At the rate of one degree per century, global warming can barely be measured, to say nothing of being noticed, especially since temperatures in your neighborhood go up and down 50 or 60 degrees every six months, and about 20 degrees every 12 hours. One degree per century is inconsequential, and certainly not enough to cause all the things that are blamed on global warming.
What's really amusing is that global cooling is blamed on global warming. This says a lot about the quality of the public schools, in my opinion. Fifty years ago such an accusation would have been laughed into oblivion instantly, because ordinary people learned (in school) how to think for themselves.
'Climate change may reduce water availability, damage agriculture in Jordan'. Climate change scenarios indicate that Jordan and the Middle East could suffer from reduced agricultural productivity and water availability among other negative impacts, according to an official report issued on Tuesday [5/14/2013]. Prepared by the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the National Energy Research Centre and the UN Development Programme, the 2013-2020 Jordan Climate Change Policy predicted that climate change will have serious implications on the country's efforts to eradicate poverty and realise sustainable development for current and future generations.
Stubbed Toe? Blame Global Warming. At Via Meadia, we think there really is such a thing as climate change, but we also believe that there are plenty of emotionally unbalanced greens whose unrealistic climate alarmism gets in the way of thoughtful policy debate. To listen to the alarmists, floods, fires, droughts, hurricanes and blizzards are all the product of global warming. But, as this report shows, things aren't that simple.
Dem resolution warns climate change could push women to 'transactional sex'. Several House Democrats are calling on Congress to recognize that climate change is hurting women more than men, and could even drive poor women to "transactional sex" for survival. The resolution, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and a dozen other Democrats, says the results of climate change include drought and reduced agricultural output. It says these changes can be particularly harmful for women.
The most bizarre prediction of global warming doom ever. When apocalyptic religious cults like Warmism fail the reality test, their devotees get desperate and unintentionally start producing self-parodies. The mass slow-mo mental implosion can be hilarious. We have just such an instance involving a group of House Democrats. The victim mentality is leaping to the rescue for the cause of global warming.
Baby, It's Warm Outside. Is "climate change" corrupting the morals of women around the world? That's a question nobody is asking if ever there was one, yet a dozen left-wing congressmen, led by Rep. Barbara Lee of California, are answering in the affirmative.
Climate change will make flights bumpier, study says. In the future, white-knuckle fliers may be able to blame those brutally bumpy flights over the Atlantic Ocean on greenhouse gases.
Democrats: No VT Skiing, Maryland Destroyed If Global Warming Not Addressed. A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today [2/15/2013] to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland.
Parody or Does She Believe It? CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming. CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon [2/9/2013] if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, "is an example of, perhaps, global warming?"
Leading Warmists: All Weather Events Can Be Blamed On Man-Induced Climate Change. Hot, cold, wet, dry, windy, not windy, snowy, not snowy, icy, sleet, hurricanes, no hurricanes, you name it, Mankind is responsible.
Christie Hefner: Climate change a factor in Chicago's murder rate. On Wednesday's [1/30/2013] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," the Center for American Progress' Christie Hefner said that Chicago's sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change.
Climate News: Only 'Hobbit-Sized Humans' Capable of Surviving Global Warming. The joint editor of the Climate News Network is warning that in as little as two centuries global warming will lead to "mass extinction," which may be good news for residents of "The Shire." "Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say," said Paul Brown, a journalist and author, in an article entitled, "Mass extinction forecast with 6[°]C temperature rise," published on Jan. 7.
Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions. The rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Geology, found that during periods of rapid climate change over the last million years, the rapid melting of continental glaciers and the resulting sea-level rise eventually increased volcanic eruptions as much as fold. [sic]
Global Warming Might Spur Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides are some of the additional catastrophes that climate change and its rising sea levels and melting glaciers could bring, a geologist says.
Extreme weather and superstition: Superstorm Sandy. Parching drought across North America. A scorching midsummer heat wave in the Midwest. All these weather extremes are telltale signs that CO2 causes climate change, according to global warmists. [...] The link between extreme weather and global warming has as much scientific basis as the pagan rite of human sacrifice to ensure a good harvest.
UN climate change chief getting frustrated with United States. Christiana Figueres, who leads the United Nations negotiations to get governments to reduce carbon emissions in the world, regards Hurricane Sandy as "yet another wake-up call" for Americans to get on board with her climate change policy.
The Coming Environmental Battles. Hurricane Sandy presented another pretext for regulating and taxing hydrocarbons. No respectable climatologist or meteorologist believes atmospheric carbon dioxide conjured up the destructive storm, but climate alarmism has always been about political science, not real science.
Climate change and global warming may be affecting N.J. public water sources. The West Amwell reservoir feeds the Lambertville public water system. Algae blooms are common in shallow reservoirs, said company spokesman Steve Goudsmith, but this was the first time a large bloom appeared in this body of water, which is in a wooded area.
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NASA's Climate Kids Website Blames Global Warming for Shrinking Sheep and Fat Marmots. The National Aeronautic and Space Administration's "Climate Kids" website claims that a warming planet is changing animals, in particular sheep and marmots. "Climate Change Makes Sheep Shrink and Marmots Get Fat," is the headline for a story about how "animals are changing in surprising ways as their environments have grown warmer over the past few years."
Climate change 'may shrink fish'. Fish species are expected to shrink in size by up to 24% because of global warming, say scientists. Researchers modelled the impact of rising temperatures on more than 600 species between 2001 and 2050. Warmer waters could decrease ocean oxygen levels and significantly reduce fish body weight.
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This presumes that global warming extends into the depths of the ocean, that we don't challenge the assertion that warmer water has less oxygen, and that all fish attain the same standardized size. If the fish want more oxygen or cooler water, they know how to swim up and down.
Oxfam warns food prices to soar due to climate change. Staple food prices may double within the next two decades due to climate change and an increase in extreme weather including droughts and hurricanes, the anti-poverty group Oxfam said Wednesday [9/5/2012].
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Global warming might have an impact on food production if it were so severe that the plants couldn't keep up. But global warming stopped years ago, and in any event, isn't it easier to grow plants in a warm greenhouse? Food prices are going up due to other factors — things that actually exist: Inflation, a U.S. dollar weakened by "quantitative easing" (i.e., printing money), political interference in energy markets, and ethanol mandates.
100 million to die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate: Report. More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday [9/26/2012]. As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organization DARA.
100 Million Examples of Global Warming Absurdity. It's desperation time for global warming alarmists. Don't believe me? Just look at what they're parading as their best media story right now. They're in a frenzy this week, crying "The Sky Is Falling!" in light of predictions by a group called DARA that global warming will kill more than 100 million people during the next 18 years and destroy the global economy. Yes, you read that right — global warming will kill more than 100 million people during the next 18 years! The predictions are laughable on their face.
Crime, Weather, and Climate Change. This paper estimates the impact of climate change on the prevalence of criminal activity in the United States. [...] Between 2010 and 2099, climate change will cause an additional 30,000 murders, 200,000 cases of rape, 1.4 million aggravated assaults, 2.2 million simple assaults, 400,000 robberies, 3.2 million burglaries, 3.0 million cases of larceny, and 1.3 million cases of vehicle theft in the United States.
Global Warming Will Cause More Murders. So writes Emily Badgers at Mother Jones. [...] Badgers does leave out why it's only Chicago that is experiencing this global-warming-induced murder spike while New York City, for example, is not. Could it be that good government and competent police have more to do with the murder rate than the weather?
Obama's Drought of Facts. Obama gets a lot of his climate information from NASA's Jim Hansen, an astrophysicist who heads the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. A federal employee, Hansen endorsed John Kerry for president in hotly contested Iowa ten days before the 2004 election. This year, he has been all over the media blaming the summer's major drought on "global warming." Global-warming ideologues often make statements of "fact" that are actually testable hypotheses.
'A sudden increase in extreme weather events': the new Big Lie. So what ingenious ruse have the Warmists alighted upon to disguise the awkward fact that they are losing every important scientific argument going? Simple: they've now decided that whenever the weather does anything extreme anywhere in the world, it's another sign of Climate Change.
James Hansen Blames Every Weather Event On Hotcoldwetdry. It's humorous that James Hansen, who makes quite a bit of money from pushing "climate change', an inexact and unscientific term, gets the sympathetic Washington Post (which kills lots of trees every year to publish their papers) to publish an op-ed piece even before the actual scientific paper is published. Oh, and per Warmist dogma, we aren't supposed to listen to Hansen, because he doesn't have a degree in climate science.
Soros-Funded Propaganda Machine Think Progress Falsely Claims Global Warming Melted Street Lights in Oklahoma. [Scroll down] Way down at the bottom is this: ["]UPDATE: After we published this piece, we saw reports from people on the ground in Stillwater that the melting streetlights were due to a nearby fire.["]
Blowing smoke over global warming. Beware of warmists who point to localized summer heat as proof of climate change across the entire world: They're only making hay while the sun shines.
Recent Heat Waves Caused by Global Warming, Hansen Says. The Texas drought last year, the Russia heat wave in 2010 and other extreme weather "certainly would not have occurred" without global warming, according to a paper prepared by a top U.S. government climate scientist. Abnormal weather episodes were so rare from 1951 to 1980 that the recent events can only be explained by the effects of the increasing accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to research to be published tomorrow [8/6/2012].
Drought, Heat Shows Climate Change is Real, Democrats Say. Wildfires in the U.S. West, heat in the East and drought across most of the nation show the climate is changing, Democrats said today [8/1/2012] as they sought to revive an issue the Obama administration and Republicans had dropped. "The whole world is debating global warming," Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who often votes with Democrats, said at a hearing on climate change. "We can't run away from the issue. We need to put it front and center."
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It's called "summer". It happens all the time.
The Mother of All Hoaxes. There was a brief flurry of stories in the media at the beginning of what has become a historic summer of hot weather across the U.S. that global warming was to blame. They faded swiftly because the public has concluded that global warming is the mother of all hoaxes, because we are in the midst of a failing economy and the political campaigns that will decide if the nation literally lives or dies. This has not stopped the Public Broadcast System's News Hour from airing a new series "on how climate change in the Pacific Northwest is affecting the region's Native American Indian tribes -- flooding their reservations and threatening the region's salmon fisheries." Climate change is shorthand for global warming.
White House won't say if climate change is responsible for natural disasters. Twice in the last week, the White House has deflected questions on whether climate change is to blame for natural disasters like the Colorado Springs wildfires and the Midwest drought. "I haven't had that discussion with him [President Obama]," White House press secretary Jay Carney said to reporters Sunday aboard Air Force One en route to Aurora, Colo. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack similarly demurred when asked last week whether climate change had anything to do with the crop-threatening drought sweeping the Midwest.
Pine Beetles, Fire, and Global Warming. The 2012 fire season in Colorado has been particularly severe. The Waldo Canyon Fire proximate to Colorado Springs is the most destructive in state history, with 18,247 acres burned, 346 homes lost, and two deaths. [...] Questions arise as to causes. Some have speculated that global warming is a factor. Others point out the pine beetle infestation that has reportedly killed half the state's lodgepole pines across 1.5 million acres, and blame Colorado's fires on that. But do those speculations have merit?
This Is What Pseudoscience Looks Like. Well, with the twin weather disasters of the wild conflagrations in the west and the unusual "derecho" storm (derecho and El Nino — the storms that will do the jobs that American storms won't) that left millions powerless and sweltering in the east, it didn't take long for the propaganda mill of the warming religion to spool up.
35 Years Ago Today: Global Cooling Caused Severe Wind Damage. [Scroll down] Surely the silliest comment I saw came from Bill Nye, "The Science Guy", who stated: "We had a 30-degree temperature drop in Maryland and Virginia this weekend, in just — in a half-hour. These are consistent with climate models." First of all, such temperature drops occur routinely with the passage of mid-latitude thunderstorms. Secondly, climate models predict no such thing anyway. If "The Science Guy" gets it this wrong, how can I trust him on anything else?
Global Warming Blame-ologists Play with Fire. Radical environmentalists won't stop blowing hot air about this year's infernal season across the West. Al Gore slithered out of the political morgue to bemoan nationwide heat records and pimp his new "Climate Reality Project," which blames global warming for the wildfire outbreak. NBC meteorologist Doug Kammerer asserted: "If we did not have global warming, we wouldn't see this." Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service, claimed to the Washington Post: "The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that."
Global warming seen as a factor in wildfires. At the "Forests at Risk" symposium held last week by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, environmental advocates, federal officials and scientists agreed global warming was a major player in this year's destructive fire season.
WaPo: 'Manmade Climate Warming' Maybe Responsible for Heat, Storm. The Washington Post considers the heat wave and derecho thunderstorm that hit the Washington, D.C. area on Friday [6/29/2012] and wonders what role "manmade climate warming" might have played. [...] The Post does not provide evidence for its assertion, but the paper does detail the weather conditions.
Prediction: Global Warming Will Cause Everything. The following news headline appeared on the internet last week: "Scientists warn global warming will fuel spread of ticks that carry Lyme disease." [...] So why mention global warming in this context at all? Because the first rule of all modern discourse related to weather, disease, happiness, poverty, famine, wildlife, or almost anything else is that tribute must be paid to the god Climate Change Theory. One cannot discuss the spread of disease without mentioning climate change. So the article mentions it. No further reason is required.
Global Warming Psychological Babble. [Scroll down] The most egregious stretch of manufactured global warming effects is a 55-page report published in February 2012 by the National Wildlife Federation titled, "The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System is Not Adequately Prepared." Prepared by a forensic psychiatrist and an attorney who adapted in 2006 Al Gore's book and film, "An Inconvenient Truth," into a training course curriculum, the lengthy psychobabble, a "national forum and research report," chastises Americans for "the adolescent-like disregard for the dangers we are warned of, driving green house gases up with only casual concern."
FEMA chief refuses to attribute recent tornado activity to global warming. Although the official line of the Obama White House is that global warming is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with, the president's point man on disaster relief refused Wednesday [5/30/2012] to attribute the recent increased tornado activity to the alleged climate threat.
Global Warming Is Changing the Taste of Food. [Scroll down] "Whether it's the distinctive briny tang of sourdough bread in San Francisco, the subtle florality of a raw cheese, or the complexity of a great coffee, climate creates flavor. And when the climate changes, so will the tastes we have come to expect -- and not for the better."
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The title makes a statement in the present tense. The article then talks about what will happen "when the climate changes", which means the title is misleading at best. Moreover, the writer offers no evidence to support his assertion. Has the climate never changed before? Are all climate-induced changes certain to be for the worse? Do all foods have the perfect taste right now? Are there no other factors that could have greater influence than one degree of temperature change? Doesn't a higher concentration of CO2 in the air make plants grow better?
U.S. Says Water Supply At Risk From Global Warming. Less than a year after the U.S. government warned about global warming's threat to the world's food supply, a separate taxpayer-funded study reveals that water is also at risk from the ills of climate change. That means the government has so far, in a variety of separate assessments, determined that global warming will make food dangerous, cause mental illness, cancer and threaten national security.
Does global warming cause extreme weather? [Scroll down] In contrast, the AGW theorists can't explain why earth temperatures stopped rising in 1998, despite the continuing rise in carbon dioxide concentrations. They are vicious toward those who oppose them, calling them "deniers" and unscientific. One could argue that it is they who are the deniers. It is scandalous that none of those involved in the East Anglia revelations of attempts to suppress publication of contrary findings has been punished by the universities employing them. In short, there are two competing theories. The solar/cosmic ray theory successfully predicts weather and climate. The man-made global warming theory correctly predicts opinion polls.
Baseball Announcer Attributes Increase In Home Runs To Global Warming. There is apparently nothing our friends on the left can't blame on global warming.
Wild fires likely to spread due to global warming. Wild fires are likely to be bigger, more frequent and burn for longer as the world gets hotter, in turn speeding up global warming to create a dangerous vicious circle, scientists say. The process is being studied as part of work to develop a detailed map of global fire patterns which will be used with climate models to predict future fire trends.
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The phrase as the world gets hotter hardly seems appropriate, since the temperature changes at stake are only a matter of a degree or two. If the average world-wide temperature increased 20 degrees or more, I could see how there might be some connection to wildfires fueled by dry vegetation, but there has been no global warming since 1998. (Have I mentioned that already?) Also note that the "vicous circle" idea assumes that the earth is not self-regulating, which it appears to be.
Global Warming's Reckless Rhetoric. [Scroll down] NASA isn't the only federal agency associated with climate scare-mongering; the Environmental Protection Agency is also in on the game. Posted on the EPA's website is a list of frequently asked questions on global warming. In one response, the agency declares, "Climate change health effects are especially serious for the very young, very old, or for those with heart and respiratory problems." Another EPA document states, "... climate change will likely increase the number of people suffering from illness and injury due to floods, storms, droughts, and fires, as well as allergies and infectious diseases".
Abrupt climate-change reversal. The injection of politics into the global-warming hypothesis has made it difficult to know where facts end and falsehoods begin. While alarmists have been blaming their fellow man for every hurricane, tornado and other ill wind whipped up by Mother Nature, science is now concluding that the cause of these damaging storms has nothing to do with human activity. The surprise absolution of human beings from the crime of triggering severe weather phenomena was handed down by none other than the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), leader of the campaign to sell the world on anthropogenic climate change.
"No corner of the globe ... is immune."
Deadly weather disasters predicted. Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heatwaves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a new report.
Mount Everest becoming unclimbable due to climate change. According to Apa Sherpa, the storied mountaineer who recently won the Guinness World record for having scaled Mount Everest 21 times, the world's tallest mountain is becoming increasingly difficult to climb due to climate change. Apa recently told AFP that he was disturbed by the lack of snow on the mountain, which makes rockslides more common and the possibility of slipping icrease [sic] dramatically.
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Nobody's putting a gun to your head and telling you to climb the stinkin' mountain, you fool. You're doing it because it's difficult and it's something to brag about if and when you make it to the bottom again. The more difficult it is, the more there is to brag about. You should be overjoyed.
And another thing. The act of climbing Mount Everest is entirely symbolic. It is an undertaking that benefits no one else. If it can't be done after this year, there is no great loss. It's like flying around in circles in the International Space Station: Nobody's life is improved by this activity.
Freezing winters ahead due to melting Arctic Sea ice. Britain faces years of freezing winters because global warming is causing Arctic Sea ice to melt, researchers have found.
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Last time I checked, ice melts at 28 to 32°F., depending on its salinity, and the average temperature in the Arctic circle region in winter is -40°.* It is usually cold in the winter in England anyway. How is it any colder in England because the ice has melted somewhere to the north?
Humans blamed as shark attacks 'double'. Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns due to global warming.
There we go, blaming the victim again. If sharks aren't responsible for shark attacks, then what is? ... Before global warming, sharks just kept to themselves.
Scientist: global warming causes worst winter in years. In the Ukraine, 122 people died as temperatures have dropped to as low as -22. The European Commissioner for Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said she feared, "the worst is yet to come." So what do the global warming people blame? Why, global warming. You see, some of the sea ice melted this summer and that caused the wind chill temperatures to drop. Seriously, this is the official explanation from the global warming diehards.
'Oldest living thing on earth' discovered. The analysis, published in the journal PLos ONE, found the seagrass was between 12,000 and 200,000 years old and was most likely to be at least 100,000 years old. This is far older than the current known oldest species, a Tasmanian plant that is believed to be 43,000 years old. ... But Prof [Carlos] Duarte said that while the seagrass is one of the world's most resilient organisms, it has begun to decline due to coastal development and global warming.
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Oh, I see. The underwater seagrass is 43,000 years old, but it is just now starting to "decline" due to global warming — which stopped in 1998. And why is the seagrass (underwater, and miles offshore) affected by "coastal development"?
Looks like "global warming" is off the hook for honeybee deaths. I published a story about the loony idea that was proposed by some researcher in Europe about "cell phone radiation may be killing bees". I pointed out that it was garbage then, as it is now. ... Fast forward to 2012, it looks like the culprit for colony collapse disorder has been found and it has nothing to do with global warming.
More famine likely as climate warms, Oxfam warns. This year's food shortages and famine are a sign of what's to come if the world doesn't get climate change under control, Oxfam is warning. The international development agency made a call for action the day before the UN kicks off its annual climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.
AP, they found your missing caribou. The story two Octobers ago by Charles J. Hanley of the Associated Press was a sad one. Caribou were dwindling due to mankind's global warming! A survey found that a quarter-million caribou had disappeared. Wrote Charles J. Handley: "Global warming has boosted temperatures in the Arctic twice as much as elsewhere, and Canadian researchers say the natural balance is suffering." Two years later, those missing caribou have been found. In Saskatchewan. ... So, it was a false alarm. The herd did not die out. It switched locations.
Waxman: Solyndra, Green Subsidies Saving People from 'Fires, Droughts, and Floods'. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that Department of Energy subsidies, such as the the failed $535-million loan guarantee to solar company Sloyndra, were "saving" people from "fires, droughts and floods" that are caused by global warming.
Global warming may be affecting fall colors. Clocks may not be the only thing falling back: That signature autumn change in leaf colors may be drifting further down the calendar.
Climate Change Could Shrink Animals. Climate change could result in a planet full of cold-blooded runts. In a warming world, copepods, tiny crustaceans that make up the bulk of the ocean's animal plankton, could end up stunted. Copepods cope with warmer temperatures by maturing faster, but they don't grow as fast as they mature, so they end up runts.
Why Is Obama 'Anti-Science' Regarding The Cause of Texas Droughts? On Sunday, President Obama gave Gov. Rick Perry heat for being a climate skeptic, calling him "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change." ... But, earlier this month, Dr. Robert Hoerling, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research meteorologist, who served as the lead author of the U.S. Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment, clearly and emphatically dispelled the notion that climate change has anything to do with droughts in Texas.
Mental illness rise linked to climate. Rates of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today [8/29/2011] says.
Hurricane Irene as the "Harbinger" of More Warming Propaganda. Few aspects of contemporary debate are as dreary as the politicization of weather. Government officials have always known — or at least should have always known — they will be blamed for natural disasters, especially if they are not conducting rescue or cleanup activities with sufficient zeal. But just as depressing and unenlightening is the practice of using instances of extreme weather — be they hot or cold, wet or dry — as "proof" the planet is warming.
News flash: There is a "snow belt" on the east coast in August!
Global Warming's Heavy Cost. Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming. As she roars up the Eastern Seaboard, everyone is doing what they should — boarding windows, preparing rescue plans, stocking up on batteries. But a lot of people are also wondering: what's a "tropical" storm doing heading for the snow belt?
Irene is Obama's punishment. On Thursday [8/25/2011], climate alarmist Bill McKibben wrote, "Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming." His thesis is that warmer ocean temperatures mean hurricanes will hold more moisture and travel farther north than they have in the past, resulting in more devastation. Combine this with melting Arctic ice, record floods and record droughts, and the "global weirding" model is complete. If anything is getting weirder, it's the arguments of the climate-change crowd. They are increasingly unnerved by the collapse of their belief system, as was illustrated by Al Gore's emotional meltdown at an Aspen Institute speech earlier this month.
Arctic Fires and CO2 Emissions. Last week, a widely-repeated pronouncement was made, that after an absence of more than 10,000 years, "wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra" spurred by an apparent increase in lightning strikes and leading to carbon dioxide (CO2) releases from a traditional CO2 sink region. Another positive feedback to anthropogenic global warming. Oh yeah, and the fires will get worse and more widespread in the future.
Queensland floods and Russian heatwave will be used to justify 'climate change' policies. Sir John Beddington may have thought he was earning his £165,000 a year as the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser when he was last week reported as proposing that it should "use climate-related disasters overseas to persuade British voters to accept unpopular policies for curbing carbon emissions". The sort of disasters Sir John had in mind included last year's Russian heatwave, the floods in Pakistan and Queensland and the current drought in East Africa, all of which climate zealots have rushed to blame on global warming.
How Climate Sanity Has Been Gored. [Scroll down] Scientifically unsupportable and misleading statements prompted an October 2007 ruling in London's High Court that An Inconvenient Truth can be shown in secondary schools only if accompanied by guidance notes for teachers to balance Gore's "one-sided" views. Following extensive evidentiary review, the judge cited nine specific errors. Included are unwarranted global warming claims predicting a 20 foot sea level rise, flooding of low-lying inhabited Pacific Atolls, and a likely shift in Gulf Stream currents; and attributions of the disappearance of Mt Kilimanjaro snow, drying up of Lake Chad, Hurricane Katrina, drowning polar bears, and coral reef destruction due to human causes.
No, you can't blame the Mississippi's flooding on carbon dioxide. Climate Progress — a sister blog of the one that nearly blamed last month's tornadoes on the victims because they vote Republican — predictably turns the flooding of the Mississippi into a greenhouse gas issue.
A Flood of Bad Analysis. Notably missing — so far — from the media coverage of the Mississippi River flooding is the usual hand-wringing about how this is surely another sign of global warming. Oh, it's out there, you just have to look for it in some of the obscure green news sites and blogs. I've been predicting for a while now that the mainstream media would grow tired of the climate issue, and it looks as though that time may have arrived.
Climate change 'could disrupt wi-fi and hit power supply'. Climate change will disrupt wi-fi connections, cause regular power failures and lead railway lines to buckle unless Britain spends billions of pounds, Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary has warned.
Scientists: Climate change takes a toll on crops. As the planet warmed during the last three decades, rising temperatures reduced the yield of corn and wheat crops, and contributed to a modest increase to the price of food, researchers have found.
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Exactly the opposite is more likely true. Cold weather or dry weather might kill crops, but hot weather does not. (Plants are grown in greenhouses, where it's hot and there's a lot of carbon dioxide.) Besides, the planet hasn't warmed appreciably in the last few decades. Crops are not that fragile. Food prices are going up largely because corn is being used for ethanol production instead of food.
CAP capitalizes on southern storm deaths. [A recent] post by Brad Johnson really is a new low for the Center of American Progress: "Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers." ... The official line at CAP now is that all weather events, all the time, everywhere, are all the direct result of global warming.
NOAA Scientist Rejects Global Warming Link to Tornadoes. A top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rejected claims by environmental activists that the outbreak of tornadoes ravaging the American South is related to climate change brought on by global warming.
Tornadoes whipped up by wind, not climate: officials. US meteorologists warned Thursday [4/28/2011] it would be a mistake to blame climate change for a seeming increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms that have ripped through the US south. "If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is increasing significantly, but it's agreed upon by the tornado community that it's not a real increase," said Grady Dixon, assistant professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University.
U.S. study says rising temperatures put Western water supplies at risk. Global warming in California's Central Valley could increase flooding, shrink salmon habitat and invite more invasive species, scientists conclude in a sobering report released Monday [4/25/2011].
USDA Spending $60 Million to Study Effects of 'Climate Change' on Crops. The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests to help ensure farmers and foresters can continue producing food and timber while trying to limit the impact of a changing environment.
Climate Change Could Leave 1 Billion Urbanites High and Dry by 2050. Rapid urban growth and climate change will leave more than 1 billion urban dwellers with a water shortage by 2050, according to a study released last week. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study shows urban growth rates alone leaving 993 million city residents living on less than 100 liters of water a day.
Stealth-And-Trade. We have heard the litany of horrors that climate change is said to bring about — retreating glaciers, rising sea levels, drought and flooding, disease and famine. Now we are told that fighting the EPA's power grab to regulate greenhouse gases will lead to an increase in childhood asthma.
Some respond to Japan earthquake by pointing to global warming. Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming.
The Global Warming Health Scare. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have declared Global Warming a serious public health threat. You may resume reading after your laughter subsides. ... First, temperatures haven't risen statistically since 1995 according to Phil Jones from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, and an ardent Global Warming defender. Now, to claim rising temperatures are causing all these health issues is astonishingly disingenuous.
Three Surprising Ways Global Warming Could Make You Sick. Global warming may cause human health problems due to microbes, bacteria, and toxic algae blooms in coming decades, new research suggests. Scientists had already predicted more deaths and illnesses due to heat waves, natural disasters, and the expansion of tropical diseases such as malaria.
Just a quick reminder...
Heat waves and natural disasters will happen anyway, and "tropical diseases such as malaria" can be addressed with DDT — if the tree-hugging environmentalists will get out of the way.
