Sunday, December 19, 2010
Britain's winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries...
According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".
"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.
Yes, that would be the same Climate Research Unit that was caught up in the "ClimateGate" email scandal last year.
Whatever the science around climate change, many of the scientists who practice in the field have done us and those who would make public policy an enormous disservice by having become publicity hounds. With the long memory of the internet, hyperbolic scaremongers -- children just aren't going to know what snow is -- in positions of authority have damaged the credibility of the lot of them. It is tragic. If they are right, we will not enact the policies to save ourselves. If they are wrong, we have already burdened ourselves and our posterity for no good reason. Does David Vilner and his ilk even begin to comprehend the costs of their irresponsibility and intellectual dishonesty?
I agree completely. I think whoever released the emails should have been Times Man of the Year. He was likely an insider. The major players in the climate change racket should be treated as the frauds they are.
I think it's an injustice that Bernie Madoff sits in jail for 150 years with his family in tatters and only bilked a few billion dollars...while this vast global "climate change" (ie. weather)conspiracy, meant to divert the wealth of western nations by the trillions of dollars, goes uninvestigated and unprosecuted.
Mark Twain was correct when he stated that America has no organized criminal cless...ouside of Congress.
But you see, the more global warming we get, the colder the thermometer reads. You mere mortals without advanced degrees from the University of East Angle would not understand. Just listen to us, and ship us truckloads of cash, and we'll tell you how to save the planet. Honest.
If you look at the map here for November, you will see that Britain and Scandinavia are the exception. Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia are all much warmer than was usual.
Nobody knows why we are getting this very cold weather in Britain, but it is likely to be a side effect from the reduction in ice cover in the Arctic.
Note that the maps do not show absolute temperature but differences from usual temperatures in the past.
As for "diverting the wealth of western nations", I understand there are people in Texas making pots of money from wind farms. Solar energy and nuclear power can also be highly profitable.
This is better than giving the wealth of the west to the Arabs, in exchange for oil and terrorism.
Don Cox, you do realize that the maps you sent us to are MERCATOR projection, which grossly distorts apparent surface areas at the poles? The cold ocean surface temp anomalies at the equator (on the very map to which you sent us) are virtually invisible in this map form.
Are climate change fetishists capable of ANY honesty?
Wan't this June the hottest on record? Why do you always pimp the coldest months but not the hottest?
I have some reasons.
1) Turnabout is fair play.
2) "Such and such is the hottest EVAR" has been thoroughly discredited. Such claims have been repeated, and repeated, and repeated, every year since about 1994, 'backed up' by things like the Mann "hockey stick" which has been proven to be an utterly dishonest fabrication, and by 'scholarly consensus' which has been shown to be essentially an environmentalist conspiracy, using instruments which have admittedly been grossly distorted so as to give the "right" readings. Why in the hell would a rational person believe such claims now?
"I know I've been lying to you for 20 years, but THIS time it's the truth. Honest!"
And if they are wrong, they will have done a lot to discredit legitimate, future environmental concerns. (This is one of the most troubling aspects of it in my view.) I'm not sure the hockey team has thought about what all is in the pile of chips that they've pushed to the middle of the table.
For Don C at 06:07.
It is amazing how those people in Texas can figure out how to make money. In this case they are pumping tax dollars and subsidies out of the government to make those wind farms pay. The same thing applies with solar.
Nuclear, which actually has the potential to reduce oil imports, is pretty much restricted out of existence by the government.
As for producing oil from inside the USA and taking advantage of the jobs, royalties and tax revenue; well that is just crazy talk. It is far better to buy it from nations that share our beliefs in freedom of speech and individual liberty.
"Don Cox, you do realize that the maps you sent us to are MERCATOR projection, which grossly distorts apparent surface areas at the poles?"
You can change the projection to Polar on the form. My point still applies: most of the land in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere was much warmer than usual in November.
Too bad the "arctic ice melting" theory doesn't hold water (pun intended) when one looks at both poles and total ice mass and thickness.
Just like the Anglia folks who told the Brits that their kids "would never see snow again".
Weather is not climate...they say...especially when the weather reality and the climate projections are at odds!!!
I'll tell you what it is...OUTRIGHT FRAUD!!
The pricipal academics and their political cronies should be sitting in the cell next to Madoff!
Although I am a global warming sceptic, I have to admit that Don Cox comes through as the voice of reason in this case.
The commenter complaining about the mercator projection might have seen that a polar projection was available had he not been in such a hurry to debunk Don's comment.
After staring at that map for awhile, I cannot deny that Don has a point.
My only objection might be to wonder about the reliability of the GISS data. I notice that if one increases the resolution of the map to 250km, large parts of it go gray indicating missing data.