Oh no! Global Warming to end Olympics

And I was so looking forward to seeing Gavin Schmidt on the USA Olympic Hockey Team when they try to beat the Canadian.

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From Reuters: Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor

Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:14pm EDT

By Karolos Grohmann

COPENHAGEN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday the 2016 Olympics could be the last Games, with global warming an immediate threat to mankind.

Tokyo is bidding to host the 2016 summer Olympics with Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid also in the running. The International Olympic Committee will elect the winning candidate during its session on Oct. 2 in the Danish capital.

“It could be that the 2016 Games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind,” Ishihara told reporters at a Tokyo 2016 press event ahead of the vote.

“Global warming is getting worse. We have to come up with measures without which Olympic Games could not last long.

“Scientists have said we have passed the point of no return,” said Ishihara.

Tokyo has put considerable emphasis on staging a green Games with the planned Olympic stadium the first to be fully powered by renewable energy, including solar power.

“Tokyo is prepared to do everything to create the best conditions for the athletes,” he said.

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86 thoughts on “Oh no! Global Warming to end Olympics

  1. I am surprised some press corp from north of the USA -wink, wink- has not yet picked on this renowned climatologist comments… LOL

  2. Are people really this stupid? Or are they pushing political correctness ( gotta believe in global warming catastrophe theories or be called a blasphemer) too far.
    Brent in Calgary

  3. So the planet gets “warmer” and the seas rise,(maybe measurably), the rain patterns shift (maybe) so people start farming with different crops in different areas, more food is grown so there is more to eat, and becuse of all this, we can’t hold the olympics?
    I’m not seeing the correlation here.
    Little help please??
    Matt

  4. Ken Hall (08:14:04) :
    It could get nasty in the rifle shooting if the lights go out.

    Or the javelin…
    or the 110m hurdles…
    Cheers
    Mark.

  5. Steve & Gavin, at center ice & they drop ’em. Well Steve would drop the gloves, Gavin would do his best interpretation of a triple toe looped sauerkraut as a distraction and then run for the dressing room.
    My money is on Steve. Hockey, real hockey is in our DNA and some wussy yankee “scientist” hasn’t got a chance.

  6. Stunning!
    Really… truly… stunning!
    I am in awe at the sheer power of fear marketing. For the most part, these are the same people who whined and complained at anyone being worried about terrorists!

  7. Ignorance and fear, shaken with ice and served straight up, make for a powerfully intoxicating elixir.
    And people think Starbucks has a lot of storefronts …

  8. ‘“Scientists have said we have passed the point of no return,” said Ishihara.’
    Is this science or drama? I clicked on the article expecting to get a chuckle, but instead I got depressed.

  9. Did you know? That USA-AGW Olympic Hockey Team is the only hockey team to play with a broken stick? yes, it’s true.

  10. > “Scientists have said we have passed the point of no return,” said Ishihara
    If we have passed the point of no return then surely there is nothing we can do so why cancel them ? It will make no difference.

  11. It could be that the 2016 Games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind

    When political figures make statements like these, it makes me cringe. I heard on C-SPAN a couple days ago, Dianne Fienstein claim that the Northwest Passage was open ALL YEAR, with no ice. That was on the floor of the Senate, too. They do a great disservice to their constiuents by being so ignorant.

  12. This is part of Tokyo’s bid for the Olympics. “See, we take Global Warming seriously, unlike the US”. They went a trifle overboard, unless they really think we’ll have a runaway-Greenhouse Venusian planet by 2020.

  13. Well, l look at the good side of it.
    I do not worry about my pension anymore, because in the year 2037 (when this will be the case) the world has ended anyway.
    Budget deficits? Who cares!
    Health? Who cares!
    Let us all pray and then watch the apocalypse.

