Sunday, 21 October 2018

DO GREENS REALLY WANT TO SPEND $ TRILLIONS ON BATTERIES?

Batteries packed with toxic chemicals will be needed to power the world if fossil fuels are to be set aside. That is the inevitable conclusion reached by this article. It must be very difficult being a green activist, having to set aside one set of beliefs in order to satisfy another. It seems that either we must use fossil fuels and risk climate change or turn to chemical energy from batteries and pollute the world with waste from them, not to mention the environmental damage digging up all those rare metals needed for the wind turbines and the batteries. 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

BJORN LOMBORG, A VOICE OF REASON

Mr Lomborg points out that the average of seven leading peer-reviewed economic models suggest the cost to EU citizens of cutting emissions of CO2 by 80% by 2050 will be in the order of £2.5 trillion a year. [an unbelievable sum that I have queried.]

Lomborg observes that if this policy is conducted with average efficiency it would make EU citizens 24% poorer in 2050.  Yet even on the IPCC's own analysis, the total impact of unmitigated climate change (in the form of extreme weather and rising sea level predictions) would be equivalent to reducing the average person's income, globally, by between 0.2 and 2% in the 2070's. 

Only an idiot could regard giving up 24% to save 2% as a good deal for humanity.

[The above is an extract from Dominic Lawson's column in the Sunday Times on 14 October 2018] 

Friday, 19 October 2018

WHO IS BEHIND THE $38.4 TRILLION CLIMATE RANSOM NOTE

This piece explains who is behind claiming the huge sum which is how much the IPCC insists the world must spend – $2.4 trillion per year over the next 16 years – if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. It’s the equivalent of half the global economy. How can such ridiculous sums be taken seriously?

Thursday, 18 October 2018

UK MINISTER TRIES TO PLAY UP CO2 EMISSIONS CUTS

This article looks at the UK, where the subsidies for renewables make every household in the UK directly poorer through their electricity bills - falling especially heavily on the poor, elderly and those in ill-health. Households are also hit indirectly in higher costs of goods and services as industrial and commercial consumers pass on their own share of the subsidy bill to households.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

LATEST IPCC SCARE REPORT - THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC HAVE LOST INTEREST

This article looks at Christopher Booker's latest piece on the IPCC's new scary report. I particularly like Paul Homewood's list of reasons why the public are not interested in it:

They have heard the same “Ten years to save the world” scare stories many times before.
  • They know that the UK’s emissions are only 1% of the world’s and that whatever we do will have zero effect on anything.
  • They also know that countries like China and India are continuing to build new coal power stations.
  • Most are sensible enough to realise that a slightly warmer climate in Britain has made little difference to their lives.
  • People have no intention of giving up their modern lifestyles, as the IPCC demands.
  • They also have no intention of paying towards the $2.4 trillion a year also demanded.
  • Above all, they have much more important things to worry about.
All very true, but unfortunately the government don't seem to be in tune with them. While the bulk of the public have lost interest, the noisy minority will try and force the government to keep on driving out cheap energy. Only when the majority of the public make it a big issue to stop will the government listen - or another party will step in with different policies, just as UKIP did with the EU. But in that case the press did run a lot of stories against the EU, blaming them for immigration, waste etc. 

The press still has a lot of influence, as does TV. There is little sign, so far, that they are opposed to the government's climate change policies, in fact quite the opposite.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UK CLIMATE MINISTER IN CAR CRASH INTERVIEW OVER DIET CHANGES TO SAVE THE PLANET

I just could not stop laughing when I read this interview on the BBC website with Claire Perry MP, the UK Climate Change Minister. Poor Claire found herself caught between on the one hand supporting freedom to eat meat and on the other hand supporting what would be very unpopular measures to reduce CO2 emissions. What a dilemma! The arguments she used were priceless - trying to argue that she would not want to be a "nanny", and then said that if we unilaterally gave up meat in the UK it would not make any difference as other nations would not follow our example. 

