The WUWT Hot Sheet for Friday September 6th, 2013

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New book on the IPCC coming:

A new book about the IPCC will be revealed soon by Donna Laframboise, the title is inspired by this statement from Dr. Judith Curry:

Does the problems with the IPCC mean that WG1 science is incorrect?  Not necessarily, but I agree that a “new trial” is needed.  WG2 and WG3 reports pretty much belong in the dustbin, as far as I can tell.”

More on the book later. In related news, a new paper in Nature Climate Change says IPCC uses statistical techniques ‘out of date by well over a decade’ http://bit.ly/1ab7iVZ

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Antarctic continues to set sea ice records:

September 4th (Day 247) saw the 39th Daily Record of the Year for Antarctic Sea Ice Extent. 

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 19.16 million sq km.

If you add up the number of daily records, 2013 is a distant 3rd behind 2008 and 2010. However, if you also add in 2nd place finishes, 2013 slightly edges out 2010. And 118 days remain in the year.

http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/39th-daily-record-of-year-for-antarctic-sea-ice-extent/

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The warming, it’s all in the adjustments:

http://twitter.com/BigJoeBastardi/status/375808179914821632/photo/1

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Well worth a read:

Chris de Freitas responds to comments on his “ENSO drives the pause” paper with an addendum: http://wp.me/p7y4l-obN

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Satellite Data Shows a Very Active Tropical Atlantic, Gabrielle Weakens

GOES image of the Atlantic systems

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured a view of System 99L (far left), Gabrielle, an unnamed system east of it, and System 98L (far right) on Sept. 5 at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
Image Credit: NASA GOES Project

Tropical Storm Gabrielle has weakened to a depression by 11 a.m. EDT on Sept. 5, while three other low pressure areas struggle to develop in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured a panoramic view of all four systems while NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data on Gabrielle and an adjacent low.

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured a view of Gabrielle, an unnamed system east of it, and Systems 99L and 98L on Sept. 5 at 10:45 a.m. EDT. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured all four systems in a view across the entire Atlantic Ocean. The image was created by NASA’s GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.  More: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/su-gwh090413.php

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Actual man (or animal) made climate change?

Overgrazing turning parts of Mongolian Steppe into desert

Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, researchers say in a new report. The degraded land holds implications both for local food production and global climate.

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Let’s hope it doesn’t involve a realtor and federal home loan programs:

Relocation, relocation

Scientists at the Zoological Society of London have devised a novel method to identify suitable new homes for animals under threat from climate change.

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But they are totally convinced AGW is in there somewhere:

The Financial Times reports: UK Met Office admits: ‘No evidence we are seeing things that could not have happened without natural weather variability’

‘We don’t have evidence that we are seeing things that could not have happened without natural weather variability doing its stuff,’ said Peter Stott of the UK Met Office, one of the report’s editors. “But potentially climate change can in some cases add something on top.”

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Throwing out the Krudd with the dirty bathwater:

Warning Signs: Will Australians Vote to End the Carbon Tax?

Fifteen million registered voters in Australia will go to the polls and render their judgment on September 7. It is a vote that should be reported upon in the United States, but it more likely to be ignored or buried.

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What’s 100% among friends?

New paper finds climate model assumptions on cloud-aerosol interactions may be off by ± 100%

A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics demonstrates the huge uncertainties of computer modeling of aerosol–cloud interaction effects, which are one of the “major sources of uncertainty in climate models.” According to the authors, the standard deviation around the mean cloud condensation nuclei varies globally between a minimum of about ± 30% over some marine regions to ± 40–100% over most land areas and high latitudes. This is only one of the factors affecting clouds in climate models, and clouds are but one of the many major uncertainties in climate models.

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52 thoughts on “The WUWT Hot Sheet for Friday September 6th, 2013

  1. Only 3 years have seen the first hurricane of the season form after September 5th. The record for latest formation of the season’s first hurricane is Gustav which formed on September 11, 2002.
    This could be a record setting year but there’s still a chance it could be more active (and destructive!) than normal even with the late start.

  2. How about having a book list. Christmas will soon be upon us and I could do with some help sorting out my presents list. Looks like Donna is making an early bid for the number one spot.

  3. Bill Jamison says:
    September 6, 2013 at 3:37 am.
    “…. but there’s still a chance it could be more active (and destructive!) than normal even with the late start.”….
    What odds would you give on that prediction?

