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Climate Change Drives Instability, U.N. Official Warns (Duh)
The New York Times ^ | February 15, 2011, 1:10 pm | JOHN M. BRODER

Posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The United Nations’ top climate change official said on Tuesday that food shortages and rising prices caused by climate disruptions were among the chief contributors to the civil unrest coursing through North Africa and the Middle East.

In a speech to Spanish lawmakers and military leaders, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations climate office, said that climate change-driven drought, falling crop yields and competition for water were fueling conflict throughout Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. She warned that unless nations took aggressive action to reduce emissions causing global warming such conflicts would spread, toppling governments and driving up military spending around the world.

“It is alarming to admit that if the community of nations is unable to fully stabilize climate change, it will threaten where we can live, where and how we grow food and where we can find water,” said Ms. Figueres, a veteran Costa Rican diplomat and environmental advocate. “In other words, it will threaten the basic foundation – the very stability on which humanity has built its existence.”

Rising food prices were a factor in the January riots that unseated Tunisia’s longtime president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, although decades of repression and high unemployment also fed the revolution. The link between food and resource shortages and Egypt’s revolution is less clear.

But Ms. Figueres said that long-term trends in arid regions did not look promising unless the world took decisive action on climate change. She said that a third of all Africans now lived in drought-prone regions and that by 2050 as many as 600 million Africans would face water shortages.

(Excerpt) Read more at green.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarminghoax; gorebullwarming; unclimateoffice

1 posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
POLARFLA
2 posted on 02/16/2011 10:41:34 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Oh, so now it's the Climate's Fault.

Well, I guess they got tired of using I B F.

These people are complete maroooons.

3 posted on 02/16/2011 10:42:43 AM PST by evad (Every time a RINO is defeated, a liberal cries)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So much like the '70s. Eveything except the money supply was at fault for inflation...
4 posted on 02/16/2011 10:43:48 AM PST by danielmryan
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Seems to me, we need more PLANT FOOD. I wonder what that food would be?


5 posted on 02/16/2011 10:44:05 AM PST by Chattering Class of 58
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To: All; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Carry_Okie; ...
Found this at Climate Depot with this Graphic link:


UN Climate Chief: Middle East Was Peaceful When CO2 Was Below 350 PPM

6 posted on 02/16/2011 10:45:32 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“The United Nations’ top climate change official said on Tuesday that food shortages and rising prices caused by climate disruptions”

“Climate disruptions”? Whatever happened to global warming? /sarc


7 posted on 02/16/2011 10:46:21 AM PST by Spok
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Where’s the “Aw geez, not this again” graphic?


8 posted on 02/16/2011 10:46:35 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Somehow I don’t think the instability we are seeing in the Middle east that threatens even nuclear war has anything to do with climate change. Ditto for N. Korea.


9 posted on 02/16/2011 10:47:01 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The real danger of climate change is that it drives already unstable enviromental nutjobs even crazier.


10 posted on 02/16/2011 10:48:41 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ok, I’m convinced. Don’t you guys know that warm temperatures bring massive snowfall and sub-freezing weather? Why is everyone here so anti-science? /


11 posted on 02/16/2011 10:48:51 AM PST by cartervt2k (...and they cling to their abortions and their global warming religion)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

mental instability, for sure


12 posted on 02/16/2011 10:50:52 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And U.N. Official Drives Climate Change...


13 posted on 02/16/2011 10:51:36 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: cartervt2k

I have yet to create a snowfall on my stove by boiling water.


14 posted on 02/16/2011 10:52:43 AM PST by NRA1995 ("In [Mexican] border, we are asking, who are you?" President Calderon of Mexico)
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To: samtheman

15 posted on 02/16/2011 10:55:26 AM PST by Chattering Class of 58
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To: NRA1995

LOL..outstanding


16 posted on 02/16/2011 10:56:32 AM PST by evad (Every time a RINO is defeated, a liberal cries)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; SolitaryMan; mmanager; markomalley; ...
Thanx Ernest_at_the_Beach !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

17 posted on 02/16/2011 10:57:22 AM PST by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“It is alarming to admit that if the community of nations is unable to fully stabilize climate change,

The Coming Ice Age balloon didn't fly.
Global Warming is no longer discussed.
Now, normal weather fluctuations are the boogie man. We're all going to die by global moderation!

18 posted on 02/16/2011 11:02:13 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Chattering Class of 58

Thanks! I LOVE that graphic!


19 posted on 02/16/2011 11:15:45 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How about all that food they’re using to make bad fuel?


20 posted on 02/16/2011 11:19:11 AM PST by Trillian
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To: Trillian
Left-wingers want to save the planet using population control and blocking development (i.e., using anti-business anti-jobs tactics). Ways to reduce world population, are by raising food prices, restricting the availability of food, and promoting/funding abortion. As Obama said, fuel prices must “necessarily skyrocket.” Rising fuel prices drive food prices higher making food less affordable for the world's masses. Leftists also restrict food availability by refusing to provide (say, through the UN) pestilence-resistant genetically-modified food. Leftists would rather have famines in which people starve because it's helps fund-raising when you can exacerbate Western guilt. In every wealth redistribution scheme, leftists as middle men rake off a commission or receive a salary. Further, they can blame all these problems on global warming and climate change, as is happening with the Arab Street uprisings. These uprisings may lead to a world revolution also favored by leftists. Thus, many left-wing goals are furthered by Obama's efforts.

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21 posted on 02/16/2011 12:32:40 PM PST by OESY
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach


22 posted on 02/16/2011 12:42:52 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

That is EXCELLENT!


23 posted on 02/16/2011 12:48:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: FrankR

What are those polar bears doing to each other exactly?


24 posted on 02/16/2011 1:00:50 PM PST by Force of Truth (You don't have to be smart or be good even. If you want my vote, you just have to be CHEAP.)
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To: Force of Truth

If that’s what you’re into, then there is no reason for me to explain the point of the graphic.


25 posted on 02/16/2011 1:05:11 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Apparently CO2 deprivation (CO2 levels are at historical lows) is causing the potted plants at the UN some serious mental confusion.


26 posted on 02/16/2011 1:47:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We can’t expect them to give up at this point. To many years of brainwashing and orientation in one direction.


27 posted on 02/16/2011 2:44:00 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Climate Change Leftist Enviro-Activism Drives Instability, U.N. Official Warns Doesn't Admit

There...fixed it.

28 posted on 02/16/2011 4:00:16 PM PST by SteamShovel ("Does the noise in my head bother you?")
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