Thursday, 1 August 2019

Climate News - August 2019

A review and commentary on topical matters concerning the science, economics, and governance associated with climate change developments.
Alan Moran
1 August 2019
Finnish researchers Kauppinen and Malmi find “During the last hundred years the temperature increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C”. In other words, “practically no anthropogenic climate change”. A major role in temperature variations is cloud.
Japanese researchers added to this body of knowledge by demonstrating the effects of cosmic rays on wind and atmospheric particulates in major climatic changes.
This is the picture on CO2 according to NASA.
But the increase does not spell doom because there is a weak relationship of CO2 and temperature (a CO2 doubling according to Lindzen and Choi brings only a 0.7°C increase).  Moreover, NASA's data splices ice core data with direct measurements, exaggerating recent levels.

An exhaustive study concludes that about 50% of the recorded warming of China since the 1940s could be due to uncorrected urbanization bias. In addition, it finds that the maximum temperature record from May to October over China shows the 1940s and the 2000s equally warm, in contrast to the 1°C warming predicted by the IPCC’s models
David Archibald argues that the longest magnetic instrument record, measuring the average of stations in London and Melbourne shows that we have entered a new cold period with magnetic activity similar to that of the late Little Ice Age.
Warmist scientists are still trying to resurrect the Michael Mann confection of long term temperatures that hid the medieval warm period and “little ice age”. The new studies also use proxy data, like bristle cones, and claim that, unlike today, earlier warming was just regional. 

On reindeers, scientists maintain that climate change is responsible for death by starvation of 200 creatures in Norway but that numbers have increased by 22,000 since the 1980s.  Go figure!

For a comprehensive and readable listing of everything wrong with the climate change con and its supposed fixes see this by Mark Mills.
Bernie Saunders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are promoting a resolution for “a national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive-scale to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations.” Just 4 per cent of Americans rate climate/environment as the most important issue.  

Michael Blomberg is helping the cause by financing the training and placement of climate activists in Attorney Generals offices around the US. There would be outrage if NRA or religious groups did this.  

Many local authorities around the world are increasingly taking climate action. Berkeley in San Francisco has gone further by banning the use of natural gas in homes and industries. 50 other cities are considering following suit.

In contrast to NY and California, Ohio has moved to support coal and nuclear and phase out the renewable energy requirements.

China’s official data showed a 50 per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions for the decade to 2014 when they topped 12.3 billion tonnes (US 5.7 billion; Australia 0.6 billion). This means other sources underestimate China’s emissions, which the government sees as increasing until 2030.

A “conservative”, Ursula von der Leyen becomes president of the European Commission after she kow-towed to the climate myth, promising “reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 by 50%, if not 55%”, thereby winning support from greens and socialists.

According to this article “Research indicates a vegan diet could be the best in terms of environmental impact”, quoting the UN,“Our use of animals as a food-production technology has brought us to the verge of catastrophe. The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined.”

Leveraging off such fictional disasters, the BBC reports that we have only 18 months to save the planet.  So it is timely that UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has demanded that all nations plan for zero emissions by 2050. Psychiatrically troubled teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is showing the way to a carbon free future - she's travelling by racing yacht to the upcoming UN New York meeting where this is to be discussed.  The yacht is owned by Monaco’s royal family.

The IMF has, like the Bank of England, drunk the climate coolaide, with outgoing President Christine Legard declaring it an issue critical to the achievement of macroeconomic stability.  IMF says, “There is a growing consensus that carbon pricing—charging for the carbon content of fossil fuels or their emissions—is the single most effective [climate change] mitigation instrument.”
Shell supports "a global carbon price of about $US250 a tonne and "tens of thousands" of carbon capture and storage plants … to keep within the 2 degree warming goal". Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax was $20, while an Obama-established government body estimates the “social cost of carbon” at $US40, a figure which the CO2 Coalition estimates would be $4 if the appropriate 7 per cent discount rate were to be used.

BHP, the world’s biggest listed miner and biggest coking coal producer, confronted by a shakedown from pension funds and its own climate alarmists, will set emission reduction targets for its customers – the most important of which are Chinese! BHP claims to have earmarked $US400 million for emission reductions. Andrew Bolt asks, if BHP really believes coal mining threatens the planet why is it not shutting down its mines? 

Tesla’s sales in Hong Kong dramatically slumped once its tax break was reduced in 2017.
Wind farms are increasingly being recognised for their environmental destructiveness in killing birds and bats, annual tolls including 6-18 million birds and bats killed by Spanish wind farms and 200,000 bats per year killed by German wind farms. 

Due to opposition from wildlife and other interests, German wind installations are slowing so rapidly that it is expected by 2021 there will be a net reduction as older turbines reach the end of their lives. This threatens the government's plans for increasing the share of green energy.

Biomass is another blind alley to emission reductions. A GWPF paper finds substituting wood for coal to generate electricity releases more carbon dioxide, in addition to the extra energy used to harvest, process, dry and transport the wood pellets. Even the direct emissions require continuous replanting of trees to re-absorb the carbon dioxide nominally
A mother is to miss her daughter’s wedding to attend a climate change demo in Derby.  The daughter approves – why would anyone would want some mad curmudgeon at their nuptials? 

Confirming the vacuous nature of the green left, London demonstrators mistakenly targeted the nation’s leading renewable business Statkraft thinking they were hitting fossil fuel generator Drax.

Wanna imbibe while saving the world? The answer is drink gin made from peas; substituting legumes for grains in alcohol production is said to save 439 million tonnes of CO2.
This month I had articles published on energy and the environment in Catallaxy, Quadrant,
The Spectator and The Australian.
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