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There Are Also Advantages to Climate Change

[source] Northern Quebec

A new study suggests the world’s plants capture an extra 28 billion tons of carbon each year.

[] – Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

Last year, all the world’s nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to new international calculations on global emissions published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

So, although the net effect is 10 billion CO2 extra in the atmosphere every year, most CO2 is absorbed in new vegetation, resulting in a much greener planet. If the average temperature increase can be confined to 1-2 degrees Celcius, resulting in considerable reduced fossil fuel consumption for space heating, the discussion can now start if perhaps the advantages offset the disadvantages.

May the best argument win.

[] – Carbon dioxide emissions rise to 2.4 million pounds per second

Matt Ridley on Global Warming vs Global Greening

Matt Ridley lecture for the Royal Society of London. Topic “Global Lukewarming”. Ridley admits btw that he has financial interests in coal. Ridley admits that global warming is a fact but challenges that catastrophic significance of the phenomenon. Claims that simulation models exaggerate global warming and that there was merely 0.5 degree Celsius global warming in half a century and that real catastrophic climate change is at least a century from now.

Interesting is the remark that the correlation between the level of CO2 and corresponding global warming is of a logarithmic nature and per definition can’t cause severe global warming and that in order for 1 degree Celsius increase to materialize, you need a doubling of the CO2 level, implying that the worst temperature increase is already behind us.

Ridley begins his talk by remarking that there is a huge advantage to increased CO2 levels, namely the greening of the earth as extra CO2 functions as a fertilizer.

Ridley does acknowledge that real environmental problems do exist: over-fishing, ocean acidification, hunting, deforestation.

[] – Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

North Pole: 0 Degree Celcius


It is winter at he North Pole and dark 24/24. Yet the temperature is 0 degree Celcius, more than 30 degrees higher than normal.

[] – Sturm “Frank”: Bojen am Nordpol melden extremen Wärmeschub

Warmest December Ever in the Netherlands

ANP-Amsterdam-warm-december-weerrecord-_0Amsterdam, Rokin, this week: lunch outside on a terrace. As we type these lines, outside 16 degrees Celcius (61 Fahrenheit), one week before Christmas. Jokes about people with winter tires and those who planned a skying vacation. An exceptional large number of people suffer from hay fever due to the pollen in the air.


[] – Weerrecords sneuvelen: warmste 17 december ooit

Netherlands – Warmest November Ever


Warmest November 7 ever: 19 degrees Celsius (66 F). People are mowing their lawn, butterflies in abundance.

[] – Opnieuw weerrecord gebroken: het was warm vandaag
[] – Deutschland: Längste November-Warmphase seit Beginn der Messungen

Global Warming in the Netherlands – NOT

max-temp-nl[] The maximum temperatures during 1988-2015 were indeed higher than 1952-1988, but not higher than 1910-1948.

We don’t have strong opinions about climate change / global warming, neither for nor against. We simply haven’t paid enough time to study the subject to form an opinion. But in the case of tiny Holland we are not yet convinced that global warming is real.

Arctic Methane Emergency

Published March 22, 2015

Global warming is causing CO2 levels to hit 400 ppm, a level humans have never seen. Droughts are spreading and Miami is reporting that the ocean is backing up in the drains.

With all of the global warming a new threat has emerged, the release of methane gas, trapped in methane hydrates on ocean floors. It’s release is often referred to as the ‘methane bomb’.

The last time a ‘methane bomb’ went off on earth, 80% of life on earth vanished (about 250 million years ago).

There are only two ways to curtail such an event that I know of:

1. Plant trees, a lot of trees, especially in the melting permafrost.

2. A not so nice scenario: nuke a volcano which would spread dust in the upper atmosphere, thereby cooling off the earth enough to halt the release of methane hydrates. it is inherently dangerous to do so though. It could cause an ice age, the alternative is, of course, to fry.

Nasa Climate Study Warns of Unprecedented North American Drought

[] – Nasa climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought

European Oil Majors Favor Carbon Tax


Quite a breakthrough:

For large companies such as Shell, BP and Statoil to join forces and unequivocally state, as they now have, that a price on carbon should be a “key element” of climate policy frameworks is a refreshing boost to pre-Paris United Nations climate talks.

