Japan Will Encourage Coal Use In Eastern Europe

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Thanks to anti-fracking activities in Europe by environmentalists, the only plentiful fuel available cheap enough to use against Putin’s control is Coal.

“The government plans to support Ukraine and other Eastern European nations in the construction of next-generation coal-fired power plants that can generate power with less fuel, according to informed sources.

Under the initiative, Japan would stand behind the nations’ efforts to use coal—abundant in Eastern Europe—instead of natural gas, the supply of which makes them dependent on Russia. The government is expected to announce the initiative at the meeting of energy ministers from Japan and other Group of Seven industrialized nations to be held in Rome from May 5.

Japan’s support will involve the construction of coal-fired power plants using technologies known as supercritical steam pressure and ultra supercritical pressure to spin the turbines, enabling these nations to obtain electricity while using less fuel and emitting less carbon…

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Sea level rise slows while satellite temperature ‘pause’ dominates measurement record

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Measured sea level rise drops 30% with “pause” greater than half of RSS measurement period.

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

A paper titled “The rate of sea-level rise” published in Nature Climate Change on March 23 by Cazenave, et al. shows that during the last decade the rate of sea level rise has declined by about 30% during the period 2003 through 2011 to about 2.4 mm/year from the rate of 3.4 mm/year in the period 1992 through 2002. The paper argues that this decrease is the result of short-term natural climate variability which it attempts to remove to reveal the “true” global warming signal with the end result being to “adjust” the lower measured sea level rate upward. 

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The bi-polar seesaw – what’s happening?

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A 2010 paper by University College London (UCL) reported:
‘Evidence from ice-core and marine records for the last glacial period and climate models has supported this bipolar seesaw process, but the extent to which its operation is affected by climate conditions and the hydrological cycle remains unclear. This new study, published in February’s Nature Geoscience, shows that the bipolar see-saw was a feature of the penultimate glacial period, but that its operation was also modified by the background climate state.’

http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/news/news-archive-2010/february-2010/the-hydrological-cycle-and-the-bi-polar-climate-see-saw

Now a new paper on this topic has appeared.

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SpaceX Successfully Soft-Lands on Earth for First Time. Is Mars Next?

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The other day, I noted that there wasn’t much information on what had happened with the SpaceX soft landing.  Now there is a bit more, and it sounds promising.  In addition to maybe saving 70% of launch costs, the technology could have benefits for future Mars landings.

After flying to the edge of space, a spent SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster successfully returned to Earth, deployed its landing legs, and hovered for a moment. The ability, known as a soft landing, could allow the company to dramatically reduce the cost of spaceflight and one day land rockets on Mars.

Because it came down at a spot in the Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX’s rocket had nothing solid to land on. It crashed into the ocean and was lost to large waves from a storm before the company could get a boat out to recover it. But in the next few months, SpaceX…

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Polar Vortex In 1899? Impossible, Surely?

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

John Holdren would like us to believe that cold winters are caused by global warming. This paper reminds us that one of the coldest spells on record hit the East Coast in February 1899.

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http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0434%281988%29003%3C0305%3ATGAOAE%3E2.0.CO%3B2

The paper concludes:

In conclusion, the February 1899 outbreak was unique in its capacity to chill and bury a large section of the nation. Therefore, whenever very cold and snowy conditions return to the United States and reports begin to circulate that the present weather is “the worst”, “coldest” or “snowiest”, forecasters and weather observers can always refer to February 1899 as a benchmark with which to compare similar events.

Unfortunately, tabloid climatologists no longer bother to do things like this. It’s far too easy, and profitable, to blame it all on CO2.

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Tornadoes strike central, southern US, killing 12

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Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

A broad tornado sliced through Little Rock’s suburbs Sunday, killing at least 11 people and leaving behind a miles-long path of destruction as a powerful system rumbling off the Plains provided a violent kick-start to the nation’s tornado season.
 
The scene was the same in town after town, with emergency workers and volunteers going door-to-door to check for victims. State troopers performed the same task among the damaged and toppled 18-wheelers, cars and trucks on a two-mile stretch of Interstate 40, a major thoroughfare in and out of Arkansas’ capital city.
 
“It turned pitch black,” said Mark Ausbrooks, who was at his parents’ home in Mayflower when the storm arrived. “I ran and got pillows to put over our heads and … all hell broke loose.”
 
“My parents’ home, it’s gone completely,” he said.
Forecasters had warned for days that violent weather…

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Greening Of The Planet

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130708103521.htm

It’s probably been all round the block, but it is worth putting this one up again, for the next time anybody wants to demonise CO2.

This was from a paper from CSIRO last year, Impact of CO2 fertilization on maximum foliage cover across the globe’s warm, arid environments, which shows just how much foliage cover has increased across most parts of the world since 1982.

Science Daily report:

Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North…

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