An Industry Out of Control: 13 Major Climate Reports in 2020, and 42 Minor Reports

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Yale Climate Connections has listed 13 major climate reports published this year, like it is a good thing. But at least 6 of the major reports received funding from US taxpayers.

13 major climate change reports released so far in 2020

These free studies and reports contain the latest authoritative information about food security, U.S. flood risks, renewable energy, and much more.

By Michael Svoboda, Ph.D. | Wednesday, August 19, 2020

If measured by the number of reports put out in just the first half of this year, the coronavirus has not slowed the work of the international, national, and non-governmental organizations keeping an eye on climate change.

And that’s a good thing. Because although it has temporarily reduced the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, the coronavirus crisis has done nothing to slow the climatic effects of the carbon dioxide already there after decades of fossil fuel combustion. The planet is still warming, the oceans are still acidifying, and more and more humans are experiencing the consequences.

Readers can also find a link to a much longer list of reports, which provides a measure of depth rather than breadth. Food security, for example, is the subject of six separate reports released since the start of the year, but only one is included in this month’s baker’s dozen.

Read more: https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/08/13-major-climate-change-reports-released-so-far-in-2020/

The reports listed by Yale:

State of the Climate 2019: Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, edited by J. Blunden and D.S. Arndt (BAMS 2020, 435 pages, free download available here; a 10-page executive summary is also available) – paid for by taxpayers via NOAA

The First National Flood Risk Assessment: Defining America’s Growing Risk, by Flood Modelers (First Street Foundation 2020, 163 pages, free download available here) – not sure who pays for First Street Foundation

World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change, by UN Water (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization 2020, 235 pages, free download available here) – paid for by taxpayers via the United Nations.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020: Transforming Food Systems for Affordable Healthy Diets, by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO (United Nations 2020, 320 pages, free download available here) – paid for by taxpayers via United Nations.

WHO Global Strategy on Health, Environment, and Climate Change: The Transformation Need to Improve Lives and Wellbeing through Healthy Environments, by WHO (UN-WHO 2020, 36 pages, free download available here) – paid for by taxpayers via United Nations

Cooling Emissions and Policy Synthesis Report: Benefits of Cooling Efficiency and the Kigali Amendment, by UNEP-IEA (UNEP and IEA 2020, 50 pages, free download available here) – paid for by taxpayers via the United Nations

The 2035 Report: Plummeting Solar, Wind, and Battery Costs Can Accelerate Our Clean Electricity Future, by Sonia Aggarwal and Mike O’Boyle (Goldman School of Public Policy 2020, 37 pages, free download available here) – Goldman school was started by a charitable donation, so may still be privately funded.

Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: A Call to Action for U.S. Financial Regulators, by Veena Ramani (Ceres 2020, 68 pages, free download available here, registration required). Not sure who paid. Ceres Foundation is a tax exempt group based in Switzerland, who appear to function as a meta charity – they provide a vehicle for people who want to create a charitable fund without having to set everything up themselves.

Gender, Climate & Security: Sustaining Inclusive Peace on the Frontlines of Climate Change, by UN Women (UN Environment & Development Programs 2020, 52 pages, free download available here) – paid for by taxpayers via the United Nations.

Evicted by Climate Change: Confronting the Gendered Impacts of Climate-Induced Displacement, by Care International (Care International 2020, 33 pages, free download available here) – Care International receives a lot of funding from taxpayers via the EU and the United Nations.

Defending Tomorrow: The Climate Crisis and Threats Against Land and Environmental Defenders, by Global Witness (Global Witness 2020, 52 pages, free download available here). Global Witness appears to receive much of its money from FPOS, a George Soros Foundation.

Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution, by Pew Charitable Trust and System IQ (Pew Charitable Trust 2020, 153 pages, free download available here). Pew Trust is funded by other large trusts, it was originally founded by the children of Sun Oil family Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Adapting to a Change Climate: How Collaboration Addresses Unique Challenges in Climate-Change and Environmental Reporting, by Caroline Porter (Center for Cooperative Media 2020, 24 pages, free download available here) – Center for Cooperative Media appears to be funded by a long list of mostly private sponsors.

At least six of these major reports were funded by taxpayers, and several of the other major reports likely received funding from taxpayers. Who knows how many of the 42 “minor reports” were taxpayer funded.

I have no problem with private individuals or foundations giving their money to whomever they want, as private individuals they are free to spend their money however they want, but I am aghast at the waste of taxpayer’s money.

Imagine if all that taxpayer’s money had been spent on something useful, like finding new cures for deadly diseases.

