Monday, 28 December 2009

Climate change: Will our grandchildren revile the 'lost decade'?

From by unnamed opinion writer:

The first decade of the 21st century dawned with a global strategy to fight climate change but ended in chaos and the UN system in tatters while greenhouse gases spewed with few constraints. "Future generations will rue the years of inaction," Steve Sawyer, a veteran observer who heads the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), a Brussels green industry association, says grimly.

Steve Sawyer - from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) - hardly an unbiased opinion.
What was the strategy to fight climate change? Climate has changed from the beginning of time without our help. Do you know something that I don't. What was this so-called strategy to fight climate change? Trading in derivitives?

In 2007, in its landmark Fourth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a blunt warning. Without swift action to slow, halt and reverse the growth in emissions, the world was on course for between 1.8 and 4.0 degrees Celsius (3.2-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, the UN's top climate scientists said.

Well, not quite right. The IPCC's 4AR words weren't as definite as that, rather they said very likely. (Their interpretation of very likely is 90% probability.) The IPCC has admitted that they have not found any evidence that increases in man-made CO2 causes warming.

The ice-core samples show that, over hundreds of thousands of years, rises in temperature have forced rises in atmospheric CO2.

Who said a few degrees warming was a bad thing? The medieval warm period (MWP) was warmer than today. The MWP was a period which saw such significant events as Norman conquests in Britain and Sicily, the earlier Crusades and the signing of the Magna Carta.

This period is often what we think of when someone mentions "medieval culture." It is sometimes referred to as the "flowering" of medieval society, thanks to an intellectual renaissance in the 12th century, such notable philosophers as Pierre Abelard and Thomas Aquinas, and the establishment of such Universities as those in Paris, Oxford and Bologna. There was an explosion of stone castle-building, and the construction of some of the most magnificent cathedrals in Europe.

Trade in luxury items as well as staples flourished; towns were granted charters of privilege and even established anew by feudal lords with alacrity; and a well-fed population was beginning to burgeon.

Back to MYsinchew:

By century's end, hundreds of millions could be at threat from drought, flood, storms, rising seas, disease, malnutrition and homelessness.


If we reduce the plant food CO2, we could see world famine.

Are global temperatures still rising? Or could we be heading to another little ice age?

Back to MYsinchew:

In the end, the critics were sidelined. The conference gavelled the Accord through without even putting it to a vote. UN credibility lay in ruins..

Well, there's UN democracy for you - gavelled the Accord through without even putting it to a vote. And the UN wanted to create a UN-led World Government at COP15!

But wait! Didn't UN credibility lie in ruins before the opening of COP15? Wasn't the UN credibility shattered with the leaking of the ClimateGate emails?

Acting Alone on Climate Change

Philip Bowring commented in the New York Times 27/12/09.

Some extracts:

...Australia has one of the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world and has been suffering from an extended drought, probably related to global warming.

(Click on above graph to see how small Australia's contribution is.)

or, more likely related to ENSO.Australia has one of the lowest per square kilometre carbon dioxide emissions in the world.

Good, too, because, despite those unpleasant facts just days before Copenhagen, the Australian Senate rejected an ambitious emission-trading scheme (ETS) designed to cut pollution by making emitters pay.

Perhaps, Philip, the ETS was a scheme that would have enriched derivative brokers, a scheme open to fraudulent transactions bot a scheme that woud have done nothing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Philip goes on to talk about emissions cuts around the world.

Emissions of CO2.

Philip, can you point to one bit of evidence that shows CO2 to be the cause of warming?
Is a few degrees of warming a bad thing?
Are you sure it is still warming?