Sayonara Warming-san: 3 reasons why Japanese interest in global warming ebbing, says Japanese university president

Shiga University president Takamitsu Sawa writes in the Japan Times:

First, proponents of the expansion of nuclear power generation have lost steam since the Fukushima disaster. As construction and expansion of nuclear power plants are no longer considered the ultimate answer for mitigating climate change, not only the power industry but also other industries have lost interest in climate change.

Second, the general public has also felt less concern over climate change as Abe’s government has pursued a strategy of leading people to concentrate on the economy. His administration has made virtually no mention of environmental issues. Thus mass media have stopped taking them up.

Third, since the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC ended in 2012, Japan, along with the United States, Russia and New Zealand, no longer has any target for GHG reductions for the second commitment period of 2013 to 2020.

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  1. Apparently it is becoming more widely realized that CO2 continues to increase while average global temperature stopped increasing.

    CO2 increase from 1800 to 2001 was 89.5 ppmv (parts per million by volume). The atmospheric carbon dioxide level has now increased since 2001 by 25.59 ppmv (an amount equal to 28.6% of the increase that took place from 1800 to 2001) (1800, 281.6 ppmv; 2001, 371.13 ppmv; July, 2013, 396.72 ppmv).

    The average global temperature trend since 2001 is flat. http://endofgw.blogspot.com/

    That is the observation. No amount of spin can rationalize that the temperature increase to 2001 was caused by a CO2 increase of 89.5 ppmv but that 25.59 ppmv additional CO2 increase had no effect on the average global temperature trend after 2001.

    Some of the mistakes that have been made by the ‘Consensus’ and the IPCC are revealed at http://consensusmistakes.blogspot.com/ exposes

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