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Warmist Michael Mann says there is no need for statistics: ‘We can see climate change…now, playing on our TV screens’

Climate Depot - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:03
The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee held a series of hearings to solicit input on what issues should be front-and-center during the general election. Michael Mann spoke as follows: “What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see [...]

India delays ratification of Paris climate treaty indefinitely

Climate Depot - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:35
http://junkscience.com/2016/06/india-delays-ratification-of-paris-climate-treaty-indefinitely/ More bad news for Obama. From the Times of India:

Investigate the authors? Debunked 97‰ climate ‘consensus’ paper garners over 500K downloads

Climate Depot - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:28
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/27963/ Five hundred thousand. That’s the number of downloads which has graced the University of Queensland’s John Cook’s paper which claims 97% of scientists believe humans are “largely responsible” for global war– er, climate change. The average number of downloadsfor an academic paper is … 700. The 97% figure has widely been touted by activists [...]

Tax viruses!? Ocean viruses may have impact on Earth’s climate – ‘Could be responsible for billions of metric tons of extra CO2 every year’

Climate Depot - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:20
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/ocean-viruses-may-have-impact-earth-s-climate By Jessica McDonaldJun. 17, 2016 , 9:45 AM Viruses—already the bane of human existence—may also be having an impact on Earth’s climate. A new study reveals that the pathogens steal energy from ocean bacteria, preventing them from sucking up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. As a result, viruses could be responsible for billions of [...]

The Brexit effect on UK nuclear

World Nuclear News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 03:57
EDF Energy, NuGeneration and Horizon Nuclear Power have all stressed their commitment to the UK's nuclear new build program, despite the country's decision to leave the European Union. Nevertheless, the majority vote in favour of 'Brexit' - decided in a national referendum held yesterday - may have implications for investment in new reactors and nuclear research, as well for the UK's future role in meeting climate change targets, industry participants said.

Southern ocean: Sea-ice-driven shallow overturning

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2766

Authors: Nathaniel L. Bindoff & William R. Hobbs

Circumpolar upwelling circulation near the Antarctic has mainly been attributed to winds. An analysis of water-mass transformation shows that the dominant driver is instead the formation of sea ice near Antarctica and its melt offshore.

Plate tectonics: Delayed response to mantle pull

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2746

Author: Mladen R. Nedimović

At mid-ocean ridges, the directions in which plates spread and the underlying mantle flows were thought to broadly align. A synthesis of results from ridges that spread at a variety of rates reveals that instead there may be a systematic skew.

Water-mass transformation by sea ice in the upper branch of the Southern Ocean overturning

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2749

Authors: Ryan P. Abernathey, Ivana Cerovecki, Paul R. Holland, Emily Newsom, Matt Mazloff & Lynne D. Talley

Ocean overturning circulation requires a continuous thermodynamic transformation of the buoyancy of seawater. The steeply sloping isopycnals of the Southern Ocean provide a pathway for Circumpolar Deep Water to upwell from mid depth without strong diapycnal mixing, where it is transformed directly by surface fluxes of heat and freshwater and splits into an upper and lower branch. While brine rejection from sea ice is thought to contribute to the lower branch, the role of sea ice in the upper branch is less well understood, partly due to a paucity of observations of sea-ice thickness and transport. Here we quantify the sea-ice freshwater flux using the Southern Ocean State Estimate, a state-of-the-art data assimilation that incorporates millions of ocean and ice observations. We then use the water-mass transformation framework to compare the relative roles of atmospheric, sea-ice, and glacial freshwater fluxes, heat fluxes, and upper-ocean mixing in transforming buoyancy within the upper branch. We find that sea ice is a dominant term, with differential brine rejection and ice melt transforming upwelled Circumpolar Deep Water at a rate of ∼22 × 106 m3 s−1. These results imply a prominent role for Antarctic sea ice in the upper branch and suggest that residual overturning and wind-driven sea-ice transport are tightly coupled.

Segmentation of mid-ocean ridges attributed to oblique mantle divergence

Nature Geoscience Advanced Online - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 23:00

Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2745

Authors: Brandon P. VanderBeek, Douglas R. Toomey, Emilie E. E. Hooft & William S. D. Wilcock

Vermont AG sued for withholding records on possible investigation of ‘climate change deniers’

Climate Depot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 12:51
http://watchdog.org/268123/vermont-attorney-general-sued-for-public-records/   MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s Attorney General is being sued for withholding public records related to a multi-state investigation of groups opposed to climate change policies. On Monday, two nonprofit legal centers filed a lawsuit to force Attorney General William Sorrell and Assistant Attorney General Scott Kline to turn over documents from private email [...]

Yale law dean opposes free speech for climate skeptics

Climate Depot - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 08:12
http://junkscience.com/2016/06/yale-law-dean-opposes-free-speech-for-climate-skeptics/

Obama warns poor nations will put planet ‘under water’ by using fossil fuels

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 21:41
http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/25/obama-warns-poor-nations-will-put-planet-under-wat/ By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times Saturday, June 25, 2016 The world’s richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet “under water.” In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, [...]

Brexit Sparks Worry About Fate of Global Climate Action – ‘Will harm international efforts to halt global warming’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 12:59
Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union in a national referendum on Thursday sent a shock through global financial markets, and there is similar concern that the move will have profound implications for climate policy as well. Clean energy investments, carbon markets and the Paris climate agreement weren’t a major part of the calculus [...]

Fmr. Canadian alderman outs himself! ‘I’m going to come out of the closet – no I’m not gay – but even more controversial – I’m a climate change skeptic!’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:01
http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/Denying-the-deniers-20160625 “It is therefore correct, indeed verging on compulsory in the scientific tradition, to be skeptical of those who express certainty.” – Patrick Draper, PhD (Ecology) I’m going to come out of the closet – no I’m not gay but even more controversial – I’m a climate change skeptic! Worse yet, I guess I’m almost [...]

Warmist Eco-Author Spoke To AG About Global Warming Skeptics Before Exxon Reports

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 06:27
http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/23/famed-eco-author-spoke-to-ag-about-global-warming-skeptics-before-exxon-reports/ A noted environmental activist met with an attorney general conducting an inquisition against ExxonMobil long before reports surfaced alleging the company hid information related to global warming, a panel at the Democratic Progressive Caucus revealed Wednesday. Eco-author Naomi Oreskes, who authored Merchant of Doubt, a book about the history of global warming skepticism, told [...]

‘The sun goes blank again during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 06:25
Via: http://www.vencoreweather.com/blog/2016/6/23/1015-am-the-sun-goes-blank-again-during-the-weakest-solar-cycle-in-more-than-a-century By Meteorologist Paul Dorian – Vencore, Inc. The latest solar image is completely spotless for the second time this month; image courtesy NASA Overview For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank.  On June 4th, the sun went completely spotless for the first time since 2011 and that quiet spell lasted [...]

Federal Energy Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Manipulation – ‘Tell me what you want and I will get it for you’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 06:19
http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/23/federal-lab-forced-to-close-after-disturbing-data-manipulation/

Brexit is also a repudiation of EU ‘global warming’ mandates – 69‰ saw ‘green movement’ as a ‘force for ill’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 06:08
http://newbostonpost.com/2016/06/24/brexit-is-also-a-repudiation-of-eu-global-warming-mandates/ Brexit is also a repudiation of EU global warming mandates BY MICHAEL BASTASCH | JUNE 24, 2016, 13:09 EDT In this Friday, June 24, 2016 file photo, a remain supporter stops to talk to people as he walks around with his European flag across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London. (AP [...]

Will we see a climate skeptic as British Prime Minister?

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 19:28
Will we see a climate sceptic as British Prime Minister? http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=4554 The marvellous Brexit news and PM Cameron’s plan to resign leaves Boris Johnson as the “walk up” candidate to be the new P.M. Yet I wonder if Cameron holding the fort till October is to give the greatest chance for the party to find [...]
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