Climategate

"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 five 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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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Dump the IPCC Process, It Cannot Be Fixed

Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
"..The reason why is because the IPCC process was never created to achieve what the U.N. claims, and what most people believe it exists for.The IPCC was created to use the scientific community to build a case for regulating CO2 emissions. Period."

IAC & Media Admit The Well Is Poisoned – But Insist The Water Is Clean

NoTricksZone
"They all admit the IPCC is flawed and in need of an overhaul, but still insist the science is correct. Go figure. That’s pure rubbish, of course. Bad process = bad product.
......it sounds like the National Academy of Sciences reaching the conclusion that Michael Mann’s hockey stick science had no value, but his answer was still correct."

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GWPF Calls On IPCC To Implement Fundamental Reforms Without Delay

Reform the IPCC for the sake of science

Matt Ridley
"This month, after a three-year investigation, Harvard University suspended a prominent professor of psychology for scandalously overinterpreting videos of monkey behaviour. The incident has sent shock waves through science because it suggests that a body of data is unreliable. The professor, Marc Hauser, is now a pariah in his own field and his papers have been withdrawn. But the implications for society are not great — no policy had been based on his research.

Yesterday, after a four-month review, a committee of scientists concluded that the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has “assigned high confidence to statements for which there is very little evidence”, has failed to enforce its own guidelines, has been guilty of too little transparency, has ignored critical review comments and has had no policies on conflict of interest”.

Enormous and expensive policy changes have been based on the flawed work of these scientists. Yet there is apparently to be no investigation, blame, suspension or withdrawal of papers, just a gentle bureaucratic fattening of the organisation with new full-time posts. ..."

Monday, 30 August 2010

Report calls for climate body overhaul

Channel 4 News
"The international body which advises leaders on the threat of climate change needs fundamental reform in the wake of a number of embarrassing mistakes, according to an independent review. Tom Clarke reports.Despite calls for a change in leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), its chair, Indian scientist Rajendra Pachauri, said today that he wouldn't be leaving immediately.The IPCC came under intense criticism in January when a number of errors were found in the body's most recent 2007 report. It stated, wrongly, that Himalayan glaciers could have disappeared completely by 2035.The report also included evidence from news magazines and environmental NGOs that aren't subject to stringent peer-review. Elsewhere the 2007 report also stated that 55 per cent of the Netherlands is below sea level, when the actual figure is 23 per cent. ...."

IPCC told to stop lobbying and restrict role to explaining climate science

Telegraph
"An independent investigation into the UN’s climate change body has warned it to stop lobbying and to restrict its role to explaining the science behind any changes in global temperature. .....Senior officials at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have also been ordered to disclose their outside financial interests to avert any allegations that they may have profited from policies to tackle global warming.New controls should also be introduced to ensure that the scientific claims made in influential international reports are robust in future. ..."
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UN climate change panel to be warned over reports (Telegraph)
"The United Nation's climate change organisation faces a warning over how it uses scientific facts in its influential reports, following the discovery of a series of embarrassing errors in its work. "

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How the BBC pretended to be balanced on 'climate change'. And, failed, obviously. (Telegraph)

Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Clean Development Mechanism delivers the greatest green scam of all

Christopher Booker,Telegraph
" The essence of the scam is that a handful of Chinese and Indian firms are deliberately producing large quantities of an incredibly powerful "greenhouse gas" which we in the West – including UK taxpayers – then pay them billions of dollars to destroy.

The key to this scam, designed to curb global warming, is a scheme known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), set up under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and administered by the UN. It enables firms and governments in the developed world to buy "credits" which allow them to continue emitting greenhouse gases. These are sold to them, through well-rewarded brokers, from firms in developing countries that can show they have nominally reduced their emissions."

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Tidal turbines: Alex Salmond hits a low ebb

Christopher Booker,Telegraph
"In February the UK Carbon Trust announced that it was giving £3.9 million of UK taxpayers’ money to a Norwegian firm, Hammerfest Stom, to build a tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre on Orkney. This would produce piddling amounts of electricity (averaging some 270 kilowatts) at a quite absurd cost – higher even than that produced by wind turbines.

This month Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, had the audacity to fly to Oslo to announce that Hammerfest Stom was to “invest £4 million in Scottish businesses” to build the turbine, and that this “overseas investment” was a “massive vote of confidence” in Scotland’s “talent, expertise and infrastructure”. He did not of course reveal that the £4 million came from British taxpayers in the first place. Even for the incorrigible Mr Salmond, such shameless pulling of the wool must have exceeded his own personal best. "

Friday, 27 August 2010

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Nature notices Bolivia

Bishop Hill
"Nature magazine has finally noticed the ecological disaster in Bolivia - the deaths of millions of fish caused by biting cold weather in tropical areas of the country. The ecological disaster that readers of this humble blog read about on August 7. According to Nature, the problem has been brought on by "climate change". I kid you not.
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ED: Look here

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Obama SG urges tossing CO2 ruling, greens howl

WUWT
"The Obama administration has urged the Supreme Court to toss out an appeals court decision that would allow lawsuits against major emitters for their contributions to global warming, stunning environmentalists who see the case as a powerful prod on climate change."

