"Carbon (Dioxide) trading is now the fastest growing commodities market on earth.....And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon (dioxide) market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon (dioxide) credits, or finding carbon (dioxide) reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible." (Telegraph)
This blog has been tracking the 'Global Warming Scam' for over ten years now. There are a very large number of articles being published in blogs and more in the MSM who are waking up to the fact the public refuse to be conned any more and are objecting to the 'green madness' of governments and the artificially high price of energy. This blog will now be concentrating on the major stories as we move to the pragmatic view of 'not if, but when' and how the situation is managed back to reality. To quote Professor Lindzen, "a lot of people are going to look pretty silly"
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Monday, 31 May 2010
"Here I will use it to demonstrate that the global warming so commonly blamed on humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions can just as easily be explained as largely natural in origin, most likely due to a natural decrease in global cloud cover. "
"..I should make one point clear here. I am not a raving skeptic. I am not at all in favour of raping and plundering the planet on which we live for the sake of short term gains. But I am in favour of informed rational thought and rational action. I guess I have a rather moderate view concerning climate change. But if once in a while the parties involved would step out of the box and put the climate change issue (and all that surrounds it) into the perspective of a political philosophy (as opposed to a plitico-scientific issue) they might see things a little differently. "
Dennis Bray on global warming and Stalin (Bishop Hill)
"Must-read post from Dennis Bray over at Klimazweibel, examining the similarities between Stalin's regime and the conduct of global warming science."
"..As the “science” in support of AGW collapses it is of course inevitable that the methods used by the Alarmists to defend their crumbling citadel will grow ever more desperate and underhand. But for the BBC to play so active a role in this dirty propaganda war is quite inexcusable."
Saturday, 29 May 2010
No one can explain how we cut emissions by four fifths without closing down virtually all of our economy...."Two events last week led me to muse on the links between the man who is now our Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, and the extinction of the woolly mammoth. A team of scientists suggest in Nature Geoscience that the sudden extinction of the mammoths some 12,000 years ago, as the world emerged from the last ice age, may have had a dramatic effect on the Earth’s climate. They argue that the emission by these giant herbivores of nine million tons a year of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than CO2, was so significant that their disappearance led to a sharp drop in global temperatures, and the world temporarily froze over again in the re-glaciation known as the Younger Dryas.
This is a theory so batty one scarcely knows whether to laugh or cry. If that comparatively tiny amount of methane was so powerful, how did the world manage to remain so cold during the million years of ice ages when eructating megafauna were abundant? Clearly those scientists were so carried away by the obsession with climate change that they hadn’t the slightest idea what they were talking about. But even more is this true, it seems, of the man now in charge of Britain’s energy policy. "
Misrepresentation of the IPCC CO2 Emission Scenarios (Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog)
" The Royal Society has appointed a panel to rewrite the 350-year-old institution’s official position on global warming. It will publish a new “guide to the science of climate change” this summer. The society has been accused by 43 of its Fellows of refusing to accept dissenting views on climate change and exaggerating the degree of certainty that man-made emissions are the main cause.The society appears to have conceded that it needs to correct previous statements. It said: “Any public perception that science is somehow fully settled is wholly incorrect — there is always room for new observations, theories, measurements.” This contradicts a comment by the society’s previous president, Lord May, who was once quoted as saying: “The debate on climate change is over.”The admission that the society needs to conduct the review is a blow to attempts by the UN to reach a global deal on cutting emissions. The Royal Society is viewed as one of the leading authorities on the topic and it nominated the panel that investigated and endorsed the climate science of the University of East Anglia. Sir Alan Rudge, a society Fellow and former member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee, is one of the leaders of the rebellion who gathered signatures on a petition sent to Lord Rees, the society president.He told The Times that the society had adopted an “unnecessarily alarmist position” on climate change.Sir Alan, 72, an electrical engineer, is a member of the advisory council of the climate sceptic think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation.He said: “I think the Royal Society should be more neutral and welcome credible contributions from both sceptics and alarmists alike. There is a lot of science to be done before we can be certain about climate change and before we impose upon ourselves the huge economic burden of cutting emissions.”
The Royal Society: too little, too late (Telegraph)
"One thing’s for certain. When the history of this outbreak of mass hysteria comes to be written, few organisations will emerge with more egg on their face than the standing joke that is the Royal Society.
For years it has acted as cheerleader for the AGW lobby but has now been forced to backtrack after complaints from 43 of its members that it has been exaggerating the scientific certainty about the existence of ManBearPig. Its current president Lord Rees is trying to salvage what dignity he can be making out that this rethink of its position was always part of the plan: ....."
My moment of rock-star glory at a climate change sceptics’ conference in America James Delingpole, Spectator
Friday, 28 May 2010
"..Criticism is principally centred on Climate Change Controversies, a document which defends mainstream science from accusations thought by the Society to be improper.
It says: "This is not intended to provide exhaustive answers to every contentious argument that has been put forward by those who seek to distort and undermine the science of climate change ..."
One Fellow reportedly said: "This appears to suggest that anyone who questions climate science is malicious. But in science everything is there to be questioned – that should be the very essence of the Royal Society. Some of us were very upset about that."
Thursday, 27 May 2010
"Those planning to scale the highest mountain in the world may want to get a move on. Each year climate change is melting more snow and making Mount Everest increasingly dangerous to climb, according to a record-breaking climber.Nepalese Apa Sherpa, who has reached the summit more than any other person in the world, said he was disturbed by the visible changes on the mountain caused by rising temperatures." ....
"Around 250 people scaled Mount Everest from the south side this year, Nepal's mountaineering department said, as heavy snow brought the brief climbing season to an early close."
ED : And the Himalayan Glaciers will melt too.....
"Whoo boy. It must be rough out there when CSIRO has to have seminars on how to deal with us rowdy ruffian “deniers”. I’m surprised though, a 15 million budget, and they ask you to bring a sack lunch?."
" ..Victoria’s Department of Sustainability and the Environment admits that the more you question a global warming scientist, the less likely you are to believe him:Popular opinion on climate change often waivers, particularly when the media focus on denialist views and encourage “debates” with climate change scientists.And so the department is offering all Victorian public servants this workshop - which of course presumes there’s not a sceptic in the joint:
DSE invites members of the Victorian Public Service to a presentation on:
Dealing with climate change denialism ....."
"Just been reading Climate: The Counter Consensus (Stacey International) the new book by Bob Carter – that’s New Zealand’s Professor Robert M Carter to you, mate: he’s one of the world’s leading palaeoclimatologists – and it’s a cracker. By the end, you’re left feeling rather as I did after the Heartland Conference, that the scientific case against AGW is so overwhelming that you wonder how anyone can still speak up for so discredited a theory without dying of embarrassment. ..."
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
"..So let me explain, briefly, why I rarely can – with reference to the ludicrous story which was given the front page of today’s Times (formerly a newspaper of some note).The story, enthusiastically headlined EU SETS TOUGHEST TARGETS TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING goes like this: .....In Britain, David Cameron is wedded to the same suicidal policy – on the one hand brandishing £6.5 billion cuts in government spending as though this were a sign of his maturity and his commitment to reducing Britain’s deficit, while on the other remaining committed to a “low carbon” economy set to destroy what’s left of our industry and cost the taxpayer at least £18 billion (yep – almost THREE times as much as the pathetic cuts announced so far by his pathetic chancellor) a year.Around the world, in the greatest financial crisis we have faced since the 1930s, our leaders are behaving like imbeciles. And nowhere is this imbecility more painfully manifest than in their approach to the non-existent problem they now call Climate Change.That’s why I keep banging on about Climate Change. It is, unfortunately, the Key to all Mythologies."
