This piece explains how the public and the government have had to make big changes to their priorities as a result of the pandemic. Clearly the huge, costly and probably futile effort to beat the virus has had a massive effect.
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020
Here is the evidence which shows how cherry-picking the start date can give a completely misleading picture of what is happening, in this case with wild fires in California. What this does is undermine our trust in everything these people do.
Friday, 25 September 2020
Here is a link to the background to this and the opportunity to give the government your views, if you think it is even worth bothering. The idea is to use biomethane to replace some of the naturally occurring methane. It is claimed that this will save 6% of the emissions of CO2 from the heating sector which in turn is about 30% of the UK emissions total. The government claim the levy will only add a small amount of up to £7 per year to gas bills, but is it really worth it to save such a relatively small amount of emissions, particularly when they are planning to phase out methane gas altogether?
This new short video gives a brief overview of why renewable energy is not nearly as green as it is made out to be.
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Corona-Induced CO2 Emission Reductions Are Not Yet Detectable In The AtmosphereKarlsruhe Institute of Technology, 21 September 2020
Effects of the pandemic will be detected in the atmosphere much later - To reach the Paris climate goals, decade-long measures are needed
Based on current data measured in the energy, industry, and mobility sectors, restrictions of social life during the corona pandemic can be predicted to lead to a reduction of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by up to eight percent in 2020.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), cumulative reductions of about this magnitude would be required every year to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2030. Recent measurements by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) revealed that concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has not yet changed due to the estimated emission reductions. The results are reported in Remote Sensing (DOI: 10.3390/rs12152387).
The corona pandemic has changed both our working and our private lives. People increasingly work from home, have video conferences instead of business trips, and spend their holidays in their home country. The lower traffic volume also reduces CO2 emissions. Reductions of up to eight percent are estimated for 2020.
"In spite of the reduced emissions, our measurements show that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has not yet decreased," says Ralf Sussmann from the Atmospheric Environmental Research Division of KIT's Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), KIT's Campus Alpine, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
"To reduce CO2 concentration in the atmosphere in the long run, restrictions imposed during the corona pandemic would have to be continued for decades. But even this would be far from being sufficient."
To prove this, researchers additionally studied a long-term scenario that can be controlled well with atmospheric measurements: The goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius can only be reached by an immediate significant reduction of CO2 emissions and a further decrease down to zero by 2055. "The restrictions imposed during the corona crisis, however, are far from being sufficient. They have just resulted in a one-time reduction by eight percent.
To reach zero emissions in the coming decades, cumulative reductions of the same magnitude would be required every year, i.e. 16 percent in 2021, 24 percent in 2022, and so on. For this, political measures have to be taken to directly initiate fundamental technological changes in the energy and transport sectors," Sussmann says.
For the study, the team used data from the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). It measured the concentrations in different layers of the atmosphere above Garmisch-Partenkirchen and at other places around the globe. "High-tech infrared spectrometers are applied, which use the sun as a light source. The measurement method is highly precise, uncertainties are in the range of a few thousandths," Sussmann adds.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
This article shows exactly why we can have no faith in the official temperature data. Why do the scientists persist with such flawed and unreliable data?
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020
Sunday, 20 September 2020
This article mentions that the UK has once again had to rely on coal power for its electricity generation.
Terry McCrann, The Herald Sun
Back in June, they separately sprung tweet-style to deliriously hail the ‘end of coal’ in the UK.
[Former Aussie PM, Kevin] Rudd tweeted: “For anyone who thinks it cannot be done: the UK has not produced any electricity from coal for the last two months — the longest period since the Industrial Revolution. Let that sink in,” he concluded with all the deadening portentousness he could muster.
But then it got warm, calm, and everyone wanted to use the air con:
..not only did the Brits go back to coal to keep the lights on – and, as they baked in a mid-20s ‘heatwave’, the aircons as well – they really shovelled some coal.
At its peak this week, the UK was getting nearly 3000MW from coal, well more than three times the 800MW or so coming from all the wind turbines, both those that despoil the British landscape and those parked equally hideously offshore.
Where are the headlines: Victorious coal saves the day?
Saturday, 19 September 2020
This report using official data, gives us the reassuring news that the USA is experiencing a very slight change of climate which is not at all alarming. Of course there have been examples of extreme weather events, but these have always happened and always will no matter how much we reduce our CO2 output. Of course the media is not interested in publishing such a "dull" outcome with no scary headlines.
Friday, 18 September 2020
This article confirms what we suspected, that smart meters are simply a way to control and ration electricity use. Time for the people to wake up and see the future that our leaders are planning for us.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
"For all of WWF's hyperbole about “humanity's destruction of nature,” the decline of wildlife is nowhere near “catastrophic.” Back in 2007, we were told polar bears would be extinct by 2030, and the same groups and media outlets were up in arms about its demise; in fact, their numbers are abundant."
