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.
The Lie Of Global Warming Gets More Convoluted All The Time. California has a record-breaking drought, of course caused by global warming, and then suddenly the situation reverses and California is having record-setting rains and flooding, once again attributed to global warming. Leftist Democrats want you to forget that California has always had severely alternating drought and rain, usually on a seasonal basis, with the most recent drought lasting much longer than its seasonally allotted duration. But the interesting thing is that global warming was to blame for the drought, and now is blamed for the rain.
State of the Climate Report. [Scroll down to page 39 for these links:]
Historic California Sequoia Collapses From Climate Change or a Rainstorm, But Mostly a Rainstorm. The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former "drive-through" giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California's weekend storms. [...] So, of course, since all these storms are being blamed on 'climate change', we get this: [...]
DDT ban — not global warming — to blame for U.S. mosquito eruption: Study. The U.S. mosquito population is on the rise, but don't blame climate change. Blame the ban on the insecticide DDT. A study published this week in Nature Communications attributed the decay of DDT concentrations as well as urbanization to an increase in mosquitoes over the past 50 years. "Mosquito populations have increased as much as tenfold, and mosquito communities have become two- to fourfold richer over the last five decades," the paper said. "These increases are correlated with the decay in residual environmental DDT concentrations and growing human populations, but not with temperature." The analysis, conducted by researchers from Rutgers, the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Santa Cruz, flies in the face of statements by environmental groups linking warmer temperatures to mosquito-borne ailments like the West Nile and Zika viruses.
Fake News: 'Climate Change' Could Maybe Possibly Spark Humanitarian Crisis. The extreme enviroweenie/Warmist sects have been pushing doom from climate change for decades, particularly since the utterly non-scientific books The Population Bomb and Silent Spring. They're still pimping this apocalyptic viewpoint, despite all their prognostications failing to come to fruition.
Bummer: 'Climate Change' To "Destroy Beautiful Sunsets. From the press release about this taxpayer funded program[:] "Some students take photos of beautiful things such as sunsets or waterways and then write about how it could be lost or destroyed because of climate change."
No More Sunsets. Adults aren't falling for climate change hysteria, so warmy alarmists are now appealing to their base: pre-teen children.
Climate change gloom lessons for kids. Doomsday climate change lessons are being taught to children as young as eight who are concluding that human activity threatens to destroy beautiful sunsets and waterways.
Japan BOM: Global Warming will cause Heavier Snowfall. The Japan Meteorological Agency thinks global warming will lead to heavier snowfall in Northern Japan. [...] All I can say is thank goodness we are not experiencing global cooling, otherwise we might have no snowfall at all.
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Climate change is thawing deadly diseases. arlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores — which had not been seen in the Arctic since 1941 — also spread to 2,300 caribou.
The Facts Show Louisiana's Floods Not Caused by Man-Made Climate Change. Is man-made global warming to blame for the heavy rainfall and flooding in Louisiana? Former Vice President Al Gore sure thinks so. And The New York Times ran a story with the title "Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change." But the climate research suggests otherwise. Speaking in Houston to train more grassroots activists on global warming, Gore said: "These kinds of record downpours — that's one of the manifestations of the climate crisis." The Times article led with: "Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like."
Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict. Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather. [...] Previous work has shown a correlation between climate disasters and fighting but the new analysis shows the disasters precede the conflict, suggesting a causal link. Experts have warned that an increase in natural disasters due to global warming is a "threat multiplier" for armed violence. The scientists behind the new research say it could be used to predict where future violence might flare, allowing preventative measures to be taken.
African Methodist Episcopal Church: Global Warming Hurts Black People. One of the nation's largest and oldest black churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is warning black people about the dangers of climate change. The Guardian reported Sunday [7/24/2016] that the AME church "passed its first resolution in its 200-year history devoted to climate change, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy" at the church's general conference in Philadelphia. "We can move away from the dirty fuels that make us sick and shift toward safe, clean energy like wind and solar that help make every breath our neighbors and families take a healthy one," the resolution stated according to the Guardian.
Photo Series Compares Modern-Day Flooding in Paris to Great Flood of 1910. More than 100 years ago, the Seine River rose a record breaking 8.6 m above usual levels, causing the catastrophe known as the 1910 Great Flood of Paris. Over the past week, as the picturesque streets of the French capital city began to submerge once again, artist Julien Knez was struck by the similar atmosphere of fear and awe brought on by water slowly creeping up over the river's embankments. [...] Last time the river flooded, it ended up costing the city nearly $1.5 billion dollars in damages, and parts of the city were submerged for nearly two months.
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Target CEO Claims Bathroom Policy Not Hurting Sales. It's the perfect liberal cop-out. Blame it on climate change. Then if anyone questions your reasons, you can call them uneducated since the science is settled.
US General's Senate Testimony: Climate Change and War. The Administration's passion to connect climate change to war is an example of faulty theories that rely for relevance on politically correct imaginings rather than established historical precedent or a learned understanding of war. The theories linking climate change to war come from a larger body of political thought that ascribes human conflict to "Global Trends". Advocates of the Global Trends theory argue that environmental scourges such as diminishing water supplies, urbanization and the AIDS/HIV epidemic shape the course of human conflict. Lately, thanks to legitimacy provided by the Obama Administration, climate change has become the most prominent of all the global trends that seek to link global misfortunes to war.
Documentary "Climate Hustle" Exposes Global-warming Con Job. [Marc] Morano allows alarmists to speak for themselves throughout the documentary. Climate Hustle is packed with clips and interviews of alarmist politicians, "experts," celebrities, and scientists bloviating about alleged man-made global cooling, warming, the supposed urgency of doing something about it, and more. Hilariously, some of the supposed effects of alleged man-made global warming — everything from weather events and increased prostitution to rape, car theft, airplane turbulence, barroom brawls, and even the extinction of coffee — are highlighted, too. The humor throughout the film is absolutely fantastic, making it perfect to watch with others of all political persuasions. Morano also catches some climate alarmists involved in blatant, demonstrable deception.
Tale of Two Tribes: 'Climate Refugees' vs. EPA Victims. The New York Times splashed a viral story on its pages this week spotlighting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's $48 million grant to Native-Americans who live in the flood-ravaged coastal community of Isle de Jean Charles. About 60 residents, the majority of whom belong to the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, will be resettled to drier land. That's a whopping $800,000 per "climate refugee!" Never mind that the Times' propagandists themselves admit that erosion on the island began in 1955 as a result of land-use and land-management factors that had nothing to do with climate change. [...] Never mind that enviro-alarmists have conveniently changed their tune from blaming global warming for causing sea level rises to blaming global warming for causing sea level drops.
Barack Obama is really good at solving problems that don't exist, by spending other people's money.
Climate Change Is Making The Weather More Pleasant. A research letter published in the journal Nature finds that climate change has made the weather in the United States far more enjoyable over the past four decades. The researchers looked at seasonal temperature changes since 1974, rather than annual averages, and found that "80% of Americans live in counties that are experiencing more pleasant weather than they did four decades ago," the authors concluded. The reason, they say, is that since the 1970s the winters have been getting warmer, but not the summers.
Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change. The north pole is on the run. Although it can drift as much as 10 meters across a century, sometimes returning to near its origin, it has recently taken a sharp turn to the east. Climate change is the likely culprit, yet scientists are debating how much melting ice or changing rain patterns affect the pole's wanderlust. The geographical poles — the north and south tips of the axis that the Earth spins around — wobble over time due to small variations in the sun's and moon's pulls, and potentially to motion in Earth's core and mantle. But changes on the planet's surface can alter the poles, too. They wobble with every season as the distribution of snow and rain change, and over long stretches as well.
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Nasa study says melting ice sheets are changing Earth's weight distribution. Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new Nasa study has concluded. Melting ice sheets — especially in Greenland — are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. That has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.
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Venezuelan Leader Blames El Niño And Global Warming For Nation's Energy Crisis. The fierce El Niño event under way in the Pacific Ocean and warming global temperatures have helped create the brutal drought now racking Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday night [4/6/2016]. The Venezuelan leader blamed the climatological phenomena as he presented a 60-day plan to conserve energy in the blackout-prone nation. Maduro declared all Fridays during the next two months will be holidays in a highly criticized bid to cut electricity use.
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Obama Claims Global Warming Will Literally Drive People Crazy. The Obama administration released a new report claiming global warming will make mental health issues worse — the report notes even "perceived" threats from global warming will harm the mentally ill. "Many people will experience adverse mental health outcomes and social impacts from the threat of climate change, the perceived direct experience of climate change, and changes to one's local environment," reads a new report released by the administration. "Media and popular culture representations of climate change influence stress responses and mental health and well-being," the report continues.
Judge: Climate Change Imperils Wolverines and Feds Must Act. Wolverines need deep mountain snows to den, and scientists warn that such habitat will shrink as Earth heats up.
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WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change. White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers "will basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die." "In some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors," Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday [4/4/2016]. "That means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die. This is a really, really big deal. And it's going to be a big deal in the hottest parts of the United States as well as the Middle East, in South Asia and other places."
Alarmism Cranked Up to Absurd Level. The Reuters article Record surge in 2016 temperatures adds urgency to climate deal, say scientists features some notable quotes and a photo of a dead cow in South Africa — yes, a dead cow, a solitary dead cow, without explanation — as if to say, Oh look, a dead cow. It must be due to global warming. Also, I believe on-the-dole activists in the title and text would be more appropriate than scientists.
The Future of Global Warming Is Unknown. The global warming hypothesis is worthy of scientific investigation, but it seems to have metastasized into an ideology whose followers tolerate no alternatives. The primary hypothesis — human produced CO2 will produce catastrophic global warming — now so dominates discourse that to question it sounds like heresy. This sad state of affairs results in a Repetition Crisis in publishing, in which the only explanations for serious phenomena that researchers are allowed to offer is the same old same old: climate change caused by global warming. Whether breeding habits of squirrels, increasing or decreasing snowfall, even reduced business at Bulgarian brothels: global warming caused it. The problem is that the primary hypothesis is falsified by the data.
Global Warming and the Irrelevance of Science. [Scroll down] The position of the policy world is clear. Here is President Obama's constant refrain: "Climate change is contributing to extreme weather, wildfires, and drought, and that rising temperatures can lead to more smog and more allergens in the air we breathe, meaning more kids are exposed to the triggers that can cause asthma attacks." Pope Francis, President Hollande, and virtually all state leaders have chimed in with similar proclamations. And yet, the whole proposition is largely without basis and highly implausible. The association with asthma that is regularly made by both Obama and Hillary Clinton is a good example of nonsense driven by focus groups who find this to be an effective scare theme. The other claims are no better.
Apocalyptic weather to trigger epidemics and starvation. The apocalyptic forecasts threatens to throw the world into a violent chaos. NASA recently warned that the impact of this year's so-called "Godzilla El Niño", a warming of sea temperatures in the Pacific, could be the worst in history. Catastrophic weather this year has already seen dozens of countries around the world declare emergencies while the UN warned at least a million children face agonising starvation. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the "unprecedented situation" could devastate the world with severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and scorching temperatures. The killer record-breaking phenomenon has already unleashed devastating storms in the United States, mudslides in South America and raging wildfires in Australia.
Turns out scientists really aren't sure if global warming causes droughts. Climate alarmists claim that among global warming's parade of horrors are increased droughts of worsening severity, particularly in the U.S. — except now scientists aren't so sure. New research suggests that global warming may not be as big of a factor as previously thought and that scientists don't really understand as much about the climate as they thought they did.
"Greens" vs. Transparency. Some background: To the "green" Left, cost-benefit analysis is a problem. Even some environmentalists admit that many supposed anti-Warming measures would do real harm to the economy, especially to poor and working-class people — greater harm than the Warming itself. To get around that problem, activists have worked to build up the current and future threat of Warming. It's been blamed for everything from the spread of AIDS to the future extinction of coffee beans and red-headed humans, from bumpy plane rides to the loss of people's sex drives to a rise in the pitch of the croak of the coqui frog of Puerto Rico. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a recent Democratic presidential debate that "In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism."
Shut up, she explained: My request for climate evidence. Intellectual atrophy is the inexorable result of living in an echo chamber, an effect that can be avoided through a disciplined approach to serious work and a consistent effort to confront opposing arguments. [...] If one believes, as I do, that government bureaus, decisionmakers, and scientists are not merely disinterested truth seekers devoid of any agendas of their own, but instead are an interest group, we should ask how scientific analysis conducted or funded by an agency headed by political appointees buffeted by political pressures can be viewed ex ante as any more authoritative than that originating from, say, the petroleum industry.
Save the Environment — from Deadly Lettuce. ISIS will not be amused. First, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have given the inherent danger of their terrorism the heave-ho by declaring that global warming/climate change is a bigger threat to 21st century humanity — and now global warming doctrine dares to suggest that bacon is better for the environment than run-of-the-mill lettuce.
Are vegetarians to blame for climate change? Sticking to a vegetarian diet may not be as beneficial to the environment as you think — in fact, it might be helping to destroy it. A study from Carnegie Mellon University has found that many common vegetables require more resources per calorie, and produce higher greenhouse gas emissions than some types of meat. While lowering the weight of the general population has been shown to positively affect the environment, the researchers found that healthy eating leads to a higher environmental impact.
Lettuce 'three times worse' for environment than bacon, new study says. According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon, a vegetarian diet could be worse for the environment than a carnivorous one. Only pork chops can save the ozone now! Fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood have a more negative impact on the climate than meat, claims the study. The meat-less diet increases energy use by 38 percent, water use by 10 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by six percent.
Climate Change Is Making the Earth Wobble. As pollution from burning fossil fuels continues to heat the atmosphere, the world's glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate. Scientists widely agree that this meltwater has been a major factor in raising global sea levels about seven inches over the 20th century. The movement of all that water is affecting the Earth's rotation, according to a study published Friday [12/11/2015] in the journal Science. "If you are melting glaciers from high latitudes — in Alaska, Greenland, or Iceland — you move mass away from the pole, toward the equator, which slows the Earth down," said Jerry Mitrovica, the study's lead author and a Harvard geophysicist who specializes in studying sea level change. "The change in the distribution of the mass from the poles to lower latitudes also causes the rotation to wobble slightly, because it's being redistributed unequally." That change in rotation added a microsecond to the course of a day over the 20th century.
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Reality versus Obama's climate of fear. When President Obama blames climate change for stoking terrorism, he's trying to play us all for saps. He's doing what Hollywood exploitation movies have done since the 1920s — latching on to a widespread fear, mixing in lurid content and hoping to turn it to his profit. Quick and dirty movie-making was low and clever. But Obama's exploitation is only disreputable, not smart. It makes him an even more distant and discredited leader, hopelessly out of touch with the legitimate fears of the public whose mind he wants to change.
The (Lack of) Intelligence of Pseudo-Intellectuals. When I first heard the purported link between terrorism and climate change, I assumed it was a joke. But now I see it is being treated as social-scientific fact. How did people, many of them regarded as leaders and intellectuals become so stupid? [...] This assertion that climate change is the cause of terrorism is truly a case in point in revealing how intellectually untenable and morally bankrupt the West's so called progressive and self appointed intelligentsia have become.
Obama: Climate change could lead to rise in extremism. President Obama on Friday [12/4/2015] defended his view that climate change could lead to a rise in violent extremism around the world. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Obama said that as global warming kicks in and leads to severe flooding or other "major shifts in weather patterns," people in vulnerable parts of the world could begin growing desperate and turn to "dangerous" ideologies.
Obama Wants to Organize the World Around Climate Change. President Barack Obama has expressed an apocalyptic vision he suggests other reasonable people must embrace. On Monday [11/30/2015], in Paris, he said he foresees: "Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow." And also: "Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own." Climate change, he argues, threatens to cause these problems.
Doomsday revisited: will warming deprive us of oxygen? Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted icesheets and rising seas. Now a new study, published Tuesday [12/1/2015] and coinciding with the UN climate talks in Paris, adds to the grim tableau: the risk that warming at the far end of the scale could rob our planet of oxygen.
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Obama frets over global warming while adding to it. Besides themselves contributing to global warming, Obama's 1,750 words in Paris were largely pep-rally remarks, portraying the roughly five-billion-year-old planet as basically doomed until this magical meeting in France, "a turning point, that is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet." He described for attendees the devastated Alaska he visited last summer, beset by seas "already swallowing villages," erosion, glaciers that melt in the summer, burning forests and tundra. That's merely a preview of the future, Obama said, "a glimpse of our children's fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it. Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow. Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own."
The Usual Suspect. Just as nuclear power and radiation explained everything in the 1950s, in 2015 the usual suspect in all modern mysteries is Global Warming. "In Britain last week, Sky News aired an interview with Prince Charles in which he declared that a clear link existed between climate change and the emergence of Islamic State." It was therefore understandable that Global Warming is the presumed cause for the phytoplankton boom just as it was the culprit in its former assumed decline. The way the narrative works is the Usual Suspect is guilty in every case. Things are simpler that way.
Prince Charles: Climate change failure is a factor behind Syrian crisis. Prince Charles has suggested the cause of conflict in Syria is climate change, in a wide-ranging interview. Drought and competition for increasingly scarce resources caused by manmade activities also played a role in the refugee crisis which has seen thousands of people leave the Middle East and cross Europe in recent months, the Prince of Wales said.
Sharks hunting ability 'destroyed' due to higher CO2. From the 'Carbon Dioxide, is there anything it can't destroy?' department and the University of Adelaide's department of science fiction, comes this laughable press release. [...] Studies in captivity are NOT the same as the ocean. Just ask any salt water aquarium owner how difficult it is to keep specimens healthy under even the best aquarium management practice. Even worse, they only studied one kind of shark, yet extrapolate that to all sharks in the headline of the press release. In my opinion, this study would get laughed out of any grade school science fair, but somehow it gets a pass in peer review.
Terrorism, not Climate Change, Kills People. [Scroll down] Mrs. Clinton is not alone, however. All of the Democrats running for president, plus former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, want to treat changes in the weather as something to be addressed through new treaties, international agreements and global tax schemes. This campaign has taken precedence over defeating international terrorism. At the Democratic Party debate this past weekend, Sanders claimed that "Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism and if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you're going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they're going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you're going to see all kinds of international conflict"
CIA Director Cites 'Impact of Climate Change' as Deeper Cause of Global Instability. Speaking today [11/16/2015] at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said that CIA analysts see "climate change" as a "deeper cause" of the instability seen in places like Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen and Libya. "Mankind's relationship with the natural world is aggravating these problems and is a potential source of crisis itself," Brennan said at one point in his speech. "Last year was the warmest on record, and this year is on track to be even warmer."
'Life on our planet at stake': Warnings over climate change catastrophe. If global warming continues on its present trajectory of 4 degrees Celsius, rising sea levels will claim land inhabited by more than 600 million people, according to a survey by Climate Central, a US-based research group.
World Bank: Climate Change Could Add 100 Million Poor by 2030. The World Bank is warning that global warming will push 100 million more people into poverty across the globe in the next 15 years, in the absence of further action by developed nations to curb rising temperatures. In a report released Sunday [11/8/2015], the bank called for "rapid, inclusive and climate smart development, together with emission reductions" aimed at protecting the world's most vulnerable inhabitants.
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Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty within 15 years, warns World Bank. Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report. Released just weeks ahead of a U.N. climate summit in Paris, the report highlighted how the impact of global warming is borne unevenly, with the world's poor woefully unprepared to deal with climate shocks such as rising seas or severe droughts.
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You Can't Make Love When It's Warm Out. Climate alarmists are constantly trying to hector the rest of us into... something. Agreeing to be poor, I guess, just so they will leave us alone. Now the National Bureau of Economic Research has come up with the ultimate threat: global warming will cause a disastrous population decline in the developed world, because people don't make love when it's too warm.
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Sounds terribly sexist to me.
Susan Rice Blames Climate Change For Conflict in Syria. In her most dramatic speech to date about climate change, National Security Advisor Susan Rice suggests climate change was partially responsible for the conflict in Syria and represents a looming threat to the entire world. [...] An alarmed Rice warned that climate change was "an advancing menace" that portended doom for the nations around the world.
Will climate change ruin Thanksgiving? Everything from rising sea levels in Vanuatu to worsening air quality in India to the endangerment of polar bears, sea turtles, and giant pandas around the world has been attributed to climate change. But this Thanksgiving, climate change may hit a little closer to home. Libby's Pumpkin, which supplies more than 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin, says an unusually rainy spring and summer will slash annual pumpkin yields by half this year.
John Kerry Predicts Millions Of 'Climate Refugees' Will Need Special Status. Secretary of State John Kerry warns the world that more and more people will be fleeing the devastation caused by global warming. "It's something new. We have climate refugees today," he said during a town hall event about the oceans. Kerry described climate refugees as people who had to leave their homes because of drought, rising sea levels, and thawing permafrost. "[T]he day could come, if we don't respond rapidly, you could have millions of climate refugees. You could have people moving from whole areas where today you can grow things and tomorrow you can't," he said.
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A Warming World Could Totally Mean Crocodiles Everywhere Or Something. In a sane world, this type of article would be a pure "jumping the shark" moment. Alas, the number of bat guano crazy articles emanating from the Cult of Climastrology weekly are quite large, and never stop.
Fossil Fuels Won't Cause Armageddon. The June 2015 release of [the Pope's] encyclical "Laudato si" marked his initial foray into the discussion. Therein, Pope Francis echoed President Obama's tune, claiming there exists "solid scientific consensus" that human activities are causing a "disturbing warming" of the climate, which left unchecked will result in a type of planetary Armageddon manifested by escalating temperatures, melting polar ice caps, rising seas, more frequent and more severe weather, ecosystem degradation, and plant and animal extinctions, all of which he claimed will severely affect humanity. [...] But are the pope's concerns over potential global warming based upon the best available science? Or are they significantly overinflated?
Global warming, evolution reshaping bodies of bumblebees, study says. Global warming and evolution are reshaping the bodies of some American bumblebees, a new study finds.
New Zealand deports would-be first ever 'climate change refugee'. New Zealand has deported a Pacific islander who launched a failed bid to become the world's first climate change refugee, the man's supporters said Thursday [9/24/2015]. Ioane Teitiota was sent to Kiribati on Wednesday after exhausting all avenues of appeal in his four-year battle to stay in New Zealand. Mr Teitiota, 39, had argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati as rising seas threaten to deluge the island nation of 100,000 people, making it unsafe for him and his family.
Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather. Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters, so much so that their citizens are seeking refuge in safer terrains outside their borders, want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations. Preparatory talks ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December has representatives from developing nations asking for more than an already agreed upon $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures. They want additional compensation for weather-related disasters as well as a "displacement coordination facility" for refugees. And they want all this to be legally binding as part of the larger anticipated Paris accord. The U.S. and wealthier nations in the European Union are balking.
Obama's 'extreme climate-change agenda' blasted. Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, threw cold water Wednesday [9/2/2015] on President Obama's Alaska climate-change tour, saying the president's proposed regulatory fixes have put him on "thin ice." "The president is on thin ice to claim his costly plan will address climate change or benefit Americans," said the Texas Republican in a statement. [...] "The president and his EPA have become traveling salesmen, touring the world to push their extreme climate change agenda," Mr. Smith said. "But the science doesn't support the president's exaggerated claims linking climate change to severe weather events."
Obama to offer aid to Alaskans affected by climate change. During the first trip north of the Arctic Circle by a sitting president [9/2/2015], Obama is expected to observe first-hand the effects of warming temperatures and their effect on shorelines and community infrastructures. The White House said he will announce federal grants to deal with coastal erosion in areas such as northwestern Alaska, which could include relocation in extreme cases.
