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A must listen...

BBC reports on the disappearing UN 50 million Climate refugee map...

BBC - More or Less

In this week's programme:

"The blogosphere has been awash with accusations of a climate change conspiracy. The UN, it's claimed, tried to cover up a prediction made about "climate refugees". More or Less investigates."

The BBC's take is quite interesting and even sceptical!......... and interviews the blogger that spotted the story

mentioned used in the Stern report, etc, etc....

plus highlights the error message on the missing map page..

"The error message reads: Dear visitor, it seems like the map you are navigating by is maybe not fully up-to-date, or that it might have an error in it, or is it that your GPS is not loaded with the correct data? We are just taking the scenic route, darling! See Honey, We're not lost. I know where we are: This way I think... mmm!"

Also - quotes experts - saying the 50 million figure is and was nonsense, and makes the point, it was made by an environmentalist used it to SCARE politiciand and publics into action..

A MUST listen....

Quote of the week - 'Science is a bit iffy' from Norman Myers, when challenged that it was wrong

May 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

To follow up from Phillip Bratby's post...

May 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

Roger Harrabin covers the split in the cabinet (DECC, Defra and FO on one side; Treasury, Business on the other) on radio 4 Today at about 7.20am.

May 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

BHP Billiton chairman Jacques Nasser has turned up the pressure on Julia Gillard to abandon plans for a carbon tax, calling for a "go-slow" approach to tackling climate change and warning that the rest of the world is unlikely to follow Australia's lead.

Speaking in Melbourne yesterday, the chairman of Australia's biggest company and the world's biggest miner added to recent calls by his chief executive, Marius Kloppers, for a sector-specific approach to dealing with carbon pollution that did not hurt businesses that had global competitors.

We've got to be careful we don't get into the trap of really believing our behaviour is going to influence other countries; I don't think that will be the case.

May 10, 2011 at 12:40 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Thanks, woodentop.
From the same article, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said: "Cable's proposals would cost more and slow the modernisation of the UK's energy infrastructure so we'd lose out on new jobs ..." but fails to price in the fact that 3.7 existing jobs are being lost for every green job being created in the UK as a whole.

May 10, 2011 at 12:08 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Truly we're through the looking glass:

In a letter leaked to the Guardian, Cable tells his party leader, Nick Clegg, and the chancellor, George Osborne, he is "unable to give clearance to the proposal as it stands" and calls for an urgent cabinet meeting.

In his letter, dated 19 April, Cable says the proposed carbon budget is not "cost effective" and asks for a Treasury impact analysis to be made available to all involved in the decision.

He writes: "Agreeing too aggressive a level risks burdening the UK economy, which would be detrimental to UK, undermining the UK's competitiveness and our attractiveness as a place to do business.

"I have a number of concerns about supporting the CCC's recommended level at this time.

"It is important that we strike the right balance between our pursuit to decarbonise the UK economy whilst ensuring that UK economic growth and employment is sustained."

His argument rests on a concern that Huhne's plan relies on the securing of a cap on emissions trading across Europe that may not materialise. If this were not achieved, the UK would be left having to reduce carbon emissions unilaterally, which would risk putting industry at a disadvantage compared with outside competitors and "could lead to significant fiscal costs".

In another leaked letter, dated 17 April, William Hague, the foreign secretary, says that he "strongly supports" Huhne. He writes: "I agree that we should not reject the fourth carbon budget recommended by the Committee on Climate Change … in order to retain public support for our climate policy at home we need to be able to point to similar effort abroad.

"If our domestic resolve is seen to be weakening, we will lose traction elsewhere."


May 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM | Unregistered Commenterwoodentop

"Leavesden Country Park" is a park area very close to where I live, maintained by the local authority, "Three Rivers".

The other day, I wanted t look up some details in the YMCA fitness centre in the park, so did a quick search on the "Three Rivers" web site.

Imagine my surprise to find it here.

May 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta_uk

Damn, same post from you, James, sorry for the echo =)

May 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterdread0

"Era of constant electricity at home is ending, says power chief"

Makes it sound like we have no choice in the matter, how sporting.

May 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterdread0

A good piece here on the CCC report by Andrew Orlowski..


May 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

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