Column - Raining on the alarmists’ crusade

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Here is Melbourne Water from last year, explaining why we couldn’t have a cheap dam on, say the fast-flowing Mitchell River, and had to build a $3.5 billion desalination plant instead, at more than twice the price, but for one-third of the water.“Why aren’t we building another dam? Our reservoirs need steady rain over days and weeks, to wet the ground and then generate runoff.“Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.”Good thing it was wrong. Melbourne’s dams today are 40 per cent full and rising steadily - already a third above what they held last year. I don’t really blame Melbourne Water for peddling such alarmism. It was obliged to sing along with its Labor masters, who have flogged the warming scare relentlessly and recklessly.This Government in turn relied in part on the scary reports and controversial modelling of a CSIRO gripped by the global warming faith.It was the CSIRO that also warned in 2003 that global warming could strip our ski resorts of “a quarter of their snow in 15 years and half by 2050”.

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Afternoon Snow Wrap 26.08.10 (BigPond, Australia)
"Perisher - Just when you thought we had received a sufficient amount of snow for a while, we were blessed with a further 33cm overnight! .....Falls Creek - 54cm of fresh in the past 24hrs! Fresh powder tracks everywhere today! .....Mt Hotham - 47cm of cold dry powder. The biggest dump in a long time. Awesome. "

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The Australian Temperature Record - The Big Picture

SPPI
"In a commendable effort to improve the state of the data, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has created the Australian High-Quality Climate Site Network. However, the effect of doing so has been to introduce into the temperature record a warming bias of 41.67 %. And their climate analyses on which this is based appear to increase this even further to around 66.67%."

New paper makes a hockey sticky wicket of Mann et al 98/99/08

WUWT
"..On the one hand, we conclude unequivocally that the evidence for a ”long-handled” hockey stick (where the shaft of the hockey stick extends to the year 1000 AD) is lacking in the data. The fundamental problem is that there is a limited amount of proxy data which dates back to 1000 AD; what is available is weakly predictive of global annual temperature. Our backcasting methods, which track quite closely the methods applied most recently in Mann (2008) to the same data, are unable to catch the sharp run up in temperatures recorded in the 1990s, even in-sample."

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

More than half of Britain's wind farms have been built where there is not enough wind

Daily Mail
"It's not exactly rocket science – when building a wind farm, look for a site that is, well, quite windy.But more than half of Britain’s wind farms are operating at less than 25 per cent capacity.In England, the figure rises to 70 per cent of onshore developments, research shows.Experts say that over-generous subsidies mean hundreds of turbines are going up on sites that are simply not breezy enough.

Britain’s most feeble wind farm is in Blyth Harbour in Northumberland, where the nine turbines lining the East Pier reach a meagre 4.9 per cent of their capacity.Another at Chelker reservoir in North Yorkshire operates at only 5.3 per cent of its potential, the analysis of 2009 figures provided by energy regulator Ofgem found.The ten turbines at Burton Wold in Northamptonshire have been running for just three years, but achieved only 19 per cent capacity.Europe’s biggest wind farm, Whitelee, near Glasgow, boasts 140 turbines. But last year they ran at less than a quarter of their capacity.The revelation that so many wind farms are under-performing will be of interest to those who argue that they are simply expensive eyesores."

A scam on hold – and another one behind

Dr Richard North
"The UN's CDM Executive Body is to review a request from a Chinese plant destroying HCF-23 to generate carbon credits. This follows on from its action in blocking four similar requests "in a bid to ensure that the plants do not deliberately boost their greenhouse gas emissions" – exactly the scam we discussed in December 2009 and again last June.

The Chinese plants are requesting millions of Certified Emissions Reduction Units (CERs) for destroying HCF-23, a potent greenhouse gas that is a by-product of manufacturing the refrigerant gas HCF-22. The credits are generated under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which "allows" industrialised countries to offset a part of their emissions by funding reductions in developing countries.

The whole thing, as we explained in our earlier pieces, is a gigantic multi-million dollar scam. Furthermore, it has been going on for years, ignored by the greenies over here and especially the media. And even now, the World Bank is seeking to defend the indefensible."

Monday, 23 August 2010

Could sceptics debate Cameron’s Avatar instead?

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)
" Avatar director and warmist hypocrite James Cameron just couldn’t wait to debate some sceptics:'I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads'. But Ann McIlhinney, director of Not Evil Just Wrong, discovers that Cameron is actually rather gun-shy, after all: ..."

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James Cameron - King of the Hypocrites (NC Media Watch)
"There were two things that I found unsettling in James Cameron’s movie Avatar. First was the Korean War era military equipments that was not consistent with the future setting of the film. The other was the overt environmentalist messages. Now we find out that Cameron was not willing to stand behind his message. "
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James Cameron: Gunslinger (Daily Caller)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Sea Ice News #19

WUWT
"Darkness is returning to the Arctic as the sun moves towards the horizon. In four weeks, the sun will disappear completely at the North Pole.The Canadian Ice Service shows that there is still low-medium concentration ice blocking the Northwest Passage.If you owned a ship, would you send it through a route knowing it will face shifting pack ice, possible icebergs, fog, darkness, wind, storms and the possibility of an early freeze?"

Saturday, 21 August 2010

The Tree Ring Circus

SPPI
"The Hockey Stick Illusion is the shocking story of a graph called the Hockey Stick. It is also a textbook of tree ring analysis, a code-breaking adventure, an intriguing detective story, an exposé of a scientific and political travesty, and the tale of a herculean struggle between a self-funded sceptic and a publicly funded hydra, all presented in the measured style of an analytical treatise. The hero of the story is Steve McIntyre, honourably assisted by fellow sceptics, especially by Ross McKitrick. The villain is Michael Mann, dishonourably assisted by global warming alarmists, especially by his “Hockey Team”. The bare bones of the Hockey Stick story are as follows. .."

Thursday, 19 August 2010

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Leading US Physicist Labels Satellitegate Scandal a ‘Catastrophe’

John OSullivan
"..Anderson, a successful Materials Physicist with his own laboratory, has looked closely at the evidence uncovered on NOAA. He has been astonished to discover, “Both higher altitudes and higher latitudes have been systematically removed from the measured temperature record with very poor and biased interpolated results taking their place.”

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Julie Burchill: So the Prince of Green Hypocrites is going on tour. Thank God I'll be abroad

Independent
"Green is the first socio-political movement in which every single leader and spokesperson is filthy rich."

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Why conservatives shouldn't believe in man made climate change

Telegraph
"...In other words one of the central planks in the argument for the existence of CAGW has been demolished for a THIRD time. How many more times does it need to be shredded and splintered before the eco zealots who gather to froth and foam at warmist sites like Real Climate accept that their flimsy theory has been falsified beyond credibility?"

Green taxes could treble by 2020, costing taxpayers more than £16billion a year

Daily Mail
"Taxes to pay for contentious climate change policies are set to treble over the next decade, soaring to more than £16billion a year.The hike is the equivalent of 4p on the current rate of income tax, a report from think tank Policy Exchange claimed.By 2020 the tax take from green levies will be roughly equivalent to total public spending in England on both the police and fire services, the figures show.Householders will pay £4.3billion in taxes on their energy bills by 2015 – more than double the £2billion they will pay this year. This will soar to £6.4billion by 2020, or around £280 for every household.Firms will also be hit hard, with energy prices rising from £3.7billion to £9.9billion in the next decade.The think tank warned that poorer households tended to spend more on energy so would have more of their meagre income swallowed up by taxes levied on household bills."

Monday, 16 August 2010

US Government admits global warming satellite sensors “degraded” -temperatures may be out by 10-15 degrees. Now five satellites in controversy. Top scientists speakout.

Climate Realists
"In an escalating row dubbed ‘Satellitegate’ further evidence proves NOAA knew of these faults for years. World’s top climate scientists and even prior governmental reports cite underfunding and misallocation as the trigger for spiraling satellite data calamities. Key flaws with five satellites undermines global data.

Most disturbing of all is that it took publication of my article last week to persuade the authorities to withdraw the errant NOAA-16 satellite from service. But as Dr. John Christy indicates, the real Satellitegate is not about one satellite. The scandal is endemic with comparable flaws across the entire network; the scandal is also that it took a tip off from a member of the public and the widespread broadcast of my article before one of the offending junk boxes, NOAA-16, got taken down."

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Why Warming Is Falsely Reported When World Is Cooling by Dr. Tim Ball

Britain puts decarbonisation on hold

WUWT
"The coalition is watering down a commitment to tough new environmental emissions standards, raising the possibility of dirty coal-fired power stations such as Kingsnorth going ahead.Green groups are aghast that a flagship policy called for in opposition by both Lib Dems and Tories, and which they last year tried to force on the Labour government, will now not be implemented in the coalition’s first energy bill to be published this year."

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Realities of UK Energy Policy (Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog)
"A slow-down in UK decarbonization policy with respect to the targets of the 2008 Climate Change Act is inevitable."

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sea Ice News #18

WUWT
"Summer has come to a premature and frosty end at Santa’s workshop.It has been the coldest summer on record north of 80N, and temperatures have dropped below freezing ahead of the average date.The entire ice covered region is now below freezing.It also appears that the summer melt season will be the shortest on record. The maximum was reached very late in March, and it appears likely that we are headed for an early minimum. ....Conclusions:

The “long term trend” (30 years) in Arctic ice continues to be downwards, and would be even if the ice minimum was a record high this summer. But the three year trend shows strong growth of extent, thickness and age. Meanwhile, Antarctic ice is blowing away the record books. Yet the press continues to spread massive disinformation about the state of ice at both poles. Who could possibly be responsible for that? "

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Pielke Sr. on Heat Wave in Russia

WUWT
"..If it is a long term global warming signature, than the global average tropospheric warm anomaly will persist when the blocking pattern is removed. If, however, the lower tropospheric temperatures cool to or below their long term average and this heat cannot be found in the oceans, long term global warming cannot be the culprit. I will report on this early in 2011. " (Guest Post by Dr. Roger Pielke Senior, University of Colorado)

Our Real Gulf Disaster

National Review
"Four months after the Deepwater Horizon spill — which President Obama called the “worst environmental disaster America has ever faced” — the oil is disappearing, and fisheries are returning to normal. ......To get an idea of the scale of misinformation involved, consider how many of the most widely reported narratives about the spill — ones that have woven their way into the national consciousness — have turned out to be dubious. .....The spreading of this East Coast–beach meme was a joint operation of NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the media. In June, NCAR produced a slick computer-modeled animated video that showed a gigantic part of the spill making its way around the southern tip of Florida and up the East Coast. .....But then the government, in the form of a more senior bureaucracy, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), disavowed the scenario."

Friday, 13 August 2010

One of Our Hemispheres Is Missing!

NoTricksZone
"The earth’s southern hemisphere is now in the winter season, and it is proving to be a severe one. There have been many deaths of people, animals, fish, and crops. But you haven’t heard about that from the northern hemisphere media.

As far as the media is concerned, there is no southern hemisphere. All the media coverage is about fires in Russia, Arctic ice melting, glaciers calving icebergs, heat waves on the U. S. east coast, and other “weather” occurrences up north. So let me bring you up to date on the highlights from down south."

ED: We have noticed this too,and previous posts have drawn attention to the harsh winter weather in the southern hemisphere. (here) (here) and (here)

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Long-Ago Human Errors to Blame for Russia’s Peat Fires

New York Times
"Among all the troubles that have been visited on Russia in this summer of record heat, wildfires, smoke and crop failure, perhaps none have been so persistent and impervious to remedy as the peat fires. Particularly maddening, many here say, is the knowledge that the problem is caused by humans.

As early as 1918 Soviet engineers drained swamps to supply peat for electrical power stations. That approach was abandoned in the late 1950s, after natural gas was discovered in Siberia, but the bogs were never reflooded, though the authorities are currently weighing the idea. "

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The Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 (World Climate Report)
"The driving force of the 2010 heat wave has been a stationary weather system that has remained locked in place over western Russia since mid-June. The atmospheric is termed to be “blocked” when atmospheric circulation patterns remained fixed in place, instead of being progressive. ....Atmospheric blocking is not unique to today’s climate. ..."

Palin perhaps ?

US Government in Massive New Global Warming Scandal – NOAA Disgraced

Climate Change Fraud
"..Of major concern here is whether the false data has been fed into climate models ascertaining the broader temperature averages for the entire United States. The alleged response from NOAA as shown in the comments below this article, indicates evasiveness by Chuck Pistis, NOAA Program Coordinator, in answering the question. Why so?

I also applied due diligence and asked internationally renowned climatologist, Dr. Timothy Ball to take a look at the numbers. Here is what Dr. Ball observed:

"I have read your article and believe it is a very valid observation of the data as reported. At best the entire incident indicates gross incompetence, at worst it indicates a deliberate attempt to create a temperature record that suits the political message of the day."

Moreover, I have written to NOAA but am still awaiting their reply. I specifically asked whether this extravagantly false data was fed into climate models to help ramp up the U.S. climate numbers by "400%" as commented on by analyst, Jo Nova (more here). The Australian researcher provides an excellent summary to an important paper that removes all doubt that climate models are utterly flawed. As Dr. Ball points out—perhaps we know why. "

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Official: Satellite Failure Means Decade of Global Warming Data Doubtful
(Climate Realists)

Target: Monckton

WUWT
"As CFACT has said before, the chain of logic behind global warming claims does not hold up. Lord Christopher Monckton will neither be silenced, nor ignored. As Mahatma Gandhi told us, “first they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

They get paid for this stuff...

