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Some hand-wringing here about a scientist at Sao Paulo having the temerity to teach scepticism about AGW:

Climate Denial Hits Brazil

Jun 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

Another positive bit of news:

Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change! -- 'Calls for a profound change of course in climate research'

Jun 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

I wonder how the doom merchants will prevent us from benefiting from this good news:

LEDs are bringing a lighting revolution to our cities not seen since the days of Thomas Edison. The quantum dynamics that create light in the LED semiconductor represent as much of a technology step change as the move from candles to incandescent lamps in the 19th century.


——Efficiency. Energy savings from 50% to 70% compared with conventional technologies result in similar cuts to carbon emissions.

——Controllability. Superior control over light color, intensity and direction allows novel lighting system designs that can deliver a wide range of social co-benefits. Outdoor LEDs offer improved visibility for pedestrians and traffic, as well as reduced light pollution. Indoor LED smart control systems have been shown to improve student behavior and study performance. And when smart controls allow LEDs to dynamically change lighting levels in response to conditions, total system energy savings can reach up to 80%.

——Lifespan. Well-designed LEDs are expected to last for 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more. Lifespans can be extended even further by coupling LEDs with smart controls.

The report concentrates on street lighting, a massive energy consumer responsible for up to three percent of world electricity demand, but including total lighting demand, the strategic implications are significant:

The numbers are big. Lighting worldwide accounted for 19% of grid-connected electricity generation and 9% of global energy use in 2006. The 6% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to lighting is equivalent to 70% of the emissions from the world’s passenger vehicles.In the United States alone, cutting the energy used by lighting by 40% would save US$53 billion in annual energy costs, and reduce energy demand equivalent to 198 mid-size power stations

Jun 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterDung

"Sad to see that Paul McCartney has fallen for the greenpeace mantra."

I thought he was one of the instigators!

Jun 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

How much did the Met office spend...just to get this result? H/T GWPF
Reminder: Met Office Computer Models Are Complete Rubbish
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Met Office 3-month Outlook, 23 March 2012: "The forecast for average UK rainfall slightly favours drier-than-average conditions for April-May-June as a whole, and also slightly favours April being the driest of the 3 months. With this forecast, the water resources situation in southern, eastern and central England is likely to deteriorate further during the April-May-June period... This forecast is based on information from observations, several numerical models and expert judgement."


April: 2012 had wettest April for 100 years, Met Office says "It has been the wettest April in the UK for over 100 years, with some areas seeing three times their usual average, figures from the Met Office show. Some 121.8mm of rain has fallen, beating the previous record of 120.3mm which was set in 2000."

June: June on course to be wettest in a century: Flooding, storms and persistent showers have blighted the country in recent weeks putting this June in line to become one of the soggiest in 100 years.

25 June: Spring is wettest in Britain for 250 years - England and Wales are on course for the wettest late spring and early summer for 250 years, experts said yesterday. June has just seen its fourth washout weekend and yet more downpours are forecast. Now it is feared combined rainfall for April, May and June will break the record of 13.2in (336mm) set in 1782 and be the highest since records began in 1766.

Maybe they should stick to long term forecasting where they aren't always totally wrong! The reason I say that is that none of us will be alive in 100 years so we can't be absolutely certain how accurate they will be, futurewise!

Jun 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

On yet another level, it shows how the recession has kicked the green agenda into touch. Five years ago we'd have had protests from bike-riding, otherwise well-meaning people asking about our grandchildren and small furry creatures who were going to drown if that 3p didn't go on.

Jun 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

On one level, shame.. the 3p rise was a possible way to beat up the Climate Change act .. On another level my 2 gallons a day habit won't cost me anymore dosh.

Jun 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

The 3p duty rise has been ditched!

Jun 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Re the Gergis paper this page was updated a few days ago:

The authors are currently reviewing the data and methods. The revised paper will be re-submitted to the Journal of Climate by the end of July and it will be sent out for peer review again.

Trying to get in before the cutoff.

Jun 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterredc

Jun 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM | confused
It was and is to do with falling revenues from the motorist and budget deficits, simple as that.


Jun 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

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