A leading climate denier compared Pope Francis’ calls to protect the environment to Aztec human sacrifices.

At a gathering of climate deniers in Rome, Marc Morano, a former staffer for Senator Jim Inhofe, described the overwhelming consensus on climate change as akin to cult practices and medieval witch hunts.

“In the past, pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods,” he said. “Today they demand a reduction in CO2 emissions.”

He went on to state that “there was 99 percent consensus in the Middle Ages that witches caused bad weather, and now we are told there is a 99 percent consensus that every storm and every bad weather is [linked to climate change].”

All the feels…

authenticgood asked:

Saw your post on the Texas floods, so does this mean we could potentially be seeing El Niño level storms/hurricanes in the coming (years or?) summer in the Gulf Region ? Forgive me if I didn't pick up on sarcasm, but when you said "El Nino helps a lot..." What did you mean? Thanks.

Sorry for the delayed reply but even a geologist has to sleep sometimes. 

Yes, there is an active, developing El Niño in the Pacific Ocean right now (see my recent post here). It is already an unusual El Niño in the sense that El Niño events usually develop and finish within about a year - this one started building in 2014 and stalled. The end result is that the Central Pacific in 2015 is warmer than is typical at this time of year even during strong El Niño years, so it’s entirely possible we’re seeing more severe effects from it earlier in the year than usual.

However, one thing worth correcting from this note is that El Niño events are usually bad years for Atlantic Hurricanes. El Niño years are associated with strong winds in the Atlantic and strong Atlantic winds tends to break up hurricanes as they’re forming. Just this week the US released a forecast for a below-Average Atlantic hurricane season because of this developing El Niño. On the other hand, the warm waters in the Pacific tend to feed strong storm development in that basin, so the Central and Western Pacific do have to worry about a strong Typhoon season.

Outside of that though, it’s definitely shaping up to be a year of weird weather almost worldwide as this El Niño builds and strengthens. There isn’t a simple relationship between El Niño being present and what weather changes most areas get, but there are some trends such as wet summers in the Southeastern U.S., which may be consistent with what we’re already seeing. Since there is already a lot of heat in the Pacific, there’s a good chance of this year being a strong El Niño event, and since the planet itself is warmer than the last strong El Niño, the planet is primed for some severe weather extremes, whether they be storms, droughts, or whatever tends to hit any particular area.


Awesome photos show the “Shell No” kayak protest in Seattle this weekend 

This Saturday, hundreds of environmental activists turned out in Seattle to celebrate a day-long festival called the “Paddle in Seattle” and protest Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to increase drilling activities in the Arctic Ocean. 

The protest proved to be as colorful as it was powerful.

I really hope to motivate average Episcopalians to see the severity of this issue, the morality of [climate change]. Turning the ship in another direction requires the consolidated efforts of many people who are moving in the same direction.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, on the need for building a powerful climate movement among Episcopalians

Read more from alternet​.


Weather on Mars

Mars, like Earth, has weather systems. Martian weather is uniquely Martian however.

The first set of images shows Mars amidst a global dust storm in which the entire planet shrouds itself in a red blanket and almost all the features on the surface are hidden. This happens because the dust on Mars becomes a feedback loop.

When heat from sunlight generates an air current that carries dust into the atmosphere, the dust begins trapping heat which results in more air currents carrying more dust into the air until the entire planet is covered.

On the right you can see Mars during more peaceful times. There are water clouds teasing their way over the cold, desert surface. Because the atmosphere is so sparse, the pressure at the surface isn’t high enough to melt water ice into liquid so it often sublimates into gas form and rises into the atmosphere.

When humanity started exploring Mars, we became intimately more acquainted with the Martian nature.

The Mars Exploration Rovers depend largely upon solar energy to remain alive and on a planet in which global dust storms persist, this can be problematic.

The left image of the Mars Spirit Rover shows the rover after a dust storm. It was in desperate straits where the dust covering its solar array threatened to shut the rover down. Luckily a stray dust devil flew across the panels essentially dusting it off.

NASA’s Viking 2 lander took images of water-frost (included on the bottom left) on the Martian soil. The Phoenix lander saw it snow on Mars.

There are images (shown on the bottom right) taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which show what appears to be flowing water on the slopes of Newton Crater.

The images were taken at such a time that the melting point of ice was suspiciously close (and for salty/briny water was apparently attained). Those sets of images may be of liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars right now.

(Image credit: NASA)


United States Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB, Florida

 Since 1947, the Eglin Climactic Hangar has frozen, baked, deluged, snowed, blown, fogged, and humidified US Air Force aircraft to test their ability to fight in any climate on Earth. The hangar is capable of temperatures from -40 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, it can produce fog, rain, snow, and ice.

