Oh noes! State of the planet: We saw a ‘Great Acceleration’.

From the Earth System Science Partnership where they feel licensed to tell the rest of us about the “state of the planet” we have this press release admonishing an “unequivocal warning”. The video seems to indicate that we should blame the British for starting it all.

State of the planet

Scientists describe humanity’s global impact as ‘The Great Acceleration’ and offer ominous outlook: An uncertain future on a much hotter world

Time is running out to minimize the risk of setting in motion irreversible and long-term climate change and other dramatic changes to Earth’s life support system, according to scientists speaking at the Planet Under Pressure conference, which began in London today.

The unequivocal warning is delivered on the first day of the four-day conference opening with the latest readings of Earth’s vital signs.

In subsequent days at the meeting, nearly 3,000 experts spanning the spectrum of interconnected scientific interests, will examine solutions, hurdles and ways to break down the barriers to progress. The conference is the largest gathering of experts in development and global environmental changes in advance of June’s UN “Rio+20″ summit in Brazil.

“The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world,” says speaker Will Steffen, a global change expert from the Australian National University.

“Many human activities reached take-off points sometime in the 20th Century and sharply accelerated towards the end of the century. We saw a ‘Great Acceleration’.”

“It is the scale and speed of the Great Acceleration that is truly remarkable. This has largely happened within one human lifetime.”

Key indicators of the planet’s state, according to the speakers: higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, phosphorus extraction and fertilizer production causing many large dead zones in coastal areas; rising air and ocean temperatures; melting sea ice, polar ice sheets and Arctic permafrost; rising sea levels and ocean acidification; biodiversity loss; land use changes; and growing consumption of freshwater supplies and energy by a growing global population, of which billions of people still lack even the most basic elements of well-being.

At a planetary level, humanity is altering the global carbon cycle, water cycle and nitrogen cycle, says Professor Steffen. Indeed, humans now produce more reactive nitrogen artificially than all natural processes on land.

“Where on Earth are we going?” he asks, underlining several potentially dangerous environmental “tipping points” foreseen, among them the melting of the polar ice sheets and the thawing of perennially frozen northern permafrost soils.

Current research estimates the permafrost alone stores the equivalent of roughly twice the carbon in the atmosphere, he says. Under a “high warming scenario,” projected releases of greenhouse gas emissions from melting Arctic permafrost are the equivalent of 30-63 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide by 2040, 232-380 Gt by 2100, and 549-865 Gt by 2300. By comparison, fossil fuel emissions today are roughly 10 Gt per year.

“The key point is: Either we turn around a lot of these trends – the carbon dioxide trend, deforestation and so on – or we allow them to continue and push beyond critical thresholds.”

“There are signs that some drivers of global change are slowing or changing,” says fellow speaker Professor Diana Liverman, co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and visiting Oxford University academic.

“Population growth is slowing and will level off; the intensity of energy and carbon required for a unit of production is declining; agricultural intensification is slowing and forests are starting to expand in some regions.”

“On the other hand, average resource consumption per person, already high in some regions, is growing steeply in emerging economies even as many poor people cannot meet basic human needs.

“In some countries people are consuming far too much, including carbon, water and other resources embodied in trade. We have a long way to go to turn things around.”

Liverman notes a time lapse animation offering vivid evidence that Earth has entered a new geological epoch hallmarked by the profound ecosystem impacts of one species – humans – so much so that it marks an entirely new geological timespan: the “Anthropocene.”

Online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEMse22h8c8, it illustrates the dramatic growth of carbon dioxide emissions from the start of the industrial revolution — spreading from the UK in 1750 across Europe, North America and to Japan by 1900.

“By the end of the 20th Century we have high emissions in China, India, Europe and eastern North America but relatively little across Latin America and Africa. Here lies the core of the debate about responsibilities for climate change in relation to historical and per capita emissions.”

She also refers a recent UK study showing the highest income earners are responsible for three times the level of emissions compared with lowest income earners.

“In countries with high income inequality, the richest 10% of the population may be responsible for more than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions – and the growing middle classes of many developing or transitional countries are developing consumption habits that add to the burden on the earth system.”

Says conference co-chair and UNESCO director of the science-policy division, Dr Lidia Brito: “If you like, our presenters today are akin to doctors saying ‘look, you may not feel too sick at the moment but you’ve got high blood pressure, your cholesterol is going up, and your lifestyle is not conducive to good health.’”

“There is time to turn these trends around and promising, more positive messages will be delivered by colleagues in days to come. We look forward to discussions of our most promising options, the barriers to change and to a prescription for the future.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS

The research discussed in the press release, the conclusions drawn and the opinions offered are those of individual speakers or research teams at the Planet Under Pressure conference.

More information about Planet under Pressure Conference

The international science conference will be the biggest gathering of global environmental change specialists in advance of the United Nations Rio+20 Summit: 2,500 scientists, policymakers, industry and media representatives will meet to hear the latest research findings on the state of the planet and discuss concepts for planetary stewardship and societal and economic transformation towards global sustainability.

