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Three Months To Save The Earth!

October 7, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Three months left to save the planet!!

 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4651742/2020-deadline-avert-climate-catastrophe.html 

 

Climate scientists said it, so it must be right!

53 Comments
  1. Gamecock permalink
    October 7, 2020 1:53 pm

    ‘Letter was signed by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, three top climate scientists, and two sustainability experts from the business sector’

    Are they still ‘top climate scientists?’ Are the ‘experts’ still experts? At least Figueres has the decency to be ‘former.’

  2. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 7, 2020 2:22 pm

    Figeuras is famous for her quote about the opportunity to reform our civilisation along socialist lines when she held that UN post. A Marxist

    • dennisambler permalink
      October 10, 2020 4:20 pm

      With Capitalist instincts…

      AGW is the family business. She was involved in carbon trading before the UN job, but was also running the process at previous COP’s as chair of panels examining further financial commitments by developed nations. She was Senior Adviser to C-Quest Capital, a carbon finance company focusing on CDM investments.

      She was the Principal Climate Change Advisor to ENDESA Latinoamérica, the largest private utility in Latin America with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. She was a colleague of Lord Stern at a trading advisory company called the Carbon Ratings Agency.

      Her husband is Konrad von Ritter, a former World Bank apparatchick, before starting his WEnergy Global company, “your one-stop-shop-solution provider for customized renewable energy infra-structure. Technologies available to WEnergy Global are: solar PV systems, biomass gasification technologies, hydro and wind power.”

      They are separated, but Frau Karen von Ritter doesn’t sound as exotic as her Costa Rican names, Christiana Figueres. Her full maiden name is Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen; her daughters use the von Ritter name. Her mother, Rita Karen Olsen Beck, Danish-American former First Lady of Costa Rica, moves in top circles in Boston, to where Karen makes regular trips. Her brother Jose has much involvement in the AGW industry also.

      The interesting thing is that really deep greens reject her, such as in this expose, well researched and accurate: https://winteroak.org.uk/2019/04/25/so-who-exactly-is-christiana-figueres/

      If you got any further left than the Winteroak site you would meet yourself coming back,, but they point out where all the money comes from behind Greta, XR and their ilk.

  3. October 7, 2020 2:48 pm

    Nothing is going to be done in 3 months, so it is now pointless to go carbon zero by 2050. We should all go out and celebrate by driving around in SUVs and flying to pointless climate conferences. The climate emergency declarations can all be cancelled.

  4. October 7, 2020 3:01 pm

    beware of the word “expert”: according to Niels Bohr, ”an expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field”….

    • Francis permalink
      October 7, 2020 3:20 pm

      “Expert”. Brings me back to my university days taking maths and physics where “x” was used to designate the unknown. And in the vernacular “spurt” was often used to refer to a small amount of water expelled under pressure. Hence, the definition of an “expert”: an unknown drip under pressure.

    • gosportmike permalink
      October 7, 2020 5:52 pm

      In my day an expert was any idiot more than 20 miles from home and carrying a briefcase.

    • Mad Mike permalink
      October 7, 2020 6:48 pm

      An expert is someone who studies a subject gaining more and more knowledge in smaller and smaller detail until they end up knowing absolutely everything about f++k all.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      October 8, 2020 8:05 am

      An expert is someone who shows expertise – frequent solving of difficult problems, frequent accurate predictions. My plumber say – but not all plumbers. The experts trotted out by the BBC and others are simply people with some, often tangential, knowledge of a subject who share the BBCs options on whatever the issue is under discussion.

  5. C Lynch permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:03 pm

    The propaganda is relentless and it is affecting otherwise rational and normal people.
    The receptionist in my office told me that her daughter claimed that October in Ireland this year is so far the hottest on record – she and her class had been told this by her teacher in her secondary school.
    Meanwhile back on planet Earth the first week of October has in reality been remarkably cool in Ireland. Even the card carrying Marxists at Met Eireann have confirmed that the first week of October is around 2 degrees Celsius below the long term average.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:11 pm

    So many errors one hardly knows where to begin… “coral reefs are dying from heat stress.” Really ???

    Not if one looks at the actual sea surface temperatures on the Great Barrier Reef (the Southern Hemisphere analog of the iconic Polar Bear)…

    https://seatemperature.info/great-barrier-reef-water-temperature.html

    There have been no significant ‘heat-stress’ temperatures, especially during periods of temporary bleaching.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      October 7, 2020 10:14 pm

      From your link.. there is something seriously wrong with this statement.

      The average water temperature in Great Barrier Reef in winter reaches 84.2°F/29°C, in spring 80.6°F/27°C, in summer the average temperature rises to 77°F/25°C, and in autumn it is 78.8°F/26°C.

      • Broadlands permalink
        October 8, 2020 5:53 pm

        Andy… Please explain what is wrong with that statement.

  7. Tony Budd permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:23 pm

    Well at least the commentary was chilling, so maybe that’ll stop the ice melting!

  8. October 7, 2020 3:24 pm

    Three months left to save the planet!!

    Three months plus one day until they officially become hysterical crackpots.

  9. John Peter permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:38 pm

    Maybe Phillip Bratby can name the scientists and civil servants that feed Boris Johnson with the information that forms the basis for his renewables pronouncements. Does he not understand that it is not uncommon for there being no wind over off shore areas where the wind turbines will be fitted or even float? Is it beyond his wit to ask the question: What do we do when there is no wind for hours, days or even weeks? Solar panels in January? I am unable to comprehend it. We have to recover from the Covid19 shutdown and they talk about spending billions on wind, hydrogen, solar and what have you without any thought of back-up, which does not exist in quantity in the foreseeable future or ever. I am perplexed. Sad that Donald does not have time to call Boris and provide him with a lecture on the futility of his pronouncements. Time to acquire local back-up before such devices are banned.

  10. Malcolm Chapman permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:47 pm

    Why isn’t there a journalist somewhere with the wit and humour to trawl back through a few long-overdue past deadlines for climate apocalypse, put them next to this one, and make game of them? Are they stupid, or scared, or what?

    • Bertie permalink
      October 7, 2020 6:03 pm

      Real journalists are a bit thin on the ground these days. Young hacks working for newspapers got their degrees using copy and paste from the internet, so they continue with the same procedure in their paid employ.
      No thinking involved stupidity reigns.

    • alexei permalink
      October 7, 2020 6:44 pm

      ExtinctionClock.org tracks the more cataclysmic climate-related predictions. There are others. You just need to do a little searching on other climate websites.

      • Malcolm Chapman permalink
        October 10, 2020 1:46 pm

        That was my point, really. Most commenters on this site could find themselves a fun set of failed predictions without problem, and have a jolly time laughing at them. So, no jollity, and yes, stupidity reigns. I think you are right, Bertie, about the ‘cut and paste’ graduates. At University, as far as I remember, I really was taught to question received knowledge, but that was fifty years ago.

  11. ThinkingScientist permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:48 pm

    From the Daily Mail section on Rapid rise in Sea Levels

    “The annual rate of sea level rise has increased by 50 per cent to 3.3 millimetres each year in 2014 from 2.2 millimetres each year in 1993.”

    Only if you splice and smooth together tide gauge data with satellite data. As Willis Eschenbach pointed out at WUWT, you definitely can’t do that when the estimates and error bars of the two measurement methods don’t overlap. Thank you Church & White for creating more pseudo-scientific propaganda.

    See Willis’ article:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/17/inside-the-acceleration-factory/

  12. bluecat57 permalink
    October 7, 2020 3:58 pm

    27 days to save the world.

  13. October 7, 2020 4:03 pm

    The real amazing part of things like this is that even pointing out such ludicrous errors and failures is the sin of climate denial.

  14. ThinkingScientist permalink
    October 7, 2020 4:11 pm

    Just remind me – which 3 of the following signatories to the letter are the “Top Climate Scientists”?

    And bonus question – why are 3 of the signatories all from the same Potsdam Institute?

    Christiana Figueres
    Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010

    Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (founding director)

    Gail Whiteman
    Professor and Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University

    Johan Rockström
    Chief Scientist at Conservation International and co-director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Anthony Hobley
    Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Tracker Initiative. Previously partner and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Formerly General Counsel to the Climate Change Capital Carbon Fund and Director of Legal Policy for Climate Change Capital

    Stefan Rahmstorf
    Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University. and co-founder of the blog Real Climate(! LOL)

    Footnote: Very sad to note that Rahmstorf is a graduate of my old university – School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor, North Wales. Given his age, we might have overlapped, but I don’t recall him

  15. jcgencc permalink
    October 7, 2020 4:12 pm

    Thank you! Please keep up the great work!

  16. Harry Passfield permalink
    October 7, 2020 4:47 pm

    I’m beginning to see a pattern coming out of all these panicked ‘end-of-the-world’ announcements: SC 25 is starting to kick in and some people think it’s going to be cold for a few years – this is their last roll of the dice before the public start laughing at them. And who knows what will come after laughter…

    • John Peter permalink
      October 8, 2020 7:50 am

      Nothing to worry about here. The ‘pack’ is well versed in how to ‘homogenize’ the figures to show even more warming. New peer reviewed papers and cooler past. That’s how they handled the ‘pause’ when it became intolerable. Just look at the work of Tony Heller over the years showing how it is done.

  17. Harry Davidson permalink
    October 7, 2020 5:09 pm

    I see that September was predictably “the hottest eva”. I hope to see an efficient deconstruction (in the building sense, not the literary sense) of this by either Paul here or perhaps WUWT.

    • Gas Geezer permalink
      October 8, 2020 9:05 pm

      Looks promising , one even takes the urine .

  18. edwardrodolph1891 permalink
    October 7, 2020 6:01 pm

    Will those damned cranks cease filling our papers and twittersphere with UTTER TRIPE!

  19. theguvnor permalink
    October 7, 2020 6:06 pm

    Great article here on WUWT on the not so beneficial effects of ‘green alternative’ energy forms particularly on the poor in obscure places:
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/07/surprising-science-theres-no-such-thing-as-clean-energy/

  20. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 7, 2020 6:25 pm

    Hottest eveh! September feel the 0.05C and burn! What is the error margin BBC? (UAH LT has last year ‘hotter’, but hey).

    “Scientists say it’s a clear indication of temperatures being driven up by emissions from human society.”

    Not very good scientists then are they!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54442782

    Love the list of random ‘extreme’ events. Just normal stuff that happens every year somewhere.

    Interesting they mentioned the Reading wettest 24hrs, I commented on the unusual set up at the time and said somewhere would get an impressive total. There was a very narrow weather front/squall line that sat in the same place nearly all day and kept regenerating along its own line as a streamer off the channel. It was a chance weather event, not climate change.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 7, 2020 7:35 pm

      +1 MrGN!

  21. alexei permalink
    October 7, 2020 6:50 pm

    Did no one notice the original date of this article? 29 June 2017! It’s clearly been resuscitated by the DM.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 7, 2020 7:33 pm

      Sorry Alexei, it was a ‘catch-up’ on a near 4-year-old article to check on the veracity of its projection. Think it through….

  22. C Lynch permalink
    October 7, 2020 9:28 pm

    Any chance you’d cast your beady eye over the claims of hottest September evah claims Paul.
    I suspect horse manure but I could do with some facts to go back at my warmist ‘friends’ who would wish the whole world would catch fire just to be able to have one over on sceptics like me.

    • dennisambler permalink
      October 10, 2020 4:44 pm

      Paul has already done this for the CET.
      https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/10/02/climate-breakdown/

      You can check for yourself at the Met Office, never reported by the media of course, who just publish the fanciful claims that are fed to them in press releases: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/mly_cet_mean_sort.txt

      Globally, temperature checking is more difficult, mainly because there is really no such thing as a global temperature and it becomes what they want it to be.
      https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/faq/abs_temp.html

      Q. What do I do if I need absolute SATs, not anomalies?
      A. In 99.9% of the cases you’ll find that anomalies are exactly what you need, not absolute temperatures. In the remaining cases, you have to pick one of the available climatologies and add the anomalies (with respect to the proper base period) to it. For the global mean, the most trusted models produce a value of roughly 14°C, i.e. 57.2°F, but it may easily be anywhere between 56 and 58°F (13.3 -14.4C) and regionally, let alone locally, the situation is even worse.

      Harrabin reported: “It was 0.05C hotter than September last year, which in turn set the previous record high for the month.” Such impressive precision when natural variation is so wide.

  23. john cooknell permalink
    October 7, 2020 10:13 pm

    My house sits on a built over flood plain, I never get flooded, but lots of my neighbours do and it happens more frequently than it did.

    Not one of the people who get flooded out blames climate change, they blame the council for not enforcing flooding planning regulations, unauthorised development re-routed watercourses but a decision was taken by the council to do nothing.

    The council blame climate change for everything and have declared a climate emergency!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 8, 2020 12:34 pm

      Councils should only be allowed, under the law, to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ if they can prove what the emergency is, define it in scientific terms and give time-frames when defined emergency occurrences will happen. The declaration should be time limited such that if none of the defined elements of the declared emergency come to pass the Councillors should be surcharged.

  24. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    October 7, 2020 10:49 pm

    I’m stocking up on popcorn and beer, and have a comfy chair to relax in and watch the catastrophe unfold.
    I hope Christiana Figueres and fellow travelers have done the same, and will tweet some twits from time to time so I know where to look.

