20 September, 2008
NASA To Discuss Conditions On And Surrounding The Sun
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, to discuss data from the joint NASA and European Space Agency Ulysses mission that reveals the sun’s solar wind is at a 50-year low. The sun’s current state could result in changing conditions in the solar system.
Ric Werme on Watts Up With That? comments: “Perhaps they’ll be announcing a solar credit system so operators of solar power stations impacted by the risk of declining solar output will have their investments protected. The Sun is too big to let fail!”
Levity can be a powerful tool; popping balloons of, not only pomposity, but also of malicious intent.
The evil, or is it just plain foolish? clutching the tail of the AGW tiger are showing the muscle-twitch of despair…
19 September, 2008
The Green Scam
“[…] the simple precept that one of the main beneficiaries of “climate change” is big business.
“Arguably, this is – if one dare use that term – a vast conspiracy of interest, a means by which this triumvirate has found the golden key which enables it to pick the pockets of ordinary people. That turnkey, of course, is the quest to “save the planet”, for which no impost or sacrifice is too great to demand.”
Astronomical Influences Affect Climate More Than CO2, Say Experts
By Kevin Mooney, Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) – Warming and cooling cycles are more directly tied in with astronomical influences than they are with human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, some scientists now say.
Recent observations point to a strong link between “solar variability” – or fluctuations in the sun’s radiation – and climate change on Earth, while other research sees the sun as just one of many heavenly bodies affecting global warming in the later half of the 20th century.
(one of three important stories on ICECAP today)
18 September, 2008
New paper from Christy suggests atmosphere hit max CO2 forcing in 1998, feedback missing
Follow the story in Watts Up With That?
“The first step on the path toward wisdom is the recognition of all that isn’t known. The fool is entranced by the aura of certainty. The wise man is always mindful of his ignorance.” stan (Post #17)
Lehman Bros. and Consensus
by Steve McIntyre
17 September, 2008
“A year ago they couldn’t predict their bankruptcy but were predicting the climate 100 years ahead.”
Lehman Brothers Close Ties to Gore, Hansen and Carbon Trading
“Al Gore’s carbon trading business GIM was banked with Lehman Bros. It will be interesting to see how this will play in the future but I suspect that this increases the risk of participating in Carbon trading. Merrill Lynch, was also deeply involved in this business.
“Last year Lehman Brothers released a long and highly publicized report about climate change …”
via Watts Up With That? (Comment from hyonmin)
16 September, 2008
When forces appropriate to national defence are employed to protect a concept, the wise are warned; unreason is being unleashed.
Compelling notions will rise by their appeal to reason. Robust enough to be worthy they will gain from challenge; and their proponents will welcome challenge as a means of modification towards certainty.
Compelled notions will eventually fall by their lack of appeal to reason. Lacking robustness they will be unworthy enough to gain from challenge; and their proponents must resort to coercion to repel challenge and modification in the knowledge that any tolerance of questioning will see them fail.
The chaos of climate is a forever thing. Our knowledge of the science of it continues to grow. Today this knowledge is vastly greater than it was when, some twenty years ago, an apparent link between rising global temperature and a rising level of C02 in our atmosphere was called attention to… and declared a new danger to mankind.
A snowball was set rolling down the mountain, and grew as it rolled.
Then the global heat level and the C02 level unlinked. C02 continued to rise. Heat levels fell… but the ball rolled on, powered now not by the basic laws of nature, but by the basest natures of man. Fames and fortunes were riding that snowball. Reason was but an inconvenience; and a threat to both gold and glory.
The concept of man-caused global warming had logic enough to be listened to. It was seriously considered. But those who had first proposed it, and those who saw personal gain in its propagation, feared the small first challenges and reacted with unreason to protect their claim; and this caused unease.
That unease continues to grow.
15 September, 2008
Aargh… Sometimes that old bowsprit and rudder mixup demands overriding even one’s own promises…
This is just too important to miss recording:
“We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”
By sheer coincidence, the same story is taken up on Watts Up With That? today; and strengthened:
11 September, 2008
The quote below from the following story gives a fitting and neat ending to “Stay Warm, World…”
Since I began my quest for articles of science, and some diversions which were applicable, nine months ago, I have assembled a considerable resource list of links for all who are interested in following both the science and the scam of man-made global warming in this, to our shame, age of unreason.
Anyone who has followed along will have noted the manner in which wildcards have been dealt into the simple C02 is bad and going to burn us down story. The spotless sun; the heating and cooling of oceans; the effects of clouds; volcanoes… the list expands as true scientists deal onto the table, and we all benefit…
…at least those who have not hitched their reputations to lies and deceit benefit.
I would guess the world has a greater knowledge of climate science today than it did even a year back. It is a pity we are generally more cynical of that science, as well; although perhaps this is to our general benefit, and to the benefit of science itself, as blind acceptance can get us into difficulties.
Well; we have now demonstrated that.
Therefore, because over the past few months the world has developed a network of information sources to keep watch on the Great Global Warming Scam, this log has become redundant.
It will remain accessible on the web as a resource for some history; but adding to it is now passé.
The following, however, is just too good to pass up for a great finish:
“We say that if human beings were not contributing to global warming, it would become real cold in the next 50 years,” Editor-in-Chief of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Jud Hale, said.
Old Farmers Almanac: Global Cooling May Be Underway
DUBLIN, N.H. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is going further out on a limb than usual this year, not only forecasting a cooler winter, but looking ahead decades to suggest we are in for global cooling, not warming.
By David Tirrell-Wysocki, Associated Press in the USA Today
Read this first in ICECAP; then follow the links.
and the falling global temperatures in Watts Up With That?
07 September, 2008
Walking Backwards to Christmas
“Fortunately, and perhaps accidentally, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s own hand-picked climate change guru, Professor Ross Garnaut, has now driven a truck through its principal argument.”
Rudd’s climate change hot air
(From a link on Andrew Bolt by “doc molloy of brisbane”)
06 September, 2008
The Ricochet Effect
She caused the agonising death of millions; Penguin claim her as an inspiration.
“From Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson, writers have played a profound role in drawing attention to our natural environment and inspiring people to protect it,” said Elda Rotor, executive editor of Penguin Classics, publisher of some of the greatest environmental works ever written.
The literary publisher and science group are inviting aspiring writers and photographers to submit their personal stories and images about global warming for a new online book, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, to be published by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009.
Two clips from Wikipedia are but the tip of an iceberg of criticism of Carson’s “Silent Spring”
In the 1960s, biochemist and former chemical industry spokesman Robert White-Stevens stated, “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”
In a 2005 essay, “The Harm That Pressure Groups Can Do”, British politician Dick Taverne was damning in his criticism of Carson:
“Carson didn’t seem to take into account the vital role (DDT) played in controlling the transmission of malaria by killing the mosquitoes that carry the parasite (…) It is the single most effective agent ever developed for saving human life (…) Rachel Carson is a warning to us all of the dangers of neglecting the evidence-based approach and the need to weight potential risk against benefit: it can be argued that the anti-DDT campaign she inspired was responsible for almost as many deaths as some of the worst dictators of the last century.”
This is obscene.
The world neither wants nor needs “Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming”
These people must be given to understand this is not a harmless fashion to be exploited for a few pieces of silver, but is a deep and distressing malaise of our time where wisdom and understanding must prevail.
Cry shame on all those concerned.
(Story picked up from Watts Up With That?)
As wit enters the Great (kinda) Man Made Global Warming Debate, the sting of ridicule may well infuriate, and will certainly call forth even greater exaggerations of a need to panic from those who have hooked their futures to a black hole instead of a, in fact the, star.
John’s wry humour, below, highlights the ridiculous very sweetly:
NOAA: China to Warm U.S. Heartland
by John Goetz
“…If the Chinese manage to raise winter temperatures, then perhaps thanks are due. Otherwise, our next president needs to consider the emerging threat in his foreign policy agenda. Fortunately, NOAA stopped short of recommending we invade China to put a stop to the threat.”
