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These items caught my eye – 9 May 2013

Today’s topics are; Stop fracking – more scare stories, few facts; The missing heat – still not found, Interpol informed; Acidification – misinformation of the highest order; More on tornadoes – Nothing to get the wind up over, apparently; German alarmists – a rearguard action at best; Tolkein does cAGW; the march of the trees; Co2 good for plants – we knew that, even greens know that. Another quiet few days. Still, 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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Peter Lilley MP: “If we give in to the green lobby, Britain will drift into an energy crisis”

Posted on May 9, 2013 by tallbloke

Cracking comment from Peter Lilley MP in the Spectator:

The scandal of official reluctance to develop Britain’s shale gas potential is at last beginning to surface. It may prove to be the dress rehearsal for the ultimate drama — the inexorable collapse of our whole energy strategy.

Most of us have by now heard about the US shale gas revolution. In little more than six years, shale gas has reduced America’s gas prices to a third of what they are in Europe, increased huge tax revenues, rebalanced the economy, created tens of thousands of jobs, brought industry and manufacturing back to the country’s heartlands, and given rise to a real prospect of American energy self-sufficiency by 2030.

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Even More about Trenberth’s Missing Heat – An Eye Opening Comment by Roger Pielke Sr.

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Bob Tisdale

Roger Pielke Sr. was quoted in David Appell’s recent article Whither global warming? Has global warming slowed down? over at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media. That portion of the article reads:

About 90 percent of this extra energy goes into the oceans. But meteorologist Roger Pielke Sr. of the University of Colorado in Boulder says he would like to understand why more heat is going into the deep ocean. “Until we understand how this fundamental shift in the climate system occurred,” says Pielke, “and if this change in vertical heat transfer really happened, and is not just due to the different areal coverage and data quality in the earlier years, we have a large gap in our understanding of the climate system.”

These large changes in ocean content reveal that the Earth’s surface is not a great place to look for a planetary energy imbalance. “This means this heat is not being sampled by the global average surface temperature trend,” he says. “Since that metric is being used as the icon to report to policymakers on climate change, it illustrates a defect in using the two-dimensional field of surface temperature to diagnose global warming.”

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Long Term Tornado Trends

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Paul Homewood

As it seems that tornadoes, or the lack of them, are back in the news at the moment, I thought it worthwhile to take another look at the stats at the end of 2012.

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DWD German Weather Service Tweets Public That It Only “Feels Like It’s Cooling”…It’s All In Our Heads

Posted on May 9, 2013 by P Gosselin

With leaders from 35 countries now meeting at the Petersberger Climate Dialogue in Berlin, every German government-funded institute is now busily issuing press releases to get their two cents worth of alarmism in. The DWD national German Weather Service is no exception.

Two days ago it tweeted a message telling the public that it only “feels like its cooling“. You see, the last 5 bitter-cold winters are just in our heads.

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The Drama Queen Files: Exhibit #5

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

Donna
Laframboise

Based on a press release and a brochure, the media says hunters are “gasping for life” in the Arctic.

According to a headline in the UK’s Independent newspaper, the ocean is turning to acid and the Arctic’s soaring CO2 leaves fish and hunters gasping for life. The subtitle tells us that “Greenhouse gases are making seawater toxic.”

Goodness gracious, with all that gasping going on it’s easy to miss the fact that the story itself is rather disappointing. Indeed, it contains a lot of fudge:

  • “a report suggests“
  • “potentially huge implications”
  • “This could affect the livelihoods…”
  • “The acidification could also put further pressure…”
  • “‘This could have significant implications…”
  • “communities are extremely worried…”
  • “Ocean acidification is likely to affect…”

Let’s dial 911. People are worried about potential implications. Bad things could happen – a report suggests.

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Looking for the Entwives – new Berkeley model predicts forests will march polewards because of global warming

Posted on May 7, 2013 by The k2p blog

It is the Age of the Models.

An Entwife?
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Where physical experiments and real data are obsolete. Where experiments are virtual and data-sets are generated by Monte Carlo methods. Where a room with a computer is called a lab. Where outputs of one model become the inputs of another model – never to be sullied by real observations or data. Where the garbage in is never questioned and the garbage out takes the place of reality.

When you have a model who needs data!

This is a press release (marketing bumf) from Berkeley Labs to get publicity for a new paper: “Boreal carbon loss due to poleward shift in low-carbon ecosystems,” published on Nature Geoscience’s website on May 5, 2013.

And when the Ents start marching Saru-Mann is doomed! (apologies to JRR T).

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Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer: In Defense of Carbon Dioxide

Posted on May 8, 2013 by WSJ

Of all of the world’s chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That’s simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.

The cessation of observed global warming for the past decade or so has shown how exaggerated NASA’s and most other computer predictions of human-caused warming have been—and how little correlation warming has with concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. As many scientists have pointed out, variations in global temperature correlate much better with solar activity and with complicated cycles of the oceans and atmosphere. There isn’t the slightest evidence that more carbon dioxide has caused more extreme weather.

Mr. Schmitt, an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was an Apollo 17 astronaut and a former U.S. senator from New Mexico. Mr. Happer is a professor of physics at Princeton University and a former director of the office of energy research at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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