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  • Global Warming's Twin Crises: Gravity And The Islamic State

    10/01/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Climate Change: A startling claim has been made by the European Space Agency. It says that loss of ice in the West Antarctic has caused a shift in Earth's gravity. So are polar bears about to drown or fly off into space? To the list of things caused by global warming, including rising seas, fiercer and more frequent storms, forest fires and widespread disease, we can now add a weakening of gravity due to melting ice. Based on measurements from a European Space Agency's satellite, researchers have said that so much ice loss has occurred in West Antarctica that there's...
  • Borderline Millennial on Victimology and Redemption

    09/30/2014 6:30:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 9-29-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Pam in Homer, Alaska, as we head back to the phones. Thank you for calling. Great to have you here, Pam. Hi. CALLER: Hi. I'm so excited to talk to you. I've got so many questions for you, but I'm gonna -- RUSH: Well, fire away. CALLER: (giggling) RUSH: I love answering questions. I absolutely adore questions, and there's nobody better you could ask. CALLER: (giggling) RUSH: So this is gonna work well. CALLER: I want to bypass my questions for a second 'cause I think there's a more important thing I want to tell you, and it's...
  • NYC Climate Forum and the Next Steps for Left Politics

    09/28/2014 3:29:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Socialist Alternative ^ | 9/28/14 | Bryan Koulouris
    **SNIP** The climate march on Sunday with 400,000 people on the streets of New York along with demonstrations around the country and the world marked a new stage in the political radicalization of big sections of American society, particularly a big section of young people. Despite the lack of a clear program or way forward for the movement being articulated by its organizers, there was an enormous thirst for answers and evidence of a widespread anti-corporate and even anti-capitalist consciousness. This was reflected, for example, in the thousands of homemade signs against corporate domination. In recent months, we’ve seen determined...
  • The de-evolution of climate activism (video)

    09/27/2014 2:28:17 PM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    WUWT ^ | 26 Sept. 2014 | Anthony Watts
    National Review’s Katherine Timpf interviews protestors at the Flood Wall Street climate march. Some segments are just unbearable to watch. The video pretty much tells you all you need to know.
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 27, 2014

    09/27/2014 9:26:24 AM PDT · by Excellence · 9 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | September 27, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Long term/winter forecast, 1-5, 5-10 day. California to remain dry until winter.
  • RFK Jr. Demands Censorship of Climate Skeptics [Another one of my fake articles]

    09/26/2014 4:35:22 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 47 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. opined that those skeptical of the dangers of climate change ought to be silenced. "I'm really tired of arguing with these people," Kennedy complained. "It's a drain on my energy. It takes time away from restructuring society along more socially beneficial lines." Kennedy suggested that "climate skeptics should be put on trial at the Hague as 'war criminals.' Whether people realize it or not, we are at war for the planet's future. On one side are those who want to save the planet. On the other are people who want to stop us from...
  • The Gay Bullyboys Want You Jailed

    09/26/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A goofy guy named Adam Weinstein writing for a goofy website called Gawker has called for the jailing of those who deny global warming. Weinstein says, “there is the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” Those who disagree with Weinstein on a scientific and political point are criminally negligent and should face not just fines but even prison.As goofy as he is, he’s not the only one.Just this past weekend serial adulterer Robert Kennedy Jr., who may have driven his second wife to suicide—and...
  • AP Fact-Check Shreds Obama UN Speech

    09/24/2014 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 9/24/2014 | Bradford Thomas
    An Associated Press fact-check on President Obama’s climate change speech to the United Nations Tuesday accused the president of clearly spinning the facts and distorting the truth about America’s response to global warming. The AP fact-checker faulted Obama “gloss[ing] over some inconvenient truths” in his global warming lecture Tuesday, particularly in regard to his claims about America’s attempts to clean up emissions at home and his insistence that emissions reductions do not have an impact on the economy. The fact-check says that not only did Obama distort the numbers to claim that in the last eight years the U.S. reduced...
  • Google Gags the Global Warming Debate

    09/24/2014 9:28:36 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    US World News ^ | 9-23-14 | Peter Roff
    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt used an appearance on NPR on Monday to announce his company was cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization composed of private companies and state legislators, over the group’s position on “climate change.” “Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place," Schmidt told NPR’s Diane Rehm. "And so we should not be aligned with such people – they're just, they're just literally lying.” As Schmidt might find out to his misfortune,...
  • Climate Change March Out Of Step With Facts

    09/23/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 32 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Those trying to save the planet leave trash-filled streets in advance of a U.N. climate confab that's a solution in search of a problem. Even a former administration official thinks the Earth is fine. Colorfully costumed zealots marched in New York and other cities Sunday in advance of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit. Once again they claimed, "The science is settled," and blamed capitalism for non-existent weather change. They barely noticed, as British climate-change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton points out at Marc Morano's Climate Depot, the "Great Pause" in global temperatures now stands at 17 years and 11 months.
  • West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

    09/23/2014 10:36:33 AM PDT · by buffyt · 26 replies
    L A Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Tony Barboza
    Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found. The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California. Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific...
  • RFK Jr.'s Climate Hypocrisy Exposed

    09/23/2014 10:03:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There was a giant climate march in New York (well, it was all over the country) over the weekend, and it was clear that anti-capitalism was really the objective here. That's all the military environmental movement is, is a home for displaced communists, once the Berlin Wall fell. It would have been anyway. It's made to order for deception. It's made to order for campaigns of deceit. Environmentalism allows practitioners to claim to have the best interests of everybody at heart. They want to save something -- in this case the planet -- and they want everybody to be...
  • Global summit on climate change slated for Minneapolis

    09/23/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | MAURA LERNER ,
    Dozens of former world leaders are expected to converge on Minneapolis in October 2015 for an international summit on climate change and democracy, organizers announced Monday. The conference, called “Minnesota 2015: Democracy for a Sustainable Future,” is designed to draw people from around the globe to explore ways that democratic nations can reduce greenhouse emissions. “It takes it beyond ‘here’s the challenge, here’s the problem,’ ” said Orlyn Kringstad, executive director of the U.S. branch of Partnership for Change, one of the cosponsors. “It’s [about] what needs to be done and how governments around the world can support those efforts.” The...
  • RFK, Jr.: Climate Skeptics 'Should Be at the Hague with All the Other War Criminals'

    09/23/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 87 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 22, 2014 - 2:49 PM | Craig Bannister
    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says he wants a law to punish politicians who dissent from man-made climate change theory - and calls them "contemptible human beings." Kennedy made the remarks in an interview with Climate Depot at a climate march in New York on Sunday: Kennedy Jr. accused skeptical politicians of "selling out the public trust." "Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don't think there...
  • Climate protesters pledge to risk arrest during Wall Street sit-in

    09/22/2014 8:19:48 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 22, 2014
    Hundreds of protesters plan to risk arrest on Monday during an unsanctioned blockade in New York City's financial district to call attention to what organizers say is Wall Street's contribution to climate change. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held on over climate change
  • Far Left Climate Geeks Leave Mounds of Trash For Cities to Deal With

    09/22/2014 5:48:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, tens of thousands of committed leftists held “climate change” world rallies. Thousands descended on New York City, marching through the heart of Manhattan with a message of alarm for world leaders.The far left activists are worried about the effects of global warming despite the fact that the US just went through its coldest winter in a century and Antarctic sea ice is at record levels.The alarmists are worried about global warming. But, they let others worry about their trash. From the climate rally in London Sunday. This doesn’t seem eco friendly, does it?More trash in New York City....
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (9/20)

    09/20/2014 9:08:45 AM PDT · by Excellence · 13 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | September 20, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    The best is at the end; The People's Climate March! Five-day calm before the storm? Six to ten rain maybe in Northwest; possible cyclone in Gulf of Mexico. "Fall ridge, winter trough." So. Hemisphere ice at record extent.
  • Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march

    09/20/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by mykroar · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/19/14 | Yahoo News
    New York (AFP) - Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said. Related Stories Hold government, businesses to climate promises: activists Reuters Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace Associated Press World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit AFP Don't expect too much from leaders at climate summit:experts Reuters Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea AFP Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New...
  • Obama Delays Climate Plan Until After November Elections

    09/18/2014 7:10:35 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming. In a conference call with reporters, the Environmental Protection Agency said it was extending the public comment period on the power plant rules for an additional 45 days, until 1 December. The delay follows heavy lobby by Republicans and industry lobby groups to delay the rule – or withdraw it outright.—Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 16 September 2014
  • Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren ...

