Archive for April, 2010

British campaigner urges UN to accept ‘ecocide’ as international crime

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Source: UK Guardian

A campaign to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems an international crime against peace – alongside genocide and crimes against humanity – is being launched in the UK.

The proposal for the United Nations to accept “ecocide” as a fifth “crime against peace”, which could be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is the brainchild of British lawyer-turned-campaigner Polly Higgins.

The radical idea would have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry.

Supporters of a new ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute “climate deniers” who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change. (more…)

Using the Holocaust to silence debate

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Source: Spiked on Line

by Nathalie Rothschild

The campaign to make ?ecocide? a crime sums up the opportunism and censoriousness of the green lobby.

Under normal circumstances, someone who started a campaign called Trees Have Rights Too in order to convince the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights, based on the idea that ?we are all one, life is sacred and love is all?, might reasonably be suspected of being an LSD-tripping hippy.

But it seems that we don?t live in normal times. Because Polly Higgins, an environmentalist barrister and the initiator of the Planetary Rights campaign, was not only included in The Ecologist?s 2009 list of Top 10 Visionaries, but in 2008 she was even invited to address the United Nations. When Higgins launched a campaign last Friday to have ?ecocide?, the destruction of the natural world, recognised as an international crime, some commentators argued that this confirmed her brilliance and heroism. (more…)

The Dog Ate It!

Friday, April 16th, 2010


Moralizing Twaddle: James Hansen’s Vision of Presidential Greatness

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Source:  MasterResource

by Marlo Lewis
April 15, 2010

Last week in the Huffington Post, climatologist Dr. James Hansen made an impassioned plea to President Obama to ditch cap-and-trade and instead advocate a plan to tax carbon-based fuels with 100% of the revenues returned to households. This was not the first time. Hansen made the same pitch back in December 2008 in a letter to President-elect Obama. President Obama did not heed Hansen’s advice, keeping his wagon hitched to cap-and-trade, the policy darling of Big Green, U.S. CAP, and congressional leaders. But with cap-and-trade bogged down on Capitol Hill, Hansen argues, his plan gives Obama “a second chance on the predominant moral issue of this century.” (more…)

Whitewashing is quick work!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Source:  Daily Caller

by Iain Murry

Hard on the heels of the report of the one-day British Parliamentary inquiry into the Climategate scandal comes the report of the grandly-named International Science Assessment Panel set up by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Surprise, surprise, it finds nothing wrong except a few lapses in concentration caused by all the hard work climate scientists are doing to save the planet. Unfortunately for the alarmist cheerleaders who will treat these reports as complete exoneration, they suffer from exactly the same problems as the scientific reports Climategate centered around. They are sloppy and incomplete while pretending to be the comprehensive answer. As such, they damage the authority of science just as much as Climategate itself. (more…)

UN’s Climate Bible Gets 21 “F”s on Report Card

Thursday, April 15th, 2010


TORONTO — 21 of 44 chapters in the United Nations’ Nobel-winning climate bible earned an F on a report card released today. Forty citizen auditors from 12 countries examined 18,500 sources cited in the report – finding 5,600 to be not peer-reviewed.

Contrary to statements by the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the celebrated 2007 report does not rely solely on research published in reputable scientific journals. It also cites press releases, newspaper and magazine clippings, student theses, newsletters, discussion papers, and literature published by green advocacy groups. Such material is often called “grey literature.” (more…)

CO2 Science video shorts collection

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Source:  Co2 Science

A collection of short videos on CO2 issues can be found at these locations:

Copenhagen Climate Concerns
Over 50 short (1 to 6 minute) YouTube videos expressing the concerns of many scientists and scholars about the Copenhagen Conference of Parties meeting in December 2009.

The Scientists Speak Video Series
Short (1-4 minute) YouTube videos on various global warming related topics that can be viewed for free on our website.

CO2 Truth-Alert Video Series
Short (1-4 minute) YouTube videos on various global warming related topics that can be viewed for free on our website.

Feature DVDs
Longer (27-53 minute) DVDs that may be purchased on our website, including the popular Carbon Dioxide and the Climate Crisis and The Greening of Planet Earth series.

Seeing is Believing

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Isolated for 42 days in chambers of ambient and elevated CO2 concentrations, we (C02 Science) periodically document the growth of cowpea plants (Vigna unguiculata) via time-lapse photography.

