• Which country are you from?

    61 answers · Other - Environment · 3 days ago
  • What is an easy explanation of Global Warming to Middle School kids?

    1) What is global warming? 2) What causes global warming? Need a creation way of explaining this. Please help! Would mean a lot :) thank you!
    1) What is global warming? 2) What causes global warming? Need a creation way of explaining this. Please help! Would mean a lot :) thank you!
    12 answers · Global Warming · 8 hours ago
  • Is EPA chief Scott Pruitt a crook in the pocket of the oil industry?

    What are his crimes, how have the oil companies paid him, and what has he done for them in return?
    What are his crimes, how have the oil companies paid him, and what has he done for them in return?
    12 answers · Global Warming · 22 hours ago
  • Is CO2 making life on Earth better?

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/10/w... Reposted because of malicious movement to Mental Health.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/10/w... Reposted because of malicious movement to Mental Health.
    16 answers · Global Warming · 2 days ago
  • Do you think the people in the 3rd world care about global warming?

    I got a feeling when they come to the 1st world they don't care either.
    I got a feeling when they come to the 1st world they don't care either.
    24 answers · Global Warming · 3 days ago
  • Why is the "inaccuracy" of models such a popular talking point?

    Why is the "inaccuracy" of models such a popular talking point?

    Best answer: Personally, I've always thought the models were overemphasized. I have a book on numerical analysis by Richard Hamming and at the beginning of the book it starts off with what has come to be known as "Hamming's Motto": "The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers" Looking back at... show more
    Best answer: Personally, I've always thought the models were overemphasized. I have a book on numerical analysis by Richard Hamming and at the beginning of the book it starts off with what has come to be known as "Hamming's Motto":

    "The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers"

    Looking back at Hansen's models from more than 30 years ago, I'm impressed by the remarkable prescience and how well he did, considering the state of computing and amount of data that was available then. Newer models can be run at higher resolution and assimilate more data, but they're telling us the same basic story: add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and the planet warms.

    It's easy to get down in the mud and worry about the fine details and whether a particularly model is running a tenth of a degree too high or too low, but models will always be models, which brings us to what George Box said:

    "All models are wrong, but some are useful"

    Go back a few years and people were worrying about all the models running hot, but after the past three remarkable years of record global surface temperatures, they don't look so hot anymore. There is a lot of inherent internal variability that is not accounted for in the models, and since year-to-year estimates of global temperature have high variability, sometimes the models will run warm and sometimes they'll run cold, even if in the long run they are perfect.

    While the GCMs are useful, we don't need them to tell us that if we had greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the temperature will go up. We've known that for a hundred years or more. The data have confirmed this.

    Why is model inaccuracy a talking point? Because deniers will use anything they can, whether or not it's correct, to back up their denial. Look at them, in the past couple of weeks I've caught Zippi62 in multiple mathematical errors and other obvious scientific blunders. Kano asked a question where he gave us a link to one of the garbage websites that he reads that was presenting a bunch of papers with low estimates of climate sensitivity. Most of these "papers" were not published in journals. Kano called out one in particular, and when I looked at it I found that the author had assumed an isothermal atmosphere in his calculations, which would completely kill any greenhouse effect! When I pointed this out, the first thing Kano said was "What about the other papers?" It didn't seem to bother him in the least that the author of the paper he'd called out had made a blunder, and I don't think it made him question his source at all.

    Solar Wind had made many ridiculous claims over the past couple of weeks, including ones that say that the atmosphere and Earth's surface don't emit radiation, that the greenhouse effect violates the first and second laws of thermodynamics, etc. When I challenge him on this, he can't answer me, but eventually he did referred me to a link with another unpublished paper. When I looked at that paper, on the very first page it was clear that the author didn't even understand where the factor of 4 comes from when the solar flux outside the atmosphere is averaged over the Earth's surface. That is a lack of understanding at the most basic level.

    Another anonymous denier that blocks me asked why the Atlantic hurricane season has been "so average". The funny thing was that he even provided a link that disproved the premise of his question! That spurred me on to repeat the question. It didn't matter that the data said otherwise, Kano, graphicconception and others just couldn't bring themselves to say "No, this hurricane season has not been average, you're wrong."

    I call out deniers a lot for lying--which they are--but I think they're lying as much to themselves as they are to other people. So they convince themselves that the models bad, even when they're pretty close to reality.
    19 answers · Global Warming · 4 days ago
  • Is it sexy for a guy to be a bird watcher?

    Best answer: As a female birder, I think it is sexy. Mostly because it shows you have passions and pursue your interests, which takes dedication outside of work or school. Understanding and appreciating the natural world is vital in our time! And, the only person who really needs to think it's sexy, is yourself. Don't... show more
    Best answer: As a female birder, I think it is sexy. Mostly because it shows you have passions and pursue your interests, which takes dedication outside of work or school. Understanding and appreciating the natural world is vital in our time! And, the only person who really needs to think it's sexy, is yourself. Don't let other people's opinions or criticisms change what you care about.
    49 answers · Other - Environment · 5 days ago
  • Is climate change really caused by the sun having odd activity?

    Somebody told me that. Try researching this. I'm somebody who believes that climate change is caused by humans and we should change, however someone brought up a point (about the sun being very active at this point in time) that I do not know much about. What can you all tell me?
    Somebody told me that. Try researching this. I'm somebody who believes that climate change is caused by humans and we should change, however someone brought up a point (about the sun being very active at this point in time) that I do not know much about. What can you all tell me?
    38 answers · Global Warming · 6 days ago
  • Do wind turbines produce less energy than the cost to make one? If so is this a sign that they are a failure?

    GraphicConception pointed out this detail. I'm less interested in the accuracy of the detail than in the significance. Is it a good metric for any source of energy production?
    GraphicConception pointed out this detail. I'm less interested in the accuracy of the detail than in the significance. Is it a good metric for any source of energy production?
    11 answers · Global Warming · 2 days ago
  • Humanity will not last long?

    Humanity is doomed. Climate change, millions of tonnes of waste not properly disposed that impacts badly the environments, great pacific waste patch, water,land, air pollution, destruction of environmental habitat, animal extinctions. The worse thing is that we do very little about it. One of the big cause of... show more
    Humanity is doomed. Climate change, millions of tonnes of waste not properly disposed that impacts badly the environments, great pacific waste patch, water,land, air pollution, destruction of environmental habitat, animal extinctions. The worse thing is that we do very little about it. One of the big cause of the acceleration of climate change and water pollution is livestock farming. Not only most of the livestock animals live under terrible welfare conditions along with the genes artificially modified and who don't even see the not even once the sunlight.We won't change our diet over this because we value so much the taste pleasure of meats. We delude ourselves into thinking that solar panels, wind power will solve air pollution, climate change while ignoring livestock farming which is the big elephant in the room. People don't make the little effort to sort out their waste for recycling. Billions of dollars are invested to research ways on developing weapons, smartphones, cars, planes but very little in developing environmental solutions.People somehow think that technological utopianism will solve everything instead of taking their responsibilities. People still think somehow that civilisation will get better and they last long, bunch of morons you know what? it's ok. mother eath willl somehow survive through all the human acitivities. as george calin stated: "The Planet is Fine.The People are [F]ucked"
    13 answers · Global Warming · 3 days ago
  • Do you have solar panels and if so was it a good idea?

    Best answer: I rent so don't have them on my house, but I think if carefully thought through they can be a good investment. The big problem now seems to be the generous system for buying your excess power has dropped away and now any excess power you send back out into the power grid is bought off you at a ridiculously... show more
    Best answer: I rent so don't have them on my house, but I think if carefully thought through they can be a good investment. The big problem now seems to be the generous system for buying your excess power has dropped away and now any excess power you send back out into the power grid is bought off you at a ridiculously cheap rate. Say you pay 40 cents per kilowatt of power but you receive something like 6 cents a kilowatt of power for the excess power you are sending out which the power companies are selling for 40 cents a kilowatt. Some people are now buying battery systems like the Powerwall system, or other battery systems with smart controlling which instead of sending out your excess power out to be paid a few measly cents for which is then sold at 6 or 7 times that value by the power companies, the excess power is stored at the home and then used when the solar panels cannot supply power such as at night for the house to use instead of paying the power companies for their power. In this way the house gets the full value of their produced power by not having to draw much power from the power company at their large price.
    10 answers · Green Living · 2 days ago
  • With mounting environmental catastrophes, have so called climate alarmists undersold things?

    Best answer: I don't know if I would say that. While pollution may still be killing large numbers, great strides have been made against water and air pollution over the past 40 years. I know where I live the improvement is quite remarkable in air quality, and I think in those areas where water pollution was a problem that... show more
    Best answer: I don't know if I would say that. While pollution may still be killing large numbers, great strides have been made against water and air pollution over the past 40 years. I know where I live the improvement is quite remarkable in air quality, and I think in those areas where water pollution was a problem that has improved tremendously, too.

    The developing and totalitarian countries (e.g. Russian and China) still have a long way to go. I think it's very important that as we help the developing countries to advance we make sure to address the problems of "ordinary" pollution and greenhouse gas pollution simultaneously, so that we don't make one problem worse while improving the other.
    12 answers · Global Warming · 2 days ago
  • How many global warmers will be buying Fiji's climate bonds?

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/18/f... These should be a safe investment right? Reposting because someone maliciously moved to Investing.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/18/f... These should be a safe investment right? Reposting because someone maliciously moved to Investing.
    7 answers · Global Warming · 22 hours ago
  • If Climate change is real how come the biggest promoters of it are also invested or making money with it?

    Best answer: Al Gore sells Carbon credits to himself and others $$$$ scam
    Best answer: Al Gore sells Carbon credits to himself and others $$$$ scam
    14 answers · Global Warming · 3 days ago
  • Is it a good idea to reform EPA's science advisory boards?

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/18/w... Too often the members of the boards were receiving grants from EPA.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/18/w... Too often the members of the boards were receiving grants from EPA.
    9 answers · Global Warming · 2 days ago