The week that was: 2019-05-18 (May 18, 2019)
Presented to you by SEPP (www.SEPP.org)
The draft scientific and environmental policy
Quote of the week: "For a technology to be successful, reality must take precedence over public relations, because Nature can not be fooled." – Richard Feynman at NASA after the Challenger explosion.
Number of the week: 415.26 ppm
By Ken Haapala, Chair, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Language: In WUWT, a TWTW reader asked, "Do you see a trend in reports on climate change, for example in the last 3 years? Is it better, scientifically speaking, or worse?
Both in newspapers and in scientific or scientific journals, reports have become more strident and personal attacks more frequent. But this was happening well before Donald Trump's election.
For example, in their 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt attacking four distinguished scientists, Oreskes and Conway, suggested that evidence supporting their claims could be found in the work referenced in the footnotes. Of course, the evidence was not there. By 2015, these subtleties had disappeared and no footnotes were needed.
In the lead-up to the 2015 Paris Agreement, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its proponents have been among the leaders in the strident assertions on certainty that $ 100 billion per year to the United Nations Green Climate Fund could mitigate the threat of climate change by controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As the IPCC became more severe on the effects of CO2 on temperature, it produced no significant tangible evidence. The effort was political, not scientific.
Based on hard evidence and compared to natural changes, CO2 plays a less active role in climate change. In an article by meteorologist Joe Bastardi, which covers the past 600 million years, shows the weak historical relationship between CO2 and temperatures. The graph may not be accurate, but it should not be ignored unless there is strong and compelling evidence of the strength of the relationship – evidence that the IPCC and its subscribers have failed to produce.
The recent attacks on Will Happer and the proposal to create an independent committee to examine climate science indicate that climate officials know something is wrong with his work. Happer is an expert in atomic, molecular and optical physics, which includes the study of electromagnetic radiation (including infrared radiation), the very field needed to understand how the increase in CO2 can affect the temperature of Earth by slowing down electromagnetic radiation (including infrared radiation). from the surface of the earth to the space. Yet editorials in scientific journals claim that he is not qualified because he's not a climatologist – no matter what. See links under Challenge of Orthodoxy and Change in US Administrations.
Guardian Guidelines: According to reports, the British newspaper The Guardian has updated its style guidelines. As reported in The Hill newspaper, the guidelines:
"… no longer recommend the use of the terms" climate change "and" global alert ".
"The Guardian will instead use" climate change "and" global warming "rather than" global warming ", although other expressions are not forbidden.The document will also stop using the term" climate-skeptic ", opting instead for "climatologist".
"We will use" fauna "instead of" biodiversity "and" fish stocks "will also be replaced by" fish populations ".
"We want to make sure that we are scientifically accurate, while communicating clearly with the readers on this very important issue," said editor Katharine Viner in an article in Guardian on Friday explaining the change. "The term" climate change ", for example, seems rather passive and sweet when scientists speak of a disaster for humanity.
"More and more climate scientists and organizations, from the UN to the Met Office, are changing terminology and using stronger language to describe the situation we find ourselves in," she added.
"The article notes that the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has used the phrase" climate crisis ", as has the climate scientist, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the European Union and the pope. "
According to these guidelines, is TWTW a denial of climate science because TWTW asserts that the IPCC version of climatology is not a science, as it ignores contradictory factual evidence or is it a denier of climate science? because TWTW says the IPCC does not understand the greenhouse effect? See the links under Defense of Orthodoxy.
Nature and Kids: Nature magazine published an article advocating the use of children to motivate parents to fight political change, or "climate disruption." Statistician William Briggs discusses the absurdity of the proposal.
It is also useful to review the maturation of the human brain. According to the Encyclopedia of Health at the Medical Center of the University of Rochester:
"Understanding the brain of teens
"It does not matter how clever teenagers are or their score on SAT or ACT. Good judgment is not something in which they can excel, at least not yet.
"The rational part of a teenager's brain is not fully developed and will not be fully developed until about 25 years old.
"In fact, recent research has shown that the brains of adults and adolescents work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the rational part of the brain. It is the part of the brain that responds to situations with discernment and awareness of long-term consequences. Teens treat information with the amygdala. It's the emotional part.
"In the adolescent brain, the links between the emotional part of the brain and the decision center are always developing – and not always at the same pace. That's why, when teens have overwhelming emotional input, they can not explain later what they thought. They did not think as much as they felt. "
Unfortunately, for many politicians, it seems that the prefrontal cortex has never fully developed. See the links under Better Communicating with the Public – Using Child Propaganda and https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=3051.
