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Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930

By Tom Skilling

August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year. Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century’s opening decade. There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That’s by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930. – August 13, 2008

via Joe S commenting on Watts Up With That?


Shootin’ blind, because I do not have the educated eyes to see where this is heading, the following posting seems to me linked with “Our generation has known a warm, giving Sun, but the next generation will suffer a Sun that is less giving, and the Earth will be less fruitful.” (David Archibald) in the sense that we have some very interesting science being displayed in both the heavens and the earth(‘s media).

 Maybe as in “Never mind the Sunlight, feel the Chill

Spotless days: 400 and counting

   “So it would seem, that as of August 12th, 2008, we would likely have reached a total of 400 spotless days. The next milestone for recent solar minimas is 446 spotless days, not far off. It will be interesting to see where this current minima ends up.” (Anthony Watts)

   “It’s only fairly recently that Ken Schatten has noted the frequent presence of low-latitude coronal holes – very unusual at solar minimum – and wondered if perhaps these allow magnetic flux to reconnect at low latitudes, and through the coronal holes, “escape” into interplanetary space with the solar wind, leaving the sun “drained” of magnetic energy.” (extract from comment by John-X)

Updating this entry to add a further comment by John-X on Watts Up With That?

   “But in Hathaway’s view, the current activity really belongs to the next cycle, so while he stands by his forecast for Cycle 24, he sees the following cycle, #25 as being “one of the weakest in centuries.”
   “He asserts confidently that the current inactivity is “not the second coming of the Maunder Minimum.”
   “But according to his theory of the solar cycle, the next one will be.”

Caspar and the Jesus paper

   “There has been the most extraordinary series of postings at Climate Audit over the last week. As is usual at CA, there is a heavy mathematics burden for the casual reader, which, with a bit of research I think I can now just about follow. The story is a remarkable indictment of the corruption and cyncism that is rife among climate scientists, and I’m going to try to tell it in layman’s language so that the average blog reader can understand it. As far as I know it’s the first time the whole story has been set out in a single posting.”

Bishop Hill  –  A dissentient afflicted with the malady of thought

(via ICECAP)

13 August, 2008

Just two extracts from a long, balanced and enlightening post:

Warming a boon, not a catastrophe

   “Consensus climate science has also failed to show any causal connection between human-caused CO2 and possible catastrophe — quite the opposite, actually. It’s largely because the planet is warming that we’ve been able to feed a population of more than six billion. In other words, warming has been a boon, not a catastrophe. If catastrophe occurs, it will likely be caused by abrupt climate cooling due to natural variations that are beyond human control, not human carbon emissions and warming.
   “It’s time for consensus climate science to come up with another, more accurate, hypothesis, one that deals with the realities of abrupt climate change, instead of the fairy tale of the “stable” climate that would result if only humanity brought industrial civilization to a halt.”

Paul MacRae, July 30, 2008


   “Ice ages are the most obvious evidence for climate change, and we are coming out of the medieval Little Ice Age now. As global temperatures progressively warm, many consider that this relates to carbon emissions dating from the 1850s, but the increase began approximately 300 years ago…”  Professor Bill Collins of James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Andrew Bolt

And I reiterate: “Give them (scientists who consider)

your serious attention.
   Time enough, then, to re-enter the fray with knowledge riding shotgun at your side.”

12 August, 2008

…with knowledge riding shotgun at your side.

When they reached the mountain’s summit, even Clancy took a pull,
   It well might make the boldest hold their breath,
The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full
   Of wombat holes, and any slip was death…

    Surely a cautionary tale for those who would thrust runaway, out of control, man-made global warming as a catastrophe crashing upon us; a warning to take a pull and consider those wombat holes, and perhaps death to those who need the engines of the power plants for their very survival?

   There are hundreds of scientific opinions linked in this thread alone.  Obnservations of caution and doubt.  Enough science to say, at the very least, slow down and think.


   Leave the stampede a moment and take the long view.  Notice the shrieking and the whip of panic being applied by the cynical who stand to gain fame and fortune… and power from a world bolting in fear.