Bishop Hill
"There's an interesting piece on global warming sceptics in the Ottawa Citizen, by Dan Gardner. I've never heard of Mr Gardner before but the Telegraph's Tom Chivers called him "the wonderful Dan Gardner" so I thought I would take a look at the article, which is called "Weighing the evidence".

It's well worth it because it turned out to be silly enough to get me laughing out loud. ..."

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

What the Chinese really think of 'Man Made Global Warming'

Telegraph
"...What do the Chinese think about CAGW? Well, until now it was largely a question of educated guesswork, based on inferences like the fact that it was the Chinese who derailed the Copenhagen negotiations. But thanks to a new book called Low Carbon Plot by Gou Hongyang we know exactly what the official view is. .....Here, for example, is the author’s damning verdict on the Climate Change industry. Noting the irony of the spate of freezing cold weather that greeted the Copenhagen summit, the author wrily notes:

It was as if the freezing cold winter was having a laugh at all of these “Global Warming” theories. If the world was warming at an ever quickening pace, as all of these environmentalists say, then whence from such extreme cold? Whenever there are any doubts about Global Warming, it is almost as though environmentalists turn everything around and claim that this is too, a result of Global Warming. The Greenhouse Effect has turned in to a big basket, no matter what bad thing it is, just chuck it in.

.....This truth hasn’t hit home yet: not in the EU; not in the Cleggeron Coalition; not in Obama’s USA. Here’s my bet. The first to see sense on this will be whichever Republican administration takes over from Obama’s one-term presidency in 2012. From that point on – by which time we’ll have had two more exceptionally cold winters to concentrate our minds – British and European environmental policy will look increasingly foolish and irrelevant"

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The Realists Take on Climate Change

Climate Realists
"..My examination of the Climategate inquiries centers on the extent to which they succeeded in providing credible answers to these questions. As will be shown, the various inquiries reviewed evidence that leads to an affirmative answer in each case, and in many cases the inquiries reached affirmative answers, yet couched the conclusions in terms that gave the opposite impression. In other cases they simply left the questions unanswered. In some cases they avoided the issues by answering irrelevant questions."

Electric car crashes

Andrew Bolt Herald Sun (Australia)
"Another green scheme bites the dust:
Spain’s plans to have 2,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2010 have been dealt a blow as figures showed just 16 have been sold… In April, the government said it would invest 590m euros ($775m; £490m) in the production of electric cars. ...."

'Der Krieg ist verloren!' declares confused, angry, trembly-handed Al Gore in bunker conference call

Telegraph
"“This battle has not been successful and is pretty much over for this year,” a shaken Al Gore has told his supporters, conceding that there is now next to no chance of US Congress passing a Climate Bill in 2010."

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Business facing a wave of green taxes

Telegraph
"Companies that fail to register their energy use by next month will be hit with fines that could reach £45,000 under the little-known rules.Those that do participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) initiative by declaring their energy use will face charges for every ton of greenhouse gas they produce. "

Scamming the Global Warming scammers! The Great Carbon Caper!

Climate Common Sense
"When you are selling nothing but pieces of paper it is not surprising to find that up to 90% of market volume in some countries is fraudulent. Criminals (and most everyone else) are much cleverer than the bureaucrats who set up the dopey scheme causing losses of up to 5 billion Euros (6.6 Billion USD) . To this day it seems only a few charges have been laid for only a small part of these losses.

The European Union (EU) Emission Trading System (ETS) has been the victim of fraudulent traders in the past 18 months. This resulted in losses of approximately 5 billion euros for several national tax revenues. It is estimated that in some countries, up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities.
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Big, hot, shiny orb in sky caused by 'climate change' says UK Met Office

Telegraph
"..For a more balanced perspective, try this interview with Pat Michaels on RT. ...Michaels believes the Russian heat wave has more to do with a “jet stream anomaly”, while Corbyn – whose WeatherAction long range forecast predicted the heat wave – says it is caused by “circulation patterns caused by a combination of solar activity and the phase of the moon.” Similar climatic patterns – a heat wave in Russia, flooding on the Indian subcontinent and wet English summers – were experienced 132 years ago. We have been here before, in other words. Nihil novi sub sole.

