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Delegates talk during a break in a plenary session on the second day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) at the National Stadium in Warsaw Nov. 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) Delegates talk during a break in a plenary session on the second day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) at the National Stadium in Warsaw Nov. 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)  

UN climate panel claims it’s the ‘Hope for our Earth’

Luke Skywalker was the “new hope” for the Jedi and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the “Hope for Our Planet,” the panel claims.

The UN’s climate bureaucracy appears to be flexing its activist muscles in preparation for the release of upcoming findings on the impact global warming will have on the planet and how governments can mitigate them.

The IPCC released a document on its conference in Yokohama, Japan where it is working on finalizing drafts of upcoming reports on global warming impacts, adaptations and vulnerabilities. The document is titled “Hope for our Earth from Yokohama: Saving the Planet in Yokohama” and includes sections on why global warming is happening, its affects and what can be done to prevent it.

The IPCC is supposed to be a policy-neutral body, charged with stating the science but then not endorsing any particular policy solutions. But this document seems to be more prescriptive than neutral.

“We must bequeath to future generations a safe environment in which to live, and that means properly understanding the information published by the IPCC and taking action in Yokohama,” the document reads.

“The IPCC warns that we will face serious difficulties if the concentration of greenhouse gases continues to increase, and reports that it is crucial that efforts be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the next 20-30 years, the document adds.

“It is important to switch to a low carbon lifestyle by taking steps to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change,” the IPCC document continues.

The document may sound like the planet is in dire straits, but leaked drafts of the IPCC’s actual reports show that they are backtracking on previous claims of climate apocalypse. In fact, the IPCC’s fifth climate assessment, which was released last year, did not give a central estimate for how much warming would take place in the next century.

The IPCC’s fifth assessment also acknowledged that there is little evidence supporting claims that climate change is making weather more extreme and causing events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan.

The IPCC’s assessment said there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century.” The IPCC also noted that current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century. … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.”

Leaked drafts of the IPCC’s upcoming report that scientists and government officials are currently finalizing in Japan show that the panel is even backing off of claims that global warming will cause mass extinctions.

“[B]iological findings have increased doubt over the expected species extinction,” says the IPCC’s leaked draft report.

(H/T No Frakking Consensus)

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