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These items caught my eye – 20 January 2014

1: Did Wikipedia editors kill the Guardian & Independent?; 2: Sun ‘falling silent’ ; 3: The coming shape of 2014.; 4:Obama Accused Of Fabricating Claims; 5: The case of the missing heat; 6: Obama’s War On U.S. Energy ; 7: Warmist BBC Gets The Chills As Sun Goes Quiet; 8: Extreme El Niño events ‘to double’ with AGW; 9: Think It’s Been Stormy? You Must Have Forgotten The 1990’s; 10: Scientists React Sharply To Copernicus Publishing Censorship Of Alternative Scientific Explanations: “Do You Realize What You Have Done?” ; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..

Did Wikipedia editors kill the Guardian & Independent?

Posted on January 18, 2014 by Scottish Sceptic

With the rise of the internet, the mainstream Media are in long term decline as Citizen Scientists using Citizen News Media begin to dominate those Universal subjects like climate. But were they given a helping hand by the antics of Wikipedian editors?This graph from Climate Resistance today was a bit of an eye opener. Both the Independent and the Guardian circulation figures are in freefall. At this rate the Independent will have no readers by 2018 and the Guardian around 2020-25 and clearly the result is the Independent is up or sale. The problem as Climate Resistance put it is that:

No British newspaper has taken climate change to its core agenda quite like the Independent, which regularly publishes graphic-laden front pages threatening global meltdown, with articles inside continuing the theme.Click here to read the full article


Sun ‘falling silent’

Posted on 19 January, 2014 by Simon

This may prove to be tricky for The Cause. If solar activity continues to drop, CO2 levels continue to rise, and global temperatures don’t follow, then the question is, why?

The IPCC has painted itself into a corner on solar effects on climate, claiming that changes in irradiance are too small to make any significant difference to global temperatures. We may have the opportunity to separate these variables over the next decades, as CO2 goes up and solar activity goes down. Where will global temperature go? – Click here to read the full article

The coming shape of 2014.

Posted on January 17, 2014 by Pointman

About three years ago, I compared the ongoing plunge in any belief in global warming as being akin to the death of a belief system. In essence, it is a five stage process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. It covered what can only be termed the true believers, not the politicians, or the crooks simply riding the gravy train nor establishment climate science, which is just hanging on in there to protect its research funding.

While different people go through the main sequence at their own rates, I think it’s a fair assessment that the majority of true believers are well through the denial stage. The successive disasters of last year such as the utter failure of COP19, the chopping back of subsidies, the culling of environmental journalists, the Australian electoral rout and the debacle of AR5, can have left no doubt in even the most ardent believer that the cause had lost both popular and political traction. – Click here to read the full article

Obama Accused Of Fabricating Claims

Posted on January 18, 2014 b y Paul Homewood

Senator Inhofe has effectively accused Obama of lying. According to CNS News:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing today that the president must have fabricated two oft-repeated climate claims.Click here to read the full article


The case of the missing heat

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Judith Curry

Sixteen years into the mysterious ‘global-warming hiatus’, scientists are piecing together an explanation. – Jeff Tollefson

Nature has a News and Views piece entitled Climate Change: The Case of the Missing Heat (complete article is available online). Some excerpts:

Average global temperatures hit a record high in 1998 — and then the warming stalled. For several years, scientists wrote off the stall as noise in the climate system: the natural variations in the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere that drive warm or cool spells around the globe. But the pause has persisted, sparking a minor crisis of confidence in the field. Although there have been jumps and dips, average atmospheric temperatures have risen little since 1998, in seeming defiance of projections of climate models and the ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases.

JC comment: My, my. Recall David Rose’s article in Oct 2012 on the pause, claiming that global warming had stopped, and the pushback against Rose’s article. The pause has now gone mainstream with this article in Nature, even if the IPCC did its level best to downplay it. – Click here to read the full article

Obama’s War On U.S. Energy

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Alan Caruba

There is no reason for the U.S. to be in such a slow recovery from the financial crisis of 2008. If President Obama would get out of the way, our national debt could be dramatically reduced and hundreds of thousands of jobs would be created in the nation’s energy sector, leading to the expansion of its manufacturing sector and still more jobs.

As Daniel Simmons, the Director of Regulatory and State Affairs for the Institute of Energy Research told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Healthcare and Entitlements in February 2013:

“The federal estate contains vast energy resources, but the federal government allows energy production on a very small percentage of taxpayer-owned federal lands. The Interior Department has leased just two percent (2%) of federal offshore areas and less than six percent (6%) of federal onshore lands for oil and gas development.”

“These technically recoverable resources total 1,194 billion barrels of oil and 2,150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that is owned by the federal taxpayer…the value of the estimated oil resources is $119.4 trillion and the value of the estimated natural gas resources is $8.6 trillion for a grand total of $128 trillion.”Click here to read the full article


Warmist BBC Gets The Chills As Sun Goes Quiet

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Andrew Bolt

Even the warmist BBC warns of possible cold times ahead:

Something is happening to the solar activity on the surface of the sun: it’s declining, fast… The number of sunspots is a fraction of what scientists expected, solar flares are half. Richard Harrison is the head of space physics at the Rutheford-Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. He says the rate at which solar activity is falling mirrors a period in the 17th century where sunspots virtually disappeared.

Harrison [1:57]: The Maunder Minimum of course was a period of almost no sunspots at all for decades… It was a period where you had a kind of mini ice-age. You had a period where the Thames froze in winters and so on…Click here to read the full article


Extreme El Niño events ‘to double’ with AGW

Posted on 20 January, 2014 by Simon

A new paper in Nature Climate Change claims that extreme El Niño events are set to double with a warming climate. The ABC reports:

The findings mean not just a rise in the number of devastating droughts and fires in Australia and Indonesia, and major floods in the normally cold and dry Peru and Ecuador, but also a rise in extreme weather events around the world.Click here to read the full article


Think It’s Been Stormy? You Must Have Forgotten The 1990’s

Posted on January 19, 2014 by Paul Homewood

Now that it’s over, let’s take a look back at last month’s stormy weather in the UK.

The Met Office classify it as the windiest month since January 1993. Philip Eden thinks it may be the windiest spell since January / February 1990, when the infamous Burns Day Storm was the first of a run of 12 severe gales over a 6-week period. – Click here to read the full article

Scientists React Sharply To Copernicus Publishing Censorship Of Alternative Scientific Explanations: “Do You Realize What You Have Done?”

Posted on January 19, 2014 by P Gosselin

What follows are two reactions (see below) to Copernicus Publications director Martin Rasmussen, who cancelled an entire journal because scientists published a scientific alternative to IPCC climate science. Ironically, Copernicus’s publications received similar treatment in the 1600s under the Inquisition, see here Inquisition-Copernicus! – Click here to read the full article


2 thoughts on “These items caught my eye – 20 January 2014

  1. Grumpy

    I am still unsure whether my email response reached you, or if it did, whether my email offended you. I still have no idea where the post I posted ends up. Could you let me know. I appreciated your generosity and certainly have not meant to offend you, if I have.


    Posted by msher | January 25, 2014, 10:53 pm
    • Hi msher

      No offence was taken but I’ve been trying to find the time to put a video together to explain how you can use the site. I want you and Old Goat to have discrete sections under the Guest Posts heading but need to ensure the system works to our mutual benefit.

      I’ll be in touch as soon as I can. Doing a post, in itself, won’t give you the exposure you seek. The text is safe in two locations, so don’t worry about that.

      Have a look at Bufo’s entries, and Christina’s, under the Guest Posts heading to see how their content is formatted.


      Posted by grumpydenier | January 28, 2014, 9:59 am

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