Leaked UN report says pollution three times higher than previously thought
John Vidal, environment editor Wednesday 13 February 2008 05.34 EST
The true scale of climate change emissions from shipping is almost three times higher than previously believed, according to a leaked UN study seen by the Guardian.
It calculates that annual emissions from the world’s merchant fleet have already reached 1.12bn tonnes of CO2, or nearly 4.5% of all global emissions of the main greenhouse gas.
The report suggests that shipping emissions – which are not taken into account by European targets for cutting global warming – will become one of the largest single sources of manmade CO2 after cars, housing, agriculture and industry. By comparison, the aviation industry, which has been under heavy pressure to clean up, is responsible for about 650m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, just over half that from shipping.
Until now, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has estimated shipping emissions to be a maximum 400m tonnes, but the new draft report by a group of international scientists is a more sophisticated measure, using data collected from the oil and shipping industries for the International Maritime Organisation, the UN agency tasked with monitoring pollution from ships. It not only shows emissions are much worse than feared, but warns CO2 emissions are set to rise by a further 30% by 2020.
Interviewed in April, 2015; Freeman Dyson aged 91 gives his views on the Global Warming Hysteria an interview conducted by “Conversations That Matter”;
“CO2 is so beneficial…it would be crazy to try to reduce it”.
“Probably it does us Good, the Earth will get greener as a result”.
“The general public has a lot more common sense (than the media or politicians)”.
“I’m retired, I don’t have to fear losing my job”.
“Man-made climate change is, on the whole, Good”.
“They (Climate Models) are no good for prediction”.
Thom discusses the GOP’s continued war on women’s rights with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and the racial and class bias behind student borrowing with Demos’ Mark Huelsman. Tonight’s Politics Panel talks Bernie Sanders’ announcement rally from Burlington, VT, Bernie’s call for a Wall Street transaction tax, and Jeb Bush’s defense of the Patriot Act. In tonight’s Daily Take Thom discusses how capitalism could end all life on earth.
http://democracynow.org – WikiLeaks has just revealed secret details of a European Union plan to use military force to curb the influx of migrants from Libya. “The documents lay out a military operation against cross-Mediterranean refugee transport networks and infrastructure,” WikiLeaks says. “It details plans to conduct military operations to destroy boats used for transporting migrants and refugees in Libyan territory, thereby preventing them from reaching Europe.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discusses the EU’s plan from his place of refuge inside Ecuador’s London embassy.
http://democracynow.org – As negotiations continue, WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership — a global trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries. The TPP would cover 40 percent of the global economy, but details have been concealed from the public. A recently disclosed “Investment Chapter” highlights the intent of U.S.-led negotiators to create a tribunal where corporations can sue governments if their laws interfere with a company’s claimed future profits. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warns the plan could chill the adoption of health and environmental regulations.
But according to new research published in Nature Climate Change, there’s at least one statistically proven reason why more than 56 percent of Congressional Republicans deny climate change: echo chambers.
The term “echo chambers” traditionally refers to situations where people surround themselves with information they want to hear, and block out the rest. We’ve known for a while that these present themselves in climate politics; A 2014 study suggested that the reason Americans haven’t fully accepted the scientific consensus on climate change is because of echo chambers like Fox News, where conservative viewers are “exposed only to content consistent with their opinions, while shielded from dissenting views.”
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