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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Friday Funny: Frog croaking altered by “climate change”

From the FECYT – SPANISH FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and the “singing 2C, or not 2C” department comes this croaker of a press release from some researchers that have way too much time and grant money on their hands. A classifier of frog calls for fighting against climate change The sounds of amphibians are altered…

USDOJ: Climate lawsuits ‘violate constitutional principles’

From the “that’s going to leave a mark” department. By SPENCER WALRATH The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last Thursday filed an amicus brief in the cases filed by San Francisco and Oakland against energy producers, slamming the lawsuits and asking the court for dismissal. The lawsuits seek financial “damages” from energy companies for the risks posed by climate change.…

Remember when were told sea creatures couldn’t run from global warming? Never mind.

Marine animals have been following their preferred climate for millions of years Researchers at FAU discover prehistoric migration due to changes in temperature Current global warming has far-reaching ecological consequences, also for the Earth’s oceans. Many marine organisms are reacting by migrating towards the poles. Researchers at Geozentrum Nordbayern at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now…

Ooops. Despite Montreal Protocol, ozone-destroying CFC’s on the rise

NOAA finds rising emissions of ozone-destroying chemical banned by Montreal Protocol Emissions of one of the chemicals most responsible for the Antarctic ozone hole are on the rise, despite an international treaty that required an end to its production in 2010, a new NOAA study shows. Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, is the second-most abundant ozone-depleting gas…

IEA: air conditioning use will lead to a warmer world

NYT: ‘The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World’ By Kendra Pierre-Louis More than crickets and fireflies, more than baseball and cookouts, perhaps nothing signals the arrival of summer in the United States like the soft familiar whir of air-conditioning. But there is growing concern that as other countries adopt America’s love of air-conditioners, the…

Remember when global warming was going to kill the U.S. Corn Belt? Never mind.

From MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY: Climate change should help Midwest corn production through 2050 Climate change and global warming put some forms of life at risk, but researchers found one instance that might not feel the heat – corn. Contrary to previous analyses, research published by Michigan State University shows that projected changes in temperature and humidity…

Climate scientist goes off the rails: ‘climate change is like an asteroid strike’

From the “send the men in the white coats” department. It seems that this already alarmist climate scientist has gone off the rails and sees climate change as an ELE (extinction level event). In an online article titled Climate Change Like An Asteroid Strike appearing in Germany’s national daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), journalist Alex Rühle reports on the outgoing director of Germany’s…

Claim: U.N. data reflects greening of the Earth, not carbon dioxide

NASA says the greening of the planet is due to increased CO2, these guys are arguing against that, saying increased forest growth “correlates strongly to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index”. Riiiighht. They say that “Europe’s early turnaround and expansion of forest resources obviously can’t be attributed to the rapid rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide…

Bad news for wind power: globally, winds are slowing

Of course, global warming, the universal boogey man, gets the blame Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. Michael Lucy reports. The wind isn’t what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen…

Study: variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans

More vindication for Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. who has said that global ocean heat content is the best metric for tracking global warming. From the University of Southampton: New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans New research has shown that natural variations in global mean temperature are always forced by…

California’s Boneheaded Solar Remedy for Climate Change

Good intentions can make for awful policies. by Steve Chapman In the world of government policy, two chief dangers always loom. The first is people with bad intentions using every available means to achieve their malignant goals. The second, more common but no less destructive, is people with the purest of hearts and the most…

Study: Globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

From the UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA and the thwarted schemes department. New research reveals the growth of carbon production from Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, reflecting a “new phase of globalisation” between developing countries that could undermine international efforts to reduce emissions. The study, involving researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and…

Study: ‘insurance industry dangerously unprepared for extreme weather’

From the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO and the “maybe the insurance companies know something you don’t” department As historic flooding caused by climate change devastates communities in New Brunswick and British Columbia, new research from the University of Waterloo reveals the insurance industry hasn’t considered a changing climate in their practices, putting homeowners at financial risk. The…

Hippocratic Oath vs. ‘Hypocritic’ Oath?

By Charles G. Battig The National Institutes of Health website defines the Hippocratic Oath as “perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts.  It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards.  It also strongly binds the student to his teacher and the greater…

Sorry alarmists: Hurricanes are developing more quickly today than 30 years ago due to the Atlantic ocean cycle

Pierre Gosselin writes: Here’s something you don’t witness very often…German national public radio telling listeners that natural factors are behind observed changes in something related to climate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the German media claim storms are linked to our disdainful energy gluttony. So it comes as quite a shock…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #315

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Where’s the Water Vapor? Tim Ball was a student of H.H. Lamb, who pioneered the modern study of climate change before it was taken over by those promoting dangerous global warming caused by carbon dioxide (CO2).…