Monday, 21 April 2014

WHY DO CLIMATE SCIENTISTS EXPECT MORE ACCURACY FROM LESS THERMOMETERS?

One very strange fact that many people are unaware of, is that today the climate scientists determining the average temperature of the surface are only using around 25% of the measuring stations that were in use during the 1960's. Read the details here. Even at the largest number, there were only just over 6,000 measurements used to compile the record, which seems a fairly small number, bearing in mind the huge size of the Earth's surface. Even worse these thermometers are not evenly spread. In fact, as might be expected the bulk of them are in the USA and Europe, with only a very few in large parts of Africa and even less in the polar regions. What happens is that the vast gaps in the thermometer coverage are being filled in by what should be called "educated guesswork". It is this record, it must be remembered, which is used to form the basis of all the evidence that the planet is heating up and to make the demands for highly expensive action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to stop it.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

AUSSIE ATTORNEY GENERAL STANDS UP FOR FREE SPEECH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Here is the story from the Guardian. Judging by the comments the Attorney General's views are not popular with many Guardian readers. Those of a more democratic mind-set should support him

Saturday, 19 April 2014

WORLD TEMPERATURE RECORDS AVAILABLE VIA GOOGLE EARTH

Here is a link to the article on WUWT website. While there is much cynicism about the motives of the CRU in providing this data, it is nevertheless interesting to see and could be a valuable resource.

Friday, 18 April 2014

SVENSMARK SEEMS TO BE RIGHT AFTER ALL

This report looks at a new paper which concludes that the solar-cosmic ray theory which shows how small variations in the sun's output can have a much greater influence on the formation of clouds due to an increase in cosmic rays reaching the Earth.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

NEW CLIMATE REPORT BY THE NIPPC SAYS "NO CAUSE FOR ALARM OVER CLIMATE CHANGE"

Here is an article about the new report and its completely contrasting conclusion over the rate of global warming. The NIPPC rely on observations, whereas the IPCC rely on predictions from computer models.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PACIFIC ATOLLS UNAFFECTED BY RISING SEAS

Here's welcome news for the inhabitants of Tuvalu or Kiribati. Although it is not welcomed by the climate alarmists who are trying to insist that dangerous sea level rise is happening. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NO A LEVEL FOR STUDENT NOT "ON MESSAGE" WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

This piece by Christopher Booker looks at the way students are being forced to accept climate propaganda in order to pass their exams.

Monday, 14 April 2014

IPCC BARS THE MEDIA AND WELCOMES ACTIVISTS

This report highlights a little known fact that the IPCC does not allow reporters to attend the final sessions at which the Summary for Policy-makers is agreed. However they do allow the likes of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth to remain, leaving the impression that they are far from neutral scientists merely reporting the facts.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN B - REMOVE CO2

According to this article the final report from the IPCC concentrates on Plan B for the prevention of excess global warming, which is to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. Just one problem - there is no known way to remove sufficient CO2 to make any difference. Apart from that, which countries will agree to do it?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE CONQUERED THE US CAMPUS AND THE UK SCHOOLS

This article looks at how environmental activism has penetrated deep into the education system of the USA. This report seems to chime with the release of this booklet by the GWPF. This is not exactly new news, but nevertheless seeing it documented does highlight that it is still going on, and gradually tightening its grip. I suspect it will take some time for it to go away.

Friday, 11 April 2014

SEA LEVEL RISE DECREASING - NEW PAPER

This article looks at the statistics which show that since the pause in temperature rise the rise in sea level has also decreased.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

BBC CLIMATE PROPAGANDA HIGHLIGHTED

This article highlights a very biased piece on the issue of crop yields being affected by global warming. Of course the obvious question is what warming? The piece includes a world map which is colour coded in a most biased way to try to scare readers. 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

UK BEGINS TO EXPLOIT MASSIVE COAL RESERVES UNDER NORTH SEA

This article will get climate alarmists frothing at the mouth. It came as a complete surprise to me, though when you read it, what it actually says is that the coal is not being mined, but it is being subjected to an underground coal gasification process. This really is good news for those not of an alarmist mind set, as it should lead to cheaper gs prices and plentiful supplies of chemical feedstock.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

1875 THE COLDEST TIME ON GREENLAND FOR 10,000 YEARS SAYS SCIENTIST

This report tells the story. The measurements were made by a science expert using ice core data.

Monday, 7 April 2014

BEWARE OF THE GREEN DOOMSAYERS

This article by Peter Hitchens looks at the quasi-religious attitude of those who believe in the impending climate catastrophe.  

Sunday, 6 April 2014

10 THINGS THE ARCHBISHOP NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Here is a good rebuttal by Paul Homewood to the alarmist rant from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Paul is really doing excellent work on his prodigious blog.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

ANIMALS AND HUMAN SUFFERING WITH WIND FARMS

This article looks at a number of cases of harm alleged to be caused by nearby wind farms. It includes death as well as birth defects inflicted on animals. Not a good situation for anyone to have to face.

Friday, 4 April 2014

'SOCIALISM OR EXTINCTION' STUDY DEBUNKED BY PROFESSOR

This article looks at the maths behind the "study" which claims that humans cannot survive unless they become true socialists and share things equally. Professor Briggs has debunked the thing by showing that it is all based on subjective inputs that are no better than plucked out of the air.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

WHY DID THE MET OFFICE TRY TO HIDE THE EARLY PART OF THE CENTRAL ENGLAND TEMPERATURE RECORD?

The central England Temperature Record is the oldest in the world and it is used prominently on the Met Office website. "Not A Lot of People Know That" is an excellent website by Paul Homewood. Paul has discovered that, although the record starts in 1659, the prominent graph begins in 1772. Paul has highlighted that this early section shows a remarkable rise in temperature between the 1690's and the 1730's of over 2 degrees Celsius, much steeper than the recent rise in the late twentieth century. Here is link to the graph and the article.    

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WOOD BURNING STOVES TO BE BANNED IN USA

Draconian new rules are causing misery to many in the USA according to this report. These rules are not being made by government but instead by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) who are doing so on the grounds that they emit small particles of soot, though many say that the soot is trivial and the amount is far lower than in a car occupied by a smoker.

More on this here

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

BIG ROWS OVER SO-CALLED "CLIMATE IMPACTS" AS NEW REPORT LAUNCHED

This article by Roger Pielke seems to have caused a big fuss, due to criticism from a large number of readers, most, if not all, of whom have an ulterior motive. The upshot of all this is that the website owner has given a grovelling apology to the two leading critics described in this piece in the Huffington Post. As I put in my own comment on the website, there is clearly no consensus on the effect of climate change, indeed many would ask - what climate change after no temperature rise for 17 years.

Monday, 31 March 2014

BBC APPEAR TO CARE MORE ABOUT 3 POISONED BIRDS THAN HUNDREDS CHOPPED BY WIND TURBINES

This piece on Bishop Hill looks at a report on the BBC website about bird of prey deaths in Scotland due to poisoning, which have increased from 3 to 6.  The piece then looks at the number of birds killed by wind turbines in the USA and attempts to estimate a figure for those killed in Scotland. Although it is only an estimate the figure is likely to be in the hundreds, and yet the BBC seem to ignore this. The inference being that the turbine deaths are in a "good cause" and "unavoidable".  

Sunday, 30 March 2014

MORE ON THE NEW IPCC REPORT ON IMPACTS

Here is an analysis by Matt Ridley who has detected a more muted tone on the alarmist rhetoric in the latest proclamation by the IPCC. It will be interesting to see how this report is treated in the media when it actually gets released next week.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

THE GREEN ECONOMY

This article by the Scientific Alliance looks at the green jobs situation in the light of the recent announcement by Siemens and Associated British Ports to invest £310 million in wind turbine manufacturing.   

