@DeSmogBlog: Judge Dismisses Libel Claim, Climate “Sceptic” Tim Ball Not Credible Enough To Take Seriously

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed a libel action against “climate change sceptic” Dr. Tim Ball on the basis that Ball’s writing is not suffic­iently credible to inflict damage on the reput­ation of a profes­sional climate s­cientist.

The libel suit was launched in 2011 by Canadian climate scientist (and now leader of the British Columbia Green Party) Andrew Weaver in protest against…

2018-02-14 21:54

@Google: Walters: Politi­cians can't have it both ways on climate change The Mercury News

The Mercury News Walters: Politi­cians can't have it both ways on climate change The Mercury News Workers conduct repairs on an apartment complex on a crumbling cliff after a series of storms in Pacifica in 2010. A new federal report gives the West Coast its best look yet at what to expect from rising sea levels due to climate change. The report ...

2018-02-12 20:45

@Google: Link between climate change and conflict overst­ated, says report Cosmos

Cosmos Link between climate change and conflict overst­ated, says report Cosmos As the effects of climate change become more prono­unced around the world, the link between violent conflict and environ­mental upheaval is more frequ­ently cited in the media and the scholarly litera­ture. However, a new paper in the journal Nature ... and more »

2018-02-12 16:02

@Google: NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump The Register

The Register NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump The Register For the year, America's space agency has been awarded $19.9bn, around $500m more than the previous year, albeit with signif­icant changes of focus. The new budget [PDF] will trigger an internal reorgani­zation, and a rethink of NASA's role. The agency's ... and more »

2018-02-12 23:39

@ClimateSight: At the library

The DOI system is great and all, and I love being able to access nearly the entire scien­tific liter­ature without having to leave my desk. But there’s something wonderful about looking up a textbook with no full-​text access online, and instead walking down to the uni library with a Dewey decimal number scrawled on a

2018-02-13 04:26

@Climate Progress : Trump’s pick to run the 2020 Census withdraws from conside­ration

Thomas Brunell, President Trump’s pick for deputy director of the Census Bureau, has withdrawn his name from conside­ration for the position, Mother Jones reported on Monday. Brunell would have been charged with overs­eeing the 2020 Census survey, which has faced mounting chall­enges over the years. According to sources who spoke to the outlet, ­Brunell, who has

2018-02-13 00:54

@Climate Progress : Sean Hannity summons racist trope to criticize Obama’s portrait

Fox News host Sean Hannity claims that President Obama’s official Smiths­onian portrait is sexually perverse because it contains “secret sperm cells.” “Obama’s portrait – a stark contrast to predec­essors with inappro­priate sexual innue­ndo,” the right-​wing host wrote in a now-​deleted tweet on Tuesday. The post linked to an article on Hannit­y.com, titled, “PORTRAIT PERVER­SION: Obama…

2018-02-13 20:24

@Ecologically Orientated: Experts only

So, the IPCC has produced a special report on the issue of limiting the global temper­ature increase to 1.5 degrees C. This report is still open for comments for another 13 days…if you are an “expert” in the IPCC’s eyes. …

2018-02-12 21:54

@Climate Progress : The hidden meaning behind Michelle Obama’s portrait

When Michelle Obama’s official portrait by the Baltimore-​based artist Amy Sheral­d was unveiled on Monday, the painting behind the black veil received modest cheers and a round of polite — restra­ined, even — applause. The crowd of gathered journa­lists, art critics, and pop culture figures alike didn’t quite know what to make of the finished product,

2018-02-13 19:45

@Climate Progress : Leaked draft report indicates Paris climate targets are practi­cally impossible

Keeping global warming below the lower Paris agreement target of 1.5 degrees Celsius is “extr­emely unlik­ely,” according to a leaked draft report from the Intergove­rnmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a trend that can only be countered if countries like the United States devote thems­elves to count­ering rising global tempera­tures. The annual IPCC report draft,

2018-02-14 18:57

@Google: Alleging a conspi­racy, Exxon is counte­rsuing the people taking it to court on climate change Quartz

Quartz Alleging a conspi­racy, Exxon is counte­rsuing the people taking it to court on climate change Quartz John D. Rockef­eller made his fortune in the oil industry. Some 80 years after his death, organiz­ations that trace their history to his wealth—Ex­xonMobil and two Rockef­eller philanthr­opies—are going head-​to-​head in twisted, high-​profile court cases on ...

