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  • Unforced variations: Nov 2014 - This month’s open thread. In honour of today’s New York Marathon, we are expecting the fastest of you to read and digest the final IPCC Synthesis report in sub-3 hours. For those who didn’t keep up with the IPCC training regime, the Summary for Policy Makers provides a more accessible target. Also in the news, […]
  • Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy - On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read covering the meteorology of the event, the preparation, the response and the implications for the […]
  • How do trees change the climate? - Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the climate, don’t plant trees”.  The author’s main argument is that UN programs to address climate change by planting trees or preserving existing forests are “high risk” and a […]
  • Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target + Update - The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have agreed to the new goal of limiting global ocean heat content to 1024 Joules. The […]
  • New developments: Climate services for health - I recently received a joint email from the World Meteorological and Health organisations (WMO & WHO) which I like to bring to the attention of our readers. Both because it shows the direction of some new developments, but also because the WMO and WHO are inviting people to share their experience with health and climate. […]
  • Climate response estimates from Lewis & Curry - Guest commentary from Richard Millar (U. Oxford) The recent study of climate sensitivity estimated from the transient surface temperature record is being lauded as something of a game-changer – but how much of a game-changer is it really? The method at the heart of the new study is essentially identical to that used in the […]
  • Unforced variations: Oct 2014 - This month’s open thread.
  • Limiting global warming to 2 °C – why Victor and Kennel are wrong + update - In a comment in Nature titled Ditch the 2 °C warming goal, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel advocate just that. But their arguments don’t hold water. It is clear that the opinion article by Victor & Kennel is meant to be provocative. But even when making allowances for that, the arguments […]
  • Free climate science / modeling class beginning Sept. 29 - Global Warming: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change is a free online adaptation of a college-level class for non-science majors at the University of Chicago (textbook, video lectures). The class includes 33 short exercises for playing with on-line models, 5 “number-cruncher” problems where you create simple models from scratch in a spreadsheet or programming […]
  • The story of methane in our climate, in five pie charts - methane_pie

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Climate Skeptic

  • Layman’s Primer on the Climate Skeptic Position - I am a “lukewarmer”, which means a skeptic that agrees that man-made CO2 is incrementally warming the Earth but believes that the amount of that warming is being greatly exaggerated.  In addition, I believe that the science behind evidence of current “climate change” is really poor, with folks in the media using observations of tail-of-the-distribution weather […]
  • When Climate Alarmism Limits Environmental Progress - One of my favorite sayings is that “years from now, environmentalists will look back on the current obsession with global warming and say that it did incredible harm to real environmental progress.”  The reason is that there are many environmental problems worse than the likely impact of man-made global warming that would cost substantially less […]
  • Why We Are Exaggerating “Extreme Weather” - I have written in article at Forbes.com called Summer of the Shark, Global Warming Edition.  It describes why the media, and many average citizens, are exaggerating the degree and effects of extreme weather.  Here is a preview of that article, but I encourage you to read it all In the summer of 2001, a little boy […]
  • HydroInfra: Scam! Investment Honeypot for Climate Alarmists - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog. I got an email today from some random Gmail account asking me to write about HyrdoInfra.  OK.  The email begins: “HydroInfra Technologies (HIT) is a Stockholm based clean tech company that has developed an innovative approach to neutralizing carbon fuel emissions from power plants and other polluting industries that burn fossil fuels.” […]
  • Presentation: The Science of the Skeptic Position - Here is the most recent version of my presentation “Don’t Panic: The Science of the Climate Skeptic Position” I am working to add the narration to it in video form so it is easier to follow. Until I can get that posted, here is my older version of the presentation: Catastrophe Denied: The Science of […]
  • Switching Back to Disqus - For a variety of reasons, I had to turn off Disqus a while back.  We are going back to it for comments.  Over the next few days you may see comments on old posts disappear and reappear.  If I don’t screw up, within 48 hours all existing comments should be back.
  • Reconciling Conflicting Climate Claims - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog At Real Science, Steven Goddard claims this is the coolest summer on record in the US. The NOAA reports that both May and June were the hottest on record. It used to be the the media would reconcile such claims and one might learn something interesting from that reconciliation, but now all we […]
  • Computer Models as “Evidence” - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog The BBC has decided not to every talk to climate skeptics again, in part based on the “evidence” of computer modelling Climate change skeptics are being banned from BBC News, according to a new report, for fear of misinforming people and to create more of a “balance” when discussing man-made climate change. The latest […]
  • Another Plea to Global Warming Alarmists on the Phrase “Climate Denier” - Cross-posted from Coyoteblog Stop calling me and other skeptics “climate deniers“.  No one denies that there is a climate.  It is a stupid phrase. I am willing, even at the risk of the obvious parallel that is being drawn to the Holocaust deniers, to accept the “denier” label, but it has to be attached to […]
  • My Thoughts on Steven Goddard and His Fabricated Temperature Data Claim - Cross-posted from Coyote Blog. Steven Goddard of the Real Science blog has a study that claims that US real temperature data is being replaced by fabricated data.  Christopher Booker has a sympathetic overview of the claims. I believe that there is both wheat and chaff in this claim, and I would like to try to […]

