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Droughts are also accused of being the work of evil old global warming

After a decade of flat temperatures and missed predictions by global warming's shrillest speculators, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is still ringing the alarm bell for all who care to listen.  While she lacks the evidence to prove it, in a recent interview she expressed that she was "sure" warming was to blame for a laundry list of recent natural disasters, including, but not limited to wildfires and droughts.

I. UN Chief Believes Warming is to Sure Warming Causes Wildfires

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour of Time Warner Inc.'s (TWXCNN news agency, Ms. Figueres also expressed indignation at the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Abbot has referred to more extreme global warming predictions as "total crap" and pushed to repeal Australia's carbon tax, having disbanded the nation's climate change board in September.

Australia has recently suffered from raging wildfires, and Ms. Figueres was quick to seize on this point, stating:

We are really already paying the price of carbon.  We are paying the price with wildfires, we are paying the price with droughts.

She admitted, though:

The World Meteorological Organization has not established a direct link between this wildfire and climate change – yet.  But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heat waves in Asia, Europe, and Australia; that there these will continue; that they will continue in their intensity and in their frequency.

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A wildfire rages in Australia. [Image Source: EPA]

It's worth noting that Mr. Figueres holds no degree in climate science (nor do most UN officials tasked with setting warming policy), having achieved a Master's Degree in social anthropology.  While this career politician may be unversed in climatology from a technical standpoint, she's not afraid of making bold and emotional claims.

II. Climate Chief was "Born Impatient"

In another recent interview -- this time with BBC News -- Ms. Figueres appeared to admit that she lacks the patience to wait for a thorough scientific study on the impact and extent of warming before taking action.  She is quoted as saying:

I am always frustrated by the pace of the negotiations, I was born impatient.  We are moving way, way too slowly, but we are moving in the right direction and that's what gives me courage and hope.
I'm committed to climate change because of future generations, it is not about us, right? We're out of here.  I just feel that it is so completely unfair and immoral what we are doing to future generations, we are condemning them before they are even born.  
We have a choice about it, that's the point, we have a choice.  If it were inevitable then so be it, but we have a choice to change the future we are going to give our children.

Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC executive secretary [Image Source: Getty Images]

Ms. Figueres -- who assumed her post at the UN in 2010 is currently working on drafting a global climate treaty, as per the decision reached at a 2011 summit in Durban, South Africa.  The treaty could look to implement carbon taxes, or other wealth redistribution measures supposedly aimed at "fighting warming", but it will have a tough road ahead, if temperatures remain flat over the next decade.

Sources: CNN, BBC News

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RE: What degree do you hold?
By WLee40 on 10/23/2013 10:56:01 AM , Rating: 2
No, I have seen the same statistic. Look on weather underground site and other weather sites, I can't remember where I have seen it. The vast majority of climate scientists agree that global warming/climate change is real and that a significant portion is a result of human activities. Not all of it is a result of humans but at least some of it is. Quit putting your head in the sand and do a little research or listen to the experts consensus.

RE: What degree do you hold?
By NicodemusMM on 10/23/2013 11:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
Your referencing the WUO and claiming that others have their head in the sand? Talk about a lack of credibility.

You may wish to apply your last sentence to yourself, but with less bias and more logic and reason.

RE: What degree do you hold?
By WLee40 on 10/23/2013 11:10:45 AM , Rating: 2
I just don't know why people can have such strong opinions and have no scientific basis. It goes both ways. I think many of the naysayers are brainwashed too. I don't think anybody understands it enough and I agree that the alarmists are going too far also. I'll wait about 20 years and then maybe science will have a better handle on it...

RE: What degree do you hold?
By tng on 10/23/2013 3:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
I think many of the naysayers are brainwashed too. I don't think anybody understands it enough and I agree that the alarmists are going too far also. I'll wait about 20 years and then maybe science will have a better handle on it..
OK maybe we should start doing something more, but I hold any organization that wants to tax us out of the problem suspect. This is where the UN wants to go with the solution, carbon taxes.

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