A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar electric power plant

August 19, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

So, the road to Our Green Future is paved with… solar-fried birds. Lovely.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. I can tell you that not only does it roast birds in mid-air, it certainly seems to be a hazard to aviation. First, a story today from AP, via my local newspaper. Photos follow.

Emerging desert solar plants scorch birds in midair-Chico Enterprise-Record

There are roughly 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Primm, Nev. New estimates for the Ivanpah solar plant, an innovative year-old $2.2 billion solar project with Google as a major investor, say thousands of birds are dying yearly, roasted by the concentrated sun rays from the mirrors. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

IVANPAH DRY LAKE (AP) >> Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s…

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Why ‘Deniers’ are Always Wrong – Models can’t be falsified

August 15, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

An amusing example of how any weather phenomenon at all proves the global warming models must be right.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Story submitted by Eric Worrall

How do we prove climate alarmists are wrong? Let us count the ways
If the temperature goes up, this is just what the models predicted – watch out because …

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Maurice Newman, Aussie PM Abbott’s most senior advisor, on the dangers of global cooling

August 14, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Interesting speculation that, if we’re heading toward a period of global cooling, the various efforts to combat anthropogenic global warming have positioned us badly to deal with it. While we should be skeptical of any claims predicting this or that crisis, I do think a cooling scenario more likely than catastrophic warming. If it comes about, then the Warmists will have done much more harm than good.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Story submitted by Eric Worrall

“WHAT if David Archibald’s book The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short turns out to be right? What if the past 50 years of peace, cheap energy, abundant food, global economic growth and population explosion have been due to a temporary climate phenomenon?”

This is the first paragraph of Maurice Newman’s latest attack on the world’s infatuation with global warming.

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Receding Swiss glaciers incoveniently reveal 4000 year old forests – and make it clear that glacier retreat is nothing new

August 8, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

I’ve read of this happening before, archaeological ruins being revealed by retreating glaciers, showing that it’s nothing new. Rather an inconvenient truth for climate alarmists who point to glaciers as proof that we are all DOOMED.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

By Larry Bell

Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.

This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.”

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BOMBSHELL: Study shows greenhouse gas induced warming dropped for the past 14 years

August 6, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

This is going to throw a monkey wrench in climate-alarmist arguments. Increasing CO2 is supposed to increase the amount of infrared radiation, in turn increasing warming. So… what happened, Mr. Gore?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Paper finds a decrease of IR radiation from greenhouse gases over past 14 years, contradicts expected increase – cloudiness blamed for difference.

A paper published in the Journal of Climate finds from 800,000 observations a significant decrease in longwave infrared radiation from increasing greenhouse gases over the 14 year period 1996-2010 in the US Great Plains. CO2 levels increased ~7% over this period and according to AGW theory, downwelling IR should have instead increased over this period.
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What stratospheric hotspot?

August 5, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

An atmospheric “hotspot” was supposed to be one of the indicators of anthropogenic global warming. But, said hot spot never appeared. Now we see the stratosphere has been cooling, which a new paper suggests is a better signal of… global warming. Naturally. Click the link to read more.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

There’s no predicted hotspot in the upper troposphere, and cooling of the stratosphere is now the new indicator. New paper finds “greenhouse cooling” of the stratosphere over past 52 years

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On the left is the data collected by millions of weather balloons.xiv On the right is what the climate models say was happening.xv The theory (as per the climate models) is incompatible with the observations. In both diagrams the horizontal axis shows latitude, and the right vertical axis shows height in kilometers. Image from Dr. David Evans

A new paper published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds the stratosphere of the Northern Hemisphere cooled over the past 52 years due to the increase of greenhouse gases. The paper suggests that stratospheric cooling is a “more suitable” signal of anthropogenic global warming than trying to find a mid-troposphere hot spot (which was previously considered to be the definitive “fingerprint” of man-made…

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The ‘Gore effect’ turns ugly – CNN climate bias revealed

July 31, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

My goodness, but these climate cultists are sensitive types. I guess that’s what happens when all the empirical evidence turns against your preferred truth. Click through to see what I mean. (With the standard bad language warning.)

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

You know of the “Gore effect“, Wikiepedia describes it as  “…an informal and satirical term which alleges a causal relationship between unseasonable cold weather phenomena and global warming activism”, so it was appropriate to apply to the situation where the Gore’s Climate Reality Project group tried a political ploys that looked stupid: “I’m Too Hot” trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week’s Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions…when it was 58 degrees and raining. Obviously, CNN’s Bill Weir doesn’t understand satire, much less how to be a professional journalist.

From Mediaite:

It’s safe to say CNN anchor Bill Weir is not a fan of climate change deniers.

On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.”

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Another benefit of global warming – increased forage plants

July 24, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Something many climate alarmists are ignorant of or deliberately refuse to acknowledge: increased temperatures and higher CO2 are good for plant life, making food production easier. And maybe we can even grow wine grapes in Britain again, as in the Roman Warm Period.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

From the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

An increase in temperature by 2050 may be advantageous to the growth of forage plants

With a 2°C increase in temperature, the plant Stylosanthes capitata Vogel was able to increase its leaf area and biomass in a study carried out by researchers at the University of São Paulo

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RIP Australia’s Carbon Tax

July 16, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Just as the EPA is trying to force us into a de facto carbon tax, Australia comes to its senses and repeals former-PM Gillard’s monstrosity. Well done, Tony Abbott!

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Carbontax_tombstoneUPDATE: at ~ 11:14AM local time in Australia, it was repealed!

From ABC: Legislation to scrap the carbon tax has passed the Federal Parliament in a major win for the Abbott Government.

After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to get rid of the price on carbon, with 39 senators voting for and 32 voting against.

This was the Government’s third attempt to scrap the tax since the election – the first two were rejected by the Senate.

The Australian reports:

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UK Government Study: Greens use more electricity than skeptics

July 15, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Oh, taste the sweet, sweet irony.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Story submitted by Eric Worrall

A UK government study has concluded that people concerned about global warming, on average, use more electricity than climate skeptics.

Some highlights from the study follow.

On the “benefits” of switching off appliances;

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Coldest Antarctic June Ever Recorded

July 12, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Looks like the Antarctic didn’t get the memo from Al Gore, Phil Jones, and Michael Mann.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Story submitted by Eric Worrall

Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station.

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Claim: Climate change may bring more kidney stones – but the Tasian et al. paper lacks proper controls

July 11, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Global warming: is there nothing it cannot do?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

kidney_stonesFrom the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  Something that I consider to be more than a stretch, and possibly conflated junk science, especially since I’ve suffered kidney stones myself and live in a place with summer temperatures that average well over 50°F. See my comments and citations of other papers at the end.


CHOP-led research finds link between hotter days, kidney stones in US adults and children

As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet’s impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several U.S. cities with varying climates.

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Another Antarctic sea ice record set – but excuses abound

July 2, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Wait. I thought the enviro-left alarmists were screaming at us that the ice was melting and that everyone on the coasts would drown. Mother Nature seems not to have gotten the memo.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

There’s an information war on the recent Antarctic sea ice records

Guest essay by Frank Lansner

Today Cryosphere reports 2,112 million km2 more sea ice around Antarctica than normal.


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Reality is that we right now have an area matching the size of Greenland of extra sea ice floating around Antarctica. The nightmare for the global warming believers is if the growing ice around Antarctica should be linked to cooling, and so:

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‘Climate Reparations’ an idea that seems to be all about money

June 26, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Why not? Merging the “global warming” fraud with the reparations scam.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Climate Reparations—A New Demand

Guest opinion by Peter Wood

At the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009, leaders from more than a hundred nations gathered to consider an agenda that included a massive transfer of money from developed countries to the Third World.  The developed states were tagged to provide $130 billion by 2020 to help developing nations deal with the consequences of global warming.  The proposed transfer was widely discussed as “reparations” for the damage caused by use of fossil fuels in the developed world.