Friday, 28 March 2014

MASS EXTINCTION FORECASTS ARE GROSSLY EXAGGERATED

This report looks at a leaked copy of the new report about to be issued by the IPCC and finds that claims of mass extinctions of species due to climate change are a gross exaggeration. The draft report includes a surprising admission by the IPCC -- that it doubts its own computer simulations for species extinctions. "There is very little confidence that models currently predict extinction risk accurately," the report notes. The IPCC admits that there is no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct thus far.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

NEW IPCC REPORT TO BE ISSUED NEXT WEEK

This article from the BBC looks at the forthcoming report from the IPCC about the impacts of climate change. One scientist has already pulled out, claiming that the report is far too alarmist. The whole problem is that most of it is "guesswork" based on computer projections. I note that they seem to be hedging their bets - I particularly enjoyed this piece, "British winters are likely to become milder and wetter like the last one but cold spells still need to be planned for, says the UK Met Office. Summers are likely to be hotter and drier, but washouts are still on the cards, it adds". So now we know!

Another report believes the report may include a line likely to be hotly contested if it survives a final review by IPCC delegates gathered this week in Yokohama, Japan: "Estimates agree on the size of the impact [of climate change] (small relative to economic growth) but disagree on the sign." 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

IPCC DOES U TURN ON BIO FUELS

This article in the Telegraph explains how the IPCC has completely changed its mind on growing crops for energy. Whereas it used to be in favour of such things it is now opposed. I wonder what this will mean for the UK's Drax power station which is currently converting from coal to wood? The trouble with all this mind-changing is that it can have very expensive consequences. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

MAIL ON SUNDAY KEEPS SHINING A LIGHT ON ENERGY ISSUES

This article in the Mail on Sunday covers several different points. The main piece is about new developments in nuclear fusion - apparently it is now nearer to becoming a practical proposition as several of the more difficult problems are being overcome. How ironic it would be that after spending billions on wind turbines and solar panels that  nuclear fusion should become a reality!

The second part of the piece is about heightened concerns that wood pellets being shipped across from the USA to burn in the UK's Drax power station to replace some of the coal it currently burns. These concerns are from various green organisations, who seem to have at last seen the light.

Finally there is a bit about a BBC Scotland executive who is suggesting that climate sceptic scientists should not have a voice in discussions on air. Disgraceful censorship.

Monday, 24 March 2014

MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN LATEST IPCC REPORT

This post reveals more self-promotion by supposedly independent IPCC lead authors.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS SLOWING DOWN

Here is a very interesting chart which shows that the global warming over the past 60 years is about a third lower than the warming of the previous 60 year period.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

NO SIGN OF CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

This article looks at the ever louder claims of Armageddon alongside the continued failure of the climate to warm.

Friday, 21 March 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE LEAVES AMERICANS COLD SAYS SURVEY

When it comes to climate change, Americans aren't exactly hot and bothered. A Gallup survey released Wednesday finds that climate change ranks almost dead last on a list of 15 national priorities, slightly ahead of "race relations." Just 24 percent of respondents said that they worry about climate change a "great deal," while 26 percent said they worry about it a "fair amount." A full 56 percent of respondents said they only worry about climate change "a little" or "not at all." According to the survey, the findings mark "the lowest level of worry about the environment more broadly since Gallup began measuring this in 2001. --Stephen Calabria, The Huffington Post, 12 March 2014 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/climate-change_n_4949266.html?utm_hp_ref=green)
One of the most interesting, and to many most important, public opinion puzzles of our time is the evidence that the American public simply does not share a sense of urgency or a perception of the need for urgent a_ction on the issue of climate change. Our recent report (http://www.gallup.com/poll/167879/not-global-warming-serious-threat.aspx)  on how worried Americans are about a list of 15 issues shows that the quality of the environment and climate change were only one away from the bottom of the list. Almost no one mentions the environment or climate change in response to our question asking them to name the most important problem (http://www.gallup.com/poll/167873/americans-cite-jobs-economy-gov-top-problems.aspx)  facing the country. This is puzzling to many people who believe that global warming is one of the most important issues facing humankind. --Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup, 14 March 2014
(http://pollingmatters.gallup.com/2014/03/why-are-americans-not-more-worried.html)

Despite the increasing vehemence of climate change alarmism, people stubbornly refuse to get alarmed and indeed, opinion poll after opinion poll finds that climate catastrophe is now firmly stuck at the bottom of their list of concerns. But why? --The Pointman, 20 February 2014 (http://thepointman.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/why-isnt-the-alarmist-propaganda-working/)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

LATEST CLIMATE TALKS GETTING NOWHERE

The UN Climate Circus met in Bonn, Germany last week, though with the exception of dedicated Green news outlets and blogs the whole event passed with no main stream media attention, such is the state of global warming fear fatigue these days. The UN backed Green Climate Fund (GCF) is still struggling for money and there is a GCF board meeting scheduled for May to decide how to distribute the money, always assuming that the GCF board members have decided whether to fly First or Business Class to Bali for the meeting. --Tory Aardvard, 17 March 2014 (http://toryaardvark.com/2014/03/17/un-climate-talks-in-bonn-fail/)

Levels of trust between leading developing countries and the USA and EU member states appears to have hit a new low after a week of UN climate talks in Bonn. India, China and 24 other countries in the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LDMC) group say the brunt of greenhouse gas cuts must be made by industrialised countries. The US, EU and Switzerland say the global climate deal scheduled to be agreed in Paris next year will only work if all countries make commitments, which they say was agreed in 2011 in Durban. --Sophie Yeo and Ed King, Responding to Climate Change, 17 March 2014 (http://www.rtcc.org/2014/03/17/trust-deficit-blocking-progress-at-un-climate-talks/)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

WOULD YOU BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR?

This piece highlights the cost of electric vehicles. They are very expensive when new, and depreciate very rapidly. Not a great deal for the very small number of people who buy them.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

PUBLIC SUPPORT DOUBLING ELECTRICITY PRICES

That is the logical conclusion of this survey, though I suspect the result would be rather different if they knew the figures. It simply shows how little the public know about what is happening to their energy.

Monday, 17 March 2014

EU CLIMATE TARGETS TO BE INCREASED

According to this report. I just cannot believe they will go through with this policy which, unilaterally would cripple their industry. I suspect it is contingent on others taking a similar stance.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

LOCAL CLIMATE INFO WEBSITE OPENS IN CANADA

This article refers to a new website which gives local climate information for Canada. It is being put together using official sources of data by Canadian professor, Ross McKitrick. It sounds like an excellent initiative.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

BBC CONCEALS UNPALATABLE DETAILS OF UK ELECTRICITY CRISIS

This article on EUReferendum blog looks at a new BBC programme recently aired which covered the upcoming electricity shortage. Although it revealed some serious problems, certain issues were omitted, such as the use of diesel generators to cover the shortfall. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

UK GOVERNMENT EXTEND PROTECTION FOR INDUSTRY FROM CLIMATE POLICY COSTS

This article gives the details which show that the government understands that its policies to increase the cost of energy are seriously damaging vital industries. How ironic that it is now having to protect industry from these ruinous policies in order to save it. Some might ask - if the biggest users of energy have to be exempt from the policies, then what is the point of them in the first place?

