– President Hollande's "Environmental Security Council"
– The Art of Chinese Statistics
18 years 9 months with no Warming
One third of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions took place in the period 1997-2015. However, satellite measurements show no warming since February 1997: The temperature plateau has been going on nowfor 18 years 9 months, according to Christopher Monckton on Anthony Watt's blogs
According to an NOAA report, the exceptionally cold winter in the Eastern US in 2014 was due to global warming
The report, entitled "Explaining Extreme events of 2014 from A Climate Perspective," is the subject of a post by Eric Worrall is on the site of Anthony Watts.
THE PHILIPPE VERDIER/FRANCE TELEVISIONS AFFAIR
The geographer Philippe Pelletier denounces the denial of freedom of expression
In an open letter published in Libération, Philippe Pelletier, professor of geography at the University of Lyon-2, commented on the dismissal of Philippe Verdier. Excerpt: "Most disturbing in this case is not only the violation of freedom of thought and expression, but particularly the novelty of the reason given …""
Philippe Verdier discusses the reasons for his dismissal on Radio Monte Carlo
The guest of Jean-Jacques Bourdin on RMC on Thursday, November 5, Philippe Verdier says he was dismissed for being described as a journalist for "France 2" when interviewed about his book "Climate Investigation". "Although I have made it clear that the book was written in my own name, this was quoted as the reason for my dismissal. ..It's purely discriminatory because others do it."
Petition for Philippe Verdier to get his job back at France Télévisions
On November 11, the petition had collected more than 19,400 signatures. If you have not yet signed this petition, there is still time, it is here.
Pre-COP21: Last preparatory meeting for Laurent Fabius
Sixty ministers have been meeting in Paris since Sunday to explain once again how they will limit global warming to two degrees by the end of the century by their own joint efforts. This pre-COP21 meeting ended Tuesday with a press conference. Sunday, Laurent Fabius gave his fellow ministers a guided tour of the site of the COP21 at Le Bourget – surely a historic moment, immortalized by the cameras of the very independent France TV info TV News.
Laurent Fabius unveiled one of the slogans of the publicity campaign for COP21 which begins on November 9 with press ads and posters in 55 towns: "Later will be too late." It must be said that "Hopenhagen" has already been done in 2009. At least, logically, there shouldn't be any need for a COP22: so it really is now or never …
The COP21 will change the world's coastline
Pre-COP negotiators will be helped in their work by a report from US researchers published opportunely November 8 in Climate Centra, which indicates that "a rise of 2 ° C is a threat to the long-term existence of many major cities and coastal areas. " One of the study's authors, Ben Strauss, said that "Some historic conferences have redrawn national borders. The COP of Paris affect the international border between land and sea." According to The New Republic, several researchers contacted by AFP emphasized the validity of the report, though sometimes diplomatically and with caution: "There are some errors here and there, but it's the best we can do with publicly available data ", believes Steven Nerem of the University of Colorado, who analyzed the methodology of the study.
Francois Hollande has only months to save humanity from a "collective suicide"
In "Les Echos" on 7 November, Jean-Francis Pécresse (brother of the ex-minister of research and higher education, in the style of St. John announcing the horsemen of the Apocalypse, makes a desperate plea to the French Head of State: "4 weeks – this is the time remaining for François Hollande to change the course of uncontrolled climate change, which is leading humanity towards a form of collective suicide ". Meanwhile, we learn that …
…China has massively undervalued its coal consumption
According to an article in lemonde.fr 4 November, China's cumulative emissions of CO2 since 2005 are 4.6 billion tonnes above what had been announced ( that's nine years of France's emissions). Lin Boqiang, director of the Center for Energy Economics, said he was aware of these figures, as were many others. Was Francois Hollande in on the secret? If not, what are the figures that were the basis for the agreement signed during his official visit to China?
