Sunday, January 27, 2013

Japan’s New Growth Strategy: Abandon Climate Targets
Japan will drop its pledge to the global community to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 because of the country’s reduced future reliance on nuclear power, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a government panel Friday. The new policies will be incorporated into Japan’s new growth strategy.
Whatever happened to global warming? - The Globe and Mail
Many people say the risk of climate change is so great that we need to act now, because doing something is better than doing nothing. But that’s not always true. So far, global warming policies have probably done far more harm to the planet than global warming has. Climate change is still rather poorly understood. Climate policy is hard. We should be humble about what we know – and what we don’t.

Now bundle up.
Trends In Atmospheric Water Vapour | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
There is no evidence whatsoever in NVAP-M of any increase in water vapour in the atmosphere during the period 1988 – 2001 during which time CO2 levels increased by ~30 ppm (10%) and temperature anomalies by ~0.3C. The data support about a 10% reduction in water vapour including in the radiative crucial upper layers of the atmosphere. Based on this data water vapour feedback looks to be small or negative.
Zuma calls for more climate change funds - Xinhua |
Scientific evidence in eastern and horn of Africa regions has already been recorded of drier lands becoming drier while agriculturally rich highlands are receiving lesser rainfall and severe cold periods that for instance affected tea crop output in Kenya in 2009.
David Cameron's EU speech is grave news for our environment | Tony Juniper | Environment |
Cameron's carefully worded intervention expressed the view that "we need to examine whether the balance is right in so many areas where the European Union has legislated including on the environment." This was no throwaway line, neither was his demand that "nothing should be off the table".

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