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So tell me again why we should care about climate change?

New Zealand produces 0.2% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions…just two tenths of a single percent. Compared tot he United States (15.6%) and China (22.7%), the European Union (10.9%) our emissions are tiny.

The United Kingdom only produces 1.4% of the worlds emissions.

India though produces 5.7% of the world’s emissions….and they have told the rest of the world that they have no intention of doing anything at all about emissions.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has indicated that he will not submit to Western pressure on cutting CO2 emissions.

In the lengthy run up to the international climate conference (‚ÄėCOP21‚Äô) in Paris later this year, Modi‚Äôs comments will be sure to cause consternation amongst climate campaigners. Indeed, since his investiture last May last year, the Guardian has expressed concern that he might be (gasp!) a climate sceptic.

As the third largest CO2 emitter behind China (1st) and the U.S. (2nd), climate negotiators are keen to secure some kind of meaningful agreement to reductions from India at the Paris negotiations. However, Modi‚Äôs ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has pursued a development agenda that is at odds with Western hand-wringing. The BJP has opened upthe nation‚Äôs coal mining industry in a bid to meet domestic demand. It has also taken onenvironmentalist groups such as Greenpeace, regarding the latter as inimically hostile to India‚Äôs economic success. ¬† Read more »

New climate reports slays another myth

Breitbart reports on “A new scientific paper has driven yet another nail into the coffin of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming theory.

The paper ‚Äď Rethinking the lower bound on aerosol radiative forcing by Bjorn Stevens of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, published in the American Meteorological Society journal ‚Äď finds that the effects of aerosols on climate are much smaller than those in almost all the computer models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Aerosols are the minute particles added to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels (as well as by non-anthropogenic sources, like volcanoes). The reason they are important is that they are so often cited by alarmists to excuse the awkward fact that the world has stubbornly failed to warm at the disastrous rate they predicted it would.

Apparently ‚Äď or so the excuse goes ‚Äď these aerosols are masking the true extent of runaway climate change by cancelling out the effects of man-made CO2.

Here, for example, is a NASA expert in 2009:

Using climate models, we estimate that aerosols have masked about 50 percent of the warming that would otherwise have been caused by greenhouse gases trapping heat near the surface of the Earth ¬†¬† Read more »

Face of the day

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Some scientists have been studying farts and burps.

More precisely, sheep farts and burps.

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The seppos are looking at fart taxes now

We managed to defeat Helen Clark’s plans to impose fart taxes on the nations cattle.

The battle is only beginning in the US where a wider ranging fart tax is being proposed.

Last month, the President released a climate action plan designed to cut methane emissions.

If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid.

The same goes for humans.

The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a ‚ÄúBiogas Roadmap,‚ÄĚ to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. There‚Äôs concern though that these measures merely represent the tip of the iceberg.

Agriculture accounts for only about¬†8 percent¬†of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Within that 8 percent, the¬†second largest¬†source of agriculture emissions is enteric fermentation‚ÄĒthe digestive process that leads to cow methane emissions, which are¬†emittedin ways that are not appreciated at dinner parties. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation, while covering numerous livestock animals, are¬†overwhelmingly¬†from cows. Read more »

Rude and Wrong

Rodney Hide gives Russel Norman a kick in the slats for being both rude and wrong about climate change and politicising a condolence speech for the Philippines.

Out poured a diatribe of how Typhoon Haiyan has reminded us we haven’t done enough to combat climate change. We can’t afford to procrastinate: we must deal with the “climate crisis madness”. Vote Green was his message. And cut greenhouse gases.

He tried to excuse the speech by quoting the head of the Philippines delegation at the UN Climate Change talks in Warsaw. But it made me queasy that a political leader was making political points at a solemn time set aside to honour and to respect the thousands killed and a country that is reeling.

It struck me that it takes a special kind of political coldness to do that. Norman demonstrated an extraordinary heartlessness and an unappealing drive to push his own political barrow, no matter the circumstance.¬† Read more »

Green hypocrites the same the world over

Green taliban members are the same sanctimonious hypocrites the world over.

