Don’t worry, world: We’ve got this

According to the latest doom and gloom predictions from our overlords in the IPCC, we have only days, weeks, years to save the planet.? The evil carbon has to go by 2055 (or 2040).

From that graph, it seems an eminently achievable target. (/sarc)

However, there are some disobedient dudes out there: Read more »


Sorry: Off script, please delete

While the media is busily pushing “Hothouse Earth” headlines and stuff about statistically proving it will get warmer based upon the ability to ‘predict’ the past, someone has dared ask a sensible question.

Why is it currently getting cooler?

In a very interesting exercise, reported on WattsUpWithThat?, Javier shows that a?most remarkable climate phenomenon is taking place under our very noses without anybody paying attention to it. Quote. Read more »


The Future of Energy:Renewable energy subsidies & Reducing Emissions



Today’s guest post by Whaleoil reader Bruce Alan Forbes is part of an article he wrote called The Future of Energy with predictions for 2040. As it is an in-depth analysis I divided it into six posts so that we could discuss each part separately.

Current Subsidies

Worldwide, hundreds of billions of dollars per year are spent on subsidising wind and solar electricity generation, and on pursuing the development of marine power technologies based on waves, tidal currents and tidal barrages. In most countries, renewable energy is subsidised by the taxpayer and/or electricity consumer. ?Feed-in tariffs?, ?Production Tax Credits?, ?Renewable Portfolio Standards? and ?Renewables Obligation Certificates? are all forms of subsidy. The developers or investors benefit from subsidies and tax breaks that, in some cases, result in them getting their money back in very short periods. In nearly all cases, the cost of paying these subsidies is either added to the cost of electricity paid for by all consumers, or is derived from governments? other tax revenues or increased government debt. It is these subsidies, not economic merit, that have produced the explosion in renewable energy projects over the past decade. Without subsidies, constructing wind and solar farms for connection to the grid would be a hugely loss-making business.

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Here’s a shocker: Antarctica’s CO2 levels are higher than New Zealand


Carbon dioxide levels in Antarctica are the highest they have been in four million years.

There are now no more monitoring stations on Earth measuring an atmospheric carbon dioxide level of less than 400 parts per million (ppm).

On May 23, Antarctica hit the dubious milestone, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced.

The frozen continent at the world’s South Pole was the last place on Earth to reach that level of carbon pollution, NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network Pieter Tans says. Read more »

That global warming is going well


Snow fell on the mountains around Canterbury and Otago …?as temperatures plummeted to as low as 1degC in the lower South Island.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little says it could be the coldest day of the summer for many. Read more »

Time for the Green Taliban to give up their smart phones and iPads



Think mobile devices are low-power? A study by the Center for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications?a joint effort between AT&T’s Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne in Australia?finds that wireless networking infrastructure worldwide accounts for 10 times more power consumption than data centers worldwide. In total, it is responsible for 90 percent of the power usage by cloud infrastructure. And that consumption is growing fast.

What is the digital equivalent of public transport?

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