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At ... is a great post by Clive Hambler, an Oxford lecturer in biology (at Merton college, St Annes, Pembroke, Oriel and Hertford). He works in Oxford University's faculties of zoology, geography and anthropology and is co-author of 'Conservation' published by Oxford University Press.

Dead Fish and Green Energy

   At die-at-one-of-britains-best-loved-salmon-and-trout-streams/ ... fish along an 8 mile stretch of the River Teifi in western Wales have died as a result of a green power plant. An estimated 1000 trout and salmon lie belly up as a result of a spill from an anaerobic digester that converts cow slurry from dairy herds into methane.

Ocean Acidification

It is thought ocean acidification might become the next doom mongering scare story if CAGW is 'Trumped' in the coming months. It might be useful to learn something about it and going to ... for example a paper by Weil et al (2015) published in the Journal of Geophysical Research looks at ocean acidification and contradicts much of the doom mongering song sheet.

Having a Laugh

Sometimes the arguments are unintentionally funny. Others are incredibly out on a limb. CAGW alarmism is like that and this is one of the reasons why most people do not take it seriously - as well as the lack of the warmth that we were promised. At ... we are told global warming is happening even when the weather is cold outside the office window. A study in PNAS claims there are more places in the world where temperatures are hotter than there are places where it is just as cool as it ever was.

Green Machine

The Green Machine (sometimes likened to a blob that spreads on all sides gagging opposition with gobbledegook) is a bit like a black hole, devouring matter greedily (in this instance, tax revenue). Peter Lilley MP (not everyone's cup of tea and probably not my favourite chap either) is the author of a meticulous study into the financial effects of CAGW policies implemented by New Labour, the Lib-Con coalition, and the present government.

oh my, disaster beckons ...

At ... we have a CAGW piece of alarmism. It seems co2 may have passed 400 ppm permanently (but we don't really know). So what. Temperatures are not accelerating - they are fairly static. Temperature rise is stuck in the noise - not doing much at all. That is if we ignore the El Nino (like CAGW ignores La Nina as a natural process). One logical take-on from this might be that co2 is greatly exaggerated - as far as warming the world.

Mongolian Dreaming

At ... which is one of those doom laden Guardian non-stories that get the CAGW tribe all excited and bleating like sheep. Apparently, global warming is going to cause mayhem in Mongolia. They arrive at this conclusion by manipulating a story on medieval climate in the region. What was it like in that part of the world in the 13th century AD?

Global Warming is a theory

So says Judith Curry at ... climate scientist Judith Curry ploughs a furrow through the middle of the game. After outlining what she means by truthiness (something short of the truth) and factiness (short on real facts but strong on nearly facts) she describes what she thinks are real facts in climate science (and everything else is fluff so to speak).


The CAGW movement is closely wrapped up with some other environmental issues such as farming methods. It is interesting to note prior to reading the link that some long rooted weeds such as dandelions and thistles have tap roots that can access nutrients deep in the ground - below plough level and spade depth. Organic farmers have been adding such roots to their compost bins for years as it creates a mix of chemicals assumed to be beneficial to the soil. At ...

Lake Urmiah

Anyone with a passing interest in ancient history will have heard of Lake Urmiah as it appears on several important occasions in association with  hordes from the Pontic steppe zone in Assyrian annalistic records over a long period of time. It was associated with Medes and Persians, the Subartu/Subarian barbarians, and even with an influx of Scythians, all them enemies of the Assyrian state. It seems to have constantly been favoured as an area of settlement by incoming pastoralist tribesmen, possibly as a result of rich pasture or a very fertile soil.