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I notice that the DT are — yet again — using a photograph of cooling towers to illustrate a story about climate change — and scroll to the bottom of the page.
I wonder if it would be worth a call to the Press Complaints Commission? The implication of the photograph is clear and deliberately misleading (though in this case they have at least got a chimney in the background!).

Dec 17, 2011 at 9:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Terry S

On the other side of the pond, civil war looms for the big incandescent light bulb shootout....

Dec 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos
No great surprises but worth noting that the Greens' share of the vote was 1.83%.
Since the turnout was under 29% this means that only one voter out of 200 turned out to vote for the Green Party.
Since the Greens are (allegedly) the "Party of hope and radical change" you would imagine that their commitment and therefore turnout would be somewhat greater, n'est-ce pas?
I wonder if someone would like to point out the implication of this figure to:
a) David Cameron.
b) Chris Huhne.
c) Caroline Lucas.

Dec 16, 2011 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Coo, Anthony Watts is now an IPCC Reviewer. It CAN happen to YOU too.

Dec 16, 2011 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

What is going on at the BBC?

This story is in the Science and Environment section and written by an environment reporter.
It's about a trial using LED light fittings and how they saved an estimated 3 million kWh per year.
Here's what is strange.
Despite the energy saving the article makes no mention of any associated CO2 reduction, it only mentions the cost saving. I can not remember the last time I saw a BBC article mention energy savings without mentioning CO2 or climate change, especially in an article written by one of their environment reporters.

Dec 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

Report on the BBC about plans to force Governments to make public data available free of charge for anyone to use it...

The vice president of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, stated "Taxpayers have already paid for this information, the least we can do now is give it back to those who want to use it in new ways that help people and create jobs and growth".

Dec 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterDerek Walton

Interesting that the BBC spent a lot of time reporting the DECC comments that bills will 'only' rise another £110 (on top of the £75 already admitted to being there) but ignored the document Browned off references which shows that they are actively forward planning for a situation where there is a 1 in 7 chance of major power disruption across the country.

Dec 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

Seems the Gold rush on Solar panels ended 'In a Rush' 30% of total installations in one month.

and a telling comment on one of the last installations.


Yes I was one of them racing for the deadline, and I made it, but the industry can absorb a halving of the FiT. I paid abslutely extortionate fees for installation (3 man days labour came in at GBP 2500!!!) But that's what you pay for MCS accreditation I guess. Frankly wiring up inverters, panels and a generation meter is work any sparky can do, the roofing job was a doddle, and as someone familiar with edition 17 and part P (though not qualified - the fees are horrendous). I think DECC are correct to right what is clearly licence to print money into something more reasonable.

Dec 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

EU announces new wealth creation program

"The roadmap puts the share of renewables in total energy use by 2050 at between 55% (in the lowest scenario) and 75% (in the highest scenario) – up to 97% in the share of electricity consumption.

Christian Kjaer, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in Brussels said: "The commission's communication could have been clearer in its commitment to binding renewable energy targets for 2030."

97%? I'm sure that's realistic in some alternate universe. A great xmas for the EWEA and members.

Dec 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

Reading the BBC report The BigYinJames mentions, I was reminded of a connection between CRU and the US by this link on the same page (even better hidden in July 2010 under the heading 'Essex' ):

"Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have had funding of $200,000 (£131,000) suspended by the US government in a row over e-mails.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) said it had not decided whether to reinstate the long-standing funding after the so-called ClimateGate affair"

Does anyone know if their money was ever reinstated?

Dec 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

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