Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #174

The Week That Was: 2015-03-28 (March 28, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   SEPP’S APRIL FOOLS AWARD THE JACKSON SEPP is conducting its annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a lump of coal. Readers are asked to nominate and vote for who…

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Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

Eric Worrall writes: The Guardian has published an unusually interesting article about the danger to our civilisation, of a new Tambora scale volcanic eruption. According to Bill McGuire, professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at UCL; “In April 1815, the biggest known eruption of the historical period blew apart the Tambora volcano, on the…

Earth Hour – Celebrate the Warmth

Saturday 28th March is “Earth Hour” – a time to sit in the dark and appreciate the benefits of our cheap reliable hydrocarbon-energy. [Like these candles, for example, from the WWF sponsored Earth Hour home page – Anthony] Guest essay by Viv Forbes We should spend Earth Hour giving thanks for warmth. Just thirteen thousand…

The Desert Finder

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Despite doing lots of research and investigations over the last few weeks, I’ve written little. Well, actually, I’ve published little, although I’ve written a lot. But I didn’t publish what I’d done, there was no wonder in it, no awe. So I tossed it all out and started “simply messing…

Study: Climate change does not cause extreme winters

This comes from ETH Zurich: Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability. Repeated cold snaps led to temperatures far…

Finally: peer reviewed pushback against the Lewandowsky, Oberauer, and Gignac paper

Paul Matthews writes: Ruth Dixon and Jonathan Jones have had a comment published in Psychological Science criticising the LOG ‘Moon hoax’ paper (Psych Science) and LGO ‘Role of Conspiracist Ideation’ (PlosOne) http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/03/26/0956797614566469.full “Reanalysis of the survey data sets of Lewandowsky, Oberauer, and Gignac (2013) and Lewandowsky, Gignac, and Oberauer (2013) indicates that the conclusions of…

Climate skeptic scientists push back against 'witch hunt'

David Legates Makes Sense to Me (climate ‘contrarian’ on the firing line) By Robert Bradley Jr. — March 26, 2015 “U. of Delaware Refuses to Disclose Funding Sources of Its Climate Contrarian,” read the headline from Inside Climate News. “Citing academic freedom, the president and provost decline a congressional request for funding disclosures surrounding the work of…