appeared over Antarctica, but it's not the result of global warming. On Thursday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) blamed the record-sized hole in our ozone layer as a phenomenon that "fluctuates in size during the season in polar regions." With the return of extreme cold in the stratosphere (upper atmosphere) and sunlight to Antarctica, chlorine radicals are created that destroy ozone molecules. The ozone layer is what protects most life on Earth from the harmful rays of the sun.A giant hole in our ozone layer, larger than Russia and Canada combined, has
Despite receiving a subpoena from the House of Representatives, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues to defy the summons to explain itself regarding a controversial climate study it had released back in June.
An aide to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said the NOAA has refused to provide documents related to a report that suggested there has been no reduction in global warming rates, as was initially thought.
CCD Editor's Note: The following article is an update to a previous CCD article that explores the association between increased methane (a greenhouse gas) emissions from methane hydrate formations located along known fault zones. James Kamis, a practicing geologist, delves into the so-called ticking methane time "bomb", why it was hijacked by some climate scientists, and how it left many geologists puzzled as to how a naturally occurring phenomenon became another "dire signal" of climate change.
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Methane gas bubbling up from the ocean's seafloor off the coast of Washington and Oregon recently made national media headlines, and they were called extremely unusual and caused by man-made global warming. Scientists favoring the theory of man-made global warming contend that a CO2-heated atmosphere (via radiative forcing) has acted to warm a tiny region of the ocean that's adjacent to Washington State and Oregon. This warmed ocean water then destabilizes methane hydrate formations on the seafloor, which begin emitting methane gas into the ocean (and then the atmosphere).
As first reported in a recent CCD article, these alarmist media reports neglected to tell the public about the underlying geology of that area. That's because previously mapped offshore fault zones (a complex deformation associated with the fractured surface of the fault) located in the Washington State and Oregon region are the likely culprits behind any increased methane bubbling, and not man-made global warming.
The federal government’s chief climate research agency is refusing to give House Republicans the detailed information they want on a controversial study on climate change. Citing confidentiality concerns and the integrity of the scientific process, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it won’t give Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) the research documents he subpoenaed. At the center of the controversy is a study that concluded there has not been a 15-year “pause” in global warming. Some NOAA scientists contributed to the report. Timothy Cama, The Hill 28 October 2015
As Poland’s new government promises to be more assertive over everything from refugees to how to handle Russia, the first battle with Brussels is already looming and may prove to be just as divisive. The Law & Justice party, which is on course for an unprecedented parliamentary majority, will fight for special treatment under the European Union climate pact, according to Konrad Szymanski, the likely next minister responsible for EU affairs. As the continent’s largest producer of coal, Poland wants concessions going beyond what European leaders decided last year or it will seek an opt-out from the pact. --Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg, 27 October 2015
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) may travel to Paris in an effort to derail the global climate deal scheduled to be negotiated there in December, The Hill reported Monday.
Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, openly rejects mainstream climate science. He told The Hill that he may “go over and be the bad guy, the one-man truth squad, and tell the truth, that they’re going to be lied to by the Obama administration.”
The senator may be best known for bringing a snowball—made of real DC snow—onto the Senate floor to try to prove that the threat of global warming is exaggerated. Inhofe also wrote a book about global warming called “The Greatest Hoax.”
President Obama’s top science and technology adviser warned that man-made climate change is putting shrimp, lobsters, crabs and oysters at risk.
John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said at a White House-sponsored event that some of the excess carbon dioxide dissolves in seawater to form carbonic acid.
Vice President Joe Biden, who also addressed the summit, said there would be “winners and losers” as the U.S. transitions to a sustainable energy source.
“This puts at risk all of the marine organisms that make their shells from calcium carbonate including shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs and many of the zooplankton near the base of ocean food webs,” Holdren said at the White House’s Summit on Climate & the Road through Paris: Business & Science. “We know too that climate change will continue for many decades to come.”