Given the apparent willingness of private groups to fund major climate reports, I don’t see why reporting on climate change needs so much taxpayer funding.

43 thoughts on “An Industry Out of Control: 13 Major Climate Reports in 2020, and 42 Minor Reports

  1. Well, it’s a lot easier of a science then curing cancer or doing a lot of things. I wonder how many of these very smart scientists have learned to code?

  2. Climate Porn funded with tax payer money. The Southern California real porn industry would blush with envy if they knew how easy it was to score big $$$’s with so little, and just with computer simulations. The Climate Porn community doesn’t even have to provide a happy ending to their customers.

  3. “If measured by the number of reports put out in just the first half of this year, the coronavirus has not slowed the work of the international, national, and non-governmental organizations keeping an eye on climate change.”

    That’s because they all have a lot of spare time to make sh*t up.

  4. Ha, ha, ha, nothing to add to Joel’s comment. Said it all, spot on! He nailed this criminal waste of taxpayer money.

  5. Climate change has become a gigantic industry in its own right. Real industry has moved to places like Guangdong province with its supposed 400,000 factories. The greeniacs have so far succeeded in abolishing single-use plastic bags for shopping, have had compliant governments mandate future zero carbon initiatives, and are well on their way to outlawing ICE vehicles in favor of Muskmobiles and Leafs. Plastic straws are evil and are becoming harder to source. Next on their to-do list are plastic bottles and similar packaging. Coca-Cola are already trialling a vending machine where you must refill your own supplied canister, preferably of stainless steel. I sense a large push to replace meat and animal-based foods with plant-based mush and mock meats sourced from soy and other legumes. And as of late many of us must now wear masks in public because we are considered to be filthy potential disease spreaders and not responsible citizens of a nominally democratic state.

    The present and future are rapidly becoming dystopian nightmares reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick story. We are being gaslighted daily by nonstop greenist propaganda of Goebbelesque intensity.

    End of rant.

    • Agree 100%.

      Can’t see the attraction of highly processed say made in a factory and filled with artificial flavours, texturisers and preservatives.

  6. Strange that they still have to keep churning this out, especially since “The Science is Settled…”

  7. Seeing as there is a climate emergency, good to see people are putting in some effort in addressing it!

    • It’s all in your head buddy. They’re not addressing anything; they’re sucking up resources without producing anything valuable; parasites

    • Griffiepoo genuinely believes career bureaucrats producing reports no one will ever read equals worthwhile progress!

    • Where is the scientific evidence that there is a “climate emergency”? I have seen no evidence, only opinion.

      • The current weather is different from last years. To the alarmists, this is proof that CO2 controls the climate.

    • If it was an emergency they would have enacted emergency powers like most countries have with covid. The fact no country has enacted special powers tells you it’s a political stunt and scam … it fails the bloke down the pub test as well as the voter at election test.

    • Griff: “there is a climate emergency”
      Henny-Penny: “The sky is falling!”
      Some things never change.

    • “Seeing as there is a climate emergency, good to see people are putting in some effort in addressing it!”

      Yet you still enjoy on all the modern amenities brought to you by fossil fuels. Griffocryte.

    • Once again, griff specializes in seeing things that aren’t there.
      Gotta earn that paycheck somehow.

    • “Seeing as there is a climate emergency”

      Griff, you and Bernie must have been educated at the same school of climate politics.

      Bernie Sanders: ‘Major Cities Going Under Water’ in ‘8 or 9 Years’ Due to Climate Change
      https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/46122/

      2030: The year when the long predicted climate apocalypse hits. Compared to today, this is what things will be like:

      1. Sea levels just over 1 inch higher.
      2. Global temperature around .13 Deg. C warmer, getting deeper into the climate optimum.
      3. Planet continuing to green up like it has for 40+ years. The law of photosynthesis will still not be repealed.
      4. Polar bear population? It’s up 30% since 2005, so likely not threatened.
      5. Crop yields/food production will continue to be MUCH higher……….not in spite of but because of more beneficial climate change/warming and the additional CO2.
      6. Heavy rain events will have increased a bit more because the +.13 deg. C of additional warming will cause the atmosphere to hold a tiny bit more moisture.
      7. Whether hurricanes are more intense or not, the strongest ones will get blamed on climate change.
      8. Heat waves in the Summer will be a tiny bit hotter in some places.
      9. There will continue to be less death because of extreme temperatures, since over 9 times as many humans die from cold than from heat.
      10. Almost all of life will appreciate that slightly warmer environment since weather adversity that kills life from temperatures is over 100 times greater in the Winter than the Summer in the mid/high latitudes. Think about it. What happens to all plants every Winter? Why do many creatures still need to migrate south or hibernate to avoid death from cold?
      11. Higher latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere will still not be as warm as they were during the Holocene Climate OPTIMUM between 9,000 to 5,000 years ago(when there was less Arctic sea ice.