Clip from the full story on:
Watts Up With That?
Please Don’t Rain On My Parade… Uh… Snow?
“Friday, September 5th 2008. This day will go in our climatic history of the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul as one of the coldest ever witnessed in September. It was an amazing day. Temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius during afternoon hours are quite rare even in the coldest months of calendar from June to August, but today temperature dropped to 2 degrees in several cities after midday with the lows occurring during the afternoon. What began in the morning as granular snow and sleet quickly became moderate to heavy snow in the afternoon.”
The whole story, and wonderful pictures, in this PDF:
05 September, 2008
Walking Backwards to Christmas
Watching the flick of breaking news here in Australia today the distinct impression is of a strategic retreat by the Fed; retreat from their previous pious proclamations of harsh measures to save a doomed world.
They do not seem to see it as quite so certainly doomed anymore; and the furious response of the Greens tends to confirm this impression they are backing off.
Australia backing away from leading the whole world out of darkness?
A 10% cut in carbon emissions instead of 40%?
A dawning reality that they have been gulled (some would say gored) and that C02 is not the ogre as promoted and they best be in another place when the trumpet sounds?
It is awful lonely out on a limb, all by yourself in the moonlight…
04 September, 2008
Relax: We’re Going To Save It.
It may, or may not, need a whole new mining technology to get it back out again when we need it, but at least we know it will be safely stashed until then.
Greenpeace have added to expectations that this new venture may take the strain off shrinking power supplies by voicing reservations; always a sign that it is likely to achieve its potential and not cause hardship.
Best of all, scientists who have this tiger by the tail may now have enough time to make peace with the beast and emerge, if not smiling, at least with some respect intact.
But read the BBC story and call your own score:
“Because the CO2 will then be separated, squashed to one 500th of its original volume and squeezed into a cylinder ready to be transported to a gas field and forced 1,000m below the surface into porous rock where it should stay until long after mankind has stopped worrying about climate change.”
Germany leads ‘clean coal’ pilot
Philip Stott ends this recent post (3 Sept. ’08):
“But, more worryingly, if such fundamental scientific bunkum is allowed to flourish in science itself, in public reports, and in the media, surely we must begin to wonder what other rubbish is being tolerated and employed for propaganda purposes? What else is being ‘trapped’ by the emissions of bad science?”
August RSS Global Temperature – holding steady, still cooler than 1 year ago
Anthony Watts notes: “Even though little change has been seen, there is some interesting news in the August RSS numbers. We are still cooler than one year ago, and the 12 month trend continues to drop.”
Only just discovered, and like the sound of:
Stephen Murgatroyd… Author, consultant, imagineer – engaged in a wide range of activities around the world. Fun, imaginative, witty…and not at all expensive to hire!
The Cooling Earth
“The earth did get warmer between 1850 and 2007 by around 0.7 degrees. Most of this warming occurred before 1940, with the more recent period contributing just 0.2 degrees to warming. Global earth temperatures have not risen significantly since 1995. In fact, several prominent climate scientists are now confidently predicting that the earth is entering a significant cooling period and that we should be more concerned with a coming mini ice age than with the dire predictions of global warming.”
03 September, 2008
Per Strandberg on Watts Up With That? comments in wise and perceptive words on:
Calls for Geo-Engineering at the Royal Society
“The climatologists have now successfully managed to create more world wide poverty. They have succeeded in creating more malnutrition and starvation in the third world. They have done this by successfully lobbying for limitation of access to cheap energy and for promoting of bio-fuel, thus reducing world wide food supplies.
“Now they have set a new goal with the help of the mentally retarded academics of The British Royal Society. The next goal is to create irreversible havoc of the climate. The world has already starting to cool and we are likely to enter a new solar grand minima.
“So, why not create more cooling so that we enter into the next ice age prematurely already in the coming decades, The Ultimate Tipping Point.”
