Global Warming Roundup

ANOTHER LA NINA: November numbers are up and crunched for your viewing pleasure at Digital Diatribes (whom I’ve now blogrolled). The most significant of this information is the from this post, which seems to indicate another La Nina event is underway. He’s spot on when talking about the energy delivery to the local area, and it’s important to realize that with Global Warming arguments. What’s striking is this graph:

The ENSO index.  Any area above 0.500 is considered an El Nino event, and any area below -.500 is considered a La Nina event.

The ENSO index.

Notice the “flip”. It’s about the time people started worrying about global warming versus a new ice age. Also, not that it was a sudden change. The ENSO index is a combination of air pressure, two types of surface winds, water surface and air temperatures of or over the ocean, and total cloudiness of the sky, and does not use CO2 information as a direct source of data, and even then, it would really only contribute to the air temperature data point, so you can see there cannot be a valid CO2-based explanation of El Nino events based on CO2 heat-trapping.  (FYI, areas where the index moves above .500 is considered an El Nino event, and the areas where it moves below -.500 is considered a La Nina event.  You can see the information directly here.)

Check Digital Diatribes once a month. He’s got a nice analysis of data, complete with graphs, that will help you see the trends in global temperature.


FROM THE BAD IDEA BAG: International Environment Lawyers are now calling for an “International Court on the Environment” that will punish people, businesses and countries that are found in violation of directives on Climate Change.

Here’s what they want the new courts to do:

The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.

But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the “right to a healthy environment”.

The innovative idea is being presented to an audience of politicians, scientists and public figures for the first time at a symposium at the British Library.

Mr Hockman, a deputy High Court judge, said that the threat of climate change means it is more important than ever for the law to protect the environment.

The first role of the court would be to rule that any evidence that shows Climate Change is a bunch of hooey is illegal, and deniers presenting such data are to be locked up in a Siberian gulag.


FROM THE “DID YOU KNOW?” PILE: The EPA is pushing a new carbon-regulating scheme called the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR). Effectively, all businesses that use carbon (hint: all of them) would be monitored by the EPA. So schools, factories, powerplants, banks, brokerages, law firms, environmental testing labs– all would have to pay for EPA scrutiny to the smallest detail. Great thing to be proposing in the middle of a recession!


IN THE MEANTIME: The World Wrestling Federation (I mean, World Wildlife Fund (World Wide Fund for Nature), or WWF) is warning that time is running out! We’re all going to die from mean ol’ carbon dioxide! (In a related story, Al Gore was back on Oprah, doing his best to sound like he’s still relevant. It’s interesting to see that almost all the data he was pushing in “An Inconvenient Truth” is coming back as distortions of reality. Unfortunately, Oprah’s too busy worry about the recession to thing, “Hey, maybe Al is a full of it?”)

This really has scared the editorial board of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Economic collapse may just stave off global warming. Come on, economic collapse!


LEAPIN’ LIZARDS!: Looks as though Global Warming Climate Change Apocalypse may not be what’s causing extinctions of amphibians (frogs) after all. One of the researchers said:

Rohr and colleagues don’t completely discount the role of global warming in amphibian declines.

But they say decades of data show only that some correlation exists between rising air temperatures and Latin American amphibian extinctions—and that data are well short of proving causation.

In fact, the researchers found that, in the Latin American countries they studied, beer and banana production were actually better predictors of amphibian extinctions than tropical air temperature.

While beer and bananas are certainly not to blame, the whimsical comparison makes a point.

“We can’t jump to conclusions of causality based on a correlation—especially when we’re talking about 60 or 70 species,” Rohr said.

Wow. It’s like he’s taking into account the data before jumping to any conclusion! What a novel concept!


FINALLY: A new book by Christopher Horner is out, RED HOT LIES: HOW GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISTS USE THREATS, FRAUD AND DECEPTION TO KEEP YOU MISINFORMED, that connects the AGW Climate Scare to money making, and how people are exploiting the fear and new legislation to make money. One of them may have a name which rhymes with “fal bore”. From the article:

In the current global-warming lobby, Mr. Horner points out that leftists who want ever bigger government with hypertaxation and microregulation of every aspect of our lives find common cause with large companies that stand to make a bundle if alternative energy forms are mandated and/or one of the carbon-fuel-rationing schemes is adopted.

(With billions in government research grants, there’s more money in alarmism than on the skeptical side, worth remembering when a skeptic is accused of being in the pocket of “Big Oil” – no alarmist is ever accused of being in the pocket of Big Research Grants.) These two groups are enabled by a compliant press that relishes sensational scare stories and by politicians ever eager for ways to show their virtue and ways to appear to be saving their constituents.

Liberals are trying to make money off of government regulation!? Get- OUT!


I’m off to jump in the shower and be horribly, horribly wasteful of energy and fresh water.


4 Responses to “Global Warming Roundup”

  1. 1 The Diatribe Guy
    December 2, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Hey, doc…

    Thanks for the kind words and linking to my post. I saw it here from a trackback and thought I’d see what you had to say.

    One quick point I wanted to make: While your caption on the chart is certainly true that +/-0.5 is considered El Nino vs La Nina, it is not necessarily relatable to the particular chart in question, since the chart is a 5-year average. A 5-year period with an average of 0.3 may well have had an El Nino event within that period, just not a severe enough one to drive the 5-year average up over 0.5.

    That’s not a major issue, I just wanted to point that out as a potential clarification.


    [Doc– You’re welcome, and it’s deserved. I check your site frequently and just realized this morning I’d never blogrolled it.

    And you’re point is correct. I realized that in the shower, and just haven’t had time to fix it. Keep up the good work!]

  2. 2 Matt R.
    December 2, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    But Global Warming gets such good ratings! CNN is pushing its “Planet in Peril” show next week. On the ad it has Lisa Ling looking like an environmental Sarah Conner. Trust me. That Valley Girl cries when she breaks a nail.
    A show entitled “Normal Pluvial Period” would not be such great ratings.

  3. 3 John A. Davison
    December 3, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I am an AGW alarmist myself. I recommend Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” and James Lovelock’s “The Revenge of Gaia.” If you really want to be depressed try Martin Rees’ “Our Final Century.”

  4. 4 Matt R.
    January 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    So many times I heard the words, “Why would anyone invent global warming? What could they possibly gain?”
    Out of Palo Alto comes the news that Stanford University, is getting 20 Million Dollars to build a Global Warming research facility.
    This, in a day when the endowment pool is a s dry as a Death Valley summer.

    Can you play the “Six Degrees of Seperation Game.” Go from Stanford U to All Gore.

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