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  1. “Eden Project: Geothermal heat project ‘promising'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-59176729

    “A three mile-deep (4.8km) borehole has shown “promising” prospects for a geothermal heat plant in Cornwall.

    Drilling started in May on the borehole at the Eden Project.

    The eco attraction hopes that it will lead to a geothermal heat plant, unlocking heat for Eden and nearby industries.

    If successful, the scheme would use steam created from hot water found deep underground to power turbines and produce electricity.

    Eden estimates that the heat produced will be the equivalent of heating more than 35,000 homes.

    “The well has found its target fault structure and the early signs of high temperatures and good permeability at depth are promising,” said a statement from the Eden Project….”.

    I think this is called “good fracking”

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  2. Well worth a read, IMO – I think Brendan O’Neill pretty much nails it:

    “Climate Derangement Syndrome
    It’s the hysteria about climate change that poses the greatest threat to humanity.”

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/11/05/climate-derangement-syndrome/

    “We need to talk about this. We need to talk about Climate Derangement Syndrome and how frankly batshit crazy it has become. More to the point, we need to talk about how dangerous this way of thinking is to reason, freedom and the future prosperity of humankind. Indeed, it isn’t climate change that threatens to undo the great gains of human civilisation – it’s the hysteria about climate change.”

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  3. If you purchased today’s copy of the Guardian you also received gratuitously a large pullout supplement “COP 26: the time is now”, distributed on behalf of My Green Pod.com. Near the back is a two-page item upon an eco-friendly pet food.

    Highlights include
    “ Feeding a medium-sized dog traditional meat-based food generates the same amount of carbon in its lifetime as taking 37 return flights from London to Barcelona “

    “This insect ingredient makes Yora the lowest CO2- producing premium pet food in the world”

    I know either of my dogs will scoop up and devour the occasional succulent bluebottle but really.. they would never forgive me, and I would not be able to look them in the eye.

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  4. Alan, thanks for the heads-up. I know you’ll see your dogs right, but now I know that as I don’t own any dogs, I can take 73 return flights from London to Barcelona and still have a smaller carbon footprint than you. Greta would be proud of me.

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  5. I am surprised that two significant financial proposals impacting decarbonisation of British society have not had much comment in Cliscep. Both worry me. The first is the many and varied proposals to disinvest in the petroleum industry. Everyone from churches to supermarkets seem to be at it. What most people don’t realise is that oil companies are not very good wealth generators and are largely dependent upon raising funds to pay for exploration. They make their profits mostly from downstream activities. I recall how ill informed my undergraduate students were. They thought big oil was immensely rich and anyone with oil company shares was as rich as Croesus. In my time of teaching I could refer to several National newspapers that then published dividends different companies were paying. Oil companies were always near the bottom. So it seems to me that they must be vulnerable to any attempts to curtail investment in their upstream activities. My pensions all are heavily invested in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. I worry, I bet the pension managers are as well.
    The second cause for concern is Boris’s statement that all businesses will have to submit their plans for decarbonisation. These will be “closely scrutinised. Not only will this be yet another interference but clearly will be a prelude to additional unnecessary control to counter an imaginary threat. I am worried: unnecessarily so? Discuss.

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  6. No, Alan, you are not being unnecessarily worried. We should all be concerned about how the oil companies are being picked out for special treatment. Take the following news item on the BBC website this morning:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-59070451

    Apparently the State of Massachusetts is suing ExxonMobil for ‘greenwashing’, i.e. producing adverts that are overstating their green credentials.

    For heaven’s sake, there isn’t a commercial organisation or government on Earth that isn’t doing that. Green hypocrisy and lying is a one of the basic human rights when it comes to climate change, so why is ExxonMobil not allowed to do the same? Are we supposed to not have sympathy because they have become filthy rich from raping Mother Earth? And, of course, this is not just a one off. According to the report:

    “Some 21 US states are taking fossil fuel giants – including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell – to court for alleged greenwashing and, it is claimed, engaging in a decades-long disinformation campaign about the effects of climate change. The companies deny the claims. It’s part of a pattern of legal action against fossil fuel companies, which is also happening elsewhere in the world.”

    Naturally enough, Oreskes gets to raise her profile by adding a quote:

    “The reality of their business model is to continue to exploit, develop and sell oil and gas. But their advertising, their communications, make it seem as if they’re these great guys committed to sustainability and renewable energy.”

    The worst thing though, it seems, is that they are doing all of this exploiting, developing and selling in secret. The bastards!

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  7. Well, to the states the oil companies should direct a simple question. Do you still want us to supply oil products to you, yes or no?

    A “no” would very quickly become a “yes.”

    There is no world in which oil is not necessary out as far as the eye can see. If that is true oil companies are also necessary – with the caveat that rather than accept our own oil companies, we might just buy oil etc from Russia and the Gulf. (Qatar apparently being signed up to provide us emergency gas this winter, and F*** the Bowland shale.)

    In the mid term there is the danger that, in extremis, oil companies try to belatedly become subsidy farmers, as I alleged a couple of months ago for BP in https://cliscep.com/2021/09/01/bps-desperate-stroke/

    That will provide cash flow in the short term, but if as I expect the subsidy regime is unsustainable, it could leave them wishing that they had stuck to their guns. Perhaps indeed the answer for those companies would be to base themselves in a different jurisdiction…? Or offer our government a similar ultimatum: do you want us, yes or no?

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  8. Sorry JIT but major oil companies are all limited public companies (except I suppose for Aramco). They are responsible to their shareholders and investors. They cannot therefore risk being turned down by posing your question. Politicians will do the stupidest things – look at their efforts at COP26. Nor in the USA can they combine to make a common threatening stance.

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  9. A thought experiment only. You mustn’t take me too seriously. Of course it would be impossible to level such an ultimatum: it merely crystallizes what we all already know, which is that oil companies are vital, and attempts to sue them out of existence are the definition of insanity.

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  10. BBC local news
    #1 “Hull Labour MP Diana Johnson says” something about fireworks

    #2 Enviro campaigners had a protest today at Hull minster ..footage
    #3 An eco-student in Stamford, Lincolnshire has been likened to Greta … video package
    Council voted against her proposal saying people should drive 12 miles to recycling centre.

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  11. Alan,

    While the big six western oil producers are all public limited companies, they only produce around 15% of the world’s oil. The remainder is in the hands of nationalised and state-owned companies.

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  12. Bill, agreed but you have forgotten the contributions of small oil, particularly in producing frac oil and gas. Also much hydrocarbons produced by nationalised and state oil companies is refined and processed by the big oil companies.

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  13. may have misheard a BBC Doom laden climate prog today by Roger Harrabin, “BBC’s environment analyst” that he will be leaving the BEEB soon. anybody else heard this ?

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  14. We have a new game at the Guardian/Observer now – checking out their 10 “most read” stories of the day. Today, yet again, none of the top 10 are about climate change or COP 26. If even Guardian readers are uninterested in the Guardian’s climate scaremongering, maybe there is hope, after all?

    At no. 6 today is “I sold my eggs for an Ivy League education – but was it worth it?”

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  15. dfhunter, no I haven’t heard that about Harrabin, nor does a quick internet search throw anything up. But who knows? Certainly Justin Rowlatt seems to me making a pitch to take over as the BBC’s climate alarmist-in-chief.

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  16. More Green PR in the news
    Last Week’s Sunday #BBCPoliticsNorth @with BBCFHewison
    ” n the pioneering fully-hydrogen show homes & hydrogen energy trial that over 600 homes in Winlaton are taking part in as we begin our transition to #NetZero.”

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  17. Here’s Rupert Read, philosophy professor and critical thinker, at his recent trial for causing criminal damage in Tufton Street:

    ‘Our defence of necessity is that the Global Warming Policy Foundation represents an ongoing and ongoingly imminent threat to life in the same kind of way as Anne Frank faced.’

    Is that proper English?

    This certainly isn’t:

    ‘For most of my career, I’ve been a theatre and a screenwriter.’

    That’s from a co-defendant’s court statement.

    The third defendant – who sometimes calls herself Totty Fuck Shame – hasn’t yet put her statement online.

    The critical thinker, the theatre and Ms TFS were all found guilty. They were given the lowest possible sentence – a six-month conditional discharge – and made to pay only £200 each in costs and compensation.

    Sir Jonathon Porritt, who attended the trial, reckoned that this was ‘a disappointing outcome but not unexpected. It doesn’t make the Global Policy Warming Foundation [sic] any less of a bunch of chronic liars.’

    Dame Harriet Walter was also there and was also disappointed.*

    URL:writersrebel.com/rupert-reads-court-statement/
    URL:writersrebel.com/jessica-townsends-court-statement/

    ===
    *The purple-haired woman standing next to Dame Harriet in this photo looks very like – but almost certainly isn’t – Dame Maggie Smith.

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  18. By coincidence yesterday I was looking up FLOP26 podcasts
    and Rupert Read was using that hash tag in his , to say COP26 was a flop cos it’s not extreme enough
    – @The_Newsmakers @trtworld
    – I was interviewed by Nick Breeze for @ClimateGENN Shaping the Future

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  19. Today’s TV bias … I usually post things first over on bBBC then copy them over to here
    Today I didn’t have time to copy them over
    Countryfile was an hour of super bias ..lot of errors etc.

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  20. Stewgreen. I only watched a small part of Countryfile this week and it was totally dominated by exhortations to plant trees and efforts to raise trees resistant to some of the devastating diseases that have afflicted our forests. Although it was clear that planting trees was being advocated in order to remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, I see no reason to oppose this activity and every reason to support it. Replanting woodlands in my view is a win-win activity even if done for the wrong reasons.

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  21. Alan there were points when they made out Climate Change was causing these diseases
    then after they did mention foreign trees being brought in and carrying these diseases
    … but surely that is the main driver.

    There was a claim they had planted 250,000 tress on 1,000 acres in a project where animals wonder between the trees
    That is a big claim
    You’d be unlikely to get 250 proper trees on 1 acre, never mind with animals

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  22. Stew, I wasn’t watching the program that intently. I never caught onto the claim that planting trees was at a density of 250 trees per acre, but at another point in the programme they were definitely planting saplings every few metres, which clearly implied they were not expecting all to survive.

    As to climate change causing new diseases, many diseases are introduced and spread by insects, and some of the insects could well have been favoured by the slightly higher average temperatures that Britain has experienced.

    Countryfile is commonly full of climate rubbish, but sprinkled within are occasional truthful nuggets. I wonder if you might have been a little harsh in your criticism this time?

    I rarely look at bBBC. Was surprised at just how much of it wasn’t criticising the BBC at all.

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  23. Alan, planting trees is useless in ecological terms except in the narrow circumstances of wood-pasture where the trees will be in singles fenced off from cattle. It’s worth planting street trees and specimens in parks. Other than that, no.

    Dryads did not plant the original wildwood that covered Britain to its mountaintops: the woodland planted itself. Planting trees at 3 m spacing gets you a plantation. This is poor natural habitat because as soon as the canopy closes, little light reaches the ground and so there is little to no diversity. Woodlands need a diversity of tree ages, which creates complexity, which creates niches for multitudes of plants and animals.

    The best way to create woodland is simply to cease doing whatever it is you are doing to the piece of land in question to prevent it from naturally becoming woodland by itself: whether mowing, grazing, ploughing, or burning. Remove all those things and a woodland will spring up out of the ground as if planted by a dryad.

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  24. ITV local news “Clean Green energy” item with Victoria Whittam
    claiming sea grass is the new rainforest.

    Studio guys “oo look they are killing the carbon”
    They really seemed to think that a bit of seaweed in the Humber will absorb the regions man made CO2
    … FFS I reckon the magnitude would be super tiny.

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  25. Odd JIT. Most of the woods in the grounds of UEA (which you must know well) and in a small wood near my present abode have trees that are arranged in parallel lines and have equal spacing. They clearly were planted artificially and the planting has been successful.

    As for leaving nature to do its thing, that commonly would take too long. The first stage would result in a nettle and bramble scrub with or without gorse.

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  26. Alan, brambles are great for insects and birds so there is no trouble there.* Nettles are a symptom of high nutrient load, whether by fertiliser overuse or other means. Neither matter in the long term since if these woodlands are to be there in perpetuity, taking a decade longer to establish (with a rich scrub stage instead of the dead zone stage of a plantation) is no issue.

    Gorse gets a big tick from me because heathlands are in short supply. In fact here the problem is stopping the woodland from shading out the gorse.

    *Other than for dog walkers etc!

    Stew, I presume the tree guards are vs. strimmers rather than deer? (I have not seen the program. In wood-pasture the protection I have in mind is set far enough back to prevent cattle from reaching the sapling.)

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  27. “French couple who said windfarm affected health win legal fight
    Christel and Luc Fockaert awarded €110,000 after over health problems they claim were caused by windfarm”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/08/french-couple-wins-legal-fight-wind-turbine-syndrome-windfarm-health

    “A French court has recognised “turbine syndrome” after a couple complained their health was damaged by living near a windfarm.

    In what is believed to be the first judgment of its kind in France, Belgians Christel and Luc Fockaert were awarded more than €100,000 in compensation by the judge in Toulouse.

    The couple claimed they experienced a range of health problems including headaches, insomnia, heart irregularities, depression, dizziness, tinnitus and nausea for more than two years, insisting these were caused by six wind turbines set up 700 metres from their home at Fontrieu in the Tarn, southern France.

    The turbines had been installed in 2008. However, it was reported that the couple’s health problems started five years later. The Fockaerts believed this was because woodland between their property and the nearest turbine was cut down.

    They singled out the noise, which they said was “comparable to a washing machine continually turning”, and the “white flashing lights” on the turbines, as particularly detrimental to their health.”

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  28. The above article is number 10 in the Guardian’s “most read” articles today. Again, none of the top 10 include climate change or COP 26. I wonder if the Guardian editors notice that their readers aren’t interested in their climate propaganda?

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  29. “Rolls-Royce gets funding to develop mini nuclear reactors”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59212983

    “Rolls-Royce has been backed by a consortium of private investors and the UK government to develop small nuclear reactors to generate cleaner energy.

    The creation of the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) business was announced following a £195m cash injection from private firms and a £210m grant from the government.

    It is hoped the new company could create up to 40,000 jobs by 2050.

    However, critics say the focus should be on renewable power, not new nuclear.”

    Has it finally dawned on those in charge of energy policy that the lights are going out? However, even that doesn’t stir the fanatics from their hatred of anything but “renewable” energy – “critics say the focus should be on renewable power, not new nuclear.” I would ask the critics what their answer is when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine? Why don’t they recognise the need for substantial reliable base-load?

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  30. Sad news, and a sad reflection on Britain today, but to realists (as opposed to idealists) all too predictable:

    “Nextbike: Bike share scheme suspended due to theft and vandalism”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59210989

    “A bike sharing scheme is being suspended after months of vandalism, theft, and threats against staff.

    Nextbike, which runs rental bikes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, will shut down the scheme until next year.

    The operator has hired private investigators after more than half of its bikes were stolen or destroyed.

    Nextbike’s managing director said the amount of vandalism and theft was “staggering” and not something seen anywhere else in the UK.

    The scheme will be suspended from 15 November while Nextbike repairs and replace bikes.

    However, the operator has warned the scheme could be permanently shut down if the situation does not improve.

    Since its launch about 136,000 people have used the bikes across more than 1.2 million rentals.

    However, since then 260 bikes have been scrapped due to vandalism, and a further 300 bikes have been stolen, with just under half of those being taken since August this year.”

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  31. “How Nicola Sturgeon has carved out a role at COP26”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-59206425

    “The first minister has managed to carve out roles for herself and achieve prominence anyway.

    She’s been photographed with everyone from US President Joe Biden and Germany’s Angela Merkel to climate activists Greta Thunberg, Vanessa Nakate and Al Gore.

    Ms Sturgeon’s spoken at Cop26 fringe events on offshore wind, climate justice and female leadership and given interviews to media outlets from Vogue magazine – where she talked about life after politics – to CNN.

    If she has half an eye on a new job beyond Holyrood, COP26 has given her the greatest networking opportunity in the world.”

    It’s strange that lots of photos of a maskless Sturgeon don’t seem to generate the criticism reserved for a maskless Boris. I’m not defending Boris or criticising the criticism, per se, merely asking for a level playing-field.

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  32. Well, this is a bit of a surprise:

    “Scotland’s emission targets for 2030 could be ‘over-cooked'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59110798

    “Scotland’s ambitious climate target to cut emissions by 75% by 2030 may have been “over-cooked”, according to the UK’s independent climate watchdog.

    Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said Holyrood’s goal was a “huge challenge”.

    His concerns come as the United Nations COP26 climate change summit begins in Glasgow.

    The Scottish government said they had a “credible pathway to meeting emission targets” until 2032.”

    I confess, I would never have expected Chris Stark to say that. Is reality beginning to bite?

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  33. Typical response from an ecologist JIT, especially one with interests in insects. But those wishing to restore woodlands don’t always want to wait, perhaps more than a hundred years, nor spend time with scrubby intermediate stages before the climax flora becomes fully established. Take for example my nearest woodland. My house lies close to a very busy B-road along which humongous lorries thunder. To protect us from the noise an acoustic bund was constructed fronted by a mixed deciduous woodland. This work must have been done less than 50 years ago, yet to my untrained ecological eye, the wood now looks perfectly natural (with the possible exception that the trees look rather too close). We have loads of hedgehogs (that repeatedly infect my dogs with fleas), wood mice and a distant neighbour had a badger set, and repeatedly reports sighting a small deer. This to me seems far distant from your disparaging “dead zone stage of a plantation”. These past few weeks have seen a riot of colour as the trees start to lose their leaves. So impressed have we been that we have added three saplings to our acoustic bund and coppaced others.
    Next summer, if you would be interested, I would be delighted to show you our neighbouring woodland.

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  34. Such schemes last as long as the public money tap stays turned on.

    Ofo came to Norwich with great fanfare in late 2018 and was gone by summer 2019. Half the bikes ended up in the river. The CEO could not understand the level of vandalism, which was more than in civilised cities. Where are they now?

    Ofo, stylised as ofo, was a Beijing-based bicycle sharing company founded in 2014. It used a dockless system with a smartphone app to unlock and locate nearby bicycles, charging an hourly rate for use.

    In 2017, it had deployed over 10 million bicycles in 250 cities and 20 countries. The company was valued at up to US$2 billion and had over 62.7 million monthly active users.

    In 2018, Ofo announced massive reduction in operations, including withdrawing from most US cities and from several entire countries. By 2020, facing a large amount of unpayable debt, the company was no longer operating bike rentals.

    As far as I can tell, it borrowed vast sums of money, deployed 100,000,000 bikes, had them trashed, couldn’t repay the debt, and is now defunct. “Because unusual levels of vandalism” – presumably in most cities in most countries in which the bikes were deployed.

    In Norwich we currently have Beryl bikes, which I believe are similar to ofo, but require a dock, which should reduce the numbers thrown into the winsome Wensum for the lols. I must look into how much the council is sending to Beryl for this service.

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  35. Wikipedia haven’t caught up
    “The contract for the Bath bike sharing scheme ended in February 2019, and the bikes were no longer available to hire from the 8 February 2019.[22]
    Described as Nextbike’s “flagship scheme” in the UK, the Cardiff bikes were used even more often during the pandemic in 2020.[23]”

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  36. ITV local news
    all the usual woke stuff
    The presenter gets a £1000 bonus every time she says “clean green energy”
    So today kept saying it about Minister Kwatungs
    visit to the Sheffield mini nuclear reactor reset project.

    God they are still putting out the daily COP26 briefing too

    The prog had an item about super street violence in Sheffield, without mentioning it’s the Slovakian Roma

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  37. “Should firms have to put carbon labels on all products?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59150008

    “Lou Palmer-Masterton, the owner of three vegan restaurants, says it was a logical progression to add carbon labelling to the menus.

    All three branches of her Stem & Glory mini-chain were already using only renewable energy, and participating in reusable lunchbox and cup schemes, but she wanted to go one step further.

    So, now the menus at the two outlets in London, and one in Cambridge, are set to include a carbon dioxide emission score for each and every item.

    “This is something I’ve thought about for a while, and even though all our products are plant-based, I was still curious about the impact they have on the environment,” says Ms Palmer-Masterton.

    “This movement [carbon labelling] is exploding right now, and it makes sense.”

    To work out, and display, the carbon scores for each of its dishes, Stem & Glory has gone to a UK start-up tech firm called Foodsteps.

    Launched in 2020, the Foodsteps’ website and app allows food firms and restaurants to calculate the carbon dioxide produced by a particular product or dish “from farm to fork”.

    Foodsteps’ software system contains a database of carbon dioxide release figures, including calculations of everything from various fertilisers, to the method of delivery of raw materials, the cooking process, the manufacturing of any packaging, and any refrigerated or frozen storage.

    To gather all this data Foodsteps says it has used “thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies, alongside our own primary research”.

    Restaurants and food firms who pay to sign-up to its scheme can then display their Foodsteps carbon scores on their menus or packaging, from A (very low) to E (very high). They can also add a QR code to link to a webpage focusing on the other environmental credentials of the food item in question….”.

    Looks like a free advert for Foodsteps, to me. Wasn’t there a time when the BBC was forbidden from advertising?

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  38. “Snow turns Saudi Arabia’s Mount Dhaka white
    Muslims across the country offered rain prayers, known as Salaat Al Istisqaa, on Thursday”

    https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2021/11/09/snow-turns-saudi-arabias-mount-dhaka-white/

    “Saudi Arabia’s Mount Dhaka turned white after the Al Shafa area in the west of the kingdom was hit by a heavy hailstorm on Saturday.

    The city of Taif also experienced heavy rainfall. Videos on social media showed hail covering the mountains and roads.

    On Thursday, Muslims across the country had offered rain prayers, known as Salaat Al Istisqaa.”

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  39. “Sustainable gin and family-sized crisps! My week eating a climatarian diet”

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/nov/10/fig-rolls-out-seaweed-in-my-week-eating-a-climatarian-diet

    “…Pure “climatarianism” is feasible: in 2012, Jennie Macdiarmid, professor of sustainable nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, helped devise a theoretical nutritionally balanced diet that would reduce your carbon footprint by 90%: pasta, peas, fried onions, brassicas, sesame seeds, dry wholegrain breakfast cereal and sweets. That would still apply now, Macdiarmid says, but she emphasises this kind of computer-generated solution is not remotely attainable. “We’re never going to change if it’s so unappealing,” she says. So is there a way to eat that is personally, as well as planetarily, sustainable? I spent a week trying to find out….”.

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  40. Unbelievable! BBCs Look East News reports a new school which has no gas supply. I didn’t catch the location. Its science labs are equipped with “electric Bunsen burners” and the electricity for them comes from solar. Bunsen must be turning in his grave.

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  41. ITV local news tonight 3 green PR items probably
    #1 Labour’s Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
    “Great to talk to @itvcalendar about all things #climate and #transport
    as I prepare to visit #COP26.
    For us to turn the tide on climate change, we must get people out of cars and freight off our roads, with commitments from Govt on HS2 East, NPR and TRU. Tune in Weds at 6pm”

    # 2 “WATCH Movie camera Could our region’s canals help provide a solution to the climate crisis?”
    .. https://twitter.com/itvcalendar/status/1458470291143811078

    #3

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  42. UK National Grid right now:

    Coal: 2.7%
    Gas: 55.9%
    Solar: 0% (it’s dark, as it is for much of the winter)
    Wind: 5.9%
    Hydro: 1.9%
    Pumped storage: 4%
    Nuclear: 15.3%
    Biomass: 5.9%
    Interconnectors: 7.5%

    Have I cherry-picked the numbers? Yes and no. They are what they were when I decided out of curiosity to take a look. Would I have posted them here right now if they didn’t show the uselessness of relying on renewables? Probably not. But the point remains – renewables are often of the least use at the time when we have the greatest need, namely late autumn, winter, and early spring, when it’s often very cold, and dark for much of the time.

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  43. 7th July 2020:

    “Coronavirus: Suffolk County Council faces £23m Covid shortfall”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-53319775

    “A council could face a potential shortfall of £23m because of additional spending as a result of coronavirus.

    Figures from Suffolk County Council indicate costs and lost income could add up to £57.8m, despite receiving £34.7m in government support.

    Gordon Jones, cabinet member for finances, said the figures were “estimates” that “continue to change”.

    He said the council was “looking at ways of bridging any gap between funding and expenditure”.

    The Tory-run council’s overall budget for 2020-21, set prior to the coronavirus outbreak, was £556.4m, but the authority said it was not looking to develop an emergency budget at this stage.

    Among the biggest challenges faced by the council were demands for social care, the impact on highways and infrastructure projects and pressures on the safe return of children to school, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.”

    10th November 2021:

    “Suffolk County Council pledges £12.8m to decarbonise buildings”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-59231822

    “A council has agreed to invest millions of pounds into reducing carbon emissions at more than 130 of its buildings.

    Libraries, fire stations, council offices, children’s homes and archive facilities are among the buildings Suffolk County Council has pledged to decarbonise.

    The authority’s cabinet agreed to the £12.8m investment on Tuesday.

    Among the planned measures are new solar panels and replacing boilers.

    Richard Rout, Conservative cabinet member for finance and the environment, said it was “abundantly clear” more investment was needed to meet net zero targets.

    “The council has a portfolio of wide-ranging buildings including offices and fire stations in both urban and rural locations. Each have different characteristics, infrastructure, operational needs and users.

    “We will need to make sure each building gets the most effective solution to specific requirements,” he said.”

    Money grows on trees in Suffolk, it seems.

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  44. Today a COP story has made it into the Guardian Ten most read stories, which must be a relief to the editor and journalists. Finally it’s happened. “Cop26 live: China and US agree to co-operate to ‘actively address climate change’” is in the charts at number 4 this evening. Trumped, at number 2, by “New Zealand beat England by five wickets in T20 World Cup semi-final – as it happened”.

    So live cricket is more interesting than live COP. Oh well.

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  45. Actually ITV local news started with 17 minutes of COP26 Climate propaganda
    Included : A bit of Prescott, the Labour MP Diana Johnson speaking

    Then we got 2 mins of something else
    Then another 2 mins about saving CO2 by cycling
    2 women cycling 2 miles to work in Sheffield.
    So 19 mins of Green PR altogether

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  46. BBC local news didn’t have much CC
    Bored of it all the producers sent the enviro reporter out of the way to do a bit on 12Century village lost to erosion
    so he could slip in a few words about Climate Change
    but actually it was light as if they’d edited his dogma down

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  47. The world is on fire!

    “China: North-eastern city sees highest snowfall in 116 years”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-59243836

    “Heavy blizzards in some parts of north-eastern China have brought record snowfall, raising concerns about keeping homes warm in an area hit by power outages earlier this year.

    In the capital city of Shenyang, in Liaoning province, average snowfall reached 51cm (20 inches).

    This is the highest recorded snowfall since 1905, said state outlet Xinhua.

    In neighbouring inner Mongolia, one person died and more than 5,600 were affected after a heavy snowstorm.

    Meteorological researchers in the Mongolian city of Tongliao told state outlet the Global Times that the snowstorm was an extremely random and sudden extreme weather event.

    A total of 27 red alerts were issued across Inner Mongolia and north-eastern China – the highest warning alert for snowstorms.”

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  48. There’s more in that article about the Chinese snowfall – so much more:

    “The cold wave, which began on Sunday, caused temperatures to plummet by at least14 degrees in some parts of north-eastern China.

    In Liaoning, traffic has been severely affected by the heavy onslaught, with most expressway toll stations closed as of Tuesday.

    Train and bus stations have also remained shut, except for those in the cities of Dalian and Dandong.

    Authorities said they were intensifying efforts to keep homes warm by ramping up coal imports and maximizing energy production capacity. It also urged markets and grocery stores to increase food supplies and reduce prices to avoid price hikes.”

    Meanwhile, despite it all, Xi’s useful idiots finish the article with:

    “China is highly dependent on coal for power, though Chinese leader Xi Jinping has pledged that his country will reach peak carbon emissions within nine years.”

    There’s also this:

    “COP26: Cautious welcome for unexpected US-China climate agreement”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59243434

    “Activists and politicians have cautiously welcomed an unexpected US-China declaration that vowed to boost climate co-operation.

    The EU and UN described the move as encouraging and an important step, but Greenpeace said both countries needed to show more commitment.

    The US and China are the world’s two biggest CO2 emitters.”

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  49. “Coastal saltmarsh ‘engineered’ to fight climate change”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59241053

    “Re-flooding coastal wetlands could provide an opportunity to “work with nature” and use sea level rise to fight climate change, scientists say.

    An ongoing study of a coastal marsh in Scotland has shown the potential to lock carbon emissions into mud.

    A stretch of the Skinflats RSPB reserve near Falkirk was restored in 2018.”

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  50. I’m in a hurry this morning, so haven’t had time to do more than skim this, but I’ll leave it here:

    “Meet the ‘inactivists’, tangling up the climate crisis in culture wars
    As climate science has gone mainstream, outright denialism has been pushed to the fringes. Now a new tactic of dismissing green policies as elitist is on the rise, and has zoned in on a bitter row over a disused airport in Kent
    by Jack Shenker”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/11/inactivists-tangling-up-the-climate-crisis-in-culture-wars-manston-airport-kent

    “n May 2020, as the world was convulsed by the coronavirus pandemic and global infections topped 4 million, a strange video began appearing in the feeds of some Facebook users. “Climate alarm is reaching untold levels of exaggeration and hysteria,” said an unseen narrator, over a montage of environmental protests and clips of a tearful Greta Thunberg. “There is no doubt about it, climate change has become a cult,” it continued, to the kind of pounding beat you might hear on the soundtrack of a Hollywood blockbuster. “Carbon dioxide emissions have become the wages of sin.”

    The video’s reach was relatively small: according to Facebook data, it was viewed somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 times. But over the following weeks more videos came, each one experimenting with slightly different scripts and visuals. All focused on the supposed irrationality and hypocrisy of climate campaigners, and the hardship they wanted to inflict upon society’s most impoverished communities. “Those who demand action on climate change continue to fly around in private jets from one virtue-signalling climate conference to the next,” stated one, against a backdrop of Leonardo DiCaprio and Prince Harry delivering speeches from lecterns. “Is this fair?” Another video took aim at the idea that countries should be transitioning towards “net zero” carbon dioxide emissions, calling it an “unnecessary and swingeing plan that hits the poor and costs the earth”. In total, between May and July, the advertiser spent less than £3,000 disseminating 10 videos. Collectively, they were viewed more than half a million times.”

    What’s that? “SUPPOSED irrationality and hypocrisy”? When did the Guardian become an organ for harming the poor and for attacking those who don’t want to harm the poor?

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  51. When did the Guardian become an organ for harming the poor and for attacking those who don’t want to harm the poor?

    Well, they did it when they lionised Stalin as his terror famine ravaged the poor of Ukraine.

    (I just got to the bit in Churchill’s biography by Roberts where George Bernard Shaw was visiting Uncle Joe with Nancy Astor, full of praise for the big man, just as the other Manchester Guardianistas Sidney and Beatrice Webb had in 1932.)

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  52. One of several reasons why I can no longer vote Labour:

    “Ed Miliband: It’s a climate emergency…we need to declare it”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-59248858

    “Countries have got to start taking the dangers of climate change more seriously, the UK shadow business secretary Ed Miliband has said.

    Globally countries are struggling and dragging their feet in taking the action which is necessary, he told BBC World News’ Christian Fraser.”

    A changing climate is not necessarily a climate emergency – far from it, despite the hype. And even if it is, declaring it is so won’t change a thing. It’s just grandstanding, and utterly pointless. How about doing something useful, for a change?

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  53. Nice and simple, and a pleasant surprise to find it in the Guardian:

    “Why it’s so hard to electrify shipping and aviation
    Reducing emissions for cargo ships and planes isn’t as simple as sticking a huge battery in them”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/nov/11/climate-fuel-gasoline-petrol-ships-planes

    Perhaps it’s beginning to dawn on them that being an idealist is all well and good, but sometimes reality intrudes.

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  54. “Belarus threatens to cut off gas to EU in border row”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59246899

    “Belarus’s leader has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed over an escalating migrant crisis at the country’s border.

    Thousands of people are at the border with Poland, enduring freezing conditions in the hope of crossing into the European Union.

    EU officials have accused Belarus of provoking the crisis to undermine its security, an allegation it denies.

    In retaliation, the EU is reportedly planning a fresh package of sanctions.

    But on Thursday the country’s long-time authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko warned: “If they impose additional sanctions on us… we must respond.”

    “We are heating Europe, and they are threatening us,” he said, referring to a Russian gas pipeline that runs through Belarus and into the EU.

    “And what if we halt natural gas supplies? Therefore, I would recommend the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other empty-headed people to think before speaking,” he added.”

    That’s the folly of relying on unreliable renewable energy, ditching (in the case of Germany) nuclear power, and relying on Russian gas to keep the lights on.

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  55. And on the subject of Germany’s apparent hostility to nuclear energy:

    “Germany says nuclear energy will set back turning EU green”

    “https://www.rt.com/news/540009-eu-germany-france-nuclear-green/”

    “Germany has voiced its opposition to the inclusion of nuclear energy within the European Union’s sustainable-finance taxonomy, claiming it would undermine the bloc’s credibility on going green.

    Speaking at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Thursday, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said the EU must avoid labeling nuclear energy as ‘green’.

    Including nuclear power would lack integrity and credibility with a great majority of the population, as well as many savers and investors,” she told the Glasgow audience.

    The European Commission has long faced a dilemma on whether to include nuclear energy within its soon-to-be-published sustainable-finance taxonomy rules, which will clarify what is and isn’t a green investment.

    The EU’s two biggest economies, Germany and France, have long been split on the matter, with the latter continuing to invest heavily in nuclear technology. Germany, on the other hand, has raised concerns about the safety and nature of nuclear waste.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in October that nuclear power could be a stable source of energy during the transition away from reliance on gas. Her comments raised expectations that nuclear power might be included in the green finance rules.