      That’s the authentic (climate) science.
      The climate emergency only exists in climate politics.

  8. “coronavirus has not slowed the work of the international, national, and non-governmental organizations keeping an eye on climate change. And that’s a good thing. Because it has temporarily reduced the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere.

    I guess we need one more climate report. A report to explain why this temporary reduction in the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere cannot be detected in the data for the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/12/19/co2responsiveness/

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/10/a-monte-carlo-simulation-of-the-carbon-cycle/

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/05/31/the-carbon-cycle-measurement-problem/

  9. When I see the words “ocean acidification”, I know it is all propaganda and not science.

  10. Let’s see, it’s 10,000 km from the equator to the poles, the temperature is 30C at the equator and -30C at the poles, so the “climate variation” is 60 C in 10,000 km. This is 166 km per degree C climate/temperature change. So, with some pesky complications from chaotic systems, is you want it 1 deg C warmer or colder move toward the pole or equator 166 km. For the metric challenged that is about 1 to 2 deg F per 100 miles. People worried about food shortages due to warming have never flown over the frozen north country, which is just waiting for a warm-up. Remember 80% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the USA border. Siberia? Anyone?

    • We moved to within 100miles IV the border as a prelude to invading the USA

      Don’t forget your (Michael Moore) history lesson

  11. “more and more humans are experiencing the consequences.”
    A name and address of just one of these humans please and what is the consequence they experienced?
    I thought not.

  12. “Readers can also find a link to a much longer list of reports, which provides a measure of depth rather than breadth.”
    It’s heartening to know that the climate shit is deep, as well as wide.

  13. Michael Svoboda, PhD has zero background in any form of science or engineering. His degrees are in speech and communication, and he teaches freshman English, communication and philosophy at George Washington University. Yet he writes with such certainty about science subjects as an outside contributor to Yale’s lunatic climate propaganda site. So his PhD gives him no more credibility than many of the wise and learned laymen who regularly comment on WUWT. For example, I have great respect for our resident trucker who gives us insightful reports from the front lines.

    As for “major reports,” what should we expect from the massive overpopulation of academicians who have staked their careers and futures on continuing the climate gravy train. Two of these reports are about “gender” and one is about “threats against … ‘climate defenders’.” Impressive, NOT. Of course, not to worry, nobody will actually be reading any of these reports.

  14. GIGO. All meant simply to steal tax dollars and create hysteria in the easily fooled, such as griffie.

  15. From the article: “And that’s a good thing. Because although it has temporarily reduced the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, the coronavirus crisis has done nothing to slow the climatic effects of the carbon dioxide already there after decades of fossil fuel combustion. The planet is still warming, the oceans are still acidifying, and more and more humans are experiencing the consequences.”

    What climatic effects of CO2?

    What consequences are humans experiencing?

    These are just more Alarmist unsubstantiated assertions presented as facts.

    There is no evidence Human-caused CO2 is doing anything to the Earth’s weather.

    The whole of Alarmist climate science is built on unsubstantiated assumptions. And from this flawed, unsubstantiated foundation, they build unsubstantiated assertions of what the future will be like. As is being done here.

    It’s really kind of pathetic. Critical analysis is sorely lacking in a lot of folks.

    And it’s not like the alarmists haven’t been told there might be something wrong with their theory. In a sane world, that would be enough for a person to explore the foundations of the science they think so critical to their future.

    Alarmist Climate Science never got the basics right. But of course, they can’t get the basics right because then that blows up their whole “CO2 is bad” theory. They don’t know if CO2 is bad or not, and certainly can’t prove anything.

    Just because the promoters of Alarmist Climate Science didn’t (deliberately) get the science foundation right, doesn’t mean that others couldn’t look at it and see the holes in the Human-caused climate change narrative.

    The Alarmists dazzle people with unrebuted claims like these, and it’s hard to tell whether the claims are legitimate or not, from the view of the average citizen who does not have expertise in such subjects. That’s why WUWT is invaluable as no matter what the claims being made, they can be understood fully by coming to WUWT where the experts in those fields explain all the nuances. Love it!

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