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Scandal in Oz — alarmism rejected

“Like many working couples, Anne and Russell Secombe decided to find a place by the sea where they would eventually retire to live out the rest of their lives pursuing simple pleasures. In the 1970s, the couple, now in their 80s, found it, a modest single-level brick house at 23 Illaroo Rd, Lake Cathie, a town on the NSW mid-north coast.  …

It’s simple bliss: Anne, a retired clerk, spends time keeping up her neat garden; Russell, a retired mechanic, angles on the beach for blackfish, flathead and bream. But yesterday the Secombes’ sense of hard-earned stability collapsed when they discovered they could be among the first victims in Australia to be dispossessed of their home. Not because of any existing environmental threat, but because the local council believes climate change could pose one by the end of the century.

In a move that struck incredulity, alarm and fear among locals, Port Macquarie Hastings Council put a study on the council website recommending that council enforce a “planned retreat” for the owners of the 17 houses on Illaroo Road. The area is one of 15 “hot spots” identified by the NSW government as being vulnerable to the effects of sea level rises due to climate change, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  …

Illaroo Road is about 7m above mean sea level, so there’s no danger of flooding.  …

Council’s action has reduced property values on Illaroo Road by between a third and a half, according to local observers.”

Fighting on the beaches as council orders retreat from climate change ‘threat’

“Home owners in the NSW town of Lake Cathie appear likely to escape an eviction order recommended by a consultant’s report that calls for a “planned retreat” from a predicted rise in sea levels, as the O’Farrell government is expected to discard the alarmist climate change predictions of its Labor predecessor.  …

The developments follow revelations in The Weekend Australianon Saturday that the consultants employed by the council, SMEC, had recommended the council buy out 17 homes on Illaroo Road based on predictions by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – and adopted by the previous Labor government – of a sea-level rise of 40cm by 2050 and 90cm by the turn of the century.  …

Mr Porter’s decision that he will work to save the Lake Cathie houses comes as the NSW Coalition government appears likely to determine that the coastal management strategy of the previous Labor government is unrealistic.  …

SMEC’s report made clear that even given the direst climate change and sea-level rise predictions, with Illaroo Road being 7m above mean sea level, “overtopping and coastal inundation are not an issue”.”

Seafront residents in nothern NSW saved from eviction


UN's REDD enables Indonesia to collect $1B to clear cut rain forests and plant palm oil trees


“Vague legal definitions [of “forest” and “degraded land” in UN’s REDD] may allow Indonesia to class forests as ‘degraded’ and ‘rehabilitate’ the land with palm trees and biofuel crops.

Indonesia plans to class large areas of its remaining natural forests as “degraded” land in order to cut them down and receive nearly $1bn of climate aid for replanting them with palm trees and biofuel crops, according to Greenpeace International.

According to internal government documents from the forestry, agriculture and energy departments in Jakarta, the areas of land earmarked for industrial plantation expansion in the next 20 years include 37m ha of existing natural forest – 50% of the country’s orangutan habitat and 80% of its carbon-rich peatland. More than 60m ha – an area nearly five times the size of England – could be converted to palm oil and biofuel production in the next 20 years, say the papers.”  “Indonesia eyeing $1bn climate aid to cut down forests, says Greenpeace

Beyond comedy — UN: next climate report will be "dramaticaly worse"


“Robert Orr, UN under secretary general for planning, said the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming will be much worse than the last one.  …

He said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would make it clear to world leaders in Cancun “that we should not take any comfort in the climate deniers’ siren call.”  …

[S]cientists agree that climate change “is happening in an accelerated way.”

