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    This is good news!

    Shell pulls plug on long-delayed Alberta oil sands mine - The Globe and Mail

    The global oil giant said on Monday it is withdrawing an application with federal regulators to build its Pierre River mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., effectively killing a 200,000 barrel-a-day project that had been dormant for years.

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    Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air - Yahoo News

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild.



    A new study in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say it confirms the science of climate change and the amount of heat-trapping previously blamed on carbon dioxide.
    Researchers saw "the fingerprint of carbon dioxide" trapping heat, said study author Daniel Feldman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. He said no one before had quite looked in the atmosphere for this type of specific proof of climate change.
    Feldman and colleagues used a decade of measurements from instruments in Alaska and Oklahoma that looked straight up into the sky and matched what they saw with the precise chemical composition and heat fingerprints of carbon dioxide trapping heat. Scientists say carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas is the chief cause of global warming.
    In doing so, the data show clouds, water vapor or changes in sun's radiation are not responsible for warming the air, as some who doubt mainstream climate science claim, Feldman said. Nor could it be temperature data being tampered with, as some contrarians insist, Feldman said.
    "The data say what the data say," Feldman said. "They are very clear that the rising carbon dioxide is actually contributing to an increased greenhouse effect at those sites."




    The study is good technical work, said climate scientist Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M University, but it is expected — sort of like confirming gravity with a falling rock.
    I love that last line. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerade View Post
    Nice article. thanks!

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    I really, really wish this article was satire. America's intellectual decline continues:

    Jim Inhofe Brings A Snowball To The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Is A 'Hoax'

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerade View Post
    I really, really wish this article was satire. America's intellectual decline continues:

    Jim Inhofe Brings A Snowball To The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Is A 'Hoax'
    A sad comment on the state of politics and of journalism, that this nonsense continues and is apparently successful!

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    http://qz.com/351797/scientists-now-...d-news-for-us/

    Two new studies published this week examine the origins of the“pause,” and, surprisingly, suggest that it may persist for years even in our notably warming world.

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    This is starting to get personal:
    Ocean scientists report spike in sea level off Portland several years ago - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
    Sea levels increased by an average of 3.9 inches in the Northeast – the tide data were gathered at 18 locations from New York to Newfoundland – but rose by 5 inches in the waters of Casco Bay, according to the study.

    “This magnitude of interannual SLR (sea level rise) is unprecedented (1-in-850 year event) during the entire history of the tide gauge records,” the study says.
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    The sharp sea level rise in 2009-10 was attributed to changes in ocean circulation tied to rising levels of carbon dioxide, which traps heat in the atmosphere. As water gets warmer it expands, and last year NOAA scientists reported that the Gulf of Maine is warming at a rate faster than 99 percent of the world’s ocean water.

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    Nice article on the military's take:

    The Pentagon and Climate Change: Is National Security at Risk? | Rolling Stone

    This is the dumbest comment on climate change I've seen yet:

    The House Armed Services Committee is now chaired by Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, who argued in a 2011 op-ed that prayer is a better response to heat waves and drought than cutting carbon pollution.
    Seriously!?!

    This is a good one too!
    And not something Rep. Duncan Hunter, the San Diego climate denier who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees Coast Guard affairs, wants to hear about. (Although he does seem to be in favor of an ice-free Arctic: "Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives," he told a group of Californians in 2009.)

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