“Huge Antarctic ice-sheet disintegrates” Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Thursday, 03 April 2008 10:54
The scare: “A 13,680-square-kilometer (5,282-square-mile) ice shelf, part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, has begun to collapse because of rapid climate change in the fast-warming Antarctic Peninsula. The Wilkins is one of a string of ice shelves that...

The truth: The Wilkins Ice Shelf, like many of the ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula, was not there in the mediaeval warm period, and may also have been absent in the Roman warm...


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Al Gore: “This is about survival ...we can’t wait for someone else to stop global warming” Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Thursday, 03 April 2008 10:20
The scare: Al Gore launched his $300 million “global warming” ad campaign on 30 March 2008. Lesley Stahl sycophantically described him as the “PR agent for the planet” during a CBS 60 Minutes interview in which he suggested that warmer weather was an urgent problem for the world....

The truth: Warmer weather caused by greenhouse-gas enrichment of the atmosphere does not threaten our “survival”. It probably doesn’t threaten any harm at all. And...


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'An Inconvenient Book' Review Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Robert Carter   
Thursday, 03 April 2008 08:18
A main function of the news media is to inform the public about local and world affairs. Another main function, of course, is to make money for the owners and shareholders. From time to time, like every day, these two functions conflict.


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Understanding Visual Exhibits in the Global Warming Debate Print E-mail
Written by Ronald J. Rychlak, J.D.   
Saturday, 29 March 2008 11:03
Abstract:
With a lack of traditional science, partisans on both sides, and enormous consequences depending on popular opinion and political will, it is important that people understand the evidence in the debate over global warming. Unfortunately, most people do not have the time, desire, or ability to undertake an independent study of the issues. Recognizing this, advocates have “packaged” their evidence with charts, graphs, and other visual exhibits designed to have maximum impact with minimal effort on the part of the public. These displays, while appearing to present hard facts, are often misleading.


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The IPCC: On the Run at Last Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Robert Carter   
Thursday, 27 March 2008 11:04
A soprano thrillingly hits her top-A, sighs with relief at achieving the desired effect, and moves on. But not the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) whose climate alarmism started to crescendo in 2001 in the Third Assessment Report (3AR) with the statement that “most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely (>66% probable) to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations”.


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How Not To Measure Temperature: Los Angeles, the City Print E-mail
Written by Anthony Watts   
Thursday, 27 March 2008 10:47
This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I study weather stations here. I carry a thermometer. My name’s Anthony. The story you are about to see is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

The day was Monday, March 24th, four days after the vernal equinox. It started out like any other day, with a bad cup of coffee and a stack of reports on scumbags your normally wouldn’t give the time of day to. But then, just as I was about to down that last gulp of coffee, a tip came in on the email hotline. It was Goetz, and his side kick Foutch.  They said there has been a heist of a weather station on the southeast side. It had been moved, and then it mysteriously showed up on the campus of USC.


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March of the Zealots Print E-mail
Written by John Brignell   
Monday, 24 March 2008 15:00
Every age has its dominant caste. This is the age of the zealot. Twenty years ago they were dismissed as cranks and fanatics, but now they are licensed to interfere in the every day lives of ordinary people to an unprecedented degree. When Bernard Levin first identified the new phenomenon of the SIFs (Single Issue Fanatics) many of us thought it was a bit of a joke or at most an annoyance. Now the joke is on us. In that short time they have progressed from being an ignorable nuisance to what is effectively a branch of government. They initiate legislation and prescribe taxation.


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Scientific Consensus on Climate Change? Print E-mail
Written by Klaus-Martin Schulte   
Monday, 24 March 2008 13:58
FEAR of anthropogenic “global warming” can adversely affect patients’ well-being. Accordingly, the state of the scientific consensus about climate change was studied by a review of the 539 papers on “global climate change” found on the Web of Science database from January 2004 to mid-February 2007, updating research by Oreskes (2004), who had reported that between 1993 and 2003 none of 928 scientific papers on “global climate change” had rejected the consensus that more than half of the warming of the past 50 years was likely to have been anthropogenic. In the present review, 31 papers (6% of the sample) explicitly or implicitly reject the consensus. Though Oreskes said that 75% of the papers in her sample endorsed the consensus, fewer than half now endorse it. Only 6% do so explicitly. Only one paper refers to “catastrophic” climate change, but without offering evidence. There appears to be little evidence in the learned journals to justify the climate-change alarm that now harms patients.


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Climate facts to warm to, An Interview with Jennifer Marohasy Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Marohasy   
Saturday, 22 March 2008 13:25
Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril.


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Peter Glazer's Testimony, on the EPA's Response to Supreme Court's Decision in Massachusettes v. EPA Print E-mail
Written by Peter Glazer   
Friday, 21 March 2008 19:58
I am Peter Glaser, a partner in the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP. I have an active Clean Air Act (CAA) practice and have been involved in greenhouse gas (GHG) legal issues for more than a decade. I represented clients in all phases of the Massachusetts v. EPA litigation, including filing comments in the original 1999 rulemaking and amicus briefs before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. I have written and spoken about the decision on a number of prior occasions.