Watts Up With That?
This will be a vast relief to those of the northern hemisphere who have been feeling a trifle chilly this northern summer.
Brrr… imagine if it had got colder; or…
Mr Pielke Sr. would have to go and fact-check it and spoil a delightful end-of-the-world-is-nigh story.
What is it with people like him that they will not let us get a good healthy panic going? They must have useful, satisfying lives and simply not undestand how the rest of us need to generate a good panic just to give us something to live for.
“The northern hemisphere is hotter now than at any time in the past 1500 years, according to the most comprehensive reconstruction of the earth’s temperature over the last two millenniums…”
02 September, 2008
It is the Reddest of Herrings
And Shiny, Too
We know we have reached a tipping point to insanity when a dream of “…collaborating scientists from the US and UK examining an idea for creating a controlled global cooling to balance global warming resulting from burning fossil fuel.” is spawned to:
“We propose to assess and develop a scheme for mitigating global warming by producing a controlled enhancement of the reflectivity of low lying maritime clouds for incoming sunlight by spraying into them seawater particles from a fleet of wind-powered satellite controlled unmanned vessels. These particles will create additional droplets in the clouds, thereby increasing their albedo.”
John Nicklin on obesity:
“We have to act now to avoid the tipping point, we have just 100 months before we will all tip over when we tie our shoes.”
Obese People to Blame for Accelerating Global Warming?
Watts Up With That?
In Our Lifetime…
(CNSNews.com) – New scientific evidence suggests there is a stronger link between solar activity and climate trends on Earth than there is with greenhouse gases, Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist, told CNSNews.com.
“We are not concerned about hundreds of thousands of years or (millennia). We are concerned about decades [in the study], because we are interested in what fits the human life span,” he said. “It looks as if solar activity, not solar radiation itself, determines what happens with the climate.
New Report Calls into Question ‘Man-Made’ Climate Change
By Kevin Mooney,
Follow The Sun
on Watts Up With That?
01 September, 2008
Mother Nature, the biggest oil polluter on Earth
“Mother nature dumps 63 times more oil into the ocean than does drilling and extraction, through natural seepage.”
31 August, 2008
A scathing summary of this madness infecting the world today:
“Ever since Soviet and Western climate scientists published the first international compendium on global warming, back in 1985, we have known that scaring people to death is very good for the environmentalist business…”
The ‘consensus’ on climate change is a catastrophe in itself
By Christopher Booker
“The common view of the IPCC is that it consists of 2,500 of the world’s leading scientists who, after carefully weighing all the evidence, have arrived at a “consensus” that world temperatures are rising disastrously, and that the only plausible cause has been rising levels of CO2 and other man-made greenhouse gases.
“In fact, as has become ever more apparent over the past 20 years –not least thanks to the evidence of a succession of scientists who have participated in the IPCC itself – the reality of this curious body could scarcely be more different.”
via a comment by fmwatkins on Watts Up With That?
30 August, 2008
But that lucky old sun,
has nothin’ to do,
but roll around heaven all day …
(whilst scaring the pants off those a’watching his acne-free face.)
In a quoted piece on Watts Up With That?, Mark S. Lawson, Online Opinion, Australia, asks: “Who has noticed that the period 2014-2015 keeps on turning up in the debate on greenhouse science? …
“But what happens after 2014? Dr Livingston says that as they are using a purely statistical argument, without any theory to back it, they do not know. All they know is that the trend reaches zero in 2014. Conventional theory on the sun’s inner workings never forecast anything like this – in fact, forecast the exact opposite – but has been revised to say that the sun will restart some time next year.”
And poster, kim, on Watts Up With That? gives: “My range is twenty to a hundred years before we start warming up. Twenty if the sun resumes it’s usual 20th Century behaviour and the PDO predominates, and a hundred years if we’re headed toward a Grand Minimum.”
29 August, 2008
Which scientific community is that, again?
