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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Stop capitalism defining human nature

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Stop capitalism defining human nature

To solve global problems such as climate change, we need to escape our market-driven definition as greedy individuals

Jeremy Seabrook
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 September

...Puritans and moralists sometimes identify consumerism, the bonus culture, the acquisitive society, live-now-pay-later philosophy as "greed". But these, like all other sins and vices, have been recast by the altered moral order. Many of what were regarded as human failings have been transformed into economic virtues. Covetousness has become ambition, envy now reappears as a manifestation of a healthy competitive spirit, gluttony is only a natural desire for more and lust a necessary expression of our deepest human reality. Temptation is no longer an impulse to be resisted: it is our duty to yield to it in the name of that most exalted of purposes, "consumer confidence".

When what were regarded in a more primitive age as negative attributes are magically re-formed so they shine as virtues, it is easy to persuade ourselves that these represent human nature. It gives us permission, as it were, to be intemperate, self-indulgent and greedy. The morality of economic growth and expansion has invaded the psyche, the inner sites where people struggle with how to be a good person; and now reigns as the ultimate revelation of what it means to be human...

Religion has always taught the necessity for restraint, limits and the impossibility of transcendence in this world. The ideology of limitless growth turns this on its head: it injects an otherworldly cosmology into an ostensibly secular context. Instead of promising happiness in the hereafter, it offers a happy eternity in the here-and-now. These doctrines are far more impossible of fulfilment than the dogmas of any religious faith; for while it cannot be proved that there is no afterlife, it is obvious that perpetual happiness in a life limited by insecurity, pain and loss is a vain endeavour. This is why much of the resistance to capitalist ideology comes from the religious; since priests, imams and intermediaries with the other world are well aware that it is their territory that is being trampled.

The conviction that the natural world is ours for the taking, but that human nature remains closed to change, has led directly to multiple global crises - climate change, growing inequality, and, less noted, but perhaps even more significant, a pervasive, doomed and morbid desire for the unattainable. It has now been recognised that disturbance of the biosphere, an addiction to progress, the accumulated effects of human action, have led directly to global warming; but there has been – understandably – far greater reluctance to recognise the role of an unalterable human nature in the achievement of this melancholy state...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm...
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[Right conclusion, wrong reasoning.]

Obama to press G20 leaders to cut fossil fuel subsidies that benefit big business

US president to propose elimination of tax breaks and cheap loans as 'downpayment to end global warming'

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 September 2009

Barack Obama will press leaders at the G20 summit tomorrow to end the billions of dollars of subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels around the world and help drive climate change.

Obama, who will host the summit in Pittsburgh, will propose a gradual elimination of the tax breaks, cheap loans and other measures extended to oil, gas, coal and electricity producers. The White House said elimination of the subsidies would be a "significant downpayment" to ending global warming.

Studies from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) have estimated that carbon saving of ending subsidies would be 10% by 2020.

But an end to the subsidies would bring world leaders into conflict with powerful fossil fuel lobbies as well as developing nations where the subsidies make fuel affordable. Over the past six years, oil and coal producers in the US received more than double the subsidy of renewable energy companies...

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

Obama’s climate fantasies

Posted: September 22, 2009
by NP Editor

President Barack Obama’s speech on global warming to the United Nations yesterday was based on fantasy. Here are some quotes from the speech followed by the reality.

Obama “…[T]he threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.”

Reality Global mean temperatures increased slightly from 1977 to 2000. Temperatures have been flat since then.

Obama “Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.”

Reality Sea levels have been rising on and off since the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago. The rate of sea level rise has not increased in recent decades over the 19th and 20th century average.

Obama “More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.”

Reality There is no upward global trend in storms or floods.

Obama “More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive.”

Reality There is no upward global trend in major droughts. Reversals in large-scale cycles have meant that the southward march of the Sahara Desert into the Sahel has been reversed in recent years and the Sahara is now shrinking.

Obama “On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees.”

Reality Some Pacific islanders may want to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia and are claiming that their islands are disappearing as the reason, but shrinkage has been minimal in recent decades because sea level rise has been minimal.

President Obama’s policy prescriptions are energy rationing and energy poverty disguised as growth and prosperity. The emissions reductions that he promises the United States will make through cap-and-trade legislation are dead in the water in the U. S. Senate and would not survive a second vote in the U. S. House. If enacted, cap-and-trade would consign the economy to perpetual stagnation and make the U. S. into a second-rate economic power...

http://network.nationalpost.co...
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Global warming hotheads freeze out science's sceptics

Christopher Pearson | September 12, 2009
Article from: The Australian

GARTH Paltridge was a chief research scientist with the CSIRO's division of atmospheric research before becoming the director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and chief executive of the Antarctic Co-operative Research Centre.

His latest sceptical contribution to the debate on the dangers of carbon dioxide is a book, endearingly titled The Climate Caper.

Paltridge gives a crisp summary of the physics and economics of climate change, but I want to focus here on his account of the new green religion. "Perhaps the most interesting question in all this business is how it can be that the scientific community has become so over-the-top in support of its own propaganda about the seriousness and certainty of upcoming drastic climate change. Scientists after all are supposed to be unbiased in their assessment of a problem and are expected to tell it as it is. Over the centuries they have built up the capital of their reputation on just that supposition. And for the last couple of decades they have put that capital very publicly on the line in support of a cause which, to say the least, is overhung by an enormous amount of doubt. So how is it that the rest of the scientific community, uncomfortable as it is with both the science of global warming and the way its politics is being played, continues to let the reputation of science in general be put at considerable risk because of the way the dangers of climate change are being vastly oversold?"

Part of the answer lies in the way institutions find ways to silence their employees. Paltridge himself was involved in setting up the Antarctic research centre in the early 90s with the CSIRO. As he recalls: "I made the error at the time of mentioning in a media interview -- reported extensively in The Australian on a slow Easter Sunday -- that there were still lots of doubts about the disaster potential of global warming. Suffice it to say that within a couple of days it was made clear to me from the highest levels of CSIRO that, should I make such public comments again, then it would pull out of the process of forming the new centre." The CSIRO, it turned out, was in the process of trying to extract many millions of dollars for further climate research at the time.

Almost the only scientists at liberty to speak their minds are retirees, such as William Kininmonth and Paltridge himself. He gives an example, Brian Tucker, a former chief of CSIRO's Atmospheric Research Division. Tucker was "a specialist in numerical climate modelling and therefore knew better than most where the bodies are buried in the climate change game. He kept remarkably quiet about his worries on the matter. Then he retired, and for four or five years thereafter was the bane of the global warming establishment because of his very public stance against many of its sacred cows." Eventually he was marginalised by being described as "one of the usual suspects, who was now out of date and in any event was probably on the payroll of industry"...

http://www.theaustralian.news....
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Daily Telegraph

Climate change causing new El Nino weather pattern to form known as 'Modoki'

Global warming has caused a new El Nino weather pattern to form in the Pacific known as 'Modoki' that could cause havoc across the world, according to scientists.

23 Sep 2009

El Nino occurs every two to seven years when the surface ocean waters of the Eastern Pacific are unusually warm.

The tongue-shaped recurring patch of warm water can make wind patterns over the ocean change, causing cyclones.

However new studies suggest El Nino is gradually being replaced by a phenomenon in the centre of the Pacific known as "Modoki" – a Japanese word meaning "similar but different".

This weather pattern is characterised by a horseshoe-shaped region of warm ocean flanked by unusually cool waters and causes storms in the same way as El Nino.

The study in Nature predicts that while El Nino becomes less frequent, Modoki is likely to be occurring five times more often by the end of the century because of climate change.

What effect this will have on global climate is unclear, but one outcome could be worsening droughts in India and Australia.

It could also cause more severe hurricanes in the Caribbean and US, since El Nino is known to hamper the development of tropical cyclones...

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

Must we remind them again indeed!

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Must we remind them again?

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Time Magazine, 1974:

Another Ice Age?

In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone's recollection.

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.

Blah, blah, blah, blah!

Time's up kids!!

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“Now a new article in the Sept. 24 issue of Nature says the safe climatic limits in which humanity has blossomed are more vulnerable than ever and that unless we recognize our planetary boundaries and stay within them, we risk total catastrophe. "Human activities have reached a level that could damage the systems that keep Earth in the desirable Holocene state," writes Johan Rockstrom, executive director of the Stockholm Environmental Institute and the author of the article. "The result could be irreversible and, in some cases, abrupt environmental change, leading to a state less conducive to human development."

[..]

“But as the world attempts to break the carbon addiction that already has it well on the way to climate catastrophe, more clearly defined limits will be useful. But climate diplomats should remember that while they can negotiate with one another, ultimately, they can't negotiate with the planet. Unless we manage our presence on Earth better, we may soon be in the last days of our Long Summer.”

TIME Sept 23

Let's hope they keep playing poker

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Mr Brown urged fellow world leaders to attend the talks in Copenhagen in December on a new global deal. He fears that the issue is so complicated that the traditional negotiating tactic, of nations not declaring their hand until they get to Denmark, would end in failure. Smiling

The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak

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Daily Telegraph

The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.

By Nile Gardiner
23 Sep 2009

Barack Obama’s Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage of his presidency than any US leader in recent times with the exception of Bill Clinton. But he is still worshipped with messiah-like adoration at the United Nations, and is considerably more popular with many of the 192 members of the UN than he is with the American people.

The latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey of international confidence in Obama’s leadership on foreign affairs shows strikingly high approval levels for the president in many parts of the world – 94 percent in Kenya, 93 percent in Germany, 88 percent in Canada and Nigeria, 77 percent in India, 76 percent in Brazil, 71 percent in Indonesia, and 62 percent in China for example. The Pew survey of 21 countries reveals an average level of 71 percent support for President Obama, compared to just 17 percent for George W. Bush in 2008.

As the figures indicate, Barack Obama is highly likely to receive a warm reception when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, whereas his predecessor in the White House was greeted with undisguised contempt and stony silence.

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits the president at Turtle Bay. Obama’s popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the United States, which he has done on numerous occasions on foreign soil, from Strasbourg to Cairo. The Obama mantra appears to be – ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country. This is a message that goes down very well in a world that is still seething with anti-Americanism.

It is natural that much of the UN will embrace an American president who declines to offer strong American leadership. A president who engages dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez will naturally gain respect from the leaders of the more than 100 members of the United Nations who are currently designated as “partly free” or “not free” by respected watchdog Freedom House.

The UN is not a club of democracies - who still remain a minority within its membership – it is a vast melting pot of free societies, socialist regimes and outright tyrannies. Obama’s clear lack of interest in human rights issues is a big seller at the UN, where at least half its members have poor human rights records...

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

We will back a global deal to cut emissions, says Obama

President signals intention to abandon intransigence of his predecessor – but admits it will be tough to get treaty through the Senate

By David Usborne and Andrew Grice in New York

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Barack Obama insisted at a climate change summit yesterday that the US was committed to a new global treaty on greenhouse gases – explicitly distancing himself from George Bush – even while acknowledging that he faced an uphill task getting the necessary legislation passed in Washington. Listing actions taken in the US to curb carbon output since he took office, the President called his pledge "an historic recognition on behalf of the American people and their government. We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations".

Even with bursts of encouraging rhetoric from leaders at the UN gathering in New York and some new commitments to act, notably from China, the mood among delegations was sombre. There was no hiding the acute awareness that talks towards sealing a new global pact on cutting emissions at another summit in Copenhagen this December are in deep trouble...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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UN climate summit: Leaders take small steps towards action on climate change

Outpouring of new pledges of action was precisely what UN chief Ban Ki-Moon intended when he called the summit

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 September 2009

For a man known for his diplomatic reserve, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, was unusually upfront about his frustration with the pace of talks for a treaty to stop global warming yesterday. "The world's glaciers are now melting faster than human progress to protect them – or us," he said at the opening session of his climate change summit.

Yesterday, though, the world leaders did begin to move, not as quickly as the UN chief would have liked, not entirely in the same direction or towards a clearly defined goal. But it was movement.

China said it would curb pollution by 2020 – but it did not say by how much. Japan reaffirmed an ambitious new target for cutting emissions and offered cash to developing nations to adopt new green technology and for small-island and low-lying states, to escape the worst ravages of climate change. It did not say how much.

America committed itself to finding a solution – and for the first time accepted its share of the blame for climate change. France threw out an idea for an entirely new leaders' summit in November.

Even the Maldives, which is generally included at such gatherings as a prime casualty of climate change, offered to do its share. It would be carbon neutral by 2020, its president, Mohamed Nasheed, said.

An outpouring of pledges of action from the world leaders was precisely what Ban intended when he said the summit was the first time such a sizeable group of world leaders had gathered to devote a full day to global warming...

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

The wolves and lambs are deciding who's for dinner!!!

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From The Times
September 22, 2009

China ready to take lead in war on global warming

James Bone and Francis Elliott

China will unveil “impressive” measures at a high-powered summit in New York today that could help to unlock global talks on climate change, according to the UN climate chief.

Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, predicted that China would become a world leader in fighting global warming.

President Hu Jintao of China and President Obama are due to address a gathering of more than a hundred world leaders at UN headquarters in New York today in an effort to agree on cuts in global emissions at a crucial Copenhagen conference in December.

Mr de Boer said that Chinese officials promised to unveil an “impressive suite of actions [that] will take China into a leadership position”.

Mr Hu is expected to lay down a “carbon intensity” goal for his country, the world’s top emitter of the greenhouse gases held responsible for global warming. “I hope that after President Hu’s speech the international community will recognise the leadership role played by China. I hope the United States equals and surpasses that role at Copenhagen,” Mr de Boer said.

Talks on setting targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 have been hobbled by suspicion between rich countries, particularly the United States, and rapidly developing nations such as China and India.

Mr de Boer likened the talks to “four guys sitting on a bridge. Are they going to jump at the same time? Or will three of the four remain seated? The big concern is that one will go out on a limb, taking climate change steps that the others will not take, and the end result will be job-shifting from one country to another.”...

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

As U.N. Meets on Climate, Momentum Is Elusive

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: September 21, 2009

The world leaders who are meeting at the United Nations to discuss climate change on Tuesday, are faced with an intricate challenge: building momentum for an international climate treaty at a time when global temperatures have been stable for a decade and may even drop in the next few years.

The plateau in temperatures has been seized upon by skeptics as evidence that the threat of global warming is overblown. And some climate experts worry that it could hamper treaty negotiations and slow the progress of legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

Scientists say the last decade of climate stability — which follows a precipitous rise in average global temperatures in the 1990s — is a result of cyclical variations in ocean conditions and has no bearing on the long-term warming effects of greenhouse gases building up in the atmosphere.

But trying to communicate such scientific nuances to the public — and to policy makers — can be frustrating, they say...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09...
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Airlines vow to halve carbon emissions by 2050

Exclusive: Industry will offer cut at climate change summit to avoid tougher action

Dan Milmo, transport correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 September 2009

The aviation industry will tomorrow make a dramatic pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 in a move that will force up air fares and spark a green technology race among aircraft manufacturers.

The British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, will unveil an agreement between airlines, airports and aircraft companies to cut emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2050. In a bid to seize the initiative from environmental groups clamouring for higher taxes on the industry, the plan will be presented to world leaders at the United Nations forum on climate change in New York.

Airlines have been accused of dragging their heels over climate change, but the strategic shift reflects industry concerns that it could be ambushed at the global warming summit in Copenhagen in December if it does not address its growing emissions...

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

Prince Charles urges people to abandon car in favour of walking and public transport

The Prince of Wales is urging people to give up their cars in favour of walking and public transport to try to reduce carbon emissions.

By Andrew Pierce
21 Sep 2009

The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis, a Range Rover and still drives an Aston Martin given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, said developers had a duty to put public transport and the pedestrian at the heart of their housing schemes.

Speaking about the “domination of the car over the pedestrian”, the future King said: “We must surely be able to organise ourselves... in ways in which we are not dependent on it to such a great extent for our daily needs."

The Prince said the principle of “elevating the pedestrian above the car” was one of the guiding factors of Poundbury – his model development in Dorset. The importance of “pedestrian friendly public space” is central to the Poundbury ethos...

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

Old soldier Prescott takes climate message to the young

By Andy McSmith

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Yesterday was day one of the John Prescott climate change schools road show which, even if it does not make him the UK's answer to Al Gore, at least proves once again that old soldiers never die.

Mr Prescott is 71 and has almost completed 40 years as an MP, but he harangued a hall full of secondary school children with such enthusiasm that he could almost have been the same age as them.

He warned of the grim future for them and their children if something is not done quickly about climate change. Older people cannot be trusted on this subject, he said, because they do not think far enough into the future. It is up to the young to take up the fight.

"Go home, pester your parents, annoy people," he exhorted. As if children aged between 11 and 15 need any encouragement to do that...

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

Climate deal in peril, says Brown

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BBC News

Climate deal in peril, says Brown

By Roger Harrabin
BBC Environment Analyst

The climate deal planned for Copenhagen in 10 weeks' time is in grave danger of failure, the prime minister has said.

Gordon Brown has become the first world leader to offer to go to the Danish capital to help seal the deal.

He told Newsweek magazine there was no second chance to undo "catastrophic damage" to the environment if "we miss the opportunity to protect the planet".

This year's talks are vital as they aim to produce a successor to the Kyoto Climate Protocol on global warming.

Mr Brown also warned that consumers would have to pay more for energy in the future, whether the UK opts for high or low carbon energy sources...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/...
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Daily Telegraph

Recession has led to a drop in greenhouse gas emissions, says study

The recession has resulted in a “significant” fall in greenhouse gas emissions as manufacturing falls, according to a study by the International Energy Agency.

By Alastair Jamieson
21 Sep 2009

The research, the first major study of its kind, found CO2 production from the burning of fossil fuels had fallen by the largest amount for 40 years, with falling industrial output cited as the biggest single cause.

Other factors have played a role in the reduction, including the shelving of some plans for coal-fired power stations and the impact of environmental regulations imposed by governments.

The IEA said the results presented a “unique opportunity” for the world to tackle carbon emissions.

The new data will be considered by world leaders ahead of a climate change conference in Copenhagen in December...

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

Think globally, destroy locally
by Bob Carter

September 21, 2009

Giving Earth the benefit of the doubt

A common expression of human caution, often attributed to Rupert Murdoch, is that in matters of potentially dangerous human-caused global warming we should “give Earth the benefit of the doubt”.

Such a statement reveals profound misunderstanding of the real climatic risks faced by our societies, not least because it assumes that global warming is more dangerous, or more to be feared, than is global cooling. In reality, the converse is true.

“Giving Earth the benefit of the doubt” is often further expressed as a desire to implement the “precautionary principle”.

This sociological, and not scientific, construct was rejected as a policy tool by the prestigious UK House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology as long ago as 2006.

They commented that

In our view, the terms “precautionary principle” and “precautionary approach” in isolation from …. clarification have been the subject of such confusion and different interpretations as to be devalued and of little practical help, particularly in public debate,

and added that

we can confirm our initial view that the term “precautionary principle” should not be used, and recommend that it cease to be included in policy guidance.

In any case, in order to take precautions, you have to know what you are taking them against. Some computer models (General Circulation Models; deterministic) project that the global temperature in ten years time will be warmer than today’s. Other computer models (statistical; based upon projection of past climate patterns) project that global temperature will be cooler ten years hence. The reality is, therefore, that no scientist can tell you with confidence whether the temperature in 2020, let alone 2100, will be warmer or cooler than today’s...

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blo...

Hopelessly lost in the North-East Passage

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Daily Telegraph

Hopelessly lost in the North-East Passage

By Christopher Booker
19 Sep 2009

There was much warmist trumpeting last week, led by The Independent and the BBC, over a German businessman's claim that two of his ships had managed to sail round the Arctic coast of Russia. "A triumph for man, a disaster for mankind" proclaimed The Independent. The opening of "the fabled North-East Passage", it said, is "a vivid sign of climate change in the Arctic".

While other papers speculated that this could slash journey times for container ships to and from the Far East, Greenpeace hailed it as further proof of the urgent need to halt global warming at December's Copenhagen conference.

It was not long, however, before my colleague Richard North, on his EU Referendum blog, tore the story to shreds. The Arctic journey round the top of Russia, it emerged, had been made scores of times before. These went back at least to 1935 when the trip was made by four Soviet freighters. In 1940 a German raider used it to sink seven merchantmen in the Paciific. Since 1979 the Arctic route has been regularly used by ships sailing between Russia and Vancouver.

It turned out that the German shipowner was a rabid warmist. His ships needed the services of a Russian icebreaker and there is no way such a route could be used by any ships larger than 20,000 tons because they need to be of shallow draught and strengthened against ice. In other words, this warmist publicity stunt was no more than a silly-season fable.

It did aptly coincide, however, with the moment when the Arctic ice began its annual re-freeze last week – earlier than usual. At the end of this summer's melt, the ice area was 25 per cent greater than its record low in September 2007...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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Liberal Democrats urged to learn from Barack Obama 'green' election campaign

Liberal Democrats can learn from Barack Obama's election strategy as they campaign for votes on the environment, supporters were told at the party conference in Bournemouth.

By Alastair Jamieson
19 Sep 2009


Barack Obama mobilised green activists in his campaign

Activists were encouraged to look to the American President's success in appealing across the political spectrum.

Speakers at the party's annual conference praised Mr Obama's skill at using simple language to explain complicated arguments on issues such as global warming and oil dependency.

Delegates heard from Doug Parr of Greenpeace and Cambridge academic Noreena Hertz in a discussion on environmental campaigning.

Ms Hertz said Britain "desperately" needed a positive political narrative, and said the party needed to look to use social media such as Facebook more to raise funds.

She said: "In the Obama campaign, six million people donated on average £55 each, they managed to mobilise people by having a virtual presence and a physical presence."

The party had to be "mindful" about the language it used, making it more simple and more emotive...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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UN plans 'shock therapy' for world leaders on environment

Pared-down summit will force heads of rich states to listen to those of third world in hope of kickstarting radical action

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 20 September 2009

The United Nations is planning a form of diplomatic shock therapy for world leaders this week in the hope of injecting badly needed urgency into negotiations for a climate change treaty that, it is now widely acknowledged, are dangerously adrift.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and negotiators say that unless they can convert world leaders into committed advocates of radical action, it will be very hard to reach a credible and enforceable agreement to avoid the most devastating consequences of climate change.

As the digital counter ticking off the hours to the Copenhagen summit – which had been supposed to seal the deal on climate change – hit 77 days today, progress at the UN summit in New York is seen as vital. Nearly 100 heads of state and government are to attend the summit, for which a pared-down format has been devised.

"We need these leaders to go outside their usual comfort zones," said one diplomat. "Our sense is that leaders have got a little too cosy and comfortable. They really have to hear from countries that are vulnerable and suffering."

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel peace prize with Al Gore, agreed. Commenting on the leaders attending the G20 summit in Pittsburgh next week, he said: "We need to remind these people about impacts of climate change – the fact that they are inequitable and fall very heavily on some of the poorest people in the world. We are likely to see a large number of failed states if we don't act in time."

The heads of state attending the UN summit are to be stripped of their entourages. Each will be allowed just one aide, generally their country's environment minister, in the sessions...

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

Climate Bill Drifts Into a Potomac Fog

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NY Times

Climate Bill Drifts Into a Potomac Fog

By JESSICA LEBER AND CHRISTA MARSHALL
Published: September 17, 2009

A day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hinted that climate legislation might be postponed until 2010, some analysts wondered whether that actually could mean 2011.

Or perhaps that it wouldn't be considered in the Senate at all.

With congressional midterm elections looming next year, they say the timetable is limited for politicians to act on a major bill before partisan rancor dominates Capitol Hill. That is raising speculation that lawmakers and the Obama administration may go for a "Plan B" next year that involves passage of a general energy bill without its most complex climate elements.

"The most likely scenario is that we get a more climate-friendly version of the 2005 and 2007 energy bills," said Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. "It would be a half-loaf approach without cap and trade."

And the further Congress delays into election season, the more likely it is that it may leave emissions limits entirely to U.S. EPA, which is already unleashing climate regulations in the absence of legislation...

http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2...
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Only in Climate Science Can You Play With a Broken Hockey Stick

By Dr. Tim Ball Monday, September 14, 2009

An anonymous adage advises, “There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.” Break your stick in ice hockey and drop it immediately or a penalty is assessed because continued use can cause serious damage (Rule 10.3). Apparently this rule doesn’t apply in climate science where a few scientists continue to use a broken “hockey stick” and cause serious damage.

Facts proving humans are not causing global warming are not enough to stop the political juggernaut. Perhaps exposure of collusion among a small group of self-proclaimed climate scientists who continue to play with a broken stick will stop the madness forcing destructive economic policies...

http://canadafreepress.com/ind...
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Daily Telegraph

Climate change campaigners should not have fixated on carbon dioxide

If climate negotiations 20 years ago concentrated on low-hanging fruits, the fight against global warming would have been more successful, argues Geoffrey Lean.

By Geoffrey Lean
18 Sep 2009

Here's a heretical thought, one that might even further inflame the great global-warming slanging match. Has the world set out to tackle climate change in the wrong way? It's not, I admit, the most tactful moment to put the question. On Tuesday the heads of the world's governments meet in New York for the first universal climate summit. This is just the most important of a series of high-level get-togethers addressing the issue, which started on Thursday with a meeting of ministers from the most polluting countries, and continues to the G20 summit in Pittsburgh at the end of the week. But it has to be asked. For more than 20 years the world has been trying to negotiate agreements to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and felling forests. But they have gone on growing: indeed, their rate of growth has been accelerating.

Concentrating on carbon dioxide was understandable. It is, after all, the biggest single cause of climate change. Scientists have known for more than 180 years that it warms up the atmosphere, and – for more than 110 – roughly what the effects of increasing its concentration would be.

But CO2 is only responsible for about half of the problem. The rest is caused by other pollutants. No worldwide attempt has been made to control some of them, even though doing so would be much less contentious and would reduce global warming far faster.

