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Prince Charles’ Deluded Obsession With Global Warming

January 23, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4143592/We-act-late-says-PRINCE-WALES.html

 

Someone at the Mail must be after a gong!

Not only do they devote a whole page for Prince Charles’ article on global warming, but they also tack on a slavishly sycophantic piece by their political editor, which fails to question any of his contentious assertions.

 

Charles’ piece , the purpose of which is to sell his new Ladybird book, is unduly long, but here are the key sections:

 

Prince Charles says we must act on climate change before it is too late

Prince Charles says we must act on climate change before it is too late

One of the most terrible events that can befall any home or community is to be flooded. Muddy river water ravages lives within minutes. I’ve seen the effects at first hand and know very well that it can take months, if not years, for even the most resilient to recover.

The devastation caused by flooding is heart-breaking and leads naturally to discussion of what might be causing such an increase in these exceptionally intense downpours. Can it really be true that human activities are changing the climate of our entire planet? And, if they are, can we afford to try to solve whatever the problems may be, especially when there is so much else to be concerned about?

I know that those questions, and others, are in many people’s minds whenever climate change is mentioned. The iconic photographs from space show our blue and green planet looking so serene that it’s hard to imagine anything too serious is happening. There is also an inevitable fatigue caused by endless technical arguments, full of jargon, which prompts an overwhelming temptation to switch off or look away.

However, I think the situation is so serious that we cannot look away or stick our heads into the sand. It is now essential for those of us who are alarmed about climate change to set out simply and clearly the science of what we are seeing, why it concerns us so much and what we think can be done about it……

Well, it is true that natural factors, including changes to the strength of the Sun, the impact of volcanic eruptions and natural cycles, such as the El Nino interactions between the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere, can all influence temperature fluctuations. But careful assessment of the evidence shows that the primary cause of the global warming recorded in recent decades is the increase in carbon dioxide and other pollution being released from power stations, industry, cars, planes, farms and the clearance of forests.

Since 1850, there has been a 20-fold increase in the global use of energy. Most of it has come from burning coal, oil and gas, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This increase is clearly recorded in the samples of ancient air trapped in the Antarctic ice cap. Ice core samples taken by the British Antarctic Survey and others reveal beyond doubt that atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels have increased dramatically over the past 150 years and are now higher than at any time in at least 800,000 years.

This increase in carbon dioxide and other warming gases, such as methane, is changing our climate and leading to a growing number of alarming changes in the natural world. Photographic records reveal the retreat of glaciers, seriously threatening future water supplies for much of South Asia; data from satellites chart the demise of Arctic sea ice; coral reefs are dying in seas that have become too warm; and numerous weather records are being broken around the world.

Climate change has heightened the risk of flooding in some areas of the world and of drought in others. It is leading to a decline in some wildlife species, threatens food and water supplies and can be a contributing factor for the migration of people. These effects can in turn exacerbate political tensions and help fuel conflict.

There has, of course, been an alleged ‘pause’ in the warming. Why cut pollution when warming seems to have stopped, some ask? The answer is simple enough: there isn’t a pause. The first decade of this century was the warmest measured in records stretching back to 1850. This decade is on course to be warmer still. Last year, 2016, was the warmest ever recorded. The second-warmest year was 2015 and the third-warmest 2014……

The continuing confusion about what the science of climate change actually says, and the fact that positive solutions to it are now at hand, led me to help write a little ‘plain English’ book on the subject, covering the scientific facts, why we must urgently act upon those and why doing so would actually be a very good thing. It will be published later this week by Ladybird Books in their new Expert Guide series and I hope will be of interest to some of the many people who remain uncertain or, indeed, unaware of the inescapable facts. As long ago as 1970, for instance, I remember making a speech on conservation in which I mentioned that ‘there can be few people who have not heard of “conservation” or “pollution” or “environment”, or of such horrifying terms as “ecology” and “the biosphere”. But do they always know what they mean?’ Clearly, not always, even now. Hence this little book!

