Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #287

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. “Were it not rational behaviour based on irrational government policy, this deliberate elimination of an essential service could only be described as a form of economic self-harm.” Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia Number of the Week: $160…

Durable Original Measurement Uncertainty

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Introduction: Temperature and Water Level (MSL) are two hot topic measurements being widely bandied about and vast sums of money are being invested in research to determine whether, on a global scale, these physical quantities — Global Average Temperature and Global Mean Sea Level — are changing, and if…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #285

The Week That Was: 2017-09-23 (September 23, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. “Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead.”— John Maynard Keynes, the British Economist who earlier predicted that the extreme punitive…

Justin Gillis Strikes One Last Time

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   In a paroxysm of over-the-top alarmism, Justin Gillis, at the New York Times, fires off another advocacy editorial — disguised as a climate news story. This salvo’s title is “The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior” — but that’s not what he is writing about. The article’s URL…

SEA LEVEL: Rise and Fall – Part 1

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen In remembrance of the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:  I have held off publishing this essay until after the damage from Hurricane Irma could be determined hoping not to add to the fears, angst and now sorrow experienced by both victims and their relatives.  My prayers and sympathy go…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 6: Follow Up

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is a follow-up to  a series of five essays that discussed ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, one essay covered the “Salt Wars1” and another the “Obesity War”.  The purpose of…

Climate Science Double-Speak: Update

Update by Kip Hansen   Last week I wrote about UCAR/NCAR’s very interesting discussion on “What is the average global temperature now?”. [Adding link to previous post mentioned.] Part of that discussion revolved around the question of why current practitioners of Climate Science insist on using Temperature Anomalies — the difference between the current average…

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…

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…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #280

The Week That Was: 2017-08-05 (August 5, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of…

Pew Poll Mischaracterized by NY Times

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   Using the ever-popular propagandistic visual cliché —  a photo of back-lit steam rising from a power plant (making it look like air- polluting black smoke) —   the NY Times, represented by Lisa Friedman, boldly mischaracterizes the results of the latest international Pew Survey on perceived threats, using the headline: …

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #279

  Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Data Quality – Surface Temperatures: Writing in Energy Matters, Roger Andrews has begun an examination of efforts to adjust measurements to a preconceived idea. His first part deals with land-based, surface-air temperatures (SAT). Ideally, these are taken…

Plastics Yet Again

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   The New York Times has treated us to another episode of the Great Plastics-Last-Forever  Urban Legend in their recent article “The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics” by the incredible Tatiana Schlossberg (here and here). The New York Times’ article breathlessly reports: “From the 1950s to today,…

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…

We Need to Say “Yes!” to Air Conditioning

  Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Contrary to the common mantra that we must turn the thermostat up on our air conditioners to cut down on electrical energy usage — in order to save the planet from sure destruction — a recent article in the New York Times offered a different perspective. “If You Fix…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #276

The Week That Was: 2017-07-08 (July 8, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters: “– Albert Einstein ################################################### Number of the Week: 39% ################################################### THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala,…

Book Review: Climate Pragmatism

Book Review by Kip Hansen   The Rightful Place of Science:  CLIMATE PRAGMATISM Edited by: Jason Lloyd, Daniel Sarewitz, Ted Nordhaus, Alex Trembath 129 pp.  Paperback. CSPO  $10. “[T]he idea of climate pragmatism is kind of obvious:  let’s do the things that provide broad benefits regardless of one’s particular set of commitments in the climate…

The Laws of Averages: Part 2, A Beam of Darkness

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   This essay is second 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 word and the concept…

The Laws of Averages: Part 1, Fruit Salad

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen This essay is long-ish — and is best saved for a time when you have time to read it in its entirety.  It will be worth the wait and the eventual effort.  It comes in three sections:  a Primer on Averages, a general discussion of Fruit Salad metrics, and a…

Climate Science: Red Fish Blue Fish

Guest Commentary by Kip Hansen  “Multiple scientific assessments have concluded that man-made climate change is real and poses risks to human health and the environment. Even so, Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, told Breitbart News on Monday that he would like to essentially re-litigate the science of climate change. In an interview with…

From the Scientific Urban Legend Department: Slight Rise in Temperatures Tied to Heat Wave Deaths

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen     The Claim: The venerable NY Times carries this headline:  “In India, Slight Rise in Temperatures Is Tied to Heat Wave Deaths”. The study cited makes this conclusion: “Mean temperatures across India have risen by more than 0.5°C over this period, with statistically significant increases in heat waves. Using…

80,000 Yrs of Arctic Ice Melted in Single Weekend

News Brief by Kip Hansen   No, really…no kidding here…this is a real disaster.   This is not Fake News! Here’s the story, from the NY Times’ Tatiana Schlossberg (and here): “Ice from the Canadian Arctic has completely melted, leaving puddles of water in its place and scientists devastated. O.K., this is what actually happened: Ice…

Guangzhou Rising – Canton Sinking

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 Michael Kimmelman.  “Who?”  you ask. Micheal Kimmelman, the current architecture critic of The New York Times.  (But, rest assured,…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #261

