Climate change news

On the Button

Dr Martin Hoerling of NOAA, not at all a sceptic organisation, has formulated an on the button response to recent doomsaying by James Hansen - go to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/13/martin-hoerling-on-james-hansens-g...

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Greenpeace founder, or one of them, Patrick Moore, was interviewed by the Washington Times recently - see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/8/11/moore-realist.html ... and had some interesting things to say about climate change, as expected, and some even more interesting things to say about the people so keen to push it into the face of the general public in such an accusatory fashion (see also http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-realist/2...

Tropical climes in the Antarctic

We've had tropical weather in the Arctic and it follows the same must have occurred in the Antarctic. Now, a rock core on the sea bed off the cold continent has revealed, from pollen grains therein, that palm trees and baobabs once grew upwind of the South Pole - 50 million years ago. However, the study, steeped in uniformitarian clogs to slow things down, even the brain, says the explanation is that it was an intensive warming phase in global climate - see http://phys.org/print263041092.html.

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).