Climate Change

There’s a surprise, climate claim wrong and made up

As New Zealand shivers in the coldest temperatures for more than 60 years (if it was hot temperatures the scare-mongerers would be claiming it was catastrophic global warming) the poms are suffering an apparent record breaking heat wave.

Or are they?

The Met Office’s claim that July 1 was the hottest July day on record has fallen flat after climate bloggers discovered that the temperature peak may have been caused by a plane landing at Heathrow.

Early July saw Britain basking in a brief heatwave, with air temperatures across much of south and east England hitting the mid 30’s centigrade. On July 1, the Met Office announced that the UK had recorded the hottest July day on record, with temperatures hitting 36.7° centigrade at Heathrow airport.

The claim was widely repeated in the media – the BBC’s headline read “Hottest July day ever recorded in UK”, while The Guardian opted for a live blog under the headline “Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest July day on record”.

But eagle-eyed climate bloggers immediately spotted a problem with the so-called ‘record’: it was measured at Heathrow airport, where the hot tarmac and plane engines pumping out hot air can raise local temperatures by as much as two degrees.   Read more »

Looks like that global warming thingy is at an end

London policemen on ice skates on the frozen River Thames circa 1900 Photo: Getty Images

London policemen on ice skates on the frozen River Thames circa 1900 Photo: Getty Images

Are we enjoying the balmy global warming we are all experiencing at he moment?

It is looking like we best get used to it.

The earth is 15 years from a “mini ice-age” that will cause bitterly cold winters during which rivers such as the Thames freeze over, scientists have predicted.

Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of the sun’s activity which they claim produces “unprecedented accurate predictions”.

They said fluid movements within the sun, which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s.

Solar activity will fall by 60 per cent as two waves of fluid “effectively cancel each other out”, according to Prof Valentina Zharkova.

In a presentation to the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, she said the result would be similar to freezing conditions of the late 17th century.   Read more »

“I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong”

A real Nobel Prize-winning scientist (not a pretend one like Michael Mann),  Dr. Ivar Giaever, says Obama is ‘dead wrong’ on global warming:

In 2008, Dr. Ivar Giaever joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorsing Barack Obama for president, but seven years later the Nobel Prize winner now stands against the president on global warming.

“I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem,” Giaever, who won the Nobel for physics in 1973, told an audience at the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting earlier this month.

Giaever ridiculed Obama for stating that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” The physicist called it a “ridiculous statement” and that Obama “gets bad advice” when it comes to global warming.

“I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Giaever said.

Giaever was a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering and School of Science and received the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on quantum tunneling. Giaever said he was “horrified” about the science surrounding global warming when he conducted research on the subject in 2012.   Read more »

New Paper Suggests No Warming in NZ in Past 100 Years

Snow covers the Rimutaka Hill Road in this MetService webcam image taken shortly after 8am.

Snow covers the Rimutaka Hill Road in this MetService webcam image taken shortly after 8am.  Photo/Fairfax

You won’t see this in a newspaper or on television…not unless they are shamed into publishing it.

As Wellington gets to experience a fair bit of global warming today it is timely that this report turns up:

New Zealand may not have warmed at all in the past 100 years, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the international science journal, Environmental Modeling & Assessment. The paper, “A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand,” by New Zealand authors, Chris De Freitas, Bob Dedekind and Barry Brill, covering the period 1909-2009, shows an increase of 0.28 degrees C, +/- 0.29 degrees/century; compared with the current official NIWA 7-station (7SS) series showing an increase of nearly 1 degree C.

The government must take this new finding into account in future climate policy development, says Prof Robert M. Carter, a graduate of Otago University and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Professor Carter explains: “To place a rate of warming of 0.28 deg. C in context, extensive geological data sets show that rates of temperature change have varied naturally by up to plus and minus 2.5 deg. C/century during the last 10,000 years (i.e., through the interglacial warm period that we currently live in). In other words, pre-historic rates of natural change exceeded the warming in New Zealand over the last century by as much as 10 times.”   Read more »

Who would have thought, a lying journalist

Ezra Levant outlines his run in with a Toronto Star journalist,Catherine Porter, and her litany of lies in a recent column about Ezra Levant.

Maybe you’ve read Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter’s account of my encounter with her and her daughter at Sunday’s Queen’s Park protest. The trouble is, the central facts of Porter’s story are not accurate. And we have the video to prove it.

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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 »