Take black carbon, which gives soot its colour. It is now accepted to be the second biggest contributor to climate change, responsible for between 10 and 25 per cent of it. Formed through incomplete combustion of wood, vegetation and fossil fuels, it lands a unique double whammy...

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

Jeremy Clarkson targeted by eco-activists dumping manure

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Jeremy Clarkson targeted by eco-activists who kick up a stink by dumping manure on his front lawn

By Daily Mail Reporter
17th September 2009

Environmental campaigners have dumped manure on Jeremy Clarkson's front lawn in protest against his attitude on global warming.

The Top Gear presenter is well-known for his love of high-powered cars and 4x4 cars, which eco-campaigners say is a 'blase attitude to climate change'.


Kicking up a stink: Women from Climate Rush dump bags of manure on the front lawn and entrance of Jeremy Clarkson's Cotswold home

Activists from environmental group Climate Rush unloaded two bag-loads of horse manure at his home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, with a banner which read 'This is what you're landing us in'.

The seven female protesters, dressed as suffragettes, made the stop outside Clarkson's home as part of their month-long horse-and-cart road show around the south west of England to raise awareness of climate issues.

The campaigners said that on Clarkson's recent driving trip to the Arctic, he emitted an estimated 1.7 tonnes of carbon...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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BBC News

Thursday, 10 September 2009

UK climate scepticism more common

By Sudeep Chand
Science reporter

The British public has become more sceptical about climate change over the last five years, according to a survey.

Twice as many people now agree that "claims that human activities are changing the climate are exaggerated".

Four in 10 believe that many leading experts still question the evidence. One in five are "hard-line sceptics".

The survey, by Cardiff University, shows there is still some way to go before the public's perception matches that of their elected leaders.

The results were announced at the British Science Festival in Guildford by Cardiff's Lorraine Whitmarsh.

A questionnaire survey was filled in by 551 people, from a range of ages and backgrounds, between September and November last year.

Although the findings are similar to those of other UK surveys, this is the first to show that people may be becoming "tired" of claims surrounding climate change...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci...
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Scoop

ETS – Bias or blindness in the Beehive?

Thursday, 17 September 2009
Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

A charge that there is not one government scientist in New Zealand associated with climate issues who is willing to speak out on global warming alarmism with some sense of balance or with an appearance of an open mind has been made by Associate Professor Chris de Freitas, a climate scientist and Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Auckland, writing in the latest issue of Energy NZ, (Issue 10, Spring 2009)...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories...
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PM's neo-liberal ETS is calamitous

John Anderson | September 17, 2009
Article from: The Australian
KEVIN Rudd wants to rename Paul Kelly's topical work The March of a Patriot and claim all credit for Labor. Funny, I didn't see him in the expenditure review committee when we redressed years of Labor misrule and debt. Neither will the Coalition see him in that much-to-be-pitied future committee when the same will have to be done again but on an exponentially expanded scale.

Rudd's singular take on patriots and derision of neo-liberalism are totally at odds with his government's emissions trading scheme. The shallowness of conviction and depth of pretension are no better revealed than in Rudd's approach to climate policy.

Rudd castigates "the theory of self-regulating or self-correcting markets and of an ideal role for government which is shackled in its role as market regulator, as well as restricted in the provision of public goods". Yet his ETS is a classic let-the-market-rip model. Carbon is fed into a market system and expected to reduce emissions as market forces take hold. Apart from limited start-up assistance, the government will sit back and watch.

What it will see is a slide in our national competitive advantage as the new cost on energy flows to every nook and cranny in our economy. We have heard mostly from our exporters in the mining and agriculture sectors, but the ETS will make everything cost more. I fail to understand how putting millions of dollars of extra costs on the bottom line of hospitals and aged care institutions facilitates that great social contract between government and Australians.

As one of the seven million citizens who live in export-generating regional Australia, can I say that we've done our sums? Estimates vary but the salient point is that it will cost significantly more to produce the nation's exports. Margins of profitability are predicted to fall so much as a result of Rudd's ETS that there will be significant shrinking of our farm produce sector. Food and fibre imports will rise, coming from countries with lax emission regimes. It is unjust and unworkable to expect a political party representing this regional constituency to support such a plan.

We will lose markets, lose exports, lose jobs here at home: hardly helpful for setting funds aside to bring emissions down. Production will be curtailed, that's all. The slack in supply from Australia will be filled by other countries with no such carbon market. Their dirtier emissions will go up. All we will have done is forfeit our prosperity as well as our ability to help the world and ourselves with cleaner technology...

http://www.theaustralian.news....
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From The Times
September 18, 2009

Copenhagen climate change summit looks set to dodge key decisions
Ben Webster: Analysis

The Copenhagen tourist board is facing a PR disaster. Its symbol is the small copper statue of the Little Mermaid, but after December the city is likely to be better known as the place where the world failed to agree a deal to prevent catastrophic climate change.

From December 7 to 18, delegates from 192 countries will gather in the Danish capital to try to thrash out a pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

There is no longer much dispute about the urgency of the problem but there are huge differences of opinion about how to share the burden of solving it. The major industrialised countries agreed in July that the global average temperature should not rise more than 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. It has already risen by almost 1C and most scientists say that another 1C is inevitable because the warming effect of carbon dioxide continues for decades after it is emitted.

World leaders will be desperate to claim success at the conference. They will agree to reduce emissions, but will probably dodge the question of when global emissions should start to decline...

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

Chinese government adviser warns 2C target is unrealistic

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Chinese government adviser warns that 2C global warming target is unrealistic

China's emissions unlikely to fall low enough because 2C target 'does not provide room for developing countries'

Jonathan Watts, Asia environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 September 2009

Don't expect China to keep global warming below 2C, a senior government adviser warned in Beijing today at the launch of an influential report on the nation's prospects for low-carbon growth.

Even in a best-case scenario with massive investment in solar energy and carbon capture technology, Dai Yande, deputy chief of the Energy Research Institute, said China's emissions were unlikely to fall low enough to remain below the temperature goal recommended by the G8 and European Union.

His prediction will alarm those governments and scientists who warn that a rise more than 2C risks disastrous consequences in terms of food security, migration, sea-level rises and extreme weather events.

"You should not target China to fulfill the two degree target. That is just a vision. Reality has deviated from that vision," said Dai. "We do not think that target provides room for developing countries." China argues that its priority must be economic growth to relieve poverty among its vast population...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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[Crying wolf from the organisation who has done more than most to exaggerate the dangers of global warming!]

Daily Telegraph

More than 4.5m children will die if money for aid is diverted to climate change - Oxfam

Millions of children could die because cash for food aid is diverted to tackle climate change, Oxfam has warned.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
16 Sep 2009

As part of a global climate change deal to be agreed in Copenhagen in December, the rich world is being asked to come up with billions of pounds to help developing countries cope with global warming. The money would be spent on helping poor countries adapt to increased risk of flooding and droughts.

Next week world leaders will meet at a UN Summit in New York to discuss where the money will come from and how much should be put aside.

However aid agencies are becoming increasingly concerned that the money will be diverted from existing funds to help countries deal with poverty, child malnutrition, Aids and other issues.

A new Oxfam report has warned that at least 4.5 million children could die, more than 75 million fewer children are likely to attend school and 8.6 million fewer people could have access to HIV/Aids treatment if aid is diverted to help poor countries tackle climate change.

Oxfam believe that £30 billion should be made available every year for climate change adaptation in addition to the 0.7 per cent of national income rich countries have already pledged as aid...

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

Right on gregster!

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Did you get this part too?

"...but according to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), world emissions need to peak by 2015 to give any chance of avoiding a rise."

WTF? Are the IPCC now saying emissions can peak by 2015 before a temp rise?

I thought we were already facing arma-fucking-geddon at current emission levels!!!

Where was the IPCC newsflash on that new prediction published?

Stupid shit

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Of your latest Marcus.

"the prospect of reaching a deal to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of global warming."

What consequences? Supposedly some ill weather?

Bunch of cunts.
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And it gets worse:

"One unsigned memo titled "carbon market oversight issues" distributed during the transition period between the Bush and the Obama administrations proposed the creation of a "Carbon Fed" to manage carbon allowances in a way similar to the way the Federal Reserve regulates the supply of money."
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"If we end up with a weaker framework with less stringent compliance, then that is not so good for the chances of hitting 2C", A European official told The Guardian." Moron

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“The World Bank is spending billions of pounds subsidising new coal-fired power stations in developing countries despite claiming that burning fossil fuels exposes the poor to catastrophic climate change.”

Well that’s good, but we’re funding it.

“Tim Jones, policy officer of the World Development Movement, which campaigns to reduce poverty, said: “The World Bank is acting in the interests of Western countries and companies and not in the long-term interests of the world’s poor.”

Fuck you Tim – you don’t care for the poor – you embarrassment to humanity.

“A spokesman for the Department for International Development in Whitehall said: “We have informed the World Bank that we will be scrutinising future coal-fired power plant proposals to ensure that they have explored all other options (including accessing the additional finance needed for cleaner alternatives), and we would expect any future coal plants to reach the highest international standards.”

The UK too, is more interested in feel-good fucking climate change bollocks than assisting the poorer nations.

Senate Democrats may delay legislation

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Climate change: Senate Democrats may delay legislation

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 September 2009

Democratic leaders in the Senate said last night they may wait until next year to take up climate change legislation, jeopardising the prospect of reaching a deal to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of global warming.

The delay would prevent Barack Obama from delivering on his promise of demonstrating firm US commitment on climate change action in advance of negotiations at Copenhagen next December.

The setback arrives at a critical moment in the home stretch of the negotiations, with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, telling the Guardian that world leaders needed to show stronger leadership if they want to reach a deal at Copenhagen.

In a briefing with reporters, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said Democrats wanted to push ahead on healthcare reform this year before taking up climate change.

"We are going to have a busy, busy time the rest of this year," Reid said. "And, of course, nothing terminates at the end of this year. We still have next year to complete things if we have to."

Such a delay means that America would be unable to send the strong signal it is ready to act to cut its greenhouse gas emissions that has been demanded by other big polluters such as China and India. That in turn would imperil the prospects of coming to a deal at Copenhagen to halt warming in time to avert dangerous rising of temperatures and sea levels, and severe droughts...

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hot Button

Officials at the Treasury Department think cap-and-trade legislation would cost taxpayers hundreds of billion in taxes, according to internal documents circulated within the agency and provided to The Washington Times.

These estimates were made in Treasury memos, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through a Freedom of Information Act request that sought information related to proposals originated by Treasury involving "cap-and-trade schemes" that deal with "carbon," "carbon dioxide" or "greenhouse gases." The memos were given to The Times by CEI.

The House narrowly passed cap-and-trade legislation earlier this year, and now the Senate stands poised to take up its version of the bill at any time, although it has been largely overshadowed by health care reform efforts. The ultimate cost of the bill to taxpayers has been the subject of fierce debate between supporters and opponents of the legislation. CEI, a free-market think tank that opposes the bill, thinks the Treasury documents prove the legislation would pose a significant burden to the economy.

A memo prepared by Judson Jaffe, who works in the Treasury's Office of Environment and Energy, referenced President Obama's remarks on energy policy in his State of the Union Address and said, given the president's plan to auction emissions allowances, "a cap-and-trade program could generate federal receipts on the order of $100 to $200 billion annually."

These figures differ from other cost estimates for the legislation produced more recently by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

"These are candid, internal discussions of what they are telling each other and what they won't tell you," said Christopher C. Horner, a CEI senior fellow who filed the request.

"The words cap and trade were chosen for a reason, and that is to avoid a vote on tax," said Mr. Horner, who also is the author of the New York Times best-seller "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming." "This memo tells you it's a tax. Why else are they discussing hundreds of billions of revenue to be taken from the taxpayer?"...

http://www.washingtontimes.com...
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Daily Telegraph

Barack Obama and EU 'clash over climate change'

The European Union has clashed with Barack Obama's administration over climate change amid fears negotiations on regulating greenhouse gases could break down, according to reports.

By Chris Irvine
16 Sep 2009

The disagreement focuses on the way national carbon reduction targets would be counted. While Europe wants to retain systems set up under the current Kyoto Protocol, America wants to replace it with a system of its own.

The US is pushing for each country to set its own emissions rules and decide how to meet targets target rather than an international system.

Kyoto has remained a delicate issue in the US, ever since George W Bush's administration rejected signing the climate change treaty, while the country has not ratified a major international environmental treaty since 1992. European officials had hoped while the Obama administration may be reluctant to embrace Kyoto, they could at least use it as a framework for a new agreement.

Europe is reportedly reluctant to publicly criticise the Obama administration, partly because he has engaged them in climate change discussion in a way his predecessor did not, but they are allegedly privately worried that America's reluctance could derail the Copenhagen summit in December. The Denmark meeting has been billed as the last chance to save the planet from a temperature rise of 3.6F (2C).

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General admitted that negotiations had stalled and needed to "get moving", ahead of a UN climate change summit that will be attended by almost 100 heads of government in New York next week.

"We are deeply concerned that the negotiation is not making much headway [and] it is absolutely and crucially important for the leaders to demonstrate their political will and leadership," he said.

There are now concerns that should Kyoto be scrapped, it could be half at least five years before a new proposal is in place, but according to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), world emissions need to peak by 2015 to give any chance of avoiding a rise...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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From The Times

September 16, 2009

World Bank spends billions on coal-fired power stations despite own warnings

The World Bank is spending billions of pounds subsidising new coal-fired power stations in developing countries despite claiming that burning fossil fuels exposes the poor to catastrophic climate change. The bank, which has a goal of reducing poverty and is funded by Britain and other developed countries, calls on all nations in a report today to “act differently on climate change”.

It says that the world must reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, but it is funding several giant coal-burning plants that will each emit millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide a year for the next 40 to 50 years.

Britain is contributing £400million to a World Bank fund that claims to support “clean technology” but is financing coal power plants.

The bank’s World Development Report says: “Developing countries are disproportionately affected by climate change — a crisis that is not of their making and for which they are the least prepared. Increasing access to energy and other services using high-carbon technologies will produce more greenhouse gases, hence more climate change.”

The report says that between 75 and 80 per cent of the damage caused by climate change through drought, floods and rising sea levels will happen in developing countries. It calls on richer nations, including Britain, to increase the amount that they spend on helping developing countries to adapt to climate change...

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

Yes Ellen and I note...

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...that Linz needs to be worried about point 8 too and he's not even English! Smiling

"Being the subject of a bon mot by Oscar Wilde so cutting, you have to go into exile in Paris, and go into a decline on a diet of unfamiliar foreign salamis and liqueurs."

Biscuits, is it?

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And here I thought that the greatest danger facing Britain was being submerged when the Arctic Ice Cap melts.

Thanks for the comic relief, Marcus. The biscuits article is one to keep.

At least British wit hasn't yet (entirely) expired.

Ellen

Renowned sailor finds ice-choked Northwest Passage "not so easy"

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Renowned sailor finds ice-choked Northwest Passage "not so easy" to travel

By Bob Weber (CP) – 2 days ago

He's one of the fastest sailors around, with trophies from races all over the maritime world.

But Philippe Poupon's trip through Canada's fabled Northwest Passage almost ground him to a halt. "It was not so easy," deadpanned the sailor so famous in his native France he is known familiarly as "Philou."

Speaking from Alaska a few days after completing his trip through the passage, Poupon offered a gentle reality check to anyone who thinks climate change has turned Arctic waters into an ocean highway.

"We found a lot of ice. We had to take care because the ice is still there and when you are on ice, wind, fog or the night, it could be very dangerous."

"I don't know if it's normal conditions, but we had to push through."

Poupon travelled the 10,000-kilometre passage in his ice-strengthened ketch, the Fleur Australe.

A total of seven sailboats and power yachts attempted the treacherous crossing this season. That's down from at least eight last year, which was a record number.

And that's probably a good thing.

Environment Canada reports that total ice concentrations in the central and western parts of the Northwest Passage have been near to slightly above normal this year. Last year and in 2007, ice was much lighter than normal.

"We saw some sailing boats, they were not well-prepared like we were," Poupon said. "I think these are problems - too many boats with not enough preparation."

Sailing media report that several would-be Northwest Passagers found themselves passengers after the coast guard had to pluck them off boats hopelessly stranded in ice...

http://www.google.com/hostedne...
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[Interesting. This is a pop singer who performed at Al Gore's Live Earth. Obviously he's having second thoughts!]

BBC News

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

David Gray: No more Mr Nice Guy

David Gray has a lot to get off his chest.

He wants the world to know in no uncertain terms that he has found his musical mojo, that fame makes you paranoid, that the music business is finished and that the masses need not bear the guilt of global warming. Among other things...

"There are scenes that repeat. How to function and cope in a world that constantly castrates you with information and total nonsense - that recurs again and again.

You've got to draw the line, as the title track says. Make sure you draw the line in the right place. We need compassion, we need all these things. They glue us all together.

But if you go too far, if you shoulder the guilt of environmental destruction every moment of every day, you're going to drive yourself round the twist. It's all nonsense. How they shoved that one onto us I'll never know. Corporate and governmental mismanagement and abuse of the world and we suddenly have to change our habits and rescue the whole thing. It's a joke!"

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

Biscuits, and other deadly British institutions

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From The Times
September 14, 2009

Biscuits, and other deadly British institutions

Americans won’t be surprised to learn that a Custard Cream is a health hazard. They already worry we’ll trip on our bustles

Caitlin Moran

In a world already full of almost infinite peril and danger, it’s dispiriting to know that, actually, there is another mortal hazard that we’d been underestimating all along. Biscuits.

This week, a report relayed the alarming news that more than recession, swine flu, God’s wrath and global-warming-thingy, it is a simple packet of Rich Tea we should really be fearing. More than half of all Britons, it told us, borderline unbelievably, have been injured by biscuits. Insults to the flesh range from being scalded by hot tea or coffee while dunking, to breaking a tooth.

An estimated 25 million adults have been injured while eating during a tea or coffee break, with at least 500 landing themselves in hospital. Putting this into perspective, this makes having a biccie a more perilous activity than pot-holing, drag-racing, waterfall-punching, or auto-asphyxiation in a hotel room at 4am, off your face on minibar Bacardi Breezers.

For those who, now querulous, wish to keep their biscuit-risk to a minimum, it is useful to note that the Custard Cream is apparently the most dangerous biscuit, with a rigorously scientific-looking Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation rating of 5.63. It’s practically a sandwich made of guns. The Jaffa Cake, meanwhile — you may be soothed to note — scores, in comparison, a mere 1.16; making it the safest biscuit to offer to a child, or a congenital idiot.

Apart from wondering where the hell the Daily Mail has been in drawing attention to this threat to the fabric of society — whither the “BROKEN BISCUITS BRITAIN: BOURBONS GIVE HOUSE PRICES CANCER” headlines? — this does raise several questions. 1) How have all the old people stayed alive so long, when all they live on is biscuits, tea and Spam? 2) Will the Fox’s Biscuit Selection tins now be renamed “Fox’s Russian Roulette”? 3) When the average office meeting is enlivened by the half-time arrival of a plate of assorted ginger nuts, digestives, choc-chip and wafer, is this not, in the light of this new research, little better than the Rev Jim Jones bringing in refreshing beakers of Kool Aid for everyone?

Most importantly of all, however, could any research have fed more assiduously into what Americans think of life in Britain is like? While Americans get injured and die from things like being shot by gangsters, stampeded by bison, exploding in state-of-the-art $1.7 billion space rockets, and overdosing on new drug-crazes that we won’t even get in Britain until 2025, here in sleepy old Englandlandland, we’re off to A&E after an unfortunate incident with a gingerbread man; issuing a rueful, “What-ho! Rather overdid it during a high-tea frenzy, pip pip” as we go through the swinging doors. We might just as well rename The Ten O’Clock News, A Newsletter of Unfortunate Occurrences in Trumpton...

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From The Times
September 14, 2009

Staff in carbon footprint trial face £100 fines for high emissions
Ben Webster, Environment Editor

...WSP, the global engineering consultancy, has been conducting the rationing scheme among 80 of its British employees for almost two years. In the first year the overall carbon footprint of participants fell by 10 per cent. The company is discussing its scheme with several FTSE 100 companies.

Three quarters of the employees were rewarded and a quarter, including Stuart McLachlan, the managing director, were fined. Mr McLachlan tried to cut his carbon footprint by buying a bike and cycling 12 miles to work from Richmond, Surrey, to Chancery Lane, in Central London. He also installed energy-saving lightbulbs, but he still exceeded his ration — and was fined £100 — because he flew to his holiday home in South Africa.

The idea of personal quotas for carbon emissions is being advocated by the thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research. Everyone would be given a number of free “credits”, to buy gas and electricity for their homes, fuel for cars and plane tickets for holidays. Those who did not use all their credits could sell the excess to people who used more fossil fuels.

WSP is planning to expand its rationing scheme next year to cover 3,000 employees in offices around the world. However, it will set different targets for each country to reflect national average emissions. In Britain the target this year is 5.5 tonnes, which is one tonne above the national average for home energy and personal transport. The US target is likely to be double the British target, to reflect much greater emissions per person.

David Symons, co-ordinator of the scheme, said that US employees would be unlikely to join a scheme with the same ration as British staff. “The teams in the States would think they would be in debit straightaway.”...

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Protecting climate change refugees

Communities hardest hit by climate change are also the poorest. Their right to compensation and protection needs to be made law

Steve Trent
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 13 September 2009

...Just as the overarching threat of climate change is one of global responsibility, so is the fate of climate refugees. In this context, there is a clear and compelling imperative to create a new multilateral legal mechanism – and with it a new legal definition for climate refugees – that enshrines the right to life, food, health, water, housing and other essentials. This should apply to all those who are now affected and the millions more who will be affected by the changes in our climate created largely by a distant, and still largely unresponsive, wealthy west...

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Daily Telegraph

Polar bears 'face extinction in less than 70 years because of global warming'

Polar bears face extinction in less than 70 years because of global warming, scientists have warned.

By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
11 Sep 2009

Melting ice is causing their numbers to drop dramatically, they warn.

Others also at risk include ivory gulls, Pacific walruses, ringed and hooded seals and narwhals, small whales with long, spiral tusks.

One of the problems is that other animals are moving north, encroaching on their territory, spurred by increasing temperatures, pushing out native species.

The animals are also struggling with the loss of sea ice.

"The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," said Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University, who led the latest study, publied in the journal Science.

"Recent projections suggest polar bears could be extinct within 70 years.

"But we think this could be a very conservative estimate. The outlook is very bleak for them and other creatures such as ringed seals.”

He added: "The rate at which sea ice is disappearing is accelerating and these creatures rely on it for shelter, hunting and breeding. If this goes, so do they.”

The international team analysed average temperature in the Arctic over the last 150 years and warn many animals that are dependent upon the stability and persistence of sea ice are faring especially badly...

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New 'hockey stick' graph on climate change under fire

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New 'hockey stick' graph on climate change under fire

US Congressional inquiries on 'hockey stick' graph claim it is fundamentally flawed, writes Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
12 Sep 2009

A number of readers wrote in to express surprise at the recent letter from the US scientist Dr Michael Mann claiming that his famous "hockey stick" graph, showing temperatures having suddenly soared at the end of the 20th century to unprecedented levels, had been endorsed by the US National Academy of Sciences. Neither of the two Congressional inquiries involving the NAS did anything of the kind. Both found that the computer model used to create Dr Mann's "hockey stick", completely rewriting climate history, was fundamentally flawed.

This is one reason why, despite all the efforts made to defend Dr Mann's graph by his academic colleagues (describing themselves as the Hockey Team), I have described it as "one of the most comprehensively discredited artefacts in the history of science".

Now the Hockey Team have done it again. As part of the general drive to hype up panic over global warming in the run-up to December's Copenhagen conference, several of them are among the authors of a paper, published in the September 4 issue of the US journal Science, which claims to rewrite the climate history of the Arctic. As in the original version, the new hockey stick-shaped graph produced by their computer model shows temperatures gently declining for 900 years, then suddenly shooting up in recent years to record levels.

As usual, there are several odd features of their model, which is largely based on data from Professor Philip Jones's Climate Research Unit in Norwich – the data he refuses to publish because it is a state secret. But perhaps the oddest aspect of all is the contrast between this new study and the comprehensive record of Arctic temperatures compiled by the Danish Meteorological Institute from 1959 to the present day.

Anthony Watts's Watts Up With That blog (see the blog posting on September 4) created an animated graphic showing the DMI's temperature changes over the past 50 years. Far from confirming the hypothetical upward spurt claimed by the Hockey Team's computer, the most remarkable feature of the actual record is that it shows no significant change whatever.

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RSPB accused of damaging British environment in bid to save birds

Charity accused of damaging the environment as it takes the axe to hundreds of acres of conifer woodland to restore traditional open heaths. Opponents say the scheme threatens UK's fight against global warming

David Adam, environment correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 13 September 2009

It is an all-too familiar scene of environmental destruction. Deep in a forest, heavy machinery has felled a giant swath of trees to leave bare scrubland and a handful of stumps as forlorn memorials. The timber has long gone and cattle now pick their way across the clearing.

But the scene of this environmental vandalism is not Indonesia or the Amazon; it is affluent Surrey. And those responsible are not illegal loggers, but one of Britain's largest and most influential conservation groups. If it has its way, a forest near you could be next for the chop.

"Scots pine, Corsican pine, Japanese larch. There are clues in the names. These trees are not native to southern England," says Mike Coates, a project manager with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

In a controversial move, the RSPB has set its sights on England's non-native woodlands, which it wants to demolish to find space to restore a different type of English habitat, the open and rugged heathland immortalised in the novels of Thomas Hardy. Dominated by heather and scrubby plants, such heathland is an increasingly rare sight in England, and so is the wildlife that relies upon it.

Coates says: "Woodland is very common compared with heathland. But re-creating heathland is so much better for wildlife than a conifer plantation. Lots of the birds that live in the conifer forests are common and can survive elsewhere. Heathland stuff needs heathland, and much of it is very rare."

