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Re: World Bank on BBC

I had a quick look at the report written for the World Bank and the main thing that surprised me about it is the Bank allowing a report like this to be written by such an obviously partisan organisation as 'Climate Analytics'. Imagine the furore if a fossil fuel industry firm wrote a report for the World Bank dismissing concerns about global warming. For people who haven't heard of this small Green NGO and its ex-Greenpeace director Bill Hare:!search/profile/person?personId=12519495&targetid=profile

Mr. Bill Hare
Berlin, Germany

Company Background & Description
Company Description: Climate Analytics is a non-profit organization based in Potsdam, Germany. It has been established to synthesize climate science and policy research that is relevant for international climate policy negotiations. It aims to provide scientific, policy and analytical support for Small Island States (SIDS) and the least developed country group (LDCs) negotiators, as well as non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in the 'post-2012' negotiations. Furthermore, it assists in building in-house capacity within SIDS and LDCs.

Bill Hare's Employment History
Climate Policy Director
Greenpeace Ltd
Lawyer and Campaign Director
Greenpeace Ltd
Visiting Scientist
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Policy Analyst
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Social Systems Scientist
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

I think the way it works with the World Bank is that whether it is pro-AGW or not depends mainly on whether its president happens to be appointed by a Democrat or Republican US President. It used to be pro-AGW in the Clinton era and the head of the IPCC at the time (Robert Watson) also held various scientific advisory positions with the World Bank. The interest by the bank in AGW then faded away in the Bush era, and in recent years it has been lending loads of money to build coal-fired power stations. Now that the term of office for the bank president from the Bush era has expired, Obama has appointed another pro-AGW bank president.

Re: World Bank on BBC

I just noticed that WUWT has a fairly recent post called "The Atlantic Magazine’s ’5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried’… Worried about scientific illiteracy." debunking some of the material in the recent World Bank report.


The five charts about climate change that are debunked in the post include three from the World Bank report and another two from a recent report prepared for the US intelligence agency, the CIA.

It might puzzle some people as to what the CIA is doing involved in AGW. This relates to a body set up during Obama's presidency called the "Center on Climate Change and National Security" which has a brief to analyse the geopolitical ramifications of “phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts and heightened competition for natural resources.” There is a recent news story claiming that Obama has ordered this CIA unit to be shut down: