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Not only is the cooling trend in the U.S. since 1998 continuing, it is actually accelerating.  Of course, this is is just a trend and at some point it will certainly change but month after month, as new data is released by NOAA, I plot the trend.

For the most recent 12 month period (April, 2010 through March, 2011) temperatures in the contiguous United States for the similar 12 month period going back to 1998 show a cooling trend of 10 deg. F per century.  None of the IPCC models predicted this considerable cooling trend for the United States.


 

It continues to amaze me how the global warming alarmists are quick to point to individual weather events as evidence for global warming.  No matter how many times it is pointed out that weather and climate are not the same thing, the headlines are sure to follow whenever a “pro-warmist” weather event occurs.  Inevitably, in these reports, some yahoo scientist is quoted as saying this is evidence of global warming.

Several years ago , Europe was experiencing a particularly warm winter and the global warming activists were tripping all over each other trying to get their names in the news with proclamations that  winter, as we know it, is a thing of the past.  We were told that school children in Europe were going to grow up without knowing what snow is.

Yesterday, a colleague (a science teacher) posted something on her face book page about a flood in Australia (on a river floodplain, no less) and some recent unusually warm weather in a small Canadian Arctic town with the implicit suggestion that these events were signs of global warming.  When I pointed out to her that flooding in that flood plain is not unusual her retort was to mention last year’s flooding in Pakistan (also on a flood plain) and asked the rhetorical question: “why is this planet becoming such a soggy mess?”  Of course it is not.   Oh, and that Canadian town– the warm spell she mentioned did not even come close to the record warm December temperatures experienced in the same location back in1952.

Anyone who has been paying attention to the news recently is familiar with the record cold and snow being reported in Europe.  The global warming people have even made a pathetic attempt at blaming this cold winter (the third straight one) on global warming.  Never mind that the same brutally cold weather conditions occurred in the southern hemisphere this past July and August.  When I read the nonsensical explanation for Britain’s cold spell I quickly realized that these AGW apologists apparently failed to notice the unusually cold conditions reported in the past month is such disparate places as the Middle East, the Korean peninsula, the Caribbean, the  U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest,  the U.S. and Mexican Southwest, China, and India.  Particularly embarrassing have been the reports of snow is Australia (it is the middle of summer down under)!  And here is a thought: If brutally cold temperatures in Europe are a sign of global warming then what would an unusually warm winter in Europe signify?  Just asking.

Well, as has become my monthly tradition I present here a menagerie of recent headlines from around the world.  I make no claims as to the climatic implications for these weather events.  I present them here merely to counter the drivel of selective weather reporting by the global warming activists.

Some December Headlines:

Coldest December on record for central Floridahttp://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/os-freezing-orlando-weather-20101227,0,472670.story

South Korea experiencing its coldest December in 30 years. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-27/seoul-has-coldest-december-in-30-years-says-weather-bureau.html

Coldest December ever recorded in Scotland. http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/unprecedented-coldest-december-ever-recorded-in-scotland-record-snow-fall-in-london-weather-causes-bp-prices-to-rise

Sweden records its coldest December in 110 yearshttp://www.thelocal.se/31072/20101226/

Tennessee experiences its coldest December since 1942. http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101213/NEWS01/12130320/Coldest-December-since-1942-grips-Nashville

Coldest December since records began in UK. http://www.prisonplanet.com/coldest-december-since-records-began-in-uk.html

Much of Europe experiencing the coldest December since 1910. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/europe-hit-with-coldest-december-in-100-years

Record low December temperatures recorded in North Carolina. http://triad.news14.com/content/634107/this-month-could-be-coldest-december-in-north-carolina/

Georgia has its coldest December ever. http://www.news4jax.com/news4georgia/26290639/detail.html

Record cold, snow, and ice throughout Ireland. http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/ireland-discovers-snow-tires/Content?oid=1963081

Record cold-related deaths recorded in London. http://www.extremeconservatives.com/2010/12/brrr-coldest-december-ever-causes-record-deaths-in-london/

Colorado has coldest December in 30 years. http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/79691357.html

Two die from record December cold night in Hong King. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1606344.php/Two-die-on-Hong-Kong-s-coldest-December-night-for-11-years

Armagh observatory records the coldest winter solstice night in 120 years. http://www.portaltotheuniverse.org/blogs/posts/view/88721/

Chicago has its coldest December open in 27 years. http://fwix.com/chicago/article/579eeef3c0/chicago_books_its_coldest_december_open_in_27_years_highs_nearly_30-degrees_below_a_year_ago

Eight freeze to death in record cold night in Poland. http://fwix.com/chicago/article/579eeef3c0/chicago_books_its_coldest_december_open_in_27_years_highs_nearly_30-degrees_below_a_year_ago

Frances has its coldest December in 40 yearshttp://www.thefrenchpaper.com/index.php/news/view/december-set-to-be-coldest-for-40-years

Trondheim, Norway records coldest November night in 222 years. http://www.iceagenow.com/Coldest_in_Norway_in_222_years.htm

Norway’s coldest November since 1919. http://www.google.com/search?q=coldest+norway&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Denmark records its coldest temperature in 120 years. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/12/201012310834370633.html

Alberta second coldest place on earth (only Antarctica colder). http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/11/24/16290826.html

Record cold temperatures set in Alberta. http://www.660news.com/news/local/article/133480–record-cold-temps-set-in-alberta

Record cold temperatures hit British Columbiahttp://www.google.com/search?q=record+low+temperature+in+British+Columbia&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Coldest year in 25 years for Balearics. http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2010122385156/news/mallorca/coldest-year-in-25-years-for-the-balearics.html

Cold summer (December) temperatures recorded in Australia. http://www.cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php?topic=21019.0

Record cold temperatures hit Switzerland. http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Record_cold_hits_as_more_snow_falls.html?cid=29060320

Records snow blasts Italy’s Adriatic coast. http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2010/12/ocean-effect-snow-snow-blasts-italys-adriatic-coast.html

Record cold temperatures hit Cancun, Mexico. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2641425/posts

Record cold temperatures killing endangered Florida manateeshttp://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B963X20101210

Frigid Midwest temperatures kill at least 15. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/13/national/main7144920.shtml?tag=channelMore;pop

Record cold killing cows, pigs, sheep, and salmon in Irelandhttp://www.iceagenow.com/Ireland-Cold_killing_cows_sheep_pigs_young_salmon.htm

Snow arrives 40 days early in China, 700 livestock die. http://notrickszone.com/2010/11/27/snow-in-china-arrives-40-days-early-700-heads-oflivestock-die/

Fairbanks, Alaska records coldest December in 30 years. http://blogs.woodtv.com/2010/12/23/alaska-shivers-2/

Record breaking snowfall in Vancouverhttp://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Mount+Washington+revels+record+snowfall+capacity+crowds/4030549/story.html

Record breaking snowfall in Sierrashttp://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=weather&id=7859972

Record Christmas snow across the southern USAhttp://www.ndtv.com/article/world/record-christmas-snow-in-southern-usa-several-flights-cancelled-75017

Record snow and cold hit Parishttp://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/42812/record-snow-hits-paris-1.asp

Sarasota has record low temperature. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101228/BREAKING/101229866/-1/news?Title=Sarasota-sets-record-low-temperature

Record low temperatures destroy Florida citrus cropshttp://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2010/dec/28/281813/freeze-causes-citrus-damage-record-temperatures-re/

Cuba registers its coldest temperatures in 50 years. http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu/idioma/ingles/2010/1216-cuba-registers-record-low-temperatures-fifty-years.htm

Record low temperatures recorded in Wyominghttp://mapcenter.hamweather.com/records/7day/us.html?c=mintemp,lowmax

Wintry weather brings snow to Australia in midsummerhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8213932/Wintry-weather-brings-snow-to-Australia-in-midsummer.html

Parts of Australia experiences its first ever summer snow. http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/2010/01/summer-snow-in-australia/

Australian Eastern States hit by bitter cold and snow in midsummerhttp://www.news.com.au/travel/news/bitter-summer-freeze-bites-eastern-states-as-summer-gives-way-to-snow-and-cold/story-e6frfq80-1225974173962

Record December snowfall recorded for Minnesotahttp://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2010/12/24/twin-cities-area-sets-snowfall-record-for-december/

Syracuse has snowiest December on record. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/nyregion/23snow.html

Puerto Rico experiences its coldest December day in 112 yearshttp://www.accuweather.com/blogs/weathermatrix/story/43104/florida-and-caribbean-low-temperature-records.asp

Temperatures hit record lows in Russian far easthttp://en.rian.ru/russia/20101224/161913761.html

Record snowfall buries Vancouver . http://news.aol.ca/2010/12/28/record-snowfall-buries-mount-washington/

Record low temperatures reported in Punjab area of India. http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=soonw&date=101225

Record low temperature in Orissa, India. http://calcuttatube.com/record-low-temperature-in-orissa-india-47306/47306/

