End of “Watching the Deniers”

The blog that inspired this blog has an official notice “Signing off for the very last time.” This is good news in the sense of one less person pushing a political agenda and trying to disguise it as science. I am staying with my blog title since changing it is not something I want to undertake at the moment. There are plenty of unofficial “watchers of the deniers” out there, so the title now applies to the global warming community at large.

(Thanks to a reader for alerting me to the end of the Watchers blog.)


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Earth Day Awards 2014


The “Waste not, Want not” Award goes to Portland, Oregon for draining 38 million gallons of treated water from an open air reservoir due to intentional contamination. Treated water, in an open air reservoir can apparently have unintentional contamination.

The “Save What’s Left of the Planet” Award goes to Ivanapah solar, wind turbines and various other solar installations for the wonton killing of birds, bats, and butterflies all in an effort to save the planet. The birdless, batless, butterfly-less planet.

The “Cyber Threat “Award goes to Google for killing the planet with internet searches.

The “We Didn’t Think of That” Award goes to ethanol subsidies and mandates, which apparently raised the price of corn above that paid for land conservation, resulting in areas previously conserved now plowed up and planted with corn.

The “I’m So Confused” Award goes to shopping bags. Paper was bad–it killed trees. Plastic was better. Wait…..plastic came from oil and lasted forever in landfills and along roadsides. Use reusable shopping bags. Wait, those can harbor bacteria and may be made overseas where environmental regulations are non-existent. So….don’t by groceries?

The “Waste of Valuable Resources” Award goes to the EPA for suggesting the grain left over from beer distillation should not be used for cattle feed. No suggestions on what it could be repurposed for, however. Surely the EPA isn’t suggesting just to dump it in a landfill? Maybe the EPA just hates cows.

The “Who Thought This was a Good Idea” Award goes to England for buying wood pellets from America and shipping across the ocean to burn as biomass because that pollutes less and is sustainable.

It’s all about saving the planet we all share. Let’s hope we make it to Earth Day 2015 with much less “help” for the planet.


IPCC psychic predictions

The IPCC psychic predictions:

1. Risk of death, injury, ill-health, or disrupted livelihoods in low-lying coastal zones and small island developing states and other small islands, due to storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea-level rise.

Sea level is rising about 3 mm per year. In 100 years, you get 300mm of rise. The IPCC reportedly put a range of 28 to 98 cm by 2100. So 3 feet in 80 years. Don’t see people fleeing like refugees from that rate. Plus, there is a lot of uncertainty in the prediction.  Not to be a killjoy, but coastal zones are always hit with storms and flooding. Humans have lived near coasts and dealt with this for 100’s of years. With better technology and resources, it should be at least as doable as any other time in history.

2. Risk of severe ill-health and disrupted livelihoods for large urban populations due to inland flooding in some regions.

First, “in some areas” is just exactly what a psychic would use. Totally lacking in detail and will positively happen. With or without the AGW theory being correct. Note it does not say “increased risk”.

3. Systemic risks due to extreme weather events leading to breakdown of infrastructure networks and critical services such as electricity, water supply, and health and emergency services.

Again, not statement of an “increase”, just “risks”. Humans have to deal with extreme weather all the time. If there’s more extreme weather, humans have dealt with it. We have managed even though more people are affected. Critical services and infrastructure are lost frequently. People cope. Should we make improvements to our infrastructure and homes–sure. Warming or no, the storms will keep coming.

4. Risk of mortality and morbidity during periods of extreme heat, particularly for vulnerable urban populations and those working outdoors in urban or rural areas.

Interesting they say “working outdoors in urban or rural areas”. Climate change believers tend to be nitpickers on language and you would have thought they would have realized this actually reads that people in semi-rural or semi-urban areas are not included. How did that one get past the editor? Why not just say “outdoors”?
Extreme hot and extreme cold can kill, now and in the future. Cold kills fewer people in the US in part due to “snowbirds”–people who move from one climate to another, kind of like migratory birds, only the migration occurs in cars, rather than walking or flying. Perhaps people will improve on that system. Also, people who like hot gravitate to hot, same for people who like cold.
For centuries, people have worked outside in extreme heat and extreme cold.

5. Risk of food insecurity and the breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes, particularly for poorer populations in urban and rural settings.

Again, nothing new. Drought and famine have existed for the entirety of human history. It has alway s been harder on the poor. They failed to mention cooling causes famine also–the Irish potato famine comes to mind. There is absolute certainty that some of these things will happen. No real predictions short of what has always happened will continue to happen.

6. Risk of loss of rural livelihoods and income due to insufficient access to drinking and irrigation water and reduced agricultural productivity, particularly for farmers and pastoralists with minimal capital in semi-arid regions.

I believe this describes the dust bowl–that pre-global warming disaster that changed the way we farm. Same old thing humans have always contended with. Only now we have more advanced technology and better ways to deal with this. Poorer nations will catch up as they always have.

7. Risk of loss of marine and coastal ecosystems, biodiversity, and the ecosystem goods, functions, and services they provide for coastal livelihoods, especially for fishing communities in the tropics and the Arctic.

The “risk” is that systems will change, not be lost. That is exactly what nature has always done–change, adapt. Is is fascinating that the same scientists who may heartily espouse evolution can be the same one shouting loudest that nothing should change or that the change can be “too fast”. As for livelihoods, buggy whip manufacturers were displaced by cars, furriers put out of much business by the PC animal rights crowds, machinery replaced humans in many areas. The world went on.

8. Risk of loss of terrestrial and inland water ecosystems, biodiversity, and the ecosystem goods, functions, and services they provide for livelihoods.
Loss and movement of water systems is nothing new. The ecosystems will change, not be lost (unless you argue that every time there is an evolutionary change, it’s bad because something is lost–that evolution is bad). Yes, some species will be lost, no matter if the planet warms or not. It’s call survival of the adequately fit. Nothing new.

The IPCC report reads like what a carnival psychic would say–vague predictions many of which are going to happen with or without AGW. It’s sad that pseudoscientific vague predictions have been called science when discussing the climate.

Several places I read on the report said:
“there is no new science in this report, which assesses recent science since the previous IPCC report in 2007”
No new science but an increase in likelihood that humans are causing climate change? How does that work? Same way a psychic does–by saying whatever you think someone wants to hear and hoping no one asks about the details.

Another interesting statement in the report:
“Attribution of observed impacts in the WGII AR5 generally links responses of natural and human systems to observed climate change, regardless of its cause.”
Translation: Nature or human caused, it matters not so far as what we try to scare you with. If we separated them, you might see that nature really is a lot more dominate than we admit. No need for those pesky details.

There is talk of adaptation in the document, but not in many of the press releases. It’s fascinating how science gets trampled all to death in the name of saving the planet, which we have little evidence needs saving. Perhaps they changed to the psychic method because actual predictions of melting glaciers, hotspots and Arctic ice were so problematic in the past. It appears there’s much, much more to learn about natural climate change, CO2 and modeling before we can move past the psychic predictions.


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Future Class Updates

Future class updates will be slower coming. In addition to writing for the Climate4Kids blog, the last classes are more of the calculus based climate physics, which one cannot adequately go through without time to work through the problelms and the math. That does make them more interesting and it is what I took the class for. Working slowly will allow me to understand how the theory more than anything I’ve read on blogs (Except maybe Science of Doom, where they do love science and math!). So patience on the theory and class updates.

In the meantime, my posts may lean more toward the political or general nature. Rest assured, I have not forgotten or given up on the class. (Stickman is busy learning how to more effeciently represent scientific notation on a computer so he can accurately relate the class subjects!)