Mid-agenda warm period detected in biodiversity hockey stick
October 20, 2012 7 Comments
Not sure about you, but I always thought of a “pavilion” as being a physical structure. However, as you can see, in United Nations (UN)-speak it obviously means something completely different!
The “Rio Conventions Pavilion” (RCP) was evidently dreamed up to:
raise awareness and disseminate information on best practices and scientific findings on the benefits realized from joint implementation of the three Rio Conventions: the CBD [Convention on Biological Diversity]; the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the UN’s quasi-official rapporteur, has been dutifully reporting on the proceedings of the RPC; the above quote is taken from their introduction to the Summary Report [pdf version available here], dated Sunday, October 21.
Considering the context, one might expect all three “pillars” of this “Pavilion” to be given equal treatment in the proceedings and report thereof. Let’s take a look at the word-counts in the IISD’s Summary Report:
There can be little doubt that, in the grand scheme of things, consideration of CBD unequivocally outweighs that of both the UNFCCC and the UNCCD. I wonder how the
experts ooops … sorry, “objective, transparent, inclusive talent” who are busy compiling the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) feel about the conspicuous absence of any mention of the IPCC.
This must be somewhat galling in light of the fact that the IPCC’s younger “sibling”, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the ascendancy of which I wrote about two years ago (here, here and here), was granted no less than nine mentions.
That CO2 rates only one mention in this Summary Report – and “greenhouse”, two – may prove to be somewhat, well, alarming to the “non-policy prescriptive” IPCC’s stable of “objective, transparent, inclusive talent” … as well as to the “climate hypochondriacs” [h/t Eduardo Zorita] whether they are “Regional” [20 mentions], “Global” [58 mentions] or “Local” [72 mentions]. Incidentally (as noted below), like its progenitor, the IPCC, “global warming” rates a big fat zero mentions.
Just for the fun of it, let’s take a look at the BIG word picture in this Summary Report:
For the graphically-inclined, the above word-counts demonstrate overwhelming evidence of a clearly emerging signal: “Biodiversity”, “Ecosystem” and “Sustainable/Sustainability”. Alas, “Climate Change” and “Science” appear to have been relegated to what might be appropriately dubbed the Mid-Agenda Warm Period, while “Green” and “Model” are very much on the lighter side of pale.
Ladies and gentlemen … drum-roll please … welcome to the Age of The Biodiversity Hockey Stick ;-)