The Great Global Warming Swindle!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-03-10 19:12

Surprise, surprise.

You can watch the entire thing now - for free - already on Google Video.
Watch it while you can, here is the link below.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

The Great Global Warming Swindle.

This astounding documentary was aired last Thursday night (8th of March) in the UK.
What it illustrates both clearly and definitively is that global warming through human activity is the most contrived pseudo-science of the last 30 years. The scale of the swindle is both frightening. As the film narrator boldly states:

“Everywhere you are told that man-made climate change is proved beyond doubt, but you are being told lies. Each day the news reports grow more fantastically apocalyptic. Politicians no longer dare to express any doubt about climate change.
This is the story of how a theory about climate turned into a political ideology.
It is the story of the distortion of a whole area of science. It is the story of how a political campaign turned into a bureaucratic band-wagon. This is a story of censorship and intimidation. It is a story about westerners invoking the threat of climatic disaster to hinder vital industrial progress in the developing world. The global warming story is a cautionary tale of how a media scare became the defining idea of a generation.”

This film proceeds to completely strip away the emperor clothes of the theory of global warming caused by man-made CO2. It’s main points against the theory are that:

1) “We are told that the earth’s climate is changing, but the earth’s climate is always changing. In earth’s history there have been countless periods when it was much warmer and much cooler that it is today. When much of the world was covered by tropical forests or else vast ice sheets. The climate has always changed, and changed without any help from us humans.”

“The polar bears obviously survived that period, they are with us today, they are very adaptable and these warm periods in the past posed no problem for them.” Says Professor John Clark – Dept of Earth Sciences – University of Ottawa.

2) If you take the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere of all gases, it is 0.054%. The proportions that human are adding is even smaller, the main source in fact coming from the world’s oceans. CO2 is a relatively minor greenhouse gas. The geological records show that in fact CO2 does not precede warming, but lags behind it by some 300 years. So as Gore rightly says in his film “An Inconvenient Truth” that there is a correlation between CO2 and temperature. However it is not a positive one, but a negative one, in fact often an inverse correlation.

3) The atmosphere is made up of a multitude of gases and a small percentage of them are the greenhouse gases. And of that small percentage, 95% of it is water vapour, and that is by far the most important greenhouse gas often in the form of clouds. Further, solar activity is the most accurate way of predicting climate changes on earth. The interplay between water vapour and solar activity being the main determinants of earth’s climate and human beings have almost no influence upon.

4) If greenhouse warming were presently occurring you would get more warming in the troposphere, because greenhouse gases trap heat from escaping the atmosphere in the troposphere. However, that is just not the case. The data collected from satellites and weather balloons show that the earth is in fact warmer than the atmosphere. This evidence damns the theory of greenhouse effect upon climate through CO2.

Surprising is the origins of this political scandal. Apparently it originated from a desire of Margaret Thatcher in the eighties to discredit fossil fuels in favour of nuclear power.

Even more shocking is that the entire present global warming lobby, hijacked from Thatcher by neo-Marxists and Environmentalists, has become in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats an evil “gravy train” of the millions of tax dollars pocketed in this disgusting “global warming” industry which is based upon a lie.

“Fact of the matter is that tens of thousands of jobs depend on Global Warming right now. It’s a big business.” Says Professor Patrick Michaels – Dept of Environmental Sciences – University of Virginia.

“Climate scientists need there to be a problem in order to get funding.” Says Dr Roy Spencer – Weather Satellite Team Leader – NASA.

As the film spells out for us:

Man-made global warming is no ordinary theory. It is presented in the media as having the stamp of authority of an impressive international organisation. The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change or IPCC.

“The IPCC like any UN body is political. The final conclusions are politically driven. It’s become a great industry in itself and if the whole global warming farrago collapsed, there would an awful lot of people out of jobs and looking for work.” Says Professor Philip Scott – Dept of Biogeography – University of London.

“This claim that the IPCC is the worlds top 1500 or 2500 scientists: you look at the bibliographies of the people and it is simply not true. There are quite a number of non-scientists. Those people that are specialists but don’t agree with the polemic and resign, and there are a number of them I know of, they are simply put on the author list and become part of this “2500 of the worlds top scientists”. We have a vested interest in causing panic, because then, money will flow to climate science.” Says Professor Paul Reiter – IPCC and Pasteur Institute of Paris.

“And to build up the number to 2500 they have to start taking reviewers and Government people and so on, anyone who has been close to them. And none of these people are asked if they agree, many of them disagree. People have decided that you have to convince other people that since no scientist disagrees - you shouldn’t disagree either. But whenever you hear that in science you know that it is pure propaganda.” Says Professor Richard Lindzen – IPCC and M.I.T.

Unfortunately as the Times notes, the whole Global Warming bandwagon has evolved into “less an issue and more a doom-laden religion demanding sacrifice to Gaia for our wicked fossil fuel-driven ways.”

“There is such intolerance. This is most politically incorrect thing possible to doubt this climate change orthodoxy.” Says Lord Lawson of Blaby (In 2005 a House of Lords enquiry was set up to examine the scientific evidence of man-made cause of Global Warming and Lord Lawson was a member of it.) He goes on to comment - "We had a very thorough enquiry and took evidence from a whole lot of people expert in this area and we produced a report. What surprised me was to discover how weak and uncertain the science was. In fact there are more and more thoughtful people, some of them a little bit frightened to come out in the open. But who quietly privately and some of them publicly are saying ‘hang on, wait a moment, this simply just does not add up’."

“I often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists on the global warming issue and that humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system. Well I am one scientist and there are many that simply think that is not true.” Says Professor John Christy – Lead Author IPCC

And finally the definitive comment of the documentary must belong to Nigel Calder – the Former Editor of the New Scientist.

“I have seen and heard their spitting fury at anybody that might disagree with them, which is not the scientific way. The whole global warming business has become like a religion and people who disagree are called heretics. I am a heretic. The makers of this programme are all heretics.”

After this documentary and more publicity, hopefully not heretics for much longer!!!


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Response to George Monbiot: Why 'Amazongate' matters

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George Monbiot should be calling the IPCC to account for its unreferenced rainforest claims, rather than attacking its critics

Richard North
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 July 2010

In what has become the long-running saga of the unsubstantiated claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) about the potential effects of global warming on the Amazon rainforest, the fact that George Monbiot has weighed in so heavily to the "Amazongate" issue is perhaps a measure of its importance.

One cannot help but enjoy the irony of Monbiot's apology for troubling his readers over an issue which he claims is "trivial", then spending so much time and effort exploring it.

But the one thing Monbiot has not told us, in his torrent of excoriating verbiage, is quite why "Amazongate" – the name given to the "outing" of the IPCC - is so important. In his rush to condemn those who pointed out the error of the IPCC's ways, and me in particular, he somehow glosses over this essential point.

And that essential point is that the IPCC got it wrong, not once but in several different ways, in making a key assertion about the Amazon rainforests which, when the chips are down, is entirely without foundation. Let us count the errors of its ways...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Met Office report: global warming evidence is 'unmistakable'

A new climate change report from the Met Office and its US equivalent has provided the "greatest evidence we have ever had" that the world is warming.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
28 Jul 2010

The report brings together the latest temperature readings from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean

Usually scientists rely on the temperature over land, taken from weather stations around the world for the last 150 years, to show global warming.

But climate change sceptics questioned the evidence, especially in the wake of recent scandals like "climategate".

Now for the first time, a report has brought together all the different ways of measuring changes in the climate. The ten indicators of climate change include measurements of sea level rise taken from ships, the temperature of the upper atmosphere taken from weather balloons and field surveys of melting glaciers.

New technology also means it is possible to measure the temperature of the oceans, which absorb 90 per cent of the world's heat.

The State of the Climate report shows “unequivocally that the world is warming and has been for more than three decades”...

Dr Peter Stott, Head of Climate Monitoring and Attribution at the Met Office, said “variability” in different regions, such as the cold winter in Britain, does not mean the rest of the world is not warming.

And he said 'greenhouse gases are the glaringly obvious explanation' for 0.56C (1F) warming over the last 50 years.

“Despite the fact people say global warming has stopped, the new data, added onto existing data, gives us the greatest evidence we have ever had,” he said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

mpaullloyd responds:

"A mere 0.56 degrees over fifty years!? Sorry but I don't quite see how that can be seen as anything but part of a long term variable?
It doesn't bear any relation to the previous projections based on rising atmospheric CO2 levels which are now looking decidedly shaky."

omg responds:

"Abandon the cars, cancel the planes and trains, close the factories, shops and offices. Turn off the TVs and shutdown the transmitters. Disband the Government and the civil service. Cancel the Radio and TV stations. Turn off the washing machines and the cookers and the light bulbs. Turn off the heating and the gas supply. Shut down the power stations, petrol stations and supply chain. Abandon the lorries and ships and the canal boats.

The world has warmed by 0.56C.

Or alternatively get yourself down the beach and enjoy the nice weather."

Unlikely Skeptic: A Liberal Environmentalist challenges GW

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Daily Telegraph

Chris Huhne to announce increase in wind turbines

Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, will this week pave the way for a controversial increase in wind turbines in a bid to protect Britain from a looming energy crisis.

By Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor
24 Jul 2010

...Britain, which is already the world leader in offshore wind power generation, will require 7,500 turbines in its coastal waters by 2020 to meet European Union energy targets.

Mr Huhne took a dimmer view of nuclear power stations, claiming: "We basically said exactly the same as Labour on the point about no public subsidy. I suspect the difference is that we mean it."

However, he added: "I suspect that new nuclear will go ahead. Investors are telling me very strongly that they expect to be able to go ahead given the framework we can put in place."

Mr Huhne, who will present an Energy Bill to parliament by the end of the year, said the cheapest way of "closing the gap between demand and supply" was still getting more households and businesses to save energy.

He said the way forward was more use of "smart" lighting systems – which switch themselves off when rooms are unoccupied – and greater taken up of cavity wall and loft insulation.

He added: "I'm not a hair-shirt Green....The name of the game is not to get people wearing hair-shirts and going for self-flagellation. The name of the game is to try and ensure that people are able to do exactly what gives them enjoyment."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Not So Much Trouble in Paradise

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Der Spiegel

07/23/2010

Not So Much Trouble in Paradise

Are Coral Islands Really Doomed?

By Gerald Traufetter in the Maldives

For many scientists, there are only two types of material: living and dead. "It makes thinking nice and easy," says Paul Kench, a geologist with the University of Auckland in New Zealand...

Like polar bears on their melting ice floes, the sinking island paradises have become symbols of climate change. In a calculated effort to draw attention to the plight of his country, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed held an underwater cabinet meeting at the end of last year, just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. "If we want to save the world, saving the Maldives, I suggest, is a very good starting point," Nasheed said.

In this heated climate, Kench and his fellow scientists warn against drawing premature conclusions. Only last month, Kench and Arthur Webb of the Fuji-based Pacific Island Applied Geoscience Commission published a study whose results were completely unexpected.

The geomorphologists compared old aerial photographs taken in World War II with current satellite images. To their surprise, they found that most of the atolls they were studying had either grown or remained unchanged in the last few decades, even though the sea level has already risen by 12 centimeters (about 5 inches).

As soon as it was published, the study became ammunition in the political battle over global warming. Climate activists questioned its conclusions, which would normally be welcomed as good news. Skeptics of anthropogenic climate change, on the other hand, seized upon the study as evidence that all the excitement over global warming is completely unnecessary...

http://www.spiegel.de/internat...
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Daily Telegraph

Desperate days for the warmists

Warmists may be winning the big grants, but they're not winning the argument, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
24 Jul 2010

...Particularly bizarre was a story last week covering the front page and an inside page of one newspaper, headed "Oil giant gives £1 million to fund climate sceptics".

The essence of this tale was that Exxon Mobil, the oil giant that is the world's third biggest company, last year gave "almost £1 million" to four US think-tanks. These had gone on to dismiss the Climategate inquiries as "whitewashes".

It was hardly necessary to be given money by Exxon to see what was dubious about those inquiries. Not one of the knowledgeable sceptics who have torn them apart has received a cent from Big Oil. But what made this particularly laughable was that the penny-packets given to think-tanks that have been largely irrelevant to the debate are utterly dwarfed by the colossal sums poured into the army of groups and organisations on the other side of the argument.

Even the big oil companies have long been putting their real money into projects dedicated to showing how they are in favour of a "low-carbon economy". In 2002 Exxon gave $100 million to Stanford University to fund research into energy sources needed to fight global warming. BP, which rebranded itself in 2004 as "Beyond Petroleum", gave $500 million to fund similar research.

The Grantham Institute provides another example. It was set up at the LSE and Imperial College with £24 million from Jeremy Grantham, an investment fund billionaire, to advise governments and firms on how to promote and invest in ways to "fight climate change", now one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative businesses in the world.

Compare the funding received by a handful of think-tanks to the hundreds of billions of dollars lavished on those who speak for the other side by governments, foundations, multinational corporations, even Big Oil, and the warmists are winning hands down. But only financially: they are not winning the argument.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

US Senate drops bill to cap carbon emissions

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US Senate drops bill to cap carbon emissions

Plan to charge large polluters abandoned in favour of narrower legislation focusing on increasing firms' liability for oil spills

Haroon Siddique and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 July 2010

A major climate change bill that would have capped carbon emissions has been abandoned by Democrats in the US Senate in the face of opposition from both sides of the house.

Under pressure from falling popularity ratings, Barack Obama had hoped the bill would add to the two biggest legislative successes of his presidency: the comprehensive health care bill and reform of the US banking and financial sector.

Democrats have been trying to pass a plan that charges power plants, manufacturers and other large polluters for their carbon dioxide emissions, the leading contributor to global warming, for more than a year. But it ran into opposition from Republican senators, as well as Democrats eager not to jeopardise their chances in November's midterm elections.

Republicans said the bill would create a "national energy tax", warning costs would be passed to consumers in the form of higher electricity bills and fuel costs that would lead manufacturers to take their factories overseas, putting jobs at risk.

The failure to pass sweeping energy legislation is likely to weaken the US negotiating position heading into the international climate negotiations in Mexico at the end of the year...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Professor Stephen Schneider

Professor Stephen Schneider, who died on Monday aged 65, made his name in the 1970s by predicting a "new ice age", but went on to become one of the best-known proponents of the idea of global warming caused by human activities.

21 Jul 2010

...His vigour in public debate attracted vitriol. An FBI investigation found his name on a neo-Nazi "death list", and a constant stream of abusive emails reached a peak earlier this year after he published a paper showing that 97-98 per cent of climate scientists agree that mankind's carbon emissions are causing global temperatures to increase.

But his anger over the purposeful distortion of the environmental debate was equally directed at what he called the "almost religious fervour of the emotive enviros", which he regarded as nearly as damaging as the manipulations of the deniers. Interest groups of both extremes, he argued, "select information out of context to protect their interests while clear exposition and balanced assessment sinks even lower on the priority list of advocate-driven debates"...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

UN in fresh bid to salvage international deal on climate change

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UN in fresh bid to salvage international deal on climate change

Campaigners welcome plans to amend the way Kyoto protocol resolutions are passed

Amelia Hill
The Guardian, Thursday 22 July 2010

Climate change campaigners yesterday welcomed UN plans to amend the way changes to the Kyoto protocol are made in an effort to salvage negotiations on a new international deal.

Under the plans, countries could be forced to accept decisions made by a majority of members. Currently, no resolution can be passed by the group without full agreement...

But Lynas warned that any changes to the current consensus situation would cause "fury, angst and consternation". It could, he said, exacerbate the deep mistrust between rich and poor countries that has already bedevilled the global climate talks.

"Countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba will claim to feel sidelined by this alteration in the rules," he said. "But the central question is whether or not America and China agree on the amendment because the world can't go ahead without those countries."

Ed Miliband, the shadow energy secretary, acknowledged that the current deadlock has to be broken. "We know there needs to be reform of the UN process around tackling climate change," he said. "We saw at Copenhagen how some countries blocked progress and we can't allow that to happen again."

The amendment was welcomed by Farhana Yamin, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

"The stalemate in negotiations has gone on for 15 years," she said. "This consensus arrangement is an extraordinary and ridiculous anomaly in the make up of Kyoto that exists in few other UN organisations.

"This is a positive way of forcing laggard countries who hold out and play their veto hand the whole time, to engage in constructive talks," she added. "Under this new system, they will realise that unless they are constructive, they will lose their voice altogether."

The third amendment suggested in the same UN paper to break the deadlock is for the Kyoto protocol to be extended after the deadline runs out on 31 December 2012.

But, the paper added, by the time all countries agree to this, there will still be a gap between the ending of the current commitment period and the start of the extension period.

It would also fail to solve the problem identified by the UN climate chief Yvo de Boer, who recently admitted that the pledges made so far by countries to cut emissions fall far short of what was needed to avoid catastrophic global warming.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Fears for road safety as lights switched off on motorway

Motorway lights are being switched off at midnight across the country, raising safety concerns.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
19 Jul 2010

The Highways Agency announced that an eight-mile stretch of the M6 in Lancashire would be the seventh site in England where the lights are turned off between midnight and 5am. The quango, which is responsible for more than 4,000 miles of motorway and trunk road, said the move will save money and carbon emissions and even stop light pollution...

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM Motoring Trust, said there were concerns about road safety but so far there have been no increase in accidents on the stretches of road where lights have been switched off.

“There is a slight possibliliy of the risk increasing. We had concerns about it when it first started, we were worried about safety, but there is no evidence of that at the moment and it has allowed the Highways Agency to reinvest money in re-surfacing and other measures,” he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/mot...
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Daily Telegraph

Mad Max film delay as landscape 'too green'

Production of the sequel to the Mad Max films has been suspended because the desert-like landscape in which it was to be shot is too green.

Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
22 Jul 2010

Mad Max 4: Fury Road was due to be filmed over the next few months in and around the outback town of Broken Hill, in the far west of the state of New South Wales, Australia.

However, recent heavy rains have turned the dusty plains surrounding the town into rolling grassland...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Misleading headline

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Daily Telegraph

World on course for hottest year since 1880

The world is on course for the hottest year since records began in 1880 after record-breaking temperatures in four of the first six months of the year, according to meteorologists

20 Jul 2010

On the face of it, these numbers would seem to be alarming confirmation of climate models that put Earth on a path towards an environmental catastrophe...

A hotter-than-average 2010 is due at least in part to the influence of periodic El Ninos, which disrupt weather patterns in the equatorial Pacific, Le Treut and other experts point out.

"We now know that the year following an El Nino will be globally unusually warm," said Andrew Watson, a professor at the University of East Anglia in Britain.

"1998 was such a year. It's clear that 2010 will be very close to 1998 and quite possibly it will beat it," he said...

"Taken in isolation these figures say nothing about climate change," said Barry Gromett, spokesman for Britain's national weather and climate centre, the Met Office...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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New Scientist

Without candour, we can't trust climate science

14 July 2010

IS CLIMATEGATE finally over? It ought to be, with the publication of the third UK report into the emails leaked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Incredibly, none looked at the quality of the science itself.

The MPs' inquiry - rushed out before the UK general election on 6 May - ducked the science because the university said it was setting up an "independent scientific assessment panel" chaired by geologist Ron Oxburgh.

After publishing his five-page epistle, Oxburgh declared "the science was not the subject of our study". Finally, last week came former civil servant Muir Russell's 150-page report. Like the others, he lambasted the CRU for its secrecy but upheld its integrity - despite declaring his study "was not about... the content or quality of [CRU's] scientific work" (see "Scientists respond to Muir Russell report").

Though the case for action to cut greenhouse gases remains strong, this omission matters. How can we know whether CRU researchers were properly exercising their judgment? Without dipping his toes into the science, how could Russell tell whether they were misusing their power as peer reviewers to reject papers critical of their own research, or keep sceptical research out of reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Russell's report was much tougher on data secrecy, finding a "consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness". Key data on matters of public importance - like CRU's assembly of 160 years of global thermometer data - cannot be regarded as private property. Even so, he ought to have joined Oxburgh in calling for greater documentation of the "judgmental decisions" that turned raw data into the graphs of global average temperatures. Data manipulation is the stuff of science, but that manipulation has to be as open and transparent as the data itself...

http://www.newscientist.com/ar...

IPCC warns its scientists to avoid the media

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IPCC warns its scientists to avoid the media

IPCC head ­Rajendra Pachauri says the UN panel's next report must make sure 'errors of any kind are completely eliminated'

Edwin Cartlidge for environment
researchweb, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Monday 19 July 2010

Scientists have reacted with dismay at a letter sent out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) advising them not to talk to journalists. The letter was published just two days before the publication of a review of the "Climategate" affair that criticized researchers at the University of East Anglia for lacking openness.

IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri sent the letter on 5 July to each of the 831 experts selected to take part in preparing the panel's fifth assessment report (AR5) on climate change. This report is due to be published in 2013 and 2014 and follows on from the fourth assessment released in 2007, which concluded that global warming is real and very likely due to increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to human activities. The assessment exercise is made up of three working groups that will deal with the fundamental science and impacts of climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies.

In his letter Pachauri wrote that increased scrutiny of the IPCC "imposes on us a heavy responsibility to see that errors of any kind are completely eliminated from the AR5" and that as a result the panel would have to "work diligently and with a level of rigour perhaps not seen in previous reports". (The IPCC having come under heavy criticism earlier this year for erroneously stating in the 1997 report that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.) Pachauri then went on to offer his "sincere advice" that researchers "keep a distance from the media" and that any questions about that researcher's working group be directed to the co-chairs of that group while general queries about the IPCC should be forwarded to the panel's secretariat...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Spectator

The 'Climategate' travesty

Friday, 16th July 2010

Even in these intellectually debauched times, is hard to credit the cynical and brazenly corrupt farce of the ‘investigations’ into the ‘Climategate’ email scandal centred around East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. The UK inquiry, led by former British civil servant Muir Russell, astonishingly cleared this group of scientists who have played such a key role in promoting anthropogenic global warming theory of virtually all accusations of wrongdoing.

The leaked emails showed how these scientists had been discussing with each other how to conceal the date on which they had based their conclusions; how they were trying to manipulate the data to give the impression of increased warming and to conceal the inconvenient truth that warming was not in fact happening; and how they tried further to conceal all this by attempting to get their critics barred from scientific journals.

This rank betrayal of science, truth and open academic debate was available for all to see from the emails that were leaked. And yet the inquiry gave these scientists an almost totally clean bill of health. Moreover Michael Mann, one of the most important of those involved in the scandal -- and whose ‘Hockey Stick’ graph had been the crucial ‘evidence’ for the assertion that we are living through an unprecedented warming of the planet but which was totally debunked to world-wide uproar -- has also been totally exonerated by his university, Penn State, of any stain on his scholarship or integrity...

http://www.spectator.co.uk/mel...

Smith gets gored in Gore (According to NBR)

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Good on those Southlanders:

From: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/s...

Quote:

"Last week Private Bin traversed to the deep bowels of Southland, to Gorrrrrre no less, to see how Nick Smith’s sale job on the Emissions Trading Scheme was going.

Now you’d expect our Climate Change Minister would have attracted a small but genteel crowd of tweed being in the heart of English country.

Private Bin was shocked to discover the car park overflowing with standing room only in the hall.

A crowd of 300 was baying for a stoush (for train potters by the way, 300 is 2% of Gore’s population).

Our forlorn Climate Change Minister manfully tried to run the PowerPoint road show but the catcalls, interjections and booing overwhelmed the three supporters Private Bin could spot.

Perhaps the worse move after sticking to the script was an attempted ‘exit stage left’ to the ‘next meeting’.

That just saw the audience explode in frustration. Exploding is probably the National Party’s hopes of eliciting donations in this heartland area.

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Per Marcus's quote below, I like McEwan as a writer, however, Solar is his worse prose, and ironically one novel in which he attempted to deal (wrongheadedly in this instance) with a topic.

I'm taking his future novels off my buy list at least.

US climate bill falls short of Obama's Copenhagen promise

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US climate bill falls short of Obama's Copenhagen promise

Senate wants cap and trade scheme to tackle rising emissions rather than green new deal

Reuters
guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 July 2010

A scaled-back climate change bill being considered by Senate Democrats would achieve far less than President Barack Obama promised at the UN global warming summit in Copenhagen last year – but even this may be too much for Congress.

With little time left in a short, crowded legislative schedule this year, Senate Democratic leaders are weighing a final attempt to begin reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Instead of the kind of economy-wide scheme the House of Representatives approved last year, senators are trying to rally support for a narrower plan that would set pollution caps only on the electric power sector – covering about one-third of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. It would do so by allowing an ever-dwindling number of carbon pollution permits to be traded.

By signing onto the Copenhagen accord last December, the United States accepted the goal of cutting 2005 domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020 compared to 2005.

This required congressional action – extremely difficult with an ailing economy and ahead of mid-term elections, when opponents argue the measure would raise energy prices for consumers.

Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, said a cap on utility emissions would result in a 12% to 14% cut by 2020. "It's not 17, but I think it's not terrible,"she said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Ian McEwan says Americans are 'profoundly bored' by climate change

Americans are “profoundly bored” with the notion of climate change, according to the writer Ian McEwan, whose latest novel has been poorly received in the US.

