The UN’s ‘code red’ on climate change

From American Thinker

By Vijay Jayaraj

The new U.N. climate report is nothing more than a tired ritual of fear-mongering that has been repeated for decades with the complicity of mainstream media.

The report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — known as the Climate Assessment Reports — got a hyperbolic boost from none other than U.N. secretary general, António Guterres, a well known propagandist of climate misinformation, who declared a “code red for humanity.”

Not to be outdone, Linda Mearns, a senior climate scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and an author of the report, declared, “I don’t see any area that is safe … [n]owhere to run, nowhere to hide.”

If you lived through the 1970s and ’80s, this type of fear-mongering will not be unfamiliar.  Prior to climate change hysteria, the most widely promoted environmental concern was overpopulation.  Many policy-makers believed that 20th-century population growth threatened humanity with exhaustion of natural resources.  Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 book The Population Bomb spurred the narrative, advocating action to lower birth rates.

Five decades later, a record percentage of the world’s citizens have abundant supplies of food and goods.  During the last seven decades, global life expectancy increased from a mere 46 years to an incredible 73 years.  India and China — each with more than 1.3 billion people — have registered rapid growth of gross domestic product over the past forty years.

Almost all countries have improved dramatically despite a rapid increase in population.  Yet the persistence of the 18th-century Malthusian fear of death by self-propagation is such that many in the world — including news media — still believe that overpopulation is leading to catastrophe.

Today’s climate alarmism follows a similar script: instill public fear about an unknown future state with repeated assertions that have little basis in reality.  Climate scientists now use computer models that produce a wide range of “scenarios” and their potential “impacts.”  The problem is that these models are consistently wrong.

Even the U.N.’s own scientists questioned the outlandish warming projections of the climate models.  Many of the climate predictions regarding polar bearssea ice, and extreme weather events have been proven to be false.

Though climate alarmism has many similarities with the population scare of the 20th century, it differs in an important way: the hypothesis of a climate doomsday is changing energy policies for the worse across the globe.  Both rich and poor countries are being told to reduce CO2 emissions by abandoning fossil fuels, which provide more than 83% of all primary energy consumed in the world (2019).

This amounts to requiring the entire world to cut back on or give up the very things that have made life better.  Electricity, transportation, schooling, health care, food production, manufacturing, and virtually every industrial process need at some point the use of coal, oil, or natural gas. 

While many claim that renewable energy sources can substitute for fossil fuels, it has remained a fairy tale.  The U.N. and the media seldom — if ever — acknowledge that the prosperity for which billions of people still yearn demands dependable and affordable energy that simply cannot be gotten from wind turbines and solar panels.  Instead, climate alarmists ignore the benefits of fossil fuels and exaggerate their environmental impacts.

The movement of climate fear-mongering is not just another media-enabled absurdity that can be brushed aside.  Climate alarmism has already caused a global disruption in energy production and is now risking the lives of hundreds of millions.  Earlier this year, more than two hundred Texans died because of power failures caused by overreliance on wind energy that failed during an unusually cold spell.

Rational people — armed with good sense and honest science — must rise up with their arguments and votes to answer the dangerous nonsense being advanced by the U.N. and the policy-makers who support it.

Vijay Jayaraj is a contributing writer to the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Va., and holds a Master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, England.  He resides in Bengaluru, India.

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Steve Case
August 18, 2021 6:19 am
Gary Pearse
Reply to  Steve Case
August 18, 2021 9:20 am

Steve, those articles are from 2016. You’d think that the only palpable evidence we have of climate change, the Great Greening, would be the subject of evermore articles, i.e. a thorough study of the changes to the sahel, reversal of the shrinking of Lake Chad, greening in arid areas of the US, etc. Ine gets the impression that NASA regrets ever sending up these ‘offending’ satellites.

They egregiously published a study of the greening of the tundra in NW Canada (in all decency, it was too in-your-face to ignore the Greening altogether), attributing it to warming with nary a mention of CO2 as the elephant in the global green phenomenon, let alone doubling and redoubling harvests.

Remember Schneider, Rasool and other Boulder, Co. and NASA linear thinkers wanted to shut down fossil fuels in the 70s to stop the new ice age. They would have caused the famine they were hoping for!

Steve Case
Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 18, 2021 5:46 pm

[O]ne gets the impression that NASA regrets ever sending up these ‘offending’ satellites.

NASA and NOAA would probably would disappear them if it weren’t for the wayback machine.