  25. Robert Jones permalink
    October 8, 2020 9:44 am

    Publicity-seeking ‘world leaders’ and those of an extreme socialist bent have amazing capabilities for stridently hectoring the rest of us about some risible theory while being able to blithely shrug off any criticism when the theory subsequently proves to be utterly groundless. Climate activists and many politicians fit into this personality category.

  26. Tim C permalink
    October 8, 2020 10:11 am

    reminds me of “peak oil”

  27. Graeme No.3 permalink
    October 8, 2020 12:21 pm

    Climate scientists said it, so it must be right!

    1971: ‘New Ice Age Coming’ Dr. Paul Ehrlich
    The oceans will be dead in less than a decade. America will be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980

    1971: U.S. Scientist sees New Ice Age Coming
    The world could be as little as 50 years away from a new ice age
    The Washington Post July 9 quoting N.A.S.A.
    1972: New ice age by 2070 Oil will be gone in 10 years
    Dr. S. I. Rasool NASA & Columbia University & Dr. S. H. Schneider
    backed up by Dr. Gordon F. MacDonald “It may be necessary to stop all use of coal, oil, natural gas and automobile gasoline and switch in the main to nuclear energy

    1974: ‘New Ice Age Coming Fast’
    Letter to the President from George J. Kukla & R.K. Matthews1974:
    1979: Scientist predicts 15-25 foot rise in ocean levels should the West Antarctic ice sheet melt. Florida’s coastal cities would be submerged as would New Orleans, Galveston & Corpus Christie (Texas) …one fourth of Delaware plus parts of Washington D.C. Savannah & Charleston.
    1988: Maldives completely under water in 30 years James Hansen NASA
    2000: ‘Children won’t know what snow is by 2010.’
    Dr. David Viner a senior research scientist at the climate research unit CRU of the University of East Anglia “Within a few years winter snowfall will become a rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is”
    2007 NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally predicted that the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer in 2012.
    2007 Prof. Wieslaw Maslowski from Dept. Oceanography of
    the US Navy predicted an ice-free Arctic Ocean in summer 2013, and
    said the prediction was conservative.
    2008 This drought may never Break
    It may be time to stop describing SE Australia as gripped by drought and accept the extreme dry as permanent.
    “Perhaps we should call it our new climate” said Bureau of Meteorology Head of Climate Analysis, David Jones.

  28. CheshireRed permalink
    October 8, 2020 11:06 pm

    We’ve heard this so many times before. It’s just a never-ending production line of scammers, fraudsters and gullible useful idiots. Seriously, all of you ‘expert predictors….Foxtrot Oscar.

  29. George Lawson permalink
    October 9, 2020 11:50 am

    I wonder what Figeures and the rest of the non thinking idiots believe will be left if the earth has not been saved in three months or three years. Will all human and animal life become extinct with dead bodies lying across the cities and carcases of animals strewn across the countryside? If they do not mean this then they should tell us very clearly what the world will be like after their doomsday predictions.

  30. dennisambler permalink
    October 10, 2020 5:10 pm

    2009 was a great year for prognostications on climate, getting more intense the nearer it got to the Copenhagen Climate Conference.

    March 2009 Prince Charles, 100 months to save the planet: (8 years 4 months, 2017)
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/mar/08/prince-charles-monarchy
    “The Prince of Wales is to issue a warning that the world has only “100 months to act” before the damage caused by global warming becomes irreversible.”

    October 2009 Gordon Brown, Less than 50 days to save the planet (Just seven weeks!)
    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/gordon-brown-we-have-fewer-than-fifty-days-to-save-our-planet-from-catastrophe-1805648.html
    “In every era there are only one or two moments when nations come together and reach agreements that make history because they change the course of history. Copenhagen must be such a time.”

    There are now fewer than 50 days to set the course of the next 50 years and more. So, as we convene here, we carry great responsibilities, and the world is watching. If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement, in some future period, can undo that choice. By then it will be irretrievably too late.”

    November 2009, Sir John Houghton 7 years to save the planet, (2016)
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2009/nov/04/climate-change-faith-religion-justice
    “Four thousand years ago Joseph had seven years to prepare for his climate crisis. Today, action is required just as urgently. Global carbon emissions are still rising rapidly.

    Within about seven years, well before 2020, global emissions need to peak and begin rapidly to reduce – an extremely challenging goal. The means to achieve it are available and the cost affordable.

    But is the will there to do it? In December, the world’s nations meet in Copenhagen to set targets and a timetable for action. People of faith are calling for worldwide prayer and many are saying it is the most important meeting the world has ever seen.”

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