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Wow! – Australian TV news reports Antartica growing and also shows interview with a skeptic! April 24, 2009

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Wow! – Australian TV news reports Antarctica growing and also shows interview with a skeptic!

By the blogowner, honestclimate, April 24, 2009

I almost fell off my chair yesterday whilst watching TEN news.  They aired a news report about how the Antarctic was growing and that despite the recent ice shelf collapse, Antarctica was growing in other regions and that the overall effect was an increase in ice. (They showed us a nice illustration on this). Introducing the news report they said the debate on climate change is heating up (Yes, tell that to Al Gore!)

Further more, they went on to show us an interview with Australia’s ‘Inconvenient Professor” Ian Plimer.

The Australian media is finally giving us balanced reports regarding climate change. Last Saturday, The Australian newspaper was bombarding us with skeptical articles and this week balanced climate change news on TV. Wow!

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Arctic ice won’t melt. UPDATE And reef won’t die April 22, 2009

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Arctic ice won’t melt. UPDATE And reef won’t die

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Al Gore, who predicted an ice-free Arctic within the next four years, will be disappointed. Despite all the scaremongering in the media, the ice extent is now the highest in five years.

UPDATE

Steven Goddard says other measurements show Arctic ice at a seven year high, and worldwide ice approaching a 20-year high:

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UPDATE 2

The ice won’t melt, and now the reef won’t die. Curses! The reef-is-doomed climate alarmist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is foiled again:

Marine scientists say they are astonished at the spectacular recovery of certain coral reefs in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from a devastating coral bleaching event in 2006… However, a lucky combination of rare circumstances meant the reefs were able to achieve a spectacular recovery, with abundant corals re-established in a single year, says Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and the Centre for Marine Studies at The University of Queensland.

But Ove still butts in to but-but-but:

“Coral reefs globally are increasingly being damaged by mass bleaching and climate change, and their capacity to recovery from that damage is critical to their future,” explains Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of CoECRS and The University of Queensland.

Uh huh.

Letter to the Editor: Getting a Rise Out of Us April 21, 2009

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Letter to the Editor: Getting a Rise Out of Us

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By Chris Horner to the Washington Times

The Washington Times’ front-page story “Rising sea levels in Pacific create wave of migrants” (Page 1, Sunday) outrageously peddles a talking point circulated by activists such as former Vice President Al Gore. The article’s claim that human-induced climate change and sea-level rise spawned a migration of refugees from South Pacific island nations was found unsupportable by the only court to examine its merits (Dimmock v. Secretary of State (UK) for Education and Skills, UK High Court, Oct. 10, 2007).

This claim is a rehash of assertions made in Mr. Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In its Dimmock ruling, the High Court stated: “In scene 20, Mr. Gore states ‘that’s why the citizens of these Pacific nations have all had to evacuate to New Zealand.’ There is no evidence of any such evacuation having yet happened.” Even the defendant UK government admitted, “It is not clear that there is any evidence of evacuations in the Pacific due to human-induced climate change.” Refugees seeking generous New Zealand and Canadian welfare regimes do exist, but they are not driven by sea-level rise.

This ruling came in late 2007. The rate of sea-level rise – which began after a period known as the Little Ice Age – proceeded steadily from about 1850 until then, without accelerating. Since then, satellite data have affirmed that the rate peaked in 2005 and that levels even have dipped slightly. Sea levels around the Maldives have dropped appreciably in recent decades. Nowhere did The Times acknowledge doubt, let alone these facts.

In short, this reportage perpetuated unsupportable claims made, as the UK High Court put it, “in the context of alarmism and exaggeration in support of [Mr. Gore’s] political thesis.” A retraction is warranted.

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Chric Horner is Counsel and senior fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute< Washington, D.C.

AMO and PDO- The Real Climate Makers In United States? April 20, 2009

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AMO and PDO- The Real Climate Makers In United States?

