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  1. R2 Vine Show .. a pile on against Brewdog the hipster craft beer company
    60 ex-employees signed letter accusing it of laddish environment
    Founder says they have thousands of ex-staff
    ‘most of what is said in the protest letter is not true, but we take the sentiment seriously’

    They claim they are the only Carbon-neutral beer company
    ..yet flew a private jet.


  2. ITV local news #2 item : “Climate Change at the G7
    we spoke to leading Sheffield expert John Grant, Hallam Poly”

    ..footage shows Fishlake
    Grant “this shows the fingerprint of human caused climate change”
    ..(pure speculation not science)
    reporters continued with buzzword soup
    “…Climate Emergency ..Prince of Wales…
    Yorks CBI spokes : Rain Newton-Smith “Humber green jobs making turbines.”


  3. After the May15th electric bus depot fire in China
    There was a June 5th one in Germany, Hannove

    German news tweet
    Fire started in one electric bus devastates bus depot, 9 EV buses destroyed
    EV service suspended now. Firefighters face special problems with this blaze.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. “G7: Climate protesters target Cornish summit”


    “Hundreds of climate campaigners have staged a protest march targeting the G7 summit.

    The activists paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the middle of the Cornish town, escorted by police.

    They called for immediate action from the G7 world leaders to “address the climate and ecological emergency”.

    Protests were also held in Falmouth, with climate change campaigners gathered on the beach, playing music and listening to speeches.”

    Right at the end of the article:

    “On Thursday, seven people were arrested with paint, smoke grenades and loud hailers in a car near the summit site in Carbis Bay.”

    The photos of them are worth looking at. Many in strange religious grab, the manufacture of which must have increased their CO2 footprint, as must the fact that many travelled considerable distances to be there (I don’t imagine they all walked or cycled). Describing it as a religion doesn’t do it justice – cult seems more appropriate.


  5. “Smashed prices: Australians enjoy $1 avocados amid record production
    It’s avo on toast for everyone thanks to an eye-watering drop in the price of the nation’s favourite brunch fruit”


    “Australian avocado production has more than doubled in ten years, from 40,000 tonnes in 2009/10 to nearly 90,000 in 2019/20 – at a value of almost half a billion dollars (A$493m). Of these, 80% were Hass avocados – with the much-maligned Shepard variety making up 17%. Just 5% of this is exported.

    It is likely to double again in the next ten years, said Tyas.”

    How can this be? I thought climate chaos meant that this sort of thing was impossible?


  6. “World oil demand ‘will rebound to pre-Covid levels by end of 2022’
    Opec and allies will face pressure to pump more fossil fuels as economies recover, says IEA”


    “The world’s demand for oil will rebound to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022, as recovering economies require oil-producing countries to pump more fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and their allies, including Russia, collectively known as Opec+, will need to “open the taps to keep the world oil markets adequately supplied”, the global energy watchdog said in its monthly oil report.

    Oil demand is expected to bounce back by 5.4m barrels a day this year, one of the fastest climbs on record, and by a further 3.1m in 2022, pushing consumption of crude above 100m for the first time by the end of next year, the IEA said.”

    Which rather makes me wonder about the Guardian’s reporting on oil a little over a year ago. Remember this?

    “Will the coronavirus kill the oil industry and help save the climate?


    “Analysts say the coronavirus and a savage price war means the oil and gas sector will never be the same again

    Damian Carrington, Jillian Ambrose and Matthew Taylor
    Wed 1 Apr 2020 07.00 BST

    The plunging demand for oil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic combined with a savage price war has left the fossil fuel industry broken and in survival mode, according to analysts. It faces the gravest challenge in its 100-year history, they say, one that will permanently alter the industry. With some calling the scene a “hellscape”, the least lurid description is “unprecedented”.

    A key question is whether this will permanently alter the course of the climate crisis. Many experts think it might well do so, pulling forward the date at which demand for oil and gas peaks, never to recover, and allowing the atmosphere to gradually heal.

    The boldest say peak fossil fuel demand may have been dragged into the here and now, and that 2019 will go down in history as the peak year for carbon emissions. “


  7. “Half of clothes sold by online fashion brands ‘made from virgin plastic’
    Fast-fashion boom fuelling rise in use of synthetic fibres made from fossil fuels, study shows”


    “Approximately half of the clothes sold by large online fashion brands such as Boohoo and Asos are made entirely from virgin plastic materials such as polyester, despite a push to reduce the huge environmental impact of the fashion industry.

    An analysis of 10,000 items added to the Asos, Boohoo, Missguided and PrettyLittleThing websites over a fortnight in May found an average of 49% were made entirely of new plastics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. In some stores just 1% contained recycled fabric, according to the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) study.