Restoring heathland will help birds such as the nightjar and woodlark, he said, as well as rare insects, plants and reptiles, including the elusive adder, Britain's only venomous snake. The RSPB has made a start on its Farnham Heath reserve in Surrey, where it has cleared some 60 hectares (150 acres) of conifer forest to make way for heathland, but it has bigger plans. Ministers are poised to decide whether the Farnham Heath experiment should be repeated nationwide, across tens of thousands of hectares of government land run by the Forestry Commission.

The RSPB is lobbying hard that it should be. It wants the government to double the 55,000 hectares (135,000 acres) of lowland heathland in England by chopping down the non-native conifers that stand in the way.

Nick Phillips, RSPB's biodiversity policy officer, says it is a "once in a generation" opportunity to revive heathland on a large scale. Many of the trees in question were planted after the second world war, on cleared heathland, and are due to be harvested soon. The old heather seeds are still in the ground, he says, but will not survive much longer.

"All you've got to do is get the trees off to expose the buried heather seeds, get some sunlight and water and, bingo, in five years you've got a heathland. If you replant [conifers] after the trees are harvested, you've blown it. You can't restore heathland without it being much more difficult and time consuming."

At a time of increased awareness of climate change and the merits of protecting forests to reduce emissions, it strikes some, including the Green party, as a strange move to chop down trees in the name of protecting the natural world. The government's own figures suggest such a large-scale clearance could increase Britain's carbon emissions by up to 0.1%...

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Ships on course to open up Northeast Passage

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Daily Mail

Ships on course to break through the ice to open up Northeast Passage

By Barry Wigmore
12th September 2009

Two merchant ships were poised this weekend to complete a shortcut over the once ice-bound top of the world that could cut the price of British imports from China, Japan and Korea.

Thanks to global warming the 12,700 ton ships were expected to open up the Northeast Passage along the Arctic coast of Siberia with ease.

Sailors have dreamed of conquering the sea route for almost 500 years since the British explorer Hugh Willoughby and his crew died when their ship was crushed by the ice sheet in 1553.

But commercial ships have always been thwarted by the dangerous pack ice, as have those attempting the more famous Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific over the top of Canada.

The Northeast Passage has been frozen solid for centuries, but as global warming pushed back the ice, Russia made repeated attempts to get ships through in the last 20 years.

A re-opened Northeast route means huge savings in fuel and time because it cuts 4,500 miles off the established merchant ship journey to Europe from Asia, which takes in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean...

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Read readers comments:

Northing new, I served on the USS BURTON ISLAND, AGB-1 and witnessed Soviet vessels transitting the NSR in 1964. The convoy led by an icebreaker included among other thing a guided missile warship, submarines and some auxiliaries.

- John T., Northford, Ct USA, 12/9/2009 02:36

The Northeast Passage was first traversed in 1878-1880 and has been kept open by icebreakers in summer since the 1960s, so this story is hardly news, and has nothing whatsoever to do with global warming.

- Liam, Stockton-on-Tees, 11/9/2009 23:33
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Daily Telegraph

Will Rupert Murdoch's Fox News go for kill on climate change?

Rupert Murdoch went green just over two years ago. Will his media empire do the same, asks Geoffrey Lean.

By Geoffrey Lean
11 Sep 2009

As Barack Obama struggles to rescue his medical insurance package, blown off course by well-organised public meetings, industrial interests are preparing to derail his attempts to get to grips with global warming.

Already "astroturfing" – creating fake grassroots movements to influence public opinion – has been detected. A leaked memo revealed that the Energy Citizens protest group was started by the oil industry, while a congressional inquiry found that letters to senators and Congressmen attacking climate legislation, ostensibly from ordinary people, were in fact backed by energy groups.

Will Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, at the heart of stirring up opposition to the health care plans, do the same over climate change? I ask because just over two years ago, the great man, a former global-warming sceptic, went green. In his first global webcast, he told employees that "climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats" and that the world "cannot afford the risk of inaction". He wanted his media empire to "change the way the public thinks abut these issues" and "to inspire people to change their behaviour". James Murdoch, his son and heir apparent, is one of Britain's most influential greens.

Yet this week, Fox News claimed the scalp of one of Mr Obama's most prominent environmental advisers, green jobs tsar Van Jones, who resigned after repeated attacks by its controversial host Glenn Beck for long ago questioning the accepted truth about 9/11. It probably had nothing to do with climate change – but we'll soon see...

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Stern: Rich nations will have to forget about growth to stop climate change

Economic expansion cannot be achieved forever if greenhouse gases are to be curbed, warns the leading economist and author of the UK's government's report on climate change

Jonathan Watts, Asia environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 September 2009

Rich nations will need to reconsider making growth the goal of their societies, according to the leading economist who wrote the government's report on climate change.

Lord Stern said that although robust expansion could be achieved until 2030 while avoiding dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions, rich nations may then have to consider reining in growth.

"Will other restraints kick in? Probably, they will," said the former World Bank chief economist and author of the 2006 Stern review on the economic costs of climate change. "At some point we would have to think about whether we want future growth. We don't have to do that now." The priority, he told the Guardian, was to break the link between carbon emissions and economic output.

In a speech at People's University in Beijing, Stern said the world's challenge was to reduce total carbon emissions from just under 50 gigatonnes now to 35 by 2030 and 20 by 2050. By that time, he said, the average for each of the predicted 9 billion people in the world would be two tonnes. If done equitably, this would require a cut by the US of more than 90% – each American now uses 25 tonnes of carbon a year.

To meet Stern's goals, the world's big economies, including China, would have to halve carbon emissions relative to GDP in each of the next two decades...

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Thermageddon? Postponed!

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Thermageddon? Postponed!

It might get chilly for a bit

By Andrew Orlowski

9th September 2009

Last week a UK tribunal ruled that belief in manmade global warming had the same status as a religious conviction, such as transubstantiation. True believers in the hypothesis will need mountains of faith in the years ahead.

The New Scientist has given weight to the prediction that the planet is in for a cool 20 years - defying the computer models and contemporary climate theory. It's "bad timing", admits the magazine's environmental correspondent, Fred Pearce.

Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University, quoted by the magazine, attributes much of the recent warming to naturally occurring ocean cycles. Scientific study of the periodic ocean climate variability is in its infancy; for example the PDO or Pacific Decadal Oscillation, was only described in the late 1990s. It's the Leibniz team which predicted a forthcoming cooling earlier this year - causing a bullying outbreak at the BBC.

"We have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it," Latif told the magazine.

A historical comparison of recent warming contrasts the UN IPCC accounts of Thermageddon - based on climate models - with the post-1800 trend which shows a gradual warming. Little seems out of place in recent times except the predictions, says Dr Syun Akasofu, Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and former director of the Geophysical Institute.

Aksasofu says multi-decadal oscillations, discovered within the past decade, account for the variability...

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The Independent

Global warming cynicism rises in face of stronger evidence

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Thursday, 10 September 2009

A significant proportion of the population have become more sceptical about climate change and the link with man-made emissions of greenhouse gases despite the fact that the scientific evidence has become stronger.

A survey of public opinion has found that 29 per cent of people believe claims that human activities are changing the climate are exaggerated compared with 15 per cent of respondents to a similar survey carried out in 2003...

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Nicolas Sarkozy unveils £100-a-year carbon tax to combat global warming

By Mail Foreign Service
11th September 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy today unveiled a new carbon tax to help combat global warming that will cost the average family more than £100 a year.

The new levy on petrol, gas and coal consumption by households and businesses will come into force next year.

Its introduction - described as a 'fiscal revolution' by Mr Sarkozy - will make France the world's biggest economy so far to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions.

He announced the plans during a visit to a heat pump factory in Culoz, south east France today.

The president said: 'It is time to create green taxation.
'This is a major fiscal shift, an important innovation. It is the first step of a fiscal revolution that will be developed.'

The French president is seeking to boost his green credentials ahead of a key UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen in December that could mark a turning point in the fight against global warming.

Sarkozy set the new carbon tax at 17 euros (£14) per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted.
It will push up the price of unleaded fuel and diesel by around 3p a litre, and increase household gas bills by around 50 pounds per year.

The tax would not apply to electricity consumption, Mr Sarkozy said. France generates most of its electricity via nuclear power which does not emit greenhouse gases. France has been engulfed for weeks in a fierce debate over the carbon tax, with both the government's right-wing supporters and opponents on the left opposing the scheme.

Polls show about two-thirds of voters are against the tax and critics in Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party fear it could trigger a voter backlash at a time when families find themselves strapped for cash...

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Europe must pay €15bn in climate aid, says top environment official

Rich countries should pay €100bn a year by 2020 to cover the cost of climate change in developing countries, and the EU should contribute up to €15bn, says Stavros Dimas

Ian Traynor in Brussels
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 10 September 2009

Rich countries should be paying around €100bn (£88bn) a year by 2020 to cover the cost of climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, according to the EU's environment commissioner.

The announcement is the first time that Brussels has identified the cost of tackling global warming in poor countries, an issue that is central to achieving a global deal at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December. Europe's top climate official, Stavros Dimas, said that the EU should contribute between €2bn and €15bn of the total. It is likely to be seen by many observers as an opening bargaining position.

"A deal on financing will be central to achieving agreement at Copenhagen," said the commission proposal. "UN negotiations are dangerously close to deadlock."

Dimas added: "This cannot, of course, be a blank cheque. But if there is no money from the developed countries, there will be no deal in Copenhagen."

Today's announcement is the first detailed set of proposals from any side before Copenhagen, although Dimas' figures are similar to the $100bn price tag proposed by Gordon Brown in a speech two months ago...

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Confirmed: global warming zealots hate people

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Daily Telegraph blog

Confirmed: global warming zealots hate people

By Janet Daley Politics
September 9th, 2009

I’ve always suspected this. There can be only one logical conclusion to the anthropogenic global warming campaign: eliminate human beings. Or, at least, reduce to a minimum their number on the planet.

Have you had the sneaking suspicion that climate change activists were seeking to suppress every possible life-enhancing human activity from a long hot bath to a long-haul flight to an exotic destination? Have you ever had the sense that they would actually prefer it if you just ceased to occupy space on the earth, using up - as you do - its precious resources to facilitate your own pestilential selfish existence? That, if they could, they would at least manage to deter you from reproducing? Well, here it is: this report from the LSE says it all....

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'Contraception cheapest way to combat climate change'

Contraception is almost five times cheaper as a means of preventing climate change than conventional green technologies, according to research by the London School of Economics.

By Richard Pindar
09 Sep 2009

Every £4 spent on family planning over the next four decades would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than a ton, whereas a minimum of £19 would have to be spent on low-carbon technologies to achieve the same result, the research says.

The report, Fewer Emitter, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, concludes that family planning should be seen as one of the primary methods of emissions reduction. The UN estimates that 40 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended.

If these basic family planning needs were met, 34 gigatons (billion tonnes) of CO2 would be saved – equivalent to nearly 6 times the annual emissions of the US and almost 60 times the UK’s annual total.

Roger Martin, chairman of the Optimum Population Trust at the LSE, said: “It’s always been obviously that total emissions depend on the number of emitters as well as their individual emissions – the carbon tonnage can’t shoot down as we want, while the population keeps shooting up.”...

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From The Times
September 9, 2009

Passengers face new tax to halt rise in air travel

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

Tens of billions of pounds will have to be raised through flight taxes to compensate developing countries for the damage air travel does to the environment, according to the Government’s advisory body on climate change.

Ticket prices should rise steadily over time to deter air travel and ensure that carbon dioxide emissions from aviation fall back to 2005 levels, the Committee on Climate Change says. It believes that airlines should be forced to share the burden of meeting Britain’s commitment to an 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050.

The Times has learnt that it may challenge the Government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow, suggesting that this would be inconsistent with that commitment.

The committee was established under last year’s Climate Change Act. It has a strong influence on government policy and proposed the 80 per cent target accepted by ministers.

It says that initially the cost per passenger of compensating for climate change would be small but would rise over time and eventually reach a level that would put people off flying.

Industry estimates suggest that the average passenger would pay less than £10 extra per return ticket when aviation joins the EU emissions trading scheme in 2012. This would depend on the price of allowances to emit CO2, which is expected to rise over time.

The committee proposes a global cap on aviation emissions, with airlines required to buy allowances, and that the revenue generated should be given to developing countries to help them to adapt to climate change — for example, by building flood defences to cope with rising sea levels.

In a letter to the Government published today, the committee says that an increase in global temperatures is inevitable and that developed countries must pay for the consequences. It says that the EU trading scheme does not go far enough and could result in airlines making windfall profits...

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We must prevent the US Chamber of Commerce from putting climate change 'on trial

'The world's largest not-for-profit business federation is trying every trick in the lobbyist's handbook to scupper the legislative progress of the US cap and trade bill

Leo Hickman
Tuesday 8 September 2009
guardian.co.uk

It would be wise for anyone concerned about climate change to keep an eye on the movements and pronouncements of the US Chamber of Commerce over the next few months as Barack Obama's cap-and-trade bill finally reaches the Senate.

The world's largest not-for-profit business federation has made it patently clear in recent months that it does not like the look of the so-called Waxman-Markey bill. In fact, it thinks it stinks. So much so that it is currently trying every trick in the lobbyist's handbook to scupper its legislative progress.

For example, it is currently supporting the Energy Citizens campaign, which bills itself as a nationwide alliance of organisations and individuals formed to bring together people across America to remind Congress that energy is the backbone of our nation's economy and our way of life.

On the surface, Energy Citizens has the look and feel of AN Other citizen movement holding folksy grassroots "rallies" across the US to get across its point of view. In the past week or so, it has held events in Indiana, Colorado, Florida, North Dakota, Missouri and Tennessee. On its website it promotes a "Share Your Stories" facility for citizens to post their own messages and videos. One recent example is "Shaka" from Tennessee urging the Senate to "do the smart thing and defeat this bill". The use of his first name helps to give the video that all-important "ordinary joe" impression...

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New Zealand's cap-and-trade rationale is a bunch of hot air.

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WSJ

Kiwi Carbon Haze

New Zealand's cap-and-trade rationale is a bunch of hot air.

...The findings of the "Emissions Trading Review Committee" aren't binding, but they tell much about how deep today's green religion runs. New Zealand has a nominally conservative government run by Prime Minister John Key. But even Mr. Key won't consider completely disavowing environmental taxes in the form of cap-and-trade—he just wants to soften them. He ordered a parliamentary committee last year to figure out how.

Their report, issued last week, doesn't question disputed United Nations climate-change assumptions, nor explain the cost to the average Kiwi of taxing every corner of the economy—especially agriculture, the country's biggest export. The authors brush aside the fact that New Zealand only emits 0.2% of global emissions, calling it "small," but "not insignificant." Thus Wellington should "act now" to reduce emissions "to protect our international reputation, particularly in the areas of trade and tourism."

This is green PR gone wild. New Zealand already boasted one of the world's most pristine environments before it passed cap-and-trade last year. The law, if anything, has made the country less green, not more so. As soon as the former Labour government started talked about global-warming initiatives, foresters started chopping down trees to reduce their carbon footprint—and cost of buying emissions permits in the future. Over the past few years, New Zealand has experienced severe deforestation. Economic activity in the sector has plateaued.

Then there is the broader cost to macroeconomic growth, which isn't marginal. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, an independent consultancy, estimated last year that the cap-and-trade scheme could cost as much as 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,500) in reduced income annually for the average family. But the truth is that no one really knows what the ultimate impact will be, given that New Zealand, by rendering its industries less competitive, will make it permanently harder for them to compete at home and abroad.

The best advertisement for New Zealand isn't to support ideas that make the country poorer. Instead, Mr. Key's government would do better by focusing on encouraging strong economic growth to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial society. That way, tourists may want to come to New Zealand and stay.

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Business Standard
Wednesday, Sep 09, 2009

Deepak Lal: Spiking the road to Copenhagen

The Western obsession with curbing carbon emissions is wicked and also economically foolish
Deepak Lal / New Delhi

August 25, 2009,

The Western obsession with curbing carbon emissions is wicked and also economically foolish, says Deepak Lal

Three cheers for Jairam Ramesh! India at last has an environment minister who is willing and able to denounce the hypocrisy and immorality of the West in twisting the arms of India and China to curb their carbon emissions. He is right to make it clear that India has no intention of signing the new ‘climate change’ treaty in Copenhagen in December, which would put curbs on the carbon emissions of the Third World. If they do not comply they are being threatened by the draft bill going through the US Congress to levy carbon tariffs on their exports.

As this column has argued many times, this is a blatant attempt to prevent these countries from industrialising and achieving the standards of living of the West. For, until technological advances can allow alternative ‘green’ energy sources to compete with the fossil fuels, whose use is gradually eliminating poverty in the Third World as in the West’s own ascent from poverty, a call to put any curbs on carbon emissions is in fact to condemn their billions to continuing poverty. Whilst numerous Western economists and do-gooders shed crocodile tears about the Third World’s poor, they are willing at the same time to prevent them from taking the only feasible current route out from this abject state. Nothing is more hypocritical and immoral than rich Westerners driving their gas-guzzling SUVs emoting about the threat to Spaceship Earth from the millions of Indians who want to drive Nanos. Whilst the salving of their consciences by buying carbon offsets (as Al Gore claims to do every time he jets around the world) is akin to the Papal indulgences sold by the Catholic Church, which allowed its richer adherents to assuage their guilt and ‘fornicate on clean sheets’. For Gore to have the lights on his mansion blazing throughout the night, and seek to restrict the emissions from Indian power stations, when most Indians don’t even have an electric light bulb, is deeply wicked.

A study of the costs to the Indian poor of curbing carbon emissions has estimated that, over a 30-year time horizon, with a 10 per cent annual emission restriction the number of poor increases by 21 per cent, even in the short run, and by nearly 50 per cent for a 30 per cent annual emission reduction (Murthy, Panda, Parikh: ‘CO2 emission reduction strategies and economic development of India’, Margin, 2007). Those development economists and sundry celebrities, who on the one hand, want to see the end of world poverty and on the other, to curb Third World carbon emissions, should be ashamed of themselves for advocating the latter path which will make the former goal impossible to achieve.

This is particularly heinous as the claim by the IPCC that, it is scientifically proven, CO2 emissions are the cause of global warming, is increasingly being questioned by climatologists. Particularly, as since 1997, both the terrestrial and more accurate satellite temperature readings (which are not contaminated by the ‘heat island’ urbanisation effect) show global cooling, even though there has been a large increase in CO2 emissions. This is also the period in which the sunspot activity in the Sun has ceased. My earlier column on climate change (June 2007) had outlined the rival theory for climate change developed by the Danish physicist and climatologist, Henrik Svensmark — cosmo-climatology. In a remarkable March 2009 internal study on climate science suppressed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but put into the public domain by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (see www.cei.org) the whole scientific basis of the current CO2 theory of climate change is put into question. It emphasises that “global temperatures have declined — extending the current downward trend to 11 years with a particularly rapid decline in 2007-8. At the same time atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to increase and CO2 emissions have accelerated”(p. iii). This means that “the IPCC projections for large increases [in global temperature] are looking increasingly doubtful” (p.3). On the IPCC’s rejection of the alternative explanation of solar variability as the cause of climate change, it states: “There appears to be a strong association between solar sunspots/irradiance and global temperature fluctuations”. “A new paper by Scafetta and Wilson (Geophysical Research Letters, 3 March 2009) suggests the IPCC used faulty solar data in dismissing the direct effect of solar variability on global temperatures. Their research suggests that solar variability [rather than green house gasses] could account for up to 68% of the increase in Earth’s global temperature.” (p.iv)

It then provides a table (p.58) from K Gregory (Climate Change Science 2009) which summarises the evidence for CO2 and the Sun/Cosmic Ray Warming hypotheses for climate change. This table, reproduced here, shows that, on a number of predictions involving observable evidence on the two hypotheses, the sun/cosmic ray explanation for climate change wins hands down. Moreover, as on this hypothesis it is the sunspot activity which controls the climate, as the sun seems to have gone to sleep over the last 12 years there is a growing likelihood “that sunspots may vanish by 2015. Given the strong association between sunspots and global temperatures, this suggests the possibility that we may be entering a period of global cooling” (p.60). Perhaps another ice age...

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From The Times
September 9, 2009

Climate change talks ‘in danger’, warns David Miliband

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

Hopes of a global deal to tackle climate change have receded after David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said there was a “real danger” that a UN summit in Copenhagen in December would fail to produce an effective treaty on cutting greenhouse gases.

He said that the world was facing a bleak future in which climate change would cause mass migration and conflict in many regions over declining supplies of food, water and other resources. Suspicion between rich and poor countries was hampering progress towards a deal and other problems, such as the recession, were clouding the agenda.

Speaking before making visits that will take him around Europe in a diplomatic push to raise the issue of climate change, he said that a failure to cut emissions could lead to global temperature rises of 4C.

The world’s leading economies agreed in July that they should try to limit temperature increases to 2C above pre-industrial levels but they were silent on how they would achieve this.

China, India and other developing countries are refusing to accept cuts in emissions, arguing that their emissions per capita are much lower than in the developed world and will remain lower for decades.

Mr Miliband said: “The deal the world needs in Copenhagen is now in the balance. There’s a real danger the talks scheduled for December will not reach a positive outcome and an equal danger in the run-up to Copenhagen that people don’t wake up to the danger of failure until it’s too late.”...

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

One of Earth's self regulation mechanisms

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From the Guardian, I think.

In the chilly waters of the Barents Sea, off the north-western corner of Russia, the ocean switched on its carbon dioxide vacuum during August: a giant bloom of single-celled, plant-like organisms called phytoplankton. During these blooms, which can cover thousands of square kilometres of the surface of the ocean, a litre of seawater may contain a billion or more phytoplankton cells, each one a microscopic chemical factory that vacuums carbon dioxide out of the surrounding seawater and uses photosynthesis to turn it into stored chemical energy. The milky-blue colour that dominates the bloom suggests that it contains large numbers of coccolithophores, phytoplankton that arm themselves with tiny calcium carbonate (chalk) scales. Chlorophyll and other light-harvesting pigments from other species of phytoplankton can add darker blues, greens, and reddish-browns to the bloom
Photograph: MODIS/NASA

Glenn Beck brings down Van Jones!

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At least according to this article. Wow! He does have influence Smiling
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Van Jones resignation: is green the only colour issue?

Barack Obama's green jobs adviser returns to grassroots campaigning after his resignation following a public mauling from Fox's Glenn Beck.

By David Roberts from Grist, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 September 2009

...On substantive grounds, the resignation is not that significant. Part of the absurdity of all this is that Jones was basically a low-level functionary. By yesterday the dimwit conservative hack Dick Morris had him "in charge of running the cap-and-trade legislation" — ignorant on too many levels to catalog—but I doubt if Jones has ever so much as been in a meeting with Obama. By all accounts he was frustrated by the difficulty of getting even the smallest things done from the bottom of a massive bureaucracy. Even if he'd had the hidden intentions Beck and his pant-wetting audience attribute to every black liberal, he couldn't have done anything about it.

But policy, reality, that's not what bottom-feeders like Beck care about. The right governed the country for eight years and ran it into a ditch. Conservatives have no plausible health care solution, no climate solution. They have nothing to offer in response to the nation's pressing problems. What they have is affect. They have the amygdala, the fight-or-flight reflex. They have deep threads of racism, fear, and resentment.

In other words, they don't care what Van Jones does, they care what he is. Beck peddles a message that's been around since America was born: They're taking your country away. They—the non-white races, the immigrants, the urbanites, the communists, the elites—are stealing the country from nice, simple white Christians. They're taking what rightfully belongs to us, to Real Americans.

This basic, gut-level fear of loss, fear of tribal obsolescence and irrelevance, is all the 25%-and-shrinking right has left. It has been overwhelmed by its most paranoid, bigoted elements. Not activists, not online petitioners, but U.S. senators and Republican thought leaders say the president wasn't born in the U.S.; that he wants to kill old people; that he is not fit to speak to school children. They are banging drums and chanting just outside the campfire circle of rational civic discourse. Their din makes it impossible to think, to plan, to govern. They can not lead, but in their twisted fear they can prevent the rest of us from going anywhere either.

Our civic immune system has grown weak. There are no filters, no longer shared standards of evidence, truth, or decency. The poison courses unhindered through the body. Nothing, no matter how factually insane or morally repugnant, can be repelled.

Like I said, Beck's more greasy huckster than true believer. He went after Jones to get revenge on Color of Change, a group Jones co-founded, for targeting his advertisers (which are dropping like flies). Rupert Murdoch will only put up with the stench as long as money's coming in.

But make no mistake, it's racial resentment that blew this story up. The worst outcome of all this is that it will validate Beck and his long history of paranoid conspiracy theories and repugnant allegations. It will be like chum in the water, almost as invigorating to the crazies as bagging Dan Rather. Much, much more ugliness will ensue, and it will become that much harder to focus on the multiple crises converging on the country.

The White House will find someone else to tend green job-training programs; Jones will go back to his much more effective role as an activist. He will do much good in the world in his life, far, far more than a pissant charlatan like Glenn Beck. But I'm not as sanguine about the direction the country is headed.

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

Monday, 7 September 2009

Maldives to miss climate summit

The president of the Maldives has said that, even though his country is under threat from climate change, he cannot afford to go to a summit on the issue.

President Mohamed Nasheed said his nation would only go to the December talks in Copenhagen if someone offered to pay for the trip.

He said the Maldives needed to be defended from the effects of global warming and rising sea levels.

But he added that the country would have to do much of the work itself.

"We can't go to Copenhagen because we don't have the money," President Nasheed told journalists.

World leaders at the summit are aiming to create a new agreement to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocal, which expires in 2012...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wor...
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David Miliband sets out to shock on global warming tour

John Vidal, environment editor
guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 September 2009

The spectre of a 4C warmer world, with alligators basking off the coast of Sweden, a vast desert surrounding the Mediterranean and a largely uninhabitable mainland Europe, is to be presented to European Union countries by the foreign secretary, David Miliband.

As part of a diplomatic push by Britain to persuade rich countries to put climate change at the top of their agendas, Miliband will address EU, French, Swedish and Danish foreign ministries in the next 48 hours.

He then travels to New York where he will meet foreign ministers from other rich countries next week to hammer out details of a major treaty on global warming ahead of UN talks in Thailand, which will conclude at a crucial summit in December in Copenhagen.

A Foreign Office spokesman said using powerful climate change imagery to concentrate official minds was justifiable because the worldwide geopolitical implications of profound climate change were so enormous. "The deal is too important to be allowed to fail and the consequences of not having a deal are too great to consider. We hope the foreign secretary's diplomatic push will concentrate minds and draw attention to the wider implications of climate change," said a spokesman...

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

Japan plans 25 per cent cut in emissions

By Jay Alabaster, Associated Press

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Japan's Prime Minister-elect says his government will follow through on a campaign pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020. It is a more aggressive goal than the previous administration's, which would have cut emissions by only 8 per cent from 1990 levels.

The reduction, which will be measured from 1990 levels, was immediately hailed by environmentalists, who are watching target proposals closely ahead of a major international climate conference in December. Prime Minister Taro Aso's current plan was to cut emissions by about 8 per cent.

"Japan's change in government will bring a major shift to our climate change policies, through international negotiations for the future of human society, and I want to begin in a way that is said to have made a major contribution," said Yukio Hatoyama, who is widely expected to be named prime minister next week when parliament meets to choose Aso's successor.

Hatoyama leads the Democratic Party of Japan, which won last month's elections in a landslide, pushing Aso's party from power for only the second time in more than 50 years. Hatoyama said Japan would adopt the 25-per cent goal, which was one of the Democrats' campaign pledges, in a speech at an environmental forum in Tokyo.

The pledge comes ahead of a United Nations conference in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where world leaders hope to forge a new agreement to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, set to expire in 2012.

In the run-up to the conference, proposed levels of greenhouse gas reductions have been a major point of contention, pitting environmentalists who say drastic cuts are needed against business leaders who are wary of increased costs...

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

Windfarms? We might as well use hamsters on treadmills
By Peter Hitchens
07th September 2009

A weird and irrational cult has us in its grip. If the Mormons or the Moonies started taking over the BBC and the Government, which then harangued and persecuted us into wearing funny underwear or getting married in mass ceremonies, we would – I hope – rise in revolt.

But the ‘Man-made Climate Change’ fanatics are applauded and praised, even as they force us to abandon perfectly sensible electric lights, and instead subject ourselves to strange, flickering substitutes, simultaneously worse and more costly than the ones they replace.

There is worse to come. The same people wish to compel us to rely for our power on windmills, million upon million of them, as if we had never discovered more efficient and reliable ways of generating electricity.
And they are succeeding. Few areas in Britain are now unthreatened by deranged projects to install intrusive, gigantic wind-farms on prominent sites.

This must be one of the first instances of a civilisation voluntarily and consciously going backwards. We might as well rely for our economic and industrial future on tens of millions of hamsters pattering frantically round treadmills. Hamsters only do this by night. Windmills only make electricity when it is windy. See the problem?

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James Pethokoukis on Van Jones and 'Green' Jobs

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James Pethokoukis (formerly of U.S. News and World Report, now writing for Reuters) continues to show why he's one of America's best columnists:

"James Pethokoukis tweeted: "having a truther in charge of green jobs is a good fit... you need a certain willing suspension of disbelief for both"

[Hat Tip NRO Stephen Spruiell of NRO]

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Maybe religion is the answer claims atheist scientist

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You couldn't make this stuff up!
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Daily Telegraph

Maybe religion is the answer claims atheist scientist

The world may have to turn to God to save itself from climate change, claims one of Britain’s most eminent scientists.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
07 Sep 2009

Lord May, the president of the British Science Association, said religion may have helped protect human society from itself in the past and it may be needed again.

Speaking on the eve of the association’s annual conference, the committed atheist said he was worried the world was on a “calamitous trajectory” brought on by its failure to co-ordinate measures against global warming.

He said that no country was prepared to take the lead and a “punisher” was needed to make sure the rules of co-operation were not broken.

The former Government chief scientific advisor said in the past that was God and it might be time again for religion to fill the gap.

“Maybe religion is needed,” said Lord May, who was brought up a Scottish Presbyterian but went through an "inverse epiphany" at the age of 11.

“A supernatural punisher maybe part of the solution.”

He said in the past a belief in a god, or gods, that punish the unrighteous may have been part of the mechanism of evolution that maintains co-operation in a dog-eat-dog world.

Having a god as the ultimate punisher was possibly a logical step for a society to take, he added.

"Given that punishment is a useful mechanism, how much more effective it would be if you invested that power not in an individual you don't like, but an all-seeing, all powerful deity that controls the world," he said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/jou...
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From The Times
September 7, 2009

Mayor of Moscow announces plan to put a freeze on snow in the city

Tony Halpin in Moscow

It defeated Napoleon and Hitler, but the legendary Russian winter is facing a formidable new challenge from the Mayor of Moscow, who wants to stop it from snowing.

Yuri Luzhkov has said that snow should be banished from Moscow in winter to save money and improve life in the city. He claimed that farmers outside the capital would enjoy more abundant harvests if his cloud-seeding programme was adopted.

Mr Luzhkov noted that city authorities already used such techniques to break up rain clouds and guarantee good weather on important public holidays, such as the annual May 9 parade celebrating victory in the Second World War. “Why don’t we keep this snow outside the Moscow city limits?” he said. “For the countryside, this means more moisture and bigger harvests. And for us, less snow.”

A snowless Moscow would be hard to imagine for anyone raised on romantic images of fur-clad Russians in winter-white landscapes. Mr Luzhkov, however, has had a habit of getting his way in Moscow as mayor since 1992...

Winter in Moscow typically lasts from October to March, although recent years have seen unusually mild weather which some have blamed on global warming. A sudden snowfall in October 2007 caught the authorities by surprise and resulted in 3,200 car accidents in two days.

Clouds were seeded after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986 to protect Moscow and other cities from radioactive fallout. Afterwards people around the city of Gomel in Belarus reported heavy black rain, which was kept secret for two decades amid allegations that residents suffered radiation poisoning.

Chinese authorities used cloud seeding to ensure a sunny day for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing last year, but the technology is not perfect. Vladimir Putin told world leaders that Russia had seeded the clouds ahead of the G8 summit in St Petersburg in 2006 to ensure fine weather. It poured with rain.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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From The Times
September 7, 2009

Scientist Lord May attacks BBC’s rejection of Planet Relief day

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

The BBC gave in to a “ludicrous” concern about impartiality when it dropped a day of programmes intended to raise awareness about energy efficiency and climate change, one of Britain’s most senior scientists says.

Lord May of Oxford, a former President of the Royal Society and Government chief scientist, said that the BBC had failed in its public service remit by withdrawing from last year’s Energy Saving Day (E-Day).

The BBC had originally planned to support the initiative to encourage energy conservation by staging Planet Relief, a comedy event modelled on Red Nose Day. It dropped out of the project, however, after a report that raised concerns about taking sides on environmental issues and poor ratings for the Live Earth concert of 2007.

E-Day was eventually staged independently last January, without BBC support, but made little public impact. The floodlights of St Paul’s Cathedral in London were turned off to open the event, but it had no effect at all on Britain’s energy consumption...

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

September 06, 2009

Making it up in global warming theory
By James Lewis

Science Magazine has good news for global warming crowd: The Hockey Stick is back! It was shown to be a fraud before, but now -- Shazam! It's back!

Gee it's hot today. But... compared to what? That's the big question in the global warming game. The best ways of measuring world temps is with satellites and weather balloons, using space-age electronics. Which didn't exist until recently. So if it seems hotter today, we have to guess at the historic baseline for the last 2,000 years.

Or rather, we end up using "baseline surrogates." Like Arctic ice cores, tree rings, and such. Politicians do it all the time with job figures and the economy. Look how many jobs we didn't lose this quarter! It could have been a lot worse! They just make up a low baseline for comparison. Kids do the same thing when they come home with a bad report card. It could have been a lot worse, Mom!

Now the trouble with "surrogate baselines" for anything in science is that it takes a long time to figure out what they really mean. Is your cholesterol level really a good "baseline surrogate" for your chances of blowing a gasket down the line? Turns out it isn't that good. You can have low cholesterol and run into trouble in middle age, or high cholesterol and live to a ripe old age. With longitudinal measures (over long periods of time) we usually find out how good they are after a long time passes, to check the surrogate against real data. Until then we are just speculating. A huge amount of scientific debate is precisely about that question. It goes on all the time. It's only in the warming game that temperature surrogates are accepted without question. If they are low enough, so we can "prove" that things have gotten hot, hot...

http://www.americanthinker.com...
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‘That one looks like a plume of toxic fumes, that one looks like a melting ice cap, and that one looks like a dead polar bear!’

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Drax coal train hijackers sentenced

Judge orders fines, unpaid work and conditional discharges for group of activists including senior lecturer, teachers and preacher

Helen Carter
guardian.co.uk, Friday 4 September 2009

Environmental protesters who hijacked a freight train carrying coal to one of Europe's largest power stations were today sentenced to community service and ordered to pay costs and compensation to Network Rail.

The group had taken part in a non-violent protest against climate change at the giant Drax power station near Selby, north Yorkshire, in June last year when they halted a train carrying 1,000 tonnes of coal.

Twenty nine people were convicted in July following a four-day jury trial at Leeds crown court. Today, at the same court, Judge James Spencer QC, ordered five, who had previous convictions, to do 60 hours unpaid work and three were ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and £500 compensation to Network Rail. The judge said the loss to the company had been almost £37,000. Twenty one members of the group were given conditional discharges for 12 months.

Judge Spencer told them: "You were involved in an elaborate plan to interfere with other people going about their lawful business. Each one of you were involved in this scheme to disrupt the influx of coal to Drax power station." He said they did it by criminal means.

The campaigners had hoped to repeat the Kingsnorth Six judgment a year ago, when activists who defaced a power station chimney were acquitted by a jury in Kent, after arguing that their act was necessary to prevent the greater crime represented by carbon pollution. But in the Drax case, the trial judge refused to admit similar arguments...

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

Arctic ice proves to be slippery stuff

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Daily Telegraph

Arctic ice proves to be slippery stuff

The extent of the sea-ice is now half a million square kilometres more than it was this time last year, says Christopher Booker.

05 Sep 2009

BBC viewers were treated last week to the bizarre spectacle of Mr Ban
Ki-moon standing on an Arctic ice-floe making a series of statements so laughable that it was hard to believe such a man can be Secretary-General of the UN. Thanks to global warming, he claimed, "100 billion tons" of polar ice are melting each year, so that within 30 years the Arctic could be "ice-free". This was supported by a WWF claim that the ice is melting so fast that, by 2100, sea-levels could rise by 1.2 metres (four feet), which would lead to "floods affecting a quarter of the world".

Everything about this oft-repeated item was propaganda of the silliest kind. Standing 700 miles from the Pole, as near as the stubbornly present ice would allow his ship to go, Mr Ban seemed unaware that, although some 10 million square kilometres (3.8 million square miles) of sea-ice melts each summer, each September the Arctic starts to freeze again. And the extent of the ice now is 500,000 sq km (190,000 sq m) greater than it was this time last year – which was, in turn, 500,000 sq km more than in September 2007, the lowest point recently recorded (see the Cryosphere Today website). By April, after months of darkness, it will be back up to 14 million sq km (5.4 million sq m) or more.

Mr Ban seems equally unaware that, even if all that sea-ice were to melt, this would no more raise sea-levels than a cube of ice melting in a gin and tonic increases the volume of liquid in the glass. If he is relying for his "100 billion tons" on land ice melting in Antarctica and Greenland, he should note that much of their ice sheets are growing rather than shrinking. His "100 billion tons" is fantasy.

Similarly worthy of the Booker Prize for fiction was WWF's claim that sea levels might rise by four feet (twice the most extreme guess by those UN computer models), let alone the ludicrous claim that this would flood "a quarter of the world". But Mr Ban was indulging in this childish publicity stunt for the same reason the BBC, the Royal Society and others have lately been banging on about various mad schemes for "climate engineering", such as putting up vast mirrors in space to keep out the sun's rays or lining our motorways with artificial trees to suck deadly CO2 out of the air, to be taken away and buried in holes in the ground.

Why are they all going off their heads like this, in emulation of the "projector" that Gulliver met on his travels, in the Academy of Lagado, who had designed a scheme for extracting sunbeams from cucumbers? It is because they are desperately trying to whip up alarm over global warming before December's planned "climate treaty" in Copenhagen, when all evidence suggests that they are not going to get the successor to the Kyoto Protocol they want...

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

World's climate could cool first, warm later

04 September 2009 by Fred Pearce, Geneva

Forecasts of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. One of the world's top climate modellers said Thursday we could be about to enter "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.

"People will say this is global warming disappearing," he told more than 1500 of the world's top climate scientists gathering in Geneva at the UN's World Climate Conference.

"I am not one of the sceptics," insisted Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University, Germany. "However, we have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it."

Few climate scientists go as far as Latif, an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But more and more agree that the short-term prognosis for climate change is much less certain than once thought...

http://www.newscientist.com/ar...
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Climate change: melting ice will trigger wave of natural disasters

Scientists at a London conference next week will warn of earthquakes, avalanches and volcanic eruptions as the atmosphere heats up and geology is altered. Even Britain could face being struck by tsunamis

Robin McKie
The Observer, Sunday 6 September 2009

Scientists are to outline dramatic evidence that global warming threatens the planet in a new and unexpected way – by triggering earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and volcanic eruptions.

Reports by international groups of researchers – to be presented at a London conference next week – will show that climate change, caused by rising outputs of carbon dioxide from vehicles, factories and power stations, will not only affect the atmosphere and the sea but will alter the geology of the Earth.

Melting glaciers will set off avalanches, floods and mud flows in the Alps and other mountain ranges; torrential rainfall in the UK is likely to cause widespread erosion; while disappearing Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets threaten to let loose underwater landslides, triggering tsunamis that could even strike the seas around Britain.

At the same time the disappearance of ice caps will change the pressures acting on the Earth's crust and set off volcanic eruptions across the globe. Life on Earth faces a warm future – and a fiery one.

"Not only are the oceans and atmosphere conspiring against us, bringing baking temperatures, more powerful storms and floods, but the crust beneath our feet seems likely to join in too," said Professor Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, at University College London (UCL)...

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

The inconvenient truth about ozone-puncturing Two Jags

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Daily Mail

The inconvenient truth about ozone-puncturing Two Jags

By Richard Littlejohn
05th September 2009

The preposterous figure of Two Jags has apparently been reincarnated as something called the Council of Europe’s ‘rapporteur’ on climate change. That’s a new one on me. Wasn’t the dwarf in Time Bandits called Rapporteur?

I’ve no idea what a rapporteur does, but I would imagine it involves a lot of first-class air travel, five-star hotels and lobster suppers. There’s probably a bird thrown in, too.

Two Jags is flying to China this week to deliver a lecture on global warming. That’s right, he’s jetting halfway round the world and back to talk about the need to cut carbon emissions.

Don’t these people have any idea how ridiculous they are?

What astonishes me is that anyone, especially in my trade, takes him seriously. Two Jags is a circus act. Come to think of it, the dwarf in Time Bandits had considerably more gravitas than Prescott.

Yet, in some quarters, he’s treated as a proper person. Yesterday’s Independent carried an interview with Two Jags, in which he announced that Europe’s target of cutting emissions by 80 per cent was nowhere near tough enough. The paper even ran an editorial praising Prescott’s authenticity.

The only thing authentic about this old fraud is his ocean-going, ozone-puncturing hypocrisy and self-importance.

I didn’t christen him Two Jags without reason. This was the man who insisted on having not one, but two ‘gas guzzling’ limousines...

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From Times Online
September 4, 2009

Worst climate change offenders to escape effects, report claims

Countries which are contributing most to climate change, including Britain, will be shielded from its worst effects, according to a study which ranks nations according to their vulnerability to global warming.

The poorest countries, including most of Africa and much of south Asia, face “extreme risk” from climate change despite having very low greenhouse gas emissions.

Countries with the highest emissions are the least vulnerable, largely because they will be able to use their wealth to mitigate the impacts...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Labour failure on climate change a 'political crime', says Green leader

Caroline Lucas tells party conference that 300,000 people a year are dying because of global warming

Andrew Sparrow, senior political correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 4 September 2009

Labour's failure to properly address the problem of climate change is "nothing less than a political crime", Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green party, said today.

Addressing her party's annual conference, Lucas said 300,000 people were dying every year as a result of global warming and the main political parties had failed to show "real political leadership" on the issue.

She also insisted the Green party was growing as a political force and that Britain's "wholly dysfunctional" political system needed fundamental reform.

Lucas, one of the party's two MEPs, said Greens were the only politicians who were being "honest" with the public about the scale of the threat posed by global warming.

"As the vital Copenhagen climate summit draws closer, it's clear that the current level of ambition will not deliver anything like the speed and scale of the emission cuts that we so urgently need," she said, referring to the international conference taking place in December...

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

Bears Repeating

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Though hypocrisy is the least of the sins of the Left (they're the most dangerous when they're the most sincere), this bears repeating:

"So will the same people on the Left who’ve been getting so hot under the collar about the health care town halls condemn these kind of attacks on those who dare to challenge the global warming orthodoxy? I wouldn’t advise you to hold your breath."

The Left will stop at absolutely nothing to transform America (and every other country that has a vestige of freedom left) into Sweden, then Venezuela, on the way to becoming Mussolini's Italy. Stop them over the next 20 years with words, and it won't be necessary to stop them with guns in 40.

'Mother nature in tears'

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Marine photographer, environmental lecturer and skilled Photoshop artist, Michael Nolan, bends pixels for a good cause.

A hoax perpetuating a hoax.

Al Gore's filmmaker foes branded 'Hitler's henchmen'

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Daily Telegraph

Al Gore's filmmaker foes branded 'Hitler's henchmen' by environmentalists

By Toby Harnden
September 3rd, 2009

...But some friends of mine from Ireland, Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, whose film Not Evil Just Wrong is due to premiere next month, have been subjected to a slew of death threats and instances of disgusting abuse from the environmental Left. One commenter branded them “Hitler’s Henchmen”.

Their crime? Their film dares to challenge the conventional wisdom about global warming - they prefer to call it “global warming hysteria” - and take on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Rather than try to rebut the arguments of the couple, it seems, their opponents want to shut down any debate.

One environmentalist sent McAleer and McElhinney an e-mail describing them as “stinking, selfish, sociopathic fascists” and expressed a desire for them to be executed.

“It is one of my fondest hopes that whatever remnants of human civilization exists at the end of this catastrophe is able to put people like you on trial for crimes against humanity and give you the same treatment Hitler’s henchmen got at Nurnberg a long drop at the end of a short rope,” the email stated.

A commenter on YouTube wished that McAleer and McElhinney’s children be born handicapped because they were not campaigning against “pollution”. The most vitriolic comments have been deleted by You Tube.

McAleer said he was disappointed by the taking down of the comments. “We wanted to keep the comments so that people could see for themselves the hate being directed at those who dare to ask questions about liberal orthodoxy.”

The couple have been called “hillbillies,” “rednecks,” “zombies,” “dimwits,” “brainwashed idiots,” “muppets” and “slaves to greedy elitists”.

One commenter suggested a tactic for discrediting the couple, writing: “Slander them as tools of big oil/coal. Insinuate they’re on a par with Holocaust deniers.”

So will the same people on the Left who’ve been getting so hot under the collar about the health care town halls condemn these kind of attacks on those who dare to challenge the global warming orthodoxy? I wouldn’t advise you to hold your breath.

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Miliband's new mayor poo-poos global warming 'scam'

Mayor Peter Davies has urged local residents to halt plans for wind farms 'blocking out sunlight' and encourages driving as we are 'in the age of the car'

Allegra Stratton, Political correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 3 September 2009

The newly elected mayor of Doncaster has described global warming as a "scam", posing a direct challenge to the town's MP, climate change cabinet minister Ed Miliband.

While Miliband pursued international diplomacy in India, ahead of December's crucial climate change summit in Copenhagen, mayor Peter Davies urged local residents to use the law to halt the building of wind farms whose effects he said included "blocking of sunlight". On hearing of Davies's intervention, Miliband replied immediately on Twitter: "Disgrace given the science and the scale of the threat."

Davies's comments came in a statement issued earlier this week making clear to voters where he stood on forthcoming plans to erect wind farms in the Doncaster region. Davies, who represents the English democrat party, made clear neither he nor his council had a role in the decision-making process but said; "These [wind farm] developments have little or no benefit in terms of contributing to decreased energy consumption, nor do they have any beneficial effect on the planet's climate in response to the great global warming scam."

Davies went on: "I would certainly not want one of these monstrosities anywhere near my property, nor do I want to see them blotting the landscape of the English countryside and waterways and causing grief and concern to local people in terms of noise and the blocking of sunlight.

"I therefore urge the public to oppose these developments through legal means provided so that good old-fashioned English justice and common sense may prevail."

Davies was elected in June with 25,344 votes as mayor and his cabinet oversees the carbon intensive portfolio of transport. In a recent newspaper interview he suggested he wanted to encourage car use within Doncaster, saying it would boost business. "Like it or not," he told the Daily Mail, "we live in the age of the car".

Under his stewardship, Doncaster council has announced plans for more parking spaces and a review of bus-only routes. Doncaster's town centre is currently pedestrianised.

Since entering office he has cut his own salary by 60% from £73,000 to £30,000; given up the use of a chauffeured mayoral car and abolished the council's free newspaper...

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

Wednesday 12 August 2009

Rob Lyons

Copenhagen climate deal would be no fairytale
Until we have new technology in place, we can either cut greenhouse gas emissions or tackle poverty — but not both.

‘It’s just an outrage that countries cannot live up to their responsibilities. We’re all parties to this convention, including the developed countries.’

If the reaction of one delegate from the Philippines, Bernaditas de Castro-Mueller, is anything to go by, it sounds like there is little to cheer for climate change negotiators gathered in Bonn, Germany this week. The meeting is the latest session of talks building towards a replacement for the Kyoto protocol, which is due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December. Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is organising the talks, told the BBC: ‘You’re looking at hugely divergent interests, very little time remaining, a complicated document on the table and still a lot of progress to be made on some very important issues like finance.’

No doubt, some kind of agreement will be signed in Copenhagen, even if it is simply to carry on talking, but the notion of an effective, binding deal to substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next few decades seems an awfully long way away. Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth, that may be no bad thing. The idea of bringing down GHG emissions, without the technological means to do so, is coming up against the very rational desire to improve living standards.

The first thing to note is the relative failure of the Kyoto protocol itself. In more than half of all industrialised countries, GHG emissions have increased since 1990. Germany and the UK have seen substantial falls in emissions (at least, as measured by the treaty). The UK’s emissions reductions are largely due to a shift from coal-fired to gas-fired power stations, and much of the fall occurred before Kyoto was signed.

The ‘saving grace’ is the utter collapse of the economies of Eastern Europe and Russia after the end of Stalinist rule there. The result has been huge reductions in emissions as great swathes of heavily polluting industry have been wiped out. Kyoto just about succeeded in its own, narrow terms, but due to one-off, entirely coincidental changes rather than anything to do with the treaty itself.

There is no prospect of a repeat of such convenient coincidences. Between 2000 and 2006, emissions from developing countries rose by 2.3 per cent, while those from developed nations rose by 10 per cent. On Monday, a Germany renewable energy institute reported that global emissions rose by about two per cent in 2008. And with China and India playing a bigger role in the world economy, we can expect global emissions to keep on rising unless there is a strong agreement to prevent this...

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WSJ

Terms of 'Endangerment'

The EPA's anti-carbon rule is an admission that CO2 limits hurt the economy.

Cap and trade may be flopping around like a dying fish in Congress, but the Obama Administration isn't about to let the annoyance of democratic consent interfere with its climate ambitions. Almost as bad is the new evidence that it understands how damaging its carbon regulations and taxes will be and is pressing ahead anyway.

The White House is currently reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency's April "endangerment finding" that as a matter of law CO2 is a pollutant that threatens the public's health and must therefore be subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. Such a rulemaking would let the EPA impose the ossified command-and-control regulatory approach of the 1970s across the entire economy, even if Democrats never get around to passing a cap-and-tax bill.

Yet a curious twist is buried in the EPA's draft rule. The trade press is reporting that the agency thinks it enjoys the discretion to target the new rules only to major industrial sources of carbon emissions, such as power plants, refineries, factories and the like. This so-called "tailoring rule" essentially rewrites clear statutory language of the Clean Air Act by bureaucratic decree.

Because the act was never written to apply to today's climate neuroses, clean-air regulation is based on an extremely low threshold for CO2 emissions that will automatically transfer hundreds of thousands of businesses into the EPA's ambit. The agency is required to regulate sources that emit more than 250 tons of a given air pollutant annually, which may be reasonable for conventional pollutants like NOX or SOX...

http://online.wsj.com/article/...

It IS Starkers ...

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... and it behoves all of us who know it to say so, unambiguously, unapologetically and uncompromisingly. That way we might succeed. With weasel words we shall assuredly fail.

Icecap photo shows 'mother nature in tears'

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Daily Telegraph

Icecap photo shows 'mother nature in tears'

A photograph of a shrinking icecap that looks like 'mother nature in tears' is set to become a stark image of the dangers of global warming.


A crying face is revealed in an ice cap located on Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
02 Sep 2009

Marine photographer and environmental lecturer Michael Nolan captured the pictures while on an annual voyage to observe the largest icecap in Norway Austfonna on July 16.

