The High Cost Of Weather

By Willis Eschenbach – Re-Blogged From WUWT

I saw a few headlines today that got me to thinking. One said:

THIRD-STRONGEST HURRICANE AT LANDFALL IN RECORDED U.S. HISTORY

The second said:

HURRICANE MICHAEL PROJECTED TO CAUSE $30 BILLION IN DAMAGES

The third said:

155 MPH WINDS, 490,000 WITHOUT POWER, TWO DEAD

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Dutch Court Upholds 25% Emissions Cut in 5 years Climate Change Ruling

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The Dutch court of appeals has upheld a 2015 ruling which demanded that the government cut CO2 emissions by 25% in five years.

Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate change ruling

Netherlands ordered to increase emissions cuts in historic ruling that puts ‘all world governments on notice’

A court in The Hague has upheld a historic legal order on the Dutch government to accelerate carbon emissions cuts, a day after the world’s climate scientists warned that time was running out to avoid dangerous warming.

Appeal court judges ruled that the severity and scope of the climate crisis demanded greenhouse gas reductions of at least 25% by 2020 – measured against 1990 levels – higher than the 17% drop planned by Mark Rutte’s liberal administration

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Have We Reached Peak Alarmism

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The question occurs after the muted reaction last week to the latest forecast from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In case you hadn’t heard we’re all doomed, yet the world mostly yawned. This is less complacency than creeping scientific and political realism.

The U.N. panel says the apocalypse is nigh—literally. According to its calculations, global carbon emissions must fall 45% by 2030—twice as much as its earlier forecasts—and the world must wean itself entirely off fossil fuels over three decades to prevent a climate catastrophe that will include underwater coastlines and widespread drought and disease.

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Trump Administration Considers Using West Coast Military Facilities for Coal & LNG Exports

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The Trump Administration appears ready to put the assets of the US armed forces to work in defending US interests in the Global War on Weather.

West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

Originally published October 15, 2018

The administration is interested in partnering with private entities to ship coal or liquefied natural gas through naval installations or other federal facilities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said.

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Jet Stream Carries Sahara Dust to Arctic

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Polar jet circulation changes bring Sahara dust to Arctic, increasing temperatures, melting ice

Summary points

  • A new atmospheric mechanism by which dust travels from the Sahara Desert across the eastern side of the North Atlantic Ocean towards the Arctic has been discovered
  • The dust emission was generated by a Saharan cyclone that was triggered by the intrusion of a trough emanating from the polar jet
  • The poleward transport of warm dust was caused by a meandering polar jet stream
  • Approximately half of the warming in the Arctic is being attributed to increased moisture and heat fluxes transported to the region from lower latitudes

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Google’s AI Bots Invent Ridiculous New Legs to Scamper Through Obstacle Courses

By George Dvorsky – Re-Blogged From Gizmodo

[If animations don’t display, pleas go to original article. -Bob]

Left: An unmodified walker learning how to navigate challenging terrain. Right: A self-modified walker, using new limbs and walking strategy, working through the same obstacle course.
GIF: David Ha/Google Brain/Gizmodo

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