We might also be more inclined to think about the longer term if we were more aware of what is happening around us. Perhaps daily weather forecasts could include a few basic facts about the Earth’s vital signs, or details of where climate change is increasing the likelihood of damaging weather? Even facts such as the Thames Barrier having to be closed 41 times in 2013/14 to prevent flooding, compared to a total of 46 times in the previous 30 years, help to paint a picture of the changes taking place around us. Some people who accept that these changes are happening then go on to argue that acting to cut emissions is unwarranted because of the economic harm they claim will result. Why cut pollution when it could undermine jobs and competitiveness, they ask? Yet acting now is a far cheaper option than picking up the pieces later.

A rapid shift to clean energy is getting under way. Right across the world the expansion of renewable energy technologies is supplying ever-greater quantities of clean power and at falling cost. This is creating jobs and reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Take Hull, for example, where billions of pounds of investment is being attracted and thousands of jobs generated on the back of world-leading offshore wind power development. The growth in the capacity of that technology has during the past 12 months helped the UK to derive more than a fifth of its electricity from clean renewable sources. Even in our cloudy islands, the electricity generated from solar power now exceeds that coming from coal.

New clean-tech industries are beginning to thrive. Major manufacturers are launching electric cars with new batteries, just one of many innovations as the transport sector looks beyond diesel and petrol. China, which has suffered more than most from pollution in its fast-growing cities, is now providing strong leadership and showing just how fast technological transformation can be achieved.

We have an historic opportunity to put the world on to a better path, one that is more secure and sustainable, with opportunities that include not only seizing the benefits of new clean technologies, but also big, quick and very cost-effective wins in forestry and farming…..

Those choices are simple: we can take the scientific evidence and act accordingly, or we can find ways to remain unconvinced that robust and immediate action is necessary. The problem with the latter choice is that we will continue to test our world to destruction until we finally have the ‘evidence’ to show that its viability and habitability have been destroyed. And by the time we come to our senses, it is likely be too late to do anything about it. The price for such a monumental failure of judgment on our part would be paid by our children and grandchildren, all of whom will know that Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put back together again.

EXCLUSIVE EXTRACTS FROM PRINCE’S LADYBIRD BOOK

Last week, we revealed that Prince Charles had written a new Ladybird book warning of the threat of global warming. The book, written with former Green Party parliamentary candidate Tony Juniper and polar scientist Emily Shuckburgh, is part of a series aimed at explaining complicated subjects to a mass audience. Here are some exclusive extracts:

 

 

A number of Australia’s animals are under severe threat from habitat loss due to climate change, including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, golden shouldered parrot and Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo.

 

 

 

 

Today’s carbon dioxide levels now vastly exceed those reached at any point during the last 800,000 years.

This is revealed from ice cores drilled from Antarctic ice sheets.

Tackling climate change could also improve the quality of people’s lives in other ways.

Ultra-low-energy homes are being built that are comfortable and cheaper to run than standard designs.

Prince Charles says global warming will bring flooding to the world’s great cities.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4143592/We-act-late-says-PRINCE-WALES.html

 

Let’s take a closer look at some of his claims:

 

1) Careful assessment of the evidence shows that the primary cause of the global warming recorded in recent decades is the increase in carbon dioxide and other pollution

In fact, quite the reverse is true.

Much of the warming since pre-industrial times took place in the late 19th and early 20thC, long before there was any significant rise in CO2 levels, whilst global temperatures also fell in post war years when CO2 emissions were quickly rising.

It is abundantly clear that natural factors have played a large part in the warming since the Little Ice Age.

Notice as well how he repeatedly talks about “pollution” in regards to CO2, seemingly unaware that it is a vital part of the Earth’s atmosphere, or that higher levels have led to a great greening of the planet.

 

2) Photographic records reveal the retreat of glaciers

He ignores the fact that glaciers worldwide expanded in leaps and bounds during the Little Ice Age, and began retreating 150 years ago, long before man had any impact on CO2.

Discovery of the remains of forests, carbon dated to around 1000 years ago, under retreating glaciers as far apart as Alaska and Patagonia shows that glaciers were smaller than now during the Middle Ages.

 

3) Data from satellites chart the demise of Arctic sea ice

Ice core data from Greenland shows the 19thC was the coldest time since the end of the ice age.

Despite a recovery, temperatures are still well below the levels seen in the Middle Ages. Indeed we know that temperatures are no higher today than in the 1930s.

