Climate

Climate: For Whom the Bell Tols

Featured image   Richard Tol, a European-based academic, is one of the pre-eminent environmental economists of our time, but he is not well known in the U.S. When the politicized “Stern Review” came out from the UK government in 2006 claiming that economic damages from climate change were already substantial, it cited Tols’ work several dozen times, prompting Tol to say that if a first year graduate student had submitted the Stern »

Dr. Roy’s Top 10 List

Featured image We really should highlight Dr. Roy Spencer‘s climate science observations more often than we do, and by all means we should have brought notice yesterday to his Top 10 Climate Discoveries of 2014, which I reprint here in full (but do bookmark his site for future reference): 10. Weather did not even occur before Henry Ford automated the production of the automobile. No, really, look it up. 9. Climate modelers discovered that »

Pope Francis, Put A Lid On It. Please.

Featured image Pope Francis has already caused consternation among knowledgeable Catholics with his criticisms of economic freedom. Some have tried to defend him or reinterpret his words, but it is hard to sugarcoat the fact that he is instinctively hostile to free enterprise. Perhaps this is because, as a native of Argentina, he has never seen free enterprise at work and doesn’t understand what it can do for the average citizen. Now »

Are The Oceans Going to Boil?

Featured image Haven’t ever said much here about the issue of ocean acidification. The theory is that even if rising CO2 levels don’t lead to Thermageddon, it will nonetheless change ocean chemistry by making the ocean more acidic, threatening coral reefs, etc. My chemistry is so rusty that I don’t have much of an opinion about this hypothesis, and it does seem that a lot of the carbon dioxide that goes “missing” »

Vostok Ice Cores and the 8,000-year Lag

Featured image During Earth’s recent history, there has been a relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperatures: when temperatures rise, the concentration of CO2 subsequently rises, and when temperatures fall, CO2 concentration thereafter declines. Ice cores from Vostok in Antarctica have been studied intensively to analyze temperatures and concentrations of various gases over the course of millennia. Euan Mearns reviews the literature as it relates to both CO2 and methane: In their »

Obama Science Adviser Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age [With Comment By John]

Featured image Wait, what?  Here’s the very radical John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, suggesting that human greenhouse gas emissions are preventing a new ice age.  So how then is anthropogenic global warming not a good thing?  Here’s Holdren’s concluding bit: “While the climate of the earth has changed over the millennia as a result of natural factors – principally changes in the tilt and orientation of the earth’s axis and rotation, and »

Earth’s Climate Shows 2,000-Year Cooling Trend

Featured image People who swallow global warming alarmism almost never know anything about the Earth’s climatic history. Next time one of your friends or relatives starts giving you the global warming routine, ask him or her to graph the temperature history of the last 500,000 years. Or 20,000 years. Or 2,000. Trust me: the supposed climate expert won’t be able to do it. Yet putting the modest temperature increase of the latter »

Another Reason Not to Diet: Global Warming

Featured image I’ve joked over the years that Al Gore’s expanding girth was merely his personal, one-man carbon sequestration project.  Now the problem with humor like this is that it runs the risk of coming true, and then you’re defeated as a satirist. Sure enough, dieting contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.  As reported in EurekaAlert, a British Medical Journal study finds: The authors show that losing 10 kilograms of »

The Harmonic Convergence of Al Gore and Al Sharpton?

Featured image I’m afraid we may have to retire Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award. Because after this one, it is unlikely that anyone else could ever measure up. Unless we’re being punked by The Nation, but . . . yeah, if The Nation actually had a sense of satire or real humor, it would indeed be the very first time. What do the events of Ferguson, Missouri, have to do with »

Greenpeace Snags Another Green Weenie

Featured image We’ve commented here several times before (here, here, and here, for a start) about the thuggish activities of Greenpeace, whom I once suggested deserved to be considered the John Birch Society of environmentalism, except that the John Birch Society broke no laws and committed no vandalism.  So the best comparison is probably to the Weather Underground, though I’m tempted to rename Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award as the Greenpeace »

Before the Storm

Featured image I was up to my neck grading end of semester term papers today, but, as you may have heard if you follow the weather, California is about to get hit with a large storm.  The surf is already epic, so I decided to play hookie for the afternoon and shoot some video.  Here’s a 2:30 highlight reel.  (Power has a way of going out in big storms on my part »

Green Weenies All Around

Featured image You can’t make this stuff up. From the AP: Lima Climate Talks Set for Record Carbon Footprint The Lima conference is expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any U.N. climate meeting measured to date. At more than 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the negotiations’ burden on global warming will be about 1 1/2 times the norm, said Jorge Alvarez, project coordinator for the U.N. Development Program. The »

Another Explanation of the Global Warming Pause in Doubt

Featured image One of the leading explanations of the decade-and-a-half “pause” in global warming is that aerosols—fine particles of various kinds, mostly man-made, but also volcanic in origin—have increased the albedo (reflectiveness) of clouds.  The cooling effect of high pollution in the early period of the industrial revolution in the 19th and early 20th century is well known and documented. Geophysical Research Letters, one of the leading scientific journals in the climate »

How the Oceans Stop Global Warming

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Bob Tisdale explains how the oceans temper any global warming that might otherwise be occurring. It is hard to comprehend the vast capacity of the oceans, which average 4,000 meters deep, to absorb heat: It is often said that more than 90% of the heat caused by manmade greenhouse gases is absorbed by the oceans. But as skeptics often note, the absorbed heat has little »

Global Cooling Under Way?

Featured image Oh, who knows, but it is still interesting to note that the Great Lakes are already icing up, the earliest this has occurred since satellite monitoring began 40 years ago: Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan’s Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years. According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of »

Obama Disses Another Ally

Featured image Lost in the shuffle of Obama’s immigration diktat and his sham of a farce of a travesty of a climate agreement with China was his speech about climate change in Canberra, Australia, where Obama went out of his way to insult Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.  Apparently our embassy personnel in Canberra advised Obama against this course, but naturally Obama knows better. Australian newspaper columnist Greg Sheridan reports on the »

When Even the Climatistas Know You Are a Fool . . .

Featured image I thought by now it would be ungentlemanly to keep piling on Naomi Klein’s ridiculous climate-change-means-we-have-to-smash-capitalism book, This Changes Everything. But then I ran across Elizabeth Kolbert’s review of Klein in the latest edition of the New York Review of Books, and I can’t resist. Kolbert is one of the most distraught of the climatistas, and writes the doomiest of the gloom-and-doom climate articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere. »