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Writing About Climate Change Makes Journalists Tired And Stupid

December 10, 2018

By Paul Homewood

There was a time when the Mail published serious articles on climate change by the likes of David Rose.

Now we get idiotic pieces like this one from Sophie Law:

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Surging levels of greenhouse gases could make people tired, forgetful and stupid, scientists claim.

Afternoon fatigue, the slump that office workers often experience, could become a worldwide problem due to surging levels in carbon dioxide.

A factor in sick building syndrome is higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow, The Sunday Times reported.

But increased levels of carbon dioxide could not just affect office workers but the entire population by the end of the century, according to scientists at University College London.

A factor in sick building syndrome is higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow. Stock image

A factor in sick building syndrome is higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow. Stock image

It is the first research by scientists to warn about the toxic effect that raised greenhouses gases can have on humans.

The raised levels of carbon dioxide would be driven by the burning of fossil fuels.

Burning oil, coal, and natural gas are the leading causes of the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change.

‘Human cognitive performance declines with an increase in CO2’, the researchers wrote in the paper.

‘Direct impacts of CO2 emissions on human cognitive performance may be unavoidable’.

The raised levels of carbon dioxide would be driven by the burning of fossil fuels. Stock image

The raised levels of carbon dioxide would be driven by the burning of fossil fuels. Stock image

And the paper also warns that the natural level of carbon dioxide in the air would be four or five times higher by 2100.

Researchers warn that a surge in levels could affect memory, concentration and making decisions.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6476505/Surging-levels-greenhouses-gases-making-people-tired-stupid-scientists-claim.html

The only people who seem to be getting stupider because of climate change are the journalists who write articles like this.

44 Comments
  1. Adrian permalink
    December 10, 2018 11:00 am

    Sounds good to me, at last I can blame AGW for fancying a nap in the afternoon.

    If only someone would blame a need to consume wine in the evening on CO2 too I think I might become a supporter.

    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      December 10, 2018 7:16 pm

      Those American submariners must be like zombies then, as the US navy tries to keep the co2 level in subs at no more than 8000 ppm -yes, eight thousand.

      “We try to keep CO2 levels in our U.S. Navy submarines no higher than 8,000 parts per million, about 20 time current atmospheric levels. Few adverse effects are observed at even higher levels.”

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/17/claim-co2-makes-you-stupid-as-a-submariner-that-question/

      • richard verney permalink
        December 11, 2018 9:21 am

        And what was the CO2 on the Apollo 13 mission? I seem to recall that it was in the order of 50,000 ppm (not double checked) and the astronauts were still able to function well.

        PS. I am not suggesting that this would be good for a sustained period, but there is a world of difference between ~400 ppm and the elevated levels that submariners function in, and astronauts have endured.

  2. December 10, 2018 11:05 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    You have to marvel at their ability to recycle
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/17/claim-co2-makes-you-stupid-as-a-submariner-that-question/

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      December 11, 2018 6:33 am

      Research grant they got last time has run out and more taxpayer cash is needed.

  3. Mike H permalink
    December 10, 2018 11:08 am

    “The only people who seem to be getting stupider because of climate change are those who write about it.”
    Suggested edit……otherwise it tars everyone with the same brush!

  4. Mike H permalink
    December 10, 2018 11:10 am

    That was meant to have “articles like this” inserted between “write” and “about”!
    Something must have got to me…

  5. K Farrar permalink
    December 10, 2018 11:36 am

    With regards to CO2 levels in work environment making people drowsy I would like to point out that tomato growers try to maintain CO2 levels at about 1000ppm to obtain maximum yields without any problems and have done so for the last 40 years.

  6. William Morgan permalink
    December 10, 2018 11:53 am

    Do “Climate Scientists” know how high overnight CO2 can rise within the average bedroom and how common chronic insomnia is?

  7. December 10, 2018 12:05 pm

    It’s not news that poor ventilation in th workplace lowers oxygen and increases CO2. It used to be called sick building syndrome.

    http://www.ljpratley.co.uk/blog/what-poor-ventilation-can-do-to-your-employees

    But that has nothing to do with a changing climate.

    • TinyCO2 permalink
      December 10, 2018 1:13 pm

      Yeah but now they’re too dumb to open a window, the buildings are super insulated to remove air exchange and the warmistas won’t let them use the aircon.

      • December 10, 2018 2:08 pm

        The last office block I worked in didn’t have any opening windows. It had a noisy aircon though.

        I see they still do call it SBS.

    • dave permalink
      December 11, 2018 9:01 am

      The CO2 is but an indicator of poor ventilation. The CO2 itself is not in the least toxic, until perhaps 5,000 parts per miliion is reached (25 times greater than present atmospheric concentration).

