Friday Funny: Chemtrails theory gets shot down by science

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Surveyed scientists debunk chemtrails conspiracy theory

UCI, Carnegie paper explains persistent aircraft trails, substances in soil and water

A commercial airliner produces a condensation trail in the skies over California. Mick West A commercial airliner produces a condensation trail in the skies over California. Credit: Mick West

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 12, 2016 – The world’s leading atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly deny the existence of a secret, elite-driven plot to release harmful chemicals into the air from high-flying aircraft, according to the first peer-reviewed journal paper to address the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, the Carnegie Institution for Science and the nonprofit Near Zero organization asked 77 atmospheric chemists and geochemists if they had come across evidence of such a large-scale spraying program, and 76 responded that they had not. The survey results were published Wednesday in Environmental Research Letters.

Heat from aircraft engines produces condensation trails that can be clearly seen from the ground. A small but vocal segment…

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Hey, Genius!!! Thick Polar Sea Ice Kills Whales and Polar Bears

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One thing our loving “Friends of the Earth” don’t seem to understand is that thick sea ice is a death sentence for Whales and other aquatic mammals. By promoting policies intended to thicken the Arctic sea ice, what they are really doing is sentencing countless sea mammals to death. Ironically, it was John D. Rockefeller and his kerosene that saved the whales in the 1800s, and today environmentalists want to reverse his gains.

Almost 25 years ago, the world’s attention was rapt on three gray whales stranded by encroaching sea ice off the coast of Alaska and the effort to free them.

Dave Withrow, a marine mammal biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was called in to help with the rescue, which had to contend with frigid temperatures, persistently freezing ice and coordinating a wide range of groups that wanted to help with the effort.

BTW, no…

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John Christy Climate Video

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t JoNova – The following is a video presentation by John Christy from 2015 (published a few days ago), in which Christy uses his tremendous communication skills to help a non-specialist audience understand what is wrong with climate models, and the terrible moral downside of attempting to restrict CO2 emissions.

John Christy is the Alabama State Climatologist and a climate scientist with the University of Alabama. In 1991 he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his contribution to global temperature monitoring. In 1996 he received a special award from the American Meteorology Society.

One of the most interesting parts of the video is the Q&A section at the end of the video, as Christy answers questions and clarifies issues for intelligent students who have been fed a lot of nonsense about climate change.

My favourite question and answer;

“Why do you…

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Untangling the March for Science

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by Judith Curry

Pondering some thorny issues regarding science, its place in society and its relationship to politics.

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On Earth Day, shots fired at building housing leading climate skeptic scientists

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Via email from Dr. Roy Spencer:

Shots fired at Christy/Spencer building

FYI, apparently sometime after a March for Science went past our building at UAH, 7 shots were fired and hit the floor John Christy is on. (I’m in a different part of the same building). No witnesses. I’m assuming late night Saturday or Sunday.

It seems pretty obvious this was a message being sent. If fired from a pistol, all shots hitting the same floor seems to suggest deliberate aim.

I doubt any media have covered it yet. I doubt the police have even written a report yet. From what I’ve heard, it sounds like the police believe the shots were fired from a passing car, and some shell casings were recovered, as well as fragments of bullets inside the building. You can quote me.

The office of the state climatologist (Dr. John Christy) is in building 7

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose; Hansen Used to Argue Less Greenhouse Gas Would Cause Warming

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Back in 1986 NASA’s climate “expert” James Hansen claimed ozone depletion would result in catastrophic warming. No mention of CO2.

A dramatic loss of ozone over the Antarctica proves the “greenhouse” effect” is real and presages a gradual warming of the earth that threatens floods, drought, human misery in a few decades and — if not checked — eventually extinction of the human species, scientists warned Tuesday… James Hansen, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said global temperatures should be 2 degrees higher in 20 years. “Which is the warmest the earth has been in the last 100,000 years.”

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Thank God Hanson wasn’t working in the Mercury, Saturn or Apollo projects where the real rocket scientists worked. Accuracy is critical for an organization like NASA.  Anyway, this article is wrong is so many ways. James Hansen is arguing that less ozone, a potent greenhouse gas, would result…

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Why I decided not to take Kenji to the DC ‘March for Science’

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From the refund is due to his supporters department…

Back on January 30th I posted this:

Help send Kenji to the “Scientists March on Washington” event!

From the “all’s fair in love, war, and climate science” department comes this opportunity.

On Facebook, Dr. Roy Spencer made a comment related to a post on the original website calling for scientists to “March on Washington” to…

…take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy.

They add (bold mine):

Who can participate:

“Anyone who believes in empirical science. That’s it. That’s the only requirement. We will both have a diversity committee and a diverse steering committee that represents people of many backgrounds and identities. Science is done by POC, women, immigrants, LGBTQ, indigenous people, people of all beliefs and…

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