In May, 2008, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) predicted that the North Pole could be ice free during last years melt season. The disappearing northern sea ice has been pointed to by global warming alarmists as visible proof that the Earth was doing a melt down. Today, however, the NSIDC announced that they have been the victims of “sensor drift” that caused them to underestimate the Arctic ice extent by as much as 500,000 square kilometers. It turns out that the demise of the arctic ice was greatly exaggerated.
Northern Ireland's environment minister, Sammy Wilson, announced Monday he has banned British government TV ads on climate change and denounced their energy-saving message as “insidious propaganda.” Wilson said the Act on CO2 ads were “giving people the impression that by turning off the standby light on their TV, they could save the world from melting glaciers and being submerged in 40 feet of water.”
A town in Norfolk, UK, has begun heating many of its buildings, including the schools, by burning oil made from melted-down cow and pig carcasses. Around 30 properties in the North Norfolk town—including both the primary and the secondary school—are taking part in test trials, which started in December. The 12-month heating trial is being sponsored by the University of East Anglia (UEA), whose Low Carbon Innovation Centre was instrumental in setting up the plan.
An interview with Allen Simmons, co-author of The Resilient Earth, appears in the latest edition of the Rockport Pilot. Quoting Simmons, “We are not challenging weekly weather models, nor those which predict the paths of hurricanes. We are challenging computer models which predict Earth's temperature 100 years in the future. So the main purpose of the book was to uncover the who, how and why these long-range predictions of Earth's temperature were being made.”
In a victory for Nordic pragmatism, the Swedish government agreed to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, citing the need to avoid producing more greenhouse gases. Sweden is a leader in renewable energy but has struggled to develop sufficient alternate energy sources, like hydro and wind, to meet growing demand.
Global warming my arse!! The biggest bloody snowfall to hit London in 18 years has idled the city's buses and trains on the first day of Feb 2009. Thousands of Brits in the city and more at airlines in the burbs asked the vexing question, "What the hell is this? Are we reliving a damn Dickens novel?" This idiot chap Gore from across the pond better shut his trap. He's looking more like the fool, he is, with his chicken-little whine about Earth in danger from global warming.
Australians are among the most eco-conscious folks on the planet and are trying to move away from fossil fuels to greener power sources. It turns out that the rock under the Australian outback is just right for geothermal power. Having long shied away from nuclear power, Australia is rushing to embrace this new alternate source of energy. But in a strange twist of nature, the source of heat that warms that rock is not volcanic: it's nuclear.
The Goracle has looked into the future and it ain't good. In the future, he sees temperature changes that “will bring a screeching halt to human civilization and threaten the fabric of life everywhere on the Earth — and this is within this century, if we don't change.” Now that the icky business of selecting a new leader for the most powerful nation on Earth is finally over, it seems that the time is once again right for the gnashing of teeth and renting of garments by that champion of all things green, the patron saint of global warming, the Mighty Goracle himself—Al Gore.
One of the catastrophic results of global warming always cited by climate change alarmists is the melting of the ice sheets covering Greenland. Some even speculated that global warming had pushed Greenland past a “tipping point” into a scary new regime of wildly heightened ice loss and rapidly rising in sea levels. Now, from the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, comes word that Greenland's Ice Armageddon has been called off.
Enthusiasm for renewable energy means wind turbines are appearing everywhere. The big problem with wind turbines has been that they’re dangerous to birds. But researchers have found that they actually kill more bats, and the reason why has been a mystery–until now. As wind farms pursue a policy of replacing many smaller turbines with fewer larger ones two new reports indicates that bats are endangered by the swinging turbine blades.
Now that global warming coo-coos have turned just about every aspect of normal daily life into a crime against the biosphere you would think that something as trivial as a Google search would be eco-friendly. Not so! According to Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon, performing a couple of searches releases as much CO2 as fixing a cup of coffee.
A natural gas crisis looms over Europe after a contract dispute between Russia and Ukraine led Russia to shut off gas supplies to seven countries and reduce gas deliveries to several others. The cause of the crisis is Vladimir Putin—Russian Prime Minister and all around KGB fun guy—who ordered Alexei Miller, chief executive of the Russian state gas company Gazprom, to cut supplies shipped through Ukraine. Claiming that Ukraine has stolen $2 billion worth of gas that was bound for Europe Putin ordered Miller to “start reducing it from today.”
Here are some interesting climate related tidbits from the science news feeds; food for thought in the new year. First, researchers at the University of Oregon have discovered evidence linking the disappearance of North American megafauna, the Clovis people and the onset of the Younger Dryas period to a comet impact. For years scientists have blamed the disappearance of the American Mammoth, Mastodon, saber toothed cats and other large land animals on human predation or climate change.
During his weekly radio address on December 20th, President-elect Obama announced his top Science and Technology advisors. The announcement included the nomination of Harvard professor Dr. John Holdren as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The nomination of Dr. Holdren restores the status of the science adviser to Assistant to the President and is the earliest that any President or President-Elect has announced his choice for science adviser.
With Barack Obama vowing to free America from dependency on foreign oil while combating global warming, a voice from the past is offering him some presidential level advice. Jimmy Carter, a president most people would like to forget, has offered the incoming top executive these words of wisdom: “Try to inspire Americans to see the virtue in making energy sacrifices.” Of course this approach worked so well back in 1976 that today the US is “free from the tyranny of foreign oil”—not!