This article looks at some data that appears to disprove the current climate change hypothesis. It sounds very interesting, but you will not have seen it on the mainsteam media.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
This report into the Large Hadron Collider's attempt to find the vital Higgs Bosun particle suggests that failure would be a disaster in PR terms. I can see that spending billions of pounds of public money to find nothing might irritate taxpayers, but at least an admission of failure, if that is what happens, would be honest. Much better to have that than to copy the CRU scientists approach. Now that would be a disaster.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
This scare story makes an amusing diversion from the seasonal festivities. Who comes up with such extraordinary calculations as that plants and animals have to travel half a mile a year to 'escape' from climate change. I have this image of hoards of insects all marching north to find a new climate. Ho ho ho! Perhaps we should try to find the twelve climate scares and write a song about them.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December 2009
This article lists the costs of Gordon Brown's generosity with the money of his voters. If Brown's successor was to stick to his promise then our standard of living looks set to fall. However I cannot see this happening, so I expect the country will fail to keep to this unachievable goal.
Friday, 25 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
This report looks at yet another area of disagreement. We have been told on television news that Himalayan glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate due to global warming, yet the Indian Government commisioned a report by scientists which said that this was not the case. The report was heavily criticised by the IPCC chairman, Rajenda Pachauri. The linked report explains his conflict of interest. It does not inspire confidence in the IPCC.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
This piece written a few days ago on EUReferendum Blog sums up the situation we are really faced with very neatly. The 'climate change debate' is really a smokescreen being used to conceal a much deeper underlying purpose which is to force the 'white man' to pay up to the poorer 'non-white' nations. At least that is the real aim of the 'non-white' nations. Richard North has summed it up very well and you should read his words. Even if the science is found to be nonsense, the whole thing will not go away as long as we in the 'white' world have weak and divided leaders aided and abetted by compliant scientists.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Johnny Ball, who presented science and maths programmes to children for many years has written this piece in the Daily Express. Johnny was always a popular and likeable presenter who has absolutely no reason to speak out, other than to tell the truth as he believes it. How long can the manmade theory withstand the onslaught?
This video was shown to delegates to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. There can be no other word for this than propaganda aimed at politicians. But who is producing this and deciding that this is right, if not the politicians themselves? Politicians trying to brainwash themselves. We are in a mad world.
Monday, 21 December 2009
This article from Climate Audit Blog reveals rhat the Climate Research Unit at the Uk's Hadley Centre has ignored the majority of Russian Temperature measurements, using only 40% of those available. Siberia is a place where global warming is said by the alarmists to be warming more than most, so it does seem strange to say the least, that they are using only a small precentage of sites and presumably 'interpolating' the figures for the areas that are missing. There could be an innocent explanation for this. If so, let's hear it.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
This article from the Mail is very interesting, but the best part is where it de-bunks the 'Hockey Stick' graph by showing how the use of tree-ring data as a proxy for temperature gives a completely ridiculous result, which was hidden by a 'trick' which the ordinary citizen would regard as completely dishonest.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Brown's plan B wants to make an agreement excluding China. How on Earth can you get a meaningful agreement excluding the world's biggest emitter of CO2. This is a farce and everyone will see it as such.
Here's an interesting post which looks at how the money is being used against the West in a most unfair way. We would be crackers to agree to this nonsense.
This article explains the numbers which show that no matter what is agreed in Copenhagen, emissions of CO2 will go on increasing, because the developing nations will more than make up for any cuts made by the developed nations. All the pain felt by the West, all the wealth tranfer made to the rest of the world will not prevent the very thing that Al Gore and James Hansen et al claim will lead to irreversible catastrophic warming. How ironic.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Here is an interesting look at what is actually meant by the term Surface Average Temperature. It is a tricky thing to define as the link shows. As this is the fundamental measurement that the whole global warming debate is about it is important to understand it - or at least to understand just how difficult it is to define or measure accurately. At present it would be fair to say that the inaccuracy in measuring it is almost as great as the total amount of warming over the twentieth century. That is a sobering point in such a heated subject.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Here already the massive fraud which was widely predicted to follow the introduction of CO2 emission trading schemes.
Not only are such schemes costing us all a great deal of money, but they also don't deliver the massive CO2 reduction that climate alarmists are calling for. They are simply a lose, lose option. The alternative, which is a carbon tax, is off the agenda because it would link the governments to the cost.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
This post on EUReferendum Blog highlights the wind of change that is blowing through the Global Warming debate. I find particularly ironic the bit about thousands of people from NGO's standing outside the conference for eight hours in freezing conditions, only to be told that they were permanently banned from it. Talk about being tortured for your beliefs! And then to learn that the UN had issued 45 thousand passes for a hall with a capacity for 15 thousand - it beggars belief!
Monday, 14 December 2009
This report looks at one set of data for Darwin, Australia. By looking at how this data has been 'adjusted' the author reveals a great deal about the kind of fiddles that may have been going on elsewhere. I'm sure that once all the raw data is put out in the open there will be many experts pouring over it and it will be interesting to see if they turn up many more blatant attempts to produce 'warming' by 'adjustment'.
Here's another data set this one for Nashville, Tennessee. Once again the article from Watts Up With That illustrates the way the raw data has been adjusted for no obvious reason, other than to show a clear warming trend.
And Orland also shows the 'adjustment' effect.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
This article explains the spin and double talk of the Hadley Climate Centre's claim to have released data - yes they have released some more data, but it is not in its original state, but has been subjected to certain 'enhancement'. They can't go on pulling that 'trick' anymore - they have been rumbled!
