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Climate change alert – UN calls for immediate end to fossil fuel industry

“This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet.”

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The world is in big trouble and needs to act now to combat climate change, says a UN report released Monday.

The report said man is “unequivocally” to blame for climate change, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres describing it as a “code red for humanity.”

“The alarm bells are deafening,” he said in a statement.

“This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet.”

The report from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are high enough to guarantee climate disruption for decades if not centuries.

The report – eight years after the last UN report on climate change – drew from 14,000 scientific studies.

It said without immediate emission reductions, the average global temperature is likely to reach or cross the 1.5-degree Celsius warming threshold within 20 years. That increase is recognized by some as the most that humanity could cope with without suffering widespread economic and social upheaval.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Reuters reported summertime sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean will vanish entirely at least once by 2050, under the IPCC’s most optimistic scenario. The region is the fastest-warming area of the globe — warming at least twice as fast as the global average.

This year, wildfires are causing chaos across Western Canada, the Western US and Greece. The report said incidents like that will only increase over the years.

The report claims Greenland’s sheet of land-ice is “virtually certain” to continue melting, rising sea levels, which will continue to rise for centuries to come as the oceans warm and expand.

“We are now committed to some aspects of climate change, some of which are irreversible for hundreds to thousands of years,” said IPCC co-author Tamsin Edwards, a climate scientist at King’s College London.

“But the more we limit warming, the more we can avoid or slow down those changes.”

The report claims if emissions are slashed in the next 10 years, average temperatures could still be up 1.5C by 2040 and possibly 1.6C by 2060 before stabilizing. It predicts if the world continues on its current path, the rise could be 2.0C by 2060 and 2.7C by the century’s end.

Reuters reported Earth has not been that warm since the Pliocene Epoch, roughly three million years ago when humanity’s first ancestors were appearing, and the oceans were 25 meters higher than they are today.

“Today’s report makes for sobering reading, and it is clear the next decade is going to be pivotal to securing the future of our planet. We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, said: “As the IPCC makes plain, the impacts of the climate crisis, from extreme heat to wildfires to intense rainfall and flooding, will only continue to intensify unless we choose another course for ourselves and generations to come.  

“What the world requires now is real action.  All major economies must commit to aggressive climate action during this critical decade.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not commented yet.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Art Betke

    August 10, 2021 at 11:28 am

    “Reuters reported Earth has not been that warm since the Pliocene Epoch, roughly three million years ago when humanity’s first ancestors were appearing, and the oceans were 25 meters higher than they are today.”
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    Total bovine shyte! It was that warm just 6000 – 7000 years ago during the Holocene Climate Optimum and much warmer than that during the last interglacial.

    Media should be deeply ashamed for propagating these lies rather than exposing them.

  2. Art Betke

    August 10, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Just the latest in a continuing series of last chances to act. Not one has come to pass. Why does anyone pay the slightest attention to these prophets of doom?

    Stay tuned for the next last chance after the deadline has passed without the predicted catastrophe.

  3. Left Coast

    August 10, 2021 at 9:44 am

    If this threat was REAL . . . would the IPCC & the UN not be telling China & India, the TWO largest Polluters on the friggin Planet, to reduce emissions? Well the Opposite is happening, they are both continuing to GROW their Emissions. China is building over 200 new Coal Powered Generating plants in the next few years.

    If the threat was REAL . . . would not the Low Intellect “Lurch” Kerry be taking Commercial Flights instead of his Private Jet?

    A few years ago our Fake Klimateer David Suzuki told us that 3 degrees in Temperature Increase would see millions of species become Extinct . . . yet every year in Manitoba we see January Temperatures of -40 F and by July the Temp is 100 F . . . that’s 140 Degree Change in just 6 months . . . and no one DIES !

    How long is the FakeStream Media going to play along with this insanity . . . it’s ALL about Taxing the West and CONTROL!

  4. Left Coast

    August 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Oil is not a “fossil fuel”, but was deemed an organic substance back in 1894 when Rockefeller met with the worlds organic chemists – he wanted a way to ensure that his Standard Oil Company could raise the price of his product as necessary by claiming it was going to someday run out. Yes, that has been their tactic for 126 years now, and people still fall for it!!!
    The second most common liquid on Earth is oil, after water. It is produced as a byproduct of geological heat and pressure in the crust – just as the hydrocarbon atmospheres of other planets and moons. How many dinosaurs died on some of Jupiter’s moons? None. Yet they have methane atmosphere. Please, feel free to research abiotic petroleum before you claim I’m crazy.
    There has never been a fossil recovered from greater than 10,000 feet below the surface. Oil wells average depth is 30,000 feet.
    The greatest “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, but the left can’t tax evaporation of the oceans.
    The biggest LIE of the last century . .

  5. Left Coast

    August 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    The IPCC is a Political Group . . . their Komputer Models have been 100% Wrong for 30 years now. These people are quite insane . . .

    “Reuters reported summertime sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean will vanish entirely at least once by 2050, under the IPCC’s most optimistic scenario. The region is the fastest-warming area of the globe — warming at least twice as fast as the global average.” ? ? ?

    Didn’t fat Al Gore tell us the Arctic would be Ice Free by 2012? Last Winter according to Enviro-Canada the Arctic Ice pack was 27% Above Normal.

    Good news is folks . . . OIL is not a fossil fuel, Oil is Abiotic, created in the core of the earth and the 2nd most prolific fluid on the Planet next to Water.

    AGW = Unproven Hypothesis after Billions of $$ poured down the drain.

    The UN is a completely Worthless Organization . . . comprised of about 180 odd countries, the vast majority of them run by Despots & Diktators . . . why would anyone care what they thought?

  6. David

    August 9, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    In their last report they said there would be a ten foot rise in the sea level by now.

    Climate Catastrophe is always ten years down the road, but your time to sacrifice is now. The Chinese controlled U.N. says so.

  7. Andrew

    August 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Alberta doesn’t need the UN

  8. Bruce

    August 9, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    The UN cabal. Owned by the likes of Bill Gates, Rothchilds an Soros. I despot organization run by unelected useless twits that bow to their Masters for NWO Globalist enslavement of free mankind. DEFUND or get the hell out of that useless organization.

  9. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    August 9, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    All counties should cut off the money supply to these at the pig trough.Nothing like lack of spending money lowers their standard and put to work will have a sobering effect.

  10. Steven

    August 9, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    The United Nations are led by Communists and Socialists on most of the committees. Why are the G20 Nations listening to these self serving states? Example: UN World Health Organization.

    The United Nations, as it stands now, only want the Western Countries to strangle themselves off hydrocarbons while these strange bed fellows keep pumping out & using hydrocarbons into the future.

    Justin Trudeau will jump on their band wagon, cause that’s the type of person he is. A Communist.

  11. Grunt

    August 9, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Been hearing this sort of shit since I was a kid in the 80s the coastal cities of the world were supposed to be underwater by now. This is just a power grab by pyschopaths.

  12. CodexCoder

    August 9, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    The UN – an idea that would never work because all cultures do not share ideas or values. Today, it is corrupt, and has aspirations of being the dictatorial power that we all dread. And this IPCC campaign is just another step in the Agenda 21 game plan of reducing the world’s population by 95% by any means necessary, including but not limited to starving everyone that they can in the dark, or creating a fake pandemic and killing people with vaccines.

  13. K

    August 9, 2021 at 11:21 am

    They’ve been saying the same s*** for 50 years. The only thing these globalist psychopaths are ‘united’ against is you and I. Evil, evil, evil to the core.

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CRA wants more tax filers to use mail

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

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The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.

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Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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Officials urge booster injections to tackle lingering Delta variant amid Omicron craze

The WHO classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” however, the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly urging COVID-19 booster injections for those over the age of 50.

In addition, the committee is now recommending boosters of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those 18-49 years of age at least six months after completion of a “primary COVID-19 vaccine series with consideration of jurisdictional and individual risks.”

The announcement comes amid global discussion of the Omicron variant. The federal government requested on Tuesday that NACI swiftly review its booster guidance in response to Omicron.

The NACI’s new booster recommendation, however, focuses on the lingering Delta variant while more details are gathered on Omicron.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” although the South African doctor who discovered Omicron in her patient says she is “stunned” by the response.

“As chair of the South African Medical Association and a GP of 33 years standing, I have seen a lot over my medical career,” writes Dr. Angelique Coetzee, in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.

“But nothing has prepared me for the extraordinary global reaction that met my announcement this week that I had seen a young man in my surgery who had a case of COVID that turned out to be the Omicron variant.”

The young man was unaware he had contracted the virus.

Coetzee says she has seen nothing about the variant that warrants panic.

“No one here in South Africa is known to have been hospitalized with the Omicron variant, nor is anyone here believed to have fallen seriously ill with it,” writes Coetzee.

She also says the variant has been circulating South Africa for “some time.”

Viruses — such as COVID-19 — have their own DNA or RNA, therefore allowing them to mutate into new forms.

“This virus is going exactly how you’d expect,” Dr. Steven Pelech, chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, told the Western Standard.

“Strains are going to predominate which are more infectious and mild. That’s how it displaces other variants, it doesn’t kill the host. The host often doesn’t even know they are infected.”

Pelech — who is far from alone in his analysis — suggests the “variants of concern,” including Delta, are merely steps towards COVID-19 evolving into a common coronavirus. One that is highly infectious and exceedingly mild.

The Canadian government implemented additional travel restrictions in response to Omicron on November 30 — built upon previous measures.

“We know that these concerning mutations can arise and, where vaccinations are low in parts of the world, they can spread rapidly,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.

BC officials say the province will have more information on Omicron and its implications — such as vaccine efficacy — in the coming weeks.

“Isn’t this the same playbook we heard a year ago with the Delta variant?” said Pelech.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/reidsmall

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