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Guest Post by Matt Vooro

For decades we have been urged to urgently prepare for unprecedented global warming or there will be gloom and doom for the world. Yet only few years after the issue of the IPCC reports, exactly the opposite is happening. Matter of fact the cooling already started after 2002. The climate data from 3 different major organizations [GISS, UAH and RSS] that monitor temperatures all confirm this cooling trend as shown below.

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Graph of monthly global temperature anomalies 2002-2009

Notice the steady decline since 2002. IPCC predicted unprecedented warming and projected 0.21C in each of the next two decades. The planet is actually cooling at a trend rate of -0.195/decade since 2002.

So what went wrong with the AGW science? It seems that despite IPCC claims carbon dioxide does not seem to be a major climate changer. Ocean currents, ocean surface temperatures and ocean heat sinks are. The most significant being the AMO or Atlantic Multivariate Oscillation and PDO or Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

1900-1925 COOL- AMO AND PDO BOTH NEGATIVE OR COOL
1926 -1944 VERY WARM – AMO AND PDO BOTH POSITIVE OR WARM
1964- 1976 VERY COOL- AMO AND PDO BOTH NEGATIVEOR COOL
1994 2007- VERY WARM- AMO AND PDO BOTH WARM [so called global warming period
2009 – COOL- AMO AND PDO BOTH NEGATIVE OR COOL

Graph of US SURFACE ANNUAL AIR TEMPERAURE ANOAMLY, GISS [C] 1964-1976

This was the last period when both PDO and AMO were in the negative or cool mode. Notice that most of the temperature anomalies were negative (below average).

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Graph of US SURFACE ANNUAL AIR TEMPERAURE ANOMALIES, GISS[C] 1976-2008

This is the period of so called �global warming�. This was caused by having both the PDO and the AMO in the warm or positive mode. PDO was in the warm mode throughout the period. AMO was positive 1994-2009. Notice the rapid rise in the temperature anomalies especially after 1994.

There was a similar warming period in 1926-1944. So global warming existed well before manmade green house gases started to rise after the 1940�s.

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PDO AND AMO BOTH IN COOL PHASE �IS GLOBAL COOLING AHEAD?

Similar graphs can be prepared for Canada and the globe as a whole. It would appear that with the PDO and AMO now both in the cool phase again and this cycle can last up to 20-30 years, we are headed for global cooling. We seem to be in the same climate cycle that we were back in 1964-1976.The last two winters have been very similar to those we had back then with all the extra snow and cold temperatures. Could the flooding of the Red River this year due to the extra snow and cold temperatures be a warning of cooler weather to come?

To advise people and the nation to prepare for global warming when global cooling is underway and expected to continue for many more decades is truly tragic when we have so many other more pressing problems. This cooling is exactly what Professor Don Easterbrook of WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY also predicts. See his power point presentation here.

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See Matt’s full post here.

Save the planet! Stop eating April 20, 2009

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Save the planet! Stop eating

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
Monday, April 20, 09

First breathing was turned into a crime against the environment. Now eating is, too:

Overweight people eat more than thin people and are more likely to travel by car, making excess body weight doubly bad for the environment, a new UK study has found.

This, of course, makes this porker an eco-criminal:

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(Thanks to readers John and Otto.)

UPDATE

Reader AndrewS protests:

He’s not fat – he’s just sequestering carbon.

More Americans Believe Global Warming Natural Versus Man-made April 19, 2009

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More Americans Believe Global Warming Natural Versus Man-made

By Noel Sheppard
Newsbusters, April 18, 2009

Despite years of hysterical, Al Gore-loving media hype that humans are destroying the planet by emitting too much carbon dioxide, more Americans now believe global warming is being caused by long-term planetary forces rather than man’s activities.

This represents a stunning reversal in the past twelve months, and is likely a function of a recent global cooling that has thwarted efforts by climate alarmists to convince citizens that the warming trend that began in the mid-’70s was going to continue forever if the world didn’t immediately stop burning fossil fuels.

