NEWSFLASH: Climate change still at bottom of world’s priority heap

This may seem like a back to the future moment, or simply a replay of last year’s performances from the movers and shakers at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – who all seem to be blissfully unaware that a year after voting began the people of the world continue to place “climate change” at the bottom of the priority heap.

NEWSFLASH: “Climate change is not stopping”, says WMO chief

Since 2004, Michel Jarraud has served as the Secretary-General (i.e. head honcho) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This UN organization is one of two “parents” of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The other “parent”, as readers of this blog will no doubt recall, is the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), promulgator of…

More fog from Dame Julia’s jewel in the crown

In my previous post, I had commented on a recently produced (and, as of Feb. 12, twice updated 29 page “briefing” from a “jewel in the crown, of British science and global science” (aka the U.K. Met Office) entitled The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK – in which I had asked a few…

There is nothing like a(n extreme) Dame

Hot off the virtual presses from a “jewel in the crown, of British science and global science”, aka the U.K. Met Office (MO), in this instance in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, is a 29-page “briefing” paper, entitled The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK (pdf).…

Walport’s ignorance and banal soundbytes

Writing in Spiked, the U.K.’s Ben Pile has an excellent essay on the latest shoot-from-the-lip pronouncements emanating from the keyboard of the government’s “Chief Scientific Advisor”, Sir Mark Walport (and/or perhaps that of his ghost-writer!) Some excerpts from Pile’s assessment: Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the…

IPCC’s AR5 “The Movie”: No comments or ratings allowed

The UNFCCC and the IPCC seem to have a mutual co-dependency arrangement. Perhaps the unscientific key messages in the chosen medium of the IPCC must be sustained at all costs in order to ensure that they remain intact in the UNFCCC’s “decisions” – or at least the illusions thereof. No comments or ratings on AR5 “The Movie” are allowed.

IPCC’s extreme sausage: unkosher and unsustainable treife

On the heels of the release of a draft of Working Group I (WGI)’s contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the U.K. Royal Society, one of the IPCC’s illustrious cheerleaders, has been holding a two-day meeting to discuss this report and the “next steps in climate science”. The…

Hiding the decline (of the IPCC/UNFCCC)?

[Please note UPDATE at the end of this post -hro] The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the body under whose auspices each late November – early December a COP (Conference of the Parties) and CMP (“Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol”) are…