He said the image looked just like mother nature in tears, "as if she was crying about our inability to reduce global warming".

'Tears' in the natural sculpture were created by a waterfall of glacial water falling from one of the face's 'eyes'.

Mr Nolan has visited Norway's largest the icecap on the island of Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago for several years...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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From The Times
September 1, 2009

Climate change activists storm the Royal Bank of Scotland in the City

Fiona Hamilton

Climate change demonstrators chained themselves to the doors of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the City of London yesterday. Other activists stormed the trading floor of the bank in Bishopsgate, gluing themselves together and disrupting business for more than two hours.

The group was protesting against carbon trading and the bank’s investment in fossil fuels. Several more protesters, affiliated with the Climate Camp, chained themselves to the bank’s front doors in an attempt to blockade the building. The intrusion caused significant disruption, with RBS staff locked into the building for the morning. Client meetings were cancelled and many bankers stopped trading to watch the protest.

A section of the trading floor was cleared around the intruders.The demonstrations, just after 8am, formed part of protests around the City in which BP and Shell were also affected. Protesters removed the “S” from Shell’s headquarters, leaving it reading “hell”.The seven activists who entered the RBS building used superglue to attach themselves together before one of them was glued to a plasma television. They were eventually removed by police who used solvents to remove the glue.

Oscar Cooper, 19, one of the intruders, told The Times that it was “incredibly easy” to gain access to the bank.The arts student said: “There was just one security guard who yelled ‘come back here’. We ran to the second floor and I saw a door which needed a pin code for entry. I gave it a go though and it opened. We were on the trading floor.”

He said that the protesters received a mixed reception. Some bankers debated environmental issues with them while one worker threw chocolate money at the group. “He was saying, ‘that’s where your money goes’, as he threw the chocolates at us. It was quite upsetting really.”...

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

Prescott: cutting emissions by 80% will not be enough

Warning by former minister who helped broker Kyoto Protocol

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Europe's climate targets of cutting carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 may not be tough enough to get developing countries into a worldwide global warming deal, John Prescott has warned.

In an interview with The Independent, the former Deputy Prime Minister, who brokered the current climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, said a 90 per cent cut might be needed in order to secure an agreement at December's UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Countries such as India are likely to ask rich Western countries to cut back on atmospheric CO2 still further so that developing countries can continue to expand their economies and pull more of their people out of poverty, said Mr Prescott, who has taken on an influential new role as the rapporteur on climate change for the Council of Europe.

They believe the developed world has done most to pollute the atmosphere, and so developed countries should do most to clean it up, Mr Prescott said – adding that he thought the European Union targets might have to be toughened to a 40 per cent interim cut by 2020 and a 90 per cent cut by 2050. Otherwise, he said, India, China and other developing countries would not agree to cut their own emissions in a new climate treaty...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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India will be key player at Copenhagen conference, says Miliband

Climate change secretary praises India's renewable targets and 'big ambitions', cementing cordial relations between the countries

Randeep Ramesh in Delhi
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 2 September 2009

Ed Miliband, Britain's climate change secretary, hailed India as a potential "deal maker" in the forthcoming talks in Copenhagen for an international treaty to tackle global warming, stating that the country would not face targets to cut its emissions in the near future because it "took climate change seriously".

The UK's "softly-softly" approach has won plaudits in India, and contrasts with that of US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, whose visit in July resulted in a spat with environment minister Indian environment minister Jairam Ramesh. India has categorically ruled out greenhouse gas cuts, arguing that rich nations caused the problem and must not deny Indians the opportunity to grow out of poverty...

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

Oz Prof. Bob Carter contributes again for this article

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The Science of Global Warming: Saving the World or Hunting for Ghosts?

September 03, 2009

By Larrey Anderson
“If we wanted to know how to cure a sick cow we could ask the scientist known as a veterinarian. The veterinarian has studied the biology, physiology, anatomy, etc., of animals and could probably help us with our sick cow.

Veterinarians know about cows and cow diseases. Vets can back up their knowledge with thousands of experiments and the accumulation of mountains of incontrovertible data.

On the other hand, there are people who pretend to be scientists and pretend to have explanations for how certain things work -- things that either don't exist or aren't anything like the phenomena that the pretend scientist claims that the things are.”

From American Thinker
Larrey Anderson is a writer, a philosopher, and submissions editor for American Thinker. He is the author of The Order of the Beloved, and the new memoir, Underground: Life and Survival in the Russian Black Market.

"completely starkers"

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Jeff Perren:

"Sometimes it truly is difficult not to conclude that the world has gone completely starkers."

That's how I feel, too, dismayingly often -- and that the sheer magnitude and extent of the insanity is overwhelming (not just on the AGWA front, though that's the arena where I'm most immediately and daily aware of the amount of craziness going on).

Ellen

The Sound of Shoes Dropping

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"...despite the potential side-effects, should be explored with a view to holding trials.

They called for a £100 million annual global research fund" Ten years after to be upped to £1 trillion, no doubt.

Well, knock me over with a feather. "There a problem of crisis proportions! Just sign the check for that grant money and we'll get right on it!"

Trans-effing-parent. Sometimes it truly is difficult not to conclude that the world has gone completely starkers.

17 years ago...

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Time Magazine was letting the cat out of the redistributive bag, when it accurately named the Rio Earth Summit

http://www.time.com/time/magaz...

After the flagship for communism tubed in the late 80s, it was time to start a new front for the same old same old...

And, here we are, seventeen years after the Rio Earth Summit, still politely pretending that we don't know what this remarketing/rebranding effort is about.

regards,
Fred

Royal Society warns climate engineering 'could cause disaster'

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From The Times

September 2, 2009

Royal Society warns climate engineering 'could cause disaster'

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

Giant engineering schemes to reflect sunlight or suck carbon dioxide from the air could be the only way to save the Earth from runaway global warming, according to a group of leading scientists. But they say that these schemes could have their own catastrophic consequences, such as disrupting rainfall patterns, and should be deployed only as a last resort if attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fail.

The Royal Society, a fellowship of 1,400 of the world’s most eminent scientists, published a report yesterday on the feasibility and possible dangers of technologies for cooling down the Earth, known as geoengineering. The ideas include artificial trees that draw CO2 from the air and mimicking volcanoes by spraying sulphate particles a few miles above the Earth to deflect the Sun’s rays. The most far-fetched would be to launch trillions of small mirrors into space to act as a sunshield.

A far cheaper solution would be a fleet of 1,500 ships that would suck up seawater and spray it out of tall funnels to create sun-reflecting clouds. However, the report said that these clouds could disrupt rainfall patterns and result in mass starvation in countries dependent on the monsoon.

The panel of 12 scientists who produced the report concluded that all these approaches were theoretically possible and, despite the potential side-effects, should be explored with a view to holding trials.

They called for a £100 million annual global research fund to study geoengineering technologies and said that Britain should contribute £10 million a year, ten times the amount being spent now on such research...

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

Two-thirds of Britons admit to 'not doing enough' to protect environment

Almost two thirds of Britons admit they are not doing enough to protect the environment despite agreeing that climate change is a threat, according to a poll.

By Lucy Cockcroft
02 Sep 2009

The survey found that 61 per cent of people said they could do more to help stop environmental damage, and 85 per cent believed climate change is, or will be, a threat.

Only 32 per cent said they already did enough to combat the process.

Most of those asked agreed that individuals should be expected to take action such as fitting low energy light bulbs (85 per cent) or turning down their heating (86 per cent).

Only 23 per cent said that climate change is not caused by man, with 71 per cent accepting human activity is the main cause.

However, just over half (52 per cent) said climate change would take place regardless of what individuals do, with 46 per cent believing they could make a difference.

The poll, carried out by The Guardian, was published to coincide with the launch of the 10:10 campaign, which aims to encourage individuals and organisations to cut carbon emissions by 10 per cent during 2010...

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

Global warming and the sun

Recent studies seem to show that there's more to climate change than we know.
By Jonah Goldberg

September 1, 2009

Assuming there are no sunspots today, a 96-year record will have been broken: 53 days without any solar blemishes, giant magnetic disruptions on the sun's surface that cause solar flares. That would be the fourth-longest stretch of stellar solar complexion since 1849. Wait, it gets even more exciting.

During what scientist call the Maunder Minimum -- a period of solar inactivity from 1645 to 1715 -- the world experienced the worst of the cold streak dubbed the Little Ice Age. At Christmastime, Londoners ice skated on the Thames, and New Yorkers (then New Amsterdamers) sometimes walked over the Hudson from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Of course, it could have been a coincidence. The Little Ice Age began before the onset of the Maunder Minimum. Many scientists think volcanic activity was a more likely, or at least a more significant, culprit. Or perhaps the big chill was, in the words of scientist Alan Cutler, writing in the Washington Post in 1997, a "one-two punch from a dimmer sun and a dustier atmosphere."

Well, we just might find out. A new study in the American Geophysical Union's journal Eos suggests that we may be heading into another quiet phase similar to the Maunder Minimum.

Meanwhile, the journal Science reports that a study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, has finally figured out why increased sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather, increasing temperatures more than the increase in solar energy should explain. Apparently, sunspots heat the stratosphere, which in turn amplifies the warming of the climate.

Scientists have known for centuries that sunspots affected the climate; they just never understood how. Now, allegedly, the mystery has been solved.

Last month, in another study, also released in Science, Oregon state researchers claimed to settle the debate over what caused and ended the last Ice Age. Increased solar radiation coming from slight changes in the Earth's rotation, not greenhouse gas levels, were to blame.

What is the significance of all this? To say I have no idea is quite an understatement, but it will have to do.

Nonetheless, what I find interesting is the eagerness of the authors and the media to make it very clear that this doesn't have any particular significance for the debate over climate change...

http://www.latimes.com/news/op...
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Quadrant Magazine

A policy to hurt Australia
by Cory Bernardi

August 31, 2009

Just for a moment, suspend any semblance of critical thought and accept the cataclysmic version of anthropogenic climate change advanced by the likes of Penny Wong, Tim Flannery and Al Gore.

Ignore too, the tens of thousands of scientists who disagree with the political agenda of the IPCC and just accept the claims of those who have made increasingly alarmist predictions, yet have been proved wrong time and time again.

As you lie awake at night worried by the mere thought of ocean front land in Wagga Wagga, you realise that something needs to be done before it is too late. Australia needs to act now and introduce an emissions trading scheme because climate change is "the greatest moral issue of our time."

As an acquiescent disciple of the new religion, to save the planet you concoct a scheme that will tax every business and every family in the country. Sure, it will raise the cost of food, electricity, construction and transport but that is a price you are prepared for others to pay. You condemn any opponents of your plan as sceptics and heretics, while trying to convince the community that it won't hurt them too much.

In fact, so desperate are you to facilitate the introduction of your multi-billion dollar wealth redistribution system, that you promise to compensate some of those affected by more than it is going to cost them. Surely everyone can see the sense in taking from the wealthy and giving to those who pollute just as much but aren't as well off. Just think of it as spreading the socialist love to save the planet...

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blo...

Irony

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"John Kerry has written an op-ed for the Huffington Post comparing the inaction in response to a heating planet to the inaction of President Bush before September 11th."

That's rich, considering that he and his buddies wanted to stop Pres. Bush's actions after 9/11.

ACT PARTY OPPOSES NEW ZEALAND EMISSIONS TRADING PROPOSALS

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ACT PARTY OPPOSES NEW ZEALAND EMISSIONS TRADING PROPOSALS

Posted 1 September 2009

A special Select Committee of the New Zealand Parliament set up to review emissions trading has just tabled its report, commencing with Recommendation No 1: "We recommend that the IPCC assessment, its projections, and the findings of the Fourth Assessment Report, which represent a consensus on the scientific evidence, underpin New Zealand’s future international policy negotiations. We note that there are some uncertainties in the science and these are not yet adequately included in the models. However, we do not consider that these uncertainties undermine the main conclusions of the IPCC, or that they should be a reason to delay action by the international community, particularly as recent scientific analysis of actual trends strongly suggests that the worst-case IPCC projections are already being realised. (Opposed by the ACT New Zealand Party)...

ACT New Zealand Party minority view

The Emissions Trading Scheme Review Committee was set up with terms of reference to
examine 10 specific aspects of this policy issue and report to the House accordingly.
The essence of the matter is that New Zealanders are being asked to cut their incomes
on the grounds that “science” has proven beyond reasonable doubt that future humaninduced
climate change is likely to be dangerous; that cutting greenhouse gas emissions is
the best human response to this problem; and that an ETS is the most efficient way to
reduce net emissions.

The UN IPCC asserts that the matter has been proven beyond reasonable doubt. But it
is neither impartial nor authoritative. Its charter obliges it to focus on human actions as a
source of climate change. The flaws arising from its lack of care and self-selecting and
self-referential nature have been documented by many authors and to some degree by
inquiries held by the House of Lords and the Wegman Committee report...

http://nzclimatescience.net/im...
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Daily Telegraph

Britain facing blackouts for first time since 1970s

Britain is facing the prospect of widespread power cuts for the first time since the 1970s, government projections show.

By Andrew Porter, Political Editor
31 Aug 2009


Industrial strikes 1972: workers playing cards in candlelight

Demand for power from homes and businesses will exceed supply from the national grid within eight years, according to official figures.

The shortage of supplies will hit the equivalent of many as 16 million families for at least one hour during the year, it is forecast.

Not since the early 1970s when the three-day week was introduced to preserve coal has Britain faced the prospect of reationing energy use.

The gap between Britain’s energy needs and demand throws fresh doubt on the Government’s assertion that renewable energy can make up for dwindling nuclear and coal capabilities.

Over the next 10 years, one third of Britain’s power-generating capacity needs to be replaced with cleaner fuels. But last night the Conservatives said that Labour had refused to face up to the problem.

The admission that Britain will face power-cuts is contained in a document that accompanied the Government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan, which was launched in July.

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, outlined the plan amid much fanfare.

Under the plan, 40 per cent of the UK’s electricity will need to come from low-carbon energy sources including clean coal, nuclear and renewables.

Accompanying the report is an appendix, only published online, which warns of power shortages. It details supplies and expected demand between now and 2030...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fin...
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The Independent

Climate camp protesters stage demo at Treasury

By Alan Jones, Press Association

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Climate camp activists staged a "clean-up" protest outside the Treasury yesterday. Wearing boiler suits and brandishing cleaning equipment they said they wanted to expose the Treasury's "dirty practices", including the use of taxpayers' money to fund fossil fuel extraction despite the Government claiming to be a global leader in the fight against climate change.

They held up a banner proclaiming "Climate Change Doesn't Take Holidays", and complained at the Government's majority stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland, which they claim funds carbon-intensive industries such as tar sands extraction in Canada.

"We've had enough of false solutions and false promises. We're here to expose the Government's role as a climate criminal, and the political system's failure to fight against climate change," said protester Nimsha Doshi.

The campers later headed to London City Airport for a flash mob demonstration against its expansion, which they warned would lead to an extra 50,000 plane journeys, bringing City's annual flight total to 120,000.

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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The Business Insider

John Kerry: Global Warming Is The Next 9/11

Jay Yarow|Aug. 31, 2009

John Kerry has written an op-ed for the Huffington Post comparing the inaction in response to a heating planet to the inaction of President Bush before September 11th.

Kerry reaches deep into the bag of global warming hysterics to uncork this piece, saying that the fate of the nation hinges upon the passing of some sort of climate change legislation.

It's ridiculously over the top, but we suppose it might get a few supporters all riled up and ready to fight for the bill this fall. Of course, it's so over the top that it might just turn off a bunch of people...

http://www.businessinsider.com...

Helen was a butcher....

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...but John threatens key-hole surgery, but will there be anywhere left to Hide from angry voters? Smiling

Key keen on bipartisan emissions trading scam

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"A bipartisan decision on changes to the emission trading scheme has advantages, Prime Minister John Key says.

The previous Labour government put an emissions trading scheme (ETS) into law but when National won the election it put it on hold, saying the economic costs were too high.

A special cross-party select committee, set up to review the ETS, yesterday released a report which made 34 recommendations on broad climate change policy."

Hide once said..

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RODNEY HIDE (Leader—ACT) :

"I think I will be the only person speaking in this debate who has any qualifications in environmental science. It is not that that should count, but I think it is significant for what I am about to say—that is, that the entire climate change and global warming hypothesis is a hoax, that the data and the hypothesis do not hold together, that Al Gore is a phoney and a fraud on this issue, and that the emissions trading scheme is a worldwide scam and a swindle.

Enacting this legislation will cost New Zealanders dear—that is the point of it—and it will drive up the cost of basic goods and services for New Zealanders, probably by at least $500 or $600 a year. It will put businesses in New Zealand out of business, and it will put farmers off their farms, and it will do all that for no impact on world weather, for no environmental gain, and for no conceivable advantage to New Zealand or to the world. Yes, it is bad that we are rushing this legislation through in the dying days of a teetering regime, propped up by a Minister of Foreign Affairs who is under investigation for serious and complex fraud. That is bad, but it is the impact that this legislation and this policy will have on New Zealanders that is so truly shocking."

NZ Emissions Trading Scam

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Report on Emissions Trading Scheme released (Not link to actual report)

The Government has released a report reviewing the emissions trading scheme set up by the Labour government last year.

The scheme was put on hold by National when it came to power and an emissions trading scheme (ETS) select committee was set up to review it.

Committee chair Peter Dunne today described the resulting report as a "middle road" through some "complex and contentious" material.

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The report gave the Government the mandate it needed to move forward, he said.

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"My objective throughout was to find the common ground between the parties," Mr Dunne said.

The committee had "achieved some clarity and a platform for the Government's next steps.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party has called on the government to act 'with integrity' over the introduction of an ETS.

"Labour is fairly flexible on the ways in which the scheme could be amended to achieve National's stated goals while retaining the scheme's original integrity," the party's Climate Change spokesperson Charles Chauvel said.

ETS report not welcomed by farmers

Federated Farmers has not welcomed the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Review Committee’s report, as it still recommends the inclusion of the agricultural sector.

“If the ETS was a sheep, I’d have it put down.”

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“Federated Farmers strong preference is for international cooperation on research to develop practical solutions that a tax, which the ETS effectively is, just can’t. For example committing 0.05 percent of GDP to low carbon research will go so much further towards our continued existence as a species than any tax or target could ever do.

“Federated Farmers is prepared to look at all the options to ensure New Zealand remains a first world nation. For this to occur agriculture, the country’s most productive and successful sector, must stay out of the ETS,” Mr Nicolson concluded.

Weasel words Mr Nicolson. Tell them to stick the report where the sun doesn’t shine.

A certain Mr Dickie of the Kyoto Forestry Association intends to give us a right Rogering.
Forest Industry Encouraged By ETS Review Report

“.. in 1990 New Zealand had net annual emissions of 44 million tonnes, now we have approximately 55 million tonnes and by 2020 the government would like our annual net emissions to be no more than 40 million tonnes and preferably less." http://www.med.govt.nz/upload/...

Energy saving light bulbs offer dim future

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Energy saving light bulbs offer dim future

Energy saving light bulbs are not as bright as their traditional counterparts and claims about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated", the European Union has admitted.

By Richard Gray and Julia McWatt
29 Aug 2009

Soon they will be the only kind of light bulb allowed, but now officials in Brussels have admitted that energy-saving bulbs are not as bright as the old-fashioned kind they are replacing.

From tomorrow a Europe-wide ban on traditional incandescent bulbs will begin to be rolled out, with a ban on 100W bulbs and old-style frosted or pearled bulbs.

Buyers of the main type of energy-saving bulb, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), are told on the packaging that they shine as brightly as an old-fashioned bulb. For example, an 11W CFL is labelled as being the equivalent of a 60W incandescent bulb.

However, the European Commission, which was responsible for the ban, has now conceded that this is "not true" and that such claims by manufacturers are "exaggerated".

The Sunday Telegraph has conducted its own tests on level of illuminance provided by light bulbs from different manufacturers to see whether their claims stand up to scrutiny.

We found that under normal household conditions, using a single lamp to light a room, an 11W low-energy CFL produced only 58 per cent of the illumination of an "equivalent" 60W bulb – even after a 10-minute "warm-up"...

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The Independent

Climate Camp set up in the footsteps of the Peasants' Revolt

Symbolic setting chosen for annual protest against global warming

By Michael McCarthy and Chaitantya Netkalappa

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The symbolism was eye-catching. Britain's climate campers set up their annual protest camp yesterday on Blackheath, the historic London open space that was key in the peasants' revolt.

The 1,000-plus green activists are camped this morning on the fields where Wat Tyler's peasant army assembled for its assault on The City of London in June 1381. And they are planning their own assault – on what they see as the companies, institutions and government departments helping to cause global warming (or not doing enough to stop it).

Over the next week the climate campers will be carrying out a series of "direct actions" from the camp against at least a dozen prominent targets, from the headquarters of oil giants such as Shell and BP to Heathrow Airport and the Bank of England. These will consist of demonstrations, entrance blockings and even attempted occupation of the offices of what the campaigners have labelled "climate criminals" – although the site itself is not likely to see any mass demonstrations, in contrast with the previous climate camps at power stations and Heathrow Airport.

Blackheath, three miles south-east of London Bridge, was consciously chosen for its symbolism, the camp organisers said yesterday, noting that from it, in 1381, Wat Tyler's colleague, the preacher John Ball, gave "probably the country's first speech against the class-ridden nature of society. "They said in a statement: "What better place to continue the struggle for social justice and the fight against climate change?"

The site also overlooks the steel and glass tower of Canary Wharf, Britain's ultimate symbol of capitalism for a group of people whose first banner erected on the site proclaimed: "Capitalism Kills"...

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Cree aboriginal group to join London climate camp protest over tar sands

Canadian First Nations seek to highlight UK's 'criminal' role in CO2-heavy oil schemes

Terry Macalister
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 23 August 2009

Members of the Cree aboriginal peoples are to join the Climate Camp protests in the City of London this week in an attempt to draw attention to corporate Britain's "criminal" involvement in the tar sands of Canada.

Five representatives from the Cree First Nations are coming to co-ordinate their campaign against key players in the carbon-heavy energy sector with British environmentalists.

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, from Fort Chipewyan, a centre of Alberta's tar sands schemes, said: "British companies such as BP and Royal Bank of Scotland in partnership with dozens of other companies are driving this project, which is having such devastating effects on our environment and communities.

"It is destroying the ancient boreal forest, spreading open-pit mining across our territories, contaminating our food and water with toxins, disrupting local wildlife and threatening our way of life," she said.

It showed British companies were complicit in "the biggest environmental crime on the planet" and yet very few people in Britain even knew it was happening, said Deranger. She was speaking ahead of an annual Climate Camp that will be held for one week somewhere in Greater London from this Thursday...

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Save the planet...from pinheads

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Someday soon, I'm going to be in my bathroom flushing my water-saving toilet for the 3rd time by the light of a CFL, looking for some pinhead to strangle.

Why I rage against the dying of the light!

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Why I rage against the dying of the light!

Old-style light bulbs are being phased out in favour of fluorescent ones that are unflattering and hard to read by. Small wonder people are hoarding them

Rachel Cooke
The Observer, Sunday 30 August 2009

...Tuesday is the day. Come that (dull, liverish) morning, it will be illegal to sell 100-watt lightbulbs, and to import into the EU conventional bulbs of any wattage, the idea being that by 2012 incandescent light bulbs will be banned altogether, and replaced by their energy-saving equivalents, CFLs. Now, there are some reasonably pious arguments I could trot out against CFLs, which contain mercury, and thus must be recycled with extreme care, and which can, thanks to their low level flickering, cause migraine, a condition from which I've suffered since childhood. But I would rather be honest and tell you that my hatred for CFLs has nothing to do with either. I'm with the guy from the Facebook group, "I Hate Energy Saving Light Bulbs", who says that they make your skin look dead, and your acne alive. I can't stand the light they cast. It makes me feel like I'm stuck in that Morrissey song, Every Day Is Like Sunday.

Sit in a room lit by a CFL, and you might as well be on a stage set for Look Back in Anger. All is drab. Your head throbs. You pick up a book, and though you've only just turned 40, are unable to read it without the help of your late grandmother's magnifying glass. You then look at your beloved and notice that he has developed jaundice. You consider the long winter ahead. How will you survive all that darkness? Where can you purchase a pair of night vision goggles as worn by the sicko killer, Buffalo Bill, in The Silence of the Lambs?

This is how it goes, and only a beautiful Osram 60w can dull the pain. No wonder, then, that even Goody Two Shoes like me are busy hoarding; in Germany, land of the Birkenstock, sales of incandescent bulbs have risen 150%.

I predict a black market bigger than any we have seen since 1945, and in the meantime, I am ready.

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Daily Telegraph

Defra lacks power to ban our bulbs

How are shops supposed to decide whether a customer intends a 100W bulb for use in a 'household', wonders Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
29 Aug 2009

...This curious story goes back to the day in March 2007 when the EU's leaders, including Tony Blair, gathered in Brussels to approve a package of proposals designed to stop global warming. It was soon clear they hadn't the slightest idea how all their quixotic dreams could be put into effect, because these raised all sorts of practical problems which were left to hapless officials to resolve.

On the proposal to ban incandescent bulbs, for instance, it emerged that many light fittings could not take "low energy" compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). A report for Defra the previous year had found that this applied to more than half the fittings in UK homes. So the officials were left to work out how the ban on what were now dubbed "old-fashioned" bulbs could somehow be phased in over several years in a way that was both legal and workable in practice.

Initially they leant on Europe's own manufacturers to stop making incandescent bulbs "voluntarily", but this did not get around the problem of imported bulbs, for instance from China. So their solution, enshrined in regulation 244/2009, was that it should gradually be made illegal between now and 2016 for "non-directional" incandescent bulbs to be "placed on the market", because they do not comply with the EU's new "eco-design" standards. This is the regulation on which Defra bases its claim that, from Tuesday, it will be illegal to import 100 watt or frosted bulbs for sale, with all other "non-directional" incandescent bulbs due to follow between now and 2016.

