Reflections on my House of Lords lecture: Healthy polar bears, less than healthy science

Dr Susan Crockford shines a light on the sorry state of agenda-driven “science”. The good news is that it is becoming increasingly hard to hide the shortcomings in methodology or dismiss the real evidence.

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Here is an excerpt of an essay I wrote reflecting on the recent (11 June 2014) lecture I gave at the House of Lords in London (“Healthy polar bears, less than healthy science”). The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has just published that 14 page essay in its entirety as its 10th such report but you can get a taste of it here.

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My piece addressed the following issues that I talked about in the lecture or which came up afterwards during the question period and discussions later:

•  On what do you base your assertion that polar bear populations are “healthy”?
•  Are the media — or polar bear scientists — to blame for hyping the “polar bears are dying” meme?
•  How significant was the recent dismissal of a petition to force Canada into listing polar bears as ‘threatened with extinction’?
•  What do the recent…

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Cooks ‘97% consensus’ disproven by a new peer reviewed paper showing major math errors

The next time you read in the media that it is a done deal, consider this damning rebuttal to the infamous paper which gave rise to the 97% consensus claim on man-made global warming.

Watts Up With That?

UPDATE: While this paper (a rebuttal) has been accepted, another paper by Cook and Nuccitelli has been flat out rejected by the journal Earth System Dynamics. See update below. – Anthony

“0.3% climate consensus, not 97.1%”

PRESS RELEASE – September 3rd, 2013

A major peer-reviewed paper by four senior researchers has exposed grave errors in an earlier paper in a new and unknown journal that had claimed a 97.1% scientific consensus that Man had caused at least half the 0.7 Cº global warming since 1950.

A tweet in President Obama’s name had assumed that the earlier, flawed paper, by John Cook and others, showed 97% endorsement of the notion that climate change is dangerous:

“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” [Emphasis added]

The new paper by the leading climatologist Dr David Legates and his colleagues, published in the respected Science and Education

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Saving Polar Bears from Climate Change

We visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster yesterday and a lot of people were there to see the new attraction, a polar bear called Victor. It really was worth the trip over the pennines to see him but I wasn’t surprised to see this sign on his enclosure:
 
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Meanwhile, back in the real world:
 
 
Not relevant to polars bears of course but the antarctic is also doing quite well thank you:
 
 
For more informed discussion on polar bear science try here:
 
 
 

The Great Wind Scam

In conclusion: “We are looking here at the makings of a national catastrophe: one that will not just push our electricity bills through the roof, but could well lead to major power cuts and blackouts.

This will be the price we pay for a bout of collective insanity over renewable energy, for which it is hard to think of any historical parallel. It truly is time we woke up to the reality of where this crazed obsession with wind turbines is leading us.”

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Paul2

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2713830/Lunacy-sea-As-Ministers-agree-world-s-biggest-wind-farm-Brighton-Britain-succumbed-catastrophic-folly.html

A good piece in the Mail by Booker about the ruinously expensive wind power strategy in the UK. Nothing new, but it is a good summary of where we are at currently.

What should be our reaction to daft stories like the one recently reported in the Daily Mail about the 60ft wind turbine put up by the Welsh government outside its offices in Aberystwyth to proclaim to the world just how ‘green’ it is?

Erected at a cost of £50,000 to the taxpayer, it turned out that this turbine was so absurdly inefficient it was providing only £5 worth of electricity a month. It would take more than 750 years to make the money back.

In recent years, we have seen plenty of little tales like this, showing how often those who build these mini-turbines just to promote the wonders of wind power…

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US: “Billionaires’ club” controls environmental movement and EPA

Australian Climate Madness

All the money goes to the alarmists All the money goes to the alarmists

But, but, but… it’s the sceptics that are bankrolled by the rich, right? That’s the only way they could possibly outwit the billions spent by governments on propping up the consensus.

Well, er, no.

It appears that the environmental movement is the one benefiting from the wealthy’s largesse, with a report by the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee shedding light on the shady goings-on:

This report examines in detail the mechanisms and methods of a far-left environmental machine that has been erected around a small group of powerful and active millionaires and billionaires who exert tremendous sway over a colossal effort. Although startling in its findings, the report covers only a small fraction of the amount of money that is being secreted and moved around. It would be virtually impossible to examine this system completely given the enormity of this carefully…

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More Australian Wind Power “FAILS”

STOP THESE THINGS

report-card Wind Power: the perpetual failure.

Renewables in the doldrums
The Australian
Graham Lloyd
2 August 2014

A spell of calm weather exposes a fatal flaw in the case for wind power

FOR Australia’s multi-billion-dollar renewable energy industry, marooned in the doldrums of investment uncertainty, the big calm before the renewable energy target review storm came last week. For two consecutive days a high-pressure system becalmed southeastern Australia, stranding the nation’s entire fleet of wind turbines.

Figures provided by the Australian Electricity Market Operator show that on July 21 registered wind generation in the National Electricity Market fell to a low of 23 megawatts. The minimum average for any two-hour period was 24MW. That is the power production figure for all wind turbines in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, which have a combined capacity of 3300MW.

The crash in supply from wind was repeated the following day.

There are two…

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Coral Digger Disturbs War Dead – Not Climate Change : BBC Remain In Denial

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27742957

Readers may recall the BBC account, a couple of months ago, about the bodies of Japanese war dead being uncovered, supposedly by rising sea levels.

This is what the BBC had to say:

Rising sea levels have disturbed the skeletons of soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands during World War Two.

Speaking at UN climate talks in Bonn, the Island’s foreign minister said that high tides had exposed one grave with 26 dead.

The minister said the bones were most likely those of Japanese troops.

Driven by global warming, waters in this part of the Pacific have risen faster than the global average.

With a high point just two metres above the waters, the Marshall Islands are one of the most vulnerable locations to changes in sea level.

The 29 atolls that make up the Marshall Islands are home to around 70,000 people. The corals that…

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