Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months

From The BBC

Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent
@mattmcgrathbbc on Twitter
24 July 2019

Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”?

Now it seems, there’s a growing consensus that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among other environmental challenges.

Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030.

But today, observers recognise that the decisive, political steps to enable the cuts in carbon to take place will have to happen before the end of next year.

The idea that 2020 is a firm deadline was eloquently addressed by one of the world’s top climate scientists, speaking back in 2017.

The jet stream drags tropical continental air from Africa over to Europe

“The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can’t be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020,” said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and now director emeritus of the Potsdam Climate Institute.

The sense that the end of next year is the last chance saloon for climate change is becoming clearer all the time.

“I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels and to restore nature to the equilibrium we need for our survival,” said Prince Charles, speaking at a reception for Commonwealth foreign ministers recently.

So why are the next 18 months so important?

The Prince was looking ahead to a series of critical UN meetings that are due to take place between now and the end of 2020.

Ever since a global climate agreement was signed in Paris in December 2015, negotiators have been consumed with arguing about the rulebook for the pact.

But under the terms of the deal, countries have also promised to improve their carbon-cutting plans by the end of next year.

One of the understated headlines in last year’s IPCC report was that global emissions of carbon dioxide must peak by 2020 to keep the planet below 1.5C.

Current plans are nowhere near strong enough to keep temperatures below the so-called safe limit. Right now, we are heading towards 3C of heating by 2100 not 1.5.

As countries usually scope out their plans over five and 10 year timeframes, if the 45% carbon cut target by 2030 is to be met then the plans really need to be on the table by the end of 2020.

Read the full article here.

HT/Kent N

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163 thoughts on “Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months

    • As a loyal subject of EIIR, I suppose I owe some respect to Big Ears – oops, sorry, Prince Charles – as the heir (maybe). But in fact I don’t: he’s an idiot. In case anyone wonders, I’m not a Diana fan either.

      • Carolus III Rex, Urceus Ansa sicut Aures Formatae, Fidei in Caeli Mutatione Defensor

        God Save the Queen

        • If he outlives his Mum, he will be George VII.
          Our Kings Charles have not been good examples: Charlie One was dramatically shortened, by exactly a head; Charlie Two had no legitimate heir.

          Long Live the Queen!

          Auto

          • Well, As long as China and India can continue unabated, AND as long as the developing nations of the world can do likewise, peak CO2 in 2020 will never happen even by 2040.
            If 450ppm Peak at 2030 were a world killer, then the workld has died numerous times over. We must all be Zombies

          • The problem of Charles’s heir has been solved. I pray that the queen out lives Charles. Her mother live to be 101. So, we are not without hope.

            Just a thought, if the Duchess of Sussex (the former Meghan Markle) becomes queen of England, will she still be entitled to intersectional points.

          • Well, They DO have just 18 months to save the Monarchy (From Charles)
            I suppose the end of the Monarchy could be viewed as the end of the World

      • Did you hear about the flasher who was thinking of retiring? He decided to stick it out a little longer.

  1. “Doctor,you told me I have a month to live and then you sent me a bill for $1,000! I can’t pay that before the end of the month!”
    “Okay,you have six months to live.”

  2. Mindless B.S. He should go talk with China, India, African and other Third World countries.

  3. The BBC has always produced good comedies. We’ve had Morcombe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, Only Fools and Horses, One Foot In The Grave, Are You Being Served? and now this. However, I think the TV audience may be limited as no one knows all the actors and the subject is based on bullsh*t

  4. More cant and nonsense from the BBC. They need to
    be thrust out of their ivory tower into the world of commercial, non-government supported television, so that the British people can actually send a message to these charlatans through their viewing habits and subsequent ratings and sponsorships.

    • non-“taxpayer” supported television, so that the British people can actually send a message to these charlatans…………………the BBC’s Charter was thrown in the rubbish shute years ago!

      There, corrected that for you! Don’t forget, with politicains, they lie, they cheat, & they steal, (sorry, The Hunt for Red October was oh so accurate)! Guvments have no money, it’s the peoples’ money (for when they’re making cuts), the guvment is spending ABCXYZ gazillions on this/that/or the other cause/project/junket/white-elephant etc! especially come election time!

    • Ah you make the common mistake of believing, or perhaps assuming, the BBC is independent. It is most certainly not, it is and always has been the propaganda arm of the Establishment, or UK Deep State or ‘the men in grey suits’ or whatever you deem the true decision makers behind the political and governmental classes.

      Nothing will salvage it, those hidden powers would not allow it.

      • …Not to mention the usefulness of a global media organization for the national intelligence agencies.

  5. Wishful thinking. The genie was out of the bottle 20 or 30 years ago. Global temps are just beginning to spike.

        • Isn’t it interesting that the difference between satellite data and surface data continues to diverge in the exact opposite direction as that predicted by climate science.

          That would likely tell someone truly interested in understanding the truth that surface data is being affected by something completely different than CO2.

          • Exactly what I was thinking Richard. GAO, back in 2011, said 42% of NOAA temperature stations do no meet NOAA guidelines for siting….

            https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/9/post-bb6f9c3f-802a-23ad-432c-dc7700b3bf61

            The maps in the linked piece below seem to show quite a difference between compliant stations temperature and ALL stations (compliant and non-compliant).

            https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/17/press-release-agu15-the-quality-of-temperature-station-siting-matters-for-temperature-trends/

            But when you are devoted to the climate scare narrative, this probably isn’t going to matter. Questionable or tainted temperature data is acceptable when it can be used to promote the scare. Loydo either doesn’t understand this or doesn’t care (pick one).

          • ….and then of course there is the fact that we have been coming out of a Little Ice Age since the 19th century, haven’t we Loydo? What do you expect the Earth to do, get colder?

          • Don’t worry, according to the modern version of the law of big numbers, if we can average enough bad data together, we can get whatever result we want.

          • ” GAO, back in 2011, said 42% of NOAA temperature stations do no meet NOAA guidelines for siting”

            I don’t think the temperature gauges are the real problem. The real problem with the adjusted temperature record is what NOAA does with the temperature numbers once they put them into a computer and change the results to something that suits the CAGW narrative..

          • That’s too time consuming for believers of the Church of Omnipotent Greenhouse in Carbon, they’d rather use the Readers Digest Condensed Version of climate consensus.

        • A global average temperature is a meaningless statistic. Here’s a graphic I made showing the average anomaly for the contiguous US since 1900, using the NOAA GHCN-Monthly summaries and a 1981-2010 baseline.

          Note the flatness of that trend line. Works out to 0.36°C/century.

          Now you may claim that the US is only 6% of the Earth’s land surface, and this is true. But it’s also where we live, and the temperatures we are getting. And it’s practically unchanged.

          As I pointed out in the “heat wave” thread, when the NOAA monthly summaries are averaged for each month of the year since 1900, every month but February has a decreasing trend. What’s happening in my back yard is a lot more significant than what’s happening “on average” across the globe.

          • “A global average temperature is a meaningless statistic. Here’s a graphic I made showing the average anomaly for the contiguous US since 1900, using the NOAA GHCN-Monthly summaries and a 1981-2010 baseline.”

            What you meant to say was: A contiguous US average temperature is a meaningless statistic.

            “But it’s also where we live…”

            No its not.

          • “What you meant to say was: A contiguous US average temperature is a meaningless statistic.”

            It’s not meaningless. The U.S. has a temperature profile (derived from an average U.S. temperature) that shows the 1930’s to be just as warm as today, and unmodified temperature charts from around the world show the very same temperature profile, so I would say that the U.S. temperature profile is representative of the global temperature profile/climate.

            I can provide you charts to compare if you so desire.

      • Loydo’s still trying to pretend that the recent El Nino spike was actually CO2 and the falling temperatures since then are proof that it’s actually getting warmer.

    • Loydo, please go back to taking your meds. Temps are normal here, and it’s pleasantly cool at night, too. And if you’d crawl out of your Cave of Fear occasionally, you’d know that weather and climate are not synonymous.

    • So, the planet is going to DIE, like the Prince suggested (“fatally wounded”)? Really? The ice ages couldn’t manage to kill the planet, but by golly a few degrees above today’s temps (which are below the max even for this interglacial) will kill off everything? This all sounds like extreme hyperbole to me.

      • If the much warmer temperatures the planet enjoyed during the Medieval, Roman and Minoan warm periods, not to mention the vast majority of the last 10K years didn’t kill us off, the extremely mild Modern Warm Period ain’t going to do it either.

      • It’s interesting that despite the fact that these people basically worship nature as a God, they have a very low opinion of it. “Mother Nature is weak and pathetic, and Mankind is the most powerful force that have ever existed on this planet.”

        • Global warming is the religion FOR the masses. It’s not for those making a good living FROM it.

    • Global temps are just beginning to spike.

