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Apr 2 10 12:31 PM

   

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks

Anonymous billionaires donated $120m to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science

How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups




Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned.
The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives.
The millions were routed through two trusts, Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Donors Capital caters to those making donations of $1m or more.
Whitney Ball, chief executive of the Donors Trust told the Guardian that her organisation assured wealthy donors that their funds would never by diverted to liberal causes.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/14/funding-climate-change-denial-thinktanks-network

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Apr 6 10 3:38 PM

Arctic Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed

The sharp drop in Arctic sea ice area has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a collapse in total sea ice volume — to one fifth of its level in 1980.


Arctic sea ice volume in 1000s of cubic kilometers (via Robinson)
Back in September, Climate Progress reported that the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 probe appeared to support the key conclusion of the Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS) at the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center: Arctic sea ice volume has been collapsing much faster than sea ice area (or extent) because the ice has been getting thinner and thinner.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/14/1594211/death-spiral-bombshell-cryosat-2-confirms-arctic-sea-ice-volume-has-collapsed/?mobile=nc




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Apr 6 10 5:51 PM

When I was younger I was told that as the ice caps melt low land areas like Florida and Fiji would be covered in water, but I'm haven't been hearing about land lost to rising sea levels. 

Did I miss the stories about land loss? Can precipitation account for the missing water? Where is all the water going?

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Apr 6 10 7:55 PM

i believe since we're talking here about ice over open water that it doesn't have the same effect on sea levels that you would find from Greenland and Antartica, where water is currently ice on land, but if melted would go into the oceans.  I really can't think of a reason the ice melting in the Arctic Ocean would impact much - it's already in the ocean.  

This is just more evidence of the oncoming disaster.  It's moving quickly, but feels slow.

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Apr 13 10 7:58 PM

   

Cyclone Rusty: 'We are talking Noah's Ark here'

Residents are evacuating as northwestern Australia prepares for a direct hit from a powerful cyclone.
Cyclone Rusty
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BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: This Nasa satellite image shows the eye of Tropical Cyclone Rusty very close to making landfall near Port Hedland, Western Australia at 6.45pm Tuesday (NZ time).

Tropical Cyclone Rusty could have a 100-kilometre wide eye and boast winds of more than 200kmh by the time its full force is felt in West Australia late on Wednesday.
Overnight, Rusty was sitting near stationary off the Pilbara coast in the north west.
With Port Hedland residents on red alert (meaning they should not leave shelter until notified) since Tuesday morning, the Department of Fire and Emergency Service's John Franklin said the danger posed by the cyclone was very real.
"It [Rusty] is 90 to 100 kilometres in width in its eye so it's quite a significant cyclone," Franklin said.
"We're very mindful that once it arrives people should be prepared for the very worst."
The Bureau of Meteorology's 8pm advice (1am Wednesday NZ time) predicted Rusty, still listed as a category three system, would continue its progress southward towards the Pilbara coast on Wednesday.



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http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/8357056/Cyclone-Rusty-We-are-talking-Noahs-Ark-here



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Apr 14 10 10:37 AM

   
Let’s ignore the models for a moment and consider only the results of a single briefing to the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen (COP15). Regulars in this space will recall COP15 as the climate-change meetings thrown under the bus by the Obama administration. A footnote on that long-forgotten briefing contains this statement: “THE LONG-TERM SEA LEVEL THAT CORRESPONDS TO CURRENT CO2 CONCENTRATION IS ABOUT 23 METERS ABOVE TODAY’S LEVELS, AND THE TEMPERATURES WILL BE 6 DEGREES C OR MORE HIGHER. THESE ESTIMATES ARE BASED ON REAL LONG TERM CLIMATE RECORDS, NOT ON MODELS.”


In other words, Obama and others in his administration knew near-term extinction of humans was already guaranteed. Even before the dire feedbacks were reported by the scientific community, the Obama administration abandoned climate change as a significant issue because it knew we were done as early as 2009. Rather than shoulder the unenviable task of truth-teller, Obama did as his imperial higher-ups demanded: He lied about collapse, and he lied about climate change. And he still does.


