Climate talks pause as battle over key science report looms

Posted: December 10, 2018 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, News, Politics
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Gateway to the COP24 climate conference in 2018


Reality is trying to get a word in edgeways at the climate talks in Poland, but it’s not easy. Overblown disaster scenarios, unrelated to any facts on the ground, shouldn’t impress anybody but at least fail to impress everybody.

A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year’s U.N. climate summit, says Phys.org.

Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour note the previous night, when the United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a landmark study on global warming.

“I think it was a key moment,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The fact that a group of four countries were trying to diminish the value and importance of a scientific report they themselves, with all other countries, requested three years ago in Paris is pretty remarkable.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on what would happen if average global temperatures rise by 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), and how to ensure they don’t go higher, was widely regarded as a wake-up call for policy-makers when it was released in October .

As diplomats wrapped up a week of technical talks Saturday, almost all 200 countries present in Katowice, Poland, had wanted to “welcome” the IPCC report, making it the benchmark for future action.

But the U.S. and three other delegations objected.

“The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “As we have made clear in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed the findings of the report.”

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Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    The BBC is already trying to rubbish the US approach…

    Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24
    By Matt McGrath
    Environment correspondent in Katowice, Poland
    2 hours ago

    White House representatives arrive at climate talks in Poland on Monday to promote coal and other fossil fuels.

    It’s expected that President Donald Trump’s energy adviser, Wells Griffith, will take part in the COP24 event.

    The controversial meeting occurs as investors managing $32tn (£25tn) in assets call for an end to coal as a source of energy.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46502210
    – – –
    China, India, the US, Russia, Japan, other Asian countries and many others will be among those who don’t see coal power ending any time soon.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Add Indonesia (big exporter of coal as well as increasing user), Vietnam (recently signed deals for 3 new coal fired plants), Philippines, Sth. Korea, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Tanzania and Morroco. And Germany, Hungary, Poland, Cambodia, Chile, Mozambique, Nigeria, Serbia etc.

  3. Gamecock says:

    “I think it was a key moment,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The fact that a group of four countries were trying to diminish the value and importance of a scientific report they themselves, with all other countries, requested three years ago in Paris is pretty remarkable.”

    Memo to the Union of Concerned Socialists: Obama is gone.

  4. oldbrew says:

    O/T– ITV REPORT 10 December 2018 at 12:18pm

    Theresa May calls off Commons Brexit vote

    Theresa May is calling off the vote on her Brexit deal in the face of what had been expected to be a significant defeat at the hands of rebel MPs.

    A Government source confirmed that the vote was being pulled, with the Prime Minister due to inform the House of Commons in an oral statement at 3.30pm.

    News that the crucial “meaningful vote” was being postponed broke just moments after a Downing Street spokeswoman told Westminster reporters at a regular daily briefing that it would go ahead.

    MPs could still reject the motion the government has made to shelve the vote, allowing it to go ahead on Tuesday.

    https://www.itv.com/news/2018-12-10/theresa-may-brexit-commons-vote/
    – – –
    Our indecision is final 😧

  5. oldbrew says:

    RENEWABLES AND CLIMATE POLICY ARE ON A COLLISION COURSE
    Date: 09/12/18 Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Renewables in total, modern renewables plus biofuels and waste and hydro, amounted to about 13% of Total Primary Energy in 1971, and in 2016 are almost unchanged at somewhat under 14%. Thirty years of deployment, almost half of that time under increasingly strong post-Kyoto policies, has seen the proportion of renewable energy in the world’s primary energy input creep up by about one percentage point.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/renewables-and-climate-policy-are-on-a-collision-course/

    No wonder they call them greencrap :/

  6. oldbrew says:

    Lubos Motl jokes(?):

    But it’s pretty funny that the change of one verb, from “welcomed” to “noted”, has led to this immense hysteria among the alarmist whackadoodles who are already hysterical about the climate fairy-tales themselves. I wonder what these crooks’ hysteria is going to look like when they’re finally transferred to prisons en masse.

    https://motls.blogspot.com/2018/12/climate-hysteria-not-welcome-usa-ksa-rf.html

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