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: conspicuous absences and inconspicuous newbies

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has been the promulgator of scary stories since 1972 and facilitator of hundreds of confabs, committees, commissions, panels (High Level … and presumably some low level?) and platforms. It has also been the very proud parent of countless acronymic offspring; not the least of which – at least until…

Mercury rising … or not?

While waiting for the officials at the esteemed U.K. Meteorological (Met) Office to learn how to “say what you mean and mean what you say”, I thought you might be interested in knowing that there’s yet another United Nations Environment Program (UNEP – promulgator of scary stories since 1972) confab underway. This six-day “session”, which…

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…