      Good thing people 12000 yrs ago when the temps started “spiking” didn’t have graphs or we’d prb’ly be extinct — everyone would’ve been thrown in volcanoes to appease the weather gods.

    • It really is fascinating how 3 years of falling temperatures become a temperature spike.
      Prior to that 20 years with no warming.

  6. Well, if an accomplished ‘scientist’ like goofy Prince Chuck is alarmed, we should all be. The sky is definitely ready to fall in on everything.

  7. In the UK a few years ago there was a speech by one politician that said we had 100 days to act before global warming would run away. Guess what happened to that prediction. Exactly the same as is going to happen to this.

  8. About 18 months to US Presidential and General election in the US.
    Dems are demanding climate change in DC. Their GreenSlime masters are yanking on their strings and threatening to withhold the greenback drugs they feed on if they lose again.

    • Charlie’s boys did not expect Trump to be still there – note how the FBI codenamed Christopher Steel’s MI6 dirty dossier “Crown Materials”. Chatham House Royal Inst. Int. Affairs RIIA, scribbled that the “special relationship” will not survive another Trump admin.
      So it is the USA v. the Commonwealth, again. This time around they have EU Commissioner van der Leyen declaring a GND, and CO2 border controls, sounding like a loyal Crown subject.

    • I was going to post same, but you beat me to it. Yes, the schedule is shortened because there is an important election upcoming in 18 months…

      • Probably the most important election in world history.

        After the 2020 U.S. presidential elections we will be able to see whether reason or delusional rules the day. How many people have the Leftwing Media been able to fool into thinking voting Democrat is in their bets interests, is the question.

        I think there is going to be a huge backlash against the Democrats at the polls, for the harm they have done to the U.S. by the way they have behaved since Trump got elected.

        The Left will be animated to vote this time but I think the Right is going to be even more animated.

        We will all know where things stand after this next election.

    • Yes, funny how this totally sciencey deadline just coincidentally coincides with a politital event.

  9. Once again misinformation from the IPCC and their spruikers: “keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century.”
    That 1.5C increase is from pre-industrial times, so what they are really saying is that a rise of more than 0.5C this century will be catastrophic, an immediate emergency, etc. etc.
    Yet the world seems to be doing just fine.

    • “That 1.5C increase is from pre-industrial times, so what they are really saying is that a rise of more than 0.5C this century will be catastrophic, an immediate emergency, etc. etc.
      Yet the world seems to be doing just fine.”

      On top of that, the globe has actually cooled 0.5C since Feb. 2016, so the globe is moving farther away from “catastrophe” even as we write. 🙂

  10. There is sea ice at both poles defying numerous “expert” predictions to the contrary. Commercial shipping in Canada’s Northwest Passage remains an unfulfilled promise. Trenberth’s ocean heat is still missing. The top 2000m of the global oceans have warmed a piddling 0.1C in the last 65 years since ocean water temperature has been measured on a global scale. Now the gullible are told they have 18 months to take decisive action.

    • Not that we can measure the ocean’s temperature to within 0.1C today, much less 65 years ago.

  11. Off topic but
    “Scientists are calling on governments to include deliberate damage to wildlife and the environment during a conflict, under international laws against war crimes.
    Researchers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) warn that war can take a “brutal toll” on nature and vulnerable communities which rely on it for their livelihoods.
    They said it could drive species to extinction and poison water resources.
    Professor Sarah Durant, of ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, said changing the law would “not only help safeguard threatened species, but would also support rural communities, both during and post-conflict, whose livelihoods are long-term casualties of environmental destruction”.
    https://www.forces.net/news/protecting-nature-war-under-geneva-convention
    … good luck with that

  12. The previous interglacial period, the Eemian, was warmer than this one with more ice cap melting and higher sea levels yet CO2 levels were lower than today. During the Eemian, mankind did nothing to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere yet the Eemian gradually ended and the last ice age followed. Mankind had nothing to do with it.

    Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. It is all a matter of science. So if mankind significantly reduced the amount of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, the effort would have no effect on climate. The current interglacial period will eventually end and a new ice age will follow and mankind does not have the power to stop or alter the process.

    • “On the contrary, proto-anthro-homo ancestors caused the climate to destabilize 5 mya and it’s been all over the shop ever since!” – UN IPCC

    • Here it is DG:

      a X b = c

      You plebs don’t know what b is, but we elites have magic calculators, so we know c and it’s 1.5. So shut up.

