Climate Change

But, but, but…it is supposed to be ice-free by now

We’ve been told by no lesser luminaries than Al Gore, that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2012.

It is now several years past that and the Arctic circle is still covered in ice.

Last week, the United States Navy launched exercises at the new Ice Camp Sargo in the Arctic Circle. Seen above, the nuclear submarine USS Hampton surfaces through the ice. It’s a majestic sight, but let’s not forget the goal here:

“(This exercise) is our continued commitment to the development of undersea warfare capabilities and tactics in all areas of the world,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Trussler, commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center. “Our superiority in delivering effects in and from the undersea domain to the operational commanders is dependent on the regular exercise and demonstration of these capabilities.”

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Climate Change is the driver behind Auckland’s intensification

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Turns out that Auckland joined something called the “C-40”, which started a decade ago and is putting huge pressure on its members to implement cycle lanes, intensification and light rail.

The city has been admitted to the C-40, a local government climate change action group set up 10 years ago by former London mayor Ken Livingstone.

It now consists of 80 cities around the world.

Chief executive Mark Watts said there was forward thinking in Auckland about public transport, and the introduction of cycle lanes and light rail would put it on par with the world’s most sustainable cities.

But with a relatively small population over a large area, Mr Watts said Auckland needed to change its spatial development and opt for more density.

He said that with people so spaced out in Auckland it would be difficult to make a public transport system work fully.

Amazing isn’t it?

So what does a “sustainable city” look like?  Read more »

It seems free speech and climate change are now incompatible

James Delingpole discusses revelations that the US Attorney General is contemplating prosecuting people for daring to be skeptics over climate change:

The US Department of Justice has been considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial.

“This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to a question from green activist Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) at a Senate Judiciary Hearing.

Whitehouse said:

“The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobacco’s dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions’ dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.”   Read more »

Former UN climate chief charged with sexual harassment

My, how the mighty have fallen.

A former chair of a UN panel of climate scientists has been charged with stalking, intimidating and sexually harassing a woman who worked at a think tank he headed for more than 30 years.

Rajendra Pachauri, 75, was accused in February last year of sexual harassment by a researcher working at Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) where Pachauri was director general.

Pachauri, who quit as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a year ago, denies the allegations.

After a year-long investigation, Indian police said on Tuesday they had sufficient evidence to file charges.

“A charge sheet was filed today in the Metropolitan magistrate court of Shivani Chauhan in Saket,” said a senior Delhi police official connected to the investigation. “Dr Pachauri has been charged with various misconduct and offences.”

The official, who declined to be named, said the charges included stalking, sexual harassment, “outraging the modesty of a woman” and criminal intimidation.   Read more »

So you are worried about sea level rises due to climate change?

Well don’t be

Carbon dioxide, climate change, disaster, SEA LEVELS WILL RISE!

You can see all kinds of sea level rise predictions for the 21st century, with over-wrought images of houses and buildings under water.  One of the favorite predictions of the hand wringers is “1.8 meters” of sea level rise for the 21st century.  A major purveyor of this lurid climate-porn prediction is Stefan Rahmstorf (see here, here, and here).

Consider the following points

  • 75% of atmospheric anthropogenic CO2 arrived after 1950.
  • There has been no obvious acceleration in sea level rise rates since 1950 as seen from tide gauges.
  • Extrapolating tide gauge time series to 2100 would give about 15cm of sea level rise between 200o and 2100.
  • Projections of 1, 1.8 or 2 meters of sea level rise between 2000 and 2100 would require extraordinary rise rate accelerations.   Read more »

The Pause is real, even Michael Mann now agrees

About that “science is settled” thing the warmists keep telling us…not so fast…seems it isn’t settled at all.

Dissent is breaking out, with even Michael Mann now co-authoring a paper confirming the pause in warming.

The “Pause” in global warming is real – not an urban myth concocted by evil ‘deniers’ – a study has found, signalling the development of a major schism within the climate alarmist camp.

“It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown or hiatus, characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims,” the paper in Nature Climate Change says.

