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CET Trends In February

March 25, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cet_info_mean.html 

 

According to the Met Office, last month much milder than average, although it only ranked 34th warmest since 1772. The warmest February was actually way back in 1779.

Looking at the figures for England as a whole, average temperatures for February do seem to have been on the rise since the 1980s.

 

England Mean daily maximum temp - February

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

 

However, averages can be misleading. After all, would you wade across a river that had an average depth of four feet?

Does this mean that daily temperatures are generally rising across the board? In other words, are daily temperatures typically higher than they would have been in the past?

After all, this is exactly what we would see if we compared, say, London with Edinburgh. Being further south, London’s climate is naturally much warmer, and most days would tend to be correspondingly warmer.

To test this, I have plotted the highest and lowest daily February mean temperatures for each year, using the CET back to 1772.

 

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Don’t Breathe In CO2 Says Lancet

March 25, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

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http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30815-2/fulltext

 

I’m not quite sure what the supposedly objective, scientific Lancet is doing publishing a scurrilously partisan report on Trump’s EPA budget cuts, that could just as just as easily have been written by the Democratic party.

This gives a flavour:

The Trump administration’s proposed budget makes large cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Susan Jaffe, The Lancet’s Washington correspondent, reports.

As Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt represented his state in more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to limit air and water pollution. Several cases sought to block President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants linked to climate change.

The conservative columnist George Will has called Pruitt “one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors”. And the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, praised Pruitt as “one of America’s most courageous opponents of federal overreach”. Pruitt provided both quotes in a biography attached to his congressional testimony last spring criticising the Clean Power Plan.

Less than a year later, Pruitt and his opponents have switched sides. President Donald Trump appointed Pruitt to lead the EPA and now those opponents accuse the Trump administration of federal over-reach by seeking to undermine key environmental laws.

The administration has already taken steps to begin rolling back some environmental rules issued by the EPA under President Barack Obama

And last week, Trump unveiled his proposed federal budget, which reduces federal non-defence spending by US$54 billion, including a 31% ($2·6 billion) cut in EPA funding—more than any other domestic agency. If Congress approves the Trump spending plan, some 50 EPA programmes would also be eliminated, including the office of environmental justice. One of its founders, Mustafa Ali, resigned in protest 2 weeks ago after 24 years with the agency.

“Literally and figuratively, this budget is a scorched earth budget”, said Gina McCarthy, Obama’s EPA administrator, in a conference call with reporters last week. The cuts include 3200 EPA staff positions, which means one of five people will have to leave the agency next year, she said. “We’re talking about a 45% reduction in state funds and a targeted reduction in our scientists, which means 42% of our Office of Research and Development scientists will have to find other employment.”

 

 

But this bit takes the biscuit:

Attention to climate change should not be optional, said Paul Billings, senior vice president of advocacy at the American Lung Association. The Clean Air Act gives the EPA the responsibility to protect the public health and environment by limiting air pollutants including carbon dioxide. ”All inhaled air pollutants have direct respiratory health impacts for the lung because it is the mechanism by which the pollution is absorbed.”

 

Since when did breathing in CO2 have a direct respiratory health impact?

Welcome to the world of postmodern science.

And they call themselves doctors!

Businesses paid to cut energy at peak times

March 24, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t stewgreen

 

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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/businesses-paid-to-cut-energy-at-peak-times-m3z7wt9z5

 

Emily Gosden seems to be listening to a wider range of views since she joined The Times.

This latest article poses some interesting questions:

 

Businesses that agree to cut energy use when national supplies are running low will receive subsidies six times higher than plants that guarantee to provide power.

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A Post-Brexit Framework For Electricity Markets From The IEA

March 24, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public:

 

The Institute of Economic Affairs has just published a damning indictment of UK energy policy:

 

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https://iea.org.uk/publications/a-post-brexit-framework-for-electricity-markets/

 

The con merchants at the Committee on Climate Change, along with successive govt ministers, have consistently argued that electricity bills have been coming down as a result of low carbon policies.

This new study shows this to be nonsense. This is the key graph:

 

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False claims on low-carbon energy are damaging UK

March 24, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/03/23/false-claims-low-carbon-energy-damaging-uk/

 

From the Telegraph:

The Committee on Climate Change was established by the 2008 Climate Change Act to act as the climate policy equivalent of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee. Ministers and Parliament are required by law to rely on its advice. Arguably this role gives the committee more influence over Britain’s long-term prosperity than anyone else. A public body, funded by the taxpayer to the tune of £3.8m a year, discharging such a crucial role requires competence, honesty and objectivity.

