January-October 2010: The Warmest Period on Record

According to a new report “State of the Climate – Global Analysis, October 2010” published by National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–October 2010 was +0.63°C above the 20th century average of 14.1°C and tied with 1998 as the warmest January–October period on record.

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The data indicate mean temperature changes in the Arctic of up to +5oC relative to the 1961-1990 base period, leading to progressive loss of Greenland ice sheet and Arctic sea ice, which in October 2010 was 17% less than during October periods of 1979-2000.

Consistent with elevated radiative forcing by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to high temperatures, strong evaporation and abrupt precipitation events, 2010 has seen a string of extreme weather events, including heat waves and fires (Russia), severe droughts (Brazil, Mexico), cyclones (USA, Caribbean) and floods (Pakistan, western China, Australia).

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That extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and intensity is shown in figure 3, showing the number of cyclones increased by a factor of about 2 and floods by a factor of about 3.

Mean global high temperatures persisted despite a prevalence of La-Nina conditions which resulted in below-average temperatures across the equatorial Pacific).

Thanks to the surrounding oceans Australia has been mostly benign in terms of temperature. The decrease in mean temperatures in Australia (Figure 1) is related to the increased rainfall, clouding and evaporation/cooling effects. For Australia the year 2010 (to November) ranks in the top 10 for rainfall due to a confluence of seasonal drivers – ENSO and IOD.

Much of the rainfall occurred as abrupt precipitation events, less beneficial and often destructive as compared with gentler Mediterranean-type precipitation. A significant drying up continues in southwestern Australia, which had record low winter season rainfall, continuing a trend that began around the 1970s. This year SW WA had little inflows into its dams.

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According to a new report by the Global Carbon Project “the growth rate in emissions is going to make it increasingly difficult for us to constrain climate change to levels of around 2 degrees of warming above the pre-industrial temperatures.”
According to Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, +2 degrees may result in tipping points.

Ignoring reports by the world’s major climate science organizations (NASA/GISS, NCDC, Hadley-Met, Potsdam, BOM, CSIRO), governments continue to consider the issue almost exclusively in economic $ terms, the ultimate Faustian bargain.

Most are oblivious to the calamitous consequences of inaction or of limited action falling short of arresting climate change. Current negotiations regarding climate mitigation and debates regarding carbon tax versus CPRS schemes, ignore the implications of the rise in extreme weather events.

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Extensive media cover-up, coupled with well funded climate denial campaigns, are on the rise. Emergency climate mitigation measures, including draw-down of atmospheric CO2 using soil biochar, chemical sequestration and extensive reforestation, may have a chance of slowing runaway global warming.

Dr Andrew Glikson is with the Research School of Earth Science & School of Archaeology & Anthropology at Australian National University in Canberra. He can be reached at: andrew.glikson@anu.edu.au. Read other articles by Andrew.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on November 27th, 2010 at 8:30am #

    And so it goes.

  2. Don Hawkins said on November 27th, 2010 at 8:41am #

    I wonder any leaders out there big country small country like to stand up and give the people of Earth speech so to speak.

  3. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 5:33am #

    HOHHOT, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) — Strong winds driving snow over roads in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have hampered efforts to reach about 1,000 herdsmen, who have been cut off since a major snow storm a week ago.

    Snow piled up to 30 cm deep in most parts of the region and a meter in some areas.

    The snow was 40 days earlier than its usual arrival time and was the heaviest in 30 years. At least 700 head of livestock are believed to have died in the storm. Xinhua

    BBC’s Rona Dougall in Dunblane: “Here in Stirlingshire we’re in white-out conditions”

    Temperatures plummeted to the coldest on record for November in parts of the UK overnight.

    Northern Ireland hit a new low of -9.5C (15F) at Lough Fea, Co Tyrone, and in Wales, a record minimum of -18C (0F) was reached at Llysdinam, in Powys.

    Heavy snow is still falling in much of Scotland and north-east England, bringing travel disruption, and is set to last until Tuesday.

    Forecasters says Siberian winds from Monday will make it feel even colder.

    The unusual weather is being caused by high pressure over Greenland and low pressure in the Baltics, forcing cold winds from the north-east across Europe.

    The lowest ever recorded temperature in the UK was -27.2C (-17F) in Altnaharra, in the Highlands, in 1995. BBC

    Andrew any thought’s on high pressure over Greenland and low pressure in the Baltics, forcing cold winds from the north-east across Europe. Here in the States all we will hear is the shopping season look’s good and great deal’s for cyber Monday and maybe a little on the Yellow Sea.

  4. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 5:55am #

    On the Yellow Sea part in a few years on our present path could be a little more than in name only.

  5. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 1:55pm #

    The human’s alive today are living on a dying planet. Human’s have never in the two hundred thousand years or so be in this predicament. Yes been tuff times but not like what is coming. The powers that be alive today like the powers that were in the past very close in there thinking although the ones alive today are better at shape shifting. I think we got them this time on the grand bullshit. Probably why we don’t hear much about climate change from them kind of want to keep it out of view. Ruff draft.

  6. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 2:55pm #

    I just read the first reports on Wikileaks and not one cable/leak on the fact we are living on a dying planet, amazing.

  7. Don Hawkins said on November 29th, 2010 at 5:33am #

    Is Congress back in session today. Give them hell boy’s and girl’s give them hell.

    We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

    The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

    Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. Sagan

  8. Don Hawkins said on November 29th, 2010 at 6:00am #

    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
    Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC – 347 BC)

    Yes Congressman, Senators and all you big cheeses in the private sector all the thinking, witting from the best minds so far has not saved us all from ourselves. Do we get a second chance this time probably not so let’s hear it about future generations and it’s the economy stupid do it for the kid’s let’s hear it come on McConnell, Inhofe, Obama, Forbes did I forget someone let’s hear it the reason from all you great thinkers. Go shopping is it.

  9. Don Hawkins said on November 29th, 2010 at 4:18pm #

    Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions. Telegraph


  10. jayn0t said on November 29th, 2010 at 8:22pm #

    “Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions”.

    Surely, it’s climate change ‘experts’ who are the serious threat to mankind?

  11. Don Hawkins said on November 30th, 2010 at 2:09am #

    Fear not jaynot no one is listening to scientists on climate change or if they do in one ear out the other. Here in the States it’s tax cut’s or not on about Wednesday as it’s the economy stupid. Of course we have the Wikileaks and must say these World leaders really do have a colorful way of thinking. These World leaders where will they be in say 2040 and I did the math that’s 30 years oh heck let’s be bold make that 2030. Surely, it’s climate change ‘experts’ who are the serious threat to mankind, a very bold statement indeed.

  12. Don Hawkins said on November 30th, 2010 at 3:29am #

    So long folk’s I do know how it work’s sort of good luck people.

  13. jayn0t said on November 30th, 2010 at 1:06pm #

    Global warming is the greatest scientific fraud in the history of mankind. The people who figured this out are generally conservatives. Alexander Cockburn is an exception on the left – he has quite a history of rejecting moral panics when most of the left believed them, and he dismissed the climate change scam years ago in few words. If you don’t understand the arguments about fluid dynamics and principal component analysis, a good start is to compare the tone of the ‘warmers’ with the response of the ‘deniers’.

    The warmers dishonestly use terms like ‘denier’, lie about sceptics’ funding, appeal to authority, employ unscientific terms like ‘consensus’, abuse Wikipedia, resort to psychology, use induction, call for suppression of dissenters, redefine peer review, lose or ‘get rid of’ inconvenient data, and conspire to destroy evidence subject to Freedom of Information requests. It’s astounding that they are still in business.

    Climate change ‘deniers’, on the other hand, use reasoned argument. Joannenova.com.au and Climateaudit.org are good places to start.

  14. Don Hawkins said on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:59am #

    Israel and an unusually warm and dry autumn and did you happen to hear about the fires? Will this get better I think not.

  15. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2010 at 5:07am #

    The talk now is you can’t tax the top 3% they are the producers, really and just what is it say the financial sector produces? How about all the charming people in the energy sector what are they producing so we can have more cell phones and TV’s and all those millions of little plastic things. This very second we should be fighting what’s coming down the track kind of like a war and instead we keep doing the same thing over and I guess expecting a different result. I have not seen or heard one word why the snow in Europe or cold record cold not one word why this is happening. Here’s just one report from England.

    In addition to the discomfort caused by this winter’s freezing weather, scientists have warned that continued bouts of Arctic weather could trigger radical changes in British wildlife. Even the robin – star of Christmas cards for generations – could be driven from our shores.

    The warning was made as Britain struggles to cope with its second major freeze in successive years and with meteorologists raising fears that climate change could bring more episodes of severe weather. Outbreaks of blizzards and freezing conditions over successive years could have profound consequences, say scientists, who warn that small birds and mammals are particularly vulnerable. Guardian

    In the States it sure does seem something or someone maybe a group/gang is controlling the news/information we all get. We can’t tax the top 3% the American people don’t want that. Must be great fun to make this stuff up and then go have dinner with a few close friends. The e-mail I got a few day’s ago from an evil scientist.


    Its the difference between the climate and the weather …

    Anomalous weather events are the hallmark of climate change.

    As the oceans warm, evaporation increases and masses of moist air collide with cold polar air, resulting in snow storms.

    Of course the deniers will use this to their advantage, claiming “global cooling”.

    With this was true!

    Then of course a few minor changes in weather patterns.

    Normally the winds that blow across Scotland come from the west and keep our winters relatively mild. But last month, like last winter, a large area of high pressure formed over the Atlantic, blocking the warm westerlies.

    This allowed very cold air from the Arctic to move south across mainland Europe. When this crosses the North Sea, it picks up moisture and dumps it as snow on the east coast, which saw the heaviest falls last week. The Met Office’s chief meteorologist, Ewen McCallum, said: “One reason we have seen such large amounts of snow is the pressure is much lower than normal, allowing the air to rise and form deeper clouds, therefore producing heavier showers.”

    Weather experts caution one cold snap should not be used to argue the globe is not being warmed by human pollution. In fact the World Meteorological Organisation predicted last week that 2010 would be one of the three warmest years on record.

    “The severity of the current weather hitting Scotland and the UK is no exception to that and is part of a global pattern of increasingly severe and erratic weather, be it floods, droughts, hurricanes or snow storms. We are now seeing weather events that were previously unusual happening on an increasingly frequent basis.”

    Scientists point out that increased precipitation in winter is one of the likely outcomes of climate change for Scotland. Naturally, when it’s cold that will mean more snow. And when the snow does eventually thaw, Sepa has warned of the risk that rivers could flood. The risk will be especially high if an unsettled Atlantic weather system moves in, bringing a rapid rise in the temperature and heavy rainfall.

    It is not just Scotland and the UK suffering from the snow. About 30 homeless people are reported to have frozen to death in Poland. Deaths have also been reported in the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany and France.

    Power supplies have been cut in Poland, leaving 150,000 people without power, and there have been blackouts in France, with about 3000 homes without power on Friday. Planes and trains have also been cancelled or delayed across Europe. Herald Scotland

    But before we write off our current cold snap as the British weather playing its usual tricks, we still need to explain why the Arctic high pressure has strayed so far south. And here, says Prof Maslin, is the more likely, and more subtle, link with climate change. “For me,” he says, “this shows that the climate is becoming more dynamic, and thus large shifts in the wind patterns are possible – in this case, sub-tropical air being trapped further south than usual.”

    In other words, we need to remember that while the average temperature is rising, climate change also delivers more extreme weather, from chills to heatwaves. Today, we’re stocking up on snowshoes – but best to invest in some air-conditioning as well. Telegraph

    Both those reports out of England as here in the States all we hear is why the American people don’t want to tax the wealthy/ producers. In a mad World only the mad are sane. Where are they praying for rain?

  16. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2010 at 6:52am #

    Go to spaceweather dot com and take a look at the filament making it’s way around the Sun. From what I understand the power companies are in talk’s about putting in a cut off so just on the off chance we do get a CME we could get our power back in months not years that’s in talk’s as yes the tax cut’s for the wealthy are much more important on the third planet from the Sun. Almost ready to take my TV outside to the garbage can and put it were it belongs.

  17. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 3:54am #

    Sent this to all the charming people who love to get on TV and get those electrons moving.


    Wilderness house of pain, makes no sense of it all
    Close this mind dull this brain, Messiah before his fall
    What you see is not real, those who know will not tell
    All is lost sold your souls to this brave new world

    How charming it all is don’t you think. Heck just the last two years here
    in the greatest nation on Earth what have we all learned? I guess the
    latest thing is when I go to Walmart you know what’s that person doing? He’s
    buying a can of cream corn can he do that isn’t his hair a bit long don’t look
    at his eye’s can he see us looking. Anyway we all did the health care part
    then the climate bill what did happen to that then the tax part was that
    another hold the nose moment. I think Glenn Beck last night put it all pretty
    well when he said something like climate change right look at the people
    in Georgia freezing and standing in line for energy assistance and now they
    want cap and trade well in ten years we will all look back and laugh save
    the poor jaguars then of course he’s goes on to talk of top down bottom up.
    I don’t know maybe open a soup kitchen pay if you can but everybody get’s
    feed am serious and watch this brave new world where what you see is not
    real, those who know will not tell and the destruction of a planet called
    Earth. Yes how charming it all is and just think it only took is about two
    hundred thousand years to get this smart.

    Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has
    been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you
    find that money cannot be eaten.

    Such silly human’s those Indians with there corn and Thanksgiving am
    surprised such savages could even write that.

    Buy gold call call now.


  18. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 4:23am #

    Repeat the obvious repeat the obvious and what good does it do just the last few year’s show’s us it does no good. I mean the next few day’s we will hear some grand speech’s on the floor of the Senate and it will all stay the same as they go home for Christmas then the great deal’s to be had you know the after Christmas shopping and we will all be back to normal as Rob fall’s over the couch again then of course the elections in 2012 will be put into our minds on a regular basis and oh so important it will be. What you see is not real, those who know will not tell. All is lost sold your souls to this brave new world.

  19. Don Hawkins said on December 11th, 2010 at 5:20pm #

    Go to freakyweather dot com and you don’t have to read between the line at all.

  20. Don Hawkins said on December 11th, 2010 at 5:25pm #

    Spain’s worst drought in decades has forced the city of Barcelona to begin shipping in drinking water in an unprecedented effort to avoid water restrictions. Freakyweather dot com

    Did anybody see this on American television there’s more let’s see tomorrow is Sunday so we will get to see the barbeque report on the Weather Channel.

  21. Don Hawkins said on December 11th, 2010 at 6:09pm #

    The irony: As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54° F. Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun’s weather the latest example of the “Gore Effect” — a plunge in temperature they say occurs wherever former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist, makes a speech about the climate. the week

    Right there you see not one word on why let’s see how the rest of this winter goes then Summer.

  22. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 5:29am #

    Go to James Hansen’s web site and read his new post today. I sent it to CNN, Fox, and the weather channel and ask them to grow up face the problem get real. Heck let’s wait tell after the dirst of the year and maybe a demonstration or two could that help with the grow up part oh only a start. Think of this as kind of a war.

  23. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 6:03am #

    Let’s see I just read the big plan from the GOP in 2011 is repeal Obamacare, such nonsense. Maybe along with that is 50 more years of war I think not. So privatize the planet you know a few castles in a sea of slums as we all go down the drain in not such slow motion. If we are going to fight back the time is now we are out of time. We do have a few things on our side the truth and knowledge the little fact that these problems will become as clear as the nose on our face is a big one. A third party the 2011 party then the 2012 party better to start now unless you think LRAD’S in your city and town is a good idea. Can it be done how to start there must be away. Is there any paper work involved does it have to be notarized? Yes the darkside is in control of the media so easy this will not be. Time to make it real so how is the question.

  24. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 6:34am #

    Carbon needs to be taxed and that tax returned to the people along with heavy R&D and soon. Cap and trade is a joke on the human race so of course Wall Street might like that idea you know Goldman and a few more. Why you ask because they are crazy that’s why. To get this started will be the hardest thing human’s have ever done the reason is it will take a new way of thinking that I don’t think includes little God’s. How did Einstein put that everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler a great start would be if the leader of the free World with courage give the people of Earth speech. Granted he might lose a few friends but just the truth and knowledge I’ll bet he would influence a few people. That’s correct so far it’s in a mad world only the mad are sane. Somehow that has to change I mean to keep up with the lies the bullshit must be hard on the mind for these few maybe why we see strangeness spreading though out the land. Ok don’t like tax carbon well nationalize these companies, corporations as opposed to privatize the planet that doesn’t end well. Two day’s ago I heard Bernie Sanders is a self declared Socialist really and just the last few years the self declared Capitalists how much money/debt did they get in the form of Socialism for the wealthy and now they want more the whole damn thing is nut’s. I tried a new thing the last dew week’s as I asked people where I live what they think about all this and to the person they said yes it’s nut’s the time is now if we wish to try and survive well at my age it’s if my kid’s and there kid’s will survive again if I hear one more time we are doing this so people can send there kid’s to college am moving to Canada how’s the weather where you are Bozh?

  25. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 12:24pm #

    Today Fareed Zakaria put it very well as he said China is going ahead with clean energy while loaning money to the United States so as to have tax cut’s for the wealthy and some in China are laughing a lot. Without the States on board this doesn’t end well.

  26. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 12:50pm #

    Oh he also said that Glenn Beck said about 10% of the Muslim World are terrorists and about 1% of the people in the States. Well he said old Glenn is entitled to free speech but not his own fact’s. At the end he said sort of Glenn Beck seems to have a little problem with the government and is he a ………………………? A tiny bit of light. Oh the poor Jaguars and frogs and birds and …………………………..? Fox New’s in general seems to have a little problem with that whole fact’s part and Beck get’s paid well to do this. Yes embrace that whole in a mad world only the mad are sane at least for a little while longer. Repeat the obvious.

  27. Don Hawkins said on December 13th, 2010 at 2:40am #

    I got up early this morning as the wind coming from the North was different this time smokin is a good word. How’s the weather not climate where you are now? Today is Monday and what will we hear on the floor of the Senate from say McConnell or Hatch or for that matter John A. Boehner did the President disrespect him really or how about the President and old Bill it is of such great importance what they think of one another. Tax cut’s for the wealthy or repeal and replace again of such great importance and if the truth be known mere child’s play.

    Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. ~Dennis Gabor,

    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb



    While 2009 showed a slowdown in the rate of annual air temperature increases in the Arctic, the first half of 2010 shows a near record pace with monthly anomalies of over 4°C in northern Canada. There continues to be significant excess heat storage in the Arctic Ocean at the end of summer due to continued near-record sea ice loss. There is evidence that the effect of higher air temperatures in the lower Arctic atmosphere in fall is contributing to changes in the atmospheric circulation in both the Arctic and northern mid-latitudes. Winter 2009-2010 showed a new connectivity between mid-latitude extreme cold and snowy weather events and changes in the wind patterns of the Arctic; the so-called Warm Arctic-Cold Continents pattern.


    While individual weather extreme events cannot be directly linked to larger scale climate changes, recent data analysis and modeling suggest a link between loss of sea ice and a shift to an increased impact from the Arctic on mid-latitude climate (Francis et al. 2009; Honda et al. 2009). Models suggest that loss of sea ice in fall favors higher geopotential heights over the Arctic. With future loss of sea ice, such conditions as winter 2009-2010 could happen more often. Thus we have a potential climate change paradox. Rather than a general warming everywhere, the loss of sea ice and a warmer Arctic can increase the impact of the Arctic on lower latitudes, bringing colder weather to southern locations.

    The difference between now and a few years ago in Rome is what? Probably more little God’s and now they fight about that of such great importance part never thinking we the people just might have some knowledge of this.

