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The more I look at climate issues, the more I realise that we cannot always rely on what the climate establishment tell us.

I hope that, in my own small way, I can help to put that right.

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”.

- J Robert Oppenheimer.

Recent Articles

Paul Homewood: How the World Bank keeps poor nations poor

By Paul Homewood An excellent analysis from Dellers:   What is the point of the World Bank? You probably think of it, if at all, as a benign institution, a kind of giant, multilateral aid agency, whose job it is to bring liquidity to developing nations and help them grow out of poverty. Until not

Today: 19:05   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The Real Story Behind the California Wildfires

By Paul Homewood   Meteorologist Cliff Mass has the real story behind the recent tragic wildfires in Northern California: There has been a huge amount of media coverage regarding the tragic northern California fires, documenting the terrible loss of life and billions of dollars of damage to buildings, infrastructure, and the economy.  As I write

Today: 12:36   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant Rejected By Kenya

By Paul Homewood   This is a highly relevant story coming out of Kenya this week:   Kenya’s failure to approve the development of a 600MW offshore wind farm in Malindi, south-east of the country, has resulted in the developers considering moving the project to Tanzania. Swedish firm, VR holding AB, which was set to

2017-10-18 18:34   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Wind Power In India

By Paul Homewood     From the “Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all like China and India” Dept:     India has ranked consistently in the top 5 markets globally in terms of total installed wind capacity for most this decade. During 2016, India set a new national record with 3.6 GW of

2017-10-18 17:26   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Disastrous fire management wreaks havoc on California

By Paul Homewood   From CFACT:   Like swarms of locusts devouring everything in their path, the wildfires that struck California’s fabled wine country and surrounding areas have left behind death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. With no warning, the blazes began spreading rapidly on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8th, and by the

2017-10-18 11:29   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Ex Hurricane Ophelia

By Paul Homewood Ex Hurricane Ophelia has now rapidly weakened and is moving away from the UK. It has been reported as the worst storm in Ireland since Hurricane Debbie in 1961, but there the similarity ends. As we shall see, Debbie was a different beast entirely. As we can see below, Debbie brought gusts

2017-10-17 19:55   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Telegraph’s “Sponsored” Articles For Renewables and Electric Cars

By Paul Homewood   I have increasingly been aware of sponsored articles in the Telegraph from various renewable interests. The one above is from e.on, assuring us that there will be millions of charging points for EVs, from which e.on will no doubt benefit hugely. Does the proliferation of these…

2017-10-17 14:00   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Australia Set To Dump Clean Energy Target

By Paul Homewood   h/t HotScot   From ABC News: A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices. Key points: The plan will be put to the Coalition party room today It would require three years’

2017-10-16 19:00   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The true cost of wind power

By Paul Homewood   Booker has a short piece in his newly shrunken column about offshore wind costs:   MPs arriving at Westminster Tube station have lately been presented with a huge advertisement claiming that the cost of electricity from offshore wind farms has been cut by “50 per cent over the past five years”.

2017-10-15 12:38   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Carbon capture in doubt after Norway buries 90pc of budget

By Paul Homewood   h/t GreenSand   The latest bid to develop technology which traps and stores carbon emissions is already in doubt after a key European partner scaled back its plans, days after UK ambitions were reignited.   Norwegian ministers slashed the expected state investment in a trailblazing industrial carbon capture project by 90pc

2017-10-15 11:42   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Hurricane Ophelia

By Paul Homewood   Hurricane Ophelia is on its way!   According to the National Hurricane Center, Ophelia has just been upgraded to a Cat 3, with wind speeds of 115 mph. But, not for the first time, we find that these claims are based on satellite data which are not supported by

2017-10-14 23:19   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Adelie Populations Growing

By Paul Homewood   h/t Richard Treadgold     Richard has unearthed a more recent study of the population of Adelie penguins, published in January 2017:     Abstract Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are increasingly affected by fisheries, climate change and human presence. Antarctic seabirds are vulnerable to all these threats because they depend

2017-10-14 18:28   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Delingpole: Michael Mann Crowdfunds Worst Children’s Book Ever

By Paul Homewood   Dellers takes a look at Mickey Mann’s new book:   Michael Mann is writing a children’s book about climate change. Don’t all rush to donate at once – you might break the internet – but he wants you to pay for it through crowdfunding. The book is called The Tantrum That

2017-10-14 14:57   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Too Much Ice ? Not Enough Ice? Eco Alarm As Penguin Chicks Die

By Paul Homewood   This story has been doing the rounds today. This is from the Guardian: A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation

2017-10-13 20:27   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon – Or Not!!!

