Eric Worrall is one of Anthony Watts' frequent guest writers for his climate conspiracy blog wattsupwiththat (WUWT). Eric's practically taken over WUWT this past few months, with Anthony Watts all but disappearing from the scene.
Now Eric isn't all that smart when it comes to climate, which is why his only outlets are right wing nutter and conspiracy websites. He hasn't had an article published in Time, that I'm aware of.
Today Eric showed his lack of critical reading skills once again, and his lack of follow through, and his lack of morals (archived here). He was wanting to disparage one of the world's leading climate scientists, Professor Michael Mann (which is a favourite pastime of climate disinformers. Since they can't dispute the science they try to disparage the scientists.)
Eric's article had the headline: "Michael Mann Adjusts the Climate “Turning Point” Out to 2020" - which was wrong, wrong, wrong. Michael Mann didn't adjust anything, as you'll soon see.
Eric wrote, shifting from turning to tipping:
Professor Michael Mann, inventor of the climate Hockey Stick, has just shamelessly shifted the dreaded climate tipping point to 2020....And added:
Until recently Mann claimed 2016/17 was a climate tipping point.First of all, Michael Mann didn't shift any of the myriad climate tipping points (there are lots more than one, but Eric probably doesn't know that). And Eric provided not a scrap of evidence that Dr Mann had ever claimed that 2016/17 was a climate tipping point, (although it quite possibly is for one aspect of climate or another).
Turning not tipping
Neither did Eric bother to read the report to which he referred about the 2020 date. It wasn't about a tipping point it was about a turning point. A turning point for us. A point at which it is hoped that we will turn away from our current path of destruction.
The report is called 2020 The Climate Turning Point. There are a number of authors and contributors, but Professor Mann isn't listed among them. The preface to the report is by Stefan Rahmstorf and Anders Levermann, from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. If you don't have time to read the rest right away, at least read the preface.
Where Eric got his association with Michael Mann was an article in Time, with the headline: "The Single Shining Hope to Stop Climate Change", which Eric either didn't read or didn't understand. Here's an excerpt (my emphasis):
If emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, the world stands very little chance of limiting global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the threshold set by the Paris Agreement, and a temperature limit that many of the world’s most vulnerable communities consider a threshold for survival. We have four years to bend the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions toward a steady decline.The turning point refers to us turning away from our headlong rush into danger. It refers to bending the emissions curve toward a steady decline. Here is an extract from the introduction to the report, referring to the six revolutions needed to ensure we deliver the 2020 turning point:
The good news is, we’re already moving in the right direction. Global carbon emissions have plateaued, and are projected to remain flat over the coming years, thanks to China’s widespread economic transformation and the global boom in renewable energy production. The 2020 climate turning point is within reach.
Just as the Paris Agreement was a deeply shared endeavor, so delivering on its promise must be too Our success in Paris was not an accident; it was the result of us rallying behind a common strategy, and abandoning resignation for a can-do attitude that accepted this challenge as our own. In this next phase, we will need to come together once again. Delivering these 6 revolutions will not be easy, and we will need to support each other along the way to ensure the transition is just and equitable. But just as we delivered success in Paris, so we can deliver the 2020 climate turning point too. This is our moment. This is our great opportunity.The six revolutions described in the report are (my emphasis):
- Energy: Renewables outcompete fossil fuels as new electricity sources worldwide
- Transport: Zero emissions transport is the preferred form of all new mobility in the world’s major cities and transport routes
- Land use: Large-scale deforestation is replaced with large-scale land restoration, and agriculture shifts to earthfriendly practices
- Industry: Heavy industry - including iron & steel, cement, chemicals and oil & gas - commits to being Paris compliant
- Infrastructure: Cities and states are implementing policies and regulations to fully decarbonize buildings and infrastructure by 2050
- Finance: Investment in climate action is beyond USD $1 trillion per year and all financial institutions have a disclosed transition strategy.
We've a long way to go yet
From the WUWT comments
Mostly I'll let you imagine them. Anthony's blog is now mainly the domain of mindless idiots. For example, despite temperatures rising, extreme events getting worse and more frequent, ice melting, seas rising - all just as predicted by climate science, markl had this thought:
April 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Not one/nada/zilch prediction made by the alarmists has been realized. The man in the street knows it. Why doesn’t the media know it? Stupidity or by design? One has to wonder.
One has to wonder at the years of science denial by Anthony Watts and his fans, despite the decades and mountains of evidence. Nuts is one word for it. (There are other words.)
References and further reading
2020 The Climate Turning Point - by Chloe Revill and Victoria Harris, with lots of eminent contributors and sponsors
Mission2020 home page
The Single Shining Hope to Stop Climate Change - article by Michael E. Mann in Time, 9 April 2017.
HotWhopper articles featuring Eric Worrall.