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Claims Of 40000 Deaths From Air Pollution Debunked By Death Statistics

August 15, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034

 

 

We are familiar with claims that air pollution (cue pictures of diesel cars!) is killing thousands of people every year in the UK.

I have been trying to get hold of the actual mortality statistics, but fortunately came across a study carried out by the British Lung Foundation.

Finished last year, it analyses death rates between 2008 and 2012.

This is the key table:

 

 

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Today’s Eco BS From The Telegraph

August 14, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Part II from the Telegraph’s woeful weekend!

It is written by Maurice Tulloch, who is chief executive of international insurance at Aviva:

 

 

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The insurance industry exists to manage risk; as far as possible we aim to prevent or minimise the impact of losses before they happen. Burning fossil fuels gives rise to short, medium and long-term risks for insurers, investors, and our customers and society alike. And yet governments continue to promote the production of oil, gas and coal with subsidies.

The OECD estimates that $160bn to $200bn (£123bn to £154bn) a year goes towards supporting fossil fuel production and consumption in OECD countries and key emerging economies. This actively contributes to air pollution, health problems and premature deaths, as well as the increase in extreme weather events that comes with climate change. This policy costs taxpayers twice – firstly for the subsidies, and then again as public funds are needed to deal with health costs and climate change.

 

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Scientists find 91 volcanoes under Antarctic ice

August 14, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

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The largest volcanic region on Earth has been found thousands of meters below the surface of the ice sheet covering Antarctica.

A survey of the region of the West Antarctic Rift System has revealed 91 new volcanoes hidden within the ice.

The new volcanoes are on top of the 47 whose peaks are above the ice and were already known about.

The volcanoes range in height from 100m to a towering 3,850m tall.

Geologists say the range has similarities to east Africa’s volcanic ridge, which was previously thought to have the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world.

It is unclear whether the Antarctic volcanoes are active, but previous studies have suggested that during warmer periods volcanic activity does occur in the region.

If the ice thins as the climate warms it is thought volcanic activity in the area could increase.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/scientists-find-91-volcanoes-under-antarctic-ice/ar-AApYDuf?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

 

Or, there again, volcanic activity could lead to ice melt.

Jillian Ambrose’s Latest Howler

August 14, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

There were two incredibly poor articles in the Telegraph yesterday, even by their recent low standards.

The first was by the renewables shill, Jillian Ambrose. I’ll run the other later.

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Britain’s landlords could cost the energy system hundreds of millions of pounds by using loopholes in the Government’s housing standards to avoid improving ­energy efficiency.

Landlords are expected to file for ­exemptions from the forthcoming efficiency guidelines to avoid shouldering the expense of upgrading the country’s most poorly insulated homes, at a major cumulative cost to energy consumers who will pay for new power ­capacity through their bills.

By upgrading 300,000 homes at the lowest end of the energy efficiency scale, tenants could save £600 off each energy bill. This is the equivalent of £180m in savings on energy bills overall, and the cost of building a new gas-fired power plant or two large offshore wind farms.

Joanne Wade, from the Association for the Conservation of Energy, said “the bigger prize” would be a move to include all homes under a C band of ­energy efficiency.

“The total annual energy savings would be the equivalent to turning the Drax coal plant off for eight months, or avoiding construction of 4GW of new capacity,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/12/energy-efficiency-loophole-risks-major-cost-energy-system/

£600!!

What planet is she on?

Ambrose appears to have just reprinted what Joanne Wade has told her.

For a start, most households actually use gas for heating, so any savings there will have no effect on electricity.

My gas bill comes to about £500 pa, and includes water heating and cooking. Improving insulation might save £50 a year, but certainly not £600. (Question – does Ms Ambrose live in a mansion?)

Spread over 300,000 homes, this saving would amount to only £15 million a year, a mere rounding error in an electricity market worth near to £40bn annually.

And where does she get 4GW of new capacity from? This would add about 10% to the UK’s current generation. And all just for 300,000 houses?

The Association for the Conservation of Energy seems to be a rather small and extremely amateurish lobby group. They are entitled to their opinions.

But Jillian Ambrose now spends most of her time acting as a mouthpiece for green lobbyists, like Emma Pinchbeck from Renewable UK.

If she is going to publish information that is so obviously fake on their behalf, how much longer will the Telegraph allow her to trash its reputation?

Worldwide Droughts, Storms & Floods–In 1929!

