“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

It Snowed in Hawaii on Christmas Day — and You Can Probably Guess What Some Blamed the Weather On

snowIs this going to be called the Obama Effect? From the Blaze:

Mountain peaks on Hawaii’s Big Island received some snow on Christmas — and climate alarmists immediately turned to Twitter to blame it on global warming.

According to ABC News, the snow melted quickly and, thanks to sunny skies, temperatures reached 57 degrees by 8 a.m. local times.

Further, such snow is not uncommon for Hawaii, according to Ken Rubin, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii.

Glacier scientist: Global warming is good, not bad

What would you prefer?What would you prefer this?For Terry Hughes of Fort Pierre, now a professor emeritus of earth sciences and climate change at the University of Maine, the way to answer the question of whether human activity is driving climate change isn’t with a “yes” or “no.”

He prefers to answer: “It doesn’t matter.”

It doesn’t matter, Hughes said, because global warming is good – far preferable than global cooling.

A glaciologist’s view

As a glaciologist, or one who studies glaciers, Hughes didn’t need to be convinced that climate change is real.

Google Goes Off the Climate Change Deep End

googleIn a recent interview with National Public Radio host Diane Rehm, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said his company “has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. We should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.”

While he didn’t vilify us by name, Mr. Schmidt was certainly targeting us, the climate scientists who collect and summarize thousands of articles for the NIPCC’sClimate Change Reconsidered reports, the hundreds who participate in Heartland Institute climate conferences, and the 31,487 US scientists who have signed the Oregon Petition, attesting that there is no convincing scientific evidence that humans are causing catastrophic warming or climate disruption.

Coral Reefs Responding to Temperature Stress via Thermal Adaptation

coralAs living entities, corals are not only acted upon by the various elements of their environment, they also react or respond to them. And when changes in environmental factors pose a challenge to their continued existence, they sometimes take major defensive or adaptive actions to insure their survival. A simple but pertinent example of one form of this phenomenon is thermal adaptation, which feature has been observed by several researchers to operate in corals in response to the stress of high temperature. This summary presents a review of such scientists' work, demonstrating that predictions of vast coral demise due to global warming are unlikely to occur.

Fang et al. (1997) experimented with samples of Acropora grandis taken from the hot water outlet of a nuclear power plant near Nanwan Bay, Taiwan. In 1988, the year the power plant began full operation, the coral samples were completely bleached within two days of exposure to a temperature of 33°C. Two years later, however, "samples taken from the same area did not even start bleaching until six days after exposure to 33°C temperatures," thus illustrating their ability to thermally adapt.

Cuomo Killed Lots Of Jobs By Pointlessly Banning Fracking

cuomoThis is how many watersheds have been contaminated by fracking: zeroNew York state found that fracking would mean more than 50,000 jobs for eight economically depressed counties bordering Pennsylvania. In banning it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose green over black gold.

Before his re-election, New York's Democrat governor saturated the state's TV screens with taxpayer-funded commercials touting a new pro-business era in the deep-blue Empire State.

The accompanying state government website, "thenewny.com," claimed that "Big Happens Here!"

New York state, it said, has "the fastest-growing tech sector in America" plus "the lowest middle-class tax rate in over half a century.

Growing Season Length Isn't Increasing in the Lake Michigan Basin

seasonA recent study by the USGS, which is receiving media attention, predicts the following:

One effect of increasing air temperature as a result of the changing climate was the appreciable increase in the length of the growing season in the Lake Michigan Basin. The increase in growing season will cause an increase in evapotranspiration across the Lake Michigan Basin, which will directly affect soil moisture and late growing season streamflows.

There is a problem that should cast some doubt on the likelihood of these predictions coming true: the length of the growing season is not increasing in the Lake Michigan Basin.

Fracking is Fundamental

fracking“It is a sad day when a state chooses to listen to the fear, uncertainty, and doubts spread by anti-fossil fuel agitators rather than making a decision for economic strength that would benefit schools, communities, and many of its poorest citizens—especially when the vilified technology, hydraulic fracturing, has been used safely and successfully for more than 60 years and has brought prosperity to other formerly struggling regions.”