“[J]ust about everything that you will see in the next report will be more dramatic than the last report …””  “Next climate warming report will be dramatically worse: UN

Rotten to the core


“The UN’s forest protection plan hasn’t even started yet but already we are seeing massive fraud, bribery and backdoor deals across the world.  …

The lure is the potential billion of dollars to be made from buying and selling the carbon rights to forests. If you hold the rights and can prove that “your” forest is in danger, you can – after you’ve been through qualifying hoops – sell the carbon not released to rich consumers or companies who cannot offset their own emissions.  …

The great green hope is the UN’s Redd (Reduced emissions form deforestation and degradation) programme, which is fine in theory but proving a legal nightmare in practice. Redd hasn’t even started yet but already we are seeing massive fraud, bribery, backdoor deals, and corruption from Asia to Africa and all points between.  …

[Y]ou can see the legal problems a mile away. A minute Australian company working from what appears to be a shopping mall in an Australian suburb claims to have grabbed the carbon rights to the entire Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); a three-man Kenyan company reckons it can earn $10m a year from the rights to a stretch of Cameroonian forest; the family of Papua New Guinea’s prime minister has been accused of pressuring remote villagers to sign away their land, one of the lead negotiators for Indonesia’s climate delegation, and the architect of its Redd programme, has been named as a corruption suspect by the country’s anti-corruption agency. The list goes on.  …

Liberian president Ellen Sirleaf Johnson has began extradition proceedings against a British businessman, for allegedly negotiating a closed-doors deal with a group of corrupt Liberian officials to purchase one-fifth of Liberia’s rainforest; Greenpeace has declared that Papua New Guinea is not ready to implement Redd and Global Witness has warned that the whole scheme will be undermined by corruption.  …

The danger here is that a badly thought through Redd deal is shovelled through by eager countries in Cancun and leads not to untold wealth and resource protection, but to more poverty and more corruption.”  “Massive corruption undermines forest protection plan

Latest UN CDM scam


Hot on the tail of the last UN CDM scam comes the latest scam:

BRUSSELS, October 18, 2010 – Incentives created by the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have caused a significant shift of adipic acid production from plants in industrialized countries to CDM plants in China and South Korea, a new study shows. This has led to “carbon leakage” – a shift in production that leads to an overall increase in emissions – and the issuance of 13.5 million offsets that represent phantom emissions reductions.

Background: Nitrous oxide, an unwanted by-product in the production of adipic acid, is also a very potent global warming pollutant. Adipic acid is used most commonly to make nylon, and producers in developing nations can earn carbon credits through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by installing and using equipment to destroy their nitrous oxide by-product.  …

Key Findings

The study shows that profits from CDM revenue are so large that they have, in some cases, subsidized adipic acid production costs to below zero, giving CDM plants a large competitive advantage. This has caused a shift in production from non-CDM plants to CDM plants.

“We have known for some time that these projects accrue tremendous profits through the CDM” said Michael Lazarus, a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute and co-author of the study. “Our new findings show that these profits have evidently led to significant shifts in adipic acid production away from non-CDM plants to CDM plants, and strongly indicate that carbon leakage has occurred”.  …

“Assuming that the plants would have operated at the average global rate, we estimate that this shift in production resulted in about 13.5 million credits being issued in 2008 and 2009 that did not represent actual emissions reductions,” explains co-author Anja Kollmuss. “That is about 20% of all credits issued for adipic acid projects. These credits are bought to offset emission reduction requirements in the EU and elsewhere. They lead to an increase in emissions because the buyers of these offsets are then entitled to increase their emissions.”  “Industrial gas projects caused millions of phantom emission reductions, new study shows

The absurdity of the UN's CDM


“The watchdog organisation CDM Watch has confronted the United Nations with new evidence that alleged emissions reductions from HFC-23 destruction projects under the [UN’s] CDM [Clean Development Mechanism] offsetting mechanism are actually increasing global greenhouse gas emissions. The evidence was put forward in an official submission which calls for a benchmark to cut the inflated number of carbon credits generated by these projects by more than 90%.

HFC-23 is a potent greenhouse gas which is an unwanted byproduct of manufacturing the refrigerant gas HCFC-22. Under the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the destruction of HFC- 23 generates emission reduction credits that are used to fulfil commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. While all 2236 currently registered projects are estimated to generate about 1 billion credits by 2012, only 19 registered CDM HFC-23 projects would be accountable for about half of the issued credits under current rules.

Analysis of monitoring data from all registered HFC-23 destruction projects revealed that CDM HCFC-22 plants are intentionally operated in a manner to maximize the production of offset credits. The analysis indicates that because of the extra CDM revenue more HCFC-22 is produced and far more HFC-23 [is] generated than would occur without the CDM.

