Archive for December, 2008

Turtles, tigers, and pied flycatchers, oh my

12/31/2008

See what a decade of global cooling can do:

“A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that some species are more threatened by climate change than others sea turtles, already an endangered species, are under serious threat. The warming of the earth is having a disastrous effect on turtle reproduction. Turtles lay their eggs in underground nests; the increased temperature in the nests is changing the sex of the embryos and far too few males are being born. The number of beaches where Turtles lay their eggs has also been reduced by rising sea levels.

The WWF says coral reefs, tigers, orangutans and the pied flycatcher are being hardest hit by climate change. Coral reefs are essential for maintaining a healthy marine environment and widespread coral destruction could have a devastating effect on food chains.” “Climate change threatening turtles

Another example of the AGW canon that climate change does good things to bad species and bad things to good species.

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Turtles, tigers, and pied flycatchers, oh my

12/31/2008

See what a decade of global cooling can do:

“A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that some species are more threatened by climate change than others sea turtles, already an endangered species, are under serious threat. The warming of the earth is having a disastrous effect on turtle reproduction. Turtles lay their eggs in underground nests; the increased temperature in the nests is changing the sex of the embryos and far too few males are being born. The number of beaches where Turtles lay their eggs has also been reduced by rising sea levels.

The WWF says coral reefs, tigers, orangutans and the pied flycatcher are being hardest hit by climate change. Coral reefs are essential for maintaining a healthy marine environment and widespread coral destruction could have a devastating effect on food chains.” “Climate change threatening turtles

Another example of the AGW canon that climate change does good things to bad species and bad things to good species.

Cold in 2008? Don't worry, "2009 to be one of warmest years on record: researchers"

12/30/2008

“Next year is set to be one of the top-five warmest on record, British climate scientists [at the Met Office Hadley Center] said on Tuesday.” “2009 to be one of warmest years on record: researchers

You Will slow down

12/30/2008

“Speed-limiting devices should be fitted to cars on a voluntary basis to … cut carbon emissions, according to a new report. …

The speed-limiting devices will then use satellite positioning to check a vehicle’s location and when its speed exceeds the limit, power will be reduced and the brakes applied if necessary.

The Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists’ Forum, which both advise the government, are calling on ministers to promote a wide introduction of the system. …

There would … be a positive impact on emissions … he added. …

Motoring journalist Quentin Willson said he also believed taking away driver control was a “really, really bad thing”.

“Remotely policing the roads from satellites in the sky – I would worry about it an awful lot.”” “Calls for ‘speed-limiting’ cars

Voluntary now, compulsory later.

Say hallelujah!

12/30/2008

“Did you need any more proof that climate alarmism is indeed an environmental religion?

The Church of England has invested 150 million pounds with Generation Investment Management, the green fund started by Nobel Laureate Al Gore.

Can I get a “Hallelujah” ladies and gentlemen?

As reported by Religious Intelligence News Tuesday:

The Church of England’s Church Commissioners have gone green, investing £150 million with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s environmentally minded investment firm, Generation Investment Management.

On Nov 18 the First Church Estates Commissioner, Andreas Whittam Smith reported that in late September the Commissioners had placed the funds with Gore’s boutique management firm which follows an “environmentally sustainable global equities mandate.” Funding for the investment came from “cash and Treasury bills”, he said, and not from the sale of UK equities as initially planned. …

We can only hope for the Church’s sake that Gore knows more about investing than he does climatology.” “Church of England Gives 150 Million Pounds to Gore’s Investment Firm

Old DEW Line radars in Greenland, once elevated 20 feet, nearly buried in snow now

12/30/2008



(Bottom picture 1972. In 1960 elevated 20 feet)

Joe D’Aleo has an article with startling visual evidence of snow/ice buildup in Greenland in the last 50 years:

“The selected locations for the new radar sites were found to receive from three to four feet of snow fall each year. Since the winds were constantly blowing with speeds as much as 100 mph, this snow accumulation constantly formed large drifts. To overcome this potential problem, it was decided that the Dye sites [built in 1959-1960] should be elevated approximately twenty feet above the surface of the ice cap.” “Ice Core Sites In Greenland Show Snow Levels Rising

I know, an alternative explanation is that the radar sites sank into the ice. But D’Aleo cites a 2005 paper which found 2 inches per year growth in the thickness of the Greenland Ice Sheet. That’s 100 inches, or more than 8 feet, growth in 50 years.

Cold in 2008? Don’t worry, "2009 to be one of warmest years on record: researchers"

12/30/2008

“Next year is set to be one of the top-five warmest on record, British climate scientists [at the Met Office Hadley Center] said on Tuesday.” “2009 to be one of warmest years on record: researchers

You Will slow down

12/30/2008

“Speed-limiting devices should be fitted to cars on a voluntary basis to … cut carbon emissions, according to a new report. …

The speed-limiting devices will then use satellite positioning to check a vehicle’s location and when its speed exceeds the limit, power will be reduced and the brakes applied if necessary.

The Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists’ Forum, which both advise the government, are calling on ministers to promote a wide introduction of the system. …

There would … be a positive impact on emissions … he added. …

Motoring journalist Quentin Willson said he also believed taking away driver control was a “really, really bad thing”.

“Remotely policing the roads from satellites in the sky – I would worry about it an awful lot.”” “Calls for ‘speed-limiting’ cars

Voluntary now, compulsory later.

Say hallelujah!

12/30/2008

“Did you need any more proof that climate alarmism is indeed an environmental religion?

The Church of England has invested 150 million pounds with Generation Investment Management, the green fund started by Nobel Laureate Al Gore.

Can I get a “Hallelujah” ladies and gentlemen?

As reported by Religious Intelligence News Tuesday:

The Church of England’s Church Commissioners have gone green, investing £150 million with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s environmentally minded investment firm, Generation Investment Management.

On Nov 18 the First Church Estates Commissioner, Andreas Whittam Smith reported that in late September the Commissioners had placed the funds with Gore’s boutique management firm which follows an “environmentally sustainable global equities mandate.” Funding for the investment came from “cash and Treasury bills”, he said, and not from the sale of UK equities as initially planned. …

We can only hope for the Church’s sake that Gore knows more about investing than he does climatology.” “Church of England Gives 150 Million Pounds to Gore’s Investment Firm

Old DEW Line radars in Greenland, once elevated 20 feet, nearly buried in snow now

12/30/2008



(Bottom picture 1972. In 1960 elevated 20 feet)

Joe D’Aleo has an article with startling visual evidence of snow/ice buildup in Greenland in the last 50 years:

“The selected locations for the new radar sites were found to receive from three to four feet of snow fall each year. Since the winds were constantly blowing with speeds as much as 100 mph, this snow accumulation constantly formed large drifts. To overcome this potential problem, it was decided that the Dye sites [built in 1959-1960] should be elevated approximately twenty feet above the surface of the ice cap.” “Ice Core Sites In Greenland Show Snow Levels Rising

I know, an alternative explanation is that the radar sites sank into the ice. But D’Aleo cites a 2005 paper which found 2 inches per year growth in the thickness of the Greenland Ice Sheet. That’s 100 inches, or more than 8 feet, growth in 50 years.