Following on from the first in the series, here is another round-up of recent climate idiocy.
Med islands renewable target
Ibiza and Mallorca have set targets to go 100% renewable by 2050! How much of their electricity is currently from renewables? 2%. So only another 98% to go. Sounds like a complete load of Balearics.
Mann gets engagement prize from AAAS
The AAAS (American Association for Advancement of Science) held a meeting this week. They have given Michael Mann an award for “Public Engagement with Science”. Roger Pielke has written a blog post on this, and several tweets drawing attention to Mann’s public engagement skills:
Icebreaker breaks ice
A tanker has travelled along the North coast of Russia without an icebreaker, for the first time, reports the Guardian and Russia Today. But the ship itself is an icebreaker, newly built for this purpose. Paul Homewood reminds us that a similar bit of fake news came up a few months ago.
Hummus under threat!
Usually it’s coffee or chocolate that are about disappear from the planet due to climate change. But next up in the climate firing line is hummus, due to the vulnerability of chick peas. Somehow, the Guardian seems to have missed this story despite its vital importance to their readers. However, it may be possible to avert the imminent catastrophe by crossing chickpeas with wild strains, scientists say. It’s all top-notch science, published in Nature.
Climate activist only takes one long haul flight a year
Genevieve Guenther, @DoctorVive, Author, activist, climate messaging strategist with a PhD in Renaissance literature, was shocked to hear that Vox’s David Roberts was flying to Utah for a skiing holiday. She then said she’s stopped flying ‘almost entirely’ but still takes one long-haul flight a year. That’s more than most of us I think.
Anthropocene began in 1965, says one tree
“Scientists” have looked at a single tree on an island off New Zealand, and by measuring Carbon 14 in it have declared that the “Anthropocene” era began in 1965. Between October and December 1965, to be precise. It’s no surprise to see that the people involved are “Ship of fools” captain Chris Turney and Al Gore brown-noser Mark Maslin. Of course, to climate blog regulars, this is reminiscent of YAD06, until now the most influential tree in the world. WUWT describes this as a headline grabber posing as science.