UK Floods: UK and EU parliaments blamed
UK Energy: chaos because policies are founded on non-science
Climate Change: opinion in chaos because it is founded on non-science
World: Venezuela may be joining Libya and Iraq in chaos. Ukraine that lacks indigenous energy resources is joining in.
Everyone should read Booker’s assessment of flooding the Somerset Levels which I feel is close to the truth.
The project put climate change centre-stage, developed “to help manage deep and prolonged flooding, which is likely to become more frequent with climate change”. With the catchphrase, “A future when it rains”, one of its objectives was to review “the feasibility of spreading floodwater across the Somerset moors”.
Tonight, Venezuela is seeing a spasm of violence that’s unlike anything the country has experienced since 1989. Information is fragmented, since an almost complete media black-out is in place, but you don’t need the media to hear your neighbor’s screams.
Energy prices may be rising in the UK, but there is a small light on the horizon as people use nearly a third less electricity to light their homes than they did 16 years ago”.
An update on the state of recovery at Fukushima reactor complex
Some of the damage caused by the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, says a group of leading environmental and planning experts.
Listen to some environmental campaigners and you might think that there is total certainty that global warming led to the recent rain; listen to some climate sceptics and there is absolutely no connection at all.
Viewers have berated me either for failing to explicitly blame climate change in my reporting of the floods – or for suggesting that the rain may conceivably have been made more likely by the rising presence of manmade greenhouse gases.
The main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing, research suggests.
The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path.
“Polar vortex” has taken an uncontested lead in the competition for buzzword of 2014. It’s brought Arctic chill to the continental United States, disrupted industries and cities, and most, curiously, turned Donald Trump into a climate realist. Sort of.
It’s an intriguing theory – that recently has gotten legs: the melting Arctic – spurred by global warming – is causing the weather’s steering flow, the jet stream, to become more extreme. This extreme jet stream – rather than zipping around the world in a straight circle (right below) – is more frequently meandering off course (left below) and getting stuck in place, sending bitter, prolonged blasts of cold southward and conversely, see-sawing strong heat domes northward. It’s a fascinating paradox: global warming as the culprit for bone-chilling cold.
There’s a noteworthy letter in today’s edition of the journal Science, titled “Global Warming and This Winter’s Cold Weather,” that aims to cut through the flood of overwrought assertions about recent Northern Hemisphere winter weather in the context of global warming.
It’s written by five leading climate scientists, all of whom have long been reliable guides to a complicated and consequential body of science — John M. Wallace at the University of Washington, Isaac M. Held at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, David W. J. Thompson at Colorado State University, Kevin E. Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and John E. Walsh at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
The company that owns British Gas is “scaremongering” over Labour’s plans to introduce an energy price freeze, the party has said.
The chairman of Centrica warned last week that a proposed 20-month freeze after the 2015 election would create “uncertainty” and hamper investment.
But shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint told the BBC it would not “contribute to the lights going out”.
New rules on offshore helicopter flights, announced today, are a reminder of the risky business of bringing hydrocarbons ashore.
And while the measures should make those offshore flights safer, financially, the business looks like it’s getting riskier.
Onshore wind farms are being paid £30 million a year to sit idle during the windiest weather.
The payments are made because the cables which transmit power from the turbines to the National Grid cannot cope with the amount of electricity they produce during stormy conditions.
With a week still to go in the winter, the UK’s rainfall record for the season has already been broken.
The incessant storms and rainfall over the past two months have made this the wettest winter since records began in 1910.
[Well actually records began in 1766 providing an additional 144 years of data. Not David Shukman’s fault but he should try hold the Met Office to account]
Birds, sharks and unexploded bombs from World War II are being blamed for holding up offshore wind farms, raising doubts about the costs of the technology.
Centrica, the owner of British Gas, has warned that the intense political debate over gas and electricity prices has put Britain at risk of blackouts as soon as next year.
Rick Haythornthwaite, Centrica’s new chairman, said threats to impose price caps or break up Britain’s biggest energy supplier was raising the real possibility of “the lights going out in Britain”.
