Privacy Policy


Wel­come to GCC – Global Cli­mate Change. My name is Neal Umphred and it is my policy to re­spect your pri­vacy re­garding any in­for­ma­tion I may col­lect while op­er­ating this website.

I have a few fun­da­mental prin­ci­ples about col­lecting both personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion (PII) and non-personally-identifying information:

  I don’t ask for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion un­less this web­site needs it.

•  I don’t share per­sonal in­for­ma­tion with anyone ex­cept to comply with the law, de­velop my prod­ucts, or pro­tect my rights.

•  I don’t store per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on my servers un­less re­quired for the on­going op­er­a­tion of this site

This site may col­lect sta­tis­tics about the be­havior of vis­i­tors. This site may dis­play this in­for­ma­tion pub­licly or pro­vide it to others. How­ever, this web­site does not dis­close personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion other than as de­scribed below.

My web­site:

My email: [email protected]


Personal data collected on this site

Like most web­sites, this site col­lects non-personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion of the sort that web-browsers and web-servers typ­i­cally make avail­able, such as browser type, lan­guage pref­er­ence, re­fer­ring site, and the date and time of each vis­itor re­quest. My pur­pose in col­lecting non-personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion is to better un­der­stand how my vis­i­tors use this site.

This web­site also col­lects po­ten­tially personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion like In­ternet Pro­tocol (IP) ad­dresses for logged-in users and users leaving com­ments. This site only dis­closes logged-in user and com­menter IP ad­dresses under the same cir­cum­stances that it uses and dis­closes personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion as de­scribed below, ex­cept that blog com­menter IP ad­dresses are vis­ible and dis­closed to the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the blog where the com­ment was left.


We col­lect in­for­ma­tion about vis­i­tors who com­ment on Sites that use our Ak­ismet anti-spam ser­vice. The in­for­ma­tion we col­lect de­pends on how the User sets up Ak­ismet for the Site, but typ­i­cally in­cludes the com­menter’s IP ad­dress, user agent, re­ferrer, and Site URL (along with other in­for­ma­tion di­rectly pro­vided by the com­menter such as their name, user­name, email ad­dress, and the com­ment itself).


By de­fault, Word­Press does not col­lect any an­a­lytics data. How­ever, this web­site uses Google An­a­lytics, which has made steps to be­come com­pliant with the Eu­ro­pean Union’s (EU) new Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) stan­dards. The data re­ten­tion set­tings have twenty-six months as the de­fault setting.


A cookie is a string of in­for­ma­tion that a web­site stores on a visitor’s com­puter, and that the visitor’s browser pro­vides to the web­site each time the vis­itor re­turns. this site uses cookies to help it iden­tify and track vis­i­tors, their usage of this web­site, and their web­site ac­cess preferences.

Vis­i­tors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their com­puters should set their browsers to refuse cookies be­fore using this web­site, with the draw­back that cer­tain fea­tures of this site may not func­tion prop­erly without the aid of cookies.

If you leave a com­ment on this site, you may opt-in to save your name, email ad­dress, and web­site in cookies. These are for your con­ve­nience so that you do not have to fill in your de­tails again when you leave an­other com­ment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an ac­count and you log in to this site, this site will set a tem­po­rary cookie to de­ter­mine if your browser ac­cepts cookies. This cookie con­tains no per­sonal data and is dis­carded when you close your browser.

When you log in, this site will also set up sev­eral cookies to save your login in­for­ma­tion and your screen dis­play choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen op­tions cookies last for a year. If you se­lect Re­member Me, your login will per­sist for two weeks. If you log out of your ac­count, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Ar­ti­cles on this site may in­clude em­bedded con­tent (videos, im­ages, ar­ti­cles, etc.). Em­bedded con­tent from other web­sites be­haves in the exact same way as if the vis­itor has vis­ited the other website.

These sites may col­lect data about you, use cookies, embed ad­di­tional third-party tracking, and mon­itor your in­ter­ac­tion with that em­bedded con­tent. This in­cludes tracing your in­ter­ac­tion with the em­bedded con­tent if you have an ac­count and are logged in to that website.

Gathering information

Cer­tain vis­i­tors to this site choose to in­teract with me in ways that re­quire me to gather personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion. The amount and type of in­for­ma­tion that this site gathers de­pend on the na­ture of the in­ter­ac­tion. For ex­ample, I ask vis­i­tors who com­ment on my blogs to pro­vide a user­name and email ad­dress. For those who wish to re­ceive up­dates via email, this web­site col­lects their emails.

In each case, this site col­lects such in­for­ma­tion only in­sofar as is nec­es­sary or ap­pro­priate to ful­fill the pur­pose of the visitor’s in­ter­ac­tion with me. This site does not dis­close personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion other than as de­scribed below. And vis­i­tors can al­ways refuse to supply personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion, with the caveat that it may pre­vent them from en­gaging in cer­tain website-related activities.


This site does not use avatar im­ages or Gra­vatar im­ages, so no per­sonal in­for­ma­tion is col­lected for that use.


By de­fault, Hustle cap­tures the IP Ad­dress for each con­ver­sion and for each view only if the “tracking” func­tion­ality is en­abled. Other per­sonal data such as your name and email ad­dress may also be cap­tured, de­pending on the form fields.

When vis­i­tors or users submit a form or view a module, we cap­ture the IP Ad­dress for ana­ly­isis pur­poses. We also cap­ture the email ad­dress and might cap­ture other per­sonal data in­cluded in the form fields.

When vis­i­tors or users submit a form or view a module we re­tain the data for thirty days.

All col­lected data might be shown pub­licly and we send it to our workers or con­trac­tors to per­form nec­es­sary ac­tions based on the form submission.

iThemes Security

The IP ad­dress of vis­i­tors, user ID of logged in users, and user­name of login at­tempts are con­di­tion­ally logged to check for ma­li­cious ac­tivity and to pro­tect the site from spe­cific kinds of at­tacks. Ex­am­ples of con­di­tions when log­ging oc­curs in­clude login at­tempts, log out re­quests, re­quests for sus­pi­cious URLs, changes to site con­tent, and pass­word up­dates. This in­for­ma­tion is re­tained for 60 days.

This site is scanned for po­ten­tial mal­ware and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties by Su­curi’s SiteCheck. We do not send per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to Su­curi; how­ever, Su­curi could find per­sonal in­for­ma­tion posted pub­licly (such as in com­ments) during their scan. For more de­tails, please see Su­curi’s pri­vacy policy.

Se­cu­rity logs are re­tained for 60 days.

Data­base backups are sent via email. De­pending on who hosts your email and your site’s com­pli­ance needs, you may need to note that this in­for­ma­tion is sent to that host and link to their pri­vacy policy.

This site is part of a net­work of sites that pro­tect against dis­trib­uted brute force at­tacks. To en­able this pro­tec­tion, the IP ad­dress of vis­i­tors at­tempting to log into the site is shared with a ser­vice pro­vided by For pri­vacy policy de­tails, please see the iThemes Pri­vacy Policy.


This site uses the Jet­pack subscribe-to-blog plugin. To ini­tiate and process sub­scrip­tions, the fol­lowing in­for­ma­tion is used: subscriber’s email ad­dress and the ID of the post or com­ment (de­pending on the spe­cific sub­scrip­tion being processed). In the event of a new sub­scrip­tion being ini­ti­ated, we also col­lect some basic server data, in­cluding all of the sub­scribing user’s HTTP re­quest headers, the IP ad­dress from which the sub­scribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to ac­cess the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the ex­clu­sive pur­pose of mon­i­toring and pre­venting abuse and spam.

Func­tion­ality cookies are set for a du­ra­tion of 347 days to re­member a visitor’s blog and post sub­scrip­tion choices if, in fact, they have an ac­tive subscription.