    France, which already has some 56 nuclear reactors, had previously vowed to reduce its reliance on nuclear power to 50% by 2035 – down from 75% at present. However, soaring gas and oil prices have seen a recommitment to nuclear power. “

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  56. That French commitment was lip-service only. They had already started on a monster refurb programme (c€45 bn) for their entire nuclear fleet (bar the oldest plant) which will extend their operating lives by a couple of decades.

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  57. Tuesday 16th The German broadcaster DW instead of doing a news article about its research into solar panels, it’s made it into a live EVENT.

    More and more solar panels are popping up all over the world – and it’s easy to see why: they provide clean energy at falling prices. Awesome, right?
    Well actually, there are also some not-so-green sides to this green technology.

    We’ll take a closer look at three big criticisms solar energy faces and check out just how much of a problem they are.
    #PlanetA #SolarEnergy

    .. https://m.facebook.com/events/1127291654471762/

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  58. “Residents’ fears grow over risks from district heating networks
    Central systems that serve a whole community are seen as green, but many are old and poorly maintained”

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/07/residents-fears-grow-over-risks-from-district-heating-networks

    “It was during a night in June that two radiators exploded in Luca’s house, jetting scalding water across the bedroom of his six-year-old son and bringing down the ceilings of the ground-floor rooms. By a fluke the family was away.

    “If my son had been in his bed he would have been severely burned,” says Luca. “The disaster was inevitable. In the 10 years since I bought the house, not once have the pipes and radiators been serviced, and similar things have recently happened in neighbouring properties.”

    The London housing estate where Luca lives is supplied with heating and hot water by a district heating network (DHN) operated by Southwark council.

    DHNs generate heating from a central source to a whole community via a network of insulated hot water pipes, eliminating the need for individual household boilers.

    There are about 14,000 in the UK run by councils, housing associations and private companies, supplying nearly 500,000 homes. They’re considered to be a cheaper, greener alternative to traditional systems, and the Climate Change Committee has estimated they need to account for 18% of the UK’s energy supply if the country is to meet its 2050 net zero target.

    Many DHNs have successfully cut emissions and prices for households. However, those that are poorly designed and inadequately maintained have left some customers enduring freezing homes and enormous bills.

    They are unable to switch supplier because they are locked into contracts of 25 years or longer, as soon as they buy a property supplied by a DHN. And they cannot get redress for poor service via the energy ombudsman because the sector is largely unregulated.

    Campaigners have warned that thousands more people risk being trapped with unaccountable providers, as more networks are rolled out without statutory regulations.

    Currently there are no controls on consumer tariffs and no technical standards to which new networks must adhere.”

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  59. Amazingly, on the day of last-gasp attempts to cut a deal at COP 26 and wall-to-wall saturation coverage of climate change and COP 26 by the Guardian, as things stand at the moment, the 10 most read stories don’t include a single one about COP 26 or climate change. Much more important, at number 2, is:

    “Blind date: ‘He mentioned he is trained to butcher animals – right after I told him I was a vegetarian’”

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  60. “Renewable energy: How Scottish Isle of Eigg relies on wind, water, solar”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-59238305

    “As the world slowly moves away from using fossil fuels for electricity, a tiny Scottish island has shown it’s possible to rely almost entirely on renewables.

    The community living on the Isle of Eigg were the first in the world to set up their own off-grid energy system powered by wind, water and the Sun.

    Since it was launched in 2008, they have received visitors from several other countries wanting to learn more about the project.

    Community Energy Malawi used their experience to set up a solar minigrid in Sitolo village, a community that previously relied on fossil fuels and firewood.”

    Good luck to them. What the article doesn’t mention, of course, is the extent of islanders’ dependence on the diesel boats and ferries that bring everything they need to the island.

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  61. It only works because they have a few small hydropower plants that can provide fairly reliable power…… it rains a lot on Eigg. Furthermore each house is only allowed a maximum of 5kW according to the BBC video. Good luck with that.
    It doesn’t sound transferable to me except for areas that can tap into a hydropower source. And we already knew that.
    And by the way:
    “. To cover occasions when renewable generation is low, the system is supported by a pair of 80kW diesel generators”
    http://isleofeigg.org/eigg-electric/

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  62. Stew,

    I note that the Covid conspiracist article was written by a BBC ‘Specialist Disinformation Reporter’.

    Heavens, they really are into this, aren’t they? Do they have other grades of Disinformation Reporter, I wonder.

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  63. HSBC’S full page Times advert “Climate change doesn’t do borders.
    And neither do rising sea levels.
    That’s why HSBC is aiming to provide $1 trillion in finance and investment to help our clients transition to net zero.”

    SEARCH HSBC SUSTAINABILITYWhat’s the point there ?

    They are telling me they are green.
    They are not selling me anything

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  64. Thought #1 When they say “there were more oil lobbyists that penguins at COP, so they rigged it”
    they are maybe distracting from another fact
    eg that Investment bank lobbyist actually dominated COP26

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  65. Thought #2 there is a whole page from Green extremists accusing HSBC of greenwashing about this series of ads
    https://adfreecities.org.uk/2021/10/hsbc-accused-of-greenwash-by-omission-with-new-sustainability-ads/

    The wording of the other adverts

    Advert B – “Climate change doesn’t do borders.
    So in the UK, we’re helping to plant 2 million trees which will lock in 1.25 million tonnes of carbon over their lifetime.”

    Advert C – “(Climate) change comes from within.
    That’s why our operations will be net zero globally by 2030

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  66. “Beijing Has Brought Western Environmental Activism Under Its Control”

    https://dailysceptic.org/2021/11/16/beijing-has-brought-western-environmental-activism-under-its-control/

    “At COP26 China refused to promise to phase out coal and last week the nation broke its own daily record for coal production at 12.05 million tonnes. Bizarrely, China is not perceived as a villain by many of the West’s environmental activists, who instead put the blame for global warming on nations closer to home. The reason for this is likely because Beijing has infiltrated and seized control of much of the West’s environmental institutions, creating an army of ‘useful idiots’ who turn a blind eye to the sins of the Communist regime. The Daily Mail has the story.”

    Here, if you can put up with all the adverts:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10201999/Why-lack-concern-burning-coal-asks-DAVID-ROSE.html

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  67. “EU and US face hard road to confront China’s dirty steel
    Action against China is a cornerstone of a transatlantic trade truce, but the plans are still fuzzy.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/china-dirty-steel-eu-us-green-steel-alliance/

    “The EU and the U.S. want to gang up against China’s coal-fired blast furnaces in a green steel alliance — but no one is sure how that will happen.

    The proposal for a united front against Beijing was a keystone of the truce on steel tariffs struck between Washington and Brussels at the end of October to end the trade war ignited by Donald Trump in 2018. Instead of fighting each other with duties on each other’s metal, America and Europe vowed to combat the common foe.

    They have, however, attempted these kinds of mobilizations against Beijing for years. Indeed, in a scarcely veiled reference to Chinese steel, the U.S., EU and Japan pledged in late 2017 to rein in global sectors with excess capacity.

    The problem is that it’s always proved easier to agree to plan action, rather than actually doing anything.

    No one doubts China is a mighty problem, both in terms of subsidized overproduction and environmental damage. It produces more than half of the world’s steel and its output is also one of the most carbon-dioxide intensive in the world. If there were a way to force China to go green, that would be highly significant as the global steel industry accounts for around 11 percent of total global CO2 emissions.

    It should come as no surprise that the transatlantic joint statement on October’s deal was short on details. A European Commission official acknowledged both sides had not gone into any of the details of the future agreement. “There is a political commitment to try this … but it will take a while to figure out what it will look like,” the official said.

    EU trade ministers in their meeting last week barely touched upon the plan to work on greening steel because it was too “premature,” a senior EU diplomat said….”

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  68. “Insulate Britain activist says he will block more roads if not jailed
    Ben Taylor, 27, was one of nine members of group accused of breaching injunction over M25”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/16/insulate-britain-activist-says-he-will-block-more-roads-if-not-jailed

    “An Insulate Britain activist has told the high court he will “block the highway at the earliest opportunity” if he is not jailed for breaching an order banning the group from protesting on the M25.

    Ben Taylor, 27, was one of nine members of the climate activist group to appear at the royal courts of justice in London on Tuesday accused of breaching the injunction granted to National Highways by blocking a roundabout on London’s orbital motorway.

    Dr Ben Buse, 36, Ana Heyatawin, 58, Louis McKechnie, 20, Roman Paluch-Machnik, 28, Oliver Roc, 41, Emma Smart, 44, Tim Speers, 36, James Thomas, 47, and Taylor all face a potential two years in prison and unlimited fine.

    All but Buse defended themselves in court and were invited to respond to points made by lawyers for the claimant. In a statement echoed by all defendants, Roc, from London, told Dame Victoria Sharp, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, and Mr Justice Chamberlain: “I’m proud of our actions and I stand by what we have done.”

    He went on: “We obviously didn’t do this for personal gain. We did take responsibility for our actions, and I did them in an attempt to mitigate the suffering of people in this country who cannot insulate or adequately heat their homes.”

    Taylor told the court that if the judges did not send him to prison he would “go out and block the highway at the earliest opportunity”, adding: “And I will continue to do so until the government makes a meaningful statement and fucking acts on it,” he said, spurring a rebuke from Sharp for his language.”

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  69. Strange thing BBC created a Climate PR film in May and put it on Iplayer
    but it’s fiest airing on TV is tonight
    8pm BBC2 “The People Vs Climate Change”
    It’s heavily promoted by @BusinessGreen
    It’s a one-hour documentary about the citizens’ climate assembly.

    “it remains one of the best pieces of UK climate comms I’ve ever seen”

    climate assemblies are a trick, based on “Soviets”
    The elite make a decision, they then appoint a citizens assembly (a soviet in Russian)
    then they guide that , to make the preordained decision
    They then claim “The Citizens have made the decision”

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  70. From the article “Covid denial to climate denial: How conspiracists are shifting focus”, this image:

    From Wiki:

    In April 2018, Bloomberg reported that the average income for Fisher Island, was $2.5 million in 2015, according to a Bloomberg analysis of 2015 Internal Revenue Service data. This makes Fisher Island’s zip code the wealthiest in the United States.

    On the face of it, the island is about an inch above sea level and has a high chance of getting slapped by a hurricane once a decade. What is misleading here? A tad of hyperbole?

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  71. Ben Pile tweeted today about Mariana saying that
    Well the point is it’s the usual projection
    It’s BBC-Trending who are branching out from campaigning against Covid skeptics, to now campaign against Climate skeptics

    Ben is taken in a bit, he takes Mariana to be ONE person, rather that the BBC-Trending dept using her as a front
    so they can argue that anyone who dares to challenge them , is bullying a poor little woman

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  72. Unfortunately this is behind a paywall, but enough can be seen to get the gist:

    “Glasgow taxpayer cost for fleet of electric cars revealed”

    https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/19720048.glasgow-taxpayer-cost-fleet-electric-cars-revealed/

    “GLASGOW taxpayers forked out almost £2million pounds for a fleet of electric cars which were left to gather dust in city parking lots.

    As previously revealed by the Glasgow Times, a total of 181 vehicles were bought or hired at various points throughout April 2020 to April 2021.”

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  73. “Vancouver storm: Minister says there is ‘no doubt’ it is linked to climate change”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59324764

    “A Canadian minister has said he has “no doubt” that a deadly storm in British Columbia is linked to climate change.

    Thousands were evacuated after an “atmospheric river” – a long strip of moisture in the air that transports water from tropical areas towards the poles – dumped the region’s monthly rainfall average in 24 hours.

    The storm severed road and rail links and caused mass power cuts.

    One person was killed in a landslide, and at least two others are missing.

    Mike Farnworth, the local minister of public safety, told reporters he had “no doubt these are climate-related events”.

    The impact of climate change on the frequency of storms is still unclear, but we know that increased sea surface temperatures warm the air above and make more energy available to drive hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons. As a result, they are likely to be more intense with more extreme rainfall.

    The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.

    The extreme weather in Canada comes days after world leaders met for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

    The same region, British Columbia, suffered a record high heat wave in the summer that killed more than 500 people, and wildfires that destroyed an entire village.”

    It’s relentless. All and any bad or extreme weather = “climate change”. It’s also unfortunate that “climate change” (a perfectly innocent and understandable phrase, in the hands of the MSM is now shorthand for man-made catastrophe.

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  74. “SSE reveals £12.5bn boost in renewables investment”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-59318588

    The interesting bit is actually at the end:

    “The increase in spending on new energy generation is 65% higher than previous commitments, with the company saying it intends to take advantage of UK government tax breaks laid out earlier this year.

    SSE will see 40% spent on networks, 40% on renewables and 20% on the rest of the business.

    The firm revealed that pre-tax profits for the six months to September jumped 116% to £1.7bn, following soaring energy prices this year.

    But the company’s renewables division was hit by poor UK summer weather, with wind levels low and dry conditions impacting its hydro business.

    Despite high gas prices, SSE said it would continue to dispose of its 33.3% stake in gas distribution operator Scotia Gas Networks in the financial year.

    In June Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the entrance to SSE’s Peterhead power station with a washing machine to highlight what it claimed was the firm’s greenwashing policies.”

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  75. “‘Journalists are PR department of Greenpeace’: Andrew Neil on climate crisis”

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/nov/17/journalists-are-pr-department-of-greenpeace-andrew-neil-on-climate-crisis

    “Andrew Neil has said journalists are “basically the PR department of Greenpeace” when it comes to reporting on the climate crisis, as the interviewer indicated he would like to return to British television screens in the future.

    The presenter, who had a brief but disastrous stint with the rightwing channel GB News, told a television industry conference that there was not enough critical reporting on predictions about the impact of rising global temperatures.

    Neil has previously said he accepts that climate change is real and needs confronting, but accused the likes of Extinction Rebellion of “nonsense scaremongering”.

    “You don’t need to be a climate reporting sceptic to challenge a lot of the reports that are coming out,” he told an event organised by Freeview, singling out recent coverage by the BBC and Sky of the Cop26 climate summit. Sky recently pledged to use its programming, including its news coverage, to nudge people to reduce their emissions.

    Neil complained that the news channels gave airtime to the president of the Pacific nation of Tuvalu complaining that his country was sinking due to rising sea levels, without also covering a 2018 study arguing that some of the islands have increased in size.”

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  76. As seems to be the case on most days, the top 10 most read articles at the Guardian don’t include any about COP 26 or climate change. Number 6 today is: “Too much bosom: why The Wheel of Time is far from ‘great for women’”.

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  77. “‘I can’t get equity release on my eco-friendly home'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59253310

    “”I just don’t understand their reasoning. I was just totally stunned.”

    Andrew Bennett is describing the moment he learned that despite building a brand new, super energy efficient home, he wouldn’t be able to borrow money against its value, a process known as equity release.

    The 73-year old and his wife had spent all their savings, £600,000, and three years building their eco-friendly home.

    But now their financial plans are in tatters as he can’t access the capital invested in the house.

    No provider in the equity release market will lend against the property because it’s been built using a construction method called Insulated Concrete Form (ICF).

    Along with solar panels and triple glazing, it makes Andrew’s home very energy efficient. But because it’s not a standard brick building with a tiled, sloping roof, equity release providers aren’t interested.

    “Well we’d like about a third of what the house cost to put half of that into premium bonds, so we’ve got a cash available. And to spend on a few frivolous things [for his bucket list].”

    Andrew, who spent a 32-year career as a commercial airline pilot, says that bucket list includes things such as “half an hour in a Spitfire, I’d like to buy a classic car and I’ve got three cars in bits I’d like to pay someone to fix before I pass away”.

    But all those plans are now in disarray.”

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  78. How many times do we hear or read something like this?

    “Devizes: Fire crews tackle major fire at recycling centre”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59330465

    “Firefighters are dealing with a major blaze at a recycling centre.

    The fire broke out at the centre in Stert, near Devizes in Wiltshire, overnight, and crews from five fire stations are at the scene.

    Local residents have been told to keep their windows closed due to the level of smoke in the area.

    Devizes Fire Station said on social media that crews would be on the site for the rest of the day.

    Fire appliances from Calne, Pewsey, Royal Wootton Bassett and Trowbridge were called to the scene of the fire, as well as local crews from Devizes.”

    Given the huge numbers of such fires that take place, maybe it would be more sensible to burn this stuff anyway, in energy-generating plants? At least we’d have something useful to show for all those emissions.

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  79. “Poets pen climate change verse on recycled paper with vegetable oil ink”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-manchester-59323548

    “Manchester-based poets have put pen to recycled paper to raise awareness of global warming.

    The writers feature in the latest issue of Magma Poetry, which has been printed using vegetable oil for ink.

    Co-editor and poet Yvonne Reddick said the arts had “a duty to respond to climate change”.”

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  80. “From Mexico to Dumfries: Totem pole completes 5,500 mile voyage”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-59305943

    “A specially-commissioned totem pole has completed a 5,500 mile voyage from Mexico to southern Scotland.

    The Totem Latamat was carved by Jun Tiburcio in Chumatlán, Veracruz, from a single tree.

