BOT minister says climate change situation ‘grave’

| 28/01/2019 | 72 Comments
Cayman News Service

Lord Ahmad at United Nations

(CNS): The UK minister with responsibility for the British Overseas territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has said that climate change is not an abstract theoretical risk but a real problem that is “much graver than previously thought” and happening now, driving people from their homes, threatening sustainable development and trade while exacerbating conflict and instability. “Severe weather events that used to happen ‘once in a century’ now occur two or three times a decade, sometimes more often,” he told the UN Security Council Open Debate on climate change last week.

“Research by the UK’s Independent Climate Change Committee in collaboration with the China Expert Panel on Climate recently concluded that we have significantly underestimated the social and, indeed, the economic risk from climate change,” Lord Ahmad warned. “And of course this risk threatens us all. So it’s important we must all contribute to the solution, including through discussions, such as the important one we are having now.”

The minister said the UK is investing heavily to help vulnerable nations, but that “we must accelerate global action to meet the commitments we have made”.

He said the Commonwealth Heads of Government have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement and pursuing efforts to limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5º Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But he said that countries must make better use of the climate-risk data available, consider all climate-related risks and invest in resilience.

“The UK will lead efforts on resilience ahead of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit this year, collaborating with a range of actors, to launch what we hope to be genuinely transformational actions,” he said.

“Investing in preparedness to respond will, on average, halve… the cost of deploying humanitarian aid in the wake of a disaster. And it can also speed up crisis response by up to two weeks. Resilience also presents a huge opportunity to support employment, spread prosperity, which of course accelerates development, and ultimately enhances security.

“There is no doubt that climate-related security challenges are real,” Lord Ahmad warned. “They are here. They are now. We must work together to ensure the United Nations system is able to holistically consider climate risks in decision-making and most importantly, integrate them into mission planning and ultimately, into implementation.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Here is more “”science”” on climate change. Climate change is now linked and partly to blame for:

    – Civil War and global armed conflicts
    – Erectile Dysfunction
    – Sexual Assault (Including rape)
    – Domestic Violence
    – Starvation
    – Unemployment
    – Violation of immigrant’s rights.

    https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/making-the-connections-between-climate-change-and-sexual-and-relationship-violence

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)61643-3/fulltext

    Here is how condoms can reduce climate change (Reuters):
    https://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,551884,00.html

  2. Anonymous says:

    As the USA and UK, on opposite sides of the great Atlantic Ocean, both effectively grind to a halt in the freezing winter cold, we have yet another fear being forwarded in the name of “climate change”;

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/30/health/climate-change-congenital-heart-defects-study/index.html

    “A study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Heart Association found that a larger number of babies will probably be born with congenital heart defects between 2025 and 2035 due to their mothers’ exposure to higher temperatures, triggered by climate change, while pregnant. This especially holds true for moms who were pregnant through spring or summer. Climate change could result in as many as 7,000 additional cases of congenital heart defects in the United States over an 11-year period, according to the study. The Midwest will probably see the biggest percent increase, followed by the South and Northeast regions of the United States.”

    LOL!!
    So…what about the MILLIONS of babies born every year (thousands of years) in climates far hotter than even the predicted “climate change” increases?
    Are they suffering a crisis of congenital heart defects?

    Sigh…as I say more and more; the western world needs another World War or something soon because idle hands are the devil’s playground.

    Jokes aside, it is despicable and an affront to actual research and science, the way once reputable institutions allow themselves to be dragged along in the dirt of “climate change”.

    Put down the Kool-Aid people. Back away from the barrel.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s now very important when reporting on climate to “brand” the weather. So now it’s no longer just a cold winter. It’s “The Polar Vortex”. See this sounds much more of a scarier anomaly in the climate. (Never mind that Chicago has been reporting -60 weather since the beginning of time).

    BEWARE OF THE POLAR VORTEX! (due global warming of course)

    https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/2019-01-28-polar-vortex-midwest-arctic-air-coldest-two-decades

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  4. Anonymous says:

    What did the Wombles say? I’m with Orinoco.

  5. David Shibli says:

    Wow, CNS has a hard on for climate change.
    If it is real, why aren’t the oceanfront prices dropping and why is there so much construction in low lying areas?
    Just a simple answer will suffice.
    Perhaps I have missed something or maybe I am just plain ignorant to think that my shopping bag for life will change everything?
    Hold on, I get it. Let’s implement a global carbon tax for everyone and that will solve the problem, n’est ce-pas? Yes, us ignorant idiots paying carbon tax will keep the waters at bay so the rich can continue to live on the oceanfront?
    Sniff test not passed.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Would you rather be right?
    Or happy?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    If you don’t like how many suffering Caymanians own homes off-islands so they can trash Grand Cayman, then you can just leave. We are gonna make the most money off this island and you are all just jealous. When we are done trashing this island we have plans to trash the US and Britain and use their universities and social welfare programs. Ha, there ain’t nothing you can do about it and our grins are from side to side knowing you cant do anything about it racists.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    If i had owned a property in the cayman islands, i would make sure i have a second home some place continental. It would be impossible to sell once the ship starts going down. Prepare yourself to lose everything you own here. If you can afford of course. It might not be yours but your children’s future problem, but it is inevitable.
    Tornadoes are extremely rare in Cuba, yet happened just few days ago. Who knows what and when will starts a demise of the CI.
    Too vulnerable to natural and man made disasters as well as dependent on world”s economy.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Let those who do not believe in climate change go ahead and dismiss it. After all it is very difficult for everyone to understand. We would have to pass drastic laws on the island and the entire world to get a lot of people to comply so I don’t suggest it. But just for the heck of it will those who do not believe just take care of the planet anyway. Try to reduce use of plastics as much as possible, put pressure on government to do something about the dump, dispose of used oil properly etc. etc. think of the aesthetics instead of the ozone layer.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Is it necessary to call people names because they have a different opinion? If one researches climate change over the last million years we find that the earth goes thru climate cycles. At one point in time the earth was covered, or nearly covered, by ice. The warming, over many centuries, caused the ice sheet to melt over many, many thousands of years. None of which can be attributed to humans.

    Over thousands of years the earth cools and warms. Just think that 10,000 years ago, Florida was nearly half covered with water. Use the internet and search, “Florida 20,000 years ago”. NASA has some excellent data and pictures which you might find interesting. As time goes by the cooling/warming cycles accelerate in the last 1,000 years or so of the cycle. The eastern side of Antarctica is adding ice to the sheet while the arctic is losing ice sheet. That is the period we now find the world experiencing.

    As humans have progressed, technology has increased at a more rapid pace. Who would have envisioned computers 1,000 years ago? To reach a level of knowledge that produced computers, cell phones, laptops, pads and tablets, and all the other modern technology that we use to communicate all while the world has been warming in the natural cycle of the universe. One thousand years ago we did not have cars, trains, planes, snowmobiles, ocean liners, space shuttles or any other, what we consider, modern modes of transportation.

    Did any of these technological breakthroughs add to the temperature of the planet beyond that which would naturally occur in that “end of cycle” period of natural climate change? Did humans, through advancing technology, which modern humans (especially the younger generation) cannot live without, cause an additional one degree rise in the planets temperature? Scientists around the globe disagree. Why do they disagree? For the same reason that God, or if you are atheist – Evolution, gave us the power of “REASON”. The power to be independent thinkers and develop our own conclusions. To disagree over facts that cannot be proven, or reasonably agreed to be everyone.

    The world has had it’s share of “Doomsayers” since humans were able to communicate. Thousands of years ago the world was ending because of the demise of mammals used for food. The world was ending because the earth was hit by large meteorites that caused massive dust storms that surrounded the earth. The world was decimated by floods, storms and disease. There were massive dust clouds created by volcanoes the likes of which we no longer experience. The ice sheet finally began to melt and humans were able to migrate all over the planet. What if that never happened? We would not now be discussing how humans are destroying the planet in just a few short years.

    Can we be better stewards of our planet? Absolutely! Can we change a climate that we do not understand, cannot predict, and certainly cannot control? Have we learned nothing from the history of the planet we call home? Do we need to feed the fear and frenzy of those that believe we can somehow change, modify or slowdown the speed of the natural progression of our planets climate change? History for millions of years indicates the answer is no.

    Isn’t it interesting how humans have overcome all of the climate changes that we have never been able to control and, to this day do not understand? And, up to this time, we have not had a single human that can correctly predict or change the weather. Our ancestors migrated around the planet to find better places to live that were more conducive to a new lifestyle they created. Now we travel to the moon, mars, and soon beyond, for what reason? Because we cannot control the planet we live on, or that we can better manage another planet. That is beyond human capabilities as we have seen since the planet was created (or the big bang).

    So, do we continue to fight over what is going to occur, no matter what we small beings do? Should we spend our fortunes on what if’s? It is a universal truism that politicians don’t spend their money – they spend everyone else’s money. Let’s look at those things we can effect now and in our future; crime, drugs, human trafficking, parenting our children and the like. It will pay benefits into the future. Politicians spending our money chasing things they don’t understand and cannot control will not benefit humankind in our, or our children’s, or children’s-children’s lifetime.

    This is not meant as a political statement. It is meant for us to question those that believe the world is coming to an end, or some catastrophic calamity is going to occur and only they can solve it with our money, even though millions of years have already proven them wrong.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You keep referring to 1000 years ago and mention acceleration, but fail to acknowledge that anyone can see the rapid change that occurred only in the last century as burning fossil fuels became more and more a staple of life.

      Hell, even the past 50 years you can see a major increase. This is not in alignment with the thousands of years cycle.

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      • Rick says:

        Annon 3:39 PM: One can see a major increase in what exactly? Pray tell and point us to the evidence. All the evidence to date say otherwise. Every single model used by ‘climate change’ proponents say you are wrong. So, where is the evidence? Let’s see it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Here is a very good illustration of the indoctrination of climate change and it’s followers:

    https://youtu.be/aahy8ZgVNCM?t=8

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Take a look at undisputed temperature charts the Cult prophets of global warming DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE: http://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/the-big-picture-65-million-years-of-temperature-swings/

    This is why they continue to focus you on ONLY the temperature fluctuations from the 1900’s.

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  13. Albert Einstein says:

    “The skeptics will tell you the ocean is alkaline naturally and there is nothing to worry about…GILLS and NOAA data say otherwise…It was the oceans that first gave us life on earth, and it is the oceans that will take it away. …New research shows that it was ocean acidity that caused all the mass extinction events earth has previously faced and that what caused the acidification is essentially irrelevant if your facing it again. ..”

    “When oceans lack oxygen, bacteria thrive that give off hydrogen sulfide which poisons the life on land by turning the skies green. Insect and birds go first because they need huge amounts of O2 to power their mitochondria to fly. Humans civilization will flame out long before this happens, because of our brain’s extreme oxygen and water demands. The key is loss of phytoplankton using the photoelectric effect to make oxygen from water’s electrons due to excessive EMF acidifies the ocean and plankton dies — no O2 is made for life in the sea.”

    Source: Energy and Epigenetics 4: Light, Water, Magnetism https://jackkruse.com/energy-and-epigenetics-4-light-water-magnetism/

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    • Rick says:

      ‘Einstein,’ you are clearly not a scientist. How many theories for mass extinction events have there been? If this is the latest, then the previous ones must be wrong. In any case, what does this have to do with man’s activities? The need to take care of the planet is a given. But why do we need idiots championing a new religion to do so? We have been teaching and practicing taking care of our environment for thousands of years without the lies and lunacies. Climates change, that is what they do. If you guys did not fail in all your previous expectations/predictions you would not have that label. It used to be ‘New Ice Age Coming Due to Green House Effect’, then when the evidence pointed the other way it changed to ‘Global Warming Due to Green House Effect,’ which did not pan out either. The planet actually got cooler for ten straight years! So you have now changed it to ‘Climate Change.’ Well, duh!!! Climates change! Go build a church and preach to your like-minded groupies and leave us ignoramuses alone to enjoy the planet.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    If you don’t think climate change is a problem, read the tripadvisor reviews of Cayman during a Sargussum influx. If you don’t think the Sargussum problem is a result of climate change, then you are beyond reason.

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    • Anonymous says:

      he he. It can easily kill tourism. They say disaster comes from where it was least expected. Would the Dump or sea grass kill cayman tourism? Lets wait and see.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    but the compass says don’t worry …we are only small and can’t make a difference….zzzz
    climate change is beyond the grasp of caymankind….

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    • Ron Ebanks says:

      How many more people have to get rich quick off this climate change .

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    • Anonymous says:

      Did you secure your shelter 1000 feet above sea level yet? Because as you know, the earth only has 12 years left. I would also get a few roll of tin foil.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    don’t worry we have jon-jon on it…..zzzzzzzzzzzz

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  17. Anonymous says:

    So morons, how do you explain the FACT that the globe’s overall average temperatures have risen each year for the past few years? Also, just as winter temps have edged lower, summer temps around the world have edged higher. Is that trend normal?

    Clearly our planet is damaged and as for the ozone layer “healing”? By how much? Miniscule! That observation was before Moron Trump tore up USA’s participation in the Paris Accords. US is now the biggest producer of greenhouse gases – even China has placed restrictions on greenhouse emissions!

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    • Anonymous says:

      How do you explain a lump of dead brain coral and the remains of a coral reef 2 miles inshore on the south side of the island? It’s all a cycle.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe it’s because your moronic “FACTS” are not actually real “facts”.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_hiatus

      Now I’m sure the climate explainers will continue to explain as to why this cooling has happened. And that the globe is actually not really cooling naturally, rather that the climate is till out to get all of us, but non the less, THE CLIMATE HAS NOT BEEN WARMING any any significant was from any meaningful historical data.

      Nor is the any science that shows that *humans* are the causes of the climate changing to any significant degree.

      Now prophets and disciples of the cult of climate change may not like the FACTS, but they are indeed facts.

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    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Stellar inducement to debate — calling your opponents “morons”. Also really enjoyed both the Appeal to Authority and the Straw Man Argument. It is obvious you don’t cherish the tenets of discussion nor debate. Nope. Not for you. You just want to blast your opinion with broad sweeping generalisations.

      Myself, I am looking at both sides of the debate and, being a scientist at heart, respect things that are measurable. Yes, there are pockets of overall trends of rise in temperature on the Earth. Did you know that the same is true for Mars? If you care about truth, you might look at this link: https://www.space.com/33001-mars-ice-age-ending-now.html

      If you only care about being loud, you will continue to scream.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Accord” is certainly what’s go in on in Paris right now….. lol

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow, these Trump- bots know more than the scientists! Oh I forgot – they know more than anyone – they’re Trump-bots!

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Al Gore’s timing may have been off but he’s correct. I guess you missed the BBC news item on Saturday about the warming of the Barents Sea and the disappearance of sea ice. Clearly you’ve missed news items about the shrinking arctic ice cap! Global warming is real!!

    Perhaps you should watch something other than Kardashians!

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Translation:

    Last chance to drink the Kool-Aid, or else the climate will get really, Really, REALLY REALLY bad.

    And for the deniers…. (Those who deny the changing climate) They will be de-climatized in the worst imaginable way.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    If leading climate sensitive, ultra caring, ultra knowing, ultra woke Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, say the earth will end due to climate change in 12 years, then we should all be paying attention!

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/01/22/ocasio-cortez-climate-change-alarm/2642481002/

    Also, don’t forget to keep paying your climate carbon taxes.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    In the mid 1990’s the learned Al Gore declared that because of global warming there would be no ice at the North and South poles by 2014. Last week the the newest democratic socialist genius in the U.S. (nicknamed AOC by Fox news) predicted that the world will come to an end in 12 years. And now this by our U.K protector…
    I hardly know what to think anymore – so I am just taking these predictions with 2 teaspoons of salt every day…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Keep eating that salt and you won’t need to worry about much future at all.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Better buy land on the bluff Cayman Brac, prices starting at $ 25,000 ci, see sign on Spots Newland new main road

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    • Anonymous says:

      You realize AOC isn’t her nickname right, its her twitter handle and an abbreviation of her name (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) they call her that because most of them cant take the time to say her name properly, also if you look at her policy proposals its quite clear she is a social democrat (the only countries that consider social democracy radical are the United States currently neck deep in their second serving of a red scare and Cayman who seem to enjoy emulating McCarthyism while benefiting from social programs we claim to detest )

      Anyone who actually watched the statement you are referencing can understand Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is being hyperbolic to display the mindset of the younger generations,(though the scientific consensus is that there is only a limited time left for us to attempt to prevent irreversible man made damage to our planet)

      Then again you are a self admitted viewer of faux news
      So I highly doubt you have the intellectual capacity or the integrity to analyze the information for yourself

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      • Anonymous says:

        My intellectual ability? Really?
        I have a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree – what do you have?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Obviously a better grasp of reality.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Since you dont have any educational qualifications I am hereby awarding you an Honorary PhD in Global Warming Bull gobbly gook…

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        • Anonymous says:

          The full quote for you here Mr Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree, and I have to say all that education really doesn’t appear to be worth much seeing as you cant understand the concepts of hyperbole or taking a statement in context.

          “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?” Ocasio-Cortez told Coates. “This is the war — this is our World War II.”

          She literally prefaces the statement with “and we’re like” shes not making a personal statement of belief that the world will end in 12 years, she is making a hyperbolic generalization based on the current scientific consensus and her perception of the attitudes of people her age
          Who are tired of being asked how much things like single payer healthcare will cost while the same persons who ask that are fine funding perpetual war in the Middle East
          Most statements come with context, might I suggest actually attempting to think about that next time
          actually never mind

          Fox News viewer logic 101
          Can’t say I’m surprised

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      • Anonymous says:

        Hyperbolic?

        To claim the earth will end in 12 years is not “hyperbolic, it’s plain hysterical. Any only political leftist lunatics give her any credibility.

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        • Anonymous says:

          The scientific consensus is hysterical?

          Guess so

          • Anonymous says:

            Science is not based on consensus. Science is based on fact. Anything the unhinged left support because they “feel” like it should obtain the contempt that it deserves.
            Live your damned lives and leave the rest of us alone.
            Stop passing rabid, psychotic laws because you hate yourselves.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, indeed. What if they’re wrong? Can you imagine if we collectively took action to preserve the planet for our children and future generations for no immediate value? How awful would that be?

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      • BeaumontZodecloun says:

        Excellent point, and that — to me — is at the heart of it all. We should be preserving rather than building upon. We should be cleaning rather than contaminating. We should be setting standards that eventually produce a cleaner environment than that which we inherited.

        What we should not be doing is buying into a carbon tax scheme that makes billions of dollars for hucksters, exploiters and frauds. Preservation and mitigation of the environment should not EVER be a business. If we all could agree upon this very simple concept, then we could all work together using the truth as our banner toward the benefit of the Earth and its processes.

        If we are swayed by the “truthiness” of the exploiters, we will spend our money and resources to make some conmen (and, -women) rich.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or you could just stop watching American TV and wouldn’t have to bother with their ridiculous hyperboles. If you’d watched the BBC or other reputable programme you’d know that climate change won’t destroy the world immediately but that it’s a gradual process that affects Cayman in particular.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    You think we could replant some mangroves?

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    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      There. A measurable and useful solution. How very rare. Something we can all get involved in.

      Thank you. D’you think it will happen? D’you think there are enough people who are willing to walk the walk, instead of just blathering?

      I will. Yours is an admirable suggestion with genuine merit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go for it. Just FYI tho, most of the Co2 converted into oxygen comes from the ocean…. like almost 80%….

      Also there are about 3 Trillion trees on earth.

      To give you a comparison….,

      Voyager 1 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_1) is roughly 9.5 billion miles away. If you stacked all the trees on earth one on top of the other, they would exceed the distance of Voyager 1 by 2 billion miles (further away).

      So why not add a couple of mangroves trees on top of that?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Zzzz…

    – Who

    *When one constantly looks for something through conspiracy-crafted lenses – one always finds.

    This is getting old now.

    Btw, the UK and the USA are currently bracing for some harsh winter weather heading their way…in winter.
    Imagine that.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Echos of the Orange Russian? From Who? Am I misunderstanding this post?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Who is just as ignorant as the oranagatan in charge up north.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Do not insult me.

        Trump is not my leader and his convictions have zero impact on my understanding of the issue at hand.

        Comprehensive, careful and constant analysis of the reports, papers and “science” behind “climate change” have brought me to my current position.

        I suggest you put in some work.

        Trump has been on the scene for 2 years – I have been studying the “study” of climate change from the time Trump was looking for his next Apprentice.

        – Who

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  25. Watchman says:

    First it was “global warming” they realized their historical science and facts were flawed. As we have seen some of the coldest winters in past years (even the current). They evidence is there that the ozone is healing. What they said was causing “Global warning” .

    Then they said in fact it’s “climate change” because we are seeing bad winters, bad summers, bad storms, bad fires, droughts, flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes et al. That sound like “Revelation” to me and they are just clutching straws .

    Be ye therefore ready, the Son of Man comes when you think not.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Mankind has historically learned from observation but obviously not you. I think when the Son of God comes and sees the mess you have created he will kick you in the backside for destroying the beautiful Earth God gave us!

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    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve been out of college for several decades. They were already calling it ‘climate change’ then because they had realized that by over-simplifying it to global warming they had made it willfully misunderstandable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t misunderestimate the climate. It will get you.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Okay. We accept, Lord Ahmed, that your learned OPINION is that the climate situation is “grave”.

    You are in a unique position to require the BOT to be squeezed dry. Are you going to cause our money to be diverted toward your cause? Are you going to make lots of money as your compatriots do from “transformational actions”?

    Most of us agree that there are a myriad of environmental changes that can and should be made in order to clean up our mess — the mess that forms nearly every place that people congregate. However, when you blur that responsibility with the climate change frenzy, then you waste the resources of the very people you profess to represent. It is disingenuous.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Am I misreading this article or did Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon say nothing concrete about what he is doing in the face of this crisis.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Caused the cancellation of Taste Of Cayman. Must be real.

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