New tax will not change our weather

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Posted by

April 17, 2014
The Washington Post
By Ed Rogers

The lead sentence of an April 14 New York Times “news article,” headlined “Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws,” deserves some study. The first sentence reads, “The United States needs to enact a major climate change law, such as a tax on carbon pollution, by the end of this decade to stave off the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, according to the authors of a report released this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”  What? According to this article, if the United States doesn’t act unilaterally with a giant new tax, it will be impossible to “protect the globe from a future of serious food and water shortages, a drastic sea level rise, increased poverty and disease and other profound risks.” It is fair for voters to ask, “Do you like how your current tax dollars are spent?  Will a new tax designed to shape the climate be spent any better?”

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Limited options for slowing down global warming

Thursday, April 17, 2014 Posted by

April 16, 2014
The Economist

THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a gathering of scientists who advise governments, describes itself as “policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral”. Its latest report, the third in six months, ignores that fine distinction. Pressure from governments forced it to strip out of its deliberations a table showing the link between greenhouse gases and national income, presumably because this made clear that middle-income countries such as China are the biggest contributors to new emissions. It also got rid of references to historical contributions, which show that rich countries bear a disproportionate responsibility. That seems more like policy-based evidence than evidence-based policy and bodes ill for talks on a new climate-change treaty, planned to take place in Paris next year.

The new report is intended to measure how far governments have met their promises, formalised in 2010, to keep the global rise in mean surface temperatures compared with pre-industrial times to less than 2°C. It says they are miles from achieving that goal and are falling further behind.

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Scare tactics about global warming

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Posted by

April 9, 2014
The New York Times
By TED NORDHAUS and MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER

OAKLAND, Calif. — IF you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime. A trailer for “Years of Living Dangerously” is terrifying, replete with images of melting glaciers, raging wildfires and rampaging floods. “I don’t think scary is the right word,” intones one voice. “Dangerous, definitely.”

Showtime’s producers undoubtedly have the best of intentions. There are serious long-term risks associated with rising greenhouse gas emissions, ranging from ocean acidification to sea-level rise to decreasing agricultural output.

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UN report says the world is running out of time to stop global warming

Monday, April 7, 2014 Posted by

April 7, 2014
The Huffington Post
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, April 6 (Reuters) – World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7-12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies would cost between two and six percent of world output by 2050.

It says nations will have to impose drastic curbs on their still rising greenhouse gas emissions to keep a promise made by almost 200 countries in 2010 to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times.

Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 C (1.4F) since 1900 and are set to breach the 2 C ceiling on current trends in coming decades, U.N. reports show.

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The developing world and global warming

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Posted by

April 1, 2014
The New York Times

Climate change is drastically affecting the whole world and is likely to become much more damaging unless greenhouse gases are reduced, recent reports from the United Nations and the the American Association for the Advancement of Science have concluded. The problems are most immediate indeveloping nations, many of which have contributed little pollution but are most affected by rising sea levels and drought.

While experts say all nations will be harmed by global warming and all need to take more serious measures, what should be done to deal with the most threatening effects of climate change in developing countries?

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Global warming scientists bow to Obama by scrapping real science

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Posted by

March 27, 2014
Forbes
By Patrick Michaels

On the corner of 12th Street and New York Avenue, conveniently located midway between the White House and Congress, sits a slate eminence housing the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It’s not there because science bureaucrats enjoy Washington’s unbearable summers.

The Guardian got it right last week, in its coverage of the latest AAAS screed on the horrors of climate change, mistakenly calling it the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists. How fitting, for that is what it is, the lobby for Big Science that behaves as all good DC lobbies do, which means kissing up to the Administration in return for taxpayer largesse. In the most recent example, AAAS has just released an awful report on climate, “What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Response to Climate Change.” Bad grammar, even worse science.

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Global warming will go on for centuries

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Posted by

March 26, 2014
Reuters
By Robert Evans

(Reuters) – There has been no reverse in the trend of global warming and there is still consistent evidence for man-made climate change, the head of the U.N. World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Monday.

A slow-down in the average pace of warming at the planet’s surface this century has been cited by “climate sceptics” as evidence that climate change is not happening at the potentially catastrophic rate predicted by a U.N. panel of scientists.

But U.N. weather agency chief Michel Jarraud said ocean temperatures, in particular, were rising fast, and extreme weather events, forecast by climate scientists, showed climate change was inevitable for the coming centuries.

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New report that global warming will hit Asia hardest

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Posted by

March 25, 2014
The Guardian
By Robin Mckie

People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of millions of people are likely to lose their homes as flooding, famine and rising sea levels sweep the region, one of the most vulnerable on Earth to the impact of global warming, the UN states.

The report – Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – makes it clear that for the first half of this century countries such as the UK will avoid the worst impacts of climate change, triggered by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. By contrast, people living in developing countries in low latitudes, particularly those along the coast of Asia, will suffer the most, especially those living in crowded cities.

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Putin is emboldened by Obama’s foreign policy obsession with global warming

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Posted by

March 19, 2014
Forbes.com
By James Taylor

If Vladimir Putin had any misgivings about the consequences of invading Ukraine and taking the Crimea, the Obama foreign policy team gave Putin every reason to launch his invasion by soft-peddling the Ukraine crisis and publicly attacking U.S. climate scientists instead.

Nations signal their foreign policy priorities and resolve by choosing issues on which to focus and issues on which to tread lightly. As the Ukraine crisis escalated throughout the month of February and Russian military forces predictably prepared to invade the nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chose to launch a high-profile campaign of attacks against American climate scientists and essentially give the Kremlin a green light to invade Ukraine.

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Poll results point to global warming being no big threat to USA life

Sunday, March 16, 2014 Posted by

March 16, 2014
USA Today

Gallup finds only 36% believe climate change will seriously affect their lives

Though two-thirds of Americans believe global warming is happening or will happen during their lifetimes, only about one-third see it as a serious threat to their way of life, a new Gallup Poll reports.

The wide perceptual gap has existed since Gallup first asked the question 17 years ago, but it has narrowed slightly. Today, 36% believe that global warming will seriously affect how they live, up from 25% in 1997.

At the same time, the percentage of people who do not see global warming hampering their lives has doubled since Gallup’s first survey — from 9% to 18% in the poll taken March 6 through Sunday.

Seniors and Republicans were the most skeptical about global warming. But even a solid majority (57%) of younger Americans — those 18 to 29 — do not now foresee big threats as the climate warms and changes.

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