Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

Peter Fosters foresees the inevitable collapse of green/red collective derangement

Peter Foster: Green revolution set to follow red

Rearguard UN action will fail to ­prevent retreat of the new green order

Between the world wars, when the march of Communism suffered a local setback, a representative of the Comintern, the organization set up by Lenin to spread global revolution, would turn up to rally the non-uniformed troops. This week, Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, turned up in Toronto to put some backbone into the cadres down at the editorial boards of The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

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This could prove troublesome

Do bedbugs carry superbugs?

Researchers in Canada have found bedbugs carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a surprise finding because scientists had thought the pests were not capable of spreading infections.

The study was done by a team in a poor corner of Vancouver, where both bedbug infestations and strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria are increasing.

Dr. Marc Romney, a medical microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence Health Care in Vancouver, decided to see if the two were related.

Romney and colleagues removed five of the pests from the clothes and skin of infested patients and tested them.

They found bedbugs carrying two types of drug-resistant bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

“I was a little surprised. Historically, bedbugs have not been associated with infections,” Romney said in a telephone interview.

He said scientists have tested bedbugs to see if they carry blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV. But so far, they have not been reported to carry infection. (Reuters)

Just another facet of the lunatic assault on chemicals and industry

Letter reveals EU fight over toxic chemicals

European chemical companies have warned the watchdog that oversees them that it could face legal action if it publishes the names of manufacturers of the most toxic substances in a growing environmental dispute.

The warning was contained in a letter from chemical industry group Cefic to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, released after Reuters invoked freedom-of-information laws.

“Going beyond its remits exposes unnecessarily the ECHA Management Board and its individual members to tremendous and unprecedented liability risks,” said the letter, seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

ECHA is charged with evaluating and restricting over 30,000 substances that currently face little regulatory oversight, many of them a potential risk to human health.

Companies that want to sell chemicals must register them with ECHA, including details on toxicity, which the agency will publish on its website.

Activist lawyers ClientEarth and chemicals campaigners ChemSec this week said they had sued ECHA for refusing to disclose the names of facilities producing 356 potentially dangerous chemicals.

“The public knows too little about them, because chemicals companies use the shield of commercial interests,” said ClientEarth lawyer Vito Buonsante. (Reuters)

Gilbert Ross on Green/EPA misanthropy

The Hijacking of Earth Day
By Gilbert Ross, M.D. on 5.11.11 @ 6:08AM

The last weekend in April saw the confluence of Earth Day and World Malaria Day. The very first Earth Day back in 1970 found many of us devoted to saving the world from polluting corporations and their toxic smog. And in fact, over the course of the next two decades or so, major strides were made in cleaning up our air and water. The sky over Los Angeles was even seen to be blue on occasion, and Hudson River fish were pronounced safe to eat again.
The momentum flowing from the first Earth Day led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that same year. Its first administrator, William Ruckelshaus, was appointed fresh out of an environmental advocacy nonprofit, whose agenda included banning the insecticide DDT.

DDT had become the poster child target of the nascent environmental movement, thanks to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962. Ruckelshaus — ignoring the voluminous testimony of his own scientific advisors demonstrating the unique effectiveness and lack of toxicity of DDT — signed the DDT ban in June 1972. He may as well have signed the death warrant for millions of victims of malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Thus was enacted the first triumph for the green movement. The few who at that time realized the deadly consequences of that act were shouted down by those who fancied themselves “stewards of the earth.”

In recent years, the law of diminishing returns has set in: the EPA has fewer serious (or even real) problems to fix, so its bureaucrats must search for “toxins” to justify their bloated budget, and they have become increasingly desperate. So the regulators have expanded their quest for “toxic” problems to fix — even if threats have to be invented. (The American Spectator)

This could be great – if it can be developed and commercialized as a usable product

New insect repellant may be thousands of times stronger than DEET
by David Salisbury | Posted on Monday, May. 9, 2011 — 2:00 PM

Colored scanning electron micrograph image of an Anopheles mosquito that spreads malaria. (Copyright © 2011 Photo Researchers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Colored scanning electron micrograph image of an Anopheles mosquito that spreads malaria. (Copyright © 2011 Photo Researchers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Imagine an insect repellant that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET – the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants – but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants.

