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August 14 News: California Governor Blasts Climate ‘Deniers’ Who Have ‘Little Or No Expertise In Climate Science’

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"August 14 News: California Governor Blasts Climate ‘Deniers’ Who Have ‘Little Or No Expertise In Climate Science’"

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Gov. Jerry Brown often rails against the “declinists” in California, those who argue the state’s best years are behind it. Now, Brown is turning his ire to climate-change “deniers” in a new government-sponsored Web page announced by Brown’s office Monday. [Los Angeles Times]

The government will buy up to $170 million worth of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers, the White House said Monday as President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to rural voters in Iowa. [Washington Post]

Wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes and threatened hundreds more in several western U.S. states, including Idaho, where an on-duty firefighter was killed by a falling tree. [New York Times]

The United States will suffer a series of severe droughts in the next two decades, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Moreover, global warming will play an increasingly important role in their abundance and severity, claims Aiguo Dai, the study’s author. [Washington Post]

For the third straight month, imports of Chinese solar cells and panels into the United States decreased year-over-year, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM). [Renewables Biz]

A designer and manufacturer of solar power mounting systems plans will set up its U.S. headquarters in Shelby, N.C. and create more than 300 jobs at a production and distribution facility. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

The recent examples of extreme weather across China – such as the heavy rain in Beijing last month – have highlighted climate change issues, China’s chief climate change negotiator said on Monday. [China Daily]

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28 Responses to August 14 News: California Governor Blasts Climate ‘Deniers’ Who Have ‘Little Or No Expertise In Climate Science’

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Damaging hailstorm could have been worse if not for preventive measures

    ‘The storm was a monster,’ says weather modification company

    Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Damaging+hailstorm+could+have+been+worse+preventive+measures/7084924/story.html

    If you look for more Canadian news you will find more weather destruction throughout the country. WHich suggest that negative effects of local weather modifications affect other part of the country. Exactly as study have suggested.

    • prokaryotes says:

      The original version =

      “The storm was a monster,” said Terry Krauss, project director of the Alberta Severe Weather Management Society, which contracts American-based company Weather Modification Inc. to seed severe weather clouds in Alberta’s skies. The society is funded by a group of insurance companies with a goal of reducing hail damage claims.

      Before the storm hit, Krauss said, the company sent all four of its cloud-seeding aircraft into the thick and swirling black clouds. The planes flew for more than 12 hours, shooting silver iodide, a chemical agent that helps limit the size of hail stones, at the top and base of the clouds, until midnight.

      But despite the heavy seeding, golf-ball-sized hail stones pelted parts of Calgary late Sunday night, causing widespread damage to cars and homes.

    • prokaryotes says:

      Compilation of latest news about cloud seeding
      http://www.mashpedia.com/Cloud_seeding

    • prokaryotes says:

      Silver iodide particles deposited on vegetation may photolyse [chemically decompose] and combine with natural terpenes from tree oils to form compounds which either themselves become aerosols, or become attached to aerosol particles.
      In either case, the new compounds may become active centers acting as freezing nuclei.
      Silver iodide particles may persist for several months when deposited on coniferous trees, and may release variable doses of such freezing nuclei during that time.
      Although the concentrations of ice nuclei so produced are probably too small to influence precipitation, they may nevertheless contaminate large areas and thus may be significant for long-range research programs concerned with measuring natural concentrations of freezing nuclei. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1966JApMe…5..119R

      I really wonder what impact silver iodine should have on hail stone size, since the air is full with aerosols.

    • prokaryotes says:

      ‘Cloud Seeding’ Not Effective at Producing Rain as Once Thought, New Research Shows

      Research now reveals that the common practice of cloud seeding with materials such as silver iodide and frozen carbon dioxide may not be as effective as it had been hoped. In the most comprehensive reassessment of the effects of cloud seeding over the past fifty years, new findings from Prof. Pinhas Alpert, Prof. Zev Levin and Dr. Noam Halfon of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences have dispelled the notion that seeding is an effective mechanism for precipitation enhancement.

      Despite being relatively expensive, there are more than 80 cloud seeding projects around the world, according to a recent World Meteorological Organization report. In Beijing, China, for example, Prof. Alpert notes, a large amount of chemical particles were introduced to the clouds to inhibit precipitation — a process called “overseeding” — to limit rainfall during the 2008 Olympics. Seeding is also used in the Sierra Mountains of California and in Wyoming to try to increase precipitation in the mountains, thus increasing water levels in reservoirs. However, he says, there is no proof that this method is successful.
      The only probable place where cloud seeding could be successful, Alpert says, is when seeding is performed on orographic clouds, which develop over mountains and have a short lifespan. In this type of cloud, seeding could serve to accelerate the formation of precipitation. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101101125949.htm

    • prokaryotes says:

      Planes may produce ice particles by freezing cloud droplets that cool as they flow around the tips of propellers, over wings or over jet aircraft, and thereby unintentionally seed clouds. These seeding ice particles attract more moisture, becoming heavier, and then “snow out” or fall out of the cloud as snow along the path of a plane, thereby creating a hole in a cloud.
      The effects of this inadvertent cloud seeding are similar to the effects of the intentional seeding of clouds: that is, both processes may increase the amount of precipitation falling from clouds.

      This vulnerability means it may be necessary to de-ice planes more frequently, Heymsfield says. Also, because weather station records that climate modelers incorporate into climate predictions are housed at airports in the Arctic and Antarctic, climate predictions for these areas may be influenced by local weather conditions caused by inadvertent seeding near those airports. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110701121623.htm

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Storms Damage Marina, Airport, Leave Thousands Without Power

    Wind gusts, some more than 70 miles per hour, knocked down trees and power lines.

    The storms spared little at Eagle Mountain Lake where a dock and several boats were pushed across the water towards the shore. At Meacham Airport, more than a dozen aircraft were also damaged.

    “The dock started breaking up sheet metal flying off and then is started seeing structural twisting,” Johnson said.

    Terry Braden and his wife watched that exact moment from their kitchen.

    “All of a sudden, my wife says look at the marina and the big boat, the big dock, it had blown over against the water break,” Braden said.

    Repairing the marina could take months due to the extent of the damage.

    “It’s a pretty hazardous area there is a lot of stuff still floating in the water. It’s not a good place to be until we can get this cleaned up. It’s not a safe area,” said Jerry Shacklett of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    About a dozen planes were damaged with two being flipped over. Others had their pieces and parts scattered across the airport.
    “Seemed like a tornado was on top of the hanger, but it was actually straight line winds whooping over on top of the hanger and ripping the sheet metal,” said Bill Welstead, Director of Aviation. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/08/13/storms-damage-marina-airport-leave-thousands-without-power/

  3. caerbannog says:

    What’s the difference between a skeptic and a denier?

    A skeptic says, “I’ve read articles indicating that the NASA global-warming results may be a product of “data adjustments” and/or UHI. So I’ll download the temperature data/documentation, write my own global-average temperature software (not all that hard, BTW), and analyze the data myself. I’ll compare the results I get from raw vs. adjusted data and from rural vs. urban data. Then I’ll compare my results with the NASA results”. If I can reproduce the NASA results from raw data taken from rural stations, then I’ll know that the NASA global-average temperature results are genuine. NASA provides all the data and documentation needed for me to do this, so I’ll roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

    Such a skeptic might produce something like this: tinyurl.com/globaltemperatureresultsV2

    A denier will simply continue parrot claims about data adjustments and UHI, all the while complaining that NASA has not released its data and/or code. A denier will not do a lick of work to substantiate the claims that he/she’s been parroting. (Are you listening, Mr. Watts?)

    IOW, a skeptic produces results; a denier produces excuses.

    • lizardo says:

      Speaking of which, the first hour of the Diane Rehm show today (8/14/12) “New Consensus on Climate Change” featured just that described skeptic Richard Muller along with Michael MacCracken and Juliet Elperin of the WaPo.
      (www.drshow.org)
      Besides (!) the fact that Muller thinks his is the only science that matters and is acting like Moses with the tablets, he is a fan of natural gas as THE answer, and that we have 50 years to act…..
      …. he completely lost it and got into a schoolboy shouting match with MacCracken which is in its way revealing.

      WAMU/DR show available as podcast and does transcripts, eventually.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Sceptics hold all their opinions tentatively, in case superior information comes to their attention. Denialists are lobotomised frogs, croaking the inanities that their MSM thought controllers have instructed them to believe, because the do-gooding ‘water-melons’ think differently.

  4. Frank Zaski says:

    It is good for incumbents and candidates to talk about global warming.

    According to Yale University: … taking a pro-climate stand appears to benefit candidates more than hurt them with registered voters. A few highlights:

    A majority of all registered voters (55%) say they will consider candidates’ views on global warming when deciding how to vote.

    Among these climate change issue voters, large majorities believe global warming is happening and support action by the U.S. to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.

    Independents lean toward “climate action” and look more like Democrats than Republicans on the issue.

    A pro-climate action position wins votes among Democrats and Independents, and has little negative impact with Republican voters.

    Policies to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote renewable energy are favored by a majority of registered voters across party lines.

    http://environment.yale.edu/climate/publications/Political-Benefits-Pro-Climate-Stand/

  5. BillD says:

    caerbannog–I think that you (or your skeptic) needs to read up on homogenation and data adjustments. Don’t forget the “time of day” adjustment, as that evidently creates a bias between rural and urban stations.

    • caerbannog says:

      The homogenization/data-adjustments are necessary for good *local* temperature history reconstruction.