This site also uses the Jet­pack mo­bile theme. The data used in­cludes visitor’s pref­er­ence on viewing the mo­bile ver­sion of a site. A cookie (akm_mobile) is stored for 3.5 days to re­member whether or not a vis­itor of the site wishes to view its mo­bile version.


This site uses SEO­Press for search en­gine op­ti­miza­tion. SEO­Press does do not col­lect any data from this site.


By de­fault, Word­Press does not col­lect any per­sonal data about vis­i­tors, and only col­lects the data shown on the User Pro­file screen from reg­is­tered users.

WPDiscuz comments

This site uses WPDiscuz for com­ments. WPDiscuz stores your name, email ad­dress, and web­site in cookies. These are used to de­tect cur­rent guest com­ments and to keep filed the names, emails, and web­site fields in the com­ment form.

An anonymized string cre­ated from your email ad­dress (also called a hash) may be pro­vided to the Gra­vatar ser­vice to see if you are using it.

The Gra­vatar ser­vice pri­vacy policy is avail­able here. After ap­proval of your com­ment, your pro­file pic­ture is vis­ible to the public in the con­text of your comment.


Who we share data with

By de­fault, Word­Press does not share any per­sonal data with anyone, and I do not and will not rent or sell po­ten­tially personally-identifying and personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion to anyone.

This site dis­closes po­ten­tially personally-identifying and personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion only in re­sponse to a sub­poena, court order, or other gov­ern­mental re­quests, or when I be­lieve in good faith that dis­clo­sure is rea­son­ably nec­es­sary to pro­tect the prop­erty or rights of this web­site, third par­ties, or the public at large.

If you are a reg­is­tered user of this site and have sup­plied your email ad­dress, I may oc­ca­sion­ally send you an email to tell you about new fea­tures, so­licit your feed­back, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with this web­site and my products.

This site takes all mea­sures rea­son­ably nec­es­sary to pro­tect against the unau­tho­rized ac­cess, use, al­ter­ation, or de­struc­tion of po­ten­tially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


How long we retain data

If you leave a com­ment on this site, the com­ment and its meta­data are re­tained in­def­i­nitely. This is so the site can rec­og­nize and ap­prove any follow-up com­ments au­to­mat­i­cally in­stead of holding them in a mod­er­a­tion queue.

For users that reg­ister on this site, this site also stores the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion they pro­vide in their user pro­file. All users can see, edit, or delete their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion at any time (ex­cept they cannot change their username).


What rights you have over your data

If you have an ac­count on this site or have left com­ments on this site, you have the fol­lowing rights:

•  You can re­quest to re­ceive an ex­ported file of the per­sonal data this site holds about you, in­cluding any data you have pro­vided it.

•  You can also re­quest that this site erases any per­sonal data it holds about you. This does not in­clude any data this site is obliged to keep for ad­min­is­tra­tive, legal, or se­cu­rity purposes.


Where we send your data

Vis­itor com­ments left on this site may be checked through Ak­ismet, an au­to­mated spam de­tec­tion ser­vice. (See above)


How we protect your data

This site takes all mea­sures rea­son­ably nec­es­sary to pro­tect against the unau­tho­rized ac­cess, use, al­ter­ation, or de­struc­tion of po­ten­tially personally-identifying and personally-identifying in­for­ma­tion. This is done using sev­eral se­cu­rity ser­vice plugins.


What third parties we receive data from

This site does not re­ceive data about users from third par­ties, in­cluding but not lim­ited to advertisers.


Automated decision making and profiling

This site does not allow any au­to­mated decision-making or profiling.


Industry regulatory disclosures

I am not a member of any reg­u­lated in­dustry and there­fore not re­quired to dis­close any in­for­ma­tion on the web­site to anyone business-related.


Privacy Policy changes

Al­though most changes are likely to be minor, this site may change its Pri­vacy Policy from time to time, and in my sole dis­cre­tion. I en­courage vis­i­tors to fre­quently check this page for any changes to its Pri­vacy Policy.

Your con­tinued use of this site after any change in this Pri­vacy Policy will con­sti­tute your ac­cep­tance of such change.