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MLO and the MEI

In my last post, which was about the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) in Hawaii, Dr. Richard Keen and others noted that for a good comparison, there was a need to remove the variations due to El Nino. Dr. Keen said that he uses the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) for such removal. And what is the…

When Eruptions Don’t

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Inspired by Richard Keen’s interesting WUWT post on using eclipses to determine the clarity of the atmosphere, I went to the website of the Hawaiian Mauna Loa Observatory. They have some very fascinating datasets. One of them is a measurement of direct solar radiation, minute by minute, since about 1980. I…

NASA satellite captures photo of bizarre circle of clouds

Sometimes, nature just gives us the weird. While clouds are an important topic of research for climatologists and meteorologists, sometimes the atmosphere churns up peculiar-looking cloud formations that are as notable for aesthetic reasons as they are for scientific ones. That was the case in May when this circular swirl of clouds drifted over Lake Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan. In…

Climate showdown of the decade?

This manntastic event looms large. With the irascible Dr. Mann pitted against Moore and Curry, fireworks are almost guaranteed. Titley is a lightweight and he’ll be overshadowed by Mann’s huge ego and need to control the conversation. Their idea to hear a “collegial and balanced” discussion may very well be a pipe dream, especially after…

Largest Colorado green group won’t endorse Boulder climate lawsuit

Matt Dempsey writes: The Denver Post nicely picks up on previous Western Wire reporting on Steyer’s involvement in Colorado legislative races and Dem Gov candidate not endorsing climate lawsuit. Perhaps the most surprising tidbit of info Conservation Colorado not endorsing Boulder climate lawsuit either. Key excerpts here: The four Democratic candidates for governor support neither…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #317

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Hollow Models? The long writing career of British logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell covered a period of marked change in science. The term natural philosophy was giving way to the term physical science and extensive divisions were…

New electric car–the ‘JATO’

Apparently, the marketing arm of this company has never heard of the Darwin awards myth about JATO units and automobiles. Guest essay by John Hardy The best-selling EV worldwide has been the Nissan Leaf. In Q1 2018 it was overtaken by a model made in China by BAIC, a domestic Chinese company. There were three…

What’s wrong with this picture?

I invite readers to list all the things wrong with this bit of agitprop by Ed Hawkins (a lead author in AR6; perhaps this foreshadows the tone of the report). It’s going viral on the Left. “Warming stripes” at Climate Lab Book. ‘A new set of climate visualisations, communicating the long term rise in temperatures…

Hockeystick Redux Chapter Fortyleven

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See update at the end] Since publishing my last two posts here and here on the Church and White (“C&W”) 2011 sea level dataset, some folks have queried why I didn’t use the Church and White 2013 dataset instead. The answer is simple. It’s because of the hockeystick. What hockeystick, you…

Elon Musk’s Big Oil Conspiracy Theory

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Elon Musk has launched a twitter tirade in which he appears to accuse reporters of lying about Tesla, to attract advertising from other car makers and fossil fuel producers (last tweet in the quote below). Elon Musk complains of ‘holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies’ in tirade Tesla CEO Elon…

“Was industrialisation worth it?” – California Climate Lawsuit

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Californian local governments trying to sue Chevron, Exxon and other oil majors are facing some entertainingly direct questions from Judge Alsup, as he tries to determine why the plaintiffs think oil companies owe them compensation. Climate Change Judge’s Homework: Was Industrialization Worth It? By Kartikay Mehrotra 25 May 2018, 08:12…

Climatic Distortions Due to Diminutive Denominators

Guest essay by Thomas P. Sheahen We all learned in elementary school that “you can’t divide by zero.”  But what happens when you divide by a number very close to zero, a small fraction?  The quotient shoots way up to a very large value. Pick any number.  If you divide 27 by 1, you get 27. …

Libertarian Plan for Tahitian Climate Proof Floating Cities

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Worried about rising sea levels? According to the Seasteading Institute and Blue Frontiers, the solution is a self governing libertarian network of floating cities loosely attached to French Polynesia. A floating Pacific island is in the works with its own government, cryptocurrency and 300 houses … Camille Bianchi Published 5:01…

Study: Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers

WASHINGTON — A new study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number. The new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, projects atmospheric rivers will be…

The Climate of Gavin

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Gavin Schmidt, who I am given to understand is a good computer programmer, is one of the principals at the incongruously named website “RealClimate”. The name is incongruous because they censor anyone who dares to disagree with their revealed wisdom. I bring this up because I’m on Twitter, @WEschenbach. You’re…