Greenhouse Effect – Advantages: It is generally accepted that greenhouse gases are naturally part of the Earth's atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are estimated to increase the average temperature of the Earth's surface by about 33ºC (60ºF). Without greenhouse gases, it is estimated that the average surface temperature would be about minus 18ºC (0ºF), instead of the current 15ºC (59ºF) for the global temperatures estimated today. hui. Water vapor and clouds account for 70 to 90% of the greenhouse effect. The 70% comes from the 1992 IPCC report. Others claim a more important role for water vapor and clouds. The other big greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, whose contribution is estimated between 5 and 25%.
It is important to realize that without the greenhouse effect, the mainland regions of the land mass outside the tropics would be much colder at night – well below the freezing point. Such temperatures would prevent agriculture in the world's largest bread baskets, in temperate regions. Herbs such as wheat and corn do not grow. Under such conditions, the only plants growing in the Midwest might be mosses, heaths and lichens such as those growing on the tundra. (As reported in last week's TWTW, Roy Spencer estimated that, based on NASA Aqua Satellite's AIRS infrared temperature measuring instrument, about 80% of the warming since the launch of the satellite in 2002 s is produced at night.)
The greenhouse effect is essential for agriculture and for living in the United States. For the Supreme Court, finding that greenhouse gases, namely water vapor and carbon dioxide, are pollutants that can be regulated by the EPA under the Clean Air Act is a extraordinary act that requires exceptional evidence. The Supreme Court did not have one. In its conclusion that greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare, the EPA has ignored the benefits of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect, but does not believe that it is a good choice. has provided no tangible evidence of harm, but only questionable studies and models that do not describe what is happening in the atmosphere.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (IEC) has filed a Request for Correction under the Quality of Information Act asking the EPA to stop using its conclusion on endangering harm. 39, it corrects procedural errors made in the preparation of the conclusion on endangerment. This is in addition to the previous petition filed by CEI and SEPP and is not part of a future supplement being developed stating that the evidence presented by the EPA demonstrates that there is no need for it. it does not understand the greenhouse effect and its benefits. See the links under Challenging Orthodoxy.
Multicellular Life: About 3.5 billion years ago, life was much simpler. It consisted largely of microorganisms such as prokaryotes, membrane-bound, single-celled, single-celled organisms. These are considered more primitive than eukaryotes that have a well-defined membrane-bound nucleus and specialized structures.
A prokaryotic form, the blue-green bacteria, the cyanobacteria, has developed a method of obtaining energy by photosynthesis, using the energy of the sun to chemically break down water and carbon dioxide molecules and reform, creating carbohydrates and oxygen. Then life is complicated and a multicellular life has developed little by little, including, much later, animals.
All multicellular life depends on the decomposition of water molecules and carbon dioxide. However, in their gaseous phase, these compounds are called pollutants.
Svensmark and cosmic rays: Last week, our friends from WUWT interviewed Henrik Svensmark, who developed the hypothesis that, in times of low solar activity, cosmic high-energy rays increase the cloudiness of the Earth's atmosphere. . In times of strong solar activity, the intensification of the solar wind reduces the number of high energy cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere, thereby reducing cloudiness. Unfortunately, the written introduction of the interview was a bit cloudy about cosmic rays and solar radiation. TWTW is not related to it.
Svenmark's hypothesis is that as they enter the atmosphere, high-energy cosmic rays from supernovae (huge stars) explode, generating ionization traces that serve as nucleation sites for clouds. When the sun is very active, that is during periods of many sunspots, the solar wind and the powerful solar magnetic field reduce the flux of these energetic cosmic rays, which reduces the cloud cover. In periods of low solar activity (such as the Maunder minimum), cosmic ray flux increases cloud cover, blocking sunlight and cooling the Earth.
Astrophysicist Gordon Fulks, "Solar Modulation of Electrons, Protons and Alphas from Galactic Cosmic Rays, JGR 1975" alerted SEPP about the confusion surrounding the huge difference in energy between galactic cosmic rays and the solar production. See links under Science: Is the sun rising?
Energy and Information Infrastructure: Energy expert Mark Mills has produced five parts of a series of Real Clear Energy that address the huge demands for electricity from the development of electronics and associated high-tech equipment . The development of "smart" technologies and artificial intelligence will put loads on the network that renewables can not afford. Among the essential requirements for data centers and other "smart" centers, the electricity needs to be reliable. The wind and the sun are not, and the backups of the battery are quickly exhausted. Power demands are too big.
