18 décembre 2014

Quand les réchauffistes font la fête ! Coup de gueule Environnement International Revue de presse

The Columbus Dispatch


Lima talks to leave record carbon footprint
The Columbus Dispatch

The current U.N. climate talks will be the first to neutralize all the greenhouse-gas pollution they generate, offset by host country Peru’s protection of forest reserves, organizers say.

Now the bad news: The Lima conference is expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any U.N. climate meeting measured to date.

At more than 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the negotiations’ burden on global warming will be about 1-1/2 times the norm, said Jorge Alvarez, project coordinator for the U.N. Development Program.

The venue is one big reason. It had to be built. Eleven football fields of temporary structures arose for the 13-day negotiations from what three months ago was an empty field behind Peru’s army’s headquarters. Concrete was laid, plumbing installed and components were flown in from as far as France and Brazil.

Standing in the midday sun here can get downright uncomfortable, but the Lima sun is not reliable. That’s one reason solar panels were not used. For electricity, the talks are relying exclusively on diesel generators.

Une conférence sur le climat qui dépend de l’électricité produite par des génératrices fonctionnant au diesel. Vive les réchauffistes !

17 décembre 2014

Les réchauffistes, encore dans le champ… Environnement International Revue de presse

The Daily Star


Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014
The Daily Star

Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than many observers recognise.

While global warming seems to have set the polar north on a path to floe-free summers, the latest data from Europe’s Cryosat mission suggests it may take a while yet to reach those conditions.

The spacecraft observed 7,500 cu km of ice cover in October when the Arctic traditionally starts its post-summer freeze-up. This was only slightly down on 2013 when 8,800 cu km were recorded.

Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume.

And while the ice is still much reduced compared with the 20,000 cu km that used to stick around in the Octobers of the early 1980s, there is no evidence to indicate a collapse is imminent.

« What we see is the volume going down and down, but then, because of a relatively cool summer, coming back up to form a new high stand, » said Rachel Tilling from the UK’s Nerc Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at University College London (UCL).

En 2009, Al Gore avait déclaré que l’Arctique aurait fondu d’ici 2015…

En 2007, les brillants savants canadiens du réseau Arcticnet avaient prédit que l’Arctique aurait fondu quelque part entre 2010 et 2015…

N’oubliez pas, que la science du réchauffement climatique est définitive et que le débat est clos…

16 décembre 2014

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

USA Today


Tame tornadoes: Quietest 3 years for twisters on record
USA Today

The U.S. experienced fewer tornadoes in the past three years than any similar span since accurate records began in the 1950s. Yet meteorologists aren’t sure exactly why.

As this year comes to a close, about 150 fewer damaging tornadoes than average have hit the U.S., according to data from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Explanations for the decrease in twisters the past three years range from unusual cold to unusual heat, or just coincidence.

Despite the calmer than average years, deaths due to twisters remain near the average of 60 each year, with 68 killed in 2012, 55 in 2013 and 42 so far this year, according to the SPC. That pales in comparison with the 553 Americans killed by tornadoes in 2011.

So far this year, just 348 EF-1 or stronger tornadoes have touched down across the country, marking the third-lowest number on record. An average year sees about 500 EF-1 or greater tornadoes. A total of 364 EF-1 or stronger tornadoes touched down in 2012 and 404 in 2013.

En 2007, la bonne gauche nous disait que la science était définitive et que le débat était clos: le réchauffement climatique allait faire augmenter le nombre de tornades. Sept ans plus tard, le contraire s’est produit.

15 décembre 2014

L’austérité, ça fonctionne ! Économie Europe Revue de presse

La Libre Belgique


Fitch abaisse la note de la France et maintient celle du Royaume-Uni
La Libre Belgique

L’agence de notation Fitch Ratings a abaissé vendredi la note de la France de « AA+ » à « AA » en l’assortissant d’une perspective stable, en raison notamment du dérapage budgétaire. Fitch a également qualifié de « faibles » les perspectives économiques du pays et affirmé que celles-ci pesaient sur la consolidation des finances publiques et la stabilisation du ratio de la dette.

