1: Wind farms gone wild: Is the environmental damage justified?; 2: The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal; 3: Record Daily Temperatures And UHI; 4:Mann’s Screw Up #6.1 – “Fixing” Data; 5: Arrhenius Revisited; 6: The Rules of the Lying Game; 7: How Tesla Motors Inc’s electric car batteries are adding to China’s pollution woes; 8: A Plea For Tasmania; 9: UK: Committee on Climate Change smears critics; 10: On Chylek et al (2014) – The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation as a Dominant Factor of Oceanic Influence on Climate; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..
Wind farms gone wild: Is the environmental damage justified?
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Quixotes Last Stand
(Editor’s Note: This is a very long article. Best to grab a coffee or tea and settle in for a very good read. Thanks to West Tyrone Against Wind Turbines for this!! It should be read by every politician on the planet who buys into the lies and propaganda of the wind lobbyists. — DQ)
– Click here for the PDF
The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Donna Laframboise
Ordinary people don’t care about climate change. How many times do they have to say so?
Imagine you’re on a multi-day train ride. Perhaps you’re crossing Australia. Or Africa. Perhaps you’re retracing the historic Orient Express route, from Istanbul to Calais.
At every meal you’re handed a menu with three choices: chicken, beef, or vegetarian. And at every meal the waiters serve everyone on the train the vegetarian option.
It doesn’t matter how clearly, loudly, or politely you speak when placing your order. It doesn’t matter whether you tip the waiters generously or not at all – the result is always the same.
The train is an alternate universe in which your input is ritually requested and then ritually ignored. No matter how many times (or in how many languages) those in charge are reminded that the vast majority of the passengers aren’t vegetarians, you all continue to be served what the kitchen thinks is healthy for you. – Click here to read the full article
Record Daily Temperatures And UHI
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Paul Homewood
Every so often, the hoary old chestnut of record daily temperatures is wheeled out, as evidence of global warming. The above chart is from the NCAR study by Gerard Meehl in 2009, and the NCAR Press Release stated: – Click here to read the full article
Mann’s Screw Up #6.1 – “Fixing” Data
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Brandon Shollenberger
The last post in this series highlighted the remarkable fact Michael Mann felt it necessary to adjust data from 1000-1400 AD to “fix” a problem he says existed only in ~1800-1900 AD. Today’s post is going to show the word “fix” is incredibly appropriate.
First, let’s remember the data being discussed in this case is the proxy NOAMER PC1. It is not the reconstruction as a whole. However, we’ve already established NOAMER PC1 is one of only two proxies responsible for Mann’s 1998 hockey stick. Things are worse in Mann’s 1999 paper, where he openly acknowledges only this one proxy matters (ITRDB is the International Tree Ring Database):
(in fact, as discussed below, one such indicator PC #1 of the ITRDB data is found to be essential), in contrast with the post AD 1400 reconstructions of MBH98 for which indicators are available in several key regions [e.g., the North American northern treeline (“NT”) dendroclimatic chronologies of Jacoby and D’Arrigo, 1989].
You may remember the names “Jacoby and D’Arrigo.” They’re the source for Mann’s Gaspe series, the other proxy responsible for Mann’s 1998 results. That means the NT series Mann refers to here involves the Gaspe series. With that in mind, read this passage from MBH99: – Click here to read the full article
Posted on March 7, 2013 by Verity Jones
Guest Post by Peter Morcombe
Verity Jones kindly provided a soap box for me to compare the theories of Nikolov & Zeller to those of “Climate Scientists” exemplified by Scott Denning. If N&Z are right the huge sums of money governments around the world are committing to “Mitigating” CO2 emissions can have no effect on global temperature.
In the discussion that followed supporters of Scott Denning were asked to provide an equation expressing the relationship between atmospheric CO2 and global temperature. David Appell was bold enough to take the challenge by citing Arrhenius’ 1896 paper. Arrhenius makes the counter intuitive assertion that minor components of the atmosphere such as water vapor and CO2 overwhelm the effect of the bulk of our atmosphere:
“The selective absorption of the atmosphere is……………..not exerted by the chief mass of the air, but in a high degree by aqueous vapor and carbonic acid, which are present in the air in small quantities.”
Arrhenius goes on to develop a relationship between CO2 concentration and global temperature as summarized in his “Table VII” predicting the variation of temperature (oC) as a function of CO2 concentration: – Click here to read the full article
The Rules of the Lying Game
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Climate of Sophistry
Okay, forget about the apparent craziness and talk about aliens, the postings this guy has about how information is controlled is spot-on. I’ll quote the most relevant parts here, but this is the source:
I’ve seen ALL of these sorts of shenanigans in the alarming greenhouse effect debate, let alone the climate alarm debate. These should be self-explanatory, for anyone who’s been part of the alarming greenhouse and climate alarm debate: – Click here to read the full article
How Tesla Motors Inc’s electric car batteries are adding to China’s pollution woes
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Elisabeth Behrmann, Bloomberg News
As more environmentally conscious Americans do their bit to help clear the air by paying up for an eco-friendly Prius or a sporty Tesla, a damaging form of polluted rain is falling in China.
The link is graphite, a vital component in batteries used in Tesla’s Model S, Toyota’s plug-in Prius and other electric cars, as well as in electronic gadgets including iPhones. It’s mostly mined and processed in China where graphite pollution has fouled air and water, damaged crops and raised health concerns. Now, in response, Chinese authorities are closing dozens of graphite mines and processors in a bid for cleaner air even as global demand for the commodity is surging.
“There’s little question that the Chinese are between a rock and a hard place environmentally,” said Josh Landess, an advanced transportation analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “There’s an obvious irony that the disruption it’s causing is within the clean vehicle and transportation industry.” – Click here to read the full article
A Plea For Tasmania
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Oxboy
Tasmania goes to the polls tomorrow to elect a state government. And never has a state election here been of greater importance.
For much of the history of the Australian Commonwealth, Tasmania has been relegated to the rôle of the poor relation. Local author Jonathon West relates in this recent essay that, in nearly every metric of social and economic progress—investment, income, unemployment, welfare dependency, education levels, literacy, smoking rates, chronic disease, domestic violence, crime rates, life expectancy, the list goes on and on—Tasmania ranks a distant last among the six states.
Newly-elected Libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm, whom this site profiled recently, wrote recently in the Australian Financial Review (behind a paywall—reproduced at Catallaxy here) that Tasmania remains a mendicant state, reliant on the Federal Grants Commission to keep it afloat. For each dollar Tasmania contributes in federal taxes, it reaps over $1.50 in grants, subsidies and welfare payments. West writes in his essay above that Tasmanians have grown addicted to the lifestyle afforded by this inequity, which had resulted in an underclass, the largest per capita in the country, with minimal education, welfare dependency and all the other social problems enumerated above, and little incentive to change. – Click here to read the full article
UK: Committee on Climate Change smears critics
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Simon
Just like the Climate Change Authority here in Australia, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change is packed with warmists. It is also led by a zealot, Lord Deben (see here), who has interests in big green and is massively conflicted.
Despite all that, Deben has no problem in smearing critics of his propaganda mouthpiece, as this article by rational optimist Matt Ridley at Bishop Hill evidences: – Click here to read the full article
On Chylek et al (2014) – The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation as a Dominant Factor of Oceanic Influence on Climate
Posted on March 13, 2014 by Bob Tisdale
I was advised of a recent paper that studies the impact of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation on global surface temperatures since 1900. (Thanks, Anthony.) The paper is Chylek et al. (2014) The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation as a dominant factor of oceanic influence on climate. The paper is flawed in some respects, but many skeptics will agree with it because it questions the value of climate model projections.
First, for those new to the topic of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) refer to the NOAA Frequently Asked Questions About the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) webpage and the posts: – Click here to read the full article