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‘Dubious’ Record-High Temp Allowed To Stand Despite Known Problems

May 28, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

Pierre Gosselin reports:

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Leading German daily Bild here reports on the controversy, which still continues to swirl, over Germany’s all-time record high temperature recorded last year in North Germany near the Dutch border.

Last year on July 25th, the Lingen thermometer reached a whopping 42.6°C, far eclipsing the old German all-time record of 40.3°C. But that recording quickly came under fire by independent weather experts who say the station data were  corrupted by siting issues. The Lingen station is located in a depression in the earth, near a parking lot, and shielded by trees from the wind, thus creating the ideal conditions for trapping heat.

Comparison to nearby stations shows huge anomaly

Last year NTZ reported on the controversial record here noting that surrounding stations did not even come close to record reading in Lingen. What follows is a comparison of the Lingen’s readings to those of 6 nearby stations over the five day period, July 23 – July 27:

On every single day, Lingen handily beat its neighbors by at times huge, red-flag-raising margins.

Today, a year later – as reported by Bild – meteorologists continue to slam the Lingen record.

Almost 4°C too hot?

Bild writes that the Lingen station today “keeps on recording record-breaking temperatures:

On May 20th, the station had 23.6 degrees. In the neighborhood it was below 20 degrees.

On May 10, 27.7 degrees were measured in Lingen, in the neighborhood it was barely over 24 degrees.”

“Massive doubts”…”definitely not the warmest place”

Bild also notes that German meteorologist Dominik Jung (wetternet.de) “massively doubts the results of the station in Lingen” and that “it is dubious that the DWD allows such a weather station at all.”

Jung adds: “The station should be moved.”

Bild also cites meteorologist Dr. Karsten Brandt of donnerwetter.de: “The station in Lingen has the problem that it is located in a depression, which heats up the temperatures. This is definitely not the warmest place in Germany.”

So is Germany’s DWD National Weather Service, which operates the station, ready to dump Lingen’s overheated data? Bild reports that the DWD plans to stick to the Lingen readings, deeming them to be of good scientific quality.

Full post here.

Shades of “record” temperatures claimed by the Met Office  here, such as the one at Cambridge last year.

BBC Plug Yet Another Coronavirus Green Recovery Plan

May 27, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Jonathan Scott

 I may be wrong, but I have yet to see the BBC run a report on companies that want a recovery plan based on business needs!

Yet they have plenty of space to publicise green groups demands.

 

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A wildlife charity has suggested ways Wales can recover from the coronavirus outbreak and protect the environment at the same time.

The RSPB wants politicians to commit to its "green recovery" plan, which it says can benefit people, the economy and the environment.

Its plan includes less priority for building new roads in favour of improving public transport.

The Welsh Government said it was committed to a "green-led" recovery.

Katie-Jo Luxton, director of RSPB Cymru, said: "This is the time to put in place a green recovery that will restore nature, tackle climate change and secure the wellbeing of this and future generations.

"Responding to Covid-19 and Brexit presents Wales with a unique opportunity to do things differently.

"We must put aside our reliance on fossil fuels and destructive, polluting industries and instead opt for a plan that stimulates sustainable economic recovery that is good for nature and people."

Lockdown rules have offered a glimpse where wildlife has been allowed to flourish.

With council services on hold, roadside wildflowers have been left to bloom, becoming habitats for species of flowers and bees.

Even wild goats have been attracted off the higher grounds to roam town centres, due to the quiet streets.

Cardneddau mountain ponies Image caption These Cardneddau mountain ponies have had the run of the RSPB’s nature reserve at Conwy, which is closed

Helen Jowett is manager of the RSPB’s reserve in Conwy and one of the few staff left on the site. The reserve is closed to the public and most of her colleagues have been furloughed.

"There’s a real sense that nature has been able to take over during the lockdown in ways that wouldn’t have been possible previously. I think people have appreciated that," she said.

"I hope that we’ll be able to see nature continue to play a bigger part in our lives as the lockdown is lifted."

Birds Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Islands off the Welsh coast boast some of the biggest bird colonies in the world

The RSPB has also said the Welsh Government should aim for greenhouse gas emissions to be at net zero by 2045, and should put laws in place to make sure this happens.

It is calling for stronger laws to protect the environment, particularly sensitive habitats like woodlands, peatlands, semi-natural grasslands and seagrass meadows. The charity says extra funding should be prioritised to restore habitats like these.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52799589

 

The RSPB long ago sold its soul to the climate lobby, but this latest demand is nothing more than a political manifesto.

