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…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #210

The Week That Was: 2015-12-19 (December 19, 2015) 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) COP-21: The Conference of Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is over. With great fanfare, an agreement…

An Ocean of Plastic

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Images such as this appear on the Internet and in the Main Stream Media, alongside of almost every article or report about the pollution of the Earth’s oceans with plastics of all kinds. The image is usually associated with the words “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the text of the…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #201

The Week That Was: 2015-10-17 (October 17, 2015) 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)   Benefits of Carbon Dioxide: Indur Goklany has produced a brief report on the tremendous benefits of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #196

The Week That Was: 2015-09-12 (September 12, 2015) 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) Model Validation: The past two TWTWs focused on major issues regarding the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) in particular, endanger…

Ocean Acidification: Trying to Get the Science Right

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Preview: In this essay I will discuss the efforts of various scientific bodies and individual scientists to regularize, to bring into line with correct scientific procedures, the budding field of science investigating the effects of increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 on the oceans, its chemical make-up including pH, the atmosphere/ocean…

Journalistic Failure: Revkin on Watts/Peterson

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen Foreword: It pains me to write this opinion piece. As long-term readers here know, I have often defended Andy Revkin, ex-NY Times Environmental Journalist turned NY Times Opinion Section Environmental Columnist, here at WUWT, opening myself to attacks ranging from childish to vicious, and occasionally childishly vicious. Of course, when…

Chaos & Climate – Part 1: Linearity

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen “…we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled nonlinear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.” – IPCC AR4 WG1           Introduction: The IPCC has long recognized that the climate system is 1) nonlinear and therefore,…

Lago Enriquillo Revisted

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Last January, I wrote about the curious case of Lago Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, the “Dead Sea of the DR” – a super-saline lake that lies about 140 feet below sea level in the east of the country right up against the border with Haiti. The lake has been…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #170

The Week That Was: 2015-02-28 (February 28, 2015) 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) Politicized Science: This week members of Congress removed any doubt that Climate Science has become highly politicized, virtually ignoring that scientific knowledge is…

Greenpeace enlists Justin Gillis & John Schwartz of the NY Times in Journalistic Terrorist Attack on Willie Soon – Miss Target, Hit Smithsonian Instead

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen I cannot bring myself to quote from this unconscionable piece of journalistic malfeasance: Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ FEB. 21, 2015 Instead, I simply let my title and the following excerpts from the so-called “supporting” documents offered by Greenpeace speak…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #168

The Week That Was: 2015-02-14 (February 14, 2015) 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) US National Security – Threat of Climate Change: The Obama Administration continues to insist that global warming/climate change is a threat to US…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #167

The Week That Was: 2015-02-07 (February 7, 2015) 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) US National Security – Threat of Climate Change: The White House has issued a report, “National Security Strategy”, stating that climate change (what…

The Met Office UK: Our Heros

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Those following the various versions of the “2014 was the warmest year on record” story may have missed what I consider to be the most important point. The UK’s Met Office (officially the Meteorological Office until 2000) is the national weather service for the United Kingdom. Its Hadley Centre…

Uncertainty Ranges, Error Bars, and CIs

Guest Post by Kip Hansen This post does not attempt to answer questions – instead, it asks them. I hope to draw on the expertise and training of the readers here, many of whom are climate scientists, both professional and amateur, statisticians, researchers in various scientific and medical fields, engineers and many other highly trained…

MCID: Minimal Climatically Important Difference

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Warning: This essay is about a recently emerging concept being applied in medical research. In the course of the essay, it will become clear how this concept might cross over to the field of climatology. Those readers only interested in climate issues or the Climate Wars should move on to…