Thursday, 31 July 2014

GERMANS PAYING DEARLY TO BALANCE THE GRID

This article looks at the German electricity grid and how the increase in intermittent renewables has caused increased problems in balancing the grid, preventing power cuts. Just as in the UK they have to pay a high price for the extra electricity required at a few seconds notice to come on-stream.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

GW, PHLOGISTON AND DR LIBBY'S PREDICTIONS

Here is an interesting essay looking at the evidence for global warming compared with the old phlogiston theory of combustion. It wryly compares the fate of Lavoisier, who debunked it with the calls by one climate alarmist for sceptics to be guillotined. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

UK TO BE "OPENED UP FOR FRACKING"

According to this article in the Telegraph. We can look forward to a lot of green groups protesting. It will be interesting to see how it all ends - hopefully in decent amounts of gas.

Monday, 28 July 2014

UK SUBSIDY POT DRIES UP FOR WIND FARMS

This article may be good news for opponents of wind farms. There is a finite amount of government money available (of course it is much too big!) but it may be an obstacle to some of the off-shore proposals like the Navitus Bay proposal off the south coast of England.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE DREAMERS' CONFERENCE

At one time back in the 1920's people used to dream of a utopia in which everyone had a "fair share" of the world's wealth. They called it communism. Today there are still people of the same mind set, but now they are more likely to be under a "green" umbrella. This article looks at one set of dreamers, including our future king, who would surely lose out under the "world governance" that these people claim to desire. Why haven't they learnt anything from history? Haven't they seen that the people who reach the top of any such regime are ruthless autocrats who simply want to control others for their own ends. The nice people never make it. In any case world governance is a dream too far even for the most ruthless, as he or she will meet others who will crush him (or her) long before they get anywhere near the top prize.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

RICH GREEN GROUPS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS

This article looks at the underhand way in which organisations such as Greenpeace have been trying to prevent fossil fuel industries from carrying out their lawful activities. These green campaigners are only too ready to use the legal system to gain their own ends, but now the tables are being turned and they are finding themselves in the dock.

Friday, 25 July 2014

GLOBAL TRENDS SURVEY ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Here is a list of the questions and the answers given. Some of the answers are in conflict with one another, so to me it suggests how daft some members of the public are. You might think such people would be easily brain-washed and perhaps that explains some of the results.

Here is a discussion of the results.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

DEEP OCEANS COOLING - NEW PAPER

Yet more evidence that the oceans are not gaining heat more quickly comes from this report. Yet more evidence to show that the so-called "missing heat" has not gone into the oceans. More on this here

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

EU ON COURSE TO MISS 2020 CO2 EMISSIONS TARGET AND LOWER 2030 TARGET

This report looks at the latest figures from the EU, and they seem to be struggling already. They appear to conclude, quite rightly, that their economic performance is more important than their emissions target, which it clearly is.

Update - Meanwhile the UK carries on regardless - See here

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

UK OUTGOING ENVIRONMENT MINISTER SPEAKS OUT

This article by Owen Paterson recounts his problems as the UK Environment Minister, where many people thought he did a very good job, but this was not enough to prevent David Cameron from sacking him in the recent reshuffle. He is very candid in his account, particularly about the opposition to his policies from the green lobby - some of whom are a very unpleasant bunch.

Monday, 21 July 2014

GREENPEACE BEING SUED IN CANADA

This article gives the details of how a large timber company is suing Greenpeace for damaging its business by spreading lies to its customers. If proved the allegations could cost Greenpeace millions of dollars.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

JOHN CHRISTY AN UNBOWED SCEPTIC

This article looks at the views and the work of the award-winning climate scientist, Professor John Christy. Although, sadly, some scientists are said to have shunned him, he remains true to his own convictions. He is a man of great principle and courage.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD WEAKENING FAST

Here is the link to the article. Some scientists think that the Earth's magnetic field has an effect on our climate as it controls the amount of solar radiation that enters the atmosphere, which in turn affects cloud cover. A weak field lets in more radiation allowing more seeding of clouds.