But herein lies Defra's amazing error. The legislation it depends on to make this claim, regulation 244/2009, refers quite specifically to "household lamps". So the EU has not made it illegal to "place on the market" bulbs which are not intended for household use. Defra thus has no power to ban the import or sale of incandescent bulbs for use in shops, offices, factories, outhouses or anywhere which isn't a "household". And how are shops to decide, when asked for such bulbs, where a customer wishes to use them?

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Don't Exhale: EPA Expected to Declare Carbon Dioxide a Dangerous Pollutant

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected in the next few weeks to declare that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are pollutants, a move that would require the federal government to regulate them -- even without legislation.

FOXNews.com

Friday, August 28, 2009

Don't exhale.

That advice may need heeding if the Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases dangerous pollutants, a move -- expected in the next couple weeks -- that would require the federal government to impose new rules limiting emissions.

But some skeptics say regulating carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, may be a difficult task, especially since people emit carbon dioxide with every breath.

"The EPA doesn't have the manpower to implement the regulations the way they would have to be," said David Kreutzer, senior policy analyst in energy economics and climate change at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Kreutzer said new regulations would trigger a flood of lawsuits, would create massive paperwork and the EPA should have no reasonable expectation that people would comply.

In April, the EPA released its proposed finding that man-made pollution is a cause of global warming, triggering a 60-day comment period before the agency issues a final decision.

The finding was prompted by a Supreme Court ruling two years ago that said greenhouse gases are pollutants under the Clean Air Act and must be regulated if found to be a human health danger.

An EPA spokesman told FOXNews.com that no date has been set for a final ruling...

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From The Sunday Times
August 30, 2009

Man-made volcanoes may cool Earth

Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor

THE Royal Society is backing research into simulated volcanic eruptions, spraying millions of tons of dust into the air, in an attempt to stave off climate change.

The society will this week call for a global programme of studies into geo-engineering — the manipulation of the Earth’s climate to counteract global warming — as the world struggles to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

It will suggest in a report that pouring sulphur-based particles into the upper atmosphere could be one of the few options available to humanity to keep the world cool.

The intervention by the Royal Society comes amid tension ahead of the United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Copenhagen in December to agree global cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. Preliminary discussions have gone so badly that many scientists believe geo-engineering will be needed as a “plan B”...

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

Leave population out of climate talks, Indian minister says

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Leave population out of climate talks, Indian minister says

Jairam Ramesh claims there is a move among western countries to bring India's rapidly growing population into climate change negotiations

Randeep Ramesh in Delhi
guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 August 2009

...Speaking at a conference in the Indian capital, organised by Delhi's Centre for Science and Environment, Jairam Ramesh said there was a "move in western countries to bring population into climate change [negotiations]. Influential American thinktanks are asking why should we reward profligate reproductive behaviour? Why should we reward India which is adding 14 million people every year?"

Ramesh's speech comes as the 100 day countdown begins to the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, which will agree on a successor to the Kyoto agreement, due to expire in 2012. Developing nations such as India and China were not constrained by the Kyoto agreement, and western nations now argue that these rapidly growing economies should sign up to legally binding emission targets.

India's population of over 1 billion means that while it is the world's fifth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, its per capita emissions are just one-twentieth of the United States. However, its population is rising quickly and the United Nations predicts India will have 1.7 billion people by 2050 – while China will by then have a population of 1.4 billion.

It is understood that American diplomats had raised the issue of overpopulation with the Indian delegation during talks when US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, visited New Delhi earlier this year.

Ramesh said that at "today's state of development" India could not and should not accept "legally binding reduction targets". The minister added that the Indian government saw per capita emissions rising from one tonne of carbon dioxide to "three or four" by 2030.

"For us this is about survival. We need to put electricity into people's homes and do it cleanly. You in the west need to live with only one car rather than three. For you it is about luxury. For us survival."...

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Daily Telegraph

NHS spends thousands on climate change handbook

The NHS has spent thousands of pounds on a booklet that tells nurses to put pot plants in patients' rooms to counter climate change.

29 Aug 2009

It also tells staff to consider going vegetarian, walk or cycle to work and discuss climate change with colleagues.

The little green handbook has been distributed to thousands of NHS managers at a cost of £8,000.

However at a time when the NHS is facing criticism for neglecting patients, critics questioned whether the cost was a good use of taxpayers' money.

The 56-page handbook, Sustaining a Healthy Future – Taking Action on Climate Change, was funded and put together by the NHS Confederation and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and charitable organisation, the Faculty of Publlic Health.

Some 3,500 copies, printed on recycled paper, has been distributed to NHS trusts around the country...

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Daily Mail

Why can't Dave and Gordon learn a few lessons from Britain's most gloriously un-PC supermayor

By Robert Hardman
29th August 2009

By his own admission, Peter Davies would make a dreadful Foreign Secretary. Aside from the fact that he has never been in a plane and has been abroad only once (a four-day break to Paris in 1988), diplomacy is not his forte.

This is, after all, a man who proudly proclaims his contempt for 'diversity'.

So the week after next it is going to be interesting when Mr Davies welcomes a delegation of German VIPs on an all-expenses-paid visit to his home town - and tells them not to bother coming back.

'I have only two words of German: "Auf" and "Wiedersehen", ' he says. 'But those are the only words I need.'

And no one is going to stop this proud Yorkshireman. To the shock and dismay of many local councillors and MPs, most of Westminster and the entire

Government, the assiduously straight-talking Mr Davies has just become one of the most powerful politicians in Britain.

To make things worse, he did so while a member of one of its tiniest parties, the English Democrats. And to cap it all, his first act was to slash his own pay by 60 per cent.

Less than three months ago, by a narrow margin, this retired schoolmaster was unexpectedly elected executive mayor of the once impregnable - and famously corrupt - Labour citadel of Doncaster. Imagine a Socialist Worker mayor in Surrey and you get the picture...

Deeply sceptical of 'green claptrap', he must be the only mayor in Britain who wants more traffic in his town. He says it will boost business and has just announced plans for more parking spaces and an end to bus-only routes. 'Like it or not, we live in the age of the car,' he says...

Here's Davies on climate change: 'I'm not green and I'm not conned by global warming.'...

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300B?

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I'm a little stunned. That's way far less than what having our current closet-camo-commie community organizer attempt to 'run the Economy[sic]' is costing us.

Part of that reaction is due to our own inverse sticker shock. In Sep 1998, at the peak of the Clinton Miracle Economy(hold defense spending constant, throw a pizza party, ride the boomer surplus demographic and pass the bill to the future...), when Boy Whiz Geithner was front and center in the FED bailout of the LTCM fiasco, and gave birth to 'too big to fail,'... it only took 3.5B to 'save the entire world from self destruction.'

In those days--just ten years ago -- that '300B' would seem like a big number. (The numbers are so big, and growing so fast, that distinctions like 'dollars' or 'pounds' is all but meaningless...) But, only ten years after what we were all assured was a 'once in a hundred year event,' -- since the cronies got away with it then, they've moved the decimal place on their raping, pillaging, and burning at the public trough. Today, they are demanding -- and getting -- literally trillions of dollars to 'save the Economy.' They've blown right by '300B' as a number that is going to alarm anyone. We've dropped the Bs, on the way to the Ts and our own version of Zimbabwe.

A massive global play is going on. Like the gravity gradient near a blackhole of out of control coerced spending of OPM, the farther away one is from from the connected crony goings on in the centers of coercive power, the more one is being stretched to pay for the excesses of those who are. Those at or near the center of this massive free-for-some are desperate to cling to the gig, fully engaged in what they perceive as an end game life-boat war, and are raping and pillaging as fast as their greedy little 'run the Economy' insanity can accomodate, while the getting is good.

We've lost our collective minds. It just has to finally break.

No worries about that, it must and will and can do nothing else but. Think of it as a bout of Colitis, an infection of really bad ideas. Well, we're all just waiting for the inevitable runs at this point.

Climate change will cost the world more than £300 billion

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Climate change will cost the world more than £300 billion, say scientists

The world will have to spend three times as much adapting to the effects of climate change such as flood, disease and deforestation than previously though, scientists have said.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
27 Aug 2009


Oxfam staged an underwater family to highlight the risk of sea rises due to climate change

The UN originally said it would cost just £25 to £105 billion ($40-170 billion), or the cost of about three Olympic Games per year, from 2030 to pay for the sea defences, increase in deaths and damage to infrastructure caused by global warming.

However a new study by leading scientific body the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London estimated it will cost more than triple that amount per annum.

The report found that the previous estimates by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change failed to take into account various factors including the increase in storms in previous years due to global warming, a number of diseases caused by warmer weather and "ecological services" such as rainfall and cloud cover provided by the rainforest.

Professor Martin Parry, a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the earlier estimate missed out key sectors such as energy, manufacturing, retailing, mining and tourism. He said the cost will be even more when the full range of impacts of a warming climate are considered such as human migrations and refugees...

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Chinese legislature passes its first climate change resolution

New laws to combat global warming are highly likely, according to the state media

Jonathan Watts
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 27 August 2009

China's top legislative body approved its first climate change resolution today and announced plans to draw up new laws to combat global warming, according to the state media.

The moves by the rubber-stamp National People's Congress are timed to strengthen China's negotiating position as it prepares a new announcement on emissions policy before the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen in December.

Environmentalists welcomed the unusually high degree of attention that the NPC's standing committee paid to the environment during a week-long session in which lawmakers also debated a more ambitious target for renewable energy.

Details of the final resolution were not immediately available, but a draft submitted this week called on the government to take further measures to control greenhouse gas emissions and invest more in low carbon technology.

But there was tough language on international negotiations, noting that China would defend its right to further economic development...

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[Hat tip: Tim Sturm]

From Times Online
August 27, 2009

Climate change supercomputer makes Met building one of Britain's most polluted

Jenny Booth

The Met Office's new supercomputer has scored it's second own goal since it was unveiled with much fanfare in May.

After tempting the nation into holidaying in Britain by wrongly forecasting a "barbecue Summer", it has now earned the Met Office's Exeter headquarters the shame of being named as one of the most polluting buildings in Britain.

By the time it reaches peak performance in 2011 the £30 million machine's massive processing power - it can perform 125 trillion calculations per second - will require 1.2 megawatts of power to run, enough energy to power a small town.

As a result it will contribute 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to the problem of global warming every year...

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No joke: Scientists call for stricter controls on emissions of laughing gas

Nitrous oxide could soon pose a bigger threat to ozone than CFC chemicals, says atmospheric chemist

David Adam, environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 27 August 2009

Scientists have called for stricter controls on emissions of laughing gas, after discovering the common chemical poses a new threat to the recovering ozone layer. The gas, properly known as nitrous oxide, could soon pose a bigger threat to ozone than CFC chemicals, the use of which has been restricted since the 1980s.

Akkihebbal Ravishankara, an atmospheric chemist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who led the research, said: "The dramatic reduction in CFCs over the last 20 years is an environmental success story. But man-made nitrous oxide is now the elephant in the room among ozone-depleting substances."

The gas, which is not covered by existing regulations to protect ozone, is now the largest ozone-depleting substance produced by human activity, the research shows. It is expected to remain the largest over the next few decades.

About a third of global nitrous oxide emissions are from human activity. The gas is produced as a byproduct of fertiliser use in agriculture and other industrial processes. It is also a common anaesthetic, used by dentists and in maternity wards...

Nitrous oxide is also a potent greenhouse gas, which contributes to global warming, so efforts to restrict emissions could tackle climate change as well as ozone loss, the scientists say. The study is published in the journal Science.

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

Broken Windows Fallacy tinged with madness

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Climate Camp protestors have little in common but the ground

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From The Times

August 27, 2009

Climate Camp protestors have little in common but the ground

The anarchists thought that the problem was bad organisation. But for the hardened Climate Camp activists, the main concern was whether their tents could shield them from the rain on one of London’s most exposed commons.

Despite mounting speculation that Britain’s biggest environmental demonstration this year would mark renewed clashes between police and protesters, the event began in good humour and with an unusually small police presence.

The number of officers at the six “swoop points” in the heart of the capital was kept to a minimum as protesters waited for more than two hours to be told by organisers the secret location of their week-long camp.

About 130 campaigners were forced to play “eco-bingo” as they waited on the steps of the Royal Exchange next to the Bank of England. The only tension arose when the Whitechapel Anarchist Group, clad in camouflage, moaned that the green organisers were not keeping to their timetable about naming the camp. In their own spontaneous protest, they strung up their black and red banner between two lampposts.

When politely asked by a Climate Camp organiser to take it down, one anarchist shouted: “We are making an autonomous decision. We’re anarchists.” A few minutes later the first texts went out, revealing that their home for the week would be on Blackheath, a common in one of southeast London’s most affluent areas.

Residents living in the large Victorian villas bordering the common watched as rows of tents, a line of vans, and a makeshift stage were erected by 500 protesters in the afternoon drizzle. One resident, who emerged from a silver Volvo, said: “They couldn’t have chosen anywhere more middle class than here. My food is all organic — they should approve.”

An entrepreneurial ice cream van was doing brisk business, despite both the weather and one protester demanding organic produce that was devoid of air miles.

An organiser insisted that Blackheath was an ideal location, in part because it was where Wat Tyler led the Peasants’ Revolt against unpopular taxes more than 700 years ago.

However, that the hill overlooked the financial district of Canary Wharf was of greater significance...

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Rich countries must be prepared to make deeper cuts in emissions: Prescott

Former deputy prime minister launches climate change campaign and calls for equalisation of emissions per capita

Press Association
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 26 August 2009

Developed countries will have to take the lead in fighting climate change by carrying a greater share of the burden of reducing emissions, John Prescott will say today.

Securing a deal at Copenhagen later this year "will be 10 times more difficult than Kyoto", said Prescott, the Council of Europe's "rapporteur" on climate change, and a Kyoto protocol negotiator.

The former deputy prime minister will say at the launch in east London of a new climate change campaign called "New Earth Deal"...

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How planting forests of fake trees across Britain could fight global warming

By Daily Mail Reporter

27th August 2009

Forests of artificial 'trees' should be planted across Britain to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a report into climate change.

Engineers claim 100,000 of the devices - which would be two-thirds as tall as a wind turbine - would remove the carbon emissions of every car, lorry and bus in Britain.

The call comes in a study by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers into how technology could prevent climate change. It says using technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere could buy the world vital time.

The institution says a single synthetic tree costing £15,000 could capture ten tons of carbon dioxide from the air every day, making it thousands of times more efficient at absorbing CO2 than a real tree.

The trees would be coated with synthetic materials that absorb CO2, which would then be removed and stored underground in depleted oil and natural gas reservoirs. The institution wants millions of pounds to be invested in research on technology to beat the threat of global warming to Britain.

The study also calls for buildings to be lined with pots of algae that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The algae could then be used as green biofuels for cars...

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

Not to worry...

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...about Glenn Beck Linz.

He still has his radio show, his book writing, his stage shows and his own media company.

I don't think you can keep a good man down! Smiling

That's great news ...

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... about the Nationals. And bad news, if it's true, about Glenn Beck. He's still going strong right now, though. What's truly frightening is the way O'Reilly is kow-towing to Obamadinejad. Newbie-fascist Matty must be creaming his pomopants.

Nationals find cause for survival

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Nationals find cause for survival

Paul Kelly | August 26, 2009
Article from: The Australian

THE split between the Liberals and Nationals on climate change has two consequences: it shatters the unity of conservative politics, and inaugurates a populist and sectional campaign against the Rudd government on the assumption it is vulnerable in regional Australia.

The signs are that climate change is affecting the philosophical foundations of conservatism in this country and the alignments within the party system. This threatens to dominate at next year's election with the potential for long-run consequences.

Most of the media debate about the structural political fallout from this issue has focused on the rise of the Greens in inner-city seats. But last weekend the Nationals' spiritual leader, Barnaby Joyce, offered a plausible view of a populist backlash.

"I can tell you the mood is changing," the senator told this column about Kevin Rudd's emissions trading scheme. "I am now getting hundreds of emails a day from people. They hate this policy. They just hate it. It was marvellous when it was a thought bubble but people are saying, 'We can hardly afford to live in our home.' People see this as madness. And they actually get the gist of it. They know it's a new tax and they are asking: 'How does putting another new tax on me change the temperature of the globe?'

"And the more they think about it, the madder they get. In the coal industry they know it's a new tax that will cost their jobs. In rural Australia they know it's a new tax that will send them broke."

Interviewed by Laurie Oakes last Sunday, Joyce sounded as though he had memorised Paul Keating's 1993 election-winning campaign against the GST as a lifestyle tax...

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Hounded out of Fox News

If advertisers can force Fox News talkshow host Glenn Beck off the air and prevent his hateful lies from spreading, good for them

Dan Kennedy
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 August 2009

Hounded out of Fox NewsIf advertisers can force Fox News talkshow host Glenn Beck off the air and prevent his hateful lies from spreading, good for them
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Dan Kennedy guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 August 2009 16.05 BST Article historyMore than half a century ago, the great media critic AJ Liebling memorably described the first amendment's outer boundaries. "Freedom of the press," he wrote, "is guaranteed only to those who own one."

It's an elemental truth you can be sure Glenn Beck is pondering these days. Beck's highly rated programme on Fox News, and indeed his career, hang in the balance because of his recent comments that Barack Obama is a racist with "a deep-seated hatred for white people".

Not that Beck's incendiary remarks hurt him with his audience – which, one imagines, comprises mostly unemployed white men with nothing better to do when his show comes on at 5pm than to sit in front of the TV set while polishing their guns.

The problem, rather, is that an increasing number of advertisers – 36 at last count – don't want to be associated with Beck's show. And that's got to have Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Beck's press, wondering whether his newest star is worth the hassle.

Beck's grotesque description of Obama is hardly out of character. We've all seen the YouTube video of Beck talking about the president against a backdrop of goose-stepping Nazis. Earlier this year, in a too-nice New York Times profile, those of us who are not regular viewers (that is, just about everyone who is reading this commentary) learned Beck was passing along rumours that Obama was building concentration camps. Then, too, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America has been documenting Beck's outrages for years, going back to his days of denying global warming on CNN Headline News...

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Fidel Castro appears on TV looking fit and healthy to quell rumours of illness

By Mail Foreign Service
25th August 2009

...Many saw Sunday's TV broadcast of a video of the legendary Comandante, the first such broadcast in more than a year, as a move to reassure Cubans that the 83-year-old Castro is alive and well.

Other observers said it was also a deliberate attempt to bolster the position of his younger brother and current president, Raul Castro, at a time when the Cuban leadership faces major economic challenges and popular discontent.

While he was clearly not the robust Fidel of old, he looked to be in good health and mentally sound as he spoke about the dangers of global warming and the personal qualities needed to be a good revolutionary...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks trial on global warming

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L.A. Times

U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks trial on global warming

The business lobby, hoping to fend off potentially sweeping emission limits, wants the EPA to hold a 'Scopes'-like hearing on the evidence that climate change is man-made.

By Jim Tankersley

August 25, 2009

Reporting from Washington - The nation's largest business lobby wants to put the science of global warming on trial.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, trying to ward off potentially sweeping federal emissions regulations, is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a rare public hearing on the scientific evidence for man-made climate change.

Chamber officials say it would be "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" -- complete with witnesses, cross-examinations and a judge who would rule, essentially, on whether humans are warming the planet to dangerous effect.

"It would be evolution versus creationism," said William Kovacs, the chamber's senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs. "It would be the science of climate change on trial."

The goal of the chamber, which represents 3 million large and small businesses, is to fend off potential emissions regulations by undercutting the scientific consensus over climate change. If the EPA denies the request, as expected, the chamber plans to take the fight to federal court.

The EPA is having none of it, calling a hearing a "waste of time" and saying that a threatened lawsuit by the chamber would be "frivolous."...

http://www.latimes.com/news/na...
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National Post

You'll just have to take our word on the global warming stuff

Posted: August 18, 2009
by Kevin Libin

Though a striking number of prominent scientists have recently recanted their initial belief in manmade global warming, joining an already robust community of distinguished skeptics, those who continue to advance the theory could be their own worst enemy. Whatever the truth is about anthropogenic climate change — the contention that carbon dioxide emitted by human industrial activity — the tendency among some climate-change believers to embellish the effects of planetary warming has only served to undermine their credibility in the eyes of the public and, less so, the media.

For years, global warming advocates held up every calving ice shelf, failed crop or natural disaster as proof of a dawning warming apocalypse; whether it was too much rain, or not enough — either way, it was abnormal, and the fault of Big Oil and anyone questioning that, labeled a “denier.” As Vicky Pope, a senior British climatologist, citing overblown claims of rapid melting of arctic sea ice, and the ice sheet around Greenland, bemoaned earlier this year, for scientists, “overplaying natural variations in the weather as climate change is just as much a distortion of the science as underplaying them to claim that climate change has stopped or is not happening.”

But probably nothing could damage the credibility of climate change believers than the recent revelation by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) that it has lost or destroyed all the original data used to construct historic global temperature records. The CRU, at the University of East Anglia in the UK, which has been using information collected from weather stations across the globe for decades, is probably the most widely cited source worldwide for those mounting a case that the earth has exhibited an inexorable warming trend: its website boasts that CRU’s research has “set the agenda for the major research effort in, and political preoccupation with, climate research.”...

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Daily Telegraph

Climate Camp reveals London targets

Environmental activists are planning to target more than 20 major institutions including the Bank of England as part of a week-long protest against climate change.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
24 Aug 2009

The Climate Camp is a loose affiliation of thousands of environmental activists that come together every year to protest against the industries and institutions they believe are causing global warming. In previous years there have been high profile “Climate Camps” at Heathrow Airport and Kingsnorth Power Station.

This year the week-long camp is in London to demonstrate against the banking system, oil companies and the Government.

On Wednesday at least one thousand people will gather at a number of muster points around the capital before “swooping” on an undisclosed site to set up camp for a week. The meeting points include the mining company Rio Tinto and the site of the 2012 Olympics.

The location of the camp remains a closely guarded secret although it is expected to be an open green space like Hyde Park. The camp itself will require a massive infrastructure including huge marquees, compost toilets, kitchen facilities and hundreds of tents in the heart of the Capital.

The campsite will then facilitate a number of “direct actions” aimed at 22 institutions around the capital including the Royal Bank of Scotland, the headquarters of multinational companies like Shell and Government departments.

Actions could include “flash mobs” that invade offices, scaling rooftops to erect banners and impromptu “protest picnics” inside company head quarters...

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

True science is beautiful

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True science is beautiful

By David Warren , The Ottawa Citizen
August 21, 2009

We learn from the Copenhagen Post, via Benny Peiser, that the Danish foreign ministry has already cancelled 20,000 overnight hotel reservations for people attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference, upcoming in December. That’s 40 million kroner of revenue lost to the hoteliers of Copenhagen, for whom we may grieve. Still, from an environmentalist perspective, think of all the energy savings.

Through the same channel (Peiser’s excellent work as an aggregator of media and research items that global warm-mongers could not wish you to read), we, the obsessively well-informed, have also been following an entertaining scandal of “settled science” in the U.K...

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/o...
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Monday, 24 August 2009

Africa seeks climate change cash

By Matt McGrath
BBC News science reporter

The leaders of 10 African countries are gathering in Ethiopia to try to agree a common position on climate change.

The summit comes ahead of crucial UN talks in Copenhagen in December.

Under the auspices of the African Union, the meeting will underline the chief African demand for compensation for damages caused by global warming.

The move to agree a common negotiating platform for Africa is a recognition of the failure of the continent to make its voice heard to date.

One of the documents prepared for the meeting talks about the "dismal co-ordination" of the African negotiation process...

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

Drop in world temperatures fuels global warming debate

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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Drop in world temperatures fuels global warming debate

By Robert S. Boyd | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Has Earth's fever broken?

Official government measurements show that the world's temperature has cooled a bit since reaching its most recent peak in 1998.

That's given global warming skeptics new ammunition to attack the prevailing theory of climate change. The skeptics argue that the current stretch of slightly cooler temperatures means that costly measures to limit carbon dioxide emissions are ill-founded and unnecessary.

Proposals to combat global warming are "crazy" and will "destroy more than a million good American jobs and increase the average family's annual energy bill by at least $1,500 a year," the Heartland Institute, a conservative research organization based in Chicago, declared in full-page newspaper ads earlier this summer. "High levels of carbon dioxide actually benefit wildlife and human health," the ads asserted...

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226...
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Washington Times

Cold in the dark prospects

Federal energy policies spell shortages, rising prices

By Thomas J. Pyle | Monday, August 10, 2009

While the nation's leaders focus on expanding government's role in our health care system, they are working simultaneously to chew away at another foundation of America's economic strength and our individual liberties -- affordable, reliable energy.

The assault comes, as most rhetorical attacks do, cloaked in righteousness. The government, through the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation, aims to save us from global warming by imposing arbitrary limits on domestic carbon emissions. This regime would enable its proponents' Wall Street allies to trade and swap the allowances and offsets -- the new currency under this system -- among themselves. Think Bernard Madoff.

In doing so, the federal government would seize control of our energy use, rationing it to ensure it is both more expensive and less plentiful. The certain loss of manufacturing jobs to China and India that would result from this scheme, while unfortunate to some, is a side benefit to a group of ideologues who never really cared much for manufacturing anyhow -- too dirty, too blue-collar, too old-fashioned, too capitalist, too American...

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Daily Telegraph

Oil industry protest campaign adds to summer heat on President Barack Obama

Protests against Barack Obama are spreading across America like wildfire on a summer prairie, fuelled by an angry and fearful oil industry.

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
22 Aug 2009

Still grappling on one front with opponents of his healthcare reforms, the President now faces a separate battle against an equally powerful foe: America's oil companies.

As the Mr Obama begins his summer family holiday on the island retreat of Martha's Vineyard, a raucous new group of protesters has begun venting its anger about his plans to tackle climate change - and has made clear that it will not allow his 10 day break to get in its way.