  8. December 10, 2018 12:21 pm

    I understand the CO2 levels in our nuclear submarines is around 1000 ppm. Now there is a thought!

    • The Informed Consumer permalink
      December 10, 2018 3:01 pm

      Up to 6,000 ppm I am led to believe.

  9. RAH permalink
    December 10, 2018 12:29 pm

    Real journalists these days are rare birds. Journalists, like scientists are supposed to be skeptical. They’re supposed to poke and prod, and investigate. Rare indeed are those of either type that “work” in the field of climate change.

  10. Gamecock permalink
    December 10, 2018 12:41 pm

    Atmospheric CO2 has now exceeded 400 ppm.

    The symptoms they describe are for 10,000 ppm.

    ‘But increased levels of carbon dioxide could not just affect office workers but the entire population by the end of the century, according to scientists at University College London.’

    This is embarrassing. It took me one minute on duh web to find toxicity data for CO2. The University College London couldn’t be bothered.

  11. December 10, 2018 12:47 pm

    “Scientists say…..” Just who are these wizards? Are journalists as a gaggle just too tired and stupid to actually name names? And while we are at it, who are the “experts” we so often see “quoted?” Do they actually exist outside the tired and stupid minds of journalists?

    I have asked a number of questions, but since I am well rested and have never been stupid, they just keep coming. Finally, does this Law chick consider that she has insulted her readership, or is her readership too small to register?

    As an antidote to “tried and stupid,” I suggest ridding oneself of the TV, not reading drivel such as found in the newspapers and not looking at the newsfeed on the cell phone before going to bed. My go-to book to fall asleep in one about the old Indian trails and paths in Pennsylvania–guaranteed.

    • December 10, 2018 12:49 pm

      Oops. “TIRED and stupid”, but “tried and stupid” might not be a bad substitute.

  12. Terry Breverton permalink
    December 10, 2018 1:24 pm

    there’s a new editor – an idiot

    Sent from Outlook

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    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 10, 2018 1:41 pm

      I think it had got worse before Dacre arrived.

  13. mikewaite permalink
    December 10, 2018 4:38 pm

    I could not see any reference to the original paper, so we are responding to the DM’s interpretation or reading of that paper.
    Can we be sure that their reporting is accurate or unbiased?
    Perhaps the scientists at University College were not actually as asinine as the DM is making them out to be.

    • mikewaite permalink
      December 10, 2018 5:05 pm

      Found the answer to my question at Jonova , courtesy of the indefatigable”pat”:
      https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0143624418790129?journalCode=bsea

      It is not open access, but the abstract is less hysterical than the journalist’s version, being hedged with “likely”s and “maybe”s :

      -“Abstract

      This paper brings together a rapid evidence assessment of impacts of elevated CO2 concentrations on human cognition with IPCC projections of atmospheric CO2 concentration by the end of the present century, and an analysis of potential consequences of increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations for ventilation systems in buildings and other enclosed spaces. Whilst only limited research has been done on the effect of CO2 on cognition (as opposed to air quality in general), half of the studies reviewed indicate that human cognitive performance declines with increasing CO2 concentrations. Hence, given the likelihood of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration by the end of the 21st century, direct impacts of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on human cognitive performance may be unavoidable. Attempts to minimise these direct impacts are likely to result in significant indirect impacts on the engineering of ventilation systems and associated energy use in all enclosed spaces including buildings and transport systems.

      Practical application: This paper concerns what may well be one of the most important long-term drivers of the design, management, operation and regulation of ventilation systems over the remainder of the 21st century. It will be relevant to professionals, particularly at senior levels in the building industry.”-

      I think that the paper may well be useful for architects of future office buildings as a piece of advice about what to be aware of, but certainly does no , in the abstract anyway (IMO) merit the inflated report from the DM journalist.
      Re: my previous comment ,it was not the scientists who were asinine.

      • bobn permalink
        December 10, 2018 5:19 pm

        Haha. You have found the root of all this fakery. The abstract says ‘with IPCC projections of atmospheric CO2 concentration by the end of the present century,’ Thus the whole study and article is based on madeup gibberish by the Idiot Parasites Conspiring to Con. They put IPCC fantasy garbage in, and lo and behold what they get out!

    • December 10, 2018 7:37 pm

      I found virtually the same report in the Independent

  14. Vernon E permalink
    December 10, 2018 5:00 pm

    The link provided by saparonia in a post on 2 December to a complex paper by Valentina V. Zharkova is enlightening. Sounds as if at last the influence of the sun on the earth’s climate is being quantified. This may be a major breakthrough – until we can understand how the ice ages/warm periods came about we can’t understand today’s climate nor predict the future. The scientific method – observe, explain, predict. One thing for sure – bits of CO2 in the air ain’t got nothing to do with it.

