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Have You Seen The Guardian’s Climate Disaster? It Appears To Have Gone Missing!

October 24, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

The more the push back against Net Zero grows, the more desperate the propaganda becomes:

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/oct/14/climate-change-happening-now-stats-graphs-maps-cop26

The Earth is already becoming unlivable, they claim! Funny, perhaps somebody should tell the 7.9 billion people living on it.

It’s the usual mix of cherry picking heatwaves, floods, droughts, crop failures and wildfires, dressed up in fraudulent fancy graphics, and assisted by the hopelessly discredited Katherine Hayhoe.

So let’s look at some examples:

  • Prolonged multi-decadal droughts in the Sahel
  • The “Year of the Flood” in Catalonia
  • Record droughts followed by catastrophic floods in India
  • Major drought in Chile
  • 500,000 deaths in Japan in just one winter, due to poor harvests
  • Record floods year after year in parts of Europe, but record droughts in other parts
  • 1000-Year drought in Aegean/Black Sea region
  • Around the world, millions died from famine
  • Crops regularly devastated around the world

Sounds bad? Yes it does, but this all happened in the mid 17thC. I could also have added:

  • Record cold winters
  • 1628 – The Year without a Summer
  • 1675 – The Year without a Summer (yes, another)
  • So cold in Egypt that they wore furs.
  • Record cold springs
  • Record wet summers
  • Record cold summers
  • Rapidly advancing glaciers

All of this is described in Geoffrey Parker’s excellent book, Global Crisis.

Similar catastrophic events occurred in the 19th, before the Little Ice Age gave up its grip.

The Guardian has clearly lost its grip as well! They’ll probably try to tell us next that we all died last year. After they cannot get much more ridiculous.

85 Comments
  1. John Hultquist permalink
    October 24, 2021 6:54 pm

    Does anyone pay attention the the schist the Guardian publishes?
    And do they get it free or have to pay?
    I quit paying for magazines that print obvious false things on a regular basis.

    • Robert Christopher permalink
      October 24, 2021 7:47 pm

      Yes, the BBC, and I think it is the house newspaper. 🙂

    • October 24, 2021 10:05 pm

      It regularly appears on the first page of google searches, so it is probably read by hundreds of millions via that route.

      • dave permalink
        October 25, 2021 8:47 am

        “…first page of google searches…”

        Google is an important part of ‘their’ system.

        I urge people to use ‘DuckDuckGo.’

      • October 25, 2021 11:54 am

        Dave–I agree w/ you. I have used DuckDuckGo for a number of years.

      • October 25, 2021 12:43 pm

        Unlikely

      • October 26, 2021 11:05 am

        “It regularly appears on the first page of google searches, so it is probably read by hundreds of millions via that route.”

        Why do you assume that Google is honest?

    • dodgy geezer permalink
      October 24, 2021 11:02 pm

      Oh? Tell me, what magazines are you still able to buy then?

      • October 25, 2021 12:01 pm

        Well here in West Virginia, I have subscriptions to “Tea Time” (an American magazine of all things tea) and the NRA’s “Freedom”. Off the shelf, I buy “A Taste of the South” (excellent Southern recipes). My parents had given each of we children lifetime subscriptions to National Geographic. I wrote them and told them I no longer wanted their publication in my home and got it stopped. Oh, and “Castanea” the journal of The Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    October 24, 2021 6:59 pm

    “The Guardian has clearly lost its grip as well! ”

    When did the Guardian ever have a grip on reality? They have a comment to make almost every time something bad happens to weather, or to theories about climate. There is no end to their “gloom and doom” journalism. They stand out from almost all the others when “global warming” is the topic. They lead the way with propaganda their weapon of choice.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 25, 2021 1:26 pm

      Probably when it was the Manchester Guardian and funded by the slave trade.

    • October 25, 2021 10:15 pm

      The Guardian disaster is here!

  3. Peter Young permalink
    October 24, 2021 7:04 pm

    When the Suez & Panama canals burst their banks, I may start to believe this codswallop.

