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How to hide 30,000 Polar Bears

A new book from Susan Crockford and published by GWPF looks interesting.  It’s called The Polar Bear Catastophe That Never Happened but maybe it could have been called “How to hide 30,000 Polar Bears” which the Green-Scare Machine has apparently done under a mountain of smear and indignation. This is a story of the concealment and the backlash — the failure of science.

“Polar bear numbers could easily exceed 40,000, up from a low point of 10,000 or fewer in the 1960s.”

Polar bear numbers have grown four-fold during the last fifty  years (obviously climate change has been good for them). But WWF is still running stories headlined: Polar bear population decline a wake up call for climate change action

The issue of polar bears is a bit esoteric for Australians, though we are still accosted by their posters, but it’s not so esoteric for people in little towns of Canada like Labrador where a bear was roaming the streets a couple of weeks ago.

At least they weren’t invaded by 52 polar bears like the Russian town Belushaya Guba was. Those fat healthy bears stayed for two months or so and even wandered into buildings.

Since a full grown male can weight 700kg and is the largest carnivorous mammal on land, that sounds like a Bruce Willis movie plot. Though polar bears in Russia are protected “because they are endangered” (though from what, I can’t tell you). If Bruce shot one he’d be breaking the law.

The invasion of bears was of course, also blamed on “climate change”.

The US site earns me a few affiliate dollars for the Paperback copy and the Kindle Copy.

The Australian Amazon kindle copy is here.

Editorial Review

The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened explains why the catastrophic decline in polar bear numbers we were promised in 2007 failed to materialize. It’s the story of how and why the polar bear came to be considered ‘Threatened’ with extinction, and tracks its rise and fall as an icon of the global warming movement. The book also tells the story of Crockford’s role in bringing that failure to public attention and the backlash against her that ensued – and why, among all others who have attempted to do so previously, she was uniquely positioned to do so. In general, this is a cautionary tale of scientific hubris and of scientific failure, of researchers staking their careers on untested computer simulations and later obfuscating inconvenient facts. For the first time, you’ll see a frank and detailed account of attempts by scientists to conceal population growth as numbers rose from an historical low in the 1960s to the astonishing highs that surely must exist after almost 50 years of protection from overhunting. There is also a blunt account of what truly abundant populations of bears mean for the millions of people who live and work in areas of the Arctic inhabited by polar bears.

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121 comments to How to hide 30,000 Polar Bears

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    Sweet Old Bob

    Well ….they try to fool everyone , don’t they .
    And renewable energy is cheep and reliable …..

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    UK Sceptic

    But everyone knows these polar bears aren’t real. They are climate realists in polar bears suits trying to put a spanner in the works of rent-seeking climate troughers dedicated, poor but honest climate scientists who must save the human race from itself by legislating it back to the Stone Age.

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    Dennis

    There used to be Polar Bears in Tasmania until the politicians handed over state forests to national parks and banned sustainable logging that the state forests were established to provide for the timber industry.

    But now without the logging carbon dioxide level has risen and driven the temperature up and the Polar Bears have disappeared.

    So I heard from the fairies at the bottom of a former Greens leader’s backyard.

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    PeterS

    That’s how SJWs operate. They ignore the facts and focus on fiction. and lies. Too bad there are so many people who are either too gullible or don’t give a damn about the truth. That makes them SJW supporters instead of supporters of those few politicians who bother to speak the truth. We get the government we deserve.

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    Ruairi

    The demise of the white polar bear,
    Is another alarmist false scare,
    An unnecessary fuss,
    For Ursus Maritimus,
    With forty thousand in strength, are not rare.

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    I’m surprised that the warming worriers aren’t using saltwater crocodiles as our example of a species threatened by global warming. I mean, salties are hardly seen anywhere nowadays, oh wait

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      Dennis

      I have spent many days fishing around the Mary River and Susan River Heads where the Port of Maryborough is located between the mainland and Fraser Island, and at many other locations in the Hervey Bay region, mostly with friends who live there and know their area very well. We have discussed the Saltwater Crocodiles and that they have been around for decades past but only in very small numbers.

      One described the launching of a small boat at the River Heads boat ramp as daylight was appearing and sighting a small Croc feeding on fish frames that had been left there. Another spoke about shooting a feral Pig and using part as Crab bait, leaving the carcass on a Termite mound to use later. Next day the carcass was gone and there was a track leading to the river and footprints, obviously a Croc.

      However, over many years of visiting and going fishing I never sighted one.

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        These stories always emphasise climate change, but don’t talk much, if anything, about the fact that as crocodiles are now protected, their numbers have exploded. And as the numbers increase, the territory that each one can occupy reduces and therefore their habitat has to increase to accommodate the numbers. There have been sightings of crocodiles hundreds of kilometres inland as these lone crocodiles look for vacant waterholes. So the southern areas by defaull become attractive and no doubt the crocodiles will adapt.

        Do they also argue that the spread of cane toads is due to climate change?

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    Svend Ferdinandsen

    I checked the ice conditions around Novaya Zemlja, and there was plenty of ice on the east coast, but not so much on the west cost. It came back later and is gone now.
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icedrift_anim/index.php

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    Travis T. Jones

    That’s unbearable.

    ‘We’re battling ice conditions that we haven’t seen in 30 years,’ says Minister Steve Crocker.

    The new ferry in the Strait of Belle Isle doesn’t have the same horsepower as the old Apollo, so even with an ice breaker, it’s risky to travel in this year’s ice conditions, says the Canadian Coast Guard.

    But the province says this year’s severe ice conditions are unprecedented, and even an icebreaker got stuck in the thick ice.”

    March 15: With or without icebreaker, Qajaq can’t get through, says coast guard

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/qajaq-icebreaker-1.5056140

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    Salome

    Wow! What big possums those Russians have to contend with. But seriously, folks, wouldn’t Belushaya Guba be a perfect location for the next IPCC conference? Delegates could be housed in tents.

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      Rupert Gregg

      Be a good alternative venue for the Davos pose fest too. If they can get the jets in of course.

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    Travis T. Jones

    Whoa! Wait, what?

    “The Arctic is now “locked in” to experiencing unnatural levels of temperature rise by AS EARLY AS 2050, according to a new United Nations environmental report out Wednesday” (13-03-2019)

    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/433886-un-report-finds-globe-is-past-the-point-of-halting-temperature-rise

    But … but …

    Around 9,500 years ago, the climate in Svalbard was T-shirt weather, much warmer than it is today. And the paleoclimatologists think that climate could be where the Arctic is headed again

    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/climate-scientists-take-ice-cores-svalbard-lakes/

    and .. and …

    10,000 years ago the Greenland ice sheet was over 1000 meters thick …

    http://users.clas.ufl.edu/eemartin/GLY6075F08/papers/BondetalNature'93.pdf

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      That’s it then, no need to fund any further climate change research as it’s now fully confirmed and past preventing. Better bring back coal fired power and enjoy life while we can.