« L’économie française devrait croître moins que la moyenne des pays de la zone euro pour la première fois en quatre ans », a souligné Fitch. L’agence estime que le programme de réformes structurelles du gouvernement « n’apparaît pas suffisant pour renverser les tendances négatives qui pèsent sur la croissance à long terme et la compétitivité ».

L’agence de notation financière Fitch a confirmé vendredi la note « AA+ » de la Grande-Bretagne en l’assortissant d’une perspective stable, citant à l’appui de sa décision la bonne reprise économique dans ce pays.

« Le Royaume-Uni bénéficie d’une reprise économique stable et solide. La forte croissance trimestrielle du PIB –en moyenne 0,8% d’un trimestre sur l’autre depuis le deuxième trimestre 2013– s’est poursuivie depuis le dernier examen en juin 2014 et a été la moins volatile parmi celle des principales économies industrialisées », souligne Fitch.

La France qui refuse l’austérité est décotée par les agences de crédit alors que le Royaume-Uni, qui a mis en place des politiques d’austérité, conserve sa cote de crédit.

Mais cela n’empêchera pas nos journalistes de dire que l’austérité c’est mauvais…

11 décembre 2014

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement International Revue de presse

Nature Geoscience


Thick and deformed Antarctic sea ice mapped with autonomous underwater vehicles
Nature Geoscience

Satellites have documented trends in Antarctic sea-ice extent and its variability for decades, but estimating sea-ice thickness in the Antarctic from remote sensing data remains challenging. In situ observations needed for validation of remote sensing data and sea-ice models are limited; most have been restricted to a few point measurements on selected ice floes, or to visual shipboard estimates.

Here we present three-dimensional (3D) floe-scale maps of sea-ice draft for ten floes, compiled from two springtime expeditions by an autonomous underwater vehicle to the near-coastal regions of the Weddell, Bellingshausen, and Wilkes Land sectors of Antarctica. Mean drafts range from 1.4 to 5.5 m, with maxima up to 16 m. We also find that, on average, 76% of the ice volume is deformed ice. Our surveys indicate that the floes are much thicker and more deformed than reported by most drilling and ship-based measurements of Antarctic sea ice.

We suggest that thick ice in the near-coastal and interior pack may be under-represented in existing in situ assessments of Antarctic sea ice and hence, on average, Antarctic sea ice may be thicker than previously thought.

La glace en Antarctique est donc plus épaisse que l’on pensait… Ne comptez pas sur nos médias ou nos lobbys écolos pour rapporter cette information au Québec…

10 décembre 2014

Ce que nos médias ne vous diront pas… Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

USA Today


Causes of Calif. drought natural, not man-made: NOAA
USA Today

Natural weather patterns, not man-made global warming, are causing the historic drought parching California, says a study out Monday from federal scientists.

« It’s important to note that California’s drought, while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state, » said Richard Seager, the report’s lead author and professor with Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. The report was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report did not appear in a peer-reviewed journal but was reviewed by other NOAA scientists.

« In fact, multiyear droughts appear regularly in the state’s climate record, and it’s a safe bet that a similar event will happen again, » he said.

The persistent weather pattern over the past several years has featured a warm, dry ridge of high pressure over the eastern north Pacific Ocean and western North America. Such high-pressure ridges prevent clouds from forming and precipitation from falling.

The study notes that this ridge — which has resulted in decreased rain and snowfall since 2011 — is almost opposite to what computer models predict would result from human-caused climate change.

Les médias d’ici aiment bien nous dire que la sécheresse en Californie est le résultat du réchauffement climatique. Mais quand des scientifiques montrent que le réchauffement climatique aurait dû faire augmenter les précipitations sur la Californie, personne n’en parle.

Si les Québécois sont si unanimes à dire que le réchauffement climatique est une vérité immuable et inattaquable, c’est surtout parce qu’ils sont maintenus dans un état perpétuel d’ignorance par leurs médias.