Beijing records coldest day in ten years. http://www.echinacities.com/beijing/city-in-pulse/beijing-has-lowest-temperature-in-10-years-today.html

Mercury falls to lowest level in 30 years in Seoul., South Korea. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/12/117_78583.html

Record December snow in Germany. http://www.iceagenow.com/December_snowfall_records_shattered_throughout_Germany.htm

Ice blocks 4000 vehicles on China freewayhttp://expressbuzz.com/world/ice-blocks-4000-vehicles-on-china-freeway/232154.html

Rare deep freeze causes chaos across southern Chinahttp://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=rare_deep_freeze_prompts_cha_171210

Record low temperatures recorded throughout Mexico. http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/prevenbajastemperaturasporfrentefrio14-607224.html

Cold related fatalities to reach 35,000 in UK this winterhttp://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/216765/Weather-35-000-deaths-fear-in-new-Arctic-blizzards

Denmark records lowest temperature in 130 years. http://vejret.tv2.dk/artikel/id-35424841:det-blev-den-koldeste-novemberdag-i-100-%C3%A5r.html

Another day of record cold at Daytona Beach. http://www.news-journalonline.com/breakingnews/2010/12/another-record-setting-cold-morning-greets-locals.html

Freezing temperatures break 55 years record in Orleans, Francehttp://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME.XAM80492.html

Eighty year low temperature record broken in Berlin. http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101201-31511.html

Three die from record cold in Romaniahttp://www.nineoclock.ro/index.php?issue=4835&page=detalii&categorie=homenews&id=20101221-14323

Low temperature records broken across Bulgariahttps://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/global-warming-brings-record-heat-to-bulgaria/

Record snowstorm hits Israelhttp://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3998174,00.html

Snow falls in Jerusalem. http://thejc.com/news/israel-news/42473/snow-falling-jersualem-extreme-weather-israel

Worst snowstorm in 25 years hits Damascushttp://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=first_snow_cover_for_syria_i_131210

Severe cold and raging storm closes Suez Canal. http://www.shorouknews.com/error.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/ContentData.aspx

Low temperatures causing food shortages in Egypt. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/low-temperatures-drive-crop-prices

Miami experiences its coldest December in 115 yearshttp://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2010/12/miami-experiencing-its-coldest-december.html

Scotland hit by coldest temperatures in 30 yearshttp://www.dgstandard.co.uk/dumfries-news/local-news-dumfries/local-news-dumfriesshire/2010/12/22/coldest-temperatures-in-30-years-bite-region-51311-27864090/

Near record low temperatures hit Louisiana.  http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/dumfries-news/local-news-dumfries/local-news-dumfriesshire/2010/12/22/coldest-temperatures-in-30-years-bite-region-51311-27864090/

Near record lows recorded across Taiwanhttp://www.taiwanheadlines.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=212749&CtNode=39

119 year cold record broken in Bangalorehttp://www.taiwanheadlines.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=212749&CtNode=39

Record snow paralyzes Spokane. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/36385664.html

Spokane breaks 55 year old snow recordhttp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013565216_spokanesnow02m.html

Seattle breaks 17 year old low temperature record. http://www.jimcastillo.com/la-nina-record-snowfall-seattle-record-cold-112210/

Berlin has its snowiest December in over 100 yearshttp://www.thelocal.de/national/20101228-32069.html

West Virginia has snowiest December in over 40 years. http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/briefs/x1714783983/Canaan-Valley-has-snowiest-December-since-1969

Illinois has its snowiest December ever. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/living/2010-12-27/holiday-snow-helps-deliver-snowiest-december.html

Minnesota reports snowiest December ever. http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=895829

Syracuse, N.Y. has snowiest December ever. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/bgm/pnsbgm2.shtml

Germany has coldest December in 40 years. http://english.eastday.com/e/101231/u1a5641544.html

Parts of Australia experience their coldest December in decades (and it is snowing)! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/8223165/The-green-hijack-of-the-Met-Office-is-crippling-Britain.html

Kentucky’s coldest and snowiest December. http://www.lex18.com/news/it-s-been-the-snowiest-and-coldest-december-for-many

Record low temperatures in Georgiahttp://www.ajc.com/news/record-low-temperatures-on-773067.html

Las Vegas sets record low temperature on New Year’s Eve. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/dec/31/las-vegas-tap-record-its-coldest-new-years-eve-hig/

Florida agriculture loses $273 Million to December freezehttp://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i2GMYqJT8eymWA5i88JxeY_SmH4g?docId=23c2991f673e405fb4327a4c02d5a2d2

Coldest ever New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343279/You-wouldnt-bet-Las-Vegas-endures-coldest-New-Years-Eve.html

Arizona sets several new record low temperatures on New Year’s Eve. http://www.scottsdalearizonanews.com/2011/01/record-low-temperatures-january-1-2011.html

Jim Hatem

thetruthpeddler@yahoo.com

 

Well another month of temperature data for the continental United States has been recorded and the trend since 1998 STILL shows a declining trend.   At present, temperatures since 1998 are declining at a rate of 8.0 deg F per century.  According to scientists from the IPCC the general global trend for the past 15 years has been no significant warming or even a slight cooling.  Of course, during all this time the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been going up and up.  The graph below was compiled from data published by the National Climatic Data Center, U. S. Department of Commerce. 

Does anyone think this trend will be reported in the mainstream media?  If the data showed a warming trend of +8.0 deg F per century do you think it would be reported by the mainstream media?

Most Recent 12-Month Period (Dec-Nov) 1998 -2010

1998 – 2010 Data Values

Trend = -0.80 deg F / Decade (-8.0 deg F / Century)

 

 

Jim Hatem

thetruthpeddler@yahoo.com

I am getting increasingly skeptical over the consensus opinion that the mysterious missile that was spotted off the southern California coast on Nov. 9 was really just a commercial jetliner’s contrail.  It seems like everyone is just tripping over each other to agree with the pentagon’s explanation.   Excuse my skepticism.

LAX tower knows at all times the location of every commercial jet within 50 miles of Los Angeles yet  in the hours and days after the sighting every official government outlet from the FAA to the pentagon was saying they had no idea what the object spotted off the Southern California coast that day could have possibly been.  My trip through the blogosphere in search of an explanation was unrewarding until I started checking (with the help of google translator) foreign language blogs, particularly Russian.  The consensus among these Russian blogs is that it was a test of an anti-missile laser defense weapon that went awry (the laser malfunctioned).  The missile was probably a slow scud-type missile.  I was at first skeptical even of this explanation until I remembered just such a (successful) test in the very same area less than a year ago.  The Pentagon even issued a press release at the time, bragging about the successful intercept of a missile launched from an ocean platform off the Southern California  coast by an airborne laser. See:  http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/13/business/la-fi-laser13-2010feb13

Also, check out this cool video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmkYcEcSLvA

Is it possible I have found the smoking gun?  The following is a warning issued to pilots by the Defense Dept.  These are freely published and  pilots are updated whenever these warnings are released.  This is from the government web site: https://www.notams.jcs.mil/dinsQueryWeb/queryRetrievalMapAction.do

KZLA LOS ANGELES A2832/10 – THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED DUE TO NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION ACTIVATION OF W537. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NON-PARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID W537. IFR TRAFFIC UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND W537 AND CAE 1176. CAE 1155 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1316 & CAE 1318 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1177 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. W537 ACTIVE, CAE 1176 CLOSED. SURFACE – FL390, 09 NOV 20:00 2010 UNTIL 10 NOV 01:00 2010. CREATED: 08 NOV 20:52 2010

Note:  Commercial pilots can easily translate what looks like jibberish above but suffice it to say that KZLA means the Los Angeles area and NOTAM is an acronym for “Notice to Airmen”.  FL390 means flight level 390, which is 39,000 ft.  This cannot be a coincidence!

I always had a gut feeling there was more to this story.

Jim Hatem

thetruthpeddler@yahoo.com

Al Gore emitting more global warming carbon dioxide

It is usually pretty comical to watch the AGW proponents point out weather events as proof of global warming but this is getting ridiculous.  Al Gore and his minions do nothing but spread hysterical fear to win converts to their side.  They have to because they can’t use science.  There is not one bit of empirical evidence that proves a link between human emissions of carbon dioxide and global warming.

Weather is not climate.  You cannot point to a weather event and use it as evidence for climate change.  Al Gore never pointed to the severe winter across much of Europe and Asia last year, yet here he is, echoing the same nonsense that Osama Bin Ladin was preaching just last week.  Hear his own words in this video.  The quality isn’t the greatest, but it is clear that (1) he doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate, and (2) he shares the same opinion about the floods in Pakistan as does Osama Bin Ladin.

By the way, to listen to these two clowns you would think that the aforementioned floods in Pakistan were something extraordinary.  In a list of the most deadly floods in history, this year’s Pakistan floods rank No. 64.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deadliest_floods

It is amazing, but spewing this kind of crap won him a Nobel Prize.

OK, it is just a little backpeddling but the global warming fanatics are in a tizzy over a newly published document by the UK’s prestigious Royal Society.  The new document tempers an earlier version that parroted the doom and gloom predictions of some climate scientists.  Although the document still makes it clear that the Society still believes that global warming is occurring and that a large number of scientists believe human activities are partly responsible for this warming it marks a turning point in the debate by admitting that the science is by no means settled.  Keep in mind, also, that the report was written by a small number of Royal Society members and there is no way of knowing if they represent the rank and file members.  The climate warming activists are not very happy about this turn of events.  The blogosphere is full of their whining.  Boo hoo.

For us skeptics, it is a bone but we will take it.  This is the pace at which science typically marches.  The Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis (AGW) is dying a slow, but well-deserved death.

This from Britain’s Daily Telegraph:

Royal Society issues new climate change guide that admits there are ‘uncertainties’ about the science

The UK’s leading scientific body has been forced to rewrite its guide on climate change and admit that it is not known how much warmer the Earth will become.

The Royal Society has updated its guide after 43 of its members complained that the previous version failed to take into account the opinion of climate change skeptics.

Now the new guide, called ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’, admits that there are some ‘uncertainties’ regarding the science behind climate change.

And it says that it impossible to know neither for sure how the Earth’s climate will change in the future nor what the possible effects may be.

The 19-page guide says: ’It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future, but careful estimates of potential changes and associated uncertainties have been made.

‘Scientists continue to work to narrow these areas of uncertainty. Uncertainty can work both ways, since the changes and their impacts may be either smaller or larger than those projected.’

And it avoids making any predictions about the possible impacts of climate change and advises caution in making projections about rising sea levels.

It says: ‘There is currently insufficient understanding of the enhanced melting and retreat of the ice sheets on Greenland and West Antarctica to predict exactly how much the rate of sea level rise will increase above that observed in the past century for a given temperature increase.

‘Similarly, the possibility of large changes in the circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean cannot be assessed with confidence. The latter limits the ability to predict with confidence what changes in climate will occur in Western Europe.

‘There is very strong evidence to indicate that climate change has occurred on a wide range of different timescales from decades to many millions of years; human activity is a relatively recent addition to the list of potential causes of climate change.’

The working group behind the new book included two Royal Society fellows who were part of the 43-strong rebellion that had called for the original guide to be rewritten.

Professor Anthony Kelly and Sir Alan Rudge are both members of an academic board that advises a climate change sceptic think-tank called the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Professor Kelly said: “It’s gone a long way to meeting our concerns.

‘The previous guidance was discouraging debate rather than encouraging it among knowledgeable people. The new guidance is clearer and a very much better document.’

And Benny Peiser, Director of The Global Warming Policy Foundation also welcomed the Royal Society’s decision to revise.

He said:  ‘The former publication gave the misleading impression that the ‘science is settled’ – the new guide accepts that important questions remain open and uncertainties unresolved.

‘The Royal Society now also agrees with the GWPF that the warming trend of the 1980s and 90s has come to a halt in the last 10 years.

‘In their old guide, the Royal Society demanded that governments should take “urgent steps” to cut CO2 emissions “as much and as fast as possible.” This political activism has now been replaced by a more sober assessment of the scientific evidence and ongoing climate debates.

‘If this voice of moderation had been the Royal Society’s position all along, its message to Government would have been more restrained and Britain’s unilateral climate policy would not be out of sync with the rest of the world.’

The new book is certainly very different in tone that the original and takes into account some of the problems that have arisen in climate change science over the past year.

The new version sets out its objectives by saying: ‘In view of the ongoing public and political debates about climate change, the aim of this document is to summarize the current scientific evidence on climate change and its drivers.

‘It lays out clearly where the science is well established, where there is wide consensus but continuing debate, and where there remains substantial uncertainty.’

The Royal Society’s decision comes in the wake of a scathing report into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which called for it to avoid politics and stick instead to predictions based on solid science.

The review, which focused on the day-to-day running of the panel, rather than its science, was commissioned after the UN body was accused of making glaring mistakes.

These included the claim that the Himalayan glaciers would vanish within 25 years – and that 55 per cent of the Netherlands was prone to flooding because it was below sea level.

Earlier this year an email scandal involving experts at the University of East Anglia had already fuelled fears that global warming was being exaggerated.

A dear friend sent me this video.  His company recently relocated to the frigid North and he is longing to be back in Los Angeles.