A summary from Dr. Benny Peiser’s daily newsletter:
Delay is preferable to error.
A world treaty on climate change will be delayed by up to a year and is likely to be watered down because countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions are refusing to commit to legally binding reductions. The admission that no treaty will be signed at Copenhagen marks the failure of the process agreed at a UN meeting in Bali in December 2007, when industrialised countries agreed to deliver a binding climate-change agreement within two years.
–Ben Webster, The Times, 6 November 2009
Nitin Desai, a member of Manmohan Singh’s council on climate change and a former top UN official, said a hard-nosed concession-based negotiation to reach a global consensus on how to combat global warming would likely founder.
–James Lamont, Financial Times, 6 November 2009
The deadline for 192 countries to complete a new global-warming accord may slip by as much as one year, as negotiators hold back on pledges to slash emissions or pay financial aid to poor nations.
–Alex Morales, Bloomberg, 6 November 2009
We must all be willing to disagree about climate change; and respect each other for it.
–Mike Hulme, 5 November 2009
A British judge has decided that belief in human influence on climate has the status of religious conviction. This is being celebrated as a success by some activists. As a scientist who works on climate change, I find it deeply alarming. Is Jeremy Clarkson similarly entitled to protection if he declares himself a conscientious objector and wants to keep his 4×4?
–Myles Allen, The Guardian, 5 November 2009
The Times newspaper says it won’t be repeating an advertisement that contained a false and misleading piece of environmental alarmism. The advert, part of a series boasting its eco-credentials, claimed that the world’s oceans would be free of fish by 2048. Boris Pope had made the claim in a 2006 paper in Science, which despite its reputation as a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, has a weakness for publishing shoddy junk science on environmental subjects. He’s since recanted.
–Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 6 November 2009
Politicians use drama to build support and gain a reaction from the public. Look at the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” campaign over the Iraq war. And certain climate change activists have distorted facts about global warming, appealing to sentiment rather than logic, to scare citizens into believing their theories of impending apocalypse. Such tactics have undermined the scientific credibility of their argument but may still carry the day, enforcing a terrifying upheaval to our way of life. Their persuasive narrative – even if it is wrong – shows starkly the power of emotion.
–Luke Johnson, Financial Times, 3 November 2009
Ben Webster, The Times, 6 November 2009
James Lamont in Delhi, Financial Times, 6 November 2009
Alex Morales, Bloomberg, 6 November 2009
Samuel Thernstrom, The American, 5 November 2009