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  1. “Comic series curated by celebrities for climate causes”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-58711401

    “What do Cara Delevingne, Andy Serkis, Richard Curtis and Taika Waititi all have in common? They are just some of the celebrities turning their environmental concerns into comics.

    It is all the idea of Paul Goodenough, a writer and producer who has spent the last two years leading a campaign pairing stars with eco-experts and comic book writers and animators. The strips they then develop are published online every month, as part of Rewriting Extinction, a campaign raising awareness.

    Money from the project go to conservation charities such as Greenpeace and Born Free.”

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  2. “Climate change: Youth have ‘every right to be angry’ says UK PM
    By Matt McGrath
    Environment correspondent, Milan”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58750164

    “Boris Johnson says young people have every right to be angry about the state of climate change.

    The UK prime minister told climate activists in Milan that they were paying the price for the “reckless actions of their elders”.

    The penitent mood here was underlined by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who said politicians needed to be “whipped into action.”

    Both agreed that urgent action to limit warming was now desperately needed.

    For several days around 400 young activists have been working on proposals for tackling climate change here in Milan.”

    It seems the COP26 travel-fest isn’t enough for the climate worriers. Not very green are they, all these conferences?

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  3. ITV local news
    Middle item : The Raithlin oilfield planning decision is in.
    The local council rejected it.
    That’s what medialand wanted, so they played happy scenes of protesters.

    Incredibly the next item was “energy poverty the recent gas price rises have showed a problem
    and now with the £20 cut to Universal Credit how will poor people pay ?”

    FFS £20 billion worth accessible oilfield free
    .. and you just said no to it.

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    AFAIK it is entirely typical for cowardly councillors to reject such planning applications, cos they are afraid of pressure from Greens
    but at the next stage appeal
    the government usually has to let the project proceed.

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    The BBC prog is even more in with the protesters
    so they opened the show with the item
    and lots of scenes with happy protesters etc
    The briefly played a clip from the oil corps PR film
    that is the first time
    In all this time we only had protesters voices again and again.

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  4. 7:30pm ITV Energy Bills: Counting The Costs?
    that replaces the billed : Air Pollution special
    I still expect all the normal Islington misinformation.

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  5. The new build eco homes expert
    “One key is solar panels, these power batteries which power the home lights and HEATING
    and sell the spare to the grid
    In a year i expect the family will have used 60KW from the grid £8/year”

    Now another eco-home owner says their bills are £150/year
    using the heating 30 mins/day fuel by solar”

    Using solar PV or heat seems dumb to me
    in many cold winter days the solar will give almost nothing
    even on sunny days you lose energy putting it into the battery and taking it out
    If there is sun power available you’d be better off using it directly
    With a sun conservatory, you let the sun heat it and open the door to let the heat into the house when it is colder.

    Next week “How Green is your supermarket”

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  6. A new and strange pre-COP 26 push from the BBC today:

    “COP26: Welsh ministers push for wider climate summit role”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58752693

    “There have been “full and frank exchanges” between the Welsh and UK governments over plans for the COP26 summit, the climate change minister has said.

    Ministers in Cardiff Bay had hoped for “more of a role” at November’s conference in Glasgow.

    Following talks, Julie James told BBC Wales she was now “broadly” happy with arrangements.”

    And (because one article is never enough):

    “Climate change: What is Wales’ role at COP26?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-58751238

    “The UK is hosting the COP26 summit which is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control.

    The meeting of some 200 nations in Glasgow, from 31 October to 12 November, could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.

    It’s the UK government’s gig, but the Welsh government will also head to the talks as part of the delegation.

    So, what will the different politicians from Westminster and Cardiff be doing there?

    Tyler Edwards explains.”

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  7. Oh, I missed one. Good grief – three articles on the same topic:

    “COP26: Wildfires and flooding prompt Welsh firefighter warning”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58754036

    “Firefighter Craig Hope deals with “hundreds and hundreds” of wildfires across the south Wales valleys every year.

    But he has noticed recently they are changing – burning later into the year, getting larger and causing more damage.

    His colleagues are also having to deal with “unbelievable” flood events and landslides.

    All signs of climate change, he says – and “it’s like watching a Hollywood film”….”.

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  8. Is there anything they won’t throw out as climate change propaganda?

    The clickbait headline (“Warming Arctic may spread viruses and nuclear waste”) and standard photo of a swimming polar bear change when you click on them to, “Climate change: Arctic’s unknown viruses’ and nuclear waste”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58724710

    “A rapidly warming Arctic could cause the spread of nuclear waste, undiscovered viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria, a report has found.

    It said potential radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear submarines and reactors and damage from mining could be released as the ice melts.

    The nine million square miles of Artic dates to about a million years old.

    Co-author Dr Arwyn Edwards from Aberystwyth University said much of the Arctic is still unknown.

    Writing in Nature Climate Change, Dr Edwards co-authored report with academics from universities in the United States and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.”

    Further in to the article is this:

    “The report said despite its findings, it is still poorly understood and largely unquantified and further in-depth research in the area is vital to gain further insight into the risks.”

    Ah – send money!

    And another plea for money:

    “”We need to understand more about the fate of these harmful microbes and pollutants and nuclear materials to properly understand the threats they may pose.

    “It is imperative demonstrable action is taken at next month’s COP26 summit as these findings should concern anybody. As well as fulfilling the targets of the Paris Agreement and reducing the increase in the global climate temperature to 1.5 Celsius, there needs to be a strong and immediate commitment to funding research in this area….”

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  9. Dale Vince got a free 2 min advertising slot in today’s local radio news bulletin
    Summary : like most Green businesses Dale Vince can’t make his product as cheaply as his competitors
    so he has a solution … BAN THE COMPETITORS
    So we can only have gas & electricity at the expensive price he makes it at.

    1pm news
    Item #3 “energy price rises”
    “Dale Vince the owner of Green energy co Ecotricity says the UK has become UTTERLY dependant on Fossil Fuels

    Em ” utterly” is untrue
    For electricity
    Nuclear is at 5GW 24/7
    Then in the daytime you need upto 20 GW more
    … solar and wind are prioritised .. you could get 12 out them then 1 from interconnectors ..most French nuclear
    and another 3 from biofuel, & burning rubbish
    So then gas is turned on and of with demand and low wind solar
    so usually it’s pushing out 4, then up to 16 or even 20 on cold windless days
    Dependent ? if you took natural-gas out of the mix you’d still get 20% of electricity when you want it, but there’d often be times with a 50% shortage and occasionally a 80% shortage

    Then for transport and heating : the vast majority is from fossil fuels

    Dale Vince “we actually can make all of the electricity we need in our country from the wind & the sun and a LITTLE bit of sea

    We can make ALL of the gas from GRASS

    But unless we change the market then we’ll still follow global prices for energy
    We’ve gotta delink ourselves from that
    With government intervention /regulation that sets the price for energy based on what it costs to make it here in Britain, not what it gets sold for in the rest of the world.
    That’s not happening right now.

    So he doesn’t even mention nuclear ..a great low carbon fuel,

    The UK has to cover low wind/sun times no matter how many wind/sun industry sites it has
    Large scale storage to cover this is not viable or economic

    Grass to gas is a fake CO2 saving, cos every time you use a field, you have to bring another field of food from abroad
    I doubt the UK has enough grass land to get close to covering fossil fuel gas heating requirement

    Doh we’ve spent billions on building interconnectors
    so the UK electricity market is internationally linked where Dale likes it or not.

    Dale wants to sell his Grass-to-gas as gas for heating
    and also put some through gas boilers on farms to make electricity for the grid.
    So having banned his £40/MWh natural-gas competitors
    He can get paid his £100/MWh cost

    When international makers make biogas or ethanol
    what price will they get ?
    They will get whatever the MARKET price of natural-gas is
    ie their price is linked to the market.

    Now if the UK forces a price of £100/MWh they will want to sell into the UK market.
    The UK can’t argue it’s fossil fuel gas
    so it will push down the UK market price, so UK will still be linked to international gas prices.

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  10. Sorry typing late at night I forgot to include the link
    Brazier intro : Here’s the full 17 mins .. Starkey comes on 4m45s in

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  11. Stew: That’s a really interesting response to Greta and her blaming Britain for the evil emissions of the Industrial Revolution, thank you. As I mentioned elsewhere, I recently completed Matt Ridley’s How Innovation Works, which goes into much of the same history, though Matt also delves into pre-history and has much to teach on the recent digital revolution. (And I thought I knew everything there was to know. Amazingly, this turned out not to be true!) By the time I got to the end I was thinking “This is the single book I would now give to a climate alarmist.” I’m not saying they would read it, of course, but they would surely benefit if they did. Greta’s latest comments underline for me that perhaps I was onto something. It really isn’t about climate in isolation. A bigger, more compassionate picture is needed.

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  12. “Motorway protests: Insulate Britain activists block M1, M4 and M25”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58763019

    “Activists from the protest group Insulate Britain have been arrested after blocking motorways for the 10th day in three weeks.

    The group staged protests on the M25 near Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, the M4 near Heathrow Airport and the M1 at Brent Cross, north London….

    …The Met Police said 30 people had been arrested.

    Officers were called to protesters blocking junction three of the M4 at 08:27 BST and cleared the road by 09:00. Thirteen people were arrested for obstruction and conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

    Shortly after, officers were called to activists blocking traffic at junction one of the M1 and made 17 arrests for obstruction and conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

    The force said officers were responding to a third protest at junction 25 of the M25….”.

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  13. “Families take on ‘save the planet’ challenges”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/58762090

    “We hear that we can all do our bit to save the planet, no matter how small it may seem, but how easy is it?

    In less than a month the climate conference COP26 will be hosted in Glasgow with global leaders trying to negotiate solutions to the crisis.

    BBC Scotland climate change reporter Harriet Bradshaw has taken up the baton, along with a family in Aberdeenshire and another in the Scottish Borders, on a week long challenge to live more sustainably.

    The experiment discovers what we can do to make a difference, but also where we need help to make the right choices.

    The challenges were part of the BBC Scotland News special Our Planet Now…”.

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  14. “Cumbria coalmine would hit global decarbonisation efforts, inquiry hears
    UK ‘would be seen as worst hypocrite imaginable’ if plans for deep mine are approved, say environmentalists”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/01/cumbria-coalmine-global-decarbonisation-inquiry

    “Approving a new deep coalmine in Cumbria would stifle international efforts to decarbonise industry and could produce a chain-reaction effect boosting prospective overseas mining projects, the public inquiry into the UK scheme has heard.

    Boris Johnson’s aspirations to cast his government as an international climate leader at the upcoming Cop26 summit would be fatally undermined, the inquiry’s closing session also heard, if the mine were given the green light by the Planning Inspectorate.

    Paul Brown, the counsel acting for Friends of the Earth at the inquiry, said such a decision “would fundamentally undermine any credibility this government has on the world stage”.

    “Instead of being a world leader, we would be seen as the worst hypocrite imaginable,” he argued as part of his closing remarks, adding that the UK would lose any authority in its attempts to persuade developing countries to abandon similar fossil fuel schemes.

    The impact of this decision on years of gradual gains in international negotiations could be devastating, he said.”

    Quite what that has to do with planning legislation is beyond me.

    Still, there is hope yet that common sense will prevail:

    “A final site visit along the Cumbrian coast, near Whitehaven, will take place early next week, with the door left open for final written details to be collected over a number of days thereafter. The decision will then go to Michael Gove, the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, who will have the ultimate say.”

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  15. “Climate experts give cautious welcome to Labour’s green policies
    Party must not back away from ensuring rapid transition to low-carbon economy, say campaigners”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/01/climate-experts-give-cautious-welcome-to-labours-green-policies

    “…Rebecca Newsom, the head of politics at Greenpeace UK, also welcomed the policies, saying it was clear “that tackling the climate crisis and supporting a fair transition” was central to Labour’s agenda.

    But she said “big questions” remained around the “speed and nature of the transition” under any future Labour government and the party’s readiness to show “real leadership in guiding a just transition away from dirty, expensive and unreliable technologies like oil, gas and nuclear”.

    Climate and social justice activists inside and outside the party said that, although the policies did not go far enough, they highlighted the power of their campaigning over the past two years – from school strikes to Green New Deal Rising, Extinction Rebellion to Labour for a Green New Deal – and vowed to continue to push the party to go further….”.

    Nothing is ever good enough, however ridiculous, it seems. We know we’ve reached peak stupid, though, when – during an energy crisis largely caused by the failure of unreliable renewable energy – climate activists can describe oil, gas and nuclear as “unreliable”.

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  16. “Pressure grows to toughen global warming goal at upcoming climate talks
    COP26 President Alok Sharma said vulnerable countries backed the proposal.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/global-warming-climate-talks-cop26/

    “Vulnerable countries are pushing for a deal at November’s COP26 climate talks that would force laggard governments to make new and improved plans that align with stopping warming at 1.5 degrees, Alok Sharma, the U.K. minister running the climate talks, told POLITICO.

    That boosts efforts to make 1.5 degrees the primary target to limit global warming under the Paris Agreement rather than the pact’s current dual targets of holding warming to well below 2 degrees, while striving to cap it at 1.5 degrees.

    The issue will be brought up during a three-day meeting of ministers that started Thursday in Milan….

    …Sharma has spent two years haranguing leaders around the world to deliver pledges to cut their emissions ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow. But 71 countries accounting for 41 percent of global emissions, including China and India, have so far ignored the call. That means the world remains on a path to 2.7 degrees of warming, the U.N. said this month…”.

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  17. Mark, I don’t know what makes me more cross. That the “head of politics” at Greenpeace UK is so stupid, or that the Guardian thinks that such effluent is worth reporting, or that they they no longer have sufficient synapses between them to fire up a spark and recognise how stupid it is?

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  18. Jit, I think the real worry is simply that words in climate-related discourse no longer mean what they mean in a dictionary, and that the truth doesn’t seem to matter any more.

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  19. I think this is a wonderful Twitter thread from Ben Pile:

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  20. “With blackouts looming, German government holds disaster preparation day, promotes ‘cooking without electricity’”

    https://www.rt.com/news/536361-germany-blackouts-power-ad/

    “High demand and the transition to green power has left much of Europe at risk of blackouts. In Germany, state authorities are teaching the public to heat their homes with candles and get used to “cooking without electricity.”

    State authorities in North-Rhine Westphalia will hold their first ‘Disaster Protection Day’ on Saturday, with instructors in the city of Bonn teaching citizens how to get by “in the event of a long power failure.” An advert by the federal Civil Protection Office gives a hint of what’s in store, and features an elderly woman wearing several layers of clothing, heating her apartment with candles burning under an upturned flower pot and sealing her windows with reflective foil.

    The Civil Protection Office on Friday unveiled an ad campaign focusing on all aspects of crisis preparation, and will soon release a targeted strategy addressing “stockpiling, extreme weather, power failure and emergency baggage.” Meanwhile, officials will present a new book entitled ‘Cooking Without Electricity’ at the event in Bonn on Saturday.

    Based on these official communications, blackouts are coming to Germany soon. While the idea of the world’s sixth-most developed country being unable to power itself may seem ludicrous, the problem is Europe-wide, and is the result of a number of factors.

    Germany relies heavily on natural gas for heat and power, and supplies were depleted following an unusually cold winter and spring. Globally, gas markets are tight, with increased demand in Asia and an upsurge in air-conditioner use during a hot summer in Europe driving prices to record highs.

    Compounding the problem, wind-power generation fell this year, literally due to a lack of wind in Germany. Coal burning has increased to make up this shortfall, yet the cost of European Union ‘carbon credits’ on this fuel is passed on to consumers, with the end result being a spike in energy costs for ordinary Germans, who already pay the highest price per kilowatt hour in the world….”.

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  21. “Tracking Europe’s methane leak problem
    Methane is escaping unnoticed at hundreds of gas infrastructure sites across the bloc.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/methane-gas-leaks-belgium-europe-lng-problem/

    “LONDERZEEL, Belgium — To the naked eye, there was nothing to suggest that a potent greenhouse gas was seeping into the air around this small Flemish town.

    But when James Turitto pointed his €100,000 infrared camera at an innocuous-looking fuel tank at a truck stop in the town’s industrial outskirts, the lens revealed a steady stream of gas — primarily methane — rising into the cloudy sky.

    For several months this year, Turitto has been traveling across Europe on the hunt for methane, an odorless gas whose warming effect is as much as 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over two decades.

    “It’s a way of showing emissions are everywhere — everywhere we look,” Turitto, a campaigner with the NGO Clean Air Task Force, said of his project.

    In every country he’s visited, his camera found gas infrastructure leaking methane with little oversight. Turitto estimates he’s found “400 to 500 sources of emissions” at some 250 sites — from pipes in Romania to liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Italy and truck stops in Belgium.”

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  22. Suddenly it seems, at least so far as the BBC is concerned, that we need to look to Wales to “solve the climate crisis”:

    “Climate change: Julie James answers your questions”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-58765451

    “We have been putting your environment questions to Wales’ first Climate Change Minister, Julie James.

    She was speaking as the UK prepares to host a summit that is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control.

    COP26 will take place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November and could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.

    But is the climate crisis too great to solve? No, says Julie James.”

    Phew, that’s all right, then.

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  23. “Could Scotland’s unwanted wind turbines be turned into playparks?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58542905

    “When Windy Standard was built in Dumfries and Galloway in the mid-1990s, it was Scotland’s second largest wind farm.

    Now it is coming to the end of its functional life and the old turbines are set to be replaced by more powerful machines.

    But what happens to the original turbines? Owner Fred Olsen Renewables wants to find creative and sustainable ways to ensure they do not end up in landfill.

    Instead, the towers and blades could be turned into playgrounds, climbing walls, skate parks and even pedestrian bridges.

    The earliest phase of the Windy Standard wind farm – now officially known as Brockloch Rig 1 – has permission to operate in Carsphairn Forest until the end of 2027, after its original 25-year consent was extended.

    After that, planning conditions state that all the original turbines should be removed and the land “restored to its former condition”.

    However, Fred Olsen Renewables hopes to “repower” the site – removing the existing turbines and replacing them with new, more powerful machines, using existing tracks and infrastructure on the hillside.

    Each of the 36 turbines that make up the original phase of the wind farm measure 53.5m (175ft) from base to tip and together produce 21.6MW of energy – enough to power about 16,000 homes.

    Under the new plans, they would be replaced by no more than nine new turbines.

    At up to 200m (656ft) tall, each could be more than three times the height of the existing turbines, but together they have the capacity to generate more than twice as much energy (45MW) and power 38,000 homes.

    The Windy Standard turbines are made from 75% recyclable material, including the steel tubes that form each tower.

    But each tower has three 17m (55ft) blades made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic which cannot easily be recycled.

    It means green energy firms such as Fred Olsen Renewables need to find ways to re-use or repurpose the components.”

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  24. “Farnborough Airport entrances blocked by protesters”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-57858103

    “Environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion have blocked entrances to a private airport in Hampshire.

    Campaign group members are outside three entrances to Farnborough Airport protesting against carbon dioxide levels produced by private flights.

    Some of the protesters have locked themselves to a stretch limousine, fuel barrels and a steel tripod.

    An airport spokeswoman said authorities were monitoring the situation and the airport was still fully operational.

    An Extinction Rebellion spokesman said: “As world leaders gather for the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow this month, protesters are calling on the world’s super-rich elite of celebrities, oligarchs and business leaders to ditch private flights.”

    Protesters have accused the airport of “greenwashing” after it announced a switch to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which is created using non-recyclable household waste.

    Greenwashing is a term used for companies allegedly using misleading information to make products or services sound more environmentally friendly.”

    I don’t approve of their methods, but if you believe what they believe, then they sort of have a point. Are they going to go to Glasgow airport and protest against all the climate hypocrites jetting in for COP 26? By their actions shall we know them.

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  25. I wasn’t alone in predicting it….

    Diesel generators being installed to charge COP26 VIP Tesla fleet

    You’d think somebody’d have jammed a firework up the behind of SSE to swerve this PR disaster but no…..

    Experience tells me that the main exhibition area will have at least 8 generator sets and at least as many propane fired heaters plus an array of air conditioning units…

    I wonder if Insulation Extinction will blockade the entrance?

    To any XR researchers lurking ? – fill your boots – go right ahead!

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  26. “Climate change: Stop smoke and mirrors, rich nations told”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58774786

    “Rich countries’ plans to curb carbon are “smoke and mirrors” and must be urgently improved, say poorer nations.

    Ministers meeting here in Milan at the final UN session before the Glasgow COP26 climate conference heard that some progress was being made.

    But officials from developing countries demanded tougher targets for cutting carbon emissions and more cash to combat climate change.

    One minister condemned “selfishness or lack of good faith” in the rich world.

    US special envoy John Kerry said all major economies “must stretch” to do the maximum they can.”

    I wonder how that would go down if put to a referendum, in these straitened times?

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  27. More in a similar vein:

    “Poor countries must not be forced to take on debt to tackle climate crisis
    The Secret Negotiator
    A Cop26 insider from a developing nation on why the richer world needs to meet its funding targets”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/02/poor-countries-must-not-be-forced-to-take-on-debt-to-tackle-climate-crisis

    “One of the biggest issues at Cop26 is climate finance, the funding that is supposed to be provided by the rich world to developing countries to help us cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impact of the climate crisis.

    Back at the Copenhagen Cop in 2009, we were promised at least $100bn (£74bn) a year in climate finance by 2020 and every year after that to at least 2025. But that target has been missed. Recently, we saw an OECD report which found that in 2019 only about $80bn was provided….

    …Keep in mind that this promised climate finance is additional to what developing countries are spending on the climate themselves. An increasing proportion of national budgets are used dealing with the effects of the climate crisis – such as coping with natural disasters or repairing the damage….”.

    Funnily enough, no link was provided to substantiate that last claim. Natural disasters are now the effects of climate change, I see, without the need to demonstrate attribution.

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  28. If it’s hot, it’s climate change, if it’s cold, it’s climate change. If it’s wet, it’s climate change, if it’s dry, it’s climate change:

    “Coffee bean price spike just a taste of what’s to come with climate change
    Global coffee prices forecast to hit $4.44 a kilogram due to Brazilian cold snap following a string of droughts and pandemic supply chain issues”

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/sep/30/coffee-bean-price-spike-just-a-taste-of-whats-to-come-with-climate-change

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  29. Speaking of John Kerry, currently the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate…

    Here he is back in 2014 when he was merely the United States Secretary of State:

    Now, climate change also tragically means the end of some species. The changing sea temperature and the increasing amount of acidity – the acidity comes from coal-fired power plants and from the pollution, and when the rain falls the rain spills the acidity into the ocean. And it means that certain species of fish like cod or sardines can no longer live where they once lived.

    Nope. That’s not how it works.

    And:

    This is simple. Kids at the earliest age can understand this.

    Try and picture a very thin layer of gases – a quarter-inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity – that’s how thick it is. It’s in our atmosphere. It’s way up there at the edge of the atmosphere. And for millions of years – literally millions of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the ideal, life-sustaining temperature. Average temperature of the Earth has been about 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which keeps life going. Life itself on Earth exists because of the so-called greenhouse effect. But in modern times, as human beings have emitted gases into the air that come from all the things we do, that blanket has grown thicker and it traps more and more heat beneath it, raising the temperature of the planet. It’s called the greenhouse effect because it works exactly like a greenhouse in which you grow a lot of the fruit that you eat here.

    This is what’s causing climate change. It’s a huge irony that the very same layer of gases that has made life possible on Earth from the beginning now makes possible the greatest threat that the planet has ever seen.

    Er, no. Back of the class, John. And please pipe down a bit.

    More crap from Kerry’s 2014 talk in Jakarta is available here:

    URL:web.archive.org/web/20140216204915/http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/02/221704.htm

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  30. “First petrol, then pasta … now record labels are running out of vinyl
    Demand for records is soaring, and Britain’s supply problems are making it even harder to get albums pressed”

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/03/first-petrol-then-pasta-now-record-labels-are-running-out-of-vinyl

    How dare they?!!! Don’t they know what vinyl is made from?

    “But there is also a lack of PVC after a storm in February halted Texan petrochemical plants, and a fire in 2020 at a lacquer plant in California left only one factory in Japan making the master discs that records are cut from….

    …Howell is looking at other options, including 10-inch records and potentially investing in his own vinyl production plant. “You have to be a bit innovative and work around these issues and not sit there and say, ‘Wah, it’s not want I wanted.’ You have to adapt. But it’s a bit annoying.””

    Not interested in saving the planet, then?

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  31. There’s rather a lot wrong with this article too, IMO:

    “Tax flights and ditch gas boilers: ‘blue wall’ voters back green policy
    A majority of voters in the Conservative party’s key 41 constituencies believe the UK should be a world leader on climate”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/03/tax-flights-and-ditch-gas-boilers-blue-wall-voters-back-green-policy

    “Voters in Tory heartlands want the government to do more to tackle the climate crisis, and support measures that many backbench Conservative MPs have balked at, from ditching gas boilers to taxing flights, new polling shows….

    …a poll of 41 constituencies in the “blue wall” – long-term Tory-held seats, tilted towards the south but with some in the north of England – has found that a majority of voters there believe the UK should be a world leader on climate, and that the costs of inaction outweigh the costs of action. Six in 10 support the phasing out of gas boilers, while more than half (54%) want a tax on frequent flyers and a similar number (54%) support the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles.

    Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace UK, which commissioned the poll, said: “This polling shows that there is an electoral risk here for the government, in not following through on their promises on climate change. It is a clear mandate from voters in some of the most important Conservative constituencies for the government to go full throttle on climate action.”

    Two thirds want to see more investment in electric vehicles, though replacing fuel duty with road pricing has less support, at about 45% of those polled. Six in 10 also want to see climate aid to poor countries, despite the government’s cuts to overseas aid.

    Only 9% of the 1,000 voters surveyed said the government was doing too much on climate, while a quarter said the government was doing enough, and more than half wanted ministers to do more. More than seven in 10 would support new ambitious commitments on climate at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow this November, and a green new deal to invest in jobs….”.

    The first and most obvious thing to note is that the Guardian provides no link to the poll, and I was rather hoping they would have done. As we all know, how you phrase opinion poll questions and the way the poll is conducted, as well as how the people polled are selected, can all make a huge difference to the results. I wanted to check those things out, but the Guardian has not given me the tools to do so. Undaunted I carried out an internet search using key terms – that proved fruitless. Still undaunted, I checked out the websites for both Greenpeace UK (who commissioned the poll) and Ipsos Mori (who conducted it) and still could find nothing. So now I am daunted, so to speak. An opinion poll that receives a big PR piece in the Guardian (and elsewhere on the internet – but again with no links) that can’t be checked for methodology and accuracy.

    We do know (or we think we do) from the Guardian report, that only 1,000 people were surveyed, and they were spread across 41 constituencies, so fewer than 25 per constituency on average. That doesn’t strike me as very authoritative, and combined with the lack of information as to the methodology, I regard it as pretty meaningless.

    And yet it’s all really rather sinister. In the build-up to COP 26 we can expect ever more of this sort of rubbish – PR puff pieces that are essentially meaningless, but which are designed to influence how politicians respond. Most particularly, it seems fairly obvious to me that it’s designed to put backbone into Boris regarding his “green” agenda and to undermine those concerned Tory backbench MPs who aren’t on board with the agenda and who fear it will end in tears (for them personally, probably, and for the country, certainly).

    The soundbite from Rebecca Newsom of Greenpeace makes it clear that it has nicely served the purpose for which it was commissioned:

    “This polling shows that there is an electoral risk here for the government, in not following through on their promises on climate change. It is a clear mandate from voters in some of the most important Conservative constituencies for the government to go full throttle on climate action.”

    Stick to your guns, Boris and don’t listen to those Moaning Minnies on the backbenches. Why, only 9% of Tory voters think you’re doing too much on climate! Look at all the votes you’ll lose if you don’t keep at it!

    It’s rubbish, of course. It doesn’t matter what the Tories do and say about climate change, they will always be outflanked by the climate extremists in the Labour, LibDem and Green Parties, plus SNP and Plaid Cymru in Scotland Wales, and climate worriers will never vote Tory. There are NO votes for the Tories in this, only lost votes from disgruntled traditional Tories.

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  32. The first of the 5 PrinceWilliam/Attenborough sermons was on BBC1 primetime
    The publicity before it was massive
    Why did Discovery Networks do a 10 tweet thread promoting a BBC show ?

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  33. The Times TV guide their #2 is Earshot the Prince William /Attenborough series of 5 Global Warming sermons
    I think they have pulled a trick; they know that 6p slot is the Sunday biggie as people stop watch their local news and then Countryfile so they’ve moved them to an hour early and given Prince William the prime spot.

    Flipping Attenborough is not only on at 6pm, he was on at 3:40pm too
    Then Packam and daughter were on BBC2 at 8:30pm

    =====================================
    pg 8 of the Times is used for their Green campaigning
    So they plugged the Prince William/ Attenborough prog there too.

    As well as an item “90% of us breathe unclean air everyday”
    .. What does that even mean ?
    We don’t breather CLEANED air we breathe natural air
    And natural air is intrinsically UNCLEAN, yet our lungs have evolved to cope with the particles and poisons it contains.

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  34. Apparently BoJo’s speech will be about investment in renewables and nuclear. Let’s hope he’s concentrating on nuclear, or we’re stuffed.

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  35. More on nuclear:

    “Surging gas prices and fuel bills focus Tory minds on the nuclear option
    Growing fears of energy security are leading a rethink on Chinese involvement in atomic plans. But what alternative are there?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/04/surging-gas-prices-and-fuel-bills-focus-tory-minds-on-the-nuclear-option

    “Among the subjects preoccupying delegates at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Monday, energy will be near the top of the list.

    Soaring global gas prices, a lack of windpower and surging household bills have focused minds on Britain’s energy needs – and the role of nuclear power in particular.

    For the past decade, Britain’s ambitions to build more nuclear power plants have been entwined with China’s. Hinkley Point C, the long-delayed and over-budget £23bn plant in Somerset that will be the first new power station in a generation, is being bankrolled with Chinese cash.”

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  36. “Sicilian coffee dream a step closer as climate crisis upends farming
    As temperatures rise, one family hopes to establish the world’s northernmost coffee plantation”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/04/sicilian-coffee-dream-a-step-closer-as-climate-crisis-upends-farming

    You might think that sounds like good news, but the whole article is riddled with the words “crisis” and “emergency”. No, it’s called change and adaptation.

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  37. I don’t see the scope for substantial new nuclear inside 14 years. Such would be fought tooth and nail by the very zealots he is trying to appease with this announcement. Whether the wind is subsidy free or not makes no difference to the resulting rise in electricity costs, because cheaper options will be shut out of the system.

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  38. 10am local radio news :
    “And rail companies have a new way of dealing with leaves
    spraying them with dry-ice”

    They never mentioned that’s carbon-dioxide

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  39. The BBC sent Justin Rowlatt upto Grimsby and Hull to do a PRasNews item to promote the wind industry

    100 people complain he said Grimsby is in East Yorkshire
    50 complain he and the BBC map used the description Humberside

    That hated county name was abolished 30 years ago

    Then the blade manufacturer tweeted him to say The name of the company is not Siemens
    “Ahem, Justin – that’s Siemens Gamesa”

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  40. Tweeter : If you put a wind farm in an area
    then it absorbs some of the wind
    meaning that areas downwind get less wind cooling
    so warm up
    aren’t we supposed to be stopping global warming ?

    Are windfarms warming the sea ?

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  41. “Poland’s solar power sunburn
    The government is scaling back generous subsidies following an unexpected PV boom.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/poland-solar-power-subsidy-program/

    “Poland’s subsidy program has led to a boom in small-scale photovoltaic projects — which is turning into a problem.

    The program has been so successful — the country generates 5.4 gigawatts of power from solar, above its minimum 5 GW target for 2025 — that now the government is planning to revamp its subsidy scheme.

    Poland already has 700,000 domestic solar installations, and Deputy Climate and Environment Minister Ireneusz Zyska expects that to rise to 1 million by the end of the year.

    “This all creates risks, especially for the grid,” Zyska said at a regional economic conference last month.

    That’s why the government is working on legislation that changes the rules for small-scale prosumers — people who both generate and use power.

    Currently, the successful “My Electricity” program subsidizes small individual PV installations ranging from 2 kilowatts to 10 kW in capacity, with a subsidy of up to 3,000 złoty (€660). Users also get to take back 80 percent of the power they put into the grid for their own use at no charge — essentially treating the national network as a personal battery.

    The legislation would scrap that, forcing prosumers to sell any excess power to the grid at market prices, and to buy back any needed electricity — usually at times when their panels aren’t working — also at market rates.

    “We have been forced to move away from subsidies … but we’re working to ensure that the new solutions will still be attractive for current and future prosumers,” Zyska said….

    …Poland’s PV capacity ballooned 200 percent to nearly 4 GW last year, according a report by Poland’s Renewable Energy Institute, a think tank. According to SolarPower Europe, a lobby group, Poland was the EU’s fourth-fastest growing PV market in 2020, behind Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain.

    “Micronstallations are the fastest growing PV segments in Poland and it’s just going to grow because saturation is still very low — there are millions of buildings on which you can put PV panels on,” said Dawid Zieliński, CEO of Columbus Energy, one of Poland’s leading suppliers of PV projects.

    But getting more solar online means more government spending as well as completing long-delayed upgrades in the Polish grid to be able to handle variable renewables.

    “With growth at the rates we’ve seen, what’s needed now is a response from the grid, otherwise there’ll be just too much capacity and many installations will be shut off by the system during peak generation times,” said Grzegorz Wiśniewski, head of the Renewable Energy Institute and a long-time promoter of solar power in Poland.

    He said that his think tank had predicted that once the PV installations rise above 5 GW, that would create problems for grid stability. “That level has now been crossed,” he said, warning that means installations will be cut off at peak times to prevent surges. That happened for the first time on April 5, when there was a spike in power production thanks to strong winds and sun shine.

    “The electricity grid has limited flexibility,” Zyska said. “It can’t be a storage for ever greater numbers of prosumers. Not making changes will lead to a catastrophe.”…”.

    There are no simple solutions, it seems. Somebody should tell Boris and Insulate Britain.

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  42. Massive skeins of geese heading south over Cockermouth today. Do they know something we don’t? Is it going to be a cold winter?

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  43. Everytime solar is on TV, lots of naives say “but why doesn’t the government make it law to have solar panels on every house ?”
    FFS cos solar is a bit crap for the money

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  44. BBC News in raptures over a crappy melting sculpture composed of Antarctic ice that will melt during COP26. This is justified thus: “As an artist, Wayne needed visitors to see and hear the ice dripping away very slowly as that makes the point about global warming”. Someone tell Wayne that, far from melting away, Antarctic ice is actually increasing.

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  45. Way off topic, but I see that they are claiming that the Facebook/Whatsapp/Instagram outage took so long to rectify because the ‘internal technical issue’ responsible for the outage also disabled the security system that allowed the IT team access to the building to correct it. Am I alone in finding that claim highly suspicious? I do happen to know a little about such things and I know that rule number 1 regarding security systems is that you don’t design in vulnerabilities such that failures to non-security IT systems can have such knock on effects. Even if it were a building power supply issue, the security system would operate on an isolated UPS. Either one of the world’s leading IT solutions suppliers knows diddly about IT security basics, or they are telling porkies and they are trying to play down a carefully planned security breach. I shall look forward to the full explanation.

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  46. John, I don’t think anything’s off topic on Open Mic – have at it!

    Meanwhile:

    “London flooding hits Tube services and roads”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58799222

    It’s very sad for those affected, of course. Living in a town that floods periodically, I do genuinely sympathise, and don’t wish to belittle anything here. But I can’t help observing that a miracle has nevertheless occurred – I only skimmed the article, but I think the BBC has reported this without once mentioning climate change.

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  47. “EU countries warned to ‘not overreact’ to energy price surge
    Capitals propose radically different strategies to keep gas and power bills in check.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-eurozone-finance-ministers-meeting-energy-prices-green-deal/

    “Soaring gas and power prices are prompting fears of a backlash against the EU’s Green Deal policies, highlighted during Monday’s eurozone finance ministers’ meeting.

    The bloc’s 2050 target of becoming climate neutral is already making it more expensive to emit CO2 and burn fossil fuels, but there’s worry that the project could be undermined by current jitters over energy prices.

    “We have to take care of the situation very carefully at the moment,” said Finland’s Finance Minister Annika Saarikko. “We can’t forget our goals when it comes to climate change, but transition time is not an easy one.”

    Spot prices for natural gas reached €92 per megawatt-hour on Monday on the Dutch TTF trading hub, up about 400 percent so far this year.

    The price spike and its knock-on effects on power bills saw energy prices added to the agenda of Monday’s Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg. EU finance ministers will discuss energy again over breakfast on Tuesday and the European Parliament debates power prices Wednesday.

    Paolo Gentiloni, the economy commissioner, said the soaring prices will mean efforts to “address the most vulnerable households,” while also finding a “balance between the need of immediate response and having these responses not be in contradiction with our mid-term targets for the climate transition.””

    Meanwhile some people continue to inhabit an Alice Through the Looking Glass world:

    “That’s also leading to calls to speed up the green transition. The current situation “only reinforces the point to move away from fossil fuels, more towards renewables, to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and avoid these kinds of price fluctuations,” said Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis.”

    Still, problems, problems:

    “But that still leaves the short-term problem of the ongoing price spike. Higher natural gas prices are caused by a global supply crunch as economies recover from the pandemic, coupled with lower-than-expected gas supply from Russia as domestic production fell.

    More than 40 MEPs have asked the Commission to investigate Russia’s Gazprom, the EU’s top supplier, for declining to offer additional volumes for sale in recent months.”

    And:

    “Greece has called for returning some of the revenues collected under the EU’s Emissions Trading System to offset price increases.”

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  48. “Global citizens’ assembly to be chosen for UN climate talks
    100-member group will be representative of world’s population and will present their findings to Cop26”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/05/global-citizens-assembly-to-be-chosen-for-un-climate-talks

    “One hundred people from around the world are to take part in a citizens’ assembly to discuss the climate crisis over the next month, before presenting their findings at the UN Cop26 climate summit.

    The Global Citizens’ Assembly will be representative of the world’s population, and will invite people chosen by lottery to take part in online discussions that will culminate in November, during the fortnight-long climate talks that open in Glasgow on 31 October.

    Funded with nearly $1m, from sources including the Scottish government and the European Climate Foundation, the assembly is supported by the UN and UK and run by a coalition of more than 100 organisations.”

    Representative of the world’s population? Really? Online discussions only? How many poor people in sub-Saharan luxury have that luxury? More pointless and expensive virtue-signalling. Still, it generated another PR piece in the pre-COP 26 ramp-up, so job done, I suppose.

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  49. “Nobel in physics: Climate science breakthroughs earn prize”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58790160

    “Three scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work to understand complex systems, such as the Earth’s climate.

    Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi were announced as the winners at an event in Stockholm.

    Research by Manabe and Hasselmann led to computer models of the Earth’s climate that can predict the impact of global warming.

    The winners will share the prize money of 10 million krona (£842,611).

    It is incredibly difficult to predict the long-term behaviour of complex physical systems such as the climate. Computer models that anticipate how it will respond to rising greenhouse gas emissions have therefore been crucial for understanding global warming as a planetary emergency.”

    I guess only time will tell if the models are actually correct, or even close to correct.

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  50. Meanwhile, lots more propaganda at the BBC today:

    “Climate change: What do all the terms mean?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48057733

    “Climate change is seen as the biggest challenge to the future of human life on Earth, and understanding the scientific language used to describe it can sometimes feel just as difficult.

    But help is at hand. Use our translator tool to find out what some of the words and phrases relating to climate change mean.”

    And

    “Staffordshire woodland in climate change experiment”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-58805835

    “For scientists trying to predict the impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide on our world it can be a complex task.

    But in a woodland in Staffordshire, researchers from the University of Birmingham are not predicting the future – they are actually creating it.

    Huge metal rings are pumping out CO2 around the trees to achieve the levels we are going to see in about 50 years time.

    The experiments are measuring the flow of sap in the trees, the growth of the trees and have cameras in the soil – it is all part of research examining the impact of climate change on woodlands.”

    That was regurgitated from 1st May 2019.

    And

    “Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46384067

    This one is regurgitated from 14th January 2020.

    So, not news at all.

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  51. “Shipping firms vow to cut emissions if governments support low-carbon tech
    Industry calls for levy to fund new technologies – but environmentalists say proposal blocks climate progress”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/05/shipping-cut-emissions-low-carbon-tech-climate

    “The global shipping industry has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century – but only if governments impose a mandatory levy on shipping fuel to fund the development of new low-carbon technology.

    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents the majority of the global shipping industry, submitted the plans to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the worldwide regulator and part of the UN.

    The industry group called for a carbon levy on shipping, a new fund for the development of low-carbon technologies and a 25% cut in emissions by 2030, moving to zero emissions from shipping by 2050.”

    #MagicMoneyTree

    Still, it’s never enough:

    “Green campaigners said the plans were unrealistic, however, and accused the ICS of obstructing progress on alternative measures that were more likely to be effective.”

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  52. “The Government is in denial: levelling up and decarbonisation are incompatible
    We are adding to the production costs of key industries in the full knowledge that it will make them less competitive than overseas rivals”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/04/government-denial-levelling-decarbonisation-incompatible/

    “The Government now has two main strategic aims: levelling up and decarbonisation. Levelling up aims to encourage the creation of more high-skill, high-wage jobs in every corner of the land. The problem is that its second strategy, decarbonisation, is steadily destroying well-paid jobs. Worse still, the Government is refusing to admit the contradiction, preferring to claim that thousands of high-wage green jobs will emerge. Not facing up to inconvenient facts usually leads sooner or later to disaster, as the petrol-pump fiasco has surely reminded us….”

    Behind a paywall, unfortunately, though you can register for a free one-month trial if you wish (I never do things like that).

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  53. BBC 6pm trailer : “shop and be green”
    Shop Well for the Planet?
    begins Thursday 14th October at 8pm on BBC One.
    The gang help a family go green and save some cash.
    Eco toilet roll and natural deodorant are put through their paces,
    and how will the family get on with a new electric car?

    The presenters of Shop Well for Less and Eat Well for Less join forces to see if we can live a greener lifestyle and save money along the way. Chris Bavin and Jordan Banjo look at our food choices, while Melanie Sykes and Joanna Page tackle our shopping habits.

    This week, the team are in Essex to help the Fortington-Neave family go green and save some much-needed cash.
    ✅ posh name
    Life is busy for mum Alison and dad Alex. They have a packed schedule looking after their two active sons, 7 & 11
    Now the whole family want to try to help the planet, but they don’t know where to start.
    – set up a pop-up shop filled with the family’s main areas of eco-concern and reveal their average carbon footprint.
    They are shocked to find out how much over the national average they currently are.
    To turn the family’s house green, the team swap their usual cleaning products for homemade versions and eliminate some of their single-use plastic.
    Jordan and Chris take on committed carnivore Alex and try to convince him that going meat-free a couple of days a week doesn’t have to be painful.
    Can they turn him around with their simple and quick veg curry?

    ✅ Pushing Veganism

    Prog tests eco varieties of toilet rolls, natural deodorants, Fairtrade chocolate
    As a dog owner, Jordan wants to investigate what the impact of our pets is on the planet.
    He travels to Scotland
    (that’s not eco)
    to meet the owner of an eco-friendly dog food business and find out what his secret ingredient is.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010k49

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  54. If BBC programming isn’t black focused, it’ Green focused
    Today on Radio4

    9am GREEN : Jim Al Khalili nudged his flood expert guest to go on about *Climate change*
    11:30am GREEN : *Philosopher* Timothy Morton explores our psychological relationship with the *climate crisis *
    3:30pm GREEN : the weekly Green Agenda show
    9:30pm GREEN : same as 9am

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  55. Mark Hodgson says:
    05 OCT 21 AT 7:59 PM
    “Nobel in physics: Climate science breakthroughs earn prize”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58790160

    “Three scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work to understand complex systems, such as the Earth’s climate.

    Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi were announced as the winners at an event in Stockholm.”

    Lubos Motl wasn’t too impressed:

    https://motls.blogspot.com/2021/10/global-warming-nobel-prize-in-physics.html

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  56. Thanks Bill.

    The following is I think worth quoting from Lubos. I fully agree.

    But so far, the hard scientific prizes, and especially the Nobel Prize in Physics, were largely shielded from this toxic worthless garbage. This is over because the other one-half of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann

    for the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.

    Wow, just wow. You may click at the names to confirm the expectation that these men did some influential early work on climate modeling. And I think that these men aren’t even the most radical activists who would love to exaggerate the projections more than others. But don’t make a mistake about it. The climate modeling hasn’t led to any new yet reliable insights. In those 50 years, while the short-term weather models have made some progress, the long-term models have made virtually none and it is especially the case of the question about the magnitude of the influence of CO2 on the climate. All the relevant quantities (like the climate sensitivity) remained about as uncertain as when these modelling efforts were launched and the claim about the “reliable prediction of global warming” is a pure lie.