"..Unfortunately, in other areas, some scientists have been getting away with blatant disregard for the scientific method.The most prominent example, “Climategate,” highlights how dangerous the politicization of science can be. The public reaction to Climategate should motivate politicians to curb such abuses in the future. Yet it was politicians who facilitated this politicization of science in the first place. ..... It starkly revealed to the public how many global-warming scientists speak and act like politicians. To those scientists, the message trumped the science. Few members of the public have accepted the findings of the inquiries exonerating the scientists; most dismiss them as whitewashes. This is to the good, for it reinforces awareness of the scientific elite President Eisenhower warned about."
H/T Climate Depot
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
"IPCC lies, cheats, distorts again. Yes, all right, it is a bit of a “dog bites man” or “pizza found to contain mozzarella and tomato resting on dough base” kind of story. But on the day in which Britain’s new Prime Minister announced in the Queen’s speech that one of his government’s main goals is to “combat climate change”, it’s perhaps just as well to remind ourselves of the kind of junk science and misinformation that is inspiring his green policies."
"After reading this BBC article on modeling the “tipping point” of polar bear populations, it seemed this photo summed it up well, especially since modeling was substituted in lieu of “nearly non-existent data”. I wonder how the bears survived the Roman Warm Period, or the Medieval Warm Period? "
"...Nowhere has this shift in public opinion been more striking than in Britain, where climate change was until this year such a popular priority that in 2008 Parliament enshrined targets for emissions cuts as national law. But since then, the country has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics who have dominated news reports in recent months, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated. A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. A poll conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier."
H/T Climate Depot
"Tony Blair has been hired as an adviser on climate change by Californian billionaire Vinod Khosla, the latest in a string of jobs the former prime minister has taken. "
ED: Now we know - they know the games up when they hire Tony Blair.
Monday, 24 May 2010
"...The sea level has risen approximately 120m since the peak of the last major ice age approximately 20,000 years ago. Although the rate of sea level rise has greatly decelerated over the past 6000 years, the rate over the entire 20000 year period is 6mm/year. Substituting .5*6 = 3 mm for 1.6 above yields 20213 years until all ice is melted. Note: melting sea ice causes no significant change in sea level due to Archimedes principle."
Sunday, 23 May 2010
"It’s yet another of those great global warming scares pushed by every alarmist - that malaria will get much worse. ...In fact, new research confirms the obvious - that malaria hasn’t got worse even in the past 100 years of warming, and isn’t likely to in the future, either: ..."
Saturday, 22 May 2010
"Last Monday, in its obsession with global warming, the BBC got comically caught out. It devoted a whole hour-long edition of its popular nature programme Springwatch to one of the more familiar themes of warmist propaganda, the way in which springs have been noticeably moving forwards in recent decades, with flowers, tree leaves and much else appearing weeks earlier than they used to do.
A familiar instance to any observer of the countryside has been the dramatic advance in flowering times of those three hedgerow indicators, blackthorn, hawthorn and elder. These used to blossom with unfailing regularity in the closing days of April, May and June, and their recent flowering weeks earlier has undoubtedly been a reflection of a warming climate. But contradicting any belief that this change in our climate is "irreversible" has been the fact that this year, after the hardest of three cold winters running, nature's calendar has dramatically reverted to "normal". The blackthorn burst into flower with unusual intensity in late April, may blossom is only now appearing, as it used to do, in the last 10 days of May. ...."
Friday, 21 May 2010
"The CSIRO paper “State of the Climate” is as much a commentary on the state of the climate scientists who put the document together. The CSIRO has waded into a large government funded trough and is not inclined to publish anything that gets between it and the trough...." ...The behaviour of atmospheric methane can be understood very simply[iv]. It is natural variability, largely determined by El Ninos, volcanoes and pipeline leakage of natural gas. "
U.K. Journalist and ClimateGate Vanguard: Global Warming Debate as ‘Important’ as Winning World Wars
"..“You look at the entire history of the global warming movement and what you realize time and again – it is the work of not of scientists pursuing truth but of activists who have a very particular view of the world,” Delingpole said. “That view is essentially a view of the world which hates humanity, which sees mankind as a blot on the landscape. They are obsessed with the idea of overpopulation. They are also very much against capitalism in any form. They talk about the limits to growth.”
