Climate Change

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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Stop shitting in the water and half of this bludger’s problems are solved

A bludger, for that is what he is, is still trying to use the NZ court system to evade extradition.

Perhaps Kim Dotcom is his legal advisor.

A Kiribati man seeking to become the world’s first climate change refugee plans to file an appeal to New Zealand’s Supreme Court, his lawyer says.

Ioane Teitiota would argue that his family’s health is at risk if they return to low-lying Kiribati, which suffers from rising sea levels and water supplies that are contaminated by salt and sewage.

Teitiota overstayed his New Zealand visa and is fighting to stay in the country with his wife Erika and three New Zealand-born children.   Read more »

Hang your head in shame New Zealand

New Zealand isn’t even in the top ten in this survey, we should all hang our heads in shame.

The United States and United Kingdom are leading the way in climate change scepticism, according to a recent survey which has found that one in three Americans and one in four Brits don’t believe climate change is a serious problem. By comparison, just four percent of Chinese and two percent of Malaysians agree.

The figures emerged from a YouGov survey ahead of historic climate change talks due to take place in Paris later this year. Global leaders will meet at the COP21 meeting to thrash out a new agreement on what to do about carbon emissions and global warming, despite no rise in temperatures being recorded for nearly two decades.

Meanwhile, the Pope is set to deliver an encyclical on the environment which is expected to urge Catholics world-wide to do their bit in driving down carbon emissions and halt the non-existent warming.  Read more »

As predicted Key sledges Shaw without even trying

James Shaw thought he would come to the parliament and try to muscle up to John Key.

It was a dick move and one easily batted away by John Key without him even breaking into a sweat.

What was more embarrassing though was James Shaw having to have Winston Peters come to his rescue.   Read more »

President Obama – misinformed or plain stupid?

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Insurance is a sensible device for managing risk.  We use it everyday for peace of mind and dealing with unforeseeable and catastrophic events.    The premiums we pay are based on very well researched information.  The competitive market requires car insurers for example to know a great deal about various models of car, which ones are susceptible to theft, cost of repairs and much more.

It would be unthinkable to have annual premiums where the cost exceeded the amount agreed to be paid out.  Or would it?  President Obama thinks its OK.

In a recent speech to the military he outlined his plans for reducing CO2.  His aim is an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.  The costs of achieving this are horrendous, even if you use the most optimistic calculations.  One government-based assessment has it at US$13,000 trillion – whatever that amount is.   Reality says it is impossible to even hazard a guess that is going to come in close.  We know from Germany’s very short flirtation with renewable energy, that electricity consumers there are now paying three times more than they were.  The USA situation is potentially much worse, because of their greater dependence on fossil fuels.  And that’s just one aspect of the cost.  An even greater cost is the loss of food production to ethanol production.  Who really cares though about starvation in Haiti or Sudan?  Certainly not the well-fed, cosseted, do-gooder alarmists.  The US Navy has already calculated that biofuels will cost more than four times their present fuel budget.

The proponents of “doing something” are not concerned about the cost.  They argue any cost can be justified.     Read more »

How about those melting polar ice caps?

The doomsayers have been predicting for years that the ice caps are melting, that we’d be ice free at the North Pole years ago…and none of it has been true.

Forbes reports on the latest NASA report that shows there is no such thing happening.

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)   Read more »

Climate change no longer a problem

It seems the initial media amplified climate change hysteria is starting to wane as more and more people realise nothing is actually happening the way it was predicted, and recycling milk bottles and buying LED bulbs won’t make a measurable difference.

Fewer Kiwis nowadays think climate change is a problem that needs to be urgently addressed than in 2008, according to a new study.

And knowing what impact climate change will have is less of an incentive to do something about it than cash, for most New Zealanders.

The research was conducted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, an independent, not-for-profit research institute, and Victoria University. They found although 87 percent of Kiwis are concerned about the effects of climate change, many don’t believe much can be done about it.

In 2008, research showed 75 percent considered climate change an urgent or immediate issue; it’s now 53 percent.

“The interesting question is ‘why?'” says Dr Fabien Medvecky, lecturer at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication.

