North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling for “urgent action” on climate change in a bid to tackle “abnormal” weather that he blames for the nation’s crippling food shortage. Kim ordered his officials to clamp down on climate change during a Politburo meeting last Thursday, according to the Korean Central News Agency. Kim said the “danger” of climate change had increased in recent years and “disastrous weather” was only getting worse. “Our country is also lying vulnerable to its danger,” Kim said.
The story of refrigeration is a common one: from a task done by many servants, to a luxury good, and to now a common household appliance used by all. This type of progress exists with nearly all household appliances; from ovens to irons, from washing machines to dishwashers, and from air conditioners to water heaters. As Marian L Tupy of the Cato Institute has previously pointed out, due to innovation, capitalism and mass production, “an ordinary person today lives better than most kings of yesteryear.”
The vast majority of the plastic in the oceans comes from a handful of rivers in Asia. ... But the vast majority of the plastic in the ocean is not coming from the UK or the EU. It is coming from river systems in Asia and other parts of the world, where waste-disposal systems are inadequate. The problem here is poverty and economic underdevelopment in certain parts of the world, not single-use plastics.
"Economic growth saves children’s lives. That is one of the most basic, starkest facts about the modern world. Second, there is a thing called the “degrowth movement”, which wants to stop economic growth. And, yes, this would lead almost inevitably to the unnecessary deaths of thousands of children a day."
Alex Epstein responds: "An unpopular but irrefutable truth: the CO2 emissions of rich countries have been a huge net-benefit to poor countries. Fossil fueled make possible the rich world's incredible productivity and innovation, which have dramatically raised life expectancies everywhere...The rich world should not be giving climate payouts to the poor world. But we sure as hell need to stop encouraging/forcing them not to use fossil fuels. We also need to encourage the replacement of dictatorship with freedom and the rule of law."
Paul Homewood: "It is absolutely clear that the number of strong tornadoes has declined since the 1970s. Alarmingly, however, this page has been 'disappeared', and the link now comes up with this:
Fortunately Wayback still has a copy of the original web page, and I also have it on file. It is blindingly apparent that NOAA found their original assessment far too inconvenient, something that should be kept out of the public domain at all cost."
Climate chauses wind speeds to decrease...Except when climate change causes wind speeds to increase...
Claim: Atmosphere expert Professor Paul Williams, of the University of Reading, told the Financial Times that winds have ‘generally weakened over land over the past few decades’. He said one explanation for plummeting wind speeds could be ‘human-related climate change’, that would see poles warming ‘faster than tropics in lower atmosphere’ areas. Prof Williams said: ‘This would have the effect of weakening the mid-latitude north-south temperature difference and consequently reducing the thermal wind at low altitudes.’