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Climate Change Stops Play!

February 8, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Nunn/Dave Ward




The BBC gave up any pretence of accuracy or objectivity in its reporting of climate change many years ago.

But this grossly dishonest piece of propaganda is breathtaking even by their standards.


Storms in December 2015 linked to climate change caused more than £3.5m worth of damage to cricket clubs in the UK, says a report.

Two clubs, Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire and Appleby Eden in Cumbria, have yet to return to their grounds.

And 130-year-old Corbridge Cricket Club had to have their clubhouse demolished as a result of Storm Desmond.

The England and Wales Cricket Board distributed more than £1m in emergency funding to clubs last year.

And the ECB has also earmarked £1.6m for 2017.

The "Weather Warning" report, which comes from the Climate Coalition, is backed by more than 100 organisations including the WWF-UK, the RSPB, the National Trust and the Women’s Institute.

Professor Piers Forster, director of the Priestley Centre for Climate, which analysed the report, said science could now show that climate change made the record wet weather in December 2015 more likely.


There is not a shred of evidence that Storm Desmond was caused by climate change.

Indeed, given that there were storms in 1897 and 1898 over the Lake District which were of comparable intensity, the opposite seems to be true.

Still, the report was written by those accomplished climate scientists at the WWF, RSPB, National Trust and Women’s Institute, so it must be right!

  1. quaesoveritas permalink
    February 8, 2017 1:52 pm

    Is the link below the photograph correct?

  2. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    February 8, 2017 1:56 pm

    Carlisle flood action group stated this in their report of December 2016:

    “Contrary to Government reporting on “Desmond” the flooding of Carlisle was not principally caused by a storm blown in by “climate change” but as a direct result of long term lack of river maintenance and poor management causing the build-up of accumulated gravels and thereby forcing rivers to flow higher in their channels than they used to. This is likely to also be the case for the lower reaches of the Kent and Derwent catchments.”

    • spetzer86 permalink
      February 8, 2017 4:41 pm

      Climate change leads to poor river maintenance and build-up of accumulated gravel/debris!

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:03 pm

    Have you seen that SUEZ have now issued a warning to industrial sites about climate change damage, it is available through Process Engineering web site. Looks to be as well founded as the Women’s Institute / WWF…. report.

    What remains worrying is that there are no checks on this unfounded propaganda onslaught, other than sites like this and peoples common-sense.

    • February 8, 2017 2:30 pm

      If you’re counting on common sense, throw in the towel now. It’s not common.

      Most women really need to shut up and stay out of these things since they emote and wouldn’t know reason if it bit them in the behind. Women, as far as I’m concerned, should have stayed out of STEM unless they were willing to fight to get in and could compete. The snowflakes now get their itty-bitty feelings hurt and have to be comforted. Scientists should not need teddy bears and roses.

      • Sara Hall permalink
        February 8, 2017 3:12 pm

        I’m not most women!
        Family commitments etc meant that I unfortunately qualified a little too late in life to make a career out of science (BSc. geochemistry, 2007) and I don’t comment much, but I keep up with as many of these hugely informative blogs as I can and most certainly do my bit to inform my peers about the absolute nonsense that the warmists call climate change. Armed with plenty of facts, I now feel able to call them out at almost every turn when they try to sing its praises, something they mostly seem to do out of a misguided belief in what they’ve heard through the MSM.

      • February 8, 2017 4:14 pm

        I could not be hired at my undergraduate alma mater because I was “the wrong politics” and they did not believe that a WV born woman could have a legitimate PhD. To boot they had to hire “someone who would do and say whatever the environmentalists dictated.” A MALE colleague at the WV Wildflower Pilgrimage 3 years ago shouted “science denier” to me. I am awaiting his apology, but not holding my breath.

        I have become learned in the garbage that is AGW or whatever they sell it as this week. One talk I gave about a year ago was “Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick Curve Gives Science a Slap Shot.”

        Your put-down of women does not apply to all and you should make that distinction. BTW, all those who have kept me back and made fun of my 3 degrees have been men. Kindly do not presume to lecture me on MY duties.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 8, 2017 5:55 pm

        Oh some of the greatest are girls, Donna Laframboise, Judith Curry, Jo Nova are a certain three oops and Lucia Liljegren a great lass! and sure as you know what – there are many more!

        It’s loons like Hellary and obarmy, who worry me greatly, then dave and his wife, RED ED and his mate FoE zealot and all round wastrel Ms Bryony Worthington who preposterously and egregiously draft and wrote the man made warming diktats – laws CCA 2008! God help us!…… over here – not to mention those nutters in the UN not sure that Judith isn’t on this list any road up – the world needs the UN like a thirst crazed man in the desert needs gold fittings on his dessicated well, and gone dry taps.