Yeah but Corbyn and Michaels are both sceptics so of course they’re bound to play down the Climate Change problem. Well maybe but the stubborn fact remains that there has been no net global warming since 1998. It may feel hot right now if you’re in Moscow or parts of the USA, but there are other parts of the world which are experiencing abnormally cold conditions, as C3headlines reports here. The Pacific is experiencing unpredecented cooling, Argentina is colder than Antarctica, Santiago in Chile has had its coldest July since 1908.

But don’t expect to hear much about this inconvenient cold from the Met Office or the BBC. It doesn’t fit their narrative."

Monday, 9 August 2010

How CRU Cooked the Books on Siberia

the hockey schtick
"How CRU Cooked the Books on Siberia
We learned in December 2009 from the Russian newspaper RIA Novosti that Hadley CRU had tampered with Russian temperature data by including only 25% of available weather stations in its reports: ..."

Bitter Cold Winter Ahead – Get Your Parkas Ready

P Gosselin – NoTricksZone
Climate News from Germany in English

"By bitter, I mean much colder than normal. This is a summary of what the experts are saying and what the data are showing. We just got a strong El Nino behind us and now a La Nina is forming in the Pacific and is barreling ahead in full development, see the chart below. It’s got the potential to be a big one, meaning global temperatures will go into a nosedive in the months ahead."

Iceberg calving: the movie

WUWT
"Envisat has been observing a rare event in the Arctic since early August – a giant iceberg breaking off the Petermann glacier in North-West Greenland.

The Petermann glacier is one of the largest glaciers connecting the Greenland inland ice sheet with the Arctic Ocean. Upon reaching the sea, a number of these large outlet glaciers extend into the water with a floating ‘ice tongue’.

The ice tongue of the Petermann glacier was the largest in Greenland, with an extension of about 70 km until early August. This tide-water glacier regularly advances towards the ocean at about 1 km per year. During the previous months, satellite images revealed that several cracks had appeared on the glacier surface,suggesting to scientists that a break-up event was imminent.

US Government in Big New Global Warming Scandal – NOAA Disgraced

John O'sullivan
"Global warming data apparently cooked by U.S. government-funded body shows astounding temperature fraud with increases averaging 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.The tax-payer funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has become mired in fresh global warming data scandal involving numbers for the Great Lakes region that substantially ramp up averages.A beleaguered federal agency appears to be implicated in the most blatant and extreme case of climate data fraud yet seen. Official records have been confirmed as evidence that a handful of temperature records for the Great Lakes region have been hiked up by literally hundreds of degrees to substantially inflate the average temperature range for the northeastern United States." The web pages at the center of this latest climate storm were created by NOAA in partnership with Michigan State University."

3 Q's: Michael Brown: MSU meteorology professor

istockanalyst.com (Source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)trackingBy Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Miss.)
"Q:What, if anything, does this summer's heat wave tell us about weather patterns and climate change?

A: The hot conditions that much of Mississippi has been experiencing cannot be linked to climate change. Unfortunately, a large area of high pressure has been in control of our weather pattern. High pressure suppresses clouds and, therefore, rainfall, allowing for plenty of sunshine and, therefore, higher temperatures.

The climate is very cyclical and we simply can't link a short period of warmer conditions to climate change. Unfortunately, global warming, global cooling, climate change and such are shifting from being scientific investigations and are instead an indictment of political affiliation. "

H/T Climate Depot

The BBC: still biased

Telegraph
"It seems that in the world of BBC news reportage there is the right kind of climate change and the wrong kind. The right kind is the sort where listeners’/viewers’ minds can instantly make the connection with CAGW. (As Any Questions phone-in guests very quickly did with the Pakistani flooding and the Ukrainian fires: these were the result of man-made CO2 emissions, no question, apparently). The wrong kind is the type they’ve been experiencing in South America recently (and before that Mongolia) where the freakish cold (which has caused fish and even crocodiles to die) is hard to reconcile with the idea of a dangerously warming planet, and therefore unsuitable for BBC news’s proselytising narrative.

But can this skewed reporting really be deliberate? Oh yes sirree it can, as this fascinating transcript unearthed by Bishop Hill shows. It’s a transcript of a 2005 studio discussion hosted by famous left-wing bad-taste tie-wearer Jon Snow and featuring George Monbiot, in which various media bods are shown arguing how best to report on climate change in such a way as to correct the public’s false consciousness on AGW (as opposed to, er, reporting the facts as they’re understood)."

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BBC says sorry to Climategate unit for grilling by John Humphrys (Daily Mail)

"For goodness sake, he was right to question the tide of innacurate science behind the global warming scam.I am a keen environmentalist, but even i know when the figures are being fudged in favour of introducing carbon tax.If you want to save this planet, stop the industrial polution. Carbon tax is just a money making scheme.The green movement has been hijacked by the corporates, and some of us know it.