Global Warming Will Make Food "Dangerous". In the latest government alert on the ills of global warming, a group of esteemed scientists from several public universities warn that climate change will make food "dangerous" and add to the malnourishment of millions worldwide. The determination comes on the heels of two separate government evaluations revealing that global warming causes mental illness and cancer as well as national security threats by spreading disease among people and animals.
Paul Krugman Blames Egypt Crisis On Global Warming. For the second time in eight days, a prominent liberal has blamed the developing crisis in Egypt on global warming. Following in the footsteps of climate alarmist extraordinaire Joe Romm Monday was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Queensland Flooding is Part of a Normal Pattern. Australian Greens leader Bob Brown made the ridiculous charge that, "the coal-mining industry should foot the bill for the Queensland reconstruction efforts, claiming its operations were indirectly responsible for the floods, because global warming caused by fossil fuels meant the atmosphere could hold greater amounts of moisture, leading to bigger and more intense rainstorms." (Science in the News, Jan 16, 2011). Proponents of human caused global warming didn't miss the opportunity. They are environmental and scientific practitioners of Rahm Emmanuel's dictum, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste." Of course, their advantage is the practice of portraying natural events as unnatural and catastrophic. It means they never run out of crises.
Hillary's foot-in-mouth moment as a climate scientist. In August, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the floods that were ravaging Pakistan at the time were linked to global warming. ... [But] There's a peer-reviewed paper about to be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and in the press release about the paper, they don't even mention the word "climate." Simply put, a rogue storm system, part of the normal chaotic nature of weather on this planet, was the cause of last summer's devastating floods. Nothing else. Anyone who claims that the storm was part of "climate change" is simply flat wrong, and that includes Hillary.
Going Broke by Going Green. [Scroll down] President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson may be convinced that we face a manmade climate change crisis, and unacceptable health risks from power plant and refinery emissions. However, their "climate science" is little more than a self-proving theory: No matter what happens — hotter or colder, wetter or drier, more storms or fewer — it's "proof" of global warming. Thousands of scientists say there is yet no real evidence that we face such a crisis, and most coal-fired power plants and refineries have already reduced their harmful emissions to the point that only the most sensitive or health-impaired would be harmed. The problem is not runaway global warming. It is a runaway and unaccountable federal bureaucracy.
ABC News: U.S. snow, floods in Australia and Brazil the product of global warming. One wouldn't normally associate heavy snowfall with global warming, but according ABC News, it's time to consider that causality. On Thursday's [1/13/2011] "World News Tonight," anchor Diane Sawyer proposed such a correlation, with new data suggesting 2010 is "tied for the hottest year ever on record."
Disasters 'evidence of climate change'. Reinsurance giant Munich Re has calculated that extreme natural catastrophes in 2010, including severe earthquakes, floods and heat waves, led to the sixth-highest total of insurers' losses since 1980 and showed evidence of climate change.
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One degree per century is not enough to kill anyone who would not have died anyway, and obviously has no connection to earthquakes.
Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue. At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations. Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department's recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force."
Our rapidly-expanding government says global warming justifies everything.
Cuckoo In Cancun. One might think the climate change conference silliness would have a limit. But one would be wrong. A week into the proceedings, the Sacramento Bee published a column by Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Her topic? Negotiations at the global climate meeting, she believes, "should be an opportunity for empowering women." Moving on, we find a professor from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who wants to use the summit to fight obesity. Fossil fuel energy, says Ian Roberts, is causing the world to get hotter, and fatter. How? As the British Telegraph reports, Roberts believes the use of cars and other fossil-fuel-using machines has made us all fatter.
Global warming seen as threat to state's parks. Stunted redwoods, flooded campgrounds and a mighty Yosemite waterfall reduced to a trickle. Those are a few of the dire consequences facing 10 California parks over the next century because of rapidly changing climate patterns, according to a new study by an environmental think tank.
Climate Alarmist Wants WWII Style Rationing to Save Planet. Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Professor Kevin Anderson believes that without immediate and drastic action, the world will see more than 7°F of warming by 2060. And that the only fair way to prevent the "floods, droughts and mass migration" such warming will cause is to halt all economic growth in "rich" countries for at least 20 years. Seriously — that's his plan. But it gets better.
'A million climate change deaths each year'. By 2030, climate change will indirectly cause nearly one million deaths a year and inflict $157 billion in damage in terms of today's economy, according to estimates presented at UN talks.
Signs that show Man Made Global Warming is Definitely Still Happening. As your boiler breaks down, your pipes freeze, your car won't start, your Ocado delivery fails to arrive, your train is cancelled, your neck is broken after slipping on black ice and you lie in an emergency ward waiting for a doctor to turn up only to learn that they're all off today because of the weather, you might be forgiven for thinking that all this has something to do with global cooling, changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the decline in sunspot activity perhaps auguring a new Maunder minimum. But you couldn't be more wrong.
UN say Climate change is main barrier to development. Climate change and destruction of the environment are the biggest threats to improving wealth and happiness around the world, according to a major United Nations report.
Greens Just Can't Stop Their Scare Tactics. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared CO2 a pollutant and set about banning such emissions to save the planet. Real scientists tried to point out that nature needs CO2 to thrive. OK, so the Greens kind of heard that logic and quickly sought ways to subvert it into a new Frankenstein-style horror story. The result, headlines in The Washington Post (August 31, 2010) that rising CO2 levels are... wait for it... causing poison ivy to grow more prolifically.
Holbrooke's Amazing Global Warming Claim. For some, global warming is the sinister cause of every problem plaguing the world-even the conflict between India and Pakistan. This misapprehension has apparently taken hold of Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to Bob Woodward's new book, Obama's Wars, Holbrooke believes there is a "global warming dimension" of the India-Pakistan conflict. "In one discussion about the tensions between Pakistan and India," Woodward wrote, "Holbrooke introduced a new angle. 'There's a global-warming dimension of this struggle, Mr. President,' he said." Woodward wrote that Holbrooke's "words baffled many in the room." It's not hard to see why.
Desperate Greens Make Desperate Claims. Amid Al Gore's recent concession speech to his zombie followers, for example, he apparently couldn't help himself from linking every recent bad weather event he could think of with global warming — from floods in Nashville and Pakistan to the recent heat wave and forest fires in Russia. Before that, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) took the opportunity of an ongoing East Coast heat wave to proclaim the current decade to be the hottest on record and to proclaim that global warming is "undeniable." Then there was the recent Environmental Defense Fund claim that global warming is going to wreck Mexican agriculture and increase illegal immigration by almost 7 million by 2070.
Polar bears threatening geese as diet ravaged by climate shift. A conservation success which has seen barnacle geese numbers bounce back from the brink could be under threat from hungry polar bears struggling to cope with climate change, experts said yesterday [6/17/2010].
Warming is accelerating global water cycle. Fresh water evaporates from the oceans, rains out over land and then runs back into the seas. A new study finds evidence that global warming has been speeding up this hydrological cycle recently, a change that could lead to more violent storms.
Our Problems are Not in the Atmosphere, But On the Earth. A delegation of 20 black mayors representing the National Conference of Black Mayors arrived in Washington, DC to lobby congress to pass legislation to promote "clean energy." According to the delegation's press release, they want "a national plan to move their cities to become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and create new clean energy jobs and businesses." But is black unemployment twice the national unemployment rate because of carbon emissions?
I hate it when that happens. CO2 allegedly causes vampire bat attacks.
Hudson Bay polar bears 'could soon be extinct'. Polar bears in the Hudson Bay area of Canada are likely to die out in the next three decades, possibly sooner, as global warming melts more Arctic ice and thus reduces their hunting opportunities, according to Canadian biologists.
At the current warming rate of zero degrees per decade, how much will the Earth have warmed after three decades?
Food Poisoning May Rise With Global Warming. Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures, according to a report from the WHO and Malta's Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit.
Clinton Invokes Climate Change Debate to Explain Pakistan Floods. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials are pointing to the devastating floods in Pakistan and other extreme weather events as signs that climate change is getting worse. Clinton, in an interview with Pakistan's Dawn TV, said "there is a linkage" between the recent spate of deadly natural disasters and climate change.
Secretary Clinton's Climate Con. Our secretary of state tells the world the devastating Pakistani floods are caused by man-made global warming as the U.N. plans to exploit the crisis to restart stalled climate talks.
Government Report Says Global Warming May Cause Cancer, Mental Illness. A new government report says global warming could lead to an increase in both cancer and mental illness worldwide, and it calls for more federally funded research to determine how that might happen.
Is Global Warming Really Cause for Alarm? As scientists and policy analysts who've studied our ever-changing climate for a combined 65 years and attribute the changes primarily to natural forces, we've wondered that ourselves and also asked: Why is warming always framed as bad news? Why does so much "research" claim a warmer planet "may" lead to more childhood insomnia, more juvenile delinquency, war, juvenile delinquency, violent crime and prostitution, death of the Loch Ness Monster — and even more Mongolian cows dying from cold weather? We're not making this up. In fact, this is just the tip of the proverbial melting iceberg of climate scare stories chronicled at Number Watch.
Global warming threatens Asian rice. Even modest rises in global temperatures will drive down rice production in Asia, the world's biggest grower of the cereal grain that millions of poor people depend on as a staple food, a study has warned.
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"Studies" warning of impending doom are published all the time, usually by thinly-disguised front groups speaking on behalf of someone with a lot to gain by drumming up fear. In this case, the "study" is from the Food and Agriculture Organization, a division of the United Nations.
Night-time temperatures could rise above 25°C because of climate change. The number of sweltering nights when the temperature in cities stays above 20°C (68°F) and the elderly become vulnerable to heat exhaustion will increase fivefold because of climate change, a Met Office study has found.
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I remember the big Texas heat wave of 1980 when the temperature didn't get below 80°F. for a month. It was miserable, and I'm glad most summers are less brutal, but I don't remember large numbers of old people dropping dead as a result.
Gore Attaches Global Warming as Cause to Last Weekend's Storm in Northeast. If there's a drought — it's global warming. When there's a hurricane — it's global warming. If there are heavy snows or even blizzards — it's somehow global warming. And amazingly, the latest round of rainy and windy weather in the Northeast, well that's consistent with this phenomenon as well, so says former Vice President Al Gore.
Volcanic eruptions caused by global warming!
Volcanoes? All Your Fault According To NPR. The slogan attached to NPR gabber Diane Rehm's show is "one of her guests is always you." Based on Rehm's interview of Elise Labott, senior State Department producer for CNN, reality isn't quite as welcome as you are.
Giant Redwoods May Dry Out; Warming to Blame? Declining fog cover on California's coast could leave the state's famous redwoods high and dry, a new study says.
Global warming is 'making Mount Everest more dangerous to climb'. Rising temperatures have melted much of the ice on the steep trail to the summit and climbers are struggling to get traction on the exposed rock surface, according to the 49-year-old Sherpa, known only as Apa.
Climate turning against kooky alarmists. The devastating Hurricane Katrina of 2005 was cited as the harbinger of killer storms to come, spawned by a warming planet. Then came this winter's record snowstorms. Now the climate alarmists lecture us that one season's weather tells us nothing about climate change. Actually, they've gone further to claim that the cold weather mess is in fact a product of a hotter globe.
Mammoths killed off by climate change. Woolly mammoths were wiped out by trees, not hungry cavemen, scientists have found. The iconic beasts of the Ice Age, among the biggest mammals to have roamed the earth, could not cope when the planet got warmer and forests began sprouting up.
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First, it is amusing to note that "scientists" have just now "found" this alleged truth about mammoths. Second, please note that the people who wail about global warming and the people who are so terribly upset about the extinction of the mammoths are the same people who preach "survival of the fittest" in the public schools.
Climate change linked to allergy increase. Sneezing, congestion, and runny noses from hay fever may be lasting longer because climate change may be extending pollen seasons, doctors in Italy said.
Mainstream Media Ignores Climategate. [Scroll down] What I have also noticed since the revelations in November 2009 that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data had been deliberately falsified to justify claims of "global warming" is the return in the media of the usual idiotic claims that "global warming" is causing this and that. The Economist, an otherwise respected news magazine, had a recent issue in which it essentially said it didn't care how much evidence there was that no global warming was or is occurring.
Climate change 'makes birds shrink' in North America. Songbirds in the US are getting smaller, and climate change is suspected as the cause. A study of almost half a million birds, belonging to over 100 species, shows that many are gradually becoming lighter and growing shorter wings.
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Even if that story were true, which it almost certainly is not (since the rate of change is only one degree per century), what would be the problem? The people who are complaining about the alleged effects of "global warming" are the same people who preach "survival of the fittest" in the public schools. Why are they so upset when nature takes its course?
A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC. Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga. Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these: the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent. All these alarms were given special prominence in the IPCC's 2007 report and each of them has now been shown to be based, not on hard evidence, but on scare stories, derived not from proper scientists but from environmental activists.
What to say to a 'warmer': [Scroll down] The London Times exposed another shocker: the IPCC claim that global warming will wipe out rain forests was fraudulent, yet advanced as "peer-reveiwed" science. The Times said the assertion actually "was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise," "authored by two green activists" and lifted from a report from the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental pressure group.
CO2 increase leads to faster tree growth.
Why are U.S. trees growing faster? Trees in the U.S. are growing 2 to 4 times as fast as their long-term norm. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at Edgewood MD says it is because of global warming, according to a recent press release. Don't bet on that.
Hot Enough for You? It's been a slow week for news because it's been a big week for weather. The East Coast is covered in snow, and Time magazine blames global warming. No, seriously: "There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm."
Too cold in Peru? Blame global warming. [A recent] article in The Guardian serves as just one more piece of proof that proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming will take any weather phenomenon whatsoever and explain it in terms of Global Warming — including the cold.
UN wrongly linked global warming to natural disasters. The United Nations climate science panel faces new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. It based the claims on an unpublished report that had not been subjected to routine scientific scrutiny — and ignored warnings from scientific advisers that the evidence supporting the link too weak. The report's own authors later withdrew the claim because they felt the evidence was not strong enough.
