Climate change news

Trees, and Food

The global warming controversy has travelled down some funny lanes to nowhere but surely it has taken a wrong turn when it encourages planting trees instead of food crops. In order to reduce co2 emissions the European Union is suggesting farmers and landowners plant trees. This has caused some criticism at www.woodlands.co.uk but not solely for sceptic reasons. Planting trees, they say, will force up food prices, by as much as 25 per cent in Britain.

The Hiding of the Decline

Stevie Goddard is on something of a roll. He now has a post that is simple and easy for anyone to understand - as long as they have an open mind (but how many of us have that). The title, 'History of How the Hockey Stick was Manufactured' probably says it all - and will cause large numbers of people to give it a miss. I don't want to know. It's something we all might say when faced by something unpalatable - see http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/history-of-how-this-fraud-...

El Nino and La Nina, but what is in the models

A revealing post at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/23/tisdale-on-the-problems-with-enso-... ... is a good post by Bob Tisdale on his favourite topic, the ocean circulation system. He has written a book, Who tuned on the Heat? El Nino - Southern Oscillation, the Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, which basically says that El Ninos take warm water from the tropical Pacific to mid latitudes, where the global warming is noticed.

Climate Change and car engines ... a novel approach

While Bishop Hill and Climate Audit have this week been nitpicking over the police statement released after bringing the investigation into the hacking of the Climategate emails to a close, and Chiefio otherwise pre-occupied, at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/21/some-thoughts-on-radiative-transfe... ... there is a guest post by Reed Coray who explores the idea of co2 in the atmosphere and what might be happening as far as temperature is concerned.

The end of the world delusion

This is the title of a new book by Justin Deering, The End of the World Delusion: How Doomsayers Endanger Society (available in hardback, paperback and as an e-book). It is about doomsaying at large and not specifically climate change, althought the author is on record of comparing global warming with '...year 2K all over again' and adds, 'it doesn't matter to me whether they-re a preacher or a scientist, a shaman mystic or an expert researcher, if they are saying the end is near they're wrong'

Slipping the anchor

CAGW seemed to be firmly entrenched, especially from a science angle - until a few retired people with an addiction to messing around on the internet, started to prod and poke around, and now it seems the anchors that kept CAGW embedded are one by one slipping away - and the tide is going out. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/16/kiwi-weather-station-data-shenanig... .... the New Zealand National Institute for Atmospheric and Water Research is being taken to court over inaccurate temperature recording.

Weather stations and temperature

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/12/important-new-paper-on-the-nocturn... ... this is the subject that put Anthony Watts on the blogging map, the weather station data and urbanisation (the urban heat island effect and so on). He quaotes Roger Pielke Junior who has his own blog, on a new paper in the Journal of Geophysics Research doi:10.1021D017578 (there is also a direct link to the paper provided by Anthony, one click away).

A 2000 year long climate reconstruction

Buzzing around the blogosphere is news of a paper in Nature Climate Change that may have put the cats among the pigeons - although the Team appear not to be impressed. At http://phys.org/print261048731.html ... the new graph appears to show the Roman and Medieval warm periods were somewhat warmer than today - without any excess levels of co2 in the atmosphere. The actual average temperature over those 2000 years seems to show a gradual cooling - from the Roman climate optimum. However, such averaging techniques can produce a graph that is meaningless.

'whack jobs' whispering in the ears of our noble leaders

Environmental lobbyists and Green whack jobs seem to have the ear of our politicians, a somewhat startling situation when you think about it. Why not other sections of society? What is so special about this group of busibodies, a minority that has come to have extraordinary influence over everyday affairs, from the price of electricity, the availability of jobs, almost every facet of our lives, yet most of them haven't lived long enough to get a proper job.

Piers is getting a roasting

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/05/putting-piers-corbyn-to-the-test/ ... this has come about as Piers Corbyn of www.weatheraction.com fame has made a couple of 'public' forecasts- they are usually available only for a fee. This is probably a ploy to get more attention, a salesman's pitch to attract the punters who will pay to see what exactly the July weather has in store for us in Europe and North America. Anthony, and friends, intent to monitor his claims for July. The big problem is that Piers method is not 100 per cent - far from it. He admits as much.