  4. Tropical storm Gabrielle fizzles: Why has hurricane season been so calm? (+video)


    The number of named storms is on pace to fall within the range several seasonal forecasts have projected. On average, however, the season should have seen its first hurricane by now, and none has emerged. Indeed, the first major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 111 miles an hour or more, typically appears around Sept. 4, notes Dennis Felgen, spokesmen for the National Hurricane Center.
    If the first hurricane fails to appear until after 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Sept. 15, this will be the most hurricane-free first half of a season since satellites began tracking the storms in 1967, he notes in an e-mail.

    Don’t worry, Dr Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology at Weather Underground, is hunting down why the season is so calm. There’s no El-Nino year, where the Atlantic tropical cyclones normally form is not anomalously cold, sea surface temperatures are actually above normal, so there goes the usual suspects.
    Dr Masters suspects it’s all the hot dry air blowing off the Sahara, it’s been “quenching” the storms that did develop.
    Meteorologists think the Madden-Julian oscillation, which is not usually seen at NFL games, which alternates stretches of intense and reduced precipitation every 30 to 60 days, may be at play.


    The periods of heavier rainfall in the main development region for Atlantic storms can encourage tropical cyclone formation, while the drier phase of the oscillation can suppress tropical formation or inhibit the intensification of existing storms.
    At the end of August, Masters notes, the Madden-Julian Oscillation train was bringing wetter, more unstable conditions to the region where Atlantic tropical cyclones develop, which could result in greater tropical storm formation going forward.

    So just wait for it, and the predictions, err, projections of the models shall be confirmed. Because if they weren’t, then the models could slightly possibly be a little bit in error, which of course never happens.

  5. Regarding the record Antarctic sea ice. There is a meme that this is “consistent” with global warming. I believe the logic is that increased snowfall is the reason. If this is indeed the case, I’m guessing whomever came up with that explanation has never done work or played on ice. Where I live, we go on the ice regularly. Roads are made on lakes. Snow is a bad thing for good ice. Snow means (really good) insulation which means thinner and weaker ice that is slower to form and quicker to break up. Snow does not increase sea ice. Snow would increase glaciation which would increase the size of the ice shelves, but then we should see a related drop in sea level. Given that the sea seems to still be recovering from the last period of glaciation (that is, the climate is still changing . . . naturally), the data suggests that snowfall in the Antarctic has not increased.

  6. “Satellite Data Shows a Very Active Tropical Atlantic”
    I’m sorry…what?!?!? No it does not!! Since when does (as of Sept. 6 am) 1 suspect area with %0 chance of development, 1 suspect area with %10 chance of development, a suspect area with %50 chance of development getting ready to go ashore in Mexico & a dissipating remnant of a weak Tropical Storm Gabrielle qualify as “Very Active”?
    Can we get some accuracy in the reporting of the state of the tropical atmosphere?
    WUWT indeed!!
    jeff

  7. “‘We don’t have evidence that we are seeing things that could not have happened without natural weather variability doing its stuff,’”
    The phraseologly of all UK Met Office scientists seems studied, or perhaps arises when you be- come very defensive after a decade of embarrassing reversals. Its like their not being sure what was causing UK’s “DISAPPOINTING WEATHER” when they meant disappointing forecasts (the weather was just normally lousy as usual – their expectations for balmy BBQ summers and no snow ever again was from totally invalid theory and models based on them). Indeed, they do have ‘evidence’ that things that happened, have happened because of natural variability – there are no square hurricanes or ice forming on the ocean bottoms, glaciers sliding backwards – no the same sort of stuff has happened throughout history and beyond. Do they know they come across as defeated, pathetic. Let it all go and we will all be supportive and forgive the couple of hundred million pound computers you failed with.

  8. Sorry for the confusion, but the title of my upcoming book – which is about Rajendra Pachauri’s abysmal leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – comes from a quote from that gentleman himself:
    IPCC studies only peer-review science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication. I am sure IPCC would then accept it, otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.
    source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-11-10/india/28069084_1_himalayan-glaciers-climate-change-global-temperatures-rise (see the very end)
    Like so many of Pachauri’s pronouncements, these claims are utterly false. Approximately 30% of the sources cited by the past two IPCC climate assessments (2001 and 2007) were not peer-reviewed academic publications.
    If 1/3 of the IPCC’s source material belongs in “the dustbin” according to its own chairman, the IPCC isn’t a reliable source of information. Let’s keep that in mind when it releases its new report later this month.

