Would you like to know what the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been up to? You probably won’t like it very much.

The weather-watching outfit has been coordinating a multi-agency report – which concludes we’re in a great deal of trouble, unless we really, really pull our socks up.

United in Science, reveals that, despite no end of grave warnings, greenhouse gas concentrations are actually rising to record highs, with fossil fuel emission levels now above those before the pandemic.

This means, the report says, ‘tipping points’ in our delicate climate system can’t be ruled out. For those STILL sitting on the fence or worse about this diabolical situation, and if a third of Pakistan disappearing under water hasn’t alarmed you into sense, know that the last seven years have been the hottest on record.

Anyhow, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, had this to say: “This year’s United in Science report shows climate impacts heading into uncharted territory of destruction. Yet each year we double-down on this fossil fuel addiction, even as the symptoms get rapidly worse.”

Meanwhile, the WMO’s Secretary-General, Professor Petteri Taalas, chimed in with: “Climate science is increasingly able to show that many of the extreme weather events that we are experiencing have become more likely and more intense due to human-induced climate change. We have seen this repeatedly this year, with tragic effect. It is more important than ever that we scale up action on early warning systems to build resilience to current and future climate risks in vulnerable communities. That is why WMO is spearheading a drive to ensure Early Warnings for All in the next five years.”

One of the organisations involved in the production of the report is the UK Met Office – recently accused of being a woke, scaremongering, Marxist-infected conspiracy type thing by legions of Twitter users and certain newspapers. So, if it turns out that the likes of Barry_TrueBrit and the Daily Mail are right, then we don’t have anything to worry about. We live in hope.


Here’s some potentially good news: switching to renewable energy sources could save the planet as much as £10.2 trillion by the increasingly ominous date of 2050.

At least, that’s what an Oxford University study reckons, which questions the commonly-held notion that ditching fossil fuels for less globally destructive energy production means is way too expensive.

Speaking to BBC News (from whence I pinched this story) optimistic Professor Doyne Farmer, from the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, said: “Even if you’re a climate denier, you should be on board with what we’re advocating.”

Good luck with that, Prof. Climate deniers are insatiable when it comes to continued reliance on fossil fuels. They can’t get enough of the stuff!

Anyhow, the hopeful report compilers claim a big switch makes lots of economic sense because the price of renewables have tumbled so much – especially, I should think, since the cost of substances such as gas have gone stellar.

Professor Farmer: “Our central conclusion is that we should go full speed ahead with the green energy transition because it’s going to save us money.”

Now: since 2015, our completely sane government has gifted the UK oil and gas industry £13.6 billion in subsidies – massively overshadowing the relative pittance it’s seen fit to drip into renewables. Clearly, with fossil fuel-style levels of investment/subsidy, the renewable sector could thrive.

But that’s for some future government to worry about.


Though it doesn’t seem like such a thing is even possible, climate change is making people even angrier online.

According to investigators at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, when temps rise above 30c hate-filled comments peak across the hell-on-earth disaster zone we call the internet.

The report’s lead author, Annika Stechemesser, says the despicable digital mayhem is “an indicator of how well people can adapt to high temperatures. If temperatures go too hot or too cold, we found that there’s an increase in online hate speech, no matter the socioeconomic differences, religion or political beliefs.”

The researchers trawled through a sample of four billion tweets fired off by Americans between 2014 and 2020, which must have been unbearable. AI then fished out around 75 million hate messages in English, which in turn were compared against fluctuations in the temperature.

The results showed that spiteful communications from the tender-headed shot up by as much as 22% on hot days. This is surely one of those ‘tipping points’ mentioned in today’s first story: above certain temperatures, humans become too furious and cruel to focus on dealing with climate change, as they’re too busy being furious and cruel. Abysmal stuff.

So, there we have it: climate change proving yet again that it’s capable of the unheard of – in this case, making people’s online behaviour even more appalling.