A tree ring study estimating past rainfall and drought shows the southeast USA drought was mild compared to past events

Trees may be better rain gauges than they are thermometers.  From a press release of: Killer’ Southeast Drought Low on Scale, Says Study Others Were Far Worse; Population, Planning Are the Real Problems Lake Allatoona, Ga., November 2007 A 2005-2007 dry spell in the southeastern United States destroyed billions of dollars of crops, drained municipal…

NASA Goddard climate scientist charged in nepotism money scheme

h/t to WUWT reader Keith.  Excerpts from: NASA scientist pleads guilty to directing contracts to wife’s firm By Robert Brodsky rbrodsky@govexec.com September 30, 2009 An award-winning NASA scientist has admitted to directing thousands of dollars in sole-source agency contracts to his wife’s firm and failing to report the income on a financial disclosure form. Mark…

Oh no! Global Warming to end Olympics

And I was so looking forward to seeing Gavin Schmidt on the USA Olympic Hockey Team when they try to beat the Canadian. From Reuters: Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:14pm EDT By Karolos Grohmann COPENHAGEN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday…