptics says that temperature models put out over a decade ago have proven to be wildly inaccurate today.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/29/climate-change-a-growing-threat-to-national-securi/

  125. Leader of the Australian Greens retires to spend time with her family, we were told; unsurprisingly, she will be jet-setting all over the globe:

    30 July: Yahoo7: Andrew Drummond: New global role for retiring Milne
    “I’ve just been appointed as the first ambassador for the Global Greens,” she told reporters.
    “I can imagine I will be spending a fair bit of time helping the development of Green politics around the world and addressing global warming.”
    The group brings together Greens members from Africa, Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific and holds periodic conferences to formulate joint action…
    The 62-year-old soon-to-be grandmother, who is retiring to spend more time with her family, made it a wrap on Thursday…
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/29128658/milne-soon-to-sign-off-as-greens-senator/

    30 July: SMH: Andrew Darby: Christine Milne’s Greens Senate seat goes to Nick McKim
    After stepping down from the federal leadership in May, Ms Milne is set to formally resign from the Senate, and disclosed a busy international agenda ahead.
    “I’ve just been appointed as the first Ambassador for the Global Greens,” she said. “I can imagine that I’ll be spending a fair bit of time helping Greens around the world.
    “I’ll be going to the Paris [climate] COP at the end of the year to talk about how I might fit in with some global role on climate change in particular,” she said. “Certainly on World Heritage issues, you’ll find me at World Heritage meetings when required.”…
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/christine-milnes-greens-senate-seat-goes-to-nick-mckim-20150730-ginhsr.html

  126. Claim:
    Source of Soot Warming The Tibetan Plateau Has Been Identified

    Using a climate model that can tag sources of soot from different global regions and can track where it lands on the Tibetan Plateau, researchers have determined which areas around the plateau contribute the most soot — and where.

    http://spaceref.com/earth/source-of-soot-warming-the-tibetan-plateau-has-been-identified.html

    Quantifying sources, transport, deposition, and radiative forcing of black carbon over the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau
    R. Zhang, H. Wang, Y. Qian, P. J. Rasch, R. C. Easter, P.-L. Ma, B. Singh, J. Huang, and Q. Fu.
    Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15, 6205-6223, June 8, 2015, doi:10.5194/acp-15-6205-2015.
    http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/15/6205/2015/acp-15-6205-2015.html

  127. PHOTOS: 29 July: SeattlePI Blog: Protesters rappel from Portland bridge seeking to keep Shell icebreaker from departing
    The “Shell No” campaign moved to Portland on Wednesday, as demonstrators rappelling off a bridge and “kayakctivists” in the water sought to block departure of a Shell-leased icebreaker that has a vital role to play in the oil giant’s Arctic drilling plans.
    The 380-foot Fennica remained, for the moment, at the Vigor Industries dry dock in North Portland, where it arrived Saturday for repair of a 39-inch gash in its hull. The gash was acquired when the icebreaker hit an uncharted shoal, as it began the 1,000 mile journey from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians to Shell’s oil drilling site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea…
    “Climbers are on the St. Johns Bridge and we are not going anywhere,” Daniel Hendricks, a demonstrator, tweeted to SeattlePI.com A moment later, echoing famous words (“On ne passe pas”) of France’s Gen. Robert Nivelle at the World War I Battle of Verdun, Hendricks declared: “The Fennica shall not pass.”…
    They were replicating the protests, sponsored by Greenpeace, that greeted the arrival — and tried to block the departure — of the Shell-leased drilling rig “Polar Pioneer” during its spring stay at Terminal 5 in the Port of Seattle. Even ex-Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn took to the water: One McGinn friend labeled pictures: “The old man and the sea.”…
    COMMENT by whatevah: Someone should go cut the ropes.
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2015/07/29/protesters-rappel-from-portland-bridge-seeking-to-keep-shell-icebreaker-from-departing/#34622101=0

    29 July: KATU: 13 demonstrators hang from Portland bridge to block Shell ship
    “They are creating a human barricade so that the Shell icebreaker cannot get through,” said Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace U.S. “They are prepared to stay up there for days because that’s what it is going to take to save the arctic.”…
    It’s unknown whether law enforcement agencies in the area plan on pressing charges against the protesters…
    “It’s a complex and difficult situation,” Oregon Department of Transportation’s Don Hamilton said. “We are looking for the best way to resolve this. That may or may not end up involving criminal charges.”…
    “Drilling in the Arctic is probably the most crazy thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. I am a big fan of our president, and I am absolutely appalled he let this go through,” Chris Fountain, a kayaktivist, told KATU News on Tuesday.
    TWEETS
    http://www.katu.com/news/local/Protesters-suspended-from-St-Johns-Bridge-to-block-Shell-oil-icebreaker-Fennica-rig-Portland-Oregon-319353711.html

  128. http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/07/29/ayyadurais-formaldehyde-in-gmos-claim-challenged-engineer-refuses-verification-offer/

    ‘Ayyadurai’s formaldehyde-in-GMOs claim challenged, engineer refuses verification offer’

    Who else refuses verification?

    ‘Basically, the research didn’t involve testing levels in actual plants, but used data plugged into a computer algorithm to predict the presence of two chemicals found naturally in crops and food: Formaldehyde and glutathione.

    In other words, it was a computer modeling study, so it “measured” what the researchers inputted.’

  129. Danger, Will Robinson, danger: Global subsidence at hand:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/washington-sinks-into-the-sea_55b8f540e4b0a13f9d1b0d4b?

    ‘Washington Is Finally Getting What It Deserves As It Sinks Into The Sea’

    “It’s ironic that the nation’s capital — the place least responsive to the dangers of climate change — is sitting in one of the worst spots it could be in terms of this land subsidence,” University of Vermont geologist Paul Bierman said in a statement accompanying the research. “Will the Congress just sit there with their feet getting ever wetter? What’s next, forebulge denial?”

    Yes, when will our congresscritters do something about it?

  130. http://news.yahoo.com/why-70-percent-world-seabirds-disappeared-230645805.html

    ‘Why 70 Percent of the World’s Seabirds Have Disappeared’

    ‘During the same period, heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—the leading driver of climate change—grew from under 320 ppm in the 1950s to 385–390 ppm in 2010, according to the record kept by federal scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. (The current level is just over 400 ppm.) The resulting sea-level rise and warming temperatures have affected seabird nesting sites, prey fish, and migration patterns.’

    federal scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. – I keep reading that as ‘feral scientists’…

  131. Great Mark Steyn quote:

    If you’re having trouble keeping score, the old post-traumatic stress disorder is what you get if you’re just some nancy wuss pantywaist who goes to Iraq and gets blown up by an IED. But the far more serious pre-traumatic stress disorder is what you get if you sit around on government grants all day worrying about sea levels in the Maldives in the early 22nd century.

    http://www.steynonline.com/7073/and-then-there-were-none

  132. I just bought a pack of 3 men’s medium briefs from Target.
    On the label it states….
    “Think Climate, cold was, line dry.”

  133. ***now it’s USD$200 to USD$300 from “public sources” being needed ANNUALLY!

    interview with Mary Robinson of the “Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice”:

    29 July: Road to Paris: Germana Canzi: Q&A with Mary Robinson: What is climate justice?
    MR: …Often the people on the front lines of climate change have contributed least to the causes of the climate crisis. This is an injustice which can only be rectified by swift and ambitious climate action, including reducing emissions to zero as rapidly as possible…
    We must ensure that the transition to a zero carbon economy is just and that it enables all people to realise their right to development. This requires that the global community acts in solidarity and ensures that the necessary resources are available to allow all countries and people to make the transition to clean, renewable energy on the same timescale…
    MR: We must all be alert to the very real possibility that the most vulnerable people could be left behind as we transition to a low carbon economy. A transition to zero carbon has multiple opportunities for people in developed and developing countries in terms of energy security, job creation and greater resilience but these opportunities will only be realised if that transition is fair, respecting human rights obligations…
    There have already been well documented cases of human rights violations in the name of climate action. One very clear example is the forced displacement of people and communities for the construction of hydro-electric reservoirs…
    Another potential issue could be the damage inflicted on communities currently dependent on carbon intensive sectors like mining. Without a plan for the future of these communities – a plan for a just transition – they will be exposed to poverty traps similar to those experienced by mining communities in the UK during the coal closures of the 1980s…
    MR: Those people in the most vulnerable situations typically live beyond the reach of conventional markets, and so require their needs to be met through other channels that can provide sustained social gains in the long term. For example, much of the necessary adaptation financing required to protect the most vulnerable communities will need to come from ***public sources.
    Q: Some argue that we can’t solve climate change and poverty if we do nothing to stop population growth. What are your thoughts on this?
    MR: …Poverty contributes to population growth because of lack of education, healthcare and family planning and population growth aggravates poverty. The challenge is to end this cycle. By enabling sustainable development, including better education and the empowerment of women – both central to ending poverty – we will reduce population growth…
    Q: Could the current refugee crises in the Mediterranean and elsewhere – which of course have a variety of causes – be looked at as a first test of how governments, particularly in rich countries, will react to future climate related displacement?
    MR: …The first thing developed country governments should do is ***provide resources for adaptation so that people do not have to leave the homes of their ancestors due to human induced climate change. This will require urgent and ***unprecedented levels of support – the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report indicates that the global cost of adaptation could be as much as *** $200 or $300 billion per year by 2050 – but it is right that the rich countries responsible for the problem help to protect the culture, heritage and identity of the most vulnerable communities and countries…ETC
    http://roadtoparis.info/2015/07/29/qa-with-mary-robinson-what-is-climate-justice/

    from RoadToParis website: Germana Canzi
    Germana is a writer, analyst and consultant with extensive expertise in sustainable development. She started her career as a financial and energy reporter, including for Dow Jones Newswires where she also published on The Wall Street Journal Europe. She then spent three years working on energy issues for the WWF European Policy Office. As head of energy policy at Friends of the Earth in London, she later managed a comprehensive research project with major universities to support the establishment of the UK Climate Change Act. She has also worked in international development, including for REEEP – Investing in Clean Energy Markets, and is currently at the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, a London-based think tank.

  134. 29 July: American Geophysical Union: Robust comparison of climate models with observations using blended land air and ocean sea surface temperatures
    Authors:
    Kevin Cowtan, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, United Kingdom
    Zeke Hausfather, Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    Ed Hawkins, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK
    Peter Jacobs, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Michael E. Mann, Department of Meteorology and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
    Sonya K. Miller, Department of Meteorology and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
    Byron A. Steinman, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
    Martin B. Stolpe, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Universitaetstrasse 16, Zurich, Switzerland
    Robert G. Way
    Department of Geography, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
    Abstract
    The level of agreement between climate model simulations and observed surface temperature change is a topic of scientific and policy concern. While the Earth system continues to accumulate energy due to anthropogenic and other radiative forcings, estimates of recent surface temperature evolution fall at the lower end of climate model projections. Global mean temperatures from climate model simulations are typically calculated using surface air temperatures, while the corresponding observations are based on a blend of air and sea surface temperatures. This work quantifies a systematic bias in model-observation comparisons arising from differential warming rates between sea surface temperatures and surface air temperatures over oceans. A further bias arises from the treatment of temperatures in regions where the sea ice boundary has changed. Applying the methodology of the HadCRUT4 record to climate model temperature fields accounts for 38% of the discrepancy in trend between models and observations over the period 1975-2014.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL064888/full

  135. 30 July: RTCC: Ed King: EU mulls climate finance package ahead of Paris summit
    Luxembourg presidency proposes ‘toolbox’ to showcase funding amid fears cash drought could poison UN talks
    A background paper published by Luxembourg, current holders of the rotating EU Council presidency, stresses this will be one of the “crucial elements for the success of the process”.
    It proposes developing what it terms a “toolbox” which would outline how national development aid, green bonds and climate investment funds are being used to bolster climate finance flows.
    The paper emphasises the need for a “credible financial offer”. That would explain how developed countries intend to meet a 2009 promise to mobilise $100 billion a year to help poorer states green their economies and deal with weather extremes.
    Emissions trading, carbon pricing and funds to develop enabling legal and regulatory environments could also form part of a package…
    “Innovative and effective ways to meet the substantial financial needs that such a transition requires, are yet to be defined,” it says…
    Teresa Ribera, head of the Paris IDDRI thinktank, told RTCC a plan was vital to ensure the issue did not “poison or hijack” the talks…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/30/eu-mulls-climate-finance-package-ahead-of-paris-summit/

    pdf: 5 pages: Informal Meeting of Environment Ministers
    Background paper – Session II
    Defining a Climate Finance Toolbox for Effective Climate Action
    22-23 July 2015, Luxembourg
    In this respect, the sheer number of existing finance mechanisms (over 50 multilateral funds, some 60 carbon markets and dozens of climate investment funds globally) calls in itself for serious efforts in coordination, ownership and accountability. The extent of the challenge
    becomes apparent in comparing recent global figures spent on climate finance – 331 billion dollars in 2014 – to the estimated 5 trillion dollars additional investment needed we need, could include government grants to risk mitigating guarantees and insurance schemes, green bonds and climate investment funds to impact investment. Financial flows from public sources could be used to provide enabling legal and regulatory environments and to leverage increased private sector funding. Public interventions must aim at crowding in private sector investment and not crowding it out. It will take project financing as well as investments to seize the economic opportunities that lie in the transition from fossil fueled economies to low carbon and climate friendly modes of production and lifestyles. Putting a credible price on carbon emissions – i.a. through effective emissions trading systems – would of course be very helpful in that respect…

    On this background, it is encouraging to observe the growth of socially responsible investment and impact investing, combining reasonable financial return with well documented social and/or environmental impact to the benefit of individuals and their communities…
    Determined action on both fronts should help to reduce the complexity of the transition processes from fossil fueled economies towards safer, low carbon, circular economies…

    In 2009 developed countries committed to mobilize jointly 100 billion dollars per year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries for climate action. This amount is to come from a wide variety of sources: public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources of finance. A significant portion of this amount should flow through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Other relevant funds of the UNFCCC process include: the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF), and the
    Global Environment Facility (GEF). With regard to the newly established GCF, so far out of a total of 10.2 billion dollars in committed contributions, EU member states have pledged 4.75 billion dollars…

    It is also their declared intention to increase by up to 400 million the number of people in the most vulnerable developing countries who have access to direct or indirect insurance coverage against the negative impact of climate change related hazards by 2020 and support the development of early warning systems in the most vulnerable countries.
    Furthermore G7 members aim at accelerating access to renewable energy in Africa and developing countries in other regions with a view to reducing energy poverty through mobilizing substantial financial resources from private investors, development finance
    institutions and multilateral development banks…

    Questions for discussion
    1. In order to draw a credible pathway to mobilize 100 billion dollars on a yearly basis by 2020 for the support for adaptation and mitigation activities in developing countries, the following questions need to be answered:
    a. What type of incentives and financial instruments are needed to leverage indispensable private sector money with limited amounts of public funding?
    b. What kind of methodology can be applied to credibly account for private sector funding that is genuinely targeted at effective climate change… action?
    http://g8fip1kplyr33r3krz5b97d1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Background_ClimateFinance.pdf

  136. “Greenskull’s official title was Chief Co-ordinator of Information Management, which is a nice way of saying he was in charge of all PR for the “cause” or to put it more simply, a spin doctor, and he was good at it. Things had been going rather badly in the wake of the Copenhagen disaster, hence various organisations all clubbing together to pay for his not inexpensive services. He thought of his influence as a steadying hand on the tiller of a boat crewed by enthusiastic but clueless amateurs which was going through what was frequently self-induced squalls.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/crisis-management-a-green-perspective/

    Pointman

  137. the hottest year ever!