 

4) Coral reefs are dying in seas that have become too warm

In some regions, coral bleaching often occurs during El Nino episodes. It has been found that reefs quickly recover from this.

Charles’ claim no doubt refers to the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However, the dive boat operators, who actually know the area like the back of their hand, have stated categorically that the reef is in near pristine condition.

 

5) Climate change has heightened the risk of flooding in some areas of the world and of drought in others

Neither claim is true.

Even the IPCC were forced to admit that there was no sign of a trend in either “the magnitude or frequency of floods on a global scale”

Meanwhile, as HH Lamb explained on many occasions, droughts were much more of a problem in the 1960s and 70s, when the world was getting colder.

 

6) There has, of course, been an alleged ‘pause’ in the warming. Why cut pollution when warming seems to have stopped, some ask? The answer is simple enough: there isn’t a pause .

The first decade of this century was the warmest measured in records stretching back to 1850.

Charles uses the scientifically illiterate argument, that the last decade was warmer then the 1990s, to show that temperatures are still going up.

In fact, it was the Met Office themselves who published a 24 page paper in 2013, entitled “The Recent pause in global warming: What are the potential causes?”

In it they specifically state:

The start of the current pause is difficult to determine precisely. Although 1998 is often quoted as the start of the current pause, this was an exceptionally warm year because of the largest El Niño in the instrumental record. This was followed by a strong La Niña event and a fall in global surface temperature of around 0.2oC (Figure 1), equivalent in magnitude to the average decadal warming trend in recent decades. It is only really since 2000 that the rise in global surface temperatures has paused

The only thing which has happened since then is that we have had two years of probably the most powerful El Nino on record, which has led to a temporary spike in temperatures.

But Charles doubtlessly knows better then the Met Office.

 

7) We might also be more inclined to think about the longer term if we were more aware of what is happening around us. Perhaps daily weather forecasts could include a few basic facts about the Earth’s vital signs, or details of where climate change is increasing the likelihood of damaging weather? Even facts such as the Thames Barrier having to be closed 41 times in 2013/14 to prevent flooding,

The idea that weather forecasts should make unsubstantiated claims about climate change is a particularly insidious one.

But what about the Thames Barrier? As I noted two months ago, the closure of the barrier in 2013/14 had nothing to with flooding from the sea, its prime task, but to prevent flooding in West London, at a time when river levels were high.

Whilst that winter’s flooding on the Thames was exceptional, it was certainly by no means unprecedented. As his great great great grandmother, Queen Victoria might have told him if she were still alive, there were major floods lapping up to the walls of Windsor Castle in 1869, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1891 and 1894:

 

Floods January 1872

Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January 1872.
A view from the GWR railway viaduct towards Windsor, with the floodwater reaching the lower areas of the town.

8) New clean-tech industries are beginning to thrive. Major manufacturers are launching electric cars with new batteries, just one of many innovations as the transport sector looks beyond diesel and petrol. China, which has suffered more than most from pollution in its fast-growing cities, is now providing strong leadership and showing just how fast technological transformation can be achieved.

For all the hype, probably fed to him by the hard left Tony Juniper, it might come as a surprise to HRH that renewable sources, excl hydro, only contributed 2% of China’s energy consumption in 2015. By contrast, in the UK it was 9%.

Some leadership!

 

9) Take Hull, for example, where billions of pounds of investment is being attracted and thousands of jobs generated on the back of world-leading offshore wind power development. The growth in the capacity of that technology has during the past 12 months helped the UK to derive more than a fifth of its electricity from clean renewable sources. Even in our cloudy islands, the electricity generated from solar power now exceeds that coming from coal.

He might have told us that burning forests in biomass generators is producing more power than offshore wind. Something that should be of great concern to him, as he later states:

Strengthening efforts to conserve and restore forests, including the tropical rainforests that are so rich in wildlife and biological diversity, and which store carbon naturally, would not only help tackle climate change but also improve water security, lessen the effects of extreme weather and build the foundations for wildlife tourism.

 

Unsurprisingly he does not mention the massive cost of his renewable fantasy, which will cost the country £65bn over the next six years.

For someone who has never had to worry about where the next million was coming from, this would not be a problem.

