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  1. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere. Our internet connection has just been restored after 11 days, so I’m still catching up. While I’ve been internet-free, the Guardian seems to have been carrying on with business as usual:

    “‘I was enjoying a life that was ruining the world’: can therapy treat climate anxiety?”


    Worth a read, IMO< to see just how deranged the climate activism has become, and the damage it is doing to people's mental health. Telling, I think, that the article ends with:

    "In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at http://www.befrienders.org.&quot;


  2. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Truly the establishment is in thrall to eco-lunacy:

    “Insulate Britain: Judge ‘inspired’ by activists after M25 protest”


    “A judge told of how he was “inspired” by Insulate Britain protesters as he fined some for holding a demonstration on the M25.

    The group blocked traffic, including an ambulance with a patient, by sitting at junction 3 near Swanley, Kent.

    Some activists glued themselves to the Tarmac, while another stuck himself to a police car on 29 September.

    Some of the demonstrators appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, while others pleaded guilty by post.

    Three protesters, Ian Bates, 63, from Northampton, Karen Matthews, 60, and 54-year-old Biff Whipster from Canterbury, Kent, were told by District Judge Stephen Leake they had “inspired” him after making speeches about their climate concerns while representing themselves.

    But the judge added his role was to “apply the law” and said their actions had caused “significant disruption” to the motorway.

    He said: “I have heard your voices. They have inspired me and personally I intend to do what I can to reduce my own impact on the planet, so to that extent your voices are certainly heard.”…”.

    I don’t want to put myself in contempt of Court, but it’s my belief that it is better that Judges don’t say things like this to convicted law-breakers, since surely it just encourages them in their law-breaking?

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  3. “Cumbria coal mine: What is the controversy about?
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst”


    “The government has been set a deadline of 7 July to decide on whether to go-ahead with a new coal mine in the UK.

    The Planning Inspectorate has sent its completed report on the Cumbria mine – including the summer deadline – to Communities Secretary Michael Gove who must now make the final decision.

    Boris Johnson has previously said he said he was “not in favour of more coal”, but with 40% of the UK’s coking coal coming from Russia will the war in Ukraine change the government’s approach?”

    The only new bit, I think, is the fact that we now have a date for the decision. The rest is just a re-hash of Roger’s numerous previous articles on the subject, including this:

    “The firm says the mine will create 500 jobs, but sceptics think that is exaggerated.

    Unemployment in the area is lower than the national average…”.

    We’ve been here before, Rog. It depends how you define the area. Cumbria as a whole has relatively low unemployment. The west coast of Cumbria has relatively high unemployment. So high, in fact, that quite a lot of people make an 80 miles a day round trip from the west coast to work at places like CenterParcs east of Penrith. There is no doubt that there are more than enough unemployed people locally to benefit from the jobs the mine offers. Surely that’s a good thing. And green, too, if it stops them driving more than 400 miles a week to work….


  4. Oh I do think gluing yourself to a police car shows foresight.
    Welcome back Mark after eleven days of isolation.

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  5. Mike, that is an interesting video, in particular the ludicrous valuation of the company. The potential energy in an object of 1 kg raised 1 m is 10 J. On the other hand the energy in a match head is 1 kJ. Juggling concrete blocks is never going to be worth it.


  6. ” the BBC TV’S London Programme
    is run by an editorial cabal of anarchist Marxists. But tonight
    a party political broadcast by Extinction Rebellion
    was taking their agenda a bit too far.”


  7. “Just Stop Oil: Valero Energy granted injunction restricting protests”


    “…Following a hearing on Monday, Mr Justice Bennathan made the injunction in terms which ban people from damaging any part of the land at the firm’s sites or access roads, from building any structure and from tunnelling under roads or occupying existing tunnels.

    The order, the details of which were made public on Wednesday, also prohibits abandoning vehicles or other items on parts of Valero’s sites’ access roads.

    But the judge refused to widen the injunction to include blocking, endangering, slowing down, preventing, or obstructing the free passage of traffic on the access roads, and refusing to leave the roads when asked by police….”.


  8. “Extinction Rebellion goes door-knocking for new recruits”


    “Extinction Rebellion climate change activists have been door-knocking across London to attract new members.

    The group says it is carrying out three days of “deep-canvassing”, approaching people in their homes to “listen to their concerns” about climate change.

    Residents are being invited to local talks, to learn about the campaign and how to get involved.

    Extinction Rebellion (XR) says the “outreach” exercises are part of a “week of action” in the capital.

    XR says despite polls suggesting a high level of concern about climate change, “rarely do people have the opportunity to share their thoughts and fears about the world”.

    A spokesperson said: “We want to hear different people’s perspectives and views, and help them find a community of people who are worried about the climate crisis in their area.”…”.

    It’s a bit disappointing that they seem to have limited this activity to London. I do hope that they knock on my door. 😉


  9. “I went on TV to explain Just Stop Oil – and it became a parody of Don’t Look Up
    Miranda Whelehan
    I wanted to sound the alarm about oil exploration and the climate crisis, but Good Morning Britain just didn’t want to hear”


    I do worry that students today believe things like this, and are prepared to damage their futures by potentially having criminal convictions on their record:

    “My fear is that they will only understand the reality of the climate crisis when it is on the doorstep, perhaps when the floodwater is uncontrollably trickling into their homes, or when they can no longer find food in the supermarkets. Maybe then the brutal reality of losing a “livable planet” means would actually sink in. Maybe then the journalists, presenters and climate delayers would think: “Oh, maybe we should have listened, done something.” And, of course, it will be too late.”

    Or this:

    “Civil resistance is really not about protests or marches, it is about responding to a situation beyond our worst nightmares. At Cop26, the people who run things effectively confirmed that they were going to let billions of the poorest people on this planet die in order to keep business as usual going.”

    Actually, it’s the people who would deny the billions of the poorest people on the planet access to reliable and cheap energy who are doing the most “to let those people die”.


  10. And I think this is deeply troubling too:

    “XR scientists glue hands to business department in London climate protest
    Affiliates of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion highlight climate science they say government is ignoring”


    “Twenty-five scientists have pasted pages of scientific papers to the windows of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and glued their hands to the glass to highlight the climate science they said the government was ignoring.

    The scientists, affiliated with Scientists for Extinction Rebellion, arrived at the department’s building at 1 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, just after 11am. Doctors and health professionals staged a decoy action to give them space to get into position…

    …At least 10 scientists were arrested after spray-painting extinction symbols in the glass facade of the BEIS building. Among them was Prof Colin Davis, the chair in cognitive psychology at Bristol university. Gardner said they had escalated the protest with spray-painting in an effort to provoke the police into making arrests….”.

    Are cognitive psychologists now climate scientists?


  11. If some biz says they have done a woke thing it makes me suspicious
    Green measures are almost always ungreen.

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  12. I see Priti Patel and Boris (“the fined”) have announced free one-way plane tickets to view the scenic sights of Rwanda, so massively increasing carbon dioxide levels (especially if the aircraft return empty).

    Wasn’t there a civil war in Rwanda over perceived overpopulation? No doubt much Danegeld has been offered to Ruanda. Seems to me that it would have been simpler to have flown these involuntary tourists directly from France to Rwanda so cutting out the cross-channel experience.

    Poor buggers.

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  13. “What is Extinction Rebellion and what does it want?”


    Er, I think you’ve already told us BBC, on more than one occasion. This may be news, but I’m struggling to see that it’s “science & environment” news – it’s propaganda.


  14. This is where the money goes….

    “Ambitious £5bn climate plan approved by WECA regional leaders”


    “An ambitious climate strategy that could cost more than £5bn has been approved by regional leaders.

    The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) plan includes retrofitting 250,000 homes over eight years to meet carbon neutral ambitions.

    It also has a target of 40% less car mileage by the end of the decade.

    Leaders said the project reveals the “daunting” scale of urgent change needed to respond to recent warnings of imminent “irreversible damage”.

    A previous strategy was dropped by the authority despite spending two years on it.”

    This sort of nonsense keeps bumping into the obvious truth that whatever they do, it will make no difference to anything, while wasting a lot of money that could have been spent on improving the lives of poor people. Bristol and Bath can’t “save the planet”, especially if India and China and Russia and all the rest of them are determined not to join in.


  15. 9am Radio is celebrating Easter by promoting Greenpeace and Labour leader Keir Starmer.
    “Kirsty Wark and guests recall the 1990s decade-long libel case between restaurant chain McDonald’s and two Greenpeace campaigners
    McDonald’s took offence and began a case against these, and other claims, made in the leaflet. The pair were unable to get legal aid and so faced the prospect of having to represent themselves in court.
    Keir Starmer was a young lawyer at the time and was keen to help – offering his advice for free“

    The prog called The Reunion gathers some of the people involved to talk about the case.


  16. I have mentioned before that same BBC webpage has been through many updates and repromotions since it was first issued in July 2019 until it was updated 20 hours ago.
    I count at least 14 promo tweets from official BBC accounts
    Some on bbc.com
    .. https://www.twitter.com/search?q=min_replies%3A1%20www.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fuk-48607989&src=typed_query&f=live
    Some on bbc.co.uk
    .. https://www.twitter.com/search?q=min_replies%3A1%20www.bbc.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-48607989&src=typed_query&f=live


  17. When is something going to be done about these dangerous, deluded and self-entitled pillocks?

    “Extinction Rebellion: Activists block four London bridges”


    “Climate change protesters have blocked four of London’s busiest bridges.

    Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered on Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges calling for an end to new fossil fuel investments.

    Queues of traffic have been forming as a result of the demonstrations.

    The Metropolitan Police said it was aware of “pockets of protest” and officers were attempting to control the disruption.

    Demonstrators were playing bongos and waving banners, which read: “End fossil fuels now” and “Love in action”…”


  18. The Guardian can barely credit it:

    “Tory MP Steve Baker shares paper denying climate crisis
    Green Alliance says ‘mask has slipped’ as member of Net Zero Scrutiny Group shares scientist’s paper on Twitter”


    Shock, horror. MP admits climate change, denies climate crisis. I’d say he has it about right. It ends with a quote from our friend Ken:

    “Dr Ken Rice, an astrophysics professor at the University of Edinburgh, said of the GWPF report: “One of the most bizarre things about this is that they still can’t acknowledge that the rise in atmospheric CO2 is entirely anthropogenic. I had thought we’d moved beyond that. Clearly not.””


  19. “Spring time: why an ancient water system is being brought back to life in Spain”


    Well worth a read, as a glaring example of a failure to join the dots at the Guardian.

    “A project to restore a 1,000-year-old network of water channels is helping farmers in the Sierra Nevada adapt to the effects of the climate crisis

    High in la Alpujarra, on the slopes of the majestic Sierra Nevada in Andalucía, the silence is broken only by the sound of a stream trickling through the snow. Except it is not a stream but an acequia, part of a network of thousands of kilometres of irrigation channels created by Muslim peasant farmers more than a thousand years ago.

    The channel begins at an altitude of 1,800 metres (5,900ft) and, fed by the melting snow, for centuries supplied water to the village of Cáñar and beyond until it fell into disuse in the 1980s through the gradual depopulation of the area….”.

    Er, perhaps the water channels were originally created because the area then faced the same climate issues that it faces now? Just a thought.


  20. Full-on Guardian:

    “Rightwing populist parties blight climate policy, study finds
    Researchers say Brexit politicians now pushing against net zero amid cost-of-living crisis”


    “Rightwing populist parties have a detrimental impact on climate policy, researchers have found for the first time, amid growing fears of a similar movement in the UK.

    The study, by the universities of Sussex and Warwick, looked at the policy of more than 25 countries over a period of more than a decade. Researchers created a climate policy index and compared it with a baseline of a centre-right government. They found the combined effect of the presence of a rightwing populist party in parliament and in government was associated with a reduction in the index of about 25% on average.

    But while rightwing populist parties had a negative impact on climate policy across the board, EU membership and proportional representation voting systems lessened the effect.”

    I think that comes close to ticking almost every Guardian box!


  21. “Iraq’s ancient buildings are being destroyed by climate change
    Water shortages leading to rising salt concentrations and sandstorms are eroding world’s ancient sites”


    “Some of the world’s most ancient buildings are being destroyed by climate change, as rising concentrations of salt in Iraq eat away at mud brick and more frequent sandstorms erode ancient wonders.”

    “The destructive power of salt is increasing as concentrations rise amid water shortages caused by dams built upstream by Turkey and Iran, and years of mismanagement of water resources and agriculture within Iraq.”

    So nothing to do with climate then? How silly of me:

    “The climate crisis is adding to the problem. Iraq is getting hotter and dryer.”

    As for this:

    “This year, Iraq lost a piece of its cultural heritage. On the edge of the desert, 150km south of Babylon, is a bed of salt that was once Sawa Lake. The spring-fed water was home to at least 31 species of bird, including the grey heron and the near-threatened ferruginous duck. Now, it is completely dry because of overuse of water by surrounding farms and climate change. Lack of enforcement of regulations over groundwater use means farmers can freely drill wells and plant wheat fields that are an eruption of lush green in the dusty desert landscape.”

    I wonder how much can fairly be attributed to overuse of water by surrounding farms, and how much to climate change? The Guardian doesn’t say. So much easier just to throw in climate change as an additional factor, without justification. So far as I can see Iraq’s rainfall records, patchy at best, go all the way back to the…late 1880s. Difficult to talk about long-term trends based on that.


  22. Greenpeace : The surprise ending of the final episode of the American dark comedy/drama series Succession (Succession) has aroused great interest in Greenpeace’s legacy . In the show, his deathbed grandfather, the media mogul of Cousin Greg’s character, announced that he would leave his entire estate to the famous environmental organization Greenpeace. After the episode aired, 22,000 people in England sought advice online in their will to donate to Greenpeace. The organization’s donations website, on the other hand, received 10 times more clicks than normal. One-sixth (£5.5m) of Greenpeace UK’s revenues are inherited.

    That’s from a Turkish Greenpeace website
    It’s misleading cos Greenpeace is a multinational and AFAIK the combined worldwide revenue
    is $hundreds of millions /year ..towards $1 billion


  23. When are we getting news, and when are we getting Greenpeace-PR wrapped as news ?

    The morning activist rabbit hole
    YouTube pushing this : Bloomberg “Tracking Devices Reveal Where Recycling Really Goes”
    – ‘Oh look Tesco’s plastic ends up in Turkey’ Twitter thread
    – ‘Our tracker switched off for months then switched on in Adana’
    – ‘We know that cos ACTIVISTS confirm that’

    OK I’ll take all that at FACE VALUE

    Oh hang on, Really ?? Bloomberg I reckon your story is rooted with activists
    That you ALREADY knew that some Tesco’s waste ends up in Adana, cos there have been years of past reports
    It’s possible you made that up about the tracker reactivating after months.

    #1 26th June 2020 BBC claimed it had done its own investigation
    “Angus Crawford reports. Produced by Gökçe Saraçoğlu”
    That’s a polished activist report with school children for emotional blackmail.
    Their proof is Tesco’s packaging is near to a copy of the Sun newspaper from 2018.

    #2 17th May 2021 Greenpeace story

    #3 May 2021 BBC Turkish page
    from May 2021
    Greenpeace: Nearly 40 percent of UK plastic waste was exported to Turkey and illegally collected and incinerated
    Researchers examined 10 landfills in Adana for the report and found plastic bags belonging to supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Co-op etc.

    #4 2nd July 2021 BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57680723
    follow up Quotes Greenpeace

    #5 A Greenpeace branded video with same footage as Bloomberg was released 2 weeks BEFORE
    .. https://twitter.com/IlkerCamci/status/1505279012217708544
    It has doom background music.
    How old is that item ?
    Well some of the closeuo shots are the SAME as the May 2021 Greenpeace article.

