With only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets. In March and June, the European Council failed to agree on the commission's proposal. When the EU government leaders meet again on 23 and 24 October in Brussels, they hope to reach a “final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework”. However, the ministers and deputy ministers for environment of six Central and Eastern European countries, declared on Tuesday (September 30) their opposition to binding targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. --Peter Teffer, EUobserver, 2 October 2014
Antarctic sea ice hits record levels as it reaches 20 MILLION square kilometers for time time since records began in 1979
Sea ice surrounding Antarctica has reached a new record high.
Nasa says it now covers more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.
They say that even though Antarctic sea ice has been increasing, 'the planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming.'
The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.
In the latest sting from conservative video activist James O’Keefe, campaign staffers for Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes are caught on camera admitting the Senate hopeful is “lying” to voters about her support for the Kentucky coal industry.
Having failed to scare — or even convince — the public about the impending doom of global warming, a new group is trying to scare businesses into action.
"Risky Business: The Economic Risk of Climate Change in the United States" is the latest we're-all-gonna-die! study. The group, called the Risky Business Project, is co-chaired by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Jr. and retired Farallon Capital Management founder Thomas Steyer, who made part of his billions investing in fossil fuels and pipelines to transport them.
So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil.
Then one day the politics get sticky. In Nebraska, farmers don’t want the pipeline running through their fields or over their water source. U.S. environmentalists invoke global warming in protesting the project. President Barack Obama keeps siding with them, delaying and delaying approval. From the Canadian perspective, Keystone has become a tractor mired in an interminably muddy field.
As the global warming alarmists tell us that "the science is settled, there is no debate, and government bureaucrats are going full-speed ahead with taxation plans that will further weaken our already suffering economy, honest and wise politicians like Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Virginia ask, "let's see the physical science, not the political science, before we strap Americans with huge taxes as the Obama Administration wants to do." We should not formulate public policy such as carbon tax when the real science is constantly changing.
Hurricane Central has reported that "The 2014 hurricane season has fallen into a slumber heading into the final days of the season's peak month."
Bad News for the alarmists: 'Missing Heat' from Non-Existent 'Global Warming' isn't Hiding in the Ocean After All
The cause of climate alarmism has been struck another near-fatal blow by a new study from a NASA research team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Using a combination of satellite observations and direct measurements taken by a network of 3,000 floating Argo temperature probes, the NASA team set out to calculate temperature changes and thermal expansion in the deep ocean (below 1.24 miles).
What they have found is that the deep ocean has not warmed measurably since at least 2005.
The Sun, quite obviously, is the first order driver of Earth’s climate, but a much neglected second order driver can contribute significantly to short-term variations. The theory proposed herein is that periods of active Earth tectonism can be correlated to periods of active climate change and climate related events.
Increased global tectonic activity equates to more faulting and crustal plate movement, which leads to more global heat release from faults, fractures and volcanoes that are more active.
Altered heat input equates to climate change.
My September post on the recent climate study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded the rise in West Coast temperatures since 1900 was due to natural forces, generated some good comments from readers, some of which warrant further discussion. From a policy perspective, it's important to understand how much global warming has been caused by man and how much of it is a result of natural variability. If the vast majority of warming is due to the latter, expensive carbon reduction measures are the wrong response, given they'll impact only a tiny amount of the warming we've experienced. Instead, the obvious policy response is to invest in adjusting to global warming, which would most likely have the added benefit of also being less costly.
THE PUBLIC are becoming ever more sceptical of climate change as they begin to ask 'where is the global warming we were promised?', a leading scientist has claimed.
This week saw the 18th anniversary since the Earth's temperature last rose - something that Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum, says experts are struggling to understand.
He explains that we are now in the midst of a "crisis of credibility" because the global warming - and accompanied 'Doomsday' effects - that we were once warned about has not happened.
Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once predicted a temperature rise of 0.2 degrees per decade - but are now baffled by the fact our planet's temperature has not increased for almost two decades.
The deep ocean may not be hiding heat after all, raising new questions about why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years, said the US space agency today.
Scientists have noticed that while greenhouse gases have continued to mount in the first part of the 21st century, global average surface air temperatures have stopped rising along with them, said NASA.
Some studies have suggested that heat is being absorbed temporarily by the deep seas, and that this so-called global warming hiatus is a temporary trend.
Green taxes on energy are undermining British businesses by imposing costs which are not faced by international competitors, Vince Cable has said. He said that British firms are "struggling" to compete with their international rivals on price, which is leading to work going abroad. "Many of our manufacturing companies and exporters – particularly in areas like steel and cement and others which consume lots of electricity – are struggling against international competition because of the cost of energy. --Steven Swinford, The Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2014