Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Mental Illness: SMH Journalists Smitten?
Is Mental Illness on the rise due to Anthropogenic Global Warming?

Certainly there is a rise - a rise in reports in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Back in 2009, we had Stephanie Peatling writing:

Climate-change research to examine human health

THE effects of climate change on health - particularly heat-related diseases such as dengue fever - will be examined as part of a research project to be announced by the Federal Government today.
Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change, will use a tour of Queensland mining towns this week to announce $10 million for the CSIRO and Australian National University to look at what will happen to human health as temperatures rise.
"We need to better understand the diversity of these health risks, who will be most vulnerable, and the action governments, individuals and communities can take to reduce the risks," Senator Wong said
Lyndall Strazdins in July this year wrote: 
Climate Inaction risks children's well-being.
Climate change, if allowed to continue, will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the lives of our children and grandchildren.There is widespread scientific consensus that doing nothing will mean this century is characterised by higher temperatures, shifting rainfall systems, severe droughts and more fires and storms.

We have Erik Jensen Health writing on 29th August:
RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse. As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despair'' in the wake of these events.An AAP report, also on 29th August:If we don't start tackling climate change, Australians will be increasingly depressed, anxious or stressed.... and more prone to substance abuse, a new report says. The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, draws on the work of mental health experts, community practitioners and survivors of natural disasters.
On the same day, pushing the point, the Herald also published a separate AAP report.
If we don't start tackling climate change, Australians will be increasingly depressed, anxious or stressed.... and more prone to substance abuse, a new report says.
We have the delightful Graham Readfern on 31st August:
When the climate throws up extreme events like cyclones, floods and droughts, the most visible impacts tend to be twisted metal, splintered timber and cracked earth.
But a new report argues some of the most enduring and least considered effects of severe weather are the lingering psychological traumas.
The report, published by The Climate Institute this week, examines the mental health issues and social dislocation that unchecked climate change could cause, based on the impact of recent floods, bushfires, droughts and cyclones.
The last three accounts above all quote the report "A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change" issued by The Climate Institute.

The link above goes to a page at The Climate Institute that begins: "Climate change is here, now."

Well, er, I'm underwhelmed.

They are right of course. Climate change IS here, climate change IS now. Climate has been changing since time immemorial. So?

So,  they go on to say:
While it is often difficult to draw a clear line between a particular weather event and long-term climate change, there is a strong relationship between the emerging global pattern of disasters and global warming—whether long and insidious, like drought, or short and violent, like bushfires.1
The link goes to a NOAA site which does not say that there is a strong relationship between the emerging global pattern of disasters and global warming; does not say that such events are unusual or are increasing due to AGW.

The Climate Institute report then says:
Scientists warn that a failure to reverse rising carbon pollution levels will see Australia’s inherently moody climate become even more volatile. With inaction or delay on pollution comes a sharp rise in the frequency, intensity and extent of heatwaves, bushfires and drought, as well as more torrential downpours, and tropical storms with increasing ferocity.2
That link goes HERE.
In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their fourth assessment report, concluding that:
  • Warming of the climate system is unequivocal
  • Humans are very likely to be causing most of the warming that has been experienced since 1950
  • It is very likely that changes in the global climate system will continue well into the future, and that they will be larger than those seen in the recent past.
Oh really? Quoting the IPCC that relies on reports from alarmist bodies like The Climate Institute, the IPCC whose Summary for Policy Makers is not supported by the "supporting" papers. Quoting the IPCC who try to suppress world recognised experts like Fred Singer?

And on what great medical authority do the Climate Institute rely for their report re mental health?
The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical. Recent experience shows extreme weather events also pose a serious risk to public health, including mental health and community wellbeing, with serious flow-on consequences for the economy and wider society.3
Report for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Medical Association.

That's right. A report for the ACF. The ACF is another alarmist organisation pushing the falsified AGW hypothesis. Their report, in its conclusion states:
Future projections of unabated global greenhouse gas emissions for the medium-term, and of the climate change these would cause over the next 100 years and beyond, present a grave threat to both natural and human systems.
There has been NO proof that "unabated global greenhouse gas emissions" of Carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing dangerous global warming. In fact, the hypothesis has been falsified. Falsified many times.


Yes. CO2 is innocent.

IPCC chief tries to silence opposing view.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread. - Blaise Pascal

Oppression can only survive through silence. - Carmen de Monteflores
Blaise Pascal was a very influential French mathematician and philosopher who,  in correspondence with Fermat, laid the foundations for the theory of probability.  One wonders what he would be thinking these days on the probability of the Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis being correct.

Would he weigh up the evidence?

Would he look at the fact of the data being massaged? Or the fact that weather stations have been compromised by siting next to jet exhausts and air conditioning outlets? Or the fact that the IPCC has relied on non-peer-reviewed reports from Warmist propaganda bodies like the WWF? Or the fact that the editors of scientific magazines, the source of peer-reviewed papers, have been heavied?

Now, another scientific body has been heavied by none other than the Vice Chair of the IPCC Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele. (Ironically, Ypersele's name includes Pascal!)

Professor Claes Johnson (on his site Claes Johnson  on Mathematics and Science) has reported that he was indirectly invited to speak at a discussion on climate science organised by SEII (Société Européenne des Ingénieurs et Industriels.

SEII (Société Européenne des Ingénieurs et Industriels, Prof Henri Masson) organizes a conference for Fred Singer and Claes Johnson at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels on September 1, at 18 h00. Official invitation from SEII follows by E-mail.

The next day 2 September there will be a workshop with some of our Think Tank . Our preliminary programme looks as follows:

  • 18h15 S. Fred Singer : What is new in climate change?
  • 19 h 00 Claes Johnson : Blackbody radiation and Climate Thermodynamics
  • 19 h45 to 20 H30 : Questions and Answers
We are very happy to have this opportunity to bring together scientists and some politicians (we hope) and get some useful and interesting discussions.
Although the above stated that an "Official Invitation" would follow, the next correspondence that Prof Johnson received was from none other than the Vice Chair of the IPCC. Prof Johnson continues:
The effect of the letter was that the SEII/Fondation Universitaire seminar was cancelled, stopped, censored. IPCC managed to suppress questioning of the science presented by IPCC, by a forceful intervention by one of its vice-presidents.
What to say about this? Well, I am not surprised. I read that the burning of my mathematics book by KTH supported by media and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (documented as KTH-gate), is now used to motivate to also mute my voice.
Surely  Jean-Pascal van Ypersele has just put another nail in the IPCC's coffin.

The conference found a new location Rhode St. Genèse. Well done, SEII!

We have to shout it from the rooftops that the AGW hypothesis has been falsified. Oppression can only survive through silence.


Climate Change (aka AGW) blamed for 3 deaths at Pukkelpop Festival

Smith Westerns' Album Cover
D&T report from Belgium on stage collapse at the Pukkelpop Festival at which it is reported that "three people killed and 60 injured, with 11 of those injuries serious."(Link in title)
The Smith Westerns were on stage when it went down. They tweeted, “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke” and “Praying no one got hurt. Wtf.” In addition to Pukkelpop and the Indiana State Fair, a Flaming Lips stage fell apart during a storm in Oklahoma, damaging about $800,000 worth of equipment, and Cheap Trick narrowly avoided disaster when their stage collapsed during the Ottawa Blues Festival.
Like all the other collapses this summer, Pukkelpop happened when a massive storm blew into the area. It seems like climate change, shoddy construction, or some combination of the two has made outdoor festivals downright scary and dangerous.
Several videos are on the linked site. TCS blog didn't think it was tasteful to add them here.

(H/ T Marc Morano)