Watch Now: Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer in hostile TV debate: CNBC host to Happer: ‘You don’t believe in climate change at all’ — Happer: ‘Just a minute…I believe in climate change. Shut up!’

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 ‘In Defense of Carbon Dioxide’ — Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer & NASA Moonwalker Harrison H. Schmitt: ‘The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing CO2 will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science’

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Rupert Murdoch: Climate change overblown

Murdoch said climate change should be approached with great scepticism. “Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. And there will always be a little bit of it. At the moment the north pole is melting but the south pole is getting bigger. Things are happening. How much of it are we doing, with emissions and so on? As far as Australia goes? Nothing in the overall picture.”…

Global Warming Is Making Australian Red Wine (Shiraz) Less Alcoholic, Winemaker Says

Global Warming Is Making Australian Shiraz Less Alcoholic, Winemaker Says

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Reuters has a feature story up this week on how climate change is impacting shiraz — Australia’s world-famous red wine — and the details are sobering.
Reporter Jane Wardell spoke with Australian winemaker Nick Glaetzer, who has moved his shiraz operation to the southern state of Tasmania — a region that is about 38 percent cooler than in the traditional grape-growing region Barossa Valley in southern Australia. The reason Gleatzer did it, he said, is because increased heat and dryness in the Barossa are impacting the quality of grapes, making it difficult to produce wine.
And Glaetzer is not alone. Currently, the Tasmanian shiraz industry is growing at a rate of close to 10 percent per year, while Australia’s wine industry has steadily shrunk 1.9 percent annually for the last five years. And the shiraz produced in Tasmanian is less alcoholic, Glaetzer said — about 15-20 percent lower in alcohol content than the shiraz produced in the Barossa.
At the same time, winemakers are funding a government-backed experiment to simulate how global warming will impact the Barossa vineyards in 30-50 years, and trying to figure out how to successfully produce shiraz in those drier conditions. What they’re finding is that, if the shiraz is able to be produced, it will likely be unrecognizable.
“If the projections are right, a shiraz in the Barossa in 50 years’ time may well taste totally different to what it does at the moment,” Michael McCarthy, an Australian government scientist studying the wine industry, told Reuters.
According to the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, temperatures in Australia’s main wine regions are projected to increase by between 0.3 and 1.7 degrees Celsius by 2030 because of global warming. Scientists predict the area will get dryer, too, with a recent U.S. study showing the area’s autumn and winter rainfall may drop by up to 40 percent by the end of the century.
Because of this, the Reuters report said 73 percent of Australian land currently used for winemaking could become unsuitable by 2050, citing a study by the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings stand to have a big impact on the economy too, as Australia’s wine industry is worth about $5.3 billion.
Despite this, Australia’s government — headed by prime minister Tony Abbott — is one of the least climate …

Sorry warmists: ‘A strong El Nino in 2014 is almost impossible’ & update on solar & temperature trends

Sorry warmists: ‘A strong El Nino in 2014 is almost impossible’ & update on solar & temperature trends

Translation from the German site Die Kalte Sonne by Google [with apologies]

The Sun in June 2014 and updates of land and water

13 July 2014 | 07:30

By Frank Bosse and Fritz Vahrenholt

Our central star had to offer in June Some of activity, the observed SSN (SunSpotNumber) was 71.0, reaching 74% of normal for this cycle month as the mean of the observed cycles 1 … 23

Figure 1: The comparison of the current cycle (Solar Cycle SC) 24 with the similar SC1 and the mean SC1 … SC23.

In the observation of the activities of each cycle has been compared to the previous month, not much has happened:

Figure 2: The summed differences from the mean (blue in Figure 1) of each cycle.

The significant decrease in activity in a relatively short time since the SC22 with its maximum around 1990 is striking. Apart from some violent activity phases it remains long-term quiet on the sun after about 2005. Direct detection of temperature changes between maxima and minima of the cycles (see Figure 1) on the earth, however, leads only to marginal traces in the temperature series. In this case, the total radiation (Total Solar Irradiance – TSI) does not change very much, but noticeably. In the data series used in the last IPCC report

Figure 3: The change of TSI in the last 400 years. Source: University of Colorado.

[Added: Some climate scientists claim no increase of solar activity has occurred since global temperature measurements began in 1850, clearly contradicted by Fig 3, especially after taking the integral of solar activity] 

we detect changes of 1 … 2W / m² in almost every cycle. Why does not the temperature lift more, while other so-called forcing components (eg volcanoes) leave much clearer traces of this magnitude? A hypothesis presented Dr. David Evans of Australia in recent weeks. In short his explanation: there is a filter in the system Earth-Sun, which suppresses the eleven-year fluctuations in the signal processing is referred to as the “Notch Filter”. It should work quite well at 11 years, longer-term changes he can by. If you are interested, the contributions and the very lively discussion to read here from Part 1 . Evans predicts an imminent slowdown, so the hypothesis is quite good falsifiable. …