Mills sums up his views in another article claiming that an energy revolution will not come from renewable energies. He declares:
"If we want to disrupt the energy status quo, we will need new fundamental discoveries in science. As Bill Gates said, the challenge calls for "scientific miracles". No expected technological breakthrough will come from subsidizing yesterday's technologies, including wind and solar power. Internet has not emerged from the subsidy of the switched telephone, nor from the transistor to the subsidy of vacuum tubes, nor from the automobile to the subsidy of the railways. If politicians took seriously the pursuit of the next energy revolution, they would talk much more about the need to revitalize support for basic science. "
A number of comments were made on the fact that ExxonMobil would devote $ 100 million to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and to other DOE labs, with a focus on " the development of transformative advanced energy technologies focused on reducing emissions ". engage in failed technologies such as "biofuels, carbon capture and storage technologies". One wonders if something really transformative will come from this research. See the links in the Challenging Orthodoxy and Finding a Common Ground section.
AVPIL FOOLS AWARD FROM SEPP
The SEPP makes its annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a piece of coal. Readers are invited to nominate and vote for those who, in their opinion, deserve the most, according to the following criteria:
· The candidate has made, or proposes to advance, a significant expansion of governmental power, regulation or control over the public or important sectors of the economy in general.
· The nominated candidate does so by stating that such measures are necessary to protect public health, well-being or the environment.
· The candidate states that physical science supports such measures.
· The physical science that supports the measures is at best fragile or non-existent.
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Number of the week: 415.26 ppm. (parts per million) The NOAA observatory of Mauna Loa Hawaii (3397 meters) reached 415.26 ppm of carbon dioxide on May 14th. Traditionally, levels reach their lowest level in May, and then Northern Hemisphere plant life consumes CO2 to grow. The moment should be conducive to the fun of spring and the greening of the planet. Unfortunately, for many, the time is up to spread the fear of CO2. See the links under Measurement Problems – Surface.
NEWS THAT YOU CAN USE:
Science: is the sun rising?
The mystery of cosmic high energy rays
By Staff Writers, NASA, accessed May 13, 2019
Major force of SVENSMARK, the important role of the sun in climate change
By H. Sterling Burnett, WUWT, May 9, 2019
[SEPP Comment: See comments above under the heading of Svensmark and Cosmic Rays.]
Libel-pedia? Climate Institute sends "Cease & Desist" against Wikipedia! 7-page list of "lies", "malicious intentions"
By P Gosselin, Zone Without Part, May 15, 2019
Challenging Orthodoxy – NIPCC
Climate change reconsidered II: physical science
Idso, Carter and Singer, Lead Authors / Publishers, International Non-Governmental Climate Change Group (NIPCC), 2013
Climate change reconsidered II: biological impacts
Idso, Idso, Carter and Singer, Lead Authors / Publishers, International Non-Governmental Climate Change Group (NIPCC), 2014
Climate change reconsidered II: fossil fuels
By several authors, editions Bezdek, Idso, Legates and Singer, International Non-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, April 2019.
Why scientists do not agree on global warming
The NIPCC report on the scientific consensus
By Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter and S. Fred Singer, International Non-Governmental Climate Change Group (NIPCC), November 23, 2015
Nature, not human activity, governs the climate
S. Fred Singer, Publisher, NIPCC, 2008
IEC requests EPA to correct 2009 finding of endangerment
By Myron Ebell, IEC, May 17, 2019
Half of the 21st century warming due to El Nino
By Roy Spencer, May 13, 2019
Want an energy revolution?
It will not come from renewable energies – which can never provide all the energy we need – but fundamental scientific discoveries.
By Mark Mills, City Journal, May 3, 2019 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Energy and information infrastructures: Part 5: robots too: Huang's law and the voracious appetite for artificial intelligence
By Mark Mills, Real Clear Energy, May 16, 2019
"Gimme Gimme shock treatment"
By Joe Bastardi, Patriot Post, May 17, 2019 [H/t ICECAP]
The mass extinction is exposed: life is flourishing
By Gregory Wrightstone, Inconvenient Facts, May 13, 2019 [H/t Paul Homewood]
Worried about extinctions? Go check the facts
By Paul Homewood, Few People Know, May 17, 2019
How capitalism will save endangered species
By Dan Hannan, Examiner in Washington, May 10, 2019
Spotlight on the pulse of our planet
By Staff Writers, Paris (ESA), May 14, 2019
"Satellites provide crucial information to help solve our biggest global problem: climate change. In addition to taking the pulse of our planet, satellite data is used in a multitude of everyday applications and is increasingly used in business. It is therefore not surprising that more than 4,000 people gathered in Milan to hear the latest scientific discoveries about Earth's natural processes and global changes, and to learn about the wealth of new opportunities offered by the world. Earth observation. "
[SEPP Comment: No mention of global atmospheric temperature trends from 40 years of satellite data or changing infrared energy from earth to space from over 16 years of data.]
