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  • WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change

    04/04/2016 1:10:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies ^ | April 4, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    ( - White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers “will basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die.” “In some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors,” Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday. “That means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and...
  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    09/07/2015 12:47:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    (CNN)—NASA's rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can't take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps threaten to disrupt a handful of NASA launch sites along U.S. coastlines, the space agency warns. In the coming years, launch facilities at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and other places may need to be retrofitted or even moved inland, NASA says. "Every NASA center has its own set of vulnerabilities, and some are more at risk than others," NASA climatologist...
  • Climate Refugees, Not Found [U.N. wrongly predicted 50 million climate refugees by 2010]

    04/20/2011 10:04:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | APRIL 21, 2011
    Discredited by reality, the U.N.'s prophecies go missing. In 2005, the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) published a color-coded map under the headline "Fifty million climate refugees by 2010." The primary source for the prediction was a 2005 paper by environmental scientist Norman Myers. Six years later, this flood of refugees is nowhere to be found, global average temperatures are about where they were when the prediction was made—and the U.N. has done a vanishing act of its own, wiping the inconvenient map from its servers. The map, which can still be found elsewhere on the Web, disappeared from the program's...
  • The coming climate court; The proposed Paris agreement is another reach for global power

    03/08/2015 8:10:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/08/2015 | Chris Horner
    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently circulated an email breathlessly titled, “Governments on Track to Reaching Paris 2015 Universal Climate Agreement — Negotiating Text Officially Published.” The message triumphantly claimed that “Another key step towards a new, universal climate change agreement has just been taken as the negotiating text for the agreement was officially issued by the [UNFCCC].” This refers to the upcoming talks in Paris in December on a successor pact to the 1997 Kyoto global warming treaty.
  • U.N. climate chief admits goal of calls for regulation is worldwide redistribution of wealth

    03/06/2015 1:30:27 AM PST · by Boomer · 27 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | March 3, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    A high UN official has admitted the real reason for the climate hysteria: to transform the world economy, redistributing income between from rich nations to poorer ones. Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), warned that the fight against climate change is a process and that the sought-after transformation of the world economy will not be decided at one conference or in one agreement.
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Washington weighs moving climate politics beyond UNFCCC

    11/16/2012 6:27:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16 November 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    EXCLUSIVE / The US is considering a funnel of substantive elements of the Doha Climate Summit away from the UN framework and into the Major Economies Forum (MEF), a platform of the world’s largest CO2 emitters, EurActiv has learned. Since 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has provided an umbrella for talks to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, and on 26 November, will host the COP18 Climate Summit in Qatar. But it has been confirmed to EurActiv that Washington is increasingly looking to shift policy action to the MEF, whose members account for some 85% of...
  • Climate Fund Seeks UN-Style Diplomatic Immunity

    03/25/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies · 5+ views
    My FOX Phoenix ^ | 22 Mar 2012, 4:42 PM MST | George Russell
    (FOX News) - The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of UN-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There is just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations.
  • Mammoth new green climate fund wants United Nations-style diplomatic immunity, even though it’

    03/22/2012 12:30:10 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/22/12 | George Russell
    Full TitleMammoth new green climate fund wants United Nations-style diplomatic immunity, even though it’s not part of the UNEXCLUSIVE: The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of U.N.-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There’s just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations. Whether the fund, which was formally created at a U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa last...
  • Green Climate Fund clears planning hurdle (Yur taxdollar$ gettin' blow'd out the keester Alert!)

    04/15/2011 7:25:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/11 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – A planned fund to channel hundreds of billions of dollars to poor countries exposed to climate change has overcome an early obstacle, the UN said on Friday. Members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have agreed on the make-up of a 40-seat transitional committee to design the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an issue that had been debated for weeks, the UNFCCC said. Established at the UNFCCC's conference in Cancun last December, the GCF aims at administering aid, potentially worth 100 billion dollars a year by 2020, to developing countries at risk from rising seas, worsening...
  • Cuckoo In Cancun

    Environmentalism: Still think those who continue to push the idea of man-made climate change are well-grounded and rational? Think again. Consider Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She opened the U.N's global warming conference last week with a prayer to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon. This mythological supreme being of fertility is supposed to be good for sending rain for crops. Maybe that's the sort of blessing Figueres had in mind when, from Cancun's — no joke — Moon Palace, she called Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving" and...
  • Costa Rican named UN climate chief (succeeds Yvo de Boer at UNFCCC)

    05/17/2010 10:41:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 220+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has named Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres to be the organization's top official on climate change, his spokesman announced Monday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said the 53-year-old Costa Rican, currently San Jose's climate change negotiator, would succeed Yvo de Boer of the Netherlands as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). De Boer tendered his resignation after last year's failed Copenhagen climate change talks.
  • UN forum struggles after Copenhagen setback (Some HaPPy News for a Change..)

