Running out of time!

Since the Rio summit on climate change in 1992, the world has continued on its path of increasing CO2 emissions.   Governments approved the Kyoto Convention but ignored its requirement of reducing these emissions.   With this inaction, the world has lost essential breathing room. The latest UN report tells us that we now have a bigger challenge … Read more

Writing on the Wall: the IPCC Fifth Assessment (mitigation)

The most important statement in the recently released IPCC Report from Working Group III on mitigation is the affirmation that disastrous effects of global warming can still be avoided.

In practical terms avoidance of disastrous climate change requires international agreement on a price for carbon. The price must reflect the emerging scarcity of disposal space for carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere.

With a price on carbon, fossil fuels will lose their competitive edge over renewable sources of energy. Canada and certain other countries will find that dependence on fossil fuels for energy cannot be sustained.

There is another consequence for Canada in the displacement of fossil fuels as a source of energy. In future Canada’s fossil fuel resource industry will progressively contribute less and less to our economy.

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If you read the Globe Editorial on Climate Change. . .

. . . you would have noted that the Globe is no longer sitting on the fence.

Today’s Globe editorial describes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment report “as a jolt of reality.” The editorial recommends that Ottawa “re-think its current do-next-to-nothing policy on emissions.” And adds: “On carbon emissions, Canada’s efforts rank as an epic fail.”

An “epic fail” is hardly complimentary. Still, the editorial could have stated that Canada ranks dead-last in its peer group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  This fact would have brought home just how poorly Canada has been performing.

Read moreIf you read the Globe Editorial on Climate Change. . .

Climate change – but no ark in sight!

The Fifth Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released today re-emphasizes the conclusions expressed in previous IPCC Reports.  What is new is a focus on risk.  The Fifth Report sets out the impacts of climate change in considerable detail, with a careful statement of the probability of their occurrence.

Popular opinion may regard risk consequent on climate change differently from country to country.  People in Northern Temperate Climate Countries may think that global warming can’t be all that bad.  Particularly when they have come through a long, cold winter in which the snowfall compares with winters they experienced as children, oh so long ago – even before the term “climate change” had worked its way into a publicly consciousness. (Does that sound like Canada?)

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Climate Scientists – Doctors of the Climate

The IPCC’s fifth assessment report strengthens the overwhelming majority opinion of scientists working in the area that humans are responsible for climate change.

More than 97% of physicists, engineers, mathematicians, climatologists and geologists working on climate agree on two things: humans are generating large quantities of carbon dioxide and that this carbon dioxide traps heat in our atmosphere leading to global warming.

If you polled physicians, biologists, geneticists and pharmacologists who study the effects of cholesterol there would be about a 97% consensus that elevated cholesterol causes heart disease. People generally tend to take these findings very seriously; changing their diet, increasing their daily exercise and even taking medications to lower cholesterol and mitigate against its harmful effects.

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Canada reacts to the 5th Assessment Report

The public cannot expect a fair and objective press release issued in the name of a Conservative Cabinet Minister. Read our blog: Canadian Government Press Releases=”Spin”.

Fortunately, our Government could not “muzzle” the Environment Canada scientists who contributed to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.  This Report sets out the current physical science that explains why we are experiencing global warming.

So an Environment Canada scientist, who is a co-ordinating author of the IPCC report, has given us the message that the Assessment Report confirms that the evidence is clear: global warming is occurring – and that humans are the main cause.

“Evidence for a warming climate is getting stronger and stronger, and the evidence of the influence of human activities on that climate change is getting stronger and stronger,” said Gregory Flato, an Environment Canada scientist and manager of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis. The effects of climate change impact countries like Canada most strongly, he said.

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What PR Problem?

“Climate’s Big PR Problem” is the title of Margaret Wente’s column on the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  This just-released report sets out the physical science behind climate change. Ms. Wente claims that the world has stopped warming up, which she describes as “a monumental PR headache for the IPCC. … Read more

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