Raising speed limit on motorways threatens climate change target warn Government advisers
Minister’s plans to raise the speed limit on motorways to 80mph would increase carbon and cost the economy billions, Government climate change advisers have warned.
By Louise Gray
Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has signalled that he is ready to lift the 70mph limit to 80mph if it is in the interests of British business to speed up journeys.
But in its latest ‘progress report’ the Committee on Climate Change, led by Lord Adair Turner, warns cars travelling at 80mph emit far more carbon.
Allowing cars to drive faster would mean an extra five million tonnes of carbon is produced every year, which would cost the economy £150 million because of growing taxes on pollution. (TDT)
Power from green sources surges – but so does coal consumption
Britain’s green energy sector produced 27% more electricity in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year as the rapid expansion of offshore wind capacity started to bear fruit, official figures have revealed.
Renewables and nuclear both increased their low-carbon output – but the environmental benefits were undermined by power companies using 7% more coal. (Guardian)
Monckton blasts Australia over climate change ‘scam’
BRITISH climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton has lashed out at the Australian media, governments and climate scientists for failing to question the ”scam” of global warming, claiming Julia Gillard’s proposed carbon tax will push Australia into economic oblivion. (The Australian)
Australia headed for disaster: Monckton
Controversial climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton says Australia will be tossed into the Third World if it succumbs to what he calls the federal government’s socialist agenda.
Lord Monckton lashed out at both the “hypocrisy” of the Australian media and the federal government’s “socialism” after speaking at a mining conference in Perth. (Sydney Morning Herald)
European research effort improves understanding of impacts of aerosols on climate
Pan-European research effort improves the understanding of the impacts of aerosols and trace gases on climate and air quality
Atmospheric aerosol particles (otherwise known as Particulate Matter) have been masking the true rate of greenhouse gas induced global warming during the industrial period. New investigations show that the aerosol cooling effect will be strongly reduced by 2030, as air pollution abatements are implemented worldwide and the presently available advanced control technologies are utilized. These actions would increase the global mean temperature by ca. 1 degree Celsius. This is one of the main research outcomes of the recently concluded EU EUCAARI (European Integrated project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality Interaction) project. (EurekAlert)
More fun with unintended consequences
Continued Bias Reporting On The Climate System By Tom Karl and Peter Thorne
Today, there were news articles concerning the state of the climate system; e.g. see the Associated Press news release in the Washington Post
Climate change study: More than 300 months since the planets temperature was below average
The news article refers to the 2010 climate summary that will be published in a Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society article. The article will undoubtedly include informative information on the climate.
However, the news article itself erroneously reports on the actual state of the climate, as can easily be shown simply by extracting current analyses from the web. Two of the prominent individuals quoted in the news report are Tom Karl and Peter Thorne. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
Farm animal disease to increase with climate change
Researchers looked at changes in the behaviour of bluetongue – a viral disease of cattle and sheep – from the 1960s to the present day, as well as what could happen to the transmission of the virus 40 years into the future. They found, for the first time, that an outbreak of a disease could be explained by changes to the climate.
In Europe, more than 80,000 outbreaks of bluetongue were reported to the World Animal Health Organisation between 1998 and 2010, and millions of animals died as a result of the disease. Bluetongue was previously restricted to Africa and Asia, but its emergence in Europe is thought to be linked to increased temperatures, which allows the insects that carry the virus to spread to new regions and transmit the virus more effectively.
Researchers produced a mathematical model that explains how the risk of an outbreak of bluetongue virus in Europe changes under different climate conditions. The team examined the effect of past climate on the risk of the virus over the past 50 years to understand the specific triggers for disease outbreak over time and throughout geographical regions. This model was then driven forwards in time, using predictive climate models, to the year 2050, to show how the disease may react to future climate change. (EurekAlert)
UEA fired at feet – Royal Society replicated the experiment
By Andrew Orlowski
Doug Keenan, the statistician whose work highlighted severe flaws in the work of the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia, has welcomed the Sunshine order to open up the station records.
Scientists need the raw data to replicate temperature records, but CRU refused to release the data requested – a subset of weather station records from around the world – to a top UK Oxford physicist, despite having already shared the data with Georgia Tech in the United States.
The ICO comprehensively demolished the reasons CRU offered – including intellectual property and fear of jeopardising international relations. In doing so, it’s raised the standard for academics working across all UK sciences. (The Register)
Threats could have chilling effect on climate research, science group says
By Andrew Restuccia
Personal attacks — including legal challenges and even death threats — on climate scientists have created a “hostile environment” that could result in a “chilling effect” on much-needed research, one of the country’s leading scientific organizations said this week.
The board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science issued a rare statement Tuesday underscoring that it “vigorously opposes” personal attacks on climate scientists. It’s the organization’s strongest rebuke of efforts by conservative groups to criticize climate scientists. (E2 Wire)
Response to AAAS from ATI Environmental Law Center director of litigation Christopher Horner:
“I noticed no relation between our initiative and the AAAS Board’s rhetoric until they mentioned us somewhat incongruously.
