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Great Britain – May/June 2010 – The new Government outlines at:http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change/   

The Coalition:
our programme for government

 Energy and climate change

Published by the Cabinet Office, 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2WH,© Crown copyright 2010

The Government believes that climate change is one of the gravest threats we face, and that urgent action at home and abroad is required. We need to use a wide range of levers to cut carbon emissions, decarbonise the economy and support the creation of new green jobs and technologies. We will implement a full programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy.
The full text see here:
 http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change/

 First Comment: Paul Thomas Wright says: 24 May 2010 at 11:26 am (not reproduced)
Comment-10053: Arnd Bernaerts says:  10 June 2010 at 5:47 pm as it follows:

Kindly ensure that your programme is working with clear, and meaningful terminology. The terms: climate, climate change, and climate system, as used by science nowadays do not belong to this category. Science defines climate as average weather, but does not define weather in the first place. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, defines neither climate nor weather but stipulates by a useless tautology: “Climate Change means the change of climate which is… “, and that “Climate System” means the totality of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere and their interactions. Any explanation of the system of nature or the weather would go the same way. 

Although CLIMATE is a layman’s term and does not mean anything more than average or statistical weather, IPCC and other, want to make one believe that there are important differences by very questionable considerations. In a FAQ 1.2 (WG1-2007, p. 96: ‘What is the Relationship between Climate Change and Weather?’ IPCC says:
____“A common confusion between weather and climate arises when scientists are asked how they can predict climate 50 years from now when they cannot predict the weather a few weeks from now.”

Although the FAQ 1.2 starts with the sentence that
___”Climate is generally defined as average weather, and as such, climate change and weather are intertwined”, they offer as distinction: 
____“As an analogy, while it is impossible to predict the age at which any particular man will die, we can say with high confidence that the average age of death for men in industrialized countries is about 75. “

In contrast to the life expectation of  human beings, the life-span of “climate” is, according IPCC, WMO, and others:
___”…… the statistical description in terms of the mean and variability of relevant quantities over a period of time ranging from months to thousands or millions of years”, which render the analogy as little enlightening, as climate can not die. More reading about the unscientific term “climate” at: http://www.whatisclimate.com/

 The Glossary of the American Meteorological Society shows what goes wrong when claiming that weather and climate are different issues, when saying about “weather”:

·        The “present weather” table consists of 100 possible conditions, 
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with 10 possibilities for “past weather”, while
·       
popularly, weather is thought of in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, visibility, and wind. 

In the understanding of IPCC and other scientific organisations it seems possible to assume that weather is not necessarily weather, but which can be distinguished between big, or small weather, on reduced to one, 3, 10, or 80 weather items, which one may call CLIMATE just as it pleases. “Climate” has become a prominent issue and the scientific terminology used in this respect should be clear, useful, and meet academic standards. The current terminology does not meet minimum scientific standards.

http://programmeforgovernment.hmg.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change/comment-page-17/#comment-10053