  13. The Doomsday Interval Constant (or DIC) (pronounced Dick) is a Universal Law which is more fundamental and far reaching than the Answer to the Universe.
    It states that predictions of Doom must always be sufficiently ahead in time so that the prediction is largely forgotten when it fails to eventuate yet not so far ahead that it cannot be contemplated within 2 thirds of an average human lifespan. The sweet spot for the Doomsday Interval therefore is between 12 years and 30 years and remains a constant, constantly dwarfing all other constants.

  14. “Scientists are calling on governments to include deliberate damage to wildlife and the environment during a conflict, under international laws against war crimes.
    Researchers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) warn that war can take a “brutal toll” on nature and vulnerable communities which rely on it for their livelihoods.
    They said it could drive species to extinction and poison water resources.
    Professor Sarah Durant, of ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, said changing the law would “not only help safeguard threatened species, but would also support rural communities, both during and post-conflict, whose livelihoods are long-term casualties of environmental destruction”.
    https://www.forces.net/news/protecting-nature-war-under-geneva-convention
    … good luck with that

  15. “I’ll see your 18-month crisis and raise you a 1-month crisis.”

    “ELIMINATE FOSSIL FUELS TOMORROW AND ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD WOULD BE DEAD IN ABOUT A MONTH FROM STARVATION AND EXPOSURE.”

    Regards, Allan
    ____________________________

    12. Fossil fuels comprise fully 85% of global primary energy, unchanged in decades, and unlikely to change in future decades.

    The remaining 15% of global primary energy is almost all hydro and nuclear.

    Eliminate fossil fuels tomorrow and almost everyone in the developed world would be dead in about a month from starvation and exposure.

    Despite trillions of dollars in squandered subsidies, global green energy has increased from above 1% to below 2% is recent decades.

    Intermittent energy from wind and/or solar generation cannot supply the electric grid with reliable, uninterrupted power.

    “Green energy” schemes are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy, because they require almost 100% conventional backup from fossil fuels, nuclear or hydro when the wind does not blow and the Sun does not shine.

    There is no widely-available, practical, cost-effective means of solving the fatal flaw of intermittency in grid-connected wind and solar power generation.

    Hydro backup and pumped storage are only available in a few locations. Other grid-storage systems are very costly, although costs are decreasing.

    To date, vital electric grids have been destabilized, electricity costs have increased greatly, and Excess Winter Deaths have increased due to grid-connected green energy schemes.

    Reference: “Statistical Review of World Energy”
    https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy.html

    Reference: “Wind Report 2005” – note Figs. 6 & 7 re intermittency.
    http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wp-content/uploads/eonwindreport2005.pdf

    Excerpts from
    “CO2, Global Warming, Climate and Energy”
    by Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/06/15/co2-global-warming-climate-and-energy-2/

    • That makes two of us. I have trouble trying to keep myself from laughing about it too.

      • Did you hear about the 2 new Chinese restaurants that opened up? Won Hung Lo & Wee Sukim Yung.

        Did you hear about the new restaurant that opened up on the moon? I hear the food is great,but there’s no atmosphere.

  16. Thank goodness they have moved up the date for Armageddon – I am 71 years old and was afraid that I was going to miss it….

        • God only knows when it will happen.It can occur at anytime.But sooner or later, it will happen.To say that it will be an awesome experience would be a big understatement.

  17. “will have to happen before the end of next year”.

    Isn’t that around the time our Donald is being re-elected?

  18. The planet will survive. Mankind may not, but the end will not be global warming, but human insanity.

    • Hey, i’m a human too! Don’t pull me into this!

      Though I would say that a natural disaster would be most likely to wipe us out. Politicians and well-meaning but stupid people are dangerous, but they don’t even come close to asteroids.

  19. You just have to laugh at alarmists like Bonny Prince Chuck. Every year they announce this year is a no turning back tipping point and next year when nothing has changes they announce it again, and nothing changes.

    In 1990 the alarmists declared we must cut CO2 from 1990 levels or there is no future, today global CO2 is 60% greater than 1990 and nothing has changed. Current projections of CO2 including reduction initiatives indicate by 2050 global CO2 will be 400% above 1990. And I’m prepared to bet nothing will have changed other than the weather being nicer and we will be able to grow more food for the 9+ billion people.

    • “You just have to laugh at alarmists like Bonny Prince Chuck”

      Yup……

      “The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis, a Range Rover and still drives an Aston Martin given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, said developers had a duty to put public transport and the pedestrian at the heart of their housing schemes.”

