Climate Science Double-Speak

A Quick Note from Kip Hansen   A quick note for the amusement of the bored but curious. While in search of something else, I ran across this enlightening page from the folks at UCAR/NCAR [The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/The National Center for Atmospheric Research — see pdf here for more information]: “What is…

He’s Baaaaaaaccckkk! (Oy)

I received this email tip from reader Thomas Bakewell (HT, HT) who wrote: Pen Hadow, of the 2009 Caitlin Arctic Expedition is on the loose again! Here’s the link to the BBC story which is mostly a short video. Here is a quote: British explorer Pen Hadow and his crew have set sail from Alaska, in an attempt…

Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions

Public Release: 14-Aug-2017 American Geophysical Union From Eurekalert WASHINGTON D.C. — The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth’s protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. In a twist, a new study shows the 30-year old treaty has had a major side benefit of…

An Inconvenient Split?

From Climate Sceptism Posted on 13 Aug 17 by Paul Matthews In many ways, the climate debate has hardly changed since I got interested in it about ten years ago. Public opinion wobbles up and down with hardly any real change. The same tired arguments and claims come round again: every climate conference is the…

Experiments cast doubt on how the Earth was formed

Public Release: 13-Aug-2017 Goldschmidt Conference From Eurekalert New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken. The results of experiments to show how zinc (Zn) relates to sulphur (S) under the conditions present at the time of the formation of the Earth more than 4 billion years ago,…

Pruitt: EPA will review ‘politicized’ climate science report

From Politico Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has expressed doubts about carbon dioxide’s role as a major driver of climate change. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images By EMILY HOLDEN 08/11/2017 05:32 PM EDT Updated 08/12/2017 01:01 PM EDT Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his staff will gauge the “accuracy” of a major federal…

$50 Million Dollar Massachusetts Renewable Energy Fraud

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Samuel C Cogar – A couple from Acton, Massachusetts have been charged with defrauding the United States Government of more than fifty million dollars worth of tax free renewable energy grants. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 10, 2017 Acton Couple…

Life in a fossil-fuel-free utopia

Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short. Guest essay by Paul Driessen Foreword: The drumbeat for a fossil-fuel-free energy utopia continues. But few have pondered how we will supposedly generate 25 billion megawatts of total current global electricity demand using just renewable energy: wind turbines, for instance.…

Luxury Maine Geoengineering Climate Conference

Guest essay by Eric Worrall One hundred scientists gathered late last month in a luxury ski resort in Maine to discuss Geoengineering. To Stop Global Warming, Should Humanity Dim the Sky? The world’s top geoengineering researchers met off the record to discuss the possibility in Maine last month. ROBINSON MEYER AUG 7, 2017 Late last…

New Orleans Official Blamed Flooding On ‘Climate Change,’ But Broken Pumps Were To Blame

  From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board director Cedric Grant blamed widespread flooding over the weekend on “climate change,” but it wasn’t long before news broke that broken water pumps were actually to blame. Throughout the week, media reports have shown that New Orleans’s antiquated water pumping system failed…

Guam Threatened?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   The New York Times seems to be running short of environmental journalists.  Its latest salvo in the attempt to keep climate change at the forefront of American minds was written by Mike Ives.  “Who?”  you ask. Mike Ives,  a freelance (?) correspondent out of Hong Kong who “started out…

Mythical subsidies. The energy case.

© August 8, 2017. Michel de Rougemont Following the decarbonisation goals set forth in the Paris climate agreement of December 2015, appeals are made to suppress energy subsidies linked to the use of fossil fuels, and to increase consumption taxes massively as an incentive to burn less of them. According to « experts » of…

When The Model Models Itself

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Eric Worrell posted an interesting article wherein a climate “scientist” says that falsifiability is not an integral part of science … now that’s bizarre madness to me, but here’s what she says: It turns out that my work now as a climate scientist doesn’t quite gel with the way we…

So What Happened to the Science?

John Ridgway, “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi It is tempting to speculate what a resurrected Mark Twain would think of the current controversy surrounding the global warming debate. Some of the warnings being…

Claim: Climate Science Does Not Have to be Falsifiable

Guest essay by Eric Worrall How do you falsify a climate model? Australian National University Climate scientist Sophie Lewis acknowledges that climate models are not falsifiable – yet claims we should trust them anyway. Climate change has changed the way I think about science. Here’s why Sophie Lewis Research fellow, Australian National University August 10,…

Drilling set to begin in British shale

From UPI Cuadrilla Resources says its drilling rig is on site and ready to tap into a natural gas basin in Lancashire. By Daniel J. Graeber    |   July 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM   July 28 (UPI) — With its drilling rig on site, a British shale gas explorer said it expects to address…

US Climate Report Edits Out Highly Embarrassing Section

Reposted from Paul Homewood’s Blog, Not A Lot Of People Know That. By Paul Homewood https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/climate/document-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.html The plot thickens! I mentioned in my previous post that the latest draft climate report, published in June, had seemingly left out a rather embarrassing table from the Executive Summary, one that had previously been written into the Third…

The good, the bad and the algae

From Eurekalert Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source and pollution solution DOE/Sandia National Laboratories BRAWLEY, California — Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems…

Here’s How to Avoid Climate Panics

From Townhall Dennis Avery Posted: Aug 07, 2017 10:01 AM Americans have suffered needless climate-related panic for the past 40 years—not realizing that, since 1850, our newspapers have given us a climate scare about every 25 years. And none of them was valid. Fortunately, climate science is now good enough to predict the key abrupt…

No longer water under the bridge, statistics yields new data on sea levels

From Eurekalert Public Release: 8-Aug-2017 Untraditional approach expected to save lives, businesses, and communities along East Coast shows rate accelerating at a pace in contrast to previously accepted data American Statistical Association ALEXANDRIA, Va. (August 8, 2017) – While the scientific community has long warned about rising sea levels and their destructive impact on life,…

Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years

Public Release: 8-Aug-2017 From Eurekalert Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences   IMAGE: 2,000-year temperature reconstruction in China. view more Credit: Yang Liu & Jingyun Zheng A great deal of evidence relating to ancient climate variation is preserved in proxy data such as tree rings, lake sediments, ice cores, stalagmites, corals and historical…

Nuclear Fusion / Fission Hybrid?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Building an energy producing nuclear fusion reactor remains elusive, but some companies are re-considering an old idea – combining nuclear fusion with nuclear fission in a single reactor, to overcome the disadvantages of both. Fusion-fission hybrids: nuclear shortcut or pipe dream? While nuclear fusion’s key milestones remain elusive, could fusion-fission…

EXCLUSIVE: Researcher Claims To Have Evidence One Of EPA’s Most Successful Clean Air Rules Is Based On Fabricated Data

Energy From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 9:06 PM 08/07/2017 One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest and most successful air pollution standards is based on a taxpayer-funded study plagued by “data fabrication and falsification,” according to a veteran toxicologist. Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on…

The Rainmakers

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For more than a decade now I’ve been saying something without getting much agreement, which was: “When you cut down the trees, you cut down the clouds”. I based my saying on my own experience, first growing up in a ponderosa pine and fir forest, and later living in a…