Philip Alston on human rights, poverty and climate change. And Judith Curry vs Michael Mann on natural disasters

Our Philip Alston in Geneva this week.

GENEVA (25 June 2019) – Climate change will have the greatest impact on those living in poverty, but also threatens democracy and human rights, according to a UN expert.

We read: Mr. Philip Alston (Australia) took up his functions as the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in June 2014. As a Special Rapporteur, he is part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

Moving on to a Congressional hearing on natural disasters and climate change, Judith Curry describes how Michal Mann used his five minutes of fame.

In my own testimony, I referenced (and even quoted) the IPCC AR5 and the US National Assessment report about a dozen times. I also provided my (forthcoming) Report on Hurricanes and Climate Change, which includes about 100 references (nearly all are refereed journal publications) plus links to other review articles that provides further references.

Whatever happened to climate scientists using the IPCC and National Assessment Reports in their analyses, either to support their arguments or otherwise refuting specific statements in these Reports? It seems that only scientists of the non-alarmist persuasion are citing these Reports any more.

Mann took a different approach from mine. His testimony reads like an op-ed, and he even cites his op-eds as supporting evidence. Yes, it is readable, but it is not well documented.

Mann did not provide a bibliography for his testimony or any footnotes; rather he included hyperlinks. I clicked on each of these, to see what sources he was using.

His links include 3 references to his own journal publications, plus two links to publications by other authors. One link is provided to a NOAA statement. Several links are made to the StonyBrook University blog, describing unpublished analyses.

Windwatch update. At 5.30, some time before the peak, Wind is running at 50% producing 3.4GW that is 14% of the load.

THE POWER OF IMAGES. SELECTIVE REPORTING ON GLOBAL TEMPERATURE. From Ben in the comments, how the “alarming” warming of recent years disappears when viewed in perspective since the Industrial Revolution. The Scary picture. Not so scary. The lack of correlation between rising CO2 and the temperature record.

FAKE NEWS ON COAL SUBSIDIES IN AUSTRALIA. The “statistics“. The back story.

A decade on from a commitment to phase out subsidies to coal G20 governments continue to provide billions of dollars of support for the production and consumption of fossil fuels, spending at least $63.9 billion per year on coal alone, the most polluting fossil fuel. They have also neglected to define or document the full extent of their subsidies.

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12 Responses to Philip Alston on human rights, poverty and climate change. And Judith Curry vs Michael Mann on natural disasters

  1. Ben

    We’ve moved on from evidence. We use emotion now. More progressive.

  2. We don neeed noo steeenkeeng evidence senor.

  3. mem

    Ben
    #3066228, posted on June 29, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    We’ve moved on from evidence. We use emotion now. More progressive.

    I think it is post science, as in post truth. Climate science as promulgated by the warmist cult is based on infinitesimal measurements that are meaningless when applied to the whole planet. Hyperbole, exaggerations and computer generated projections are then used to generate headlines and herd people into accepting what is at best a mammoth misconception and at worst a giant fraud.. I am reminded of a graph which depicts climate change in whole degrees Fahrenheit located on this blog (scroll to the left hand column and there is a small graph that will open up) http://antigreen.blogspot.com/ titled annual GIST temperature in Fahrenheit.

  4. Lee

    GENEVA (25 June 2019) – Climate change will have the greatest impact on those living in poverty, but also threatens democracy and human rights, according to a UN expert.

    They got that right; some have openly called for democracy to be suspended (in favour of what? One party dictatorship?) until the “problem” is solved.

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    Climate change will have the greatest impact on those living in poverty, but also threatens democracy and human rights, according to a UN expert.

    Of course because you bastards pushing this bullshit are impoverishing nations and their peoples driving them into poverty, and indeed democracy is affected because the leaders are doing what they want not what the people want — Macron knows and he’s working hand in glove with the social media bully-boys monstering the people and surrendering them up for the jackboots to start kicking.

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    Maggie had it right and so many of the world leaders including Australia’s, are , by consensus, complicit in the impoverishment of their people and their nations

    To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

    — Margaret Thatcher

  7. Mark M

    Winning:

    (President) Trump pressures other G20 leaders to weaken climate goals
    The failure to secure agreement on a final communiqué would be a stinging defeat for the summit host.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-pressures-other-g20-leaders-to-weaken-climate-goals/

  8. I_am_not_a_robot

    This page contains a great video of a talk by Dr John Christy that encapsulates the topic that any fool can understand (I’m an authority).

  9. Art Vandelay

    FAKE NEWS ON COAL SUBSIDIES IN AUSTRALIA. The “statistics“. The back story.

    The linked report is amateurish. For example, it claims:

    Subnational subsidies that benefit coal-fired power consumers, primarily at household level, make up most government support for coal consumption in Australia (Peel et al., 2014). The analysis for this report estimates that support for consumption of coal-fired power is at least AU$1,112 million (US$805 million) per year (2016–2017 average).

    Can anyone tell me what subsidies exist for “coal-fired power consumers”? In another example of the sheer hopelessness of this report, the Peel et al reference isn’t even listed in the references at the end of the document as far as I can see.

    Australia also continues with a diesel fuel rebate to the mining and agricultural sectors. The thermal coal mining sector receives an estimated AU$2 billion (US$1.4 billion) annual subsidy from this rebate, reflecting the large scale of open cast coal mining (Walters, 2016).

    Wrong. The diesel fuel rebate is not a subsidy (ask the Productivity Commission). Diesel fuel taxes in Australia are de facto road user charges. The rebate is intended to ensure that if diesel is used in an off-road capacity, the user is paid a rebate of the tax so they do not end up paying road user charges. Leftists are incredibly thick, but you think they could grasp this simple argument.

  10. mem

    Note there is slightly new wording in regard to climate change commitments compared to the previous G20 2018 text There is no mention of a specific emissions reduction target in the 2019 text and there is far more about the USA dealing with emissions without the Paris agreement. There are other more subtle changes and when these are all combined seem to water down rather than increase climate change commitments. The issue of urgency was pretty well buried. http://www.g20.utoronto.ca/2018/buenos_aires_leaders_declaration.pdf

  11. Tim Neilson

    Leftists are incredibly thick, but you think they could grasp this simple argument.

    They do.

    They lie about it.

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