    The fast-fashion boom has caused the use of synthetic fibres, which are made using fossil fuels, to double over the past 20 years.”


  8. Mark: ‘…many travelled considerable distances to be there’

    I’m fairly sure that the bloke dressed up as Death at Ocean Rebellion’s 5am topless-mermaids-and-very-loud-toots-on-a-klaxon protest was Doug Francisco. He was certainly involved in the protest.

    He came out of quarantine this week, having flown home after spending 18 months in Mexico and Panama.


  9. In late April one of the main organisers of Ocean Rebellion’s G7 protests received £10k from the Arts Council. This was supposedly for a group that does similar protests under a different name, Apocalypse Theatrics, but as the only posts on that group’s Facebook page since early April are about Ocean Rebellion’s G7 protests it seems likely that the Arts Council has paid for people to be woken up at 5am by five very loud toots on a klaxon. Topless mermaids are inadequate compensation for such antisocial behaviour.

    Is it art? I suppose so.

    Should it receive public funds?

    Er, no.

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  10. “The EU’s carbon club of one
    Brussels seeks G7 support as it pushes ahead with a border tax for carbon, but the US and Japan are concerned.”


    “EU leaders want their G7 allies to join them in imposing trade barriers on climate laggards — but Japan and the U.S. aren’t so sure.

    At this weekend’s summit of leaders in Cornwall, the wealthy countries — which have all committed to scrub out carbon pollution by 2050 at the latest — will concede they need to address the risk of industries fleeing to countries with weaker regulation, according to a person with knowledge of the latest draft of their statement.

    An EU official said leaders would “definitely” discuss a plan Brussels is expected to roll out in July to hit steel, aluminum, cement, fertilizers and electricity with a carbon border tariff based on the EU carbon price.

    If other countries followed suit, it could lead to the creation of a carbon club of nations, in which high carbon imports are taxed at the border.

    But while Japan and the U.S. recognize the problem, they are not yet ready to back a concrete solution. Neither has introduced a national system to price carbon. That puts them in a tight spot, especially U.S. President Joe Biden, who is unlikely to get such a measure through Congress.

    U.S. climate envoy John Kerry earlier this year urged the EU to wait until after the COP26 climate change conference in November, where other countries have been asked to come forward with credible plans to reduce emissions. If they do so, the reasoning goes, there’s no need for a potentially divisive trade measure.

    Japanese government spokesman Tomoyuki Yoshida said the EU’s plans to tax carbon imports were “one of the quite controversial, heated discussions among the concerned parties.””


  11. “G7 wrestles with its climate limitations
    The richest democracies are having trouble getting the rest of the world to follow them on climate policies.”


    “The countries that consider themselves the planet’s natural leaders face an uncomfortable reality at the G7 summit this weekend: The future is not in their hands.

    Climate change, and the attempt to thwart it, will be decided largely in Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Abuja, Pretoria and Jakarta — capitals already responsible for more carbon pollution than those gathering in Cornwall.

    Nonetheless, the leaders of the wealthiest democracies will meet at a hotel overlooking a private beach, hoping to settle among themselves on the right mix of competition, contrition and coercion to convince the emerging great emitters to act.

    Although the G7 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. and the EU — is responsible for the bulk of historical emissions, by dint of cutting down at home while emissions keep rising elsewhere, they now create a dwindling share of planet-heating greenhouse gases.”


  12. “G7 leaders face biggest climate change decisions in history – David Attenborough”


    “G7 leaders are facing the most important decisions in human history as they seek to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has said.

    The naturalist will address world leaders gathered in Cornwall on Sunday as they set out plans to cut carbon emissions and restore biodiversity.

    Ahead of the meeting, Sir David warned that humans could be “on the verge of destabilising the entire planet”.

    Climate change is one of the key themes at the three-day summit in Carbis Bay.

    The group of seven – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – are expected to pledge to almost halve their emissions by 2030, relative to 2010 levels.

    The UK has already surpassed that commitment, previously promising to cut emissions by the equivalent of 58% on 2010 levels.”


  13. It appears the BBC’s agenda around the G7 is as intense as it is ahead of COP 26. Otherwise why have a brand new report on an incident that occurred 4 months ago?

    “Chamoli disaster: ‘It hit the valley floor like 15 atomic bombs'”


    “Nature often takes us by surprise. Its power is all too frequently underestimated, with catastrophic consequences.

    So it was with the Chamoli disaster back in February, when the flank of a Himalayan mountain failed and fell into the valley below.