With all the furore over the climategate emails, it's easy to overlook the simple truth which is that the maths of climate is impossible to solve. This article by a mathematician puts its effectively but simply, and yet the pretence goes on that we not only understand but have solved the mysteries of forecasting and controlling our climate. What utter folly and misplaced hubris.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Christopher Booker has once again highlighted a scandal. This time it's that job losses are directly a result of our so-called climate change policy (aided and abetted by the EU). How many job losses like those in Redcar will we put up with before the public start to protest? Maybe when job losses are combined with power cuts and further massive electricity price hikes we will become a little angry?
This report gives the details. Not only have prices for gas and electricity more than doubled for consumers, but even though wholesale energy prices have fallen by more than 50% this year those falls have not been passed on to the public. What the report does not mention is that a considerable part of the increase is due to the rush to build uneconomic wind turbines to reduce CO2 emissions.
Friday, 11 December 2009
In this report Lord Stern claims that climate sceptics are muddled. Perhaps he needs to get his own facts straight - yes there is evidence of climate change. No one doubts that the climate is changing and will continue to do so.
But this does not mean that CO2 increases are responsible, and neither Lord Stern, or anyone else has yet produced any convincing evidence that it is. It is not up to me or any other sceptice to provide an alternative hypothesis.
It is for those who support the CO2 hypothesis to provide the clear evidence - and put all their data in the public domain so it can be checked. I hope this is clear to Lord Stern and all the other alarmists.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Compare this news bulletin from the USA with the coverage from the BBC and ITV in the UK and you can understand why their politicians are much bolder in challenging the so-called 'consensus' view than those in the UK, where much deference is given to alarmists.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Here is aforensic look at the leaked data which goes far beyond emails, and shows a complete disregard for the truth and a cynical manipulation in order to obtain the result they were looking for. No amount of whitewash can cover the extent of the fiddling that has been revealed. It is nothing short of a breathtaking scandal which does to science what the expenses scandal has done for UK politics. But this can only get the impact it deserves if a supine media gives it the coverage needed. The problem is that only statistics experts can understand the extent of the scandal and it may be covered up by those who believe (wrongly) that they are doing so in order to 'save the planet'.
More on the computer code reveals further examples.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
This article explains how a US agency on environment matters has decided that CO2 is a 'pollutant' which must be subject to control. Yet another crazy twist in the 'climate saga' which is being played out on the world stage. What this means in practice we have to wait and see, but it will mean masses of regulation. But before that there will be legal challenges to keep the courts busy.
Here's an interesting report which refers to a study carried out this year into sea levels all over the world. What's interesting is that thi study shows that sea levels have actually declined over the least three years, in marked contrast to the ever more doom-laden predictions from the 'alarmist' camp. These figures at least cast doubt on the situation, if they are not enought to completely refute the alarmists.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
This article seems an astonishing gaff, given the recent email fiasco, but the fact that it is by the BBC is all the more remarkable. All this week ITV news have been reporting from the Himalayas about the impending demise of the glaciers there. Obviously the Himalayas were singled out as a result of the report referred to in the BBC article. Was it just incompetence or was there some other underlying motive.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
This times report gives the details. Apparently the government are trying to stop them. When will they ever learn to stop spinning and covering things up?
Watch last night's Newsnight Programme on the BBC - This clip, courtesy of EUReferendum Blog which shows a rather bad-tempered Prof Watson rattled by his US opponent, Marc Morano. His final remark, when he may have thought his mic. was off is particularly petulant!
This article unveils the evidence that individual rationing of carbon is indeed being given serious thought among those in influential places in government and elsewhere. Rather like the EU, the way this is being carried out is by stealth, in such a way that the people will hardly notice what is happening until it is too late - at least that is what they are hoping.
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Here is a revealing series of emails from the Climate Audit website of Steve McIntire. It very clearly shows the obstruction of the Head of CRU to any disclosure of the data he holds in relation to the world temperature series.
This is summarised here.
CRU Source code here
Politics in Australia has just got interesting with the opposition Liberal Party changing their leader to someone more sceptical of the global warming hysteria. The Senate just voted out the Emission Trading Scheme. Is this the beginning of a re-think on the climate issue?
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
This pdf tells the story of how a temperature record in New Zealand showing no trend has been turned into one which shows a distinct warming trend. What makes this seem fishy is that the scientists behind it are not prepared to give a full explanation. Where silence and secrecy prevail people will draw their own conclusions.
A similar piece of chicanery appears to have been done to the Australian temperature record. See here for the details.
This piece on EUReferendum explains the thought process of this close knit group and why they had to appear to reach the same result and 'hide the decline'.
Monday, 30 November 2009
As a direct result of the pressure from the Climategate fallout, the UK's Climate Research Unit has now promised to publish its temperature data in full. This may be a bit difficult however, if they were teling the truth when they earlier claimed that they had destroyed much of it.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Magnificent Christopher Booker has got it absolutely right in this article. Any attempt to rig an inquiry to give a whitewash will be obvious from the start and must be resisted. Only a fair and transparent process with a truly independent chairman will be acceptable.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
No, I am not referring to even more frantic attempts by alarmists to push out the message of doom! This report tries by a very convoluted argument, to suggest that "climate change" (of the catastrophic type predicted by alarmists) will drive poor women to seek a living by selling their bodies. I don't know who is the more desparate, the poor women or the people making the argument.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
This report shows the fact that land acts as a natural sink for CO2 which could account for most if not all of Australia's CO2 emissions. The fact that it is not accepted would seem to show that the ETS is more about raising taxes than in real accounting.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
This article looks at the economics as well as the science and concludes that disaster awaits if a new treaty were to be signed at Copenhagen. Included in it is a short clip from a recent speech by Lord Monckton which has been seen by over 3 million people over the past few weeks.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Yes this article by none other than arch alarmist, George Monbiot, call for no less than the resignation of the head of the Climate Research Unit at Hadley UK, over the 'climategate' emails leak. Of course he then goes on to say that he still believes in the global warming scare and writes a long diatribe to support his thesis, but the extraordinary thing is his acknowledgement of just how seriously he regards the contents of the leaked emails, even though other alarmists have tried to shrug it off as nothing more than banter between scientists.
More on 'climategate' here.
This presentation is really excellent and reveals the empty thinking of politicians on the subject, and the lack of rigour applied.
Monday, 23 November 2009
LORD LAWSON CALLS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO 'CLIMATEGATE' LEAKS AND SETS UP A NEW CLIMATE POLICY THINK TANK
This report explains the details. See my post of two days ago for details of the leaked emails. To hear Lord Lawson on the BBC Today programme, click here.
This Times article explains about the new Climate Policy Foundation.
This episode is starting to grow into the main stream media and will prove very embarrassing to the alarmists.
The proceedings of our parliament receive little or no coverage in the media, particularly when a member makes a speech contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy on global warming. So by way of a change I highlight the excellent contribution from Peter Lilley MP which can be read here. (to read his speech scroll down to page 1048, about half way down 2.55pm.)
Sunday, 22 November 2009
This Telegraph report tells the story. Logically, this is where the government is heading if they carry on with this nonsense, and I doubt anything will change as the Conservatives are just as signed up to it as the Labour government. So whichever way we vote there is no other policy on offer.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
A large amount of emails and other sensitive data from the Hadley Climate Centre in East Anglia UK, was released onto the internet yesterday. This article gives some details. Some of the exchanges released show the thinking of our top climate scientists seems to be far from the objective process that is required for impartial evidence-gathering and scientific research.
**UPDATE - For those with the time and inclination to delve deeper Here is the site to go digging!
More Here and here.
Friday, 20 November 2009
This Times report gives details of the new tax to be levied on all UK electricity bills to pay for carbon capture to be fitted to coal-fired power stations. How long will the public accept these increases before they realise that the climate is not controlled by CO2 emissions, or how long can the government maintain the fiction that it does?
Thursday, 19 November 2009
This paper explains that claims of large numbers of extinctions are based on incomplete understanding and may be greatly exaggerated (like so many things in the global warming debate).
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
This report explains the myth of "4000 scientists agree that man is causing catstrophic warming". The report carefully explains how the true number of scientists is under 50. This is far from the broad consensus claimed by the alarmists. Global warming is a crisis built on a web of deceit to support some very weak scientific evidence.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
This is the claim made by Lord Monckton in an interview on Ausralian radio. His claim is based on a draft treaty which was uncovered on the UN website and passed on to him. Monckton has made a speech in the USA and in Canada warning people of the danger of governments signing such a binding treaty. This interview is very clear and well worth listening to.
To access a copy of the draft Copenhagen Treaty click here, though I should warn you it is 180 pages of legal jargon, full of acronyms and utterly politically correct gobbledegook.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
This report into the german renewable energy system, which is one of the most advanced in the world and held up as an example to other nations, is extremely critical. It highlights the fact that it is extremely costly and it does not actually save any emissions over all. An extraordinary result.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Here are the details. Are the climate alarmists becoming paranoid?
Here's an example of where carbon trading can lead to. If it wasn't so serious it would be funny in a farcical way; and yet the UN and many governments are seriously considering extending this sort of scheme on to a world scale. Luckily it is likely that some nations will throw a spanner in the works and no agreement will be reached, other than a huge fudge. Even a fudge will probably be nassively expensive, create a huge bureaucracy and be subject to enormous fraud, which we will all be paying for.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Here's the poll findings. This is one of several polls around the world that show the disconnect between politicians rhetoric and their people. Despite the ratcheting up of pro AGW propaganda the public remain implaccably unconvinced. Could it be due to a lack of real evidence?
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
This report explains the claimed shortcomings in the government's recently released figures. There is bound to be room for massive errors on this sort of calculation which is practically impossible to verify.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
This article explains the enormous financial bandwagon that is starting to roll and gathering momentum such that even if the climate continues to fail to warm, or even cools, it will be difficult to stop it. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Well that's according to this article from the Guardian. Mind you there are an awful lot of ifs and buts needed to achieve it - one of which is to make fossil fuels as expensive as possible, and the government are doing their best to achieve it.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
This Telegraph article highlights the big change at the BBC in allowing a sceptic view to be written on its website, as reported in an earlier post. Although the BBC have tried to play this down, it is hard not to see it as a new departure as no precedent has been pointed out.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
This article explains how the government's committee on climate change have come up with the idea that UK motorists have to be punished to try to reduce CO2 emissions and 'save the planet'. I'm sure they will show their gratitude in the ballot box.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Who says Gordon Brown is exaggerating when he says "climate change poses a greater threat to mankind than the two world wars and the great depression combined"? Easy for him to say, but on reflection I'd prefer a slightly warmer climate than the ravages of war. Here's the article just in case you think I made it up.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Here is a big article in the Daily Mail which highlights the doubts which many people are raising about the global warming hypothesis, just as the world's governments are trying to cobble together a deal to impoverish us all to try to reduce CO2 emissions (which will be unlikely to even prevent the level from rising).
