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These items caught my eye – 16 May 2013

Today’s range of topics include: Shale gas and groundwater; Some philosophy; Alaska’s climate (x2); Bees and alarmism; Rising? sea levels; Smart meters. 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.

Groundwater unaffected by shale gas production in Arkansas

Posted on May 15, 2013 by WUWT

From Duke University , something sure to irritate people like Josh Fox, Joe Romm, and Bill McKibben who are certain that fracking is terrible.

DURHAM, N.C. — A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.

“Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated with natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in this region,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

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Pasteur’s quadrant

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Judith Curry

The savage budgetary pressures we will have at least into the 21st Century are part of the reason why we must attempt to develop a fresh contract between science and government. – Donald Stokes

The linear model of science to policy is summarized on the blog Shaping Science, illustrated by this figure:

Linear model of science

Linear model of science

Of the numerous alternatives/critiques that I’ve seen, I think that Donald Stokes’ Pasteur’s quadrant is the most provocative in suggesting a new model that seems broadly applicable across the different sciences. Stokes has written a book entitled Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation. The punchline of the book is encapsulated in this article by Stokes [link].

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On Hartmann and Wendler 2005 “The Significance of the 1976 Pacific Climate Shift in the Climatology of Alaska.”

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Bob Tisdale

This post presents a number of problems the 2005 Hartmann and Wendler paper “The Significance of the 1976 Pacific Climate Shift in the Climatology of Alaska.” These include the misuse of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) index and the erroneous conclusions derived from that misuse.

Climatology of Alaska

Climatology of Alaska

On page 14 of the 16-page paper, Hartmann and Wendler (2005) note:

This current debate presents the fact that more work is needed to further define North Pacific climate indices and implications.

Much of the obvious confusion could be eliminated if researchers stopped using abstract forms of sea surface temperature data like the PDO and began to use actual sea surface temperature anomalies. In other words, they should use the right tool for the job.

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Collapse Of Bee Colonies Is Latest Target For Anti-Pesticide Groups

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Paul Driessen

Collapse Of Bee Colonies Is Latest Target For Anti-Pesticide Groups

Paul Driessen

Beekeeping is big business, and everyone loves honey and foods made possible by pollination. But “colony collapse disorder” threatens bees and crop pollination in many areas.

CCD and other bee die-offs are nothing new.

Collapse Of Bee Colonies Is Latest Target For Anti-Pesticide GroupsWhat we now call colony collapse was first reported in 1869, and many outbreaks since then have sent scientists scurrying for explanations and solutions. Fungi, varroa mites and other possible suspects have been implicated, but no definitive answer has yet been found.

That’s created a perfect environment for anti-pesticide groups. They want the U.S. and EU to ban a widely used class of safe “neonicotinoid” pesticides, by blaming them for bee population declines in various countries.

Their scary assertions are pure conjecture, but that hasn’t stopped activists — or news outlets — from promoting scary stories implicating the chemicals.

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Are the satellites lying about poor, drowning Kiribati?

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Andrew Bolt

The Global Mail wails about the vanishing islands of Kiribati:

Are the satellites lying about poor, drowning Kiribati?


The waves are slowly seeping over Kiribati, which is at the frontline of the climate-change-induced rise in sea levels striking low-lying nations all over the world.

Formerly part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands — a British protectorate until the mid 1970s — Kiribati is lower, frailer and more defenceless. It may be the first nation to enter an end game against climate change.

Kiribati’s leaders now face wrenching questions: How many of its 100,000 people will need to leave? Where will they go? How will it feed those remaining? And, as its islands become uninhabitable, can Kiribati remain a nation at all?

Which makes this time-lapse satellite photography of one of the islands curious. And this one. What vanishing islands?

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Alaska Shatters Decades Old Cold Records, Snow In Britain (Now A Thing Of May!)

Posted on May 16, 2013 by P. Gosselin



A few years ago, scientists were claiming that the Arctic would warm quickly in response to global warming. But then temperatures in the northern hemisphere began to drop.

And before you knew it, scientists were claiming that cold temperatures actually proved global warming.

If we look at Alaska over the last few days, then global warming must be galloping out of control. Before you know it, the globe will be covered in ice as it overheats. Hey, that’s global warming science…and there are plenty of dupes and chumps out there to lap it all up.

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Smart Meters – Are They? What about the Customers? (Draft issue 4)

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Ken McMurtrie

Smart meter

Smart meter

For some years I have been on the outside looking in, so to speak. A remote sort of observer with no inspiration to get excited. Unlike many other issues in which I am also an observer but passionate about such things as lies by governments and authorities regarding 9/11, AGW, global financial crisis and associated activities involving murder, mayhem and injustices, and more and more lies.

Suddenly, in the mail arrives a letter of intent stating – we are going to install a smart meter on your property next week.

Now I am actually within and part of a scenario which is also arguably part of the world-wide movement to keep the public in “their place” and control their lives and very existence.

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One thought on “These items caught my eye – 16 May 2013

  1. Reblogged this on The GOLDEN RULE and commented:
    Another outlet debunking Global Warming

    Posted by Ken McMurtrie | May 17, 2013, 2:33 am

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