    It has travelled throughout Britain – including a visit to Glasgow during COP26 – to highlight the climate change concerns of indigenous peoples.

    It will now be “returned to the Earth” in a ceremony on the Crichton estate in Dumfries at the weekend.”

    Doesn’t sound very “green” to me. But the BBC got a story out of it, to continue pushing the agenda.

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  81. Mark, as you know I compiled a list of a few of these for Denierland (the first page of an internet search). In September I began to compile some more, but there were so many that I soon lost the will to continue. (Not all are recycling plants – some are public recycling centres.) Some headlines from my brief foray:

    Blaenavon fire: Crews tackle large blaze at recycling plant
    Fire at Spalding Household Waste Recycling Centre forces closure after traffic backed up to A16 this morning
    Fire at Penallta industrial estate in Caerphilly
    Crews fight Ettington recycling plant fire in ‘extreme heat’
    Dozens of firefighters tackling huge recycling centre blaze
    Bowhill Recycling Centre: “Deep-seated” fire at Cardenden facility battled by firefighters
    100 tonnes of waste catch fire at waste recycling centre in Richmond
    250 tonnes of waste burns in Welshpool recycling centre fire
    Warning after battery sparks recycling centre fire
    Firefighters still at scene of Corby recycling facility fire
    Fire at recycling centre in Rufforth near York
    Nine fire engines at blaze in Plymouth recycling centre
    Fire breaks out at waste sorting centre in Edmonton

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  82. They’re obviously not talking about the football teams”

    “Newcastle and Sunderland named as climate leaders”, when you click on it morphs into “Grade ‘A’ status for Newcastle and Sunderland’s green plans”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-59332250

    “Newcastle and Sunderland have been named among world-leading cities tackling climate change.

    Newcastle retains its ‘A’-grade status, while Sunderland gains its first, from international climate research provider CDP.

    Newcastle has pledged to reach net zero by 2030, with the entire city carbon neutral.

    Sunderland is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2040. They are among 95 cities worldwide recognised.

    The target includes making more vehicles in Newcastle electric, cutting home energy usage and recycling more.

    Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the city was “incredibly proud” to have retained its top grade status.

    He said: “Tackling the climate emergency remains the great challenge of our age and this very much reassures us that we are on the right track.”

    He added that momentum from the COP26 climate conference held in Glasgow should be harnessed and further steps taken to “create the clean, green and inclusive communities we all want to live in”.”

    Well, if it involves more electric scooters terrorising pedestrians on pavements in Sunderland my 88 year old mother won’t be pleased.

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  83. “Luton Borough Council backs pension divestment from fossil fuels”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-59327259

    “A town council has unanimously passed a motion calling for its pension fund to disinvest its holdings of almost £40m in fossil fuel firms.

    Luton Borough Council is calling for Bedfordshire Pension Fund (BPF) administrators to swap investment in fossil fuel companies for those that will help reduce greenhouse gases.

    The ruling Labour motion was backed by the Liberal Democrats’ leader.

    BPF handles pensions of local government staff across Bedfordshire.

    The resolution requested that pension administrators carry out an assessment of the pension portfolio with a view to disinvesting in coal, oil and gas companies by 2023.

    Labour councillor Tom Shaw referred to the contradiction of spending millions on the council’s green agenda if nothing was done about the investment of the pension fund “in the very industries causing the problems”.

    The BPF has a responsible investment policy, which it says “means considering environmental, social and governance issues when making decisions about investments”.

    Divest Luton supporter Brenda Slessor told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “These holdings are stranded assets. Fossil fuels don’t have a future and tying recipients of the pension fund to a failing industry is the opposite of a responsible investment.”

    Campaigners say their focus will now be on whether the Bedford Borough Council Liberal Democrat and Labour coalition will support the divestment of the Bedfordshire Pension Fund from fossil fuels.

    The matter will also go before Central Bedfordshire’s council leader and the Mayor of Bedford.

    The BPF has been contacted for comment.”

    An interesting admission slipped out there about “spending millions on the council’s green agenda”. Notwithstanding claims about stranded assets (which are patently rubbish for the foreseeable future) the pension fund’s responsibility is to maximise returns. As it’s a public sector pension scheme, I imagine it supports final salary pension payments, where any shortfall in the fund’s assets will fall to be made up by the employer, in this case the Council. If the divestment goes ahead, and returns suffer, the Council may have to find millions more to add to its “spending millions on the council’s green agenda”.

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  84. “The moral case for destroying fossil fuel infrastructure
    Andreas Malm
    If someone has planted a time bomb in your home, you are entitled to dismantle it. The same applies to our planet”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/18/moral-case-destroying-fossil-fuel-infrastructure

    “So what do we do?

    We could destroy the machines that destroy this planet. If someone has planted a time bomb in your home, you are entitled to dismantle it. More to the point, if someone has placed an incendiary device inside the high-rise building where you live, and if the foundations are already on fire and people are dying in the cellars, then many would believe that you have an obligation to put the device out of action.

    This is the moral case which, I would argue, justifies destroying fossil fuel property. That is completely separate from harming human bodies, for which there is no moral case.

    And this particular moral case for direct action is, I believe, overwhelmingly strong, if the realities of the climate catastrophe are recognised. On that premise, how could the physical integrity of fossil fuel property possibly be given precedence? Boris Johnson recently made what might generously be interpreted as an attempt to do so, when he defended the Cambo oilfield, one in the endless series of fresh investments in fossil fuel infrastructure of the kind we just can’t live with: “we can’t just tear up contracts”, he said.

    In this view, a contract with an entrepreneur for augmenting the device sending the flames ever higher must be honoured. It takes priority over any other concern. Just why it should have that sanctity, however, seems to me exceedingly difficult to tell.

    In the meantime, we can observe that slowing down the climate catastrophe means, by definition, the destruction of fossil capital: there can be no more profiting from fossil fuels. And if governments are incapable of initiating this work, because they take their orders from the top floors, then others should do so. Not because activists can accomplish the abolition of fossil fuels – only states have that potential – but because their role is to ratchet up the pressure for it.

    So could the climate movement in the global north achieve its goals by sending cadres or crowds to actually tear machines apart? An unassailable ethical imperative does not necessarily translate into efficacious action. We have received this lesson from the highways of the UK, where the main achievement of Insulate Britain has been rising fury from working-class people on the way to their jobs.

    We are deep into the catastrophe; the hour is late, but the escalation has only just begun. We don’t know what exactly will work. The one thing we can be certain of is this: we are in a death spiral, we have to break out of it, and we must try something more. The days of gentle protest may be long over.

    Andreas Malm is a scholar of human ecology at Lund University”

    Words fail me.

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  85. The British Columbia storm and climate change.
    Yes some annual maximum 24-hour precipitation records were exceeded at a few places. But as many here have noted before, the longer data are collected the more likely a new record maximum will be established. It has been relatively quiet in this region for this type of flooding for the past 15 years. So we were “due one”. The public expect severe floods to be spread more or less evenly over the years but clustering of flood events is common here and the last cluster ended in 2006.

    Soil disturbance from the summer wildfires has been touted as a contributing factor but the watershed areas that were affected are very small compared to the size of the river catchments. There were no summer wildfires on the catchment areas of the mudslides on Hwy 7. There were few wildfires in Coastal BC last summer.

    I suspect the real reason for the severity of the floods was the unfortunate coincidence of a number of events. First we had above average precipitation in September and October 2021 continuing into early November. This saturated the soil and increased baseflow in numerous streams. It was also colder than normal and there was significant snowfall in the mountains. In fact there was so much snow that all the coastal ski areas were about to open just before the “pineapple express” hit.

    So we had a huge frozen reservoir of snow-water-equivalent sitting up in the mountains. The severity of rain-on-snow floods is well-known to hydrologists. Even cold rain is very efficient at melting snow. With warm air in a pineapple express the freezing level rises and it rains at high elevations.

    I am unaware of a preliminary rainfall frequency analysis for the storm but for arguments sake let’s say the rainfall was a 1 in 100 year event. So often a 100-year rainfall produces less than a 100-year flood because the antecedent conditions are favourable such as soils drier than average before the flood. In this case our 1 in 100 year rainfall encountered very wet antecedent conditions plus the huge reservoir of snow to melt. This could have pushed the resulting flood to a 1 in 500 year event.

    So climate change? Nah! Just blame Sod’s Law.

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  86. “I’m A Celebrity: Insects could feed the world’s population”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59337135

    “When you hear about people eating insects, the chances are you think of the bushtucker trial on I’m a Celebrity, which starts this weekend.

    But food ingredients made from insects could be coming to a menu near you.

    This is the focus of research being carried out at Aberystwyth University.

    Scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) are looking at insects as a potentially valuable source of animal feed and food for people.

    The work is part of ValuSect – which stands for valuable insects – an international project aiming to improve the sustainable production and processing of insect-based products.

    Insects are a common feature of people’s everyday diets in countries including Mexico, China and Ghana.

    They offer a more environmentally-friendly source of protein than many other foods and could help feed the world’s growing population.”

    Good grief. Coming to a menu near you – as well as cold houses that are expensive to heat, and either a ban on driving or only being allowed to buy very expensive electric cars which won’t take you as far as you’d like to go on a single charge. I don’t like their vision of the future, and I suspect that 99% of the UK population won’t be very keen on it either, if they’re ever allowed to express an opinion.

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  87. Inevitably there’s more:

    “3D-printed ‘meat’: Does the plant-based product pass the taste test?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-59335815

    “For the first time, 3D-printed ‘meat’ is being served as a whole ‘cut’, with the product launching in four cities around the world this week.

    Produced by Redefine Meat, the ‘meat’ is made of plant-based products, and is completely vegan.

    BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis went along to London restaurant Chotto Matte to see if it passes the taste test.”

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  88. Today’s PRasNews quotes Labour “wiped Hull off the mainline rail map”
    Well here an easy way to improve Humber rail railways

    BUY LOCAL : Frack for gas onsite,
    & generate electricity there

    Cancel the 16 massive Drax woodchip trains/day
    going full & 16 coming back empty

    but UK #FakeGreens madly cut US trees
    & buy PutinGas

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  89. What was that about stranded assets?

    “World’s largest offshore wind farm ‘unprofitable’ for Equinor, say government-funded researchers
    New Norwegian study challenges Equinor’s profitability from the world largest offshore wind project under construction, located in the UK North Sea”

    https://www.upstreamonline.com/exclusive/worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm-unprofitable-for-equinor-say-government-funded-researchers/2-1-1098012

    “Equinor’s investment in Dogger Bank — the world’s largest offshore wind project under construction — will be unprofitable, according to a Norwegian government-funded study.

    The new research raises challenging questions about the Norwegian state-controlled oil and gas giant’s energy transition strategy.

    The study was submitted this month to Norway’s Petroleum & Energy Ministry, which financed it as part of wider research into potential energy transition opportunities for the country.

    Equinor chief executive Anders Opedal set ambitious new goals in June for the company to step up its investments in “renewables and low carbon solutions” to more than 50% of its gross annual investments by 2030.

    Equinor sees the Dogger Bank project in the UK North Sea as a world-class asset that benefits from strong wind conditions, innovations and unprecedented scale: It will have 3.6 gigawatts of installed capacity when completed.

    One of the study’s authors told Upstream that the massive project’s rate of return does not exceed Equinor’s rate of return requirement, so the researchers deem the project to be unprofitable.

    “In our estimate, Dogger Bank is unprofitable,” said University of Stavanger professor Petter Osmundsen. “The project has to compete with alternative investment opportunities.”

    Equinor has not disputed the study’s conclusions, but emphasised that it had benefited from selling stakes in the project….

    …The researchers calculated the Dogger Bank project’s expected net present value (NPV) at minus £970 million (minus $1.3 billion). A negative NPV indicates that the value of the investment is below the rate of return which the company should require from its investments.

    They calculated the expected internal rate of return (IRR) on total capital in the Dogger Bank project at 3.6%, in real terms, with a payback period of 17 years. IRR is a method used to compare relative profitability of projects.

    Oil and gas projects’ internal rates of return often are much higher than for offshore wind, which is not exposed to the volatility of oil prices because of power price guarantees.

    The researchers applied industry norms and based their estimates on assumptions about capacity factor, operating and decommissioning costs, and the electricity price for the last 10 years of production.

    “Public information from the project gives detailed information about capital expenditure, production capacity and prices for the first 15 years of production,” Osmundsen said….”

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  90. “Hundreds of low income households in line for £7.8m green energy refit”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c5nnn7k3yyeo

    “Four hundred homes of low-income households in Cornwall are to get free new renewable heating and insulation.

    Cornwall Council announced the scheme after landing a £7.8m award from the government to make homes more energy efficient and lower their carbon emissions.

    Energy use in homes makes up about a quarter of all of Cornwall’s carbon emissions, the local authority estimates.

    The lower costs of heating would help residents and help Cornwall hit its target of net zero emissions by 2030, said Conservative Councillor Olly Monk, portfolio holder for housing and planning.

    “This is really important and everything we can do to help make homes across Cornwall more energy efficient plays into the work that is going on to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

    It is expected that the £7.8m from the government’s Sustainable Warmth Competition will arrive in December, with installations taking place until March 2023.”

    Assuming that only the £7.8M grant money is used and that neither the Council nor residents are expected to spend any of their own cash, that still works out at £19,500 per property. I think the article should have been less ambiguously worded (was the ambiguity deliberate?). They’re not going to get “free renewable heating”; rather I am pretty sure they won’t have to pay for the installation. They’ll still have to pay the ongoing costs, so the heating isn’t free. What (if anything) will they save? Even if they save as much as £500 each p.a. (and I’m being generous in suggesting it might be so much) that’s still almost a 40 year payback period. Nobody in their right mind would spend their own money doing that. So this is a bad news story, not a good news one, since it demonstrates very clearly just how costly the “green” household energy transition will be. Furthermore, as they’re talking about low income households, it’s probably a fair bet that they’ll be small houses. Bigger houses will presumably cost more to be altered in this way.

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  91. “Dozens of academics shun Science Museum over fossil fuel ties
    Pressure mounts over museum’s sponsorship deals as open letter expresses ‘deep concern’”

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/nov/19/dozens-of-academics-shun-science-museum-over-fossil-fuel-ties

    “More than 40 senior academics and scientists have vowed not to work with the Science Museum as the row over its financial relationship with fossil fuel corporations escalates.

    In an open letter, prominent figures including a former chair of the UN’s climate body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and several leading scientists, many of whom have worked closely with the museum in the past, say they are “deeply concerned” about its fossil fuel sponsorship deals and they are severing ties with the museum until a moratorium is announced.

    “We are in a climate crisis and should not be doing anything to legitimise those companies that are still driving up emissions by exploring for and extracting new sources of fossil fuels when the science is clear that we need to be leaving them in the ground,” the letter states.

    It is the latest blow to the museum, which has faced several resignations and growing protests over its relationship with Shell and a newly announced deal with the renewables company Adani Green Energy, part of the Adani Group, which has major holdings in coal. This week the Guardian revealed how two scientists had refused to allow their work to be featured by the museum.

    Jess Worth of the campaign group Culture Unstained, which campaigns to stop fossil fuel sponsorship of the arts, said: “The Science Museum continues to dismiss all critics of its fossil fuel partnerships as wilfully misinformed activists, but in reality it is facing a profound crisis in confidence from the scientific community and losing the public’s trust.”

    Last month the climate scientist Prof Chris Rapley, a former director of the Science Museum, resigned from its advisory board, saying he disagreed with its “ongoing willingness to accept oil and gas company sponsorship”.

    A few weeks later two trustees – Hannah Fry, a professor in the mathematics of cities at University College London, and Jo Foster, the director of the Institute for Research in Schools charity – resigned from the museum’s board in protest at its deal with Adani.”

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  92. @Mark at 8:16 am – your comment reminded me for some reason of – Jim Stafford – Spiders and Snakes.

    hearing it after all these years it’s a bit “raunchy” if that’s the correct term !!!

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  93. “Insulate Britain: Police arrest 30 in climate protest at bridge”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59361145

    “Police have arrested 30 climate activists after a central London bridge was closed by a sit-down protest.

    The Lambeth Bridge demonstration was held in support of nine Insulate Britain campaigners who were jailed this week for defying an injunction on road blockades.

    Up to 250 people took part in the sit-in, shutting the bridge for hours.

    Police made the arrests after imposing Public Order Act conditions on the protest.

    The Metropolitan Police said the bridge was reopened at about 19:00 BST, with the final protesters removed from Vauxhall Cross a few minutes later.

    Earlier, uniformed officers stood on Lambeth Bridge while traffic was diverted, with police saying it was “for the safety of all”.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators made speeches, sang songs, ate lunch and chanted slogans.

    Campaigners told the crowd that the nine jailed Insulate Britain campaigners were “political prisoners” who will not be the last to be locked up for their convictions about climate change,”

    This bit demonstrates the extent of the brainwashing these people have suffered:

    “Zoe Cohen, 51, who travelled from Warrington, Cheshire, to protest, said “ordinary people should not have to do this and risk prison”.

    She said the disruption caused by the protests was “microscopic” compared to the death and suffering caused by climate change.”

