A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.” Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend. “Nearly all of the warming they are now showing are in the adjustments,” Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, a study co-author, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. “Each dataset pushed down the 1940s warming and pushed up the current warming.” –Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 7 July 2017
Western European efforts to isolate President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate change agreement appear to be faltering as leaders gather for a summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, at the end of the week. Environmental activists, hoping to highlight America’s status as an outlier, also are pushing hard for a united front against Mr. Trump. In recent days, however, those aiming to isolate the United States on climate issues have softened their language to say they hope an “overwhelming majority” embrace the Paris agreement. –Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, 5 July 2017
Clean coal projects such as those proposed by the Turnbull government are expected to be endorsed by G20 leaders this week. —Australian Associated Press, 6 July 2017
The U.S. natural gas market has rebalanced with higher prices steadying 1roduction while reducing demand from electricity generators and making room for increased exports. Coal-fired power plants were the main beneficiaries from higher gas prices, increasing their electricity generation by almost 7 percent. Coal-fired plants operated at an average of 49 percent of their maximum output between January and April compared with 44 percent in the same period in 2016. —Reuters, 5 July 2017
It would seem, therefore, that to the extent that more people will want to become rich, the world will need more fossil and nuclear fuels, not less. There is one way to try to square this circle and that is to redesign the world to be more energy efficient, and for those who are rich and middle class to halve their per capita daily energy consumption by changing their lifestyle, but, again, this an unlikely prospect. –Michael Kelly, Global Warming Policy Forum, 5 July 2017
If the amount of renewable energy in the other states increases and they continue to shut down thermal power stations that can generate continuously and reliably and stabilise the power system, South Australian type problems are inevitable and will steadily increase. Whichever way you look at it, there is no quick, cheap and easy solution to the Australian disaster. –Bryan Leyland, Global Warming Policy Forum, 4 July 2017
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