Sustainability: A Fable For Our Time

We must journey back to March, 1987, and the United Nations document entitled Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, to discover what is probably the only universally agreed upon—if nebulous and contradictory—definition of “sustainable development,” the precursor of “sustainability,” viz.

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No Underlying Global Temperature Increase For 20 Years

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood

I was reminded about a paper from last year, authored by Ben Santer amongst others, Volcanic contribution to decadal changes in tropospheric temperature.

The paper looked at recent temperature trends in the lower troposphere, and attempted to isolate the effect of volcanoes and ENSO changes.

Despite continued growth in atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, global mean surface and tropospheric temperatures have shown slower warming since 1998 than previously1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Possible explanations for the slow-down include internal climate variability3, 4, 6, 7, external cooling influences1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and observational errors12, 13. Several recent modelling studies have examined the contribution of early twenty-first-century volcanic eruptions1, 2, 4, 8 to the muted surface warming. Here we present a…

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A new term in the climate lexicon?

Forget the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa, the biggest security threat is climate fragility.   I’m sure it will be the term of choice when our inestimable Secretary of State picks it up at the G7. Continue reading

Maybe that’s why they have survived so long

Corals have ways to beat the heat.  Continue reading

California’s Long History Of Drought

Bob Greene:

But, didn’t Governor Moonbeam just say this was all due to the global warming version of climate change?

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood

Reposted from Russ Steele’s “The Next Grand Minimum”:

The drought, now in its fourth year, is by many measures the worst since the state began keeping records of temperature and precipitation in the 1800s. And with a population now close to 39 million and a thirsty, $50 billion agricultural industry, California has been affected more by this drought than by any previous one.

But scientists say that in the more ancient past, California and the Southwest occasionally had even worse droughts — so-called megadroughts — that lasted decades. At least in parts of California, in two cases in the last 1,200 years, these dry spells lingered for up to two centuries.

The new normal, scientists say, may in fact be an old one.

Source New York Times

After introducing history the writer starts blabbering about global warming, which is not relevant to historic droughts that resulted…

We are told that California’s…

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How to make a bad idea more expensive

Feinstein-Toomey would push less viable, more expensive biofuel technologies.  If cellulosic ethanol were anywhere near commercially viable we’d have it. Continue reading

Physicians sign open letter to Columbia: Dump Dr. Oz

news courtesy of Buzzfeed:
A Group Of Doctors Asked Columbia To Remove Dr. Oz From Its Faculty
In their letter addressed to Lee Goldman, the dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia, the physicians said they were “surprised and dismayed” at Oz’s appointment and that he has “misled and endangered” the public with his pathology.
Oz is the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
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