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AccuWeather.com has an excellent update on the status of the Arctic ice last month – July 2009. Looks like the melting was pretty bad.
And here is an image from NSIDC (National Science and Ice Data Center) showing the current ice coverage and the median.
I had earlier mentioned the review of the “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” report that Climate Skeptic was doing. In that review, Climate Skeptic called the following graph and the stated conclusions from it BS.
Evidently the original author didn’t like his review and challenged him publicly. This is fantastic as it allows for the open sharing and discussing of the ideas, thoughts and conclusions. There needs to be more of this type of exchange on critical issues such as climate change.
Climate Skeptics basic charge is that the increase in disruptions is more a result in differences in data collection over time than it is a change in climate disruptions. Such a rapid increase in events is almost surely not solely due to weather.READ MORE
I found this study by reading the blog at AccuWeather.com. If you are interested in climate, then you should spend time reading what the meteorologists over there have to say.
A study by 3 researchers and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research has concluded that the weather variations (both increases and decreases) are the result of natural climate processes. They find that the Southern Oscillation is a key indicator of changing global atmospheric temperatures seven months later.
The paper is titled “Influence of the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature” and following is the abstract:READ MORE
There is an article in the USAToday (that is based on an article in Nature Geoscience) that is getting a lot of web traffic lately.
While few people would call me a global warming alarmists, I do think it is important to have relatively balanced perspective on all of this. In fact, that is the essence of this blog.
Most reputable scientists without an agenda (which likely excludes anyone associated with Al Gore) had concluded long ago that it wasn’t the CO2 concentrations that would deliver the doom and gloom of the alarmists. Rather, the concern was a feedback loop that would be accelerated by a fairly rapid expansion of carbon dioxide. One theory is that this CO2 increase would cause temperatures to increase slightly which causes an increase in H2O in the atmosphere which further increases the temperature in an escalating fashion.READ MORE
I was about to write about the new report by the US Administration titled “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” and was starting my research. I was happy to find that Climate Skeptic had already started to review the document. I may add some thoughts on a future post but for now I will recreate some of his statements here and point you to that site.
I guess I am doing a review of the review! But I have done that before and it seems to be popular and provides a service to my readers.
Here is a rather long video that was released by the US Administration:READ MORE
Today is Global Wind Day.
While there are some problems with relying on wind power for the bulk of our energy needs in the US, wind probably has a place to augment and help us meet our needs, especially if the US doesn’t quickly add more nuclear generation capability!
A short video from Wind Power Works
While I typically do not reproduce pages in whole, I am going to put the entire text of the Wind Day campaign here for your convenience. You should also go to the Global Wind Day site.READ MORE
A new report from Oxfam has been released that states that the UK and the US must cut its output of carbon dioxide by 45% to prevent the catastrophe that awaits us. In addition, the poorer nations of the world would need to receive $148 billion US (90B £).
There does not appear to be any new scientific evidence of global warming in this paper. Instead it references the 2007 IPCC findings and then studies that financial impact of those assertions.
The UK needs to cut greenhouse gases by 45 per cent by 2020 to prevent the world “lurching into climate disaster”, according to a new report from Oxfam.
By addressing the magnitude of the climate threat with urgency, a powerful global climate change treaty would help establish a firm foundation for a sustainable economic future. This would set a more predictable framework for companies to plan and invest, provide a stimulus for renewed prosperity and a more secure climate system. Economic recovery and urgent action to tackle climate change are complementary – boosting the economy and jobs through investment in the new infrastructure needed to reduce emissions.READ MORE
I don’t typically post news feeds here but I am making an exception in this case. It appears that the House committee has passed the bill to implement the foolish cap and trade (carbon trading) bill. Let’s hope that the larger House is more wise but I have my doubts.
This story is from AP.
By DINA CAPPIELLO and H. JOSEF HEBERT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation imposing the first nationwide limits on the pollution blamed for global warming advanced in the House late Thursday, clearing a key committee despite strong Republican opposition.
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the sweeping climate bill 33-25 after repeatedly turning back GOP attempts to kill or weaken the measure during four days of debate.
The LA Times is running with an article that says that the Obama administration will not reverse the Bush administration in using the scarcity of polar bears to curb emissions. About a year ago, the US listed the polar bear as a threatened species. The concern of many was that this ruling would be used to control, tax, and sue individual companies to reduce their CO2 output. The Bush administration said that wouldn’t be happening and now the Obama administration appears to agree.
I originally found this article by reading Watts Up With That so go over there and check out his handling of this story.READ MORE