Friday, 18 July 2014

SUPER EL NINO ODDS FADING

The Warmists hope that a super el nino will push up global temperatures are now fading according to this article. Of course el nino's are a natural phenomenon and nothing to do with man's emissions of CO2, but some of the believers in climate alarm are desperate for anything that might raise global temperatures. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

NEW ENERGY AND CLIMATE MINISTERS NOT GREEN ACTIVISTS

This Guardian article looks at the views expressed by the new ministers appointed in the re-shuffle by David Cameron. It appears that they are not ideologically driven to "save the planet" at any cost which is at lest some good news for us climate realists, though it will not please the green activist brigade.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

SEA LEVEL MEASUREMENTS - A TALE OF CONFLICTING DATA

This article gives the latest paper on sea level. It shows that the latest satellite measurements, after being "adjusted" are completely at odds with the tide gauges and the results from the earlier Grace satellite data. What is going wrong?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

INDIA ATTEMPTS TO HOLD THE WEST TO RANSOM OVER CLIMATE DEAL

This article sets out the position of India on a climate change deal. They won't act until the developed nations put "substantial" amounts of money into a climate fund. What the developed nations should do ( but may not) is tell them to either cut their emissions or face the consequences. If they really believe that cutting CO2 emissions is essential then they will act. If they do not then they are simply after the money.

Monday, 14 July 2014

"HELPFUL" ADVICE TO SAVE THE PLANET

This report gives the silly consumers advice on how to save both money and the planet. It is yet another example of the nanny state telling us what is good for us. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

GROUPS PUSH FOR CLIMATE SCIENCE ON SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN USA

,a href=http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/211989-groups-push-for-climate-science-in-classrooms#disqus_thread>This article
explains what is going on. The danger, of course, is that what is taught could amount to propaganda in what is a very political branch of science.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

GERMANY IS NOT A GOOD MODEL FOR OUR ENERGY POLICY

This piece compares the German energy policy to that of the UK and shows that, if reducing CO2 is the aim (which I do not), then the UK is doing rather better. Our electricity is also cheaper at present, though not compared with the USA. In the long term the UK policy is just as mad as the German one, and we will both be in the export business - exporting our industry and jobs to the likes of China and India! 

Friday, 11 July 2014

LORD LAWSON SPEAKS OUT ON BBC RULING

This Mail article by Lord Lawson gives his comments on the BBC ruling. It is a disgrace that a so-called impartial broadcaster can stifle debate in the way it seeks to do.

More on this here. And here

Thursday, 10 July 2014

EU GRAVY TRAIN FUNDS GREEN ACTIVISTS

This piece gives the details of payments by the EU to a range of green activist group. It is a familiar story of how the EU uses these organisations to further its agenda by buying their support.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS

This article discusses the issue of chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerants which can damage the ozone layer and also cause global warming. You will see from the article that there is a complex relationship between the use of these chemicals and the economies of the various nations.

Monday, 7 July 2014

BBC HAS LOST ITS BALANCE TO GREEN ACTIVISM

Here's an excellent article by Matt Ridley which completely destroys the BBC's credibility. If they don't reverse this foolish policy then it is time they were privatised.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

UK TO ROLL OUT £200 SMART METERS NEXT YEAR

This Mail article give the details of this very costly and highly technical scheme. It risks becoming the next big disaster for the government who have a very poor record when it comes to large scale computer projects. The idea that consumers are going to cut usage of fuel is highly unlikely. How many people are going to stare at a monitor and disconnect appliances? It seems unreal to expect they will. It is much more likely that they will simply hide the monitor and carry on regardless.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

THE RAGE OF THE CLIMATE CENTRAL PLANNERS

This article is very well written and summarises the intolerance of the warmists who want to control our lives because they believe they know best.

Friday, 4 July 2014

WHY GREEN ENERGY IS ECONOMIC NONSENSE

This article by Roger Helmer explains why the current UK energy policy does not make economic sense. It seems extraordinary that they still cling to it in the face of such clear facts proving it is nonsense.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

ANTARCTIC ICE KEEPS ON GROWING

This is not something you will hear on the main news bulletin, since it does not fit in with what the warmists are claiming, but see here for the details. If we had proper balance on our news broadcasts there could not be such scaremongering.

More on this topic here

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

GREEN MADNESS - ENERGY BILLS TO RISE TO SUBSIDISE COAL AND GAS PLANTS

explains what the UK government are planning to do to keep the lights on with an increase in wind power. Not only is the stand by power costly, but it also reduces any CO2 emission savings. A double whammy!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

BBC SPEND 0.5 MILLION POUNDS ON MASSIVE "SURVEY" TO ADVANCE CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA

This article in the Mail explains the details of the survey carried out in Asia. It makes it clearer than ever that the BBC is not an impartial broadcaster when it comes to climate change, and so it cannot be trusted. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

NGO CONSPIRACY LAID BARE

This report gives the details of the inter-linking of the many green charities and arms of government. It really is a tangled web. One that's practically impossible to unravel.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

SCHOOL DIRECTOR CALLS TEXTBOOK CLIMATE CHAPTER "PROPAGANDA"

gives the details. He may not have been able to persuade his colleagues to support his view, but he deserves credit for speaking out against the tide of propaganda that is sweeping our schools.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

MET OFFICE CLIMATE FORECAST A LAUGHING STOCK

This report looks at the forecast made by the Met Office for global temperature rise by 2014 from 2004, and finds that, surprise, surprise, it is  a long way out.

Friday, 27 June 2014

OFFICIAL LIES AND STATISTICS

This piece looks at the way official climate statistics are being misused to create a false picture of what is happening. They are still trying to pretend that temperatures are rising when they are not.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

DATA TAMPERING COOLS THE PAST

This article by Christopher Booker looks at the evidence that a major organisation that stores climate temperature data is replacing the temperature record with computer generated versions of the past which are "cooling the past" which in turn makes the present appear warmer.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

IPCC SAY THAT CO2 IS NOT LIKELY TO CAUSE CATASTROPHE

Yes, that headline is not a typo - that is according to This article by Matt Ridley. He has read all the detail in the IPCC reports that most of us do not have the time, inclination, or the knowledge to do, and he has discovered that they do not actually say that we are going to get the much trumpeted catastrophe. He then looks at the massive cost of what is being done and concludes it is not worth it. Now to get the Western governments to change course!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

FISH STOCKS INCREASE WHEN IRON IS ADDED TO THE OCEAN TO MOP UP CO2

Here is the gist of it:
120 tons of iron sulphate is added to the ocean to increase plankton which mops up CO2, which boosted fish catch by over 100,000 tons – We get a lot of fish and solve the so-called CO2 climate problem
About 20 months ago, an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada’s coast, it has emerged the Canadian government may have known about the geo-engineering scheme and not stopped it. Satellite images confirmed the claim by Californian Russ George that the iron has spawned an artificial plankton bloom as large as 10,000 square kilometres. Now it appears that the fish catch in the area was boosted by over 100,000 tons.
http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/06/120-tons-of-iron-sulphate-dumped-into.html

Monday, 23 June 2014

CLIMATE IN THE ALPS NOT AS WARM TODAY AS IN THE PAST

This article highlights something that is seldom, if ever, heard in the mainstream media - an inconvenient fact that destroys the myth that today's climate is the warmest since the last ice age. The truth is that the climate has warmed and cooled several times, showing that there are other natural forces at work.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

PUTIN USING GREEN GROUPS TO STOP FRACKING IN EUROPE

This article in the Mail claims that the Russian leader is using Greenpeace and others to generate and increase opposition to fracking, which leaves Europe dependant on Russian gas. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

This article from the excellent Scientific Alliance looks at a recent report into the public's perception of climate change. Their findings were that the public were more likely to "engage" with the notion when it referred to climate effects that had directly affected them, rather than abstract things which they had not experienced. Things like the recent floods in the UK were particularly relevant. Of course the important point that is never mentioned in the majority of media articles is that the IPCC state that no heavy rainfall period can be attributed to warming of the globe, which to date has remained very small. It is only computer projections of the future that give significant warming and the real data does not show it.

Friday, 20 June 2014

THE "HIATUS" AND ITS HUGE IMPORTANCE

This article by Ross McKittrick looks at the lack of global warming for the past 17 years and its massive importance for the whole CO2 hypothesis if it continues for a few more years.  

Thursday, 19 June 2014

ANOTHER PREDICTION GOES UP IN SMOKE

Here's the story of how scientists back in 1997 were predicting permanent El Nino's were likely within the next decade. How wrong they were. It seems they cannot resist making predictions, yet they always turn out wrong. They would do far better to keep quiet.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

LATEST CLIMATE TALKS END IN FAILURE

Here are the details of the latest bondoogle. It is starting to look like a pattern. Hardly surprising really, as the Western governments start to wake up to the fact that they are simply handing over money and jobs without any real cuts in CO2 being made by the world as a whole. The whole thing is a pointless charade, but no government dare admit it. What a farce!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

GREENPEACE HAVE LOST THEIR WAY

Here is a good article that looks at the campaigning of Greenpeace. In particular it criticises their opposition to coal and nuclear power as the main sources of cheap reliable electricity - the only way that the developing world can raise themselves out of poverty. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

GREAT WEBSITES

This website does not claim to know all the answers on climate. Its purpose is to give links to articles which have something of interest on the subject, or something related to it. In that regard I have just come across two great sites. I have provided permanent links at the top of the links section on the right. The first is The Right Climate Stuff written by a group of retired NASA scientists. The second is an excellent source of climate data Climate4You. Both are well worth looking at.  