 

Turning to the book, he makes certain claims:

1) A number of Australia’s animals are under severe threat from habitat loss due to climate change, including the yellow-footed rock wallaby, golden shouldered parrot and Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo.

There may be many reasons why some species are dying out, but climate change is not one of them.

For instance, the Queensland Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection classify the Lumholtz’s Kangaroo as a low priority for conservation, but state:

“The main threat to Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos is clearing of their rainforest habitat”.

 

2) Global warming will bring flooding to the world’s great cities. 

Tide gauges around the world show that sea levels have been rising at a rate of about 7 inches a century, and were rising just as fast in the first half of the 20thC as now.

Where sea level rise is greater, this is due to the fact that the land is sinking, for instance New York, which seems to be the subject for his illustration.

 

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https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?stnid=8518750

 

Charles’ assertion is mere alarmist scaremongering, with no evidence at all to back it up.

 

 

 

Prince Charles’ deluded obsession with global warming is rapidly becoming an embarrassment to the country of which he will seen become monarch.

But worse still, his meddling in matters of clear public policy may jeopardise the long term future of the monarchy.

As we know, he has been making an idiot of himself for sometime on the subject. But increasingly he has been attempting to use his position to influence government policy.

For instance, in 2015 he called for judges to swing the courts behind the campaign to combat climate change.

 

Laughably this is the same Prince Charles who does not think twice about using the Royal Train for pleasure jaunts up and down the country.

 

VIP passenger: Prince Charles used the royal train for a three-day trip last July which cost £35,000

VIP passenger: Prince Charles used the royal train for a 550 mile three-day trip last July which cost £35,000

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351507/Prince-Charles-Taxpayers-fork-visit-Harry-Potter-castle-brewery-RAF-station.html

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42 Comments
  1. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 23, 2017 11:55 am

    The Clown Prince of Wallies has excelled himself yet again: his kiddies book will no doubt be referred to in lots of peer reviewed articles. He will no doubt send copies to The Donald to educate him too.

    Remind us of his previous predictions please!

  2. DougS permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:12 pm

    It’s ‘The Mail on Sunday’, of course they’re after a gong – very anti-Brexit, very different to the ‘Mail’!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 23, 2017 1:47 pm

      Yes, their decision to support remain was a surprise given the Daily Mail being pro-leave. These days a lot of the MoS is drivel. I am surprised Peter Hitchens stays there.

  3. AlecM permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:14 pm

    Whaddya expect from a Royal Dimwit who has been systematically indoctrinated in fake IPCC climate sceance by FoE’s Jonathan Porritt, whose estate borders Highgrove?

    The poor PoW is allowed to talk to his plants because he hasn’t had to earn a living from his innate skills.

    Indeed, he is a classical example of Care in the Community.

  4. Dave Ward permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:26 pm

    “Major manufacturers are launching electric cars with new batteries, just one of many innovations as the transport sector looks beyond diesel and petrol”

    Er….

    “The news on the electric car situation in Germany does not look good. As it turns out that the government and industry are not really that serious about it, despite all the lofty green rhetoric. In fact the ARD reports that Daimler has even stopped production of electric cars so that the production line could instead be used to produce regular internal combustion engine cars (ICEs) for deliveries to China and USA”

    http://notrickszone.com/2017/01/21/the-startling-debacle-of-germanys-electric-cars-auto-industry-faces-demise-in-10-years/

  5. CheshireRed permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:35 pm

    AGW really has become a laughing stock. There seems nothing that a human-emitted c5% fraction of an already minute trace quantity of atmospheric CO2 can do, from triggering floods to drought to killing glaciers and boiling the oceans…all on the back of an (alleged) global average temperature increase that is dwarfed daily by changes in the weather. Truly it’s a wonder substance!

    How supposedly informed and intelligent people like Charles and our politicians have fallen for this utter guff is quite astonishing.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 23, 2017 1:49 pm

      There is a classic oxymoron. Using the words ‘informed’ and ‘intelligent’ together with Charles and our politicians.

  6. Neil Wilkinson permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:41 pm

    Charles…purveyor of alternative facts….

  7. Don B permalink
    January 23, 2017 12:49 pm

    The graph of sea level rise at The Battery, NY, is a wonderful piece of evidence. For US readers, the sea level was rising as fast before the Civil War as it is currently. In other words, mankind’s activities could not have caused the sea rise then, and our emissions have not caused any acceleration in that rate of rise.

  8. January 23, 2017 12:53 pm

    The good news is that I suspect the Queen intends to soldier on until she reaches her century by which time Charlie will either be dead or disinterested.

  9. CheshireRed permalink
    January 23, 2017 1:00 pm

    Bet the BBC will soon be running a favourable puff-piece ‘review’ of this literary masterpiece.

  10. Athelstan permalink
    January 23, 2017 1:26 pm

    Of course we all know that, the problems with the royals began way back when and very unfortunately half of Richard’s lot didn’t wouldn’t turn up and some did but couldn’t choose sides until the last throw, losing the effort and flying off in a valiant but deathly sortie, Richard he lost his life on Bosworth field, I hesitate to wish it but imho bring back the Plantagenets would be the answer though albeit an impossible ask. alack………….. perchance to dream?

    And on the HRH aka chuck’s literary emissions , he should stick to writing fabulous tales of goat’s cheese recipes but definitely stay out of the effin kitchen.

  11. Dung permalink
    January 23, 2017 1:37 pm

    Cheshire Red:

    In my book AGW is not a a laughing stock for as long as they keep taking my money to fund it.

  12. Dung permalink
    January 23, 2017 1:48 pm

    Quite a long time ago I had comment removed from the Bishop Hill Blog because I called HRH a ‘Right Charlie’
    One of the most disgusting aspects of what this dickhead is doing (yes I am talking about a member of the Royal Famaily) is that he is using his position to put forward a politiucal view which is against our laws or at least against our accepted protocols.
    Shit for brains then uses all of the power at his disposal to prevent little people like me from having access to him and demanding that he justifies his position.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 23, 2017 1:51 pm

      The Queen is much wiser and knows to keep her position separate from politics. Charles is likely to damage the monarchy with his ideas although since they chime with the left they must appeal to those who want a republic.

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    January 23, 2017 2:06 pm

    I’m ashamed of my monarchy.

  14. January 23, 2017 2:21 pm

    I am surprised that you didn’t mention how corrupt the old fool is. Under the Duchys land in Cornwall lies £50BILLION of Lithium, so perhaps he can help out his mum with her large bill for renovating. But most of that £50B will come indirectly from subsidies paid to buyers of Telsa and Leaf electric cars. He is a F****** hypocrite.

    • Roy Hartwell permalink
      January 23, 2017 4:26 pm

      Y
      es, it’s strange how he’s supporting drilling for lithium but mention fracking for gas and oil and he freaks out !

  15. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 23, 2017 2:24 pm

    A (10) for your list:“Today’s carbon dioxide levels now vastly exceed those reached at any point during the last 800,000 years.

    This is revealed from ice cores drilled from Antarctic ice sheets.”

    In which case, it is an utter disgrace that (the future Dame?) Shuckburgh, of all people – Juniper and Porritt would never disclose such a thing – should have pointed out that these very ice-cores show that CO2 lags Temp: it does not drive Temp.

    It should be a matter of the highest concern that HRH has allowed himself to be controlled by such an agenda-driven, left-wing bunch of manipulators. It is obvious that his state advisors are useless at their jobs.

  16. mothcatcher permalink
    January 23, 2017 2:54 pm

    We can all laugh at the kiddies propaganda put out by HRH, but Paul draws attention to the much more serious issue that this is our future king we are listening to, not a subject exercising his right of free speech. An accepted part of our unwritten constitution bars the monarch from any interference in policy, and it has been generally understood that the heir to the throne is obliged to conduct himself similarly, to avoid compromising the venerable institution of which he is later to assume headship.

    We will be waiting to see just how many of our parliamentarians, among them many who are sticklers for the smaller points of parliamentary democracy, and how many constitutional commentators, take up this issue, and show their indignation. I rather suspect that it will be barely mentioned in the general murmur of approval that will accompany the writings of this sage of the planet.

