Another example of how the ‘climate industry’ is out of control. 25,000 attendees sounds more like a sports event.
The thousands who flocked to Germany for the United Nations climate summit will end up, rather ironically, emitting thousands of tons of the very greenhouse gases attendees want to regulate, writes Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.
The U.N. admits the “lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions” associated with their latest climate summit, and up to 25,000 people are expected to attend the U.N. summit in Bonn, which kicked off Monday.
Most attendees will get to Bonn by aircraft, the U.N. said.
Representatives from governments, environmental groups, businesses and media outlets will flood the U.N.’s World Conference Center to discuss, among other things, the 2015 Paris climate agreement on climate change.
While the U.N. has taken steps to power the conference and associated transportation with “clean” energy, most of the emissions associated with the climate summit will come from air travel.
Pierre-Henri Guignard, the secretary general of the 2015 summit, told The New York Times that year that “85 percent of the carbon footprint of the conference is linked to travel by the delegations.”
Claim: USA Should Stay in the Paris Agreement, Because Syria Has Signed
By Eric Worrall
Climate advocates are holding up alleged war criminal Bashar Al Assad’s announcement he will sign up to the Paris Agreement as the latest reason President Trump should reverse his Paris decision.
Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated
Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave
Syria has announced it intends to join the 2015 Paris agreement for slowing climate change, leaving the United States as the only country in the world opposed to the pact.
Syria, wracked by civil war, and Nicaragua were the only two nations outside the 195-nation pact when it was agreed in 2015.
Nicaragua’s left-wing Government, which originally denounced the plan as too weak, signed up last month.
“I would like to affirm the Syrian Arab Republic’s commitment to the Paris climate change accord,” deputy Environment Minister Wadah Katmawi told a meeting of almost 200 countries at the November 6-17 climate talks in Bonn, Germany.
US President Donald Trump, who has expressed doubts that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the prime cause of global warming, announced in June the intended to pull out and instead promote US coal and oil industries.
“We need everybody on board,” Ronald Jumeau, of the Seychelles, said.
Dig a little deeper and its obvious the real reason the UN is concerned about the US withdrawal.
COUNTRIES APPEAL TO TRUMP OVER CLIMATE CHANGE AS COP22 ENDS
Environmental groups such as Greenpeace have welcomed the united front displayed by nearly 200 countries in Marrakesh in the face of Donald Trump’s campaign threat to quit the Paris accord on climate change.
The UN negotiations concluded in Morocco in the early hours of Saturday with an agreement to hammer out a rulebook by 2018.
Last year’s Paris Agreement left many details vague, such as how countries will report and monitor national pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The final text also urges rich nations to keep building towards a goal of providing 100 billion dollars a year to help developing countries address climate change.
But some agencies are disappointed by a lack of concrete targets.
“I’m a little worried by the lack of financial support to help poor countries adapt. This conference has been taking place in Africa, it was generally agreed that there should be more money, but in concrete terms unfortunately these decisions failed to materialise,” said Lutz Weischer, team leader on international climate policy at Germanwatch.
Or this beauty from Turkey
Erdogan says U.S. stance stalls Turkish ratification of Paris climate deal
Erdogan said that when Turkey signed the accord France had promised that Turkey would be eligible for compensation for some of the financial costs of compliance.
“So we said if this would happen, the agreement would pass through parliament. But otherwise it won’t pass,” Erdogan told a news conference, adding that parliament had not yet approved it.
“Therefore, after this step taken by the United States, our position steers a course towards not passing this from the parliament,” he said.
Even avowed enemies of the United States like the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas have been receiving climate cash handouts from the UN, some of those funds provided by the USA – until President Trump moved to put a stop to it.
If there is one thing the Trump Presidency will be remembered for, it will be President Trump’s efforts to stop all these parisites feeding off the hard work of US taxpayers.
Claim at #COP23 – The 2°C limit is attainable
From COP23 and the EUROPEAN COMMISSION JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
JRC at COP23: A cleaner, greener planet is both possible and affordable
Limiting global warming below the critical 2C level set out in the Paris Agreement is both feasible and consistent with economic growth – and the knock-on improvements to air quality could already cover the costs of mitigation measures and save more than 300,000 lives annually by 2030.
That’s one message that scientists from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, bring to this month’s 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where this week they present the 2017 Global Energy and Climate Outlook (GECO) report.
Far from being “a little too clean for optimum health”, air pollution is responsible for over 400,000 deaths per year in the EU alone. Whilst the GECO report investigates climate and energy policies to map out how climate targets can be achieved, it also explores the impact that these policies will have on air quality – with encouraging signs for global health and the economy.
