"The words from John Kerry and Gina McCarthy reveal this is not about climate, but about using climate as a means to an end, the end being the transformation of the very system that enabled our country to become the envy of the world."
Climate Staticistian Bjorn Lomborg calls Gina McCarthy's claims "silly": "Heart disease kills 33% and cancer 26% of all Americans. Heat kills 0.3% and declining. Cold 6.4% and increasing. Heat deaths have declined precipitously in the US since 1960s, much of it because of widespread availability of air conditioning.
Across world, heat deaths typically (& surprisingly) small compared to cold deaths. Here [is] India: Each year, 584,300 die from moderate cold. 47,800 die from extreme cold. Yet, almost all stories on India's extreme weather is extreme heat (25,100/yr). Moreover, most heat deaths are rather easy to tackle (which is why they are declining), bc only affect people for a few days. Cold deaths much worse, because they require months of good heating (why they increase).
What about extreme weather deaths? "These are almost nil, because societies know how to reduce deaths dramatically. Air pollution is a big deal, but almost orthogonal to climate — cutting air pollution is much cheaper (scrubbers) than cutting CO₂ (replace with renewables)."
Climate TRACE utilizes satellite data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to determine greenhouse gas emissions globally. It aims usher in an era of "radical transparency" and a more enforceable climate agreement by giving nonprofits, governments and the UN actionable intelligence to track and crack down on polluters.
East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the South Pole, has cooled a whopping 2.8°C over the past 4 decades; West Antarctica approximately 1.6″C. ..only tiny Antarctic Peninsula saw statistically insignificant warming.
Last week, media outlets across the globe claimed that there has been rain for the first time at the Greenland summit. “Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record,” read CNN’s headlines. Others went a step further and declared it a sign of climate doomsday. “Rain On Greenland Ice Sheet, Possibly A First, Signals Climate Change Risk,” read another headline. Unfortunately, for the mainstream media, climate history nearly always comes back to haunt their claims of unprecedented events. Records reveal that this is not the first rainfall in Greenland, and certainly not the first on the Greenland summit peak, which stands at around 10,000 feet.