  15. Terbrugghen permalink
    December 10, 2018 5:04 pm

    I do love the nuclear plant cooling towers that always appear in articles about global warming. They emit steam.

    • Alan Kendall permalink
      December 12, 2018 4:29 pm

      They emit water vapour.

  16. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 10, 2018 5:27 pm

    AAAARGH! We are all dead! CO2 levels in our ballistic missile submarines are at such a level to ………..AAARGH!
    T

  17. December 10, 2018 5:42 pm

    We should take this very seriously and start by instituting twice daily checks for CO2 levels in both Houses of Parliament

    • UK Sceptic permalink
      December 10, 2018 9:19 pm

      You’re more likely to find high levels of methane since many of the denizens of the HoC and HoL , with a handful of notable exceptions, tend to speak throught their collective fundament when it comes to climate alarmism.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      December 11, 2018 6:37 am

      The levels of CO2 in the Palace of Westminster must be off the scale , and have been for several decades.

      • M E. permalink
        December 11, 2018 11:12 pm

        Make that a couple of centuries. Read novels by Anthony Trollope over Christmas. Good observation of how society actually works.Parliament and all. The newsmedia are represented by The Jupiter which tells everyone what to do and what to think!

  18. mike stoddart permalink
    December 10, 2018 8:02 pm

    According to Wiki:

    The gas exhaled is 4% to 5% by volume of carbon dioxide, about a 100 fold increase over the inhaled amount.

    I’ll leave it to someone else to convert that to parts per million.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      December 11, 2018 2:40 am

      Normal breathing might be 48,000 ppm.
      Hold your breath for 30 seconds, ups it to 65,000.
      With 60 seconds, get about 76,000 ppm.

      One place gave an average of 53,000 ppm.
      Breathing is controlled through feedback by chemoreceptors, which monitor and respond to changes in the partial pressure of oxygen and carbon dioxide. These things keep you breathing and alive while you sleep.
      If you breath faster and deeper (hyperventilation, or overbreathing) than normal, the CO2 in your blood will drop and you will start to feel sick. Thus, some people breathe into a paper bag when over excited and their breathing is rapid. Re-breathing the air high in CO2 will be good for you. Your milage may vary.

      This is worth reading about.

  19. Joe Public permalink
    December 10, 2018 8:40 pm

    The article has the issue totally arse-about-face.

    “A factor in sick building syndrome is higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow, The Sunday Times reported.”

    Absolutely true is ‘higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow‘ – but the reason workspaces (and homes too) are poorly ventilated is because of the drive to reduce building’s heat losses and cold-air infiltration rates; and, buildings’ owners needing to reduce running costs because of high energy costs.

  20. December 10, 2018 9:19 pm

    This is a recycled piece of garbage. I’ve seen something like this a couple of times over the past decade.

    Gamecock is right, the symptoms being described are from very high CO2 concentrations, or read environmental regulations, particularly after lunch.

    Adequate building ventilation would do much to stave off and mitigate this looming disaster.

  21. tomo permalink
    December 11, 2018 8:41 am

    wet streets cause rain – or something like that….

    Looks like Sophie got a hefty whack from a stupid stick. What would a piece like that pay at freelace rates?

  22. paul weldon permalink
    December 11, 2018 9:10 am

    Has it not occurred to the journalist that when she drinks her cola/fizzy drink/sparling wine that she is threatening her life by bringing a CO2 concentration of one million ppm into the proximity of her lungs? I had always thought these sort of drinks to be refreshing!

    • dave permalink
      December 11, 2018 9:16 am

      This is obviously a story from the Remoaners’ Christmas Bumper Grab-bag of Project Fear tripe.. Only she forgot to put in the link – “It is feared that a post-Brexit UK will abandon plans to eliminate CO2 from the Universe…”.

  23. tom0mason permalink
    December 11, 2018 1:36 pm

    Just look at all that ‘global warming’ across the Northern Hemisphere…
    https://www.ventusky.com/?p=46;4;1&l=temperature-2m&m=gfs

  24. Gamecock permalink
    December 11, 2018 2:17 pm

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2018/12/11/the-guardians-times-2018-person-of-year-is-persecuted-journalists/

    Doesn’t seem to be ENOUGH of it.

    They tell us outrageously ridiculous stuff, like this article, then expect – demand – us to have sympathy for them.

  25. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 11, 2018 4:01 pm

    Stupid – On the lunch news the BBC said the sea would rise 28M based on a few short-term pictures of E.Antarctica!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46517396

    You can tell it’s the COP season climate news frenzy alright!

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