Climate report will shock nations into action

07 Nov, 2012 04:55 AM
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THE next United Nations climate report will ''scare the wits out of everyone'' and should provide the impetus needed for the world to finally sign an agreement to tackle global warming, the former head of the UN negotiations said.

Yvo de Boer, the UN climate chief during the 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks, said his conversations with scientists working on the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested the findings would be shocking.

"That report is going to scare the wits out of everyone,'' Mr de Boer said in the only scheduled interview of his visit to Australia. "I'm confident those scientific findings will create new political momentum.''

The IPCC's fifth assessment report is due to be published in late 2013 and early 2014.

Before then is the next end-of-year UN climate meeting in Doha, Qatar. Delegates will discuss a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding accord to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Last December nations agreed in South Africa to work on a binding agreement that would cover all countries. That work is expected to continue until 2015.

Mr de Boer, who is now special global advisor on climate change for KPMG, said the best prospect may be for nations to settle on targets that they write into their national laws, rather than a binding international deal.

The latter would be "almost impossible to get through the US Senate", he said.

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Ian Mott
7/11/2012 8:56:25 AM

Well surprise, surprise. In the absence of any evidence of global warming for 16 years the climate castrati resort to lurid scaremongering. And this is news? But wait, the absence of warming will be around for a lot longer yet as the current solar maximum appears to have peaked early and much lower than expected. And that means at least another decade of absent warming. Not only is the temperature not responding to constantly rising CO2, it is responding even less to the minor portion of CO2 rise that is caused by humans. Get a real job Yvo.
Ian
7/11/2012 9:40:21 AM

Yes thats right try and engender more fear about the coming armageddon. The IPCC is looking more and more like a Jim Jones doomsday cult everyday. The unfortunate thing is that they have no shame in debasing the scientific method in the process.
nico
7/11/2012 10:12:48 AM

Pott persists with the fallacy that there is no evidence of global warming for the past sixteen years. As we have pointed out to him several times, this is simply not true, however much he wants it to be. There is abundant published evidence that the world continues to accumulate heat. See for example Nuccitelli et at, 2012; Murphy et al 2009; Foster & Rahmstorf 2011; and many more. And see NOAA's annual climate report http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/201 2/9
Bruiser
7/11/2012 12:58:54 PM

Oh there is global warming again? I thought the whole deal was changed to "climate change" because of a lack of general warming. My prediction, in 20 years we will have a new thing to worry about and climate change will be proven to be unfounded, just like the flat earth and the long list of other fears our forefathers had to deal with.
nico
7/11/2012 1:28:23 PM

Bruiser, the terms global warming and climate change are both technical terms, with precise meanings, which have been in use for many decades. However, Republican Party strategist Frank Luntz in a memo to George Bush recommended that the (then) President use the term "climate change" because it was less alarming to voters than "global warming". See:http://www.ewg.org/files/Lunt zResearch_environment.pdf
Bill Pounder
7/11/2012 1:39:03 PM

Yeah right. So Yvo says they knew in 2009 that the 2013 report "would be shocking". Seems a bit of cogitative predeterminism is coming our way. Why bother? Russia, Canada, Japan , US, France aren't signing Kyoto, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and OPEC countries are out etc. That leaves easily stooged Eurozone, Oz & NZ as the patsies. http://thinkafricapress.com/cop17
holisticmick
7/11/2012 2:46:47 PM

Bruiser the flat earthers were main stream thinking, The idea of a round earth took centuries to sway the flat earthers. Just as in the climate change debate. It has taken decades of evidence to try to convince people there is in fact climate change . The flat earthers fear the thought of unknown and change. Would you bet your children's future on your prediction?
Nev
7/11/2012 4:51:45 PM

From what I've heard about the IPCC if they said it was raining outside I would be going to check for myself. Donna Laframboise a Canadian Journalist did some very interesting talks in Australia recently as a guest of the IPA regarding the credibility of the IPCC and the results of her investigations were somewhat damning to say the least.
Bill Pounder
7/11/2012 8:36:24 PM

Poor old bawling Yvo, the crying Dutchman, on not getting his bob's worth in Bali 2006, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a rticle-502563/Floods-tears-climat e-change-hard-man-breaks-summit.h tml and, as the former UN Climate General Secretary announced June 2011 that, '..the Kyoto Protocol is dead." with only 20% of the world's emitters in as Kyoto botherers. http://notrickszone.com/2011/06/1 7/yvo-de-boer-kyoto-protocol-is-d ead-kyoto-countries-plummet-from- 55-to-just-20/ The lesson is, grasshoppers, that lefty nutjobs never give up, this report will need the old heave ho as well.
gondoleah
7/11/2012 9:43:44 PM

And the flat earthers strike again (Ian Mott et al.). A real comedy turn. Where do you get YOUR science from? Alan Jones? Har har. You should go into stand up.
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