#6 Mark C. Serreze Says: 27 June 2008 at 3:31 PM
Gavin: I hope that I will not be pilloried by the community for being a part of this story. From what I can gather, it started with a piece in “National Geographic Online”, moved to a piece in “The Independent”, another piece on CNN, and then quickly grew out of all reasonable proportion. A positive feedback process. I’ll be the first to agree that losing the ice at the north pole this summer would be purely symbolic, but symbolism can be pretty darned powerful.
Its all quiet on the solar front. Too quiet. It has now been almost 2 and a half months since the last counted cycle 24 sunspot has been seen on April 13th, 2008. There was a tiny cycle 24 ”sunspeck” that appeared briefly on May 13th, but according to solar physicist Leif Svalgaard, that one never was assigned a number and did not “count”. It is just barely discernable on this large image from that day.
NASA’s David Hathaway updated his solar cycle prediction page on June 4th. The start of cycle 24 keeps getting pushed forward while the ramp up line starts to look steeper into 2009.
On a tour earlier this week for his new book on global warming, The Deniers, Lawrence Solomon made a presentation at the Petroleum Club in Calgary. His remarks, adapted, appear below.
I’m surprised to see so many of you here today. I thought you might be at trial, for your global warming crimes.
James Hansen — he’s one of the leaders in the climate change movement in the U.S. — wants you in court. “CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing,” he stated yesterday. “...they should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.”
Come to think of it, David Suzuki also sees those who abet CO2 emissions as criminals.
And you know what, I bet some of you see yourselves as criminals — or something close to it — because there’s something in human nature that makes us feel guilty, even for crimes we didn’t commit, let alone for non-crimes. And I bet some of your friends and associates might look at you sideways. And your children may be teased and made to feel guilty about what their dad does for a living.
Plans to cover swathes of the countryside with wind farms will cost every family at least £260 a year in higher fuel bills, it emerged yesterday.
The Government said the sacrifice was needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet EU targets for green energy.
Under £100billion plans unveiled by Gordon Brown, at least 4,000 wind turbines will go up in some of the UK's most beautiful scenery, while another 3,000 will be built at sea.
I grow frustrated when things don´t make sense to me, but sometimes I grow even more frustrated when they do. This world is filled with deception, packaged as truth and drummed into our brains repeatedly until we accept the new knowledge. We have learned through media programming that aspartame is healthy, mercury in vaccines is safe, sunlight is bad and humans cause global warming. And with each one of these ideas that the media sells us, someone grows very rich, at our expense.
Al Gore has achieved a lot of accolades and wealth from his movie "An Inconvenient Truth", not only did he win the Nobel Peace Prize, but his personal wealth increased by millions. As Mr. Gore travels the country speaking passionately on the harm we humans are doing to this earth, his yearly light bill in his private residence was enough to power 232 average households for a month. Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research believes Mr. Gore is "exploiting the public´s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile." Acquiring records from the Nashville Electric Service, it was discovered that Mr. Gore uses 17,768 kWh per month, whereas the average American household uses 11,040 kWh in an entire year. Tennessee Policy
In the late 19th century, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer developed what would come to be known as yellow journalism. By disregarding what had been standard journalistic methods, particularly in regards to the verifying of sources, these two publishers were able both to push their country toward war with Spain and dramatically increase the circulation of their respective newspapers.
Man has always had a healthy desire for knowledge, and it is the feeding of this hunger that ennobles journalism. Hearst and Pulitzer were acutely aware that man has a less healthy but no less voracious desire to believe that he has knowledge, particularly knowledge of something sensational. It is the feeding of this hunger that irreparably disgraced journalism, and a century later now threatens to do the same to science
OSLO: The world should cut the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below that of 20 years ago, more deeply than most government plans, to avoid the worst of climate change, a group of 150 advocates said on Monday.
"We've gone too far -- in a dangerous direction," scientists, politicians, business leaders and others said in full-page advertisements in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and two Swedish dailies .
They said that concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels, should be cut to below 350 parts per million (ppm) of the atmosphere, well below current levels of 385 ppm.