Newsletter - In The News The Newsen-us2021-01-27T11:55:01.0405455-06:00Bound To Burn The News&newsletterid=17Like medieval priests, today’s carbon brokers will sell you an indulgence that forgives your carbon sins. It will run you about $500 for 5 tons of forgiveness—about how much the typical American needs every year.Leighton Steward: Obama's Fuel Efficiency Plan Is 'Bad News' The News&newsletterid=576/16/2014 12:00:00 AM<p>President Barack Obama's plan to tighten fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty trucks is not good for the nation, says Leighton Steward, chairman of Plants Need C02.</p><p>"It's bad news .Greenpeace Co-Founder Tells U.S. Senate Earth’s Geologic History ‘fundamentally contradicts’ CO2 Climate Fears The News&newsletterid=562/25/2014 12:00:00 AM<p><strong>Selected Highlights of Dr. Patrick Moore&#8217;s Feb.Breaking News The News&newsletterid=552/19/2014 12:00:00 AM<p>A NASA scientist recently discovered that a satellite, orbiting since 1979, has a sensor on it that can measure the greenness of the Earth; the density of the forests, the extent and richness of the grasslands, etc. An analysis of the data indicates that the Earth has been getting greener and greener for three successive decades.Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer: In Defense of Carbon Dioxide The News&newsletterid=545/8/2013 12:00:00 AM<p>Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant.More Evidence Against a Methane Time Bomb The News&newsletterid=529/26/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Over at <em>Watts Up With That</em>, Anthony Watts has highlighted a recent press release from the German Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel announcing the preliminary findings from an expedition this summer to the Greenland Sea (off the coast of Spitzbergen). The expedition on the German research vessel the <em>Maria S.Sea Level Acceleration: Not so Fast The News&newsletterid=509/10/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Sea level rise is a topic that we frequently focus on because of all the gross environmental alterations which may result from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, it is perhaps the only one which could lead to conditions unexperienced by modern societies. A swift (or accelerating) sea level rise sustained for multiple decades and/or centuries would pose challenges for many coastal locations, including major cities around the world-challenges that would have to be met in some manner to avoid inundation of valuable assets.Hansen Is Wrong The News&newsletterid=518/14/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>In his recent press blitz, NASA's James Hansen tries to tie extreme weather events, such the current drought affecting much of the central U.S., to anthropogenic global warming. But the real world argues otherwise.Illiteracy at NASA The News&newsletterid=497/24/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Apparently NASA should start distributing dictionaries to the authors of its press releases.<br>&nbsp;<br>Here is the title of the July 24, 2012 NASA press release reporting on recent ice melt across the surface of Greenland:</p><blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><p><em>"Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt"</em></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">And here is a quote from within the release:</p><blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><p style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><em>"Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.</em></p></blockquote><p style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr">Now, according to our version of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, "unprecedented" is defined as:</p><blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><p style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><em>"having no precedent: NOVEL, UNEXAMPLED"</em></p></blockquote><p style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"> concurs:</p><blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><p><em>"without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled: an unprecedented event."</em></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">So, while it may be meteorologically interesting that a series of high pressure ridges had passed over Greenland this summer with largest and warmest of these parking over the island for a few days in mid-July and raising the temperature to near the melting point of ice all the way up to the summit of Greenland's ice cap-it is not a type of event which is unique.NRC Sea Level Rise Scare: Losing Sight of the Science The News&newsletterid=486/29/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Last week, the National Academies of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) released a report Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future. The apparent intent of the report was to raise global warming alarm by projecting rapidly rising seas-some 2-3 times higher than recent IPCC estimates-along the California coast and elsewhere.Not So Hot in East China The News&newsletterid=476/22/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>While the IPCC is big on the idea that the warmth of the late 20th and early 21st century in the Northern Hemisphere is unprecedented in recent centuries, apparently that finding does not apply universally over longer timescales.</p><p>According to the Summary of Policymakers from the IPCC Fourth Assessmnet Report:</p><blockquote style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr"><p style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir="ltr">Average Northern Hemisphere temperatures during the second half of the 20th century were very likely higher than during any other 50-year period in the last 500 years and likely the highest in at least the past 1,300 years.NASA Must Stop Global Warming Alarmism (570 News Radio) The News&newsletterid=466/18/2012 12:00:00 AMTom Harris, Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition joins Jeff Allan to discuss the open letter from former NASA astronauts and science and technology specialists concerning the agency's promotion of global warming alarmism. (~15 min.)Historical Imagery of Greenland Glaciers Lessens Sea Level Rise Alarm The News&newsletterid=446/4/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>A new study using historical images of glaciers in southeast Greenland to investigate glacier response to climate changes suggests that the recently observed acceleration of ice loss from Greenland may not be a long-term