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  • Scared Scientists: The Moving Portraits which Will Change Forever Your Views on Climate Change

    08/28/2014 12:32:53 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 71 replies
    Breibart London ^ | 8-28-2014 | James Delingpole
    First they showed us the melting ice caps. But we just said: "Yeah. It's what ice does in summer." Then they showed us the drowning polar bears. But we just said: "Proves nothing. And anyway the polar bear population has increased fivefold in 50 years, which hardly sounds like a species under threat." Then they showed us the Hockey Stick. But we just laughed and made amusing videos about Michael Mann. But then, they showed us their ultimate weapon: grainy, arty, black and white portraits of climate scientists with concerned expressions on their faces. It was then that we knew...
  • UN Climate Chief: 'Not Very Far' from Considering 'Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency'

    08/28/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/28/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” and his French counterpart has warned of climate “chaos” in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Christiana Figueres told a World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted event in Geneva Wednesday that “we are not very far” from the point where climate change should be declared an international public health emergency, according to her prepared remarks. Under international health regulations, a PHEIC is...
  • State Rep. McCarter hosts global warming hearing

    08/28/2014 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 13 replies
    For many scientists, educators, environmental activists and citizens, the topic of global warming and climate change is alarming. Many agree change is the offset — change in how we live, our legislation and how people are educated about the issue. During a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing about global warming and climate change hosted by state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-154, Aug. 26, professors, a meteorologist, state representatives, representatives from local environmental agencies and residents filled Curtis Hall in Cheltenham Township to listen, question and offer solutions, to what many say is an issue that needs be addressed now. “Numerous studies...
  • Obama’s use of executive authority is about to become a real political issue

    08/28/2014 9:33:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8-28-14 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama is weighing a big-time executive action on immigration that has both Democrats and Republicans anxious. He's also pursuing a major international climate-change agreement without ratification by Congress. And it's not yet clear whether the White House will seek congressional authorization for military action in Syria that appears increasingly likely. Yes, we are finally entering into what could be a very big debate about executive authority -- and with the 2014 election just weeks away. ThIS (sic) debate was supposed to happen when House Republicans sued Obama over his having delayed a portion of Obamacare unilaterally. But if he...
  • Constitutional chutzpah

    08/28/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Seth Lipsky
    There are three ways something can become what the US Constitution calls the “supreme law of the land.” It can be made part of the Constitution by amendment, it can be passed by Congress as a law or it can be ratified by the Senate as a treaty. President Obama can’t get his climate-change agreement made supreme law of the land by any of those constitutional routes. Not even close. The Republican House doesn’t want it. The Democratic Senate won’t act. That’s because the people don’t want it. They’re no dummies. Even in drought-stricken California, the Hill newspaper reports, Democratic...
  • The U.N.'s upcoming grab for global tyranny

    08/27/2014 6:39:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Lord Monckton
    The EU advisers have been telling the U.N. secretary-general that the process of annual agreements by which individual states have already signed away much of their sovereignty and independence has now gone far enough for the final stage to be achieved without anyone really fighting back. The one thing neither the EU nor the U.N. has sufficiently understood is the wisdom and prescience of your Founding Fathers. Mr. Obama may mark his “X” on the draft world-government treaty (it won’t be called that, of course, but that is what it will be). But unless two-thirds of the Senate can be...
  • Obama takes over from Maurice Strong as global warming/climate change guru

    08/27/2014 10:20:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/27/14 | Judi McLeod
    A new sun rose over the United Nations today and it's got the Barack Obama logo on it. In one of the most significant transitions of our lifetime, a mantle was passed today, yet most of humanity remains blissfully unaware of it. It couldn’t be worse because just as the late and lamented author Henry Lamb predicted back in 1997, aging, health-hampered Global Warming/Climate Change Godfather Maurice Strong has been replaced by Barack Obama. “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 ratifications...
  • Obama’s new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification

    08/27/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-27-14 | Allahpundit
    It’s not a “new” treaty, apparently, if they’re rewriting an old treaty that’s already been ratified. Maybe that’s a sneak peek of Obama’s Syria policy too. Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an “addendum” or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda. Come to think of it, that’s his approach on immigration too. The mega-amnesty he’s getting ready to uncork isn’t being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more. It’s being presented as a discretionary application of law that’s already on the books. Turns out every...
  • Obama plans to ink climate deal without Senate approval