    04/09/2010 10:41:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 211+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/10 | Richard Ingham
    BONN (AFP) – Hopes of hoisting the UN process for climate change out of the mire after December's flawed Copenhagen summit suffered a setback at talks here on Friday. In their first parley since the stormy December meeting, countries in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) divided over how to plot the way forward and the mood was soured by fresh finger-pointing. "The one thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history," said Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, representing African nations. Copenhagen damaged "the trust that is necessary for any...
  • Yvo de Boer quits UN climate change body

    02/18/2010 10:59:47 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 404+ views ^ | 18 Feb 2010 | Louise Gray
    The UN's top climate change official, Yvo de Boer, has resigned in the latest blow to the debate over global warming. Yvo de Boer was said to be exhausted after the Copehagen summit. Photo: REUTERS As Secretary General of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr de Boer was in charge of negotiating a new international deal to stop global temperature rise. However after four years in the post he has decided to step down to go and work for global accounting firm KPMG. The former Dutch civil servant insisted he had been planning to stand down for...
  • UN panel to mobilize climate change funding (and you thought the UN's main mission was Peace)

    02/12/2010 9:19:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 406+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon set up a high-level advisory panel Friday to mobilize funding to help developing nations battle climate change. The panel, to be led by Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Ethiopian counterpart Meles Zenawi, aimed "to mobilize the resources for climate change pledged at the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen," Ban told reporters. The group, evenly balanced between developed and developing nations, "will develop practical proposals to significantly scale up long-term (public and private) financing for mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries," he added. The UN boss said the group...
  • Climate: The long and winding road after Copenhagen

    01/29/2010 3:40:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 204+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/10 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – After the near-train wreck of last month's Copenhagen climate summit, what lies ahead for efforts to beat back global warming? Next week may yield the first clues. Countries are being asked to say by Sunday whether they will endorse an 11th-hour deal, the "Copenhagen Accord," which saved the marathon meeting from collapse but sparked accusations of failure and betrayal. By week's end, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will have a picture of the response, its officials say. What emerges will be a litmus test of the Accord's credibility and whether a comprehensive and binding...
  • U.S. Center at Copenhagen Meeting (State launches COP-15 Website for public information)

    11/29/2009 2:51:11 PM PST · by TCH · 9 replies · 725+ views
    Original Message From: Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9:03 PM Subject: Announcement on U.S. Center at Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting (State launches COP-15 Web site to serve as resource for public information) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman November 25, 2009 MEDIA NOTE U.S. Department of State Announces U.S. Center at Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiation and Launches COP-15 Web site For the first time, the U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the White House and multiple federal departments and agencies, is organizing and hosting a U.S. Center at the annual Conference of the Parties to the...
  • 20,000 people, 192 countries. Welcome to the carbon circus [Copenhagen.........]

    10/23/2009 6:02:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies · 454+ views
    20,000 people, 192 countries. Welcome to the carbon circus Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor It has been billed as the last-chance saloon; a final opportunity for the world to seal a deal to prevent catastrophic climate change. With only 44 days to go until the meeting in Copenhagen, the world is waiting to see if its politicians can deliver, and live up to the hype. Whatever the outcome of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Copenhagen is braced for a carbon circus. Hotels in the Danish capital are nearly fully booked, meaning...
  • Obama to surrender US sovereignty at UN global warming conference

    10/19/2009 1:23:16 AM PDT · by unspun · 109 replies · 5,734+ views ^ | 10/19/2009 | James Simpson
    Not content with his humiliation at Copenhagen, Denmark this past September, President Obama will be traveling there again in December to attend the UN COP15 Climate Change Conference. This agreement would commit the United States to punitive and expensive greenhouse gas regulations dictated by the United Nations without recourse. COP stands for "Conference of the Parties" and the December Copenhagen conference will be the 15th under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), hence COP15. According to their website, it will be one of the largest conferences ever held outside the New York or Geneva headquarters, with an...
  • Glenn Beck's Interview With Lord Monckton on Climate Treaty- Audio 10-19-09

