President's residence on KiribatiA New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.
Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the low-lying Pacific island nation in 2007. He argued that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.
mmigration authorities twice rejected his claims, so he appealed to the High Court.
In his decision, Judge John Priestley said Teitiota did not fit the definition of a refugee under international guidelines because he was not being directly persecuted.
In 2007 Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner was interviewed on the subject of sea levels. He is the head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden. He is past president (1999-2003) of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, and leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project. Dr. Mörner has been studying the sea level and its effects on coastal areas for some 35 years.
“You have Vanuatu, and also in the Pacific, north of New Zealand and Fiji— there is the island Tegua. They said they had to evacuate it, because the sea level was rising. But again, you look at the tide-gauge record: There is absolutely no signal that the sea level is rising. If anything, you could say that maybe the tide is lowering a little bit, but absolutely no rising.”
Al Gore blew in and out of Toronto last week, praising Premier Kathleen Wynne for banning the use of coal to generate electricity in Ontario starting in 2014, and, as usual, refusing to take questions from the media.
Here are 10 questions I’d ask Al Gore:
(1) In 2009, you visited Toronto to praise former premier Dalton McGuinty for his Green Energy Act, describing it as “widely recognized now as the single best green energy program on the North American continent.” What do you have to say in light of the December, 2011 report by the non-partisan Auditor General of Ontario that McGuinty wasted billions of public dollars on renewable energy by rushing into it with no business plan, no auditing of expenditures, and by ignoring the advice of his government’s own energy experts on how to reduce costs?
The Obama administration announced its first ever legal action against a wind energy company for the killing of birds.
A subsidiary of Duke Energy has agreed to pay $1 million in fines for the killing of 160 birds, including 14 golden eagles, at two wind farms in Wyoming, the Los Angeles Times reports. This is the first time the Obama administration has brought criminal charges against an energy company for its wind turbines killing federally protected birds.
“This case represents the first criminal conviction under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for unlawful avian takings at wind projects,” said Robert Dreher, acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s environment division.
Loopholes in a UN agreement on climate change will allow China, India and other emerging economies to delay setting any targets to cut their overall emissions. European Union member states now face a dilemma over whether to continue with plans to make ambitious pledges next year to cut emissions by 2030 without any guarantee that countries with far larger carbon footprints will follow. --Ben Webster, The Times, 25 November 2013
China weakened the wording of the agreement during a final negotiating session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Warsaw. This meant the meeting ended without setting a clear course towards the global deal on emissions scheduled to be signed in Paris in December 2015. --Ben Webster, The Times, 25 November 2013
It's time to get Sewious as Elmer Fudd
is about the Wascally Wabbit.Why do they bother? At this time every year, the U.N. holds a meeting of the Parties to its climate change treaty adopted at the Rio “Earth Summit” twenty-one years ago, and in force for 19 years. In the intervening time, there isn’t a single shred of evidence that it has done anything about global temperature.
In no small part, that’s because global temperature hasn’t done very much. Two years after it went into force—if you believe the surface temperature history that scientists consult the most—we entered into an era with no significant additional warming. That makes it kind of hard to find any signal resulting from the treaty.
Americans planning to travel around the East Coast this Thanksgiving are in for a real weather treat:
A nor’easter is swirling together and it could hit the east coast just in time for Thanksgiving, Quartz reports.
The storm looks like it will stretch from New England down to the Carolinas, bringing snow, wind, cold, and rain along with it. Quartz’s report, which cites the National Weather Service, paints a particularly dreary picture for Cape Cod and says the area could receive hurricane-like gusts of wind.
Given the storm’s current trajectory, the nor’easter is expected to strike sometime between Tuesday evening and Thursday, during the busiest travel days of the year.
The ongoing United Nations (UN) climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland ended with an agreement called the “Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage (IMLD)”. “We have seen essential progress. But let us again be clear that we are witnessing ever more frequent, extreme weather events, and the poor and vulnerable are already paying the price,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC in a press statement. “Now governments, and especially developed nations, must go back to do their homework so they can put their plans on the table ahead of the Paris conference,” she added. --Neha Sethi, Live Mint/The Wall Street Journal, 24 November 2013
Global warming has become the excuse for the greatest gravy train known to man:
AUSTRALIA has won support from Britain and others to head off demands for compensation payments to countries hit by damage they blame on climate change, sparking anger at a global summit meant to strike a deal this weekend.
Acting on Tony Abbott’s edict to avoid any new financial commitments, Australian negotiators have held out against calls to support the “loss and damage” payments sought by poorer countries…
Second of two parts. See first part here.
When Interfaith Power and Light – an aggressive, religious, climate change campaign – recently co-hosted a prayer session outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to bless the agency's carbon regulations, it could be seen as mere political theater.
It wasn’t, though, as we saw previously in this space. IPL is a campaign of the California-based Regeneration Project and a fervent climate change evangelist.
Earth’s geological, archaeological and written histories are replete with climate changes: big and small, short and long, benign, beneficial, catastrophic and everything in between.
The Medieval Warm Period (950-1300 AD or CE) was a boon for agriculture, civilization and Viking settlers in Greenland. The Little Ice Age that followed (1300-1850) was calamitous, as were the Dust Bowl and the extended droughts that vanquished the Anasazi and Mayan cultures; cyclical droughts and floods in Africa, Asia and Australia; and periods of vicious hurricanes and tornadoes. Repeated Pleistocene Epoch ice ages covered much of North America, Europe and Asia under mile-thick ice sheets that denuded continents, stunted plant growth, and dropped ocean levels 400 feet for thousands of years.