  14. “Global warming is getting worse. We have to come up with measures without which Olympic Games could not last long.
    “Scientists have said we have passed the point of no return,” said Ishihara.
    The debate certainly is over. These charlatans continue to pretend that they follow the science closely then lie about something as simple as temperature.
    And they cannot be let off the hook any longer. People who now say the planet is warming are KNOWINGLY LYING. They should be called liars. They should be mocked. They should be publically ridiculed. And they should be thrown out of office for peddling this lie.
    How much more evidence do you need to convict these conmen of pushing a lie? The AGW team will never admit to this BECAUSE THEY ARE LIARS.
    Are we supposed to let government tax us based on a hoax?
    Are we to starve ourselves of energy and prosperity because liars have intricate ponzi schemes in place.
    Scream at your congressmen that the hoax is over. And do not be afraid to call a liar a liar. (No lectures on civility….not when people are caught lying and wanting to have you pay them for “climate protection.” )

  15. Oh, please let Tokyo get the nod. After all, with all their prostrations at the feet of AGW (green games!) how can the IOC not select Tokyo?
    Chicago needs to focus on its myriad of problems rather than chase this money pit project. Unfortunately, the IOC will probably be starstruck by the rock star salesman-in-chief representing Chi-town, award the honor to Chicago, and rename the games in honor of “The Won”. Maybe he’ll come home from Copenhagen with a gold medal.
    BTW, is anyone quaking in their shoes over the imminent “last Olympics in the history of mankind”?
    Not that my rant has anything to do with broken hockey sticks. Thanks for indulging my need to vent.
    The stick is dead, long live the stick!

  16. Getting a carbon emissions treaty means the sale of lot of new nuclear stations.[ doubling the number of world reactors] Japan is a major builder and supplier here. Scare mongering continues at full speed prior to Copenhagen. They are all preparing the way for a World wide carbon tax. France already is planning a carbon tax for next year . The public needs to be scared first to accept the tax whether direct or indirect[cap and trade] .Just follow the money.All this has very little to do with global warming which will be cooling.

  17. —-And things get better. Last evening and this morning I heard two ‘talking heads’ suggest that the awful earthquakes and the tsunami suffered in the Pacific might be due to global warming…

  18. All activities carry on as normal apart from the olympic games.
    I’ll join in and take the day off tomorrow and go and do some shopping instead because of global warming.

  19. What a difference a couple of decades makes. In October 1991 temperatures were over 100 degrees and the Oakland hills erupted in fire. Monday is currently forecast to reach only the upper 60’s with low temperatures in the mid 30’s.
    But how are the AGW swindlers able to turn a 1-degree/century change in temperatures into catastrophe?
    A quick check on NOAA’s NCDC shows a CONUS trend of 1.3 degrees F between 1910 and 2009 over the most recent 12-month (September through August) period with the most recent sample (Sept 08 – August 09) only 0.5F above the 1901-2001 average for the period.
    Where’s the hockey stick? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering hockey stick!

  20. This is so ridiculous to say that the world will end after 2016 because of global warming.
    Everyone knows that it will end in 2012 because of the Mayan Prophecies.

  21. Are we sure it isn’t because there can’t be international competition after there is a one world government? And the plan is to have that by 2020.

  22. “So the planet gets “warmer” and the seas rise,(maybe measurably), the rain patterns shift (maybe) so people start farming with different crops in different areas, more food is grown so there is more to eat, and becuse of all this, we can’t hold the olympics? I’m not seeing the correlation here. Little help please??” – Matt in Wyoming (08:25:39) :
    Sure, I’ll help. There won’t be any more land because of massive sea rise (maybe) and flooding (maybe). But we should still be able to have the swim competitions (maybe).

  23. matt v. (08:46:35)
    Getting a carbon emissions treaty means the sale of lot of new nuclear stations.

    Not really, because it isn’t really about CO2, it is about controlling energy production … period.
    If you develop more nuclear energy in the EU, you are assigned “carbon equivalent” points for your energy production so that it is regulated right along with the carbon-based energy production. So, you see, it isn’t really about reducing CO2 at all. It is about creating an irrational fear of CO2 in the minds of the people and using that to regular whatever you wish to regulate.

  24. Japan used to be such a button-down place. Now they have PM’s who’ve flown in flying saucers, governors threatening the world with destruction if they lose their olympics bid… sounds more like California politicians than Japanese, frankly.
    I want Rio to get the nod for 2016, and introduce footvolley as the new olympic sport.

    • Duncan:
      I just got back last week. The whole side of the old Meridien is a billboard lobbying for 2016
      Footvolley would be an awesome Olympic sport, certainly makes more sense than Ice Dancing.

