David Henderson: The Special Contribution Of Vaclav Klaus To Climate Policy
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 14:57 David Henderson
Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, recently passed his 70th birthday. To mark the occasion a Festschrift volume has been put together, with a wide range of contributors. I understand that the main topics in the book are: capitalism and the free market; European integration; the euro; climate change issues; and the Czech transformation after 1989.
The English version of the volume has been sent for publication. Meanwhile I have been given clearance to circulate my own contribution, which is herewith attached. It is entitled ‘Climate Change Issues: The Special Contribution of Vaclav Klaus’. (GWPF)
New Paper “Influence Of African Dust On Ocean–Atmosphere” By Evan Et Al 2011
There is a new paper that further confirms the importance of the heterogeneous effect of diabatic heating from aerosols, this time from dust, on atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns. We presented the need to assess this regional climate forcing in our paper
Matsui, T., and R.A. Pielke Sr., 2006: Measurement-based estimation of the spatial gradient of aerosol radiative forcing. Geophys. Res. Letts., 33, L11813, doi:10.1029/2006GL025974.
It also confirms the role of human land use change in creating some of this dust. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
Like these dills, who claim that faster growing plants will cause herbivores to run out of food(!). Apparently they are unaware grazing populations always increase to exploit the available resource rather than decline because of it. Further, said ecologists do not seem to be aware that temperature is not the sole determinant of herbivore growth – something called “nutrition” has an effect too (i.e., if there’s not enough food young herbivores grow less quickly). I’m embarrassed to see that University of Queensland faculty was also involved in this theoretical claptrap.
Herbivore populations will go down as temperatures go up, U of T study says
If predictions are right, global warming will cause large shifts in food chains with consequences for global food security and species conservation.
October 4, 2011
By Jessica Lewis
As climate change causes temperatures to rise, the number of herbivores will decrease, affecting the human food supply, according to new research from the University of Toronto.
In a paper being published this month in American Naturalist, a team of ecologists describe how differences in the general responses of plants and herbivores to temperature change produces predictable declines in herbivore populations. This decrease occurs because herbivores grow more quickly at high temperatures than plants do, and as a result the herbivores run out of food. (UToronto)
WWF Influence at the Highest Levels of the IPCC
October 4, 2011
The 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is 3,000 pages long. Since most people will never wade through a document of that length, the IPCC has prepared a handy summary-of-summaries called the Synthesis Report.
The final, specific wording of that document was hammered out via a political negotiation involving bureaucrats, politicians, and diplomats. But the draft document from which those people based their discussions was authored by a select group of 40 IPCC personnel known as the “core writing team.”
The IPCC says there were 450 lead authors, plus 800 contributing authors for its 2007 report (which is often referred to as AR4 – for Assessment Report #4). This makes a grand total of 1,250 participants. Of those a mere 40 individuals were elevated to core writing team status.
In other words, for every person who landed a spot on that team an additional 30 IPCC participants were not selected. (No Consensus)
Global Warming Policy Foundation Calls On Government To Suspend Unilateral Climate Targets
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:59 Dr. Benny Peiser
London, 4 October – The Global Warming Policy Foundation has welcomed the promise by Chancellor George Osborne that the government will no longer be bound by unilateral targets that cut CO2 emissions in Britain faster and deeper than other countries in Europe. (GWPF)
World far off UN-backed climate change targets, Panama talks hear
THE world remains far away from meeting UN-backed goals on holding back climate change, setting the stage for major damage without more ambitious efforts to cut emissions, a new study says. (AFP)
Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change
Even the Nude Socialist managed Pacific islands left thirsty by La Niña but AP just couldn’t report the facts.
In fact sea levels do rise around Tuvalu during La Niña events – and fall during El Niños due to regional changes in atmospheric pressure and deformation of the sea surface lens (nothing whatsoever to do with “global warming”). The ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) phase does affect seasonal rains significantly but again, the region in question is in drought during the cool phase, not during the warmth experienced globally with the El Niño phase.
Here’s the idiotic AP coverage, parroted by WaPo:
Only bottled water to drink in rain-starved swath of South Pacific as sea levels rise
Associated Press October 4
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Crops are wilting, schools have shut their bathrooms and government officials are bathing in lagoons because of a severe shortage of fresh water in a swath of the South Pacific.
The island groups of Tuvalu and Tokelau have declared emergencies, relying on bottled water and seeking more desalination machines. Parts of Samoa are starting to ration water.
Supplies are precariously low after a severe lack of rain in a region where underground reserves have been fouled by saltwater from rising seas that scientists have linked to climate change. (WaPo)