The Antarctic is gaining more ice than it loses
A new NASA study (Zwally et al.) Published October 30, 2015 in the Journal of Glaciology shows that the ice gains in East Antarctica and continental West Antarctica exceed the losses in other areas.
On his website Roy Spencer has has updated the curve of temperature trends in the lower atmosphere from the beginning of satellite measurements (1979) until October 2015: +0.43 ° C (temperature anomaly relative to the average the period 1981-2010). The significant increase compared to September is not due to the warming of the tropics (despite the current El Niño), but to a very hot month in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.
You will remember that Philippe Verdier, weatherman at France Télévisions, is in danger of losing his job for publishing a critique of the IPCC and international climate policy in a book, “Climate Investigation” (Ring, 2015).
Philippe Verdier, a journalist at France Télévisions, fired one month before the COP21
In a video placed on-line on Sunday, the head of France Télévisions' weather service Philippe Verdier can be seen opening what he states to be a letter of dismissal: He says: "This morning I received this letter which I decided to open in your presence, because it is addressed to everyone in the name of freedom of expression and the right to information."
Remember that the "malpractice" of which Philippe Verdier is accused is to have published a critique of the IPCC and international climate policy in a book, Climate investigation (Ring, 2015).
If you have not already done so, please sign the petition launched by the Collective to defend Philippe Verdier, and ask those around you to sign it too. There are already more than 18,000 signatures.
The Philippe Verdier Affair in the Press
The sacking of Philippe Verdier has caused a stir in the press. In Le Figaro, Gilles William Goldnadel sees it "the political police at work", but also in the L'Obs, where labour lawyer Eric Rocheblave expressed doubts about the legality of the dismissal. Internationally, note items in Il Tempi (Italy), the BBC, The Independent and the le "Telegraph" (UK), American thinker (USA) Investigate Daily (New Zealand), 444 (Hungary) , Observador (Portugal), Trthaber (Turkey) … Benoît Rittaud gives his opinion on the Verdier affair in Russia Today.
PREPARATION FOR COP21
It won't save the planet, but will China's commitment allow President Hollande to save face?
"China has made two major commitments: first, to upgrade its battle against emissions, and to fulfill all the obligations that we have imposed on ourselves, and secondly, to accept that every five years we can review these commitments to be very sure that we will have no more than two degrees of global warming by the end of the century. "
The Chinese president said meanwhile that the Franco-Chinese joint declaration, which has 21 points, showed "the common commitment to a successful conference in Paris."
Good Boys, Bad Boys
$38 billion still to be found for the Green Funds
The richest countries must find the $100 billion promised to the poorest countries to adapt to climate change. We're currently at $61.8 billion. Michel Sapin [French Budget Minister] summed up the situation in this cryptic formula:
"The figure does not cause those who need these funds to run away, and so there's no reason to despair … Neither does it cause to flee those who will have to increase their efforts, since the gap between $61.8 and $100 billion by 2020 is not beyond reach. "
Laurent Dupont (Member of the Forum), addressed this issue in this article published on Skyfall.
THE FRENCH AND GLOBAL WARMING
According to an IFOP poll, the climate is the 5th most important priority for the French
AFCO's press conference on October 29
On this occasion, Remy Prud'homme (university professor) and Christian Gérondeau (polytechnic engineer) presented their books, the Global Warming Ideology (Éditions de l’Artilleur) and Climate: J'accuse (Editions du Toucan).
A review of Christian Gérondeau's book was published in the journal "Survey & Debate", while Rémy Prud'homme commented on his book on Olivier Galzi's programme "Le Grand Décryptage” on i-télé, during a debate with François Gemenne and Jean Jouzel.
A new climato-critical book
Emmanuelle Cosse on France Inter October 28th
Guest of the Patrick Cohen morning programme, the national secretary of Europe Ecology the Greens declared:
"All I can tell you is that the discourse of climate sceptics reminds me of the discourse of AIDS denialists that I heard in the 90s, when they said that AIDS did not exist. Today there are people dying because of climate change. It's a reality"
This specious argument is not new: Stéphane Foucart already used it in “Climate Populism”, a book in which he stigmatized the "enemies of science" (Claude Allegre and Vincent Courtillot, it seems).
Global warming gives Gaël Derive the Gift of Ubiquity
Interviewed by Le Point on October 23, Gaël Derive said: "Speaking as a scientist, an explorer, and an expert, I'd say that climate change (in the true sense, as experienced on the ground) has never been so visible, so sudden, and so profound in the everyday lives of men and women I meet. It modifies periods of access to the ice shelf for the family of Jeannie in the Arctic. It increases flooding in the village of Donildo, Brazil. It affects Karakaua's drinking water in Kiribati. It reduces Nipa's rice yields in Bangladesh. It affects Tsering's potato crop in Nepal. It decides the fate of Satu's cattle in Ethiopia, and hence his family's future."
Thanks to COP21, everyone will have his fifteen minutes of fame
During COP21, the Eiffel Tower will be transformed into a virtual forest. As part of the operation "One Heart One Tree", smartphone owners will be able to "plant a seed of light" on the monument which will turn into a virtual tree. This image will be projected for a few seconds on the monument with the name of the participant. “Human Energy”, the "greatest work of participatory art ever created" will allow everyone to turn into a "human generator" walking, dancing, rowing or pedaling bicycles or other energy-producing devices installed in a kind of festive village. How lovely.
CLIMATHON WEEK 44
The first prize undoubtedly goes to France Télévisions. The jury can be forgiven for its hesitation in awarding the prizes for the runners-up, given the competition raging on the climato-righteousness front.
List of signatories
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