Climate change mitigation

NZ needs ?adaptive approach to climate change mitigation to avoid procrastinating about long-term carbon reduction policies? – Researcher

Apart from the fact I don?t even know what the hell the guy is on about, hasn?t he got the memo yet that warming has stalled?

Countries should introduce an adaptive approach to climate change mitigation to avoid procrastinating about long-term carbon reduction policies, a New Zealand researcher has suggested.

Professor David Frame, the director of Victoria University’s Climate Change Research Institute, is the co-author of a newly-published paper which offers what the researchers argue is an effective way to tackle the issue.

Ahead of crucial UN climate negotiations in Paris in December, which aim to firm up post-2020 emission reductions commitments, New Zealand last month set a new target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser called this a “significant increase” on previous commitments – it was the equivalent of an 11 per cent reduction below a 1990 baseline, he said – the majority of submitters who took part in the Government’s earlier consultation asked for much more ambitious targets.? Read more »

‘Saving Humanity’ can only come via Nuclear power…and warmists have said this

My, my haven’t the tables the turned.

The warmists are now advocating for greater use of nuclear power as the ONLY way to save humanity from global warming. Not just any warmists either…the high priests no less.

Watch the Greens go puce over this.

Four of the best-known scientists espousing the belief that humanity’s carbon emissions are an immediate and deadly threat have issued a statement begging their fellow greens to support nuclear power.

Doctors James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley co-signed an open letter over the weekend in which they address “those influencing environmental policy, but opposed to nuclear power”. The four scientists write that “continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity’s ability to avoid dangerous climate change … there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power”. ? Read more »

The Absolute Law of Unintended Consequences

Let’s accept, for argument’s sake, that you give a rat’s arse about too much carbon, and lay awake nights imagining the future when your children are armpit deep in tepid water, fending off the floating corpses of dead polar bears.

Right, now you are Green.?? But you did everything to stop this didn’t you???? Solar power, wind power, ethanol, carbon trading.

But wait.

The outcome of every one of these Green and bureaucratic interventions has been near enough the complete opposite of what you intended.

Solar power is a bankrupt industry rorted by Chinese dumping subsidies?and a blot on every landscape where it has been introduced.

Windpower??? Its most enthusiastic proponents are now the cunning mates of top Tories in the UK, where the extended families of the Conservative PM and his deputy are making fortunes from subsidies, while the only winners from windfarms are the landholding Lords who rent out the family estates for rows of bird-shredders.

Ethanol?? BIG agriculture has taken that over (it’s BIG and you hate that).?? The result, further devastation of the rainforests and a worldwide increase in food prices that is starving the poor.

Carbon Trading?? Scammed by governments and smart traders, collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity.?? Even in NZ, the ETS means $330 million in corporate welfare for BIG agriculture.

Every move a total failure, the only beneficiaries the very institutions and classes you despise.

Hey Greenie…you know what is working???? The Free Market, that’s what.?? It is working for you.

Weather conditions around the world this summer have provided ample fodder for the global warming debate. Droughts and heat waves are a harbinger of our future, carbon cuts are needed now more than ever, and yet meaningful policies have not been enacted.

But, beyond this well-trodden battlefield, something amazing has happened: Carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 20 years. Estimating on the basis of data from the?US Energy Information Agency?from the first five months of 2012, this year?s expected CO2 emissions have declined by more than 800 million tons, or 14 percent from their peak in 2007.

The cause is an unprecedented switch to natural gas, which emits 45 percent less carbon per energy unit. The U.S. used to generate about half its electricity from coal, and roughly 20 percent from gas. Over the past five years, those numbers have changed, first slowly and now dramatically: In April of this year, coal?s share in power generation plummeted to just 32 percent, on par with gas.

America?s rapid switch to natural gas is the result of three decades of technological innovation, particularly the development of hydraulic fracturing, or ?fracking,? which has opened up large new resources of previously inaccessible shale gas. Despite some?legitimate concerns?about?safety, it is hard to overstate the overwhelming benefits.

For starters, fracking has caused gas prices to drop dramatically. Adjusted for inflation, natural gas has not been this cheap for the past 35 years, with the price this year three to five times lower than it was in the mid-2000s. And, while a flagging economy may explain a small portion of the drop in U.S. carbon emissions, the EIA emphasizes that the major explanation is natural gas.

The reduction is even more impressive when one considers that 57 million additional energy consumers were added to the U.S. population over the past two decades. Indeed, U.S. carbon emissions have dropped about 20 percent?per capita, and are now at their lowest level since Dwight D. Eisenhower left the White House in 1961.

Global carbon trading scheme dead

While the argument over Global Warming still has some life in it, there is no doubt at all about the cures that Green economists have devised.

From ethanol production destroying rainforests, to inefficient windmills blighting the landscape and the solar industry going bankrupt, they are all utter failures.

Now the biggest rort of all, the mad carbon trading scam, is on the brink of collapse.

And the news doesn’t come from sceptic blogs – it is reported by The Guardian, the left-wing UK newspaper that is one of the most passionate advocates of the watermelon cause.

The world’s only global system of carbon trading, designed to give poor countries access to new green technologies, has “essentially collapsed”, jeopardising future flows of finance to the developing world.

Billions of dollars have been raised in the past seven years through theUnited Nations‘ system to set up greenhouse gas-cutting projects, such as windfarms and solar panels, in poor nations. But the failure of governments to provide firm guarantees to continue with the system beyond this year has raised serious concerns over whether it can survive.

A panel convened by the?UN reported on Monday?at a meeting in Bangkok that the system, known as?the clean development mechanism(CDM), was in dire need of rescue. The panel warned that allowing the CDM to collapse would make it harder in future to raise finance to help developing countries cut carbon.

Joan MacNaughton, a former top UK civil servant and vice chair of the high level panel, told the Guardian: “The carbon market is profoundly weak, and the CDM has essentially collapsed. It’s extremely worrying that governments are not taking this seriously.”