  25. Well, will it be missed that much, it’s an awful lot of money down the drain for a fortnight’s hopping, skipping, & jumping, all that CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere by man, & woman (for the sake of equal opportunities), all having a group hug. I suppose a small nuclear reactor nearby would suffice, although it won’t be a British one, we very cleverly got rid of all our one time world leading expertise on nuclear energy (to Japan) under a new strategic plan for energy self-sufficiency in a low carbon economy, we’re going to have lots of lovely wind mills, trouble is I can’t quite see how it’s going to work.
    AND just “witch” scientists have said we’ve passed what particular point of no return on the way to where precisely? I won”t bother ordering any logs this winter, it’s going to be “as mild if not milder than previous years”, the Met Office said so, although they do say there’s a 1 in 7 chance of a cold spell! Therefore it is going to be warm yet it could also be cold so whatever happens we told you it might happen so therefore we were right! They needed a £32M computer to tell us this?

  26. Robert van der Veeke (08:38:06) :
    Shintaro Ishihara is everything but politically correct. In fact it is a far right wing nutcase.
    At first I was on the side of conservationists but by the time they’d finished singing I’d oiled up the chain saw and bought a ticket to Tokyo.

  27. If there is a world war, there will not even be a 2016 Olympics. Instead, there will be a whole other type of sport – blood sport by pugilists world wide. Interesting how some people want to worry about supposed AGW when there are truly deadly threats no one seems to want to talk about.
    Armies of Neville Chamberlains, stretched across the Free World. Blabbing, bantering and barking up forests of wrong trees (some of them with hockey stickish strip bark).

  28. If the sea level rise is all that the scary scenarios predict, they could still hold the swimming and diving events, eh?

  29. Maybe the Olympics should be in areas outside of the cities to avoid the heat waves associated with urban sprawl. Just a thought.
    It’s much more fashionable though to scare people into surrendering their freedom and liberty to tyrannical bureaucrats.

  30. Where’s Tokyoboy?
    Much as I’d like to have my old hometown win, I’m rooting for Rio. There’s never been an Olympics south of the equator.
    And the citizens of Illinois will be paying for a Chicago win for the next thirty years.

  31. MattB (08:56:20) : “Are we sure it isn’t because there can’t be international competition after there is a one world government? And the plan is to have that by 2020.”
    Hmm. Good point.

  32. By far the biggest “footprint” would have to be getting there. 11,000 athletes plus trainers, country entourages, spectators, and media travel from around the world to the Games. Beijing traffic was estimated at 500-800 K by various sources. This equates to about a million tons of CO2 just in travel, which is equivalent of running a 500 MW Coal fired power plant flat out for 2 months.
    The next footprint contributor would almost certainly be the venue construction (concrete, etc.). Operations would be a distant place since the event takes place for only a couple weeks (so much for 2 weeks of solar power).
    So based on that, what’s the “greenest” Olympic sport?
    1. Sailing. Probably live by the ocean and can get to Rio, Tokyo, or even Chicago by water. In those small boats, truly everyone arriving would be a winner. What spirit.
    2. Cycling and Triathlon. These guys can ride to the games pretty much and train in the process. Maybe they can hitch a ride with the sailors on the over-water legs.
    3. Rowing or Canoeing. A bit harder than sailing and not much freeboard. But it’s all about green right?
    4. All Swimming events. Ever see that Michael Phelps ad where he Butterflies across the Atlantic? I’m sure those water polo guys can make it and think of the synchronized teams’ trips! Oh my. Cover that from the air!
    5. Equestrian. Almost the greenest, but the grass-eating, methane-poopin’ animals spoil it.
    6. Runners. A long way for the sprinters. Especially easy for those speed walkers.
    Let’s really get GREEN Olympic Committee, drop weightlifing, walk there or cancel the Games in the name of saving humanity.

  33. Sonya Porter (08:48:42) :
    —-And things get better. Last evening and this morning I heard two ‘talking heads’ suggest that the awful earthquakes and the tsunami suffered in the Pacific might be due to global warming…
    [Sarkasm] You see, Global Warming makes the earth expand, because warm things expand. This means the day-side of the globe gets closer to the sun. Which means it gets even warmer, which causes more expansion and so on until a tipping point is reached and we all die. Earthquakes, tsunamis and so on are a sign of this and will get much worse than we thought. [/Sarkasm]
    The lack of natural sciences education is what fuels this stupidity.

  34. If the experience here in British Columbia is any kind of indicator, the Olympics could well die off, not owing to climate change but rather to economics. We are hosting the 2010 Winter Games and it is crippling our economy. The government is slashing budgets to just about every agency to pay for the games. Why any city/state/country would want to pay billions of dollars to host a short term event is beyond me.

