Tuesday, 30 November 2010
This article suggests it's time to move on in the attempt to control the climate. Apparently making roofs and roads lighter in colour will make a real difference to a large city, reducing temperatures by significant amounts. On the other hand we can limit CO2 and make a difference so insignificant that no one would notice.
Monday, 29 November 2010
There are many problems with much of the data produced by climate scientists. One of them is explained here. This article shows that there are many problems associated with measurements of gases trapped in ice-cores, and yet these ice-core measurements are presented as though they were an accurate record.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
This BBC article reports on the recent appearance of Lord Lawsson in debate at the Confederation of British Industry Conference. I find it rather extraordinary that the headline clearly implies that the CBI is urging for the UK to do more, and yet it is UK industry that will be hit by this. It is a crazy form of masochism to want to see more regulation and more costs and taxes on your businesses, or have I missed something?
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
If Lord Stern has his way the world will be heading for trade wars between nations such as the USA who are not imposing a tax on carbon and others such as the EU who do. This article gives more details. As an economist Stern should know that such a war would send the world back into recession. In any case there are a number of nations that emit large quantities of CO2, such as China and India, who have no intention of curbing it, so his warnings are both premature and pointless. The chances of a world-wide agreement look most unlikely.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
This report looks at how climate models have failed to take proper account of the effect of volcanic eruptions. The article confirms yet again the virtual impossibility of setting up computer models that take account of all the variables which affect the climate. They are no better than guesswork, and yet politicians want to place absolute faith in them.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
This article reveals in the words of a senior IPCC official the real agenda behind the climate change facade, which is redistribution of the world's wealth. It is nothing new to those of us who have followed the subject closely and read what is in the minds of those leading the 'environmental movement'. Now it is explicitly being said by a leading official at the IPCC. When will our leading politicians wake up and start to distance themselves from this - or are they active participants in a scheme to lower the living standards of their own people?
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
New Zealand may be a small country whose output of carbon is insignificant, even by UK standards, but its government has been one of the most enthusiastic proponents of controlling carbon emissions. It is heartening therefore to read this article which states that they are reconsidering their proposal to include agriculture in their emissions trading policy in 2015, unless other nations do the same. The farming lobby in New Zealand has obviously been successful in making its case. Other lobby groups need to take note. The lemming mentality is not the best way forward! The UK government needs to start listening.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
This Guardian article looks at an attempt to use computer climate models to predict extreme weather events. I would be surprised if the predictions were very accurate. I note that they are attempting to see if they can 'predict' events from the recent past. It will be interesting to see the results.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Here's a very detailed account of the fifteen month long battle one intrepid citizen (TonyN) had with Ofcom the broadcasting regulator over the failure of Channel 4 to provide any balance when showing the Al Gore film 'An Inconvenient Truth'. It is a rather long account, but it is very interesting in that it demonstrates the head-in-the-sand attitude of our authorities to take any measures to restrict the global warming bandwaggon. The one exception appears to be the High Court Judge who famously found the nine errors in the Gore film. That was a remarkable victory. I have an intimate knowledge of that case and I know that, in fact, the case nearly ended in defeat as before it went before Justice Burton it was heard originally by another judge who ruled it to be 'out of time'. Fortunately the Plaintiff changed his legal team and successfully appealed that decision. It is hard to imagine that many judges would have had the courage to make the decision of Justice Burton. Surely he is a man who cannot be praised too highly, though I suspect there are many 'alarmists' who would disagree. TonyN is thinking of a judicial review of the decision made by Ofcom; something that could be very costly. It is beyond the reach of anyone but the wealthy.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
The UK government is now trying to limit the spread of large solar arrays on fields, according to this article in the Daily Mail. They obviously had not thought that large scale businesses would move in to claim the large subsidies, but that's what happens in a free market economy - when you rig the market it leads to distortion which has unintended consequences.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Alarmists are always stating that "there are no scientific peer-reviewed papers that dispute the theory of catastrophic global warming caused by man-made CO2 emissions". Here is the answer.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Yes, more of our hard-earned money is being used to remove CO2 from the gas emitted from natural gas-fired power plants, according to this report. When will our government stop robbing the people for such pointless exercises?
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Yet another example of manufacturing being driven abroad by the plethora of 'green' taxes alleged to be imposed to save us from 'global warming'. See this Telegraph article for the details. The irony is that these jobs are going to places where emissions restrictions are less onerous. In other words actual emissions will probably rise - but the UK government will be able to say that their CO2 emissions have reduced. When is this point being made on TV news broadcasts?
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
This Telegraph report explains the thinking. Their problem is that they believe a 'bottom-up' approach is needed led by the people. What they can't contemplate is that a majority of the people do not believe there is a problem. Only a small number of activists are lobbying governments to do more on global warming. What we need is for more of the majority to lobby the government to stop wasting our money on pointless attempts to control the climate. Maybe Climate Fools Day will be the start. (see yesterday's post)