Posts Tagged ‘ climate change ’

An explanation for the pattern of warming

September 21, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf Ideas
by David Friedman  

"I have been arguing for some time that what the pattern of global warming suggests is a rising trend due to AGW with an alternating trend from some other cause superimposed on it, the latter having a period of about sixty years. On that interpretation, the period of stable to slightly falling temperatures from about 1940 to 1970 and the period of roughly stable temperatures from 2002 on represent periods when the two trends were pushing in opposite directions and so roughly canceling each other, the rapid warming from about 1910 to 1940 and 1970 to 2002 periods when they were reinforcing each other." (09/20/15)

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Pope Francis, fossil fuels won’t cause Armageddon

September 20, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Craig D Idso  

"In an historic event next week, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States. It is expected to generate as much political interest as it will religious concerns. On Thursday, he will address a joint session of Congress, and on Friday he will speak to the United Nations General Assembly. He is widely expected to focus on climate change, a topic on which he shares much political ground with President Obama. This will not be the first time Pope Francis has ventured into the global warming debate." (09/18/15)

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Arctic ice mass has grown in size since 2013, falsifying hypothesis that polar caps are “melting”

September 15, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"Former Vice President Al Gore has been proven wrong by reality, once again, on the environmental front. Blogger Steven Goddard at Real Science is citing information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, demonstrating that the Arctic ice mass, as of last week, is much larger than it was three years ago this month." (09/14/15)

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If we burned all our fossil fuel

September 13, 2015
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"A five degree increase in maximum temperatures would make about seven million square km intolerably hot. What would we get in exchange? Antarctica and Greenland would be ice free, for a total area of about sixteen million square km. How much of that would be warm enough to be habitable I do not know. Siberia is about thirteen million, Canada about ten million. Parts of both are presently habitable, but large parts are not. Similarly for Sweden, Norway, and Finland. I conclude, from my very rough estimates, that the total habitable area of the Earth would almost certainly go up, not down." (09/11/15)

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NASA: Sea level rise could be worse than we thought

August 27, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"The consequences of global sea level rise could be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by the dominant climate models, which don't fully account for the fast breakup of ice sheets and glaciers, NASA scientists said Wednesday at a press briefing." (08/27/15)

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Lay Catholics responding negatively to Pope’s climate change push

August 17, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Elizabeth Yore  

"Lay Catholics are not taking too well to the 'climate change' sermons and homilies being preached by Church leaders in the wake of Pope Francis's environmental encyclical. On Saturday, August 8th, the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, Calif., held a presentation and community forum to promote the papacy's teaching letter. This event was part of a local and national marketing effort by the Catholic church to convince millions of American Catholics as to why they should support policies that would seek to impact climate change. Many lay Roman Catholics see this encyclical as a 'political statement' reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of Catholic doctrine." (08/17/15)

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A paradigm change

August 4, 2015
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S. Fred Singer Independent Institute
by S Fred Singer  

"I want to change public concern from Global (GW) to Global Cooling (GC). Presented here are three arguments in favor of such a drastic shift -- which involves also a drastic shift in current policies, such as mitigation of the greenhouse (GH) gas carbon dioxide. My main argument relies on the fact, backed by historical evidence, that cooling, even on a regional or local scale, is much more damaging than warming. The key threat is to agriculture, leading to failure of harvests, followed by famine, starvation, disease, and mass deaths." (08/03/15)

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White House plan calls for even greater greenhouse gas reductions

August 3, 2015
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US News & World Report    

"The most forceful action on climate change in U.S. history was set to be unveiled by the Obama administration Monday afternoon when it releases the final version of a rule that would slash heat-trapping emissions from power plants -- a regulation made even stricter since it was proposed last year. The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan uses state-by-state targets to cut emissions 32 percent by 2030 from levels recorded in 2005 -- up from 30 percent in the draft version of the rule." (08/03/15)

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Was last month’s “papal juggernaut” all for naught?

July 15, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski  

"The Washington Post last month enthused that Pope Francis's environmental encyclical was a 'papal juggernaut' that had rolled over opponents of the global warming hypothesis. The 'deniers' of climate change were defeated in this quite imaginative narrative. But now, weeks later, the somewhat reasonable observer wonders whether the huge agitational propaganda effort by the secular Left was all for naught." (07/15/15)

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Obama and EPA imperil minority welfare

July 14, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek  

"The Obama Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists frequently claim that climate change will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. In their view, this justifies unprecedented environmental regulations, like EPA's pending 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from coal and gas-fueled power plants 30% by 2030. But what effect will the regulation itself have on poor and minority communities? The plan will result in higher electricity costs for businesses and families, lost jobs, lower incomes, higher poverty rates, reduced living standards, and diminished health and welfare, our exhaustive recent study found." (07/13/15)

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Gases and masses

June 30, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Michael B. Gerrard, associate faculty chair at Columbia University's Earth Institute and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, presents a gloomy, doomy picture of earth 85 years from now. 'Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed,' he writes, 'large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water.' And we need somebody to blame. Today. Step forth, America!" (06/29/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/29/gases-and-masses/  

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The pope should listen to Tom Woods

June 24, 2015
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Lew Rockwell Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Llewellyn H Rockwell Jr.  

"The release of the encyclical Laudato Si by Pope Francis last week had the predictable result of winning the Pontiff plaudits and huzzahs in the world's press, and another round of bewildered head-shaking among observant Catholics. Whether in his formal remarks or his off-the-cuff observations, Pope Francis repeats many of the common objections to (and caricatures of) the market economy, objections we might encounter in the writings of any of the leftist thinkers who dominate the Pope's Jesuit order. Meanwhile, so-called progressives in the Church, not normally so deferential to authority, triumphantly proclaim that matters of economics have been definitively settled and that the faithful ought to shut up and obey." (06/24/15)

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Netherlands: Court orders 25% greenhouse gas emissions cut

June 24, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries. Campaigners brought the case on behalf of almost 900 Dutch citizens. They argued the government had a legal obligation to protect its citizens from the dangers of climate change. Government lawyers did not immediately comment on the ruling at the court in The Hague." (06/24/14)

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Republican orthodoxy

June 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
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Cartoon. (06/21/15)

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Pope Francis: “Earth looks like immense pile of filth”

June 19, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"In a stark message to the world's population, Pope Francis rounded on politicians for failing to show leadership, and asked was it realistic for a business sector 'obsessed with maximising profits' to 'reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations.' In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he called for 'decisive action, here and now' to halt further degradation and global warming." (06/19/15)

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Unholy alliance: Who is advising Pope Francis on global warming?

June 18, 2015
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Catherine Snow  

"With the much anticipated release of Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, this week, many faithful who rightly see this pope as yes, Catholic, will nonetheless be focused on the weight of the environmental assertions and claims that fill this nearly 200-page document. And the questions will begin with those who have been enlisted to promote Laudato Si, some of whom are decidedly on the wrong side of Catholic teaching." (06/17/15)

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Christian stewardship or UN sustainability?

June 4, 2015
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Kishore Jayabalan  

"Has there ever been so much attention paid to a papal encyclical before its publication? At least we now know it will be entitled Laudato Sii. Phil Lawler is right to say that all the speculation is over the top; we pundits just can't help ourselves. I must, however, plead guilty to the lesser (or is it greater?) charge of iconoclasm. The main reason there is so much buzz about the encyclical is that it's about the secular religion of our time, the environment." (06/03/15)

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So Britain has solved climate change then

June 4, 2015
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"As regular readers will know we're pretty simple in our approach to climate change around here. If it's happening, we're causing it, then the thing to do about it is a carbon tax. That lovely Pigouvian Tax on externalities, just as Mssrs. Stern, Nordhaus and Tol tell us is the solution. And, for the sake of argument, while we think it's too high, we're willing to at least consider Stern's rate of $80 per tonne CO2-e." (06/03/15)

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The poor need affordable energy

June 2, 2015
posted by

Iain Murray Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"Affordable energy is fundamental to what economist Deirdre McCloskey calls the 'Great Fact' of the explosion of human welfare. It remains central to the reduction of absolute poverty. Yet, some Western governments are working to increase energy costs, purportedly to combat global warming. What they are really combating is prosperity." (06/02/15)

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Hillary finally showing hand on climate change

May 29, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Rebecca Leber  

"Hillary Clinton has done little more than promise to take climate change seriously in her presidential campaign, communicated mostly through assurances from her adviser, John Podesta, that 'she will move forward with an aggressive program.' On Thursday, we got our first two clues what that might look like. In an op-ed for Iowa newspaper The Gazette, Clinton emphasized her support for clean energy, calling out those 'who want to keep the deck stacked for the fuels of the past' (a dig that applies to most of the Republican field). With a clear eye on the Iowa caucuses, she says it's important to improve, not scrap, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires a minimum blend of biofuels in gasoline." (05/28/15)

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/15/15

May 17, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in to America's Voice for Energy with host Marita Noon. In this segment, Noon is joined by Heartland Policy Advisors E. Calvin Beisner and William Briggs. They discuss, among other environment related topics, The Heartland Institute's recent trip to the Vatican climate conference." [Flash video] (05/15/15)

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Study: Sea levels rising at faster clip as polar melt accelerates

May 12, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Global sea levels are climbing at a faster rate than previously thought, according to a new analysis that underscores scientists' concerns about the impact of melting glaciers and ice sheets near the Earth's poles. The new research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that the rate of sea-level rise appears to have accelerated over the past 15 years, a period in which scientists elsewhere documented a surprisingly rapidly retreat of some of Earth's great ice masses, from Greenland to West Antarctica. The findings appear to contradict earlier studies suggesting that the rate of sea-level rise had actually slowed slightly in recent years." (05/11/15)

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Hypocrisy rife in climate reporting

May 11, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"If you are a scientist, successful in getting published either in peer-reviewed professional journals or in the popular press research that would tend to undermine or at least raise doubts concerning the claim that humans are causing catastrophic climate change, almost invariably, the first question the mainstream media asks is not about your methodologies, your assumptions or the soundness of your results, rather it is 'who funded you.' By contrast, those who publish a papers reinforcing the view that human fossil fuel use if causing climate calamity almost never have their funding sources question." (05/10/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/05/hypocrisy-rife-in-climate-reporting/  

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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere reach two million year high

May 8, 2015
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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin    

"Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists report. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first month in modern records that the entire globe broke 400 ppm, reaching levels that haven’t been seen in about 2 million years." (05/07/15)

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The pope and climate change

May 4, 2015
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"While the Catholic Church, and all of Christianity in general, support life, one has to wonder why the Vatican would invite 'darkness' in to advise it on climate change. While the abortion issue is one point of obvious conflict, others involved in the one-day event likely endorse a variety of views that disagree with a biblical perspective. When the advisers' beliefs are the antithesis of the church's, why should their opinions be invited and accepted as fact on one narrow topic? Why would the pope join himself with those who are not Christ followers? One cannot help but admire Pope Francis' concern for the poor -- a totally biblical view. However, the proposed fix for perceived manmade catastrophic climate change (climate change is real and has been happening long before humans burned fossil fuels), the elimination of fossil fuels will create more poor people, not fewer." (05/04/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/05/the-pope-and-climate-change/  

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