  4. ThinkingScientist permalink
    October 24, 2021 7:15 pm

    In 2020 the guardian published this about itself:

    “New data shows Guardian is the top quality and most trusted newspaper in the UK”

    Yet oddly it only appears to have a circulation of about 110,000 and doesn’t even rank in the Top 10 of UK newspaper circulations which are dominated by The Sun, Daily Mail and then The Times and the DT in 9th and 10th. The Daily Mail and The Sun have circulations around a million and The Times and Telegraph are 3 – 4 times the circulation of the Guardian.

    So the Guardian can spin anything and its belief in the preposterous appears to know no bounds – including about its own importance.

    I suspect if the BBC stopped the Guardian as its in-house newspaper the circulation would drop even more drastically.

  5. C Lynch permalink
    October 24, 2021 7:58 pm

    The Guardian’s first cousin in Ireland, The Irish Times, ran a similar entire magazine yesterday full of breathless hysteria penned by activists and luvvies.
    Meanwhile the government has had to reopen a gas fired power plant in Dublin that had been mothballed and looks like it will have to reopen another one in Cork to avert power cuts during the winter.
    People are beginning to ask serious questions about the net zero plans at last.

  6. david craig permalink
    October 24, 2021 7:59 pm

    I wish you would inform your readers about my latest book – “THERE IS NO CLIMATE CRISIS” available from amazon.co.uk

    • tom0mason permalink
      October 25, 2021 4:22 pm

      This one at https://www.amazon.co.uk/THERE-CLIMATE-CRISIS-David-Craig/dp/1872188176

      Where a MR A THORPE gives it 5.0 out of 5 stars and says —

      An outstanding contribution to our understanding of the climate crisis
      Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2021
      Verified Purchase
      I highly recommend this book because David Craig has has avoided complex science making the book an easy read. He has concentrated on published information about the climate and the inconsistencies over the years which cannot be explained. In doing so he asks us to question our beliefs about what is really happening to the climate and the validity of the information we are given.
      The most important section of the book is the discussion of the net zero carbon policies being adopted by many governments. He explains the huge cost implications for families and businesses and the implications for land use and how this will damage our energy supplies and competitiveness in the world.
      No other book I have read on climate change explains the issues in such a clear way. It warns of the dangerous route we are taking and the failure of politicians to protect our interests. All adults and children who think they can save the planet by giving up fossil fuels should read this book.

      25 people found this helpful

  7. Cheshire Red permalink
    October 24, 2021 8:31 pm

    Bad weather is highlighted as ‘climate change’.
    Benign weather is simply ignored.

    Thousands of records are set daily, as there’s an almost infinite range of locations and circumstances.

    Continent, country, county, state, city, town, region, sea, river, lake, day, month, year, season, highs, lows, you name it, it’s all possible.

    Due to global information we can all access any weather event anywhere on Earth in seconds.

    Guardian simply select a bad weather event as it occurs to cite ‘extreme weather caused by man made climate change caused by burning fossil fuels’, as the cause’.

    It’s a racketeers wet dream and they’ve been undeservedly successful!

    • Mewswithaview permalink
      October 24, 2021 9:09 pm

      No. There is no depth to which they will not sink in their lies alarmists even attributed benign weather to climate change a few weeks ago.

      Where has the wind gone? ‘Global stilling’ is blamed as wind speeds drop across Europe cutting green energy production – threatening to drive up energy prices even FURTHER
      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10075301/Global-stilling-blamed-wind-speeds-drop-Europe-threaten-drive-energy-prices.html

      Experts are blaming a growing phenomenon known as ‘global stilling’ – whereby measurable wind speeds across the world’s continental surfaces have decreased by as much as 15 per cent since 1980.

      Atmosphere expert Professor Paul Williams, of the University of Reading, told the Financial Times that winds have ‘generally weakened over land over the past few decades’.

      He said one explanation for plummeting wind speeds could be ‘human-related climate change’, that would see poles warming ‘faster than tropics in lower atmosphere’ areas.

      Prof Williams said: ‘This would have the effect of weakening the mid-latitude north-south temperature difference and consequently reducing the thermal wind at low altitudes.’

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        October 25, 2021 8:49 am

        Experts aren’t “blaming ” anything in that quote. One expert is giving one possible explination.

        It’s amazing that they can lie even within their own story that demonstrates the lie.

      • Cheshire Red permalink
        October 25, 2021 9:42 am

        Indeed. They did that to invent an excuse to absolve renewables from blame for not providing electricity.

        ‘The problem wasn’t wind turbines not generating electricity, it was due to a lack of wind – due to climate change’.

        Ah, righto. Whatever ya say.

      • jimiam permalink
        October 25, 2021 2:19 pm

        The wind has obviously been slowed down by the wind farms.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      October 25, 2021 8:47 am

      Yes even as few as 10,000 locations globally with only 4 data points (min, max, average, rainfall) and taking only months, seasons and years gives 650,000 possible records each year. Even at 1% a year that’s 6,500 records to shout about. In a 50-150 year record, that’s almost bound to happen.

  8. that man permalink
    October 24, 2021 9:15 pm

    The climate disaster is here.
    —and it’s called The Guardian.

  9. 2hmp permalink
    October 24, 2021 9:42 pm

    The sad thing is that their readers believe all this nonsense without question..

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 25, 2021 1:55 pm

      I take the Daily Mail but would rarely use anything they print as facts given that I know a lot of it is bollocks but it does have the odd good article and scanning the headlines lets me know what topics are troubling the media children and our moron politicians. It doesn’t take long since with their tiny attention spans they can only cover a handful of things and then drown them with pages of ill-informed dross such as with the death of the MP. They missed his twice taking taxpayers for mugs over expenses, trying to get his son let off for lamping somebody with a champagne bottle despite the jury finding him guilty, but most key is his smoozing of the Qataris – they gave him 2 camels plus lots of free hospitality. Qatar is being allowed to meddle in the affairs of Somalia and his nemesis is Somalian.

  10. Graeme No.3 permalink
    October 24, 2021 9:50 pm

    Hayhoe, Hayhoe, it’s cherrypicking we go.
    Hayhoe, Hayhoe
    It’s all the work we know
    We keep on fiddling all day long
    Hayhoe, Hayhoe

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • Is it just me? permalink
      October 24, 2021 10:24 pm

      Excellent. Don’t apologise Graeme No.3, faced with an endless conveyor belt of tripe – the only sensible thing to do is wantonly rip the piss.

  11. Andre Blackburn permalink
    October 24, 2021 9:53 pm

    If two persons read each copy then it’s read by 0.32% of the population. How about we all ignore whatever it prints and let it continue its slide into miserable obscurity. Probably more people have been abducted by aliens than read this obscure polemical organ

  12. tom0mason permalink
    October 24, 2021 9:56 pm

    The Guardian and Katherine Hayhoe — a match made in the lower reaches of Purgatory, well below what even Dante’s version in Purgatorio, could have envisaged.
    Hubristic confidence tricksters wilfully piling on the alarm for personal fame and fortune from the naive and uninformed.

  13. October 24, 2021 10:27 pm

    Sceptical blogs such as this one are great, but it is difficult to find all the latest information about specific topics, such as rainfall, sea-level, and the state of the Great Barrier Reef. The perception of “crisis” is enhanced by the barrage of exploitations of bad weather, which always returns to normal, with no mention of that in the alarmist media.

    There is surely a gap in the market for websites (not blogs) that contain historical data and commentary that allows extreme weather events to be put into the longest possible historical context. One might expect that the UK Met Office and Australian BoM would do this, but of course they won’t.

    • Phil O'Sophical permalink
      October 24, 2021 11:04 pm

      Not quite what you describe, but this from The Heartland Institute has synopses on most climate related topics.
      https://climateataglance.com/

      • Mack permalink
        October 25, 2021 10:47 am

        Climanrecon (and fellow travellers here, if you’ve missed it) if you want a recent, and really excellent, summary from a historical perspective, of global drought, demonstrating how we are not in any kind of emergency, check out a recent article over at PA Pundits-International. Authored by the Aussie skeptic, Dr John Happs and entitled ‘Drought Alarmism- Ignorance or Deliberate Deception’, the article is full of charts, links and historical quotes that would sink any guardianista amidships should they try to argue that our current climate is ‘worse than evah!’ It’s a cracking read. http://www.papundits.wordpress.com

    • October 25, 2021 11:14 am

      Tony Heller at realclimatescience.com publishes a great deal of historical data, albeit mainly about the USA. Well worth checking it out.