Sunday, 18 October 2009
This report in the Telegraph gives the details. The question is - will all this state management produce the result that the government wants, or will it simply drive up prices while still leaving the lights to go out?
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Did you hear the great news about the low level of Antarctic ice melt this year? No, I thought not! So it's just as well the report is available on the internet. Surely this good news story should be told as it may mean sea levels will not be rising catastrophically after all.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
I recommend this article if you enjoy a good laugh. Apparently a psychologist thinks that we are all in denial over global warming and so the government and its lackies have to find ever more scary stories to make us overcome this "denial" problem. He has obviously completely discounted the obvious alternative theory - that most people simply do not believe him and his fellow alarmists. Perhaps he is delusional, but has not been able to diagnose his condition.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Here is an article on the BBC website that admits that those who do not accept that CO2 causes climate change have a case. For so long the BBC have repeated the mantra that 'the debate is over', yet here is an acknowledgement at long last that it is far from over.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
The government have seen the recent polls showing that the majority of the UK population do not believe the current scare over global warming, so they are embarking on new even scarier adverts on prime TV slots see - this article for details. I wonder if this kind of propaganda will work? If the message is at odds with the experience of those receiving it then it is likely to lead to even greater cynicism and outright derision. People today are just not that easily deceived.
Friday, 9 October 2009
As the sun's magnetic field declines, as shown by the current sunspot minimum, cosmic rays are 19% higher according to this NASA report. We do not know what effect this will have on climate, but several experts believe it will lead to increased cloud cover which will reflect more of the sun's radiation and cool the planet.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Someone once said that " a man may be lying in the gutter, but he is looking at the stars." (or may be something similar, I can't quite remember it).
Here is a fascinating website for those who like to speculate on the future of mankind. It looks at the vast energy required for long distance space travel, and although today it looks unattainable, it is no more so than a rocket would have been to our ancestors 300 years ago when the steam engine was invented. The point is that the green activists who constantly carp on about reducing our energy use would slow technological progress which depends on increasing available energy. They are pessimists. Progress depends on optimists.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
According to this BBC article the new UK Chief Scientist says the 'real' emissions of CO2 have not been reduced but merely moved abroad as we manufacture less and import more.
So the whole emission trading bureaucracy is just a scam, creating an illusion. When the truth is revealed we are simply wasting our money.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
After the previous doscredited hockey stick graph you might have expected scientists to have been a little more careful when trying to do a replica, but no - here is yet another piece of very selective use of data to give the "right" result. This comes only a few weeks after we learnt of the "missing" temperature data from the Hadley Centre. This is doing the image of science no good at all.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Here is a straight forward article explaining the hype over climate change in the Arctic. While there is no doubt that it is changing; this needs to be looked at in the wider context of the fact that it has always changed, and also it has been warming gradually since the Little Ice Age of three or four hundred years ago.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
It has been noted before how scientists who dare to question the hypothesis of man-made global warming are pushed out. This article by Joanne Nova gives many examples, but one in particular that illustrates the visciousness of this form of censorship which tries to maintain the fiction of "consensus", but at a high price.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
This article highlights the latest whinge from our nanny state. "Take a minute less in the shower and put less water in the kettle, stop using a hose-pipe" etc, etc. As if this is actually going to "save the planet"! When the government has time to devote to nagging us it just shows the public sector is over-staffed.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
This is an idea put forward by the Tyndall Centre in this article. So now we know what's in the minds of so-called green extremists. Never mind the ruined lives of all those who lose their jobs, so long as CO2 emissions are cut. When the climate ignores all the pain, what will they want to sacrifice next?
The following articles were sent to me by the author from Finland, Antti Roine:
"Power to the People"
and "Energy and Overpopulation Are Our Biggest Challenges"
They are both interesting and thought-provoking. Any comments welcome.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
This article gives a good account of why the "climate problem" will never be "solved". It's because it is an imaginary one dreamt up by those who who want to pretend to live a virtuous life, which is all very well when there is nothing more pressing to do, but when there is it becomes a luxury which can no longer be afforded.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
This report gives the details of the overlooked crucial role of the sun in our climate. Could we be about to enter a preiod of global cooling? If so it would not only turn the climate science world on its head, but it would also bring with it a load of problems far more serious than the ones which have caused such a panic among our politicians.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
With new advanced deep water drilling techniques leading to more major oil fields, it is looking increasingly likely that the time of peak oil is continuing to recede just as it has always done. There is still plenty out there, it is simply a case of paying the price of its extraction. See this article.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Norman Borlaug may not be as well known as Al Gore, but both have received the Nobel Peace prize. In Borlaug's case it was because he found a way of increasing crop yields to save the world from starving, whereas Al gore made a documentary full of errors and exaggerations to sustain a very weak hypothesis on climate change.
Here is the story of Mr Borlaug.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Here is an article about a new book by a leading scientist. In it he explains clearly the pressures they are under to keep quiet about any doubts they have on the man-made global warming hypothesis. It is all part of the reason why such a weak theory has come to dominate governments round the world.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Here is a new paper by the highly respected scientist Richard Lindzen in which he is able to show that the climate has its own way of dealing with extra heat, like its own thermostat. This is just one more piece of evidence in the jigsaw that debunks the current climate hysteria.
