Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Americans’ Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Source:  Gallup

Multiple indicators show less concern, more feelings that global warming is exaggerated

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence. In response to one key question, 48% of Americans now believe that the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first asked the question. (more…)

Lysenkoism and James Hansen

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Source: Quadrant on Line

by Bob Carter

Is Hansenism more dangerous than Lysenkoism?

On June 23, 1988, a young and previously unknown NASA computer modeller, James Hansen, appeared before a United States Congressional hearing on climate change. On that occasion, Dr. Hansen used a graph to convince his listeners that late 20th century warming was taking place at an accelerated rate, which, it being a scorching summer’s day in Washington, a glance out of the window appeared to confirm.

He wrote later in justification, in the Washington Post (February 11, 1989), that “the evidence for an increasing greenhouse effect is now sufficiently strong that it would have been irresponsible if I had not attempted to alert political leaders”.

Hansen’s testimony was taken up as a lead news story, and within days the great majority of the American public believed that a climate apocalypse was at hand, and the global warming hare was off and running. Thereby, Dr. Hansen became transformed into the climate media star who is shortly going to wow the ingenues in the Adelaide Festival audience. (more…)

Possible Copenhagen Agreement Announced

Friday, December 18th, 2009

by Terry Hurlbu

Source: Courtesy of the Essex County Conservative Examiner

After a day of raucous protest and often violent and apparently indiscriminate police reponse, the delegations of thirty of the 192 participants in the Fifteenth Conference of Parties produced a draft political agreement, with explicit plans to transform this into a treaty within six months. However, recent reports suggest that this agreement, when presented to most of the other delegates, did not pass muster.

The announcement of a draft agreement came in the early hours of Friday morning (Central European Time), as first reported by Agence France-Presse, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia). The agreement specifically mentioned a plan for an annual climate-change mitigation fund, similar to that mentioned by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday. Further details were sketchy, but the AFP quoted an anonymous participant as saying that the agreement might “call for preventing global temperatures from going up more than 2.0 degrees Celsius [2.0 Kelvins] compared to pre-industrial times.”

However, within hours of the presentation of this agreement to the delegates, several G-77 delegations stated that the limitations proposed on their own emissions were too great. Furthermore, the Chinese delegation does not appear to have abandoned their stance on a pledge to reduce “emissions intensity,” a calculation that would still allow them to increase emissions overall.

Yesterday another anonymous source had suggested that the Chinese delegation had predicted that “a short political declaration of some sort” would be the ultimate result of the conference. This draft agreement would fit that description. The Chinese delegation did participate in the all-night session.

Christopher, Viscount Monckton of Brenchley had predicted, a month before, that some sort of eleventh-hour agreement would be reached. Yesterday he filed this report on the Science and Public Policy Institute blog, criticizing the often brutal and indiscriminately violent police response to the protests that took place outside the meeting. The viscount reported that the UN had abruptly decided to exclude all but a relative handful of the 20,000 accredited observers from the conference. Worse yet, when he showed up, not having been notified that he (and thousands of others) had been barred from the conference, a Danish police officer twice grabbed him, and then, as he turned away, the officer shoved him from behind and sent him sprawling. He was treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruises. (more…)

Copenhagen climate summit: “What a bunch of Buffoons”

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Source: Courtesy of the London Telegraph

By Gerald Warner

When your attempt at recreating the Congress of Vienna with a third-rate cast of extras turns into a shambles, when the data with which you have tried to terrify the world is daily exposed as ever more phoney, when the blatant greed and self-interest of the participants has become obvious to all beholders, when those pesky polar bears just keep increasing and multiplying – what do you do?

No contest: stop issuing three rainforests of press releases every day, change the heading to James Bond-style “Do not distribute” and “leak” a single copy, in the knowledge that human nature is programmed to interest itself in anything it imagines it is not supposed to see, whereas it would bin the same document unread if it were distributed openly.

After that, get some unbiased, neutral observer, such as the executive director of Greenpeace, to say: “This is the single most important piece of paper in the world today.” Unfortunately, the response of all intelligent people will be to fall about laughing; but it was worth a try – everybody loves a tryer – and the climate alarmists are no longer in a position to pick and choose their tactics. (more…)

Record weather and temperature events

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Record Events map depicts the official National Weather Service records recorded for the defined date(s) or time period, which includes record high and low temperatures, record high minimum temperatures, record low maximum temperatures, record daily rainfall and record daily snowfall.

