“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Antarctic Ice Thicker Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

drillingAntarctica’s ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica’s expanding sea ice.  According to climate models, the region’s sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent’s sea ice has set new records for the past three winters. --Becky Oskin, LiveScience, 24 November 2014

Needed: Accurate climate forecasts

cartoon-chinaPresident Obama’s agreement with China is about as credible as his “affordable care” pronouncements.

Pleistocene glaciers repeatedly buried almost half of the Northern Hemisphere under a mile of ice. The Medieval Warm Period (~950-1250 AD) enriched agriculture and civilizations across Asia and Europe, while the Little Ice Age that followed (~1350-1850) brought widespread famines and disasters. The Dust Bowl upended lives and livelihoods for millions of Americans, while decades-long droughts vanquished once-thriving Anasazi and Mayan cultures, and flood and drought cycles repeatedly pounded African, Asian and Australian communities. Hurricanes and tornadoes have also battered states and countries throughout history, in numbers and intensities that have been impossible to pattern or predict.

UK researchers show Little Ice Age was global, with implications for current Global Warming

sunA team of UK researchers has shed new light on the climate of the Little Ice Age, and rekindled debate over the role of the sun in climate change. The new study, which involved detailed scientific examination of a peat bog in southern South America, indicates that the most extreme climate episodes of the Little Ice Age were felt not just in Europe and North America, which is well known, but apparently globally. The research has implications for current concerns over ‘Global Warming’.

Climate sceptics and believers of Global Warming have long argued about whether the Little Ice Age (from c. early 15th to 19th Centuries) was global, its causes, and how much influence the sun has had on global climate, both during the Little Ice Age and in recent decades. This new study helps clarify those debates.

Obama Ignored US Embassy’s Warnings On Climate Change Speech

obamaBarack  Obama defied the advice of his embassy in Canberra to deliver a stinging attack on the Abbott government’s climate policies in Brisbane last weekend. The US embassy, under the leadership of ambassador John Berry, advised the President, through his senior staff, not to couch his climate change comments in a way that would be seen as disobliging to the Abbott government, sources have revealed. Historians of the US-Australia relationship are unable to nominate a case of a visiting president making such a hostile speech for the host government. -- Greg Sheridan, The Australian, 23 November 2014

Updated list of 66 excuses for the 18-26 year 'pause' in global warming

cartoon-over-50-reasonsAn updated list of at least 29 32 36 38 39 41 51 52 63 64 65 66 excuses for the 18-26 year statistically significant 'pause' in global warming, including recent scientific papers, media quotes, blogs, and related debunkings:

1) Low solar activity 

2) Oceans ate the global warming [debunked] [debunked] [debunked]

3) Chinese coal use [debunked]

4) Montreal Protocol 

5) What ‘pause’? [debunked] [debunked] [debunked] [debunked]

6) Volcanic aerosols [debunked]

7) Stratospheric Water Vapor

New Survey: Only Five Percent thinks climate change most important issue

church insideEven though President Obama considers climate change a top priority for his administration, a recent survey conducted between Sept. 18 and Oct. 8 shows it is barely a blip on most American's list of concerns.

The survey, based on over 3,000 interviews with American adults conducted in English and Spanish, reveals that only 5 percent thought global warming was the most worrisome issue facing the country. The survey was done by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to see if religion played a factor in their beliefs, or none at all.

Blow For Green Tories As Climate Sceptics Party Wins Another By-Election

CameronUkip won a landmark victory in Rochester and Strood today, overturning a Tory majority of 10,000 to secure its second MP. David Cameron’s failure to hold a seat the Tories won four years ago with 49 per cent of the vote is a major blow for the prime minister, who visited the seat five times in the run-up to yesterday’s poll. --Laura Pitel, The Times, 21 November 2014

Plans for the government to donate (sic) hundreds of millions of pounds to a new Green Climate Fund could lead voters away from the Tories in an upcoming by-election. Senior Tories fear that the contribution has jeopardised the party’s chances of obtaining votes from potential UKIP supporters – skeptical of climate change claims and opposed to foreign aid. --Nicholas Reilly, Metro News, 17 November 2014

Is Obama At Loggerheads with The Constitution?

cartoonNot exactly a right-wing rag, even the Boston Globe thinks Obama's doing a dicey end-run around Congress with immigration and climate change. They give a pretty good overview of how Obama plans to sidestep Congress in his final two years in office to address his pet issues, e.g., global warming, minimum wage, immigration:

First, some background (from the Boston Globe):

On his own, the president can’t change immigration law, but he can alter how existing laws are enforced. It’s a principle called prosecutorial discretion, and while it may sound pretty legalistic, it’s as familiar as everyday driving.

Global warming proven by snow? Scientists make their case

nyeDr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says both sides of the debate use climate models. The global-warming believers, he says, use models that include both warming and cooling, and water vapor evaporating from the ocean surface.

"When it's all said and done," he says, "the climate models end up saying that there should be less snow, not more."

One example of the cold-weather-proves-global-warming argument comes from the The Los Angeles Times in a story published on Wednesday. That article focuses on the massive lake-effect snowstorm in Buffalo.

Only 50% Of Scientists Blame Mankind for Climate Change In New Study

screenshotRather than claiming 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming, hopefully now some media outlets will revise that number closer to 50 percent.

Contrary to the repeated insistence of both climate alarmists and the media, scientists do not all agree on the standard climate alarmism talking points.  A Purdue University scholar, surveying scientists in the agricultural sector including climatologists, found surprising disagreement on humanity’s role in climate change. These findings, though contrary to popular narrative on climate change, are unsurprising to anyone familiar with the prevalence of dissent in the scientific community.

Julie Bishop says Barack Obama wrong about climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

barrierJulie Bishop has rejected Barack Obama's assertion that the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from climate change in a further sign of the Australian government's displeasure with the US President's speech that overshadowed the G20 in Brisbane.

But world leading scientists have rejected Ms Bishop's claims, pointing out that rising temperatures threaten the reef with mass bleaching, while fragile ecosystems will suffer due to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the oceans.   

The Foreign Minister had previously gently chided the US President, saying she personally briefed the United States about potential threats to the reef just days before Mr Obama's address last Saturday, but in an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media in New York, Ms Bishop went further and directly contradicted the President.

WaPo Climate Fail on Missouri

In a hit job on Representative Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri's 4th District, Philip Bump at the Washington Post attempts to school Hartzler on the effects of climate change in her state.  Except his lunge at climate science fails.

Bump shows a chart of November-October average temperatures in Missouri's third climate division since 1896 from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, and then claims that the “area has gotten about 0.1 degrees warmer each decade for the past century.”

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