UN Warming Chief -- Warming Causes Wildfires, Even if Science Disagrees
October 23, 2013 9:31 AM
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Droughts are also accused of being the work of evil old global warming
a decade of flat temperatures and missed predictions
by global warming's
, 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
I. UN Chief Believes Warming is to Sure Warming Causes Wildfires
with Christiane Amanpour of Time Warner Inc.'s (
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,
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.
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"
-- 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, 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.
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RE: What degree do you hold?
10/23/2013 11:26:23 AM
That consensus is only about whether AGW exists. The next step is quantifying it. But let's assume the IPCC is giving us good number there, and 97% of people agree on that, too.
It's another matter entirely to figure out what damage - economic and environmental - is caused by that warming. There is no consensus there, and the wildfires mentioned by this article have little supporting evidence of a meaningful connection.
Then it's yet another matter to figure out whether it's more economical/moral to adapt to warming, counter it with engineered cooling, or prevent emissions in the first place. There is even less consensus there.
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