'The 200-page report by the National Academy of Sciences looked at warming problems that can occur in years instead of centuries. The report repeatedly warns of potential 'tipping points' where the climate passes thresholds, beyond which 'major and rapid changes occur.' - 'The report says abrupt changes like melting ice in the Arctic Ocean and mass species extinctions have already started and are worse than predicted.'
NAS study shills for more climate funding!
'The scientists said the issue of sudden changes is full of uncertainties, so the world can better prepare by monitoring places like Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets more. But because of budget cuts and aging satellites, researchers have fewer measurements of these crucial indicators than they did a few years ago and will have even fewer in upcoming years'
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is all about politics and funding these days:
AP's Borenstein quotes Prof. Wuebbles: 'Donald Wuebbles, a University of Illinois climate scientist who wasn't part of the academy study, called it important, especially the call for better warning systems'
But no mention that Wuebbles has been writing reports for alarmist pressure groups Union of Concerned Scientists for a decade. See here.
'The year 2013 has been a great year for global agriculture. Record world production of rice and healthy production of wheat and corn produced strong harvests across the world. These gains were achieved despite continuing predictions that world agricultural output is headed for a decline.'
'Today’s policies to combat climate change cost much more than the benefits they produce' - 'For every dollar spent, the EU stands to avoid about 10 cents of damage. This does not mean that climate change is not important; it means only that the EU’s climate policy is not smart. Over the course of this century, the ideal EU policy would cost more than $7 trillion, yet it would reduce the temperature rise by just 0.05 degrees Celsius and lower sea levels by a trivial 9 millimeters [note even these tiny changes based on flawed models are highly exaggerated]. After spending all that money, we would not even be able to tell the difference.'
Reuters: The U.N.'s carbon offset market is likely to remain "in a coma" for years, project developers said, after countries failed to agree on measures to encourage demand at last week's climate talks in Warsaw. Investment under the U.N.'s $315 billion Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has ground to a halt as the value of the credits they generate has plunged 95 percent in five years to around 0.30 euros, crushing profits that investors count on to set up carbon-cutting schemes in the developing world. "As a tradable commodity, it's in a coma and will be unless and until a 2015 agreement wakes it up," said Jorund Buen, co-founder and partner at consultancy and project developer Differ.
Gray to IPCC: 'Globally averaged near surface temperature" What nonsense! Nobody has ever measured such a quantity. It would require simultaneous measurements of thermometers situated randomly over the entire earth's surface, including the oceans.' - 'Detection' and 'Attribution' are mechanisms of organised guesswork They provide only speculation, not evidence of cause and effect'
'Climate change is making things harder for those who live in a politically unstable and economically challenged region'
Excerpt: What role is climate change playing in conflicts across the Sahel? “Climate change plays two roles,” says Opower's Sloan. “When you and your family have been living off the same land for generations and all of a sudden that becomes impossible, the first impact is relocation. But there’s a limited amount of land in the world so we’re going to see more and more skirmish zones.” “Second, climate change makes people feel small and helpless, and Islamic fundamentalists have been very good at turning helplessness and despair into anger and action. If you give someone who feels small a gun, they stop feeling small,” he adds. Sloan is a former US Army soldier. “If you give them a direction to point that gun they stop feeling helpless.”
'Two other five-year periods have seen 3 landfalls (years ending in 1984 and 1994). Prior to 1970 the fewest landfalls over a five-year period was 6. From 1940 to 1957, every 5-year period had more than 10 hurricane landfalls (1904-1920 was almost as active)...There is no evidence to support more or more intense US hurricanes. The data actually suggests much the opposite.'
'Climate Thanks to the Aztecs for demonstrating that torturing children isn't a reliable way to prevent droughts' - 'It's a rule: If we want to prevent drought, we need some sacrifices' Child sacrifice in pre-Columbian cultures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 'According to Bernardino de Sahagún, the Aztecs believed that, if sacrifices were not given to Tlaloc, the rain would not come and their crops would not grow. Archaeologists have found the remains of 42 children sacrificed to Tlaloc (and a few to Ehecátl Quetzalcóatl) in the offerings of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. In every case, the 42 children, mostly males aged around six, were suffering from serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections that would have been painful enough to make them cry continually. Tlaloc required the tears of the young so their tears would wet the earth. As a result, if children did not cry, the priests would sometimes tear off the children's nails before the ritual sacrifice'
15th Century Climate Engineering: 'Throughout history, governments have taken approximately the same approach to controlling the climate – with sacrifice being the key component' - 'The great droughts of 1450-1454 led to massive sacrifice of children to water deities.'
'The First Church of Climate Change needs a reformation. According to its leaders, we peasants are no more qualified to understand the subtle nuances of climate science than the serfs of medieval Europe were qualified to understand the mysterious motions of the heavens. And so we are told to put our faith in the modern-day version of the papal astronomer and to never, ever question the word of the educated elite. To do so would be heresy, a sin that has the most heinous of consequences.'
More than 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook for 2012. Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia. That is nearly four times the number of people who live in the United States. - Today, 81 percent of the planet’s energy needs are met by fossil fuels, and according to the International Energy Agency, that percentage will be almost as high in 2035 under current policies, when consumption will be much greater. -
Obama supports denying energy to poor Africans! 'The Obama administration announced recently, for instance, that it would no longer contribute to the construction of coal-fired power plants financed by the World Bank and other international development banks.'
'Act now to limit climate change says climate expert at Grantham Annual Lecture' - 'Professor Stocker finished his talk with the message that the international community has to act now and that any further delay in reducing emissions could close the door on limiting global mean warming, and consequent impacts, permanently.'
Alley: 'But, Katrina’s high waters just made it over the levee, and the difference between “just over” and “not quite over” proved to be a lot of billions of dollars and human disruption. The Arab Spring surprised many people, including some who had expertise, and while attribution of such an event to a particular cause is probably impossible, there are people (as written up in The Economist, for example) who link at least some of the causation to food prices, and there in turn people who link at least some of the food-price swings to climate change. It is easy to see such linkages occurring, and strengthening, in a greatly warmed future climate when many of our crops are already grown at temperatures above their optimum.'
Prof. Harvey: 'At the individual level, we need to adopt frugality and simplicity as a part of our moral compass. You don’t need that large 52-inch plasma screen TV. It’s an electricity pig. Be happy with something smaller and more modest.' - 'I think our taxes are going to have to go up because some of the things that need to be done are going to be collective expenditures and it’s going to have to be paid for.' - 'Harvey also suggested drying clothes on a clothesline instead of using a drying machine.'
The political activist group run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer featured a Canadian speaker (Prof. Harvey) at a Monday event who has called for significant tax hikes and for people to give up their televisions to combat global warming.
Zoologist Dr. Susan J. Crockford is a zoologist calls claims 'political posturing' by activists. 'The newest population estimate is based on data only [UK Guardian's Goldenberg] has seen' - 'It doesn’t matter how often Suzanne Goldenberg keeps repeating the lie that the ice-free season in Hudson Bay is steadily lengthening – it doesn’t make it so' - It’s better to get in bed with an activist environmental reporter who can generate headlines than to publish the data and let it speak for itself? Why are polar bear researchers still withholding data, if the stakes are so high?'