  35. You ain’t seen nothin yet.
    GoreGoogoo:
    “Gore and Google: Pants on Fire
    Earth’s self-anointed global warming czar, Al Gore, has teamed up with his business partners at Google (he’s an Advisory Board member) to make the latest pitch for a planet that is about to burst into a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
    Together they have created an internet video which heralds Google’s entrance into the world of climate forecasting.
    The video champions Google’s new mapping tool which simulates a 3D map of the world predicting the effects of climate change through the year 2100.
    They claim their data is provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to Google, the mapping tool was introduced in partnership with the Danish Government ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Convention in December.
    In otherwords, this is a visual ruse to scare the hell of out of the uninformed masses”
    “Read more at americanthinker.com”
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2352612/posts

  36. @ Mike McMillan: Much as I’d like to have my old hometown win, I’m rooting for Rio. There’s never been an Olympics south of the equator.
    I guess Syndey doesn’t count, huh?

  37. John Nicklin (10:42:16) :
    If the experience here in British Columbia is any kind of indicator, the Olympics could well die off, not owing to climate change but rather to economics. We are hosting the 2010 Winter Games and it is crippling our economy. The government is slashing budgets to just about every agency to pay for the games. Why any city/state/country would want to pay billions of dollars to host a short term event is beyond me.
    I wanna watch my cousin race. Of course there isn’t ice?
    “consider myself very fortunate to be able to do what I love to do.
    To all the fans, thank you for cheering me on.”
    Cindy
    ‘Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    http://www.cindyklassen.com/
    On another note, my daughter missed the China olympics she didn’t quite qualify for the heptathlon. I have hosted the American trials for sailing as a harbormaster. Talk about a green event.
    Ooops. The plastics and fibers are great sources of polution. It will soon be extremely difficult to get a permit to build FRP sailboats. Even using vacum bag methods.

  38. Is it too late for the UK to hand the 2012 Olympics to Tokyo? Teflon Tony Blair landed us with this expensive circus (and the embarrassing 2012 logo) to serve his over-bloated ego. That was after he blatantly lied about the expense and conveniently forgot to add on the hundreds of millions in Value Added Tax (hell of a misnomer).
    Not only that, one of the major sponsors has recently put out cringingworthy and highly contemptible “green” adverts linked to the event (since apparently removed from the internet due to copyright issues). London 2012, it has been claimed, will be the first ever “green” olympics. I reckon the green actually refers to the billions of pounds currently being sucked over the event horizon of the project’s bugetary black hole. Personally, I’d like to see Blair and Brown spaghettified by their own, willfully created fiscal singularity of which the Olympics is but a small part. Can I say that?

  39. The ages of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolutions are over. Welcome the age of Japanese costumed treeman worship, Californian latte sipping teens who fantasise about Stalinism, Will Smith Scientology run education centers, the nanny state requiring Photoshopping to be regulated, Roman Polanski didn’t drug and rape a 13 year old because it wasn’t “rape-rape”, and a faith based global warming cult for wealthy cocaine snorting elitists.
    (I didn’t exaggerate one bit there. All true)

  40. The 2016 will be in Chicago. There is zero doubt of it.
    If this were not the case, President Obama wouldn’t have gone to Copenhague this week. It is an arranged thing. Done. It is a foregone conclusion, lads.

  41. Obama has to push the message even further! What will he eventually say? That he will change the location from Chicago to Anchorage. Maybe Fairbanks? Is there something norther?
    Ecotretas

  42. Al Gore’s Holy Hologram (11:33:03) Hope america will change again the course of history back to reason.

  43. Fred from Canuckistan . . . (08:26:45) :
    …………….
    “Hockey, real hockey is in our DNA and some wussy yankee “scientist” hasn’t got a chance.”
    And who is the Olympic champions?
    Canuckistan wasn’t even in the final. hehe

  44. Is the fact the media is trying to scare people as much as they can over climate change an Olympic sport? The BBC and Hadley could get medels in that event.
    So they’re trying to say that after 2016, the world will be too hot for the Olympics!? After seeing little change in average summer high temperature here in Wichita for the past 10 years the only way you’ll see unbearable heat in the stadiums by then is if enough hot air was blown out of the debate chambers where politicians are talking climate.

