Tag Archives: greenhouse gas emissions

PBS NewsHour: CO2 Very Bad… except when plants use it to grow better

In the PBS NewsHour’s brief news wrap feature on May 10, its viewers received “grim” news of a worldwide rise of CO2 levels, and were treated to similar news again on Monday (6th paragraph). As I reported last year right here at JS, that’s all we’ve ever heard from them about global warming. But did a particular admission in their climate change report last night undermine their entire narrative? Continue reading

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Navigating the American Carbon World (with the UN)

There is much activity in the UN climate arena at the moment, as they push for yet another “Global Agreement on Climate Change”

At the moment, UNFCC executive secretary, Christina Figueres is boasting that they have an agreement to come to an agreement by 2015. Whilst it is to be hoped that this agreement to agree goes the way of previous ones, it highlights that they haven’t gone away and are determined to keep pressing on, no matter that the AGW paradigm is collapsing.

She gave a speech this week in San Francisco, entitled Navigating the American Carbon World
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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

Roger Pielke Jr. declares Pope Catholic

Well, actually not – Junior just said that he’s going to vote Obama. He did get and admit one surprise though: Continue reading

Is cooling the house heating up the planet?

In many parts of the country, this summer was one of the hottest in history. The Twin Cities tied a record stretch of 39 days at or above 80 degrees. Continue reading

Wrong but nice try by Viv Forbes though: Climatists on Water Vapor

Cute attempt by Mr Forbes but overlooks the simple fact that water precipitates out of the atmosphere, giving it an obvious self-limiting mechanism and making it significantly different from CO2. His alternates are not exactly water-free either. Continue reading

NZ: High Court appeal decision

The High Court has upheld an Environment Court decision on a resource consent application for a coal mine on the West Coast, saying that climate change can’t be considered under the Resource Management Act. Continue reading

Oil Companies May Have Been Helping Combat Climate Change (a Little)

Can’t claim I’ll be surprised if this chemistry turns out to be wrong. Seems to me there were large changes in rice paddy agriculture as methane levels stopped rising but a lot of natural gas was (is) still being vented or flared. Not that greenhouse gas levels are anywhere near as interesting as they were once thought to be anyway. I’m going to wait for the movie. Continue reading

Sky-high methane mystery closer to being solved, UCI researchers say

Commercial natural gas was likely major factor in late-20th century stabilization Continue reading

Trees found to be emitting methane gas

Unfortunate quote of the moment: ““There’s methane sneaking out the back door,” Covey saidContinue reading

Michael D. Lemonick: Hold Your Rejoicing About Those Falling CO2 Emissions

Lemons, sour as ever. “Remember global warming? You know, that worldwide disaster we were all so worried about way back in 2011?

Well actually, Lemons, we’ve never worried about it because examination of the “issue” has always shown it to be unworthy of a second thought. Every time someone gets their knickers in a knot we have another look to see if any evidence has turned up yet and all we ever find is yet more garbage PlayStation® climatology and pointless panic. Time you panic merchants either put up or shut up. Continue reading

Methane’s profile on the rise as gas raises global warming worries

Scientists have known for years that methane, emitted by cows and landfills alike, is a potent ingredient in global warming — unless the gas is collected and used for fuel. Continue reading

A new global warming culprit: Dam drawdowns

Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down. Continue reading

The dark-side of a growing aviation industry

That gosh-darn common population, needlessly milling about, exercising freedoms. Been like this since the railways, you know. Continue reading

Michael D. Lemonick: Scientists Defending Against The Methane Bomb

Lemonick thinks most of us are worried about the atmosphere containing CO2 (0.04%) and [gasp] natural gas (0.0002%). Not the sort of “bomb” that would keep many awake at night I suspect. Continue reading

The IEA dares not lose faith in a “clean energy future”

The International Energy Agency’s latest Energy Technology Perspectives report presents a bleak picture of the world’s current state of progress towards a low-carbon energy system. Continue reading

Robert Rapier: The Facts About Canada’s Oil Sands and Climate Change

This week I was reading an article from the Associated Press called Some fracking critics use bad science. The gist of the article is that Gasland director Josh Fox used false information in his new film, The Sky is Pink. Among other things, he claimed that cancer rates were higher in Texas where fracking is taking place. Three different cancer researchers in the area contradicted him on this claim. Continue reading

Ronald Bailey: Hot Rumor: BEST Analysis Next Week to Report – Globe’s Temperature Up 1.5 Degrees Celsius

Stress – this is a rumor. However, the rumor says that next week Richard Muller will release the latest Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature analysis of surface temperature data going back as far as the 18th century. Continue reading

GHG reporting legislation: a sticking plaster approach to climate change?

Will new UK regulation for corporate greenhouse gas emissions reporting achieve its objectives? Continue reading

Meth-heads seek Arctic farts

Detection of methane in the Arctic

It’d be impressive if they were seeking something useful, like major hydrocarbon resources for extraction but no, this is not about development at all, just more global warming hand-wringing. Continue reading