Reply to  Steve Case
August 18, 2021 10:57 am

Dump Green, go green, emit, responsibly.

Reply to  n.n
August 18, 2021 6:35 pm

Meanwhile back at the ranch… IT’S GETTING COLDER!

August 18, 2021 Cap Allon
This is something of ‘summer spanner’ in the AGW works. The MSM has been milking the Pacific Northwest’s heat for all it’s worth in recent weeks. But now, we get to sit back and enjoy them squirm and obfuscate their way through a record-breaking bout of August cold.

August 18, 2021 7:02 pm

According to Strategie Grains, global crop failures are threatening “explosive situations for barley and wheat” markets. #CropLoss

August 19, 2021 2:38 pm

August 19, 2021 Cap Allon
“The significant rain and cold temperatures over a prolonged period will do wonders for the fires … this was a knockdown blow.”

August 18, 2021 6:44 am

For the 14 years prior to Erhlich’s book’s appearance, the world population had been growing at accelerating rates, but immediately after the book’s publication, the world population growth rate began a continuing downward trend, from its 1968 peak of 2.09% to 1.09% in 2018.

If trends had continued, Ehrlich would have been not far off…

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:04 am

Ehrlich would have been not far off

Nice pun griff, excellent jape indeed

“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people…If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”     —Dr. Paul Ehrlich, speech at the British Institute for Biology, Sep. 1971

Last I heard, griff, is the 70 million hungry people of these impoverished islands are taking in another 20,000 Afghans on top of the thousands crossing the channel.

And you claim Ehrlich wasn’t far off?

Your margins of error are astronomical in scope.

Climate believer
Reply to  fretslider
August 18, 2021 11:16 am


“Your margins of error (ignorance, naivety, disingenuous character and deceitfulness) are astronomical in scope.”

Reply to  fretslider
August 18, 2021 5:11 pm

Here is Ehrlich being

“not far off”

“by 1992 the world would exhaust all its aluminum, copper, chromium, gold, nickel, tin, tungsten, or zinc.”

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:05 am

What was that again? “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts…”

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:08 am

As usual, when the facts don’t fit griff’s narrative, he just makes them up.
The rate of growth in population has been decreasing for over 100 years. It didn’t start with Erhlich. Even if the rate hadn’t started to drop, Erhlich still would have been way off because the amount of food being produced increased way faster than Erhlich and the rest of the doomster’s predicted.
In 1968, Erhlich predicted that there would be mass starvation before the end of the 70’s. It never happened. Please explain how a minor drop in population growth rates prevented that prediction from coming true.

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:11 am

You can’t even get the simplest things right, can you Griffy? The rapid increase in population was between about 1920 and 1968 – a 48-50 year ‘blip’ fuelled by worry over a rapid decline in population after WWI and now declining. It was a small anomaly and, given the whole 200,000 year timeline of H. Sap. it’s a minor irrelevancy. Ehrlich was an idiot that completely failed to account for any other factors outside of his limited focus and understanding – much like you. If he had accounted for economic and societal development during that time, even he would have been forced to agree that the increase would never be sustained. I’m not even going to mention the bloody obvious factors such as where the increases occurred or that they were mainly within localised areas, not widespread across the entire world – all of those factors should have been taken into account and weren’t – he cherry picked his data to support his ideology; now doesn’t that sound all too depressingly familiar?

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:24 am

And you believe, the book was the reason ? Really ? 😀
Or may it be possible, that there are other reasons, f.e. more jobs, more industry, less reasons to get many children ?

Reply to  Krishna Gans
August 19, 2021 6:34 am

Yes – we would like to believe that of the 150 or so people who read the book and believed his nonsense – that those people failed to reproduce.

But in all seriousness, no one in the 3rd world read that book. That’s where most of the world’s population growth has come from. So no way does that book influence squat.

Worse yet, the average and even above average American is clueless about the policies that most affect them. That’s why we get the leadership we get.

Big Al
Reply to  BigAl
August 21, 2021 11:37 am

Biden answered how we get our leadership. Credits obama voter fraud organization. All of Buyden’s go ahead votes were delivered and counted after election was over.

John Chism
Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:29 am

In the 1970s Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the USA that over 60,000,000 recorded abortions have been performed. Mother’s killing their children that the majority – maybe 60% – of them could have had 1 -3 children each of their own could have been well over 100,000,000 by 2021. And there’s still the unknown numbers of abortions.