Thursday, 13 March 2014

OH NO! SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE COULD BE UNDER WATER

Here is the latest scare story de-bunked. These kind of scares are making a laughing stock of the whole case for climate alarm. When will they learn to be sensible.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

THE CO2 EMISSION RECORD

Here is a website I came across recently which claims to show the record of CO2 emissions from 1750 to the present. It shows no methodology as to how it has compiled these statistics, but no doubt most people will take them as being the best estimate we can get. I will add it to my list of links for future reference.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY PUTS PEOPLE BEFORE "ECO-SYSTEM"

In his latest Telegraph column Christopher Booker explains the response of Owen Paterson to the recent flooding in Somerset. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

HOW USEFUL IS BIOMASS?

Here is a good piece from the Scientific Alliance on the value of biomass as a fuel. The answer is that while it is of some use in reducing CO2 emissions, there is still a significant cost to this.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

UK FLOODS NOT UNPRECEDENTED

This report looks in detail at the UK rainfall records and finds that the recent high rainfall is not a long term record at all. It's not even as high as 2000 to 2001. I wonder why the Met office have not been more forthcoming with these facts?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

EU CHEMICAL INDUSTRY "COULD BE GONE IN A DECADE"

That is the stark warning from Jim Ratcliff in this article. The Ineos boss gives the clearest possible explanation of why the EU has become so uncompetitive, and reducing carbon emissions is high on the list. Sadly the EU is not even reducing the world's emissions. It is simply exporting its industrial jobs to China and India who are emitting the CO2 for us.   

Friday, 7 March 2014

IPCC BURIES GOOD NEWS - CLIMATE LESS SENSITIVE TO CO2 THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

This report by the GWPF looks in detail at evidence buried in the latest IPCC report to uncover the fact that there is evidence that shows that the climate is less sensitive to CO2 increases. What a surprise that the IPCC does not want to emphasise this point in the summary issued to policymakers.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

CLIMATE ALARM DRIVES UP INSURANCE PREMIUMS

This is according to Warren Buffet, the investment billionaire, as per this article. It is well known that fear drives markets and we all pay for this, whether we believe it or not.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

UK SHALE RESERVES UP BY 50%

This BBC report tells the story of how the estimates for reserves of shale gas under the North East of England have been increased by 50% as a result of survey work. This is excellent news for hard-pressed gas consumers, but bad news for climate alarmists.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

PINE FORESTS AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING

This BBC article explains how the chemicals released by pine trees reflect the sun's rays, acting as a natural thermostat. So there's a new discovery. How many other natural ways to reduce solar input are there which are still to be found?

Monday, 3 March 2014

CLIMATE WAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SCIENCE

This article looks at the behaviour of climate alarmists in the way they fight the "enemy" in any way possible without seeming to care about the effect it has on the actual climate.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

MICHAEL MANN LAW SUITS LATEST

The long-running saga of climate scientist Michael Mann and his various law suits is updated here on Judith Curry's blog.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

BILL GILES LOSES THE PLOT

Bill Giles is a retired UK weatherman. Here is a good piece from Paul Homewood's blog, Not a Lot Of People Know That, in which he blows apart Bill's recent claims on UK and London's future weather. It is sad that a former weatherman could be caught out making such silly claims, but that seems to be the way for those who become so wedded to something, that they lose all sense of reality. 

Friday, 28 February 2014

AT LEAST 20% OF THE ENTIRE EU BUDGET WILL BE SPENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Check it out here and then wonder, like me, what all this is about. Who is benefitting from all this tax being siphoned off in a completely non-transparent way.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

ANTARCTIC GLACIER MELTED AT THE SAME RATE 8000 YEARS AGO

This article gives more evidence that this glacier's melt rate is not necessarily a cause for concern as it has happened in the past, like a lot of things to do with the climate.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

BAIT AND SWITCH IN THE CLIMATE DEBATE

Here is a great article which I recently came across. It is a thoughtful piece which explains how alarmists try to twist the arguments on to ground where they have stronger arguments, rather than debating the actual issues raised by sceptics. Warren Meyer is a very perceptive man.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

SHORT VIDEO OF MET OFFICE GUESSING THE CLIMATE

This video is very embarrassing for the Met Office, in particular, Dame Julia Slingo, as it witnesses her "forecasting" drier winters only two years ago, following two very dry winters. She then, of course blames these dry winters on global warming. It is priceless stuff and reduces her credibility to zero. Who could now take anything she forecasts any more seriously than someone with a handful of damp seaweed. No wonder they nick-name her "Senna the Soothsayer".

TESTIMONY FOM TOP CLIMATE SCIENTIST - "WE DON'T KNOW ENOUGH"

This article explains what Judith Curry told the USA senate recently. It has attracted little publicity, but nevertheless it is important as so few working scientists of her seniority are prepared to speak out frankly. Her words are damning for the alarmists.

Monday, 24 February 2014

COUNCILLOR BLAMES WEATHER ON CO2 EMISSIONS

In my local district council the following question has been tabled for this evening's meeting by one of the small band of Liberal Democrat members:


COUNCIL MEETING – MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2014

PORTFOLIO HOLDER QUESTIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 22A

From:  Cllr D Harrison (Liberal Democrat)

To:  Cllr E Heron, Environment Portfolio Holder

“On the 24 October 2011, Conservative Councillor Derek Tipp submitted a motion to Council, seconded by Conservative Councillor Allan Glass, on Climate Change. During the debate, Conservative Councillors supported the motion and indeed voted it through. It called on the Government, urging it not to make commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions further or faster than other major industrialised nations.

How many more extreme weather events, causing hardship to businesses and communities all around the country and a great deal of extra work for our staff, will it take to make your fellow Conservative Councillors think again about trying to influence government policy in the wrong direction?”
 
As you can see it refers to a motion I submitted back in 2011 which was passed by an overwhelming majority. I am sure Cllr. Heron will have no difficulty in explaining to Cllr. Harrison that extreme weather events occur randomly and do not herald a change in the climate. The inference of his question is that Harrison welcomes radical and costly measures to increase the rate of reduction in CO2 emissions. He may find this is not the most popular stance.
 
I will update this post after the meeting

UPDATE - Poor Cllr. Harrison had difficulty being heard above the laughter as he attempted to convince a sceptical council that he seriously believed that CO2 was responsible for the recent flooding. Cllr. Heron gently mocked his naivety. His follow-up question was lost amidst further hilarity. Oh dear!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

MET OFFICE MADE ANOTHER DUD FORECAST

This report in the Mail reveals that the Met office computer was of no use again in predicting a long range forecast of a few months. They have stopped giving out these forecasts to the public. The question is - why do they bother at all?

More on this here.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

UK INDUSTRY IN THIRD WORLD-STYLE SHUTDOWNS

This piece describes the situation where factories are having to shut down to avoid massive energy bills, with staff sitting in the cold.

Friday, 21 February 2014

BURNING BIOMASS SOME PERTINENT FACTS

Here is another excellent piece from Matt Ridley which looks at the facts about burning wood as is being done in the UK's Drax power station. It is not nearly as environmentally friendly as the alarmists would believe.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON UK STORMS FROM MATT RIDLEY

Here Matt Ridley explains how the insults being hurled at climate sceptics are misplaced and unnecessary as the alarmists still hold nearly all the cards. Only the facts are on the side of sceptics.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

THE HOCKEY STICK STORY

The hockey stick is central to the climate alarmist case and its credibility has been completely demolished by statisticians Steve McIntyre and Ross McKittrick. The problem is that understanding the issue is very difficult for non-statisticians and so despite the fact that the hockey stick is not credible it is still being used. Here is an excellent readable account of the rise and fall of the hockey stick.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

THE MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD - WORLD-WIDE EVIDENCE

Supporters of climate alarmism always tell us that the medieval warm period was not a world-wide phenomenon, but that it only occurred in northern Europe. That was the line taken in the climate course I have been doing. If they were to admit that the medieval warm period occurred world wide, then they would have to explain why no catastrophic consequences took place. This article/a> shows that studies all over the world have revealed a medieval warm period. It appears to be one of the best kept secrets in climate science 

More evidence Here

Monday, 17 February 2014

POLITICIANS CLAIM "FLOODS ARE DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE"

This BBC news item highlights both Labour and Conservatives falling over themselves to claim that climate change was a factor in the recent floods, despite he fact that "mainstream" climate scientists have claimed this is not so. See this article. When politicians start to claim they know more than the experts you know politics is leading the science.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

THE THINGS THE COMPUTER CLIMATE MODELS LEAVE OUT

This piece from the Watts Up With That blog looks at the phenomenon of "dust devils" and the important part they play in cooling the surface. They may seem to be a small part of our climate, but they are, apparently not included in the computer models which are claimed to predict our future climate. In fact they are just one out of many things that cannot be modelled, which is why the predictions are so inaccurate. Without them the whole climate scare falls flat.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

VOTE GREEN, GO TOTALITARIAN

This piece on the BBC refers to an announcement from the (tiny) UK Green Party that all ministers and senior civil servants who do not share their view of global warming should be sacked. I wonder how they would go about finding the views of all these people. Maybe they will have to sign a statement or even swear an oath. The mind boggles.

Friday, 14 February 2014

UK FLOODS NOT CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING

This article reports on Lord Lawson's comments on the issue. It is nonsense that some alarmists try to blame global warming (aka climate change) on the current floods. As Lawson says, there is no scientific evidence for this.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

LATEST ON SEA LEVEL RISE

This report give the tide gauge data for the UK south coast and compares this with the forecast rise made by the Met Office. I know readers will be surprised to find that the forecast is way higher than the data. This kind of thing is so common that some people think it may be deliberate.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

BACK TO WORK

I am now getting back to normal after my holiday. On returning I have gone through all the emails and letters, and caught up with all the back-log. In particular I have covered the missing weeks of my online climate course. As I expected the course is heavily biased towards an alarmist point of view. My aim is to put forward comments to try to show that there is more than on side, but of course I am seriously outnumbered. Nevertheless I hope to make a few students read something they would never look at and read otherwise.  

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

NO BLOGGING UNTIL 11 FEB.

I am putting up my carbon footprint by flying to the Canary Islands and will not have time to blog. For the benefit of readers in the UK I can report that is hot and sunny. Just the sort of weather to be out doors and to relax in.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

FINAL FIGURES FOR GLOBAL SURFACE TEMPERATURE DATA SETS

Here is a good summary of the 2013 global temperatures from the four leading data sets. The conclusion is that the pause continues.

Monday, 3 February 2014

FRACKING PROTESTORS TURNING UP THE HEAT

This piece describes the recent goings on here in the UK where anti-frackers are trying to intimidate the firm that is trying to assess the potential for gas underneath us.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

ONLINE CLIMATE COURSE UPDATE

Regular readers may recall that I signed up to take part in an online climate change course. I am now in the third week and a few controversial matters have cropped up as you can see if you look at the clip here. At ten minutes in there is a piece on the residence time of CO2, where Prof Lenton asserts that CO2 could remain in the atmosphere for up to "hundreds of thousands" of years, and at twelve minutes the infamous Mann Hockey Stick graph was pushed forward. I believe the majority of students are firmly in the alarmist camp, but I still try to gently point out the fact that, although I accept that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, there are many points, like those pointed out in the clip, where there is fierce genuine disagreement on the science.    

Saturday, 1 February 2014

MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD - HOW WARM AND HOW EXTENSIVE WAS IT?

The debate on the extent of global warming often leads to a discussion on the Medieval Warm Period and so it is useful to look at the evidence for its extent and warmth This piece looks at this and shows that it was in fact very widespread, in contradiction to the IPCC which states it to be confined to northern Europe.

Friday, 31 January 2014

HOW LONG DOES CO2 REMAIN IN THE ATMOSPHERE?

This is a critical question which has a bearing on the degree of warming that could be expected from a given amount of gas emitted, and it is actually the subject of huge controversy (like much associated with global warming). This article gives a good account of it and explains why the IPCC version is not correct.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

EU LEADERS PULL BACK FROM THE BRINK ON ENERGY POLICY

This report by the Scientific Alliance spells out the dangers of current policy and looks at the new announcement. Although the language is nuanced, there seems to be a clear change of emphasis, and without the severe penalties the remaining goals look sure not to be achieved.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

GRIDWATCH - SEE WHAT ENERGY SOURCES ARE POWERING THE GRID

This website gives the current split between the various energy sources, and it is interesting to see the variation of the wind component.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

LINDZEN AND CHOI - CLIMATE SENSITIVITY MUCH LOWER THAN PREDICTED BY THE IPCC

This paper is now over two years old, but it is an absolutely vital contribution to the debate with its ground-breaking conclusion that climate sensitivity is only 0.7C instead of the 1.5 to 5C claimed by the IPCC.

Monday, 27 January 2014

EU TO DITCH BINDING RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS

This Telegraph article gives the details of this important U-turn in EU policy. At last the leaders of the EU have realised that the current policies are a failure, and only lead to uncompetitive industry and job losses.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

AUSTRALIAN HEATWAVES ARE NOTHING NEW

This is a useful article which puts recent heatwaves down under in context. What we are seeing are extremes of weather, which have occurred in the recent past. We are always being told by climate change "experts" that we should not confuse climate (at least 30 years of data averaged out) with weather which is simply the day to day variation.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

LARGE DISCREPANCY FOUND IN USA TEMPERATURE DATA

Here is the detail. It will be interesting to see if the agency responsible acknowledges the error and alters their records.

Friday, 24 January 2014

CLIMATE DATA IN CONFLICT

This piece looks at the paper that compares a number of different data sets that record the temperature records for China. The conclusion seems to be that they simply cannot be trusted as none of them agree. The question is - can we trust the data in other parts of the world?

Thursday, 23 January 2014

EARTH IS SLOWLY COOLING SAYS NEW STUDY

This report looks at the new evidence which comes from tree rings, which I personally do not have much faith in as a proxy for temperature, as they can be affected by several other things, such as rainfall, sunshine etc. I merely put it forward as a piece of research, just like Mann's Hockey Stick.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

IS THE SUN GOING TO SLEEP?

This short video clip shown on Newsnight explains that the sun is going very quiet and some scientists believe that this could have a profound effect on our weather, causing a mini ice age over the next 20 or 30 years.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

PEAK WIND TO COME BEFORE PEAK OIL

This report looks at the predictions made by BP about future energy demand and it basically says that fossil fuels will be the main fuels for the next 20 years at least. This inevitably means that CO2 emissions will continue to rise. This is no surprise to readers of this blog, though it may come as a surprise to the global warming fear mongers.

Monday, 20 January 2014

UK WINS BATTLE TO STOP EU REGULATIONS ON FRACKING

This report explains that the EU has dropped its attempt to bring in regulations to restrict the development of shale gas. This is in large part due to pressure from the UK. This is a set back for the anti-fracking brigade in the UK who will now have to carry on their fight as the wells are drilled.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

OBAMA UNDER PESSURE FROM BOTH GREENS AND FOSSIL FUEL LOBBY

This article looks at the pressure President Obama is under from both sides of the climate debate. With mid term elections coming up shortly he seems to be in trouble. 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

MORE EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT COLLABORATING WITH NGO's

This piece looks at what is going on in the USA, but it is the same in many other nations all over the world. This is why it is going to be so difficult to end this CO2 religion.

