The UN climate change report says nothing new

The UN released another report on climate change. And as far as I’m concerned, the fact that it is a UN report discredits it immediately. We are all too familiar on this blog with the biased reports–written by people with publicly stated anti-Israel agendas–that come out of UN panels regarding Israel. So why should we believe their global warming report is any better?

I don’t.

Thousands of news articles went out today about the UN report insisting that global warming is destroying the world. You know what the articles don’t say? One of the people who worked on the report quit because he said it was too sensationalized.

Richard Tol told Reuters he disagreed with some findings of the summary to be issued in Japan on March 31.

“The drafts became too alarmist,” the Dutch professor of economics at Sussex University in England said by telephone from Yokohama, Japan, where governments and scientists are meeting to edit and approve the report.

Tol says the report ignores any positives from the warming of the globe. (Note that the Reuters article does not expand on the opportunities listed those eight times.)

Tol said the IPCC emphasized the risks of climate change far more than the opportunities to adapt. A Reuters count shows the final draft has 139 mentions of “risk” and 8 of “opportunity”.

Tol said farmers, for instance, could grow new crops if the climate in their region became hotter, wetter or drier. “They will adapt. Farmers are not stupid,” he said.

But don’t worry, the UN took Dr. Tol’s name off the report. Because that’s what you do in “science” now–you disappear the people who disagree with you.

You know what else the news reports don’t focus on? There’s nothing new in this report. It’s basically the same stuff they said seven years ago re-issued as if something has changed. This is paragraph ten in the USA Today/AP report:

There is no new science in this report, which assesses recent science since the previous IPCC report in 2007.

And of course, our awesome president is on the job! Expect a new executive order costing billions any day now.

If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral “out of control,” the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

And he’s not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying “the costs of inaction are catastrophic.”

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report here early Monday, told The Associated Press: “it is a call for action.” Without reductions in emissions, he said, impacts from warming “could get out of control.”

Please note, the report has absolutely no new science and does not address the many questions raised since the last one, including the manipulation of data to prove that the globe is warming (cf: hockey stick).

Can’t wait to see what Anthony Watts has to say about the full report.

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