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      Dennis

      Did they miss the prediction that it will be all over within 12 years?

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      ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N

      “The Arctic is now ‘locked in’ to experiencing unnatural levels of temperature rise by AS EARLY AS 2050, according to a new United Nations environmental report out Wednesday”

      In other words, even if it’s a proven lie what they really mean is they’ll push it ’til Hell freezes over – which will be due to The Climate Change™©®

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    Kinky Keith

    A highly relevant post that leaves aside Global Warming for a moment to show the methods and cynicism used by activist political “influencers”.

    After all, counting Polar Bears is so much easier than unraveling the “science” of Global Warming but the two schemes have the common aim of controlling the political discussion and manipulating politics.

    If, as we have seen in this post, the Polar bear thing is a scam might not that give reason for doubt about Man Made Global Warming?

    Certainly there is No Science behind the CO2 Global Warming Scam and the public has a right to know directly from politicians the truth of the matter.

    Time for a Truth and reality check.

    KK

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    Graeme No.3

    The solution is simple. Assign each inner city greenie with their own personal polar bear. Bears wander into houses so should cope with indoor living and they would find food readily available.
    The only drawback is that we would soon have wailing and howling on the ABC about “Save the Greenies”.

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    Travis T. Jones

    They told us that a changing climate would cause food shortages, and they were right!

    Food supplies dwindling in Labrador communities due to severe ice conditions in the Strait of Belle Isle

    https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/regional/food-supplies-dwindling-in-labrador-communities-due-to-severe-ice-conditions-292948/#.XJENtQH6d9o.twitter

    via Susan Crockford@twitter: https://twitter.com/sjc_pbs/status/1108031003476389889

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    David Wojick

    The Bears were threatened by computer models, but they ignored the threat and prospered. Too bad we can’t be that smart.

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      pat

      their ABC & AFR are only scetical of models that don’t suit their agenda:

      one guest – Labor’s Mark Butler!

      AUDIO: 9min53sec: 19 Mar: ABC Breakfast: Fran Kelly: Government using ‘dodgy modelling’ to prevent action on climate change, Butler says
      The political battle over energy policy has escalated — the government says an independent analysis shows Labor’s climate policies would have a “devastating impact” on the economy.
      Under a worst case scenario, 336,000 jobs would be lost, wages would be slashed, and electricity prices would almost double…
      Guest:
      Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
      https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/government-using-dodgy-modelling-prevent-action-climate-change/10915168

      19 Mar: AFR: Climate change modelling exposes Labor dilemma
      There are economic consequences from taking action to address global warming, but the bigger losses under Labor will depend on how it achieves its 45 per cent emissions reduction goal.
      by John Kehoe
      Australia will endure economic costs from addressing global warming, but Brian Fisher’s economy-crushing carbon price assumptions appear to be extreme.
      Nevertheless, Labor’s more ambitious 45 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 will cost Australia’s commodity-exporting economy more in terms of economic growth, jobs and incomes than the Coalition’s 26-28 per cent goal.
      Yet the magnitude of the cost varies markedly between climate modellers, depending on assumptions on carbon prices, renewable energy progress, international action and accounting for permits…

      The $73 to $263 per tonne shadow carbon prices he assumes for the Coalition – versus Labor’s peculiarly high $97 to $696 – are way out of kilter with analysis done by Australian National University economist Warwick McKibbin, Frontier Economics and RepuTex.
      McKibbin says: “It doesn’t mean he’s wrong, but it strikes me from a plausibility point of view he is an extreme outlier.”…

      McKibbin is more relaxed, estimating 80 per cent of the cost borne by Australia will be from international climate policies, such as China and India shifting away from coal…
      https://www.afr.com/news/policy/climate/climate-change-modelling-exposes-labor-dilemma-20190319-p515hk

      19 Mar: Guardian: Climate modelling cited by Angus Taylor did not model Labor policy
      by Paul Karp
      The BAEconomics modelling, released on Tuesday, was leaked to the Australian and then used by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor.
      However, the study does not model Labor policy because it assumes emissions must reduce by the same amount year-on-year…

      Similarly, research from the Australian National University suggests the Paris targets can be met at zero cost because renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels…
      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/19/climate-modelling-cited-by-angus-taylor-did-not-model-labor-policy

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        Serp

        Mark Butler plumbs new depths of ignorance whenever he speaks such that it’s hard to believe he is not Don Harwin’s twin.

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        ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N

        Under a worst case scenario, 336,000 jobs would be lost, wages would be slashed, and electricity prices would almost double…

        Oops.. Too late. That happened back in the 90′s.

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    Lank finds it hard to bear

    The next climate change scare will likely be a threatened extinction of Australia’s famous drop bear! https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/mammals/drop-bear/
    This dangerous but rare bear lives in the warm dry climates in eastern Australia. It is believed to be threatened by climate change but I suspect that as Australia’s population grows, and hence food supplies for the animal increases, it will flourish – just as the polar bear numbers are growing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj0m-1rvsUw

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    pat

    on the front page of The Australian, by Joe Kelly:

    Business demands climate fine print from Labor
    The Australian-9 hours ago
    The analysis by Brian Fisher — a former head of the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics — found the cost could be…

    seems there’s a second article by Graham Lloyd:

    Time for details on carbon cap by Graham Lloyd
    The Australian- 9 hours ago
    Some time soon, the ALP must come clean on the details of its plans for a … Industry demanding details of ALP carbon-cap plan…

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    TdeF

    Water covers this planet. On Antarctica it is 3-4 km high, a frozen ocean on a land as big as South America. Ice freezes at 0.0C by definition and in the far north brown bears have adapted to hunt on the ice. However with a summer average of exactly 0.0C in the Arctic, +/-0.1C can dramatically change the amount of ice, so it is used as a major scare tactic even though +/-0.1C means nothing.

    Polar bears, like most polar animals, are white and white is cute in a photograph. So they have been used as an icon of enviromentalism and the ice melt used to scare people that their cities will be underwater.

    No environment reporter points out that there is no land at the North Pole and melting sea ice cannot raise water levels. It’s not worth their job.

    No one cares that polar bears are uncute giant murdering bears and that they live on land every summer anyway, as do all the other mammals like seals and walruses who can see them coming, white on brown. No one publishes a photo of a cute white bear after lunching on a seal.