  28. Don Hawkins said on December 13th, 2010 at 12:52pm #

    Farmers in Jharkhand have written a letter to the President of India and the Governor, requesting them to grant permission to commit suicide.
    ”We have written to the president and the governor that if the situation does not improve soon then we will go ahead and commit suicide,” said Chandeshwari Singh, farmer.

    One might dismiss this declaration as a mere publicity gimmick, however acute drought like situation in the region has forced these farmers to take the extreme step.

    This is the second year of drought for these farmers. Two years of no crop, no rain, and no relief from the Government.

    ”The drought has affected the region for the last two years. How do we educate our children? We have no money. If we are not able to educate them then how will they survive?” says, Birsa Karmali, another farmer.

    Jharkhand is grappling with a 42% rainfall deficit this year. All districts have already been declared drought-hit.

    ”I want to assure all farmers across the state that we are taking all steps to help them in these trying times,” says M O H Farooq, Governor of Jharkhand.

    But going by the desperation of the farmers, relief plan balm is not pacifying enough.

    In a country, where farmer suicide is not a new term, more important is to understand why they take such drastic steps. Freakyweather dot com

    Record warm temperatures in Southern California the last few day’s funny I didn’t see this on American television. Wait maybe for 15 seconds then go shopping call call now. Oh that’s it no explanation from one person on why. I do find that strange how so many people don’t have a clue what could it be? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you oh yes.

  29. Don Hawkins said on December 13th, 2010 at 1:17pm #

    No explanation from one person on why the truth from our media much more needs to be written on this why so many people don’t seem to have a clue all most to the last person. Maybe it’s some kind of psychosis and unknown so far. We might need a name for this condition how about illusionophrenia seems to be somewhat a prison for the mind. Hope it’s not contagious.

  30. Don Hawkins said on December 13th, 2010 at 2:20pm #

    What do they call that the newsroom in American media. I wonder how that work’s the stories to be told or not told and how it’s told and in these newsrooms who does that and where do they get there marching orders. I’ll bet Fox New’s would be absolutely fascinating to sit in on.

  31. Don Hawkins said on December 13th, 2010 at 4:48pm #

    Tonight on Glenn Beck he talked about the same old stuff and he had on Judge Napolitano and Beck seems to always’ bring up climate change. He and the judge were talking about climate change and Beck said the United States lied at the last meeting of the IPCC that is an amazing thing to say. Bush was President and sent people to do all they could to get a light report. The way Beck put it we were there to make the case for climate change. It’s almost like a double lie but how many even knew. I remember one man Bush sent to the IPCC meeting and he asked one scientist ok if the ice melt’s it will come back right. I guess that’s lawyer talk but in a few years not much of that because as the ice melt’s less and less human’s along with most other life on this planet. The next meeting of the IPCC will be anything but light. Then again maybe they will change a few law’s like the law of gravity. It’s no longer up but now down and not down but up.

  32. Don Hawkins said on December 14th, 2010 at 3:40pm #


    There are basically two ways to cut carbon emissions, and neither one of them involves global climate change summits like the one just held in Cancún, Mexico. The way I see it, you can either price carbon, or you can restrict growth.
    As they did for the previous meeting in Copenhagen, some 200 of the world’s economies came together and did absolutely nothing to halt their global carbon emissions, other than to commit to long-range targets with expiry dates set for a time when most current delegates will no longer be in public office or, for that matter, even be alive.

    In the absence of carbon pricing, there is one sure-fire way to cap emissions, and that’s to cap growth. What no one wants to acknowledge at the Cancún summit is that economic downturns are bullish for the environment. For example, in the economic chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country’s energy consumption (and emissions) fell by nearly 30 per cent. During the recent recession, global CO2 emissions fell without any government mandate to that effect and without any meaningful price on carbon emissions.

    If the world is serious about tackling global climate change, we need to put a meaningful price ($50-$60 per metric tonne) on carbon emissions now. If we don’t, our next choice is to forego economic growth. Jeff Rubin