    That Looks to me that the BBC has done 3 previous reports
    and I reckon the 2020 “A BBC investigation has found” phrase indicates they were handed Greenpeace PR material and didn’t do their own research.
    So I detest the way Bloomberg package their story to make it sound like brand new news.
    Furthermore I wouldn’t be surprised if activists had come with their own rubbish to stage a photo

    For all the articles, Greenpeace staff are among the earliest retweeters.

    (BTW I used to live near there and I could have brought Tesco’s packaging in English from the nearby Turkish Tescos hypermarkets, until they rebranded as Migros in 2017.)

    Is it wrong to take UK plastic to Turkey ?
    AFAIK they have at least 3 waste to energy incineration plants now
    And possibly cement works kilns will be licenced too
    Locations might well stockpile plastic while new plants are being built.

    Greenpeace don’t accept incineration, rather they dream of recycling into pellets only, and restricting plastic use.


  24. Detail
    #1 YouTube pushing this : Tracking Devices Reveal Where Recycling Really Goes

    accredied to Kit Chellel and Wojciech Moskwa
    Graphics by Jeremy C.F. Lin and Saxton Randolph 29 March 2022

    I scanned for problems and I spot a line
    “As recently as a few months ago
    when I spoke to AN activistS .. (stop see how he uses the plural, but is pretending it’s on person)
    who found a Tesco carrier bag, just left by the side of the field, in a smouldering pile of burnt plastic.
    *Obviously it had been illegally dumped*”
    (he shows photo)
    … Then he goes into a big graphic animation about how Tesco are evil.

    But here’s the text of the item
    “activists and journalists in Adana have *previously* found Tesco-branded wrappers at illegal dump sites only a few miles from the bag tracker’s final location.
    Photos *from 2021 show a Tesco bag* featuring the supermarket’s slogan “Every Little Helps” in a grassy field next to a mound of decaying plastic, as well as Tesco brand roast potato and cocktail sausage wrappers left by the roadside.”

    He used a phrase “As recently as a few months ago”
    but the Greenpeace bag stuff is from before May 2021

    #2 Pretty soon I found myself at a BBC Turkish page from May 2021

    Greenpeace: Nearly 40 percent of UK plastic waste was exported to Turkey and illegally collected and incinerated
    Researchers examined 10 landfills in Adana for the report and found plastic bags belonging to supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Co-op etc.
    (Of course you could find Tescos garbage , cos until 2017 Turkey had Tesco hypermarkets)

    The GreenPeace Turkey guy, tweeting about their 2021 story
    – The same guy tweeted the Bloomberg tweet as soon as it came out
    .. https://twitter.com/sevirem/status/1508709707271352320


  25. Stew – thanks for your digging into the BS. From link above, “What is Extinction Rebellion and what does it want?” – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48607989?at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_custom2=twitter&at_custom3=%40BBCNews&at_custom4=BC36E85A-2C0F-11EC-9A17-31BABDCD475E&at_medium=custom7&at_campaign=64

    “Extinction Rebellion protests this week have focused on tackling the UK’s reliance on oil and other fossil fuels.
    XR Scientists – the sub-group protesting at BEIS – has accused the government of “irresponsible and dangerous pursuit” of fossil fuels, which is incompatible with climate change.”

    then – “The UK currently gets 80% of its energy from fossil fuels.”

    these “XR Scientists (sub-group)” are a force to be heard, unless you are willing to live with the dreaded “climate change”


  26. “Climate change: Key UN finding widely misinterpreted
    By Matt McGrath”


    “A key finding in the latest IPCC climate report has been widely misinterpreted, according to scientists involved in the study.

    In the document, researchers wrote that greenhouse gases are projected to peak “at the latest before 2025″.

    This implies that carbon could increase for another three years and the world could still avoid dangerous warming.

    But scientists say that’s incorrect and that emissions need to fall immediately.”

    Oh dear – hundreds of scientists, thousands of hours, millions of £$s, and they still couldn’t write an unambiguous statement. Even the BBC misunderstood!

    “Most media outlets including the BBC concluded that meant emissions could rise until 2025 and the world could still stay under 1.5C.

    “When you read the text as it’s laid out, it does give the impression that you’ve got to 2025 which I think is a very unfortunate outcome,” said Glen Peters, from the Centre for International Climate Research in Oslo, and an IPCC lead author.

    “It’s an unfortunate choice of wording. That is, unfortunately, going to potentially have some rather negative consequences.”

    So what went wrong?

    It’s partly because the climate models that scientists use to project temperatures work in five-year blocs, so 2025 follows 2020 for example, without reference to the years in between.

    “Because models work on 5-year increments, we can’t derive statements with higher precision,” said Dr Joeri Rogelj, from Imperial College London, and an IPCC lead author.”


  27. “Bristol community secures funding to build tallest wind turbine in England
    Residents of Lawrence Weston, a deprived housing estate, achieve £4m target without government aid”


    “A community group in one of the poorest parts of Bristol has met its funding target to build the tallest wind turbine in England, despite a lack of any central government funding for locally owned wind power generation….

    …However, he added that the turbine, which will generate enough power for 3,000 homes, had taken eight years to build because the government had made it so difficult to get planning permission and provided no financial support for communities to generate their own power. “The government’s resistance to more onshore wind has been a problem,” he said. “It’s been a long slog but hopefully soon the residents will be able to reap the rewards of all their hard work.”…”

    So, normal planning rules and no financial help from taxpayers is now “government resistance to onshore wind”. Sometimes I think that Guardian writers live in a parallel universe where words don’t mean what they really mean.

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  28. FullFact is full Guardian-Supremacist so they normally bash Tory claims
    not Labout ones
    but they did go against Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda

    March 29th When Full Fact asked Mr Bryant about his claim, he said he was told that Germany and Italy already have full VAT exemptions on solar panels and heat pumps and that France has no VAT on “energy saving products”.
    We’ve not been able to find any evidence of this.
    We asked Mr Bryant for more information but had not received a response at the time of publication.



  29. Yet Yet yet, all that’s the REAL WORLD
    But on Twitter Truth gets less Likes than activist dogma
    So hyper-partisan activists like Bryant, Soubry, Jessica Simor QC are able to GASLIGHT tell huge LIES and their supporters clap like seals
    Bryant’s tweet is still there with a thousand supporters shouting that Sunak is a liar
    27K Likes 8,000 retweets
    A few people call him out https://twitter.com/PoliticsSense/status/1506719328468615168

    Soubry also
    So someone calls her out
    .. https://twitter.com/GeoffVader1/status/1508218295262060546
    She backs her claim by tweeting a screenshot that says it’s a proposal
    Every reply calls her out
    Yet she still got 461 Likes

    Simor called out https://twitter.com/AndyJackMorris/status/1506949176046804995

    There are a number of misleading claims
    eg “The European Council approved a proposal in December to amend the EU rules on rates of VAT to give member states more flexibility to set them. There’s already a VAT exemption on solar panels & heat pumps in the EU.”
    Nope It’s still a PROPOSAL
    #1 It’s not been approved by the European Parliament. It is currently not possible to zero rate solar panels in any EU member state. “If approved.. ”
    #2 Even when it is, it will be effective from January 2025.


  30. With some trepidation last night I watched the BBC programme about the demise of the last dinosaurs based upon an excavation in North Dakota and hosted by David Attenborough at his very best. With his now beautifully modulated voice and truly wonderful phrasing he carried his audience with him to reach the conclusion that the asteroid impact, 2000 miles away, was responsible for the wiping out of the last dinosaurs at the site. What was remarkable was the finding of a dinosaur limb within a “death layer” linked with the impact by the presence of glass globules, some containing asteroid debris. And then in the dying seconds of the programme he goes and spoils it all by foolishly claiming that humans will be responsible for a comparable cataclysm. What a shame

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  31. H/t Andrew Montford on Twitter:

    “Revisiting the global hydrological cycle: is it intensifying?”


    Worth a read, IMO. This gives a flavour:

    “Overall, the preceding data and analyses, particularly those of atmospheric water, can hardly support the intensification of the global hydrological cycle. Certainly, they reveal changes but the changes appear as multi-year fluctuations and not as consistent trends. These fluctuations do not correspond to popular hypotheses attributing changes to global warming. The above results are not exceptionally new. Indeed, Sun et al. (2012) reported a near-zero temporal trend in global mean precipitation for the period 1940–2009. Nonetheless, our results are dissimilar (or opposite) to the vast majority of studies reporting intensification. The reasons for the dissimilarities are explained in Appendix A. Additional analyses, which show the absence of intensification and, more recently, deintensification, in terms of precipitation extremes, are given in Appendix B.

    The reasons for the failure of the popular hypothesis of intensification include these two: (a) the unsupported (and eventually falsified) conjecture that the relative humidity should be constant, and (b) the oversimplification of the representation of natural process, which neglects or underrates important mechanisms that affect the atmospheric water more than those related to the greenhouse effect. Among these, mostly unpredictable or unaccounted for, mechanisms are the following: (a) the tropospheric aerosols (Wu et al., 2013) affecting radiation while enabling the condensation of water vapour and formation of cloud droplets; (b) the vapour buoyancy feedback, which stabilizes the tropical climate by increasing the outgoing longwave radiation (Seidel and Yang, 2020)3; (c) the complex role of land use changes in climate (Pielke et al., 2016); and (d) the coupled atmospheric–ocean circulation fluctuations, such as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO; e.g. Trenberth et al., 2005, who concluded that the precipitable water variability for 1988–2001 is dominated by the evolution of ENSO and especially the structures that occurred during and following the 1997–1998 El Niño event).”


  32. “Extinction Rebellion: Six arrested after Olympians scale oil tanker”


    “Six people have been arrested after climate change activists, including two Olympians, scaled an oil tanker.

    Extinction Rebellion protesters surrounded the Shell tanker in Bayswater Road in London in protest at the use of fossil fuels.

    Gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and sailor Laura Baldwin had glued themselves to the top of the tanker, Extinction Rebellion said….

    …Mr Stott said he wanted to “disrupt the toxic fossil fuel industry”….”.

    From Mr Stott’s Wikipedia entry:

    “Career highlights
    2012 Summer Olympics, London – Gold Medal Men’s C2
    2011 Australian Open – Penrith Whitewater Stadium – Silver Medal Men’s C2
    2010 World Championships – Tacen – 17th place
    2010 European Championships – Bratislava – 4th place Men’s C2 & Bronze Medal Men’s Team C2
    2010 World Cup: Event 1 Prague 9th; Event 2 La Seu d’Urgell Parc Olímpic del Segre 6th, Event 3 Augsburg Eiskanal 3rd
    2009 World Championships – La Seu d’Urgell Parc Olímpic del Segre – 4th place Men’s C2, Bronze Medal Men’s Team C2
    2009 European Championships – Nottingham Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre Bronze Medal, Men’s C2, Silver Medal Men’s Team C2
    2009 World Cup: Overall 4th; Event 1 Pau 7th; Event 2 Bratislava 5th; Augsburg 5th”.

    How did he attend all of these sports events all round the world? I assume fossil fuels played a part. Despite being 15 years younger than me, I would bet that his “carbon footprint” is already significantly bigger than mine. Ditto Laura Baldwin – from her Wikipedia page:

    “Career highlights
    2004 Athens Olympics – British Olympic Sailor in the women’s one person event, the Europe Class
    2006 – ISAF World Ranked #2 in the Laser Radial class
    2008 Beijing Olympics – Australian Team Media and Marketing
    2010 – Australian Laser Radial Women’s Champion & Bronze medalist in the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships
    2012 London Olympics – Sailing Coach to Krystal Weir (AUS)
    2016 Rio Olympics – Sailing Coach to Maria Erdi (HUN)”.


  33. “South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 300 people
    President Cyril Ramaphosa blames ‘catastrophic’ rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal on climate crisis”


    I don’t for one moment wish to understate the tragedy that is occurring with regard to the South African floods. I do, however, feel a little uneasy at the instinctive knee-jerk suggestion that it’s climate change or a climate crisis whatever. Two quick points:

    First, the Guardian account tells us that “The heaviest rains in 60 years pummelled Durban’s municipality, eThekwini in Zulu.”

    Which implies they had heavier rains 60 years ago.

    Second, it’s a mere 11 days since this article appeared at the climate alarmed website, the Conversation:

    “South Africa has had lots of rain and most dams are full, but water crisis threat persists”


    “Despite the recent rains, some areas have still not recovered from continued effects of the drought which has been ongoing since 2015. It’s been described as one of the worst droughts experienced by South Africa in recent times.

    Communities, especially in the Eastern Cape province, are still facing water shortages or erratic water supply even though some major dams in other parts of the country are full. For example, the major water system of the Eastern Cape province, the Algoa Water Supply System, containing five dams supplying water to the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area, hasn’t recovered. Its water levels are still at only 17.9%….”.

    In fairness, the article does lay water shortages at lots of doors:

    “The primary drivers of this based on the findings of numerous reports and research, include unsustainably high water use and demand, persistent pollution from various sources, misappropriation of funds, collapsing or non-functional municipal sewage systems and a lack of skilled personnel.”

    Still, it’s difficult to equate a recently-ended “drought which has been ongoing since 2015. It’s been described as one of the worst droughts experienced by South Africa in recent times” with excessive rainfall being down to climate change.

    Are droughts the result of climate change, or are floods?

    “Cape Town could experience another ‘Day Zero’ this century as water supplies dry up”


    “Around the world, stronger El Nino weather patterns and climate change are bringing harsher and more frequent droughts, and already-dry southern Africa has been particularly hard hit.”


  34. “Macron uses climate change to attack Le Pen
    The French president is attempting to attract left-wing voters ahead of the final round of the French election.”


    “In a bid to woo left-wing voters for the final round of the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron on Saturday slammed his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen as a “climate skeptic”and trumpeted his own plans to build a green economy.

    Speaking in Marseille at his only large rally ahead of the April 24 vote, the liberal incumbent billed the election as a “civilizational choice” and vowed to turn France into a “great environmental nation.”

    “The choice today is clear. The far-right is a climate-skeptic project, a project that wants to leave Europe’s climate ambitions, that wants to destroy windmills,” Macron told nearly 3,000 people.

    Dedicating most of his speech to his environmental ambitions, Macron painted his opponent’s idea to dismantle wind farms and impose a moratorium on new wind and solar energy projects in France while building new nuclear power plants as out of touch and dangerous.

    “Good luck and good use of taxpayers’ money,” he said. ”

    I think, from a left-wing perspective, that it’s Macron that’s got this completely wrong. I’ve opined on this topic before, but I remain completely baffled why it tends to be those on the right who are climate sceptics, while those on the left seem keen to embrace policies that will make no difference at all to climate change while making poor people even poorer. I’ll never understand it, as long as I live.

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  35. “Government backs away from plans for more wind turbines in Copeland”


    Of interest to me is the comments. In response to somebody pointing out the difficulty of storing surplus energy, we got this incredibly crass (and ignorant response):

    “What on earth are you talking about? Of course you can store the energy. There’s this thing called a battery. And the carbon cost from making and transporting them works out as significantly less than continuing to rely on fossil fuels over even a relatively short term. Plus, jobs. Making wind turbines creates a lot of manufacturing jobs. Something we’ve lost a lot of over the decades.”