"...Both at Heartland and Oxford we were followed by a film crew who are making a documentary about the war between Warmists and Sceptics. The director, who was a very keen Green when he started the documentary, admitted he’d altered his position quite markedly since talking to both sides. What struck him about deniers/sceptics/realists – or whatever you want to call them – was their courtesy and their thoroughness. What struck him about the warmists was their eye-popping rage.
It’s true. The Warmists really are a malign and spleen-filled bunch. As of course you would be if the science was against you, the public were growing increasingly sceptical, and all you really had left to defend your cause was bullying and bluster."
Thursday, 20 May 2010
"It’s like watching the lights go out over the West. Sinan Unur has mapped the surface stations into a beautiful animation. His is 4 minutes long and spans from 1701-2010. I’ve taken some of his snapshots and strung them into a 10 second animation. You can see as development spreads across the world that more and more places are reporting temperatures. It’s obvious how well documented temperatures were (once) in the US. The decay of the system in the last 20 years is stark."
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
"...The truth is, I said, that the scientific debate is over. The scientists on our side of the argument have won (which is why no Warmist will dare debate Richard Lindzen, and while Al Gore won’t debate anyone at all: they know they’d lose). Problem is, I went on, this debate was never really about science anyway. AGW is and always have been a political process. It’s the political war that we’re fighting now and it’s going to be much much harder to win. ..."
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
"At the ICCC4 conference yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Richard Lindzen give his keynote address at the luncheon. As always, he made some very salient points.."(copy of the presentation - link here)
Monday, 17 May 2010
"The official archivist of New Zealand’s climate records, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), offers top billing to its 147-year-old national mean temperature series (the “NIWA Seven-station Series” or NSS). This series shows that New Zealand experienced a twentieth-century warming trend of 0.92°C.
The official temperature record is wrong. The instrumental raw data correctly show that New Zealand average temperatures have remained remarkably steady at 12.6°C +/- 0.5°C for a century and a half. NIWA’s doctoring of that data is indefensible. ..."
Sunday, 16 May 2010
"The Catlin Arctic Survey arrived arrived at the North Pole this week.
Described as three of ‘the world’s toughest’ explorers, Ann Daniels, Charlie Paton and Martin Hartley reached the Geographic North Pole at on 12th May, ending a grueling 60-day trek across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean…They made it with only hours to spare before a Twin Otter plane was scheduled to land on the ice to collect them.
Congratulations to them on completing a difficult journey against the Beaufort Gyre. They can now compare their Oceanic pH data vs. the non-existent database from past years, and predictably conclude that pH might be lower than it used to be – due to CO2."
"The theme for ICCC-4 will be “Reconsidering the Science and Economics.” New scientific discoveries are casting doubt on how much of the warming of the twentieth century was natural and how much was man-made, and governments around the world are beginning to confront the astronomical cost of reducing emissions. Economists, meanwhile, are calculating that the cost of slowing or stopping global warming exceeds the social benefits. ..."