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  57. Richard,

    I think you miss the point. Back in the day, they thought they didn’t know what the climate sensitivity is. Now they know they don’t know. If that isn’t worth a Nobel Prize, I don’t know what is 🙂

    On a more serious note, there is a proposition doing the rounds that the scientific understanding of the climate now matches the greatest of scientific achievements since Galileo. Indeed, the level of understanding matches that associated with the study of subatomic particles. For the record, the theoretical predictions of QED, and the corresponding experimental measurements, are in agreement to within less than ten parts in a billion. Meanwhile, for ECS…

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  58. Wow – climate science is racist and sexist:

    “Climate change: Voices from global south muted by climate science”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58808509

    “Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published, according to a new analysis.

    The study looked at 100 of the most highly cited climate research papers over the past five years.

    Less than 1% of the authors were based in Africa, while only 12 of the papers had a female lead researcher.

    The lack of diverse voices means key perspectives are being ignored, says the study’s author.

    Researchers from the Carbon Brief website examined the backgrounds of around 1,300 authors involved in the 100 most cited climate change research papers from 2016-2020.

    They found that some 90% of these scientists were affiliated with academic institutions from North America, Europe or Australia.”

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  59. I think this is truly appalling. The NHS has huge problems in treating sick people. That should be where every ounce of its energies lies. Not this distracting rubbish:

    “Climate change: NHS staff fighting to make hospitals greener”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58804474

    “The Welsh NHS needs to “lead by example” in the fight against climate change to avoid future health problems, say hospital staff trying to cut carbon emissions.

    At Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, staff are volunteering after shifts during Covid-19 to work on green schemes.

    Doctors said major overhauls were needed to ensure the health service stops adding to global warming.

    NHS Wales boss Dr Andrew Goodall said progress was being made.

    The outgoing chief executive added that while the health service was under huge pressure, it must focus on climate change alongside the Covid crisis.

    The NHS accounts for about 2.6% of Wales’ emissions of planet-warming gases – a carbon footprint of approximately one million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.”

    2.6% of b*gger all is b*gger all!

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  60. Oh, good grief, they’ve put two articles up about this ridiculous story:

    “Climate change: NHS Wales ‘can transform services'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-58809669

    “NHS Wales must focus on cutting its greenhouse gas emissions, says outgoing boss Dr Andrew Goodall.

    “We know we can change and transform our services,” he said.

    “And I see even focusing on the climate change issues… is a complementary approach to the kind of recovery actions that we need to do as part of the Covid response.”

    Green groups are being set up by hospital staff voluntarily to help cut emissions at sites around Wales.

    Junior doctor Tom Downes said the healthcare sector should lead by example as part of a Wales-wide public sector drive to cut emissions to net zero by 2030.”

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  61. Here we go again with the “not paying enough tax = subsidy” line of argument. A business that pays taxes is NOT subsidised.

    “Fossil fuel industry gets subsidies of $11m a minute, IMF finds
    Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/06/fossil-fuel-industry-subsidies-of-11m-dollars-a-minute-imf-finds

    “The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies of $11m every minute, according to analysis by the International Monetary Fund.

    The IMF found the production and burning of coal, oil and gas was subsidised by $5.9tn in 2020, with not a single country pricing all its fuels sufficiently to reflect their full supply and environmental costs. Experts said the subsidies were “adding fuel to the fire” of the climate crisis, at a time when rapid reductions in carbon emissions were urgently needed.

    Explicit subsidies that cut fuel prices accounted for 8% of the total and tax breaks another 6%. The biggest factors were failing to make polluters pay for the deaths and poor health caused by air pollution (42%) and for the heatwaves and other impacts of global heating (29%).

    Setting fossil fuel prices that reflect their true cost would cut global CO2 emissions by over a third, the IMF analysts said. ”

    And would probably be responsible for more early deaths than the dubious claim of 29% attributed to heatwaves and impacts of global heating and 42% attributed to air pollution.

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  62. Re: The Nobel Prize

    It is also perhaps worth reflecting upon the role played by uncertainty here. Parisi won his part of the Noble Prize by studying the aleatory uncertainties associated with spin glass. His achievements were only possible, however, because the epistemic uncertainties associated with his physical models were low. It was therefore a situation in which aleatory techniques for analysing physical uncertainties (techniques such as Monte Carlo simulations and Gaussian distributions) are perfectly applicable. The others won their part in the prize because of their work in climate modelling, in which the epistemic uncertainties in the models are almost entirely overwhelming, severely undermining any attempt to apply aleatory techniques. As I have pointed out on many occasions, most climate scientists don’t even appreciate the important distinction to be made here and pursue calculations that treat everything as aleatoric, including the model uncertainties! The Nobel Prize seems to have been awarded here for mathematically demonstrating that aleatory techniques can still be applied in climate modelling – but that’s only if you are not too worried about the lack of epistemological justification for trusting the results.

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  63. R4 9:30am accidentally states that skeptical thinking is better
    The Power of Doubt : we should rehabilitate doubt as a strength rather than a weakness in leaders.
    aren’t the best leaders not the ones that say they have all the answers,
    but those who know they don’t?
    Not those who say they see it all, but those who ask whose perspective is missing?
    Rather than a deficiency to be hidden, maybe doubt should be seen as a power to be harnessed?”
    Nicola Reindorp is CEO of Crisis Action

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  64. The BBC says that climate change represents the greatest threat to mankind. I think not. Do you want to see a hockey stick?

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  65. R4 now : Research reveals most people confused about green choices

    The consumer association Which? say that most people are confused about green choices and it is a barrier to helping the UK meet its emission targets.
    They are urging more financial help from government and clearer advice and labelling from companies to make it easier to switch to better tech and purchases..

    eg frustrated Air source heat-pump man
    House only has 60A fuse , so is heat pump might take it over the limit
    The 100A fuse will cost £300, but typically takes 6 months
    Pump costs £12,600 MORE than a gas boiler,
    So so far he is £12,900 down and still paying gas bills and won’t have lower ones until winter 2022/23

    Which-lady claimed the government isn’t doing enough to help PRIVATE electric companies install electric car chargers for PRIVATE customers.
    AFAIK when you buy the gimmick , I mean car the seller gets you a charging point installed.
    Of course after a while the substation on your street is not big enough ..and that is a problem for the electric companies.

    Listener comments
    “lots of people say that heat pumps are more complex than expected, you have to install bigger radiators etc.”
    that bit was rushed ..then she read a long comment by someone who said his heatpump is great.

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  66. ITV local news , heres the failed GMB presenter with an item about shopping for Climate.

    That item like a lot of TV gave bold numbers that are probably wrong
    “One third of food in the world grown is not eaten”

    hmm even the small percentage of food not going into the food chain usually goes to feed animals.

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  67. “Climate scientists hit with steep COP26 bill
    Shortages of essential goods push price tag for events pavilion over £500K.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/cop26-climate-talks-glasgow-scientists-organizations-bill-pavilion-orientations-events/

    “The world’s preeminent climate science organizations plan to downgrade their presence at next month’s COP26 climate talks after being told they would be charged over £500,000 for their pavilion due to shortages of material and labor.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.K. Met Office cut the size of their joint space and events program in half after receiving the unexpectedly large quote, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

    The temporary booths used by business, science and civil society organizations to promote their messages are a key feature of the annual U.N. climate talks. At the COP25 conference in Madrid in 2019, the IPCC and WMO pavilion hosted 47 events over the course of two weeks.

    The science bodies were informed about the cost by orientations.events — the company contracted to provide construction services for pavilions at this year’s summit in Glasgow — after they submitted their designs for the events hub.

    The charge includes a £70,000 fee for the floor space to be paid to the U.K. government, which it said is based on the average of the past five climate conferences.

    The overall price is roughly double what the organizations had expected to pay based on previous conferences. There is no suggestion the science organizations are being charged more than other participants at COP26 and the U.K. government acknowledged that others were also affected.”

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  68. 10pm BBC4 Another eco-catastrophe doco 1/3
    “The extent of nature’s resilience, and its adaptability in the face of extreme threat is astonishing. We see that ecosystems devastated by human beings can be revived, with the right care…”

    Blurb : Filmed on seven continents, THE AGE OF NATURE presents creative ideas from around the globe for dealing with such pressing issues as climate change, animal extinction, and environmental degradation.

    Butt you’ll need another TV set so you can watch BBC1 at the same time to catch at 10:35pm the Air Pollution episode of Earthshot 3/5 the Prince William/ Attenborough sermon

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  69. Stewgreen: “People think ‘feelings are more important than facts’ when it comes to renewables”

    For anyone who has read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, that phrase resonates. We seem to be getting closer to that dystopian future…..

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  70. Lowest ever Butterfly Conservation count “down by upto two thirds”
    “extremely susceptible to Climate Chane and Extreme Weather””
    … Hmm been plenty of butterflies around here

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  71. The daily radio4 show has another 5 episodes from the 18th

    Mon 18 Oct Zero Carbon Flight
    Tue Local Wisdom
    Tom Heap discovers how indigenous knowledge can help us fight climate change.
    Wed Floating Solar Power
    Most of the surface of this planet is water. Can we cover it with solar panels?

    Thu The Happiness Index
    Do we need an alternative way to assess a nation’s success and growth?

    Fri : Five Cunning Carbon-Cutting Ideas
    Tom Heap presents five more ideas to reverse the march of climate change.

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  72. 2:15pm trailer Jim Al Khalili
    “We are on the run up a hugely important Climate event : Cop26
    … BBC Radio4’s Day Of The Scientists”
    Next Tuesday”

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  73. Stew,

    Yes, the BBC’s recent adoption of the Ed Hawkins warming stripes has been very apparent. You already all know my opinion of them: “Not even close to scientific”. Still, whenever has that stopped the BBC?

    Fiery Maps and Climate Change

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  74. 9am The Life Scientific 10th Birthday
    How damaging is the stereotype of white males in white coats?
    Guests the normal activist scientists
    : Sir Paul Nurse; geologist Christopher Jackson (black guy, did Xmas Lectures)
    Dame Sue Black.
    Dame Ottoline Leyser boss of UK Research and Innovation

    10am Woman’s Hour : blurb blank

    11:00 The Black and the Green
    Exploring the uneasy relationship between Black and Green political movements and ideas.
    * That’s not science *

    11:30 The End of the World Has Already Happened
    2: The Hurricane In Your Cereal Bowl
    2/3 How might we get to grips with the terrifying scale of the climate crisis?
    Hyperbolic repeat from 9 Jan 2020 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000czds

    15:30 Costing the Earth
    Earthshot: More Fresh Ideas for the Environment
    Meet the people with brilliant ideas to help nature heal from centuries of abuse.

    16:00 2/3 Katy Long continues her history of 100 years of refugee politics.

    16:30 A Good Read
    Adam Rutherford
    Farrah Jarral is she a scientist ? AFAIK she is a GP studying for her PhD
    Like Rutherford she is a Guardianland
    Books with a science theme are on the menu.

    8pm Jim interviews Patrick Vallance
    blurb “Shockingly, only about 10% of civil servants have a scientific training. ”
    What does that mean ?
    I have a Physics and Maths A’levels’ an engineering degree involving labwork
    won’t many civil servants be like that ?
    Most will have a science A level

    9;30pm Another Guardian man Alok Jha examines ARIA, the UK’s new body for cutting edge scientific research and explores DARPA, the US’s
    a repeat from August

    .. the day seems to have just as many black/refugee progs as Scientist

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  75. 8:00pm tonight, #TheBriefingRoom @BBCRadio4 @DAaronovitch and @RachSalv
    discuss the filthy state of England’s rivers.

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  76. 7:30pm ITV “How Green Is Your Supermarket”
    .. a preview took up a large slice of our local ITV news as well.

    dialogue “WE NEED TO GET TO NET ZERO !” etc.

    A claim that meat/dairy are 14% of world GHG
    and that 25% of a British persons CO2 comes from food
    most caused by meat/dairy .

    They throw such figures around
    but I take them with a pinch of salt

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  77. If you believe that Carbon Dioxide is a major pollutant, you really shouldn’t eat salads, because anything grown in a commercial glasshouse, tomatoes, peppers. cucumbers etc etc is grow in an atmosphere with at least 3 times as much CO2 as normal.

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  78. Every morning the Radio Humberside news team deliberately include a green PR item
    Today “Vicars from around the Diocese of York will be attending an online Green conference about the church getting to net Zero by 2030, here’s the church’s green ambassador talking about electric cars”
    FFS how is this news ?

    The churches own page is considerably less hyperbolic than the BBC news item was.
    https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/running-your-church/environment/events/saying-yes-to-life-environment-conference/

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  79. Stew: Interesting. My copy of “Climate Rationality” is due to be delivered by Amazon today. Because it’s by a lawyer I’m thinking of passing it on to a close friend (from school and university) who was a senior lawyer but also helped the Church of England draft their lamentable statement on the climate situation a few years back.

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  80. That org “@CuriaUK
    Giving a voice to your community, Curia is cross-party, connecting community leaders, charities and companies together to deliver change. Launching 2021!”
    I expect that is ambush naming and that they are a metroliberal front org for people who want to SELECT voices that amplify CC alarmism rather than all the communities voices.

    “Giving a voice to your community, @CuriaUK
    is launching alongside Chamber Broadcasting later this year.”

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  81. Four days away hill-walking in Scotland (in one of its two national parks, so glory be, not a wind turbine in sight) and I find that I could spend the day posting all the Guardian and BBC rubbish that I’ve missed while I’ve been away from the internet. I’ll start slowly, so as not to overwhelm Open Mic:

    “Climate change: Prince of Wales sympathetic to protesters’ anger”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58847456

    “The Prince of Wales has told the BBC he understands why campaigners from organisations like Extinction Rebellion take to the streets to demand action on climate change.

    In a hard-hitting interview Prince Charles said actions like blocking roads “isn’t helpful”.

    But he said he totally understood the “frustration” climate campaigners felt.

    And he warned of a “catastrophic” impact if more ambitious action isn’t taken on climate change.

    Speaking in the gardens of his house on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, the prince said it had taken too long for the world to wake up to the risks of climate change. 

    And he worried that world leaders would “just talk” when they meet in Glasgow in November for a crucial UN climate conference. 

    “The problem is to get action on the ground,” he said.”

    Says the man who makes umpteen private flights every year and own several large homes.

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  82. There’s more from that Prince Charles article – the gift that keeps on giving:

    “Challenged about his own efforts to reduce his carbon footprint, the Prince Charles said he had switched the heating of Birkhall to biomass boilers, using wood chips from trees felled in the estate’s forest.   

    He has installed solar panels at Clarence House, his London residence, and on the farm buildings of his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.   

    He said he had installed heat pumps at some of his properties and a hydroelectric turbine in the river that runs beside Birkhall. 

    He was also challenged on his long-standing love of cars, and asked if he was “a bit of a Jeremy Clarkson, a bit of a petrol-head?”

    “Well, yes”, the prince acknowledged: “But that was before we knew what the problems were.”  

    He said he had converted his favourite vehicle, an Aston Martin he has owned for 51 years, to run on what he describes as “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

    His Aston Martin has been modified to run on a fuel called E85 – made up of 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded petrol.

    Bioethanol can be derived from different sources – including in the case of the prince’s car – surplus wine and alcohol extracted from fermented whey.”

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  83. Yet another of these pointless stories – not news, but hype and PR, paid for by your licence fee:

    “Climate change: Artist carrying polar bear to COP26 to encourage talking”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-58857018

    “An artist who is carrying a polar bear sculpture to the upcoming UN climate change conference has said the trip is about “talking and making connections”.

    Bamber Hawes, who set off with a team from Bishops Castle, Shropshire, earlier, is aiming to walk to Glasgow for the start of COP26 on 31 October.

    The 10ft (3m) bear, called Clarion, was made from bamboo, willow and “many layers” of tissue paper, he said.

    He said he hoped people would join him during the walk to discuss the issues….

    …The artists and campaigner told BBC Radio Shropshire he was moved to make the journey after becoming increasingly concerned about the issue.

    “We seem to be rushing to the edge of a cliff with most people not really being too bothered by it,” he said….”.

    Most people not bothered, eh? Isn’t that the opposite of what the various commissioned opinion polls with carefully drafted leading questions tell us, according to the BBC and the Guardian? However, I suspect Mr Hawes is right.

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  84. Twitter now : News 4 hours ago
    Acute coal shortages in India spark state blackout fears
    Trending with Coal

    Acute coal shortages in India spark state blackout fears
    Record-high rates of coal combined with excess rainfall have prompted a looming energy crisis in India.
    Many states and territories, including Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab, have been hit by supply shortages with utility providers resorting to unscheduled power cuts.
    More than half of the country’s plants have been placed on outage alert, sparking concerns about the power supply, despite government officials clarifying that ample coal is available to meet power plant demands and power supply.
    Shortages in India, the world’s second-largest coal-consuming country, follow widespread power outages in Lebanon and China, leaving homes and factories without power, impacting production and global supply chains.

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  85. The taxpayer funded Energy Saving Trust talking bunk on its curren questionaire
    When you get to question 4 it says
    Switch off standby
    Consumer electronics – devices like your TV, DVD player and video game console
    use around 31% of your home’s total electricity use.
    Turning your devices off standby can reduce how much energy they use,
    but how much could you save on your bills by turning everything off standby?

    Ans : £35
    The average UK household spends £35 every year powering devices that are left on standby.
    This is the energy used by certain appliances when they’re not in use, but when they’re still switched on at the plug.

    Other tips include choosing a laptop instead of a desktop PC, as laptops typically use 85% less electricity over a year than desktops, as well as reducing the brightness on your TV to save energy.(That last bit sounds like bunk too
    I guess its the size of your screen and your brightness setting, that counts)
    Not sure about the 31% claim there ..it would make a huge difference if your house has electric cooking and electric heating
    I guess the info is quite old anyway

    £35 number is bunk
    Current standby is way less than 0.5W per device
    it probably takes you 400 hours to use 1KWh
    that’s 20hours/day for 20 days so that is 18KWh per year
    I reckon a house uses say £2-5 per year

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  86. I go to give the source and see other info in that Twitter thread started by @charlesarthur The Guardian’s Technology editor 2009-14
    Joffe Head of Carbon Budgets @theCCCuk (The UK’s independent adviser on tackling climate change)
    joins in with a cosy chat
    £35 …”It was probably true once, but regulation has sorted the problem”
    Charles Arthur replied “A LONG time ago”

    10p per day is about 1KWh
    If the devices are on standby 20 hours/day that’s 50W per hour
    I doubt the average house has ever been using 50W per hour on standby

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  87. About Rigged surveys
    I tweeted this about the National Grid COP26 “survey”
    I’d posted a set of notes on Sept20th but they seem to have gone AWOL
    but this covers my main point

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  88. More pre-COP propaganda from the BBC:

    “Climate change: Is the UK on track to meet its targets?
    By Reality Check team”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/58160547

    For me the interesting part is the chart near the start of the article, showing the changing sources of UK electricity. Does the rapidly growing grey band representing “other” show imports via the interconnectors? If so, that should be a cause of concern for anyone in power concerned with keeping the lights on, especially at the very time we’re supposed to be relying ever more heavily on unreliable renewables.

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  89. “‘Green’ Energy’s Epic Fail: Wind Gods Conspire to Ruin Europe’s Wind Power ‘Transition’”

    https://stopthesethings.com/2021/10/11/green-energys-epic-fail-wind-gods-conspire-to-ruin-europes-wind-power-transition/

    “Europe’s ‘green’ energy transition has turned into high farce, with wind power output collapsing across the continent. The wind Gods are clearly angry. Britain and Germany have been in the doldrums for weeks; the gas needed to plug the gaps is in short supply, with the price of both gas and electricity, skyrocketing. The power market is nothing short of perfect pandemonium.

    A while back, Boris Johnson – promoting his push for an all wind powered future – claimed that “it’s easy being green”. Now, at the mercy of the wind Gods, his grid managers are in a constant state of dread and panic, waiting for the moment when the entire UK power grid collapses into a full ‘system black’.

    And Boris’ concept of “being green”, apparently includes firing up old coal-fired power plants, as the only reliable generation system, in town.

    However, as The Australian’s Economics Editor, Judith Sloan details below, it’s not just Britain that’s suffering the inevitable consequences of the ‘inevitable transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future. The malady appears to have struck every country that has plumped for wind and/or solar as meaningful power generation sources.”

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  90. “Energy Experts Warn Of “A Catastrophic Energy Emergency” If German Leaders Don’t Wake Up To Reality”

    https://notrickszone.com/2021/10/02/energy-experts-warn-of-a-catastrophic-energy-emergency-of-german-leaders-dont-wake-up-to-reality/

    “Currently Germany is struggling with its Energiewende (transition to renewable energies) as it moves to phase out its nuclear and coal fired power plants. This transition, however, is threatening to lead to major power shortages as random wind and sun are proving to be unreliable in terms of supply steadiness.

    “We are heading for a catastrophic state of emergency.” Vahrenholt says in the round, and that this is so even without accounting for moving to electric mobility. He also thinks that Germans will need to brace themselves for a tripling of electricity prices, and wonders if the proponents of green energies are out of their minds.

    On shutting down the baseload capacity from nuclear and coal and relying instead on wind and sun, Vahrenholt warns: “It’s going to take two to three years; these are going to be very difficult years. We are going to have to cross a very deep valley of energy shortages.”

    Power plant expert Frank Hennig told “more gas is being burned to produce power” as wind and solar are failing to meet demand. Hennig predicts there will be power shortages due to the shutdown of the nuclear and coal power plants.” He sees even more problems with wind power: “Even if there is wind, wind turbines may shade each other.” He warns that it is impossible to meet Germany’s electricity needs in this way.

    The power shortages in Germany risk becoming so acute that converting over to electric mobility will be nothing more than a fantasy. “When it comes to e-cars, the top manager of VW can forget it,” Vahrenholt says. ” There isn’t going to be any electricity for it. The power isn’t going to be there!”…”.

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  91. “Revealed: How Scots ministers have been breaching international law for ten years”

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19637391.revealed-scots-ministers-breaching-international-law-ten-years/

    “SCOTTISH ministers have come under fire as it emerged they have breached international law for ten years by failing to put in place vital measures to protect the nation’s precious environment, landscape and wildlife.

    An analysis to the United Nations economic commission for Europe which meets from Monday confirms that Scotland is continuing to fail to put in place proper legal processes to properly protect the nation’s natural environment, wildlife and air and water quality.”

