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What was the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference really about?

The largest academic conference that has yet been devoted to the subject of climate change finished yesterday in Copenhagen. Between 2,000 and 2,500 researchers from around the world attended three days of meetings during which 600 oral presentations (together with several hundred posters on display) were delivered on topics ranging from the ethics of energy sufficiency to the role of icons in communicating climate change to the dynamics of continental ice sheets.

I attended the Conference, chaired a session, listened to several presentations, read a number of posters and talked with dozens of colleagues from around the world. The breadth of research on climate change being presented was impressive, as was the vigour and thoughtfulness of the informal discussions being conducted during coffee breaks, evening receptions and side-meetings.

What intrigued me most, however, was the final conference statement issued yesterday, a statement drafted by the conference's Scientific Writing Team. It contained six key messages and was handed to the Danish Prime Minister Mr Anders Fogh Rasmusson. The messages focused, respectively, on Climatic Trends, Social Disruption, Long-term Strategy, Equity Dimensions, Inaction is Inexcusable, and Meeting the Challenge. A fuller version of this statement will be prepared and circulated to key negotiators and politicians ahead of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in December this year - also in Copenhagen.

Snowman

Nobody listens to the real climate change experts

The minds of world leaders are firmly shut to anything but the fantasies of the scaremongers.

kids with snowman
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Cold comfort: If the present trend continues, the world will be 1.1C cooler in 2100.

Considering how the fear of global warming is inspiring the world's politicians to put forward the most costly and economically damaging package of measures ever imposed on mankind, it is obviously important that we can trust the basis on which all this is being proposed. Last week two international conferences addressed this issue and the contrast between them could not have been starker.

The first in Copenhagen, billed as "an emergency summit on climate change" and attracting acres of worldwide media coverage, was explicitly designed to stoke up the fear of global warming to an unprecedented pitch. As one of the organisers put it, "this is not a regular scientific conference: this is a deliberate attempt to influence policy".

What worries them are all the signs that when the world's politicians converge on Copenhagen in December to discuss a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, under the guidance of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there will be so much disagreement that they may not get the much more drastic measures to cut carbon emissions that the alarmists are calling for.

Thus the name of the game last week, as we see from a sample of quotations, was to win headlines by claiming that everything is far worse than previously supposed. Sea level rises by 2100 could be "much greater than the 59cm predicted by the last IPCC report". Global warming could kill off 85 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, "much more than previously predicted". The ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica are melting "much faster than predicted". The number of people dying from heat could be "twice as many as previously predicted".


Comment: The wave of propaganda from this so called Climate Congress is astounding. Here are just a few of the stories that the worldwide propaganda machine grabbed onto as mentioned in this article:

Propaganda: Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century'
Propaganda: Global warming 'will be worse than expected' warns Stern
Propaganda: Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say
Propaganda: Sea Levels May Rise Faster Than Expected
Propaganda: Warming Could Cut Population to 1 Billion
Propaganda: Scientists are grim, economists more optimistic about climate change's effects
Propaganda: Make clear dire scenarios to prod climate action
Propaganda: Scientists plan emergency summit on climate change

A clear perspective of what this conference (congress?) was about and the psychological media wave that it produced can be found in this story - (Link).

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England: Spring weather arrives with hottest day so far this year

Sunny england
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Thousands of people flocked to beaches as temperatures matched those in Italy and Greece.
Britons are enjoying the hottest day of the year so far as forecasters predict a glorious spring week ahead.

Thousands of people flocked to beaches as temperatures matched those in Italy and Greece.

In parts of eastern England thermometers hit 59F (15C), making it one of the hottest places in Europe.

Weathermen said the burst of spring sunshine will bring even higher temperatures over the next few days and the warm spell will last until Thursday.

Coastal areas of Devon and Cornwall were packed with crowds normally seen at the height of summer.

Better Earth

Sea-level rise will be less than 3 inches (7 cm), not 7 meters

As a contributor to the IPCC's 2007 report, I share the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Yet I and many of my peers in the British House of Lords - through our hereditary element the most independent-minded of lawmakers - profoundly disagree on fundamental scientific grounds with both the IPCC and my co-laureate's alarmist movie An Inconvenient Truth, which won this year's Oscar for Best Sci-Fi Comedy Horror.

Two detailed investigations by Committees of the House confirm that the IPCC has deliberately, persistently and prodigiously exaggerated not only the effect of greenhouse gases on temperature but also the environmental consequences of warmer weather.

My contribution to the 2007 report illustrates the scientific problem. The report's first table of figures - inserted by the IPCC's bureaucrats after the scientists had finalized the draft, and without their consent - listed four contributions to sea-level rise. The bureaucrats had multiplied the effect of melting ice from the Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheets by 10.

Attention

Copenhagen Climate Summit Seeks Global Political Submission

A three-day conference on climate science and policy that drew some 2,500 scientists, economists, campaigners, dignitaries, industry representatives and journalists to Copenhagen has wrapped up, and organizers have issued a list of core "messages" that you can see at the bottom of this post. Their bottom line, echoing what many climate scientists have been saying with rising vigor for two decades, is that there is an urgent need to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, and "inaction is inexcusable."

Is this effort, which one organizer described as "a deliberate attempt to influence policy," likely to change things? There are signs, some scientists warned on Thursday, that overheated descriptions of looming dangers coming out of the conference could actually backfire. More on those warnings is below.

Comment: The wave of propaganda from this so called Climate Congress is astounding. Here are just a few of the stories that the worldwide propaganda machine grabbed onto:

Propaganda: Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century'
Propaganda: Global warming 'will be worse than expected' warns Stern
Propaganda: Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say
Propaganda: Sea Levels May Rise Faster Than Expected
Propaganda: Warming Could Cut Population to 1 Billion
Propaganda: Scientists are grim, economists more optimistic about climate change's effects
Propaganda: Make clear dire scenarios to prod climate action
Propaganda: Scientists plan emergency summit on climate change

For an honest view of the conference that produced this psychological media wave see this story - (Link).


