Climate Change

Must try harder: New Zealand third most skeptical of man-made climate change

Third huh?  I must try harder.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of climate change scepticism in the developed world, a study has revealed. Surprisingly, we have more sceptics per capita than in the US, where large numbers of right-wing media and politicians refuse to accept climate change is man-made.

A new paper from the University of Tasmania, called Scepticism in a changing climate: a cross-national study, found 13 per cent of New Zealanders were climate change sceptics.

It was third only to Norway (15 per cent) and Australia (17 per cent). The United States came in at 12 per cent.

The study, which was published in the journal, Global Environmental Change, was based on surveys taken in each of the 14 countries and was designed to be representative of adults aged over 18.

It found countries with higher levels of CO2 emissions corresponded with nations with higher rates of climate change scepticism.

That makes sense.   After all, if you knew what spews out of a single volcano and compare that to what New Zealand produces, you would realise that putting the recycling out after having replaced light bulbs will make exactly 0.00000000000000000000000000000001% difference.   And I may have forgotten a zero or two.   Read more »

Global Warming not coming to UK, mini Ice Age instead

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Bugger, how is this one going to be spun?

Well, it won’t get a mention in the NZ media, unlike other obscure and poorly done research that supports warming.

This research is inconveniently brought to us by one of the lead organisations that writes the IPCC reports and is one of the leading proponents of catastrophic climate change.

Climate experts warn the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nosediving to levels “not seen for centuries”.

They fear a repeat of the so-called ‘Maunder Minimum’ which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago.

The Met Office-led study warns although the effect will be offset by recent global warming, Britain faces years of unusually cold winters.

A spokesman said: “A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn’t halt global warming.

“Return of ‘grand solar minimum’ could affect European and eastern US winters.”

Long episodes of low solar activity were seen during the Maunder Minimum between 1645 and 1715 and the ‘Dalton Minimum’ from 1790 to 1830.

Both periods coincided with colder-than-normal global temperatures earning the title from scientists of “Little Ice Age.”

The latest study, published in Nature Communications, found reduced solar activity will lead to an overall cooling of the Earth of 0.1C.

A much bigger cooling effect is expected for Britain, northern Europe and North America where thermometers could drop by 0.8C.

Amanda Maycock, of the University of Cambridge and National Centre for Atmospheric Science, said: “It’s important that we consider the potential impact of changes in UV output when looking at future climate.”

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Just hose them off the building

Greenpeace eco-terrorists have stormed parliament and breached security and are atop Parliament house.

I think someone within Greenpeace is trying to sabotage the organisation. Why else would they launch a protest on “Climate Change” the day following one on the coldest days in New Zealand history?

Plus, if they are truly serious about solar solution then solar panels should point north, not south, especially near the winter solstice. No wonder they need such a big one to charge a cell phone!

Four Greenpeace protesters have scaled the roof of Parliament House in Wellington to deliver eight solar panels.

They have also unfurled a large banner aimed at Prime Minister John Key that reads: “Cut pollution, create jobs? Yeah, nah”.

The protesters are near the top of the building. Two are holding yellow signs saying “This is real climate action.”

The protesters are in jump suits and have secured themselves using ropes. They have also positioned a solar panel about two metres long on the ledge with them.    Read more »

Just wait, someone will blame increased violence on climate change

They don’t say it specifically in the article but I am sure some Green Taliban loon will make the connection.

Apparently the higher the temperature the more violence there is on the streets…I’m not kidding.

June may be mid-winter but new research suggests it’s also the month you’re least likely to get punched in the head.

Massey University research has revealed a connection between assaults and temperature – to the extent that the rate of assault rises by about 1.5 per cent for every degree the temperature rises.

The paper, published in the journal Climactic Change by PhD student Matt Williams, looked at the 268,000 recorded assaults in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from 1994 to 2009.

Due to population Auckland had by far the lion’s share but, per capita, Wellington came out slightly ahead.