  9. “Tropical Storm Gabrielle has weakened to a …”
    NOAA is studying all four clumps of clouds desperately seeking and praying for some Simpson 5s. Their hurricane spotting aircraft have been instructed to circle the clumps in a counterclockwise direction. European and North American ice breakers have been sent up to the Arctic to crunch around searching for polar bears…..(sarc off)

  10. Donna-his definition dovetails with the UN’s media education global push that I explained here. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/descending-to-a-connected-kleptocracy-via-the-digital-learning-and-climate-change-ruses/
    UNESCO and the OECD have both redefined what constitutes literacy and it’s not about deciphering print well. In part it is now about what sources to trust and which to respect. Peer-reviewed or put forth by ‘experts’ is being taught as a defer to trusted source that need not be questioned further.
    How convenient, huh?

  11. “New paper finds climate model assumptions on cloud-aerosol interactions may be off by ± 100%”
    Climastrology: the only “science” where a margin of error of ± 100% is par for the course.
    This is not science.

  12. philjourdan said on September 6, 2013 at 5:09 am:

    Off by 100%? That is worse than random noise!

    Ah come on, it is just climate science. Throw a few tens of millions of dollars at it, wait a few years, and they’ll be able to accurately hindcast the past decade within 25%. That’s four times better. What more do you want? That’s good enough for the IPCC!

  13. With the Antarctic ice extent at record highs and the Arctic refreezing over the last week so fast that yachts were trapped in ice forming behind them (22 yachts had to abandon their quest for the NW passage trip), how come we have Cryosphere today graphs showing things still shrinking so fast? Here’s DMI’s ocean surface temp map of the arctic – the “white” is areas of ice forming.
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/satellite/index.uk.php
    And Nansen’s ice area graph – it is at the minimum and poised to go up.
    http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_area.png

  14. can’t recall seeing this on wuwt:
    4 Sept: Guardian: Suzanne Goldenberg: Scientists call for overhaul of UN ‘blockbuster’ climate reports
    As the IPCC prepares for its next major assessment, experts and governments propose more targeted and frequent studies
    Thomas Stocker, a climate scientist at the University of Bern and a co-chair of the UN climate panel, said he had sought permission to convene a public debate on the future of the IPCC at one of the biggest gatherings on the scientific calendar, the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
    Some 22,000 people are expected at the meeting, which takes place in San Francisco in December. Stocker said he saw the meeting as a chance to broaden the discussion on the future of the IPCC.
    “With that input directly bottom-up from the scientists, I can help in this discussion and certainly facilitate that the views of scientists, those individuals and colleague that carry the burden of the assessment and provide their time and intellectual expertise, are heard,” Stocker said…
    “I think myself that the IPCC has outgrown its usefulness in the way in which it does things,” said Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.
    Andrew Weaver, a lead IPCC author and a Green party leader who earlier this year was elected to the British Columbia legislature, agreed it was time to shift away from the blockbuster style of reports…
    Trenberth argued that with the effects of climate change already visible in real-time in terms of extreme weather events, the international community could not afford to wait for several years to hear from scientists.
    “We can’t wait seven years between assessments,” he said…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/04/scientists-overhaul-un-climate-report-ipcc

  15. pat:
    Thankyou for your post at September 6, 2013 at 5:46 am
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/09/06/the-wuwt-hot-sheet-for-friday-september-6th-2013/#comment-1409405
    You report that the ‘inner circle’ of climastrology are calling for a leaner IPCC. That is simply a call for others – not them – to be dumped so they can keep their jobs as long as possible.
    The writing is on the wall for climastrologists.
    Mene,mene, tekel upharsin.
    The ‘inner circle’ of climastrology have read the writing. And they understand it. The Copenhagen CoP in December 2009 weighed the power of their work, and it was found wanting, so no successor to the Kyoto Protocol could be – or will be – achieved.
    And that lack of any successor to the Kyoto Protocol makes the IPCC irrelevant.
    So, the political impetus behind the AGW scare collapsed at the Copenhagen CoP. And following collapse of that political impetus the funding of the scare would slowly reduce.
    The ‘inner circle’ of climastrology always knew they and their work were wanting. But their reputations and jobs rely on that work. The funding of that work is to slowly reduce as the irrelevance of the IPCC takes effect. And their call for a leaner IPCC is a call to lighten the sinking ship by throwing others overboard.
    Richard

