An Irish scientist at NUI Galway originally initiated the research into how air pollution has a hidden beneficial side. It shows the haze that forms due to pollution, the tiny particles discharged by motor transport, and smoke from burning help to reflect back some of the solar radiation that is warming our climate. If we manage to clean up the pollution we may also ramp up warming, said Prof Colin O’Dowd, professor of physics at Galway and also director of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the Ryan Institute.
Cleaner air causes global warming. Add it to The List. Wait, what?
The EPA’s efforts to save us from global warming caused by coal plants, medium sized sedans and anything that makes modern life tolerably cozy, have instead doomed us to a future of slightly milder weather. Oh the ironing:
The results are shocking given their calculations on this masking, published yesterday in Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry. Cleaner air could increase average global temperatures by 1 degree globally and by between 2-4 degrees over Europe.
The good news is the claim is made by a climate scientist, so the math is likely to be off by a factor of funding, or something.
Gore’s failures are not just about leadership. The strategic vision he crafted for the global green movement has comprehensively failed. That is no accident; the entire green policy vision was so poorly conceived, so carelessly constructed, so unbalanced and so rife with contradictions that it could only thrive among activists and enthusiasts. Once the political power of the climate movement, aided by an indulgent and largely unquestioning press, had pushed the climate agenda into the realm of serious politics, failure was inevitable. The only question was whether the comprehensive green meltdown would occur before or after the movement achieved its core political goal of a comprehensive and binding global agreement on greenhouse gasses.
Why do anti-aviation group Plane Stupid and perennial hippie hangout Greenpeace hate Gaia?
Both Greenpeace and Plane Stupid celebrated when Heathrow airport’s planned third runway was cancelled, in part because of protests led by their merry bands of gap-year student activists who climbed all over things that didn’t belong to them.
Greenpeace and Plane Stupid wants to save the planet from airlines, but it’s a cosmic rule that hippie action is always met by the equal and opposite force of unintended consequences.
Sixty per cent of arrivals into Heathrow Airport are caught up in holding patterns above the capital, at a massive cost to the economy and great frustration to passengers. Figures compiled by air traffic control service NATS have revealed that jets circling for a cumulative 55 hours a day are burning 190 tonnes of fuel and discharging 600 tonnes of co2 into the skies above London, costing £119,000 in wasted fuel every day.
You have to change a lot of light bulbs to save 600 tonnes of CO2. If the planet was a living, breathing organism capable of sentient thought, it would probably shake the hippies off like so many fleas, just to save itself from the stupid.
Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives are heading to a majority government in the Ontario election on Oct.6, a new poll by Forum Research suggests…
Overall, the poll by Forum, which calls itself “Canada’s leading public opinion polling company,” suggests the Tories will win 65 seats, the Liberals 23 seats and the New Democrats 19. At present the Liberals hold 70 seats, the PCs 25 and the NDP 10. The Liberals’ strategy of focusing on Premier Dalton McGuinty may be backfiring. The poll found two thirds of Ontarians disapprove of the job Mr. McGuinty is doing as premier.
Green energy is a key issue in the forthcoming election, and the National Post recognizes this, even if they try to spin it:
…voters are less enamored of his [Hudak’s] plan to cut the amount of wind and solar-generated electricity to reduce hydro bills. Just 56% approve of that idea.
Last time I checked, 56% was a pretty solid majority of Ontarians. The bad news for Premier McGuinty is that as more people discover the true cost of the provinces bird shredders, that number will rise.
Oh noes, Minister of Silly Walks wants to keep red, err, green tape intact | Huhne attacks Tory ‘zealots’: http://tgr.ph/kDbBip
Did I mention Wimbledon? Anyone for tennis with Anna Kournikova?
This is from the 80’s and I found it while looking for something about Burt Lancaster. Don’t ask. The good news is that I survived the eighties without ever wearing a dodgy hat or headband. Stick around for the possibly inebriated Aussie TV host at the end.
