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The Great Greenland Meltdown Con

February 25, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/great-greenland-meltdown

 

Another day, another ludicrous Greenland meltdown scare story:

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Peers Report On Energy Fails To Address The Real Problem

February 25, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2940408/furious-peers-urge-ministers-to-come-clean-about-the-true-cost-of-green-levies-pushing-up-household-energy-bills/

 

A new report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on energy policy attracted some headlines yesterday.

However, on further analysis, it seems to totally miss the point.

These are the key findings:

 

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Mid 20thC Increase In Arctic Sea Ice

February 24, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL071941/abstract#grl55550-supinfo-0001

 

A new study has found that Arctic sea ice increased as much between 1950 and 1975, as it has decreased since.

Since this conflicts with their unshakeable belief that GHGs are causing the Arctic to warm, they have had to concoct the nonsensical theory that the earlier increase was caused by aerosols.

 

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Committee On Climate Change Costs £3.7m A Year

February 24, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

Committee on Climate Change

 

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is a (supposedly) independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

The idea that it is in any way, shape or form “independent” is laughable. Its committee members are appointed by government, which also provides the CCC’s funding.

Just how much does this funding amount to? According to its Annual Accounts, the not inconsiderable sum of £3.7m a year.

 

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Gummer gets £1000/day, and other committee members £800/day. The Chief Executive, Matthew Bell is paid an eye watering £190K.

 

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I realise that £3 million is a drop in the ocean for the government, but surely the money could be put to better use?

And if the government still wants advice, I would offer my services for a couple of grand. But then , they might not like the advice I gave them!

Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report

February 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/24/protected-forests-in-europe-felled-to-meet-eu-renewable-targets-report

 

In the light of the new study today from Chatham House, which shows that burning biomass is simply leading to increased emissions of CO2, it is worth recalling similar findings in a study by Birdlife three months ago.

From the Guardian:

 

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.

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Latest Data From MASIE

February 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

As well as their main dataset of sea ice extent, NSIDC also have Arctic data from MASIE, (Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent).

The two datasets are not directly comparable as they are calculated in different ways. In addition, MASIE data only starts in 2006.

Nevertheless, as even NSIDC themselves accept, it is MASIE which is the more accurate product.

 

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http://nsidc.org/data/docs/noaa/g02135_seaice_index/#accuracy_precision

 

When we compare data for 21st Feb, we find that current extent is higher than 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2015:

 

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http://nsidc.org/data/masie/

 

Moreover, the year with the greatest extent was 2014, and this was only 1.9% higher than this year. Clearly Arctic sea ice is much more stable than we are told.

 

Temperatures in the Arctic have been plummeting this month, so it is likely that sea ice will continue to grow for a while yet.

 

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http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

New Study Finds Biomass Harms The Climate

February 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public/Philip Bratby

 

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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/450m-lost-over-failed-green-power-programme-n7hf0h6ht

 

From The Times:

 

Britain is wasting hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising power stations to burn American wood pellets that do more harm to the climate than the coal they replaced, a study has found.

Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper coal, according to the report. It blames the rush to meet EU renewable energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption that burning trees was carbon-neutral.

Green subsidies for wood pellets and other biomass were championed by Chris Huhne when he was Liberal Democrat energy and climate change secretary in the coalition government. Mr Huhne, 62, who was jailed in 2013 for perverting the course of justice, is now European chairman of Zilkha Biomass, a US supplier of wood pellets.

The report was written by Duncan Brack, a former special adviser to Mr Huhne, for Chatham House, the respected international affairs think tank. Britain is by far the biggest importer of wood pellets for heat and power in the EU, shipping in 7.5 million tonnes last year, mostly from the US and Canada.

Drax, Britain’s biggest power station, received more than £450 million in subsidies in 2015 for burning biomass, which was mostly American wood pellets. The report says that the government’s assessment of the impact on the climate of switching from coal to wood pellets is flawed because it ignores emissions from burning pellets in power stations. The assessment counts only emissions from harvesting, processing and transporting wood pellets.

Wood pellets are claimed to be carbon-neutral partly because the forests from which they come are replanted. New trees would eventually absorb as much carbon as was emitted when mature trees were harvested and burnt. However, the report says that this process could take centuries — too late to contribute to preventing climate change over coming decades.

Mr Brack said: “It is ridiculous for the same kind of subsidies that go to genuine zero-carbon technologies, like solar and wind, to go to biomass use that might be increasing carbon emissions. It’s not a good use of money.

“For any biomass facility that is burning wood for energy, unless they are only burning stuff like saw-mill residues or post-consumer waste, their activities will be increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere for decades or centuries. We shouldn’t be subsidising that.”

