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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.
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: Trash Article
By Florinator on 10/23/2013 11:47:27 AM , Rating: 4
Oh, but there is plenty of evidence... While the Arctic ice sheet is getting thinner, the Antarctic ice sheet has been getting thicker and no one says a peep about that. Mount Shasta has a lot more snow because of increased precipitation in the area (it's not all drought and fire everywhere).

Take a look here, if anything, the number of skeptics has increased over the last years, not decreased.

RE: Trash Article
By ResStellarum on 10/23/2013 2:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
They conveniently ignore facts like those Florinator. It doesn't fit in with their policy of selective disclosure.

It's like there's never been a drought in history before lol. What about the one that, you know, ended the Pharaohs. That must of been caused by all the carbon produced by those camp fires surely?? Hehe

RE: Trash Article
By Mint on 10/23/2013 7:42:59 PM , Rating: 4
Anyone who uses single events to prove or disprove global warming is an idiot. Period.

RE: Trash Article
By Chyort on 10/23/2013 9:16:10 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who tries to use 30 years of satellite records to prove Artificial Global Warming is an idiot. Period.

Anyone who makes statements like this, and ends it with "Period." is an idiot as well... (Yes, this includes me)

RE: Trash Article
By Mint on 10/24/2013 1:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you think that's the only proof?

As far as I can see, you don't even know the basics of AGW.

RE: Trash Article
By SPOOFE on 10/24/2013 4:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I can see, you don't even know the basics of AGW.

As far as I can see, you don't even know the basics of significant geological development, else you wouldn't be harping on "the satellite record" so much.

When your satellites give us a few thousand years' worth of data then we'll all drop to our knees and praying to The Great Gore to forgive our carbon sins.

RE: Trash Article
By Mint on 10/25/2013 2:33:55 PM , Rating: 2
The satellite record is the only thing denialists will accept as evidence of temperature. They don't like surface measurements, tree rings, ice cores, isotopes, etc. That's the only reason I mention it.

If satellite evidence on geological time scales is the only evidence that you will accept, then step out of the thread and STFU, because there is no possible measurement in your lifetime that will ever prove AGW to you.

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