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FEMA gets decent marks for its ice storm response

Updated: 02/03/2009 - In the first real test of the Obama administration's ability to respond to a disaster, Kentucky officials are giving the federal government good marks for its response to a deadly ice storm.

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Guard troops find 92-year-old ice storm survivor

Updated: 02/03/2009 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Sgt. Michael Franks pulled up to a shack resting among the ice-coated limbs of a forest in northeast Arkansas, he said he couldn't believe that anyone was living on the property located miles from any major road — let alone a 92-year-old woman waiting for something to eat. But there was Jewel Kitrel, sitting on a tattered couch, warming herself by a wood-burning stove.

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Plants At Risk from Warming Extremists

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The reality is if CO2 is reduced we are worse off as the plants suffer. Something must be done to protect the plants from fanaticism. There is no evidence CO2 is causing global warming or climate change but that is the basis for the proposed actions. So you have the paradox of environmentalists screaming to reduce CO2 to save the planet, while putting all life in jeopardy by killing the plants. The current atmospheric CO2 level is reportedly 380 ppm. Plant growth slows at 220 ppm and stops at 150 ppm. Most plants grow 2 to 3 times faster in 1200 to 1500 ppm, but the optimum range is 800 to 1000 ppm. This means plants are malnourished under current conditions. Environmentalists and governments have abandoned the plants in the false belief a reduction of CO2 would stop global warming. It is time to defend the plants from these misguided people.

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The Global Warming Fox in the Weather Hen House

Updated: 02/03/2009 - In November 2008, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), run by Dr James Hansen, and one of the four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that October 2008 was the “hottest on record”. In October, two independent monitors at Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, performed their own detailed analysis of Hansen’s reported data. They discovered that the GISS readings from across a swathe of Russia that appeared to reveal a warming of 10 degrees above average were not readings for October at all. They were a repeat of September’s readings. But then this is far from the first time Hansen has been caught ‘fiddling’ the climate figures.

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Al Gore - Ph.D in Exaggeration

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Besides having a remarkable knack for scheduling big speeches on remarkably cold or snowy days (it’s known as the “Gore Effect” in journalistic circles), Gore has been incredibly ineffective in bringing his message home. And fail he has. The Pew Foundation recently asked Americans to choose which of 20 prominent issues is of most importance. They included the economy, crime, education, and, of course, global warming, which came in dead last. Gore’s failure is his own fault. He gained a reputation for exaggeration during his 2000 campaign, and he's unable to shake it - because he’s proud of it, saying that it's just fine to emphasize extreme global warming scenarios because they get people's attention. People notice these exaggerations. He’s created a climate of extremes that people are simply tired of, which is why his issue ranks dead last.

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When Volcano Redoubt Blows, Where You Gonna Go

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a post-holiday run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.

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Czech President Attacks Al Gore’s Climate Campaign

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Czech President Vaclav Klaus took aim at climate change campaigner Al Gore on Saturday in Davos in a frontal attack on the science of global warming. “I don’t think that there is any global warming,” said the 67-year-old liberal, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. “I don’t see the statistical data for that.” “Environmentalism and the global warming alarmism is challenging our freedom. Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”

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Record January Cold for US

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Another Cold Month Central - Chicago Ranks 10th Coldest January and December/January Combo Chicago ended January with a monthly average of 15.8, 6.2F below normal, which made it the 10th coldest in 137 years. Chicago was not alone, with most areas of the central and northeast well below normal. See for example Marquette, MI where it ranked, 7th coldest. In Boston, January averaged 4.5 degrees below normal with no January thaw. Just two days touched 40F.

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Rare Arctic Gull in Massachusetts

Updated: 02/03/2009 - One of the claims about “global climate change” is that it will affect the normal ranges of flora and fauna of our planet. Well, with a very cold northern hemisphere this winter, that seems to happening. A bird not seen (as a mature adult) in Massachusetts since the 1800's , an Ivory Gull, normally an inhabitant of arctic areas, has been spotted. Here are the details from the Plymouth, MA Patriot-Ledger.

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European Cold Continues - Government Forecasts Bust

Posted: 02/02/2009 - The Met Office is one of the most vocal advocates of human induced global warming, and they have gotten into a consistent pattern of warm seasonal forecasts which seemingly fall in line with that belief system. Is it possible that their forecasts are unduly influenced by preconceived notions about the climate? Recall when it was cold early, the UKMO promised a warm January. When extreme cold and snow fell in January, Britons were reassured the warmth would come in February. Now they are experiencing more arctic cold and what may be an historic snowstorm, a throwback to the days of Dickens in the early 1800s.

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CO2 Link Dubious to Global Warming

Posted: 02/02/2009 - Theories of climate change were challenged during an Environment Court appeal hearing for Meridian Energy’s proposed $2 billion Project Hayes wind farm. Prof Freitas, of the University of Auckland, said there was no evidence to suggest carbon dioxide was the major driver of climate change. “Climate is not responding to greenhouse gases in the way we thought it might. If increasing carbon dioxide is in fact increasing climate change, its impact is smaller than natural variation. People are being misled by people making money out of this,”

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More Record Snowfall

Posted: 02/02/2009 - Cleveland is only 2.3” of snowfall away from a new all-time January snowfall record. Interesting to note that the previous #2, #3 and #4 were all between 2003-2005 and 4 of the top 5 are now from the last six years!

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Global Cooling For How Long?

Posted: 02/02/2009 - As the first director of meteorology for TV’s Weather Channel, Hudson resident Joseph D’Aleo, 61, knows a lot about skepticism and mistaken long-range forecasts. In the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac, he authored a six-page article, Is Global Warming on the Wane? D’Aleo makes this long-range prediction, based on his study of natural solar and oceanic cycles: Last winter, the world embarked on the coldest two-decade stretch in 200 years.

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Australian heatwave claims 17 lives

Posted: 02/01/2009 - MELBOURNE (AFP) – Australia's second-largest city Melbourne was struggling to cope Saturday with a once-in-a-century heatwave that has claimed dozens of lives and sparked wildfires that have razed up to 20 homes.

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Murdock: Even Left Now Laughing at Global Warming

Posted: 02/01/2009 - So-called “global warming” has shrunk from problem to punch line. And now, Leftists are laughing, too. It’s hard not to chuckle at the idea of Earth boiling in a carbon cauldron when the news won’t cooperate:

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Showers set to dampen Deep South tomorrow

Posted: 02/01/2009 - A developing storm system over the southeastern U.S. tomorrow will herd an area of rain and isolated thunderstorms eastward through the Deep South.

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NOAA Gives Navy Marine Mammal Protection Measures for Sonar Training off Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Coastlines

Posted: 01/31/2009 - NOAA’s Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization to the U.S. Navy that includes measures to protect marine mammals while conducting Atlantic fleet active sonar training off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The regulations require the Navy to implement measures designed to protect and minimize effects to marine mammals.

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Global Warming: The Origin and Nature of the Alleged Scientific Consensus

Posted: 01/31/2009 - Vol.15, No. 2, Spring 1992 Global Warming: The Origin and Nature of the Alleged Scientific Consensus Richard S. Lindzen Richard S. Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most of the literate world today regards "global warming'' as both real and dangerous. Indeed, the diplomatic activity concerning warming might lead one to believe that it is the major crisis confronting mankind. The June 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, focused on international agreements to deal with that threat, and the heads of state from dozens of countries attended. I must state at the outset, that, as a scientist, I can find no substantive basis for the warming scenarios being popularly described. Moreover, according to many studies I have read by economists, agronomists, and hydrologists, there would be little difficulty adapting to such warming if it were to occur. Such was also the conclusion of the recent National Research Council's report on adapting to global change. Many aspects of the catastrophic scenario have already been largely discounted by the scientific community. For example, fears of massive sea-level increases accompanied many of the early discussions of global warming, but those estimates have been steadily reduced by orders of magnitude, and now it is widely agreed that even the potential contribution of warming to sea-level rise would be swamped by other more important factors. To show why I assert that there is no substantive basis for predictions of sizeable global warming due to observed increases in minor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons, I shall briefly review the science associated with those predictions.

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Hard Times for Global Warming

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Since Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore produced his movie An (Incomprehensible Untruth) Inconvenient Truth predicting the imminent end of the world through frying and drowning caused by man-made global warming, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan. But according to satellite data the earth has cooled—with 2008 the coldest for ten years; global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago; sea level rise has slowed down by 20 per cent; of the 13 populations of polar bears in Canada, 11 are stable or increasing in number; in Greenland, said by Gore to be facing an ice Armageddon, outlet glacier flows have returned to the levels of 2000; and last December, 650 prominent climate scientists were recorded by a US Senate Minority Report dissenting from man-made global warming theory, with more and more prominent scientists joining their ranks virtually every week.

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Climate Models - Not Ready For Prime Time

Posted: 01/29/2009 - ...lack of knowledge of the differences between weather models and climate models...A weather model deals with the atmosphere. Slow processes in the oceans, the biosphere, and human activities can be ignored or crudely parameterized. This strategy has been very successful...A climate model, however, has to deal with the entire climate system, which does include the world's oceans...The oceans constitute a crucial slow component of the climate system. Crucial, because this is where most of the accessible heat in the system is stored. Meteorologists tend to forget that just a few meters of water contain as much heat as the entire atmosphere...Since heat storage and heat transport in the oceans are crucial to the dynamics of the climate system, yet cannot be properly observed or modeled, one has to admit that claims about the predictive performance of climate models are built on quicksand. Climate modelers claiming predictive skill decades into the future operate in a fantasy world,

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