UN Chief Falsely Claims Climate Change Is Making Weather And Migration Worse
A BloombergNews story reports that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (pictured) has called on developed countries to transfer green technologies to developing countries because rich nations have caused catastrophic climate change, imposing costs on poorer nations.
Whatever the merits of Guterres’s call for a large-scale technology transfer from rich countries to poor, his assertions that it is justified by worsening climate conditions are false. [bold, links added]
* Global sea level has risen by an average of 4.5 millimeters a year from 2013 to 2021,
driven mostly by melting ice sheets.
* Ozone holes are growing again as climate change exacerbates stratospheric cold spells.
* Water-related disasters, including storms, flooding, and drought, forced 2.6 million
people from their homes in just three countries: China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
“We will see many more millions of climate refugees as severe weather events increase in frequency and severity, and with sea level rising every year we will see more and more coastal regions being overcome,” Shaun Fitzgerald, director of Cambridge’s Centre for Climate Repair, told Bloomberg News, responding to Guterres’ call for action.
Sea levels are rising, as they naturally do during interglacial periods. The extent to which any of the recent increases in sea levels are due to climate change is very much an open question.
As explored in Climate Realismhere and here, for example, the present rate of sea-level rise is not historically unusual. Global sea level has been rising at a relatively steady pace of approximately one foot per century since at least the mid-1800s.
The claim about ozone is just a climate alarmist effort to “throw everything against the wall, and see what sticks.” No real-world evidence ties supposed human climate change to the misnamed “hole” in the ozone layer.
A thinning of the ozone layer in an area of Antarctica appears seasonally. Starting in the late 1970s, scientists noted atmospheric ozone began to decline globally, with a dramatic thinning or “hole” first being recorded by satellites over Antarctica in 1985.
Some research tied the ozone thinning to the use and venting of a class of chemicals (chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs) developed as coolants, refrigerants, and solvents.
The chemicals were banned and began to be phased out under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. Since that time the ozone layer has waxed and waned, but in general has seen a slow, fairly steady increase.
It finds no evidence either that these weather events have become more frequent or more severe or that any changes in patterns of flooding, hurricanes, or tornados can be attributed to human fossil fuel use.
The IPCC distinguishes between four categories of drought: hydrological, meteorological, ecological, and agricultural, writing it finds no sound evidence climate change has increased the number, duration, or intensity of hydrological or meteorological droughts.
Concerning agricultural and meteorological drought, the IPCC reports it has only medium confidence climate change has “contributed to changes in agricultural and ecological droughts [in 12 of 47 regions] and has led to an increase in the overall affected land area.”
If climate change isn’t causing worsening weather, worsening weather can’t be blamed for recent human immigration from areas of China, Vietnam, or the Philippines, as Guterres claimed.
Guterres shouldcheck the facts produced by his own climate organization, the IPCC, before he falsely attributes the forced migration of select human populations to climate change-induced worsening weather.
One can debate whether transferring low carbon dioxide-emitting technologies free of charge to developing countries is justified and will best raise them out of poverty, or whether it would be better for those countries to gain access to cheap, reliable fossil fuel powerto raise their peoples’ standards living.
Regardless, such a transfer cannot be justified on the climate change grounds cited by Guterres. Had Bloomberg News pursued balanced, honest journalism when reporting on Guterres’s claims, it would have disclosed the fact that he was wrong on every point.