Monthly Archives: May 2013

Qing-Bin Lu revives debunked claims about cosmic rays and CFCs

A new paper by Qing-Bin Lu in the International Journal of Modern Physics B is gaining coverage for its claim that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), not CO2, is causing global warming. This sensationalist headline is often repeated with little mention that Lu’s claims are not new, … Continue reading

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Undermining preparedness: flood mapping budget slashed

“The government’s response to the rising need for accurate [flood insurance] maps? It’s slashed funding for them,” reports ProPublica. Washington’s complicity in undermining preparedness for extreme events is bipartisan: Congress has cut the flood mapping budget by more than half … Continue reading

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Undermining preparedness: National Weather Service cutbacks

“We are risking lives with bad decisions on weather funding, staffing, satellite capacity,” says the president of the American Meteorological Society. The Washington Post reported last week: “Budget woes and multiple system failures at the National Weather Service in the past … Continue reading

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“The US disconnect over climate change”

We joined scientists Michael Mann and Dana Nucitelli on the Al Jazeera English “Inside Story Americas” program on May 17 to talk about the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, U.S. public opinion, the Keystone XL pipeline, geoengineering, and other … Continue reading

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Quantifying, once again, the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming

A new study published in Environmental Research Letters, drawing on a very large database of peer-reviewed studies, concludes that “the number of papers rejecting the consensus on [anthropogenic global warming] is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.” Getting the … Continue reading

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House Science Committee chair twists climate science in Washington Post

A Washington Post op-ed today by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) omits crucial facts in presenting a typical laundry list of talking points claiming we know little about what influences the climate or what can … Continue reading

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Great Plains tribal chairmen walk out on State Dept Keystone XL consultation

Indian Country Today Media Network reports: Elders and chiefs of at least 10 sovereign nations walked out of a Keystone XL pipeline tribal consultation meeting with U.S. State Department officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 16, calling the … Continue reading

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Global warming misconceptions on BBC radio

Much of a recent BBC radio segment focused on the short-term reduction in the rate of atmospheric warming, and reinforced some misconceptions about climate science. Mainstream scientists are not suggesting that global warming has stalled. And mainstream scientists are not stumped by the short-term … Continue reading

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U.S. Arctic strategy aims to exploit oil and gas for ‘national security’

The U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic, announced by the White House on May 10, includes this: “The Arctic region’s energy resources factor into a core component of our national security strategy: energy security. The region holds sizable proved and potential … Continue reading

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Federal budget sequestration begins to undercut extreme event preparedness

So it begins: The 2013 wildfire season finds the government facing cutbacks in firefighters, equipment, fire prevention, and recovery, as a result of federal budget sequestration cuts. And due to an ongoing agency-wide hiring freeze, the National Weather Service office serving the … Continue reading

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