Someone should have asked her about the Chinese and Indians building all these coal-fired power stations and why we are closing ours down. I wonder if the global warming zealots will dare to ask us all to stop using Christmas lights? I'm sure all those outdoor lights must all add up to quite a few tons of CO2. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL IS ATTACKED FOR QUESTIONNING THE CLIMATE CONSENSUS

This article gives yet another example of someone being threatened because they dared to express a view that the global warming debate is not settled. This man has a career as a film-maker so he risks being ruined by speaking out using a film to make his point. No wonder it is mostly retired people who dare to speak out.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

POPULATION INCREASE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SAYS NEW BOOK

Here is a summary of the contents of the book. While I agree that we are still someway from a catastrophic situation as a result of population increase, that does not mean that we are not having some detrimental effect, such as pollution of the environment. These could be avoided if all nations took care and acted responsibly, but they do not. Also there would eventually be a limit of human population, though I have no idea where it is. 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

THE FACTS THAT DISPROVE THAT THE WORLD IS WARMER THAN FOR 100,000 YEARS

This piece is so important that it should be given much more prominence. It shows that the world's surface temperature has gone up and down many times in the recent past, which of course is why this information is kept very quiet by the mainstream media. 

Friday, 12 October 2018

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS HAVE NOT INCREASED SAYS IPCC REPORT

Here is the good news which is not being given enough publicity. Instead news media prefer to cover the doom and gloom or else ignore the whole climate news altogether as the public tire of the prolonged tide of broken predictions and false alarm.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

GOOD LECTURE ON GLOBAL WARMING

This lecture by Prof Richard Lindzen is well worth reading as he is recognised as a brilliant scientist and he treats the complex subject of climate science in a clear and fairly simple way.  

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WE NOW HAVE UNTIL 2030 TO SAVE THE PLANET (AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS)

This piece gives the details from the latest IPCC report. According to previous reports it would already be too late, but that would mean there was no point in trying. So here we are with apocalypse deferred.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

AFTER 200 MILLION YEARS ITS ALL OVER FOR CORALS, SAYS IPCC REPORT

This article explains how the IPCC are going over the top to scare us all. The IPCC have gone full apocalyptic: “Coral reefs would decline by 70 to 90 per cent with warming of 1.5°C…” And this catastrophic prophesy will unfold sometime around 2040. Read the full article and then ask - why is the IPCC so desperate?

Monday, 8 October 2018

CLIMATE RECORD FULL OF ERRORS AND MISSING DATA SAYS NEW REPORT

This report makes interesting reading, as it is based on work by a man who advised the authorities of certain errors in their record which they promptly corrected in March 2016. He found that "Such are the inaccuracies in the data record,  that it is impossible to know how much global temperatures have really risen." This will be no surprise to regular readers of this blog.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

HERE'S THE BAD NEWS ABOUT WIND TURBINES

This piece explains the problem, that apparently experts have only recently discovered, which is that wind turbines need between 5 and 20 times as much land as was previously thought to work efficiently. Also they mix the layers of air and so cause extra warming of the surface. But will the powers that be take any notice of these findings? I'm betting a definite "no", because they never want to admit they were wrong.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

CLIMATE CATASTROPHE BY 2040 PREDICTED BY IPCC

Hundreds of diplomats from around the world are set to scrutinize the IPCC’s latest Summary for Policy Makers, which contains predictions and benchmarks findings on staving off a climate catastrophe by 2040. 

Read more here

Friday, 5 October 2018

MAJOR ISSUE WITH UPCOMING IPCC REPORT SAY TRUMP OFFICIALS

This article explains the problem. The SPM narrative fails to communicate the scale of the global technological and economic challenge to meet the 1.5C objective,” the U.S. wrote in its comments.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

CALIFORNIA SETTING UP FOR MORE EMISSIONS AND HIGHER COSTS

This article explains how the poor Californians are being led by fools who are neither reducing emissions nor keeping costs under control.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

ELECTRIC VEHICLE NIGHTMARE BY AN OWNER

If anyone has doubts about the reliability of electric vehicles this article from a  recent edition of the UK Daily Mail is not going to offer them any reassurance. It is hard to imagine that by 2040 we will stop selling new regular cars with all these problems still a reality.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

THE ROLL BACK OF GREEN ENERGY IS UNDERWAY

Lawrence Solomon: Canada — And The World — Abandon Green Energy Agenda
Financial Post, 28 September 2018


Wind and solar have become the fossils of the energy industry; oil, gas and coal remain the fuels of the future

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s repeal of the Green Energy Act and balks by premiers of other Canadian provinces at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate agenda aren’t rearguard moves by Donald Trump wannabes. They are part of a worldwide trend rejecting renewables, rejecting climate change alarmism, and embracing coal and other fossil fuels.

