Archive for April, 2011

U.S. Greenhouse Gases Drop to 15-Year Low

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Source:  FOX

A slow economy and less demand for energy caused the U.S. to emit a smaller volume of greenhouses gases in 2009 than in any year since 1995, according to a government report released Wednesday.

The drop in emissions was due primarily to less demand, but changes in coal and natural-gas prices were also an important cause, the report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

Energy demand across all sectors dropped in 2009, the report said. It said the price of natural gas fell while the price of coal increased, leading the U.S. to burn less coal, which emits more greenhouse gases than other energy source. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW — Food Crisis

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Source:  Bloomberg

Forget Egypt for a moment. Skip the water crisis in China. Look past angst on the streets of Bangladesh. If you want to see how extreme the effects of surging food prices are becoming, look to wealthy Japan.

So big are the increases that economists are buzzing about them pushing deflationary Japan toward inflation. Yes, rising costs for commodities such as wheat, corn and coffee might do what trillions of dollars of central-bank liquidity couldn’t.

Yet the economic consequences of food prices pale in comparison with the social ones. Nowhere could the fallout be greater than Asia, where a critical mass of those living on less than $2 a day reside. It might have major implications for Asia’s debt outlook. It may have even bigger ones for leaders hoping to keep the peace and avoid mass protests. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW — World finance leaders warn of uncertainty

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Source:  http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20110417/101737.shtml

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have held their spring meetings at the World Bank building in the US capital, Washington DC.

They discussed the outlook of the global economy, and the challenges that lie ahead.

It’s the fourth year of the global financial crisis, and the world economy is slowly picking up. But there are still great vulnerabilities and uncertainties.

That’s the message world financial leaders are sending out from their spring meeting. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW — 20 Signs That A Horrific Global Food Crisis Is Coming

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Source:  http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/20-signs-that-a-horrific-global-food-crisis-is-coming

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is on the verge of a horrific global food crisis.  At some point, this crisis will affect you and your family.  It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but it is going to happen.  Crazy weather and horrifying natural disasters have played havoc with agricultural production in many areas of the globe over the past couple of years.  Meanwhile, the price of oil has begun to skyrocket.  The entire global economy is predicated on the ability to use massive amounts of inexpensive oil to cheaply produce food and other goods and transport them over vast distances.  Without cheap oil the whole game changes.  Topsoil is being depleted at a staggering rate and key aquifers all over the world are being drained at an alarming pace.  Global food prices are already at an all-time high and they continue to move up aggressively.  So what is going to happen to our world when hundreds of millions more people cannot afford to feed themselves? (more…)

Desmog and facts

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Source:  Bishop Hill

There’s a very funny article by Emma Pullman at Desmog, looking at a GWPF article discussing the list of 900 sceptic papers that is currently doing the rounds. Ms Pullman is not impressed noting:

Sourcewatch‘s digging reveals [GWPF's] links to right-wing libertarian climate change deniers.

This is the organisation which includes a bunch of Labout peers on its board, right? I mean, if you look down their lists of board members Lords Barnett, Donoghue, and Baroness Nicholson are all of the left. Lawson is the only Tory on the board. I guess Ms Pullman forgot to mention left-wing climate change deniers.

Then there’s this:

The GWPF’s director is the Heartland Institute‘s Benny Peiser. (more…)

The Truth about DeSmogBlog And SourceWatch

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Sources: Popular Technology and DiscoverTheNetworks

DeSmogBlog is a smear site founded by a scientifically unqualified public relations man, James Hoggan and funded by a convicted money launderer, John Lefebvre. The irony here is their favorite tactic is to attempt to smear those they disagree with as funded by “dirty money”. Since it’s creation in 2006 the site has done nothing but post poorly researched propaganda with a clear intent to smear respected scientists, policy analysts or groups who dares oppose an alarmist position on global warming. Their articles frequently reference unreliable sources such as Wikipedia and Sourcewatch since they are unable to find any fact based criticisms of those they criticize in respected news sources. (more…)

Past Alarm. World’s Coral: 40% gone by 2010

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source:  ABC News Watch

Image Source Page: http://www.wallpaperden.com/coral-reef.shtml

On Monday 22 April 2002 ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 4 Corners, broadcast the following alarming prediction in a report titled: Beautiful one day.
Across the world, coral reefs are turning into marine deserts. It’s estimated that more than a quarter have been lost and that 40 per cent could be gone by 2010.

From the transcript:

According to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, 10 per cent of the world’s reefs were lost by 1992.
27 per cent were lost by the year 2000.

And it’s expected 40 per cent will be gone by 2010. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: The Fed’s Dangerous Game

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source:  Of Two Minds

The Fed can only choose the least-worst option now: either destroy the real economy by sinking the dollar below support and unleashing the Inflation Monster, or abandon the “risk trade” stock market rally.

The Fed’s game plan–sink the U.S. dollar to goose corporate profits, reinflate asset prices and create “modest inflation”–is now the most dangerous game on Earth. As overleveraged assets from real estate to stocks imploded in 2008 and early 2009, the Federal Reserve rushed to flood the global economy with zero-interest dollars. This did a number of things the Fed reckoned were necessary: (more…)

Expect media activism in run-up to Supreme Court’s climate change case

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source:  Daily Caller

by Chris Horner

Lee Casey and David Rivkin had a piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “Climate Change heads to the Supreme Court.” The subhead – “Green activists hope to force electric utilities and many others to pay ‘public nuisance’ claims for emitting carbon dioxide” – sets forth the basics of the case, which will be argued Tuesday to determine whether courts can assign individual liability for individual contributions to climate change (really), on the grounds of common law nuisance.