    29 July: UK Mirror: Alistair Grant: UK weather: Scandinavian blast brings frost tonight as temperatures plunge to 2C
    The surprise cold weather has left some areas of the UK – including Edinburgh – suffering the coldest July in 75 years…
    Scandinavian blast is due to bring frost and low temperatures to the UK tonight – while Scotland’s Highlands are even predicted snow…
    Cairngorm mountain spokesman Ross Coulter said: “It’s a surprise for summer visitors. Sleet was falling on the top this morning and it was just 6C in the visitors’ car park. It’s certainly cold for the time of year.”
    The Met Office forecast 2C lows in Scotland this morning and in England – threatening even the South with frost…
    Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “Temperatures have been below average for many.
    Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton said: “Frost in the countryside – phew! Impressive for July.”
    Temperatures have come close to July’s record lowest of 12.5C in central England in 1920, Met Office records show.
    Edinburgh has had its coldest July day for 75 years…
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-scandinavian-blast-brings-6159326

    31 July: ITV: Confirmed! July 2015 weather was officially dreadful
    by Ruth Wignall, Weather Presenter, Cymru Wales
    And then, as if all of that wasn’t enough, last night Sennybridge in Powys was the coldest place in the UK with an overnight temperature of 0.9c…That is very cold indeed for the summer!
    http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2015-07-31/confirmed-july-2015-weather-was-officially-dreadful/

  138. getting the best advice???

    30 July: Eureka Alert: University of East Anglia Publis Release: Research explores future energy security of China
    China needs to reduce its dependence on coal and improve the range of fuels it uses if it is to have long term energy security, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA)…
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-07/uoea-ref073015.php

    Science Direct: Electricity portfolio innovation for energy security: The case of carbon constrained China
    Elsevier: Technological Forecasting and Social Change Available online 27 July 2015
    Authors: Konstantinos J. Chalvatzis, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
    Keagan Rubel, Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, 1922 Tice Valley Blvd., #2460, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, United States
    Abstract
    China’s energy sector is under pressure to achieve secure and affordable supply and a clear decarbonisation path. We examine the longitudinal trajectory of the Chinese electricity supply security and model the near future supply security based on the 12th 5 Year Plan. Our approach combines the Shannon–Wiener, Herfindahl–Hirschman and electricity import dependence indices for supply security appraisal. We find that electricity portfolio innovation allows China to provide secure energy supply despite increasing import dependence. It is argued that long-term aggressive deployment of renewable energy will unblock China’s coal-biased technological lock-in and increase supply security in all fronts. However, reduced supply diversity in China during the 1990s will not recover until after 2020s due to the long-term coal lock-in that can threaten to hold China back from realising its full potential.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162515002218

    Dr Konstantinos J. Chalvatzis is a Senior Lecturer in Business and Climate Change at Norwich Business School and at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He has visiting roles at the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, at the Resource Economics and Sustainable Development at the University of Bologna and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences of Piraeus. His research focus is on technological transitions and futures in the energy sector and the role of innovation in systematic resilience. His research has been funded with industrial, EU and investment funding in excess of €15 m.

    Mr Keagan Rubel (Research Fellow, Wong Center for MNC) is Managing Partner for Econergy Corporation (HK) Limited and Senior Managing Consultant for epi Consulting. He has seven years experience working with Fortune 500 companies and SMEs on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy design and implementation. Mr. Rubel earned his MBA (with Distinction) in Strategic Carbon Management from the University of East Anglia. He teaches part-time on global sustainability business solutions at Hult International Business School and for the Shanghai Center for Sustainability.

  139. re AGU study involving Michael Mann posted in comments above. u have to love the opening sentence “It’s well known in climate science that global surface temperatures over the past decade have been lower than climate models expected them to be”:

    31 July: CarbonBrief: Roz Pidcock: New study shrinks the gap between observed and modelled global temperatures
    It’s well known in climate science that global surface temperatures over the past decade have been lower than climate models expected them to be.
    Some parts of the media have jumped on this to suggest climate models overestimate the amount of warming we can expect in future.
    Now, a new paper says the discrepancy between modelled and observed temperatures isn’t as large as previously thought.
    Taking into account the different ways they estimate global temperature shrinks the difference between them by more than a third, according to the study in Geophysical Research Letters…
    It’s well known that HadCrut4 doesn’t have good coverage in the Arctic. This affects the global temperature estimate because the Arctic is warming faster than the global average. The paper addresses this by reducing global coverage in the models to match where we have observations.
    You can read more about the study over atClimate Lab Book (LINK), run by co-author Dr Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading. The University of York, where lead author Dr Kevin Cowtan is a researcher, has a handy briefing (LINK) explaining some other differences the team noticed to do with how observations and models deal with diminishing sea ice in the Arctic…
    So, which of the two approaches should we use to get the best picture of global temperature?
    Scientist can’t change the way Earth’s surface temperature has been measured in the past, says Hawkins. So, it would make sense to adjust the model temperatures to be consistent with the observations. He tells Carbon Brief:
    “I think the sensible approach is to extract the data from the models as if they were observations.”
    Doing it the other way round – adjusting observed temperatures to be consistent with models – is more tricky, says Hawkins…
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/07/new-study-shrinks-the-gap-between-observed-and-model-global-temperatures/

  140. 30 July: Bloomberg: Iran’s Thirst for Energy Draws in Wind Developers
    by Nicholas Brautlecht & Stefan Nicola
    Developers such as GI Umweltconsult and turbine suppliers including Nordex SE are preparing to enter the market.
    While Iran’s renewables industry is concentrated mainly on hydro plants, the government plans to bolster wind as a way of preserving crude oil for export, and feeding the electricity needs of its more than 80 million people. With an ambition to install 5 gigawatts of renewable capacity by 2020, Iran would rank alongside France and the U.K. as an industry leader…
    “Every kilowatt-hour of extra wind power allows them to export more oil, meaning more foreign currency,” Michael Tockuss, managing director of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, said in an interview in Hamburg…
    Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc were among the first oil majors to say they’re interested in working Iran’s fields, which the government estimates need $200 billion of investment…
    Umweltconsult, a renewable energy developer based in Berlin, is planning wind farms requiring investment of 300 million euros ($331 million) in Iran starting next year, Shahnaz Horvath, co-head of the company, said in an interview…
    Iran’s wind energy potential is estimated at more than 30,000 megawatts, Mohammad Saeid Hojjati, economic counselor at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, said by e-mail. There is “huge potential” for electricity generation from different renewable sources including wind and solar, he said…
    Iran’s government set its renewable energy target in 2012 and has just 150 megawatts of clean power plants operating now. It adopted Germany’s feed-in-tariff model 10 years ago, granting developers a fixed price for electricity from renewables, and recently boosted the payout for wind by 3.9 percent to 5,300 rials (18 cents) per kilowatt-hour…
    With about 1,000 megawatts of new capacity planned a year, Iran’s onshore wind market may compare with France and the U.K., said Oliver Kayser, spokesman for the German turbine maker Nordex SE. The two European markets have contributed installation of about that much in most years for most for the last decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg…
    Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S is eager to explore the Iranian market, said Michael Zarin, a company spokesman. The biggest turbine maker has installed 37 of its machines in the country, most recently in 2004, according to its website…
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-29/nuclear-deal-opens-market-as-big-as-france-for-iran-wind

  141. 31 July: Bloomberg: Wael Mahdi: Saudi Aramco Testing C02 to Get More Oil From Giant Ghawar Field
    Saudi Arabian Oil Co. started injecting carbon dioxide to try and boost extraction rates from the world’s biggest oil field as the company steps up plans to recover more crude from its deposits.
    Saudi Aramco, as the company is known, already started injection and will put 40 million standard cubic feet per day of CO2 into the Uthmaniyah area south of the Ghawar field, it said Thursday in an Arabic statement on its website. About 40 percent of what’s injected will be stored in the field.
    “The project aims to enhance oil recovery beyond the more common method of water flooding, and is the largest of its kind in the Middle East,” it said. The project is part of the company’s efforts to reducing domestic carbon emissions and meeting environmental goals, it said.
    Oil-rich nations across the Persian Gulf are seeking ways to continue output from fields that are at least half a century old. While the industry average is for producers to recover about 35 percent of fields’ total deposits, Saudi Aramco is developing technology that could double that rate, Ahmad al-Khowaiter, chief technology officer, said in March…
    Injecting CO2 into Uthmaniyah will boost oil-recovery rates by 10 to 15 percentage points, Khowaiter said in March. The CO2 for the project will be captured at Hawiyah gas recovery plant and then piped 85-kilometers to the site. The project will be tested for three to five years before Aramco applies the technology to other fields, it said in Thursday’s statement.
    “Saudi Aramco is carrying out extensive research to enable us to lower our carbon footprint while continuing to supply the energy the world needs,” said Amin H. Nasser, acting president and chief executive officer…
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-31/saudi-aramco-testing-c02-to-get-more-oil-from-giant-ghawar-field

  142. 31 July: KGW Portland: Judge: Greenpeace must pay $17,500 in fines due to protest
    Kyle Iboshi, KGW News
    http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/07/30/judge-greenpeace-must-pay-2500-an-hour-for-protest/30891895/

    31 July: Oregonian: Andrew Theen: Charlie Hales invited to White House for clean power conference, will share Greenpeace story
    Charlie Hales is getting on a plane and headed east to talk climate change for the second time in the past two weeks.
    The Portland mayor will attend a Monday conference at the White House to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut emissions at the nation’s power plants…
    Hales will be one of either 10 or 11 U.S. mayors at the conference, (Hales’ spokesman, Dana) Haynes said. Haynes said he didn’t know any more specifics about the conference.
    While the conference isn’t specifically connected to drilling in the Arctic, Haynes said the mayor believes the invitation is the “perfect opportunity” to share Portland’s story from the past 72 hours. “Here is what we just heard from thousands of thousands of Portlanders on the area of fossil fuels,” Haynes said.
    On Friday, Hales specifically took a stance against drilling in the Arctic…
    “Protest is important because that’s how you reach the attention of lawmakers, who listen and then act to change the laws. I listened,” Hales said in a statement. “In fact, I agree that the arctic should be off-limits to oil exploration.”
    Hales will also try to meet with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, who wants to ban drilling in the Arctic.
    Hales just returned this week from a trip to Italy, where he participated in a special summit hosted by Pope Francis and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
    The city of Portland paid for the Vatican trip, and will pay for Hales’ trip to Washington D.C.
    Hales, who was supposed to be on vacation, will be in Washington for about 24 hours.
    COMMENTS:
    by tow chain:
    “Here is what we just heard from thousands of thousands of Portlanders on the area of fossil fuels,” Haynes said.
    And here I thought all the opposition was imported from out of state. All the bridge trespassers were Greenpiece paid employees I thought. Every one trotted out in front of the cameras as being organizers were not Portlanders.
    Dana what a stupid statement!
    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/07/charlie_hales_invited_to_white.html#incart_story_package

  143. 31 July: Oregonian: Stuart Tomlinson: How much will the Greenpeace protest cost taxpayers?
    It’s a simple question with a complex answer. The amount varies by agency, by how many people were working and by any mutual-aid agreements already in place.
    Nine agencies responded to the two-day Greenpeace USA protest. Their managers are adding up the additional money they spent on overtime, supplies and other expenses…READ FOR DETAILS
    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/07/agencies_involved_in_handling.html

  144. 31 July: Oregonian: Stuart Tomlinson: Greenpeace protest: Controversial ship Fennica moves through protesters on St. Johns Bridge (live updates)
    Just before 6 p.m. Thursday night, Shell Oil’s controversial icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean.
    After winning an early morning game of chicken with the ship, Greenpeace protesters suspended from the bridge and in kayaks and canoes on the river were left disappointed. Thirteen of them had spent the better part of 40 hours in climbers slings and on portable platforms…
    6:30 p.m. UPDATE: “Everybody’s hearts are broken,” Greenpeace USA spokeswoman Cassady Sharp said Thursday evening…
    “They’re just getting amazing love and support,” Sharp said. “That’s what makes us feel encouraged after today.”
    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/07/greenpeace_protest_icebreaker.html#incart_most-read_portland_article

  145. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/bmw-paying-bay-area-i3-141539404.html

    ‘BMW paying i3 electric car owners $1,540 to delay charging in Bay Area’

    ‘The German automaker has partnered with utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for an 18-month pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area that’s just getting underway. The trial, dubbed BMW iChargeForward, gives $1,540 in gift cards to 100 owners of i3 hatchbacks to charge their vehicles during off-peak times.’

    Is this any way to run an automobile company?

  146. 31 July: Contra Costa Times: Katrina Cameron: Golden eagle dies three months after being released into wild
    WALNUT CREEK — A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died hours after being struck by a wind turbine last Saturday…
    A turbine struck the eagle’s left wing so hard that bones went missing as it shattered at the radius and ulna. The doctor determined that the raptor would never be able to fly again and she was euthanized later that day…
    The bird wore a Wildlife band and a GPS backpack, which had an identifying serial number…
    Bishop (Norma Bishop, executive director at Lindsay Wildlife Experience) hopes that the tragic death will raise awareness about the scarce resources in the world and affect behavioral change in humans, she said.
    “We need to look for ways that can be protective of these creatures that contribute so much to our lives,” Bishop said…
    “Everyone’s first reaction (to the bird’s death) was ‘oh, no,'” Bishop said. “The more we thought about this, the more we thought that it’s not a waste.”
    There are nearly 5,000 energy-generating turbines at Altamont Pass, where the golden eagle was fatally struck.
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_28568978/golden-eagle-dies-three-months-after-being-released

  147. 1 Aug: UK Telegraph: Christopher Booker: The real ‘deniers’ in the climate change debate are the warmists
    Those who believe that the world faces a catastrophe from global warming dismiss anyone who dares question their beliefs….
    One prominent example of this has been the contemptuous itch of those who passionately believe that the world faces a catastrophe from global warming to dismiss anyone daring to question their beliefs as a “denier”. In fact, it has long been obvious that the only real “deniers” on the climate front are those true believers themselves, who cannot face up to all the evidence which makes their scare story ever less convincing…
    When in 2009 I observed that, after a further severe dip in 2007, Arctic ice levels had made a significant recovery, this so enraged George Monbiot (Guardian) that he rushed into print with a piece headed “How to prove Christopher Booker wrong in 26 seconds”…
    Within minutes of posting his article, however, the Great Moonbat had to come back with an apology. “Whoops,” he wrote, “looks like I’ve boobed. Sorry folks.” One of his readers had noticed that he had totally misread what I wrote, because he had been looking at the wrong graph.
    Last week, after I had been prompted again to write about the Arctic by a new Cryosat satellite study showing that in 2013 its ice volume increased by a staggering 33 per cent, this provoked a strident response from another of the newspaper’s attack dogs, Dana Nuccitelli.
    Only a stupid “denialist” like me, he suggested, could be foolish enough to suggest that polar bear numbers in the Arctic were actually rising, not falling – or to deny that temperatures in Greenland have not been rising so dangerously fast that, since 1990, they have been hurtling upwards at an incredible 1.1 C per decade…
    But if Mr Nuccitelli wanted some actual evidence, he might consult a graph recently posted on the blog Notalotofpeopleknowthat, headed “CBS climate liars are hard at work”. The blogger, Paul Homewood, has meticulously plotted the temperature data from two of Greenland’s main weather stations, going right back to 1900. Perhaps surprisingly, these show that the temperature trend in the island that contains a tenth of the world’s land ice has not risen an iota. It has remained astonishingly stable.
    As for those polar bears, I have been following this story for years, ever since I used to speak to Dr Mitch Taylor, a scientist who has been observing and counting polar bears for many decades, and knows far better than any computer model how much their numbers have been rising. One has only to Google “polar bear numbers increasing” to find several studies that explain how, since the Seventies, their numbers have steadily risen – in some places by as much as 250 per cent.
    But such are the inconvenient truths to which those “deniers” at The Guardian will remain determined to shut their eyes until the world freezes over.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11778376/The-real-deniers-in-the-climate-change-debate-are-the-warmists.html

    31 July: Discovery: Patrick J. Kiger: Does Global Warming Actually Increase Antarctic Sea Ice?
    People who insist that climate change isn’t happening often try to disprove it by pointing to what they see as contradictory phenomena. One example is the ***oft-repeated claim (LINK) that there hasn’t been any global warming over the past 17 years, despite rising C02 levels. But one of their most visually compelling arguments has centered upon Antarctic sea ice, which expanded to reach record levels in 2014. If the planet really is warming, they ask, then shouldn’t the ice in the southern ocean be melting?..
    But now, in a new, not-yet-published paper, James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and colleagues push back even harder. They argue that the increase in Antarctic sea ice not only doesn’t refute climate change, but actually is caused by warming.
    “Our climate model exposes amplifying feedbacks in the Southern Ocean that slow Antarctic bottom water formation and increase ocean temperature near ice shelf grounding lines, while cooling the surface ocean and increasing sea ice cover and water column stability,” the scientists argue in the abstract for the paper, which is undergoing review for publication in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics…
    Hansen told the Washington Post that the Antarctic ice expansion trend will continue, along with ice sheet melt. But that acceleration actually will be a sign that climate change is worsening.
    “It will be clearer, give us a few more years,” Hansen told the Post.
    http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/does-global-warming-actually-increase-antarctic-sea-ice-150731.htm

    the ***oft-repeated claim (LINK) re the pause is to 20 March Tampa Bay Times Politifact “Ted Cruz’s world’s on fire, but not for the last 17 years” which states:

    “Cruz does have a point: There hasn’t been any significant warming over the past 17 years. However, the scientific mainstream counters that it’s misleading for climate change skeptics to assume this flat trend line will continue indefinitely, or that it negates the long-term likelihood of global warming”

    “And many scientists fully expect warming to pick up again, though there is less agreement on exactly when that will start”

    “Cruz does have a point: There’s been little global temperature change since 1998, and the temperatures measured are lower than what many computer models had predicted.”

    but concludes:

    “Cruz’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, so we rate it Mostly False.”

