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WattsUpWithThat is run by Anthony Watts, a former television meteorologist who spent 25 years on the air and who also operates a weather technology and content business, as well as continues daily forecasting on radio, just for fun. Weather measurement and weather presentation technology is his specialty. He also provides weather stations and custom weather monitoring solutions via www.weathershop.com (if you like his work, please consider buying a weather gadget there, StormPredator for example) and www.tempelert.com, and turn key weather channels with advertising at www.viziframe.com While he's not a degreed climate scientist, he'll point out that neither is Al Gore, and his speciality is presentation also. And that's part of what this blog is about: presentation of weather and climate data in a form the public can understand and discuss.

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Watts Up With That?: Study: finds a solar amplification mechanism by which solar activity & cosmic rays control climate

The HockeySchtick writes: A paper published today in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics finds another potential solar amplification mechanism mediated by galactic cosmic rays [GCRs] (and distinct from Svensmark’s cosmic ray theory of climate). The author demonstrates: Solar modulation of GCR [Galactic Cosmic Rays] is translated down to the Earth climate. The mediator…

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Watts Up With That?: ‘Safe AGU’ plan adopted for #AGU17 meeting or The sad case of Dr. Sarah Myhre, part 2

This is interesting. Given the recent political climate of harassers being forced to step down, I wonder if AGU will retroactively remove any AGU members who have harassed in the past? Safe AGU: Ethics, Response to Harassment, and Work-Climate Related Events This year AGU’s Board adopted an updated Ethics Policy. This policy takes a much stronger stance…

2017-12-11 18:43   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Laughable claim: Presenting facts as ‘consensus’ bridges conservative-liberal divide over climate change

From the  UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE and the “I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn” department. These fools really believe the horrendously flawed 97% consensus argument, which has been refuted by other scientific papers, wins over conservatives in the climate change debate. I’m reminded of this quote from Mark Twain: Whenever you find yourself…

2017-12-11 16:53   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #295

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President UN – Protection of Four Freedoms: On December 10, 1948, the three-year old-UN adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among others, Eleanor Roosevelt lobbied heavily for this declaration, invoking what was called the Four Freedoms.…

2017-12-11 16:10   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Population Growth and the food supply

By Andy May Special note:  You can’t see the balloon in the cartoon, the standing bear is saying to the other: “OK, I’ll admit they are kind of cute, but I still say their herds need to be thinned.” This is the second of seven posts on the potential costs and hazards of human-caused global…

2017-12-11 15:28   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Paris Climate Conference V2: “only real commitments of real money for tangible projects will be discussed”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall French Climate Ambassador Laurence Tubiana has insisted that hollow promises will have no place at this year’s anniversary Paris climate “gimme the money” fly-in. The climate change fight returns to Paris By Laurence Tubiana Monday 11 December 2017 European Climate Foundation chief and former French climate ambassador Laurence Tubiana calls…

2017-12-11 11:33   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Starving polar bears are the fake news face of climate change

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: Climate activists have made polar bears “the face of climate change.” This week we see how they have done so: with fake news. That they do so instead of relying on science tells us much about them — and why they have achieved so few policy…

2017-12-11 08:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Weapons Grade Goofiness: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un can control the weather

From the and “here all along it was supposed to be CO2, but instead its imperious leader Kim Jong Un” department comes this hilarious news story. According to North Korea’s state run media, Kim Jong Un controlled the weather when he scaled a sacred mountain known as Mount Paektu. I suppose we’ll have to swap out the…

2017-12-11 04:05   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Malthus Redux

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that there’s another neo-Malthusian trying to convince us that global starvation and food riots are just around the corner. This time it’s David Archibald right here on WUWT. Anthony had posted a graph showing gains in various human indicators, viz: But David disagrees, showing various looks at wheat…

2017-12-11 00:40   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Importance of Aerosols (Particulates): Another Failure of the IPCC and ‘Modern’ Climate Science

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball I was halfway through the final draft of this article when the study appeared in Natural Geoscience titled “Substantial large-scale feedbacks between natural aerosols and climate.” A useful summary was provided in WUWT, but it failed to identify all the severe limitations of the work, not least of which is…

2017-12-11 00:20   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Survey: South Australians Fed Up with Unreliable Expensive Green Power

Guest essay by Eric Worrall South Australians, the world’s renewable crash test dummies, have just overwhelmingly rated affordability and reliability of supply as more important than tackling climate change in an online survey – but they still want their green energy revolution. Your Say survey finds South Australians rank power bills, supply over tackling climate…

2017-12-10 21:10   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm

Radical environmentalists prefer dangerous, inhumane, ecologically destructive alternatives Guest essay by Paul Driessen The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) recently voted to approve the state’s segment of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline. While that would appear to allow construction to move forward, more obstacles loom before KXL can finally bring North Dakota and Canadian…

2017-12-10 14:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: World Population and Food Security: Adding Some Granularity

Guest essay by David Archibald Things have improved over the last 25 years according to this recent WUWT post. The future doesn’t look so rosy if you look at a larger data set. The world’s population growth will at some stage hit a resource constraint with dire consequences. How that will play out in detail…

2017-12-10 05:03   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: More Frequent Less Intense Rainfall is Now a Problem

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Lecturer in Physical Geography Michael Singer has noticed that climate hasn’t brought greater precipitation, as Trenberth predicted it would – but he still worries about the impact of climate change on watersheds. How understanding regional rainstorms will help the world manage climate change December 8, 2017 2.03am AEDT Michael Singer…

2017-12-09 21:21   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Do humans harm the environment?