The amount of HCFC-22 production and HFC-23 generation appears to be mainly driven by the possibility to generate offset credits rather than other factors”, summarizes Lambert Schneider who evaluated the data.  …

Due to the lack of action by the CDM Executive Board to address these flaws, CDM Watch has now submitted a formal proposal to revise the crediting methodology in line with UN procedures.  …

“The revision would ensure that the CDM projects achieve actual mitigation because it would remove the current financial incentive that causes plants to produce gas for the sole purpose of getting paid to destroy it …”, explains Eva Filzmoser, Director of CDM Watch.

“It’s completely unacceptable for the UN to keep issuing an inflated number of bogus credits that create vast profits for carbon trading groups and chemical companies. If the UN wishes to avoid irreparable damage to its reputation and show that is truly serious about climate mitigation, it must take action now. The CDM Executive Board must put the current methodology on hold with immediate effect and halt issuing credits until the methodology is revised,” [said] Eva Filzmoser.”  “UN Under Pressure to Halt Gaming and Abuse of CDM

Indigenous peoples condemn REDD


““REDD [the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program] is branded as a friendly forest conservation program, yet it is backed by big polluters and climate profiteers … ,” said Alberto Saldamando, legal counsel for the International Indian Treaty Council.  …

“REDD is not a solution to climate change,” said Marlon Santi, President of CONAIE, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, the largest Indigenous organization in that country. “REDD has been created by multilateral institutions like the World Bank that routinely violate Indigenous Peoples’ rights and pollute Mother Earth.  … REDD should not be implemented in any country or community.”

“REDD is a predatory program that pretends to save forests and the climate, while backhandedly selling out forests out from under our Indigenous Peoples,” said Tom Goldtooth, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), based in Bemidji, MN. “REDD will encourage continuing pollution and global warming, while displacing those of us least responsible for the crisis, who have been stewards of the forests since time immemorial.””  “Indigenous Peoples meeting in Cochabamba condemn “predatory REDD forest programs”

“[T]he idea that REDD could help secure the territories or consolidate the rights and livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples is ludicrous. In the voluntary carbon markets, carbon forestry and REDD-type projects have already resulted in land seizures, violent evictions, forced displacement, violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, militarization, loss of access to land and livelihood, loss of biological diversity, fraud, coercion and the corruption of the sacred. Inclusion of forests and tree plantations in the giant compliance carbon market could only multiply such abuses.”  “Sign on to the Durban statement: “No REDD! No REDD Plus!”

Never happen


This will never happen — UN climate fat cats won’t give up their all-expenses-paid globe-trotting boondoggles to exotic locals like Bali:

“A plan to find a permanent home for U.N. climate meetings could result in more work getting done and a reduction in travel emissions, British officials said.The proposal, supported by Britain, would designate a permanent home for the Conferences of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The plan would create a permanent governing council and appoint a new head with greater authority, The Times of London reported Friday.

For the last 20 years, as many as 20,000 people at a time have traveled to cities in Indonesia, Morocco, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Denmark and other countries for meetings on climate change.

The jump to a new city distracts from negotiations and increases the amount of air-polluting emissions, the plan’s supporters said.

More than half of the officials come from Europe, making it a likely home for a permanent center, though developing countries could argue they are overdue to host a U.N. institution, The Times reported.”  “Plan Calls for Permanent U.N. Climate Host

Will the charade never end?


“Germany will host an extra session of U.N. climate talks in April

[Danish Climate and Energy Minister Lykke Friis, who presides over the U.N. negotiations,] said that 11 representatives of key nations decided at a one-day meeting at the headquarters of the Bonn-based U.N. Climate Change Secretariat to add an extra session of senior officials from 194 nations in the Germany city from April 9-11.  …

The April meeting, of senior government officials, would be preceded by one-day preparatory talks among key groups of nations. The April talks would also decide if more U.N. meetings were needed before Cancun.”  “Bonn To Host Extra U.N. Climate Talks, Treaty Unsure

Quote of the day


“On balance if you look at all the things the IPCC has been doing over the last number of years, they were trying very hard to put in all the peer-reviewed serious stuff. I’ve actually always felt that they were taking a somewhat conservative stand on many issues and for justifiable reasons.”  Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy