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Tales of The Riverbank

Ah well ... it's the 1st of April ... and the UK Environment Agency has been FoI'd into revealing that they've relocated some 55 Zummerzet water voles to more desirable residences in Cornwall and Hampshire at a cost of £135,000. It superficially fits the bill for stories on this day - but well... this one is true.

See YouTubed clip from local BBCtv magazine item.

They didn't mention Climate Change - which is I suppose a minor blessing.

Apr 1, 2015 at 1:08 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Robert Christopher:
I read that article, but more promptly, which allows me to trace the source to a post here (Unthreaded) by Kevin Mar 20, 2015 at 7:05 PM.
Warning - links to Unthreaded (such as the above one) rot quickly as items are pushed off pages by newer posts. But you can go through pages until you reach the time tag.

Mar 31, 2015 at 8:55 PM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

I found the link below in my 'favorites'. I must have saved it to read later, but I don't remember where I first saw it. It might have been here: if so, apologies:
The Coming Ice Age: A true scientific detective story

It is an article from 1958, describing how our recurring Ice Ages might 'work'. It has an attractive, calm style not found in today's climate science literature, even though it predicts quite extreme events as the next Ice Age approaches, such as:
"As Ewing and Donn read the glacial thermostat, the present interglacial stage is well advanced; the earth is now heading into another Ice Age. Certain signs, some of them visible to the layman as well as the scientist, indicate we may have been watching an Ice Age approach for some time without realizing what we were seeing.

Although scientists do not agree on its significance, they have observed an increasingly rapid warming and rising of the ocean in recent years. Warm water flowing north has driven the codfish off Cape Cod to Newfoundland; annual temperature has risen ten degrees in Iceland and Greenland; down here winters are warmer; the Hudson River no longer freezes over as it used to. It is part of the Ewing-Donn paradox that the next Ice Age will be preceded by such a warming of climate."

It does state an interesting conclusion:
"And as long as the [North and South] poles stay where they are, the Ice Age cycles must continue."

Mar 31, 2015 at 7:43 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Some good news from Norfolk, with an interesting clip about the self sufficiency and the bees:

UK’s largest tomato greenhouse is really making the grade for local freshness

"Using rainwater from a roof the size of 17 football pitches, and recycling C02 from the factory next door, a tomato greenhouse in Norfolk is one of few almost self-sufficient growers in the mass produce sector.

As the largest tomato greenhouse in the UK that has survived a competitive environment where 80pc of tomatoes are imported from overseas, it may be a surprise to find the business sprang from a factory looking to reduce its carbon footprint.

Towering beside Cornerways Nursery’s tomato greenhouse in King’s Lynn is a British Sugar factory, which decided in 2000 that the carbon dioxide it was pumping into the atmosphere could feed tomatoes instead - building a business, and recycling waste, in one.
...
C02 is fed in from the factory, which at three times the concentration of the air outside makes the tomatoes grow more quickly, while a tepid temperature of 17 to 20C (or 24C in summer) is maintained with heat from the factory."

EDP24: UK's Largest Greenhouse - where CO2 enriched air makes the tomatoes grow more quickly!

Now, that's what I call 'Carbon Capture'!

Mar 31, 2015 at 6:19 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Bish, a new bug seems to have appeared on the site. When I log in, it works for the page I have logged in on, but not on any of the others. I am shown as not logged in on every other page.

Greatly appreciate your work, realise that I have no right to complain about the service. Just FYI.

Mar 31, 2015 at 6:08 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

johanna

epidemiological studies ... quite a rich vein of wonky statistics to be mined there by Steve McIntyre if he's so minded ...

There was a (fairly robust as far as I could see) survey done a few years back about numeracy in the "professions" and the conical white hat with the large D on it was unequivocally awarded to the medics...

It would seem that medics who can't be trusted to diagnose + medicate or use a scalpel - in the UK at least - are gravitating to be Public Elf professionals - and have recently been bumped out of the NHS to be administered at least in part by local councils. In this role they are seizing on any passing thing, administering massive doses of conflation and adrenaline to hype their self promotion adgendas. They have all been expensively trained in advance hubris techniques to complement their earlier training as higher beings...

Anecdotally the actual clinicians are glad to see them go - but I fear they haven't traveled far enough.

Mar 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground"

Oh noes! Have we reached peak carbon? Should we pump more into the atmosphere to keep the plants happy? Someone call the Grauniad!

Mar 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

The peak medical unions and journals in the UK have been taken over by alarmists, and there is a worldwide push to spread their dissembling. In Australia, a new "coalition" of medical types has sprung up to tell us that coal mining in the Hunter Valley (NSW) will cause thousands of deaths.

Not a shred of evidence, apart from dodgy "epidemiological" studies, of course. They are also mustard against CSG.

The march through the institutions continues.

Mar 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna
Mar 31, 2015 at 4:23 PM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

The Medact report is associated with Mike Hill, who has written three chapters of it. Not sure why, but my attempt to post on the Mike Hill thread tells me that my post will appear, and it remains hidden. I'll try it here:

Mike Hill has other form in Formby:

Update: 26 March. An earlier version of this piece stated that Mike Hill was retained as a technical advisor by Lancashire County Council. In fact, he acted as a "technical advisor" (unpaid) to the Fylde Council Task and Finish Group, who were looking into Cuadrilla's activities. He is no longer in that role.

Pointed out by Nick Grealy (of NoHotAir) in the comments at the New Statesman in March 2013. After the Gold Rush for Hill, rather than Neil Young?

Of course, the BBC had already swallowed his claims to be an advisor to the Council in this piece for Newsnight.

According to his election website "He is presently writing a joint paper with Professor David Smythe on fracking and is a co-author on the Medact position paper being published in March." That would be this Prof Smythe:

Glasgow University has written to make it clear that Prof. Smythe's views do not represent the views of the University's geologists:

“Notwithstanding our support for freedom of expression, we respectfully request that you make it clear in all of your future publications and broadcast media appearances that the views which you hold and express are your own and are not necessarily representative of the views held by the university’s researchers.”

Professor Paul Younger, current Professor of Energy Engineering at Glasgow put things more strongly:

"He has published nothing on [shale gas] in any proper scientific forum - no doubt because he knows he would never get past peer review with his pseudo-scientific scaremongering. He falsely claims to be a chartered geologist. That’s fraudulent. It’s wilful untruth. I am concerned about the damage to the reputation of the university by someone who never fails to use his university affiliation.”

The Medact paper is here. I suspect Dr. James Verdon will dissect it with his usual forensic skill.

Mar 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

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