Tuesday, June 18, 2013


A Reality Check on a Plan for a Swift Post-Fossil Path for New York - NYTimes.com
Energy Policy, the journal that recently published a paper laying out an ambitious plan to end fossil fuel use in New York State within a few decades, has now published a short critique by four researchers in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Germany’s Solar Industry “Ends In A Debacle”, Resulting In 21 Billion Euros Of Destroyed Capital
Just call it the Great Solar Energy Bubble! It has popped for good, and what’s left behind is a whopping 21 billion euros in destroyed capital, Germany’s flagship daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) writes today.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: Paper finds ~50% of warming over past 30 years was due to natural ocean oscillations
A paper presented at the NTU International Science Conference on Climate Change finds that the natural Pacific Decadal Oscillation [PDO] and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation [AMO] are responsible for about 50% of the warming observed over the past 30 years. According to the author, "In the past 30 years, the two multi-decadal oscillations contribute about half of the global mean surface temperature warming." Prior research has shown that solar activity changes were responsible for at least 50% of the observed warming over the past century. In addition, solar activity has been shown to influence ocean oscillations. Thus, most of the observed warming in recent decades can be attributed to natural causes.

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