A Warming World

The recent Special Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.

More than 6000 scientific sources were used to arrive at these estimates. Holding warming to 1.5 oC rather than 2 oC avoids catastrophic consequences, such as the virtual extinction of all coral reefs. The report provides the information that policy makers around the world need in order to make informed decisions that deal with climate change while also considering local context and people’s needs. The report was written by 91 different authors from 40 different countries around the world, all of whom believe drastic improvements need to be made for the sake of our shared future.

So far, many organizations and individuals have endorsed the IPCC’s report publicly and there seems to be less than usual pushback against this newest climate change proclamation. President Trump, a well-known critic of global warming evidence, has uncharacteristically remained relatively quiet regarding this most recent report on the estimated effects of a 1.5oC temperature rise. Having openly called climate change a hoax during his election campaign, the President recently changed his mind, though he apparently is still unprepared to consider it manmade.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also been silent on the report, which could be related to other matters at hand stemming from the reception of his latest carbon pricing policies.

Currently, the IPCC report indicates that we have already reached the 1oC increase mark, which has led to more sporadic weather and increased uncertainty for farming production moving forward. Farmers around the world have been more vocal in saying they recognize the adverse effects climate change has been imposing on agriculture, such as the devastating droughts that have plagued Australian farmers during the past decade. Various analyses indicate climate change is linked to declining farm productivity.

Farmers worldwide have been working on innovations to help fight climate change and mitigate its effects. In Australia, where climate change effects are already severe, indications are that farmers are adapting by implementing various mitigation strategies. On the research horizon, developments are being made in cow greenhouse gas emissions by breeding cows that naturally produce less methane.

There are many more: Dr. Molly Scott Cato, a British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who sits on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, agrees that changes need to be made in agriculture to meet the 1.5oC target, but notes that major opportunities for sustainable farming are available that could capture 100% of global annual carbon emissions.

A large number of media and news outlets have been vocal in their support of the IPCC’s predictions. Currently, thousands of Canadians across the country have joined the “1point5” movement to deliver a copy of the IPCC report to their local MPs with the hopes of spreading the message that climate change is an emergency that requires immediate action.

Josh Kraemer is Communications Intern for the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO Commentary represents the opinions of the writer and does not necessarily represent CFFO policy. The CFFO Commentary is heard weekly on CFCO Chatham, CKXFM Chatham, and CKNX Wingham. It is also archived on the CFFO website, www.christianfarmers.org. CFFO is supported by 4,000 family farmers across Ontario.

 

Posted by Josh Kraemer on November 1, 2018

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7 Comments

  • jasper Vanderbas says:

    Climate change maybe bad news for the world, but warmer weather is good for Canadian agriculture.
    I know , not big picture thinking.

  • gary vaniperen says:

    i dont believe in climate change all sientist that dont believe in God have to play God and save the world all you hear on the new is climate change it is a total brian wash .

  • John Schwartzentruber says:

    Several obvious problems in this piece:

    1) Are there any serious thinkers who give any credibility to IPCC reports? Their models have ALL failed so badly as to be be now considered useless.

    2) There are many academics, public figures and scientists, who understand that climate change has no definitive link to human activity. At best, those who tout the anthropocentric theory rely entirely on data demonstrating correlation, not causation. Sound science distinguishes between the two. Also, there is almost complete disregard for other numerous, naturally occurring climate-influencing factors.

    3) Who authored the report? If it report was influenced by a particular bias – which apparently it was – then its worth is nil.

    4) Trudeau recently inadvertently admitted publicly that any CO2 reductions made by Canada will have a negligible impact on the climate (even if there was a link to CO2 releases). He obviously doesn’t even believe the theory himself. We could shut our country down and it would make no difference. I am not willing to do that.

    5) The only imminent emergency is that of a lemming movement that will blindly bankrupt our society and destroy our country with no benefit to anyone, except those few elites who will continue to jet around the world with complete oblivion to their own “carbon footprint”. When I see McKenna and Trudeau start acting like there is an emergency, I might consider believing that there is one.

    6)There are also scientists, media, politicians and many journalists who speak out against the AGW theory but are marginalized and silenced by ruthless shamers. Therefore, the CFFO now needs to present opposing viewpoints as a balance to the above piece.

    However, if this is indicative of where the CFFO stands on this issue, I will be directing my fees elsewhere, and encourage others to consider the very negative implications of this stance.

    Alarmism is a poor approach to developing policy, especially when the ramifications are this significant. I happen to love our country and way of life, and want it to remain for my children and grandchildren.

  • Bill Menkveld says:

    I’m old enough to remember learning about global cooling back in the seventies. It was “the thing” many scientists discussed and there was some concern expressed in the media. A few decades later we are all on fire about global warming. I remember learning in public school that the earth’s axis has a bit of a wobble and very, very slowly changes tilt. Just a bit. But I was taught this has a large influence on climate. and quite possibly had a lot to do with the coming and going of ice ages. I don’t hear anything about that in the media. Was I taught wrong back then? Today we talk about CO2 and methane, both man and animal made. I’m inclined to be a bit skeptical about reports from the IPCC. Possibly a bit self-serving. A lot of salaries ride on climate change. Not all scientists believe CO2 and methane are linked to global warming. Just google Patrick Moore, former co-founder of Greenpeace as a start. Does climate change? Absolutely! Do humans and animals cause such changes? Not too sure yet. Can humans and animals stall or reverse changes? Now I’m really not too sure. Do we need to be good stewards on this earth? Absolutely! That means taking care not to waste resources. Living within our means. And a host of other things. Let’s count our blessings and move forward with eyes and ears wide open.

  • Henry & Annette Zekveld says:

    CFFO should not be pushing/advocating this global warming stuff because, as Gary Vaniperen mentioned above, “it is a total brain wash” and even many die-hards are going away from it now. Also because, as Bill Menkveld says, “not all scientists believe CO2 and methane are linked to global warming.” Many credible scientists, such as Tim Ball, say it is a scam. Thank you Gary, John, and Bill for your comments.

  • Phil Moddle says:

    Climate change policy is being based largely on projections and theories. As owners and managers of a very large percentage of land in Southwestern Ontario, maybe CFFO can encourage farmers to collect real data not only on climate and ecological conditions (i.e. biodiversity) on their own properties. This will help to assess if change is occurring outside normal variables. We have the tools and the opportunity to provide real evidence in the ongoing “battles” over environmental protection, and show the world what Biblical land stewardship looks like. Voluntary actions now may help limit future government involvement in the management of the lands that God has blessed us with the privilege of stewarding.

    • John Schwartzentruber says:

      Phil, anyone who is familiar with the goals and strategies of the U.N.’s “2030: Agenda for a Sustainable Future” understands that there is no degree of “pro-activity” that we can take that will deter a globalist government like our Liberal rulers from implementing their diabolical intent of reducing our capitalist/entrepreneurial, wealth-building system into a uniform, collectivist oligarchy.

      A brief look at modern history shows that the key to successfully instituting a dictatorial fascist or communist government is to set up a straw man enemy and marshaling the public emotion into action to “defend” against the perceived threat.

      For the Bolsheviks and Lenin, the enemy they chose to combat was the bourgeoisie, the kulaks (people like you and me with material possessions). The Marxists killed 60,000,000 Europeans before their purge stalled, sparing none who so much as questioned their goals and methods (read Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” for a stunning expose of the atrocities committed). And this crime against humanity was committed in subjugating only a broad European empire.

      Then came Hitler, who targeted the Jews as the enemy of the pure German State. He killed “only” 6,000,000 in the gas chambers and concentration camps, trying unsuccessfully to broaden his Fascist German borders.

      So for today’s globalist connivers, what better, universal avenue to take than to raise the alarm that “we are destroying the PLANET unless we act drastically today! Give me your money and I will save you at no cost!”

      How many millions of dead will it take before it becomes obvious that the climate alarmists are merely a front for a much more sinister plan – the destruction of the West and the creation of a one-world system that demands total subservience to a godless tyranny?

      While our circumscribed humanity limits our knowledge and understanding of Biblical, apocalyptic prophecies and writing, it is not a stretch to see how the events of today could very well fit into those mysteries that John the Revelator wrote of when he described events that would unfold far in the future. The spirit of the anti-Christ is thriving, today.

      So, rather than being stampeded into poorly thought-out reactions, we will do well to heed what Jesus said of these times – “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Mt. 10:16, NASB)

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