    08/27/2014 7:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    President Obama is planning to use some legislative trickery to write a new climate change accord and bypass the Senate's historic responsibility to approve treaties.Hey! At least he's consistent in his lawbreaking. The Hill: Obama's climate team is putting together a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” nations to cut their emissions, according to The New York Times. The administration’s hope is to get the deal signed by a United Nations summit next year in Paris. Because the Senate would be unlikely to ratify a treaty on global warming, the administration is seeking to mix fresh voluntary pledges with legally...
  • Obama’s Desperate Climate Change Plan

    08/27/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 17 replies
    The New York Times has a splashy front page article today that’s sure to warm the hearts of global warming fanatic. It likely will cause opponents of so-called climate change to burn with the rage of a thousand suns. In fact, we should not get excited at all. President Obama is working on a non-binding international agreement on climate change. It would “name and shame” countries that don’t comply with its strict standards. Those pushing this agreement believe it has “legal and political magic.” In reality, it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. Obama cannot get a climate...
  • Climate Change 'Pause' May Last Another Decade

    08/26/2014 3:13:58 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    BI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2014 | Emily Gosden
    Emily Gosden, The Telegraph August 26, 2014 The "pause" in global warming may last another decade before surface temperatures start rising again, according to scientists who say heat is being stored in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans. Global average surface temperatures rose rapidly from the 1970s but have been relatively stable since the late 1990s, in a trend that has been seized upon by climate sceptics who question the science of man-made warming. Climate change scientists have proposed more than a dozen theories to explain the "hiatus", which they say is a "distraction" from the widespread consensus...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vice’s Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies’ work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the world’s largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we don’t answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • The War on Coal: It’s Because I’m Black, Isn’t it?

    08/24/2014 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-24-2014 | MOTUS
    I see that both the Farmer’s Almanac and Joe Bastardi (the other Joey B) are predicting another El Nino winter, which means a stormier and colder than normal winter, especially along the east coast. That could prove to be a bit of a problem since power companies apparently took Barry at his word that “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”  So they didn’t. And they’re closing the coal plants they do have: “In order to comply with the new Obama era EPA regs, American Electric Power, which supplies...
  • The heat is on. Bureau of Meteorology ‘altering climate figures’ — The Australian

    08/24/2014 3:09:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 23rd, 2014 | Joanne
    Congratulations to The Australian again for taking the hard road and reporting controversial, hot, documented problems, that few in the Australian media dare to investigate. How accurate are our national climate datasets when some adjustments turn entire long stable records from cooling trends to warming ones (or visa versa)? Do the headlines of “hottest ever record” (reported to a tenth of a degree) mean much if thermometer data sometimes needs to be dramatically changed 60 years after being recorded?One of the most extreme examples is a thermometer station in Amberley, Queensland where a cooling trend in minima of 1C per...
  • Surpise! Glaciers appearing in Scotland

    08/24/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 44 replies
    WUWT ^ | 8/24/14 | Eric Worrall
    British Botanists conducting a Summer survey of Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, have been stunned to find evidence of recently formed multi-year ice fields, areas of compacted snow, some of which weigh hundreds of tons. According to the BBC; “Hazards common in arctic and alpine areas but described as “extremely unusual” in the UK during the summer have been found on Ben Nevis. A team of climbers and scientists investigating the mountain’s North Face said snowfields remained in many gullies and upper scree slopes. On these fields, they have come across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve. Neve is...
  • 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...
  • Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority

    08/22/2014 5:27:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2014 | Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
    George Soros gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in July with $7.5 million. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors ... Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed...
  • 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.
  • Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

    08/22/2014 8:10:16 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 49 replies
    The University of Washington ^ | 8/21/2014 | Hannah Hickey
    Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study...
  • Farmer's Almanac Predicts 'Super-Cold' Winter, More Snow In Eastern U.S.

    08/21/2014 3:15:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies
    Huff Post ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rik Stevens
    The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," Editor Janice Stillman said. "Think of it as a refriger-nation." More bad news for those who can't stand snow: Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • ‘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...
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies
    weather.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

    08/18/2014 11:16:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | 08/18/2014 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER
    Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, --SNIP-- The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed...
  • More Harsh Winters Could Spell Disaster For The Electrical Grid

    08/18/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 15, 2014 | By Michael Bastasch
    If you thought last winter was bad, get ready for a potentially worse winter in parts of the country this year. But another record-setting winter could mean more than higher heating bills and snow fights. Harsh winter weather combined with coal-fired power plant closings could spell trouble for many households across the country who will desperately need to keep the lights and heat on this winter. Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBELL Analytics, told the Wall Street Journal Live that current weather patterns are “flowing along right now into the type of El Nińo situation that is notorious for giving...
  • Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?

