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27 Sep 2023 | News Roundup
  • MSN’s reprint of a GB News item claims “Britain will be blasted with scorching temperatures before the end of September following heavy rain and gale force winds… with temperatures expected to reach 23C” although “London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Birmingham are also forecast to see 20C.” Oh well. They can always warm themselves by a roaring headline.
  • It was just a matter of time. And now “A real estate company with multiple properties in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood has banned the use of electric vehicles, ranging from e-bikes to scooters.” It won’t be the last.
  • Also, as sales of EVs plummet in Britain, guess what? The makers ask governments to give them even more subsidies because those dim consumers won’t buy at market prices.
  • When opportunism met pseudo-science: “Carbon pollution led to heavier rains and stronger floods in Greece and Libya this month but other human factors were responsible for ‘turning the extreme weather into a humanitarian disaster’, scientists have said. Global heating made the levels of rainfall that devastated the Mediterranean in early September up to 50 times more likely in Libya and up to 10 times more likely in Greece, according to a study from World Weather Attribution that used established methods but had not yet been peer-reviewed.” There are those suspicious round numbers again, using “established methods” of feigning precision and certainty.
  • When alarmism met bad economics: Scientific American says “By the end of last month, the U.S. already set a new record for the annual number of billion-dollar disasters, continuing a trend toward more and costlier calamities occurring since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began tracking such data in the 1980s. At that time, a disaster causing at least $1 billion in damage hit the U.S. about every three months; now they happen about every three weeks.” Right. Because as population and wealth increase (and now inflation) the number and dollar value of things in the path of any storm that happens to come along continues to increase. Notice for instance how 18th-century America had no billion-dollar disasters… and no electricity or paved roads.
  • P.S. We bring you, belatedly, a June story that “Reign of world’s largest hockey stick coming to an end”. But don’t get too excited as, alas, it’s not (yet) Michael Mann’s ingeniously crafted artefact, just a 62.5-metre, 28,118-kilogram steel and Douglas fir item “built to mark the entrance to the Canada pavilion at Vancouver’s Expo in 1986” and then moved to Duncan where in fine Canadian style it has been allowed to crumble. Still, we can always hope.
  • P.P.S. Even more belatedly, after visiting the edge of space William Shatner reports bursting into tears because “things are going extinct at an enormous rate, something like a million elements go out, disappear every so often, I’m not sure if whether that’s a day or a week or a month”. No word on whether he saw John Kerry’s thin layer of gases.

One comment on “Tidbits”

  1. You mean to tell me that 23C is "scorching temperatures" for UK in September??? I don't think so.Most Britons would be pleased by that kind of weather,except maybe the clowns from Stop Oil,XR,et al.

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