9 décembre 2014

Le miroir français Économie France Revue de presse



Quand les entreprises françaises prennent le large

C’est un mouvement à prendre au sérieux: de plus en plus de dirigeants français s’expatrient et de grandes sociétés se délocalisent à l’étranger. Les effets de la mondialisation, dira-t-on. Oui, mais aussi les lourdeurs administratives, les pesanteurs sociales et, bien sûr, la pression fiscale.

C’est un consultant, un des spécialistes de la gouvernance d’entreprise, qui l’assure, l’air entendu : « Abstraction faite des banques, il n’est pas aberrant de dire que 40% des sociétés du CAC 40 ont leurs dirigeants installés hors de France. Pas forcément les n°1. Je vous parle des cadres de haut niveau, membres des comités exécutifs ou de direction. »

Le propos est troublant, presque incroyable, et, une fois de plus, « off ». En France, en 2014, il est toujours aussi compliqué d’évoquer l’exil des dirigeants d’entreprises ou la délocalisation de centres de décision. Pis : personne n’est capable de mesurer précisément le phénomène! Une commission d’enquête parlementaire s’est attelée à la tâche en avril dernier : six mois de travaux et 34 auditions plus tard, son président, Luc Chatel (UMP), et son rapporteur, Yann Galut (PS), sont demeurés sur des convictions irréconciliables, interprétant, chacun de leur côté, chiffres et données. De quoi s’interroger sur la réalité du pouvoir de contrôle du Parlement.

Lire sur la France, c’est un peu comme lire sur ce que serait devenu un Québec souverain…

8 décembre 2014

Les manipulations écologiques Coup de gueule Environnement International Revue de presse

The Times of London


Scientists accused of plotting to get pesticides banned
The Times of London

Research blaming pesticides for the decline in honeybees has been called into question by a leaked note suggesting that scientists had decided in advance to seek evidence supporting a ban on the chemicals.

The private note records a discussion in 2010 between four scientists about how to persuade regulators to ban neonicotinoid pesticides. The EU imposed a temporary ban last year after the European Food Safety Authority identified risks to bees. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs opposed the ban, saying that there was not enough evidence of harm to bees. Many farmers have blamed the ban for high levels of damage to this winter’s oilseed rape crop from flea beetle.

The leaked note says that the scientists agreed to select authors to produce four papers and co-ordinate their publication to « obtain the necessary policy change, to have these pesticides banned ».

The note, which records that the meeting took place in Switzerland on June 14, 2010, says: « If we are successful in getting these papers published, there will be enormous impact, and a campaign led by WWF etc. »

Ne jamais sous-estimer les plans de communication des écologistes; ils sont prêts à tout pour imposer leur propagande verte (et l’agenda socialiste qui vient avec) dans les médias.

3 décembre 2014

Quand les patrons manifestent Économie France Revue de presse

Star Tribune


French bosses, fed up with taxes and red tape, take lesson from unions and take to the streets
Star Tribune

In France, workers aren’t the only ones who take to the streets to protest — their bosses do, too.

Several thousand French business owners, particularly from small companies, demonstrated Monday in Paris to plead with the government to simplify regulations and make it easier and cheaper to hire.

Protester Jean-Pierre Hutin, a hotel owner, urged more flexibility for part-time work, while others complained that layers of taxes and labor rules have made it impossible for France to compete globally.

They argued that the government needs business owners to hire. Socialist President Francois Hollande has sought to loosen labor laws but critics say it doesn’t go nearly far enough. French unemployment is around 10 percent and economic growth has stagnated, threatening to push the whole eurozone back into recession.

Les Français ont une longueur d’avance sur nous. Ici la plupart de nos entrepreneurs préfèrent ne pas faire trop de vagues…

27 novembre 2014

Quand la raison triomphe sur l’émotion Canada Économie Revue de presse

Calgary Herald


Nenshi plays defence as Flames craft arena pitch
Calgary Herald

In the seven years since Calgary Flames CEO Ken King began exploring concepts for a new arena and showing them off privately, the Edmonton Oilers’ new home has gone from a feasibility study to a flock of downtown cranes erecting Rogers Place. When that $480-million complex opens in 2016 and the Red Wings take the ice in a new Detroit facility a year later, the Scotiabank Saddledome will be the oldest barn in the National Hockey League, other than Madison Square Gardens and its latest $1-billion upgrade.