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  92. “The advertising industry is fuelling climate disaster, and it’s getting away with it
    Andrew Simms
    Overconsumption is inevitable when adverts are so ubiquitous and sophisticated. There must be a pushback”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/11/advertising-industry-fuelling-climate-disaster-consumption

    “To confront the climate emergency, the amount we consume needs to drop dramatically. Yet every day we’re told to consume more. We all know about air pollution – but there’s a kind of “brain pollution” produced by advertising that, uncontrolled, fuels overconsumption. And the problem is getting worse.

    Advertising is everywhere, so prevalent as to be invisible but with an effect no less insidious than air pollution.”

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  93. “Renewables won’t keep the lights on
    The government’s clean-energy targets are a recipe for more shortages.”

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/10/10/renewables-wont-keep-the-lights-on/

    “…In 2020, 43.1 per cent of the UK’s electric power was supplied by renewables.

    Even the BBC’s greener-than-thou environment correspondent, Roger Harrabin, is sceptical. ‘Hitting the 2035 goal won’t be easy – especially at a time when finances are squeezed. And the public won’t appreciate any home-grown energy shortages’, he argues.

    In fact, without baseload power from nuclear, gas and other fossil fuels, those ‘home-grown shortages’ will become more likely as we move towards renewables. The intermittency, unpredictability and low efficiency of wind and solar power are well documented. Storing energy from these sources in batteries remains difficult and expensive. And so we will still need sources that produce energy continuously and are available on demand to provide reliable backup for the shaky output of wind and solar farms.

    What’s more, many of these so-called clean sources are not really as advertised. When politicians talk about ‘renewables’ they want us to imagine wind and solar. But officially, renewables include biomass – creating energy from burning wood and plant waste. In fact, around 22 per cent of the renewable electricity we used last year came from biomass. The ‘renewables’ umbrella also covers biogas – gas produced by landfills and sewage. Biogas made up roughly another nine per cent of our renewable electricity use last year. In other words, nearly a third of what the government classifies as ‘renewable electricity’ stems from carbon-based sources rather than from the wind or the sun….”

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  94. Suzanne Moore article is heavily CCBGBed as it defends libmobs warriors Packham and J Vine
    smearing their opponents as “thugs”
    She falsely claims “a gang of thugs” had turned up on Vine’s doorstep.. the video showed this is false.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/columnists/2021/10/12/cant-persuade-us-views-now-turning-thuggery/
    It’s outside the paywall so all is visible including the comments

    One part of her article uses the power smear label to shut down people who question Climate Alarmism
    The trouble comes when people cannot tell the difference between facts and feelings and produce a whole world of “alternative facts” usually drawn from “deep research”
    – a couple of Youtube videos.
    Climate change denial depends on similar nonsense.

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  95. “Greta Thunberg: I’m open to meeting Biden at Cop26 but don’t expect much
    The activist says she will continue to repeat her message until governments take meaningful steps to address the climate crisis”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/12/greta-thunberg-cop26-interview

    “The suggestion that Biden has not only spoken strongly about the climate crisis but also is trying to pass the most ambitious climate legislation in US history does not impress Thunberg. The climate measures in the Democrats’ spending plan now under ferocious negotiation in Washington have “been so much watered down by lobbyists”, she said, “so we should not pretend that this would be a solution to the climate crisis”. Biden’s political problem – that as president in a democracy, he shares power with a legislative body where he faces unanimous Republican opposition that is determined to block his agenda – does not interest her. She judges by results only: “Emissions are still going up.”

    The notion of meeting with the president of the world’s other climate change superpower, Xi Jinping of China, seemed even more distant to Thunberg than a meeting with Biden. Calling Xi “a leader of a dictatorship”, she nevertheless did not rule out the idea. She stressed, however, that “democracy is the only solution to the climate crisis, since the only thing that could get us out of this situation is … massive public pressure.”

    Wearing a grey hoodie and speaking from her kitchen table in Stockholm, Thunberg said that she will attend November’s Cop26 despite the summit’s potential for “empty talk” and “greenwashing”, because the gathering of thousands of government officials, activists, scientists and journalists is an opportunity “to show that we are in an emergency, and … we are going to try to mobilize people around this”.”

    Well, that’s all mighty big of you, Greta. By the way, speaking of democracy – who elected you? And if democracy is the only thing that will get the world out of the “crisis”, then what’s your answer, given that some of the world’s largest emitters are either obviously not democratic or operate under systems that are pale shadows of democracy?

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  96. The BBC local enviro reporter seems to get a all his stories from Green PR tweets
    Look at the state of his tweets

    He then tweeted the 1 min video from the 5 mins in the prog

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  97. Liam Norton the Insulate Britain spokes
    is quoted as saying some ridiculous things

    I haven’t got the house insulated “cos I am a hypocrite” 1 minute clip
    “I don’t particularly care about insulation”

    A time link to the full 26 minutes
    where he he is saying Insulation will cost 5% of GDP, but he doesn’t know how much in cash terms
    ‘It’s like fighting the Nazis we don’t ask how much it costs’
    https://youtu.be/r0HSDU2eq_Y?t=675

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  98. Top bbc Stories
    ‘Adapt or die’ warning over UK climate change
    The Environment Agency says hundreds could die in a flooding event at some point.

    …. Covid response one of UK’s worst health failures

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  99. stewgreen, thanks for posting that Environment Agency story. I was going to do it, but the BBC has suddenly started to demand that I register/log in before I can see its Science & Environment stories. Am I being watched?

    The curious thing is that surely it’s the Environment Agency’s job to try to prevent people’s property from flooding. So are they admitting they’re not doing their job properly? Or is it a bit of hype to try to get a substantial increase in their budget? #Magicmoneytree.

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  100. “Cop26: Ed Miliband urges UK PM to ‘get off the sun lounger and start being a statesman’
    Shadow business secretary hits out at Boris Johnson and says Britain is stalling on climate pledges”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/12/cop26-ed-miliband-uk-pm-business-boris-johnson-britain-climate-pledges

    “With Johnson on holiday in Spain, the shadow business secretary will say the UK is in danger of allowing “greenwashing” at Cop26, with insufficient pledges from countries across the world so far to make the summit a success.

    Speaking at a Green Alliance event, the former Labour leader will ask why there is little public clarity on what Johnson is hoping to achieve at Cop26, with the government having failed to put forward its net zero strategy for the UK so far and stalling “miles away from where it needs to be” on international pledges.”

    Perhaps Ed should talk to President Xi?

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  101. “Brussels responds to the energy crisis with a policy guide
    The Commission is set to unveil a set of measures to help governments address record energy prices.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-energy-crisis-policy-guide/

    “EU governments wanted Brussels to fix the energy price crisis. The European Commission is handing them a DIY guide.

    Since early fall, energy prices have hit record highs, causing widespread discontent and ramping up pressure on national governments.

    The reasons for the spike are wide-ranging — the combination of a strong post-COVID economic recovery, insufficient natural gas supply tied to soaring global demand, price increases on the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), low winds affecting wind power production and the peculiarities of the EU’s electricity market. That’s sent natural gas prices up by more than 400 percent this year, while wholesale electricity prices are up by 200 percent.

    In response, panicked energy ministers have been demanding that the Commission take the lead and provide some solutions.

    On Wednesday, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson is set to respond to their pleas not with new legislation, but rather with a so-called “energy price toolbox,” a comprehensive guide of steps that capitals can take to lower energy bills without violating EU law.

    In a draft version of the communication seen by POLITICO, EU countries are reminded that they can mitigate the impact of higher prices by slashing taxes, tweaking and temporarily extending help to beleaguered industries as long as that aid doesn’t violate EU rules.

    Low-income households can also be given vouchers financed with ETS revenues, while countries can let consumers temporarily defer electricity payments.

    Beyond those existing measures, the Commission will explore if the bloc can make joint purchases of gas, much in the way that it acquired vaccines during the COVID crisis.”

    Of course that went well, didn’t it? And Remainers wonder why the UK voted for Brexit.

    Meanwhile:

    “Nevertheless, the communication will serve as cover for ministers who have come under fire from consumers and opposition parties crying out for more action; capitals can now point to the toolbox and say that they’ve taken all the steps permitted by the EU.”

    Cover for ministers, indeed. I have long thought that EU membership fails democracy, since it allows domestic politicians to shrug their shoulders and say “Not my fault, guv – we had to do it/can’t do it because the EU says so”. The other problem is that being part of the EU has meant that for far too long UK politicians and civil servants have been content simply to act as facilitators for the laws and edicts sent to them by the EU to implement. They have ceased to be capable of independent thought and action, as the current situation shows, with politicians and MPs seemingly incapable of resolving issues that hit them. They can’t look to Mummy to tell them what to do any more.

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  102. That was a direct quote from the EA’s Chair, Emma Howard Boyd, who also said: “I really have no idea how I got this job.”

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  103. JIT, that is sad news. I’m assuming that’s the end of the appeal process, either because it’s costing too much, or because there’s no higher Court for him to appeal to. The death of academic freedom isn’t a good thing to watch.

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  104. More on Packham & that Suzanne Moore article
    FFS her view is “look at them righties over there they don’t live in the REAL WORLD”
    …. is she projecting ?
    Of course she is

    The subheading at the top is
    “Chris Packham’s car was blown up by masked men”
    No it wasn’t, it wasn’t his car and it wasn’t blown up
    so she is doing 2+2=5 thinking

    Packham released CCTV footage of 2 masked men getting out of a newish Land Rover
    and setting it alight
    It is on a lane and at some point flames get close to the solid wooden gates
    he says these are his gates
    #1 They are quite different to the 5 bar front gate he was pictured with in the “dead animals were placed on my front gate” story in 2019
    #2 despite newspaper headlines saying a gate was destroyed, the afterwards photos are of the same intact gate with no pic of any clear destruction.
    #3 the burnt out shell of the car in the photos appears to have always been 10 feet away from the gate, never up against it.

    The scene is the same as when robbers dump a car in the countryside after a robbery and set it on fire to conceal evidence.

    ================

    The Moore article ends
    \\It was C.S. Lewis who said
    “One of the most cowardly things ordinary people can do is to shut their eyes to facts”.
    If cowards think they have a free run, we all need to open our eyes, stand our ground
    and insist that *feelings* are not facts, however uncomfortable that fact may be.

    She’s *projecting* ; the Guardian-Master-Race dictate our lives
    THEIR FEELINGS like GreenDream, Climate Alarmism, wokism are dominant, over real world facts.

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  105. stewgreen,

    Thanks for bringing that link to our attention. I have been visiting it for some time, and commend it to our readers.

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  106. “Norway’s oil and gas sector will not be dismantled, new government says”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58896850

    “Norway’s incoming centre-left government has said it will seek to grow the country’s lucrative oil and gas industry while striving to cut carbon emissions.

    The Labour Party-led coalition unveiled its energy policy before taking office after last month’s general election.

    The government said it wanted to slash net emissions by 55% by 2030.

    But it said the move to green energy would be gradual in Norway, western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer.

    “The oil and gas sector will be developed, not dismantled,” the coalition said in a policy document released on Wednesday.

    The minority coalition of the Labour and Centre parties will replace the conservative-led government that ruled Norway for eight years.

    The transition towards renewable energy and away from oil and gas – the backbone of Norway’s economy – will be one of the new government’s biggest challenges.

    The petroleum sector accounts for about 40% of Norway’s exports and 14% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

    While Norway’s reliance on oil and gas drew scrutiny during the election campaign, the new government said it had to balance social and economic considerations with climate change targets.

    “Climate policy must not be moralising and must be fair,” the coalition’s policy paper said.”

    Oh for UK politicians with that much sense!

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  107. “COP26: Cruise ship arrives on River Clyde to accommodate summit goers”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-58897151

    “The first of two cruise ships that will provide accommodation for people attending the COP26 summit has arrived in Scotland.

    The Latvian-flagged Romantika has berthed at King George V dock, next to Braehead Shopping Centre in Renfrew.

    A second vessel, the MS Silja Europa, will arrive from Estonia in the coming days.

    Up to 25,000 government representatives, media and campaigners are expected to be in Glasgow.

    Concerns have been raised about the cost and availability of accommodation in the city for the climate summit, which takes place from 31 October until 12 November….

    …Nearly 700 households have signed up to the COP26 Homestay Network.

    Operated by the third sector, the initiative is asking people to open their doors and provide affordable or free accommodation to COP26 attendees.

    But Jillian Evans, the head of health intelligence at NHS Grampian, told BBC Scotland she had some concerns about this plan.

    She said: “People coming from different parts of the world, some where the vaccination programme is not the same as ours, there are risks associated with that.

    “Then you put people in touch with one another, in folk’s homes, and that increases the risk even more.”…”.

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  108. “Gloucestershire College embarks on £4.8m bid to be carbon neutral”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-58883958

    “Gloucestershire College has started a £4.8m project as it aims to become carbon neutral by 2030.

    On Friday engineers began drilling 40 boreholes at its Cheltenham campus.

    The holes will be 40m (130ft) deep and house heat pumps to harness natural heat from the earth and provide a source of renewable energy for the campus buildings.

    College principal Matthew Burgess said: “Becoming carbon-zero is the biggest and most important goal we can have.”…”.

    I should have thought that your biggest and most important goal was teaching your students, but I suppose that’s just me being old-fashioned.

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  109. “COP26: Huge scarf being stitched together for climate conference”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-58891662

    “A group of knitters from across the UK are making a scarf which will be 1.5 miles (2.4km) long to mark a UN climate conference taking place in Glasgow.

    Different segments have been made by hundreds of knitters and it is all being stitched together now ahead of COP26.

    The segments have messages about climate change and the environment which ask the delegates to take urgent action.

    The length reflects the 1.5C of the Paris Agreement – the goal to limit global warming to 1.5C compared to pre-industrial levels.

    It is the idea of a woman from Edinburgh and will be featured in Glasgow Green during the conference.”

    That is Science & Environment news, apparently.

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  110. From the US Politico website comes this perspective on COP26. It’s all about Davos crowd branding and celebrities’ Fear of Missing Out.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/13/the-davos-crowd-takes-over-cop26-climate-conference-glasgow-scotland-515849

    The global elites are headed to Scotland. Call it climate FOMO.
    Many governments are afraid to lock in climate commitments, but CEOs and celebrities are going big on Glasgow this November.

    With less than three weeks until the biggest climate event since Paris 2015, conference organizers have failed to squeeze new pledges out of heavy polluters, including China, India and Australia, but they have told POLITICO they’ve been swamped with inquiries from the rich and powerful, the famous and famous-adjacent. Call it climate FOMO. “It has reached a critical mass moment,” said a British official not authorized to speak to media. Names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are anticipated.
    For the world’s multinational corporations, COP26 is both a time for action, and a branding opportunity. One grouping called “Glasgow is our Business,” includes top executives from Amazon, McDonald’s, Mars, Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft and United Airlines, and has begun issuing statements such as “the future is watching.”
    “The true nightmare scenario for organizers is the security of Greta Thunberg,” the Swedish climate activist, said a Spanish official involved in organizing the previous COP conference, COP25, which took place in Madrid in 2019. “Everywhere she went, she was followed by hundreds of people. We tried to get her people to agree to an itinerary so we could protect her. They refused.

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  111. “Biden plans to expand offshore wind turbines to US coasts”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58906955

    “The Biden administration has unveiled plans to expand offshore wind energy in a move that could see turbines built along much of the US coastline.

    Seven areas on both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico will be auctioned for wind farms in the next few years, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said on Tuesday.

    It comes as President Joe Biden pushes to reduce US fossil fuel use and expand the green energy economy.

    Experts say dramatic action is needed to meet Mr Biden’s climate goals.

    The wind farms are part of Mr Biden’s plan to generate 30 gigawatts (gw) of offshore wind energy – enough to power 10m homes – by 2030.”

    Aren’t these areas that climate worriers tells us are in the track of ever-more frequent and ever-more intense storms?

    “The plan is expected to meet a backlash from some coastal and fishing communities – and it needs approval from state, local and environmental groups before any construction begins.”

    Oh, who cares about them? Oiks!

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  112. potentilla,

    All those wallies in one place at one time…

    Such a tempting target…

    Where’s the Angry Brigade when you need them…

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  113. Bill, I’m sure your comment was light-hearted and a joke, and I know I can be too serious, but for the record we abhor violence (well, I do, anyway).

    Meanwhile:

    “ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper strike confirmed during COP26”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-58917265

    “Scotland’s rail network will be hit by strikes during the UN climate summit in Glasgow, a union has confirmed.

    The RMT said members who work for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper will stage industrial action during COP26 in an ongoing row over pay.

    ScotRail staff will strike from 00:01 on Monday 1 November until 23:59 on Friday 12th November.

    The summit, which is expected to drawn thousands of people to Glasgow, runs from 31 October until 12 November.

    Sleeper staff will strike on Sunday 31 October from 11:59 until 11:58 hours on Tuesday 2 November and again for 48 hours on Thursday 11 November from 11:59.

    GMB cleansing workers in Glasgow and Unite’s Stagecoach staff have also voted to strike during COP26.”

    Will those who were going to travel by train now decide not to go, or will they fly or drive to Glasgow instead?

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  114. It appears that Bristol’s climate worriers’ diversity problem continues:

    “Bristol’s climate debates lack diverse voices, study finds”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-58848938

    Although this appeared on the BBC website 3 hours ago, it looks like a re-run of something the BBC posted a few days ago. Is this lazy journalism, propaganda or incompetence? It certainly isn’t news.

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  115. “COP26: Protesters who block major roads ‘will be moved’ by police”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58915705

    “Protesters who block major roads during the UN climate conference in Glasgow will be moved and may face arrest, police have said.

    Police Scotland said this would apply even if the COP26 protests are peaceful as they could be unlawful and unsafe.

    Dep Ch Con Will Kerr told BBC Scotland officers have a “whole range of tactics” to use in such circumstances.

    Although disruption is expected, DCC Kerr insisted emergency services would still respond to those who need them.

    “Some protesters will inevitably try and block some roads. If it’s not a main arterial route, we’ll take a sensible proportionate approach to it.,” he said.

    “If it’s a main route, if it involves movement plans for the world leaders, if it involves major disruption to the life of the city, then we will move in and if the protesters won’t move, we will remove them.””

    It’ll be interesting to see whether protestors blocking roads at COP 26 are treated more or less favourably than the Insulate Britain protestors. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re moved more, or less, quickly than the Insulate Britain protestors. I note the difference in tone – apparently police officers at COP 26 have a “whole range of tactics” to use in such circumstances. Compare and contrast the rather limp words used by senior police officers when explaining why they weren’t doing more about the Insulate Britain protestors.

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  116. “Norwich: Water-powered heat pump for 85 homes approved”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-58910488

    “A £1.8m water-powered heat pump will provide heat and hot water for 85 homes after a council approved plans.

    The pump will use the River Wensum in Norfolk for the homes on Barnards Yard, near Duke Street in Norwich.

    A current system, which uses natural gas and emits carbon, will be removed from the site.

    Gail Harris from Norwich City Council said the Labour-led authority was “prepared to take bold decisions”.

    A water-powered heat pump works by dragging residual heat from a water source and concentrating it to warm homes and water.

    The pump itself will be powered by renewable electricity and no river water will be mixed with water destined for homes.

    It is expected to require an extensive amount of work but will cost less than the current system, reported the Local Democracy Reporting Service.”

    That’s an interesting claim, considering it works out at more than £21,000 per home. Will our East Anglian CliScep correspondents be able to keep an eye on developments for us, please?

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  117. Full-on from the Guardian today:

    “The climate disaster is here
    Earth is already becoming unlivable [sic]. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/oct/14/climate-change-happening-now-stats-graphs-maps-cop26

    It includes this:

    “The last time it was hotter than now was at least 125,000 years ago”

    That struck me as an extreme claim, so I thought I would check out the link offered in support:

    Click to access IPCC_AR6_WGI_SPM.pdf

    In other words, AR6, Summary for Policymakers. Even knowing that the various assessment reports each seem to be more extreme than the last, that surprised me, so I searched for the claim. In fact AR6 doesn’t say that, it says this:

    “Temperatures during the most recent decade (2011–2020) exceed those of the most recent multi-century warm period, around 6500 years ago13 [0.2°C to 1°C relative to 1850– 1900] (medium confidence). Prior to that, the next most recent warm period was about 125,000 years ago when the multi-century temperature [0.5°C to 1.5°C relative to 1850–1900] overlaps the observations of the most recent decade (medium confidence).”

    Call me a pedant (I am!) but that’s rather different than the claim made by the Guardian.

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  118. Mark:
    “COP26: Protesters who block major roads ‘will be moved’ by police”

    “Protesters who block major roads during the UN climate conference in Glasgow will be moved and may face arrest, police have said.

    Police Scotland said this would apply even if the COP26 protests are peaceful as they could be unlawful and unsafe.”

    That will be fun then…

    With all those luvvies and their FOMO flying in to stand sit with their mates in the protests.

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/10/13/insulate-britain-is-in-bed-with-the-establishment/

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  119. Mark says:

    “Bill, I’m sure your comment was light-hearted and a joke, and I know I can be too serious, but for the record we abhor violence (well, I do, anyway).”

    Net Zero Carbon IS violence. Many people are going to die if is forced through.

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  120. Bill, I don’t disagree with that last comment. But two wrongs don’t make a right, IMO.

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  121. Mark: And well done Spiked generally, given I immediately spot articles by Tom Slater and Joanna Williams in support of Kathleen Stock. I’ve been reading so little ‘current affairs’ including Twitter of late. But the horrible threats against ‘DocStock’ I did pick up. Janice Turner in The Times has as usual also done a sterling job to highlight what’s been happening. Anyway, not climate-related but the ‘thuggery of the woke’ may well end up transferring.

    (And Net Zero isn’t violence as murder is, for example, Bill. It’s very nasty , and very stupid, but it ain’t that.)

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  122. Three hours ago Bishop Hill tweeted:
    Tens of thousands of green activists coming to Glasgow. No vaccine passports, no quarantine, no nothing. Meanwhile, the local care home remains shut, and families prevented from seeing their loved ones, because somebody got a positive test back in August.

    An hour later Dr Jordan B Peterson replied:
    But they think important thoughts.

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  123. “Climate change: Diesel and petrol cars widespread in public sector”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58912068

    “Diesel and petrol cars are widespread in Wales’ public sector, despite a push to be carbon neutral within nine years.

    Some councils, health boards and other government-funded organisations are yet to install a single charging point on their land for electric vehicles.

    Just 9% of owned and leased vehicles are fully electric – opposition parties said this should be a “wake-up call”.

