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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Eric Worrall mocks the small island states that will go under

Sou | 8:08 PM Go to the first of 2 comments. Add a comment
Eric "eugenics" Worrall has taken over Anthony Watts' blog WUWT from the look of things. I say that because he's no longer a "guest", he's now a WUWT fixture. Anyway, Eric doesn't like the Carribean. That's a surprise because he's indicated that he moved to the subtropics, north of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, to get away from the cold UK.

As you know we promote heavily ecotourism, and if action is not taken by the international community to halt greenhouse gas emissions we’re going to have a serious challenge.


Today Eric's decided to mock a meeting of Caribbean leaders, who were preparing their submission for COP21, the UNFCCC meeting to be held in Paris later this year (archived here).

These leaders aren't from places no-one's heard of.  They are from the playground of the rich and famous and their countries are home to the rich as well as the poor. These are islands like the Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago; and Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

There's a short report of the meeting by the Inter Press Service News Agency, which Eric didn't link to. He's not interested in such details. As I said, his mockery demonstrates that he couldn't give a damn about small island nations disappearing, as many will in a few short decades.

From the report that Eric didn't link to:
Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
“For the Bahamas, which has 80 percent of its land mass within one metre of mean sea level, climate change is an existential threat." -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie
“The evidence of the impact of climate change within our region is very evident. Grenada saw a 300 percent loss of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as a result of one storm,” Christie told IPS
“We see across CARICOM, an average of two to five percent loss of growth due to hurricanes and tropical process which occur annually.
“For the Bahamas, which has 80 percent of its land mass within one metre of mean sea level, climate change is an existential threat to our land mass. Indeed, that is the story across the region. And as I have said from place to place, if the sea level rises some five feet in the Bahamas, 80 percent of the Bahamas as we know it will disappear. The stark reality of that means, we are here to talk about survival,” Christie added.

Any single event can be devastating to a small economy. The news item reported that in a big storm in St Vincent and the Grenadines, there was damage equivalent to 20% of their GDP, presumably taking into account the ongoing losses. What does it take for a small nation to recover from an event like that?

Another article provided details of a plan by Martinique to become 100% renewable by 2030, including specific plans for renewable energy, transport and the environment.


From the WUWT comments


Eric can mock away if he wants to. His disdain of the world's most vulnerable is contemptible, but expected. All he adds to WUWT is filling empty space and empty heads with his empty words. For all the dozens of silly inconsequential articles Eric writes to meet Anthony's daily quota of nothingness, he has yet to make a decent contribution - even from the denier perspective. (The other day when Eric asked "how many of these climate articles do I have to write" to be recognised as a climate denier, Steve Mosher told him he just needed to write one good one). Here is more empty-headed nonsense from Anthony's 8% Dismissives:


RoHa says the Caribbean leaders should have traveled to South Shields, or Detroit, rather than meet at their home:
 May 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm
Considering the number of British MPs and senior officials who have found it necessary to go on fact-finding missions in the Caribbean (usually during British winter), I would have thought that everything there is to know about the region would already have been known and planned for.
But perhaps they need to check that nothing has changed.
I notice that none of these important meetings are being held in places like South Shields or Detroit. Aren’t they affected by Climate Change?

James Bull said they should give up, and sink. I guess he doesn't like the Caribbean either:
May 10, 2015 at 12:11 am
If at first you don’t succeed try,try, try, try, try, try again, again, again, again, again, again. If that doesn’t work try again.
If I had as little success as them I would have given up but then I don’t have as much of my income balanced on this castle in the air.
James Bull

Louis thinks the Caribbean has got billions from somewhere or other. Perhaps he thinks Cape Canaveral is on Belize.
May 10, 2015 at 12:15 am
Is this where most of the billions spent on climate change is going? It sounds like a slush fund for hordes of bureaucrats and the well-connected that allows them to travel the world to negotiate meaningless agreements and “raise awareness” for climate change. I wonder how much is actually spent on climate science. I fear that the amount wasted on travel and overhead gives the Clinton Foundation’s 85-90 percent a close race. But at least the Clintons waste mostly private donations instead of government tax money.

Eric Worrall didn't read up on the Caribbean meeting or any of the other items he mentioned, or he might have come across this plan to counter the emissions from air transport:
May 10, 2015 at 1:11 am
Sorry :-) – I was going for plastic and fake. My original thought was to do an animation of green planes flying across the world, slowly choking the world in their smog, but it would have taken too long to create. 


Further reading


Caribbean Climate 2015 - The Caribbean Voice  - pdf with climate action plans

UNFCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Aviation emissions projects soon clear for take-off under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism - UNFCCC CDM press release, February 2015

2 comments:

john byatt said...

he reckoned they loved the heat out Ipswich way, looks like he has decided to get the cool ocean breezes at Urungan Hervey bay instead.

Richard C. Lambert said...

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