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Britons Furious As Coal And Wood Fires To Be Banned

Furious Britons have condemned the Government for its latest environmental initiative that will see homeowners banned from using the most pollutant fuels on their open fires, wood burners and stoves. 

Under new plans rolled out by Environment Secretary George Eustice sales of house coal and wet wood will be phased out in England from 2021. The move is estimated to affect 2.5million homes as Mr Eustice said the burning of the fuels has become the “most harmful pollutant” across the UK. But hundreds of Britons have vented against the Government’s “ridiculous” plans, leading many to ask how the ban will be policed.

Ian Murrell wrote:

This is just a government ego trip to try and be the first on climate control not giving a stuff for the people of this country.”

Joe-Isabella McGarry vowed to continue using their coal fire, and wrote:

What a load of rubbish, I have both coal fires and log burners and won’t be giving them up no matter what regulations they might to bring in.”

While Pat Nurse said the move suggested Boris Johnson’s Government was already becoming out of touch with the public.

She wrote:

Tories are already trying their best to lose the votes they were loaned.

So, so sick of this authoritarian greenist and nanny state rubbish.

How come a minority of political activists, often from the lunatic fringe infecting the mainstream, become the only people our elected Government listens to. Enough is enough!”

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February 22, 2020 at 06:19AM

The Carbon Offsetting Wild West

By Paul Homewood

 

 

The Telegraph has an investigative report into carbon offsets today, unfortunately paywalled. For those who can access it, it is here.

The report claims that customers are at risk of being ripped off in a “Wild West” unregulated carbon market, and that in many cases the schemes may not be offsetting emissions at all.

 

It includes this video, which gives a glimpse into the abuse of the system.

Just to pick some of the points raised in the story, it is claimed that many offsetting projects which claim to prevent deforestation or plant trees have had the opposite effect. For instance, saplings dying because of droughts and forests ripped up by the Cambodian army or Brazilian gold miners.

Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, said: “It’s bad enough that big carbon emitters like airliners are using offsetting as a license to pollute, but they often encourage their customers to join in the greenwash too.

“Passengers are given the impression that, by coughing up a few quid, they can magic away the planet-heating gases from their flights. But what customers aren’t told is that this market is an unregulated wild west and there’s little evidence that offsetting schemes generally work.

“The best and safest way to reduce carbon emissions remains not to produce them in the first place.”

Meanwhile studies have shown that around three quarters of projects do not provide any environmental gain because they would have happened anyway.

 

I really don’t understand why any of this has come as a shock, as it was all so predictable. If you chuck millions of pounds at developing countries no questions asked, you should not be surprised if they just take the money and carry on as before, looking after their own interest.

Even if the political will was there, in countries like Madagascar, where the video was shot, government officials have very little power or resource to lay down the law in these sort of remote, rural areas.

And in many cases, the West is merely paying for things that would have been done anyway.

 

I have long held the view anyway that the whole offsetting industry is little more than a virtue signalling sham.

The Telegraph complains that customers are being ripped off. But most probably don’t actually care whether their money pays for a tree to be planted or not. All they really care about is the warm glow that paying for their indulgences gives them. After all, if they really cared about carbon dioxide emissions, they would not have even taken that air flight in the first place.

And this is particularly the case for the likes of airlines and oil companies, for whom offsets allow them to carry on business as usual whilst burnishing their green credentials.

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February 22, 2020 at 05:48AM

Extreme Weather Not Caused By Warming Arctic–New Study Finds

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t AC Osborn

 

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Extreme blasts of freezing weather hitting Europe and the USA in recent years aren’t caused by a warming Arctic changing the jet stream, as previously thought.

Research by the University of Exeter disputes earlier studies suggesting a warming Arctic was creating a ‘wavier’ jet stream and linked to climate change.

They found it’s more likely the other way around with random fluctuations in the jet stream warming up the Arctic over decades.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8021267/Cold-weather-hitting-Europe-USA-NOT-caused-warming-Arctic.html

 

This is a classic case of Occam’s Razor. It has always been blindingly obvious that a wavy jet stream will push warm air into the Arctic, thus raising temperatures there. So why on earth is there a need for scientists to prove the opposite relationship?

Perhaps instead they could do something useful, such as finding out what causes these changes to the jet stream in the first place.

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February 22, 2020 at 05:06AM

Coronavirus: And so it spreads, lock downs in Italy, South Korea, riot in Ukraine

Coronavirus, Covid-19, cases outside China.   Source JoDiGraphics

The short not-good news: It’s looking like early exponential growth outside China

The cases outside China have reached 1,500. South Korean cases leap to 156, 204, 340, mostly centred on one church and one hospital.  In China, prisoners were discovered to be infected and a 29 year old doctor has died. The first death in Italy is confirmed, cases jump from 4 to 17, and the health minister there has cancelled or closed schools, events and shops in ten towns. The Iranian death toll has risen to 4, and Iraq has closed flights to Iran. Improbably Canada’s ninth case turns out to be a woman who flew from Iran, raising the worrying possibility that the virus is spreading undetected. Lastly, panic is spreading too. There were attacks in Ukraine to stop a bus of evacuees from China for their 14 day quarantine. It was triggered supposed by an email hoax.

Wise people might like to stock up the pantry just in case. As the people in some Italian towns just found out, there may not be a lot of warning.

The extraordinary rise in South Korea:

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February 22, 2020 at 04:50AM