Positive feedbacks

Methane hydrates are bubbling out the Arctic Ocean (Science, March 2010)
Warm Atlantic water is defrosting the Arctic as it shoots through the Fram Strait (Science, January 2011)
Siberian methane vents have increased in size from less than a meter across in the summer of 2010 to about a kilometer across in 2011 (Tellus, February 2011)
Drought in the Amazon triggered the release of more carbon than the United States in 2010 (Science, February 2011)
Peat in the world’s boreal forests is decomposing at an astonishing rate (Nature Communications, November 2011)
Methane is being released from the Antarctic, too (Nature, August 2012)
Russian forest and bog fires are growing (NASA, August 2012)
Cracking of glaciers accelerates in the presence of increased carbon dioxide (Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, October 2012)
Exposure to sunlight increases bacterial conversion of exposed soil carbon, thus accelerating thawing of the permafrost (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 2013)
Arctic drilling was fast-tracked by the Obama administration during the summer of 2012
As nearly as I can distinguish, only the latter feedback process is reversible. Once you pull the tab on the can of beer, there’s no keeping the carbon dioxide from bubbling up and out. Because we’ve entered the era of expensive oil, I can’t imagine we’ll voluntarily terminate the process of drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic (or anywhere else).




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http://guymcpherson.com/2013/01/climate-change-summary-and-update/

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Apr 14 10 11:40 PM

this article is about North America...

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Could Begin in Eight Years


http://truth-out.org/news/item/14655-worse-drought-in-1000-years-could-begin-in-eight-years

Beginning in just eight years, we could see permanent climate conditions across the North American Southwest that are comparable to the worst megadrought in 1,000 years. (1)

The latest research from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University published in December 2012 has some truly astounding news. The megadroughts referred to in the paper published in Nature Climate Change happened around about 900 to 1300 AD and are so extreme that they have no modern counterpart for comparison (these megadroughts will be referred to in the following as the "12th century megadrought"). The research was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

We have been warned for decades that we would be facing a megadrought if we did not do something about climate pollution. We did not, and now according to the projections of a new study, that is just what the future may hold. And remember, projected conditions similar to the worst megadrought in 1,000 years would be the baseline conditions. Dry periods, which we normally refer to as drought times today, would be superimposed on top of the megadrought extremeness.

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Apr 14 10 11:42 PM

more from the same article...

Today, modern agricultural practices diminish the wholesale drying experienced during the Dust Bowl, but extreme drought persists in the West. This is because the average temperature in the West has warmed at nearly twice the global average according to the Rocky Mountain Climate Change Organization. (8)

There are a few more things I need to mention to drive home the significance of the 10 percent reduction in stream flows. One is timing. The modeling shows that spring, summer and fall see a greater reduction in flows in most places than in winter. In many places, more mountain precipitation is now falling as rain in the winter, and this will increase. More runoff in winter means less snowpack, less water slowly percolating down into the aquifers, lower aquifer levels and a longer evaporation season as the snowpack disappears early. (9)

Compounding the increased length of the evaporation season, a little more warmth means a lot more evaporation. It is not a one-to-one relationship. The impacts are compounded in one more way. In the high country where most of the West gets its water, a little warming, and its corresponding evaporation, takes water that should slowly melt and feed aquifers or run off into reservoirs and evaporates it directly into the sky.

Another confusing aspect of this work is that numerous places in the press releases, and in the findings themselves, tell us and show us in graphic form that not all seasons in all areas experience drying and increased evaporation. The Columbia University press release tells us that, "The Colorado headwaters are expected to see more precipitation on average," and the NOAA Climate Variability and Predictability Program press release at Columbia tells us that, "Despite the fact that precipitation might increase in some regions and seasons (e.g. winter in northern California)." The most telling example of this climate confusion comes at the bottom of the Columbia University press release. This statement by Mingfang Ting, one of the paper's authors and a specialist in precipitation extremes, tells us: "For Texas, the models predict that precipitation will decrease and evaporation rates will also go down in spring and summer, but only because "there is no moisture to evaporate." (10)

Climate scientists have been pulling this alarm for 20 years. It is real - the building is on fire. To pull the fourth alarm on this one: Truthout wrote Professor Seager and asked him to confirm the assumption that natural drought cycles would add to or be on top of the projected megadrought drying. He confirmed, adding, "For the next one to three decades, results are not greatly different across the [different scenarios] because so much of what will happen is already in the pipeline, so to speak."