  14. Is it just me? permalink
    October 24, 2021 10:29 pm

    The Guardian & old Attenborough @ the B.B.C between them are so bad – every time the dried pine cones on my windowsill see and hear them – throw themselves onto the pavement below. Getting run over & trodden on (so they tell me) is infinitely preferable to ‘yet another’ lecture on irreversible climate change.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      October 25, 2021 6:36 am

      I’ve noticed that Attenborough DVDs are getting cheaper, often on special at the local DVD+ store. I notice that Judy Dench and Penelope Keith (and Peppa Pig) command higher prices.
      Either the professional sellers are making a mistake or they’ve noticed a drop in demand.

  15. Harry Davidson permalink
    October 24, 2021 10:37 pm

    This is getting serious now. For the first time, I’m genuinely worried.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/10/24/scotch-whisky-production-risks-drying-2080/

  16. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    October 24, 2021 10:53 pm

    Apparently the wildebeest migration across the Masai Mara is in danger from climate change, by which they mean drought. Well I never. Drought in Africa, who would have thought?
    https://news.sky.com/story/masai-maras-wildebeest-migration-under-threat-from-climate-change-12441269

  17. Ray Man permalink
    October 24, 2021 11:19 pm

    Have you heard of Henrik Svensmark and his cosmic ray theory regards global warming? I remember hearing about him years ago but it seemed his research was debunked and it all disappeared. However, recently he and his team of colleges managed to get solid data to backup the theory and the work was recently published in Nature.

    Background on his theory from 11 years ago:

    Recent article and video by same author:
    https://climatechangedispatch.com/new-study-confirms-sun-cosmic-ray-climate-connection/

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 25, 2021 1:46 pm

      His cosmic ray cloud seeding theory has never been debunked. After a long struggle the CLOUD project was set up at CERN and to their dismay their experiments proved him correct. The report was very low key and had no conclusions so they didn’t have to admit in writing that it was correct – they just presented the results that showed it to be so.

      The next step is to show that global temperatures have moved with the changes in cosmic radiation which also happens to increase during periods of low solar activity. Cloudiness is more difficult to record than temperature.

  18. cookers52 permalink
    October 25, 2021 7:15 am

    The strange thing is looking out of the window the Warwickshire countryside looks much the same. The farmers go about their business using huge machines to harvest a bountiful crop.

    People look healthy and well fed , the rivers and streams are flowing with clean water.

    Historically the Feldon would have been cleared of woodlands but now hillsides are heavily wooded. Red kites soar across this man made rural landscape

    All is well.

  19. cookers52 permalink
    October 25, 2021 7:42 am

    An interesting perspective on historical weather is gained from reading this.

    https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/rain-sun-sun-rain

  20. October 25, 2021 8:04 am

    Yes, that book “Global Crisis” really is awe-inspiringly excellent.

  21. Phoenix44 permalink
    October 25, 2021 8:40 am

    To say Earth is already becoming “unliveable” is just utterly absurd. There’s not a single place on the planet where humans have routinely lived that is even close to unliveable. Floods are by definition extremely transient, droughts have happened throughout history and clearly follow cycles. The torrent of lies and false information is quite extraordinary.

  22. October 25, 2021 12:06 pm

    As with the Covid crimes, the perpetrators are using most globalists news sources to spread their garbage to induce fear mongering & acceptance of their agenda. If you saw last nights C4 programme, “Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant,” it’s opening statement was, “The world is at the precipice of irreversible climate change.” Keep spreading the truth !

  23. dennisambler permalink
    October 25, 2021 12:10 pm

    On the same theme, written in 2010: Extreme Weather, Extreme Claims.

