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How phantom forests are used for greenwashing

May 16, 2022

By Paul Homewood


No S**t Sherlock!!




Capturing carbon by increasing forest cover has become central to the fight against climate change. But there’s a problem. Sometimes these forests exist on paper only – because promises have not been kept, or because planted trees have died or even been harvested. A new effort will now be made to track success and failure.

Dr Jurgenne Primavera is being paddled in a canoe along the coast of Iloilo in the Philippines. It’s an idyllic scene but she is frowning. Six years ago these shallow waters were planted with mangroves as part of the country’s ambitious National Greening Programme, but now there is nothing to see but blue water and blue sky.

Ninety per cent of the seedlings died, Dr Primavera says, because the type of mangrove planted was suited to muddy creeks rather than this sandy coastal area. The government preferred it, she suggests, because it is readily available and easy to plant.

"Science was sacrificed for convenience in the planting."

The National Greening Programme was an attempt to grow 1.5 million hectares of forest and mangroves between 2011 and 2019 but a withering report from the country’s Commission on Audit found that in the first five years 88% of it had failed…..

Tim Christophersen, until this month head of Nature for Climate with the UN Environment Programme, says that of the one billion hectares of landscape that countries have promised to restore worldwide "most" remains a promise rather than a reality.

In some cases, grandiose planting programmes have gone ahead, but have delivered limited results. The BBC has investigated a dozen examples that have flopped – as in the Philippines – usually because insufficient care was taken.

The Philippines government did not respond to requests to comment on the official Commission on Audit assessment that 88% of the National Greening Programme failed.

The local authority that planted what Dr Primavera considers to be the wrong mangrove species for coastal sites disagreed with her, saying that 50% of seedlings had survived in some locations.

In the Philippines at least an audit was published; in many other countries results are unclear.

The Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, for example, has planted tens of millions of saplings in the last five years, but when the BBC went to check new plantations near Banda, it found few alive.

Signs still proudly announced the plantations’ existence, but scrubland plants were taking over.

Prof Ashish Aggarwal of the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow says India has covered an area the size of Denmark with plantations since the 1990s, but national surveys show forest cover increasing only gradually.

"Even at a survival rate of 50%, we should have seen more than 20 million hectares of trees and forests," he says. "But that hasn’t happened – the data does not show that addition."

According to the deputy director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tina Vahanen, this problem is widespread, not confined to India.

"Many of the plantations have been promotional events," she says, "with no follow-up action that is really needed to grow trees."

The BBC found a different kind of problem in Mozambique, which has allowed private companies to plant large monoculture plantations as part of its contribution to the AFR100 forest landscape restoration initiative.

While many plantations have grown successfully, it’s alleged that in some cases mature natural forest has been felled to make space.

Why any of this should comes as a surprise beats me!

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Texas Spring Heatwave Is Not Unusual

May 15, 2022

By Paul Homewood


There has naturally been an attempt to blame the Texas power shortages on an “unusual heatwave”:





Fox is predicting temperatures to peak on Monday, at 101F in San Antonio and 96F in Houston:

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Time Is Wrong–Climate Change Will Not Make Us Hungry

May 15, 2022

By Paul Homewood



Latest nonsense from Time:



The article naturally focusses on Ukraine, but then proceeds with a series of lies about climate change:


The ripple effect of the Ukraine crisis on global grocery bills, however, is just a taste of what is to come as climate change disrupts the world’s agricultural areas. As temperatures rise due to increasing greenhouse-gas emissions, so too will the price of food. Humanitarian aid is likely to suffer first, with donors’ funds losing their purchasing power when prices of basic commodities like wheat and oil increase.

“The full impact of climate change will make the Ukraine crisis’s impact on food prices look like kindergarten,” says Enock Chikava, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s interim director for agricultural development. “We are already living in a one-degree warmer world, and we are already seeing more pests, more droughts, more heat. If we continue on this trajectory, to 1.5°C or even 2°C, all hell will break loose.”

Add to this the impacts of rising global temperatures and the effects could be devastating for economically disadvantaged countries. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report released in February, rising temperatures are likely to increase drought, flooding, and fire in once-reliable agricultural areas like California and southern Europe, which all could send production numbers tumbling.

