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"climate Shock! the Untold Truth About Global Warming."

Posted by admin on April 9, 2013 in Global Warming with No Comments


As an independent Australian researcher and scientist I have recently turned my attention to investigating and bringing out the truth about Global Warming. What I found shocked me. Climate change is happening now and there is no escaping it.

“Much more likely than not, global warming is upon us. It is prudent to expect that weather patterns will change and the seas will rise, in an ever worsening pattern, through our lifetimes and on into our grandchildren’s…Nearly everyone in the world will need to adjust. Citizens will need reliable information. So it is an important job, in some ways our top priority, to improve the communication of knowledge”. – Prof. Spencer Weart

The fact is we aren’t being told the whole truth about Global Warming. For a start, our best climate scientists are being muzzled, harassed and forbidden from talking to the press about the things they know but dare not say. On top of that, fossil fuel companies have been avidly campaigning to spread misinformation and confusion about climate change and global warming…. After all, the last thing they want is control or limitation over their industry…

Yet, nearly every week now a shocking climate catastrophe hits the news… Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, mega-droughts in Australia, the Asian tsunami, laval mud oozing uncontrollably out of the ground in Indonesia, stunning melting of sea ice in the Arctic, the collapse of massive ice shelves in Antarctica, floating icebergs off New Zealand’s coast, accelerating glaciers in Greenland, and only this month, the earthquake off Japan measuring a massive 8.1 on the Richter Scale they are all (yes, even the seismic activity) signs of spiraling climate change… and, we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Truth is, climate change is not some far-way problem that our kids will have to deal with, as scientists at first thought it would be. Information that has only come to light in the last few years strongly suggests that it could get a lot worse very, very quickly. It could even be bad enough to threaten our food and water supplies, and is a looming threat to low-lying, heavily populated coastlines around the world….

Already we are seeing South Pacific islands submerging under the onslaught of rising seas levels.

Every day climate extremes are being recorded around the world that dramatically exceed official predictions. Groundbreaking research continues to uncover fundamental truths about climate that have yet to be incorporated into climate models and predictions. While many official scenarios still assume that changes will unfold in a gradual, linear fashion, newly understood climate forces have the potential to create rapidly accelerating, exponential shifts.

And fresh evidence about Earth’s climate past has only recently revealed that centuries of slow, creeping variations in our planet’s climate history have been punctuated by stunningly rapid change. No longer is climate seen as an inherently stable system that gradually shifts from one state to another. Our climate system has shown that it is capable of responding to relatively small upsets with radical instability and upheaval. Could it be possible that it is happening again? My research suggests that it is.

“Large, abrupt and widespread climate changes with major impacts have occurred repeatedly in the past, when the earth system was forced across thresholds. Although abrupt climate change can occur for many reasons, it is conceivable that human forcing of climate change is increasing the probability of large, abrupt events.” – Prof. R. B. Alley

But scientists have been a bit late to wake up. It was not until 2005 that the phrase ‘tipping point’ appeared in publications on climate, implying that it could change not only rapidly, but irreversibly. Such tipping points indicate a threshold of change beyond which the system loses its stability and transforms spontaneously into a radically new state….cold to hot, warm to freezing, wet to dry, calm to chaotic. It is now understood that even small creeping changes…like current global warming… can induce sudden, irreversible flips from one climate state to another.

We are now seeing possible tipping points in the melting of polar ice caps, and the thawing of tundra, both of which contribute to the warming that triggered them, and dramatically accelerating global warming further. In this way, rather than steady, gradual changes, what we could be facing is an abrupt rearrangement of our climate.

A report by the U.S. National Research Council first suggested in 2002 that abrupt and potentially catastrophic climate changes are not only possible but likely in the future.

“The world is teetering on the brink of abrupt climate change: a change that will be so rapid and
unexpected that human and natural systems will have difficulty adapting to it “
– National Research Council.

The real question is what does it mean for our future?

It is no longer easy to deny that the climate is changing. The risk is that it may change quicker than we can fully understand or accept it. Trouble is we can’t really afford not to act now… We could easily be caught unprepared for this.

Right now in Australia, for example, we are heading into yet another El Nino event, of continuing drought conditions and extreme heat. El Nino events are becoming progressively more frequent and more intense with climate change, and are tipped to become the new “normal” climate for countries bordering the south Pacific. So we can anticipate tightening water resources and widespread failure of food crops in Australia. We will be forced to rethink the way we use…and waste… many essential resources that we have, until now, taken for granted.

My research into the latest facts on climate change reveal that this just one small aspect of the monumental climate shocks that are on the cards. Others who know, like me, are alarmed at what lies ahead. Unfortunately we missed the opportunity to avert this crisis with minor tweeks to our lifestyle and behavior, like changing light bulbs or catching the bus now and then. This late in the day we should be seriously preparing for the shocks ahead, because time is running out.

We need to rethink the way we live our lives if we want to have any future at all.

This is a volatile world. If climate shifted abruptly in the past, not just once, but repeatedly, it’s inevitable it will happen again. The question is, when?

I expect that this article has raised a lot more questions than it has answered. If you’d like to know more, you can get in-depth information and regular updates at www.WakeUp2GlobalWarming.org

Dr Margaret Lillian
http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/quotclimate-shock-the-untold-truth-about-global-warmingquot-74889.html

How global warming prevented spring’s arrival & could cause death & destruction

Posted by admin on April 8, 2013 in Global Warming with 25 Comments


Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring – but boy was he wrong! So what’s causing these frigid temperatures and winter conditions to stick around across much of the US? Scientists from NOAA and various university climatology departments said that melting Arctic sea ice may be weakening the planet’s jet stream currents – and causing extreme weather systems to linger in the United States. The bottom line here is that – if we do nothing to curb the current rate of climate change – the Arctic will continue to lose ice – the Arctic waters will continue to warm – and the jet stream will continue to slow. And while we may think that freezing temperatures and snow storms during the first week of spring are bad now – just wait. If we continue on the path that we’re on – and continue to do nothing to stop the devastating effects of climate change – we won’t just be talking about freezing temperatures during the first week of spring. We’ll be talking about the beginning of an out-of-control spiral of weather effects that could range from a new ice age to the death of our oceans.

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Effects of our Activities(global Warming)

Posted by admin on April 4, 2013 in Global Warming with 9 Comments


Global warming is the Process that increased the average temperature of the Earth, near-surface air and oceans. The term global warming is a specific example of the broader term climate change, which can also refer to global cooling. In principle, global warming is neutral as to the period or causes, but in both common and scientific usage the term generally refers to recent warming and implies a human influence. The climate system varies through natural, internal processes and in response to variations in external “forcing” factors including solar activity, volcanic emissions, variations in the earth’s orbit In the past 200 years human industrial activity has injected carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and recently global average temperatures have been increasing. The predicted effects for the environment and for human life are numerous and varied. The main effect is an increasing global average temperature.

The scientific consensus is that these greenhouse gases have been responsible for most of the present warming trend. That consensus is not unanimous. The earth has experienced natural global warming and cooling many times in the past. The recent Antarctic EPICA ice core spans 800,000 years, including eight glacial cycles with interglacial warming periods much hotter than current temperatures.the time of the last glacial maximum about 20,000 years ago. Scientists have studied global warming with computer models of the climate. These models are based on physical principles of fluid dynamics, radiative transfer, and other processes, with some simplifications being necessary because of limitations in computer power. Some effects on both the natural environment and human life are, at least in part, already being attributed to global warming. Although Global Warming and ozone depletion often are linked in the media, the relationship between the two is not strong. Scientists have stated with 66-90% confidence that the effects of volcanic and human-caused aerosols have offset some of global warming, and that greenhouse gases would have resulted in more warming than observed if not for this effect. Many estimates of aggregate net economic costs of damages from climate change across the globe, the social cost of carbon (SCC), expressed in terms of future net benefits and costs that are discounted to the present, are now available. Peer-reviewed estimates of the SCC for 2005 have an average value of US$43 per tonne Rising global temperature might cause forest fires to occur on larger scale, and more regularly. This releases more stored carbon into the atmosphere than the carbon cycle can naturally re-absorb, as well as reducing the overall forest area on the planet, creating a positive feedback loop Projected climate changes due to global warming have the potential to lead to future large-scale and possibly irreversible changes in our climate resulting in impacts at continental and global scales. With increasing average global temperature, the water in the oceans expands in volume, and additional water enters them which had previously been locked up on land in glaciers, for example, the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets. The sea level has risen more than 120 metres since the peak of the last ice age about 18,000 years ago. For some time it was hoped that a positive effect of global warming would be increased agricultural yields, because of the role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis, especially in preventing photorespiration While local benefits may be felt in some regions (such as Siberia), recent evidence is that global yields will be negatively affected.

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Hadi Imran
http://www.articlesbase.com/nature-articles/effects-of-our-activitiesglobal-warming-138648.html

Can Global Warming Be Held to 2 Degrees Celsius above Pre-Industrial?

Posted by admin on April 3, 2013 in Global Warming with 13 Comments


(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) David Lea, Department of Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara explores what it will take to hold Global Warming to a certain level and at what level the warming becomes dangerous. One compelling argument for limiting warming to a specific level centers on the identification of threshold temperatures for specific tipping elements in the climate system that, if tipped, would have large societal impacts. But identifying such thresholds is no simple matter. Series: “Institute for Energy Efficiency” [5/2013] [Science] [Show ID: 24559]

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Global Warming is Over? What will be the next big hoax?

Posted by admin on April 1, 2013 in Global Warming with 4 Comments


I have always been a skeptic of what the governments tells us. They always make up a crisis in order to control or tax us. May it be the hole in the ozone layer of the 1980s, acid rain of the 1990s, or Global Warming of the 2000s, which was rebranded as climate change in the 2010s. Other crisis can be bird flu, swine flu, fear of terrorism so we get a body search at the airport, and make us willing to spend life and treasure overseas. In recent days, articles are showing up in publications everywhere reporting on how the earth’s temperature has been relatively flat the last decade and maybe global warming isn’t as much as the experts thought. Are they realizing that people aren’t buying their dooms day scenarios and are willing to give up their cars and tax dollars to fight it?

June 24, 1974 Time Magazine article on global cooling
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

Complete Time Magazine article
http://newsbusters.org/node/6546

One of the Economist’s recent articles on the matter:
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21574461-climate-may-be-heating-up-less-response-greenhouse-gas-emissions

The Australian Magazine Article
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/twenty-year-hiatus-in-rising-temperatures-has-climate-scientists-puzzled/story-e6frg6z6-1226609140980

Humorous RedState article
http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/08/climate-change-cools-off/

The Global Warming Swindle
http://youtu.be/YtevF4B4RtQ

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Earthworms Blamed for Global Warming

Posted by admin on March 30, 2013 in Global Warming with 24 Comments


The world of Global Warming alarmists is increasingly resembling a madhouse, with conservationists falling over each other trying to salvage the last shreds of credibility. Very funny. What makes the situation hilarious, is the fact many eco-zealots inadvertently put out increasingly panicking publications that look more like satires than studies. http://www.infowars.com/eco-madness-as-earthworms-are-blamed-for-global-warming-ecologists-suggest-killing-polar-bears/

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Global Warming-How It Could Spark World War III

Posted by admin on March 30, 2013 in Global Warming with No Comments


These Days global warming is a very hot topic and little wonder, seeing as the earth grows hotter with each passing year.

For a long time now the effect of man’s industrialization and technological progress has quietly yet continuously eked away at the delicate balance of the planet’s atmosphere and ecosystem, but within the last 30 or so years the pace of this damage has markedly accelerated!

DOWNPLAYING GLOBAL WARMING

In much the same way that big tobacco once vehemently denied the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, for the longest time a number of multi-billion-dollar-a-year industries have also been questioning the existence of global warming and misleading the public about its reality.

In fact the Bush II years have been particular devastating to Environmental Protection Rights, yet staggeringly lucrative for those who would profit from the loss of such protection.

In what can best be described as an orgy-fest of self-congratulatory backslapping, many a heavyweight lobbyist for industries such as oil, coal, mining, logging, aviation and auto manufacturers have left the Bush Whitehouse grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat because they’d gotten firm assurance that pesky environmental laws would never get in the way of business as usual!

An example of how the Bush II Administration misled the public into believing they were truly concerned about protecting the environment was the sneaky way in which they enacted laws such as The Clean Skies Act.

The Clean Skies Act introduced in February 2003 apparently appears to strengthen already existent environmental laws such as The Clean Air Act but which in reality actually weakened and undermined them.

The Clean Skies Act gave pollutant industries a lot of leeway allowing them to spew an additional 42 million more tons of pollution into the atmosphere and raised caps on greenhouse gas emissions.

Soon after Bush II came to power the situation got so bad, that after decades of effective service, two of the most senior enforcement officials in the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) resigned citing an agency that was pursuing contrary goals to that of actually protecting the environment.

Former US vice president Al Gore is no stranger to these tactics. As perhaps the most widely recognizable face in the fight against global warming he has been scoffed at and ridiculed by the same individuals who would have us believe global warming is nothing more than a myth!

Recently in 2007 several scientists have gone on public record citing claims of a gestapo-like environment of intimidation to produce figures and reports that belied the true extent of global warming!

CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING

The unprecedented super-accelerated rate of global warming happening today is due to the amount of greenhouse gases being spewed into the atmosphere.

The most notorious greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2) because it so happens to be the biggest single contributing factor to global warming (CO2 comprises more than 75% of all greenhouse gases). So what’s spewing all that CO2 in the air? Simply put–mankind and his toys!

Some of the biggest greenhouse gas pollutants include automobiles; electricity production; planes; shipping and the various manufacturing industries dotted all over the globe.

SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING

This article is intentionally not an in-depth treatise of the process of global warming, but having said that, here’s a brief explanation:

The rays from the sun are comprised of shortwave solar radiation which pass through the atmosphere and are then absorbed by the earth thereby warming it. Part of that absorbed energy is reflected back to the atmosphere as long wave infrared radiation which is mostly trapped by the greenhouse gases. This trapped heat ensures that the earth is approximately warmer by 33 degrees Celsius than it would otherwise be.

This trapped heat is actually good for us, for were it not for those greenhouse gases and other constituents in the atmosphere that trap heat, the earth would be as cold as Mars which has for all intents and purpose no atmosphere to speak of.

Over the past century the earth has gotten warmer by approximately 0.7 degrees Celsius. This may not seem like much until you consider that the difference between the average earth temperature of today and another ice age is a mere 5 degrees Celsius!

EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING

Drought! Flooding! Disease! Hurricanes! Starvation! Unbearable Heat!
Any of these words seem to you to be appearing much more often in the news than before?

Do you remember the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed more than 200,000 people? Remember hurricane Katrina that claimed more than 2,000 lives? These are the better documented horror stories. The less well documented global-warming related stories are often dismissively written off as ethnic conflicts in a region (Africa) where supposedly little else can be expected.

CATASTROPHIC ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING

1. Larsen B Ice Shelf: In 2002, a 500 billion ton chunk of ice that was 220m thick and covering a surface area of 3,250 sq km disintegrated in 35 days! What was especially alarming was that the experts expected this ice shelf to still be around for the next 100 years even after factoring in current global warming trends.

Yet more alarming still is that there’re two other MUCH, MUCH BIGGER ice masses that are exhibiting the same global warming related disintegration characteristics!

These endangered ice masses are Greenland and the West Antarctic Ice Shelf which was previously thought to be stable. Since these ice masses are land based (unlike the Larsen B Ice Shelf) if either one of them goes they could raise sea levels by 20ft apiece!

If both of them disintegrate around the same time, sea levels could rise by 40ft! Catastrophic does not adequately describe the ensuing destruction.

More than 66% of the world’s largest cities would be devastated if even just one of these ice masses disintegrated. Though many of the affected low-elevation costal areas are located in Asia, New York, Florida, San Francisco and The Netherlands are also on the list!

Perhaps this disturbing data may explain the belated, albeit grudging acknowledgement by the Bush II administration that global warming is not a myth after all and that it won’t just affect the poorer regions of the world. As things stand, experts are predicting that with current unmodified global warming trends Greenland may collapse as soon as 2050.

2. Lake Chad: Lake Chad used to be the 6th largest lake in the world but due to global warming has shrunk to 1/20th of its former size. In fact Chad the country for which it is named after is now more than 60 miles from the water’s edge!

3. New Ice Age: The northern hemisphere of the world is located above the equator and constitutes most of the world’s land mass as well as almost 90% of the world population.

Though current expert reports on global warming imply that the northern hemisphere will initially actually benefit from the temperature increase (unlike the southern hemisphere where unprecedented drought and starvation is predicted by 2020) what is little mentioned is how Global Warming could usher in a new Ice Age!

Some paradox, huh? Warming leading to freezing! Here’s a simplified explanation of how that comes about:

The Gulf Stream current is one of several currents that occur in the Atlantic Ocean. The particular importance of the Gulf Stream Current and its northern extension (the North Atlantic Drift which flows towards Europe) is that their warm-water flow heats up the surrounding air which in turn ensures that the temperature of the northern hemispheres does not dip precipitously.

These two currents are saline (salt) based. If a huge mass of fresh water (such as a melting body of ice the size of Greenland) was to dilute these currents, in effect that would shut down the Gulf Stream Current!

Once the Gulf Stream Current shuts down temperatures are going to drop precariously in the United States, Europe and other nations located in the northern hemisphere. When that happens those regions will deep-freeze into another Ice Age!