    09/18/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    ClimateDepot ^ | 17 Sep 2014 | Marc Morano
    Full headline: Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren — Lights blink on and off and stay off for almost a minute Washington D.C.- A total blackout of a House Science committee occurred during a House Hearing on Climate Change and the EPA’s power plans. The lights went out and the room was plunged into total darkness at 10:23 AM in the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled: Full Committee Hearing – “The Administration’s Climate Plan: Failure by Design” - 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | Sep 17,...
  • Weather Trends Make Mockery of Climate Alarmists

    09/17/2014 12:47:14 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    CBN ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    It's still summer, yet it has already snowed in the western United States and one of America's premier weather forecasters, Joe Bastardi at Weatherbell Analytics, is warning that for parts of the country, another bad winter is on the way. "It's going to be a major winter for much of the eastern and southern United States," he said. "We think a formidable winter, but the core of the worst cold, relative to averages, instead of being in the northern Plains and Midwest, will be further south and east." Last winter was bad, too -- historically bad. The Great Lakes weren't...
  • Climate Summit: European Union surprised Tony Abbott will not attend high level climate talks

    09/16/2014 5:57:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-16-14 | Jake Sturmer
    The European Union's climate chief says it is a pity Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not attend a major UN climate meeting in New York next week. World leaders including US president Barack Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron will attend the UN secretary-general's Climate Summit on September 23. Mr Abbott will not be attending, despite the fact that he is due to attend a UN Security Council meeting in New York the next day. EU commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard said it came as a surprise. "It is, of course, I think, a pity that not everyone...
  • Obama's '97 Percent' Climate Consensus: Debunked, Demolished, Staked through the heart

    09/16/2014 5:49:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9-8-14 | James Delingpole
    "Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous." Remember that statement, a while back, from some bloke on Twitter? What we now know with more than 97 per cent certainty that this guy - or whoever is in charge of running his Twitter account - is either wilfully dishonest or woefully ill-informed. The "97 per cent" claim is an utter nonsense. This report released today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation explains exactly why. First, that word "dangerous". This is a concept that was never mentioned in the study responsible for that 97 per cent claim....
  • Biggest Climate Change Demonstration Ever? (biggest BARF ALERT ever)

    09/16/2014 5:08:03 PM PDT · by samtheman · 28 replies
    http://www.motherjones.com ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | By Bill McKibben, Eddie Bautista, and La Tonya Crisp-Sauray
    On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march—environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups—which means there's no one policy ask. Instead, it's designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet's citizens centers on our survival and...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 13, 2014

    09/13/2014 1:48:26 PM PDT · by Excellence · 36 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | September 13, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Another hit to the southwest from a hurricane. Texas hit from low coming in from the tropics. A look at the coming winter; it looks a lot like last winter. That ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Alaska sent everything that would have belonged to California up and over to the Midwest. And it looks like the same for this year. I don't see increased rain, but Joe said more winter rain, so I wait.
  • Record early snow hits Rockies

    09/12/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by xzins · 49 replies
    AP - Standard Examiner ^ | September 12, 2014 | Bob Moen
    It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come. The snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming on Wednesday and Thursday and sent overnight temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas. While snow in September is rare, it isn't unusual for ... it was the earliest snowfall on record for parts of Wyoming and southwest South Dakota. Temperatures hovered around freezing in Denver, forcing many gardeners to...
  • List of excuses for ‘the pause’ in global warming is now up to 52

    09/11/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    WUWT ^ | 9/11/2014 | Anthony Watts
    An updated list of at least 29 32 36 38 39 41 51 52 excuses for the 18-26 year statistically significant ‘pause’ in global warming, including recent scientific papers, media quotes, blogs, and related debunkings: 1) Low solar activity 2) Oceans ate the global warming [debunked] [debunked] [debunked] 3) Chinese coal use [debunked] 4) Montreal Protocol 5) What ‘pause’? [debunked] [debunked] [debunked] [debunked] 6) Volcanic aerosols [debunked] 7) Stratospheric Water Vapor 8) Faster Pacific trade winds [debunked] 9) Stadium Waves 10) ‘Coincidence!’ 11) Pine aerosols 12) It’s “not so unusual” and “no more than natural variability” 13) “Scientists looking at...
  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    09/11/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-11-14 | John Eick
    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to this tactic of public shaming in order to eliminate debate and to bully individuals and groups into supporting an ever-expansive federal regulatory scheme. There is a key distinction between climate change denial and having major concerns with a proposed EPA regulation that would place a significant financial burden on the...
  • Pacific pushback: Podesta, White House warned about ocean preserve expansion to combat ´climate

    09/10/2014 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/14 | George Russell
    EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta, the Obama administration’s climate and energy czar, got a blunt warning this week that a plan to cut off all fishing in a huge, U.S.-controlled tract of the Pacific Ocean would have devastating economic effects in the region, and would cede geopolitical advantages to China and other Pacific powers. “China is overwhelming the South Pacific with investment, and increasing its fishing fleet in the area,” noted Eric Kingman, a Hawaii-based fisheries enforcement official and one of those who carried the warning. For the U.S. not to recognize this potential for lost influence would be “incredibly naďve,” he...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (9/6)

