UK cities lead Europe on climate preparations

UK cities are substantially more advanced in their planning and preparation for climate change than other European cities according to a newly published study. The study shows that 80% of UK cities have an adaption plan compare with 50% of Finnish cities and 93% of UK cities had mitigation plans as opposed to 43% of French cities. Holland had the most ambitious plans though with cities aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. The study by Columbia University in the US has been published in Springer’s journal Climatic Change. The researchers looked at 200 cities spread across 11 European countries. What the team found was that a third of cities…

China’s CO2 emissions match that of Europe

Latest figures from the University of East Anglia show that China’s CO2 emissions per head of population is no greater than that of Europe at 7 tonnes per person and is under half of the United States emissions at 16 tonnes per person. The figures show that despite China now being the country that emits most CO2 at 27% of global total the country is no worse than the EU economies for carbon emissions. Both the  EU and China in turn emit substantially more CO2 per head of population than India who emits just 1.8 tonnes of CO2 per person each year. The study predicts that total carbon emissions for…

Bird numbers crash at Lough Neagh due to greener agriculture

Britain and Ireland’s largest freshwater lake, Lough Neagh has seen over-wintering bird numbers crash by more that 75% over the last 10 years. Ironically one of the main reasons for the crash is farm conservation measures to protect water quality. The result is that the productivity of Lough Neagh has dropped to more normal and historic levels resulting in less food for the birds. The study by Quercus, Northern Ireland’s Centre for Biodiversity and   Conservation Science, found the number of diving ducks migrating to the lake   for the winter months has dropped from 100,000 to less than 21,000 in the   space of a decade. A closer look at the ecology of the lake revealed that…

CFCs and cosmic rays drive global warming not carbon dioxide

An interesting paper has just been released by the University of Waterloo in Canada that seems to indicate the driving force behind climate change is CFCs and cosmic rays rather than carbon dioxide. One of the biggest arguments in favour of the new proposal is that its models actually match the real world situation – which current carbon dioxide models do not. One of the issues that puzzle many climate scientists is why global temperatures have stopped rising and are dropping over the last 12 or so years while carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to creep up. Many tactics are used to try and explain this anomaly away including the famous…

Will ice sheets collapse in a warming world? – probably not

Collapsing ice sheets and rising sea levels are often described as a feature of a warming world and many climate scientists predict that this will happen thanks to climate change. But a recently published study could quite literally blow those predictions out of the water. One of the ways to look to the future is to look to the past and see if similar things happened and then assume that the same conditions could bring about the same consequences again. A fair assumption provided that the evidence you use to base your prediction on is sound. One piece of evidence about collapsing ice fields and sea level rises is taken…

Most mammals will benefit in a warming Arctic

As the climate around the world changes a new study in PlosOne has demonstrated that most mammal species in the Arctic and subArctic regions will benefit as the environment changes – if they get passage to the new habitats. Only the highly specialised cold region mammal species are likely to be threatened – but the modelling indicates that no species will go extinct. The study undertaken by Umeå University, Sweden also highlights the potential of increased competition between species as new lower latitude predators move northwards to compete with their cold environment cousins. [pullquote]We also provide evidence that for most (sub)arctic mammals it is not climate change per se that…

Did the wet year lead to the surge in winter vomiting bug?

2012 may have been the second wettest on record in the UK but did it do more than just make people feel frustrated and down in the dumps. A European research project is looking into waterborne diseases and the changing climate. As the weather gets wetter we could see people suffering more from bugs such as the winter vomiting bug. Firstly the winter vomiting bug is not a bug but a virus. It’s easily transmitted and can be quite dangerous for vulnerable people. But could it be that the heavy downpours that the UK have suffered from last year contribute to the high levels of suffers? “Increases in precipitation in…

Big trees rule the forests

A new study has shown that in the forest all trees are not equal when it comes to contributing to ecosystem services such as carbon capture. The study of trees in the Yosemite National Park demonstrated that the largest trees made up a substantial proportion of the biomass in the study area.  The study indicated that 50% of the tree biomass in the forest is made up from just 1% of the trees. With biomass being the result of photosynthesis it means that the loss of just a few trees in a forest can have big impacts on the ability of the forest to capture carbon. [pullquote]In a forest with large trees like the one…

Life as a male when 19 in 20 turtles are female

Temperatures play an important part in turtle reproduction. When temperatures are high the eggs will produce more females than males. With rising global temperatures this could pose some problems for turtles. Too many females and not enough males could lead to inbreeding as the genetic diversity reduces. New research led by the University of Exeter though seems to show that nature has a way of dealing with this imbalance.  Even with so many females the indications are that the offspring of the females have more than 1 father. [pullquote]However our research suggests that there are more males out there than expected considering the female-biased hatchling sex ratios and that their mating patterns will buffer the population against any…

Butterflies move faster than birds in response to climate change

A new study published by a team of European researchers have followed the movement of butterflies and birds in relation to a warming European climate. It found that butterflies are responding quicker to the climate than birds – a worrying trend if butterflies and caterpillars move out of the range of the birds during breeding time. The researchers looked at data from the last 20 years and found that birds and butterflies responded to changing summer temperatures differently. Over the last 20 year warmer temperatures had moved north by 250 kms. [pullquote]A worrying aspect of this is if birds fall out of step with butterflies, because caterpillars and insects in general represent an important source of food…

IPCC – too much hype and not enough science?

IPCC – too much hype and not enough science?

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently announced another doomsday prediction about the consequences of man made climate change, this time we’ll  all be submerged by floods, blown away by storms and then suffer lingering droughts and all because of our carbon emissions. Sadly once again it appears they’ve got it wrong. Not content with predicting hundreds of millions of people tramping around the globe to avoid rising sea levels and islands nations disappearing under the wave by last year – which hasn’t happened – they are now once again trying to predict a future climate based on false assumptions. IPCC climate claims undermined yet again. There’s a group of us…

Last chance to see Northern Lights for a generation or more?

Last chance to see Northern Lights for a generation or more?

The Northern Lights are one of the most fascinating natural shows to watch and experience. The shows that the aurora borealis puts on very much depends on the Sun’s activity and in particular it’s sun spot cycles. There are many short term and long term cycles that influences the number and strengths of the sunspots and flares. While the jury is still in deliberation, the evidence seems to be pointing that we are finally moving into a time of decreased sunspot activity. This will mean that over the coming years and decades as the Sun’s activity dwindles so will the frequency and strength of the Northern Lights. Big claims for 2012 Solar Maximum has…

Climate alarmists getting hot under the collar

Climate alarmists getting hot under the collar

The pressure is mounting on the man-made climate change propagandists as 0ne by one their claims about a fast approaching doomsday fail to materialise. The initial panic that the scientists and politicians installed in the public is dying down as the general public becomes more aware of the flaws in the claims. Was Al Gore’s outburst this week a sign that the global warming alarmists are concerned that the game may be up and they may need to start producing real evidence that man is the cause of climate change rather than just making unsupported statements. Al Gore’s rant at the Aspen Institute. During a speech at the Aspen Institute…

Polar bear scientist suspended and under investigation.

It’s a powerful image that climate change groups like to use – one of a polar bear tired and hungry swimming to it’s death as the ice floes retreat in the Arctic. One of the co-authors of the original 2004 discovery has been suspended and is being investigated on ‘integrity issues’. Major climate scientist suspended. Charles Monnett was suspended – placed on administrative leave – on July 18th 2011 by his employers the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Enforcement and Regulation. The scientist who is charge of $50 million of arctic wildlife and ecology research is currently being investigated for ‘integrity issues’ and no more details are officially available. [pullquote]causes us to have concerns about…

UN makes another attempt at climate doomsday predictions

Not content with their failure to make correct climate doomsday predictions previously the UN are making another attempt to hype up potential catastrophes caused by the changing climate. This time it’s not tens or hundreds of millions of people on the move (by last year) now it’s world peace at risk. The new move to include climate change in the responsibilities of the Security Council because of threats to world peace is a brave move by the United Nations (UN) when you consider just how big a failure they have been previously at predicting the consequences of climate change. Fortunately the sensibilities of the Russians caused the UN to de-hype the text they originally wanted to announce.…

BBC to be enrolled into climate change propaganda war

There are reports that the review of BBC science reporting undertaken by Professor Steve Jones has concluded that the BBC should give less reporting time to climate change critics and challenge them more in their views. Professor Jones recommends that time should not be given to reporting scientific views that are not the predominate view of the scientific community. In other words if the BBC was around at the time of major scientific breakthroughs and Pro Jones recommendations were in force then the BBC would be reporting the the Earth was flat many years after science discovered it was not. Darwins theory of evolution would not be generally reported on…

2010 was the second warmest year on record

2010 was the second warmest year on record

The annual state of the climate report covering 2010 has just been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The detailed peer reviewed report highlighted a number of natural weather and climate patterns that led to extreme weather around the world. The consequences affected people and wildlife alike. Despite there being a number of individual weather cycles and patterns providing their own unique contribution to the global climate, the authors of the report also highlighted that there is a continuing upward trend in background climate activity which supports the argument for global climate change. Notable weather cycles of 2010. The more notable natural weather patterns  that occurred in 2010 were: El…

IPCC – its time to shut it down or clean it up.

IPCC – its time to shut it down or clean it up.

It appears that things are not getting any better at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). First we went from ‘climategate’ to ‘glaciergate’ then onto ‘amazongate’ and now we find that so called impartial reports on renewable energies have been co-authored by a far from impartial Greenpeace employee. The last two or three years have not been a good season for the IPCC and perhaps the time has come now to either shut it down or do a major clean out – starting from the very top. The evidence is stacking up that this UN body is not the science based panel it’s been portrayed as but is a political…

The Arctic Ocean – where life depends on a single organism

The Arctic Ocean – where life depends on a single organism

At first glance the Arctic Ocean appears to be a biologically diverse area. Whales, sea birds and a myriad of species of fish all live in this pristine wild environment. Take a closer look and you discover that this diversity is reliant on 1 species, the zoo-plankton Calanus glacialis. Calanus glacialis is important to the regions food web as it is a high value nutritious organism that is packed with the all important omega 3 oils. the zoo-plankton provides food directly to organisms such as whales and fish and indirectly to most of the creatures found in the Arctic. For example fish feed on the zoo-plankton, seals feed on the fish…