Posts Tagged ‘ climate change ’

Neither rising sea levels nor extreme weather getting worse

March 28, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Contra the near constant stream of alarmist predictions that sea human caused global warming is/will cause sea levels to rise at increasing rates and weather extremes to get worse, neither claim is proving true, bringing to mind a certain vertically challenged chicken and his repeated false claims of disaster. The Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL), the global data bank for long-term sea-level-change information, shows there has been little or no change in either the direction or rate of global sea level changes. The PSMSL is the best, longest-running consistent system for measuring sea level." (03/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/neither-rising-sea-levels-nor-extreme-weather-getting-worse/  

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Study: Rising sea levels could put 50 percent of Florida population at risk

March 14, 2016
posted by

Tampa Bay Times    

"Sea-level rise, a problem exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions, could disrupt the lives of more than 13 million people in the United States, three times more than most current estimates, according to a study published Monday. Rising seas, which already endanger coastal communities through tidal floods and storm surges, could rise three feet or possibly even more over the next century if emissions continue at a high level, threatening many shoreline communities. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, argues that most projections vastly underestimate the number of people at risk because they do not account for population growth." (03/14/16)

http://web.tampabay.com/news/nation/rising-sea-levels-could-put-50-percent-of-florida-population-at-risk-new/2269338  

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Loretta Lynch and the government war on free speech

March 14, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"During her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that she asked the FBI to examine whether the federal government should take legal action against so-called climate change deniers. Attorney General Lynch is not responding to any criminal acts committed by climate change skeptics. Instead, she is responding to requests from those frustrated that dissenters from the alleged climate change consensuses have successfully blocked attempts to create new government programs to fight climate change. These climate change censors claim that the argument over climate change is settled and the deniers’ success in blocking congressional action is harming the public. Therefore, the government must disregard the First Amendment and silence anyone who dares question the reigning climate change dogma." (03/13/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-loretta-lynch-government-war-free-speech  

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People still aren’t understanding climate change

February 25, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"What's worse, it’s the people insistent that they know all about climate change who are getting it wrong at a basic logical level. As ever here, we'll start from the idea that the IPCC is correct, that we've a problem, we're causing it and we should do something. Even then these people are still wrong." (02/25/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/people-still-arent-understanding-climate-change/  

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Making sense of bits of the argument

February 18, 2016
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Many parts of the argument over AGW are sufficiently complicated so that, unless you are a professional in the field, there is no good way of telling who to believe. The result is that most people simply believe whatever story supports what they see as their side. An example would be the question of whether AGW will increase or decrease food supplies. Once in a while, however, someone offers a contribution to the debate that is obviously dishonest -- obviously enough so that a careful reader can spot the trick." (02/17/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/02/making-sense-of-bits-of-argument.html  

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Misleading claims about a climate crisis in the Arctic must be corrected

February 11, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Bob Endlich  

"The January-February 2016 issue of Audubon Magazine proclaims 'Arctic on the Edge: As global warming opens our most critical bird habitat, the world is closing in.' In reality, the magazine's writers and editors have gone over the edge, with wildly misleading 'reports' on the Arctic. The magazine is awash in misstatements of fact and plain ignorance of history, science and culture. It epitomizes the false claims that characterize 'news coverage' of 'dangerous manmade climate change.' The following analysis corrects only some of the most serious errors, but should raise red flags about most every claim Audubon makes." (02/10/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/misleading-claims-about-a-climate-crisis-in-the-arctic-must-be-corrected/  

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SCOTUS deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

February 10, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while a coalition of coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030. ... It is rare for the high court to intervene in a case pending in the lower courts. The brief order suggests that most of the justices have doubts about the legality of the EPA's policy." (02/09/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-court-obama-climate-change-20160209-story.html  

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Study: “Wrong type of trees” in Europe increased global warming

February 8, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study.
Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming. The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the negative climate impact. Conifers like pines and spruce are generally darker and absorb more heat than species such as oak and birch. The authors believe the work has implications for current efforts to limit rising temperatures through mass tree planting." (02/05/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35496350  

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The climate snow job

January 26, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  

"An East Coast blizzard howling, global temperatures peaking, the desert Southwest flooding, drought-stricken California drying up—surely there’s a common thread tying together this 'extreme' weather. There is. But it has little to do with what recent headlines have been saying about the hottest year ever. It is called business as usual." (01/25/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/climate-snow-job  

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Doom in oil boom?