“Why do we often not care much about climate change, and why do we care less than we did just seven years ago?” Read more »

Sea level rises will drown pacific islands, right? …right? …uhmmm…wrong

One of the big scams of the whole climate change fraud is the claim that pacific islands and atolls will disappear under a rising sea.

Apparently if we transfer billions of dollars from first world countries and give it to third world countries this can be solved.

Apparently climate science is the only science in the world that is settled and can’t change, but there are pesky scientists out there that show the claims of the past are bunkum….like the atolls will disappear.

Now a new study from the Geological Society of America shows otherwise:

Coral islands defy sea-level rise over the past century: Records from a central Pacific atoll

P.S. Kench, D. Thompson,M.R. Ford,H. Ogawa andR.F. McLean

 

Abstract

The geological stability and existence of low-lying atoll nations is threatened by sea-level rise and climate change. Funafuti Atoll, in the tropical Pacific Ocean, has experienced some of the highest rates of sea-level rise (∼5.1 ± 0.7 mm/yr), totaling ∼0.30 ± 0.04 m over the past 60 yr.     Read more »

A letter to Al Gore from a Redwood tree in California

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Dear Mr Gore (should I call you Mr Past Vice President? I didn’t want to as “Past” sounds so irrelevant and Albert is a little presumptuous)

Re: CO2 – our food.

As you know, sir trees do not often write letters but the subject is of such importance to me and my Sequoiadendron giganteum mates we felt that someone should take up a pen and let you know of our very strong feelings.

We are true Americans having our roots deep down in California as well as multiple branches throughout the state. We want to congratulate you and your fellow Americans for the magnificent effort you have made over the last century in restoring CO2 to reasonable levels. As you will recall from your high school biology CO2 is our staple diet. We chew through huge amounts. Without it we would be gone by lunch time – dying a painful death starved of our food supply.

Me and my mates each chug through over 30 tons of CO2 a year so we are really doing our bit to save the world. As well each of us is providing enough oxygen for over 100 people although you politicians may need a bit more than average given the talking you do.

The recently gained level of CO2 at 400ppm is exciting news. Our health and growth rates have benefited dramatically and word around this neck of the woods is that all plants are doing extremely well in this CO2 rich environment. There are even sound scientific peer reviewed papers backing up the warm and fuzzy feelings that the crop plants are basking in.    Read more »

Are we there yet?

For 25 years we have had politicians, “scientists” and other vested interests all telling us that unless we do something, usually pay more taxes, then the planet is doomed.

Daily Caller lists all the deadlines to DO something to save the planet or else.

1. 2015 is the ‘last effective opportunity’ to stop catastrophic warming
World leaders meeting at the Vatican last week issued a statement saying that 2015 was the “last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2-degrees [Celsius].”

Pope Francis wants to weigh in on global warming, and is expected to issue an encyclical saying basically the same thing. Francis will likely reiterate that 2015 is the last chance to stop massive warming.

But what he should really say is that the U.N. conference this year is the “last” chance to cut a deal to stem global warming… since last year when the U.N. said basically the same thing about 2014’s climate summit.

2. France’s foreign minister said we only have “500 days” to stop “climate chaos”
When Laurent Fabius met with Secretary of State John Kerry on May 13, 2014 to talk about world issues he said “we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.”

Ironically at the time of Fabius’ comments, the U.N. had scheduled a climate summit to meet in Paris in December 2015 — some 565 days after his remarks. Looks like the U.N. is 65 days too late to save the world.

3. President Barack Obama is the last chance to stop global warming
When Obama made the campaign promise to “slow the rise of the oceans” some environmentalists may have taken him quite literally.

In 2012, the United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth told Climatewire that Obama’s second term was “the last window of opportunity” to impose policies to restrict fossil fuel use. Wirth said it’s “the last chance we have to get anything approaching 2 degrees Centigrade,” adding that if “we don’t do it now, we are committing the world to a drastically different place.”

Even before that, then-National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center head James Hansen warned in 2009 that Obama only “has four years to save Earth.” I wonder what they now think about their predictions?   Read more »