  45. El Santo (10:52:07) :
    @ Mike McMillan: Much as I’d like to have my old hometown win, I’m rooting for Rio. There’s never been an Olympics south of the equator.
    I guess Syndey doesn’t count, huh?
    ———
    Or Melbourne in 1956?

  46. Well, I’m not colored very surprised at all…. “Now kiddies… No fun and games until you clean up your carbon emissions!”
    And mayor Daley in Chicago, and Barack Obama… They’re spineless cowards, both of them, for being the mediums through which the Voice of the Movement makes things happen, for acting as the “one step below God” popes in this new religious movement!
    Sigh… Well, one thing’s for sure: this display of pandering and servitude seperates the boys from the men for the next elections. If it’s a sacrifice they want, then it will be theirs to bear… their position and power, for failing to be worthy leaders.

  47. “Peter (13:30:26) :
    Ecotretas,
    How about Antarctica?”
    If they really believed then they would drop their campaign for Tokyo in 2016 and instead launch a bid for Scott Base in Antartica. I recommend that all the AGW alarmists should attend. Summer clothing only required.

  48. ” John Silver (13:10:13) :
    Fred from Canuckistan . . . (08:26:45) :
    “Hockey, real hockey is in our DNA and some wussy yankee “scientist” hasn’t got a chance.”
    And who is the Olympic champions?
    Canuckistan wasn’t even in the final. hehe”
    Isn’t the wussy “scientist” English?
    And wasn’t the Victoria World Cup for club teams won be the Swedish team Zurku Lions, beating the Obama Black Hawks?

  49. Ishihara isn’t “right-wing”, he’s an unclassifiable lunatic. His continued electoral success in the urban, allegedly urbane Kanto region is a continual reminder that I really don’t understand the first thing about the Japanese.

  50. Irrespective of anything in any way related to climate I read that they are introducing female boxing (and perhaps a few other extremely marginal ‘sports’) for 2012 in London.
    I can’t imagine why.
    I don’t consider myself to be at all conservative in my social views but I think that any society that can include such an activity in an event claimed to be ‘noble’ in a moral sense is heading rapidly towards self destruction. Add in the constant bombardment about ‘risk’ and ‘health and safety’ regulations and then try to reconcile them. Nothing stacks up. The world is becoming, perhaps has now passed the tipping point and already is, utterly cognitively dissonant.
    Time to roll out the kevlar helmets – we could be in for a rough ride. If not us then our children and grandchildren for the legacy they will have to deal with which will be far worse than anything a changing climate could throw at them.

  51. doesn’t everyone know that the 2016 olympics will never come to fruition. the world is going to end on dec. 21 2012! please disregard any further comments relating to the 2016 summer olympics by the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara. Thank You and enjoy the the few years left of life as we know it.

  52. It appears that the crazies are in charge of the asylum. If hoaxing the world were not so serious it would be hilarious. Public acceptance of this AGW crap is driven by ignorance on behalf of the great majority and sheer arrogance by our so called leaders. I did a sum: 6 billion people weigh about 500 million tonnes. Thats less than the weight of water in Sydney harbour, about 560 million tonnes. Then there is the Pacific and the Atlantic and so on. Humans are such insignificant creatures but we can warm the planet and best yet we can cool it down. That is arrogant.

  53. “Tokyo has put considerable emphasis on staging a green Games with the planned Olympic stadium the first to be fully powered by renewable energy, including solar power.”
    translation :
    “We promise to be politically correct as possible so please gives us the games.”

  54. After all the noise they are making about it what embarrasment it would be for Barak and Michelle Obama if Chicago is not named. What a fall down to earth for them!

  55. I read the Japanese President’s comments this morning and could not stop laughing until I read Midhelle Obama’s speech, them I REALLY started laughing while shaking my head in disbelief at the stupidity of her comments.
    Without question, the LOONS WERE LOOSE IN COPENHAGEN TODAY!

  56. If what Diane Feinstein said about the Northwest Passage being icefree year round is true, then the summer Olympics can be held in Iqaluit! Perfect venue for sailing. The polar bears will all be gone by then too!

  57. What is perhaps more worrisome is the effect of Anthropogenic Global warming on the winter Olympic Games. The last of those should come even sooner, in 2014 perhaps? And more importantly where? Do you reckon we will still have enough snow left at the Scott Base in Antarctica? Or the Summit, Greenland? We could perhaps still have the summer games at Arkangelsk in Russia or Nome, Alaska in 2020?

