Reuters: Figueres, one of the signatories of the open letter for a “people’s vaccine”, said working together to find a solution to the pandemic was an opportunity “to exercise the muscle of international cooperation which is critical for climate change”. ...
Should we Celebrate! Global economic collapse amid lockdowns means we can meet UN Paris pact! -
Reuters: Global emissions of climate-changing gases are expected to drop 8% this year, according to the International Energy Agency. That is a touch more than the 7.6% drop scientists say is needed each year this decade to meet the Paris accord goal of holding global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.
UN Paris architect Christiana Figueres: We have an "incredible responsibility" to "actually converge the solutions -- at least the financial solutions -- to coronavirus to the financial solutions for climate. Because what we cannot afford to do is to jump out of the frying pan of COVID and into the raging fire of climate change."
Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked former UN chief Figueres: "Is there any sense that this could be self-controlling -- that as we see economic growth possibly slowing down around the world, because of coronavirus -- that's actually good for the climate?"
Christiana Figueres replied: "Well, that is, ironically, of course, the other side of this -- right? It may be good for climate. But I think -- because there is less trade, there's less travel, there's less commerce."
Weaponizing Coronavirus: Figueres also said: Expect more disease outbreaks ‘if we continue to deny, delude and delay on climate change’
Since the 1980s, 29% of human CO2 emissions were cancelled out by the CO2-induced greening of the Earth. The post-2000 vegetative greening expansion has been so massive (5.4 million km²) its net areal increase is equivalent to a region the size of the Amazon rainforest.
Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and Narendra Modi will apparently gather in the Netherlands. There, along with Bill Gates, UN head Antonio Guterres, and personnel associated with the European Union, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, they’ll attend a climate summit hosted by the Global Center on Adaptation. ...
We’re told this summit "will launch a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda to kick start a transformational decade."
Donna Laframboise: "The chutzpah is astonishing. The global economy is in tatters. Billions face an uncertain future. Health care workers are exhausted. Yet this Clique of Self-Important People™ is full speed ahead, determined to impose its climate vision on the rest of us."
In the last 500 years only some 80 mammals are recorded as having gone extinct. In his book, More From Less, Andrew McAfee, a board member of HumanProgress.org, discusses how relatively rare recorded extinctions are – with some 530 across all species in the last five centuries. More importantly, he notes, the rate of extinction “appear[s] to have slowed down in recent decades; for example, no marine creatures have been recorded as extinct in the last fifty years.”
Matt Ridley, another board member and frequent contributor to this site, argues that despite the human population doubling in the last half-century, “the extinction rate of wild species, especially in the most industrialized countries,” seems to have fallen rather than increased. While absence of evidence isn’t the same as evidence of absence, and there might be millions of unrecorded species in the world’s oceans and tropical forests, the most aggressive claims rest on shaky foundations.