    Then we got these, rather better-informed. It’s nice to know that everyone is duped by the lies and pipe dreams:

    “And, the cost of that little wheeze for impoverished bill-payers?
    Battery storage needed to convert Germanys 2013 solar generation to baseload: 800 billion dollars, about 13 times the 66-billion-dollar cost of installing the ~33GW of solar capacity involved.
    Battery storage needed to convert solar generation equal to a year of Hinkley nuclear generation to baseload: 700 billion dollars, about 28 times the ~25 billion dollar cost of the Hinkley plant.
    Battery storage needed to convert solar + wind generation equal to a year of Hinkley nuclear generation to baseload: 350 billion dollars, about 14 times the cost of the Hinkley nuclear plant.
    Battery storage required to convert one month of UK wind generation to baseload: up to 500 billion dollars, over twice the 200 billion dollars cost of the ~100GW of wind capacity involved!”


    “And, how exactly will an exponential increase in Toxic mining save the planet?
    What Politicians, the BBC and the Media conspicuously fail to mention:
    Zero-emission fantasies ignore the essential role of fossil fuels in manufacturing ALL renewables and Electric Vehicles. From mining and processing the myriad metals and minerals for battery modules, wiring, drive trains and bodies, to actually making the components and finished vehicles, every step requires oil, natural gas, or coal.
    Usually elsewhere on Planet Earth, most often with Chinese companies in leading roles.
    From commonplace iron, copper, aluminium, and petroleum-based plastics – to exotics like lithium, cobalt, and multiple rare earth elements – these materials are dug up and turned into virtuous EVs, wind turbines, and solar panels with little or no attention to child labour, fair wages, workplace safety, air, and water pollution, toxic and radioactive wastes, endangered species or mined land reclamation.”


  36. “Ban Gas Boilers to Force People to Pay For More Expensive and Less Effective Heat Pumps, Says Government Infrastructure Adviser”


    Heat pumps, which draw energy from the air or ground using electricity, can cut carbon emissions by roughly 75%, but currently cost about £10,000 to install.

    The National Infrastructure Commission is investigating ways to fund the transition and encourage the take-up of heat pumps and will make recommendations to the Government next year.

    However, Sir John Armitt, its Chairman, suggested that a ban on the sale of new gas boilers would have to be part of the answer.

    He told the Telegraph: “Why would you move to a heat pump at somewhere between £5-£15,000 as long as you can buy or exchange for a new gas boiler for £1,500? The only way that you can make such a significant shift is by saying, well, ‘from a particular date, you will not be able to buy a new gas boiler’.”

    The Government has set an ambition for the sale of new gas boilers to be phased out by the mid-2030s, but has declined to set a date for a ban. …

    Sir John dismissed hopes that hydrogen could play a significant role in replacing gas in boilers and said there was little alternative to heat pumps for the U.K. to decarbonise its home heating, which accounts for about 14% of emissions.

    However, he said that using them to replace gas boilers in 23 million homes would require a change of attitude to heating, and might require back-up by space heaters because heat pumps work best at lower temperatures, which are maintained throughout the day.

    “What we like at the moment is just flicking the thermostat and, bang, we can raise the temperature by three degrees fairly quickly. You can’t do that with an air-source heat pump,” he said.

    “If you want instant heat, then you will have to plug something else in to give you that extra boost.”


  37. Amusing but appropriate cartoon in Sunday Times by “Roland” of a bearded, green-shirted protester carrying a placard with the words “JUST STOP OIL” while riding a bike. He looks back at his squeaking rear wheel.


  38. Quoth brave Sir John:

    But to get to 600,000 heat pumps going into homes every year, we have to reduce any disincentives for homeowners as soon as possible.

    Yeh, banning the alternative certainly “reduces the disincentive.”

    Quoth he also:

    As long as we hold 2050 net zero targets, close to our hearts, there is going to be a tension. Because to get to that point, it’s going to require very big long-term decisions which will cost money.

    Well, there is an obvious answer there.

    If you want instant heat, then you will have to plug something else in to give you that extra boost.

    Brave Sir John has no fear of flicking on a few 3kW resistive heaters.

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  39. Regarding the plan to send refugees to Rwanda, may I first say that I am opposed to it.

    However, nobody in the media seems to see the contradiction between civil servants bemoaning this plan for lack of evidence that it will work, while civil servants generally seem to be behind the net zero dogma, despite a complete lack of evidence that it is achievable, or that even if achieved it will make the slightest difference to climate change. I don’t recall any civil servants sending letters to ministers pointing to this lack of evidence re net zero.

    Similarly, the Archbishop of Canterbury objects to the UK outsourcing our responsibilities towards refugees, while apparently being quite happy for us to outsource jobs, manufacturing and emissions to China, as part of the net zero project which I believe he and his church supports.


  40. Mark, here’s an even weirder version of that dirge. I hope it doesn’t spoil your evening meal.

    The dirge itself starts at 4m18s but the best bit is perhaps at 2m30s, when a little boy with a damaged foot has a close look at the befoliaged, bestilted adults then retreats and hides behind his mum.

    Moving sideways…

    Scientists for XR have been protesting in support of one of their members, Emma Smart, who is on her second prison hunger-strike.

    To my surprise, unlike some other members of XR’s scientist sub-groups* Smart (who is infamous for trying to drive around the world in a diesel-guzzling Hilux) was once an actual scientist. Indeed she even has a fish named after her: Garra smartae. (Formerly G. smarti – the name was changed to honour Smart’s gender. Or is that sex? Tricky times.)

    *The one with the highest profile and biggest membership is Scientists for XR, whose current slogan is…


    …but there’s another. Scientist Rebellion is a tiny outfit run by only two or three people, one of whom isn’t a scientist unless science uni dropouts count as scientists. A few months ago it received a $100k grant from a billionaire-funded US campaigning org.

    One does wonder whether Climate Emergency Fund** gave the $100k to SR rather than SfXR by mistake. Newspapers have frequently confused the two outfits.

    (Has SR done anything with its windfall yet? Dunno.)

    **CEF is currently run by Margaret Klein Salamon, a self-described psychologist who is pals with Roger Hallam and other XR perps. It was founded by Trevor Nielson, a, um…

    Well, here’s a Twitter thread about him by an anti-capitalist conspiracy theorist:

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  41. “Labour split by leadership call for action against climate crisis blockades
    Plea by shadow justice secretary Steve Reed for nationwide bans on activists’ tactics angers many on left of party”


    “Labour faces an escalating internal row over the treatment of climate crisis protesters after a shadow cabinet minister backed calls for nationwide injunctions to stop them blocking critical roads and fuel supplies.

    Steve Reed, the shadow justice secretary, called for immediate and wide-ranging bans on protesters’ tactics to be put in place last week. Reed said ministers should “get on with their jobs” and block further action from the Just Stop Oil group after about 40 arrests were made at Inter Terminals in Grays, Essex, last Monday. Others were arrested at Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire….

    …However, Labour’s frontbench position has angered some MPs and prompted a growing backlash within the party, with senior figures on the left publicly stating their support for public protest.

    The issue could now flare up at the party’s conference later this year. Asked about the comments, Jamie Driscoll, the metro mayor of the North of Tyne, said that history always judged protesters differently to the “establishment of that era”.//

    Ed Miliband, the shadow climate change secretary and former party leader, has yet to publicly endorse Reed’s demands, but aides said he agreed with the position. Miliband has previously described blockades as “inappropriate and counterproductive”. Others on Labour’s frontbench are said to have concerns about the demand for injunctions.

    There is also a growing grassroots backlash on Labour’s left wing over the party’s official stance. Chris Saltmarsh, co-founder of Labour for a Green New Deal, said his group was “seriously concerned to see Labour’s frontbench calling for such a harsh response to peaceful protest calling for action on the climate crisis”.

    “The protesters’ demand to stop new fossil fuel extraction is a basic one which should be uncontroversial to a Labour party claiming commitment to decarbonisation and a Green New Deal,” he said. “Instead of trying to outdo the government on petty authoritarianism, Starmer and his team should focus on making the case for a positive and transformative vision to tackle both the climate and cost of living crises.”

    Senior figures in the party are relishing any battle, however. A Labour source said the party was taking the stance for the simple reason that it was “where the voters are”. They added: “It’s a commonsense position. Our position on climate change is strong and this doesn’t change the fact we think it’s the most pressing issue facing the planet, but we’re recognising you don’t solve it by annoying workers.””

    Is this a first crack in the net zero madness, and a recognition that voters aren’t so supportive of net zero and loony protestors as politicians seem to have been thinking? It’s a pleasant surprise, anyway, though it doesn’t say much (yet). There was me thinking that the Tories would be the first to crack.

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  42. “Met Office Changed Global Temperature Record to Add 14% to Recent Warming, Says Climate Scientist”


    “Satellite data show that global warming started to run out of steam two decades ago, but the U.K. Met Office’s record of surface temperature from 1975 was boosted by 14% at the end of 2020. At the same time, the period between 1880-1975 was cooled. The move accentuates the rise in the global temperature recorded in the 1980s and 1990s that forms the basis of much of the current hysteria about the so-called climate emergency.

    The disclosure of the apparent warming and cooling is contained in the latest State of the Climate report from Emeritus Professor Ole Humlum of the University of Oslo, and published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Professor Humlum says the post-1975 warming is about +0.1°C and the pre-1975 cooling about -0.1°C. The version-change to the fifth HadCRUT Met Office database “conveys the impression of a somewhat more rapid global temperature increase following the relatively cold period terminating around 1975”. When the Met Office first announced the change in December 2020, it admitted to 0.16°C extra warming, although it didn’t give specifics about cooling and warming either side of the 1975 mark.

    Professor Humlum also draws attention to significant retrospective changes in the American GISS surface temperature record. The graph below shows the effect of the changes made since May 2008 on the monthly temperature record, with increases in red and decreases in blue. As with HadCRUT, the changes warm the early part of the record, cool the period from 1900 to 1970, and heat up the later recordings.”

    And more. I have no idea whether Prof Humlum is correct, and he’s the chap being savaged by the Guardian for releasing a paper bigged up by the GWPF which apparently is not peer-reviewed. Still, worth a read, maybe, and worth thinking about (whether to agree or to disagree, once the evidence is weighed up).


  43. “Are there affordable ways to cut your heating bill?”


    The answer, it turns out, is no, at least if you want to go down the net zero road:

    “When Emily Hughes moved in to her new house in Peterborough, one of the first things that needed tackling was the heating system.

    “With an ageing boiler, the bills were mounting quickly,” she says.

    To be “ultra-efficient” she decided to install a whole new heating system. Solar panels were fitted to the house, along with an air source heat pump. The heat pump and panels work together with a passive heating system – a mesh of pipes encased in concrete, that stores heat in summer and slowly releases it over the winter.

    Ms Hughes says her heat pump and solar panels make her less vulnerable to energy bill price shocks, but there is still more they could do.

    “We’d like a battery storage facility to store some of the solar energy for use in the night time – but at the moment the cost (and limited supply of batteries) are proving to be issues.””

    I love that last euphemism – “issues” translates as “an impossibility”.

    Interestingly, the BBC declined to tell us how much all this cost Mr & Mrs Hughes, though they do say:

    “An air source heat pump can cost between £8,000 and £18,000, and a ground source heat pump between £20,000 and £35,000. That compares with just £1,000 to £3,000 to fit a typical gas boiler.”

    And this:

    “According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the average domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) system costs around £6,500 to install and could save people who work from home the most – up to £400 per year.”

    I love the studied vagueness – costs “around” and could save “up to” (“up to” is always the most dishonest and egregious form of words).

    And then there’s the no sh*t Sherlock conclusion:

    “But for many, such systems are way beyond their means.

    “For families struggling to pay their fuel bills, many of these measures are out of reach,” says Harriet Lamb, chief executive of climate change charity Ashden.

    Rising fuel bills will hit the least-well-off the hardest. Fuel poverty – when a household falls below the official poverty line due to spending most of their income on heating their home – is expected to rise dramatically this year.

    The number of households set to find themselves in fuel poverty is expected to surpass six million in April and could reach 8.5 million by the end of 2022 when the price cap is raised again and bills could reach over £3,500.”

    Well done, Greens, this is on you.

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  44. “For families struggling to pay their fuel bills, many of these measures are out of reach,” says Harriet Lamb, chief executive of climate change charity Ashden.

    Rising fuel bills will hit the least-well-off the hardest. Fuel poverty – when a household falls below the official poverty line due to spending most of their income on heating their home – is expected to rise dramatically this year.

    The number of households set to find themselves in fuel poverty is expected to surpass six million in April and could reach 8.5 million by the end of 2022 when the price cap is raised again and bills could reach over £3,500.”

    Well done, Greens, this is on you.

    Fair comment.

    But, while we’re at it, what’s a “climate change charity”?

    An “energy poverty charity” I’d understand. Just as the RSPB is focused on bird protection, at least nominally.

    But what is a climate change charity? Do you want more (eg bird protection) or less (energy poverty)?

    Or, like Goldilocks, just the right amount? And you know what that is how?

    As so often the manmade (or anthropogenic) is omitted but understood. In the traditional sense of not understanding.

    In this tragic context Harriet Lamb’s first comment makes Ashden sound like a compassionate energy poverty charity. Good on her and them for that.

    But then she’s all over insulation as a solution, with no mention of the downsides or how trivial the impact will be, if any, on how much the climate is going to change in the future.

    The abuse of language goes deep, aided by our state broadcaster.

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  45. Definitely a cult:

    “Women glue themselves to table at Dorset Council meeting”


    “Two women could be charged after they glued themselves to a table during a council meeting.

    Giovanna Lewis and Annie Webster have said they expect to be interviewed by the police and even charged after they interrupted a Dorset Council meeting.

    The pair glued their hands to a desk and read a statement berating the council for its lack of action on climate change.

    Dorset Police and Dorset Council have been contacted for comment.

    The two women entered the council chamber at County Hall last Thursday as Weymouth councillor Louie O’Leary was speaking in praise of nuclear power.

    His comment came as councillors were about to debate a motion by Conservative leader councillor Spencer Flower calling for the UK to secure energy self-sufficiency.

    Protestors feared the move could have led to a more lenient approach to fossil fuel and nuclear planning applications in the UK.

    Councillor Flower had explained that with the reliance on Russian gas and oil the UK needed to do what was necessary to become more self-sufficient.”

    He was wasting his time trying to explain things. Zealots aren’t interested in reason. Might it not be a good idea, when they glue themselves to things (especially if they do so outside) just to leave them there?


  46. “Climate and heritage experts call on British Museum to end BP sponsorship
    Culture Unstained put together submission stating oil company ‘falls short’ in response to climate crisis”


    “A group of climate scientists, archaeologists and those familiar with the museum industry have written to the British Museum’s board of trustees to urge them to sever a sponsorship deal with BP, arguing that it goes against the museum’s own policies and that a renewal would damage its reputation.

    The submission, put together by the group Culture Unstained, is part of an escalating campaign against the oil firm’s sponsorship of the museum, which is expected to make a decision about renewing the deal imminently.

    It is signed by Sir Robert Watson, the former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University; and Rodney Harrison, a professor of heritage studies at University College London (UCL).

    Other signatories include Willow Coningham, from the UK Student Climate Network; Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents many British Museum staff; Paul Ekins, a professor of resources and environmental policy at UCL and the former co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre; Jonathon Porritt, the founder director of Forum for the Future; Hilary Jennings, the director of the Happy Museum Project; and Dr Chris Garrard, the co-director of Culture Unstained.”

    There you go – Culture Unstained, to add to XR, Insulate Britain, Just Stop Oil, Scientists for XR and all the rest of them. It’s starting to read like part of the script from The Life of Brian.