        Lasses and politics really don’t mix Utopia is an allusion not a template but suffice to say, dick wads – men have drunk far more Kool aid.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 9, 2017 3:28 pm

        yak……………… ‘illusion’!

  4. Pam Downs permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:05 pm

    Would love to share some of your posts on Facebook – do u have link to your page plz?

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:10 pm

    This is all a ploy, IMHO, set up by insurance companies to get the public ready for a CC endorsement on their policies. Pretty soon these companies will be using the BBC report as a justification for their price hikes.

  6. Tim Hammond permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:16 pm

    “Two clubs, Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire and Appleby Eden in Cumbria, have yet to return to their grounds.”

    It’s February = how many cricket teams are at their grounds?

    As for the storm being “more likely” that is utterly meaningless. Unless the storm was impossible without climate change, then it could have happened even if we hadn’t emitted all that CO2. It’s nonsense and lies, no other words for it.

    • February 8, 2017 4:07 pm

      Come on, Tim. Read the report!

      These clubs haven’t been able to return to their grounds since December 2015, not 2016. The last thing we need to do as sceptics is get ourselves a reputation for “shooting from the lip”.

      Once again, it would be interesting to know why this statement or paper is relevant now. Is anybody listening? The people of Cumbria certainly aren’t. They have known for years that Environment Agency politics and local authority economies are much greater enemies than climate change. And the same applies on the Somerset Levels. And down the Severn, Tewkesbury floods regularly and severely and has been recorded ( as doing so since the 15th century.

      We should stop pretending that because something is severe it is unprecedented and the BBC needs to be called out every time it twists facts in this way.

      • February 8, 2017 5:50 pm

        Yes, I suspect the reason they have not reopened yet is lack of money, not that the damage is so great

      • February 8, 2017 10:10 pm

        Wanna bet that you can’t find photos of someone playing at those grounds last year ?
        I guessing that it’s the pavilions that are being rebuilt with insurance money.
        Sowerby Bridge -I can see only 1 tweet.
        But Appleby Eden played at home on a nearby temporary ground.
        They have an indoor league as well.

  7. CheshireRed permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:20 pm

    Wildly off topic….my PC is infected with AdChoices malware. It’s playing havoc with site using WordPress. How do I remove it? (There’s loads of links online but I’m concerned downloads could add to my problems and don’t know which to use) Suggestions v welcome!

    • February 8, 2017 2:40 pm

      You may be able to remove it using a malware removal tool such as Sophos. Otherwise, you will either have to go in and manually remove it or learn to love it. It’s not easy to get rid of.

      WordPress seems wonky a lot. Not sure why. It shares information for no apparent reason, crisscrosses some addresses and ads totally demolish it. Frustrating.

    • HotScot permalink
      February 8, 2017 2:41 pm

      First, try running Windows Defender. If you have Windows 8.1 or above it should be already installed.

      There are various solutions here

      Malware Bytes is safe to download as far as I’m aware, I have used it a few times. One they haven’t mentioned is SpyBot which I use on occasions, and I use CCleaner regularly with no problem.

      Before you do any of them try the last suggestion first; open Control Panel and look for anything you don’t recognise and remove them. If you’re not sure, just use Google to search for before removing it.

    • February 8, 2017 2:59 pm

      The Firefox browser, together with NoScript, works well for me, never see ads.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      February 8, 2017 3:29 pm

      @ CR – Download “AdwCleaner” from Malwarebytes, The following link is good, and I’ve verified the file with the SHA checksum on the page:

      It doesn’t need installing – simply run the file and wait for it to report. Then follow the instructions.

    • David Walker permalink
      February 8, 2017 4:59 pm

      My personal favourite is Malwarebytes – so much so that I bought a lifetime subscription – a World first!

    • February 8, 2017 5:47 pm

      I had that problem a couple of years ago – do the ads bounce around?

      I ended up taking it to the PC shop to debug

  8. Nullius permalink
    February 8, 2017 2:30 pm

    Given out LBW: Lies ’bout Weather

  9. February 8, 2017 2:55 pm

    Seems climate scientists are confusing weather with climate. Why is that only a problem when skeptics do it?

  10. February 8, 2017 3:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    We have a winner!
    Straight to the top of the “Your SUV controls everything list”!

  11. AlecM permalink
    February 8, 2017 3:26 pm

    Sorry, but the evidence can easily be construed as proving that organised sport causes climate change.

  12. Jackington permalink
    February 8, 2017 4:01 pm

    I suppose if it was “Snow stopped play” it would simply be due to weather – or does global warming produce snow?

    • AlecM permalink
      February 8, 2017 5:09 pm

      Global warming dust is white and cold, so I suppose you’re right…….

  13. Athelstan permalink
    February 8, 2017 4:06 pm

    Though it’s an unusual tack, that does not surprise, this is pretty darned low even for the cultural Marxist filth running al beeb.

    I can’t speak for Corbridge but Appelby on the Eden is a river which has and should be were it not for the enviro blob………….. in need of a proper and determined dredging management regime. It has some major disadvantages insofar as local people are concerned. The town is situated on a U bend meander of the Eden and an ancient bridge constricts storm flow in times of spate, this is a fast rising river and unless its watercourse bed is kept lowered – it will regularly inundate the town – period.

    Sowerby bridge, on the confluence of the Ryburn and Calder, the name speaks for itself, there is no doubt the loss of high moor peat – moss bogs affected the stream flow hydrograph and causing much greater problems in and along all of the Calder valley blame farmers and Yorkshire water for loss of bog habitat – grouse shooting was seen as a far more lucrative proposition bugger the poor bastards “down the way”.

    Big rainy rainfall? shit happens and both these areas are wet innit for, the climate and topography dictate but to blame it on something to do with man made emissions of CO2 is arrant nonsense. OK! sure man has something to do with it but not in the way the green loonies at the Beeb would have you believe.

    • Athelstan permalink
      February 8, 2017 4:36 pm

      yikes…. corrigendum: Appleby.

    • February 8, 2017 10:19 pm

      The Cricket pitch is right on that bend

      Wild guess- flat bits of land right next to rivers often get used as cricket pitches cos they are not suitable for buildings.

      • Athelstan permalink
        February 9, 2017 12:16 am

        It’s a good observation and thinking on it, I used to play and watch a bit too – league stuff, many of the grounds I can think of are near becks, streams and water.

  14. Alan Haile permalink
    February 8, 2017 4:07 pm

    This was also reported in The Times along with a photograph of a flooded cricket ground, the one in Worcester, next to the Severn, which floods every year.

    • February 8, 2017 4:10 pm

      As does Worcester racecourse — regular as clockwork nearly.

  15. February 8, 2017 4:21 pm

    Corbridge Cricket Club is situated on the flood plain of the river Tyne and is close to the river. The area has a very long history of flooding.

    Which is why the Environment Agency has spent over £1.2m reinforcing flood defences protecting Tynedale Park, the cricket club and the wider Stanners area after the floods of 2005.

    The recent flooding less serious than historic flooding recorded at Corbridge. The extreme floods of 1771 and 1815 “can be used as a standard against which others can be compared… Levels, particularly of the 1771 flood, are significantly
    higher than the 1955 and 2005 floods and it is concluded that, even accounting for a
    reduction due to Kielder Water, these floods would still have exceeded the recent
    floods.” (‘Assessment of severity of the extreme River Tyne flood in January 2005 using gauged and historical information’, David R Archer, et al).

  16. February 8, 2017 4:22 pm

    The BBC is the home of fake news. It’s no wonder there are so many gullible people taken in by the myth of “climate change”. I’ve been observing the “BBC News” on the radio and TV lately and it is amazing how little news there is and how much is just BBC opinion on whatever the target is of their current propaganda. Recently the NHS, Brexit and Donald Trump that have been their main targets, but they always manage to sneak in some fake news item related to “climate change”.

    As the saying goes “Is it true – or did you hear it on the BBC?”

    • mikewaite permalink
      February 9, 2017 10:15 am

      The story that I would like to see from the BBC , but never will, is a description of how , during the cold, but not severe, winter of 2016/7 the deplorable coal power stations kept us snug and warm whilst wind and solar were conspicuous by their feeble contributions to the nation’s energy demands – on some days almost completely absent.

  17. Bitter&twisted permalink
    February 8, 2017 5:41 pm

    What else do you expect from the Biased Bulls**t Cartel?
    Rotten to its liberal elite core.

  18. Max Sawyer permalink
    February 8, 2017 5:58 pm

    Reports such as these should be welcomed as the best way of highlighting the desperate flailing around of the “green” (in truth, quite the opposite) lobby in its attempts to blame anything and everything on anthropogenic climate change.

  19. Nigel S permalink
    February 9, 2017 10:18 pm

    The annual cricket match on the Bramble Bank makes more sense.

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