    Click to access extreme_weather_extreme_claims.pdf

  24. dennisambler permalink
    October 25, 2021 12:20 pm

    This is the site created by a former Met office weather man, now I think hosted at the British Library archives. Start at 4000 BC with the Climatic Optimum and work your way forward!
    https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20150110001150/http://booty.org.uk/booty.weather/climate/4000_100BC.htm

    “Climatic optimum”: peaked circa 4000 – 3500 BC (some references say 4000 – 2500 BC); markedly reduced glacier extent (all gone from British land mass). (var. refs); tree-lines in northern areas, particularly northern England & Scotland roughly 300m (or 1000ft) higher than they are now, with forests established at higher elevations than currently: this implies that wind-damage might not have been a major problem. This in turn translates into weaker, less frequent spells of significantly low pressure (i.e. major cyclogenesis spells). (see also previous date file .. this period started circa 6200 BC).

    As to sea levels, Lamb tentatively suggests that they rose by ~100-150ft / ~30-45 cm between 8000 BC & 3000 BC.

    Both globally & regionally, several references mention an anomaly of ~ + 2degC over those values relating to the latter third of the 20th century.”

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      October 25, 2021 10:09 pm

      Thank you very much dennisambler. I’ve been trying for months to find this. I remembered it, and had a copy on my old computer but lost it when said computer did a Titanic imitation in 2013.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      October 26, 2021 2:20 pm

      Referring to Lamb – when I was last in London, I enquired at Foyles bookshop about a copy. They would have had to specially order, and the price, when converted into South African Rands, would have paid for my flights in BOTH directions. We at the Southern Tip are at the mercy of exchange rates, as well as being ruled by ANC!
      Well, I have to rely on UK sites like this for the true McGuffin of climate information! So, thanks, Paul!

    • terryfwall permalink
      October 31, 2021 8:01 pm

      100-150 ft sea level rise: don’t let an alarmist copy that, it will be repeated everywhere!

  25. richard permalink
    October 25, 2021 12:23 pm

    Lovely graphs on this website illustrating deaths from droughts have decreased by 80% since the 1930s as the world’s population has increased by billions – https://ourworldindata.org/natural-disasters

  26. dennisambler permalink
    October 25, 2021 12:31 pm

    It’s too late, we are already doomed as of last year. Cancel the COP now!

    “Climate chaos predicted by CO2 study” World will have exceeded 2050 safe carbon emissions limit by 2020, scientists say. The Independent in 2011: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-chaos-predicted-by-co2-study-1676411.html

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      October 25, 2021 2:26 pm

      What’s the ‘safe’ ‘limit’?
      Who decided what the ‘limit’ is?
      On what basis?
      Why would it be ‘unsafe’ after that?
      Says who?
      Based on what evidence?
      Show your workings.

      It’s too stupid for words, isn’t it?

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        October 25, 2021 2:40 pm

        Very unsafe to drop below 200 ppm. The planet dies. About 1000ppm CO2 looks optimal IMHO.

      • Russ Wood permalink
        October 26, 2021 2:22 pm

        Didn’t you know that “showing your workings” is a symptom of “White Privilege”? At least according to some Seattle ‘educators’!

  27. Brian Smith permalink
    October 25, 2021 12:52 pm

    I don’t know about the rest of the claims but this one – 500,000 deaths in Japan in just one winter, due to poor harvests” – surely is wrong?

    The writer must believe that Japan is still an agrarian society as it was in the 19th century.

    There is no way on Earth that Japan would allow half a million people to die from hunger .

    • Mack permalink
      October 25, 2021 1:52 pm

      The Japs might not now Brian but Paul was referring to the mid 17th Century in the depths of the Little Ice Age when, you could say there was an actual, climate emergency unlike the rather benign stuff that has been thrown at us during the modern warming period.

    • October 25, 2021 6:49 pm

      Yes, the winter of 1642/3 to be precise

    • Brian Smith permalink
      October 25, 2021 6:57 pm

      How do I delete a really silly post? I made it before I checked the whole article. Where’s the embarrassed emoji?

      • October 25, 2021 7:26 pm

        Sorry!!!

        I did not want to make it look like the Little Ice Age at the start.

        I’ll copy the whole page tomorrow, as the conditions across most of Asia were horrific back then

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      October 26, 2021 9:05 am

      Did you read the rest?
      “Sounds bad? Yes it does, but this all happened in the mid 17thC. I could also have added:”

  28. October 25, 2021 1:01 pm

    8pm Monday a new 3 part series

    A Summer of Fire and Flood https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010wq7

    Part #1 Lytton Canada
    The worst effects of climate change are often framed as a problem for the future
    . But for some, the worst has already happened.
    As world leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow to talk about how to bring down emissions,
    Radio 4 tells the story of three places which have been at the sharp end of extreme weather events.
    In June, the Canadian village of Lytton smashed national heat records three days running, reaching an astonishing 49.6 degrees Celsius.
    Then, it burned to the ground.
    This documentary, the first in the series, is a vivid portrayal of a place in the crosshairs of climate change, where people don’t just have to imagine the future.
    They’re now figuring out how to build it.

    That is assertion not science
    Every year since the dawn of time a whole lot of places have had
    an unlucky weather episode.
    To claim that this years cherry picked places would not have been unlucky without you using petrol ..is not science

  29. Justin permalink
    October 25, 2021 1:13 pm

    I read your comments and Paul s articles plus climate realists etc but I don t see how the direction of all this changes . Are we doomed to whatever fate is planned for us by those who cooked up this climate scare natativr ?

  30. NeilC permalink
    October 25, 2021 2:03 pm

    I don’t think there has ever been a time when so many people in authority, energy businesses and the media tell so many lies, about everything.

    Last Saturday, I was sitting in the car with the engine running as the wife just popped into Morrissons for one item. A woman came up to the car knocked on the window, which I opened. She told me to turn off my engine because I was polluting the air. I said I had a blue diesel engine which is one of the cleanest engines.Then I politely ask what pollutants did she mean. Carbon she replied, it is ruining the planet. I said, I presume you mean carbon dioxide the trace atmospheric gas that only has 0.04% of a dry atmosphere which has little or no effect on the climate. Turn you engine of she replied, Up until that point I was polite. I told her to mind her own business and if she wanted to help the planet to stop breathing out the 40,000 parts per million.that humans exhale. To cut a long story short I told her to FO. . .

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      October 25, 2021 2:51 pm

      All greens should stop breathing out. Especially the Karens.

  31. Ray Sanders permalink
    October 25, 2021 2:20 pm

    The Guardian and the alleged experts it quotes from is truly pathetic. A brief glance today gave this article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2021/oct/25/cop26-our-experts-answer-your-questions-about-crucial-climate-summit-live
    When asked by “Mike Allen, 64, Altrincham, UK” about issues involving the use of hydrogen the reply from a Professor Mary Gagen came as
    “Hydrogen molecules (H2) are in fact pretty similar in size to methane (CH4), which is the primary component of natural gas.”
    Strewth, words fail me!

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      October 25, 2021 2:50 pm

      You can’t fix stupid. H2 is about 1/2 the size of CH4, unless I dropped a decimal place in which case it’s about 1/20th

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      October 25, 2021 8:18 pm

      She’s got a degree in Geology & Geography, so not good enough to actually do just one of them. She clearly know nothing about the size of molecules, but even somebody with no knowledge might wonder if two hydrogen atoms could be the same size as four plus a carbon atom.

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        October 25, 2021 10:41 pm

        I find it quite impossible to believe she could get a level 6 science qualification and not know her statement was total crap so I can only assume she is a lying XXXXX.

      • dave permalink
        October 26, 2021 10:22 am

        First, you have to define the edge of a molecule. My definition is the fairly standard one:

        where the electron density equals that at a distance of 1 Bohr (0.529 Angstrom) from the nucleus of a singlet hydrogen atom.

        The volume of a singlet hydrogen atom then is 0.62 cubic Angstrom.
        [ 4/3 x 3.14 x (0.529)^3 ]

        The shape of a hydrogen molecule can be easily calculated with a computer, using Molecular Orbital theory, and turns out to be a cylinder with length 2.11 Angstrom and cross-sectional area like that of a singlet hydrogen atom.
        The volume of a hydrogen molecule then is 1.85 cubic Angstrom.
        [ Pi x (0.529)^2 x 2.11 ]

        The volume of the tetrahedral methane molecule, from a standard source, is 5.575 cubic Angstrom.

