Google’s Timelapse Tool
By Paul Homewood
Google have released a new tool, called Timelapse. It uses satellite images to produce a slideshow of how the Earth has changed over the course of the last thirty years.
It covers a number of topics, such as urbanisation and deforestation. But inevitably it has attracted media attention over its claims about how the Earth’s climate has changed, by using images of glaciers retreating.
I was at the gym this morning and watched Sky News interviewing two dopey eco-birds, both convinced we were all going to die unless we built loads of windmills and solar farms.
Unfortunately we did not have satellites in the 19thC. Otherwise they might have realised that glaciers began melting 150 years ago:
I tried to ignore the TV, but, as you do, could not help spotting a couple of comments.
1) Dopey Bird One : Renewable energy creates lots of green jobs, for instance in the US there are more jobs in wind/solar than in fossil fuels.
If it’s true, it is hardly an efficient use of labour.
While fossil fuels account for 97% of US energy production, wind and solar don’t even make 3%. (Figures exclude nuclear and biomass).
We might as well employ them all on treadmills.
2) Dopey Bird Two: Apparently we cannot use China as an excuse for doing nothing, as they are building two wind turbines a day.
It seems nobody has told Dopey that China is planning to increase coal fired capacity by nearly 40% in the next few years.
As for windmills, last year wind power only supplied 3% of China’s electricity, compared to 12% in the UK, according to BP.
As ever, the really sad part is that the Sky interviewer was too ignorant and gullible to actually challenge anything they said.