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NOTHING TO WORRY SCIENTIFICALLY ABOUT METHANE AS A GREENHOUSE GAS
Science

Posted 11 April 2014

Dr Tom Sheahen, on WattsUpWithThat? answers this important question about methane:

Q: I read that methane is an even worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and cattle are a big source of methane emissions. How are they going to regulate that? Not just cattle, but dairy cows as well! That doubles the worry.

A: Fortunately, there is really nothing to worry about, scientifically. The main thing to worry about is over-reacting politicians and another layer of unnecessary government regulations.  

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WILL PLAN B (CO2 CAPTURE) WORK ANY BETTER THAN FAILED PLAN A?
Science

Posted 11 April 2014

"The International Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) is in the middle of the long process of making public its Fifth Assessment Report, a massive compilation of research papers published since the previous report saw the light of day in 2007....The WGIII Summary for Policymakers (all that most people ever read) is due to be released on Sunday but, as usual, has been leaked. Interestingly, it talks of the possibility of the supposedly vital reductions in greenhouse gas emissions cuts not happening and the need therefore for a Plan B (World ‘needs Plan B on climate’ – IPCC report). At this stage, according to the authors, it may be necessary to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and lock it away."  The Scientific Alliance questions whether it will work.

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THE GAME IS UP FOR CLIMATE CHANGE BELIEVERS
Science

Posted 7 April 2014

"The theory of global warming is a gigantic weather forecast for a century or more. However interesting the scientific inquiries involved, therefore, it can have almost no value as a prediction. Yet it is as a prediction that global warming (or, as we are now ordered to call it in the face of a stubbornly parky 21st century, “global weirding”) has captured the political and bureaucratic elites. All the action plans, taxes, green levies, protocols and carbon-emitting flights to massive summit meetings, after all, are not because of what its supporters call 'The Science'". - Charles Moore, writing in The Telegraph, UK..

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HOW DID THE IPCC'S ALARMISM TAKE EVERYBODY IN FOR SO LONG?
Science

Posted 7 April 2014

"When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 per cent rise in global temperatures between 1975 and 1998, when similar rises between 1860 and 1880 and 1910 and 1940 had given no cause for concern."  Christopher Booker, writing in The Telegraph, UK. 

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IPCC INSIDER REJECTS LATEST GLOBAL-WARMING REPORT
Science

Posted 6 April 2014

"Richard Tol, a professor of economics at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and an expert on climate change, removed his name from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. While he considers much of the science sound and supports the underlying purpose of the IPCC, Tol says the United Nations agency’s inflammatory and alarmist claims delegitimize the IPCC as a credible and neutral institution." Alec Torres, writing in the US National Review Online.

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ADAPTATION COMMONSENSE CLIMATE POLICY FOR NEW ZEALAND
Policy

Posted 5 April 2014

"Far better to accept the IPCC’s probabilities of climate change and its advice to think how to adapt to its impacts over the next century. The IPCC reports our region’s efforts to enhance adaptive capacity and adaptation processes have increased over the past five years, particularly in Australia. It argues, persuasively, that 'adaptation is place and context specific, with no single approach for reducing risks appropriate across all settings'."  Matthew Hooton, writing in New Zealand's National Business Review.

 

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