Global Warming Category
The news religion of global warming and climate change
RIP Knut. The once cute German polar bear is dead. As copy editors struggle to make sense of it all, attention turns to Flocke. Sad to say that Germany is no longer a haven for polar bears. Flocke has relocated to Antibes on the Côte d’Azur.
The place is “designed for Conserving Polar Bears In Their proper conditions!”
THE Greens say that we must move to green energies, change our economy and stop man-made global warming instantly. And then Tim Flannery tells one and all:
If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years.
WHO wants renewable power? Who wants wind farms? Bird haters, that’s who:
The American Bird Conservancy estimates that up to 500 million birds are killed each year by cats …
By contrast, 440,000 birds are killed by wind turbines each year, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, although that number is expected to exceed one million by 2030 as the number of wind farms grows to meet increased demand.
READING the press you might have formed a belief that the Fukushima nuclear reactors were going to kill everyone in Japan and then everyone in the US and Ireland. The Irish Independent thundered:
Explosion could send contamination to Ireland
Paul Melia told us:
Not until last year did the UK Food Standards Agency declare that the Scottish sheep industry was free of radioactive material from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Despite being more than 2,000km away…
Two points to note: Ireland is 10,000 miles from Japan; Chernobyl has little in common with Fukushima.
No-one has died from the nuclear power plant bing hit by the 5th largest earthquake of the past century and a 44 foot tsunami. You can thank great engineering and Japan’s mastery of technology for that.
If you want to look at the perils of power, look at coal:
52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine explosion
“He was with the female bears before, who had just been shut away. Then, Knut strolled around the enclosure, went into the water, had a short spasm and died.”
RIP Knut, the star polar bear of old Berlin. He was four years old.
Bear keeper Heiner Kloes said that the cause of death of the four-year-old bear is not clear.
IF the Japanese settle on unreliable wind power to replace nuclear technology hit by ferocious nature, it might be boon to the whale research industry. Wind farm kill whales?
A ground-breaking study has confirmed that sonar does disturb the navigation of whales but it has suggested that offshore wind farms, as well as oil rigs, and even passing ships, posed an even greater threat.
I am surprised that the environutters have not claim that the tsunami is caused by the whales revenging on the Japanese for eating them all these years -
I know headlines like that might just make most folks roll their eyes at this point — I mean, what doesn’t climate change cause these days, am I right? And I realize that people are skeptical of news-cycle tie-ins, like this very story appears to be. But just because it’s sort of depressing to keep tabs on all of the myriad impacts of ol’ climate change occurring the world over, doesn’t mean we should be glossing over facts like this: Geologists believe that global warming may already be causing more earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. After all, screwing with the world’s ornery climate system to the extent which we have is bound to have far-reaching effects — effects like huge amounts of melting ice causing the earth’s crust to “bounce” up, potentially triggering earthquakes.
Which makes sense. And if you ask me, now is a perfectly apt time to be analyzing such possible causal relationships, like the one between climate change and earthquakes (which set off tsunamis). You are, after all, perhaps turning to a green site like TreeHugger to examine the environmental implications of various world events. But some insist this reeks of opportunism (especially those amongst the anti-climate crowd) — and therefore should be immediately written off as sensationalism.
Don Surber reacts: “Are these people mentally ill?”
A CARBON tax is being introduced in Australia. But what effect will it have on the climate? Here’s the money quote from an interview with the country’s treasurer:
LAURIE OAKES: I’m getting this question from a lot of people too … ‘Tell me just how much the temperature is going to drop by if this stupid tax comes into effect?’
WAYNE SWAN: Well Laurie, this is a long-term problem, and the longer we delay, the bigger the damage to both the environment and to the economy. Countries right around the world are putting in place emissions trading systems and other policies to dramatically reduce their use of energy. And indeed, China in the last couple of days has put in place new policies. We’ve got to make a start, because if we don’t, the environmental consequences of that and the economic consequences of that over time are absolutely horrendous.
GREEN Shirt environmentalist Mike Tidwell is beyond parody, or the work of a comic genius.
Ten years ago, I put solar panels on my roof and began eating locally grown food. I bought an energy-efficient refrigerator that uses the power equivalent of a single light bulb. I started heating my home with a stove that burns organically fertilized corn kernels. I even restored a gas-free lawn mower for manual yardwork.
Let the carbon-sucking grass grow!
As a longtime environmental activist, I was deeply alarmed by new studies on global warming, so I went all out. I did my part.
That was then:
Today, underneath the solar panels, there’s a new set of deadbolt locks on all my doors. There’s a new Honda GX390 portable power generator in my garage, ready to provide backup electricity. And last week I bought a starter kit to raise tomatoes and lettuce behind barred basement windows.
Shhh! The tomato bandits might here:
It was the global food riots of 2008 and 2010 that led me to replace the 50-year-old locks on all my doors last fall. I’m not normally the paranoid type, but when extreme weather alternately baked and flooded wheat fields in Australia and Russia, helping to jack up grain prices more than 40 percent worldwide and leading hungry people to protest from Mexico to Mozambique to Serbia, I took notice.
African tomato thieves, we’d wager. The lack of fresh lettuce makes them wild:.
We’re running out of time. The proof is everywhere … our weather has gone haywire … I’m not crazy. Just wait …
After the August storm, I made the financially painful decision to buy the Honda generator. My solar panels, by themselves, can’t power my home. I spent $1,000 on the generator, money that would have gone into my 13-year-old son’s college fund. I’ve expanded my definition of how best to plan for his future.
People don’t sit still when food gets scarce. Indeed, when the options are extreme hunger or pillaging the neighboring village, history tends to favor pillaging.
So I even took my first-ever lesson in firearms use last December … wouldn’t even a level-headed person want to be ready to defend his family if climate chaos goes to the max?
