by John O'Sullivan
Industrialized nations emit far less carbon
dioxide than the Third World, according to latest evidence from Japan's
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Global warming alarmism is turned on its head and the supposed
role of carbon dioxide in climate change may be wrong, if the latest
evidence from Japan's scientists is to be believed.
Japanese national broadcaster, NHK World,
broke the astonishing story on their main Sunday evening news bulletin
(October 30, 2011). Television viewers learned that the country's
groundbreaking IBUKU satellite, launched in June 2009, appears to have scorched an indelible hole in conventional global warming theory.
Standing in front of a telling array of colorful graphs, sober-suited
Yasuhiro Sasano, Director of Japan's National Institute for
Environmental Studies told viewers, "The [IBUKU satellite] map is to
help us discover how much each region needs to reduce CO2 [carbon
Industrialized Nations World's Lowest CO2 'Polluters'
Indeed, the map at which JAXA spokesman Sasano was pointing (see
photo above) had been expected by most experts to show that western
nations are to blame for substantial increases in atmospheric levels of
carbon dioxide, causing global warming. But to an officious looking TV
interviewer Sasano turned greenhouse gas theory on it's head.
According to UN science the greenhouse gas theory says more CO2
entering the atmosphere will warm the planet, while less CO2 is
associated with cooling.
Gesturing to an indelible deep green hue streaked across the United
States and Europe viewers were told, "in the high latitudes of the
Northern hemisphere emissions were less than absorption levels."
Sasano proceeded to explain the color-coding system of the iconic
maps showing where regions were either absorbing or emitting the trace
atmospheric gas. Regions were alternately colored red (for high CO2
emission), white (low or neutral CO2 emissions) and green (no emissions:
Bizarrely, the IBUKU maps prove exactly the opposite of all
conventional expectations revealing that the least industrialized
regions are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases on the planet.
Yes, you read that correctly: the U.S. and western European nations
are areas where CO2 levels are lowest. This new evidence defies the
consensus view promoted by mainstream newspapers, such as the New York Times.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had long claimed
that, "there is a consensus among scientists that manmade emissions of
greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide (CO2), are harming global
The Japanese satellite map shows regions colored the deepest leaf
green (net absorbers of CO2) being predominantly those developed nations
of Europe and North America; thus indicating built up environments
absorbed more CO2 than they emitted into the atmosphere.
By contrast the bulk of the regions colored red (so-called 'carbon
polluters') were in undeveloped, densely-forested equatorial regions of
Africa and South America.
Huge Headache for Climate Policymakers
JAXA boasts that, "we can reduce the error of the estimated values
when we introduce IBUKI's observation data compared to that of the
values calculated in a conventional way based on ground observation
To all policymakers who study the Japanese maps it is apparent that
the areas of greatest CO2 emissions are those regions with least human
development and most natural vegetation: Equatorial Third World nations.
The Japanese evidence also disproves the often-cited hypothesis that
Siberia and other areas of northern Russia were natural vents for large
scale CO2 outgassing, exacerbating global warming fears.
In effect, this compelling new data appears to show that the ashphalt
and concreted industrial nations are 'mopping up' carbon dioxide faster
than their manufacturers and consumers can emit it. If this is
confirmed, it means a cornerstone of man-made global warming may be in
Can Western Nations Still Proceed with Carbon Taxes?
But now that these so-called "global warming gases" have been
precisely measured across the planet the quandary for international
policymakers is what to do about plans to further implement
international targets for CO2 reduction.
World leaders are getting set to face the latest round of UN climate
change talks in Durban next month and must discuss a replacement for the
soon to expire Kyoto Protocol, which binds nations to limited CO2
The dilemma is whether the established UN global warming policy of
the 'polluter pays' can any longer be sensibly upheld. Conventional
political thinking at previous UN climate conferences was to 'offset'
carbon emissions by making the worst polluters pay higher 'carbon
taxes.' But that theory now appears to be rendered redundant being that
western economies, believed to be the worst offenders, are in fact,
contributing either negligible or no measurable CO2 emissions
Indeed, the IBUKU data indicates that the areas of highest CO2
emissions are precisely those regions with most vegetation and least
industry and thus less able to pay.
Thus, the unthinkable could be made real: the greenhouse gas theory
of climate change may collapse in the face of empirical evidence that
industrialization is shown to have no link to global warming.
For more information the IBUKU achievement is published in the
Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (an online thesis magazine)
issued by the Meteorological Society of Japan.
JAXA, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, Greenhouse Gas
Observation Satellite 'IBUKI' (GOSAT), accessed online: October 30,
Gillis, J.,'Study Affirms Consensus on Climate Change,' New York Times, (nytimes.com: accessed online: October 30, 2011)
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