This time the strings are being pulled by the oil industry - known to its detractors as "Big Oil" - which is moving quickly and aggressively to block America's first climate change legislation.

The protests moved into a higher gear when the White House last week signalled a sudden retreat over a key aspect of the President's health care reform proposals: the plan for the US government itself to provide health insurance coverage for those who do not already have it.

It was a sign of weakness on which the oil industry has pounced. "Big Oil smells blood in the water," said Frank O'Donnell, who advises Democrats on the environment. "The stakes are very high."

The oil industry is aiming to kill off legislation which for the first time would limit how much carbon dioxide pollution US industry can pump out. During the election campaign Mr Obama came out in favour of a plan known as "cap and trade", under which industry would have to bid for permits to emit carbon dioxide - the waste gas from burning oil, gas and coal that is blamed for global warming...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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From The Sunday Times
August 23, 2009

Scots firms fail to implement green regulations

Majority of firms surveyed have no plans to invest to reduce environmental impact

Ian Fraser

SMALL and medium-size businesses in Scotland are “in denial” about green rules, global warming and their impact on the environment, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

Four out of 10 of the 7,000 firms surveyed by Sepa failed to recognise green regulations relevant to their businesses — a lower proportion of firms than the agency’s last survey recorded in 2007.

Just 7% of businesses acknowledged they undertook activities which harmed the environment; when respondents were probed the figure was six times higher at 46%.

Only 27% of respondents intended to invest to reduce their environmental impact. Despite government efforts to improve Scottish business’s green credentials through environmental management systems, the survey found that the number of organisations using them had fallen by three quarters...

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

'Postpone Kyoto successor', urges climate boffin

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The Register

'Postpone Kyoto successor', urges climate boffin

Doing nothing is better than doing something stupid in Copenhagen

By Andrew Orlowski

The chances of an international climate agreement being made at Copenhagen in December were already looking unlikely - but Japanese scientist Dr Syun Akasofu thinks we may as well call it off completely.

The Copenhagen Conference is where the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to reduce CO2 emissions, is due to be signed. It's big business for climate quangos - one of the preliminary conferences in Poznan attracted 10,000 attendees, and that was just one of several preliminaries 'on the road to Copenhagen'.

Akasofu reasons that because the USA and China will be developing coal for some years, until they can build out their nuclear energy capacity any promises to make cuts will be what he calls "rhetorical". India has already politely declined Western advice to de-industrialise (before it's barely begun to industrialise), and has rejected calls for CO2 emissions targets.

"Is it useful to have any more conferences on global warming?" he asks in a paper published on Tuesday, adding that "such conferences are useless, although they are better than a world war".

Akasofu accepts the hypothetical effects of CO2 to cause global warming, but says the observations point only a weak correlation (the rapid release of CO2 into the atmosphere since 1946 hasn't created a disaster) and absolutely no evidence of causation - so more science must be done...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...
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Daily Mail

Britain could default on its debts if it keeps spending, warns David Cameron
By Daniel Martin

19th August 2009

...The Tory leader was appearing at the Royal Society of Arts where he was 'in conversation' with noted economist Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who has written a best selling book about risk called Black Swan.

Although Mr Cameron has spoken highly of Mr Taleb's work in the past, he was forced to disassociate himself with some of his views.

Mr Taleb said that, as a financial trader, 'I like crashes' because of the opportunity to make profits. He added: 'I just like the world to be robust about them.'

He also backed Labour's policy of taking over failing banks, which has been questioned by the Tories. 'The Government taking over banks is a good thing, provided there's a plan,' he said.

And Mr Taleb also disagreed with Mr Cameron's green agenda when he said he did not believe global warming was caused by mankind's increasing use of carbon.

'I'm a hyper-conservative ecologically,' he said. 'I don't want to mess with Mother Nature. I don't believe that carbon thing is necessarily anthropogenic.'

The ecomonist and author also said there was a real danger of 'hyperinflation' across the world caused by government responses to the recession.

Sources close to Mr Cameron insisted that he did not share all of Mr Taleb's views, and denied he was a guru to the Tory leader.

Nevertheless, Mr Taleb was later seen dining in the House of Commons with Steve Hilton, Mr Cameron's director of strategy.

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

From Teflon Tone

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"I expect China will come out with its position, America will come out with its position and so on ...[but] the agenda for [Copenhagen], I think, is on a completely different level of credibility than previous negotiations."

Politico-speak for "we're trying to push shit uphill."

Good stuff keeps coming Marcus, thanks.

Carbon dioxide isn't guilty

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Quadrant Magazine

Carbon dioxide isn't guilty
by Jay Lehr

August 17, 2009

Address given by Dr Jay Lehr, Science Director of the Heartland Institute, on August 7, 2009, at the Institute for Private Enterprise in conjunction with the Australian Climate Science Coalition.

Global Warming – Why Carbon Dioxide Plays No Role

My primary concern with climate control legislation is the disaster it will have for the less advantaged. If we are going to see poor people throughout the world, particularly in Africa, advance and improve their standard of living it can only be by supplying them inexpensive energy. But with climate control legislation our energy will increase in value and their chances of improving their plight is going to diminish.

I am a strong believer in capitalism. There has never been a better economic system that can advance economic well-being. Socialism cannot work unless by force: you can't level the playing field for all people unless you hold a gun to their head, so capitalism is a better system than socialism...

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blo...
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Australia passes 20% renewables bill

• Legislation matches European targets for clean energy
• Some officials warn greater emission cuts still necessary

Associated Press
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 20 August 2009

Australia's parliament today passed a law demanding that 20% of the country's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, matching European targets.

The law would quadruple the renewable energy target set by the previous government in 2001 and provide enough clean electricity to power the households of all 21 million Australians.

The target matches one set by the European Union, which leads the world in green power technology.

But some officials warned that more aggressive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are needed as well...

Last week the Senate rejected a government-proposed bill that would have taxed industries' carbon emissions starting in 2011 and slashed the country's emissions by up to 25% below 2000 levels by 2020.

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

Tony Blair: Copenhagen climate summit must not be about 'percentages'

World leaders must not get bogged down in 'precise percentages' when they negotiate a successor the Kyoto climate change treaty in Copenhagen, Tony Blair has said.

By Peter Foster in Beijing
20 Aug 2009

Speaking in Beijing on Thursday, Mr Blair said leaders should trust in new technologies to put the world on a path to a greener future.

The former British prime minister called for a "realistic and practical" deal to be struck at the UN Summit in Copenhagen this December that would unleash the potential of green technology to solve the problem of global warming.

"We need to get an agreement that sets the world on a new path of sustainable consumption without getting obsessed with precise percentages," he said.

Mr Blair, who is working with the non-profit Climate Group to push for an agreement in December, welcomed recent reports that China is considering setting targets that will see its carbon emissions peak in 2030.

However he predicted the key to success in keeping climate change below the UN's benchmark 2C would come down to as yet unforeseen developments in greener cars, buildings and power-stations...

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

Very interesting...

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...I haven't seen that before.

Of course they don't have to be whores, they can choose otherwise.

Although scientists in the field of climate research seem to have less freedom to be non-biased because their field has become so politicised.

"Scientists are paid professional whores"

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Have you seen this clip Marcus?

Time is running out for Barack Obama

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From The Times

August 20, 2009

Time is running out for Barack Obama to have healthcare Bill passed

Tim Reid in Washington

...It is remarkable how much political capital Mr Obama has burnt through on healthcare, only to unify the Republicans in opposition and to split his own party. In a change from polls a month ago most Americans now oppose reform. His approval rating has dropped to 50 per cent. Nearly two thirds believe that the $787 billion (£475 billion) economic stimulus package that was passed in February is having no effect or is making the economy worse. His cap-and-trade legislation to curb global warming looks set to die in the Senate.

The polls indicate that he is in danger of losing the electorally vital centre: the elderly, independents and suburban women — critical swing voters — are deserting him.

There are two fundamental reasons for his troubles: the economy — unemployment continues to rise — and signs that Mr Obama might have overinterpreted his mandate.

A Gallup poll released this week showed that conservatives outnumbered liberals in all 50 states and that 40 per cent of voters described themselves as conservative, compared with only 21 per cent who said that they were liberal. The US, in other words, is still ideologically a centre-Right country. A majority in the poll were against the idea of massive government intervention and spending...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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[Hat-tip: Jeff Perren]


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World News: Australia

Climate sceptics join forces.

Watch here:

http://player.sbs.com.au/naca#...
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National Post

Kevin Libin: You'll just have to take our word on the global warming stuff

Posted: August 18, 2009,

by Kevin Libin

Though a striking number of prominent scientists have recently recanted their initial belief in manmade global warming, joining an already robust community of distinguished skeptics, those who continue to advance the theory could be their own worst enemy. Whatever the truth is about anthropogenic climate change — the contention that carbon dioxide emitted by human industrial activity — the tendency among some climate-change believers to embellish the effects of planetary warming has only served to undermine their credibility in the eyes of the public and, less so, the media.

For years, global warming advocates held up every calving ice shelf, failed crop or natural disaster as proof of a dawning warming apocalypse; whether it was too much rain, or not enough — either way, it was abnormal, and the fault of Big Oil and anyone questioning that, labeled a “denier.” As Vicky Pope, a senior British climatologist, citing overblown claims of rapid melting of arctic sea ice, and the ice sheet around Greenland, bemoaned earlier this year, for scientists, “overplaying natural variations in the weather as climate change is just as much a distortion of the science as underplaying them to claim that climate change has stopped or is not happening.”...

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Financial Times

Nine held in carbon trading swoop

By Michael Peel, Legal Correspondent

Published: August 19 2009

Fraud investigators arrested nine people on Wednesday over a suspected £38m carbon credit trading scam in one of the clearest signs yet of criminals targeting international schemes to combat climate change.

More than 100 Revenue & Customs officers raided dozens of properties in the south of England over an alleged cross-border fraud to evade value added tax, just weeks after the Treasury imposed emergency rules in an effort to curb the problem.

Trading in carbon credits – allowances for companies to produce greenhouse gases – has been dogged by problems, from legal but ethically dubious practices to alleged scams involving fictitious products.

Anand Doobay, a partner at Peters & Peters, a City-based law firm specialising in financial crime, said the ethereal nature of the fast-expanding multi-billion dollar international market in carbon credits had made them an attractive target for graft: “There is an increasing amount of fraud connected with them as a commodity. It’s trading with something that’s intangible, and that isn’t regulated in the way some other commodities are.”...

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e6e4...
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Daily Telegraph

Lord Adonis: no need to cut travel to save the planet, says Transport Secretary

Personal sacrifices are not necessary in the fight against global warming, according to Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, who promised that greener technologies would mean Britons should have no need to cut back on travel.

By Peter Foster in Beijing
20 Aug 2009

“We don’t need to have a hair-shirt approach,” Lord Adonis said on a visit to Beijing to review China’s high-speed rail network and the latest developments in electric and hybrid cars.

“If you can radically cut emissions as a result of new transport technology it is not necessary to face people with an ‘either-or’ choice between a low carbon future and big cuts in travel.”

Green campaigners have argued that sacrifices will be necessary if the world is serious about cutting carbon emissions, with conscientious consumers facing tough choices between "saving the planet" and, for example, enjoying low-cost flights to Europe.

However Lord Adonis, a former Liberal Democrat who switched to Lbaour to become head of policy for Tony Blair, said it was not realistic to expect people to curtail their travel habits in the name of global warming.

Instead Briton could meet green targets through technology such as ultra low carbon cars, new generations of low-emission aircraft and electrified rail lines that cut rail carbon emissions by a third compared with using diesel locomotives...

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

Global warming: Our best guess is likely wrong

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Another peer review fires a bullet into the heart of the warm mongers' argument:

"No one knows exactly how much Earth's climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study this week suggests scientists' best predictions about global warming might be incorrect.

The study, which appears in Nature Geoscience, found that climate models explain only about half of the heating that occurred during a well-documented period of rapid global warming in Earth's ancient past. The study, which was published online today, contains an analysis of published records from a period of rapid climatic warming about 55 million years ago known as the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum, or PETM.

"In a nutshell, theoretical models cannot explain what we observe in the geological record," said oceanographer Gerald Dickens, a co-author of the study and professor of Earth science at Rice University. "There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models.""

Climate Bill ‘Out of Control,’ Former Senator Says

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Bloomberg

Climate Bill ‘Out of Control,’ Former Senator Says

By Kim Chipman

Cap-and-trade legislation to limit U.S. carbon dioxide emissions has “gotten out of control” and needs to be scaled back in Congress, said former Democratic Senator Timothy Wirth.

“The Republicans are right -- it’s a cap-and-tax bill,” Wirth, a climate-change negotiator during President Bill Clinton’s administration, said in an Aug. 14 interview. “That’s what it is because they are raising revenue to do all sorts of things, especially to take care of the coal industry, and it makes no sense.”

A system to cap carbon emissions and then create a market for the trading of pollution allowances is the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s proposal to fight global warming. Wirth, who helped craft a successful emissions-trading market two decades ago that cut sulfur-dioxide pollution causing acid rain, is among Democrats questioning House-passed legislation set to be taken up next month in the Senate...

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Daily Telegraph

Barack Obama critics take aim at carbon reforms after health reform success

Opponents of Barack Obama have opened up a second front in the attack on his core political agenda by launching a campaign against proposals for a "cap and trade" carbon emissions scheme.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
18 Aug 2009

Inspired by the success of protests against health care reform, the critics began their fight against the carbon scheme with a rally in Houston, Texas.

Several Right-wing groups opposed to what they see as Mr Obama's tendency towards "big government" are involved in both campaigns, and hope to defeat or emasculate the two central pillars of the president's domestic agenda.

A coalition of 17 business and conservative groups, backed by dozens of local organisations, will stage further events in 19 other states over the next three weeks and has told its millions of members to bombard their representatives in Washington with calls and emails.

Conservative pressure has already forced Mr Obama to backtrack on key elements of his plans to provide health insurance to all Americans, such as the proposal for a government health insurance body.

Like the agitators against the president's plans for health reform, the alliance, known as Energy Citizens, plans to influence congressmen and senators visiting their districts and states during the August break.

The campaign will concentrate on areas where the coal or oil industry is based or where moderate Democrats are nervous about re-election in next year's midterm elections...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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Tesco becomes UK's first retailer to display carbon footprint on milk

Methane from cows accounts for biggest proportion of greenhouse gases, as supermarket aims to 'footprint' 500 products by the end of the year

Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 August 2009

Supermarket giant Tesco has become the first UK retailer to display the full carbon footprint of milk — one of the top-selling products in its stores.

From today, all Tesco own-label full-fat, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk ranges will display the carbon footprint label as part of an on-going drive to help shoppers make "green" purchasing decisions. It has pledged to "footprint" 500 products by the end of the year. The new labelling will not apply to organic milk, where greenhouse gas emissions are generally much lower than for conventional milk.

The move comes alongside new research which found that 50% of customers surveyed now understand the correct meaning of the term "carbon footprint", compared with only 32% of people surveyed in 2008. The research also revealed that customers increasingly want to be green. Over half said they that would seek lower carbon footprint products as part of their weekly shop, compared with only 35% last year...

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

New Movie Seeks to Refute Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’

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[Hat tip: Jeff Perren]

CNS News

New Movie Seeks to Refute Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’

Monday, August 17, 2009
By Adam Brickley

Washington (CNSNews.com) – A new documentary on climate change is highly critical of the claims made by former Vice President Al Gore in his film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and seeks to refute the main points Gore made.

“Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies are More Dangerous than Global Warming Itself,” is a 40-minute documentary produced by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free market group, which can be viewed online. The movie was screened last week at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank....

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/ar...

Watch it here: http://www.viddler.com/explore...
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Daily Telegraph

Consumers to pay for new nuclear power plants

Household energy bills are due to rise to help pay for a new generation of nuclear power stations, under plans being drawn up by the power industry.

Louise Gray, Rowena Mason and James Kirkup
18 Aug 2009

MInisters had pledged that they will not subsidise new nuclear plants.

However, energy companies have told the Government that without some form of financial support, it will not be economically viable for them to build the new nuclear power plants ministers want to see constructed.

The Government wants new nuclear power plants because they produce energy without emitting carbon dioxide, which many scientists say causes global warming.

While several energy companies have said they plan to build new nuclear plants, executives are becoming concerned that the plants will not be able to compete with carbon-emitting stations burning coal or gas.

One option under discussion is to set a “floor price” for the carbon permit that coal and gas generators have to buy to cover their emissions. EDF, which is planning to build four new UK reactors, is backing a floor price.

The move would increase the costs of gas- and coal-fired power stations, allowing nuclear plants to be more competitive.

Another option is for consumers to pay a new tariff that would be applied directly to their energy bills, similar to the “renewables obligation” that is currently added to household bills to help fund new wave and wind power.

Ministers are currently preparing a new Energy Bill that will create another “obligation” on bills, to pay for new “clean coal” technology...

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

Not to worry

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...the best whines will always come from France.

However, I can't help it, I forgive France anything, for giving us Paris.

Who let the loons out?

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Global warming stories getting more bizarre and it's not even close to December!
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Daily Telegraph

Best wines will come from Scotland if climate change is not stopped, French chefs say

Prominent French chefs have given warning that the country's wines will lose their complexity and the best produce will come from Scotland if the effects of climate change are not tackled.

By Henry Samuel in Paris
17 Aug 2009

A group of chefs, sommeliers and chateaux has issued a call to action, urging the country to secure ambitious targets in the months ahead to limit global warming.

President Nicolas Sarkozy was posed a stark choice: save French wine by clinching a deal at the international climate conference in Copenhagen in December, or see generations of viticulture slowly die out as vineyards cross the Channel and head north...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foo...
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Attenborough joins campaign to curb world's population

By Daily Mail Reporter
17th August 2009

Sir David Attenborough yesterday joined environmentalists and scientists in calling for a campaign to limit the world's population.

They said men and women in poorer countries should be encouraged to have fewer children to help fight global warming.

The West should provide money to promote contraception in the Third World and poor countries would be denied 'carbon allowances' unless they control their numbers, the Optimum Population Trust proposes...

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

Early farmers 'began global warming process'

Farmers who used "slash and burn" methods of clearing forests to grow crops thousands of years ago could have increased carbon dioxide levels enough to change the climate, researchers have claimed.

17 Aug 2009

The US scientists believe that small populations released carbon emissions as they cleared large tracts of land to produce relatively meagre amounts of food.

They were much less efficient than farmers using today's agricultural practices because there were no constraints on land.

A study published online in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews by researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) said that early farmers could have cleared five or more times as much land as they used at any one time.

According to the researchers, today's population of six billion people uses about 90% less land per person for growing food than the early farming societies.

William Ruddiman, the paper's lead author and emeritus professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, said the early farmers were likely to have cleared land by burning forests, planted crop seeds among the dead stumps and moved on to a new area once the yields declined...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Opencast coalmine surge 'weakens UK's authority at climate change talks

'Britain will be a joke at Copenhagen, warns Nasa scientist James Hansen, as government authorises more mines

Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 August 2009

Coal production in Britain has increased sharply after a surge in new opencast coal mines, undermining the government's claim to be a world leader on combating climate change.

Dozens of opencast coal mines have been authorised by ministers and local councils across the UK, reversing a decade-long decline in coal production in Britain and often against intense local opposition.

As a result, mining companies are now sitting on 71m tonnes of coal in licensed opencast mines, compared with 55m tonnes in 2007. And over the next few months, the industry is likely to win permission to mine another 15m tonnes from across the UK.

The rise prompted condemnation from leading Nasa climate scientist Prof James Hansen. He said boosting coal production would undermine the UK's position on climate change...

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

More Cap-and-Trade War

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WSJ

AUGUST 12, 2009

More Cap-and-Trade War

Ten Senators insist on a carbon tariff to avoid job losses.

President Obama says his cap-and-trade energy tax won't hurt the economy, but at least 10 Senate Democrats disagree. Last week they sent Mr. Obama a letter demanding that any bill taxing U.S. CO2 emissions must include a carbon tariff "to ensure that manufacturers do not bear the brunt of our climate change policy."

Hmmm. This sure sounds like an explicit admission that cap and tax would add so much to the cost of doing business in the U.S. that it would drive factories and jobs overseas. The 10 mostly liberal Senators come from states like Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia whose economies rely heavily on manufacturing and coal. "We must not engage in a self-defeating effort that displaces greenhouse gas emissions rather than reducing them and displaces U.S. jobs rather than bolstering them," wrote the Senators.

Thus their demand that "a longer-term border adjustment mechanism"—a euphemism for tariffs—"is a vital part of this package to prevent the relocation of carbon emissions and industries" to countries that aren't as foolish as to impose a similar tax. Those countries include China and India, which have told Obama officials that they have no intention of signing on to the rich world's growth-killing obsessions.

All of which puts the President in an economic policy bind. When the House passed its cap-and-tax bill in June, he warned against a carbon tariff by saying "I think we need to be very careful about sending any protectionist signals." But these 10 Senate Democrats are saying explicitly that protectionism is the price of their support. So Mr. Obama can opt to impose a huge carbon tax and drive jobs overseas, or he can impose the tax along with a tariff, and kick off a trade war. Better to call the whole thing off...

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Obama's science adviser urges leadership on climate

John Holdren, the president's top science adviser, is playing a key role in shaping the Obama administration's strategy to combat global warming. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Holdren discusses the prospects for achieving breakthroughs on climate change, both in Congress and at upcoming talks in Copenhagen.

From Yale Environment 360, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 August 2009

Six weeks after he was elected, President Obama nominated John Holdren to be his chief science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Many scientists hailed the timing of the nomination — George W. Bush waited almost a year before naming Holdren's predecessor — and the choice of Holdren, too, was seen as encouraging: He was trained in plasma physics, is the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard, is a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, served as director of the Woods Hole Research Center, and is a recipient of a MacArthur "genius" award.

The New York Times called Holdren's nomination an affirmation of "Mr. Obama's commitment to aggressively address the challenges of energy independence and global warming." Now, Holdren is one of several high-ranking Obama administration officials moving aggressively to combat global warming and to wean the country off fossil fuels. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, conducted by New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, Holdren talked about the cap-and-trade bill that recently passed the House, the crucial role America and China will play in the upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen, and how the administration plans to convert the U.S. "from the laggard that it has been in this domain" into "the leader that the world needs" on global warming...

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

Barack Obama's key climate bill hit by $45m PR campaign

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Barack Obama's key climate bill hit by $45m PR campaign

Surge in oil, gas and coal industry lobbying against Democratic leadership on 'cap and trade' legislation

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 12 May 2009

America's oil, gas and coal industry has increased its lobbying budget by 50%, with key players spending $44.5m in the first three months of this year in an intense effort to cut off support for Barack Obama's plan to build a clean energy economy.

The spoiler campaign runs to hundreds of millions of dollars and involves industry front groups, lobbying firms, television, print and radio advertising, and donations to pivotal members of Congress. Its intention is to water down or kill off plans by the Democratic leadership to pass "cap and trade" legislation this year, which would place limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

A defeat for the bill would have global consequences. The international community is depending on America, as the world's biggest per capita polluter, to set out a firm plan for getting off dirty fuels in the months before crucial UN negotiations in Copenhagen in December...

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Bloomberg.com

Climate Change Measure Should Be Set Aside, U.S. Senators Say

By Daniel Whitten and Simon Lomax

Aug. 14

The U.S. Senate should abandon efforts to pass legislation curbing greenhouse-gas emissions this year and concentrate on a narrower bill to require use of renewable energy, four Democratic lawmakers say.

“The problem of doing both of them together is that it becomes too big of a lift,” Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said in an interview last week. “I see the cap-and-trade being a real problem.”

The resistance by Lincoln and her Senate colleagues undercuts President Barack Obama’s effort to win passage of legislation that would cap carbon dioxide emissions and establish a market for trading pollution allowances, said Peter Molinaro, the head of government affairs for Midland, Michigan- based Dow Chemical Co., which supports the measure.

“Doing these energy provisions by themselves might make it more difficult to move the cap-and-trade legislation,” said Molinaro, who is based in Washington. “In this town if you split two measures, usually the second thing never gets done.”

The House passed cap-and-trade legislation in June...

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Daily Telegraph

UN chief warns the world 'will not make it' to agreement on climate change

The UN's climate change chief Yvo de Boer has warned the world will "will not make it at this rate" to come to an agreement on how to tackle global warming.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
14 Aug 2009

More than 90 countries are due to meet in Copenhagen at the end of the year to decide a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

However Mr Boer, head of the UN climate change secretariat, said only "selective progress" had been made at the latest round of negotiations in Bonn. A deal would most likely see richer countries reduce carbon emissions while poorer countries are given more help to switch to a green economy.

"If we continue at this rate we are not going to make it," he said. "Momentum for a strong result is building at the highest political level. The G8 and the Major Economies Forum are moving forward but that action is not ambitious enough."

He warned that just 15 days of negotiations remain before key UN talks begin in December in Copenhagen at meetings in Bangkok in September and October and Barcelona in November.

"As Copenhagen approaches I keep hearing people say we can delay action on climate change that we can survive a rise of over two degrees C temperature rise, that we can safely cut costs and safely cut corners, that there are other priorities. I believe this is a way to disaster. A deal at Copenhagen this year is simply an unequivacol requirement to stop climate change slipping out of control."

Environmental groups also reacted with disappointment...

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US marines in Afghanistan launch first energy efficiency audit

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US marines in Afghanistan launch first energy efficiency audit in war zone

Commandant calls for 10,000-strong contingent to be more energy efficient to save lives and money

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 August 2009

The US Marines Corps ordered the first ever energy audit in a war zone today to try to reduce the enormous fuel costs of keeping troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

General James T Conway, the Marines Corps Commandant, said he wanted a team of energy experts in place in Afghanistan by the end of the month to find ways to cut back on the fuel bills for the 10,000 strong marine contingent.

