Trump administration lining up climate change 'red team'

From the Washington Examiner by John Siciliano | Jul 24, 2017, 12:02 AM   The Trump administration is in the beginning stages of forming an adversarial “red team” to play devil’s advocate in a plan to debate the facts behind global warming and take on what skeptics call climate alarmism.   The White House and…

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Queensland chief scientist Professor Suzanne Miller sidelined over fraud charges

Breaking News: From the “trust me, I’m a scientist department” comes this story from soon-to-be-50%-renewables Queensland.  By Peter Campion Photo: Professor Miller was appointed to the role of chief scientist in December 2016. (Supplied: Tom Greenard) The Australian ABC is reporting that Professor Suzanne Miller has been stood aside as Queensland’s chief scientist after being…

Another paper confirms "the pause" in global warming – cites issues with methods of obtaining average temperature

Spatiotemporal Divergence of the Warming Hiatus over Land Based on Different Definitions of Mean Temperature Chunlüe Zhou & Kaicun Wang Abstract Existing studies of the recent warming hiatus over land are primarily based on the average of daily minimum and maximum temperatures (T2). This study compared regional warming rates of mean temperature based on T2 and T24 calculated from hourly observations…

New save the planet scheme: 'cocktail geoengineering'

Could ‘cocktail geoengineering’ save the climate? From the CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE Geoengineering is a catch-all term that refers to various theoretical ideas for altering Earth’s energy balance to combat climate change. New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists published by Geophysical Research Lettersinvestigates for the first time the possibility of using a “cocktail”…

The Resurgence of the American Coal Industry. Part Trois: Going Dutch!

Guest post by David Middleton If President Obama was the “war on coal,” President Trump might just be the post-war “Marshall Plan”… U.S. Coal Finds Footing In European Markets By Oil & Gas 360 – Jul 22, 2017 A report by the EIA indicated that coal exports—for both steam coal, used for power generation, and metallurgical coal,…

The Laws of Averages: Part 3, The Average Average

  Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   This essay is the third and last in a series of essays about Averages — their use and misuse.  My interest is in the logical and scientific errors, the informational errors, that can result from what I have playfully coined “The Laws of Averages”. Averages As both the…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #278

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. “…it was clear that the first and greatest need was to establish the facts of the past record of the natural climate in times before any side effects of human activities could well be important.” – H.H. Lamb on…