January 12, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"As oil descends towards $20 per barrel, we should ask ourselves: where's the tragedy? Well, it will postpone the switch to non-fossil fuels. The need is far from obvious, and the incentive is to use energy in its cheapest, most efficient forms. But if increased CO2 in the atmosphere is destabilizing the planet's atmosphere and ecosystem, cheaper oil (and thus more burning of it) might lead to the much-ballyhooed tragedy for all." (01/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/12/doom-in-oil-boom/  

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How to lie while telling the truth, part 2

December 21, 2015
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"My previous example was an attack on religion. This time it is a defense of AGW catastrophism. It has long been known that increasing the concentration of CO2 increases the yield of C3 plants, including most crop species. The usual estimate is that doubling CO2 concentration, roughly what is projected for the end of this century, increases yield by 30% or more. This is an inconvenient fact for people who want to argue that AGW will reduce food supplies. Clearly what they need is a scientific article to cite, proving that CO2 is actually a bad thing for crops. And they have one, in Nature no less ..." (12/18/15)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-lie-while-telling-truth-part-ii.html  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 555: A climate heretic speaks out

December 16, 2015
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Wood Show
by  

"Judith Curry, a highly credentialed climate scientist, discovered what happens when you question the reliability of the models on which global warming predictions are based. She also discovered that the way science is done in practice might be a teensy bit different from the dispassionate model of Francis Bacon." [various formats] (12/15/15)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-555-a-climate-heretic-speaks-out/  

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Entirely the wrong decision on climate change in Paris

December 14, 2015
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"What is so maddening about this climate change kerfluffle is that everyone, but everyone, seems to be determined to make the wrong decisions, entirely ignoring everything they are being told by the scientific consensus on the subject. There've been a number of reports chewing over what should be done, assuming that the case for doing anything has been made, and they all say much the same thing." (12/13/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/entirely-the-wrong-decision-on-climate-change-in-paris/  

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A handle on global warming?

December 9, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob
by  

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Folks in government are prone to overstepping their bounds. Take, for example, the North Vancouver, British Columbia, City Council, which has instituted a mandatory sticker program for gas pumps. Starting in 2016, public service announcements will appear on North Vancouver gas pump nozzle handles. What for? To warn us of the danger of global warming. ... The ordinance was pushed by a not-for-profit Canadian group called Our Horizon. The goal? Make a 'positive impact on the environment' with this 'relatively low cost but highly visible strategy.' The official estimate on costs? Between C$3,000 and C$5,000. Costs to businesses? 'Gas station owners must display [the stickers] as a condition of their business license.'" (12/09/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/09/a-handle-on-global-warming/

 

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Climate changelings

December 8, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Worried that the world is going to sacrifice progress for the mess of pottage that is 'global climate change?' Don't. Years ago, economists specializing in game theory recognized that the governments of the world would be extremely unlikely to agree to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The incentives are all wrong for that." (12/07/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/07/climate-changelings/  

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The Sanders/Obama/Nye conjecture

December 3, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"When some of America's most illustrious public figures -- Senator Bernie Sanders, President Barack Obama, and Bill Nye the Science Guy -- proclaim global climate change as the 'obvious' cause of the rise of ISIS (and recent rounds of terrorism), it's time to consider: Is it climate change that is responsible for the recent rash of mass shootings in the U.S., most recently in San Bernardino? There is a drought in California -- a water shortage, anyway.'" (12/03/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/03/the-sandersobamanye-con-jecture/  

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The Paris summit on climate change: Another Kyoto?

December 3, 2015
posted by

Alvaro Vargas Llosa Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"The climate summit underway in Paris will almost certainly not be an occasion to take stock of what's been wrong with policymakers' approach to rising temperatures in the past few decades. What a pity. If this were all it did, its contribution would be far more useful than the unrealistic goals, ideological sophistry, and political posturing likely to fuel the final conference report. What should the fiasco of the Kyoto Protocol have taught our leaders? If anything, it should have taught them that, in public policy, the means by which one tries to achieve a goal are at least as important as the goal itself, and that pursuing an objective with ideological obsession, without understanding the consequences of the means employed, can cause much harm." (12/02/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/12/02/the-paris-summit-on-climate-change-another-kyoto/  

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#COP21 expected to be major contributor to climate change, ironically

