The best scientist is open to experience and begins
with romance - the idea that anything is possible.

–Ray Bradbury

New paper shows there was a global warming hiatus this century

volcanic eruptionResearchers have published a new paper this week in the journal Nature Climate Change that acknowledges there has been a global warming slowdown from 2000-2014. Their research shows a hiatus did indeed occur and continued into the 21st century, contradicting another study last June that said the hiatus was just an artifact that "vanishes when biases in temperature data are corrected." This is not the first time activists have tried to hide the hiatus by using dodgy methods.

Clean Power Plan reset sought after emails show collaboration bewteen EPA, greens

epa sierraA pro-energy advocacy group is seeking to incinerate the Clean Power Plan after releasing more emails showing a key Environmental Protection Agency official collaborating behind the scenes with leading environmental activists.

In a 20-page report released Monday, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute chronicles another round of communications between environmentalists and Michael Goo, former EPA Office of Policy associate administrator, who used a private email account to discuss options on regulating coal-fired power plants.

The Paris climate deal won’t even dent global warming

parisTwo months after the Paris climate-treaty negotiations concluded with fanfare, the world is figuring out it was sold a lemon.

In December, global leaders patted each other on the back and declared a job well done. The treaty will come into force later this year after it has been signed by representatives of at least 55 nations representing 55 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

This will provide “a turning point for the world,” according to President Obama. “Our children and grandchildren will see that we did our duty,” says UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Planet overheating? Not according to historical records

sunsetThe global average temperature is likely to remain unchanged by the end of the century, contrary to predictions by climate scientists that it could rise by more than 4C, according to a leading statistician.

British winters will be slightly warmer but there will be no change in summer, Terence Mills, Professor of Applied Statistics at Loughborough University, said in a paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Sea Level Rise: Just the Facts

coastThe three most mentioned evils of rising CO2 are Rising Temperatures, Declining Sea Ice and Rising Sea Levels. Plateaus presently appearing in the first two have been discussed a lot here and elsewhere. This post gives what you need to know about Sea Level alarms.

Sea level rise (according to NASA)

Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century.

Dave Burton takes us underneath the hype and exposes the facts.Below is his post originally at Tom Fuller’s website. David Burton puts it all in perspective from his location on the coast of North Carolina.Much more info on sea levels is available at Dave’s own website linked below.

Greens Terrified Cheap Energy Is Killing Wind And Solar

Unreliable, expensive solarUnreliable, expensive solarCheap coal, oil and natural gas are out competing wind and solar power despite massive government support, and environmentalists are really upset about it.

“I believe low energy prices may complicate the transformation, to be very frank, and this is a very important issue for countries to note; all the strong renewables and energy efficiency policies therefore may be undermined with the low fossil fuel prices,”  Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), told reporters in Brussels Thursday.

Scientist: Attributing global warming to missing penguins 'nuts'

penguinThe Guardian recently ran a story claiming a colony of penguins were trapped and killed by a runaway iceberg, a byproduct of global warming. The problem: none of it was true. That's according to the Daily Beast, which writes today that major news outlets were so eager to attribute the colony's death to global warming and a titanic-sized iceberg, they didn't actually bother to read the study. One research ecologist called it "nuts" that some news outlets were trying to link the 'missing' penguins to climate change.

Obama Wants to Raise Your Air Ticket Prices

airplaneAir travel can be a frustrating experience. Flight delays, lost luggage, bag fees, squished seating, crying babies, security lines — it’s enough to make your blood boil. And if the United Nations and the Obama administration move forward with the new regulations they’re proposing, the flying experience will become even more painful.

We’re talking about regulations meant to combat global warming. The U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization has proposed more stringent emissions standards — and what amounts to new fuel efficiency mandates — for airplanes delivered in 2028 and thereafter. The regulations would require 2028 airplanes to use four percent less fuel than planes delivered in 2015.

Remember the Climate!

normandyMilitary triumphs and catastrophes have often hinged on how well (or luckily) armies and navies employed, avoided or benefited from weather and other natural events.

Severe storms helped the British navy defeat Spain’s Armada in 1588. George Washington knew horrid weather meant the Hessians would not expect an attack across the Delaware River on Christmas 1776.

Napoleon captured Moscow before leading his Grande Armée’s exhausted, starving, freezing remnants back to France through a bitter 1812 Russian winter. Hitler’s army never even reached Moscow; it was decimated by disease, starvation, bullets and frigid cold at Stalingrad 140 years later.

Here’s 11.9 Billion Good Reasons The Feds Are Bad At Managing National Parks

npsThe Obama administration is doing an awful job managing the country’s national parks.

National Parks Service (NPS) owes $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance and other backlogged expenses, according to recent research that builds upon criticisms brought by lawmakers of President Barack Obama’s public lands agenda.

“It’s worse than you think,” Elise Daniel, press secretary for House Natural Resources Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Debunking the penguin climate panic

adeliae penguin“150,000 penguins have disappeared in Antarctica. Thanks, climate change!,” ran the sarcastic headline this week in Grist, the online environmental magazine.

“Researchers found that a colony of Adélie penguins in Antarctica’s Cape Denison has decreased from 160,000 to just 10,000 since 2011, when a huge iceberg ominously named B09B became grounded in nearby Commonwealth Bay. The penguins were once a short waddle from their food source, but the arrival of the iceberg — which is nearly the size of Rhode Island — has turned that jaunt into a 75-mile round trip.”

Grist was reporting on a study in Antarctic Science by the University of New South Wales’ Climate Change Research Centre that blamed the penguins’ disappearance on global warming. As professor Chris Turney, an author of the study, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “Under a warming planet we might anticipate more icebergs in the Southern Ocean and so these events might become more common.”

World Meteorological Organization says current El Nino starting to fizzle

SST-anom-2015-2016The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced yesterday that the powerful 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but will continue influencing weather across the world. It is expected to disappear by the second quarter of 2016. According to measurements, the tropical Pacific Ocean showed sea surface temperatures (SST) were more than 2 degrees Celsius above normal by mid-December 2015. Since recordkeeping began, this El Niño is considered one of the strongest.

Some scientists are even suggesting this El Niño (Spanish for Christ Child) was made worse by global warming, while others say this El Niño made global warming appear worse. One such scientist is Creighton University Professor Emeritus Dr. Art Douglas, who says this El Niño, while very big, was "comparable to others 100 to 120 years ago. Secondly, when we actually look at the graph of water temperatures off the coast of Washington, Oregon, all the way down to off of Chile.