More information on the web: http://www.planetunderpressure2012.net

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98 Responses to Oh noes! State of the planet: We saw a ‘Great Acceleration’.

  1. Alvin says:

    My tomatoes approve this message

  2. Curiousgeorge says:

    Sooo, what they’re saying is we need to turn humanity back to the early 20th or late 19th century. I presume that means reducing the population to something around 1.5 to 2 billion, with 70% doing subsistence farming. Right. That’s what they call ‘progress’?

    Here’s a scary phrase: “planetary stewardship and societal and economic transformation towards global sustainability”.

  3. R. Shearer says:

    More importantly, Tim Tebow joins the Jets. /sarc

  4. Stark Dickflüssig says:

    Will Steffen, a global change expert

    My total bill comes to $183.46(US), I hand Will Steffen three fifties, two twenties, and a penny . . .

  5. kramer says:

    The video seems to indicate that we should blame the British for starting it all.

    It’s right there in Tragedy and Hope by Professor Carroll Quigley…

  6. Dreadnought says:

    Hmmm, this sounds suspiciously like another taxpayer-funded knees-up for the sandal-wearing, holier-than-thou, hairy-armpit brigade – getting the old juices flowing, ready for the full enchilada in Rio.

    It must be fun to be one of these teat-suckers, living high on the hog at everyone else’s expense, and rubbing shoulders with all the other party-goers every few weeks.

    I bet their excitement can hardly be contained, while they’re holding forth with their ever-more dire predictions of a dystopian nightmare of doom.

    Nothing like a good old rent-seeking, nest-feathering session to raise the spirits, eh?!

    }:o(

  7. I love the way they always put “scientists” right behind the expected numbers of attendees:

    “The international science conference will be the biggest gathering of global environmental change specialists in advance of the United Nations Rio+20 Summit: 2,500 scientists, policymakers, industry and media representatives”

    Instead of…”2500 media representatives, industry representatives, policymakers and scientists” which is probably a more accurate version.

  8. Geoff Sherrington says:

    At a glance, this paper should be filed under Earth Sciences-Geochemistry and not Global Warming, on its way to the circular filing bin.
    For example, if we mine phosphate deposits, we should also ask how they were originally emplaced; and whether that was good or bad for the planet; and whether the phosphate cycle is a repetitive, ever-present process.
    There seems to be confusion about redistribution of global materials, confusion with irreversible consumption or production – when we often do not even know the long term norm, or even if there is one (pH of the oceans?). We are simply told that change is evil and people must starve and die to combat it.

  9. Richdo says:

    I wish I could make a substantive comment or rebutal to this but the material is frankly just too disgusting. Perhaps a short video reviewing the highlights of previous Fascist/Communist/Solcialist/Progressive accomplishments would be informative.

  10. Latitude says:

    Time is running out to minimize the risk……..
    ======================
    You guys have been saying this for decades….and centuries

    Can we please get a date and time?

  11. William Martin in NZ says:

    The only acceleration I see,is the number of snouts in the trough.And their funding.

  12. M. Seward says:

    Will Steffen is perhaps Australia’s leading AGW alarmist, easily up there with Hansen et al. He still has the ear of government.

    As an Australian taxpayer, I apologise for his ravings and only ask that you be patient with us, please.

  13. Ben Wilson says:

    Wow. . . .time is immediately running out!!

    The only solution is for people who would waste vital resources attending crap conferences like this to

    1) Immediately transfer all their assets to me, and

    2) dispose of yourself in the most carbon dioxide friendly way possible

    Otherwise Mother Gaia just might throw a hissy fit or something. . . . . . .

  14. Steve from Rockwood says:

    NOTE TO EDITORS

    The research discussed in the press release, the conclusions drawn and the opinions offered are those of individual speakers or research teams at the Planet Under Pressure conference.

    It in no way represents the consensus or the prevailing thoughts of the skeptics. And now, back to your regularly scheduled programme…

  15. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    “In subsequent days at the meeting, nearly 3,000 experts spanning the spectrum of interconnected scientific interests, will examine solutions, hurdles and ways to break down the barriers to progress.”

    Ah, yes, the ‘B’ ark… :)

  16. RoyFOMR says:

    ‘Planet under Pressure’ aka ‘If it’s not, then who will pay our salaries?’
    Aliter, ‘If the naysayers are right then who will pay our salaries?’
    ‘Listen you dumb, fossil-funded, tobacco-fuelled, anti-climate, anti-post-normal scientific and anti-global governancing planet haters get your way then that means we’ve just spent more than two decades of juvenile bed-wetting episodes, billions of wasted dollars and the setting up of countless reputations and agencies that all ended up as diddly squat.
    Would you mind explaining who’s going to pay our salaries in the future? Hope you can explain why Daddy (Moma) now has to make a living by asking ‘Do you want fries with that’
    Clearly you guys have no compassion!

  17. Ted G says:

    This is the two millionth warning – your all gonna die – Snarc off

  18. VACornell says:

    I think that Australia is coming out of their delima. Not today’s
    election results..This guy will not have the government’s ear soo.
    But why do owe never see the results of the benificial results
    of added CO2? Why earlier warmer periods were always
    better for Homo sapiens?

  19. RoyFOMR says:

    Errata:
    I omitted the word ‘if’ and the \sarc tag. Forgive my inexactitudes but, in my defence, I received no funding from my efforts. As always. Sigh….

  20. Ted G says:

    Will Steffen is perhaps Australia’s leading AGW alarmist who will be out of a job next year, perhaps sooner of the ALP starts to collapse under a gillardton, LOL. Hee, Hee. Hee – Pleeeease!!!

  21. “The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world,”

    Does this sentence actually mean anything? Please define “human relationship with the natural world”. A relationship sort of implies two distinct parties. Have humans not always been part of the natural world? What have humans transformed from or to? Super-natural? Extra-terrestrial? Unnatural? I have been alive for the last 50 years and I have clearly missed this transformation.

    I’m confused

  22. Ally E. says:

    So… The first to the wall would be all the “deniers” followed by all the rich. Oh, and don’t forget fat people because they use “more resources” than thin folk. Oldies will go, too, of course, as will criminals, presumably. Then civilization.

    By the way, I don’t think they want to knock us back into the Stone Age. It might be worse than that. My neighbour collects wood from his own land and sells it. He has been harassed by Greenies who tell him they will stop him. They don’t like people burning wood either.

    At least cavemen could enjoy a good fire. Looks like we won’t be able to do even that.

    Not that it will bother me, of course. If they get their way, I’ll be first to the wall, along with all you good folk.

  23. Pat Frank says:

    Geoff, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that Will Steffen is a Ph.D. chemist.

    His publication list, at least since 2001, is short on science, longer on modeling, and longest on we’re-in-big-trouble overview pieces.

    His paper in PNAS modeling global water vapor, includes estimates of neither error nor uncertainty; exhibiting the promiscuous neglect typical of AGW science.

    Wonder what he did for his Ph.D.

  24. Chicken Little says:

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!

  25. Dave Worley says:

    “The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world”

    Based on survivability rates, the relationship has never been better!

  26. BradProp1 says:

    I wonder if these people have ever added up the total carbon they produce with these boondoggles? If they are so worried about the planet; maybe they should start with themselves. Based on the way these people live I could live 20 life times and still produce less GHGs than one of them!

  27. Gail Combs says:

    Richdo says:
    March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I wish I could make a substantive comment or rebutal to this but the material is frankly just too disgusting. Perhaps a short video reviewing the highlights of previous Fascist/Communist/Solcialist/Progressive accomplishments would be informative.
    ____________________________________
    And here you are: “…a short… reviewing the highlights of previous Fascist/Communist/Solcialist/Progressive accomplishments…..” DEMOCIDE = murder by government

    ….total 1900-1999 = … 262,000,000.[people murder by government]

    Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5′, then they would circle the earth ten times. Also, this democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century. Finally, given popular estimates of the dead in a major nuclear war, this total democide is as though such a war did occur, but with its dead spread over a century….
    http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/welcome.html

    From an answer to Myrrh @ March 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm in another thread.
    Professor Carroll Quigley documented the cabal. You can start with his Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Quigley

    This links a lot of the goings on together starting with Quigley From Carroll Quigley to the UN Millennium Summit

  28. R Barker says:

    How can the world “climate” be in such bad shape without any humanly detectable indication of it? I have been around 3/4 century and I would not know anything was wrong without the alarmists telling me two things I did not know; 1) The climate has changed. 2) It is bad. Actually, I have tried cold and I have tried warm and I have decided warm is better. :<)

  29. Andrew says:

    Pity Guy Fawkes isn’t still knocking about….

  30. jones says:

    I’m a Brit and I deeply apologise for absolutely everything……The extinction of the dinosaurs…….Shoemaker-Levy………Just everything…..

    I apologise…..

    So sorry……

    I’m enjoying the self-loathing I must say….

  31. Gail Combs says:

    In subsequent days at the meeting, nearly 3,000 experts spanning the spectrum of interconnected scientific interests, will examine solutions, hurdles and ways to break down the barriers to progress. The conference is the largest gathering of experts in development and global environmental changes in advance of June’s UN “Rio+20″ summit in Brazil.

    It should read “The conference is the largest gathering of regulating class aka rent seekers, expert in development of bafflegab and global governance agendas in advance of June’s UN “Rio+20″ summit in Brazil.

    I do wish the News Media would report these things correctly. Journalists really should be more careful how they use words.

  32. Patrick Plemmons says:

    Oh shut up, you boring windbags.

  33. Sorry, but I really like this video. It’s a neat, precise illustration of where and when various populations began to live longer, eat better, and improve their shelters. You can actually SEE health and prosperity spreading across the globe. The only thing negative about it is also being able to see how many regions are still suffering disease and poverty.

  34. D Caldwell says:

    To jones,
    10 merits for providing a great laugh this evening – good for my well being.

  35. observa says:

    Meanwhile after the rout of the rentseekers in the Queensland election the great deceleration gathers pace-
    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/victoria-dumps-carbon-target/story-e6frfku0-1226311051893
    It’s all yours Prime Minister and Co.