Friday, 17 January 2014

IS OPINION ON GLOBAL WARMING SHIFTING IN OZ

This piece suggests that the tide may be turning. The new government is no doubt having some influence, but as the media begins to print more pieces of a sceptic persuasion the idea that the "science is settled" is beginning to crumble.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

UN CLIMATE CHIEF BACKS COMMUNISM TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Here is the report. It just shows the real attitude of the United Nations leadership, and the direction they would like the nations of the world to take. So now we know. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

ALBEDO CHANGES ARE INCREASING NOT DECREASING

This piece explains that despite a decrease in Arctic ice area, the increase in the Antarctic ice area more than compensates for it. So, logically this extra high albedo ice should reflect more sunlight into space, thus cooling the planet.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

UK GREEN PARTY LEADER FLOUNDERS IN TV DISCUSSION

This clip from a recent Daily Politics show is of an interview of the leader of the UK Green Party leader, a woman called Natalie Bennett who, from her accident seems to have spent a lot of time in Australia. (The only Green MP is Caroline Lucas who seems to have relinquished her position as party leader in order to give her more time to man the picket lines on anti-fracking demos.) The interviewer is the redoubtable Andrew Neil, with the other guest on this segment being the excellent Matt Ridley. Bennett seems to have learnt two things, one being that 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and the other that "urgent action is needed to save the planet". No matter what the question, one or both of these answers was required. Her problem is that the evidence seems to conflict with her belief and parroting these phrases cannot change the facts.

Many readers will remember Andrew Neil's robust questioning of Ed Davey, the Climate Change Minister a little while back.

Monday, 13 January 2014

ALARMIST REPORT CLAIMS "SEA LEVELS TO RISE 8 FOOT"

Here is the report in my local paper. It is typical of the way journalists publish stories without including any evidence for them. The account even contradicts itself. At one point it says:

"The scientists and oceanographers reveal sea level changes have rapidly increased above natural standards since the industrial revolution."

A little later it says: "They concluded the sea-level was “just within” natural expectations, but was still quite fast by natural standards."

In the same paper there is an editorial comment headed "Can we prevent an 8 foot sea level rise?" It looks remarkably like naked propaganda. I wonder why the paper wants to take this stance.

To read the history of sea level click here

Sunday, 12 January 2014

CHINA APPROVES MASSIVE NEW COAL CAPACITY

This article gives the details. It certainly is a big increase on the 2012 figure and dwarfs the puny emission cuts being made, at great cost, here in the UK

Saturday, 11 January 2014

WIND FARMS TO BE PAID BILLIONS TO DO NOTHING

I know it sounds unbelievable, but I did mean to write BILLIONS, it is not one of my typos. Read it for yourself here. However you look at this, it is a colossal waste of money and we will all be paying the price for this.
 

Friday, 10 January 2014

GEO-ENGINEERING AS A MEANS OF CONTROLLING THE EARTH'S TEMPERATURE

This radio programme looks at the idea of using geo-engineering to prevent the planet from warming. It is being researched as a serious option if needed. The programme discusses the alternatives and the ethics of deliberately seeking to alter the climate. I suspect it would lead to a whole new area of argument if it was carried out. Some nations would benefit while others would not. One can imagine different nations seeking to gain an advantage by carrying out their own experiments.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

SUPERVOLCANO COULD GO OFF WITHOUT A TRIGGER

This article gives the details. An eruption of this size would instantly put an end to any pretence that global warming was a problem, just as a man would quit worrying about his hair loss when having a heart attack.  

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WIND TURBINES - THE HIDDEN TIME BOMB

This article looks at the serious problem concerning wind turbine gearboxes. I hope for all our sakes that the government have looked at this seriously. If not, our electricity bills look like they could be even more expensive.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

CLIMATE PRAT AWARDS 2013 - THE RESULTS

Here are the results of the poll for the Climate Prat of the Year 2013. Some readers may have voted when the link was posted earlier in the year Here

Monday, 6 January 2014

UK FOREIGN OFFICE FUNDS CLIMATE PROPAGANDA TARGETTING CHILDREN

Here is the detail of an attempt at scaring the young into believing the planet is doomed. It is shocking to find that it is partly funded by the UK government. What a waste of taxpayers' money.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

FREE ONLINE CLIMATE COURSE

Here is a link for those who are interested. Of course the thing is being run by those in the alarmist camp, so you must be prepared to listen to their version of events. I have signed up in order to take part in discourse with the "other side", but I look forward to the challenge.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

SUN GOING INTO COOL MODE

Here are the details of our sun's latest progress as it has now fully reversed its magnetic poles. It will be very interesting to see if our planet's surface temperatures track the sun or CO2 levels more closely. 

Friday, 3 January 2014

JUDITH CURRY INTERVIEW

Here is an interview with climate scientist Judith Curry, who is known for her willingness to speak out even if she does not agree with the global warming mantra, one of the few working scientists to do so.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

LITHODID CRABS - ARE THEY THE NEW POSTERCHILD FOR CLIMATE ALARM?

Here is the background to this unlikely scenario. They're not quite as cuddly as polar bears, but some are claiming that they are invading the Antarctic. The report, however is reassuring, so don't have nightmares. (It would make a good horror movie though!)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

THAWING PERMAFROST WOULD NOT LEAD TO INCREASE IN CO2

This research contradicts some theories, that thawing permafrost in a warming world would cause extra CO2 to escape into the atmosphere. Not that there seems to be much warming at present, but it is comforting to know that another myth has been busted. Happy New Year to all readers of this blog.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

SEVEN GW ALARMIST SETBACKS FOR 2013

Here they are. Perhaps someone could set them to music to make a festive jingle, though I'm sorry to say it won't be me. Even so, they make a fitting end to 2013 and give us hope that 2014 will bring forth a more balanced and rational debate over the climate and the issue of our collective CO2 emissions. I wish all my readers a happy and peaceful New Year.

Monday, 30 December 2013

FRACKING MOB HEADS NORTH TO CAUSE DISRUPTION

Here is the latest instalment of the fracking story in the UK. It would seem to be sensible to carry out operations in say 10 sites at once and so split up the protestors, or at least confuse them. Even of they don't have enough equipment to actually carry out 10 operations at once they could send some lorries with dummy equipment and use diversionary tactics.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

EU FIRE-HOSES £ MILLIONS AT GREEN LOBBY GROUPS

This report from the Telegraph gives the details of how £ millions of taxpayers money is being given to green lobbying groups such as WWF and FoE who use the money to "lobby" the EU to spend more money on global warming projects and put more directives in place to support their views. As the Taxpayers Alliance says it is simply a money go round carousel of waste.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

OBLITERATING THE DECLINE

This piece shows how those producing a surface temperature data set, NCDC, have on several occasions altered the figures from the past downwards and those for the present upwards, the result of which is to transform a decline in temperatures into an increase.

On the same tack This post compares the temperature data from NCDC with that of satellite organisation RSS over the contiguous US. The comparison is very revealing in that the satellite figures are only two thirds of those from NCDC. What is going on? Which figures are the most accurate?

Friday, 27 December 2013

"FREE SPEECH" WEBSITE BANS CLIMATE SCEPTICS FROM COMMENT

This article gives the details of the decision by a website called Reddit which claims to be "a haven of free speech", well not any more. I have known moderators at the Guardian take a similar stance, and it is quite common on alarmist sites such as Real Climate. Clearly some people of the alarmist persuasion are getting rattled by the power of truth and so resort to the only way to keep their faith going - complete censorship of any other facts. 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

IPCC UNMASKED

This submission to the UK parliament by Donna Laframboise gives a detailed insight into the workings and failings of the IPCC. I hope it will have an impact on our MP's as well as the wider public.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

FRACKING REPORT ALTERED BY GREEN GROUPS

A report about the pro's and con's of fracking was altered negatively in response to input from green NGO's who were invited by the Minister for Climate Change, Ed Davey, to take part. He did not invite those in the fracking industry to take part. That is according to this article in the Telegraph. 

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

GOODBYE TO THE UK CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ?

Here is an interesting piece from Paul Homewood. He looks at the work of the Tyndall Centre, which is a government funded think tank linked to global warming. Their thoughts seem to mean that the UK chemical industry just won't be viable in the future low carbon world that is mapped out by the Tyndall Centre. The problem for the government and the rest of us is that the chemical industry provides billions of pounds for the country as well as large numbers of jobs, many of them well paid.

Monday, 23 December 2013

EARTH WAS WARMER IN ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL TIMES

This new research confirms once again that the present time is not unprecedented warmth. This idea that the world hasn't been warmer for thousands of years is just another piece of propaganda designed to make us all believe the AGW hype fed to us by the government.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

HARNESSING THE TIDE, COULD IT BE THE FUTURE?

This article looks at this technology and how it is being applied in France. The big question is - how much will it cost, specially the maintenance in such a highly corrosive environment?

Saturday, 21 December 2013

EU BACKS DOWN ON FRACKING RED TAPE

This piece on Bishop Hill updates the situation regarding fracking regulations being considered by the EU which some believed might be enough to stop fracking from being viable altogether.

NEW UK FRACKING SITES UNVEILED

This piece gives the details on a map of the UK. It seems to include a part of my own area the New Forest. I am sure there will be a great deal of controversy, but if we are to keep gas prices under control and improve fuel security the government must drive this through.

Friday, 20 December 2013

TOP CLIMATE SCIENTIST CONS HIS BOSSES BY PRETENDING TO BE A SPY

Here is the story. It is an extraordinary tale of someone making up such a huge lie that everyone believed him until someone decided to check out the facts. It's a bit like some of the work done by the Environmental Protection Agency for whom he worked. They seem to be a gullible bunch. It was lucky he wasn't doing anything important and he would have been missed.

More on this here at the GWPF

Thursday, 19 December 2013

INDEPENDENT CLIMATE EXPERT HIGHLIGHTS SERIOUS ERRORS IN IPCC REPORT

The sensitivity of the climate to increases in CO2 concentration lies right at the heart of the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). In his evidence, independent climate scientist, Nic Lewis has reported a bias in the way the IPCC has calculated the value of TCS (Transient Climate Sensitivity) which, surprise, surprise, gives a much higher value for the temperature rise caused by a CO2 increase.

This report has been submitted to the UK parliament committee which is looking at the latest IPCC climate report. If you read his evidence, which is fairly easy to follow, though you have to accept some of his details of Bayesian statistics (unless you happen to be an expert), you will see that the IPCC appear to have over-looked some critical matters. It looks clear that they are either not up to the task, or, more likely, they are simply pulling the wool over the eyes of the public and, more importantly, the politicians. (Though the politicians are more than likely willing participants in this deception.) I wonder how the leading proponents in this charade will try to discredit Nic Lewis's evidence.

More on the submissions to the UK parliament can be found on Judith Curry's blog here  A list of all the submissions is available here on the UK parliament's website.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

CLIMATE EXTREMISTS BECOMING MAINSTREAM ACTIVISTS

This article is both annoying and also worrying for those of us who are rational. In it you will read of a supposedly mainstream conference, funded by our taxes, in which the speakers are promoting extremist anti-capitalist views, trying to reduce our standard of living. This is what we are up against - not a bunch of ageing hippies waving placards, but extremists in suits with well paid jobs warning us that our standard of living must fall. It's a crazy world.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

AXE THE CARBON TAX SAYS ENERGY COMPANY CHIEF

This article in the Telegraph gives the details. It is becoming ever clearer that the UK cannot impose crippling new taxes on its people and industry while other developed nations do not.

Monday, 16 December 2013

UK MAY DITCH ITS CO2 REDUCTION TARGETS

This piece looks at the remarks made by Lord Deben when asked if the UK would go it alone if other developed nations don't match the UK's targets. His announcement, probably made through gritted teeth, is what any sane person would have to admit. The alternative, to carry on unilaterally, is just insane - though for a while that is what we will do (and indeed have been doing). What they will try to pretend is that others are continuing to match the UK, even though it seems clear that they are not and will not. 

Here is the true situation of what is happening in the real world where over 1200 coal-fired power plants are in the pipeline. So whatever the UK, or for that matter the EU, do, the world's emissions are only heading one way - up!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

NEW CARBON TAX TO FORCE COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS TO CLOSE EARLY

This article in the Telegraph looks at the warning given by a power company boss that the new government floor price on carbon will cause them to shut down their coal-fired power stations even earlier. This will bring the supply situation to a very fine margin before cuts could be seen. 

Saturday, 14 December 2013

SCIENTISTS PREDICT GLOBAL COOLING THROUGHOUT THE 21ST CENTURY

This report refers to a scientific paper which concludes that a combination of cycles will lead to cooling throughout the rest of this century. If this were to happen it will be interesting to see at what point the governments will decide to ditch their emission reduction policies.

Friday, 13 December 2013

WIND FARM NOISE LATEST

This article gives the evidence that wind turbines do create unacceptable noise, despite the attempts of the industry to conceal it.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

DESERTS GREENING DUE TO RISING CO2

This report gives the details of this little reported benefit of increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

THE TRUE HISTORY OF SEA LEVEL

This article describes how sea level has changed over the past 18,000 years since the coldest part of the last ice age. Even since the Roman optimum sea level has dropped so that places that were ports at the time of the Romans are now some miles from the sea.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

WE ARE ALL PAYING A HEAVY PRICE FOR THE UN WAR ON COAL

Here is an excellent piece by Donna Laframboise reminding us of the heavy cost of closing down perfectly good coal power stations, and all for a very tenuous reason.

Monday, 9 December 2013

WIND TURBINES KILL OVER HALF A MILLION BATS

Here is the detail of this shocking destruction of wildlife.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

WIND TURBINES SAVE LITTLE OR NO CO2 AT ALL

This study shows that there is no good reason for the mad dash for wind turbines in the UK, or anywhere else in order to halt global warming. It is simply a very expensive symbolic gesture.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

IS CO2 SAVING US FROM A NEW ICE AGE?

This article explains a piece of research that is leading some scientists to think that it is human emissions of CO2 and methane that are keeping the next ice age at bay. They even suggest that human emissions started several thousand years ago, which is controversial.  

Friday, 6 December 2013

JAPANESE TO DEVELOP METHANE HYDRATE

This piece confirms that the Japanese are intending to have a large scale extraction plant for collecting methane hydrates from the sea-bed within six years. Once this technology has been developed there is the potential to tap into the vast reserves of methane in sea beds across the world.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

THE REAL REASON FOR HIGH ENERGY BILLS

This piece by Roger Helmer MEP explains why our energy bills are rising so steeply. He mentions the things that others choose to ignore.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

GREEN JOBS MYTH EXPOSED

This piece looks at the official government figures on green jobs and calculates the financial cost of each job. The results do not look very encouraging. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

GOVERNMENT CUT OF £50 OFF ANNUAL ENERGY BILLS IS DWARFED BY FUTURE INCREASES

This article from the excellent David Rose in Sunday's Mail looks at the future energy price rises needed to comply with the emission reduction targets and compares it with the cut of £50 put forward by the government. There is no comparison.

Monday, 2 December 2013

PEAK OIL STILL FAR OFF AS SHALE REVOLUTION MARCHES ON

Here is an interesting article from Matt Ridley describing the amazing new oil and gas reserves being taped using fracking of shale rock. Those who claim that we will see a steep rise in gas and oil prices must ignore the evidence in Matt Ridley's piece. We must hope Matt is right.