  47. More Cloud Cuckoo Land reporting:

    “Use England’s plentiful brownfield sites for windfarms, urge scientists
    Experts cite Scottish example, with turbines along roads and rail lines, as a way to make better use of ‘cheap, clean’ energy source”


    At least someone at the Guardian has corrected the secondary headline. When I first looked at it read “Experts site Scottish example”.


  48. “Inconvenient Flatlining of Global Temperatures Airbrushed From History by the Met Office”


    “Welcome to the world of global temperature setting and climate modelling where changes, no doubt for sound scientific reasons, almost invariably promote the Net Zero agenda. On Monday, the Daily Sceptic disclosed that the fifth revision to the Met Office’s HadCRUT temperature database boosted recent global warming by 14%. In fact, this was just the latest uplift in the HadCRUT series

    In 2013, the slight cooling from 1998 to 2012 was transformed to a 0.04°C warming, a figure that subsequently found its way into the fifth 2013 IPCC assessment report.”


  49. One of Gail Bradbrook’s court cases has been postponed until November. This one was about her breaking a window at a government office in October 2019.


    The postponement could be good news. It’s because of an upcoming Court of Appeal ruling about whether the excuses used by the Colford Four were legitimate. Bradbrook has been planning to use similar excuses. If the Court of Appeal says those excuses are nuts (they are) then Bradbrook will have to find something else.

    As far as I know, her trial for breaking another window in March last year will still go ahead next Thursday. Here is her defence of that offence:


    Short version: Bankers would back vandalism if they were doom-wankers, like what I am, innit, your honour.

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  50. Irony alert. In the Guardian editorial linked to above, we are told:

    “In Italy, where the government has offered a 110% tax credit on energy-efficient home renovations, 150,000 new jobs have been created since 2020.”

    But then@

    “Italy puts 25C limit on air conditioning as energy debate rages
    ‘Operation thermostat’ initiative aimed at helping country avert energy crisis exacerbated by Ukraine war”



  51. “MPs to get scientific briefing on climate after activist’s hunger strike
    Angus Rose, 52, ends 37-day hunger strike as parliamentary group agrees to host briefing by Sir Patrick Vallance”


    I don’t want to see anyone die for their beliefs, however misguided I think they are, but I do thinking caving in to every extremist who goes on hunger strike is not a great way to run the country.


  52. Prepare yourselves because tomorrow is already in Oz, and they are suffering as Earth Day advances over them. I realise I have not prepared myself sufficiently to withstand the concerted attack of climate and green wokeness that will deluge us for the next 24 hours. Think I’ll run away and hide and not turn on the BBC. Should have realised something was up when the self-same BBC gleefully told us of the latest medallion Attenborough can wear. That had to herald something.

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  53. Gosh, even the BBC God-spot this morning turned green, with exhortations to reduce carbon and value the planet. How can common garden science prevail against the Almighty (or his representatives)?

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  54. Doublegosh! A GCSE in Natural History! But not bugs, leaves and furry things that you might expect, instead it’s CLIMATE CHANGE [tah dah] and just how very wicked we all have been. Good grief! I used to think that, thanks to Tony’s informative articles you couldn’t imagine the British education system in its treatment of woke science becoming worse than the Australian, but this now seems really uncertain. I sometimes despair.


  55. Tried posting it over at at “Sands of Time” but without success. Keep being told I had submitted it, but I hadn’t. Will now try here

    Mark. The quotations from Ann Lingard’s book bring back some of geology’s early fascination for me. How you can stand within a landscape, look around, and with instruction and perseverance begin to unravel momentous changes, like the disappearance of mighty cliffs of ice, seas retreating or returning with redoubled interest, destroying or rearranging everything. Then there are quieter interludes when dunes grow and move around and alluvium accumulates as water meadows. National parks (GB, USA, Canada, some in Europe and Australia) have put up explanatory boards that can bring your surroundings to life and make a visit so much more worth while. I have been very appreciative.

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  56. A while ago I made a promise to Richard Drake to comment upon claims made about the U.K.’s tight gas reserves. The promise was to write an article upon the subject for Cliscep and, at the time, I had every intention of doing this. I did have doubts, however, because although I have worked for two North American oil companies, I did so in the 1980s – well before organic rich shales were looked upon as anything other than hydrocarbon source rocks. Never were they considered as viable targets for yielding free-flowing oil or gas. Neither was there any inclination to develop new technology to exploit these resources. Even when later I taught oil and gas science at Toronto in the early 1990s I was blissfully unaware of the revolutions beginning to happen and to come.

    So I was fully aware that by agreeing to write the article I would require a great deal of research and in areas I couldn’t be comfortable within. Nevertheless I was prepared to do this. What I wasn’t prepared for was to find almost immediately 1) major discrepancies in even the most basic of information, and 2) the converse, an almost ubiquitous conformity of the view that current exploration for shale gas has already revealed very significant RESERVES, whereas to my mind they haven’t. I didn’t feel capable of resolving these discrepancies, so I have downgraded my article to this long post. I trust this will be satisfactory Richard?

    Almost the only geological facts I could easily establish were that the gas originates from the Bowland (or Hodder) shales which are up to 5 kilometres thick. They can be divided into a lower unit of shales and an upper unit containing calcareous bands. Different sources indicate gas comes from the lower or upper parts. Regarding organic content this is given different values, up to ten percent but more usually around four percent (which is still high). Regarding suitability as a hydrocarbon reservoir, various industry types with experience of American hydrocarbon shales have been trotted out to give their considered opinions. These vary from the Bowland shales being better than American equivalents, to not quite as good. Who knows? Another fact about the Bowland shales is they contain a much greater percentage of fine-grained quartz than most shales and much lower amounts of clay minerals. [ as an aside] When I was a student a major source of fine-grained quartz was glacially ground rock. Mud rocks containing low amounts of clay minerals were usually considered to form in glacial periods. At the time the Bowland Shales were being deposited there was a glaciation but this affected the southern continents only (= Gondwanaland)]. Why is this relevant? Well the ease of fracturing shales (actually they are probably mudstones lacking fissility) depends much upon their composition especially how much carbonate and proportion of clay minerals they contain). How easily they frack is related.

    I have lost contact with virtually everyone I knew from my oily days and so had no source of information that could put these discrepancies right.

    More importantly are the test results from Cuadrilla’s two designated tests. Both wells have bottom elements that were drilled horizontally away from the drill site location through the most promising interval in the penetrated shales. Fracking and testing would occur at intervals along the horizontal borehole. Lengths of this would be isolated with packers from the remainder of the borehole and independently put under pressure by being injected with water, sand and a chemical mix (fracking). Fractures formed would be kept open by the injected sand when the pressure was reduced and the liquid injectants retrieved. That isolated part of the well would then be allowed to flow, yielding a quantity of gas (sometimes with a little light oil). This would constitute a very time limited test of a very small part of the well. Another small part of the well bore would then be isolated off, fracked and tested, then then next, and the next. Unfortunately for Cuadrilla, fracking less than a few percent of the well bore created earth tremors which caused the whole operation to be shut down. So how much of the horizontal well bore was tested, the answer is astonishing given the amount of positive information spewed out to the outside world. Britain would have a vast new energy source based upon a borehole that has only been tested for around 10% of its length for what? A few days perhaps. Were the test lengths spread out along the entire length of the horizontal borehole, or clustered together? How variable were the relatively few test elements? Answers: no idea. This would be highly confidential data. But how are the politicians supposed to make reasoned decisions without the implications of this sort of data?

    My conclusions, such as they are, are that the U.K. probably has a huge shale gas RESOURCE, but absolutely no RESERVES whatsoever. Furthermore, for as long as there is an extremely and rigorous moratorium on causing even the slightest of earth tremors by fracking, there is absolutely no way gas resources can be converted to reserves.

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  57. Thank you Alan.

    Unfortunately for Cuadrilla, fracking less than a few percent of the well bore created earth tremors which caused the whole operation to be shut down. So how much of the horizontal well bore was tested, the answer is astonishing given the amount of positive information spewed out to the outside world. Britain would have a vast new energy source based upon a borehole that has only been tested for around 10% of its length for what? A few days perhaps. Were the test lengths spread out along the entire length of the horizontal borehole, or clustered together? How variable were the relatively few test elements? Answers: no idea.

    It’s not the only uncertainty, clearly, but that’s very helpful.


  58. Friday : We’ve now got 1️⃣0️⃣ fire engines tackling a large fire at a *waste recycling facility* on Balby Carr Bank, Doncaster- and we expect to be there all night.
    We’re fighting the fire in three sectors, all of which involve mixed waste metals.

    Saturday @SYFR
    Firefighters remain at the scene of a fire at a waste recycling site on Balby Carr Bank, Doncaster.
    However, we’ve now scaled back our attendance from 1️⃣0️⃣ to 3️⃣ fire engines.
    We’re still asking people to avoid the area and to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution


  59. SkyNews about the Australian Election
    – GreenBlob are chucking money at the Climate200 so called independent candidates
    – Wentworth, a Guardianlalaland suburb is a prime seat
    2 videos
    #1 https://youtu.be/yeG1mZvJvzI
    Note how YouTube slings a Climate Truthspeak banner along the bottom of the screen

    #2 The media make out the governing party guy is a minor candidate yet he is robustly anti-Green
    He calls out the facts
    .. https://youtu.be/IMyRcjpn-ZU


  60. “Meat: Farmers’ anger over council’s plant-based diet email”


    “Farmers have been left furious after a rural council called on staff to eat less meat.

    They want Pembrokeshire council to apologise after an internal newsletter urged staff to cut back on meat and dairy, saying a plant-based diet was healthier.

    The council said it was part of a series of tips on saving the planet.

    One of the county’s many farmers, Charles George, of Wolf’s Castle, called it a “kick in the teeth”.

    “They have got it completely wrong,” he added.

    “They should be out there encouraging people to eat local, to support local businesses, instead of having some vegan food that might have come from anywhere in the world.”…”.


  61. Wow, that’s useful:

    “Carbon Bubble in Stafford town centre highlights emissions”


    “A huge inflatable representing a tonne of carbon has been placed in Stafford town centre to encourage people to cut their carbon emissions.

    The 10ft (3m) red sphere was set up to mark Earth Day on Friday.

    Staffordshire County Council has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    It is also encouraging local residents to cutting their own carbon footprints and said it hoped the Carbon Bubble would make people think twice.

    The local authority said the county created about 5.8 million tonnes of carbon each year and the average resident produced about 5.3 tonnes a year.

    “It’s very difficult for people to understand what carbon actually looks like, so this is a great way to make people aware, Conservative Councillor Victoria Wilson said.

    “We want them to think how they can change their daily activities to reduce carbon emissions.”

    The local authority said it had already cut its own carbon emissions by 40%.

    To reaffirm its green credentials, the Carbon Bubble was transported to Market Square by two electric vehicles and was inflated with Green D+ fuel which is fossil free and made from 100% renewable energy sources, the council said.

    It was is also made of bio-degradable nylon.”


  62. No coal power on the grid since April 14th
    up until then it was going on and off EVERY day
    I doubt solar has replaced it
    Probably we were getting coal from Russia ..and stocks have run out


  63. 7pm R4 News was a strange one
    The lead was that Macron has won
    Then it went weird “and here’s French Climate spokeswoman Mme X”
    ‘You see Macron hasn’t made his Climate targets but he does believe in Climate change
    The problem is not only does the FAR RIGHT Le Pen not believe in Climate targets , she doesn’t believe in Climate change at all
    .. so France faced a backward step like Trump’s presidency’

    .. That was such a weird news bulletin
    but weirdly the hourly short news bulletins this evening are not available on Iplayer to check.


  64. Madness on stilts, especially given that NI’s contribution to global GHG emissions is miniscule:

    “Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets
    Northern Ireland Assembly’s first climate act will require the farming sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050”


    “Northern Ireland will need to lose more than 1 million sheep and cattle to meet its new legally binding climate emissions targets, according to an industry-commissioned analysis seen by the Guardian.

    The large-scale reduction in farm animals comes after the passing of the ​​jurisdiction’s first ever climate act, requiring the farming sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce methane emissions by almost 50% over the same period.

    About a third of human-caused methane emissions come from livestock, mostly from the burps and manure of beef and dairy cattle. Analysis by KPMG, commissioned by industry representatives including the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), estimates more than 500,000 cattle and about 700,000 sheep would need to be lost in order for Northern Ireland to meet the new climate targets.

    Separate analysis by the UK government’s climate advisers suggests chicken numbers would also need to be cut by 5 million by 2035. Both the pig and poultry sectors in Nothern [sic] Ireland have seen rapid growth in the past decade.”

    Logically, then, just as all over the UK we have reduced out energy security, now we’re systematically doing the same thing with regard to food security. Unless I miss read him, even Chris Stark seems to recognise a problem here:

    “Chris Stark, CCC chief executive, told the Guardian that a switch to arable farming would probably be necessary if food production levels are to remain the same in Northern Ireland. “A condition in our modelling is that we produce the same amount of food per head in 2050,” he said. “But it’s very difficult to do this unless you see a change in farming practice, and especially unless you see a shift in arable farming versus livestock.

    “So it’s a big challenge – and I’m interested to see what the executive comes up with now, since the majority of emissions come from animals. That will very soon come home to roost for Northern Ireland.”…”.

    Of course one of the reasons why farmers in wetter parts of the country tend to rear livestock rather than grow crops is because that’s what the climate dictates in terms of efficiency.


  65. “Lab-grown meat and insects ‘good for planet and health'”


    “Dining on the likes of lab-grown meat or ground-up insects could lead to big savings in carbon emissions and water, as well as freeing up land for nature.

    That’s the finding of a study calculating the environmental benefits of “greener” foods hitting our plates.

    Scientists say pressures on the planet could fall by more than 80% with such foods, compared with the typical European diet.

    But it’s not yet clear if consumers will want to shift their eating habits.”

    I should think that’s a euphemism for “this is a pipe dream; what comfortable western customer wants to eat insects and lab-grown products?”

    Further into the article we get this, which I think sums it up:

    “Dr Asaf Tzachor of the University of Cambridge, who was not part of the research team, said while these are “promising” findings, the unwillingness of consumers to shift their diets might “postpone, or indeed prevent, this much-needed transition”.”


  66. I’m sure if all the five star Michelin restaurants in the world started to promote this stuff it would catch on really quickly.


  67. The BBC at its brilliant best…???

    “How high-profile scientists felt tricked by group denying climate change”


    “By Marco Silva and Merlyn Thomas
    BBC climate disinformation reporters”

    I loved this sub-heading:

    “Selective editing and ‘manipulation'”

    Well, the BBC would know all about that.

    Surely it’s a non-story. Who has even heard of The Creative Society before now? Certainly not me. Such a lengthy article smacks of desperation, I feel.


  68. “Wind Power’s ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Threatens Climate Fight
    Turbine makers reel from soaring costs, changes in subsidies
    Chinese companies could grab more of market as rivals stumble”


    “Optimism abounds about the future of wind power, with a clean-energy boom powering robust growth in an industry that businesses and governments agree is key to slowing climate change. But a nagging problem could keep the sector from fulfilling that promise: Turbine makers are still struggling to translate soaring demand into profit.

    Wind power heavyweights Vestas Wind Systems A/S, General Electric Co. and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA are reeling from high raw material and logistics costs, changes in key clean-power subsidies, years of pressure on turbine prices and an expensive arms race to build ever-bigger machines.

    “What I’m seeing is a colossal market failure,” said Ben Backwell, chief executive officer of trade group Global Wind Energy Council, noting a mismatch between government targets for new wind power and what’s happening on the ground. “The risk is we’re not on track for net zero [emissions] — and the other risk is the supply chain contracts, instead of expanding.”…”.