  16. pat says:
    September 6, 2013 at 5:46 am
    richardscourtney says:
    September 6, 2013 at 6:18 am
    Agree. The next issue of IPCC will be essentially irrelevant. The team see that it’s better to kill it since it’s already nearly dead in the public view. They don’t want to be seen to be klinging to a scuttled ship. The IPCC schedule is also no longer acceptable for those getting a bit long in the tooth.
    “Trenberth argued …
    “We can’t wait seven years between assessments,”
    He’s been feverishly searching for relevance since the “hiatus”. His ‘travesty’ comment re missing heat and his present sorry quest – on the one hand he has it disappear into the ocean deeps, on the other hand he has it stirring up more powerful storms to cover his bases. The desire to speed things up is a manifestation of the desperation.

  17. There is no quicker and surer way to wreak havoc on an ecology than introducing non-native species. Zebra Mussels in the US Great Lakes, Russian Thistle (‘tumbleweed’) in the continental US, and Australias rabbits and cane toads come to mind.

  18. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
    September 6, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Meteorologists think the Madden-Julian oscillation, which is not usually seen at NFL games, which alternates stretches of intense and reduced precipitation every 30 to 60 days, may be at play.

    Klotzbach and Gray called a lot of attention to the MJO in their last two week update, and said it appeared to be moving into a more favorable (for development) pattern. That was a week or so ago, their next assessment will be interesting.

  19. Geez guys, can you all quit posting so that I might be more inclined to keep my web site up to date? I last uploaded http://wermenh.com/rggiwatch/index.html in mid-update and haven’t gotten back to it for a month.
    A new RGGI (Northeast US cap and trade plan for fossil fuel burning electrical power generators) auction just concluded. The title of the press release is egregious back-patting. How can the auctions not be a success? They don’t have to sell all the allowances, and haven’t. A recent plan to greatly reduce the allowances to auction well below their original goal has “succeeded” in getting the price above the legal reserve price and getting some speculators back in the market.
    News Release
    21st Auction Marks Five Years of Success for RGGI
    CO[2] Allowances Sold at $2.67
    News Release and Market Monitor Report Now Available at:
    http://www.rggi.org/docs/Auctions/21/PR090613_Auction21.pdf
    CONTACT: Jason Brown, (212) 417-3179, jason.brown@rggi.org
    NEW YORK, NY— The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, today announced the results of their 21^st auction of carbon dioxide (CO[2]) allowances. The auction held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 marks five years since the launch of the RGGI auctions in 2008.
    38,409,043 CO[2] allowances were sold at the auction at a clearing price of $2.67. Allowances sold represent 100 percent of the allowances offered for sale by the nine states. Bids for the CO[2] allowances ranged from $1.98 to $12.85 per allowance.
    The auction generated $102.5 million for reinvestment by the RGGI states in a variety of consumer benefit initiatives, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct bill assistance, and greenhouse gas abatement programs. Cumulative proceeds from all RGGI CO[2] allowance auctions currently total $1.4 billion dollars.
    According to the independent market monitor’s report, electricity generators and their corporate affiliates have won 84 percent of CO[2] allowances sold in RGGI auctions since 2008. Additional details are available in the Market Monitor Report for Auction 21, available at
    http://www.rggi.org/docs/Auctions/21/Auction_21_Market_Monitor_Report.pdf.
    “Having realized a more than 30 percent reduction in regional power sector carbon dioxide pollution, the RGGI states continue to operate one of the most cost-effective market-based carbon reduction programs in the world,” said Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Chair of the RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors. “States, regions, and countries are increasingly recognizing that RGGI’s system of auctioning allowances provides flexibility with market certainty. Coupled with the reinvestment of allowance proceeds in strategic energy programs, the result is a program that cost-effectively reduces carbon pollution while also supporting economic growth.”
    “Today’s auction represents the 21st successful auction and five years of progress in the RGGI states building our clean energy economy – a growth economy that lowers carbon pollution, generates jobs, and lowers family and business energy bills.” said David Littell, a Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Vice-Chair of the RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors.
    The next RGGI auction is scheduled for December 4, 2013. To receive announcements relating to future auctions and other RGGI news, please join the RGGI, Inc. mailing list at http://www.rggi.org/news/mailing_list.
    Auction 21 Results At-A-Glance
    Auction Date September 4, 2013
    Allowances Offered for Sale 38,409,043
    Allowances Sold 38,409,043
    Ratio of Bids to Supply 2.0
    Clearing Price $2.67
    Reserve Price $1.98
    Proceeds from Auction 21 $102,552,144.81
    Total Cumulative Proceeds (All Auctions) $1,452,770,500.96
    Number of Bidders in Auction 21 42
    Percent of Allowances Purchased by Compliance Entities & their Corporate Affiliates in Auction 21 53%