China blames freak storm on global warming. Freak snowstorms and record low temperatures sweeping northern China are linked to global warming, say Chinese officials. But, unlike the unseasonal snow falls that hit Beijing at the start of winter, the dump this week appears to have no link to the Government's relentless efforts to change the micro climate.
Global Warming In One State. Like clockwork, whenever there is any kind of change in the natural landscape here in Minnesota, our local paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will attribute it to global warming. They did it again today, writing about the apparently dwindling population of moose in northern Minnesota. ... The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says mean temperatures have increased in the state by a whopping one-half of one degree Fahrenheit in the last 50 years. Those moose must be sensitive creatures.
Ensler Tells Palin to Look at 'Earthquakes and Tsunamis' for Global Warming Proof. [Scroll down] According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes are a phenomenon of "sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth's surface," not the earth's atmosphere which concerns the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Cleaning out the climate science cesspool. CO2 has reached a new high (0.0385% of the atmosphere), we're told, because of cars and "coal-fired factories of death." Rising seas are forcing families to "flee their homes." Oceans are becoming "toxic." Climate change is driving Philippine women into prostitution. Higher temperatures will "increase the likelihood of civil war in Sub-Saharan Africa" and "bring human civilization to a screeching halt." The Associated Press, BBC and other "mainstream" media dutifully regurgitate every press release.
After Climategate, Pachaurigate and Glaciergate: Amazongate. It seems that, not content with having lied to us about shrinking glaciers, increasing hurricanes, and rising sea levels, the IPCC's latest assessment report also told us a complete load of porkies about the danger posed by climate change to the Amazon rainforest.
U.N.'s Global Warming Report Under Fresh Attack for Rainforest Claims. A United Nations report on climate change that has been lambasted for its faulty research is under new attack for yet another instance of what critics say is sloppy science — guiding global warming policy based on a study of forest fires.
The Totalities of Copenhagen. Here's a partial rundown of some of the ills seriously attributed to climate change: prostitution in the Philippines (along with greater rates of HIV infection); higher suicide rates in Italy; the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" battle in Somalia; an increase in strokes and heart disease in China; wars in the Middle East; a larger pool of potential recruits to terrorism; harm to indigenous peoples and "biocultural diversity." All this, of course, on top of the Maldives sinking under the waves, millions of climate refugees, a half-dozen Katrina-type events every year and so on and on...
Danny Glover's Haiti Earthquake Theory: The fact that Danny Glover is nuttier than elephant poop should surprise no one. But now, he's even topped himself, as the washed-up actor blames the Haiti earthquake on the response to the climate change conference.
Danny Glover Blames Haitian Earthquake on Global Warming.
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The opinions of so-called "celebrities" are no more valuable than yours or mine, yet the national news media ask the celebrities for their opinions every day.
Global Warming: Worst When It's Not. [A recent report] from the Associated Press, tells us with much urgency and no doubt, that the effects of global warming over the last 12 years (the 12 years since the Kyoto Protocol was written — apparently how the Cult of Warmageddon now dates time), have been far worse than any of the dire predictions made in the year 1 B.K. (Before Kyoto). In the mere dozen years A.K. (After Kyoto), global warming has caused rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, storms, the melting of glaciers and one (but not the other) polar ice cap, plagues of beetles, and blackouts.
Prince Charles warns climate change will drive starvation and terrorism. The world has only seven years before climate change causes a "point of crisis" that will drive food shortages, terrorism and poverty, the Prince of Wales has warned. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ministerial segment of the Copenhagen climate conference, the Prince said the "survival of the species" was in peril.
Did someone mention Copenhagen?
Inuits Need Cash For Freezers In Warming Arctic. Inuit communities need funds to adapt to climate change in the Arctic, including measures to build communal deep freezers to store game because warming is reducing their hunting season, an Inuit leader said on Friday [12/11/2009]. The Inuit, the indigenous people of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia, have traditionally hunted for Arctic species from seal to polar bear, whale to caribou. "In Canada we see climate changes on a day to day basis," said Violet Ford, a Canadian official of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).
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This Reuters article appears in the New York Times, and as you might therefore expect, it is replete with misinformation. If the rate of change is one degree per century, then how much "climate change" could the Eskimos — I mean, the Inuit people — possibly see "on a day to day basis?"
Global Warming Blues: The increase in temperature predicted by the global warming computer models is about 3 degrees Celsius. This isn't very scary, so the promoters of global warming alarmism come up with additional scare stories. For example, there will be more hurricanes, the ice caps will melt, the polar bears will die, the oceans will become acid and kill the coral, and weather will become more extreme. These stories have much less scientific support than the warming theories, and each has been rebutted. Scare stories attract attention and it is much more difficult to refute scare stories than it is to create them. By the time one scare story becomes discredited a new scare story is spread.
Climate change not to blame for polar bear cannibalism. The gory photos of male polar bears devouring cubs, dragging shredded carcasses around and creating a bloody mess on the white snow of Canada's North have caused a stir on the Internet and in reports that link the activity to climate change. But cannibalism among the species is a natural occurrence, says one expert, disputing what is just the latest story to put the polar bear in the debate over man-made global warming.
Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat. Terrorism. Nuclear weapons. Corrupt and oppressive regimes. Sen. Barbara Boxer said last week that climate change — not any of that other stuff — will stand as the "leading cause of conflict" over the next two decades.
Climate 'is a major cause' of conflict in Africa. Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows — and future warming is likely to increase the number of deaths from war. US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years. Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they suggest strife arises when the food supply is scarce in warm conditions.
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Remember, global warming occurs at the rate of only about one degree per century, when it happens, which it currently is not. Aside from the imperceptible rate of change, does anyone really believe that African armies decide whether to attack each other based on the weather?
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
California Wildfires Falsely Linked to Global Warming. The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history destroyed 78 homes and burned more than 150,000 acres during the last week in August and the first week in September. Despite the fire's direct link to arson following an extended period without any fire activity, activists put the blame squarely on global warming. An arsonist started the fire in an area that had not burned in several decades, during which time a substantial amount of dry tinder had accumulated.
Global warming blamed for aspen die-off across the West. The trees, which were already under duress, are being killed by insects that thrive as the climate changes. Scientists call it Sudden Aspen Decline.
Warmer Weather Said to Threaten Moose in Minnesota. The moose calf didn't seem to want to get out of the water.
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The excerpt above doesn't look like much, but there is a reason. This web site has a new policy regarding news items from the Associated Press: The synopsis posted on this site will be limited to one sentence only. As you can see above, the first sentence of an AP story often conveys no information at all. In this case it is only an attempt to draw you in to the story by making a cheap emotional appeal about baby animals. Please note that the rest of the story, whatever it says, is inaccurate (at best) because the weather in Minnesota is not getting warmer, and even when (and if) it is, it's not warming enough for the moose to notice. They will adapt, as they have for thousands of years.
The temperature changes over which so many are arguing are so minute that it takes world-wide networks of accurate measurement systems to detect any difference. Plants and animals don't care about one degree difference in temperatures, because they have no idea what last year's temperatures were.
Cooling the Hysteria: Time to Ask the "Nasty Questions". Like doctrine, we've been told that the drought of the 1970s and 1980s in the African region is a tell-tale sign of anthropogenic global warming. But Mojib Latif, showing wide fluctuations in precipitation levels in the Sahel throughout the past century — including a probable reversal now from regional drought to rainfall — argues these "anomalies" can be traced to natural swings in the Atlantic's surface temperatures.
Everything is Caused by Global Warming. Dr. John Brignell, a British engineering professor, runs a website called numberwatch. He has compiled what has to be the most complete collection of links to media stories ascribing the cause of everything under the sun to global warming. He has already posted more than six-hundred links.
A complete list of things caused by global warming. [I don't know if there are six hundred, as stated above, but there are numerous links. —Editor]
Global Warming Did It! Well, Maybe Not. Somewhere along the line, global warming became the explanation for everything. Right-thinking people are not supposed to discuss any meteorological or geophysical event — a hurricane, a wildfire, a heat wave, a drought, a flood, a blizzard, a tornado, a lightning strike, an unfamiliar breeze, a strange tingling on the neck — without immediately invoking the climate crisis. It causes earthquakes, plagues and backyard gardening disappointments. Weird fungus on your tomato plants? Classic sign of global warming.
A Complete List Of Bad Things Attributed To Global Warming. Hardly a day goes by that the media don't blame something on global warming. Or so it seems. The British-based science watchdog, Number Watch, wondered just how many and went to the trouble of documenting them. It has kept on its Web site a near-comprehensive set of links to a long list of things attributed by either scientific research or the media to global warming.
Science of global warming doesn't support the hype. [Scroll down] It goes something like this: If the planet is warm, it is because of global warming. If the planet is cold, it is in spite of global warming. I've noticed this dynamic in play for quite some time. Whenever the weather smacks us around, be it a Midwest flood, a Florida drought, a New Orleans hurricane or a California wildfire, it is blamed on Hummers.
No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming. Global warming was blamed for everything from beasts gone wild to anorexic whales to the complete breakdown of human society this year — showing that no matter what it is and where it happens, scientists, explorers, politicians and those who track the Loch Ness Monster are comfortable scapegoating the weather.
The Mother of All Scares. As we are all aware, thanks to global warming, the world seems to be heading for an unprecedented catastrophe. But it is not, of course, the technicolor apocalypse we have so long been promised by the likes of Al Gore and Jim Hansen — melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, hurricanes, droughts, mass-extinctions. The real disaster hanging over us through global warming lies in all those measures now being adopted by the world's politicians to meet a crisis which was never going to happen anyway. Never before in history have politicians come up with proposals so astronomically costly or potentially so damaging to their economies.
State drops warming suit against carmakers. State Attorney General Jerry Brown agreed Friday to drop a global warming lawsuit that accused the six largest automakers of damaging California's resources by selling vehicles that emit large amounts of heat-trapping gases. Brown's predecessor, Bill Lockyer, filed the suit in 2006 against General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and the North American outlets of Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The suit alleged that the companies' cars were a significant cause of climate change and have already contributed to problems ranging from a decline in the Sierra snowpack to increased air pollution and wildlife hazards.
Strong words on climate change. Global warming has already caused more heavy downpours, the rise of temperatures and sea levels, rapidly retreating glaciers, and altered river flows, according to the document released yesterday by the White House science adviser and other top officials.
Great Lakes Are Rising. Great Lakes water levels are on the rise, putting the damper on media reports claiming global warming has been causing declining water levels. Water levels for each of the Great Lakes are rising. Water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan have risen a full foot since 2008. Great Lakes water levels rose during the second half of the twentieth century but experienced a short-term decline from the late 1990s through the middle of this decade. Alarmists blamed that on global warming.
Government Study Warns of Climate Change Effects. The impact of a changing climate is already being felt across the United States, like shifting migration patterns of butterflies in the West and heavier downpours in the Midwest and East, according to a government study to be released on Tuesday [6/16/2009]. Even if the nation takes significant steps to slow emissions of heat-trapping gases, the impact of global warming is expected to become more severe in coming years, the report says, affecting farms and forests, coastlines and floodplains, water and energy supplies, transportation and human health.
Here's the rebuttal:
U.S. Climate Report Assailed. The new federal report on climate change gets a withering critique from Roger Pielke Jr., who says that it misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters.
Polar bear, arctic fox hurt by climate change. Polar bear cubs, the arctic fox and caribou herds are among the victims of dramatic changes in the Arctic due to climate change, a new study has found. ... They found the effects of a one-degree Celsius warming over the past 150 years were dramatic and cautioned that it is difficult to predict the consequences of an expected six-degree warming over the next century.
Climate Casualties 'To Soar In Six Years'. The number of people hit by climate-related disasters around the world will increase by more than half in the next six years, according to aid agency Oxfam.
Climate Change May Halve Southern Africa Cereal Crop. Cereals production could fall by 50 percent in parts of southern Africa in the long term due to climate change, causing increased hunger and poverty, a researcher told an agriculture conference on Wednesday [4/15/2009]. South Africa is the largest carbon emitter on the continent, mainly due to its reliance on coal to produce most of its electricity.
London tabloid claims...
Climate change 'will cause civilisation to collapse'. An effort on the scale of the Apollo mission that sent men to the Moon is needed if humanity is to have a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of climate change. The stakes are high, as, without sustainable growth, "billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse".
Global Warming Could Uproot California's Fruit, Nuts. Enjoy those fresh California peaches, apricots, and cherries while you can. A new study from UC Davis shows that someday, those crops might not grow locally anymore because of global warming.
Shrinking sheep blamed on climate change. Warmer weather is causing a famous breed of Scottish sheep to get smaller, according to research published in a leading scientific journal. Evolutionary theory holds that species get bigger and stronger over time because larger, more dominant animals are more likely to reproduce. But wild sheep on the Scottish island of Hirta have baffled scientists since 2007 when the animals' average size appeared to be shrinking.
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I wonder if these scientists have considered the possibility that their "evolutionary theory" might be flawed.
Sheep Shrinking Each Generation Amid Global Warming. Just as wool clothing shrinks in a hot wash, sheep on a remote Scottish island are getting smaller from one generation to the next as temperatures rise. The average Soay sheep on Hirta island off western Scotland decreased in weight by 81 grams (3 ounces) a year for more than two decades, researchers said in the journal Science. That's because they have to eat less in their early months to survive winters that became shorter and milder, they wrote.
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Huh? It's easier "to survive winters that became shorter and milder." How is that a problem? Let's ignore, for a moment, the fact that the earth has been cooling for a decade or so. Look at it this way: How long is one generation amongst sheep? Two or three years? Even if the earth is warming at the rate of two degrees per century, and it isn't, that would be about 1/20th of a degree of warming per generation of sheep. Would the sheep really be affected by long-term temperature changes of that infinitesimal magnitude? The temperature in the morning sun increases 1/20th of a degree about every two minutes, and that hasn't bothered sheep over the last several thousand years. But here's a bigger question: Why weren't sheep shrinking rapidly between 1900 and 1940, when most of the global warming of that century occurred? The answer is obvious: This so-called "research" is not credible. I have just shot it down without leaving my desk.
Fish are shrinking in response to global warming: study. Fish have lost half their average body mass and smaller species are making up a larger proportion of European fish stocks as a result of global warming, a study published Monday [7/20/2009] has found. "It's huge," said study author Martin Daufresne of the Cemagref Public Agricultural and Environmental Research Institute in Lyon, France.
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This is even less plausible than similar claims about sheep (above), because the fish have greater control of their ambient temperature. And the story here is that fish are half as big as they used to be due to global warming. But again, global warming stopped ten years ago, and even in its heyday it was only about one degree per century. Fish have been around longer than sheep, and in all those centuries, nobody has ever claimed that all fish have been so drastically affected by slight changes in the weather.
Climate Change Shrinks Sheep. Female wild Soay sheep on the remote North Atlantic island of Hirta have shrunk by about 5 percent during the past two decades, says Tim Coulson of Imperial College London's campus in Berkshire. To see what's driving that change, a weight loss averaging 81 grams per year, Coulson and his colleagues applied a new analytical approach to a mountain of data. It turns out that evolutionary forces favor the opposite trend, toward bigger sheep. But environmental changes have softened winters, overwhelming those evolutionary effects, the team reports online July 2 in Science.
For the Farm Lobby, Too Much Is Never Enough. A report out last week from scientists at 13 government agencies found that climate change is happening more quickly than we thought and that by the end of the century, many farmers will face scorching summer weather, severe storms, prolonged drought and swarms of new insects.
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Neither the name of the report, nor the names of its authors, nor those of the "13 government agencies", were mentioned in the remainder of the article. At the very least, that's sloppy reporting.
'Kangaroo-Court' Hearing a One-Sided View of California Drought. The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is holding a one-sided hearing this morning [3/31/2009] on the California drought that is expected to blame climate change for a critical water shortage while glossing over the role of activist-inspired environmental policies in exacerbating the shortage, according to The National Center for Public Policy Research.
FEMA Launches Effort to Measure Impact of Climate Change on Flood Insurance. Federal officials are struggling to calculate the fiscal impact that climate change could have on the nation's troubled public flood insurance program, amid predictions of intensifying downpours and more potent hurricanes. The mission is proving extremely difficult, according to one researcher, who said the effort so far has failed to reveal even "squishy assumptions."
Did global warming help bring down Air France flight 447? As the investigation continues as to what brought down the French airliner over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people on board, a Russian climatologist believes global warming played a significant part.
Global Warming Brings More Tornadoes and also Less Tornadoes. Count on the alarmists and their cheerleaders in the media to take any unusual weather pattern and blame it on 'global warming' or 'climate change': record cold and heat, flooding rains and drought, storm or lack of storm, lack of snow and record snow. Yet they are quick to accuse the 'realists' of 'cherry picking' when we point out [that] there has been no statistically significant warming since the middle 1990s, cooling since 2001, a drop in ocean heat content since at least 2003, slowing sea level rises since 2005 and so forth. Then they claim you need to look at long term trends, there favorite being the changes since 1970, the heart of the last cold period.
Obama says flooding serves as warning. President Barack Obama acknowledged the current flood emergency in the Red River Valley on Monday [3/23/2009], and warned that global warming could lead to similar disasters in the future.
Obama flunks Global Warming 101 on Fargo. President Obama used recent flooding in Fargo, North Dakota to push his misguided belief in global warming. His comment, "If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, 'If you see an increase of two degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?'" is speculative and completely wrong.
Global warming could take bite out of Midwest corn, report says. Global warming could sock Illinois right in the Corn Belt — to the tune of $243 million a year, a national environmental group estimated in a report released Thursday. The Environment America study, based on government and university data, projects rising temperatures will reduce yields of the nation's biggest crop by 3 percent in the Midwest and the South, compared to projected yields without further global warming.
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On the contrary — warmer weather and more carbon dioxide would make corn grow better than ever.
Global warming may worsen droughts in West Africa. West Africa is already living on the edge, and new research indicates that even worse droughts are possible than the one that devastated the region in the late 20th century.
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Really? You need "research" to tell you that something like that is "possible?"
Overcome by Heat. Climate change alarmism has moved firmly into the realms of science-fiction with a piece in the Los Angeles Times claiming that Australia is being ravaged by "drought, fires, killer heat waves, wildlife extinction and mosquito-borne illness." The headline screams: "What will global warming look like? Scientists point to Australia."
An obvious power grab:
EPA: Global Warming Threatens Public Health, Welfare. The Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House on Friday [3/20/2009] finding that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, according to several sources, a move that could have far-reaching implications for the nation's economy and environment.
Global warming skeptic is simply man of reason. Unfortunately, life is more about circles and cycles than straight lines. Global warming is taking on the aspect of a religious belief rather than science. No matter what happens — hot or cold, wet or dry — it's blamed on global warming.
My own Inconvenient Truth: It's no wonder the political left is all over the global warming phenomenon, as it falls into line with the rest of their causes that require no logical argument, only a bumper sticker, protest sign, or T-shirt. No matter what the weather happens to be doing — whether its snowing or scorching hot — these people will simply point to the nearest window and mumble, "Yeah man, global warming."
Seasons change — earlier than before, study says. The seasons begin two days earlier than they did 50 years ago, a shift that may be related to human activity, according to researchers at UC Berkeley and Harvard University.
Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say. Global warming will wreck attempts to save the Amazon rainforest, according to a devastating new study which predicts that one-third of its trees will be killed by even modest temperature rises.
Global warming increasing death rate of US trees, scientists warn. Trees in the western United States are dying twice as quickly as they did three decades ago and scientists think global warming is to blame.
One degree per century is not enough to kill trees. Trees have been around since day three of creation. [Genesis 1:12] There must be another explanation. Aha! Here it is:
Beetles feasting on state's trees. Dave Dallison, the lead forester for the San Juan National Forest, isn't too surprised to see old-growth forests losing trees. After all, older, bigger trees are a better meal, he said. ... "Trees have been affected by drought," said Dallison, who didn't know of a Friday article in Science. "But maybe it's just drought and not climate change.
Alarmists use weather to promote global warming hoax. Claims that recent severe weather and flooding in the US are proof of human CO2 impacts on global climate are scientific nonsense. Governments and large segments of society accepted the theory. Most bullied by use of fear but also their lack of knowledge and understanding was also exploited. Now a combination of events are driving them to raise the threat level and make increasingly false claims, forcing a coverup.
Humans could provide spark that ignites Amazon. In one of the most extreme climate change scenarios, a blistering drought will dry up the Amazon forest, which will ignite and burn away, leaving the world's rain patterns disrupted. Identifying factors that could tip the forest over the edge and make this scenario a reality is clearly a matter of great importance. Now new computer models suggest ...
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I provide links to articles like the one above only to show that I'm not making this up. I don't recommend that you waste your time by clicking on the link and actually reading the article.
California farms, vineyards in peril from warming, U.S. energy secretary warns. 'We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California,' Steven Chu says. ... California's farms and vineyards could vanish by the end of the century, and its major cities could be in jeopardy, if Americans do not act to slow the advance of global warming, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said Tuesday [2/3/2009].
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I can see how there might be "no agriculture" if the average temperature increased by a hundred degrees or so, but one degree per century is not enough to make any difference to California's agriculture. Anyone who believes that all agriculture can potentially be wiped out by slightly warmer weather is unfit to serve as Secretary of Energy.
Amphibian Extinctions: Is Global Warming Off the Hook? The world's amphibians are in dire straits — but global warming may not be the problem, a new study suggests. Previous research has pinned steep declines in amphibian species on rising global temperatures, which are said to be fueling the growth of a deadly fungus. ... In fact, the researchers found that, in the Latin American countries they studied, beer and banana production were actually better predictors of amphibian extinctions than tropical air temperature.
Jellyfish gone wild ruin tourist spots, report says. Huge swarms of stinging jellyfish and similar slimy animals are ruining beaches in Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, Australia and elsewhere, U.S. researchers reported on Friday. ... Human activities that could be making things nice for jellyfish include pollution, climate change, introductions of non-native species, overfishing and building artificial structures such as oil and gas rigs.
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This article leaves a lot of unanswered questions: Who are these alleged "researchers", and who among us has been introducing "non-native species" to places where jellyfish live?
Brazil floods are early sign of global warming, expert warns. The rains that devastated 30 towns in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina could be an early consequence of global warming, a climatologist from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said Friday. At least 99 people died and 80,000 had to be evacuated because of the rains and subsequent flooding.
White possum said to be first victim of global warming. Scientists say a white possum native to Queensland's Daintree forest has become the first mammal to become extinct due to man-made global warming. The white lemuroid possum, a rare creature found only above 1000m in the mountain forests of far north Queensland, has not been seen for three years.
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Are we to believe that every extinct animal — from now on — is the victim of global warming? How many of you believe that a temperature change of 0.8°C. is enough to kill an opposum — or kill all of them? And (at the risk of repeating myself) please note that the people who are most distressed about this opossum are the same people who preach "survival of the fittest" in the public schools. They should be thrilled when the fittest survive and the others do not.
Sunbeams from Cucumbers. For those of us seeking guidance through the mystical corridors of "global warming", "global cooling" or "global dimming" (neatly packaged as "climate change" to cover all three possible scenarios) — as well as shrinking ice packs, melting glaciers, rising seas, growing deserts, encroaching shorelines and shrivelling river-beds — a rereading of Jonathan Swift may be just the thing. As the morally empowered scientific and political elite encourage us to "throw off our carbon chains", they should at least tell us what they think we should wear in their place.
Chilled By The Heat: If the zealots are right, global warming is the cause of just about any earthly ill or phenomenon. Hotter weather? It's caused by global warming. Colder weather? Global warming again. More rain? Global warming. Drought? Global warming. Even an increase in vampire moths, insects that consume human blood, has been blamed on global warming. In a tribute to rational thinking, and a welcome repudiation of silliness, John Brignell, a British engineering professor, has compiled "a complete list of things caused by global warming."
A little warming, a lot of hysteria. The debate was supposed to be over by now, but it's not. … Al [Gore] and proponents of global warming argue that whatever bad happens, happens because of the greed of man, and mostly Americans at that. Icebergs floating too far south? Man did it. Torrential rains in Monument Valley? Blame it on global warming. A drought in Tacoma-Seattle? Fog in Phoenix? Man set fire to the globe. Keep it scary, and keep it coming.
Climate of Fear: Everything from the heat wave in Paris to heavy snows in Buffalo has been blamed on people burning gasoline to fuel their cars, and coal and natural gas to heat, cool and electrify their homes.
Global Warming Led to 'Black Hawk Down,' Congressman Says. A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the "black hawk down" battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, also equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women's suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Global Warming May Lead to More Kidney Stones, Researchers Say. More Americans may develop kidney stones as global warming raises the risk of dehydration, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Warmer temperatures predicted by climate scientists may lead to a 30 percent increase in kidney stone cases in some U.S. regions, researchers at the University of Texas wrote in the study published today [7/15/2008].
Climate Change Could Choke Oceans for 100,000 Years. According to a simulation of planetary warming trends, failure to drastically cut greenhouse gas pollution within the next half century could choke Earth's oceans for the next 100,000 years. With warmer temperatures reducing its ability to absorb oxygen, much of the water would become barren and lifeless. Oceanic food chains could be profoundly disrupted.
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All this panic is the result of a computer simulation, and we're all familiar with the principle of "garbage in, garbage out." Moreover, the people so frantically making this claim are those of the left-wing socialist persuasion, whose primary concern is political power, not "saving the earth."
Melting ice could push penguins to extinction. Emperor penguins are likely to be melted out of house and home by climate change, according to a new study. Earlier work suggests that Antarctica's penguins are already suffering from warming temperatures. Now a group of researchers have combined what is known about emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) ecology with forecasts from 10 leading climate change models to forecast the future of the species.
Penguins don't "suffer" from a temperature change of one degree per century. The life expectancy of a penguin is probably not much more than 20 years,*, and the penguins alive today have experienced (on average) no warming at all.
Alarmist Claims Global Warming Causes Increase in Kidney Stones. New research by University of Texas-Southwestern professor Margaret Pearle claims global warming will cause an increase in kidney stones. Others, however, dismiss the claim as just another example of over-the-top global warming alarmism, citing other research on factors known to be associated with kidney stone development. Pearle's paper, "Climate-related increase in the prevalence of urolithiasis (kidney stones) in the United States," appears in the July 15 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Gore getting desperate proof public cooling on GW hoax. Comments and reports about global warming are getting silly and even ridiculous. Al Gore says we have ten years left. We're told cooling is due to warming. More rain and flooding and less rain and drought are both due to warming. More hurricanes are predicted while fewer occur. Global temperatures declined as much in the first few months of 2008 as they increased in the previous 100 plus years due to warming.
EPA experts detail warming's health risks. Government scientists detailed a rising death toll from heat waves, wildfires, disease and smog caused by global warming in an analysis the White House buried so it could avoid regulating greenhouse gases.
Global Warming and Risks of Severe Acne: Increased temperature, damaged ozone layer and agriculture changes are all economical factors that profoundly impacts human life. Human skin is the most sensitive and most affected organ by these factors. Various skin disorders such as acne, scars are the result of global warming and climate change.
Big culprit for allergies? Evidence points to global change. If you have respiratory allergies, you have an environmental problem: There's something in the air that makes you sniffle, sneeze, stuff up or wheeze. And growing evidence suggests your problem may be linked with the biggest environmental problem of all: global climate change.
Fires the deadly inevitability of climate change. It is only a couple of years since scientists first told us we could expect a whole new order of fires in south-eastern Australia, fires of such ferocity they would simply engulf the towns in their path. And here they are.
Here is a more likely explanation:
Victoria bushfires stoked by green vote. I have been a bushfire scientist for more than 50 years, dealing with all aspects of bushfires, from prescribed burning to flame chemistry, and serving as supervisor of fire weather services for Australia. We need to understand what has happened so that we can accept or prevent future fire disasters. ... It is hard for me to see this perversion of public policy and to accept that the folk of the bush have lost their battle to live a safe life in a cared-for rural and forest environment, all because of the environmental fantasies of outraged extremists and latte conservationists.
