In response to requests for information,I cite this report which suggests that China is already the world's leading emitter of CO2. Of course like so much information on this subject, the statistics on this are far from certain.
Discovering the truth, like reducing emissions, may well be emission impossible!
Monday, 31 March 2008
In response to requests for information,I cite this report which suggests that China is already the world's leading emitter of CO2. Of course like so much information on this subject, the statistics on this are far from certain.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
This report on the passage of the USA Climate Change Bill makes interesting reading. Apparently it has been "watered down" so much that it is unlikely to succeed. Senators know that, if enacted, the cost in people's jobs and money would be too high.
This article in the Times should be shown to every taxpayer in the UK. Unfortunately very few are aware of what is to be done to them by the unelected EU Commission.
Saturday, 29 March 2008
The Medieval Warm Period is often referred to, but how much do we really know and how extensive was it? This detailed book review reveals some of the details contained in a new book on the subject. Although we can never know all the answers, it seems pretty clear that our ancestors have experienced great changes to the climate, just as, no doubt we will in the future.
Friday, 28 March 2008
A while ago I reported the inactivity of the Sun. No sunspots had been seen for sometime and some scientists were predicting this was a prelude to a cooler climate. Recently some new sunspots have appeared so it looks as though we shall soon have some answers.
It is strange how the media tend to report events in the Antarctic which support an impending crisis with our climate, whereas events which suggest that we are not facing a crisis are not reported. This report explains this with regard to recent events. One explanation is that tales of crisis have always made good headlines.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
At last MPs are starting to speak up for common sense. This article in the Times by Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie breaks the wall of silence which seems to have come over our elected representatives. Let's hope that this will encourage others to break ranks and speak out on the most dangerous and damaging piece of legislation that parliament is being asked to accept for many years.
This article from the Canada Free Press by Professor Bob Carter explains why the IPCC may have to eat their words as a result of the facts about the climate not matching up with the wild predictions made by the IPCC in its most recent 2007 report. The IPCC are victims of their own attempts to exaggerate their findings in order to frighten the public. Now their chickens may be coming home to roost.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
This was the question raised by an MP (Liberal Democrat) in the UK parliamentary debate mentioned in an earlier post. No answer was given in the debate, but he has a point, because there is no doubt that those who seek a tightly managed economy and believe the state should provide for us and control us, and knows what is best for us would naturally have an affinity with a theory which provides a very powerful reason to do just that. It is therefore natural that politicians who have no scientific background may divide on this issue according to their political beliefs. In fact many who are considered to be on the right also claim to believe in the theory. My guess is that many of them do so because they believe that it is a vote-winner, though if it is proved wrong they may live to regret it.
Many people prefer to watch a presentation rather than read a report. If you are one, then this is for you.In this 10 minute film, Professor Bob Carter, introduced by Jennifer Marohasy, explains in simple, yet powerful terms, why the theory of CO2 driving climate does not match the evidence, well illustrated with excellent graphs. Prof. Carter speaks with great depth of knowledge about the subject.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
This report in the Australian contains an interview with Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, who has studied the latest research into climate. In part of the interview she referred to NASA's Aqua satellite programme, launched in 2002. It enabled the collection of data, not just on temperature but also on cloud formation and water vapour.
What the data from the satellite shows is that a little bit of warming causes weather processes to compensate, so they're actually limiting the greenhouse effect and causing a negative rather than a positive feedback. This is the opposite of what the computer climate models suggest, which is that warming from additional carbon dioxide will result in increased water vapour, which gives a positive feedback. The meteorological community are having trouble digesting the findings. They accept that the satellite data does not fit the models and will have to come to terms with the fact that the computer models need to be overhauled. The new models are expected to show greatly reduced future warming.
Only a few days ago I put a report on this site showing that UK CO2 emissions were much higher than the government had been saying; now this report informs us that the USA is also increasing emissions. This all simply shows that reducing emissions is not going to happen despite all the noise. Even if man could change the climate by cutting CO2, and I personally don't believe he can, he is not going to do it because as I have said before, no government will put its people throught the massive pain to do it. What we get is all talk and promises. Would it not be much better if politicians admitted that they did not know enough about climate and so they were abandoning the targets in favour of a policy of adapting to climate as necessary. That would be refreshing and honest, but I very much doubt it will happen
Monday, 24 March 2008
No, its not an early April Fool joke, but a serious UK government policy. This is being proposed for the new "eco-towns" that are to be built to house those moving out of our cities to make way for the millions of immigrants planned for the next few years. You can read the details here from the Telegraph. Why the government think that 15mph will reduce emissions I don't know. We will soon be returning to the man with a red flag in front. No doubt these towns will be filled with speed cameras to enforce this limit.
