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Taj Mahal:Ā  Zoomed Out Tells a Bigger Story

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Haven’t they got plenty already?

NIWA is seeking amateur scientists….snigger.

Jamie Morton reports:

Fancy yourself as a climate scientist?

A new climate science experiment, launched online today, is allowing weather enthusiasts to be part of the picture by lending their computers’ processing power.

Volunteers are being sought for the Weather@home ANZ project, launched today by the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere in collaboration with researchers from the UK and Australia.

It will enable the public to contribute to scientists’ understanding of how climate change might be affecting weather in New Zealand and Australia – and a desktop computer and internet connection is all that’s needed.

NIWA climate scientist and New Zealand programme leader Dr Suzanne Rosier said the initial aim of the project was to improve understanding of how extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves and drought may be changing.Ā  Read more »

Mitigation or adaptation, choices with Climate Change

The left wing wants to push ahead with mitigation policies for climate change, it is their unerring belief that the state and governments can control the climate through control and taxes.

The other side says that the climate will always change and we should look at adaptation rather than expend vast quantities of cash on ultimately futile efforts.

Las Vegas couldn’t exist without air conditioning, neither could Dubai or other cities in the middle east. Human beings are great at adaptation, it is why we are top of the food chain.

Still there is no evidence yet presented that the predicted climate changes have actually happened, or if they are happening at the rates the alarmist have stated. In fact he opposite is true.

So what is it to be? Mitigation and huge costs, or adaptation?

The latest report from the UNā€™s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due out next week. If the leaked draft is reflected in the published report, it will constitute the formal moving on of the debate from the past, futile focus upon “mitigation” to a new debate about resilience and adaptation.

The new report will apparently tell us that the global GDP costs of an expected global average temperature increase of 2.5 degrees Celsius over the 21st century will be between 0.2 and 2 per cent. To place that in context, the well-known Stern Review of 2006 estimated the costs as 5-20 per cent of GDP. Stern estimates the costs of his recommended policies for mitigating climate change at 2 per cent of GDP ā€“ and his estimates are widely regarded as relatively optimistic (others estimate mitigation costs as high as 10 per cent of global GDP). Achieving material mitigation, at a cost of 2 per cent and more of global GDP, would require international co-ordination that we have known since the failure of the Copenhagen conference on climate change simply was not going to happen. Even if it did happen, and were conducted optimally, it would mitigate only a fraction of the total rise, and might create its own risks.

And to add to all this, now we are told that the cost might be as low as 0.2 per cent of GDP. At a 2.4 per cent annual GDP growth rate, the global economy increases 0.2 per cent every month.

Those are massive costs…I doubt the world could sustain them, let alone have them work at all.Ā  Read more »

Perhaps the extreme weather is actually caused by Global Cooling

The warmist claim, every time there is a severe weather event, that it has been caused by the ever increasing global temperature. They use extreme weather events to force people to believe their manufactured liesa bout catastrophic human induced global warming.

Never mind that the planet hasn’t warmed a bit in over 17 years. Ignore the fact that all of the computer models predicting massive temperature rises have failed to come remotely close to actuality.

And never mind that in 1974 scientists were warning that ever worsening global cooling would lead to more catastrophic extreme weather events.

Steve Goddard tips me to this article in the Canberra Times on May 16th, 1974:

SUPPORT FOR A THEORY OF A COOLING WORLD Ā  Read more »

Roy Spencer pushes back against global warming Nazis

Anyone who stands up the the “settled science” crowd and global warming adherents are these days more than likely labelled “deniers”. For daring to question, demanding to see evidence, and the code of the models with which these charlatans are bashing us in their march towards state control and taxes we are called “deniers”.

Roy Spencer has decided to fight back.

Yeah, somebody pushed my button.

When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ā€œdeniersā€, they crossed the line. They are still doing it.

They indirectly equate (1) the skepticsā€™ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem, with (2) the denial that the Naziā€™s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.

Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. Itā€™s time to push back.

Iā€™m now going to start calling these people ā€œglobal warming Nazisā€.

The pseudo-scientific ramblings by their leaders have falsely warned of mass starvation, ecological collapse, agricultural collapse, overpopulationā€¦all so that the masses would support their radical policies. Policies that would not voluntarily be supported by a majority of freedom-loving people.

They are just as guilty as the person who cries ā€œfire!ā€ in a crowded theater when no fire exists. Except they threaten the lives of millions of people in the process.