    So the very manipulative cute polar bear beat up has continued for 30 years despite the explosive quadrupling of polar bear populations. Still people dress up as threatened Polar bears. Perhaps they should take one of these three metre tall 3/4ton fierce carnivores home as a pet? Two problems would be solved in a Darwinian sense.

    Adopt a polar bear today. Someone would.

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      Gee aye

      Someone must have told you about arguing using absolutes. Because of such, almost all of your statements are false but I expect you knew that. There are plenty of images of bloodied bears feasting on dead animals and mentions of the difference between sea and land ice.

      By the way you are wrong about sea ice anyway given some observations (ie based on observed empirical measuremets) like this

      Research suggests that glaciers behind ice shelves may accelerate by as much as five times following a rapid ice shelf retreat.

      -https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/quickfacts/iceshelves.html

      that suggest that there are mechanisms by which reduced sea ice promotes loss of land ice.

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        Tdef

        That’s rubbish, but I know you know that. Absolutely.

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        el gordo

        ‘…. ice shelves may accelerate ….’

        And if global cooling has begun they may not accelerate. Wishful thinking is not empirical evidence.

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        Peter C

        Someone must have told you about arguing using absolutes. Because of such, almost all of your statements are false but I expect you knew that.

        That is almost true by definition (Black Swan argument), but only if you choose to interpret TdeF in that way. I think he was making a more general argument so you are setting up a straw man there.

        Research suggests that glaciers behind ice shelves may accelerate by as much as five times following a rapid ice shelf retreat.
        -https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/quickfacts/iceshelves.html
        that suggest that there are mechanisms by which reduced sea ice promotes loss of land ice.

        Two words stand out there; MAY and SUGGEST. Sounds to me more like scientific speculation rather than fact!

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    Bill in Oz

    Extincting polar bears !
    Another one of the Greenist scary fairy tales are told to children
    And childlike adults.
    It is a pity that someone with some wisdom
    like David Attenborough
    In his dotage is being so childish.

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      ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N

      I believe Attenborough’s been threatened and bought or just threatened by the BBC, his entire career washed into the sewer if he dare grow a brain and speak the truth. He seriously can’t be that uneducated to believe the AGW he spouts.

      But that’s like Nat Geo and all other doco channels these days. They probably get paid thousands by the Green Blob every time they add “..but in the face of a changing climate..” to their narration.

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    Gee aye

    Polar bear numbers are healthy today because of international cooperation that arrested a centuries long decline in their numbers due to hunting.

    Though at the moment polar bears in Russia are protected “because they are endangered” (though from what, I can’t tell you).

    So Jo your question is easily answered and you could have spent 5 minutes research to inform your readers rather than making a pithy comment. The soviet union was one of the countries that put protections in place to limit hunting. They were being endangered directly by people with guns and these measures remain in place.

    BTW, scientists gathered the data way back in the 1960s that was used to put the case for the international agreement. The fact that we now have healthy populations covering a vast region of the world is because science and international cooperation succeeded not failed.

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      Kinky Keith

      Aye,yes,

      As always: misdirection.

      So you’re saying that hunting killed off bears?

      Isn’t this a direct contradiction that global warming is killing them?

      Jo’s point is that Man Made Global Warming induced by human origin CO2 didn’t do it.

      Bears thrive when they aren’t shot; what a surprise.

      KK

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        Gee aye

        I’m not misdirecting at all. I’m commenting on an aspect of the OP which I directly quoted, and then you’ve replied to me with no content that relates to what I wrote.

        So on the topic of the last 10 years which you have directed me to comment on. The population has remained more or less stable with some interesting behavioural changes where bears meet humans – partly to do with human numbers and also the fact that bears are demongraphically different from around 20 years ago due to their population increase.

        The idea that they are obligate sheet ice users is probably overstating their reliance on ice and they seem to be surviving the recent minimas better than some people expected. I’d have liked to see Jo either review the actual book rather than its blurb, or pull out some of the scientific publications that the book is critiquing.

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        Gee aye

        and yes, up until 1970 or so hunting was demonstrably causing population decline. Maybe you can save me some typing and look this up yourself.

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          Lank finds it hard to bear

          Of course PB numbers are still kept ‘under control’ by hunting for the China market…. “Pressure is now being put on Canada, which allows hunting as well as the export of bear hides, especially to China where the demand for the bears’ snowy white fur is high. Polar bear pelts sell for around £4,000, but the best quality ones are worth up £15,000. The number of bear hides shipped from Canada to China increased from 266 in 2005 to 400 in 2013. Polar bear gall bladders are also being exported to China where they are hailed for their ancient medicinal properties.” https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/1093345/polar-bear-trophy-hunting-michael-gove
          As many as 5,000 polar bears are feared to have been killed by hunters in recent years.

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            Gee aye

            that is a concern. The illegal wildlife trade is awful.

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              Lank finds it hard to bear

              No it’s not illegal for Inuit in Canada “which allows hunting as well as the export of bear hides”

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              Hanrahan

              I’m not including ivory in this but relaxation of laws permitting legal trade can greatly reduce illicit trade.

              There is no shortage of either white or black cockatoos. If a humane trade was allowed there would be little incentive to smugglers. There is no illegal trade in budgies anymore.

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          Mark D.

          and yes, up until 1970 or so hunting was demonstrably causing population decline. Maybe you can save me some typing and look this up yourself.

          And where were you when the decline was explained by “climate change”?

          Kindly show supporting data and blog excerpts……

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        joseph

        So, could we say that numbers increased because of less hunting, but the numbers would have increased ever so much more if it wasn’t for global warming?

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    Maptram

    It’s probably just coincidence. Animal Planet or Nat Geo Wild had the documentary on in the last week or so about polar bears. The usual stuff, the ice is melting due to climate change, polar bears are at risk etc etc etc. It’s been on before, probably many times and they never show when it was made, it could be ten years old

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    Analitik

    Well polar bears have definitely become extinct in Singapore. It must be the Global Warming and associated sea level rise and acidification that caused the remaining polar bear to die late last year – not that he was 27 years old which is 2 years beyond the typical life span of polar bears in the tropics (and well their native lifespan of 15 – 18 years).

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-zoos-inuka-the-polar-bear-put-down-at-27-on-humane-and-welfare-grounds

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    Steve of Cornubia

    Once upon a time, high temps were indicative of climate change but, because we continued to have cold spells, low temps were quickly nominated as evidence too. The same goes for drought – and floods, more wind – and less wind, more storms – and less storms.

