Requesting some assistance

As some people may or may not know, I am a full member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in good standing. The AGU fall meeting is coming up, and I hope to attend so that I can cover what is being presented in the world of climate science, while keeping tabs on the antics…

Limiting scientific debate: A change in the AGU policy on Presenting Alternative Scientific Viewpoints

Guest essay by Roger A. Pielke Sr. In the August 20 2013 issue of EOS both the AGU Statement on Climate Change [ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EO340006/pdf ] and my comment on the Statement [ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EO340007/pdf ] were published. However, I was not permitted to publish my Minority Statement in EOS, but only refer to its URL on…

The IPCC’s new certainty is 95% What? Not 97%??

Just 2% short of the magic 97% number, I’m sure the SkS kidz will be devastated. From Reuters: Drafts seen by Reuters of the study by the U.N. panel of experts, due to be published next month, say it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels…

Quote of the week – the Aye’s have it

While Andrew Dessler suggests Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. can resign the AGU (for having a minority viewpoint on their recent policy update), Ross McKittrick leaves this comment at Bishop Hill: Here’s the list of scientific institutions and societies that have issued statements agreeing with CAGW, and that surveyed their members to find out how many…

Lewandowsky’s ‘seepage’, now with FOI

From Tom Nelson Lewandowsky’s skeptic seepage plus see the FOIA documents link added at the end. Emailer WL writes: [Stephan Lewandowsky at 2013 American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference] “Skeptic discourse has seeped into the scientific arena and may have contributed to shaping climate scientists thinking’ and interpretation… …without any awareness on their part. …strong reasons…

‘Ozone hole’ may be a warming factor due to wind shifts

First, a clarification; while the AGU calls it an “ozone hole”, it technically isn’t. As NASA says here, it really isn’t a “hole” in the true sense of the word, it is simply a region of reduced O3 concentration that periodically changes in size, shape, and density.  -Anthony Ozone hole might slightly warm planet AGU…

The AGU climate policy statement as redrafted by Monckton

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton The American Geophysical Union, after three previous attempts at a policy statement on climate change, has just published yet a fourth. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley redrafts it to say what it should have said if the AGU’s objective had been the honest scientific truth. Anthropogenic climate change requires no action…

Pielke’s response to AGU Statement on Climate Change

The American Geophysical Union has just published its new Statement on Climate Change, here is the press release.   Here is how they describe it: “AGU has a responsibility to help policy makers and the public understand the impacts our science can have on public health and safety, economic stability and growth, and national security,”…

AGU says CO2 is plant food

Elevated carbon dioxide making arid regions greener 31 May 2013 AGU Release No. 13-24 WASHINGTON, DC—Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Now, a study of…

Josh on great moments in use of the ‘D word’

Lucia notes: As some of you know, Dana flung the “D” word at Richard Tol. He and a sympathizer who uses the handle “@IdiotTracker” have provided interesting definitions of either “Denier” or “acting like a denier”. For those who don’t know, Dr. Richard Tol is hardly a “denier”, having been an IPCC reviewer, and author…

AGW Proponents Fight Rearguard Action As Political Climate Science Fails

Guest post by Dr. Tim Ball Proponents of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis are cornered. They made a political choice to prove rather than disprove the hypothesis, as the scientific method requires. It failed, as IPCC projections (range of predictions?) indicate, but instead of abandoning or modifying the hypothesis, as normal science requires, they’ve…

A Conspiracy of One

Guest post by Brandon Shollenberger Words cannot describe the humor of Michael Mann’s latest post: As professional climate change deniers become increasingly irrelevant and desperate, so do their distraction and smear efforts. These are mostly just noise in the background these days, as the media increasingly appears to be recognizing the intellectual bankruptcy of the…

Pot, Kettle, James Hansen, censorship, NASA and EPA

Readers may recall this oh so terrible squashing of free speech by the White House limiting NASA public employee Dr. James Hansen’s ability to talk to the media. It seems that the issue has been repeated today, but there’s a twist. From the Wikipedia entry on James Hansen: ============================================================== Allegations of censorship In 2007, Hansen…

Another kind of ‘fracking’, this produces geothermal energy

From the AGU fall meeting comes some pragmatic engineering tests with fracking like methods that produce geothermal energy. Developers of renewable energy and shale gas must overcome fundamental geological and environmental challenges if these promising energy sources are to reach their full potential, according to a trio of leading geoscientists. Their findings were presented on…