Guardian updates its style: climate change is now "a climate emergency, a crisis or a breakdown"
By Rachel Franzin, The Hill, May 17, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Great propaganda photo of unidentified chimneys belching black stuff in low light, probably steam under special effects.]
These arguments about climate change must die
Recent climate protests have sparked a wave of dangerous cynicism that must be overcome.
By Joe Sandler Clarke, Vice President, May 15, 2019
We have just broken a CO2 record. Here is why it's important
By Chelsea Harvey, E & E News, May 16, 2019
"Atmospheric CO2 levels are directly correlated with rising global temperatures."
[SEPP Comment: Bunk! Some readers may not be able to link to the article.]
To question orthodoxy
Neff: when the reason is pushed to the corner
By Ondřej Neff, Czech science fiction writer and editor-in-chief of The Invisible Dog, the frame of reference, May 11, 2019
"From a rational point of view, the environmentalism is perfectly absurd in the conditions of the western world. The environment has clearly improved for decades. It has never attracted as much attention as it gets today, the air has never been clearer than today, the fish are returning to rivers where they are not seen. for decades. All this reality has been called "emergency state", while a three-year limit has been claimed to quantify the point of no return. "
Scientific hubris and global warming
Guest Message from Gregory Sloop, WUWT, May 17, 2019
Honeymoon Renewable Energy is over?
By John Constable, GWPF, May 11, 2019
Recent studies indicate that species extinctions decrease with warming – Mass extinction events due to COOLING
By Kenneth Richard, NO Tricks Zone, May 16, 2019
Our urban climate crisis
By Jim Steele, his blog, May 14, 2019
"Since weather stations around the world record only local conditions, it is important to understand that more than a third of the world's weather stations report a cooling trend (Figure 4 below). Cooling trends have several local and regional causes, but clearly Cooling trends do not face a "climate crisis". Unfortunately, by averaging the cooling and warming trends, local factors affecting various trends have been obscured. "
Why does McKinsey distort the facts?
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, May 14, 2019
[SEPP Comment: McKinsey is a “worldwide management consulting firm,” demonstrating incompetence?]
It's cheaper to talk than to reduce emissions
By Bjørn Lomborg, Project Syndicate, May 17, 2019
Brazil cancels another UN climate change event
By Staff Writers, AP, May 14, 2019 [H/t GWPF]
Who knew? The fourth largest country has threatened to withdraw from the Paris agreement
By Jo Nova, his blog, May 17, 2019
Green Flop: Falling investment in renewable energy prevents Paris targets in the fight against climate change
By Staff Writers, Financial Times, May 14, 2019
Change in US administrations
The Trump administration could "re-examine" climate modeling
Environmental advocates are troubled by the statements of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a meeting of environment ministers
By Jean Chemnick, E & E News, Via Scientific American, May 10, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Why worry, the science is settled! Or is it?]
Can Trump save your air conditioner from the deep state?
By Ben Lieberman, IEC, May 14, 2019
Trump vs. the Green New Deal
By Robert Bradley Jr. Main resource, May 16, 2019
Problems in orthodoxy
German Association of Employers, Op Ed: "No expert politician in Berlin no longer believes in a transition to green energies"
By P Gosselin, Zone Sans Part, May 14, 2019
The collapse of German onshore wind is jeopardizing the EU's renewable energy targets
The country has installed only 134 MW of new onshore wind capacity in the first three months of 2019 – its worst first quarter since 2000
By Priyanka Shrestha, Energy Live News, May 13, 2019
Flop German Energiewende – despite spending billions of euros
By Staff Writers, Daily Telegraph, via GWPF, May 15, 2019
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declares provincial carbon tax will vanish May 30
By Dean Bennett, National Post, May 14, 2019
United Nations biodiversity officials fail transparency test
IPBES does not provide any resumes to most members of its influential group.
By Donna Laframboise, Big Picture News, May 13, 2019
Looking for a common ground
ExxonMobil, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Launches $ 100 Million Partnership for Low Emissions Technologies
By Michael Sandoval, Western Wire, May 8, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Doubt this will deflect attacks against ExxonMobil or accusations against skeptics of taking money from ExxonMobil.]
