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  27.01.2016   17:37   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Neue Blamage für die Untergangspropheten aus Potsdam

Erinnern Sie sich noch an diese Katastrophen-Prognose der Potsdamer Computerspieler? Wenn das Klima kippt: Würde der Monsun ausbleiben oder heftiger werden, wäre einem großen Teil der in Indien lebenden Menschen die Lebensgrundlage entzogen. Genau das könnte bald der Fall sein: Klimaforscher unter anderem vom Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) halten es für möglich, dass der indische Sommermonsun in naher Zukunft unberechenbar werden könnte.—Das ganze entpuppt sich mal wieder als Potsdamer Angstmacherei:

New Delhi, Jan. 26: India’s monsoon is in no danger of catastrophic collapse in response to global warming and air pollution, two atmospheric scientists said today, refuting earlier predictions that the monsoon could shut down within 100 years.

The scientists at Yale University in the US who used computers to...

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte  Wissen 

  10.01.2016   13:01   Leserkommentare (3)

New York Times: Germany on the Brink

[...] If you believe that an aging, secularized, heretofore-mostly-homogeneous society is likely to peacefully absorb a migration of that size and scale of cultural difference, then you have a bright future as a spokesman for the current German government.

You’re also a fool. Such a transformation promises increasing polarization among natives and new arrivals alike. It threatens not just a spike in terrorism but a rebirth of 1930s-style political violence. The still-imaginary France Michel Houellebecq conjured up in his novel “Submission,” in which nativists and Islamists brawl in the streets, would have a very good chance of being realized in the German future.

This need not happen. But prudence requires doing everything possible to prevent it. That means closing Germany’s borders to new arrivals for the time being. It means...

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Kategorie(n): Kultur  Politik 

  09.01.2016   09:33   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Zur Erinnerung: Die Balkanisierung Europas

Told you so in 2009: Ich kann Alan Poseners Ängste gut verstehen. Fanatismus ist ansteckend. Und in Europa verbreitet sich diese Geisteskrankheit einmal wieder in Windeseile. Dass auf den wachsenden Extremismus islamischer Hassprediger eine extremistische Gegenreaktion folgen würde, ist so logisch wie das ideologische Wettrüsten der Links- und Rechtsradikalen in der Weimarer Republik. Das bisherige Versagen der sogenannten Volksparteien, dem Treiben fanatischer Hassprediger Einhalt zu gebieten, fördert natürlich nur die rechtsradikale Radikalisierung. Wer jedoch vom Faschismus redet und zum Islamo-Faschismus schweigt oder dessen linksradikale Handlanger verharmlost, der darf sich über die drohende Balkanisierung Europas nicht wundern.

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Kategorie(n): Kultur 

  07.01.2016   14:10   Leserkommentare (1)

The sexual motivation of religious extremists

Make no mistake: it is indeed desire that lies at the heart of this storm. It’s astonishing the degree to which both ISIS and Boko Haram are openly obsessed with sex, and yet how little this is commented on in the media. Both groups routinely abduct, rape, and forcibly “wed” girls. ISIS issued a pamphlet delineating the proper way to handle one’s personal sex slaves, and has strict rules even for women that are voluntarily part of the movement; each is awarded to a man, and if widowed they are quickly married off to another fighter. Boko Haram gained notoriety for its mass abduction of schoolgirls, yet it was barely implied in articles about the incident, not openly stated as the foregone conclusion it surely was, that those girls were certain to be brutally and repeatedly raped by many fighters for as long as they managed to...

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  22.12.2015   14:11   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Europa, Obama und das Pariser Klimaabkommen

Mein Kommentar im heutigen Wall Street Journal: Amid the media’s elation over the United Nations climate deal reached in Paris on Dec. 12, one significant outcome has been overlooked. The European Union failed to achieve its main objective, namely that the agreement adopt carbon-dioxide mitigation commitments that are “legally binding on all parties.”

While this may appear to be a major setback, it liberates Europe from the restrictions of the Kyoto Protocol—which runs out in 2020—and opens the way for more flexible and less damaging policies…

The toothless nature of the Paris agreement finally allows EU member states to abandon unilateral decarbonization policies that have damaged Europe’s economies and its international competitiveness. Under such circumstances, the unconditional climate policies of President Obama would...

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  28.11.2015   17:32   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

WSJ: Your Complete Guide to the Paris Climate Summit

Matt Ridley & Benny Peiser zum Pariser Klimagipfel im Wall Street Journal: At the Paris conference, expect an agreement that is sufficiently vague and noncommittal for all countries to claim victory.

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  24.11.2015   19:07   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Klimawissenschaft im Jahre 1941: Globale Erwärmung schuld an Hitler & Mussolini

Increasingly warmer temperatures throughout the world may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments in the opinion of Dr Clarence A Mills, professor of experimental medicine at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, Dr Mills believes that the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy may be due in part to the gradual warming temperature of the world. People are more docile and easily led in warm weather than in cold, Dr Mills insists.—The Mason City Globe-Gazette, 27 March 1941

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  30.10.2015   19:26   Leserkommentare (1)

Grönland Eiszuwachs auf Rekordhöhe

Die Zeit: Die Arktis schmilzt, das ist keine Neuigkeit. Doch wer das große Tauen nicht mit eigenen Augen gesehen hat, kann den Wandel und seine Folgen kaum begreifen.

Reality check: Greenland Blowing Away All Records For Ice Gain

Greenland is blowing away all records for ice gain this year. They have gained almost 200 billion tons of snow and ice over the past two months, which is more than 50% above normal.

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte