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Solution to Climate Change found – Human Engineering March 31, 2012

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Engineering Humans: A New Solution to Climate Change?

Extract from Live Science
29 March 2012

Induce intolerance to red meat (think lactose intolerance), since livestock farming accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions.

Make humans smaller to reduce the amount of energy we each need to consume. This could be done by selecting smaller embryos through preimplantation genetic diagnosis, a technique already in use to screen for genetic diseases. “Human engineering could therefore give people the choice between having a greater number of smaller children or a smaller number of larger children,” they write.

Reduce birthrates by making people smarter, since higher cognitive ability appears linked to lower birthrates. This could be achieved through a variety of means, including better schooling, electrical stimulation of the brain and drugs designed to improve cognitive ability, they propose.

Treat people with hormones, such as oxytocin, to make us more altruistic and empathetic. As a result, people would be more willing to act as a group and more sensitive to the suffering of animals and other people caused by climate change.

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UNIVERSAL STANDARDS DO NOT APPLY March 30, 2012

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UNIVERSAL STANDARDS DO NOT APPLY

Tim Blair blog
March 31, 2012

In Italy, a scientist is forced to quit over the matter of a few micro-seconds.

In Australia, a scientist is honoured when he’s out by millions of mega-litres

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The Hour of Power: Celebrate Human Achievement this Saturday. March 30, 2012

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The Hour of Power: Celebrate Human Achievement this Saturday.

Joanne Nova website
March 29, 2012

Hello Earthians! It’s time to say thank you to Edison, to Faraday and Maxwell, it’s time to celebrate the Gift of Light.

Saturday night at 8.30 – 9.30pm this week is the Hour of Power

(Don’t confuse this with the splinter group celebrations called Earth Hour, where people sit in the dark – so they can appreciate the glory of luminosity come 9.31).
The Glory! We are the lucky generation with light at the flick of a switch

In the hundred thousand years since homo sapiens came to be, people have fled bondage, wars, small-pox, dysentery, died from minor scratches, starved to death, been ravaged by lions, stricken by cholera, and survived the odd ninety thousand year stretches of hypothermic, abysmal ice age. We lived in the darkness for 99,900 years, cowering in corners, listening to drips, waiting for the sun.

There is only one type of Freedom – and all else is servitude, slavery or tyranny.

It’s your chance to show your commitment to fighting the forces of darkness. Be brave, stand up to the people who want to tell you what kind of globe you are allowed to buy. Feed the world by helping to boost global CO2 to lift crop yields and fertilize farms all over the planet. Children are hungry in Haiti and, since CO2 is a well mixed gas, sooner or later, you will be helping them.

Things you can do at 8.30 on Saturday:

  1. Write down the tally on the electricity meter.
  2. Turn on all the lights you can find (bonus points for incandescents from the stash.)
  3. Put on the party lights, the patio light, the pool light, the mozzie zappers, unpack those Christmas decorations. Get out your torches. Switch the movement detector spotlights to continuous operation. (Involve the kids — they love to help).
  4. Light your backyard with the landcruiser headlights! (Don’t flatten the battery, make sure you keep that engine running.)
  5. Don’t forget those bar radiators — revel in that infra red! (Light the kitchen with the ones in the oven and grill.)
  6. Eat Argentinian Lamb steak, Danish butter, Argentinian Cheese, Belgian Chocolate, and Californian Oranges.
  7. Drink German Beer and or French Champagne. Drink toasts to coal miners, oil rig workers, and power station staff.
  8. Take a photo, take lots of photos, and send them to myself, and Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt.
  9. At 9.30pm read that meter and tell us how many KWhr you’ve liberated.   Who will win The Hour of Power?

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$175k to cheer up Department of Energy and Climate Change staff March 25, 2012

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$175k to cheer up Department of Energy and Climate Change staff

Daily Telegraph
March 24, 2012

THEY are responsible for some of the government’s most important policies – but staff at the Department of Energy and Climate Change are too ashamed to admit where they work.

Staff morale is so low the government has spent almost $175,000 on consultants to lift staff’s flagging spirits.

The department is responsible for carrying out some of the government’s most critical and controversial policies, including those relating to global warming, carbon emission reduction and promoting energy efficiency.

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Don’t Sell Your Coat: Surprising Truths About Climate Change March 17, 2012

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Don’t Sell Your Coat: Surprising Truths About Climate Change

New book by Harold Ambler

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Global warming is a household phrase these days, and it has led to a situation in which far too many educated people believe that mankind is hastening the destruction of the world through industry and civilization. But where is the evidence to support these claims? In this impossible-to-put-down book Harold Ambler presents the history of climate in ways that are accessible to the average Joe or Jill and which make it clear that in terms of temperature, weather, and climate we have been here before. Without compromising on scientific detail, Ambler spends each chapter focusing on a different facet of climate science including sunspots, tradewinds, computer modeling, and data collection. He also deftly connects political stakeholders in the global warming arena to various distortions of the science. This distillation of information gives the reader the ability to decide whether global warming is a tangible threat or a convenient propaganda tool.