    [Pat: Can you check the quotes in the press release (?) for Hansen’s “not-yet-published” new article about the Antarctic sea ice record high extents? It doesn’t read properly nor logically – which might be what was actually in the press release anyway. .mod]

  148. I was reading a Smithsonian Global Warming book written by Seymour Simon to my child this evening. I’m teaching him to read and think critically. There were two juxtaposed pictures of Grinnell Glacier to support its tragic reality. The book was written in 2010, so along with the 1957 photo, a 2004 picture was used. I was interested in how it looked today. The NASA Earth Observatory and Wikipedia also have pictorial demonstrations of the glaciers tragic retreat, but no images beyond 2008. Interesting. So I went to the present day satellite images and Whoa!

    http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=48.751667,-113.7275&z=13&t=H&marker0=48.751667,-113.7275,Grinnell%20Glacier

    The Glacier National Park brochure supports the alarmist claim by stating on page 14 that in a few decades the remnants of the remaining 25 [of original 150 glaciers] will be gone. Wow, Depressing.
    http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/upload/WGG-Final-Print-WEB.pdf

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=43942

    Glaciers growing don’t seem to be as interesting as when they’re shrinking.

    • I came on this site tonight to comment on Dr. kaku’s emotional plea to believe in global warming, and I saw your post and I want to comment. The glaciers of Glacier Park Montana are clearly melting, but check out the link below and you will find an interesting twist to the melting – those glaciers have only existed for 3,000 years. They are NOT remnants of the ice age. The Earth was clearly warmer about 4,000 years ago. Then we had a cool period and are now coming out of that cool period, at least we were up to a few years ago. http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/glac/

      • My observation was the strategic use of photos that only show a diminishing state. Grinnell is shown to be becoming an ever growing blue lake, but the images I’ve found on a few sites of its 2015 state show it choked with ice and nearly frozen solid. Placing a 2015 image next to the 2008 picture on USGS and Wikipedia sites would not make one resonate so strong with the call to arms.

  149. I was listening to Dr. Michio Kaku on the radio tonight. He is considered to be a near genius scientist and he has his own nationally syndicated radio show. I find him quite interesting and informative. But on tonight’s show, not so much. Dr. Kaku, who typically talks in concrete factual precise unquestionable logical terms, went wobbly on us tonight when he decided to tackle global warming. You have to hear his emotional anecdotal pleas to believe it!!! Paraphrasing: “oh, a submarine surfaced in the arctic in the 50’s and found the arctic ocean ice to be thick than today”, “oh the weather/climate is clearly changing and if you can’t see that you are not looking”.. “The temperature and weather extremes have clearly spiked in the past 50 years”. Get the point? Mr. Fact turned into Mr. Emotion to try and convince us that mankind is having a major influence on the climate. Sorry to say Dr. Kaku, I see no change in the climate and my local weather records back me up on that and I see no hurricanes in the Atlantic and I also see nothing that was predicted 15 years ago to be happening today. I think our fine Dr. K is running some interference for some dear close friends of his in the science community who need this hoax to continue so as to pay their big mortgages and boat payments. Dr. Kaku is either a shill or not as smart and informed as he is billed.

  150. mod – not sure what u wanted me to find.

    earlier in the comments is the link to “27 July: WaPo: Chris Mooney: Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments”

    the following has the link to the paper:

    20 July: WaPo: Chris Mooney: The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future
    Joby Warrick contributed to this report.
    This story has been updated. The new paper by Hansen and colleagues can be read online here (LINK).
    (Because the work is undergoing a public peer review, we solicited comments on the paper from five prominent climate and ice sheet scientists — their varying reactions are quoted more extensively below. )…
    (Michael Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf, Kevin Trenberth, Richard Alley, Michael Oppenheimer) ETC
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/20/the-worlds-most-famous-climate-scientist-just-outlined-an-alarming-scenario-for-our-planets-future/

    there was also this:

    24 July: The Conversation: Kevin Trenberth: Study predicts multi-meter sea level rise this century, but not everyone agrees
    http://theconversation.com/study-predicts-multi-meter-sea-level-rise-this-century-but-not-everyone-agrees-45139

  151. 1 Aug: NYT: Fernanda Santos: Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season
    Officials are warning about the potential for more catastrophe in the months ahead, as drought, heat and climate change leave the landscape ever thirstier
    “Our fire season started a month ahead, our crops matured weeks ahead and the dry weather we usually get in August, we’ve had since May,” said Peter J. Goldmark, Washington’s commissioner of public lands. Walking along the edge of the Blue Creek fire, burning near the Oregon-Washington border, he added, “By heavens, if this isn’t a sign of climate change, then what is climate change going to bring?”…
    But the West’s stubborn drought seems to be especially devastating the farther north it reaches. In Alaska, 399 fires burned in June. That was nearly double the number seen in the same month in 2004 — considered to have been the state’s worst fire year on record…
    It is all part of an extensive nationwide scorching. About 63,312 wildfires destroyed 3.6 million acres of land across the country last year, at a cost of $1.52 billion to fight the fires.
    Early projections have placed this year’s cost even higher, at up to $2.1 billion, well beyond the $1.5 billion set aside by the federal Interior and Agriculture Departments, which administer more than 600 million acres of public lands.
    The Obama administration has asked Congress to place wildfires in the same category as hurricanes and floods, with a dedicated disaster fund to pay for their suppression…
    The Republican leadership in Congress has yet to endorse any of the proposals…
    Between 2005 and 2014, the average number of fires that burned more than 100,000 acres — known as “megafires” — increased to 9.8 per year, up from fewer than one a year before 1995, according to statistics compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center, a multiagency logistical hub in Boise, Idaho.
    One reason, ecologists and historians say, is the well-established link between big fires and the steady loss of moisture in forests from higher temperatures brought on by climate change…
    Correction: August 2, 2015
    An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of land in the United States that was destroyed by wildfires last year. It is 3.6 million acres, not 3.6 billion.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/dry-days-in-west-bring-ferocious-start-to-fire-season.html?_r=0

    About the writer from the NYT link: Fernanda Santos covers Arizona and New Mexico as the Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times. She was previously based in New York, where she covered the New York City public school system; Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s City Hall; Queens, New York City’s most ethnically diverse borough; and the rural and suburban communities of New York State.
    Ms. Santos holds a bachelor’s degree in social communications from Pontifícia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her home country, and a master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University.
    She came to the United States in 1998 and, prior to joining The Times, she worked at The Republican in Springfield, Mass.; The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass.; The Daily News of New York; and People Magazine…etc

  152. 2 Aug: ABC Australia: Blue Mountains bushfire being treated as ‘suspicious’ by NSW Rural Fire Service
    The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is treating a bushfire in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, as suspicious…
    RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said it may be a number of days before the cause of the fire was known.
    “Given the absence of any natural causes, we are treating the fire as suspicious,” Mr Shepherd said.
    “Not necessarily deliberately lit, there is word that this area is quite common with campers so we have to rule things out like escaped campfires.”…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-02/blue-mountains-bushfire-being-treated-as-suspicious-by-rfs/6666494

    latest from the Fire Service:

    NSW Regional Fire Service: Watch and Act – Hordern Rd, Wentworth Falls (Blue Mountains LGA) 2015-08-02
    Posted: 2015-08-02 14:44
    The fire at Wentworth Falls continues to burn in inaccessible bushland, and is being fanned by gusty winds. There is no immediate threat to homes…
    Firefighters are on standby near homes on the southern side of Wentworth Falls in case the fire burns towards properties…
    Crews are taking advantage of breaks in the weather to conduct backburning on the southern end of Tableland Rd. Residents will notice an increase of fire activity as a result of this work. Light rain has fallen across the fire ground however it is not enough to extinguish the fire…
    http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates/mfu?id=359

  153. 1 Aug: Vanity Fair: Bill Nye Reading Mean Tweets Says Everything About Climate Change Deniers
    The Science Guy has a lot of haters.
    by Melissa Locker
    Bill Nye is a glutton for punishment, apparently. The Internet’s favorite Science Guy (well, perhaps second favorite since Neil DeGrasse Tyson took the time to explain the ending of Interstellar to us mere mortals) engaged in the ultimate Internet trial-by-fire—reading mean tweets about himself on camera.
    The stunt was to help raise awareness for a new fan-made documentary called the Bill Nye Film, which is in the midst of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. To help further the cause of making a film about himself, Nye opened up his Twitter feed and read the harshest tweets he could find—and there were some incredibly mean ones in the mix.
    While most of the tweets were from climate change deniers and people who took issue with his defense of evolution as more than just a theory, others had some strong feelings about Nye’s very existence…
    Nye stood his ground against the climate change and evolution deniers, though…
    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/08/bill-nye-reading-mean-tweets-climate-change-deniers

    re the writer: i see online that Melissa writes or has written for The Guardian, Vice, Time, Rolling Stone, Fortune, CNN, Salon, etc. on every subject under the sun. very versatile.

  154. i can only wish Bill Nye as much success as other pretentious CAGW efforts, such as the June release, “The Yes Men are Revolting”.

    despite “Mike Bonanno” getting a whole segment on Max Keiser’s “Keiser Report” in June, and reviews in WaPo, NYT, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Vogue, Variety, Hollywood Reporter on Desmog, & more, here is the result:

    MOJO Box Office: The Yes Men Are Revolting (Documentary)
    Domestic Total as of Jul. 30, 2015: $50,190
    Release Date: June 12, 2015
    Widest Release: 20 theaters
    Genre: Documentary – Political
    Actors:Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=theyesmenarerevolting.htm

    19 June: Chicago Tribune: Dennis Harvey, Variety: ‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ review: Climate change agitators
    The further adventures of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno – not that those are necessarily their real names – are chronicled in “The Yes Men Are Revolting.”
    The prankster activists here turn their imaginative shaming schemes toward those corporations and governments doing little to address (when they’re not actively enabling) the escalating global-warming crisis…
    Bonanno moves with his family to Scotland, while Bichlbaum gets involved with Greenpeace in a very Yes Men-style prank, calling out Shell Oil’s drilling plans in fragile Arctic regions…
    The movie ends with their infiltration of a homeland security conference, where they succeed in
    getting attendees to stand in a circle singing and dancing an ersatz Native American song – suggesting even a roomful of defense contractors might think the time is ripe for us to downsize fossil-fuel dependence and raise our use
    of renewable energies…
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-yes-men-are-revolting-review-movie-20150618-story.html

    from WaPo review: “For the first time in three movies, Bichlbaum and Bonanno admit (sort of) that their real real names are Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos, respectively…”

    from their respective Wikipedia pages:

    Servin is a professor at Parsons the New School for Design.(Wikipedia) The New School’s Parsons School of Design (known colloquially as Parsons) is a private art and design college located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. It is one of the seven colleges of The New School (Wikipedia). The New School is a university in New York City, United States,
    located mostly in Greenwich Village. From its founding in 1919 by progressive New York educators, and for most of its history, the university
    was known as the The New School for Social Research. (Wikipedia).

    Igor Vamos is an associate professor of media arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Wikipedia) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, with two additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton for the “application of science to the common purposes of life” and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. (Wikipedia)

  155. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/073115-764563-epa-regulatory-siege-is-hamstringing-the-economy.htm

    EPA’s Hiring Binge Shows Why It Should Be Cut

    Barack Obama’s EPA has announced it will try to hire 800 new regulators over the next several months. The goal, reports the newsletter Energy & Environment, is for the EPA to “add eight new hires a day for three months.” It just goes to show there’s no jobs recession in Washington, D.C.

    – What? Only 800 new regulators? ‘Yesterday I didn’t even know what a regulator was, and now I are one’,
    or perhaps the title for a new Arnie movie: The Regulator

  156. Regarding Pat, I’d prefer it if you would not put entire stories here from other sources. Just relevant excerpts. Reposting entire stories is a copyright issue.

  157. Anthony – understood. will reduce the number of excerpts, but i don’t post entire articles.

    the President says this is not opinion, it’s fact. we can see it & we can feel it – hotter summers, rising sea levels, extreme weather events….etc etc

    President Obama Sends “Memo to America” on “Our Planet”

  158. Here is a paper that has been very mysteriously dropped from the review process at the last minute. The authors are self-publishing and asking for review. This is the letter that one Author has written asking for such.

    “My name is Ben Davidson. I produce an daily online video report on the sun and earth, and have provided that
    daily report online every day (weekends and holidays included) since fall of 2011. There are over 235,000
    subscribers to our reports but they are not passive; we act as a unit­ searching, thinking, and sharing. It is a very
    rewarding experience for a science enthusiast, especially when the dedication and careful observations bare fruit.
    Since December 2, 2013 I have been working towards the publication of a study on how the solar polar magnetic
    fields trigger large earthquakes. Until July 22, 2015, I believed that this manuscript was going to be published in
    Earthquake Science by Springer (EQS), but that hope has faded under odd circumstances. My co­authors, Dr.
    Christopher Holloman and Dr. Kongpop U­yen, and I have expended much effort to bring this manuscript
    together, and it is my hope that you will take some time to review it and provide comment.
    Brief Timeline of Events: In the Jan 1, 2014 daily report I first hypothesized the dependence of M8+ earthquakes
    on variations in the solar polar fields. From Feb­July of 2014, the Ohio State University Statistical Consulting
    Service took the hypothesis and turned it into a mathematical algorithm. Result: extremes­in­magnetism and
    magnetic reversals of the solar poles proliferate M8+ seismicity. On Dec 2, 2014, we submitted a manuscript to
    EQS. On Feb 12, 2015 we received comments about the order of paragraphs and some terminology changes, but
    with a “recommendation for publication” after “minor revisions.” The window for submitting a revision was to be
    open for two weeks ­ but was mistakenly closed after only a few days. After a week of emails back and forth it
    was re­opened and we successfully submitted the revisions on March 2. According to the status updates from
    EQS, review took 3 weeks but then proceeded to go from “Awaiting Decision” back into review, twice.
    After 4+ months and two apologies for ‘unreasonable delay’ we finally received another request for revisions on
    July 7. We were actually encouraged; each commenting reviewer expressly acknowledged the validity of the
    relationship, but wanted yet more terminology changes or more focus on the statistics or more discussion. The
    revision was due before July 22. On July 21 we submitted the revision and received email confirmation from EQS
    that it was successfully submitted.
    At 12:02am (Eastern) on July 22, two minutes after the deadline, we received an email from EQS requesting that
    we upload a PDF version of our manuscript. Their system auto­generates PDFs and HTML files from the
    WodDoc files that authors upload; my WordDoc and theHTML file generated by their system were perfect, but
    the PDF generated by their system was difficult to read. At 2:20am, less than 140 minutes later, our manuscript
    was removed from consideration for lack of completing the re­upload, and our access to the system was revokedall
    while we slept. We received no final review or official decision. After more than 10 days of requesting
    remediation from EQS, I have recieved no reply and am still locked out of my account; I have decided to
    self­publish the manuscript. A rejected manuscript would have been one thing­ this was different.
    On behalf of my co­authors and 235,000+ science enthusiasts­ will you review this manuscript?
    Ben Davidson
    Director, The Mobile Observatory Project; Founder, SpaceWeatherNews.com & Suspicious0bservers.org
    Ben@ObservatoryProject.com

    And here’s the link to the unpiblished paper as well as their models.

    http://spaceweathernews.com/spf/

  159. Here’s one for “technology and other puzzling stuff.”
    http://www.people.com/article/hitchbot-robot-vandalized-in-philadelphia

    Hitchbot got decapitated in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. I don’t think it was a robot hate crime.

    This seems to be random vandalism or theft – bust Hitchbot up for kicks or maybe sell the head for dope money – but if we, the USA and other developed countries, become highly automated due to rising labor cost, will robots become targets out of hatred or just plain ol’ worth some money for scrap parts? Copper is highly targeted by thieves right now. If robots become ubiquitous, will they be targeted by the metal scavengers?

    As we transition to more robots and more human-like robots, how will it play out with humans? A lot of sci-fi was written about this years ago, but we’re approaching the real thing now. The Hitchbot experiment and the Philadelphia incident may be a glimpse of the very near future.

    • ?Do you mean this?

      Historically unprecedented global glacier decline in the early 21st century

      http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/igsoc/jog/pre-prints/content-ings_jog_15j017

      Abstract:
      Observations show that glaciers around the world are in retreat and losing mass. Internationally coordinated for over a century, glacier monitoring activities provide an unprecedented dataset of glacier observations from ground, air and space. Glacier studies generally select specific parts of these datasets to obtain optimal assessments of the mass-balance data relating to the impact that glaciers exercise on global sea-level fluctuations or on regional runoff. In this study we provide an overview and analysis of the main observational datasets compiled by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS). The dataset on glacier front variations (~42 000 since 1600) delivers clear evidence that centennial glacier retreat is a global phenomenon. Intermittent readvance periods at regional and decadal scale are normally restricted to a subsample of glaciers and have not come close to achieving the maximum positions of the Little Ice Age (or Holocene). Glaciological and geodetic observations (~5200 since 1850) show that the rates of early 21st-century mass loss are without precedent on a global scale, at least for the time period observed and probably also for recorded history, as indicated also in reconstructions from written and illustrated documents. This strong imbalance implies that glaciers in many regions will very likely suffer further ice loss, even if climate remains stable.

      Source: Journal of Glaciology
      Publisher: International Glaciological Society

      It is open access, download is free. That’s laudable.

  160. This just in from NASA: “El Niño contributes only six percent to California’s precipitation variability and is one factor among other, more random effects that influence how much rainfall the state receives. While it’s more likely El Niño increases precipitation in California, it’s still possible it will have no, or even a drying, effect.”

    “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which monitors El Niño events, ranks [the current event] as the third strongest in the past 65 years for May and June. Still, it will likely take several years of higher-than-normal rain and snowfall to recover from the current drought.”

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4673

  161. ***an anomaly!

    3 Aug: VOCM,Newfoundland: Cold, Wet July All Bermuda’s Fault
    The coldest July on record in the St. John’s area may have been because of the absence of a traditional high pressure system which would normally sit over Bermuda this time of year, giving us those warm southwesterly winds…
    The average daily high for the entire month was 15.8, the coldest ever. The average daily temperature was 12.2. Only five times did we achieve 20 degrees and only once did the mercury hit 25; in fact, 40 per cent of July saw temperatures in the single digits.
    Provincial Airlines and Aerospace meteorologist Brian Walsh notes that July 2014 was the hottest month ever, so he suspects this year was ***an anomaly.
    http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=56457&latest=1

    3 Aug: BBC: Cold, wet and gloomy July weather for Northern Ireland
    Last month was the coldest July since 1993 with an average temperature of 13.4C…
    But just two weeks later Katesbridge in County Down recorded the UK’s lowest temperature in July, a chilly -0.6C.
    That was the fourth lowest July temperature on record for Northern Ireland…
    A number of weather stations also set new individual records for the lowest average July temperatures including…etc
    Thomastown set a new individual record for the lowest amount of sunshine.
    It recorded just 87 hours of sun for the whole of July, down from an average of 139 hours.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-33757981

    in the Bangor Daily News, Judy Harrison has: Brrr … 2015 Bangor’s coldest year on record
    The National Weather Service has confirmed what residents of the Queen City have been saying for weeks — 2015 is the coldest on record for the city…

  162. pdf: 29 pages: TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD: THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    30. We acknowledge that the UNFCCC is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. We are determined to address decisively the threat posed by climate change and environmental degradation. The global nature of climate change calls for the widest possible international cooperation aimed at accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and addressing adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change. We note with grave concern the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties’ mitigation pledges in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with having a likely chance of holding the increase in global average temperature below 2 °C or 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
    31. Looking ahead to the COP21 conference in Paris in December, we underscore the commitment of all States to work for an ambitious and universal climate agreement. We reaffirm that the protocol, another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties shall address in a balanced manner, inter alia, mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, and transparency of action and support…
    74. Follow-up and review processes at all levels will be guided by the following principles:
    a. They will be voluntary and country-led, will take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and will respect policy space and priorities…
    https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7891TRANSFORMING%20OUR%20WORLD.pdf#page=8&zoom=auto,-14,159

    2 Aug: Reuters: Michelle Nichols: U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda
    There was a standing ovation and cheering by diplomats when the agenda was agreed…
    The new Sustainable Development Goals will aim to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty, reduce inequality within and between states, achieve gender equality, improve water management and energy, and take urgent action to combat climate change.
    ***Meeting the goals would cost between $3.3 trillion and $4.5 trillion a year in state spending, investment and aid, analysts say, an amount roughly equivalent to the United States 2016 federal budget of $3.8 trillion…
    Pope Francis will address the United Nations before the summit starts.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/02/us-un-development-goals-idUSKCN0Q70XX20150802

  163. reality. a must-read:

    3 Aug: Financial Times Blog: Nick Butler: The reports are false – coal burns on
    Casual readers of the media coverage of the energy business could be forgiven for getting the impression that the coal industry is on its last legs. “Coal is dying and it’s never coming back”; “King Coal’s stages of grief”; “The noose tightening on the coal industry”. Those are typical headlines from the past few weeks…
    This sense of an industry in decline is reinforced by the rhetoric of the campaigns advocating disinvestment from fossil fuels in general and coal in particular. If you have Oxford University, Michael Bloomberg and the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund against you what hope can there be? The impression of an industry in terminal decline does not, however, quite reflect the reality. Reports of the death of coal owe more to wishful thinking than to any analysis of what is actually happening.
    The coal industry is growing. Demand was up last year despite the slowdown in China, and globally almost 30 per cent higher than a decade ago. Coal will soon (perhaps as soon as next year) overtake oil as the world’s most substantial single source of energy, regaining some of the market share it has lost to oil and gas over the last half century.
    The first era of coal began with the industrial revolution and extended through the 19th century, thanks to the development of railways and shipping across the world. The second era has its origins in the economic transformation of China which began in the last two decades of the last century, followed now by that of India. The next 50 years are likely to see more coal burnt than in the whole of the 20th century…READ ALL
    http://blogs.ft.com/nick-butler/2015/08/03/coal-burns-on/

  164. Your posts on Arctic Sea Ice seem few and far between this summer. I can hardly blame you, for watching ice melt is a bit like watching paint dry, without the interesting hallucinations caused by inhaling paint fumes. However a post now and again would be welcome, for the subject does generate lively discussions, and some interesting stuff is going on up there.

    https://sunriseswansong.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/arctic-sea-ice-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be/

    • Your posts on Arctic Sea Ice seem few and far between this summer. I can hardly blame you, for watching ice melt is a bit like watching paint dry, without the interesting hallucinations caused by inhaling paint fumes.

      True, true. We are working on them. Thank you for the reminder.

  165. Hi Anthony,

    I was doing a search on the ICCC, and was shocked at how difficult it was to find the actual website, as it was more than 30th out. I then typed in ICCC conference and started searching each of the conferences that came up separately. I found that all but one of these conferences received significantly less search results than the International Conference on Climate Change, but were still ahead of the International Conference on Climate Change in the search results.

    I then came across this article…. (on google ironically)
    https://talkingabouttheweather.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/google-gate/

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…… Coincidence?

    Svet

  166. Since you featured my work on your blog last year – “Death blow to Barycentrism: ‘On the alleged coherence between the global temperature and the sun’s movement’” (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/03/11/death-blow-to-barycentrism-on-the-alleged-coherence-between-the-global-temperature-and-the-suns-movement/), I just wanted to make you aware that the software for that study in J. Atmos. Solar-Terrestr. Phys., April 2014 as well as a follow-up study in Astrophys. Space Sci., May 2015, now is available: http://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/english/people/aca/sverre/climate.html

  167. Hi,
    Fun factor you can have some fun with.

    If you search for the history o roofing, you’ll discover Mammoth hides were perfectly suited to the task in Siberia 50k years ago.

    Good source of protein and a logical hunter gatherer building resource.

    I had to laugh at the obvious factor, did humans “kill” Mammoths ; )

  168. speaking of Bill Nye The Science Clown here he is in a AGW/CC propaganda video for kids …sponsored by General Electric:

    and here’s an article on GE’s natural gas plants Vs the competition’s coal plants:

    http://www.energyandcapital.com/articles/general-electric-nysege-shifting-into-natural-gas-power/4888

    “And companies like General Electric (NYSE: GE) are making the switch as we speak, while coal plants are shutting down and natural gas plants are expanding.”

    “The United States currently gets 30% of its electricity from natural gas power plants, and could be getting 50% there by 2035.”

  169. About a skinny Polar Bear

    I found an article in the “Northern Californian” – a new one for me. This prompted me to send a note to Susan Crockford.
    I thought I’d send it along to WUWT because she may be out someplace. Anyway, the last few postings she has made refute the lack of ice. Maybe the ice near Norway’s Svalbard Islands is low but that hardly means Arctic sea ice is vanishing– as the title states.

    My note to her:

    Hi Susan,

    I found a link and read about Ian Stirling seeing a skinny Polar Bear holding its breath for 3 minutes. All is gloom and doom according to this and seems totally at odds with actual facts. Except that he may have seen a skinny bear.

    Thought you might be interested.

    http://northerncalifornian.com/content/51585-researcher-canada-observes-polar-bear-holding-its-breath-three-minutes-arctic-sea-ice

    Best,

    John F. Hultquist – Dry-side John
    near Ellensburg, Wash.

  170. 31 July: Los Angeles Daily News: Laurel Rosenhall: Why hasn’t California’s
    cap and trade pollution program been a model for US?
    It was mid-morning one day in May and somewhere deep inside a 25-story tower in Sacramento, an auction, cloaked in secrecy, was about to begin.
    There was no gavel pounding. No shouting. No frenzy of traders running
    around.
    Instead, an unknown number of state workers surrendered their cell phones, and took positions monitoring computer screens inside the building that
    houses California’s environmental agencies. Across the world, traders logged in, poised to buy permits that allow businesses in California to emit the
    kind of pollution responsible for global warming.
    Four hours later, the auction was over and California state government was $626 million richer.
    That’s the state’s cap and trade program at work…
    How many staff monitor the online auctions? Which companies bought the permits? State officials won’t say. Making too much information public, they say, could compromise the integrity of the quarterly auctions…
    “The environmental community said, ‘Look, the reason why this has to be the most progressive bill is because once California passes a law, all of these other states are going to follow suit. All of them,'” Nunez said in a recent interview.
    “The irony of this is that once the law passed in California, no one followed suit. No one.”…
    “It’s a regressive tax,” said Morning Star spokesman Nick Kastle, as he led a tour through a Los Banos processing plant…
    “The only link in that chain who can’t pass it on is the consumer,” Kastle said. “That is the person who bears all the additional costs.” …
    http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20150731/why-hasnt-californias-cap-and-trade-pollution-program-been-a-model-for-us

  171. There appears to be a difference in arctic ice as reported by the DMI and Cryosphere Today. The Antarctic ice extent also seems to be similarly affected but, there is nothing to compare the Cryosphere Today numbers to. Has Cryosphere Today or DMI changed their methodology, when it comes to reporting average ice extent or is this an artifact of the different methods or have I just been too drunk lately to notice?

    Regards

  172. ABC Australia receives more than $1 billion a year from the taxpayers, but always seems thrilled when economic activity is stalled. perhaps ABC should be shut down:

    5 Aug: ABC: Approval of Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin ruled invalid by Federal Court
    The approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland has been declared invalid by the Federal Court because of a bureaucratic bungle over two vulnerable species…
    The approval was set aside by the court after it was found Environment Minister Greg Hunt had not properly considered advice about the yakka skink and the ornamental snake…
    Adani said it was committed to ensuring its mine, rail and port projects in Queensland are developed, and complied with environmental conditions.
    “It should be noted the approval did include appropriate conditions to manage the species protection of the yakka skink and ornamental snake,” it said.
    “However, we have been advised that, because certain documents were not presented by the Department in finalising the approval, it created a technical legal vulnerability that is better to address now…
    Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said “legal loopholes” had paved the way for anti-coal activists to delay billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs…
    Mr Roche said Mr Hunt should be able to quickly sort it out…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-05/federal-court-overturns-approval-of-adanis-carmichael-coal-mine/6673734

  173. Anthony,

    The Journal of Petroleum Technology, a publication of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, have released a new film entitled “Switch” which is a pragmatic view of world energy requirements from our perspective. I am a fully paid up member of the SPE and have been for 20 years. My view of the article that introduces the film is that it provides a proper balanced argument to the asinine statements of the G7 for decarbonisation of the world’s energy sources by 2100. I would strongly recommend giving the article an airing on your invaluable website as a full article.

    http://www.spe.org/jpt/article/752-switch-the-new-documentary-on-energys-future-2/

    best regards

    Andy Deady (AleaJactaEst)

  174. Old topic — temperature measurements

    Capital Weather Gang
    Is D.C.’s weather station reading way too hot?
    By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston August 5 at 12:11 PM

    Sample quote:
    A Web site that analyzes Reagan National’s temperatures compared to neighboring sites concluded they have been reading 2.6 degrees warmer than expected over the past year and “are not within an acceptable error range.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/08/05/is-washington-d-c-s-official-temperature-station-reading-way-too-hot/?wpisrc=nl_buzz

  175. not picked up by MSM around the world, as is often the case with CO2 fraud:

    25 July: Reuters: German prosecutor to charge eight Deutsche Bank staff in carbon tax case -Spiegel
    Frankfurt’s chief prosecutor will accuse them of securing fees and bonuses from participating in a carbon emission certificate scam that resulted in tax evasion worth 136 million euros ($149 million), the magazine reported.
    At least 14 people have been jailed in three countries so far for their involvement in carbon trading VAT fraud. European police agency Europol has estimated such crime has cost taxpayers more than 5 billion euros in lost revenue since 2008…
    A spokesperson for Deutsche Bank, contacted by Reuters, said that the bank’s investigation into CO2-related matters was continuing. “We are cooperating with the relevant authorities.”…READ ON
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/25/deutschebank-carbon-idUSL5N10505H20150725

  176. 5 Aug: Redd-Monitor: Chris Lang: Modern slavery found in RSPO member Felda Global Ventures’ oil palm plantations
    The destruction of forests caused by the massive expansion of industrial oil palm plantations is well known, as is the impact on local communities, biodiversity and orangutans.
    But according to WWF, we can carry on our over-consumption of palm oil. “The good news is that it can be produced in an environmentally responsible manner so you don’t have to give up these products,” WWF tells us on its website.
    WWF explains that we can help by buying products containing palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) scheme…
    But an article published last week (LINK) in the Wall Street Journal exposes human trafficking, withholding of wages, and forced labour on oil palm plantations in Malaysia. The plantations belong to a company called Felda Global Ventures, a semi-autonomous company set up by Malaysia’s government. Felda Global Ventures has been a member of the RSPO since 2004…
    http://www.redd-monitor.org/2015/08/05/modern-slavery-found-in-rspo-member-felda-global-ventures-oil-palm-plantations/

    23 July: Redd-Monitor: Chris Lang: WWF scandal (part 6): Evictions of indigenous peoples in India for tiger tourism
    French TV channel Canal Plus recently broadcast an investigation into mass tourism company Nouvelles Frontieres. The programme includes a visit to the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh state in India.
    Canal Plus reports that at least 22,000 people have been evicted from three tiger reserves on Nouvelles Frontieres’ tour, about half of them from Kanha. Indigenous peoples are kicked out of the tiger reserve, but tourists are welcomed.
    Here’s the Canal Plus documentary (in French)…
    WWF provides infrastructural support, training and equipment for staff in Kanha Tiger Reserve. WWF’s panda logo is displayed at the entrance to the reserve…READ ON
    CHECK THE COMMENT
    http://www.redd-monitor.org/2015/07/23/wwf-scandal-part-6-evictions-of-indigenous-peoples-in-india-for-tiger-tourism/

  177. who the hell is advising the CAGW Pope this time?

    6 Aug: UK Daily Mail: Snejana Farberov: Pope invites Oprah, Matt Damon and Ari Emanuel to the Vatican to help improve Catholic Church’s image in the (western) media
    Producer Brian Grazer and media mogul David Geffen are also on the list of invitees
    Emanuel, 54, the younger brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, will be joined at the audience by his colleague at William Morris Endeavor talent agency Patrick Whitesell, according to The Hollywood Reporter…
    Pope Francis’ keen interest in entertainment may come as a surprise to many considering that in a May, the 78-year-old leader of the billion-strong
    Catholic Church told an Argentine newspaper that he has not watched TV in 25 years…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3186406/Pope-invites-Oprah-Matt-Damon-Ari-Emanuel-Vatican-help-improve-Catholic-Church-s-image-media.html

    from Hollywood Reporter link at Daily Mail: “The Vatican, which is said to be working with the nonprofit Varkey Foundation, came up with a list of Hollywood players to invite to a summit of sorts.”

    from Wikipedia: The Varkey Foundation, formerly known as the Varkey GEMS Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education.

    4 Aug: Arabian Business: Bill Clinton paid $5.6m by Dubai’s GEMS to front charity arm
    Clinton, who served as 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, was appointed honorary chairman of the Varkey GEMS Foundation in December 2010…
    READ ON, INCL COMMENTS
    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/bill-clinton-paid-5-6m-by-dubai-s-gems-front-charity-arm-601472.html

  178. Looks like more trouble ahead for the German push for Renewable energy.

    http://www.politico.eu/article/strong-winds-in-germany-a-problem-in-central-europe/

    ”The struggle shows how the drive toward more renewables, combined with outdated infrastructure and inconsistent cooperation within the EU, is having unintended consequences.

    “In the past, with coal and nuclear power plants, the power system was extremely predictable. Now, with ever more renewable energy coming online, the system isn’t as predictable anymore, which can cause challenges also for the single market debate,” said Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera, a senior associate with German think tank Agora Energiewende.

    “We have been telling that to the Germans, ‘Increase your transmission system, or we will shut you off’,” an EU diplomat said at a briefing in Brussels recently.”

  179. You can become a “Climate Reality Leader” with some training in Miami and become part of Al Gore’s team!

    Dear Mary,

    Every global movement needs a leader. Someone to inspire the rest of the community to take action. And with the movement to stop climate crisis, we need many leaders.

    This week the movement made enormous progress when the United States finalized the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the most significant climate initiative the US has ever taken. This is a big step forward to address climate change here in America – but the fight goes well beyond US borders.

    We still face a major global challenge in educating communities on how climate change is affecting our planet and our lives.

    This is a solvable challenge. But we need the help of leaders like you.

    Join us and our chairman, former US Vice President Al Gore, in this effort by becoming a Climate Reality Leader in Miami, FL on September 28-30, 2015. Miami is on the front lines of climate change, with rising sea levels and catastrophic weather disasters hitting the city harder than ever before.

    Over a three-day training session, you’ll network with global leaders, learn from influential experts in climate science and sustainability, and hear from groundbreaking grassroots organizers and social activists.

    You’ll join the thousands of Climate Reality Leaders who play an instrumental role in spreading an important message and fighting climate change in over 100 countries.

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  180. Just got this from RMI:
    http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_08_04_five_things_to_know_about_obamas_clean_power_plan

    This section is interesting, makes no sense whatsoever.

    THE FINAL VERSION OF THE RULE ALSO LEFT SOME ISSUES UNRESOLVED
    The original CPP overestimates the amount of electricity that people will need from central generation plants. Future demand projections were based on government forecasts that use, among other sources, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). However, the EIA projects sales will grow at 0.78% over the years 2012–2040, when the observed average growth rate in the nine years since 2005 has actually been 0.17%. In fact, the EIA has consistently over-estimated demand growth each year since 2005. This is problematic because higher demand will drive more investment in central thermal capacity (likely natural gas), locking the grid even more into fossil resources.

  181. Just because it’s cool. This is a short series of pictures from the EPIC camera on DISCOVR. It shows the moon transiting the earth as seen from L1.

    On a personal note, my Wife built the camera.

  182. 6 Aug: Bloomberg: Democrats’ Walkout Fails to Stop Measure Blocking Obama Climate Rules
    While the Obama administration has pledged to veto any of these bills, Inhofe, who calls global warming a hoax, said he will continue his fight and seek the Democratic votes to override a veto.
    “You gotta try,” Inhofe told reporters. “Whether we pick up enough votes to do that, I don’t know.”…
    During consideration of Capito’s measure, Democrats introduced amendments about climate change, which the regulation is aimed at combating. One would have stipulated that the climate is changing and humans are the main cause. It failed in a party line vote…
    Climate change “is debatable,” Inhofe said. “We’ve had hearings on this. The science is mixed.”…
    In a separate action, West Virginia and 15 other states Wednesday filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency asking for a delay in implementing the rule, pending the outcome of any legal challenges…
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-05/democrats-exit-senate-hearing-on-bill-to-stop-epa-s-climate-rule

  183. RTCC with a pretty fair report on a program u thought u’d never hear on BBC. includes the almost immediate response to RTCC from BBC re balance!

    6 Aug: RTCC: Ed King: BBC lost at sea as Radio 4 mocks climate change science
    Science drenched with a water pistol as sceptical MPs and weathermen line up to bash Met Office
    This was the week when the BBC took the piss out of the biggest scientific peer reviewed study produced on climate change.
    In the space of 28 minutes it managed – with some elan – to pour scorn on the work of thousands of scientists involved with the UN’s IPCC climate science reports in 2013 and 2014 and rubbish their work, without offering an opposing view.
    It did this rather effectively, masking what was a sustained assault on mainstream science and its warnings of the potentially catastrophic impacts of soaring carbon emissions with a spot of humour.
    The half-hour show in question, presented by Quentin Letts, a Daily Mail columnist and occasional climate sceptic, was expertly produced and edited…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/06/bbc-lost-at-sea-as-radio-4-mocks-climate-change-science/

    link to the program:

    BBC Radio 4: What’s the Point of…? The Met Office
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06418l5

  184. former BBC CAGW alarmist, Richard Black, who is now with ECIU, which he set up, weighs in on the Letts’ BBC Radio 4 program.
    ***LOL – read all:

    5 Aug: Guardian: Richard Black: What’s the point of BBC guidelines when it comes to climate change?
    Fact checking? Based on sound evidence? The latest Radio 4 episode of What’s the point of … the Met Office? not so much ignores the editorial guidelines as burns them to cinders.
    After more than a decade reporting on climate change as a BBC science and environment correspondent, I became rather familiar with the guidelines. They are basically common sense: people should be treated fairly, programmes should be factually accurate, children should be protected, while allowing room for journalism and creativity to flourish..
    ***Climate change has always been a difficult subject for the BBC. The science is complex, with messy uncertainties, and the political stakes are high. As I saw at first hand during my time there, the corporation comes under sustained pressure from various quarters, particularly well-connected contrarians for whom undercutting scientific institutions such as the Met Office is a time-honoured tactic. Nevertheless, the BBC generally does a excellent job, with news correspondents, current affairs presenters and science documentary makers who excel – many of whom would doubtless have helped the makers of What’s the Point, had they been asked…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/05/whats-the-point-of-bbc-editorial-guidelines-climate-change

    Black’s ECIU:

    ECIU Advisory Board
    http://eciu.net/about/advisory-board

    from ECIU Who We Are:

    ECIU…acknowledges the support of the European Climate Foundation, the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the Tellus Mater Foundation, and, from financial year 2015-16, the Climate Change Collaboration.

    from Climate Change Collaboration – About Us

    The Climate Change Collaboration is a group of four Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Trusts are: Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust, Mark Leonard Trust and Tedworth Trust. This group came together in 2011 to support pilot and research projects to find ways of reducing CO2 emissions quickly. Trust executives are Sian Ferguson, Jo Temple and Simon Brammer.

    [“As I saw at first hand during my time there, the corporation comes under sustained pressure from various quarters, particularly well-connected contrarians for whom undercutting scientific institutions such as the Met Office is a time-honoured tactic. ” No prejudiced opinions there, right? .mod]

  185. 6 Aug: Wall St Journal: Nicholas G. Hahn III: The Religion of Climate Change
    Lending the power of the pulpit to the cause of environmental politics
    This teaming up of church and state on environmental issues has become common. On July 25 the recently appointed Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, toured a Catholic school with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The archbishop invited the EPA to monitor archdiocesan power and water usage. “The Archdiocese of Chicago has partnered with the EPA’s Energy Star program, as it works to make its operations more sustainable and efficient,” the pair wrote in an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times.
    Yet the archdiocese might have been trying to save its churches and their religious freedoms, not water. In 2011 Mayor Rahm Emanuel began to phase out an exemption that gave churches free water—a $20.3 million annual bill the city could no longer afford…
    Archbishop Cupich and other spiritual shepherds should be wary of how this administration is conscripting religious institutions. Here’s a small but illustrative example: The EPA recently awarded an $84,000 grant to the University of Michigan to study how 17 faith institutions have organized “sustainability programs,” with the goal of developing workshops for pastors and faith leaders. “The results will provide insights into the role of religion and faith communities in motivating environmental behavior,” the grant said. The real purpose is to figure out how to better use religious leaders as political pawns…READ ON
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-religion-of-climate-change-1438903522

  186. Interesting adjustment upwards of Arctic ice.
    See -http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

    No doubt it will soon be readjusted down ?

  187. REPORT: Al Gore Shoots Down Lewinsky Box Invite

    http://freebeacon.com/blog/al-gore-lewinsky-clinton/

    PARIS — THE turquoise tranquillity of the Côte d’Azur was rocked a couple of times during the Cannes Lions Festival, the advertising world’s rosé-soaked answer to the Cannes Film Festival.

    Al Gore snubbed Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky, who was giving a speech for Ogilvy & Mather about how she became “patient zero” in the cyberbullying epidemic, was slated to sit in a V.I.P. box with the former vice president, who got an award for being a good brand.

    But her invite got yanked.

    The snubbing, Dowd writes, was “a reminder that Gore’s prissy attitude” toward the Lewinsky scandal, and his reluctance to feature Bill Clinton on the campaign trail in 2000, might have cost him the election.

    Dowd also takes issue with the notion that Lewinsky was the first victim of “cyberbullying,” as such.

    Monica’s main bullies were not of the cyber variety. The Internet was just getting up and running. Her chief bullies were flesh and blood, a raffish president and feminist first lady who are now vying to be a feminist president and raffish first lad. They’re the ones who tried to paint her as a “narcissistic looney toon,” as Hillary put it to her friend Diane Blair.

    Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary’s Doberman and email correspondent, led the sliming of Monica as a fantasist and stalker. Hillary’s friends do not regard Monica as a victim, but a predator. They think she let herself in for trouble when she took up with a married president who was a magnet for right-wing bullies.

    Blair’s “looney toon” comments were first reported by the Free Beacon.

    Bill Clinton was a featured speaker at the Cannes Liones Festival. It is not known whether the former president had any interaction with Lewinsky during the event. He did, however, manage to squeeze in a taxpayer-financed shopping spree at French luxury retailer Hermès, an outlet that is currently under fire from animal rights groups for torturing adorable creatures in the name of fashion.

  188. Anthony,

    You are often accused of banning many people from this site. I personally do not believe you do. To ban people you must keep a record of them. How about a publishing a total of people you have banned? You could just give total number or break it down into reasons for the banning. You could add a little feature somewhere that keeps a running count.

    Just a thought.

    Thank you for your attention

    Eugene WR Gallun

  189. 7 Aug: Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: Lawrence Solomon: Anglosphere leads on global warming
    Recognizing its early mistakes, the English-speaking world is abandoning its infatuation with climate change theory.
    As Gallup polls have shown, despite the media hype global warming ranks dead last among the environmental concerns of Americans…
    The second biggest global warming skeptics? The British. The third biggest? Australians…
    http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/lawrence-solomon-anglosphere-leads-on-global-warming

  190. 8 Aug: PuneMirrorIndia: 100 years of climate change
    By Mayuri PhadnisMayuri Phadnis
    The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is working on a model that can predict long-term climate change, over a century. The project, part of the Ministry of Earth Science’s monsoon mission, will go beyond current prediction capabilities. “In India, we didn’t have a model that could predict climate change. This will be the first of its kind,” said Dr R Krishnan, scientist from IITM…
    “We have taken the climate forecast model developed by the US National Centres of Environment Prediction and will develop our own model. In doing so, we will include things like ocean biogeochemistry, aerosol transport, etc. It would help us predict climate change over a long term, up to the end of the 21st century. Using the predictions this model throws up, we could also contribute to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” he added.
    “We are looking to make it suitable to the Indian climate. We are concerned mainly with the vagaries of the monsoon in India. For example, clouds aren’t well represented anywhere else in the world, but we’ll be doing so here,” said Dr AK Sahai, an IITM scientist…ETC
    http://www.punemirror.in/pune/others/100-years-of-climate-change/articleshow/48395697.cms

  191. Source for Aug. 7, 2015 article by Justin Haskins, Shocking Study Reveals Melting Sea Ice Near North Pole….in 1818.

    The Edinburgh Review, June 1818 Volume 30

    Art. I. 1. The Possibility of approaching the North Pole Asserted. By the Hon. D. Barrington.

    http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hw3mrc;view=1up;seq=15

    The article also contains an apt description of our current crop of Climate scientists (on page 5). This man was way ahead of his time.

