CFACT Europe

  • 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.

  • CFACT / EIKE scientific briefing – Bonn climate conference. Watch now from the UNFCCC

    Scientific briefing CLICK TO VIEW NOW This morning CFACT & EIKE presented a scientific briefing at the UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany.  The briefing was introduced by Wolfgang Müller of EIKE and Berlin’s Manhattan Institut and featured Professor em. Friedrich Karl Ewert a geologist from Paderborn University and Dr. Horst Borchert of […]

  • 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.

  • UN opens climate conference in Bonn. CFACT press conference: Wednesday 14:00 CET room Haydn

    The UN climate conference in Bonn opens today and CFACT has partnered with EIKE to send a delegation led by Dr. Holger Thuss.  The UNFCCC is banking on these subsidiary conferences to set the stage for major agreements in Durban South Africa in December.  The global warming scare and the inept and corrupt nature of […]

  • Organic cucumbers (Sprouts?) kill 14 in Germany

    An outbreak of E-coli contamination in organic cucumbers has sickened 1,200 people and killed 14.  Scores of victims have lost all kidney function as a result of the infection with many forced to use dialysis. Green campaigners routinely attack fruits and vegetables grown and protected using efficient modern methods.  No evidence exists that “organic” foods […]

  • Green taxes v. green research v. productivity

    UK green energy researchers seek exemption from green energy taxes The Guardian reports that “world-class research into future sources of green energy is under threat in Britain from an environmental tax designed to boost energy efficiency and drive down carbon emissions.”  Researchers at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy complained to The Guardian that, “considering […]

  • 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.

  • Kyoto protocol sinking fast

    Four G8 nations abandon Kyoto’s ship French wire service AFP reports that Russia, Japan and Canada have all indicated that they will cease following carbon limits agreed to under the Kyoto protocol.  In addition, President Obama stated at a dinner Thursday night that he does not intend to bring the U.S. into Kyoto. The global […]

  • 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.

  • Leak: Denmark claims the North Pole. Good place for a wind farm?

    Plans for North Pole dominance expose Danish climate hypocrisy A leaked document titled “Strategy for the Arctic” lays out Denmark’s plans to lay formal claim to the North Pole. Yet the Danish Commission on Climate Change recently released plans to make Denmark “oil free” by 2050. What exactly do the soon to be oil free […]

  • 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.

  • BOMBSHELL: Shutting down energy won’t reduce asserted warming

    From Paul Driessen:  “In response to pleas for more energy, to meet basic human needs and lift people out of poverty, many politicians and activists continue to insist that “dangerous global warming” concerns must override even these human interests. Now comes this incredible bombshell from Australia’s top climate change commissioner:

    Even if Australia cuts emissions a full 5% in just nine years, by 2020, the change in global average temperature “will be a very, very small increment …. If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years.”

    Art Horn: The Climate War Should Be Declared Over

    Energy Tribune, 31 March 2011

    Whether you know it or not the industrialized world is at war, a climate war. The industrialized world didn’t ask for it, it has being forced upon us. The fossil fuel burning world is being attacked by factions that want to extract the wealth of the prosperous nations to pay for a remaking of the world and “save it” from the industrialized nations crime of releasing carbon dioxide into the air.

    However, as one of the Australian climate commissioners recently revealed, these governments, environmental groups and the United Nations have no answers as to what specific climate benefit would result from their victory. This is what makes the climate war so dangerous. Without a specific, targeted temperature drop figure somewhere in the future as a goal the entire transformation from fossil fuels to “renewables” lacks any true objective. The attempt to re-make energy production on a global scale will likely be prohibitively expensive and yield a temperature reduction that can only be guessed at! History has proven over and over again that stumbling into war without a specified, targeted objective, results in billions or trillions of wasted dollars and the pointless loss of human life.

    Every once in a great while when our moon’s orbit takes it closer to Earth something quite remarkable can happen, a government official tells the truth. Apparently the increased gravitational force of the closer moon wrenches the truth from the unwitting official’s mouth. Before you know it he or she has blurted out something that in a moment, changes the entire landscape. With the last full moon being closer to earth since 1993 just such a thing happened in Australia.

    In March, around the time of the moon’s closer proximity a reporter named Andrew Bolt, writing for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, happened to be interviewing Australia’s leading Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery. Bolt was looking to get a figure as to how much the earth’s temperature would drop if Australia reduced its carbon dioxide emissions 5% by 2020. At first Flannery was unwilling to give an answer, probably because he didn’t have one. Bolt pressed him for an actual number, something he could get his arms around. Flannery responded with “look it will be a very, very small increment.” Bolt continued to ask Flannery for an actual number.

  • 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?

  • Massive carbon fraud cost Germany €850 million

    “Fictitious trades, fictitious companies, bogus addresses” The Süddeutschen Zeitung reports that German fraud investigators have found that €850 million fell off the table when shady companies swarmed into the carbon trading, emissions and energy business.  The criminal companies rake in tens to hundreds of millions, fend off regulators with delaying tactics and then announce bankruptcy […]

  • 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.” , “… […]