“The world’s poor will suffer most from such policies,” the writers contend, adding:
The poorest—the 1.3 billion in developing countries who depend on wood and dried dung as primary cooking and heating fuels, smoke from which kills 4 million and temporarily debilitates hundreds of millions every year—will be condemned to more generations of poverty and its deadly consequences.
The letter ends with an appeal to the Pope to reconsider what seems to be the direction the Vatican is taking vis-à-vis climate change policies.
Prof Penny Sackett, Herald Sun December 04, 2009 - We’ve got 5 years to save world says Australia’s chief scientist Professor Penny Sackett. THE planet has just five years to avoid disastrous global warming, says the Federal Government’s chief scientist.
'Loyalty is expected. Zeal replaces scientific caution. Dissent is penalized, sometimes harshly so. Scientists are no longer simply esteemed researchers. They have assumed the role of society's policemen, crusaders, and protectors. And the proven means of getting more expenditures for next year's budget is to prove that one's project is confirming the worst of all possible fears'
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.’