Monthly Archives: May 2014

UN-IPCC Climate Report AR3 2001

“In climate research and modelling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”


United Nations – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2001

Third Assessment Report

page 774

Section Balancing the need for finer scales and the need for ensembles


UN-IPCC Climate Policy: Wealth Re-Distribution

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 14 November 2010


Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group III:

“But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by

climate policy. 

One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.

This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.”

– Using google translate, from link, this paragraph:

Zunächst mal haben wir Industrieländer die Atmosphäre der Weltgemeinschaft quasi enteignet. Aber man muss klar sagen: Wir verteilen durch die Klimapolitik de facto das Weltvermögen um. Dass die Besitzer von Kohle und Öl davon nicht begeistert sind, liegt auf der Hand. Man muss sich von der Illusion freimachen, dass internationale Klimapolitik Umweltpolitik ist. Das hat mit Umweltpolitik, mit Problemen wie Waldsterben oder Ozonloch, fast nichts mehr zu tun.


The 2° Target

Spiegel Online  International ∗ April 01, 2010 – 05:00 PM

Climate Catastrophe: A Superstorm For Global Research

By Marco Evers, Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter

Part 8: The Invention of the Two-Degree Target

“A group of German scientists, yielding to political pressure, invented an easily digestible message in the mid-1990s: the two-degree target.

But this is scientific nonsense.

“Two degrees is not a magical limit — it’s clearly a political goal,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

“The world will not come to an end right away in the event of stronger warming, nor are we definitely saved if warming is not as significant.

The reality, of course, is much more complicated.”

Schellnhuber ought to know.

He is the father of the two-degree target.

“Yes, I plead guilty,” he says, smiling.

The idea didn’t hurt his career. In fact, it made him Germany’s most influential climatologist. Schellnhuber, a theoretical physicist, became Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief scientific adviser — a position any researcher would envy.”

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From the Climategate 2.0 collection, to a European Peoples Party officials who is trying to eliminate skepticism from the EPP’s position paper on climate, Phil Jones describes the origin of the 2º limit: