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From the No Schist, Sherlock Files: “Despite climate risks, utilities bet big on natural gas…”

Guest post by David Middleton For the fossil fuel industries, 2016 has been a terrible year. Amid historically low commodity prices and stricter environmental regulations, coal companies went bankrupt, oil and gas rig counts slumped, and utilities retired fossil generators like they’re going out of style. But amid the struggles, one fossil asset class remains…

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The correlation between global population and global CO2

Guest  essay by Roger Graves Predictions of atmospheric CO2 levels at some future time are commonly made, usually with the object of assuring us that beyond a certain point our planet will be fried to a crisp. Most of these predictions are in the form ‘if CO2 levels reach x, the effect will be such-and-such’, without…

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RCP 8.5: The “Mother of all” Junk Climate Science

Guest post by David Middleton Featured image borrowed from here. Nearly every catastrophic global warming doomsday scenario, particularity those involving icecap failures and Noah-size sea level rises are based on the “RCP 8.5” scenario.   Representative Concentration (or Carbon)Pathway 8.5 assumes a “rising radiative forcing pathway leading to 8.5 W/m² in 2100.”  It is generally…