Renewables and the high electricity rates they ushered in drove individuals into energy poverty and led industry to flee, putting the lie to the claim that wind and solar are the fuels of the future. Wind and solar, rather, have become the fossils of the energy industry; oil, gas and coal remain the fuels of the future.

China was once the poster boy of the renewable energy industry — just a few months ago Bloomberg stated, “China’s investment in renewables is leaving the rest of the world in its wake” thanks to its subsidy-driven growth. Now China has now begun to throw in the towel by cutting subsidies to renewables, an augur of the demise of investment in its renewables sector. With the cutting of subsidies to renewables in the EU, investment last year dropped to less than half of its peak six years earlier. Japan’s investment halved in just three years.

While China is pulling back from renewables, it’s plunging into coal. According to a BBC report this week, China is boosting its reliance on coal by 25 per cent through construction of hundreds of new coal-fired generating plants. Once completed, its incremental coal capacity will be equivalent to that of the entire U.S. coal fleet. Coal aside, China this year will become the world’s largest importer of natural gas, both via pipeline (up by over 20 per cent) and by ship (up over 50 per cent). It is already the world’s largest importer of coal and oil.

Germany, another renewable-energy poster child, is following the same unwinding, cutting subsidies to wind developers while upping gas imports and local coal. To extract that coal, Germany has decided to expand an existing open-pit coal mine, Europe’s largest, by subsidizing the razing of a 12,000-year-old forest. To round out Germany’s retreat from the demands of the country’s green lobby, it is relaxing regulations that would have required automakers to produce low-CO2-emitting vehicles.

Japan plans to remove its modest renewables subsidies while aggressively expanding fossil fuels — it is adding 40 coal stations to its existing 100. The U.K. is likewise turning from renewables, where investment is expected to decrease by 95 per cent by 2020, in favour of the development of the country’s immense shale-gas resources. And Australia is ending its renewables subsidy program altogether by 2020, giving its abundant coal resources a major lift.

The most consequential change of all, however, occurred in the United States, where the Democratic Party — adherents to the global warming orthodoxy — first lost control of the Congress and then the presidency to the Republicans under President Donald Trump, an outspoken critic of the global-warming lobby. When Trump abandoned the Paris climate accord in favour of coal and other carbon-based fuels, the world’s leaders rose up almost as one in outrage.

Today, with the U.S. having revived its coal industry, having become the world’s largest oil producer and having propelled its once-moribund economic growth rates past the others, those world leaders are following America’s lead while falling silent on Paris. The once-powerful United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, formerly a fixture in the news, is defanged and forgotten, having lost its U.S. funding and its relevance.

The decline of government funding for renewables follows years of public opinion polls that consistently show the public isn’t much fussed about climate change. Governments finally got the message that the green lobby wasn’t all-powerful. The most timid, least principled players in society — the corporate sector — may be next in showing some spine on the climate change file.

According to an internal memo leaked earlier this month, BusinessEurope, the EU’s largest employer association, intends to counter EU plans to tighten carbon-dioxide emissions at their expense, albeit ever so mutedly. If it carries through with its plans and actually dares to publicly represent the interests of its members, it will be one more sign that environmental NGOs and their enablers — the mainstream media — have lost their power.

Full post

Monday, 1 October 2018

THE INS AND OUTS OF CARBON TAXES

This piece gives the rundown on carbon taxes. Taxes on the poor to achieve nothing useful!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

SOLAR CYCLE CHANGES CONTROL JET STREAM SAYS NEW HYPOTHESIS

When solar cycles are shorter than 11 years over several cycles the planet warms; when cycles are longer than 11 year for a few cycles, the planet cools. There has been a strong (95%) correlation between the solar cycle and cooling and warming of the northern hemisphere over the past 150 years.

Here is how it works. When sunspot peaks are far apart, the electromagnetic shield is down for a long period of time, cosmic radiation seeds the clouds, and there is more rain and snow (with its albedo reflectivity) and the planet cools (Svensmark, J. et al., 2016). The rainfall makes sense in this context because cooling results in condensation. When the sunspot peaks are frequent the minima have less effect and earth warms (Svensmark, H. and Friis-Christensen, 1997; Svensmark H., et al. 2007).

This pattern is completely consistent with the extremes, the thundery hot summers and cold winters of the Little Ice Age which coincided with the Maunder Minimum when sunspots were few or completely absent for 60 years. Zharkova’s research group is predicting another Little Ice Age beginning right now, today, or at the end of Cycle 24. So think many others who study the sun and think it trumps carbon dioxide (Shaviv, 1998).