Cheap US coal has made gas-fired electricity uneconomic and accelerated a capacity shortfall in the UK
The UK is the world leader for offshore wind: we have more wind turbines in the sea, generating more electricity than any country in the world and the biggest pipeline to 2020. Offshore wind currently makes up around 3 per cent of the UK’s total generating capacity and it is already an essential part of our energy mix alongside other technologies, renewable and otherwise. And that’s not just because it helps reduce carbon emissions; we also know that offshore wind has huge potential as a scaleable renewable technology, with scope for significant deployment as well as cost reductions and benefits for businesses and UK PLC.
Cripplingly high power costs are forcing some of Britain’s heavy manufacturers to shut down their entire operation at peak times, with furnaces cooling and workers shivering in cold, darkened offices.
Executives say this “third world” scenario is becoming more frequent, as companies try to avoid using energy at peak times, when costs can rise 300 fold under the unusual rules of Britain’s power market.
The best way to get through these trying times is to remember that’s there an upside to everything. To take just one example: yes, global warming is destroying the planet, but the melting glaciers are also revealing the preserved corpses of WWI soldiers, which is pretty cool. And if, say, a fracking well explodes in your community, causing a fire that raged for five days and leaving one person presumed dead, you might get a free pizza out of it!
While historic winter storms have battered much of the US, California is suffering its worst drought on record. So why is America’s most valuable farming state using billions of gallons of water to grow hay – specifically alfalfa – which is then shipped to China?
Plans to extend the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, the London Array in the Thames estuary, have been scrapped due to fears it would harm seabirds, in the latest blow to the government’s hopes for the industry.
Power giant says freezing the carbon tax will help keep the lights on and cut bills, but says it should be compensated after investing in biomass in the belief the tax would rise
Consumers face higher energy bills under Ofgem changes designed to help encourage wind farms in Scotland, experts have warned.
The planned overhaul of network charges will slash costs for Scottish wind farm developers by £1.3m a year but increase costs for southern power plants.
Climate change is “clearly a factor” in the period of stormy weather the UK has been experiencing, the defence secretary has said.
Philip Hammond told the Andrew Marr Show the storms and flooding had caused “quite serious damage” to the country’s infrastructure.
[I’m afraid the Met Office agglomeration of over paid pseudo experts disagree. Hammond should fall on his sword and Cameron should clip the wings of the Met Office in a way that makes them more scientific and less political.]
It has taken six long weeks to uncover the real hidden reasons why, from the West Country to the Thames Valley, the flooding caused by the wettest January on record has led to such an immense national disaster. Only now have the two ‘smoking guns’ finally come to light which show just how and why all this chaos and misery has resulted directly from a massive system failure in the curious way our country is governed.
This historic photograph reveals how a lack of dredging has halved the width of a key river on the Somerset Levels.
The picture taken in the 1960s shows a wide expanse of water passing through Burrowbridge with plenty of room for water levels to rise.
My selection of stories posted by Luis de Sousa At The Edge of Time.
The biggest western oil companies are continuing to see their oil output decline, despite record investment in recent years spurred by sustained crude prices in excess of $100/barrel, according to data released by the companies.
Furthermore, with total world oil output continuing to rise every year, the western majors are seeing their share of the global market fall even faster, with new volumes coming largely from their rivals in places like Russia and a host of smaller companies at the heart of the shale oil boom in the US.
Libya’s oil output was down at 375,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Tuesday with protests continuing to affect a pipeline from the major El Sharara field, a National Oil Corporation (NOC) spokesman said.
Protesters last week had obstructed two pipelines coming from the Al Wafa field, which usually supplies around 30,000 bpd of light oil condensate, and also partially blocked a pipeline from the 340,000-bpd El Sharara field.
Gunmen seized part of Sulaiman Bek town and nearby villages in northern Iraq on Thursday, local officials said, the latest instance of authorities losing ground to militants.
Sulaiman Bek has been previously targeted by Sunni militants, who last year executed 14 Shiite truck drivers on a nearby highway and also temporarily held territory.