Thursday, December 20, 2012

Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: Why is NOAA Acting Like it has Something to Hide?
When NOAA empaneled a post-Sandy assessment team (a routine action) and then immediately terminated it (far from routine), it raised eyebrows. NOAA then reconstituted an assessment team comprised only of government officials who, we have now learned, have been required to sign non-disclosure agreements and to work outside of the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Both steps create the appearance of wanting to keep something secret. They certainly do not suggest transparency. Having served as an outside member on a politcally sensitive post-disaster NOAA assessment (Red River Floods, 1997), I do know how such investigations work.
Truffles cost $1,200 a Pound; NY Times blames CO2
One wholesaler says prices have risen tenfold over the past dozen years.
The truffle market is indeed notoriously opaque, with just one family-owned company, Urbani Tartufi, based in Spoleto, Italy, controlling about three-quarters of the truffle trade.
Warning Signs: Shouting from the Rooftops
Indeed, the increase of CO2 has not induced or deterred the current climate cycle; cooling. Since the length of interglacial periods between ice ages is about 11,500 years, the Earth is on the cusp of a new ice age. Ironically, the CO2 increase may be delaying it.

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