How does that happen? Here’s how. NASA says, as we enter the solar minimum, our wispy atmosphere shrinks. NASA has learned to juggle satellites that drop into lower orbits during the solar cycle. Lower down in our atmosphere the sun drives our winds and the most important winds of all, that rule all the others, are the jet streams that power around the planet at well over 160 kilometres an hour.
When the atmosphere contracts, the jets start to meander. The meandering happens because there is a space problem; the same jet stream is jammed into less volume within a shrunken atmosphere; hence the jet streams kink. The cloud levels are slightly but measurably lower as well.

The whole article can be read here.

IS THIS THE SIGN OF A COOLING ATMOSPHERE?

NASA: The chill of solar minimum is being felt in our atmosphere – cooling trend seen


“We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”
These results come from the SABER instrument onboard NASA’s TIMED satellite. SABER monitors infrared emissions from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances that play a key role in the energy balance of air 100 to 300 kilometers above our planet’s surface. By measuring the infrared glow of these molecules, SABER can assess the thermal state of gas at the very top of the atmosphere–a layer researchers call “the thermosphere.”
“The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It’s one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet,” explains Mlynczak, who is the associate principal investigator for SABER.
When the thermosphere cools, it shrinks, literally decreasing the radius of Earth’s atmosphere.
natural decay of space junk, resulting in a more cluttered environment around Earth.
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Above: Layers of the atmosphere. Credit: NASA
To help keep track of what’s happening in the thermosphere, Mlynczak and colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index” (TCI)–a number expressed in Watts that tells how much heat NO molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (“Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (“Cold”).
“Right now, it is very low indeed,” says Mlynczak. “SABER is currently measuring 33 billion Watts of infrared power from NO. That’s 10 times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle.”
Although SABER has been in orbit for only 17 years, Mlynczak and colleagues recently calculated TCI going all the way back to the 1940s. “SABER taught us to do this by revealing how TCI depends on other variables such as geomagnetic activity and the sun’s UV output–things that have been measured for decades,” he explains.
tci
Above: An historical record of the Thermosphere Climate Index. Mlynczak and colleagues recently published a paper on the TCI showing that the state of the thermosphere can be discussed using a set of five plain language terms: Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, and Hot.
As 2018 comes to an end, the Thermosphere Climate Index is on the verge of setting a Space Age record for Cold. “We’re not there quite yet,” says Mlynczak, “but it could happen in a matter of months.”
“We are especially pleased that SABER is gathering information so important for tracking the effect of the Sun on our atmosphere,” says James Russell, SABER’s Principal Investigator at Hampton University. “A more than 16-year record of long-term changes in the thermal condition of the atmosphere more than 70 miles above the surface is something we did not expect for an instrument designed to last only 3-years in-orbit.”
Soon, the Thermosphere Climate Index will be added to Spaceweather.com as a regular data feed, so our readers can monitor the state of the upper atmosphere just as researchers do. Stay tuned for updates.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

COAL BOUNCES BACK IN THE UK

This article gives the details of the latest situation here in the UK. Despite all the rhetoric we are importing coal because it makes economic sense.

Friday, 28 September 2018

CHINA'S BOOST FOR COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS REVEALED

Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the entire US coal fleet. The study says government attempts to cancel many plants have failed. --Matt McGrath, BBC News, 26 September 2018



259 Gigawatts (GW) of new capacity are under development in China, comparable to the entire U.S. coal fleet (266 GW). This represents a 25% increase in China’s coal power fleet. The new capacity is the result of a permitting surge from late 2014 to early 2016, after a regulatory devolution from central to provincial authorities. Contrary to previous reporting and analysis, many of the restrictions only delayed new projects rather than stopping them. CoalSwarm, 20 September 2018




China will talk a good game at the UN Climate Conference in Paris but won’t make any binding commitments, concludes The Truth About China, an important new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. “China’s Communist Party has as its highest priority its own self-preservation, and that self-preservation depends overwhelmingly on its ability to continue raising the standard of living of its citizens,” states economist Patricia Adams. “With China’s economic growth faltering, the last thing the Communist Party wants is to hobble its economy further by curtailing the use of the fossil fuels upon which its economy depends. A major cutback in fossil fuel use represents an existential threat to the Communist Party’s rule. It simply isn’t going to happen.” --Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2 December 2015