    The Welsh government said it’s working with local authorities to “accelerate” the move towards green vehicles.

    BBC Wales asked all 44 public bodies subject to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act for information on their car fleets.

    Under the unique Welsh law, they are obliged to consider the environmental impact of all decisions.

    A total of 4,485 cars were recorded – 3,749 use fossil fuels (84%), 417 are electric (9%), 315 hybrid (7%) and just four are hydrogen (0.01%).

    Meanwhile, 513 electric vehicle charge points have been installed on land owned by the public bodies.

    Of the 42 organisations that responded, eight are yet to install a single one.”

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  124. “Super-sized wind turbine race happening ‘too quickly’”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58704792

    “Next year, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will put up a gargantuan prototype – a 15-megawatt (MW) wind turbine that will be powerful enough to provide electricity to roughly 13,000 British homes.

    It will be the biggest such turbine in the world, though potentially not for long. Wind turbines just keep getting bigger – and it’s happening faster than almost anybody predicted.

    Chinese firm, MingYang, recently announced plans for an even more powerful device clocking in at 16MW, for example. Just four years ago, the maximum capacity of an offshore turbine was 8MW.

    “It’s happening quicker than we would wish, in a sense,” says Aurélie Nasse, head of offshore product market strategy at Vestas. The firm is one of a handful that have led the development of super-sized turbines – but headaches associated with building ever larger machines are beginning to emerge.

    “We need to make sure it’s a sustainable race for everyone in the industry,” says Ms Nasse, as she points out the need for larger harbours, and the necessary equipment and installation vessels required to bring today’s huge turbine components offshore.

    Then there’s the hefty investments required to get to that point. “If you look at the financial results of the [manufacturers], basically none of us make money anymore,” explains Ms Nasse. “That’s a big risk.””

    When will this madness stop?

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  125. “Queen ‘irritated’ by world leaders talking not doing on climate crisis
    Overheard comment suggests anger at possible no-shows at Cop26 by leaders of countries with worst CO2 emissions”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/14/queen-irritated-by-world-leaders-talking-not-doing-on-climate-change

    “The Queen has criticised world leaders’ inaction on addressing the climate crisis, admitting she is “irritated” by individuals who “talk but don’t do”.

    She made the remarks, which were picked up on a livestream, at the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff on Thursday.

    During a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament’s presiding officer, the Queen referred to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow starting on 31 October, which she is scheduled to attend along with other members of the royal family.

    She said: “Extraordinary isn’t it. I’ve been hearing all about Cop … still don’t know who is coming. No idea.

    “We only know about people who are not coming … It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.””

    It seems it runs in the family.

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  126. UK Government’s energy policy pins hopes on global warming!

    “Mild winter could protect households from soaring energy bills, says Kwasi Kwarteng
    Business Secretary shares internal long-term forecasts, which show wet and warner spells expected, with energy companies”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/10/14/mild-winter-could-protect-households-soaring-energy-bills/

    Before it disappeared behind the paywall, the article told me that Kwarteng has shared with energy companies the Met Office’s forecast that the winter will be mild and wet. That’s us stuffed, then. If the Met Office thinks that, my money is on an anticyclone settling over the country (and western Europe) for an extended period, with the result that it will be cold, and renewables will generate very little.

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  127. Richard Drake:

    “And Net Zero isn’t violence as murder is, for example, Bill. It’s very nasty, and very stupid, but it ain’t that.”

    One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.

    Joseph Stalin

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  128. Morning BBC local news
    R Humberside “a brewery has signed a Climate pledge”
    R Lincolnshire “another new solar farm has been proposed … the county council oppose it”

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  129. The front page of the FT has this: “Kwarteng hopes mild winter will ease cost of living fears amid energy crisis.”

    This might be considered grounds for a sacking, but it seems everyone in gov’t is living in the same fantasy.

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  130. I see that in the run-up to COP 26 the Guardian is now running a daily piece on the planet’s “vital statistics” (atmospheric CO2, Arctic sea ice) and also “low-carbon electricity in the UK, stated as a percentage of daily production. Today’s edition has yesterday’s number and claims 59.8% as the proportion of UK electricity that was low-carbon (the information is provided by Drax Group).

    Looking at the National Grid right now (admittedly an after-dark snapshot at a moment in time) I see that it’s made up as follows just now:

    Coal: 2.8%
    Gas: 55.7%
    Solar: 0% (obviously);
    Wind: 4.1%
    Hydro: 2.6%
    Pumped storage: 5.2%
    Nuclear: 10.8%
    Biomass: 6.5%
    Interconnectors: 9.4%.

    That being the case, the numbers claimed by the Guardian look decidedly dodgy to me. I suspect they get there by using “low-carbon” rather than renewables. Thus they throw nuclear in to the mix. Secondly, they obviously count biomass, even though it isn’t remotely” low-carbon”). Finally, I suspect it’s a percentage of electricity generated in the UK, rather than electricity consumed, thus they can conveniently ignore the 10% or so that regularly comes through the interconnectors (some of which, admittedly, is generated by nuclear power, but some of which is fossil fuel generated).

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  131. “German coalition plan sets bigger green targets”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58924480

    “Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed ambitious new green energy goals with potential coalition partners, including an earlier exit from coal power and 2% of land to be allocated for wind farms.

    The joint paper with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats (FDP) paves the way for formal coalition talks.

    The SPD narrowly beat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in last month’s elections.

    Germany has long relied on coal power.

    But a so-called “traffic light” coalition – the red SPD, yellow FDP and the Greens – would bring the planned exit from coal power forward by eight years, to 2030.”

    Are they blind to what’s going on in the UK?

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  132. Yesterday XR Cambridge used the motto ‘Rebel with kindness’. Today it tweeted this:

    (Shades of XR’s reaction to the Notre Dame fire.)

    If you fancy working with such people and are good at gobbledygook, you might be in luck. XR Cambridge is looking for a…

    Regional Affinity Group Support Network Representative for East of England

    The Regional AG Support Network Rep enables the XR Cambridge AGSWG to play a part in the regional affinity group support network in XR UK and, working with local AGs, will help to build up a support network for affinity groups across the East of England. This role would suit a rebel who enjoys proactively engaging with others and has good social media and IT skills. They will need to be able to commit to one fortnightly Friday daytime meeting online and have interest in working in a team to develop support across the region.

    Other roles waiting to be filled with rebellious kindness at…

    URL:web.archive.org/web/20211015195341/https://xrcambridge.org/roles

    …include SOS Online Model, Inductions Coordinator, Listening Circle Coordinator and, of course, Fundraiser.

    See also this website for the XR Empathy Circle Work Group Hub:

    URL:web.archive.org/web/20201008172029/https://sites.google.com/site/empathycirclehub/

    XR is addicted to corporate bafflegab (and to kindness, of course). I doubt that it’s the first cult to have been built on such language but it may well be the first anti-corporate cult to have been so built.

    If so, well done, XR. You have proactively inducted affinity.

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  133. If I had time I’d write an article ; Climate Alarmism Bodycount
    where we could all list different things
    #1 stuff that loses out in the distraction eg cold winter deaths
    #2 all those unborn children and cultural change, due to UK young adults changing plans and abandoning having babies , to save the planet.

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  134. “The same compassion & outrage must be extended to every victim of Tory austerity. 130,000 died because Tory MPs voted for austerity 2012-19.”

    #ItIsntReallyAboutClimateIsIt …#MarxistFront

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  135. yesterday green neighbours had a problem with their oven
    I showed them where the element was and they found it had burnt out.
    I explained to them it’s quite cheap to buy an element on Ebay etc.or they could decide to buy a slighly more expensive branded one.

    So what did they do today ?
    Came back with a complete brand new oven for £230
    “WE’ve got money why be cheap”
    They’re Like Jerry and Margo from the Good Life

    One reason I know the alarmists are the wrong uns are cos of their logical inconsistencies
    They don’t follow the best ways of reducing CO2
    they go for economy harming gimmicks
    But the Marxists are slightly right
    Capitalism/consumerism is a problem
    every big shop means trees are cut down

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  136. Bill:

    One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.

    Joseph Stalin

    A cynical murderer of millions said that.

    We should give it the contempt it deserves

    Not all consequences are intended consequences.

    Not everything called violence is violence.

    Over several decades notions of ‘hate’ and ‘violence’ have been relativised and misconstrued to such an extent that they have become untethered from reality. In the eyes of activists, it is Stock’s work that is hateful – and insults, defamation, harassment and intimidation are presented as perfectly reasonable responses to it. It is Stock’s tweets that are considered ‘violent’ and so death threats are an appropriate way to push back.

    Joanna Williams alongside Ben Pile in spiked four days ago.

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  137. Belfied Britains biggest alternative YouTube channel blasts COP26
    He’s a bit sweary but reaonates with a lot of people

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  138. ClimateDoomTV : Saturday 6:30pm-8pm Channel4
    “A Year In The Ice : A polar icebreaker is frozen in the sea for a year to recover previously unattainable data on the effects of Climate Change now and in the future”
    … doh you cannot collect data about the FUTURE
    ..Data is what has happened.
    The line has come from the show’s PR cos multiple TV guides use it.

    It’s already on PBS website, but blocked in the UK
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/arctic-drift

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  139. Interesting The Times have an account they normally use for TV-reviews @TimesTelevision
    yet the Phil Jones prog is tweeted extensively by @TimesArts

    @TimesArts tweet
    It is hard to think of an actor working today with more range — and perhaps energy — than @Jason__Watkins, writes @BenDowell in @timesarts thetimes.co.uk
    Jason Watkins: ‘Climate-change sceptics? I hope it does rub them up the wrong way

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  140. I looked on Twitter for feedback on the Channel4 show
    About 3 people loved it
    but there were very few other tweets
    That indicates that Climate Alarmism TV isn’t popular

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  141. Increasing volumes of non-news propaganda from the BBC as COP26 looms ever closer:

    “Scottish climate expert Jim Skea warns ‘clock is ticking'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58928933

    “Scottish climate change expert Jim Skea has called on world leaders to “step up to the plate” at the COP26 summit in Glasgow at the end of the month.

    Prof Skea, a member of the United Nations climate body the IPCC, said the scientists had spoken clearly and time was running out for governments to act.

    He said “the clock is ticking” and carbon emissions needed to come down.

    The climate expert said the Glasgow summit was the time for politicians to deliver on their promises.

    Prof Skea, who was born in Dundee and went to Edinburgh University, is a member of the bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK government’s Committee on Climate Change.”

    And:

    “Somerset teenager’s bid to amplify young BAME eco-activist voices”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-58887341

    “An activist is encouraging teenagers from ethnic minority backgrounds to take up climate activism by showcasing other people who are paving the way.

    Mya Rose-Craig from Chew Valley, Somerset has profiled 30 young activists in her book We Have a Dream.

    “Many of the communities they are from are disproportionately affected by climate change, yet often aren’t heard in global conversations,” she said.

    A recent study showed climate debates in Bristol also lacked diverse voices.”

    And (in fairness, I suppose this is “news” – sort of):

    COP26: How will road closures affect Glasgow?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58809709

    “Glasgow will host the COP26 climate change summit at the end of the month and travel around the city is expected to be “significantly impacted”, with major road closures beginning in a week’s time.

    About 25,000 delegates are expected be at the summit and security will be tight, especially around the attendance of about 120 world leaders.

    And that is before any protests by climate change activists.

    COP26 will be held over two weeks from 31 October – 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

    But road closures start a full week before on Saturday 23 October, and last until Monday 15 November.

    Some roads within the SEC campus site are already closed.

    Some days are expected to be busier than others, with the biggest disruption expected on Saturday 6 November which has been designated as the Global Day For Climate Justice.

    About 100,000 protesters are expected in Glasgow, with a march which begins at Kelvingrove Park at noon before making its way to Glasgow Green for about 15:00.”

    Or, as Andrew Montford puts it in a tweet:

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  142. Ditto from the Observer:

    “Gen Z on how to save the world: young climate activists speak out”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/17/gen-z-on-how-to-save-the-world-young-climate-activists-speak-out

    “With courage and ambition, those born into the reality of global heating are leading the way in confronting it. Ahead of the crucial Cop26 conference, we talk to young activists around the world. Introduction by author Olivia Laing”

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  143. Monday : Times TV Picks
    .. as ever my asterisks highlight their spin

    BBC1, 8.30pm The Trick
    This excellent film tells the real story of the climate scientist Phil Jones, whose life was upended in 2009 when his computers were *hacked*,
    leading him to be denounced for fabricating evidence about global warming.
    *He did no such thing.*
    Jason Watkins’s spellbinding performance captures the intensity of an experience that rendered Jones so traumatised he could barely speak.
    The superb Victoria Hamilton as Jones’s wife, Ruth, and Jerome Flynn as the PR man Neil Wallis. who helped Jones to defend himself, head an Impressive supporting cast in a show that is deeply human and gripping.

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  144. ITV arepromoting another climateCult band
    On Unscripted @NinaNannarITV chats to @wardthomasmusic
    about Busking for Our Planet and how the climate crisis could mean an end to world tours.”
    podcast : https://www.itv.com/news/2021-10-14/country-duo-ward-thomas-on-whether-climate-change-means-no-more-world-tours

    Ahead of climate summit COP26, the twin sisters tell Nina about Busking For Our Planet, their pop-up street performances in aid of various environmental charities.
    They also explain how their upbringing on a farm informed their climate change activism.
    And in an increasingly environmentally conscious world, should musicians forsake international tours? Ward Thomas share their thoughts

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  145. If you decided to put Climate Cultist stuff on one channel called Desperate and Bonkers
    ..there’d be plenty of progs

    Sunday 6pm BBC2
    Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline

    Ade travels through the stunning water world of Bangladesh’s Ganges delta, before heading into the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
    Ade discovers how Bhutan isn’t just carbon neutral, it’s carbon negative.
    (Green dream fake thinking)

    BBC1 8:00pm – 9:00pm The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet

    From Alexandra Palace in London, Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo host a star-studded event at which Prince William will hand out the first Earthshot Prize awards.
    Five inspiring projects that are tackling urgent environmental challenges will receive £1 million each.
    Performing guests include Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Yemi Alade, KSI and Shawn Mendes.
    if achieved by 2030, will improve life for generations to come. Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next ten years.

    9pm Channel4 has 90 minutes about stopping trash
    where people will dress up in their own daily rubbish

    Stupid idea cos the biggest waste is people buying crap they don’t need ..rather than the packaging
    which can all be burnt safely to fuel incinerators anyway.

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  146. If these are the answers, not only do I not like the question, but I am both worried and unimpressed:

    “Six things the UK could do to tackle climate change”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58885545

    “…So what could be in the government’s net zero strategy?

    1. Subsidise warmth…

    2. Cut the burger rate…

    3. Streetlamp charging…
    …One way to help plug the gap, he says, would be to turn more streetlamps into charging points – something that’s being widely trialled already.

    Charging is slower than at a custom-built charging points, but the installation can be relatively cheap.

    Above all though the chancellor needs to backs local government financially to make sure charging points are rolled out for all, he says..

    4. Climate accounting…

    …The problem is most company bosses aren’t in the job long enough to think past the short term, he argues, and he wants new rules obliging firms to publish their longer term plans to reach net zero….

    5. Taxing carbon
    The UK already has a sort of tax on carbon because industry has to pay for emissions permits. There are fuel duties too.

    Economists like the principle: charge people to burn carbon and you give them an incentive not to.

    So we could raise these taxes further….

    6. Throw money at it…

    #MagicMoneyTree

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  147. That’s going well, then:

    “Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’
    Exclusive: NatWest, Microsoft, GSK and Unilever among firms to raise complaint over poor planning and breakdown in relations”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/17/cop26-corporate-sponsors-condemn-climate-summit-as-mismanaged

    “Companies that stumped up millions of pounds to sponsor the Cop26 climate summit have condemned it as “mismanaged” and “very last minute” in a volley of complaints as next month’s event in Glasgow draws near.

    The sponsors, which include some of Britain’s biggest companies, have raised formal complaints blaming “very inexperienced” civil servants for delayed decisions, poor communication and a breakdown in relations between the organisers and firms in the run-up to the landmark talks.

    The Guardian understands that a letter to the organisers, written by broadcaster Sky and co-signed by senior leaders from other Cop26 sponsors, has raised concerns with them over these and other problems, and followed another co-signed letter in July.

    The UK is running its Cop26 presidency from within the Cabinet Office, under the leadership of the former business secretary Alok Sharma, who is the Cop26 president, and the businessman Nigel Topping who was appointed the government’s high-level climate action champion last year. Sponsorship is expected to help defray a policing bill estimated to reach up to £250m.

    Alongside Sky, the summit has 10 other major sponsors, including energy giants Hitachi, National Grid, Scottish Power and SSE, US tech titan Microsoft, and FTSE companies GSK, NatWest, Reckitt, Sainsbury’s and Unilever. Other lower tier “partners” include the car maker Jaguar Land Rover and the furniture retailer Ikea.

    One source, employed by a Cop26 sponsor, said that “the biggest frustration” was the lack of information about how the event will run, and the role for its key backers, because important questions have gone unanswered and planning decisions have been delayed.

    “They had an extra year to prepare for Cop due to Covid, but it doesn’t feel like this time was used to make better progress. Everything feels very last minute,” the source said….

    …They have already been thrown into turmoil by suggestions that the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, will skip the event, threatening the chances of a global pact with the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter….

    …But in multiple emails and official letters the companies have complained to organisers about unmet expectations, and deepening concerns over delays to the green zone plans. They have also raised complaints that ministers have not always been available for their events in the run-up to Cop26, as agreed as part of the sponsor deals….”

    Oh, I see, money for access to power….

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  148. “£120,000 for wind farm silence
    Homeowner claims he was offered ‘contribution’ to energy bills if he did not object to structures being built”

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/120-000-for-wind-farm-silence-5tg336vwm

    “Scottish homeowners were offered £120,000 each if they agreed not to oppose a controversial wind farm close to Prestwick airport, it has been disclosed.

    An Ayrshire resident said he and six neighbours stood to receive an annual payment of £3,000 from Community Windpower over the 40-year lifespan of its proposed Sanquhar II project on the border of Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.

    Documents seen by this newspaper show that in return for a “contribution” to annual energy costs, residents would agree “not to make any complaint or raise an action for statutory nuisance or common law nuisance against the company”. The residents would have been sworn to secrecy under a non-disclosure clause but none accepted the deal….”.

    Unfortunately the rest is behind a paywall.

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  149. The trash suits featured parts that had heavy glass bottles
    but the prog gave the impression the suits were supposed to represent CO2 footprint.
    In that case the weight of a waste item is not proportionate to its CO2 waste
    eg mental tins have a lowish CO2 footprint cos 100% recycled material

    But almost all waste can go in incinerators anyway

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  150. Climate Porn dominates the news bulletins these days
    – local news : #1 Net Zero Bus is coming to town
    #2 some other PR BS…

    -R4 : #1 ‘Kerala has twice normal cyclones these days, look flood deaths”
    #2 Earthshot prize ‘look these people grow coral’

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  151. “Israel: Hundreds strip naked by the Dead Sea”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-58950281

    “Hundreds of people have stripped naked by the Dead Sea in Israel to draw attention to its dramatically receding shoreline.

    The event was part of a live installation by the artist Spencer Tunick, who’s used similar photo-shoots around the world to highlight environmental change.”

    Well, I’m sure that was useful. And I’m sure it merited an article on the Science & Environment section of the BBCwebsite.

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  152. “How smart appliances can help fix the energy gap” morphs, when you click on it, to “How energy flexibility can save us money and cut carbon”.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58898999

    “Imagine your future home as an energy hub storing electricity from the grid when clean wind power is plentiful, and then selling it back – at a profit – when demand surges elsewhere.

    For Sussex grandmother Kate Giammatteo, that future is happening right now.

    She has batteries bolted to the front of her Worthing flat that do just that, and they are forecast to cut her energy bill by £173 a year.

    And what’s good for Kate will be good for the country, because as the UK shifts to electric heating and electric cars to meet its climate goals, the demand for electricity is expected to double by 2050.

    Already the sector is under pressure to ramp up renewables, because Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mandated that all electricity must come from zero-carbon sources by 2035.

    Much of the extra energy will be generated by wind power, which is clean and cheap – but – of course – dependent on the wind.

    That leaves an intermittent hole in supplies. This can be by increasing energy storage using batteries or other technologies – but experts say part of the gap can be filled by enabling consumers to use electricity more flexibly.

    That’s where Kate fits in. The tale of her giant battery offers a glimpse of an energy future in which appliances will use power when it’s plentiful, and conserve it when it’s scarce.”

    Oh well, at least it’s an admission that renewables are unreliable and that there is, consequently, and energy gap. I suppose that’s a start. Now we need them to wake up and realise that we need reliable energy, not on the hoof half-baked attempts to solve the problem bequeathed to us by over-reliance on unreliable sources of power.

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  153. Spencer Tunick has been doing this sort of ‘art’ for years now, and never before has it been to draw attention to environmental issues. It has always been a case of nudity drawing attention to Spencer. Now it’s a case of nudity and the environment drawing attention to Spencer. The same goes for all the celebrities. They are not using their celebrity to draw attention to the environment; they are using the environment to draw attention to their celebrity.

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  154. Why is Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) making Climate Alarmism with the BBC
    They tweeted
    #39WaystoSavethePlanet, our collaboration with @BBCRadio4
    , has returned for its final episodes.
    In the first show today, Tom Heap meets some of the pioneers of zero carbon flight.
    Tune in at 1.45pm every weekday until 29 October https://orlo.uk/Tyx8K

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  155. 11:15pm @BBC2 : Climate Change on Trial
    Wonder if you’ll mention that Norway is UK’s largest import source of Gas.

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  157. “Heat pump grants worth £5,000 to help replace gas boilers”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58959045

    “Homeowners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from next April to help them to replace old gas boilers with low carbon heat pumps.

    The grants are part of the government’s £3.9bn plan to reduce carbon emissions from heating homes and other buildings.

    It is hoped no new gas boilers will be sold after 2035. The funding also aims to make social housing and public buildings more energy efficient.

    Experts say the budget is too low and the strategy not ambitious enough.

    Ministers say the subsidises will make heat pumps a comparable price to a new gas boiler. But the £450m being allocated for the subsidies over three years will cover a maximum of 90,000 pumps.

    Mike Childs, Head of Science at Friends of the Earth, said number of heat pumps the grants would cover “just isn’t very much”, and meant the UK wouldn’t meet its aim of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028.

    “Investment will drive down the cost of heat pumps, and technical innovation plus skills training is a part of this, but so is scale. These grants will only incentivise the best-off households.”

