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The most influential tree in the world

Claims that “climategate” scandal is manipulating temperature data:

Its true significance, we can now see, is that what they intended to hide was the awkward fact that, apart from that one tree, the Yamal data showed temperatures not having risen in the late 20th century but declining. What Jones suggested, emulating Mann’s procedure for the “hockey stick” (originally published in Nature), was that tree-ring data after 1960 should be eliminated, and substituted – without explanation – with a line based on the quite different data of measured global temperatures, to convey that temperatures after 1960 had shot up.

1200 limos and 140 private planes

The excesses of Copenhagen:

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”

Climate emails hijacked to damage summit

Of course they have to discredit the story! But some do it with finesse:

Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that the stolen e-mails looked “very bad” and were fuelling scepticism, but said the media scrutiny was not unwelcome. Mr de Boer said: “I think it’s very good that what is happening is being scrutinised in the media because this process has to be based on solid science. If quality and integrity is being questioned, that has to be examined.”

Gordon Brown’s climate record attacked

Brown ignored former Chief Scientist – claim:

“I kept reminding people in Number 10 who would listen to me that this meant borrowing money from future generations, and this investment therefore should have taken place on behalf of future generations.”

Copenhagen to produce as much CO2 as an African country

Save the planet, or cost the earth?

The UN has confirmed flights, rail and bus travel, food and energy from the conference will generate at least 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

That’s more greenhouse gas than produced by Malawi, Afghanistan or Sierra Leone over the same period.

The Danish government says it will offset emissions by planting trees or investing in green projects.

Brown accused of nepotism

Labour candidate claims she is being elbowed to make room for fiancee of No.10 adviser.

That’s politics dear, these things happen, we are quite used to it in South Shields.

Helen Holt believes she has been the victim of dirty tricks by supporters of Emilie Oldknow, whose boyfriend Jonathan Ashworth is Brown’s deputy political secretary.

Holt said: “I feel I have been totally stitched up. My face does not fit. I believe I am being used in a process that from the outside looks fair but is a way of parachuting a candidate into the position because she has family links to Gordon Brown.”

Tories ready to “trade” with EU

Yes, it didn’t take long for the real politik to emerge, so don’t expect any huge stand offs during Cameron’s first term as PM.

“I don’t think you want to repeat the experience of the beef war” – George Osborne.

Cul-de-sac with 90000 Christmas lights

We’ll be glad that the majority of them are low CO2 emitting leds running on 12 volt supplies! However if you really want to see a winter wonderland take a trip to South Shields and have a walk around the Brosely estate off John Reid Road!

The most festive cul-de-sac in Britain has burst into colour after the homeowners switched on their illuminations – with a total of 90,000 Christmas lights.

All six families on Trinity Close in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, have forked out an estimated £3,000 each for 15,000 fairy lights covering their homes and gardens.

Thousands of visitors flock from miles around to view the spectacular display, helping the residents raise thousands of pounds for charity every year.

Henry Porter on paranoia

This is one of the best pieces of the day as we discover how Labour’s “child protection” regimes are actually tearing families apart and putting too much power in the hands of the state.

I don’t apologise for returning to the subject of children again. It seems to me that in its myriad policies on children – whether the persecution of kids on the street by police seeking DNA samples, the drawing up of huge amounts of information for databases inaccessible to parents, the use of CCTV in classrooms, the introduction of biometric registration systems, the unbelievably impertinent instructions about parents attending school events, the insistence on CRB checks and the production of ID in the most ridiculous circumstances, the treatment of asylum seekers’ children or the fascination with the most intimate details of family life – the government is displaying a mistrust of children and parents, which I seriously suggest has an almost sociopathic nature.

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Written by curly

December 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

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