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Sep 17 05:52

Erasing The Dust Bowl

NOAA claims this past summer was the hottest on record in the US. In this video I show how their spectacularly false claim was contrived.

Sep 16 11:24

Europe energy prices spike as winds pause in stormy North Sea

Winds in the stormy North Sea stopped blowing, and Europe, which already lacks natural gas, found electricity markets surging. This sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production in the U.K. caused a sudden switch in the direction of regional energy markets as gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called to make up for the shortfalls.

Natural gas prices hit all-time highs and thermal coal, which had been shunned for its carbon emissions, has emerged from its long price slump as utilities are forced to use it to turn on their backup power sources.

This showed the precarious state that the region’s energy markets face, heading into the long European winter. The price increase was seen mostly in the U.K., which relied on wind farms to eradicate net carbon emissions by 2050.

Sep 16 08:22

Permanent Rationing Begins

Sep 15 06:55

Fifteen years on, Al Gore's ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, the former VP's Oscar-winning film, has proved to be largely inaccurate tripe

Al Gore's climate change movie was hailed as revolutionary a decade and a half ago when it was released to much fanfare but, in the intervening years, the truths have, inconveniently, turned out to not be truths at all.
Fifteen years ago today, failed US presidential candidate, Al Gore, released what can be best described as a scare movie called ‘An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming And What We Can Do About It’. The movie was a global hit and Gore won an Oscar; he also received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gore had succeeded in making global warming sexy. Everyone wanted to get in on the act to show how eco-friendly they were, particularly celebrities. And everyone else had to sign up to the agenda because, as we still hear so often today, “the science is settled.”

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Sep 14 13:17

Big chill for climate doom: Arctic Sea ice is expanding

Less than 10 years remain before the oft-claimed “tipping point” for the planet, but sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is the highest it’s been in nine years, increasing more than 30% from last year, while the Antarctic’s level is well above normal.

That’s according to the Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility’s High Latitude Processing Center, pointed out climate-change skeptic Tony Heller.

He noted the Arctic Ocean gained a record amount of sea ice during the first week of September.

“Most years the Arctic loses ice, but this year ice extent has increased” more than 77,000 square miles, he wrote on Twitter, adding the news likely would not be reported by CNN, BBC News or the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the sea melt this summer was the lowest in 15 years, and the expanse of Antarctic sea is well above average.

Sep 14 07:59

Theory of annual rise in Earth’s temperature due to climate change is now exhaustively DISPROVED

The release of the IPCC Climate Change 2021 report debunks claims of intense temperature increases. But prior to the report, some people expressed concern that authorities were manipulating daily temperature readings to push the global warming sham.

Francis Menton wrote in a July 2019 piece for the Manhattan Contrarian: “[When] not so many people are looking, the temperature adjusters have been beavering away in the bowels of their collections of data, continuing to send inconvenient readings of the past down the memory hole – and to ‘adjust’ the temperatures of the past down, and of the present up.”

Sep 14 07:22

"Personal Carbon Allowances" Pushed To Fight Global Warming

The COVID pandemic offered an unprecedented excuse for want-to-be authoritarians to stifle liberty.

To fight disease, once unthinkable government controls abound. Entire economies have been shut down, businesses closed involuntarily, and people thrown out of work.

Contact tracing apps were invented to alert the user when exposed to someone with the virus, but which also kept a clear record of individual movements.

Vaccine mandates enforced through phone app-facilitated “passports” are now proliferating. Soon, continued employment or ability to participate in society freely may depend on proving one has received the jab.

Ok, Wesley. That’s admittedly tough medicine, but it was necessitated as a public health measure to defeat a dangerous communicable disease. Once COVID fades away or becomes endemic like the flu, everything returns to normal. Right?

Sep 13 06:57

Greenland Pummeled By Snow One Month After Its Summit Saw Rain For The First Time

Just a month after rainfall was recorded for the first time ever at Greenland's highest point, the island is expecting up to four feet of snow from the remnants of Hurricane Larry — the rare tropical storm to stay intact so far north.

Hurricane-force gusts topped 100 miles per hour at Kulusuk Airport near Greenland's southeast coast. At Tasiilaq, the largest town in the region, sustained winds reached 55 miles per hour, with gusts of over 90.

The snow reached blizzard conditions at Summit Camp, a weather station at the island's highest point more than 10,000 feet above sea level, with winds and snow so heavy that visibility was minimal.

Sep 10 11:39

Biden declares ‘code red’ on climate change amid Arctic Sea ice EXPANSION… It’s all a hoax

As President Biden toured damage from Hurricane Ida along the east coast last week, he did what all Democrat Marxists do: He exploited the disaster for political gain.

Sep 10 10:49

Major hailstorm drops rare softball-size hail near Appleton, Wisconsin

Softball-size hail fell just outside Appleton as severe thunderstorms pounded Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.

Russ Smith told the Wisconsin State Journal he was working at a construction site a couple of miles off of Appleton’s north side when hail the size of a softball and baseball fell for a “solid two minutes.“

“It was amazing watching it fall from the sky,” Smith said. “Words can’t describe what it looked like.”

Sep 10 06:49

California's Top Grid Operator Asks Feds To Burn More Fossil Fuels To Avert Blackouts

California's power grid transition to renewable energy sources appears to be backfiring. The push into clean energy is not producing enough power to meet demand during hot summer days, and it's becoming harder for the Golden State to avoid rolling blackouts.

A stunning new revelation in the state's top grid operator, California Independent System Operator, filing to US Department of Energy (DoE), titled "Request for Emergency Order Pursuant to Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act," requested the federal government to declare an "electric reliability emergency" so it can use more fossil fuel power generation to prevent blackouts.

"An emergency order will allow the CAISO to dispatch additional generation that may be necessary for the CAISO to meet demand in the face of extremely challenging conditions including extreme heat waves, multiple fires, high winds, and various grid issues," the filing read.

Sep 09 18:18

IPCC: Atlantic Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones Have Not Increased Since the Late-1800s

By Cap Allon

The IPCC’s latest report (AR6) continues the claim that human CO2 emissions have caused earth’s climate to warm–no shocker there. But the impacts this has had on Atlantic hurricane/global tropical cyclone activity may come as a surprise, at least to those who were duped by the narrative constructed over the past few decades. As NOAA/GFDL Senior Scientist Tom Knutson explains, global warming has had no impact on either storm frequency nor intensity…

Sep 09 08:47

Biden officials trumpet how solar can provide nearly half of the nation’s electricity by 2050

The Biden administration announced a blueprint Wednesday outlining how solar energy could produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by mid-century, part of its ambitious bid to address climate change.

The new Energy Department analysis shows how the United States can scale up production of solar panels, which now provide 3 percent of the nation’s electricity, to 45 percent over the next three decades. It would entail the United States doubling its installed solar power every year for the next four years, compared with 2020, and then doubling it again by 2030.

The move, which would transform the nation’s energy industry and infrastructure, shows how President Biden is determined to reshape the economy and cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the face of staunch political opposition.

Sep 04 06:57

UN Study Busts Democrats Narrative: Shows Decreasing Number of Natural Disasters, Climate Deaths in Last 10 years (Cartoon)

In a blow to the sky-is-falling crowd, a new United Nations study released Wednesday undercuts the notion of humanity being doomed by the ravages of climate change.

Sep 02 07:02

SPRING IN AUSTRALIA BEGINS WITH INTENSE POLAR COLD, AS GREENLAND ICE SHEET ENDS SEASON ABOVE 1981-2010 AVERAGE

Exceptional low temperatures, large hail, and heavy snow — the first week of spring is set to break a myriad of cold records across the Aussie continent.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Bob Tarr said the cold front would bring a sharp shift to the cold, with temperatures plunging on Thursday.

And if the forecast holds true, continued Tarr, then a host of all-time September low temperature records are expected to fall–particularly in locales within that band of ‘pink’ & ‘purple’ streaking through central and southeastern regions, on Sept 4:

Aug 30 13:01

A program that pays farmers not to farm isn't saving the planet

President Joe Biden wants to combat climate change by paying more farmers not to farm. But he’s already finding it’s hard to make that work.

His Agriculture Department is far behind its goal for enrolling new land in one program that has that goal, with participation being the lowest it's been in more than three decades.President Joe Biden wants to combat climate change by paying more farmers not to farm. But he’s already finding it’s hard to make that work.

His Agriculture Department is far behind its goal for enrolling new land in one program that has that goal, with participation being the lowest it's been in more than three decades.

Aug 25 06:06

As Afghanistan Falls Apart, Kamala Harris Talks Climate Change and Christmas Shopping in Singapore

If you’ve been watching in horror this week as President Biden has made a mess of Afghanistan, you will get no comfort from the following news about Vice President Kamala Harris.

While visiting Singapore as Afghanistan falls to pieces, Harris talked about climate change and Christmas shopping.

Yes, really.

Aug 24 10:31

It’s August and it’s snowing in Colorado

It is Aug. 20 and the National Weather Service in Boulder is reporting heavy snow on Berthoud Pass.

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Aug 24 10:26

“FREEDOMS CURTAILED”, ANTARCTIC FRONT BLASTS ARGENTINA WITH 6.6FT OF SNOW, + METEOROLOGISTS SAY AUTUMN HAS “ALREADY BEGUN” IN PARTS OF EUROPE

The average temperature of planet Earth is cooling, not warming — and if the ‘climate sciences’ hadn’t been so utterly corrupted by the powers that be, this fact would be openly reported on, known by all, and freely discussed.

However, we don’t live in a word with open reporting , knowledge, and free discussion; instead, we exist in a paradigm of fear and control, where global governments –working under the unseen umbrella of global governance— have used the pandemic to enforce new powers, with many now working to make coronavirus laws permanent.

See: the climate lockdowns are coming, “for the good of the planet”.

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Here in Indiana, we are seeing migratory birds already flying south! I think we are in for a rough winter.

Aug 24 07:53

Antarctica has cooled – not warmed up – over the last 40 years

As a whole, the Antarctic has cooled by about 2 degrees Celsius in the same 40-year period (1979 to 2018) that carbon dioxide rose from 337 to 410 parts per million – meaning that the world is actually getting colder, not hotter.

A paper published in the journal Atmosphere noted that the trends from ERA5 are consistent with these observations, showing that there is a cooling trend in East and West Antarctica, while a warming trend comes from the Antarctic Peninsula.

Aug 21 07:18

Is The Sun, Rather than CO2, Behind Global Warming?

Climate scientist Dr. Ronan Connolly, Dr. Willie Soon and 21 other scientists claim the conclusions of the latest “code red” IPCC climate report, and the certainty with which those conclusions are expressed, are dependent on the IPCC authors’ narrow choice of datasets.

The scientists assert that the inclusion of additional credible data sets would have led to very different conclusions about the alleged threat of anthropogenic global warming.

Aug 21 06:18

CBS accused of eco-overreach after claiming CLIMATE CHANGE ‘helped strengthen’ Taliban

CBS has been accused of spinning fanciful, Greta Thurnberg-inspired yarns about the disastrous outcome of the nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan, after claiming that the Taliban received outside support from climate change.

The American news outlet published an exclusive report on Friday that endeavored to shine a light on what may have caused the trillion-dollar debacle in Afghanistan, ending with the complete collapse of the Afghan National Army on August 15 just weeks after US-led coalition forces accelerated their exit from the country.

Authoritatively titled, ‘How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban,’ the CBS investigation discovered that the Taliban benefited immensely from the covert support of a formidable global power: Earth’s climate.

Aug 19 12:35

Study: The sun may have more to do with global warming than carbon dioxide

A peer-reviewed paper produced by a team of almost two dozen scientists concluded that the sun may be the main cause of warmer temperatures, not the carbon dioxide emissions blamed by the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The paper also said that previous studies did not adequately consider the role of solar energy in explaining the rise in temperatures.

Imagine my shock.

