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Not only are we forced to subsidise the miserable electricity that wind turbines produce when we have the right sort of wind; not only are we forced to pay for wind turbines not to produce electricity when there is too much wind; but now we also have to pay to have them repaired when they don't work We are screwed all ways by the brain-dead politicians who force these things on us.
See http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/01/12/taxpayer-could-pick-up-bill-for-broken-turbines/

Jan 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Bonuses for staff at the Met Office shot up by 30 per cent last year – despite accusations that they failed to warn the public early enough about last year’s Big Freeze.

Mail Online

Side story reveals jail terms for incorrect forecasting in South Africa.

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

The real reason behind the scares:

"The heat is on growers of Yorkshire's world famous rhubarb as the mild winter threatens a crisis in the crop.

Production is being hampered by a lack of frost which is vital to energise the roots and ensure healthy growth of the plants in sheds away from natural sunlight.

... the dwindling number of [ rhubarb producing ] companies involved fear the industry will struggle without more action to tackle climate change – leaving the market wide open for Dutch and German competitors."

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/yorkshires-rhubarb-crop-crumbles-in-mild-winter-6287430.html

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

An Oxford University don has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a professor with whom he co-authored a book.

'The force was unable to confirm if the two men had been out socially together in the hours before the professor's death. They were said to be friends for at least 15 years and published a book together in 1999 - Foundations Of Science Mathematics'

It's getting dirty out there!

Jan 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

A high-pressure cold spell arrives and as before wind power drops to a pathetic level - 456mw - 1/50th of the corresponding output from those nasty coal-fired power stations.

Jan 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterstanj

Down here on Folly Farm I've laid out some space to grow my Criegee biradicals

Jan 13, 2012 at 7:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

Dulwich photo... well the Guardian has just bought a stock photo without looking too closely...

Someone saw a green market and supplied a need,

When did the greenies ever look too closely then something fitted their beliefs.

Even if the Guardian did not spot the cars, they should have spotted that there were actually some parking spaces on that street.

:-)

Jan 13, 2012 at 5:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

More than one in ten scientists and doctors claim to have witnessed colleagues deliberately fabricating data in order to get their research published, a new poll has revealed.

The survey of almost 2,800 experts in Britain also found six per cent knew of possible research misconduct at their own institution that has not been properly investigated.

The poll for the hugely-respected British Medical Journal (BMJ) is being presented at a meeting aimed at tackling research misconduct in the UK.

Dr Fiona Godlee, BMJ editor in chief, said: 'While our survey can't provide a true estimate of how much research misconduct there is in the UK, it does show that there is a substantial number of cases and that UK institutions are failing to investigate adequately, if at all.

Really?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2085814/Scientists-falsify-data-research-published-whistleblowers-bullied-keeping-quiet-claim-colleagues.html

Jan 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

In a breakthrough paper published in Science, researchers from The University of Manchester, The University of Bristol and Sandia National Laboratories report the potentially revolutionary effects of Criegee biradicals.

These invisible chemical intermediates are powerful oxidisers of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, produced by combustion, and can naturally clean up the atmosphere.

Although these chemical intermediates were hypothesised in the 1950s, it is only now that they have been detected. Scientists now believe that, with further research, these species could play a major role in off-setting climate change.

http://www.sciencecodex.com/read/researchers_discover_particle_which_could_cool_the_planet-84301

Also in the Daily Mail:

The research is reported today in the journal Science. Study leader Dr Carl Percival, from the University of Manchester, said: ‘We have been able to quantify how fast Criegee radicals react for the first time.’

‘Our results will have a significant impact on our understanding of the oxidising capacity of the atmosphere and have wide ranging implications for pollution and climate change.’

Co-author Professor Dudley Shallcross, from the University of Bristol, pointed out that chemicals released naturally by plants aided the production of Criegee biradicals.

‘Natural ecosystems could be playing a significant role in off-setting global warming,’ he said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2085836/Newly-detected-molecule-reverse-global-warming-say-researchers.html

Jan 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Tallbloke reports on the public submission to parliament made by Hans Schreuder and commended by economist Ruth Lea which finishes:

There is no justification for the UK to seek the role of the Pied Piper in leading an ever diminishing band of climate lemmings over the cliffs of climate alarmism onto the hard rocks of reality far below. The Europeans will rue the day they spent their savings on energy chimeras. Canada has shown the way forward by renouncing the Kyoto protocol, time to follow that lead is now, right now, at the beginning of 2012.

Jan 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

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