WMO Secretary-General warns against climate ‘doomsters and extremists’

The end is not nigh

Petteri Taalas

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

London, 6 September: The General-Secretary of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that the alarmist narrative on climate change has gone off the rails and criticised the news media for provoking unjustified anxiety.

Speaking to Finland’s financial newspaper Talouselämä (The Journal) on 6 September 2019, Petteri Taalas called for cooler heads to prevail, saying that he does not accept arguments of climate alarmists that the end of the world is at hand.

Dr Taalas also spoke of the dangers of green extremism:

While climate scepticism has become less of an issue, now we are being challenged from the other side. Climate experts have been attacked by these people and they claim that we should be much more radical. They are doomsters and extremists; they make threats.

And he called for the media both to challenge experts and allow a broader range of opinions to be heard.

The director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, Dr Benny Peiser, welcomed Dr Taalas’s intervention:

It’s very welcome to hear the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization finally challenging eco-zealots. I hope mainstream climate scientists and the news media sit up and take notice; it’s high time they put some professional distance between themselves and radical greens and start to question their apocalyptic narrative of doom.


This moment has been eagerly awaited by climate sceptics.

We’ve been aware from the start of the anthropogenic global warming hoo-ha of the warmsters making misleading statements, omitting inconvenient facts and lying outright, but we’ve been systematically excluded from public news outlets and silenced.

In the last few years the weight of public opinion has begun slowly turning against the warmsters as their predictions continually fail to materialise, their pet “clean energy” projects fail, their predictions become ridiculously extreme and their bitter and abusive rejection even of moderate queries rises to shrill new heights.

Now a voice is raised against these excesses they cannot easily dismiss. The WMO is, with the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), a parent of the IPCC and speaks with considerable authority.

One imagines two possible courses now for the alarmists: soften their stance and rein in the likes of Extinction Rebellion, or double down on their rhetoric and scream for Dr Taalas’s head.

I hope they attack Dr Taalas; surely it will flush out reputable defenders.

James Renwick has until now rather conspicuously declined to comment on the overstated rhetoric of our home-grown activists like the Greens. He even agrees with the declaration of a “climate emergency.” So I eagerly await his response.

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I would hope that the blinkered New Zealand press might report this very newsworthy item but I very much doubt it. I suggest it be brought to the public’s attention by numerous letters to the various media. Letters to Local Governments that have declared climate emergencies asking them if they may wish to change their declarations should also be written. I intend to do a few myself.

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https://www.upm.com/news-and-stories/articles/2019/08/petteri-taalas-secretary-general-at-the-wmo-the-most-important-way-to-stop-the-climate-change-is-to-reduce-the-use-of-fossil-fuels/ ARTICLE | 7 AUGUST 2019 Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General at the WMO: The most important way to stop the climate change is to reduce the use of fossil fuels “Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and methane – is advancing inexorably. The average atmospheric temperature has risen by one degree and the temperature in the Arctic has risen by more than two degrees. The water in the oceans has warmed by approximately half a degree,” says Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are caused by the use of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – along with changes in land use. Fossil fuels currently account for approximately 85% of energy production, with nuclear, hydropower and renewable energy sources together making up the remaining 15%. “The significantly increased use of fossil fuels has been the biggest surprise. Time after time, we have had to update the worst forecasts issued in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) reports. In the last two years, emissions have increased by almost 2% per year, so we’re still not going in the… Read more »

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https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27082019/12-years-climate-change-explained-ipcc-science-solutions? What Does ’12 Years to Act on Climate Change’ (Now 11 Years) Really Mean? It doesn’t mean the world can wait until 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, or that chaos will erupt in 2030. Here’s what the science shows. BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS. AUG 27, 2019 We’ve been hearing variations of the phrase “the world only has 12 years to deal with climate change” a lot lately. Sen. Bernie Sanders put a version of it front and center of his presidential campaign last week, saying we now have “less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable.” But where does the idea of having 11 or 12 years come from, and what does it actually mean? The number began drawing attention in 2018, when the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report describing what it would take to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal of the Paris climate agreement. The report explained that countries would have to cut their… Read more »

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https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-how-the-greenland-ice-sheet-fared-in-2019?

Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Martin Stendel and Dr Peter Langen are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is part of the Polar Portal. Dr Andreas Ahlstrøm and Dr Kenneth D. Mankoff are chief research consultant and senior scientist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, respectively.

As the end of August sees summer shift into autumn for the northern hemisphere, it also marks the end of the melt season for the Greenland ice sheet.

The advent of a new season is the traditional time for our annual look back at the year gone by and what it tells us about the state ice sheet.

Our estimates show that the surface of the ice sheet gained 169bn tonnes of ice over 2018-19 – this is the seventh smallest gain on record.

And using new satellite data, we show that – once all ice sheet processes are factored in for the past year – the Greenland ice sheet saw a net decline of 329bn tonnes in ice.

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I am showing you misrepresents Taalas and the science.

We have 12 years to plan a sharp reduction in emissions. That would worry any normal person.

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Simon

What claptrap Richard?
Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and methane – is advancing inexorably. True
The average atmospheric temperature has risen by one degree and the temperature in the Arctic has risen by more than two degrees. True
The water in the oceans has warmed by approximately half a degree… True
All those statements are true Richard, you can’t deny them.

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Please post evidence for your beliefs. You always demand evidence yet you are willing to believe things that are verifiable untrue.
Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased surface temperatures because infra-red radiation (i.e. heat) emitted by the Earth is concentrated at long wavelengths and is strongly absorbed by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane.

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Simon the end of the world is not nigh.The world was warmer in the Medieval Warm Period than now and the Chinese were not burning billions of tonnes of coal. You do not see that the warmists have deliberately denied history and some are even saying that the MWP did not exist and then say that it was only in the Northern Hemisphere . No Simon the MWP was warmer than present and it was global . As the Secretary General of the WMO states the end of the world is not at hand .The Little Ice Age ended some time in the 1800s and the world has naturally warmed over 1 degree Celsius and the urban heat island effect has probably added another half a degree with poorly sited weather stations. Brigitte I think you to ought to learn some history when you quote Greenland’s ice melt . The Vikings farmed in Greenland 800 years ago and the icy cold forced them to leave with the onset of the Little Ice Age . History teaches us a lot but the warmists are unteachable . As I have said before Earthquakes are a… Read more »

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What are my thoughts on orthodox climate science and the dire emergency facing mankind?

Well, the same as the IPCC of course. I defer to the judgement of experts. The GWPF is a gaggle of freaks and grifters.

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I met John Maunder of New Zealand who was a member of the World Meteorological Organization who had attended the first climate Conference in Villach and the second conference in Rio de Janeiro . John had taught climate related subjects in universities around the world and he was New Zealand’s representative at those first two conferences . We had never met before and we were eating our lunch in Rotorua and we started talking about weather and global warming as it was then called.I said to John Augie Aur does not believe in global warming and then John said neither did he . Why I am very skeptical of the claims that are made is that when I examined the claims that biogenic methane from farmed livestock was a problem I found that this was a blatant lie . How can methane that is a byproduct of an animal eating vegetation that has absorbed CO2 be put in the same category as coal mining ?. For 10 years the methane atmospheric level flat lined between 1999 until 2008, were was the problem ? Biogenic methane is a cycle never adding a single atom… Read more »

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Selective misquoting by the GWFP once again, their Finnish language translation skills are a bit lacking. What Petteri Taalas actually said was:

“Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and methane – is advancing inexorably. The average atmospheric temperature has risen by one degree and the temperature in the Arctic has risen by more than two degrees. The water in the oceans has warmed by approximately half a degree,” says Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are caused by the use of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – along with changes in land use. Fossil fuels currently account for approximately 85% of energy production, with nuclear, hydropower and renewable energy sources together making up the remaining 15%.
“The significantly increased use of fossil fuels has been the biggest surprise. Time after time, we have had to update the worst forecasts issued in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) reports. In the last two years, emissions have increased by almost 2% per year, so we’re still not going in the right direction,” he adds.

https://www.upm.com/news-and-stories/articles/2019/08/petteri-taalas-secretary-general-at-the-wmo-the-most-important-way-to-stop-the-climate-change-is-to-reduce-the-use-of-fossil-fuels/

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“the IPCC has already lost the science arguments in many areas crucial to their hypothesis on AGW.” Only fools believe such nonsense. Look here: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation/adapt-our-world The world’s readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis is “gravely insufficient”, according to a report from global leaders. This lack of preparedness will result in poverty, water shortages and levels of migration soaring, with an “irrefutable toll on human life”, the report warns. Trillion-dollar investment is needed to avert “climate apartheid”, where the rich escape the effects and the poor do not, but this investment is far smaller than the eventual cost of doing nothing. The study says the greatest obstacle is not money but a lack of “political leadership that shakes people out of their collective slumber”. A “revolution” is needed in how the dangers of global heating are understood and planned for, and solutions are funded. The report has been produced by the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), convened by 18 nations including the UK. It has contributions from the former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, environment ministers from China, India and Canada, the heads of the World… Read more »

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A reply to Brigitte Allain. What you have written are quotes from people in high places pushing climate for there own agenda which is socialism and one world government . The greatest immediate threat is food security as the worlds population is calculated to rise by 2 billion by 2050. You can quote all the impending doom that is about to hit the world but that is only conjecture as wild weather events are trending downwards on all studies. The United Nations stated in the latest report on land and food security that countries should endeavor to restrict greenhouse gas emissions in a way that does not THREATEN food production Any one that knows any thing about weather and how the the theory of global warming works knows that warmer air holds more moisture and that means more precipitation that means less droughts . Then we have the stand by the Greens who hate dams and water storage and irrigation projects . The stand that they take is a crime against humanity The world will need 25% more food but irrigation projects are halted in this and many other countries because of this… Read more »

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The scientists may not be completely right but they are certainly not wrong in principle.

It is absurd to suggest you know more. You know nothing and refuse to learn – there’s masses of evidence.

370 billion tonnes of ice lost from Greenland in the past year for a start…

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Reply to Brigitte,
You don’t seem to want to learn.
We see lots of quotes about Greenland and ice melting and as I told you earlier the Vikings farmed in Greenland and left when the Ice advanced .
Warmists like to quote ice melt in Greenland and yes the NET loss of ice from 1981 to 2010 was 103 billion tonne per year and if it carried on at this rate it would take over 12500 years to lose half of the ice mass’
The Ice mass in Greenland is 2’600’000’000.000.000 tonnes that is 2.6 million billion tonnes , a lot of ice
On a graph of the total ice, the ice loss looks like a horizontal line as it is such an tiny percentage and in many years the estimated loss is less than the error bars .
The other mistake that you make is that the summary of policy makers issued by the IPCC is a political statement and science has been disregarded since the Kyoto summit when the Kyoto Accord was launched .Scientist have no say in what the IPCC come out with.
Something for you to think about .
Graham

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