This Day in Climate News

It’s been another bad week for the climate campaign.  Walter Russell Mead offers yet another installment of his periodic beat downs of human car alarm former Vice President Al Gore.  (Here’s the previous one.)  I didn’t think anyone could get more snarky about Gore that I do, but Mead easily wins the contest for the most thorough dismantling of the Goreacle.

Despite the view of the UN’s mirthless Wirth mentioned here a couple days ago that people would “start connecting the dots” between climate change and bad things like hurricanes, tornados, and drought heavy rainfall this year, the “dots” continue to connect in the most inconvenient way for the warmenists:

Item: A new study from Florida State University notes:

During the past 6-years since Hurricane Katrina, global tropical cyclone frequency and energy have decreased dramatically, and are currently at near-historical record lows. According to a new peer-reviewed research paper accepted to be published, only 69 tropical storms were observed globally during 2010, the fewest in almost 40-years of reliable records. Furthermore, when each storm’s intensity and duration were taken into account, the total global tropical cyclone accumulated energy (ACE) was found to have fallen by half to the lowest level since 1977.


Item: National Geographic, usually a reliable pillar of global warming alarmism, has reported on research suggesting that a warming world might actually reverse the desertification of the Sahara in Africa:

Desertification, drought, and despair—that’s what global warming has in store for much of Africa.  Or so we hear.  Emerging evidence is painting a very different scenario, one in which rising temperatures could benefit millions of Africans in the driest parts of the continent.  Scientists are now seeing signals that the Sahara desert and surrounding regions are greening due to increasing rainfall.  If sustained, these rains could revitalize drought-ravaged regions, reclaiming them for farming communities. This desert-shrinking trend is supported by climate models, which predict a return to conditions that turned the Sahara into a lush savanna some 12,000 years ago.


Item: China, peeved at European attempts to export its carbon-suppressing climate policy by force, has cancelled a large order for new Airbus airplanes.  Probably won’t warm the hearts of climate campaigners in the U.S who want to impose trade sanctions on China, India, and other nations that don’t submit.  What part of China and India’s “No” don’t our climate campaigners understand?  Possibly good news for Boeing out of this, too.

Item: The European emissions trading scheme is close to collapse.  It might have helped if this “market” traded a real commodity that someone wanted to use for something.