Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Code Red Climate Hype: The United Nations Is A Propaganda Machine

Last week, the head of the United Nations described its latest climate report as a “Code Red for Humanity.” The UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told us billions of people are “at immediate risk.”

But that isn’t the case. In the words of natural disaster expert Roger Pielke Jr: “Not only is this wrong, but it is also irresponsible. Nowhere does the IPCC report say that billions of people are at immediate risk.”

Pielke is the truth-teller. Guterres is the spin doctor. Please, check for yourself. Download last week’s 42-page Summary for Policymakers issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) here. Now conduct your own search.

Does the term ‘code red’ appear in that document? No, it does not.

Does the word billion? Nope.

Is there any mention of any ‘immediate risk’? Immediate doesn’t appear in those 42 pages, either.

The UN is a hype machine. Since the early 1970s, its officials have repeatedly threatened us with an environmental holocaust.

Remember UN climate guru Christiana Figueres advising the BBC eleven years ago that if 2010’s climate talks failed “it will be tragic, it will be a holocaust“?

Every time a climate report is released, the UN recycles the same message. Crisis. Catastrophe. Disaster. Emergency. No time to lose. Fear, fire, alarm. Followed by a long list of demands.

Guterres’ press release uses the word must eight times. As in: we “must act decisively.” Countries “must phase out” coal plants. “COVID-19 recovery spending must be aligned” with climate goals.

Pardon me, but the UN has no right to tell any of us what we must do. UN officials aren’t elected by the public. They’re bureaucrats. Careerists who hop from one UN post to another.

Even more to the point: they are a specially protected class. Their diplomatic immunity renders them untouchable — wholly unaccountable for their actions.

UN personnel have no skin in the game. They pay no price when they mess up. The UN was supposed to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. It failed miserably.

Then it made matters worse. UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to that already-traumatized nation. As 10,000 cholera deaths followed, the UN spent years denying responsibility.

We the people have no mechanism by which to unseat UN officials – even when their incompetence kills people. We have no way of turfing them from office – even when they promote harmful public policy.

One day humans may achieve fulfilling lives without the aid of fossil fuels. But that day is not yet here. Much of the world is still struggling to feed itself, to access clean drinking water and medical services.

Those basics depend on affordable, reliable energy – the kind that fossil fuels provide.

Yet the head of the UN insists this latest climate report “must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels… There must be no new coal plants built after 2021…end all new fossil fuel exploration and production…”

It’s important to understand who this man is. When Guterres served as prime minister of Portugal between 1995-2002, he led that country’s Socialist Party. For more than ten years, he also served as president and vice-president of the Socialist International.

It’s time we ended our absurd naivety about the UN. This is a hotbed of undemocratic, unaccountable far-left activism. Its reports are best ignored.


Water shortage solved? Newly created membrane removes 99.9% of salt from seawater and make it drinkable within MINUTES

Scientists have created a new technology they say can remove nearly all of the salt from seawater, potentially solving one of the world's largest health problems.

Researchers from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) created a new membrane, known as coaxial electrospun nanofiber membrane.

The membrane not only removes 99.9 percent of salt from seawater, but it lasts up to a month, whereas previously solutions only lasted for about 50 hours before they need to be replaced.

The membrane was able to operate without wetting and fouling issues due to its low sliding angle, as well as its thermal conductivity properties.

However, it does have drawbacks, notably temperature polarization and a decrease in water vapor flux because of how it conducts heat.

The World Health Organization suggests good quality drinking water should have a total dissolved solid (TDS) of less than 600 parts per million (ppm).

Although previous technologies operated for less than 50 hours, they did have a high water vapor flux performance.

'The co-axial electrospun nanofiber membrane have strong potential for the treatment of seawater solutions without suffering from wetting issues and may be the appropriate membrane for pilot-scale and real-scale membrane distillation applications,' the study's lead author, Dr Yunchul Woo, said in a statement.

The potential solution is enormous, given that roughly 785 million people do not have access to clean drinking water, according to 2019 data from the World Health Organization.

Additionally, roughly 2 billion people across the globe use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces, the WHO added.

Contaminated water can cause significant disease, such as diarrheas, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.

The WHO explained that by 2025, 'half of the world's population will live in water-stressed areas.'

The membrane was created by alternative nano-technology, also known as electrospinning, to help prevent the membrane from getting too wet, as well as its long-term stability.

The nanofibers in the membranes allow for a higher surface roughness and the ability to repel water, also known as hydrophobicity.

Other solutions have struggled with membrane wetting, which is why they have to be replaced so often and up until this point, that filtration system had not been feasible for long-term operations.

This technology created by the KICT researchers starts with poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) as the core, mixed with silica aerogel and a low concentration of polymer as the sheath, which allows the team to get the hyper-repellent membrane surface.

The study was published in April in Journal of Membrane Science.

Previous attempts to turn seawater into drinking water have included using a metal-organic framework to desalinate it, using sunlight as power.

Other attempts have included using the temperature differences between surface and deep sea water to make sea water drinkable; and using graphene to create a membrane to filter the sea water into drinking water.


Statement CLINTEL: New IPCC report provides little objective basis for policymaking

CLINTEL has carried out a preliminary review of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the AR6 WGI report (on the Physical Science) issued today. It appears that the SPM is, as in previous reports, prone to data exaggeration and so provides little objective basis for policymaking.

Surprisingly, climate scientists from IPCC-circles only last week admitted that their new AR6 generation of climate models are ‘overheated’ and therefore too alarmist. The admission also raises questions on the reliability of temperature forecasts of the IPCC previous generation of models in the 2014 AR5 report, which used an extremely high RCP8.5 emissions scenario, often inappropriately touted as a business-as-usual case and used to promote extreme climate action.

Independent observations had already indicated that CMIP5-models were too sensitive to greenhouse gas increases, probably by a factor of two. The combination of too high climate sensitivity and too high emissions projections resulted in implausibly high temperature forecasts. As the new generation models appear to run even warmer, they make the equivalent scenarios in AR6 erroneously high. IPCC-scientists themselves are beginning to doubt whether their models can be trusted as a policy instrument. “It’s become clear over the last year or so that we can’t avoid this admission”, Gavin Schmidt – director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies – told the renowned journal Science. Schmidt also said: “You end up with numbers for even the near-term that are insanely scary – and wrong.”

The new scenarios of up to 5°C temperature rise from 1850 by 2100 are not consistent with observed current warming of about 0.15°C per decade, implying a further rise of only 1.2°C by 2100.

The SPM graphic of global temperatures over the last 2000 years inspires little confidence in that it fails to note the Roman and Medieval Warming Periods (with temperatures similar to or higher than now) nor the Little Ice Age (with the coldest temperatures over those two millennia).

Global mean sea level projections to 2100 appear similarly exaggerated. Tide gauge data since 1900 indicates a rise of 2.1mm per year, while 27 years of satellite data indicates 3.3mm per year. Taking the higher figure implies only 25cm further rise by 2100.

The generalized SPM claims of increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events appear inconsistent with previous IPCC reports. The basis for these claims, particularly for increased droughts, will be further assessed in our analysis of the full WGI report. Many current independent observations actually indicate greater incidence of extreme weather events in the past.

CLINTEL has consistently argued that, while the climate is changing, partly due to anthropogenic influences, there is no climate crisis, and that climate policy should be based on prudent cost-effective adaptation rather than unaffordable ineffective mitigation. The new SPM provides little objective evidence to change those strongly-held convictions.

Email from:

Guus Berkhout, President of CLINTEL (,

Jim O’Brien, Irish CLINTEL ambassador, Chair of the ICSF (


Red Wall Tory revolt over Boris's green drive: Northern MPs blast PM's climate plans over cost to poorest Britons

Boris Johnson is facing a revolt among Tory MPs in former 'red wall' seats in the north of England over the eye-watering cost of his environmental drive.

Conservatives elected in 2019 in working class areas that had been Labour for generations lashed out in a private WhatsApp group last night over fears their constituents will be left out of pocket.

Mr Johnson has outlined his plans to make the UK 'net zero' in terms of emissions by 2050, including banning petrol and diesel car sales within a decade.

He also plans to outlaw gas boilers in homes and have them replaced with costly green alternatives.

The Prime Minister yesterday argued that acting now was cheaper than delaying the change.

But the MPs, many of whom have been in the Commons for just two years, vented their fury over the cost and the lack of reciprocal efforts from major polluters, in messages revealed by the Sun.

Brendan Clarke-Smith, who represents Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, said: 'It's a hard sell asking people to make sacrifices when the rest of the world, China/Russia etc, are carrying on as usual.'

And Ashfield's ex-miner MP Lee Anderson added: 'This will not go down well in Red Wall seats at all.'

Brendan Clarke-Smith, who represents Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, said: 'It's a hard sell asking people to make sacrifices when the rest of the world, China/Russia etc, are carrying on as usual.' And Ashfield's ex-miner MP Lee Anderson added: 'This will not go down well in Red Wall seats at all.'

Ministers are also said to be considering watering down plans to ban the installation of gas boilers in 2035. They are due to be barred from new homes in just four years' time with all other houses following suit a decade later.

But the Times today suggests that the move could be made an 'ambition', over the cost of green replacements that can reach £12,000.

The Prime Minister used a social video video this week to back his targets - including making the UK 'net zero' in terms of emissions by 2050.

Critics have warned that that target could cost £1.4trillion and a senior minister admitted yesterday that families will bear some of the cost.

It came after a new UN climate report painted a bleak picture of the future without immediate action.

In the video, Mr Johnson said: 'It's far cheaper and more effective to act now to avoid incalculable (environmental) damage in the future, and economic (damage) as well.

'Here in the UK we have proved we can do it, we have halved emissions in the last three decades, even though our country has grown much richer.'

It comes as a new poll shows the vast majority of Britons bellieve that climate change and the threat it poses is real.

YouGov found that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) believes that the impact of environmental damage is not being exaggerated.

Over half (55 per cent) said they were frightened, including 15 per cent who admitted to being 'very' frightened'.




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