Off-topic: In The Guardian, John Cook claims that "Our Climate" iPhone app shows that deniers are evil deniers and devils. Do you agree with him? Create a Guardian account and tell him.The Czech media just informed the nation about another study that rules out the industrial activity as the cause of the bulk of the 20th century climate change.
You may find it even more remarkable if I tell you that novinky.cz is a top left-wing news server on the Czech Internet - with loose institutional links to Právo, the newspapers that used to belong to the Communist Party - and that the story above is the "story of the day" on the server's main page.
Half a day later, the Public Czech TV channel, ČT24, printed an article on the same topic:
If you want to have an idea about the discussion under the article, the most favorably rated comment (Goodvotes - Badvotes = +449 within 20 hours) was written by Mr Martin Poláček. It says: "So at the end, it turns out that our president was right. Who will apologize to him for all the mockery?"
A vast majority of the other comments are anti-AGW, too. The readers point out that the Goreo-Bursík green industrial complex (Bursík is the most famous among the ex-chairmen of the Czech Green Party that was just eliminated from the Parliament) is highly profitable so these folks are unlikely to make a U-turn anytime soon.
Another reader mentions that it's being confirmed that Mr Bursík and his biomass (a nickname for Ms Kateřina Jacques, a vice-chairwoman of the Green Party who didn't know what biomass was on a TV show - she recommended him to burn carrots and conjectured that biomass is always just a gas - and who has produced a baby with Mr Bursík) are ordinary green amateurs. ;-)
The story is based on an article,
Kononov, Friedrich, Böttger: Regional Summer Temperature Reconstruction in the Khibiny Low Mountains (Kola Peninsula, NW Russia) by Means of Tree-ring Width during the Last Four Centuries,previously mentioned at Climate Audit, Science Centric, and Science Daily. See
Northern lights as seen from Kola.
The media mention that the results clash against the theories of anthropogenic climate change that hypothesize a significant industrial influence on the climate and that the solar activity seems to be more tightly correlated with the observed Arctic temperatures. The authors summarize this finding in the last sentence of the abstract:
The good coherence of multi-decadal to secular trends of our reconstruction and series of observed solar activity indicate that solar activity may have been one major driving factor of past climate on Kola Peninsula.Well, it's nice but I think that the readers - and the journalists - overestimate the importance of this single particular scientific article in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. The exchange kind of shows that many people are gullible. Still, it's somewhat refreshing when simplified conclusions are also being presented on the "other side". And be sure that the global warming orthodoxy is indefensible among most Czechs.
After all, President Klaus met the new Minister of Environment, Mr Drobil, a few days ago. They agreed about the environmental issues and they plan to discuss the matters on a regular basis.
I would still prefer the situation in which journalists and readers would actually be both able and willing to assign a reasonable degree of importance to any argument and any paper about the climate - and many other things.
Texas vs EPA
But when we talk about the AGW power that is beginning to fail at many places, Texas rejected to comply with the federal EPA demands to include CO2 among pollutants. The Texan officials consider Obama's attempts to regulate CO2 illegal. Via Jaynie, thanks!