Marita Noon
Executive Director, Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy
Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

Responding to the announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the state would ban fracking, Ms. Noon joined others, bringing their expertise to bear on a topic that remains a concern only because environmentalist enemies of energy in America continue to lie about it every chance they get.

Extreme Precipitation Events on the Loess Plateau of China

Loess PlateauLoess PlateauPaper Reviewed
Wan, L., Zhang, X.P., Ma, Q., Zhang, J.J., Ma, T.Y. and Sun, Y.P. 2014. Spatiotemporal characteristics of precipitation and extreme events on the Loess Plateau of China between 1957 and 2009. Hydrological Processes28: 4971-4983.

In introducing a paper of theirs that appeared in Hydrological Processes, Wan et al. (2014) note that "global warming is expected to increase the moisture-holding capacity of the atmosphere (IPCC, 2007) and to intensify hydrological cycles, especially in arid and semiarid regions," citing Held and Soden (2006) and Wang et al. (2012) in this regard, after which they proceed to describe what they learned about the subject in the case of the Loess Plateau of China between 1957 and 2009.

The inculcation of final-form climate science

coverWith the close of another college semester, the long holiday break can give educators a chance to ponder the dismal state of science literacy in the U.S. The sad decline in robust science education is certainly part of the problem and is perhaps most obvious in environmental science classrooms.  Contributing to the issue is the skewed content in many college textbooks on the environment and ecology.

While a part-time college professor of the physical, environmental, and atmospheric sciences since 1986 and a practitioner in the field since the late 1970s, I have had the opportunity to review and use numerous popular textbooks.

I was disappointed to read in one of the latest textbooks – Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 5th edition (2015) by Jay Withgott and Matthew Laposata – the following distorted statement about those of us who dare to challenge the current groupthink on climate change.

97 Articles Refuting The "97% Consensus"

cartoonThe 97% "consensus" study, Cook et al. (2013) has been thoroughly refuted in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, highly credentialed scientists and extensively in the climate blogosphere. The shoddy methodology of Cook's study has been shown to be so fatally flawed that well known climate scientists have publicly spoken out against it,

"The '97% consensus' article is poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed. It obscures the complexities of the climate issue and it is a sign of the desperately poor level of public and policy debate in this country [UK] that the energy minister should cite it."
- Mike Hulme, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UEA)

The following is a list of 97 articles that refute Cook's (poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed) 97% "consensus" study. The fact that anyone continues to bring up such soundly debunked nonsense like Cook's study is an embarrassment to science.

Evidence Shows Geothermal Activity Linked to West Antarctic Ice Melt

antarctic seaice sunsetSince the initial posting of the Plate Climatology Theory here at Climate Change Dispatch, new information has been continually incorporated into the theory thereby substantiating its basic premises. The theory was considered “plausible,” and it was suggested that climate scientists should at the very least give it some consideration.

Recently, Antarctic Ice Core research confirmed that two very powerful sub-glacial volcanic eruptions occurred in modern times on the Antarctic Continent, which pushes the Plate Climatology Theory into the “probable“ category.

In a nutshell, increased global tectonic activity equates to more faulting and crustal plate movement which leads to more geothermal heat and in many cases associated fluid release from faults, fractures, and volcanoes that are more active. Altered heat and fluid release equates to changes in the climate.

Sea levels worldwide have risen by feet?

disasterOver at the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, we are told, "Don't deny climate is changing."

Perhaps this was the most astonishing statement in the opinion piece:

Climate change is happening exponentially ... Extreme facts ... The polar regions have lost unprecedented amounts of ice pack. Sea levels worldwide has risen not in inches, but feet as a result.

Really? That is indeed an extreme fact. I wasn't aware that the sea levels around the world had risen in feet rather than inches.

Over at the NASA Global Climate Change website – hardly a climate skeptic database – NASA-GCC states the following:

Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century.