Stridently dark green. Global warming preachers have been crowing over the bushfires in ways not just despicable but dangerous. Just hours after the first bodies were being recovered, Greens leader Bob Brown was already on television, lecturing us on our sins against the planet. Rather than confess that green activists had been desperately wrong to oppose fuel reduction burns, Brown was eager to boast that this catastrophe had instead proved them right. About global warming, you know.
Growing Acid Problem Thins Shells of Ocean Creatures. Scientists have started to see some of the expected effects of Earth's increasing carbon dioxide burden: The shells of microscopic animals in the ocean are becoming thinner thanks to the ocean's absorption of some of that excess carbon dioxide, a new study shows.
Warming health report: Poor, elderly to hurt most. Global warming will affect the health and welfare of every American, but the poor, elderly, and children will suffer the most, according to a new White House science report released Thursday [7/17/2008]. The 284-page report, mostly written by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said every region of the country will be hit by worse health from heat waves and drought.
Climate Change Brings Jellyfish Plague to Europe's Beaches. Jellyfish are taking over Europe's favorite swimming spots in increasing numbers. Scientists blame climate change and overfishing for the proliferation of the stinging nuisance.
Climate change to increase rainfall. Add heavy rainfall to the litany of expected bad news due to climate change. Along with the likelihood of more intense heat waves, wildfires, and hurricanes, a new study released today reports that extreme precipitation events are already increasing as the globe warms.
Iowa-Like Floods to Increase With Global Warming. The chances for extreme weather in the U.S. such as the record rainfall and flooding in Iowa this month are increasing as worldwide temperatures rise, a government agency that researches climate change said. North America may get more abnormally hot days and nights, heavier downpours and deadlier storms from global warming, today's report from the Bush administration's U.S. Climate Change Science Program said.
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Notice that the article above does not blame the midwest flooding on global warming, since there has been no warming in several years, but that connection is clearly implied. On the other hand, the writer of the article below does blame the Iowa flood on global warming. This item serves as a prime example of propaganda disguised as journalism. The article is replete with unmitigated political bias and obvious half-truths about global warming.
Flooding is global warming at work. [Synopsis omitted].
An excuse I hadn't thought of: [There is an utterly bullet-proof excuse the IPCC can use if its doomsday predictions don't come true.] There is no possible observation that can negate it. Whatever happens is a win for its believer. If the temperature goes up, the believer can say, "Our theories predicted this." If the temperature goes down, the believer can say, "There was no way to know the future."
Walruses die; global warming blamed. In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers.
A Matter of Degrees. Politicized science cannot exist unless both sides have some inkling of what it is they are trying to politicize. The polarization of environmental rhetoric, from apoplectic denial to Apocalyptic environmentalism, demonstrates instead that most American politicians are scientifically clueless. The last few apocalyptic boom-bust cycles based on the misunderstanding of science, from "the energy crisis" to "nuclear winter" teach that while publishers reward alarmism, disinterested readers of the scientific literature behind these Jeremiads emerge with a heightened sense of humility rather than a flatly polemic view of the world. Climate can't be understood by leaps of faith from one worst-case scenario to another.
Ex-Clinton Official Ties Minneapolis Bridge Collapse to Global Warming. A former member of the Clinton administration, and current Senior Fellow at the virtual Clinton think tank the Center for American Progress, claimed Monday that global warming might have played a factor in the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.
In 2008, a 100 Percent Chance of Alarm. I'd like to wish you a happy New Year, but I'm afraid I have a different sort of prediction. You're in for very bad weather. In 2008, your television will bring you image after frightening image of natural havoc linked to global warming.
Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming. Politicians using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a tried-and-true strategy. Paint the idea green and a natural catastrophe became political fodder for former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.). Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to advance global warming alarmism.
This article reeks with bias:
Report: Climate change threatens security. Global warming is likely to increase illegal immigration, create humanitarian disasters and destabilize precarious governments and could add to terrorism, all of which could threaten U.S. national security, according to an assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies.
Global warming could increase terrorism, official says. Global warming could destabilize "struggling and poor" countries around the world, prompting mass migrations and creating breeding grounds for terrorists, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council told Congress on Wednesday [6/25/2008].
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Global warming is still being used as a political catch-all, regardless of the evidence that global warming has stopped (even though CO2 emissions haven't) and that the rate of global warming is extremely slow.
Turner: Global Warming Will Cause Mass Cannibalism. Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming "will be catastrophic" and those who don't die "will be cannibals."
PBS And The 'Remarkable' Ted Turner: True to form, [Ted] Turner walked off a cliff of rhetorical excess on "The Charlie Rose Show," charging that global warming was going to grow so severe that in a few decades, most of humanity would be extinct. "We'll be eight degrees hotter in 10 — not 10, but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died, and the rest of us will be cannibals." PBS is a natural habitat for this kind of wild-eyed lunacy.
Climate change will impact beer production: scientist. Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said climate change likely will cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and Australia. Malting barley is a key ingredient of beer. "It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up," Salinger told the Institute of Brewing and Distilling convention.
House Majority Whip: Climate Change Hurts Blacks More. Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It's now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers. "It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being," House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.
Scientific consensus on climate change? Recently, patients alarmed by the tone of media reports and political speeches on climate change have been voicing severe distress, for fear of the imagined consequences of anthropogenic "global warming". In my clinical practice patients with benign and malignant disorders are concerned that their disease may be caused by "climate change" and that they might have remained healthy without it. In discussions, they are often specifically distressed that inefficiency or carelessness of policy makers could thus be the origin of their individual suffering.
Feeling under the weather? Australians are getting so anxious about climate change that they are seeing their doctors for help. In a speech tonight to mark World Health Day, Dr Grant Blashki says climate change is already having direct and indirect effects on Australia's health, and the problems are set to get worse.
Climate change risk to health. Doctors have warned of disastrous health outcomes over the next 10 years, particularly among children and the elderly, unless greater action is taken on climate change. Improved strategies are required to reduce the impact of climate change on health, including a growing incidence heat-related illness and infectious diseases, a report by Doctors for Environment Australia says.
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It's only one degree per century. If you're sick, a long-term climate change is not the reason.
Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change. "A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood He also had visions of apocalyptic events." "The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies." But never mind the poor boy, who became too terrified even to drink. What's scarier is that people in charge of our Government seem to suffer from this "climate change delusion", too.
Climate change leads to psychiatric illness: WHO. Establishing a link between climate change and mental health, the World Health Organisation has said extreme weather conditions like floods, droughts and natural calamities can lead to psychiatric illnesses. "Psychosocial illnesses are a part of the various health issues associated with climate change," Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Deputy Regional Director, WHO, said.
Climate change sends lemming numbers plunging. Lemmings are under threat — not from mythical mass suicides, but from climate change.
Melting glacier empties lake in southern Chile; global warming blamed. Melting ice in southern Chile caused a glacial lake to swell and then empty suddenly, sending a "tsunami" rolling through a river, a scientist said Thursday [4/10/2008]. No one was injured in the remote region. Glacier scientist Gino Casassa said the melting of the Colonia glacier, which he blamed on rising world temperatures, filled the Cachet Lake and increased pressure on the ice sheet.
Dire warnings on global warming are just hot air. Global warming has a way of prompting metaphors so bad they destroy a claim to seriousness. This week's prize goes to Klaus Toepfer, head of the Kenya-based United Nations Environment Program. Climate change could lead to Earth "spinning out of control", he warned, neglecting to describe the time when the planet's climate, or rotation, have been under control.
Surge in fatal shark attacks blamed on global warming. Three decades have passed since the movie Jaws sent terrified bathers scrambling out of the ocean. But as any beach lifeguard knows, there's still nothing like a gory shark attack to stoke public hysteria and paranoia. Two deaths in the waters off California and Mexico last week and a spate of shark-inflicted injuries to surfers off Florida's Atlantic coast have left beachgoers seeking an explanation for a sudden surge in the number of strikes.
Koalas threatened by climate change. Lab tests have revealed that global warming is stripping the goodness from eucalypt leaves, and the University of Sydney researchers behind the study say the koalas that rely on them don't have enough time to adapt to the change.
[One degree per century is just not that fast.]
Gore: Deadly Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming. It was bound to happen eventually — someone from the global warming movement tying the recent Myanmar cyclone to the so-called climate change phenomenon. Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview on NPR's May 6 "Fresh Air" broadcast did just that.
Goreacle's complicated truth: Well, here's a surprise. Al Gore last week linked the deadly cyclone in Myanmar to global warming. "We're seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming," he told National Public Radio in reference to the tragedy.
Al Gore Feeds on Myanmar's Tragedy. With the potential death toll in Myanmar from Cyclone Nargis rising into the hundreds of thousands, last week's attempt by Al Gore to use the tragedy to promote his "climate crisis" agenda becomes all the more reprehensible.
Gore Celebrates Israel's 60th With Whoppers. After delivering a scientifically inept global warming lecture in Tel Aviv on Tuesday [5/20/2008], greenhouse gasbag Al Gore presented Israel with a 60th birthday gift of custom tailored, regionally-targeted Globaloney. As adaptable to his surroundings as any desert snake, the shameless Nobel laureate told conference attendees that plunging water levels in their lakes and rivers were the result of -- guess what?
Overheated Rhetoric. Sen. Harry Reid blames global warming. Sen. Barbara Boxer says they're President Bush's fault. Rather than participate in a civilized discussion, the Democrats' first impulse is to play politics. While homes burned and hundreds of thousands were fleeing in the state next door, Senate Majority Leader Reid of Nevada moaned to the media on Tuesday [10/23/2007] that "One reason why we have the fires in California is global warming."
Blame Bush first; then warming. Believe it or not, some environmental groups, celebrities and politicians are blaming climate change for the severe wildfires that are ravaging Southern California. That's right: If only the human race could manage the atmosphere's chemistry by reducing carbon emissions, we would also reduce the likelihood of fierce fires in the future. Does that make sense? Or does that seem like an extremely roundabout way of addressing wildfires.
New geological age caused by humans. Humans are causing such unprecedented climatic change and mass extinctions it is creating a new geological age, according to a leading environmental scientist. "The facts speak for themselves," Prof Steffen will tell the Second International Salinity Forum in Adelaide today. "10-30 percent of birds, mammals and amphibians are currently threatened with extinction."
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The professor is right about only one thing: The facts speak for themselves. A change of one degree per century is imperceptible if not negligible. It is not enough to wipe out 10 percent of the animals. Show me the list of animals that have been driven to extinction by a one-degree climate change.
Sick Argument: Global Warming and the Spread of Tropical Diseases. Even if a warmer climate is in the offing, there is no reason for alarm, since the prime factor controlling communicable diseases is not global temperature, but relative wealth and the ecological and medical interventions people use to control diseases and their hosts.
Environmentalists Link West Nile Virus to Global Warming: Environmental groups, preparing for the Earth Summit in South Africa, say global warming is to blame for the spread of the West Nile Virus, which has killed nine people in the United States.
Fear and fear mongering. Most environmentalists, to their credit, are not trying to capitalize on the Asian catastrophe. But a few cannot resist.
Environmental Activists Claim Wildfires Sparked by Global Warming: Hundreds of thousands of acres of forests have gone up in smoke in America's western states, with developers blaming conservation policies they say produced thicker forests that are more vulnerable to fires and environmentalist activists blaming the phenomenon known as global warming.
Climate change 'could wipe out whales'. Climate change could help do to whale populations what commercial whaling has not — wipe out an entire species. Humpback, southern right and minke whale populations could be damaged by a lack of food caused by a change in sea temperatures, according to researchers from the [Australian] Federal Environment Department.
UN Says Global Warming is Confusing Birds and Whales. During meetings on climate change among representatives from over 100 countries, specialists said global warming is confusing the biological clocks of birds and whales — disrupting their migration patterns.
In case you have just tuned in, the pace of global warming is about one degree per century. The air warms and cools 20 or 30 degrees every day, and a lot more than that over the course of a year. The global warming (or cooling) slope is way down in the "noise floor" of temperature change. Birds and whales are just not that fragile.
Media Malpractice: Now I am not a scientist, but the idea that a few alleged degrees of warming — with none apparently in the last decade — could cause an increase in earthquakes seemed pure quackery to me. So, I decided to perform Google and Yahoo searches of the "scientist" who had issued the finding, one Thomas Chalko, MSc, Ph.D. In less than five minutes I found that Chalko was perhaps the last person who should be quoted on the purported impact of allegedly man-caused global warming.
CBS Pulls Unvetted Story Blaming Earthquakes on Global Warming. CBS News and the Associated Press were quick to regurgitate claims that global warming has increased the intensity of earthquakes fivefold in the past 20 years. But had either taken the time to investigate, they would have discovered that both the source's facts and credentials were, if you'll pardon the expression, on very tremorous ground.
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I am amazed that a story like this got on the CBS web site, and may have aired on CBS stations. Anyone with a milligram of critical thinking skills should be able to conclude that a one-half degree temperature change is not enough to cause an earthquake, without having someone else point it out.
Climate change is driving increase in tiger attacks. The number of tiger attacks on people is growing in India's Sundarban islands as habitat loss and dwindling prey caused by climate change drives them to prowl into villages for food, conservation experts say. Wildlife experts say endangered tigers in the world's largest reserve are turning on humans because rising sea levels and coastal erosion are steadily shrinking the tigers' natural habitat.
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If the sea level is rising that much in India, why is it still the same in North America?
Climate change causes 315,000 deaths a year — report. Climate change kills about 315,000 people a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters, and the annual death toll is expected to rise to half a million by 2030, a report said on Friday [5/29/2009]. The study, commissioned by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF), estimates that climate change seriously affects 325 million people every year, a number that will more than double in 20 years to 10 percent of the world's population (now about 6.7 billion).
300,000 Global Warming Deaths a Year? The first comprehensive report into the human cost of climate change warns the world is in the throes of a "silent crisis" that is killing 300,000 people each year. More than 300 million people are already seriously affected by the gradual warming of the earth and that number is set to double by 2030, the report from the Global Humanitarian Forum warns.
Is there even one person whose death certificate lists "global warming" as the proximate cause?
Name 10 of the people global warmed to death. Not a single reputable climate scientist, I'd wager, would guarantee the truth of that wild claim. So who actually made it?