Aug 18 06:44

What? Say it ain't snow ...in August!!!

After months of hot, dry and smoky weather right across the province, Albertans were happy to see today's much-needed rainfall.

Snow on the other hand? Well, I think it's safe to say we're not quite ready for that just yet, but that is just what the ski cam captured over at Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis.

According to a photo taken at 9:30 this morning, it was snowing on the top of the gold chair express at an elevation of 7,408 feet.

Aug 18 06:16

International Study Contradicts UN Climate Report

Hotter temperatures in recent decades might be prompted largely by the sun and not carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study by a team of international scientists.

The study's conclusions distinctly oppose the conclusions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Epoch Times reported Monday.

Aug 13 08:34

The true cost of shoddy Governance

Governments have been making policy that is completely out of touch with reality or data for decades. It's all based on political whims or looking good, not the facts or data. As a result, our country is broken.

We have to return to policy based on tested data, not Labor or Liberal's feelings on the day.

Aug 13 07:59

SWEDISH POLITICIAN WHO CALLED UN CLIMATE REPORT “SCARE PROPAGANDA” FORCED TO RESIGN FROM PARTY

A Swedish politician who suggested that the UN’s “code red” climate report was “scare propaganda” was subsequently forced to resign from her political party.

Earlier this week, the United Nations released a hysterical report that enjoyed wall to wall media coverage warning of ecological apocalypse if ordinary people didn’t radically change their lifestyles.

Hundreds of the same individuals who amplified that message are preparing to board fleets of CO2-belching airliners to lecture the rest of us once again at an upcoming climate summit later this year in Scotland.

One woman who dared express a modicum of skepticism was Ingrid Vesterlund of the Centre Party.

In an interview with a local newspaper in Luleå, Vesterlund criticized alarmist media coverage of the IPCC report, commenting, “It’s obviously a disaster whether it’s sun, rain, wind, wind, sea or water – everything is a catastrophic situation right now.”

Aug 13 07:58

UN GLOBALISTS ARRIVING IN UK FOR CLIMATE SUMMIT WON’T FACE COVID RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON BRITISH CITIZENS

While British holidaymakers continue to face uncertainty and headaches over returning from foreign vacations, UN globalists arriving for a climate conference in Scotland won’t face the same COVID-19 restrictions.

For months, Brits have been hesitant to travel due to onerous quarantine rules which enforce self-isolation upon return from different destinations.

This was exacerbated by the government constantly changing which countries were on the green, amber, amber-plus and red lists – leaving many holidaymakers in limbo stranded abroad.

UK citizens returning home from red list countries, many of which are located in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, have to undergo a brutally enforced quarantine in specially designated prison-like hotels at their own expense.

Aug 13 07:10

The Climate Czar Has A HUGE Carbon Footprint

So far this year, John Kerry’s family jet has already released 30 times the amount of carbon discharged by a typical passenger vehicle per year, data analyzed by Fox News show.

A Fox News analysis of flight data and an industry emissions calculator found that the jet emitted an approximated 138 metric tons of carbon on trips dating from Jan. 10 to Aug. 6.

The figures come as Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, stresses the need for climate action amid the United Nation’s latest report.

Aug 12 04:49

Revealed: the BBC guide for covering climate change

Climate change is once again dominating the news agenda. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that even if emissions are cut rapidly, the effects of global warming will be felt across the world. The report – which Boris Johnson has declared sobering reading – leads the news today, with the BBC dedicating seven stories on its homepage today to climate change.

Aug 12 04:47

The Elite Machine Behind Greta Thunberg

In the matter of a few months, Greta Thunberg went from a lone girl protesting in front of the Swedish parliament to an international phenomenon. Although mass media is making it seem as if this meteoric rise to prominence happened organically, this is simply not true.

Behind Greta is a major machine, one that is controlled by major international actors and backed by major funds. This PR machine has allowed Greta to make the covers of magazines, become the subject of thousands of news articles while being photographed with world leaders and giving speeches at elite organizations such as the United Nations.

Although Greta might very well be genuinely concerned with the fate of the planet, her message is carefully crafted by those who control her to generate a specific response from the youth. In short, Greta is the face of a major marketing scheme – a tightly coordinated international effort to sell global warming through a specific lens: Fear, panic, and urgency.

Aug 11 07:47

Frost Bites Brazilian Sugar Crop As Prices Zoom Higher 

Brazil's top producing regions for coffee, oranges, and sugar have been devastated by the worst weather in decades and could leave a lasting impact on prices, according to Bloomberg.

The South American country is one of the world's leading coffee, sugar, and orange producers experienced a cold snap and drought this growing season in the Center-South area that has significantly damaged crops.

We have focused on coffee and orange markets and how prices are sloping higher after harvest output will likely come in well below average.

Now we're setting our eyes on the sugar market, where losses in production, exacerbated by an already tight global supply, is fueling higher prices that may be sticking around for the next 18 months.

Aug 11 05:32

Delingpole: ‘God Has Raised Up a Prophet In Greta Thunberg’, Says Fmr Archbishop of Canterbury

“God has raised up a prophet in Greta Thunberg in a way that no one could predict,” former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has claimed. “She has said things no one else could have said. Thank God for her!”

Rowan Williams (the Welsh Wizard, as the bearded cleric is nicknamed, because of his resemblance to a druid) had a reputation during his lacklustre incarnation as Britain’s most senior cleric as an intellectual and a theologian. But what he says here is both incredibly stupid and theologically illiterate. There is nothing brave or special, let alone prophet-like about the Doom Goblin Thunberg. And if she is anyone’s servant on earth, it is far more plausible that she is Lucifer’s than God’s.

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Aug 10 09:35

Outsiders Weather and Ice Age Watch: 'The Sun runs on 11-year cycles'

Sky News host Rowan Dean says “we have in fact experienced an unusually cold winter” despite the Bureau of Meteorology having promised a warmer than usual season in “keeping with their global warming ideological beliefs”.

“But I don't need to tell you that,” he said.

“Nor, sadly, do I need to tell the frog population down under there has been a record number of frogs dying across Australia recently, which some experts are suggesting could be as a result of our recent record low temperatures.

“New Zealand, too, has seen huge dumps of snow this week as an Antarctic front tore up the South Island.

“Of course, none of this is really that surprising at all, and this chart of solar activity proxy, running back to the 1940s, may well explain why."

Aug 10 07:53

Greta Thunberg calls out fashion industry as ‘huge contributor’ to climate change… while gracing the cover of Vogue

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has set her sights on the fashion industry as a contributor to global warming and worker exploitation during an interview with Vogue Scandinavia, even gracing the front page of the mag.

For its first ever issue, Vogue Scandinavia features Thunberg on the cover, which was revealed to the world over the weekend in a thread by Thunberg herself, calling for major changes in the fashion industry.

“The fashion industry is a huge contributor to the climate and ecological emergency, not to mention its impact on the countless workers and communities who are being exploited around the world in order for some to enjoy fast fashion that many treat as disposables,” she tweeted.

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The irony alert just went off!

Aug 10 07:39

GET READY FOR PEAK CLIMATE PORN TODAY

The new UN IPCC report on climate change dropped this morning, and guess what? The world is going to boil if we don’t end cheap energy right away. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

You can expect this message to be turned up to 11 by the media throughout the day. John Kerry will likely issue a strongly worded statement!

Aug 10 06:04

Climate Change Is Not Driving Western Wildfires, Government Mismanagement Is To Blame

In late July, President Joe Biden held a virtual joint planning meeting and press conference with the governors of various Western states to discuss how to handle 2021’s wildfire season.

Every leader blamed catastrophic human climate change for the severity of recent wildfire seasons.

The New York Times allowed Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to follow up that event with an editorial titled “The West Is on Fire, It’s Past Time to Act on Climate Change.”

Biden and the governors are wrong.

Aug 09 08:47

You must read the 2019 ‘Absolute Zero’ report, authored by Imperial College London – once you do, you’ll realise the past 16 months have been part of a much more sinister agenda that has only just begun.

A report produced by Oxford University and Imperial College London for the UK Government reveals that all airports will be ordered to close, eating beef and lamb will be made illegal, and construction of new buildings will not be permitted in order to meet the legal commitment of zero emissions by 2050.

The report states that all airports must close between 2020 and 2029 excluding Heathrow, Glasgow and Belfast airports, which can only stay open on the condition that transfers to and from the airport are done via rail.

All remaining airports must then close between 2030 and 2049 as to meet the legal commitment of zero emissions by 2050 every citizen of the United Kingdom must “stop using aeroplanes” for a significant period of time.

In addition, the report states that to obey the law of the Climate Change Act the public will be required to stop doing anything that causes emissions regardless of its energy source.

Aug 08 20:44

Minister flew to 30 countries in seven months without isolating – including six red list nations

The UK’s climate tsar has been accused of hypocrisy for flying to at least 30 countries in seven months, including six on travel red list.

Half of Alok Sharma’s visits took place when international travel was all but banned in Britain.

The minister has racked up at least 200,000 miles from the trips, and critics have asked if he could have attended more ‘virtual’ meetings to minimise his carbon footprint.

After all, Sharma is the president of COP26, a climate change conference this October and November in which world leaders will hold crucial talks on global warming.

The minister didn’t self-isolate after any of his trips because he was exempt as a ‘crown servant’ on state business, although a negative test is still required.

Aug 06 19:37

US solar panels produced by coal-burning plants in China

China’s low-cost, coal-fired electricity gave the country’s solar-panel manufacturers a competitive advantage that allowed them to dominate global markets. Chinese factories supply over three-quarters of the world’s polysilicon, which is essential in the production of solar panels.

Polysilicon factories refine silicon metal using a process that consumes large amounts of electricity, making access to cheap power advantageous. Chinese authorities built an array of coal-burning power plants in less-populated areas to support polysilicon manufacturers and other industries that use up a lot of energy.

Aug 06 08:30

‘Great Reset’ will ‘dramatically increase power of government’

Sky News host Cory Bernardi has slammed the ‘Great Reset’ movement, a plan involving “dramatically increasing the power of the government” endorsed by the World Economic Forum.

Mr Bernardi says the plan, termed as a ‘Great Reset of capitalism’, would use “vast regulatory schemes to coerce corporations into supporting left-wing causes”.

“It's not surprising that the likes of the hard-left Biden administration like replacing capitalism for crony capitalism,” Mr Bernardi said.

“That way only the 'special' people get to make a profit for themselves. The rest of us just become government economic units.”

Aug 06 08:16

You must read the 2019 ‘Absolute Zero’ report, authored by Imperial College London – once you do, you’ll realise the past 16 months have been part of a much more sinister agenda that has only just begun.

A report produced by Oxford University and Imperial College London for the UK Government reveals that all airports will be ordered to close, eating beef and lamb will be made illegal, and construction of new buildings will not be permitted in order to meet the legal commitment of zero emissions by 2050.

The report states that all airports must close between 2020 and 2029 excluding Heathrow, Glasgow and Belfast airports, which can only stay open on the condition that transfers to and from the airport are done via rail.

All remaining airports must then close between 2030 and 2049 as to meet the legal commitment of zero emissions by 2050 every citizen of the United Kingdom must “stop using aeroplanes” for a significant period of time.

In addition, the report states that to obey the law of the Climate Change Act the public will be required to stop doing anything that causes emissions regardless of its energy source.

Aug 05 05:59

Spain Complains To EU Over Soaring Cost Of Electricity; But Guess What...

The government says that the latest hikes in electricity bills are driven by spiraling prices of so-called carbon certificates, which give companies the right to release carbon dioxide, gas imports that Spain needs to complete its energy mix, and the surging power demand of the summer months.

In the latest effort to rein in prices, lawmakers were voting Wednesday on whether to uphold the government’s move last month to cut the value-added tax on most households’ electricity bills from 21% to 10% until the end of this year and to scrap a 7% tax on power generation for at least three months. Utility companies pass on the cost of that tax to their customers.

Facua, one of Spain’s biggest consumer rights platforms, said that Spaniards will see on average a 35% hike on their July electricity bill compared to the same month in 2020. The increase comes at a time when many households are grappling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 03 10:28

Drought, Frost Plunge Brazil's Second Corn Yields To Decade Low

An agriculture nightmare plays out in Brazil as drought and frost cause second corn yields in the country's center-south to hit their lowest level in 10 years. Crop losses due to unfavorable weather may result in shortages and persistent food inflation due to Brazil is a top player in global corn production.

Reuters, citing a new report via agribusiness consultancy AgRural, said drought then frosts destroyed much of the crop this year. Brazilian farmers expect to harvest around 51.6 million tons of corn, down 19 million from last season's 70.5 million.

Aug 02 09:55

[Video] Sky News Australia - COVID is morphing into CLIMATE CHANGE for the GREAT RESET

The Globalist Elites and their agenda blown right out of the water by Sky News Australia. This later got removed of Sky News YouTube channel

Aug 02 06:46

To Advance The Climate Agenda: Never Waste Bad Weather

Bad weather is wreaking havoc in parts of the world. The cynical climate alarmist community hopes it will help get Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar climate agenda through Congress.

“Amid summer of fire and floods, a moment of truth for climate action,” editorialized the Washington Post. So let’s look at the “summer of fires and floods.”

Yes, it has been very hot in the Pacific Northwest.

Is this global warming, as alarmists want you to believe, or just weather?

Aug 02 02:54

Freak Weather Events And Drought Are Devastating Agricultural Production All Over The Globe

Did you know that Brazil just had snow for the first time in 64 years?  Millions of Brazilians were absolutely thrilled to experience real snow for the very first time in their lives, but the freakishly low temperatures have hit agricultural production really hard at a very sensitive moment.  Brazil is one of the largest exporters of corn in the entire world, and at this point corn production is expected to be way below original projections.  But for many Americans, the fate of the Arabica bean crop is of far more interest.  Higher coffee prices would affect millions upon millions of Americans on a daily basis, and that is why so many people are freaking out about the fact that coffee prices are really starting to spike…

Aug 01 10:34

MORE CROP FAILURES: Brazil’s corn crops compromised by frost in second bout of unusually cold temperatures this year

Brazil’s corn market can’t seem to catch a break as yet another cold wave has swept the country’s center-south area, subjecting the crops to more unexpected frost and prompting serious doubts about export volumes.

Last Monday, corn crops in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana were hit by frost in a cold wave that Agrural’s Daniele Siquiera said was “going to be a historic crop loss.”

The corn crop known as safrinha was hit by dry and warm weather during its key development stages thanks to a drought, and now it’s suffering its second frost after being hit with freezing temperatures at the end of June as well.

Jul 30 12:32

Nature’s Own Fuel Could Save Us From the Greenhouse Effect and Electric Grid Failure

Hemp fuel and other biofuels could reduce carbon emissions while saving the electric grid, but they’re often overlooked for more expensive, high-tech climate solutions.

On July 14, the European Union unveiled sweeping climate change and emissions targets that would, according to Gulf News, mean “the end of the internal combustion engine”:

The commission’s draft would reduce permitted emissions from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to zero from 2035 – effectively obliging the industry to move on to battery-electric models.

While biofuels are a less high-tech, cheaper and in many ways more effective solution to our dependence on petroleum, the United States and other countries are discussing similar plans to the EU’s and California is already on board. But in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times and related video, Evan Halper argues that we may be trading one environmental crisis for another:

Jul 30 07:10

Historic: it snowed in Brazil and temperatures could be the lowest in 65 years

The historic wave of polar cold that is passing through southern Brazil left an almost unprecedented surprise for the region: a snowfall in at least 13 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which left white blankets on the ground and generated dozens of photos and videos that quickly went viral on social media.

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The unusual weather phenomenon is related to a large polar air mass that entered during the last hours. In this sense, some meteorologists had already warned about the low temperatures that would hit the region.

“The cold air mass has the potential to be one of the most intense of this century to reach the (Brazilian) national territory, in a climate scenario conducive to extreme cold events,” they explained from the MetSul site, one of the main generators of meteorological information content in the region.

Jul 30 06:56

RARE SNOW IN BRAZIL

Jul 29 06:37

No, men don’t create more climate emissions – but woke journalists and Swedish feminists fill the world with toxic propaganda 

Once again, gender warriors in Sweden and politically motivated hacks are spreading feminist lies, blaming men for climate change because they ‘spend more on food and cars’. This nonsense is worse than any greenhouse gas.

Is there anything that isn’t men’s fault? In the addled minds of hateful feminists, we are to blame for everything that’s imperfect in society – and deserve no credit for anything that’s good.

It’s been this way since the 1960s, when crazed gender activists first started banging on about ‘patriarchy’ and applying bizarre critical theories to age-old relationships between the sexes.

Predictably, this sparked a war against masculinity, which has raged on ever since and was perhaps first defined when Valerie Solanas – founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men – shot Andy Warhol.

Jul 29 05:45

‘Don’t rinse your dishes’: UK’s crazy green social engineers want to micromanage your life

While Britain has delayed a gas boiler ban, green social engineering won’t go away, with a government aide issuing a string of absurd tips to tackle climate change. As ever, it’s a sign the eco lobby is out of touch with reality.

The good news is that the British government has finally realised that it is totally unrealistic to implement its mind-numbingly stupid policy of banning gas boilers by 2035. The bad news is that Boris Johnson is only pushing back the ban by five years to 2040.

It is a sign of the times that the government is so devoid of serious policies that can deal with the challenges facing the British nation that it has adopted the gas boiler ban as the central plank of its ‘net zero’ strategy.

Jul 29 04:56

Hank Paulson's TPG Climate Fund Raises $5.4 Billion

The revolving door between private sector Wall Street jobs and the Treasury and/or Fed continues...

Today's installment is brought to you by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who is now officially executive chairman of The TPG Rise Climate fund.

Just 6 months after Hank Paulson began his personal roadshow to try and drum up investor capital, TPG's inaugural fund, focused on its "climate investing strategy", has raised $5.4 billion from high profile investors like Allstate and Hartford Financial, Reuters reported this week. The fund's investor base also includes the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and France's AXA, the report notes.

TPG says the fund is "designed to expand the scope of commercially viable climate technologies".

Jul 27 04:55

Record Coral Cover Of Great Barrier Reef Shames Climate Alarmists, Media

The annual data on coral cover for the Great Barrier Reef, produced by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, was released on Monday showing the amount of coral on the reef is at record high levels.

Record high, despite all the doom stories by our reef science and management institutions.

Like all other data on the reef, this shows it is in robust health.

For example, coral growth rates have, if anything, increased over the past 100 years, and measurements of farm pesticides reaching the reef show levels so low that they cannot be detected with the most ultra-sensitive equipment.

This data is good news. It could hardly be better.

Jul 26 07:50

Freak Brazilian cold snap damages coffee crops, prices expected to climb

A serious cold snap has hit Brazil’s coffee belt, pushing temperatures below freezing in a matter of mere minutes, seriously jeopardizing next year’s crops and damaging countless coffee trees. In addition to hurting the coffee industry, it’s also a big blow for those who insist that manmade global warming is causing rising temperatures across the planet.

On the morning of July 20, temperatures in Brazil’s biggest coffee-growing regions dropped below freezing, registering -1.2 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s the coldest temperature seen in Minas Gerais, the country’s biggest-producing state, since 1994. Brazil is the world’s biggest coffee producer thanks to its climate’s particular suitability to bean production.

In response to the frost, coffee prices surged by almost 13 percent to reach a 6.5-year high.

Jul 26 06:54

5 things you need to know about the new global framework to manage nature

Climate action failure, biodiversity loss and infectious diseases counted as the top three risks in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. It is imperative that leaders and citizens alike adopt a systems view for the economic and societal transformation needed today so we build the world we want to inhabit in 2030.

In 2015, world leaders came together for an ambitious commitment on fighting climate change to keep the world on a 1.5C pathway. In addition to governments that committed to the Paris Agreement, businesses aligned their plans and commitments to this vision. Companies with a combined revenue of over $11.4 trillion (equivalent to more than half of US GDP), are now pursuing net zero emissions by the end of the century, majority by 2050.

Jul 25 06:23

Pinkerton: NYT Compares Biden’s Promised ‘Green Jobs’ to ‘Grueling’ Low-Wage Amazon and Uber Gigs

Now they tell us. That is, now they are telling us that “green jobs” won’t be such good jobs after all.

We get this blunt assessment from the New York Times, the most important newspaper in the country and without a doubt the numero uno medium by which Democrats communicate with each other.

Which is to say, if the Times is right—more from that newspaper in a moment—then top Democrats were, uh, wrong when they promised that the Green New Deal or some variant would rebuild the middle class.

Jul 23 07:06

The floods in Germany show how fear-mongering about climate change is preventing us from combating actual disasters

The Rhineland floods were not nature’s revenge on humanity for ravaging the planet. This was a man-made failure, a seeming inability to act in the face of knowledge that had detected the catastrophe a week before it happened.

The political dishonesty about the recent tragic events in Germany is biblical. Instead of admitting that the tragedy was rooted in the inability of the German authorities to act on a series of remarkably accurate forecasts about impending extreme floods, the disaster has fed the climate-change narrative.

This was the message Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed during a visit to the largely destroyed Eifel village of Schuld. “We have to get faster in the fight against climate change,” she said, and added “We also need to pay more attention to adaptation,” warning that adaptation to the effects of climate change, such as drought and extreme rain, is not only an issue for Africa but also Germany.

Jul 23 07:01

Historic crop loss as severe frosts hit Brazil

Farmers across Brazil are reporting widespread crop loss due to severe frosts affecting the country over the past 3 weeks. After several destructive cold waves, another blast is expected over the weekend, July 24 and 25, followed by yet another at the end of the month.

The new week has begun with the already-shattered corn market in Brazil enduring yet another blow as a new cold wave swept the center-south of Brazil, bringing frosts to corn-producing states and raising fresh concerns about export volumes and contract breaches, Agricensus reports.

"It is going to be a historic crop loss," Daniele Siqueira from local consultancy Agrural told Agricensus.

On Monday, July 19, frosts hit parts of the states of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul, with late-planted corn areas likely affected.

The cold wave reached its peak on Tuesday, July 20 with forecasts showing potential fresh frosts in the states of Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais.

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Jul 20 10:58

Feral Hogs Pollute the Climate as Much as 1 Million Cars Each Year

Nearly two years ago, we all had a hearty laugh about 30 to 50 feral hogs. Turns out that all those pigs aren’t just a horribly invasive species, but they could be wreaking real havoc when it comes to climate change. According to a new study published Monday in Global Change Biology, wild pigs around the world are releasing the equivalent of 1.1 million cars’ worth of carbon dioxide each year—just from digging around in the dirt.

“Given that wild pigs are known to damage soil, we realized that no other study had looked at the total area at risk at a global scale,” Christopher O’Bryan, the study’s lead author and a research fellow at the University of Queensland, said over email. “Knowing how important soil is at storing carbon, we wanted to assess the risk of wild pig soil damage on carbon emissions.”

Jul 19 09:10

A Furious Hungary Threatens To Veto Europe's Green New Deal

Yesterday, to much fanfare the EU unveiled an absurd set of climate change and emissions targets for 2030 which will transform every corner of its economy. As part of the plan, every industry would be forced to accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels in order to cut pollution by at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve that, the bloc will bring new industries such as shipping into what’s already the world’s largest carbon market; ban all new combustion-engine cars by 2035; impose new costs on dirty home heating; and force the aviation industry to emit less and pay more.

At least the EU was honest: “Nothing we presented today is going to be easy. It’s going to be bloody hard,” European Commission climate chief Frans Timmermans said.

