Tips & Notes


Cleaned 07/13/15

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    • Read a news article about this a well at 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?

    • BBC Scareology?

      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.

        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:
    “. . .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

    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”…

  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…

    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

  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—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…

  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…

    ***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.

    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

  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.

    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). …

  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…

  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….

  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”.

  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.

    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…

  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.)

    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…

  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…

    ***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…

  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.


    Al Neipris

  18. Sent from my iPad

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

    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.

    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:

  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.”…

  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.’…

    ***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…

    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…

  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

    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 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
      -> 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

    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.”

  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.

    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

  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.

    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.”…

  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.

  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…
    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.

    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…–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?”…

    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.

  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…

  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.”

    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…

  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.

    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..

  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.

    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

  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

  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

  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.

    • 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.


  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. issue?

  47. Yes, Prime Minister

    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.”

  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…

    UNFCCC: Global Conscience for Climate – Why Do I Care Campaign
    Find out people’s stories and submit your own here

  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”.

  51. Claim:

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

    From journal, PLOS one


    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

    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 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:

  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.

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

    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.”

  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.

  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.


      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 …
      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

    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.”…

    • 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.


    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…

  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.

  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…

    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…


  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)…

    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…

  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…

    ***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.

  68. Someone should investigate this amazing July re-freezing of the Arctic:

    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.

    Impact of snow darkening via dust, black carbon, and organic carbon on boreal spring climate in the Earth system, Journal: Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

  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.

  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 –

    This was a group of links in their monthly email to members: i attached the two links i found questionable.
    In other news…
    Central AC, Heat Pumps Only Decliners in AHRI HVAC Product Shipment Data
    Wind Energy Industry Rebounding Strongly After Down Year –
    Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage
    Climate Change May Be Costing Lives in U.S., Says 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…


    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…

    • 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.


  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…

    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…

  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):
    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.



  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…

  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
    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.


    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.

  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.

  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.

  80. Claim:Rising sea levels are a ‘turtle disaster’
    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”
    Dry, hot, Wet?

  81. 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.

    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.

    • 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…

    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 …

  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”.

    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…

    [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…
    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…
    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

  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

    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

    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…

    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.” …

  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…

    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…

  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”)

  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…

    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…

  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…

  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…


    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…

  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.”

  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.

    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

  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.

  103. 26 July: Time: Helen Regan: Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President
    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.

    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.

  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!

    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.” …

  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.”

  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

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  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

    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.”…



    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.


    • 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


    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.

  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

  114. New means of space propulsion has been tested and found to work.

    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…

    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.


    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:

  117. Drudge lists: “Mind-Blowing Temp Fraud At NOAA…
    USA on long-term cooling trend…”
    linking to:
    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.”
    (redirect code trimmed from url: ?recruiter_id=62)

    via most recent mind-numbing entry here:

    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:
    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.

  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 ( 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


    ‘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!

    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…

    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.

  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…

    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.”…

  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.

    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.

  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 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.

    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.


    ‘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:

    ‘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?


    ‘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.

  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

    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
    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
    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.

  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…

    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?

  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.”


  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…

    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!

  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)…

    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
    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.

    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…

  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…

  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…

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