2018-02-14 13:13

@Google: Energy taxes are too low to combat climate change, OECD says City A.M.

City A.M. Energy taxes are too low to combat climate change, OECD says City A.M. “Taxes continue to be poorly aligned with environ­mental and climate costs of energy use, across all count­ries." In the road transport sector, 97 per cent of emissions are taxed, and 50 per cent were taxed above climate costs in 2015, up from 46 per ... OECD says energy taxes in developed economies too low to fight…

2018-02-14 13:55

@Google: Prince Charles is greeted with a kiss from son Harry before making a thinly-​veiled dig at Trump saying the world is ... Daily Mail

Daily Mail Prince Charles is greeted with a kiss from son Harry before making a thinly-​veiled dig at Trump saying the world is ... Daily Mail Trump once declared global warming as a'hoax' and withdrew the United States from the Paris climate change agreement almost as soon as he entered office. Speaking at an event held this morning in London, Prince Charles talked about the urgent and ... and…

2018-02-14 13:37

@Judith Curry: Update: libel cases and the ‘climate wars’

by Judith Curry Big news in the world of ‘climate wars’ – the libel case of Andrew Weaver versus Tim Ball has been dismissed by the judge —  for a rather surpr­ising reason. Some context on all this is provided …

2018-02-15 04:44

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: The Snake. Sorry, but no Tears for Oklahoman Trumpers as Weather­Caster Cuts Loom

“You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.” I posted the other day on massive new cuts to the National Weather Service. Science, of course we knew, is not a priority for the Trump Administ­ration. Appare­ntly, Oklah­omans hadn’t given it much thought. Raw Story: Oklahoma voted overwhe­lmingly for President Donald Trump and

2018-02-16 03:57

@Skeptical Science: New research, February 5-​11, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

The Figure is from paper #61.

John's new paper

1. Deconst­ructing climate misinfo­rmation to identify reasoning errors

"Misinfo­rmation can have signif­icant societal consequ­ences. For example, misinfo­rmation about climate change has confused the public and stalled support for mitig­ation policies. When people lack the expertise…

2018-02-16 20:58

@Google: Trump climate adviser resigns, past pot use blocked security clearance Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune Trump climate adviser resigns, past pot use blocked security clearance Chicago Tribune James Inhofe, R-​Okla., who repea­tedly chall­enged the science of climate change during his time as chairman. Banks later worked at the American Council for Capital Forma­tion, a nonprofit business group focused on economic policy. Along with the U.S ... Trump climate adviser resigns after his past…

2018-02-15 01:34

@Google: Climate change won't wait for political change Toronto Star

Toronto Star Climate change won't wait for political change Toronto Star With opposing factions deeply entre­nched on either side of the climate change divide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to think he's found the sweet spot of Canadian politics dithering in the middle. But trying to find some happy middle ground doesn ...

2018-02-15 11:01

@Google: A Bipar­tisan Caucus Aims to Propel Congress Forward on Climate Change Sierra Magazine

Sierra Magazine A Bipar­tisan Caucus Aims to Propel Congress Forward on Climate Change Sierra Magazine In January 2017, on his first day in office, Represe­ntative Brian Fitzpa­trick, a Repub­lican from Pennsyl­vania, joined the Climate Solutions Caucus. “I signed up and I've been an active member ever since,” he said in a recent phone inter­view. Why did he ... A Climate Caucus Has Turned Into a…

2018-02-15 16:33

@Climate Progress : The 3 most important words Rosen­stein said about the Mueller indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller­’s indi­ctment of 13 indivi­duals and a trio of Russian companies for “interf­erence opera­tions targeting the United States,” which was handed down Friday after­noon, does not allege that the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russian agents during the 2016 presid­ential election — but in a news confe­rence on Friday, deputy attorney general Rod

2018-02-16 19:15

@Judith Curry: Sea level rise accele­ration (or not): Part IV – Satellite era record

by Judith Curry Part IV of the Climate Etc. series on sea level rise focuses on the satellite era (since 1993), including the recent causes of sea level varia­tions and arguments regarding the accele­ration (or not) of recent sea level …

2018-02-17 22:33

@Google: Harford council president says he's a human climate change denier Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun Harford council president says he's a human climate change denier Baltimore Sun Slutzky said has done research online where he found consensus from some of the top climate scien­tists and astrophy­sicists in the world, people who are affil­iated with top univers­ities, who say climate change is part of a naturally-​occuring cycle of ...