Public transport instead of roads? Sorry, but what the hell has that got to do with the RSPB?

Destructive, polluting industries? I’m sure the steelworkers at Port Talbot will welcome the news that the RSPB want to shut them down.

Funnily enough, the RSPB don’t see the irony in their comment that nature has been able to take over at their nature reserve, whilst most of their staff are furloughed. Perhaps they all ought to be redeployed as bus drivers, instead of the steelworkers!

Wikipedia Co-Founder: Site’s Neutrality Is ‘Dead’ Thanks to Leftist Bias

May 27, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t Dennis Ambler

 

Well, there’s a surprise!!

 

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Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia, published a blog post this month declaring that the online encyclopedia’s “neutral point of view” policy is “dead” due to the rampant left-wing bias of the site. Noting the article on President Donald Trump, Sanger contrasted its extensive coverage of presidential scandals with the largely scandal-free article on former President Barack Obama.

Sanger also criticized Wikipedia’s coverage of religion and other controversial topics. After Fox News reported on his blog post, many Wikipedians ignored the bias Sanger identified and instead responded by attacking the conservative outlet as well as Sanger.

On May 14, Sanger published a blog piece titled “Wikipedia Is Badly Biased” and started by declaring Wikipedia’s “Neutral Point of View” policy dead. Having founded the online encyclopedia with Jimmy Wales and having been involved in the original drafting of the policy, Sanger offered particular insight into its development and its practice in recent years. On the current policy’s rejection of providing “equal validity” to different views, Sanger stated this went directly against the original policy’s intent and that “as journalists turn to opinion and activism, Wikipedia now touts controversial points of view on politics, religion, and science.”

Full story here.

Pacific Island states will not longer play the patsies for the climate alarmists

May 27, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Another in Australian MP Craig Kelly’s excellent series for the Spectator Australia:

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The science is settled. The time for debate is over. It’s actually better than we thought. The Pacific islands are not sinking under rising sea levels, in fact, the peer-reviewed science shows the exact opposite, the majority of low lying islands are either stable or increasing in size — something even ABC FactCheck was forced to concede.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped climate alarmists led by the Portuguese socialist and UN General Secretary Guterres from denying the peer-reviewed science and exploiting Pacific Island nations, by using them as patsies to peddle fear and misinformation with discredited claims of ”sinking islands”.

And so far, the Pacific islanders have been happy to play along; perhaps driven by a cargo-cult mentality, believing if they utter the magic words ”climate change” and pose for the international media forlornly staring out over the sea, that they might be rewarded with cash handouts from the UN Green Global Climate fund.

But that was all before the Wuhan Flu.

Read more…

Naomi Seibt Faces Prison For Incorrect Climate Views

May 26, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 

 

 

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Naomi Seibt

While our attentions have been focussed on the coronavirus, something alarming and rather shocking has been going on in Germany.

 

You will probably be aware of Naomi Seibt, the 19 year old from Germany who has been making a name as the anti-Greta lately. Her common sense messages about global warming have not gone down well with the climate establishment, who prefer the hysterical outpourings of Greta.

But the campaign against her took a disturbing turn last month. Lord Monckton takes up the story:

Read more…

Asian Demand For LNG Remains Resilient

May 26, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Global gas demand has proved to be resilient this year, despite coronavirus. This is particularly so in Asia, where they have been taking advantage of low prices.

Timera report:

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2020 is vying for the prize as the most turbulent year in the history of hydrocarbon markets.

Oil demand has plunged as Covid-19 spread globally.  Data is pointing to a more than 25% year-on-year decline in global oil demand in Apr-2020. Across the full 2020 year, demand could fall more than 10%, a huge hit compared with any historic precedents. The impact of Covid-19 on oil demand has been particularly acute because of the sudden stop in transport related demand, particularly in the aviation sector.

The virus impact on global gas demand is different in nature. Residential gas demand is quite resilient to economic shocks, compared to industrial demand which is closely linked to economic growth. Power sector gas demand depends on relative fuel pricing and the level of power demand (also linked to economic activity).

The IEA is forecasting a more than 5% decline in global gas demand across 2020, although this is guesswork at best given current economic uncertainty.  But would a decline in global gas demand pull down LNG demand by a similar proportion?

