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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

What model predicted warming below 2000 meters? Ten years ago we assumed the mixing depth to be 700 meters. Scientists who looked at the difference between incoming radiation and outgoing radiation and compared that with the measured warming concluded (because they believed in conservation of energy) that there must be additional warming in locations that we have been unable to measure. One possible location is the deep ocean below 700 meters. Only in the last decade we have been able to measure that in fact the deep ocean between 700 meters and 2000 meters is warming and accounts for a great deal of the missing energy. This study only confirms that there is not likely further warming to be found below 2000 meters.

2 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Layzej Re:Read: IT wages in Europe rising (212 comments)

I think the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten Group is doing more to address this issue than MS or FB: http://scratch.mit.edu/

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

If you have kids, you should introduce them to scratch!

about a week ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Layzej Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

New paper in PNAS: We see no evidence in the geological record from about 6000 years ago to 100-150 years that resembles the rise that we see in the last 100 years. Compared against this 'background' signal the recent rise of about 20 centimetres in 100 years recorded by tide gauges is anomalous, - http://www.pnas.org/content/ea...

about a week ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

Please! We want to know the real truth behind these plots! Do you think Osama collude with the owner of the building? Do you think there was a plant in the white house who is manipulating documents? This is all very fascinating and I look forward to learning the real truth that Wikipedia won't tell us!

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Layzej Re: weev (717 comments)

It is the leaders of the contrarian community who are repeatedly publishing contact info of targeted climate scientists and encouraging the crazies to get in touch directly.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Layzej Re:weev (717 comments)

The same technique is used by Marc Morano to silence climate scientists:

Whether one agrees with that message or not, there’s no denying that its tone is drastically different from much of the email Hayhoe has been receiving after Limbaugh’s denunciation, Gingrich’s decision to kill her book chapter, and the repeated publication of her email address by an influential conservative blogger who ceaselessly campaigns against climate science and climate action, Mark Morano. - http://texasclimatenews.org/wp...

Morano has sicked his minions on her for the crime of publicly discussing her scientific findings. Here is an example of the vitriol she is now receiving: Nazi Bitch Whore Climatebecile [] You stupid bitch, You are a mass murderer and will be convicted at the Reality TV Grand Jury in Nuremberg, Pennsylvania. AGW has never been anything but a Rockefeller depopulationary eugenical scam. [] After the Grand Jury indicts you, I would like to see you convicted and beheaded by guillotine in the public square, to show women that if they are going to take a man’s job, they have to take the heat for mass murder, just like the men do when they get caught. If you have a child, then women in the future will be even more leery of lying to get ahead, when they see your baby crying next to the basket next to the guillotine.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

Wikipedia not the authoritative answer to everything in the Universe

Of course not. Only you know the real truth.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

so who was behind the 911 attacks and who faked Obama's birth certificate? Obviously if you are right these are very important questions!

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

Wikipedia thinks: "When the North Tower collapsed, debris fell on the nearby 7 World Trade Center building (7 WTC), damaging it and starting fires. These fires burned for hours, compromising the building's structural integrity, and 7 WTC collapsed at 5:21 p.m."

But I'd love to hear the real truth about the 9/11 attacks and Obama's birth certificate. Please elucidate.

“What about building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

Jane1:

Kinda hard to argue with the owner of the building when he publicly says he did it on purpose!

vs Jane2:

I did not state that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job. I merely stated that evidence indicates ...

Who to believe?

I did not claim Obama faked his birth certificate. I DID state that the document posted on the internet by the Whitehouse as Obama's birth certificate has been digitally manipulated

Seems like a distinction without a difference. Not sure we should use you as a barometer on which way the term "denier" points.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

We have had really good measurements to about 700m deep for decades. About a decade ago a discrepancy was noticed between the radiative imbalance at the top of the atmosphere and the amount of warming measured. Some scientists (who believed in conservation of energy) suggested that there may be warming that we have been unable to measure. One possible location was the deep ocean (below 700m). The Argo network was deployed. It was able to measure to depths of 2000m. It showed that the deep ocean below 700m was indeed warming and accounted for a great deal of the discrepancy.

This study shows that ice melt and the warming measured by the Argo network account for almost all of sea level rise. So warming below 2000m cannot be significant. Does that somehow show that the ocean between 700m and 2000m didn't warm? Of course not. In fact it relies on the deep ocean warming measurements to close the sea level rise budget. So rather than contradict previous research, this study actually confirms it. Maybe you didn't read this far down:

Recent studies reporting deep-ocean warming were, in fact, referring to the warming in the upper half of the ocean but below the topmost layer, which ends about 0.4 mile (700 meters) down.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

If the "missing" energy were in the upper ocean we would have known about it long ago, because we've been keeping upper ocean temperature records for decades. .

As this study shows, the missing heat recently found in the deep ocean between 700m and 2000m is required to account for observed sea level rise. So not only does the increased warming in the deep ocean close the radiative imbalance budget, it also closes the sea level rise budget. So yes, the law of conservation of energy is not challenged by this new finding.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:Yesterday Oceans were warming more than predict (295 comments)

Actually the picture is pretty cohesive, but was presented rather poorly by bigwheel. Yesterday the deep oceans (between 700m and 2000m) were warming more than expected. Today we find that if you add the warming we have measured down to 2000m with the melting we have measured at the poles, you can account for almost 100% of sea level rise. We can then probably conclude that there is little or no warming below 2000m. It looks like Bigwheel may have been confused by the word 'deep', even though the distinction is made clear by the article that he posted: "Some recent studies reporting deep-ocean warming were, in fact, referring to the warming in the upper half of the ocean but below the topmost layer, which ends about 0.4 mile (700 meters) down."

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

You won't have been told that by the scientists. Perhaps you are visiting contrarian web sites? All that scientists have said is that the sun cannot account for our recent warming because it has been cooling over the last 40 years: http://woodfortrees.org/plot/g...

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

This study actually confirms previous measurements for warming between 700m and 2000m. It finds that if you add the warming in the top 700m with the recently measured warming in the 'deep' ocean between 700m and 2000m - if you add that to ice melt you account for all of the measured sea level rise. The budget is balanced. This new study provides an even more cohesive picture!

Ten years ago if we looked at the imbalance between incoming and outgoing radiation and compared that with measured warming we found that we did not have enough warming to account for the radiative imbalance. Some scientists (who believed in conservation of energy) concluded that there must be additional warming that we have not measured. Two places we had poor measurements were the ocean below 700 meters and at the poles. Over the last decade we have been able to measure warming between 700 and 2000 meters as well as the poles and the heat budget is balanced.

This new paper confirms the warming in the 'deep' ocean between 700m and 2000m - otherwise we would not be able to account for the sea level rise that we observe.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Layzej Re:phase change (295 comments)

"Coauthor Felix Landerer of JPL noted that during the same period warming in the top half of the ocean continued unabated, an unequivocal sign that our planet is heating up. Some recent studies reporting deep-ocean warming were, in fact, referring to the warming in the upper half of the ocean but below the topmost layer, which ends about 0.4 mile (700 meters) down"

What this study found was that melting ice and warming of the first 2000 meters accounted for virtually all of the sea level rise. Nice bit of editorializing on the part of bigwheel to suggest that this new data has any impact on "why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years." This does not suggest that the ocean has warmed less than we had previously thought. Only that the warming is occurring primarily in the first 2 kilometers of depth.

about two weeks ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Layzej Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

Hi rgb, I've replied to your anonymous response. I'm replying to you here so that it shows up in your notifications.

about three weeks ago

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Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated by Half

Layzej Layzej writes  |  about a year ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "A new paper shows that global temperature rise of the past 15 years has been greatly underestimated. The reason is that the weather station network covers only about 85% of the planet. Satellite data shows that the parts of the Earth that are not covered by the surface station network, especially the arctic, have warmed exceptionally fast over the last 15 years. Most temperature reconstructions simply omit any region not covered. A temperature reconstruction developed by NASA somewhat addresses the gaps by filling in missing data using temperatures from the nearest available observations. Now Kevin Cowtan (University of York) and Robert Way (University of Ottawa) have developed a new method to fill the data gaps using satellite data.

The researchers describe their methods and findings in this youtube video. "The most important part of our work was testing the skill of each of these approaches in reconstructing unobserved temperatures. To do this we took the observed data and further reduced the coverage by setting aside some of the observations. We then reconstructed the global temperatures using each method in turn. Finally, we compared the reconstructed temperatures to the observed temperatures where they are available... While infilling works well over the oceans, the hybrid model works particularly well at restoring temperatures in the vicinity of the unobserved regions."

The authors note that "While short term trends are generally treated with a suitable level of caution by specialists in the field, they feature significantly in the public discourse on climate change.""
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Global warming forcasts prove accurate

Layzej Layzej writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "A recent Slashdot story noted a 1981 paper that predicted a rise in global mean temperatures and turned out to be surprisingly accurate — if a bit conservative. The guardian reports on a new paper that explores the performance of a forecast published in 1999. The new study predicted that the decade ending in December 2012 would be a quarter of degree warmer than the decade ending in August 1996 – and this proved correct to within a few hundredths of a degree. Compared to the forecast, the early years of the new millennium were somewhat warmer than expected. More recently the temperature has matched the level forecasted very closely" This relative slowdown has caused some journalists to speculate that global warming may have stopped. This paper shows that this is not the case. The author of the paper, Myles Allen, notes: "Of course, we should expect fluctuations around the overall warming trend in global mean temperatures (and even more so in British weather!), but the success of these early forecasts suggests the basic understanding of human-induced climate change on which they were based is supported by subsequent observations.""
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Paper on conspiratorial thinking invokes conspiratorial thinking

Layzej Layzej writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Last summer a paper investigating the link between conspiratorial thinking and the rejection of climate science provoked a response on blogs skeptical of the scientific consensus that appeared to illustrate the very cognitive processes at the center of the research. This generated data for a new paper titled "Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation" The researchers reviewed the reactions for evidence of conspirational thinking including the presumption of nefarious intent, perception of persecution, the tendency to detect meaning in random events, and the ability to interpret contrary evidence as evidence that the conspiracy is even greater in scope that was originally believed. Some of the hypotheses promoted to dismiss the findings of the original paper ultimately grew in scope to include actors beyond the authors, such as university executives, a media organization, and the Australian government. It is not clear whether the response to this paper will itself provide data for further research, or how far down this recursion could progress. I fear the answer may be "all the way""
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2012 another record-setter, fits climate forecasts

Layzej Layzej writes  |  about 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Fox News reports: In 2012 many of the warnings scientists have made about global warming went from dry studies in scientific journals to real-life video played before our eyes. As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy. Globally, five countries this year set heat records, but none set cold records. 2012 is on track to be the warmest year on record in the United States. Worldwide, the average through November suggests it will be the eighth warmest since global record-keeping began in 1880 and will likely beat 2011 as the hottest La Nina year on record. America's heartland lurched from one extreme to the other without stopping at "normal." Historic flooding in 2011 gave way to devastating drought in 2012. But the most troubling climate development this year was the melting at the top of the world. Summer sea ice in the Arctic shrank to 18 percent below the previous record low.
These are "clearly not freak events," but "systemic changes," said climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute in Germany. "With all the extremes that, really, every year in the last 10 years have struck different parts of the globe, more and more people absolutely realize that climate change is here and already hitting us.""

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Report: Climate change behind rise in weather disasters

Layzej Layzej writes  |  about 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "A new report by reinsurance company Munich Re finds that North America has been most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades. The study shows a nearly quintupled number of weather-related loss events in North America for the past three decades, compared with an increase factor of 4 in Asia, 2.5 in Africa, 2 in Europe and 1.5 in South America. Anthropogenic climate change is believed to contribute to this trend, though it influences various perils in different ways. Climate change particularly affects formation of heat-waves, droughts, intense precipitation events, and in the long run most probably also tropical cyclone intensity. Even after adjusting for population spread and increased property values, Munich Re still says there were significant increases in the costs of weather disasters. At the same time non-climatic events (earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis) have hardly changed. Some have cautioned that thirty years is not an appropriate length of time for a climate analysis, however the findings are consistent with expectations set out in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as in the special report on weather extremes and disasters (SREX)."
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "New research to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found that that those who subscribed to one or more conspiracy theories or who strongly supported a free market economy were more likely to reject the findings from climate science as well as other sciences. The researchers, led by UWA School of Psychology Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, found that free-market ideology was an overwhelmingly strong determinant of the rejection of climate science. It also predicted the rejection of the link between tobacco and lung cancer and between HIV and AIDS. Conspiratorial thinking was a lesser but still significant determinant of the rejection of all scientific propositions examined, from climate to lung cancer. Curiously, public response to the paper has provided a perfect real-life illustration of the very cognitive processes at the center of the research."
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A Conservative's Approach to Combating Climate Change

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Law professor Jonathan H. Adler writes that even if the contrarians are right, and global warming ends up on the lower end of the projections, it will still produce property rights violations — an idea that is antithetical to Libertarian philosophy. Critical of the current EPA regulations and of cap and trade legislation, Adler proposes four conservative approaches to combating climate change including technology inducement prizes, reducing procedural barriers to the development and deployment of alternative technologies, and adopting a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This last point is gaining traction among republican thought leaders who feel that we have a fundamentally backward system in the United States that imposes taxes on things people want more of: income and jobs. At the same time, the U.S. allows something we want less of — carbon dioxide pollution — to be emitted without penalty."
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Canadian scientists muzzled by government

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Prior to the International Polar Year 2012 conference in Montreal, Canadian government scientists were warned not to talk to the media without governmental supervision. The message sent to scientists was clear: Big Brother is watching you. This is one of several recent examples where the Canadian government attempted to intimidate scientists into not saying anything that might be considered “off-message”. But worrying about what might or might not be off-message is not the responsibility of a scientist. Scientists should only worry about being honest about their data and how to best communicate their findings. If those findings happen to go against government policy, that should never be a scientist’s problem."
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Last bastion for climate dissenters crumbling.

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "The New York Times reports: "For decades, a small group of scientific dissenters has been trying to shoot holes in the prevailing science of climate change, offering one reason after another why the outlook simply must be wrong." Initially they claimed that weather stations exaggerated the warming trend. This was disproven by satellite data which shows a similar warming trend. Next solar activity was blamed for much of the warming. This looked like a promising theory until the 80's when solar output started to diverge from global temperatures. Now, climate contrarians are convinced that changes in cloud cover will largely mitigate the warming caused by increased CO2. The New York Times examines how even this last bastion for dissenters is crumbling. Over the past few years, Several papers have shown that rather than being a mitigating factor, changes in cloud cover due to warming may actually enhance further warming."
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NASA Chief Scientist responds to ex-employees

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Last week a fellow at the Heartland Institute, a group now notorious for their plan to subvert public science education, gathered a coalition of 49 ex-NASA employees to sign a petition urging NASA to reconsider its position on climate change. For perspective, NASA currently employes over 18,000 people, and there are likely tens of thousands of ex-employees. In their letter the group requested that NASA refrain from publishing unproven remarks. Since no theory can ever be considered proven, this appears to be an attempt to silence discussion. NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati has since responded: "Our Earth science programs provide many unique space-based observations and research capabilities to the scientific community to inform investigations into climate change... After these studies have met the appropriate standards of scientific peer-review, we strongly encourage scientists to communicate these results to the public. If the authors of this letter disagree with specific scientific conclusions made public by NASA scientists, we encourage them to join the debate in the scientific literature or public forums rather than restrict any discourse.""
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30-year-old global temperature predictions close to spot-on

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "The Register reports on a 30 year old paper published in Science in 1981 that projected global mean temperatures up to the year 2100. "When the 1981 paper was written, temperatures in the northern hemispheres were declining, and global mean temperatures were below their 1940 levels. Despite those facts, the paper's authors confidently predicted a rise in temperature due to increasing CO2 emissions." The prediction turns out to be remarkably accurate — even a bit optimistic. The article concludes that the 1981 paper is "a nice example of a statement based on theory that could be falsified and up to now has withstood the test.""
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Tennessee senate passes "monkey bill"

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that allows teachers to "teach the controversy" on evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects. Critics have called it a "monkey bill" that promotes creationism in classrooms. In a statement sent to legislators, eight members of the National Academy of Science said that, in practice, the bill will likely lead to "scientifically unwarranted criticisms of evolution." and that "By undermining the teaching of evolution in Tennessee's public schools, HB368 and SB893 would miseducate students, harm the state's national reputation, and weaken its efforts to compete in a science-driven global economy,""
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Ken Cuccinelli's climate-change witch hunt

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes ""IF VIRGINIA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) needs examples of official waste and abuse as he runs for governor, he could cite the harassment that he conducted against climate scientist Michael E. Mann, a costly episode of government overreach that is finally over.

The state’s highest court wrote in an opinion that Cuccinelli lacked the authority to subpoena records — including e-mails, drafts and handwritten notes — from the University of Virginia involving well-known climate scientist Michael Mann’s research. Now that the Supreme Court has shut Mr. Cuccinelli down, what’s left is a range of consequences that can only hurt the commonwealth. The university had to raise nearly $600,000 for legal fees — money the cash-strapped university should have been able to use for something productive. On top of that are the public resources of the attorney general’s office that Mr. Cuccinelli wasted. Scientists in Virginia now have reason to wonder whether they will suffer similar pressure if they publish research government officials don’t like."

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AAAS president "Scared to Death" of New Dark Era

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Nina Fedoroff, the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recently confessed at an 8000 member strong meeting that she is scared to death "we are sliding back into a dark era." She stated that she is "profoundly depressed at just how difficult it has become merely to get a realistic conversation started on issues such as climate change or genetically modified organisms." Her remarks are backed by a recently published Union of Concerned Scientists report, that chronicles the methods used by corporate businesses to harass individual scientists, ghost-write scientific articles to raise doubts about government research, and undermine the use of science to form government policy. Discover Magazine gives specific examples such as the Heartland Institute's recently revealed plan to subvert public science education, as well as the offer by the the American Enterprise Institute of $10,000 a pop to each scientists or economists who was willing to write op-eds or essays critiquing the IPCC climate report — before it was even published. The AAAS meeting was "set against a background of an entire intellectual discipline that realises that it, and its practitioners, are now under sustained attack.""
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Source of Leaked Heartland Documents Revealed

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Scientist and journalist Peter Gleik has has admitted to leaking documents that reveal the internal strategies of the Heartland Institute.. In his statement he writes "At the beginning of 2012, I received an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute's climate program strategy. It contained information about their funders and the Institute's apparent efforts to muddy public understanding about climate science and policy. I do not know the source of that original document but assumed it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it.

Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else's name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget. I forwarded, anonymously, the documents I had received to a set of journalists and experts working on climate issues."

The Guardian writes "while acts of deception cannot be condoned, it is also important to note that the documents obtained by Gleick provide an insight into how some of those groups that are fundamentally opposed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases attempt to convey the impression that their arguments are founded on science rather than on ideology.""

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Heartland Institute threatens to sue anyone who comments on leaked documents

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Bloggers around the world have been commenting on recently leaked Heartland Institute documents that reveal their internal strategies to discredit climate science. These posters are now under threat of legal action. According to the Heartland Institute "the individuals who have commented so far on these documents did not wait for Heartland to confirm or deny the authenticity of the documents. We believe their actions constitute civil and possibly criminal offenses for which we plan to pursue charges and collect payment for damages"

Are hundreds of slashdotters now at risk after having commented when the story was posted here?"

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2011 sets climate records

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Despite being a La Nina year, 2011 was the world's 10th warmest year, and the warmest year with La Niña event According to preliminary results from the World Meteorological Organization. 2011 also saw Arctic sea ice volume minimum continue to plummet. Volume dropped to 4,300 km^3 after being relatively stable at about 14,000 km^3 in the eighties. In the US, heat records outnumbered cold by 2.8:1. For comparison, in 2010 the ration was 2.3:1, and the average for the 80's, 90's and 2000's were 1.14:1, 1.36:1, and 2.04:1 respectively"
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Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leake

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009. The initial email dump was apparently timed to disrupt the Copenhagen climate talks. The lack of any emails post-dating the 2009 release suggests that they were obtained at the same time, but held back. Their release now suggests they are intended to cause maximum impact before the upcoming climate summit in Durban which starts on Monday. In a statement, the University of East Anglia said "As in 2009, extracts from emails have been taken completely out of context. Following the previous release of emails scientists highlighted by the controversy have been vindicated by independent review, and claims that their science cannot or should not be trusted are entirely unsupported""
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Climate panel says prepare for weird weather

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "Extreme weather, such as the 2010 Russian heat wave or the drought in the horn of Africa, will become more frequent and severe as the planet warms, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in a report released today. Some areas could become “increasingly marginal as places to live in", the report concludes. Critics of the report note that “Governments have in the past considerably weakened the language of IPCC summaries for policymakers,” and that the IPCC process tends to water down even the most obvious conclusions."
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World emissions of carbon dioxide soar higher than

Layzej Layzej writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Layzej (1976930) writes "The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record in 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated. A chart accompanying the study shows the breakdown by country. The new figures mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. It is a “monster” increase that is unheard of, said Gregg Marland, a professor of geology at Appalachian State University, who has helped calculate Department of Energy figures in the past. The question now among scientists is whether the future is the IPCC's worst case scenario or something more extreme."
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