Sunday, 15 June 2014

MY ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED

Here it is on the website of Conservative Democracy, so please have a read. I am giving a brief talk to members at their next meeting in July at the invitation of the chairman. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

FIRED FOR PUBLISHING SCEPTIC VIEWS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Here is the story of another professor being sacked for taking a sceptical line on climate change. Such heresy will not be tolerated. To many the whole subject seems much more like a religion than a science.

Friday, 13 June 2014

GEOTHERMAL HEAT IS MELTING ANTARCTIC PENINSULA ICE

According to this report that is a major cause of the melting, rather than global warming.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

SCOTLAND MISSES CO2 CUTS TARGET

This article gives the details. Scotland has the most demanding emission reduction targets in the world (as they are led by their Independence Party, full of left-wing green activists) so its hardly surprising that they have not managed to achieve them. What is surprising is that the Scottish people have not yet woken up to the crazy gang that is leading them to disaster. But our government is not likely to point this out as they would like to follow their example, if only they could do so without wrecking the economy even quicker.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

UK START BUILDING DIESEL GENERATORS TO BALANCE THE GRID

Here is the story on the BBC website. This confirms earlier reports that this was being planned. Has anyone done the sums to see if any CO2 is being saved at the end of the day?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ABBOTT AND HARPER AGREE NOT TO TAKE ANY CLIMATE ACTION THAT WILL HARM THEIR ECONOMIES

This article gives the details. At last some common sense from the developed nations. Surely now others will follow.

Monday, 9 June 2014

NEW MEXICO FRACKING BAN COULD BE ENDED

This article looks at the details. The ban is in a part of New Mexico and voters seem to be punishing the politicians who put it in place. What a contrast to the UK, where the politicians are in favour and a vociferous number of voters are against.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

MET OFFICE FORECAST OF SUMMER DOWNPOURS IGNORES EVIDENCE

This article examines the evidence from weather records to see whether summer daily rainfall is linked to warmer or cooler periods, and finds cooler periods give a stronger link. But why should we believe a few records when the forecast is made by nine months work by a huge computer? 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

SPANISH GOVERNMENT TO U-TURN ON ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY PAYMENTS

This report gives the details. It is a salutary tale and leaves many investors understandably very angry. Surely many other national governments will be looking at what is happening in Spain. Once a government has reneged on its commitments it is difficult to see how it can restore trust. How could they be so stupid?

Friday, 6 June 2014

NATIONAL TRUST DOES A U TURN ON FRACKING

This article looks at the amazing U-turn by the NT and its director general, Dame Helen Ghosh. Last October she had an "open mind", but now she is "absolutely opposed". Has she been leant on? 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

CHINESE WHISPERS ON CO2 LIMIT TURN OUT OT BE WRONG

This report looks at the initial understanding and the later clarification which was to announce that it was incorrect. So it seems that it is business as usual for China. This makes the latest USA attempt to close down coal fired power stations seem futile.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

CARBON CAPTURE BREAKTHROUGH

Here are some details of this new process for capturing CO2. If it is as good as it sounds then it could solve the whole issue of CO2 emissions and end the demand to end the use of fossil fuels. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

U.S. STATES MOVE TO COUNTER NEW LAWS ON CO2 EMISSIONS

This article on the GWPF website explains how several states are looking at moves to water down the effect of new regulations being made by the EPA. The regulations will lead to increased cost for electricity as existing coal powered plants are forced to close.

Monday, 2 June 2014

PROFESSOR POINTS OUT FLAWS IN USA CLIMATE REPORT

Here is the evidence submitted to the US Senate Committee by Professor Botkin,  a very experienced and senior figure in the world of science. It is well worth reading through and calmly he demolishes much of the recent USA Climate Report.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

MAJOR MUSEUMS ENGAGE IN SCARY GW SCIENCE FICTION

Just as we are entering our 17th year without global warming, directors of major museums around the world are ratcheting up their alarmist exhibits to try and convince their patrons that the climate is somehow getting worse. Here is an article to give the details of what is happening. It seems so blatant that I don't understand how they can get away with it. But unfortunately most of the public are unaware of the truth. It is simply propaganda.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

UK CLIMATE MINISTER TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Here is an opportunity to ask the UK Climate Minister a question. Looking at the website, the question will need to be cleverly phrased, as any obviously sceptic questions would not be likely to get selected.

Friday, 30 May 2014

UK ON-SHORE WIND TARGETS CUT

This article explains how Lord Deben has changed his mind over the number of on-shore wind farms required in the UK. It seems odd that he has made such a U-turn in such a short time. Is this a sign that the government is softening its policies?

