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.
So the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it is now 95% sure the climate has changed and some of the change is due to mankind.
They should be 100% certain. Since the climate is the average of local weather, and weather is the sum of behavior of the surging gases around us, and mankind moves through, modifies, and changes these gases, as does every other animal and plant species, it is certain humanity influences the weather, hence climate.
The only real question is: How much?
The IPCC says it’s lots. Why? Well, because of theory. Theory insists the bulk of the observed temperature changes over the past several decades were mostly caused by people. There’s one thing seriously wrong with this. The temperature lately hasn’t been changing in the direction theory said it would. Temps have stayed still or bounced around with no preferred direction.
Austrian Meteorologists Stupefied Into Silence! Data From Alps Show Marked Cooling Over Last 2-3 Decades!
Perhaps you’ve been wondering why the alarmists have been so shrill lately? It’s not because the climate is overheating, to the contrary it’s beginning to cool – and so their sham is about to be blown out into the open for everyone to see.
Austrian meteorological data show that European Alps have been cooling,
at times massively, over the last 20 years. Public domain photo.
Evaluated data from the Austrian ZAMG meteorological institute now unmistakably show that the Alps have been cooling over the last 20 years and longer, “at some places massively“ thus crassly contradicting all the loud claims, projections, and model sceanrios made earlier by global warming scientists.
Major setback for Germany's global warming lobby: Merkel's new government set to scrap the flight tax
Another major setback for Germany's global warming establishment: The soon to be formed new CDU-SDP government is set to scrap the useless and costly air passenger duty:
Members of the transport group decided on Thursday during coalition talks between Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) to abolish air passenger duty, which applies to departures from German airports, the Bild newspaper reported.
But the final decision on whether or not the duty is scrapped will fall to party leaders and depend on the SPD and Merkel’s conservative bloc forming a coalition government. Negotiations are still ongoing.
For the uninitiated, COPs are the preeminent global climate confab for the green glitterati. The purpose of COPs is to facilitate negotiations for a global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each annual COP is a two week affair that follows a similar pattern. During the first week, participant nations send only lower level negotiators. As the second week progresses, ever-more important diplomats and dignitaries arrive, as the discussions ratchet up. On the final Friday, the parties will deliberate through the night, so that they might produce some sort of agreement, no matter how watered down, before they leave.
In 2007, a team of Met Office scientists predicted there would be 0.3°C warming during 2004-2014. This prediction has turned out to be wrong. We are almost into 2014 and there has been no warming at all since 2004. --Paul Matthews, IPCC Report blog, 20 November 2013
Scientists have found that record melting is not undermining Greenland’s massive ice sheet, reducing fears that it could literally slide into the ocean. A study reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found the ice sheet moved more slowly than average in 2012, despite “unbelievably warm” temperatures that triggered the most extreme melting in 123 years. The findings alleviate concerns that lubrication caused by meltwaters which sink to the base of the ice sheet could accelerate its flow into the ocean. --John Ross, The Australian, 18 November 2013
Reports out of Warsaw, Poland, say that 132 nations walked out of the United Nations climate conference Wednesday. Are they upset over global warming? No, they just want more money from rich countries.
As the U.N. Conference of the Parties droned on toward the end of its two-week meeting, "representatives of most of the world's poor countries" staged a walkout, the British Guardian said, over a "compensation row."
More specifically, they quit because they felt the rich countries weren't pouring enough money into their treasuries — from where it typically ends up in the hands of a kleptocratic ruling class.
The Obama administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its proposed regulations on stationary coal plants, continues to discourage the use of fossil fuels, owing to their release of long-sequestered carbon dioxide.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court is taking a hard look at whether its own decisions justify allowing the EPA to regulate stationary energy-producing facilities.
The assertion of a catastrophic warming impact by carbon dioxide is based on unvalidated climate-computer models and not real observations or the historical relationship of Earth’s temperature and atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels. In adhering to this assertion, the administration is turning its back on the astonishing plant growth and life-saving benefits to Earth’s atmosphere of additional carbon dioxide.
Global warming/climate change proponents are a hardy, determined, one-track mind group. They were brainwashed by the elitist powers that, unless we fundamentally alter our way of life and de-develop to subsistence level economies of the Middle Ages, the planet will perish. “We can’t keep developing infinitely on a finite world,” said one of the organizers of a recent protest in Canada.
A group of 50 anti-oil pipeline and oil sands activists showed up in Calgary in a snow storm to protest man-made global warming. I love it when God sends a snow or ice storm every time these scare mongers gather. One of the participants was quoted as saying, “We’re seeing the effects of global warming and we can’t keep denying it because obviously something is happening.” (Renato Gandia, Calgary Sun, November 16, 2013)