    08/12/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Elijah Wolfson
    ... In a study published in 2012, researchers asked national infectious disease experts in 30 different countries whether or not they thought climate change would affect infectious disease patterns in their countries. The majority agreed. Nevertheless, it’s unclear whether these beliefs are driven by good science, or, as Malcolm Gladwank argued way back in 1995, a guilt-driven “idea of disease as a punishment for wickedness.” It’s true that West Africa, where the latest and most catastrophic Ebola outbreak is currently raging, has faced unequivocal environmental changes in recent years. The International Food Policy Research Institute published a report in 2013,...
  • Kerry Makes Case for Global Warming as Mankind's Greatest Threat

    08/15/2014 8:11:52 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 38 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of State John Kerry continues to baffle observers by insisting that "global warming is, by far, the greatest threat mankind faces in the 21st century." "The reason should be obvious from the term 'global' warming," Kerry said. "This means that it affects everyone. This has to put it ahead of dangers that afflict necessarily narrower categories of victims. The beheading of innocent children by ISIS in Iraq, for example, only affects thousands of people." "The threat to wipe Israel off the map and exterminate the Jews, at worst, would entail the deaths of only a few million," Kerry...
  • PR Firms Take a Stand on Climate Change: Will No Longer Represent Firms Denying Climate Change

    08/15/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Triple Pundit ^ | 08/14/2014 | RP Seigel
    Public relations (PR) is a powerful but unseen force in our society. Companies hire PR firms to make them look as good as possible. When the companies do something they are proud of, they do everything they can to make sure everyone hears about it (including, sometimes contacting reporters like us). When the companies do things that are not so great, they “spin” the news to make it sound harmless. PR firms make their money from fees paid by their clients and have typically been value-neutral, meaning that they promote whatever their clients want them to promote. So it’s a...
  • One Engineer’s Perspective on Global Warming

    08/14/2014 6:10:20 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Engineering.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | David Simpson
    Many scientists and non-scientists are discussing "Global Warming" (or as it is increasingly being called "Anthropogenic Climate Change" or ACC). ACC would simply be an interesting topic for discussion if it were not for the politicization, polarization, and sensationalism that have accompanied the science.
  • A World In Chaos, And Kerry's Talking Climate Change

    08/14/2014 4:05:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: Great leadership isn't necessarily about intelligence, expertise or background. It's more about wisdom and judgment. Based on this, Americans should be very concerned about Secretary of State John Kerry. As the world melts into chaos and threats to the U.S. homeland multiply, America's top foreign policy official seems bizarrely, even dangerously, fixated on ... global warming. In remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Kerry repeated his claim that climate change is "the biggest challenge ... we face right now." To which we respond: Can he be serious? In recent days, we've seen the establishment of a...
  • It's an Unsettling Climate for skeptical scientists like Murry Salby

    08/14/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 13th, 2014 | Joanne
    Rupert Darwall is the author of Age of Global Warming (and earning excellent reviews). Darwall has a gift for converting tricky scientific concepts into a story. This month in the City Journal, he beautifully summarizes and updates the story of Murry Salby. He’s interviewed Richard Lindzen and others, and discusses Salby’s work in the context of the way heretics are marginalized. I helped Rupert with some of the background. It’s controversial science, a complex situation, with irrelevant baggage to boot. But that’s exactly the place where science communicators — or in the case of Rupert, excellent historians — are most...
  • Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views

    08/14/2014 9:13:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case...
  • Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

    08/13/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by palmer · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:29am | John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press
    Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them...
  • Carter: 'Nutcases' are stopping climate action (funny)

    08/13/2014 9:08:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Former President Carter says climate skeptics are the "biggest handicap" for the U.S. when it comes to acting on global warming. “I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country that don’t believe in global warming,” Carter said Tuesday during the American Renewable Energy Day summit in Aspen, Colo. “I think they are going to change their position because of pressure from individuals, because the evidence of the ravages of global warming is already there," he added. The 39th president expressed frustration with the administration and Congress on their lack of efforts to...
  • At Martha's Vineyard, Obama complains about Cold Ocean

