Category Archives: Natural world

Nature and the natural world

ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: The greatest threat to civilisation is not climate change but bad economics

Over on ConservativeHome, I have responded to one of Paul Goodman’s articles, The dog that didn’t bark on Thursday during Energy questions: So, the greatest problem humanity faces is how to use increasingly scarce natural resources to create greater prosperity for a growing number of people in the context of a changing environment. The study of that problem is surely economics. Read more via ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: The greatest threat to civilisation is not climate change but bad economics.

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Tick-borne diseases

I just stopped by a stand operated by BADA-UK, explaining the dangers of tick-borne diseases in the UK. The fact that one of the ladies was in a wheelchair was evidence that the problem is non-trivial. You can find out more about defensive measures here. My skin is now crawling – horrible.

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“Sifting climate facts from speculation” – New Scientist

Via the New Scientist: IT WAS a dramatic declaration: glaciers across much of the Himalayas may be gone by 2035. When New Scientist heard this comment from a leading Indian glaciologist, we reported it. That was in 1999. The claim later appeared in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent report – and it turns out that our article is the primary published source. The science deserves to be taken more seriously than this.

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Merry Christmas

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Winter field, Wycombe

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Snapped en route to collect the Christmas groceries by foot. It was a long way back up the hill!

Wycombe in Winter

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Blair commits a revolt against reason

So here I am,  back online in our new High Wycombe home, just in time for this revolt against reason: Following the ‘climategate scandal’, Mr Blair said the science may not be “as certain as its proponents allege”. But he said the world should act as a precaution against floods, droughts and mass extinction caused by climate change, in fact it would be “grossly irresponsible” not to. If I understand Blair correctly, he is following up his recent assertion of […]

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BBC NEWS | What happened to global warming?

Via BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | What happened to global warming?: This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998. But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible […]


Meet the man who has exposed the great climate change con trick | The Spectator

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This week, The Spectator writes Meet the man who has exposed the great climate change con trick: James Delingpole talks to Professor Ian Plimer, the Australian geologist, whose new book shows that ‘anthropogenic global warming’ is a dangerous, ruinously expensive fiction, a ‘first-world luxury’ with no basis in scientific fact. Shame on the publishers who rejected the book. … ‘The hypothesis that human activity can create global warming is extraordinary because it is contrary to validated knowledge from solar physics, […]

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A pipedream of six turbines a day until 2020 – Telegraph

Via A pipedream of six turbines a day until 2020 – Telegraph: Last Wednesday, two days before our Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, told us that motorists could help save the planet by changing more quickly to a lower gear, his underling Lord Hunt made one of the most absurd claims that can ever have been uttered by a British minister. Solemnly reported by the media, he said that by 2020 he hopes to see thousands more wind turbines round Britain’s […]

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