Editor: we are in favor of a carbon tax. This increases the price of fossil fuel and gives a competitive boost to wind and solar methods of energy generation, that are the future anyway. There is no need to wait with massive introduction of solar and wind until the last fossil fuel has been burned. Leave fossil before fossil leaves us.

[] – The good, the bad and the ugly when oil giants shift to natural gas

Polar Bear Eats Dolphin (Climate Refugee?)


Observed and recorded for the first time in history.

Location: Svalbard, Barentszee

[] – IJsbeer eet dolfijn: schuld van klimaatverandering

europe-svalbardSvalbard (green)

Potential For Large Decrease CO2 Emission in Germany

braunkohl[source] Braunkohlekraftwerk Niederaußem des Energieversorgers RWE. dpa

Energy consultant Energy Brainpool has conducted a study, paid by Greenpeace, showing that it is possible to immediately switch off no less than 36 lignite fueled power stations (15 GW) with hardly any consequences at all, other than saving 70 million ton CO2/year. Cleaner electricity could be bought elsewhere in Europe and electricity prices would merely increase with 0.6 cent/kWh (24 euro/household/year). The study does recommend to keep a number of these power stations in a ‘strategic reserve’, so they can be switched on again in case of a supply bottleneck.

[] – 36 Kohlemeiler könnten auf einen Schlag vom Netz

[source] Braunkohlekraftwerk Niederaußem near Cologne

Climate Protection Country Ranking

Legenda: Gesamt Punktzahl=overall ranking points; Erneuerbare Energie=renewable energy

Alsways fun: country rankings, medal tables, etc. The UN climate protection ranking 2014 is out (click on the picture to read it). Usual suspect Denmark is on top. The UK and France rank much higher than Germany, which has everything to do with nuclear power. Germany tumbled from the top-10 because it closed down nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and replaced them with coal power stations. CO2 low-lives like Ukraine, China, USA and our own Holland don’t look good at all. At the bottom of the list are Japan, Russia and Canada, the latter making a living of selling asphalt, pretending it is oil.

Applied weights in the ranking:

  • CO2 emission level (30%)
  • Rate of change of emission (30 %)
  • Climate policy (20 %)
  • Development of renewable energy (10 %)
  • Energy efficiency (10 %)

Perhaps you wonder who was 1, 2 and 3? Answer nobody. It was the commission’s subtle method of telling the world that nobody is good enough for a bronze, silver, let alone a gold medal.

[] – Internationale Rangliste: Beim Klimaschutz bleibt Deutschland Mittelmaß

Fritz Vahrenholt – There is no Man Made Climate Change

From The effect of the sun’s activity on climate change has been either scarcely known or overlooked. In this momentous book, Professor Fritz Vahrenholt and Dr Sebastian Luning demonstrate that the critical cause of global temperature change has been, and continues to be, the sun’s activity. Vahrenholt and Luning reveal that four concurrent solar cycles master the earth’s temperature – a climatic reality upon which man’s carbon emissions bear little significance. The sun’s present cooling phase, precisely monitored in this work, renders the catastrophic prospects put about by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and the ‘green agenda’ dominant in contemporary Western politics as nothing less than impossible.


P.S. 14 December 2013: Sphinx covered in snow, mildly contradicting the global warming story:

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Siemens Energy CEO – Global Warming 4.5 °C Before 2100

Siemens-Energie chief Süß told a world energy congress in Daegu/South-Korea that global warming will be much worse than the target of 2 °C. Main reason: massive investment in new coal power plants. Fortunately, according to mr Süß, Siemens has products on offer that could help reduce global warming: gas power stations and wind turbines.


Arctic Ice Sheet Increased By 60%

Global warming temporarily on hold.


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Connie Hedegaard

Youtube text: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission since 10 February 2010, interviewed by CleanTechnica Director Zachary Shahan at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the 6th Annual World Future Energy Summit, the 5th International Renewable Energy Conference, and the 1st International Water Summit in the UAE.

Connie Hedegaard is a Danish conservative politician and European Commissioner for Climate Action since 10 February 2010. She was Danish Minister for Climate and Energy from 23 November 2007. It is her ambition that by the end of her five-year term, Europe will be the most climate friendly region in the world. She is a believer in sustainable economic growth. Since 2007, Connie Hedegaard has been behind Denmark’s energy policies, which made her country the first in the world to commit to an overall energy reduction, not just a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


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