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Qatar produces hots air on climate change as China burns ahead

by | 4th, December 2012

HAVING flown into the  Climate Talks in Qatar, a deal looks unlikely. The  latest data on carbon dioxide emissions leads to the BBC story Carbon emissions are ‘too high’ to curb climate change “. The Times sums up:

Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

Last year, all the world’s nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to new international calculations on global emissions published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

That’s about a billion tonnes more than the previous year.

The total amounts to more than 2.4 million pounds (1.1 million kilograms) of carbon dioxide released into the air every second.

What can we do. Pray?   John Redwood MP looks at the BBC’s coverage of climate change and the EU:

They just cannot leave it alone. Yesterday morning on Radio 4 the early religious slot was taken by Alison Twaddle. She did an uncritical advert for global warming theory, with of course no balance or questions allowed. She told us that the latest US great storm was the kind of event you could expect to be more frequent in an age of high CO2 output, and asked us to thank God for the climate change scientists who have revealed this truth. The link to religion was tenuous and attenuated.

We call to mind the Guardian headline: “Qatar wins bid to host 2012 climate talks”

“Qatar is a huge energy exporter and, as an oil-rich state, has one of the world’s highest per capita emissions.”

 Not to worry. Every power broker flying into the air-conditioned desert kingdom First Class has been allowed to place a free tree in the overhead compartment

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