Environmental activists have withdrawn an advertising campaign after being accused of making false claims about the price of wind energy. The poster, launched in September by Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and plastered around Westminster Tube station and across London’s transport network, claimed the price had fallen by 50 percent over the past two years. The complaint was made by the Global Warming Policy Forum, which said the ‘50 percent off’ claim was ‘false and misleading’ because the price paid for electricity from offshore wind farms has not halved at all in recent years. –Liz Hull, Daily Mail, 27 December 2017
At the moment the main question in the minds of those who study global temperature data is; how far are global temperatures going to fall in 2018? The record El Nino of recent years took global temperatures to unprecedented highs for the instrumental era. But comparisons with very strong El Ninos in the past are of limited use. The one in 1982 was affected by the aerosol aftermath of a volcanic eruption. The strong El Nino of 1998 has a swift rise and fall and was followed by two years of a counteracting La Nina. —GWPF Observatory, 24 December 2017
Climate Bullies Face Tough Penalties: Student Beliefs Must Be Challenged, Says University Minister. Universities must “open minds, not close them” and face tough new penalties if they do not promote freedom of speech, Jo Johnson will warn today. —The Times, 26 December 2017
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