By Paul Homewood     Today’s junk science, courtesy of Princeton and NOAA:     In a report published Oct. 9 in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team of Princeton and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have applied a key factor in improving climate models — correcting for sea surface temperatures —

2017-10-13 12:09   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Catalonia: New Study Confirms Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Events During Cold Weather

By Paul Homewood   This study was published a few months ago, which looked at the effects of extreme temperatures on cardiovascular hospitalisations in Catalonia. (My bold) Abstract Background Cold spells and heatwaves increase mortality. However little is known about the effect of heatwaves or cold spells on cardiovascular morbidity. This study aims to assess

2017-10-13 10:44   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: NY Times Claims Japan Floods Due To Global Warming

By Paul Homewood   h/t Dave Ward   From the NY Times   KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding. Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the

2017-10-12 22:29   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: UK Govt’s “Clean Growth Strategy”

By Paul Homewood   h/t Philip Bratby   Just issued today:     An ambitious strategy setting out how the UK is leading the world in cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change while driving economic growth, has been published today (12 October 2017) by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark. ‘The Clean Growth Strategy:

2017-10-12 16:32   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Pacific Ocean Seeing One Of The Quietest Typhoon Seasons On Record

By Paul Homewood     All of the attention on hurricanes this summer has been in the Atlantic. It may come as a surprise to some then that global cyclone activity has been pretty much normal so far this year:   In fact, the North Atlantic is the only region where ACE

2017-10-11 11:11   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Gummer and Johnson To Carry On At CCC For Another 5 Years

By Paul Homewood   h/t Philip Bratby   Purely coincidental! But, just to prove how independent the Committee on Climate Change really is, the government has today announced that John Gummer and Paul Johnson have been reappointed for another 5 years: The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, and Committee Member

2017-10-10 22:26   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The Ever Rising Cost Of The Climate Change Act

By Paul Homewood     h/t Joe Public     In March this year, the Committee on Climate Change published their latest review of the impact on energy prices of government climate policies:   I cannot recall it making many headlines at the time, but, as Joe points out, it makes for

2017-10-10 18:59   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Siberia’s Mysterious Crater

By Paul Homewood   Someone sent me this BBC article from a few months ago: Near the Yana river basin, in a vast area of permafrost, there is a dramatic tadpole-shaped hole in the ground: the Batagaika crater. The crater is also known as a "megaslump" and it is the largest of its kind: almost

2017-10-09 19:21   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: “Affordable Offshore Wind”?–The Real Facts Greenpeace Don’t Want You To Know!

By Paul Homewood     As I noted last week, the GWPF has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a highly misleading advert about offshore wind power, placed by a group of wind farm interests and left wing green outfits. The posters, placed at some…

2017-10-09 12:19   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: GWPF Lodges ASA Complaint Over False Claims In Offshore Wind Campaign

By Paul Homewood . Press Release from the GWP . London, 6 October: The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has lodged a formal complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concerning the current poster campaign for offshore wind at Westminster tube station. The campaign was launched by what the media has described as a “coalition

2017-10-06 10:34   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Prince Charles – “Irma and Maria Are Wake Up Calls About Global Warming”

By Paul Homewood . Prince Charles has been making an idiot of himself again . From ITV News: Prince Charles tells ITV News why ocean threats have him fearing for his and the world’s grandchildren Prince Charles has said he’s speaking out about the threat to the world’s oceans because he worries about his own

2017-10-05 23:15   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: New Paper Finds No Evidence Of Long Term Flood Trends

By Paul Homewood     Another study finds there is little evidence that floods are getting worse because of climate change:       ABSTRACT Concern over the potential impact of anthropogenic climate change on flooding has led to a proliferation of studies examining past flood trends. Many studies have analysed annual-maximum flow trends but

2017-10-05 18:11   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Onshore wind poised for a comeback as Tories warm to lower costs

By Paul Homewood From The Telegraph     Onshore wind poised for a comeback as Tories warm to lower costs Jillian Ambrose 4 October 2017 • 5:11pm   Onshore wind power projects could make a return to the hard-fought competition for subsidies as Conservative energy ministers warm to turbines following sharp falls in offshore wind

2017-10-05 12:22   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Prof Williams, Jet Streams & Junk Science

By Paul Homewood   Further to that ridiculous piece in the Telegraph about air travel and climate change, it is worth revisiting two of my posts last year about Paul Williams.   Most of the Telegraph article is centred around his claims about stronger jet streams and more turbulence. Williams has received more than £700k

2017-10-04 22:39   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: More turbulence and longer runways – seven ways climate change will affect air travel

By Paul Homewood   Even by the Telegraph’s recent standards, this new article really is dire: More turbulence and longer runways – seven ways climate change will affect air travel Gavin Haines 4 October 2017 • 10:15am It’s an inconvenient truth that jetting off to foreign shores for your holidays directly contributes to the very

2017-10-04 18:52   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Tropical Cyclone Trends In Australia

By Paul Homewood Hurricanes have been a topic of attention recently for obvious reasons. I have done a lot of analysis of Atlantic storms, but elsewhere there is much less historical data, due to the lack of monitoring at the time. Until recently, many, probably the vast majority of, tropical cyclones blew around in the

2017-10-03 10:36   Click to comment

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