Global warming and a tale of two planets. [Scroll down] Then there was the 103-page report launched by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, on behalf of something called the Global Humanitarian Forum, claiming, without a shred of hard evidence, that global warming is already "killing 300,000 people a year". But Mr Annan himself had to admit that this report, drawn up by a firm of consultants, was not "a scientific study" but was "the most plausible account of the current impact of climate change". Even this was topped by a report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claiming that world temperatures could rise this century by 7 degrees C, "killing billions of people worldwide and leaving the world on the brink of total collapse". ... Now for the other planet, the one the rest of us live on. Here all the accepted measures of global temperatures show that their trend has been downwards since 2002, declining at a rate that averages to about 0.25 degree per decade.
Peter Foster for Junk Science Week: 300,000 non-deaths. The Global Humanitarian Forum — former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's personal, Geneva-based NGO — will next week convene a conference devoted to "the significant and rapidly growing human impact of climate change." We may be sure that Prof. Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado will not be among the invitees. That's because he dubbed the alarmist report on which the conference is based "a methodological embarrassment and poster child for how to lie with statistics."
Worse Than Fiction. But the Annan report deserves even closer scrutiny as an example of the sleight of hand that so often goes with the politics of global warming. Unlike starvation, climate change does not usually kill anyone directly. Instead, the study's authors assume a four-step chain of causation, beginning with increased emissions, moving to climate-change effects, thence to physical changes like melting glaciers and desertification, and finally arriving at human effects like malnutrition and "risk of instability and armed conflicts." This is a heroic set of assumptions, even if you agree that emissions are causing adverse changes in climate. Take the supposedly heightened risk of conflict: The authors suggest that "inter-clan fighting in Somalia" is a product of climate change. A likelier explanation is the collapse of a functioning Somali government and the rise of jihadists in the region.
MIT: Global Warming of 7°C 'Could Kill Billions This Century'. A new study out of MIT predicts "a 90% probability that worldwide surface temperatures will rise at least 9 degrees by 2100." This is more than twice what was expected in 2003. ... So what has changed since 2003 to cause the scientists at MIT's "Centre for Global Climate Change" to believe the world is going to boil over this century and send billions of us directly to a toasty demise...? Since 2003, global temperatures have been dropping.
Frogs bounce back, contradicting warmist doomsayers. Just a few years ago, we were told that frogs were disappearing because of global warming. We were told that there was no further time to waste, that soon the world would be frog-bereft, so we had no choice but to limit crabon [sic] emissions or all would be lost. Now it turns out that this prediction was as valid as the prediction that snow would vanish from Britain, and that Australia was doomed to extreme drought. As the UK digs out of record snowfall, and Australia copes with extreme floods, the frogs are bouncing back.
The coral reef scare:
Remote reefs can be tougher than they look. Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has shown. Scott Reef, a remote coral system in the Indian Ocean, has largely recovered from a catastrophic mass bleaching event in 1998, according to the study published in Science.
Researchers find corals in Northern Australia healed themselves in just 12 years. A coral reef in Northern Australia severely damaged by warming seas has managed to completely heal itself in just 12 years, stunned researchers have found. The team found that being left alone to breed on its own was key.
Forget the Doom: Coral Reefs Will Bloom. A widespread belief that the world's coral reefs face a calamitous future due to climate change is proving less resilient than the natural wonders themselves. Latest research findings blow away claim that reefs are doomed due to rising ocean acidification caused by the higher take-up of carbon dioxide in the seas.
Misguided PBS spreads acid ocean alarm. Scientists, environmental groups, and the United Nations promote the fear of ocean acidification. According to claims, man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the oceans and converted into carbonic acid, thereby changing the chemical balance of the oceans. The basic concept of acidification is correct, but hugely exaggerated.How Earth's Coral Reefs Respond to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment. In light of their illuminating real-world observations, Hughes et al. say that their results "all point to a surprisingly resilient response by some elements of coral assemblages to spatial and temporal shifts in climatic conditions."
Cold-Water Corals Trumping Ocean Acidification: How Is It Done? [Scroll down] But since these corals are indeed living there, they [McCullock et al., 2012] speculate that "they may have evolved adaptive strategies to counter the effects of low carbonate saturation states," one of which is to up-regulate their internal pH to a value that allows calcification to occur.
The Oceans Are Neither Rising, Nor Turning to Acid. [Scroll down] There is no scientific justification for a bunch of geologists to be studying ocean acidification. According to USGS Director, Marcia McNutt, "Ocean acidification is a particularly vexing problem associated with the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels because it interferes with the ability of marine organisms to build hard shells of calcium carbonate." Wrong, wrong, and wrong.
Reef Alarmists Jump The Shark. While the news reports present the appearance of scientific precision and certainty, examination of the study itself reveals a number of doubtful assumptions, undisclosed conditions and instances where strong conflicting evidence is unmentioned.
Coral Reefs: The Living Dead, Or A Comeback Kid? There are thriving reefs around the world in spite of all the things people have done to them — from Curaçao to Raja Ampat to Palau. Their ability to persist in the face of global climate change is remarkable. In 1998, when the world experienced the largest ever coral bleaching event, and massive extents of corals died, some observers thought that was it for coral reefs. Yet, little by little, corals came back.
US scientist: Ocean acidity major threat to reefs. Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the "osteoporosis of the sea" and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Monday [7/9/2012].
Great Barrier Reef is doing just fine. Why do they expose us to this alarmist drivel? Because, like the polar bear (but unlike, say, the snail darter), the Great Barrier Reef is big and impressive and captures the public imagination. If somehow it can be co-opted by the eco-loons into their ongoing campaign to destroy the world economy and ensure that as many parts of the globe as possible become virtual no-go areas for humans, policed by brown-shirted enviro-zealots, then co-opt it they will.
Cold weather, not hot weather, is the coral reef's enemy.
Cold Killed Record Number of Florida Corals. Corals off the coast of Florida died in record numbers in 2010 as a result of cold temperatures, scientists at the University of Miami report in the peer-reviewed science journal PLoS One. "It was a major setback," said study co-author Diego Lirman, an associate professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, in a University of Miami press release accompanying the study. "Centuries-old coral colonies were lost in a matter of days."
Great Barrier Reef doomed within a generation, say scientists. It is probably too late to save the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs from global warming. Even if governments implement far-reaching measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, they will not prevent the annihilation of coral reefs around the world. These are the conclusions of analysis by leading marine scientists to be published today in the prestigious journal Science.
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Clip and save the article above, so that in a few years -- when the dire predictions turn out to be false -- you'll have a record of the false alarm. Coral reefs have been around for a long time, and they can adapt to minor changes in the climate like every other living thing. If the ocean gets six inches deeper or one degree warmer, the coral won't notice.
$cience Mag Jumps on Global Moneywagon. Scientists like money. The trouble is that money means politics, and politics means shading the truth. As a result, we get politicized science, which corrupts real science. Any kind of Politically Incorrect science therefore becomes very hard to publish. So the cult of PC has invaded the pristine halls of science. The past week's Science magazine is a study in the way science can be ruined. The scare cover shouts Reef TROUBLE, to support the idea that our coral reefs are dying. It's like the National Enquirer.
Is the Great Barrier Reef threatened by global warming? Does anyone seriously think the GBR could be "threatened by global warming", when the Willis island data shows no trend since WWII? How do such fairy stories pass as fact and become part of national mass belief?
Coral flourishing at Bikini Atoll atomic test site. Coral is again flourishing in the crater left by the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated by the United States, 54 years after the blast on Bikini Atoll, marine scientists reported Tuesday [4/15/2008]. A team of research divers visited Bravo crater — ground zero for the test of a thermonuclear weapon in the remote Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954 — and found large numbers of fish and coral growing, although some species appeared locally extinct.
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The article goes on to say that even though the coral rebounded after a 99,000-degree blast from an H-bomb, they could still be wiped out by "climate change" amounting to one or two degrees. Nonsense! And what does "locally extinct" mean, anyway?
Bikini Atoll's Nuked Coral Reef Bounces Back to Life. Half a century after the atomic blasts that devastated Bikini Atoll, vast expanses of corals in the area seem to be flourishing once again, much to the surprise of scientists. American government scientists detonated a hydrogen bomb on the tiny island (a part of the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific) on March 1, 1954, and about 20 other nuclear tests were carried out on the atoll between 1946 and 1958. [Emphasis added.]
One fifth of world coral reefs lost, survey finds. A downward trend tied to warming seas has not reversed and the world has now lost nearly one-fifth of its coral reefs, according to a global survey released Wednesday. Much of the rest could be destroyed within 40 years by increasingly acidic seas if warming continues unchecked, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network stated in its report.
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As any first-year chemistry student can tell you, temperature and pH are two different things. If the ocean is "increasingly acidic" in some places, that isn't necessarily due to temperature changes.
Barrier Reef 'can adapt' to warmer climate. The Great Barrier Reef may be much better suited to surviving climate change and warmer conditions than previously thought. Researchers in north Queensland have found many corals contain microscopic algae that protect them from temperature fluctuations.
'Freezer plan' bid to save coral. A meeting in Denmark took evidence from researchers that most coral reefs will not survive even if tough regulations on greenhouse gases are put in place. Scientists proposed storing samples of coral species in liquid nitrogen. That will allow them to be reintroduced to the seas in the future if global temperatures can be stabilised.
Top 10 dud predictions: In 1999, [Ove] Hoegh-Guldberg warned that the Great Barrier Reef was under pressure from global warming, and much of it had turned white. In fact, he later admitted the reef had made a "surprising" recovery. In 2006, he warned high temperatures meant "between 30 and 40 percent of coral on Queensland's great Barrier Reef could die within a month". In fact, he later admitted this bleaching had "a minimal impact". In 2007, he warned that temperature changes of the kind caused by global warming were again bleaching the reef. In fact, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network last week said there had been no big damage to the reef caused by climate change in the four years since its last report, and veteran diver Ben Cropp said this week that in 50 years he'd seen none at all.
Australian scientists celebrate Great Barrier Reef comeback. Despite dire predictions about the impact of climate change on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, researchers have found that badly-damaged coral has managed to repair itself. Scientists say, although this is a heartening discovery, the threat of global warming to the world's largest coral system has not diminished.
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I suspect there has been no remarkable comeback. In other words, I suspect there was nothing wrong with the Great Barrier Reef in the first place and there was no "badly-damaged coral". Now that global warming alarmism is rapidly losing credibility, it has become necessary to discount the original damage reports, since the non-existent global warming could not have caused any damage.
This appears to be an Environmental False Alarm.
Global warming could change Earth's tilt. The Earth spins on an axis that is tilted some 23.5° from the vertical. But this position is far from constant — the planet's axis is constantly shifting in response to changes in the distribution of mass around the Earth. "The Earth is like a spinning top, and if you put more mass on one side or other, the axis of rotation is going to shift slightly," says Felix Landerer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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First of all, there is no "vertical" in space, but since newspaper writers habitually "dumb down" the news, especially when covering anything technical, we'll let that one go. But really, how would a NASA scientist conclude that the mass of the Earth is changing — and changing unevenly — because of a global change in temperature? Name a substance that gets more massive as its temperature increases by one degree.
Consider also the mass of the atmosphere versus the mass of the earth. Global warming, when and if it occurs, affects only the atmosphere and the first few feet of the oceans -- not the entire mass of the Earth. The mass of the Earth is 5.97 x 10^24 kg.* The mass of the atmosphere is 5.13 x 10^18 kg.* The mass of the Earth thus exceeds the mass of the atmosphere by 1.16 million to one.
One handy feature of the atmosphere is that it circulates constantly, and doesn't just pile up in one place. (Except over Texas in August, of course.) Even a substantial shift of the atmosphere would not affect the rotation of the Earth enough to be measured (to say nothing of being noticed) by more than a handful of hair-splitting scientists. The friendly folks at the International Earth Rotation Service (IERS) would notice right away. But then again, why would the atmosphere shift if it is being warmed and cooled evenly?
Can anyone take NASA seriously if its only end product is idle speculation about minute changes in Earth's orientation? Is that worth $19 billion per year? Is it time to scrap NASA?
If you were paying attention in high school, you should be able to controvert these lame theories yourself.
CO2 causes some ocean critters to build more shells. In a striking finding that raises new questions about carbon dioxide's (CO2) impact on marine life, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists report that some shell-building creatures — such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters — unexpectedly build more shell when exposed to ocean acidification caused by elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Because excess CO2 dissolves in the ocean — causing it to "acidify" — researchers have been concerned about the ability of certain organisms to maintain the strength of their shells.
Global Warming's Killer: Critical Thinking. [Scroll down] Many express anguish over ocean acidification, yet these same people never mention the irrefutable fact that oceans are alkaline and that it would thus take some kind of herculean phenomenon just to push them into a pure neutral pH balance, long before they ever become even mildly acidic.
IPCC relies on Greenpeace as its only source in a report about coral reef degradation.
Gate du Jour — Now it's Greenpeace reports in the IPCC AR4. Donna Laframboise, who gave us the list of World Wildlife Fund non peer reviewed studies cited in the IPCC AR4 continues to make lists. Here's her latest list. Those calm, rational, thoughtful folks at Greenpeace seem to have had a significant hand in the IPCC climate bible.
What to say to a 'warmer': [Scroll down] Let's not forget the alleged link between climate change and coral reef degradation. The IPCC cited not peer-reviewed literature, but advocacy articles by Greenpeace, the publicity-hungry advocacy group, as its sole source for this claim.
Ocean Acidification and the CO2-Propaganda. Now, as the earth does not become rapidly overheated from CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere, nor the Arctic sea ice disappearing, nor the Pacific atolls drowning, nor the Amazonian jungle drying up, all as previously touted by the IPCC and their gendarmes and adjuvants, a new slogan on the supposed danger of CO2 is increasingly being heard, namely "Ocean Acidification".
The Next Big Eco-Scare. With the grudging demise of global warming, the next "big thing" must be found and soon. Think of it. If there isn't a frantic new eco-hysteria to get billionaire liberals upset and in the giving mood, bad things can happen to the parasitic enviro-scientific community. ... Several months ago, the "next big thing" being floated was acidification of oceans.
It Makes a Huge Difference Whether the Coral is Dead or Alive! Preliminary results with a torsion microbalance indicate that carbon dioxide and exposed carbonic anhydrase in the organic matrix are the basis of calcification on the skeleton surface of living corals.
