Tuesday, August 06, 2013


THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds climate models are unable to reproduce the known climate of the past 6,000 years
A new paper published in Climate of the Past finds climate models are unable to reproduce the climate change of the past 6,000 years found by temperature proxies. According to the authors, "Independently of the choice of the climate model, we observe significant mismatches between modelled and estimated SST [Sea Surface Temperature] amplitudes in the trends for the last 6,000 years," and climate model "SST trends underestimate the [proxy] SST trends by a factor of two to five.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds the world's most commonly used climate model produces predictions "not realistic"
A paper published today in the Journal of Climate finds that the world's most commonly used climate model [CCSM3] is unable to reproduce the observed sea surface temperature changes influencing two of the most important natural oscillations, the North Atlantic Oscillation [NAO] and Atlantic meridional overturning circulation [AMOC], which in turn influence global climate change. The authors conclude, "Hence, although there is some potential climate predictability in CCSM3, it is not realistic."
The Buzz: Californians narrowly oppose fracking, support Keystone XL pipeline, poll finds | State News | FresnoBee.com
The proposed pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, won the support of the same narrow majority of 51 percent. Here, too, emerged a partisan divide. Just 38 percent of Democrats backed the project, but 70 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents affirmed it.
German utilities attack green squeeze on profits, hint at leaving - Reuters News - Point Carbon
FRANKFURT, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Germany utilities are heaping pressure on the government before September polls to soften green policies that are hurting their profits, with one company hinting it could even move gas or coal plants to countries where it can still make money.
Japan’s CO2 emissions to hit record high this year – think tank - News - Point Carbon
TOYKO, Aug 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Japan’s energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will rise 0.7 percent to a record high in fiscal 2013, a government-affiliated think tank said Tuesday, predicting that an increase in thermal power generation and final energy consumption will outweigh a recovery in nuclear output.

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