    Greenpeace UK’s climate campaigner, Caroline Jones, said the government needed to provide more money to speed up the switch from gas boilers to heat pumps.

    “A clearer signal would have been a phaseout of new boilers before 2035,” she added.”

    #MagicMoneyTree. And it won’t make any difference to anything, except to cost the taxpayer money and to make homes colder and more expensive to heat for those who take up the offer.

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  158. “Drax dropped from index of green energy firms amid biomass doubts
    Doubts over sustainability of company’s wood-burning power plant mount within financial sector”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/19/drax-dropped-from-index-of-green-energy-firms-amid-biomass-doubts

    “Drax has been booted from an investment index of clean energy companies as doubts over the sustainability of its wood-burning power plant begin to mount within the financial sector.

    The FTSE 100 energy giant, which has received billions in renewable energy subsidies for its biomass electricity, was axed from the index of the world’s greenest energy companies after S&P Global Dow Jones changed its methodology.

    The exit from the S&P Global Clean Energy Index is a blow to Drax, which has vowed to become the world’s first “carbon-negative” energy company by the end of the decade.

    It comes amid growing scepticism about its green credentials after the financial services firm Jefferies told its clients this week that bioenergy was “unlikely to make a positive contribution” towards tackling the climate crisis.

    Drax was once one of the largest coal power generators in Europe before it converted four of the generating units at its North Yorkshire site to burn biomass instead. It received more than £800m in government subsidies and tax breaks to support the conversion last year, and could expect billions more in the future.

    The company claims that burning biomass to generate electricity is “carbon neutral” because the emissions from incinerating wood pellets are offset by the carbon dioxide absorbed when the trees they are made from grow.”

    Being dropped from a “green” index may be a “blow” to Drax, but the real “blow” would be if the massive “green” subsidies were also dropped.

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  159. “Heat pumps: Should I get one and how much will it cost me?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57159056

    “How much are they and will the government pay?
    They are costly – between £6,000 and £18,000, depending on the sort you install and the size of your home.

    From next April, homeowners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 to help pay for them, the government has announced. It also said no new gas boilers will be sold after 2035.

    It’s not clear whether heat pumps could be cheaper to run than gas boilers.”

    Actually, I think it IS clear – they are more expensive and won’t heat your home to the same temperature as a gas boiler.

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  160. “COP26: Strikes and closures during Glasgow climate summit”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-58940897

    “Thousands of delegates are set to arrive in Scotland at the end of this month for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

    But they face a city where tourist attractions are closed, rail services are cancelled and cleaners and refuse collectors are out on strike.”

    A useful dress rehearsal, then, for the sort of world they seek to create.

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  161. Er, enjoy?

    “Greta Thunberg sings Rick Astley hit at climate concert”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-58952383

    “Greta Thunberg launched a global series of concerts highlighting climate change on Saturday, by singing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

    The Swedish climate activist took to the stage in Stockholm along with Fridays for Future’s Andreas Magnusson to perform the hit song.

    Ms Thunberg has previously taken part in the internet phenomenon ‘rick-rolling’ by tweeting out what she said was a link to a new speech, but actually linked to the music video for the song.

    The event was the first in a series of 19 global concerts called Climate Live 2021, which aim to raise awareness and put pressure on world leaders ahead of COP26, the global climate conference taking part in Glasgow in November.”

    Not very green, really, is it, holding 19 concerts? Still, perhaps she’s lining up her alternative career for when humanity turns against net zero….

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  162. What an extraordinary thing to say:

    “Earth’s demise could rid galaxy of meaning, warns Brian Cox ahead of Cop26
    Unique events that led to civilisation mean its demise could ‘eliminate meaning in galaxy for ever’”

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/19/earths-demise-could-rid-galaxy-of-meaning-warns-brian-cox-ahead-of-cop26

    “Humans might be the only intelligent beings in our galaxy, so destroying our civilisation could be a galactic disaster, Prof Brian Cox has warned leaders in the run-up to Cop26.

    Speaking at the launch of his new BBC Two series Universe, the physicist and presenter said that having spoken to the scientists around the world advising the show, he thought that humans and sentient life on Earth “might be a remarkable, naturally occurring phenomenon” and that was something that “world leaders might need to know”.

    In Universe, Cox explores the idea of the so-called “Goldilocks” theory, which suggests that our planet’s location in relation to the Sun and the unique events over billions of years that created Earth made it “just right” for meaningful life to bloom and evolve.

    “What we’ve discovered – I think it’s a reasonable working assumption – is that there are very few civilisations per galaxy,” said Cox.

    When asked how important that discovery was for politicians dealing with the climate crisis, Cox said: “I think sometimes that perspective is necessary.

    “I would say if our civilisation doesn’t persist, for whatever reason, and it might be an external event or it might be our own action, nuclear war, whatever it is we decide to inflict on ourselves, it is possible that whoever presses that button eliminates meaning in a galaxy for ever.

    “And I think that’s something I would think world leaders might need to know. It might actually be quite an important act.”

    He went on: “The more I learn about biology … the more astonished I am we exist at all”, adding that while astronomers said there were about 20bn Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy, “so we might expect life to be everywhere”, “almost every biologist I speak to says, ‘Yes, but all it will be is slime at best.’ We live in a violent universe and the idea you can have planets which are stable enough to have an unbroken chain of life might be quite restrictive.”

    Cox said there were very few places “where atoms can think … Meaning exists in our minds”, so the demise of Earth could wipe out meaning.”

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  163. Missed a show
    8pm ITV “follow three families as they renovate and retrofit their traditional homes with the latest green technology and we were delighted to have been involved in this series!”

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  164. ITV local news

    🟢 #3 Humber capture projects
    FFS this idea is PERPETUAL MOTION machine stuff
    yet the telly presenters all cooed as if it was real existing technology.

    Everyone in the world has been trying to get it to work at a level of putting less energy in than you get out, but so far no one has achieved it.

    🟢 #4 Coal Authority say coal mines can be used as giant ground source heat pumps
    And we can capture the heat from the hot underground workings using water and bring it to the surface
    “Cleaner Greener” mentioned 15 times.
    It’s always been possible to do this geothermal BUT BUT the energy loss in the process means corps have never put their own money in
    There are risks of putting workers in danger etc.

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  165. Hope? Not among the mainstream political parties, unless the men in grey suits ditch Boris and Sunak takes over, but even then I worry about him. With the opposition parties immediately saying it’s not enough, and demanding ever more national self-flagellation, that’s not really too hopeful. Do we really all have to vote for UKIP?

    On the other hand, the BBC has opened up the story to a have your say, and it’s fair to say that the highest-rated comments are not as they would wish. I continue to think that the greatest hope is in a national rejection of all this rubbish by the great British public. On the other hand, given that democracy is broken, how can the great British public practically revolt within the law (I repeat, surely we don’t all have to vote for UKIP, and I can’t see the public doing that in sufficient numbers anyway).

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  166. “Isle of Wight oil exploration drilling plan refused”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-58973987

    “A plan for exploratory oil drilling on the Isle of Wight has been refused.

    Council planning officers had recommended consent for two boreholes near Arreton, despite receiving more than 1,000 objections from residents.

    However, the island’s planning committee unanimously rejected the UK Oil and Gas Investments proposal.

    Members said the plan would cause “significant harm to the landscape… and thereby compromise the island’s tourism industry”.”

    That may or may not be a fair response by the planning committee, but the difference between the way this application has been treated and the kid gloves used with regard to wind farm applications (which are much more intrusive and much more likely to be damaging to wildlife and tourism) is enormous.

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  167. “Amazon, Ikea and Unilever pledge zero-carbon shipping by 2040”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58970877

    “Nine big companies including Amazon, Ikea and Unilever have signed up to a pledge to only move cargo on ships using zero-carbon fuel by 2040.

    They hope the “aggressive” target will push the heavily-polluting shipping industry to decarbonise faster.

    Cargo shipping produces one billion tonnes of climate pollution each year – as much as the country of Germany.

    But critics say shipping firms are not doing enough to meet Paris Agreement goals on emissions.”

    I think this what is called green-washing. They get a sound bite and a bit of publicity without doing anything meaningful.

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  168. “Net zero announcement: Obstacles facing the UK government’s plans”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58967560

    “The government has laid out its plans to reduce emissions sharply by 2035 and take the UK towards being a zero carbon economy by 2050. These including more electric cars, planting trees and moving away from gas-powered central heating.

    But what potential hazards are there ahead for ministers?

    Tory sceptics
    Some in the prime minister’s own party doubt the economic arguments in favour of moving towards what they consider an over-reliance on renewable energy sources….

    …Household costs
    The Treasury accepts there will be an overall cost to achieving net zero emissions in the short term, but sources stress the cost of inaction would also be significant.

    No overall figure is given but officials admit new taxes will be needed to recoup the revenue lost from the move away from petrol and diesel fuelled cars, for example.

    The government raised £37bn from fuel duty and vehicle excise duty in the 2019-20 financial year, or about 1.7% of GDP.

    A carbon tax could plug some of this, but the takings would dwindle as emissions fall, leaving a big shortfall.

    In an assessment to go with the government’s carbon-cutting plans, the Treasury said that “as with all economic transitions, ultimately the costs and benefits of the transition will pass through to households through the labour market, prices and asset values”.

    There is evidence of public support for stronger measures to tackle climate change, but if households end up having to spend a lot more money to go greener, there could be increased unease among voters that the government will not want ahead of a likely general election in the next couple of years.

    In particular, it is feared this could go down badly in some of the former industrial areas of the the Midlands and northern England where the Conservatives made large gains from Labour in 2019….”

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  169. 10:15pm 🟢 Channel 4 ‘How We Forgot To Save The Planet’,
    will it be preachy ?
    … Or will it take the mickey out of ecowarriors ?

    Since TV these days is made by SCOOL BULLIES who have spent the last 10 years tormenting us, I won’t be watching to find out.

    OK Channel4 commissioned a comedy prog, the maker used BBC studios
    so the prog carries the BBC logo even though it is on Channel4

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  170. The Farmer’s Guardian just mailed me
    2 Days to go until the first ever *Sustainability Innovator of the Year* award
    all the nominated farmers seem to farm livestock

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  171. Mark Hodgson says:

    “But what potential hazards are there ahead for ministers?”

    Weather

    A second La Niña this coming winter, a deep solar minimum for the next twenty years, and both the AMO and PDO going into negative phases. Not to mention China sucking up most of the available fossil fuels.

    If this seems far fetched remember that one of the reasons given for the Tories winning the 1951 election was the inability of the previous Labour government to secure deliveries of coal from the newly nationalised mines during the hard winter of 1947.

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  172. “‘I’m worried how my business will fare with COP26′”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-58913244

    “Glasgow businessman Mohsen Souli is in two minds about the COP26 summit.

    The cafe and antiques shop owner is excited at the prospect of tens of thousands of people descending on Glasgow, potentially boosting his sales.

    But he’s also worried. His businesses are only a short distance away from the SEC Campus, where COP26 is due to take place from the end of this month.

    Road closures around Finnieston, where he is based, have left him wondering if shop footfall will grow or slump.

    But he’s even more worried about security.

    “I am concerned about what might happen if there are protests. I am hopeful that they will be very peaceful but if not, a broken window would cost me £5,000 to replace,” he says.

    “I also don’t know what affect the closing of roads is going to have on my business – will it be good or bad?”

    Mr Souli says he plans to stock up on goods for his cafe ahead of the summit, in case deliveries are affected by security and traffic measures.

    “I can’t be sure whether I will be getting too many supplies – things are very uncertain at the moment.

    “I have spoken to other businesses in the area and everyone has the same feeling of uncertainty. We will just have to see how it goes,” he adds.”

    As if businesses haven’t suffered enough this year and last. But what do the great and the good care? They have a planet to save – allegedly.

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  173. “UK’s net zero strategy has a glaring omission: Rishi Sunak
    Roadmap to end UK’s contribution to climate crisis is comprehensive but seriously underfunded”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/19/uks-zero-strategy-has-a-glaring-omission-rishi-sunak

    “Amid the hundreds of pages of the UK government’s comprehensive net zero strategy, there is one glaring omission – Rishi Sunak.

    The roadmap to end the nation’s contribution to the climate crisis by 2050 is comprehensive. But it is seriously underfunded and without Sunak’s backing, it could as easily become the route to climate hell as climate salvation.

    As the prime minister, Boris Johnson, said on Tuesday: “I can deploy billions – with the approval of the chancellor.” Four ministers, the chief scientific adviser, and Alok Sharma, Cop26 president, all spoke up via the government’s press release. Sunak, or indeed any Treasury minister, was conspicuous by his absence….

    …Overall, the good news is that the net zero strategy largely mirrors the guidance of the Climate Change Committee, the government’s official advisers. But whether it gets the funding it needs to become a reality, just in time for Cop26, is up to Sunak.”

    I think we differ over what constitutes “good news”.

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  174. Shock, horror:

    “Science Museum chooses fossil fuel company as new climate show sponsor
    Campaigners say museum ‘doubling down’ on ‘reckless’ choices of funder with backing from arm of coal giant Adani”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/19/science-museum-chooses-fossil-fuel-company-as-new-climate-show-sponsor

    “The UK’s Science Museum has “doubled down” on its sponsorship of climate exhibitions by fossil fuel companies, campaigners say, by taking funding from a subsidiary of the Adani Group.

    Adani is a conglomerate with major holdings in coal, the most polluting fossil fuel. The Energy Revolution gallery, opening in 2023, will be sponsored by Adani’s Green Energy arm.

    The museum said the gallery “will explore the latest climate science and the energy revolution needed to cut global dependence on fossil fuels”. Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, said: “This gallery will take a truly global perspective on the world’s most urgent challenge. We’re hugely grateful to Adani Green Energy for the significant financial support.”

    Campaigners called the decision “astonishing” and “reckless”. The Science Museum has attracted heavy criticism over sponsorship deals with oil and gas giants Shell, BP and Equinor. The Shell deal included a contract clause committing the museum not to “damage the goodwill or reputation” of the oil company.”

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  175. “Glasgow bin workers to strike during Cop26 climate summit
    GMB union calls week-long strike from 1 November with rail staff also planning industrial action”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/19/glasgow-bin-workers-to-strike-during-cop26

    “Bin workers in Glasgow have confirmed that they will strike during the Cop26 climate conference, amid growing anxieties that the city’s summit arrangements are falling into chaos with threats of industrial action across services and transport.

    Glasgow city council urged the workers to reconsider causing disruption during a “busy and difficult time”, as the GMB union confirmed a week-long strike from 1 November, the first full day of the UN conference.

    With refuse, cleansing, school caretaker and catering roles affected, the local government body Cosla said it would “continue with constructive negotiations”. But transport unions have pledged similar walkouts, adding to the risk of global embarrassment as the world’s attention is focused on Glasgow in less than two weeks’ time.

    The RMT confirmed last week that members who work for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper will stage industrial action for the duration of Cop26, which is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Glasgow, as the result of a pay dispute that has caused disruption to Sunday services for months.”

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  176. 12:20pm R4 “There a GREEN tinge to the prog today”
    “Energy Co EV’s, Framework Laptop and Heat Pumps”

    ..trailer played 1 person loving his Heat Pump
    and 2 complaining

    Item #1 Power companies trying to push electric cars on you

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  177. Item #1 Power companies trying to push electric cars on you
    Usually selling you a leasing plan.
    The customer they aired was ecstatic.
    “now the Octopus Energy woman”

    ‘oh scary, scary. There is a chip shortage , so deliveries are being delayed. so you’d better order your Electric Car right away.’

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  178. Green Blitzkrieg is being used to overwhelm us
    As I look at the number of TV and radio progs each day that push GreenDream agendas, I cannot keep up.
    I think that saturation PR is a trick that is used to STEAMROLLER things through

    Nevertheless each individual green policy is usually bad and they should be resisted one by one

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  179. TalkRadio presenter sees through it

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  180. Heat pump item for the 3 homeowners
    #1 completely passionate
    #2 Rich woman “I did it for the planet, poor people won’t be able to afford it even with a grant”
    .. she felt a bit exploited
    #3 Other guy seemed a bit negative too

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  181. Finally item was about people using OIL boilers, cos their area doesn’t have gas
    Why does the prog line-up not even mention this ?

    And why would government policy not replace oil boiler before they replace gas ones
    I guess there are grants to switch to biofuels etc,
    strange the prog didn’t mention that.

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  182. The 97% is now 99.9% !!

    “Case closed’: 99.9% of scientists agree climate emergency caused by humans”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/19/case-closed-999-of-scientists-agree-climate-emergency-caused-by-humans

    “The scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has passed 99.9%, according to research that strengthens the case for global action at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.

    The degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics, the authors say, based on a survey of nearly 90,000 climate-related studies. This means there is practically no doubt among experts that burning fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, coal, peat and trees, is heating the planet and causing more extreme weather.”

    Note how the Guardian slips in “and causing more extreme weather”. The so-called “research ” by Mark Lynas, the well-known journalist, concludes nothing of the sort. It is simply a word count analysis to identify the percentage of published papers that support anthropogenic-caused global warming. There is noting mentioned in the paper about the percentage of scientists that have concluded that global warming causes more extreme weather and catastrophic climate change.

    This type of lying by extending one fairly uncontroversial finding into projecting catastrophe has become much too common and is dangerous for free speech. Look what is said later in the article:

    Lynas said the study should encourage them to review their policies. “This puts the likes of Facebook and Twitter in a quandary. It is pretty similar to vaccine misinformation; they both lack a basis in science and they both have a destructive impact on society. Social networks that allow climate misinformation to spread need to look at their algorithms and policies or to be forced to do so by regulators.”

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  183. stewgreen says:

    (The long argument is that sure this years Drax CO2 is not all absorbed by new trees this year, but once the project is 20-30 years old the older trees are bigger so the total biomass grown per year is close to balance )

    …but the more CO2 that’s in the atmosphere the shorter the time until the trees can be harvested.

    This is a good thing no?

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  184. So net zero IS expensive and damaging after all, MPs acknowledge:

    “MPs urge pension schemes to cushion economic effects of UK’s net zero plan
    Cross-party group says regions could be devastated by a rapid switch to low-carbon technologies”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/mps-urge-pension-schemes-cushion-economic-effects-uk-net-zero-plan

    “UK public sector pension schemes could deepen divisions in society unless they use their billions of pounds of investment to cushion communities pivoting away from carbon-intensive industries such as steel and carmaking, MPs have said.

    The cross-party group argues towns and regions across Britain could be devastated by a rapid switch to low-carbon technologies, leaving them to face the same future as mining towns hit by pit closures in the 1980s, unless pension funds take account of the impact of investments on vulnerable households and businesses.

    In a report that focuses on the investment decisions made by the local authority schemes, the MPs said submissions made by pension experts, thinktanks and members of parliament indicated “that the failure to understand both the social and economic dimensions to net zero risked a political backlash”….

    …The report said: “Reference was made to the Gilets Jaunes protests in France and to other public protests, such as opposition to the closure of coalmines in Poland and the fuel protests in the UK.

    “The inquiry heard several times that in the absence of a just transition there could be resistance to climate action. As Lord Deben, the chair of the CCC, told the inquiry: ‘We are not going to do the transition if it isn’t just, because society won’t accept it.’”

    The five-strong group of MPs said the government should “explicitly recognise and articulate a high-level commitment to a just transition”….

    …Unions and business leaders have privately shared their concerns that a rapid move towards carbon taxes and green investment that excludes industries that use high levels of fossil fuels will wipe out parts of Britain’s manufacturing industry, unless they are offered financial support to update equipment and develop new technologies.

    Clive Betts, the chair of the all-party parliamentary group for local authority pension funds, said: “Major industrial changes are rapidly coming down the track. To avoid repeating the mistakes of the 1980s which left workers and communities behind, government urgently needs to be planning for an orderly and just transition to net zero.”

    Councillor Doug McMurdo, the chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, said: “As responsible long-term investors we have to ensure our work to achieve net zero actively support a just transition. However, we cannot do it alone. The scale of challenge and potential opportunities requires sustained commitment across society and from government.””

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  185. “Climate plan urging plant-based diet shift deleted”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58981505

    “A government research paper recommending people “shift dietary habits” towards plant-based foods has been hastily deleted.

    The paper focuses on changing public behaviour to hit climate targets and also suggests promoting domestic tourism and portraying business travel as an “immoral indulgence”.

    It was deleted soon after publication by the Department for Business.

    Beis said the paper was academic research and not official policy.

    “We have no plans whatsoever to dictate consumer behaviour in this way. For that reason, our Net Zero Strategy published yesterday contained no such plans,” it said.

    The Behavioural Insights Unit, also known as the Nudge Unit, wrote the document.

    The unit is most known for its role in the design of the sugar levy and early comments on the pandemic “herd immunity” strategy.

    The document was swiftly deleted and has been replaced with a note saying it was published in error, but BBC News obtained a copy.”

    A copy has been made available online, for those who are interested:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-NhoheMrPtvm6Cf42LKPNZvCaeJFphrh/view

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  186. Mark: Is the implication that the pension funds should invest in local green technologies?
    “UK public sector pension schemes could deepen divisions in society unless they use their billions of pounds of investment to cushion communities pivoting away from carbon-intensive industries such as steel and carmaking, MPs have said”

    The primary objective of pension funds should be to maximize returns particularly by diversification. Local green schemes may not provide much of a return and may go bust in which case the locals lose two ways. No jobs and less money in the pension.

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  187. potentilla, yes I think you have alighted on something of a problem here. The MPs seem to think that public sector pension funds, because they relate to the public sector, should be used to support Government policy, or at least to ameliorate the worst effects of public policy. That does rather overlook the legal obligations of pension fund trustees to seek to maximise profits from investments and to minimise risks to the funds.

    But then what else would we expect from a bunch of people who broadly support all this craziness?

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  188. And here is revealed the lack of reality of all these discussions at the BBC, Guardian, Parliament, CCC, etc:

    “Is the UK’s green plan enough to halt climate change?
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58973826

    OF COURSE IT ISN’T! If we achieved net zero tomorrow, it would make no difference, so long as China, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Middle eastern oil states et al carry on as they apparently intend to.

    What is it with these people that they think that actions taken by the UK can “halt climate change”?

    Then there’s this:

    “And finally the third question – are the new policies tough enough to help rein back climate change? The prime minister hopes to persuade others to help him freeze temperature rise at 1.5C.

    When that target was first mooted, scientists considered it the threshold to dangerous climate change. After a year of freak weather events with just 1.1C warming the climate is heating faster than our attempts to control it.

    That’s what infuriates environmentalists so much. They say every lever in society must be pulled to face a global threat.

    And they are contemptuous of a clutch of government policy areas that will allow emissions to actually grow.

    These include building the £120bn rail project HS2, with all its energy-intensive concrete; construction of £27bn worth of roads; allowing the continued sale of gas guzzling SUVs; allowing aviation to grow even though the public wants it curbed; and allowing mining for oil, gas and coal drilling in defiance of international advice.

    Any one of these issues could undermine the PM as he touts his green revolution in Glasgow.”

    Who says the public wants aviation to be curbed? (I note no link is offered in support of that statement). You’re not relying on the WWF/Demos poll/survey, are you Rog?

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  189. “German green leader Baerbock opposes Nord Stream 2 permit, calls out Russian ‘blackmail’
    ‘We can’t allow ourselves to be blackmailed’ by Russia, Annalena Baerbock said.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/baerbock-against-operating-permit-for-nord-stream-2/

    “Germany should not grant the Nord Stream 2 pipeline regulatory approval and resist Russian “blackmail” on energy prices, Annalena Baerbock, the co-chair of the German Green party, said in an interview published on Wednesday by the Funke media group.

    “We can’t allow ourselves to be blackmailed” by Russia, Baerbock said, adding that Moscow plays a “poker game” and is partly responsible for the high gas prices in Europe. “Gas deliveries have been driven down considerably”, she said.

    This is a situation “intentionally brought about” in order to “force the rapid commissioning of Nord Stream 2″, Baerbock concluded.”

    I do rather agree with her. The problem is, her plans will see the lights going out in Germany.

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  190. “EU accused of greenwashing football’s oil and gas sponsors
    Campaigners call the EU-UEFA campaign a “massive own goal” for the Commission.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-uefa-football-oil-and-gas-sponsors-climate-change/

    “On Tuesday night, the EU’s new climate advertisement will air during televised football games involving clubs owned by petrostates Qatar and Abu Dhabi, in a competition sponsored by Russian gas company Gazprom.

    The campaign asking people to think about what they can do to combat climate change was launched with European footballing body UEFA on Monday and tweeted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. But Pascoe Sabido from Corporate Europe Observatory called it a “massive own goal” for the EU.

    Andrew Simms, co-director of the New Weather Institute who authored a recent study on fossil fuel advertising in sport, called it “jaw-dropping.”

    A Commission spokesperson said the ad would reach an audience of up to 40 million people per game, informing them about the EU’s Green Deal project to make the Continent climate neutral by 2050. UEFA is providing air time during all of its men’s club games, plus women’s and international games, to the Commission for free as part of a three-year deal.

    “Those messages mustn’t play into the hands of fossil fuel companies who are part of the problem,” said Simms.

    UEFA has deep economic ties to the oil and gas industry, with Gazprom a major sponsor of its flagship Champions League competition and several clubs that play in it. Qatar Airways was a sponsor of its recent Europe-wide competition. Several of the Continent’s most powerful clubs are owned by Gulf states or their sovereign wealth funds. Being involved with football is a big plus for companies and countries with controversial records, something that also applies to climate change.”

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  191. 🟢 ITV local news shoving another green lecture down your throat.
    As usual they mix up Climate and plastic
    claiming : Saving plastic is reducing CO2
    CO2 is one environmental issue … Microplastics is another ..which to me is not bigger problem than stone dust, otherwise there’d be lots of dead animal bodies everywhere

    The item featured a WWF PR person, so probably originated out of them.

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  192. 🟢 10pm BBC4 another Climate Change prog
    “Restoring the Earth: The Age of Nature
    Global warming is changing our planet faster than ever before, but we’re also increasing our understanding of nature to help us manage it.

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  193. “‘Tired of broken promises’: climate activists launch hunger strike outside White House
    The protest comes a day after Joe Biden appeared ready to settle for a smaller environmental proposal ahead of the COP26 summit”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/sunrise-movement-climate-activists-hunger-strike

    “With little more than sun hats, placards and folding chairs, five young activists have begun a hunger strike in front of the White House urging Joe Biden not to abandon his bold climate agenda.

    The protest came a day after the US president threatened to water down his $3.5tn social and environmental legislation and with Washington’s commitments about to face scrutiny at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

    The five protesters said they will eat no food and drink only water. They intend to gather in Lafayette Park every day from 8am to 8pm until their demands – which include a civilian climate corps, clean energy performance program and funding for environmental justice – are satisfied.”

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  194. Part 2 of “The hack that changed the world” is now out on BBC sounds

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00114bd

    In the middle of the 15 minutes there is about 1 minute of Roger Tallbloke talking about the Police raid on his computers (recall that he was one of the bloggers who got the climategate 2 link in 2011). The only thing I learnt was that the original Cru server has been wiped.

    In part 3 they are going to look at Mr FOIA’s 20130 “confession”.

    It seems odd that the beeb is digging up climategate again now. It can only distract attention from cop26.

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  195. Harrabin and the BBC are obsessed by the proposed Cumbrian coal mine. At 2.03pm today, this headline to a BBC story appeared on the website:

    “Why the battle for British coal matters to the world”

    Click on it and the headline changes to:

    “Cumbria coal mine: What is the controversy about?
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst”

    It’s dated 1st March [2021]. So why regurgitate it now? It’s not news. It’s propaganda, pure and simple. And all day long the BBC has been pushing one of its main stories on its website:

    “COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58982445

    Well, the BBC certainly knows a thing or two about lobbying. It’s been lobbying the British public relentlessly for ages now with its endless stream of climate change and COP-related propaganda.

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  196. “Split over surge in energy prices overshadows EU climate strategy
    Viktor Orbán claims bloc’s approach is ‘utopian fantasy’ that will increase prices and ‘destroy the middle class’”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/21/split-over-surge-in-energy-prices-overshadows-eu-climate-strategy

    “European Union leaders have exposed their differences over how to tackle a surge in energy prices, as Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, dismissed some of the bloc’s plans to confront the climate emergency as “utopian fantasy”.

    Ahead of crucial UN climate talks in Glasgow, EU leaders plan to issue a declaration saying it is “essential to keep the 1.5C global warming limit within reach” and calling on all countries “to come forward with, and implement, ambitious national targets and policies,” according to a leaked draft of the summit communiqué….

    …Yet the consensus on the EU’s international climate diplomacy risks being overshadowed by internal splits over how to manage soaring energy prices.

    Arriving at the two-day summit on Thursday, Orbán stepped up his attack on the EU official in charge of the bloc’s green transition, Frans Timmermans.

    “What Timmermans and others propose will kill the middle class of Europe: raising prices, having new regulations, rocketing prices to the sky, destroying the middle class everywhere in Europe, not just in the east, but in the west as well,” he said.

    “Utopian fantasy kills us, that’s the problem with energy prices as well,” he added, citing controversial European Commission proposals to curb emissions from transport and housing.

    The commission wants to drive down emissions in transport and buildings with a cap-and-trade scheme, an idea that many climate change activists oppose because they fear it will load too many costs on poorer consumers.

    The German chancellor, Angela Merkel – attending her 107th EU summit during 16 continuous years in power – pushed back against Orbán’s critique, saying that energy prices were a separate discussion to broader climate change issues.

    On the eve of the summit, Poland called on the EU to consider revising or postponing any aspect of the green deal that could have “a negative impact on the energy price”, including plans to increase taxes on fossil fuels, and a proposed overhaul of the bloc’s emissions trading scheme, which puts a price on industrial pollution….”.

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  197. “Your green credentials may be linked to your genes, study says
    Identical twins have more similar views on environmental issues than non-identical ones, research finds”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/your-green-credentials-may-be-linked-to-your-genes-scientists-say

    “Some people are more environmentally conscious than others, and scientists say the reason could be in their genes.

    A study has found that identical twins have more similar views on conservation and environmentalism than non-identical twins. The researchers say this suggests there could be a link between people’s genetic makeup and their support for green policies.

    “The goal is to understand why people are different, and such differences come from the combination of genes and environments,” said Chia-chen Chang, a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and lead author on the paper, published in the journal BioScience.

    “Considering genetic components provides us with a more holistic answer to this question, but genetic results are just about probability, not determinism.”

    The researchers used data for more than 1,000 twins from the TwinsUK registry, the country’s largest twin database. They examined responses from identical and non-identical twins to questions about their concern for nature, environmental activism and how environmentally friendly their own behaviour was.”

    The report can be found here:

    https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biab103/6381262

    Presumably somebody funded it, though I have no idea why. Then again, presumably it has something to do with the buzz words in the abstract, which seem to be key to unlocking research funds for pretty much anything:

    “Earth is undergoing a devastating extinction crisis caused by human impacts on nature, but only a fraction of society is strongly concerned and acting on the crisis. Understanding what determines people’s concern for nature, environmental movement activism, and personal conservation behavior is fundamental if sustainability is to be achieved. Despite its potential importance, the study of the genetic contribution to concern for nature and proenvironmental behaviors has been neglected. ”

    I can’t say I share the authors’ belief in its potential importance.

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  198. Surprise, surprise:

    “Language used to describe the climate becoming more urgent, study finds
    Oxford English Dictionary found between 2018 and 2020 use of ‘climate crisis’ increased nearly 20-fold”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/21/language-used-to-describe-the-climate-becoming-more-urgent-study-finds

    “Another key finding of the research, carried out ahead of global climate summit Cop26, which starts at the end of this month, was that the words we are using to describe the climate are becoming more urgent – between 2018 and 2020, the use of “climate crisis” increased nearly 20-fold and “climate emergency” 76-fold over the same period.

    Trish Stewart, science editor at the Oxford English Dictionary said it had been “fascinating, if at times somewhat alarming, to delve deeper into the language we use, both now and in the past, to talk about climate and sustainability”.

    “The very real sense of urgency that is now upon us is reflected in our language. What happens next depends on so many factors but, one thing we can be sure of is that our language will continue to evolve and to tell the story,” she said.”

    I disagree. I think that, starting with a deliberate and freely-admitted decision at the Guardian, lobbying organisations such as the Guardian and the BBC have ramped up the language they use, and that is what is behind these findings.

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  199. Here’s another example of it being a “leak” (and therefore a good thing) when the media organisation in question approves of the action taken in leaking the information (as in, the release of the CRU emails would never, ever be described by the BBC or the Guardian as a leak):

    “Australia sought to weaken UN climate report on need to close coal-fired power stations, leak suggests
    Emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor says commenting on draft IPCC report doesn’t equate to running interference, as Greenpeace claims”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/21/australia-opposed-climate-report-finding-that-coal-fired-power-stations-should-close-leak-suggests

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  200. 🟢 7:30pm ITV Air Pollution
    Seemed less focused on cars and more on woodburners , and home chemicals
    … That seems better science than the usual PR BS

    eg featured Jon Grigg video about home chemicals https://twitter.com/ITVTonight/status/1451216719897190408

    “The latest government data claims domestic fires create more than THREE TIMES the tiny particulate pollution than all of the road transport in the UK! ”

    Professor Frank Kelly of @imperialcollege talks about wood smoke emission in #ITVTonight at 7:30
    video : https://twitter.com/ITVTonight/status/1451194059859578880

    Green TV progs don’t generate much Twitter interest, but a few activist orgs were tweeting
    eg ClientEarth
    eg BBC presenter @ConnorPhillips (yes on ITV)

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  201. “Climate change will bring global tension, US intelligence report says”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59004088

    “Climate change will lead to growing international tensions, the US intelligence community has warned in a bleak assessment.

    The first ever National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change looks at the impact of climate on national security through to 2040.

    Countries will argue over how to respond and the effects will be felt most in poorer countries, which are least able to adapt.

    The report also warns of the risks if futuristic geo-engineering technologies are deployed by some countries acting alone.

    The 27-page assessment is the collective view of all 18 US intelligence agencies. It is their first such look-ahead on what climate means for national security.

    The report paints a picture of a world failing to co-operate, leading to dangerous competition and instability. It has been issued just ahead of President Joe Biden attending next month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which is seeking international agreement.”

    Issued just ahead of COP26. I wonder why?

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  202. “NS&I green saving bonds go on sale with fixed 0.65% interest rate
    Treasury hails scheme ahead of Cop26 summit, but personal finance experts say better investments are available”

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/22/nsi-green-saving-bonds-go-on-sale-with-fixed-065-interest-rate

    “A “world first” green savings bond from National Savings and Investments (NS&I) goes on sale today, giving people the chance to back the government’s environmental projects and join the fight against climate breakdown.

    But at 0.65% fixed for three years, the interest rate prompted widespread disappointment, with the MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis labelling it “pants” and “paltry”.

    A rate of 0.65% is well below the return offered by the top-paying standard fixed-rate savings bonds. On Thursday it was possible to obtain a rate of up to 1.81% on a three-year bond, while Zopa and Atom Bank were offering 1.6% and 1.45% respectively over three years.

    “Someone investing £20,000 at 0.65% will earn £130 a year in interest with NS&I compared with the best-buy deal from JN Bank at 1.81% which pays £362 per annum – a difference of almost £700 over three years,” said Andrew Hagger, a personal finance expert at the website MoneyComms.

    The new bonds can be bought online from today – just days ahead of the Cop26 climate summit – and will be on sale for at least three months.

    The money invested will help finance green projects chosen by the government, which could include zero-emission buses, offshore windfarms and flood defences, and tree-planting and environmentally sustainable farming schemes.

    The bonds, announced by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in the spring budget, have a minimum investment of £100 and a maximum of £100,000. Savers’ cash cannot be withdrawn during the three years.”.

    This sounds about standard for “green” investments”. Given the current levels of inflation in the UK, in real terms this means that at the end of three years, including the paltry interest earned, the Government will give you back rather less of your money than you handed over in the first place. Interest rates are pathetic for savers at the moment, but it’s easy to earn 0.65% p.a. interest by investing in a one year bond at quite a few places. Why would you lock money up for 3 years at that rate with the prospect of higher interest rates coming imminently down the line?

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  203. Local BBC news is plugging the Hull Floodlights festival
    “Goby Fish lantern (fish of the Humber) almost ready for a water themed parade highlighting climate change”
    The breakfast show was also plugging it and a Withernsea climate change film.

    The news had a long item about the Ferriby floodbarrier work
    They never explained the true context.
    That land used to be marsh well below high-tide level, 400 years ago
    but they put up banking higher than the tide with sluices
    so the land drained at low tide, but never tops up at high tide.
    All the houses were then built at that low level
    which is why they need flood protection now
    In the old days the downstairs used to flood once every few years and then dry out.

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  204. FFS a BBC-advert has just come on
    “I Pledge to Change”
    It gives a number of Global warming tasks we can do
    “Something that will REALLY make a difference”
    the final is “I pledge to SWITCH OFF my laptop and not leave it on charge”
    FFS no you laptop doesn’t use any significant power whilst on charge
    The only time it uses power is during update procedure
    and for that girl that will happen in the morning when she switches on, so she won’t save any power”

    I can’t find the campaign on BBC web or Twitter, so I think it is something made up by the climate enthusiast staff at BBC Radio Humberside.

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  205. Now item on “Floodlights festival” an artist is explaining an exhibit
    “It’s all about MERMAIDS and how they have had to move cos of Global Warming”

    A giant floodlight projector show
    As global warming impacts the habitats of humans, animals and sea creatures we see fish populations diminish, go extinct or move to better living and feeding grounds.
    Mermaids are not exempt from this destructive process. In various parts of the world they have been forced to migrate to better feeding grounds in order to survive.
    Moving closer to urban environments helps them to live of human food waste, but the Sirens’ appearance is a symptom of worse things to come…

    https://www.absolutelycultured.co.uk/davy-kristin-mcguire/

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  206. Local radio items in last 24 hours
    – economic analyst talking about #heatpumps
    – Hull corp talking about their 100% Recycled Christmas Trees
    – school CLIMATE CHANGE FILM
    – an all-day climate-themed hackathon sponsored by the Danish state windfarm corp
    – feature today by @RadioHumberside on hydrogen boilers.

    They’ve also had lots promoting more lockdowns
    ..then contradicted that by promoting children going to the COP26 …which looks like turning into a Covid super spreader event

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  207. “Climate change: ‘More homegrown timber needed’ to cut emissions”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58995981

    “Building the homes of the future will require Wales to become a “forest nation”, according to industry experts.

    They said much more homegrown timber is needed to cut carbon emissions from construction, and would also lead to greener homes and jobs in rural areas.

    A group of forestry, manufacturing and social housing firms said working with wood could become a “main industry” comparable with steel.

    Currently the UK imports about 80% of its timber, second only to China.

    Woodland covers just 15% of the land in Wales – compared with a European average of 46%.

    Timber manufacturers, such as Castleoak in Ebbw Vale, said it sourced all its timber from sustainable sources, but all from Europe.”

    Ah, China again…..

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  208. Last week the Times ran “Pledge to slash cost of green heat pump cost”
    … of course Times commenters slaughtered the article

    BUT WHY DID THE TIMES put the article outside the paywall ?
    As if all Green agenda is a giant advert

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  209. “Covid: Should I get rid of my car and join a car club?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58888592

    “You take your mobile phone out, walk up to a car, press your screen and the door opens.

    Yes, yes, it’s 2021, we know phones can do magic, right? But here’s the catch: It’s not your car.

    The wonders of modern technology have meant that for those wanting to opt out of car ownership but still have access to a vehicle when necessary, joining a car club might just be the answer.

    With coronavirus ending commuting for some and home deliveries booming, that car which once racked up hundreds of miles a week is doing next to nothing – so do you still need it?”

    This, it seems, is the ultimate objective. They don’t want the peasants to own cars.

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  210. “COP26: Disruption forecast in Glasgow as busy roads begin to close”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-59010196

    “Disruption is expected in Glasgow over the weekend as the first major road closures for COP26 take effect.

    Routes including the Clyde Arc and part of the Clydeside Expressway will close on Saturday while Finnieston Street will only allow local access on Sunday.

    Diversions are in place to keep traffic moving but some commuters say the measures are “haphazard” and there will be “major challenges” for vehicles.

    The summit, which is expected to draw 25,000 delegates, begins on 31 October.

    Security is expected to be tight, particularly around the attendance of some 120 world leaders, and police have announced how they plan to approach disruptive climate activists.

    Road closures begin on Saturday and last until Monday 15 November, however some roads in the SEC campus are already closed. The Clyde Arc and part of the Clydeside Expressway will be shut from 21:00.

    Some days are expected to be busier than others, with the biggest disruption expected on Saturday 6 November which has been designated as the Global Day For Climate Justice.

    About 100,000 protesters are expected in Glasgow, with a march which begins at Kelvingrove Park at noon before making its way to Glasgow Green for about 15:00.

    People across the city can expect to be affected by delays, diversions or road congestion, from pedestrians and cyclists to drivers and those using public transport.”

    I wonder what Glaswegians will think about all the disruption to their daily lives, and I wonder what spin the BBC and the Guardian will put on it after the event?

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  211. “Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris accord, admits Sharma
    Summit president says 2015 global emissions agreement a ‘framework’ but rules were left for future talks”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/23/cop26-climate-deal-harder-than-paris-accord-admits-alok-sharma

    “…But Glasgow did not represent the last chance of meeting the 1.5C aim, he added. Countries could still strengthen their commitments in future years. “If there is a gap, and there may well be a gap between [NDCs] and where you need to be in terms of 1.5C, we need to find a way of how we address that gap.”…”.

    So it’s not the Last Chance Saloon, after all! They’ll be able to hype it all up again next year. What a surprise.

    “…Sharma said he was still awaiting an NDC from China, the world’s biggest emitter. “They signed up to the communique in July that we negotiated in Naples, that all the G20 would come up with enhanced NDCs before COP – I reminded them they needed to deliver on that.”

    There have been questions over China’s commitment to climate action, as the government signalled it could increase coal production in response to high energy prices.

    Chinese experts downplayed these fears, pointing to the country’s increases in renewable energy generation, but doubts remain over whether China will stick to a relatively unambitious goal of causing emissions to peak by 2030, which scientists fear would be too late to allow the world to stick to 1.5C.

    China’s president, Xi Jinping, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are almost certain to miss the talks…”.

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  212. “Cop26 menu focuses on plant-based dishes with 80% Scottish food
    Each item will have an estimate of its carbon footprint, so visitors can make ‘climate-friendly choices’”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/23/cop26-menu-plant-based-dishes-scottish-food

    “Plant-based dishes will dominate the menu at the Cop26 climate conference, where 80% of the food will be from Scotland.

    The low-carbon menu includes 95% British food, especially locally sourced Scottish produce, and each menu item has an estimate of its carbon footprint, “helping attendees make climate-friendly choices”.

    Delegates will be served dishes such as potato, leek and rosemary chowder, smoked salmon and “a spiced mushroom and onion burger served with a vegan tomato mayo, slaw and shoots”.

    Caterers are using sustainable suppliers including Edinburgh’s Mara Seaweed, which is abundant, entirely sustainable and does not require fertiliser, fresh water or soil to grow, and carrots and potatoes from Benzies, which uses wind turbines to power their cool storage, biomass to provide heating and recycles the water used.

    Hot drinks will be served in reusable cups that can be washed 1,000 times, which organisers say will save 250,000 single-use cups.

    The Cop26 president-designate, Alok Sharma, said the choice of food served was important.”

    What a virtue-signalling farce. Surely far more important by way of “climate-friendly choices” would have been for 25,000 hangers-on not to fly to Glasgow to add nothing of value to the process?

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  213. “Crown gives go ahead to rival ‘net zero carbon’ North Sea schemes
    Exclusive: crown estates accused of greed in selling rights to ‘incompatible’ carbon capture and windfarm projects”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/23/crown-gives-go-ahead-to-rival-net-zero-carbon-north-sea-schemes

    “A clash between two multibillion pound “net zero carbon” schemes is brewing in the North Sea after the Queen’s property manager granted development rights for one patch of seabed to two different projects at the same time.

    The crown estate will earn millions of pounds after agreeing to lease an area off the Yorkshire coast to the latest phase of the giant Hornsea offshore windfarm, as well as to a scheme led by BP which plans to begin storing carbon dioxide under the seabed. This has prompted concern that the giant wind turbines could interfere with seabed sensors for the carbon storage project.

    The carbon capture scheme was granted “fast-track status” by the government as part of the long-awaited net zero strategy it set out earlier this week, meaning developers will need to begin trapping, piping and storing carbon beneath the North Sea from a cluster of nearby factories by the mid-2020s.

    The crown estate granted the East Coast Cluster project an agreement in 2013 to lease the plot while it develops plans to capture emissions from factories in the Teesside and Humber industrial clusters and store the carbon securely beneath the seabed.

