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I was out being sporty tonight and whilst waiting to go into the sports hall I started looking at the notice boards. Amongst all the "join us for mums yoga" (tempting) type signage there was a whole area dedicated to...Climate Change! WTF! Loads of the stuff but I couldn't actually work out what practically it involved. Lots of check compliance with this and that but nothing else decipherable. It was good to get the blood warmed up (boiling) before my activities but then I noticed at the bottom a Last Updated field...2008! Hahahahahaha. So at least it looks like that fad has had its day.

As an aside the other half of the hall was taken up with young ladies of all shapes and sizes doing some sort of aerobic workout. Flippng heck they were fit, they didn't stop for breath for an hour...BUT the music blaring out was at enormous decibel levels with no discernable tune reminding me of the US flushing General Noriega out . Is that the norm? Won't be going back there again.

Dec 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM | Registered CommenterSimonW

Thank you Alex Cull.
Must admit that Ridley is not exactly a hero of mine - Tory banker that he is.

But he did very well there. He pointed out that the consensus of science is that this may not be the thing to worry about now.
And that's not only true, it's believable.

A good line to take.

Dec 1, 2015 at 9:46 PM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

New transcript: Matt Ridley on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning:

Dec 1, 2015 at 8:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Skeptical Climate Documentary Set to Rock UN Climate Summit:
‘Climate Hustle’ To Have Red Carpet Premiere in Paris

"CFACT will hold the world premiere of its long-awaited Climate Hustle skeptical documentary film at an invitation-only red carpet event in Paris during the UN’s COP 21 international summit on climate change.
Featuring interviews and comments from more than 30 renowned scientists and climate experts, Climate Hustle lays out compelling evidence that devastates the global warming scare. Film host Marc Morano, founder and publisher of CFACT’s award-winning Climate Depot news and information service, leads viewers on a fact-finding and often times hilarious journey through the propaganda-laced world of “climate change” claims.
The film is the first climate documentary to profile scientists who have reversed their views from supporting the so-called “consensus” position to a conversion to skepticism. The film also profiles politically left scientists who have now declared themselves skeptics of man-made global warming and United Nations scientists who have now turned against the UN for “distorting” climate science.
Noted climatologist Dr. Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is featured in the film, adds “Climate Hustle is a refreshing and entertaining antidote to the sillier and alarming claims about climate change and its impacts that people regularly hear from politicians and the media.”"

Dec 1, 2015 at 8:17 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher


Dec 1, 2015 at 7:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Martin A, I just had a look. No way am I going there. Just a whole lot of folks talking past each other. A hint for those who aspire to participate, don't conflate heat with energy. Say energy when it's energy and heat where it's heat. They are not the same thing all the time. See, even that is wrong and misstated.

Anyhow, the rate of heat loss by the earth is slowed by radiative effects. Whether that amounts to anything to worry about is another thing. I think it is delayed by a very short time and the detectable effect is pretty much nil. Or to put it another way, not much is happening and if it does we can adapt.

Dec 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

The BBC's Matthew Price is on the beach in the sunshine at license-payers expense.

Dec 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

Hmm...Do you know if there is a video available? It's just that on the 2015 predictions page I wrote:

"Reluctantly, I will get with the program and make a prediction myself:
An agent of the BBC will get to travel to a tropical coral reef to report on how they are being totally done in by all that acid, man.

And they won't get there by wind and/or solar power. Or pedalo. Or surfing while being towed by a basking shark."

I have some difficulty verifying my prediction myself because I don't watch much TV and if another global-warming story comes on then I have to leave the room for the sake of the TV.

Dec 1, 2015 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

The island that 76 year old geezer was on is 2000 feet high. It will still be there when he is 76000 years old.

Dec 1, 2015 at 5:59 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Rhoda - take it to where there are people (probably) eager to respond (or learn) about heat being "slowed"

Dec 1, 2015 at 5:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

re Vanuatu, I like the idea of a village close to the sea moving up a hill away from a source of food and the main source of income.

Dec 1, 2015 at 5:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

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