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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

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Comment by Chris 16 hours ago

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.

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Comment by Chris 18 hours ago

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 18 hours ago

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 21 hours ago

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...

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 11:14am

Dump Coal ash In streams for Jobs!

GOP moves to undo Obama coal rules protecting streams

GOP moves to undo Obama coal rules protecting streams

Posted: Jan 30, 2017 12:54 PM PST

Updated: Jan 30, 2017 2:34 PM PST

By ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press

See Above link.

Comment by Chris on February 2, 2017 at 12:51pm

Happy Groundhog day.

Groundhogs emerge a month earlier than they did 30, or 40 years ago.

Every Feb. 2, as Punxsutawney Phil shakes the dust off his coat, emerges from his burrow, glances at his shadow (or not) and allegedly prognosticates winter's end, I gather a group of professors, graduate students and other assorted science geeks at my UCLA lab. We nibble, drink, schmooze and revel in ground-hoggery in all its magnificent splendor.

I study the behavior, ecology and evolution of groundhogs and the 14 other species of marmots -- large, charismatic ground squirrels that live throughout the Northern Hemisphere. I realize that these rodents can't tell us when seasons will change. I know that the whole idea of celebrating a midwinter festival in Los Angeles's usually balmy clime also makes little or no sense. And I'm aware that hanging out with a taxidermied animal I stuffed myself might seem a bit quirky for a tenured professor.

But Groundhog Day and its inherent absurdity also serve as a reminder to me and my colleagues of why we do what we do. The United States has prospered in no small part because of our commitment to supporting science and technological innovation. With each new advance -- from the automobile to the polio vaccine to computers to space travel -- we have reinvented ourselves and the world around us. Scientific discovery is at the core of America's success. Conversely, an Internet meme a few years ago wondered, "Why is that only in America do we accept weather prognostication from a rodent but deny climate change from a scientist?" But for my colleagues and me, groundhogs are symbols of science, not superstition.

At my annual lab celebration, posters of groundhogs and plush stuffed groundhogs -- not to mention a glittering Swarovski crystal specimen, given to me by UCLA's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as thanks for years of service as department chair -- add to the ambiance. Groundhog-themed comics festoon the lab walls. "Two Buck Chuck," our stuffed adolescent groundhog, presides over the festivities from a perch in a corner. One fall long ago, when I was doing my postdoctoral research, I found him dead on the side of the road and threw him into the freezer. My wife, Janice, and I had to wait to stuff him until Christmas break, when the smell associated with thawing and skinning him would be less offensive to our lab mates.

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Comment by Chris on January 25, 2017 at 2:21am

Trump's EPA Freeze and Media Blackout Triggers Instant Backlash

LOS ANGELES, CA — In office less than a week, President Donald Trump triggered outcry from California leaders Tuesday by barring any new Environmental Protection Agency contracts or grants. The administration also instituted a media blackout that prohibits the agency's staff from communicating to reporters or to the public through blog posts and social media.

The EPA, long a target of Republicans who believe it over-regulates industry, is responsible for helping to ensure clean drinking water and cleaning up the nation’s most polluted toxic waste sites, 94 of which are in California. A spokesman for the Trump transition team said the blackout and freeze on new projects would be temporary, according to the Associated Press.

Still, it set off alarms in California, where state leaders have positioned themselves at the vanguard of the opposition to Trump’s environmental policies.

"This administration is launching direct attacks on truth and transparency in our gov’t. Very troubling -- and honestly, anti-democratic," tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris.
Comment by Chris on January 25, 2017 at 12:40am

For U.S.A.

Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live

https://www.epa.gov/superfund/search-superfund-sites-where-you-live

With the Don wanting to get rid of the EPA it will be interesting to see what happens with superfund sites. Will the map be eliminated and pollution be ignored?

Comment by doone on December 4, 2016 at 2:16pm
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Guest essay by Sheldon Walker A new website has been created, which offers a new perspective on global warming. The website is called “mta-graphs.com” Temperature series like Gistemp or UAH, are turned into 2 dimensional coloured graphs, called global warming contour maps. A contour map is basically a colour coded collection of thousands of linear… read more
Comment by Chris on November 25, 2016 at 8:21pm

From the magazine THE ECONOMIST

Sea ice reaches a new low

MEASURING sea ice is difficult. Not only does it appear in the most remote, inhospitable parts of the world, it is constantly either melting or forming. Since 1979, satellites have made the job easier, but they can give a misleading picture. Using satellite images to tot up the total area of sea ice risks mistaking surface melt for open water during the summer melting season. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado instead measure sea-ice extent by dividing the images into grids and counting any squares with more than 15% ice concentration as “ice covered”. Sea-ice extent is always larger than sea-ice area, but this method eliminates melt-season inaccuracies.

Scientists are interested in sea ice as a marker—and amplifier—of climate change. Its bright surface reflects 80% of the sunlight that hits it back into space. When it melts, the uncovered dark ocean surface absorbs 90% of the sunlight, which heats it up, causing more ice to melt. In recent years, the melting season in the Arctic has been ending later in the year, leading to less time for new ice to form. As a consequence, the total sea-ice extent in September 2016 was over 3m km² smaller than in September 1980, although not as small as in September 2012, the worst year on record. A recent graph tweeted by a PhD student showing a dramatic drop in global sea-ice area over the past three months has caused a stir in the climate science community, although the NSIDC reportedly takes issue with the way its Arctic and Antarctic data are combined. Less controversial but equally alarming is the NSIDC's latest data release, which indicates that sea-ice extent in the Arctic is currently around 2m km² below average, the lowest November figure on record.

 

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