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These items caught my eye – 15 May 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.

Climate Change Impact On Biodiversity

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Paul Homewood

I reported the other day about the new Channel 4 series concerning a “wildlife crisis caused by climate change in the UK”. Most of what they claimed was nothing more than unsubstantiated hype.

They say that the series is based around a new report from an outfit called “ Living With Environmental Change”, a partnership of 22 public sector organisations. So I thought I would delve into the report to see if it stands up to scrutiny.

The report, “Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts” lists a number of statements under the heading, “ What Has Happened” :-

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Premature 400 PPM fail-a-bration

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Anthony Watts

It seems we didn’t reach 400PPM last week after all. The data has been revised. Ooops.

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The beginning of the end: warmists in retreat on sea level rise, climate sensitivity

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Anthony Watts

The forecast: It seems there’s less chance of gloom and doom these days.

For sea level rise, now a maximum of about two feet by 2100. As for climate sensitivity, now for the first time ever, we are seeing mentions of a quadrupling of CO2 rather than a doubling to get scary scenarios. From Reuters:

Ice melt, sea level rise, to be less severe than feared – study

* Melt of Greenland, Antarctica less severe than expected

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle

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New York Times Conceding Low Sensitivity! Now Talking About “CO2 Quadrupling” To Get Catastrophe Scenarios!

Posted on May 14, 2013 by P Gosselin

It’s not every morning one wakes up and finds you’ve been quoted by the New York Times. That’s what happened to me this morning.

In his article, A Change in Temperature, Justin Gillis tells his readers that the issue of CO2 climate sensitivity has become more hotly disputed than ever, but warns catastrophe still looms.

Here are just a few comments I have:

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The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #6

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Carbon dioxide, superstition, and protecting the oceans.

Donna Laframboise


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there were 280 molecules per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back in 1750. The gradual rise in that number over the past 260 years is an important part of the global warming scare.

As of last week, there are now 400 molecules of CO2 per million in our atmosphere. This has sent Al Gore and others into a tizzy.

According to Gore, this event should cause us to “reflect on the fragility” of our “planetary ecosystem” – and inspire us to dedicate ourselves to “the task of saving our future.”

(Alternative perspectives are available here, here, here, and here.)

But since practically everything that gentleman utters is melodramatic, this instalment of the Drama Queen Files isn’t about Gore. The honour instead goes to Oceana, which describes itself as “the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.”

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Climate “science” reduced to “Retrospective Predictions”

Posted on May 13, 2013 by The k2p blog

Scientific hindsight

Scientific hindsight


Nature and Climate Science are now reduced to publishing “Retrospective Predictions”. And Predicting the Past is apparently good enough to get published! At least you can never make a prediction which is wrong!

It used to be called hindsight!

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Some Like It To Appear Hot

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Tom Quirk

As a check on the possible urban heat island effect in central Melbourne, the site of the Bureau of Meteorology thermometers (shown below), it is worth examining nearby temperature measurements. A comparison with readings at Laverton, some 18 kilometres distant from the CBD, shows there is a bit of heat in the city.

The maximum temperatures at the locations differ by an average of 0.40C, with no statistically significant difference in the trend from 1944 to 2011. The two temperature series are strongly correlated (85%) and are a reflection of the constancy of the sun’s warming in the mid afternoons.

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