Why resources are not "natural" and will never be exhausted
By Steve Goreham, Washington Times, May 14, 2019
"Last week, the World Wide Fund for Nature proclaimed May 10 European Day of Overcoming the Normal, the day when Europe consumed its share of the Earth's resources for the year."
Review of recent scientific articles by CO2 Science
Réponse d'un arbre tropical exposé au CO2 et à la sécheresse
de Oliveira, M.F. et Marenco, R.A. 2019. Échanges de gaz, répartition de la biomasse et efficacité de l'utilisation de l'eau en réponse à l'augmentation de CO2 et à la sécheresse dans l'andiroba (Carapa surinamensis, Meliaceae). iForest 12: 61-68. 9 mai 2019
«Notant que des modèles climatiques prévoient que la région amazonienne pourrait connaître de futures sécheresses prolongées en raison des changements climatiques induits par le CO2, de Oliveira et Marenco (2019) se sont attachés à« évaluer les effets de l'augmentation des émissions de CO2 (eCO2) et de la sécheresse sur taux de photosynthèse, efficacité de l'utilisation de l'eau et allocation de la biomasse dans l'andiroba (Carapa surinamensis) ».
«À la lumière de tout ce qui précède, il est clair que la croissance des arbres de l’andiroba bénéficiera de la hausse des concentrations de CO2 dans l’atmosphère, ce qui stimulera leur croissance et améliorera leur utilisation de l’eau, en particulier en période de sécheresse.»
Les effets interactifs du CO2 et de l'intensité lumineuse sur la floraison des orchidées
Cho, A.R., Song, S.J., Chung, S.W. et Kim, Y. 201 2019. L’enrichissement en CO2 avec un niveau de lumière plus élevé améliore la qualité de la floraison de la Phalaenopsis Queen Beer ‘Maneforn.’ [Really] Scientia Horticulturae 247: 356-361. May 16, 2019
L'impact du CO2 élevé sur la croissance du soja et la résistance aux herbivores
Zhang, Y., Dai, Y., Wan, G., Liu, B., Xing, G. et Chen, F. 2018. Effets d'un taux élevé de CO2 sur la chimie des plantes, la croissance, le rendement en soja résistant et l'alimentation le lépidoptère cible, Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Entomologie environnementale 47: 848-856. 15 mai 2019
"Ainsi, à l'avenir, les agriculteurs qui cultiveront le cultivar Lamar seront peut-être mieux à même de tirer profit des effets de réduction des émissions nuisibles et d'amélioration des rendements des plantes observés dans ce pays par l'augmentation des émissions de CO2 dans l'atmosphère."
Les effets de l'eau de mer de pCO2 élevée sur les larves de morue du Pacifique
Hurst, T. P., Copeman, L.A., Haines, S.A., Meredith, S.D., Daniels, K. et Hubbard, K.M. 2019. Une teneur élevée en CO2 modifie le comportement, la croissance et la composition lipidique des larves de morue du Pacifique. Marine Environmental Research 145: 52-65. 13 mai 2019
Problèmes de mesure – Surface
415,26 parties par million: les niveaux de CO2 ont atteint un record historique
Par Patrick Galey, Paris (AFP), 14 mai 2019
Quel est le problème avec l’enregistrement de la température de surface? Invité: Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.
Par Anthony Watts, WUWT, 13 mai 2019
Pas de bâtons de hockey: des études révèlent un manque de réchauffement à long terme
Par Vijay Jayaraj, WUWT, 16 mai 2019
Une nouvelle reconstruction de la température, utilisant des mesures de température approximatives à partir de sites d’Asie centrale, a révélé qu’il n’ya pas eu de réchauffement au cours des 432 dernières années.
Le mois d'avril le plus chaud jamais enregistré sur Terre
Par Miranda Green, La Colline, le 17 mai 2019
Lien vers les données: Centre sur le climat de Tokyo, Centre régional sur le climat de l'OMM dans la Région II (Asie)
Anomalies mensuelles de la température de surface moyenne mondiale en avril (1891 – 2019, valeur préliminaire)
«L'anomalie mensuelle de la température moyenne de la surface de la planète en avril 2019 (c'est-à-dire la moyenne de la température de l'air en surface et de la température de surface près du sol) était supérieure de 0,43 ° C à la moyenne de 1981-2010 (+ 0,82 ° C par rapport au 20e siècle). deuxième température la plus chaude depuis 1891. À plus longue échéance, les températures moyennes à la surface de la planète ont augmenté de 0,78 ° C par siècle ».
