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

Pope's U.S. popularity plummets in polls

gallup pollA new Gallup poll released on Wednesday shows that the pope's popularity has taken a steep downward spiral, with only 59 percent of Americans saying they viewed the pope favorably, down from 76 percent in February 2014. Fueling this lower rating are declining opinions of the pope among Roman Catholics and conservatives. Worse still, 16 percent of Americans disapprove of the job the pope is doing, up from 9 percent in the same period.

The Gallup poll was done three weeks after the pope released his much-ballyhooed climate Encyclical, which denounced capitalism (free markets) and criticized humankind for turning the planet into a sewer. Critics say that much of his Encyclical was largely ghost-written by environmental activists and United Nations' ideologues. Prior to the Encyclical's release, the Vatican held a controversial climate summit, and invited people like pro-abortionist Jeffrey Sachs and population-control proponent Ban Ki-moon to speak.

UK Government Axes Green Deal

greencrapThe government has signed the death warrant for another environmental scheme, this time the Green Deal energy-saving programme that ministers once called the biggest home improvement measure since the second world war. A day after moving to axe solar farm and woodchip power subsidies, Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, said the government was pulling funding for the finance company that delivers the Green Deal scheme, in order to “protect taxpayers”. --Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 24 July 2015

Households face cuts in “feed-in tariffs” for new solar panels on roofs under government plans to prevent subsidies for renewable energy spiralling out of control. Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, said the renewable energy industry could not be given a blank cheque and the level of subsidies should be reduced because of a fall in the cost of solar panels. Ms Rudd said: “We can’t have a situation where industry has a blank cheque paid for by people’s bills. I’m going to ensure that bills are kept down.” --Ben Webster, The Times, 23 July 2015

Climate Alarm Industry Exposed

book coverI met Larry Bell shortly after reviewing his 2008 book Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind The Global Warming Hoax.

That book was inspired by his friendship with renowned climate scientist Fred Singer, to whom this new book is dedicated.

His first book led to his becoming a columnist for Forbes and Newsmax. Over 300 columns later, he has become, in my opinion, one of the most astute analysts of what goes on in our world of perpetual environmental terrorism— a creation perpetrated by our government with the support of environmental zealot groups whose vast income is derived from this very terror.

New Book, Not Old Columns

Over the years, a number of us have implored Bell to consolidate his best columns into a book for posterity. He has refused, and this new book makes it obvious why. He could not, as the preface states, create a “patchwork of old articles.” He knew he would have to start from scratch, and he finally did so. Using his vast storehouse of knowledge gained from years of weekly columns, Bell provides fresh insights into understanding the fix we are in, how we got here, and at whose hands.

Record Global Temperatures? Don't Get Too Heated Up

weather satWhile leaders meet in the Vatican for a climate conference, talk of record high global temperatures will fuel hysteria. But there's truly nothing to see here.

Voices of the unreasonable screeched Tuesday across St. Peter's Square.

California Gov. Jerry Brown was the most colorful. He took the opportunity to call anyone who doesn't believe in man-made global warming as he does a "denier," which is also the pejorative used to describe those who say the Holocaust never happened. He also called those who don't conform to his way of thinking "troglodytes."

Here's A Good Job For Vatican Climate Conference Attendees

ice breakerThe Al Gore Effect — the interruption or cancelation of global warming activist rallies and climate change conferences due to excessive cold or snow, or both — has stopped a Canadian global warming research vessel that was headed to North Baffin Bay.

The CCGS Amundsen, which spends it summers hauling around ArcticNet scientists, wasn't turned away because it couldn't get through sea ice. The ice-breaker-by-winter was "rerouted to escort commercial ships en route to resupply communities in Northern Quebec on the eastern side of Hudson Bay," says the CBC News.