EPA Puts a Mafia-Style Hit on Sound Science

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Source: Heartland Institute

Written By: James M. Taylor

In its finding that carbon dioxide emissions threaten public health and welfare – a necessary prerequisite to stepping in and regulating carbon dioxide – EPA’s scientific analysis essentially deferred to the scandal-ridden United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report. Yes, this is the same IPCC report in which key findings were supported solely by propaganda reports from the World Wildlife Fund, the same IPCC report in which the relative handful of lead authors included staff from Environmental Defense and Greenpeace, the same IPCC report in which these same lead authors rejected literally thousands of critical comments and suggested corrections from fellow IPCC contributors, and the same IPCC report that was shaped by the disgraced scientists is at the heart of the Climategate scandal.

Simply deferring to IPCC is hard to justify given the ongoing IPCC scandals and the calls even from IPCC participants for major reforms in the IPCC process. Worse yet, in its Response to Public Comments, EPA flippantly dismissed competing scientific findings that were compiled without the scandal and bias of IPCC. This flippant dismissal of inconvenient science demonstrates extreme bias, extreme stupidity, or both. We have sadly witnessed the equivalent of a La Cosa Nostra-style federal government hit on sound science and objective scientific research. (more…)

The intolerability of tolerance

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Bonn

The UN?s international climate conference here in Bonn has decided that the wealthier nations among the 192 States Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change should make plenty of taxpayers? money available to hold two additional weeks of pre-negotiation negotiations between now and December, when the legally-binding World Government Climate Treaty is to be signed in Cancun, Mexico.

Dr. Yvo de Boer, who will shortly retire as secretary to the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention, told observers here in Bonn yesterday that the extra time was essential so that details which could otherwise wreck the negotiations could be sorted out before Cancun.

There will also be a meeting of Heads of Governments at the Peterberg Hotel, near Bonn, in June. The purpose of that meeting is to allow the UN to identify potentially recalcitrant heads of government and mount a charm offensive in their direction between June and December. (more…)

Gaia’s a Denier

Sunday, April 11th, 2010


by George Koch

Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy made sense when the facts and the budget supported it. No longer

As a voter and taxpayer, I was willing to give the Alberta government a pass on its Climate Change Strategy. This despite its $4-billion price tag, whiff of 1970s-style corporatism and near certainty of spiralling into an open-ended commitment. Carbon Capture and Storage Council chairman Jim Carter – he of Syncrude, which knows how to run up a tab – declaring that grabbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from major industrial plant emissions, then injecting it into aging oilfields, would require a further billion in annual subsidies and “at least double” everyone’s electricity costs confirmed all three concerns.

Still, the strategy was potentially worthwhile if it appeased Ottawa’s global-warming angst enough to avert an economy-crushing carbon tax, cap-and-trade system or economic micro-regulation. In short, it was a high-risk, megadollar public relations exercise, the stakes being Alberta’s whole economic future. (more…)

Bonn or bust – The UN’s last, desperate bid for unelected world government

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Source : From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Bonn

There are not many empty seats in the dismal, echoing conference chamber in the ghastly concrete box that is the Hotel Maritim here in Bonn, where the UN?s latest attempt to maneuver the 194 States Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change gets underway today.

The ?international community?, as it is now called, is here in full force, in the shape of expensively-suited, shiny-shod bureaucrats with an urbane manner and absolutely no knowledge of climate science whatsoever.

However, one empty chair is a pointer of things to come. The Holy See ? a tiny nation in its own right, with a billion citizens around the world ? has left its chair empty. And that is significant. If ?global warming? still mattered, the Vatican would make sure that its representatives were present throughout this gloomy gathering of world-government wannabes. (more…)

Seraphic wingnuts brighten Bonn

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Bonn

Here in Bonn, where the architecture and the ambience are famously boring, we had rather hoped that the proceedings of the UN’s Climate and World Government Conference would be livened by the antics of the Traffic-Light Tendency – the Greens too yellow to admit they’re really Reds.

But where are all the protesters? Where are the screeching crowds of badly-dressed enviro-zombies? The row of just a dozen tables for “Non-Governmental Organizations” – UN-speak for pressure-groups – was largely empty.

Two earnest ladies were handing out leaflets about the joys of planting mixed forests.

A next-door stand was displaying copies of a pamphlet catchily entitled “Climate Change Mitigation in Advanced Developing Countries: Empirical Analysis of the Low-Hanging Fruit Issue In The Current CDM.”

Had they meant “Currant” rather than “Current”? Do currants count as Low-Hanging Fruit? No one seemed to know. And does the UK, after a decade of more than usually limp economic performance, now count as an Advanced Developing Country?

At the door of the conference chamber, two willowy youths in sharply-pressed suits were loudly discussing how distressing it was that the “Climate Skeptics” (hiss, boo) had enjoyed themselves in the snowy weather, pointing out – quite unfairly, the suits were saying to one another – that one cold winter does not spell the end of the “global warming” theory.

They were right, of course. It was cruel of us to point out that we’ve now had three cold winters and three generally wretched summers in a row; that there has been no statistically-significant “global warming” for a decade and a half; and that this Spring the Arctic sea ice began its annual melting on the latest date since records began. Cruel, but fun. As I passed them, I murmured, “How many inches of ‘global warming’ did you have to shovel this winter?” They glowered unseraphically.

One of the virtues of coming to these conferences is the chance to talk to delegates directly, and to remind them of some of the scientific truths that have been systematically overlooked or even suppressed by the malevolent Climategate emailers who control far too much of what the IPCC does. A Ukrainian delegate was astonished when I told him that the IPCC had exaggerated the warming effect of CO2 at least fourfold. As I explained the scientific basis for this conclusion, his eyes widened. He left looking thoughtful.

Next, the Swiss official in charge of the IPCC’s Technical Panel came to say hello. He had also visited the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow’s stand in Poznan and had spent several hours with us. This time, he also spent a long time talking to us and doing his best to reassure us that the IPCC – rather like a teenager appearing in court for heaving bricks through other people’s windows – was really of good character but had had an unfortunate childhood.

His advice was that we should take full advantage of the commission of enquiry into the IPCC’s processes, that we should not dwell on its numerous tantrums and misbehaviors in the past, and that we should tell the commission all of our recommendations for reforming the IPCC and its processes.

We told him we were rather disenchanted with that approach, not least because the commission had made it quite plain that it was not going to examine the past conduct of the IPCC at all. My own feeling, I said, was that the IPCC would prove irreformable until one or two of its senior figures were prosecuted for criminal fraud and peddling false science. He was disappointed by this, but accepted that the State that is so willing to crack down on us with the full weight of laws and penalties if we go 1 mph over the speed limit cannot expect us to allow it to get away with the systematic frauds that several IPCC personnel have perpetrated. We’d had enough, I said.

Inside the conference chamber, the delegates were smoothly agreeing to vote the UN yet more of your money and mine so that it can hold as many conferences between now and December as possible, so that the Cancun climate conference will be the moment when a binding world-government treaty is signed. On a parallel track, though, plans are afoot for a meeting of Heads of Government at the Peterhof, a very grand hotel on a readily defensible hilltop not far from Bonn, in the next few weeks. My guess – though nobody will quite confirm it openly – is that the world-government Treaty will be agreed and signed at the Peterhof meeting, from which mere ordinary people will be carefully excluded.

Outside the gray-on-gray slab of grimy, cheerless concrete that is the conference hotel, people dressed as giant polar bears were tottering about aimlessly. Their message, if there was one, was not entirely clear. They were not chanting slogans – just waddling around in listless circles.

Next to this particular group of amiable but pointless wingnuts was a gathering of ladies of uncertain age and generally Oriental aspect, who said they were disciples of the Supreme Master (whoever he/she may be). They recommended, with the most winsome smiles, that we could Save The Planet and Support the Cuddly Polar Bears if only we all went Vegan. I wondered, vaguely, whether Vegans were allowed to eat low-hanging currants.

These particular wingnuts have become something of a favorite with the gray-on-gray conference delegates. They were in Copenhagen last December, standing bravely in the perishing cold outside the “global warming” conference and offering rather heavy-looking Vegan sandwiches to passers-by. And, much like the world-government wannabes inside these UN conferences, the Vegan ladies were endlessly patient and polite. I tested this by going up to one or two of them and suggesting that they might like to try a nice roast-beef sandwich. They smiled seraphically.

Rear Mirror: Fake but Accurate

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Source: Climate Skeptic

January 24, 2010, 9:18 am

I have written a number of times about climate science and post-modernism, where taking the politically correct position and pushing for the ?right? government actions is more important than fact-based analysis or the scientific method.  This is a great example of the IPCC acting as just such a post-modernist institution:

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research. (more…)

Greenpeace Funded by the Political Class

Saturday, April 10th, 2010


By Roger F. Gay

Far-left advocacy group Greenpeace receives large donations from rich and powerful people, enough to drown the entire notion of political independence and non-partisanship. The mechanism of receiving funding – through foundations – is the same as the opposition “right wing” organizations that it criticizes for funding bias.

Greenpeace is an international conglomerate, composed of corporations in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Included among Greenpeace’s largest corporate donors are the Rockefeller brothers, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda, and the Macarthurs; as well as a long list of foundations with left-leaning gifting bias. (more…)