Yeb Sano: 'To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels.'
Filipino negotiator says his monthly ritual of fasting is helping him to secure a strong UN treaty on climate change - 'Fasting allows you to understand where others come from and lead you to solutions that would go beyond the confines of what is written, what is conventional'
Gore: 'Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available so women can choose how many children and the spacing of children -- is crucial to the future shape of human civilization. Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century. More than China and India combined by the end of the century. And this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed' - (Gore also links Typhoon Haiyan and Sandy to man-made global warming - Video of Gore here at 15 min. mark)
Gore: Haiyan and Sandy-like storms are 'gamechanger' for public awareness of global warming - 'I think that these extreme weather events which are now a hundred times more common than 30 years ago are really waking people's awareness all over the world [on climate change], and I think that is a gamechanger.'
Bill Gates 'warned that growing prosperity as a result of development efforts could worsen global warming emissions, if energy was not generated in a clean way. 'As the poorest are being lifted up, as they're getting lights and refrigerators, we are going to use more energy. There's not a scenario here where we use less energy. We have to make the energy we use not emit any greenhouse gases, particularly CO2.'
'As major emitters, these corporations are called climate culprits by environmentalists because their emissions have contributed to the accelerated warming of the planet. This warming has led to extreme weather events like freak typhoons, sweltering summers, droughts that threat food security, and storm surges that threaten humanity. "We as citizens have an obligation as well as a right to hold those companies directly responsible for destruction accountable. For far too long now, oil and gas companies have literally gotten away with murder," said Kumi Naidoo, Director of Greenpeace International.
Pielke Jr.: 'There is even evidence in our paper (see our Figure 2) that the period before 1970 saw more intense hurricane landfalls than the period since. Older data from the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific (which together represents 64% of all global intense landfalling hurricanes 1970-2010 and 69% of all hurricanes) indicates that landfalling intense hurricanes in these two basins occurred at a 40% higher rate from 1950-1969 than 1970-2010. There were 9 intense landfalls in 1964 and 1965 in just these two basins, which equals the global record for all basins post-1970.
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.