This indignity won’t last too long, if King gets his way. The CEO keeps his timeline close to his navy blazer pocket, but a source says the Flames could be within weeks of announcing their vision.

That’s where he risks an uphill climb, for a project sure to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Calgarians and city council overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer subsidies for a new Flames venue — as Edmonton councillors were, until they changed their minds in the name of downtown rejuvenation.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has shown potential to pose a major obstacle, according to documents obtained by the Herald. He’s signalled little interest in civic help beyond expediting development permits, turned down earlier bids for co-operation, and his aides have privately shown great frustration with Flames brass. “I’ve said many, many times that I don’t believe in public funds going after private money,” he said in Junes.

Le revenu médian des familles en Alberta est de 94 460$ et dans la ville de Calgary il est de 98 300$.

Le revenu médian des familles au Québec est de 70 480$ et dans la ville de Québec il est de 81 900$.

Pourtant à Calgary ni la ville ni le gouvernement provincial n’ont l’intention de verser le moindre sou noir pour la construction d’un nouvel aréna…

Maintenant, vous savez pourquoi l’Alberta et Calgary sont riches et pas nous… Ils sont raisonnables, nous sommes émotifs…

26 novembre 2014

Les derniers de classe Canada Économie Environnement Québec Revue de presse



Wall blasts Ont., Que. for pipeline ‘conditions’

Ontario and Quebec are ‘out of line’ in demanding that approval of the Energy East pipeline be conditional on whether the $12-billion project increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to global climate change, Premier Brad Wall said Monday. Wall was responding to statements last Friday by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard calling for the project to meet seven conditions, including an assurance by the project proponent, TransCanada Corp., that the pipeline won’t lead to higher GHG emissions.

“What do they want to measure? The oil that will be in the pipeline? The life cycle (carbon emissions) of the oil that’s in the pipeline? Does the steel used to build the pipeline count in the GHG life cycle of the (pipeline)?” “What kind of precedent are we setting here in our country for the transportation of goods and services across Canada?”

“What about the fact that 85 per cent of the GHG (emissions) in Canada come from you and I, from consumers, from people who drive cars that are made in Ontario that are subsidized by the federal and provincial governments?” “If you want to get serious about (reducing) GHGs in Canada, we’d all stop driving cars,” said an exasperated Wall.

He added that TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, like its proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the U.S., would actually reduce GHG emissions by taking oil transportation off the rail system and moving it safely underground. “When we reach pipeline capacity, the oil goes on a rail … When that happens, your GHG emissions increase and the intensity of spills and potential accidents is greater,’’

Le Québec et l’Ontario font penser à deux élèves médiocres qui empêchent la progression des élèves doués dans une classe…

25 novembre 2014

La réputation du Canada Canada International Revue de presse

The Independent


Germany named best country in the world
The Independent

Germany has beaten the US to be named the best country in the world, according to a survey that rates nations on how they are perceived by outsiders. America has topped the charts for the past five years in the annual Nation Brands Index produced by Anholt-GfK, which carried out more than 20,000 interviews across 20 countries.

The UK successfully held onto its third-place performance from last year, while France was ranked fourth and Canada came fifth.

The study claims to reflect “global public opinion”, and asked people to rank the 50 developed and developing countries listed based on twenty-three different attributes.Combined, these scores meant the countries could be ranked on the value which, according to Anholt-GfK , build up a nation’s image. They were: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment.

Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who co-produced the report, said that the interviews were carried out shortly after Germany’s footballing victory in the 2014 World Cup – likely contributing to a huge jump in its score for “sport excellence”.

La gogauche n’arrête pas de nous dire que Stephen Harper a fait du Canada un paria sur la scène internationale, un État voyou qui est méprisé à la grandeur du globe…

Pourtant, quand on lit la presse étrangère on apprend que le Canada est dans le top cinq des pays les plus admirés, devant la Suède, la Norvège ou la Finlande ! Pas de danger que nos bons médias nous en parlent…

En passant, quand Harper a été élu à la tête d’un gouvernement majoritaire, le Canada était 6e. Donc, sous le règne du gouvernement conservateur, la situation s’est améliorée !