Many environmentalist vowed to not have children due to book’s like “The Population Bomb” and media hyped hysteria about AGW/CC.

The 1960s brought homosexuality to the USA, UK and the EU that became accepted more and more that accounts for millions of people not having children.

Also since the 1960s the Feminists Movement brought having a carrier over having a family to account for less births.

Christian/Judeo Churches preached “absence” since the 1960s, that for thousands of years preached having children to “Go out and multiply.”

Affluent countries have always reached a point where birth rates declined as having children becomes expensive. While poor countries have increased birth rates, mostly because of having less to do and low employment. Many other factors are known for both cases.

Reply to  John Chism
August 18, 2021 10:30 am

Christian/Judeo Churches preached “absence” since the 1960s, that for thousands of years preached having children to “Go out and multiply.”

“Absence” from what? Think you mean “Abstinence”

I recall having to study “The Population Bomb” in my first year university in 1969. Pretty scary it seemed at the time. Good thing for sites like this one to keep me feeling just fine with the climate, knowing it’s not going to kill me by 2030 or whatever AOC and Greta say. Think it’ll be old age that kills me maybe by then.

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:33 am

The fact you wish people were dying only makes you a leftarded scumbag.

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:45 am

I think all climate activists should have no children, they need to save the planet .

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  LdB
August 18, 2021 8:52 am

The planet’s biggest threat, ironically, is climate activism.

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 7:54 am

Just for you, griff, your usual proceed :

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 9:13 am

Oh, but just think for a moment, griffypoo: if your mommy had practiced birth control just that ONE time, you wouldn’t be here…. would you now?

Have a nice day, Tootsie.

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 10:00 am

and if pigs had wings they could fly

Reply to  garboard
August 18, 2021 3:42 pm

correction please, only muppets can fly.

I vote Griff as the number ONE muppet of WUWT.

Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 11:02 am

Aside from anthropogenic and religious forcings including the wicked solution (e.g. planned parent/hood schemes including her Choice), normalization of dysfunctional behaviors and orientations, the “population bomb” was a sociopolitical myth conceived by transhumanists that was demonstrated to be a work of fiction on a green Earth with human development that kept pace and exceeded the rate of our Posterity. The anomalies can be attributed to [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] immigration reform and natural events including Her Choice.

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Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  n.n
August 18, 2021 3:31 pm

“normalization of dysfunctional behaviors and orientations”
Sounds a bit homophobic to me..

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  griff
August 18, 2021 1:18 pm

So you’re basically saying, “if Paul Erhlich hadn’t been so wrong, he wouldn’t have been so wrong.”
Another classic “Griff and run”.

Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
August 19, 2021 4:06 am

If propagation of COVID-19 was exponential, not seasonal, etc., the Fergusons and the Faucis “would have been not far off”…

I.e., if it did NOT proceed according to natural laws and instead would be regulated by the catastrophist, hygienist, eugenist minds of a few “experts”.

Go study, you ignorant!

On a second thought: perhaps there is no use in going studying… you know, there are some personal endogenous limiting factors…

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Reply to  griff
August 23, 2021 1:14 pm

I think that that is the single most stupid comment that you’ve ever made.

Bruce Cobb
August 18, 2021 6:44 am

Sometimes I wonder if, deep within the abyss of Guterres’s brain, there is some regret in uttering the phrase “code red”, that perhaps he had strayed too far into cloud cuckoo land from which there was no return.
Then I think, “Nah”.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 18, 2021 7:01 am

Some of the statements Guterres makes are awful. But not as extreme as Bernie Sanders who tweeted recently that July 2021 was the hottest month in the “History of the Planet”

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Vijay
August 18, 2021 7:08 am

He should know, he’s been around for most of it.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 18, 2021 9:42 pm

But does he remember as far back as last month?

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Vijay
August 18, 2021 8:54 am

While conveniently ignoring the (recorded) “history” being less than two centuries of the planet’s 4.5 BILLION year existence.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 18, 2021 7:12 am

Greens go red? Who’d a thunk it?

Joao Martins
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 19, 2021 4:11 am

He is a good, practicing catholic. When he feels some regret, he goes to confession and makes a Great Reset of his peace of mind.

Ulric Lyons
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 19, 2021 5:13 pm

Guterres says that nature is broken, so clearly his mind is broken.

August 18, 2021 6:57 am

“Even the U.N.’s own scientists questioned the outlandish warming projections of the climate models. “

Did they? So what? They know the score. They are complicit.

Defund the lot of ’em.

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Reply to  fretslider
August 18, 2021 7:08 am

Defund the lot of ’em.

I can think of other terms than “defund”

Reply to  Disputin
August 18, 2021 7:12 am

So can I, believe me.

Reply to  fretslider
August 18, 2021 9:30 am

The big news is we now have a war between modelers, those who got hotter in CMIP6 versus those who did not.
See my
Modeler solidarity gone!

John Bell
August 18, 2021 7:02 am

Great entertainment! WOLF! WOLF! cries the UN, and I hope it is ignored as usual. This climate frenzy has to stop, it is the least of problems.

Reply to  John Bell
August 18, 2021 12:55 pm

Thank doG that the UN built their latest building so close to the water…now we know where they stand on rising sea levels.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Derg
August 18, 2021 1:40 pm

They spent over a Billion $ of OPM to spiff up their headquarters. Which if the sea rises (even a little) as they predict, will put it under water. Following which Obama bought his $12 Million dollar second home on Martha’s Vineyard just a stone’s throw from the beach, which if the sea rises (even a little) will put it under water. Somehow I have a hard time believing these alarmists are serious about their predictions.

August 18, 2021 7:10 am

Here I list point out the five fundamental fallacies of alarmism, conveniently laid out in the IPCC SPM:

August 18, 2021 7:12 am

What would be a warmer climate be like? The answer is simple, just look at the current climate a bit further south (or north in the southern hemisphere). Wake me up when people in the northern hemisphere stop going south for their summer holidays.

Ron Long
August 18, 2021 7:26 am

Wow! Linda Mearns, a senior climate scientist, “I don’t see any place that is safe. Nowhere to run…nowhere to hide.” Somebody should take her to northern Canada or Alaska, and see how much of that global warming she feels. She, and the other CAGW nuts, can hide up north all they want. Or, try Tierra del Fuego. Or get a life.

August 18, 2021 7:35 am

Did you order the code red, Colonel?

Your god d*mned right I ordered it!

Oh, sorry, wrong movie, this one is an abysmal failure of a comedy. Never mind.

August 18, 2021 7:51 am

With Code Red I connect just not CC

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Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Krishna Gans
August 18, 2021 3:06 pm

Two aussie legend Accadacca songs in one thread. This is a good start to my day.

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August 18, 2021 9:20 am

U.N. , Mainstream Media and Politicians are just puppets. Follow the yellow brick road. Who can print all it needs to corrupt the system ?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Robertvd
August 18, 2021 3:07 pm

Follow the Greenback road…

Reply to  Robertvd
August 18, 2021 3:45 pm

correction, not puppets……(well sort of), they are MUPPETS.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  pigs_in_space
August 18, 2021 7:06 pm

correction, not puppets……(well sort of), they are MUPPETS

Why not both?

August 18, 2021 9:20 am

Can anyone provide examples of where any of the “Code Red” carnival barkers have PERSONALLY made any changes in their living or working habits that reduced CO2 production?

Reply to  Mr.
August 18, 2021 10:26 am

and please don’t tell me that Pope Francis doesn’t eat meat on Fridays.

Reply to  Mr.
August 18, 2021 1:38 pm

Ed Begely Jr, if you count him as one of the carnival barkers.

But that’s it.

August 18, 2021 9:26 am

> This amounts to requiring the entire world to cut back on or give up the very things that have made life better.

No. Not the entire world.

Laws of Nature
August 18, 2021 9:32 am

“The new U.N. climate report is nothing more than a tired ritual of fear-mongering”

Well, not quite! It is fearmongering of course, but so much more than just a ritual, it is the justification to increase the budget for all kind of climate related measures by another few trillions.
This is why it is important to react to it, point out false information and overstatements (mostly of certainty some assumption might be real)

August 18, 2021 9:38 am

Climate alarmists keep warning of a “tipping point”, where measures will no longer be effective. Why don’t we ever hear about a “tipping point” regarding our national debt?

Reply to  littlepeaks
August 18, 2021 11:01 am

Because we have the worlds largest military and nuclear weapons. You will accept our debt or else.

August 18, 2021 10:02 am

Not to be outdone, Linda Mearns, a senior climate scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and an author of the report, declared, “I don’t see any area that is safe … [n]owhere to run, nowhere to hide.”

Absurd statement for a scientist to make. One simple example: under the worst forecast provided by IPCC and others the climate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada will become the same as that of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

I can tell you that there aren’t many Americans clamoring to move to St. Paul, nor Canadians clamoring to move to Winnipeg. So no safe place is utter BS.