Thursday, 29 May 2014

EU TWIST FACTS TO FIT POLITICAL AGENDA SAYS CHIEF SCIENTIST

This report gives the details. This confirms what many already know, that scientists will produce a report that confirms what those who pay for it want to see. Scientists are no longer free to reach the conclusions the data dictates. How sad.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

DOES THE US EPAs ATTACK ON CO2 EMISSIONS BREAK FEDERAL LAW?

This article looks at the policy of the USA's Environment Protection Agency to classify CO2 as a pollutant, thereby enabling the Agency to bypass the government and go ahead and attack CO2 emissions directly. This policy is now being challenged as being illegal on the grounds that the science was not independently reviewed.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A PROPER ENERGY POLICY MEANS TOUGH CHOICES

Here is an excellent letter, which was recently published in the Times. It sets out the simple truth, that any government which fails to ensure that a reliable, affordable electricity supply is maintained will suffer the wrath of the voters. Both Labour and the current Conservative/Lib Dem coalition will be hoping for a mild winter ahead of next May's general election. A cold one could lead to power cuts, maybe just what UKIP's Nigel Farage needs.

Monday, 26 May 2014

THE UK HAS BEEN FRACKING FOR DECADES WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS

I just came across this report relating to the debate on fracking. Although it is a few months old it seems extremely relevant to the issue. All those protestors who thought fracking was completely new need to get better informed. Unlike wind turbines which are an expensive irrelevance, fracking will be a profitable venture and produce vital energy for the UK. 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

UK TO BOOST FRACKING PROSPECTS WITH NEW LAW ON LAND ACCESS

This BBC article looks at the new report showing large deposits of shale oil in the south of England and the new proposals for land access by the government to encourage drilling.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

CLIMATE PAPER REJECTED FOR BEING "UNHELPFUL" TO ALARMISM

This article gives the details of a climate science paper by a leading expert and four colleagues was rejected by a scientific journal for being "unhelpful" and "uninteresting", when it showed that the IPCC had exaggerated climate sensitivity to CO2 by a large margin. Yet again we see how a cabal of alarmist scientists are attempting to prevent any adverse or critical papers from being published. 

Friday, 23 May 2014

NORTH KOREA FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

That is according to this article which quotes a piece from the Guardian newspaper. It came as a surprise to me as I thought they already had one of the smallest carbon footprints due to the great shortage of power in the country. I expect they are turning a disaster into a triumph and hoping for more hand outs from the West.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

SOLAR SCIENTISTS STILL NOT CERTAIN WHETHER SUNSPOTS CYCLE IS REACHING GRAND MINIMUM

Here is a report on what is happening with our sun. Like the climate, the sun's behaviour is difficult to predict.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

IS A SUPER EL NINO ON THE WAY?

looks at the evidence and the likely outcome for the climate. Like much that is written about climate, the author cannot be sure, so we will just have to wait and see.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

WEST ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET IN IRREVERSIBLE COLLAPSE IN 200 TO 1000 YEARS

This article in the New York Times puts this into context. Of course if it is irreversible then there is nothing which can stop it. So whether more CO2 is put into the atmosphere or not will not affect it. Also because an particular part of the Antarctic is experiencing this does not prove that it is global warming or that it is caused by CO2.

It is important to understand that climate change is happening at certain places on the planet. It has always been the case and always will be. In most cases there is nothing we can do about it.

Monday, 19 May 2014

ANTI-FRACKING LEAFLET WITHDRAWN AFTER COMPLAINT SENT TO THE ASA

This article explains how an anti-fracking group has been forced to withdraw a campaigning leaflet after a complaint was sent to the Advertising Standards Authority. The complaint comprehensively de-bunked the extreme claims being made in the leaflet. I am sure other anti-fracking groups will be looking closely at the claims being made in their own leaflets, as will those who oppose them. 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

MAJOR REPORT SAYS NO CHANGE IN ENERGY USE FOR DECADES

This report gives the details of a detailed look at our future energy use. Despite all the efforts from government and others to get us to move away from fossil fuels, this report informs us that any change will be marginal, and that, as we already know, the developing nations will increase their use of coal and oil far faster than we will reduce ours, leaving the world with more and more CO2 in the atmosphere. Lucky that it is not a major problem. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

TOP CLIMATE SCIENTIST FORCED TO RESIGN FROM GWPF

Here are the details including a resignation letter from Prof Lennart Bengtssen who only joined the GWPF three weeks ago. Other scientists are now writing in to support him. See here . This shows the alarmist scientists in a very bad light and I expect it will rebound on them, giving more publicity than if they had simply kept quiet. It is no wonder that many scientists are afraid to speak out against this cult of alarmist science.