In Saudi Arabia, all forms of energy, including fossil, must be used to meet the needs of future generations
Agence France Presse reported November 4 the words of Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi who, recognizing the priority of the fight against climate change, said that "carbon capture and storage is a critical element for the countries of the world seeking to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. … all forms of energy, including fossil, must be used to meet the needs of future generations. "
For 40% of French, there will be no agreement at the COP21
The COP21: an event as important as the 1948 Paris Conference
Interviewed by "Connaissance des énergies," Pierre-Henri Guignard, secretary general responsible for the preparation and organization of COP 21, said that about 40,000 people were expected at the conference (including 10,000 delegates from 195 countries, representatives of 2000 NGOs and almost 3000 journalists). The last diplomatic event of such magnitude in France was the Paris Conference in 1948, which at least produced a result: the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Latest News: Hollande calls for "Environmental Security Council"
From "Ouest France": at the conference "Climate, Energy and Society" organized by the Collège de France Monday, November 9, François Hollande proposed the creation of an "Environmental Security Council" to ensure respect for countries' commitments in the battle against global warming. Could this be the beginning of an environmental "right to intervene"?
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Stéphane Foucart in Le Monde and Sylvestre Huet in Libération had already warned us: l'Académie des Sciences is a den of deniers who must be neutralised. At its meeting of 3 November 2015 this honorable institution gavez further evidence of its deviationist tendencies. Imagine: its statement on Climate Change and the Transformation of the Energy System was adopted by just 78 "yes" votes, 9 "no", and 9 abstentions, instead of the 100% consensus on a question that should no longer be debated (the science is established, as everyone knows).
Supreme presumption: the Academy notes that "many questions remain unanswered, and a sustained research program is required."
Not to be missed: Vincent Courtillot's intervention in the debates; he must have felt very lonely.
Interviewed in The Nouvel Observateur November 5, about his latest novel "In the Eye of the Storm" Richard Ford was able to talk about the Sandy and Katrina hurricanes without making any reference to climate change, "New Orleans is struck all the time by this kind of tornado. Katrina was the worst because there was a combination of two events: .. the cyclone arriving on the coast and the high tide " The interview is available on the website bibliobs.com
CLIMATHON, WEEK 45
The winner of the week 45 climate propaganda contest is the former Environment Minister Corinne Lepage in Alain Juppe'rs government. In a broadcast on France Inter (with the totally neutral title: "Who will win, the lobbies or the climate?") proposed setting up a register of climat sceptics.
Honourable mention for the association "Fasting for the climate", which we have already mentioned in a previous bulletin (No. 2, October 21). The jury could no longer ignore this laudable initiative that invites everyone to use their imagination and invent their own way of fasting. The jury noted a particularly innovative form of fasting consisting of "refraining from any production or emission of carbon dioxide". It's difficult to imagine how this abstinence could be achieved, given that, strictly speaking, it would imply the complete cessation of breathing.
Runners up included 20Minutes, which refers to a study by the universities of New Orleans, Florida and Santa Barbara claiming that the birth rate experiences sudden significant falls when particularly high temperatures had been recorded nine months earlier. Hence the enticing title: "Sex: Global warming puts a chill on libido." Climathon Jury's comment : "It suffices to look at the numbers to discover that the population of Africa is on track to necome extinct, compared with the rest of the world."
High school students from the Paris area honored at the Cité des Sciences
The Regional Directorate of Environment and Energy (DRIEE) reveals its secrets:
"An the heart of the exhibition on climate change is a large rusty metal igloo, a metaphor for the struggle between ice and global warming.
Sneak through its narrow entrance, and, cut off from the rest of the world, discover films made by students … slip into the skin of young negotiators and replay the Parisian students' COP21".
Playing is allowed, even under the shadow of the Apocalypse.
Apples branded with the COP21 logo to underline the urgency of an agreement
To underscore the urgency, the 196 heads of delegations to COP21 will be invited to… chew pictures of the Eiffel Tower on apples that will be handed round. According to the Council of the Department of Moselle, who devised the project, this act will underline the fact that, "if we don't reach an agreement on climate change, we do not know if there will still be apples in France in years to come". Sensible…
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