[SEPP Comment: Based on very sparse, or spotty, data.]
Robots recréant des températures antérieures – Il est préférable d'éviter les données australiennes
Par Jennifer Marohasy, son blog, le 17 mai 2019
«Alors que l'intelligence artificielle, et en particulier les RNA, est maintenant considérée comme une technologie mature utilisée pour une variété de tâches nécessitant la reconnaissance de modèles, la prise de décision et la prévision – leur capacité est refusée par les climatologues traditionnels. L'une des raisons est que des scientifiques du climat réputés affirment que les cycles naturels du climat ont été tellement perturbés par le dioxyde de carbone qu'ils ne persistent plus. Ce n’est bien sûr qu’une hypothèse qui peut être testée à l’aide des ANN comme outil de recherche. "
[SEPP Comment: Unfortunately, the term ANN is not defined; it probably refers to neutral networks of computing systems – a framework of many different machine learning algorithms.]
Problèmes de mesure – Atmosphère
Orbiting NASA instrument to examine Boston’s carbon emissions, plant life
By Kat J. McAlpine for BU News, Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2019
Much closer to home, researchers in Boston have the critical job of validating the data that will be coming down from OCO-3 by comparing the measurements with those taken from the ground.
Measurement Issues – Energy Flow
CO2 Climate Forcing In The Earth System Context: The Honey Bee Versus The Sun
By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, May 13, 2019
A New US Areal No Drought Record
By Roger Pielke Jr. His Blog, May 16, 2019
[SEPP Comment: The proportion of US Land area not in drought is increasing.]
Cold Throttles N. Hemisphere Spring: “It’s Been Brutal” …”Can’t Remember Such A Delayed Spring” …”Barely A Hint Of Leaves On Trees”
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 17, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Where it is cooling, it’s called weather; where it is warming, it’s called climate.]
Deluge in California
By Cliff Mass, Weather and Climate Blog, May 15, 2019
New potential for tracking severe storms
By Staff Writers, Paris (ESA), May 15, 2019
The Little Ice Age: What Happened Around the World
Between 1300 and 1850, the Earth experienced a Little Ice Age whose cause to this day is not known.
By Marcia Wendof, Interesting Engineering, May 15, 2019 [H/t GWPF]
New Findings Contradict Alarmist Rahmstorf: Arctic/Greenland Ice Melt “Barely Impacting AMOC”
Gulfstream “barely impacted” by Arctic ice melt
By Die kalte Sonne (German text translated/edited by P Gosselin), No Tricks Zone, May 12, 2019
Drilling into the seabed beneath Earth’s most powerful ocean current
International expedition studies current’s past dynamics to understand its future
By Staff Writers, NSF Public Affairs, May 15, 2019
“The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the planet’s most powerful and arguably most important current. It is the only current to flow clear around the globe without being diverted by any landmass.”
Low ocean oxygen levels can blind sea creatures
Vision in marine invertebrates very sensitive to oxygen in the water
Media Release, National Science Foundation, May 16, 2019
Link to paper: Vision is highly sensitive to oxygen availability in marine invertebrate larvae
By Lillian R. McCormick, et al, Journal of Experimental Biology, Apr 21, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Has usual and questionable assertions of human-caused changes.]
Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice
Jakobshavn Isbrae: Mighty Greenland glacier slams on brakes
By Jonathan Amos, BBC, May 14, 2019 [H/t GWPF]
Study finds 24% of West Antarctic ice is now unstable
Press Release, American Geophysical Union, EurekAlert, May 16, 2019
Link to paper: Trends in Antarctic Ice Sheet Elevation and Mass
By Andrew Shepherd, et al., Geophysical Research Letters, May 16, 2019
[SEPP Comment: The opening sentence of the press release demonstrates its alarmist tone: “In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.” The data starts 25 years ago, we have no idea what was occurring before!]
New study boosts understanding of how ocean melts Antarctic Ice Sheet
By Staff Writers, Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2019
Link to paper: Seasonality of warm water intrusions onto the continental shelf near the Totten Glacier
By Alessandro Silvano, JGR Oceans, May 3, 2019
Better understanding of coral-algae relationship could help prevent bleaching
By Brooks Hays, Washington (UPI), May 13, 2019
“Little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying their symbiotic relationship — how can we understand the break-up if we don’t understand the relationship in the first place?” Cheong Xin Chan, a researcher at the University of Queensland and its Institute for Molecular Bioscience, said in a news release.