Like the Nazis, they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause (in the 1930s, it was superiority of the white race).Ā  Read more »

Map of the Day

Current Worldwide Carbon Dioxide Emissions per Person

This map shows current worldwide carbon dioxide(COā‚‚) emissions per person from the consumption of energy. Data includes emissions due to the consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and coal, and also from natural gas flaring. These emissions lead to the greenhouse effect when heat energy is trapped by gases in the atmosphere, raising temperatures and producing global warming.

Next time someone mentions “Cleantech” show them this video

60 Minutes in the US aired this story on January 5 about failed “cleantech” companies and their fast burn of taxpayer cash.

About a decade ago, the smart people who funded the Internet turned their attention to the energy sector, rallying tech engineers to invent ways to get us off fossil fuels, devise powerful solar panels, clean cars, and futuristic batteries. The idea got a catchy name: ā€œCleantech.ā€

Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Ā Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of a $100 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks to Cleantech.Ā  But instead of breakthroughs, the sector suffered a string of expensive tax-funded flops. Suddenly Cleantech was a dirty word.

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See ya pal, don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

The bloke from Kiribati has lost his rather specious claim that he is climate change refugee in a brazen attempt to stay in NZ.

The NZ Herald reports:

A New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.

Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the low-lying Pacific island nation in 2007. He argued that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.

Immigration authorities twice rejected his claims, so he appealed to the High Court.Ā  Read more »

Has Warsaw become the Green Taliban’s Stalingrad?

Fred F. Mueller thinks so and writes exactly that at Watts Up with That:

In large-scale wars, there are sometimes prolonged periods of fierce clashes with neither side being able to place the decisive blow that will ultimately tilt the balance in its favor. Then all of a sudden, certain events occur that mark the decisive turning point where one side definitely loses the strength to continue posing a threat to its opponents. From that decisive moment on, it will lose the initiative, being largely confined to defensive actions and hoping to be able to force its opponents to accept a peace agreement instead of having to face the enormous costs of a prolonged war. One of the most famous turning points in World War II was the battle for Stalingrad, where the seemingly unstoppable German onslaught could finally be brought to a standstill. The outcome is well known: Hitlers annihilation a few years later.

Switching to our times, one might well get the impression that in the decades-long war of Greenpeace, WWF and their countless NGO brethren for control of the public opinion about the so-called global warming threat allegedly caused by human CO2Ā emissions, such a turning point has been reached. The UN meeting in Warsaw (Poland), where further measures to curb these emissions should have been laid on keel, has seen a number of leading countries bluntly refusing to continue supporting the scam while many others stayed on the sidelines, paying lip-service to the noble cause of saving the climate and the planet while abstaining from any sizeable commitments. Maybe historians wanting to highlight the real dimensions of the blow dealt to the CO2 alarmists might coin the word Warsawgrad later on. Having failed to reach any substantial accord on the main question, the focus of the event has instead shifted to financial aspects, with third world countries trying to extort as many billions as possible from developed nations under the pretense that they should be held liable for each and any natural disaster happening on their territory. Upon seeing the related list, one wonders why they havenā€™t come up with claims to include asteroid impacts, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions as well. But there might still be room for improvementā€¦ Ā  Read more »

Developing nations attempt to greenmail first world at Warsaw

Warsaw is turning in to a complete mess as the UN meets to discuss climate change.

Developments over the weekend show the developing nations employing standover tactics to force the first world nations to fund disasters even though there is no evidence to suggest those disasters are in fact caused by man-made climate change.

Developing countries have called for legally-binding rules that force rich countries to provide money when they are affected by extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan.

Currently, wealthy nations such as Britain offer donations following a natural disaster.

But last night a group of nations came together to argueĀ extreme events, such as droughts or typhoons, are becoming more frequent because of man-made global warming.

Brazil’s representative called for countries which industrialised earlier – such as Britain – to bear the brunt of the financial burden because they have had higher greenhouse gas emissions for longer.

The issue has threatened to derail a fragile consensus at the two-week UN summit in Warsaw, which was meant to end last night, with talks instead expected to continue well into this morning.

In a heated debate last night, the 191 nations addressed the idea of some members paying ā€˜compensationā€™Ā to poor countriesĀ for natural disasters.

China even has the cheek to jump into the debate even though they are one of the world’s biggest polluters.

A group of 130 nations led by China even called for scientists to examine historical emissions dating back to the time of the industrial revolution in 1850.

The principle has dominated the negotiations at Warsaw, with Britain and other developed nations refusing to countenance the idea of an automatic compensation fund, concerned over the repercussions over legal liability.Ā  Read more »