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  • Solar energy is hot right now, in more ways than one

    11/18/2016 11:39:44 AM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Research Gate ^ | 11 November 2016 | Katherine Lindemann
    New research finds solar power plants increase local temperatures, meaning researchers must find ways to bring them back down. ___ Researchers have found that solar power plants raise temperatures in their immediate environments. The study, which appeared in Nature Scientific Reports, revealed that nighttime temperatures over photovoltaic power plants were regularly 3-4 degrees Celsius warmer than in surrounding areas. While these effects are likely offset by the benefits of solar power, lead author Greg Barron-Gafford says it is worth looking at ways to mitigate them. We speak with him about the findings and their implications.
  • Michael E Mann "Sloppy and Unethical"

    02/27/2014 5:23:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 26 February 2014 | Mark Steyn
    You don't have to be sued by Michael E Mann to have a certain antipathy toward him. It's been fascinating to discover how many people there are who believe in "anthropogenic global warming" and believe in climate science but really, strongly dislike Mann, his methods, and his promotion of himself as sole proprietor of Global Warming, Inc. I quoted a few of them the other day, but you have to be both secure in your career and have a certain toughness to come out against him in public. Here's a small case study. Michael Liebrich lives in London. He's a...
  • Climate change: The case of the missing heat

    01/16/2014 8:56:46 AM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Nature ^ | 15 January 2014 | Jeff Tollefson
    Sixteen years into the mysterious ‘global-warming hiatus’, scientists are piecing together an explanation.___ For several years, scientists wrote off the stall as noise in the climate system: the natural variations in the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere that drive warm or cool spells around the globe. But the pause has persisted, sparking a minor crisis of confidence in the field. Although there have been jumps and dips, average atmospheric temperatures have risen little since 1998, in seeming defiance of projections of climate models and the ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. Climate sceptics have seized on the temperature trends as evidence that...
  • Billionaire has unique role in official Washington: climate change radical

    02/23/2013 8:16:49 AM PST · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 17 February 2013 | Juliet Eilperin
    When Thomas Steyer — a San Francisco billionaire and major Democratic donor — discusses climate change, he feels as if one of two things is true: What he’s saying is blindingly obvious, or insane. It’s a somewhat shocking statement for someone who’s in the running to succeed the cerebral Steven Chu as energy secretary. Granted, he’s a long shot — the leading contender is MIT professor Ernest Moniz, who served as the department’s undersecretary during the Clinton administration — but his backers say his strength lies in combining business savvy with an activist’s passion. But it’s not as if Steyer,...
  • IPCC AR5 draft leaked, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing

    12/14/2012 10:41:45 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 13 December 2012
    Full AR5 draft leaked here, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing (Alec Rawls) I participated in “expert review” of the Second Order Draft of AR5 (the next IPCC report), Working Group 1 (“The Scientific Basis”), and am now making the full draft available to the public. I believe that the leaking of this draft is entirely legal, that the taxpayer funded report report is properly in the public domain under the Freedom of Information Act, and that making it available to the public is in any case protected by established legal and ethical standards, but web hosting companies are...
  • Whale Poo Fights Global Warming

    04/26/2010 10:06:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 508+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 4/26/10 | ROB MAYEDA and LORI PREUITT
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home had many convinced that whales could save the world. Now, a new study gives that science fiction premise some scientific proof. It's not the whales themselves, but their poo that is apparently very beneficial to the environment because it helps produce oxygen and it helps fight carbon dioxide. The timing for the study couldn't be better. This is the time for great whale watching up and down the coast of California as the annual migration process gets into full swing. All those whales we see are using the ocean as a toilet along the...
  • Sea level rise: It's worse than we thought

    07/06/2009 10:32:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 67 replies · 2,500+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 01 July 2009 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    In its 2007 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast a sea level rise of between 19 and 59 centimetres by 2100, but this excluded "future rapid dynamical changes in ice flow". "Larger rises cannot be excluded but understanding of these effects is too limited to assess their likelihood," the IPCC report stated. Even before it was released, the report was outdated. Researchers now know far more. And while we still don't understand the dynamics of ice sheets and glaciers well enough to make precise predictions, we are narrowing down the possibilities. The good news is that some...
  • Jim Hansen calls Cap and Trade the “Temple of Doom”

    05/20/2009 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Whatts Up With That ^ | 06 May 2009 | Jim Hansen
    My response to the letter from Dr. Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Australian Department of Climate Change, is available, along with this note, on my web site. Thanks to the many people who provided comments on my draft response, including Steve Hatfield-Dodds, a senior official within the Australian Department of Climate Change. I appreciate the willingness of the Australian government to engage in this discussion. I believe that you will find the final letter to be significantly improved over the draft version. Several people admonished me for informal language, which detracts from credibility, and attempts at humor with an insulting...
  • Scientists doubt inventor's global cooling idea _ but what if it works?

