Utter nonsense, and you know it. Followed by your usual suggestion of a conspiracy.Merlyn wrote:Climate change is real, happens all the time;
Issued by The National Weather Service
3:18 am EST, Thu., Feb. 4, 2010
... WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE... SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS... THIS STORM IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE 12 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH AREA... WITH A GOOD CHANCE FOR LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OVER 20 INCHES.
* TIMING... SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE MORNING FRIDAY... CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES... HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S FRIDAY. FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY... TEMPERATURES WILL BE 25 TO 30 DEGREES.
* WINDS... EAST 5 TO 10 MPH FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT... BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY. GUSTS SATURDAY AROUND 25 MPH.
THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE SIMILAR TO THE DECEMBER 19TH STORM. PLAN FOR SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVEL FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
And because of the disinformation of things like climate gate, NO ONE is ready for it!
Funny that eh?
'Hockey stick' graph creator Michael Mann cleared of academic misconduct
The American scientist who produced the "hockey stick graph" showing a sharp rise in global warming was largely cleared of misconduct by an academic investigation today.
The board of inquiry at Pennsylvania State University said it found no evidence that Michael Mann, a leading climatologist, had suppressed or falsified data, tried to destroy data or emails, or misused information. It will convene a second panel to investigate whether he had violated academic practices, including those governing exchanges between scholars.
The university ordered the investigation by three senior faculty members after Mann's name appeared in more than 375 of the hacked emails from the University of East Anglia's climate research unit. Climate change sceptics jumped on one email which describes Mann's solution to a problem as a "trick", a shorthand among scientists and mathematicians, as evidence of an effort to distort data.
The panel dismissed the charge. "The so-called 'trick' was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field," the panel said.
It also cleared Mann of purposely hiding or destroying email relating to an IPCC climate change report.
It said it found nothing to support the charge that Mann had conspired with like-minded scholars to block competing scholars.
Mann said he was pleased with the decision. "After a thorough review, the independent Penn State committee found no evidence to support any of the allegations against me. Three of the four allegations have been dismissed completely," he said. "Even though no evidence to substantiate the fourth allegation was found, the university administrators thought it best to convene a separate committee of distinguished scientists to resolve any remaining questions about academic procedures. This is very much the vindication I expected since I am confident I have done nothing wrong."
Environmental organisations also welcomed the decision, saying the controversy over the climate hack had been a dangerous distraction.
"This is a step in the right direction that should help us move past the manufactured controversy over the stolen emails," said Peter Frumhoff, director of climate policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "The truth is that global warming is here, it's dangerous, and it is already affecting us."
But Mann has become a favourite target of climate change deniers because of the powerful image of his hockey stick graph, which shows a sharp rise in average global temperature in the 20th century – and they are unlikely to stop now. The graph assembled data from hundreds of studies of past temperatures using tree rings, lake sediment, and glacier ice cores. It was first published in 1998.
It was evident from the surprise of Representative Barton on seeing this graph that witnesses in support of
what I shall call the “official” viewpoint at previous hearings on the question of “global warming” have
somehow succeeded in withholding from the Committee the fact that global temperatures have been
falling rapidly for seven years, contrary to the predictions of all of the computer models on which the UN
relies. The Committee may well wonder what else the “official” witnesses have been withholding.
DJ Droood wrote:It is like a sinking ship, and people are wondering if we hit an iceberg or if someone drilled a hole in the hull. She is going down, and the shipping company doesn't provide lifeboats, so they are getting the band to play louder and telling everyone over the PA system that nothing is wrong.
We don't need to know the exact science to know that we need to deal with pollution etc. I think what we need (in addition to politics which is unfortunately not going to go away) is small scale action. Every house reduces. Every house generates via wind, sun etc.
Merlyn wrote:As DJ Droood suggests, this was an orchestrated failure.
Merlyn wrote:We forget so easily don't we?
When it was coal heating the house, soot was all over the place. "Black Lung" was the result. Remember that? Of course not they all are dead!
It wasn't there before the Industrial Revolution
Binky wrote: If we cut down CO2 production massively, there will be a large reduction in atmospheric aerosols (they remain there for only 3-5 days), meaning more heat and light from the sun reach earths surface. This could cause another spike in global warming, affecting the climate on a huge scale; after all it is a complex system that can vary greatly due to a small influence (read: butterfly effect).
What options do we have?
"Solar-radiation management may be the only human response that can fend off rapid and high-consequence climate change impacts," University of Calgary physicist David Keith writes in Nature.
"But because there's particularly been a taboo about talking about this, there's been very little serious work done," Keith said in an interview with the Star.
The "geoengineering" of our atmosphere could involve shooting sulphur particles into the stratosphere to refract sunlight back into space, and creating low-altitude clouds using particles of sea salt.
Binky wrote:I think that process would be viable; but as it rightly states governments may switch focus from reducing the cause and finding a longterm solution to that of screening the main problem with cheap and essentially short-term solutions whilst the problem compounds itself. Leaving it until later to try to sort the problem. I think that as a species we are programmed to only effectively respond to immediate threats; in this case I think that time will be too late.
Plate collisions disrupt these carbon fluxes in a variety of ways, some tending to elevate and some tending to lower the atmospheric carbon dioxide level. It has been suggested that the Eocene, the early warm trend 55 million years ago, was caused by elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and that a subsequent decrease in atmospheric carbon dioxide led to the cooling trend over the past 52 million years. One mechanism proposed as a cause of this decrease in carbon dioxide is that mountain uplift lead to enhanced weathering of silicate rocks, and thus removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Merlyn wrote:Sulphur in the atmosphere causes acid rain..
Not a good choice.
Have you ever wondered why you only ever hear the pro AGW argument on the BBC?
The BBC's pension pot is managed by IIGCC read their mission statement-
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Merlyn wrote:The group’s objective is to catalyse greater investment in a low carbon economy by bringing investors together to use their collective influence with companies, policymakers and investors.
Members of the workstreams are self selected. However, all members must participate in at least one workstream. Workstream coordinators are mainly drawn from fund management members who have specialist in-house staff, whilst pension fund members provide a governance function. Further detail is given in the IIGCC Constitution
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For the purposes of fee calculations, the value of assets/funds under management is as estimated at 31st December in the preceding year. The annual membership fee is payable on 1st January each year and is non-refundable. Any new member joining after 30th June in any year may be charged 50% of the annual fee.
Institutional funds (i.e. pension funds and charitable trusts) are the primary governance mechanism for IIGCC. Pension funds and their members are amongst those with most to lose if companies and markets are negatively affected by either direct impacts of climate change or by sudden political responses to it. And pension fund members want to have a safe and healthy world to retire into, something which climate change puts at risk. Given that responsible corporate behaviour could do much to minimise the negative impact of climate change, pension funds and other institutional shareholders have an important role to play.
Climate change is a risk which is consistent with pension funds time-frame of interest but fund managers have many reasons for focusing on shorter time-frames. Pension funds therefore have a fiduciary duty to do what they can to ensure that fund managers are taking longer-term risks, like those associated with climate change, into account. IIGCC does not substitute for individual fund managers taking action, but leverages each manager’s effort so that the sum is greater than the parts. Climate change is such a complex issue on such a big scale that no fund manager would claim to be able to respond to all aspects of the challenge if acting alone. By sharing experience and understanding, IIGCC also helps ensure that companies are not being pulled in different directions by investors failing to co-ordinate.
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