    This despite deaths from climate change being a tiny fraction of what they have been at any time during recorded history, and despite a substantially larger human population on the planet in 2021 than at the times when many more people died in weather/climate -related events.

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  94. I had promised to write a review here of a BBC programme broadcast last Tuesday (to be repeated on the 30th of November) – “The People vs Climate Change”. It concerns the Citizens Assembly and features the experiences and views of selected participants. When I started to watch it this morning, a major deja vu set in. Referring to that weeks’ Radio Times reassured me that it wasn’t a repeat (no R) and it was featured as a programme worth watching (they would not do that for a repeat, especially for a programme later to be repeated). The programme started with a voiceover stating that it had been recorded a year before COP26 so at least the intro was current.

    Still suffering from acute deja vu, I finally consulted Google and found that a programme of the same title was broadcast in May and apparently featured the same participants. So apparently the BBC is rebroadcasting old tat in support of its climate change messaging service, but not admitting to it. I continued watching until about the half way point before giving up. Neither did I confirm that the earlier broadcast was essentially the same. By this time I was beginning to lose the will to live.

    However there was one redeeming feature, one of the featured participants was a 75 year old nascent sceptic from Kent called Richard. It was a delight to see him cross swords with climate anxious wet-wipes. At one point he argued that sea-level rise of a metre in a hundred years should not be considered a problem, but was shut up by another participant playing the Bangladeshi card. Unfortunately he didn’t have the Netherlands card in his pack. More successful were his arguments against imposing more taxes to control frequent flyers. He was against more and more governmental intervention. A rare instance of common sense and an equally rare instance of the BBC featuring a sceptic who was willing to challenge the dogma du jour.

    I will definitely see the programme to its end, but will not research how much of it is a repeat (life’s too short) Consulting Biased BBC I found just one post about Tuesday’s programme and nary a mention of wholesale programme duplication. Isn’t that site supposed to watch out for such practices?

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  95. Jessica Simor QC of lefty conspiracyland tweets
    And Patel was this morning speaking at the Trump supporting Koch brother funded climate denying Heritage Foundation.
    Reported on the BBC as Patel “speaking in Washington”

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  96. “EU could fund gas project linked to man charged over Maltese journalist’s murder
    Melita pipeline would fuel Delimara power station, which Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating when she was killed”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/21/eu-could-fund-gas-project-linked-to-man-charged-in-maltese-journalist-murder-daphne-caruana-galizia

    “EU energy ministers are pushing to allow public funds to help build a gas pipeline to a power station in Malta co-owned by a businessman who is awaiting trial for the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

    On Tuesday, officials and MEPs will begin deciding new rules aimed at phasing out EU subsidies for fossil fuel projects.

    However, on Friday EU ambassadors confirmed that Malta and Cyprus had secured exemptions for pipelines that would connect them to European gas networks.

    In practice, that means the €400m (£340m) Melita pipeline project, designed to transport gas from Gela in Sicily to Delimara in Malta, could be built using EU funds.

    Cyprus also stands to benefit from an exemption to the phaseout of EU support for fossil fuel infrastructure. The €7bn EastMed pipeline is an even bigger endeavour than the Malta-Italy link – it will join Cyprus to the European gas network along with Greece and Israel.

    The move was criticised by environmental campaigners because it would lock in Malta’s dependence on the Delimara gas-fired power station, which is partly owned by the man accused of having masterminded the killing of Caruana Galizia.”

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  97. I note none of them quote any lines from her speech
    There is a 1 hour video
    I loaded the transcript and neither Climate, energy, nor Green issues are mentioned at all
    Just national security and crime etc
    GBnews have a 4 min summary .. https://youtu.be/I-wu7gdDzD0
    “British Home Secretary Priti Patel today announced banning of #Hamas in its entirety, a move that puts the UK in line with the U.S. and EU. Patel said during a speech in Washington, “Hamas is fundamentally and rabidly anti-Semitic.”
    https://politico.eu/article/uk-anti-semitic-hamas-terrorist-organization/

    .. https://youtu.be/8_t7pVgVAOE

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  98. This “they are funded by Koch”
    is dirty dirty smear merchants stuff
    I have searched for ages, yet none of their tweets
    contain any specifics like “They donated £Xm last year” etc.

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  99. Alan I did try to explain the contexts 5 days ago
    https://wordpress.com/comment/cliscep.com/102617
    “Strange thing BBC created a Climate PR film in May and put it on Iplayer
    but it’s first airing on TV is tonight
    8pm BBC2 “The People Vs Climate Change”
    It’s heavily promoted by @BusinessGreen
    It’s a one-hour documentary about the citizens’ climate assembly.”

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  100. Stew, somehow I missed your information that The People vs climate Change was first released in May on iPlayer. (I’m not really surprised, there is so much at this venue). But it poses several questions, not least of which is why did the BBC rerelease the programme almost six months later on especially on prime time (8-9pm) on BBC2? (BBC4 perhaps). A second question for me is why the deja vu? I don’t use iPlayer so am unlikely to have seen the programme before last week. It is a puzzlement.

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  101. “Net zero heralds a new industrial revolution, says CBI boss”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59353192

    “Climate targets provide the opportunity for a “new industrial revolution” in the UK, the boss of the Confederation of British Industry will say.

    CBI director general Tony Danker will also argue that new industries such as biotech offer “a shot at redemption”.

    Speaking at the CBI’s annual conference later, he will say de-industrialisation has led to “shuttered high streets” and a “loss of pride in place”.

    The government said levelling up the UK was “at the very heart” of its agenda.

    Mr Danker will tell business leaders in South Shields later that old industries such as textiles in Lancashire, shipbuilding on the Clyde, and steel in Sheffield have been allowed to “die” since the 1980s and offered “little more than benign neglect for what got left behind”.

    “It was an economic policy that was ambivalent about levelling down,” he will say.

    Economic growth needs to be evenly spread around the country for the government’s “levelling up” agenda to work rather than being concentrated in south-east England, he will argue.”

    It sounds as though the CBI has sniffed the air and smelled the prospect of taxpayer subsidies.

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  102. “More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones
    Insurers raise alarm but builders say housing crisis leaves them with no choice”

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/more-than-5000-homes-in-england-approved-to-be-built-in-flood-zones

    “More than 5,000 new homes in flood-risk areas of England have been granted planning permission so far this year, as local authorities try to tackle the housing shortage.

    Researchers analysing 16,000 planning applications lodged between January and September discovered about 200 had been approved, for a total of 5,283 new homes, in areas where more than 10% of homes were already at significant risk of flooding.

    Insurers said they were concerned about the numbers of homes being built where owners were at risk of experiencing “traumatic and devastating losses”.”.

    And when – as they inevitably will – they flood, it’ll be climate change wot dun it, whereas of course the reality will be that it will have nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with human stupidity and greed.

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  103. More on the latest recycling centre fire:

    “Devizes recycling centre fire extinguished”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-59372625

    “Firefighters have extinguished the remnants of a fire that broke out at a private recycling centre.

    The fire was spotted at about 23:00 GMT on 17 November in Stert, near Devizes in Wiltshire, and crews from five fire stations were called to help.

    It took more than three days to extinguish the main fire at the site operated by Grist Environmental.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said the cause of the fire was unknown but thanked the public for their patience.

    Temporary traffic lights on the A342 have also been removed.

    Group manager Dave Adamson said: “Our thanks go to local people for their patience while we tackled this fire, as we know the smoke was an issue for many in the immediate vicinity.

    He added: “Fires of this type are not unusual, so we now have a Waste Fire Tactical Advisor within the Service, who has received training through the National Fire Chiefs Council and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

    “We are also exploring a memorandum of understanding with Grist Environmental, who have offered support to future incidents within our service area, following the successful use of their heavy plant and operators during this fire.””

    I wonder when the BBC Reality Check Team is going to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions from all the recycling centre fires to date?

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  104. “Men’s meat-heavy diets cause 40% more climate emissions than women’s, study finds
    Research also shows 25% of diet-related emissions are from ‘optional’ food and drinks, such as coffee, alcohol and cake”

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/nov/22/mens-meat-heavy-diets-cause-40-more-climate-emissions-than-womens-study-finds

    “Men’s meaty diets are responsible for 40% more climate-heating emissions than those of women, according to a UK study.

    The research also found a quarter of diet-related emissions were from “optional” food and drink, such as coffee, alcohol, cakes and sweets. The scientists said policies to encourage sustainable diets should focus on plant-based foods but switching drinks and cutting down on sweet snacks presented further opportunities.

    A second study found in western countries, vegan and vegetarian diets were about a third cheaper to buy than regular diets, which the researchers said contrasted with the perception that they were the “preserve of a privileged middle class”.

    Food production causes 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and previous studies have shown that meat-eating in rich countries must be sharply reduced in order to tackle the climate crisis, largely caused by the methane and deforestation associated with cattle. But these studies have looked at the average emissions of broad food categories.

    The new study, published in the journal Plos One, analysed the emissions linked to more than 3,200 specific food items and examined the diets of 212 British people, who recorded their food and drink intake over three 24-hour periods. It found animal products were responsible for almost half of the average diet’s greenhouse gas emissions: 31% from meat and 14% from dairy. Drink caused 15% of emissions and 8% came from cakes, biscuits and confectionery.

    The research also showed that non-vegetarian diets created 59% more emissions than vegetarian diets. Men’s diets had 41% more emissions, largely due to eating more meat but also due to more drinks….”.

    Sigh.

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  105. TalkingPicture have a WWF advert
    I am crying “thousands of penguin chicks could be lost as the ice beneath their feet melts”
    ‘If you don’t donate’

    FFS the cynical money grabbing bastards

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  106. why did the BBC rerelease the programme almost six months later on especially on prime time (8-9pm) on BBC2?
    They saved it for after COP
    why ?
    Possibly
    #1 it would’ve helped COP
    #2 it risked opening a discussion and skeptics would have pointed out that Climate Assemblies are a scam
    A second question for me is why the deja vu?
    You probably heard a trailer on Radio4 or saw one on TV ?
    pet projects are widely trailed

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  107. “Australia declares La Niña weather event has begun”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-59383008

    “Australia has said a La Niña event has developed for a second consecutive year, meaning there is a greater risk locally of floods and cyclones.

    Last time the weather phenomenon contributed to “once in a century” rains battering parts of Australia.

    But La Niña can lead to significant weather changes in different parts of the world.

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is yet to declare a La Niña but has warned one may re-emerge.

    This year’s event could be weaker, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (Bom)….

    …In Australia, La Niña increases the chance of cooler daytime temperatures – reducing the risk of heatwaves and bushfires.

    But it tends to create wetter than normal conditions and can increase the frequency of tropical cyclones.

    Queensland has been warned of heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding this week. Last week, floods prompted evacuation warnings in Forbes, New South Wales.

    Recent torrential rain in South Australia also led to the stranding of a young family in the outback.

    During the last La Niña, thousands of Australians were displaced amid flooding which caused over A$1bn (£540,000m; $720,000m) in damage.

    La Niña can increase the risk of storms in Canada and the northern US, often leading to snowy conditions.

    In the UK and Northern Europe, a very strong La Niña event may also lead to a very wet winter….”.

    The thing is, of course, that La Nina is an entirely natural phenomenon, and has absolutely nothing at all to do with CAGW, yet whenever extreme weather events happen now, it’s always “climate crisis”, “climate chaos” etc. And sure enough, right on cue:

    “…The WMO has said naturally occurring climate events like La Niña “now take place in the context of human-induced climate change”, which is “increasing global temperatures, exacerbating extreme weather and impacting seasonal rainfall patterns.”…”.

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  108. According to the BBC, a ‘leading head teacher’ has called upon us all to stop mocking the children for being woke:

    “Ms Price, headmistress of the prestigious independent Benenden School in Kent, told her organisation’s annual conference: ‘Adults comment that they feel today’s teenagers are speaking a different language; that they can’t say anything without being corrected or called out by these PC children’.”

    She disapproves of this moaning. Apparently, she is ‘weary’ of hearing us say ‘you can’t say anything any more’.

    So to the list of things we can’t say any more, you can add: ‘we can’t say anything any more’.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-59347577

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  109. “Costa prize 2021 shortlists highlight climate anxiety
    Jessie Greengrass’s novel The High House, set in a flood-devastated Suffolk, was one of several of the nominees to focus on global heating, said judges”

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/23/costa-prize-2021-shortlists-highlight-climate-anxiety

    “Jessie Greengrass’s vision of a near-future Britain drowned by an apocalyptic flood, part of the expanding genre of climate-change fiction, is among the books shortlisted for the 2021 Costa book awards.

    Greengrass’s The High House follows Caro and her little brother Pauly as they try to survive in a flooded Suffolk, in a refuge created by Caro’s climate scientist stepmother. “Crisis slid from distant threat to imminent probability and we tuned it out like static,” writes Greengrass, in a novel that judges described as a “powerful book that makes you consider the privilege of being saved and the reality of survival”.

    The High House was one of several books submitted for the novel prize to tackle environmental themes, said judge and author Jessie Burton, describing books that were “preoccupied with rising waters, the world heating up, the decimation of natural wildlife and the effects of humans on the land”.

    “There were a variety of books touching on this theme or examining this theme, but Jessie’s stood out, it transcended from an issue into a novel,” said Burton. “What we wanted was a novel that a reader would want to read and immerse themselves in, even if it was challenging material, like facing the reality of the world heating up. And I think Jessie’s book makes it all uneasily plausible, because she does it very subtly. She’s a brilliant writer, and that’s what elevated it out of just writerly concern for the planet.”

    Greengrass said she wanted to explore the “disconnect” between our knowledge of the impending disaster of the climate crisis, and our inability to act on it – “that kind of weird space where you can watch something happening that’s terrible, and know that it’s happening, and be afraid of it happening, but still just get on with all of the ordinary things of life”….”.

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  110. “Dozens of ships stuck in Arctic as ice freezes early in reverse of recent warming winters
    Shipping firms blame the Russian Met office for a forecast that failed to predict the early ice”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/11/22/dozens-ships-stuck-arctic-ice-freezes-early-reverse-recent-warming/

    It’s behind a paywall, but you can read more at NALOPKT:

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/dozens-of-ships-stuck-in-arctic-as-ice-freezes-early/

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  111. Top news from everyone’s favourite global warmingclimate changeheatingemergencyinformation website:

    URL:www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=5241

    Housekeeping: New content

    New Research is primarily focused on reports published in “the academic literature.” Thanks to a diversity of publishers, journals, editors, reviewers, researchers and institutional affiliations, such publications are statistically highly successful at approximating and reflecting our best dispassionate understanding of research topics. Any given personal agenda not primarily connected to expanding our horizon of understanding is more or less necessarily diluted in the baroque review/publication process.

    While acknowledging the intentional effects of the academic publication system, it does not follow that what is printed elsewhere cannot also enhance our current understanding of climate change. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) publish reports and reviews relevant to particular organizational missions and it’s not axiomatic that these connections mean such material is so colored by their agenda and stated mission so as to be unworthy of our attention.

    So, we’re leaving a bit of dessert on the table by ignoring a lot of good work. Now that Marc Kodack has signed on to New Research we have some freeboard to deal with the problem. Marc is accustomed to swimming in the ocean of material we’ve been missing and— quite frankly— brings the time and energy needed to contemplate taking on more publications. Taking all of this into account New Research will feature a new topic section composed of climate-related publications from the NGO/government wellsprings.

    Wot?

    SkS has been puffing dodgy NGO output from its sciencey wellsprings for more than a decade.

    I’d leave that dessert on the table, SkS, if you want to freeboard being taken seriously going forward.

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  112. @John Ridgway at 1:29 pm

    the end of that “Don’t call young people ‘woke’, says leading head teacher” link is strange –

    “Former US President Barack Obama is one of the highest-profile figures to call out self-righteous attitudes among “woke” young people.
    In a TV interview in 2019, he said to try to bring about change by being “as judgemental as possible in 2019″ against others with different views would not achieve much.”

    ps – I no longer know what I can & can’t say in public !!! (Dinosaur on the other thread seems apt)

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  113. JIT, ignore if you wish, as it’s unfair of me to put you on the spot, but I’d love your take on this story:

    “Climate crisis pushes albatross ‘divorce’ rates higher – study
    Researchers say warmer waters mean birds are travelling further for food and becoming more stressed, triggering relationship breakdowns”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/24/climate-crisis-pushes-albatross-divorce-rates-higher-study

    “Albatrosses, some of the world’s most loyally monogamous creatures, are “divorcing” more often – and researchers say global heating may be to blame.

    In a new Royal Society study, researchers say climate change and warming waters are pushing black-browed albatross break-up rates higher. Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener romantic pastures.

    But in the years with unusually warm water temperatures, that average consistently rose, with up to 8% of couples splitting up. The study looked at a wild population of 15,500 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands over 15 years.

    For seabirds, warmer waters mean less fish, less food and a harsher environment. Fewer chicks survive. The birds’ stress hormones increase. They are forced farther afield to hunt.”

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  114. I take no pleasure in this sad story, but it’s definitely an irony alert:

    “India’s apple farmers count cost of climate crisis as snow decimates crops
    Kashmiri farmers lose half their harvest to early snows for third year, with fears for future of the region’s orchards”

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/24/india-kashmiri-apple-farmers-climate-crisis-snow-decimates-crops

    “The homegrown apple is in danger of becoming a rarity in India, as farmers have lost up to half their harvest this year, with predictions that the country’s main orchards could soon be all but wiped out.

    Early snowfalls in Kashmir, where almost 80% of India’s apples are grown, have seen the region’s farmers lose half their crops in the third year of disastrous harvests.

    Officials are trying to calculate the loss to the apple industry, which contributes almost a third – 50bn rupees (£500m) – to the local economy annually. The apples are sold in fruit markets across India and some are exported.

    Researchers have warned that orchards in the Kashmir valley, which is ringed by the Greater Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountains, are likely to become unsustainable in the next few years, as the climate crisis affects production.

    The last 20 years have seen gradual changes in weather patterns in the region, which have intensified in the past five years. This is the third year harvests have been affected by early and heavier snowfalls in the Kashmir valley.

    According to Kashmir’s department of horticulture, 5bn rupees were lost from harvests in 2018. This rose to 22.5bn rupees in 2019, which saw the heaviest snowfall Kashmir has experienced in 60 years.

    “In the light of the changing climate, apple harvesting is not sustainable [here],” said Dr Irfan Rashid, assistant professor at the University of Kashmir.

    “Usually, Kashmir receives the snowfall after 15 December, but over the last two decades, we are experiencing early snowfalls. The harvest time for many apple varieties is November. In the last five years, we have had three erratic snowfalls and in the future the situation may exacerbate.””

    Three erratic snowfalls are weather, not climate. And it’s interesting that whatever the weather, anticipated by models or not, if it’s unusual and not perfect then it must be due to “the climate crisis”.

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  115. Channel4 Dispatches was billed as showing the negative side of EVs

    #1 “ooh 5% of charging points don’t work”
    Doh, that means that 95% do !

    #2 “Ooh VOCs are really scary
    and hybrids emit more VOCs, than diesels ..for VOCs diesels are cleaner than petrol
    For hybrids the cold start means the VOCs are significant”
    Hmm show me the bodies, the people dead from driving a hybrid.

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  116. “The homegrown apple is in danger of becoming a rarity in India”
    .. what an idiotic comment, most of India doesn’t have apples, it’s tropical

    The homegrown apple may exist in cold areas like Kashmir

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  117. 3:30pm Radio4 psychiatry prog discusses Air Pollution
    Will it be science or will it be dogma ?
    .. Dogma, basically it seems like he is SELLING Sadiq’s ULEZ
    ‘”more ULEZ = less mental health problems”

    The researcher falsely equates ROAD air pollution
    ie what’s detected by the road, with actual air pollution intake
    .. most of which happens inside your home
    which is largely unconnected to road levels.

    Tweet #1 https://twitter.com/NIHRMaudsleyBRC/status/1463467720968712205
    “Air pollution is a risk factor, that is easily modifiable
    which suggests that these public health initiatives : Ultra Low Emission Zones
    could improve mental health outcomes
    and reduce health care costs by long term mental health conditions”

    Unpacking : There are long term mental health conditions
    in his London Survey, he spots there is a correlation between them and district pollution
    He admits “Whilst causation cannot be proved”

    Paper https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344899478_Mental_health_consequences_of_urban_air_pollution_prospective_population-based_longitudinal_survey
    1698 adults living in 1075 households in South East London, from 2008-13
    We found robust evidence for interquartile range increases in PM2.5, NOx and NO2
    to be associated with
    – 18–39% increased odds of common mental disorders *
    – 33% of psychotic experiences only for PM10
    – 19–30% increased odds of poor physical symptoms

    * weirdly precise
    Anyways he’s suggesting that with zero traffic there’d be 20% less mental illness and 33% less psychotic experiences.
    He claim to have adjusted for other factors
    eg that mental health people are poorer, and live in cheaper places, which are often right next to the road.

    Tweet #2 has a PR photo

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  118. Less than eight hours after her election by Parliament, the new Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson was forced to resign after the defeat of her budget, and the departure of her environmental allies from the government #AFP

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  119. Mark, I don’t know the answer. I do know this is nonsense:

    “Albatrosses, some of the world’s most loyally monogamous creatures, are “divorcing” more often – and researchers say global heating may be to blame.

    We may think tropical waters are clear because they have low productivity because they are hot, but there is more to it than that. The key things we need for productivity are sunlight and nutrients. After that, temperature increases won’t reduce productivity until some cap is reached that seems unlikely round and about the Falklands. Everything below the albatross in the food chain lives at the ambient temperature and growth and reproduction etc respond to that.

    My first thought was that since nutrients often come from deep water reaching the surface, then slightly varying currents could easily explain productivity changes without reference to “climate heating.”

    Looking at Wiki, I find that at the confluence of the Brazil and Falkland (Malvinas if you prefer) currents,

    This confluence zone is such a “hot spot” for primary production because the Malvinas Current supplies a lot of nutrients while the Brazil Current supplies warm ocean temperatures. Intense vertical mixing in these zones create a very fertile area for the production of biological species.

    (It then goes on to extoll the zone’s role as a carbon sink…)

    I don’t know much about albatrosses and their pairing beyond what is widely known. Of course, these tend to live far away from those of us in the UK, Albert Ross aside (I’ve never seen the poor beggar).

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  120. Thanks Jit. Next up:

    “Brentwood: Solar farm to power 10,000 homes is approved”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-59406644

    Note the unqualified headline, which differs substantially from the reality. Note also that planning officers recommended refusal as it’s in breach of the Council’s planning policy:

    “A solar farm claimed to be able to power almost 10,000 homes in Essex has been given the go-ahead.

    Brentwood Borough Council’s planning committee approved the proposals for the development just outside the town on Tuesday.

    Planning officers had said building the solar farm on greenbelt land was “unacceptable” and against policy.

    But councillors agreed the plans could be categorised as a special circumstance.

    The solar farm is planned for land on Herongate, north of the A127 and just west of Dunton Wayletts.

    It would generate approximately 30MW of clean renewable energy to power the equivalent of 9,968 homes, reports the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS).”

    What is the LDRS? The BBC report creates the impression (at least it did with me( that it’s some sort of objective, neutral and authoritative reporting body. I’d never heard of it, and was somewhat surprised when I clicked on the link:

    “Local Democracy Reporting Service
    The Local Democracy Reporting Service created up to 150 new journalism jobs to help fill a gap in the reporting of local democracy issues across the UK.”

    https://www.bbc.com/lnp/ldrs

    “The journalists are funded by the BBC as part of its latest Charter commitment, but are employed by regional news organisations.

    A total of 165 reporters are allocated to news organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    These organisations range from television and radio stations to online media companies and established regional newspaper groups.

    Local Democracy Reporters cover top-tier local authorities, second-tier local authorities and other public service organisations.

    Principles of operation: Questions and answers
    Stories written by the democracy reporters are shared with more than 1,000 media titles and outlets that have signed up to be part of the Local News Partnerships scheme.

    To be awarded the democracy reporter contracts, the successful news organisations had to pass stringent criteria which included financial standing and a strong track record of relevant journalism in the area they were applying to cover.

    The award decisions were made by senior editorial BBC figures.”

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  121. Well, the solar panels will be able to power 10,000 homes some sunny day.

    Meanwhile, the case of the litigious climate prof is in the news at Retraction Watch again:

    “Stanford prof fights efforts to make him pay at least $75,000 in legal fees after dropping defamation suit”

    Mark Jacobson, we remember, sued Christopher Clack and PNAS because the former wrote a criticism of a paper of his that said the US could be powered entirely by renewables and the latter had the gall to publish it. When he dropped the suit Clack and PNAS sued for costs, and won. Sounds like Jacobson won’t cough up.

    https://retractionwatch.com/2021/11/19/stanford-prof-fights-efforts-to-make-him-pay-at-least-75000-in-legal-fees-after-dropping-defamation-suit/

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  122. Tonight, @BBCPanorama investigates *the electric vehicle revolution*
    as Tesla leads the charge.
    Reporter Darragh MacIntyre asks where does Tesla get the rare metal for its car batteries, and how ethical is its supply chain?

    another tweet similar phrase
    “*The electric vehicle revolution*
    is being powered by cobalt but up to 30% is dug by hand in artisanal mines”

    I have seen claims that Tesla has one car that has zero Cobalt batteries.
    (I doubt it sells many)

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  123. Mark – thanks for LDRS link

    another example of how all powerful the BEEB is with it’s seemingly unlimited funds.
    no wonder few question the BBC agenda on anything in other news org’s.
    from 2nd bottom from your link –

    “Credit
    LDRs should be credited as “First Name, Last Name, Local Democracy Reporter”.
    By-lines or references within copy are acceptable.
    Broadcasters should acknowledge LDRs when they appear on air or when the format allows.
    Shared credit with other reporters is acceptable if LDRs’ content is copied, edited or incorporated into new pieces of work.
    The LDRS logo can also be used in print, online or on TV, but is not compulsory.
    LDRs should refer to themselves as “Local Democracy Reporters”, not “BBC Local Democracy Reporters” in all forms of communication, including social media profiles.”

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  124. I think this is a huge development – one of the west’s strongest economies, one which largely props up the EU, is going down the “green” road (let’s not kid ourselves that Germany has been “green” to date). Give this a few years to play out (assuming the coalition lasts that long) and the negative implications for the German economy – and therefore for the EU – could be massive.

    “Germany’s Scholz seals deal to end Merkel era”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59399702

    “Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition with broad plans for Germany’s transition to a green economy, under a deal to end 16 years of government led by Angela Merkel.

    Almost two months after his Social Democrat party won federal elections, he will go into power with the Greens and business-friendly Free Democrats.

    Climate protection forms a big part of the coalition deal.

    The parties aim to phase out coal use by 2030, eight years ahead of schedule.

    They will also seek to use 2% of German territory for wind power and focus on hydrogen-based energy too. By 2030, the parties want 80% of electricity to be sourced from renewable energy and 15 million electric cars to be on German roads.”

    The BBC agrees with me, though it’s not so negative:

    “Germany is Europe’s biggest economy, so decisions taken by the new government will have a big effect on its neighbours.”

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  125. The Guardian’s 10 most viewed articles again include nothing about climate. In at number 3 is:

    “The seven types of rest: I spent a week trying them all. Could they help end my exhaustion?”

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  126. Calling all carpenters, did you know that yesterday was World Walrus Day? (Info from The Guardian with a magnificent two-page photograph of four of the mustachios, with nary an oyster in sight). Apparently WWF want to count them using satellite imagery.

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  127. BBCPanorama investigates *the electric vehicle revolution* as Tesla leads the charge.
    Reporter Darragh MacIntyre asks where does Tesla get the rare metal for its car batteries, and how ethical is its supply chain?

    The implication of the programme was that artisanal mining is unethical because of the hazards. Glencore Mining in the DRC want to take over the area currently occupied by artisanal miners and create a conventional mine. The local miners were quite clear that this would destroy their livelihoods and oppose the big mining company. The programme did not resolve this conundrum. The main takeaway was that nuns don’t really like artisanal mining even though it provides employment and income for thousands.

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  128. Alan, regarding World Walrus Day, see this tweet (comments aren’t going well):

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  129. Re: yesterday’s Panorama and C4’s Dispatches from a few days back.

    Panorama first – mostly about how evil Elon Musk was for buying untraceable cobalt that was being mined in truly horrendous conditions in the DRC. They certainly went out of their way to make Musk look like a jerk. There was however a curiously ambivalent attitude to the mines themselves: after saying how terrible the artisanal mining was, they then found a way to condemn the mining corp for planning to expel the miners and wall the place off so they could use machines to do the work. (This would put the miners out of work. But it is surely something that a student of history would be able to bat away easily enough.)

    I found a noticeable contrast between the “Who cares?” approach to the DRC miners seemingly adopted by Musk and his earlier half-crazed efforts to pull off a cave rescue with that bizarre coffin-like apparatus. (Not that this was mentioned by Panorama.)

    Dispatches was a rather lightweight collection of anecdotes – how terrible VOCs are coming out of the back of hybrids, how terrible the charging network is, how chargers are often busted, how ludicrous range management is. There were plenty of talking heads stating that gov’t had to lay out a comprehensive charging network and bemoaning how many different companies were involved, each with different apps, etc. Strangely no-one reminded us how in the booming days of petrol cars there was no need for government mandates or infrastructure: people made fuelling stations as a commercial enterprise.

    Dispatches could not understand why the lion’s share of the chargers are where the lion’s share of the EVs are based – London and the South East. Yes, they are that stupid. They want private companies to build charging stations in the **** end of nowhere, where they will get used twice a year, thus earning their owners about £2.50, on an outlay of tens of thou plus operating costs. Ah, but when we’re all driving EVs, they’ll be quids in. Except if you had any hope at all of charging at home, you wouldn’t touch commercial chargers.

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  130. Tragic news about hurricanes (aka typhoons or cyclones): there haven’t been nearly enough of them. It’s simply not alarmist enough folks.

    Needless to say attribution studies are in full swing trying to detect the reasons. Or are they?

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  131. “Essex: Make £6.5bn pension fund greener, council told”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-59423691

    “A £6.5bn pension fund should be invested in more sustainable and net-zero firms, a council has been told.

    The recommendation was from the Essex Climate Action Commission, which has advised Essex County Council on climate change.

    The authority has agreed to several proposals from the commission to move Essex towards net zero by 2050.

    Commission chairman, Jules Pretty, said: “There are opportunities there to show sustainable investment policies.”

    He said money from Essex County Council’s pension scheme, one of the largest in local government, could be put into “the green finance that was discussed at COP26”.

    Conservative leader of the council, Kevin Bentley, said he was due to discuss the pension fund and would “accelerate” the work into investing it into sustainable firms.

    “I couldn’t agree more and I know my colleagues in the cabinet would agree with that too,” he added.”

    How naive am I? There I was thinking that the job of pension fund trustees is to ensure that funds are safely and profitably invested for the benefit of the ultimate pensioners.

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  132. “Isle of Man’s potential to play ‘key’ renewable energy role discussed”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59418563

    “The Isle of Man’s potential to play a “key” role in renewable electricity generation was recognised at the latest British-Irish Council summit, the deputy chief minister has said.

    Climate change was among the issues discussed as Jane Poole-Wilson attended the conference in Cardiff last week.

    She said delegates agreed the island’s central location meant it could help others “maximise” renewable output….

    …At the council’s 36th summit, hosted by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, representatives from nations across the British Isles outlined the actions they were taking to tackle climate change.

    Ministers had recognised the Isle of Man could be a “key partner” in the generation of renewable electricity, as it was “sitting in the middle” of all the administrations, “surrounded by the sea”, Ms Poole-Wilson said.

    There were discussions on how the island’s own green energy capacity could be developed, after the Welsh delegation spoke about the research its government has done into tidal power, she added.

    Ms Poole-Wilson said “contracts for difference”, a mechanism used by the UK government to support low-carbon electricity generation, were identified as an issue that would need to be resolved so that the island “could export into energy markets once its offshore wind capacity was up and running”.

    Returning from her first international conference since taking the role in October, Ms Poole-Wilson said there was “real benefit in going physically to these summits”.

    “We can learn from other administrations about how they are tackling problems, what solutions are available to them, and all of that is facilitated by the personal relationships built up between politicians”, she added.”

    Oh yes, real benefits for the climaterati to travel, it’s just the rest of us who have to get used to the idea of not travelling so much.

    The Isle of Man might be able to generate and export some renewable energy, but whether it goes east, west, south or north it will all be dependent on underseas cables, and as I’ve discussed in “20,000 Volts Under the Sea” that isn’t without its own issues.

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  133. “Solar farm: Bristol site set to be granted permission”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-59421459

    “Plans for one of the UK’s biggest solar farms near Bristol are set to be granted permission.

    The proposed development would span 16 agricultural fields on 167 acres (676 sq m) of land a mile west of Wickwar.

    The application has “strong support” from the authority’s climate change team.

    However, some parish councils have concerns about the the “industrial” scale of the proposals.

    According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), a report to members said the site was rural but not in the greenbelt and the quality of the soil was mostly poor for agriculture.

    The site is bounded to the east by Rag Lane and to the west by the B4058 Bristol/Bagstone Road, while Cowslip Lane is further north.

    It said: “The proposed solar energy farm, in providing power to 17,000 homes, would make a significant contribution towards renewable energy production in South Gloucestershire as well as moving towards the national commitment.

    “These benefits therefore carry significant weight in considering this planning application.”…”.

    A few comments. I note they allege “rural but not greenbelt and the soil was mostly poor for agriculture”. How convenient. That’s the sort of “degraded peat” argument used by Viking Energy in Shetland, but some of the photos of disturbed peat I’ve seen there doesn’t look at all degraded to me. As for providing power to 17,000 homes, of course that will largely not occur in witner when it’s most needed. And 167 acres is a heck of a lot of land. Finally, I note the BBC is again pushing the Local Democracy Reporting Service as though its some sort of independent third party source of news, when it’s funded by the BBC and subject to BBC-imposed conditions of use.

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  134. As with most religions, there’s usually somebody ready and willing to cash in on the gullible:

    “Sales of eco-friendly pet food soar as owners become aware of impact
    Number of products in UK containing MSC-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in last five years”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/25/eco-friendly-pet-food-sale-soar-uk-owner-become-aware-impact-msc-certified-sustainable-seafood

    “Eco-friendly pet food is on the rise as dog and cat owners become more aware of the impact of their beloved pet’s diet.

    New figures released exclusively to the Guardian show that the number of pet food products containing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in the UK during the last five years, from 49 to 77. In the last year alone consumers bought more than 7m tins, pouches and packs of MSC-certified pet food.

    Globally, pets consume about 20% of the world’s meat and fish, a number set to rise with the trend for consumers to feed them human-grade meat. An area double the size of the UK is used to produce dry pet food for cats and dogs each year, while approximately 3m tonnes of fish are used in pet food in the UK every year. Pet food is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production, such as the release of greenhouse gases, phosphates and pesticides.

    But there are now a growing number of environmentally friendly alternatives available. Dog food containing insects went on sale for the first time in 2019 and can be bought in high street pet food shops, and vegan brands are increasing in popularity. The market continues to grow as people realise the food their pets eat could increase their carbon emissions and contain meat from animals kept in poor welfare conditions.”

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  135. “Discussion: Hard Truths and the Climate Crisis”

    From an SDP Green Paper (that’s the UK’s SDP):

    Click to access 211106_The_End_of_Indifference_SDP_Green_Paper.pdf

    “When political leaders and businesses have discussed environmental concerns, they have mostly been preoccupied with reducing Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions. While a noble goal, the problem is that no reduction in Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions, including their entire elimination, can make any significant difference to global emissions. The United Kingdom contributes only 1% of total carbon dioxide emissions, compared to China’s 28% and the United States’ 15%. Britain is towards the bottom of emissions league tables, with per capita emissions lower than they were in the 1850s (Union of
    Concerned Scientists, 2020).

    On a global level, we must face a hard truth: current global policies and agreements regarding emissions have failed, are failing, and will continue to fail. The rise in global greenhouse gas concentrations continues to accelerate, driven by developing nations who are seeking to improve output and living standards – most prominently, China and India.

    A plan to tackle climate change that hinges on hitherto impoverished nations curtailing their pursuit of prosperity is not realistic. Despite the long-run risks that climate change poses for China, India, and other developing nations, it is unlikely that they will resist a common pattern for human civilisations: no society in human history has made the conscious decision not
    to grow, not to expand, and not to deploy its ingenuity and efforts to secure what it sees as its material improvement.

    The prime responsibility for growing CO2 emissions now lies with developing nations. A preoccupation with domestic carbon emissions in Britain is, effectively, a displacement activity which diverts attention from environmental restoration which the
    UK could actually achieve.”

    Now I need them to put forward a candidate in my constituency at the next general election!

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  136. The proposed development would span 16 agricultural fields on 167 acres (676 sq m) of land a mile west of Wickwar.

    Nope.

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  137. Jit, indeed. So much for the BBC’s much-vaunted Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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  138. Richard Nov 25, 8.31pm. When we climate-heathen used to remonstrate with the climate change virtuous that hurricanes and their like would be expected to decrease in frequency in a warming world, not increase we were onto a winning ticket. A warming Arctic meant a reduction in the temperature gradient from tropics to poles and a consequent reduction in the number of hurricanes that essentially were heat transport devices. So why don’t the climate-sanctified seize our old clothes and argue that an absence of hurricanes and cyclones is proof of a warming world? We heathen wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.

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  139. Alan, no-one is afraid of a little warming – hence the rebranding of “global warming” to “climate crisis”. The alarmists need to demonstrate grave harms.

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  140. JIT. Ah! I see what you’re getting at. If the emphasis is upon a future of grave harms, then a decrease/absence of hurricanes due to climate change is not something to emphasise since, by definition, all things climate change are negative. How stupid of me.

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  141. Maybe XR is learning a little – by blockading Amazon they’re doing less to annoy ordinary people and complaining about an organisation that many people dislike. On the other hand, it remains to be seen if the generation of young internet junkies who order just about everything from Amazon on smartphones and expect next day delivery will be too pleased about it:

    “Extinction Rebellion blockades Amazon UK hubs on Black Friday
    Activists target distribution network to highlight company’s treatment of workers and environmental impact”

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/nov/26/extinction-rebellion-blockades-amazon-uk-hubs-on-black-friday

    “Climate activists have blockaded Amazon distribution centres across the UK to highlight the company’s treatment of its workforce and what they say are its “environmentally destructive and wasteful business practices”.

    Scores of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists locked themselves together and used bamboo structures in an attempt to disrupt the online retail company’s distribution network on Black Friday – one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

    Unveiling banners reading “Infinite growth: Finite planet”, protesters said the blockade was part of an international action by XR targeting Amazon “fulfilment centres” in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

    In the UK, activists targeted sites in Dunfermline, Doncaster, Darlington, Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugeley, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury and Milton Keynes.

    Rob Callender, 31, from Uxbridge, west London, was one of the XR protesters at the Dartford blockade. “We need to make Amazon pay for the damage it is doing to the environment … for the terrible damage hyper-consumerism is doing to our planet, creating emissions, poisonous waste and burned out workers who are denied the right to unionise in most places,” he said.

    Protesters say they hope to continue the blockades for several hours – possibly into the weekend….”.

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  142. I don’t know what to make of this – is China doing good in Kenya or causing harm? Why is China there, anyway? WHat’s its game plan?

    “Kenya tree felling sparks anger over Nairobi’s new highway”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59383324

    “Rubble, bare earth and tree stumps mark the route of a super highway under construction in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, upsetting environmentalists – especially in the wake of the COP26 summit.

    Rows of mainly indigenous trees that once lined the route of the new four-lane 27km (16-mile) Nairobi Expressway have been felled as construction nears completion.

    Ornamental palm trees – some of them planted soon after independence from British colonial rule in the 1960s – have not been spared either.

    Last year a century-old fig tree targeted for removal was saved by the president after a public outcry – but campaigners’ voices about the hundreds of others have been drowned out.

    Elizabeth Wangithi, from the Green Generation Initiative, who earlier this month was among those rallying world leaders in Glasgow to reduce the impact of climate change, is devastated by the destruction in the heart of one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

    “We previously geographically mapped out 200 trees marked for felling along Kenyatta Avenue alone. It’s a sorry state of affairs,” she told the BBC.

    The devastation has already seen flocks of marabou storks and other birds that perched and nested on the trees migrate to tall buildings in the city centre.

    The Chinese-financed highway, some of which is elevated, will link the main airport in the east to western suburbs. It is intended to make it easier to cross the city and free other roads from Nairobi’s notorious traffic jams.

    Before the $550m (£410m) project started last year, an official environmental impact report said that more than 4,000 young and mature trees would be cut down.

    It also flagged its “major negative impact” on air and water quality during construction.

    In response government officials said the Chinese contractor building it would plant trees elsewhere – five for every one felled.

    But this will not be in Nairobi – and environmentalists fear such promises may not be kept…

    …The highway’s design has subsequently been tweaked – but a coalition of environmental organisations, including Green Generation Initiative and Nature Kenya, went to court in June 2020 to stop the project, arguing that it had gone ahead without public consultation.

    Yet construction and the chopping down of tress has continued, despite the law requiring a suspension of works pending the environment court’s decision.

    According to Mark Odaga, from Natural Justice – which is also part of the coalition, the problem comes down to details.

    The report approving the project gave little away about how the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) would deal with the environmental impact before, during and after construction….”

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  143. John Cook has a new (open-access) report about contrarianism/denialism*:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01714-4

    It’s based on a survey that applied a tendentious classification scheme inconsistently** – so it’s standard Cook fare and will probably do very well.

    ===
    * It’s ‘contrarianism’ in the main paper. In the SI, which shows how the report’s classifiers were taught to classify things, it’s ‘denialism’.

    ** E.g., supporting nuclear energy is denialism even though…

    a number of scholars argue that nuclear energy (4.5.3) can make significant contributions to climate mitigation efforts. It is important to note, however, that claims which fall into this third group constitute only a small share of the total claims in the taxonomy; the overwhelming majority of claims directly challenge mainstream views on climate science and policy.

    (That ‘overwhelming majority … directly challenge’ is, even when based on their own dodgy analysis of their own dodgy survey, bollocks.)

    Another major problem is that the paper sometimes makes a thing about separating criticism of climate science from criticism of climate activism but at other times lumps them together under the title ‘Science is unreliable’.

    Nature should be ashamed.

    *** Orphaned footnote: Ben Pile’s Climate Resistance blog was one of those surveyed/judged. I did a random skim of how the Cook report classified some of his blogposts. Lots of 5-2s – activists are unreliable – but also some dodgy 1s, 3s and 4s. Spreadsheet here:

    https://socialanalytics.ex.ac.uk/cards/data.zip

    (The numbers in Column D are based on carriage returns in the blogs/articles. They don’t necessarily signal new paragraphs. #xxxxx0 –> CR –>#xxxxx1, etc.)

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  144. @Vinny – thanks for heads up on crapoligy

    the title – “Computer-assisted classification of contrarian claims about climate change”

    he gets paid & papers for the same old sh*t !!!

    to late at night to comment further, but to those you know his history “sad days”

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  145. Oh my days. It looks like ATTP did some of the classifying used in the new Cook bollocks.

    Manual coding of 65,000 paragraphs was made possible due to voluntary contributors, including Anne-Marie Blackburn, Ari Jokimäki, Bärbel Winkler, David Kirtley, Heidi A. Roop, Ian Sharp, James Wight, Keah Schuenemann, Ken Rice…

    Astrophysics, eh? Everything is so far off that you’ve got infinite time to piddle around at SkS.

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  146. Lewandowsky shows, yet again, that he thinks a conspiracy produced Brexit:

    Also that he has no idea about British politics: ‘data show British public was totally unconcerned about EU membership till early 2015’.

    Wot?

    Numpty.

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  147. An old story being recycled:

    “Developers challenged over carbon footprint of new buildings in UK
    Critics say retrofitting rather than demolishing and constructing buildings has less climate impact”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/28/developers-challenged-over-carbon-footprint-of-new-buildings-in-uk

    “There is a new front in Britain’s planning wars. Rows over obstructed views and architectural style are being elbowed aside by concerns about the carbon footprint of new buildings.

    This week, Marks & Spencer became the latest company challenged over its climate impact, when opponents warned that the planned demolition of its 90-year-old flagship store on Oxford Street and replacement with a new structure will create so much carbon dioxide that 2.4m trees would need to be planted to offset it.

    The City of London is facing pressure over designs for new courts and offices on the site of six demolished buildings off Fleet Street after an independent academic estimated it would cost 19,000 tonnes of CO2 more than an alternative scenario based on refurbishment and extension. The destruction of almost an entire city block was granted consent earlier this year.

    And in Derby, plans to bulldoze the 1970s brutalist concrete Assembly Rooms rather than refitting it for future use are reckoned to use CO2 equivalent to driving around the world 738 times.”

    The world CO2 pie can be cut in many ways, it seems:

    “The World Green Building Council calculates that buildings are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions: 28% from energy needed to heat, cool and power them, and 11% from materials and construction. The production of cement accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions, according to research by the Chatham House thinktank.”

    One way or another, I think I’ve seen CO2 emissions attributed in so many ways to so many countries/sectors that it all seems to add up to more than 100%.

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  148. “Decarbonisation and rationality: a master-class”

    https://www.briefingsforbritain.co.uk/decarbonisation-and-rationality-a-master-class/?sfw=pass1638132250

    “Testimonies before Parliamentary Committees rarely make riveting reading. Dr John Constable’s House of Lords evidence published in full in the BfB ‘document’ section, is an exception and has been described by one international energy expert as “a master class”, outlining a rational decarbonisation policy based on moving via gas to modular nuclear instead of the present ‘crash course in wishful thinking’.”

    Transcript here:

    “Toward a Rational Decarbonisation Policy”

    https://www.briefingsforbritain.co.uk/toward-a-rational-decarbonisation-policy/

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  149. “Will they build back green?”

    https://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2021/11/28/will-they-build-back-green/

    “This is an extract from my latest book Build Back Green

    We live in revolutionary times. A movement to harness the state to root carbon out of our lives has now entrenched itself in government as the prevailing policy. Joe Biden’s America joins hands with the European Union in declaring war on carbon dioxide. A clever China agrees in principle and corners the market in many green products, whilst still increasing her output of the unpopular gas.

    The protagonists strike an optimistic tone. They assure us the revolution will be carried through with a wide range of new green jobs. They hold out the promise of skilled people running windmill and battery factories, joyously powering the revolution of their dreams. They comment little on the other side, as they effectively sign the redundancy notices of all those in the oil and gas business, in drilling technology, in internal combustion engines, conventional ships, planes and vehicles, gas heating and much else. They have in mind a huge transition from the fossil fuel economy to the green electricity economy. They want us all to dump our diesel and petrol cars, replace our gas boilers, change our diet away from meat, give up foreign holidays and take to our bicycles.

    The conversion to carbon free has not developed the same momentum and pace yet that the petrol and diesel vehicle enjoyed when they were introduced. The problems include a perception that the newer green products are not as good as the fossil fuel products they wish to replace, and a view that the green items remain too expensive. Where the advent of the car, van and bus widened people’s choices and offered longer range journeys to people who otherwise had to walk, the arrival of the electric car or heat pumps does not offer the consumer any new service or capacity they do not already enjoy. The problem with the green revolution is it comes from the top down. Government are the revolutionaries, not the hordes at the gates of power urging change. Government is trying to persuade or make people change their lifestyles without convincing them they will be better off if they do.

    It is a paradox that a revolution should come from the very establishment that is threatened by it. Car companies making a good living selling excellent diesel and petrol cars queue up to decry their old products and promise a new range of electric cars as soon as they can get round to making them. Governments that enjoy huge revenues from oil and gas taxes, vehicle excise and fuel taxes sacrifice them with abandon, pretending that electric cars or electric heating will come tax free in contrast to their predecessors. The elite who have enjoyed dining out on the finest cuts of meat complain about the number of cattle on grassland. The powerful who have lived a charmed life flitting by first class jet to another five star hotel in a remote country warn us off such a lifestyle. The press delights in uncovering hypocrisy, as some of the staunchest advocates of a new austerity or restraint in lifestyle fall foul of their own recommendations to others to cut the carbon miles.

    It is time for a proper debate about this ersatz revolution, these grand plans often drawn up by people who think they should have some kind of exemption from the rules they set. So far the green movement has spawned so many long haul flights for delegates to arrive in air conditioned five start hotels to urge the world to stop international flights and much else that many aspire to. It is now at the point where it has to translate aspirations into practical policies, and vague distant targets into shorter terms targets with bite. It will only do so if it unleashes a range of popular products that are affordable and better than the ones they seek to displace.”

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  150. Homelessness is a terrible thing, a blight on our consciences and an ongoing crisis. But made worse by the “climate crisis”? I don’t think so?

    “Climate crisis posing growing risk to the homeless, UK charities tell ministers
    Letter calls for urgent action this winter to help those with no, or inadequate, housing”

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/29/climate-crisis-posing-growing-risk-to-the-homeless-uk-charities-tell-ministers

    “Homeless people and those in poor housing are at increasing risk from the climate crisis, while suffering the consequences of our dependence on costly fossil fuels, housing charities have warned.

    The leaders of three of the UK’s biggest housing charities have written to ministers to call for urgent action for this winter for people facing homelessness, and to improve inadequate housing.

    They also want a coherent strategy for the future on how to meet the UK’s net zero emissions target while building the new homes needed around the country.”

    I’d like a coherent policy too!

    “The letter, seen by the Guardian, and signed by the chiefs of three major housing and homelessness charities – Shelter, Homeless Link and Crisis – is the first time they have jointly intervened with ministers about the climate crisis. They are increasingly concerned about the impacts of extreme weather on the vulnerable, and fear that the opportunity to improve people’s housing while reducing greenhouse gas emissions is being lost.”

    For some reason, though, there is no link to the letter.

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  151. Nothing on COP 26 (what was that? Old news) or climate change on the Guardian’s 10 most-read stories this morning. Unless you count this at number 3: “Minus 10C Arctic blast predicted as Storm Arwen rages on”, but that doesn’t really fit the narrative (-10C, surely not? Oh, I forgot, it’s now climate chaos and extreme weather).

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  152. Fossil fuels fundamental #1
    – Carbon taxes are a fair tax that keeps the economy alive.
    Unlike other taxes there is no easy escape
    Amazon have to pay a lot of tax on the fuels in their vans.

    In an all electric economy, where are the taxes going to come from ?

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  153. Fossil fuels fundamental #2
    – A fossil fuel economy is an inherently diverse one

    Look at the all electric home in the recent cold snap power cuts
    What did the family do ?
    The one with a heat pump depending on an electric motor
    The one with a an all electric car, dependent on the grid always working.

    “Let me jump in my electric car and fetch some food for granny,
    oh the car has no charge in it.”