For his surgical takedown of Al Gore, Walter Russel Mead would win the order of the skewer, if there was such a thing:
Once out of office, he [Al Gore] assumed the leadership of the global green movement, steering that movement into a tsunami of defeat that, when the debris is finally cleared away, will loom as one of the greatest failures of civil society in all time.
Gore has the Midas touch in reverse; objects of great value (Nobel prizes, Oscars) turn dull and leaden at his touch. Few celebrity cause leaders have had more or better publicity than Gore has had for his climate advocacy. Hailed by the world press, lionized by the entertainment community and the Global Assemblage of the Great and the Good as incarnated in the Nobel Peace Prize committee, he has nevertheless seen the movement he led flounder from one inglorious defeat to the next.
There’s more, I recommend you read the whole thing. And, for bonus sauce, this is only Part One. Not convinced? Try this:
You can be a leading environmentalist and fail to pay all of your taxes. You can be a leading environmentalist and be unkind to your aged mother. You can be a leading environmentalist and squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle, park in the handicapped spots at the mall or scribble angry marginal notes in library books.
But you cannot be a leading environmentalist who hopes to lead the general public into a long and difficult struggle for sacrifice and fundamental change if your own conduct is so flagrantly inconsistent with the green gospel you profess.
After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people…
These long-overdue findings cement 2009’s place in history as the year when the United States Government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Business leaders, security experts, government officials, concerned citizens and the United States Supreme Court have called for enduring, pragmatic solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that is causing climate change…
EPA’s final findings respond to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that GHGs fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants...
EPA’s endangerment finding covers emissions of six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride – that have been the subject of scrutiny and intense analysis for decades by scientists in the United States and around the world.
CO2 is a danger to the public health and welfare of the American people. The EPA could not be clearer if it tried.
The EPA is going after coal plants that emit carbon dioxide in the process of producing much needed energy. Coke is a frivolous product with no perceivable public benefit. If the EPA is serious in its crusade against the dangerous pollutant CO2, it must act against Big Soda, before it’s too late.
Unless the endangerment finding was just a scam to help necessarily skyrocket the price of electricity, that is.
Scientists demand respect, Texans see the light and even other hippies are worried about the IPCC’s geoengineering plans.
Some housekeeping notes: the Round-Up has undergone a little makeover. AGW in the News is retired as a section. Links that would have appeared there now go directly into other sections. More changes are planned in the coming weeks in an effort to keep the weekly round-up fresh. Any suggestions are welcome, drop me an email or leave a comment with your input.
“The Arctic is a global commons,” [Greenpeace] said in a statement. “It’s our duty as world citizens to come together to shield it from the ravages of oil exploitation and global warming, isolate it from the din of nationalist squabbling, and keep it safe for future generations.”
Justice in Greenland is swift, if not terrible. Kumi spent a few nights in jail before being deported and banned from Greenland for a year. A whole year without access to Greenland? Srsly? Methinks the Vikings have grown soft. But the sentence is what it is and poor little Kumi’s gone from ‘No Nukes’ to ‘No Nuuk’.
…more than 700 square miles of Arizona and more than 4,300 square miles of Texas have been swept by monster wildfires. Consider those massive columns of acrid smoke drifting eastward as a kind of smoke signal warning us that a globally warming world is not a matter of some future worst-case scenario. It’s happening right here, right now.
At its annual gathering in Canberra today, the Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies will tell politicians that the campaign being run against scientific evidence of man-made climate change ”is undermining the national building work of all scientists”. “The valuable and credible work of all scientists is under attack as a result of a noisy misinformation campaign by climate denialists. It’s in the nation’s interests that our political leaders now lead the community forward on this critical issue,” the federation’s chief executive officer, Anna-Maria Arabia, said.
Actually, the valuable and credible work of all scientists is being undermined by the short-bus global warming field.
