Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.

Huh, What? Oh, there’s a link to the legislation? http://bit.ly/Klrawq

No independent research allowed from any other public entity.

So only folks allowed to “extrapolate sea level rise” is a state-appointed board of scientists of the NC Coastal Resources Commission. (I smell ethics issues and potential COIs.)

And rather than using state-of-the-science approved non-linear models which are appropriate for climate change extrapolation models due the fact that “each time the climate warms even a fraction of a degree, it has a major impact on the ocean’s current volume as well as ice cap melt rates,” they are required to use a linear model based on historical data. Completely INAPPROPRIATE and USELESS.

I’m almost looking forward to the day when, knee deep in water on the front porches of their Outer Banks mansions, these legislators will be forced to inform the ocean that it’s breaking the law.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/nc-ignores-science-tries-to-make-sea-level-rise-illegal.html#ixzz1wediWRRI

On January 16, the Los Angeles Times revealed that anti-science bills have been popping up over the past several years in statehouses across the U.S., mandating the teaching of climate change denial or “skepticism” as a credible “theoretical alternative” to human-caused climate change…

What the excellent Times coverage missed is that key language in these anti-science bills all eminated from a single source: the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

thenewrepublic:

In the wake of Rick Perry’s climate change debacle at last week’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library, former Vice President Al Gore is renewing his vow to convince climate change skeptics of the severity of the problem by launching a brand new climate change initiative, aptly named the Climate Reality Project.  
Gore’s presentation comes as concern about climate change in the United  States, the world’s second biggest emitter, has fallen steadily to 48  percent in 2011, from 62 percent in 2007, an opinion poll cited by Reuters showed in  August.
This time he’ll do it a bit differently though, with a broadcast presentation every hour for 24 hours across 24 different time  zones from Wednesday to Thursday with the aim of convincing climate  change deniers and driving action against global warming among  households, schools, and businesses.
The former Vice President promises to reveal 200 additional slides from well-respected climate scientists, à la “An Inconvenient Truth,” to convince skeptics of the risks posed by ignoring an emerging reality. In addition the Climate Reality campaign plans to ask viewers to hand over  control of their social networking accounts on Facebook and Twitter for 24 hours to deliver Gore’s message digitally.
TNR hopes the former Vice President’s slides will contain enough information to convince even the most hardened climate skeptics that the climate problem is both real and severe.
Who knows, there might even be enough new information revealed in Gore’s broadcast to convince the second incarnation of Galileo that climate change and global warming are issues to be truly taken seriously.
Courtesy of Reuters.

thenewrepublic:

In the wake of Rick Perry’s climate change debacle at last week’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library, former Vice President Al Gore is renewing his vow to convince climate change skeptics of the severity of the problem by launching a brand new climate change initiative, aptly named the Climate Reality Project.  

Gore’s presentation comes as concern about climate change in the United States, the world’s second biggest emitter, has fallen steadily to 48 percent in 2011, from 62 percent in 2007, an opinion poll cited by Reuters showed in August.

This time he’ll do it a bit differently though, with a broadcast presentation every hour for 24 hours across 24 different time zones from Wednesday to Thursday with the aim of convincing climate change deniers and driving action against global warming among households, schools, and businesses.

The former Vice President promises to reveal 200 additional slides from well-respected climate scientists, à la “An Inconvenient Truth,” to convince skeptics of the risks posed by ignoring an emerging reality. In addition the Climate Reality campaign plans to ask viewers to hand over control of their social networking accounts on Facebook and Twitter for 24 hours to deliver Gore’s message digitally.

TNR hopes the former Vice President’s slides will contain enough information to convince even the most hardened climate skeptics that the climate problem is both real and severe.

Who knows, there might even be enough new information revealed in Gore’s broadcast to convince the second incarnation of Galileo that climate change and global warming are issues to be truly taken seriously.

Courtesy of Reuters.

hermannview:

It’s not often you can actually say “case closed”, but in this case it’s literally true: climatologist Michael Mann has been cleared of all wrongdoing by the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation.

Did I say “has been cleared”? I meant has been cleared once again, since there have been several investigations into his research and Dr. Mann has been cleared of all charges every single time (like here and here). All of this stemmed from the “ClimateGate” nonsense of the past couple of years, where leaked emails were taken hugely out of context by the press and climate change deniers, and used to smear scientists. Dr. Mann was at the center of the whole manufactured controversy, being the biggest target of the people who want to deny the Earth is warming up.

This latest, and hopefully last, investigation into Dr. Mann’s research (PDF) again shows he is not guilty of misconduct. A couple of the report conclusions are worth pointing out:

We found no basis to conclude that the [Climategate] emails were evidence of research misconduct or that they pointed to such evidence.

That’s clear enough, I think. They also said:

There is no specific evidence that [Mann] falsified or fabricated any data and no evidence that his actions amounted to research misconduct.

[FULL STORY]

Finally those climate change deniers get a taste of their own medicine. They deserve to lose. Ha. I also hate those people who try to deny the climate change so countries can keep using fossil fuels! That’s inexecusable. I understand why you would oppose climate change, as Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party presidential candidate in 2008 was skeptical. But, saying you can use fossil fuels doesn’t make sense. When oil runs out, these people will be saying: “Why didn’t people do anything about this sooner?” Well, its because people deny it happens and want to support their big corporate friends!

currenteye:

Michelle Bachmann completely misses the point about CO2 emissions

Children in elementary school know science better than Bachmann. It’s dangerous for people in power to be so ignorant.

Fox News host asks Bill Nye if volcanoes on the moon mean global warming is fake. Bill Nye rightly treats Fox News host like a 3rd grader.

"Well, a cupcake cools off faster than a big cake."

— Look, Fox News, I don’t think this can be made any simpler.  

jtotheizzoe:

New Scientist reports that the release of CO2 from deep oceans, as will be the case with a warming Earth, is likely to happen much faster than anticipated. It could start as soon as 200 years from now, instead of the original estimates of 500-1000 years. 

Not like we needed another ticking time bomb in terms of the environment or anything.