    08/11/2014 7:58:45 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    "I found, as somebody from Hawaii, the water is still a little cold."
  • British scientists stranded in freezing Antarctic research station

    08/10/2014 11:37:26 AM PDT · by citizen · 77 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 August 2014 | Dan Bloom
    British scientists are stranded after their Antarctic base lost power in the depths of winter as temperatures plummeted to a record low of minus 55C. There is no way of rescuing the 13 researchers from the Halley VI Research Station - which has been hit by a 19-hour blackout - for months until the hostile winter subsides. The British Antarctic Survey admitted it was a 'serious incident' and has suspended all experiments as the workers heat up emergency accommodation which has not been used for months. Some of the fallout from the power cut, which happened a week ago but...
  • “Climate-smart” Policies for Africa are Stupid

    08/09/2014 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bolster trade and investment by American companies on a continent where a billion people – including 200 million aged 15 to 24 – are becoming wealthier and better educated. They have steadily rising expectations and recognize the pressing need to create jobs, improve security, reduce corruption, and control diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They also understand that better roads and air transportation, improved agriculture and nutrition, and far more energy...
  • PACOM not waiting on politics to plan for climate change challenges

    08/09/2014 5:44:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 9, 2014 | By Wyatt Olson
    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii. — As Congress remains gridlocked on more than 200 bills related to climate change, U.S. Pacific Command is forging strategies with partner nations in the region to mitigate the security effects of global warming. “You can’t deny the fact that there are military consequences going on as a result of storms,” said Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod, who headed PACOM’s Logistics, Engineering and Security Cooperation directorate for two years until transferring to the Pentagon this summer. “Seventy percent of the bad storms that happen in the world are in the Pacific,” he said. “Call it climate change, call...
  • Global Warming Pause Puts 'Crisis' In Perspective

    08/07/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/7/2014 | James Taylor
    Much has been written and argued, from all sides in the global warming debate, about the meaning of the asserted 17-year pause in global warming. Is a 17-year pause significant? Is a pause even occurring? Does the pause signal a longer-term halt to global warming or even a long-term cooling trend? Would a resumption of global warming to pre-pause rates end the global warming debate? A look at recent temperatures and their appropriate context provides helpful meaning to the much-discussed global warming pause. Satellite instruments began uniformly measuring temperatures throughout the Earth’s lower atmosphere in 1979. Climate scientists overseeing these...
  • Is It The Sun?

    08/07/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 48 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/14 | Jack Dini
    Research into global cooling and its implications for the globe is long overdue We may be witnessing the sun’s last dying gasps before entering into a long slumber. The impact of that slumber on Earth’s climate remains the subject of growing scientific speculation. (1) In 2008 William Livingston and Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, in a controversial paper that contradicted conventional wisdom and upset global warming theorists, predicted that sunspots could more or less disappear after 2015, possibly indicating the onset of another Little Ice Age. They stated, “The occurrence of prolonged periods with no sunspots...
  • Broken models predict extreme cold snaps. (CO2 causes every sort of weather.)

    08/06/2014 6:49:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 1st, 2014 | Joanne
    Remember how CO2 is supposed to cause warmer winters, and warmer nights? Well now CO2 also produces cold snaps. No matter what weather you get, there is a citation to blame CO2. Nature (the formerly great science journal) and Northeastern University have produced another permutation of outputs from models we know are broken. The first line in the press release is false and smugly so: “most sci­en­tists — 97 per­cent of them, to be exact — agree that the tem­per­a­ture of the planet is rising and that the increase is due to human activ­i­ties….”  10 seconds on Google would have...
  • The Ongoing Debate Over Climate Change in Idaho

    08/05/2014 7:15:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/05/14 | Sierra Rayne
    Claims in the media do not seem to match up with the scientific datasets A few days ago, Channel 7 KTVB out of Boise, Idaho was reporting the following: “Idaho is drying out. Charlie Luce, a hydrologist with the Forest Service, says the Gem State is using more water, but seeing less in the aquifers. There’s 20 percent less water coming into our basins, when compared to the 1940s.” As I noted at the time: “That’s not what the NOAA National Climatic Data Center database shows. There has been no significant trend in annual precipitation for the state since records...
  • Below-Average Temperatures Leave Some With Summertime Sadness