  20. nevket240 says:
    September 6, 2013 at 3:42 am
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-09-05/ice-melting-faster-from-greenland-to-antarctica-seen-in-un-leak
    More dross from those on the taxpayers teat.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    ROTFLMAO!
    Arctic temperatures have been lower than normal all summer:
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php
    Arctic Ice has recovered and is within 2 std dev of normal (95%)
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php
    And as the above notice says “Antarctic continues to set sea ice records”
    Talk about outright LIES!

  21. It looks as if 2013 will nip out 2009 on minimum Arctic sea ice extent, which would mean this is the year with the highest minimum since 2006. Unless of course there are further “adjustments”. The minimum will also occur earlier than usual for this century.
    Combined with record-breaking Antarctic sea ice, the death knell of CACA tolls again.
    Expect to be told it’s just weather.

  22. richardscourtney says: @ September 6, 2013 at 6:18 am
    … The ‘inner circle’ of climastrology have read the writing. And they understand it…. their call for a leaner IPCC is a call to lighten the sinking ship by throwing others overboard.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    It is interesting that it is a meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) which was just featured here at WUWT
    Time for AGU members to go visit Anthony in California?

  23. Gary Pearse says:

    “‘We don’t have evidence that we are seeing things that could not have happened without natural weather variability doing its stuff,’”

    Gary, its a double negative and that means this sentence says they do have evidence that natural weather variablity is what they are seeing. They don’t have evidence that it is not natural variability. See? Its their way of double speak so everyone is confused.

  24. In his addendum, de Freitas writes about ENSO driven fluctuations in global mean temp:
    “I assume these are superimposed upon what seems for the moment to be the less potent CO2-caused warming, and likely other less potent mechanisms as well.”
    Wrong. If the last 15 yrs of no warming is because the sun has gone quiet then the solar influence is STRONGER than consensus scientists have been assuming. Is de Freitas really oblivious that the solar shift is an ideal natural experiment for distinguishing the solar and co2 theories of late 20th century warming? This sentence almost like a deliberate attempt to cover up the solar implications of the lack of recent warming.

  25. richardscourtney says: @ September 6, 2013 at 6:18 am
    The writing is on the wall for climastrologists….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    A bit more on the sinking ship from Bloomberg Businessweek:

    September 05, 2013 The World’s Biggest Mutual Fund Takes a $41 Billion Hit
    With investors anticipating the end of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program, the biggest mutual fund in the world, Pimco’s Total Return Fund, took a $41 billion hit over the past four months after losses and withdrawals…
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that the central bank’s $85 billion in monthly asset purchases could begin to wind down toward the end of the year. The Federal Open Market Committee’s next meeting is set for Sept. 17 and 18….
    Gross wrote about what feels like an especially uncertain investing outlook on Pimco’s website today… Gross cast doubt on equities as an asset class. “I don’t know,” he wrote. “When the Fed stops the QE game, it seems that stocks might be at risk. After all, haven’t they more than doubled in price since 2009 in part because of it?”

    So yes, it looks like the money is moving….
    Don’t expect any thing to be clearly written though. you have to read between the lines. A year ago 34 [USA] companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. Now Forbes statesSolar Companies Continue to Go Bankrupt: It is not surprising that 2012 had the greatest number of companies fold with about 40 going out of business.
    A listing by year shows the numbers
    2009 & 2010 – ten
    2011 – five
    2012 – Thirty eight with an additional eight subject to Acquisition, fire sale, or restructuring
    2013 – three with an additional seven subject to Acquisition, fire sale, or restructuring
    In part this is similar to the computer company maturing market attrition but a heck of a lot faster.

