Monday, February 25, 2013

Richard Windsor Makes Her Appearance in Second Batch of EPA E-mails
Many of the e-mails are heavily redacted. The reason claimed by EPA for most of the redactions is that they are part of the pre-decisional deliberative process and therefore exempt from FOIA. CEI will be going back to court to challenge many of these redactions as improper and some as laughably so. The judge will have a lot of fun reading to do.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds Antarctic meltwater was much higher in the past
A new paper published in The Holocene finds the Antarctic interior was warmer than the present over a period lasting about 2000 years, from 4300 to 2250 years ago. The paper surveys 3 lakes within 10° of the South Pole and finds meltwater levels were up to 69.5 meters higher than the present, which the authors "interpreted as being the result of an increased number of meltwater events and/or degree-days above freezing, relative to the present." The paper adds to many other peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that Antarctica has warmed for prolonged periods to temperatures higher than the present, and that there is nothing unusual, unnatural, or unprecedented in regard to present day temperatures.
Fact check for Andrew Glickson – Ocean heat has paused too | Watts Up With That?
As Sheldon Cooper would say: “Bazinga!“
Bicameral Task Force Calls on Inspectors General to Ensure Federal Action on Climate Change | Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats
Today, the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, joined by new co-chairs Rep. Ed Markey and Sen. Ben Cardin, wrote to nearly 70 Inspectors General throughout the federal government requesting input on what each agency, government corporation, or independent establishment can do to confront the growing threat of climate change. The letters ask for information on how each department or agency is currently responding to existing policies and directives that address climate change, as well as the authorities each office has, and potential steps they could take, to reduce emissions and strengthen the nation's resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

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