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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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By maugrimtr on 10/24/2013 9:30:37 AM , Rating: 3
Faith and science are mutual enemies. Anyone who allows faith to influence science is being stupid. Incidentally, Einstein himself made this mistake more than once. While an agnostic, he believed that the Universe was entirely deterministic. This pushed him into rejecting quantum theory where things devolve into probabilities and unpredictable outcomes. Guess what - he was wrong. God does indeed play dice with every single particle in the Universe.

The problem is that your argument requires the vast majority of scientists to make this same mistake at the same time. That's just ridiculous and into conspiracy theory territory. You simply WANT it to be true which makes you just as mistaken as Einstein once was in creating elaborate excuses.

They have fit the historical data extremely well, but they are unable to tell us anything about the future.

They tell us the future will be warmer. That prediction has held true since it was first made decades ago. A flat temperature for a decade doth not a cooler planet make.

Give me enough parameters to play with and I can fit any historical data of anything extremely well, but that doesn't mean I know a lick about what it all means.

Doesn't even make sense. The data is based on physical measurements. They don't mutate. Any scientist can grab the raw data which is why manipulation, if it ever were to occur, would require every scientist on the planet to be part of the conspiracy.

So, then, what does their failure tell us about the usefulness of their models? And how can we implement policies based on these models in light of these failures? It seems it requires an awful lot of faith.

Which failure? What model? Whose policies?

Data damn it. Science demands DATA. Stop suggesting evildoing and be specific. Let's take the obvious. The new IPCC projections have been reduced from the last report commissioned. Rationally, that means the last batch of models used in climate science were wrong. This also implies the new set are also wrong. Of course they’re wrong. Find a scientist telling you they are right and please, by all means, shoot the liar. Gravity is also wrong. We don’t know what it is – we just have a really good model to explain it. Relativity. We know that Einstein was wrong because relativity and quantum theory cannot be reconciled. Our two best MODELS for understanding the Universe – approximations, failed predictions, WRONG.

We still use them for predictions though. Luckily, at the scale we currently need for technology and space travel they are actually very good. Try building a faster than light engine, a wormhole to another galaxy or universe, or building a CPU which manipulates quarks, and they suck eggs.

We use the best models available knowing that they are wrong but probably reliable enough for our current needs. To a scientist it’s wholly unsatisfactory but you can’t spend the next million years stuck with “Zeus is angry and throwing lightning bolts!” or “magic make red food fall from tree when sun god tired” while we wait for a completely accurate FACT to emerge.

Climate science is no different. We work with what we have. The alternative is waiting a few thousand years for a fully complete understanding. Of course, your descendants might all have evolved gills by then if the worst came to pass ;).

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