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  154. “Storm Arwen: ‘We can’t go another night without power'”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59457927

    It’s awful, but it’s merely a glimpse of hat the future holds unless our politicians get a grip on energy policy.

    “…”It’s been pretty horrific,” Rebecca told BBC Scotland. “The power went off on Friday. I live in a little council house and I’m a single mum of a three-year-old. In our house you can see our breath.

    “Thankfully I could go round to my mum and dad’s house and they’ve got a gas heater, but aside from that we just had nothing.”…”.

    “…Meanwhile in Aberfeldy, in Perth and Kinross, Debbie Martin has bought a second-hand generator after recently switching to fully-electric heating.

    She has been told she could be without power until 11:00 on Tuesday because it is still too dangerous to remove trees which have fallen on to power lines.

    She told the BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “You can’t do the things you would normally do.

    “You can’t brush your teeth because your toothbrush is flat. You have to drive round in the car to charge your phone….”.

    Good job it’s not an electric car.

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  155. “Russia’s Gazprom reports record earnings amid global gas crisis
    Company expects higher profits for final months of 2021 as customers in Europe face soaring energy costs”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/russia-gazprom-reports-record-earnings-amid-global-gas-crisis-energy

    “Russia’s state gas company has reported record earnings for the third quarter of the year after profiting from a global gas crisis that has ignited historic energy market highs across Europe.

    Gazprom, the world’s largest gas producer, said it expected even higher profits for the final months of the year as its customers in Europe brace for a winter energy crisis and record high costs.

    Its better-than-expected financial results included a net income of 581.8bn rubles (£5.86bn) from July to September compared with a net loss a year ago after the average gas price it earned from buyers in Europe increased to $313.40 per 1,000 cubic metres from $117.2 in 2020.

    Famil Sadygov, Gazprom’s deputy chairman of the management committee, said: “Given the current dynamics, we are expecting even more impressive results in the fourth quarter.”…”.

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  156. Thread of Guardian Green people in their bubbleworld
    they don’t realise they are the bad people

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  157. “Estimated to lead to £1.5 Bn of energy savings”. I never trust estimates in advance, especially from those charged with justifying an enormously expansive roll-out (£18Bn last time I checked, probably more now, since the expense of such projects only ever goes one way, and it isn’t down).

    We all know this is about reducing demand on a compromised National Grid.

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  158. “Quest begins to drill Antarctica’s oldest ice”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59475410

    “Efforts are about to get under way to drill a core of ice in Antarctica that contains a record of Earth’s climate stretching back 1.5 million years.

    A European team will set up its equipment at one of the highest locations on the White Continent, for an operation likely to take four years.

    The project aims to recover a near-3km-long cylinder of frozen material.

    Scientists hope this ice can help them explain why Earth’s ice ages flipped in frequency in the deep past.”

    If we don’t understand this rather important fact, how can we be so sure about climate science at all? And, by the way, in the context of the 4.5bn year old planet earth, 1.5 million years isn’t “the deep past” – it’s very recent history, the blink of an eye.

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  159. Monbiot’s clickbait headline about XR offshoot IB
    “Jailed for 51 weeks for protesting? Britain is becoming a police state by stealth”
    I doubt it is 51 weeks
    I’d say 12 months
    but person will probably get out in 4 if that

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  160. stewgreen, in fairness to Monbiot, his piece is about amendments to a bill currently going through Parliament, that seek to clamp down on protest, and his comments don’t refer to anything happening to protestors and activists right now:

    “This is proper police state stuff. The last-minute amendments crowbarred by the government into the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill are a blatant attempt to stifle protest, of the kind you might expect in Russia or Egypt. Priti Patel, the home secretary, shoved 18 extra pages into the bill after it had passed through the Commons, and after the second reading in the House of Lords. It looks like a deliberate ploy to avoid effective parliamentary scrutiny. Yet in most of the media there’s a resounding silence.

    Among the new amendments are measures that would ban protesters from attaching themselves to another person, to an object, or to land. Not only would they make locking on – a crucial tool of protest the world over – illegal, but they are so loosely drafted that they could apply to anyone holding on to anything, on pain of up to 51 weeks’ imprisonment.

    It would also become a criminal offence to obstruct in any way major transport works from being carried out, again with a maximum sentence of 51 weeks. This looks like an attempt to end meaningful protest against road-building and airport expansion. Other amendments would greatly expand police stop and search powers. The police would be entitled to stop and search people or vehicles if they suspect they might be carrying any article that could be used in the newly prohibited protests, presumably including placards, flyers and banners. Other new powers would grant police the right to stop and search people without suspicion, if they believe that protest will occur “in that area”. Anyone who resists being searched could be imprisoned for – you guessed it – up to 51 weeks.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/01/imprisoned-51-weeks-protesting-britain-police-state

    I share his disquiet, but my concern is with regard to all forms of peaceful protest, rather than just with regard to people setting out quite deliberately as part of their protests to cause huge problems potentially for thousands, even tens of thousands of people, with possible threat to lives as part of the picture (e.g. ambulances incapable of reaching patients or of getting them to hospital).

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  161. A record, however flimsy, si always being broken somewhere, I suppose:

    “Northern Ireland has warmest but dullest autumn on record”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-59489484

    “Northern Ireland has had its warmest autumn on record, according to figures from the Met Office.

    With an average temperature of 11C, the months of September, October, and November collectively were 1.5C above normal.

    This follows the third warmest summer on record for Northern Ireland.

    Official thermometers hit 31.3C in Castlederg, County Tyrone, in July, which set a new highest temperature record.

    However, this autumn has also been the dullest in 75 years and the second dullest on record with just 194.3 hours of sunshine recorded.

    That is 77% of the sunshine we normally have – the average sunshine for Northern Ireland in the autumn is 251.5 hours.

    It has also been slightly drier than normal in the three-month period with 87% normal rainfall recorded.”

    “Slightly drier than normal”. Terrifying.

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  162. “Warning of ‘sharp decline’ in Scotland’s ptarmigan”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-59476458

    Astonishingly, nobody has blamed climate change:

    “The charity said that due to a lack of formal surveys it was difficult to understand the reasons behind the fall in numbers of ptarmigan.”

    Not having been born by 1961 I can’t comment on the claim (below), but it does surprise me, since I’ve been walking and scrambling in the high Scottish mountains for 40 years, I regularly see ptarmigan when I’m out and about, and I haven’t noticed any decline in numbers – I see them as regularly now, and apparently in the same numbers, as I did 40 years ago. I’ve regularly been entertained in late spring/early summer by a female ptarmigan, with a brood of chicks nearby, pretending to have a wounded wing, dragging it along the ground while she (apparently) pathetically scurries away from me, thereby leading me away from her chicks (I always follow her, as she wants, to avoid causing unnecessary distress, and then miraculously, the wing is fine, and she flies back to them). The size of the claimed decline in numbers seems disappointingly high based on my (admittedly relatively limited) experience:

    “RSPB Scotland said there had been an 81% decline in numbers since 1961, and the birds had been moved from a green list species straight to a red.”

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  163. “Prepare for more extreme weather, Britons warned in wake of Storm Arwen
    Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says climate crisis likely to cause future extreme weather events”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/01/storm-arwen-uk-must-prepare-for-more-extreme-weather

    “…“Clearly Storm Arwen was an event the likes of which we haven’t seen for certainly 60 years since the record starts. We have to be prepared for similarly extreme, difficult weather conditions in the future. We have to make sure that our system is resilient in that eventuality,” the business secretary told the House of Commons.

    He was responding to questions from the shadow climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, who said: “Faced with the climate crisis, extreme weather events will sadly become all the more common in the future. We cannot be this vulnerable in the future. There is real concern that some lessons haven’t been learned and on this occasion we must face up to those lessons and learn them.”…”.

    I share your concern, Ed. We do indeed need to learn the lesson that we need reliable energy supplies, not intermittent and reliable ones. We also need to learn that making everything dependent on electricity as its source of power isn’t too wise when electricity supply can go down for days on end.

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  164. “2021 hurricane season was third most active”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59489559

    “The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it’s been the third most active on record.

    Though the last month has seen little tropical storm activity, all the pre-determined names have been exhausted for the second year in a row.

    There were 21 named tropical storms, including seven hurricanes, four of which were major hurricanes – where wind speeds were 111mph or greater.

    This puts 2021 behind 2020 and 2015 – the first and second most active years.

    Matthew Rosencrans, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (Noaa) Climate Prediction Center in the US, said: “Climate factors, which include La Nina, above normal sea surface temperatures earlier in the season, and above average West African Monsoon rainfall were the primary contributors for this above average hurricane season.”…”.

    La Nina is certainly a climate factor, though it isn’t a human-made one. It won’t stop them banging the drum about hurricanes, though.

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  165. “Climate cost study authors accuse Bjørn Lomborg of misinterpreting results”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/02/climate-cost-study-authors-accuse-bjrn-lomborg-of-misinterpreting-results

    “What will it cost to get greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero by mid-century, and are people around the world prepared to pay it?

    This was a question posed by the Danish thinktank head Bjørn Lomborg for a column in the Australian on Saturday.

    In the wake of the Glasgow climate summit, Lomborg argued that asking voters to “pay for these draconian climate policies” was proving difficult for politicians.

    Versions of Lomborg’s op-ed have been run in publications around the world including the Herald in Scotland and the Economic Times in India.

    But a key claim made in these columns – and one that appears in other Lomborg articles going back to October in the likes of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post – has frustrated scientists, who are accusing him of taking their modelling work about climate policies in the US out of context.

    Lomborg wrote in the Australian that a study “in the renowned journal” Nature, “shows that reducing emissions 95% by 2050 – almost Biden’s promise of net zero – would cost 11.9% of gross domestic product, or more than $US11,000 ($15,300) for each American citizen every year”.

    That seems like an eye-watering figure, or in Lomborg’s words “spectacularly costly”.

    The cited figure does appear in a supplementary section of the paper. But the authors of the study (which actually appeared in Nature Climate Change, not Nature) have told Temperature Check they have been asking Lomborg since early November to stop making that claim.

    Prof David Victor, of University of California San Diego, said Lomborg’s summary “took the results out of context and used them for a purpose that we explicitly said they were not to be used, and which he was reminded of when he asked for the underlying data”.

    The study used models to examine the methods and costs of reducing emissions through state-based policies compared with nationwide approaches.

    But the authors say that as they model different levels of ambition, the dollar numbers produced by the model become less reliable.

    They say that’s why the model’s outputs for beyond 80% were only placed in the supplementary section of the paper as a way to show the sensitivity of the modelling, rather than to deliver a genuine cost estimate….”.

    Rather undermines the study, at least at first glance, surely?

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  166. “New Zealand city becomes one of first in world to introduce a ‘climate tax’ for residents
    Proceeds will go towards greening Auckland with more trees, buses and routes for cyclists”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/new-zealand-auckland-climate-tax-b1967640.html

    “One of New Zealand’s largest cities, Auckland, has proposed a climate tax for its residents in what is likely the world’s first such tariff. The proceeds will go into the city’s fund to support efforts to reduce emissions and generally make the city greener.

    Auckland mayor Phil Goff announced the plan on Wednesday, and said that homeowners will be taxed on average a little over one New Zealand…..”

    The rest is behind a paywall, unfortunately.

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  167. “Shell pulls out of Cambo oilfield project
    Oil giant cites weak economic case as reason for deciding not to go ahead with controversial project off Shetland”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/02/shell-pulls-out-of-cambo-oilfield-project

    “Shell has pulled out of a controversial new oilfield off the Shetland Islands, plunging the future of oil exploration in the area into doubt.

    Shell, which was planning to exploit the field along with the private equity-backed fossil fuel explorer Siccar Point, cited a weak economic case as its reason for deciding not to go ahead with the project.

    “After comprehensive screening of the proposed Cambo development, we have concluded the economic case for investment in this project is not strong enough at this time, as well as having the potential for delays,” Shell said.”

    More likely the uncertainty made them decide it isn’t worth the hassle. Well done green Britain haters.

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  168. Again, this evening the Guardian’s 10 most read articles include nothing about climate change. At number 8 we have “Trapped in Ikea: snowstorm in Denmark forces dozens to bed down in store”.

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  169. Good news, and no climate change in the story:

    “‘It is phenomenal’: Farne Islands seal numbers expected to reach new high
    National Trust rangers predict record year as they begin count of grey seal pups”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/02/it-is-phenomenal-farne-islands-seal-numbers-expected-to-reach-new-high

    “In 1956 there were 751 pups counted. In 2019 there were 2,823. This year, the expectation is that there will be many more, making it a record year for grey seals on the islands.

    “It is looking that way,” said Bevan, a senior lecturer at Newcastle University. “Some of the outer island groups look incredibly dense.”

    The grey seal was the first animal to be protected by modern UK legislation with the Grey Seals Protection Act of 1914. About 50% of the world population now lives in British and Irish waters.

    The recent Storm Arwen had a devastating effect on some UK grey seal colonies with more than 800 pups estimated to have died at St Abb’s Head in the Scottish borders. Remarkably, the Farne Islands colony appears relatively unscathed.”

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  170. Stossel on Facebook censorship
    They signed up a lefty org Poynter Institute to appoint other lefty fact checkers like Science Feedback who are effectively Fact Blockers

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  171. Ha, they think they can predict the weather 100 year in advance
    My contact keeps calling to help him at the market.
    The standard procedure is that we check Weather.Com and BBC the night before for the hourly forecasts
    cos a clothes stall can get wiped out if there is a lot of rain.
    Wednesday they said no chance of rain but early frost then cold
    I double checked the rain radar, it showed that snow would be sweeping the east coast 25 miles east of us, but not reaching us
    So the guy said he was coming.
    6am Thursday the predictions had completely changed ..that snow would be reaching us.
    at 7am there was no ice or snow
    But at my warning we put up clothes back in the van and put up the extra rain protection
    7:30 a few flakes
    7:40 Snow came steady other traders started to pack up

    I warned him not to go home cos the weather can reverse as quick as it came
    It did At 8:45am only 4 stalls survived , and suddenly it was sunny
    leaving us with 1.5 inches of snow over the stall roofs

    We did trade but few customers, cos the public had all changed plan.

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  172. The Guardian 10 most read articles again include nothing on climate change this evening. We do have:

    2. ‘I was offered $35m for one day’s work’: George Clooney on paydays, politics and parenting

    8. ‘Risky levels’: Australia is the drunkest country in the world, survey finds
    While French drank most times a week, Australians got drunk an average of 27 times a year, almost double the global average

    10. From utopian dreams to Soho sleaze: the naked history of British nudism.

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  173. “Carbon-cutting app aims to help Londoners ease into net zero future
    Councils are planning to deploy version of Finnish online tool that helps people monitor carbon footprint”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/03/carbon-cutting-app-aims-help-londoners-ease-net-zero-future

    “For those who want to be part of a zero carbon future but find the prospect of giving up flying, ditching the car and turning vegan daunting, help may be at hand. A Finnish-made online tool that promises to give users the key to their own “sustainable good life” by taking control of their carbon footprint is set to be launched in the UK.

    London Councils, the body that represents all London boroughs, is looking at developing a version of the tool, which aims to be helpful rather than hectoring, letting people create their own tailor-made path to reducing their CO2 output rather than giving out blanket prescriptions such as stopping flying or eating meat.

    Its developers say users in Finland who answer the tool’s 20-odd questions and commit to change commonly reduce their carbon footprint by 30% in 12 months, through simple steps such as buying secondhand clothes, cycling more and eating locally produced food.

    Philip Glanville, the mayor of Hackney and chair of London Councils’ transport and environment committee, said the tool could help show citizens that “even small tweaks to their daily lives” could contribute to tackling the climate crisis.

    “The vast majority of our residents are motivated to help prevent climate change – our recent polling suggests 87% feel this way,” he said. “But Londoners can only make the choices they are given, and how important government and businesses are in enabling real sustainable choices that fit into their lives.”…”.

    I very much look forward to reading the follow-up reports on each anniversary of this one, when they can tell us how it’s going.

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  174. Big news in the Guardian:

    “Winter heatwave breaks records in four US states
    Wednesday brings hottest December weather on record for Montana, Wyoming, Washington state and North Dakota”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/03/us-winter-heatwave-december-records-montana-wyoming-washington-north-dakota

    “The climate crisis is causing longer, and more severe, heatwaves to reach all corners of the US, with this summer being the hottest ever recorded nationally.

    It is winters, however, that are heating up more rapidly than summer, with researchers finding that winter is the fastest-warming season in 38 US states.”

    Of course! Meanwhile (at the Guardian, at least) tumbleweed:

    “Hawaii under blizzard warning as 12 inches of snow and winds up to 100 mph expected”

    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/03/hawaii-blizzard-warning-weather/8850338002/

    “The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until Sunday morning on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    The warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday as up to 12 inches or more of snow is expected on the island. NWS also warns residents to stay indoors as forecasters predict winds gusting over 100 mph.

    “Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility,” NWS’s weather warning reads.”

    One might have expected an article in the Guardian about unusual winter weather in the USA to mention that. I wonder why it didn’t?

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