H/T Climate Depot
Saturday, 15 May 2010
"The new energy secretary has no practical solutions for our looming energy crisis....The most obvious Achilles heel of this weird new Government is the issue on which the two parties making it up are most firmly united. On Friday morning, a beaming David Cameron stood alongside his new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, the Lib Dem Chris Huhne, to proclaim their dedication to halting what Mr Huhne called "the greatest challenge facing mankind": global warming. Both parties are pledged to cut Britain's CO2 emissions by more than four fifths in the next 40 years. Both are committed to building thousands more wind turbines. And neither ever mentions the crisis fast bearing down on us when we lose 14 of the nuclear and coal-fired power stations which supply 40 per cent of the electricity that currently keeps all our economy running, .....What is truly terrifying about putting Mr Huhne in charge of Britain's energy policy is that, like the rest of his Government colleagues, he clearly hasn't the slightest practical understanding of what is involved. Obviously, he has no idea of just how useless windmills are in providing any more than a derisory fraction of the electricity we need to keep our lights on and our computers running. The 3,000 already built provide on average no more electricity than a single medium-sized conventional power station, and the more we build, the more we will have to build CO2-emitting power stations, costing billions of pounds, simply to provide back-up for when the wind is not blowing. "
"To what extent is climate change actually occuring? Late last year, climate researchers were accused of exaggerating study results. SPIEGEL ONLINE has since analyzed the hacked "Climategate" e-mails and provided insights into one of the most unprecedented spats in recent scientific history."
Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog
"Der Spiegel is at the front of the pack in covering issues of climate science and policy. Their latest article is titled "How the Science of Global Warming was Compromised" and provides a very insightful look at the politicization of climate science. Have a look and feel free to come back here to discuss. "
"The head of the UN's climate change panel has defended the use of unproven science to justify climate change by saying the "grey literature" cannot be ignored. ....But the IPCC's chairman said there was a need to use information which was not from peer-reviewed scientific journals, because in some places that was the only research that had been done. ..."
ED: But this is supposed to be 'science'.
Friday, 14 May 2010
"..To those of you who think this is just the ranting of a right-wing AGW-denying headbanger, listen to the wise words of Philip Stott, emeritus professor of biogeography, and avowed socialist:
The lamentable fact that David Cameron has appointed Chris Huhne , Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh, Hampshire, as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, underscores one’s profoundest fears that our leading politicians have still still not grasped, despite all the red flag warnings, the depth and urgency of the UK energy crisis. This, after all, is the man who is avowedly opposed to the development of a new generation of nuclear powers stations, who believes that we can fill our looming energy gap with wave, wind, and waffle, and who is totally uncritical of the ‘global warming’ message."
"Visiting the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), now fronted by Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne, Mr Cameron promised to place the green economy, climate change and energy security at the heart of his "agenda" for the ministry..."
ED: Oh dear....
Dr Richard North
"..Climate change is in our view the greatest challenge for mankind. So says Huhne, alongside the not-so-supreme-leader, who says: "I want this to be the greenest government ever". This patronising, simpering cretin actually believes this crap. The world currency system is on the edge of meltdown, and he's prattling about departmental energy targets and climate change. We are well and truly doomed ... and so say we all."
David Davis: Why this ferocious desire to impose hair-shirt policies?(Dec 2009)
"..The row about whether global warming exists gets even more virulent. The case is not helped by the fact that the planet appears to have been cooling, not warming, in the last decade. Last week, the row was fuelled after a hacker revealed emails between the world's leading climate scientists that seemed to show them conspiring to rig the figures to support their theories. So it is unsurprising that more than half the public no longer believe in global warming.Today, the economic climate makes people question whether we can afford the expense of these policies. The UK's environmental policy has a long-term price tag of about £55bn, before taking into account the impact on economic growth.
The fixation of the green movement with setting ever tougher targets is a policy destined to collapse. The ferocious determination to impose hair-shirt policies on the public – taxes on holiday flights, or covering our beautiful countryside with wind turbines that look like props from War of the Worlds – would cause a reaction in any democratic country. ..."
Thursday, 13 May 2010
"..The 255 experts at the AAAS denouncing “climate deniers” in an open letter described this past winter in these cleverly sarcastic terms :
The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.
I appreciate that government bureaucrats believe that there is no world outside Washington, yet nature has given us the opportunity to grade both the predictive and observational skills of the experts. And it looks like they deserve a rather poor grade. According to data collected by Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, this past October through March period was the snowiest on record in the Northern Hemisphere – with an average monthly snow cover of 39,720,106 km2. Second place occurred in 1970 at 39,574,224 km2."
