Archive | February, 2014

Climate News – February Edition

How is the climate behaving?

David Whitehouse writes, “With none of the fanfare that accompanies their prediction of the global temperature for the forthcoming year the UK Met Office has quietly released the global temperature for 2013. It will come as no surprise after the 2013 temperatures released by NASA and NOAA that it shows the global temperature standstill – now at 17 years – continues.”

Here’s a turn up for the alarmists: Australia is experiencing the lowest level of cyclone activity in about 1000 years.

Meanwhile, curiouser and curiouser, the extent of Antarctic ice continues to grow setting new records at the end of January 2014.

Antarctic-sea-ice

HRH Prince Charles has described climate warming sceptics as ‘headless chickens’ which has prompted this treasonable response from the irrepressible Lord Monckton of Brenchley. Michael Mann the doyen of the alarmists who discovered the now discredited notion that the current century is the warmest of the past 1000 years, is suing the sainted Mark Steyn for labelling him as discredited, prompting this article from the take-no-prisoners James Delingpole.

There are those, including Garth Paltridge in this Quadrant article, who are recognising the vulnerability of public confidence in scientists as the over-egged global warming claims unravel. Garth’s fears are echoed and amplified in Forbes by Patrick Michaels (soon to visit Australia as a guest of the IPA).

Actually, the finger-pointing has already started, with UK Communities Minister Eric Pickles saying on the BBC, “We made a mistake, there’s no doubt about that and we perhaps relied too much on the Environment Agency’s advice…I am really sorry that we took the advice…we thought we were dealing with experts.” British ministers have yet to comment on the conflicting advice from UK Met Office’s chief climate alarmist, Julia Slingo, recently made a Dame. Last April she said, “climate change was loading the dice towards freezing, drier weather”, but this year in response to extremely wet UK conditions she said,All the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change.

University of NSW Professor Matthew England had previously argued, “We’ve sat back and watched the two decades unfold and warming has progressed at a rate consistent with those projections. Anybody out there lying that the IPCC projects are overstatements or that the observations haven’t kept pace with the projections is completely off line with this … the analysis is very clear that the IPCC projections are coming true.” He now says that a pause” in the warming trend is real and that it is caused by hot air wind. This Catallaxy piece is a great spoof of the fraudulent claims.

Green power

This is an excellent article in the WSJ ($) by the great Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and one of the world’s foremost energy industry experts. Bryce demolishes as total bunk Obama’s claim that “green” energy would create, “five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.” In Germany, even with a guaranteed feed-in (wholesale) price of 17 cents a kilowatt hour, several times the market price, wind farm businesses are feeling the pinch with some going bankrupt. And there is growing opposition within the EU (including the EU’s energy commissioner) generally to renewable measures.

Opposition to windmills is doubtless amplified by their adverse impact on property values. A study based on the sales of over a million UK homes finds values within 1.2 miles of a large wind farm are reduced by 11 per cent. A three per cent reduction is estimated for homes located 2.5 miles away.

Spain is now to reduce the duration that existing windmills receive a premium electricity price from 20 years to 10 years. This is in spite of the assurances on which investments were made and it means the capacity installed pre-2004 (40 per cent of the total) now only gets the normal wholesale price. A review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has been foreshadowed but is yet to be announced.

Public opinion

The previous Climate News reported that Essential Research estimate 51 per cent of Australians believe in human induced global warming. Last week, CSIRO’s fourth climate adaptation survey (should a scientific organisation be involved in social research surveys?) put those believing climate change is both happening and is due to humans at 47 per cent. A similar number thought climate change was either not happening or due to non-human causes; 50 per cent thought human induced climate change was happening in CSIRO’s 2010 survey.

In this latest CSIRO survey, climate change comes in seventh out of eight in environmental concerns.