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Fake News BBC Claim Record Temperatures

March 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Dave Ward

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39329304

 

 

According to the fake news BBC, large parts of the world had record warmth last year.

(Note, although the BBC caption reads “in January this year”, fake news correspondent Matt McGrath has not realised that this is NOAA’s map for the whole of 2016 – the clue is the date, Wednesday Jan 11, and the actual NOAA map can be crosschecked here)

 

However, as NOAA themselves admit they have no data at all across many of these “record warmest” areas:

 

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https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/global-maps/201613?products[]=map-land-sfc-mntp#global-maps-select

 

Note the big red splodges on the BBC map across S America, Africa and the Pacific, where there is virtually no data at all.

This is why it is called man-made global warming!

It is certainly “extreme and unusual”, because it actually has not happened.

 

 

UPDATE

My statement “Matt McGrath has not realised that this is NOAA’s map for the whole of 2015”, should of course read “2016”

 

Now corrected

When will the Science Minister ask some hard questions about the global warming cabal that’s got him in their pocket?

March 23, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://twitter.com/theboltreport/status/844471001714974720

 

Another hard hitting piece from the Bolt Report!

Ex-climate minister on board of THREE oil firms (and he’s also got an energy guzzling Scottish castle with 16 bathrooms)

March 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Dave Ward

 

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-4339746/Ex-climate-minister-board-3-oil-firms.html

 

Snouts and troughs!

From the Mail:

 

Gamekeeper turned poacher: Ex-Tory MP Charles Hendry has three jobs with oil firms

 

A former climate minister who has plugged green schemes and owns a Scottish castle has three jobs with oil companies.

Ex-Tory MP Charles Hendry has joined the boards of Independent Oil and Gas and its major stakeholder London Oil and Gas, on top of his role as an adviser to international oil giant Vitol.

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The World’s First State Of The Climate Survey Based on Observations Only

March 22, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

London, 22 March: A report on the State of the Climate in 2016 which is based exclusively on observations rather than climate models is published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). 

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http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2017/03/State-of-the-climate-2016.pdf

 

Compiled by Dr Ole Humlum, Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway), the new climate survey is in sharp contrast to the habitual alarmism of other reports that are mainly based on computer modelling and climate predictions.

Among the key findings of the survey are:

** While 2016 was one of the warmest years on record, global temperatures dropped back at the end of the year to levels prior to the strong 2015/16 El Niño. This fact suggests that much of the global 2015–16 temperature peak was caused by a one of the strongest El Niños on record.

** Since 2003, the global temperature estimate based on surface station measurements has consistently drifted away from the satellite-based estimate in a warm direction, and is now about 0.1◦C higher.

** Much of the heat given off during the 2015–16 El Niño appears to have been transported to the polar regions, especially to the Arctic, causing severe weather phenomena and unseasonably high air temperatures.

** Data from tide gauges all over the world suggest an average global sea-level rise of 1–1.5 mm/year, while the satellite-derived record suggests a rise of more than 3 mm/yr. This noticeable difference between the two data sets still has no broadly accepted explanation.

** Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice extents since 1979 have developed in opposite directions, decreasing and increasing, respectively. In the Arctic, a 5.3-year periodic variation is important, while for the Antarctic a cycle of about 4.5 years duration is important. Both these variations reached their minima simultaneously in 2016, which explains the recent minimum in global sea-ice extent.

Prof Humlum said: “There is little doubt that we are living in a warm period. However, there is also little doubt that current climate change is not abnormal and not outside the range of natural variations that might be expected.”

 

You can read the full report here.

Bad Weather Proves Climate Change, Says WMO

March 22, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-real-extreme-weather-wmo-world-meteorological-organization-global-warming-a7640376.html

 

From the “A bit of bad weather proves climate change “ Dept.

An unbelievably crass piece from the failed Independent (and doubtlessly the BBC and the rest of the dismal MSM):

 

There is “no room for doubt”. The astonishing weather experienced by the world last year and advances in climate science demonstrate conclusively that fossil fuel emissions are causing global warming – and something must be done about it.

That was the reaction from scientist after scientist to a new report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which documented record-breaking droughts, heatwaves, rainfall, melting of sea ice and a host of tangible signs observed in 2016 that the Earth’s climate has changed.

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