[SEPP Comment: The research measuring the changing pH of the critical region for coral growth is an important step.]
An Ocean Acidification Experiment
By Michael Chase, clisciwatch May 2019 [H/t WUWT]
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Global wheat production set to hit record 777Mt: USDA
By Staff Writers, Grain Central, May 13, 2019
Climate Change Killing Frogs, Say BBC
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 13, 2019
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Guardian Lauds Coal Free Week- But Forgets To Mention Gas Supplied 49%!
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 11, 2019
“This BMRS is the primary channel for providing operational data relating to the GB Electricity Balancing and Settlement arrangements. It is used extensively by market participants to help make trading decisions and understanding market dynamics and acts as a prompt reporting platform as well as a means of accessing historic data.”]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
BBC Claims Poor Countries Are Worse Off Because Of Fossil Fuels
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 12, 2019
Video: Netflix, Attenborough and Cliff-Falling Walruses, the Making of a False Climate Icon
By Staff Writers, GWPF, May 17, 2019
Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children
Nature Advocates Using Children To Propagandize Parents
By William Briggs, His Blog, May 14, 2019
Children can foster climate change concern among their parents
By Danielle F. Lawson, et al. Nature, Climate Change, May 6, 2019
Brainwashing Children Works?
By John Hinderaker, Powerline, May 12, 2019
Questioning European Green
EU Faces Plastic Waste Crisis in Wake of New Export Restrictions
Press Release by GWPF, May 15, 2019
Link to EU “recycling” study: Save the Oceans: Stop recycling plastic
By Mikko Paunio, GWPF, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Under “recycling,” no longer can the EU ship it to Asia and Africa where it becomes a major part of the ocean trash.]
Questioning Green Elsewhere
On the Energy Innumeracy of the supporters of Canada’s Green New Deal
By Blair King, A Chemist in Langley, May 7, 2019 [H/t Cooler Heads]
[SEPP Comment: The US is not the only country where bold new plans for energy fail to recognize simple physics and chemistry.]
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Democrats Try to Extend Wind, Solar Aid They Agreed to Let Die
By Ari Natter, Bloomberg, May 15, 2019 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Critics blame solar farms for high electricity bills as it emerges owners earn more money from taxpayer-funded handouts than selling energy [UK]
By Colin Frenandez, Daily Mail, May 12, 2019 [H/t GWPF]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
Modus Operandi: How the EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Keep Your Fears Alive.
By Frank Schnell, Science 2.0, Nov 7, 2018
Energy Issues – Non-US
Energy and the Information Infrastructure Part 5: Robots Eat Too: Huang’s Law & The Voracious Appetite of Artificial Intelligence
By Mark Mills, Real Clear Energy, May 16, 2019
Fossil Fuels vs. Climate Politics: Two Graphs
By Robert Bradley, Jr. IER, May 15, 2019
Corbyn’s Power Grab: Prospects for Public Ownership of the UK Energy Sector
By John Constable, GWPF, May 15, 2019
Energy Issues — US
Natural Gas Is Good, but Opposition Escalates
By Kenneth Costello, Master Resource, May 15, 2019
Washington’s or State Government’s Control of Energy
Another Day, Another Blocked Pipeline into New York
By Ben Lieberman, CEI, May 17, 2019
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
US oil, LNG export buildout takes shape on Gulf Coast
By Meghan Gordon, et al, S&P Global, Platts, May 13, 2019
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Tesla’s Solar Business Approaches Terminal Decline
By John Engle, Seeking Alpha, May 6, 2019
[SEPP Comment: SolarCity in Buffalo, NY, is failing?]
The Problem of Renewable Energy and Intermittency
By Cornelis van Kooten, Master Resource, May 14, 2019
[SEPP Comment: Discussion of back-up choices. How is the cost of back-up allocated?]
Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 13, 2019
By John Droz, Jr. Master Resource, May 13, 2019
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles
States Start Hitting America’s Electric Drivers With Higher Fees
Other nations want to boost electric cars. In the U.S., they’re a threat to gasoline-tax revenue.
By David Bakers, Bloomberg, May 13, 2019
Trump administration cancels $929-million grant for California bullet train
By Ralph Vartabedian and Stuart Leavenworth, LA Times, May 16, 2019
California’s CO2 reduction claim bogus, ignores states forest management and wildfire emissions debacle
Guest essay by Larry Hamlin, WUWT, May 17, 2019
Health, Energy, and Climate
LED light can damage eyes, health authority warns
By Amlie Baubeu, (AFP) May 15, 2019
“The ‘blue light’ in LED lighting can damage the eye’s retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms, France’s government-run health watchdog said this week.