 
Mark Steyn has written a piece about this here.

Update - further support from Mike Hulme see here
 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS WANT TO PUT UP ELECTRICITY PRICE

Here is the story. It just shows the lack of joined up thinking these people have. They only see as far as their idealistic theoretical world allows them to. They imagine that putting up the price will allow more funding to insulate poor peoples homes, forgetting that by making electricity more expensive it will wipe out any savings gained by having insulation done.  We will all end up paying more to heat our homes and it won't make the slightest difference to the climate.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

MASSIVE SOLAR FARM PRODUCES A TRICKLE OF POWER AT GREAT COST

This piece looks at the real truth behind the hype, and calculates the real output of a "massive" solar farm.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

YET ANOTHER EMINENT CLIMATE SCIENTIST JOINS THE SCEPTICS

 
Gradually, the ice seems to be melting – if not at the polar caps, then at least in the climate debates: for the first time, a widely recognized expert has changed camps. Lennart Bengtsson , the Swedish climatologist, meteorologist and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, has now joined the GWPF’s academic advisory council. Bengtsson’s arguments do not sound like the radicalism of old age. Rather, he exhorts his colleagues to be more prudent and empirical. For the uninitiated, this approach may be comforting, because the climate debate has long been a highly complex issue. Now, for the first time, an expert like Bengtsson admits that he and others like him fare little better: how the world’s climate will develop in coming years and decades remains pure speculation. --Hans Jörg Müller, Basler Zeitung, 7 May 2014

 We urgently need to explore realistic ways to address the scientific, technical and economic challenges in solving the energy problems of the world and the associated environmental problems. I think the best and perhaps only sensible policy for the future is to prepare society for adaptation and change. In 25 years the world will have nine to ten billion people. This will require twice as much primary energy as today. We need to foster new science and technology. We need a more open approach, especially here in Europe, which includes the issues of nuclear energy and genetic engineering, in order to supply the growing world population with energy and food. --Lennart Bengtsson, Spiegel Online, 5 May 2014

My main conclusion from reading the U.S. National Climate Assessment Report is this: the phrase ‘climate change’ is now officially meaningless. The report effectively implies that there is no climate change other than what is caused by humans, and that extreme weather events are equivalent to climate change. Any increase in adverse impacts from extreme weather events or sea level rise is caused by humans. Possible scenarios of future climate change depend only on emissions scenarios that are translated into warming by climate models that produce far more warming than has recently been observed. --Judith Curry, Climate Etc., 6 May 2014

Attempts to stem sea level rises by reducing CO2 levels in order to “combat” global warming are a complete waste of time says a new report by two of the world’s leading oceanographic scientists. Over the last 150 years, average global sea levels have risen by around 1.8 mm – a continuation of the melting of the ice sheets which began 17,000 years ago. Such modest rises, argue oceanographer Willem P de Lange and marine geologist Bob Carter in their report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, are far better dealt with by adaptation than by costly, ineffectual schemes to decarbonise the global economy. --James Delingpole, Breitbart London, 7 May 2014

Monday, 12 May 2014

NEW THREAT TO UK FROM ICELANDIC VOLCANO

Below is an article sent to me from the UK times. 


Sunday Times         27 April 2014
Britain faces climate chaos from toxic Icelandic volcano blast
Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor

Iceland’s Krafla volcano generates a fissure eruption — but on a far smaller
scale than the Laki event
BRITAIN’S greatest future threat may come not from flooding, terrorism or economic collapse but from a supervolcano erupting in Iceland, a Cabinet Office report is to warn ministers.

Such an eruption would blanket the UK and northern Europe with ash and toxic fumes, creating climatic chaos — including roastingly hot summers and bitterly cold winters, a cycle that could last several years, the report will warn.

The alert emerged from a study commissioned by the Cabinet Office from scientists at the Met Office, British Geological Survey (BGS), and the universities of Leeds, Edinburgh and others.

The scientists, who will detail their findings at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna this week, found that such eruptions had happened before. The last was in 1783 but Iceland has produced at least three other large ones and more than 200 smaller ones in the last 1,130 years.

A paper, to be presented by Sue Loughlin, head of volcanology at the BGS, said that the study was prompted by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010, when volcanic dust over Britain and the Atlantic became so dense that hundreds of flights had to be cancelled for fear it would cause aircraft engines to seize up.

Loughlin will say it has become apparent that Eyjafjallajokull was a relatively small event so the chaos it caused showed that volcanic eruptions present a far greater hazard to the UK than had been realised — with the greatest threat coming from a so-called “effusive gas-rich eruption”.