      But for global-scale averaging, homogenization doesn’t really matter all that much, because the homogenization steps largely cancel each other out over large-scale averages.

      The reason that I have emphasized raw data results is to deny deniers their “data homogenization” talking-points.

      With homogenized data, you get the best estimates. But with raw data, you still get darned good estimates (at least for large-scale geographical averaging). The global-warming results shown by NASA and NOAA absolutely do not depend on data homogenization.

  6. Lisa Boucher says:

    Even some scientists who should know better continue to spout fossil-fueled lies.  Richard Muller was terrible on the Diane Rehm Show this morning.  Among his ridiculous statements was a denial of the connection between greenhouse warming and the melting of the Arctic.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    What Can We Learn About Global Warming From The Mars Rover? http://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=265

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Scotland Ambitions For Renewable Energy Independence

    We were fortunate enough to have some time with Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond where we discussed a broad range of topics from Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy targets and North Sea oil & gas to Scottish independence and Donald Trump.

    In the interview, Alex discusses:

    How Scotland will achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets.
    The impact North Sea oil and gas revenues would have on an independent Scotland.
    How Scotland can become the green energy capital of Europe.
    Donald Trumps recent tantrum over offshore wind energy.
    The impact Independence would have on the Scottish economy.
    Why companies are continuing to invest in Scotland’s renewable energy sector.
    Why Scotland would establish an oil fund and how it would be used.
    Why the shale revolution will not affect investment in Scottish renewables.
    The recent partnership between Scotland and Abu Dhabi.
    How Scotland will achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets.
    http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article36037.html

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Triggering permafrost meltdown is closer than we think

    Current levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are probably sufficient to trigger large-scale permafrost carbon feedbacks and global warming that human effort would be unable to contain.

    The time to slash emissions was a long time ago but now is still much, much better than later, which may, as new studies suggests, simply become too late.
    http://www.climatecodered.org/2012/04/triggering-permafrost-meltdown-is.html

  10. prokaryotes says:

    The odds of a hurricane spoiling the Republican National Convention in Tampa http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2185

  11. prokaryotes says:

    NASA sees more rain for the Philippines from Tropical Storm Kai-Tak

    An intensifying Tropical storm called Kai-Tak (locally known as Helen) is causing more rain in the Philippines as it passes over northern Luzon. The Philippines have had a very wet month with the capital of Manila experiencing massive flooding earlier this month. NASA’s TRMM satellite identified where the heavy rain was falling.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-nasa-philippines-tropical-storm-kai-tak.html

  12. prokaryotes says:

    Marine life facing mass extinction ‘within one human generation’ / State of seas ‘much worse than we thought’, says global panel of scientists

    The report says: “Increasing hypoxia [low oxygen levels] and anoxia [absence of oxygen, known as ocean dead zones], combined with warming of the ocean and acidification, are the three factors which have been present in every mass extinction event in Earth’s history.

    “There is strong scientific evidence that these three factors are combining in the ocean again, exacerbated by multiple severe stressors. The scientific panel concluded that a new extinction event was inevitable if the current trajectory of damage continues.”

    The panel pointed to a number of indicators showing how serious the situation is. It said, for example, that a single mass coral bleaching event in 1998 killed 16 per cent of all the world’s coral reefs, and pointed out that overfishing has reduced some commercial fish stocks and populations of “bycatch” (unintentionally caught) species by more than 90 per cent.

    It disclosed that new scientific research suggests that pollutants, including flame-retardant chemicals and synthetic musks found in detergents, are being traced in the polar seas, and that these chemicals can be absorbed by tiny plastic particles in the ocean which are in turn ingested by marine creatures such as bottom-feeding fish. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/oceans-on-brink-of-catastrophe-2300272.html

  13. prokaryotes says:

    Aug 14 (Reuters) – Firefighters in Washington state fought a wildfire on Tuesday that has destroyed 60 homes and burned more than 20,000 acres (8,093 hectares) between two national forests east of the capital, Olympia. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/14/usa-wildfires-west-idINL2E8JEC0V20120814

  14. prokaryotes says:

    This figure shows the daily, cumulative area of the Greenland ice sheet showing surface melt for 2012, 2011, 2010 and for the 1980 to 1999 mean. While melt was unusually extensive through May and June of 2012, the melt area increased rapidly in early July in response to an unusually warm weather event. http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2010/08/a-most-interesting-arctic-summer/figure6-2/

  15. prokaryotes says:

    Arctic Sea Ice

    Have a look at the picture below. It shows a graph based on data calculated by the Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS) developed at the Applied Physics Laboratory/Polar Science Center at the University of Washington. http://a-m-e-g.blogspot.de/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=5

  16. Joan Savage says:

    A reactor at the Millstone nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn., has shut down because of something that its 1960s designers never anticipated: the water in Long Island Sound was too warm to cool it.

    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/heat-shuts-down-a-coastal-reactor/