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  • Is this a War, or What?

    by Einar Du Rietz Apparently the UN climate meetings are not enough. Now, the Security Council will get involved. From our beloved Guardian, we learn that: “A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change.” We […]

  • That Stupid War

    by Einar Du Rietz It’s old news, but hey, that’s history for you. A new booktakes a look at both the history of the cold war and the environmental movement. And especially environmental impact from both. You may not agree with everything, but sometimes it’s important to remember how absurd the world really was in […]

  • Shaken Consensus

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Interesting to notice how the big-whigs get nervous, as soon as someone else on the top dares to question the holy Global Warming religion.

    Recent weeks have seen uproar in the European Parliament as British, conservative members openly have defied the “green” promises from London. Recently, Commissioner Janusz Lewandowsky caused even more havoc, when questioning the entire ideology and scientific basis behind the scare. Euractiv reports and provides links, with the rather unexpected help from Greenpeace, who provided a translation.

  • Sunglasses Wont Help

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Just like Icarus, the UNFCCC and several NGO’s attempts at controlling the climate sometimes feels like the height of pretentiousness. When this permanent crowd is flying around the globe telling ordinary people to change their lifestyles and pay more for necessities, like electricity, it’s nice to find some other perspective.

    Madhulika Guhathakurta, a solar physicist at NASA and Daniel N. Baker, the director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, highlights the, for a long time seldom mentioned, impact of something we definitely can’t control; solar activity.

  • Boring – Go Surfing

    UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany, June 2011 – An Update from Holger Thuss

     It doesn’t help that the view is awesome or that the food is great, and that you are surrounded by great historic monuments, if you attend a 2-week-mega-meeting, and nothing happens. That is just boring. And that is in fact what you see if you come to the conference hotel of the UNFCCC Climate Conference in Bonn these days: bored delegates, sipping coffee with a sour face, sleeping somewhere in the corner on one of these red silk sofas, or surfing in the Internet. Delegates are so busy looking at their computer screens, any uniformed visitor of the conference would think he witnesses some kind of game convention. And – I repeat myself – close to nothing has been achieved so far.

    Today, at a meeting of the “Subsidiary Body for Implementation” – one of the many sub-groups of the UNFCCC – a lot of dissatisfaction has been expressed. Even the representative of the over-optimistic European Union expressed concerns. The EU expected a road-map or something similar to enable the upcoming COP/MOP – another big climate conference foreseen for Durban, South Africa, for December this year – to adopt another Kyoto-styled agreement. But she had to admit, that the one and only result of many and endless “informal meetings” since Monday was the adoption of the agenda. Yes, that’s correct. The only item adopted too far in four days is the agenda! Which is neither sustainable nor eco-efficient? Another concern, this time expressed by a delegate for the “G77 plus China” group from Argentina was funding. His wording was very diplomatic, but the bottom line was, richer countries should enable developing countries to send large delegations to UN-meetings. Because only this would secure their participation. And yes, including “Palestine”.

  • Film Time in Bonn

     CFACT-presentation at the UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany, June 11, 2011

    A picture tells more than a thousand words, people say. And if you have something to say affecting scientific or political debates, a movie is even better. Thus, the European CFACT team believed it is a good idea to invite delegates, observers and media at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, to a movie night on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The prior aim of this official UN side event was presenting the true driving forces behind climate change and our whether: solar and cosmic radiation.

     The movie presented by CFACT at was a documentary by Lars Oxfeldt Mortensen from Denmark titled “The Cloud Mystery”, telling the story of Danish Professor Henrik Svensmark. The physicist is the actual discoverer of the true forces changing the world’s climate. Further more he was able to deliver experimental evidence for is findings – in a ten years effort, sometimes without any funding. By this, he helped solving one of the most important questions of the climate debate, the mystery of cloud formation. The documentary also demonstrates that science is a rough place to be if you are in opposition to the established “truth”. During the research process, Svensmark started a collaboration with other distinguished scientists such as Prof. Jan Veizer (Ottawa, Canada) and Prof. Nir Shaviv (Haifa, Israel), delivering the empirical evidence for his theories.

  • Bonn Again

    Here We Go Again

     Bonn, Germany, June 2011

     The view is awesome, the food is great, the historic monuments are impressing, but the delegates are bored – in other words: we are in Bonn, Germany, where 3500 delegates meet for just another UN Climate Change Conference. The meeting is the second in a row of meetings leading to the grand climate conference in Durban, South Africa, where the next Kyoto-styled climate agreement is supposed to be adopted. However, the big news from Bonn is there is no news, despite the earlier announcements of Christiana Figueres that there is “hope” for a second Kyoto treaty and that many governments expressed their interest in promoting a “low carbon economy”. For reasons unknown so far, the UNFCC, the climate body of the UN, of which Ms. Figueres is the Secretary General, was unable to convene the opening plenary session until the evening of the first conference day. Thousands of government and NGO delegates were waiting in the grand meeting room and in the hallways – and nothing happened so far.

  • Energy Panic

    by Einar Du Rietz

    German Chancellor Merkel’s announcement that all nuclear plants will be shut down within ten years has, rightly caused both joy, confusion and fear. Not just in Germany, but all over Europe.

    That the announcement was triggered by the resurrected anti nuclear campaign, smelling fresh blood after the – no doubt – catastrophic accident in Japan is self evident. Another word for this is populism. Or, maybe, panic.

    Once that public and apparently governmental panic has settled, it’s a fair guess that this hasty decision will be revoked in a few years time. Until then, the problems remain.

    Germany is not Japan and also not a dangerous area for earthquakes. Chernobyl was a Soviet plant, with all what that contains of old technology and bad security measures.

  • Here We Go Again

    by Einar Du Rietz

    It’s strange. Once again, a UNFCC conference coincides with a natural catastrophe.

    As usual, the delegates and the NGO are lining up for another preparatory meeting in Bonn. If they can, that is, as another volcano erupted on Iceland and – though it seems calm today – disrupts flight to, in particular, Germany.

  • When They All Say…

    by Einar Du Rietz …that you are heartless and denying the imminent threat to humanity, there is comfort. Remember what the prominent scholars said when the Green hysteria really broke loose forty years ago. Our friends at ihatethemedia.com regularly updates a list of quotes from those early days. The most recent compilation came in connection […]

  • Why Did The Chicken Cross The Border?

    by Einar Du Rietz

    …to be eaten in another country. If it is the border to Belgium however, it’s (the Hemingway version): To die. In the Rain.

    A friend of mine used to keep hens in her backyard in Liège. This in order to get fresh eggs every morning. This was her choice and though running a small farm in the middle of a city must be burdensome, everyone was happy, probably also the birds who had a much better life than their colleagues.

    Locally produced is an interesting concept, and very propular. But it should be a matter of taste.

  • Will The World Be Enough?

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Bureaucracies and weed have the thing in common that when not controlled, they grow beyond control. The same goes for governmental organisations, supra national or others, with the addition that it’s most often difficult even to find out who’s in charge, what the mandate is, not to mention the plan. Delegates and functionaries, as well as paid scientists seem to be on a constant world tour, with one only goal in common, to grow and find enough solid ground and symbolic conflicts to justify next year’s tour. The only thing certain is that someone else will have to foot the bill.

    So, what to do, when all the old topics have been carefully transferred to – also growing – sub organizations? Where’s the new new mission to pay for next year’s lunches?

    One suggestion from French President Sarkozy is already on the table for the 2012 environmental conference Rio+20. Here’s a good update with links to various documents.

  • We Are Here To Save You

    by Einar Du Rietz Today, April 1st, the admirable Brussels based agency Euractiv.com broke the astonishing news that all EU officials, in order to cut down on carbon emissions, are to be handed out carbon credits to use when flying or going by car. The officials would further be able to trade their credits with […]

  • Lighten Up – Again

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The tradition of lighting a candle, or a fire, to guide travellers and visitors is probably as old as the tamed fire. With the invention of electricity and the light bulb, it also became more convenient and safer.

    Since some years back, another – imposed – tradition is the so called Earth Hour on Saturday, when politicians and environmentalists, led by WWF expect you to turn out the lights.

    My own tradition is to write about this every year, and the most encouraging parallel tradition of turning on your lights during the same hour is spreading, for example on Facebook.

  • Is Nature Environmentally Friendly?

    by Einar Du Rietz

    For anyone having been involved in serious environmental and financial reporting, the flashy ads for environmentally friendly products, or glossy brochures from minor companies bragging about environmentally sound processes (most often less paper consumption) is quite embarrassing.

    Industry, the EU institutions and financial analysts have since way back agreed to use the somewhat less sexy term: Less environmental impact, for the simple reason that all industrial activity and products do have an impact on the environment. Needless to say, lot’s of people in the industry, especially copy writers, not to mention translators, tend to violate this principle to spice up boring copy.

    It’s a sound principle, but is it really that accurate?

  • Long Live The Queen

    by Einar Du Rietz Finally the trial against the hooligans posing a security threat to the Queen of Denmark during the Copenhagen conference is starting. Naturally, Greenpeace is doing it’s best to ridicule the process, pointing out that “the eleven are also facing the obscure charge of having committed an offence against Denmark’s Queen.” , “… […]

  • OK, It’s Just a Test

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Next Target for Dr Killjoy

    Sometimes I feel that most forms of climate hysteria are, if not religious, at least more a matter of some personal gratification found in strange life styles.

    This morning I read another interview in www.svd.se with a girl who ventured to move in together with her family in a form of carbon neutral or “climate smart” house and adjust her life for a lengthy period to cut carbon dioxide emissions (or “foot prints”, as it’s sometimes called), and be environmentally friendly in general. I presume there are a lot of strange experiments like this going on around the world, but even trying to apply a friendly, alarmist perspective, I often find it hard to grasp the logic, or the real intentions.

    She complains that the toughest sacrifice has been not being able to fly. Well at least that excludes all the people who have to fly for personal or professional reasons. But more importantly, what’s the point in not taking that trip to London? The flight will leave anyhow, with or without you. Or is it a matter of boycotting all airline companies out of business? Guess it must be. Also know that would have devastating effects on both economy and safety.

  • Between the Lines

    by Einar Du Rietz The EU Comission has a long standing cooperation with  UNEP. Recently, this resulted in joint statement, outlining priorities and strategies for environmental work within a number of areas. At a first reading, suspicious that I was, I was, at least partly, surprised. Apart from the by now apparently compulsory sections on […]

  • Who’s the Real Villain

    by Einar Du Rietz  There are real environmental problems. Not necessarily those threats lazy journalists and politicians demand you to solve, but more often caused by the government. One of the most blatant examples is found in the oceans, in particular those areas controlled by the EU. Millions of Euro are wasted in the incomprehensible […]

  • Enjoy the Game

    by Einar Du Rietz Two of the major players in the media are up there. The BBC (in my opinion one of the best news channels in the world, normally) and on the other side: Christopher Booker, writing a brilliant comment in the (likewise excellent) Telegraph. Mr Booker quite simply seems to be a bit […]