US marines in Afghanistan run through some 800,000 gallons of fuel a day. That's a higher burn rate than during an initial invasion, and reflects the logistical challenges of running counter-insurgency and other operations in the extreme weather conditions of Afghanistan.

"We need to understand where the fuel goes," Conway told a Marines Corps energy summit today. "The largest growing demand on the battlefield today is for electricity and how we create that."

He added: "We are going to more efficient. We have got to be."

Conway's announcement — and the summit itself, which is the first of its kind — were seen yesterday as a dramatic shift in the US military's approach to energy consumption and climate change.

The Pentagon began to acknowledge America's reliance on fossil fuels and climate change as a national security concern in 2002. A report from the Pentagon's military advisory board last May called on military bases to work to lower their carbon footprint. A number of bases inside the US have begun to tap into renewable fuel sources including wind and solar energy...

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Daily Telegraph

Bloody marvellous Aussies kill carbon emissions bill

James Delingpole
August 13th, 2009

Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah for Aussie common sense.

Australia’s Senate - the Government’s upper house - has just voted by 42 to 30 to defeat the cap and trade legislation bill proposed by their premier Kevin Rudd.

Why did those Senators reject Rudd’s scheme, despite their prolonged drought and their bush fires? Well some - the green ones - did so because they didn’t think its emissions cutting targets went far enough. But the majority did so - duh - because they didn’t want their coal-dependent heavy industry hamstrung by still more pointless taxation and regulation, their consumers fleeced and their economy ruined in the middle of a thwacking great global recession. And, in at least the case of Senator Steve Fielding, because they’d done their research and discovered that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a figment of Al Gore’s imagination...

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Daily Telegraph

Australian PM 'won't call snap election over carbon trading scheme'

Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister, has said he has no intention of calling a snap election, despite parliament's rejection of his government's promised plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

14 Aug 2009

In the biggest setback to Mr Rudd's agenda since his 2007 election victory, the upper house Senate rejected his emissions trading scheme after rival conservative, green and independent politicians joined forces to oppose it.

If the Senate blocks or rejects the legislation a second time, after an interval of three months, the constitution allows Mr Rudd to hold an early poll, which would be dominated by climate change.

"I have not the slightest intention of going to an early poll. I don't think people like that. I think they want you to serve the term that you've been elected for," Mr Rudd told local radio a day after the defeat.

Penny Wong, climate change minister, said the government would bring the package back to parliament and try to push it through before a December UN meeting in Copenhagen, where world nations will try to hammer out a broad global climate pact.

But Mr Rudd challenged his majority conservative opponents to propose firm amendments to the scheme which would open the door to a negotiated outcome and passage of the laws, underpinning what would be the world's broadest emissions trade scheme...

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Daily Telegraph

UN Chief’s warning – the end of the world is nigh!

Nile Gardiner
August 12th, 2009

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has such a low profile on the world stage that he’s referred to as “the invisible man”. Perhaps in an effort to boost his press coverage he’s given a speech in Incheon, South Korea (hat tip: Drudge), that can only be described as a bizarre PR stunt, with the sort of cataclysmic environmental statements doled out in scientifically dodgy disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow or the forthcoming 2012.

In his address to the Global Environment Forum this week (read talking shop for unelected, overpaid bureaucrats), Ban warned of impending “droughts, floods and other natural disasters”, as well as mass social unrest and violence – “the human suffering will be incalculable” - if the world’s leaders did not “seal a deal” on climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in December. In the Secretary General’s ominous words:

“We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.”

In reality, the United Nations can’t even maintain its own headquarters, manage its own books and keep its tens of thousands of peacekeepers under control, let alone save the world. The UN is an extraordinarily badly run institution, rife with corruption and mismanagement, that shields some of the most odious tyrants on the face of the earth. Surely it should be focusing on implementing some much-needed management reform, cracking down on rampant corruption within its ranks, and preventing its peacekeeping troops from raping refugees in war-torn places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Sudan.

If Ban Ki-moon really wants to make a bigger impact on the world stage he should condemn North Korea’s barbaric enslavement of millions of its own people in forced labour camps, speak out against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, fraudulent elections and mass violations of human rights, and stand up to tyrannical regimes from Pyongyang to Khartoum. He should also call for reform of the UN’s ludicrous human rights organization, the Human Rights Council, which is no improvement at all over its disastrous predecessor the UN Commission on Human Rights...

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Australian Senate Rejects Rudd’s Cap and Trade Emissions Plan

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Daily Telegraph

Australia's carbon reduction scheme blocked by senate

The Australian government's plan to bring in the world's most ambitious carbon emissions trading scheme has been dealt a severe blow after opposition and Green senators voted the leglistation down in the upper house.

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
13 Aug 2009

The bill, which would have led to the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in July 2011, will return to the senate in three months. If it is blocked again, it will give the government the trigger to call a snap election on the issue, taking the country to the polls as early as December.

Liberal politicians, who hold the largest block of votes in the Senate, joined with Green and independent senators to defeat the scheme, which will force about 1,000 of Australia's biggest polluting companies to purchase carbon permits, covering 75 per cent of national emissions.

The result was expected, after all non-government senators vowed to vote against the bill in the run-up to the debate, but the government has said it will not be defeated in the long-run.

"This bill may be going down today, but this is not the end," Penny Wong, the climate change minister, told the senate.

"We will bring this bill back before the end of the year because if we don't this nation goes to Copenhagen with no means to deliver our targets," Ms Wong said before the vote.

"It's not smart to pretend this won't leave us isolated from the rest of the world, and it's not smart to undermine our transition to a low-carbon economy," she said...

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Emissions trading is a tax, no matter the name

Terry McCrann | August 08, 2009
Article from: The Australian

THE first and most important thing to note about Kevin Rudd's emissions trading scheme is that it is a tax.

It's not called a tax, but if it waddles like one, quacks like one, and most pointedly raises money like one, it's a tax. And not just any old tax -- it's a huge and continually growing tax.

It starts out in 2012-13 raising about a quarter as much as the GST. The budget in May put a number on it for the first time. Almost $12 billion in its first full year, 2012-13.

It is the equivalent of increasing the GST from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent in that year. And in its impact on people it won't be all that different from doing exactly that...

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Daily Telegraph

'I wish environmentalism were as much a part of a woman's gender as shopping is'

Celia Walden talks to Tamsin Omond, the climate-activist grand-daughter of a baronet.

13 Aug 2009

...Non-violent protests about all things ecological is what Climate Rush, the campaign group Omond founded last year, is all about. Some of their pranks are as inoffensive as blasting loud aircraft noise through the then Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly's letterbox, others are more perilous – notably storming Heathrow runways and handcuffing themselves to the front of private jets. "You do put yourself in danger. With the private jet, there was a big fuel tank above us and the guys had to saw through the handcuffs on our arms – there were sparks flying everywhere." Does she get a strange kick from that? "No," she insists. "I am quite boring about breaking the law, oddly." Her mother Sarah and painter father John, she admits, "were probably horrified at first, but now they are, weirdly, quite proud of me."

I point out that hers is a luxurious moral position to take, reading out a few caustic lines by Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, deriding Climate Rush "for not understanding the basic facts about climate change" and accusing her and her group of "blue blood, posh names and limited intelligence" but she merely shrugs.

"There are so many different facts and figures out there but the bottom line is that nowadays, nobody can deny that climate change exists and that it is going to be a huge problem for our future. Thirty years ago environmentalism was all hippies up trees, Swampy and worthier-than-thou characters who you wouldn't want to be sitting next to at a dinner party. I'm a normal twenty-four year old girl, and I think it helps people to see that. I go to parties and spend a week worrying about what I'm going to wear like everybody else, but what I really want is for environmentalism to be as much a part of a woman's gender as shopping is. You don't have to change your identity to get involved with something like Climate Rush. There used to be this idea that ecological campaigning was for people who had the liberty to act in a certain way without having to care about the cold realities of life."...

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Time 'runs short' on climate deal

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BBC News

Monday, 10 August 2009

Time 'runs short' on climate deal

By David Shukman
Environment correspondent, BBC News, Bonn

Time is running short to agree a new treaty on global warming amid deep divisions over key issues, according to the UN's top climate official.

Speaking at the start of the latest round of UN discussions, Yvo de Boer said the political signals were positive, but progress still too slow.

About 1,000 officials are meeting in Bonn for a week of informal talks.

The aim is to clear the way for the adoption of a new UN climate treaty in Copenhagen in December.

"We've got a 200-plus-page text riddled with square brackets (where issues are unresolved)," Mr de Boer told BBC News. "And it worries me to think how on earth we're going to whittle that down to meaningful language with just five weeks of negotiating time left."...

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Is it time to start worrying about Copenhagen?
The gap between rich nations and emerging economies over carbon emissions targets is beginning to look unbridgable.

James Murray, from BusinessGreen.com, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 12 August 2009

I am starting to get very worried.

This week, another round of the UN's climate change talks gets underway in Bonn, Germany and once again all the key factions look as far from reaching a meaningful agreement on carbon emissions targets as they ever were.

It is far too early to give up hope on a deal being reached, particularly given that any exercise in international diplomacy is always characterised by the kind of posturing and brinkmanship we can expect to see again over the next five days. But with just 117 days to go until the start of the Copenhagen conference, major breakthroughs are needed soon if we are to have anything to celebrate this Christmas.

The problem is that all of the key negotiating teams are beginning to sound like broken records as they demand that others move first to deliver targets before they make any commitment.

China, India and the other emerging economies are not unreasonably demanding that rich nations follow the dictats of the latest climate science and agree to cut emissions 40 per cent by 2020 on 1990 levels. But even assuming this is an opening gambit and they might accept the EU's conditional offer of a 30 per cent cut, they are still asking for reductions that are an order of magnitude larger than the four per cent cut on 1990 levels proffered by the Obama administration as part of its climate change bill – which, by the way, has not yet been passed...

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Daily Telegraph

Global warming causing birds to shrink

Global warming is making birds smaller, according to new research from the Australian National University.

12 Aug 2009

A study of museum specimens found eight Australian species have reduced in size by between two and four percent over the past century.

Climate change is being blamed because varieties of the same birds tend to be smaller near the equator and larger closer to the poles to help them conserve heat more efficiently.

The findings published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B follows research showing fish have lost half their average body mass as a result of global warming over the past 20 to 30 years.

A recent study also showed a herd of wild Soay sheep in the Outer Hebrides had decreased by five per cent in the last 24 years for exactly the same reason...

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Scientists Accept Gaia Theory?

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This one doesn't.

Not only is that a philosophical absurdity it is also counter the established theory for how this planet came to be the way it is today.

Ask the next Gaia worshipping moron you encounter how the oxygen in our atmosphere came to be?

If they know anything about microbiology (Ha! As if) they should answer that the oxygen is mainly the product of primordial photosynthetic oxygen-tolerant micro-organisms. If they know anything about Oxygen they would know that this single event would have wiped out most of the preceding primordial facultative ANaerobic species. Why? Because facultative ANaerobic microorganisms cannot defend against super-oxide radicals -- a potently toxic 'high-energy' form of oxygen produced by aerobic organisms. It is an unavoidable byproduct of their metabolism.

These selfish aerobic microorganisms literally terra-formed the planet to their own requirements. And their descendants flourished and still do so today. No evidence of Gaia punishing them for their microscopic genocide on the poor defenseless Anaerobes who now languish in soils and the oxygen-poor ocean depths!

Just think: before these phototrophic bacteria started oxygen was maybe 1-2% of the atmosphere. Now it is 21% and the planet is still here and in a handsome shade of green too... instead of the purple or orange or brown that the anaerobic cultures that I've worked with take on.

This is all part of the fossil record BTW! No record of Gaia (aka 'The Force') there. Maybe the reporter meant that all 40-year old virgin Star-Wars Fan-boys believe in Gaia. The article is in The Guardian so that one is plausible...

As George Carlin opined: The planet is fine, it's the people who are fucked - in the head!

Global Warming, a Mass Mania

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Quadrant Magazine

August 11, 2009

Global Warming, a Mass Mania
by Walter Starck

Throughout history episodic eruptions of mass manias have swept societies. These outbreaks embody the dissatisfactions, fears and hopes of their times while offering a shining path to a bright new future. They are characterised by a millenarian nature, wherein threat of punishment for past sins is accompanied by promise of salvation through a new faith.

The power of mass manias is reinforced by severe disapproval of any questioning of their certain truth. Any doubt is seen not just as error needing correction but as conscious deliberate evil deserving expulsion or extermination. With adherents permitted only to support the established dogma, these movements tend to gather followers rapidly. But they also soon become afflicted with a growing disconnect from reality which they can neither acknowledge nor adjust for...

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Canada Free Press

Dangerous Deception?

By Dr. Tim Ball
Monday, August 10, 2009

“Half the work done in the world is to make things appear what they are not.” E.R. Beadle.

Motive

It is difficult and dangerous to impute motive. How and why a person acts in a certain way is usually difficult to determine. A particular course of action may be taken with the best of intentions yet cause considerable problems. However, certain actions although not definitive may expose the motive...

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NZCPR Guest Forum

2020 Emission Targets – An Appeal to Reason
Barry Brill
9 August 2009

The government is about to announce a formal “Target” for reduction in New Zealand’s 2020 tonnage of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), expressed as a percentage above/below those of 1990.

This Target will be tabled in upcoming negotiations for a post-Kyoto treaty - and may then translate to a formal Liability to purchase that quantity of international emissions permits (Offsets), at the going international price.

How much will that cost? Nobody knows. ..

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India shouldn't rely on the west to fund its solar energy plan

The developed world may be at fault for producing more carbon, but India harms the environment by playing the blame game

Gaia Vince
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 11 August 2009

India announced its ambitious solar energy plan last week: 20GW of clean, sun-produced power by 2020. The problem is though, India won't be paying for any of it. A planned $20bn (£12.1bn) of government investment, which appeared in the draft documents, has been scratched because it contradicts India's political position that developed nations should bear the costs of clean technologies. There is currently no funding at all for this otherwise laudable plan.

Climate change is already happening and further warming is now inevitable because of the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere. Most of this carbon was released by rich countries over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, it is people in the developing world who are, and will continue to be, disproportionately impacted by climate change. One estimate suggests that climate change is responsible for 300,000 deaths a year.

By removing the only current source of funding for the solar programme, the Indian government is playing a dangerous political experiment with its people's future. If it genuinely wants to meet the challenge of climate change, it cannot afford to hand responsibility for solving the problem to the developed world, it needs to take an active role now...

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Scientists Accept Gaia Theory?

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"'Gaia theory', while once ridiculed, is now accepted by most scientists, so many of its predictions having objectively been seen to come to pass."

I'm really hoping that things have not gotten that bad in biology. Most likely this is just another Progressive-viro lie in order to dispirit the opposition by regarding the Green Revolution as a fait accompli.

It's a mixture....

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...between being mistaken due to flawed models and wishful thinking.

'Wishful thinking' in the sense that they have been philosophically primed to think that mankind's wealth and industry is evil and that he must be punished for it.

A very Christian notion that has been adopted by non-believing left-wingers. Many may have dropped the Christian God in the name of science, but they still have not dropped its evil philosophical underpinnings.

Here's a question

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""The world has less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet."

I've been hearing that since 1988, and haven't seen hide nor hair of these catastrophic consequences yet.

So here's a question: Are warmists like a monkey on a typewriter -- who will eventually be able to type a correct prediction -- or are they more like the projectors of the Soviet Five Year Plans, who predicted great things for this Plan in the full knowledge that every one of the earlier dozen had been an abject failure?

In other words, are they mistaken? Or are they frauds?

Ban Ki-moon warns of catastrophe without world deal on climate

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Daily Telegraph

Ban Ki-moon warns of catastrophe without world deal on climate change

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, has warned of "catastrophic consequences" unless a new international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions is reached.

By Jon Swaine
10 Aug 2009

Climate change is "simply the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family", Mr Ban said in a speech on Monday in Seoul.

He urged international leaders to reach a deal to limit their countries' carbon emissions at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

A replacement for the 1997 Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012, is supposed to be negotiated at the summit. Mr Ban said the leaders had a "once-in-a-generation opportunity".

"We have a chance to put in place a climate change agreement that all nations can embrace, which will be equitable, balanced, comprehensible," Mr Ban said.

"The world has less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet."

He called on governments to "seal the deal in the name of humankind" through a "renewed multilateralism, a compassionate multilateralism."...

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BBC News

Friday, 7 August 2009

Climate fixes 'pose drought risk'

By Judith Burns
Science reporter, BBC News

The use of geo-engineering to slow global warming may increase the risk of drought, according to a paper in Science journal.

Methods put forward include reflecting solar radiation back into space using giant mirrors or aerosol particles.

But the authors warn that such attempts to control the climate could also cause major changes in precipitation.

They want the effect on rainfall to be assessed before any action is taken.

Gabriele Hegerl of the Grant Institute at University of Edinburgh and Susan Solomon of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Boulder, Colorado, write that "if geo-engineering studies focus too heavily on warming, critical risks associated with such possible "cures" will not be evaluated appropriately".

They argue that climate change is about much more than changes in temperature. So using temperature alone to monitor the effects of geo-engineering could be dangerous...

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Good point about ACT Marcus.

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Good point about ACT Marcus. I've incorporated that into a post to Bernard Hickey's blog this morning.

http://www.interest.co.nz/rate...

To quote myself Smiling

On another thread I have given a link to all the peer reviewed studies that cast doubt on anthropogenic global warming, and the increasing pace of these articles (combined with the fact the earth is now cooling). Man made global warming is a myth, those who have peddled it for their own gain, such as Al Gore who has turned himself into a billionaire on the back of it through his investment arm, are frauds.

Interviewed by Larry Williams yesterday, Nick Smith admitted our ETS will do nothing toward changing the environment in any telling way, but ‘we have responsibilities’ and should be seen as ‘leading the world’.

A very famous preacher (Preacher Ike) once said, talking to his black congregation in the States, the best way to help the poor, is not to become one of the poor. Yet here we have an anti-business National Government, with an environment minister who would sit quite comfortably with the hard line socialists of the Greens whose every edict advocates force, determined to make New Zealand one of the poor nations. On the course we’re on, probably in thirty years we’ll have our arms out for aid from that bureaucratic monstrosity, the UN.

Perhaps that will be a good slogan for National in the next election: ‘We are leading the World, in the race to become poor’.

And Rodney Hide, where the hell are you? This surely is a coalition buster isn’t it? According to your electioneering?

Thanks Mark...

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...for the update.

What does ACT have to say to all of this?

After all their anti-GW pre-election promises I think they will be leaving the coalition now, no?

Key is another Luddite

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Key is another Luddite retard.

http://www.newstalk.co.nz/news...

Quote: '10/08/2009 16:28:02

The Government is setting an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years.

It is aiming to get them 10 to 20 percent below what they were in 1990. They are already 24 percent above that level.

The reduction programme will see items such as petrol and electricity cost more. Prime Minister John Key says anything less would undermine this country's clean, green environmental reputation.

Mr Key says the target will be a big ask for New Zealand, but believes it carefully balances environmental responsibilities with a realistic assessment of the economic costs.'

Bye bye economy, and quickly if agriculture is included from the outset.

Chris Horner Global Warming Smackdown!

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The Books Interview: James Lovelock

As the 90-year-old father of Gaia prepares to blast off from Earth on the inaugural Virgin Galactic flight, he reflects on his own mortality, the future of our planet and wind farms – 'Monstrously silly!'.

Euan Ferguson
The Observer, Sunday 9 August 2009

Tolkien would have been happy here, or one of his hobbits. We are in low, comfortable seats in a quiet study in a house in a hollow in Devon. There is tea coming, and biscuits. But we are talking endgames; his and ours. It is one of the most terrifying conversations I have ever had.

James Lovelock, who turned 90 at the end of last month, knows his own endgame could be looming. He is booked on the inaugural flight of Virgin Galactic, a gift from Richard Branson: a flight into space from New Mexico, final tests for which are under way. His doctors have advised him that the risk is too high and he tells me in passing that he had a heart attack in 1971 – he'd been smoking for 34 years until that day – but he is determined to go, come what may. "To see the Earth, from above, before it vanishes."

He must surely, I ask, trying to be tactful while his wife, Sandy, is busy in the kitchen, have pondered on the high chance he won't come back; may not even survive the G-forces? "Hell, yes! But what a way to go! So much better than dying slowly of some hateful disease. And I get to see what I've always wanted to see."

What he's always wanted to see, since he formulated the theory back in the Sixties and Seventies, was Gaia: the Earth as an entity which could be described as "living". "Gaia theory", while once ridiculed, is now accepted by most scientists, so many of its predictions having objectively been seen to come to pass.

Gaia is the idea of a self-regulating Earth. Earth is not habitable because of "luck", but because life maintains its habitability. Living organisms, consciously or not, manipulate the oceans and atmosphere, even the (eventual) composition of rock, in order to maximise the conditions for the continuance of life...

"Some of the more recent green hysteria is plain wrong. I know what there is to be worried about and what not to. Flying is not a major problem, not compared with all the CO2 being given out all the time by us and our pets. Flying's only got this reputation because often greening mixes with the bad side of the left, which is to do with envy. A lot of people have closed their minds to arguments against wind farms. But they are monstrously silly! A 500-ton concrete base support and 4,000 of them needed to equal the output of one coal-burning station – how is that helping? There was a report in Der Spiegel saying that in Germany, where they've got 17,500 of the things, the amount of CO2 now being produced in the country is greater than ever."...

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

Engineered by the global-warming fanatics

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Daily Telegraph

At last, man-made climate change is a threat - engineered by the global-warming fanatics themselves

By Gerald Warner
August 7th, 2009

The lunatic ambitions of the “man-made” climate change fanatics are reaching new heights. They also pose a serious danger to human survival – the very objective they claim to champion. Among the latest Frankenstein proposals are “cloud ships” to generate more cloud and deflect the sun’s rays. This scheme envisages 1,900 wind-powered ships cruising through the world’s oceans creating bad weather.

Scientists insist the effects would be purely local (how can climate interference be localised, without a domino effect?) and that it could be reversed. This would cost a mere $9 billion, compared to the $395 trillion it would cost to launch mirrors into space to deflect the sun. We should count ourselves lucky this fruitcake scheme to switch off the light that sustains life on earth is too expensive to be implemented.

Man-made global warming is a fantasy. Climate change is occurring – as it always has – and is harmless. The same cannot be said for the unspeakably irresponsible proposals of scientists whose egos have far outstripped their knowledge. For now the danger is that man-made climate change will genuinely take place - engineered by the global warming alarmists themselves, who cannot leave well alone...

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Swiss villagers pray for glacier

Swiss villagers who prayed for centuries for a glacier to stop expanding are seeking permission from the Vatican to pray instead for the ice flow to stop receding as a result of climate change.

By Nick Squires in Rome
07 Aug 2009

Since the 17th century the Roman Catholic inhabitants of the Alpine villages of Fieschertal and Fiesch have offered prayers against what seemed like the unstoppable advance of the Great Aletsch glacier, Europe's longest.

But with global warming now causing the once-feared glacier to melt, they have formally applied to Pope Benedict XVI for permission to reverse the prayer and have requested an audience at the Vatican.

"The residents of Fiesch and Fischertal hope that this will happen in September or October and are optimistic that the Holy Father will decide in their favour, as he has repeatedly spoken out about climate change," they said in a statement...

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

'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays

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Daily Telegraph

'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays is favourite to cut global warming

Ships with giant funnels which travel the world's seas creating more clouds to deflect the sun's rays could help cut global warming, say scientists.

07 Aug 2009

The "cloud ships" are favoured among a series of schemes aimed at altering the climate which have been weighed up by a leading think-tank.

The project, which is being worked on by rival US and UK scientists, would see 1,900 wind-powered ships ply the oceans sucking up seawater and spraying minuscule droplets of it out through tall funnels to create large white clouds.

These clouds, it is predicted, would reflect around one or two per cent of the sunlight that would otherwise warm the ocean, thereby cancelling out the greenhouse effect caused by Carbon Dioxide emissions.

The unmanned ships would be directed by satellite to areas with the best conditions for increasing cloud cover, mainly in the Pacific and far enough away from land so as not to affect normal rainfall patterns.

Other ideas, such as sending mirrors into space by rocket to deflect the sun's rays, and scattering iron powder into the seas to boost CO2-absorbing plankton, have been dismissed as unfeasible or too expensive...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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From Times Online
August 7, 2009

Quick climate changes fixes come with huge dangers, warn scientists
Hannah Devlin

Plans to reduce global warming by blasting jets of water into the atmosphere or placing mirrors in space could have devastating consequences, two climate scientists warn today.

They say that while such ideas may be highly effective, they could lead to severe droughts.

Susan Solomon, a climate scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Gabi Hegerl, a climate scientist at the University of Edinburgh, caution against the entrepreneurial “we can fix this thing” approach and say that a calm, methodical inquiry is needed.

“We’re not against climate engineering but we need to understand the consequences better than we do now before rushing into such a massive experiment,” Professor Hegerl said.

They say in the journal Science that climate modelling has focused largely on temperatures and that current models do a poor job at predicting rainfall...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Northern Ireland's finance minister in 'anti-racism industry' row

David Batty
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 August 2009

Northern Ireland's finance minister has accused anti-racism groups of exaggerating the scale of the racism to gain public funding. Sammy Wilson, who is also a Democratic Unionist MP, claimed there was an "anti-racism industry".

He was accused by the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (Nicem) of playing into the hands of racists. About 100 Romanians were forced from their homes in south Belfast earlier this year.

Wilson had already been criticised for saying jobs should go to people born in Northern Ireland before economic migrants. Yesterday he said anyone attempting to have "an honest debate on the issue" was "immediately (...) accused of being racist". Organisations like Nicem needed to keep raising this issue, because that was "one way of perpetuating their own existence," he told the BBC.

He was previously criticised when, as environment minister, he denied that humans were responsible for global warming.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...

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