Friday, 18 September 2009
This report in the Guardian shows another leading climate scientist questionning the need for urgent action to "save the planet" from global warming. Yet more evidence of the growing lack of consensus on this issue.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
This report explains how the public are losing trust in scientists claims over global warming. I don't find this surprising, but it is very emcouraging to see it confirmed by an independent survey.
Here is a second survey which confirms the same trend. In the end reality will always trump predictions.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Here is a salutory tale of a grand project to bring on new technology falling foul of the funding shortage that is currently gripping the world. This could be the way a lot of other such projects may go. As the article says, it does not look good for the likelihood of 20% cuts in CO2 emissions by 2020. Maybe it's all just hot air.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
This report explains the real reason why the "climate change" bandwagon is kept on the road. It's all about money transfer from the developed world to the undeveloped world. Despite the fact that there is no evidence that any climate change has taken place due to CO2, no Western nation is prepared to say so. Odd isn't it?
Monday, 14 September 2009
This article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the utter lunacy being put out by those seeking to promote policies to reduce emissions of CO2. "We must continue with these policies, in order to look good", seems to be the message. Have Western governments ever appeared so weak?
Sunday, 13 September 2009
In a return to the days of religious dominance a former chief scientist to the UK Government has said The Church will need to corall us into greener lifestyles. This article in the Guardian gives the details.
In my opinion the scientist, Lord May, shows a rather naive understanding of modern life if he thinks we are ready to go back to the Dark Ages.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Chris Horner's new book - "Red Hot Lies", extracts can be read here Chris examines the media bias and the desparate measures by alarmists like Greenpeace to try and suppress any news that does not conform to the so-called "consensus". An interesting read.
Hat tip to Simon Filiatrault's Blog. Also an interesting read.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Here is a very interesting forecast by a leading scientist from the alarmist camp given to a UN world conference on climate change (NOT on the news!). Talking to 1500 leading climate scientists,he says that we may be facing two decades of global cooling, after which he expects further warming to continue. He is saying things which most other alarmists would not want mentioned, but in saying it he is at last opening up the debate and making it harder for other alarmists to credibly deny that previous certainty about our understanding of the science is no longer sustainable. Those who previously said things like "the science is settled" and "there is now consensus" are starting to look very foolish and their credibility is in serious question.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
As fairy tales go the latest offering from David Miliband (UK Foreign Secretary)are, to say the least, a little hard to swallow - see this report in the Guardian. His brother Ed, the Minister for Climate Change would be proud of him. Here is a small extract: "The spectre of a 4C warmer world, with alligators basking off the coast of Sweden, a vast desert surrounding the Mediterranean and a largely uninhabitable mainland Europe, is to be presented to European Union countries." Will this scare the politicans of Europe into spending billions on so-called "preventative measures"? One can just imagine the nightmares being suffrered with Heads of State hidng under the duvet!
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
At the end of October (26-30) York University Freedom Society are putting on a Climate Week to discuss the political and ethical ramifications of the current policies being put forward to deal with climate change. The web contacts for the event are on the right hand side of this blog. A few posters on the "discussion wall" seem intent on destrying the credibility of the event and the speakers. I would invite you to visit the "wall"** and put your points on there to show that there are plenty of us who can see through the propaganda.
**Wall now closed (24/9)
This report by (you've guessed it) geo-engineers, makes the claim that CO2 reductions will not be enough to save us from the ravages of global warming. It is interesting to note that there are geo-engineering solutions, and my thinking is that if they exist then we can save them for the time when they are needed, instead of wasting countless billions in a futile attempt to reduce emissions of CO2.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
This Guardian story tells of a huge new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. While we can never predict the future accurately this find is further proof that there is no immediate lack of oil and so no desparate need to transform our energy source (that is unless you believe the climate alarmists).
Monday, 7 September 2009
This article from Forbes magazine explains the stance being taken by the Chinese on the issue of paying for CO2 reductions. It is an interesting argument, but one way of interpreting this is to put a tax on chinese imports. I know the Chinese do not want this outcome - they want the West to hand over Billions of dollars to them, but another way to stop chinese emissions is to put a tax on them. Watch out China - be careful what you wish for!
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
This article looks at the issue of the politicisation of climate science and how it has tainted the whole process of seeking out the truth. The author, Sam Westrop, is the chairman of the York University Freedom Society who are putting on a Climate Week at the end of October. It promises to be a most interesting event.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Christopher Booker's Column explains the bureaucratic way in which the UK government has apparently failed to implement a water-tight ban on the incandescent light bulbs. According to the government they should be banned as from 1st September, but it is doubtful if there is a clear law to back up this ban. This article shows how the low energy bulbs are being promoted on a false prospectus. We must wait for the first "light bulb martyr" to be prosecuted for selling one!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
In a report just published by the International Institiute for Environment and Development (IIED) the findings are that the cost of adaption and mitigation are much higher than that given by the Stern Report. The figures given by the IIED demonstrate the enormity of the task of decarbonising the planet's emissions. It's a task that democratically elected governments will find it impossible to finance without becoming very unpopular, particularly in the current recession. The Telegraph has this article on the report.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
This article explains how the Carbon Trust, which the UK government funds (to the tune of £100 million last year) in order to promote climate change propaganda in Britain, is now going to launch an international campaign in the USA. As if the USA hasn't got enough climate alarmist propaganda of its own!