In today’s article we focus on the impact of Covid-19 on LNG demand.  Specifically we focus on Asian demand as the primary driver of the evolution of LNG market balance.  We look at 5 charts that illustrate the evolution of actual demand data so far in 2020.

These charts paint a very different picture to the oil market. They also hint at LNG demand being more resilient than global gas demand in the face of the current economic shock… at least so far.

Read more…

Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube

May 26, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Jonathan Scott

 

From the Guardian:

 

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YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary, Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer.

The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used.

In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship.

Smith filed the complaint to YouTube on 23 May after discovering Planet of the Humans used several seconds of footage from his Rare Earthenware project detailing the journey of rare earth minerals from Inner Mongolia.

Smith, who has previously worked on energy and environmental issues, said he did not want his work associated with something he disagreed with. “I went directly to YouTube rather than approaching the filmmakers because I wasn’t interested in negotiation. I don’t support the documentary, I don’t agree with its message and I don’t like the misleading use of facts in its narrative.”

Planet of the Humans director Jeff Gibbs said he was working with YouTube to resolve the issue and have the film back up as soon as possible.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/michael-moore-film-planet-of-the-humans-removed-from-youtube/ar-BB14zOSN

 

Regardless of the so-called copyright issues, this is clearly a politically motivated attempt to censor the film, as Toby Smith himself admits.

Charles Calls For Emissions To Be Kept At COVID Levels

May 25, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

From the Daily Mail:

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https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20200523/283566632721673

 

So he expects us to maintain emissions at the current rate? What planet does he live on?

 

Hasn’t it occurred to the twerp that millions are sat at home instead of working? Estimates put the number on furlough at over 6 million in the UK, on top of some 2 million out of work completely. That’s a quarter of the workforce.

Meanwhile government borrowing last month was £62bn. That’s equivalent to about a third of GDP.

Across the world, other countries are going through exactly the same economic collapse.

How does the Prince of Wallies suggest we maintain emissions at today’s levels without making our current economic crisis a permanent one?

And what effect does he think that will have on society, when millions are thrown onto the scrapheap?

What The BBC Don’t Want You To Know About Miami’s Rising Seas

May 25, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t Jonathan Scott

Another day, another BBC propaganda piece!

 

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Just down the coast from Donald Trump’s weekend retreat, the residents and businesses of south Florida are experiencing regular episodes of water in the streets. In the battle against rising seas, the region – which has more to lose than almost anywhere else in the world – is becoming ground zero.

The first time my father’s basement flooded, it was shortly after he moved in. The building was an ocean-front high-rise in a small city north of Miami called Sunny Isles Beach. The marble lobby had a waterfall that never stopped running; crisp-shirted valets parked your car for you. For the residents who lived in the more lavish flats, these cars were often BMWs and Mercedes. But no matter their value, the cars all wound up in the same place: the basement.

When I called, I’d ask my dad how the building was doing. “The basement flooded again a couple weeks ago,” he’d sometimes say. Or: “It’s getting worse.” It’s not only his building: he’s also driven through a foot of water on a main road a couple of towns over and is used to tiptoeing around pools in the local supermarket’s car park.

Ask nearly anyone in the Miami area about flooding and they’ll have an anecdote to share. Many will also tell you that it’s happening more and more frequently. The data backs them up.

It’s easy to think that the only communities suffering from sea level rise are far-flung and remote. And while places like the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are indeed facing particularly dramatic challenges, they aren’t the only ones being forced to grapple with the issue. Sea levels are rising around the world, and in the US, south Florida is ground zero – as much for the adaptation strategies it is attempting as for the risk that it bears.

One reason is that water levels here are rising especially quickly. The most frequently-used range of estimates puts the likely range between 15-25cm (6-10in) above 1992 levels by 2030, and 79-155cm (31-61in) by 2100. With tides higher than they have been in decades – and far higher than when this swampy, tropical corner of the US began to be drained and built on a century ago – many of south Florida’s drainage systems and seawalls are no longer enough. That means not only more flooding, but challenges for the infrastructure that residents depend on every day, from septic tanks to wells. “The consequences of sea level rise are going to occur way before the high tide reaches your doorstep,” says William Sweet, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Sea level rise is global. But due to a variety of factors – including, for this part of the Atlantic coast, a likely weakening of the Gulf Stream, itself potentially a result of the melting of Greenland’s ice caps – south Floridians are feeling the effects more than many others. While there has been a mean rise of a little more than 3mm per year worldwide since the 1990s, in the last decade, the NOAA Virginia Key tide gauge just south of Miami Beach has measured a 9mm rise annually.