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President Obama issues stern warning on climate change ahead of hike on melting Alaskan glacier. President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
Obama Warns of Planet Beyond Repair: 'Submerged Countries. Abandoned Cities. Fields No Longer Growing'. In a speech in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday President Barack Obama warned that if nations do not act to stop climate change "we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair." "Climate change is no longer some far-off problem," Obama said. "It is happening here. It is happening now. Climate change is already disrupting our agriculture and ecosystems, our water and food supplies, our energy, our infrastructure, human health, human safety — now. Today." "If we were to abandon our course of action, if we stop trying to build a clean-energy economy and reduce carbon pollution, if we do nothing to keep the glaciers from melting faster, and oceans from rising faster, and forests from burning faster, and storms from growing stronger, we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair," he said.
Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska. President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
Mystery lights in space increasing, moving south, potential sign of global warming. Strange blue lights glowing on the edge of space first appeared over polar regions in 1885 and today, sightings are becoming increasingly common, and now the phenomenon is moving into lower latitudes including Northern California. Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, these glowing space clouds may be a celestial siren, warning of Earth's global warming, according to some scientists.
EPA Administrator: Climate Change Affects 'Our Ability to Earn a Decent Living'. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that climate change affects "everything and everyone we love," including our ability to secure a livelihood. "Climate change is one of the most important issues [that] we face. It is a global challenge, but in many ways it's also very personal to all of us, because it affects everything and everyone we love," McCarthy said. "It affects our kids, our communities, even our ability to earn a decent living."
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Also posted under Lies about energy production.
400 years of ordinary weather hasn't made any difference, but now CLIMATE CHANGE is going to ruin everything.
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Climate change 'urgent and growing threat' to national security: Pentagon. A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an "urgent and growing threat to our national security" and blames it for "increased natural disasters" that will require more American troops designated to combat bad weather. Some studies have questioned whether such a trend exists. Says the Pentagon report released Wednesday [7/29/2015], "Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries."
EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Fact Because Bad Weather Leads the News. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said there is no need to continue debating the science behind climate change. "I can remember a day when the weather report was in the middle of the domestic and international news and took about a minute and a half. It wasn't the news. When you go on the news today the first thing you'll hear about is the weather. So there is a dramatic difference in the way people perceive the ability of the climate to impact their lives because they're feeling it today," McCarthy said during an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
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Martin O'Malley: ISIS Exists Because of Climate Change. Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect that ISIS came about because of the effects of climate change. "One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS, was the effects of climate change and the mega-drought that effected that region," he said, noting how it "wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, [and] created a humanitarian crisis." "It created the symptoms, or rather the conditions of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence," O'Malley concluded.
Climate change threat must be taken as seriously as nuclear war — UK minister. The report, commissioned by the Foreign Office, and written by experts from the UK, US, China and India, is stark in its assessment of the wide-ranging dangers posed by unchecked global warming, including: very large risks to global food security, including a tripling of food prices[,] unprecedented migration overwhelming international assistance[,] increased risk of terrorism as states fail[,] lethal heat even for people resting in shade[.]
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Interesting Reparations for Global Warming. If you thought global warming scaremongering tactics went away with the most recent failed prediction for 2015 when we were supposed to be flooded and underwater, with little polar ice caps left, you would be mistaken. Writing for the Washington Post, Michael B. Gerrard, a legal scholar at Columbia University's Earth Institute, proposes that we should take in millions upon millions of refugees that will eventually be displaced by climate change. He said, "We ruined your country. Welcome to ours."
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National Geographic: Yeah, Climate Change Part Of Reason For NC Shark Attacks. The Cult of Climastrology must always find a way to bring their pet political cause into almost any event.
The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming. The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients. The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.
This has never been true before, and it's not true now.
Global warming will shrink loaves of bread. Yes, loaves of bread are under assault from global warming, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Loaves will be smaller because of increased carbon dioxide in the air.