Gareth Hughes racks up huge air miles to lecture us on the evils of oil, Metiria Turei ¬†bemoans poverty dressed in her outrageously expensive designer clothes and lives in a castle with massive rock walls quarries from open cast mines. Greenpeace chug around using thousands of tons of oil to stage a back firing publicity stunt (although they were probably drugged to the eyeballs it’s just as well the Russkies arrested them before they harmed themselves) against providing their fuel.

Now the UK Climate Change Ministry has been busted racking up the air miles.

Minsters in charge of tackling climate spent £300,000 last year flying around the UK, shocking new figures reveal.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change and its quangos charged the taxpayer for more than 1,600 internal flights while lecturing the public about the need to cut carbon emissions.¬† Read more »

The mumbo jumbo of climate change

The Telegraph has a great article from Nigel Lawson dissing the “science” of climate change:

The IPCC‚Äôs call to phase out fossil fuels is economic nonsense and ‘morally outrageous‚Äô for the developing world.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which published on Friday the first instalment of its latest report, is a deeply discredited organisation. Presenting itself as the voice of science on this important issue, it is a politically motivated pressure group that brings the good name of science into disrepute.

Its previous report, in 2007, was so grotesquely flawed that the leading scientific body in the United States, the InterAcademy Council, decided that an investigation was warranted. The IAC duly reported in 2010, and concluded that there were ‚Äúsignificant shortcomings in each major step of [the] IPCC‚Äôs assessment process‚ÄĚ, and that ‚Äúsignificant improvements‚ÄĚ were needed. It also chastised the IPCC for claiming to have ‚Äúhigh confidence in some statements for which there is little evidence‚ÄĚ.

Since then, little seems to have changed, and the latest report is flawed like its predecessor.¬† Read more »

Another Green lie exposed

This is the report that the green taliban won’t want you reading about when it comes to understanding the risks of fracking.

This week, the University of Texas released a study showing that fracking releases much less methane into the atmosphere than previously thought.

Sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and nine oil companies, the study analyzed more than 489 natural gas wells, and estimated that shale-gas drilling operations leak more than a million tons of methane annually. That’s a lot, but “probably less than the Environmental Protection Agency estimated in 2011,”¬†says¬†The New York Times.¬† Read more »

Even the NY Times reckons ‘manbearpig’ is bullshit

The argument is essentially over…the BBC caved, many other media outlets are facing reality, even the railroad engineer at the IPCC has given up.

Global Warming hasn’t happened for 17-18 years. Even the warming that did occur was negligible.

Now one of the last bastions of warmist propaganda outfits, the NY times has finally thrown in the towel. But they can’t quite get there to admitting it has stopped, referring instead to a “slowdown”.

As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.

The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.

The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists. True, the basic theory that predicts a warming of the planet in response to human emissions does not suggest that warming should be smooth and continuous. To the contrary, in a climate system still dominated by natural variability, there is every reason to think the warming will proceed in fits and starts.

But given how much is riding on the scientific forecast, the practitioners of climate science would like to understand exactly what is going on. They admit that they do not, even though some potential mechanisms of the slowdown have been suggested. The situation highlights important gaps in our knowledge of the climate system, some of which cannot be closed until we get better measurements from high in space and from deep in the ocean.¬† Read more »

Who is to blame for the Milk scandal?

There is a great deal of press regarding the DCD milk scandal…but who is to blame?

Of course it is easy to blame the useless repeaters intent on massive headlines…which of course I did. But the real root of the issue lies with smelly hippies and the green taliban.

They have been intent on demanding our farmers be clean and green…look at this list of Labour and Green luminaries that implored the use of this ‘technology’

The Labour Party:

“We have been gratified by the support we have received for Eco-n from the Government with the very positive visit by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Jim Anderton.

Mr Anderton‚Äôs visit was followed by a visit from¬†Associate Minister of Agriculture, Damien O‚ÄôConnor.‚ÄĚ

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