Nothing in the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity

–Martin Luther King Jr.

Rajendra Pachauri Forced To Go On Indefinite Leave By TERI

Keep your ands where we can see them...Keep your hands where we can see them...For a second time since he was charged with sexual harassment by a former colleague in February 2015, Rajendra Pachauri has proceeded to go on a leave. Pachauri's decision comes a day after a group of students from the 2013-15 batch of Teri University refused to accept their degrees from the environmentalist, who is the University's Chancellor. Pachauri first went on leave soon after a woman researcher working with him filed a sexual harassment case against him.

The acting vice-chancellor of Teri University Rajiv Seth confirmed the development to dna. "Dr.RK Pachauri is on leave and he will not be present at the convocation ceremony. He informed me about it today," said Seth.

EPA Goes After Low-Income Farmers In Land Grab

pendletonPendleton countyPendleton County, West Virginia, is home to 540 farms. The average farm in the county has a net income of around $45,000 a year. On either coast, that’s not an impressive income, but those farms are important to Pendleton County, where the median household income is $30,429.

Arlington County, Virginia, just blocks from the nation’s capital, is one of the richest counties in the nation, with a median household income of $94,876, and a median family income just over $127,000. Two thousand, one hundred employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) call Arlington County home.

Sea levels are NOT rising rapidly, in major blow for environmental activists

beachSEA levels are not rising as fast as experts had feared as the water is being soaked up by the LAND.

Scientists have been analysing satellite images from NASA, which for the first time has allowed experts to identify and quantify how water storage on land has affected the pace in which sea levels are rising.

Rising sea levels are a major argument in environmentalists’ arsenal, with panicked green activists fearing the Earth will drown under water due to global warming.

Climate Chaos? UN Says Natural Disasters Caused 70% Fewer Deaths In 2015

droughtEnvironmentalists have warned global warming would mean more people being killed by natural disasters, but new United Nations data shows deaths from natural disasters declined by 70 percent in 2015 relative to the average number of deaths of the previous 10 years.

“The U.N. reports that environmental disasters affected fewer people last year than the average of the 10 years prior,” Chip Knappenberger, a climate scientist at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This, despite 2015 being the ‘warmest year on record’ and the regional impacts of a strong El Nino — which can be both negative and positive in terms of disasters.”

U.S. science teachers cool to global warming theory

classroomSo why do half of adult Americans not believe humans are changing the climate? A Penn State researcher went looking in the nation’s classrooms.

But not at the students. Eric Plutzer asked what their science teachers believe.

Plutzer’s survey of 1,500 middle and high-school science teachers found they are cool to global warming theory.

NASA say HUMANS DO cause global warming...but shouldn't its scientists be focused on SPACE

obama nasaThe US space agency said it had "chilled the sceptics" after one of its scientific studies found long-term planetary warming will only happen if external drivers such as greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Its findings came as NASA was criticised for now appearing to be more concerned with research into climate change than getting into space and understanding the universe.

Commentators say the new NASA budget released by US president Barack Obama this week is focused on climate change research rather than its main mission of space exploration.

Monkey business: Gorilla's message about global warming was staged

kokoA recent video featuring a gorilla named Koko appearing to use sign language to warn man of the dangers of global warming was staged, and animal communication experts say there is no way a gorilla could comprehend the complexities of global warming.

The video, shown at December’s Paris climate change conference, shows Koko use sign language to say things like “I am gorilla, I am flowers, animals, I am nature… Man Koko love… but man… man stupid… Koko cry, time hurry, fix Earth…”

Audubon goes over the edge

audubonThe January-February 2016 issue of Audubon Magazine  (Figure 1) proclaims “Arctic on the Edge: As global warming opens our most critical bird habitat, the world is closing in.” In reality, the magazine’s writers and editors have gone over the edge, with wildly misleading “reports” on the Arctic. 

The magazine is awash in misstatements of fact and plain ignorance of history, science and culture. It epitomizes the false claims that characterize “news coverage” of “dangerous manmade climate change.” The following analysis corrects only some of the most serious errors, but should raise red flags about most every claim Audubon makes.

The first part of this issue devotes pages to each of the countries surrounding the Arctic Ocean. The Finland page says “storms become more severe” with warming. The writers are either clueless or intentionally misleading; they likely did not take Earth Science or Meteorology and are oblivious of atmospheric fluid dynamics.

Profiteers of climate doom

earthA century or so from now, based on current trends, today’s concentration of carbon dioxide in the air will have doubled. How much warming will that cause? The official prediction, 1.5-4.5 degrees Celsius (2.7-8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) per doubling of CO2, is proving a substantial exaggeration.

Professor William Happer of Princeton, one of the world’s foremost physicists, says computer models of climate rely on the assumption that CO2’s direct warming effect is about a factor of two higher than what is actually happening in the real world. This is due to incorrect representations of the microphysical interactions of CO2 molecules with other infrared photons.

Book Review – Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

scientistsThis book by climate scientists Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer is a tour-de-force on the scientific debate about global warming. The book is relatively short, just 101 pages divided into seven chapters. Each chapter leads off with a summary of key findings, and each chapter section is supported by many references to the scientific literature.

The book is published by the Heartland Institute. You can download the entire book as a PDF file (7.8Mb) for free here, or buy a hard copy from the Heartland Store ($14.95).

Many books and papers about global warming contain many, sometimes confusing, graphs. Not this one. Some readers may be happy to know that there are only three graphs in the whole book. The authors get right to the point with their succinct, easy-to-read explanations.

Here is a brief summary, key findings of each chapter, and my comments:

Supreme Court sounds death knell for Obama's Clean Power Plan

coal fired plantVowing to keep fighting, the Obama Administration was dealt a devastating blow when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday that his signature Clean Power Plan would be 'put on hold' as lawsuits move forward. The Clean Power Plan has become an enormous part of Obama's "climate legacy" and also a way to circumvent both chambers of a Republican-controlled congress.

The ongoing challenge to the Clean Power Plan will be whether Obama acted within his constitutional powers or if he, and by extension the EPA, bypassed congress to roll out a bevy of onerous regulations.

Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

power plantThe administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.

Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents, who call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.”