"Finally, it's worth noting just what a small snapshot this report is looking at. The Living Planet Index is “currently based on time-series data for 20,811 populations of 4,392 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from around the globe.” That is an impressive body of material. But there are around 66,000 different species of vertebrate, so the Index is just a fairly small sample of the wider picture."
Monday, 14 September 2020
Sunday, 13 September 2020
So traditional petrol/diesel drivers will find their costs are driven up and they will find it even more difficult to park.
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020
As you will see, the lengthy response fails to deal with any of the points raised, though it does raise some very worrying issues. [You can see the question here.]
Conservative, New Forest East
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), what estimate he has made of the cost of phasing out the use of natural gas in domestic dwellings; what the planned timescale is for this; whether such phasing out will be carried out by the UK (a) only on a multilateral basis or (b) irrespective of what the governments of other countries plan to do; and what funding he plans for implementing that policy.
This is the reply from Kwasi Kwarteng, the Minister for BEIS:
Meeting our net zero target by 2050 will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised and heat in industry to be reduced to close to zero carbon emissions. It will involve large-scale transformation and wide-ranging change to energy systems and markets. The way heating is supplied to over 28 million homes, businesses and industrial users will need to change. Given the diversity of heat demand in the UK, no one solution can provide the best option for everyone. We are currently exploring and testing the different approaches to heat decarbonisation, including heat networks, heat pumps, hydrogen and biogas and improving energy efficiency in new buildings. - a mix of technologies and customer options will need to be available to decarbonise heat at scale.
The Department is developing policies to deliver low carbon heating in the 2020s and meet our climate targets. We are planning to publish a Heat and Building Strategy later this year, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings. These include the deployment of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve the mass transition to low-carbon heat and set us on a path to decarbonising all homes and buildings.
Alongside the action we are taking at home, the UK remains committed to demonstrating global leadership in tackling climate change. The UK is already demonstrating practical leadership across all aspects of the fight to tackle climate change. We've decarbonised faster than any other G20 nation since 2000, and through our Clean Growth Strategy and annual reports have a comprehensive and publicly available strategy. The UK is among the largest contributors of climate finance, providing at least £5.8 billion between 2016 to 2020 to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, reduce deforestation and support cleaner economic growth. At the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will double our International Climate Finance to at least £11.6 billion from 2021 to 2025 to drive clean and resilient growth in developing countries.
Of course he doesn't answer because (a) he has no idea of the actual figure, and (b) if he did he still would not answer because it would be the last thing he would tell us and he would lose the next election if it got out.
That last part of his answer, highlighted in blue is unbelievable! While we are crippling the economy with debt to deal with the coronavirus emergency, he says we will double the money we will give away to deal with global warming. We truly are in a mess when a Conservative government is so free with taxpayers money. Prudence has simply disappeared.
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Current unilateral efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are failing to stop global emissions from rising, despite the increasingly extreme rhetoric coming from influential environmental groups. While politicians continue to argue that the developed world has an obligation to lead the way in decarbonisation and that the rest of the world will inevitably follow, there is no realistic chance of this happening within the increasingly tight timescale being proposed. The primary reason is that economic solutions to achieve the targets are not even in sight. In the medium to long term, the chances of success would be immeasurably greater if current efforts were to be focussed on R&D to provide the new technologies that would make decarbonisation feasible. If the industrialised world led with this, China, India and the rest of the world would follow because it made economic sense.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
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Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Our democracy has never been under greater threat in recent times than it is now from protest groups who act by disrupting our lives with violent, aggressive behaviour. It is time our police showed some mettle and disrupted them.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
In case you don't have time to read it, here is an extract referring to a recently published book:
"The book then takes us back to ‘the Golden Age’, which as the name suggests, was a time in history that was characterised by sufficiency, not scarcity; generosity, not greed; and faith, not fear. Every household was prosperous, as people were able to raise enough money to serve their needs, without having to raise taxes, redistribute wealth or rely on government support!"
The article does not say when this golden age was, or where it was. These idealists are the same people who have dreamt up the Green New Deal and encourage Extinction Rebellion or Black Lives Matter. Dreaming of Utopia is easy, but coming up with alternatives that work is much harder.
In actual fact the time in history when most ordinary people were well off is now. Of course no one is saying that everyone is well off. There are still many people living in poverty, but that percentage is going down. What the idealists don't seem to grasp is that human nature is basically selfish, which is why we have never had a golden age. Even small sects usually end up arguing and splitting up because people want to lead their own lives. All these systems require leadership and the majority have to be forced to obey the rules. Of course a free market democracy is not perfect, which is why governments are constantly changing the law to try and improve it, but it is the best system as it has the consent of the people and encourages those with talent to use it in order to gain reward for themselves. While there are a few altruistic people, most are not.