    12/22/2008 7:52:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,375+ views
    WASHINGTON — Ron Ace says that his breakthrough moments have come at unexpected times — while he lay in bed, eased his aging Cadillac across the Chesapeake Bay bridge or steered a tractor around his rustic, five-acre property. In the seclusion of his Maryland home, Ace has spent three years glued to the Internet, studying the Earth's climate cycles and careening from one epiphany to another — a 69-year-old loner with the moxie to try to solve one of the greatest threats to mankind. Now, backed by a computer model, the little-known inventor is making public a U.S. patent petition...
  • Snow bonanza for Australian skiers

    11/23/2008 9:02:41 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 489+ views
    BBC News ^ | 23 November 2008
    New South Wales in Australia has experienced unseasonably heavy snowfall, as summer approaches on the continent. The weekend's cold snap has provided the best snowfall of Australia's ski season, which is now drawing to a close.
  • Coal plants jeopardized over climate

    11/14/2008 5:14:18 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 519+ views ^ | 12 N0vember 2006 | Josef Hebert
    The fate of scores of new coal-burning power plants is now in limbo over whether to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The uncertainty resulted when an Environmental Protection Agency appeals panel on Thursday rejected a federal permit for a Utah plant, leaving the issue for the Obama administration to resolve. The panel said the EPA's Denver office failed to adequately support its decision to issue a permit for the Bonanza plant without requiring controls on carbon dioxide, the leading pollutant linked to global warming. The matter was sent back to that office, which must better explain why it failed to order...
  • Global warning: We are actually heading towards a new Ice Age, claim scientists

    11/14/2008 3:56:07 PM PST · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 1,453+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13th November 2008 | Cher Thornhill
    It has plagued scientists and politicians for decades, but scientists now say global warming is not the problem. We are actually heading for the next Ice Age, they claim. British and Canadian experts warned the big freeze could bury the east of Britain in 6,000ft of ice. Most of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England could be covered in 3,000ft-thick ice fields. The expanses could reach 6,000ft from Aberdeen to Kent – towering above Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. And what's more, the experts blame the global change on falling - rather than climbing - levels of greenhouse gases. Lead author...
  • Should California Restrict Driving In Order To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

    01/31/2008 5:31:32 PM PST · by Lorianne · 50 replies · 90+ views
    California Planning & Development Report ^ | 27 January 2008 | Bill Fulton
    A statewide cap on driving? Here’s the thing nobody is quite willing to say out loud about implementing California’s climate change law in the land use arena: The state may have to place an overall cap on vehicle miles traveled (VMT), even as it must accommodate more growth. Last Friday at UCLA Extension’s annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference, keynote speaker Anthony Eggert, senior policy advisor at the California Air Resources Board, issued what amounted to a plea for help from the 400 land use practitioners gathered in the room. CARB is charged with implementing AB 32. Land use...
  • It's Global Warming, Stupid!

    01/14/2008 9:29:35 AM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 108+ views
    Sierra ^ | January/February 2008
    Presidential candidates traditionally blow off the environment as an issue. But can they continue to dither as the world heats up? Sierra asks four savvy election junkies when we'll see the campaign slogan: It's Global Warming, Stupid! ___ "What should be the nation's top concern?" When pollsters pose such a question to voters, few, historically, have answered "the environment." Yet when asked specifically about how important global warming will be to their vote for U.S. president in 2008, more than half of respondents to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll last May answered "extremely" or "very." To learn how the quadrennial...
  • 50 people who could save the planet

    01/07/2008 6:24:05 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 78+ views
    Gaurdian ^ | January 5 2008 | J. Vidal, D. Adam, P. Huck, J. Watts, L. Hickman, P. Oltermann, I. Sample, A. Ghosh
    Stranded polar bears, melting glaciers, dried-out rivers and flooding on a horrific scale - these were the iconic images of 2007. So who is most able to stop this destruction to our world? A Guardian panel, taking nominations from key environmental figures, met to compile a list of our ultimate green heroes...
  • Eco-friendly buildings may not be as green as you think

    01/06/2008 8:16:52 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 149+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 6, 2008 | Daniel Brook
    In a high-end Mumbai neighborhood, Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's personal high-rise, named Antilia, is under construction. When completed, the 24-story family home will include its own health club, terraced sky-gardens and 50-seat screening room. Antilia also boasts three helipads and a 168-car garage. This may sound like transportation overkill, if not outright eco-terrorism, for a family of six. But despite its 38-to-1 car-to-person ratio, Antilia has been billed by its American architects as a "green building." And under the leading standards for green architecture, it will likely qualify. Antilia's architects, Perkins & Will of Chicago, plan to evaluate its greenness...
  • Ancient Warming Caused Huge Spike in Temps, Study Says