phenomenon. Instead, as marine terminating glaciers reach their grounding line and as the termini of land-terminating glaciers migrate upwards in elevation, ice loss rates from glacial discharge may slacken.CO2 Not to Blame for Southwest Droughts? The News&newsletterid=435/18/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>In our last WCR, we discussed a series of articles that found that higher resolution climate models-models which include a better representation of the complex terrain features of the Southwest-produce less drought stress on the Southwestern U.S. in their projections of future climate change from greenhouse gas emissions than do coarser resolution general circulation models.Future Southwest Drought in Doubt? The News&newsletterid=425/14/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>One of the most "robust" signals from global climate models run under scenarios of increasing human greenhouse gas emissions is an even drier climate in the Southwestern U.S. than exists there currently.<br>&nbsp;<br>The 2009 report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" from the U.S.No sea level rise catastrophe? The News&newsletterid=455/9/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>As one of the central tenets of climate change catastrophe involves inundation by rapidly rising seas, we like to visit the issue from time to time here at World Climate Report. Interestingly, or perhaps some may prefer predictably, we usually are able to uncover plenty of science that indicates that the situation is not nearly so dire.Antarctica's ice is melting from warm water below The News&newsletterid=405/3/2012 12:00:00 AM<p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial','sans-serif'; COLOR: blue; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Here's a graphic of Antarctic ice MELT ending in 2009 by Tedesco and Monaghan.&nbsp; Note that because it is melt, the decline means that more ice is NOT melting.Plant life changes 'underestimated' The News&newsletterid=415/2/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Scientists may have greatly underestimated the impact of future global warming on plants, new research has suggested.</p><p>Changes brought about by rising temperatures could be up to eight times more pronounced than experts have assumed, it is claimed.Global What? The News&newsletterid=535/1/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Climate change 'deniers' not so dumb after all</p><p>The current environmental paradigm assumes that those who don't believe in man-made climate change are less scientifically savvy, while those who do are scientifically smarter.</p><p>According to one study, however, those assumptions just aren't true.EPA’S Toxic Science The News&newsletterid=394/27/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>EPA's recently announced regulations on mercury from power plants will, in fact, do nothing substantial about the amount of this element in the global atmosphere. If they were really serious, they would ban volcanoes and forest fires, which are much larger sources.For Wheat and Rice, CO2 is Nice The News&newsletterid=384/20/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>We have written about the biological benefits of elevated temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels hundreds of times, and we will never run out of new material! Evidence the results of two recent article showing how CO2 improves the yield of wheat and the competitiveness of rice.</p><p>A team of seven scientists from various agencies in China began their article noting "In the past 100 years, the mean surface temperature in China has increased by 0.4-0.6&ordm;C, and it is expected that the average surface temperature in western China will rise by 1.7&ordm;C in the next 30 years and by 2.2&ordm;C over the next 50 years." Furthermore, Xiao et al.Former NASA scientists, astronauts admonish agency on climate change position The News&newsletterid=364/10/2012 8:00:00 AM<p>HOUSTON, TX - April 10, 2012. 49 former NASA scientists and astronauts sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden last week admonishing the agency for it's role in advocating a high degree of certainty that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change while neglecting empirical evidence that calls the theory into question.Former NASA Scientists and Astronauts Blast Agency for Disregarding Climate Change Evidence The News&newsletterid=354/10/2012 1:00:00 AM<p>Washington, D.C.-Nearly 50 former NASA scientists and astronauts-including seven Apollo astronauts and two former directors of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston-are condemning NASA for the space agency's role in advocating that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major cause of climate change while ignoring compelling empirical evidence that calls the theory into question.&nbsp; </p><p>In a formal letter sent to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the group criticizes NASA, and specifically the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), for its failure to make an objective assessment of all available scientific data on climate change.Acclimation to Ocean Acidification: Give It Some Time The News&newsletterid=373/29/2012 12:00:00 AM<p>Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels lead to an increasing amount of CO2 being dissolved in the oceans which drives down the oceans' pH level. This is often referred to as "ocean acidification" and included among the list of ills that energy production from fossil fuels imparts to the environment.Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? The News&newsletterid=343/26/2012 12:00:00 AM<p><strong><font size="4">Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? The whole of the Earth heated up in medieval times without human CO2 emissions, says new study.<br></font></strong></p><ul><li>Evidence was found in a rare mineral that records global temperatures</li><li>Warming was far-reaching and NOT limited to Europe</li><li>Throws doubt on orthodoxies around 'global warming'</li></ul><p>Current theories of the causes and impact of global warming have been thrown into question by a new study which shows that during medieval times areas as far apart as Europe and Antarctica both warmed up.<br>It then cooled down naturally and there was even a 'mini ice age'. </p><p>A team of scientists led by geochemist Zunli Lu from Syracuse University in New York state, has found that the 'Medieval Warm Period' approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn't just confined to Europe.<br>In fact, it extended all the way down to Antarctica.