""But the one truly bonkers thing to do would be to go unilaterally into a policy of subsidising the rich to install technologies that drive up the cost of energy, desecrate the countryside, kill golden eagles, clear-cut swamp forests in North Carolina, turn grain into motor fuel, so driving up the price of food and killing people, and prevent poor people in Africa getting loans to build coal-fired, cheap power stations instead of inhaling smoke from wood fires cut from virgin forests."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Matt Ridley, August 2014 : http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/reasons-to-be-cheerful-%281%29.aspx
One of the underpinnings of the pathological pessimism such as Paul Ehrlich and other extreme 'environmentalists' have promoted for decades is a sense of foreboding. A sense that everything is getting worse, and that we need drastic, revolutionary change to have any hope of surviving. Climate scaremongering is but one vehicle for such promotion, and it was one seized upon with relish by the likes of the Club of Rome, Maurice Strong, and sundry other modern millenarians whose biggest and most successful political monsters have been UNEP and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The deliberate insertion of climate scaremongering into schools and the mass media has harmed many. Surveys of children reveal high levels of anxiety about the future. Several such surveys are reported on here, along with more specific reports of children scared about climate: http://climatelessons.blogspot.co.uk/p/climate-anxiety-reports-of-frightened.html
But as Matt Ridley points out in his book, The Rational Optimist, and in the recent article from which the quote above is taken, we humans are actually doing pretty well when it comes to progress. This includes our ability to cope with climate variation. Unfortunately we are still vulnerable to superstition and deliberate scaremongering, especially when it is dressed up in pseudo-scientific guises and treated with an astonishingly low level of critical review in the mass media. The reality is that ...
There is a lot to be cheerful about. (hat-tip Richard Drake, http://www.bishop-hill.net/discussion/post/2396918).
And our children should be told about it.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
|The next 'last refuge' of the climate scoundrels?|
The planet is, if anything, greening. Furthermore, we humans are doing a pretty decent job of improving it wherever and whenever we have the spare wealth to do so. And almost all of those countries which are still beset with great poverty and deprivation have been making spectacular progress in becoming wealthier. Thanks in part to their increased use of fossil-fuels, just as those fuels were vital for the already developed nations. They remain vital to us today, but we have several options that might allow us to reduce our use of them over the rest of this century if we should wish to do so, for example to reduce air pollution, or to conserve valuable chemical feedstocks.
If the climate scare campaigners start pushing these buttons at the school gates, or even from within your school, here are some links that expose the flimsy basis of this latest attempt to terrify the ill-informed and vulnerable in our societies:
|Matt Ridley on 'greening'|
(3) The GWPF has published a short and informative report on the greening of the Sahara: http://www.thegwpf.org/images/stories/gwpf-reports/mueller-sahel.pdf
Doug Hoffman has also reported on other studies showing beneficial, greening, trends in recent years: http://theresilientearth.com/?q=content/going-green-rising-co2
Thursday, 19 June 2014
My apologies to any regular visitors here, but I am taking a break from blogging for another couple of weeks or so. In the meantime, here is an entrancing site showing recently estimated surface winds in an animation (with numerical values for speed and direction at any point clicked). The view can be rotated and zoomed, and additional computer-model generated fields can be added (click on 'earth' at bottom left to get the menu):
Note added 3rd July. The model gives a dramatic picture of tropical storm Arthur's surface winds off the east coast of the States: http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-73.54,30.96,1512
Monday, 19 May 2014
Extract from a guest post on the Schools Improvement site: http://schoolsimprovement.net/guest-post-teachers-classroom-campaigning-climate-change/
Friday, 9 May 2014
'Too many of today's "educators" see students as a captive audience for them to manipulate and propagandize.'
Too many of today's "educators" see students as a captive audience for them to manipulate and propagandize.'