Tag: climate change

It’s warm in Melbourne

Thursday, 16 January, 2014 0 Comments

When the temperature reached 43.3 degrees at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne yesterday, the referee, Wayne McEwen, deemed the conditions to be unsafe for players so he applied the “extreme heat” policy, suspending all play on outdoor courts. For the BBC, this was a golden opportunity to trot out the old tropes. “2013 was recently declared Australia’s hottest year on record,” it reported, adding, “The Climate Council report attributed the development to climate change, caused by greenhouse gases.”

Despite the hardships experienced by the tennis millionaires and their fans, however, 2014 is set to offer cold comfort to the global warming believers. Paradoxically, it looks like being a very good year for unbelievers in the cult of AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming). Those frequent-flyer UN jags to negotiate a global climate treaty have been discredited; the notion that the US Senate would ratify a climate treaty sounds farfetched; austerity has sobered up the EU to the point where increasing energy prices as a way of reducing carbon emissions is off the agenda, and China and India are not remotely interested in giving up their development objectives for the goal of carbon control.

To be sure, global warming sceptics don’t have a platform like the BBC to promote their cause, but the absurdity of the activists is a gift that keeps on giving. In December, warmist scientists and reporters sailed to Antarctica to find signs of the global warming they claim has changed that continent since Douglas Mawson explored it a century ago. Instead, they found sea ice where Mawson didn’t and their ship got locked in. Who rescued them? China and the US. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Tom Switzer declared: “Game finally up for carboncrats.”

Melbourne


‘Tis very warm weather when one’s in bed

Monday, 25 March, 2013 0 Comments

So said the Anglo-Irish writer and satirist Jonathan Swift (1667 — 1745). Coming right up to date, “Extreme cold weather hits Europe” is the headline on a Big Picture photo feature about the deadly climate change that’s been killing people from Vladivostok to Glasgow. In Poland, the interior ministry said 20 people had died in the past 24 hours because of the freezing weather, bringing the toll there so far this year to at least 100. In Serbia, which declared a state of emergency last week, 19 people have died of cold. And for the first time in decades, parts of the Black Sea has frozen near its shores, while the Kerch Strait that links the Azov Sea and the Black Sea has been closed to navigation. According to NASA, the weather pattern is called a “Russian Winter” because the intense cold is triggered by a strong Siberian anticyclone hovering over northern Russia.

A man pushes a bicycle on a snow-covered road near the village of Cotorca, 70km northeast of Bucharest

A man pushes a bicycle on a snow-covered road near the village of Cotorca, 70km northeast of Bucharest