   There are many, many voices of reason raised up in doubt.  Calm, wise, and mature voices.

   Give them your serious attention.

   Time enough, then, to re-enter the fray with knowledge riding shotgun at your side.

Lines at the head of this entry extracted from the poem

The Man from Snowy River by Banjo Paterson


   Note that our northern state of Queensland is where all we Australians who like the tropics wish to live.

   Or did…

Even Queensland can’t escape from the cold

Brett Dutschke, Tuesday August 12, 2008 – 14:35 EST

   It’s a case of icy cold one day, icy cold the next in Queensland as Coolangatta breaks an August record for the fourth time in five days, according to
   The temperature in Coolangatta plummeted to just one degree early this morning, 10 below the August average. This is the fifth day running that the temperature has dropped lower than 3.6 degrees, the previous record August low in more than 20 years of records.


NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

   PASADENA, Calif. – A team of NASA and university scientists has detected an ongoing reversal in Arctic Ocean circulation triggered by atmospheric circulation changes that vary on decade-long time scales. The results suggest not all the large changes seen in Arctic climate in recent years are a result of long-term trends associated with global warming. …

   Reporting in Geophysical Research Letters, the authors attribute the reversal to a weakened Arctic Oscillation, a major atmospheric circulation pattern in the northern hemisphere. The weakening reduced the salinity of the upper ocean near the North Pole, decreasing its weight and changing its circulation. …

   “Our study confirms many changes seen in upper Arctic Ocean circulation in the 1990s were mostly decadal in nature, rather than trends caused by global warming,” said Morison.

Watts Up With That?

   For the first time in the entire history of mankind the world has a common ballot box.

   The World Wide Web, the Internet, can take your voice from the meanest hamlet in the most inhospital corner of the globe and project it onto the world stage.

   It is the miracle of our time.

   Use it wisely; use it well; and use it often.

11 August, 2008

When Elephants roamed England…
  Goodwife Stott is currently enjoying reading Francis Pryor’s  excellent Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland before the Romans (HarperCollins, 2003/2004). Unfortunately, she keeps disturbing my Sunday newspaper reveries by crying out:
Our present funk over climate change is an insult to the men and women of our past. We commit the sin of presentism.

   Throughout this long tale of human endeavour, climate and sea-levels have changed over and over again, sometimes slowly, sometimes dramatically, with sub-tropical interludes, ice ages, permafrost, temperate floods, and drought. Likewise, the vegetation has swung between forest and heath, open meadow, swamp land and sea, between chilly tundra, boreal forests, mixed deciduous forests, and grassland.

   Yet, despite all this often dramatic climate change, neither Ebbsfleet, nor the Earth, came to a crunching halt, while humans went on, adapting and altering their lives, growing stronger, healthier, and older throughout. Today, the people of Ebbsfleet live longer and with less hardship than any of these, our doughty ancestors.

Clips from another wonderful and enlightening piece by Philip Stott

Sunday, 10 August, 2008

Global Warming Politics

10 August, 2008

“We have proof of man-made global warming,” roared conservative American radio host Rush Limbaugh. “The man-made global warming is inside NASA.”

Just one clip from

Key degrees of difference
by Cameron Stewart, The Australian


Coal isn’t the climate enemy, Mr Monbiot. It’s the solution
We must draw on existing resources as part of an integrated energy policy, not flirt with nuclear, the most dangerous option


   “Britain needs an integrated energy policy that will produce 250m tonnes of indigenous deep-mine clean coal per year – from which could be extracted all the electricity, oil, gas and petrochemicals that our people need.”


Arthur Scargill –


By Steve McIntyre
   “The Texas Sharpshooter fallacy is a logical fallacy where a man shoots a barn thirty times then circles the bullet holes nearest each other after the fact calling that his target. It’s of particular concern in epidemiology. Folks, you are never going to see a better example of the Texas Sharpshooter work itself out in real life than Caspar Ammann’s handling of Mann’s RE benchmark. I introduce you to Caspar Ammann, the Texas Sharpshooter. Go get ‘em, cowboy.”

