Not really, no

The head of Scotland’s nature conservation agency has warned the country faces an “apocalyse” of flooded towns, dead forests and polluted rivers unless urgent action is taken to cut CO2 emissions.

Francesca Osowska, chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage, said the world had barely a decade to shift to a low carbon economy before the effects of global heating were irreversible and catastrophic. She said there were very clear threats facing Scotland, and by implication the rest of the UK, unless radical action was taken by 2030.

“Imagine an apocalypse – polluted waters; drained and eroding peatlands; coastal towns and villages deserted in the wake of rising sea level and coastal erosion; massive areas of forestry afflicted by disease; a dearth of people in rural areas; and no birdsong,” she told the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Thursday evening.

Scotland’s still moving up as a result of losing the weight of the ice cap those tens of thousands of years ago. That’s why Southern England is still moving down too.

Sea level rise is less of a problem in Scotland than elsewhere…..

No, this doesn’t mean don’t worry etc. But wouldn’t it be nice if the supposed experts in such matters were in fact expert?

37 thoughts on “Not really, no”

  1. Plus what is going to pollute the rivers? They’re cleaner than they’ve been for centuries.
    Why diseased forests? Why no birdsong? Might be some change in species of the place does warm but that’s it.
    And people have been leaving rural areas for centuries – the highlands are close to empty already.
    We seem to live in a world where hysteria gets you promoted.
    Plus O’Sowska is a new clan to me.

  2. Does no one ever stand up in these meetings and say “bullshit! show your workings.”?

  3. She forgot to mention “death of the first-born” and two-headed calves being born to goats…

    Abso-fecking-lutely amazing load of bolleaux!

  4. Dear Mr Worstall

    CAGW strikes again: crooked anthropogenic grant wangling.

    With only 10.5 years to save the world™, there will be a desperate need for lots more government taxpayer money.

    DP

  5. – “No, this doesn’t mean don’t worry etc. But wouldn’t it be nice if the supposed experts in such matters were in fact expert?

    This isn’t about expertise or lack thereof. It’s about honesty and the lack thereof. i.e. more alarmist lies.

  6. 10 years is the new, really really scarier scare story. If it don’t work, and it won’t, will they go to 5?

  7. Osowska reminds me of Obama, just reading the teleprompter, with no comprehension of what he is reading.

    At least AOC gave us 12 years. Osowska gives us only 10. Two years difference in the End of the World seems significant to me.

    ‘No, this doesn’t mean don’t worry etc.’

    A declaration of orthodoxy.

  8. The catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming scam has been going on so long that there is a mountain of failed hysterical predictions available for everyone to inspect. So why does anyone believe the new hysterical predictions?

  9. She is a Marxist propagandist–consider what’s going on in those terms.

    Nor is this idle lying on the left’s part. Constantly stoking the Green Marx-shite will be affecting all of us much sooner than we think.

    That scum-run shithole Leeds already photographs cars with the intent of fining the car owner if there is only one person in said car. Also planning no go area s for cars because of “pollution” etc.

    Sign were up around Harrogate–Harrogate FFS–saying “Is Harrogate congested?–Public meeting etc”–doing the groundwork for the same shite.

    Remember Sad Dick and Macron’s anticsd.

    Little people are to forced to give up their cars first under ever-increasing costs and harassment.

    So this lying eco-bitch is not a joke or just another nutter on the gravy train.

    We had better start fighting back and soon.

  10. The Forestry Commission was established exactly 100 years ago. In that time we have lost the Elm and now the Ash are dying. Larch are being felled in huge numbers because of disease in monoculture plantings. Quite a track record. If the FC are around for another 100 years maybe we won’t have any trees left at all?

  11. I live 6m ASL and I’m not bothered either. As for Harrogate, the congestion really was shit when I drove through last week.

  12. Traffic around here could easily be fixed with a couple more traffic lanes.

    Experts don’t want traffic lanes – which will actually fix the problem. They want small gauge railroads, public transit, HOV lanes, etc.

    Everyone knows how to fix it except for the people being paid to know how to fix it.

  13. ‘Scotland’s still moving up as a result of losing the weight of the ice cap those tens of thousands of years ago. That’s why Southern England is still moving down too.’

    Tipping point.

    This is exactly why Hadrian built the wall to stop all the Haggis-munchers sliding down into Britannica.

    PS. Current atmospheric CO2 concentrations are now back up to what they were 800 000 years ago. The trees can breath easier again.

    So…… what caused the increase back then; why no apocalypse back then; why is it a problem now; what ‘should’ atmospheric CO2 concentration be to stave off Planetary destruction?

  14. Bloke in North Dorset

    The catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming scam has been going on so long that there is a mountain of failed hysterical predictions available for everyone to inspect. So why does anyone believe the new hysterical predictions?