In some places, it is already happening. A record-setting heatwave in India has reduced this year’s wheat crop, just as the country was planning an export surge to make up for the Russian and Ukrainian shortfalls. And, as the Associated Press reports, China’s agriculture minister Tang Renjian warned last month that the country’s winter wheat harvest will be poor after wheat growing regions were hit by major flooding.

Beyond the agricultural impacts of a warming world, catastrophic weather events in key ports ranging from Baltimore to the Black Sea could suddenly stop exports. Food prices will rise, and with them the chance of internal unrest, like what we are already seeing in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Chronically food-insecure regions, such as the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, will be hit by the double whammy of drought and high prices, reducing both governmental and international aid agencies’ abilities to provide for a famished populace.

Again we see the “one-degree of warming” scare. Does Bill Gates really think a return to the climate of the Little Ice Age would improve food production?

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If Chevron, Exxon and Shell can’t get Gorgon’s carbon capture and storage to work, who can?

May 14, 2022

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dennis Ambler

Back to the drawing board!!





27 April 2022 (IEEFA):

At a cost of more than A$3 billion, Gorgon, the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the world has failed to deliver, underperforming its targets for the first five years of operation by about 50% finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Carbon capture technology has historically been used as a method of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) – selling captured CO2 to oil companies to push more oil out of depleted wells, making any initial “carbon capture” negligible. According to the Global CCS Institute, about 73% of carbon capture globally is currently used for EOR projects – called Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS).

In some newer projects like Western Australia’s Gorgon CCS, instead of being sold for EOR, the captured CO2 is sequestered in dedicated geological storage structures. Although Gorgon’s gas plant produced its first LNG cargo in March 2016, the first CO2 injection from its CCS facility occurred in August 2019 — three and a half year late.

“Gorgon CCS failed to reach its pre-defined targets,” says report author LNG/gas analyst Bruce Robertson. “CCS technology has been operating for 50 years. If Chevron and its partners can’t get it to work these past 5 years at Gorgon, it’s not an effective technology for reducing carbon emissions.”

Gorgon recently agreed to buy and surrender credible greenhouse gas offsets recognised by the West Australian Government to offset its target shortfall of 5.23 million tonnes of CO2.

“It has been estimated that it would cost up to US$184 million for Chevron and its partners to offset that shortfall,” says Robertson.

“Rather than continuing with fossil fuels and the technological impracticalities of trying to capture their pollution, governments and investors must address the root cause, and limit fossil production. “Urgent investment in renewable energy and storage technologies is the cheaper and proven pathway going forward.”



Carbon capture may one day work effectively, but we clearly cannot rely on it now.

Texas Power Grid Pushed To The Limit Again

May 14, 2022

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public


It’s hot in Texas!




HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — ERCOT, the embattled power grid operator for most of Texas, is urging customers to conserve energy for a five-hour peak period on Saturday and Sunday as it confronts both unseasonably hot weather and six power generation facilities tripping offline.
The nonprofit agency’s CEO, Brad Jones, revealed the facilities going offline Friday afternoon resulted in the loss of 2,900 megawatts of power.

Jones added that with soaring temperatures expected for the second straight weekend, power demand will be pushed to the limit.
"We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend," Jones said in a statement.

As of late Friday afternoon, all reserve generation resources available are operating, Jones said.

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Rowlatt Labelled As Campaigner By BBC Colleagues

May 13, 2022

By Paul Homewood

Too left wing by BBC standards! Crikey!


From The Times:




The BBC’s climate editor has been labelled a “campaigner” by colleagues after he was found in breach of editorial rules for the second time in less than six months.

Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s first climate editor, was spoken to by executives after he reported misleading claims about extreme weather in a Panorama documentary last November.
An investigation by the BBC executive complaints unit (ECU) found that the programme wrongly stated that weather-related deaths were increasing and that Madagascar was on the brink of the world’s first climate-induced famine.
“The Justin Rowlatt stuff is grim. These are not ‘mistakes’; he’s a campaigner,” one BBC source said. Another person said, despite the ruling against Rowlatt, campaign-like reporting had become more permissible at the BBC amid the climate emergency (sic).

