Move over IPCC … here comes IPBES

If nothing else, the UN is very prolific when it comes to spawning acronymic agencies of doom and gloom. Not known for practicing what it preaches – particularly when it comes to matters environmental – in recent weeks we have seen two high profile, high carbon-footprint (low productivity) conferences under the auspices of the United…

Revkin revs up NYT’s climate change concern count

Barely a day goes by when I don’t receive a grandiose “subscription” offer from the so-called (or at the very least self-proclaimed) “newspaper of record”, the New York Times. And if anyone from the NYY happens to be reading this, here’s a message from Hilary: Frankly, apart from your daily summaries (and the ten freebies…

Week 1: Summary of UNFCCC’s climate carol annotations

A few days ago, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I had posted for readers’ amusement a parody of a popular Christmas melody and lyrics. And I promised to provide annotations for each day of the current annual confab of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which this year is being held in Warsaw. Now that…

IPCC’s makeover result: Business as usual

In a post on her blog yesterday, Dr. Judith Curry cited several excerpts from a recent (undated) submission via KNMI (Royal Dutch Meteorological Society) on “The Future of the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]” Curry begins her post as follows: The IPCC is soliciting input from participating nations regarding the future of the IPCC.…

Pachauri’s great expectations (July 2009) vs reality (June 2013)

[Please note UPDATE within text below -hro] Rajendra K. Pachauri is the (somewhat unwanted and some would say unqualified) Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s much vaunted – and daunting, if not positively scary – Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the first volume of which (or rather, the first wave of…

UNEP now pushing nature onto business balance sheets

A few years ago, I wrote about the birth of a new kid on the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)’s alarmist block: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s younger “sibling”, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). They were singing their favourite tune (i.e. the money song) even then (all emphases in…

UNEP sings the money song (again)

The new, improved United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has a COW (Committee of the Whole) and even does CPR (Committee of Permanent Representatives) … but it is not exactly off to a good start. From the IISD’s report of proceedings on Feb. 18: ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: The plenary elected Hassan Abdel Hilal, Minister of Environment, Forests…