Poison Ivy hopped up on CO2

Forget global warming, if we don’t stop polluting the air with CO2, then we’ll be taken over by monster mutant poison ivy.

That should get people listening. Finally.

Science News Online

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Brown plans UK’s nuclear future

This is intriguing. It looks like the new Prime-Minister elect of the UK is pushing for Nuclear energy (eight plants within 15 years). A predictable response from the environmentalist factor:

Greenpeace last night condemned his plans. A spokesman said: ‘Reaching for nuclear power to solve climate change is like taking up smoking to lose weight. Is it a simple answer? Yes. Is it an effective answer to the climate change crisis? Absolutely not.’

However, Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary stated:

A strong opponent of nuclear power when he was first elected to parliament 20 years ago, Darling says he now believes that Britain has no option but to remain nuclear. ‘I respect the views of someone who says they don’t want nuclear in any circumstances whatsoever. Fair enough. Right, tell me what the alternative is. If there was an easy answer that had low carbon, no cost, no eyesores somebody would have found it. And we haven’t found it yet… Yes we need to consult. [But] at the end the government has got to make a decision.’

You have to admit one thing about nuclear energy; it’s low in carbon emissions.

The Observer

US seeks G8 climate text changes

OK, reducing greenhouse emissions is a noble goal and I can certainly see why the other members of the G8 summit might not like the idea of the US wanting to leave greenhouse emissions out completely.

However, setting a cap on temperature increase? At what point did we determine we have that much control on global temperatures? None of this global “consensus” on climate change has determined exactly how much temperature increase is contributed by carbon emissions, they have simply come to the conclusion that we are somehow contributing to certain measurements, with terms like “likely”, “somewhat likely”, “very likely,” etc.

Do they intend to simply treat it like a thermostat? Lower emissions and the temperature will automatically stop going up?

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature

Truthfully inconvenient, or, looking behind the global warming curtain of consensus

Remember, this didn’t happen, it’s all a consensus, just listen to Sheryl Crow…

He said that over the past 40 years the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast has declined even though carbon dioxide levels have risen.

Gray, speaking to a group of Republican state lawmakers, had harsh words for researchers and politicians who say man-made greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming.

“They’re blaming it all on humans, which is crazy,” he said. “We’re not the cause of it.”

Many researchers believe warming is causing hurricanes to get stronger, while others aren’t sure.

Gray complained that politics and research into global warming have created “almost an industry” that has unfairly frightened the public and overwhelmed dissenting voices.

He said research arguing that humans are causing global warming is “mush” based on unreliable computer models that cannot possibly take into account the hundreds of factors that influence the weather.