All Time Record: India Set For Best-Ever Foodgrain Production

India’s foodgrain production for the 2016-17 crop year is estimated at a record 275.68 million tonnes. The government on Wednesday revised its previous figures upward by 2.3 million tonnes and came at the new figure which is over 4% higher than the previous record production achieved in the country during 2013-14. —Times of India, 17 August 2017

India’s foodgrain production rose five times over six decades, according to 2016 government data, the latest available. Output of foodgrains in India increased from 50.82 million tonnes in 1950-51 to 252.22 million tonnes in 2015-16, according to the Agriculture Statistics At A Glance 2016 report. Yield increased as well, from 522 kg per hectare (ha) in 1950-51 to 2,056 kg/ha in 2015-16. —India Spend, August 2017

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Follow Up To Air Pollution Scare Story

A few follow-ups on the air pollution story.

Long Term Pollution Trends

First, the official pollutant trends from DEFRA:

We can see that emissions of most pollutants have fallen sharply since the 1990s and earlier, notably NOx and PMs.

If 40,000 people really are dying of air pollution, I hate to think how many were in the 1970s!

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OPEN Letter To The Bureau Of Meteorology – Tropical Cyclone Trends

Graph showing the number of severe and non-severe tropical cyclones from 1970–2011 which have occurred in the Australian region. Severe tropical cyclones are those which show a minimum central pressure less than 970 hPa.

Dear BoM,

I have been a keen observer of weather and climate for well over a climate point (42 years)!

The chaotic system of climate and “climate change” is ever fascinating. Though, today the ‘chaos’ has been replaced by an unhealthy polarization of “the science”, all too often determined by belief, politics, and ideology. Sadly, dogma has trumped empirical evidence, corrupting the scientific method.

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Australia, Denmark, Germany vie to win Highest Global Electricity Cost! (It’s the Nobel Price Prize?)

It’s not even close: If South Australia seceded it would have the highest electricity price of any nation on Earth.

Australian Households pay highest power prices in the World, AFR.

South Australian households are paying the highest prices in the world at 47.13¢ per kilowatt hour, more than Germany, Denmark, and Italy which heavily tax energy, after the huge increases on July 1, Carbon + Energy Markets’ MarkIntell data service says.

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Russian Scientists Find ‘Appreciable Contribution’ From Natural Variability, Solar Forcing To Recent Warming

Most Of Warming Trend Since the 1980s Is Naturally Driven, Not CO2-Driven

According to a new statistical analysis of centennial-scale surface temperature changes, half (0.5 °C) of the warming trend over the last 135 years (0.95 °C) can be explained by both (a) the existence of commonly-occurring natural (non-anthropogenic) variations of temperature that can reach the same amplitudes of the modern trend (see above image), and (b) external factors such as solar activity and greenhouse gases, with the latter factor accounting for “less than is commonly believed”.

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Question Al Gore on climate change and he’ll call you a ‘denier’

The subtitle of Al Gore’s new film is ‘Truth to Power’, which is supposed to give the impression of brave old Al fighting for right against the mighty fossil fuel establishment. But it is somewhat ironic, given his response when the power being challenged is Gore himself.

The former vice president was in London last week to promote his new film and I, along with the world’s press, was invited to a private screening before being allotted an entire eight minutes talking with the great man.

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John Coleman’s Crusade: Battling 97% on ‘Global Warming Silliness’

John Coleman says Al Gore started it — the “global warming silliness.” But now the retired KUSI weatherman is “horrified” to see San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer channeling the ex-veep with a Climate Action Plan. It “just turns my stomach.”

“I think he saw money and power, and I don’t know what else he thought of it,” Coleman says of the Republican mayor. “I can’t believe he really [felt he] was going to save the city from some terrible fate.”

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Scott Pruitt Criticizes ‘False Narrative’ On NYT’s Climate Report

EPA chief Scott Pruitt believes a recent climate report leaked to The New York Times (NYT) is meant to distract people from what efforts the Trump administration is making to reduce carbon emissions.

Pruitt, a Republican from Oklahoma, criticized what he called the media’s stoking of fears that President Donald Trump might dismiss findings that supposedly show man-made global warming is already affecting the environment.

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Californians In Danger Of Losing Their Homes As Green Energy Loan Defaults Rise

Droves of Californians are in danger of losing their homes after defaulting on loan payments from a government program meant to encourage individual investment in green technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

WSJ found that across 40 counties in California, the number of people defaulting in the Property Assessed Green Energy program (PACE) rose nearly 450 percent from 2016 to 2017, from 245 homeowners to about 1,100.

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REPORT: ‘Many Of The EPA’s Functions Could Be Abolished’

Scott Pruitt, EPA chief

Many Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs are redundant and could be eliminated without hurting environmental quality, according to a new report on reforming the federal bureaucracy.

“The EPA needs to be made more transparent and efficient, a goal that can be achieved while continuing to protect the nation’s environment,” reads the report published by the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) on Wednesday.

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