- anna, notts, 08/8/2010 08:41"

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Australians' Views Shift on Climate Change

Gallup
"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Australians' attitudes about global warming could be a factor later this month in the general election where climate change has emerged as an issue. The percentage of Australians who are aware of climate change and say it results from human activities fell from 52% in June 2008 to 44% in March 2010, while the number attributing it to natural causes increased 10 percentage points."

Climate change: Behold, the gospel according to the UN

The Methodist Church is adopting the IPCC's report on global warming as holy writ, finds Christopher Booker (Telegraph)
"The document makes it clear that all good Methodists must take as their new Bible the latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, along with the famous report by Lord Stern. Inspired by this holy writ, like any Old Testament prophet it reels off all those familiar apocalyptic warnings of the catastrophes sinful mankind is bringing on the planet – floods, droughts, hurricanes, killer heatwaves, melting ice caps, sea levels rising by 20 feet (although they did get that one from the prophet Gore). "

Friday, 6 August 2010

Time to Cut Carbon Cutting

Guido Fawkes
"Until recently Ed Miliband was only really known as the over-enthusiastic Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. One of his first moves was to push through the Climate Change Act, mandating a cut in UK Carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. As MP’s dutifully filed through the ‘aye’ lobby they were lacking one key fact: how much would it all cost? Despite the best efforts of several backbench Tories there is yet to be a definitive answer.

Alex Salmond, spotting a chance to claim a policy as his own, responded by announcing the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. The only difference was a small increase in the intermediate target.

At least the Scots had the decency to, belatedly, estimate the cost of this misguided policy. Their figure? £8billion of central funding over the next ten years – just to cut emissions in the public sector. That’s without considering the economic effect on private businesses struggling to meet unrealistic targets. If that’s the cost to a country of 5 million people, shouldn’t someone point out that UK plc is looking at a bill of almost £100 billion in the next decade…"

Climate Craziness of the Week: NW Passage open “first time in history” and all that…

WUWT
"The international news media are hailing the archaeological find of a British naval ship the HMS Investigator on July 25 in an area far north (600 km) of the Arctic Circle that was previously unreachable due to sea ice. The HMS Investigator was abandoned in 1853, but not before sailing the last leg of the elusive Northwest Passage. ...."

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Ship find shows Arctic Sea Ice conditions similar to 1853 (The Hockey Schtick)
"..Interesting that the ship was lost in 1853, right at the end of the Little Ice Age, and coincidentally just 3 years after the start of the HADCRU global temperature record, from which we are led to believe the earth has warmed about 0.7C. If we are seeing "unprecedented" global temperatures and changes in Arctic sea ice, how did the HMS Investigator get this far north at the end of the Little Ice Age?"

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Snow in Brazil, below zero Celsius in the River Plate and tropical fish frozen

MercoPress
"For a second day running it snowed Wednesday in Southern Brazil and in twelve of Argentina’s 24 provinces including parts of Buenos Aires as a consequence of the polar front covering most of the continent’s southern cone with zero and below zero temperatures. ...In related news, reports from landlocked Bolivia indicate that to the east of the country in tropical areas temperatures plummeted to zero causing “millions of dead fish” in rivers that normally flow in an environment of 20 Celsius.Santa Cruz governor Ruben Costas said the province was suffering a “major environmental catastrophe” and warned the population not to make use of water from rivers (because of the dead fauna and flora) promising to send drinking water in municipal trucks.“The last time something of this magnitude happened was 47 years ago”, said governor Costas. "

H/T Climate Depot

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1 Million Fish Dead in Bolivian Ecological Disaster (BoliviaBella.com)
"(3 Aug. 2010 - Update: The number of dead fish and other water-dependent wildlife has increased to about 6 million.)

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Over 1 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles, dolphins and other river wildlife are floating dead in numerous Bolivian rivers in the three eastern/southern departments of Santa Cruz, Beni and Tarija. The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures. ..."

Colder Arctic temperatures in the melt season vs. GISS temperatures.

Hide The Decline
"..You want to know the Air temperature in 2 meters altitude. Which temperature would be most precise, the water temperature around the boat or the temperature from land ( measured at the city airport... ) ?
Now imagine the same situation, but this time you are 1150 km from land. Which temperature would you rely most on, the water temperature around the boat or the temperature from land (city/Airport) 1150 km away? Since 1987, James Hasen, and thus GISS, has used a 1200 km radius in their global temperatures based on meteorological stations and thus extended land temperatures to cover a considerable ocean area."

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Climate of emissions trading cools

The Australian
"But Australia is not alone in failing to put a price on carbon. Global warming fatigue is setting in all over the world.

