The deeply flawed Stern Review, which was supposed to show that the cost of de-carbonising our economy was a financially worthwhile thing to do, has been sunk still further by revelations that it relied on incorrect figures for the cost of hurricane damage. This report gives the details. It looks like Stern is now dead and buried.
Saturday, 30 January 2010
This report from the Hindu Times tells us that India and China will not sign the Copenhagen Declaration, and the UN has now extended the deadline for nations to declare their voluntary emission reduction commitments from January 31, indefinitely. In other words, for all practical purposes it is dead in the water. So it wil be interesting to see how the EU nations respond to this reality. Will they continue to pretend that they are sticking to their previous commitments or will they ditch them in response to the real world?
Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Yes, another false claim by the IPCC. This time they use the flimsiest excuse to make the claim that hurricanes and floods were increasing, when, according to this Times article the claim was not upheld at all. With so many lies and exaggerations the IPCC is becoming totally discredited. This is not science, but a completely politicised process of propaganda.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
It appears from this report that the scientists responsible for writing the emails from the UKs Climate Research Unit are to escape prosecution for deliberately avoiding complying with the Freedom of Information Act. The Act was so badly drafted that there was a loophole in it.
This research by a Canadian blogger casts doubt on a whole range of reports contained in the vast IPCC document which was supposed to be the unimpeachable source of scientific truth on which the world's governments were to enact legislation to "save the planet".
After the recent email leaks followed by the ridiculous claims about Himalayan glaciers disappearing by 2035, no doubt others will take a critical look at the rest of the document. Who knows what other skeletons will be uncovered? It's looking as though anything scary went in with hardly any checks at all.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Here is an excellent well-written analysis of the information coming out of the emails leaked from the UK Climate Research Unit. This analysis pre-empts the findings of the inquiry and deserves wide circulation.
The complete set of emails is listed here.
The UK government are asking for written submissions to consider in their inquiry. See this link for details.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Although this report in Nature is now 5 years old, I have only recently come across it and it is extremely relevant to the current debate over climategate type behaviour. The conclusion is that all scientific data must be subjected to the widest possible scrutiny. You cannot take anyone's word for anything without question.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
This article in the Times points out the Met Office rejecting an alrmist prediction of sea level rise which was presented at the Copenhagen summit. Could this be the beginning of a change of heart by this normally arch alarmist organisation? Maybe they are belatedly realising that exaggeration has not done their cause any good.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
This report suggests that the climategate investigation is likely to be a whitewash, as it is being carried out by someone who leads an organisation which is a strong advocate of severe cuts in CO2 emissions. Why am I not surprised?
The big problem for the alarmists is that if the report turns out that way then it will have no credibility, as the evidence has already been analysed.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
So, what's new? Yet another case pointed out in this Guardian report. The public are now becoming so used to government spin that it hardly raises an eyebrow; yet it ought to be regarded as something shocking. However it simply weakens still further public trust and makes them even more cynical about the whole global warming issue.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
This article from the New York Times explains how the insurance industry is being forced to comply with the 'official' line on climate predictions with the resultant increases in premiums to cover the cost of these extra so-called risks.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Surely this report must reduce the credibility of the IPCC still further, coming as it goes, so soon after the climategate email fiasco. It was only a few weeks ago that ITN were putting out a series of on the spot reports pushing the 'fact' that Himalayan glaciers were in meltdown. Now comes this retraction, but don't expect even one sentence on the ITN news to tell the viewers the truth - that would be too much to hope for!
A recent BBC report suggested another error lead to this inaccurate report. With so much incompetence it is hard to keep up!
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
This new report comprehensively debunks the myth that corals and shellfish are about to go extinct as some of the alarmist reports have signalled.It is quite a comprehensive report, but well worth looking at if you need reassurance on this issue which is becoming more prominent in order to bolster the flagging global warming story.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Despite a recent rise in sunspots the latest readings of the sun's magnetic field strength has shown a continued decline. This article gives the details. If this leads, as some scientists predict, to increasing cloud cover, then we may see declining temperatures rather than global warming. We will have to wait and see.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
This Telegraph article gives details. Will governments continue with expensive policies to decarbonise our energy at great cost if this prediction seems to be coming true?
Sunday, 10 January 2010
This article gives the details of how the UK Times newspaper falsely claimed that the North East passage had been opened up as a result of global warming. They have now been forced to retract this false assertion. Another myth de-bunked - still dozens more to go!
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Christopher Booker's latest Sunday Telegraph column again exposes the government's hopeless attempts at appeasing their energy masters in the EU. Brilliant and to the point.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Here is a very interesting series of six short films about Svensmark and his theory of cosmic rays affecting cloud cover as an alternative explanation for climate change. Well worth watching, even though the sub-titles are a slight distraction, but most of the commentary is in English.
Monday, 4 January 2010
Sunday, 3 January 2010
This looks at the way that certain financial/political interests have forged a common purpose in pushing the global warming theory in order to increase their wealth and power. Very interesting and sets the topic in a new light for those who thought it all about science. (Not many of the regular visitors to this blog!)
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
This report gives the outline of the story. it is interesting that for the past 50 years the proportion of manmade CO2 remaining in the atmosphere has remained constant at around 40%. Clearly the remainder is being absorbed by a sink somewhere.More on this here at Watts Up With That blog.
A happy New Year to climate sceptics everywhere. Let's hope that 2010 is the year that common sense returns to climate science.