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Willie Soon and William M. Briggs: Global-warming fanatics take note – Sunspots do impact climate

Scientists have been studying solar influences on the climate for more than 5,000 years. Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia May Run Out of Oil to Export by 2030

Saudi Arabia’s per capita oil consumption is higher than the U.S. and most developed countries Continue reading

Obama’s U-Turn: UN Climate Talks Going Nowhere

After one week of UN climate talks in Thailand, not a single country has made a fresh commitment, and US negotiators stunned delegates by calling for any new treaty to be ‘flexible’ and ‘dynamic’ rather than legally binding, representing a complete U-turn on its previous position. Continue reading

Courtroom Format To Debate Climate Change

A courtroom format in Orkney next week will tackle the question of climate change. Continue reading

Do greenhouse gases warm the planet by 33°C? Jinan Cao checks the numbers.

Jinan Cao has been dissecting the nature of the greenhouse effect and a key calculation that I normally just accept without questioning. This will set a few pigeons loose, but it will be interesting to see where they land. Continue reading

H. Sterling Burnett: The Pro’s and Con’s of Romney’s Energy Plan

A great deal of ink has been spilled by commentators, journalists, and policy wonks since the release August 24th of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s energy plan. Continue reading

Robert Bradley Jr.: Windpower Layoffs Making PTC Extension Increasingly Moot

“The spate of layoffs that wind industry advocates have warned about has accelerated in recent weeks, with workers losing their jobs in key wind states such as Iowa and Colorado in a trend expected to continue at least into next year.” – Nick Juliano, “Wind Layoffs Mostly Hitting Constituents of PTC Supporters,” Greenwire, August 29, 2012. Continue reading

New paper finds climate models are unable to simulate effects of large volcanic eruptions

A paper published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research finds that current climate models are unable to simulate the climate following large volcanic eruptions, a major cause of natural climate variability. Continue reading

New paper finds another mechanism by which the Sun controls climate

A paper published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research describes an additional mechanism by which small changes in solar activity are amplified to cause climate change. Continue reading

Enviro groups say brown-coal carbon tax compo keeps us dirty

THE carbon tax is making Australia more, not less, dependent on the highly polluting brown-coal electricity generators. Billion-dollar subsidies have allowed the Victorian operations to force cleaner base-load power stations out of the market. Continue reading

Aus: Brown profits and Green fury from carbon tax plan

THE Orwellian name of the Gillard government’s carbon tax policy – Clean Energy Future – makes its aim of shifting electricity generation from the dirtiest power stations to the cleanest quite plain. Consumers are entitled to feel somewhat mystified that brown-coal generation – the highest carbon polluter – is largely unaffected by carbon emissions policy. Continue reading

Weak El Niño eases drought fears

The US government forecaster has issued its most definitive report since first raising the El Niño alert three months ago, forecasting a weak phenomenon that will last until the Northern Hemisphere spring.

Hmm… maybe. Time will tell what forecasters can’t but we are still not very good at predicting ENSO phases and events. Continue reading

Stephen Stromberg: Does President Obama really care about global warming?

Environmentalists gathered in Charlotte, N.C. to watch Obama’s second nominating convention can agree that the president and his party are a lot better than the Republicans. Continue reading

Destroyed Coastal Habitats Produce Significant Greenhouse Gas

Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke led study. Continue reading

Aus: Billions in carbon compensation pits brown coal against black

THE nation’s dirtiest brown-coal power stations face a savage backlash from less-polluting coal facilities in NSW and Queensland, which are demanding that a $5.5 billion compensation package for the carbon price be radically revised after Labor’s backflips on key planks of the carbon policy. Continue reading

Scientists debunk ‘junk DNA’ theory to reveal vast majority of human genes perform a vital function

The genetic “control panel” of the human body that regulates the activity of our 23,000 genes has been revealed for the first time in a scientific tour de force that could revolutionise the understanding and treatment of hundreds of diseases. Continue reading

Canada ‘playing with numbers’ on carbon target claims

Stephen Harper’s government accused of using accounting tricks to take credit for emission declines Continue reading

Moonbat: The cabinet reshuffle is a declaration of war on the environment

Well it’s about time. Nature has been attacking humanity from day one and as we all know, appeasement never works. Time to give it a darn good thrashing! Continue reading

DECC Official: UK Shale Development Would Be ‘Misguided’

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has moved to defend renewables after the appointment of two anti-wind ministers in the reshuffle. The new Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, and Energy Minister, John Hayes, both oppose wind farms. Continue reading

Nigel Lawson: Rational Climate Economics

Paper presented at the Erice conference “The Role of Science in the Third Millennium” – Erice, 20 August 2012: Session ‘Climate and Climate Economics’ Continue reading