    08/04/2014 9:20:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 42 replies
    CBS New York ^ | August 1, 2014 6:38 PM | Cindy Hsu
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The area is on track for our coolest summer since 2009, but that’s leaving some people with seasonal depression, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported. Staten Island high school seniors Gabriell Vinci and Antoinette DiStefano said summer is going by way too fast. “It’s very depressing,” Vinci said. Even though summer is only halfway over, Donna Barnes said she is feeling the frantic rush. “I have to admit, I’ve got a little bit of a panic of like there’s so many things that I wanted to do that I haven’t done yet,” Barnes said. Barnes said she...
  • The PR Is (Also) Settled: Top Public Relations Firms Refuse to Flack for Climate-Change ‘Deniers’

    08/04/2014 5:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | August 4, 2014 | Scott Ott
    In what looks like the final nail in the coffin for climate-change denial, some of the world’s most credible professional organizations have just announced they will no longer work with “climate deniers.” That’s right, ten of the globe’s top public relations firms have declared that they will no longer “frame the debate” from the “sky is NOT falling” perspective. Along with “the science,” the PR is now settled. A spokesman for WPP, the world’s largest ad agency and parent of Burson Marsteller and Ogilvy Public Relations, said… We ensure that our own work complies with local laws, marketing codes and...
  • Newly Discovered Siberian Craters Signify ....; Mystery of the Siberian crater deepens: .....

    08/03/2014 9:21:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    Guest essay by Don EasterbrookA crater in northern Siberia, spotted by a passing helicopter, has received worldwide attention and continues to be a top news story. Since then, two more mysterious holes have been discovered elsewhere in the region. Now the new holes, smaller in diameter but similar in shape – are posing a fresh challenge for Russian scientists, according to the The Siberian Times. Theories range from meteorites to an explosion of methane due to global warming.Figure 1. Yamal ‘mystery crater.’ (Siberian Times)Anna Kurchatova of the Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre said the crater was formed by a mixture of...
  • The record of recent Man-made CO2 emissions: 1965 -2013 (Graphs at link)

    08/03/2014 1:32:20 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | AUGUST 3, 2014 | By Ed Hoskins
    The following calculations and graphics are based on information on national CO2 emission levels worldwide published by BP[1]in June 2014 for the period from 1965 up until 2013. The data is well corroborated by previous similar datasets published by the CDIAC, Guardian [2] and Google up until 2009 [3]. These notes and figures provide a short commentary on that CO2 emissions history. The contrast between the developed and developing worlds is stark in terms of their history of CO2 emissions and the likely prognosis for their future CO2 output. Since 1980 CO2 emissions from the developed world have shown virtually...
  • Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and Europe Defy Climate Experts

    08/03/2014 8:55:36 AM PDT · by citizen · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jack Dini
    A little over one year ago, The New York Times and USA Today were reporting that the Great Lakes hit all time lows in water levels. According to those reports, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were 29 inches below their average measurements taken since 1918. Scientists warned communities that they could only expect more tragedy with the Great Lakes. With a lack of rain from climate change, they told everyone to expect levels to continue to drop. In an April 2013 report from the International Joint Commission, a group with members from the United States and Canada that advises on...
  • Need Proof Communists Are Behind Global Warming Hype? Here It Is…

    08/01/2014 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 1, 2014 21:05 GMT | Christopher Agee
    Details emerging from a meeting held last month in Venezuela provide some rare insight into the actual mission of numerous groups that purportedly exist to stop the ostensible dangers of global warming. According to reports, the United Nations sponsored the four-day event, which was attended by representatives from 130 environmentalist groups. While the end result was a lengthy report providing an overview of the alliance’s proposals, the basic message can be summed up in two words: end capitalism. Fellowship of the Minds provided its analysis of the Spanish language document published after the meeting ended July 18. According to the...
  • Sen. Patty Murray provides climate costs talking points

    08/01/2014 4:45:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/1/2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is sending a memo Friday to her Democratic colleagues urging them to start talking about how climate change will hurt the federal budget. The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, details how global warming impacts will affect four key sectors of the federal budget: disaster relief; transportation and infrastructure; national security and agriculture. It comes three days after the Budget Committee held a hearing on the subject, and the White House published an economic analysis saying that delaying carbon emissions cuts will cost the U.S. billions.Warning that it "is not just an environmental issue,"...
  • BREAKING: Senate report exposes the movement as cash machine controlling the EPA

    07/30/2014 2:53:00 PM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are accused of being in the employ of “big oil” is nothing more than a projection of their own greed. Some excerpts: Over 7.9 BILLION in funding between these groups.