Although this much softer option is an acceptable start.
Sea Shepherd could be forced to sell Steve Irwin in bluefin dispute
Maltese company lodges complaint over alleged net damage and Scottish court requires £860,000 bond to free ship (John Vidal, Guardian)
Meanwhile, in the real world, lovely nurture figure, Mother Nature, demonstrates the perfect, peaceful harmony enjoyed by creatures without Man’s interference:
Nature turns nasty as killer whales hit calves
NOWHERE TO HIDE: Four killer whales stalk two humpback calves in Mangrove Bay on the Ningaloo Reef near Exmouth on Wednesday. Exclusive pictures: Tamar Melen. Source: PerthNow
INCREDIBLE footage has emerged of the moment a giant humpback whale tried desperately in vain to shield its two calves from four killer whales off the coast of WA.
Nature is beautiful, but brutal, and this kind of attack indicates things are in balance. Killer whales are top of the foodchain and humpbacks are one of their prey.” (PerthNow)
Meh. Not convinced Charlie is capable of snake-oil selling. He’s a direct descendant of George III, isn’t he? Might explain a lot. Poor old Prince of Wails.
Professor calls Prince Charles, others “snake-oil salesmen”
A leading professor of complementary medicine accused Britain’s heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and other backers of alternative therapies on Monday of being “snake-oil salesmen” who promote products with no scientific basis. (Reuters)
Down On The Farm
Environment: Aren’t organic fruits and vegetables superior to conventionally grown food? Shouldn’t consumers always choose organic when given a choice? Not necessarily, says a Scientific American blogger.
In a series she’s calling “Mythbusting 101,” Christie Wilcox takes a look at four beliefs closely linked to organic food. Her July 18 blog takes each of them and exposes the accepted fiction. (IBD)
Inhofe bill would shine sunlight on regulation costs
Environmental regulations drain hundreds of billions of dollars from the U.S. economy each year, and it mostly goes unnoticed by the public.
But proposed legislation from Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe could make the cost of such government interference more transparent.
“Everybody here is focusing on spending and taxes,” Inhofe said, “but what most people don’t realize is the cost of regulation is just as much as the cost of all of the taxes … it’s just less detectable.”
The legislation, known as the CARE Act, would require the U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to publicize — in terms of jobs and money — the direct economic costs of the regulations they publish under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. (Daily Caller)
Sadly the cuts are woefully inadequate but I guess even the greatest journeys begin with but a single step.
Dems: ‘Toxic’ environmental spending bill will spread heat, death
By Erik Wasson
They didn’t mention pestilence, but Democrats said Monday just about every other disaster known to man will result if Congress enacts the 2012 Interior and environment appropriations bill that is coming to the floor later in the day.
“This spending bill represents one of the most egregious assaults on the environment in the history of Congress,” Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said, adding that it is “toxic.” (E2 Wire)
House Republicans target EPA in environment spending bill
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is really expensive waste of a valuable resource and CCU (carbon capture and utilization) is not much better. It is only “viable” if you add enormous pretend value for not venting CO2 directly to atmosphere despite doing so being a major environmental benefit.
Carbon capture and utilisation could make economic sense
Many countries are investing in techniques of utilising CO2 for manufacturing processes – but UK is getting left behind
Dam Idiots Caught Using Junk Science on Klamath River
by Brian Sussman
In the name of saving salmon, radical environmentalists in Northern California have concocted a $1.4 billion plan to destroy four hydroelectric dams and dramatically restrict water to hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland. However, an independent panel of scientists hired by the federal government to review the proposal has determined the primary goal of the deconstruction project is based on junk science.
AGW and International Wealth Transfer to Bankers
by Dennis Ambler
The Banks are after our money again.
“Using public funds to remove risks” means that the wealthy may take any level of risk to further enrich themselves, because if anything brings huge losses, the taxpayers will be forced to bail them out. If the risks result in huge returns for the wealthy, the taxpayers received zero. Investment and loan guarantees by governments to large corporations and banks are wealth transfers at best, theft at worse.
this account comes from the Climate Group website: The Climate Group. (SPPI)
When Mr. Heat Comes To Washington
While the nation’s southern region has been cooking for weeks, no one except the local sufferers seem to have taken much notice. But that’s about to change. Mr. Heat has landed in Washington, D.C.
Any weather anomaly in our nation’s capital acquires cosmic significance. A heavy snowstorm in January, 1996 made the cover Newsweek, which blamed global warming. It was world news when three big snowstorms hit in the winter of 2009-10. Climate alarmists again said they were caused by pernicious economic activity. Flatliners said they were evidence of global cooling…and so it goes. (Patrick Michaels, Forbes)
‘Record-breaking’ US heat wave breaks records at < 0.4% of stations during past week
Do stratospheric aerosols mask global warming?
In recent months, it has become popular among the climate alarmists to “explain away” the lack of warming in recent 10-15 years.
Aerosols have become their best ally in these efforts. A few weeks ago, we discussed this question:
Did the Chinese coal cause the cooling since 1998?
It was no fluke but an example of a whole new fad. Phys Org, among many others, promoted a new article by Susan Solomon et al.:
NOAA study suggests aerosols might be inhibiting global warming
The article itself is in Science and it’s called
The Persistently Variable “Background” Stratospheric Aerosol Layer and Global Climate Change
What they’re obsessed by is -0.1 Watts per square meter by which the energy flows may have dropped between 1960 and 1990.
When they evaluate the impact, they decide that the predictions of global warming should be reduced by 1/3 to be more realistic. Fine. It’s enough to publish one more paper and reduce the alarmists’ prediction by an additional 1/2 and they will be consistent with the observations – and with the climate skeptics.
You may see that the assumption that there is a big warming to start with is treated as a dogma by these would-be scientists. A big warming is the “default assumption” and “dirty corrections” have to be added in order to get to the reality. Only a blind person may fail to see the bias of the authors. (TRF)
Desperation & Mass Confusion: Al Gore’s Climate “Experts” Disagree About Why Global Warming Disappeared
Read here. Mass confusion and conflicted “consensus science” reigns supreme in the realm of AGW pseudo-science and the Gorian world-will-end style of hysteria. And it’s all because the prophesied global warming has disappeared since 1998, throwing the ranks of the AGW-cult into fits of desperation. (C3 Headlines)
New Paper Shows Unprecedented Decrease In Ocean Warming Since 1992
Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:40 The Hockey Schtick
A paper published this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows an unprecedented sharp decline in the trend of sea surface temperatures since 1992. (GWPF)
Modeled Ocean Temperatures from 1880 through 2010
July 22nd, 2011 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
This is an update of my last post, where I described the results of a Forcing-Feedback-Diffusion (FFD) model of ocean temperature variations to 2,000 meters deep. (Roy Spencer)
Another Example Of The Misuse Of Climate Science
On my weblog, I continue to post examples of the misrepresentation of climate predictions decades from now as skillful forecasts for the impact communities. Below, I post yet another example – in this case a seminar presented in mid-June in Boulder. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
Update on EPA’s War on Coal: Trading Jobs for Bugs in Appalachia
by WILLIAM YEATMAN on JULY 23, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency this week issued a final Guidance document directing Appalachian States and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to account for saline effluent when they issue Clean Water Act permits to surface mining projects, including so-called mountaintop removal mines. The EPA set the regulatory threshold for salinity “pollution” so low that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said that “no or very few [surface mines] are going to meet this standard.” Obviously, this will have a severe negative impact on the Appalachian coal industry. EPA’s justification for the Guidance is to protect a short-lived insect that isn’t an endangered species. (Cooler Heads)