Pellet companies and power stations using them tended to claim that most of their wood was residues, Mr Brack said. In fact, about three quarters of the pellets from the southern US came from whole trees and residues accounted for only a quarter. “Whole trees can sometimes be misclassified as residues,” the report said. Mr Brack called on the EU to use its present review of energy policies to restrict subsidies to biomass that actually reduced emissions.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/450m-lost-over-failed-green-power-programme-n7hf0h6ht

 

Readers will know I have been banging on about this for ages. The significant point here though is that the report is written by Duncan Brack, the former special advisor to Chris Huhne. Far from being a sceptic, he clearly believes in doing the utmost to promote renewable energy.

Antarctic Sea Ice Claims Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

February 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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https://uk.news.yahoo.com/antarctic-ice-sheet-smallest-ever-002800989.html

 

From Yahoo:

 

A few days ago, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that the Antarctic sea ice contracted to just 883,015 sq. miles, which is the smallest on record.

Experts assert that, if changes are not made to pollution and our fossil fuel industry, a number of species will be threatened as sea levels (and temperatures) continue to rise.

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Prince Charles And The Age Of The (Royal) Train

February 22, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/18/royal-train-saved-scrapheap-queen-makes-known-still-favoured/

 

From the Telegraph:

 

Since the reign of Queen Victoria its well upholstered carriages and trusty locomotives have ferried members of the Royal Family the length and breadth of the country.

However, the expense of running the Royal Train led to questions from MPs over its continuing use and it was revealed in 2013 that it would soon have to be scrapped.

But The Telegraph can now reveal that the Royal Train is to continue into the foreseeable future.

The Queen is understood to have made it known that the train is her preferred mode of transport, and that she believes it to be a cost-effective and convenient way for the royal family to travel.

Tests were then carried out on the carriages, which revealed the train’s demise had been greatly exaggerated.

The Queen with Prince Andrew (right) and Prince Edward (centre) in a compartment of the Royal Train before departure from London in December 1965

The Queen with Prince Andrew (right) and Prince Edward (centre) in a compartment of the Royal Train before departure from London in December 1965 Credit: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Instead of being ready for the scrapyard, Palace sources said the Royal Train was found to be in far better condition than previously thought. The source added there was now “no end in sight” to its use.

There were doubts over the train’s future when Sir Alan Reid, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, told a committee of MPs four years ago that the current rolling stock, mostly dating from the 1970s, had only five to ten years of service life left.

After that, he said, the prospect of replacing it would be a “major decision”, adding: “The figures are quite staggering.”

But with memories still fresh of the fate of the Royal Yacht Britannia – which was retired in 1997 to the Queen’s tearful distress -  further tests were carried out on the train’s rolling stock.

The Royal Train at Wolverton Works, near Milton Keynes

The Royal Train at Wolverton Works, near Milton Keynes Credit: Phil Marsh

As a result it was discovered that its life could be extended by many years and that with further efficiency savings the train’s running costs could be reduced.

The Royal Train cost £800,000 in running and maintenance last year, down from £900,000 the previous year. It makes between around 15 trips annually at an estimated £52 per mile, compared with £12 per mile by air.

There was criticism after it was revealed a one-way trip between Windsor and York made by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2012 cost £20,221. As a result, the Queen has increasingly travelled on public trains in recent years to save money.

The latest royal account show that in 2015-2016 13 trips were made by members of the Royal family  – seven by the Prince of Wales, five by the Queen and one by the Duke of Edinburgh alone, at a total cost of nearly £250,000, including a trip by Prince Charles from Ayr to Yorkshire and back to Aberdeen, costing £33,249.

It was last used by a Royal on January 24 and 25 to transport the Prince of Wales from Edinburgh to Leicester and on to Loughborough for a series of royal engagements, including a visit to Mountsorrel Railway and Rothley Community Heritage Centre, before being returned to Wolverton.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/18/royal-train-saved-scrapheap-queen-makes-known-still-favoured/

 

 

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More Arctic Sea Ice Now Than In 2006

February 21, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Tony Heller

 

 

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http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

 

Contrary to all the fake news reports of rapidly melting Arctic ice in the last few months, NSIDC now confirm that there is more sea ice now than there was on the same date in 2006.

As of yesterday, Arctic sea ice extent was 14.300 million sq km, compared to 14.286 million sq km on 20th Feb 2006.

In 2006, ice extent actually fell over the next four days, so the gap may continue to grow with a lot of cold air around at the moment there.

It was the global warming cheerleader Mark Serreze who claimed a few years back that the Arctic was screaming. I have a message for him – it was not the Arctic, it was those poor brass monkeys!