EGYPT In Chaos: We waited and we waited. and then in came: the troubles in Egypt can be blamed on global warming. Cameron Scott knows that Mr Mubarak is not blame:
Most major political shifts are caused at least in part by economic pressures. Food prices are now at an all-time high. Those prices have, according to a wide range of analysts, contributed to the political revolts first in Tunisia and now in Egypt… But here’s the kicker: Food prices aren’t just some arbitrary economic statistic. They measure (inversely) the planet’s success at sustaining its human population. And right now, it’s not doing so well. The reason? Erratic weather spurred by climate change.
Only, there are bumper crops - cereal production would be the third-highest on record. Global commodity prices do rise and fall. But there is no direct link in that fluctuation to climate change.
And in Egypt the food prices can be high but, as David Pollock of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy writes, Mubarak tries to keep them low:
But food prices for basic items are heavily subsidized in Egypt … there are rations and subsidized goods of inferior quality available at very very low prices, and these parallel markets for better and more freely available flour or bread or rice or cooking oil that are available at more like market prices.
Mubarak – champion of cheap food! Not much of a slogan to revolution is it? Maybe the Egyptians are upset with him for something else..?
THE information is that the Met Office did not predict a cold winter. It says it did – in secret.
The BBC’s Roger Harrabin wrote in good faith:
In October the forecaster privately warned the Government – with whom it has a contract – that Britain was likely to face an extremely cold winter.
It kept the prediction secret, however, after facing severe criticism over the accuracy of its long-term forecasts.
The truth is it [The Met Office] did suspect we were in for an exceptionally cold early winter, and told the Cabinet Office so in October.
But we weren’t let in on the secret. “The reason? The Met Office no longer publishes its seasonal forecasts because of the ridicule it suffered for predicting a barbecue summer in 2009 – the summer that campers floated around in their tents.
GENGHIS Khan was an eco-warrior. While we make do with Genghis Porritt, Genghis Meacher, Genghis Sandra Kanck and Genghis Curtis, the Mongols had it good. Julia Pongratz is lead boffin at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology. Says she:
“We found that during the short events such as the Black Death and the Ming Dynasty collapse, the forest re-growth wasn’t enough to overcome the emissions from decaying material in the soil. But during the longer-lasting ones like the Mongol invasion… there was enough time for the forests to re-grow and absorb significant amounts of carbon.”
Where the hell is a massacre when you need one?
THE BBC reports that scammers are targetting scientists expert in climate and global warming:
Online fraudsters are targeting climate scientists through invitations to fake conferences, often at fictional five-star London hotels.
Elizabeth Farrelly is the Sydney Morning Herald “columnist, author and architect”. She is, thus, a well placed figure of authority on man-made global warming:
Although causality is ultimately unknowable, the near certainty is that these cataclysms are, in both frequency and magnitude, anthropogenic. As Gaia’s warning they offer the profoundest reason for not Band-aiding the coalmines but actively embracing change.
We did it. For once, we acted collectively, as humans, huddled together on a fragile planet, rather than as selfish individuals. And we did it: we beat global warming.
So now let’s move on.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2010 was Australia’s coldest year since 2001. Since logic tells us the planet can’t be getting hotter and colder at the same time, we can confidently pronounce global warming dead, buried and comprehensively beaten.
IS the BBC biased in its reporting on global warming? Well..:
Greenpeace wishes to emphasize that this fire is a direct expression of the effects of climate change and global warming which threaten us all. Climate change is already here and it is taking a heavy human toll!
Israel must take this warning sign seriously and take immediate measures in order to eradicate the effects of climate change. Israel must cancel its plans to construct another coal plant, reduce use of fossil fuels, and realize that we are dealing with an international struggle.
BIG bits of Australia are under water. And the environmentalists told you it would happen. They warned you of the coming flood. Well, maybe not the ones who lobbied for the desalination plant over the damn, but lots did warn of a flood.
Get a load of this from Ian Lowe, head of the Australian Conservation Foundation:
The Queensland floods are another reminder of what climate science has been telling us for 25 years, like the recent long-running drought, the 2009 heatwaves and the dreadful Victorian bushfires. As well as a general warming, increasing sea levels and altered rainfall patterns, climate modellers confidently predicted more frequent extreme events: floods, droughts, heatwaves and severe bushfires.
PC Mark Kennedy lived for seven years as Mark Stone, spying for the police. He infiltrated Earth First and became a noted figure among the anti-establishment groups, such as The Wombles. We know about him because when six men and women went on trial for an alleged plat to shut down the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire in 2009, their lawyers asked for information on Kennedy’s involvement. The law blinked and the trial collapsed.
And as the debate wonders if the spy became an agent provocateur, and other plotters vie for the film rights, a woman called Anna says she shagged Mark Stone.
The Guardian says:
She now questions whether the British police have allowed a string of undercover agents to use sex as a “tactic” to disrupt and glean information about environmental campaigns.
Well, yes. A spy seeks to blend in. The undercover copper might have read The Guardian’s doom monger George Monbiot and felt a pressure to nod in agreement and clack his tongue in satisfaction. He might have played the bongos. He might have – gulp! – saluted the sun. He might have preached about upcoming terrors and disasters certain to befall mankind with a messianic glee and then looked agog and affronted when people not just like him failed to say “thanks for the tip”.