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/6216049/Prince-Charles-urges-people-to-abandon-car-in-favour-of-walking-and-public-transport.html

      It is an old article, I’m sure he owns fewer cars now.

      • I believe he had his classic convertible E type converted to electric drive to save the planet.

        • “I believe he had his classic convertible E type converted to electric drive to save the planet.”

          Isn’t that punishable by death?

      • Maybe he could offer to give some of his subjects a ride when they need to get to the green grocers? I mean, the Aston Martin IS a two-seater, right?

        Contemplating this maroon becoming a monarch, all I can say is “God Bless George Washington!”

      • Yes Anthro, today less than one billion people live in first world conditions, China and India aim to have their entire three billion populations lifted from third world to second world by 2050 with 50% living in first world conditions, and Africa and South America have similar expectations.

        The only way this can be achieved is by burning fossil fuels, and OPEC, Canada, Australia, USA and others are more than happy to sell it to them.

  20. Okay, so da Prince is running his silly yap again. Is anyone really paying attention? I had so hoped his mother would outlive him, too.

    So, no one has yet addressed the really important question: What if the snow’ice stops melting in the spring, or doesn’t melt on time, and it snows right into June in the northern hemisphere and October in the sourthern Hemisphere? Then what will those nutballs marketing climate change do? They don’t have enough common sense to stock the larder, you know.

  21. We now have TRUMP Mark two, in the form of the half a American ,
    Boris Johnson as the UK’s PM.

    So unless the Warmers again move the goalposts, we will see something
    happen very soon. Even I will hopefully still be around when the day finally
    comes.

    MJE VK5ELL

  22. It’s a terrible thought that Chucky could be King one day. It will be the death of our Royal Family ethos and therefore the British Constitution

      • How about the Porton Down chemical warfare lab, near Salisbury, where Russian tourists did in the Skripals with Novichok, at least according to ex-PM Mayhem.
        Never fear though, according to Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, bring baby-wipes in case of exposure to the lethal agent.

  23. Clearly this is the end finally. There is no chance that countries will have done enough to slow the growth in emissions. China will make that a certainty. So come 2021 we can finally stop worrying about global warming because it will be too late. Anything done will be futile. So we can stop spending money trying to change the weather and spend it on real problems, schools, hospitals.

  24. This is also being shoved down our throats in Ireland. In the Irish Times today we find an article, “Climate activists are right to turn up the heat.” The alarmist writer begins with these words, “Desperate times call for truly desperate measures.” He and his followers believe they have science on their side and see a rebellion as the solution.

    However, in his reasoning, he does not reflects a clear understanding of how science works or how it can ever hope to thrive in a non-critical and non-questioning environment. If the doom scenarios do not pan out there will be no repercussions for this and other like-minded environmentalists. The worst is that only billions will have been defrauded off gullible people.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/climate-activists-are-right-to-turn-up-the-heat-1.3966161

  25. I have just done something to ease the risk from global warming and its effect on civilisation.
    Here in the UK we are enjoying a rare few days of summer sunny days, with temperatures up around 30 deg C.
    It is lovely, it is summer ice cream weather, and I have put a couple of beers in the fridge to help control the impact warm weather has on beer. Normally here in the UK you don’t have to put beer in the fridge, it is cold enough straight from the cold slab in the larder.
    I hope my actions are not too disturbing for the climate alarmists to accept. 🙂

    • More than sunny summer days. A new July record for July. 38.1 deg C at Cambridge

      • “A new July record for July.”

        Phew! That was close! I thought it might have been a new July record for January.

    • I have a UK friend who is fainting and taking off work and calling the paramedics because she can’t deal with heat we have here in the South US all the time. I am being polite as she rants and raves about climate change but I don’t really have any idea what to say. I know she has some health and mental issues causing her to behave in this manner because if she just took it easy and drank some water she would be fine.

  26. I tell you what! All those who believe in CO2 sponsored Global Warming can go right ahead now and cut off all their CO2. The rest of us who know better will just go on as usual doing normal things. That sounds like a pretty fair idea. We can all get together in 18 months and see if the World is still here!

  27. These global warming alarmists are not stupid. They know that the warm regime will eventually end and obviously so. (It peaked already.) They make their arguments and set their dates for a purpose. They say “do what we insist to avoid catastrophe” so they can take credit for when the cycle turns cooler. It’s Hansen’s 20-year admonition that corresponded with the solar minimum between cycles 23 and 24. They have now accelerated the schedule to 18 months because it appears the Centennial Gleisberg Cycle has kicked in between solar cycles 24 and 25 with comparisons to the Dalton Minimum already.