    12/20/2007 7:46:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 170+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | December 19, 2007 | John Roach
    What started out as a moderate global warm-up about 55 million years ago triggered a massive injection of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that sent temperatures skyrocketing, a new study says. The finding suggests that today's temperature rise may just be priming the planet for a carbon belch of epic proportions."You've got these feedbacks, these chain reactions of events in the atmosphere-ocean system," said Appy Sluijs, a paleoecologist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Sluijs and his colleagues found evidence for the chain reaction in two sections of sediment that accumulated on an ocean floor in what is now New...
  • The Prophet of Climate Change: James Lovelock (we're doomed)

    10/22/2007 9:34:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 52 replies · 57+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Oct 17, 2007 | Jeff Goodell
    One of the most eminent scientists of our time says that global warming is irreversible — and that more than 6 billion people will perish by the end of the century ___ At the age of eighty-eight, after four children and a long and respected career as one of the twentieth century's most influential scientists, James Lovelock has come to an unsettling conclusion: The human race is doomed. "I wish I could be more hopeful," he tells me one sunny morning as we walk through a park in Oslo, where he is giving a talk at a university. Lovelock is...
  • How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism [to curb global warming]

    10/21/2007 9:18:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 60+ views
    .... the fact remains that sources of non-CO2 greenhouse gases are responsible for virtually all the global warming we’re seeing, and all the global warming we are going to see for the next fifty years. If we wish to curb global warming over the coming half century, we must look at strategies to address non-CO2 emissions. The strategy with the most impact is vegetarianism.
  • Chill out.

    10/15/2007 10:52:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 38+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2007 | BJORN LOMBORG
    Proponents of pacts such as Kyoto want us to spend enormous sums of money doing little good for the planet a hundred years from now. We need to find a smarter way. The first step is to start focusing resources on making carbon emissions cuts much easier. The typical cost of cutting a ton of carbon dioxide is currently about $20. Yet, according to a wealth of scientific literature, the damage from a ton of carbon in the atmosphere is about $2. Spending $20 to do $2 worth of good is not smart policy. It may make you feel good,...
  • Amazon tribe hits back at green 'colonialism'

    10/13/2007 10:00:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 81+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | October 14 2007 | Juliette Jowit
    It's one of the most fashionable ideas to save the planet from global warming: buying up tropical rainforest to save it from destruction. Gordon Brown has even appointed the millionaire founder of one such charity, Johan Eliasch, as his special adviser on deforestation. But like all big ideas it is controversial, and this week a leading Amazonian campaigner will visit Britain to protest that this latest trend is linked to a health and social crisis among indigenous people, including sickness, depression, suicide, obesity and drug addiction. Davi Kopenawa, a shaman of the Yanomami tribe, will help launch a report that,...
  • The Nobel Fraud Prize

    10/13/2007 9:23:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 142+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 14, 2007 | Colin McNickle
    The value of the Nobel Peace Prize yet again has been affirmed: It's worth nothing. So, too, has the integrity of the Norwegian Nobel Committee: It has none. For his "work" on global warming, former Vice President Al Gore on Friday was named the 2007 co-winner of the now thoroughly discredited prize along with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It might as well have been the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (bad fiction at that, filled with historical inaccuracies) or the Wurlitzer Prize for Organic Circular Illogic given the dung both have been peddling as seasoned cordwood. The...
  • Brazil Claims First With Carbon Auction

    09/29/2007 1:21:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 302+ views ^ | Sept. 26, 2007 | Michael Astor
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Brazil's largest city sold millions of dollars worth of carbon credits at an auction Wednesday in a deal that experts said paves the way for developing countries to make money fighting global warming. Brazil's Mercantile and Futures Exchange called Sao Paulo's sale of $18.5 million in carbon credits to Dutch-Belgian Fortis Bank the first such sale to be held on a regulated stock market and a significant step toward institutionalizing the carbon market. Under the Kyoto Treaty on greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, companies that generate large amounts of polluting carbon dioxide and methane...
  • Gaia scientist says pipe dream may fix climate

    09/26/2007 8:21:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies · 334+ views
    News in Science ^ | 27 September 2007 | Ben Hirschler
    A series of giant pipes in the oceans to mix surface and deeper water could be an emergency fix for the earth's damaged climate system, says the scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis. Professor James Lovelock, whose hypothesis says earth is a kind of superorganism composed of living and non-living elements, has fuelled controversy for three decades. He thinks the stakes are so high that radical solutions must be tried to fix our climate, even if they ultimately fail. In a letter to the journal Nature, he proposes vertical pipes 100 to 200 metres long and 10 metres wide be placed...
  • More people, more concrete, and lots more heat in Phoenix