    It set in train a cascade of debris that claimed over 200 lives and destroyed hydro-electric infrastructure worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    I suppose in fairness they’re reporting on a report just released, the timing of which one may wonder about. Here is the link for those interested – and some might be, as it was much-discussed here at the time:



  14. There’s a short video attached to this report on the incident – interesting given both the headline, and the hype at the time:

    “‘Difficult’ to pin Chamoli disaster on climate change”


    “Scientists have detailed February’s catastrophic rock and ice slide in the Indian Himalaya that claimed 200 lives. The disaster was initiated close to the top of the 6km-high Ronti Peak in the Chamoli district of the state of Uttarakhand. The team calculates almost 27 million cubic meters of material fell into the valley below. Lead author Dr Dan Shugar, from the University of Calgary, Canada, discussed the event with BBC Science In Action presenter Roland Pease.”


  15. I’m told that on the BBC News Channel not long after 6pm yesterday the wall-to-wall coverage of the G7 and related climate frenzy was interrupted, at considerable length, by the news that the Danish footballer Christian Eriksen had collapsed in a stadium in Copenhagen, presumably from a cardiac arrest, playing in front of TV billions in Euro 2020, and had only just been resuscitated through the prompt intervention of medics on the pitch. One man saved from death compared to the billions we are promised are at risk in future. Yet the BBC knew where the public’s priorities lay. (They would know that from Twitter and Facebook, for a start.) My mole took some comfort from that unplanned switch of programming.


  16. XR isn’t a death cult, honest.



  17. Why? Nothing Wales does can make any difference to anything.

    “Climate change: Wales ‘needs to do twice as much’ in next decade”


    “Wales needs to do twice as much on climate change in the next decade “as we’ve done in the previous 30 years”, the climate change minister has said.

    Julie James said it was “stretching an ambitious target” but that it would be possible to reach it.

    All road schemes in Wales are set to be reviewed and a new law to tackle air pollution will be introduced in the next year.

    Wales is aiming to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    But a December 2020 report by the Climate Change Committee, which advises governments in the UK, said: “Underlying indicators and the lack of a cohesive, economy-wide strategy for 2050 – at both UK and Welsh government level – mean that Wales was not currently on track for the existing 80% target, let alone net zero.”

    Speaking on the BBC Politics Wales programme, the newly appointed climate change minister said: “It is possible to do it but it will mean all of us playing our part.

    “So, there will be some things that will need to change… but what we need to do is put the conditions in place so that people aren’t sacrificing things in order to assist the climate.”

    Friends of the Earth Cymru has called for a ban on new roads in Wales.”


  18. XR’s G7 beach bums:


    Note the response by someone who does PR for the Marine Conservation Society: ‘wtf is going on here’.

    Andy West will have the answer. It involves narcissism, cults, conformity, cracks and crevices. But mostly narcissism.


  19. Naked eschatonanist Quakers are not a new thing. Pepys in 1667:

    One thing extraordinary was, this day a man, a Quaker [Solomon Eccles/Eagle], came naked through the Hall, only very civilly tied about the privities to avoid scandal, and with a chafing-dish of fire and brimstone burning upon his head, did pass through the Hall, crying, “Repent! repent!”



  20. I suspect this would happen in the UK too if we were ever allowed a vote, following a complete explanation of what will be involved in net zero:

    “Swiss voters reject key climate change measures”


    “Switzerland’s policy on fighting climate change has been thrown into doubt after voters rejected key measures in a popular vote.

    A referendum saw voters narrowly reject the government’s plans for a car fuel levy and a tax on air tickets.

    The measures were designed to help Switzerland meet targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    Many voters appear to have worried about the impact on the economy as the country tries to recover from Covid-19.

    Opponents also pointed out that Switzerland is responsible for only 0.1% of global emissions, and expressed doubts that such policies would help the environment.

    The vote, under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, went 51% against, 49% in favour.”


  21. Meanwhile, in a different country, but it might as well be on a different planet:

    “CBI boss says world is ‘way off track’ in fight against climate crisis
    Tony Danker says UK government must publish detailed and concrete guidance on home heating and transport to unlock private resources”

    “The head of the UK’s biggest business lobby group has warned that the corporate world is “way off track” in tackling the climate crisis.

    Tony Danker, the director general of the CBI, called on the government to do more to unlock the resources of the private sector by publishing new guidance on heating and transport.

    “Tackling the planet’s climate crisis before it’s too late has always been a seismic challenge demanding global cooperation on an unprecedented scale,” he will say in a speech at the CBI’s Road to Zero conference on Monday. “The world has no room for failure. The climate crisis is worsening and currently we’re way off track.”

    The CBI, which represents the UK’s biggest employers, wants the government to “fill in the blanks” in its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by the end of this decade, and by 78% compared with 1990 levels by 2035.

    Danker called for the government to put forward detailed plans on a charging network for electric vehicles, the phasing out of gas boilers, new offshore windfarms, and funding formulas for new nuclear power stations.”


