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Jo abbess commenting on the Carbon Brief,
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@BarryJWoods Well, @christianh finds me annoying. Plus I don't believe in the "art" of communications (as perfected by German Third Reich)

!! Christian being the CarbonBrief editor (former greenpeace, arrested on House of Commons roof the other year. Campaigner agasinst BP.)

Jo was contemplating applying to the Carbon Brief's current job vacancy..
£28-33,000 per year no overtime

It will be amusing when they file their accounte to see how much their budget is compared to say, the GWPF. The Carbon Brief had a good look at the GWPF's accounts.

Jun 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Process improvement is a thing that fascinates me. Amazing rate of progress in fatal accident reduction in Chinese coal mining - roughly a halving every 3-4 years since around 2003.

If they continue improving at this rate, fatalities will be comparable with USA rates within the lifetime of today's miners.

China coal mining deaths
2000 5,300 deaths.
2001 5,670 deaths.
2002 5,791 deaths.
2003 7,200 deaths.
2004 6,027 deaths.
2005 5,986 deaths.
2006 4,746 deaths.
2007 3,786 deaths.
2008 3,215 deaths.
2009 2,631 deaths.
2010 2,433 deaths.
2011 1,760 deaths. (estimated)

[A pity that we can't post graphics on BH.]

Jun 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

"Climate for Corruption"

Posted on June 27, 2012 | 31 Comments

by Judith Curry

At long, long, last may awareness lead to an understanding that false markets do not serve mankind well? They have always been manna to the unscrupulous; makes you wonder why politicians create them?

Jun 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Dung: "have any idea how many people die in coal mines every year" - in China it is in the thousands; in the US, 20-30. But that is irrelevant. I'm looking forward to seeing the industry adverts: "don't worry about fracking folks; coal kills so many more!"

Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterBitBucket


I was going to ask if you really believe that stuff but decided against it. Instead I ask if you have any idea how many people die in coal mines every year? Please compare that with the figure for how many people die through problems with shale gas wells (if you can find such a figure)?

Jun 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM | Registered CommenterDung

James Evans

OK I just wasted 2 mins raising your "like" score to a humungus THREE!! ^.^

Conservation of anything is a total waste of time indicating perhaps how the 50% of the population whose IQ is below average, spend their time.
99% or more of all animals, plants, bacteria, viruses, fish etc, etc that ever lived or existed are extinct. Why do the tiny number that exist today deserve special treatment?
Anything and everything that man builds or creates will turn to dust.
There is just one thing that man needs to conserve...... the human race.

Jun 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Hey people, The Sky Is Pink: New Josh Fox Video On Fracking Controversies in New York (and Much More)

Jun 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterBitBucket

'Robert Christopher'

I have read somewhere from a source that I trust that there is a fear that pumping CO2 into the ground under pressure can trigger earth quakes. Anyone else heard this ?

Jun 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

There's an interesting piece in "Time" here:,8599,2118058,00.html

I've written a reply under my usual secret-squirrel name of "thrib". You should go there and click on "like" for my comment, as I'm quite insecure and it would do wonders for my self-esteem.

For those who care nothing for my self-esteem I will quote my comment here to save you the trouble.

"The number of endangered species continues to grow, as do extinctions, so rapidly that some scientists believe we may already be entering the sixth great extinction event."

Uh huh. You do realise that all these doom and gloom pronouncements about extinctions are based on dodgy computer models? It's not that we are actually seeing lots of species become extinct. It's that we are CALCULATING that there must be lots of species (that we have never even identified) that are going extinct behind our backs. And most of the extinctions that the models are calculating are things like bacteria.

Some scientists believe we're entering an extinction event. Quite so. I think it's best not to dwell on what some scientists believe. Better to look at the standard of the science that's being produced.

"And while the environmental alarmists have been wrong in the past, there's no guarantee they'll be wrong in the future."

That pretty much sums up how low we've sunk.

"The 7 billion people on Earth ... are changing the planet so rapidly that we're entering a new geological age called the Anthropocene..."

Oh for heaven's sake. Just because the "Anthropocene" is a meme doing the rounds at the moment, it doesn't mean that it's a concept that contains any actual reality. How can we be entering a new GEOLOGICAL age when the geology doesn't exist yet? It's just silly.

Jun 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

Why the IPCC is so obsessed with appearing an equal-opportunity learned body:

Jun 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

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