The paper â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ or so the excuse goes â€“ 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 Â Â Read more »
Some scientists have been studying farts and burps.
More precisely, sheep farts and burps.
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 releasedÂ a climate action planÂ 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 â€śBiogas Roadmap,â€ť to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Thereâ€™s concern though that these measures merely represent the tip of the iceberg.
Agriculture accounts for only aboutÂ 8 percentÂ of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Within that 8 percent, theÂ second largestÂ source of agriculture emissions is enteric fermentationâ€”the digestive process that leads to cow methane emissions, which areÂ emittedin ways that are not appreciated at dinner parties. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation, while covering numerous livestock animals, areÂ overwhelminglyÂ from cows. Read more »
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.Â Read more »
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 Â 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 ÂŁ300,000 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.Â Read more »
The Telegraph has a great article from Nigel Lawson dissing the “science” of climate change:
The IPCCâ€™s call to phase out fossil fuels is economic nonsense and ‘morally outrageousâ€™ 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 â€śsignificant shortcomings in each major step of [the] IPCCâ€™s assessment processâ€ť, and that â€śsignificant improvementsâ€ť were needed. It also chastised the IPCC for claiming to have â€śhigh confidence in some statements for which there is little evidenceâ€ť.
Since then, little seems to have changed, and the latest report is flawed like its predecessor.Â Read more »
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,”Â saysÂ The New York Times.Â Read more »
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 toÂ 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.Â Read more »
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:
â€śWe 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 Andertonâ€™s visit was followed by a visit fromÂ Associate Minister of Agriculture, Damien Oâ€™Connor.â€ť
and;Â Read more »
Not content withÂ demanding the use of biofuels, with the results that:
- Â Rainforests have been levelled
- Â Subsidence farmers driven from their land
- Â and the world’s poor starve
Green scientists are now proposing to release aerosols all over the globe to “cure” the imaginary disease of global warming.
Solar radiation management is a type of geoengineering that would manipulate the climate in order to reduce the impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. Ideas include increasing the amount of aerosols in the stratosphere, which could scatter incoming solar light away from Earthâ€™s surface, or creating low-altitude marine clouds to reflect these same rays.
Research models have indicated that the climatic effect of this type of geoengineering will vary by region, because the climate systems respond differently to the reflecting substances than they do to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that traps warmth in Earthâ€™s atmosphere. New work from a team including Carnegieâ€™s Ken Caldeira uses a climate model to look at maximizing the effectiveness of solar radiation management techniques. Their work is published October 21st byÂ Nature Climate Change.
Attempting to counteract the warming effect of greenhouse gases with a uniform layer of aerosols in the stratosphere, would cool the tropics much more than it affects polar areas. Greenhouse gases tend to suppress precipitation and an offsetting reduction in amount of sunlight absorbed by Earth would not restore this precipitation. Both greenhouse gases and aerosols affect the distribution of heat and rain on this planet, but they change temperature and precipitation in different ways in different places. Varying the amount of sunlight deflected away from the Earth both regionally and seasonally could combat some of this problem.
The Green movementÂ is the true threat to the Earth and our environment.