Record Events for Thu Dec 10, 2009 through Wed Dec 16, 2009
Total Records: 381
Rainfall: 57
Snowfall: 69
High Temperatures: 15
Low Temperatures: 85
Lowest Max Temperatures: 141
Highest Min Temperatures: 14

Shock: Global temperatures driven by US Postal Charges

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Written by Joann Nova

Source: courtesy of JoNova

The rise in global temperatures since 1880 closely correlates with increases in postal charges, sparking alarm that CO2 has been usurped as the main driver of climate change.

Back in 1885 it cost 2 cents to post a letter. Who would have thought that as postal charges climbed by 40 cents through the next 120 years, that global temperatures would mirror that rise in timing and slope and gain almost one full degree? (more…)

Russia affected by Climategate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Source: Top Russian News and Analysis

December 16, 2009

A discussion of the November 2009 Climatic Research Unit e-mail hacking incident, referred to by some sources as “Climategate,” continues against the backdrop of the abortive UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) discussing alternative agreements to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that aimed to combat global warming.

The incident involved an e-mail server used by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, East England. Unknown persons stole and anonymously disseminated thousands of e-mails and other documents dealing with the global-warming issue made over the course of 13 years.

Controversy arose after various allegations were made including that climate scientists colluded to withhold scientific evidence and manipulated data to make the case for global warming appear stronger than it is. (more…)

A Treaty by any Other Name

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

From Christopher Monckton of Brenchley: Copenhagen, 9 December 2009

As 1200 limos whisked the national delegates back from the stark, ugly conference center to their favorite boudoirs in Copenhagen’s red-light district – from Dopenhagen to Gropenhagen, as it were – they no doubt congratulated themselves on a job well begun.

The one point of interest that has been decided so far – and you are hearing it here first because, though it has been widely trailed, the mainstream media’s correspondents will do their best not to bring you any real details of the global constitutional horror now unfolding – is that it’s gonna be Nopenhagen. There will be no legally-binding Treaty. Instead, there will be a “political agreement”, with the aim of sealing the deal later, Treatywise – probably in Mexico this time next year.

Not so fast. Under the Senate presidency of Al Gore, the US Upper House sensibly decided by 95-0 not to adopt any treaty which, like Kyoto, exempted developing countries from its obligations. To be fair to Gore, he had no vote because the Constitution only gives him one when the Senate is evenly split, and I cannot remember any occasion when the Senate was less evenly split than on its decision to say No to Kyoto. (more…)

‘Dirty Dozen Denialists’: We Rank #2 Worldwide

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

From Christopher Monckton of Brenchley: Copenhagen, 9 December 2009

A prominent Marxist website that devotes itself to the usual frenzied propaganda about the need to Save The Planet from a harmless and trivial quantity of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has just announced its awards for the world’s Dirtiest Dozen Denialists. Your unworthy correspondent is ranked no. 2 in the world, just after ExxonMobil.

The announcement of this “award” was accompanied by the usual reams of generally ad-hominem material. I replied –

“Your article about me, while it flatteringly ranks me second in the world for opposing the lies about the imagined – and imaginary – dangers of emitting CO2, does contain some inaccuracies.
(more…)

Hopenhagen? Nope: Dopenhagen

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

From Christopher Monckton of Brenchley: Copenhagen, 8 December 2009

Daubed all over the center of Copenhagen are slogans in brash, green letters that spell out “Hopenhagen”. This is the nearest that the massively taxpayer-funded Green propaganda machine ever gets to a Jokenhagan. Observers here, though, have dubbed the conference “Dopenhagen”.

The more pious among the true-believers in the New Superstition have been offended (they are very easily offended) by the news that the Danish Government had lais on 1200 gas-guzzling, hi-footprint limos to protect the world’s governing class from – well, from the cold here at the “global warming” conference.

The enviro-zombs (they like to truncate words to Save The Ink) are still more agitated at the news that “world leaders” – actually the regional followers of the New Superstition – arrived in some 140 private jets now clogging every taxiway and patch of limp grass at Ketchup Airport.

All six of my own private jets, I tell the zombs, are in the hangar being serviced because I’ve been competing with Al Gore to see who can achieve the greatest possible carbon footprint. And I’ve lent my motorcade of Rolls Royces to the Danes, whose little nation is running short of limos. The news of my generosity does not seem to please them. (more…)