No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.

–Albert Einstein

Japan drops out of the carbon race

power-plant-1The Climate Commission assured us Australia was far from alone:

In terms of reductions in emissions from their ‘no further action’ growth path, Australia’s 5 per cent emissions reduction targets are broadly comparable in emissions reduction to the targets of the United States, Japan, Europe and China, which together make up more than 50 per cent of global emissions.

Targets are, of course, very different to achievements - especially in China’s case.. And now this:

Japan will rethink its international pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday, indicating the nation may have to lower its goal.

The Overwhelming Judgment of Science Rejects Obama’s Global Warming Claims

soil and droughtNOAA reports that 20th century droughts were quite mild when compared to droughts in previous centuries.President Barack Obama in his second inauguration address called for new action to “respond to the threat of climate change.” Taking advantage of the bully pulpit and a huge national audience, Obama mustered his best possible arguments in a brief case for why addressing global warming is supposedly necessary. Unfortunately for global warming alarmists, Obama’s case was exceptionally flimsy. Then again, Obama did not have much to work with, as the overall case for global warming alarmism is exceptionally flimsy.

Study finds Greenland’s ice may not be as vulnerable to climate change as scientists feared

A helicopter is taking off Greenland Ice Sheet

A helicopter is taking off Greenland Ice Sheet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New research suggests that Greenland’s vast ice sheet isn’t as fragile as some climate scientists feared.

The work, published in Nature this week (see abstract), indicates the majority of ice on Greenland could remain intact for hundreds of years even if the planet warms considerably.

The study used ice cores to study conditions during a period of natural global warming that occurred between 115,000 and 130,000 years ago, when temperatures were about 14.5 Fahrenheit degrees higher than they are today. This was known as the Eemian period.

Finally, a climate forecast model that works?

chartFig. 1[h/t to amirlach] Note: Short term predictions are relatively easy, it remains to be seen if this holds up over the long term. I have my doubts. – Anthony

Guest post by Frank Lemke

The Global Warming Prediction Project is an impartial, transparent, and independent project where no public, private or corporate funding is involved. It is about original concepts and results of  inductive self-organizing modeling and prediction of global warming and related problems.

Caught Doping? Blame Climate Change

Kenya, 2012

Kenya, 2012 (Photo credit: Moridin_)

A putative doping scandal has besmirched Kenya's reputation as the world's most fertile training grounds for runners. Naturally, the country's track and field officials blame climate change.

"Our country is known for its high performance around the world in middle and long distance," David Okeyo, the Secretary General of Athletics Kenya, told Reuters Foundation's AlertNet. "However, climate change associated with hot weather spells is bringing a lot of complications."

Bonehead of the Week: Henry Waxman

Rep. Waxman

Rep. Waxman (Photo credit: Public Citizen)

People are fleeing California in droves and moving to Nevada and Texas. The ones left in this bankrupt state still keep re-electing Waxman, so I guess they deserve what they get. But why does the rest of the country have to suffer for it as well? From The Hill:

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said he hopes Obama nixes the project to bring Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast. But he stressed that Keystone is just one piece of the whole climate picture.

“This is only a small issue compared to the overall objective that the president and we want to achieve,” Waxman, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said during a news conference Thursday.

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Climate-Change Misdirection

wildfireHistorical analysis of wildfires around the world
shows that since 1950 their numbers have
decreased globally by 15%.
In his second inaugural address on Monday, President Obama laudably promised to "respond to the threat of climate change." Unfortunately, when the president described the urgent nature of the threat—the "devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms"—the scary examples suggested that he is contemplating poor policies that don't point to any real, let alone smart, solutions. Global warming is a problem that needs fixing, but exaggeration doesn't help, and it often distracts us from simple, cheaper and smarter solutions.

For starters, let's address the three horsemen of the climate apocalypse that Mr. Obama mentioned.

World Meteorological Organization Exposed in Shocking Greenhouse Gas Fraud

AERI Infrared ThermometerSweden’s leading math professor has uncovered what appears to be a major scientific deception perpetrated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) concerning a device that supposedly "proves" the greenhouse gas effect of global warming is real. Professor Claes Johnson has discovered that infrared thermometer manufacturers have been calibrating their devices to a WMO measure known to have little reliability and may even be bogus. Johnson calls the device a “fabricated product.”

Professor Johnson, a skeptic of man-made global warming claims, says he has found a fatal flaw in key instrumentation that supposedly measures, and thus proves, the radiation emitted because of of the “greenhouse gas effect” (GHE) which is calibrated in Watts.These instruments are used for scientific measurements of outdoor downward atmospheric long-wave radiation- the supposed source of the GHE’s added heating mechanism.

Monckton returns to Australia, book now… :-)

Book NowHe’s dangerous. During his last Australian tour he debated at the National Press Club, and a phenomenal 9% of the polled audience changed their mind in an hour. Fifty university academics (including Lewandowsky) tried to get Monckton banned from speaking at a university. Activists were so scared they intimidated a few venue operators into canceling his speeches at the last minute (but the show always went on bigger and better somewhere else.

Monckton was escorted right out of Doha after speaking the bleeding obvious from the floor, he leapt from a plane in Durban, and he convinced the prof who wanted to execute skeptics to withdraw it with an apology.

Whatever happened to global warming?

Freezing your nuts off!Frozen nuts suck. Just ask him.Are you freezing? Join the crowd. Arctic air is sweeping across Canada. Snow and ice are wreaking havoc on Britain. Russians are dying from the cold. And Germans are sneaking into forests to cut down trees because their fuel bills are so high.

Hey! Whatever happened to global warming?

That’s a naive question, of course. Everybody knows there’s little or no connection between daily weather events and climate change (except when there’s a heat wave, a hurricane or some other natural disaster, in which case global warming is invariably to blame). Experts will tell you that our bitter winter weather proves nothing about climate change – that the world is still warming up at an alarming rate.

CNN: Marc Morano on extreme weather trends

Marc at his bestCNN and its Piers Morgan show just aired a very short exchange of opinions

Michael Brune vs Marc Morano (video at end)

between a defender of the climate alarm (an activist in the Sierra Club, well, its executive director) and the man behind the skeptical ClimateDepot.com website.

I think that Marc Morano couldn't be a full-fledged scientist – I mean to actually calculate various things from the observed data, including confidence levels, and other things. It's my understanding he doesn't have the technical background for that.