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Warsaw Climate Change Conference Inconclusively Concludes

Reason's science correspondent sends a final dispatch from the U.N. Climate Change Conference

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Warsaw-"For the third year in a row the (member) countries have found a new way to say absolutely nothing," asserted Oxfam director Winnie Byanyima, as the U.N.'s annual climate change conference limped inconsequentially to its end on Saturday in Warsaw. The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP-19) to the U.N. Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) was supposed to set out a roadmap toward completing a global treaty that would bind all countries to some kind of commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after 2020 at the Paris COP-21 in 2015. No commitments were made and no clear roadmap was adopted at the Warsaw talks.

Citing the "historical responsibility" of rich countries for causing climate change, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and other developing countries want to maintain the original obligation established in the 1992 UNFCCC that only developed countries are required to do anything about man-made climate change. In the agreement reached at Warsaw, the developing countries, including the largest and fourth largest emitters of greenhouse gases—China and India—forced the rich countries to drop their insistence that all countries make "commitments" to address climate change. Instead, countries will now make vague nationally determined "contributions" toward addressing man-made global warming.

The United States and European negotiators in Warsaw had sought an agreement in which each country would use a common transparent framework for calculating its emissions reductions. In the new Warsaw agreement, countries set their own baselines and define their own reduction strategies, thus making comparisons between countries' efforts far less transparent and harder to calculate. 

The developed country negotiators also wanted all countries to put forward their initial commitments no later than the first quarter of 2015. That deadline would make it possible for the initial commitments to be critiqued before the 2015 Paris conference. The goal of the pre-Paris scrutiny would be to see if they were collectively adequate to keep the world on track toward restraining future global temperatures to an increase of no more than two degrees centigrade. Instead, countries will announce their contributions only when they were good and "ready to do so."

The poor countries also demanded that the rich countries make commitments to establish a new bureaucratic mechanism under the UNFCCC to compensate them for the loss and damage caused by climate change. For their part, the rich countries did not want to create a new international agency that would be empowered to make them legally liable for weather damage anywhere in the world. The Warsaw agreements reached a compromise in which a Warsaw mechanism for loss and damage will be set up under the existing institutions that are supposed to fund projects that help poor countries to adapt to climate change. That decision, however, will be reviewed after three years.

In 2009, at the Copenhagen climate change conference, the rich countries committed to "mobilizing" $100 billion annually by 2020 to help poor countries to cope with climate change. At Warsaw, the poor countries sought to get the rich countries to pledge that they would hand over $70 billion per year by 2016 as an interim measure. The developing countries also wanted to make it clear that the climate change financing should be "mobilized" from public, not private funds. At Warsaw, the rich countries refused to make specific interim financial commitments, although they did agree to file biennial reports outlining what their plans are for funding climate change adaptation for poor countries between now and 2020.  

So the Warsaw conference ended with no firm commitments on either greenhouse gas emissions or on finance. The diplomats and the activists will convene to do it all over again next year in Lima, Peru.

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  1. Citing the “historical responsibility” of rich countries for causing climate change, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and other developing countries want to maintain the original obligation established in the 1992 UNFCCC that only developed countries are required to do anything about man-made climate change.

    The Developed Country’s Burden.

    God forbid China, India, Brazil and South Africa end up being added to the list of “developed countries” before anybody has a chance to sort out who whould be doling out the dough.

  2. “For the third year in a row the (member) countries have found a new way to say absolutely nothing,”

    That’s because there’s nothing rational to be said about global warming (or whatever new rubric the warmists have confected) as the scam disintegrates in the face of observation and common sense.

  3. “For the third year in a row the (member) countries have found a new way to say absolutely nothing,”

    And they will continue to do so as long as these conferences consist of backward louts stamping their feet and demanding money.

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  5. …”thus making comparisons between countries’ efforts far less transparent and harder to calculate.”

    Hey, we got just the guy to keep things less than transparent. He’s kinda busy right now, but after the ’17 inauguration, he’ll be available!

    1. Really? You should show more respect for your President. He frequently starts his explanations with “Let me make one thing perfectly clear”. Does that sound like someone who keeps things less than transparent?

      I hope China and India can’t get away without contributing to the fund. It is the poorer countries like the 48 least developed countries that need the aid the most.

      1. You should show more respect for your President. He frequently starts his explanations with “Let me make one thing perfectly clear”. Does that sound like someone who keeps things less than transparent?

        It sounds like Milhous, truth be told!

      2. Know what might help them? Advanced technologies related to every aspect of modern life, all invented in the developed world. Strangely, I don’t see them offering to pay for these positive externalities.

  6. Shocked that developed nations still mired in a depression aren’t falling for an outright shakedown by 3rd worlders and their enablers.

    Racists.

  7. Conferences like this are the reason why Maldives can’t be permitted to have nukes.

  8. $70 billion? Why, that’s 7/8 of what the Fed shits out every month! Who do these foreign savages think they are, to demand so much of us?

    -jcr

    1. Well that is the key to a good blackmail scam, make it an amount that they can pay. The problem is they missed the second key point, which is to keep it quiet.

    2. I thought that as well.

      Just push the magic money button twice and problem solved. They can keep the change.

    3. It’s so simple, why didn’t I think of it before? Protect the children from ever larger climate catastrophes by burying them under an ever-growing mountain of debt!

      Sheeesh! So obvious….

  9. The angry volcano god demands sacrificial loot! lol

  10. On that them thar global warmerering front, did y’all know that Yers Truly is doing his/her VERY best, and serving as a “human carbon sink”? Whenever anyone brings free food to work, or there is a pot-luck of ANY sort, I make DARN sure to follow “fair is fair”? Half for me, half for everyone else! And so I have put MANY carbon atoms WAY into the deep freeze, OUT of them thar atmosphere, and stored into Mine Own Beloved Body, AKA, the Human Carbon Sink? I do it ALL fer U, and The Earth Goddess Gaia, and The Childrens! And, Yer Welcome!!!

    1. Gaul durnit if you don’t beat all. You is one, fine, alteristic sufabitch! Thank you fer it all.

  11. just before I looked at the receipt 4 $9739, I didn’t believe …that…my father in law was like actualey receiving money part-time on their apple laptop.. there uncles cousin has done this 4 only nineteen months and a short time ago cleared the mortgage on their place and bought Toyota. visit

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  12. Revolutionary technology is being born that can help to counteract Global Warming.

    See MOVING BEYOND OIL at http://www.aesopinstitute.org for a turbine engine that needs no fuel and opens the door to future hybrid cars and propeller driven aircraft that have unlimited range.

    These engines as well as patent pending piston engines will exhaust cold air. They can be thought of as refrigerators that generate electricity.

    Accelerating the development and widespread mass production of these difficult-to-believe new technologies is the challenge.

    Many millions of engines pumping out cold air instead of heat is a remarkable new possibility.

    This opens the door to superseding fossil and nuclear fuels all of which produce huge amounts of heat.

    Hybrid electric cars with turbines that need no fuel and produce cold air can sell electricity to utilities when suitably parked. No wires required.

    Imagine the impact on the economy of cars, trucks and buses that may pay for themselves in this manner.

    Government funding is not needed. A few individuals with an appetite for risk will soon begin to change the world.

  13. Mark Goldes’ proofless claims regarding his Aesop Institute’s make-believe strictly ambient heat engine do not represent any new technology, or even a new pretense – they merely represent a rather old pretense.

    “A perpetual motion machine of the second kind is a machine which spontaneously converts thermal energy into mechanical work. When the thermal energy is equivalent to the work done, this does not violate the law of conservation of energy. However it does violate the more subtle second law of thermodynamics… The signature of a perpetual motion machine of the second kind is that there is only one heat reservoir involved, which is being spontaneously cooled without involving a transfer of heat to a cooler reservoir. This conversion of heat into useful work, without any side effect, is impossible, according to the second law of thermodynamics.”

    Mark Goldes’ make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense – as usual.

    http://physicsreviewboard.word…..ure-fraud/

    http://physicsreviewboard.word…..institute/

  14. Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered “windmobile,” based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

    After SunWind “dried up” in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

    And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on “Virtual Photon Flux;” and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on “collapsing hydrogen orbitals” (which are ruled out by quantum physics); and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” (which are ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics).

    http://physicsreviewboard.word…..institute/

  15. One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes’ many pseudotypes is his “POWERGENIE” horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

    [The device incorporates] “an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance… having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency…

    “In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy…

    “Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811…”

    – But the patent doesn’t tell us who will volunteer to blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

    Mark Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power is now defunct, having never produced any “Magnetic Power Modules” – just as Goldes’ company called “Room Temperature Superconductors Inc” is also now defunct, having never produced any “room temperature superconductors.”

  16. We need to put an emissions tax on any intestinal flatulence based on the decibel level of the of the escaping gasses! Monitoring stations could be created that would contain high amp microphones that would pinpoint any abrupt animal discharges of methane gas. NSA could oversee the technical operations and Homeland Defense could then arrest the miscreants and round up the animals. Studies have shown that most of the methane flatulence comes from Washington DC! We need to tax the government first until they cannot print anymore money and then every living thing that breaks wind.

  17. Does the climate really get warmer?

  18. We need to put an emissions tax on any intestinal flatulence based on the decibel level of the of the escaping gasses! Monitoring stations could be created that would contain high amp microphones that would pinpoint any abrupt animal discharges of methane gas. NSA could oversee the technical operations and Homeland Defense could then arrest the miscreants and round up the animals. Studies have shown that most of the methane flatulence comes from Washington DC! We need to tax the government first until they cannot print anymore money and then every living thing that breaks wind.

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