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
17 Jul 2010

McEwan blamed American apathy for the negative reviews afforded to Solar, his satire about global warming.

The New York Times critic dismissed Solar as one of McEwan’s “lesser efforts” while the Washington Post called it “flaccid” and advised readers to “let Solar pass and wait for his next book to eclipse it”.

McEwan, who recently returned from a North American book tour, said many Americans had a “passionate dislike” for the novel.

Speaking at the Telegraph Ways With Words festival in Dartington, Devon, the author admitted to feeling shocked by the negative reaction...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Cuba's most active OAP: Now Fidel Castro goes to aquarium with Che Guevara's daughter

By Mail Foreign Service
16th July 2010

...But Castro also turned serious, discussing his theory that a conflict pitting the United States and Israel against Iran would inevitably turn nuclear.

He also warned about the threat of environmental disasters and global warming.

'The world lives between two tragedies,' Castro told the employees. 'War and the environment.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

Oh, indeed ...

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... the Protestant Goblians went after witches with a vengeance too, inspired by the Catholic Goblians whose game they were supposedly challenging them to lift. "They who believe absurdities commit atrocities."

Let's not forget the Salem witch trials and hangings two centuries later.

Such a coincidence, Linz...

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Yesterday I just started to read an English translation of the Gothic Novel, die Bernsteinhexe = the Amber Witch (1843), by Wilhelm Meinhold who is a great-great-great grandfather of mine.

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Here is what he wrote in the preface...

"During the earlier centuries of the middle ages little was known of witchcraft. The crime of magic, when it did occur, was leniently punished. For instance, the Council of Ancyra ordained the whole punishment of witches to consist in expulsion from the Christian community. The Visigoths punished them with stripes, and Charlemagne, by advice of his bishops, confined them in prison until such time as they should sincerely repent. It was not until very soon before the Reformation, that Innocent VIII. lamented that the complaints of universal Christendom against the evil practices of these women had become so general and so loud, that the most vigorous measures must be taken against them; and towards the end of the year 1489, he caused the notorious Hammer for Witches (_Malleus Maleficarum_) to be published, according to which proceedings were set on foot with the most fanatical zeal, not only in Catholic, but, strange to say, even in Protestant Christendom, which in other respects abhorred everything belonging to Catholicism. Indeed, the Protestants far outdid the Catholics in cruelty, until, among the latter, the noble-minded Jesuit, J. Spee, and among the former, but not until seventy years later, the excellent Thomasius, by degrees put a stop to these horrors."

"Malleus Maleficarum" - sounds like the title of the latest IPCC report Smiling

Ha!

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But instead of acting, the Prince said more and more people are listening to the "siren voices" of climate change sceptics who argue that the theory of man-made global warming is simply a "sinister attempt to undermine the capitalist system".
"It has been profoundly depressing to witness the way the so-called climate sceptics are, apparently, able to intimidate all sorts of people from adopting the precautionary measures necessary to avert environmental collapse," he said.

I was watching a documentary last night on the accelerated persecution of "witches" following the publication in 1486 of "The Hammer of Witches" by a Goblian Inquisitor, Heinrich Kramer, with the apparent imprimatur of the Pope. (Well, if you can believe in goblins you can believe in witches.) One of the attributes of a witch was said to be the ability to persuade Satan to wreak what would now be called "extreme weather," such as crop-ruining hailstorms. Claustrophobic villages became rife with hysteria whenever the weather went wonky. It struck me anew how similar is the current Warmist theology to Goblian-induced medieval hysteria. In the latter case, tens of thousands of "witches" were forced to confess under the most diabolical tortures (Goblians are such loving creatures) and then burned at the stake (Goblians are such forgiving creatures). The current Warmist Inquisitors, including Prince Charles, are attempting to crucify the human race itself for "extreme weather" with which humans have as much to do as witches.

Now Cameron jilts the environment

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Independent

Johann Hari: Now Cameron jilts the environment

He is opening the oceans off the Shetland Islands to deep-sea drilling, and promising Big Oil tax breaks to drill, baby, drill

Friday, 16 July 2010

Back when David Cameron was first trying to rebrand the Conservative Party, he touched down on the melting Arctic tundra to be photographed looking pensive and hugging huskies. He promised to lead "the greenest government ever". "Vote blue, go green," his posters said. Some of us were sceptical, because the only time he had ever publicly discussed global warming before was in a statement where he mocked wind farms as "giant bird blenders". Now, two years later, he was building one on his house.

But I hoped I was wrong. Preventing the biosphere from unraveling shouldn't be a left/right issue: rising sea levels and super-charged hurricanes will displace lefties and Tories just the same. So what happened?

Deep breath: Cameron has put the man most to blame for the worst environmental disaster in living memory in charge of his cuts agenda, and appointed a man who has faced accusations of wriggling out of cleaning up a environmental atrocity to run his party's finances. He has slashed programmes to prevent global warming first and hardest. He has decreed that the Department of Transport will take the hardest cuts, which will shutter much of our public transport network and force far more people on to smoggier roads. And he has appointed an oilman to ensure we begin deep-water drilling, Gulf of Mexico-style, off the coast of Britain – just as every newscast in the world is showing how well that turns out...

Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. A survey of Conservative parliamentary candidates before the last election found that 91 per cent did not believe anthropogenic global warming is even happening. Tim Montgomerie, the voice of the Tory grassroots, bragged back then: "I'm confident the sceptics are going to win. [Cameron has] lost the battle already." But was Cameron's "conversion" ever more than a PR stunt? Yes, it helped to detoxify the Conservative brand – yet, given power, he is choosing to retoxify the real atmosphere...

http://www.independent.co.uk/o...
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'Climategate' debate: less meltdown, more well-mannered argument

Polemical and partisan characterises the climate debate online - but at last night's Guardian debate there was courteousness and a distinct warmth in the air

Damian Carrington
Thursday 15 July 2010

Something remarkable happened last night in the polarised world of "warmists" versus "sceptics": a candid but not rancorous public debate. I'm sure you'll correct me if I'm wrong but, to my knowledge, never before have all sides of this frequently poisonous debate shared a stage. The outcome was illuminating...

• Steve McIntyre, editor of ClimateAudit: It was hard to reconcile the much-demonised McIntyre with the open and avuncular Canadian on the stage. Despite being the highest-profile critic of CRU, he pointed out none of the three enquires had asked him to give evidence. He ducked a question on how much the Earth was warming – "I don't know" – he was convincing in saying his motive had always been wanting the temperature data only because he felt it was important and should be available. He noted that if he was running a government, he would be taking action on climate change. Hardly a classic sceptic.

• Professor Bob Watson, chief scientific advisor at Defra, visiting professor at the University of East Anglia and former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Watson took a twin-track approach: bluntly unequivocal that human activities are warming the planet but also genuine and insistent that sceptical views must be reflected in reports such as that by the IPCC: "We must not hide minority views", when based on "evidence, not ideology". But he added, reflecting on his work in the Clinton White House and the current UK government, that: "Evidence is a necessary but not sufficient condition for good policymaking."

• Fred Pearce, environmental journalist and author of The Climate Files: Pearce was passionate in arguing that 'Climategate' was a very human tragedy, in respect of scientists feeling under siege and becoming fiercely defensive – which only spurred on the sceptics, who thought there must be something to hide. But he thought many CRU critics were not sceptics at all: "They are actually data libertarians, rather than climate sceptics, still less climate deniers. It turned into data wars." Pearce's conclusion was that at this turning point for climate science, more "candour" was needed from all.

• Doug Keenan, independent researcher and blogger, was focused and feisty, and did not hold back from his central theme that scientists of all stripes remain unacceptably unaccountable for the probity of their work: "Scientists are human and the prerequisite for integrity in human affairs is transparency." He made allegations of fraud in climate science but revealed his true interests were not in climate change at all, but in the founding of early civilisations, archeo-astronomy and carbon dating.

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Daily Telegraph

The Prince of Wales accuses sceptics of peddling 'pseudo science'

The Prince of Wales has accused climate change sceptics of using 'pseudo science' and 'intimidation' to stop the world from addressing catastrophic global warming.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
15 Jul 2010

He likened the failure to combat rising temperatures across the world to playing "Russian Roulette with the future of our children".

But instead of acting, the Prince said more and more people are listening to the "siren voices" of climate change sceptics who argue that the theory of man-made global warming is simply a "sinister attempt to undermine the capitalist system".

"It has been profoundly depressing to witness the way the so-called climate sceptics are, apparently, able to intimidate all sorts of people from adopting the precautionary measures necessary to avert environmental collapse," he said.

"For too long we have treated the planet like a perpetual cash machine which doles out money without there ever being any need to check the bank-balance. But now, finally, the money is running out."

Recent scandals have damaged the reputation of climate science. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was forced to apologise after mistakenly claiming the Himalyan glaciers could melt by 2035.

And scientists at the University of East Anglia were accused of exaggering the extent of global temperature rise.

Although the British researchers were cleared of dishonesty, the so-called 'climategate' saga coupled with the coldest winter in the UK for 30 years has led to a drop in the number of Britons who now believe global warming is caused by humans...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Parliament misled over Climategate report, says MP

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Parliament misled over Climategate report, says MP

Russell report is inadequate, says Stringer

By Andrew Orlowski

9th July 2010

Parliament was misled and needs to re-examine the Climategate affair thoroughly after the failure of the Russell report, a leading backbench MP told us today.

"It's not a whitewash, but it is inadequate," is Labour MP Graham Stringer's summary of the Russell inquiry report. Stringer is the only member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology with scientific qualifications - he holds a PhD in Chemistry.

Not only did Russell fail to deal with the issues of malpractice raised in the emails, Stringer told us, but he confirmed the feeling that MPs had been misled by the University of East Anglia when conducting their own inquiry. Parliament only had time for a brief examination of the CRU files before the election, but made recommendations. This is a serious charge.

After the Select Committee heard oral evidence on March 1, MPs believed that Anglia had entrusted an examination of the science to a separate inquiry. Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia Edward Acton had told the committee that "I am hoping, later this week, to announce the chair of a panel to reassess the science and make sure there is nothing wrong."...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...
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Financial Post

Lawrence Solomon: Global cooling underway

July 6, 2010

Long-term global cooling began in 2002, according to a just-released study in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed publication produced at Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics. Man-made global warming was real and dangerous, the study finds, but the danger has passed.

The study, authored by Qing-Bin Lu, a rising star at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo in Canada, explains why climate models have been so spectacularly wrong in trying to tie the global warming of the last half of the 20th century to CO2 — the climate modelers fingered the wrong culprit when they targeted CO2. The true culprits, Dr. Lu explains, were CFCs, the now banned substances that until the 1990s had been a refrigerant and propellant to products as diverse as air conditioners and hair spray cans.

Fortunately for the globe, environmentalists had CFCs banned because of their role in depleting the ozone layer, not realizing that the ban was simultaneously solving the global warming threat.

According to Dr. Lu, the phase-out of CFCs will be reversing the global warming effect by ushering in a 50 to 70-year period of global cooling...

http://opinion.financialpost.c...
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Daily Telegraph

Amazongate: At last we reach the source

The IPCC's attempts to hide the truth about its exaggerated claims on the deforestation of the Amazon have ended in defeat, says Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
10 Jul 2010

Last week, after six months of evasions, obfuscation, denials and retractions, a story which has preoccupied this column on and off since January came to a startling conclusion. It turns out that one of the most widely publicised statements in the 2007 report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – a claim on which tens of billions of dollars could hang – was not based on peer-reviewed science, as repeatedly claimed, but originated solely from anonymous propaganda published on the website of a small Brazilian environmental advocacy group.

The ramifications of this discovery stretch in many directions. First, it seems to show that the IPCC – whose reports governments rely on to justify presenting mankind with the largest bill in history – has been in serious breach of its own rules.

Second, it raises hefty question marks over the credibility of the world’s richest and most powerful environmental pressure group, the WWF, credited by the IPCC as the source of its unsupported claim.

And third, it focuses attention once more on a bizarre scheme, backed by the UN and promoted by the World Bank, whereby the WWF has been hoping to share in profits estimated at $60 billion, paid for by firms all over the developed world.

“Amazongate”, it may be recalled, was one of the rash of scandals which rocked the authority of the IPCC last winter, when it was revealed that many of the more alarmist statements in its 2007 report originated not from peer-reviewed science but from papers written by environmental pressure groups. One which aroused particular controversy was a warning that climate change was putting at risk up to 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest. Chapter 13 of the IPCC’s Working Group II report on “climate impacts” specifically claimed that “up to 40 per cent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation”. It went on to say that this would cause such chaos in local climate systems that the forest could rapidly revert to savannah.

The only source cited for this claim was the Global Review of Forest Fires, a paper written for WWF and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2000, the lead author of which was an environmental activist and freelance journalist. This in turn appeared to cite a paper published in 1999 by a team led by Dr Daniel Nepstad, “senior scientist” with another advocacy group closely linked to the WWF, the Woods Hole Research Center. However, Nepstad’s paper was primarily concerned not with climate change but with the impact of logging and fires...

Only now, after I was able to confront them with evidence from an internet archive, has the WWF finally admitted the precise origin of the IPCC’s much-quoted claim. Fire in the Amazon, it turns out, was not a “report” or a scientific paper but, as the WWF now acknowledges, a “text published by IPAM… on its website in 1999”. It was merely a brief, anonymous and unreferenced note on the exposure of the forest to fire risks, posted in February 1999 and taken down four years later. Here, at last, is the sole source for the statement later published by the IPCC.

The original read: “Probably 30-40 per cent of the forests of the Brazilian Amazon are sensitive to small reductions in the amount of rainfall.” This was hyped up in the final drafting of the IPCC report, to claim that “up to 40 per cent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation”. “Brazilian Amazon” – only around half the total rainforest area – was changed to include the entire forest. The word “sensitive” was changed to “react drastically”. And the original IPAM note had made no mention at all of climate change...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

No whitewash, but CRU scientists are far from squeaky clean

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Climategate: No whitewash, but CRU scientists are far from squeaky clean

The Russell review found the climate scientists had not lied – but failed to criticise them properly for corrupting a scientific process that demands complete transparency

Fred Pearce
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 7 July 2010

...The report is far from being a whitewash. And nor does it justify the claim of university vice-chancellor Sir Edward Action that it is a "complete exoneration". In particular it backs critics who see in the emails a widespread effort to suppress public knowledge about their activities and to sideline bloggers who want to access their data and do their own analysis.

Most seriously, it finds "evidence that emails might have been deleted in order to make them unavailable should a subsequent request be made for them [under Freedom of information law]". Yet, extraordinarily, it emerged during questioning that Russell and his team never asked Jones or his colleagues whether they had actually done this.

Secrecy was the order of the day at CRU. "We find that there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness," says the report. That criticism applied not just to Jones and his team at CRU. It applied equally to the university itself, which may have been embarrassed to find itself in the dock as much as the scientists on whom it asked Russell to sit in judgment.

The university "failed to recognise not only the significance of statutory requirements" – FOI law in particular – and "also the risk to the reputation of the university and indeed the credibility of UK climate science" from the affair...

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Daily Telegraph

Met Office wins new BBC weather contract despite 'inaccuracy' claims

The Met Office has won a new five-year contract to supply weather services to the BBC despite criticisms over the inaccuracy of its forecasts.

By Murray Wardrop
08 Jul 2010

The state-owned forecaster was ridiculed for predicting that last winter – the coldest for 30 years – would be “mild” and that the washout of 2009 would be a “barbecue summer”.

It was feared that the BBC might drop the Met Office after it decided to put the contract out to tender for the first time to ensure “best value for money”.

Despite having used the Met Office for 87 years, the BBC also held talks with Metra, the national forecaster for New Zealand, as a possible alternative.

However, it was announced yesterday that the Met Office has signed a new deal, although it is understood to involve a "significant" reduction in cost, according to BBC sources...

The Met Office suffered a further blow in May after Bournemouth Borough Council launched its own localised weather forecasting service claiming it was losing £2 million a year through “inaccurate” predictions. Officials claimed that pessimistic Met Office forecasts were damaging its tourism industry as thousands of beachgoers stayed at home.

The BBC broadcast its first radio weather bulletin on November 14, 1922 and daily forecasts began just over four months later.

George Cowling was the first person to present a weather forecast on British television on January 11 1954.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/top...

Climategate scientists were not open, finds review

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Climategate scientists were 'unhelpful' and not open about their studies, finds review

By Daily Mail Reporter

7th July 2010

Scientists involved in the 'Climategate' email affair were 'unhelpful' and not sufficiently open about their studies, an independent review said today.

But the review, led by Sir Muir Russell, found that the 'rigour and honesty' of the scientists at the University of East Anglia's climatic research unit (CRU) is not in doubt.

The review was initiated after hundreds of emails sent by researchers at CRU were leaked on the internet in November last year.

First revealed by the Daily Mail, the files showed scientists plotting how to avoid Freedom of Information requests and appeared to show them discussing how to manipulate data.

Some of the most controversial contained personal attacks on climate change sceptics and one mentioned using a 'trick' to massage years of temperature data 'to hide the decline'.

Today's review found that the graph referred to in this now infamous email from the centre's head, Professor Phil Jones, was 'misleading' because it did not make plain what the scientists had done.

The graph which showed global temperature rises, and which was used in a report published in 1999 by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), did not show temperature data from tree-rings once they diverged from actual measurements in the 1960s, falling while real temperatures rose.

The review said it was not misleading to omit part of the tree ring temperature series but the process should have been made plain in the graph, caption or text.

The findings come after a Dutch review into the IPCC's key 2007 report was criticised over a lack of transparency and for playing down the positive effects of global warming.

But it concluded said the errors did not undermine the findings that the negative impacts of climate change posed 'substantial risks' to most parts of the world.

Sir Muir's inquiry found there was 'unhelpfulness' in CRU's response to Freedom of Information requests, and evidence that emails might have been deleted to make them unavailable for any subsequent request...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Daily Telegraph

'Climategate' professor gets his job back

Professor Phil Jones, the scientist at the centre of the 'climategate scandal', is to be reinstated in his role at the University of East Anglia after being cleared of dishonesty by a major review.

By By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
07 Jul 2010

Prof Jones lost his job as head of the Climatic Research Unit at the UEA after personal emails he sent appeared on the internet.

The emails referred to a 'trick' used to interpret data and the death of a leading climate change sceptic as "cheering news."

Sceptics claimed the stolen emails showed Prof Jones and his colleagues were willing to manipulate key data to exaggerate the rise in global temperatures.

The scandal, that became known as 'climategate', caused repercussions around the world as it was used by those who question the case for man made global warming.

However a comprehensive review into the case by Sir Muir Russell, a senior UK civil servant, has cleared Prof Jones of dishonest behaviour.

Edward Acton, Vice Chancellor of the UEA, immediately announced that Prof Jones will be reinstated as Director of Research in CRU, a role of similar importance to his last post.

He said it was a personal vindication for Prof Jones, who has said he considered suicide over the affair.

"We hope this means the wilder assertions about the climate science community will stop," he said.

However sceptics claimed the report was a whitewash and questioned the reinstatement of Prof Jones.

David Holland, one of the leading sceptics on the blogosphere, pointed out that Prof Jones referred to deleting emails in one of his communications.

"Would you trust a man who has asked to delete evidence?" he said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

IPCC REPORT IGNORED 'POSITIVE' EFFECT OF GLOBAL WARMING

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Daily Express

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT IGNORED 'POSITIVE' EFFECT OF GLOBAL WARMING

Tuesday July 6,2010

By Donna Bowater

A MAJOR report into climate change played down the positive effects of global warming and just presented “worst-case scenarios”, an inquiry found.

The 2007 report by scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was mired in controversy. It wrongly claimed the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 and said more than half of the Netherlands was lying below sea level.

But a Dutch Government review yesterday backed the IPCC’s main findings.

However, it said the research “put an emphasis on projections of the more serious, negative impacts of climate change”. In a statement, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, said: “This selection was an obvious choice... However, this meant that the less severe impacts and any ­positive effects did not make it into the summaries.”

For example, it found the IPCC included information about crops that might suffer because of climate change in Africa but did not mention those that might benefit.

The work of the IPCC, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, has been under fire over allegations relating to its work on climate change and allegations of manipulation of data.

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Global emissions targets will lead to 4C temperature rise, say studies

Studies predict major extinctions and collapse of Greenland ice sheet with temperatures rising well above UN targets

Juliette Jowit and Christine Ottery
guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 July 2010

The world is heading for an average temperature rise of nearly 4C (7F), according to analysis of national pledges from around the globe. Such a rise would bring a high risk of major extinctions, threats to food supplies and the near-total collapse of the huge Greenland ice sheet.

More than 100 heads of state agreed in Copenhagen last December to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C-2C (2.7-3.6F) above the long-term average before the industrial revolution, which kickstarted a massive global increase in the greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet and triggering climate change.

But six months on, a major international effort to monitor the emissions reductions targets of more than 60 countries, including all the major economies, the Climate Interactive Scoreboard, calculates that the world is on course for a rise of nearly double the stated goal by 2100.

Another study by Climate Analytics, at the Potsdam Institute in Germany, suggests there is "virtually no chance" world governments will keep the temperature rise to below 2C, and the rise is likely to be 3.5C (6.3F) by the end of the century.

In both analyses the current commitments suggest a much better outcome than the estimated business-as-usual temperature rise of 4.8C (8.6F), but are well above the 2C maximum the UN hoped would be agreed at the next major meeting this December in Cancún, Mexico – and even further from the 1.5C target many developing nations argue is needed to stop the worst impacts of climate change in their countries...

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Daily Telegraph

'Curry for sheep could curb global warming'

Curry spices could hold the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, scientists claimed today.

06 Jul 2010

Research has found that coriander and turmeric - spices traditionally used to flavour curries - can reduce the amount of methane produced by sheep by up to 40 per cent.

Working a bit like an antibiotic, the spices were found to kill the methane-producing ''bad'' bacteria in the animal's gut while allowing the ''good'' bacteria to flourish.

The findings are part of a study by Newcastle University research student Mohammad Mehedi Hasan and Dr Abdul Shakoor Chaudhry.

Mr Hasan explained: ''Spices have long been used safely by humans to kill bacteria and treat a variety of ailments - coriander seeds, for example, are often prescribed for stomach complaints while turmeric and cloves are strong antiseptics.

''Methane is a major contributor to global warming and the slow digestive system of ruminant animals such as cows and sheep makes them a key producer of the gas.

''What my research found was that certain spices contain properties which make this digestive process more efficient so producing less waste - in this case, methane.''

Latest figures held by Defra show that in 2009 there was an estimated 30 million sheep in the UK each producing around 20 litres of methane a day...

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Climate charlatans

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"There are an awful lot of people we talk to who say this is going to happen," said King. "This is something I believe is going to happen." It won’t happen, then.

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“A case in point is the National Party’s foolish decision to press ahead with the next phase of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) even though it was specifically designed to align with Australia’s ETS, which has been suspended until 2013! Due to overwhelming public demand I have now re-opened our petition to suspend the ETS. As you know a letter on behalf of 4,400 petitioners, was sent to the Prime Minister just before the budget requesting that he suspend the ETS. Since he didn’t listen, we are renewing our efforts by asking anyone who believes the country can’t afford this new tax to sign the ETS petition so we can really show the Prime Minister that he has made the wrong call.

Many of you have asked what is driving the Prime Minister’s commitment to the ETS, given his more pragmatic approach to many other policy matters. I believe he explained it in an interview with Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB back in February when he stated: “Those that wanted a focus on climate change and nothing else, such as Greenpeace, were winning public opinion. And there was a big push in that direction. And we were out of sync with them.”

In other words, the Prime Minister is desperate to retain his popularity with celebrity environmentalists like Lucy Lawless - who are a key part of the women’s demographic that the National Party is actively striving to retain. That demographic is more important to him than the interests of struggling families and businesses.”

Muriel Newman, NZCPR

Farmers unhappy at shouldering a big portion of ETS burden

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NZ Dominion

Farmers unhappy at shouldering a big portion of ETS burden

01/07/2010

Out of all the main income-earning sectors in the economy, agriculture has done the best job at controlling its emissions, writes Don Nicolson...

There are no ETS success factors. I cannot recall the last time a major piece of public policy had so little scrutiny, by so many over so long a period.

No-one can tell us what success looks like. Is it 10 to 20 per cent below 1990 levels? Not according to the prime minister, who said that would be a "hard ask."

We are pouring more than $1.5b of our dollars into an immeasurable policy and no-one overseas much cares.

Those selling our agricultural products overseas told Federated Farmers last week that international buyers don't know about our ETS, don't particularly care and most importantly, won't pay a cent more for it.

Searching the New York Times for mention of an ETS brings up two hits, both related to the European scheme. Searching Britain's Daily Telegraph over the past four years returns three passing references to New Zealand's ETS.

BUT Federated Farmers isn't bereft of solutions. We are looking to the recent work of the London School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. The Hartwell Paper, issued in May, paints a post-Kyoto vision. Its authors are not "deniers" but are scathing about the wasted political capital invested in Kyoto.

New Zealand is seemingly heading in the wrong direction, so it's time for fresh thinking. The Kyoto agreement lapses in 2012 and the Hartwell Paper suggests the future will be likely to focus on research, not emissions trading.

It will focus on developing the global economy instead of keeping the poorest in shackles. It will focus on community resilience instead of trying, like King Canute, to order back an ever-changing climate.

The time has come to switch off the ETS and switch on to a whole new approach.

*Don Nicolson is the president of Federated Farmers.

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Daily Telegraph

The EU's response to global warming is a costly mistake

Europe's 20/20/20 policy will cost billions of pounds, but yield only tiny results, writes Bjorn Lomborg .

By Bjorn Lomborg
02 Jul 2010

...EU leaders should not abandon the fight against climate change. But instead of wasting vast sums on a pointless policy, they should invest in developing green-energy alternatives. The reason it costs so much to reduce carbon emissions is that the green alternatives aren't close to being ready to replace oil and other fossil fuels. Change this, by investing in R& D, and the global impasse over climate change disappears. If we had affordable green-energy sources, everyone – including China and India – would buy them, and long-term emissions would drop significantly.

What Europe must not do is continue to barrel down a path that makes no economic sense. Yet it seems committed to its reckless course. The European Commission wants to toughen the carbon-reduction target to 30 per cent below 1990 levels – which Tol calculates would cost roughly £370 billion a year, twice as much as the existing plans. The effect, over the next 90 years, would be to reduce temperatures by an additional one-hundredth of a degree.

Expensive, poorly conceived carbon-emission plans such as the EU's will cause major economic damage and political strife, while doing little to slow global warming. Europe must change course.

*Bjorn Lomborg is the author of 'Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming' (Marshall Cavendish).

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[Another candidate for the onion!]

Blimps could replace aircraft in freight transport, say scientists [no, one mad nutter]

Helium-powered ships could be carrying freight – and even passengers – in as little as a decade's time

Juliette Jowit
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 June 2010

Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and other foreign luxuries could be part of a global revolution by carrying cargo around the world in airships instead of planes, one of the UK's leading scientists has predicted.

The government's former chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir David King, now director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, told a conference that massive helium balloons – or blimps – would replace aircraft as a key part of the global trade network as a way of cutting global warming emissions.

Despite languishing in sci-fi B-movies for most of the last 70 years, King said several major air and defence companies, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin, were working on designs, and the US defence department had recently made a large grant to help develop the technology.

As a result, the helium-powered ships could be carrying freight – and even passengers – in as little as a decade's time, King told the Guardian.

"There are an awful lot of people we talk to who say this is going to happen," said King. "This is something I believe is going to happen."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

G20 leaders in Toronto tried to avoid the fate of colleagues

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Financial Post

Lawrence Solomon July 2, 2010 – 6:43 pm

G20 leaders in Toronto tried to avoid the fate of colleagues felled by warming advocacy

Last week’s G8 and G20 meetings in Toronto and its environs confirmed that the world’s leaders accept the demise of global-warming alarmism.

One year ago, the G8 talked tough about cutting global temperatures by two degrees. In Toronto, they neutered that tough talk, replacing it with a nebulous commitment to do their best on climate change — and not to try to outdo each other. The global-warming commitments of the G20 — which now carries more clout than the G8 — went from nebulous to non-existent: The G20’s draft promise going into the meetings of investing in green technologies faded into a mere commitment to “a green economy and to sustainable global growth.”

These leaders’ collective decisions in Toronto reflect their individual experiences at home, and a desire to avoid the fate that met their true-believing colleagues, all of whom have been hurt by the economic and political consequences of their global-warming advocacy.

Kevin Rudd, Australia’s gung-ho global-warming prime minister, lost his job the day before he was set to fly to the G20 meetings; just months earlier Australia’s conservative opposition leader, also gung-go on global warming, lost his job in an anti-global-warming backbencher revolt. The U.K.’s gung-ho global-warming leader during last year’s G8 and G20 meetings, Gordon Brown, likewise lost his job...

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'Climategate', 'Amazongate' - when will the truth be told?

Critical evidence from climate change sceptics continues to be ignored by the political and scientific establishments, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
03 Jul 2010

What are we to make of the efforts by the political and academic establishments to hold the line against all those revelations, such as "Climategate", which last winter rocked the authority of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? The most obvious feature of the four official inquiries into the "Climategate" emails (a fifth report is due this week from Sir Muir Russell), is that not one has engaged with the central point at issue. This is the evidence from the emails and other documents confirming that the key IPCC scientists involved had been manipulating data to show temperatures having lately shot up to levels unknown in the past 1,000 years.

A familiar example was the IPCC's "hockey stick" graph, created by the American scientist Michael Mann, but shown by the statistics expert Steve McIntyre to be no more than a statistical artefact. Last week, a second inquiry by his own university cleared Dr Mann, again making no attempt to discuss the central issue. Instead, it merely asserted – while acclaiming him as "among the most respected scientists in his field" – that the techniques used to compile his graph were wholly acceptable. Similarly, McIntyre was startled last week to get a dismissive email from Lord Oxburgh, whose Science Appraisal Panel also avoided the crucial issue in its perfunctory five-page report, bizarrely claiming that "the science was not the subject of our study"...

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Al Gore sex case reopened by police

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Al Gore sex case reopened by police

Woman claims former US vice-president acted like a 'crazed sex poodle' in a Portland hotel in 2006

Matthew Weaver and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 July 2010

The former US vice-president Al Gore faces a reopened police investigation into allegations that he groped a massage therapist in hotel in 2006 and acted like a "crazed sex poodle".

The woman claims Gore made unwanted sexual advances during a massage appointment at Hotel Lucia, in Portland, Oregon where Gore was reportedly registered as Mr Stone.

She told detectives last year that Gore's "Mr Smiley Global Warming" persona differed from his actions and made her afraid.

Gore, who was narrowly defeated by George W Bush in the US presidential election in 2000, strenuously denies the charges.

Portland police had previously closed the case twice because of lack of evidence. But yesterday a brief statement said the case was being reopened. It did not explain why.

Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Gore, said the former vice-president "unequivocally and emphatically" denied making unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and that he welcomed the investigation.

"Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr Gore," Kreider said...

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Independent

Emission cuts threatened by economic recovery

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Britain is not on course to meet its climate change targets for reducing carbon emissions, the Government is bluntly warned today.

Only a step change in effort, brought about by a range of new policies ranging from boosting numbers of electric cars to reforming the electricity market, will ensure that the UK's legally binding "carbon budgets" can be complied with by 2020 and beyond, according to the independent Committee on Climate Change.

In its second progress report to Parliament, the committee cautions that the sharp fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of 8.6 per cent seen last year is almost entirely due to the recession, and that the proportion of the drop due to actual climate policies is but "a fraction" of the total. When the economy recovers, the committee warns, the rate of reduction due will not be adequate to achieve the 34 per cent reduction in CO2 (on 1990 levels) by 2020, to which the Government is already committed – let alone the 42 per cent reduction to which Britain will move if a tougher target can be agreed with the rest of the EU...

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[A few years ago this would have appeared in the Onion!]

Daily Telegraph

Inventor paints mountains white to combat climate change

An inventor has set out to paint the peaks of the Andes white in an attempt to combat the effects of climate change.

By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
28 Jun 2010

By painting the mountains, Eduardo Gold hopes to replicate the effect of Andean glaciers, which reflect back sunlight and hence heat back through the atmosphere.

The technique is scientifically plausible and, according to some scientists, may be the only method of lowering global temperatures in a crisis.

"A white surface reflects the sun's rays back through the atmosphere and into space, in doing so it cools the area around it too," said the 55-year-old activist. "In effect in creates a micro-climate, so we can say that the cold generates more cold, just as heat generates more heat."

It is hoped the project will slow the melting of the glaciers...

The £135,000-project is funded by the World Bank after Mr Gold won a "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition last year.

The World Bank last year estimated that 22 per cent of Peru's glaciers have melted since 1980 and there are projections that all the country's glaciers could disappear in the next 20 years.

While novel the painting scheme is not the only outlandish way of tackling global warming proposed. Firing mirrors into space to reflect the sun's rays, or feeding cattle garlic to reduce methane emissions have been mooted...

Mr Gold believes he can put the theory into practice and get results. "I'd rather try and fail to find a solution than start working out how we are going to survive without the glaciers, as if the situation was irreversible,"

Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, has endorsed installation of white roofs to help prevent climate change, an idea seen as more logistically feasible than painting mountain peaks.

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Michael Mann says hockey stick should not have become icon

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Daily Telegraph

Michael Mann says hockey stick should not have become 'climate change icon'

The scientist behind the controversial 'hockey stick' graph has said it was 'somewhat misplaced' to make his work an 'icon of the climate change debate'

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
28 Jun 2010

Professor Michael Mann plotted a graph in the late 1990s that showed global temperatures for the last 1,000 years. It showed a sharp rise in temperature over the last 100 years as man made carbon emissions also increased, creating the shape of a hockey stick.

The graph was used by Al Gore in his film 'An Inconvenient Truth' and was cited by the United Nations body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as evidence of the link between fossil fuel use and global warming.

But the graph was questioned by sceptics who pointed out that is it impossible to know for certain the global temperature going back beyond modern times because there were no accurate readings.

The issue became a central argument in the climate change debate and was dragged into the 'climategate' scandal, as the sceptics accused Prof Mann and his supporters of exaggerating the extent of global warming.

However, speaking to the BBC recently, Prof Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University, said he had always made clear there were "uncertainties" in his work.

"I always thought it was somewhat misplaced to make it a central icon of the climate change debate," he said.

In a BBC Panorama programme, scientists from both sides of the debate agree that global warming is happening and it is at least partly caused by mankind.

But they differ on how much the recent rise in temperature has been caused by man made emissions and what will happen in the future...

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Daily Telegraph

Lord Lawson: 'We need to get off this carbon-cessation hook’

Lord Lawson of Blaby, one of the most prominent sceptical voices in the climate change debate, has warned that it is “madness” for Britain to try to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
29 Jun 2010

“We have said with an extraordinary post-imperial arrogance that we are going to show the world what it should do,” the former chancellor cautions. “We are going to be a great example. Well, we have been an example of what not to do – by damaging our own economy to no conceivable purpose.”

While Western countries may be prepared to sign up to swingeing emissions cuts, Lord Lawson believes emerging nations, such as India and China, will never agree to them. It is arrogant of rich nations, such as Britain, to ask them to adopt a policy that might limit economic growth, he says.

He acknowledges that the world has grown warmer in the past 100 years, and that it is likely that man-made greenhouse gases “played a part” in that warming. But he believes the science is uncertain: “We need to get off this absurd carbon-cessation hook that will be hugely damaging to the economy and society. What we should be doing is monitoring what is happening very carefully and closely and preparing to adapt to any changes that might occur.”

The last round of United Nations talks on climate change in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 failed, but the issue came up again at the G8 last weekend, and the UN will resume talks at the end of this year towards getting a global deal. Despite support for a global agreement on climate change among his Tory colleagues, including the Prime Minister, Lord Lawson said it was misguided.

He also said domestic policy to cut greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 would drive manufacturing abroad and limit growth...

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Independent

'£80 cost' of hidden taxes to combat climate change

By Nicky Burridge, Press Association

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Households are typically being charged more than £80 a year in hidden taxes to help combat the impact of climate change, research suggested today.

The average household pays £84 a year in hidden taxes on their energy bills and the figure looks set to rise, according to price comparison website uSwitch.com.

The group warned that mounting pressures could see these taxes double during the coming 10 years to reach £176 a year.

Environmental levies such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, the Community Energy Saving Programme and the Renewables Obligation currently make up 7% of energy bills.

But the group said policies launched under the previous government are expected to add further taxes worth 6% of gas and electricity bills during the coming 10 years, bringing the total to £156 a year.

The Treasury is also thought to be considering an additional levy to electricity bills, which would add a further £10 to £20.

Many people are unhappy about the environmental levies, with 44% saying the commitment towards cutting carbon emissions and moving to greener energy sources has to be balanced with the impact on people's fuel bills.

Three out of 10 people also thought that the cost should be shared by the Government, industry, business and consumers.

Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said: "Environmental levies are going to account for a growing and substantial part of our bills and will in turn play a growing and substantial part in pushing the cost of our energy up.

"If consumers are to be expected to meet these costs then there has to be clarity over what these hidden taxes are for, a cap set on how much consumers will end up paying and transparency over how the levies are being applied...

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Two views: Global warming

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Calling Lomborg a "leading" GW sceptic is like calling Obama a "leading" capitalist!
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Two views: Global warming

"Panorama brought together leading climate change sceptic Bjorn Lomborg to meet Bob Ward, of the London School of Economics, who campaigns to halt global warming. Reporter Tom Heap asked them both to talk through exactly what they believe using Panorama's "Wall of Certainty"."

Panorama: What's Up With the Weather? BBC One, Monday, 28 June at 2030BST.

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Daily Telegraph

Amazongate: the missing evidence

The story of the IPCC's claims about threats to the Amazon rainforest takes another bizarre turn, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
26 Jun 2010

Last week the beleaguered global warming lobby was exulting over what it took to be the best news it has had in a long time. A serious allegation, which last January rocked the authority of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was “corrected” as untrue by The Sunday Times, the newspaper which most prominently reported it. The reputation of the IPCC, it seemed, had been triumphantly vindicated. The growing tide of scepticism over climate change had at last been reversed. But this episode leaves many questions unanswered.

The “correction”, gleefully quoted by everyone from the WWF and The New York Times to The Guardian’s George Monbiot related to what was known as “Amazongate”. This was one of the series of controversies which exploded round the IPCC last winter, when it was shown that many of the high-profile claims made in its 2007 report had been based on material produced by environmental activists and campaigning groups rather than on proper, peer-reviewed scientific evidence...

So great was the IPCC’s embarrassment over these revelations that the story moved to a third stage. Various scientists, led by Dr Nepstad, suggested further studies which might justify the claim. But an exhaustive trawl through all the scientific literature on this subject by my colleague Dr Richard North (who was responsible for uncovering “Amazongate” in the first place), has been unable to find a single study which confirms the specific claim made by the IPCC’s 2007 report. If one exists we would very much like to see it.

There are several studies based on computer models which attempt to estimate the possible impact of climate change on the Amazon rainforest, but none of these have so far supported that 40 per cent figure. Other researchers in turn have been highly critical of these models, suggesting that they are too crude to replicate the complex workings of the Amazonian climate system and that all observed evidence indicates that the forest is much more resilient to climate fluctuations than the alarmists would have us believe.

Nothing did more to excite attention over the effect of climate change on the rainforest than the exceptional drought of 2005, just when the IPCC’s 2007 report was being compiled. Since then, however, abnormally heavy rainfall in the region has brought disastrous floods to Brazil, both last year and again last week...

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Eiris review names Britain as 'dirty man of Europe'

Survey of Europe's top 300 companies reveals UK as worst offender in terms of corporate impact on global warming

Terry Macalister
The Observer, Sunday 27 June 2010

Britain is being accused of being the "dirty man of Europe" after new research showed that, of the world's top 300 companies, more than half of those most engaged in carbon-polluting sectors were based in the UK.

A review of Europe's top 300 companies by the ethical investment consultant Eiris found that the greatest proportion of those with "very high impact" in relation to global warming came from the UK, more than double the number from any other country.

Of those companies in the top 300 dedicated to solving or mitigating the problems of climate change, only 3% were located in Britain. Eiris's findings come at a time when BP, one of the UK's best-known companies, has attracted bad publicity worldwide over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill...

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Man Bear Poodle

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Al, Al, Al, a "crazed sex *poodle*"? Ouch. That's gotta hurt.

Al Gore behaved like 'crazed sex poodle'

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Al Gore behaved like 'crazed sex poodle' with masseuse

A masseuse has accused Al Gore, the former US vice president, of sexually assaulting her at an Oregon hotel during a global warming lecture tour in 2006.

Tom Leonard in New York
24 Jun 2010

...In her statement, made public by police, the masseuse said she arrived at the St Lucia Hotel's VIP suite to find Mr Gore drinking beer.

He greeted her with a hug and told her to call him "Al", she told police.

However, the nearly three-hour therapy session soon went sour after Mr Gore angrily insisted she massage him around his groin and then pounced on her, she claimed.

"He pleaded, groped me, grabbed me, engulfed me in embrace, tongue kissed me, massaged me, grabbed my breasts," she told detectives.

She said she feared he might rape her as he "flipped me flat on my back and threw his whole body face down over atop me, pinning me down and outweighing me by quite a bit".

The woman said Mr Gore provided a "dramatic display of violent temper as well as [an] extremely dictatorial, commanding attitude besides his smiley, global warning concern persona".

Having squirmed out of his grasp, she fled his suite. She claimed she later found stains on the front of her trousers and kept them uncleaned as evidence, believing they were his body fluids...

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Daily Telegraph

Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions

Japanese households are being urged to go to bed one hour earlier than normal in order to help tackle climate change.

Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo
24 Jun 2010

The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions.

The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation's carbon footprint.

A typical family can reduce its carbon dioxide footprint by 85kg a year if everyone goes to bed and gets up one hour earlier, according to the campaign.

The amount of carbon dioxide emissions potentially saved from going to bed an hour early was the equivalent of 20 per cent of annual emissions from household lights, "Many Japanese people waste electric power at night time, for example by watching TV until very late," a ministry spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph...

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Kevin Rudd replaced by [gang of four] Julia Gillard

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Kevin Rudd dumped as Julia Gillard becomes Australian prime minister

Australia has its first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stood down on Thursday, handing the leadership to his deputy Julia Gillard.

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
24 Jun 2010

...However, there is no guarantee that Ms Gillard's move to take charge of the party will put and end to Labour's problems. Ms Gillard was part of Mr Rudd's "gang of four", a small group of MPs consulted by Mr Rudd over policy issues. She had a hand in the scrapping of the emissions trading scheme, which infuriated the electorate and could leave her tarred with the same brush as Mr Rudd.

The political violence of the past 24 hours is also expected to badly damage and divide the party, and further anger voters just months from an election.

The leadership spill comes amid increasing public frustration with the government.

The Labour Party has a primary vote of just 35 per cent, with the Liberals polling 40 per cent.

The dire outlook for Labour was triggered a series of unpopular decisions made by Mr Rudd, including the announcement in April that the government was shelving its flagship emissions trading scheme. Mr Rudd was also embroiled in a high profile fight with the mining industry over his planned 40 per cent super profits tax on resources.

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Daily Telegraph

Climate change sceptic scientists 'less prominent and authoritative'

Scientists who believe in man-made climate change have better scientific credentials than global warming sceptics, according to a study.

By Nick Collins
22 Jun 2010

The research indicates that scientists who blame human activity for global warming have published more relevant and influential papers than those who question man's impact.

The analysis of climate scientists claims the "vast majority" of climate change researchers agree on the issue, and that those who oppose the consensus are "not actually climate researchers or not very productive researchers".

But the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has been dismissed as misleading by critics.

Opponents said that the paper divided scientists into artificial groups and did not consider a balanced spectrum of scientists.

They also pointed out that climate sceptics often struggled to get their papers accepted by journals, as they must first be reviewed and approved by climate change "believers".

Judith Curry, a climate expert at the Georgia Institute of Technology – who was not part of the analysis – called the study "completely unconvincing" while John Christy of University of Alabama claimed he and other climate sceptics included in the survey were simply "being blacklisted" by colleagues...

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Daily Express

PLEDGE FROM UN CLIMATE CHANGE PANEL

Wednesday June 23,2010

The UN body on climate change, accused of ignoring critics and allowing glaring errors into its work, has declared that a broader range of experts will write its next report on global warming.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change included more women and scientists from developing countries, but also selected authors with a wider range of backgrounds than previously - partly in response to recent criticism that earlier groups refused to address dissenting views.

The previous panel had 559 members, chosen from 2,000 nominations. This one has 861 experts, picked from 3,000 nominations. Some 60% of the scientists are new to the role.

The group, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, issues reports that governments, businesses and individuals use to determine how they will deal with climate change. It began in 1989, and has issued four reports so far - the most recent one in 2007.

Roger Pielke, an environmental studies scientist at University of Colorado and past critic of the IPCC, said the list "looks like business as usual," but insisted the authors should be given a chance to show they could improve on previous reports...

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Thatcher becomes latest recruit in Monckton's climate sceptic campaign

Monckton's use of Britain's former PM illustrates that climate denialism is about politics, not science

Bob Ward
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 June 2010

Climate change sceptics last week co-opted Margaret Thatcher into their lobbying campaigns, illustrating once more the strong ideological streak that drives their efforts.

Viscount Christopher Monckton of Brenchley has posted, on the blog operated by former TV weatherman and prominent "sceptic" Anthony Watts, a personal account of his influence on Lady Thatcher's views about climate change during the 1980s. Thatcher shocked the UN in 1989 with a call to action on man-made global warming, but has since made sceptical public statements about anthropogenic climate change.

As we have come to expect, Viscount Monckton's recollection of events makes for interesting reading.

He begins with the claim that: "I gave her advice on science as well as other policy from 1982-1986, two years before the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] was founded", pointing out that the prime minister's policy unit at that time had just six members and that he was "the only one who knew any science". Monckton then goes on to suggest that "it was I who – on the prime minister's behalf – kept a weather eye on the official science advisers to the government, from the chief scientific adviser downward"...

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What drove Melanie Phillips to the right?

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What drove Melanie Phillips to the right?

The much-mocked columnist stands as a warning of what happens when the liberal-left ignores its own weaknesses

Keith Kahn-Harris
guardian.co.uk, Friday 18 June 2010

At least in liberal-left circles, the reaction to Melanie Phillips's The World Turned Upside Down has largely been a mixture of bemusement and amusement. The book is the culmination of Phillips's journey from campaigning leftist journalist on the Guardian and New Society to neoconservative Jeremiah and stalwart of the Daily Mail comment pages. True to its title, The World Turned Upside Down is an audacious attempt to argue that more or less everything the liberal left holds dear is not only an inversion of the truth, but constitutes a suicidal undermining of western civilisation. Thus belief in global warming is a perversion of science, the undermining of religion is an assault on reason and morality, criticism of Israel is surrender to Islamic imperialism and the weakening of nationalism is an assault on civilisation itself...

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Nuclear ban reversed as Swedes build new reactors

By Daily Mail Reporter
19th June 2010

Sweden's parliament has overturned a 30-year ban on building nuclear reactors.

The legislation will allow construction of up to ten from next year to replace the ageing ones that still produce 40 per cent of the country's electricity.

The vote was passed on a majority of two, with 174 voting for and 172 against.

Efforts to combat global warming have led to a revival of interest in nuclear power.

Countries such as Britain, Italy and Finland are also planning to bring new reactors on line...

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Daily Mail

Human race 'will be extinct within 100 years', claims leading scientist
By Niall Firth

As the scientist who helped eradicate smallpox he certainly know a thing or two about extinction.

And now Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University, has predicted that the human race will be extinct within the next 100 years.

He has claimed that the human race will be unable to survive a population explosion and 'unbridled consumption.’

Fenner told The Australian newspaper that 'homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years.'

'A lot of other animals will, too,' he added.

'It's an irreversible situation. I think it's too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.'...

Fenner blames the onset of climate change for the human race’s imminent demise.

He said: 'We'll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island

'Climate change is just at the very beginning. But we're seeing remarkable changes in the weather already.'

'The Aborigines showed that without science and the production of carbon dioxide and global warming, they could survive for 40,000 or 50,000 years.

‘But the world can't. The human species is likely to go the same way as many of the species that we've seen disappear.'...

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Hahahahaha!!

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This week, the IPCC's head, Rajendra Pachauri, who has previously accused skeptics of flat Earthism and "voodoo science," suddenly had a Damascene conversion as to the validity of dissent. "I am not deaf," he wrote, "to those who do not agree with the scientific consensus on man-made climate change. Nor, indeed, to those who do not agree with the findings--or, in some cases, the existence--of the IPCC."

Amazing. And again, well spotted Marcus. Keep up your great work on SOLO's most seminal thread! Eye

Climate junk hard to dump

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Climate junk hard to dump

Peter Foster, Financial Post · Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010

The past six months has seen a series of unprecedented setbacks for the cause of catastrophic man-made climate change: the collapse of the Kyoto process; the release of incriminating Climategate emails; the discovery of the shoddy standards of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); the mounting evidence that a job-creating green industrial revolution is a fantasy; and the growing suspicion by the public that it has been sold a bill of goods.

The British Royal Society recently released a statement that "Any public perception that the science is somehow fully settled is wholly incorrect," thus contradicting its own former president, and true believer, Lord May. And if the science isn't settled, there can hardly ever have been "consensus" on the issue.

A forthcoming paper by Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, from which the Climategate emails emerged, admits that the actual group involved in the "consensus" that "human activities are having a significant influence on the climate" was in fact "only a few dozen," rather than the thousands invoked by the IPCC.

Last week, economist Richard Tol, one of the IPCC's own lead authors, suggested that the whole IPCC process should be suspended until the selection of authors has been fixed. This week, the IPCC's head, Rajendra Pachauri, who has previously accused skeptics of flat Earthism and "voodoo science," suddenly had a Damascene conversion as to the validity of dissent. "I am not deaf," he wrote, "to those who do not agree with the scientific consensus on man-made climate change. Nor, indeed, to those who do not agree with the findings--or, in some cases, the existence--of the IPCC."...