        So, the volume of a hydrogen molecule is three times the volume of a hydrogen atom, and the volume of a methane molecule is three times the volume of a hydrogen molecule.

        Whether this makes hydrogen molecules “pretty similar in size to methane” is hard to say, since the language in that phrase is disgustingly sloppy. In other words another ‘Professor’ who opens mouth without engaging brain. Nothing new there.

      • dave permalink
        October 26, 2021 10:58 am

        I think I was not hard ENOUGH on this stupid, stupid woman. It is not just the size difference of the molecules that matters. The thing about hydrogen and diffusion is that hydrogen tends to dissociate into atoms at the surface and then it gets worse – the nucleus and the electron can separate.. Now you have a bare proton, something really tiny, to wander through the metal lattice. None of this happens with methane which is held together with strong bonds.

  32. Crowcatcher permalink
    October 25, 2021 5:24 pm

    Heard a brilliant one on BBC R4 of a woman talking about a “carbon free” diet – I wonder what she eats?

    • Curious George permalink
      October 25, 2021 6:46 pm

      She probably avoids water, a bad greenhouse gas, as well.

  33. tomo permalink
    October 25, 2021 7:05 pm

    COP26 Mascot put in an appearance

    See replies to the announcement 🙂

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      October 25, 2021 8:19 pm

      I spy a mascot made from materials made from hydrocarbons.

    • Penda100 permalink
      October 25, 2021 10:26 pm

      The polar bears will be unhappy and probably go on strike. Oh sorry, that’s the bin men.

    • tomo permalink
      October 26, 2021 9:39 am

      I’m surprised the mascot hasn’t unleashed the gender warriors and colourists….

      Toe-curling hardly covers it…. anyway I hope somebody tries to get Joe Biden (Obama even) to pose for a photo-op.

  34. Ray Sanders permalink
    October 26, 2021 12:21 am

    Profile of your typical Guardianista. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/25/insulate-britain-targets-canary-wharf-roadblock-campaign-environmental-activists-london

    “One of those blocking the road, Louise Lancaster, 56, from Cambridge, said: “We wouldn’t be here if the government was doing what they need to do to protect the people of this country. I don’t want to be sitting here blocking this man … [but] we can’t let this drop because it’s so urgent we protect people.”

    Eventually the driver got out and, with the help of some passersby, was able to make enough space for his vehicle to get past by dragging Lancaster and her fellow protesters from the road.”

    So who is Louise Lancaster? https://www.facebook.com/louise.lancaster.96

    Want to block her drive and cause her discomfort? Well her home (6a, Burnt Close
    Grantchester Cambridge CB3 9NJ) is valued on Zoopla at a range of between £849,000 to £1,040,000 so she is hardly down on her uppers. But hey she obviously reads the Guardian.

  35. Julian Flood permalink
    October 26, 2021 7:55 am

    This may be unthreaded, sorry.

    Like the person who cancelled a free chance to read National Geographic, I forbade my children to buy me a subscription to New Scientist, a magazine I’d read for over thirty years.

    JF

    • terryfwall permalink
      October 31, 2021 11:04 pm

      A friend had a subscription to New Scientist and passed them to me in bulk, which enabled me to see the trend over time as it fell ever more in line with the groupthink of the day. Fortunately he cancelled his subscription! Another friend asked his son not to renew his gift. It’s a slow process but it will succeed.

  36. Phoenix44 permalink
    October 26, 2021 9:05 am

    “Among the intelligentsia, there have always been many who are ready to jump on virtually any bandwagon that will take them to the promised land, where the wise and noble few – like themselves – can take the rest of us poor dummies in hand and tell us how we had better change the way we live our lives.”

    Thomas Sowell

  37. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    October 26, 2021 9:37 am

    Sounds like the kind of newspaper that would promote touring and sightseeing Germany by their green and efficient electric buses.
    If it’s still printed on paper the best use for it is to light bonfires.

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