That may not sound like much. But as an average, it doesn’t tell the whole story of what residents see – including more extreme events like king tides (extremely high tides), which have been getting dramatically higher. What’s more, when you’re talking about places like Miami Beach – where, as chief resiliency officer Susanne Torriente jokes, the elevation ranges between “flat and flatter” – every millimetre counts. Most of Miami Beach’s built environment sits at an elevation of 60-120cm (2-6ft). And across the region, underground infrastructure – like aquifers or septic tanks – lies even closer to the water table……

Not only are sea levels rising, but the pace seems to be accelerating. That’s been noted before – but what it means for south Florida was only recently brought home in a University of Miami study. “After 2006, sea level rose faster than before – and much faster than the global rate,” says the lead author Shimon Wdowinski, who is now with Miami’s Florida International University. From 3mm per year from 1998 to 2005, the rise off Miami Beach tripled to that 9mm rate from 2006….

One graph compiled in 2015 by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a non-partisan initiative that collates expertise and coordinates efforts across Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, is especially revealing (see below). At the bottom is a dotted green line, which rises slowly. Before you get optimistic, the footnote is firm: “This scenario would require significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to be plausible and does not reflect current emissions trends.” More probable is the range in the middle, shaded blue, which shows that a 6-10in (15-25cm) rise above 1992 levels is likely by 2030. At the top, the orange line is more severe still, going off the chart – to 81 inches (206cm) – by the end of the century.

This oft-used range of estimates puts a 6-10in rise by 2030 as a likely scenario (Credit: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact)

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170403-miamis-fight-against-sea-level-rise

 

The article continues to ramble on in similar vein.

But where are the real facts , and why has the BBC omitted them?

Read more…

BBC Plug Silly Survey

May 25, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

h/t Jonathan Scott

 

BBC confuse “CO2” with “clean air”:

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British drivers are ready to change their behaviour to maintain the cleaner air of the lockdown and protect the environment, a survey suggests.

Of the 20,000 motorists polled for the AA, half said they would walk more and 40% intended to drive less.

Four in five would take some action to reduce their impact on air quality.

It comes after researchers warned the dramatic improvements in air quality in recent weeks could be quickly reversed as the coronavirus restrictions ease.

As well as walking more and driving less, a quarter of motorists said they planned to work from home more, another quarter said they would be flying less, while one in five plan to cycle more.

"We have all enjoyed the benefits of cleaner air during lockdown and it is gratifying that the vast majority of drivers want to do their bit to maintain the cleaner air," said AA president Edmund King.

"Walking and cycling more, coupled with less driving and more working from home, could have a significant effect on both reducing congestion and maintaining cleaner air."

Meanwhile, the AA is warning drivers in England – now able to drive to destinations for exercise or open-air recreation – against travelling to tourist destinations this Bank Holiday Monday.

"Drivers should think about how far they need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors," Mr King said.

Traffic surge fears

The UK government has pledged £250m for improvements in cycling and walking infrastructure and many British towns and cities are already making more road space available for pedestrians and those on bikes.

It is the first part of a £5bn investment announced in February, the Department for Transport said.

But the official advice from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as some people start to go back to work is that people should drive rather than use public transport, when walking or cycling is not a viable option.

Researchers warned that traffic could surge back onto the roads, in a study published last week.

They found the dramatic fall in traffic has been key to the 17% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that was recorded at the peak of the coronavirus crisis in early April.

Surface transport emissions emissions – including vehicles and industry – declined by 43%, the same as the drop from industry and power generation combined.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52793230

In addition to Harrabin, who is the Environmental Analyst, the BBC also now have a “chief environment correspondent”, Justin Rowlatt. Formerly the BBC’s SE Asia correspondent, he started his new role last year.

Quite what the difference between the two roles is, I have no idea. But it is not their money they are spending, so why should the BBC worry? Besides it must be very tiring for Harrabin, having to produce all the fake news and propaganda all on his own!

As for the article, all I can say is dream on, Mr Rowlatt!

Nothing has actually changed. When we all go back to work, we will still need our cars as much as ever before, just for the same reasons.

People always want to virtue signal in polls like these, just as they say they will pack up drinking every January.

Getting out walking and cycling during these last weeks of sunny furlough no doubt is enticing to many. But when the sun disappears and we are back to wind and rain, forget it.