Of course, Europe's "green new deal" won't come cheap.

Jul 14 09:04

Six Facts The Left Doesn't Want You To Know About Global Warming

The Left’s global warming Chicken Littles insist that the sky is falling but don’t want you to know six key facts...

Jul 14 08:58

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

The European Union has announced a raft of climate change legislation aimed at pushing it towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

A dozen draft proposals, which still need to be approved by the bloc's 27 member states and the EU parliament, were announced on Wednesday.

They include plans to tax jet fuel and effectively ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars within 20 years.

Jul 13 10:01

It’s Time To Unplug The Hype Over Electric Vehicles

For more than a century, the promise of electric vehicles (EVs) has been parked just beyond the nearest traffic light. In 1901, the Los Angeles Times declared “The electric automobile will quickly and easily take precedence over all other” types of motor vehicles. "If the claims which Mr. Edison makes for his new battery be not overstated, there is not much doubt that it will make a fortune for somebody.”

In 1911, The New York Times declared that the EV “has long been recognized as the ideal solution” because it “is cleaner and quieter” and “much more economical.” And yet today, 110 years after EVs were dubbed the Next Big Thing, they account for just 2% of new car sales in the U.S.

Yes, EVs are cool. And yes, sales of Teslas and other all-electric cars are rising at a fast clip. But despite lots of government push, there still isn’t enough consumer pull. Indeed, the history of the electric car is a century of failure tailgating failure.

Jul 13 09:57

Six Facts the Left Doesn't Want You To Know About Global Warming

President Biden implores us that climate change is an “existential threat” to humanity. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry preaches to us that “[t]he climate crisis as a whole is a national security threat because it is disruptive to the daily lives of human beings all over the world.” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warns us that in 2030, “the world is going to end … if we don’t address climate change.”

Hold on to your wallet. The Left’s global warming Chicken Littles insist that the sky is falling but don’t want you to know six key facts.

First, in his new book “Unsettled,” Obama Administration Department of Energy chief scientist Steven Koonin shows that the models relied upon by the Left to predict future global warming are so poor that they cannot even reproduce the temperature changes in the 20th century.

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The local weather report was for thundershowers. It's sunny outside.

I should have been a meteorologist. It's the only job (outside of politics) where you can be that wrong that often and still get a paycheck!

Jul 13 09:44

Climate change as much of an emergency as Covid and deaths 'should be tracked daily', says report

Climate change is as much of an emergency as the Covid-19 pandemic and should be treated in the same way, says a report.

Governments should put out daily figures on how many deaths are being caused by adverse weather just like with Covid, researchers said.

Jul 13 06:05

The Truth About Heat Waves

For those who truly want to be guided by science, put aside the climate crisis hysteria. We can explain the natural dynamics of all heat waves by simply knowing 1) how heat is transported along the earth’s surface; 2) how heat is transported vertically; 3) how solar heating changes; and 4) how the greenhouse effect varies.

Jul 10 12:29

Bill Gates gives speech demanding action on climate change to moguls who flew into Sun Valley on private jets: Michael Bloomberg, Anderson Cooper and Diane von Furstenberg enjoy penultimate day of 'billionaire summer camp'

So many of the attendees flew in on private jets, to hear the climate change talk, that the air space from as far afield as Michigan and Canada had to be temporarily closed

Jul 06 19:18

Boris Johnson's green drive to make UK carbon emissions net zero could add astonishing £469BILLION to national debt, warns OBR economic watchdog

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) laid out the astonishing figure in a chilling report highlighting the dangers the country faces as it emerges from the 'largest peacetime economic and fiscal shock in three centuries'.

Jul 06 10:07

Bitcoin “HOT TUB”?? New York power plant FURY as mining hub powered by 8,000 computers - and more could be coming…

Bitcoin “HOT TUB”?? New York power plant FURY as mining hub powered by 8,000 computers - and more could be coming…

Residents near Seneca Lake in New York were RAGING outside environmental offices over at a power plant used to power a massive Bitcoin mining operation that pumps 135MN gallons PER DAY back into the lake after cooling the computers.

NY State has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, but a former EPA regional admin claimed “the state will not reach that goal” if the Greenidge Bitcoin mining operation continues.”

Jul 06 05:51

Leftists Blame Capitalism, Global Warming For Mexican State-Owned Oil Company's Gulf Fire

These tweets are stupidities because while the boiling gas fire at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is spectacular, it hasn't a single thing to do with either capitalism or global warming.

It's the result of an accident from a poorly maintained pipeline owned by Pemex, the state oil company of Mexico.

That's a 100% government-owned entity that was created in 1938 based on uncompensated expropriation from private-sector energy companies.

State energy enterprises are never capitalist, they are socialist state entities.

Mexico's is worse than most of them - even Venezuela's state oil company has some private ownership. Mexico's, though is a full socialist state creature with zero accountability to shareholders.

Jul 03 05:41

Reality Check: Professor Pens Letter Explaining Natural Resource Drain Crated By "Net Zero Emission" Targets

While the idea of implementing net zero emissions by certain deadlines has sounded great for the companies, countries and states that have set targets, the reality of making it happen is slightly more difficult.

That's what the U.K. is finding out after Natural History Museum Head of Earth Sciences Prof Richard Herrington penned a letter to the Committee on Climate Change on the vast amount of natural resources that will be necessary to make the conversion. The letter was delivered to Baroness Brown, who chairs the Adaption Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.

In addition to noting that the U.K. would need a 20% increase in UK-generated electricity, the release also notes that "to meet UK electric car targets for 2050 we would need to produce just under two times the current total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and at least half of the world’s copper production."

Jul 02 20:16

BBC faces fury from environmental activists after GCSE revision guide lists the 'POSITIVE impacts' of climate change

The BBC has faced a furious backlash from environmental activists over an online GCSE revision guide that listed the ‘positive impacts’ of climate change.

Among the ‘benefits’ were the creation of shipping routes due to melting ice and that lower heating bills thanks to warmer winters.

Campaigners called the BBC Bitesize material for GCSE geography students an ‘absolute disgrace’.