  28. Eighteen months ends in January 2021… I suspect Ol’ Charles must be hoping Trump loses his re-election bid, and a malleable Progressive Watermelon/Neo-Green wins office in the US. January 20, 2021 is Inauguration Day. Similar to when Obama took office on January 20, 2009, and:
    “…generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth….”

    • In the U.S. we have the Senate filibuster (super-majority vote required) to stop passage of insane major legislation such as the GND and any of the stupid RINO alternatives.

      A Democrat Senate super-majority gave us Obamacare. Look at how poorly that one worked out.

      • Obama: Worst President Evah!

        He screwed up everything he ever did after he was elected, including the coup attempt against Trump. You don’t think James Comey and Clapper came up with all those treasonous/seditious acts on their own, do you? Comey and Clapper and all these criminals were acting on orders from higher up. Bureaucrats like these don’t take action on their own initiative. That’s a good way to get fired, so they don’t do it.

        Obama doesn’t have any respect for the United States. And it shows. His wife, Michelle, said right after Obama was sworn in that that was the first time she had every felt pride in the United States. Obama’s pastor for 20 years, preached: God damn America!, NOT God Bless Amerca!

        The Obama’s listened to hate speech like that for 20 years. They must have been sympathetic to the message.

        And with the coup attempt we see Obama had no respect for the U.S. Constitution. It was an impediment in his way and he took illegal steps to remove it. It’s what dictators do. They put themselves first and the people last.

    • I believe you’ve hit the nail on the head. This 18 months thing is being trotted out to reenergize the “getting older and lazier” base leading up to the US house and presidential election. So obvious.

  29. The common folk aren’t listening, especially since it’s not apparent to most of the non-eco activists that there is a problem, so the followers of the AGW religion have to get more and more shrill about the need to turn our lives over to a global govt, in spite of all the evidence that the world really isn’t heating up and in fact may be heading into an extended cold period, thanks to a sun that is going into hibernation.

  30. If China, India and all other countries in the Developing Nations category don’t have to halt their emissions until 2030, isn’t the 18 months deadline already a lost cause? So why even bother; just relax and adapt to warmer temperatures because we have further confirmation that no one intends to do anything nearly enough to arrest the problem.

  31. “The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can’t be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020,”

    Note the use of ‘brutally clear’ and ‘may’ in the same paragraph.

    So what is it? Brutally clear that the possibilities are wide open? Do these people thing before they make these statements?

      • Dave, they know that critical thinking stopped being taught in higher-ed sometime during the “moral majority” years, when the “born-again neo-conservatives” were in control. That’s the sort of education that neither ultra-liberal or ultra-conservative movements want imparted to the drones, so since Marxists dominate the present paradigm of higher-ed there has been no action to reverse that “neo-con” era abolishment of common sense during this 21st century.
        Without critical thought the masses are easily manipulated into voluntarily voting themselves into Marxist oblivion with all its accompanying perks, only to find out too late that the media was distorting the facts and failing to give all pertinent information in order to manipulate their opinions.

  32. I think my standard response to this nonsense will be, “Clearly, no one is going to take meaningful action, particularly India or China, so what are you doing to prepare for it?” Then chide them for being short-sighted and foolish for believing disaster was imminent, yet not preparing for it.

    • By God, jtom, you’ve hit upon it! If the alarmists acknowledge the Third World’s projected CO2 emissions, why are they exhorting the West to wear hair shirts? If they don’t, they are liars.

  33. Is there a liner or logarithmic reduction in timeframes? Does this mean that in 18 months, we’ll only have 6 days, then 3 hours etc. etc.? Sarc

  34. Ah, Hans J. Schellnhuber, His Grace’s chief quasi-scientist. Enough information for me to disregard the source.
    That man is on the anti-Christ squad.

  35. Makes me wonder why an educated, wealthy person wants to destroy humankind and not just one but many. What do they get out of this destruction?

  36. Given that this is an attempt to wring every concession possible out of the hysteria before it ends; is it more likely that they think the game is unsustainable because populations are wising up, or do they already have the next manufactured crisis ready to go?

  37. Chuck has enough room on those ears for solar panels .
    It is rather sad that people who some may see as credible make absurd predictions
    leading to policies that annually kill thousands of people in the UK .
    He ain’t going to be wearing that crown .

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