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Experts from The Met Office said the average central England temperature in June reached just 13.8C (57C) – the coldest since 1991 which managed only 12.1C (54F).

July has so far shown little signs of improvement with overcast conditions and long days of drizzle.

Temperatures have averaged just 15.8C (60F) and forecasters are warning that the rest of the month is unlikely to pick up. That could mean an average Summer temperature of only 15.1C (59F).

The cool temperatures would make this year the coldest summer overall since 1993, which averaged 14.9C (59F) from June to August.

Jul 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Interesting comment at WUWT, not checked if it has any validity:-

"Tom says:
July 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

For those of you in the UK, and in particular Scotland – the power utilities have been stiffing you for an illegal and ineptly stealthy “carbon tax” since 2002 see:
and more here:

They (Scottish Power et al) are putting their fingers in their ears at the moment…."

Save 8% on your utility and make a point into the bargain.

Jul 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

Australian government guarantees the price per tonne of Carbon dioxide, totally ignoring the market price already prevailing in Europe and opening up massive opportunity for futures trading. He compares the likely outcome to the US housing market once the banks got involved.

Just watch the Martin Place Wizards construct some derivative contract that will allow them go short the Australian contract price and long the ECX futures contract. If there is a way to arbitrage even a penny, these dudes will find away.

No wonder all the four big banks are drooling about futures trading of Carbon Dioxide credits here in Australia, especially with a guaranteed minimum price of $15.

Just like the financially destructive CDO’s, the banks here will leverage the bejesus out of Carbon trading and sell these new Carbon Dioxide Obligations (hey let’s call’em CDO’s) to suckers in the retail market.

Don’t think it won’t happen. The same MO was used by US and European Banks with the “safe” asset class of American Housing and we all know what a clusterf..k that turned out to be.

Jul 11, 2011 at 7:24 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Al Gore is coming to Edinburgh this September:

Get your snow tyres now.

Jul 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterwoodentop

Roger Pielke Jr. notes that the Australian Government has committed to reduce carbon pollution by 5 per cent from 2000 levels by 2020 irrespective of what other countries do - and the government describes this as being "equivalent to taking over 45 million cars off the road by 2020".

Which is rather unfortunate as Australia only has 12m cars ON the road at the moment rather illustrating the impossibility of it all.

Jul 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

The BBC is still pushing the carbon pollution propaganda.

Jul 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

The God Species is back up on Amazon again.
Whoever was playing silly buggers has probably done Lynas a favour. I'm probably not the only who will now make a point of buying it though I might not have done otherwise.
Incidentally "" throws up a 403 Error when I try.

Jul 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

This article - from rather surprisingly Huffington Post - illustrates why the ding-dong over the validity or otherwise of the dangerous AGW hypothesis is essentially pointless. Some extracts:

“ … over the past decade, Vietnam's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 136%. And Vietnam's explosive growth looks like it will continue for years to come. Indeed, the country … stands as a proxy for many of the countries in the developing world. And as those countries grow their economies, their energy use, and their carbon dioxide emissions, the hope for any hard cap – or tax – on carbon becomes ever more remote.

“ … Vietnam's huge appetite for energy is part of an ongoing surge in the developing world to escape energy poverty. Vietnam represents a whole class of fast-growing, populous countries where energy use is growing ferociously and that's resulting in more carbon dioxide emissions – 33.1 trillion tons in 2010 alone, an increase of 28% over 2001 numbers.

"Like it or not, the world economy runs on hydrocarbons … And that will remain true for many decades to come. Countries like Vietnam, China, and India, will never agree to any tax or limit on carbon dioxide.”

Jul 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

Josh and BoFA

The Grauniad article comments also contain a link to a fascinating piece by Pierre Gosselin about abandoned solar farms. It seems they're not quite as low maintenance as you might think...


Jul 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

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