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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.

Australia wildfire
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.
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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 spamreader1 on 10/23/2013 11:28:11 AM , Rating: 2
The reverse of this is the same too though.

"So it is disputed? Find one recognized scientific body that disputes global warming that isn't funded by someone with an agenda *cough* Rove *cough*."

Global warming scientific studies are also funded by someone with an agenda. Drumming up fear drums up dollars to keep them funded.


RE: What degree do you hold?
By Mint on 10/23/2013 12:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Global warming scientific studies are also funded by someone with an agenda. Drumming up fear drums up dollars to keep them funded.
This is such a pathetic argument.

You can state this to disparage virtually ALL science. Every medical researcher wants his specialty to be the next big biotech boom. Every engineer wants his specialty to be the next silicon valley darling.

Just stop this anti-science propaganda.


RE: What degree do you hold?
By spamreader1 on 10/23/2013 2:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose you missed the point. All science should be questioned. How else are breakthrough's made? What shouldn't be done is creating alarmism in reguards to pushing an agenda.

Question everything, else we'd still be believing the world is flat and no human can survive the 55mph barrier...


RE: What degree do you hold?
By Mint on 10/23/2013 7:54:59 PM , Rating: 4
What makes you think GW is being less questioned than any result from biology, physics, etc?

I agree alarmism is counter productive, but the best way to counter alarmism is the same way you counter bad science: show that it's wrong. The first step is show that science has only made the case that AGW exists, not that it's time to take action now.

Denying AGW with cherry-picking, misuse of thermodynamics, personal attacks, accusations of falsification, etc are the wrong way to go about it.


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