    08/31/2007 5:59:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 50 replies · 923+ views
    An 'urban heat island' effect, fed by the city's growth, is trapping heat and making temperatures soar. ___ Arizona is poised to take another record. No. 1 in the nation for most illegal immigrants crossing the border, or No. 1 in the nation for identity thefts. This "one" directly corresponds with another No. 1 – its status as the fastest-growing state in the nation. While news of global warming becomes as common as the wheeze of air conditioners here, Phoenix is fighting a different, if related, problem. In part because of heavy growth – particularly in the Phoenix metro area...
  • "Volcano Cure" for [Global] Warming? Not So Fast, Study Says

    08/20/2007 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 471+ views
    National Geoghaphic News ^ | August 17, 2007 | Kate Ravilious
    A controversial theory proposes mimicking volcanoes to fight global warming. But throwing sulfur particles into the sky may do more harm than good, a new study says. The temporary solution would pump particles of sulfur high into the atmosphere—simulating the effect of a massive volcano by blocking out some of the sun's rays. This intervention, advocates argue, would buy a little time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But as well as cooling the planet, the sulfur particles would reduce rainfall and cause serious global drought, a new study says. "It is a Band-Aid fix that does not work," said study...
  • Getting hotter

    07/27/2007 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 595+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2007 | John McCaslin
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will investigate a threatening letter sent by the leader of an EPA-member group, vowing to "destroy" the career of a climate skeptic. During a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday, Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, confronted EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson about the strongly-worded letter written July 13 by Michael T. Eckhart, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) that was sent to Marlo Lewis, senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). "It is my intention to destroy your...
  • A gift from Scotland to Brazil: drought and despair

    07/09/2007 10:59:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 7 Jul 2007 | Ian Johnston
    SEU Dodo walks through the lush Brazilian woodland he knows well, picking out medicinal plants: lobera for diabetes, one known as "the king of medicines" for the menopause, another he claims can cure flu in a day. But the search for the plants is getting harder and harder. "A lot of our medicinal plants died this year because of the lack of water," he says ruefully.
  • Time to tax carbon (What a surprise!)

    05/30/2007 3:04:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies · 970+ views
    A carbon tax is the best, cheapest and most efficient way to combat cataclysmic climate change ___ IF YOU HAVE KIDS, take them to the beach. They should enjoy it while it lasts, because there's a chance that within their lifetimes California's beaches will vanish under the waves. Global warming will redraw the maps of the world. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that sea levels will rise 7 to 23 inches by the end of the century; as the water gets higher, the sandy beaches that make California a tourist magnet will be washed away. Beachfront real...
  • Global Warming: Not the End of the World as We Know It

    05/14/2007 11:45:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 860+ views
    Jones Report ^ | May 09, 2007 | Olaf Stampf
    How bad is climate change really? Are catastrophic floods and terrible droughts headed our way? Despite widespread fears of a greenhouse hell, the latest computer simulations are delivering far less dramatic predictions about tomorrow's climate. Svante Arrhenius, the father of the greenhouse effect, would be called a heretic today. Far from issuing the sort of dire predictions about climate change which are common nowadays, the Swedish physicist dared to predict a paradise on earth for humans when he announced, in April 1896, that temperatures were rising -- and that it would be a blessing for all. Arrhenius, who later won...
  • Children 'bad for planet'

    05/12/2007 2:20:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 731+ views
    News Austrailia ^ | May 07, 2007 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank. The paper by the Optimum Population Trust will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family's carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York. Full coverage: Climate change in-depth John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College...
  • [Californa] targets county in [global warming] lawsuit

    04/23/2007 7:53:19 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 686+ views
    SB Sun ^ | | Andrew Silva
    The state attorney general sued San Bernardino County this week, alleging the county should have looked at global warming before adopting its new growth plan. "This is the most significant issue facing the county and the world," Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. said Friday by telephone. It's the first suit of its kind to be filed by the state. The state's lawsuit comes a couple of days after environmental groups sued the county on similar grounds, alleging the county's new general plan should have discussed ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Officials defend the plan, saying it follows...
  • Exploring God(creator)'s Handiwork(creation) Part2

    04/06/2002 1:15:41 PM PST · by f.Christian · 11 replies · 275+ views
    The New American ^ | Published: December 22, 1997. | Fr. James Thorton
    Science continued its victorious march, with all of its attendant ramifications and side effects, throughout our own 20th century, and religious apathy and materialism have spread from the educated classes to all categories of people. This is especially true in Europe, where the percent of those who attend church has dropped into the single digits. It is true to a somewhat less spectacular degree in the United States, where the percentage attending church regularly has declined to below one half of the total population. Yet, despite the fact that the current has long run against traditional beliefs and traditional believers,...