Carbon soot gets blame for Arctic Ice Melt:
Gas flaring by the oil industry and smoke from residential burning contributes more black carbon pollution to Arctic than previously thought — potentially speeding the melting of Arctic sea ice and contributing to the fast rate of warming in the region.
A crisis for the credibility of IPCC:
Governments footing the IPCC bill are demanding 1,500 changes to the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report. Why? Because report is not explaining the apparent pause in warming.
Crisis meeting to be held later this month.
h/t to Jack Simmons
National Geographic botched statue of liberty cover prompts a letter to the President and CEO about “planetary smut”:
Dear Mr Fahey
As an expiring subscriber let me convey the profound dismay in regards to the inane publication you have the opportunity to direct. With a little thank you though, for some aspects of the September 2013 “rising seas” issue are unlikely what you expected them to be.
After decades of uninterrupted reading I gave up a few months ago, having seen the Magazine slide (fall) from its geography mission to open, fear-based “environmental” advocacy (with a lowercase “e”). It seemed and still seems there is no low you would avoid to reach in order to describe the planet or mostly cute species as either ultimately doomed or irremediably ruined: by evil humans, obviously, including one suspects all of your readers.
LOL! The Sks kidz think a searchable database of climategate emails represents a “blacklist”.
— Skeptical Science (@skepticscience) September 10, 2013
See for yourself here: http://tome22.info/
World Bank Climate Science funding collapses:
Hurricane season has been a dud despite dire forecasts
The preseason predictions were all dire, using words like “extremely active” and “above-normal” to describe the forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that seven to 11 hurricanes would form, while AccuWeather predicted eight.
However, the season so far has been a welcome if unexpected dud, with not a single hurricane yet through the first week of September. (A typical full June-November hurricane season, based on weather records that go back to 1950, has seven hurricanes.)
In fact, the season is about to enter record territory for its unusual lack of hurricanes.
New consensus: Now that the Arctic isn’t ice-free, it turns out that nobody is willing to stand behind those ice-free predictions of a few years ago
The conservative Mail also mocked a prediction made six years ago by scientist Wieslaw Maslowski, a researcher at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., who forecast ice-free Arctic seas as early as this year.
That’s more cherry-picking, said Scambos.
That was a single prediction by one scientist and “it got amplified out of proportion to what the majority of scientists were saying,” Scambos said. “Some skeptics would have all of us live with this prediction, but in fact very few people stepped up to back that prediction when it was made.” [Which climate scientists stepped up to disagree with that high-profile prediction?]
COPENHAGEN – Al Gore’s citation of a scientist predicting an ice-free Arctic within a decade appears to have been accurate. It appears the scientist Gore cited, Dr. Wieslav Maslowski, did in fact make this prediction and it was published on December 2, 2009 by the Danish Climate Centre, lending support to Gore’s claim that the “figures are fresh.”…Dr. Maslowski essentially threw Gore under the bus
Yes, Maslowski predicted just two years ago that the Arctic could be ice-free by 2013…
h/t to Tom Nelson
Zeke grapples with reality:
“What is clear is that there is still much we don’t understand about the many different factors impacting Earth’s climate system, especially over periods as short as a decade”
Zeke Hausfather, a data scientist with extensive experience with clean technology interests in Silicon Valley, is currently a Senior Researcher with Berkeley Earth