This report explains how the Scottish parliament is having to cut its target for CO2 emissions as the original targets have been found to be much too ambitious. The really crazy things is that the opposition parties are fighting to have the original targets re-instated. A truly pointless piece of grandstanding which even the most ardent alarmist must admit would have no effect whatsoever on world CO2 levels.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Saturday, 29 May 2010
This post looks at the way thermometer records have been disappearing from the system. With all the interest in the temperature of our planet it is extraordinary that so many stations have "disappeared" from the records over the last 20 years.
Friday, 28 May 2010
This BBC report gives the details of what could be a very significant change, as the Royal Society is the most high profile scientific body in the UK. The tectonic plates may be slowly shifting on this issue. A further report here gives some details.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
This report in the Independent explains the concerns of the hardliners that the Tories will dilute the Lib Dems policies. I only hope they are right, but even so both parties are wedded to the discredited CO2 Theory for the time being.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
If, like me, you missed attending the recent Heartland Climate Conference in Chicago, then here are a lot of the presentations from the many top climate scientists and others. I guarantee you will not have seen any of it on mainstream TV. Enjoy!
This report explains the decision of the new government. As expected, when reality hits home they have to make some good decisions. They should now go further and faster and ditch the whole nonsense, but that may take a bigger crisis, which could happen if the Euro goes belly-up.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
According to this report the operating and maintenance costs of wind turbines is up to three times the amount that was estimated when they were installed. It seems they produce an inadequate and intrmittent supply of electricity at an exhorbitant cost. Not only that, but they also require back up generators using fossil fuels for when the wind is not sufficient. This is the government's solution to the looming energy crisis!
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
This report gives the details. This is not the first problem with emissions trading and it is not likely to be the last with fraud and corruption endemic in many countries. It is much more a fraudster's charter than a serious attempt to cut CO2 emissions; even if they were cut it will not make any difference to our climate anyway.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
UK air fares are set to increase as a result of increased Air Passenger Duty by the new government according to this report. This is supposed to reduce CO2 emissions, but will only do so if the number of flights is cut, causing job losses in the industry and a reduction in tourism. This will not help our economic recovery.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Michael Mann, the scientist who was at the heart of the infamous Hockey Stick graph, is being taken to court for fraud according to This article. It will be interesting to see how a judge views this piece of discredited science.
UPDATE - This Washington Post article gives more on this story. And more here
A short controversial review of Mann's rise and fall can be read here.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Here is the full article which includes the following: "At the very least, given the financial and economic state we are in, the new Government should phase out all energy subsidies of all kinds, and suspend unilateral targets until such time as all other major nations have signed up to the same course". However with the appointment of arch alarmist Lib Dem, Chris Huhne, as Minister for Energy and Climate Change, I doubt our new Government will listen to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, that is until the economy is on its knees.
Friday, 14 May 2010
This article from Watts Up With That looks at an idea to cool the planet and discovers that it does not make sense on close inspection. It's a good job that there is no evidence that the planet is not experiencing any problems of heating up, because cooling would not be an easy or cheap task.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
This article explains how nature has lined up several precursers to a cooling phase. The latest being the Icelandic volcanic eruption, which may well be followed by even more severe eruptions. Keep the thermals handy - we may be needing them!
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
This Times article gives the details of a government scheme that will force up energy prices in order to subsidise uneconomic home energy devices. The result will make businesses uneconomic and the majority of home owners worse off for no discernible gain to the environment.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
This report gives the details. What is clear is that unilateral cuts will put EU industry at a disadvantage to the outside industry. This is so obvious that it should hardly come as a surprise to those in government, yet they seem to ignore it, preferring instead to claim the "moral high ground" on the internatinal stage and hope there is no Greek-style unrest at home.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
This article gives the details of the rift between the developed and the developing nations - something predicted by many of us long ago. As evidence of climate change becomes ever more suspect we should expect this impasse to get worse (hopefully!).
Friday, 7 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
This article highlights the fuel inflation of 8.5% as being a main reason for this situation, and this is being driven by the rush to remove carbon.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
"It's not easy being green" as the advert on UK TV keeps reminding us. Well this is certainly the case in Spain as this article explains. Renewable energy is indeed a luxury at many times the price of conventional energy - How soon before we in the UK follow suit?