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Independent

Disaster is making US think again about cleaner energy

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is making Americans think more about a clean energy future – but not yet to the extent of having to pay for it, or to tackle climate change, one of the leading US thinkers on global warming policy said yesterday.

US citizens are "horrified" by the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, and are starting to think more about cleaner energy sources such as wind and wave power, said Eileen Clausen, president of America's foremost climate think-tank, the Washington-based Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

However, she said, when consumers are asked by pollsters if they would be willing to pay more for such a future, they say no, and say the government should pay. Furthermore, Ms Clausen said, the Gulf disaster was giving US energy policy "a nudge rather than a shift" in the direction of clean energy, but it would probably not be enough to bring forward legislation to curb carbon emissions, at least for the present.

The BP spill has certainly helped to focus minds in Washington on energy policy, and the climate and energy bill put forward by Democratic senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, which is currently stuck in the Senate for want of bipartisan support...

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BP bosses arrive at White House for crucial talks with Obama

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BP bosses arrive at White House for crucial talks with Barack Obama

Following mixed reception to Oval Office address, president to tell executives to set aside billions for oil spill compensation fund

Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 June 2010

...Environmentalists had been looking to Obama to make a strong push for climate change proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put a price on carbon that are stalled in the Senate.

There were some reports this morning that the original wording had been watered down.

Obama made no specific reference to the bill. He did not even utter the words "global warming" or "climate change".

But Republicans still accused him of trying to exploit the crisis to advance his energy agenda.

"Somehow he thinks he can use the tragedy in the Gulf as a reason to pass cap-and-trade," said James Inhofe, the Oklahoma senator who has dismissed global warming as a hoax. "There is no relationship between the oil spill and cap-and-trade."

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National Post

The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider

Lawrence Solomon June 13, 2010

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

“Claims such as ‘2,500 of the world’s leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate’ are disingenuous,” the paper states unambiguously, adding that they rendered “the IPCC vulnerable to outside criticism.”

Hulme, Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia – the university of Climategate fame — is the founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and one of the UK’s most prominent climate scientists. Among his many roles in the climate change establishment, Hulme was the IPCC’s co-ordinating Lead Author for its chapter on ‘Climate scenario development’ for its Third Assessment Report and a contributing author of several other chapters...

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Daily Telegraph

Sperm whales fight global warming with carbon-neutral faeces

Southern Ocean sperm whales have emerged as an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming, removing the equivalent carbon emissions from 40,000 cars each year thanks to their faeces, a study has found.

16 Jun 2010

The cetaceans have been previously fingered as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas.

But this is only a part of the picture, according to the paper, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Australian biologists estimated that the estimated 12,000 sperm whales in the Southern Ocean each defecate around 50 tonnes of iron into the sea every year after digesting the fish and squid they hunt.

The iron is then eaten by phytoplankton - marine plants that live near the ocean surface and suck up CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

As a result of the fertilisation, the whales remove 400,000 tonnes of carbon each year, twice as much as the 200,000 tonnes of CO2 that they contribute through respiration.

By way of comparison, 200,000 tonnes of CO2 is equal to the emissions of almost 40,000 passenger cars, according to an equation on the website of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Climate change makes Ireland greener

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Climate change makes Ireland greener

Rising temperatures are increasingly making the country an ideal environment for new species of plant and benefiting farmers

Gabrielle Monaghan
13 June 2010

Johnny Cash sang about Ireland’s 40 shades of green, but now the Emerald Isle is turning even greener due to the combination of global warming and increased rainfall, according to a climatologist.

Rising temperatures are increasingly making the country an ideal environment for new species of plant and more grassland, benefiting farmers and growers, according to Professor Ian Woodward of the University of Sheffield.

At a lecture in Dublin this week, Woodward will use satellite images and climate change predictions to demonstrate how a warmer Ireland and longer growing periods are already resulting in an even greener landscape. By 2050, a further 250 foreign plant species a year will be able to flourish in Ireland, compared with about two or three new species at present, he believes.

“I’m always worried about saying global warming is good news, but I see the productivity of Ireland increasing up to 2050,” said Woodward. “The satellite data show that as it’s getting warmer, it’s getting greener, and the trend is for the soil to take in more carbon. Things will grow better.” ...

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.u...
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Daily Telegraph

Households to get green makeover

Households will be able to get a free ‘green makeover’ from M&S or B&Q under new plans to make all homes more energy efficient.

By By Louise Gray
14 Jun 2010

The ‘pay as you save’ scheme will allow people to book a free consultation with an ‘energy doctor’ at the local supermarket to assess where heat is leaking from a home, like a drafty loft or badly insulated boiler.

After the ‘energy audit’ a package will be drawn up for the household that recommends the measures that need to be taken up to a cost of £10,000.

But rather than having to incur debt, householders will only have to pay off the debt when they make savings on their fuel bill.

Greg Barker, the new energy and climate change minister, unveiled the move as part of a whole new package to make Britain’s homes more energy efficient...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Independent

Climate groups call on FTSE to remove BP from ethical stock market indices

By Nikhil Kumar

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Environmental groups are calling for BP's removal from stock market indices tracking socially and environmentally responsible companies.

The oil major, which is battling to contain the Gulf of Mexico spill, is listing on the FTSE4Good indices, which select companies based on their progress towards "environmental management", "climate change mitigation and adaptation" and other criteria. BP is also part of the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 index, which lists European companies with "leading environment practices".

Greenpeace said BP's continued inclusion "beggars belief" and called on FTSE Group, the index compiler which also oversees London's FTSE 100 index of leading stocks, to remove the company in light of the Gulf of Mexico spill.

"You have to wonder what a company has to do before FTSE has an ad hoc meeting and removes it, instead of waiting until the next review," Ben Ayliffe, a senior climate campaigner at Greenpeace, said...

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...

Sarah Palin lines up a visit to Lady Thatcher

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Daily Mail

Sarah Palin lines up UK trip – and a visit to Lady Thatcher

By Simon Walters

13th June 2010

Controversial US politician Sarah Palin could soon be on her way to Britain to boost her hopes of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election.

Her representatives approached Margaret Thatcher to ask for a meeting as part of a bid to enhance her claim to be the ‘heir to Ronald Reagan’ and prepare to challenge Mr Obama.

And Lady Thatcher has agreed to see Mrs Palin, who stood as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008. A spokesman said: ‘We had an informal approach asking if Lady Thatcher would meet Mrs Palin if she comes to Britain and we said yes.’ ...

She is opposed to gay marriages, abortion and gun control, supports capital punishment and is a global warming sceptic.

One source said: ‘A meeting with Margaret Thatcher would be an enormous publicity coup for Sarah Palin. Thatcher is by far the biggest political name in US politics, much bigger than Blair.

'Palin’s big hero is Ronald Reagan. In US Republican folklore Thatcher and Reagan brought down the Soviet Union between them. That’s why Maggie is so important.’...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Daily Telegraph

Was Margaret Thatcher the first climate sceptic?

Margaret Thatcher was the first leader to warn of global warming - but also the first to see the flaws in the climate change orthodoxy

By Christopher Booker
12 Jun 2010

...In bringing this about, Mrs Thatcher played an important part. It is not widely appreciated, however, that there was a dramatic twist to her story. In 2003, towards the end of her last book, Statecraft, in a passage headed "Hot Air and Global Warming", she issued what amounts to an almost complete recantation of her earlier views.

She voiced precisely the fundamental doubts about the warming scare that have since become familiar to us. Pouring scorn on the "doomsters", she questioned the main scientific assumptions used to drive the scare, from the conviction that the chief force shaping world climate is CO2, rather than natural factors such as solar activity, to exaggerated claims about rising sea levels. She mocked Al Gore and the futility of "costly and economically damaging" schemes to reduce CO2 emissions. She cited the 2.5C rise in temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period as having had almost entirely beneficial effects. She pointed out that the dangers of a world getting colder are far worse than those of a CO2-enriched world growing warmer. She recognised how distortions of the science had been used to mask an anti-capitalist, Left-wing political agenda which posed a serious threat to the progress and prosperity of mankind.

In other words, long before it became fashionable, Lady Thatcher was converted to the view of those who, on both scientific and political grounds, are profoundly sceptical of the climate change ideology. Alas, what she set in train earlier continues to exercise its baleful influence to this day. But the fact that she became one of the first and most prominent of "climate sceptics" has been almost entirely buried from view.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

Semi?

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I'd be too scared to live in a "semi-detached house," Marcus. It might become completely detached--and then what?

--Brant
shudder, not in Kansas anymore: maybe it'll land on Linz!

Experts my arse

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"Experts say the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is a leading cause of global warming and to be able to predict future climate change, scientists need to know how the carbon cycle works in different parts of the world."

At least they're still talking global warming, I thought they were all supposed to be calling it climate change.

Confidence in climate science remains strong, poll shows

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Very droll Brant. Let's call it a change of "semi-detached house" then. Let's wait for you to think of pun for that one instead.
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Confidence in climate science remains strong, poll shows

Survey shows 71% of Britons are concerned about climate, despite hacked emails, failure at Copenhagen and cold weather

David Adam, environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 June 2010

Climate science's winter of discontent has not made a large impact on the British public's attitudes to global warming, according to poll of over 1,800 people.

The poll, by researchers at the University of Cardiff, showed a small drop in public acceptance of climate change but not the major falls that some observers had predicted after a series of media controversies over the actions of climate scientists, combined with the failure of the Copenhagen summit and the record-breaking cold temperatures.

"By no means has there been a collapse in confidence in climate science," said Professor Nick Pidgeon, who led the study. "If I was in policy circles I would not be complacent, but reassured that it has not been as serious as many thought it would be."

The survey showed that almost three-quarters (71%) of Britons are concerned about climate change. Some 78% think the climate is changing, which is down from 91% who said it was in a similar poll in 2005. Pidgeon said there were a number of possible explanations for the decline, including the economic crisis. "There is a theory that there is a finite pool of worry that anyone has."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Nasa's first ever 'field trip' to study effects of climate change on Arctic ice

Nasa has switched part of its focus from space to the ocean, after its scientists announced their first ever field study to investigate how climate change is affecting the Arctic’s ice.

By Andrew Hough
09 Jun 2010

Researchers from the space agency hope to provide the most detailed research yet on how global warming is devastating the ocean’s ecosystem.

Nasa’s said its first "dedicated oceanographic field campaign” on the earth will study the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of seas around the Arctic and its shifting ice conditions.

As part of their unprecedented research, scientists will study everything from the Arctic Ocean’s properties to the physiology of phytoplankton, the tiny creatures that are known as the base for marine food chain.

Scientists hope their vital research, part of a larger £7 million programme, could pave the way for a better understanding of how the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems have changed due to climate change...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Does

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Does it take that long to change a tire?

--Brant
exercising my dumb side: it's hard work

How doubts about global warming are on the rise

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Note: I will be not posting much for the next few days as I am currently shifting flat. Nothing to do with Linz Smiling
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How doubts about global warming are on the rise after 'big freeze' winter and emails row

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci...

Thanks Linz...

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...speaking of emissions.

It's good to know you have no problem with your five-fingered friend Eye

Apology to Marcus

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On whichever thread it is where Ross accuses me of "betraying SOLO" by allowing Rosie and Richard into my apartment, I told Marcus to "go fuck yourself" because I thought a post of his endorsed Ross's disgracefully presumptuous accusation. I now realise the offending post by Marcus was intended flippantly, and, being incandescent at he time, I failed to see that. I apologise to Marcus ... while hoping that he did indeed fuck himself and find the experience enjoyable.

Welcome back, friend! Smiling

Royal Society 'to re-examine climate message'

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Royal Society 'to re-examine climate message'

Britain's national academy of science is to review its messages on climate change after complaints from its Fellows that the publicised views were oversimplified, according to reports.

By Nick Collins
28 May 2010

The Royal Society is to create a panel to put together a consensus statement after the assertion by 43 Fellows that its messages failed to draw a line between fact and conjecture, the BBC claimed.

The panel, chaired by John Pethica, vice-president of the Society, will publish the document in September after reviews by two subgroups, who are said to have questions about the popular view of the threat posed by increasing quantities of C02 in the atmosphere.

A panel member told BBC News: "The timetable is very tough – one draft has already been rejected as completely inadequate.

"This is a very serious challenge to the way the society operates. In the past we have been able to give advice to governments as a society without having to seek consensus of all the members."

The member reportedly said it may not even be possible for the panel to agree upon a consensus view and added they thought some of the society's public messages had been badly thought out.

Criticism is principally centred on Climate Change Controversies, a document which defends mainstream science from accusations thought by the Society to be improper.

It says: "This is not intended to provide exhaustive answers to every contentious argument that has been put forward by those who seek to distort and undermine the science of climate change ..."

One Fellow reportedly said: "This appears to suggest that anyone who questions climate science is malicious. But in science everything is there to be questioned – that should be the very essence of the Royal Society. Some of us were very upset about that."....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Rich nations could increase emissions under pledge loopholes, UN data shows

Analysis seen at Bonn climate talks shows rich nations could use carbon accountancy tricks to increase their emissions by up to 8%

John Vidal in Bonn
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 9 June 2010

Developing countries were today shocked by new UN data showing that rich nations will be able to increase their carbon emissions by up to 8% if they take advantage of a series of major loopholes in their pledges.

Instead of reducing emissions by a minimum of 30-40% by 2020 and holding temperatures to a rise of 2C – as many campaigners hoped the Copenhagen climate summit in December would achieve – many rich countries would not need to make any domestic cuts to stay within the legal limits of a new global climate deal being negotiated at resumed UN talks in Bonn this week.

The figures, which are far higher than expected, could be achieved by a series of carbon accountancy tricks and devices including:

• Selling "hot air" or surplus carbon allowances that were created when Soviet economies collapsed in the late 1980s;

• Using carbon markets to "offset" as much as 30% of rich countries' emission cuts;

• Setting new rules to calculate emission gains and losses from logging and planting trees.

The new analysis, prepared by Bolivia and released by the UN today, converts developed countries' existing pledges into reduction targets as used in the Kyoto protocol. When combined with calculations of loopholes and carbon market mechanisms, it shows a massive gap between the 30-40% cut that scientists have said is needed to stem catastrophic climate change and the cuts which have been pledged by rich countries so far.

The calculations show that if they do not use the loopholes, developed countries would reduce emissions by 10-14% below 1990 levels by 2017. But if the Bonn proposals are adopted, they could increase emissions by between 4% and 8% above 1990 levels...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

How the Science of Global Warming Was Compromised

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Spiegel

05/17/2010
The Climategate Chronicle

How the Science of Global Warming Was Compromised
By Axel Bojanowski

To what extent is climate change actually occuring? Late last year, climate researchers were accused of exaggerating study results. SPIEGEL ONLINE has since analyzed the hacked "Climategate" e-mails and provided insights into one of the most unprecedented spats in recent scientific history.

Is our planet warming up by 1 degree Celsius, 2 degrees, or more? Is climate change entirely man made? And what can be done to counteract it? There are myriad possible answers to these questions, as well as scientific studies, measurements, debates and plans of action. Even most skeptics now concede that mankind -- with its factories, heating systems and cars -- contributes to the warming up of our atmosphere.

But the consequences of climate change are still hotly contested. It was therefore something of a political bombshell when unknown hackers stole more than 1,000 e-mails written by British climate researchers, and published some of them on the Internet. A scandal of gigantic proportions seemed about to break, and the media dubbed the affair "Climategate" in reference to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon. Critics claimed the e-mails would show that climate change predictions were based on unsound calculations.

Although a British parliamentary inquiry soon confirmed that this was definitely not a conspiracy, the leaked correspondence provided in-depth insight into the mechanisms, fronts and battles within the climate-research community. SPIEGEL ONLINE has analyzed the more than 1,000 Climategate e-mails spanning a period of 15 years, e-mails that are freely available over the Internet and which, when printed out, fill five thick files. What emerges is that leading researchers have been subjected to sometimes brutal attacks by outsiders and become bogged down in a bitter and far-reaching trench war that has also sucked in the media, environmental groups and politicians...

http://www.spiegel.de/internat...
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Evening Standard

Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

Sri Carmichael, Consumer Affairs Reporter

26.05.10

Tony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change.

The former prime minister will be paid at least £700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla.

The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions.

Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors.

He has told friends he needs £5 million a year to fund his lifestyle...

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/...
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From The Times

May 26, 2010

EU sets toughest targets to fight global warming

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

Europe will introduce a surprise new plan today to combat global warming, committing Britain and the rest of the EU to the most ambitious targets in the world. The plan proposes a massive increase in the target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in this decade.

The European Commission is determined to press ahead with the cuts despite the financial turmoil gripping the bloc, even though it would require Britain and other EU member states to impose far tougher financial penalties on their industries than are being considered by other large economies.

The plan, to cut emissions by 30 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020, would cost the EU an extra £33 billion a year by 2020, according to a draft of the Commission’s communication leaked to The Times.

The existing target of a 20 per cent cut is already due to cost £48 billion. The Commission will argue that the lower target has become much easier to meet because of the recession, which resulted in the EU’s emissions falling more than 10 per cent last year as thousands of factories closed or cut production. Emissions last year were already 14 per cent below 1990 levels.

Business leaders fear that thousands of jobs could be lost and energy bills could soar. Carbon taxes on road fuel, heating and other sources of emissions could be introduced, with proceeds reinvested in renewable energy products...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among Britons

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NY Times

Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among Britons

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: May 24, 2010

LONDON — Last month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to ponder an anguished question: If the scientific consensus on climate change has not changed, why have so many people turned away from the idea that human activity is warming the planet?

Nowhere has this shift in public opinion been more striking than in Britain, where climate change was until this year such a popular priority that in 2008 Parliament enshrined targets for emissions cuts as national law. But since then, the country has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics who have dominated news reports in recent months, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated.

A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. A poll conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier.

And London’s Science Museum recently announced that a permanent exhibit scheduled to open later this year would be called the Climate Science Gallery — not the Climate Change Gallery as had previously been planned.

“Before, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this climate change problem is just dreadful,’ ” said Jillian Leddra, 50, a musician who was shopping in London on a recent lunch hour. “But now I have my doubts, and I’m wondering if it’s been overhyped.”

Perhaps sensing that climate is now a political nonstarter, David Cameron, Britain’s new Conservative prime minister, was “strangely muted” on the issue in a recent pre-election debate, as The Daily Telegraph put it, though it had previously been one of his passions...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05...
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Daily Mail

State school heads tell Prince Charles they are fed up with 'do-gooding' curriculum

By Sarah Harris

24th May 2010

Teachers are expected to be do-gooders who 'mop up' social problems instead of focusing on traditional subjects, it has been claimed.

Schools are having to concentrate on 'good causes' such as the environment and 'health and social skills' in favour of academic rigour.

This is leading to subject knowledge becoming 'diluted' and pupils lacking the 'knowledge, discipline and skills' that employers and universities need, according to a report from The Prince's Institute...

Teachers are encouraged to:

* Tackle obesity through weigh-ins at primary school; making sure all children eat healthily at lunch and break times and discussing health issues in PSHE lessons. Some schools vet lunch boxes.

* Tackle teenage pregnancy by offering on-site health clinics and in-depth sex education lessons.

* Focus on 'issues' such as global warming and saving the environment in geography lessons instead of naming rivers and mountains.

* Explore issues including drug abuse, same sex relationships and homophobia in PSHE lessons. Schools are also encouraged to take part in 'gay awareness' weeks.

* Tackle bullying, racism and immigration issues in citizenship classes.

* Follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme in primary and secondary schools. Pupils learn to manage their feelings, develop empathy, motivation and social skills

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

Climate change concern declines in poll

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Climate change concern declines in poll

Only 62% of Britons interested in subject, down from 80% in 2006, according to YouGov survey

Owen Bowcott
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 23 May 2010

Popular concern about climate change has declined significantly, following this year's harsh winter and rows over statistics on global warming, a survey has found.

The numbers of those interested in where Britain's electricity comes from have also slipped back, according to a survey commissioned by the energy company EDF, demonstrating what appears to be growing consumer complacency in an era of electric-powered gadgetry.

At the same time resistance to building new nuclear power stations appears to be slackening. The results of the YouGov poll, based on a sample of 4,300 adults questioned during the week after the general election, show that interest in climate change fell from 80% of respondents in 2006, to 71% last year and now stands at only 62%. Only 80% say they are interested in where electrical power is made, down from 82% the previous year.

Other recent polls have recorded a similar drop in public alarm about the imminence of climate-triggered disaster. The number of climate change agnostics – those unsure whether human activity is warming the planet – has risen from 25% in 2007 to 33% now.

There may be many reasons for the change. Failure to reach agreement on fresh emissions targets at the Copenhagen climate summit, the furore over the leaking of global warming data from the University of East Anglia and the recent cold weather may all have contributed to confusion around the issue.

The French-owned firm EDF, which commissioned the latest poll, owns British Energy, which runs eight nuclear power stations in the UK. EDF plans to build a new generation of nuclear plants, with the first in operation by 2017...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Lewis Pugh: 'human polar bear' swims Mount Everest glacial lake

Green campaigner dubbed the ''human polar bear'' became the first man ever to swim across a glacial lake - on Mount Everest.

...Lewis, a lawyer of Plymouth, Devon, has previously swam in Antarctica and across the North Pole to draw attention to melting sea ice.

But he says his latest was his hardest swim ever as he had to battle altitude sickness as well as freezing conditions.

He said: "It's one of the hardest swims I've ever undertaken. When I swam in Antarctica and across the North Pole I swam with speed and aggression but on Mount Everest you can't use the same tactics.

''Because of the altitude you need to swim very slowly and deliberately. I felt I was going to drown. I was gasping for air and if I had swum any faster I would have gone under.

"I was deeply concerned that I wouldn't make 1km and I'm delighted that I've finally achieved it''

Lewis says he took part in the swim to bring the "world's attention" to the melting of glaciers and its effect on the region.

He said: ''The glaciers in the Himalayas are not just ice. They are a lifeline - they provide water to approximately two billion people.''

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

James Delingpole:

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"It’s true. The Warmists really are a malign and spleen-filled bunch. As of course you would be if the science was against you, the public were growing increasingly sceptical, and all you really had left to defend your cause was bullying and bluster."

Excellent thread Marcus. My first SOLO post was here on TGGWS. What you've collected documents the second greatest swindle of Man, after the Lonely Goblin.

El Niño could make 2010 the hottest year ever

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From The Sunday Times

May 23, 2010

El Niño could make 2010 the hottest year ever

Jonathan Leake

CLIMATE scientists have warned that 2010 could turn out to be the warmest year in recorded history.

They have collated global surface temperature measurements showing that the world has experienced near-record highs between January and April...

Climate change was not the only suspected cause.

Research suggests that the warming is also strongly linked to a temporary shift in Pacific currents, known as El Niño, which has caused the ocean to release large amounts of heat into the atmosphere.

Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, said: “We have seen rapid warming recently, but it is an example of natural variation that is associated with changes in the Pacific rather than climate change...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Springwatch finds the BBC in cloud cuckoo land

Sadly the flowers have refused to follow the BBC's climate change rules, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
22 May 2010

Last Monday, in its obsession with global warming, the BBC got comically caught out. It devoted a whole hour-long edition of its popular nature programme Springwatch to one of the more familiar themes of warmist propaganda, the way in which springs have been noticeably moving forwards in recent decades, with flowers, tree leaves and much else appearing weeks earlier than they used to do.

A familiar instance to any observer of the countryside has been the dramatic advance in flowering times of those three hedgerow indicators, blackthorn, hawthorn and elder. These used to blossom with unfailing regularity in the closing days of April, May and June, and their recent flowering weeks earlier has undoubtedly been a reflection of a warming climate. But contradicting any belief that this change in our climate is "irreversible" has been the fact that this year, after the hardest of three cold winters running, nature's calendar has dramatically reverted to "normal". The blackthorn burst into flower with unusual intensity in late April, may blossom is only now appearing, as it used to do, in the last 10 days of May.

To all this, Springwatch was oblivious. Dozens of times the presenter Chris Packham babbled on about global warming and even our "moral duty" to fight climate change, without any sign that he had noticed what is happening in the real world. He tried to alarm us about how the warming of Welsh mountaintops is threatening the extinction of the Snowdon lily, when, from the BBC's own archives, he could have found film showing how in the last two Aprils, the Snowdon railway has still been closed by feet of snow...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Pew poll: Still more bad news for alarmists

"Only about a third (32%) says it is very important for Congress to address climate change in the coming months, including 47% of Democrats, 29% of independents and 17% of Republicans. This is consistent with earlier Pew Research surveys that show the public putting a relatively low priority on addressing climate change."

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Telegraph Blog

Greenies: the Red, the Dumb and the Angry

By James Delingpole
May 21st, 2010

Just back from the Oxford Union where, last night, we debated the motion: This House Would Put Economic Growth Before Combatting Climate Change. Though I wouldn’t necessarily say I sucked, my performance definitely wasn’t as strong as the one I gave at Heartland. Luckily I had the benefit of a blindingly good team in the form of Lord Lawson of Blaby, Lord Leach and Viscount Monckton – who temporarily ennobled me to Lord Delingpole of Blogosphere so I didn’t feel too left out.

Much to my surprise the motion carried. (133 Ayes; 110 Noes) I suppose I oughtn’t to be surprised, what with all the arguments so obviously in favour of our side and none in favour of theirs. But you never quite know with undergraduates – even frightfully clever Oxford ones – because, never having inhabited the real world, they can all too easily incline to dreamy idealism combined with an utter failure to grasp economic reality...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...

Yep, 2000+ posts. Bloody

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Yep, 2000+ posts. Bloody outstanding work, Marcus.

Global Cooling Is Coming

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May 19, 2010

Global Cooling Is Coming -- and Beware the Big Chill, Scientist Warns

By Gene J. Koprowski
- FOXNews.com

The hottest new trend in climate change may be global cooling, some researchers say.

Contrary to the commonly held scientific conclusion that the Earth is getting warmer, Dr. Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University and author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, has unveiled evidence for his prediction that global cooling is coming soon.

“Rather than global warming at a rate of 1 F per decade, records of past natural cycles indicate there may be global cooling for the first few decades of the 21st century to about 2030,” said Easterbrook, speaking on a scientific panel discussion with other climatologists. This, he says, will likely be followed by “global warming from about 2030 to 2060,” which will then be followed by another cooling spell from 2060 to 2090.

Easterbrook spoke before a group of about 700 scientists and government officials at the fourth International Conference on Climate Change. The conference is presented annually in Chicago by the Heartland Institute, a conservative nonprofit think tank that actively questions the theory of man's role in global warming. Last year the Institute published Climate Change Reconsidered, a comprehensive reply to the United Nations' latest report on climate change...

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech...
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Debate heats up over climate impact on malaria spread

Researchers criticised for saying mosquito control is more infuential than a warming world in the spread of malaria

Mićo Tatalović for SciDev.net, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Friday 21 May 2010

...There is heated debate about how global warming will affect malaria in the coming decades (see Climate change 'could reverse malaria patterns') with some researchers "deeply entrenched" in their views that warming will lead to the disease's expansion, said Peter Gething, lead author of the study and a researcher at the UK-based University of Oxford.

"[But] if we were to go back to the 1900s with the correct climate change predictions for the 20th century, modellers would predict expansion and worsening of malaria and they would have been wrong, and we believe they are wrong now," he told SciDev.Net.

But Matthew Thomas, researcher at Pennsylvania State University, United States, said that the study "plays down the potential importance of climate [change]".

"It is very easy to come up with a superficial model," he said, adding that this controversial area requires better science and more investigation of basic biology before reaching any firm conclusions about climate effects on malaria.

He pointed out that the Nature study predicts a background expansion and intensification of malaria, which needs to be taken into account when designing approaches to the disease.

"Drug and insecticide resistance could make future interventions less effective," he added, and so even small effects of climate have to be seen in that context...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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[Very politically incorrect! Evil ]

From Times Online

May 21, 2010

Yes, Prime Minister, at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Dominic Maxwell

Twenty-three years after they wrote the final episode of Yes, Prime Minister, the show’s creators Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn have put their characters into a stage play. Is that what Sir Humphrey Appleby might term “a brave decision”? Well, you can’t knock them for topicality. In this joke-rich resuscitation, Jim Hacker is hanging on to power by his fingernails. Parliament is hung. The economy is knackered. But, never mind the special adviser who creeps into Hacker’s study at Chequers via a false wall, Sir Humphrey is still firmly of the opinion that politicians should let civil servants get on with running the country.

The original, blessed with unforgettable star turns by Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, still comes up sharp today. But over a brisk two hours, this reinvention gradually gets sucked under by its own cynicism. David Haig is about as good a comic actor as we have in this country. He’s energetic, quickfire, demanding, despairing. But without the salving innocence that Eddington could bring, this hardened Hacker — with his casual references to “dagos” and “micks” — is a less appealing animal...

Things may look terminal for his leadership, but Haig becomes more Fawlty than Hacker when he talks about “health, schools, all that crap”. There’s a rant against the myth of global warming, a vicarish Director-General is brought in to get a bit of a kicking for the BBC’s profligacy, and it feels as if Jay and Lynn have some scores to settle. Yes, the sharp attitude was always there, but Yes, Prime Minister was always about the cushion as much as the blow...

http://entertainment.timesonli...

Richard Lindzen seeks new name for climate sceptics

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Richard Lindzen seeks new name for climate sceptics

MIT professor says climate sceptics should stop accepting the term 'sceptic' because global warming theory is not 'a plausible proposition'

Posted by
Leo Hickman
Wednesday 19 May 2010
guardian.co.uk

And so the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change is over for another year. While we lament this loss, let us pause for a short moment on a concluding statement by one of its star speakers.

Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT's department of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, told his attendant fans (watch the video above) that he believes climate sceptics, such as himself, should "stop accepting the term 'sceptic'".

His reasoning? Because it affords too much legitimacy to the implausible theory of global warming:

One suggestion I'd make is that we stop accepting the term 'sceptic'. As far as I can tell, scepticism involves doubts about a plausible proposition. I think current global warming alarm does not represent a plausible proposition." [Applause.] For 20 years – more than 20 years unfortunately, 22 by now, since '88 – of repetition, escalation of claims does not make it more plausible. Quite the contrary, I would suggest the failure to prove the case of 20 years makes the case even less plausible, as does the evidence of Climategate and other instances of what are essentially [inaudible, but it sounds like "overt cheating"]. In the meantime, while I avoid making forecasts for tenths of a degree change in global average temperature model, I'm quite willing to state that unprecedented climate catastrophes are not on the horizon, though in several thousand years, we may return to an ice age...

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

BBC Radio

"The libertarian Heartland Institute in Chicago is holding what it describes as the world's biggest conference of climate change sceptics.

Environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines whether scepticism about climate change is becoming more widespread among experts."

Listen here:
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Independent

Man-made climate change blamed for 'significant' rise in ocean temperature

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Thursday, 20 May 2010

...Since 2003 there has been a slight levelling off of the rise in temperatures and the scientists said that they cannot explain this apparent stalling of ocean warming, because sea levels have continued to rise and the evidence suggests that this must be caused by both thermal expansion of the oceans, as well as the melting of land-based ice sheets and glaciers.

"It hasn't stopped heating up. Its not as if temperatures have stopped rising, it's just that they are not rising as fast as they were. We cannot explain this at present. It may be due to further problems hidden within the ocean data or the way they are processed," Dr Trenberth said...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Crisis in New Zealand climatology

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Thanks Linz. Let's hope it becomes redundant in the near future Smiling
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Crisis in New Zealand climatology
by Barry Brill

May 15, 2010

The warming that wasn't

The official archivist of New Zealand’s climate records, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), offers top billing to its 147-year-old national mean temperature series (the “NIWA Seven-station Series” or NSS). This series shows that New Zealand experienced a twentieth-century warming trend of 0.92°C.

The official temperature record is wrong. The instrumental raw data correctly show that New Zealand average temperatures have remained remarkably steady at 12.6°C +/- 0.5°C for a century and a half. NIWA’s doctoring of that data is indefensible.

The NSS is the outcome of a subjective data series produced by a single Government scientist, whose work has never been peer-reviewed or subjected to proper quality checking. It was smuggled into the official archive without any formal process. It is undocumented and sans metadata, and it could not be defended in any court of law. Yet the full line-up of NIWA climate scientists has gone to extraordinary lengths to support this falsified warming and to fiercely attack its critics.

For nearly 15 years, the 20th-century warming trend of 0.92°C derived from the NSS has been at the centre of NIWA official advice to all tiers of New Zealand Government – Central, Regional and Local. It informs the NIWA climate model. It is used in sworn expert testimony in Environment Court hearings. Its dramatic graph graces the front page of NIWA’s printed brochures and its website.

Internationally, the NSS 0.92°C trend is a foundation stone for the Australia-New Zealand Chapter in the IPCC’s Third and Fourth Assessment Reports. In 1994, it was submitted to HadleyCRUT, so as to influence the vast expanses of the South Pacific in the calculation of globally-averaged temperatures.

The Minister of Research Science and Technology, the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, has finally become alarmed at the murky provenance of the NSS. The Government has directed and funded a 6-month project to produce a new national temperature record, with published data and transparent processes. The replacement record is to be the subject of a scientific paper, which is to be peer-reviewed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology...

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blo...
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Australian senator Cory Bernardi was invited to address the 4th International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago on May 17th 2010...

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... doing the 2000th post. Congrats, Marcus! Absolutely brilliant work!! Smiling

The Heartland Climate Conference Smear Campaign Begins

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American Thinker

May 15, 2010

The Heartland Climate Conference Smear Campaign Begins
Marc Sheppard

For the fourth time in the past three years scientists, economists and policymakers are gathering to explore both the causes and consequences of “climate change,” and the cost and effectiveness of currently proposed “remedies.” Also for the fourth time in the past three years, the Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change, which commences this Sunday, has been all but ignored by the mainstream media. And as reliable as the MSM have become in evading the event’s purpose, so have the alarmist media become in distorting it...

http://www.americanthinker.com...
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Independent

Small nations given voice on climate


Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica is the UN's new climate change chief. [Pinko Lesbian chic!]

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The United Nations has appointed a Costa Rican diplomat as its new climate change chief after small island nations intervened to press for a choice who would represent their concerns about the risks of global warming.

Christiana Figueres, a climate change expert, has been a negotiator for her country at international emissions reduction meetings since 1995, and regularly chairs UN meetings.

Ms Figueres only emerged as secretary general Ban Ki-moon's choice after a late intervention from small island nations put her ahead of a South African minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Campaigners believe war on climate change will be stymied

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Independent

Campaigners believe war on climate change will be stymied

The parties are divided over nuclear power, offshore oil drilling and many other green issues - and critics say that will hinder the fight against global warming

By Mark Leftly, Jonathan Owen, Jane Merrick and Mark Jewsbury

Sunday, 16 May 2010

...Environmentalists expressed concern that the coalition agreement published last week, while committing the Government to a range of green measures, fails to set targets explicitly for reducing carbon emissions.

The Lib Dem manifesto promised to cut UK emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, while the Tories are committed to a 34 per cent reduction.

The coalition agreement backs "measures to encourage marine energy" – which is the Tories' preferred choice. The Lib Dems want a nuclear-free renewable "energy mix" including 15,000 new wind turbines, yet the Tories are not enthusiastic about wind power and leading Conservatives have opposed wind farms near their constituencies. Instead, Mr Cameron wants the market to decide the best form of low-carbon technology.

On transport, the Lib Dems are opposed to all airport expansion and want funding to be diverted from roads to rail. Yet last week new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond alarmed environmentalists when he declared: "We will end the war on the motorist."

While both parties are, unlike Labour, opposed to a third runway at Heathrow, the Tories have left the door open to a new airport in the South-east.

The Government's plans for offshore oil drilling are perhaps the most worrying for the green movement. A Conservative energy policy paper published quietly in March revealed controversial proposals to "hunt" out dwindling oil reserves in the North Sea and off the Shetland Isles.

The Tories committed to renew and extend exploration and exploitation of offshore oil reserves in the document "Rebuilding Security: Conservative Energy Policy for an Uncertain World". The report included a declaration that they want to open up all waters around the British coastline to potential oil drilling. Environmentalists warned the move could result in deaths and injuries to endangered whales and dolphins in British waters...

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Daily Mail

After 12,000-mile flight to green meeting, there's MUTINY in the Climate CampBy Jason Lewis
16th May 2010

A decision by a climate-change group to fly leading activists 12,000 miles to a conference threatens to tear the movement apart.

The leadership of Climate Camp – which is opposed to flying and airport expansion – have been accused of hypocrisy after they sent two members on a £1,200 round-trip to Bolivia.

The leaders argued it was necessary to attend the ‘transnational protest’ – even though the flights generated eight tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases.

Now a furious backlash against the trip threatens to split the group, which in the past has blockaded Heathrow airport and clashed with police at demonstrations against coal-fired power stations.

A memo circulated to Climate Camp members claimed the group had been taken over by a ‘clique’ who were manipulating its work...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci...
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Daily Telegraph

Chris Huhne will ensure the coalition is soon out of power

The new energy secretary has no practical solutions for our looming energy crisis, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
15 May 2010

...There is no aspect of this Government's energy policy which is not based on wishful thinking and complete technical illiteracy. It talks of spending up to £30 billion on a Severn Barrage to supply "five gigawatts" of electricity, when in reality it would only intermittently produce on average 1.9 gigawatts, less than the output of a single coal-fired power station. For the same money, eight new nuclear plants could produce seven times as much power, reliably and round the clock.

Mr Huhne's only hope of keeping Britain's lights on – as he builds his thousands of hugely subsidised wind turbines – is that the largely foreign-owned electricity companies he appears to despise might build two dozen gas-fired power stations, putting us largely at the mercy of a highly unpredictable world gas market. This is precisely the danger that all the experts have been warning us against for so long.

There are only two possible outcomes of all those "green" delusions which Mr Huhne and Mr Cameron seem to share. First, our energy bills will soar to astronomic levels, pushing millions more households into "fuel poverty". Second, we can look forward to a time when power cuts are as common as they are in South Africa, which is now going for nuclear as hard as it can.

Britain is still the only country in the world already committed by law to cutting its CO2 emissions by more than 80 per cent over the next 40 years - although we emit less than 2 per cent of the world's total. In the name of fighting an imaginary problem, we are soon going to have an imaginary economy – and Mr Huhne's name will join all the others on its tombstone.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

UN Peace with Justice Conference in NZ - Focus on Climate Change

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Addressing the United Nations Association of New Zealand last week.

Dr Renwick (NIWA) “is our keynote speaker on Human Influence on the Climate System has the potential to make the global environment unrecognisable - beyond anything experienced in human history. How humanity responds to this challenge will define our collective future, for centuries to come. There is huge potential for conflict, for winners and losers; yet there is also huge potential for positive collective action, innovation, and cooperation”
Note the links to his profile does not include any information of education or qualification.

The link to NZ Association of Scientists Inc NZAS is interesting. They claim to be scientists who work and lobby to;

* promote science in New Zealand,

* increase public awareness of science and expose pseudo-science, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Sense about science

* debate and influence government science policy,

I note that the NZAS Conference page in this website has not been updated since 2004. One must wonder if they struggle to achieve a quorum.

Glenn Beck holds up Maurice Strong as evidence of conspiracy

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Glenn Beck holds up Maurice Strong as evidence of 'global government' conspiracy

Ideologically fuelled climate sceptics, such as Fox News' Beck claim global warming is being used by malevolent forces to achieve their master plan

Leo Hickman
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 May 2010

Lock up your children: the bogey man cometh. We know this because Fox News rabble-rouser Glenn Beck has kindly forewarned us.

Yesterday, he informed his devoted followers that they should be on the look out for the approaching tentacles of a "global government". The contention of many ideologically fuelled climate sceptics, such as Beck, is that global warming is being used by malevolent, socialist forces lurking in the shadows to usher in a "new world order". The commies have invented this faked, jumped-up "science" as a Trojan horse to achieve their master plan. Or something like that, anyway.

Beck has obviously been thumbing through the catalogue of conspiracy theories online because he decided to use a quote from a man called Maurice Strong which has been bouncing around unchallenged in the sceptic echo chamber for years as evidence that the heralding of a global government is a clear and present danger. Here's what Strong, a former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme is said to have told a reporter in 1990:

"What if a small group of these world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? In order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring this about?"...

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Independent

Lizards are dying out because of climate change, study says

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Friday, 14 May 2010

They have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and have in the past survived several global mass extinctions of species, but now lizards are at serious risk of disappearing from the face of the earth as a result of climate change, scientists said yesterday.

An international study has found that as many as 20 per cent of the 3,800 species of lizards could be extinct by 2080 if global temperatures continue to rise as predicted. In some parts of the world 12 per cent of the lizard populations that have been studied since 1995 have already disappeared – and researchers are blaming climate change.

Lizards, which include geckos, iguanas and chameleons, are often referred to as cold-blooded creatures but in fact their body temperature rises and falls with their exterior environment. They have to bask in the sun to raise their body temperature, and seek shade when it gets too warm.

Scientists fear that, in many parts of the world, temperatures have become too warm for the local lizards to be able to stay out during the hottest part of the day to catch enough food, causing the animals to weaken and die...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Most Aussies unconvinced climate change man-made

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Sydney Morning Herald

Most unconvinced climate change man-made

May 7, 2010

Two out of three Australians are not convinced climate change is man-made, and even those who do believe it is aren't prepared to pay much to fix it, a new poll shows.

A Galaxy Poll, commissioned by the conservative Institute of Public Affairs, found 35 per cent of respondents blamed humans for global warming.

Fully 26 per cent believed it was just part of a natural cycle, while 38 per cent remained uncertain...

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Daily Telegraph

General Election 2010: The Tory gamble that failed us all

Imagine what might have happened last week if we had a Conservative leader like Mrs Thatcher, says Christopher Booker.

10 May 2010

...From the moment Mr Cameron emerged from nowhere as leader in 2005, his defining characteristic was his ruthless drive to create a new “Not the Conservative Party”, in his own image. On issue after issue, from his infatuation with “greenery” and global warming to his insistence that his followers should not “bang on about Europe”, he sought to ditch traditional Conservative values and to pursue the Lib Dem, Guardianista “centre” vote. As for his party’s more traditional core supporters, he did not so much take them for granted as treat them with contempt.

Such was the deliberate gamble of Mr Cameron’s leadership, and the verdict of last week’s election was that the gamble has not come off. For five years, it has been evident to anyone in touch with grassroots opinion that a broad swath of natural Tory supporters – including many readers of this column – have watched the antics of Mr Cameron and his little clique of close allies with bewilderment, frustration and dismay. Rarely can any Tory leader have aroused in many of his potential voters so little positive enthusiasm, even if many did last week reluctantly support his party.

One symptom of this on Thursday was the hidden “Ukip effect”. Although support for its individual candidates may have looked derisory, put together they polled some 900,000 votes, making Ukip easily the fourth largest party – and, more significantly, in around 20 seats which the Tories failed to win or hold, Ukip’s vote more than cancelled out the extent by which the Tories lost. If most of those votes had gone to the Tories, Mr Cameron might just have scraped that overall majority...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

GLOBAL WARMING IS A LOAD OF HOT AIR

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Daily Express

GLOBAL WARMING IS A LOAD OF HOT AIR

Monday May 3, 2010

By James Delingpole

CLIMATE change has been the biggest concern for a whole generation. Now, however, a brilliant scientist has come up with proof that man is not to blame - and no problem exists.

Fill your tank with petrol, book another holiday, turn that patio heater up to 11 and breathe a deep sigh of relief: the theory that humans are responsible for global warming is as good as dead, thanks to an amazing new discovery by one of America’s top meteorologists.

In his new bestseller The Great Global Warming Blunder, former senior NASA climate scientist Dr Roy Spencer demonstrates that all those scary computer-modelled predictions of man-made eco doom have been based on a fundamental misconception of how climate works.

Climate change, he shows, is an almost entirely natural process on which human influence is negligible...

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Daily Mail

Today's the first day of summer (so say scientists... but have they looked out of the window?)

By David Derbyshire
6th May 2010

Ignore the chilly nights, blustery days and temperatures barely in double figures.

For today is the first day of summer, according to scientists.

They say it is arriving earlier and earlier in England - and now appears 18 days sooner than it did in the 1950s.

Geographers Dr Grant Bigg and Amy Kirbyshire, from Sheffield University, came to their conclusion after studying temperature records for central England over recent decades.

They also looked at observations of 385 types of summer flowering plant, such as geraniums, roses, campions and poppies.

The species were chosen because they all flower in May or June.

To work out the onset of the English summer, they looked for the third day of each year when the average temperature was at least 14c (57f). That may sound cool for summer, but while summer usually sees daytime temperatures of at least 20c (68f) cooler nights bring down the average.

The study showed that between 1954 and 1963, the average date for the start of summer was May 25.

By the 1990s it was May 14. Between 1998 and 2007 it crept forward to an average of May 7.

The scientists stressed that the date was an average over a decade and that it varies hugely from year to year...

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From Times Online

May 8, 2010

Bill Gates pays for ‘artificial’ clouds to beat greenhouse gases

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

The first trials of controversial sunshielding technology are being planned after the United Nations failed to secure agreement on cutting greenhouse gases.

Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, is funding research into machines to suck up ten tonnes of seawater every second and spray it upwards. This would seed vast banks of white clouds to reflect the Sun’s rays away from Earth.

The British and American scientists involved do not intend to wait for international rules on technology that deliberately alters the climate. They believe that the weak outcome of December’s climate summit in Copenhagen means that emissions will continue to rise unchecked and that the world urgently needs an alternative strategy to protect itself from global warming...

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Could CO2 be the green fuel powering tomorrow's cars?

Imagine a green fuel that could power our cars, keep the wheels of industry turning, and wean us off our addiction to oil - a fuel called CO2

Duncan Graham-Rowe for Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 May 2010

Imagine a green fuel that could power our cars, keep the wheels of industry turning, and wean us off our addiction to oil. A fuel that could stop climate change in its tracks, and send carbon levels plunging to pre-industrial levels. A fuel that allows business as usual to carry on as before – emissions and all. Because that fuel is… CO2.

It sounds like advertising copy from fantasy island. But now a combination of applied solar power and lateral thinking could just turn this into reality.

It's actually not that far-fetched a scenario. Trees and algae have been turning CO2 into fuel since the dawn of time, unlocking the chemical energy within this molecule to power metabolic processes. Now, some scientists believe we can follow.

With a little ingenuity, it is already possible to transform CO2 into anything from petrol to natural gas. And thanks to centuries of industrialisation, we appear to have a plentiful supply of the stuff floating around us in the atmosphere. So if we can just find an efficient means of extracting CO2 from air and converting it into a useful fuel, it should be possible both to power our future and scrub our atmosphere clean...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Norman Stone: poster boy for booze, fags and mischief

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From The Sunday Times

May 2, 2010

Norman Stone: poster boy for booze, fags and mischief

Daisy Goodwin

...He says the Oxford establishment really hated his admiration for Margaret Thatcher, for whom he wrote speeches in the late 1980s. “I had huge admiration for her. She had a wonderful presence in a prima donna-ish sort of way.” When Thatcher was ousted in 1990, Stone was gutted. “I remember going to my local off-licence in north Oxford to buy a bottle of gin in which to drown my sorrows, and the man behind the counter said, ‘Gin I have, but I’ve been cleaned out of champagne since Mrs Thatcher got the boot.’”

He says he detests the Tory party in its current incarnation: “What’s the rock music, no ties and silly voices all about? They should just stand up and declare that global warming is a huge con and passive smoking is completely harmless, stop taxing people for the first £10,000 and everyone would vote for them. And as for their ridiculous marriage policy, £150 wouldn’t even pay for a solicitor’s signature on the divorce papers.”

So will he be voting UKIP, then? “Oh, don’t be ridiculous,” he snorts...

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WSJ

APRIL 30, 2010.The World Rethinks Climate Legislation

Costly cap-and-trade system isn't the political winner it once was.

BY TOM SWITZER

It was always going to be an uphill battle for the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation in an election year. But with Senator Lindsey Graham's likely decision to withdraw his support from the landmark bill, the prospects are now virtually zero.

That is not just because Mr. Graham had been the only Republican senator to endorse a broad approach to tackling global warming. It's because the climate, politically speaking, has changed dramatically since June when the House of Representatives narrowly passed a climate cap-and-tax bill. President Obama's decision to make immigration reform a higher priority in ...

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Daily Telegraph Blog

Inventor of Mann-made global warming feels the heat

By James Delingpole
April 30th, 2010

This blog’s hero of the week is Ken Cuccinelli. He’s the new Attorney General of Virginia and he’s about to launch quite possibly the most delicious and worthwhile law suit in the entire history of litigation: one that could result in Michael Mann – arch-climate-fear-promoter, comedy You Tube Star, creator of the infamous, twice-discredited Hockey Stick – being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged misuse of state grant funding.

Though Mann now works at Penn State University – an institution which appears to share UEA’s principled belief that the best response to the skullduggery exposed in the Climategate emails is to whitewash, whitewash, whitewash – his Achilles heel is Virginia, where he worked from 1999 to 2005. This, of course, was the period in which Mann sent some of his juiciest Climategate emails...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...

Melting sea ice cause sea levels to rise by 'hair's breadth'

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Daily Telegraph

Melting sea ice would cause sea levels to rise by 'hair's breadth'

Melting icebergs are causing sea levels to rise, scientists have discovered, but only by a hair's breadth every year.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
28 Apr 2010

Researchers at the University of Leeds calculate that around 1.5 million Titanic-sized icebergs each year are melting into the sea every year in the Arctic and Antarctic. This is causing sea level to rise by just 49 micrometers per year - around a hair's breadth.