    It had already auctioned off the right to develop an offshore windfarm on an area that sits above the carbon capture site in 2010. The windfarm rights were later bought from the consortium by Danish developer Orsted in 2015 to host part of its Hornsea windfarm which will include 180 turbines on a plot which is 190 square miles.

    The green developers are in early talks to find a way to “coexist” in close quarters but have no firm plans to manage the clash, and face a tighter deadline to find a solution due to the East Coast Cluster’s fast-track status.

    “Put simply, the crown estate has been a bit greedy and leased one area to two projects at the same time,” said an industry source involved in one of the schemes.”

    Whoever thinks the “green” agenda is about helping poor people is seriously deluded. It’s a marvellous device to transfer money from the poor to the rich.

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  214. “‘We’ve been caught half-dressed’: ambivalent Glasgow awaits Cop26”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/23/weve-been-caught-half-dressed-ambivalent-glasgow-awaits-cop26

    “…Glasgow city council sent 9,000 letters to residents and businesses in the areas of the city most likely to be affected by the unprecedented influx of politicians, security, advocates and protesters. The Get Ready Glasgow website and regular e-newsletters have been running for months, though critics say information has been too web-centric, but there have been drop-ins, community council meetings and door-to-door visits too.

    Along Argyle Street, regularly spoken of as one of the UK’s hippest neighbourhoods, locals are ambivalent. The pizza shop is worried about how its delivery drivers will pick up orders. The vegan cafe has taken on extra staff. The high-end restaurants report block bookings: “In November, every day’s a Saturday,” says one chef….”.

    Block bookings for high-end restaurants, eh? This is all about wealthy people on yet another junket, and we’re all paying for it.

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  215. Mark Hodgson says:
    “Cop26 menu focuses on plant-based dishes with 80% Scottish food
    Each item will have an estimate of its carbon footprint, so visitors can make ‘climate-friendly choices’”

    Will this mean they are going to serve the traditional Atholl Brose for breakfast?

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  216. Yet again YOU dear public have paid for a 4 page wrap around advert for the Times Weekend section
    through the Smart Meter advert
    ..this time ostensibly highlighting “8 pioneers who made our world”
    8 women you have never heard of.

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  217. “Greta Thunberg: ‘We need public pressure, not just summits'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59022846

    “Climate activist Greta Thunberg has told the BBC that summits will not lead to action on climate goals unless the public demand change too.

    In a wide-ranging interview ahead of the COP26 climate summit, she said the public needed to “uproot the system”.

    “The change is going to come when people are demanding change. So we can’t expect everything to happen at these conferences,” she said.”

    Her big problem is that, other than a vanishingly small – but very vocal – number of climate activists, people aren’t demanding change. More than that, when they realise what the sort of change Greta calls for will mean for them – poorer both in wallet/purse and lifestyles – she can forget any idea of mass support.

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  218. Deben’s at it again:

    “New trade deals ‘are unfair on farmers and won’t help emissions’
    Chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee condemns New Zealand and Australia agreements as unworkable”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/23/new-trade-deals-are-unfair-on-farmers-and-wont-help-emissions

    “The chairman of the government’s climate change advisory board has condemned trade deals with Australia and New Zealand as “totally offensive” as he warned they would undermine attempts to tackle emissions.

    Lord Deben, the former Tory cabinet minister who chairs the Climate Change Committee, said that the agreements were “entirely unacceptable for climate change purposes”. He warned they would damage efforts to ask UK farmers to help consumers shift to eating less meat, but of higher quality.

    “I do see that you can do all sorts of things to encourage people to buy better meat, and I think we ought to be,” he told the Observer. “That’s why I’m so deeply opposed – and find totally offensive – the agreements with both Australia and New Zealand, which are entirely unacceptable for climate change purposes.

    “You cannot ask farmers to do in this country what we are going to ask them to do and import goods from people who are not [meeting the same standards]. The government promised it wouldn’t do that – and it is doing it. It is entirely against its promise.

    “I shall go on fighting until we stop it. There has to be, internationally, standards that enable you to carry through climate change rules.”…

    …The Tory peer called on the government to ask schools, hospitals and the armed forces to cut down on the amount of meat they were using in meals as an example to the public. He said ministers would soon need to “bite this bullet” and find ways to encourage the public to make changes to their diets and lifestyles to help reduce emissions. “The only way through it is to do it through its own procurement,” he said. “I think that rather than saying ‘we ought to eat 20% less meat’, we should be pressing for schools, hospitals, prisons, and the Army, Navy and Air Force to do all those things.

    “You do not tell other people to do it – you do it yourself and you tell everybody that you are doing it. That’s probably the way you start to get behaviour change without it being a nanny state situation, in a context where so many people are fed up with being told what to do.”

    He said that he was encouraged by £5,000 grants to help people switch to low-carbon heat pumps for home heating, adding that his committee would “come down like a ton of bricks” on the government if its plans to create a better market for cheaper heat pumps failed to drive up demand.

    However, he said he was concerned about the failure of the strategy to set out clear plans for restoring peat lands and vegetation that could help draw carbon out of the atmosphere….”.

    Perhaps he should have something to say about the damage caused to peatlands by giant wind farms?

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  219. “Hospital Appointments in Glasgow Being Cancelled to Reduce Road Traffic during COP26”

    https://dailysceptic.org/2021/10/23/hospital-appointments-in-glasgow-being-cancelled-to-reduce-road-traffic-during-cop26/

    “NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it would be increasing the number of virtual consultations and moving some face-to-face consultations to different times of the day in order to accommodate a “temporary increase in population” in the city over the two-week climate summit.

    Patients began receiving letters over the past week notifying them of changes to their appointments.

    It comes amid warnings that the event itself could trigger a fresh spike in Covid cases, piling preassure on an already overstretched NHS.

    Health cheifs at neighbouring NHS Lanarkshire – where the majority of non-urgent elective surgeries have been paused since August – have now escalated its risk status to ‘Black’ and confirmed that a number of cancer procedures will be postponed. These will be rescheduled “as soon as possible”, they said.

    One Glasgow patient with long Covid symptoms, who is due to see several specialists, told the Herald their face-to-face appointments had been changed suddenly to telephone consultations after months of waiting. …

    [They said] that it was ironic patients were being switched to phone and video appointments to free up roads for climate deligates flying into Scotland who “really should have held their meetings virtually”.”

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  220. “EU leaders signal alarm over Chinese magnesium crunch
    Germany’s Merkel and Czech PM Babiš fear Europe’s car industry will be hit hard.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-alarm-china-magnesium-crunch/

    “Fears are growing among European leaders that the EU’s industrial recovery from the pandemic is about to be undercut by yet another supply shock: a shortage of Chinese magnesium, which is vital to sectors such as cars, planes and electronics.

    More than 95 percent of Europe’s magnesium comes from China but the country is slashing back output amid nationwide energy shortages. China is, by far, the world’s biggest producer, meaning it would be hard for smaller producers such as Russia and Israel to step in and fill huge shortfalls.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš — revealingly, leaders from top car-making countries — raised the issue on Thursday during an EU leaders’ summit, according to a diplomat familiar with the discussion.

    “Merkel [said] it’s become too costly to produce it [in China] because of the high energy prices,” the diplomat said, adding that the outgoing chancellor also warned about the knock-on effect on car production in Europe.

    Babiš was even more direct, saying the auto sector is facing a “disaster.”

    “After the semiconductors crisis, now we have the magnesium crisis,” Babiš said in the European Council summit, according to the diplomat.

    China has built up close to a global monopoly of magnesium in the past two decades, having forced out European rivals through what its competitors describe as large-scale dumping. The subsequent dependence on China is yet another embarrassment to the EU as it tries to set itself on a course of “strategic autonomy” by breaking free of Asian and U.S. supply chains.

    The immediate problem is that China’s factories are now partially closed owing to nationwide energy shortages, and exports of magnesium are plummeting. In the EU, stock of the mineral now risks running out by the end of November, according to a joint statement issued on Friday by a dozen industry groups, including European Aluminium and the European Steel Association….

    …EU officials said they had been in touch with their Chinese counterparts over the issue, but there are few guarantees from Beijing. “We are raising this issue with our Chinese counterparts in order to address immediate shortages and are assessing long-term solutions to tackle this strategic dependency,” an EU official said ahead of the EU leaders’ meeting.

    The shortage also calls into question the EU leaders’ plans to put pressure on China to adopt drastic measures to cut the use of coal ahead of the upcoming international COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. Coal will continue playing a major role in China’s energy mix, in a bid by Beijing to stop the energy shortage causing power cuts during the winter.

    Citing a conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this week, Merkel said he “asked the EU not to force China to close coal fired plants too soon,” saying gas prices would face an “enormous increase.””

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  221. BBC 4 Trailers
    Announcer plugged “On Iplayer watch the Earthshot Prize
    …. and Radio4’s 39 Ways to Save The Planet”

    Then a full trailer
    “Coca Cola’s eco problem BBC1 7:30pm Monday”

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  222. “Cop26: ‘World conflict and chaos’ could be the result of a summit failure
    Top climate official issues strong warning on effect of unchecked greenhouse gases ahead of summit”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/world-conflict-and-chaos-could-be-the-result-of-a-summit-failure

    “Global security and stability could break down, with migration crises and food shortages bringing conflict and chaos, if countries fail to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, the UN’s top climate official has warned ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.

    Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “We’re really talking about preserving the stability of countries, preserving the institutions that we have built over so many years, preserving the best goals that our countries have put together. The catastrophic scenario would indicate that we would have massive flows of displaced people.”

    The impact would cascade, she said, adding: “It would mean less food, so probably a crisis in food security. It would leave a lot more people vulnerable to terrible situations, terrorist groups and violent groups. It would mean a lot of sources of instability.”

    She told the Observer in an interview: “It doesn’t only speak to the environmental side. It is also about the whole system we have built. We know what migration crises have provoked in the past. If we were to see that in even higher numbers – not only international migration, but also internal migration – [it would] provoke very serious problems.”

    The unusually strong warnings from the normally reserved Espinosa comes as world leaders make their final preparations for the Cop26 talks in Glasgow. The leaders of the G20 nations of the world’s largest developed and developing economies will gather in Rome next weekend for two days of preliminary talks, then fly to Glasgow, to join about 100 other heads of government for the Cop26 climate talks on 1 November.”

    Do I sense a whiff of panic in the air, a realisation that it’s going to be nothing more than yet another pointless gabfest?

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  223. “Why aren’t we in prison, ask Insulate Britain protesters”

    Why indeed?

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/why-arent-we-in-prison-ask-insulate-britain-protesters

    “Climate protest group Insulate Britain has revealed its “absolute disbelief” that its members have been allowed to repeatedly disrupt the motorway network, saying it had originally expected its campaign of direct action to last just two days.

    As the group prepares for a fresh wave of protests this week, organisers admit they are baffled over why the police have effectively allowed them to keep closing major routes.

    Activists have so far orchestrated a five-week campaign that has provoked clashes with angry motorists and government threats. Following a 10-day pause, it is about to restart.

    During 14 separate days of direct action, hundreds of group members have been arrested yet, despite some being apprehended 10 or 11 times, none has been detained on remand. On Friday, the Metropolitan police said it had arrested 207 activists, with many other arrests occurring outside the force area.

    A spokesman for Insulate Britain said that the group had initially expected the campaign to be extremely short-lived because all its members would be in custody.”

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  224. “How global heating’s children view the world, 12 years on
    In the run-up to the global summit in Glasgow, we revisit families with children – now teenagers – born at the time of the 2009 climate conference”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/how-global-heatings-children-view-the-world-12-years-on

    “They are entering their teenage years and aspire to bring about positive change when they grow up. But the dreams of these three children, each born in different corners of the world in the weeks leading up to the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009, are beset by worries of how global heating might shape their futures.

    Following their births, and again in 2015 ahead of the Paris climate summit, the Observer heard from the families of Maria, Olomaina and Denislania about how they were coping with the impacts of climate change.

    Now, as the UK prepares to host the latest climate summit, Cop26, in Glasgow, they describe in reports gathered by the charity Cafod what is at stake should world leaders fail to deliver on their latest commitments….

    …”Maria’s parents hope to keep their youngest daughter in education but their lives are blighted by rising sea levels and extreme temperatures. Living close to the Payra river on low-lying land means their home is often flooded. Maria says: “From April to September there is a lot of rain. Our house was torn and broken, and rainwater fell through the roof.” Tayab says tidal floods and cyclones are also causing them financial ruin and mental anguish. The saline water from the sea damages crops and contaminates the drinking water in a nearby well, causing his children to frequently fall ill.”

    Perhaps the Guardian should take a brief lesson from Wikipedia:

    “Bangladesh is a land of many rivers. It is very prone to flooding due to being situated on the Brahmaputra River Delta (also known as the Ganges Delta) and the many distributaries flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Due to being part of such a basin and being less than 5 metres above mean sea level, Bangladesh faces the cumulative effects of floods due to water flashing from nearby hills, the accumulation of the inflow of water from upstream catchments, and locally heavy rainfall enhanced by drainage congestion. Bangladesh faces this problem almost every year. Coastal flooding, combined with the bursting of river banks is common, and severely affects the landscape and society of Bangladesh. 80% of Bangladesh is [floodplain], and it has an extensive sea coastline, rendering the nation very much at risk of periodic widespread damage. Whilst more permanent defenses, strengthened with reinforced concrete, are being built, many embankments are composed purely of soil and turf and made by local farmers. Flooding normally occurs during the monsoon season from June to September. ”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floods_in_Bangladesh

    What they describe is situation normal, not climate change.

    Next?

    “Denislania’s birth came amid a victory for the Macuxi indigenous people to which she belongs. In 2009, Brazil’s supreme court ruled in their favour following a long-running dispute with farmers who wanted to turn the Surumu region’s marshlands into rice plantations….

    …However, the savannah land they depend upon is under threat from the changing climate. Back in 2015, her mother, Elisa, was extremely concerned about the constantly dry weather. Fortunately, over the last year the weather patterns have been more stable, she says. ”

    Hmm, doesn’t quite fit the narrative. And, as I explained in “There’s An Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil”, these issues go back centuries. Again, it’s situation normal, not climate change.

    Finally:

    “Noomirisho Mutonka named her son Olomaina – meaning “blessing” in Maasai – hoping he would bring prosperity. But since his birth in 2009, his family has been stuck in a cycle of poverty caused by continuous droughts. Over the years, they’ve owned 284 animals but this has diminished to just a few goats and one cow.

    Changing weather patterns in the semi-arid region south of Nairobi have been causing Noomirosho increasing concern. “Even if the rains come, it rains for a very short while and within no time the grass is dry, and the livestock die.””

    Again, it’s situation normal. Here’s the Kenyan Meteorological Service:

    “Kenya is a highly drought prone country, because of its peculiar eco-climatic conditions as only about 20% of the territory receives high and regular rainfall. The rest, i.e. 80% of the territory, is arid and semi-arid lands where annual rainfall varies from 200 to 500 mm, and periodical droughts are part of the climate system.

    The root cause of the country’s vulnerability to drought is in its dependence on rainfall for its economic and social development. Agriculture, the mainstay of the economy, is almost entirely rain-fed. Water for human consumption and other uses is derived from rivers whose recharge depends on rainfall. Kenya is a water scarce country, whose per capita water availability is one of the lowest in Africa, making access to clean water a problem in many areas of the country, including the capital, Nairobi.”

    Click to access UNW-DPC_NDMP_Country_Report_Kenya_2014.pdf

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  225. A similar story has run about 10 days ago
    Seems an XR tactic is to get arrested and become martyr
    “Look here’s a climate conference but the evil Tories actually have Gren in prison during it”

    When XR were endangering road users the other day
    I see a guy tied one of them to the railings meaning he couldn’t jump back on the road.

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  226. FullFact have put together a Gotcha against Farage on wind.
    You can see from the photo it’s a hit piece and has a number of flaws straight off
    bBBC longer discussion here
    https://biasedbbc.tv/blog/2021/10/22/weekend-thread-23-october-2021/comment-page-2/#comment-1146860

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  227. The Fullfact twitter thread is dominated by hates of Farage, whoo take the narrative and run
    This is school bully gang stuff again

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  228. You can either live in the real world
    or you can live in a PR BS world.

    The Iceland boss has taken his fathers supermarket chain and runs it as a Green campaign
    9:15am he was on R4 “blah, blah plastic ..blah blah etc
    then he says “You know turkey sales are up 400%”
    .. The thing is that is a non-story : is the old principle of 4 times nothing is nothing

    In December when you are selling 1000 turkey’s/day and increase to 5,000 is something
    but in October when you are selling 2 per day and increase to 10 is still pretty small fry.

    The BBC guy was swept along
    but to be fair for once he was trying to interject “we don’t want to cause panic buying”

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  229. “COP26: Disruption warning as road closures come into effect”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-59029409

    “Disruption is expected in Glasgow over the weekend as the first major road closures for COP26 climate change conference take effect.

    Closures began on Saturday night and will last until Monday 15 November. The Clyde Arc and part of the Clydeside Expressway shut from 21:00, while Finnieston Street will only allow local access on Sunday.

    The conference is expected to draw 25,000 delegates from around the world and runs from 31 October to 12 November.

    Some days are expected to be busier than others, with the biggest disruption expected on Saturday 6 November which has been designated as the Global Day For Climate Justice.”

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  230. Hull BBC local news item #2
    summary : t wasn’t news Mere the local politics show had had the head of Wind PR on, and she had said there should be more onshore wind power.

    “the DEFEATED Grimsby Labour MP, who now works promoting wind farms , was on the BBC Politics show saying there should be MORE ONSHORE wind farms”

    … Is that news ?
    Onshore wind farms are not banned
    If you want to put one up buy some land and apply for planning permission.
    What deters people is there is NO SUBSIDY for onshore wind.

    “Recent years have seen a lot of offshore, but many onshore have faced opposition from local residents”
    … Em many offshore have also faced opposition from residents too

    “Melanie Onn told BBC Politics North that public opinion was behind the expansion in wind energy”
    Tosh

    Onn “Surveys say that the public are supportive of onshore wind turbine !”
    “and people living near them support them more”

    … Tosh .. surveys have questions skewed to get the required answers
    Presenter “See BBCiplayer for the rest of that show”

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  231. “Climate change: How do we know it is happening and caused by humans?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58954530

    “But wasn’t it warmer in the past?
    There have been several hot periods during the Earth’s past.

    Around 92 million years ago, for example, temperatures were so high that there were no polar ice caps and crocodile-like creatures lived as far north as the Canadian Arctic.

    At times in the past, sea level was 25m (80ft) higher than the present. A rise of 5-8m (16-26ft) is considered enough to submerge most of the world’s coastal cities.

    There is abundant evidence for mass extinctions of life during these periods. And climate models suggest that, at times, the tropics could have become “dead zones”, too hot for most species to survive.

    These fluctuations between hot and cold have been caused by a variety of phenomena, including the way the Earth wobbles as it orbits the Sun over long periods, volcanic eruptions and short-term climate cycles such as El Niño.

    For many years, groups of so-called climate “sceptics” have cast doubt on the scientific basis of global warming.

    However, virtually all scientists who publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals now agree on the current causes of climate change.

    A key UN report released in 2021 said it “is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, oceans and land”.”

    Thanks BBC. I suppose “so-called climate sceptics” is ever such a slight step up from denier.

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  232. The push is on big-style now:

    “Climate change quiz: Test your knowledge of how to reduce emissions”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58996348

    And:

    “The former coal villages turning green”, which, when you click on it, becomes “Energy: Are the Welsh coalfields turning green?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59016647

    And:

    “Climate change: Tata Steel wants roadmap to make industry greener”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59010674

    “Renewable energy: £1.7bn plan for Swansea led by Bridgend’s DST”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59010675

    “Durham University study finds migrating birds spending longer in Europe”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-59030910

    “Climate Change: £1.7bn renewable energy project for Swansea Bay”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-59017940

    (Because one article isn’t enough).

    “COP26: Nicola Sturgeon says credible action needed on climate crisis”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59031016

    “Climate change: How can I reduce my carbon footprint?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58735561

    That’s all just in the last 12 hours or so.

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  233. “‘We’re all climate journalists now’: how the weather took over everything
    From the business section to the food magazine, Guardian editors are becoming focused on one dominant story”

    https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2021/oct/25/were-all-climate-journalists-now-how-the-weather-took-over-everything

    “Once upon a time, it was really only environment journalists who covered the climate crisis. At the Guardian, this is rapidly changing, as the emergency sprawls into more and more aspects of our daily lives, from food to fashion, football to finance, art to agriculture.

    Here, 10 Guardian journalists describe how the climate crisis is changing their job.”

    Well, I suppose it’s sort of honest – news reporting is now secondary to inserting climate change in to pretty much every story, whether it’s appropriate to do so or not. On the plus side, it will give me a never-ending source of articles to expose biased reporting and half-truths, lying by omission etc.

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  234. And a blitz in the Guardian letter’s page:

    “Heat pumps are practical and necessary”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/heat-pumps-are-practical-and-necessary

    Well, they can say what they like, but we stayed a few short years back in an “eco-house” while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands. It was July, but it was a cold July. The house was “heated” by a heat pump. In the evenings, after a hard day on the hill, when it would have been nice to relax in the house, we were forced either to go out or to sit under a duvet, because it was so cold. We turned the thermostat ever higher in a vain attempt to generate some warmth, but nothing happened.

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  235. “Tories received £1.3m from fossil fuel interests and climate sceptics since 2019
    Gifts and donations were from oil companies, airports, petrostates and climate-sceptic thinktanks”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/25/tories-received-13m-from-fossil-fuel-interests-and-climate-sceptics-since-2019

    “The Conservative party and its MPs have registered £1.3m in gifts and donations from climate sceptics and fossil fuel interests since the 2019 general election, an investigation by the Guardian can reveal.

    Oil companies, petrostates, airports and businesses linked with Russian energy tycoons are among this set of donors, who have either made money from fossil fuels or stand to lose economically or politically from cutting emissions.

    Their donations, all legally given and declared to the Electoral Commission or in the House of Commons register of interests, are overwhelmingly to the ruling party.

    In the past two years combined, they have given about £812,000 to the Conservative party, compared with £18,400 registered by the Labour party.

    Conservative MPs also received about 99% of the £479,000 these donors gave to individual politicians, a far higher share than their 56% of the seats in the House of Commons.

    The research highlights the legitimate lobbying activities of outside organisations who give money in return for access or influence, or to support policies and ideologies.”

    They’re not getting value for money, then!

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