"...The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had an experience like that. It was so impressed by one edition of the academic journal Climatic Change that it cited 16 of the 21 papers published that month. The journal editors should take a bow. When three-quarters of a single issue of your publication is relied on by a Nobel-winning report, you're doing something right.Except for one small problem. The issue in question - May 2007 - didn't exist yet when the IPCC wrote its report. Moreover, none of the research papers eventually published in that issue had been finalized prior to the IPCC's cutoff date."
"..Earlier in the week snow fell in the Highlands and wintry showers buffeted the peaks of the Pennines, North Wales and the Lake District.Temperatures dipped to -6c in the Scottish Highlands - the lowest figures for this month recorded in the UK since 1993.Despite the sunshine and blue skies in parts of the UK, daytime temperatures reached just 13c in the South East - around 4c below average.Even in Suffolk, thermometers plunged to an unseasonal -4.1c.According to the Met Office, the mercury dropped to -5.8c (21.6f) on Shap Fell, Cumbria - the second coldest May temperature ever recorded there."
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
"Kevin Rudd celebrates his ignorance in Parliament and jeers at truth:
Mr RUDD—I welcome any question from the Leader of the Opposition on climate change, any question whatsoever that he may wish to ask on climate change, particularly given his recent discussions in Sunday school with little children, telling them that it was hotter in Jesus’ time—and right on cue the guy up the back says, ‘It’s true.’ No credible scientist in the world believes that it was hotter in Jesus’ time than it is 2,000 years later after 250 years of the industrial revolution. You know those things called factories with smokestacks and things coming out of the top? That is what is making the world hotter. It is called climate change through global warming.
No credible scientists believe it was warmer in the time of Jesus? Here’s just some of many I could name, who have put their names to a recent study in the Hydrological Sciences Journal:
DEMETRIS KOUTSOYIANNIS a; ALBERTO MONTANARI b; HARRY F. LINS c;TIMOTHY A. COHN c
a Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zographou, Greece b Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Strutture, dei Trasporti, delle Acque, del Rilevamento del Territorio, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy c US Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, USA ..."
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
"Way back in 1997, researchers published a paper that was based on data from 6,000 plus borehole sites from all the continents. The reconstructed temperatures clearly showed a Medieval Period warming that was, and is, unprecedented. The data also makes clear that subsequent warming began well before the growth of human CO2 emissions and this natural rebound would obviously lead to temperatures similar to the Medieval Period.
A year later, the infamous Mann hockey-stick temperature chart was published to wild acclaim by the IPCC and AGW-centric activists. So popular did the Mann chart become, the 6,000+ borehole chart was completely ignored since its data refuted the Mann study. The borehole scientists then decided to re-publish their study with primarily only the blue-side (the typical AGW-favored data cherry-picking) of the chart below. This repackaged borehole study became accepted by the AGW-centric scientists as it seemed to support their cause and the Mann's hockey-stick."
H/T Climate Depot
"In a just published 43-page paper, leading scientists and professors are calling for a completely new direction in climate policy after what they call “The Crash of 2009″...In its Executive Summary, the paper states that climate policy “has failed to produce any discernable real world reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases in fifteen years”
Monday, 10 May 2010
'ManBearPig is real!' declare top climate scientists. 'And to prove it here's a photo-shopped image we found on the internet of a polar bear ...
"Did you ever see a more moving picture? (Well, apart from all the other moving pictures involving polar bears). What particularly moves me is how wafer thin that ice is and how oh-so-far it is from land. Weep, oh readers, weep for the terrible plight of poor Ursus maritimus, the bear we all helped kill because of our selfish refusal to change our lifestyles!