At that rate it would take 200 years for the oceans to rise by 1cm as a result of melting sea ice. If all the floating ice in the world melted it would cause sea levels to rise by just 4cm. In comparison if all the ice on land melted it would cause a rise of 70m. Sea levels will also rise as the oceans get warmer because of thermal expansion.

But Professor Andrew Shepherd, one of the authors of the study published in Geophysical Research Letters, said the tiny rise caused by melting ice was still significant...

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BBC News

29 April 2010

Climate research shows plant methane production 'small'

Plants remain "an effective way" of tackling global warming despite emitting small amounts of a greenhouse gas, a study has shown.

The Edinburgh University research suggests plant leaves account for less than 1% of Earth's methane emissions.

The impact on global warming from methane is considered to be about 25 times greater than from carbon dioxide.

A previous study suggested plants were responsible for producing large amounts of methane.

Scientists said the findings confirmed that trees are a useful way of offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, as their output of small amounts of methane is "far outweighed by their capacity to store carbon" from the atmosphere in their leaves, wood and bark...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sco...

Australia shelves key emissions trading scheme

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Brisbane Times

Emissions put on back burner

TOM ARUP
April 27, 2010

THE emissions trading scheme has been shelved indefinitely by the Rudd government with a long-awaited Senate vote on the scheme not expected until after the next election, senior government sources say.

A Senate vote on the trading scheme legislation, which was due next month, has now been dropped by the government for the May and June sittings of Parliament.

A government source said yesterday the fate of the Senate vote on the legislation beyond June was unclear.

The source said the decision to park the legislation indefinitely reflected the political reality that the opposition, under leader Tony Abbott, and the Greens had vowed to reject the scheme in the Senate.

Unless the Coalition or the Greens change their positions the government will now have to wait until July 1 next year for the Senate to change over after this year's federal election to negotiate with a potentially less hostile Parliament - unless a double-dissolution election is called.

The government will now concentrate on passing other matters in the Senate including its national health reform package and the national broadband network. ''Obviously there are a lot of pressures in the Senate, so the government has to prioritise the reforms that are most likely to be passed,'' the source said.

After the trading scheme was rejected by the Senate for a second time last December, the government promised an amended version to be negotiated with former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull.

But in February the government delayed the vote to March to give priority to a vote on changes to the private health insurance rebate. In March the legislation was put off until May and has now been delayed indefinitely...

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Reuters

FEATURE - Climate debate gets ugly as world moves to curb CO2
Mon Apr 26, 2010

By David Fogarty, Climate Change Correspondent, Asia
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Murderer, liar, fraud, traitor.

Climate scientists, used to dealing with sceptics, are under siege like never before, targeted by hate emails brimming with abuse and accusations of fabricating global warming data. Some emails contain thinly veiled death threats.

Across the Internet, climate blogs are no less venomous, underscoring the surge in abuse over the past six months triggered by purported evidence that global warming is either a hoax or the threat from a warmer world is grossly overstated.

A major source of the anger is from companies with a vested interest in fighting green legislation that might curtail their activities or make their operations more costly.

"The attacks against climate science represent the most highly coordinated, heavily financed, attack against science that we have ever witnessed," said climate scientist Michael Mann, from Pennsylvania State University in the United States.

"The evidence for the reality of human-caused climate change gets stronger with each additional year," Mann told Reuters in emailed responses to questions.

Greenpeace and other groups say that some energy companies are giving millions to groups that oppose climate change science because of concerns about the multi-billion dollar costs associated with carbon trading schemes and clean energy policies.

For example, rich nations including the United States, Japan and Australia, are looking to introduce emissions caps and a regulated market for trading those emissions.

More broadly, the United Nations is trying to seal a tougher climate accord to curb emissions from burning fossil fuels and deforestation blamed for heating up the planet.
Other opponents are drawn into the debate by deep concerns that governments will trample on freedoms or expand their powers as they try to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the impacts of higher temperatures.

"There are two kinds of opponents -- one is the fossil fuel lobby. So you have a trillion-dollar industry that's protecting market share," said Stephen Schneider of Stanford University in California, referring to the oil industry's long history of funding climate sceptic groups and think tanks.

"And then you have the ideologues who have a deep hatred of government involvement," said Schneider, a veteran climate scientist and author of the book "Science as a contact sport"...

http://in.reuters.com/article/...

Tories 'could put climate change agreement at risk'

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Independent

Tories 'could put climate change agreement at risk'

By Michael Savage, Political Correspondent

Monday, 26 April 2010

A historic climate change deal would be put at risk by a Conservative government because of the "injustice" of the way they would fund the battle against global warming in developing nations, David Cameron is warned today.

The Tory leader has promised to safeguard the international aid budget in an attempt to soften his party's image. However, unlike the other parties, he has refused to put a cap on the amount of money set aside for aid that could be raided to pay for helping poorer nations deal with climate change.

Writing in The Independent today, Nicholas Stern, the climate change economist, Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, and the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, warn that using the aid budget would be "unacceptable" and that all money designed to fight climate change in poor areas should be additional...

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Daily Telegraph

Dinosaurs died from sudden temperature drop 'not comet strike', scientists claim

Dinosaurs were wiped out by sudden drop in temperatures, not by comet striking the planet, scientists claimed.

By Andrew Hough
24 Apr 2010

British researchers claim that a sudden plummeting in the sea temperature of 16F (9C) more than 137 million years ago was the first step towards their eventual road to extinction.

While studying fossils and minerals from the Arctic Svalbard, Norway, they concluded the sudden change in the Atlantic Gulf Stream during the Cretaceous period would almost certainly have wiped out the ''abundance'' of the world's dinosaurs.

Some experts believe the creatures were wiped out by one cataclysmic event 65 million years ago – such as a meteor hitting the planet.

But the new research suggests they were wiped out by a series of environmental changes, starting with a drop in sea temperatures.

Gregory Price, from Plymouth University, who led the study, said his team's research showed the drop in temperature happened when the Earth was in a ''greenhouse'' climate, which was very similar to now...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sci...

Graham withdraws support for climate legislation

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Graham withdraws support for climate legislation

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 25, 2010

The effort to enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation this year suffered a critical blow Saturday when Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), the key Republican proponent of the bill, withdrew his support because of what he said was a "cynical political" decision by Democrats to advance immigration legislation first.

The move forced the other two authors of the climate and energy bill, Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), to cancel a much-anticipated news conference planned for Monday at which they were to unveil the plan they negotiated with Graham.

Graham, who spent weeks working with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on an immigration measure that will appeal to both parties, wrote in an open letter Saturday to leaders of the climate effort, "Moving forward on immigration -- in this hurried, panicked manner -- is nothing more than a cynical political ploy."

Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) raised the idea of bringing up immigration legislation before an energy bill, and President Obama on Friday criticized Arizona's tough new immigration law and said Congress must act on immigration or risk leaving the door open to "irresponsibility by others."

In an interview, Graham said he has become convinced that Democrats have decided to push for an immigration overhaul in an effort to mobilize Hispanic voters, a key political bloc, and that only a focused effort on a climate and energy bill could ensure its passage.

Democrats denied that election-related considerations were driving the focus on immigration, and the White House, Reid, and Kerry and Lieberman said they would continue to press ahead with the climate and energy effort.

Even so, Graham's departure greatly undermines Democrats' prospects of picking up the handful of Republican votes needed for passage. "If Senator Graham leaves the effort, a long shot becomes a no-shot," said Joe Stanko, who heads up government relations for the law firm Hunton & Williams and represents several industries that would face new federal regulation under a climate bill.

Graham said he did not see how the Senate could pass any climate and energy bill this year if Senate Democratic leaders and President Obama pushed for immigration reform, as they suggested they would last week...

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April 25, 2010

Another polar rescue must send chills down spines of alarmists
Andrew Bolt From: Herald Sun April 21, 2010

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite.
The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he'd raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: "Part of the reason Tom's One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps."

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: "Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!"

But Antarctica isn't melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.

And last week he had to be rescued by Canadian soldiers after falling through the ice sheet.

"(I) came very close to the grave," he said, on being flown out.

This is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It's a metaphor.

Last year it was British eco-explorer Pen Hadow and his two-person team who had to be flown out mid-stunt, after battling brutal sub-zero weather conditions that gave the team's photographer frostbite.

The year before, eco-adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh was similarly thwarted.

He'd planned to kayak 1200km to the North Pole to raise awareness of how global warming had allegedly melted the ice sheet so badly that scientists warned the North Pole that summer could be ice-free.

No such luck. Pugh had to pull out, still 1000km from the finish, when a great barrier of sea ice blocked his route.

The year before gave even more farcical entertainment...

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/op...
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Daily Telegraph

Volcano crisis: Sense vanishes in a puff of ash

The closure of our airspace casts a highly disturbing light on the way we are governed, says Christopher Booker.

24 Apr 2010

Last week, for the second time in a decade, a major crisis erupted out of the blue that cast a highly disturbing light on the peculiarly contorted way in which we are now governed. The Icelandic volcano shambles had striking parallels with the foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001.

Both episodes involved a massive system failure in a complex new structure of supranational governance which was being put to the test for the first time, Both were made much worse by over-reliance on an inadequate computer model, which ended up causing unnecessary chaos and misery for hundreds of thousands of people and costing not millions but billions of pounds.

What turned that shower of abrasive volcanic dust from a drama into a crisis was the central flaw in a new international system for responding to such incidents, which was put in place only last September. As everyone now recognises, the emptying of the skies which plunged Europe's airlines into chaos was a grotesque overreaction to the reality of the risks involved.

Within two days, the amount of ash over northern Europe was at barely one per cent of the official danger level. But the authorities were locked by international rules into a rigid bureaucratic system, based on a computer model, which gave them no alternative but to close down air traffic for days longer than was justified. The real flaw in the system was that it made no provision for testing that crude computer model against actual real-life data, which could have shown that the computer was vastly exaggerating the risk...

It is especially ironic that a Met Office computer model was at the centre of this latest fiasco, and that, thanks to successive Government cuts over the years, it no longer has any aircraft capable of testing whether its model's data are reliable. Over the past 20 years, our Met Office has received some
£250 million to allow its computer models to predict future climate change. If just a tiny fraction of that money had been spent on aircraft of the type that the Met Office used to have at its disposal to sample dust clouds, airlines and their customers might have been saved several times the sum the Met Office has frittered away on its obsession with global warming.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

Liar of the Year so far

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"IPCC procedures are robust and rigorous .. Upholding exacting standards is a responsibility and a sacred trust that IPCC authors — and I — accept with the utmost respect and sincerity."

Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Fourth International Conference on Climate Change

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"The Fourth International Conference on Climate Change will be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 16-18, 2010 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. It will call attention to new scientific research on the causes and consequences of climate change, and to economic analysis of the cost and effectiveness of proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...The First International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-1) took place in March 2008 in New York City. One hundred speakers and panelists came from 26 countries to prove that leading scientists and economists from around the world dispute the claim that global warming is a crisis. More than 500 people attended the conference, which generated global press attention."

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Daily Telegraph Blog

Choice? You couldn't put a cigarette paper between these Three Stooges

Gerald Warner
April 23rd, 2010

Last night millions of British voters watched the Three Stooges who represent the progressive consensus that is destroying Britain, trying to stage a cosmetic debate while in agreement on every issue, apart from which of them should occupy Number 10. The truly weird aspect was the spectacle of the three men who aspire to rule Britain, a major developed nation which, despite its decline, remains a nuclear power with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, competing to proclaim their faith in the global warming myth.

That is frightening. It is in no way less terrifying than if they subscribed to the Flat Earth theory. AGW is a nonsense – the dogs in the street know it is a scam designed to earn fortunes for carbon speculators – yet here were the potential successors of Pitt, Churchill and Thatcher giving priority in their agenda, in the midst of an economic crisis, to a discredited fiction that complicit politicians such as these three propose to subsidise to the tune of $45 trillion. Beam me up, Scottie!...

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Pachauri: Despite attacks from critics, climate science will prevail

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges it has been a rough few months for his organization. But, he argues, no amount of obfuscation and attacks by conspiracy theorists will alter the basic facts — global warming is real and intensifying.

Rajendra K.Pachauri for Yale Environment 360, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 April 2010

Science thrives on debate. Only by challenging scientific findings do we expose weak arguments and substantiate strong ones. But the process relies on the debate being devoid of political taint and grounded in sound scientific knowledge. Sadly, that has not been the case in the recent barrage of criticism leveled against climate science.

The readers of Yale Environment 360 are by now familiar with recent questioning by some of the validity of the widely accepted science of climate change. The release of emails stolen from the University of East Anglia was used just prior to the Copenhagen Climate Summit to project an unflattering portrayal of climate scientists in general and to voice allegations that climate science was deeply flawed. (It is significant that the U.K. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee last month issued a report essentially exonerating the researchers involved of any ill intent or wrongdoing, as did an independent panel established by the university.) This episode was followed by accusations that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which I chair, had exaggerated the severity of climate change.

Though some of the criticism has been thoughtful and was welcomed by the IPCC, much of it relied on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and gross mischaracterizations that would be laughable were they not intended to create a bias in public perceptions on this critical issue. Certainly, in any human endeavor there is always room for improvement, and that is particularly true of enhancing the level of thoroughness in searching for new knowledge. In this context, the IPCC has listened and learned from the more reasoned criticism voiced recently. As I will explain later in this article, the panel is also taking action to refine its procedures in response to fair and objective criticism. But to call climate science a "hoax," as some fringe critics have done, amounts to a tremendous disservice to science and to humanity as a whole...

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Daily Express

CAMPAIGNERS CALL FOR CLIMATE COURT

Friday April 23,2010

Participants in a conference on climate change are demanding 300 billion US dollars in annual compensation from wealthy countries and transnational companies to deal with the effects of global warming.

Leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales is leading the meeting of thousands of social activists and officials.

They proposed a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by 2020 and the creation of a international climate court to penalise countries that do not reduce their emissions.

The conference was born out of opposition to the Copenhagen Accord brokered by President Barack Obama at a December summit that would raise nearly 30 billion US dollars over three years to help poor countries combat the effects of climate change...

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Networks Hide the Decline in Credibility of Climate Change

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Networks Hide the Decline in Credibility of Climate Change Science

ABC, CBS and NBC ignore ClimateGate scandal and still advance left-wing global warming agenda.

By Julia A. Seymour
Business & Media Institute
4/21/2010

It’s been a rough five months for the credibility of many of the “leading” climate scientists.

First, the ClimateGate e-mails appeared to show unethical or illegal behavior of high profile scientists and a potential conspiracy to distort science for political gain. These weren’t just a few renegade scientists; in the following months, damning information came to light about the world’s leading climate alarmists and their work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Stern Report, the U.S. National Climate Data Center and even NASA.

Even with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day coming up on April 22, Americans are skeptical about the threat of climate change. A March 2010 Gallup poll found that 48 percent of Americans think the threat of global warming is “generally exaggerated.” That’s the highest in 13 years, according to Gallup.

The public’s receding fear of climate change may be related to the series of scandals and admissions that have been uncovered since Nov. 20 when e-mails from University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) were leaked. Those e-mails provided “ammunition” to climate skeptics about the authenticity and ethics surrounding the CRU’s work on global warming science.

The networks news media were unshaken by the apparent bad behavior on the part of the very climate scientists and organizations whose claims they had pushed for years. Less than 10 percent of stories mentioning global warming or climate change since Nov. 20, 2009, referenced any of the climate science scandals...

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

'Paltry' Copenhagen carbon pledges point to 3C world
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News

Pledges made at December's UN summit in Copenhagen are unlikely to keep global warming below 2C, a study concludes.

Writing in the journal Nature, analysts at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research in Germany say a rise of at least 3C by 2100 is likely.

The team also says many countries, including EU members and China, have pledged slower carbon curbs than they have been achieving anyway.

They say a new global deal is needed if deeper cuts are to materialise.

"There's a big mismatch between the ambitious goal, which is 2C... and the emissions reductions," said Potsdam's Malte Meinshausen.

"The pledged emissions reductions are in most cases very unambitious," he told BBC News.

In their Nature article, the team uses stronger language, describing the pledges as "paltry"...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci...
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Daily Telegraph

Volcanic ash cloud: Global warming may trigger more volcanoes

Climate change could spark more ''hazardous'' geological events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, scientists have warned.

19 Apr 2010

In papers published by the Royal Society, researchers warned that melting ice, sea level rises and even increasingly heavy storms and rainfall - predicted consequences of rising temperatures - could affect the Earth's crust.

Even small changes in the environment could trigger activity such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

And some evidence suggests the consequences of climate change were already having an impact on geological activity in places such as Alaska, researchers writing in the journal the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A said.

Bill McGuire, of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre at University College London, and the author of a review in the journal of research in the area, said warming temperatures melted ice from ice sheets and glaciers and increased the amount of water in the oceans.

As the land ''rebounds'' back up once the weight of the ice has been removed - which could be by as much as a kilometre in places such as Greenland and Antarctica - then if, in the worst case scenario, all the ice were to melt - it could trigger earthquakes.

The increase in seismic activity could, in turn, cause underwater landslides that spark tsunamis...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Al Gore film sparks controversy in NZ

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Al Gore film sparks controversy in NZ

NZPA | Wednesday April 21, 2010

Politicians have been asked to consider whether New Zealand's students are protected from political indoctrination in schools after the showing of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth prompted a petition to Parliament.

The petition of former ACT MP Muriel Newman asked that New Zealand school children be protected from political indoctrination by inserting into the Education Act provisions similar to those in the British act.

The petition was signed by 250 people.

Dr Newman said concerned parents contacted her after An Inconvenient Truth was shown in schools in 2007.

They were concerned that teachers were not pointing out inaccuracies in the film and were not explaining that there were alternative viewpoints.

"As a result parents were concerned that their children were being subjected to political propaganda at school," she said.

The same year in Britain a High Court judge highlighted "nine scientific errors" in the Oscar-winning climate change documentary and said it should be shown in schools only as part of a climate change resource pack if it was accompanied by new guidance notes to balance the former US vice-president's "one-sided" views.

Dr Newman said "unfortunately, no such instruction was given to schools" here...

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/a...
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From Times Online

April 20, 2010

Climate sceptics force Queen’s University to hand over data

Hannah Devlin

Scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast have been ordered to hand over 40 years of research data on tree rings after a three-year battle with climate sceptics.

The ruling by the Information Commissioner sets a precedent for scientists having to comply with the strictest interpretation of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

It suggests that in future academics will not be able to avoid handing over data by claiming that the task would be too onerous or that it would breach intellectual property rights.

Douglas Keenan, an independent researcher from London, who is a well-known climate sceptic, first requested the data in 2007. Queen’s refused his request, saying that it was too expensive.

Now the commissioner has ruled that the university will be in contempt of FoI laws if it refuses to address the request.

The commissioned also identified a number of “procedural breaches” in the handling of Mr Keenan’s request.

“This has taken three years, but it is worth it,” Mr Keenan told the journal Nature...

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Obama's green agenda under attack from group linked to chemical industry

Connection to Solvay chemicals suggests opposition to action on global warming is spreading from 'big oil' to 'big chemical'

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 21 April 2010

A secretive group linked to a leading European chemical company has joined the campaign to defeat Barack Obama's green agenda, taking the fight beyond the traditional players – the big oil and coal firms – the Guardian has learned.

The previously unknown Coalition for Responsible Regulation Inc (CRR) is at the forefront of a strategy to strip the Obama administration of its powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions should Congress fail to act on climate change.

The group, which refuses to disclose its complete membership and which does not have a website, has joined more than a dozen states and a host of industry groups in 17 legal challenges to the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The connection to the chemical firm Solvay suggests opposition to action on global warming, once spearheaded by big oil, is spreading to other industries that will also be affected by proposals to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

'Tiny' climate changes may trigger quakes

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Independent

'Tiny' climate changes may trigger quakes

By Emily Beament, PA

Monday, 19 April 2010

Climate change could spark more "hazardous" geological events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, scientists warned today.

In papers published by the Royal Society, researchers warned that melting ice, sea level rises and even increasingly heavy storms and rainfall - predicted consequences of rising temperatures - could affect the Earth's crust.

Even small changes in the environment could trigger activity such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

And some evidence suggests the consequences of climate change were already having an impact on geological activity in places such as Alaska, researchers writing in the journal the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A said.

Bill McGuire, of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre at University College London, and the author of a review in the journal of research in the area, said warming temperatures melted ice from ice sheets and glaciers and increased the amount of water in the oceans.

As the land "rebounds" back up once the weight of the ice has been removed - which could be by as much as a kilometre in places such as Greenland and Antarctica - then if, in the worst case scenario, all the ice were to melt - it could trigger earthquakes.

The increase in seismic activity could, in turn, cause underwater landslides that spark tsunamis.

A potential additional risk is from "ice-quakes" generated when the ice sheets break up, causing tsunamis which could threaten places such as New Zealand, Newfoundland in Canada and Chile.

The reduction in the ice could also stimulate volcanic eruptions, according to the research...

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Lord Monckton throws his safari helmet in the ring as Ukip candidate

One of the world's best-known climate sceptics has registered as a candidate for a Scottish constituency in the general election

Leo Hickman
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 20 April 2010

Exciting election news reaches us from the Scottish parliamentary constituency of Perth and North Perthshire. Lord Monckton – one of the world's best-known climate sceptics and an ever-popular topic of discussion at this parish - has registered himself as a candidate for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) at the forthcoming general election on May 6...

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Grounding of planes 'could lead to rise in temperatures'

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Grounding of planes across Europe 'could lead to rise in temperatures'

By Daily Mail Reporter
17th April 2010

Temperatures in Europe could rise as a result of planes being grounded across the continent, according to research.

A study conducted after commercial flights were grounded for three days following the September 11 terror attacks found the average daily temperature range in the U.S. rose markedly - exceeding the three-day periods before and after by 1.8c.

Scientists claimed this showed that clouds formed by the water vapour in the exhaust from jet planes have a small but significant effect on daily temperatures.

The unprecedented study suggests the UK and Europe will experience a similar pattern.

Planes have now been grounded for 48 hours and there is no suggestion when they will return to the skies, meaning Britons could enjoy hotter than normal temperatures for days...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Volcanic eruptions and ash clouds explained

Magma trapped below the Earth rises and gas bubbles form, creating a violent molten froth that needs to escape

David Adam
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 April 2010

...The dust can also help reduce global warming. The effect of the Iceland ash cloud will be small but larger eruptions help to cool the planet as they reflect sunlight back into space. The 1815 eruption of Mt Tambora in Indonesia produced so much volcanic ash that it triggered the "year without a summer" that brought widespread failure of harvests across Europe, famine and economic collapse.

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Daily Telegraph

Climategate: a scandal that won’t go away

From Macbeth to Watergate, it’s not the act that leads to nemesis, but the attempts to 'trammel up the consequence’ , writes Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
17 Apr 2010

If you were faced with by far the biggest bill of your life, would you not want to be confident that there was a very good reason why you should pay it? That is why we need to know just how far we can trust the science behind the official view that the world is threatened with catastrophe by global warming – because the measures proposed by our politicians to avert this supposed disaster threaten to transform our way of life out of recognition and to land us with easily the biggest bill in history. (The Climate Change Act alone, says the Government, will cost us all £18 billion every year until 2050.)

Yet in recent months, as we know, the official science on which all this rests has taken quite a hammering. Confronted with all those scandals surrounding the “Climategate” emails and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the political and academic establishments have responded with a series of inquiries and statements designed to show that the methods used to construct the official scientific case are wholly sound. But as was illustrated last week by two very different reports, these efforts to hold the line are themselves so demonstrably flawed that they are in danger of backfiring, leaving the science more questionable than ever...

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Daily Express

CLIMATEGATE TEAM FAILED TO GET WORK CHECKED BY EXPERTS

Thursday April 15,2010
By Donna Bowater

CLIMATE scientists who are accused of ­manipulating research to prove that global warming is caused by man, failed to get their data analysed by experts, an inquiry has found.

An international panel of scientists reviewing the “climategate” scandal at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit said it was “very ­surprising” the team had not collaborated with professional statisticians despite relying on statistical methods.

The review was ordered after leaked emails appeared to show scientists exaggerating data to support the ­theory of man-made climate change.

Climate-change sceptics also accused the unit’s director, Professor Phil Jones, of trying to hide the data by refusing to answer requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

The review, led by Lord Oxburgh, said the potential for misleading data was “very great” and recommended the unit improved its record-keeping.

It said: “It is very surprising that research in an area that depends so heavily on statistical ­methods has not been carried out in close collaboration with professional statisticians.”

But it cleared the scientists of any inappropriate practices or dishonesty. The report said: “We saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit and had it been there we believe that it is likely that we would have detected it...

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Google climate change chief wants price on carbon

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Google climate change chief wants price on carbon

Google wants a price on carbon to combat global warming, but also because it could be good for business.

Michael A. Livermore for Grist, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 April 2010

Google wants a price on carbon and wants it now -- both for lofty reasons like combating global warming, but also because it could be good for business.

As the Senate inches closer to climate legislation that could give the Internet giant what it wants, I checked in with Dan Reicher, the director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google, to see what surfing the web had to do with reining in greenhouse gases.