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Climate burnout is fast approaching

June 24, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

If you scream “the sky is falling” long enough, and yet the sky doesn’t fall, people eventually stop listening.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Ben Webster in The Times writes:

Alarmist claims about the impact of global warming are contributing to a loss of trust in climate scientists, an inquiry has found.

Apocalyptic language has been used about greenhouse gas emissions as “a deliberate strategy by some to engage public interest”. However, trying to make people reduce emissions by frightening them has “harmful consequences” because they often respond suspiciously or decide the issue is “too scary to think about”.

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Moore’s Law: CO2 Good; Climate Change Bunk; Greens Follow Religious Fundamentalism

June 21, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

And for his honesty, I’m sure Dr. Moore is now reviled in the group he once founded.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

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Dr. Patrick Moore

“Climate change” is a theory for which there is “no scientific proof at all” says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a “combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one.”

Patrick Moore, a Canadian environmentalist who helped found Greenpeace in the Seventies but subsequently left in protest at its increasingly extreme, anti-scientific, anti-capitalist stance, argues that the green position on climate change fails the most basic principles of the scientific method.

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New study suggests a temperature drop of up to 1°C by 2020 due to low solar activity

June 14, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Well, if this plays out as predicted, it would be an “inconvenient truth” for the Warmist Cult.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

sc24 and historyFrom the HockeySchtick:  A paper published today in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics finds long solar cycles predict lower temperatures during the following solar cycle. A lag of 11 years [the average solar cycle length] is found to provide maximum correlation between solar cycle length and temperature. On the basis of the long sunspot cycle of the last solar cycle 23, the authors predict an average temperature decrease of 1C over the current solar cycle 24 from 2009-2020 for certain locations.

Highlights

► A longer solar cycle predicts lower temperatures during the next cycle.
► A 1 °C or more temperature drop is predicted 2009–2020 for certain locations.
► Solar activity may have contributed 40% or more to the last century temperature increase.
► A lag of 11 years gives maximum correlation between solar cycle length and temperature.

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Professor’s fellowship terminated for speaking out on global warming in the Wall Street Journal

June 13, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

This reminds me of the savaging of Dr. Lennart Bengtsson in Europe, because he had committed the sin of working with reasonable climate-change skeptics. There’s a new Lysenkoism rising, and it’s threatening the integrity of science, itself.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

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From Climate Depot: Fired for ‘Diverging’ on Climate: Progressive Professor’s fellowship ‘terminated’ after WSJ OpEd calling global warming ‘unproved science’

Professor’s fellowship ‘terminated’ after WSJ OpEd declaring ‘the left wants to stop industrialization—even if the hypothesis of catastrophic, man-made global warming is false’. Prof. Caleb Rossiter: ‘Just two days after I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for Africa to be allowed the ‘all of the above’ energy strategy we have in the U.S., the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) terminated my 23-year relationship with them…because my analysis and theirs ‘diverge.’

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(Video): Andrew Klavan on “The Crisis of Fake Global Warming”

June 10, 2014

Well, thank Al Gore! At last someone is calling on us to not deal with a problem that doesn’t exist. Or something.

And while we’re on fake crises and how they’re used to scare us into bombing our economies back into the Stone Age, remember that melting Antarctic ice sheet I wrote about a week or so ago? Guess what?

It’s still volcanoes. No evil CO2 lurking anywhere in the background.

Oh, and the Obama EPA’s new “carbon regulations?” As Rich Lowry points out, Math still wins.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


1971 – World’s Top Climate Scientists Said Fossil Fuels Would Cause An Ice Age By 2020

June 9, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

Amusing. In 1971, “top climate scientists” were screaming about a coming ice age and that CO2 was nothing to worry about, then, suddenly they were all about the warming. And the name James Hanson appears in both camps… What a coincidence.

Originally posted on Real Science:

In 1971, the world’s top climate scientists Schneider, Hansen and Rasool predicted that burning fossil fuels would trigger an ice age. They also determined that CO2 was nothing to worry about.

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ScreenHunter_389 Jun. 08 22.31U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming

A few years later they realized that there was much more research money available for global warming, so they changed their scientific judgment to say the exact opposite of what they said in 1971.

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