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Where we share information on climatology and the changing Earth's climate.

With of course a special thought for deniers and those who would profit from denial.

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A snip for the planet

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris May 2, 2015. 18 Replies

Blokes, it's time to man-up and face the snip - the future of the planet could well depend upon your decision, argues Dr Paul Willis who is the director of …Continue

Tags: consumption., resource, global, contraception, Vasectomy

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen Bonus

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Apr 3, 2014. 5 Replies

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen BonusOffshore wind turbines like those being planned off the East Coast could one day do double duty for residents, according to a new study.Scientists at the…Continue

Tags: electricity, generation, turbine, force, farm

Not just the Koch brothers: New study reveals funders behind the climate change denial effort

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Jan 12, 2014. 3 Replies

A new study conducted by Drexel University's environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD,exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change counter-movement.…Continue

Tags: denial, Climate

NASA: Climate Change Evidence

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Comment by Stephen yesterday

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar energy have turned the global power market upside down.

https://thinkprogress.org/renewables-cheapest-new-power-globally-74...

Comment by Stephen on Saturday

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

The Global Seed Vault

The seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the event of global disaster isn’t prepared to withstand the greatest global disaster facing our planet: global warming. Melting permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located, has seeped into the seed bank, raising questions of how the structure will be able to survive in the future as the Earth keeps warming.

The seed vault is built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine, deep inside a mountain. It contains about a million packets of seeds from almost every country in the world, representing “the most diverse collection of food crop seeds.” In 2015, the ongoing civil war in Syria prompted researchers in the Middle East to withdraw some seeds to replace those previously stored in a gene bank in war-torn Aleppo.

The structure was built underneath the permafrost so it could be “a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters,” as the seed bank’s website says. But oh, the irony. Unusually warm temperatures in the winter have caused rain, and the permafrost has been melting. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, told The Guardian.

Fortunately, the water hasn’t flooded the vault itself. It only got to the entrance of the tunnel, where it froze. (The seeds are stored at minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.) But the incident has raised questions over the durability of a seed bank that was supposed to operate without people’s intervention.

read:https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/19/15664298/svalbard-global-seed-va...

Comment by doone on Friday

Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is beginning to turn green

Washington Post  - ‎8 hours ago‎
Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet.
Comment by Chris on March 29, 2017 at 1:13am

I hear Trump reads the National Enquirer as his daily news feed.  That should speak for itself as he calls investivative reporters at reputable news papers "Fake News."

Comment by Stephen on March 28, 2017 at 1:32pm

Trump’s big new executive order to tear up Obama’s climate policies, explained

This is it. The battle over the future of US climate policy kicks off in earnest Tuesday.

In a sweeping new executive order, President Trump will order his Cabinet to start demolishing a wide array of Obama-era policies on global warming — including emissions rules for power plants, limits on methane leaks, a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and the use of the social cost of carbon to guide government actions.

Everyone knew this was coming: Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to repeal US climate regulations and unshackle the fossil fuel industry. But Tuesday’s order is only a first step. Trump’s administration will now spend years trying to rewrite rules and fend off legal challenges from environmentalists. And it’s not clear they’ll always prevail: Some of President Obama’s climate policies may prove harder to uproot than thought.

Trump’s order, meanwhile, won’t say anything about whether he wants the US to stay in or withdraw from the Paris climate deal, the key international treaty on global warming. Although Trump vowed to pull out of the accord during the campaign, some of his advisers, like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have reportedly warned that he’d face immense diplomatic backlash if he did so. A White House official said that’s “still under discussion.”

Read more= read:http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/3/27/14922516/trump-...

Comment by Chris on February 28, 2017 at 4:50am

Trump wants to 'roll' back the endangered species act. Doing so may enable him to build the wall along the Mexican boarder easier to accomplish.

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Paxton-wants-Trump...

AUSTIN -- Shortly after President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, Attorney General Ken Paxton wants the new administration to roll back regulations protecting endangered species. 

Paxton signed a letter along with Republican attorneys general from 13 states asking the Trump administration to "immediately" repeal two rules under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in order to, as the letter states, "Make America Great Again." 

"Critical habitat designations, by their very nature, limit human activity. That limitation almost always results in a lost economic opportunity. The impact ripples through the economy," reads the letter, which asserts the regulation will result in a loss of jobs and economic activity.

The rules, which have been challenged in court, include "Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat" and the the amended "Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat" rule under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

The letter to the new administration comes as Paxton shifts gears from fighting outgoing president to lobbying the new one.

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 4:22am

Science  (Climate Change)denial

What do gorilla suits and blowfish fallacies have to do with climat...

Feb 9, 207 1: pm EST.

...Every movement that has rejected a scientific consensus, whether it be on evolution, climate change or the link between smoking and cancer, exhibits the same five characteristics of science denial (concisely summarized by the acronym FLICC). These are fake experts, logical fallacies, impossible expectations, cherry picking and conspiracy theories. When someone wants to cast doubt on a scientific finding, FLICC is an integral part of the misinformation toolbox...

...Logical fallacies are a broad umbrella, including a number of other misleading techniques. For example, red herring is a term that likely originated from the technique of using strong-smelling fish to throw dogs off a scent. Similarly, irrelevant information or arguments can be used to distract people from important information.

There is a special class of red herring – a specific technique of denial often employed to distract people from important scientific findings. To maintain the fish metaphor, I characterize this as the blowfish fallacy.

This is the technique of laser-focusing on an inconsequential methodological aspect of scientific research, blowing it out of proportion in order to distract from the bigger picture. If you persuade people to focus hard enough on specific details, they can miss the gorilla in the room.

The 97 percent scientific consensus on climate change

One example of the blowfish strategy is the attempt to distract from the scientific consensus on climate change. Study after study, using a wide range of independent methods, has found overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that human beings are causing global warming.

I was the coauthor of one of these studies. We read through 21 years of climate papers, identifying which papers endorsed or rejected human-caused global warming. Among the papers stating a position, 97 percent agreed that humans are causing global warming. Our research has been relentlessly attacked by conservative think tanks, politicians and newspapers. Typically, criticisms of our study focus on tiny methodological details or false assumptions that have little to no bearing on our final result.

More here including graphics.

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 2:45am

The title of the following isn't accurate as Trump and his authoritarian  followers still believe Milton Freemans economic theories.

The Architect Of Trickle Down Economics Finally Put In His Place

Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 2:25am

Corporate land grab.

The GOP and ALEC's Brazen Plan to Sell Off America's Public Lands t...

Western states have already sold and privatized 31 million acres of state lands—an area about the size of Louisiana.

Comment by Chris on February 25, 2017 at 11:13pm

Renewable energy
A world turned upside down

...Theoretically, if renewables were to make up 100% of the market, the wholesale price of electricity would fall to zero, deterring all new investment that was not completely subsidised...

 

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