Two publications were presented at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid this week that shine a light on current climate action and lay down pathways to climate neutrality by mid-century, required to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. The reports are part of the work of UN Climate Change with experts and civil society groups.
At a special event, titled What We Are Doing and What We Need to Do, speakers from various sectors summed up where we are on climate action and gave their views on a way forward.
High-Level Climate Champion Gonzalo Muñoz said that those engaged in the international response to climate change must work harder to connect with the “concrete needs” of people on the ground.
"Success in tackling the climate crisis is about collaboration, about interaction with different people that sometimes feel apart, but when they see a common goal they can achieve magic," he said.
“We are in the midst of a climate crisis,” said Martin Frick, Senior Director for Policy and Program Coordination, UN Climate Change, who expressed cause for hope in an awakening that he sees happening among the investment community, “where finally environmental action is moving from corporate social responsibility to the core business; and, it has to be the core business.”
The Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2019 takes stock, highlighting climate action success stories and the need for conditions conducive to stepped up climate action, while the Climate Action Pathways suggest transformational actions and milestones towards neutrality in key areas, such as energy, industry, transport, human settlements, water, land use, and resilience to the inevitable effects of climate change. The documents were developed in a collaborative effort with the coalitions and initiatives of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, under the leadership of the High-Level Champions.
“The bottom line is that active participation by all of us—governments, businesses, investors, regions and more—is needed if we are to overcome the climate emergency we currently face,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.
The 2019 Yearbook and the Pathway documents are comprehensive references for delegates at COP25. They are tools for all those looking for ways to incentivize climate-friendly action and draw economies and people towards ambitious climate action.
The documents will be integrated throughout the events of the Marrakech Partnership in Madrid.
“The goals are set, the science is clear, tools are there, and needed actions are defined—let’s all work together in a holistic and integrated manner to make the required changes happen,” said the High-Level Champions.
Complementing the Yearbook and Pathways documents, there is another key knowledge product available for policymakers and the public, the Global Climate Action Portal (NAZCA), which records and recognizes climate action from a diverse range of stakeholders. Altogether, they show climate action and how climate action can be undertaken to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.
“Our choices matter. Climate-thoughtful choices add up to meaningful levels of ambition, especially when markets and policymakers recognize these actions and reflect them in products, policy and programs,” said Espinosa.
The Climate Action Pathways chart the longer-term sectoral vision for a 1.5-degree climate-resilient world and sets out actions needed to achieve that future. The Pathways, which will be updated and added to over time, present a forward-looking concrete roadmap and actions from 2020 to 2050 for different actors towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Together, these tools aim to help catalyze climate action and support Parties to enhance ambition through collaboration with non-Party stakeholders.
The full Yearbook can be accessed here. The Pathways can be accessed here. The Global Climate Action Portal (NAZCA) can be accessed here. The Marrakech Partnership COP 25 programme can be accessed here. More information on Global Climate Action can be accessed here.
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Why does your organization steadfastly refuse to report the contrary scientific findings regarding alleged human-induced climate change? On Aug. 9, 2019 -- Prof. Shaviv insisted that CO2 plays only a minor role in climate change. On Aug. 11, 2019, Prof. Wu reported that her investigative team could find no evidence of human influence on the Earth\'s climate. In Oct. 2019 -- Over 700 climate experts wrote to the UN stating that \"NO CLIMATE EMERGENCY EXISTS\" and asserting that the climate models are unfit for policy-making purposes. The Foolish Idea of \"Settled\" Science The Main Stream Media trumpets (almost endlessly) that the science regarding climate change is \"settled\" as evidenced by 97% of climatologists who have reached a \"consensus\" about anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming. What the press does not stress is that this -mindedness among these experts is based almost entirely upon computer simulations (GCMs or climate models) and not on any significant experimental data or evidence. Even more distressing is that many (most?) climate advocates see the current scientific findings as fixed and they reject out of hand any actual contrary research results. it or not science is simply never settled. Any historian of science will quickly belie the unsound position regarding \"settled\" science. A few solid examples should suffice to dismiss this misbegotten belief. During the late 19th century the entire scientific community accepted as fact the necessary existence of a \"luminiferous ether\" through which photons from the Sun traveled to reach the Earth. Then in 1887 Michelson & Morley of Case Western Reserve conducted a single experiment that showed that no such \"ether\" existed. Thus, all the prior evidence and belief was discarded. [Note: Interestingly, it was M&M\'s research that set Einstein on his search concerning relativity.] The bottom line is that the 97% \"consensus\" concerning the \"settled\" science regarding the existence of a luminiferous ether was wrong. Next, at the turn of the 20th century, virtually every cosmologist and astronomer agreed that the stars and galaxies that made up our universe were fixed in position. Then in 1930, Edwin Hubble by studying the \"redshift\" of the light reaching Earth from these heavenly bodies showed that our universe was expanding and that it was doing so at an accelerating rate. Once again, all of the \"settled\" science was placed in the trash bin of history. Another excellent example is \"continental drift\". During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, virtually every scientific expert insisted that the position of the Earth\'s continents was fixed. This scientific conclusion was based upon the observation that although granite existed on the continents, the seafloor was composed of denser basalt, and the \"settled\" science during the first half of the twentieth century was that there were two types of crust, named\"sial\" (continental type crust) and \"sima\" (oceanic type crust). Furthermore, it was \"accepted\" by all researchers that a static shell was present under the continents. Then in 1947, a team of scientists using an array of instruments confirmed the existence of a rise in the central Atlantic Ocean and found that the floor of the seabed beneath the layer of sediments consisted of basalt, not the granite which is the main constituent of continents. They also found that the oceanic crust was much thinner than continental crust. All these new findings put the \"settled\" science into question. Subsequently, beginning in the 1950s, scientists using instruments that measure attraction (magnetometers) began recognizing odd \"striping\" across the ocean floor. After the maps with this \"zebra pattern\" of magnetic bands were published, the connection between seafloor spreading and this layout was correctly linked to the historic evidence of geomagnetic reversals. it or not, the seven continents had been moving. Again, the 97% \"consensus\" regarding the \"settled\" science of fixed continents had to be discarded. In science, the idea of a \"settled consensus\" is simply silly. Science is constantly uncovering new truths. The Concept of \"Settled\" Science Regarding Anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change has recently been falsified In 2014, a group of Chinese researchers found evidence suggesting that the current warm phase of a 500-year cycle could terminate over several decades, ushering in a 250-year cool phase. Then on July 3, 2019, Science Daily announced that new evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth\'s climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an \"umbrella effect.\" When galactic cosmic rays increased during the Earth\'s last geomagnetic reversal transition 780,000 years ago, the umbrella effect of low-cloud cover led to high atmospheric pressure in Siberia, causing the East Asian winter monsoon to become stronger. This is evidence that galactic cosmic rays influence changes in the Earth\'s climate. \"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has discussed the impact of cloud cover on climate in their evaluations, but this phenomenon has never been considered in climate predictions due to the insufficient physical understanding of it,\" stated lead Japanese investigator, Professor Hyodo. \"This study provides an opportunity to rethink the impact of clouds on climate. When galactic cosmic rays increase, so do low clouds, and when cosmic rays decrease clouds do as well, so climate warming may be caused by an opposite-umbrella effect. The umbrella effect caused by galactic cosmic rays is important when thinking about current global warming as well as the warm period of the medieval era.\" On Aug. 9, 2019, Prof. Nir Shaviv suggested that rising levels of CO2 play only a minor role in Earth\'s climate compared to the influence of the Sun and cosmic radiation. \"Climate change has existed forever and is unly to go away. But CO2 emissions don\'t play a major role. Periodic solar activity does.\" He continued by asserting that \"... science is not a democracy. Even if 100% of scientists believe something, one person with good evidence can still be right.\" Subsequently, on Aug. 11, 2019, it was reported that a new study had found winters in northern China have been warming since 4,000 BC. The study found that winds from Arctic Siberia have been growing weaker, the conifer tree line has been retreating north, and there has been a steady rise in biodiversity in a general warming trend that continues today. It appears to have little to do with the increase in greenhouse gases which began with the industrial revolution, according to the researchers. Lead scientist Dr. Wu Jing, from the Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the study had found no evidence of human influence on northern China’s warming winters. “Driving forces include the sun, the atmosphere, and its interaction with the ocean,” Wu said. “We have detected no evidence of human influence.\" Then the web site, Bioengineer.org, on Nov. 6, 2019, cited three papers from the Federal University of Sao Paolo, Brazil which partially affirm the studies from Japan and China. This research insists that \"The composition (of marine) sediments carried by rivers from the mainland to the ocean can be used as a basis for calculating variables such as temperature, precipitation, and marine salinity. In the context of ongoing global climate change, the study of the past is fundamental to validating the accuracy of the climate models used to make predictions.\" SUMMARY The world-famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, insisted that to be a valid scientific theory must be falsifiable. This includes the widely held conjecture of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. In short, a single set of scholarly findings that is not explained by the premise of man-made global warming which is attributable to the burning of fossil fuels can falsify this entire body of scientific speculation and this has now occurred. Today, six peer-reviewed scientific papers that were conducted by six separate groups of expert investigators from four different universities in three separate countries and which have all been published in eminent peer-reviewed scholarly journals have found no evidence to support the assertion regarding human-induced climate change. Instead, all six groups independently found that the warming that has happened was almost entirely attributable to galactic cosmic rays that affect the quantity of the Earth\'s low hanging clouds. These expert investigators call this canopy or blanket the \"umbrella effect\". The bottom line is that the entire climate change hysteria has now been falsified and is untrue. These six experimental results have shown that the IPCC and its computer simulation models (GCMs) are not valid. 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