    Inevitably, more polar bears will soon be cited as evidence of accelerating climate change, unless of course the numbers start to decrease again, in wich case …

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    pat

    from Patrick Wood, author of “Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation” etc”

    16 Mar: Technocracy Now: Patrick Wood: Busted: Club Of Rome Reveals Gushing Support For Green New Deal
    The venerable global elite group, The Club of Rome, has tipped its hand by gushing over the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal…
    In the Club’s statement below, they state “We know the facts. We have the solutions. We just need the political will.” The purpose of Green New Deal movement is specifically to develop the “political will” to implement their “solutions”.

    The recent tweet that spilled the beans on Club of Rome’s support is pictured below:

    TWEET: Club of Rome:
    The Club of Rome deems the students’ concerns to be utterly justified and calls on governments to listen to the call for urgent action from young people, scientists and experts across the globe. Full Statement LINK 4-PAGE PDF (3 PAGES MEMBERS’ NAMES)
    14 Mar 2019

    The full statement released by the Club or Rome in support of the above Twitter posting is reproduced below…(READ THE STATEMENT HERE IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN MEMBERS’ NAMES)
    http://www.technocracy.news/busted-club-of-rome-reveals-global-elites-gushing-support-for-green-new-deal/

    Twitter: Patrick Wood: Stop Technocracy
    https://twitter.com/stoptechnocracy?lang=en

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      pat

      perfect followup to Wood’s Club of Rome quote re “political will”!

      remember AOC was created by Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement & New Concensus. thought this was amusing, given it was on Hill TV’s Krystal & Buck “Rising” program:

      1 Mar: Instagram: justicedemocrats:
      Varshini Prakash of Sunrise Movement is spot-on. “We have the technology. We have the public will. 80% of Americans support a Green New Deal, including 64% of Republicans. We have everything that we need on our side except for the political will.”
      VIDEO:
      scoutnefer54:
      I agree with everything she just said but here’s the thing..the current green new deal is fiscally impossible it would cost more money than the world GDP…ETC
      https://www.instagram.com/p/BublqqWhKCX/

      19 Mar: Washington Examiner: AOC quietly dropped from PAC leadership amid legal questions
      by Alana Goodman
      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quietly dropped as co-manager of a political action committee last week, just days after campaign finance experts questioned whether her role with the outside group was legal. Justice Democrats, a federal PAC that helped Ocasio-Cortez get elected to Congress last year, quietly filed corporate paperwork removing Ocasio-Cortez as one of the group’s “governors” in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 15, the Daily Caller reported on Monday.

      The move came just days after campaign finance lawyers told the Daily Caller that Ocasio-Cortez’s position as a governor of Justice Democrats could be a legal conflict because the PAC also supported her congressional bid.
      “If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions,” former Republican FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky told the outlet.

      Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, who founded the Justice Democrats PAC, was also removed as a governor on Mar. 15, according to the records filed with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Current governors now include Justice Democrats Director Alexandra Rojas, Nasim Thompson, and Demond Drummer. Attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez told Snopes.com in March that the congresswoman left the Justice Democrats board in June 2018. However, the group’s corporate filings indicate that Ocasio-Cortez remained part of its corporate leadership until last Friday.

      Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, did not respond to request for comment. A representative for Justice Democrats did not respond to request for comment. Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti have been facing scrutiny for their involvement with the Justice Democrats and an associated PAC called Brand New Congress. The groups, which were founded by Chakrabarti, funneled over $1 million into companies controlled by Chakrabarti between 2016 and 2017, the Washington Examiner first reported earlier this month.

      The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting an investigation into the unusual arrangement.
      “Justice Democrats” also operates a “527 committee,” the same type of soft-money group that Ocasio-Cortez has said she would like to ban through a constitutional amendment, the Washington Examiner reported on Monday…
      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-quietly-dropped-from-pac-leadership-amid-legal-questions

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    pat

    18 Mar: Technocracy Now: Patrick Wood: Fraud: Green New Deal Plagiarized From 2009 UN Environment Programme Report
    In a stunning revelation from a 2009 UN document titled “Rethinking the Economic Recovery: A Global Green New Deal“, it is discovered that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (AOC) Green New Deal is not a new movement of the people, but rather a crafty (and plagiarized) creation of a small group of global elite working through the United Nations.
    This 144-page report was headed by Edward B. Barbier, a professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Wyoming at the time, but specifically prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)…

    Barbier credits a number of people as important contributors to his paper, but two in particuiar ring a loud bell: the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)…

    Center for American Progress
    CAP was founded by ***John Podesta, a prominent member and operative of the Trilateral Commission. Podesta was the principal architect for the U.S. environmental policy for well over 2 decades. He served as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Special Counselor to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Manager. In July 2002, the UN Secretary-General appointed him to the High-Level Panel On Post-2015 Development Agenda that created the text for the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
    The Board of Directors for CAP includes Sen. Tom Daschle (Chairman), Stacey Abrams, Donald Sussman, and California billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer…

    Peterson Institute for International Economics
    PIIE was founded by Peter G. Peterson (1926-2018), a principal member of the Trilateral Commission for decades. PIIE’s Board of Directors is a Who’s Who of the Trilateral Commission and includes Lawrence Summers, C. Fred Bergsten, Richard N. Cooper, Stanley Fischer, Robert Zoellick, Alan Greenspan, Carla A. Hills, George P. Schultz, Paul A. Volcker, and Ernesto Zedillo. The PIIE paper cited by Barbier was A Green Global Recovery? Assessing US Economic Stimulus and the Prospects for International Coordination (LINK)…

    Note: tip of the hat to Dr. Willie Soon for forwarding this story to me, as originally highlighted in an email by Joseph Bast of The Heartland Institute.
    https://www.technocracy.news/fraud-green-new-deal-plagiarized-from-2009-un-environment-programme-report/

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      joseph

      This quote is from Patrick Wood’s latest book . . . . .

      “It will look like a great “booming, buzzing confusion,” but an end-run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old fashioned frontal assault. – Richard Gardner in 1974 (an original Trilateral Commission member)

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        Mark D.

        Haunting foreshadowing there Joseph. Booming buzzing confusion about describes the mass media today.

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    robert rosicka

    OT but worth watching Ian Plimer on the Bolt report , he takes a stick to the 97% consensus.
    Repeat program on channel 83 sky news at 2pm.

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    Greebo

    They aren’t polar bears, they are grizzlies. Climate change has faded their fur.

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    yarpos

    I guess if you can lose track of 1.5 Million Adelie Penguins , whats a few Polar Bears here and there? just loose change in the currency of climate alarm hyperbole.

