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These items caught my eye – 10 August 2014

1: The diminishing influence of increasing Carbon Dioxide on temperature; 2: Opposing wind generators is not anti-green; 3: California Wildfires Not Unusual; 4: Avoiding blackouts just by replacing reliable power sources with intermittent ones; 5: The great diesel scandal; 6: Swedish Environmental Party makes a fool of itself (again); 7: Engagement vs communication vs PR vs propaganda; 8: Environmentalists – Airline Ticket Prices Need To Soar To Drive Down Demand; 9: Time To Reassess The Role Of The Sun In Climate Change; 10: Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..
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The diminishing influence of increasing Carbon Dioxide on temperature

Guest essay by Ed Hoskins

Using data published by the IPCC on the diminishing effect of increasing CO2 concentrations and the latest proportional information on global Man-made CO2 emissions, these notes examine the potential for further warming by CO2 emissions up to 1000ppmv and the probable consequences of decarbonisation policies being pursued by Western governments.
The temperature increasing capacity of atmospheric CO2 is real enough, but its influence is known and widely accepted to diminish as its concentration increases. It has a logarithmic in its relationship to concentration. Global Warming advocates and Climate Change sceptics both agree on this.

IPCC Published reports, (TAR3), acknowledge that the effective temperature increase caused by growing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere radically diminishes with increasing concentrations. This information has been presented in the IPCC reports. It is well disguised for any lay reader, (Chapter 6. Radiative Forcing of Climate Change: section 6.3.4 Total Well-Mixed Greenhouse Gas Forcing Estimate) [1]. It is a crucial fact, but not acknowledged in the IPCC summary for Policy Makers[2]. – Click here to read the full article
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Opposing wind generators is not anti-green

The intolerance of dissenting views by the Green Lobby is an unpleasant aspect of some of its members. They are perhaps unaware that tolerance of difference is a pillar of democracy and essential to individual freedom. But, whatever the reasons for vitriolic attacks on those against wind generators, environmentalists should take a closer look at Scottish opposition.

The most prominent in Scotland is the Windfarm Action Group. This group firmly states that everyone should take environmental responsibilities seriously. Whatever the causes of global warming and the varying views on what causes it, we must protect our earth and steward it wisely. It accepts a need to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It wants cleaner, reliable energy. It supports sound scientific solutions with the goal of a cleaner, greener world.

No sane, sensible person can disagree with this. Even the most rabid environmentalist should agree too. – Click here to read the full article
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California Wildfires Not Unusual

Two recently published scientific studies add to a growing body of research on the ecological importance of forest fires, even severe ones, to the integrity of fire-dependent forests in the western U.S, particularly California’s Sierra region.

One study, published in the Natural Areas Journal, documented the ecological importance of forest fires in regenerating unique habitat for numerous plants and wildlife in the Sierra, including rare and threatened ones. The other published in Ecosphere compared historical records of forest fires to today’s fires and concluded that today’s fires in the Sierra are burning in size and intensity similar to the way fires once burned. – Click here to read the full article
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Avoiding blackouts just by replacing reliable power sources with intermittent ones

It keeps surprising me how many people actually think that electricity production by wind and solar is a continuous process. It probably has to do with the media that paints electricity generation of green energy as equal to that of fossil fuels, only cleaner. In that light this little message from Els Bonte makes some sense, although her naive thought made me laugh:

green electricity → less likely to get a blackout.
So join the group purchasing greenpeace green power!

It was made two years ago and was from a movement that wanted to make at least one nuclear plants redundant, in order to have less chance of blackouts in winter. It is beyond me how she could think that removing reliable sources from our power production and replacing them with unreliable sources would make our power grid more stable!? I think she didn’t gave it much thought. – Click here to read the full article
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The great diesel scandal

The Western world is now well into the ‘Repent at leisure’ phase following years of hysterical reaction to the hypothetical threat that was “Global Warming”. The mantra of ‘reduce CO2 at all costs’ is now coming back to haunt the tax payer. The solution, as always, is to tax the public to nudge them in the right direction, which just happens to be completely opposite to the previous direction nudged earlier; meanwhile politicians pretend that these new taxes are for our own good, no matter the side effects. The latest example being extra tax on diesels entering Central London.

James Delingpole has written on this subject for the Daily Mail. – Click here to read the full article
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Swedish Environmental Party makes a fool of itself (again)

The Swedish Environmental Party (Miljöpartiet) has not been slow in trying to cash in on the large forest fire in Västmanland. The Swedish General Elections are in September and “anything goes”. Especially if it is alarmist. I don’t expect much intellectual or scientific honesty from them any longer but I though their behaviour yesterday was particularly opportunistic and crass. – Click here to read the full article
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Engagement vs communication vs PR vs propaganda

So, exactly what are we trying to communicate, and how and why?

The traditional model of climate science communication has been: experts convey climate science to the public –> the public then acts in accord with the views of the climate scientists, i.e. urgent action needed. In other words, the emphasis was on communication and PR.

The traditional model hasn’t been very effective, and science communication is becoming more sophisticated (and interesting). Communication and PR are waning, with engagement (good) and propaganda (bad) waxing.

Below are summaries of some recent science communication essays that are of relevance for climate science. – Click here to read the full article
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Environmentalists – Airline Ticket Prices Need To Soar To Drive Down Demand

The environmentalists are back on the air travel theme again, a couple of years after the EU’s failed attempt to introduce a flying tax crashed and burned.

This latest report from the University of Southampton is a classic Green works with the usual suppositions, assumptions, massaged data and the final appeal to authority to enforce the reports findings.

Any campaign be it political or military, depends upon winning the hearts and minds of those you seek to join with you, it is one of the blessings of the human condition that authoritarians have through out history failed to grasp this important point.

Make no mistake about it, Greens and environmentalists are all about authority, they continually want their belief system enforced upon the rest of the population by taxation or law, frequently both. – Click here to read the full article
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Time To Reassess The Role Of The Sun In Climate Change

As the so called pause in global warming continues, space scientists may be giving climate scientists some pause for thought.

Global surface temperatures have remained statistically flat for over a decade following a rapid rise in the second half of the 20th century despite the fact that the long-term increase in carbon dioxide associated with this rapid global warming has continued throughout the whole of the pause period.

Two pieces of research published this year suggest that the sun has played a bigger role in these events than is widely accepted by climate scientists and they imply, as a result, that the role of greenhouse gases may be less significant than climate scientists currently believe.

The research shows that the sun is far more variable than we had previously thought and that variations in solar activity correlate very closely with changes in global surface temperature. This challenges the prevailing orthodoxy in climate science that our star plays no significant role in global warming. – Click here to read the full article
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Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines

This is a thought provoking essay from an Australian website called “Andy’s Rant”.

http://www.andysrant.com/ ; His carbon focus is mostly on the base but frequently the question has come up about what goes into the base and the fact that manufacturing cement is a heavy carbon emitting process. I thank him for that analysis alone. He also states what I have been saying all along in this battle to educate the public about the false promises of wind: “wind turbines will incur far more carbon dioxide emissions in their manufacture and installation than what their operational life will ever save.”

Measures are metric, so if you don’t think in metric, open another window and set up a metric converter (meters to feet, etc.) – Click here to read the full article
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