I’m off to Reading in Berkshire for my wife’s employer’s annual Christmas party – so much to my wife’s delight, I’ll be well over 100 miles away from my laptop for most of the weekend. Meanwhile, here are a few bits and bobs:
SAN FRANCISCO—Global warming may not be the only thing melting Greenland. Scientists have found at least one natural magma hotspot under the Arctic island that could be pitching in.
Carbon cost of Christmas dinner (yawn!)
A carbon footprint equivalent to 6,000 car journeys around the world will be produced by the UK tucking into Christmas dinner, researchers say (yawn again!)
And a yawn for Oz:
The survey of 1000 Australians revealed more than half would take environmental concerns into account when choosing presents for their loved ones.
In one scenario, Americans would pay the equivalent of a $780 per person luxury tax annually, which amounts to sending $212 billion per year in climate reparations to poor countries to aid their development and help them adapt to climate change. In this scenario, the total climate reparations that the rich must transfer annually is over $600 billion. This contrasts with a new report commissioned by the U.N. Development Program that only demands $86 billion per year to avoid “adaptation apartheid.”
Former Hurricane Center Director Contradicts Democrats’ Political Pressure Claims
The former director of the National Hurricane Center says political pressure did not cause him to change his congressional testimony to downplay the link between global warming and hurricanes, contradicting the findings of a Democratic led investigation released Monday.
“I can truthfully say that no one told me at any time what to say in regard to possible impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones,” said Max Mayfield in an e-mail to ABC News.
Fiinally, for those wishing to critique the Douglass et al paper:
Have a hysterical weekend!