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Discussion > The Paris Accords and INDCs

Here's another curious $$ wrinkle to add to the inconvenient IPCC mix. Seems that they're planning a most unseasonable conference in Edmonton, AB:

The partner organizations of the "Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy" are pleased to announce a call for proposals for sessions and abstracts. The conference will take place between March 5-7, 2018 in Edmonton, Canada (for more info please email info@citiesipcc.org). A full website with additional information will be launched by September 1, 2017.

The conference aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change.[...]

"The science of cities and climate change"?! What self-perpetuating nonsense will they dream up next, eh?!

More here.

There's a cast of green-dreamer organizations (see p. 8, here) on the planning committee and - considering her role as "vice-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy" - I'm inclined to suspect that Christiana (aka tinkerbell) Figueres, now former UNFCCC head honcho, may well be one of the movers and shakers on, or behind, the scene(s).

Aug 31, 2017 at 6:51 PM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

Aug 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM | Mark Hodgson

The pseudo climate politicians/scientists will be the last ones to vote for budget cuts that will end their own careers.

Climate Science still celebrates the 97% Consensus based on computer models, meanwhile the commercial world is losing confidence in the business models proposed by Lord Stern. Lord Stern can defend himself by explaining that he based his infamous report on the best science from the IPCC and the world's top Climate Scientists

The UN is paying developing countries to blame their lack of development on Global Warming, when in most instances, it is lack of mineral wealth and bad politicians.

Australia seems to be leading the world in turning a country with great mineral wealth and bad politicians into a powerless economy.

Sep 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Costa Rica, news you don't see, from a couple years ago...

Government pledges to speed up construction of San Carlos highway:

Nice picture,
http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/12/10/government-pledges-speed-construction-san-carlos-highway

Residents and business owners from Costa Rica’s northern zone met with President Luis Guillermo Solís Wednesday to ask him to move faster to build a new road to the region, a project they have been awaiting for more than 40 years.

Delays have mostly been due to the lengthy legal procedures required to expropriate private property along the route. Currently the government is in negotiations with the owners of 80 percent of the required properties. Negotiations are still pending with some 28 properties, Segnini said. On Wednesday afternoon Solís declared the project of public interest in order to expedite all remaining expropriations. Segnini asked lawmakers and citizen groups to refrain from further delaying the project. “We hope there will not be any more citizens or lawmakers getting creative with similar complaints just to halt the project,” the minister said.

Carbon Neutrality?
http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/12/08/everything-we-know-about-future-costa-rica-rapid-transit
In 2013, then-Environment Minister René Castro called transportation the “Achilles’ heel” of Costa Rica’s carbon-neutrality ambitions. In the last two years little has changed. Vehicles are still responsible for more than half the country’s carbon emissions, and every government attempt to curb this pollution has failed.

While there are still a few programs designed to encourage people to switch to more efficient vehicles, the current government’s plan to reduce vehicle emissions hinges on the creation of a rapid transit system to serve the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM, for its initials in Spanish). With the COP21 climate talks in Paris now underway, rumors of this hypothetical project are getting thrown around quite a bit.

Past governments have tried and failed to begin an electric train project.
In 2011, Broad Front Party lawmaker – and later presidential candidate – José Maria Villalta introduced the first draft of a bill that would give additional funding to the Costa Rican Railroad Institute, or INCOFER, and promote the creation of a rapid transit system. President Solís has put the bill’s current draft on the legislative agenda. Lawmakers will now have until April to discuss the bill and vote on it.

According to officials at INCOFER, the bill’s passage is a crucial step to ensuring that the train is built, but lawmakers already rejected a similar bill in October, and the new INCOFER bill has strong opposition in the Legislative Assembly.

Last Thursday, lawmakers questioned INCOFER President Guillermo Santana about recent spending decisions. Since October 2014, Santana has taken seven international trips to visit public transit systems and explore funding options. The trips racked up more than $20,000 in travel expenses. Santana also allocated $300,000 to hire a transportation consultant from the United States.

The first three phases of construction will cost an estimated $1.4 billion. If lawmakers do not bump up INCOFER’s budget, the government will need to find other funding options.

Even if lawmakers expand INCOFER’s budget, a transportation overhaul will still require outside funding. According to officials at the Environment Ministry the government is considering foreign aid or the Green Climate Fund for possible funding options.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano, located 50 kilometers east of San José, refuses to cut its emissions:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/costa-rica-central-valley-alert-latest-turrialba-volcano-increasingly-active-central-america-a7517286.html

Sep 1, 2017 at 11:57 PM | Registered Commenterdennisa

Tinkerbell is worried about her "carbon footprint": This was around the time of Paris

"Yes I am very conscious that I am personally a high emitter given the air travel that I have to do for my job. As long as I have the responsibilities that I do, I have to incur these emissions but that will not be my lifestyle forever. In the meantime, in order to be climate neutral and support mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries, I have purchased Certified Emissions Reductions from the Adaptation Fund using the Climate Neutral Now program https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/ and I encourage everyone to do the same, as well as making low-emission lifestyle choices."

She was based in Bonn, but her new outfit is based in London, http://www.mission2020.global/milestones/. She is in Sydney this month, followed by the annual COPS and Robbers show in November, in Bonn, http://unfccc.int/meetings/bonn_nov_2017/meeting/10084.php, then off to Canada in the spring for the shindig noted by Hilary. Her mother, former First Lady of Costa Rica, moves in high circles in Boston, Mass, to where Christiana makes frequent visits, including addresses to students:

"Lifting the Billions: The Intersection of Climate and Development Policy"

"As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was a linchpin in solidifying the Paris Agreement in December 2015. She will reflect on how this universal agreement can be a turning point in global economic, energy, environment, and development policy, and a catalyst for bringing the poor out of poverty worldwide."

SPONSORED BY
Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston

"Security. Prosperity. Justice."

http://environmentalgovernance.org/featured/2014/05/christiana-figueres-executive-secretary-of-the-climate-change-convention-to-be-commencement-speaker-at-umass-boston/

April 2016
http://www.massachusetts.edu/news/featured-stories/christiana-figueres-architect-paris-agreement-returns

Sep 2, 2017 at 12:30 AM | Registered Commenterdennisa

I am grateful for all comments on this thread. I am saving them to a word document on my pc, alongside my observations on the Paris Treaty and the INDCs submitted pursuant to it, just in case our host ever takes down this website (or should it suffer an accident).

Sep 2, 2017 at 8:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson, I have previously referred to this report

http://marshall.csu.edu.au/Marshalls/html/typhoon/typhoon.html

It ought to be a standard reference for Malthusians. Instead it is ignored, and the Marshall Islanders are encouraged to blame all their problems on Global Warming.

I have never visited the Marshall Islands, and have no personal interest or experience.

Their increasing population has nowhere to go, apart from the vulnerable coastlines that their ancestors knew were vulnerable to storms and inundations by high seas.

The "Compensation Culture", "Where there's blame, there's a claim" etc, seems to be their only hope, now that funds from Bikini Atoll compensation have been appropriated, along with the safer land with the best development potential.

The Marshall Islands are a disaster waiting to happen.

Sep 2, 2017 at 11:38 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

It seems all those countries with large rain forests or jungles, whose INDCs claimed to be "carbon sinks", may have to reconsider:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/alarm-as-study-reveals-worlds-tropical-forests-are-huge-carbon-emission-source

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers

The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions.

Researchers found that forest areas in South America, Africa and Asia – which have until recently played a key role in absorbing greenhouse gases – are now releasing 425 teragrams of carbon annually, which is more than all the traffic in the United States.

This is a far greater loss than previously thought and carries extra force because the data emerges from the most detailed examination of the topic ever undertaken

Overall, more carbon was lost to degradation and disturbance than deforestation.

“Prior to this we knew degradation was a problem but we didn’t know where or how much,” said Wayne Walker, another of the lead authors. “It’s easier to address the problem when there is still some of the forest left standing.”

The priority is to protect pristine forests with high carbon density. The most effective way of doing this, he said, was to support land rights for indigenous people. “Those living in the forest can make a difference,” Walker said.

Unfortunately, many governments whose territories are home to tropical forests are moving in the opposite direction. In Brazil and Colombia, for example, deforestation has accelerated rapidly in the past year.

Oct 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Oct 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM | Mark Hodgson

The destruction of the Amazonian Rainforest has been a recurring theme since before Global Warming was invented.

As a country bumpkin, it is something that I remember from school, and the idea that the rainforests are the lungs of the world, but exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen, is another reason why I initially accepted the scare stories of Climate Science.

The deforestation of the UK was largely completed during the First World War, and the Forestry Commission was set up in 1919 to ensure the retention of a strategic asset, not initially for conservation reasons. Cutting down trees faster than they can grow, has been an English concern since the 1600s(?), and the fate of Easter Island has been linked to it.

Since the stone age, people have chopped down trees, for housing, fuel for heating and cooking etc, but also to use the land for food crops. With modern technology, rainforest can be cut down and cleared for a quick cash profit, leaving arable land as a bonus. I accept the argument that the soil beneath rainforest is not that fertile, once the trees are cleared and high rainfall washes out the nutrients.

Farmers and gardeners all over the world know that soil needs to be looked after, in order to maintain its productivity, and "slash and burn" leading to monoculture without crop rotation, fertiliser and cultivation will cause failure. Little attempt has been made to preserve the soil, because it was more profitable to clear more forest.

Loss of rainforest is at the worst end of short-term asset stripping capitalism, and the indigenous population are not the long term beneficiaries. The profits buy a lot of political support, and bans/restrictions on teak, ivory, cocaine etc have only increased the incentives, along with grants and "encouragement" for products we never knew we needed such as Palm Oil.

The problem for environmentalists, is that the majority of those living in undeveloped communities would like some form of development, and that means money.

Unfortunately for the Green Blob, they have been involved with some unsavoury activity against indigenous people, so that they can impose their vision. If the whole "save the rainforest" movement is trying to regroup and attract fresh sympathy and publicity by jumping on the Global Warming band wagon, they may have left it a bit late, as the wheels on the Global Warming band wagon are getting a bit loose.

Oct 3, 2017 at 7:41 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie