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Asked the planet about 2ºC plan before singing Kumbaya?

Posted by feww on December 13, 2015

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Paris pact aims to keep global warming below 2ºC (3.6F) —ROFLOL
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Obama says Paris climate pact ‘best chance’ to save the planet

When leader of the so-called “free-world” calls the Paris pact the “best chance” to save the planet, what exactly does he mean?

Because if the planet needs saving from something, it would be from the ceaseless and ever-worsening anthropogenic assault that is directed at her.

“Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we’ve transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change,” Obama said.

Paris Agreement

The “Paris Agreement” draft , which comprises of 31 pages states that it recognizes “that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions […] in order to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels by reducing emissions to 40 gigatonnes or to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels…”

“Fighting Climate Change”

Exactly how do you do that? Would be like fighting ISIL in Syria?

“Together, we’ve shown what’s possible when the world stands as one.” Said Mr Obama [and nothing less than singing Kumbaya out loud would do. ]

Paris accord a legally binding treaty?

The Paris pact, unlike the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, is not even a legally binding treaty.

“Senate leadership has already been outspoken in its positions that the United States is not legally bound to any agreement setting emissions targets or any financial commitment to it without approval by Congress,” said Senator James Mountain “Jim” Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee.

What Others Said

  • “The Paris Climate Conference is a crucial point in the global climate governance process. The outcome has a real bearing on human beings’ undertakings in climate change and our future of sustainable development,” said China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua.
  • “It is the best outcome we could have hoped for, not just for the Least Developed Countries, but for all citizens of the world,” said Giza Gaspar Martins, the head of a group representing some of the world’s poorest countries.
  • The GOP presidential “previously front-runner” Donald Trump has previously expressed his doubt about science that relates the warming of the climate to carbon emissions, insisting the global temperature “goes up and it goes down.”
  • “We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge,” said Hillary Clinton, the other party’s presidential front-runner.
  • Scientists now fear [realized?] the climate tipping point could occur at temperatures lower than 2ºC above the pre-industrial levels. So they have changed their tune to keeping the rise at “well below” the previous target, or +1.5ºC.

And the Planet?

She’ll have the last say, to be sure, and you will no doubt hear from her!

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Japan’s CO2 at Record High

Posted by feww on November 13, 2008

Japan’s GHG emissions increased to 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2e in 2007/08

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 2.3 percent last year reaching a record high in the year to March, making her Kyoto goals looking increasingly illusive.

Japan is now the fourth largest producer of GHG after China (more than 10 times the population of Japan), United States (about 2.5 times the population) and Russia.

Emissions increased to 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) for 2007/08 fiscal year, the Ministry of the Environment reported.

About 93 percent of Japan’s GHG emissions is energy based (comes from fossil fuel consumption).  Japan was expected to cut emissions by about 13.5 percent to achieve its Kyoto 2008-2012 target.


GHG Emissions in Japan. Undated Photograph: PA/Haydn West. Source. Image may be subject to copyright.
Emission Data for Japan in 2007/08:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions total: 1.371 billion metric tons of CO2e in 2007/08 [UP from 1.340 billion tons in 2006/07 and 1.261 billion tons in the Kyoto Protocol’s benchmark year of 1990.
  • Manufacturers (energy-based): 476 MMT, up 3.6% from 2006/07, but down 1.3 percent from 1990, due to an increase in industrial output and higher per-kilowatt emissions.
  • Transportation-sector: 249 MMT of CO2e down 1.6 percent from the previous year due mainly to a decline in auto travel.
  • Service-sector: 233 MMT of CO2e, a rise of 1.2 percent (blamed on a hotter summer and colder winter compared with the previous year).
  • Household emissions: 180 MMT of CO2e, a rise of  8.4 percent (due to higher use air-conditioning).
  • Power Generation and oil refining: 78 MMT of CO2e, a rise 3.6 percent.

The electric power industry has a voluntary target for reducing CO2 emissions to 0.34 kg per kilowatt hour. However, their emission averaged 0.45 kg/kWhr in 2007/08, which means to meet Kyoto goals they need to reduce emissions by about 100 million MMT a year for the next four years, based on the estimated power generation of 931 billion kWhr.

[Note: All figures provided above should be independently verified!]

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Belgium buys Hungarian rights to pollute environment!

Posted by msrb on September 30, 2008

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Trading the Rights [sic] to Pollute the Environment!

Belgium has bought the Hungarian “rights” to emit 2 million tons of greenhouse gas, spokeswomen for  the anti-environment ministries of both countries confirmed. The credits and funds have already been transferred.

Come again?

But, but … wasn’t the Kyoto Protocol a sophisticated joke designed to bring shame to the world’s … you are serious aren’t you?

Actually, and no it’s not a joke, the Kyoto Protocol allows industrialized countries to meet GHG emission targets by buying other countries emissions “rights.”

What’s the trading value of all other rights to rape the environment?

What about the rights to pollute the oceans, how much do they cost?

The rights to create more dead zones and their trading value?

And the rights to acidify your ocean, what’s their trading value?

How much must a country pay to bleach, say, 30 percent of the world’s coral reefs and, by the way, who owns those rights?

What about the right to pump raw sewage into your lakes or coastal waters, and its trading value?

The price of GHG emission rights is confidential!

“The (transaction) price is confidential as this was a private agreement between the two parties,” a spokewoman for Belgium’s Ministry of Climate and Energy told Reuters.

No way. secrecy is unacceptable! Its our air they are polluting and we want to know how many pieces of silver they are paying for it. Out with it now, you ugly beasts!

Et tu, Hungary?

Hungary’s Ministry of Environment and Water said it did not want to jeopardize Hungary’s ability to drive a hard bargain with other countries by revealing price details of the Belgian deal.

Under Kyoto Protocol, Hungary can sell about 100 million AAUs, or “surplus rights to emit CO2” by 2012. Each AAU allows the buyer to release one ton of carbon dioxide to the environment.

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