That possibility has been created by the discovery of a new class of insect repellant made in the laboratory of Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences and Pharmacology Laurence Zwiebel and reported this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Vanderbilt University)

No end to the lies and incompetence? It’s “precautionary”

Despite the fact there is not a single known “climate refugee” (this excludes the annual migration of retirees fleeing frigid zones for Florida or Arizona for part of the year) UN under-secretary general and executive director of UNEP Achim Steiner claims UN lies and scaremongering are “precautionary”. Then he adds insult to injury with waffle about the imaginary ozone depletion and wildly overblown asbestos and lead scares. Rather than a rational “Imagine if the world acted on real problems” we get:

Climate migration will not wait for scientific certainty on global warming
Research says millions are displaced annually as a result of climate disasters. We must take the precautionary approach
Achim Steiner

Imagine if the world acted only when 100% scientific proof was in place.

We would still be insulating buildings with cancer-causing asbestos and fuelling cars with lead additives, damaging babies’ brains. The circulation in fridges would also be done by chemicals that, by thinning the Earth’s protective ozone layer, would probably have led to a sharp increase in cases of skin cancer worldwide.

But this is not happening. In those cases, governments assessed the emerging science, consulted on the risks and accepted that the evidence outweighed the uncertainties.

Internationally, it is called the precautionary approach: you and I might call it acting responsibly, prudently or just being smart. (The Guardian)

Face it, they don’t want you to have any power

Once hailed, wood power fizzles in Mass.
By Jay Lindsay

BOSTON—Burning wood for electricity was once a hot idea in Massachusetts.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration committed $1 million to spur wood power plant development, which a 2007 state-funded report predicted would bring hundreds of jobs and an economic boost worth tens of millions of dollars.

The best part? It was seen as green, a way to meet the state’s clean energy demands with a renewable energy source as old as the campfire.

… Advocates argue wood power is carbon neutral because the carbon released by burning wood is eventually reabsorbed by new forest growth. But opponents, led by the citizens group Stop Spewing Carbon!, say it’s a dirty technology that releases much more carbon than trees can quickly absorb.

A state-commissioned report last year by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences indicated that burning a certain type of wood at large-scale plants would give off more carbon emissions by 2050 than coal-fired plants.

In response, the state promised to write stricter rules for the wood plants. Stop Spewing Carbon! then dropped a planned ballot question that would have required the tighter rules.

Massachusetts’ proposed rules now demand unprecedented efficiency from large wood power plants in order to qualify for renewable energy credits that such plants need to be financially viable. Right now, the plants would operate at about 25 percent efficiency. The new rules say they must operate at 40 percent efficiency to qualify for even half a credit.

Cleaves said that standard can’t be reached yet. He said large wood plant developers who invested millions believing they had state support have been badly burned by “a precedent that I have never seen anywhere in the United States.”

He blamed misinformation from Stop Spewing Carbon!, which he called a “small, vocal, extreme minority,” for pushing the Patrick administration into a purely political decision. (Associated Press) [em added]

Activists desperate to paint abundant energy source “blacker than coal”

Analysis: Australia’s booming LNG sector poses carbon conundrum

Australia’s rising liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports may make for bluer skies over Chinese power plants, but back home LNG producers will pump out more carbon emissions than the coal sector.

Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels when it is burned, so energy-hungry Asian nations are snapping up stakes in LNG projects as they look to guarantee fuel supplies to meet fast-growing energy needs while weaning economies off coal and cutting emissions.

But pumping, processing and chilling the gas for transport sends more CO2 per tonne into the atmosphere in Australia than the country’s coal production. (Reuters)

Shale Gas Wars: A Tale of Two Studies
By Peter C. Glover

“A lie gets halfway around the world before truth has a chance to get is pants on”. It seems Winston Churchill’s dictum could be applied to some “comprehensive” studies into the global shale gas phenomenon too.

Since April, the findings of a shale gas study by Robert Howarth’s team at Cornell University, widely debunked for its “assumptions and inaccuracies” and, even though its authors admit it is based on “lousy” data, have been covered by eagerly awaiting media. The BBC’s “Shale gas ‘worse than coal’ for climate” is a classic example. The same cannot be said for The Shale Gas Shock report written by Dr Matt Ridley on behalf of the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) which attracted a mere handful of journalists to its publication on May 4. While Howarth and co’s scientific ineptitude, as we shall see, makes fear-mongering headlines, the GWPF finding – at the opposite pole – finds shale gas to be “ubiquitous, cheap and environmentally benign”. (Energy Tribune)

Rifkin says we need an “energy internet” while Dworschak says the internet is the problem

Only an ‘energy internet’ can ward off disaster
By Jeremy Rifkin

This year has seen ever-higher prices at the pump, rebels seizing Libyan oilfields and a nuclear facility crippled in Japan. Yet few have realised that these disparate events are part of a larger unfolding drama. Our global energy economy, long-powered by fossil fuels and nuclear, is spiralling into a dangerous and unstable endgame. (Financial Times)

Massive Computer Centers Bad for the Environment
By Manfred Dworschak

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing lately about how much air traffic contributes to global warming. But another damaging culprit has recently been found: the Internet. Computer centers consume massive amounts of energy, and their use is growing astronomically. (Der Spiegel)

Warming the present by cooling the past

They Are Still Trying to Rewrite Climate to Show Current Conditions Are Abnormal
by DR. TIM BALL on MAY 10, 2011

The real deniers keep trying to repair the infamous climate hockey stick. They focus on the blade, but it was not the major issue originally. The bulwark claim of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis and the objective of the stick are that current global annual average temperatures are the warmest ever. This meant the upturn of the blade in the 20th century was only relevant if it was higher and steeper than any previous record. (Tim Ball)

Solar influence much greater than IPCC claims?

New paper: Increased solar activity caused far more global warming than assumed by the IPCC

A recent peer-reviewed paper published in Astronomy & Astrophysics finds that solar activity has increased since the Little Ice Age by far more than previously assumed by the IPCC. The paper finds that the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) has increased since the end of the Little Ice Age (around 1850) by up to 6 times more than assumed by the IPCC. Thus, much of the global warming observed since 1850 may instead be attributable to the Sun (called “solar forcing”), rather than man-made CO2 as assumed by the IPCC.

Total Solar Irradiance (TSI)

Astronomy & Astrophysics 529, A67 (2011) (Hockey Schtick)

Denis Rancourt offers this paper for online review: Radiation physics constraints on global warming

Radiation physics constraints on global warming

By Denis G. Rancourt

Abstract – I describe the basic physics of planetary radiation balance and surface temperature, in the simplest and most robust terms possible that capture the essential ingredients of planetary greenhouse warming. I show that the often repeated textbook and scientific report view that the Earth’s surface temperature would be –19C (degrees Celsius) in the absence of a planetary greenhouse effect (a 33C greenhouse effect difference) is wrong; and that an accepted calculation of the “longwave radiative forcing” by atmospheric greenhouse gases is also wrong. Our simple radiation-balance model – using only (i) the satellite-measured absolute longwave Earth emission, (ii) a present mean global surface temperature of 14C, (iii) the satellite-measured fraction of longwave absorbance due to CO2, (iv) a satellite-measured global mean surface albedo of 0.30, (v) the season-average solar constant and (vi) Kirchoff’s Law – predicts: (a) a total longwave emission atmospheric mean transmittance of {te} = 0.89, (b) a zero-greenhouse-effect Earth mean surface temperature of To = 5.5C, (c) a global mean surface emission intensity of 269 W/m2, (d) a post-industrial warming due only to CO2 increase of ΔTind = 0.56C, (e) a temperature increase from doubling the present CO2 concentration alone (without water vapour feedback) equal to ΔTdbl = 2.0C. Earth’s radiative balance determining its surface temperature is shown to be one order of magnitude more sensitive to solar irradiance and to planetary albedo/emissivity than to all atmospheric greenhouse effects combined. All the model predictions robustly follow from the starting assumptions without any need for elaborate global circulation models. A recent critique of the dominant climate change science narrative is evaluated in the light of our model. (Activist Teacher)

Moonbat reverts to type; Aussie Greens quietly ditch emissions target and; China tells EU to blow restrictions out their ear

This ‘greenest government ever’ is the greatest threat yet to our environment

The coalition is preparing to bin Britain’s climate change targets. After all, ministers have corporate sponsors to take care of (George Monbiot, Guardian)

Emission impossible as Greens put gas targets on ice
Ben Cubby

THE Greens have quietly shelved their long-held greenhouse gas cuts target of up to 40 per cent by 2020, meaning no party in Parliament is actively pushing for emissions cuts at levels recommended by climate-change scientists. (Sydney Morning Herald)

China opposes EU move to curb airline emissions

Chinese airlines have joined U.S. rivals in opposing their inclusion in the European Union’s carbon emissions market from 2012, while some European airlines have supported including all airlines in the scheme. (Reuters)

Gosh they can come to silly conclusions

Oh boy… So, what do you suppose the great chalk beds are composed of (think, White Cliffs of Dover)? Wouldn’t be the CaCO3 remains of critters like, um, coccolithophores, would it? And the Cretaceous Period is so named for its chalk deposits, a warm period with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels much higher than today’s. So apparently elevated atmospheric CO2-induced ocean acidification is not really problematic for coccoliths (the individual plates forming coccospheres, the exoskeleton of coccolithophores), nor the critters that form them. And yet:

CO2 makes life difficult for algae

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