What does this mean? It means that even the best-case scenario that the IPCC is now considering results in an outcome that is the same, or "not greatly different," from the worst-case scenario of the new IPCC scenario family, for the next 10 to 30 years.

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Apr 19 10 12:24 AM

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/02/26/kelly-mcparland-study-uncovers-massive-global-yawn-over-global-warming/

Study shows world isn't really interested in climate change.

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May 6 10 11:16 PM

Tornado hits as storms tear through state - Australia

Tornado whips state's north-east


Residents in Victoria’s north-east are recovering after a tornado, sparked by severe storms and flash flooding, swept through the region.
Paramedics treated 20 people after dozens of calls in Yarrawonga and Mulwala, when the storms and tornado came through about 8pm on Thursday. Paramedics said there were as many as 80 ‘‘walking wounded’’ in the affected areas.
A couple in their 70s were flown to hospital in Melbourne after they were injured when their motorhome was overturned in the wind. Two men in their 50s were flown to hospital, both in a critical condition with head injuries.
'Tornado' ... A picture taken at Mulwala.'Tornado' ... A picture taken at Mulwala. Photo: David Jones/Twitter
As dawn breaks, crews and residents are assessing the damage, with paramedics and State Emergency Service teams working in the dark to avoid trees.
SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said the towns of Bundalong, Yarrawonga, Koonoomoo and Rutherglen had been among the worst hit, with several buildings damaged and fallen trees.
In the town of Barooga, the roof of the post office was blown off, the Border-Mail reported.


Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/tornado-hits-as-storms-tear-through-state-20130321-2gj86.html#ixzz0k0WYrjLw

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May 24 10 10:08 PM

   

Plane rides to get bumpier

New research has found global warming is likely to double the chances of plane turbulence in the coming decades.
According to a study from the University of Reading and the University of East Anglia, atmospheric changes could lead to the amount of turbulent air patterns that affect planes doubling, and for the intensity to get stronger by the middle of this century.
Dr Paul Williams, who headed the research, said global warming would have a significant impact on the aviation industry.
"Air turbulence does more than just interrupt the service of in-flight drinks. It injures hundreds of passengers and aircrew every year - sometimes fatally.
"It also causes delays and damages planes. The total cost to society is about US$150 million (NZ$177 million) each year."
Researchers used supercomputer simulations to analyse jet streams over the North Atlantic Ocean.
Dr Manoj Joshi, from East Anglia, said they focused on looking at turbulence in its peak periods.





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May 25 10 12:45 PM


I don't think I've seen it mentioned on here, but I heard about the massive rains in Argentina and was reminded of some of Cliff High's descriptions of the global coastal event. What with 400 mms of water falling out of the sky in two hours in La Plata..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22023196




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Jul 27 10 9:32 PM

Conversation with Al Gore about Combating Climate Change -- June 11,2013
Seven years ago former Vice President Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, kick-starting a global conversation about climate change (available on Google Play: http://goo.gl/ElYcc). The issue is as pressing as ever and Gore and Jeff Skoll, the film's executive producer, want to hear your ideas (http://youtu.be/ih3fEHv4wqA).

https://plus.google.com/events/crr4hedpll2u0lbt08ut37bdt1c
This is new today -- 42 minutes.  -- J.E. Ante

Plus an informative view from the otherside which has surprisingly good info. -- J.E. Ante
Evidence for a New Ice Ae Already Beginning?  -- 26 min

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Aug 30 10 1:35 PM

Since December 2012 we entered the upper portion of the galaxy and the photon belt. The photon belt has a reverse spin here so I expect the Earth's spin to be slowed down by this and the days and nights will both become many minutes longer until we are very much like the polar regions with long night and day. This slowing of the Earth is happening in the upper atmosphere first and now has become noticeable in the lower atmosphere as well with the slowing and stopping of the jet streams and reversing of the weather patterns worldwide. The Earth will eventually stop for a few days and then start spinning in the other direction and so the Earth's magnetic polarity will change. The Space Command and the NWO hopefully knows all about this and have modeled this new worldwide weather patterns emerging. This means very big changes worldwide climate-wise and concerning agriculture. We live in interesting times. -- J.E. Ante

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