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      Tdef

      Plus the loss of 250,000 caribou in Canada. A lot bigger than penguins. Found in the next valley as the Inuit said. Losing might be seen as unfortunate. Losing 250,000 is an indictment on ecologists who reached for mythical Climate Change.

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        Tdef

        Sorry about the red thumb. Caused by a green thumb.

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        ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N

        250,000 caribou in Canada alone? Maybe more uncounted? Wow. That means we have to be rid of ‘em all ‘coz climate and methane an’ fartin’ an’..

        I don’t dare expand that to every herbivore on the planet except cows, which don’t look so bad now. They so cute!

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          TdeF

          Australia has millions of kangaroos plus buffalo plus about 1 million feral camels. Amazing really. Apparently they are the problem and the trillions of cellulose digesting, methane emitting termites are far worse. All have to go.

          No one believes that the world once had dinosaurs which were really bad for the climate and lasted 150,000,000,000 years but a single meteor ended the discussion. Now the Greens are going to keep the world static in CO2, Rainfall, temperature, species, unchanged, a sort of Mary Poppins world. Good luck with that.

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            First they came for the coal…

            then they came for the humans…

            then they came for the termites,

            then they came for the rest of

            the goddam carbon-emitting critters…

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        Hanrahan

        “To lose one parent 30,000 bears may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both 250,000 caribou looks like carelessness.”

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      Say, you hafta’ balance the loss of a few polar bears, caribou and penguins against the warmer seasons and extinction of the spaghetti weevil, resulting in better harvests of the spaghetti plant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU

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        Hanrahan

        I spose that with the demise of the spaghetti weevil there will be no more hollow spag. Bummer!

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    John Burns

    Their white so the have no rights and their privalaged anyway especially the males ones

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    19 Mar: Daily Caller: Polar Bears May Have Quadrupled In Number Despite Melting Arctic Ice, Book Says
    by Michael Bastasch
    •A new book claims the number of polar bears may have quadrupled in the last 50 years despite melting Arctic sea ice.
    •Scientists predicted massive polar bear population declines as sea ice retreated, but that hasn’t happened, the book says.
    •“It’s a wonderful conservation success story,” said zoologist and author Susan Crockford.
    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/19/polar-bears-arctic-ice/

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    20 Mar: ABC: Injured sooty tern seabird blown off course by cyclone Trevor, rescued on cattle station
    By Kristy Sexton-McGrath
    A little seabird has survived being blown hundreds of kilometres into the middle of Cape York in Far North Queensland after Tropical Cyclone Trevor carried the bird from its natural coastal habitat.
    The Jackson family from Wolverton Station, west of ***Lockhart River, discovered the injured ***SOOTY TERN on the cattle station’s airstrip.
    Property owner Emma Jackson said the bird probably blew in from the coast during the category three cyclone, which hit near Lockhart River on Tuesday evening…
    “It’s definitely from the coast and the only thing we can think of is it has been blown in during the cyclone.”…
    Sooty terns are a seabird normally found nesting on sandy islands on the Great Barrier Reef.
    Lynette Ensor from BirdLife Australia said it was “extremely unusual” for a sooty tern to be found inland.
    “It is very surprising because they spend their entire life at sea, except for when they breed,” Ms Ensor said.
    “He’s obviously been blown in from out at sea.”
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-20/injured-seabird-blown-off-course-by-cyclone-rescued/10920644

    ***Wetland Info: Birds of Lockhart River local government area
    Total number of species: 252
    list includes:
    gull-billed tern
    Caspian tern
    bridled tern
    ***SOOTY TERN
    roseate tern
    common tern
    black-naped tern
    little tern
    lesser crested tern
    crested tern
    https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/wildlife/?AreaID=lga-lockhart-river&Kingdom=animals&Class=birds

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    only Manila Times has picked up this survey; it is so much more believable than Yale (see second link below):

    20 Mar: InterPressServiceNewsAgency: US survey finds lack of awareness on global warming
    By YASH BHANDARI, IPS
    (Yash Bhandari is research editor at Rockay, a clothing manufacturer that focuses on the exclusive use of eco-friendly and recyclable materials)
    WISCONSIN, USA: Furthermore, in October of 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report claiming that we have only 12 years to keep global temperatures to about 1.5C — if there is even a half a degree increase, it would likely exacerbate floods, droughts, extreme heat, and poverty, all of which will affect millions of people all around the world. The Paris Agreement, in theory, would prevent this from happening.
    But Dr. Isaac Hankes — a meteorologist and a Weather Research Analyst at Refinitiv — has a different view. He claims that “the Paris climate agreement is as political as it is scientific, and even if fully embraced will not offset much more than about 0.1C of warming…

    A recent survey conducted by Rockay — an eco-conscious manufacturer of running apparel — reveals that awareness is exactly what more than half of Americans lack on the issue of climate change. Conducted online via 3GEM RESEARCH & INSIGHTS, the survey polled 1500 American adults, ranging from ages 18 to 55+. The findings were surprising…

    For example, when the responders were asked if global warming will have deleterious effects in their own lifetime, the results were split. 34% answered they did indeed believe that there will be a global-warming-induced impact in their own lifetime; about the same percentage answered the opposite, with 7 percent claiming that global warming was a “hoax” outright.
    Additionally, 32 percent seemed to be more ambivalent about the issue, answering “kind of,” pointing to an acknowledgment of a fundamental lack of awareness.

    This same lack of awareness manifests itself in what is perhaps a more pernicious way. When asked the question, “Are you aware of the Paris Agreement and what it entails?” a whopping 56 percent of respondents answered “no.”…
    Given this, it’s probably fair to say that climate change, and perhaps even foreign affairs, just isn’t on the mind of most Americans…
    In fact, when the respondents were asked about how often they actually spoke about global warming with their friends and family — effectively gauging their level of concern — a tepid 14 percent said they “often” do. By contrast, 50 percent responded that they “rarely” or “never” do…
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/03/us-survey-finds-lack-awareness-global-warming/

    check Yale’s figures!