Anyone would think, reading this article that some people wanted to blame all extreme weather on global warming/climate change. Even though scientists have already stated that the recent floods were not caused by global warming, some will not accept that. Such tactics are back-firing as they only lead to cynicism.
The Governor of South Carolina has jumped on the bandwagon in trying to blame "global warming" for every uncomfortable quirk of the weather, but this report has looked at the history of the area's climate and found: "South Carolina’s climate shows no statistically significant trend in statewide average annual temperature, or precipitation, or in the frequency and/or severity of droughts — an indication that “global warming” is anything but “global” and also strong evidence that local and regional processes are more important than global ones in determining local climate."
When will politicians wake up and look at the facts instead of following the hype?
Sunday, 23 March 2008
I often moan about the failure of politicians to rise above the tide of the prevailing bandwagon and be of an independent mind. However, here is a link to a recent debate in the UK parliament in which one or two brave MPs were prepared to speak out. It is only a very few, but at least it is a start. The debate is rather long and many MPs are fully signed up alarmists, and trot out the well-worn mantra. However some interesting points were raised by the few. I particularly like the following quote:
On the Stern report - Professor Richard Tol of Carnegie Mellon University, a world leading environmental economist said "If a student of mine were to hand in this report as a Masters thesis, perhaps if I were in a good mood, I would give him a 'D' for diligence; but more likely, I would give him an 'F' for fail."
Saturday, 22 March 2008
The UK government has been making out that it is succeeding in reducing our emission of greenhouse gases. It now transpires that such claims were probably untrue, and were made as a result of misleading and inaccurate statistics. This report in the Guardian explains how the National Audit Office has found out. Yet another case of politicians not being straight. The reality is that to cut emissions by any significant amount would lead to major economic problems.
Friday, 21 March 2008
If you believe that the current hype over global warming is misplaced and there is still much to learn, then I urge you to sign this declaration which is open to both scientists and citizens. The Manhattan Declaration is available here. It was produced as a result of the recent climate conference held in Manhattan, New York at the beginning of March.
People who think they are being good,responsible citizens by "off-setting" their carbon footprint are being taken for a ride, according to this report in the Telegraph. Many people think that these organisations will all be genuine and fair, but even charities are now big businesses, with highly paid directors. We can trust no one in business, greens are no exception.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
This report explains that recent attempts to find out if the oceans are warming has come up with the surprising result - they aren't! The oceans are the worlds natural heat sink and so if the planet is getting hotter, then where is the heat going? Scientists are trying to solve the mystery - but perhaps the answer is that there is not as much heat as they thought.
This article shows how the government intend to try to by-pass the democratic process and set up quango's so that unpopular fortnightly collection schemes and charges for refuse can be levied. There is also mention of a "green tzar", or Chief Sustainability Officer, paid £140,000 a year by the government to increase recycling. They must be desperate!
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, in his address to the recent Climate Change Conference posed the stark choice - carbon rationing or freedom - as what the world is now facing. This article discusses what is at stake. Klaus likens the command and control regime needed to ration carbon to that of the former communist states.
President Klaus said “the dream” to reduce emissions in the EU by 70 per cent in the next 30 years could only be achieved if there was a dramatic de-industrialisation of Europe - likely associated with a dramatic drop in GDP, a significant drop in population, or a technological revolution.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Entitled "Changing Shades of Green," the report by the Irish American Climate Project twins science gleaned from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the musings of a poet, a fiddler, a fisherman, a farmer and others with deep connections to Ireland.
This article describes the report which seems to be designed to scare its readers into believing that Ireland will change from The Emerald Isle to some sort of brown dust-bowl. The report is full of "could's" and "if's". I seriously wonder whether this sort of emotional blackmail will have the desired effect, or will the public rightly dismiss these "musings" as sentimental mush.
It is very pleasing to report that the blog is experiencing a healthy increase in visitors and that voting on the poll is coming along nicely. I welcome everyone who has an open mind on this issue, including those of an alarmist tendency, of which 46 have already voted at the time of writing. I deliberately set the end of the poll a long way ahead to allow plenty of time for a respectable turnout. So, if you haven't voted already then please`do so, and do tell your friends about the blog. Thank you for your support.