“New findings confirm earlier concerns that ‘exposure to an intense and powerful [LED] light is ‘photo-toxic’ and can lead to irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision,’ the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) warned in a statement.”
[SEPP Comment: A great advance in energy efficiency is dashed? Is it time to throw away cell phones and similar health hazards?]
‘Mexican Blood Flu’ A Hoax, Started By Supplement-Selling Dirtbags
By Josh Bloom, ACSH, May 16, 2019
WWF support for sterilization programs and “shoot on sight” [of humans?] uncovered by Dutch TV
By Staff Writers, Survival, May 17, 2019 [H/t GWPF]
Other News that May Be of Interest
Rebounding sea lions offer entertainment, havoc at marinas
By Tom Banse, AP, May 13, 2019
[SEPP Comment: The US Marine Mammal Act has been a great success, to the dismay of many humans living near the exploding mammal populations.]
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Bill Nye tees off on climate change skeptics: ‘The planet is on f—ing fire!’
By Joe Concha, The Hill, May 13, 2019
“Activist and television host Bill Nye said the Earth is “on f—ing fire” in a new video warning about climate change, with the self-described ‘Science Guy’ urging lawmakers to “grow the f— up” and allocate money to fight rising emissions.”
Internet Science Made Stupid: “Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico ‘Supervolcano’ About To Erupt”
Guest geological storytelling by David Middleton, WUWT, May 15, 2019
1. Roundup of Cancer Evidence
The EPA says the weed killer is safe and noncarcinogenic.
Editorial, WSJ, May 14, 2019
The editorial states:
“A California jury awarded a stunning $2.055 billion Monday to a couple who claim that Bayer AG’s Roundup weed killer caused their cancer. But would the judgment have been different if the judge had allowed the jury to see contradictory evidence?
“That’s the question Bayer will raise in its appeal thanks to Judge Winifred Smith, who presided over the trial. The Alameda County Superior Court judge denied a request by Bayer’s lawyers to inform the jury that the Environmental Protection Agency concluded last month that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is noncarcinogenic and poses no risk to public health when used as directed.
‘What’s the relevance?’ Judge Smith asked before dismissing Bayer’s request. But if glyphosate is safe, then it isn’t responsible for the non-Hodgkin lymphoma of Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The verdict follows two other recent cases awarding $158 million against Roundup. Bayer now faces lawsuits from some 13,400 plaintiffs bringing similar claims.
The plaintiff lawyers behind these cases rely heavily on the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which claimed glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic.’ But the EPA’s new glyphosate assessment is far more robust than that 2015 analysis. Among other considerations, the EPA’s experts looked at 167 epidemiological, animal carcinogenicity, and genotoxicity studies. The agency excluded 39 of those studies over concerns about quality.
The IARC relied on fewer than half as many such studies. It was ‘limited to data published in openly available scientific literature and as such only considered a subset of the studies that EPA considered,’ says Alexandra Dunn, the assistant administrator at EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
The international agency also failed to nix research focused on non-mammalian species like worms or reptiles, which the EPA considered irrelevant in determining human risk. And in 2017 Reuters reported the IARC ignored and omitted evidence that glyphosate was noncarcinogenic.
The IARC has issued cancer risk warnings for more than 1,000 products and activities, including hot beverages, aloe, red meat and working the night shift. An adviser for its glyphosate assessment, Christopher Portier, was accepting pay from Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, a firm known for its cancer class-action lawsuits. Mr. Portier now appears as a witness for the plaintiffs in the Roundup litigation.
The EPA’s glyphosate judgment is an interim finding and awaits final approval. But it follows similar judgments by regulators from the European Union, Australia, Japan, Canada and other developed countries after comprehensive evaluations. A longitudinal study published in 2017 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute tracked cancer incidence among nearly 45,000 licensed pesticide applicators who used Roundup. The study found that ‘in unlagged analyses, glyphosate was not statistically significantly associated with cancer at any site.’
The EPA also looked for possible hazards to those who ate crops exposed to glyphosate. The agency made conservative assumptions about the levels of glyphosate residue on the crops and drinking water and concluded there is no risk to human health.
That sure sounds relevant, and perhaps the jury would have agreed. Big business isn’t popular these days, but companies don’t deserve to be looted based on a biased presentation of scientific evidence. [Boldface added.]