    When I left the Army in 1990 my first job was with GEC based in Chelmsford. When we were house hunting Mrs BiND insisted that had to look on high ground because of global warming.

    As far as I’m aware Chelmsford isn’t under water but she still believes all the scare stories.

  15. Bloke in North Dorset

    It did, but nothing to do with me 🙂 I only stayed 6 months before moving to what was to become Orange 3 years later. We ended up living near the top of the Chilterns and now live in one of the highest areas of Dorset.

    Mrs BiND isn’t taking any chances.

  16. In other news, they propose spending £5bn on doing up the palace of Westminster which will be underwater before it’s finished.

  17. Aeon’s ago I spent six (broadly) enjoyable years in Scotland, in the highlands and the north east. During seven days each year the sun appeared; for the rest of the time, when it wasn’t snowing, it pissed down. A parka remained de rigueur during spring and autumn, never mind the winter. The worst fate that could befall Scotland is they become the new Malaga in about one thousand years from now.

  18. Scotland: MSPs reject The Safer Streets Bill

    The Safer Streets Bill suggested a rollout of 20mph zones across the country would not only reduce accidents but make roads safer for children, encourage more people to walk and cycle and tackle inequality.

    Witnesses including academics, local authorities, charities, environmental organisations and motorist groups gave evidence to the committee this week, which concluded that the proposals ‘would have a variety of financial impacts’ that were ‘not robust’.

    A similar proposal is currently being discussed by MPs in Wales, with the government considering trimming speed limits on residential roads from 30mph to 20mph.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said the Welsh Government wants the default 20mph limit to be introduced across the whole country following successful trials carried out in Cardiff and Swansea in recent years.

    The Welsh Government is backing the lower speed limit because it believes there is evidence that supports it would improve air quality, reduce the number of accidents in built-up areas and restore a sense of community in the country.

    However, a report by the Department for Transport published at the end of 2018 found that lower 20mph limits trialed in England had no impact on road safety, air pollution or the uptake in walking and cycling.

    The damning four-year study commissioned by the Government concluded that the average speed had fallen by just 0.7mph in 20mph zones in residential areas and by 0.9mph in city centres, despite town halls spending millions to introduce the lower limits.

    Figures from 20 local authorities in England revealed last year showed they spent a combined £11million on implementing 20mph speed limits over a five-year period.

    However, the rate of road deaths and serious accidents rose in many of those areas instead of falling.

    The AA branded the spending ‘a waste of money’ with taxpayers shelling out on road safety schemes that could prove to be more dangerous than regular speed limits.

    How does 20mph “Tackle inequality” – inequality of what?

    How does 20mph “improve air quality”? 20mph means 3rd gear rather than 4th/5th thus lower mpg.

    The 20mph campaign is nothing to do with what is claimed, it’s simply another bullet in the Left’s fanatical war on personal private transport.

  19. I assume it tackles inequality as the overall aim is to slows all the car owning people down to the speed of the non car owning people.
    Most probably find that immigrants with poor English skills are less likely to have a driving license so it’s discriminatory of course to drive when they can’t

  20. Doc Bud–End of May/ start of June and its 5 days since the Sun last showed his mug. The useless bastards might be right.

  21. Re 20 mph zones: if you are passing through a 20 mph zone you are spending 50% more time in that zone than when the speed limit was 30 mph ( if you observe the speed limit). So your chances of an impact car/pedestrian is similarly increased, although perhaps the effects of that impact are reduced. These sort of fact based arguments carry no weight with the “cars bad, pedestrians/ cyclists good” crowd.

  22. @ DocBud
    No it bloody well is *not*. +35C in the shade in early July (presumably it was even hotter in August) with Babushkas sitting on the roadside sellings bottles of water to anyone who had to walk past in that heat. I was happier in January when it was -35C.
    I was informed that the climate was milder, in both directions, that it had been after the nearby lake was greatly extended to become a major reservoir and it had been -45C to +45C, which may have been a sight exaggeration but most of Siberia is far too hot in summer.

  23. @ Pcar
    If you are Mo Farah, the 20 mph speed limit reduces inequality in speeds between pedestrians and motorists. If you are Usain Bolt you need a good lawyer to argue that the speed limits only apply to vehicles.
    The limit reduces inequality by levelling down, depriving all those above average of the privilege of moving at 30 mph on their way to/from work so forcing them to get up earlier and get home later.
    Did you say “politics of envy”?

  24. ‘the world had barely a decade to shift to a low carbon economy before the effects of global heating were irreversible and catastrophic’

    They allege Global Mean Temperature is going to go from 288°K to 290°K.

    OOOOOOOOO! SCARY !!!

  25. @john 77

    Buses aren’t exempt from 20mph limit

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    @Gamecock

    Nice move using Kelvin – must remember that. It’s a good counter to AGWists using ppm instead of %

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