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Gore’s 10 Errors Old and New Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Monckton   
Thursday, 20 March 2008 22:04
Error 1: “[‘Global warming’] is a planetary emergency. It is a crisis and we have to find ways to come to an agreement to reduce the carbon dioxide.”

The facts: There is no “planetary emergency”. Nor is there a “crisis”. If there is an “emergency” or a “crisis”, it is certainly not caused by “global warming”. The increase in global temperatures between 1980 and 1998, when “global warming” stopped, was only half of the small increase shown in the official temperature records (McKitrick, 2006, 2007 in press). In the decade since 1998 there has been no statistically-significant increase in global temperature (HadCRUt3, 2008; US NCDC, 2008; RSS, 2008; UAH MSU, 2008; etc.). In the seven years since early 2001, the trend of global temperature has been downward at a rate equivalent to more than 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.75 F) per decade...


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Observed Climate Change, Negligible Global Effect of Greenhouse-gas Emission Limits in S. Carolina Print E-mail
Written by Robert Ferguson   
Tuesday, 18 March 2008 05:30
Concern over the potential impacts of climate change led South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford to issue an Executive Order on February 16, 2007 to create a Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee tasked with developing an Action Plan for the state of South Carolina in order to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions. Governor Sanford cited as a need for such action the “potential effects of global climate change…including more frequent and severe storm events and flooding; sea level rise, water supply disruption, agricultural crop yield changes and forest productivity shifts; water and air quality degradation; and threats to coastal areas, tourism, and infrastructure - could significantly impact South Carolina's economy, level of public expenditures, and quality of life.”


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Hey, Nobel Prize Winners, Answer Me This Print E-mail
Written by Roy W. Spencer, University of Alabama in Huntsville   
Friday, 14 March 2008 15:00
As a climate scientist, I would like to see some answers to a few basic global warming science questions which I’m sure the U.N.’s Ministry of Global Warming Truth (also known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC) can handle. After all, since they are 90% confident that recent global warming is manmade, they surely must have already addressed these issues:


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The Fluid Envelope Print E-mail
Written by by Richard Lindzen   
Friday, 14 March 2008 11:08
Editor's Note: Our charter to report on clean technology and the status of species and ecosystems seems to always bring us back to one overriding distraction - global warming alarm - and small wonder. We are in the midst of one of the most dramatic transformations of political economy in the history of the world - and nobody is watching. "The debate is over on global warming," goes the consensus, and even if that were a healthy or accurate notion, why has this consensus translated into hardly any vigorous debate over what would be a rational response?


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Demographic and Ecological Perspectives on the Status of Polar Bears Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Mitchell Taylor and Dr. Martha Dowsley   
Friday, 14 March 2008 06:08
Although two polar bear subpopulations (Western Hudson Bay and Southern Beaufort Sea) no longer appear to be viable due to reduction in sea ice habitat, polar bears as a species do not appear to be threatened by extinction in the foreseeable future from either a demographic or an ecological perspective. Ecological perspectives that suggest the reductions to survival and recruitment rates for two populations (Western Hudson Bay and Southern Beaufort Sea) have occurred because of a long-term decline in sea ice due to climate warming. These populations occur where summer ice coverage is seasonal (WH) or divergent (SB).


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Biofuels: a solution worse than the problem they try to address? Print E-mail
Written by Richard S Courtney   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 07:23
This paper reviews effects of large use of biofuels that I predicted in a paper published in August 2006 prior to the USA legislating to enforce displacement of crude oil products by biofuels. The review indicates that policies (such as that in the EU), subsidies and legislation (such as that in the USA) to promote use of biofuels should be reconsidered. The use of biofuels is causing significant problems but providing no benefits except to farmers.


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From Climate Alarmism to Climate Realism,Speech by Hon Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic Print E-mail
Written by Hon. Vlad Klaus   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:23
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like first of all to thank the organizers of this important conference for making it possible and also for inviting one politically incorrect politician from Central Europe to come and speak here. This meeting will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the moving away from the irrational climate alarmism to the much needed climate realism.


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The Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change Print E-mail
Written by Manhattan   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:04
‘Global warming’ is not a global crisis

We, the scientists and researchers in climate and related fields, economists, policymakers, and business leaders, assembled at Times Square, New York City, participating in the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change,

Resolving that scientific questions should be evaluated solely by the scientific method;


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Observed climate change in Arkansas Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Monday, 10 March 2008 11:28
THERE IS no observational evidence of unusual long-term climate changes in Arkansas. No emissions reductions by Arkansas will have any detectable regional or global effect whatsoever on climate change.


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Observed Climate Change and the Negligible Global Effect of Greenhouse-gas Emission Limits in Texas Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 28 February 2008 21:54
Variations in climate from year to year and decade to decade play a greater role in the Texan climate than any long-term trends. Short-term variability will continue to dominate the climate in future. The Texas climate shows no statically significant long-term trend in mean annual temperature, rainfall, floods, droughts, heatwaves, tornadoes, or hurricanes – still less any trend that could reasonably be attributed to “global warming”.


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