  192. iau1508 — Press Release
    Corrected Sunspot History Suggests Climate Change since the Industrial Revolution not due to Natural Solar Trends

    The Sunspot Number, the longest scientific experiment still ongoing, is a crucial tool used to study the solar dynamo, space weather and climate change. It has now been recalibrated and shows a consistent history of solar activity over the past few centuries. The new record has no significant long-term upward trend in solar activity since 1700, as was previously indicated. This suggests that rising global temperatures since the industrial revolution cannot be attributed to increased solar activity. The analysis, its results and its implications for climate research were made public today at a press briefing at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) XXIX General Assembly, currently taking place in Honolulu, Hawai`i, USA.

    http://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1508/

  193. For Willis: Volcano changes weather in 1783/4 and after. They called it “climate” but I really think it was just two or three years of weather:


    Saturday December 20, 2014
    Island on Fire

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    The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 shut down air travel across Europe, as corrosive ash spread through the air across the continent. But it might have been much worse, according to Alexandra Witze, an American science journalist and correspondent for Nature magazine.
    Island on Fire – Alexandra Witze – Book cover

    It might have been as bad as Iceland’s worst historic volcanic disaster – an event almost nobody has heard about. In her new book, Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World, she tells the story of the eruption.

    In 1783, the eight-month-long eruption of Laki devastated the island nation, killing a quarter of its population. The noxious clouds of sulphurous gas produced by Laki spread across Europe, choking people as far south as Portugal, and causing climate change and crop failures as far away as Africa, leading to the deaths by starvation of millions.

    While we think of volcanic disasters as single explosive events, Laki shows that the Earth has many other ways to make our lives interesting.

    Related Links

    – Island on Fire by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe
    – Interview with Ms. Witze

    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-december-20-2014-1.2879207/island-on-fire-1.2879258

    This is old news, but I was listening to over again today and wondered – it seems to fit in with WIllis’ comment that volcanoes affect weather but not climate. Unless I am inadvertently putting words in his mouth from my interpretation rather than what he meant.

    Just wondering.

  194. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/how-climate-change-deniers-got-it-very-wrong

    “The scientific ‘consensus’ on climate change has gotten stronger, surging past the famous — and controversial — figure of 97% to more than 99.9%, according to a new study reviewed by msnbc.

    James L. Powell, director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium, reviewed more than 24,000 peer-reviewed papers on global warming published in 2013 and 2014. Only five reject the reality of rising temperatures or the fact that human emissions are the cause, he found.”

    • Details concerning sunspot numbers — OLD and NEW appear to give more or less the same story /// low numbers during the Maunder Minimum (cold period), increasing numbers from 1900 onwards …. see:

      http://www.iau.org/public/images/detail/iau1508b/

      Looks to me as if there has, in fact, been a “Modern Grand Maximum” even though the article states “The new correction of the sunspot number, called the Sunspot Number Version 2.0……………… nullifies the claim that there has been a Modern Grand Maximum.”

      The article states “the apparent upward trend of solar activity between the 18th century and the late 20th century has now been identified as a major calibration error in the Group Sunspot Number. Now that this error has been corrected, solar activity appears to have remained relatively stable since the 1700s”

      ….. these graphs do not look like “relatively stable since the 1700s” to me .

      Peter Salonius

  195. On the sea ice page, the graph from the National Snow & Ice Data Center shows that the artic sea ice extent is currently nearly 2 standard deviations below average. But the graph from EUMETSAT shows it to be just barely below average. Seems to me like they can’t both be right. Watts up with that?

    Also most of the other graphs on the sea ice page are no longer visible.

  196. Webmaster
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    Please clarify how change Chrome settings to prevent this happening – or fix with advertiser so it does not take over control.
    Very bad taste for BP.

  197. While I was looking for proof to support my preconceived notions and a vague memory from grade school in the 1960’s, I found only this but it is perfect. My notion was that scientists firmly believed big climate changes happened only slowly so when they saw it happening fast they had to blame people. After all these years it would take a very resilient personality to accept the reason for their error.
    We won’t like what appears to be his conclusions about co2 but some people (not me) will find the history of development of climate science to be interesting.

    https://www.aip.org/history/climate/rapid.htm

    “By the 20th century, scientists had rejected old tales of world catastrophe, and were convinced that global climate could change only gradually over many tens of thousands of years. But in the 1950s, a few scientists found evidence that some changes in the past had taken only a few thousand years. During the 1960s and 1970s other data, supported by new theories and new attitudes about human influences, reduced the time a change might require to hundreds of years. Many doubted that such a rapid shift could have befallen the planet as a whole. The 1980s and 1990s brought proof (chiefly from studies of ancient ice) that the global climate could indeed shift, radically and catastrophically, within a century — perhaps even within a decade.”

    “A hypertext history of how scientists came to (partly) understand what people are doing to cause climate change.
    This Website created by Spencer Weart supplements his much shorter book, which tells the history of climate change research as a single story. On this Website you will find a more complete history in dozens of essays on separate topics, occasionally updated.”

    “SPENCER R. WEART (), originally trained as a physicist, is a noted historian specializing in the history of modern physics and geophysics. Until his retirement in 2009 he was Director of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in College Park, Maryland, USA, and he continues to be affiliated with the Center.”

  198. Three questions for all,…

    1. What SHOULD the average global temperature be, and why?

    2. What level of summer Arctic sea ice SHOULD there be, and why?

    3. What SHOULD the level of atmospheric CO2 be, and why?

    Maybe AW would like to post them as a thread?

  199. Important new paper about the sun’s influence on Earth’s climate

    Leif has posted many comments about this. In December Space Science Review published the first paper. This gives a more complete presentation: “The new Sunspot and Group Numbers: a full recalibration” by Frédéric Clette, Leif Svalgaard, José M. Vaquero, and Edward W. Cliver presented at the IAU’s XXIX General Assembly. See the abstract here:

    http://fabiusmaximus.com/2015/08/10/browning-newsletter-solar-cycle-mini-ice-age-fears-88153/#comment-327183

  200. ???

    IOPScience: Environmental Research Letters: Projections of rapidly rising surface temperatures over Africa under low mitigation
    Published 7 August 2015
    An analysis of observed trends in African annual-average near-surface temperatures over the last five decades reveals drastic increases, particularly over parts of the subtropics and central tropical Africa. Over these regions, temperatures have been rising at more than twice the global rate of temperature increase. An ensemble of high-resolution downscalings, obtained using a single regional climate model forced with the sea-surface temperatures and sea-ice fields of an ensemble of global circulation model (GCM) simulations, is shown to realistically represent the relatively strong temperature increases observed in subtropical southern and northern Africa. The amplitudes of warming are generally underestimated, however. Further warming is projected to occur during the 21st century, with plausible increases of 4–6 °C over the subtropics and 3–5 °C over the tropics by the end of the century relative to present-day climate under the A2 (a low mitigation) scenario of the Special Report on Emission Scenarios…
    http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/10/8/085004?utm_source=Daily+Carbon+Briefing&utm_campaign=79025bfd4d-cb_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_876aab4fd7-79025bfd4d-

  201. ***the merging of religion & CAGW politics is almost complete:

    10 Aug: RTCC: Ed King: Pope Francis declares annual Catholic environment day
    1 September chosen for day of environmental awareness; Vatican calls for faithful to adopt “appropriate lifestyles”
    In a statement on the Vatican website, Pope Francis said all Christians should work towards resolving what he termed the “ecological crisis” facing the world.
    The day “will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation,” he wrote…
    1 September is already celebrated by Orthodox Christians as their environment day. ***This year it also coincides with a set of UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/10/pope-francis-declares-annual-catholic-environment-day/

    10 Aug: RTCC: Megan Darby: Senegalese imam declares ‘green jihad’ on pollution
    Islamic leader in West African country says aggression towards the environment is a sin and must be stopped
    The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences has prepared a draft declaration to be finalised at a summit in Istanbul this month.
    Following the example of Pope Francis with his encyclical on the environment, it makes a faith-based case for action.
    “As we are woven into the fabric of the natural world, its gifts are for us to savour – but we have abused these gifts to the extent that climate change is upon us,” it says…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/10/senegalese-imam-declares-green-jihad-on-pollution/

  202. 10 Aug: RTCC: Can grassroots climate action save the planet?
    CO2 cuts for a 2015 UN climate deal will fall well short of required levels, placing pressure on bottom up initiatives
    By Andrew Jordan and Harro van Asselt
    (Andrew Jordan is Professor of Environmental Policy at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.Harro van Asselt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Oxford.)
    The good news is that non-state actors are rising to this challenge.In a new paper published today in Nature Climate Change, we examine the innovative approaches to climate governance that are emerging beneath and all around the UNFCCC – and the new challenges they raise in gauging climate ambition…
    Take national policies, for example. We know that non-binding strategies are being adopted by states at a much faster rate than legally binding national policies.
    And as there is as yet no international body responsible for collecting information, the world relies on a non-state actor – Globe International, supported by the London School of Economics – to confirm that this is true…
    Even less is known about the performance of non-state initiatives…
    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/08/10/can-grassroots-climate-action-save-the-planet/

    above links to the paper below:

    Nature: Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects
    Published online 10 August 2015
    http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2725.html

  203. After the solar super-storms of 1859 (Carrington global event), 1989 (Quebec black-out), 2003 (Sweden black-out), 2005 (GPS black-out), and the near-miss EXTINCTION event from all nukes’ explosion by 9 hours in July 2012, shouldn’t we show UN that in view of the next super-storm, the ongoing human sacrifices-depopulation-boomerang will save NONE from extinction, as a Laser Plasma Shield, by two powerful beams over equator will do??? http://www.science20.com/news_articles/worldlargest_petawatt_laser_completed_delivering_2000_trillion_watts_output-156782

  204. Sweep of galaxies shows Universe getting sleepy, creeping toward lights out:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33846857

    Survey by real scientists:

    “(GAMA’s principal investigator Prof. Simon Driver) and his team are now opening up this huge collection of data for other astronomers to work on.

    “The data release means that a whole lot more people outside the team are going to be able to jump on the data and do science with it, which is incredibly important,” said Dr Stephen Wilkins of the University of Sussex, another GAMA team member.

    “He told BBC News that the strength of GAMA is that it combines so many wavelengths, where previous surveys have concentrated on a few.”

  205. The internal EPA review (EPA Office of the Inspector General) that cemented the current administrations’ ‘Clean Power Plan’ – ‘Procedural Review of EPA’s Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding Data Quality Processes’: (http://www.thecre.com/pdf/20140206_2011092611P0702_cert.pdf). Just thought that I would post this in case you were reviewing or planning an upcoming post about the Impending Doom, the rolling out of the “CPP”.

    Regards,

    MCR

  206. I’d appreciate a discussion on why the only two graphs left on your Sea Ice Page disagree so wildly. (And what happened to all the other graphs, by the way? None of the extent graphs appear and haven’t for some time now.)

    The NSIDC graph has this year’s 15% extent nearly two SD’s from the mean and, for a while there, running quite close to the 2012 level they compare to, whereas the DMI graph last week had the same 15% extent running far above the 2012 level and nearly at the long term mean.

    What’s going on? Are they not measuring the same thing? Politics by the one or the other agency? A simple straightforward explanation? What?

    P.S. And what happened to all the other graphs, by the way? None of the extent graphs appear and haven’t for some time now.

  207. Mobile web request: Is it possible to change the posts so that only a few comments are loaded, with a “read more” button? Loading a heavily commented post (and, let’s face it, every post is) on a phone (android chrome) is very painful.
    Pretty please?

  208. Weather Service replaces ‘too high’ temperature sensor at Reagan National Airport
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/08/11/weather-service-installs-new-temperature-sensor-at-reagan-national-airport/?wpisrc=nl_buzz

    “It looked like it [the sensor] was reading 1.5-2 degrees too high,”

    the temperature measurement at an ASOS site is within technical specification as long as its temperature readings are within (plus or minus) 5 degrees of the reference measurement. Both the ASOS and the psychro-dyne sensors have an error of plus or minus 1.8 degrees.

    Wow – the calibration senor is pretty poor. When added together, the actual temperature at the site can be plus or minus 6.8 degrees (assumed to be in Fahrenheit).

  209. How come there has been nothing from OCO-2 since December ? Is anybody doing anything with this Data ? A whole year has passed since operational, seems hard to believe that nothing interesting has been observed.

  210. Hardly reassuring … readjusting 400 years of data. No doubt useful, but there must be a need to be careful with conclusions drawn.

    …observational sunspot data from 400 years ago. While this timespan of data is impressive, the accuracy of the observations wasn’t regulated in the same way that it is today.

    Fortunately, scientists are now trawling through this data to find any sources of calibration error, and hopefully correct them.

    http://www.iflscience.com/environment/errors-sunspot-data

  211. Sea Ice Page

    August 9 2015 Data, for Day of Year 221 has been released by CryoSAT from the University of Illinois.

    Note: The Antarctic Sea Ice Anomaly has slipped just slightly below zero for the first time since 2011. It has been consistently increasing from its many year, multi-million square kilometer negative since 1992, and for almost all of the months since 2011 has been averaging about 1.0 to 1.5 million sq kilometers positive.

    But, now it is -0.057 Mkm^2.

    Ominous or a portent of future Antarctic Sea ice losses? Not really – though it will be certainly be more grist for the CAGW propaganda in the weeks before the Paris Conference.

    Over the full 24-hour day, at the latitude -62.1 degrees of the average edge of the Antarctic sea ice on August 8-9, there is only more 128 watt-hours reflected from each square meter of sea ice than is absorbed by the open ocean surface.

    At noon at -62.1 degrees latitude, the sun is only 10.8 degrees above the horizon, and at its HIGHEST point, there are only 39 watts/sq meter absorbed in each newly exposed meter of sea water.

    Specifically, at 10 am, 30watts/m^2 are received: 18 watts are absorbed, 12 are reflected. The sun is 8.4 degrees above the horizon.
    At 11:00 am, 59 watts/m^2 are received: 41 watts/m^2 are absorbed, and 18 are reflected. The sun is 11.0 degrees above the horizon.
    At noon, 70 watts/m^2 are received at the sea surface, 51 are absorbed and 19 are reflected. The sun is 12.0 degrees above the horizon.
    By 13:00 pm, the sun is back down to 11.0 solar elevation angle.
    By 14:00 pm, the is back to its 10:00 am height at 8.4 degrees.
    By 15:00 pm, is is dropping to the horizon at only 4.3 degrees – like it was at 9:00 am.

    So, over a 24 hour day, the exposed Antarctic Ocean has absorbed 171 watts/m^2, and has reflected 84 watts/m^2. If sea ice were still present, it would have absorbed 43 watts/m^2 and would have reflected 211 watts/m^2. The difference, of course, is the extra heat over the entire day, or 128 watts-hr/m^2.

  212. Is there a parallel between the warnings over the last 3 decades to cut down on fat intake and not to eat saturated fat, and the warnings of climate change?
    There was large consensus in the medical industry over this issue and millions (billions?) of us headed this advice.
    Yet now we learn that it isn’t bad for us after all (there’s even some who say it is is good for us)
    Reported widely in the press this week, is this article in the British Medical Journal http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3978

    And yet we are constantly told in every field, that the ‘science’ is ‘proven’.