Watts Up With That

  • Worst drought in California history? Not really… - Guest essay by Robert Moore Is it true that we are in the worst drought in California history? Let’s look at the facts for the last 120 years (1895 to present). As shown in this chart from the Western Regional Climate Center website (http://www.wrcc.dri.edu) — this is not even the 2nd driest water year for…
  • China’s New Energy Plan Forecasts Big Rise In CO2 Emissions - By Paul Homewood News from Enerdata that China has published a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020), presumably following on from the US-China agreement last week. The State Council of China has unveiled a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020) focusing on the development of renewables and capping primary energy consumption at 4.8…
  • Shocker: Top Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’ - Guest essay by Eric Worrall A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”. According to an interview with the engineers, published in IEEE; “At the…
  • Climate Research needs Re-direction - Guest essay by Viv Forbes Governments are running huge deficits, but still spend billions on “climate research” especially trying to model the effect of the atmosphere and its trace of carbon dioxide on surface temperature. Benefits are hard to find. It may have improved weather forecasts by a day or so, but official long-term predictions…
  • Eek! Climate Change “…Might Cost Us…Chocolate” - Guest Post by Bob Tisdale A GlobalPost article by Sara Yasin includes the latest climate change and global warming scare. The headline: Our love for things that cause climate change could mean the end of life with chocolate. After a typical climate-change lead-in, the article reads: But now, it looks like our inability to address…
  • Will Green Politics soon be a thing of the Past? - The electoral troubles of the green bullies Eric Worrall writes: Anyone following the recent G20 will be aware that skeptical politicians, such as Australia’s Tony Abbott and Canada’s Steve Harper, have been subject to intense public pressure from prominent greens like President Obama, to change their public position on climate change. What is less apparent…
  • Surprise: sea water salinity matters to sea level on long time scales - LIVERMORE, California — Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought. “By using long-term observed estimates of ocean salinity and temperature changes across the globe, and contrasting these with model…
  • Introducing a New Blog – More on Miriam O’Brien’s HotWhopper - Guest Post by Bob Tisdale Link to More on Miriam O’Brien’s HotWhopper. Please add it to your favorites. The following is a cross post of the introductory post at MoreOnMiriam’s: You can call this new blog a spawn of a spawn, if you like. Miriam O’brien (also known as blogger Sou) was banished from WattsUpWithThat…
  • Renewable Energy – Solar and Wind-Power: capital costs and effectiveness compared - A comparison of both the Capital Cost and Energy Producing Effectiveness of the Renewable Energy investments of the USA, Germany and the UK. Guest essay by Ed Hoskins The summary diagram below collates the cost and capacity factors of Renewable Energy power sources compared to the cost and output capacity of conventional Gas Fired Electricity generation.…
  • Fountain of Youth Underlies Antarctic Mountains - New Study Explains Why Peaks Buried in Ice Look So Young Images of the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains revealed water-filled valleys, as seen by the cluster of vertical lines in this image. (Creyts) Time ravages mountains, as it does people. Sharp features soften, and bodies grow shorter and rounder. But under the right conditions, some mountains…
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