It’s official: We have the right to question science!

[Please note “caveat” in update below -hro] As I have noted in the past, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a man of many hats, who is not known for consistency – except when he’s in “non-policy prescriptive” advocacy mode. When he wears his “world’s leading climate scientist”…

Mid-agenda warm period detected in biodiversity hockey stick

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…

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,…

Of COPs, MOPs and a global battle of duelling doomsayers

First an amendment/update to an earlier post in which I had observed: “No sooner had the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) picked itself up after (predictably flopping in) Tianjin, China, than it was onwards and upwards to Pachauri’s ‘hell no, I won’t go show’ at Busan, Korea, aka the “Thirty-Second Session of…

Biodiversity loss … TEEB on the march

As I wrote yesterday, there’s a new kid on the UNEP generated alarmist block: “unprecedented loss of biodiversity seriously compounded by global warming”. Looks like the Guardian was first to jump on the biodiversity bandwagon with an editorial: Biodiversity: Variety as the spice of life Conservation is quite literally vital. This is a challenge that…

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…