Aircraft shown being tested:

  • F-35B Lightning II being ice tested
  • C-5A Galaxy during extreme cold weather testing
  • C-5M Super Galaxy undergoing heat testing
  • YF-104 Starfighter prototype preparing for cold weather testing in 1958
  • F-22 Raptor, with ferry tanks, undergoing cold weather testing
  • F-22 Raptor undergoing heavy rain testing
  • C-130H Hercules undergoing a cold soak
  • C-130J Super Hercules undergoes heat testing
  • F-117 Nighthawk undergoes ice testing in the early 1980′s

via Code One


Check out this awesome new climate-themed benandjerrys flavor, Save Our Swirled!

“Since the very beginning, Ben & Jerry’s has been a company with a passion for social justice. We’ve advocated for a broad range of causes over the years, and climate change is one we take particularly seriously. While we’ve been working tirelessly at cleaning up our own act and spreading the word around the world, we recognize that there’s power in numbers and know that our passionate fans hold the greatest potential for positive change.

2015 is a critical year for climate change. Later this year, leaders from around the world will gather in Paris, France for the U.N. Climate Summit—a meeting we hope will produce a legally binding agreement to keep global warming in check.

If it’s melted, it’s ruined.” 

Applies to our polar ice and ice cream, too. :(

Bill Nye the Constitution guy: Real Patriotism is not questioning the government's scientific narratives

Wow. Bill Nye just tried to quote the Constitution and failed. Hard. And in doing so, he either proved that he knows nothing of the principles of liberty upon which our country is founded, or he proved that he is willing to utterly ignore them for the sake of cramming his agenda down your throat. It’s amazing to me that people still take him seriously.

He was interviewed by Vox (I know, right?) where he stated that “denying science” is unpatriotic:

From Twitchy:

And to back up this assertion, Bill Nye quotes the Constitution. For real:

When you have people denying this basic process, and how we all got here, it’s offensive to me intellectually. And I happen to think it’s unpatriotic. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says the government shall “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job.

Except that’s not really what Article I, Section 8 says. Notice what Nye left out of his quote:

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

Now he’s Bill Nye the Constitutional Scholar Guy? What a clown. He’s using the section of the Constitution that is the basis for patent law to back up his assertion that questioning the science behind his climate alarmism is somehow unpatriotic.

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Before Bill Nye was a progressive shill, he taught science to kids on TV. Remember those days? I do (even though I preferred Beakman’s World).

We actually wrote about this recently. You’ll notice that this term “science denier” will be popping up more and more as the left becomes increasingly desperate to convince the American people to hand over their rights to the federal government. The term is not meant to engage a political opponent in debate. It’s an insult designed to silence opposition. The good news is that as long as we know that’s what’s happening (they’ve admitted it), then it’s easy to combat.

Be that as it may, this particular Nye quote is particularly egregious. He (one can only assume, purposefully) misquotes the Constitution, using interpretive gymnastics even John Roberts would envy, to make it somehow fit his agenda (I guess he’s betting that the Constitutionally illiterate Vox readers won’t know or care enough to bother to research it – probably a safe bet). He says that denying science is “offensive to [him] intellectually” and then immediately and ironically misquotes the Constitution’s intellectual property section to push a completely unrelated narrative. Talk about intellectually offensive. Good grief.

And as if patronizing me, insulting me, questioning my scientific capacity, and utterly misquoting the Constitution isn’t offensive enough, there’s one more little offensive gem in here. Why would he try to quote the Constitution and invoke “patriotism”? The answer is simple. It’s a tactic. He has a narrow view of his political opponents. He thinks of them as knuckle-dragging, patriotic Neanderthals that automatically salute and start singing the national anthem in a Pavlovian manner at the mere mention of the word “patriot.” And he thinks that if he can convince people that giving up their rights is somehow “patriotic”, then he can win over those “deniers” who disagree with him. We see this all the time from the left. When Bush was president, Obama said that it was “unpatriotic” to be trillions of dollars in debt as a nation (by his own definition, he’s totes unpatriotic). Why did he use that word? Because, in his mind, Bush and his supporters considered themselves patriots and would respond to that word. You also saw this on bumper stickers during the Bush years: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”, a quote often misattributed to Thomas Jefferson. But what does the left say about dissent now that Obama is president? This.

Look, none of these “arguments” are really arguments at all. They’re tools to get you to either shut up or follow like lemmings because “patriotism” and such. Facts, logic, reason and principles are nowhere to be found.