Though the paper’s findings are not controversial – few serious scientists dispute the evidence of the temperature datasets showing that there has been little if any global warming for nearly 19 years – they represent a tremendous blow to the climate alarmist “consensus”, which has long sought to deny the “Pause’s” existence.

First, the study was published in Nature Climate Change a fervently alarmist journal which rarely if ever runs papers that cast doubt on the man-made-global-warming scare narrative.

Secondly, it directly contradicts a widely-reported study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last year which attempted to deny the existence of the “Pause” (also known as the “hiatus”). This NOAA study was widely mocked, quickly debunked and is now the subject of a Congressional investigation by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).

What’s novel about this new study in Nature Climate Change, though, is that it’s not skeptics and Republicans doing the mocking and the debunking: it’s the kind of people who in the past were very much in the alarmist camp, including – bizarrely – none other than Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, who co-authored the paper.   

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The science is settled?

We are told constantly that, with respect to Climate Change, the science is settled.

Yet, every time someone looks at that settled science we find lies, mistakes and obfuscation. The science is far from settled, especially when that science uses manipulated data.

A German professor has confirmed what skeptics from Britain to the US have long suspected: that NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies has largely invented “global warming” by tampering with the raw temperature data records.

Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert is a retired geologist and data computation expert. He has painstakingly examined and tabulated all NASA GISS’s temperature data series, taken from 1153 stations and going back to 1881. His conclusion: that if you look at the raw data, as opposed to NASA’s revisions, you’ll find that since 1940 the planet has been cooling, not warming.

According to Günter Ederer, the German journalist who has reported on Ewert’s findings:

From the publicly available data, Ewert made an unbelievable discovery: Between the years 2010 and 2012 the data measured since 1881 were altered so that they showed a significant warming, especially after 1950. […] A comparison of the data from 2010 with the data of 2012 shows that NASA-GISS had altered its own datasets so that especially after WWII a clear warming appears – although it never existed.   Read more »

Sinking islands: the inconvenient truth

Earlier we wrote about Pacific nations screaming out for help to mitigate supposedly rising seas.

There is an inconvenient problem with their hypothesis of sinking islands…if the sea level rises, so too do the islands.

Rising seas are eating away at small islands and will eventually turn their inhabitants into climate refugees, right? Not so for some of the world’s most threatened islands, which have grown despite experiencing dramatic sea level rise.

Funafuti atoll, which includes the capital of Tuvalu, is an islet archipelago in the tropical Pacific Ocean made from coral debris washed up from an underlying reef by waves, winds and currents. Over the past 60 years the sea has risen by around 30 centimetres locally,sparking warnings that the atoll is set to disappear.

But Paul Kench of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and colleagues found no evidence of heightened erosion. After poring over more than a century’s worth of data, including old maps and aerial and satellite imagery, they conclude that 18 out of 29 islands have actually grown.   Read more »

But wasn’t it already too late?

As far as I remember, if we implemented all of the climate change measures in full, and that’s all of us in terms of the whole world, the climate change system would still need 50-100 years to respond to it.  

So these people are eventually going to be needing to look at the kind of architecture where houses are raised a few metres on poles.  

Hell, the tulip munchers didn’t even do that – they built dykes.  

They’ve got decades and decades to prepare for the day when the sea is 50cm higher (if you want to believe that), so no need for panic – start raising your houses now.

New Zealand climate scientists have echoed desperate cries from small Pacific nations in the firing line of rising seas.

Representatives from 17 Pacific states, including Kiribati President Anote Tong, have been meeting leaders and experts in Wellington this week as part of Victoria University’s Pacific Climate Change Conference.    Read more »

If record highs signal global warming, what do record lows tell us?

Every time a high temperature record is broken we are told this is the catastrophic result of a warming planet. Various members of the illuminati of climate change come forward and tell us we are at the “tipping point”, the “point of no return” or other such calamitous claims of pending doom.

But what do we have when it is record lows that are being recorded….when the planet is supposed to be catastrophically warming and a large meeting of bureaucrats in Paris was our “last chance” to save the planet?

Only the brave were out and about yesterday as icy weather broke a string of records across the northeast of the United States .

The National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City’s Central Park fell to -18C, a record low for the date. The last time it was below zero in Central Park was in January 1994.   Read more »