August 13, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/138537700?searchTerm=world%20droughts&searchLimits=

 

Al Gore says droughts, storms and floods are due to global warming. Perhaps he should take a look at what happened in 1929. The following account is from the Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser:

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In fact, by the time this article was written, the drought in Britain had already ended, with four months of the most extreme rainfall seen in the country since 1910 beginning in October.

Met Office data shows that rainfall between January and September was far below any other year on record:

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/datasets 

 

Then the heavens opened.

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/datasets

 

Of course, in those days it was just weather!

Met Office Covers Up Old Record Temperatures

August 13, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate-extremes/#?tab=climateExtremes

 

 

 

According to the Met Office, the highest officially recorded temperature in the UK was set at Faversham (Kent) back in 2003.

Faversham certainly appears to be in a hot spot, as it has regularly appeared in “hottest” lists since then. The same can be said of Gravesend, which is in the same part of the country.

Faversham has in fact only had continuous data since 1998, and Gravesend since 1995, so we cannot know if higher temperatures were set there in earlier years.

Senior meteorologist, Philip Eden, has his own concerns about the Faversham “record”. Writing in 2015, he stated that the reading of 38.5C was now widely discounted:

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/philip-eden-throws-out-met-office-record-temperature-claim/

 

This is believed to have reference to siting concerns.

But this is not what I am concerned with today.

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Heatwave “Lucifer”

August 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40825668

 

I’m a bit late posting this, but I did want to wait until the heatwave, nicknamed Lucifer had actually died down.

The heat seems to have peaked on Aug 4th, with temperatures up to 44C in Italy and Spain. However, these are well below the all-time records set in the 2003 heatwave of 47.0C and 47.3C respectively.

What does seem to be clear, looking at the historical data, is just how exceptional the 2003 event was. Climate scientists regularly warn us that similar heatwaves will become common in future, but there has so far been no sign at all that it was not just a one-off weather event. (Just as for instance the US summers of 1934 and 1936 were).

Of course, heatwaves in the south of Europe are nothing unusual, as a quick trawl through the Trove newspaper archives shows:

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66532968?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article#

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/123902909?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/1235798?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129199410?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

 

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/83807130?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26633587?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article|||l-decade=194

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130277388?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/126905858?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

Of particular interest is the heatwave in 1949. It was noted that temperatures in Seville reached 111.1F , which is 44C, the same as recorded in Spain last week:

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/145537261?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article|||l-decade=194

And the heatwave was not only limited to southern Europe, even the Arctic had one! Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, New York was also experiencing its own prolonged heatwave and drought.

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26649317?searchTerm=europe%20heatwave&searchLimits=l-format=Article

Wind Power–Some Basic Facts

August 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

We see many glowing articles about wind power, and renewable lobbyists, such as Renewable UK, are often given undue space in the media to peddle mistruths.

This article is designed to lay out some of the basic facts. It will naturally concentrate mainly on the UK, but I believe it will have relevance elsewhere too.

Renewable lobbyists like to emphasise how “clean” wind power is, and how many tonnes of CO2 are saved.

Others will argue that wind farms are a long way from being environmentally friendly, and arguably save little CO2 anyway.

I am not going to get into these debates, as they are subjective, and therefore not relevant to an objective analysis.

 

Capacity and Outputs

So, first to some basic facts.

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Exposing Staggering Ice Sheet Melt Deceptions

August 12, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Repost from No Tricks Zone:

 

 

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In recent months, two new papers published in The Cryosphere have provided a condensed summary of the ice-melt and sea-level-rise consequences of global warming for the Arctic region.

1.  Between 1900 and 2010, the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) has melted so extensively and so rapidly that the GIS ice-melt contribution to global sea level rise has amounted to 1.5 centimeters for the entire 110-year period.   One-and-a-half centimeters.  That’s 0.59 of an inch!

2. It gets worse.  Between 1993 and 2010, the contribution to global sea level rise has been a disturbing 0.39 of a centimeter.  Almost 4/10ths of a centimeter.  That’s 0.15 of an inch!

 


 

 

Leeson et al, 2017

Melt water from the Greenland ice sheet contributed 1.7–6.12 mm [median 3.9 mm, or 0.39 of a centimeter] to global sea level between 1993 and 2010

 


 

 

Fettweis et al ., 2017

SMB [surface mass balance, Greenland Ice Sheet] during the 1920–1930 warm period over Greenland was comparable to the SMB of the 2000s, due to both higher melt and lower precipitation than normal.”

“Finally, with respect to the 1961–1990 period, the integrated contribution of the GrIS SMB [Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance] anomalies over 1900–2010 is a sea level rise of about 15 ± 5 mm [1.5 centimeters], with a null contribution from the 1940s to the 2000s

 


 

 

Breakdown: 1900-2010 GIS Sea Level Rise Contribution

1920s-1930s: GIS contribution to sea level rise: 1.1 cm

1993-2010: GIS contribution to sea level rise: 0.39 cm

1940s-2000s: a null contribution” [to sea level rise]

 


 

Washington Post Peddles Alarmism With Deceptive ‘Trillion Tons’ Of Lost Ice Pronouncements

 


 

It’s scary to learn that the Greenland Ice Sheet has lost a “staggering” 9 trillion tons of ice since 1900.

It’s not scary to learn that 9 trillion tons of ice losses actually amounts to less than 1 inch (0.6 of an inch, or 1.5 centimeters) of sea level rise contribution from Greenland meltwater since 1900.

So what does a world-renown news organization like the Washington Post do with this contextually-weighted scientific information?   Of course, like most other media organizations in the modern era,  the Post attempts to frighten the public with disturbing trillions of tons of lost ice exclamations without emphasizing the modest and nearly imperceptible sea level impact such “staggering” ice losses produce.

 

In December, 2015, the Post‘s Chris Mooney summarized “Greenland’s massive, centennial contribution to sea level rise”.

 


 

 

Washington Post  (December, 2015)

 


 

It is apparent from reading the article that Mooney is either (a) unaware that less than 1 inch of long-term sea level impact is not “massive”, and therefore using that descriptor in conjunction with  trillions-of-tons of ice loss can be misleading, or (b) he is aware that less than 1 inch of sea level impact in 110 years is not especially alarming, so he buries this inconvenient detail in the body of the article and instead he focuses on employing terms like “staggering” and “massive” and “trillions” and “disturbing” and “alarming” in an effort to conceal.

It would appear that (b) is more likely.

 

 

Read the full post here.

Prince Charles Jets Off For Freebie Holiday On Superyacht

August 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

I see Prince Charles is doing his bit to save us all from global warming!

 

 

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PRINCE Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall swapped fishing boats in Scotland for a glamorous superyacht today as the couple were snapped enjoying the Greek sunshine.

By Vickiie Oliphant

PUBLISHED: 21:11, Wed, Aug 2, 2017 | UPDATED: 21:21, Wed, Aug 2, 2017

 

 

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on yacht

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles enjoyed the Greek sun

 

 

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles have spent the last few days conducting their annual tour of the UK – visiting quaint tea and cake rooms, or sampling local ale during a trip to a brewery.

 

Known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, Charles even donned a kilt for the visit to the John O’Groats Brewery in Caithness.

But today, Prince Charles and Camilla swapped the British weather for a more exotic climate as they jet off to Greece.

The couple were snapped in floating, summery attire on board superyacht OKTO, which was owned by the Greek millionaire Theodore Angelopoulos.

 

Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles on holiday

The Royal couple were snapped in floating, summery attire on board superyacht

 

 

One photo shows Charles leaning in to speak to the shipping magnate, who is regarded as Athens’ answer to Lord Coe for his role as president of the organising committee for the 2004 Olympics.

His glamorous wife Gianna, dressed in a vibrant tropical-coloured skirt with a deep purple shirt, was also present for the visit and escorted the couple from a speedboat onto the monster yacht.

The 216ft superboat boasts a dancing deck, cinema room and swimming pool – with lights to change the colour of the water.

It also boasts a gym, a formal dining room, and 80q m of open deck – and the boat is valued at a price of 54.5million Euro – around £49million.

 

Photos from the huge floating palace, currently moored off the coats of Corfu, show a fleet of smartly dressed staff lining up to greet the royal couple.

The heir to the throne has also spent part of the couple’s summer holidays on the mainland of the Greek island of Corfu.

The couple stayed in the villa of the well-known banking family Rothschild, where Princess Diana had also often spent her holidays.

 

 

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Prince Charles and Camilla on board the OKTO yacht

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Charles and Camilla met staff on board the million pound yacht

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/836307/Prince-Charles-Camilla-Parker-Bowles-holiday-superyacht-Greece-Corfu