POSTED originally on the comments to Booker’s column, Dellers has picked up a contribution from “Memory Vault” who lives in Queensland and, with increasing concern, is watching the devastation that has so far claimed more than 70 lives, writes Richard North.
But the issue here – as it was with the horrendous bush fires in Victoria in 2009, is that the disaster could by and large have been prevented, or the effects reduced, but for Greenie intervention. And two individuals are particularly in the frame, the first being environment minister Peter Garrett, who took it upon himself to block a proposed dam that would have prevented it flooding the town of Gympie.
But “Memory Vault” particularly condemns a second individual, Tim Flannery, a professor of earth and life sciences at Macquarie University, chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, and the 2007 Australian of the Year. It is he, above all, he has managed to convince the state government that the predicable cycle of droughts and floods will no longer happen, and that the state, instead of beefing up defences from the last major event 30 years ago in 1974, should prepare for long-term water shortages.
CLITHEROE’S glacier of awe is back. Visitors can view the ice in the car park at Booths supermarket.
AL Gore (his ark of hope), Sheryl Crow and Gisele Bundchen (and her blue lagoon) and the Guardian - does it uses all of its offices, stairwells and toilets, all of the time? – open your doors: George Monbiot says its time to turn your places into a kibbutz, prison or Green Shirt approved camp:
Your housing footprint is the number of bedrooms divided by the number of people in the household. Like ecological footprints, it reminds us that the resource is finite, and that, if some people take more than they need, others are left with less than they need.
“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people … If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000” – Ehrlich, Speech at British Institute For Biology, September 1971.
AS you look out at the snow and the ice and know that the past month was Britain’s coldest December for 120 years, we present a section from High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisisis, by Mark Lynas, adviser on climate change to the Maldives.
Here’s what the expert had to say in 2004:
On sale next to the desk were several Christmas cards, each showing children making a snowman under a heavy winter sky, the pretty white flakes swirling around them as they gathered up the snow in their duffle coats and woolly mittens. It was the traditional British winter, everyone’s dream of a white Christmas. And what no one knows – or likes to admit – is that it’s probably gone for good.
Boris, a believer in anthropogenic global warming, although he has wobbled, is at least on his bike. The politicians who tells us that mad weather is inevitable – who fail to prepare for a harsh winter – are in their heated offices.
While you work out how all the money spent on combating man-made climate change compares to stockpiling grit for Gaia’s dandruff, note that the top story on the Independent right now is Charles Onians’s classic text of March 2000 – which still tops the Met Office’s prediction of 2010 being a “milder” winter:
“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”
YOU know the manmade global warming argument is lost when the BBC broadcast comics laughing at the media-led narrative. The underused Alexander Armstrong and his partner Ben Miller have spotted the problem.
HUGE news in the Guardian that Fox News has an agenda on global warming. You might suppose this will give Guardian readers a chance to see another side to the manmade global warming argument.
The Guardian makes no mention of that, preferring to quote a Media Matters shocker that, Fox News’s Washington bureau chief, Bill Sammon, “imposed an order to make time for climate sceptics within 15 minutes of the airing of a story about a scientific report showing that 2000-2009 was on track to be the hottest decade on record”.
TIME to catch up with Siegfried Rotthäuser, the German whizz whose Heatballs – they look just like incandescent lightbulbs (because they are – ed) but give off heat, too! – would cause a wow in your home.
Well, the news is not good, light fans. German customs will take hold of his 40,000 bulbs imported from China and smash them to smithereens.
CANCUN climate chats are over. Skins have been tanned and winter climate cooling avoided by our elected elite. Last time round the chattering was held in Copenhagen. It was freezing at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Mistakes will not be repeated. But surely the debate on manmade climate change is so much hot air.
“…students a relevant, holistic and green education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet”.
It is so green that the school’s website has a section about relocating to Bali, perhaps by canoe or rowing boat.
Not all of the teaching staff are locally produced. On the staff, are globe-trotting Britons, Canadians, Americans, Australians, and a Mexican.
Spotter: Bad Astronomy
THE Met Office has a £33million supercomputer that says this winter will be “milder” than previous years. It told us that towards the end of October, 2010 – just before the country froze over.
Not that the Met Office has an agenda to push, or anything:
“It’s a sign that we’ve got man-made global warming,” said Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate science advice at the Met Office.
The gallery’s principal sponsors are Shell and Siemens.
You might, thus, suppose this was about the bald science. But this is the Science Museum which last featured the climate in a temporary exhibit called:
Prove It – All the Evidence You Need to Believe in Climate Change.
Believe. Have faith in science, readers. This is not about nature, rather it’s about man-made global warming and what can be done to combat it. Although, Alex Burch, Atmosphere project leader, does say:
“What we’re trying to explain is not an absolute – it’s what scientists think might happen under a number of different scenarios. So we’re very cautious about what it is that we’re saying.”
(Did you sign the Wikileaks confidentiality agreement for freedom and get the cables?)
In this video, Assange says he and Wikileaks were responsible for the CRU emails being made public.
He says it “doesn’t matter what we [Wikileaks] think“.