Reply to  buggs
August 18, 2021 10:34 am

Wow I do hope we get that St. Paul climate where we live 60 miles south of Winnipeg!

Reply to  buggs
August 18, 2021 11:08 am

Nonsense. It’s freezing cold just the way she likes it in Mongolia. Plus its area is 605,000 square miles with a population of only 3 million. Plenty of room for everyone.

Reply to  buggs
August 18, 2021 9:49 pm

Can’t you understand the picture they are painting? 200 feet tall fire giants stalking all lands of the globe.

August 18, 2021 10:06 am

with the fall of Afghanistan, earthquake in haiti , return of covid , the ipcc only had a run of a couple of days in the limelight before real world concerns took over again . look for some new climate catastrophes between now and Glasgow to get climate fear back in the headlines

August 18, 2021 10:55 am

Code red? The communists are at the door? Redistributive change through a minority hand. True, but so yesteryear.

Reply to  JohnC
August 18, 2021 12:46 pm

Again with the “would have”, “perhaps”, “might have”, “estimated”, “likely”, “could” etc etc.

No one iota of empirical observation or repeatable experiment to back this assertion that the 1987 Montreal Protocol limiting CFCs halted global warming for 45 years or so.

But what’s more worrying is that the “Science correspondent” didn’t ask these obvious questions of the “scientists” making the claims.

And BBC readers just accept this Grade 4 primary school level of “journalism”?

Mark Kaiser
August 18, 2021 12:39 pm

I’m sure Commander Adama has this under control.
Code Red (American TV series)

August 18, 2021 1:15 pm

Has the UN done anything good in the history of it’s existence? They just steal money from mostly US taxpayers to give to dictators, collectivists, bureaucrats and crony capitalists, while ignoring real problems, like what’s going on in Afghanistan.

alastair gray
August 18, 2021 2:30 pm

Nice post Vijay but please tell us all how you escaped indoctrination when you were at UEA

August 18, 2021 4:26 pm

No one is going to persuade the powers that be that climate change is not an existential threat. Only the fullness of time will do that. Might as well take a deep breath and enjoy life.

Reply to  Tom
August 18, 2021 9:52 pm

Some of the control scams have hung on for thousands of years so don’t bet too much on time as a relief.

August 18, 2021 7:16 pm

If Trump gets back in, his first action (9.00 a.m. sharp) should be to announce that the U.S. will withdraw totally from the U.N. and send all its leeches packing.

Vincent Causey
August 19, 2021 12:32 am

I used to believe that our grand children living in the year 2100 will be vastly wealthier than us. I now believe the opposite. These policies will do more damage to the global economies than WW2 would have done if it lasted 10 times as long. People in the year 2100 may well have life outcomes similar to those of the 19th century.

Charles Fairbairn
August 19, 2021 3:41 am

The UN and it’s acolytes including the IPCC. is a political institution which over the years has been infiltrated by closet left wing/marxist activists with the objective to obtain the global levers of power by the control of energy to replace the current capitalist economy with an alternative system based on total State control, such as that found in Russia.
The science has little to do with this and can/has been manipulated to suit the message.
The message being epitomised in the CAGW Meme which has gone viral for many reasons.

It is an extremely dangerous situation as there is no international constitution which would enable the development of a credible institution capable of calling the UN et al. to task.

The threat of a global form of Communism is now very real.

August 19, 2021 10:38 am

IPCC proposed banishment of fossil fuels would place most of the world’s population at risk. The oil derivatives and fuel manufactured from oil were the main reasons the world populated to 8 billion.

Fossil fuels are the gift to mankind that has allowed the healthy and wealthy countries to achieve prosperous growth, but the IPCC avoidance of the benefits to society, and just focusing on the negatives is irresponsible.
Published Aug 19, 2021 at CFACT

Ulric Lyons
August 19, 2021 5:10 pm

Code reds under the beds.

August 20, 2021 1:38 am

Everyone please get a copy of this free book and share it with family and friends.

The book goes into great detail all the points raised by Vijay. This will cheer you because fossile fuels are here to stay and renewables are just a sick fantasy.

The moral case for fossil fuels

Conventional wisdom says fossil fuels are an unsustainable form of energy that is destroying our planet. But Alex Epstein shows that if we look at the big picture, the much-hated fossil fuel industry is dramatically improving our planet by making it a far safer and richer place.

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