The cause of climate change “was settled in the scientific community a decade ago”, so she* wanted to find “how this has come to be, who is behind this campaign to claim there is scientific disagreement” on the issue.
“We know where the money is coming from. We know this has been funded by a mix of sources including the fossil-fuel industry and particularly the coal industry,” she says. “It is based on getting scientists to challenge scientists on anything that challenges the free market system.”
*Prof Naomi Oreskes, history professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Regulators: Gone Chicken?
They fall like avenging angels on the freebooters who entice and entangle the innocent in get-rich-quick schemes. That is why we set them up. To regulate. To protect.
Their charge is to watch. To test. Then to prosecute quickly the individual or entity who would mislead or defraud.
False claims in print or person bring the wrath they are charged to display… or once did.
Where are they now that “carbon schemes” are reaping a bountiful harvest on the basis of a theory?
Just a theory.
Are our regulators endorsing doom? Or too fearful of their political masters to perform their duty?
There is enough doubt abroad in the world, today, for them to at least sound a caution.
I have not heard it.
“He told Americans they were too materialistic and greedy and that they needed to make do with less. He told Americans that turning down their thermostats and wearing sweaters indoors would help solve the nation’s problems.” (US President Jimmy Carter in 1979)
Mmm… I kinda share Anthony’s concerns. Even if, as he notes, it proves to be only a rumor, it is still an indication of just how wild the cards are in this Age of Unreason.
The dice are loaded; the pennies have two heads…
McCains rumored VP pick says “don’t spend time on [skeptics]“
Watts Up With That?
‘alp! ‘alp! ‘alp…!
“Dr. Holdren of Harvard University in a recent pro-alarmist polemic states that the major reason for global warming alarmism is that the Earth is in an unprecedented phase of global warming. Well if our ancestors were encamped at the top of the alps a mere 5,000 years ago, then our current warming is not unprecedented…never mind the controversy about the medieval warm period.”
blurbat – run for your life
“There is an urgent need to correctly identify natural changes and remove them from the present global warming/cooling trend, in order to accurately identify the contribution of the manmade greenhouse effect.”
Is Earth still recovering from the “Little Ice Age?”
A possible cause of global warming
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
28 August, 2008
“Prior to that, Greenland was largely ice-free and probably covered in grass and forest. Furthermore, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were relatively high. So the question we wanted to answer was why did Greenland become covered in an ice-sheet?”
Why Is Greenland Covered In Ice? Changes In Carbon Dioxide Levels Explain Transition
Reporting today (28 August) in the journal Nature, scientists at the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds show that only changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide are able to explain the transition from the mostly ice-free Greenland of three million years ago, to the ice-covered Greenland of today.
“But the sun is vanishing and the air growing colder and the the melting is slowing.”
Arctic Sea ice in the News
“You knew it was coming. The alarmists and media have been frustrated in their efforts to report global warming evidence as nature has refused to cooperate.”
Out on the Bidwell Ranch she’s down to 92 F. and gone dark. Makes a man feel somewhat better than last check just an hour or two ago when she was reading 104 F. and looking mighty glary in the sun… enough to make a man feel sweaty even looking from here, about 12 thousand mile away, downunder.
Worth a look from any country in winter now as a reminder decent beach weather is still around; even if the ranch is a bit remote from a good surf.
Pick the whole story up in Watts Up With That? with a link to the Bidwell Ranch webcam, and an URGENT WEATHER MESSAGE:
STRONG HIGH PRESSURE AND LIGHT OFFSHORE WINDS WILL BRING
SIGNIFICANT WARMING TO THE GREATER SAN FRANCISCO BAY REGION TODAY
INTO THURSDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL…
…ah… must be runaway, man-made, global warming CO2ing away like anything.
26 August, 2008
“Somewhere in the universe there may be a planet where natural gas is considered an alternative form of energy, but on this one it’s still considered a fossil fuel.”
Speaker Pelosi’s Unnatural Gaffe
Energy Policy: The speaker of the House touts natural gas as an “alternative fuel like wind.” Could it be that this time she’s put her money where her mouth is?
Investor’s Business Daily
Noctilucent in the Sky with Ice Diamonds
* Why did noctilucent clouds (NLCs) first appear in the 19th century?
* Why are they spreading?
* What is ice doing in a rarefied layer of Earth’s upper atmosphere that is one hundred million times dryer than air from the Sahara desert?
…questions Anthony Watts poses in one of today’s offerings on What’s Up With That?
Fascinating if you are just one of us out here on the street, or one of scientific bent.
And if you are an AGWer, a great opportunity to come up with a neat and loopy “I told you so!” if you can figure an angle you can told the rest of us…
p.s. There are also some hauntingly beautiful photos included.
Sunspots may vanish by 2015
“…but here we present a study which shows that sunspots are becoming warmer and have weaker magnetic fields. The number of sunspots visible on the Sun normally shows an 11-year periodicity, and the current sunspot cycle (cycle 23) had a maximum in 2001, and is entering a minimum phase with few sunspots currently visible. Our data show that there are additional changes occurring in sunspots, independent of the sunspot cycle, and these trends suggest that sunspots will disappear completely.
“Such an event would not be unprecedented, since during a famous episode from 1645-1715, known as the Maunder Minimum, the normal 11-year periodicity vanished and there were virtually no sunspots visible on the solar surface.”
William Livingston, Matthew Penn | Full PDF
Sure, evidence running counter to what those who think they should be obeyed is an irritation to them… but unlike the humble oyster they do not coat the irritant with nacre to produce a pearl. They just get ornery and spit…
“He (Alan Hamlet, a research hydrologist at the University of Washington) says this kind of disagreement is hard for people who want to regulate water supply and carbon emissions.”
Snowpack Study Shows No Long-Term Climate Change Signal
By Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News
“A new study from the University of Washington indicates that climate change may not be the reason snowpack is shrinking in the Cascade Mountains. The finding is in contrast with science and policy that have dominated the discussion of snowpack, flood, and water resources.”
Follow the story in ICECAP
25 August, 2008
And more of the same from the UK:
Raining on the Organic Taleban’s parade
“This has been the wettest harvest I can remember. As the rain pours down on the south Cambridgeshire prairie, turning my wheatfields into porridge…” (Oliver Walston)
“More anecdotal colder than normal weather keeps piling up. This time it’s in Southern Oregon and Northeastern California. Clearly we are having some far earlier than normal frosts and freezes in the USA, and the situation seems to be mirrored in colder than normal weather in parts of UK and Europe as well.” (Anthony Watts)
Klockarman in a post considers: “There seems to be so much anecdotal evidence in so many places that at some point intelligent people can only conclude that it’s not anecdotal anymore.”
Watts Up With That?
Lock Up Your Bats…!
“Wind turbines can kill bats without touching them by causing a bends-like condition due to rapidly dropping air pressure, new research suggests. Scientists aren’t sure why, but bats are attracted to the turbines, which often stand 300 feet (90 meters) high and sport 200-foot (60-meter) blades.”
Full story on Watts Up With That?
…with a comment by JB: “Your subtitle says this is an environmental quandary, but for a true environmentalist, it is not. Since bats are a part of pure beautiful nature, and humans are a virus, the answer is easy, we must all die, or live in caves like bears, with no power sources at all.”
Climate Similar to the 1800s Within the Next 15 Years: First Stage of Global Cooling During 2008/09 – David Dilley
“Global temperatures have cooled during the past 12 months. During 2008 and 2009 the first stage of global cooling will cool the world’s temperatures to those observed during the years from the 1940s through the 1970s. By the year 2023 global climate will become similar to the colder temperatures experienced during the 1800s.”
Greenland Ice Core Reveals History Of Pollution In The Arctic – But there’s a twist, it was worse 100 years ago
“In fact, the research showed pollutants were two to five times higher at the beginning of the previous century than today. ”
Full story on Watts Up With That? today.