Mad as a Box of Frogs

A few days of smog and the French government has totally lost the plot.

The Eiffel Tower is to be dismantled in the lead up to IPCC’s COP21 at the end of November this year, symbolising France’s contribution to the lowering of carbon emissions.

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Masdar City: A Zero Carbon, Zero Waste Myth

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CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 102, NO. 1, 10 JANUARY 2012

Not only in popular media but also on serious scientific fora1–3 the up-and-coming ‘Masdar City’ near Abu Dhabi is being projected as a ‘carbon neutral, zero waste’ urban cluster. It is being repeatedly claimed that Masdar City would
serve as a model for carbon neutral, zero waste urbanization of the future2.

There is no reason to doubt the noble intentions of the Government of Abu
Dhabi in funding this expensive venture – estimated to cost upward of US$22billion – but it is difficult to see that Masdar City will manage to be a ‘low carbon, low waste’ city, let alone a ‘carbon neutral, zero waste’ one. Continue reading

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Throttle the ABC

If you’re over 25 and have been in Australia for that long, it’s possible that you remember that Australia national (taxpayer-funded) electronic broadcaster; the ABC was operating on just one TV channel and, before the arrival of FM radio, no more than 2 radio stations available in any one area.

It is unreasonable for taxpayers to be forced to pay for more than that in today’s media landscape.

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Earth Hour Offsets Exchange Opens in Tórshavn

Never heard of Tórshavn?

It’s the Capital of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland. Although it’s tacitly a part of Denmark, it’s explicitly not part of the European Union (EU) so they can do as they wish with regards to traditional fishing and trade.

And trade they can this year in a unique commodity called non-diurnal darkness (NDD), thanks to a total solar eclipse over the region of the islands on the 20th of March, 2015. It’ll be a surplus of darkness for the Faroese population, disrupting their working day so the Løgting today passed a law allowing in the trade of NDD, facilitating exchange with municipalities around the world to e.g. offset the WWF’s Earth Hour. Continue reading

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Iceland Gives EU the Cold Shoulder

Deutsche Welle reported quietly yesterday:  Iceland withdraws EU accession bid

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said that the subject was off the table. And the differences are about a lot more than just fishing. It’s also about sovereignty and not getting caught up in somebody else’s mess.

Iceland was able to recover from the financial crash of 2008 because it could do what suited Iceland. Including the prosecution of bankers. It did not have to please anybody else, nor were its internal economics excessively tied to the policies of other countries. (see e.g. Spiegel and Forbes)

The Deutsche Welle report points out that this means little inconvenience for Icelanders:

Iceland is still a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – along with Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein – and the European Economic Area (EEA), working closely alongside the EU without being part of it. It also signed the Schengen Agreement, allowing the free movement of citizens through most EU nations as well as Norway.

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Statement by Willie Soon

Via

(March 2, 2015) — Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics released the following statement through The Heartland Institute in response to repeated attacks on his character and scientific integrity.

All media inquires should be directed to Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org, 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364. For more information about Dr. Willie Soon see this page: Heartland.org/willie-soon. To see a previous statement about Willie Soon by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, click here.

“In recent weeks I have been the target of attacks in the press by various radical environmental and politically motivated groups. This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy of anthropogenic global warming.

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Activists: Play with your own Willie

Christopher Essex comes out swinging in the Financial Post:

Small minds do not understand the importance of unorthodox thinking to science”
Beheading, war crimes, prison, death threats. Perhaps you think I’m talking about IS. No, it’s just the routine hyperbolic language of media climate activism, and the minds of our cultural overlords. Next December policymakers will try again to save the world from what they don’t understand by proposing policy on something else, which won’t work anyway.

Every debate has boundaries; beyond them lies other subjects. Climate debates are unique: Their boundaries exclude their own subject. Few of the elites, journalists, or academics come close to actually discussing climate. Nearly all of them try to address physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics by talking anthropology instead. Try discussing anything useful with such rules.

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Dana Nuttercelli Says There Never Was A Global Cooling Scare

Bernd Felsche:

An honest to goodness “climate change denier”

Originally posted on Real Science:

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Forum on climate change postponed due to snow

Bernd Felsche:

Is this like the fortune teller who’s having a day off due to unexpected illness?

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

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It’s not funny to be facing the result of massive snowfalls but this might be an exception.

BOSTON – A legislative forum on climate change has been postponed, ironically, due to the weather.

“I hope these repeated, severe storms serve as a platform for some important conversations around bolstering our natural and built infrastructure against climate change once a new date has been set for this discussion,” said State Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), who chairs the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and organized the summit.

The forum had been scheduled for Tuesday at the Statehouse, but the MBTA is shut down Tuesday as Massachusetts continues to dig out from an unprecedented amount of snowfall.

Pacheco’s forum was going to include numerous speakers from environmental organizations and academia as well as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, Senate President Stan Rosenberg…

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Fracking Fuels Competition and Freedom

With the OPEC prices of oil dropping through the bottom of the barrel, driven by the desire to send cheap oil from fracking into “bankruptcy”, fuel prices for motorists are dropping around the world.

That doesn’t just save people money when the refuel, that cash can be used to further improve their prosperity. They can choose to spend it on something else or to spend more on fuel drive further for pleasure or to pursue bargains further afield than previously. It means that more suppliers are a viable option for more people so pricing will be tend to be increasingly competitive.

Quality of life can improve as people rediscover the long-lost pleasure of a weekend drive in their own car; exploring the world beyond the horizons of their daily humdrum.

And, although interest rates are still low, some may wisely pay off their debts a little bit sooner, using some of the money saved at the bowser.

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