Canada's cap-and-trade legislation is going nowhere. Japan's weak and divided government has temporarily shelved its ETS in parliament. French President Nicolas Sarkozy's carbon tax is blocked by the Constitutional Council. Public opinion polls show higher climate scepticism in Britain than in western Europe, North America and the Antipodes. Even when an ETS has been implemented, as in the case of the European Union, the policy has been a debacle: a collapsed carbon price, higher energy prices, and increased emissions during the first three years in operation."

UEA on the New Scientist editorial

Bishop Hill
"A few days back I linked to a New Scientist editorial on the Russell review, noting that it was surprisingly critical of CRU. (It's behind a paywall now, so you will have to take my word for it.) I noticed the other day that UEA have issued a rebuttal of sorts, which is, frankly, weird.

The editorial pointed out, quite correctly, that neither Oxburgh or Russell had looked at the science: ..."

Pakistan's Floods

Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog
"...The following excerpt from Time magazine in October, 1955 is a reminder that the region is prone to frequent and devastating floods: ......"

ED: Didn't take the BBC long to jump on a 'warmist' bandwagon...
Is climate change South Asia's deadliest threat? - it also describes THIS as 'Petty squabbles'.....

Monday, 2 August 2010

So I was right about the BP oil spill…

Telegraph
"..Whether it’s BSE or Sars or Swine Flu or the Millennium Bug or the Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon or – the biggest con of the lot – “Man Made Global Warming”, the trajectory followed by these scares is exactly the same: a vaguely plausible threat gets exaggerated by journalists, publicity- and funding-hungry “experts” and activists to the point where it seems very real and captures the public imagination; in steps the government keen to be seen to doing something to address this urgent new public concern; vast sums of money are squandered to deal with this non-existent threat; the story moves on to a new scare (repeat ad infinitum); afterwards it emerges that the supposed threat wasn’t nearly as great as had been supposed but – yesterday’s Telegraph piece being an honourable exception – this is rarely reported because the story has moved on."

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Yes, You Can Do This At Home

AG(data)W Begins In 1990
E.M.Smith
So What About The Graph?

"Well, first off, notice that a trend line fit to the annual data is just about dead flat right up until about 1990. (That is the very thin blue line at near the zero line) The change of “duplicate numbers” or “modification history flag” on thermometers starts to hit in about 1986-1987 but those records have a matching entry from the prior “duplicate number” until about 1990 when “the reveal” is done and the older series of “duplicate numbers” are dropped. You could put the segment break at 1987 and get similar results, but I chose 1990 as that is when the data series are left to stand on their own.

At that point we see a dramatic increase in the slope of the trend line as “AGW suddenly begins”. But, IMHO, it’s not the world that’s warming, it’s the data…

That is the most striking thing I see. Just look at the slope of that thin Hot Pink trend line! We go from nearly flat trend up to 1990 (the thin blue line) to dramatic warming (thin hot pink line) just as the “modification history” or “duplicate number” change indicates a change of processing of the data. Hmmmm.

But wait, there is more… "

The 97% "Consensus" is only 76 Self-Selected Climatologists

The Hockey Schtick
"..However, close examination of the source of the claimed 97% consensus reveals that it comes from a non-peer reviewed article describing an online poll in which a total of only 79 climate scientists chose to participate. Of the 79 self-selected climate scientists, 76 agreed with the notion of AGW. Thus, we find climate scientists once again using dubious statistical techniques to deceive the public that there is a 97% scientific consensus on man-made global warming, but fortunately they clearly aren't buying it. "

The phenomena of disinvitation and the brotherhood of silence

WUWT
"Scientists who venture to make independent statements in public about environmental myths soon come to learn about two post-modern-science tactics used to suppress their views – namely, disinvitation and the application of a brotherhood of silence. How these tactics work is explained in this article. .....The same self-appointed guardians of the sanctity of IPCC climate propaganda also strive ceaselessly to prevent invitations from being issued in the first place. For example, when it was suggested to a Sydney metropolitan university that I might give a talk on the campus, their Distinguished (sic) Professor of Sustainability responded that:

he would not be interested in allowing anyone to present a point of view which did not support the fact that human-generated carbon dioxide has caused global warming."

Peru declares state of emergency amid plunging temperatures

Guardian
"Peru has declared a state of emergency after hundreds of children died from freezing conditions that have seen temperatures across much of the South American country plummet to a 50-year low. In 16 of Peru's 25 regions, temperatures have fallen below -24C.
..."Over the past three or four years we have seen temperatures during the winter months get lower, and people are unable to survive this," said Silvia Noble, from Plan Peru, an NGO. "This cold weather is now extending into areas that never saw these low temperatures before and children and elderly people are especially at risk as they are not physically strong enough to last month after month of sub-zero conditions."

H/T Climate Depot