Well, anyway that’s what 255 members of America’s National Academy of Sciences want you to believe. The floating Polie was used to illustrate a letter they’ve just had printed in Science magazine in which they whinge about the McCarthy-esque persecution they’ve been suffering at the hands of those evil truth-seeking types who so unfairly think it’s wrong of scientists to lie and embezzle grant money and fake data and exaggerate risks and hide evidence and bully rival scientists into silence..."
Sunday, 9 May 2010
"The Catlin Expedition is Now only 45 miles away from the North Pole. They have traveled 265 miles (as the crow flies) since March 3, for an average of about four miles per day. They only have a few days left on the ice and are caught in The Beaufort Gyre. ......Soon they can return home and report on the rapidly melting, highly acidic Arctic. Temperatures in the Arctic are close to normal, and will be above freezing in about a month."
"Since the CO2 causes catastrophic global warming schtick hasn't worked out, many alarmists have now turned their focus onto another imaginary problem: CO2 causing "acidification" of the oceans. A new SPPI paper by Lord Monckton exposes the fallacy.Key points:
* Doubling of atmospheric levels would only increase dissolved CO2 in the oceans by .48%
* There is no reliable evidence that ocean pH is falling
* Increased CO2 dissolution in the oceans increases calcification of shellfish and coral
* Corals evolved at a time when CO2 levels were 15 times higher than the present
* Laboratory experiments on sealife in which hydrochloric acid is added to the water (not CO2) and without the natural buffers present in the ocean is meaningless to determine effects of increased CO2 levels on sealife.
Answers to a Fisherman's Testimony about Ocean Acidification
Written by Christopher Monckton (download here)
"He announced it yesterday as one of his key priorities if and when he forms his Coalition of the Suicidal with Nick Clegg. He said he would make “the creation of a low carbon economy a priority.” ....No Dave. I hate to tell you this but committing Britain to a low-carbon economy is not like committing yourself to keeping all phone boxes painted red or promising Britain will never join a currency it was never going to join in a million years anyway.A low carbon economy is virtually the same thing as NO economy."
Saturday, 8 May 2010
"In the last three years, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has often used his podium to talk to the nation about climate change. He has called it "the great moral and economic issue challenge of our time," comparing global warming skeptics to gamblers who "happily play with our children's future." .....In fact, Rudd's firm views on global warming helped push him to victory in the national 2007 elections....But that was then. Last week, in what Australian news website newmatilda.com quickly dubbed the "great moral back flip of our time," Rudd announced he was shelving ETS — at least until 2013. ....Cynics, however, have said that the move was a tactical one. A federal election is due to take place this year, and polls were showing that Australians had lost interest in climate change. Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, tagged the ETS as a "great big new tax on everything" and the label stuck.
Friday, 7 May 2010
"The Select Committee, in its letter inviting testimony for the present hearing, cites various scientific bodies as having concluded that
1. The global climate has warmed;
2. Human activities account for most of the warming since the mid-20th century;
3. Climate change is already causing a broad range of impacts in the United States;
4. The impacts of climate change are expected to grow in the coming decades.
The first statement requires heavy qualification and, since the second is wrong, the third and fourth are without foundation and must fall. The Select Committee has requested answers to the following questions: ...."
H/T Climate Depot
Thursday, 6 May 2010
"LEST anyone doubt the Rudd government’s commitment to its budget rules, it trashed its emissions trading system so that it could honour its commitment to keep spending growth below 2 per cent.Postponing the ETS does virtually nothing to improve national savings since the cash raised from auctioning permits to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere almost exactly matches the cash paid out in compensation. ....The ETS was the biggest single contributor to that growth. The budget update showed that outlays on compensation for climate change rose from $430m in the upcoming budget year to $4.7bn in 2011-12 and $11.8bn in the following year."
"Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms. ....Enjoy! Remember, you helped Gore on the way to becoming a billionaire through the carbon trading system in which he owns a major shareholding. So I’m sure he and Tipper wouldn’t mind if you popped for a weekend stay or two whenever you’re in the Montecito area."
"Channel 4 News science correspondent Tom Clarke reports from the Arctic, where scientists are investigating ocean acidification - one of the most disturbing consequences of climate change. "
ED: Channel 4 goes 'alarmist' again and ignores the fact that the earth is COOLING.
PS. look at the Monday blog entry..
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
"If the notion “the science is settled” isn’t dead by now, then it just got a few more 30D spikes pounded into its coffin. Make no mistake about it: THERE IS NO CONSENSUS."
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
" How we can possibly stop the environmental and energy policy of our next government being based on what US meteorologist Dr Roy Spencer calls “the worst case of mass hysteria the world has known.”?
Dr Spencer, formerly senior scientist for climate studies at NASA, now leads the US science team for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSRE) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He co-developed the original satellite method for precise monitoring of global temperatures from Earth-orbiting satellites. He’s just the kind of egghead the IPCC claims to represent when it tells us the world is getting dangerously warmer, it’s man’s fault – the result of CO2 emissions – and it must be urgently addressed.
Except Dr Spencer doesn’t agree with any of that. He thinks it’s all nonsense, based on a very elementary error he describes in his new book The Great Global Warming Blunder. I summarise his arguments in this article."
Monday, 3 May 2010
"...Actually, the Arctic ice has been rebounding since its latest low ebb around September 2007. And despite steadily rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels - from 0.0285% or 285 ppm in 1870 to 0.0388% or 388 ppm today - average global temperatures have been stable or declining since 1995.
Even UK Climate Research Unit chief Phil Jones and other Climategate emailers acknowledge that now. “We can’t account for the lack of warming, and it’s a travesty that we can’t,” Kevin Trenberth moaned in one of the infamous Climategate emails.
Instead of sleds and snowshoes, the explorers should have rented Doc Brown’s “Back to the Future” time machine. They would have found plenty of the global warming and open waters they so desperately seek.
Vikings built homes, grew crops and raised cattle in Greenland in 950-1300, before they were frozen out by the Little Ice Age and encroaching pack ice and ice sheets.
Many warm periods followed, marked by open seas and minimal southward extent of Arctic sea ice, as noted in ships’ logs and discussed in scientific papers by Torgny Vinje and other experts. The warm periods of 1690-1710, 1750-1780 and 1918-1940, for instance, were often preceded and followed by colder temperatures, severe ice conditions and maximum southward ice packs, as during 1630-1660 and 1790-1830.
“Not only in the summer, but in the winter the ocean [in the Bering Sea region] was free of ice, sometimes with a wide strip of water up to at least 200 miles away from the shore,” Swedish explorer Oscar Nordkvist reported in 1822. "
"I’ve been given a report on glaciers and sea ice in the Arctic that I want to share with readers. There’s some compelling evidence of glacier melting and open water in the Arctic sea in this report that I haven’t seen before. .....All of these reports about sea ice and melt seems familiar, except the date, which is 1943. ...The more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems from history that the Arctic ice is always going up or down. We can’t assume that our recent 2007 record sea ice minimum is something unique in the history of the Arctic ice."
Sunday, 2 May 2010
"But I keep thinking that if sea level was rising significantly, some of the billions of people who live along the coasts might have noticed? My favorite snorkeling beach in California is The Cove in La Jolla. I first went there around 1960, when Raquel Welch (Tejada at the time) was named Homecoming Queen at La Jolla High School. I went snorkeling there again last summer. The beach is still there and hasn’t changed."
Saturday, 1 May 2010
"In September last year, the World Meteorological Organisation hosted some 1,500 climate scientists at the much unheralded and poorly reported World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva, Switzerland. WCC3, an important precursor to “Copenhagen”, was called primarily to discuss, and advise on, the relative importance of shorter term climate cycles versus longer term trends.It succeeded in showing both the true depth of the divergence of views among the world’s top climate scientists, and how uncertain are predictions about global warming."