Bouncers usually breathed a sign of relief with the arrival of cooler weather, Wellington doorman Ian Sapsford said.  Read more »

Now the Pope has come out against Global Warming what is he going to do?

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The Pope has come out against global warming, saying it will be the death of the planet and humanity.

Of course he used far more flowery words than that but that is the crux of his pontification from on high.

Quite apart from the irony of a religious leader whose faith believes that the end times will be the start of our salvation and the second coming of our Lord, opposing the very thing that is talked about in the end times as disclosed in Revelations and other books of the bible.

‘The earth will be completely laid waste … the earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers…'(Isa 24.3,4)

Isaiah prophesied extreme heat plaguing the world – heat severe enough to kill people:

‘Therefore … the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left’ (Isa 24.6)

The book of Revelation speaks of the same end time events and predicts extreme weather as part of God’s judgement upon the nations. There will be fierce, scorching heat:

‘The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat …’ (Rev 16.8,9)

All pretty dire stuff that I would have thought the Pope would have welcomed as signs of the end times.

But, hey since he raised the issue and seeing as how he sees it as vitally important for our continued existence let’s see what the Pope intends to do about it all.

Well…nothing…it is everyone else’s problem apparently.   Read more »

How climate science is destroying science

Matt Ridley writes at The Quadrant about how it is that climate science is now running the risk of discrediting all science.

[T]he great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses put to the test. So a really bad idea cannot survive long in science.

Or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I have changed my mind. It turns out bad ideas can persist in science for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they can turn into intolerant dogmas.

This should have been obvious to me. Lysenkoism, a pseudo-biological theory that plants (and people) could be trained to change their heritable natures, helped starve millions and yet persisted for decades in the Soviet Union, reaching its zenith under Nikita Khrushchev. The theory that dietary fat causes obesity and heart disease, based on a couple of terrible studies in the 1950s, became unchallenged orthodoxy and is only now fading slowly.

What these two ideas have in common is that they had political support, which enabled them to monopolise debate. Scientists are just as prone as anybody else to “confirmation bias”, the tendency we all have to seek evidence that supports our favoured hypothesis and dismiss evidence that contradicts it—as if we were counsel for the defence. It’s tosh that scientists always try to disprove their own theories, as they sometimes claim, and nor should they. But they do try to disprove each other’s. Science has always been decentralised, so Professor Smith challenges Professor Jones’s claims, and that’s what keeps science honest.

What went wrong with Lysenko and dietary fat was that in each case a monopoly was established. Lysenko’s opponents were imprisoned or killed. Nina Teicholz’s book The Big Fat Surprise shows in devastating detail how opponents of Ancel Keys’s dietary fat hypothesis were starved of grants and frozen out of the debate by an intolerant consensus backed by vested interests, echoed and amplified by a docile press.

Does that sound familiar?

This is precisely what has happened with the climate debate and it is at risk of damaging the whole reputation of science. The “bad idea” in this case is not that climate changes, nor that human beings influence climate change; but that the impending change is sufficiently dangerous to require urgent policy responses. In the 1970s, when global temperatures were cooling, some scientists could not resist the lure of press attention by arguing that a new ice age was imminent. Others called this nonsense and the World Meteorological Organisation rightly refused to endorse the alarm. That’s science working as it should. In the 1980s, as temperatures began to rise again, some of the same scientists dusted off the greenhouse effect and began to argue that runaway warming was now likely.

At first, the science establishment reacted sceptically and a diversity of views was aired. It’s hard to recall now just how much you were allowed to question the claims in those days. As Bernie Lewin reminds us in one chapter of a fascinating new book of essays called Climate Change: The Facts(hereafter The Facts), as late as 1995 when the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out with its last-minute additional claim of a “discernible human influence” on climate, Nature magazine warned scientists against overheating the debate.

Since then, however, inch by inch, the huge green pressure groups have grown fat on a diet of constant but ever-changing alarm about the future. That these alarms—over population growth, pesticides, rain forests, acid rain, ozone holes, sperm counts, genetically modified crops—have often proved wildly exaggerated does not matter: the organisations that did the most exaggeration trousered the most money. In the case of climate, the alarm is always in the distant future, so can never be debunked.

These huge green multinationals, with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, have now systematically infiltrated science, as well as industry and media, with the result that many high-profile climate scientists and the journalists who cover them have become one-sided cheerleaders for alarm, while a hit squad of increasingly vicious bloggers polices the debate to ensure that anybody who steps out of line is punished. They insist on stamping out all mention of the heresy that climate change might not be lethally dangerous.

Today’s climate science, as Ian Plimer points out in his chapter in The Facts, is based on a “pre-ordained conclusion, huge bodies of evidence are ignored and analytical procedures are treated as evidence”. Funds are not available to investigate alternative theories. Those who express even the mildest doubts about dangerous climate change are ostracised, accused of being in the pay of fossil-fuel interests or starved of funds; those who take money from green pressure groups and make wildly exaggerated statements are showered with rewards and treated by the media as neutral.

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This climate change news is bad how?

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We are constantly told how a warming planet is bad…though after weeks of news about people freezing in houses in winter you’d think they would have worked out that warming is actually a good thing.

But the latest news out about climate change is also supposed to be alarming…I’m not sure how.

Last October, experts suggested that changing temperatures affect the sex of babies.

A Japanese study found that more baby girls are born, compared to boys, when temperatures rise in the country.

‘The recent temperature fluctuations in Japan seem to be linked to a lower male:female sex ratio of newborn infants, partly via increased male foetal deaths,’ according to scientists from M&K Health Institute and Shimizu Women’s Clinic, both in Hyogo, as well as the University of Copenhagen.

‘Male concepti seem to be especially vulnerable to external stress factors, including climate changes,’ they wrote in a study published in the journal, Fertility and Sterility.

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No love, it’s called a winter storm

The Herald has really gone all in on global warming today, claiming that a dog that got swept way in a winter storm is a victim of climate change.

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Seriously?

A Jack Russell terrier swept under big waves near St Clair was a victim of rising tides and climate change, her owner says.

Debbie Bush, of Macandrew Bay, went for a walk with her dog along St Clair Beach just before high tide on Sunday.

The waves were bigger than any she had seen before, she said.

”I actually turned around to go back to the car, because I thought it was getting a bit dangerous.”

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Greens battle RMA reform with new red tape

The Green party really are a bunch of hapless fools, clutching to the undying belief that the planet is warming and it is all our fault.

As a result they want all new laws vetted to take into account their adherence to the fraud of global warming.

The Green Party wants all new bills to be subject to vetting for its effects on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Co-leader James Shaw announced the new policy at a conference in Wellington today for Green parties around the Asia-Pacific region.

“National makes too many decisions based on short term goals, like trying to win the next election,” he said.

The Greens have drawn up a bill titled the Climate Impact Disclosure Bill but for it to be even debated in the House it would need to be drawn from the ballot for private members’ bills.   Read more »

And all these people live in State Houses?

The media are banging on about sick people in state houses, advocating on their behalf for the government to magic up new houses pronto because they whinged to the media in the midst of a so-called housing shortage.

In what can not really be a surprise to most people, winter has arrived. It does every year, and with it cold-related illnesses…that strangely global warming should fix, but the Greens – who also bang on about poverty and cold houses – want to stop happening.

Except at the Herald, the fact that winter has arrived seems to have escaped them.

Ministry of Health figures show 3342 people were admitted to hospital with pneumonia in the four months to April – 168 more than the same period last year, and almost 1000 more than in 2005.

Year-on-year figures show the number of people hospitalised with pneumonia has consistently increased each year since 2005, from 10,540 cases to 14,393 in 2014.

Elderly were most susceptible.

Pneumonia killed 3225 New Zealanders between 2005-2011, the ministry revealed, but data for the number of deaths over the past 3½ years was not available.

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