Study shows Pacific island reefs can match rising sea levels

Porites microatollsPorites microatollsCoral reefs are a lot more resilient than previously thought. At least according to a new study published yesterday that showed Pacific island coral reef can grow fast enough to match rising sea levels, even with increased ocean temperatures. Because they grow vertically on shallow reef flats, researchers observed that Porites microatolls coral is keeping pace with current sea level rise, but may have trouble under the worst-case IPCC scenarios. The Porites microatoll, whose growth is largely lateral and limited by exposure to air, is named for its resemblance to island atolls (see picture).

Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology, who published their study in the Royal Society Open Science, say their findings provide the first evidence that "well-managed reefs will be able to keep up with sea-level rise through vertical growth." However, if CO2 emissions rise past 670 parts per million (ppm), which may cause ocean temperatures to increase 2.2 degrees Celsius, reefs will have a hard time keeping up with the projected sea level rise.

Global Warming Pause Real, But A Natural Blip, New Study Claims

A slow-down in global warming is not a sign that climate change is ending, university researchers have found. The phenomenon is a natural blip in an otherwise long-term upwards trend, their research shows. In a detailed study of more than 200 years’ worth of temperature data, results backed previous findings that short-term pauses in climate change are simply the result of natural variation. The findings support the likelihood that a current hiatus in the world’s year-on-year temperature increases – which have stalled since 1998 – is temporary. --Reporting Climate Science, 20 July 2015

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Are Pope’s Climate Change Counselors Promoting Debate or Diktat?

Vatican CityA two-day Vatican workshop on climate change and human trafficking came to a close Wednesday after a like-minded group of some 60 mayors from around the world met with Church officials and United Nations representatives to discuss a coordinated response to environmental challenges.

The United States was heavily represented at the meeting, with ten mayors present as well as California governor Jerry Brown. The bizarre thing about the American delegation, however, was the absence of a single member of the Republican Party, as if the Democrats spoke authoritatively for the United States as far as ecology is concerned.

Where, for instance, was Republican Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis, a decorated veteran of the Marines and an active proponent of environmental awareness?

Poll: U.S. views of Pope Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

francis 2Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans said this month they had a favorable view of the pope, compared with 76 percent in February 2014, Gallup reported. The share of Americans who disapproved of the pope increased from 9 percent to 16 percent in the same period. The changes were most dramatic among political conservatives, whose opinion of Francis nosedived by 27 percentage points to 45 percent. Among Catholics, Francis' approval dropped by 18 percentage points to 71 percent.

Was the global warming pause a myth?

earth spaceIs the world still getting warmer? If so, how fast? Has there been a global warming ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ or not? Or has the recent warming rate been as fast, or even faster, than that measured in the 1990s?

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Oddly enough, in a field where one is told that the science is ‘settled,’ there has been disagreement from several eminent scientists. Dr Ed Hawkins, a principal research fellow at Reading University, who no one could ever call a sceptic, wrote in his blog that even if one accepts NOAA’s data revisions, ‘there has clearly been a slowdown in the rate of warming when compared to other periods’.

A private communiqué

royal societyThe hijacking of learned institutions by political activists is something of a theme at BH, and today's news brings further depressing evidence that the situation has not changed. It seems that the managers of a group of UK learned societies have decided to try to influence the political agenda ahead of the Paris conference, issuing a joint call to arms (another one!), no doubt without consulting a single one of their members.

The communiqué opens with a decidedly shonky statement about the scientific evidence:

The scientific evidence is now overwhelming that the climate is warming and that human activity is largely responsible for this change through emissions of greenhouse gases.

Vanishing Arctic ice caps? Actually, no

Arctic Ice 2The Arctic ice pack has dramatically expanded – despite years of doom-laden predictions that it was melting away for good.

British scientists discovered that it grew by more than 40 percent in 2013 thanks to cooler than expected temperatures.

The findings by experts at University College London suggest the polar cap is more resilient than first thought and is able to quickly bounce back. Despite several warm summers there is still about a third more ice in the region than there was five years ago.