    09/06/2014 8:57:38 AM PDT · by Excellence · 19 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    September and winter forecast. Increased tropical activity may cause mischief on east coast and Gulf of Mexico. Cold coming early this month to upper mid-west and plains states.
  • Hillary: Global Climate Change ‘Most Consequential Of Challenges’

    09/05/2014 5:32:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 42 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | AP
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should become what she called the world’s 21st-century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to action at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Clinton cast the threat of global climate change as real, and “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges” faced by the nation and the world. “The data is unforgiving,” the former New York senator and first lady said to a standing room crowd of more than 800 people at a Las Vegas Strip resort. “No...
  • Kerry: Confronting Climate Change a ‘Responsibility Laid Down in Scriptures’

    09/03/2014 6:58:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/3/14 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) - At a ceremony Wednesday honoring Shaarik Zafar, who was just appointed to serve as the State Department's Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said “confronting climate change” is “a duty or responsibility laid down in scriptures.” “Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid down in scriptures, clearly, beginning in Genesis,” Kerry claimed. While promoting the need to “unite religious communities” in order to achieve global peace, Kerry pointed to other factors, including climate change, that he...
  • Obama looks to skip Senate on new UN climate change deal

    09/01/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is working to create a new international climate change accord that would get other nations to reduce their carbon emissions, but in a way that would not require the deal to be ratified by the Senate.
  • In Obama Power Grab, Climate Trumps Constitution

    09/01/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    This lawless administration plans to bypass the two-thirds requirement for Senate ratification on a climate change treaty by entering into a "politically binding" hybrid agreement to "name and shame" climate scofflaws. Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough. The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another...
  • Saturday Summary August 30, 2014

    08/30/2014 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Excellence · 21 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 30, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    WARNING! Joe sings in last part of video. Be prepared! Genuine North American monsoon in the Gulf of Mexico. Very little tropical activity. Some potential tropical activity off the north coast of south America. Another, larger, potential off the west coast of Africa. 1-15 outlook for US, and a variety of forecasts for fall.
  • Good-Bye, Treaty - a non-binding climate-change accord

    08/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiations, yelled from the conference floor. “I am scared for my future,” she cried, silencing Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s chief climate negotiator. “We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty.” Now the Obama administration is signaling that there will be not be a new climate treaty. According to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, the path to a treaty has come to an end, 14 months before the...
  • Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty (More Treason. Yawn.)

    08/26/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | AUG. 26, 2014 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary August 23, 2014

    08/23/2014 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Excellence · 15 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 23, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Tropical depression perhaps turning into storm in southern east coast, looks likely to veer out to sea. September forecast. Dry from Texas to New England in September. Cool in west prairie states. PDO and AMO influence on weather systems long term (long rant).
  • Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures (The unbearable sadness of climate activism)

    08/23/2014 4:28:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Tim Blair Blog ^ | 8-16-2014 | Tim Blair
    The unbearable sadness of climate activism: Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to "the small stuff" – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. So, she's a bossy...
  • Bay Area billionaire's climate-change ads leave fact-checkers cold

    08/22/2014 10:16:09 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Richman
    Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer's blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he's emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, a former hedge fund manager who ditched his ties to fossil fuels and presented himself as a transparent antidote to the conservative Koch brothers' semi-clandestine funding network.
  • Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'

    08/21/2014 9:55:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Oxford University
    Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics. The research paper also suggests that early populations took advantage of rivers and lakes that criss-crossed the Saharan desert. A climate model coupled with data about these ancient water...
  • Violence and climate change in prehistoric Egypt and Sudan

    07/21/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    British Museum ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Renée Friedman, curator
    Among the most exciting of the new acquisitions are the materials from the site of Jebel Sahaba, now in northern Sudan, which were donated to the Museum by Dr Fred Wendorf in 2002. Excavating here in 1965–66, as part of the UNESCO-funded campaign to salvage sites destined to be flooded by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Dr Wendorf found a cemetery (site 117) containing at least 61 individuals dating back to about 13,000 years ago. This discovery was of great significance for two reasons. First, as a designated graveyard, evidently used over several generations, it is one of...
  • Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

    07/10/2014 12:35:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 07, 2014 03:37pm ET | Stephanie Pappas
    Carson and his colleagues wanted to explore the question of whether early Amazonians had a major impact on the forest. They focused on the Amazon of northeastern Bolivia, where they had sediment cores from two lakes nearby major earthworks sites. These sediment cores hold ancient pollen grains and charcoal from long-ago fires, and can hint at the climate and ecosystem that existed when the sediment was laid down as far back as 6,000 years ago. An examination of the two cores — one from the large lake, Laguna Oricore, and one from the smaller lake, Laguna Granja — revealed a...
  • Study Confirms Ancient River Systems in Sahara 100,000 Years Ago

    09/12/2013 7:21:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | editors
    "Previous spatial analysis of the regional topography has shown there are major watersheds that are dry today but which would drain north from these [the Ahaggar and Tibesti ranges in the south] mountains towards the Mediterranean," says Coulthard, et. al. "Satellite imagery reveals traces of major river channels linked to these watersheds, now partially buried under sand dune deposits." It "provides the first strong quantitative evidence for the presence of three major river systems flowing across the Sahara during MIS 5e [Marine Isotope Stage 5e, or 130,000 years ago]".* "Whilst we cannot state for certain that humans migrated alongside these...
  • Giant stone-age axes found in African lake basin

    09/12/2009 5:44:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 55 replies · 1,886+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Unknown
    Four giant stone hand axes were recovered from the the dry basin of Lake Makgadikgadi in the Kalahari Desert. Oxford University researchers have unearthed new evidence from the lake basin in Botswana that suggests that the region was once much drier and wetter than it is today. They have documented thousands of stone tools on the lake bed, which sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe. Researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford...
  • Amazon rainforest ‘could become a desert’

    07/24/2006 4:44:22 AM PDT · by voletti · 49 replies · 1,004+ views
    daily times pakistan ^ | 7/24/06 | daily times monitor
    LAHORE: The vast Amazon rainforest is on the verge of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year. Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, writing for The Independent on Sunday, quote studies conducted by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre in Amazonia as concluding that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down. “Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences,...
  • Scientists Explore Lakefront Property, in the Sahara

    02/01/2004 1:36:28 PM PST · by sarcasm · 25 replies · 217+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2004 | BRENDA FOWLER
    he paleontologists were driving across the scorched and trackless Ténéré Desert of Niger, following a low ridge of rock bearing dinosaur fossils. Suddenly, someone on the team, led by Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago, spotted something dark against the tawny dunes.Getting out of their vehicles, they stepped into sand littered with the fossilized bones of modern crocodiles, hippos, camels and birds — interesting creatures, to be sure, but not exactly the quarry of these paleontologists. "But then things got really strange," recalls Gabrielle Lyon, a member of the expedition who is Dr. Sereno's wife and the director...
  • ‘Little Green Men’ Believe in Global Warming

    08/19/2014 9:39:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/14 | Judi McLeod
    Extraterrestrials are conveniently global warming believers Only Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson who rose to Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Elliott Trudeau, would tell you that not only do extraterrestrials exist, but they are getting ticked off with those earthlings who don’t buy into Al Gore,/Maurice Strong man-mad global warming. And only Russian Television would be the first to break the ‘scoop’. It’s not enough that earthbound worries like the far left jumping into bed with the expanding Islamic State-Caliphate; that Marxism is on the march in the U.S.A.; or that the...
  • Liberal Billionaire: 99.5% of Americans Are Not ‘Super Sophisticated’ (Warming deniers)

    08/18/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 32 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 8-18-2014 | Curtis Kalin
    Billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer attempted to explain why there is still a sizable portion of Americans that do not buy in to global warming alarmism by, basically, generalizing virtually all of America as not “super sophisticated.”Speaking at a climate conference hosted by the American Renewable Energy Institute, Steyer said: “I think if you were to go around to most of the — what I would think of as super-sophisticated people who think about politics and policy more than five minutes a month — we are doing really well.” … “And the question in the United States of America is...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (8/16)

    08/16/2014 8:05:30 AM PDT · by Excellence · 11 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 16, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    A long report. A more active hurricane period. Warm water in the Gulf of Mexico may attract hurricanes. Late starting El Nino. Relationship of temperature of Pacific to multivariate ENSO index. (Bob Tisdale update here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/12/the-201415-el-nino-part-15-august-2014-update-an-el-nino-mulligan/) 1-15 days out same pattern that has held most of the summer with cool upper Midwest. Texas getting warmer. While California will get some rain this winter, it won't make up for the shortfall, and the Pacific is cooling again, which means more drought ahead. Sea ice swinging toward "normal" in the north, and heading toward overall record in the south.