Monday, 31 August 2009
The US Chamber of Commerce is pressing the Environment Protection Agency to hold a public hearing into the evidence for man-made global warming, (details here). This could be the moment when the truth emerges, or at least highlights how much we still don't know.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
A lot of scare stories have been put out by alarmists about the dramatic melt down of glaciers leading to a surge in sea level. In this environment it is difficult to get a true picture. Here is a good article on the subject which explains the science in a fairly understandable way in about 5 pages. In fact the Australian Institute of Geoscientists magazine is a very interesting publication.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
As a councillor I often read reports and sometimes find them heavy going. In fact when I look at some of the ones given out on climate change they seem to be so long and impenetrable that I wonder if anyone reads them at all. The other day Peter Lilley MP sent me a copy of the reply tohis letter to the Climate Change Minister requesting answers to a number of questions. The answers were, of course, non-answers in as much as they were based on a set of assumptions that could not be verified, and could be argued to be completely wrong. In his reply, however, the minister referrred to some reports on websites, and so I thought I would check these out in case there was any useful mis-information in them.
The first one was barred to me, but the second referred to a 560 page report on changing to a low-carbon economy (yawn). Moving swiftly to number three I found a 108 page report about emission trading. Only 108! - I started it, and when I got to page 8 I found this nugget:
"It is difficult to anticipate what fraction of costs firms in the cement and steel industry will be able to pass through, most likely more than 0% and at least in the island situation of the UK also less than 100%. If we assume for example that 50% of the costs of CO2 allowances are passed through, then free allocation covering about half the emissions retains current profit levels. This result is sensitive to assumptions on international trade elasticities." For those with insomnia here is the link to the report.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Sometimes greens reveal their true colours such as in this interview by the former head of Greenpeace. Politics and propaganda in favour of "social justice" is their true aim, which most of us knew already.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
I sometimes imagine that there is little left to find out about our planet and then I read something like this and it makes me realise what a lot we still have to learn. The article refers to possibly vast quantities of water under the earth's surface. I wonder what effect all this might have on climate? The reality is - we just don't know.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
This article on the excellent Watts Up With That blog is about a simple request for data on tree-rings to Queen's University in Belfast. The refusal by what is a publicly funded body seems particularly frustrating and again begs the question - what are they afraid of? So much for openness and transparency.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
This article explains the gist of the new proposal which is less damaging than the government scheme, but still damaging nevertheless. Should the government be defeated on the issue, they were hoping to go for a "double dissolution" of both houses of parliament with the prospect (they hope) of being returned with a bigger majority to "tackle global warming". However this article explains that this plan could back-fire. There is still a long way to go, and knowing politicians a "deal" is most likely to be done.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Here is a good article describing how the raw temperature data is used to create the world's average temperature. It can only do so in general terms because the details are being kept secret by the scientists who do the work. So it is not possible to verify the work or to challenge it. How unscientific is that?
Sunday, 16 August 2009
This piece from Christopher Booker sums up the UK position nicely. The government is living in cloud cuckoo-land! Swamped with EU directives on the one hand and starved of any help from the government on the other, the prospects don't look too good for UK farming.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
This new study by Danish scientists shows a link between the strength of the Earth's magnetic field and the climate over a long time span. The effect is similar to that of the Sun's magnetic field which was the theory put forward by other scientists previously. All these theories are difficult to prove but no more so than the current one of CO2 being responsible for catastrophic global warming.
Friday, 14 August 2009
This article explains why Dr. Phil Jones, head of the Hadley Centre, has been refusing freedom of information requests for his temperature data. His convenient admission prevents anyone from replicating his results. What a very unscientific and unsatisfactory state of affairs.
More on this in the National Post.
This report from the excellent Carbon Sense Coalition explains the flawed thinking behind the Australian government's proposal to kill a million camels. Far from saving on emissions, as the report explains, this proposal will lead to large amounts of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere as the hapless animals decompose.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Breaking news - The Australian Senate has just rejected the Emission Trading Scheme put forward by the Labour government. Details here. This deadlock could lead eventually to a dissolution of parliament, unless a compromise can be reached. At least there is a resistance down there, unlike the supine surrender here in the UK.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
It seems incredible to me that the few scientists who have access to the world's temperature data claim that they cannot disclose the data "because of confidentiality agreements". You can read all about it here at the Climate Audit website. Steve McIntyre, who famously discovered earlier that the 1930's was a warmer decade than the 1990's in the USA, cannot believe it either. It does leave those of a suspicious mind that perhaps the alarmists scientists holding the data have something to hide! For more on this see Christopher Booker's column in the Telegraph.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Yes folks, you and I as taxpayers will ultimately face a big bill because the UK government will miss its own target for CO2 reduction according to this article in the Telegraph. Instead of cutting its CO2 the government will have to pay the extra millions to "offset" its extra emissions. Welcome to the barmy world of trying to save the planet from global warming.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Here is another piece of science that does not fit with the alarmist theory of CO2 causing "dangerous warming" of the planet. The article is rather lengthy and contains a lot of technical language, though it is quite clear if you have a little science background. Basically it explains that the "residence time" (RT) for CO2 to remain in the atmosphere is alleged by the alarmist scientists to be between 50 and 200 years, or some state even up to 1000 years. This RT is essential for the CO2 theory to stack up. However in the article, Scientists have calculated, as the article shows, that the true RT for CO2 is only between 5 to 15 years. The evidence presented seems very convincing and I don't see how science on such an issue cannot be resolved by all the experts, but if they cannot agree on even one fundamental point then clearly the science of climate is impossible to agree on.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
This article explains that 60 top German scientists have written to Angela Merkel to ask her to look again at the latest science before committing the government to expensive measures to reduce CO2. Yet further evidence of a lack of "consensus" on the issue.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
This is the result of a research project - details in this report. The difference depends on the degree of warming that occurs, so if temperatures rise in line with the previous century then the rise will be around 3 inches - even less than the rise observed in the last century which was believed to be around 7 inches.
Friday, 7 August 2009
Every household in the UK will have to pay a total of £300 each by 2020 so that electric companies can fit new "smart" meters. These meters are supposed to lead to energy savings by consumers switching off appliances (they hope!) and will also enable readings to be taken remotely. Although this will lead to very substantial savings for the companies, it is the poor old consumer that has to pay, according to this article in the Telegraph.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
You would think that reducing energy use in any organisation would be a win-win situation, but that is only true if the savings can be made at a reasonable cost. Beyond that it is not worth doing unless someone changes the rules.
This article in the Times explains how the government are using a carrot and stick approach to coerce universities into reducing their CO2 emissions. Yet another example of how this obsession with CO2 is set to drive up costs through artificial government intervention. One way or another students will end up with the bill.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Now councils are to tax workplace parking spaces in an attempt to coerce motorists into abandoning their cars. The story in the Telegraph explains the (flawed) thinking behind this new tax. Apparently even the government recognises it will adversely affect business and so has delayed its introduction by a year. Yet more pain for no gain.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
This articledescribes the strong feelings of members of the American Chemical Society towards their magazine editor for his strong support for the CO2 theory of global warming. It is interesting to read the high level of support for scientists who take a view that the CO2 theory is far from proven. This reaction clearly shows that there is no consensus on the science.
Monday, 3 August 2009
This report explains the massive amount being spent on obtaining the "proof" that CO2 is causing catastrophic climate change. Yet despite this no clear evidence has been found. Iy is both amazing and at the same time very worrying that so much has been spent to effectively buy a sphere of science and deny any contrary research to be heard.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
This new paper gives the details. Clearly the climate is much too complex for any simplistic CO2 theory to explain it adequately and papers like this are starting to add to our understanding of it.
Saturday, 1 August 2009
This report explains the details of the civil court case that is to take place in Australia. This will be a landmark case and it is to be hoped that the company mount a good defence (unlike this UK firm!)otherwise this nonsense will become commonplace in Western courts.
Friday, 31 July 2009
So the Met Office has at last decided to "revise" its long range forecast for this summer. They have decided it is not going to be a "barbecue summer" after all. A bit late perhaps, but to be fair they only said there was a 65% chance that their forecast would be correct. In fact they have incorrectly forecast similar weather for the past three years. This article in the Guardian explains that "the accuracy of a forecast is diminished by the inherent chaos of weather systems. As forecasters look further and further ahead, the chaotic behaviour of the atmosphere makes predictions less and less reliable". It then curiously goes on to say "they help businesses affected by the weather to plan ahead", which begs two questions; first how can they be of any use when they are so likely to be wrong, and secondly if the Met Office can't forecast six months ahead why do they believe they can make forecasts for the coming century, and why should anyone have confidence in them?
Continuing from the last point, why should governments add thousands of pounds to peoples cost of living to combat "dangerous climate change" based on such flawed forecasts?
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Here is one prediction in a recent New York Times article from a NASA scientist forecasting a possible Dalton Minimum. Yet, at the same time, I read this item in the Telegraph predicting record high temperatures in the next few years, again allegedly coming from NASA. I know that these predictions are extremely difficult so why won't the media admit that it really amounts to no more than educated guess work, instead of pretending that scientists really understand all the complex interactions that make up our climate.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Some people have been taken in so completely by the continuous stream of propaganda coming from the media that they are now preparing to starve themselves in a pathetic attempt to save the planet. While I am sympathetic to the plight of these poor demented souls, they must be told that their efforts are futile and no one will pay them any attention should they persist. No doubt the Health Service will pick up the pieces at taxpayers expense after this self-inflicted effort to ruin their health.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Here is an interesting piece which explains that much of the world's extra heat comes not from heat-trapping CO2, but from the heat produced by man. This is a novel idea, but the paper has been peer reviewed, so it deserves to be taken seriously. However it should also be pointed out that these calculations do not take into account mechanisms which lose heat from the earth such as the role of clouds.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
This article gives the details of unseasonal weather all over the USA. While this does not indicate any trend, it does indicate that the fears of "dangerous warming" are, at least exaggerated. Our climate is variable and therefore we should not jump to conclusions based on extreme weather - either hot or cold. Alarmists on the other hand are only too ready to attribute any extreme event on "climate change" instead of admitting that it is simply part of the nermal pattern of our weather.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
The latest UK government policy to "save the planet" is a recipe for economic and employmetn disaster says Dominic Lawson, son of Nigel the former UK Chancellor. His article is well worth reading. A pity the government are not taking more notice, or the Opposition leadership come to that.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
This article explains the consequences of dearer electricity as jobs are lost, with more to come. High unemployment beckons due to the recession, but this will be compounded by increased energy prices aided by the dash for costly wind farms.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
This article forecasts the result of implementing a carbon trading scheme with all its state control and bureaucracy will be like the privatization schemes under the communists - massive fortunes for a few at the expense of the rest of us. Rather like communism itself, state control is not an instrument of fairness.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
No, I thought not, but the HPI (Happy Planet Index) is getting some attention from those who govern us. It is typical of what passes for science these days; a lot of guesswork fed into a computer with the results treated as if they were something important. Judge for yourself if you have the time by clicking on this link. Apparently Burma comes out much higher up than the UK or USA, so make of that what you will!
