6 October 2018   Leave a comment

There are some weird things going in the world of dissidents.  Prominent investigators of political corruption are going missing.  Jamal Khashoggi is a well-respected Saudi Arabian journalist who is missing after being seen going into the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey.  Khashoggi is not a fierce critic of the current government of Saudi Arabia, but in some of his posts in The Washington Post he has been somewhat critical of the human rights record of the regime.  There are reports that Kashoggi has been killed.   Interpol President Meng Hongwei has also gone missing in China.  Interpol is an international organization that facilitates coordination among policy authorities across international borders, and President Meng has been criticized for helping China track down dissidents in China.   So far, there has been little official outcry about these disappearances from any major government.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing to release its sixth report on the scientific understanding of climate change.  The IPCC was created in 1988 by the United Nations and charged with releasing a report every five years on whether climate change was occurring and the steps necessary to avert it.  Every report has been increasingly confident that climate change is occurring and can be attributed directly to human, and not natural, activities.   The report is expected to be released on Sunday, but leaked copies have been made available to the press.  According to Vox:

“According to the drafts, the report finds that it would take a massive global effort, far more aggressive than any we’ve seen to date, to keep warming in line with 1.5°C — in part because we are already en route to 3°C of warming. And even if we hit the 1.5°C goal, the planet will still face massive, devastating changes. So it’s pretty grim.

There is little evidence that any country has yet to show the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to any substantial degree.

Posted October 6, 2018 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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