  69. “Just Stop Oil protests: Protesters breach Kingsbury Oil terminal injunction”


    “A number of activists have been arrested after breaching an injunction outside an oil terminal in Tamworth.

    Members of the Just Stop Oil group blocked access to the Kingsbury Oil Terminal from 07:30 BST on Tuesday.

    A new High Court injunction in the area grants police “enhanced powers to prevent and disrupt any unlawful activity”.

    Warwickshire Police said it had detained 16 people following the demonstration.

    A breach of the injunction, granted by North Warwickshire Borough Council on 14 April, carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.”

    Time to get serious, I think.


  70. no chance, defence will just say “saving the planet” and a get out of Jail free verdict will follow.

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  71. ps – I can’t really blame Judges/courts etc.. for not clamping down on this.

    the MSM would be all over the story & most would make them out as hero’s.


  72. Now here’s an irony. Brexit bad, remember, especially in the Guardian. But today we read this:

    “Farming push to delay eco-friendly subsidies risks net-zero target – report
    Farming union NFU wants two-year delay but Green Alliance says move would keep emissions high beyond 2035”


    “There will be a “substantial gap” in UK agriculture’s efforts to reach net zero if post-Brexit environment-friendly subsidies are delayed by another two years, according to new analysis.

    The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) is urging the government to delay Environmental Land Management schemes (Elms) until 2025 and keep the EU’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in the interim period, which pays farmers for the amount of land they own, regardless of its impact on the environment.

    Representatives say this is to provide some stability during a tumultuous time for UK farmers, with the price of fertiliser rocketing due to the Ukraine war, Covid-related staff shortages, the departure of EU seasonal workers, and other Brexit-related issues. Labour’s shadow Defra secretary, Jim McMahon, has backed the NFU’s stance.

    However, analysis by the thinktank Green Alliance shows that delaying Elms – the main means of helping farmers decarbonise – would see agricultural emissions savings in 2035 at half what they could have been if the Elms programme was delivered on time. Because emissions savings are cumulative, this would put more pressure on other areas to decarbonise even faster to make up for this loss, leaving a “substantial gap in the UK’s net zero plans”, according to the report.”

    So those nasty EU farm subsidy schemes were bad for climate change, and the new ones the UK is putting in place to replace them are much better, and should be implemented asap, no delay being acceptable. Hmmm.


  73. Two stories I notice alongside each other on the BBC home page this morning:

    The second Mark already drew attention to yesterday at 7:16am. The other:

    Four ways Elon Musk might change Twitter

    is really quite a good bit of journalism, except it doesn’t mention the crucial step of making all the Twitter code open source.

    The second though is disastrously bad, and stupid, and is now adorned with a horrible pic of a ‘denier’ that would not have been out of place in Der Stürmer.

    That’s our state broadcaster for you.

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  74. Email has come in re the petition to end the ban on fracking

    “The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) have considered the Government’s response to this petition.
    They felt that the response did not directly address the request of petition and have therefore written back to the Government to ask them to provide a revised response”


  75. Richard. Reaction to that BBC picture of a denier depends upon what animal it depicts. If it’s a pig then your reaction is valid, but it’s a poor representation. To me it resembles more an elephant which is near-universally considered to be wise.


  76. Great stuff Mark.

    Alan: I could take two routes in response to your seeing a wise elephant and not a dirty pig. I don’t think the intention of the BBC home page design was to imply sceptics are wise. Not while using the disgraceful ‘climate deniers’ moniker.

    But the other point is that I had second thoughts myself. This pic I assume (now) to be an extract from one of so-called Creative Society’s own cartoons. It’s still very nasty. I think we’re being set up as allies of gross anti-semitism.

    But no time for more on that cheerful thought right now. I appreciate the feedback, as always.


  77. “Keele students to benefit from £8m renewable energy park”


    “Students will have up to half their electricity generated from renewable sources after an £8m energy centre officially opened.

    The Keele University park combines two wind turbines with 12,500 solar panels.

    The centre will save the equivalent of removing 800 cars from roads each year, the university said.

    “[This] is a fantastic thing for the university and a fantastic thing for reducing our carbon emissions,” Professor Zoe Robinson said.

    More than 10,000 students study at the university with many living on the campus and one of them, Claudia Yeboah, said it was great they will have greener energy.”

    Did the other 9,999 not agree?

    “The site will be managed and financed by energy firm, EQUANS, which signed a 25-year partnership with Keele in December 2020.”

    EQUANS is part of ENGIE, who appear to be French. Not that I’m anti-French or anything, but shouldn’t a British University be able to partner with a British company for this sort of thing? What about all those green jobs?


  78. “Scotland’s lochs and reservoirs are warming rapidly, report says”


    “Climate change has caused a rapid warming of Scottish lochs and reservoirs, according to new research.

    A report by Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (Crew) found that 97% had seen an increase in temperature between 2015 and 2019.

    The researchers have warned that the changes create a greater risk of harmful algal blooms developing.

    The Scottish government said it was “vital” that more action was taken to tackle and adapt to global warming.

    The report says that most lochs and reservoirs in Scotland warmed by between 0.25C and 1C per year over the four-year period.

    However, the temperatures in 9% of them increased by 1C to 1.3C per year.”

    I couldn’t see that the BBC provided a link to the actual report, but I found it anyway:

    Click to access CREW%20%E2%80%93%20Assessing%20climate%20change%20impacts%20on%20the%20water%20quality%20of%20Scottish%20standing%20waters%20v5_final_0.pdf

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m slightly nervous about the objectivity of a report which loudly proclaims:

    “If global warming reaches 4°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, then further significant changes in UK climate would be expected by 2050.

    Scotland, like the rest of the world and UK as a whole, is facing an unprecedented climate change crisis.”

    And not reported by the BBC are the caveats to the report:

    “It should be noted, however, that it is not possible to predict these climate change impacts precisely due to the widely recognised uncertainties surrounding climate change predictions; so, these results should be viewed with caution even though the relationships between the climate change data and the loch and reservoir temperature data have been validated for 2010 – 2019.”

    And, almost inevitably:

    “Further research is necessary to establish the relationships between climate change and water quality as the response of standing waters is complex and will be determined by the interaction of multiple factors. A key gap in our current knowledge is how climate change will affect the delivery of nutrients to a water body form its catchment – even with warmer temperatures, algal blooms cannot develop if there are insufficient nutrients available to support their growth.”

    So, perhaps the shrill headlines aren’t entirely justified. No doubt they are handy when it comes to getting extra funding for that oh so necessary further research. Cynical? Moi?


  79. Just for once, maybe this is a good idea?

    “Disused Cornish mines could heat county’s homes”


    “A £100,000 study will examine if abandoned Cornish mines can provide renewable and low-cost heating.

    The scheme will explore whether water in flooded mines can be used with heat pump technology to warm homes.

    If successful, the county’s 400 abandoned mines could improve options for off-gas grid communities – which account for half the county’s homes.

    It could also play a role in meeting Cornwall Council’s ambitions to make Cornwall carbon neutral by 2030.

    Stephen Rushworth, cabinet member for Economy at Cornwall Council, said half of the homes in Cornwall do not have access to mains gas and many are “not suitable for air source heat pumps without expensive energy efficiency measures”….”.


  80. I’ve probably linked to this before. It shows Roger Hallam at an anti-bignosed-banker (geddit?) demo outside the LSE in 2017:

    Two others in that video were involved in later Rising Up/XR/IB/etc demos.

    I haven’t been able to identify the shouty person with the fake nose. Any ideas? He or she ‬is probably a spad by now, or even an MP.

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  81. Richard – thanks for the BEEB link – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-61166339 (missed the link by Mark)
    By “BBC climate disinformation reporters.

    are the “BBC climate disinformation reporters” unbiased I wonder?
    “The group runs a network of more than 200 accounts – with hundreds of thousands of followers – across all major social media platforms.And through them, bad information about global warming is being spread.”

    plus the “bad information about global warming” is a bit child like.
    ps – thought it was global heating now?


  82. “Climate change: Don’t let doom win, project tells worriers”


    “A new project has been launched to address rising climate anxiety in students at the University of East Anglia.

    At the opening in Norwich, students told BBC News they felt hopelessness, anger and despair about climate change.

    They worry how they will live in a world with an unpredictable climate and the destruction of nature.

    On Thursday a new survey found that 45% of UK students worry about climate change once a week or more.

    Literature student Meg Watts, 22, said that she had experienced depression after being overwhelmed by the scale of problems facing the planet. And she sought therapy after developing disordered eating when trying to cut out food packaged with plastic.

    The new programme was developed with mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind, who realised young people were coming for counselling about their fears about climate change.

    Common worries were about food security and whether or not to have children, explained Ruth Taylor from Mind. “Young people are trying to get ready for what is coming,” she suggests….”.

    I’ve got a better idea – stop indoctrinating them with doom-mongering lies. You don’t need a new “project”. Just stop dishonestly scaring them.


  83. PS, the article ends with this (what on earth has gone so badly wrong with universities?):

    “Students’ advice on how to cope with climate anxiety
    Recognise your feelings – it’s OK to feel bad about climate change
    Write down your anxieties in a list. Cross off any you can’t control
    Find things that calm you down when you are distressed – it could be a song, exercise, or meditation
    Try to find something – small or big – that you can do and commit yourself to it”


  84. For goodness sake, UEA students worrying about whether to have children because of climate change! Some people have a hell of a lot to answer for. I suspect it’s not my old hunting ground – the School of Environmental Science. In fact I would wager that rather few of its students are of the worrying persuasion.

    Things haven’t changed much have they. In my day it was the Russians with their nuclear weapons, and those missiles were very real. They still are. Yet students are more concerned about climate fantasies and not Putin’s threats.

    The mind boggleth.

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  85. Alan, truly it is deeply depressing. I worry about what on earth is going on at our universities (and schools). What on earth are they telling young people to scare them so? Whatever happened to the critical faculties of the young? As for those climate cafes, the whole experience (including the language relating to them) looks like a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous:

    “Sitting on chairs in circles, groups of students at the launch on Tuesday described their feelings about climate change.

    “I have phases – sometimes I feel like it’s not my fault, it’s down to people-in-power. Then I read something else that says if we are not taking action, we are like climate deniers,” said one participant.

    “I have ups and downs. My future job will be about helping people, but sometimes I think what’s the point in my education if we can’t stop climate change?” another said.

    Political inaction and negative news stories contribute to feelings of despair, some said.

    Summing up their feelings in one word after the discussion, a handful of participants said “motivated”, “peaceful,” “empowered” and “encouraged”, adding that sharing made them less alone.”

    I know I must be getting old when I read that, and I reflect that in my days at university people who spoke and acted like that would have been laughed at for being so intellectually lightweight and generally pathetic. And our generation at university weren’t uncaring – we supported each other and helped fellow students who had genuine problems.


  86. “Just Stop Oil protesters sabotage petrol pumps on M25 motorway
    Environmental activists say action is ‘significant escalation’ in campaign against fuel distribution in England”


    “Environmental activists have sabotaged petrol pumps at two motorway service stations, in what they described as a “significant escalation” in their campaign against fossil fuel distribution in England.

    About 35 supporters of the Just Stop Oil campaign staged blockades at the Cobham services in Surrey and the Clacket Lane services in Kent, both on the M25, smashing the display glass on petrol pumps with hammers and defacing them with spray paint.

    The action against new fossil fuel targets came after the companies controlling the fuel terminals that had previously been targeted obtained civil injunctions banning protests at their sites.”

    Well, it’s criminal damage now. Protesting is one thing, and I support their right to protest peacefully, so long as their behaviour doesn’t hurt others, even though I profoundly disagree with them.. Criminal damage is another thing altogether.


  87. Just come from a geology lecture.
    Its worldview of full colour complexity seemed to bust a few of the dogmas from the black and white simplicity of the green dreamers
    It was about blowholes

    #1 Water does not always flood the lowest point of the land
    cos geology is complex.
    Here we have chalk hills which are bounded by clay bands and then further away gravel.
    So the rain impregnates the the chalk to a depth but cannot escape sideways into the clay zones
    so causing a watertable under the clay which has pressure
    On the slope’s of the hill the clay is thick
    but further down the water finds weak spots and we get blowholes as the water rises up bring up some white sand with it. The weakspots are often not the lowest lands.
    So you do get boggy ground above sea level

    #2 Constant coastal erosion will not go on forever
    I think he said the rock under the clay is the ancient cliffs from an original sea
    and current erosion is in the soft soil, that soft soil is a result of silt from a later higher sea.
    The East coast is eroding but does hit the original cliffs and that stands up to erosion force and doesn’t erode.
    At Scarborough this line has been hit already.

    #3 Heatpumps may be a risk
    These blowholes are an incredible natural phenomenon with ponds forming of cold very pure water cos it is well filtered by the metres of chalk.
    The councils are keep to preserve them
    And issue is that when man starts digging deep into the land it causes a new weaker spot
    So if you are in that area and start digging deep holes for heatpumps there is a risk the local clay gets weakened .. the water then floods your hole
    And at the existing ancient blowholes the pressure falls so they dry up.


  88. Bignosed banker sounds like a Jewish stereotype
    “7th June 2017. Theatre group Life Not Money at the LSE street theatre protest supporting London School of Economics cleaners who have taken a series of weekly strikes for equality.”
    (BTW on April 25th, Four people have been arrested and charged with Criminal Damage
    so their names should be on record)

    Twitter account https://twitter.com/LifeNotMoney
    they have FB too https://www.facebook.com/LIFE-NOT-MONEY-at-the-LSE-1857494621197747/

    Image library

    ” The LSE and employers Noonan treat them as second-class citizens, refusing to recognise their union the United Voices of the World and giving them low pay and grossly inferior conditions to directly employed staff.
    Two sprayed a chalk slogans on the road while others alternated chanting ‘London School of Exploitation’ with loud blowing of vuvuzelas.
    They then performed a short play in which a character playing the LSE director tore the shirts off the backs of several cleaners and boasted about his huge and rapidly rising salary, while a student and a lecturer made excuses about not intervening.
    (Credit Image: © Peter Marshall )


  89. “Climate crisis – not China – is biggest threat to Pacific, say former leaders
    Pacific Elders Voice group says military tension ‘created by China and the US and its allies’ are secondary to rising seas and catastrophic cyclones”


    A rather curious headline, given that China is the largest ongoing contributor to the so-called “climate crisis”. Perhaps a more honest headline would say that China is a huge threat to the Pacific, both because of military tension and because of its role in contributing to the “climate crisis”.

    I’m not sure why climate alarmists are so determined to destroy western lifestyles while not complaining about or taking action against the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.


  90. “Is wind power really the solution to our green energy needs?”


    “…A whole new nomenklatura of ESG experts and consultants have emerged, ready to feast upon the regulatory opportunity. They will do an intimate examination of investment committee minutes, study deal analytics in fine detail, and cross-reference them to reporting standards. At the end of a very expensive process they will pronounce: ‘You need to invest more in renewable energy… I suggest a course of wind power.’

    That’s the prescription for curing what ails the global environment. Long-term, I expect it’s about as likely to work as a course of medieval leeches. The reality of wind power is that it is a miserable business.

    GE Renewable Energy recently posted a widening first-quarter loss on the back of slowing offshore wind sales in the US and rising materials costs. Vestas, one of the largest Original Equipment Manufacturers is trying to hike its prices by 20% as inflation bites. A few weeks ago, Siemens Gamesa, the Siemens part-owned manufacturer of some of the largest offshore wind structures, gave its third profit warning in less than a year, saw its stock tumble, and warned of rising costs and supply chain issues. The company is struggling to buy out minority shareholders and refocus the business.

