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Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 4:33 PM EDT
New research suggests that fracking is not a significant cause of earthquakes that can be felt on the surface.
UK scientists looked at quakes caused by human activity ranging from mining to oil drilling; only three could be attributed to hydraulic fracturing.
Most fracking events released the same amount of energy as jumping off a ladder, the Durham-based team said.
They argue that the integrity of well bores drilled for fracking is of much greater concern.
The research is published in the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology .
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 7:50 AM EDT
I'm not so sure this summary from the BBC of Dr James E Hansen retirement announcement has done them any favours. The area that may backfire is that their Environment Correspondent Matt McGrath mentions the term "Global Warming" instead of "Climate Change" and at the end of the article they (BBC) have acknowledged world temperatures have remained at a "standstill", thus agreeing there is no "Global Warming" currently going on.
The only door left open on the issue of "man made" co2 is extreme weather events. I have mentioned before, the use of the term "climate change" covers all eventualities for Alarmists. So I'm glad to say this tribute to Dr James E Hansen seems a little self defeating... or is this a "get out" for them in the future! ......more to follow.
One of the leading voices on the science of global warming is to retire from Nasa this week to be more active in the fight against fossil fuels.
Saturday, March 30th 2013, 11:04 AM EDT
The Met Office has admitted issuing advice to government that was "not helpful" during last year's remarkable switch in weather patterns.
Between March and April 2012, the UK experienced an extraordinary shift from high pressure and drought to low pressure and downpours.
But the Met Office said the forecast for average rainfall "slightly" favoured drier than average conditions.
The three-month forecast is said to be experimental.
It is sent to contingency planners but has been withheld from the public since the Met Office was pilloried for its "barbecue summer" forecast in 2009.
Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 5:09 PM EDT
Farmers fear that thousands of sheep and cattle have died in the snow that has hit in recent days.
Northern Ireland farmer Catherine Crawford said: "There are hundreds of farmers who have sheep buried."
"We are very, very, anxious," said Carolyn Lamb from NFU Scotland, who added that the full toll would not be known until the snow melted.
The NFU said hundreds of animals were lost in England and Wales, with Cumbria and Shropshire worst hit.
Monday, March 25th 2013, 6:35 PM EDT
The UK Government’s chief scientist has warned time delays in the climate system means that greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere now will determine the weather the world experiences for the next 25 years. The head of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), however, said he is sceptical about anyone being able to predict what the weather would be like in the future.
Sir John Beddington said climate change is one of the things he has been trying to bring to the Government’s attention but believes it is not talked about enough. He also noted the climate and weather we’re experiencing now comes from greenhouse gases that were in the atmosphere 25 years ago.
He said the international community’s failure to agree binding targets for cutting carbon emissions meant problems were being stored up for the future. He told BBC Radio 4: “They may reach agreement and they may start to reduce greenhouse gases in the next five years, or it may be a little longer. But they are still climbing and when that increase is reversed, we will be left with the weather and the climate for the next 25 years from whenever that happens.”
Monday, March 25th 2013, 11:55 AM EDT
The "outgoing" UK Government's chief scientific adviser Prof Sir John Beddington can be listened here talking to Pallab Ghosh with his...you name it...it must be "man made" co2 approach....how he has lasted as long as he has in his current position I will never know!
The sooner Sir John steps down the better...IMHO he is at best a very ignorant man in regard to his privileged position advising the UK Government on how our climate works. He states you can't draw any conclusion on any one weather event and then with his next breath states how can you have one year dry and then another one wet! As if the climate is not meant to do things like that!
What has been his downfall is that he did not explain how the "science" of climate change works....how can you have over 16 years of no warming and 16 years of extra co2 Sir John?
The UK government's chief scientist has said that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods and droughts over the next 25 years.
Prof Sir John Beddington said there was a "need for urgency" in tackling climate change.
Friday, March 22nd 2013, 3:42 AM EDT
Significant snowfall is expected across parts of the UK on Friday and into the weekend, as mild air once again tries and fails to dislodge the relentlessly cold air that has been such a feature of the weather of late.
Parts of Wales, the Midlands and western parts of Northern England are likely to be worst affected.
For our region, by the end of tonight, snow will be affecting many parts of West and South Yorkshire, and more western parts of North Yorkshire, lasting on and off into the weekend - with Pennine areas most at risk.
Further east, sleet and snow will be patchy in nature at least at first, but with more persistent snow possible later Friday and into Saturday
Significant accumulations are expected over the Pennines, and possibly across some lower levels too, leading to a real risk of disruption.
Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 12:21 PM EDT
It was autumn 2009 when I first started writing my BBC Weather and Climate blog.
My initial articles created huge interest around the world. They aimed to highlight the fact that global temperatures had levelled off at elevated levels, despite ever rising levels of greenhouse gases, a situation which remains unchanged nearly four years later.
At the time there seemed to be a reluctance to acknowledge such a levelling off in global temperatures, although this is no longer the case.
But Dr Kevin E Trenberth of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) was one climate scientist at the time who did acknowledge this apparent lack of warming in surface temperature observations.
It’s now described as the issue of ‘missing energy’ – namely with rising levels of greenhouse gases, where has the expected extra global warmth, which basic physical laws predict, gone?
It is, for obvious reasons, a subject of great interest to readers of this blog, and I thought a recent article I read would be of interest.
Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Just a week ago Roger Harrabin mentioned a report from the Environment Agency about the UK having to adapt to more wet and dry extremes and I mentioned at the time that the real reason behind this weather scenario was down to the location of the Jet stream, something non of us have any control over. The location of the Jet Stream was somehow missing in this report as being key to these changes last year and yet it was mentioned several times in the media.
What is actually taking place with our climate are changes on the Sun (in this respect the reduction of Sunspots) and has nothing to do with co2 or the results of "man made" pollution. History has shown before that long periods of a calm Sun shift weather patterns i.e changes are made to the location of the Jet Stream
The above video from the BBC shows the current climate change being related to the Jet Stream and yet last week it was down to or suggested it was .....er the result of "man made climate change", who knows what next week will be the result of....click source for must see video from Matt Taylor and the BBC, this video may be taken off the screen soon so look at it ASAP
Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 6:35 PM EST
US government offices are closed as the East Coast braces for a blizzard that dumped heavy snow on Midwestern states in recent days.
Schools were shut and more than 1,500 flights cancelled at Washington DC and Baltimore airports, though by late afternoon little snow had accumulated.
About 200,000 customers have no power in the mid-Atlantic region between New England and the south-eastern states.
On Tuesday, Chicago saw heavy snowfall with about 10in reported in some areas.
The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency after about 170,000 people lost power in the state; 50 members of the National Guard were sent to clear roads.
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