There are several cases in the federal judicial circuits confronting similar claims, from utilities causing or contributing to global warming to oil companies causing or making Hurricane Katrina worse. Imagine if this practice is unleashed.

The Casey/Rivkin piece hits the right notes but also provides context for the next few days’ worth of marches, stories, human interest items and editorials in the establishment press. For example, Washington is presently being swarmed for four days by Al Gore, Van Jones and the left-liberal greenosphere. (more…)

NOAA NCDC bends the truth big-time in release

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source:  ICECAP

By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM

In this special report, NOAA claims rapid warming of the oceans and record ice melt.

Analysis by the National Climatic Data Center revealed that March 2011 was the 13th warmest on record since 1880. Temperatures in much of the U.S., Siberia, and Africa yielded land surface temperatures that were 1.49 deg F (0.83 deg C) warmer than the 1971-2000 comparison period; Canada, China and Southeast Asia, and Australia were cooler than average. The average global ocean surface temperature was 0.65 deg F (0.36 deg C) above normal, but as La Nina continues to weaken, this number may actually increase.”

Lets look at the UAH plot of temperatures:

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Enlarged.

Dr. Roy Spencer notes: “The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for March 2011 fell to -0.10 deg. C, with cooling in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheric extratropics, while the tropics stayed about the same as last month. ”This is relative to the 1979-2010 mean. (more…)

Ron Arnold: Suppressed EPA Hushgate climate report returns to snag CO2 regulation

Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Source:  The Examiner
by Ron Arnold
Inside the National Center for Environmental Economics, analysts scurried to finish the vital technical support document to fulfill President Obama’s most draconian campaign pledge: “Implement an economywide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

The NCEE was ready to cement the case for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “endangerment finding,” the official declaration that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels poses a threat to human health and welfare. Thousands of government careers, academic contracts, and Big Green grants hung in the balance, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson needed to release it within days.

But senior research analyst Alan Carlin, Ph.D., a 38-year EPA veteran never known as an ideologue, submitted his unlikely critique that the agency’s case was full of predetermined, politically mandated, cherry-picked scientific garbage. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: The Libya situation has a Soros air about it

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

Gaddafi forces using cluster bombs, claim rebels – Africa, World – The Independent

Human Rights Watch special adviser Fred Abrahams said it had “no doubt whatsoever” that cluster munitions had been used by regime forces and had photographic evidence that MAT-120 bombs were involved.

Libya has not signed up to an international ban on cluster bombs but Mr Abrahams said their indiscriminate nature meant they were nevertheless “a violation of the rule of war”.

Comment from “Cardigan”

“Human Rights Watch has been bought by George Soros, he recently announced $100 million funding for them. They were also present in Egypt, conveniently close to TV cameras when needed. His Open Society Institute has promoted the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in any future government there. (more…)

Fishing for more Socialism

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

Source - Vestmanna Travel Guide

by Dennis Ambler

This is probably the sort of stuff you can expect from Jane Lubchenco and the National Oceans Council  in the not too distant future…. Note, the UK no longer has control over its own coastal waters and we signed up to the UN Law of the Sea years ago. We cannot stop other countries hoovering up our fish, as the Spanish have done in the past and put thousands of small fishermen out of business for good, also destroying fishing ports and other businesses in the process.

EU makes effective tough new fisheries control system from “net to plate” — MercoPress

“With the adoption of detailed rules on how to carry out controls throughout the market chain “from net to plate”, the EU now has the means to break with the past and establish a real culture of compliance to stop over-fishing and help make EU fisheries truly sustainable”, said Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki. (more…)

Letter to the editor of Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Robert P. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.

As a long-term subscriber to Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal I have always looked forward to the regular features of Dr. Richard Smart.  Sunlight Into Wine was a landmark contribution to viticulture.

Nevertheless, I was surprised and disappointed to read his article “Reducing CO2 – the REAL pollutant” in the Spring 2011 edition.  As an environmental scientist and engineer, I am particularly attuned to the use of the word “pollutant.”  I have spent my professional career dealing with real pollution, so when I see CO2 – an essential and beneficial substance in our environment – so characterized, I am compelled to respond. (more…)

Help asked for Dr. Tim Ball in legal battle with Dr. Mann

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Source:  Wattsup

This below sent to me by John O. Sullivan on behalf of Dr. Tim Ball. Like with the Sydney rally I posted on earlier, I have no dog in the fight. I’m just passing this on for interested readers with this comment: While the allegedly libelous phrase at issue is not repeated here, I find it amazing and ironic that Dr. Michael Mann is making the effort to sue about it.

Due to the extra attention Dr. Mann has attracted with the lawsuit, the exposure of the phrase is now far and above what it was when originally posted on the Canadian website. I didn’t even know of it until the lawsuit was announced. I’ve had far worse things said about me in this climate debate turned ugly, and the best legal advice I’ve seen given to public figures in the news business is that they generally are not successful when suing for alleged slander/libel, especially for something that is a critical opinion piece with what appears to be a satirical joke line. Criticism and satire in an opinion piece are generally hard to challenge legally in the USA, though it is different in Canada. In Canada, the law is broader. Even so, I don’t think Dr. Mann or his attorney are going to be prepared for the demands of discovery on this one, nor do I think he will prevail in his lawsuit, based on similar failed actions I’ve seen against anchors and reporters in the TV news business when challenged by a public figure. Whether Dr. Mann realizes it or not, he is probably the most well known public figure in climate science next to Al Gore and Dr. James Hansen.

But, buy popcorn, and if so inclined, there’s a link to help out Dr. Ball. (more…)

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