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NOTTINGHAM TO GO CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2028 (SO THEY SAY!)

 Here is an invitation to a seminar that was sent to me by email by an organisation called the Public Sector Executive (PSE):

Net-Zero Government – Building a Carbon Neutral City. How has the City of Nottingham responded to the climate and ecological emergency? How has the city prioritised carbon reduction measures while staying within budget and meeting the 2028 target?

First to appear in our calendar of events, on 10 March 2021 we’ll be joined by leaders in climate change, decarbonisation and sustainability looking to engage, educate and collaborate with the public sector and enable them to achieve net-zero.


Join us and Cllr. Sally Longford, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council & Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services for Nottingham City at Becoming A Carbon Neutral City by 2028 on 10 March 2021: Net-Zero Government. 


Register now to gain free access to exciting engaging content over the next 365 days. All of our content can be watched live or streamed on demand.


What I find with all this stuff is that it is all taken for granted. Do they really believe that Nottingham is going to become a ‘carbon neutral city’ by 2028? I do not intend to waste my time listening to all this to find out. but I don’t believe it for one moment. Nottingham residents will still be heating their homes with gas and most will still be driving petrol or diesel cars. They will still be flying off on holidays and eating meat and fish. This whole thing is a gigantic con trick where no one will challenge their assertions just like the king’s new clothes story.







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March 2, 2021 at 12:00PM

A wild week in conservation and energy news: Here’s what you missed

A wild week in conservation and energy news: Here’s what you missed

“I believe we have a responsibility to leave our environment better than we found it. We talk about the economy so often that many people think we forget about the environment. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We have to balance these priorities, but H.R. 803 would simply lock up critical resources forever. Congress’s focus should be on conserving those resources, using them in sustainable, responsible ways that every American can enjoy. Since we weren’t given an opportunity to debate this bill in committee, Republicans took time today to show that this bill won’t help the environment but will instead kill jobs, limit access to outdoor recreation, hurt state water rights, imperil our national security and American energy dependence, tie the hands of federal land managers wanting to conduct necessary forest management activities, and make us more reliant on hostile foreign nations. I oppose this legislation, and if my colleagues in Congress care about rural America, they will oppose it too.” — Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member

 

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March 2, 2021 at 11:08AM

Israeli firm employs high-tech to cook up meatless ribeye steak

Recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates grabbed headlines when he declared battling climate change to be like an all-out “world war.”

One of his “solutions” he touted was a bit out there — namely, for citizens of developed countries to go meatless: “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time.” 

While CFACT obviously has major differences of opinion with Mr. Gates with respect to “climate science” and the need for everyone to move to a meatless future (it’s pointless), it is hard not to admire some of the ground-breaking advancements in the field of food science that are paving the way toward offering consumers more options.

One of them took place last week in Israel.

Employing a technology developed in tandem with Israel’s Technion University, an Israeli startup company called Aleph Farms has been experimenting with an intriguing new technology to advance the taste and texture of fake meat that may be of interest to those choosing, yet struggling, on a vegan diet.

If successful, meat-averse customers will not only have fake hamburgers on their menu but will also be able to order up fake steaks as well.

As reported in Singularityhub.com:

Last week, Israeli startup Aleph Farms unveiled the first lab-grown ribeye steak using their proprietary bio-printing process, which they say will eventually allow them to recreate any cut of meat.

The technology, developed in tandem with Israel’s Technion University, is similar to that being used in medical research to print “organoids” for drug testing, which one day could let us regrow entire organs from human cells. Using a device similar to an inkjet printer, the company lays down layers of support cells, fat cells, blood cells, and muscle cells that are then placed in an incubator to grow into the finished steak.

The secret behind creating a cut as complex as a ribeye is finding a solution to an issue that has plagued medical bio-printing as well. Building bulk tissue using a bio-printer isn’t that tough, but creating the fine network of blood vessels that ferry nutrients and waste products in and out of cells is much harder.

While the company isn’t giving away any details, they say they have created a proprietary process that acts similarly to a natural vascular system, helping nutrients across thicker sections of tissue during growth and maintaining a natural shape and structure before and after cooking.”

The product reportedly still has a way to go before it finds itself on store markets, and it could be pricy compared to even traditional meat. Nevertheless, for those who find going vegan is the personal lifestyle they prefer, this new breakthrough may help them through the cravings a bit easier, than say, tofu.

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March 2, 2021 at 11:01AM

JMA Data: Winter Global Warming Left Japan Decades Ago, No Warming In 32 Years

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and Pierre

The meteorological winter, defined as December 1 to February 28, has just ended and the data for mean winter temperature are available for the Pacific island nation of Japan.

The question on everyone’s mind is: Are winters getting colder, or are they getting milder like the media like having us believe they are?

Tokyo winters see no warming in 35 years

Today we begin by plotting the mean DJF winter temperature for Tokyo going back more than 35 years, using the untampered data from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA):

Source: JMA.

The mean winter temperature in Tokyo has not warmed at all. If we start the plot in 1988, i.e. exclude the colder 1985-87 winters,than we see that winters have gotten a bit harsher.

Hachijō-jima island no winter trend in decades

Next, also using the data from the JMA, we plot the mean annual temperature of the Tokyo island of Hachijō-jima, located about 287 kilometers south of Tokyo – away from  urban sprawl and heat island affects:

Data: JMA

Though the past two winters have been mild, the winter trend since 1948 at Hachijō-jima has been cooling. No warming going on here.

No annual trend either

Recently we looked at the mean annual temperature at Hachijō-jima going back to 1950 and found there’s been no warming and that its climate appears to be dominated by natural and cyclic forces.

Japan winters not warming

And what about the entire island country of Japan as a whole? Have winters there become colder or warmer over the recent decades? Here’s the plot of Japan mean winter temperatures going back 32 years:

Source: JMA.

Over the past 32 years, Japan’s mean winter temperatures have cooled modestly despite the past 4 of 5 winters having been mild.

It appears that global warming left Japan decades ago.

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March 2, 2021 at 10:14AM