Monthly Archives: August 2019

Corporations make false and misleading claims about the effectiveness of their own actions to address global climate change

“The two pillars of the federal securities laws and regulations are the full disclosure and anti- fraud provisions. Registrants now routinely make false and/or misleading statements about their own actions with respect to global climate change. The Commission should issue guidance so that registrants stop making false and/or misleading climate-related statements and disclosures.” click here

Arbitrary data changes invalidates HCN daily temperature analysis

“Previously their tampering was limited to monthly temperature data. And the moment has arrived.  They have started adding TOBS (Time of Observation Bias) lines to the HCN daily temperature files.” click here

Urban surface temperature increases due to urban heat island effect

Wind farm operators head to court for failing to perform

“The Australian Energy Regular will take four South Australian wind farm operators to court accusing them of failing to perform properly during SA’s statewide blackout in 2016.” click here

Unjustified adjustments to past temperature measurements create global warming by cooling the past

No significant increase in storm intensity; Vietnam

Hiroshi Takagi. Statistics on typhoon landfalls in Vietnam: Can recent increases in economic damage be attributed to storm trends? Urban Climate, Volume 30, December 2019, 100506

The Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) indicates that the economic damage associated with storms has been rapidly growing in Vietnam. By contrast, the fatality rate due to storm-relevant disasters has been declining in recent decades. This study investigates whether typhoon trends have affected these outcomes. Best track data from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) were examined to estimate central pressure and wind speed when typhoons made landfall. From 1977 to 2017, typhoons with wind speeds above 20 knots struck the country 105 times. A statistical analysis, which defined a storm’s intensity using principal component analysis (PCA), revealed that Typhoon Doksuri in 2017 was the strongest among the collection, followed by Cecil in 1985, Xangsane in 2006, and Damrey in 2017. The worst storm in history, Typhoon Linda in 1997, claimed over 3500 lives in southern Vietnam, but was only ranked 37th, demonstrating that typhoon intensity is not always the determining factor of fatalities. Moreover, the analysis of variance (ANOVA) illustrates that none of the meteorological trends such as frequency, central pressure, wind speed, or storm intensity show any significant increase or decrease over the last four decades. However, landfall frequency has risen significantly, particularly in the northernmost part of the country where two large cities, Hanoi and Hai Phong, are located. A strong correlation was found between intensity and recent economic damage (r = 0.80) based on the proposed index of positive annual landfall storm intensity (PALSI). Given all of these factors, it is reasonable to attribute the expansion of disaster-related economic damage to economic development and the fundamental volatility of typhoons.

Journal Nature publishes tabloid science, nonscientific nonsense.

This paper (here) is so flawed it is not worth mentioning or reading except that it destroys climate science by turning it into tabloid science. Bifurcation of scientists into two “camps” (good guys, bad guys) does nothing to advance climate science. The article is political nonsense dressed up as science. The paper should be withdrawn unless Journal Nature intends to publish like a tabloid.