June 2017 Temperature Anomaly projections

Guest Post By Walter Dnes In continuation of my Temperature Anomaly projections, the following are my June projections, as well as last month’s projections for May, to see how well they fared. Data Set Projected Actual Delta HadCRUT4 2017/05 +0.770 +0.665 -0.105 HadCRUT4 2017/06 +0.583 GISS 2017/05 +0.93 +0.88 -0.05 GISS 2017/06 +0.81 UAHv6 2017/05…

NASA: Global acreage burned by fire has dropped 24% since 1998

NASA detects drop in global fires Shifting livelihoods across the tropical forest frontiers of South America, the Eurasian Steppe, and the savannas of Africa are altering landscapes and leading to a significant decline in the amount of land burned by fire, a trend that NASA’s satellites have detected from space. The ongoing transition from nomadic…

Life on Earth was nearly doomed by too little CO2

During the last ice age, too little atmospheric carbon dioxide almost eradicated mankind Guest Essay by Dennis T. Avery Aside from protests by Al Gore, Leonardo Di Caprio and friends, the public didn’t seem to raise its CO2 anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy when Trump exited the Paris Climate Accords. Statistician Bjorn Lomborg had…

Claim: Oceans are warming rapidly, study says

From the INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES and the “worse than we thought” mind of climate activist John Abraham comes this study, that frankly, isn’t very believable, especially when you invoke the word “consensus” as part of your proof. Oceans are warming rapidly, study says More than 90% of the earth’s energy…

“No evidence” is a useful scientific finding

Guest essay by Michel de Rougemont Heretic? You’re welcome! Hysteric? Please cool down! We hear that global warming is highly dependent on the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, this gas that is required to sustain life on Earth and that is also emitted when burning flammable stuff, such as wood, coal, mineral and…

Debunking Inside Climate’s “5 Shades of Climate Denial”

Guest post by David Middleton Whether dismissing global warming as a hoax, questioning humanity’s role in it, exaggerating the unknowns, playing down the urgency of action, or playing up the costs, President Donald Trump and his team have served up every flavor of climate denial. Although the arguments varied—as if they were different shades or…

Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick

More Scared Climate Scientists Share Their “Feelings”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall What do you do when your feeble climate evidence fails to convince? Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child’s future. “I always wanted a…

In Search of the 3% Renewable Energy ‘Tipping Point’.

  Guest post by David Middleton In order to search for the 3% Renewable Energy ‘Tipping Point’, we must ascertain a definition of the phrase… Definition of tipping point : the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place Merriam-Webster Let’s see if we…

Study: Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rarely linked to felt seismic tremors

From the UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, another political tool of the left bites the dust. Researchers find only one hydrocarbon-producing area where production is linked to increased seismic activities at the regional scale EDMONTON (June 26, 2017)–New research suggests hydraulic fracturing and saltwater disposal has limited impact on seismic events. For the past two years, UAlberta…

2017 Global temperatures are leveling off – near 1980 temperature anomaly (depending on who you ask)

From the “dashed hopes for the warmest year evar!” department comes this update from Dr. Ryan Maue on the global surface temperature: Via Twitter: Global temperatures have generally settled to +0.26°C compared to 1981-2010 climatology continuing downward glide thru 2017 (black line) He adds: Tropical vs. non-tropical temperature anomalies have balanced out mostly for the…

California dumps millions of dollars of unusable renewable electricity to other states

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin California’s renewable energy policy pushing huge mandated increases in wind and solar so the state’s globally irrelevant greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets can be met has it’s citizens providing and paying millions of dollars for unusable renewable energy to be sent to other states – and this problem will likely…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #274

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Upheaval in Washington: One can describe the election of Donald Trump and the beginning of his administration as an upheaval against establishment Washington, including both political parties. Certainly, those expressing dissatisfaction at the early steps taken by the…

Aussie Government Broadcaster Gives Climate Skeptics Airtime

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Judith Curry (one of the guests): The ABC, Australia’s government owned media outlet, has dedicated an entire Science Show program, including a star cast of climate skeptics, to exploring why some politicians and academics dispute the alleged climate consensus. Has ‘denying’ won? Saturday 24 June 2017 12:05PM (view full…

Some Fun with IPCC Texts

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein I’ve already written about the epic moment, when IPCC apparently recognized that most of the recent warming had been due to the natural variability. Instead of telling that to the world, IPCC has just altered the definition of climate change in its Third Assessment Report (TAR, 2001) to include natural…

What happened to the traditional role of skepticism in climate science?

Guest essay by Forrest M. Mims III Traditional science required a skeptical view of one’s own findings until they could be replicated, especially by others. Unfortunately, skepticism has been deleted from the latest edition of “On Being a Scientist,” a widely-read booklet published by the National Academies of Science. When I asked the NAS about…

The American Meteorological Society @ametsoc falls into the consensus trap in a letter to Rick Perry

Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published a letter yesterday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, admonishing him for having the temerity to doubt that carbon dioxide is the “primary driver” of global warming. Here is the text of the letter. Source: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-position-letters/letter-to-doe-secretary-perry-on-climate-change/ (PDF) Here are a few of my thoughts. The AMS, in their…

Richard Branson “Baffled” By President Trump’s Paris Decision

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Richard Branson is so shocked by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris, he’s putting his own money into renewables R&D. My question – isn’t this how Capitalism is supposed to work? Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change [British] billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders…

El Niño WATCH cancelled; ENSO neutral likely for 2017

From the “now the warmest year on record hopes are dashed” department: Via Bloomberg: All eight climate models surveyed by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology suggest tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures are likely to remain neutral for the second half, it said on its website on Tuesday. That reverses a June 6 report that showed four models predicting temperatures…

Solved: The mystery of unexplained ‘bright nights’

WASHINGTON, DC — Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of “bright nights,” when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch. A new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the…

EPA’s suspect science

Its practices have defiled scientific integrity, but proposed corrections bring shock and defiance. Guest essay by John Rafuse President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined…

Status update and sincere thanks

Last week, I wrote about facing burnout after running WUWT over 10 years without having any real vacation during that time. I’ll have to say, I’m overwhelmed by the response, the well wishes, and the offers for help. It’s gratifying to know that I have friends around the world, some vocal regulars, some occasional commenters,…

Study finds: Corn better used as food than biofuel

From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN and the “don’t burn your food” department. Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted…

A Rebuttal to Environmentalists’ Claims That “Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions Are ‘Way Off’”

Guest post by David Middleton Why would anyone care what “environmentalists” have to say about potential Arctic oil revenue?  I only care because their “reasoning” is both fun and easy to ridicule. Environmentalists Say Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions ‘Way Off’ IULIA GHEORGHIU | JUNE 19, 2017 Conservation advocates believe opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,…

AAAS: “Let’s hold them accountable”

Guest post by David Middleton This morning, I received another email from the American Association for the Advancement of Science… We cannot overstate this: Under the current administration, the future of scientific inquiry and discovery in the U.S. is in serious jeopardy. You can do something important right now to protect our progress and our…

Rock Lobster

Climate Study: The Lobsters are Safe – For Now

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Attendees of UN IPCC climate parties conferences will be reassured to know that delicious Rock Lobsters are showing surprising resilience to the impact of climate change. But ongoing studies are required. Rock lobster ‘resilience’ to climate change promising, but future not assured By Harriet Aird The southern rock lobster is…

The Laws of Averages: Part 2, A Beam of Darkness

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   This essay is second in a series of essays about Averages — their use and misuse.  My interest is in the logical and scientific errors, the informational errors, that can result from what I have playfully coined “The Laws of Averages”. Averages As both the word and the concept…

New Study: Scientists Find Recent Uk Flooding Is Not Unprecedented

From the GWPF Observatory This new paper presents the first coherent large-scale national analysis undertaken on historical flood chronologies in Britain, providing an unparalleled network of sites (Fig. 1), permitting analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of high-magnitude flood patterns and the potential mechanisms driving periods of increased flooding at a national scale (Britain)…

Why "Climate Science" Snubs Climatic Temperature

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein When something pretending to be a science cannot adequately define a quantity for its central subject, this something is inarguably a pseudo-science. This is certainly the case in the self-professed “climate science.” It proposes the hypothesis of a dangerously warming climate, but does it define a meaningful climatic temperature that…