    21 Feb: Yale Climate Communication: A Growing Majority of Americans Think Global Warming is Happening and are Worried
    By Abel Gustafson, Parrish Bergquist, Anthony Leiserowitz and Edward Maibach
    Data from our Climate Change in the American Mind surveys show that, over the past five years, the proportion of Americans who think global warming is happening and who worry about it has increased sharply…
    These trends demonstrate that large changes in public opinion are occurring among Americans across the political spectrum. A growing majority of Americans think that global warming is happening, understand it is human-caused, and are worried about its impacts—beliefs that are consistent with the findings of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, which found that climate change is already causing harm to communities in every region of the United States.
    Funding Sources
    11th Hour Project, the Endeavor Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the TomKat Foundation, the Grantham Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.
    http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/a-growing-majority-of-americans-think-global-warming-is-happening-and-are-worried/

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      Roy Hogue

      A Growing Majority of Americans Think Global Warming is Happening and are Worried
      By Abel Gustafson, Parrish Bergquist, Anthony Leiserowitz and Edward Maibach

      I’d like to know how many of those growing numbers of Americans have made accurate temperature measurements over the length of time it would take to actually determine a temperature trend and be able to say, “I have the evidence myself and can show it to you.”

      My bet is that the number is insignificantly different from about -100,000. In other words, no one does that and furthermore, they don’t even know that someone should take measurements and keep records. And that’s not a put down it’s just a statement of fact. When I went through school I was taught nothing about science at all until college and even then it was nothing compared to what I’ve learned from this and a few other blogs.

      So what happens if you tell that America public the climate is being ruined by “carbon”? They don’t know how to question what you tell them or even that they should question it and they figure, “Gee, here’s a guy who sounds expert and I should believe him.”

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        Roy Hogue

        Now if you’re someone who stands to gain from there being a danger from “carbon” it’s a different matter. Those people know what’s going on and they know it’s all hot air from the mouths of prevaricators like themselves. But they must keep the fear quotient as high as possible and they do just that.

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          Roy Hogue

          PS:

          My county supervisor, someone who could get my vote every time because she’s honest and doing a good job, has jumped on that climate change band wagon.

          I have no idea how I can change her mind but I’m tempted to try.

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    Roy Hogue

    One of the things I discovered from Virginia Poter, head of environment Canada at the time is that a large number of bears regularly swims back and forth across The North Atlantic.

    So this isn’t even a surprise to me. That something could drown a natural born swimmer is ludicrous at face value.

    All it took was a politely worded message to the right place and the patience to wait for an answer and I had more useful information than the climate change pushers.

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      Roy H;
      During the Little Ice Age they went ashore in Scotland (as did some Eskimos**). Earlier one ‘lucky’ animal got a free ride when the inhabitants of Greenland sent him as payment for a Bishop (I wonder what the present exchange rate is?).

      The use of Inuit by the politically correct upsets the other tribes who object to be labelled as such.

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      Hanrahan

      Polar bears’ hair is hollow. The entrapped air is both an insulation and a flotation aid.

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    pat

    a tragedy, but not a rare occurrence:

    20 Mar: news.com.au: ‘Bodies are floating’: Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction with more than a million affected
    They can’t even count the dead in a city of 500,000 people as chilling images show the unprecedented disaster is far from over.
    by Stephanie Bedo and Ben Graham; with wires
    Countless people have been killed and almost a million left destitute after what could be one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere…
    “If the worst fears are realised … then we can say that it is one of the worst weather-related disasters, tropical-cyclone-related disasters in the southern hemisphere,” said Clare Nullis of the UN World Meteorological Organisation…

    The official death toll of Cyclone Idai — the deadliest storm in generations to hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe — more than doubled to more than 350 overnight, but that is expected to rise again, dramatically…
    The Zimbabwean government said around 100 people had died in that country but the toll could be triple that figure.
    More than 50 were killed in Malawi, according to official figures…
    United Nations officials said on Tuesday that more than 2.6 million people had been affected and $28 million had been allocated to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi from its emergency response fund…

    In 2000, Mozambique was hit by severe flooding caused by weeks of heavy rain, a disaster made much worse when a cyclone (Eline) hit.
    About 700 people were killed in what was regarded as the worst flooding in 50 years…
    https://www.news.com.au/world/africa/more-than-1000-feared-dead-from-cyclone-in-mozambique/news-story/193caf3fb1ac18040e2891964f969e27

    impossible from the reporting to separate out the death toll figures from the cyclone and the earlier flooding:

    14 Mar: IOL.co.za: AFP: 115 killed as Cyclone Idai threatens to batter southern Africa
    Maputo – At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843 000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the UN said, prompting calls for emergency aid.
    At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods.

    Mozambique cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the “government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical Cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday”…

    Mozambique is prone to extreme weather events. Floods in 2000 claimed at least 800 lives while more than 100 were killed in 2015.
    https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/115-killed-as-cyclone-idai-threatens-to-batter-southern-africa-19881016

    20 Mar: Guardian: Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts
    Destructive power of storms likely to increase in future as world warms up
    by Matthew Taylor
    The climate crisis that is driving sea level rises and more extreme rainfall is making deadly storms like the one that hit southern Africa more severe, according to experts…

    Experts said it was too early to draw specific conclusions from Cyclone Idai, but the rapidly changing climate meant the destructive power of such storms was only going to increase in the future…

    Dr Friederike Otto, of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, said: “There are three factors with storms like this: rainfall, storm surge and wind. Rainfall levels are on the increase because of climate change, and storm surges are more severe because of sea level rises.”…

    Paulo Ceppi, of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, agreed it was inevitable that climate change would lead to more severe storms. “There is a direct link between global warming and cyclone intensity. We need to make every effort to follow the Paris agreement target of remaining below 1.5C of global warming in order to minimise future increases in the severity of tropical storms, [and] to achieve the Paris goal we need to start reducing global carbon emissions now.”…

    Dr Rebecca Emerton, of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, said her team was working with experts in the area hit by Cyclone Idai to try to improve forecasting and warning systems.
    “It has been an active cyclone season in the Indian Ocean this year with seven intense cyclones already, compared to an average usually of three.” She said Idai was the biggest storm in the area since 2000…

    Mel Evans, a climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said the storm was further proof that the people least responsible for the climate crisis were suffering the most…
    Mel Evans, a climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said the storm was further proof that the people least responsible for the climate crisis were suffering the most.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/climate-change-making-storms-like-idai-more-severe-say-experts

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      ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N

      Ya know what? I haven’t watched the news or free to air TV for 3 years and as far as I’m concerned everything over that time just didn’t happen.

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    robert rosicka

    Seems there’s nothing sacred and nothing that can’t be blamed on climate change .

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/19/the-guardian-climate-denial-linked-to-the-christchurch-mosque-massacre/

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      TdeF

      ” fighting against climate change is the equivalent of fighting against hatred. ” So now the muslim communities are the good guys? Try selling that around the world, places like Nigeria and Thailand and Kashmir and Chechnya and Serbia. The list is endless.

