BBC’s Latest Climate Indoctrination

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Philip Bratby

 

The BBC have now stopped even trying to camouflage their bias on climate change, with this latest piece of propaganda:

 

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Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement.

The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels" is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges.

But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body on global warming – last month argued the 2C Paris pledge didn’t go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needed to be kept below 1.5C, they said.

So how warm has the world got and what can we do about it?

1. The world has been getting hotter each year

The world is now nearly one degree warmer than it was before widespread industrialisation, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The global average temperature for the first 10 months of 2018 was 0.98C above the levels of 1850-1900, according to five independently maintained global data sets.

The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with 2015-2018 making up the top four, the WMO says.

If this trend continues, temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100.

One degree may not sound like much, but, according to the IPCC, if countries fail to act, the world will face catastrophic change – sea levels will rise, ocean temperatures and acidity will increase and our ability to grow crops, such as rice, maize and wheat, would be in danger.

2. The year 2018 set all sorts of records

This year saw record high temperatures in many places across the world amid an unusually prolonged period of hot weather.

Large parts of the northern hemisphere saw a succession of heatwaves take hold in Europe, Asia, North America and northern Africa – a result of strong high pressure systems that created a "heat dome".

Over the period shown on the map below (May to July 2018), the yellow dots show where a heat record was broken on a given date, pink indicates places that were the hottest they had ever been in the month shown, and dark red represents a place that was the hottest since records began.

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The concern is that such hot and cold weather fronts are being blocked – stuck over regions for long periods – more frequently because of climate change, leading to more extreme weather events.

 

3. We are not on track to meet climate change targets

If we add up all the promises to cut emissions made by countries that have signed the Paris climate agreement, the world would still warm by more than 3C by the end of this century.

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Over the past three years, climate scientists have shifted the definition of what they believe is the "safe" limit of climate change.

For decades, researchers argued the global temperature rise must be kept below 2C by the end of this century to avoid the worst impacts.

Countries signing up to the Paris agreement pledged to keep temperatures "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C".

But scientists now agree that we actually need to keep temperature rises to below 1.5C.

 

4. The biggest emitters are China and the US

The countries emitting the most greenhouse gases by quite a long way are China and the US. Together they account for more than 60% of the global total, according to 2017 data from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

 

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The US’s environmental policy has shifted under the Trump administration, which has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda.

After taking office, President Donald Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

At the time, Mr Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.

 

5. Urban areas are particularly under threat

Almost all (95%) of cities facing extreme climate risks are in Africa or Asia, a report by risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft has found.

And it’s the faster-growing cities that are most at risk, including megacities like Lagos in Nigeria and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some 84 of the world’s 100 fastest-growing cities face "extreme" risks from rising temperatures and extreme weather brought on by climate change.

6. Arctic sea ice is also in danger

The extent of Arctic sea ice has dropped in recent years. It reached its lowest point on record in 2012.

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Sea ice has been reducing for decades, with melting accelerating since the early 2000s, according to the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

The Arctic Ocean may be ice free in the summer as soon as the 2050s, unless emissions are reduced, the committee has said.

The WMO found the extent of Arctic sea ice in 2018 was much lower than normal, with the maximum in March the third lowest on record and the September minimum the sixth lowest.

 

7. We can all do more to help

While governments need to make big changes – individuals can play a role too.

Scientists say we all have to make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes" to our lifestyles, in order to avoid severely damaging climate change.

The IPCC says we need to: buy less meat, milk, cheese and butter; eat more locally sourced seasonal food – and throw less of it away; drive electric cars but walk or cycle short distances; take trains and buses instead of planes; use videoconferencing instead of business travel; use a washing line instead of a tumble dryer; insulate homes; demand low carbon in every consumer product.

The single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet is to modify your diet to include less meat – according to recent studies.

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Scientists say we ought to eat less meat because of the carbon emissions the meat industry produces, as well as other negative environmental impacts.

A recent study published in the journal Science highlighted a massive variation in the environmental impact of producing the same food.

For example, beef cattle raised on deforested land produces 12 times more greenhouse gas emissions than those reared on natural pastures.

Crucially, the analysis shows that meat with the lowest environmental impact still creates more greenhouse gas emissions than growing vegetables and cereal crops in the least environmentally-friendly way.