    • January 23, 2017 4:18 pm

      Good point. One wonders whether the decision has already been made that Willian will be the next monarch, thus leaving Charles free to wage his wars of words.

  17. January 23, 2017 3:16 pm

    The Mail seems to be facing both ways over HRH climate botherer?

    ‘Prince’s ‘idiotic’ plan for climate change warnings on TV weather: Charles is mocked for his comments with one MP saying the public doesn’t want ‘propaganda’ forced upon them’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4146460/Prince-Charles-basted-idiotic-climate-change-plan.html

    • Dave Ward permalink
      January 23, 2017 3:25 pm

      As DougS observed above, the Mail on Sunday has a different editor and editorial team from the Daily Mail. That’s why I stopped taking the MoS…

  18. Vanessa permalink
    January 23, 2017 4:01 pm

    I hope ‘Prince’ Charles always stays a ‘Prince’. His ignorance of science is woeful and pathetic. He would do untold damage to this country if he is the next Monarch and only he would be able to afford energy and the rest of us will be scrabbling around for the candles and any free wood we can pick up. He really ought to be tethered and made to watch 12 hours of science-based informative programmes so he understands how idiotic he sounds.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      January 26, 2017 9:23 am

      “Any free wood we could pick up”? No way – the ‘elite’ would probably rate that as “Royal Game” and imprison anyone taking it…

  19. Roy Hartwell permalink
    January 23, 2017 4:28 pm

    Perhaps we could include Brian Cox and a few of the other groupthink junkies in that session !

  20. Green Sand permalink
    January 23, 2017 4:33 pm

    “….stick our heads into the sand….”

    No can do! Rising seas have covered all the sand!

  21. Dung permalink
    January 23, 2017 4:48 pm

    Charles would do well to remember that he still has a head on his houlders, unlike some of his namesakes hehe.
    Sometimes it is the old ideas that are the best ^.^

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      January 23, 2017 7:17 pm

      Regicide was punished barbarically to put people off , but princicide was encouraged in days long gone, even hot pokers were used… sounds good to me.

  22. mikewaite permalink
    January 23, 2017 4:59 pm

    “Even in our cloudy islands, the electricity generated from solar power now exceeds that coming from coal.”
    Really . Someone should tell him about the gridwatch site;
    At the moment coal is generating 10GW to help the other conventional sources meet the 50GW demand on a cold and windless day when metered wind can only achieve 1GW. Solar power of course will not be available for the next 12 hours but it seems that the coal can be fired up , so to speak , as required. (until they close the last coal powered stations).
    I used to admire him for his charity work (eg Prince’s trust) and for speaking up for the environment and the historic town centres when no one else had the courage to stand up to the developers , but he has thrown away all respect now with this stupid obsession.
    The dreadful people from FOE and Greenpeace seem to have leeched themselves onto the naive members of the Royal Family in as destructive way as Rasputin did on their long lost cousins , the Romanovs. That did not end well.

  23. BLACK PEARL permalink
    January 23, 2017 5:07 pm

    Its the 21st century and still political propaganda is allowed across the main networks, for the well connected & privileged, whilst alternative facts & opinions continue to be suppressed, ignored & go unreported.
    Wonder how much in subsidies are generated for crown estates in wind on & off shore, solar farms & wood burning schemes ?

    No wonder the ones at the top dont want Trump, as potentially he will dump & ‘tweet’ on all this biased misleading bollocks.

  24. Broadlands permalink
    January 23, 2017 5:10 pm

    As the eminent “climate scientist” at Cambridge, Professor Sander van der Linden, has recently complained it must be more “fake news” to “inoculate” us against?

  25. January 23, 2017 6:43 pm

    I certainly hope that Prince Charles is better at acting with “Princely” things than commenting on anything scientific as Climate Change.

  26. January 23, 2017 8:05 pm

    It appears polar bears do not get a mention in the up-coming Ladybird Climate Change book. Does that mean the message that polar bears are not doomed gotten through even to the Prince?

    Being Canadian, I’d never heard of Ladybird books. But I was amused to discover that ‘classic’ versions of this imprint were 56 pages long, the exact length of my recent overview for adults of the polar bear science pertinent to conservation issues (“Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change”). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Polar-Bears-Outstanding-Survivors-Climate/dp/1541139712/

    However, my book is not pocket-book sized precisely because the maps that convey real science information would not do their job reproduced at a scale of 1 inch across. Apparently, tiny paintings of imagined floods do.