The BBC has since removed the list of ‘positive’ effects, saying it had failed to reflect the national curriculum.

The guide now shows only the negative impacts of global warming, such as rising sea levels, droughts and greater risk of flooding.

Jul 02 06:00

California Begs For More Electricity As Shift To Renewable Power Leaves State In The Dark

Maybe it's time to admit that the whole "green" energy push is one big farce

Six months after a historic failure in the Texas power grid which collapsed when various "renewable" sources of electricity failed concurrently and dragged down the entire network, California - that liberal utopia powered by renewable power and/or unicorn flatulence - realizes it is about to get Enroned, and has made an urgent request for additional power supplies to avoid blackouts this summer, an extraordinary step after suffering from rolling outages less than a year ago.

State energy officials asked the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the grid, to contract for additional power capacity for July and August on concern it won’t be able to meet demand during the evening when solar production fades, according to a joint statement Thursday from grid, utility and energy agencies. They didn’t say how much more power is needed but one can guess it will be a lot.

Jul 02 05:36

The Virtue Signaling Bill Arrives: Producers Charge More For "Green" Nat Gas

Over the past few years, America has been swept by a "virtuous" crusade of young, liberal and easily influenced environmentalists and ESG-mentalists, who have been preaching the latest chapter of the "global warming" melodrama (one which turned 33-years-old a few days ago), shoving a pro-green agenda down the throat of anyone within earshot. Newsflash: it has long been an establishment dream to implement a more expensive payment scheme wrapped in a "virtuous" or "green" facade - one which helps raise prices and state subsidies for premium, "green" variants of existing goods and services, which flow straight to the shareholders' bottom line. Think of it as expensive "organic" food, only in the context of heavy industries. And while it may come as a shock to today's Gen-Z activists, every generation has its own green movement which passionately spreads the ESG gospel... until the bill comes in.

Jul 01 05:06

FLASHBACK - The Case Against More Ethanol: It’s Simply Bad for Environment

Ethanol, which seemed like a good idea when huge federal subsidies and mandates were put in place a decade ago, now seems like a very poor idea indeed. Yet despite years of bad ethanol reviews, some prominent figures (including former Senator Tim Wirth and attorney C. Boyden Gray in the accompanying article) offer a revanchist argument: Ethanol is not really so bad after all, and we should significantly increase its blending with gasoline from 10 to 30 percent. As Samuel Johnson remarked of a second marriage, this narrative reads like a triumph of hope over experience.

Jun 27 07:18

The Supreme Court Deals Ethanol A Blow By Undermining The Renewable Fuel Standard

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled on a protracted legal and political fight that has pitted two pillars of the Republican base against each other since 2018. The case, HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association, involved a small refinery in Wyoming that sought relief at the U.S. Supreme Court from a lower court ruling that restricted the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide relief to refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, granted that relief and gave small refiners a win in their ongoing battle to weaken the RFS.

Jun 25 10:52

Solar panels are creating 50 times more waste than predicted, and much of it is toxic. Our race to ‘net zero’ is madness

Environmentalists’ bright promises of utilising solar energy to power the world are darkening quickly as it becomes clear how much dangerous trash is generated, with tonnes of old panels being discarded in landfill sites.

The basic pitch for 'net zero' policies to combat climate change is this: a warming world will be devastating, but we can cut emissions down to next-to-nothing by using renewable energy technologies like wind and solar, which will keep on getting cheaper and cheaper. But the idea that we can have it all – energy that is plentiful, zero-carbon, and cheap – is a mirage, at least when it comes to renewables.

Jun 24 09:18

Solar panels are creating 50 times more waste than predicted, and much of it is toxic. Our race to ‘net zero’ is madness

Solar panels are supposed to last for 30 years, and calculations about how much waste will be produced are based on that assumption. The trouble is that as the panels have got cheaper, and a bit more efficient, the economics have changed. Replacing them sooner could make a lot of sense, financially.

As the authors of the article point out, that could lead to a tsunami of solar panel waste: “If early replacements occur as predicted by our statistical model, they can produce 50 times more waste in just four years than IRENA [International Renewable Energy Agency] anticipates. That figure translates to around 315,000 metric tonnes of waste, based on an estimate of 90 tonnes per MW weight-to-power ratio.” And that estimate is just for domestic solar panel users. Throw in commercial users, too, and the mountain of waste will be enormous.

Jun 22 07:47

Physicist to Tucker Carlson: Climate change is ‘fiction of the media’

Steven Koonin challenges the climate consensus on 'Tucker Carlson Today'

Physicist Steven Koonin shuts down the notion that human behavior is causing more extreme weather, droughts, and hurricanes - claiming it’s ‘fiction of the media and the politicians who like to promote it.'

Climate change is a farce created by the media and the politicians it benefits, physicist Steven Koonin told Tucker Carlson in a new episode of Fox Nation’s "Tucker Carlson Today."

"It’s a fiction of the media," he said. "And the politicians who like to promote that notion."

According to data from the U.S. government, Koonin explained, there are "no detectable human influences" on natural disasters like hurricanes for more than a century, and today’s heatwaves in the U.S. are just as common as they were back in 1900.

Jun 22 07:43

ENGINEERED ICE AGE: Congress funds NOAA scientist for geoengineering project to cool the Earth by artificially dimming the sun

During the last ice age, huge masses of ice covered the northern U.S., Canada, northern Europe and northern Asia. All that ended around 12,000 years ago, but we could be closer to another one than you think now that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has received funds from congress for a controversial geoengineering project that aims to cool our planet.

David Fahey, the director of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division, reportedly told staff that the federal government wished to examine the science behind geoengineering, something he described as a “Plan B” for climate change. Along with $4 million in funding, he was given the go-ahead to study two methods of geoengineering.

Jun 20 19:31

Of course Boris Johnson took a private jet to Cornwall – he doesn’t give a damn what we think anymore

Reporters on the scene were quick to ask if this, really, was the most sustainable way of getting around the UK – could he not, for example, have taken the train?

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