Scientists Identify A Major Source Of Climate Warming. It’s Not CO2

A rainforest bordered by deforested land where soybean plants will be planted.

For the first time, scientists were able to use satellites to map the potential warming effect of large-scale changes to vegetation on the Earth’s surface.

“Our results show that vegetation-cover change over the period 2000–2015 has produced on average a brighter but warmer land surface,” reads a new study published in the journal Nature.

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People Tell NYTimes About Their ‘Religious Conversion’ To Climate Alarmism

The New York Times (@NYTimes) spoke to several people from different industries who all associated their conversion to climate activism as at a type of religious epiphany.

Many of the newly converted transitioned from extreme climate skepticism to radical proponents of the belief that global warming must be tackled before it’s too late. The retired coal miner, an evangelical minister, and Miami mayor reporters talked to wrap their new-found position in religious overtones.

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NYU Law Prof Says Climate Change Litigation Is A Loser

California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities’ futures in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

“My guess is they know they’re going to lose those lawsuits,” Richard Epstein, who also is director of NYU’s Classical Liberal Institute, told Legal Newsline. “I certainly believe they will.”

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Electricity prices fell for forty years in Australia, then renewables came

Electricity prices declined for forty years. Obviously, that had to stop.

Here’s is the last 65 years of Australian electricity prices — indexed and adjusted for inflation.

Indexed Real Consumer Electricity Prices, Australia, 1955-2017. Graph: Dr. Michael Crawford

During the coal boom, Australian electricity prices declined decade after decade.

As renewables and national energy bureaucracies grew, so did the price of electricity. Must be a coincidence…

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Trump’s Energy Policy Is Working

While we weren’t watching, the price of oil more than doubled from its low early in 2016. The volatility of that kind is not unusual.

A look at the 70-year chart shows that there have been eight times when oil prices have doubled or tripled in a brief timespan during those seven decades, nearly always sending the economy into a recession.

Fortunately, the run-up in oil prices has begun to stall – partly, I believe, as a result of increased U.S. production supported by the Trump administration.

Thank goodness we have Donald Trump in the White House.  Without him, we would be heading toward another recession.

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Groupthink on climate change ignores inconvenient facts

Since we’ve now been living with the global warming story for 30 years, it might seem hard to believe that science could now come up with anything that would enable us to see that story in a wholly new light.

But that is what I am suggesting in a new paper, just published in the UK by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, thanks to a book called Groupthink, written more than 40 years ago by a professor of psychology at Yale, Irving Janis.

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Chukchi Sea Polar Bears are Thriving, Not At Risk From Climate Change

A statement yesterday from Yegor Vereshchagin, wildlife conservation manager from Chukotka, Russia (Polar Bears Adjust to Climate Change, 20 February 2018) confirms that the Chukchi Sea polar bears are currently doing extremely well.

Contrary to previous reports and predictions (e.g. Amstrup 2011; Amstrup et al. 2007, 2008; Durner et al. 2009), there appear to be no threats due to recent declines in summer sea ice (Rode and Regehr 2010; Rode et al. 2013, 2014, 2018) or from poaching.

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Trump’s Turning Global Warming Policy On Its Head, Top Official Says

The Department of Energy (DOE) under the Trump administration is changing its policy focus from combatting climate change to establishing energy independence.

Under former-President Barack Obama, the DOE subordinated energy research and development to reducing global warming. The department’s research, funding, and agenda were driven by environmental and emissions goals, rather than overall energy production and economic impact, Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told The Washington Examiner.

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REPORT: Paris Climate Signers Worry Deal Didn’t Go Far Enough

This is what activists foresee in our future.

Activists believe the massive climate agreement world leaders championed as a major victory over climate change falls far short of what is needed, according to a report Tuesday from The Washington Post.

India, China, Turkey and other major contributors to high levels of greenhouse gasses are not doing enough to meet the obligations they made in the deal, the report notes. The world’s economies are ratcheting up production of natural gas, which is contributing to an increase in greenhouse gasses, activists believe.

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Eco-Fuel Makes German Tornado Fleet Unsafe To Fly

Technicians troubleshoot a problem on a GR-4 Tornado fighter-bomber aircraft. Wikimedia Commons

According to local media, the fuel used by the German Tornado fleet appears to have been mixed with ‘too much bio-diesel’.

The news site Frankfurter Allgemeine reported this was noticed during a routine check last Monday:

“The tolerance values are minimally exceeded,” said Colonel Kristof Conrath of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51. “It’s not that the aircraft would fall from the sky. For safety reasons, all tanks of the aircraft must be flushed.”

It is understood that this breakdown is particularly annoying for the Luftwaffe, as training of new Tornado pilots is already three months behind.

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Where Do We Get Most Of Our Energy (Hint: Not Renewables)

Biomass (wood) power plant

The world is mostly run on fossil fuels (81%). Nuclear makes up 5%, with 14% from renewables. Solar panels and wind turbines contribute 0.8%.

When you hear 14% renewables, you will likely think ‘wow, things are going pretty well with the switch to renewables’. But these renewables are not the ones you hear about. The biggest contributor is humanity’s oldest fuel: wood.

4.91% is known as biomass as we also burn food (ethanol) and energy forest (trees or woody shrubs) in the rich world. This is, for instance, the American forests, cut down and shipped across the Atlantic to be burnt in European power plants to be called green and CO₂ neutral – of course, that is only true when the new woods have grown up in 50-100 years.

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Al Gore Cherry-Picks Data To Paint A Favorable Picture Of Paris Accord Progress

Former Vice President Al Gore is using recently reported green energy data to paint a rosy picture of the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their Paris climate accord commitments.

Gore cited data that wind turbines and solar panels made up more than half the electricity capacity additions in the U.S., China, Europe, and India in 2017. Most of the world’s greenhouse gas emission growth is expected to come from India and China.

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