GECO 2017: climate policies improve air quality
According to GECO, reaching the below 2C target will require decoupling emissions and economic growth, through:
- An acceleration of decarbonisation trends from 2020 onwards, decreasing energy intensity by an average of 5.8% per year from 2015 to 2050
- Increased electrification of final energy demand, from 18% in 2015 to 35% in 2050
- Significant changes in the primary energy mix, including the phasing out of coal and reduction of oil and gas
On air quality, the report finds that if the appropriate measures are taken globally to reach a GHG trajectory compatible with the Paris Agreement, by 2050 roughly 1.5 million lives could be saved across the world annually. In addition to avoided deaths, these measures could reduce the number of air pollution-related cases of illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis by 15-40% annually and raise crop yields by 2.5-6.6%.
Ground-level ozone is absorbed by leaves, damaging plant metabolism and hindering plant growth. As a result, high concentrations of ground-level ozone harm agricultural crop yields and reduce farmers’ income. By reducing emissions of ozone precursors like nitrogen oxides, methane, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and carbon monoxide, climate policies raise agricultural yields. This rise – as well as avoided deaths, increased working hours and reduced healthcare costs – could more than offset the costs of mitigation measures.
Showcasing the JRC’s work
COP23 brings together representatives from nearly all countries of the world – a total of 195 – to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The EU and its Member States will participate as parties to the convention.
This year’s conference is the second session since the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement. Negotiations will focus on how to make the agreement operational and achieve its ambitious objectives.
JRC scientists will provide direct advice to the EU negotiating team, on areas including earth observation and forests and land use.
In addition to the presentation of the GECO report and advice to the negotiating team, the JRC will host a number of events at COP23 to showcase other recent work providing scientific and technical support for the development and implementation of effective EU policy on climate action.
For example, climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will form the basis of one side event. Experts will look at addressing the challenges of global hunger, poverty, energy and growth whilst also meeting environmental and climate targets. In this area the JRC has developed the knowSDGs platform (Knowledge base for the Sustainable Development Goals), which provides management tools and organises information on policies, indicators, methods and data to support the evidence-based implementation of the SDGs.
The key role of forests in meeting climate change targets comes under the spotlight at another JRC event. The panel will discuss the global and local dimensions of forests’ contribution to climate mitigation. This will be an opportunity to showcase the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) dataset and recently-published report, which shows that global CO2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row. The JRC’s work on LULUCF also includes a recent report on forest-based climate mitigation. The JRC will also talk about the scientific basis of forests as a key climate solution on COP23’s ‘forest day’ on Sunday 12 November.
A third event will take stock of progress made in monitoring forest degradation in tropical regions through the use of satellite data, in particular the Sentinels from the Copernicus programme. This will include a review of the JRC’s ReCaREDD project (Reinforcement of Capacities for REDD+). Working together with partner countries in the tropics, the project aims to develop techniques for forest monitoring and to strengthen reporting on issues related to emissions from forest degradation.
At an event on coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, the JRC will present its flagship report summarising the state of science risk assessment and communication. The report assesses the best available knowledge from over 270 contributors for effective disaster risk management for current and future climate scenarios.
JRC soil expert Luca Montanarella will also speak at two external events: one organised by FAO in the framework of the agriculture action day of the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA), on unlocking the potential of soil organic carbon for climate change action; and one stocktaking exercise on the results of the first one and a half year ‘4 for 1000’ initiative on soils for food security and climate.
The JRC and climate action
The JRC’s climate action activities extend well beyond those that will come under the spotlight at COP23. Some recent projects include:
- The green driving tool, helping drivers to reduce fuel costs by showing the most suitable type of car for specific routes.
- The EMHIRES wind dataset, modelling how much energy the current installed wind farms in Europe have produced in every hour during the last 30 years.
- Research on critical materials for green energy technologies, which looks at ways to ensure that supply is sufficient to meet the growing demand for these materials as the sustainable energy sector grows.
The JRC has identified four key actions in this regard: domestic EU production, reliable imports, recycling of materials and substitution with alternative materials where possible.
President Trump Not Invited to the December Paris Climate Change Summit
By Eric Worrall
Reuters reports that an unnamed official has stated that President Trump will not receive an invitation to the Paris Climate Change Summit in December.
Trump not invited to Paris December climate change summit for now, says France
PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled his country out of the 2015 Paris climate change deal, is “for the time being” not invited to a climate change summit due to be held in the French capital in December, an official in President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.
The United States would still be invited to the summit but at a lower level than the president, added the official.
President Macron of France, who once bizarrely stated he would “govern like a Roman God”, who also according to his officials believes that his thought processes are too complex for mere journalists to understand, no doubt considers the provisional banishing of President Trump from his presence to be a devastating rebuke for the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.