  36. DirkH says:

    Murray Grainger says:
    March 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    ““The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world,”

    Does this sentence actually mean anything? Please define “human relationship with the natural world”. A relationship sort of implies two distinct parties.”

    The natural world has become less successfull in killing us than it used to be.

  37. DirkH says:

    Hey, we (Germany) were second after the Brits!

  38. Frank K. says:

    …And in the final day of the conference, the scientists will join hands, sing , and dance in an event they call “P.U.P. With People”. /sarc

    R. Shearer says:
    March 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    More importantly, Tim Tebow joins the Jets. /sarc

    Actually, that IS more important than this conference…heh!!

  39. tango says:

    Will steffen is a big goose ask any australian he gets a big fat grant from the Gillard no carbon tax labour gov’t we all wish he would just stay there

  40. pat says:

    Murdoch’s Sun Newspaper:

    26 March: Sun: Tim Spanton: Epochalypse now
    HUMANS have so changed the planet that we have now entered a new geological epoch…
    Confirmation of the Anthropecene is expected this week at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London. The argument is not if the period has begun but when it did. Some say very recently and others hundreds or thousands of years ago.
    The former stress that humans now move more rock and sediment than all the world’s rivers do.
    Prof James Syvitski, a US geologist, said: “Humanity is the equivalent of an ice age in its impact. This took off around the Industrial Revolution, accelerating after the Second World War.” …
    There are three ideas about when the Anthropecene began…
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4219133/Were-entering-a-new-geological-time-the-Anthropecene.html

    25 March: NYT Dot Earth: Andrew C. Revkin: Managing a Planet Under Pressure
    I’m heading to London overnight to engage in panel discussions on the roles of communication and governance in sustaining a thriving planet in this century. (To my mind, there’s enormous potential for progress testing new ways to share and shape ideas, and far slimmer prospects for using environmental treaty-making and other tools of global governance.)…
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/managing-a-planet-under-pressure/

    26 March: Financial Times: Pilita Clark: Shell risks losing out in green energy drift
    Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, could “wither away and die” if it acts too slowly to address global climate pressures, one of its executives warned on Monday…
    But it faces equally stark risks if it tries to tackle environmental risks too fast, he said, explaining to the Financial Times later that it had invested in loss-making wind and solar businesses “maybe a bit early”, which made it hard to continue such efforts.
    “The timing is very difficult,” said Mr Haigh, whose earlier comments were interrupted by applause for two protesters who climbed on to the conference stage as he was speaking and unfurled a banner demanding Shell stop “green washing” – a claim that Shell is not as green as its marketing suggests.
    The interruption was a rare moment of drama in a sombre series of presentations at the Planet Under Pressure conference being held to provide “scientific leadership” to the UN’s Rio+20 environmental summit in June…
    But several speakers were gloomy about the Rio+20 summit’s prospects. The agenda countries had produced so far was “vague” and “weak”, said Carlos Joly, director of policy in Brazil’s science and technology ministry. And it was still unclear how many heads of state from large economies would attend.
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2f9c6a86-7752-11e1-827d-00144feab49a.html#axzz1qHflkA5f

  41. John West says:

    M. Seward says:
    “I apologise for his ravings and only ask that you be patient with us, please.”

    No need to apologize, at least y’all didn’t produce Gore, Hansen, Mann, etc…..
    Most of this [stuff] started right here with US, so we’re the ones that should be apologizing.

  42. JohnH says:

    @Murray Grainger:

    You ask what this sentence means:
    “The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world,”

    Please allow me to translate for you. For millennia, the human race was at the mercy of Mother Nature. If the Greensheviks want to anthropomorphize our planet, then they should do it accurately. She’s a total bitch. Just when you think you’re safe in a mud hut somewhere, you get a flood, or an earthquake, or years of drought. Your beloved family starves, your village becomes a vine-infested jungle, and just to make sure that none of you escape alive, you get cholera for dessert.

    For the last 50 years we have successfully found some measure of protection from her whims. Almost entirely through the use of readily available and energy-dense fossil fuels, we have created areas of the Earth that are relatively safe. Using concrete and steel, we have built cities that house millions of people who work and live in relative peace. Throughout the western world we have agricultural technology that has accomplished two amazing things: it’s managed to produce surplus food that can be shipped around the globe to feed people who haven’t yet developed their own defenses against that vicious Harpy, and they have vastly reduced the amount of labor that food production historically required.

    While it’s sad that not everyone has embraced the economic system that produced these gains, everyone in the world has reaped huge benefits. When we speak of “rapid transformations”, there are none that are quite as significant as our advances in medical care. What’s almost never acknowledged is that without the technological advances in energy and transportation, it wouldn’t have been possible to produce enough vaccines and antibiotics to ameliorate the scourges that our Wicked Stepmother sends against us.

    Sorry to rant, but for anyone who thinks that our new relationship with the planet is somehow inferior to our old arrangement, I pray for a time machine to accommodate their preference. I think their current affection with wind power will fade when they try to cross the ocean with nothing else to propel them.

