Environmentalism has gone too far; renewable energy is a disaster; scares about pesticides and chemicals are horribly overdone; no, the planet is not going to end any time soon; and, by the way, the answer is nuclear… This isn’t me speaking, but the views of an environmentalist so learned, distinguished and influential you could call him the Godfather of Green. His name is James Lovelock, the maverick independent scientist perhaps best known for positing the theory that our planet is an interconnected, self-regulating organism called Gaia. —James Delingpole, The Spectator, 9 September 2017
When opinion writers tacitly assume all good weather is natural and greenhouse gases only cause bad weather, or claim to be able to predict future storms, but only after they have already occurred, I reserve the right to call their science unsettled. –Ross McKitrick,Washington Examiner, 6 September 2017
It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate). –Global Warming and Hurricanes, NOAA, 30 August 2017
First came Hurricane Harvey, which barreled into Texas on Aug. 25. Now Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, is battering the Caribbean and has Florida in its sights. Jose, currently a tropical storm, trails behind in the mid-Atlantic. And early Wednesday, a coalescing weather system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico became tropical storm Katia — the fourth named storm in two weeks. What’s going on? Hurricane experts say that the formation of several storms in rapid succession is not uncommon, especially in August, September and October, the most active months of the six-month hurricane season. As to whether climate change has somehow made this year worse, the links between climate change and hurricane activity are complex and there are still many uncertainties. –Henry Fountain, The New York Times, 6 September 2017
It is hard to imagine that the Telegraph once used to be a serious newspaper. As well as continuing to claim that Irma is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane, their latest report today quite ludicrously states: The American state is on high alert for the arrival of the Atlantic’s most deadly storm in history, which has already left at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless. The “most deadly”? Perhaps they ought to consult Wikipedia. —Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 7 September 2017
Brazil has started the process of cancelling contracts for wind and solar projects in an overheated market facing falling electricity demand. European governments should be making contingency plans for the similar necessities.–John Constable, GWPF Energy, 5 September 2017
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