Turns out, the answer is technology. Reicher -- a former Department of Energy assistant secretary who now directs Google's investments in clean energy -- believes that exposing the hidden costs of dirty fuels will set off a rush of investment in new energy innovations. He says carbon pricing is an "essential signal we have to get to." Right now, "money is sitting there to make significant investments," he says, but the cash flow is sidelined because the incentives aren't there.

Once they have to pay the true price of carbon combustion, the calculus for companies would change, making it fiscally prudent for them to conserve and make cleaner energy. All of a sudden it would make sense to invest in figuring out how to consume less power, or in new technologies that cut emissions at the source. And that would mean a huge new market for innovations that would help them do that.

The same would go for individuals -- under carbon pricing, households save if they reduce their electricity loads, and we'd expect a spike in demand for cheap energy efficiency technology as folks seek to reduce their monthly bills. Reicher gives us a compelling vision full of smart grids that know when your fridge needs to defrost and when your car's battery can turn you a profit by selling spare juice...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Global warming monitoring needs to find 'missing heat', say scientists

Further study on oceans needed before hidden heat 'comes back to haunt us', say researchers in Colorado

David Adam, environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 April 2010

Experts need to beef up ways to measure the heat content of oceans as a way to track more reliably the course of global warming, scientists say today.

Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo, climate scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, say that only about half of the heat believed to have built up in the Earth in recent years can be accounted for. New instruments are needed to locate and monitor this missing heat, they say, which could be storing up trouble for the future.

"The heat will come back to haunt us sooner or later," Trenberth said. "The reprieve we've had from warming temperatures in the last few years will not continue. It is critical to track the build-up of energy in our climate system so we can understand what is happening and predict our future climate."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Police question climategate information seekers

Police are investigating anyone who requested information from the university department at the centre of the ‘climategate’ scandal.

15 Apr 2010

Norfolk Constabulary is trying to work out who stole thousands of emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia at the end of last year.

The emails, that were posted on the internet, appear to show scientists were unwilling to reveal data on global warming and led to an international scandal known as ‘climategate’.

Already prominent climate change sceptics around the world have been questioned and members of staff at the university, but is has now emerged that ordinary members of the public who did nothing more than request information are also being targeted.

Sebastian Nokes, a businessman and climate change sceptic, wrote to a national newspaper to complain.

He said all he had done was request information on the CRU’s disclosure rules and he was questioned on his political and scientific beliefs.

Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, who is leading the investigation, said his unit is looking into anyone who could give clues to who stole the emails and working with experts in "extremism".

“As with any investigation we will interview anyone who may have information which is of relevance to the enquiry,” he said...

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'Hockey stick' graph was exaggerated

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Daily Telegraph

'Hockey stick' graph was exaggerated

The 'hockey stick' that became emblematic of the threat posed by climate change exaggerated the rise in temperature because it was created using 'inappropriate' methods, according to the head of the Royal Statistical Society.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
14 Apr 2010

Professor David Hand said that the research – led by US scientist Michael Mann – would have shown less dramatic results if more reliable techniques had been used to analyse the data.

Prof Hand was among a group of experts charged with investigating the "climategate" email scandal that engulfed the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) last year.

Sceptics claimed that the hacked messages showed scientists were manipulating data to support a theory of man-made global warming.

However the review, led by Lord Oxburgh into the research carried out by the centre, found no evidence of ''deliberate scientific malpractice".

Lord Oxburgh said the scientists at the research unit arrived at their conclusions ''honestly and sensibly''.

But the reviewers found that the scientists could have used better statistical methods in analysing some of their data, although it was unlikely to have made much difference to their results.

That was not the case with some previous climate change reports, where "inappropriate methods" had exaggerated the global warming phenomenon...

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Daily Mail

Climategate team were 'guilty of sloppiness - NOT cheating'

By Fiona Macrae
14th April 2010

The scientists at the heart of the Climategate email scandal were disorganised, poor with figures and naive - but not dishonest, it has been ruled.

An independent inquiry into the work of the University of East Anglia's world-leading global warming unit concluded that the researchers were 'ill-prepared for being the focus of public attention'.

Their record-keeping was not up to scratch and some of the statistical techniques used were out of date.

But their studies into long-term changes in temperature were carried out 'fairly and honestly', the panel chaired by geologist and cross-bench peer Lord Oxburgh found...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Low solar activity link to cold UK winters

By Mark Kinver
Science and environment reporter, BBC News

The UK and continental Europe could be gripped by more frequent cold winters in the future as a result of low solar activity, say researchers.

They identified a link between fewer sunspots and atmospheric conditions that "block" warm, westerly winds reaching Europe during winter months.

But they added that the phenomenon only affected a limited region and would not alter the overall global warming trend.

The findings appear in the journal Environmental Research Letters...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci...

'Sod the lot,' says Ukip as it launches election campaign

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'Sod the lot,' says Ukip as it launches election campaign

United Kingdom Independence party tells voters to reject three main parties and vote for no public sector cuts and withdrawal from the EU

Hélène Mulholland, political reporter
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 April 2010

The UK Independence party said "sod the lot" today as it launched its manifesto, telling voters it was time to ditch the three main parties in favour of an alternative proposing no cuts at all.

The party's new poster features the faces of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg alongside the slogan "sod the lot"...

And it also promises to set up a royal commission to "allow scientists to reach a conclusion about the facts and economic implications of global warming", adding that Ukip is "sceptical" about man-made global warming claims.

The "misconceived" Human Rights Act would be abolished, which would remove the obstacles that prevent deportation of "dangerous imams, terror suspects and criminals to countries where they are wanted for trials".

A proper treason act would be introduced to prosecute British citizens found guilty of attacks on the British people or armed forces.

Farage described the election campaign so far as a "piddling irrelevancy".

"I don't want to be rude about the other parties – it's not my style – but it's no wonder that actually everyone is bored to death," he said.

"The first week was dominated by a debate about whether £6bn went on employers' national insurance next year or not. So a big debate about £6bn when the government next year is projected to spend £705bn.

"Frankly, the campaign so far has been a piddling irrelevancy and it's becoming increasingly clear that the choice the British public are being offered here is not for a change of government but for a change of management."

It was time for "straight talking" on the economy because "frankly, we're skint, absolutely skint," he added...

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Daily Telegraph

Amazon facing 'real-life Avatar' says James Cameron

James Cameron, the director, has said a real-life "Avatar" battle is playing out in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, where indigenous groups are trying to halt the construction of a huge hydroelectric project.

12 Apr 2010

Cameron said he was in Brazil to support Indian and environmental groups as they stage protests against the Belo Monte dam project.

The Titanic director attended an environmental summit in the Amazon last month with former US Vice President Al Gore. He returned this week to Sao Paulo to promote the DVD version of his blockbuster movie Avatar, in which the fictitious Na'vi race fights to protect its homeland, the forest-covered moon, Pandora, from plans to extract oil. He said he came to Brasilia on his own initiative because he was drawn to the activists' plight.

Avatar has struck a chord with environmentalists worldwide, from China, where millions have been displaced by major infrastructure projects, to Bolivia, where Evo Morales, the nation's first indigenous president, praised the film for sending the message of saving the environment from exploitation.

"I'm drawn into a situation where a real-life 'Avatar' confrontation is in progress," Cameron said in a telephone interview while en route to protests taking place in front of the Mines and Energy Ministry...

He said if he were able to meet with Silva he also would tell him that he believes North America and Europe have to help pay to preserve the rain forest, which he said "provides a service to the entire world" by helping fight global warming.

The Brazilian Amazon is arguably the world's biggest natural defense against global warming, acting as a "sink," or absorber, of carbon dioxide. But it is also a great contributor to warming. About 75 percent of Brazil's emissions come from rain-forest clearing, as vegetation burns and felled trees rot.

"If North America and Europe have been responsible for the carbon pollution that started us down this inevitable slide of global warming, then they should take financial responsibility for those services that nature naturally provides," Cameron said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

UN process under fire at climate change talks

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UN process under fire at climate change talks

Climate change negotiations remain in the mire after the first meeting since Copenhagen showed rich and poor countries are still not ready to trust each other.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
10 Apr 2010

More than 180 countries are gathered in Bonn to discuss a way forward after the last United Nations meeting in the Danish capital ended in chaos.

But initial talks ended in recriminations and there was little progress on deciding the best way to stop global warming.

All countries agree greenhouse gases must be cut in order to stop catastrophic climate change, the question is how to do it.

At the heart of the problem is the failure to even agree the best way to draw up an agreement.

Developing countries suggested the world should be meeting every month in order to ensure a treaty is signed by the end of the year.

They felt that Copenhagen was dominated by larger rich countries meeting "behind closed doors" rather than involving the whole of the United Nations...

Already there are plans for meetings outside the UN process to try and speed things along.

The Major Economies Forum, the world's 17 major economies accounting for the bulk of carbon emissions, will meet later this month in Washington to discuss the best way to cut greenhouse gases. Germany has also invited some 50 environment ministers to a conference in May.

Alicia Montalvo, the Spanish delegate speaking for the European Union (EU), said smaller groups must be allowed to move the process forward.

"We cannot go back to business as usual," she said.

Wendel Trio of Greenpeace said different nations remain at loggerheads over the best way to progress the talks.

But he was hopeful that by the end of the meeting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), that is in charge of the process, manages to agree on a couple more meetings before Cancun and the key subject matter that must be worked on before the end of the year.

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Climate change talks yield small chance of global treaty

Head of UN environmental agency says talks divided between the west and developing nations over emissions targets

John Vidal in Bonn guardian.co.uk,
Sunday 11 April 2010

A global agreement on climate change is unlikely this year and it may need two separate legal treaties to bring together the US and developing countries, the UN's top climate official has predicted.

The outgoing head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, said there was no chance of reaching a final deal by November in Cancun, Mexico – the next time world leaders will meet to hammer out the a follow-up to the Kyoto protocol.

"The Americans do not want a second round of Kyoto. It is very possible we will see two agreements emerging from Cancun," he said.

De Boer admitted that talks were deadlocked and the pledges made so far by countries to cut emissions fell far short of what was needed to avoid catastrophic global warming.

"They are nowhere near adequate. Industrialised countries must raise the level of their ambition,"he said after three days of UN talks in Bonn, the first time countries had met since December's chaotic Copenhagen summit . That meeting ended with sharp divisions between those who backed the US in wanting the Copenhagen accord, pushed through at the end of the summit; and other countries, led by India and China, who said it was undemocratic and inadequate.

Nearly 120 countries, representing 80% of the world's emissions, have signed up to the accord, which seeks to hold global temperatures to a rise of 2C by 2050 and would eventually transfer $100bn (£65bn) a year from rich to poorer countries, but its status is hotly disputed.

Jonathon Pershing, the lead US negotiator, said the accord was "a triumph of inclusivity"...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Cows absolved of causing global warming with nitrous oxide

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Cows absolved of causing global warming with nitrous oxide

Livestock could actually be good for the environment according to a new study that found grazing cows or sheep can cut emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
08 Apr 2010

In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney, have urged people to stop eating meat because the methane produced by cattle causes global warming.

However a new study found that cattle grazed on the grasslands of China actually reduce another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.

Authors of the paper, published in Nature, say the research does not mean that producing livestock to eat is good for the environment in all countries. However in certain circumstances, it can be better for global warming to let animals graze on grassland.

The research will reignite the argument over whether to eat red meat after other studies suggested that grass fed cattle in the UK and US can also be good for the environment as long as the animals are free range...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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US denies climate aid to countries opposing Copenhagen accord

Bolivia and Ecuador will be denied aid after both opposed the accord

Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 9 April 2010

The US State Department is denying climate change assistance to countries opposing the Copenhagen accord, it emerged today.

The new policy, first reported by The Washington Post, suggests the Obama administration is ready to play hardball, using aid as well as diplomacy, to bring developing countries into conformity with its efforts to reach an international deal to tackle global warming.

The Post reported today that Bolivia and Ecuador would now be denied aid after both countries opposed the accord. The accord is the short document that emerged from the chaos of the Copenhagen climate change summit and is now supported by 110 of the 192 nations that are members of the UN climate change convention.

"There's funding that was agreed to as part of the Copenhagen accord, and as a general matter, the US is going to use its funds to go to countries that have indicated an interest to be part of the accord," the state department envoy, Todd Stern, told the Washington Post. He said the decision was not "categorical", suggesting that other countries that opposed the accord could still get aid. Bolivia had originally been in line for $3m (£1.95m) in climate assistance and Ecuador for $2.5m under the State Department's original request to Congress for international climate aid, the Post reported.

Environmental organisations in Washington said they had been briefed that the State Department was contemplating such a step. According to their understanding, the Obama administration sees the Copenhagen accord and the promise of $30bn in climate aid for poor countries as combined package. Countries that oppose the deal, therefore, do not qualify for such funds...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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British campaigner urges UN to accept 'ecocide' as international crime

Proposal to declare mass destruction of ecosystems a crime on a par with genocide launched by lawyer

Juliette Jowit guardian.co.uk,
Friday 9 April 2010

A campaign to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems an international crime against peace - alongside genocide and crimes against humanity - is being launched in the UK.

The proposal for the United Nations to accept "ecocide" as a fifth "crime against peace", which could be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is the brainchild of British lawyer-turned-campaigner Polly Higgins.

The radical idea would have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry.

Supporters of a new ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute "climate deniers" who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change.

"Ecocide is in essence the very antithesis of life," says Higgins. "It leads to resource depletion, and where there is escalation of resource depletion, war comes chasing behind. Where such destruction arises out of the actions of mankind, ecocide can be regarded as a crime against peace."

Higgins, formerly a barrister in London specialising in employment, has already had success at the UN with a Universal Declaration for Planetary Rights, modelled on the human rights declaration. "My starting point was 'how do we create a duty of care to the planet, a pre-emptive obligation to not harm the planet?'"

After a successful launch at the UN in 2008, the idea has been adopted by the Bolivian government, who will propose a full members' vote, and Higgins has taken up her campaign for ecocide...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Climate change row over the mystery of the shrinking sheep

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Climate change row over the mystery of the shrinking sheep

Scientists have questioned claims that global warming is causing sheep to change size and colour in the latest row to engulf climate change science.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
07 Apr 2010

The theory first emerged a year ago when scientists noticed that wild sheep on the island of St Kilda north of Scotland were getting smaller – despite the fact that according to evolutionary law larger sheep should be more successful.

It was also noticed that the Soay sheep were getting lighter as the climate warmed.

The idea captured the imagination of the public at a time when people were becoming increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change.

But scientists are now saying there is no evidence sheep shrink in a warming climate and are questioning the use of such theories to explain the impacts of global warming.

The row comes after a series of scandals rocked the world of climate science. Sceptics claim emails stolen from the University of East Anglia show scientists were willing to manipulate data in a row known as "climategate". United Nations scientists have also been criticised for wrongly claiming the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 in a scandal known as 'glaciergate".

In the latest row, which could become known as 'sheepgate', scientists in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters are questioning the theory that climate change causes sheep to change size and colour.

Dr Jake Gratten at the University of Sheffield said the darker, larger sheep have a different genetic make up that is more likely to be causing numbers to decrease than any environmental factor.

"Given the scrutiny that climate change science is currently under, attributing biological changes to global warming should surely require the highest standards of proof. In this case, there is no evidence that warming climate is responsible for the decline in frequency of dark Soay sheep on St Kilda," he said...

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EDITORIAL: Global warming's unscientific method

Science is undermined by scaremongers' abuse of peer-review process

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The prophets of global warming continue to lament as their carefully crafted yarn unravels before their eyes. Ross McKitrick, an intrepid economics professor from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has tugged apart the thin mathematical threads that once held together the story of climate change.

Recent attempts to silence Mr. McKitrick illuminate the extent to which the alarmists have abandoned proper scientific method in their pursuit of political goals.

Mr. McKitrick has spent the past two years attempting to publish a scientific paper that documents a fundamental error in the 2007 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This U.N. document serves as the sole authority upon which the Environmental Protection Agency based its December "endangerment finding" that will allow unelected bureaucrats to impose cap-and-trade-style regulations without a vote of Congress. The cost to the public in higher gas and energy prices will run in the billions.

One might think that the scientific community would be extra diligent in double-checking the conclusions of a report carrying such weighty real-world consequences. In fact, the opposite happened. Seven scientific journals circled the wagons to block publication of Mr. McKitrick's explosive findings...

http://www.washingtontimes.com...

Is Gordon Brown Proposing To Print Climate Money?

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Is Gordon Brown Proposing To Print Climate Money?

Monday, 05 April 2010

Ethiopian Journal

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says the high level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing has identified various financial sources to help developing countries combat climate change and set directives for further activities.

Meles and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown co-chaired the first meeting of the group held in London last week.

Meles told the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency that the meeting assessed ways of getting financial sources through air and marine transport and the right of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to print money and implementation of new taxes, among others...

http://www.thegwpf.org/news/76...
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Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill

Ed Miliband's legislation will cost us hundreds of billions over the next 40 years, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
03 Apr 2010

One of the best-kept secrets of British politics – although it is there for all to see on a Government website – is the cost of what is by far the most expensive piece of legislation ever put through Parliament. Every year between now and 2050, acccording to Ed Miliband's Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Climate Change Act is to cost us all up to £18.3 billion – £760 for every household in the country – as we reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent.

Last Thursday – with northern Britain again under piles of global warming – another tranche of regulations came into force, as this measure begins to take effect. New road tax rules mean that to put a larger, more CO2 -emitting car on the road will now cost £950. New "feed-in" subsidies for small-scale "renewables" mean that the installers of solar panels will be paid up to eight times the going rate for their miserable amount of electricity to be fed into the grid, with the overall bill for this scheme estimated eventually to be billions a year...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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Daily Mail

Green living or a hot new investment? Tariffs for solar panels pay eight per cent a year - at taxpayers' expense

By Sebastian O Kelly

05th April 2010

Until last week, there was very little reason to stick expensive electricity-producing solar panels on your roof unless you passionately believed in joining the crusade against global warming.

Now, however, there is a strong financial case to do so.

The Government has introduced new 'feed-in tariffs' for clean electricity, which means that a £12,500 investment in solar energy producing panels will pay a tax-free return of six to eight per cent per annum. That is more than double the best High Street savings accounts.

Before the feed-in tariffs, it would take 30 years for photovoltaic panels to pay for themselves, but with the subsidy they will now do so in a decade, owing to savings on bills and selling surplus energy back to power companies.

Under an artificial and hugely expensive Government reward scheme, the average homeowner will receive the equivalent of £1,000 a year in savings. The feed-in tariffs last 25 years and rise with inflation.

'The tariffs are a game changer,' says Jason Orme, editor of the self-build magazine Homebuilding & Renovating. 'It is easy to point out the decade-plus payback but if someone offered you the chance to invest £10,000 in a fund that returned six to eight per cent a year, index-linked, guaranteed and tax-free, you would probably snap their hand off.' ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pro...

Arctic ice recovers from the great melt

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From The Sunday Times

April 4, 2010

Arctic ice recovers from the great melt

IF you thought it was cold in Britain for the time of year, you should see what is happening around the North Pole. Scientists have discovered that the size of the Arctic ice cap has increased sharply to levels not seen since 2001.

A shift in the chilly winds across the Bering Sea over the past few months has caused thousands of square miles of ocean to freeze.

The same phenomenon, known as the Arctic Oscillation, is also partly responsible for the cold winter experienced in northern Europe and eastern America.

It allowed icy blasts of air to escape from the Arctic and make their way southwards. Provisional Met Office figures for December to February suggest the UK had its coldest winter since 1979, with an average temperature of 1.6C — a full 2.1C below normal. Last week a teenager was killed in Scotland when a school bus crashed in the snow — just days into British Summer Time.

The Arctic Oscillation usually acts like a ring of strong winds circulating anti-clockwise around the North Pole to dam up cold Arctic air. This year it has turned “negative”, meaning the ring has broken down, allowing blasts of cold air to escape to lower latitudes.

Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado, is surprised by the Arctic’s recovery from the great melt of 2007 when summer ice shrank to its smallest recorded extent.

“It has been a crazy winter with Arctic ice cover growing and very cold weather in northern Europe and eastern America all linked to this strongly negative Arctic Oscillation,” Serreze said...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Mega-flood triggered Europe's last big freeze... and global warming could plunge us into the cold again, warn scientists

By Daily Mail Reporter
02nd April 2010

Europe was plunged into a mini ice age 13,000 years ago after global warming caused a mega-flood, geologists said today.

Mark Bateman from the University of Sheffield, said a catastrophic flood was caused when an ice sheet in the U.S melted causing a huge amount of freshwater to be dumped into the Arctic Ocean.

This led to the shutting down of the Gulf Stream ocean circulation pattern that brings warmth to Europe.

'We're talking about a lake the size of the UK emptying very quickly,' Dr Bateman said.

'We don't know the exact period of time but we're talking about a catastrophic flood.'

The finding has confirmed past theories about the likely cause of a sudden cooling period called the Younger Dryas when temperatures in Europe, similar to today, quickly returned to ice age conditions. The cooling lasted for about 1,400 years.

'Our research shows that if you put a large volume of fresh water into the North Atlantic in a very short space of time, this is what happens,' Dr Bateman said.
His team's work is published in the latest issue of the journal Nature...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci...
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Daily Telegraph

Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill

Ed Miliband's legislation will cost us hundreds of billions over the next 40 years, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker
03 Apr 2010

One of the best-kept secrets of British politics – although it is there for all to see on a Government website – is the cost of what is by far the most expensive piece of legislation ever put through Parliament. Every year between now and 2050, acccording to Ed Miliband's Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Climate Change Act is to cost us all up to £18.3 billion – £760 for every household in the country – as we reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent.

Last Thursday – with northern Britain again under piles of global warming – another tranche of regulations came into force, as this measure begins to take effect. New road tax rules mean that to put a larger, more CO2 -emitting car on the road will now cost £950. New "feed-in" subsidies for small-scale "renewables" mean that the installers of solar panels will be paid up to eight times the going rate for their miserable amount of electricity to be fed into the grid, with the overall bill for this scheme estimated eventually to be billions a year...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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South Africa is becoming a high-carbon zone to attract foreign investment

With its proposed Medupi power station, South Africa is an industrialised global climate player and major polluter

Joss Garman
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 April 2010

With its sky-high poverty levels and average life expectancy of just 51 years, South Africa is not a country we generally associate with extravagant binge-flying lifestyles, turbo-consumerism, and shopping trips to New York. How bizarre then that per capita carbon emissions in South Africa are now higher than in many European countries. While most South Africans are unlikely to ever own a plasma screen TV or Hummer, their carbon footprints still appear to be only slightly less than your average Japanese, and their national carbon emissions are now greater than those of France.

The situation becomes more comprehensible when you look at South Africa's industrial base, with 60% of South Africa's electricity being guzzled by heavy industry, and most of that comes from dirty coal. Now this key global climate player wants another coal station that would pollute as much as the two dirtiest plants in Britain put together, and cause a further surge in its national emissions – and they want you to pay for it. Far from benefiting ordinary South Africans, they will also be forced into subsidising this artificially low-cost electricity, for the benefit of multinational mining companies. It's no wonder that African civil society movements are leading the opposition to this development...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits

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March 30, 2010

NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits

By Blake Snow

FOXNews.com

NASA was able to put a man on the moon, but the space agency can't tell you what the temperature was when it did. By its own admission, NASA's temperature records are in even worse shape than the besmirched Climate-gate data.

E-mail messages obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that NASA concluded that its own climate findings were inferior to those maintained by both the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) -- the scandalized source of the leaked Climate-gate e-mails -- and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

The e-mails from 2007 reveal that when a USA Today reporter asked if NASA's data "was more accurate" than other climate-change data sets, NASA's Dr. Reto A. Ruedy replied with an unequivocal no. He said "the National Climatic Data Center's procedure of only using the best stations is more accurate," admitting that some of his own procedures led to less accurate readings.

"My recommendation to you is to continue using NCDC's data for the U.S. means and [East Anglia] data for the global means," Ruedy told the reporter.

"NASA's temperature data is worse than the Climate-gate temperature data. According to NASA," wrote Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who uncovered the e-mails. Horner is skeptical of NCDC's data as well, stating plainly: "Three out of the four temperature data sets stink."...

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech...
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SPIEGEL ONLINE

04/01/2010

Climate Catastrophe

A Superstorm for Global Warming Research

By Marco Evers, Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter

Plagued by reports of sloppy work, falsifications and exaggerations, climate research is facing a crisis of confidence. How reliable are the predictions about global warming and its consequences? And would it really be the end of the world if temperatures rose by more than the much-quoted limit of two degrees Celsius?

Life has become "awful" for Phil Jones. Just a few months ago, he was a man with an enviable reputation: the head of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, an expert in his field and the father of an alarming global temperature curve that apparently showed how the Earth was heating up as a result of anthropogenic global warming.

Those days are now gone...

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From The Times

April 2, 2010

Floating golf course where you can really sink a putt

It already has artificial islands, scuba-diving Cabinet ministers and a back-up plan to relocate its entire population if it is swamped by rising seas. Now the Maldives has another scheme to deal with its watery future: floating golf.