  43. davidmhoffer says:

    “The last 50 years have without doubt seen one of the most rapid transformations of the human relationship with the natural world,” says speaker Will Steffen>>>

    Nearly all of it good Will, nearly all of it.

    In fact Will, the only bad part is that we haven’t figured out how to keep charlatans from extracting money out of our pockets while telling us that it is for our own good.

  44. jaypan says:

    I’d call it 256 years of progress.
    How must these green fanatics hate mankind.
    Let us be very cautious.

  45. Neville says:

    Here is Steffen talking to Andrew Bolt on the Bolt Report just after our idiot govt passed the co2 tax.
    IMO Bolt was too easy on him and should have pulled him up more on some of his silly nonsense.

    One glaring fault is his insinuating that el nino causes more rain. In OZ el nino tend to lower rainfall and sometimes drought.

  46. Peter S says:

    One has to wonder about the size of the emissions of all these 2500 jet setting attendees, and how many times that of high income earners they are.

  47. Goldie says:

    Now where have I heard this before? As far as I can tell and at least for the 50 + years that I have been on the planet mankind has been on the verge of wiping itself out in one way or another. In truth there have been credible risks in that time, but it really is hard to take this seriously.

    Let me see if I have got this right – We need to minimise the risk of reaching a tipping point. So what tipping points are we talking about? Well we have a long list of possible tipping points, none of them proven because no one has adequate data and at the end of the day many of them are mere speculation. And as far as I can tell we have very little evidence that tipping points actually exist. Now, because we don’t have adequate data, we don’t know under what circumstances a tipping point might be reached. So when we talk about minimising risk we also don’t know what actions would really be suitable.
    All we think we know is that it would be a good idea to backtrack to a mythical point in our history when things were better and hope that the weather gods didn’t notice that we’d crossed the line, or got close to it.

  48. John F. Hultquist says:

    “Many human activities reached take-off points sometime in the 20th Century. . .”

    Did I miss something, or is this a new ‘scary’ phrase?

  49. Interstellar Bill says:

    The Left has always been the champions of psychological projection,
    projection of their own filthy evil, upon their opponents,
    but now they spin climate fairy tales that describe only themselves.

    The planetary damage they imagine is the actual historic damage
    their ilk have wrought on their world for decades already.

    Their fantasies of planetary peril are grim metaphors
    for the horrible doom they’re bringing to our freedom and prosperity.

    Forget rising sea levels and fear rising government oppression.
    Forget rising climate extremes and fear rising economic disasters.
    Forget resource depletion and fear social depletion,
    depletion of marraige, depletion of the next generation’s numbers.

    It is not Gaia that is getting killed today but the Nobility of the West.

  50. Bill Tuttle says:

    JohnH says:
    March 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    I think their current affection with wind power will fade when they try to cross the ocean with nothing else to propel them.

    Quite a few years ago, someone with more enthusiasm than actual experience computer-modeled a boat powered by a *tall* Coanda-effect turbine and claimed it would revolutionize sea transportation. The only drawback to it was that, in order to prevent it from capsizing in winds stronger than 15 knots, the counterweight would have to extend almost 200 feet below the keel…

  51. conversefive says:

    “Sooo, what they’re saying is we need to turn humanity back to the early 20th or late 19th century.”

    Maybe something like this:

    “After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea. The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama’s eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make “anything of any use”, “doesn’t work”, and even its vaunted weapons exports were hardly state of the art. ‘It is like you are in a time warp,’ Obama said Sunday, after he toured a rocky border post in the demilitarised buffer zone that has split the Korean peninsular for longer than he has been alive. ‘It is like you are looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 years or 50 years of progress,’ Obama marvelled later, after taking a helicopter back to teeming, prosperous Seoul, just 25 miles (40 kilometres) away.”

    His “contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment” has been misinterpreted; rather, it was “commendation and rank excitement.”

  52. johanna says:

    Apologies to all for Steffen – he is a national embarrassment. But, the tide is turning – the pro-Green Queensland Labor government has been obliterated, and today we heard that the Victorian (conservative) government has scrapped the ridiculous 20% renewable energy by 2020 target introduced by its Labor predecessors. The scam is slowly unravelling in the Great Southern Land.

    One thing I don’t understand is why not a single ambitious journalist at these extravagant love-fests has the guts to get up and ask the obvious question about the disparity between the climate junketeers’ own lifestyles and the condemnation they pour on the working stiffs back home who are paying for it all. I don’t credit journalists with much in the way of ethics these days – but surely there is a story there? Are they all tested for adhering to the party line before being allowed to attend? Or do they just want to stay on the gravy train as well?

    Oh, and does anyone have a breakdown of how many working ‘scientists’ there are at this glorious jamboree, as opposed to hangers-on and media?

  53. Theo Goodwin says:

    “In countries with high income inequality, the richest 10% of the population may be responsible for more than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions – and the growing middle classes of many developing or transitional countries are developing consumption habits that add to the burden on the earth system.”

    This is very bad news for the growing middle classes of developing countries because they had their sights set on either joining the richest 10% or working in their factories. Once they hear that GreenPeace and other benevolent NGOs are going to put a stop to this development for the good of people not yet born, they are going to be displeased, very displeased. If only someone had the means to inform these third world citizens about the goals and work of GreenPeace and other NGOs, then the NGOs might receive a somewhat different greeting as they go about their daily work of feeding the hungry and bringing world peace. I wonder if GreenPeace consults the third world factory workers about GreenPeace’s plans?

  54. Neil Jones says:

    “In subsequent days at the meeting, nearly 3,000 experts spanning the spectrum of interconnected scientific interests” Would that interconnected interest be “How can I get more of the money?”

  55. Mike McMillan says:

    That CO2 animation could be relabeled “The Spread of Modern Civilization.”

  56. Jeef says:

    …largest gathering of experts…

    WTF?

    I stopped reading.

  57. ntesdorf says:

    Ïnstead of :

    “The international science conference will be the biggest gathering of global environmental change specialists in advance of the United Nations Rio+20 Summit : 2,500 scientists, policymakers, industry and media representatives”

    It should read instead…”: 2500 media representatives, industry representatives, policymakers and a scientist”. This is probably a more accurate interpretation of what is going on at this parasitical quasi-religious self-indulgence..

  58. tango says:

    log onto australians sceptic site http://www.galileomovement.com.au and read about Will Steffen , csiro , gillard and all the gooses that are pedaling the fraud

  59. Rhys Jaggar says:

    To be fair, some of what they say has merit.

    The deforestation/reafforestation position is sensible.

    The world could do with managing its water supplies better. That will start by saying that farmers growing food have higher priority than vain middle class suburbanites watering their grass. It’s not banning lawns, it’s saying they are less important than humans being properly fed.

    Unfortunately, their rubbish about temperature is scientific fraud and lies. They should be asked to put their genitals up as collateral for their assertions. Their assertions would drop to a murmer overnight, something which cannot come quickly enough. They know and I know that temperatures are levelling off and bear no correlation to carbon dioxide. Their reputations are dead if they ever admit it, however. Hence the need to focus their minds with the ultimate scare tactic.

    The day people realise that you must treat this bunch like little Hitlers and appeasement gets you nowhere is the day the world will return to sanity, balance and data-driven scientific enquiry.

  60. Alex Heyworth says:

    The Planet Under Pressure conference? I think they’ve been sold a PUP.

  61. Julian Flood says:

    If you look at the graph showing carbon isotope changes in the 2010 Watts Up post “Engelbeen on why he thinks the CO2 increase is man made (part 3)” you will see that the British have been telling lies for over three hundred years. Notice how the amount of 12C being produced from our secret underground factories from 1700AD onwards shows up immediately. The above video shows industrialisation from 1750AD, but by that time our merciful lizard overlords, whose presence we welcome, had already built the vast industrial caverns that still lie under much of this green and pleasant land.

    Or, of course, the isotope changes are caused by warming, are a result of the world coming out of the LIA, and prove nothing about the provenance of the CO2 in the atmosphere. The increase in 12C is obvious, but those who blame industrialisation for the CO2 increase only see the later change. Why is that?

    Lizards? Here’s proof. Have you ever seen Lord Mandelson blink?

    JF
    Seriously, though, Ironbridge is a must see for anyone interested in the history of technology. There’s a lovely spat on one of (Lord) Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time radio programmes between Lord B and one of his guests, a woman who is most offended by the idea that industrialisation started because of a few great men. Silly moo. Go and stand on the Iron Bridge itself and marvel at the work a few great men did there, men who changed the world. And made my Rayburn central heating stove 250 years later.

  62. hillbilly33 says:

    What a trifecta of alarmists sucking on the taxpayer funded teat. Two complete nutters in Bob Brown, de facto Prime Minister, and Commissioner for Climate Change Professor Tim Flannery who confirm the fact of their stupidity every time they open their mouths. Professor Will Steffen has been racing all over the world as often as he can spreading warmist disaster scenarios in his efforts to have this period in history known as the Anthropocene, a term I’m sure he thinks he originated and wanting what he egotistically feels is due recognition.
    In her lust to retain power and having wasted so much money on her crazy ‘green’ schemes’, the lying Julia Gillard is more than happy to use them, the countless other taxpayer funded CAGW believers or any other means to help justify the carbon dioxide tax and the funds she desperately needs to try and buy her way into retaining power in the next election
    For the majority of Australians, that election cannot come quickly enough and I don’t think any amount of electoral bribery will save her skin nor that of most of her incompetent Labor Government members!
    .

  63. Gail Combs says:

    conversefive says:
    March 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    …His “contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment” has been misinterpreted; rather, it was “commendation and rank excitement.”
    ____________________________________
    Unfortunately you are correct if his whispering caught on an open mic is any indication. http://freedomslighthouse.net/2012/03/26/obama-caught-on-open-mic-telling-russians-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility-on-missile-defense-video-32612/

  64. Gail Combs says:

    johanna says:
    March 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    …One thing I don’t understand is why not a single ambitious journalist at these extravagant love-fests has the guts to get up and ask the obvious question about the disparity between the climate junketeers’ own lifestyles and the condemnation they pour on the working stiffs back home who are paying for it all. I don’t credit journalists with much in the way of ethics these days – but surely there is a story there?…
    __________________________________
    It is “Freedom of the Press” and he who OWNS the press has the freedom to kill what ever stories they want. Just google “journalists fired”

    And then look at Congressional Record: JP Morgan 1917 purchase all the important newspapers: http://www.examiner.com/la-county-nonpartisan-in-los-angeles/congressional-record-jp-morgan-co-purchased-all-major-media-for-propaganda-1917-and-now

    and 201o: JP Morgan: Our next big media player? http://newsandtech.com/dougs_page/article_f3a45be0-4717-11df-aace-001cc4c03286.html

  65. Beesaman says:

    Alarm, alarm!

    Not!

  66. Geoff Sherrington says:

    Pat Frank says: March 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm ‘Geoff, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that Will Steffen is a Ph.D. chemist’.

    No, Pat, we’re saved. It says Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri in 1970.
    Ball is back in your court.

    Steffen & David Karoly are on some sort of “Ask Here First” list, with the implication that they are experts in climate change. For reasons unknown to me, I’ve not heard either one asked a hard question by the media. Yet they are high up in IPCC, based on ??? work.

  67. David Cage says:

    Latitude says:
    March 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    Time is running out to minimize the risk……..
    ======================
    You guys have been saying this for decades….and centuries
    Can we please get a date and time?

    We have had a definitive prediction that it was one hundred months as reported by Andrew Simms The Guardian, Friday 1 August 2008 and at the time was widely publicised. Of course this prediction was based on CO2 rising as a defined rate. It has actually risen much faster so we are already past the levels they were predicted to be at the 100 months.
    If you take the model CO2 levels used rather than the dates we are already seeing irreversible temperature rises beyond anything we have ever seen.
    This prediction is getting harder and harder to find on search engines almost as though there is a concerted effort to see it disappear.

  68. jones says:

    Reference Germany being second to endlessly apologise…Hmm……….Being typically German you certainly made the production of CO2 far more efficient……

    Just look at BMW’s and Audi’s……..

    BMW’s…mmmmmmmmmmmm

  69. Richard Steward UK says:

    If sea level rise dosn’t accelerate soon they are all toast.

  70. First question of the first press conference was asked by Richard Black. What a coincidence.

  71. Stacey says:

    A new business has come to maturity which requires Global Clinate Change Specialists. They have a fantastic capability in that they are a huge burden on the productive parts of the economy.

  72. bwdave says:

    I stumbled on this UN club for business schools that’s sure to get new managers singing the internationale along with the “Climate Scientists” and Media cheerleaders. http://www.unprme.org/

    Please excuse me while I puke.

  73. wayne Job says:

    Born with no defence system, claws or teeth that are useful for defence or attack, no body armour and not even a fur coat to protect us from the sun or the bitter cold. Humans are very vulnerable to an unforgiving and brutal world.

    We were given a brain and some instructions “Go forth and subdue the world” This taken in context means to make the world user friendly for us.

    Given enough development and education the entire world can be made a garden of Eden with enough food and wealth for all. These doomsayers are no different from days old that declared that the end is nigh, the only difference is we are paying these buggers.

    Three decades of these so called educated village idiots and not one prophecy has even come close to reality, they are not even close in their approach to being scientists, the new world of instant communication and information is making a mockery of their inanities.

    Enough of these fools who will not debate the science for all suffer allo doxophobia.
    [The fear of different opinion]

  74. Brian says:

    Crazy Ralph says it all:

  75. Brian says:

    Crazy Ralph: You’re all doomed!

  76. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    Now let me see, who started off all the problems we have. Oh yes it was scientists. Seems a lot of learning is also a dangerous thing.

  77. cui bono says:

    We Brits should apologise for having anything to do with the Agricultural Revolution, the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. If 2,500 ‘experts’ say so, it must be right.

    What is the collective noun for moonbats? A ‘bidet’? (Many around, usefulness unclear).

  78. tango says:

    hillbilly33 is spot on what 90% of australians think. only the water mellon heads, communists, and the brain dead think otherwise please forgive them as they have no brains or commonsense

  79. les says:

    I’m not surprised we British are getting the blame. No doubt some historian will one day “prove” that we crucified Jesus, assassinated Ghandi and wiped out the dinosaurs.

  80. Mark says:

    “The video seems to indicate that we should blame the British for starting it all.”

    Blast it, we’ve been rumbled again! Quick, someone get out a press release shifting the blame to the Romans!

    Just don’t let them realise that it was a bunch of rebel Brits who wrote that Declaration of Independence thing too, else we’ll *never* hear the end of it…

  81. jones says:

    les says:
    March 27, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I’m not surprised we British are getting the blame. No doubt some historian will one day “prove” that we crucified Jesus, assassinated Ghandi and wiped out the dinosaurs.

    ‘proof’?……..

    Just bloody apologise…..

    Oh and cough up compo while you’re at it………

  82. Gail Combs says:

    John F. Hultquist says:
    March 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    “Many human activities reached take-off points sometime in the 20th Century. . .”

    Did I miss something, or is this a new ‘scary’ phrase?
    __________________________________________
    The only “Take-off point” or “Tipping- point” that the 20th Century has reached is the high level in the ratio of Rent-seekers to producers of wealth. In a 1980′s lecture I went to by Peter Drucker, he pointed out that we had 10 support staff for every 1 worker (producer of wealth) A bit mind boggling when you think that about 2 centuries ago, in the 1790′s 90% of the US population was self-reliant farmers.

    In the Past: HOW EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT KILLED ANCIENT ROME

    Today: CLIMATE COUP – the Politics

    We seem to have reached the point where we now have 10 wolves agreeing on how to carve up the lamb. Not a good situation. Although given the Malthusians behind a lot of this, I would not want to be the other 9 wolves. At least the lamb is seen to have value.

  83. Gail Combs says:

    David Cage says:
    March 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

    …. This prediction is getting harder and harder to find on search engines almost as though there is a concerted effort to see it disappear.
    _____________________________
    Making statements “Disappear” or worse changing the statements without changing the dates is quite typical of The Ministry of Truth

  84. DaveS says:

    What expertise do these so-called ‘experts’ actually have, other than in the art of making a complete idiot of oneself?

  85. higley7 says:

    “Here’s a scary phrase: “planetary stewardship and societal and economic transformation towards global sustainability”.”

    “planetary stewardship” = one-world totalitarian government.
    “societal transformation” = socialist and micromanaged lives at the most intimate level
    “economic transformation” = fascist control of all industry, energy, and the people by force and control of all enterprise
    “sustainabiliy” = an impossible goal that will forever necessitate increasingly radical and costly “sacrifices” by the oppressed citizens

    These people need to be gone.

  86. Chuck Nolan says:

    les says:
    March 27, 2012 at 3:26 am
    d Ghandi and wiped out the dinosaurs.
    ————
    And I do believe it was the Brits that came over to US and killed our buffalo to near extinction, if I’m not mistaken.

  87. beng says:

    Hey! How ’bout giving us polluting Americans some credit here!!
    (As I look out at skies w/almost unlimited visibility)

  88. Kaboom says:

    Acceleration towards civilization maybe. But that is only an evil in the eyes of the acolytes of Gaia.

  89. Gary Pearse says:

    “billions of people still lack even the most basic elements of well-being.”

    And you still want to reduce the production of fertilizers and use of water?

  90. mwhite says:

    From the BBCs flagship science programme HORIZON

    Global Wierding

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01f893x

    “Something weird seems to be happening to our weather – it appears to be getting more extreme.

    In the past few years we have shivered through two record-breaking cold winters and parts of the country have experienced intense droughts and torrential floods. It is a pattern that appears to be playing out across the globe. Hurricane chasers are recording bigger storms and in Texas, record-breaking rain has been followed by record-breaking drought.

    Horizon follows the scientists who are trying to understand what’s been happening to our weather and investigates if these extremes are a taste of what is to come”

    The programme should appear on utube eventually

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bbc+horizon+2012&oq=bbc+horizon&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_l=youtube.1.1.0l10.10469l10469l0l13312l1l1l0l0l0l0l93l93l1l1l0.

  91. Jenn Oates says:

    As I ask my students: are you personally willing to do without all the things in your life that are fueled by fossil fuels? If not, then hush.

  92. Best way to comment is to tweet using the #Planet2012 hashtag, which can be monitored
    at http://consortium.cgiar.org/planet-under-pressure/ where you can also add commentr – though they’ll probablt censor it… A colleague tried leafletting the conference and distributed a few but was eventually escorted off the site by security guards. No chance of letting the poor delegates (at £400 each!) actually meet reality.

  93. Brian H says:

    Problem: Most of the public, and even some wobbly and unreliable governments, are beginning to dodge and shield themselves from our Boolshite.

    Solution: Shovel more, faster!

  94. retireddave says:

    As a Brit I am today wearing “sackcloth and ashes”. Well actually just the sackcloth, as making the ashes would mean a release of CO2.

  95. Dave says:

    All these attendees may now add an additional middle name to their full names: `Lysenko`, because they are all useful idiots. How else should we regard then?
    Dave

  96. Lars P. says:

    “Many human activities reached take-off points sometime in the 20th Century and sharply accelerated towards the end of the century. We saw a ‘Great Acceleration’.”

    Yes, we all see the great acceleration in the skeptic blogosphere and rational thinking.

  97. Hot under the collar says:

    It’s worse than we thought!

    Has anyone got a picture of an arse and an elbow for these scaremongers to help them out.

  98. Hot under the collar says:

    Seems to me they’ve spent a lot of money (and CO2) just to avoid sending emails. Have they not heard of the telephone or are they scared of phone hackers?

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