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Major Climate Model Issues — Curry: In her paper: Climate Models for the layman” presented last week, Judith Curry discusses major issues with Global Climate Models (GMCs) and why the predictions / projections from them are not…

The Mark Boslough Affair

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen The Mark Boslough Affair or Who is Misrepresenting Whom? Who is Mark Boslough anyway?   He is a “physicist. He is a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico.”  And is best known for his “work on airbursts [which] challenged the…

This is How Climate Works – Part 2

Guest essay by Mike Jonas /Continued from Part 1 3. The Models can never work In an earlier post, Inside the Climate Computer Models, I explained how the climate computer models, as currently structured, could never work. Put simply, they are not climate models, they are weather models, because they operate on small(ish) pieces of…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #254

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) What Happens Now? Roy Spencer reported that the early calculations for atmospheric global temperature report from the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) show that…

Lago Enriquillo Redux

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen In previous episodes:  In January of 2014, the NY Times published an article “Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes” by  Randal C. Archibold, in which the waters of Lago Enriquillo, in the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic, were claimed to be rising and flooding farms and…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 5: Common Elements

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the fifth, and last, in a series of essays discussing ongoing scientific controversies—each one a so-called “science war”.  This essay attempts to illuminate the similarities that exist between the four previous topics and, of course,  the Climate Wars. Warning:  This is not a short essay.  Dig in…

Are Public Positions on Climate Change Changing?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen This is a follow-on to Bob Tisdale’s recent piece on Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources’ changes to its Great Lakes climate change statement. If you read his article and didn’t click through to the original article by Lee Bergquist in the Wisconsin Journal Sentinal, you might have missed how significant…

BOOK REVIEW: “Polar Bear Facts and Myths – A Science Summary for All Ages” by Susan Crockford

Book Review by Kip Hansen Susan Crockford, the “Bones”1 of the zoology world, is a partner in Pacific Identifications, Inc., whose homepage proudly declares “We identify animal bones”.   She is a world-renowned expert in the identification and analysis of animal bone recovered from archaeological sites and animal digestive tracts, among other things. She is also…

More Polar Non-Science

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Good Grief!  Enough already with the Polar Bears! The folks at the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science**,  whose motto, proudly displayed on their website, is “Science for the Benefit of Humanity”, have managed to embarrass themselves with a little ad that appeared in my news feed from…

Miami’s Vice

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Miami Beach has a vice – a bad one – a dangerous one. Miami’s vice is water, as in waterfront.  Everybody seems to want a house on the waterfront, a house on a canal, with a boat tied to the dock. So what’s not to like about that?  After…

WUWT milestone – 10 years

Foreword by Anthony, decade in review by Janice Moore. Ten years ago today, I started Watts Up With That with one simple blog entry. Since then, I’ve had 15,559 Posts and 1,902,684 Comments and 291,103,411 Views as of this writing. (updated at publish time) Running this website, changed my life, and helped to change the…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #246

The Week That Was: 2016-10-29 (October 29, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Constitutional Tug-of-War: During the turmoil following the Revolutionary War, which ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1783, it became evident to many of…

Chaos & Climate – Part 4: An Attractive Idea

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen “The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”  – IPCC TAR WG1, Working Group I: The Scientific Basis Introduction:  (if you’ve read the previous installments, you may skip this intro) The IPCC has long recognized that the…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #244

The Week That Was: 2016-10-08 (October 8, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Changing Sun: Andy May has an interesting essay on Watts Up With That on variability of the sun and its influence on climate.…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #240

The Week That Was: 2016-09-10 (September 10, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Treaty or No Treaty? According to reports, on September 3, U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the Paris Climate Agreement…

Chaos & Climate – Part 3: Chaos & Models

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   “The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”  – IPCC TAR WG1, Working Group I: The Scientific Basis Introduction:  The IPCC has long recognized that the Earth’s climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system.   Unfortunately,…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #235

The Week That Was: 2016-08-06 (August 6, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Atmospheric Temperatures: Something unexpected happened in July. The rapid decline in atmospheric temperatures observed for the past few months stopped; in fact, they…

The Gray, Gray World of Wolves

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Carl Zimmer of the New York Times gives us this story:  DNA Study Reveals the One and Only Wolf Species in North America. “The first large study of North American wolf genomes has found that there is only one species on the continent: the gray wolf. Two other purported…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 3: The War on Sugar

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the third in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the War on Sugar.  Kahan, in his recent “On the…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #232

The Week That Was: 2016-07-16 (July16, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) The Frederick Seitz Memorial Award: At the 34th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP), SEPP Chairman Fred Singer presented the annual…

From the Scientific Urban Legend Department: “The little Bramble Cay melomys is likely the first mammal claimed by man-made climate change”

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen The Claim: Bramble Cay melomys (mosaic-tailed rat) is the first mammal to go extinct due to human-induced climate change. Rating: Examples: “A small rodent that lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world’s first mammal to be a casualty of climate change…”  National Geographic “Bramble Cay melomys, a…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 2: The Great Barrier Reef Wars

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Prologue:  This is the second in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the Great Barrier Reef Wars.  The purpose of the…