Too late! The Serbs have read your piece. They are walking West:
My wife and son, meanwhile, have obviously noticed the changes I’m making around the house.
Have they gone to get help?
GOOD news for fans of the Dark Ages is that the Scottish parliament’s party leaders are backing Earth Hour on March 26. Tavish Scott MSP, Alex Salmond MSP, Iain Gray MSP, Annabel Goldie MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP all agree that running off all electronic stuff for an hour is great for Gaia. It is a global display of climate action.
It is also a global display for the rejection of progress and light. Come into the darkness, say the Greens. A love of hard won freedoms and marvellous technology is not having your light turned off because others tell you to.
SIMON Kelner is on holiday. The job of editing i, the Independent’s tabloid version, falls to Stefani Hatfield. He revels that Kelner is “sunning himself somewhere remote and hot”. Maybe he got to the winter sun by walking? But isn’t this the Independent the paper that told us that man-made global warming and, specifically, air travel were killing the planet? Here’s what the Indy’s writers have said:
Geoffrey Lean: “What do most scientists believe caused global warming?”
The vast majority are convinced it is human emissions of carbon dioxide. It was established scientifically 180 years ago – and has never been seriously disputed – that natural levels of the gas given off by decaying vegetation and the oceans help to keep the Earth warm; without it, and other natural greenhouse gases, the planet would be some 20C colder and we would freeze. Adding even the so far relatively small amounts from human activities makes us warmer.
Martin Hickman: “End of our affair with air travel?”
Research by The Independent on Sunday, however, shows that in August the number of flights at 18 leading airports barely rose above last summer, ticking up 1 per cent. Gatwick had 240,000 fewer passengers and Heathrow, scene of furious protests by climate change protesters, recorded 220,000 fewer travellers
Cahal Milmo wrote:
The aviation industry’s failure to curb its soaring carbon emissions could lead to the “worst case scenario” for climate change, as envisaged by the United Nations
YOUR imported beer is killing the planet. An “economic think-tank” – Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – says that spending your own money is no good for the planet:
Cutting carbon emissions through reducing energy consumption may not be as effective as it seems, if consumers spend the money they have saved on environmentally unfriendly products, an economic think-tank has warned…
It has been calculated by environmental experts that one single bottle of imported beer uses 900g of CO2 – wiping out two-thirds of the annual carbon savings made by replacing all light bulbs in an average home with energy-saving models.
What if they reuse the glass parts..?
HOW many bins do you put out of the binmen to collect? If you live in Newcastle under Lyme, you can choose from as many as nine. Would you be happy sorting your rubbish into nine different bins? And, given the experience of Mary Bale and her cat litter drop, is nine enough..?
MARCUS Brigstocke is the comedian who is beyond parody. Brigstocke is the greenie dressed as a frozen turkey for Gaia, who travels by “eco-friendly” motorhome (it’s parked outside his house) and has Chinese solar panels.
Brigstocke is talking about his jolly holidays in the Independent: “My Life in Travel: Marcus Brigstocke, comedian.”
I went to the Maldives the year before last… I’ve also had some of my happiest holidays in Mallorca with family and friends. It’s a very beautiful island. We stay in great place called Camp de Mar near Andratx. So it’s a toss-up between the opulent, unforgettable paradise of the Maldives and calamari by the beach, waterskiing and nightclubbing in Mallorca
IS climate change all bad? A University of Queensland research paper hs news of a boom under the waves:
Under a plausible climate change scenario, primary production will increase around Australia and generally this benefits fisheries catch and value and leads to increased biomass of threatened marine animals such as turtles and sharks.
This one smacks of a huge wind up, but if it isn’t it is an amzing story. Apparently scientists have discovered a jellyfish that, in the words of one Noel Gallagher, can live forever.
The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish can apparently cycle from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again. Thsi means that there may be no natural limit to its life span.
According to Yahoo the key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders, which can regrow limbs. Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.
So, can the process of the turritopsis nutricula be copied by humans? What about natural predators. It is fine to be able to live forever, but not if your chances of ending up on another animal’s dinner plate are very high.
Finally will Hollywood star be injecting turritopsis nutricula serum soon? We need to be told.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS made the bush fires in Australia worse (say no to toilet paper!) - as they made the recent floods worse. But down under, Bob Brown, leader of the national Green Party, knows that global warming and the coal industry it to blame to recent fires in Perth. As he says:
“The coal industry has to face it and take responsibility,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday, adding the bushfires had been more severe because of climate change.
When Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the mayor of Madrid, boasted of big reductions in air pollution since he had taken office in 2003, it seemed a moment for the city’s residents to celebrate an environmental breakthrough.
“Today we have better air quality in Madrid than ever before,” Mr Ruiz-Gallardón proclaimed.
GLOBAL warming educator Helena Christensen has been suffering for the planet’s future:
The 42-year-old supermodel has travelled the world with her work – including a recent trip to Nepal on behalf of Oxfam to highlight the impact of climate change – and admits the realities of crossing several time zones in short spaces of time leaves her feeling out of sorts. She said: “I’ve been jet-lagged for over a month.”
Our initiative, Confront the Climate Cranks, will do just that: confront the cranks on camera and accompanied by some of the children they have put in danger.
“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”
But Gore knew all along. He just knew. This is the modest Gore who told us:
“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” CNN.
Marc Morano recalls:
Gore’s claim of snow being “consistent” with global warming is also at odds with is Oscar Winning 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Gore never once warned of record cold and increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming in that film. But Gore has hyped the lack of snow as “evidence” for man-made global warming. (Here).
THE weather training class has been cancelled. Cincinnati.com reports:
A Weather Spotter Training class scheduled for tonight at New Richmond High School has been canceled due to the ice storm expected to hit the area tonight.
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..?