'Now or never': Is UN right about limiting global warming?


Fact Box

  • On April 4, 2022, the United Nations analyzed an IPCC report based on carbon emissions from 2010 to 2019 noting the world is on a “fast track” for disaster. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III asserted, “It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5℃ (2.7℉); without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible.”
  • According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2021 was “one of the seven warmest years on record” since 2015 The global average temperature rose 1.11℃ above pre-industrial age temperatures. 
  • A 2021 Pew Research Center poll surveyed 17 advanced economies around the world via their concern over global warming. It found that 72% are concerned about the personal impact, 80% are willing to help reduce the effects of climate change, and 46% are confident in the actions taken by the community to significantly reduce the effects of global climate change. 
  • On January 20, 2021, President Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement to address the “real threats from climate change.” Biden announced a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas pollution by 2030.

Siam (Yes)

One of the defining moments of our time is Climate Change, and it appears that if we do not take immediate action today, as the UN has suggested, the future of planet earth is in doubt. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) ominous new study shows climate change has affected almost every region worldwide. Perhaps most shocking is how many of the changes being observed are now most likely irreversible, such as rising sea levels.

After only 150 years of industrialization, human activities have led to massive deforestation, and the amount of greenhouse gasses generated has increased to levels not seen in millions of years. Worse, the average global temperature has increased by 0.85C, also killing marine life. Massive amounts of ice and snow have disappeared, and the arctic has diminished in size every decade since the 70s. Average sea levels have risen by 19 cm, and the risk of flooding is enormous.

Given the ongoing greenhouse emissions and concentration, the UN/IPCC predict humans will encounter a hotter earth, severe changes in the weather, loss of agricultural land, and death of most land and sea life species if nothing is done about this. There is no question about the role of humans in climate change, but the report says human actions may still determine the future outcome of our planet. If actions are taken immediately to reduce greenhouse gasses, air quality improvements will be observable fairly quickly. However, the rise in global temperatures may take several decades to stabilize, hence the urgency to start today. The earth’s come to the point of no return; if we do not do anything, the planet has a very grim future, and it's good the UN is shedding light on this.

Curtice (No)

Like clockwork, the United Nations has come up with its latest 'this is our last chance' and 'it's now or never' doomsday prediction. Climate alarmism is of particular interest to the UN for two reasons: it increases global control of everyone's lives, and it sells (grant money flows to studies that 'confirm' dire predictions of climate change).

The tell-tale sign this is more about control than climate is that the authors maintain that diets and lifestyles will have to change to achieve their desired major carbon savings. After two years of the pandemic, governments revealed they would go to great lengths in the name of 'safety' to dictate and control how their citizens live their lives while eschewing these restrictions themselves. Should we expect anything less if 'safety' is replaced with 'climate change?'

Beyond that, climate 'experts' have been consistently wrong in their predictions for the last 50 years. Remember the 'coming ice age' predictions in the early 70s. Or maybe it was Al Gore's claim in 2009 that 'there is a 75% chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.' Those years came and went, and the north polar ice caps were never 'ice-free.' Looking to Michael Mann, creator of the infamous hockey stick graph, his emails later revealed he looked for ways to 'hide the decline' of temperatures that didn't fit his model. 

The UN and its climate 'experts' have no credibility for the simple reason that they are consistently wrong. Global leaders have shown a propensity to flout the rules it establishes for everyone else. There is no reason to believe the edicts they proclaim when they personally have no intention of obeying.

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