Climate & Energy

NCDC August report: The end of global warming?

Climate-wise, August was a pretty dull month

Last month, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported, “the globally-averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was … the ninth warmest for the January-July year-to-date period” (out of 129 years), as I reported here. The …

Homeless polar bears in Washington, D.C.?

Yes. More here.

The penultimate meltdown

Despite cooler weather, Arctic ice retreat just misses last year’s mark

Although “This year was cooler and other weather conditions weren’t as bad” as last year, the Arctic sea-ice minimum came within 150,000 square miles of last year’s record decline. This is clear evidence that last …

The American Physical Society denies the so-called consensus

Is the American Physical Society a crack in the climate change consensus?

(Part of the How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic guide) Objection: The American Physical Society with tens of thousands of member scientists no longer believes that the science of global warming is conclusive. So …

Could Canadian politics matter?

Canada has its own elections, which may shape future of a carbon tax

Canada is two weeks in to its third election in four years, and environmental issues have been … well, not quite front-and-center, but definitely somewhere in the foreground. And that could be a very bad …

Maroon 5 has a message for you

It’s been viewed over 15,000 times already. We’d have to commit acts illegal in most southern states to get that kind of viewership. On the subject of energy legislation, there’s a ton of action on …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 15

Passing the buck or paying the piper

We have just gone through a period in the U.S. when very little new public infrastructure was built (with the exception of wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure). Led by a generation and a half of …

Google, GE team up to tout ‘smart grid,’ clean energy initiatives

General Electric and Google announced on Wednesday they’re teaming up to promote renewable energy, specifically geothermal energy and plug-in hybrids, and spur better investment and swifter government action to create “smart,” more efficient electrical grids. …

Barking up all the wrong trees

Oldest Utah newspaper: Bark-beetle driven wildfires comprise a vicious climate cycle

Deseret News, owned by the Mormon Church and “usually described as moderate to conservative” may have begun the slow march toward climate reality. A story this month titled, “Bark beetles are feasting on Utah forests” …