    The version I wrote that’s suitable for children (like a true Ladybird book) is slightly shorter at 44 pages and has proven to be hugely popular since it’s release in late December.

    “Polar Bear Facts & Myths” is also large format (8 x 10 inches), and the gloriously large photos and maps make this a fabulous teaching/learning format for kids. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1541123336/

    My short polar bear science books are “Ladybird-like” in their objectives – they present the essential science in a short and simple format that’s easy to digest. They inform on the reality of the situation, not an imagined prophesy.

    See what you think.

    Dr. Susan Crockford, zoologist

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      January 23, 2017 9:16 pm

      Maybe you could send a signed copy to Prince Charles
      Factual News on Arctic life …. not Faked
      I wonder if he would actually get to see it, or, would it be deliberately kept from him by his advisers, in-case he had a melt down (no pun intended)

      • January 23, 2017 9:36 pm

        Good idea! A set to the Palace it is.

        Do they have a library?

        Susan

  27. Malcolm permalink
    January 24, 2017 9:57 am

    At least it gives the architectural community a rest. The Prince’s comments are likely to have more effect than our refutations because you can build a frenetic environment around the inevitability of loss, point of no return, emoting (especially with the Prince, where, despite his privilege and altogether sainted existence, he describes himself as sharing the concerns of the ordinary people, being as vulnerable as the smallest ‘hee’). Some might say closing down a few Royal residences might be more emblematic of his concerns.

    In Charles we see the demonstration of form, some ancient derived visualisation of what great power dispensed stoically may once have looked like. He ends up with the demeanour of someone perpetually feted and, one imagines, rarely gainsaid. In such an embodiment one can expect declarations beyond the capacity of understanding.

    He is little but someone with an opinion. That he is surrounded by such fawning propels him into the error provided by his autodidacticism and us into the absurd position of having to listen to him. We are made to look servile by the ‘natural’ way in which we are expected to consider his views more than those of the pub bore. Is he sage or merely one of those land owner that derives additional income from the accommodation of wind farms? Would that we had a Hal rather than a Lear.

  28. January 24, 2017 5:14 pm

    Paul might interest you…

    Professor Peter Stott is the Acting Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, and is a world authority on attribution science – the study of ‘attributing’ weather events to climate change. He said: “The frequency of many weather extremes, such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall events, has been increasing worldwide. This is in line with predictions from climate models and well established understanding of how the climate responds to increasing greenhouse concentrations in the atmosphere.”

    http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2017/01/24/looking-hard-at-the-accumulated-evidence-of-climate-change/

  29. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 27, 2017 3:03 pm

    The Clown Prince’s Book: a cautionary tale.
    Once upon a time a bored clown Prince was approached by two Snake-oil salesman. They told him that the proles were not listening to them about the dangers of global warming, as only the wisemen could understand (1) how it had been proved beyond doubt by computer models and fiddling data (2) , and that the world would surely cook soon.

    The prince, not wishing to appear a fool, said let’s write a book and explain it to them, my peers will give it a good peer review. So they did. They told of the proles that they would have to stop using their helicopters and limos as well as cars, gas, travelling on aeroplanes and even expecting electricity when the Sun wasn’t shining or the wind blowing.

    The proles on reading this new book said “what a wally” (3).

    References.
    1. HC Anderson: The Emperors New Clothes, Ladybird Press. 1980
    2. Data fiddling for dummies: Hanson, Schmidt and Gore.
    3. Where’s Wally: M.Handford, 1987.

  30. Bill permalink
    January 28, 2017 5:11 pm

    He has nice fleet of Aston Martins too,I think, not to mention Cornwall. Seems to me that the rich are getting richer out of this farce and we, the populous, are paying for it. I live in Norfolk in the UK. The biggest landowner locally Lord Coke or Earl of Leicester has built two anaerobic digesters, 10 acres + of solar panels and powers the estate buildings with wood chip heating. All of which is subsidised by us, the peasants, it’s positively medieval. What next, tithe barns?

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