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Daily Telegraph Falls For Lord Deben’s Extreme Weather Scare

December 13, 2017

By Paul Homewood




To the long list of naive young Telegraph journalists, we can add the name of Ashley Kirk.

Last week he penned an article called “What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme weather? “ (Unfortunately behind the paywall).

Apparently primed by Lord Deben, he goes on to make apocalyptic predictions that the UK will be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century. This is all apparently predicated on a couple of wet winters in recent years.

Because of climate change he claims that our flood defences simply won’t be able to cope with the extreme flooding coming our way.

He quotes Deben as saying that periods of intense rainfall could increase in frequency by a factor of five this century as global temperatures rise, and then goes on to describe all of the problems this could cause in England, with winters being wetter.

Read more…

The Truth Behind Sea Legacy

December 13, 2017

By Paul Homewood


Even the BBC seem to have woken up to the Sea Legacy scam:


It is harrowing footage. An emaciated polar bear searches for food on Baffin Island, north-eastern Canada.

Exhausted, it drags one leg slowly behind it, eventually trying to eat some discarded seating foam among rubbish humans have left.

Polar bears hunt from the sea ice, which is diminishing every year, and the photography team are certain the unfortunate animal died within days.

"This is what starvation looks like," wrote one of the photographers, Paul Nicklen. "The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death."

Mr Nicklen’s colleague, Cristina Mittermeier, said: "We cried as we filmed this dying bear. This is the face of climate change."

The clip has gone viral, widely shared as a warning about the dangers of climate change. But is there more to it?

‘Public relations exercise’

Mr Nicklen and Ms Mittermeier are co-founders of the conservation group Sea Legacy, with a declared mission to "use the power of storytelling to create the change we want to see".

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Energy prices jump after explosion at gas hub in Austria

December 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood


From Sky:



UK natural gas prices have jumped to a four-year high after an explosion at one of Europe’s biggest supply hubs.

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Kim Jong Un can control weather — Just like Gore & the UN!

December 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From Denmark News.Net:



PYONGYANG, North Korea – Making a bizarre claim, the North Korean media claimed that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un can control the weather.

According to North Korea’s state media, Kim Jong Un controlled the weather when he scaled a sacred mountain.

The dictator is said to have dressed in smart leather shoes and climbed the 2,744m high Mount Paektu.

Pyongyang media stated that the mountain has a special place in Korean folklore and has been used by the Kim family for generations in propaganda.

The state media claimed that it was snowing because the mountain wanted to give a “warm welcome” to Kim Jong Un.

According to the report, Mount Paektu wanted to “show joy at the appearance of the peerlessly illustrious commander who controls the nature.”

A state media release further stated, “When Kim Jong Un ascended to the top of it, going through thick snow, it showed fine weather unprecedented in the blizzard of December winter, exposing its majestic figure."

The official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmum further added that Kim Jong Un had “often climbed” Mount Paektu but this was the first time in mid-winter.

It added, “His eyes reflected the strong beams of the gifted great person seeing in the majestic spirit of Mount Paektu the appearance of a powerful socialist nation which dynamically advances full of vigour without vacillation at any raving dirty wind on the planet.”

Mount Paektu is an active volcano on the border between North Korea and China and both North and South Koreans claim the mountain and lake as their countries’ spiritual home.


He should get on well with Al Gore then!

Matt Ridley On The BBC’s Blue Planet

December 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood


An honest assessment of the BBC’s Blue Planet II from the ever perceptive Matt Ridley:



Nothing that Hollywood sci-fi screenwriters dream up for outer space begins to rival the beauty and ingenuity of life under water right here. Blue Planet II captured behaviour that was new to science as well as surprising: giant trevally fish eating sooty terns on the wing; Galapagos sea lions herding yellowfin tuna ashore; an octopus wrapping itself in shells to confuse sharks.

The series also preached. Every episode had a dose of bad news about the ocean and a rebuke to humanity, while the entire last episode was devoted to the environmental cause, featuring overfishing, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification. The team behind the incomparable Sir David Attenborough has acceded to demands that it should push more environmentalism.


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Don’t Bank On Solar Power In Winter!

December 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Wait till the Health & Safety Stasi see this!


The renewable lobby would like you to believe that solar power is an important part of our future energy strategy.

But they don’t tell you just how little power is produced during winter months, at the time when demand is at its peak.


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Coal And Gas Working Flat Out To Keep UK Grid Going On Coldest Night Of Year

December 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood




It’s probably going to be the coldest night of the year, and the grid is working nearly flat out.


At 18.30, coal is providing 9.88 GW and is running at full capacity. CCGT is providing nearly half of our power, and is again at nearly full capacity.