Full story

Unfortunately the rest is behind a paywall, but you get the drift.

It is a fact that the BBC Environmental Department has to all intents and purposes gone rogue in recent years. It believes that it is immune from normal BBC editorial standards. It appears that others in the BBC are getting fed up with their self righteousness.

New Statesman Condones BBC Fake News

May 13, 2022

By Paul Homewood


The New Statesman objects that attention has been drawn to Justin Rowlatt’s misreporting!



According to them:

A first complaint was upheld about Rowlatt’s coverage last June, when he described the UK offshore wind industry as “now virtually subsidy free”. The ECU admitted that he did not make it clear that he was referring only to recently approved projects, and the story was subsequently cheerfully reported in the Mail.

The complaint, though, was not made by an over zealous member of the public, nor a well-informed energy expert but by Paul Homewood. Homewood is a retired accountant and climate blogger; he disputes mainstream climate change science in his posts and writes regularly for the UK’s most prominent climate science denial group, Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Homewood is also partially behind the most recent complaint about Rowlatt. “I complained to the BBC about the Madagascar claim, while another complained about the first one,” says Homewood in a recent blog. “Both complaints were escalated to the executive complaints unit, after we were fobbed off at the first stage. I am pleased to say that both complaints have been upheld.” He also takes credit for “tipping off” the Mail with the story.

The New Statesman appear to believe that a journalist can make up whatever fake news he likes, as long as he is on message. And woe betide anybody who dares to complain, such as me or our own Joe Public, who filed the other complaint against the Panorama programme.

Unlike the New Statesman, the GWPF believes in hard facts, not the climate myths still being perpetrated by the former. For instance, this paragraph which appears in this very article:


But there is a delicious irony. We have long moaned about the fact that BBC fake news is seen by millions, but hardly anybody gets to see the “corrections”. By making a song and dance this time, the New Statesman have actually succeeded in bringing this story to the wider public.

I can only ask that they do the same, when my new blockbuster report on BBC Climate Bias is published! (Watch this space)

RAC Finally Realise That Some EV Owners Will Be Worse Off!!

May 12, 2022

By Paul Homewood



Drivers face paying nearly £1,000 more a year to charge an electric car (EV) on the public network compared to doing so at home, according to a new study.

The study, by electric car website, found that UK motorists who are reliant on public infrastructure to charge their vehicles will be paying around £91.75 a month, compared to those who have off-street parking who pay around £13.75 over the same time period.

This means that the average UK EV driver would pay around £78 a month more than those who have access to a charger at home – a total of £936 extra a year – and highlights some of the cost challenges facing those who rely on charging at public charge points. 

Drivers with access to their own charge point at home can also take advantage of cheaper overnight tariffs, saving themselves money on every charge.


More importantly though is the fact that these EV owners, who will typically be less well off, will end up paying more for their electricity than they do now for petrol, when fuel duties are excluded. A typical driver probably spends about £800 a year currently, excluding fuel duties which all EV drivers will have to pay in one form or another in the future.

Meanwhile the cretins at the RAC still think EVs are a good idea!



Another Day–Another Warming Scare!

May 11, 2022

By Paul Homewood


The likelihood of crossing a key global warming threshold has risen significantly, according to a new analysis.

UK Met Office researchers say that there’s now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years.

Such a rise would be temporary, but researchers are concerned about the overall direction of temperatures.

It’s almost certain that 2022-2026 will see a record warmest year, they say.

The Met Office is the UK’s national meteorological service.

As levels of warming gases in the atmosphere have accrued rapidly over the past three decades, global temperatures have responded by rising in step.

In 2015, the world’s average temperature first went 1C above the pre-industrial levels, which are generally thought of as the temperatures recorded in the middle of the 19th century.




For a start, the world won’t “warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years”, as the absurd Matt McGrath writes. If he really believes that, he should get another job.

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Stop Using So Many Towels, Urges Prince Harry!

May 11, 2022

By Paul Homewood


h/t Ian Magness


You really could not make it up!


From the digital Telegraph: