The daily surface mass balance on the Greenland Ice Sheet is well above normal.
On August 1, the Danish Meteorological Institute’s measuring station registered an appalling -30.7 ° C at the ice cap’s summit.
“This is the lowest temperature for July we have from this station,” said John Cappelen.
The previous record was -27.7 ° C on 30 July 1992.
I came across a new paper trying to claim that increased temperatures caused by global warming will kill more “old people” in Beijing.
In the supplementary data they posted the graph of daily mortality.
First thing I noticed is that deaths peak in January and bottom out in the summer.
Yes there are some summertime spikes. But it appears that something like 60 more people die per day die in January than in July.
It seems to me that if winters are warmer, lives will be saved.
According to the NOAA, May 2016 was ranked 49th coldest out of 122.
That is essentially a tie with May 2015. The warmest May Tmax’s were 1934, 1936, 2012 and and 1939.
The following map shows state rankings. 122 = warmest. 1 would be coldest.
Note the states ranked 7th and 8th coldest. Wow. Not much El Nino effects …
What a shocker.
The use of supposedly ‘green’ biodiesel to hit EU renewable energy targets has actually significantly increased greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.
By 2020, continued use of biodiesel derived from vegetable oil will increase total EU transport emissions by almost four per cent compared with using its fossil fuel alternative, according to analysis by Transport & Environment, a green group.
That is roughly equivalent to putting an extra 12 million cars to the road, it says.
Countries across Europe have blended small percentages of biofuels into petrol and diesel in recent years in an attempt to cut emissions and to hit the EU’s renewable energy directive (RED), which requires 10 per cent of transport energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.
But Transport & Environment says the EU’s own studies show that producing biodiesel from food crops – in particular soy and palm oil – is significantly worse for the environment than producing regular diesel.