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…

Oh Boo-Hoo! NSF to Sell Only Taxpayer-Funded Seismic Survey Vessel!

  Guest ridicule by David Middleton Somebody call the wambulance!!! From who else? The American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (homage to Dodgeball is intentional)… Update: Despite protests, NSF plans to sell seismic research ship By Paul Voosen Apr. 30, 2018 , 1:00 PM Marine seismologists are decrying a move by the National…

NSF says biosphere is breathing in CO2 more deeply

Press Release 13-139 Seasonal carbon dioxide range expanding as more is added to Earth’s atmosphere Northern Hemisphere land-based ecosystems “taking deeper breaths,” scientists find Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise and fall each year as plants, through photosynthesis and respiration, take up the gas in spring and summer, and release it in fall…

Murry Salby responds to critics

Jo Nova writes: Murry Salby was sacked from Macquarie University, and Macquarie  struggled to explain why, among other things, it was necessary to abandon, and strand him in Paris and hold a “misconduct” meeting in his absence. Since then he has been subject to attacks related to his previous employment. I’ve asked him to respond,…

If storms are worse now, why did they need a sea wall 150 years ago?

From Virginia Tech something that makes you wonder about past storm intensity and the need to protect shorelines from storms coming from the sea. With all the hype surrounding “Superstorm Sandy”, it is interesting to see that 150 years ago, simple engineering made the storm less intense in this one area. Long-forgotten seawall protected New…

Solar panels as inexpensive as paint?

This would be nice, except this idea keeps surfacing every couple of years, and I’ve yet to see one actually become viable. – Anthony “Organic photovoltaics can be fabricated over large areas on rigid or flexible substrates potentially becoming as inexpensive as paint.” From the University of Buffalo – Most Americans want the U.S. to…

NCAR says targeting specific pollutants would slow SLR

From the  National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research I can see the EPA jumping all over this one. Black carbon is likely a contributor, as it changes the albedo of ice sheets and one that is much easier to manage. Problem is, the USA isn’t much of a black carbon emitter any…

Modeling the greening of the Arctic

From the National Science Foundation: New Models Predict Dramatically Greener Arctic in the Coming Decades International Polar Year- (IPY) funded research predicts boom in trees, shrubs, will lead to net increase in climate warming A map of predicted greening of the Arctic as compared with observed distribution Credit and Larger Version Rising temperatures will lead…

Duplicate science: ‘funding agencies may have awarded millions and possibly billions of dollars to scientists’ for duplicate studies

From the: …comes this press release that makes me wonder why the University of Virginia spent close to a half million dollars trying to keep Dr. Michael Mann’s emails out of an FOIA request and lawsuit by the State attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli and the American Tradition Institute. I think with this new revelation of…

More Tabloid Climatology – now ‘extreme weather’ killed the Mayans

From the University of California – Davis  and the “seek and ye shall find” department, a stunning example of Tabloid Climatology™ trying to link “extreme weather” with the Mayan civilization collapse. They did get one thing right though with this quote: “We are dependent on climatological events that are beyond our control.” As usual with…

Earth’s great oxidation event

From the University of California – Riverside Oxygen’s ups and downs in the early atmosphere and ocean UC Riverside-led research team finds evidence for a dramatic rise in early oxygen about 2.3 billion years ago followed, more surprisingly, by an equally impressive fall RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Most researchers imagine the initial oxygenation of the ocean…

More hype on Greenland’s summer melt

You may recall the bogus claim of “97% of Greenland Ice melted”, that was dialed back (REP’s last story on WUWT). Now there’s more of the same sort of stuff. See this PR, and note my bold for the money quote. From the City College of New York Greenland melting breaks record 4 weeks before…

Ocean seawater chemistry linked with periods of global cooling, sharp changes from greenhouse to icehouse climate

From the University of Toronto , something quite unexpected. Scientists connect seawater chemistry with climate change and evolution TORONTO, ON – Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces. Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of California Santa Cruz…

Gen-X ers don’t care about climate change

From the University of Michigan , recognition of a whole new crop of, ahem, deniers. I can hear Joe Romm’s head exploding from my house. Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is…

ARCUS: July Sea Ice Outlook Published

WUWT comes in at the median value of 4.6 million square kilometers (they rounded up from our 4.55 submission) . It is important to note that even with the large losses in June, nobody who submitted to ARCUS is forecasting the “ice free arctic” to match Jay Zwally’s outlandish claim of “…the Arctic Ocean could…

Viruses linked to coral bleaching

I found this interesting: “If viruses are causing disease or bleaching of colonies, it’s also unknown whether this is happening now more than in the past.” Sort of like ocean acidification, they don’t have any long term data. UPDATE: Commenter “Climate Weenie” says it best in comments to this story: Remember ‘Global Warming is killing…

CO2 emissions – China is the big hockey stick in the room

China’s CO2 emission in millions of metric tons from 1980 to 2009: Source, EIA: http://www.eia.gov/countries/img/charts_png/CH_co2con_img.png From Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Atmospheric scientists release first “bottom-up” estimates of China’s CO2 emissions Estimates capitalize on instrumental measurements of CO2 in smokestacks and pollutants in the air by satellites and surface stations Cambridge, Mass. – July…

July sea ice outlook submitted to ARCUS

The WUWT Extent Projection: 4.55 million square kilometers. Readers polled, 142 responded with 22.11% of responses in the range of 4.5 to 4.6 million square kilometers. 4.6 million sqkm  11.21%  (72 votes) 4.5 million sqkm  10.9%  (70 votes) This was almost double the highest single category: 4.8 million sqkm  12.15%  (78 votes) Thus, the median of…

Claim: Fates of polar ice sheets appear to be linked

From the National Science Foundation – Press Release 12-115 Remote Siberian Lake Holds Clues to Arctic–and Antarctic–Climate Change Keys to climate change lie buried beneath “Lake E” in the Russian Arctic. Credit and Larger Version Intense warm climate intervals–warmer than scientists thought possible–have occurred in the Arctic over the past 2.8 million years. That result…

Claim: Today’s climate is more sensitive than that of the past

Press Release 12-107 Today’s Climate More Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide Than in Past 12 Million Years Geologic record shows evolution in Earth’s climate system The phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi offers clues about climate past, present and future. Credit and Larger Version Until now, studies of Earth’s climate have documented a strong correlation between global climate and…

ARCUS 2012 PAN-ARCTIC sea ice forecast submitted

PAN-ARCTIC OUTLOOK Submitted by WUWT today, June 4th to Helen Wiggins of ARCUS, details here About the Sea Ice Outlook The SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook is an international effort to provide a community-wide summary of the expected September arctic sea ice minimum. Monthly reports released throughout the summer synthesize community estimates of the current state…

Using leaf veins to hindcast climate

From the University of California – Los Angeles Hacking code of leaf vein architecture solves mysteries, allows predictions of past climate UCLA life scientists have discovered new laws that determine the construction of leaf vein systems as leaves grow and evolve. These easy-to-apply mathematical rules can now be used to better predict the climates of…

CO2 police can now be equipped to rat out cities

From the University of Utah, a way to keep tabs on Kyoto, except there isn’t any new treaties expected to be signed. Measuring CO2 to fight global warming University of Utah and Harvard scientists develop way to enforce future greenhouse gas treaty SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2012 – If the world’s nations ever sign…

Glaciers can speed up, but can’t put out

From the National Science Foundation: Press Release 12-088 Analysis of Speed of Greenland Glaciers Gives New Insight for Rising Sea Level Researchers determine that although glaciers continue to increase in velocity, the rate at which they can dump ice into the ocean is limited Jakobshavn Isfjord (ice fjord)–the largest outlet glacier on Greenland’s West Coast.…

Kiribati – a global warming refuge?

From an NSF press release, comes this strange new term, look for real estate prices to soar and airports to be built there soon. Oh, wait, that’s Tuvalu/Maldives, which global warming is supposed to inundate with sea level rise. Never mind. But then there’s this: In September 2011, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong and the UN…

Nanocopper CO2 catalyst – a possible solution to EPA’s draconian coal power plant killer laws?

From MIT, a possible solution to allow coal fired power plants to meet the new draconian CO2 emission requirements imposed by the EPA. Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert carbon dioxide to methane CO2=>CH4 May reduce greenhouse gas emissions CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Copper — the stuff of pennies and tea kettles — is also one of the…

Too many cooks spoil the carbon footprint

From the American Chemical Society  it seems that newer is not always better. Even Yale environment360 bought into this idea. I should add that I’m all for reducing carbon soot, but in the zealous rush for solutions, sometimes too many cooks spoil the soup. Right: Primitive stoves and open fires pose serious health risks, particularly…

NRC’s 2011 ‘Climategate’

Guest post by Rud Istvan Excerpted from book in progress Arts of Truth Based on the forthcoming Gaia, Musings on Sustainability © 2012 Rud Istvan   There is a recent example of artful lack of disclosure in the climate change debate. It concerns not warming itself, but rather the possible negative impacts. The following chart…

Tornadoes make the earth move

From Indiana University Scientists detect seismic signals from tornado BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana University geophysical experiment detected unusual seismic signals associated with tornadoes that struck regions across the Midwest last week — information that may have value for meteorologists studying the atmospheric activity that precedes tornado disasters. The experiment by IU researchers involves deployment…

Sea ice decline posited to be driving snowier NH winters

From Georgia Tech, the science press release that gave us the best-warming-headline-evah thanks to media spin, likely started by BBC’s Richard Black. It is worth noting that this study cites data from such a short time from 2009-2011. Surely if any skeptical paper used such a short time period for a climatic conclusion, the paper…

The economic downturn effect on U.S. carbon emissions

From the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Reduction in U.S. carbon emissions attributed to cheaper natural gas Lower emission from power plants in 2009 was driven by competitive pricing of natural gas versus coal   Cambridge, Mass. – February 27, 2012 – In 2009, when the United States fell into economic recession, greenhouse…

Arctic Death Spiral: no sale – the public isn’t buying

From the Carsey Institute: Americans’ Knowledge of Polar Regions Up, But Not Their Concern Environmental Issues in Polar Regions Are Polarizing DURHAM, N.H. – Americans’ knowledge of facts about the polar regions of the globe has increased since 2006, but this increase in knowledge has not translated into more concern about changing polar environments, according…

Polar bears and sulfates

From the University of Washington  some apparent confusion about what sulfates look like. Injecting sulfate particles into stratosphere won’t fully offset climate change IMAGE:A polar bear walks along an expanse of open water at the edge of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, in 2011. The bears need pack ice to hunt for…Click here for more…