Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Are The Oceans Really Dying? An End To Snow? Not Quite!


From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Forum

1) Are The Oceans Really Dying? - Ivo Vegter Daily Maverick, 16 February 2015 - Whenever environmental doomsayers run out of arguments, they turn to the sea for hope – or rather, fear. Fish stocks are collapsing, and if climate change doesn’t get us, ocean acidification will. But how true are these claims? It may not surprise you to learn that I have a lot of conversations about the supposedly disastrous impact on the planet of human civilisation. As a defender of said civilisation, I’m often at the receiving end of disdain and even hatred from those who believe humans are a plague ravaging the planet. Often, once the most obvious myths, exaggerations and misconceptions are exhausted, my interlocutor retreats to the water. That is, they point at the sea as the final proof of humanity’s depravity and guilt. After all, what is more obvious than the collapse of fish stocks, and the fact that this time next year, the ocean will be vinegar?........

2) Record-Breaking Cold Grips United States, Cripples Central States- Reuters, 17 February 2015 - Record-breaking cold has gripped the eastern United States while an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states. Federal offices in Washington, DC are closed today because of the poor weather. Heavy snowfall and ice moving eastward from the Southern Plains hit Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, the National Weather Service said. The storm is headed east, with sleet and freezing rain expected to also affect the south. States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, as well as in Washington, DC. Airlines cancelled nearly 2,600 US flights, with the hardest hit airports in North Carolina and Tennessee. Freezing rain covered Tennessee in ice, closing roads, schools and tourist attractions, including Graceland mansion in Memphis………

3) The New York Times' Laughable Climate Change Coverage - Ira Stoll, Reason Online, 16 February 2015 - Boston ishaving the second-coldest February in its history, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature has averaged 19.6 degrees Fahrenheit, colder than any year since 1934. The city has only been at or above the freezing mark for 28 hours in the entire month so far, or 7.7 percent of the time, according to the National Weather Service. It’s so cold the salt and friction of the car tires don’t even melt the snow on the roads, making travel dangerous and difficult. Speaking of snow, there is plenty of it. The Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., which says it is home of the longest climate record in the nation, reports that it has an average snow depth of 46 inches, “the greatest snow depth ever measured in our 130 year existence.” The Observatory reports that February 2015 is “the snowiest February on record, as well as the snowiest month on record.” The National Weather Service reports that for Boston, too, it is the snowiest month on record, with at least 58.5 inches of snow so far in February. That brings the season’s total snowfall here this season to 95.7 inches, the city’s third snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service……

4) Bill Nye Pleads With MSNBC: More Climate Hysteria, Please! - Scott Whitlock Newsbusters, 16 February 2015 - Climate change enthusiast Bill Nye appeared on MSNBC, Monday, to lobby the network for more global warming cheerleading and the importance of linking all weather events to the phenomena. Talking to Joy Reid about the cold and snow hitting much of the country, he implored, "...Just say the word climate change. Just, like, 'It could be climate change. It's a possible connection to climate change. Is this evidence of climate change?'" Nye demanded, "Could you just toss that in now and then?" A compliant Reid agreed: "Absolutely. I would like to toss that in every single time." Nye then stated the obvious: "MSNBC is, in many ways, regarded as a progressive station." He spoke to the few conservatives watching MSNBC: "We need you." Nye quickly turned insulting, "But if the conservative side are going to continue to deny what 97 percent of the scientists in the world are saying, we're not going to reach a consensus. We are not going to make progress." Before fist bumping Reid goodbye, Nye reiterated the need to make every other word "climate change":…..

5) And Finally: They Sought Green Utopia—And Found Hunger, Boredom And Mosquitoes - Roger Lewis The Spectator, 14 February 2015 - A review of The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans reminds us that designs for living always end in tears, or worse - Dylan Evans, the author of this book, was one of those oddballs who rather looked forward to the apocalypse, because it promised ‘challenging times ahead’……How much better the planet will be with a select handful living in their villages of yurts, log cabins, teepees and straw-bale huts, the children gambolling happily ‘amidst the bracken and the trees’. The air will be cleaner. Wildlife ‘will make a comeback’. Neighbours will help each other out. People will be fitter as a result of their manual labour……Fair play to Evans: by the time he came to write this book he realised he was delusional……. sleeping under rancid fleece blankets and wearing clothes woven from sisal ‘to ward off mosquitoes’.....There was neither soap nor detergent. ‘We got used to a thin layer of slime covering the pans and bowls.’ There was no toothpaste or lavatory paper — the sanitary arrangements were grotesque. There was also no music..... deadly boring — getting fires going, keeping dry, trying to prevent small cuts from becoming infected and eating nothing save thick lentil soup. It soon became apparent that ‘the whole experiment had been a huge mistake'...., Evans was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act in a maximum security psychiatric hospital......
That’s one explanation: that no sane person shouts, ‘Stuff your pension!’ and clears off to a field near Inverness.

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