  26. Wait, that “Relocation” articles states:

    “Species in extreme or rare habitats such as the emperor penguin in the Antarctic and American pika in the USA have already experienced drastic declines in populations due to the impact of climate change on their home.”

    WUWT? I was unaware that emperor penguin populations were in dangerous decline, let alone that this had unequivocally been attributed to “climate change”. Are penguins the new polar bear?

  27. Ric Werme says: @ September 6, 2013 at 7:33 am
    …A new RGGI…..
    …… Allowances sold represent 100 percent of the allowances offered for sale by the nine states.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    So Who are the states following California’s lead?

    The RGGI CO2 Cap
    The RGGI CO2 cap represents a regional budget for CO2 emissions from the power sector….
    rom 2009-2014, the RGGI cap was designed to stabilize power sector CO2 emissions in the RGGI States. From 2009-2011, the cap was 188 million short tons of CO2 per year for the ten-state region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The annual cap is currently 165 million short tons of CO2 for the nine-state region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). In addition, New Jersey sold a small number of second control period allowances from 2009-2011.
    The Participating States have conducted a comprehensive program review of the CO2 Budget Trading Programs. Proposed amendments to RGGI have been incorporated in an Updated Model Rule released on February 7, 2013. The Updated Model Rule will guide each state as it follows its own statutory and/or regulatory procedures to propose updates to its CO2 Budget Trading Program. More information on the Updated Model Rule and accompanying materials is available at http://www.rggi.org/design/program_review…..

    Glad I already left the region. Should have turned off the lights when I did but looks like the politicians are going to do it for me.

  28. Donna Laframboise says:
    September 6, 2013 at 5:07 am
    “Sorry for the confusion, but the title of my upcoming book – which is about Rajendra Pachauri’s abysmal leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – comes from a quote from that gentleman himself:
    IPCC studies only peer-review science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication. I am sure IPCC would then accept it, otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.
    source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-11-10/india/28069084_1_himalayan-glaciers-climate-change-global-temperatures-rise (see the very end)
    Like so many of Pachauri’s pronouncements, these claims are utterly false. Approximately 30% of the sources cited by the past two IPCC climate assessments (2001 and 2007) were not peer-reviewed academic publications.
    If 1/3 of the IPCC’s source material belongs in “the dustbin” according to its own chairman, the IPCC isn’t a reliable source of information. Let’s keep that in mind when it releases its new report later this month.”
    I think you are missing the obvious unconscious admission that they “can” pick and choose from any source. He didn’t say “will” throw it into the dustbin, or that it all belongs in the dustbin.

  29. @Village Idiot says:
    September 6, 2013 at 4:05 am
    —–
    Thanks! My Danish is as atrocious as my Mandarin, so I can’t help. The cloud chamber shot is cool, I built one when I was about 11 years old, using a bit of uranium ore as a radiation source (doubt we can do that type of thing these days). I didn’t generate a lot of tracks, but the few I saw convinces me that Svensmark is on the money.
    The emphasis upon sulfate ions forming sulfuric acid when interacting with CGR irks me a bit, as atmospheric chemistry is far more complex than that. I’m sure other compounds (probably anthropogenic, but not necessarily) contribute to the cloud formation process. I bet there is much to be discovered in Svensmark’s basic hypothesis. Cool article about atmospheric sampling (Kern County, California)
    http://www.livescience.com/27111-air-pollution-monitoring.html

  30. Glenn says: September 6, 2013 at 11:41 am
    [re quote from which Donna Laframboise’s forthcoming book derives its title:]

    I think you are missing the obvious unconscious admission that they “can” pick and choose from any source. He didn’t say “will” throw it into the dustbin, or that it all belongs in the dustbin.

