Tuesday, November 30, 2010

U.N. climate boss: at least the weather will be better

...than the freezing mess in Eurasia and America we will describe...

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), made an unusually honest statement for a U.N. climatic crook while vacationing in Cancún, Mexico:
At least the weather will be better.
And Spiegel even managed to leak this sensitive diplomatic cable. ;-) Given the fact that the climate is nothing else than the weather scrutinized over longer timescales, one may also conclude that the climate would be better in a hypothetically warmer world.

Together with her fellow climatic bureaucratic parasites, Figueres is enjoying 28 °C which is, helpfully, equal to 82 °F in the Moon Palace resort above. The Europeans and Americans may compare "her weather" with the weather they are experiencing right now.

Well, without a loss of generality, much of the developed world sees the same thing as the United Kingdom. If you haven't guessed the purpose of the previous sentence, well, it was an introduction to a whining Briton:

They wonder whether their below-minus-twenty-degrees temperatures will break the records or not. See thousands of extra reports about the whining Britons. Another whining Briton complains that [but] the scientists claim that the world is too warm.

Most of Europe is experiencing snowfall and bad weather, too. In central France, a snowstorm led to record electricity use and blackouts. Flights are being canceled in the U.K. and Germany where bad weather is expected to last for five days. The Czech Republic is covered by snow, too: almost a foot was added overnight (also here in Pilsen). Important soccer matches may be canceled in Poland. Sweden braces for record freeze.

We may jump to other continents, too. Snow disrupts lives in China's Inner Mongolia.

The usual combination of snow, dropping temperatures, cold smack, and wind gusts came to Minnesota. It's not too unusual which is why Minnesotans are for Global Warming (M4GW).

Lake Tahoe on the border of California and Nevada reports 15 feet of snow. That's 4.5 meters if you wonder. Sub-freezing temperatures ice down Las Vegas Valley. From Ventura to San Diego counties in California, record cold temperatures were broken. Pecan (some nuts) growers in New Mexico believe that their cold snap will be great for harvest. It's chilly for folks in Phoenix, Arizona who had to take jackets.

Cold weather is on its way to Florida and Michigan, too.

Some people still don't understand the concept of numbers and subtraction. There is a different weather in Cancún and in Scotland - and this difference genuinely influences lives. However, the difference is +28-(-20) = 48 °C so. Nearly fifty degrees Celsius. Why is it so hard for so many people to see that 1-2 degrees that may hypothetically be added could be a "marginal positive" but would be irrelevant from any qualitative viewpoint?

Meanwhile, the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is ending today. It was the strongest one since 2005 but still vastly weaker than 2005 - and getting the bronze medal. Also, the total damages were about USD 11 billion, more than 10 times lower than in 2005. Remarkably enough, the hurricanes have avoided the U.S. land for the first time. On the other hand, the Pacific has seen an unusually small number of typhoons and hurricanes.

Reuters offers 10 reasons why the Cancún talks will fail. Unfortunately, the key reason that should be there - namely that CAGW is complete nonsense - is not among them.


  1. Climate socialism runs counter to Cancun capitalism and current weather realities, from N. America to Europe to China, http://funwithgovernment.blogspot.com/2010/11/cancun-capitalism-vs-climate-socialism.html

  2. my dear luboš, I have to correct you on one point. You do not say "whining briton". This is an inexcusable faux pas. Such an expression is indicative of your eastern european roots and as such can be interpreted as a mitigating factor. Otherwise one would have to ensure your czechoslovakian backside received the jolly good walloping it undoubtedly would deserve. Indeed the correct term, widely accepted and appreciated across the anglo-saxon speaking world is ..whinging pom...

  3. Thanks, Nonoy and Kevin.

    Kevin, I am surely no expert in any kind of informal English - but I am still pretty certain that "pom" is not being used for Britons anywhere on the Northern Hemisphere. It's a term in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

    The difference between whining and whinging is simply below my resolution. Apologies. You do need a native speaker to get similar things correctly.