    Meanwhile, the latest 11 MW wind turbines are 225 meters tall with 200-meter rotors. They require a super-ship to transport them around the globe to the site.

    Wind farms have a variety of issues. As they get larger so they can produce the amounts of ‘clean’ renewable power we anxiously desire, they get harder and harder to build, transport and install. They are complicated to dispose of. Although you can recycle the steel and electrical stuff, the blades were built to last, and they probably will, as landfill.

    We also don’t have nearly as much data as we should. Nothing is transparent about performance and maintenance. Early wind farm turbines are being replaced with bigger, more ‘efficient’ models well before their expected end-of-service dates. There is probably a compromise to achieve the most-efficient size for a wind turbine. This would optimise the high carbon costs of its construction, installation, maintenance and disposal against its long-term energy production. However, at the moment, the wind industry isn’t interested in small. It’s all about bigger and (apparently) better….”.


  91. 3 Years ago ” Mr Gupta of Liberty Steel told the BBC he believed jobs at Port Talbot could be saved … green steel – melting and recycling scrap using renewable energy.”

    Yesterday : “staff at the Serious Fraud Office have visited Liberty Steel HQ over money laundering and other offences”

    “The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have raided all of Liberty Steel’s offices in the UK after French police did the same in Paris on Tuesday.
    It won’t be long until Nicola Sturgeons in front of them on why she gave them £568m & a 114 acre hunting estate ”



  92. “‘This really is the future’: HGV manufacturers race to decarbonise trucks
    Lorry vehicle makers are backing a range of technologies from gas to battery electric to cut UK’s carbon footprint on the roads”


    Really? Even the article says:

    “The problems are range and cost. The LF Electric, of which 25 have been built so far, has a 220km range and smaller 19-tonne capacity that prevents it from taking on the motorway trucking routes that serve as the backbone of modern economies. And the sticker price is currently three times that of a diesel.

    Even Elon Musk has been unable to crack the problem, judging by the Tesla Semi which is now years overdue. Nikola this week began production of electric “semis” at its new Arizona plant, but only after its founder, Trevor Milton, was charged with allegedly rolling a prototype down a hill to pretend it was working. Some experts think it will be 2025 before larger electric trucks hit the mainstream.”

    Maybe the distant future.


  93. “Impact of energy-draining ‘vampire devices’ overstated, says tech expert
    Unplugging equipment normally left on standby may not save consumers as much cash as hoped”


    “As the cost-of-living crisis bites, and households look for any opportunity to cut the bills, headlines suggesting consumers can save hundreds of pounds just by turning off unused chargers have been an appealing prospect. But, experts say, such claims about “vampire devices” are actually more like a zombie statistic….

    …One recent report from British Gas claimed “Brits could … save an average of £110 per household per year by simply flicking a switch”. The energy provider said 23% of British energy bills were caused by “vampire electronics, those that continue to drain power when left on standby”.

    But that statistic came from a 2015 report from the US National Research Defence Council, based on analysis of homes in California. “Think about the laptop you used 10 years ago,” Melson says: “That might need a big ugly plug in the middle, a big transformer. By and large, now you can just plug them straight into USB-C: that is much more energy efficient, and there is no need to draw power.”

    As well as being seven years old and based on another country’s energy, consumers may struggle to make some of the suggested savings: a third of the “always on” electronics identified in the study are “recirculation pumps, fishponds, aquariums, and protected outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and garages.” Consumers who switch off their aquarium at night can save money but their fish may object….”.

    There’s a lot of this sort of thing out there. I’m glad to see that the Guardian is starting to dig beneath the claims. If only it would do so about many of the dodgy climate change and renewables energy claims routinely pushed there.


  94. radio4 5:30pm Green Agenda again :Heat Pumps
    Not complete propaganda, but rather soft criticising like a mother giving an opinion on her own child.

    “Are they economic ?” “yes” they said ..adding “well if they are subsidised and gas prices keep going up”
    Doh ..SUBSIDIES are not paid by magic unicorns ..they are unsustainable


  95. “Elections 2022: How are local councils tackling climate change?”


    The correct answer, of course, is that they’re not. They can’t. Their share of global GHG emissions and influence on the climate is so minuscule as to make no difference to anything. It doesn’t stop the BBC giving it the full treatment, however. The bizarre thing is that the BBC pundits have convinced themselves that climate will be a critical issue at the local elections.

    “Local elections are taking place across England, Scotland and Wales on Thursday, and environmental questions may play a large part in people’s voting decisions.” Note how the BBC elides climate and environmental issues – of course much “climate action” is damaging to the environment, but the BBC would never recognise that.

    My prediction is that we will see an extremely low turnout, and that climate will be very low down on the list of priorities for those who do that. Where I live, my “choice” is between Tories, Labour and Lib Dems, and they’re all signed up to the net zero agenda. I shall be spoiling my ballot, so as not to be labelled apathetic.

    After the event, when they see the low turnout, my guess is that politicians of all parties will start to talk about the need to work harder to get their message across, in blissful ignorance of the fact that the low turnout will be because they’ve got their message across – we hear them loud and clear – and we don’t like it.

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  96. It seems one article on this desperately sad and ridiculous story isn’t enough for the BBC:

    “Climate change: How can I deal with my eco-anxiety?”


    “Rachel Hurst is a student at the University of East Anglia helping other students to address their climate anxieties through on-campus climate cafes.

    It’s part of a new programme created by the university and mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind, who saw young people worried about climate change using their services.

    A recent global survey has found 39% of UK students see climate change as one of the top issues for their generation.”

    Followed by a link to the earlier, larger, article.


  97. A while ago I drew attention here to the Guardian’s CO2 tracker, and expressed surprise that it went down 0.1ppm a few weeks ago. Well, that didn’t last. While I’ve been watching it this year, it’s been going up slowly but surely, from (iirc) 418.5 to a new high of 419.1ppm this morning. So that’s all going well, then.


  98. There’s no denying that these are extremely high temperatures:

    “‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves
    April temperatures at unprecedented levels have led to critical water and electricity shortages”


    Three strange aspects to the story, however.

    1. The map used to illustrate the story shows temperatures in northern India and Pakistan much higher than normal, but temperatures across central and southern India, Myanmar, Indo-China etc seem to be much colder than usual. Of course, the story doesn’t mention that.

    2. We are told “Rehman warned that the heatwave was causing the glaciers in the north of the country to melt at an unprecedented rate, and that thousands were at risk of being caught in flood bursts.” But contradictorily, “…“The water reservoirs dry up. Our big dams are at dead level right now, and sources of water are scarce,” she said.”.

    3. The irony of the final paragraph seems to be lost on the Guardian:

    “India is facing its worst electricity shortage in six decades. Power cuts lasting upwards of eight hours have been imposed in states including Jharkhand, Haryana, Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra as domestic coal supplies have fallen to critical levels and the price of imported coal has soared. In a bid to speed up the transport of coal across the country, Indian Railways cancelled more than 600 passenger and postal train journeys to make way for transportation of coal to power plants.”


  99. “Sunak urged to issue green bonds with higher returns if climate goals missed
    Thinktank says following Chile’s example would give ministers greater incentive to meet targets”


    “Rishi Sunak is being urged to issue a new generation of green bonds that would offer higher returns to investors if the UK government fails to hit its climate change targets.

    The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said its plan for sustainability-linked bonds would provide ministers with a greater incentive to meet carbon-reduction goals and would help boost the UK’s prospects of being a global financial hub for green finance.

    A report to be published on Tuesday by the thinktank calls on the chancellor to follow the example of Chile, the first country to peg the borrowing costs on its government debt to tackling global heating….”.


  100. April 29th @TomHeapMedia was doing ACTIVISM
    “presenting his *39 Ways To Save The Planet* @BristolUni #ClimateEmergency Day of Action”

    Is that why he wasn’t working on Countryfile yesterday ?


  101. Radio4 whilst travelling today
    8pm Nell Frizzell contemplates whether climate change should stop her having a second child.

    Nell speaks to
    #1 Dr Matt Winning, comedian and author of Hot Mess, a book about raising a baby and understanding climate change.

    #2 musician Blythe Pepino, who formed and then disbanded the campaign group BirthStrike,
    (Bio “Queer Hairy She/Her. Band” )

    #3 Les Knight, a campaigner for the extinction of the human race.
    (Bio “Volunteer in the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement”)

    #4 reproductive epidemiologist Dr Shanna Swan, whose book Count Down predicts the potential end of natural conception.

    @ZedPea .. Bio “fighting catastrophic climate change”
    @sophiepavs Bio “Zoologist @RSPBEngland”
    #7 Rowan Tilly XR activist let off by crazy judge

    #8 Thomas Sinclair lefty with XR too

    BBC is so balanced

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  102. “How phantom forests are used for greenwashing”


    “Capturing carbon by increasing forest cover has become central to the fight against climate change. But there’s a problem. Sometimes these forests exist on paper only – because promises have not been kept, or because planted trees have died or even been harvested. A new effort will now be made to track success and failure.”


    “Why Europe will have to face the true cost of being in debt to China”


    “Billions of dollars of Chinese money are boosting some European economies – but some of the deals being struck have a catch. Critics say they are “debt traps”, where China gets to choose what happens if loans aren’t repaid.

    China insists it is a reliable investment partner – but it is also facing allegations of worker exploitation and environmental damage.”


    “The perfect storm increasing the cost of a crucial metal”


    “In the next few years, millions of people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). All those cars and trucks will run on batteries containing metals such as cobalt, lithium and nickel.

    But shortages of metals could potentially hobble the EV boom.”


  103. Cobalt and nickel are to be found abundantly within deep-sea nodules. The upcoming shortages doubtless are reason enough for the renewed focus upon their exploitation and the division amongst the woke as to whether they should be exploited. Trash the deep sea parts of the planet to protect us against trashing the atmosphere by continuing to use hydrocarbons. What a dilemma.

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  104. Increasingly there have been calls for major oil companies, who are benefiting from so-called windfall profits that they have not earned, to be subjected to a windfall tax, which it is argued could be used to relieve the fuel impoverished from recent price increases. Today I heard Labour’s Leader Sir Kier Starmer make the case, and upon first hearing it seems a good case. Companies like BP are benefiting from a massive oil price increase that “they haven’t earned” from producing oil from the North Sea (much of which comes from British territory). Meanwhile this price increase translates into hardship for the British people, that might be mitigated by extra taxation stripping oil companies of this “unearned” portion.

    As a former oil company employee I judge this to be unmitigated politicking. Oil companies have already paid for a licence to explore for and, if successful, produce oil and gas from blocks in the North Sea. What Starmer failed to mention is that North Sea profits are already taxed at a rate of 40%, which is far higher than for any other resource. So it’s not just the oil companies that will benefit, the government will also and massively. I have yet to hear that this windfall profit to the government should be used to alleviate fuel cost distress.

    If price rise profits can be taxed, then surely at times when oil prices plummet either the rate hydrocarbons are taxed should be reduced, or oil companies at such times should be subsidised for producing necessary goods. But this hasn’t happened in the past. I can remember times when the costs of producing every barrel of oil were more that it could be sold for. Geologists and geophysicists were laid off in their droves.


  105. Alan, of course, everything you say is true. “Green” energy companies are also making unusual profits just now, but nobody seems to be calling for them to pay a windfall tax, let alone call for a reduction in their subsidies.

    By the way, tucked away in the BBC article (conveniently missing from the headline and from political rhetoric) is this:

    “BP said it had taken a $24.4bn hit on its decision to exit its shareholding in Russian energy giant Rosneft following the Kremlin’s assault on Ukraine.

    Including the cost of exiting its 19.75% shareholding in Rosneft, BP reported a loss of $20.3bn for the first quarter.”


  106. Alan – thanks for bring up the windfall tax debate that some parties are pushing for & is getting a big nudge by the MSM.

    as you say, when prices plummet, as happens with all global supply & demand companies from time to time, nobody cares.
    “it’s your bed, lie in it” attitude seems to prevail. but when they get a whopping profit that helps offset the bad years, all certain parties & MSM focus on is the “whopping profit”.


  107. “Firm’s search for gas in Isle of Man waters allowed to continue”


    “A Manx firm has been given more time to search the island’s territorial waters for gas so that “all options are kept open”, the chief minister has said.

    Crogga’s exploration licence has been extended until 2024 to allow seismic surveys and exploratory drilling in an area off Maughold Head.

    Alfred Cannan said it was the “right decision” given uncertainty over security of global energy supplies.

    Campaigners previously said it conflicted with Manx climate targets.

    Mr Cannan said while he accepted it would be “contentious”, any find could bring “substantial revenues” to the island that could help pay for investment in renewable energy and improving housing to reduce heating bills.”

    A curate’s egg of a response, but better than nothing, I suppose.


  108. I check out the Guardian every day, and also look at the 10 most read stories. I can’t remember the last time any of them was about the “climate crisis”.

    Meanwhile, I see that “renewable” energy (solar, wind and hydro) is currently contributing 4.6% of the UK’s electricity needs, while fossil fuels (gas and coal) are supplying 61.6%. For the past week, renewables have contributed just 12%, and that at a time of year when solar should be doing very well.


  109. dfhunter, what causes my blood pressure to rise is when the MSM and political parties speak of oil companies making obscene profits. This results from an extremely common misunderstanding that oil companies are extremely wealthy and their investors also gain large returns. When I taught my teaching module on Fossil Fuels at UEA I used to get a copy of the Telegraph, which then had stock prices, and get my students to compare dividends from oil companies and other investments. The low relative returns was one of the first shocks my students were subjected to.

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  110. “Turbine at largest floating wind farm needs repairs”


    “A turbine which is part of the world’s largest floating wind farm is to be removed for repairs, BBC Scotland has learned.

    The six-turbine floating Kincardine Wind Farm – which is nine miles (15km) off the Aberdeenshire coast – began operating fully in October last year.

    No-one from the project was available for official comment.

    However, it is understood the turbine in question could be out of action for up to three weeks.”

    A fuller version of the story can be found at Scotland Against Spin, which includes this:

    “The turbine and its floating foundation will have to be removed from the array and towed to an undisclosed port location while the work is carried out.”

    My money is on the port location where the repair work will be carried out being undisclosed, is because I assume that it isn’t in the UK. Where did all the green jobs go?


  111. Alan – just watched a prog on the rise of Amazon.

    It lost money in the early years (20yrs I think) but now are raking it in (pandemic helps but doorstep delivery is the key).

    windfall tax for them next?

    makes me wonder why you would strive to be successful in UK with tax rates (not sure where we are against EU)


  112. What an extraordinarily strange world it is when Putin apparently sees nothing wrong in invading a sovereign state, without provocation, committing war crimes, causing death and destruction, and yet feels it necessary to apologise for his Foreign Minister’s comments about Hitler possibly having Jewish ancestry.


  113. “African Governments to Western Eco-Imperialists Who Tell Them Not to Drill Their Own Oil and Gas – Get Lost”


    “It was never going to work. Telling African countries to stop developing their economies by banning cheap, reliable fossil fuel is little more than an eco-imperialist dream. Writing in Monday’s Daily Telegraph, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni lauded the discovery of oil in Lake Albert, but noted it was a battleground for the green NGOs and activists who claim that Armageddon is nigh at every opportunity.

    “We are accustomed to these lectures, but we are tired of hearing them,” he added.

    For the last decade, the West through the IMF and the World Bank has imposed a moratorium on support for African fossil fuel development – initially coal and more recently oil and gas as well. Museveni notes that in Africa the population is set to double by 2050, “and it is becoming increasingly clear that our energy needs cannot be met with a sudden shift to more expensive and less reliable solar and wind alone”….”.


  114. “Huge volume of water detected under Antarctic ice”


    “Vast quantities of water have been detected in sediments that underlie a part of the West Antarctic ice sheet.

    The volume is equivalent to a reservoir that is several hundred metres deep.

    The water was detected below the Whillans Ice Stream, but its presence is likely replicated elsewhere across the White Continent.

    That being the case, it could be an important influence on how Antarctica reacts to a warmer world, researchers tell the journal Science this week.

    Water at the base of glaciers and ice streams generally works to lubricate their movement.

    The transfer of water into or out of this deep reservoir has the potential therefore to either slow down or speed up ice flow.

    Models that simulate future climate impacts will now have to account for it.”

    So the all-seeing models didn’t previously account for this previously unknown unknown? Meaning they were rubbish? There was me thinking the science was settled….

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  115. Here in Cumbria, we are facing a nonsensical Council reorganisation. As things stand, we have 6 district/borough councils and an over-arching Cumbria County Council. The powers that be have decided to shake things up and scrap the district/borough councils, going for a unitary council arrangement instead. I agreed with this, since Cumbria has a population of only c 500,000 people, with almost 1/4 of them in Carlisle alone. The obvious answer, it seemed to me, was to leave Cumbria County Council in situ, since it already exists, with a Cumbria-wide infrastructure in place, and transfer the district/borough council functions to it. Needless to say the reorganisation is a mess, supported by our local Tory MP, with the county being divided into two completely new councils, who will have to set up all systems from scratch, at unnecessary expense. Our new council (Cumberland) has just elected a Labour majority, so maybe Mark Jenkinson, our Tory MP< can go away now and reflect on that.

    All of which is a digression. The new Cumberland Council sees 2 Green Councillors elected, one of whom is Jill Perry. Believe it or not, I'm happy for her. Jill has been at the forefront of the Greens here for a very long time, and is a decent and sincere person, IMO. Finally, after decades of trying, she has been elected as a councillor. So long as the party she represents never gets near the levers of power, I think she will be a force for good and decency on the new Council.

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  116. Still no climate stories among the 10 most viewed at the Guardian website. In first place today is “Blind date: ‘I guessed she was 10 years younger but she thought I was older than I am’”.


  117. “Mine e-waste, not the Earth, say scientists”


    “The recycling of e-waste must urgently be ramped up because mining the Earth for precious metals to make new gadgets is unsustainable, scientists say.

    One study estimated that the world’s mountain of discarded electronics, in 2021 alone, weighed 57 million tonnes.

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) says there now needs to be a global effort to mine that waste, rather than mining the Earth.

    Global conflicts also pose a threat to supply chains for precious metals.

    The RSC is running a campaign to draw attention to the unsustainability of continuing to mine all the precious elements used in consumer technology.”

    Fair enough, but it isn’t just “consumer technology”, is it? It’s Net Zero, renewables, and all the rest of it.


  118. Sincere but deluded?

    “Climate hunger striker expresses shock at being ignored by ministers
    Angus Rose starved himself for more than five weeks outside parliament until Green MP Caroline Lucas arranged compromise”


    “The climate hunger striker who starved himself for more than five weeks outside parliament has said he did not expect ministers would ignore his demands and potentially let him die.

    Angus Rose had said he would not eat until Greg Hands, the energy minister, arranged for Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientist, to give politicians and, via broadcast, the public, the climate change briefing he gave to Boris Johnson before the Cop26 climate summit.

    After 37 days, as fears grew of long-term harm or even sudden death, and with no sign of a concession from ministers, he relented after Caroline Lucas, the Green MP, arranged a briefing for MPs through the all-party parliamentary group on climate change. Rose had originally asked for Vallance to do a televised briefing of cabinet rather than address a parliament committee, but said he was happy with the outcome.”

    Not really news, either. This is the Guardian’s second bite of this cherry (at least).


  119. “Hundreds of Iraqis hospitalised as thick sandstorm blankets country
    Flights suspended and authorities urge people to stay indoors as fifth sandstorm in a month hits Iraq”


    “…However, Azzam Alwash, head of the non-profit organisation Nature Iraq, warned that “climate change alone doesn’t give the whole picture” and that inappropriate farming practices and mismanagement of water resources had contributed to the problems.

    “Climate change has become a very convenient excuse for officials to avoid responsibility for not taking action over the last 20 to 40 years,” he said.

    Desertification, resulting from old irrigation practices dating back to the Sumerian age, and rising water salinity are also factors, he said. “These are policy issues.”…”.

    Well, quite:


  120. An interesting and thoughtful piece, that might cast doubt on the wisdom of climate alarmism:

    “Climate crisis: what lessons can we learn from the last great cooling-off period?”


    But, inevitably, it has to end with:

    “We had better learn fast, because the little ice age was just a taster. Back then, the average global temperature cooled by a fraction of a degree, but we’ve already warmed it by 1.1C, and are set to blow past 1.5C in the next few decades.”


  121. Guardian 2015:

    “Climate change making droughts in Australia worse as rain patterns shift
    Climate Council report says projected decreases in average rainfall are linked to reduced agricultural productivity and increased suicide risk in rural areas”


    “The report’s author, Professor Will Steffen, said a much clearer picture of climate change’s influence on drought was emerging through recent research.

    “There is stronger evidence that the front that brings rain in from the Southern Ocean has shifted south by about a degree in latitude, while the subtropical ridge, which is a belt of high pressure in central Australia, has intensified,” he said.

    “We are seeing this kind of thing consistently around the planet. This is being driven very strongly by climate change, through the models and supported by observations.”

    Steffen said future rainfall decreases of even 10% would have “pretty serious” implications for urban water supplies due to the reduced flow of water into catchments.”

    Guardian 2019:

    “Drought to become more frequent and severe due to climate change – government report
    Report advises Australia to maintain drought preparations, even in times of normal rainfall”


    “But in his report to the government, the recommendations of which the cabinet has had since April but only released on Thursday, Day highlighted the role climate change would have in extending and worsening Australia’s droughts.

    “As a consequence of climate change, drought is likely to be more regular, longer in duration and broader in area,” Day reported.

    “It means that farmers and communities who rarely see drought are likely to see it more often. And those that have been managing drought for many years may now see it intensify beyond their lived experience.

    “Ultimately, the nation could see some areas of Australia become more marginal and unproductive.”…But in his report to the government, the recommendations of which the cabinet has had since April but only released on Thursday, Day highlighted the role climate change would have in extending and worsening Australia’s droughts.

    “As a consequence of climate change, drought is likely to be more regular, longer in duration and broader in area,” Day reported.

    “It means that farmers and communities who rarely see drought are likely to see it more often. And those that have been managing drought for many years may now see it intensify beyond their lived experience.

    “Ultimately, the nation could see some areas of Australia become more marginal and unproductive.””

    Guardian 2022:

    “Flooding fears as La Niña brings heavy rain to north-east Australia
    Analysis: It has already been a very wet autumn in eastern Australia, as weather event drives heavy rainfall”


    “It has already been a very wet autumn in eastern Australia. Now further heavy rain will bring the potential for flooding in the north-east of the country over the next few days.

    La Niña has been the main driver behind the wet weather across Australia during what is autumn in the southern hemisphere. During a La Niña event, the sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific are colder than normal, meaning that the usual easterly winds across the equator are strengthened. The result of this is that more moisture is fed into north-eastern parts of Australia in particular, with an increase in associated heavy rainfall events.

    This is what has been seen for much of the last couple of months in Australia, after Brisbane on the east coast broke its three-day and seven-day rainfall records back in the last week of February. Low pressure has and will continue to affect northern parts of Australia, with east or north-easterly winds feeding in from the Pacific, helping to seed heavy rain.

    Some parts of central Queensland recorded 100-150mm of rainfall on Monday. And the north-east coast between Townsville and Yeppoon could get 150-200mm quite widely in the 24 hours to 6am on Wednesday, with the potential locally for 200-300mm as the low pressure system moves eastwards out into the Pacific. This level of rainfall is likely to lead to widespread flooding in this area.”


  122. BBClocal news : what as the mad enviro reporter got for us today
    “Floating Homes against flooding”
    Anyone logical would just stick some pontoons under a caravan
    but this is PRasNews for a Hull university project and the builder
    and it seems the Prof with the US accent Ms Hiatt Jackson has been given a load of money by the taxppayer
    so has built full size floating house
    “Plans to build a whole settlement for testing

    “Local builder Andrew Parker has invented tis floating house”
    Footage shows the house in the research lab at Wallingford, Oxon


  123. local radio 8am bulletin
    News : a popular pub is to be bulldozed for 20 houses

    Not News : Hull hospital says they are saving hundreds of thousands of pounds per month due to the solar panels they installed in February,
    they say they are the only hospital in Europe to be powered ENTIRELY by solar panels.

    #1 That is PRasNews
    #2 It’s clearly false .. the hospital spends much of the time being powered by non-solar, no-wind


  124. Local ITV news, you had to wait until the end of the report to know it was PRasNews
    “So the YWT Puffin festival takes place all next week”

    The beginning was hype from the studio anchors
    “Puffins are severe danger from Climate Change”
    then the report had two YWT staff shouting Climate Change.

    AFAIK researchers often mark a zone as a Puffin counting zone
    and they don’t count puffins the other side of the line
    In the real world puffin populations often move to other areas or even just over the line
    So don’t get counted this year, when the were counted last year etc.

    Reporter https://www.twitter.com/mbillingtonitv/status/1524068117760155650


  125. Pointless as an article doesn’t begin to describe it:

    “Climate change: ‘Fifty-fifty chance’ of breaching 1.5C warming limit”


    “The likelihood of crossing a key global warming threshold has risen significantly, according to a new analysis.

    UK Met Office researchers say that there’s now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years.

    Such a rise would be temporary, but researchers are concerned about the overall direction of temperatures.

    It’s almost certain that 2022-2026 will see a record warmest year, they say….

    …The study suggests that temperatures between 2022 and 2026 will be between 1.1C and 1.7C higher than pre-industrial levels.

    The Met Office researchers predict that for any one year in the period, the likelihood of breaching the 1.5C level is around 48%, or close to 50:50….”.

    This is science? A five year period where world temperatures might be anything between two temperatures 0.6C apart? I don’t think I need the Met Office to tell me that. Mystic Meg could have done it.


  126. “Green light for Torbay Hospital’s £3.1m solar park plans”


    “Plans to power Torbay Hospital with a £3.1m solar park were approved by councillors on Monday.

    A planning committee on the town’s council voted to allow the application, which will sit on a disused landfill site called Nightingale Park.

    Once installed it will see the hospital powered by renewable energy fed to the site by an underground cable.

    Councillor Swithin Long said it would help the area achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

    At least it isn’t trashing a greenfield site.


  127. “Animal Rebellion: Activists want meat cut from Wales’ school dinners”


    “Activists Animal Rebellion are urging councils to drop meat from school dinners at least two days a week.

    The group is lobbying councils across the UK and claims to have persuaded one in England to sign up.

    Member Dave France, from Welshpool, Powys, claimed children had record levels of “eco-anxiety”.”

    And whose fault is that?


  128. “Climate change: Airlines miss all but one target – report”


    “UK airlines have missed all climate targets set since 2000 except for one, a new report claims.

    The aviation industry sets its own goals for cutting its environmental footprint.

    A representative for the UK aviation industry said it was committed to significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

    In 2018 air travel was responsible for 7% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    Possible, the charity behind the research, investigated the issue to find out whether airlines can be relied upon to tackle their role in causing emissions that lead to climate change.”

    Then, this being a Justin Rowlatt article, we get:

    “Can we ‘carry on flying’?” and “The government’s Climate Change Committee advisory body has previously blamed the government for failing to reduce demand for flying.”


    “Mr Murray also says the government should be prioritising making sustainable transport like high-speed rail or ferries more affordable and accessible.

    One scheme his charity runs encourages employers to give workers extra holiday days to allow them to travel abroad by train or ferry, which has a lower carbon footprint but can take much longer than flying.”

    Well, that will help the UK’s already terrible productivity levels….

    It’s been opened up to a Have Your Say. Top comment:

    “Everyone should stop flying to save the planet.

    Everyone, apart from me that is, obviously.

    That’s how it works, isn’t it ?”


  129. Tuesdays BBC TV local news
    – The local anchor quickly regurgitated he hospital solar panel PR item that the radio reported in the morning
    “that’s extraordinary” FFS of course it i cos you are just repeating PR guff o of course it sounds great , when it actually in’t

    Paul Hudson reporting on microplastics research
    basically PRaNews for Uni of Hull
    (that’ a second day in a row, yesterday it was floatin houses research

    Dr Cath Walker “this problem blah, blah”
    .. Are plastic particles really a problem ? Are they different from particles of stone or natural cellulose ?
    If it was you’d be howing us lot of dead bodies.

    Prof Rotchell “we don’t know the problem”
    “They do seem to cause inflammation in the lab”
    but we don’t know in real world

    BUT BUT then she shows she has made her mind up
    and has a dogmatic belief BEFORE she has established the facts “what we can do to avoid them”

    Presenter “plastic is still the Devil isn’t it ”

    … #ImpartialMyAss


  130. Mark – re your ““Climate change: Airlines miss all but one target – report”

    I notice the head article was by “Georgina Rannard – BBC News Climate & Science”
    and quotes Leo Murray from charity Possible (had to google them – “Possible (which changed its name from 10:10 Climate Action in October 2019”)

    it then says “The government’s upcoming “Jet Zero” strategy to tackle the role of aviation in climate change is likely to rely on airlines “decarbonising”. That would mean the industry using technology to fix its emissions problem.”

    you have to wonder who the Gov gets it’s advice from!!!

    then below this we get Anal-ysis by Justin – “Can we ‘carry on flying’?”

    the funny comment you mention above –
    “One scheme his charity runs encourages employers to give workers extra holiday days to allow them to travel abroad by train or ferry, which has a lower carbon footprint but can take much longer than flying.”

    “One scheme his charity runs!!!” what bullsh*t – wonder how many days a week he works & how much he pays himself for spouting drivel?


  131. Is this what the BBC is for? I’m glad we didn’t renew the TV licence when it expired almost 6 months ago (haven’t missed watching TV in the slightest):

    “Could you quit your job to become a full-time activist?
    By Suzanne Bearne
    Business reporter”

    Business Reporter!


    “Marly Lyman, 31, used to teach film and media in private schools, but is now a full-time activist for Extinction Rebellion (XR).

    “I knew for my mental health that I needed to help in the community, be surrounded by people who I love to be around, and do a job I love,” says Mr Lyman, who lives in Northampton. “When Extinction Rebellion appeared on the scene in 2019 that changed everything. It was the missing piece in the puzzle.”

    For the past few years he has been focusing on local group development in the Midlands for XR, but he will soon be moving towards UK-wide media and messaging work.

    To help support him financially, he receives living expenses of £400 a month from XR. He also claims the government’s universal credit, and earns some additional funds from poetry recitals.

    To reduce his expenses he bought a narrowboat to live on, but admits his life is a financial struggle.”


  132. “‘Critical mass’ of polluters setting carbon targets
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC energy and environment analyst”


    “The number of big polluters setting targets to cut CO2 emissions has reached a “critical mass”, a UN-backed report has said.

    But firms in Asia, Africa and Latin America are lagging behind Europe, the US and Japan, the Science-Based Targets Initiative said.

    Separately, a report cast doubt on whether oil companies can all deliver carbon cuts they’ve promised.

    Big oil firms are relying on unproven technologies, a think tank said.”

    As is true of Governments and many others in La-La Land.


  133. And there was I thinking the science was settled:

    “How the moon influences temperatures on Earth
    A study suggests lunar cycles can heat or cool the globe by 0.04C – enough to affect climate change modelling”


    “The moon does influence the temperature here on Earth, although the old belief that frost is more likely during a full moon is unfounded.

    New research by Prof Ed Hawkins and colleagues at the University of Reading looks at the regular 18.6-year cycle during which the moon’s orbital plane shifts in relation to the Earth’s equator. This cycle has been known since prehistoric times, and can be observed by slight changes in where the moon rises and sets. The cycle affects tides and how warm water from the surface of the ocean mixes with colder water below. This in turn influences how rapidly the sea absorbs heat.

    According to Hawkins’ paper, these lunar cycles can heat or cool the globe by about 0.04C at their extremes. That’s imperceptibly small to humans, but enough to influence climate change modelling. In particular, the effect may help explain an apparent slowdown in warming in the 2000s, and could fractionally increase warming in the 2030s.

    The findings have yet to be confirmed, but this work provides an insight into the many complex factors that climate scientists have to deal with, and how they are working to account for every possible influence, even those that might at first seem like lunacy.”


  134. Mark,

    I expect that Ed Hawkins can expect a call from the Creative Society any day now.


  135. “More trouble in the Californian energy market”

    Another comprehensive blog from Kathryn Porter at Watt-Logic. California powered itself by renewables for 15 minutes, but worries persist about what is going to happen as more reliable power is retired. As long as you want your power between 9 am and 3 pm, everything is going to be fine. Power after dark is more of a problem.

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  136. How shocking:

    “GB News chairman has history of dismissing threat of climate crisis
    Revelation Alan McCormick has tweeted articles denying climate science fuels fears of GB News’s role as climate sceptic platform”


    “The new chairman of GB News has a history of sharing articles that dismiss the threat of climate breakdown, it can be revealed, sharpening concerns about the TV channel’s role as a platform for advocates of the continued burning of fossil fuels.”

    What’s the matter? Too many people watching GB News?


  137. What is the most important thing one might want from a fire engine if one’s house is on fire? Reliability, I should think. Hmm.

    “Oxfordshire council explores zero emission fire engines”


    “A fire service has played a crucial role in a study on how to run a fleet of zero emission fire engines.

    Engineering firm Ulemco carried out research with Oxfordshire County Council on how to power its vehicles by hydrogen.

    Chief fire officer Rob MacDougall called the conclusions “really exciting” and a way to reduce emissions “ahead of expectations”.

    Ulemco said it would build a prototype to demonstrate its effectiveness.

    In conjunction with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, it concluded that zero emission battery electric fire engines would meet emergency response times and water pumping requirements.

    The vehicles would have a combination of stored energy in their batteries and onboard hydrogen fuel storage, and could be refuelled rapidly.”

    We’ll see.


  138. I should imagine that taking hydrogen deliberately to fires is likely to be described by most as being “really exciting”.

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  139. “Norway’s political tussle over new gas supplies
    Oslo’s plan to boost gas extraction to help Europe ditch Russian gas is a ‘strategic’ mistake, says the left-wing opposition.”


    “Norway is vowing to help Europe turn away from Russian gas, but that’s set off a political battle with the left-wing opposition that rejects expanded gas exploration.

    EU countries have promised to wean themselves off Russian gas supplies “before 2030″ and pressure is growing to target Russia’s gas exports in a future round of sanctions against Moscow.

    That would leave a huge gap to fill: In 2021, the EU imported 155 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian gas, accounting for about 40 percent of consumption. The bloc is aiming to boost green power as fast as possible, but it will also have to find other sources of gas.

    EU leaders are hunting for more gas in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, but the nearest and least politically problematic supplier is Norway. An early sign of that is the Baltic Pipe linking Poland with Norway’s North Sea gas fields that will replace the 10 bcm of gas that Poland used to get from Russia — a flow that Russia’s Gazprom ended last month.

    For Norway, the world’s third-largest gas exporter, that creates an opportunity.

    A short-term boost to gas extraction looked like a win-win for Norway, lining state coffers while also allowing the government to argue it is helping cripple the Kremlin’s war machine.

    But the center-left government, with backing from right-of-center opposition parties, also argued that it will have to expand drilling into virgin seabeds to meet increased demand.

    That’s an unjustifiable attempt to use the war in Ukraine to promote more fossil fuel extraction, said Lars Haltbrekken, energy and climate spokesperson for the opposition Socialist Left Party. His party walked out of coalition talks with other left-wing parties following last year’s election over its refusal to continue Norway’s oil and gas drilling.”


  140. Highly misleading headline:

    “Temperatures to reach 27C in Britain with week of sunshine forecast
    Warm weekend weather could lead to heavy rain in parts of country but more fine days are expected”


    It creates the impression that “Britain” (i.e. much or all of the country) is about to see temperatures of “up to” (weasel words) 27C and a week of sunshine. Yet the opening words undermine the claim:

    “Most of Britain can expect to be bathed in sunshine in the coming week as temperatures climb to a possible high of 27C in what would make the warmest spell of the year.

    Saturday could be “16-19C widely – with 24C the possible high in the south-east”, according to Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern.”

    And later:

    “The Met Office said that parts of the south-east could potentially reach top temperatures for the week of 25C-27C.”

    Yes, parts of the south east of England are undeniably in Britain, but they are not representative of Britain. Looking at the BBC online forecast for where I live in Cumbria, today’s forecast is for a nice sunny day (no sign of the sun here yet, however) with a top temperature of 16C. Tomorrow is to be less sunny, with a top temperature of 18C and that’s as good as it gets. Monday’s forecast is for rain and a top temperature of 15C, Tuesday is forecast a high of 18C with rain later, Wednesday and Thursday also have highs of 15C forecast, and Friday’s forecast is for rain and a high of 14C. For what it’s worth, the following week’s forecast is for highs of 14C.

    Technically, I suppose the Guardian can justify its headline, but a Britain-wide heatwave this most certainly is not. I can’t help thinking it’s all about pushing the global warming narrative at us. It’s been another cool start to the year, but perhaps people will instead remember headlines telling us it was hot?


  141. Strangely, the headline to the Guardian article about hot weather starting this weekend has now been altered. Consequently it is more accurate and less misleading.

    Do Guardian journalists read Cliscep?


  142. Monday 8:30pm Channel4 : Dispatches :
    The recycling of trainers and greenwashing.
    “trainers industry 17t most polluting industry”
    (that’s a made up number surely)


  143. “Germany to vote against EU plan to label nuclear as green but won’t sue
    Berlin’s objection likely won’t be enough to derail Commission proposal.”


    “BERLIN — Germany will vote against the European Commission’s controversial “taxonomy” proposal that classes nuclear energy as green but won’t file a lawsuit against it, German officials told POLITICO.

    A German finance ministry official told POLITICO that Berlin notified the French Council presidency that it plans to vote against the measure. France, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, had asked countries to indicate by Friday how they plan to vote on the proposal.

    The Commission presented its long-awaited green labeling system for investments in the energy sector at the end of last year. The fact that nuclear energy is classified as a green technology — something that France had pushed for — immediately caused a strong backlash from the German government and especially ministers from the Green party, which has opposed nuclear energy since its foundation some 40 years ago.

    However, the proposal was widely seen as a fudge intended to placate both Paris and Berlin as it also attached a green label to natural gas, which Germany has insisted is essential as a transition technology as it switches to renewables.”


  144. “Manx public concerned over climate change impact, survey finds”


    “More than half of Manx people who were surveyed believe that climate change is “already having an impact on the Isle of Man”.

    About 1,300 people responded to a government poll on issues like energy use and what steps should be taken to cut carbon emissions.”

    Helpfully the BBC provided a link to the survey itself:

    Click to access igr-report-on-iom-climate-change-insights-survey-2021-final.pdf

    They claim that the survey had a very good response: 1,319 people. That’s around 1.9% of the eligible adult population. We are told that the survey was promoted to a wide audience using IGR’s market research panel and inviting them to participate; and by use of social media (Facebook & Instagram). I know very little about opinion surveys, but sounds to me like a way of limiting your participants to a certain category of person, and excluding others. Given that 98.1% of the adult population didn’t participate, I suspect that only the committed bothered to take part – in which case the nature of the results is hardly surprising. I don’t accept the conclusions drawn by some:

    “Daphne Caine MHK said the survey would help “remove barriers” to change.”


  145. “The new jet set – why private plane usage has soared”


    “So, while airlines grounded services over the past two years, the super rich and business leaders were still able to travel, safe in the knowledge that they were sticking to their own Covid-19 bubble.

    As a result, private plane usage has soared, especially in 2021. Last year there were 3.3 million such flights around the world, the most on record, according to aviation data research firm Wingx.

    This figure was 7% higher than the previous high seen in 2019, with the US and Europe leading the growth.”


  146. Behind a paywall, unfortunately:

    “Heat pump costs soar because Britain’s radiators are ‘too small’
    Homeowners have received £30,000 bills to replace their central heating system”


    “Homeowners trying to install eco-friendly heat pumps have been left with surprise £30,000 bills after it emerged millions of radiators are too small to work with the new technology….”


  147. “EU climate legislation faces a divided Parliament
    Majorities for raising or even maintaining the ambition of the Fit for 55 package look fragile.”


    “The EU’s climate ambition hangs in the balance in the European Parliament.

    This week, lawmakers in the environment committee (ENVI) will settle on their position for key pieces of the European Commission’s climate package — known as Fit for 55 — that aims to slash the bloc’s emissions by 55 percent this decade.

    But majorities for strengthening the Commission’s proposals are “razor-thin” in many cases, said Mohammed Chahim, vice president of the center-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D).

    And even if they do squeak through the committee, the measures face fierce challenges when the full Parliament votes next month.

    The Commission’s 55 percent target is the “bare minimum” to ensure the bloc’s climate goals are met, Chahim warned. “Preferably, we have to show more ambition, because that’s what was asked from us,” he said.

    With many EU governments expected to try to chip away at measures and targets they dislike, the Commission is counting on MEPs to help defend the package in interinstitutional talks starting later this year….”.


  148. I was in Skipton today at the water mill .. an old mill that is now a business complex
    They advertise their green credentials
    “The mill’s 15kW, 600kg Crossflow turbine will make High Corn Mill a carbon neutral complex.
    It forms the centrepiece of the mill’s Waterwheel House. “

    I walked down through the woods .. dam were full with plenty of water to feed the water mill right at the bottom. There is a small unmanned room where you can view the wheel
    but it wasn’t turning
    There’s a demonstration leaver you pull to release water onto the wheel
    It still didn’t move ..maybe it’s stuck or something.

    By the way I passed new housing estates which look vulnerable to flooding


  149. Mark – “Manx public concerned over climate change impact, survey finds” – not the dreaded “97% of respondents” again.

    never sent me a survey – as you say it’s “around 1.9% of the eligible adult population”

    what a joke as survey’s go.

    ps – we in IOM are still waiting for the heatwave to hit, weather is dismal for this time of year.


  150. dfhunter, here’s another one for you:

    “Isle of Man gas search a distraction from climate goals, MHK says”


    “Extending a search for gas in the Isle of Man’s territorial waters is a “distraction” from efforts to cut carbon emissions, an MHK has said.

    Energy firm Crogga aims to have surveyed the area off Maughold head by next year, after its exploration licence was extended by the government.

    Climate change board chairman Daphne Caine said she feared the move did not send “the right message”.

    The Isle of Man Green Party said it was at odds with plans to cut fossil fuels.

    An interim target of a 45% reduction in carbon emissions was set by the government in March, part of an overall target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Chief Minister Alfred Cannan said he was “absolutely committed” to the goals but uncertainty over global energy supplies meant extending Crogga’s licence by 27 months was “the right decision”.

    Ms Caine said the move “economic, rather than environmental” and for the sake of the planet there should be “no new exploration of gas or oil anywhere in the world”.

    But she admitted the government was under pressure to “take this really hard decision”, given changes in energy security and the cost of living.”


  151. “Six Scottish islands to become carbon neutral by 2040”


    “Six Scottish islands have been chosen to become carbon neutral by 2040.

    Hoy, Islay, Great Cumbrae, Raasay, Barra and Yell were selected to be part of the Scottish government’s Carbon Neutral Islands project.

    They were identified in collaboration with local authorities and island representatives.”

    Perhaps choosing them in collaboration with local authorities and island representatives is democratic, perhaps not. I wonder how happy the islanders in question are about all this? I have visited 4 of the 6 islands in question. I got there in each case using a diesel ferry. Good luck with the plan, if it can be achieved without trashing their glorious landscapes.


  152. “New Hollow Mountain energy scheme plans submitted”


    “A planning application has been submitted to construct a new underground hydro-electric power station at Hollow Mountain in Argyll and Bute.

    Renewable energy developer Drax has proposed building the complex at its Ben Cruachan site, where it already has an existing underground power facility.

    The company has sent its application to the Scottish government and work could start in 2024 if the plans are approved.

    Drax said the process of securing consent from the Scottish government could take about a year.

    It also said the project – which could see the first renewable power scheme of its kind in the UK in more than 40 years – would need support from the UK government before it could go ahead…..”

    Has Drax not received enough “support” (aka money) from the UK government (aka the UK taxpayers) already?


  153. Let’s hope that “geoengineering” is never remotely serious, though I worry that with some of the more alarmist of the climate worriers, it might appear to be an option.

    “Climate geoengineering must be regulated, says former WTO head
    Pascal Lamy to lead commission exploring how methods to tackle global heating could be governed”


    “…Geoengineering would involve trying to change the temperature or climate on Earth through methods such as whitening clouds, or injecting sulphur particles into the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight, or spreading iron in the ocean to absorb carbon dioxide. Ideas such as launching a giant sunshade into space have also been suggested, along with more prosaic options including painting roofs white.

    None of these possibilities have yet been tried, and some could be dangerous: for instance, spraying sulphur could cause acidification of the seas, cloud whitening could change rainfall patterns and deflecting the sun’s rays could cause crops to fail.

    But Lamy said the world had to examine such methods, as countries were failing to cut greenhouse gases fast enough. “It is tragic that we have to consider this [geoengineering]. Because we know we are not on the right path to avoid overshooting 1.5C,” he said….”.

    Words fail me.


  154. “Forget Science – Climate Now Has a Central Role in The Culture Wars”


    “One of my first tasks as a journalist in the late 1970s was to compile a “Major losses and catastrophes” page for a monthly reinsurance magazine. Sources were much scarcer in those days, but the back pages of the daily Lloyd’s List would supply various reports from shipping agents and news agencies. Every month there would be stories of large weather-related disasters including wildfires sweeping Australia, monsoons failing in Asia, droughts continuing in California, hundreds of people dying on a Philippines ferry caught in rough seas. At the time, I was intrigued at how little of this made the headlines in the U.K. Go forward a few years and we have global catastrophes, morning, noon and night. Bad weather has been politicised to spread widespread fear and anxiety as established elites pursue their subsidy-driven, command-and-control Net Zero political project….”.


  155. NNC Local News : more PR for a Puffin charity (The plugged their Puffin Festival 2 weeks ago)
    The PuffinGalore trail art project : 42 model puffins painted by artists
    Why ?
    Clare Huby The arts project manager said “The project will be raising the awareness of Climate Change and the impact it has”
    Nurse painter “I wanted to shed light on some of the renewable structures (Wind farms ?)
    the other half i going to be focussed on Global Warming and the destruction it caused”

    Others will focus on History like Amy Johnson
    .. The artworks will be auctioned off for charities (and activist orgs ?)


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