Then there's the SDC (Sustainable Development Commission). These people are advisors to the UK government. If you have time to go through a 136 page report there is a wealth of arguments against the present capitalist society with its imperative for growth. Let's be honest, the present system is not perfect and listing its defects is easy to do, but when it comes to practical alternatives they seem to be relying on massive state intervention and controls to create an "equal society" in which many things are rationed. Running right through it is the assumption that carbon must be severely reduced and rationed.
Some might think that these organisations are looking at what used to be called "communism" and dressing it up in a new wrapper.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The UK's Local Government Association, in its latest magazine for all councillors, has returned to its favourite topic - global warming (or climate change as they prefer to call it). Not content to print multiple articles in the magazine they have even sent us all an additional magazine, filled with exhortations to "tackle climate change". Any change it seems can be tackled - even showing a picture of winter snow to make the point.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The leaders of the G8 developed nations played their own version of the famous monarch by declaring that they would "keep the world's temperature to no more than a 2 degree rise in temperature". This article in the WSJ gives the details of the latest summit where they pretend to solve the world's problems.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Australia could have a very important influence on the political response to global warming. Today there is an on-line poll in a national newspaper in Oz where Al Gore is currently carrying out a number of engagements.
The poll can be reached via this link which goes to the article. There is no doubt that politicians are becoming very aware of public opinion and so polls are a very important way of geeting a message to them. - so get voting!!
Monday, 13 July 2009
This report from the Times is from 2007, but apart from a few hot days at the end of June, this year seems remarkably similar, and the reason is the low position of the jet stream. I'm not pretending I can forecast the weather (I'll leave that to the Met Office), but it does seem to be a long way from the "hot dry summers" that are supposed to become the norm due to GW.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
This Mail on Sunday article by Peter Sissons, a former senior BBC news presenter reveals how they are expected to give an easy ride to those propagating the man made climate change theory.
Of course this has been obvious for some time, but it is important to see it confirmed by someone who was at the heart of the organisation.
At the pretentiously named "World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment" in Oxford, Al Gore made a tub thumping appeal for world leaders to unite as they did against the nazis - see this article in the Mail. There was disappointement that not enough people attended to hear this one-sided bore, but why should people want to pay money to hear something they had heard a thousand times before?
Surely the whole point of a conference is to hear from all those who have a contribution to make.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
There is to be a climate conference here in the UK from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October. It is to be held at the University of York by The Freedom Association (TFA) and is set to discuss all aspects of the climate debate and scrutinise the government's policies. Opportunities will be given to speakers from both sides to make their case. More details can be found on this official site.
Friday, 10 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Here is a very important post from the EU Referendum Blog. It highlights the experience in Spain from a recent report into so-called "green jobs" which President Obama is claiming will make up for the lost jobs from traditional industries which will be closed as a result of his CO2 emission reduction policies. The post makes grim reading for those who will be looking for work.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
This article explains how the bill will, in effect, tax home-refined fuel twice while imported fuel only once. This will destroy home jobs and drive up prices. Yet more unintended consequences of the hopeless quest to control climate.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Yes, that's right, Gordon Brown is again poised to save us according to this article in the Telegraph. He plans to persuade the West to set up a fund of £100 billion of our hard-earned taxes and give it to the developing world. I hope you are feeling suitably grateful!
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Yes, brave little Scotland has agreed, unilaterally, to double the target of the UK government in a bold, though futile, attempt to "save the planet". No doubt the Scottish people will be suitably grateful when the jobs disappear and the lights go out. You can read the details here.
The World Development Movement (WDM - yet another well funded NGO which hardly anyone has heard of!) is holding a demonstration today at the Kingsnorth power station to protest against the proposal to build a new coal-fired power station on the site. You can read the claims they are making here. They are based on nothing more than guesswork using data which is itself completely unreliable, but the figures are obviously designed to sound scary. It is pure propaganda but where is the rebuttal? Unless these kind of things are rebutted then they will be believed by the gullible and uninformed. I bet there are no demonstrations in favour of building a new plant, yet without new plants the electricity supply will become unreliable and the lights will go out. Only then will the public wake up - when the damage has been done and it's too late.
Friday, 3 July 2009
This detailed report from the website of Australian Senator, Steve Fielding, gives a real insight into the thinking of governments on this vital issue. Read for yourself the very straightforward questions that Senator Fielding and his team of experts put to the Australian Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, and her scientific advisers. I doubt that any other government minister would have given any very different answers. Once again this exchange highlights the very sketchy evidence of CO2 causing serious warming on which governments are prepared to push such costly measures on their peoples.
Further to my earlier article on this,This article gives another account of the recent UK detailed climate predictions for the coming century. There is another take on it here. I think theses predictions will prove a step too far for the public to accept, as they are even more catastrophic than those from the IPCC. The difference between forecast and reality is becoming more apparent as each new forecast of apocalypse comes out.