Quote of the Week – 20/20 hindsight

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr writes in the “$82 billion prediction” post Katrina: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has an revealing article today about the creation in 2006 of a “short-term” hurricane risk prediction from a company called Risk Management Solutions.  The Herald-Tribune reports that the prediction was worth $82 billion to the reinsurance industry.  It was created…

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French give the boot to the "Super Ministry of Environment"

From Pierre Gosselins “No Tricks Zone”, some encouraging news; the French have surrendered to common sense. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has pulled the plug on the French prestige project, a super ministry of environment, dubbed “Medad” (Ministère du Développement durable). This piece of good news is brought to us by German warmist website klimaretter.de here…

The Constructal Law of Flow Systems

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach One of the most fundamental and far-reaching discoveries in modern thermodynamics is the Constructal Law (see the wiki entry as well). It was first formulated by Adrian Bejan in 1996. In one of his descriptions, the Constructal Law is: For a finite-size (flow) system to persist in time (to live),…

Himilayan Melting Glacier Alarm Version 2.0

No mention of the IPCC’s flawed 2035 date, but still many of the same talking points are used. It pays to recycle I suppose. This statement: “But climate change is still happening and we do need to prepare for it. That’s especially true in this part of the world, where poverty and other concerns make…

Complaints against Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

WUWT readers may remember Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from when I had a tussle with him during my speaking tour in Australia in Brisbane. Then, the good professor thought his opinion so important, that he disrupted the meeting and hogged the microphone. However, we let him talk, and he had the audience for several minutes. I…

Inconvenient eco bags – now with lead

From the New York Times: Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM They dangle from the arms of many New Yorkers, a nearly ubiquitous emblem of empathy with the environment: synthetic, reusable grocery bags, another must-have accessory for the socially conscious. But the bags, hot items at upscale markets, may be on…

A suggestion to Dr. James Hansen: go protest coal in China

Over at the Air Vent, Jeff Id has a very interesting story by Roddy Campbell, and in particular one graph that struck me as thought provoking. When I first saw it, these two stories immediately came to mind: Breaking: NASA GISS Dr. James Hansen – arrested yet again Dr. James Hansen of NASA GISS arrested You see,…