May 26, 2010

Solar Story Update

Filed under: Climate Forcings, Solar

We have written about the solar control on climate many times in the past, and to say the least, the debate continues to rage regarding the solar influence of Earth’s climate. IPCC has been luke warm on the subject, stating in the Technical Summary that “Solar irradiance contributions to global average radiative forcing are considerably smaller than the contribution of increases in greenhouse gases over the industrial period.” Two articles have appeared recently that provide even more evidence that variations in solar output have a profound impact on regional, hemispheric, and global climatic variations.


May 20, 2010

Another Rare Bird: Trumpeter Swan’s Story

Filed under: Adaptation, Animals

Last week, we reported on a truly rare bird—that is, a story in which “global warming” was linked to something good happening to a “good” species, in that case, the grey whale. This week, we have found another rare bird, literally. We report on a findings which suggest that global warming is benefitting another iconic, beloved species, the Trumpeter swan. Maybe there is a growing trend here.

Since it is apparently acceptable practice for Science magazine to accompany an article extolling the evils of anthropogenic climate change (and the need to take action) with an picture of a polar bear (or two) stranded on an ice floe (even though polar bears were not mentioned in the article), perhaps we’ll accompany all of our articles with a photo of a thriving Trumpeter swan. After all, what’s good the goose (or, er, swan)…

Trumpeter swans thriving in a world of enriched CO2.


May 13, 2010

The American Power Act: Climatologically Meaningless

Filed under: Climate Politics

As Senators John Kerry and Joseph Leiberman begin to lay out the details of their American Power Act, one thing becomes immediately clear—whatever impacts the bill may have, they won’t be on the climate.

WCR staff wasted little time pointing this out.


May 11, 2010

A Rare Bird (or Whale) Indeed

A few years ago we identified what we termed the good for bad and bad for good paradigm of global warming impacts—that is, if some plant or animal species were generally regarded as being “good”—penguins, polar bears, butterflies, etc.—then global warming was supposed to do bad things to it. Conversely, if some type of plant or animal was generally viewed in a negative light—jellyfish, poison ivy, ragweed, etc.—then the publicized global warming impacts were, of course, positive.

Reporting anything to the contrary may have the unintended consequence of leading some people to think that global warming may not be so bad after all and may in fact have beneficial consequences. Which, of course, would violate rule No. 1 of the global warming alarmists’ playbook—human alteration to the global climate is B-A-D. Period.

Case and point, the Environmental Protection Agency in justifying its finding that greenhouse gases (GHGs) endanger the public health and welfare went to great pains to play up the negatives all the while downplaying the positive aspects of climate change. After all, you can’t very well justify regulating GHGs if they lead to benefits, now can you?

So, consequently, we rarely hear that something good comes about from climate change.

So, shiver me timbers, were we surprised to read this story from the wires:


Pan Paradox

Filed under: Droughts, Precipitation

One of the ongoing debates in the climate change world involves the popular prediction of more droughts, longer droughts, and droughts of greater intensity. The underpinnings of this prediction are easy to follow, so this is definitely a strong pillar in the climate alarmist camp. As the temperature increases, potential evapotranspiration (PET) will certainly increase. There are many equations describing the relationship between PET and temperature, and they all indeed show PET would increase should the temperature increase. The physics here is solid. So if PET increases, actual evaporation will increase in areas with even a small amount of soil moisture, and in the absence of some compensating increase in rainfall, soil moisture will be depleted. The combination of increasing temperatures and decreasing precipitation should all but guarantee the place will become drier thereby yielding the increase in drought duration, intensity, and frequency. There is always a drought somewhere on the planet to point to as evidence that this is really happening, will likely get worse in the future, and all the rest. We’ve all heard it a million times … “If we don’t act know, ______ will happen” (fill in the blank, but today, we will focus on droughts).


May 3, 2010

Red Wine Story

Filed under: Agriculture

Close your eyes. You are sitting by a fireplace, you’ve just open a bottle of vintage Port wine your friend brought back from Portugal, you’ve cracked open Al Gore’s latest book … ouch, things were actually going pretty well with the fireplace and the vintage Port!

We bring this up given some really good news for Port lovers that appeared recently in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. We realize you’ve probably read this piece already given the widespread circulation of the journal and the intense media coverage of the article? No?! Then we’ll fill you in.

WOW – looks good for sure!


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