A new paper published in The Cryosphere reconstructs Alpine glacier fluctuations over the past 1600 years and finds glacier lengths of 7 Alpine glaciers were similar during the Medieval Warm Period and the end of the 20th century.
Wen Stephenson on those who deny global warming: 'These are crimes. They are crimes against the Earth, and they are crimes against humanity.' - 'F*ck Earth Day. No, really. F*ck Earth Day. Not the first one, forty-four years ago, the one of sepia-hued nostalgia, but everything the day has since come to be: the darkest, cruelest, most brutally self-satirizing spectacle of the year. F*ck it. Let it end here. End the dishonesty, the deception.'
In the survey, respondents were asked how confident they were in a range of scientific statements. The ones in which they had fullest confidence were:
Smoking causes cancer - 82 per cent extremely/very confident
Mental illness is a medical condition that affects the brain - 71 per cent
Inside our cells there is a complex genetic code that helps determine who we are - 69 per cent
Overusing antiobiotics causes the development of drug resistant bacteria - 65 per cent
The universe is so complex there must be a supreme being guiding its creation - 54 per cent
Childhood vaccines are safe and effective - 53 per cent
The average temperature of the world is rising, mostly because of man-made heat-trapping greenhouse gases - 33 per cent
'The oil that would move through the Keystone pipeline would add 18.7 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere annually, the E.P.A. estimated. In other words, the carbon emissions produced by oil that would be moved in the Keystone pipeline would amount to less than 1 percent of United States greenhouse gas emissions, and an infinitesimal slice of the global total. Within that context, “the Keystone pipeline is a rounding error,” said Kevin Book, the founder of ClearView Energy Partners, an energy analysis firm.'
Retired NASA Scientist Dr. Leonard Weinstein declared that the global warming doctrine had no clothes back in 2009. Weinstein worked 35 years at the NASA Langley Research Center, finishing his career there as a Senior Research Scientist.
Weinstein: 'This includes the former NASA administrator, Michael Griffin, many of the astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin and Harrison Schmitt and several others, and many of the original Apollo support team...'Keep in mind that essentially no proposal to prove AGW wrong is funded or allowed to be published, so all proposals and funding is directed to support a lie that is becoming impossible to maintain.'
'When I take issue with the incessant doomsday messaging and unseemly tactics of climate-concerned advocates, I’m met with angry responses that can roughly be summed up as, “you’re not being helpful.” In other words, by pointing out the rhetorical excesses and hardball behavior of well-intentioned actors, I’m giving aid to the enemy–the Marc Moranos of the world.'
'While the number of people in the middle (Gallup calls them the “mixed middle”) has fallen by one-quarter. This means that all of the people who have shifted out of the “mixed middle” have gone over to skepticism, and none to the Al Gore camp...Finally, Gallup’s general environmental survey, conducted in March each year, finds once again that Americans rank global warming dead last on their list of environmental concerns. Moreover, public concern about the environment is at a 15-year low'
An L.A. environmental group is seeking to halt a planned Ikea in Burbank that would be the nation’s largest, alleging that the massive project did not undergo a proper review to assess and reduce its impact on global warming.
WaPo editorial: 'At this point, there is little doubt about the big picture. After two thorough environmental analyses, State Department experts determined that the pipeline’s impact probably would be minimal, even on climate change-inducing carbon dioxide emissions. The economic rewards of extracting Canadian oil are too attractive and the options for getting it out of the country are too numerous.'
Dr. Patrick Michaels: 'The bureaucracy is incapable of doing anything but regulating, even though EPA’s own computer models show that if our emissions of dreaded carbon dioxide were cut to zero, today, that we wouldn’t be able to measure the effect on global temperatures in the year 2100.'
For cold political fury (the GOP) has nothing on Terry O'Sullivan, who runs the Laborers' International Union that represents a half-million construction workers. "This is once again politics at its worst," Mr. O'Sullivan said in a public statement that deserves to be quoted at length. "In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process—and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn't wait to do it in the dark of night."
According to the Institute for Energy Research, “solar energy provides two-tenths of one percent of the total energy consumed in the United States. While the amount of solar electricity capacity in the U.S. has increased in recent years…it still only accounts for 0.1% of net electricity generated…the least among the renewable sources of hydroelectric, biomass, wind and solar.”
'Countries with access to more energy have populations that are healthier and live longer and also have higher environmental quality than energy-poor countries,” CEI' Myron Ebell added. “And coal, oil, and natural gas are not yesterday’s fuels; they remain the basis of global prosperity and continue to contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment.”
'The most important is in fact indoor air pollution.
One-third of the world’s people — 2.9 billion — cook and keep warm burning twigs and dung, which give off deadly fumes. This leads to strokes, heart disease and cancer, and disproportionately affects women and children. The World Health Organization estimates that it killed 4.3 million people in 2012. Add the smaller death count from outdoor pollution, and air pollution causes one in eight deaths worldwide.'