November 30, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Emily Zanotti  

"This week begins #COP21, the United Nations Climate Change 'Conference of Parties,' destined to save us all from death by a thousand sunburns. Or possibly melted ice caps. Or more solid ice caps. Or snow. Or possibly no snow. Or something. They'll figure it out and then they'll tell you what to fear. No worries. Anyway, this weekend, 150 separate world leaders flew in from all corners of the globe to attend the conference .... Later this week, around 20,000 individual delegates from 195 countries will arrive in Paris for the talks, by train, plane, car, bus and bike, burning over 300,000 tons of CO2, their primary ozone-depleting concern, by the end of the week." (11/30/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/cop21-expected-to-be-major-contributor-to-climate-change-ironically/  

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Climate hype shatters charts

November 30, 2015
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter  

"In what seems like a preemptive strike at Steve Murphy, who laughed about the Paris 'climate change' fandango in Liberty’s November 19 edition, CNN ran a story about climate change just a few hours before. The story announced: 'Looks like Earth is already halfway to the danger zone. Less than two weeks before a crucial global climate summit in Paris kicks off, NOAA, NASA and other global temperature monitors released data showing that the planet is halfway to two degrees of warming, the much publicized limit of 'controllable' climate change.' Those statements have at least one function. They are a test of sanity." (11/29/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1487  

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NC: Judge rules against teen on climate change

November 29, 2015
posted by

Raleigh News & Observer    

"Hallie Turner, the 13-year-old girl who took North Carolina to court over climate change, received disappointing news the day before Thanksgiving. A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled against her effort to overturn a December 2014 decision by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission. ... In her petition almost a year ago to the 15 members of the commission, Hallie asked for a rule that would require North Carolina to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 4 percent annually. ... Earlier this month, the commission adopted a proposal from the state Department of Environmental Quality that is much less stringent than what was suggested by Hallie and the attorneys who helped her draft her petition." (11/27/15)

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article46795925.html  

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NASA: Antarctica is gaining more ice than it’s losing

November 3, 2015
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Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"The Antarctic ice sheet is thickening enough to currently outweigh the losses of ice occurring due to global warming, a new NASA study has revealed. The study reveals that the increase in Antarctic snow accrual that began 10,000 years ago is 'currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.'" (11/03/15)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/984304/antarctica-is-gaining-more-ice-than-its-losing-nasa/  

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Why climate change should be a conservative issue

November 3, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Andrew Schmookler  

"Conservatives have traditionally understood the importance of stability -- and the dangers of disrupting the established order. They considered it a responsibility to preserve their heritage and pass it down intact to the next generation. Conservatives have been the guardians of tradition because they saw that what our forebears created is a great achievement, built with difficulty over time. They understood that it is harder to improve on the order handed down to us than many people of a more liberal mindset realize. Disrupting the existing order tends to be dangerous, unless it is done with great care and wisdom." (11/02/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-Climate-Change-Should-by-Andrew-Schmookler-Climate_Climate-Change_Climate-Crisis_Conservatives-151102-103.html  

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Progressives fret that global temperatures will rise even after climate change treaty

October 6, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"In just two months, politicians and activists from all over the planet will begin the 'most critical phase of the 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris,' according to a report published online by Deutsche Welle, the international, German-language broadcaster. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the ad hoc working group on the Durban platform (ADP) -- the bureaucratic entitity tasked with negotiating the terms of the agreement -- 'submitted a first draft for the treaty text, which contains the basis for negotiation of the Paris climate package,' the news service reported." (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1Q4BciK  

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CAGW and consensus

September 28, 2015
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"I spend a good deal of time online arguing against CAGW, Catastrophic AGW. A common response is that, if I am correct, why do all the experts disagree. The answer is that they don't. My view, that there is no good reason to expect the net effects of warming to be negative although they could be, is very much a minority opinion -- I have offered argument for it here in the past. But if you look carefully at the conclusions of economists who have tried to estimate net effects, they do not support catastrophe." (09/26/15)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2015/09/cagw-and-consensus.html  

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Pope Francis: Before one can know what is moral, one must know what is true

September 24, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Craig Idso  

"As predicted in an article I wrote last week published in The Federalist, Pope Francis is making climate change a signature issue during his visit to the United States. This morning, in remarks presented at the White House, Pope Francis commenced his U.S. tour by proclaiming 'climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to a future generation,' thereafter complimenting the Obama Administration for the policy prescription it advocates in addressing the issue (i.e., reducing CO2 emissions). However, as noted in my Federalist piece, neither the Pope's concerns, nor the Administration's alarms, over potential global warming are based upon the best available science." (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9yvrya  

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