The IPCC: Fighting gender inequality since 2012

As the world eagerly awaits in anticipation (ha) for the release of the 2013 IPCC report, details of that reports contents have now come to light. If you thought previous editions were a waste of paper (something environmentalists should be quite concerned about), then prepare to be amazed at the new realms of pointlessness that are to be discussed.

The upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report will contain a chapter titled Human Security. According to an official outline, this will examine the following topics:

  • Social and economic activities, including employment
  • Education
  • Inequalities, gender, and marginalized populations
  • Culture, values, and society
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Local communities
  • Local and traditional knowledge
  • Migration and population displacement
  • Conflict
  • Community resilience
  • [see page 4 here]

Yes, that’s right. A degree in gender studies can now actually get you a job.

Donna Laframboise questions the impartiality of the scientist in charge of this chapter.

The Human Security chapter is being led by Neil Adger, a professor of environmental economics at the University of East Anglia. In 2007 he co-authored a paper that declared:

climate change increasingly undermines human security in the present day, and will increasingly do so in the future… [backup link]

Gee, given that this is the person in charge, do we really suppose the IPCC report will come to a different conclusion?

Is Adger a precise thinker, a scrupulously dispassionate researcher, the sort of person who’s likely to examine all the literature, pro and con, in a fair-minded manner? You decide. In 2009 he authored a blog post in which he declared:

we urgently need to decarbonize the global economy… [backup link]

And yes, as Donna has illustrated so comprehensively in the past, environmental activism is infecting the scientific process.

Adger has also co-authored a journal commentary that begins with these words:

Human-induced climate change is real and is likely to drive increasingly dramatic changes in this century and beyond. [backup link]

It’s so good to know that IPCC-appointed experts approach these matters humbly, and with an open mind. That article, incidentally, relies on IPCC reports as well as a paper in which two of the authors are Greenpeace personnel.

Taxpayers of the world, you are funding this organisation.


About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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One Response to The IPCC: Fighting gender inequality since 2012

  1. Jack Savage says:

    As a taxpayer, I am furious that I do not have a choice.

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