The “long whimper” of failing climate alarmism

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Guest essay by Gary Pearse (elevated from a comment)

On the thread Yale University Closes Climate Change Institutelongtime WUWT commenter Gray Pearse gave a synopsis of the anemic state of climate activism these days. As I published that article, I had thought to myself that the closing of this Yale Climate Institute signals a sea-change, one that has been long in coming. Gary cemented those thoughts, and I have reproduced his comments here with added links to his references in order to provide the perspective.

Gary Pearse

This is part of the long whimper. Climategate in 2009 and the “ridiculously resilient” Pause were pretty much the straws that cracked the climate’s back. The timing of both marked the beginning of the pandemic of chronic clinical depression that struck an unknown number of prominent climate scientists more than halfway through their careers that we…

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Shukla’s Scam and Folly

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Source: Google search results Source: Google search results

Bishop Hill notes:

Remember Jagadish Shukla, the American professor who called for racketeering laws to be used against sceptics? There was considerable interest when it was revealed that Prof Shukla appeared to be working full time for a charity he ran, as well as taking his university salary. This “double dipping” seems to have been brought to the attention of US lawmakers, who have asked auditors to investigate. It’s not looking good for Prof Shukla:

According to [House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith]’s letter, the audit “appears to reveal that Dr. Shukla engaged in what is referred to as ‘double dipping.’ In other words, he received his full salary at GMU, while working full time at IGES and receiving a full salary there.”

Mr. Smith cites a memo from the school’s internal auditor in claiming that Mr. Shukla appeared to violate the university’s policy on outside employment…

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California to get clobbered with wet atmospheric river this weekend

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Every once in awhile California gets a “Pineapple Express” this is more like an El Niño express as the source of this moisture river extends all the way across the Pacific to the Phillipines, near the “warm pool” area that gets created by an El Niño event.



Latest Forecast synopis:

Area Forecast DiscussionNational Weather Service Sacramento CA 
  854 AM PST FRI MAR 4 2016 
  Light to moderate precipitation will arrive later today. A strong 
  storm then arrives Saturday with heavy mountain snow, local 
  flooding, and potential for strong and damaging Valley winds. More 
  weather systems are expected Sunday, Monday, and late next week. 
  Mostly cloudy skies prevail across much of the region as a very 
  moist airmass takes aim at the West Coast. A few light showers 
  are being detected on radar this morning, but aren`t amounting to much impact. Short-range guidance (the HRRR and…

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Dr Christopher Essex On Climate Science


By Paul Homewood


A though provoking piece today in Breitbart by Dr Christopher Essex.

Members of the Scientific Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) recently criticized the Royal Society’s positions on climate.

Their clear, authoritative scientific objections to the Royal Society’s positions reveal the weak scientific foundation on which the great climate fervor has been based. The public must either become conversant enough to grasp this or step back and get out of the way of those who have. Scientists don’t need to be paid to oppose the ideas of climate orthodoxy, because those ideas are just so damn bad.

To the Bitter End

Accusing scientists of venal motives when they raise questions about climate has come to be what passes for scientific debate. Unlike the GWPF critique, this is not science at all. Al Gore recently renewed calls for climate deniers (as they are pejoratively called…

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The Conversation Unintentionally Makes the Case for Fossil Fuels

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Energy use per capita (kilograms of oil equivalent per annum) vs Climate Spend per Capita (GBP) Energy use per capita (kilograms of oil equivalent per annum) vs Climate Spend per Capita (GBP)

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Conversation complains that rich cities are spending more money than poor cities on climate adaption. The Conversation wants wealthy countries to provide climate cash transfers to poor countries; instead, they have inadvertently made the case for a very different course of action.

Cities across the world are increasingly at risk from climate change. People living in extreme poverty are especially vulnerable, both because global warming will tend to hit developing countries the hardest, and because they have less money to throw at the problem.

We used newly-available data to investigate how cities are responding to climate change and whether resources are being allocated efficiently or fairly. We expected there to be differences in spending between rich and poor. But we did not expect them to be so vast…

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97 Articles Refuting The ‘97% Consensus’ on global warming

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97_percent_bustedThe 97% “consensus” study, Cook et al. (2013) has been thoroughly refuted in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, highly credentialed scientists and extensively in the climate blogosphere. The shoddy methodology of Cook’s study has been shown to be so fatally flawed that well known climate scientists have publicly spoken out against it,

The ‘97% consensus’ article is poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed. It obscures the complexities of the climate issue and it is a sign of the desperately poor level of public and policy debate in this country [UK] that the energy minister should cite it.

Mike Hulme, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UEA)

The following is a list of 97 articles that refute Cook’s (poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed) 97% “consensus” study. The fact that anyone continues to bring up…

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Cooks ‘97% consensus’ disproven by a new peer reviewed paper showing major math errors

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UPDATE: While this paper (a rebuttal) has been accepted, another paper by Cook and Nuccitelli has been flat out rejected by the journal Earth System Dynamics. See update below. – Anthony

“0.3% climate consensus, not 97.1%”

PRESS RELEASE – September 3rd, 2013

A major peer-reviewed paper by four senior researchers has exposed grave errors in an earlier paper in a new and unknown journal that had claimed a 97.1% scientific consensus that Man had caused at least half the 0.7 Cº global warming since 1950.

A tweet in President Obama’s name had assumed that the earlier, flawed paper, by John Cook and others, showed 97% endorsement of the notion that climate change is dangerous:

“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” [Emphasis added]

The new paper by the leading climatologist Dr David Legates and his colleagues, published in the respected Science and Education

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Through the Ice, Darkly

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

As always, I get distracted by the daily news. The weather news today is a lovely rainy morning here in drought-plagued California, we got just under an inch (2cm) in last night’s storm, and the outer world is green and happy. Regarding the climate news, Anthony highlighted a claimed recent darkening of the Greenland ice cap.  This is said to be reducing the ice cap’s albedo, which is the percentage of sunshine reflected back to space, and thus leading to more solar absorption and more melting.

Being an inherently suspectful type oif fellow, I thought I’d take a look at the albedo and other anatomical features of Greenland. First, the big view. Let me start with a map showing the global “all-sky” albedo from the CERES satellite data. It shows the average of all satellite observations, both when the sky is clear and when it…

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