Her paper warns that such eruptions “typified by the Laki eruption in Iceland in 1783-84, have been identified as one of the three highest priority natural hazards faced by the UK”.

It means the Cabinet Office’s civil contingencies secretariat will now rank the threat of a supervolcanic eruption in Iceland alongside an outbreak of pandemic influenza, similar to the one that killed up to 100m people globally from 1918-20, and on a par with a terrorist attack involving a nuclear device.

The 1783 event began when lava erupted not from a classic, cone-shaped volcano but from a 17-mile crack that appeared in the Earth’s surface within the Grimsvotn volcanic complex in eastern Iceland.

Over the following eight months the crack’s 130 craters poured out 3.6 cubic miles of lava and generated lava fountains nearly a mile high.

The volcano devastated Iceland, killing 80% of the country’s livestock; 20% of the human population starved to death.

For Europe, however, the biggest impact came from the plume of fine dust and gases, including 120m tons of sulphur dioxide, that were carried 10 miles into the sky where high-level winds pushed them southwest.

Loughlin and her colleagues have conducted an extensive study of weather and mortality data in Britain. Their report says: “Meteorological records show that there was extreme heat in the summer of 1783, followed by an exceptionally cold winter in the northern hemisphere. There were unusual thunderstorms, ball lightning and large hailstones.”

The impact on health was also huge. Sulphur dioxide breathed into the lungs forms sulphuric acid, causing inflammation that can be fatal. In Britain, about 23,000 people are estimated to have died — in a population that was far lower than today and with fewer older people.

For David Cameron and his ministers, perhaps the most sobering aspect of the scientists’ report concerns the social turmoil caused by the Laki eruption — mostly linked to crops failing because of the bad weather. In France, this could even have helped provoke the French Revolution of 1789.

The sheer power of Iceland’s volcanoes emerged from other work that found they had poured out 20.8 cubic miles of lava over the past 1,130 years. Grimsvotn alone has erupted 21 times, while Katla, another volcanic system, has exploded 25 times.

The government has now set up a volcanic ash advisory centre, run by the Met Office, to monitor Iceland’s 30 active volcano systems.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

STANFORD UNIVERSITY TO SELL ALL ITS COAL STOCK

Here is the story. I think the headline figure of 18 billion dollars refers to the whole of their portfolio, and not the value of coal stock, which is probably quite small. I am sure there are plenty of other investors out there who will buy up the surplus stock, if it represents good value. This seems to come under the heading of "gesture dealing".

Saturday, 10 May 2014

THE CLIMATE CHANGE LEGAL WAR

This story shows that lawyers are trying to muscle into the global warming area. I am not sure how such litigation is going, but it is a sinister development, potentially adding a further massive sum to the unfortunate taxpayer, who is most likely to end up paying.

Friday, 9 May 2014

NEW ALARMIST CLIMATE REPORT ISSUED IN USA

Here is an update on the report and the exaggeration used in it to try and boost flagging support for more tax increases to deal with the inflated problem.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

SWEDES GIVE UP ON CARBON CAPTURE

This piece gives the details. It does seem to point out that capturing and storing CO2 is currently a non-starter. Someone should tell our climate change minister, Ed Davey. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

US EPA PUSHES UP ENERGY PRICES BY THE BACK DOOR

This article explains how the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is gaining new powers from the Supreme Court to enforce ever stricter regulations on energy companies. This is causing higher energy prices for consumers and industry. A similar picture to that here in the UK, though they are regulating directly.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

TOP LEVEL NZ GEOSCIENTIST DECLARES HIMSELF A CLIMATE CHANGE SCEPTIC

gives the detailed explanation of why he has decided to speak out. It is always interesting to read the views of a senior scientist who makes this decision. It is not as if he needed to do this and so it is a voluntary act done as a sense of duty to his fellow man.
 

Monday, 5 May 2014

SINKING CITIES OUTPACE SEA LEVEL RISE BY 10 TO 1

Here is the link to the article explaining the research, which blames ground water extraction as one of the main causes of cities sinking.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

NEW LECTURE FROM LORD LAWSON

Here is a link to the text of a recent lecture given by Lord Lawson. It is a very persuasive mix of logic and reason which we have come to expect from him. Well worth reading.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

MONEY RUNNING OUT IN UN CLIMATE FUND

This article lifts the lid on the massive amounts of money that have been transferred from western nations to those in the developing world via the UN's Clean Development Mechanism. Now that growth in the West has slowed the vast sums have slowed to a trickle, and yet the bureaucracy lives on. Apparently western governments have pledged £100 billion a year by 2020. How nice of our government to promise to continue to give away our taxes in order to save us from global warming that stopped 17 years ago. No wonder UKIP are doing so well in the polls.