  58. Mike McMillan (10:16:23) :
    >Where’s Tokyoboy?
    Oh quite sorry for being so late coming here. Have been a bit busy reading the long long stories about the Syberian trees.
    ““Scientists have said we have passed the point of no return,” said Ishihara.”
    Our mayor is originally a good-seller writer, and his late brother was a movie actor, and hence has no experience in scientific fields whatsoever. Probably one or some AGWers, still rampant here in Japan and one of my colleagues being one of them, may have indoctrinated him with this popular idea.
    I am very sorry for his misdemeanor……………

  59. El Santo (10:52:07) :
    @ Mike McMillan: Much as I’d like to have my old hometown win, I’m rooting for Rio. There’s never been an Olympics south of the equator.
    I guess Syndey doesn’t count, huh?

    .
    Duh. Victim of Muphrey’s law. Guess I should have been more hemisphere-specific. I blame it on continental drift, Halley’s Comet, George Bush, Locusts!
    So that leaves South America, Africa, and Antarctica without Olympic games. McMurdo and Lagos haven’t put in bids, so I’m still rooting for Rio.
    Many believe that the Chicago fix is in. We shall soon see whether Mayor Daley owns more than the White House.

  60. Maybe, if we are lucky, 2012 will be the last Olympic games. This has become a huge “Potlach” type waste of resources.

  61. >> George S. (08:46:25) :
    The stick is dead, long live the stick! <<
    The phrase: “The king is dead; long live the king!” doesn’t refer to one individual. If it did, then the phrase doesn’t make any sense. The subjects were shouting their affirmation for the continuity of the monarchy. They were actually saying: “The (old) king is dead; long live the (new) king!” To continue with your use of this analogy, you’re essentially saying: “The (old) stick is dead; long live the (new) stick!” If that’s what you mean, then fine. If you really want the stick dead, then a better analogy would be: “The stick is dead; drive a stake through its heart (so it doesn’t rise again)!”
    Jim

  62. Mike Borgelt (13:31:46) :
    . . . Or Melbourne in 1956?

    More important than the Olympics, Melbourne is hosting the World Science Fiction Society convention next year, beginning of September.
    They tend to be chock full of rocket scientists in addition to the usual authors and fans, and they will doubtless have a panel discussion on global warming. The “Worldcon” was in Montréal this year, and I was on the global warming panel (the sole denier) along with an enviro-lobbyist, two writers (one pro, one lukewarm), and the head of National Weather Service’s science planning division (agnostic, just wanted to get the data right).
    Here’s the panel blurb in the schedule booklet –
    The Pathology of Climate Change Denial
    Despite abundant evidence people still
    refuse to believe that humans have an
    impact on the climate. Why is this? How
    might these attitudes be changed? And
    what does this say about our attitudes to
    science more generally?

    Yes, it was a fun panel.

  63. My questions is if Chicago is hosting a Summer Games, will it be in appropriate conditions? With current “warming trends” (sarc) should we be introducing the more dramatic long hockey sticks for the field hockey instead of those hooked ones?
    On the subject of Tokyo vs Rio – I can’t help but think that 87 hectres of forest removal would not make a Brazilian Govenor blush. ONLY 87 hectares – that would be about 5 minutes work. Cue LOTS of singing and dancing by trees and no doubt the threat of another stern letter to the IOC.

  64. John Silver (13:10:13) :
    Fred from Canuckistan . . . (08:26:45) :
    …………….
    “Hockey, real hockey is in our DNA and some wussy yankee “scientist” hasn’t got a chance.”
    You have heard of “The Miracle on Ice”? The 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid? I think the Olympic hockey team from Russia that year remembers it. I’m sure you do too.
    Not too bad for us ‘wussy’ yankees.
    Care to play a little America football?

  65. David Kitchen (06:40:52) :
    It does not make a bit of difference to the accumulation of evidence that points to a significant increase in warming during the past part of the 20th Century.
    You are exaggerating David.
    The evidence points to very little warming. The temperature change that occurred in the 20th Century was nothing unusual. It has happened before in the history of the world. It was warmer on Earth 1000 years ago than it is now.
    And the data shows the earth is now cooling.
    Warming and cooling in the earth have always happened. Nothing unusual is going on in climate.

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