24 novembre 2014

Changement climatique: l’Allemagne quitte ne navire Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

Der Spiegel


Germany to Abandon Strict ‘2020’ Climate Change Targets
Der Spiegel

Germany’s Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has indicated that the country will abandon its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020, from a 1990 base level. In doing so he has won the ongoing clash with his own environmental minister Barbara Hendricks over energy policy, telling her that he will tolerate no further resistance to the change of direction, according to Der Speigel.

The target has been in doubt for some time, not least because Gabriel, a former environment minister himself and current minister for economic affairs and energy, is known to be supportive of the coal industry. According to the Environment Ministry, Germany would have to find a way of cutting emissions by between 62 and 100 million tonnes of CO2 every year for the next sixteen years in order to reach the target. Shutting down coal power stations would only contribute 40 million tonnes to that target.

« It’s clear that the target is no longer viable, » Gabriel said, adding: « We cannot exit from coal power overnight. » Earlier this year Gabriel told Spiegel: « It is an illusion to believe that Germany could simultaneously move away from both nuclear and coal energy ».

Il n’y a pas que Stephen Harper qui pense que la lutte aux supposés changements climatiques n’est rien d’autre qu’un projet pour ruiner l’économie des pays occidentaux.

20 novembre 2014

La richesse américaine Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Arizona Republic


Arizona State University to elevate hockey team to NCAA Division I
The Arizona Republic

Arizona State fired a slap shot at college athletics Tuesday by not only adding men’s hockey as an NCAA Division I sport but finding donors also willing to pay for an additional women’s sport.

The expansion is almost unprecedented in an era when men’s sports are in peril due to Title IX requirements. ASU alone since 1993 has dropped varsity men’s teams in gymnastics, archery, badminton, tennis, wrestling and swimming, although boosters raised enough funds for wrestling and swimming to be reinstated.

Anderson still is less than a full year into his tenure as ASU athletic director. He and a host of other athletic and university administrators jumped at the chance to have the Sun Devils become the 60th school in the country to offer Division I hockey once they realized boosters were willing to donate $32 million to make their dream into reality.

Don Mullett, CEO of Bradley Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that makes commercial plumbing products, is the prime donor behind what Anderson said is the largest donation in ASU athletic history. His son, Chris, is a former ASU hockey player.

Le hockey dans le désert, ça ne marchera jamais…

Blague à part, ce que je retiens surtout de cette nouvelle c’est le don de 32 millions de dollars par un type inconnu du Wisconsin qui vend de la plomberie… Ce don permettra à l’université de l’Arizona d’avoir un club de hockey féminin et masculin dans la division d’élite du circuit universitaire américain.

C’est quand on voit ce genre de chose qu’on réalise à quel point le Québec est pauvre…

19 novembre 2014

Obama ne fait plus partie de l’équation Économie Environnement États-Unis Hétu Watch Revue de presse

Bloomberg BusinessWeek


Poll: Americans Want GOP Congress, Not Obama, to Set National Agenda
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Times have changed. A new Gallup poll finds that a large majority of Americans would like the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than President Obama, to set the direction for the country in the coming year, a marked change from 2012, when a slim majority said they preferred for Obama to guide the agenda.

« Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year—Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress? » Gallup asked 828 U.S. adults.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they wanted Republicans in Congress to have the greater influence, 36 percent said Obama, and 8 percent, well, didn’t seem to care, answering « same/neither. » In 2012, by contrast, 46 percent of Americans said they wanted Obama to have more influence.

Lorsque les nouveaux sénateurs républicains, élus le 4 novembre dernier, seront assermentés le 20 janvier 2015 et que le sénat deviendra enfin républicain, j’espère que le président Obama en prendra bonne note, spécialement quand le vote pour le pipeline Keystone gagné par le nouveau parti au pouvoir.