Alarmist Mark Lynas stepped into the IPCC credibility fallout and became instantly radioactive to fellow alarmists because he dared to suggest the IPCC might be in the wrong.
The potential for accidents, dangerous experiments, inadequate risk assessment, unexpected impacts, unilateralism, private profiteering, disruption of agriculture, inter-state conflict, illegitimate political goals and negative consequences for the global South is high. The likelihood that geoengineering will provide a safe, lasting, democratic and peaceful solution to the climate crisis is non-existent.
Global warming muppet Jim Hanson earned $1.2 million in the last 4 years. The American Tradition Institute is asking NASA how that’s possible without ‘Death Trains’ Jim using his public position for gain. NASA in turn adopted the UVA ‘nothing to see here, get lost’ doctrine.
For years, hippies have been trying to feed the world a sh*t sandwich, and now they can:
Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda has developed a way to make meat substitute out of “sewage mud,” which is exactly what it sounds like. He extracts (bacterial) protein from what is essentially a soup of human feces, then blends it with soy protein and steak sauce to form a sort of poop patty
There’s video at the link, but remember, some things cannot be unseen.
…appreciate how powerful you could be from pooling your efforts. In the UK, you employ thousands of staff, spend over £100m annually, and have millions of members. You speak for people from all walks of life, and all political persuasions. Globally, you can multiply those numbers by a factor of 10, and probably much more.
Is £100 million more or less than Big Oil spends funding ‘deniers’?
Global warming is a consciousness thing. Either that or Duane Elgin spent a little too much time hugging the bong:
…what is required is a shift from an “embedded consciousness” that is locked inside the habits of our thinking mind to a more spacious “reflective consciousness” that enables us to become a fair witness or objective observer of our lives. This does not mean we stop thinking; instead, we stand back and, without judgment, simply watch what we are thinking and how we are relating to both the world and ourselves.
Greenpeace protestors are on trial in Denmark for upsetting the Queen. A little pillaging of the Greenpeace offices might be in order, vikings.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Global climate conferences are way less fun than they used to be. With the world’s economy in the tank, most nations are bailing out of Kyoto and have no appetite for more regulations.
Solar panel prices are down about 10 percent this year, but chasing a moving target as discovery of cheap shale gas spreads beyond the United States, experts told Reuters energy and climate summit. Even big renewables investors, such as French energy company Total, see solar as a tiny part of the picture decades out, compared with gas. Total paid $1.4 billion for a majority stake in U.S.-based SunPower Corp.
Only two of ANU’s climate change scientists allegedly received death threats, the first in a letter posted in 2006-2007 and the other an offhand remark made in person 12 months ago. Neither was officially reported to ACT Police or Australian Federal Police, despite such crimes carrying a 10-year prison sentence. The outdated threats raised question marks over the timing of their release to the public, with claims they were aired last week to draw sympathy to scientists and their climate change cause.
Now another, but fare more real death threat is issued, this time from warmist Jill Singer:
Andy Semple of the Menzies Institute claims it’s “refreshing” for someone with Murray’s standing to take on the global warming “scam” by expressing such views. Really? I’m prepared to keep an open mind and propose another stunt for climate sceptics – put your strong views to the test by exposing yourselves to high concentrations of either carbon dioxide or some other colourless, odourless gas – say, carbon monoxide.
You wouldn’t see or smell anything. Nor would your anti-science nonsense be heard of again. How very refreshing.
Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”
That was Richard Glover. After receiving 2400 emails he calls a ‘wave of hate’, Glover has regrets:
…maybe, in a world of international publishing, learn to be clearer. The thing about tattoos was not meant to be taken as a serious suggestion. For those who took it as such, my apologies.
Glover and Singer should note they are just the latest in a long line of green hatemongers. When it happens to a climate scientist, it’s headlines, but if a hippie jokes about tattooing ideological opponents, or gassing them, or blowing up their kids… crickets, chirping.