Wealthy Activists Rely On Fossil Fuels To Get To Macron’s Climate Summit

Politicians, celebrities, and liberal philanthropists have converged on Paris for a summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron to take “concrete action” against global warming.

Macron’s event comes on the two-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which nearly 200 countries signed in 2015. Now, with the U.S. planning to withdraw from the deal, Macron wants to isolate President Donald Trump and show the world is moving on without him.

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What everybody got wrong about that viral video of a starving polar bear

It is likely one of the most widely viewed images that is going to emerge from Canada all year: An emaciated polar bear digging through garbage that was quickly branded around the world as proof of the ecological horrors of climate change. Even Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, wrote in a tweet: “THIS is what climate change looks like.”

But ask the people who actually spend their time around polar bears — Arctic biologists and the Inuit — and it quickly emerges that all is not what it seems.

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Update to the Starving Polar Bear Story and Bioscience Paper

Between the two stories (the attack by my colleagues and the starving polar bear hype), views at my blog have gone through the roof and one Arctic biologist speaks out on what SeaLegacy folks should have done when they saw a starving polar bear on Baffin Island this summer.

For the two weeks prior to the release of the Harvey paper (rounding to the nearest 100) the number of page views was 11,400 while for the two weeks since the Harvey et al. paper was released views were at 72,300 (with 14,900 views yesterday, 23,300 views the day before, and 12,500 the day before that). Prior to the Harvey et al. incident, my highest-ever one-day blog view tally was 10,400 (a walrus haulout post!).

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Moody’s Climate Change Delusion Based on Fantasies, not Facts

Coastal cities and towns across the United States are now facing significant pressure from Moody’s Investors Service, one of the world’s most important credit agencies, to battle climate change. Failing to do so, Moody’s warns, could result in downgraded credit ratings.

In a recent report to clients, Moody’s outlined several indicators its analysts use to assess “the exposure and overall susceptibility of U.S. states to the physical effects of climate change” while crafting credit ratings for the state, city and regional government bonds. Among the indicators, Moody’s listed is the share of a community’s economy that’s linked to the coast.

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BBC’s Blue Planet II Gets it Wrong on Acidification

Nothing that Hollywood sci-fi screenwriters dream up for outer space begins to rival the beauty and ingenuity of life underwater right here. Blue Planet II captured behaviour that was new to science as well as surprising: giant trevally fish eating sooty terns on the wing; Galapagos sea lions herding yellowfin tuna ashore; an octopus wrapping itself in shells to confuse sharks.

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E-Vehicle CO2 Emissions 27-50% Greater Than Fossil-Fueled Vehicles In China

Sales of electric vehicles (EV) in China have exploded in recent years.

According to the New York Times (October 2017), between 2014 and 2017, annual EV purchases by China’s citizens more than doubled, from 145,000 in 2014 to 295,000 (projected) for 2017. By 2019, the annual sales of EVs are expected to swell to 814,000 for China alone, which will eclipse the expected EV sales for the rest of the world combined (602,000).

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Scientist Finds ‘No Credible Evidence’ Global Warming Caused California Wildfires

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown called wildfires ripping through Southern California part of the “new normal,” and The New York Times said the state was in for “a future with more fire” because of global warming.

Sounds terrifying, but it’s just not backed up with the weight of scientific evidence, according to Cliff Mass, a climate scientist at the University of Washington.

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The Oil-Slick Hypocrisy of the American Geophysical Union

It’s that time of year again. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is December 11 – 15, 2017. Unlike previous years when it was in San Francisco, this year it is in New Orleans. When we (Dr. Duane Thresher and Dr. Claudia Kubatzki) used to go, it was always in San Francisco.

New Orleans is actually an appropriate choice. It is a BIG oil city, with lots of oil drilling (in the Gulf), refining, shipping (e.g., tankers), and corporate offices.

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Toxicity, Fires, and The Green Electric Power Lie

Mass media’s love affair with cell batteries as an environmental solution to everything is creating a new mass delusion.

Battery-power gives life to every high tech gadget from smartphones to electric cars. We are told to embrace this greener, cleaner energy. But the spin often masks the worryingly deadly dangers.

Growing evidence shows that as manufacturers respond to pressures to make ever thinner, lighter batteries, increased incidents of injuries and deaths from spontaneous combustion suggests consumer safety is being compromised. 

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Climate Scientists Are Now Suing Critics Who Challenge ‘Settled Science’

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We keep hearing how climate change is “settled science,” even though science is never settled. But if it were, why are scientists going to court to intimidate those who would dare challenge the global warming dogma?

Back in June, the National Academy of Sciences published a paper with a typically bland title: “Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar.”

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