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Climate News: 1. No global warming for 17 years --- 2. Antarctic Ice it its maximum extent since records began

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Climate News: 1. No global warming for 17 years --- 2. Antarctic Ice it its maximum extent since records began

Post by Tony Bennett on 03.02.14 22:50

http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-new-record-for-jan-31st/

Antarctic sea ice extent continues to break records. Extent at 31st January, of 4.540 million sq km, beat the previous record set in 2008. This is 26% higher than the climatological average for this date of 3.598 million sq km.

http://www.thegwpf.org/uk-met-office-global-temperature-standstill-continues/

With none of the fanfare that accompanies their prediction of the global temperature for the forthcoming year the Met Office has quietly released the global temperature for 2013. It will come as no surprise after the 2013 temperatures released by NASA and NOAA that it shows the global temperature standstill – now at 17 years – continues.

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Re: Climate News: 1. No global warming for 17 years --- 2. Antarctic Ice it its maximum extent since records began

Post by Tony Bennett on 17.02.14 9:33

Christopher Booker, Daily Mail, 14 February 2014



14  February 2014

Inevitably, in the wake of  all these dramatic storms and floods, the usual suspects, eagerly abetted by the  BBC, Channel 4 News and Sky,
piled in to claim that the latest "extreme weather  events" - coupled with blizzards in 49 of the 50 American states - are clear evidence
of man-made global warming. At their forefront, proclaiming that "all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change", was that
arch-climate  ghoul Dame Julia Slingo, chief scientist at the Met Office: that same Met Office which back in November was predicting
that "precipitation" for the three months between December and February was likely "to fall into the driest of our five categories", and would more likely than not take the form of snow,T

This  is also, of course, the same Met Office which

* in March 2012 was assuring us that April to June that year would be drier than average, with April the driest  month, just before we enjoyed the wettest April ever; that

*in October 2010  forecast that December would be 2 degrees C warmer than average, just before the coldest December since records began; and that

* in April 2009 said it was "odds  on for a barbecue summer" with "below average" rainfall, just before the heavens opened for months on end.

Even more significantly, this was the same Dame Slingo who in 2010 told MPs that the global warming-obsessed Met Office relies for its
short-term forecasts on the very same £33 million super-computer that it uses to provide the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
with its most valued projections of what the weather will be like in 100 years time.

As we know, since the now 17-year "pause" in the rise in global temperatures made a nonsense of all those IPCC computer models, the warmists have sought to prop up their faltering religion by seizing on any "extreme  weather event" they can lay their hands on, hot, cold, wet or dry.

These recent  storms and floods have been as manna from heaven for the likes of our "climate  change" secretary Ed Davey, Lord Stern, the Great Moonbat and Bob Ward, the spokesman handsomely paid to spout all the required mantras by Jeremy Grantham, the billionaire climate zealot who has funded not one but two institutes at leading London universities.

Another Grantham luminary, and leading light of John Gummer's "independent" Climate Change Committee, is Sir Brian Hoskins, wheeled on to preach the word by Thursday's Today programme. Although there might be "no simple link" to any of "these extreme events around the world", he said (as they always do), nevertheless the increase in rainfall  and atmospheric humidity, melting polar ice, temperatures likely to rise by "4-5  degrees" by the end of the century and the threatening rise in sea levels, could only lead any sensible person to one conclusion.

All true science, of course, has here been thrown out of the window,

There is no rising trend in atmospheric  humidity.

Put the Arctic and the Antarctic together and there is more polar sea ice today than at any time since satellite records began in 1979.

Not even the IPCC predicts a temperature rise of 5 degrees.

The latest NASA Grace satellite  data on sea levels, which have been modestly rising since we emerged from the Little Ice Age 200 years ago, shows that, on the trend of the past decade, the rise by 2100 would be just 6.7 inches.

For proper evidence-based science these days one has to step outside the hermetically-sealed bubble of warmist group-think and look to that array of expert blogs and websites which provide the data necessary to thinking straight.

On the belief that Britain has recently experienced an unprecedented quantity of rain, for instance, look at  the analysis of the Met Office's England and Wales rainfall data sets on Paul Homewood's 'Not A Lot Of People Know That'.

These show no upward trend in our  rainfall.

Even January's continual downpours made it only the 16th wettest month  ince records began in 1766. Even if this month's rain adds a further 200  millimetres (eight inches) to the December-January figure, the resulting 650mm would still be way short of the 812mm (32 inches) recorded between November 1929  and January 1930.

The real lesson of this episode is not that we are seeing unprecedented rain but that, across the board, a whole raft of misconceived EU and UK policies have been horribly caught out.

We now further have an official admission from the Environment Agency that the reason why it so disastrously  abandoned dredging of our rivers such as the Thames and those needed to drain floodwater from the Somerset Levels when it took control in 1996 was that absurdly expensive new EU waste management rules made it "uneconomical" to  dispose of the silt dredged out of them.

A real madness has taken over here, as we saw in that weird rant last week from the pitifully ill-equipped Mr Davey, when he lashed out at
his "wilfully ignorant"Conservative colleagues for "parrotting the arguments of the most discredited climate change deniers".  Whether or not it was he who described as "climate stupid" Owen Paterson, the one minister who has so far made a practical and informed contribution towards  saving the Somerset Levels from any repeat of their present horror story, Davey claimed that these people were in danger of undermining the whole of Britain's present energy policy, That of course is precisely what a growing number of people better-informed than himself would like to see.

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Re: Climate News: 1. No global warming for 17 years --- 2. Antarctic Ice it its maximum extent since records began

Post by Tony Bennett on 23.02.14 20:39

CHRISTOPHER BOOKER

Sunday Telegraph. 23/02/14

How the flooding of Somerset was deliberately engineered.

I fear the front-page story in 'The Daily Telegraph' - "The worst flood damage could have been prevented" - didn't tell the half of it. Nor did another newspaper's "exclusive" on the story, reported here last week, that the Met Office had forecast in November that the three months between December and February would be drier than usual.

Devastating evidence has now come to light not just that the floods covering 65 square miles of the Somerset Levels could have been
prevented, but that they were deliberately engineered by Labour ministers in 2009, regardless of the property and human rights of the
thousands of people whose homes and livelihoods would be affected.


Furthermore, that wildly misleading Met Office forecast in November led the Environment Agency to take a step that has made the flooding
infinitely more disastrous than it need have been.

The "smoking guns" begin with a policy decision announced in 2005 by Labour's "floods minister" Elliot Morley, later to be jailed for
fraudulently claiming more than £30,000 on his MP's expenses
. Under the heading "Saving wetland habitats: more money for key sites",
Morley directed that, to comply with the EU's habitats directive and a part-EU-funded study involving the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the WWF and the Environment Agency, flooding in Somerset should be artificially promoted, because "wildlife will benefit from increased water levels".


The 13 local drainage boards, responsible for keeping the Levels properly managed, were all to be co-opted into implementing this policy.

The Environment Agency had already stopped proper dredging of the River Parrett, which provides the main channel draining floodwater on the Levels to the sea, because of the exorbitant cost of disposing of silt under EU waste regulations. And Morley had vetoed a proposal to build a new pumping station at Dunball, at the end of the massive Kings Sedgemoor Drain, which would have allowed much more effective, 24-hour pumping of flood water into the mouth of the Parrett estuary.

In 2008, an Environment Agency policy document on the "Parrett Catchment Area" admitted that it was "still not completely clear" how
much the deliberate increase in flooding would breach "the property rights and human rights" of those whose homes and businesses would be
damaged. Yet in 2009, the government gave £8 million to "restore" - i.e., increase flooding on - 10 Somerset "floodplains", including the
purchase of a large area of farmland at Southlake Moor next to Burrowbridge on the Parrett, which had been drained since the 13th
century. It was to be handed over to Natural England to "store" water as a habitat for birds when, as the Met Office was already predicting,
climate change would bring drier winters.

This was where November's forecast came in, because it led the Environment Agency deliberately to flood Southlake Moor in the
expectation of a dry winter.
When those December and January rains poured down, this large expanse of water-sodden ground blocked the
draining to the already horribly silted-up Parrett of a very much larger area of farmland to the east. This was made even worse by the
lack of that Dunball pumping station, vetoed by Morley, at the sea end of the Kings Sedgemoor Drain.

Thus came about the disaster that has filled our television screens for weeks. The hydrology of this vast area had been sabotaged by the
Labour government's deliberate, EU-compliant policy, directed by the Environment Agency. Only thanks to the intervention of the current
Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, are huge Dutch pumps at Dunball now belatedly pouring seven million tons of water a day into the sea - with dredging of the Parrett due to begin as soon as is practicable.

Much of this story has been painstakingly uncovered by my co-author Richard North, who has published links to all the relevant official
documents on his EU Referendum blog. As he says, "not only can we now see just how this flooding was deliberately engineered. It was done in blatant disregard for the rights of all those who live and work there.

The evidence is now so strong that they should seriously consider suing the Government for compensation for the damage they have
suffered, which could well amount to hundreds of millions of pounds."


BBC flogs dead horse


One could only utter a hollow laugh at the desperation of the BBC last week, in programme after programme, to put over its fond belief that
England's wettest winter for 84 years is all due to man-made climate change.

'Today' wheeled on the jailbird Chris Huhne to sell the message, impartially balanced by a chap saying much the same from the
engineering firm CH2M Hill, which Evan Davis coyly failed to explain makes a fortune from renewable energy.

'Newsnight' had Prof Kevin Anderson from that hotbed of climate zealotry, the University of East Anglia, to tell us that despite
global temperatures having remained pretty flat for 17 years, by 2100 they will somehow have leapt up by a staggering 6C.

When Panorama, in a programme called 'Britain Underwater', peddled a similar message - with the aid of such climate sages as the
journalists George Monbiot and Sir Simon Jenkins - one wearily recalled a Panorama of November 14 2000 with exactly the same title,
blaming floods in Yorkshire on global warming (on that occasion, with the aid of John Prescott).

Yet how strange that the BBC never quotes the latest report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which it
normally cites as gospel, saying that "there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale".

In other words, whatever the BBC's propagandists may try to tell us, not even the IPCC believes it.



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Post by PeterMac on 23.02.14 22:43

And they are STILL taking peat, the most absorbent material ever invented, from the upper reaches of the Somerset levels. (There is none left on the lower levels !)

Still.

After several hundreds of years, first for fuel, now for "Growbags".
Someone is STILL giving licences to do this.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

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Post by Tony Bennett on 23.02.14 22:49

@PeterMac wrote:And they are STILL taking peat, the most absorbent material ever invented, from the upper reaches of the Somerset levels. (There is none left on the lower levels !)

Still.

After several hundreds of years, first for fuel, now for "Growbags".
Someone is STILL giving licences to do this.

FOLLOW THE MONEY
The Somerset Levels are very low-lying - some of it below sea level.

It is surrounded by VERY BIG HILLS - Exmoor, the Quantocks, the Mendips.

The area has one one of the highest rainfalls in England, plus a lot of it falls in sharp bursts.

Added to that, the tides up the Severn estuary (into which the Parrett flows) are the second highest tides anywhere in the world (40 feet). So half of the day, any floodwaters can't exit into the sea.

In more sensible times, folk built their houses in the Somerset levels 20 to 30 feet above the floodplain.