Monday, 17 March 2008
This report in the Guardian explains that Tony Blair is to lead the world's major industrial nations to a new agreement to cut emissions. Blair has claimed that there are only 2 years left before "climate change" becomes irreversible. This, remember, is the man who told us that Iraq definitely had weapons of mass destruction and could strike within 45 minutes! How apt that he should now be heading the biggest scare story of all.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
You can see from this latest edition of "First" (a magazine for all UK councillors, sent out using taxpayers money, as well as being on-line) that the "message" about GW is still being relentlessly pumped out, with no room for dissent. In an earlier post I drew attention to the continuous stream of GW propaganda. This is the "official" line which now permeates through all levels of government local and national, and all three main political parties. Though privately there are a number of councillors and staff who do not agree with it, publicly there are hardly any who dare to speak out for fear of being discredited or losing their position. It is rather like going into a church and saying you don't believe in god.
It is not only us councillors who are subjected to the government message. Children are being targeted by government-funded organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council. According to the local paper this event included an "expert panel" consisting of someone from Friends of the Earth, someone from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (who get their funding from the ESRC), and someone from the council, with a government minister opening the event. The article says "the students will be asked whether it is basically the Government's responsibility to tackle climate change or if individuals have to take action." Not, of course, whether man is responsible for climate change, or can affect it; or even whether the cost of attempting to do so is affordable or proportionate. Those questions would be much too controversial and suggest there could be alternatives.
Also advertising in the same edition of "First" is an organisation called "Groundwork". They are also targeting young people (see their website here) These bodies are charities, no doubt receiving taxpayers money, and doing good work; but they are now proselytisers for this new faith.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
An expert climate scientist has discovered a basic error in the equations used to predict the warming effect of greenhouse gases. This article explains the background. As usual the work has been suppressed until now and it is still being side-lined by the massive global warming industry. The revised equations show that the effect of greenhouse gases is much smaller than previously thought.
This report on the latest EU talks mentions that there is a disagreement about how much extra costs can be heaped on key industries that emit large amounts of CO2 without driving them out of Europe. It is easy to see why they find this difficult - save the planet, or save EU industry.
Nigel Calder explains why we need to look more widely at climate science. It is not just the Sun's direct heat that affects the climate, but it also affects it in more subtle ways with other forms of radiation. While all the attention focuses on CO2 the rest of the science is being over-looked.
This report explains that the official records show the world's temperature has cooled by a massive 0.65C between January 2007 and January 2008.It is the largest change (up or down) in a single year ever recorded! Why hasn't this attracted huge headlines in the press and been a major item on news bulletins? Back in February I posted a piece referring to a 2.2C rise over 36 years recorded in England at the end of the 15th century. I am not saying this proves anything, other than the climate is subject to quite dramatic changes over short periods, and that we have still got a lot to learn about it.
Friday, 14 March 2008
The latest G20 talks are underway in Japan. It seems that there is a great deal of posturing by the leaders, who are being asked to pass over their taxpayers money to the third world, on the grounds that they have caused the climate problems of the third world. It is clear to see that global warming aka climate change has now become the driver of the largest social engineering scheme in history. The whole thing would fall flat if global warming was found to be false. Not only that, but the stakes have got so high now that if GW is discredited, then the credibility of UN scientists will be seriously damaged.
British Prime Minster Gordon Brown's Chancellor, Alistair Darling, has shown in his latest budget the reality of his government's commitment to reduce CO2, which is they will pay lip-service to it but nothing more. (Thank goodness!) Targets set for 2050 are a lot lower down the agenda than keeping the economy going. It seems highly unlikely to me that any government that has to be re-elected will put in place the drastic measures needed to cut CO2. That is not to say that what they do do is not going to cause considerable pain anyway.
Professor Philip Stott has this excellent piece on his blog which sums up the situation perfectly.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
This report highlights the way the USA is backing away from coal since 2000. I cannot see how they are going to maintain, let alone grow, their economy and their standard of living without an abundant supply of power at an affordable price. While the Chinese continue to build even more coal-fired plants, ensuring their own economy picks up the USA's losses, we can be sure that CO2 levels will still continue to grow world-wide.
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
For those of a scientific background this blog report makes very interesting reading. Why has no news bulletin reported on the fact that not only has no warming occurred since 1998, but that since 2001 all the official data shows a cooling trend? Of course a short trend does not mean that it is bound to continue, but it deserves to be made public and discussed just as much as earlier trends in the other direction.
This article gives the detail, but to summarise it appears that even though they looked unlikely to get 20%, they are ramping up the rhetoric. Though the caveat is that this is subject to a world agreement, which looks even less likely! EU Referendum has its own take on this. Well worth reading.
This piece by Christopher Booker in the Telegraph explains the difficulty many are having of rationalising a global warming theory with the unusually cold weather in so many parts of the globe. Of course it would not be right to say that the cold weather on its own is proof that the warming theory is wrong, but it is no more short-sighted than saying loss of some Arctic ice is proof of it being right.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
This very interesting piece from the Australian press exposes some of the myths about the "food miles" issue. There's a lot more to food than the miles alone as this report makes clear.
This article in today's Times shows yet another example of the use of incorrect information to mount a campaign. Time after time the public have been told lies in order to take action. If facts are allowed to be used that are completely false, why should anyone trust government information at all? By the time the truth emerges the damage has been done. Will the plastic bag now be reprieved?
Sunday, 9 March 2008
We all know that we are being bombarded day by day with scare stories on the issue of global warming, now a.k.a. climate change. This report from the USA gives some facts and figures to show the extent of the censorship on this issue. It's interesting just how sceptical many of the general public are despite (or maybe because) of this.
This report from Reuters predicts that the level of the oceans will fall by a huge amount in the course of the next millions of years. If true, this suggests that the present gradual increase is only a temporary phase. Clearly this suggests that there are far more powerful forces at work on our planet than man-made greenhouse gases.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Friday, 7 March 2008
Proposals to "tighten up" the EU Emissions Trading Scheme are causing concern to the Industry Commissioner, according to this report in the EU Observer. He is naturally concerned that the scheme will simply make some industries so uneconomic that they will close down and move outside the EU altogether. A perfect example of the consequences of such ideas; we export industries, jobs and pollution! All in the vain hope of affecting the climate. How easy it all was in the old days when we simply made a sacrifice to the gods.
The Prime Minister's chief scientific adviser is reported in the Telegraph as saying that the massive increase in wealth among developing countries will lead to a huge increase in the demand for better food as well as all the other trappings of middle class westerners. I have no doubt he is right and this will stretch the world's resources as never before. It is interesting, though, to hear that the PM's scientific adviser is saying that climate change is not the greatest threat to man. It is but a small step, but the message may be getting through slowly.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Yes they're back, this time it's drought being caused by, you've guessed it, G.W. This report in the Daily Express predicts drought, even though last year we had severe flooding, but, of course, the usual suspects were blaming the flooding on G.W.too. Mind you with 3 million extra homes being built to house all the immigrants flooding the country we will need to store considerably more water to cover dry periods.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
At the climate conference which has just taken place in New York, (which you will have heard nothing about on the news) a 50 page report has been released. The report is available on line by clicking this link. You then have to go down the left side of the screen and click on PUBLICATIONS, then on the next screen click on NIPCC REPORT 2008. At 50 pages it is not a quick read, but as you would expect it deals with all the issues in detail and provides an authoritative alternative view to that of the IPCC.
NIPCC stands for Non-governmetal International Panel on Climate Change. Who would you trust - the government or the non-government? That is a rhetorical question.
This pdf may be a bit hard to follow in parts, but it is worth reading if you want to learn a bit about the important movements of water in the Pacific Ocean and the effect it has on the world's climate. Al Gore and his friends will not want to concentrate on this, but maybe they should. If past trends are anything to go by it looks quite possible that the circulation is changing from El Nino dominant to the La Nina phase, which tends to lead to a cooler climate.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Readers must have read about the latest campaigns to ban the use of free plastic carrier bags. The Daily Mail has recently been urging a ban, following several local campaigns. Charles Clover has written this piece in the Telegraph which, surprisingly argues against a ban. I agree with Charles and wrote an article which appeared in my local Parish Magazine in February*. Every time we accept the loss of a little more of our freedom we should question it closely.
*this article is now in newsletter archive on left of page.
Monday, 3 March 2008
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Saturday, 1 March 2008
This report in the Telegraph highlights the demands to increasingly control our lives which Green activists are making. They want things they regard as bad to be more heavily taxed and things they regard as good to have less tax, all based on their CO2 emission. Such demands, if granted will erode our freedom of choice, and lead to ever increasing further demands. These people are authoritarians and will not stop.
This report in the Wall Street Journal highlights the fact that oil companies are making sure that whatever energy we use they will be willing to provide it. However the market is rigged, money will be made by the clever businessmen. Only the ordinary public will pay the price.