Cow Skull

Propaganda: Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century'

Surging global greenhouse gas emissions mean the world now faces likely temperature rises of up to 5-6C this century, according to the scientist leading the international Climate Congress in Copenhagen this week.

Professor Katharine Richardson, who chaired the scientific steering committee for the conference, said it was now almost impossible for the world to achieve the UN target of preventing global temperature rise exceeding 2C.

"We can forget about the 2C"," said Richardson in an interview. "We are now facing the situation where we have to avoid a 5-6C rise in temperature."

Richardson said her comments were based on sifting through hundreds of science research papers submitted to the congress. Details of the research are being presented to delegates this week and will be used in a report for the UN.

Her comments were not the only bad news to emerge on the first day of the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change (IPCC) in Copenhagen. Other researchers warned that sea levels are now rising 50% faster than suggested by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its 2007 report.


Comment: The ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change' or Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen is not the IPCC. It is not backed or supported by the IPCC and is in fact a political gathering backed by a group of 10 Universities designed to specifically promote the cause of Anthropogenic Global Warming in the most extreme fear mongering way possible. That these journalists and the Times UK would slip that subliminal in that it is the (IPCC) is just downright devious and shows their hand in the fear mongering propaganda.


Comment: This is just one of dozens of articles flooding the Internet and news sites as an outcome of the ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change'. You might call it a wave of propaganda by the Anthropogenic Global Warming political machine.

For an honest view of this conference see this story - (Link).


Mr. Potato

Propaganda: Global warming 'will be worse than expected' warns Stern

Politicians have failed to take on board the severe consequences of failing to cut world carbon emissions, Nicholas Stern, the economist who warned the government of the high cost of climate change, said today.

Stern told a meeting of climate change scientists in Copenhagen that the effects of global warming would be worse than he predicted in his seminal 2006 report on the economics of the problem. He said policy-makers needed to think more about the likely impact of severe temperature rises of 6C or more.

Speaking after a keynote speech at the conference, Stern said: "Do the politicians understand just how difficult it could be? Just how devastating 4, 5, 6 degrees centigrade would be? I think not yet. Looking back, the Stern review underestimated the risks and underestimated the damage from inaction."

His remarks echo concerns by other scientists at the meeting. Privately, many climate experts and officials say that the European target of limiting world temperature rise to 2C above pre-industrial levels is no longer realistic.

Comment: This is just one of dozens of articles flooding the Internet and news sites as an outcome of the ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change'. You might call it a wave of propaganda by the Anthropogenic Global Warming political machine.

For an honest view of this conference see this story - (Link).


Brick Wall

Propaganda: Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say

carbon absorbtion worldwide
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Data from Nasa's Terra and Aqua satellites are helping scientists to map the rate at which plant life on Earth absorbs carbon out of the atmosphere

Global warming will wreck attempts to save the Amazon rainforest, according to a devastating new study which predicts that one-third of its trees will be killed by even modest temperature rises.

The research, by some of Britain's leading experts on climate change, shows that even severe cuts in deforestation and carbon emissions will fail to save the emblematic South American jungle, the destruction of which has become a powerful symbol of human impact on the planet. Up to 85% of the forest could be lost if spiralling greenhouse gas emissions are not brought under control, the experts said. But even under the most optimistic climate change scenarios, the destruction of large parts of the forest is "irreversible".

Comment: This is just one of dozens of articles flooding the Internet and news sites as an outcome of the ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change'. You might call it a wave of propaganda by the Anthropogenic Global Warming political machine.

For an honest view of this conference see this story - (Link).


Evil Rays

Propaganda: Sea Levels May Rise Faster Than Expected

Copenhagen - By the end of the century, sea levels may rise twice as much as was predicted two years ago in the fourth assessment report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

This means that the lives of some 600 million people living on low-lying islands, as well as those living in Southeast Asia's populous delta areas, will be put at serious risk if climate change is not quickly and radically mitigated.

These conclusions, presented yesterday by a group of scientists hailing from several countries, dominated day one of the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change, organized by the University of Copenhagen and other members of the International Alliance of Research Universities. An estimated 2,000 people are attending the event.

Comment: This is just one of dozens of articles flooding the Internet and news sites as an outcome of the ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change'. You might call it a wave of propaganda by the Anthropogenic Global Warming political machine.

For an honest view of this conference see this story - (Link).


Compass

Propaganda: Warming Could Cut Population to 1 Billion

Copenhagen - A scientist known for his aggressive stance on climate policy made an apocalyptic prediction on Thursday.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said that if the buildup of greenhouse gases and its consequences pushed global temperatures 9 degrees Fahrenheit higher than today - well below the upper temperature range that scientists project could occur from global warming - Earth's population would be devastated. [UPDATED, 6:10 p.m: The preceding line was adjusted to reflect that Dr. Schellnhuber was not describing a worst-case warming projection. h/t to Joe Romm.]
"In a very cynical way, it's a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something - - namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people," said Dr. Schellnhuber, who has advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel on climate policy and is a visiting professor at Oxford.

Comment: This is just one of dozens of articles flooding the Internet and news sites as an outcome of the ISCCC 'International Scientific Congress on Climate Change'. You might call it a wave of propaganda by the Anthropogenic Global Warming political machine.

Global population reduction to a 'manageable level' of around 1 billion just happens to be the goal of the psychopathic eugenics movement that formed the false science of global warming. William Engdahl's Seeds of Destruction provides detailed background to the plan for the 'culling of the herd.'

For an honest view of the Copenhagen conference see this story - (Link).