Kyoto protocol

Last Chance?

The Vatican has embraced the lunacy of climate change, and declared that the Paris talkfest is our “last chance” to save the planet.

Plenty of other useful idiots are making the same claims.

But how many last chances have we had? It seems a lot.

Watts Up with That reports:

Bonn 2001

A Global Warming Treaty?s Last Chance. That teetering edifice that is the Kyoto Protocol gets some emergency repair work this week as delegates from 180 countries gather in Bonn to work out problems that threaten to scuttle the deal altogether.
Time Magazine, 16 Jul 2001

Montreal 2005

In an open letter to delegates at the Montreal environmental summit, beginning today, campaigner Mark Lynas explains why action on climate change can no longer be stalled.

?I?m scared. For 15 years I?ve watched international progress on climate change get slower and slower, even while the pace of global warming seems to get ever more rapid. With time running out for the global climate, your meeting in Montreal represents a last chance for action.?
The Independent, 28 Nov 2005

Bali 2007

World leaders will converge on Bali today for the start of negotiations which experts say could be the last chance to save the Earth from catastrophic climate change. Bali could be the last chance to avoid the worst effect of global warming, said Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth.
The New Zealand Herald, 3 Dec 2007? ?? Read more »

The untintended consequences of greenie meddling

You will hear the Green taliban and the left-wing constantly harping on about honouring the Kyoto Protocol.

But what if I told you the Kyoto Protocol had actually led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions?

A recent?paper published in Nature Climate Change describes how some Russian projects operating under the auspices of Kyoto Protocol?s Joint Implementation mechanism have increased waste greenhouse gas generation to unprecedented levels. These findings indicate that perverse incentives created by an emissions credit system are undermining some of the environmental integrity of the Kyoto Protocol?s initiatives.?Better regulatory oversight is needed to ensure that the intent of the agreement is adhered to.

In 2005, the Kyoto Protocol established two project-based initiatives, the Clean Development Mechanism for emission reductions projects in developing countries, and the Joint Implementation for projects in industrialized countries. The latter covers Russia and most European Union countries, as well as a few others.

These initiatives provide emission reduction credits to companies if they eliminate any greenhouse gasses that are produced as waste. But revenues that companies receive from these credits can easily exceed the cost of reducing the waste in the first place. Ironically, this creates incentives for companies to increase production of these gases beyond the market demand for them, provided those gasses are not vented into the environment.

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Aussies flip the bird at UN climate fund

Good on the?Aussie government, they have flipped the bird at the UN climate fund refusing to contribute anymore to it.

Australia has refused to pay into the UN?s Green Climate Fund, designed to pay for climate change adaptations for developing nations, preferring to cut out the ?Green blob? middleman and finance initiatives directly. The Chinese delegation said that this was ?not good news?. Speaking at the UN Climate Summit in Peru, the Australian delegates also called for commitments from all major economies including China on emissions. (h/t Jo Nova)

Speaking to Associated Press before the summit in Lima, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said: “The Green Climate Fund is about supporting developing countries build resilience to climate change. Australia is already doing that through our aid program. From my experience, bilateral work is able to customize responses when we’re working directly with another partner country.”

So far about $10 billion a year has been pledged by rich countries, but the ambition is to go much further. Su Wei, China?s lead negotiator said: “It is not good news [about] Australia, if it is true that they refuse to provide any money to the GCF.

“It also has very important impacts in the negotiating process. It?s a trust-building process. There is still a large gap toward the 2020 targets of $100 billion a year.”

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How fracking is making a difference

The Greens oppose fracking when the reality shows they should actually be supporting it. It has been responsible for massive price reduction in power and also massive reductions in greenhouse gas?emissions.

Against all expectations, US emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, since peaking in 2007, have fallen by 12 per cent as of 2012, back to 1995 levels. The primary reason, in a word, is ?fracking?. Or, in 11 words: horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to recover deposits of shale gas.

No other factor comes close to providing a plausible explanation. Unlike the European Union, the US never ratified the Kyoto Protocol, in which participating countries committed to cut CO2 emissions by roughly 5 per cent, relative to 1990 levels, by 2012.

Nor is America?s continued emissions reduction a side effect of lower economic activity: While the US economy peaked in late 2007, the same time as emissions, the recession ended in June 2009 and GDP growth since then, though inadequate, has been substantially higher than in Europe. Yet US emissions have continued to fall, while EU emissions began to rise again after 2009.

One can virtually prove that shale gas has been the major influence driving the fall in US emissions. Just ten years ago, the natural-gas industry was so sure that domestic production was reaching its limit that it made large investments in terminals to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). Yet fracking has increased supply so rapidly that these facilities are now being converted to export LNG.? Read more »

China’s Toxic Sky Erases In One Day All Of NZ’s Climate Change Efforts For A Whole Year?




In the world politics, it doesn’t pay to lead with your jaw, especially when you’re a tiny nation in the Pacific.

Opponents of the Kyoto Protocol have stated that New Zealand’s contribution to “reducing Global Warming” wouldn’t even go to one day of pollution in China, and therefore it was at best a token gesture.

Not to our collective checkbooks, of course. ?And the effects of that dumb decision is still echoing through our economy just this week with the Fonterra milk chemical scare caused by a fertiliser farmers use to… wait for it… try to reduce greenhouse emissions.

It is therefore good to keep some perspective as to what on earth we’re doing to ourselves economically as a meaningless international token gesture, when people in Bejing can’t even breathe? ? Read more »

Chart of the Day

Carbon markets are rooted. Is anyone surprised at this graph?

WHAT would you say about a market that has helped reduce carbon emissions by a billion tonnes in seven years, attracted $215 billion of green investments to developing countries (more than any private environmental fund) and cut the cost of climate-change mitigation by $3.6 billion? The answer, to judge by a United Nations panel looking into the workings of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is: you?d say it is a shambles.

The CDM was set up under the Kyoto protocol to get developing countries to do their bit to reduce carbon emissions. The mechanism allows projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in poor countries to earn a carbon credit (a ?certified emission reduction?, or CER) for each tonne of carbon dioxide avoided. The credits can be sold to firms in rich countries which are obliged under Kyoto to cut their emissions. The idea was to encourage carbon saving where it was cheapest (ie, in developing countries), increasing efficiency.

The trouble is that the supply of credits has far outstripped demand. The one-billionth CER was issued on September 7th. But the largest greenhouse-gas emitters either did not ratify the Kyoto protocol (America) or were not obliged by it to cut emissions (China and India). That has left Europe as the main source of demand for credits, and the CDM has become a sort of annex to Europe?s cap-and-trade scheme, the Emissions Trading System. But the euro crisis has reduced industrial activity (cutting pollution) and European firms were anyway given overly generous carbon quotas under the cap-and-trade scheme. So carbon prices have collapsed, falling from $20 a tonne in August 2008 to below $5 now (see chart).

Michael Jackson Dead – Joke Thread

Michael Jackson has died. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Apparently it was a ventricle not a testicle that did him in.

To commiserate this is a joke thread for readers to contribute their Michael Jackson jokes.

Ugly Celebs

Remember the Aussie joke about it being funny that our Prime minister has a girls name? Well they go one step further now.

On Ninemsn’s site in celebration of World Youth day held recently in Sydney they have posted of the Ugliest Celebs to remind us that God’s creatures come in all shapes and sizes.

Amy Winehouse is number 1

Kelly Osbourne is number 8

There is Camiila Parker-Bowles-Windsor at number 9

Number 12 is Uncle Helen just edging out The Pgoues frontman Shane McGowan

Michael Jackson is number 18