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Post by PeterMac on 24.02.14 10:46

Quite so.
Hence the crucial importance of leaving the peat in place.
And incidentally why it developed there in the first place.
It is the British equivalent of a mangrove swamp

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Re: Climate News: 1. No global warming for 17 years --- 2. Antarctic Ice it its maximum extent since records began

Post by PeterMac on 22.08.14 10:50


Global warming has ground to a halt 'because heat has VANISHED in the Atlantic Ocean'
Aug 21, 2014 21:18 By Anthony Bond
Researchers believe the massive movement of heat explains why the rapid rate of climate change that marked the end of the 20th century has paused

GettyResearchers believe global warming has ground to a halt 'because heat has VANISHED in the Atlantic Ocean'
A controversial pause in global warming may be due to heat vanishing into the darkest depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans, researchers claim.
The massive movement of heat is thought to explain why the rapid rate of climate change that marked the end of the 20th century has ground almost to a halt.
A sudden shift in northern Atlantic salinity, making water saltier and more dense, is believed to have triggered the effect.
"When it's heavy water on top of light water, it just plunges very fast and takes heat with it," said Professor Ka-Kit Tung, one of the study authors from the University of Washington, US.
Since the turn of the century, little increase in the average temperature of the Earth's surface has been recorded.
At first the unexpected finding was thought to have been no more than a blip, but then it began to divide the scientific community.

More than a dozen theories have been proposed to explain the global warming "hiatus" ranging from air pollution to volcanoes and sunspots.
"Every week there's a new explanation of the hiatus," said Prof Tung. "Many of the earlier papers had necessarily focused on symptoms at the surface of the Earth, where we see many different and related phenomena. We looked at observations in the ocean to try to find the underlying cause."
Prof Tung's team analysed recent recordings of deep sea temperatures from Argo floats, oceanographic sensors that can move vertically through the water column.
Water sampled at depths down to 6,500 feet (2,000 metres) showed an upsurge in heat sinking in around 1999, the year when global warming suddenly slowed down.
The scientists believe the downward migration of heated water, which is not seen in the Pacific ocean, is part of a naturally occurring cycle. Their findings are published in the journal Science.
Prof Tung added: "There are recurrent cycles that are salinity-driven that can store heat deep in the Atlantic and Southern oceans. After 30 years of rapid warming in the warm phase, now it's time for the cool phase."
The cycle starts when dense, salty water near Iceland starts to sink. This changes the speed of the huge Atlantic ocean current that circulates heat around the world.
Historical data suggests that similar events in the past have lasted for 20 to 35 years. The phenomenon may have been responsible for a cooling period between 1945 and 1975 which sparked fears of a new Ice Age.
Global warming is likely to pick up again in another 15 years or so, when heat returns to the surface waters, say the researchers.
British expert Professor Andrew Watson, from the University of Exeter, said: "It will be very interesting to see whether their finding that during the last decade the heat has penetrated to depth mostly in the Southern and Atlantic Oceans stands up.
"It does make oceanographic sense however, because we know these are the major sites for deeper water formation - water from the surface Pacific does not penetrate nearly so deeply into the ocean."
Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Change at the University of Leeds, said: "The hiatus has a really interesting morphology. This paper suggests that heat disappearing into the depths of the Atlantic and Southern oceans are the dominant cause. Their ideas seem fine but I'm also convinced there is more going on.
"Most importantly, this paper is another nail in the coffin of the idea that the hiatus is evidence that our projections of long-term climate change need revising down. Variability in the ocean will not affect long-term climate trends but may mean we have a period of accelerated warming to look forward to."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/global-warming-ground-halt-because-4087288#ixzz3B73exsFk

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Post by Sam S on 27.08.14 7:10

Some interesting infrmation. Thanks for posting it. I started to doubt the official lines when they stopped saying "Global Warming" and exchanged it for "Climate Change." spin

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And now the ARCTIC ics is also growing.

Post by PeterMac on 31.08.14 8:08

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738653/Stunning-satellite-images-summer-ice-cap-thicker-covers-1-7million-square-kilometres-MORE-2-years-ago-despite-Al-Gore-s-prediction-ICE-FREE-now.html



Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now
Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore's warning, Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row
An area twice the size of Alaska - America's biggest state - was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice
These satellite images taken from University of Illinois's Cryosphere project show ice has become more concentrated

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