  22. “Michael McCormack says coal here to stay as G7 countries commit to decarbonised power by the 2030s
    Coal ‘pays for a lot of barista machines’ for inner-city cafes and will play a part for many years to come, acting prime minister says”


    “The deputy prime minister Michael McCormack has declared coal will be around for “many more years to come” as trade ministers from Australia and the UK launch a last-ditch effort to resolve lingering disputes before announcing in-principle support for a bilateral trade deal.

    McCormack’s bullish comments on the future of coal on Monday follow an agreement by the G7 over the weekend to end government support for coal-fired power stations by the end of the year. Scott Morrison attended the G7 summit in Cornwall.”


  23. We mentioned the IIED before
    Its boss tweeting faithfully that he can count deaths from “Climate-related disasters”
    … guess he means weather related


  24. 7am R4Sunday Religion show
    cover photo “children wearing our House Is On Fire T-shirts”
    blurb Climate Change Boat Relay; Faith and Football; Cult Survivor

    – a group of young Christians will meet at Truro Cathedral.
    There they will bless a wicker boat
    to be carried in relay to Glasgow in time for the UN Climate Change Conference in October.

    Probably a #PRasNews item


  25. 4:30pm R4 going on about Sci-hub
    making out rather than being a cheeky tool to get paywalled articles for free
    it’s a big GRU operation to steal passwords and info from academic staff and universities.
    Sci-hub fans say “they would say that wouldn’t they ?”

    STM reply
    “They compromise the security of libraries and institutions, pose a threat to the integrity of the scientific record and harm learned societies who are reliant on income to support their crucial work.”


  26. So “Arts and Humanities *Research* Council” is funding Climate “research” at Hull university
    but how often does research funding get used for Climate-Alarmist activism ?

    4:13pm local radio’s show was plugging new film to be shown to children
    during the Children’s Literature Festival sat 26th June
    The kids will be asked to write poetry after seeing the film

    Their project called Risky Cities : Rising Tide of Humber project
    that get school kids to understand how Climate Change will flood Hull
    (why no “The” with Humber ?)
    They have a video .. https://youtu.be/eyLkIpEPIEA
    .. some skeptic tweeted the poster


  27. @stewgreen”. “So “Arts and Humanities *Research* Council” is funding Climate “research” at Hull university but how often does research funding get used for Climate-Alarmist activism ?”

    For the government, using activist is likely cheaper and more effective than using PR companies.


  28. “Touring electric coach stranded at Eden Project after failing to find charging point in Cornwall
    The Carbon Battle Bus had travelled from London to Cornwall but needs to recharge before it can continue on its tour”


    “A fully-electric coach has found itself stranded in Cornwall after being unable to charge at five different locations across the Duchy.

    The Carbon Battle Bus is on a tour of the UK and this week travelled from London to Cornwall but was unable to complete its tour after finding charging points did not work.

    It came to Cornwall to tie in with the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay where world leaders have been discussing climate change and the need to reach targets for zero carbon.

    Planet Mark, the organisers of the Zero Carbon Tour, successfully travelled from London to the Eden Project, a distance of 263 miles with one recharge, in the electrically-powered Yutong coach.

    However, in order to make the return leg through the South West of England the coach needs a recharge.

    But with 60 to 70 miles it has found that there are no serviceable chargers left on the network and the five that they attempted to use in Cornwall were unable to charge the bus.”

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  29. “Rich countries urged to come up with detailed plans to cut emissions
    Laurence Tubiana, a key player in 2015 Paris summit, says UK and others must explain how they will achieve climate goals”


    “Rich countries must come forward with detailed plans on how they hope to meet their climate targets, and Boris Johnson must forge much closer relationships with developing countries to bring about the breakthrough needed on the climate crisis this year, one of the architects of the Paris agreement has said.

    The G7 summit, which ended on Sunday in Cornwall, achieved much less than campaigners had hoped, with no significant new cash forthcoming for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, on the frontlines of climate breakdown.

    There were promises by the world’s richest economies to halt funding for coal, but they fell short of the pledge to end all new fossil fuel development that experts have said will be needed.”

    And yet it’s the poorer countries whose GHG emissions are growing.


  30. Fact-checking, anyone?

    “How are our cities going to look in a rapidly heating world? It won’t be long and 50C will be normal
    James Bradley
    Hot weather bakes in disadvantage. Regenerating natural and living ecosystems will help us all”


    “…In January last year the mercury reached 48.9C in Penrith, but it’s reasonable to assume that by the end of this decade (and quite possibly before) we will be experiencing temperatures in excess of 50C in some parts of Sydney, as well as similar temperatures in other capital cities….”

    NB That’s Penrith, Australia. I doubt if Penrith, Cumbria, UK has seen much above the 20sC for a long time! I think it reached about 16C here in Cumbria today, on the UK’s “hottest day this year”.


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