Conversely, everything causes global warming
... or so the news media would have you believe.
The news media would like to have us believe that all sorts of chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides) and activities contribute to global warming. This is what's called "straining at a gnat, but swallowing a camel." The overwhelming majority of the greenhouse effect is due to water vapor, about which we can do nothing, because it comes from lakes and oceans. But somehow that's never mentioned by the alarmists in the press. Nor do the "journalists" mention the most obvious source of warmth:  the Sun.
This convenient canard has become the environmentalists' handiest tool -- to add weight to an argument against "X", just make the claim that it causes global warming!
Articles of this sort are too numerous to list, but here are a few representative samples:
'We Are Incinerating the Planet... Because Too Many of Us Like to Eat Cheeseburgers'. [David] Sirota made national news for his bizarre and bigoted hope that the Boston bomber would turn out to be "a white American." Fresh off that fiasco, Sirota has turned his sights to changing the climate by changing America's diet. According to Sirota's May 2 column, "the fastest way to reduce climate change" simply "requires us all to eat fewer animal products." In cast that wasn't sufficiently clear, he added that "we are incinerating the planet and dooming future generations simply because too many of us like to eat cheeseburgers."
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Guns Responsible for Global Warming. [Scroll down] Maybe someone needs to draw a "hockey stick" curve to "prove" to Chris Matthews that the "assault weapons" really are the problem. (We know global warming — if it ever existed — ended sixteen years ago but there's no arguing facts against the liberal narrative.) Maybe the libs want to tie gun control to global warming. Firing a gun creates heat, but so far no one has claimed that they emit atmosphere-destroying carbon. Maybe the lefties don't want to tie two losing causes together for fear of each dragging the other down.
Bicycles to Be Taxed for Causing Global Warming. The triumph of moonbattery means that there is no longer any limit whatsoever to government greed or tyrannical absurdity.
LA Times: Illegal Immigration Can Reduce Global Warming. The Los Angeles Times ran a Thursday [3/14/2013] editorial by Middlebury College Professor Bill McKibben arguing that allowing millions of illegal immigrants into America will reduce global warming. "I feel it's urgent that we get real immigration reform, allowing millions to step out of the shadows and on to a broad path toward citizenship," wrote McKibben. "It will help, not hurt, our environmental efforts, and potentially in deep and powerful ways."
Warrmists [sic] Blame Heavy Snow In Russia On "Climate Change". No matter what happens in the world, it "proves" their hypothesis of hotcoldwetdry.
Liberal Think Tank: Working Less Could Slow Global Warming. A liberal Washington, D.C. think tank released a study that claims global warming can be slowed if people worked less. The liberal Center for Economic Policy and Research suggests a worldwide switch to a "more European work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time." [...] The study claims the less people work, the less carbon gets emitted.
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Global worming: how worms are accelerating climate change. It may not be all about us humans -- earthworms could be contributing to climate change too, according to a new study. What's more, the research warns worm populations are set to boom in the next few decades. So should we be worrying about worm-induced warming?
UN Chief Blames Rich for Global Warming. The U.N. chief says rich countries are to blame for global warming and should take the lead in forging a worldwide climate pact by 2015.Did dinosaurs cause climate change? Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists. Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane. Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.
Wind Farms Cause Global Warming, some Scientists Say. While President Barack Obama is touting clean energy such as wind farms, a group of American scientists are raising alarm bells that wind turbines increase the effects of global warming, as well as killing birds that fall prey to the deadly spinning blades.
Global Warming Causes UFO Attacks? The U.K. Guardian has published an article titled, "Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilizations, scientists say." The subtitle is, "Rising greenhouse gas emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report."
If only you would turn of your television, the earth would be measurably cooler!
Kofi Annan offers his #1 tip to prevent bad weather: "watch less TV". ["]You may not like some of the suggestions I'm going to give. First is to watch less TV. Turn off lights when leaving the room. Of course rationalize [sic] the use of appliances, for example expect that the washer is full before turning it on.["]
Time: Your Icemaker Is Killing the Earth. This just in, courtesy of Time Magazine: Mother Gaia is dying and your ice maker is the perp. Continue churning out ice with your automated cube-maker, and you'll be contributing to the plight of the 50 million refugees the United Nations insists anthropogenic global warming
More examples of media bias related to environmental issues.
Increased air traffic may be a factor in climate change. Wispy white jet contrails are a familiar sight, a sign of today's considerable air traffic, and to some people, a visible reminder of environmental threat. The trails — formed when moisture condenses around aircraft engine exhaust — create cirrus clouds that block solar energy from above and trap heat below. They may be contributing to warming of the Earth's surface temperature, NASA studies show.
Ash Backward. An Icelandic scientist says climate change spurs volcanic eruptions such as the one disrupting air traffic in Europe. Rather, the evidence suggests volcanoes cause global cooling and Arctic ice to melt.
Global warming is in deep manure. President Obama's agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced at the Copenhagen climate change summit that methane gas emissions from the U.S. dairy industry will be reduced by 25 percent by 2020. Step aside big oil and big industry, now we have big cow flatulence causing global warming.
Did someone mention Copenhagen?
Some Blame Autumn Leaves for Global Warming: Those colorful autumn leaves that decorate skylines and blanket landscapes may play a role in global warming, according to some environmentalists. While most scientists agree that "trees pollute," they disagree on whether human activity makes that natural pollution even worse and whether any of it causes global warming.
Birds, fleas — even elevated trees add to global warming. Human activity isn't the largest direct contributor to increased carbon dioxide levels of the Earth's atmosphere. It seems that humans attract more prolific rodents and insects, such as fleas, hence the animals of the Earth are producing a lot more CO2 than humans themselves do, according to information suggested during a discussion Thursday night [11/15/2007] sponsored by the American Chemical Society's San Gorgonio section.
Fall in pea souper fogs has led to increase in global warming. Pea souper fogs, those veils of ground level cloud that gave atmosphere to Sherlock Holmes movies, have halved in thirty years — triggering up to a fifth of global warming across Europe, new research shows.
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What a relief! Automobiles weren't causing global warming after all.
Doctors: Third babies are the same as patio heaters. A pair of doctors have said that British parents should have fewer children, because kids cause carbon emissions and climate change. The two medics suggest that choosing to have a third child is the same as buying a patio heater or driving a gas-guzzling car, and that GPs should advise their patients against it.
Cleaner skies means more global warming. For past three decades, Europe has been following the trend of saying goodbye to air pollution and smoky chimneys but a new study has shown that cleaning up the skies has allowed more of the sun's rays to pierce the atmosphere, contributing to at least half the global warming that has occurred.
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Well, if that's true, then we need to turn on the smoke again. Anyone with the most basic critical thinking skills can see that if this hypothesis is correct (and it isn't), then the world would have been much warmer 200 years ago.
NASA: Smog chemical tied to Arctic warming. Ground-level ozone, the same pollutant that makes smog, is responsible for a surprisingly large part of the spring and summer warming that's been detected in the Arctic, NASA researchers said in a new study. "Instead of being this tiny player, (ozone) can be more like 30 or 40 or even 50 percent of the cause of warming that we're seeing in the Arctic now," said lead author Drew Shindell, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. "It's very dramatic."
[Yes, it's the drama that really matters, after all.]
Fumigating your greenhouse could drive climate change. When it comes to fumigating greenhouses, there's now a tricky choice: wreck the ozone layer or accelerate global warming. Methyl bromide, the previous fumigant of choice, is being phased out because it destroys the stratospheric ozone layer protecting us from harmful solar radiation.
Meat's bad for the planet say protesters. Environmentalists today scaled Smithfield meat market to highlight the alleged links between climate change and eating animals. Six members of Climate Camp climbed onto the roof of the Victorian buildings in the City of London and unfurled a banner that read, "Fight Climate Change — Go Vegan". The group wants more people to choose a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products including meat, eggs and dairy, because they say it can reduce climate-altering emissions.
Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change. People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns. The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey, also says total food consumption should be reduced, especially "low nutritional value" treats such as alcohol, sweets and chocolates.
UN says eat less meat to curb global warming. Dr Rajendra] Pachauri, who was re-elected the [IPCC]'s chairman for a second six-year term last week, said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems — including habitat destruction — associated with rearing cattle and other animals. It was relatively easy to change eating habits compared to changing means of transport, he said.
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Don't cows have a "habitat"?
Our dietary freedom's at steak. Green groups long ago decided that eating meat was worse for the environment than driving cars, and last year they began campaigning in earnest. ... Having attacked our wool so unscrupulously and so successfully, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is going for broke, claiming that meat is the "Number one cause of Global Warming".
Climate change chicanery. Although hailed by the BBC as "the UN's top climate scientist", Dr Pachauri, who holds PhDs in economics and engineering, is nothing of the kind, but just an apparatchik. A vegetarian Hindu, Dr Pachauri not only used highly tendentious figures to promote his cause but said nothing about the contribution made to global warming by India's 400 million sacred cows, which presumably would still be free to vent wind even if the rest of humanity is converted to eating veggieburgers.
Global Warming Activists Press Anti-Meat Campaign. Global warming activists are putting agriculture firmly in their crosshairs, launching new efforts to restrict meat production and consumption. This latest anti-meat campaign builds on prior efforts to restrict various forms of agriculture in the name of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "This is a new level of silliness," said Jay Lehr, Ph.D., science director for The Heartland Institute. "Telling people not to eat meat will have no measurable effect on global temperatures but will have a devastating effect on American and global farmers.
The Green Religion. [Scroll down] They all share an equal affinity for a common worldview that essentially brands humanity as the enemy. To cite two recent examples, there's PETA's recent plea to ice-cream moguls Ben & Jerry's to stop exploiting dairy cows and consider using human milk for their product, or the report by the Food Climate Research Network decreeing that meat ought to eventually be rationed to avoid "run-away climate change".
Flat-screen TV gases may be added to climate fight. New greenhouse gases emitted in making flat-screen televisions or some refrigerants might be capped under a planned U.N. treaty to combat global warming, delegates at U.N. talks in Ghana said on Friday. Emissions of the recently developed industrial gases, including nitrogen trifluoride and fluorinated ethers, are estimated at just 0.3 percent of emissions of conventional greenhouse gases by rich nations. But the emissions are surging.
Ozone-Friendly Chemical Said to be Causing Global Warming. Refrigerant chemicals that have replaced substances banned for allegedly harming the ozone layer are poised to become a major source of global warming, according to a study conducted by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming. A gas used in the making of flat screen televisions, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), is being blamed for damaging the atmosphere and accelerating global warming.
Load of hot air: TVs and old trees pose threat to climate. Carbon dioxide is not the only gas that worries climate scientists. Airborne levels of two other potent gases — one from ancient plants, the other from flat-panel screen technology — are also on the rise. And that has scientists wondering about accelerated global warming. The gases are methane and nitrogen trifluoride.
TV boom may boost greenhouse effect. An industrial chemical being used in ever larger quantities to make flat-screen TVs may be making global warming worse. ... The gas was first introduced as a measure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but a prominent atmospheric chemist this week warned it could now be having the opposite effect.
Nitrogen trifluoride sounds like one of those supposedly good ideas that may not be good at all.
Fat causes a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas. High rates of obesity in richer countries cause up to a billion extra tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, compared with countries with leaner populations, according to a study that assesses the additional food and fuel needs of the overweight.
The Editor interjects...
How big of a cloud would contain a "billion tonnes" of gas? See the discussion at the bottom of this page.
The Late Great Planet Girth. We are now told that obesity causes global warming. Maybe that's why belief in human-caused climate change is at an all-time low. That and the fact that Antarctic ice is growing, not melting.
Heat we emit could warm the Earth. Even if we turn to clean energy to reduce carbon emissions, the planet might carry on warming anyway due to the heat released into the environment by our ever-increasing consumption of energy. That's the contentious possibility raised by Nick Cowern and Chihak Ahn of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University, UK.
The Editor says...
Once again it's time for a sanity check: The university students (mentioned in the article above) could have uncovered the facts in ten minutes on the internet, just as I did. The energy received from the sun is 10,982 times greater than the energy produced by man. The heat we generate is but a drop in a very large bucket.
The amount of solar energy received by the earth is 174 Petawatts, or 174 x 10^15 watts. There are 31,557,600 seconds in the average year (365.25 days x 86,400 seconds per day). Therefore the earth receives 5,491 x 10^21 joules per year from the sun. In 2005, total worldwide energy consumption was 5 x 10^20 Joules).
Study: Global warming sparked by ancient farming methods. Ancient man may have started global warming through massive deforestation and burning that could have permanently altered the Earth's climate, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The study, published in the scientific journal Quaternary Science Reviews and reported on the University of Virginia's Web site, says over thousands of years, farmers burned down so many forests on such a large scale that huge amounts of carbon dioxide were pumped into the atmosphere.
The Editor says...
In order to believe this "study", you would have to believe...
(1) Farmers intentionally burn down forests instead of planting crops on open land;
(2) A forest that burns down will never grow back;
(3) Lightning has never started a forest fire — only man can start a fire;
(4) Carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere and never comes out;
(5) The actions taken by a handful of people 1000 years ago are detectable in the atmosphere today;
(5½) The actions taken by a handful of people 1000 years ago are just now becoming a problem, having had no effect on the "little ice age"; and most of all...
(6) Carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
Pretty obviously, I don't believe any of that.
Time magazine says your refrigerator's icemaker causes global warming.
Ice, Arrogant Ignorance, and Global Warmism. The latest global warming derangement? In order to stop "imperiling the planet," turn off your refrigerator's icemaker. To appreciate the depth of madness to which warmists are now routinely sinking, let's identify the fallacies contained in a sentence lifted from a recent Time magazine post. ["]Climate modelers have long known that households are far bigger contributors to global warming than most laypeople realize.["] There are at least three fallacies: that "modelers" deal in proven facts, that "households" cause any global warming at all, and that "most laypeople" generally swallow the second fallacy.
Just one more item...
Antibacterial socks may boost greenhouse emissions. Antibacterial nanoparticles may have more of an impact on the environment than we thought, including potentially raising levels of greenhouse gases.
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