sea ice blocking Mawson … may have to move

A media shock! Two sides to the story! Only one is believable, as there has been no warming for 20 years, you can decide. Antarctica is at record sea ice extent, after increasing steadily for the last few decades.

Dr John Ray at Greenie Watch comments:

That good ol’ Antarctic peninsula again

These guys below are remarkably incurious.  They see the sudden change in parts of the Antarctic peninsula but are sure they have a magic decoder ring that tells then what causes the change — global warming, of course.  But how come the change is so sudden and so recent?  And how come it has happened during a period when there has been NO global warming?  Their explanations linking it to global warming are obviously just desperate stabs in the dark

And the real cause is known anyhow.  There have been several recent reports of subsurface vulcanism in the Western margin and the peninsula.  Having a volcano underneath an ice mass is a pretty good way of melting some ice.  And volcanoes are sudden and episodic.  So  vulcanism explains what the Warmists could not — the SUDDEN onset of the melting.  And the second aspect of volcanoes — that they are episodic — shows how absurd are the great extrapolations offered below.  Volcanoes are mostly caused by tectonic shifts so most erupt and then stop as the plates re-adjust. You cannot reasonably project vulcanism into the future, let alone the distant future.  It could stop tomorrow. So the alarming predictions below are just the usual sort of baseless scare that we expect from Greenies

The article below is from the Daily Mail and they obviously didn’t like the Warmist claims either.  They followed the original story with a quote from a polar expert which pointed out a hole in the story and added a “box” to the article (the words from the capital letters onward) which also shows the absurdity of saying that the Antarctic is being affected by global warming:

Growing sea ice surrounding Antarctica could prompt scientists to consider relocating research stations on the continent, according to the operations manager of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Rob Wooding said that resupplying Australia’s Mawson Station – the longest continuously operated outpost in Antarctica – relied on access to a bay, a task increasingly complicated by sea ice blocking the way.

He said that at Mawson, the ice typically breaks up for one or two months of the summer, but in the last four to six years this has not happened every year and some years only partially.

He said: ‘We are noticing that the sea ice situation is becoming more difficult.

‘In the 2013-4 season we couldn’t get anywhere near Mawson due to the sea ice and we had to get fuel in there by helicopter which is inadequate for the long-term sustainability of the station.’

He said that French and Japanese bases on the continent have had similar problems.

Tony Worby, from an Australian centre studying Antarctic climate and ecosystems, said that in contrast to the Arctic where global warming is causing ice to melt and glaciers to shrink, sea ice around Antarctica was increasing.

It hit a new record in September last year, with the US-based National Snow and Ice Data Center reporting that the ice averaged 20.0 million square kilometres (7.72 million square miles) during the month.

Scientists have struggled to predict sea ice conditions, which are believed to be affected by the strong winds of the Southern Ocean which can push the ice out from the continent of Antarctica.

This does not happen in the Arctic because the ocean is hemmed in by land masses.


Check the link out for the ‘scary’, alarming, point of view, a portion here: Continue reading

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down the drain, with ‘other people’s money’ …

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Greek hospitals cannot afford painkillers, scissors or sheets as budget cuts bite.

Spending ‘other people’s money’ is an agenda of socialists and Marxists. It turns out, Greece was, (and still is) the master of it, but now the chickens have come home to roost. They have about run out.  Glenn Reynolds :

The view from a Czech scientist, Lubos Motl, tells the full story: Greece: parallel currency, default, solutions

Greece remains one of the main topics that markets are thinking about. Its finance minister Varoufakis promised a default on June 5th (€303 million from a 2010 IMF loan) if additional billions of euros aren’t poured over the Greek black hole before that day; to feed his corrupt parasitic voters with other people’s money will always be more important for him than to fulfill basic international obligations of his country.

He may be bluffing, he may be serious, we can’t be sure. It sounds insane that Greece would be the first country in the world’s history that would default to the IMF – in some sense, to the whole international economic community – something that no screwed dictatorial regime in Africa has managed to achieve so far. But Varoufakis and his comrades are self-described Marxists so truly insane decisions may be expected, after all.

I follow the Greek media – including those written in Greek. One thing I find remarkable is their local indication that “everything is fine” in the country. Default-related stories are actually just a small part of what they discuss. They don’t think that they have a problem. This is remarkable because if the country defaults, the very fabric of the society may be torn apart. And it’s only Greece that will be radically transformed.

A lot more at the link below.

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rainbows and unicorns … coal-powered cars

The myth that battery powered cars are environmentally better than gasoline or diesel based, is pervasive with the Green Blob. Tesla’s expensive, rare metal made batteries are built with the aid of large subsidies, and charged by base-load power, particularly coal and gas. We don’t need to go into what is needed in actually building the vehicles. Powerline reports:

Today’s Energy Unicorn: The Scent of Musk

Featured imageWhat is it about Elon Musk? People must think his name is “Steve Jobs” in some obscure Slavic language. Sure, I think the Tesla is cool, and think they might lead to something useful some day, but right now they’re a boutique toy for affluent people. (A friend who drives a Tesla in a Midwestern state has a custom bumper sticker: “How do you like my coal-powered car?”) […]  »

We already know how Greenpeace misleads: Continue reading

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Oz media’s Animal Farm …

1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.
2. Social justice is a commie scam. Read the drivel of Saul Alinsky and fight it with all you’ve got.
3. Nobody owes you jacksquat. You will either earn your own way, or feel like a helpless leech. There is no middle ground.
4. Economic equality is for sheep. If you really believe we are all equal in our capabilities you will go nowhere.

Speaking of sheep, the ABC do a good impersonation:

Be polite to sheep – or face investigation:

A case of alleged animal abuse in the far west of New South Wales has led to debate about whether sheep can comprehend human speech

It was alleged sheep were abused verbally during shearing.

Brilliant response from the farmer whose station was accused of the sheep rudeness:

For Ken Turner, who operates Boorungie Station, the obvious answer to the quandary was to ask the sheep themselves to corroborate the evidence.


UPDATE. A barnyard bar barney in the UK:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the oldest bar in Britain on Monday demanding that it change its historic name because “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” is offensive to chickens.

Feral Green (Turkeys)

Turkeys and sheep: This is fantastic…


The world of dance has not witnessed such passion since Leopold “Butters” Stotch killed all those people.

UPDATE. A subsequent moment of clarity for Ben Eltham.

Bolt: But wait: the Government cuts arts funding and the result is actually more dance in the streets? There’s a lesson here for taxpayers.

Sadly, though, Eltham and the dancers are wrong. There hasn’t been a cut in arts funding, but merely a change in who doles out the dosh.

Greg Craven’s “race” mistake


Greg Craven thinks there is nothing radical in dividing us by “race” and creating a separate kind of Parliament for one:

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Obama’s sea level horror …


Further reading:

Does the ‘leader’ of the free world really know so little about climate?

Some pushback against Obama’s ridiculous climate remarks at the Coast Guard commencement

(Watts Up With That)

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Poland on a winner …

Several Eastern European countries are looking at new coal plants, just as Poland breaks ground with a new coal-fired power plant:

EU member Poland breaks ground on new coal fired plant

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Poland on the site of a €800m lignite power plant in Turów.

The ceremony was attended by Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and representatives Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPSE), which will build the plant in co-operation with Polish company Budimex and Técnicas Reunidas from Spain.

MHPSE said that the lignite unit will have a gross capacity of just under 500 MW and an efficiency of more than 43 per cent. It will be operated by PGE, Poland’s largest power supplier.

MHPS Europe will supply the utility steam generator, the entire flue gas cleaning equipment, piping, turbine/generator, instrumentation & control and will also place the power plant into service.

The new unit – which is due to be operational in 2019 – will be built at an existing power plant where there are currently six units with an installed capacity of 1500 MW.

MHPSE chairman Rainer Kiechl said the new plant “will be one of the most modern of its type in the world”.

He added that it would make a “significant contribution to a dependable supply of power in an economy which is continuing to grow strongly”.

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a BIG FAT price …

[…] ‘Poverty is not going down in the world.  It is going up’.  There’s one for Matt Ridley to take apart.  Can’t recall which CEO said that.  The inaccuracies are coming thick and fast.  I can’t keep up.

Then as a wash up we had Angel Gurria.  The programme describes him as the Secretary General, OECD.  Charismatic, dramatic and just the person to whip up some enthusiasm.  He summed up what had been said well and picked on his Big Idea for what action is needed to whip this Climate Change problem into shape: ‘A Big Fat Price on Carbon’.  I knew it was his big idea because he repeated that phrase 3 more – no, maybe 30 more times.  But there was also some comment on the IMF report that we spend $5.3 trillion dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels.  I’m not sure he was quite accepting that as a meaningful contribution to the debate. […]

The true believers at the UN, yearning after a “BIG FAT price on carbon”. Click to read more …


Ban-Ki-Moon, IMF and World Bank leaders and other UN representative for the climate ministerial, April 2015.

Send more money, $89 trillion more.


Yes, it’s getting close to the Paris COP of ‘true believers’.  In the meantime, real scientists discuss real science and policy, here:


Registration is now open for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change

Via press release: The Heartland Institute is “the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.” — The Economist, May 26, 2012 Meet us next month in Washington, DC, where we will be hosting our tenth conference with the world’s leading scientists who question whether “man-made global warming” is real. Join us…


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extraordinary summer ice … experts lie

Arctic Ice Is The Same Thickness As 75 Years Ago

Melting is on strike, the sun is approaching solar minimum, the climate refugees will move to the tropics soon I guess: Updated NASA data – no polar ice retreat

This story appeared in Forbes magazine a couple of days ago:

Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat


No matter how many times experts lie about it, the Arctic is not melting down.


Gore: Polar ice cap may disappear by summer 2014

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013′

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Why Arctic sea ice will vanish in 2013 | Sierra Club Canada

Pretty please, bring back global warming: Greenland Melt Getting Off To The Slowest Start On Record

The Greenland melt season is a month late getting started, and the coasts are still buried in snow as summer approaches.

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There has been almost no melt this year, and the amount of melt is below the previous record low.

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proof the globe is not warming …

The troposphere must show a hot spot, according to the IPCC science if global warming is real. Dr David Evans left the Australian Department of Climate Change from 2010 on finding no sign of warming in the troposphere, or anywhere else for that matter. Now the latest satellite figures now out still show no warming. Drs Spencer and Christy from the University of Huntsville, Alabama, monitor one of two satellite data series, and yesterday, posted this:

New Satellite Upper Troposphere Product: Still No Tropical “Hotspot”

May 21st, 2015

One of the most vivid predictions of global warming theory is a “hotspot” in the tropical upper troposphere, where increased tropical convection responding to warming sea surface temperatures (SSTs) is supposed to cause enhanced warming in the upper troposphere.

The trouble is that radiosonde (weather ballons) and satellites have failed to show evidence of a hotspot forming in recent decades. Instead, upper tropospheric warming approximately the same as surface warming has been observed.

It has been also been pointed out, with some justification, that our lower tropospheric temperature product really can’t be used to find the hotspot since it peaks too low in the troposphere, and our mid-troposphere product might have too much contamination from cooling in the lower stratosphere to detect the hotspot.

A recent paper by Sherwood and Nishant in Environmental Research letters presented a reanalysis of the radiosonde data and claims to find evidence of the hotspot. I’ve looked through the paper and find the statistical black box approach they used to be unconvincing. I’ll leave it to others to examine the details of their statistical adjustments, what what the physical reasons for those adjustments might be.

Instead, I want to introduce you to a new product that is made possible by the new methods we now use in Version 6 of our UAH datasets (links at the bottom).

Since we now have a tropopause (“TP”) product, we can combine that with our lower stratosphere (“LS”) product in such a way that we pretty well isolate the tropical upper tropospheric layer that is supposed to be warming the fastest.

The following plot of the satellite weighting functions shows that a simple linear combination of the TP and LS weighting functions (from MSU3/AMSU7 and MSU4/AMSU9, respectively) gives peak weight in the layer where the strongest warming is expected to occur, approximately 7-13 km in altitude:


If we apply the coefficients (1.4, -0.4) to the TP and LS products, the resulting “UT” (upper troposphere) product for the tropical oceans (20N-20S) produces monthly anomalies since 1979 as shown by the bright red line in the following plot (I have added offsets to all time series so their linear trend lines intersect zero at the beginning of 1979):


Note that the linear warming trend in the UT product (+0.07 C/decade, bright red trend line) is less than the HadSST3 sea surface temperature trend (light green, +0.10 C/decade) for the same 20N-20S latitude band, whereas theory would suggest it should be about twice as large (+0.20 C/decade).

And what is really striking in the above plot is how strong the climate models’ average warming trend over the tropical oceans is in the upper troposphere (+0.35 C/decade, dark red), which I calculate to be about 1.89 times the models’ average surface trend (+0.19 C/decade, dark green). This ratio of 1.89 is based upon the UT weighting function applied to the model average temperature trend profile from the surface to 100 mb (16 km) altitude.

So, what we see is that the models are off by about a factor of 2 on surface warming, but maybe by a factor of 5 (!) for upper tropospheric warming.

This is all preliminary, of course, since we still must submit our Version 6 paper for publication. So, make of it what you will. […]

Read the full article for more.

Dr Evans explanation here about looking for a global warming signature:

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China trumps Obama-nero …

“Obama pisses into the wind”, an excellent heading to this item. (Dr John Ray: Does he really think any of the practical men at the coastguard are going to take  this seriously?  Coming from a Leftist politician it is more likely to make them cynical.)

[…] Coal power from China: The Wall Street Journal reports that China is investing $46 billion in new trade routes across central Asia. The lion’s share of the spending will go towards providing “electricity to energy-starved Pakistan, based mostly on building new coal-fired power plants.”

“The plans envisage adding 10,400 megawatts of electricity at a cost of $15.5 billion by 2018,” the Journal reports. “After 2018, adding a further 6,600 megawatts is outlined—at a cost of an additional $18.3 billion—that in cumulative total would double Pakistan’s current electricity output.”

Global warming is a greater problem than terrorism in the Middle East?

Global warming is not a threat to the world, but global warming ‘solutions’ are. The estimated 1.2 billion people in the world without electricity who are leading a nasty, brutish and short life, will be the ones who “will pay” for global warming solutions that prevent them from obtaining cheap and abundant carbon based energy. See: S. African activist slams UN’s ‘Green Climate Fund': ‘Government to govt aid is a reward for being better than anyone else at causing poverty’ — ‘It enriches the people who cause poverty’

Simple historical facts undermine the President’s claims about global warming and national security concerns.


Obama-nero. Read them all.

Obama worries about er, climate change? Pissing while the world burns, when a flood is needed, Obama-nero, fiddling while the world burns:

Update, Some pushback against Obama’s ridiculous climate remarks at the Coast Guard commencement

This is a follow up to our earlier story: Does the ‘leader’ of the free world really know so little about climate? Current Wisdom: Did Human-Caused Climate Change Lead to War in Syria? By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels Did human-caused climate change…

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Update 2, Hey, Mr President, you still in the arms-smuggling business? Then watch this: BARBARIC! ISIS Executes Teen Tied to a Pole With a Bazooka (VIDEO)

(FOX News confirmed Monday that the US ran guns from Benghazi to Syria before the attack on the US consulate on September 11, 2012.)

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