Selected Excerpts by the Mathematical Calculation Society, SA, a group that does mathematical modeling for the French government and others and touts its mission as providing “mathematical tools for fraud detection.” The group was founded by mathematician Dr. Bernard Beauzamy, former professor at the University of Lyon in France.
Part 1: The facts
Chapter 1: The crusade is absurd
There is not a single fact, figure or observation that leads us to conclude that the world‘s climate is in any way =disturbed‘. It is variable, as it has always been, but rather less so now than during certain periods or geological eras. Modern methods are far from being able to accurately measure the planet‘s global temperature even today, so measurements made 50 or 100 years ago are even less reliable. Concentrations of CO2 vary, as they always have done; the figures that are being released are biased and dishonest. Rising sea levels are a normal phenomenon linked to upthrust buoyancy; they are nothing to do with so-called global warming. As for extreme weather events – they are no more frequent now than they have been in the past.
The likely winner of Poland's Oct. 25 parliamentary election called on Tuesday for a renegotiation of a climate deal agreed last year by the European Union, saying the country needed more coal-based power stations. The European Union agreed last year, after marathon negotiations, to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, pitting heavy industry against green business. The emissions goal is also the basis of the EU position for the Paris climate change talks that start on Nov. 30. "We have to fight for this in the European Union. As to the climate package renegotiation is needed. We should not have agreed to that, it could have been vetoed," PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said. --Reuters, 13 October 2015
A Category 5 hurricane is plowing headlong into Mexico and being reported as the strongest one on record. Some have already linked it to global warming. The hurricane, named Patricia, has sustained winds of 200 mph (lasting at least one minute) and a barometric pressure of 880 millibars (mbar). Patricia was first named a tropical depression on Oct. 20, and quickly developed into a Cat 5 hurricane over the warm Pacific Ocean. It is currently tracking North East and is expected to make landfall Friday around 11 a.m. near Manzanillo, Mexico.
As reported previously here, an extraordinarily strong, naturally occurring El Niño event—which is marked by warmer sea surface temperatures—is what many climatologists believe fuels powerful storms like Patricia. And all the moisture it picks up over the Pacific Ocean eventually gets dumped as heavy precipitation. In fact, up to 20 inches of rain is forecast for Mexico, which could cause landslides, flash flooding, and wreak havoc. As thousands of people are evacuated from Mexico's Pacific coastal communities, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says that if Hurricane Patricia makes landfall as a Cat 5 storm, it could be "potentially catastrophic."
The world’s poor countries won’t sign on to a Global Climate Treaty in Paris this December if it doesn’t include assurances of cold, hard cash. That’s the message being put forth by Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, a South African climate delegate who speaks for the G77+China, who described climate change as an “existential” threat for the developing world and a “matter of life and death.” Rich countries—the United States chief among them—will push back on this, wary of being indefinitely on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars, but it’s hard to imagine the impending summit producing any sort of agreement that doesn’t involve financial guarantees. --The American Interest, 22 October 2015
Pope Francis, during his recent tour of the United States and throughout his encyclical document Laudato Si, has proclaimed the continued use of fossil fuels to be no different than committing a deliberate mortal sin. But how has humanity managed to hang on this past century without accommodating every apocalyptic thesis put forth by progressive scientists and politicians?
The reality is that the current wave of climate change hysteria, blamed on human activity, is no different than prior floods of generalized pandemonium based on little more than predictive speculation. First let’s travel back in time briefly, to another era and another fear that never came to pass - namely, the “population bomb” of the 1970s.
Secretary of State John Kerry says that global warming skeptics should be disqualified from "high public office." By all means, Secretary Kerry, let's allow you to unilaterally set the eligibility requirements for elected officials. We'll just turn it all over to you and your astute judgment.
Here's the gaseous statement that elicited our playground response, made Wednesday by Kerry from his Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, as recorded by Talk Radio News Service: