El Niño is just not paying attention to climate models – looks like a bust

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

In the past week both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) scaled back forecasts for a big El Niño warming event in 2014.

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The models are now on the downswing after being up earlier this year:

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Record cold in Antarctica threatens lives of British Antarctic Survey members during power outage – with little chance of rescue

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Halley VI locationFrom CFACT

Thirteen members of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) were trapped and in danger of freezing to death when their base, Halley VI, lost power.  Power went down on July 30th and is now partially restored.  The BAS waited to report the incident until power came back up, however now reports that the incident was so serious that all science activities have been suspended and emergency contingency plans to abandon some of Halley’s eight modules and attempt to shelter in a remaining few have been prepared.

The incident is particularly serious, as the station is likely completely cut off from rescue for months.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Aug 7 2014 – 1,223,000 sq km Above Normal – 140th Daily Record

Originally posted on sunshine hours:

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,223,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. 140th daily record.

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‘Hoodwinking the Nation’ on climate issues

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest essay by Charles Battig, M.D. VA-Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment

American popular culture has scattered nuggets of perceived wisdom. In order to understand and perhaps explain our continuing frustration with getting more of the American public and politicians to accept the reality of climate issues, I invoke “Cool Hand Luke.” In that 1967 film the prison warden tells Luke: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach…”

Both short statements encapsulate the problem of getting out and accepted the scientifically validated climate information labored over by so many at this site and at other similar sites. Both the mainstream press and government officials are particular challenges. The public-at-large seems to be getting the message that our weather events are not deserving of prime-time concern.

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Bill O’Reilly Accidentally Proves Fox News Is Not ‘Fair and Balanced’

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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On Thursday night, Bill O’Reilly read emails from viewers as part of his “Mad as Hell” segment. The Fox News host was joined by Heather Nauert, who helped him determine whether those viewers have the proper justification to be so angry. One letter from a Louisiana man helped the host get to the bottom of Fox’s infamous “fair and balanced” motto.

“I’m aggravated when I see smug liberals like Kirsten Powers and Alan Colmes on the air. Enough already with these leftists,” viewer Ed Ortelli wrote.

“Well, look, ‘fair and balanced’ is the Fox News motto, Ed,” O’Reilly said, smirking. “If the liberal view were not represented we would be liars, so that’s ridiculous.” A brave O’Reilly asked Nauert how many Fox contributors do “lean left.”

She came up with a total of 19 paid contributors on the Fox network who have a liberal point of…

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Humans Driving Planet’s New Mass Extinction, Say Scientists

Originally posted on Revolución Alimentaria:

Scientists warn another mass extinction event is underway due to human-made causes. (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli)

Scientists warn another mass extinction event is underway due to human-made causes. (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli)

New study finds human-made climate change and habitat loss largely responsible for likely die-off of terrestrial species

Source: www.commondreams.org

by Sarah Lazare

The planet appears to be at the early stages of its sixth mass extinction, and humans are responsible, a new study finds.

Published last week in the journal Science, the study incorporates scientific literature review and data analysis by a team of international scientists, led by author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford.

Scientists say that the Earth has already sustained five mass species die-offs, the most recent having occurred millions of years ago. But unlike the mass extinction events prior, the one likely underway is caused by human-made climate change and habitat loss.

Over 320 vertebrates have gone extinct since 1500, and…

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Receding Swiss glaciers incoveniently reveal 4000 year old forests – and make it clear that glacier retreat is nothing new

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

By Larry Bell

Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.

This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.”

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