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EU sets conditions for signing up to Kyoto II

LUXEMBOURG – European Union environment ministers — responsible for only 11 percent of global carbon emissions — said they would commit to a new phase of the Kyoto climate change pact, on the condition that nations blamed for the rest join up too.

“What’s the point of keeping something alive if you’re alone there? There must be more from the 89 percent,” EU Environment Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told Reuters.

The European Union stated the need for a road map that would indicate when the biggest emitters — led by the United States, China and India — would sign up. The milestones on the way, however, were imprecise.

A first commitment phase of the Kyoto Protocol — the only global, legally-binding contract on tackling climate change — ends at the end of next year and analysts say time has run out to get a new world-wide deal in place before then.

Oct 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

From Hansen's Independent piece:

>Part of the problem, he said, was that the climate sceptic lobby employed communications professionals, whereas "scientists are just barely competent at communicating with the public and don't have the wherewithal to do it."

Of course. Big Oil (well, Big Gas) charges me £120/month for my contribution, although they do dress it up as an energy bill. Still, you have to feel sorry for Bob Ward - I thought that was a bit unkind...

Oct 11, 2011 at 5:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

Guardian: Scientists should be allowed to check stories on their work before publication

This is very strange... Science is not part of society? My answer is simple, stay out of the press... stay out of politics.

Oct 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

While the UK commits industrial suicide with self imposed unilateral green taxes.

China is looking to invest in UK shale gas extraction.

Oct 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered Commenterbreath of fresh air

Unfortunately, climate predictions are hostages to fortune, unless that is, they are sufficiently long range to effectively protect the rash progenitor. Thus as a geologist, I can confidently predict that there is indeed a predictable climatic calamity for mankind: it is entirely natural, and will be the descent into the next full glacial cycle. It is a source of great mystery that that threat does not dominate the cogitations of the climate community, but it appears to not form part of the consensus agenda, at all. Curious, that.

Oct 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

Bish - you are implicated in Big Jim's scam with Lacis. Better take precautions...da boys know all about this place!!

Oct 10, 2011 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

CH4 news:

New University Technical Colleges to teach children between 14-18 Engineering skills.
Reporter stating that German is taught in the school because it is essential for Engineering.
One of the major sponsors of the scheme is Siemens.

Welcome to third world Britain.

Oct 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Plasma gassification

Rubbish in and hydrogen out (plus some obsidian for making nice tiles). Makes enough hydrogen to fuel its own generators too. No chimneys neither so not much to complain about really.

Oct 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

I was talking to a friend who may be involved with this proposal (article from June):

Does anyone know the pros and cons of this type of generation? Is it economically viable (without subsidies)?

Is it different from the biomass project currently on WUWT?

Oct 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimonW

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