Following all the questions raised about his blog John Cook has managed to respond. Or not.
Cook says that people complain about his penguin pictures and creative logos. Please visit Head Asploder Joe Romm where he calls Richard Lindzen, William Happer, Roger Pielke Sr, John Christy and a host of others, ‘fools’. Who does he turn to for support? John Cook of course. You can see this page where Cook has rounded up pictures of sceptical scientists and has them displayed as though they were a bunch of common criminals, with their mugshots in a gallery.
Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Ministry said 18 people died of hypothermia and nearly 500 people sought medical help for frostbites and hypothermia in just three days last week. Twelve of the dead were homeless people whose bodies were discovered on the streets.
Business leaders topped the poll, with Sir Richard Branson at number one, followed by runner-up Bill Gates and Sir Alan Sugar in sixth place.
Meanwhile eco-warrior Leonardo DiCaprio, one of Hollywood’s most committed green stars, languished in 19th place, with no more influence than celebrities not known for green issues such as David Beckham, Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole.
The results also showed that US political figures could have a bigger influence on us than our own leaders. Former vice-president Al Gore and US President Barack Obama were in 4th and 5th place, ahead of the Prime Minister (9th) and London Mayor Boris Johnson (10th).
Royal influence is alive and well, with Prince Charles taking third place in the ranking.
Australian climate sceptic Professor Ian Plimer said yesterday: "People are finally waking up to the fact that climate change models have been assuming there's a constant sun. These predictions show that the great ball of heat called the sun guides our climate more than anything.
"It is the dominant factor, above the supposed impact of emissions."
The Met Office said any weakening of the sun would cause a reduction in temperatures of about 0.08C up to 2100, while greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would see rises of 2.5C by 2100.