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CNN Treats WWF Alarmism As Real News

From the global warming cultists at CNN:

Sea level rise could cost port cities $28 trillion

By Peter Wilkinson, CNN

November 23, 2009

London, England (CNN) — A possible rise in sea levels by 0.5 meters by 2050 could put at risk more than $28 trillion worth of assets in the world’s largest coastal cities, according to a report compiled for the insurance industry.

The value of infrastructure exposed in so-called "port mega-cities," urban conurbations with more than 10 million people, is just $3 trillion at present.

The rise in potential losses would be a result of expected greater urbanization and increased exposure of this greater population to catastrophic surge events occurring once every 100 years caused by rising sea levels and higher temperatures.

The report, released on Monday by WWF and financial services Allianz, concludes that the world’s diverse regions and ecosystems are close to temperature thresholds — or "tipping points."

Any one of these surge events could unleash devastating environmental, social and economic changes amid a higher urban population.

According to the report, carried out by the UK-based Tyndall Centre, the impacts of passing "Tipping Points" on the livelihoods of people and economic assets have been underestimated.

Global temperatures have already risen by at least 0.7 degrees Celsius [1.25 Fahrenheit] and the report says a further rise by 2-3 degrees in the second half of the century is likely unless deep cuts in emissions are put in place before 2015.

The consequent melting of the Greenland and the West Antarctic Ice Shield could lead to one such tipping point scenario, possibly a sea level rise of up to 0.5 meters [19.6 inches] by 2050.

The report focuses on regions and phenomena where such events might be expected to cause significant environmental impacts within the first half of the century.

For example a hurricane in New York, which could cost $1 trillion now, would mean a $5 trillion insurance bill by the middle of the century, the report adds.

"If we don’t take immediate action against climate change, we are in grave danger of disruptive and devastating changes," said Kim Carstensen, the Head of WWF Global Climate Initiative.

"Reaching a tipping point means losing something forever. This must be a strong argument for world leaders to agree a strong and binding climate deal in Copenhagen in December."

Note how misleading this article is, right from the start:

A possible rise in sea levels by 0.5 meters by 2050 could put at risk more than $28 trillion worth of assets in the world’s largest coastal cities, according to a report compiled for the insurance industry.

That makes it sound like this is an insurance industry report. Or, at the very least, that it was done at the insurance industry’s request.

But we get the facts a little later in the article:

The report, released on Monday by WWF and financial services Allianz…

This is really all you need to know about this so-called report.

The World Wildlife Federation are rabid proponents of ‘global warming.’ This is their bread and butter.

And the insurance company, Allianz, must have found some way to make a buck off of the climate scare hoax:

"We must prepare our clients"

"As an insurer and investor, we must prepare our clients for these scenarios as long as we still have leeway for action," says Clemens von Weichs, CEO of Allianz Reinsurance. "Setting premiums risk-appropriately and sustainably is of vital interest to everyone involved, because this is the only way to ensure that coverage solutions will continue to exist."

Allianz intends to address climate change by entering into dialogue with its clients at an early date. This will allow it to point out countermeasures in a timely way, and work together to develop specific coverage concepts, whether for existing assets or for future climate-compatible projects like alternative energy and water supply concepts, dyke construction, or protection against failed harvests

And Allianz has been working with the World Wildlife propagandists for some time now.

They have even roped unsuspecting school kids who survived Katrina into their propaganda ploys, as this undated article from the WWF’s website reports:

WWF Allianz Southeast Climate Witness Program

Climate change is among the most pervasive threats to the Earth today. We have the power to address its root causes and limit its impact on the planet. Educating young people plays a critical role in this effort.

In the Gulf Coast region, many students have already felt the trauma of devastating climate events. WWF and Allianz gave displaced youth from Hurricane Katrina an opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change, as well as tools for exploring and explaining the vulnerability of their region to climate change, a forum to tell their stories of how climate change has affected – and will continue to affect – their lives and way of life, and the opportunity to do something about it.

Southeast Climate Witness Student Research Opportunity

Through the Southeast Climate Witness Program, 25 students were chosen from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to participate in vulnerability research of their region. Participants were high school students who were interested in the environment, planning on attending college, and who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Selected students attended Climate Camp in June 2008 as well as a Youth Summit in Washington D.C. July 7-11, 2008; and received a $1500 stipend and an HP laptop computer for college.

While in Washington, the students had the opportunity to speak at a briefing sponsored by Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. During the briefing, they presented the findings of the research project they participated in

Of course the WWF is simply following the propaganda guidelines we reported earlier (from the CRU documents) set out in ‘The Rules Of The Game’:

20. Partnered delivery of messages will be more successful

Experience shows that partnered delivery is often a key component for projects that are large, complex and have many stakeholders.

Of course CNN is a “partner” here, as well, since they merely parroted the WWF’s press release without giving any opportunity to the other side.

And of course all of this nonsense is being rushed out in time to impact the upcoming life or death for the earth conference known as ‘Hopenhagen.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “CNN Treats WWF Alarmism As Real News”

  1. Douglas says:

    I have to admire the math skills here: “Global temperatures have already risen by at least 0.7 degrees Celsius [33.3 Fahrenheit!]”. Granted a temp of 0.7C is in fact 33.3F, but an increase of 0.7C is an increase of 1.25F. Apparently no one did any sanity checking. Oh wait, it’s global warming, no sanity needed.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I wish someone on the side of sanity would start publishing the facts but then of course only Fox News, who we all know according to our fearless leader is not a news agency, would be the only one to report them.

    This is a case of more fuzzy math to support their ridiculous claims. And what in the heck does a group who supposedly supports wildlife have to do with “global warming” anyway. I would think the critters would appreciate it being a bit warmer, I know I do.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    “Sea level rise could cost port cities $28 trillion” OR MORE!!!

    Someone a while ago said the present/future? value of Medicare and Social Security payments is 50 trillion dollars. Who is that money going to come from?

    Everyone forgets that absolute zero is ~-273 degrees C.

    Soooooo, 0.7 degrees C is “nothing.”

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    The WWF is probably right, but by 2050 a cup a coffee will be $28 trillion due to Obama’s mega-inflation. And the price of a cup of coffee is roughly the value of the damage caused by global warming to date.

    • proreason says:

      Actually, BT, moderately increasing temperatures are probably the greatest benefit to mankind possible.

      Without warming after the last Ice Age (we are between Ice Ages, you know), there would be no civilization. Mankind would still be living in caves.

      And it has been calculated that the increase in arable land because of a 1 degreee temperature increase would save millions of lives by lessening famine.

      In addition, the costs of freezing weather are trillions a year, so the world would be much richer than it is today. In addition, all of the time and effort that is dedicated to combatting snow and ice would be redirected to other things, and who knows what benefits might derive from that.

      But of course, all of that would make it more difficult for the Statists to control their subjects, so we can’t have that.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Who says they aren’t living in caves?

  6. jobeth says:

    Hey! It ain’t all bad!

    I live 50 miles from the Atlantic coast and 50 miles from the Gulf coast.

    By 2050 I will apparently have a double seafront property! Think of the increase in my home’s value!

    Of course by that time, Obalmy and minions will somehow get rid of Florida’s constitution amendment against eminent-domain.

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    The Global Warming zealots seem to predict that our coastlines will be gone in say, ten minutes versus the years of gradual sea level rise according to their “settled science” which we all know for sure now was fudged numbers, smoke and mirrors, and outright lies.

    Civilization survived all these thousands of years because of human’s ability to ADAPT. These bozos act like everyone is going to sit at their dining room tables and drown as the water rises because they didnt pay their carbon tax last year.

    The truth of the matter is, even if the largest monetary scam in human history, “climate change” was corrrect….mankind would still adapt to the changing sea levels and attending horrors that seem inevitable according to the “experts”.

    This isnt about the planet at all. So many people earn their living by perpetuating this scam, and so many people stand to gain financially by defrauding entire civilizations of their earnings and their freedoms, to gain that one “World Order” that will keep them as overlords for generations that they will do anything to keep it alive.

    The planet doesnt recognize the arrogance of humans who think that their paltry contribution to our atmosphere makes any difference at all. It doesnt. It hasnt. It wont. The cycles of earth’s climate change are driven by forces beyond the control of humans. As it has been for billions of years, so it will be for billions more.

    Climate change legislation and mandates are nothing more than a way to create that much sought after utopian society where the few elite have everything due to the work of the many. It is called socialism…communism…whatever. It hasnt ever worked successfully, and it never will.

    The biggest obstacle to this fraud is our basic instinct for freedom and self determination. That and that alone is what the perpetrators of this massive fraud need to eliminate. They almost pulled it off too….but they have failed. The scam is exposed…and I hope that those who stood to profit from this inconvenient truth will be imprisoned for life…..

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Human CO2 contribution to any climate change is like the change in atmospheric pressure that occurs when someone yawns.

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