But as well as altering our diets, research suggests that farming practices need to change significantly to benefit the environment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46384067

 

As usual with the BBC, there are many exaggerations, omissions and factual errors which all slant the report towards their alarmist agenda. This time, however, they have even had the nerve to tell us what we should be doing to “help”.

Interestingly the four authors of this article all seem to specialise in presenting on data and visual analysis, and none have any relevant experience on matters of climate change. In other words, the BBC has given them the job of putting together a propaganda piece, designed to persuade people.

 

Let’s look at some of the detail:

  • But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body on global warming – last month argued the 2C Paris pledge didn’t go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needed to be kept below 1.5C, they said.

There is no evidence at all that the world’s current climate is any worse than the 19thC, when it was maybe a degree colder.

Where then is the BBC’s critical analysis of the IPCC’s warning?

 

  • The world is now nearly one degree warmer than it was before widespread industrialisation

Nowhere is there any acknowledgement of the Little Ice Age, which was just ending as industrialisation started. Nor that the Little Ice Age was probably the coldest period since the Ice Age.

How much of the warming since then has been due to natural factors?

Neither is there any mention that the current global climate is still cooler than most of the last 10,000 years.

 

  • If this trend continues, temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100

If the trend continues, a degree of warming over 150 years cannot lead to 5C in 80 years.

 

  • One degree may not sound like much, but, according to the IPCC, if countries fail to act, the world will face catastrophic change – sea levels will rise, ocean temperatures and acidity will increase and our ability to grow crops, such as rice, maize and wheat, would be in danger.

There is no evidence that any of this will happen, other than the insignificant amount of sea level rise already seen in the past century.

 

  • This year saw record high temperatures in many places across the world amid an unusually prolonged period of hot weather.

This is accompanied by an interactive map, with colour markers where these “records” occurred.

The vast majority are daily records, ie records for that particular day. With 365 days a year, on average you will get plenty of these every year, particularly when many locations may have less than 50 years of data.

This is particularly irresponsible reporting.

  •  The concern is that such hot and cold weather fronts are being blocked – stuck over regions for long periods – more frequently because of climate change, leading to more extreme weather events

There may be “concern”, but no actual evidence.

According to HH Lamb and other scientists of the time, we had exactly the same phenomenon in the 1960s and 70s, when the world was cooling.

 

 

  • The biggest emitters are China and the US

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To their credit, they do actually admit that the Paris pledges will not do anything to keep warming below 3C, a rare admission by the BBC.

They also correctly state that China, US and India are by far the greatest emitters.

But then they only make comment about the US:

The US’s environmental policy has shifted under the Trump administration, which has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda.

After taking office, President Donald Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

At the time, Mr Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.

For some reason, the BBC fails to mention that while US emissions have been steadily falling because of shale gas, China’s and India’s have rocketed upwards:

https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CP5l2XVVAAAUVWL.gif

https://realclimatescience.com/2018/12/china-meets-their-co2-emissions-target/

 

They also fail to point out that China has only promised to “peak” emissions by 2030, a non-legally binding promise that does not even state at what level.

 

  • Urban areas are particularly under threat

Otherwise know as the Urban Heat Island Effect!

 

  • Arctic Sea ice has been reducing for decades, with melting accelerating since the early 2000s

This is a totally fake claim. Since 2007, Arctic sea ice has been extremely stable.

[Interestingly, they dug this claim up from a Parliamentary Select Committee report, itself taken in evidence from a certain Professor Bacon, who really should be dragged back to account for his misleading evidence]

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http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icecover_30y.uk.php 

 

What is presented as a factual article is little more than a highly partisan piece of indoctrination, complete with photo of cute polar bear “drowning”.

It ends with advice about what we can all do to save the planet, including buy less meat, milk, cheese and butter; eat more locally sourced seasonal food – and throw less of it away; drive electric cars but walk or cycle short distances; take trains and buses instead of planes; use videoconferencing instead of business travel; use a washing line instead of a tumble dryer; insulate homes; demand low carbon in every consumer product.

It is not up to the BBC to tell us how to live our lives.

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December 2, 2018 at 07:45AM

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