      Sectarian violence is just that. Making out it is a m*slim battle against white climate change is awfully perverse.

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      Hanrahan

      They should make up their minds: Is it Trump or Climate change?

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    pat

    what…more than is happening already?

    18 Mar: Radio Times: TV weather forecasts should include regular climate change segment says former BBC presenter Bill Giles
    “Understanding and explaining climate change is one of the most important things facing humanity today”
    By Radio Times staff
    Writing in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, Giles said: “I am calling on the BBC and the other major broadcasters to incorporate an additional five- to ten-minute slot into the forecast that focuses properly and honestly on the Earth’s changing climate.
    “This climate change slot should air at least once a week and would use our technical ability to show weather everywhere in the world to explain in clear, ‘non-jargony’ or technical terms the reasons why our climate is changing – largely due to human influences – and the effects of this on us and all other animals.”

    Giles added that “understanding and explaining climate change is one of the most important things facing humanity today” and said that his proposed new segments should discuss the possible impact of climate change around the world, including on animal migrations and “the increase in intensity of Atlantic hurricanes”.

    Giles first presented the weather on BBC TV in 1975 and was a familiar face on screen throughout the 80s and 90s. He is a former head of BBC weather presenters and led the Met Office Broadcast Meteorologists team for 17 years until his retirement in 2000…
    https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-03-18/bill-giles-tv-weather-forecasts-climate-change/

    19 Mar: Daily Mail: Veteran weatherman Bill Giles says that BBC forecasts should include a report on climate change
    •The meteorologist said broadcasters are doing the public a disservice
    •He believes ten minutes should be spent discussing our changing climate
    •Bill Giles led the BBC weather team for 17 years and retired in 2000
    By Dominique Hines
    Giles, who led the BBC weather team for 17 years until his retirement in 2000, says the public is largely misinformed about climate change and regular broadcasts would rectify this.
    ‘Where the sceptics go wrong is that they confuse weather and climate,’ he said.
    ‘Of course you can have a very cold spell in the winter in the UK, as we did last year, by being visited by the so-called Beast of the East.
    But that’s weather, not climate. Climate is long term – decades and centuries.

    ‘In clear and responsible terms, the public need to be better informed on how they are going to be affected by climate change – and also what we can do to minimise it.’
    Giles said that he would be willing to step out of retirement to help the cause, adding: ‘As was clear to me back in the 1980s when I first started talking and writing about the effects of climate change, the facts are stark.
    ‘I’d be happy to offer any advice or help as well. Because understanding and explaining climate change is one of the most important things facing humanity today.’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6824325/BBC-forecasts-include-report-climate-change-according-former-weatherman.html

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      TdeF

      “Because understanding and explaining climate change is one of the most important things facing humanity today.’

      I would love to read that explanation because I cannot understand what he is talking about. What Climate Change? What Global Warming? What rapid rise in sea level? What increase in storms? So go on, tell us about Climate Change, now that Global Warming is dead.

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    lol:

    18 Mar: DesmogUK: Comment: The BBC Broke More Than its Editorial Guidelines in Inviting a Climate Science Denier to Discuss the School Strikes
    By Mike Small
    (Mike Small is the Founder and Editor of Bella Caledonia. He was DeSmog UK’s Deputy Editor from March to December 2018, and continues to contribute to the publication)
    The fresh and jazzy new BBC Scotland “Nine” news programme has come under a wave of criticism after inviting a ***renowned climate science denier onto its show on the very day of the global school strike.
    It’s accused of (at best) incompetent coverage of the protests…

    Richard Dixon of Friends of the Earth Scotland: “And tonight The Nine is not interviewing the two children that started the whole thing in Scotland, despite them offering to come to Glasgow for that, they are not asking the government if they are doing enough on climate change, no, they are giving air time to an ***infamous climate denier so he can say children shouldn’t be allowed to protest about climate change.”
    “The BBC’s editorial guidelines specifically forbid allowing climate deniers to espouse their disgusting lies on the BBC. So BBC Scotland are you just bad at your job or is institutional climate scepticism still lurking there?”…

    Climate Denier Invite
    The invitation to Andrew Montford, who blogs as “Bishop Hill”, represents a case of what credible scientists see as “false balance” in the climate change debate. He was appointed Deputy Director of the ***notorious climate science denial propaganda unit, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in 2017…

    Alastair McIntosh, writing for the Scottish Review of Books, concluded that “Montford’s analysis might cut the mustard with tabloid intellectuals but not with most scientists. The Hockey Stick Illusion might serve a psychological need in those who can’t face their own complicity in climate change, but at the end of the day it’s exactly what it says on the box: a write-up of somebody else’s blog.”
    The Nine’s decision is directly in contravention of the BBC’s own policies.
    Last year the BBC was forced to introduce new guidelines after repeated criticism over the past decade for enabling “false balance” on the topic of climate change, as well as for failing to fully implement the recommendations of the BBC Trust’s 2011 review into the “impartiality and accuracy of the BBC’s coverage of science”.
    The new guidelines offered training for BBC journalists…

    As a result of Montford’s invitation the entire Scottish climate movement yesterday (including Friends of the Earth Scotland, 2050 Climate Group, Extinction Rebellion, Climate Action Scotland, the Scottish Green Party and Stop Climate Chaos) refused to go on BBC Scotland News – which forced them to cancel the segment…
    https://desmog.co.uk/2019/03/18/comment-bbc-broke-more-its-editorial-guidelines-inviting-climate-science-denier-discuss-global-school-strikes

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    AUDIO: 48min38sec: 19 Mar: ABC Nightlife: How will climate change affect your insurance premiums?
    with Philip Clark
    A changing climate means more unpredictable weather events. This growing risk is making it harder to insurance your house.
    Principal at Finity Consulting Tim Andrews and Climate Risk’s Director of Science and Systems Karl Mallon join Nightlife to take a look at the future of insurance and how they’re adapting to climate change.
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/how-will-climate-change-affect-your-insurance-premiums/10918434

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    no signs of bias in the following! lol:

    19 Mar: ABC: Coalition and Labor battle over the household economic pain of their climate change policies
    By political editor Andrew Probyn
    PIC: Bill Shorten, solar-panelled roof (check it out)
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is using ***hotly disputed forecasts of economic pain to try and flush out the missing pieces of Labor’s climate change policy.
    An economic modeller has suggested the Opposition’s target to cut carbon emissions could wipe billions of dollars out of the farming, mining, electricity and transport industries.
    But Labor leader Bill Shorten has dismissed the forecast and promised to release his party’s climate change policies soon…

    Former deputy prime minister John Anderson, in an extended interview with the ABC, said neither side of politics had been completely honest about the true economic cost of their climate change policies.
    Mr Anderson, who led the Nationals for six years from 1999 while John Howard was PM, said a lack of truth-telling on the cost of carbon abatement had been a major contributor to the decade of political dysfunction and leadership turmoil…
    “Carbon abatement is expensive and at the heart of our almost dysfunctional politics … has been a refusal on the part of leaders to clearly explain that carbon abatement is expensive, that in fact it is a major economic shock to the system, whatever proposal is coming.”

    Mr Anderson has endorsed ***controversial modelling that purports to show the economic impact of rival climate change policies…

    Australia’s former chief agricultural economist Brian Fisher said the Coalition’s policy would cut wages 2 per cent, while average wages would fall 8 per cent, or $9,000 a year, under Labor’s plans.
    Using neither carryover credits nor international permits would cost $293 billion in cumulative GDP losses under the Coalition’s 27 per cent target by 2030, and $1.2 trillion under Labor’s 45 per cent target, according to Dr Fisher’s modelling…

    Labor’s climate change spokesman Mark Butler said Dr Fisher’s analysis was “utterly dodgy rubbish”, noting that his report assumed renewable energy was as high as $200/MWh when Snowy Hydro was already offering contracts at $70/MWh.
    “We’ve seen these fear campaigns claiming Whyalla would be wiped off the map, and lamb roasts will cost $100. Now we have this prediction of doom and gloom. They simply aren’t credible,” Mr Butler said.

    The Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell dismissed the modelling, which he said was based on flawed assumptions.
    “It’s economic modelling like this that are giving economists a bad name,” he said.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-19/john-anderson-politicians-honesty-climate-change-economic-costs/10916036

    on above page:

    LINK: Australian bosses have started caring about climate change
    Australian company directors nominate climate change as the number one issue they want the government to address in the long-term, in a survey of more than 1,200 business leaders.

    LINK: New coal power is not the answer
    The tipping point’s been reached: the cold, hard numbers show that new renewable energy is supplying cheaper electricity than new coal-fired power plants could and will continue do so, writes Stephen Long.

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    19 Mar:Scotsman: Climate science is not ‘liberal propaganda’
    by Harriet Sweatman
    (Harriet Sweatman is the Scottish Schools’ Young Writer of the Year)
    The world is losing the war on global warming and my generation will have to live with the consequences, writes school pupil Harriet Sweatman…
    I missed more school last year because of the ***Beast from the East than I did from striking. The freak snow storm froze all the new flowers that had sprouted in February and left bees to starve in their hives…Weather events like this are becoming our new normal and we can’t accept that…

    “Denial is not a policy” said another sign. One of my older relatives tells me that I have been brainwashed. That there is nothing wrong. I don’t know when they decided that science was “liberal propaganda” but I am disgusted. I am left trying to keep the peace in my family where we argue over everything, from Brexit to the NHS…
    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/climate-science-is-not-liberal-propaganda-harriet-sweatman-1-4891552

    Students to press Congress for common-sense laws on climate change
    Washington Post-12 hours ago
    “Climate change is a threat to our future,” Emerson told the board members. “I think all school districts should pass rules about how we can all …

    The disconnect between the Trump administration and reality on climate change keeps growing
    Washington Post – 18 Mar 2019
    A historic storm hit the Great Plains last week, leading to the worst flooding in Nebraska in half a century…

    Trump and Republicans are isolated on climate change
    by Amy Harder
    Axios – 18 Mar 2019

    19 Mar: America Cares About Climate Change Again
    For the first time in years, a broad spectrum of climate advocates is playing offense
    by Robinson Meyer
    Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who has made climate a signature issue, announced that he would not run for president because his considerable fortune would be better spent fighting carbon pollution directly. Instead, he will fund a new campaign called Beyond Carbon for the Sierra Club, an extension of the club’s wildly successful Beyond Coal campaign, also bankrolled by Bloomberg. Beyond Coal says it has helped close 285 of the country’s 530 coal plants, a major reason for the overall decline in U.S. carbon emissions…

    The Sunrise Movement, a youth-led group that brought national attention to the Green New Deal in November, plans to hold 100 town-hall meetings in support of the plan across the country, organized by local chapters…

    Much of this activity is concentrated among Democrats. But public opinion has shifted in their favor on the issue. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that the Republican Party’s position on climate change is “outside the mainstream,” according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last month. That represents a nine-point bump since October 2015, when the question was last asked…

    And several recent polls have also identified a huge, nearly 10-point surge in worry about climate change among all Americans. “We’ve not seen anything like that in the 10 years we’ve been conducting the study,” Anthony Leiserowitz, a researcher at Yale, told me in January.
    Those national surveys found that Americans were motivated by a series of urgent new reports about climate science and an outbreak of ***extreme weather…
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/03/suddenly-climate-change-advocates-are-march/585196/

    ***that cold weather gets them believing in manmade gobal warming every time.

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    pat

    really? behind paywall:

    What most Aussies really think about climate change
    Courier Mail – 20 Mar 2019
    RENDEZVIEW: The majority of Australians have made up their minds about climate science, and want government to act accordingly. What will it take for the mob in Canberra to get the message, asks Margaret Wenham…

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    dennisambler

    What WWF do and say are totally different…

    http://churchillpolarbears.org/2019/02/celebrate-international-polar-bear-day-2/ (slow loading but great pics, no starving bears here)

    “Churchill is recovering from economic strife following no train service for over a year and a half. Now with the connection to the south restored, a bright future is in store for Churchill and the surrounding communities.

    Polar bear populations appear healthy over the past few years and more people will be able to journey to the Polar Bear Capital of the World!”

    This is where WWF advertise their Polar Bear Tours, covered by Paul Homewood here: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/wwfs-polar-bear-tours/

    Yet WWF are happy to put out their ads to send off money to them to “save the Polar Bears” https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-a-polar-bear

    “Adopt a polar bear”

    “Magnificent polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice to hunt and raise their young. But the ice is shrinking.”

    But you do get a cuddly toy!

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    I am Swedish and live in Sweden. I have few websites I visit daily. Joannenova is one of my favorite sites.
    Keep up the good work!!
    Greatings from Stockholm. Spring is it on its way here.
    Ingvar

    ”If you don’t do your own thinking, others will do the thinking for you – it’s called fascism”
                                       — Jacque Fresco
    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
                                       —  H. L. Mencken

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    MikeyParks

    The Left never updates their talking points – which makes it easier to call them on their lies. I don’t know if it’s willful or they’re just that dumb.

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