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UK government's green energy policy is a 'national disaster'

Wind wash!
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Net Zero Watch has condemned the Government's green energy policies as "a national disaster."

This follows the announcement that a major offshore windfarm will not activate an agreement to sell power at a much lower cost to the grid.

The Times has reported that the Hornsea 2 windfarm, which had a contract to sell power at £73 per megawatt hour, will instead sell in the open market, where prices have averaged £200 per megawatt hour this year, and reached £508 last week.

Britain's struggling energy consumers are likely to end up paying a billion pounds extra for Hornsea's electricity over the next 12 months.

The new Prime Minister should urgently look into the legal options for cancelling or revoking these poorly written contracts, the spirit of which are being grotesquely abused to the huge disadvantage to British consumers.


Global financial system at risk from flawed climate models

A team of Australian scientists, financiers and economists have issued a stark warning over the use of "flawed" climate models to predict financial risk.
Global Atmospheric Temperature
© Univeristy of Alabama / John Christy
Writing in the journal Environmental Research they say building future strategies on information that is not understood and potentially misleading is likely to expose the global financial system to systemic risks of its own making.

Politicians and policy-makers are increasingly seeking to assess the potential risks to the financial system associated with climate change. They typically use a combination of databases for the global mean temperature in conjunction with so-called coupled climate models to determine regional and more local changes such as the effect on cities. According to this new study however this approach is flawed and ineffective. "We show that global mean temperature provides little insight on how acute risks likely material to the financial sector will change at a city-scale, say the researchers.

They investigate how good using estimates of global mean temperature are at predicting changes in the annual extremes of temperature and rainfall, as well as heatwaves and drought, and extreme rain and strong winds. They also ask whether such climate attribution studies can provide any insight into the changes in temperature and rainfall over the next 20-, 50- and 100-years. Their conclusion; "these approaches are likely to be flawed," they say because of the unappreciated uncertainties.


NE China mountain witnesses snow in August

Northeast China's Changbai Mountains witnessed a snowfall in August, bringing a big surprise to visitors.

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Heavy summer snow hits Xinjiang, China cools temperatures to below zero degree Celsius - over 10 cms of snowfall

A sudden bout of heavy snow hit multiple mountainous areas in Altay Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Saturday, cooling the weather to below zero degree Celsius.

More than 10 centimeters of snowfall are spotted in some areas of the prefecture, a rarely seen summer or early autumn weather in many other parts of the vast country. The snow cover was expected to melt on August 21 as the air temperature picked up again in mountainous areas in Altay, according to the local meteorological authorities.


'Fire tornado' kills 38 at wildlife park in Algeria

Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 38 people and wounded hundreds of others

Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 38 people and wounded hundreds of others
A horror 'fire tornado' has killed at least 38 people in Algeria after it ripped through a wildlife park and incinerated 12 people trying to escape the flames in a bus.

Fanned by drought and a blistering heatwave, the blazes have left massive destruction in their wake, mostly in the El Tarf region near the eastern border with Tunisia that was baking in 48C heat.

A family of five was among the dead and at least 200 more people have suffered burns or respiratory problems from the smoke, according to various Algerian media.

A journalist in El Tarf described 'scenes of devastation' on the road to El Kala in the country's far northeast.

'A tornado of fire swept everything away in seconds,' he told AFP by telephone. 'Most of those who died were surrounded while visiting a wildlife park.'

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Heavy snowfall in Free State, South Africa

Heavy snow has been confirmed in the Free State between Van Reenen and Harrismith on the N3 highway.

This comes after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned of disruptive snow for the southern Drakensberg region.

While many will be ecstatic with the snow, motorists have been warned to be extra cautious on the N3 highway.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said snowfall had blanketed the N3 route between Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

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4 ft. of snow buries Argentinian ski resorts; Storms ease western Europe's drought - "cold, dark winter" looms

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Scenes at Caviahue, Neuquén Province.
It's been snowing heavily all week ACROSS Southern Argentina. At Cerro Catedral, for example-a mountain near San Carlos de Bariloche-fierce conditions have been reported with flakes measuring an inch in diameter, according to snowbrains.com.

The mountain has been closed for much of the week due to the inclement conditions and avalanche danger.

As much as 4 feet of snow had already settled by Tuesday morning with the powder continuing to accumulate through Wednesday, forecast to persist throughout the remainder of the week.

It's even been snowing in the town situated at the foot the mountain, "to the tune of half a foot during past 2-days alone," which, continues the snowbrains.com report, "is a rarity here".


Early snowfall in Ridder, East Kazakhstan

© Alexey Nakonechny
First snow fell at a height of 1,870 m above sea level in the city of Ridder, East Kazakhstan, the ridder.city Instagram account reads.

The fog was expected to blanket the north of the region today. Ground frosts are forecast for the east, and northeast of the region in the nighttime, the emergency situations department of East Kazakhstan said. High wind is also set to sweep through the region locally, it said in a statement.


Temperature extremes: China's worst heatwave in 60 years is forcing factories to close as temperatures cross 40C (104F)

A dried riverbed is exposed on Tuesday after the water level dropped in the Yangtze River in southwest China.
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A dried riverbed is exposed on Tuesday after the water level dropped in the Yangtze River in southwest China.
China's Sichuan province has ordered all factories to shut down for six days to ease a power shortage in the region as a scorching heat wave sweeps across the country.

Sichuan is a key manufacturing location for the semiconductor and solar panel industries and the power rationing will hit factories belonging to some of the world's biggest electronics companies, including Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn and Intel (INTC).

The province is also China's lithium mining hub — a key component of electric car batteries — and the shutdown may push up the cost of the raw material, analysts said.

China is facing its fiercest heat wave in six decades, with temperatures crossing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in dozens of cities. The extreme heat has caused a spike in demand for air conditioning in offices and homes, putting pressure on the power grid. The drought has also depleted river water levels, reducing the amount of electricity produced at hydropower plants.

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Up to 4 feet of snow dumped during 3-day storm at ski resort in Argentina

workers clearing the media platforms of snow so that they work correctly.
© Carlos Marinao
Workers clearing snow at Cerro Catedral.
It's been storming here at Cerro Catedral for the past 3-days.

Fierce storming at times with 1-inch diameter snowflakes - or clumps of snowflakes - coming down hard.

The mountain has been more or less closed for 3-days due to fierce winds and avalanche danger.

Somewhere around 3-4 feet of snow had already fallen by the time we awoke today.

It's even been snowing in town to the tune of around 6″ the past 2-days which, in general, is a rarity here.