• Britain’s Damp Summer

    • Date: 07/09/15
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    You may have seen stories that this summer has been unusually wet in the UK. The truth is rather more mundane. Overall, this summer’s rainfall of 272mm has only been slightly above the long term average of 244mm, and ranks an unremarkable 31st wettest since 1910. The wettest summer on record was in 1912. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/datasets […]

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  • Russian Energy Boss Declares Opec’s ‘Golden Age’ Over

    • Date: 07/09/15
    • David Sheppard, Financial Times

    Russia will not work with Opec to curb a global oil glut even after prices hit the lowest level since the financial crisis last month, says the chief executive of Rosneft. The comments by Igor Sechin, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, damp speculation that contacts between Moscow and Riyadh could yield […]

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  • Emma Thompson Recites Bizarre Poem On TV: Fossil Fuel Workers Are Basically Nazis

    • Date: 06/09/15
    • Guy Bentley, Daily Caller News, 2 September 2015

    Award-winning actress Emma Thompson recited a bizarre poem for news cameras Wednesday warning of an apocalyptic world of “liquefied slaughter” and melting ice caps all thanks to greedy fossil fuel companies. Attending a protest against Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, Thompson indulged Sky News reporters with a poem written all by […]

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  • Steve McIntyre: The Ocean2K “Hockey Stick”

    • Date: 05/09/15
    • Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit

    The long-awaited (and long overdue) PAGES2K synthesis of 57 high-resolution ocean sediment series (OCEAN2K) was published a couple of weeks ago (see here here). Co-author Michael Evans’ announcement made the results sound like the latest and perhaps most dramatic Hockey Stick yet: Today, the Earth is warming about 20 times faster than it cooled during the past 1,800 […]

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  • How Baath Party’s Socialist Policies Exacerbated Syrian Drought

    • Date: 04/09/15
    • Jeannie Sowers et al., Footnote

    Rather than demonstrating that drought caused conflict, the Syrian tragedy highlights the capacity of political systems and economic policies to exacerbate vulnerability to environmental events. Focusing on external factors like climate change understates the responsibility of the former regime as well as then-fashionable development paradigms. One possibility is that environmental factors, particularly a long-lasting drought, […]

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  • Syria: 2012 Wheat Production Outlook is Favorable Despite Ongoing Conflict

    • Date: 04/09/15
    • US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service

    Syria has been essentially self-sufficient in wheat production for the past 20 years, with the infrequent exception of seasons when severe drought prevails The uprising against the government in Syria is entering its 16th month, with violence against civilian populations escalating dramatically in 2012. The bulk of military and paramilitary activity this year has been […]

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  • Another Cold British Summer

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Another cold and damp summer in the UK, finishing at 0.5C below the 1981-2010 average, and the third in the last five years to fall below. Indeed, no summers since 1998 have been as cold as 2011, 2012 and 2015. There is clearly no sign of summer temperatures increasing in the last decade, as the […]

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  • Dark Clouds Over Paris: India’s Climate Plan In Disarray

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Joydeep Gupta, India Climate Dialogue

    India’s delayed submission of a national climate plan is the result of increasing doubts that the country can meet an emissions intensity target pledged in 2009, plunging future commitments into disarray, India Climate Dialogue can reveal. At the 2009 climate summit six years ago, India undertook to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 20-25% by 2020 compared […]

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