M. Jeff notes in comments (#2): “Please try to show more tolerance for the mathematically challenged and those who have to exaggerate their sharpshooting skills. In my rural Texas high school learning to dehorn and castrate was a major part of the curriculum as compared to less important subjects such as math…”


The twisting of our minds, the withering of our souls…

   “We are facing a monumental energy crisis, yet we live on an island with more than 1,000 years of coal reserves from which we can provide all the electricity, oil, gas and petrochemicals that people need, without causing harm to the environment. Britain – despite its massive indigenous deep-mine coal reserves – has never had an integrated energy policy based on coal and renewables, and as a consequence we are now facing the worst energy crisis in our history.”

   If your sense of rightness has been numbed right down you should be able to handle the following without willing bloodshed abroad.

   However, if you are still young enough to be outraged, read slowly, keep your hands in your pockets, and use a straw to draw in the water or other liquid you will need to keep your body at a stable temperature.
   My reaction was suppressed fury; and a feeling of gratitude for those such as Steve McIntyre.


Well, well. Look what the cat dragged in. 
By Steve McIntyre

   “We seem to be having occasional success in getting things archived. CSIRO was shamed into providing the data for their Drought Report and David Stockwell has now reported on this…”

Climate Audit


Abandon hope, all ye who enter here…

Religious leaders unite in climate call
5:29pm DOZENS of religious leaders have signed an open letter to the federal government calling for fast, decisive action on climate change.
   The letter, signed in Sydney today, says Australia has a “moral obligation” to make deep cuts to greenhouse emissions because it has been a relatively large polluter.

The Australian – 8 August, 2008

Perhaps I am too innocent for this world, but I find this story shocking; so much so that I may indeed abandon hope in rational belief and fact prevailing until we of the western world have flagellated ourselves into wreckage and then, and only then, begun to bootstrap ourselves back into reality.

In the following pages there is proof and explanation sufficient to disburse the thickest mind of guilt that man is a poison to his own world.  People of note and facts indisputable are linked there… but to what avail?

Hard fact that does no harm is no longer the fashion, so, perhaps:

If thou hearest thunder quickly kill the nearest virgin to appease the Gods; of if none be handy then terrify a child…

That is the modus operandi of those sunken to the depravity of man-made climate change priests of (their) plenty amongst their wide-eyed congregation of witless fools.

06 August, 2008

 Is is not only Alice who is in Wonderland…

CCSP Climate Impacts Report: A Perversion of Science
By Chip Knappenberger
   “The current contents read as if the CCSP authors set aside their list of sizable scientific credentials, and instead opted to write a fantasy piece on how they wished the state of climate science to be, rather than how it actually is.
   “As it now stands, the draft CCSP report is a gross perversion of science.”

Antarctic Fossils Paint Picture Of Much Warmer Continent

(Some clips to whet your appetite.)

   An abrupt and dramatic climate cooling of 8 degrees Celsius, over a relatively brief period of geological time roughly 14 million years ago, forced the extinction of tundra plants and insects and transformed the interior of Antarctica into a perpetual deep-freeze from which it has never emerged.

   The mean summertime temperatures would have dropped in that period by as much as 8 degrees Celsius. On average, the summertime temperatures in the Valleys during this temperate period would have been as much as 17 degrees warmer than the present-day average.

   This conclusion suggests that even when global atmospheric temperatures were warmer than they are now, as occurred–approximately 3.5 million years ago during the Pliocene Epoch–and as might occur in the near future as a consequence of global warming, there was no significant melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet inland of the Dry Valleys, nor were there dramatic changes in environmental conditions in the fossil region.

ScienceDaily   (Aug. 6, 2008)


   “If you shout “fire” in a crowded theatre, when there is none, you understand that you might be arrested for irresponsible behaviour and breach of the peace.”

So why do you shout it, sir?

Are you outside the law?

Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread…

   “Before Congress spends billions to build public schools that meet “green” environmental standards, it should review Washington state’s experience, which shows that green buildings have higher than expected costs, and the energy savings and other projected benefits are either small or nonexistent…”
Daily Policy Digest, August 5, 2008
National Center for Policy Analysis

05 August, 2008

One day later: Mauna Loa CO2 graph changes

   “Approximately 24 hours after I published my story on the January to July trend reversal of CO2 at Mauna Loa, the monthly mean graph that is displayed on the NOAA web page for Mauna Loa Observatory has changed. I’ve setup a blink comparator to show what has occurred:”

Watts Up With That?


Drill Through The Floor


04  August, 2008
Energy: House Republicans recognize that drilling for our own oil has become the issue this election year. Will the rest of the party join their crusade and use it to win in November?


 Jim Arndt asks in the second response to this posting:

   “Bob. Why is it hotter a 1000 years ago than today that is the question, but it is much too sensitive to bring up.”

Jones et al 1998: Impact of New Versions

By Steve McIntyre

   We keeping hearing the incantation from the Team that all the reconstructions on the Jesuit Index show a warmer modern than medieval period. …
Climate Audit, 04 August, 2008

Shrill alarm and cries of doom will undo the AGW extremists; and leave science-science a long, long haul to restore our faith, and hence our future.

Dud studies behind Rudd’s freakish claims

Dr David Stockwell, a leading expert on ecological niche modeling, checked the CSIRO’s (Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) figures and assumptions behind its warning of more drought thanks to global warming, and found in fact:

   … that the results show no significant increase in drought due to greenhouse warming in almost all regions of Australia

Stockwell’s conclusions were hampered by the CSIRO’s refusal to hand over the data it had used to make its terrifying predictions. Eventually the CSIRO caved in, and Stockwell has since crunched its numbers and found the CSIRO’s models are in fact worthless, not even being able to “predict” past climate:

Andrew Bolt Blog, 05 August, 2008


There are walls of stone built by our forefathers which have yet the strength to take the full force of the juggernauts of the doomsayers and throw them back upon themselves in wreck:

Industry Group Asks NOAA to Withdraw Major Climate Report

   Five years after complaints about data quality quashed the first federal assessment of climate change in the United States, an industry group is resurrecting the tactic. On Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked the government to withdraw a major Climate Change Science Program report released in May. The group argued that the analysis violates a federal law that requires agencies to employ “sound science” because it relies on unpublished information. …

   “The public cannot presently judge the reliability and objectivity of the synthesis report, because the public cannot access the underlying documents on which the synthesis report is based,” the group wrote in official comments it filed Friday with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, the lead agency that produced the analysis.

ICECAP – 04 August, 2008

04 August, 2008

Mauna Loa CO2 January to July trend goes negative first time in history

Anthony Watts comments:

“Below is the data table with the January and July values highlighted for your inspection.
   “What this means I cannot say. It may be noise, it could be a fault in the data gathering or in the measurement instrumentation. It may be an effect of increased ocean CO2 solubility due to the global cold snap we’ve been having the past few months. Or it may be related to the biosphere respiration changing in some way we don’t know about.
   “This one time event may in fact be that, one time. It may not happen again next year, we simply don’t know. But, it is unique and thought provoking.
   “Whatever it is, we need to look deeper and find out why.”

Climate hysterics v heretics in an age of unreason

Arthur Herman

   “But what kind of religion? More than 200 years ago, Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume put his finger on the process. His essay, Of Superstition and Enthusiasm, describes how even in civilised societies the mind of man is subject to certain unaccountable terrors and apprehensions when real worries are missing.
   “The knaves today, of course, are the would-be high priests of the global warming orthodoxy, with former US vice-president Gore as their supreme pontiff.
   “As Hume points out, the stronger mixture there is of superstition, with its ambience of ignorance and fear, the higher is the authority of the priesthood.”
The Australian | August 04, 2008

Of ships and shoes and sealing wax…

Perhaps the logs of ships long gone to grave will yet put the seal of history on the science available daily refuting the alarm being sown amongst us that the world is… um… doomed (yet again)?

Follow the story on

Watts Up With That?
Interesting clip from the story:
   “Wheeler and his colleagues have since won European Union funding to extend this research to 1750. This shows that during the 1730s, Europe underwent a period of rapid warming similar to that recorded recently – and which must have had natural origins. Hints of such changes are already known from British records, but Wheeler has found they affected much of the north Atlantic too, and he has traced some of the underlying weather systems that caused it.”