    How long before we see similar changes in the ‘consensus’ over the causes of climate change?

  213. Responsiveness of Atmospheric CO2 to Anthropogenic Emissions: A Note

    Jamal Munshi
    Sonoma State University

    August 11, 2015

    Abstract:
    A statistically significant correlation between annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions and the annual rate of accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere over a 53-year sample period from 1959-2011 is likely to be spurious because it vanishes when the two series are detrended. The results do not indicate a measurable year to year effect of annual anthropogenic emissions on the annual rate of CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere.

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2642639

    • Wondering why this was not done a long time ago – reservoirs and the aqueducts.
      My only question is why black? Maybe there is some resistance to solar degradation but I think that black would increase the evaporation overall.

      • YES! My question also. Black will raise the temperature of the water by some degree, increasing vapor pressure and thus undercutting the evaporation reduction goal…

        Why not white?

  214. updates on hottest year ever contender 2015:

    12 Aug: BucksHerald UK: Weather Watch: A month of contrasts sees record cold nights
    by Nicholas Lee, forecaster at MetDesk in Wendover
    Generally speaking, the UK had a rather cool month, with average temperatures 0.7C below the norm…
    The start of the month saw a brief but intense heatwave.
    Heathrow airport recorded the highest ever July temperature in the UK, at a scorching 36.7C, the warmest temperature seen since August 2003…
    This heat became a distant memory as, towards the end of the month, we saw some record cold night-time temperatures.
    South Newington in Oxfordshire saw the mercury drop to just 1C on July 31, whilst Chesham and also Exeter Airport saw minimum temperatures of 2C.
    The Scottish mountains even saw some falling snow across the peaks…
    http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/weather-watch-a-month-of-contrasts-sees-record-cold-nights-1-6899022

    13 Aug: news.com.au: Anthony Sharwood: It’s snowing in Canberra, as this miserable winter just keeps getting miserabler. Um, is that even a word?
    IT’S been an absolutely brutal winter in much of eastern Australia.
    From the cities to the bush, this has been one of the coldest, snowiest, miserablest winters anyone can remember…
    …here’s a rundown of some of the key stats:
    – Melbourne’s average maximum temperature was just 13.1 in July. This was only 0.2 below the July average, but in an age of warming climate, it is many years since a southern Australian capital was below average for a whole month.
    – Brisbane’s average monthly maximum in July was 18.1, considerably cooler than the usual 18.9.
    – Adelaide’s July average maximum was also well down. It was 14.7 compared to the usual 15.3…
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/its-snowing-in-canberra-as-this-miserable-winter-just-keeps-getting-miserabler-um-is-that-even-a-word/story-e6frflp0-1227480335028

  215. 10 Aug: NZ Northern Advocate: Jessica Roden: Feel cold? Here’s why
    Northlanders who thought July was a bit nippier than usual were bang on, with some areas recording their coldest day in more than 40 years.
    On July 10, Kaitaia recorded a high of 9.6C, while Cape Reinga was only slightly warmer at 10.8C – both the coldest since records started in 1971…
    NIWA: “A very cold southerly airflow preceding the high pressure system contributed to numerous locations observing record or near-record low daily maximum and minimum temperatures for July.”…
    The first day of the high pressure system saw Dargaville record a high of 9.4C, the second coldest since 1951.
    Fast forward three days and Kerikeri recorded a low of -0.7C, the coldest ever recorded since records started in 1981.
    The same day, Kaitaia reached a low of 0.4C, the second coldest in 67 years…
    The latest information from Niwa shows the period August-September is likely to bring near or below average temperatures…
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11494651

    ***record cold, even the airport! lol:

    5 Aug: UTV Ireland: Ireland goes through coldest summer in decades
    Some of Ireland’s weather stations have recorded this summer to be the coldest in 50 years.
    While the majority of stations in the country reported July to be at least -1.0°C below the long term average, Claremorris recorded its coldest summer month since 1965.
    Other stations at Cork Airport, Johnstown Castle, Mullingar and Shannon Airport all reported their coldest July since 1988…
    ***Dublin Airport’s lowest of 3.9°C on 15 July made it the lowest July temperature on record since the station opened in 1942…
    http://utv.ie/News/2015/08/05/Ireland-goes-through-coldest-summer-in-decades-42478

  216. attempt to divide & conquer pre-Paris:

    12 Aug: CarbonPulse: Govt advisor urges full revamp of India’s UN climate talks strategy -media
    In a note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Arvind Subramanian – the government’s chief economic advisor – said India should change its climate change negotiation tactics, according to the paper (Business Standard India).
    Subramanian recommended that India should:
    • End its focus on getting international funding for climate change adaptation, as economically struggling developed countries are unlikely to pay up;
    • Put more emphasis on emission reductions, as India is vulnerable to climate change and worse placed to deal with it than richer nations;
    • ***Work closer with coal-rich nations such as China, Australia, Poland and even the United States, and less with groups such as BASIC, the G77 and the African Group;…
    It is unclear if the Cabinet would approve of Subramanian’s proposals…
    http://carbon-pulse.com/govt-advisor-urges-full-revamp-of-indias-un-climate-talks-strategy-media/

    from Wikipedia: Arvind Subramanian
    He served as the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, both located in Washington DC. Formerly an economist at the International Monetary Fund…
    He has also been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including the Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and New York Review of Books. He contributes frequently to the Financial Times and is a columnist in India’s leading financial daily, Business Standard.

    some context!

    13 Aug: FinancialExpressIndia: Climate Change: Govt must pay heed to some of the recommendations of the CEA on recalibrating climate strategy
    The government will do well to pay heed to chief economic adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian’s advice …
    The CEA also advises that India align with coal-bearing nations like the US, Australia, instead of poor and developing nations who have been allies so far in negotiations with advanced countries. This would be a sound move because India is likely to remain largely dependent on coal-based power rather than turning to renewable power…
    Though solar power costs have fallen drastically, with the lowest price discovered still at R5.05/unit, it is still costlier than coal-fired power…
    Given coal production has been freed up in the country, the outlook on coal availability and prices are encouraging for thermal generation, too.
    This means it would be difficult for India to commit to emission cuts, one of Subramanian’s key recommendations…
    http://www.financialexpress.com/article/fe-columnist/climate-change/118494/

    business as usual from Javadekar:

    12 Aug: MicroFinanceMonitor: India Keen on Balanced Climate Change Pact: Prakash Javadekar
    He added that India has been collaborating with nations belonging in G-77 and BASIC – Brazil, India, China and South Africa besides those nations from the Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) to safeguard the formation of a fair, balanced and far-reaching contract in Paris…
    He further said according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), in per capita emissions in the top ten lists, India occupied the last spot with average emissions of nearly 1.92 tons of carbon dioxide compared to Canada’s 24.6 tons and U.S’s 19.6 tons…
    http://www.microfinancemonitor.com/india-keen-on-balanced-climate-change-pact-prakash-javadekar/37227

  217. First, we find that a simple calculator can out-forecast complex climate models.
    Now, apparently, babies can forecast much better than a climate scientist. Neuroscientists find that when a baby makes a poor forecast, then an adjustment is made and coded so the baby does better the next time. This trait appears completely lacking in climate scientists, although many do appear to be babies.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/babies-make-predictions-too-1439396267?tesla=y

  218. This is something that has irked me for many years. It is constantly quoted as if it is true here in Australia, and yet it does not take much research to find out it’s a myth. If you talk about the fact that Australia only contributes 1.4% to world missions the concerned nut job will quote the myth that Australians per capita are the worst for emissions in the world. So stand down they will say sinner. All you have to do is search the web for this. There are many references a good one is the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC

    You can download their data as an Excel spreadsheet and here is what you will find.

    World Bank World Development Indicators

    Last Updated Date 28/07/2015

    CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita) 2011
    Rank Country Name
    1 Qatar 43.9
    2 Trinidad and Tobago 37.2
    3 Kuwait 29.1
    4 Brunei Darussalam 24.0
    5 Aruba 23.9
    6 Oman 21.4
    7 Luxembourg 20.9
    8 United Arab Emirates 20.0
    9 Saudi Arabia 18.7
    10 Bahrain 18.1
    11 United States 17.0
    12 North America 16.7
    13 Australia 16.5

    Australia ranks as the 13th in the world and is 27.4 metric tons per capita behind the leader Qatar. We are behind many developed countries United States, Luxembourg, and so on. Why is it that this which is so simple to check is accepted as being fact? I don’t know who thought it up but looks like a lie to me.

  219. President Obama plana to give a Keynote address to the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage, AK 30-31 Aug. Sounds like he also intends on flying up to the Arctic Sea/North Slope, maybe even to ANWR. If so it will be the first on-the-ground visit to the Arctic by a sitting US President.

    Details here:
    http://www.state.gov/e/oes/glacier/index.htm

    But the “good news” (Schadenfruede) is the Arctic may be getting ready to show Obama and the CAGW crowd who is in charge.

    From NOAA CPC 8-14 Day outlook for Alaska for 27 AUg 15.

    I will keep and eye on this, and by early next week the long-range Temperature forecast for 30-31 August should be coming into view. Here’s to a very chilly visit.

  220. horror horror – SE Asia with a population double that of the US, & a GDP of approx one eighth of the US, might overtake the US in coal-fired emissions by 2030!

    12 Aug: Financial Times: Avantika Chilkoti: Joko Widodo criticised over coal power expansion plans
    The country is struggling to meet growing energy demand, yet existing coal power plants cause an estimated 7,100 premature deaths in the country every year caused by ailments such as lung cancer and respiratory diseases, according to a Greenpeace report. That figure could rise to more than 28,000 if the government goes ahead with proposals to add more than 100 new facilities…
    ???“Indonesia is one of the only countries still planning a new expansion in coal,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, coal and air pollution specialist at Greenpeace…
    The researchers forecast that the Asia-Pacific region will overtake the US by 2030 in terms of noxious emissions from coal-fired plants, which are projected to increase threefold in Indonesia alone…
    “There is definitely a lock-in, in the sense that Indonesian decision makers are used to seeing coal as the most affordable way to provide electricity for the public,” said Mr Myllvirta…
    The new government plans to add 35,000 megawatts of electricity capacity by 2019, with at least 20,000MW coming from coal power alone…
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/91cff528-403b-11e5-b98b-87c7270955cf.html#axzz3ikT8zIf9

    12 Aug: Greenpeace Blog: Clean energy could save thousands of Indonesian lives
    Blogpost by Hindun Mulaika
    (Hindun Mulaika is a Climate & Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Southeast Asia)
    In a country where 28 million people live below the poverty line, development is on everyone’s lips in Indonesia. And rightly so. Everyone wants a life with dignity and opportunity, as well as simple things such as running water and electricity. But when does so-called development come at the cost of real progress for all Indonesians?…
    Check out the full report here. Every new coal-fired power plant means thousands of air-pollution related deaths over its lifetime. Breathing should not be life threatening…
    ???But there’s another way. Here’s why Indonesia could bypass the age of dirty coal now:
    In large economies, such as China, the US, and the EU, new power generation is already coming predominantly from renewables…etc
    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/clean-energy-could-save-thousands-of-indonesi/blog/53770/

  221. BEST REASON FOR THE PAUSE SO FAR . . . .

    It’s Friday morning, 14th August and one of todays BBC News features is “Could the smell of the sea help cool a warming planet?”.

    This extraordinary article reckons that dimethyl sulfide (a pongy gas produced by bacteria feasting on phytoplankton) is changed chemically to sulphate, which in turn causes brighter white fluffy clouds to form and reflect more sunlight back in to space – which “makes a difference to global warming”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33690694

    Clearly, the BBC are becoming more desperate each day to explain why it’s not getting hotter after all. Perhaps they think the bracing smell of the sea is something we never had 100 years ago!

    Hope you can run this one A%t@ny . . . .

    GeeJam

  222. GeeJam – CNN beats out BBC any day:

    13 Aug: CNN: John D. Sutter: 2 degrees: Who’s to blame for climate change? Vote on how CNN will cover this story
    Every story needs a villain — and climate change is no exception…
    I’d like your help in deciding which bad guys to target…
    Below, you’ll find a Facebook poll that lists four of my favorite climate villains, all of which came from your suggestions…
    Before you vote, though, you should know some of the basics. In talking to people about climate change this year, I’ve found there is SO MUCH confusion about what’s causing warming and why.
    I’ve met people — smart people, reasonable people — who think that climate change is caused by aerosols from hairspray (it isn’t) or that it’s just part of a natural warming cycle (it’s not)…
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/13/opinions/sutter-blame-climate-change-vote-2-degrees/

    13 Aug: CNN: Martin Luther King III: MLK III: Climate change and pollution take away civil rights
    Make no mistake, the injustice of climate change and the pollution that fuels it are among this century’s most debilitating engines of inequality…
    When Sandy leaves New York dark and underwater; when Katrina sweeps away homes in New Orleans; when coastal cities face continual worry as rising seas pollute drinking water — it is low-income inner city families who suffer most. When punishing drought smothers livelihoods and inflates food prices; when warmer temperatures bring more smog, more asthma, and longer allergy seasons; when heatwaves and cold snaps descend on urban, unprepared neighborhoods — it is communities of color who suffer…
    Climate change is fueled by carbon pollution — largely from our power plants — and comes packaged with smog and soot, causing thousands of asthma attacks, hospital visits, and premature deaths every year, especially in vulnerable minority populations…
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/13/opinions/king-obama-limits-on-carbon-pollution/

  223. making a CAGW connection?

    13 Aug: Smithsonian: Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans: Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Drought
    By Sarah Zielinski
    And chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the walls…
    Now scientists have matched those chronicles with chemical data compiled from the cave itself and found evidence that more hard times could be ahead…
    Seven inscriptions were special, though, and noted events tied to droughts in the 1500s, 1700s and 1800s…
    “We find in our record a stark reminder of the influence climate has on us as society, and the vulnerability of civilization to even relatively small changes in climate,” says Breitenbach. “That our highly industrialized lifestyle is quite different from pre-industrial society in China is clear, but bearing the drought in California in mind, it is evident that sustained shifts in hydrological pattern can very severely impact large populations.” …
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chinese-cave-graffiti-records-centuries-drought-180956259/?no-ist

    ***a museum “in the climate space”:

    13 Aug: Grist: Clayton Aldern: Move over MoMA, New York’s new climate change museum is about to be the hottest place in town
    For many, climate change is not yet personal, but Miranda Massie is trying to change that. Massie is the executive director of the forthcoming Climate Museum in New York City, a project that seeks to make the impacts of and solutions to a changing climate intimate and tangible. The museum was chartered by the New York Board of Regents on July 20, which brings the project one step closer to the fabled red ribbon.
    It’s a venture steeped with ambition — a word that has seen a lot of play in the ***climate space recently…
    For Massie, “everything” is the ambition…
    Backing her up is a heavy-hitting team of advisors and trustees, including environmental, legal, and communications leaders from the likes of Columbia University, New York’s Environmental Justice Alliance, NYU’s Tisch, NRDC, the London Science Museum, the National Audobon Society, and Harvard’s Kennedy School…
    Edward Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication and a member of the Climate Museum’s advisory board, echoes the need to focus on solutions…
    The museum is a tall order, especially in a country where climate denial created the impression of a false debate in the scientific community for so long…
    http://grist.org/climate-energy/move-over-moma-new-yorks-new-climate-change-museum-is-about-to-be-the-hottest-place-in-town/

  224. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/whats-next-for-the-epas-all-pain-no-gain-clean-power-plan/article/2569829

    ‘What’s next for the EPA’s ‘all pain, no gain’ Clean Power Plan?’

