Sunday, 18 August 2019

Warped IPCC Charter

Opinion:  Case Smit

We are encouraged to believe that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the ultimate authority on all matters to do with the global climate.  However, the IPCC Charter requires it to report only on the magnitude of man-made climate change.  In other words, the IPCC is not required to look at all the natural factors that undoubtably also affect our climate. 
Planetary orbits and their gravitational interactions affect the sun, whose magnetic field controls the intensity of cosmic rays hitting the earth’s atmosphere.  Cosmic rays have a profound influence on the earth’s cloud cover, a major influence on our climate.
Together with the moon, these gravitational effects flex the earth’s crust causing tectonic movements (earthquakes) and volcanic activity.  Terrestrial volcanoes spew enormous quantities of dust and gases into the atmosphere, far exceeding anthropogenic contributions.  There are 40 -50 volcanoes, world-wide, erupting at any one time. 
There are also hundreds of sub-sea volcanoes injecting heat (and gases) into the oceans.  Recent research suggests that these, together with the continuous heat transfer from the earth’s mantle, affect ocean currents and temperatures and hence the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon.  The CO2 balance with the atmosphere is very dependent on ocean temperatures.
This exclusion of natural influences explains why almost all IPCC global temperature projections have proved to be wrong; it also explains why carbon dioxide is touted as the only significant climate influence, explaining the obsession with limiting CO2 emissions.
A thorough, independent investigation of these issues would likely confirm the above and save our governments the billions of dollars currently spent on “climate action”.

Greta Thunberg and "climate-damaging" air travel

Björn Lomborg tweeted the above extract from TAZ (link).

Does that mean Greta is swimming back to Germany? Or is she flying back?

BERLIN taz | Climate activist Greta Thunberg causes more greenhouse gas emissions from her sailing trip from the United Kingdom to the United States than if she had flown. About five employees would sail the yacht back to Europe, said Andreas Kling, spokesman for Thunberg skipper Boris Herrmann, on Thursday the taz.

"Of course, they fly over there, that's no different," says Kling. Herrmann will also take the plane for the return journey. The sailing trip triggers at least six climate-damaging air travel across the Atlantic. If Thunberg had flown with her father, only two would have been necessary to come to New York.

According to the atmosfair emissions calculator, a flight from New York to Hamburg has a climate impact of around 1,800 kilograms of carbon dioxide. That is more than three quarters of what every person is entitled to each year if global warming is to be stopped at 2 degrees.

Because flights are so damaging to the climate, Thunberg had been looking for a better way to travel to the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York in September. On Wednesday afternoon, the 16-year-old struck aboard the high-sea yacht "Malizia II" together with the two professional sailors Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi and their father Svante and a filmmaker in the southern English town of Plymouth. The ship is powered by the wind, electricity for navigation and communication is generated by solar cells.

So, this little (mis)adventure is creating 6 "climate-damaging" (in her eyes at least) flights. And note Taz writes:
If Thunberg had flown with her father, only two would have been necessary to come to New York.