"Climate change denial" is a straw man phrase. Nobody denies climate change. What's being questioned is man-made climate change caused by man's 3% annual contribution to the total volume of CO2 emissions. It's disingenuous for alarmists to say that we must accept a "97% consensus" of scientists but nature's 97% annual contribution to the total … Continue reading Nobody Denies Climate Change
In the debate over global warming (anthropogenic global warming – AGW – being the type people think is caused by burning fossil fuels) there is often discussion about the global temperature, or the mean global temperature, or the average global temperature. We all know what that means, right? If you don’t know what an average is, go here, where I cribbed this nifty graphic.
Anyway, the argument is that the average temperature of the globe is rising, and that the cause is our use of carbon-based energy, which releases CO2, a green house gas, into the atmosphere. For a long time now, I’ve been mulling over this idea of average global temperature. I put a query to Watts Up With That, thinking I might get some critical info on it [my comment at (06:24:57) ] but the response only partly satisfied me.
Simply put, if you…
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By Paul Homewood
h/t Philip Bratby
The low and much-publicised offshore wind bids for Feed-in Tariffs with Contracts for Difference (FiTs CfDs) continue to confuse many analysts, even those from whom one might expect clear-eyed caution. A writer for CapX (“What is the point of Corbyn’s nationalised wind farms?”), to select an example almost at random, quite correctly takes issue with the Labour Party’s reckless plans for major public investment in further offshore wind, but does so on the mistaken ground that “offshore wind is a big success story […] delivering ever more clean energy, at ever lower prices, for a fraction of the price of Labour’s plan”.
However, and as a matter of fact, none of the low-bidding wind farms have actually been built, and the 8.5 GW of operational offshore wind capacity which is “delivering” is without exception very heavily subsidised. Indeed, the most recently commissioned…
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By Duggan Flanakin ~
Why are the World Bank and other international institutions promoting widespread use of charcoal for heating and cooking in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)?
During the recent 2019 “climate week,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change touted increased reliance on biomass – which already comprises 60 percent of European renewable energy – as a tool in fighting climate change.
The Dogwood Alliance objected to the IPCC report, claiming that biomass (largely charcoal) contributes to deforestation. Dogwood’s arguments reflect the views of Norimitsu Onishi, whose 2016 article in The New York Times pointed out that burning charcoal not only poses human health concerns, it also constitutes a massive threat to the environment.
The UN Environment Programme predicts that Africa’s demand for charcoal – currently 23 million tons a year — is likely to double or triple by 2050. Africa’s charcoal production doubled in the past two…
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They don’t count any of the CO2 emissions from the harvesting/processing and burning of biomass. (Do a search for Fixing a Critical Climate Accounting Error” by Searchinger, et al. I think it’s a good idea to use biomass, but the CO2 emissions should be counted just like they are for coal, gas, etc..
By Duggan Flanakin ~
One of the major “burning issues” of the day is whether burning wood as biomass is green – or at least green enough. The European Union has classified biomass as a carbon-neutral source of heat and electricity, and the U.S. government has endorsed its widespread use as a “clean” fuel whose use also helps reduce destruction from forest fires. But not everyone agrees.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) defines biomass as organic material that comes from plants and animals that is a renewable source of energy. Wood and wood processing wastes are used to heat buildings, produce process heat in industry, and generate electricity.
Biomass fuels provided about 5% of total primary energy use in the United States in 2017. Of that 5%, about 47% was from biofuels (mainly ethanol), 44% was from wood and wood-derived biomass, and 10% was from municipal waste.
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Nobody should have to put up with this. Every effort should be made to prevent this from happening – and especially in this case. I get horrific 4 day migraines – I know what even the slightest noise can do. This is 100% preventable. Allowing it to continue is deliberate torture.
May 9th I asked Duryea Borough to place a no truck turn around sign at the entrance of this tiny dead-end road. I also begged them to stop backing the garbage trucks up to my home three times a week. They could drive in and then back up with very few black up Alarms. I lived here 17 years, and so many lost trucks drivers have painfully awoken me at 3 or 4 am trying to get their truck turned around in a place they never should be in the first place. I explained their Garbage trucks backing in this distance off of Main ST, with the backup alarms, the sound & vibrations of which was giving me seizures. I also provided them with the posted painful Hyperacusis article noting that it showed just how the Alarms & vibrations were keeping my head, neck, and whole spine in extreme…
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