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These items caught my eye – 17 April 2013

Each week, I’ll pull together a range of items that have attracted my attention. I hope you will find the variety of topics covered both interesting and enlightening. Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context.. If you follow a site that is, maybe, a bit off the beaten track and think it would be of interest, please contact me and I’ll take a look.
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Oil Spills By the Numbers

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Donna Laframboise
Opposition to oil pipelines has led to sharp increases in train transport. Not only is that method less safe, it costs significantly more.

Oil Spills By the NumbersThe proposed Keystone pipeline, which is intended to move oil from western Canada through the US to the Gulf of Mexico, has been called a “carbon bomb” by drama queen Bill McKibben.

According to his activist colleague Van Jones, if activists aren’t successful in halting the pipeline, “we lose everything. We’re fighting for the children of all species.”

Last week, Bloomberg News published an article titled Killing Keystone Seen as Risking More Oil Spills by Rail. (According to another source, the volume of crude being shipped by rail in North America has increased 50-fold since 2009.)

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Australia’s Carbon System Sheme Rocked: Budget To Lose Billions

Posted on April 15, 2013 by papundits

Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

Europe’s carbon permits have crashed to record new low prices, leaving the Australian Federal Government facing a budget hole of more than $4 billion a year from 2015.

The price of Europe’s Emissions Trading System permits dropped overnight to just $3.33. Australia’s price is $23 a tonne – by far the most expensive in the world.

This doesn’t just mean the Gillard Labor Government is pricing business out of the market with a huge new tax. It also means the Government could be left with a gaping hole in its Budget in two year’s time, when Australian companies can buy cheap European permits instead of our own to offset their emissions.

The Government is counting on raising more than $9 billion a year with its carbon tax. But that tax take will be slashed by billions if Australian companies can buy European permits for around $4.

That now looks almost certain, after a plan to drive up the price of carbon dioxide emission credits was rejected overnight by the European Union’s Parliament:

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Reuters: Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown

April 16, 2013 by tallbloke
Article from Reuters. The big media outlets are in open revolt it seems.

Greenhouse effectsScientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.

Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon.

Getting this right is essential for the short and long-term planning of governments and businesses ranging from energy to construction, from agriculture to insurance. Many scientists say they expect a revival of warming in coming years.

Theories for the pause include that deep oceans have taken up more heat with the result that the surface is cooler than expected, that industrial pollution in Asia or clouds are blocking the sun, or that greenhouse gases trap less heat than previously believed.

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Revisiting Temperature Reconstructions used in Climate Change Modeling

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Neil Catto

When considering historical temperature reconstruction there are three areas which need further examination; historical instrument readings and adjustments for UHI, tree-ring proxies, other paleoclimate proxies and ice-core proxies. To predict the future of climate it is necessary to have a very good reconstruction of past information.

Instrument Record:

Most, if not all, climate models use the Central England Temperature (CET) record to compare historical temperatures with model outcomes [hindcasting]. The CET is the longest instrument record of temperatures in the world, dating back to 1659.

CET temperatures have been recorded at locations in an area from Lancashire in the north, to Bristol in the southwest, and to London in the southeast of England. Since 1974 the temperatures have been adjusted to account for Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.

As an example of a CET recording station, Ringway in Cheshire was one of the original northern locations. There is record of Ringway chapel being used during the English Civil war (1642-1651). In 1723 the old chapel was replaced by a new red brick building and then demolished again and rebuilt as Ringway parish church in 1894.

Ringway, a typical rural location, was chosen as an airfield for Manchester and work began in 1935. The first aircraft landed at Ringway in 1937 on a partially completed grass landing strip. The first hangar was also completed in 1937. By 1938 a terminal building, control tower and other buildings were opened and Ringway Airport handled its first schedule flights with 4000 passengers in the first year.

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IPCC Co-Chair Thomas Stocker Flunks Major Swiss Interview – IPCC Science Hanging From Its Last Thread

Posted on 17, April 2013 by P Gosselin

Last week hard-hitting Swiss weekly Weltwoche published a revealing interview with IPCC WG-1 Co-Chair Thomas Stocker. The interview was conducted by Markus Schär.

Dr. Sebastian Lüning was given permission to republish the interview at the Die kalte Sonne site here, adding his rebuttals and corrections. Lüning writes: “Thomas Stocker showed a number of memory lapses in the Weltwoche-Interview.”

What follows is the interview along with Lüning’s rebuttals in English. Because of the interview’s length, it will appear in 3 or 4 parts over the next few days. Some parts have been slightly shortened and edited.

The Stocker interview not only exposes misleading science, but also provides good hints as to how the IPCC intends to approach its 5th report.

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