This article is by a conservative who may just want to cause trouble. None-the-less, it contains a lot of accurate information, although sometimes with a nasty spin. But that’s no excuse for hiding our heads in the sand. [Read more…]
India argues that it cannot simply decide between renewable and non-renewable power – it needs both. [Read more…]
When Greenpeace becomes a bunch of wide-eyed optimists about a treaty that even OPEC likes, you know we’re in trouble. They list 5 things to know about COP21, and get 4 1/2 of them wrong. Such touching naiveté.
- “They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree a global legally binding climate treaty.”
- They say “legally binding,” but that’s a joke. Without any enforcement at all, nothing is binding. And no one will even mention … [Read more…]
The UNEP released the Executive Summary of its 6th annual Emissions Gap Report. These track how far short the climate pledges are falling relative to the 2°C goal. Basically it says, many models say that the INDCs make the 2°C scenarios impossible to meet, and the other models say it’s possible with a massive cost increase. [Read more…]
Today (2015/10/30) the UN released its report on the aggregate effect of INDCs. The findings are inconclusive, and not very optimistic, so the Newsroom did its best to spin them. For example, it reported:
One of the key findings is that the INDCs will bring global average emissions per capita down by as much as 8% in 2025 and 9% in by 2030.
But if the report says that those are changes starting in 1990, so the 8% and 9% are mainly not due to INDCs, but happened earlier. In fact, the improvement from 1990 until 2010 was 4% and from 2010 to 2030 was 5%. So it appears [Read more…]
Many news stories have reported that because of the climate pledges made for the Paris climate conference, the world will warm by 3°C instead of by 5°C. This comes from a report of the EU Commission. But that report does not say 5°C, it says 3.8 – 4.7°C, which is 4.25°C on average. But even this value is too high.
This high starting value is what would happen with “No Policy.” That means incentives for renewables or energy conservation. But consider China. They have said that without any consideration of climate they would have done exactly the same [Read more…]
In an interview with CBS News, 2 October 2015, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said