By Andy May This is the first of seven posts on the potential costs and hazards of human-caused global warming and the impact of humans on the environment in general. The IPCC WGII AR5 Technical Summary, defines “hazards” on page 39: “The potential occurrence of a natural or human-induced physical event or trend or physical…

2017-12-09 16:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study: a ‘statistically significant downward trend since 1950 exists’ in hurricane landfalls

This is going to rattle some cages, while at the same time vindicating Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. A new study in Geophysical research Letters studies hurricane activity in the Atlantic concludes that a “statistically significant downward trend since 1950 exists”. An Energetic Perspective on United States Tropical Cyclone Landfall Droughts Authors Ryan E. Truchelut, Erica M. Staehling…

2017-12-09 14:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Narwhals freeze? Really?

Guest essay by Mike Jonas The UK’s public broadcaster, the BBC, reported on 7 December 2017 that: Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow,…

2017-12-09 00:03   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Winning: UA ordered to surrender emails to skeptics of human-caused climate change

PHOENIX — The University of Arizona has been ordered to surrender emails by two UA scientists that a group claims will help prove that theories about human-caused climate change are false and part of a conspiracy. Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner rejected arguments by the Board of Regents that disclosure of the documents…

2017-12-08 18:21   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions

From the POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH (PIK) Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse gas emissions in their life cycle. This is the result of a comprehensive new study conducted by an international team of scientists that…

2017-12-08 17:25   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Some of the most encouraging graphs about the human condition you’ll ever see

Despite all the fear-mongering over the condition of our planet as well as the human condition, there is encouraging news. Dina D. Pomeranz writes on Twitter: (h/t to Steve McIntyre) This figure is quite amazing. Never ever before has the world changed as it has from 1990 to 2015. Here’s another: There’s a lot of…

2017-12-08 11:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Guardian: President Trump Distracts Journalists from Reporting Climate Disasters

Guest essay by Eric Worrall If you think you are being continuously bombarded with nonsense climate scares, think again – Guardian author Lisa Hymas wants more climate stories in the press. She has also accused President Trump of distracting her fellow journalists from reporting about climate disasters. Climate change is the story you missed in…

2017-12-08 06:19   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Case closed – malicious WUWT troll sees police show up at his door

Sometimes, you just have to fight back. This is a personal note that goes along with the recent news of the bullying of Dr. Susan Crockford and Dr. Judith Curry. Thanks to the Chico Police Department and officer Jim Parrott, I learned today that we were able to shut down a person living in Windsor…

2017-12-08 02:08   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Researchers nail down the long-sought source of ocean methane

From the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and the “settled science” department. An abundant enzyme in marine microbes may be responsible for production of the greenhouse gas CAMBRIDGE, MA — Industrial and agricultural activities produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Many bacteria also produce methane as a byproduct of…

2017-12-07 20:35   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Shock news: The Arctic Eurasian weather and climate

From the INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES and the “obvious science” department comes this stunning revelation. Arctic influences Eurasian weather and climate Over the past decades the Arctic has lost 65% of its sea ice volume. The atmosphere above the Arctic has been rapidly warming and moistening at the same time. What does…

2017-12-07 18:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The sad case of Dr. Sarah Myhre

Lately, we’ve watched a gang of 14 authors (including Mike Mann and Stephan Lewandowsky) gang up on on a single scientist (Dr. Susan Crockford) over her published and peer-reviewed view on polar bear research and the failure of models on sea ice loss to predict the decline of the polar bear. The bears just aren’t…

2017-12-07 15:52   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Techly, an online publication aimed at Millennials, has advised its audience to save the world by peeing while taking a shower. Worried about climate change? Do something about it and start peeing in the shower According to science, you could actively help to save the planet by peeing in the…

2017-12-07 11:07   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: An interview with Dr. Susan Crockford on the Harvey et al. attack paper over polar bear research

As many readers know, there was a erroneous and malicious paper recently published by The journal Bioscience titled Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy, (Harvey et al. 2017) covered here and here by WUWT, along with a request for retraction here. The person who was the focus of the 14 authors of the Harvey…

2017-12-07 08:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Adding Fudge Factors Makes Climate Models Scarier

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Willie Soon – Climate models do a poor job of reproducing observed climate. But climate scientists seem to think they can produce more accurate projections by adding fudge factors to their models, to force better agreement between models and observations. The most accurate climate change models predict the most…

2017-12-07 03:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Listing the Bearded Seal as Threatened: A Disturbing Victory for Untestable Hypotheses and Flawed Models.

Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism I’m a longtime supporter of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). When properly abided by, it seeks to prevent extinctions and requires humanity to seek a win-win scenario where…

2017-12-06 23:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: NASA: Radiation from Space is Increasing – weak sun to blame

High altitude instrumentation balloon measurements show an increase in cosmic rays since 2015 Since the spring of 2015, NASA’s Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been flying balloons to the stratosphere over California to measure cosmic rays. Soon after our monitoring program began, we quickly realized that radiation levels are increasing. Why? The main…

2017-12-06 20:35   Click to comment


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