Sunday, February 7, 2010

CIDA spreads "climate change" GreenFear

Another neato piece of GreenFear TM in the St.Catharines Standard was the below Feb.5, 2010 story "Climate change could make it harder to feed hungry".
Notice how a disengenuous CIDA president Magaret Biggs doesn't quite say - and this Canadian Press article conveniently doesn't quite specify - which... umm... KIND of "climate change" they are fear-mongering about: is it AGW?! The climate IS "changing"; what Biggs doesn't cite is her and CIDA's sources for their fearmongering assumptions and time lines:
"Poor countries are still gripped by the food crisis of two years ago and climate change will only make things tougher in the coming years, says the head of Canadian International Development Agency.

CIDA President Margaret Biggs offered that candid assessment of the state of the undeveloped world and what Canada can to do help, in a speech Thursday to University of Ottawa students.

Biggs, who rarely speaks publicly, also said a tough road lies ahead in rebuilding earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Food security is expected to be a key part of the G8's outreach to poor countries at the summit Canada is hosting this summer.

Reminding her audience of about 80 graduate students of the global food crisis of 2008, Biggs said: "It has not gone away."

One-sixth of the world - one billion people - including one of every three inhabitants of sub- Saharan Africa live in poverty and are "chronically hungry," she said.

And the ability of poor people to grow food to feed starving populations will be strongly challenged by climate change in the next five years, she added.

"A key factor has been a decrease in agricultural productivity because of the low levels of investment in agriculture around the world. Everybody dropped the ball," said Biggs.

"In some areas, climate patterns are exacerbating some of these tendencies. Arable land and water is becoming scarcer in some cases because of climate change," she added.

"It doesn't mean we can't adapt ... but that's a major new dynamic."

Her remarks are some of the strongest to date by a Canadian official on the subject of climate security - the notion that climate change will have serious security effects such as forcing mass migrations of people, loss of coastal areas and possible conflict.

The British and U.S. militaries have drawn up significant contingency plans to compensate for what they see as the serious global security threats posed by climate change in the coming decades.

Before the Jan. 12 earthquake, Haiti was ravaged by four hurricanes that destroyed 85 per cent of its agricultural capacity, said Biggs.

On the development front, Haiti is a "microcosm of a lot of what's gone wrong in the past and what we have to get right going forward."

The key will be rebuilding state institutions and ultimately making Haiti's government stronger, she said.

On a broader scale, Biggs said Canada's development focus on food security is a key priority.

Biggs noted how Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $600 million over three years for food security at last year's G8 summit in Italy. At the Huntsville meeting in June, food security is expected to be a major issue on a day of outreach when the eight countries open up their talks to about a half dozen poor countries.

Biggs said food security is linked to Harper's other high-profile G8 priority - reducing the deaths of children and pregnant women in poor countries."

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Perfect: CP, with the St. Catharines Standard's editors' help, has managed to link some kind of "climate change" to hurricanes and earthquakes and food crisis' and Harper and Haiti and alarmist deadlines - a jumbled mess of enviro Greenpaganda TM; a nice "microcosm" of unrelated environmental causality spewed by CIDA packaged in a neat St.Catharines Standard "story"! Biggs should do her job without resorting to specious "climate change" GreenFear TM populism.
For another perspective on the climate-change fear-spreading industry, see here.
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