“The notion that application of laws that expressly cover academics is an ‘attack’ on them is substantively identical to Hollywood apologists who call application of other laws to Roman Polanski an attack on Polanski. They lost the plot somewhere along the way.
“AAAS’s failure to mention the group that invented this series of requests, Greenpeace, informs our conclusion that this outrage is selective, and is therefore either feigned or hypocritical. Their problem is plainly with the laws, but it is a problem they have had over the decades: That transparency and ethics laws also apply to scientists who subsist on taxpayer revenue. This they also forgot to mention. (ATI)
ROTHBARD & RUCKER: The U.N.’s climate of desperation
Warmist scandals, economic hardship cool concern over global temperatures
As the United Nations wrapped up its recent climate conference in Bonn, talks organizer Christiana Figueres proclaimed that climate change is the “the most important negotiation the world has ever faced.” Faced with real problems – financial meltdowns, unemployment, war and genuine human suffering – the world no longer agrees. (Washington Times)
Holger Krahmer: Climate Policy Is ‘Dead’
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:54 Holger Krahmer, Public Service Europe
There will be no successor to the Kyoto Protocol and the EU should stop pretending otherwise, claims Holger Krahmer MEP
The climate policy of the European Union is now stuck in a dead end. Europe wanted to be the leader – showing the world the way. It wanted to export the “market-economic” instrument of emissions trading as a new standard of regulation. The climate summits in Copenhagen and in Cancun were supposed to herald a successor treaty for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
But both summits yielded zero results. Today it is clear that there is going to be no successor agreement. Also, the option of simply extending the existing Kyoto Protocol was thrown overboard by the main countries at the last G8 summit. The situation in global climate politics can be summarised in short as – there is no policy. (GWPF)
Greens to deny Tony Abbott mandate to repeal carbon tax if Coaliton wins next election
James Massola and Lanai Vasek
BOB Brown has given a “rolled gold guarantee” the Greens will block any attempt by Tony Abbott to scrap the carbon tax, even if the Coalition wins a mandate at the next election. (The Australian)
As we’ve pointed out before, the incoming government has no need to do anything but ignore the stupid tax to death. The half-dozen green loons can huff and hand wave all they like but the tax is toast along with the current Labor/green/undecided/independent rainbow conglomerate government.
You Don’t Need A PhD To Spot Outrageously Bad Science
Written by Joanne Nova
The Utah State Legislature produced HJR 12, calling for the EPA to substantiate its claims about carbon dioxide. It’s the most obvious of statements, so mundane it shouldn’t even be necessary. How, you wonder, could any scientist complain about that? (What is science if its claims are not substantiated?) Nonetheless, the Utah Legislature have been criticized (and twice) by a small cadre of PhDs at Brigham Young University (BYU). Disturbingly these scientists don’t appear to have examined the empirical evidence themselves, and merely repeat the conclusions of others. Worse, their criticisms are filled with logical errors, baseless assertions and mistaken assumptions. (SPPI)
75% Say U.S. Not Doing Enough To Develop Its Gas And Oil Resources
Source: Rasmussen Report
Most voters continue to feel America needs to do more to develop domestic gas and oil resources. They also still give the edge to finding new sources of oil over reducing gas and oil consumption.
Force energy companies to insulate UK homes, climate advisers say
Committee on Climate Change says making energy companies to insulate empty lofts and walls would cut national emissions (Damian Carrington, The Guardian)
Energy companies don’t pay, consumers do.
UK must not support World Bank’s ‘dirty’ power subsidies, say MPs
Britain contributes more than £2bn a year to the bank, which heavily funds fossil fuel power projects in the developing world (John Vidal, Guardian)
That’s actually what a development bank is supposed to do. The stupid part is Britain’s dedevelopment. Perhaps we should have expected this when the UK chose “devolution”.
Millions of tonnes of wood being wasted every year
At least two million tonnes of unused woodfuel supplies a year could be used to heat rural schools, businesses and other buildings, the Forestry Commission has said. (TDT)
Good luck with that. Australia’s greenies managed to install “environment” policies that meant windfalls, dead/dying trees and overgrowth must be left to rot/burn for the good of critters, bugs, fungi and feral greenies.
Senate trio works on ethanol subsidy overhaul
Three senators are working on a legislative framework to replace the $6 billion a year ethanol tax credit with far less costly incentives such as helping retailers pay for so-called blender pumps.
The package could terminate the excise tax credit as early as July 1, an industry insider said on Tuesday. He said the challenge for biofuels is how to expand sales and a key way is is to introduce pumps that would allow drivers to choose blends from 10 to 85 percent ethanol. (Reuters)
Future of federal solar programs in doubt