    10/19/2009 12:16:23 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 51 replies · 3,774+ views
    Joe Seales ^ | 10-19-09 | Joe Seales
    Audio From Glenn Beck's Radio Program on October 19, 2009- Glenn interviews Lord Monckton on the new Climate Change Treaty and what it means for us= One World Government. Part 1- Part 2-
  • After dangerous lull, war on climate change faces crunch year (enviroNuts look to 2009, new treaty)

    12/15/2008 10:17:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 816+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/08 | Richard Ingham and Marlowe Hood
    POZNAN, Poland (AFP) – After a year in which it nearly lost its compass, the campaign against climate change heads into 2009 needing top-level political commitment, creative thinking and a deep well of money. Next year holds a big dream: by its end, the world will have forged a treaty in Copenhagen to shrink global warming from mankind-threatening juggernaut to manageable problem. Unprecedented in scale and complexity, this accord, due to take effect from 2012, will rein in the greenhouse gases that stoke global warming and throw a lifeline to poor countries exposed to mutated weather patterns. But realising this...
  • Going green can help save economy: Schwarzenegger

    12/08/2008 8:50:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 961+ views
    AFP ^ | December 8, 2008
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told UN delegates locked in climate talks on Monday that the world economic crisis should not slow down the fight against global warming. "There are some people who say that we can't afford the fight against global warming while our economies are down, but the exact opposite is true," he told some 10,000 delegates in Poznan, Poland in a video message. "The green rules and regulations that will help save our planet will also revive our economies," he said. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is charged with hammering out for a new...
  • Climate fight costs may be three times more (UNFCCC report)

    11/28/2008 12:00:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 702+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/08 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - The cost of efforts to avoid dangerous global warming may be 170 percent higher than 2007 estimates, a report for the U.N.'s climate agency said on Thursday. The report comes four days before the U.N. leads a fresh round of talks in Poland to agree a successor to the Kyoto Protocol in ongoing negotiations marred by squabbles over who should bear the cost of fighting climate change. The U.N. report cited research by the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy adviser to 28 countries, and others which showed growing capital costs especially in the energy sector. "The increased...
  • Cost of reducing emissions by 2030 likely to surge: UN report (hundreds of billions$ more needed)

    11/28/2008 11:55:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 468+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/28/08 | AFP
    (AFP) – Hundreds of billions more dollars are likely to be needed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by a 2030 target, according to UN estimates published on Friday ahead of global talks on climate change. The report, to be presented at the December 1-12 conference in Poznan, Poland updates 2007 estimates that said investment to mitigate carbon emissions had to be ramped up in the coming years, reaching between 200-210 billion dollars annually in 2030. The goal, in this benchmark scenario, is to reduce levels of global-warming pollution to 25 percent below 2000 levels in 2030. In the new report, the...
  • Financial crisis no excuse to slow carbon fight: UN climate chief

    11/27/2008 6:34:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 711+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/08 | Jonathan Fowler
    WARSAW (AFP) – The world financial crisis must not become an excuse for backsliding on efforts to curb global carbon emissions, a top UN environmental official warned Thursday. While acknowledging the severity of the financial turmoil, Yvo de Boer, who oversees the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said: "To use the financial crisis as an excuse not to act on climate change would basically amount to setting yourself up for the next financial crisis." De Boer spoke at a Warsaw conference of governments and leaders from the energy, steel, cement and aluminium sectors, which are among the major...
  • UN climate chief seeks Obama input in December talks (Do I really need a 'BARF Alert!' for this?)

    11/05/2008 2:26:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 551+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/5/08 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – The UN climate chief said Wednesday he was "very encouraged" by Barack Obama's stance on global warming, and said he hoped the US president-elect would join in key talks in December before taking office. "It is impossible to advance on this important topic without the full engagement of the United States," Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told AFP by phone. "I am very encouraged by the stated commitment of Senator Obama to the issue of climate change, and I really hope that he or his representatives can come to...
  • U.N. Effort To Curtail Emissions In Turmoil

    04/11/2008 10:26:33 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 10 replies · 265+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12 April 2008 | JEFFREY BALL
    A multibillion-dollar experiment designed to curb global warming is stumbling as regulators question whether the program is doing enough environmental good. The United Nations is the main global policeman in an effort by wealthy nations to reduce the impact of their own pollution by paying for cleanups in the developing world. The program, known as the Clean Development Mechanism, is one of the most important coordinated efforts to attack global warming. [Graphic] In recent months, however, U.N. regulators who administer the program have objected to dozens of these developing-world projects, ranging from hydroelectric plants to wind farms, questioning whether the...
  • Climate change brings health risks (elderly and children will be more vulnerable to health problems)

    04/09/2008 12:38:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 511+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/08 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - A top government health official said Wednesday that climate change is expected to have a significant impact on health in the next few decades, with certain regions of the country — and the elderly and children — most vulnerable to increased health problems. Howard Frumkin, a senior official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave a detailed summary on the likely health impacts of global warming at a congressional hearing. But he refrained from giving an opinion on whether carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, should be regulated as a danger to public health. "The CDC...
  • Astounding Headline: "Global Temperatures 'To Decrease'"

    04/05/2008 12:52:59 PM PDT · by LJayne · 23 replies · 209+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 4/5/08 | Noel Sheppard
    Here's a deliciously inconvenient truth: five days after Nobel Laureate Al Gore told CBS's Lesley Stahl that folks who don't believe man is responsible for warming the planet are "like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the Earth is flat," the BBC proclaimed "Global Temperatures 'To Decrease.'" You really can't make this stuff up.
  • Climate negotiators work on ambitious pact (UNFCCC and Kyoto II)

    04/02/2008 8:34:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 157+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/08 | Shaun Tandon
    BANGKOK (AFP) - Negotiators here are working on the world's most ambitious pact yet against global warming, but questions are growing about how to force governments to live up to the promises they make. Week-long talks in Bangkok are aimed at laying the groundwork for global action after the Kyoto Protocol's commitments run out in 2012 for rich nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions blamed for heating up the planet. The United States is the main holdout from the Kyoto Protocol, arguing it is too costly. But Kyoto signatories such as Canada, Japan and some southern European countries are all...
  • Key climate decision should wait for new US president: UN (Yvo de Boer)

    04/01/2008 11:24:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 211+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | AFP
    BANGKOK (AFP) - A global decision on how much rich countries should slash their greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade should be made after the United States has a new president, the UN climate chief said Tuesday. Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Convention on Climate Change which is chairing talks in Bangkok, said the highly sensitive issue should be thrashed out next year, after the US elections in November. "There are some topics which it makes sense to leave for later in the process, for example what sort of targets or commitments are industrialised countries going to...
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2008)

    03/30/2008 10:02:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 491+ views
    UNFCCC ^ | 3/30/08
    Three months after the landmark agreement on a road map towards strengthened international action on climate change reached in Bali, Indonesia, the next round of negotiations shifts to the neighbouring country of Thailand and its capital, Bangkok. The talks are taking place between 31 March to 4 April 2008 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The climate change talks in Bangkok will convene sessions of both the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (first session) and the Ad hoc Working Group on...
  • UN Official: Rich Countries Pay Poor To Cut CO2

    08/22/2007 6:34:23 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 374+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-23-2007 | Paul Eccleston
    UN official: Rich countries pay poor to cut CO2 By Paul Eccleston Last Updated: 1:01pm BST 22/08/2007 A top UN official has triggered a row by claiming rich countries should be allowed to buy their way out of cutting carbon emissions. Two men fish in a lake next to a copper-smelting plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said developing countries could be paid to make the cuts. But environmental groups condemned the remarks and said the consequences of climate change could only be solved by all countries - both...
  • Meet Me in Milan

    12/09/2003 9:09:04 PM PST · by farmfriend · 2 replies · 162+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/09/2003 | Ronald Bailey
    Meet Me in Milan By Ronald Bailey Some 4000 delegates from 188 countries have been convened since December 1 in Milan at the ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The delegates will be joined later this week by at least 74 environment ministers from around the world. The delegates and environmental activists had hoped that the COP9 would be the occasion for announcing that the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC had at long last come into force. The Kyoto Protocol has already been ratified by 100 or so countries but...