The island nation has signed a deal with a Dutch company to investigate building the world’s first permanent floating golf course, along with a convention centre and residential rooms, on a platform on the Indian Ocean.

The project could be a pioneer for floating villages and towns, Mahmood Razee, the Minister for Civil Aviation, Communication and Privatisation, told The Times. “If it is successful we will try to work with them to see if they could develop housing facilities as well,” he said. “We need this because of climate change and because of a lack of land because of island erosion...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Independent

UK pushes for twin-track deal on climate change

Britain prepared to extend Kyoto if developing nations agree to a new, global treaty

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Britain proposed a new twin-track climate deal yesterday to end the logjam which has affected international talks on global warming since the failed Copenhagen climate conference last December.

In a surprise policy U-turn, the Climate and Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, announced that the Government would agree to an extension of the current international climate treaty, the Kyoto protocol – something developing countries have insisted on but which has so far been rejected by the UK and the European Union as a whole.

Britain would accept a renewed Kyoto, Mr Miliband said, alongside the entirely new, legally binding global deal it has been pursuing. In effect there could be two separate international climate treaties, covering emissions cuts by different countries...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Greg...

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...I don't believe Brown will win.

And the longer the press talk up this idea of a hung parliament, the more likely it will be that New Labour will get absolutely smashed at the polls.

I don't know what Cameron would be like on the Global Warming issue. If he is not as pro-active as Brown he will probably be accused of hypocrisy - just as Obama is now. I only hope he will realise that the public think that other issues are much more important and dodge the issue when in power.

By the way. I took the Daily Telegraph - 'Vote Match guide' and it matched my answers to those of UKIP - with the conservatives a close second. Not surprising really. Should I vote conservatives (most likely to win) or UKIP (most likely to remain a marginal party)?

Take a look:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Enough's enough

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Is this idiot Brown getting ousted, or can we believe the left-liberal press that there will be a hung parliament? Hard to imagine the Tories not beating that bastard. Of course, wish it was the UKIP and not the Tories, and the better the UKIP does, the more split the conservative vote. Do they do coalitions?

Barack Obama reverses campaign promise

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Barack Obama reverses campaign promise and approves offshore drilling

President allows oil and gas exploration off several coastal areas to horsetrade with Republicans over climate change bills

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 31 March 2010

...Brendan Cummings, senior counsel at the Centre for Biological Diversity, said: "Today's announcement is unfortunately all too typical of what we have seen so far from President Obama – promises of change, a year of 'deliberation,' and ultimately, adoption of flawed and outdated Bush policies as his own."

The disappointment could lift on Thursday, as Obama said his administration would then finalise more rigorous fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. The White House will also buy 5,000 new hybrid vehicles for the federal fleet.

Today's drilling decision further consolidates Obama's position in the middle ground between industry and environmentalists. Environmentalists have been disappointed with the president's decisions to restrict – but not ban outright – the highly destructive practice of blowing up mountaintops to mine thin seams of coal.

Obama indicated in his state of the union address that he was ready to offer two key concessions to Republicans – lifting the ban on offshore drilling and supporting new nuclear power plants – to try to gain support for climate change and energy legislation in Congress.

He took the first step last month, spurring the first construction of new nuclear plants since the Three Mile Island leak 30 years ago, by announcing $18bn in loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors.

As a presidential candidate, Obama had repeatedly attacked his opponent, John McCain, for suggesting drilling would lower gas prices, arguing that it would take several years and billions in investment before those areas became productive. But as the summer of 2008 wore on with prices spiking at the pump, Obama along with other Democrats began moderating their opposition to offshore drilling.

Democrats in Congress did not renew an annual ban on offshore drilling, and Obama began reversing his opposition.

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Daily Telegraph

Gordon Brown calls for global climate fund

Gordon Brown is attempting to get international climate change negotiations back on track by pushing for a multi-billion fund to help the countries worst affected by global warming.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
31 Mar 2010

United Nations talks in Copenhagen in December ended in a weak Accord that agreed all countries will work together to try and keep global temperature rise below 2C (3.6F).

The target will be met by investing £6 billion per annum from this year in helping poor countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and £60 billion from 2020.

But questions remain on how the money will be raised.

The Prime Minister will meet with leaders from Ethiopia and Guyana as well as high level bankers and businessmen to discuss options including a tax on aviation and shipping or the "Robin Hood" tax on banking...

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Lawson: "No sympathy" for UEA scientists

"The Science and Technology Committee today publishes its report on the disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The committee calls for the climate science community to become more transparent by publishing raw data and detailed methodologies.

Lord Lawson, chair of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, said that he had "no sympathy" for UEA researchers who "concealed" climate data."

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Barack Obama eases offshore oil drilling ban

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BBC News

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Barack Obama eases offshore oil drilling ban

US President Barack Obama has announced proposals to expand offshore oil and gas exploration in a bid to reduce foreign energy dependency.

The White House says drilling will be allowed off Virginia and consideration will be given to allowing it off much of the rest of the Atlantic coast.

Plans for some drilling sites in Alaska will be cancelled but one will proceed.

The Obama administration's move was attacked by Republicans as too little and by ecologists as hazardous.

A long-standing drilling ban has covered the Atlantic coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska.

Mr Obama's decision to consider more drilling could help secure support for a climate change bill languishing in Congress but Republicans criticised the plan, saying it kept the biggest US offshore energy resources from being developed at a time when petrol prices were high and jobs scarce.

"Opening up areas off the Virginia coast to offshore production is a positive step, but keeping the Pacific Coast and Alaska, as well as the most promising resources off the Gulf of Mexico, under lock and key makes no sense," said John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives...

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Climate-row professor Phil Jones should return to work, say MPs

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From The Times

March 31, 2010

Climate-row professor Phil Jones should return to work, say MPs

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

The climate scientist at the centre of the row over stolen e-mails has no case to answer and should be reinstated, a crossparty group of MPs says.

Phil Jones, of the University of East Anglia, was acting “in line with common practice in the climate science community” when he refused to share his raw data and computer codes with critics.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said that the focus on Professor Jones, director of the university’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), had been “largely misplaced”. It said that there were innocent explanations for his use of the word “trick” and the phrase “hide the decline” in e-mails concerning global temperatures.

He stepped down in December pending the outcome of an inquiry by the university into more than 1,000 e-mails sent by him and colleagues.

The committee said that the blame for the mishandling of requests under the Freedom of Information Act lay with the university, which had “found ways to support the culture at CRU of resisting disclosure of information to climate change sceptics”.

The report said it was “regrettable” that the university had failed to understand the damage that would be done to the reputation of climate science by rejecting requests for data. The MPs called on scientists to “become more transparent by publishing raw data and detailed methodologies”. They recommended that the Government review the rules on the accessibility of data.

Phil Willis, the committee’s Liberal Democrat chairman, told The Times: “There is no reason why Professor Jones should not resume his post. He was certainly not co-operative with those seeking to get data, but that was true of all the climate scientists.”...

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EPA: No greenhouse gas regulations before 2011

The EPA has begun finalising a timeline for greenhouse gas regulations.

From SolveClimate, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 30 March 2010

The EPA began finalizing a timeline for greenhouse gas regulations today, starting with the formal determination that no power plants, industrial facilities or other stationary sources will be federally regulated for greenhouse gases before January 2011.

It's the start of a series of official measures related to greenhouse gas regulations expected this spring. Those include EPA's vehicle emissions standards, which could be finalized later this week; a determination on the size of industries that would be subject to greenhouse gas regulations; and a rule that could add the oil and gas industries to the 31 industries already required to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

To get the ball rolling, EPA did two things today.

First, it affirmed part of a rule that Bush EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson issued in December 2008, shortly before leaving office. Johnson had ruled that new power plant and industrial facilities and those planning to expand were not required to get Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits for any pollutant or greenhouse gas until that pollutant was officially regulated by the EPA. If EPA only monitored the pollutant, that didn't count, according to Johnson's ruling, and the Obama EPA agreed.

Second, it clarified that any PSD permit requirements — including for greenhouse gases — would start when a nationwide rule for regulation takes effect:

"For GHGs, 'takes effect' means when the first national rule regulating controlling GHGs takes effect. If finalized as proposed, the rule limiting GHG emissions for cars and light trucks would trigger these requirements in January 2011."

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson reiterated today that she plans to issue that final vehicle emissions standard soon — possibly this week...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Exactly Curt

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What a shocking specimen he is.

"Humans are too Stupid"

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At least Lovelock offers himself as proof of his claim.

"... the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist ..."

And here I thought he was globally ridiculed.

"One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is 'modern democracy', he added."

Now his teeth are showing.

"I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."

Got a bit too honest there, didn't he. If that is what he thinks of democracy, imagine what he thinks of individual rights.

"... the panel has been criticised over a mistaken claim that all Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2030."

Right. "Mistaken." Not "fabricated." Not "pulled from a dark place."

"The good sceptics have done a good service, but some of the mad ones I think have not done anyone any favours."

I'm guessing we need to look to him to tell us who the "good" ones are.

Gulf Stream 'is not slowing down'

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Gulf Stream 'is not slowing down'

By Richard Black

Environment correspondent, BBC News

The Gulf Stream does not appear to be slowing down, say US scientists who have used satellites to monitor tell-tale changes in the height of the sea.

Confirming work by other scientists using different methodologies, they found dramatic short-term variability but no longer-term trend.

A slow-down - dramatised in the movie The Day After Tomorrow - is projected by some models of climate change.

The research is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The stream is a key process in the climate of western Europe, bringing heat northwards from the tropics and keeping countries such as the UK 4-6C warmer than they would otherwise be.

It forms part of a larger movement of water, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is itself one component of the global thermohaline system of currents.

Between 2002 and 2009, the team says, there was no trend discernible - just a lot of variability on short timescales...

Driven by Hollywood, a popular image of a Gulf Stream slowdown shows a sudden catastrophic event driving snowstorms across the temperate lands of western Europe and eastern North America.

That has always been fantasy - as, said Josh Willis, is the idea that a slow-down would trigger another ice age.

"But the Atlantic overturning circulation is still an important player in today's climate," he added.

"Some have suggested cyclic changes in the overturning may be warming and cooling the whole North Atlantic over the course of several decades and affecting rainfall patterns across the US and Africa, and even the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic."

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James Lovelock: Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change

In his first in-depth interview since the theft of UEA emails, the scientist blames inertia and democracy for lack of action

Leo Hickman guardian.co.uk,
Monday 29 March 2010

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.

It follows a tumultuous few months in which public opinion on efforts to tackle climate change has been undermined by events such as the climate scientists' emails leaked from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit.

"I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change," said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. "The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful."

One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is "modern democracy", he added. "Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."...

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School lessons hijacked to teach Labour's social policy, exam expert says

School lessons have been hijacked by the Government to teach its "faddish and incoherent" social policy, a leading exam expert has said.

By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent
28 Mar 2010

...Some teachers complain that the content of traditional subjects has been dumped to make way for discussion of "topical" issues.

In the first year of the science GCSE course, for instance, pupils learn about mobile phone use, food safety and the dangers of sun bathing.

At primary level, ministers want to see the study of geography and history replaced with projects, such as the month-long study of "global warming" or "free trade chocolate".

In the new book, called Liberating Learning: Widening Participation, co-edited by Patrick Derham, the headmaster of Rugby School, Mr Lebus used the example of cooking lessons, added to the curriculum in January 2008.

Ed Balls, the children's secretary, appealed to the public for recipe suggestions to be included in a guide for schools.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority then told all secondary school teachers to do more to incorporate food into science, geography and economics lessons.

Professor Alan Smithers, the director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University, said: "What Labour has done whenever it has encountered a social problem is to lob a new subject into the curriculum." ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/edu...

Ha ha

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That's good Marcus. Always Earth Hour in North Korea. Smiling

It's Always "Earth Hour" in North Korea!!!

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Will it really be a 'barbecue summer'?

Forecasts for a sizzling summer are as uncertain as predictions of climate change, argues Roger Highfield

By Roger Highfield
23 Mar 2010

...The uncertainty in predictions of global warming have not changed much since pioneering work by the American Jule Charney in the Seventies, when he worked out the possible impact of climate change. His lower limit estimates – of 1.5 deg warming for a doubling of carbon dioxide levels – are similar to those from the latest climate models.

There is little uncertainty when it comes to explaining why the Earth is warming, says Prof Palmer. The big question is what happens next. Some scientists fear apocalyptic scenarios, others believe the change will be smooth. All agree, however, that there are major holes in our understanding.

"What has been naggingly difficult has been working out the upper limit of possible warming," says Prof Palmer. There is much debate among scientists, but among the public this comes over as "you are either a believer or non-believer in climate change, which is a false dichotomy".

There is endless pressure to simplify, he says. PR disasters such as the Met's seasonal forecast can result when uncertainty is rendered down to a soundbite. The Met had said it was ''odds-on for a barbecue summer'' in its press release, which had a greater ring of certainty than the actual 50 per cent probability of above-average temperatures. Similarly, although the winter had a 50 per cent chance of being milder, there was a 20 per cent chance of being colder.

This month the Met Office abandoned these forecasts, where many variations on the same computer model of the climate are run to produce a fuzzy "ensemble" of forecasts, a method Prof Palmer popularised in New Scientist back in 1989. Palmer believes they are still valid. "The Met has been criticised too much."

Uncertainty is a part of everyday life. "The big issue is this,'' Prof Palmer explains. "When it comes to a catastrophic 4 deg average global warming, how big a probability would the public have to be faced with to back taking drastic action?"

The failure to make the uncertainties of climate change crystal clear may be another reason why public confidence in climate science has slumped.

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From The Sunday Times

March 28, 2010

Wealthy landowners make millions in the wind rush

Jonathan Leake and Chris Hastings

SOME of Britain’s richest landowners are set to earn millions by building wind farms to exploit the lucrative system of subsidies for generating renewable energy.

Among the biggest potential beneficiaries is the Duke of Roxburghe, whose planned 48-turbine scheme on his Scottish estate would generate an estimated £30m a year, shared with developers. About £17m of this would come from subsidies from consumers.

Others seeking to capitalise on the new wind rush include the Duke of Beaufort, Sir Reginald Sheffield, father of Samantha Cameron, and Michael Ancram, the Tory grandee.

The growing interest in wind farms stems from the government’s subsidy system. A typical three-megawatt turbine will generate about £670,000 income a year, of which £350,000 comes in subsidies. Since the machines cost £2-3m and have a lifetime of about 25 years, the profits are considerable, even after running costs are deducted.

Many schemes have gone ahead despite objections from local residents concerned about blight and from economists who bridle at the “excessive” cost of the subsidy system.

However, developers, landowners and wind farm supporters say Britain must accept changes to its landscape, plus the cost of subsidies, as the price of cutting CO2 emissions...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Can we trust the 'Climategate' inquiry?

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Daily Telegraph

Can we trust the 'Climategate' inquiry?

Sceptics have not been surprised to find that almost all the members of the 'Climategate' inquiry are committed advocates of global warming

By Christopher Booker
27 Mar 2010

There has been a curious by-product of the attempts being made by the University of East Anglia to whitewash last November's embarrassing leak of documents from its Climatic Research Unit. Since it set up not one but two supposedly "independent" inquiries into the "Climategate" affair, climate sceptics were intrigued but not entirely surprised to find that almost all their members were committed, even fanatical advocates of global warming, and hence unlikely to be over-critical of the CRU's bizarre record.

Most recently, the sceptics have been particularly intrigued by the background of the man chosen by the university to chair an assessment of the CRU's scientific record. Lord Oxburgh declared on his appointment that he is linked to major wind-farm and renewable-energy companies. He admitted that he advises Climate Change Capital, which manages funds worth $1.5 billion, hoping to cash in on the "opportunities created by the transition to a low-carbon economy", in a world market potentially worth – its website boasts – $45 trilllion.

What Lord Oxburgh kept quiet about, however, is that he is also a director and vice-chairman of a strange little private company few of us had heard of known as Globe International. The name stands for "Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment", and it describes itself as a worldwide network to lobby governments to take more drastic action on climate change. Globe is certainly well-connected, as it showed just before last December's Copenhagen conference by staging a seminar addressed by, among others, the conference's chairman Yvo de Boer, as well as Nancy Pelosi and Ed Markey, the leaders of the campaign to push a cap-and trade-scheme – which could make a lot of people fabulously rich – through the US Congress.

The international president of this lobbying organisation turns out to be none other than Stephen Byers MP, now best known for his description of himself on last week's Dispatches as "like a cab for hire", happy to take £5,000 a day for using his influence as a lobbyist...

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The trillion-dollar question is: who will now lead the climate battle?

Political and business leaders gather this week in an attempt to revive the world's faltering challenge to global warming. But they face a battle to lift the cloud of scepticism that has descended over climate science and chart a new way forward

Paul Harris in New York, John Vidal and Robin McKie
The Observer, Sunday 28 March 2010

Some of the planet's most powerful paymasters will gather in London on Wednesday to discuss a nagging financial problem: how to raise a trillion dollars for the developing world. Those charged with achieving this daunting goal will include Gordon Brown, directors of several central banks, the billionaire philanthropist George Soros, the economist Lord (Nicholas) Stern and Larry Summers, President Obama's chief economics adviser.

As an array of expertise, it is formidable: but then so is the task they have been set by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. In effect, the world's top financiers have been told to work out how to raise at least $100bn a year for the rest of this decade, cash that will be used to help the world's poorest countries adapt to climate change.

"The prices we pay for our goods do not reflect one key cost: the damage that their production does to the planet's climate system," said Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the LSE. "We need to find ways to extract payment from those who cause that damage and then use that money to fund developing nations so that they can protect themselves from the worst effects of global warming."

And to raise those funds the Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing has made clear that it will consider everything – from placing levies on international aviation and shipping, to enlarging carbon markets, introducing financial transaction taxes and using the International Monetary Fund's special reserve currency. You name it and it will be run up the flagpole – for success in establishing a developing world finance plan is now considered crucial to the success of next December's UN climate change meeting in Mexico. "Finance is a prerequisite for a climate agreement," said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climage Change, on Friday. "Developing countries are very sensitive about this. Talks will collapse without strong and secure financing in place."

It sounds familiar, and so it should: these new discussions mark a renewal of global climate talks that ended only three months ago at the Copenhagen UN summit, which failed to set a deal to control emissions of carbon dioxide...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

UN admits flaw in report on meat and climate change

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UN admits flaw in report on meat and climate change

The UN has admitted a report linking livestock to global warming exaggerated the impact of eating meat on climate change.

By Alastair Jamieson
24 Mar 2010

A 2006 study, Livestock’s Long Shadow, claimed meat production was responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions – more than transport.

Its conclusions were heralded by campaigners urging consumers to eat less meat to save the planet. Among those calling for a reduction in global meat consumption is Sir Paul McCartney.

However, one of the authors of the report has admitted an American scientist has identified a flaw in its comparison with the impact of transport emissions.

Dr Frank Mitloehner, from the University of California at Davis (UCD), said meat and milk production generates less greenhouse gas than most environmentalists claim and that the emissions figures were calculated differently to the transport figures, resulting in an “apples-and-oranges analogy that truly confused the issue”.

The meat figure had been reached by adding all greenhouse-gas emissions associated with meat production, including fertiliser production, land clearance, methane emissions and vehicle use on farms, whereas the transport figure had only included the burning of fossil fuels.

Pierre Gerber, a policy officer with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, told the BBC he accepted Dr Mitloehner's criticism...

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'I'm not quitting' says under-fire UN climate boss

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Saturday, 27 March 2010

The much-criticised head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Rajenda Pachauri, gave a vigorous defence of his position last night, accepting there had been mistakes in the IPCC's work, taking responsibility for some of them, but robustly refusing to stand down.

He would see out his term and preside over the next IPCC assessment report, due in 2013, he said.

Dr Pachauri agreed that the actions of the IPCC in recent months, when some of its forecasts had been shown to be wrong and it had not responded quickly enough to criticism, had contributed to the public loss of belief in predictions of global warming and in human responsibility for climate change.

But he said the organisation had learned from these events and was taking steps to become much more responsive in future.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Independent, the 69-year-old Indian scientist also gave an extraordinary detailed defence of his personal life, allegations about which have been used in attacks on him in the last three months.

He has been accused of leading a film-star life with Bollywood friends in Delhi, enriching himself through his IPCC connections and publishing a raunchy sex novel.

"My salary is something that you would find laughable," he said (later revealing it was $45,000 dollars per annum). "I have never bothered about money – I come from a family of academics...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

James Cameron picks feud with Glenn Beck

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James Cameron takes feud with Fox News commentator to new dimension

James Cameron, the director of Avatar, has unleashed an expletive-laden attack on Glenn Beck, the controversial Fox News television commentator, who he accused of propagating "dangerous and poisonous" ideas.

By Nick Allen in Los Angeles
25 Mar 2010

Cameron, speaking at the launch of an Avatar home video, said: "Glenn Beck is a ******* *******. I've met him. He called me the Antichrist - and not about Avatar. He hadn't even seen Avatar yet. I don't know if he has seen it.

"I think, you know what, he may or may not be an *******, but he certainly is dangerous, and I'd love to have a dialogue with him. He's dangerous because his ideas are poisonous."...

In his new comments Cameron added: "I couldn't believe when he was on CNN. I thought, what happened to CNN? Who is this guy? Who is this madman? And then of course he wound up on Fox News, which is where he belongs, I guess."

Avatar contained a strong environmental theme and when asked by the Hollywood Reporter about those who deny global warming, Cameron was equally forthright.

He said: "I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads.

"Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their *** I'm not sure they could hear me."

A combative Beck responded on his Fox News show by saying that his "Antichrist" comment had been a joke.

Beck said: "This guy has carried around this joke for three long years. The guy's making a billion dollars on a Smurf-murdering movie and he's stewing about a joke nobody heard on a network that nobody watched."

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Liars, cheats, thieves: the terrible truth about the mean greens

The right-on brigade has been unmasked. About time too, says Iain Hollingshead

Iain Hollingshead
17 Mar 2010

Every now and again there comes along a scientific study that proves beyond reasonable doubt what you instinctively know to be true: wine is good for you, exercise is dangerous, and self-righteous environmentalists are lying, cheating, thieving degenerates.

I'm exaggerating only a little. Do Green Products Make Us Better People?, a paper in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science, argues that those who wear what the authors call the "halo of green consumerism" are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. Faced with various moral choices – whether to stick to the rules in games, for example, or to pay themselves an appropriate wage – the green participants behaved much worse in the experiments than their conventional counterparts. The short answer to the paper's question, then, is: No. Greens are mean...

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From The Times

March 24, 2010

Public scepticism prompts Science Museum to rename climate exhibition

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

The Science Museum is revising the contents of its new climate science gallery to reflect the wave of scepticism that has engulfed the issue in recent months.

The decision by the 100-year-old London museum reveals how deeply scientific institutions have been shaken by the public’s reaction to revelations of malpractice by climate scientists.

The museum is abandoning its previous practice of trying to persuade visitors of the dangers of global warming. It is instead adopting a neutral position, acknowledging that there are legitimate doubts about the impact of man-made emissions on the climate.

Even the title of the £4 million gallery has been changed to reflect the museum’s more circumspect approach. The museum had intended to call it the Climate Change Gallery, but has decided to change this to Climate Science Gallery to avoid being accused of presuming that emissions would change the temperature...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Global Warming No Longer Cool Even in New Zealand

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"From north America and western Europe to east Asia and Australia, politicians are raising doubts about the costs of reducing carbon emissions to combat climate change. But who would have thought that even in New Zealand, which likes to parade its environmental credentials, global warming is no longer cool?

Overseas observers will have noticed that the Land of the Long White Cloud periodically gets an urge to ‘lead the world’ in some area of public policy. Often politicians and diplomats talk grandly of the country ‘punching above its weight’.

New Zealand has made many deluded (as well as admirable) attempts to lead the world.

In the 1970s the architects of our misbegotten state monopoly, no-fault accident compensation scheme regarded it as a pioneering innovation that Australia and other countries would quickly follow. Wisely, none did.

In the 1980s, the Labour government wanted to lead the world by banning visits by nuclear-powered ships. This has had as much effect on nuclear powers as a lecture on vegetarianism to a pride of lions.

From the 1990s, New Zealand has hankered to lead the world on climate change.

The minister for the environment in the National Party government of the 1990s, Simon Upton – who was in many ways a Malcolm Turnbull lookalike – enthusiastically promoted New Zealand’s signature of the Kyoto Protocol in 1998.

The Labour government elected in 1999 ratified Kyoto with equally breathless enthusiasm in 2002, notwithstanding the lack of any supporting analysis that it was in New Zealand’s interest to do so.

However, successive governments have struggled to implement policies to meet Kyoto commitments.

A carbon tax proposal failed for lack of parliamentary support after the 2005 election.

A costly attempt to negotiate voluntary agreements with major firms to cut emissions was also abandoned.

Shortly before it was ousted in the 2008 election, the Labour government, which wanted to New Zealand to become “the world’s first truly sustainable nation”, legislated for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) and a ban on new thermal electricity generation.

The current National government promptly repealed the thermal ban and amended the ETS to make it somewhat less onerous in November 2009."

Roger Kerr, 21 March 2010.

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