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50 cm of snow in Jerusalem, I am informed by friends. Due to power cuts, they are keeping warm by building igloos


Off topic, but a bit of Christmas humour from this old Daily mash classic

Do We Really Need Ambulances?
By George Monbiot

I performed a peer-reviewed calculation on my phone and discovered that British ambulances make up 0.00023% of our annual CO2 emissions. Look at that figure again and tell me you don’t feel an overwhelming sense of shame.

It is my belief that we must re-order Britain as an ambulance-free society. It won’t be easy. De-ambulancification never is. But we must reach down to the very roots of our being and rip up everything that allows the ambulance to prosper.


Mike Jowsey

Penguins at the North Pole? Land at the North Pole? Wow – global warming *has* got a lot to answer for.


Keeping in a seasonal vein, Joe Bastardi’s piece on WUWT is most enjoyable: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/18/twas-the-nightmare-before-christmas (prefaced by a photo of Jerusalem in the snow 18/12/13) ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the news, There were reports of record cold, so many were confused. Told global warming is why we should care, 

 And that the point of no return would soon be here. The children were bombarded with tales of dread, 

 While visions of climate disasters were stuck in each little head. 

 And mamma in her Prius, and I on my bike, 

 To save the planet, got rid of the cars that we like. When suddenly in the data there arose such a clatter, 

 The earth was not warming, what could be the matter? 

The warming stopped, as quick as a flash, 
 Leaving proponents in sack-cloth, bathing in ash. 

For far too common was new-fallen snow, 

 More than forecasted, temperatures 0 or below. 

 And, what to my wondering eye there appears, 

But an uptick in sea ice, and even more polar bears. 

With a little old driver, called the PDO, 

 I knew in a… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Yeb Saño in Nature’s ‘10 people who mattered in science this year’ | SciTech | GMA News Online

Nature said that Saño is not sure what impact his speech had.



Some holiday reading from Leighton Smith in the Nbr,
Which I archived here


Book extract: Beyond the Microphone – The global warming con

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