Category Archives: Climate

Dirty fuel

Speaking of dirty fuel –

Germany was forced on Wednesday to draw on its reserves for producing electricity for the second time this winter as Europe is gripped by a severe cold snap.

The country’s four main power operators requested the reserve generator at a coal-powered plant in southern Germany and two plants in Austria be activated, the regional environment ministry in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.

The power station in Germany, in the southern city of Mannheim, would continue to be used Thursday, a spokesman said.

“We do not have a problem of supply, of quantity, it’s principally a question of stabilizing the network,” a spokeswoman for the Germany electricity market regulator said.

Germany also had to tap its reserves in early December. The system was set up in August to avoid shortages and stabilize the network for the country’s winter power provision. Read more:

“Stabilizing the network” because their wind farms weren’t up to  it and because of anti-nuclear policies. But coal is the answer and we guess oil sands oil is too dirty. Sigh.

Further reading – Do we want this here?


Suzuki sleaze

How low can he go?

He should care less about Santa ( and filling his foundation’s already well endowed stocking) and more about the seniors who may soon be freezing in the dark.

A new low

[This post was in draft and was meant to be posted some time ago.]

They reached a new low in Cancun.

Western countries will jointly provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to an unnamed new UN Fund. To keep this sum up with GDP growth, the West may commit itself to pay 1.5% of GDP to the UN each year. That is more than twice the 0.7% of GDP that the UN has recommended the West to pay in foreign aid for the past half century. Several hundred of the provisions in the Chairman’s note will impose huge financial costs on the nations of the West. …

In addition to multiple new bureaucracies in every one of the 193 states parties to the Convention, there will be an Adaptation Framework Body, a Least Developed Countries’ Adaptation Planning Body, an Adaptation Committee, Regional Network Centers, an International Center to Enhance Adaptation Research, National Adaptation Institutions, a Body to Clarify Assumptions and Conditions in National Greenhouse-Gas Emission Reductions Pledges, a Negotiating Body for an Overall Level of Ambition for Aggregate Emission Reductions and Individual Targets, an Office to Revise Guidelines for National Communications, a Multilateral Communications Process Office, a Body for the Process to Develop Modalities and Guidelines for the Compliance Process, a Registry of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions by Developed Countries, a Body to Supervise the Process for Understanding Diversity of Mitigation Actions Submitted and Support Needed, a Body to Develop Modalities for the Registry of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, an Office of International Consultation and Analysis; an Office to Conduct a Work Program for Development of Various Modalities and Guidelines; a network of Developing Countries’ National Forest Strategy Action Plan Offices; a network of National Forest Reference Emission Level And/Or Forest Reference Level Bodies; a network of National Forest Monitoring Systems; an Office of the Work Program on Agriculture to Enhance the Implementation of Article 4, Paragraph 1(c) of the Convention Taking Into Account Paragraph 31; one or more Mechanisms to Establish a Market-Based Approach to Enhance the Cost-Effectiveness Of And To Promote Mitigation Actions; a Forum on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures; a Work Program Office to Address the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures; a Body to Review the Needs of Developing Countries for Financial Resources to Address Climate Change and Identify Options for Mobilization of Those Resources; a Fund in Addition to the Copenhagen Green Fund; an Interim Secretariat for the Design Phase of the New Fund; a New Body to Assist the Conference of the Parties in Exercising its Functions with respect to the Financial Mechanism; a Body to Launch a Process to Further Define the Roles and Functions of the New Body to Assist the Conference of the Parties in Exercising its Functions with respect to the Financial Mechanism; a Technology Executive Committee; a Climate Technology Center and Network; a Network of National, Regional, Sectoral and International Technology Centers, Networks, Organization and Initiatives; Twinning Centers for Promotion of North-South, South-South and Triangular Partnerships with a View to Encouraging Co-operative Research and Development; an Expert Workshop on the Operational Modalities of the Technology Mechanism; an International Insurance Facility; a Work Program Body for Policy Approaches and Positive Incentives on Issues Relating to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries; a Body to Implement a Work Program on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures; and a Body to Develop Modalities for the Operationalization of the Work Program on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures.

$1oo billion per year for what benefit?

A little over 0.0001 Celsius, or around one five-thousandth of a Fahrenheit degree.

Of course it’s only a pledge. The temperature was low too.


We’ve added another book to our Reading List. Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist is Dr. Patrick Moore’s engaging firsthand account of his many years spent as the ultimate Greenpeace insider, a co-founder and leader … Continue reading

More snow


FURTHER UPDATE : Jan 11 Environment Canada has caught up.



The worst conditions and an old-fashioned nor’easter are aiming for southeastern New England from central Connecticut to eastern Massachusetts and coastal Maine, where strong winds will kick up as the storm finally strengthens …
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Heading south?

Off to Florida? Take your parka. NOAA reports that [pdf!]

Despite the record hot summer, average yearly temperatures at the main climate sites will end up around 1 degree below normal, which will be the coolest calendar year since the early and mid 1980s, and among the top 10 on record (except for Miami). At secondary sites Miami Beach and Moore Haven, it was the coolest year on record…

Have you been hearing it is warm in the north?

Lows outnumbered highs by a factor of 19 (336/18=18.6 ~19). That’s quite the cold snap.*

The coldest?

Deadhorse, Alaska,  on Sunday, 26 Dec 2010 at -40°F beating -38°F set in 1984 [WUWT]


Ooops! Is that one of our resolutions broken already?


The winter of Green discontent

You know it is winter when the taxpayer subsidised solar cell maker shuts down.

“The market conditions are difficult, as we said in our release,” O’Connor said, “due to seasonality issues in the industry with respect to what’s happening in Germany and in general due to both weather and incentives.” [emph ours] …

The breakdown of incentives offered to SpectraWatt:
• Empire Zone refunds, $3,375,469
• Empire State Development grant, $3 million
• State Energy Research and Development Authority grant, $1.5 million
• Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. grant, $78,300

• Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board grant, $50,000

• Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency, up to $100,000. Michael Tomkovitch, chairman of the agency, said this was for training and that a second round was approved a month ago.

Under the state’s Empire Zone program, which SpectraWatt qualified for only months before the program’s demise, the company can collect benefits by certifying on tax returns it has met investment and employment goals.
These could total:
• Investment tax credit, $3.3 million
• Employment incentive tax credit, $5.94 million
• Wage tax credit, $75,469
But some of these credits may be unavailable because of the layoffs.
A sales-tax exemption on items used in setting up shop was valued at $420,000.

There’s an upside:

Meanwhile, state officials said Wednesday that only some of the millions in public monies for which SpectraWatt is eligible have actually been given.


Further Related

The Coalition’s own Annual Energy Statement for 2010 concedes that by the year 2020, nearly one third of the average domestic electricity bill will consist of green energy charges imposed by law (£160 out of £512, or 31 per cent). Business will be hit even harder, with environmental charges for the average medium-sized non-domestic user accounting for £404,000 out of £1.224 million, or 33 per cent.