Mercury in California fog linked to ocean upwelling

From the AGU fall meeting in SFO and the University of California – Santa Cruz  comes this rather odd statement that I thought was interesting. It seems like an ecological horror story until you realize it is all natural processes involved. Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water SANTA CRUZ, CA–An…

Global precipitation variability from 1940 to 2009 contradicts models

Media release received from the American Geophysical Union on October 29, 2012: Global precipitation variability decreased from 1940 to 2009 One of the strongly held assumptions of climate change is that the variability of precipitation will grow with an increase in temperature. Storms will become heavier but less frequent. Flash floods and droughts will increase.…

Monckton’s reply to Eos on Climate Denial

Christopher Monckton writes via email: Dear Anthony, – Ivar Giaever and I were subjected to an unprovoked and more than usually scientifically illiterate personal attack at some length in the AGU’s Eos newsletter recently. I wrote the attached reply, which Eos are refusing to print. – Christopher It appears that Eos has indeed refused to…

John Nielsen-Gammon: Skeptics Are Not Deniers

From his Climate Abyss blog at the Houston Chronicle, Texas State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon takes an extended interest in Dr. Robert Brown’s comment-turned-essay on WUWT. Skeptics Are Not Deniers: A Conversation (part 1) Robert Brown, a Lecturer of Physics at Duke University, had an essay up on Watts Up With That?.  It was originally…

13th century volcano mystery eruption may be solved

From ScienceNews: Indonesia implicated as location of biggest eruption in last seven millennia By Alexandra Witze SELFOSS, Iceland — One of the biggest mysteries in volcanology may finally have a solution. An eruption long thought to have gone off in the year 1258, spreading cooling sulfur particles around the globe, happened the year before in…

Strange bacteria found on South American volcanoes

From the University of Colorado at Boulder, proof that life can inhabit just about anywhere. CU-Boulder-led team finds microbes in extreme environment on South American volcanoes A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for organisms that eke out a living in some of the most inhospitable soils on Earth has found a…

Geomagnetic data reveal unusual nature of recent solar minimum

From the American Geophysical Union weekly highlights: Key Points Minimum 23-24 showed recurrence intervals of 9.0 and 6.7-d Historical geomagnetic activity data show that minimum 23-24 was unusual The heliosphere during minimum 23-24 had unusual sectorial structure Since the mid-1800s, scientists have been systematically measuring changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and the occurrence of…

AGU President on Gleick’s “shocking fall from grace”: “His transgression cannot be condoned, regardless of his motives.”

AGU President’s message We must remain committed to scientific integrity 27 February 2012 During the third week of February our global community of Earth and space scientists witnessed the shocking fall from grace of an accomplished AGU member who betrayed the principles of scientific integrity. In doing so he compromised AGU’s credibility as a scientific…

An Open Letter to Dr. Linda Gundersen

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Dear Dr. Gundersen; I see that due to the highly theatrical auto-defenestration of your predecessor, Dr. Peter Gleick, you are now the Chair of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Task Force on Scientific Integrity. I’m not sure whether to offer my congratulations or my condolences. Let me offer you both,…

The BBC and Climate Change: A Triple Betrayal (ho ho)

From Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.some comments on the recent scathing report on BBC’s impartiality (ho ho) when it comes to reporting climate change. He writes: Comments On The Global Warming Policy Foundation Report “The BBC and Climate Change: A Triple Betrayal” Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation has alerted us to a searing criticism of the BBC in…

Congratulations to Dr. Gavin Schmidt

While we are polar opposites, and Dr. Schmidt can’t find it within himself to respond to any of my emails or to allow my comments and many others to appear on RealClimate, let me offer congratulations anyway. New Award from the American Geophysical Union Recognizes Excellence in Climate Communications AGU Release No. 11–34 18 October…

Pielke Sr. on a new paper discussing urban climate issues

New Paper “Climatic Trends In Major U.S. Urban Areas, 1950–2009″ By Mishra and Lettenmaier By Dr. Roger Pielke Senior There is a new paper Mishra, V., and D. P. Lettenmaier (2011), Climatic trends in major U.S. urban areas, 1950–2009, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16401, doi:10.1029/ 2011GL048255 which reports on the effect of urban areas on multi-decadal…

UV low during recent solar minimum

From the American Geophysical Union: Ultraviolet solar irradiance was low during recent solar minimum Solar irradiance, which varies with the 11-year solar cycle and on longer time scales, can affect temperature and winds in the atmosphere, influencing Earth’s climate. As the Sun currently wakes up from a period of low sunspot activity, researchers want to…