WINNING: Trump officials discussed whether to ‘ignore’ climate data

From The Hill: Trump officials discussed whether to ‘ignore’ climate data: report White House officials discussed the possibility of ignoring federal climate data, according to an internal memo that highlights the Trump administration’s struggles with established climate change science. The Washington Post reports that a memo, drafted in September by Michael Catanzaro, the then-White House special assistant…

New GOES-17 weather satellite has a cooling problem – may be ‘a loss’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The nation’s newest weather satellite, launched less than three months ago, has a serious cooling problem that could affect the quality of its pictures. The trouble is with the GOES-17 satellite’s premier instrument for taking images of hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions and other natural calamities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

Climate Litigation: The Latest Green Effort to Overturn Democracy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Greens openly admit they have given up on winning voter support for their climate agenda. Climate Change Warriors’ Latest Weapon of Choice Is Litigation By Jeremy Hodges, Lauren Leatherby and Kartikay Mehrotra May 24, 2018 In the global fight against climate change, one tool is proving increasingly popular: litigation. From…

Golden Rice

Guardian: CO2 Makes Rice Less Nutritious

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Guardian author Nicola Davis is alarmed that adding CO2 to rice reduces the vitamins, minerals and protein – in some varieties of rice. Climate change ‘will make rice less nutritious’ Nicola Davis Thu 24 May 2018 04.00 AEST When scientists exposed the crop to higher levels of carbon dioxide vitamin…

The Myth of Dangerous Acid Rain

Data suggests it is a non-problem By Steve Goreham For almost a month, the ongoing saga of the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has captured the attention of world media. Fountains of red-orange fire, lava flows, and ash-plume explosions destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee the area. But media warnings…

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets big funding boost from Republicans and the NSF’s and AAASA’s ungrateful responses.

Guest commentary by David Middleton Back in March, Eric Worrall authored a nice post about “climate scientists running for congress.” Eric’s subject was a really goofy Clean Technica article about Joseph Kopser, touted as some sort of climate scientist.  Clean Technica even spelled his name wrong (Kosper instead of Kopser).  Yesterday, Mr. Kopser won the runoff election…

Are we headed for a deep solar minimum?

Have you been keeping an eye on Sol lately? One of the top astronomy stories for 2018 may be what’s not happening, and how inactive our host star has become. The strange tale of Solar Cycle #24 is ending with an expected whimper: as of May 8th, the Earthward face of the Sun had been spotless for 73 out…

Changes in the Rate of Sea Level Rise

  Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s been some discussion of the rate of sea level rise lately, so I thought I’d take a look at some underlying data. I started with a 2016 paper by the modern master of failed serial doomcasting, James Hansen. It has the frightening title of “Ice melt, sea level…

Dumbing Down Extinction

Guest ridicule by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (AAASA)…   The world’s largest amphibian is being bred to extinction By Katie Langin May. 21, 2018 , 11:00 AM The world’s largest amphibian—the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus, pictured)—should be split into at least five species, all of which…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #316

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Constant, Not Accelerating: On May 16, SEPP Chairman emeritus S. Fred Singer had an essay in the Wall Street Journal explaining why there is little humanity and governments can do to stop the constant rate of sea…

America! Frac Yeah!

Guest commentary by David Middleton How American Science Made Government Regulations On Emissions Unnecessary By Hank Campbell — May 18, 2018 In 2009 the U.S. government attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and pledged to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020. To make it happen, the Obama administration directed the U.S.…

WINNING: Trump removes global warming from Obama-era executive order

BY TIMOTHY CAMA President Trump late Thursday replaced an executive order signed by former President Obama that sought to reduce federal agencies’ energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The revocation came as part of a late-night executive order that instructs agencies to set their own goals for efficiency and “prioritize actions that reduce waste, cut costs, enhance the resilience…

Now’s the Time to Restore Integrity to EPA Regulatory Science

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner For decades the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gotten away with creating regulations that lack sound scientific basis, costing Americans hundreds of billions of dollars without solid evidence that those costs were justified. It’s done this in two ways. Sometimes it’s simply thrown out scientific results and regulated to…

Claim: climatic temperature increases cause antibiotic resistance

From BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and the “UHI, what’s that?” department Scientists find link between increases in local temperature and antibiotic resistance Boston, MA (May 21, 2018) – Bacteria have long been thought to develop antibiotic resistance largely due to repeated exposure through over-prescribing. But could much bigger environmental pressures be at play? Seeking to better understand…