It's as if President Obama believes he's still in the faculty lounge at Harvard glamorizing leftist ideals, seemingly oblivious that he is actually president now and that his duties require him to work on truly pressing matters instead of fantasizing about Utopia.
He is finally approaching the hot seat. Endless scandals are dogging his Teflon. The young voter demographic is going south on him. The foreign media are lampooning him. The economy still tanks.
But in Berlin, with the disposition of Alfred E. Neuman, the blind destructiveness of Mr. Magoo and the flimsily emulated elegance of JFK, he lectured the world on the urgency of adopting his slightly modified faculty lounge agenda.
Climate Scientist Dr. Judith Curry: ‘Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002’".....leading climate players are starting to speak out about climate reality (ie, cooling) - as the growing empirical evidence continues to invalidate the CO2-warming theory, the result is a bending of the "consensus"
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People have tried to deny climate science in a lot of ways, but it's hard to beat a complete rejection of well-established atmospheric physics. Joe Bastardi, a meteorologist appearing on Fox News, argued that CO2 "literally" cannot cause warming because it doesn't "mix well in the atmosphere" (it does). He's also claimed that warming would violate the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. (In fact, global warming has nothing to do with newly created energy, but with the atmosphere trapping energy that's already around.)
Clouds along Canada's jetstreamLast summer was a washout for us Brits, and indeed top meteorologists are meeting at the moment to find out just why. Some other odd things happened last year, too: exceptionally large areas of the Greenland ice sheet surface melted, as did record amounts of the Arctic ice cap, and ocean temperatures were high. How were all these things linked? What was the underlying cause?
It seems that there is, in fact, a connection between some of these things - but not all. There's now some new research out on the abnormally widespread Greenland surface melting, which caused such a media sensation at the time. A lot of people thought that warm seas and/or the summer melting of the Arctic cap might be involved, but it seems that this isn't the case.
The rallying hope this week among the radical anti-development lobby that makes up the far left wing of the environmental movement appears to be that President Obama will kill the Keystone XL pipeline and pursue more policies that would dramatically inhibit the development of the nation’s massive shale oil and natural gas resources as a part of the “Climate Change” policy he plans to announce in July. If the President pursues either of those policy decisions, he will do the nation’s economy and national security interests severe damage, while doing nothing to actually help the environment.
The warmists are now complaining about "awful" summers in Britain with "below-average temperatures and sunshine, and above-average rainfall" that could last "until 2023." This follows their prior complaints about potentially deadly summer heatwaves, and that alleged warming would cause above-average rainfall.
Written by Anthony J. Sadar, American Thinker on .
Getting students to "think critically" has been a serious effort by educators for quite some time. Of course time after time we've seen that in practice the critical thinking desired critically questions traditional and conservative positions. But, if critical thinking is honestly what instructors are striving for, why not expand student thinking by challenging students to apply the technique in new, practical ways?
As a life-long atmospheric and environmental scientist and long-time college-science educator, I am constantly bombarded with material from a variety of sources, including many environmental groups. Take, for instance, what can be labeled "sales" literature that I recently received from the Environmental Defense Fund. The mailing contained a small double-sided poster that was titled "EXTREME WEATHER: THE CONSEQUENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE" on the one side and "TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE" on the other side. I will focus only on the "extreme weather" side here as an example for effective pedagogy.
Written by Tony Paterson, David Usborne, Independent on .
In a speech at the Brandenburg Gate that instantly invited comparisons with visits to the same spot by some of his predecessors, President Barack Obama sought to make a historic imprint of his own, pledging to forge a new pact with Russia to further cut nuclear arsenals and to step up the fight against global warming.
President Obama, behind a screen of bullet-proof glass and perspiring under a hot sun, invoked Europe’s difficult past when it was divided by the wall that once bisected Berlin and the plaza where he stood, to insist that serious, if less obvious, global challenges remained.
People protesting at the Bonn talksThe midyear United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Bonn wrapped up on Friday, with many delegates declaring a general sense of satisfaction with the outcome. The somewhat positive result came as a surprise to many, following a protracted block from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus that many analysts said threatened to stymie progress.
Sources say that underlying the blockage was Moscow’s objection to the way the UNFCCC’s Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar had ended last December. (See Bridges Doha Update #3, 12 December 2012) According to reports, the chair of the COP gavelled the deal despite objections from Russia.
The talks are the final round of midyear negotiations to lay the groundwork for the COP 19, slated to take place in Warsaw, Poland this November. (See Bridges Trade BioRes Review, May 2013) The end-of-year meeting will host the 39th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the second to third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-3).
Senior members of the German government have warned EU member states that German car makers could scale back or scrap production plans in their countries unless they support weakened carbon emissions rules, according to diplomatic sources. Germany has stepped up the pressure on them to water down limits on vehicle emissions to protect the country’s mighty car industry, particularly luxury makers such as BMW and Daimler. The sources added that some calls warning EU member states of possible consequences have come from members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office. --Paul Milligan, Daily Mail, 19 June 2013
Large German companies such as Siemens and Bosch are abandoning the solar industry. Their strategies resulted in debacles – their investments in solar power companies cost them billions. Compared to what investors have lost as a result of their investments in solar stocks, however, these sums are almost negligible amounts. The former stars at the stock exchange, SolarWorld and Q-Cells, have destroyed tens of billions of capital. --Thiemo Heeg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18 June 2013
FORMER ABC chairman Maurice Newman claims ABC staff are biased and preach the global warming faith.
"A powerful group has captured the corporation, at least on climate change," he says. ABC managing director Mark Scott denied that last month, but I hope he heard his ABC hyping the Climate Commission's alarmist report this week.
Take ABC 24's interview with Climate Commissioner Will Steffen and retired admiral Chris Barrie. Host Virginia Trioli didn't ask why an admiral with no climate science qualifications was helping to launch its report.
Nor did she ask if Barrie was joking when he claimed there was an even chance no human would be left alive only 87 years from now if we didn't face "the climate change consequences and some other behaviours".
Apparently President Obama will announce yet another set of policies next month aimed at mitigating global warming. But why? The enemy he promises to fight simply doesn't exist.
News reports say that Obama will lay out his plans in July. The speculation is that his Environmental Protection Agency will issue, according to Bloomberg News, final rules that will "limit greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants."
Politico quotes "top White House climate aide Heather Zichal" outlining four areas that "don't require any new laws or any new technologies."
It also reports that Zichal has said the administration will be "using the tools of the Clean Air Act to advance a broader climate agenda."