Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February.
The EPA submitted a proposal to the White House for green energy subsidies for states that meet the federally mandated carbon dioxide reduction goals early. The Clean Energy Incentive Program would give “credit for power generated by new wind and solar projects in 2020 and 2021” and a “double credit for energy efficiency measures in low-income communities,” according to Politico’s Morning Energy.
From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet's vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States. --NASA, 26 April 2016
"No carbon credits were purchased to offset the production of this film."
That is the opening line of the engaging new documentary, "Climate Hustle," premiering for one night only on May 2. Directed by Chris Rogers, "Climate Hustle" is the first film by writer-narrator Marc Morano, a small-budgeted global warming picture that is eloquent and viciously clever. The first in a series of climate-related movies produced by the non-profit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), it challenges the global warming narrative that populates the nightly news.
Various news outlets are reporting this week that retreating summer sea ice from global warming is forcing polar bears to make "long, increasingly perilous swims, sometimes hundreds of miles long, to reach habitable ice." The study, published in the most recent journal Ecography, tries to link long-distance swimming from declining Beaufort Sea sea ice to the population crash of polar bears in the mid-2000s. But the hype and the reality diverge at this point.
Because of a lack of summer sea ice, the study says, and ice floes spread further apart, polar bears are having to swim longer and some are getting trapped on ice out at sea. There's only one problem. There wasn't a single documented case of a polar bear drowning or being harmed by yearly summer ice retreat in the study. And despite the hype and misleading media, polar bear populations have been thriving as Crockford pointed out last July.
Poli-Wood: Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio has made what was called an “impassioned” speech to the United Nations about global warming. Has there ever been a celebrity who so achingly craves validation?
DiCaprio spoke last week on Earth Day, as 175 world leaders signed the Paris climate agreement. DiCaprio told them that “now is the time for bold, unprecedented action” and asked the delegates to look around and “ask each other, which side of history will you be on?” It was a speech filled with many more bromides, none of them insightful and all of them coming from a movie star who takes himself far too seriously and wants others to see him as a high-minded and thoughtful adult, not just an actor for hire.
Climate models have been turned upside down by a research finding that US forests sucked CO2 from the atmosphere despite being in the grip of one of the nation’s worst droughts.
New modelling of carbon take-up during 2012 has concluded that the country’s flora absorbed more carbon than it emitted, at a time when the most severe drought since the 1930s, a notorious dry spell known as the Dust Bowl period, was enveloping most of the US mainland.
Environment minister Prakash JavadekarUnion environment minister Prakash Javadekar has admitted that there is a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events in the last 40-50 years in India, but doesn’t think the phenomenon is linked with climate change. He was responding to a query raised in Parliament on Monday.
“Extreme rainfall events that occurred at some isolated places (heavy rainfall over Mumbai, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Kashmir) are highly localized and are part of the natural variability of the Indian monsoon system. Although some recent studies hint at an increasing frequency and intensity of extremes in rainfall during the past 40-50 years, their attribution to global warming is yet to be established,” said Javadekar.
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s political action committee announced a $25 million campaign Monday to encourage young people to support and vote for green energy candidates in the November 2016 election.
Steyer’s NextGen Climate super PAC, a group that has donated tens of millions of dollars in support of candidates who push green energy policies, said it plans to deploy its considerable resources across hundreds of college campuses to get youngsters out to vote.
Climate scientists and environmentalists have claimed for years droughts and heatwaves were getting worse because of man-made global warming, but those predictions have not come true, according to a new study.
“Evidence that droughts have become more prevalent on a global scale is equally hard to come by,” Andrew Montford, a British author and global warming skeptic, wrote in a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
I hold a few views that aren’t popular with the mainstream media. And one of them is that global climate is about 15 years away from entering a cooler period. The current solar cycle 24 is shaping up to be the weakest in a century, and the following cycle is projected to be even weaker than that. So, what concerns me is that, 15 years from now, the earth could enter a period of colder climate. Global agricultural yields would fall, and the poorest inhabitants could face famine and starvation.
If you've ever wondered why there is a paucity of skeptical global warming articles from mainstream media outlets, journalist Matt Ridley explains why in his eye-opening OP-ED published today in The Times. He begins by describing how last week, The Times' editor received a letter from several readers who were unhappy with two articles written by its environmental correspondent.
The letter was from Lord Krebs and 12 other members from the House of Lords (part of the UK's parliament). In it, the authors admit that The Times' coverage of the Paris climate conference had been "balanced and comprehensive," but "denounced the two articles about studies by mainstream academics in the scientific literature, which provided less than alarming assessments of climate change."
The editor of this newspaper received a private letter last week from Lord Krebs and 12 other members of the House of Lords expressing unhappiness with two articles by its environment correspondent. Conceding that The Times’s reporting of the Paris climate conference had been balanced and comprehensive, it denounced the two articles about studies by mainstream academics in the scientific literature, which provided less than alarming assessments of climate change. Strangely, the letter was simultaneously leaked to The Guardian. The episode gives a rare glimpse into the world of “climate change communications”, a branch of heavily funded spin-doctoring that is keen to shut down debate about the science of climate change. --Matt Ridley, The Times, 25 April 2016