    ‘The EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan is an illegal takeover of the electric power production sector and amounts to a national energy tax on all Americans. The administration’s goal is to force states to replace their current mix of low cost, reliable energy fuels with a higher cost mix of renewables that are largely dependent on the weather.’

  225. 14 Aug: UK Daily Mail: CHRISTOPHER BOOKER: £24billion and counting! Lunacy of the biggest white elephant in Britain which costs as much as the Crossrail, Heathrow Terminal works and London 2012 Olympics put together
    David Cameron wants to allow EDF to build a new nuclear power plant next to an old one at Hinkley Point
    The new site will look across the Bristol Channel to Wales and cost of more than £24billion
    Equivalent to combined costs of vast Crossrail project in London, revamping of Terminal 2 at Heathrow and 2012 Olympics
    Equally worrying is that, in return for all that vast subsidy paid by ordinary Britons to a French state-owned company, we will be getting only a relatively small amount of electricity (a capacity at any one time of up to 3,200 megawatts) at a ludicrously inflated price.
    For that same £24billion, an estimate that could well rise much further in the future, we could get 20 new gas-fired power stations. These would be capable of generating 40,000 megawatts, or more than 12 times as much electricity as the new Hinkley, at little more than half the price charged to us consumers, and without a penny being paid to the French in subsidy…READ ALL
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3197220/CHRISTOPHER-BOOKER-Lunacy-biggest-white-elephant-Britain.html

  226. anthony –

    australia is getting a re-run of the Joe Duggan gimmick which u wrote up on a thread on 21 aug 2014, “Climate scientists laid bare…etc”, which Mother Jones linked to & excerpted in this Chris Mooney piece:

    22 Aug 2014: MotherJones: Chris Mooney: These Climate Scientists Are Telling You What They Really Think
    Researchers explain why they feel frustrated, angry, worried, and helpless in the global warming debate.
    PHOTO LETTER – CAPTION: A climate scientist expresses some of her feelings about the climate debate.
    Joe Duggan/IsThisHowYouFeel.weebly.com
    And, perhaps most memorable of all:
    “I see a group of people sitting in a boat, happily waving, taking pictures on the way, not knowing that this boat is floating right into a powerful and deadly waterfall.”
    http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/08/climate-scientists-australia-emotions

    ABC called it a “new project” on Radio National “Afternoons” program yesterday: “Professional science communicator, Joe Duggan and his NEW PROJECT, Is this How You Feel?”

    but it’s just ANU putting on an Exhibition!

    18-19 Aug 2015: ANU Events: Is This How You Feel?
    “I see a group of people sitting in a boat, happily waving, taking pictures on the way, not knowing that this boat is floating right into a powerful and deadly waterfall”…
    Is This How You Feel? uses a new approach. Emotion…
    The exhibition is free and is open from 11am to 5pm each day…
    http://science.anu.edu.au/whats-on/all-events/how-you-feel

  227. u beat me to it – posting the scottish summer snow pics, that is. stunning. wonder if travis at The Guardian has seen them!

    15 Aug: Guardian: Travis Irvine: Do you know snow? Take our quiz on snowmelt and climate change – quiz
    As the climate changes, mountain snow is melting faster at the end of the winter – and that impacts millions of people in ways you might not expect. Take this quiz and find out how much you snow about snowmelt.
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/14/snow-drought-wildfires-water-colorado-rockies-quiz

    i can’t even see how to start the quiz, but no matter.

  228. John Holdren has a private email account, just like Hillary Clinton.

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute,is seeking to reverse a district court ruling that the emails can remain private.

    A senior Obama administration official who has allegedly conducted government business from a private email account doesn’t want to provide the contents of those messages.

    The official is John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but his case shares similarities with the Hillary Clinton case, according to the plaintiff seeking records.

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank, filed an opening brief in an appeal this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to reverse a district court ruling that the emails can remain private.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/14/another-obama-administration-official-is-facing-scrutiny-over-private-emails/

  229. 13 Aug: Guardian: Joshua Robertson: Global insurer Aviva warns of ‘grave reputational risks’ of Carmichael mine
    President of Kiribati calls for immediate worldwide moratorium on new coalmines and expansions ahead of Paris climate talks
    The investment arm of UK-based Aviva, which manages assets worth $522bn, is the latest international financier to flag concerns over the Carmichael coalmine, which it said could become a “stranded asset” and was “the antithesis of what was needed” ahead of key UN climate talks in Paris in December…
    Tong wrote that stopping new coalmines would make any agreement in Paris “truly historical”, while the “construction of each new coalmine undermines the spirit and intent of any agreement we may reach”.
    “As leaders, we have a moral obligation to ensure that the future of our children, our grandchildren and their children is safe and secure. For their sake, I urge you to support this call for a moratorium on new coalmines and coalmine expansions.”…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/13/insurer-aviva-warns-reputational-risks-bankrolling-carmichael-coalmine

    reminder, given Guardian won’t tell their readers:

    3 Aug: CleanTechnica: Aviva Pledges $3.9 Billion In Renewable Energy Investments
    Aviva Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson recently stated that the company will invest around $780 million every year in renewable energy and energy efficiency assets over the next 5 years…
    Germany’s Allianz Group has increased its annual renewable energy investment budget to around $385 million, while AXA has announced plans to sell $500 million in coal assets and increase cumulative investment in clean energy assets to $3.3 billion by 2020…

    reminder:

    UNEP Finance Initiative: Online Course: Climate Change Risks & Opportunities for the Finance Sector
    MENTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES
    Dr. Andrew Dlugolecki (Course mentor for weeks 1 & 2):
    Dr. Andrew Dlugolecki worked for 27 years in Aviva insurance group, in a number of senior technical and operational posts with UK and international responsibilities, retiring from the post of Director of General Insurance Development in December 2000. Modelling the effect of weather on insurance claims in the 70’s and 80’s led to his involvement with global warming from 1987 onward. He served as the chief author on Financial Services for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its 1995 Assessment Report, and has been an author, reviewer or review editor in later Assessment Reports. IPCC named him as a key contributor when they received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He carried out similar duties for the official UK and EU reviews of climate change. In 2009 the UK’s statutory committee on adaptation to climate change appointed him as a member with specialist knowledge on financial services. He chaired three studies of climate change by the Chartered Insurance Institute (1994, 2001 and 2009).
    Andrew is a special advisor of the Carbon Disclosure Project and has been an advisor to UNEP FI on climate change since 2001, having written, edited, or project-managed several of their reports and briefings.
    He also consults privately from his home in Perth, Scotland and includes UNFCCC as one of his clients.
    http://www.unepfi.org/fileadmin/training/climate/cc_course_biographiesOLD.pdf

  230. the German people should tell the EU where to go:

    13 Aug: Reuters: German legal experts say coal reserve plan may break EU rules
    Germany’s plans to pay companies to shift power capacity to a coal-fired reserve from 2017 may well breach EU rules, legal experts at the German parliament have found, a document seen by Reuters on Thursday showed…
    The legal experts, who provide independent views on policies and other issues, concluded that the plans to shift about 2.7 gigawatts of power generation capacity into a reserve could be seen as a subsidy that would need approval from Brussels, according to the document…
    In theory, the idea of the reserve is to tap it in the event of power shortages arising from Germany’s switch to renewable energy – a more unpredictable source of power than conventional sources like coal…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/13/germany-coal-eu-idUSL5N10O33I20150813

  231. Winter’s snow on Scottish mountains has still not melted.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/scotland/11804149/Melting-snow-leaves-behind-magical-frozen-caves-in-Scotland.html

    “Low summer temperatures mean snow continues to cling to the mountainsides of the Scottish National Park, even in the middle of August. …

    It’s been a rather dismal summer north of the border, with freezing temperatures recorded in the Highlands in recent weeks. Experts say that more snow has lingered in the Scottish mountains this summer than for at least 20 years.
    Back in April, Glencoe ski resort received a late dump of around 70cm of fresh snow prompting some to claim that, at the time, it offered the “best powder on the planet” “

  232. I guess some companies are still upbeat about the Future of Coal: In today’s El Tiempo (Colombia), Murray Energy Corp. is buying Colombian Natural Resources with coal reserves of more than 184 million tons.

  233. On the Relationship Between Global Land-Ocean Temperature and Various Descriptors of Solar-Geomagnetic Activity and Climate 2014 Wilson, Robert M., NASA
    http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20140006389&hterms=global+temperature&qs=N%3D0%26Ntk%3DAll%26Ntt%3Dglobal%2520temperature%26Ntx%3Dmode%2520matchallpartial

    Examined are sunspot cycle- (SC-) length averages of the annual January-December values of the Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index () in relation to SC-length averages of annual values of various descriptors of solar-geomagnetic activity and climate, incorporating lags of 0-5 yr. . . .The inferred correlation between the and is statistically important at confidence level cl > 99.9%, having a coefficient of linear correlation r = 0.865 and standard error of estimate se = 0.149 degC. Excluding the most recent cycles SC22 and SC23, the inferred correlation is stronger, having r = 0.969 and se = 0.048 degC.

    PDF
    http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20140006389
    Please refer to Willis Eschenbach.

  234. more evidence of 2015 being the hottest year ever!

    15 Aug: Radio Sweden: Summer cancelled in Tarfala
    There was no Summer 2015 in Tarfala in the northern Swedish mountains. The Swedish weather service SMHI’s Sandra Andersson tells Swedish Radio News that meteorologically conditions have gone directly from Spring to Fall at the ski station, located near Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain…
    In Stekenjokk in the southern Lappland mountains, it is also now officially Fall, as the average daily temperature there has not risen above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row, the definition of Fall in Sweden.
    Summer, which Tarfala never experienced this year, is defined in Sweden as average temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row…
    http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6233020

  235. can’t see this covered on WUWTas yet, but apologies if it has been:

    11 Aug: Science Daily: Melting glaciers feed Antarctic food chain
    Source: American Geophysical Union
    Summary: Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding ‘hot spots’ in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.
    New research finds that iron stored in the region’s glaciers is being shuttled by melting water to open areas of the ocean, called polynyas, where it stimulates growth of phytoplankton, ocean algae that form the base of the marine food chain. Krill and fish thrive on phytoplankton, and these smaller animals support penguins, seals and whales that feed and breed in the polynyas that ring the Antarctic coast, according to new research…
    The increased iron could boost phytoplankton in these open areas, potentially providing more food for the entire food chain, suggests the new study accepted for publication in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, an American Geophysical Union journal…
    The new research by Arrigo and his team suggests that the amount of water leaving melting Antarctic glaciers is the largest driver behind the abundance of phytoplankton in the polynyas, not sunlight or temperature as scientists had previously thought…
    Journal Reference: Kevin. R. Arrigo, Gert L. van Dijken, Aaron Strong. Environmental controls of marine productivity hot spots around Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 2015; DOI: 10.1002/2015JC010888
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150811140313.htm

  236. The ability of CURRENT carbon dioxide additions into the atmosphere to drive CURRENT global temperature decreases exponentially as atmospheric concentration goes up because it’s ability to drive the global temperature becomes more and more saturated…………….. see:

    ——-the paper ‘The Effect of a Doubling of the Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere as Depicted by Quantum Physics’ at:

    http://www.searchanddiscovery.com/pdfz/abstracts/pdf/2014/90172cspg/abstracts/ndx_kalman.pdf.html

    …………to assess the basic physics, which are also well explained in the following link….see:

    http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=681#Introduction in the Introduction to the FoS ‘Science Essay’

    ——————-

    ..also from the same FoS ‘Science Essay” … a similar story for methane as follows:

    “Comparing the CO2 and H2O absorption spectra shows that much of the CO2 spectrum overlaps with that of water. Parts of the CO2 spectrum are already fully saturated. Adding more CO2 will result in ever diminishing effects as more of the available wavelengths become saturated. The temperature response to adding CO2 to the atmosphere depends on the amount of positive and negative feedbacks from water vapour, clouds and other sources. The temperature effect of increasing CO2 concentration is approximately logarithmic. This means if doubling the CO2 concentration from 300 ppm to 600 ppm, a 300 ppm increase, causes the temperature to rise by 1*C, it would take another 600 ppm increase to add a further 1*C temperature gain……..

    ……… Methane has an absorption band (at 8 micrometres) that largely overlaps with water vapour, so an increase in methane has little effect on temperature. ”

    Peter Salonius

  237. hilarious on so many levels, but not to the progressive left:

    16 Aug: Truth-Out: Bruce Melton: The Clean Power Plan Is Barely Better Than Kyoto; IPPC Says: We Must Remove CO2 From the Atmosphere
    So how can the IPCC enlighten us on this issue?…
    The wording is complex, and it has taken me a year to understand the science well enough to ask the lead authors appropriate questions. Beyond the irreversible part (which needs no interpretation), “a large net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over a sustained period” is the most compelling part of this statement. In Chapter 12 of the report the same concept is conveyed using the words “strong negative emissions.”
    What these statements mean is that we must begin to remove some of the accumulated carbon dioxide climate pollution we have emitted all of these years directly from our atmosphere. Emissions reductions alone are no longer enough. A “large net removal” and “strong negative emissions” mean that we must “largely,” or “strongly” remove more carbon dioxide than we emit every year.
    Whether this means we need to remove half again as much carbon dioxide as we emit every year or three or four times what we emit every year is not clear. When I asked IPCC authors about exactly how much carbon dioxide removal this means, I discovered a little-seen side of the IPCC.
    This is a rare policy statement. It is based on professional judgment. Normally, every single little statement in the IPCC’s reports comes with its own little army of academic researchers with footnotes and statistics piled in every corner. But this is not the case with this statement…
    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32358-the-clean-power-plan-is-barely-better-than-kyoto-ippc-says-we-must-remove-co2-from-the-atmosphere#
    (Bio: Bruce Melton is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative in Austin, Texas. The Climate Change Now Initiative is a nonprofit outreach organization reporting the latest discoveries in climate science in plain English.)

  238. Australian editorial today:

    17 Aug: Daily Telegraph Editorial: 40,000 delegates in a carbon frenzy
    If the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference is to be matched, by the time the curtain comes down on the $280 million World Climate Summit in Paris in November, at least 40,000-odd tonnes of carbon emissions will have been expended on the conference, ­ferrying tens of thousands of delegates, government big wigs and environmentalist from all corners of the globe to the French capital, housing them in fancy hotels, feeding them, and driving them around the city of love.
    That’s four months worth of carbon emissions, to the good folk of Vanuatu, or roughly 10 weeks of exhaling from the 12,000 hardworking sperm whales in our Southern Ocean. Such impact is unfortunate collateral damage, reasons Erwin Jackson, the deputy CEO of the Climate Institute. “It’s impossible to negotiate a treaty of such complexity unless everybody is in the same room.’’…
    The looming gabfest does nothing to reassure a dubious public that grant-funded climate scientists and grandstanding politicians are not merely feathering their own nests and enjoying Europe in late autumn…
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/delegates-in-a-carbon-frenzy/story-fni0cwl5-1227486123160

  239. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f9777e5ea1f6484a99f19c94d0f9a5fe/ap-exclusive-california-measure-fails-create-green-jobs

    “Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.”

  240. Alberta voted in a new provincial government in May 2015. The new government in very left-leaning and embraces the theory of AGW and, I think, would follow any and all opportunities to stop the use of coal and hydrocarbons in favor of wind and solar.

    They’ve put together a panel to study the issue before Premier Notley jets off to Paris in October to secure her legacy as a SJW and climate change fighter.

    This week, a member of Ms. Notley’s own climate change panel said that keeping oil in the ground, “is part of the conversation we’ll have to have.”

    The government has posted an online survey so Albertans can share your views and opinions on climate change and help shape the province’s future. The climate change survey is open until September 18, 2015.

    The survey can be found at