UN’s climate panic is more politics than science

The IPCC reports have become “bumper sticker” climate science – making a political statement while using the overall reputation of science to give authority to a politically manufactured consensus

By Judith Curry, The Australian, March 28, 2023

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a new Synthesis Report, with fanfare from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “The climate time bomb is ticking,” he told us over Twitter earlier this month, “but the latest IPCC report shows that we have the knowledge and resources to tackle the climate crisis. We need to act now to ensure a livable planet in the future.”… Read more

The United Nations, not ‘foreign influence,’ is deliberately spreading climate ‘malinformation’

The UN supports Malthusian disinformation about climate and energy and censoring accurate information that debunks it because it fears overpopulation

By Michael Shellenberger, March 20, 2023

The United States government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), within the Department of Homeland Security, is raising the alarm about the threat of “foreign influence” that is “leveraging misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation.”

CISA defines “malinformation” as information “based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate.” In 2021, CISA, along with the White House and private sector partners, successfully persuaded Facebook and Twitter to censor accurate information about the origins of the SARS-2 coronavirus and Covid vaccines.… Read more

Climate change is not a catastrophe; trying to stop it could be

No global problem is more exaggerated than climate change. At its current rates, climate change is less dangerous than efforts to mitigate it

By Michael Shellenberger, Unherd.com, Nov. 3, 2021

No global problem has ever been more exaggerated than climate change. As it has gone from being an obscure scientific question to a theme in popular culture, we’ve lost all sense of perspective.

Here are the facts: in Europe, emissions in 2020 were 26% below 1990 levels. In the United States, emissions in 2020 were 22% below 2005 levels. Emissions are likely to start declining, too, in developing nations, including China and India, within the next decade.… Read more

IPCC’s latest report sparks usual ‘eco-hysteria’

The true conflict today is not between humankind and Mother Earth. It’s between the needs of ordinary people and the fantasies of a global elite that dolls up its loss of faith in industry and progress as ‘climate-change activism’

By Bren­dan O’Neill, National Post, March 23, 2023

Bren­dan O’Neill is chief po­lit­i­cal writer of Spiked and host of the Spiked pod­cast, The Bren­dan O’Neill Show.

Here we go again. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a new document — the final part of its mammoth sixth report — and we all know what that means. More doomsday porn in the papers.… Read more

UN reports Earth is becoming an ‘uninhabitable hell.’ Or is it?

‘Staggering rise in climate-related disasters’ due mainly to more people living in disaster-prone place. Even so, deaths from climate-related events are way down!

By Ronald Bailey, Reason.com, Oct. 14, 2020

“We are turning our only home into an uninhabitable hell for millions of people,” assert the authors of “Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019,” a new report issued on behalf of the United Nations (U.N.) Office of Disaster Risk Reduction. “This report focuses primarily on the staggering rise in climate-related disasters over the last twenty years,” the authors add. The report is based on data collected in the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) curated by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters located at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.… Read more

Chances of achieving a Net Zero economy in the U.S. by 2050? Zero

This article, appearing on Judith Curry’s Climate, Etc. website, assesses the probable costs and feasibility of the Net Zero by 2050 approach in the United States. Its conclusion? Net Zero is a pipe dream.

By Michael J. Kelly, Climate, Etc., March 4, 2023

In this article, I imagine that I have been appointed the first CEO of a new agency set up by the United States Federal Government with the explicit goal of actually delivering a Net Zero CO2 Emissions Economy by 2050.

My first task is to scope the project and to estimate the assets required to succeed. This is the result of that exercise, and includes a discussion of some consequences that flow from the scale and timescale for meeting the target.… Read more

Challenging Net Zero with science

Net Zero plans are not supported by science and the scientific method and will cause worldwide starvation if implemented

By William Happer, Richard Lindzen, and Gregory Wrightstone, CO2 Coalition, Feb. 23, 2023

Net Zero initiatives of governments and private organizations are scientifically invalid and will lead to worldwide impoverishment and starvation if implemented, says a paper published by the CO2 Coalition.

The 46-page paper details how the objectives of Net Zero to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and the emissions of greenhouse gases are based on analytical methods that violate fundamental tenets of the scientific method which originated more than 300 years ago.… Read more

How the UN’s worst scenario has distorted our view of global warming

Even the IPCC has abandoned its extreme warming scenarios. Now if only climate extremists and the media would do the same.

By Anders Bolling, Warp News, Aug. 15, 2022

Climate research is partly about documenting what has happened, partly about predicting what will happen. In a previous article in this series, the state of knowledge regarding extreme weather phenomena is described, i.e. what has happened.

The media likes to produce headlines about extreme weather events. But an equally popular genre is forecasts about the future. They are based on data models, where certain assumptions have been entered and certain results have come out.… Read more

An open letter to Pierre Poilievre: Please abandon Ottawa’s futile battle against the non-existent ‘climate emergency’

If Conservatives win the next election, they should cancel the growth-inhibiting carbon tax and focus, again, on restoring Canada’s economic prosperity

By Ron Barmby, P. Eng.

Dear Mr. Poilievre,

There will probably be a federal election in Canada in the coming months as Justin Trudeau’s government is in a minority position with waning support.

His past three successful elections have all included fighting climate change as a key and winning platform. His current legislative agenda indicates his next campaign will have the same focus.

As Leader of the Official Opposition, and in the best position to form a new government, you are currently advocating eliminating Trudeau’s national carbon tax and “letting technology handle CO2 emissions.”… Read more

Cost of Net Zero electrification in U.S.? 13X the U.S. GDP in 2019

Below is the Executive Summary of “The Cost of Net Zero Electrification of the U.S.A.”, which examines the Tanton Report. For the pdf of the full article click here.

By Ken Gregory, P.Eng., Aug. 23, 2022

Many governments have made promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with solar and wind generated electricity and to electrify the economy. A report by Thomas Tanton estimates a capital cost of US$36.4 trillion for the U.S.A. economy to meet net zero emissions using wind and solar power.

This study identifies several errors in the Tanton report and provides new capital cost estimates using 2019 and 2020 hourly electricity generation data rather than annual average conditions as was done in the Tanton report.… Read more