GLOBAL WARMING AND THE CO2 WARS

The following figures illustrate the CO2 emissions from the various regions around the globe:

USA: 30.3%
Europe: 27.7%
Russia: 13.7%
South East Asia: 12.2%
Japan: 3.7%
South America/Central America: 3.8%
Middle East: 2.6%
Africa: 2.5%
Australia: 1.1%

These figures amply illustrate how Western Europe and the United States are by far largely responsible for the effects of global warming we are seeing today.

Contrastingly the regions least responsible are the ones that will bear the brunt of those effects (initially at any rate, until such time that the process progresses to an ice age then the situation will reverse).

However, with the two mega economies of China and India expanding rapidly (each boasting a population in excess of 1 billion) soon their greenhouse gas emissions may surpass those of the U.S.

A series of meetings held in Washington in early 2007 had American legislators demanding that developing nations be held to the same greenhouse-gas-emission accountability as the developed nations! Not unexpectedly there were worldwide outcries and accusations of shameless hypocrisy leveled at the United States.

With the not unreasonable contention that they have the right to develop and advance in the same manner that both Europe and America have enjoyed over the past forty years these two looming economical giants are not about to be cowed by Washington.

Furthermore considering the suspicious manner with which the U.S. justified its invasion of Iraq, few these days are inclined to believe a word that Washington says.

Compounding this climate of distrust and suspicion are the many questionable prerogatives the U.S. claims. These include:

1. Not subscribing to the Kyoto Protocol (Treaty on Global Warming)
2. Seeking the right to pre-emptive strikes (Bush II)
3. Demanding to be exempted from The Geneva Convention (Bush II)
4. Not a participant of the World Court
5. Biggest contributor to global warming but doing the least to rectify the situation.

In a world where America demands exclusive rights to pre-emptive strikes, perhaps then it is not too far fetched to understand if India and China harbor a degree of paranoia that the U.S. may one day set its targets on them.

After all for a country that so conveniently and magically connected two totally unrelated events to one another as an excuse to pursue its ultimate goal (U.S. invasion of Iraq after 911), it is not unconceivable that the U.S. could one day claim that the greenhouse gas emissions from the Asian giants are threatening the very existence of its coastal cities and hence amount to an act of war!

For their part the Asian giants already suspiciously view Washington’s demands concerning greenhouse gases as a thinly veiled attempt to restrict their economical development.

That said, China and India are hardly Iraq! These are two countries which both boast formidable nuclear arsenals that are quite capable of reaching the U.S. Besides if the U.S. were to take any drastic action it is unlikely that the slumbering Russian bear would continue dozing for much longer.

World wars have erupted over much less and in the heated climate of today it only takes one more little spark to set everything off!

Mugambo
http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/global-warminghow-it-could-spark-world-war-iii-127356.html

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fukushima, Abolishing all Nuclear Threats, Global Warming 3/14/2013

Posted by admin on March 16, 2013 in Global Warming with 2 Comments


On March 14, 2013 Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke to over 150 people at an event Sponsored by the Princeton Coalition for Peace http://www.peacecoalition.org/ and several other organizations at the Princeton United Methodist Church.

In this her passionate 60 minutes discussion Dr. Caldicott touched on areas of abolishing all nuclear weapons and power plants, the dire impacts of Global Warming, new updates on the effects of radiation releases at Fukushima, Japan and the need for people to become more politically active.
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Dr. Helen Caldicott is the former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which is a Nobel Peace Laureate and she is a widely recognized anti-nuclear advocate who founded several associations dedicated to opposing nuclear weapons and power, and war and military action in general. Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician who left her medical career in order to call attention to what she refers to as the “insanity” of the nuclear arms race and growing reliance on nuclear power.
Dr. Caldicott founded Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) which is dedicated redirecting government spending from nuclear energy use to unmet social needs. As President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, she helped recruit 23,000 doctors to educate the public and colleagues on dangers of nuclear weapons and power. She also worked abroad to establish similar national groups focused on education about medical dangers of nuclear weapons and power.
The umbrella organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She was also the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation and founded the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (renamed Beyond Nuclear). Dr. Caldicott also founded the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future which hosts a weekly radio show called If You Love This Planet. Dr Caldicott host that radio show that airs on dozens of U.S., Australian and Canadian stations.
Dr. Caldicott has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. She has received numerous awards, including the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association in 1982 and Women’s History Month Honoree by the National Women’s History Project in 2009 . The Smithsonian Institution named Caldicott one of the most influential women of the 20th century

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Global Warming Could Cool Holiday Homes Market

Posted by admin on March 15, 2013 in Global Warming with No Comments


The call for new taxes on flights to reduce carbon emissions could impact the prices of properties, according to Tribune Properties, who specialise in the sale of overseas property to second home buyers.

‘There has been more discussion and calls for action recently over the impact that air travel is having on the environment,’ say Tribune, ‘And one of the most obvious ways to cut air travel is to raise the price of travelling through taxes. It’s a win-win situation for governments, more tax revenue and being seen combating Global Warming at the same time. It’s only a matter of time before cheap air fares on the scale we see it today comes to an end’.

Owning a second home and a property abroad has shown to be an aspiration for the majority of UK residents by recent surveys, and low cost carriers have opened up new overseas property markets by flying to destinations not covered by other airlines, or forcing flight prices down where they compete directly with more established carriers.

Property prices within a one hour drive of regional airports served by the low cost airlines have tended to escalate in recent years, and it is these areas that would be hardest hit by any increased taxes on flying.

The areas which would feel least impact according to Tribune Properties would be northern France, which many UK second home owners access via ferry and the Channel Tunnel, and areas where owning a property abroad was in vogue long before the new airlines started, and when air fares were proportionately higher than they are today. Access to France from the UK has improved recently with Eurotunnel cutting the journey time by twenty minutes.

‘The Costa del Sol for example we feel wouldn’t be impacted much by increased air taxes – although over development could bring prices down there anyway’.

But there is a warning that the lower priced end of the market could be hit more than the top end.

Bargain Properties

‘There has been a significant increase in second home ownership in the last decade’, say Tribune. ‘Gone are the days when it was just the wealthy who owned an overseas property. Developers in Spain, Greece and Cyprus have built apartment blocks with units of two and three bedrooms that are affordable for a lot of middle income families. Given that mortgages are readily available and it’s often just twenty per cent of the asking price that needs to be found an overseas home has become reality for millions of Europeans. But if air fares increase significantly and the holiday makers who rent the owners apartments and villas declines, quite a few will need to sell as the rental income pays the mortgage. There could be a glut of properties come to the market which will send prices downwards.’

Exceptions to the rule could be in the two European tax havens of Monaco and Andorra, where there is no income tax for residents.

‘Historically tax havens have been popular no matter how the economy is. When someone buys a property in Monaco it often doesn’t matter to them if it’s a few million Euros as they’re going to save more than that in tax during the time they stay there. Andorra is slightly different as it’s a tax haven but also people buy ski apartments there, adding to demand’.

Andorra property prices have risen an average of ten per cent a year in the last decade, and some predictions are for that figure to be closer to fifteen per cent for 2006.

If governments do start introducing new air fare taxes to slow and possibly reverse the rise in air travel there could be good news for some property buyers though.

‘In some areas the second home market has increased prices significantly, with many of the younger local population being forced to move away from their towns and villages’, say Tribune Properties.

‘The UK and US populations are quite mobile, but in some countries popular with holiday home buyers there are three or four generations of the same family in a village or town. But as overseas property buyers have moved in and pushed prices up, the younger generations ahave been forced to look away from these popular areas because they cannot afford a property in their home town anymore, and a lot of the local employment has become seasonal. If real estate prices come down they might be able to afford to live in the villages where they were brought up if they choose to do so. Some will still move away but at least they will have a choice.’

Conversely, far from changing traditional towns and villages into holiday resorts, overseas property buyers can sometimes have a positive affect on preserving traditional village life.

‘In France for example, many of the rural villages were dying a slow death as the younger generations moved away to the bigger towns and cities to find work. British second home buyers have revived the villages by buying run down properties and renovated them, breathing new life into the communities. The property market is nothing if it isn’t adaptable,’ conclude Tribune, ‘And while there will be regions that will suffer as a result of a declining market, there will be winners too.’

Roger Munns
http://www.articlesbase.com/real-estate-articles/global-warming-could-cool-holiday-homes-market-80774.html

WDPLaDoHCCC? #13 ‘Head Of The IPCC Acknowledges There Has Been No Global Warming!’

Posted by admin on March 13, 2013 in Global Warming with 24 Comments


This is a reply to :

What the Met Office actually stated:

http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/met-office-in-the-media-14-october-2012/

What Dr. James hansen actually stated:

http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2013/20130115_Temperature2012.pdf

What Dr. Pachauri actually stated:

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/ipcc-head-pachauri-tackles-climate-change-issue-in-australia/1091880

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3695289.htm

http://climatecommission.gov.au/media-releases/earth-continues-warm-strongly-despite-sceptics-claims/

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