Friday, 2 May 2014

MANN'S HOCKEY STICK LAID BARE

Here is a great article which examines the working of Alarmist climate scientist Michael Mann. It covers six pages, though the pages are short and it does not take very long to read.  It broadly sketches out the case for the National Review in its defence against Michel Mann's libel action. After reading it you may wonder what possessed Mann in bringing this action.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

NEW STUDY SHOWS CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES EXTREME RAINFALL MORE LIKELY IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND

This report unsurprisingly comes from the Guardian, and it shows no links to an actual paper. Here is a short extract from the Guardian "Friederike Otto, from the university’s school of geography and the environment, said: “It will never be possible to say that any specific flood was caused by human-induced climate change. We have shown, however, that the odds of getting an extremely wet winter [in the UK] are changing due to man-made climate change. Past greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution have loaded the weather dice so the probability of the south of England experiencing extremely wet winters has increased.”

Only a few years ago the "experts" were saying the opposite http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/3334871/South-East-same-as-Sahara-for-drought-risk.html  "The South East of England will be at risk of serious water shortages which could lead to higher bills and rationing by 2030, according to a report published today." 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

IS ANTARCTIC SHOWING SIGNS OF GLOBAL WARMING?

Her is an interesting post by the excellent Paul Homewood which looks at the evidence that temperatures in Antarctica during the past 2000 years have probably been warmer than the current period. And yet the alarmists insist on trying to make us believe that the present time is "unprecedented". 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

FREE SPEECH ON CLIMATE CHANGE - THE DEBATE GOES ON

This piece looks at the hotly contested debate on whether to allow sceptics to speak or write their views on any aspect of climate change. As you will read, the so-called consensus people are a very intolerant lot.

Monday, 28 April 2014

GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF THE ENERGY MARKET CREATES WINNERS AND LOSERS

This newsletter explains how the UK government is now controlling the energy market, and just as in the former Soviet Union, this level of control is actually counter-productive, creating winners and loser by government policy.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

DAME JULIA WRONG AGAIN ON FLOODS

This well researched piece shows what nonsense the Met Office Chief Scientist has uttered on the matter of the recent UK floods. She must surely realise that her credibility will be considerably reduced if she continues to make wild insinuations that are completely at odds with the facts.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

THE FACTS HIDDEN IN THE LATEST IPCC REPORTS - THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD AS THEY CLAIM

This article by Bjorn Lomborg looks into the details of the latest IPCC reports and he comes to the conclusion that behind the scary headlines the reality is that the science is giving a more benign scenario.

Friday, 25 April 2014

NEW UK RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

This piece  on Paul Homewood's blog explains what is being carried forward and the massive cost to the UK population.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

UK GOVERNMENT SHOOTS ITSELF IN THE FOOT

You would have difficulty making this up, if it wasn't true. Here is the report of the latest climate tax disaster being inflicted on it's ailing industry. The government, not content with the EU's carbon tax scheme, has introduced its own extra scheme to put taxes on CO2 emissions up even more. Then they realised that these taxes would destroy some of our energy intensive industries ands so they exempted them from paying them. Now we hear that the EU has told us that this is not allowed. Oh dear!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TRY TO ESCAPE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CO2 EMISSIONS

This report shows the attitude of developing countries like India to the idea that they should be subject to any binding agreement to cut emissions of CO2. They don't want to do it. They whinge about the developed nations having a "historical responsibility", but what they over-look is that unless they are prepared to submit themselves to cuts, the overall global emissions will simply go on rising, but I don't think they really care about this. This whole global warming/climate change theme is nothing more than a stick with which the developed nations can be beaten. The real goal is not cutting CO2, but redistribution of wealth.   

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

COULD GLOBAL WARMING BE CAUSED BY CHANGES IN OUR GALACTIC SURROUNDINGS

This article explains that our solar system is now moving through a more active part of the galaxy. Apparently we were not originally part of the Milky Way at all, but were in a much smaller galaxy called Sagittarius. The part of the article relevant to global warming is on the second section (part 2). Here is the paragraph in question:

"Implications in Global Warming?It has been postulated that this is the real reason for global warming since higher energy levels of the Milky Way are almost certain to cause our Sun to burn hotter and emit higher energies. Indeed, temperatures have been seen to rise on virtually all the planets in our system. This seems quite apart from any local phenomenon like greenhouse gases etc."

There is just one query, and that is I have not heard any evidence that our Sun is burning significantly hotter. Oh well, it's an interesting piece, and perhaps it causes an increase in cosmic rays.

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.