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Climate experts predict permanent drought could end wine industry in Australia March 10, 2012

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Climate experts predict permanent drought could end wine industry in Australia

News Net 5
March 10, 2012

CLEVELAND – Last night I enjoyed a glass of delicious Australian Shiraz, a 2010 Mollydooker. An outstanding red wine. Big plum flavors with a hint of smoke & anise. In my opinion, the Aussies make some of the best Shiraz in the world. Perhaps it’s because of the often warm, very dry climate where these grapes grow. They are places called Barossa, Adelaide, & Coonawarra… perfect for growing grapes that make outstanding wines. Of course, all plants, including grape vines need water.  But the less water grape vines have during the summer and fall, the more flavorful the grape. The algorithm goes like this: Dryer weather = less water in the berry + more sugar and intense flavors = great wines in my glass.

But, imagine my chagrin when I read today about the impending doom of the Australian Wine Industry due to Man-Made Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Chaos. Here’s what they said in the Prague Post this week:
“Predictions are that if temperatures rise another 2 C, growing vines will become untenable in many of the world’s more renowned wine regions by 2050. One such case is Australia, whose vineyard area could disappear entirely… in such an event, water, not wine would become the overriding priority.”

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Note: Make sure to click on the above link to read the rest of this excellent article. Special mention is made of Australian tax-payer funded climate experts such as Tim Flannery, Ross Garnaut and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and that of their predictions of permanent drought, due to man made global warming. And now, a few years later, those predictions are washed out when the worst flooding in centuries has befallen Australia.

Climate realist Professor Stewart Franks of the University of Newcastle also gets a mention. Once you’ve read the above article, be sure to read the article below:

Is it time to listen to so-called “deniers”?

The Land
January 20, 2011

PROFESSOR Stewart Franks, a hydrologist at NSW’s University of Newcastle, warned in a peer-reviewed scientific article published in 2006 that the risk of serious flooding in southern Queensland and NSW increases significantly when a negative phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation corresponds with a La Nina event.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, given these same conditions, forecast average rainfall last spring!

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Weather forecasting is obviously not Professor Tim Flannery’s forte March 1, 2012

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Weather forecasting is obviously not Professor Tim Flannery’s forte

Daily Telegraph
March 01, 2012

METEOROLOGISTS suggested Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery leave weather forecasting to them as the big wet defies his prediction rain would become scarce.

In 2007 Professor Flannery said Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane were in urgent need of desalination plants.

Four years on, Warragamba Dam is on the verge of overflowing and Brisbane last year endured the worst flooding in almost four decades.

After yesterday discovering Professor Flannery is not a meteorologist, the Weather Channel’s meteorologists said it was probably best he left the forecasting to them.

Dam buster as Warragamba is full

“People ideally suited to that are meteorologists. From what I can see on Tim Flannery, meteorology wasn’t one of his specialties,” Weather Channel’s Dick Whitaker said.

A commission spokeswoman yesterday said Professor Flannery was in Germany, but said droughts were expected to become more frequent and “just because it is raining does not mean we should not think ahead and prepare for a drier future.”

Professor Flannery’s statements in 2007 came “in the midst of a record-breaking drought with dam levels perilously low,” she said.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Below, Tim Flannery February 2007 Landline Interview

Global warming is making the world colder February 29, 2012

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Best – warming – headline – evah

Watts Up With That
February 28, 2012

I’ve been getting a lot of pressure to cover the story by warmspinner Richard Black over at the BBC about a supposed feedback between Arctic sea ice and colder, snowier, winters in the UK and the EU. For example, WUWT “elftone” says:

Richard Black of the BBC – despite getting his head handed to him on a platter twice recently – is spinning like crazy about snowy winters. The cause is shrinking arctic ice. No, really :). I’m amazed he’s able to stand:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269

I’ve been resisting covering this for a little bit, because I knew sooner or later some MSM media fool would mangle this story into something unrecognizable (they always do). I was right, and the result is the most hilarious global warming headline ever:

They really have lost the plot, haven’t they?

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“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour” February 28, 2012

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I saw the below end snippet of a headline article in News.com.au, which was about “the dark world of trolling” (obviously it must be a slow news day)

POWER OF THE WEAKLING

Psychologists have long attributed bad behaviour online to “deindividuation” – the feeling people get when they think they are anonymous.

“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour,” said researcher James Heathers, of the University of Sydney.

He said the quality of online conversations in general seemed to be worsening by the day, and had now turned into a competition to see who can yell “urrgggh lame” the loudest.

“There’s no turn-taking, or reacting like there is in face-to-face communication,” he said. “The conversational structure is completely broken and there’s no thoughtful consideration of issues.”

Source: News.com.au 28 February 2012

A very strongly worded piece from Dr Heathers, however, trolling actually happens on both sides of the climate change debate.

If social distance can cause a “55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behavior”, then I would like to know the following from Dr Heathers:

What would cause the behavior of a 55 year old climate scientist(Dr Peter Gleick), with a phd, who had a job with the American Geophysical Union Task Force on Scientific Ethics to use a false name, in order to obtain confidential documents from The Heartland Institute. There are also some serious allegations that he was also the one who forged some of the documents in order to try and discredit the institute for being sceptical on man-made climate change.

P.S. – Dr Heathers, how is that “global warming” working out for you in Sydney? I hear Sydney has had one of the coldest summers on record.

“Denier” blogs clean sweep of 2012 Weblog awards February 27, 2012

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“Denier” blogs clean sweep of 2012 Weblog awards

The debate is over, the voting is settled and the consensus is in! Here are the winners…

Best Science or Technology weblog: Watts Up with That
Best Australian or New Zealand weblog: JoNova
Best European weblog: Tallbloke Talkshop
Best Canadian weblog: Climate Audit
Lifetime Achievement Award: Watts Up with That

Congrats to the above blogs, very well deserved!