There are apparently outages at Sizewell, Heysham and Hartlepool nuclear plants, leaving a shortfall for nuclear.

Altogether, coal, gas and nuclear are providing 80% of the UK’s power.

So much for renewable energy!

Asian Banks Pour £600bn Into 1600 New Coal Power Plants

December 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood



Research by campaign groups including the Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack and Friends of the Earth has discovered that banks have financed new coal plant developments to the tune of $600bn in the last three years.



"Coal is dead" was the verdict in June this year from a senior executive at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment group. The coal industry may indeed be in decline, due to a combination of factors including the plummeting cost of renewable energy, tighter regulatory regimes and grassroots opposition to coal plants worldwide, but it is still far from down and out.

According to data this year from the Global Coal Plant Tracker, while the number of new coal plants in the pre-construction phase around the world almost halved between 2015 and 2016, there are currently over 1,600 new coal plant units still in planning, predominantly in developing countries. If these were to be built, the world’s coal-fired power capacity would be expanded by more than 42%. To put this threat in context, the United Nations Environment Program has recently recommended an end to the construction of new coal power plants and an accelerated phasing out of existing plants as key steps towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

This threat has been captured by the ‘Global Coal Exit List‘, published in full by urgewald during the 2017 UN Climate Summit in Bonn. It provides for the first time the list of the top 120 coal plant developers, a group of companies that together plan to build more than 550,000 MW of new, climate-busting, coal-fired power capacity, the equivalent of 2.5 times India’s entire coal plant fleet. These are the companies which should be at the top of every divestment list – further investments in these companies are an entry ticket to a 4°C world and must be stopped now.

BankTrack, urgewald, Friends of the Earth France, Re:Common and Rainforest Action Network have dug into the investment numbers to discover which commercial banks are financing these companies. Our research shows that between January 2014 and September 2017, the global banking sector provided and mobilised financing in excess of $600 billion for the top 120 coal plant developers, via lending and underwriting. And approaching half of this sum – $275 billion – has been provided since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, despite their coal plant development plans being fundamentally incompatible with the objectives of this agreement.

Major financing for coal power expansion is still materialising despite some notable progress in recent years from a number of big banks which have, in various ways, publicly committed to curb their financing for companies in the coal power sector. Yet, as revealed by this new dataset, banks are still a long way off from closing their doors to the 120 coal plant developers that pose the biggest threat to the climate.

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, world leaders are convening alongside major financial institutions and business leaders for Climate Finance Day. With a ‘global stocktake’ under way now on the climate action taken since the signing of the Paris Agreement, there is an urgent need to take stock of the coal power disaster that banks are facilitating – a disaster which, for the most part, is continuing unabated. This analysis is published in tandem with the ‘Investors vs. the Paris Agreement‘ report from urgewald which reveals the institutions still investing in the top 120 coal plant developers.

The coal plant developer companies and their financial supporters are hereby unveiled – who would now argue against the financial blacklisting of these coal companies which are threatening us all?


So who are these wicked bankers?

Well, it turns out they are mostly Chinese banks, along with the Japanese Mizuho and the State Bank of India.

Read more…

David Viner’s Thing Of The Past Comes Back To Haunt Him (Again!)

December 10, 2017

By Paul Homewood


David Viner – March 2000

“Within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event"”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,"


Police forces and highway agencies across the UK have urged people not to travel unless 'absolutely necessary' as they deal with surging calls (pictured: An overturned van in Titley, Herefordshire

Titley, Herefordshire – Dec 2017




Leadhills, South Lanarkshire – Jan 2017

Nekko Sammann sledges in the snow at Alexandra Palace in north London, 17 January 2016.

Alexandra Palace, London – Jan 2016

Lancashire – Jan 2015


Sheffield – Dec 2014



Snow in Scarborough

Snow in Scarborough, North Yorkshire – Jan 2013



Snowy scenes as freezing conditions come to the UK – Feb 2012



snow to return to southern UK

Large parts of England and Wales could get as much as 10cm of snow today – Jan 2011



Thigh deep snow in Sheffield – Dec 2010



Winter weather: Baboons at Knowsley Safari Park

Baboons at Knowsley Safari Park try to keep warm with hot potatoes – Jan 2010




London  – Feb 2009



A man walking dogs in snow in Co Durham on 5th April

Snow falls across much of UK – April 2008 



A postman in the snow in Newport Pagnell, Bucks

Snow hits schools and travellers – Feb 2007





David Viner – March 2000

“Within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event"”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,"



As the saying goes, “Pictures speak louder than words”.


Or, as the other saying goes, “What a prat!”