    While I do not disagree with your interpretation, it should be noted that precision in choice of words has never been Rajendra <shoot from the lip> Pachauri’s forté.
    On a related note, it is amusing to recall the subsequent “evolution” of this particular Pachauri pomposity, as he miraculously moved grey/gray literature from his “dustbin” (Nov. 9, 2009) to “the media and other sections of society’s […] drains” (May 14, 2010). Please see:
    Pachauri defends shoddy shades of gray

  31. “The warming, it’s all in the adjustments:
    http://twitter.com/BigJoeBastardi/status/375808179914821632/photo/1
    From now on when I just lope off at least 0.4C from the temperatures this is part of the reason why, the other is a like chart of NOAA’s upward adjustments of a bit more than 0.4C and this doesn’t even include the UHIE missing downward adjustment of ’bout the same, let’s say -0.7C total of all is close. So when those from both the skeptical and warmist sides start speaking seriously of “the sensitivity of climate” as if it is a reality… I just have to laugh (though it’s a pity type of laugh).
    Good catch Joe.

  32. As far as Antarctic sea ice is concerned, the following data set gives slightly different figures, although the broad picture is similar
    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.south.anom.1979-2008
    Here, 2013 comes in only 5th, with 37 first places to date, behind
    2008 (88)
    2003 (54)
    2010 (49)
    2007 (42)
    2008 had the greatest sea ice cover for almost the whole of March, April and May, but clearly peaked too early, and had a poor second half.
    The average for the year to date puts 2013 in first place at 8.26 million sq. km, 122,000 ahead of second placed 2008, showing the value of a consistent performance.
    Perhaps somebody can comment on the perceived accuracy of the two sets of data?

  33. June 17, 2013 — NASA’s 2013 Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission will investigate whether Saharan dust and its associated warm and dry air, known as the Saharan Air Layer or SAL, favors or suppresses the development of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. The effects of Saharan dust on tropical cyclones is a controversial area of science. During the 2012 campaign, NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft gathered valuable data on the dust layer that swirled around Tropical Storm Nadine for several days.
    About time. Dust and aerosol research has been discouraged in order to maintain dust/aerosol cloud seeding as a magic control knob in the climate models to maintain a high CO2 forcing.
    Saharan dust levels over the Atlantic do seem high this northern summer.
    http://now.msn.com/saharan-dust-cloud-makes-way-from-africa-to-texas

  34. The latest result listed on Bolt’s blog says:

    UPDATE
    “Labor now behind in 14, with record postals to come, favoring Coalition usually around 55 per cent. Swan now hanging on.”

  35. Looks like a very warm August coming up on UAH. I’ve noticed an interesting pattern, the later the numbers are released, the more likely it is to be a warm month (or at least to have a big increase from the previous month). It looks the fifth of the month is the cutoff… if released earlier than that it’s a cool(er) month, if released after that, it’s a hot month. The past twelve months demonstrate this effect perfectly. In six of those months, the temperature data was released by Dr. Roy Spencer on or before the fourth of the month. In those months, the average temperature departure was +0.153C. In the other six months, however, the temperature data was released by Dr. Roy Spencer on or after the fifth of the month. In those months, the average temperature departure was +0.350C, or nearly a full +0.2C warmer.
    With that said, I suspect August 2013 will finish between +0.20C and +0.50C, with a most likely value around +0.35C.

  36. Am going down to the bookies to see if a can put a bet on this year been free of hurricanes.
    lf l can then with good luck l can still get good odds. Because to me the risks of a hurricane forming this year are going down. When looking at the satellite view of the mid Atlantic.

  37. Regarding Sea-ice: The Beaufort Gyre is being refilled. Less ice on the Eurasian side is largely due to winds crunching all the ice across the pole towards Canada and Alaska. Very little ice is being lost through the Fram Strait to melt in the Atlantic. Even the Transpolar Drift seems to be moving ever-so-slightly backwards. (And lastly, open water towards Eurasia may actually chill the Arctic Sea, rather than warming it as has been theorized, and this chilled water may explain why summer temperatures were slightly colder up there this year.)
    Layman’s view at: http://sunriseswansong.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/the-arctic-sea-ice-minimum-a-september-surprise/

  38. A good indicator of how compromised journalism is over AGW is how studiously they have ignored Donna Laframboise’s other book. Instead of discussing its extremely well noted and referenced work, major media has simply ignored it completely, or after a cursory pro-forma misrepresentation of the book.
    http://www.amazon.com/Delinquent-Teenager-Mistaken-Climate-ebook/dp/B005UEVB8Q
    But thank God that Donna sticks with it. AGW is as nasty in its own was as eugenics and the movement cannot be stopped soon enough.

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