Alternatively Here is another slightly less optimistic view. What needs to be considered is, just how much new science and technology will change the future prediction - the unknown unknowns. 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS - NEW REPORT SHOWS NO INCREASE

This report gives a very thorough and readable account of the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events around the world over the past century and concludes that there is no clear evidence of any increase either in intensity or severity. Will someone please tell our political leaders who seem determined to believe the opposite? 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

CHINA'S CO2 EMISSIONS SET TO DOUBLE BY 2020

Here's the story, so don't fall for any politicians who say that China is doing its best to stop global warming.

Friday, 29 November 2013

PROF MURRY SALBY LECTURE

This video of Murry Salby's lecture is in part difficult math, but even if that part is accepted as read, the general principles are easy to grasp. The conclusion is clear - temperature drives CO2, not the other way round. What was new and interesting to me was his proof that CO2 in ice cores on long time scales can be as much as 10x too low. Also his energy balance diagram was interesting and showed how the climate models completely ignore the major natural energy transfers.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

GERMANY'S IMPENDING INDUSTRY DISASTER, WITH UK TO FOLLOW

 This article by David Rose highlights the high cost of electricity in Germany and the serious effect it is having on German industry. Ironically the UK is shortly to reach the same plight, unless the government changes track (highly unlikely!)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

WARSAW CLIMATE TALKS END IN INDECISION AND FUDGE

This report gives the details. These talks have not been widely reported, as the public would be angry to think that their taxes were being fleeced by a load of greedy, opportunistic foreign governments. If their demands were conceded, it would not even go anywhere near to reducing CO2 emissions enough to satisfy the requirements of the high priests of global warming (the IPCC). The whole thing is now a farce - a very costly one!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

CLIMATE NEWS - DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY

This short video gives an upbeat message that contrasts with the usual gloom from the IPCC. There are also many other short videos on the same site - some well worth viewing.

Monday, 25 November 2013

ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT INTOLERENT TO THOSE WHO BREAK RANKS

This article by the Scientific Alliance looks at those leading environmentalists who have broken ranks on key issues such as nuclear energy and GM crops. The article argues that the intransigence of environmental activists to those that differ from their former colleagues is a serious weakness in the movement.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

WE MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO KNOW THE IPCC's SECRETS

This article reveals the decision in the light of a FOI request from that deermined climate sceptic hero David Holland. He is the Poirot of climate science. A man who doggedly follows the trail and never gives up. How absurd that the deliberations of the IPCC scientists should be deemed so sensitive that they can never be made public.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

CLIMATE TALKS IN DISARRAY

Here is an update to the latest goings on at the climate talks in Warsaw. You will have noticed that the main TV channels seem to be avoiding reporting on this event. When you read the report you will understand why.

Friday, 22 November 2013

SEA LEVEL RISE IS FALLING

This report shows what is going on with sea level, and it doesn't back up those alarmists who claim that the 'missing' heat has gone into the oceans.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

DEVELOPING NATIONS 'DISAPPOINTED' AS DEVELOPED WORLD GET TOUGH

This article gives the reaction of the developing nations as they see the funding they were hoping for is looking a little less certain. No doubt some form of words will be put together at the end of this to the effect that the developed nation aspire to achieve some sort of fund at some unspecified future time. Then in a couple of years after world temperatures decline they can quietly drop it.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

POOR NATIONS WALK OUT OVER COMPENSATION DELAYS

This article looks at the quite ridiculous demands of the developing nations. It is becoming clear now that the global warming saga is all about wealth transfer. This is what many sceptics have said all along. Now we will see just how weak the West really is. Any Western Government who gives its citizens money away to this kind of blackmail should get short order from the ballot box.

BBC LINKS PHILIPPINES TYPHOON TO GLOBAL WARMING

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION IS NOT A PROBLEM

This piece by Matt Ridley will calm any fears that the oceans will become devoid of life as CO2 dissolves. This is no more than scaremongering explains Ridley

Monday, 18 November 2013

2013 A VERY LOW HURRICANE SEASON

This piece looks at the figures for hurricanes landing in the USA in the light of the recent hurricane that hit the Philippines. The conclusion is that far from increasing levels of activity the truth is that hurricanes are much less active. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

THE CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE MANAGE DECLINE

This piece from the Scientific Alliance looks at the work of the UK's Climate Change Committee in setting out the nation's CO2 reductions. Their work is already leading to a general disquiet from the public as energy prices keep rising  In the coming years this disquiet is likely to turn to anger as the policy leads to uncompetitive industry and job losses. 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

ARE CLIMATE ACTIVISTS INFLUENCING THE IPCC?

This interview with Donna Laframboise answers a number of questions about the lack of independence of the IPCC. There is mounting evidence that the IPCC is nowhere near as independent as it would like the public to believe. In fact its reports simply cannot be trusted.

Friday, 15 November 2013

AUSSIES SAY NO TO CLIMATE FUND

This piece from the Australian sets out the position of Tony Abbot's new government ahead of the latest climate talks in Poland. I wish our government in the UK would be of the same mind.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

WARSAW CLIMATE TALKS FOCUS ON COMPENSATION FOR POOR COUNTRIES

This report in the Guardian claims to have learned that the USA is concerned that the poor nations are focusing on some sort of fund to compensate them for damage caused by extreme events such as hurricanes. Of course they are expecting the richer nations to simply cough up even though the IPCC has itself declared that any event cannot be attributed to global warming (which of course has paused for the past 16 years), let alone to CO2 emissions. However that won't stop some at the UN from deciding in their favour. What utter nonsense!

NO CLIMATE SCIENCE TV PROG IN THE UK IN PAST YEAR

This article explains that there has been no full length factual programme on UK TV on climate science in the past year. The article then goes on to give reasons why this is the case. Tellingly it then says - "Instead, creative ways need to be found of 'smuggling in' the issues".

I think the sort of 'smuggling in' they were referring to was the throw away remark made on my local news programme this week, when an item about volcanic ash clouds was being shown. The presenter stated that due to climate change we should expect more volcanic eruptions. So now climate change is responsible for geological changes! They simply made it up and smuggled it in. 

FOSSIL FUEL SHARES AND PENSION FUNDS - ARE THEY WORRIED?

This article refers to a letter written by some large pension funds to the major fossil fuel companies.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

LATEST STRATEGY BY CLIMATE ALARMISTS - DESTROY SHARE VALUE OF FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

This video from an ABC programme shows what is happening. It is an attempt to frighten major shareholders, such as pension funds etc into selling their shares in companies involved in the fossil fuel industry. I think they will have a tough job, because their pitch is that governments may close these industries down, but to do that would not only bankrupt the companies but also put tens of thousands of workers out of a job, damaging the nations economy. Logically this is the result of the policies that countries like the UK are following. If we are to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, at some stage we will stop using coal altogether, and then oil. I have not heard a minister yet spell out the timetable, but it is a logical progression - unless before then the goal is abandoned, or at least postponed.   

A few days ago I put up this post which included links to similar things going on over here.

There can be no doubt that we do face some very extreme people indeed, and they are not the usual hoards of placard-waving die-hard extremists, these are people in very influential and well-funded organisations, often with access to the government itself - even funded by government! If these policies are pursued it will be interesting to see how ordinary people behave. At what point will the resistance take to the streets? Or will political parties look at opinion polls and change tack? Try not to miss the next few years, they will be interesting.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

WOODBURNING POWER STATIONS ARE THE WRONG WAY TO GO

This piece looks at the policy of subsidising wood burning in place of coal in places such as Drax power station in the UK. It is complete madness, but anything seems to be supported if it might save CO2 emissions. (even if it doesn't in practice)

Monday, 11 November 2013

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE STERN REVIEW?

Here in the UK, Lord Stern is a man the government hold in great esteem and he has recently been holding forth to Parliamentary Committees on his great report into the economic benefits of acting to reduce CO2 emissions. So it is a very good time to review his report.

Here is a good article which highlights the errors in his thinking, and Here is another.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

TAXES AND THE BBC FUNDS CLIMATE LOBBY GROUP

Here is an article from 2011 that I have just come across. It looks at the way a shadowy climate organisation called Globe International is funded and who is involved with it. What it reveals is a murky world in which the EU and the UK government push taxpayers money to this organisation in order for it to push the climate change policies that it wants.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE CLIMATE SCEPTICS?

Here is an early piece on the Air Vent blog in which readers describe their background and qualifications. It is relevant to this piece on Bishop Hill. When you read through it becomes apparent that they seem to be a pretty well-qualified lot. The kind of people I am proud to be amongst.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

LIB DEM MINISTER BACKS GREEN ZEALOTS

This report highlights the closeness of a Lib Dem government minister with a group of green activists who are aiming to coerce pension funds to remove their money from the fossil fuel industry. The methods they are likely to use seem to rather unpleasant.

Read more here

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

BIG INCREASE IN SUNSPOTS

This report gives the details. We still have much to learn about the behaviour of our star.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

SEVERE WINTER FORECAST

This article looks at the forecast by some private firms. The Met Office are not forecasting this, though the others are claiming the severe cold will begin in November, so we shall not have to wait long to find out if they are right.

Monday, 4 November 2013

NO STATISTICAL EVIDENCE FOR GLOBAL WARMING

That is the conclusion of this paper which investigated the statistical evidence for the global warming hypothesis. The paper is very clear that the statistical method used by climate scientists is not valid.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

A NEW "LITTLE ICE AGE" IS A REAL THREAT

This BBC report looks at some research by a UK climate scientist which concludes that we could indeed be heading towards a new period of cooler weather in the UK and northern Europe generally, which could even bring down global temperatures.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

PRISM NUCLEAR REACTOR WILL USE UP PLUTONIUM WASTE

This article gives the details of the reactor. The question is - what is the price of the electricity?

Friday, 1 November 2013

THE SHALE GAS WARS

This article looks at the way the EU is trying to destroy the nascent shale gas industry before it can get started. Here in the UK the government is trying hard to encourage the industry. It is yet another reason to get out of the EU.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

LATEST LOOK AT COST OF GREEN POLICIES ON ELECTRICITY BILLS

This report calculates the price for a consumer in 2020 which is 33% more than the current price. Once this is clear to the consumer they will have no doubt as to who is to blame for price increases.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

ELECTRIC VEHICLE MADNESS ESSAY

This prize winning essay is a real insight into the fantasy world of green energy. A must read for those who think that electric vehicles are a solution to climate change.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

IS ROAD PRICING ON THE CARDS?

This article looks at the issue and warns that the Climate Change Committee are recommending it as an addition to road tax. This will not be a popular move and hopefully there will be strong opposition.

Monday, 28 October 2013

SHOULD CLIMATE SCEPTICS BE KEPT OFF LETTERS PAGES?

This piece discusses the idea. As it is in the Guardian you may not be surprised that the conclusion is that, yes, they should be banned. Of course stupid letters, full of lies should not get published, but to ban letters that make a serious point is a form of censorship that has no place in a free country.

Jo Nova discusses the issue Here.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

CHEVRON EXPOSES CORRUPT LEGAL CASE THAT COULD HAVE COST THEM $19 BILLION

This piece looks at the case in which the massive company was blamed for causing pollution on a huge scale in Ecuador, but it seems to have been blown apart by revelations that the charges were false and the case built on blackmail and corruption by the lawyers bringing the charges..

Saturday, 26 October 2013

METHANOL FROM CO2 - A SUCCESSFUL LARGE SCALE PLANT

This article gives the details of a process which effectively recycles CO2. Is this the answer? It depends on the price.  

Friday, 25 October 2013

MUSEUMS GIVE US CLIMATE CHANGE PROPAGANDA

This essay looks at what is happening in museums around the globe in respect of climate change information. You've probably deduced from the title of this piece that many museums appear to be providing climate alarmist propaganda, rather than objective, impartial information. This insidious one-sided stuff is particularly damaging as the public trust museums and so would not expect them to biased.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

GRANGEMOUTH REFINERY UNDER THREAT

This article looks at the man behind Ineos, the firm that owns the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland. The refinery is in trouble due to strike threats as a result of proposals to reduce pay. All this is not helped by the increase in energy costs and the fact that the plant is losing about £10 million a month. There is over-capacity in European refinery capacity and the feedstock is much more expensive than that in the USA. Altogether this is not a good scenario and highlights the problems facing much of our chemical industry.

For more on this see here.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

MAINSTREAM POLITICIAN COMES OUT AS CLIMATE SCEPTIC

Here is the article in today's Telegraph by Jacob Rees-Mogg in which he lays the blame for our energy price increase squarely at the government climate change costs and charges. This is a significant step in confirming public awareness of this. It will very soon be impossible for anyone in government to be able to continue to deny this. So let's give three cheers to Jacob for saying the emperor has no clothes.

THE OFF-SHORE WIND TURBINE NIGHTMARE

This article by Matt Ridley looks at the problems with off-shore wind turbines, which the UK government are so proud of and so reliant on to deliver our green future, and it doesn't seem very rosy.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

EVIDENCE FOR HUMAN INFLUENCE ON CLIMATE AS CERTAIN AS SMOKING LINK TO CANCER SAYS LORD DEBEN

This article gives the detail of comments made by Lord Deben. However he is, as usual, vastly overstating his case. The evidence of a link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer is much easier to prove with a huge number of cases. On the other hand the climate is a vast chaotic system with a huge number of variables and outcomes - nothing like as straight forward. Deben is using people's emotions to draw them in to comparing climate change with cancer when there is no comparison at all. There are millions of people in the third world suffering from chronic lung disease and many will develop cancer, through using smoky wood and dung fires to cook and keep warm. If they had access to cheap electricity, and that means fossil-fuelled power stations, their lives would be immeasurably richer and healthier.

Monday, 21 October 2013

NEW ONSHORE WIND FARMS DOUBLES SINCE 2011

Here is the news that the number of planned new onshore wind farms has doubled in the UK since 2011. This is not good news for the price of electricity, but it is good news for the electricity generating companies who are making fat profits thanks to the subsidies.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

SCEPTICS RALLY TO SUPPORT BOB CARTER

This link goes to the BBC Feedback blog where climate sceptics vent their anger at the treatment of leading climate sceptic scientist by some listeners dismissive comments. It seems extraordinary that the BBC appeared only to get negative comments about Prof Carter's appearance on The World at One, where he was invited to comment on the release of the latest IPCC report. The whole programme appears to be a contrived attempt to smear him, though looking at the comments it seems to have back-fired.

CLIMATE SCEPTIC SONGS FOR LIGHT RELIEF

Below are links to a couple of catchy songs with a climate sceptic theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwGdICfOqF4 (Beach House in Blue Mountain)

http://joannenova.com.au/2013/10/the-climate-brick-road-song-surrender-your-neurology-to-the-church-of-climatology/#more-31070  (The Climate Brick Road)

Humour is a powerful and much under-used weapon, used correctly.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION GREATLY EXAGGERATED

This article reveals yet another false claim being made which exaggerates the effect of CO2, this time on ocean "acidification.