03 August, 2008
By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM, AMS Fellow


   “This cooling has occurred even as CO2 increased 3.5%. A similar decoupling took place from the 1940s to the late 1970s when temperatures fell as CO2 accelerated upwards into the post-war boom years.”

Washington Examiner via ICECAP

02 August, 2008

Global Warming Message Morphs as Earth Cools

If AGW is a myth, then why do scientists of note, lesser mortals, and even politicians believe it is truth?

   “The scientists, despite their impressive credentials, were accused of bias because some of them had done research financed by the food industry. And so the informational cascade morphed into what the economist Timur Kuran calls a reputational cascade, in which it becomes a career risk for dissidents to question the popular wisdom.”

Read the full text of:

Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus


New York Times, 9 October, 2007

…and cry for the simple minds we yet are.


NCDC changes from national record keeper to advocacy group

   Anthony Watts comments: “To say the least, I’m shocked that NCDC’s leadership has changed from being the nation’s record keeper of weather and climatic data, to being what appears to me now as an advocacy group. The draft document reads more like a news article in many places than it does a scientific document, and unlike a scientific document, it has a number of what I would call “emotionally based graphics” in it that have nothing to do with the science.”

   And further down in Comments On The Draft CCSP Report “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”  in a guest post by Dr. Roger Pielke, read: “As a result, this report continues the biased narrow perspective of the earlier CCSP reports, as has been reported on a number of times on Climate Science and in other communications. As just one example of the bias, the Karl et al report starts with the text…”

Watts Up With That?  –  01 August, 2008


We know so very little, but presume to know so much — remember when we were very young and in our ignorance could so easily set the whole world (and mum and dad) right?

Cold And Ice, Not Heat, Episodically Gripped Tropical Regions 300 Million Years Ago

ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2008) — Geoscientists have long presumed that, like today, the tropics remained warm throughout Earth’s last major glaciation 300 million years ago. New evidence, however, indicates that cold temperatures in fact episodically gripped these equatorial latitudes at that time.


Award-winning Astronaut Slams Hansen – Urges NASA to ‘Debunk the current hysteria’ over Warming

Cunningham writes:

   “NASA should be at the forefront in the collection of scientific evidence and debunking the current hysteria over human-caused” warming
   “[James] Hansen is a political activist who spreads fear even when NASA’s own data contradict him.”
In Science, Ignorance is Not Bliss
 Watts Up With That? – 01 August, 2008

01 August, 2008

A encouraging response on satellite CO2 measurement from the AIRS Team

   “I’d say that waiting that 6-8 weeks for the paper and supporting data will be well worth it. The working title of the upcoming paper is: “Satellite Remote Sounding of Mid-Tropospheric CO2″ and the lead author is Moustafa T. Chahine.
   “Good things come to those who wait,” comments Anthony Watts; and his posters add important and erudite observations at:
Watts Up With That? – 31 July, 2008

   “The UN’s predictions are already being falsified by events: global temperatures have been falling for seven years, and not one of the climate models relied upon so heavily and so unwisely by the IPCC predicted that turn of events.”

Christopher Monckton warns (Australia’s) Climate Change Minister Penny Wong that the Rudd Government’s mad plans to cut “carbon pollution” is a disaster built on a fallacy.

Andrew Bolt Blog, 1 August, 2008

31 July, 2008

The very idea that they will follow Europe on climate change is risible…

   “…it is abundantly apparent that expedient political alliances between, for example, China, India, and Brazil are now at least as important as, if not more important than, their relationships with traditional Northern/Western countries.
   “Above all, these states will agree to nothing that halts their growth to prosperity. The very idea that they will follow Europe on climate change is risible. Indeed, I find it increasingly embarrassing, for example, when naive folk in the UK oppose a new coal-fired plant at Kingsnorth in Kent on the grounds that “it will be setting a bad example to China and India.” The patronising attitude behind such sentiments is shaming. China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, and the rest won’t even notice what we do in Kent. They couldn’t care less! We are no longer so important.”

30 July, 2008

30 July, 2008   “Fear is a very efficient weapon: It produces the desired effect without much waste. Global warming has nothing to do with how much CO2 is produced or what we do here on Earth. For millions of years, solar activity has been controlling temperatures on Earth and even now, the sun controls how high the mercury goes. CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another. Soon it will cool down anyhow, once again, regardless of what we do…”


   Professor Kunihiko Takeda, Vice-Chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University.

   Interview by Judit Kawaguchi on Global Warming Politics – 29 July, 2008


Zealots with an obscene agenda.

A threat to the very heart of western civilization.

   “The thirst to wield massive control over our economy helps explain the near religious belief in man-made global warming and the attacks on scientists and others who offer contradictory evidence.”

A Country At Mercy Of Environmentalists

By WALTER E. WILLIAMS | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Investor Business Daily

29 July, 2008

“The creation of the UN IPCC was a cataclysmic event in the history of science. Here was a purely political body posing as a scientific institution.”

On Refereeing

By John Brignell,

via ICECAP () Jul 26, 2008

We sure know our science downunder:

“The first sentence of the opening section of her paper, entitled “Why we need to act”, contains seven scientific errors — almost one error for every two words.”

Professor Bob Carter on Australian Climate Minister Penny Wong’s “green paper”.

Wong’s climate paper clouded with mistakes

Bob Carter, 29 July, 2008 –

The Age

28 July, 2008

“Are you ready to see over 7,500 years of summer temperatures from Finland?”

   The work from which the above line is taken was conducted by three scientists from the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the University of Helsinki. They begin their piece noting that:

   “The growth of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) is highly sensitive to June-July temperatures at the Finnish pine timberline. Exceptional preservation of pine wood and it accumulation in non-oxygen muddy bottoms of ice-cold lakes have made it possible to build a 7641 years long continuous tree-ring chronology.”

Finnish Finish “Global” Warming

World Climate Report, 20 June, 2008

27 July, 2008

The Clouds, the Dust, and the Chemistry…


By Freeman Dyson

The Third Culture

   “…The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.”


Once we were proud of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); now they bring shame on our country:

CSIRO heavy: don’t trust CSIRO’s scares

Art Raiche, former Chief Research Scientist of the CSIRO, says the organisation’s fear-mongering over climate change can’t be trusted:

   “Sadly, over the last decade, CSIRO has transformed itself from a once-respected research institute into a highly centralised, government enterprise (oxymoron?), replete with intersecting layers of expensive management, focused on continual reorganisation. Scientific independence has been lost…”

Andrew Bolt Blog    –   27 July, 2008

26 July, 2008


   “Natural variations in climate, driven by shifting ocean currents, could lead to another decade of cooling global temperatures, according to a peer-reviewed study in the scientific journal Nature. 
   “Global temperatures also cooled between 1945 and 1977, a period of 30 years.  Keenlyside’s study indicates cooling temperatures will have dominated 50 of the 70 years since 1945, once the current cooling trend comes to an end.”

NCPA Daily Policy Digest – 25 July, 2008

Gloomy summer headed toward infamy
   “The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say.
   “Right now the so-called summer of ’08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.”


Anchorage Daily News – 24 July, 2008



 An Aussie Gets Angry…

   “The former Soviet Union killed the Aral Sea, the fourth largest inland body of water; Saddam Hussein destroyed the marshes at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates, the largest wetlands ecosystem in the Middle East – and the ALP soon may have to take ultimate responsibility for killing the Murray-Darling, Australia’s largest river system.
   “Each of these three environmental disasters was caused by humans and each could have been prevented.”
The Daily Telegraph

25 July,2008

“Each day’s passing of anaemic Solar Cycle 24 sunspot activity reinforces the imminent cooling.”

David Archibald 23rd July 2008

Progression of Solar Cycle 23/24 Minimum



Evidence of Variability of Atmospheric CO2 During the 20th Century

Ernst-Georg Beck, Dipl. Biology

“Wet chemical analyses indicate three atmospheric CO2 maxima in the northern hemisphere up to approx. 400 ppm over land and sea since about 1812. The measured atmospheric CO2 concentrations since 1920 -1950 prove to be strongly correlated (more than 80 %) with the arctic sea surface temperature (SST). A detailed analysis of the Atlantic Ocean water during the arctic warming since 1918 – 1939 by Wattenberg (southern Atlantic ocean) and Buch (northern Atlantic ocean) indicates a very similar state of the Atlantic.”

A short extract from a significant story in ICECAP – 24 July, 2008.


NYT: Expert Says Arctic Ocean Will Soon Be an Open Sea

“Catastrophic Shifts in Climate Feared if Change Occurs”

“In case you missed it, this article in the New York Times illustrates what some scientists believe is a very serious issue, and they are speaking out on it.”

But do not stop reading here to rush out and make your boat seaworthy. Follow Anthony’s story on Watts Up With That? and think on it some, first…


Inhofe’s Energy Speech: ‘Time to End Democratic Party’s Obstruction’

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, gave a floor speech on America’s energy policy today.

Selected Excerpts of Inhofe’s Energy Speech

“I believe that America is not running out of oil and gas or running out of places to look for oil and gas.  America is running out of places where the Democrats in Congress are allowing us to look for oil and gas. Again I ask, why should producing America’s own resources be a partisan issue?  It shouldn’t be, but it is.”

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works  (22 July, 2008)


South Sea Bubble #1
The South Sea Company (1711 – c1850s) was an English company granted a monopoly to trade with South America under a treaty with Spain. Following the South Sea Company Act of 1720, it became better known for the “South Sea Bubble”, an economic bubble that occurred through overheated speculation in the company shares. The stock price collapsed after reaching a peak in September 1720.

South Sea Bubble #2

Almost a carbon copy; only the end date is missing…

24 July, 2008


“For, while I have no fears over ‘global warming’, by George, I find the self-righteous intolerance of the ‘global warming’ bigots truly terrifying.” 

Philip Stott

Global Warming Politics, 23 July, 2008


SEC petitioned to warn companies against making false and misleading claims on global warming; Misinformation puts investors at risk, says Free Enterprise Action Fund (Ticker: FEAOX)

II. Conclusion

Based on the foregoing, we request that the Commission immediately inform and remind registrants that:

1. False and/or misleading statements on material matters may violate the anti-fraud provision of the federal securities laws.

2. Statements by registrants on global warming and other environmental issues could be considered material.

3. There is considerable ongoing debate about the science of global warming and its impacts and;

4. Statements to the effect that “the science is conclusive,” “the debate is over,” and that “human activities are definitely causing harmful global warming” should be avoided.


23 July, 2008

Waiting for Godot; then failing to recognise him when he comes…

The World ran Mad, and each distempered Brain, Did Strange and different Frenzies entertain.

(Mrs. Aphra Behn. 1688. A Poem to Sir Roger L’Estrange on his third Part of the History of the Times, Relating to the Death of Sir Edmund Bury-Godfrey.)

   “And what if it produced those greater crop yields while using less water? And what if the many processes that put this super substance into the air were incredibly useful in their own right … or even essential, both to our individual well-being and to the security of numerous nations?
   “Why, everyone would be clamoring for its release to the air, right? Wrong!”
 Volume 11, Number 30: 23 July 2008

    “I predict that in the coming years, there will be a growing realization among the global warming research community that most of the climate change we have observed is natural, and that mankind’s role is relatively minor.

   “I hope that the Committee realizes that, if true, these new results mean that humanity will be largely spared the negative consequences of human-induced climate change. This would be good news that should be celebrated — not attacked and maligned.”



Testimony of Roy W. Spencer before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on 22 July 2008


 (via Watts Up With That? today)


Unique Fossil Discovery Shows Antarctic Was Once Much Warmer

“A new fossil discovery- the first of its kind from the whole of the Antarctic continent- provides scientists with new evidence to support the theory that the polar region was once much warmer.”

ScienceDaily    (July 23, 2008)



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