Now, according to Rasmussen Reports, those believing man can actually control the planet’s thermostat have plummeted in number:

Just one-out-of-three voters (34%) now believe global warming is caused by human activity, the lowest finding yet in Rasmussen Reports national surveying. However, a plurality (48%) of the Political Class believes humans are to blame.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of all likely voters attribute climate change to long-term planetary trends, while seven percent (7%) blame some other reason. Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure.

These numbers reflect a reversal from a year ago when 47% blamed human activity while 34% said long-term planetary trends.

Maybe this is why climate alarmists like Joe Romm are getting more and more insane with their claims on this issue.

After all, with the planet cooling — and destined to do so for many years to come according to most meteorologists and climatologists — the window of opportunity to tax carbon emissions is shrinking.

People like Gore, James Hansen, and Romm know this, and that’s why the pressure to get Congress to act quickly on carbon cap and trade legislation has been ramped up.

With that in mind, if such a scheme is not enacted this year — which Hill watchers view as very likely due to other priorities facing the nation — and temperatures do continue to cool thereby further reducing the public’s belief in the anthropogenic global warming myth, the probability of such legislation ever coming to fruition gets lower and lower.

That’s what I call a convenient truth.

—Noel Sheppard is the Associate Editor of NewsBusters.

Australians bombarded with climate realist news articles April 19, 2009

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Australians bombarded with climate realist news articles

By the blogowner, honestclimate, April 19, 2009

Wow, have we reached a tipping point in the Australian media?

I could hardly keep up with all the climate realist articles which appeared in the Australian media yesterday:

Revealed: Antarctic ice growing
The Australian, April 18, 2009

ICE is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap….

The climate of disastrous consensus
The Australian, April 18, 2009

THE country’s foremost academic geologist laments the sidelining of scepticism.

Change is a cold certainty
The Australian, April 18, 2009

THERE’S is no need to panic about Antarctica.

Sceptic spells doom for alarmists
The Australian, April 18, 2009

NEXT Wednesday I will be honoured to serve as the master of ceremonies at the Adelaide launch of a book that promises to be a cause celebre. It is Ian Plimer’s Heaven and Earth: Global Warming – The Missing Science.

More heat than light
The Australian, April 18, 2009

THE science on global warming is certainly not settled

Planet doomsayers need a cold shower
The Sydney Morning Herald, April 18, 2009

THE global warming scare campaign is reaching fever pitch. We have had one eminent Australian scientist claim this week to the senate inquiry on climate policy that global warming has already killed people in Australia.

And last but not least this article earlier in the week by Paul Sheehan where he questions his own views on climate change after having read Professor Ian Plimer’s new book “Heavan and Earth”

Beware the climate of conformity
The Sydney Morning Herald, April 13, 2009

THE Earth’s climate is driven by the receipt and redistribution of solar energy. Despite this crucial relationship, the sun tends to be brushed aside as the most important driver of climate.

Warming alarmists cry wolf April 19, 2009

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Warming alarmists cry wolf

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 12:04am

There seem to be fewer wolves around Lake Superior, so who do you blame?

If you’re a green group like the Nationals Parks Conservation Association, the answer is not just obvious but mandatory:

For years, our national parks have clearly demonstrated the effects of climate change, from disappearing glaciers in Glacier National Park to record floods in Mount Rainier National Park and dwindling wolf and moose populations in Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior.

But if you’re a scientist still keener on evidence than funding and fame…:

The wolves on Isle Royale are suffering from genetically deformed bones. Scientists from Michigan Technological University blame the extreme inbreeding of the small, isolated wolf population at the island National Park in northern Lake Superior… During this year’s Winter Study, Vucetich and Peterson found two dead wolves with misshapen vertebrae, one killed by other wolves and the other, which also had severe arthritis, frozen under the ice of a lake.

This was a particularly cold, hard year on the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. The researchers counted 24 wolves, close to the long-term average population size, but two of the four wolf packs did not have any pups that survived, Vucetich reported.