2018-02-15 16:00

@Google: On climate, Slutsky earns failing marks Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun On climate , Slutsky earns failing marks Baltimore Sun Harford County Council President Richard Slutsky did the public a disse­rvice by wrongly denying the reality of the climate crisis (“Harford council president says he's a human climate change denier,” Feb. 15). Despite his four decades as educator, he ...

2018-02-16 19:48

@Google: Trans Mountain impasse threatens climate action (and a bromance) The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail Trans Mountain impasse threatens climate action (and a bromance) The Globe and Mail Of all the noisy reaction to Justin Trudeau's refres­hingly frank interview with the National Observer on the state of pipeline politics in Canada, most perpl­exing was the anger expressed by environme­ntalists that the approval of Trans Mountain involved ... and more »

2018-02-17 01:00

@Google: Newest Youth Climate Lawsuit Targets Washi­ngton State Climate Liability News

Climate Liability News Newest Youth Climate Lawsuit Targets Washi­ngton State Climate Liability News Thirteen young people are suing the state of Washi­ngton for violating their constit­utional rights by failing to reduce green­house gas emissions and protect them from the impacts of climate change. The plain­tiffs say the state is preve­nting them from ... and more »

2018-02-17 17:15

@DeSmogBlog: Wind Farms Are Hardly the Bird Slayers They’re Made out to Be. Here’s Why.

By  Simon Chapman , Unive­rsity of Sydney

People who oppose wind farms often claim wind turbine blades kill large numbers of birds, often referring to them as “bird chopp­ers”. And claims of dangers to iconic or rare birds, espec­ially raptors, have attracted a lot of attention .

Wind turbine blades do indeed kill birds and bats, but their contri­bution to total bird deaths is extremely low, as…

2018-02-17 15:10

@Google: Optimism Alone Won't Solve Climate Crisis. It's Time To Blend In Fear HuffPost UK

HuffPost UK Optimism Alone Won't Solve Climate Crisis. It's Time To Blend In Fear HuffPost UK When it comes to climate crisis, timing is everyt­hing. If we don't move fast, we will fail. And people move fastest when they're scared. Using fear is a bold step that no one, me included, really wants to take. The last thing we want to do is ...

2018-02-18 18:39

@Google: Vatican climate scientist Raman­athan to speak at Creighton Unive­rsity Omaha World-​Herald

Omaha World-​Herald Vatican climate scientist Raman­athan to speak at Creighton University Omaha World-​Herald Dr. Veerab­hadran “Ram” Ramana­than, left, with Pope Francis. Veerab­hadran serves as climate scientist at the Vatican's Ponti­fical Academy of Sciences. Veerab­hadran Ramana­than. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. The climate scientist won't ...

2018-02-18 06:05

@Google: A look into a climate-​altered Alaska High Country News

High Country News A look into a climate -​altered Alaska High Country News Strug­gling to keep my balance, I teeter along a narrow plankway that wends through the rolling foothills near Denali National Park and Preserve. Just ahead, Northern Arizona Unive­rsity ecologist Ted Schuur, a lanky 6-​footer, leads the way to Eight Mile ...

2018-02-19 08:00

@Google: Eric Sorensen leads climate change discu­ssion in Jo Daviess County tonight WQAD.com

WQAD.com Eric Sorensen leads climate change discu­ssion in Jo Daviess County tonight WQAD.com A special discu­ssion on climate change and its local impacts will occur tonight at 6pm at the Planetary Studies Found­ation Earth and Space Museum in downtown Eliza­beth, Illinois. Storm­track 8 Meteoro­logist Eric Sorensen will lead the discu­ssion after a ...

2018-02-19 11:28


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