As the fate of the world turns

As I had noted last week, all is not well in scaryland … Green scientist-advocate, Anne Larigauderie had told the BBC:

“The CBD meeting does not have a say over the fate of IPBES formally, because that’s the responsibility of the UN General Assembly,” said Anne Larigauderie, executive director of the biodiversity policy organisation Diversitas, who has been closely involved in discussions on setting up IPBES.

“But it’s extremely important, of course, that the meeting comes to an agreement in support of IPBES, because IPBES is precisely to improve the functioning of this convention [on Biological Diversity] by making it more science-based,” [Larigauderie] told BBC News. [emphasis added -hro]

Larigauderie, you will recall, is amongst those supporting a video which claims that, “The biodiversity crisis may be an even bigger threat to us than the climate crisis“.

I’ve been watching for news of the ultimate fate of IPBES at Nagoya, but haven’t found anything either on the CBD site, or the IPBES site.

But I’m sure it will warm the cockles of your heart (as it did mine) to learn that on Oct. 30, Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, issued a:

Statement on the occasion of the 4th International Conference on the Future of Oriental White Storks:
[…]
“Toyooka [Japan] has increased the numbers of storks living in the city to more than 40 through a successful breeding program over the past 4 years. This is no small feat, given how difficult reestablishment programmes can be to successfully implement.
[…]
“Your attempts to re-establish the Oriental White Stork should serve as inspiration to the international community in this time of crisis. In May the third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook showed that species worldwide continue to disappear at up to 1,000 times the natural background rate. The report further warns that without concerted action massive further loss of biodiversity is projected to occur before the end of the century and that ecosystems are approaching tipping points beyond which they will be irreversibly degraded.

“Following your lead, we must change these trends. That is why last week in Nagoya, the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a comprehensive strategic plan for the 2011-2020 period. This was done with the participation of all stakeholders, including youth, local and indigenous authorities, parliamentarians and the private sector. In Nagoya, a grand global alliance was formed to save life on Earth. [emphasis added -hro]

Now I’m getting very confused! Larigauderie claimed that the IPBES is needed to make the CBD “more science-based” yet (evidently without a science-base), the CBD has adopted a “comprehensive strategic plan” for the next 10 years!

Not only is this plan not science-based, btw, it also lacks a sound statistical base, as William Briggs recently concluded:

Are We In The Midst Of A Global Extinction Event?

“To say that some species are bad or good, or that some don’t count, or that diversity is important are moral judgments which have nothing to do with science.

“Biodiversity is not to be desired just for the sake of diversity, either. Further, everybody believes this, even those who ever have that word on their lips. Prove it? Easily: suppose we create 10 new species, all of which are hostile or lethal to man. Biodiversity will have increased—hurrah!—but at the cost of human lives. Only the insane would say this is good.

“Then, too, how many who worship biodiversity speak out against genetic modification of plants and animals, activities which can only increase, not decrease, diversity?

If you’ve often wondered why the MSM appears to be an echo chamber for the UN, it could well be a consequence of the “media training” offered by the UN, as Sam at Climatequotes notes in a recent two-part series:

[From Part 1]

1. The UN has actively trained journalists (called ‘media training’) in the proper way to cover biodiversity stories

2. The UN has developed partnerships with news organizations to release biodiversity stories and press releases

3. Developed educational programs (called ‘education for sustainable development’) incorporating biodiversity teaching intended for children, also created The Green Wave program to reach out to children

4. Developed so called Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) toolkits and workshops in order to “create broadly based support for the issues” by giving advice like this: “To involve people, nothing is more powerful than working on their emotions”

Meanwhile, back on the “climate change crisis” media front … The Guardian’s Jack Arnott and Adam Vaughan wax lyrically on the merits of a new computer game, developed by a group that calls itself Red Redempton. The name of the new game in town? “Fate of the World”.

According to Vaughan:

Climate change challenge for computer gamers

Fate of the World, a new strategy game launched on Tuesday, could reach new audiences, say green campaigners
[…]
Arriving on PCs on Tuesday and Macs shortly after, the British-made Fate of the World puts players at the helm of a future World Trade Organisation-style environmental body with a task of saving the world by cutting carbon emissions or damning it by letting soaring temperatures wreak havoc through floods, droughts and fires.

The strategy game is already being hailed by gaming experts as a potential breakthrough for such social change titles, and welcomed by climate campaigners as a way of reaching new audiences.

While traditional mainstream games have focused on action, sports and increasingly casual genres, Fate of the World features data from real-world climate models, anecdotes from the polar explorer Pen Hadow and input from a team of scientists and economists in the US and UK.

Just what the world needs …. more “climate models”. Hmmm … I wonder if one of the scenarios in Fate of the World will pit a wind turbine against an Oriental White Stork.

UPDATE: Looks like the U.K. Telegraph must have missed the “media training” session. Here’s an excerpt from their take on this new “game”:

Climate change game launched

An educational computer game in which users have to save the world from climate change offers an interesting solution – decide the problem is overpopulation and design a virus to kill millions.
[…]
Other more extreme policies are also available such as creating a disease to reduce the world’s population or geoengineering, such as cloud seeding from planes. [emphasis added -hro]

h/t Jonathan via comment on Bishop Hill

Perhaps the folks at Red Redemption are in competition with Franny Armstrong and her “No Pressure” crew.

2 thoughts on “As the fate of the world turns

  1. Great article! A while ago I was wondering if ocean acidification was going to be the successor to climate change as the world’s number one scare. But it does look as though biodiversity – like Kim Jong Un – is now the heir apparent. All hail!

    • Thanks, Alex … as far as the “ocean acidification” scare is concerned, I seem to recall from my skimming of the IPBES/TEEB material that the biodiversity crowd have it covered (as they do climate change, as a matter of fact!).

      The “ocean acidification” scare was probably too limiting, in that it’s built on the dreaded CO2 buildup (and that doesn’t seem to be working very well for the alarmists, these days) … but consider the scope of “biodiversity loss”: an “ecological footprint” can cover a mulititude of environmental sins – all of which require “mechanisms” such as “biodiversity offsets or other schemes to mitigate and/or compensate…”

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