Sum up: the science shows that wolves are suffering from inbreeding more than climate change, and from unusual cold rather than unusual heat. But try telling that to a professional LEGAL SNIP global warming alarmist.

The climate of disastrous consensus April 18, 2009

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The climate of disastrous consensus

Jamie Walker April 18, 2009

Article from: The Australian

IAN Plimer calls himself an old-fashioned scientist. That means you question what others won’t. You marry yourself to the data; you buck the received wisdom and political correctness of your colleagues.

When it comes to climate change, you say: “I was trained to be sceptical.”

This is not exactly the view de jour when the great and the good, from Kevin Rudd to 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery and former US vice-president Al Gore, are singing from the same hymn sheet about the hydra-headed menace of global warming.

Australia’s top earth scientist has inserted a typically discordant note into the chorus. In his latest book, Heaven and Earth, Plimer sets out the “missing science” of climate change and challenges the assumption that the world’s warming is down to human activity.

Far from heating up to dangerous levels, the planet is in a lull in an ice age that began 37million years ago, he says.

True, the climate is changing within these cyclical parameters, but less dramatically than it has at other times in Earth’s history and with none of the catastrophic consequences talked up by the doom-and-gloom merchants.

“There is always change going on,” he tells Inquirer. “I don’t dispute that. The extent and origin of it are another matter.”

Plimer puts forward the case, in 485 closely argued pages, that far too much emphasis has been given to the level of atmospheric carbondioxide in the scientific modelling of climate change.

Contrary to what the Prime Minister may say in spruiking the carbon pollution reduction scheme, Plimer’s position is that CO2 is not a pollutant but a necessity of life. For a start, it is food for plants. “Global warming and a high CO2 content bring prosperity and lengthen your life … without CO2 there would be no complex life on Earth,” he writes.

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More heat than light April 18, 2009

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More heat than light

April 18, 2009

Article from: The Australian

The science on global warming is certainly not settled

DELIGHTED doomsayers who applauded the announcement last week that an ice sheet on the west Antarctic cost was collapsing should leave the champagne on ice. Because, as Greg Roberts reports in The Weekend Australian, it appears everything is icier in most of Antarctica. This is not to deny that other parts of the planet appear to be warming up, or even to argue against the orthodoxy that human activity is responsible. But every warning of what global warming will lead to is not inevitably accurate. As Adelaide geologist and Eureka Prize winner Ian Plimer points out in an interview with Jamie Walker in the paper this morning, predictions of what will happen to the planet under a range of climate conditions to come will not necessarily occur simply because they are predicted by computer models. As any economist will explain, models deliver on the data provided by the programmers. “Garbage in, garbage out” as one anonymous expert famously put it. And as our understanding of the environment changes, so will what we expect to happen. “Always changing the future is” as a famous, if fictional, futurologist says.

For environmental activists, any suggestion prophecies of planetary peril should be considered carefully is heresy. Climate change doubters are apologists for Western consumer lifestyles that produce the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming, they argue. But there is more sociology than science in such suggestions. For people who believe it is wrong for all Australians to have electricity when many Africans do not, global warming is a statement of faith. Many scientists are equally upset, saying the evidence is in and people who question the cause and effect of global warming should defer to those who have done the work. The problem is, as Professor Plimer demonstrates, expert irritation does not disguise the fact that the science is anything but settled. Atmospheric scientists dominate the global warming debate, he says, and their focus on carbon dioxide emissions excludes other disciplines and obscures other issues that may describe what is going on and why.

Perhaps scientists who say there is a 90 per cent certainty that global warming is human-induced are correct. But as Professor Plimer argues, such claims are impressive-sounding figures of speech – scientists can believe them, but they do not know. No one does. This is not to deny the need for ever-more research on global warming or the case for development of economically sustainable sources of alternative energy. In Australia there is bipartisan support for both. But to assume we know how much the planet will warm this century and what effect this will have is a matter of faith, not reason. And faith-based research is less science than secular religion.