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Claim: Climate will inhibit bread dough from rising. I have hand prepared fresh bread at least twice a week, for the last 5 years. There are so many variables which can influence bread dough. The air temperature is the obvious variable, but bread is also very sensitive to the amount of water, the temperature of the water, the amount of salt and shortening or fat, how long you mix the dough, the type of bowl it is mixed in [...] To ignore all of this, and conclude that CO2 shrunk the slightly stunted loaf, in my opinion seems utterly absurd, even for climate science.
Mankind will be extinct in 100 years because of climate change, warns expert. Humans will be extinct in 100 years due to overcrowding, declining resources and climate change, according to a prominent scientist. The comments were first made by Australian microbiologist Dr Frank Fenner in 2010, but engineer and science writer David Auerbach has reiterated the doom-laden warning in his latest article. He criticises the recent G7 summit for failing to deal with the problems facing the survival of humanity, such as global warming and exhausting Earth's resources.
Delusional Obama links climate change and terrorism. President Obama's assertion in his commencement address to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that the rise of ISIS in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the brutality of both, is somehow linked to climate change shows just how dangerously detached from reality U.S. foreign policy has become. For those who wondered why upwards of two hundred thousand have died in Syria, Boko Haram abducts Christian schoolgirls, and ISIS beheads and burns people alive in its reign of terror, the president placed a major part of the blame on fossil fuels and your SUV.
Nevermind terror, Obama tells the military global warming is imminent security threat. Finally, President Obama addressed what he sees as the nation's worst security threat, just days after the fall of Ramadi to ISIS and North Korea's declaration that it has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on an ICBM capable of reaching the United States. In a speech to graduates at the Coast Guard Academy, Obama said, yes, yes, terrorism is a grave danger. But there's another one. "We cannot, and we must not, ignore a peril that can affect generations," the commander-in-chief declared ominously. That threat? Global warming.
Global Warming Now Responsible for Islamic Terrorism. President Barack Obama's attempts to provide cover for Islamic terrorists by first declaring global warming/climate change "a national security threat" and then excusing their ongoing carnage with the absurd claim that it was global warming that set them off, must be the biggest political scam in all of human history. It was supposedly feeling the ravages of climate change that set Islamic terrorism on a worldwide rampage? How do the mainstream media, Obama's so-called political opponents and the masses let him get away with this outrageous, over-the-top claim?
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. As you read it, some items will strike you as contradictory. Others, perhaps, as merely absurd. And still others as factually impossible. However they strike you, in perusing the list one thing will become clear: just how much the fear of global warming has come to taint both science and news reporting on the issue.
Global-Warming Guacamole. That California's catastrophic drought is a result of global warming has become a commonplace of contemporary political rhetoric. That truism isn't true: Most scientific accounts of California's current dry spell link recent low precipitation to naturally occurring atmospheric cycles, not to global warming. Indeed, most of the global-warming models relied upon by those advocating more-invasive environmental policies predict that warming would leave California with wetter winters — winter precipitation being critical to the snowpack-dependent state — rather than the drier winters at the root of the state's current water crisis.
Warming seas may spell end to Britain's fish and chips. Warming seas may spell the end to traditional British food favourites such as haddock and chips, researchers said on Monday [4/13/2015]. Haddock, plaice and lemon sole are to decline in numbers as the North Sea warms by a predicted 1.8 degrees Celsius (35.24 degrees [sic] Fahrenheit) over 50 years, according to research by University of Exeter scientists.
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Obama on impact of climate change on his family's health. "I've seen how scary it is when your kid comes up to you, your four-year-old, and says, 'I'm having trouble breathing,'" the president told CBS News' Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook. "Malia -- early on, when she was young -- had asthma," Mr. Obama explained. "And we had to go to the emergency room once. We had good health insurance, and we had the capacity to really knock it out early, so that over time, she was able to not have to carry an inhaler around."
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Sorry, Mr. President, Global Warming Didn't Cause Malia's Asthma. The White House this week organized a roundtable with government and public health officials to warn that global warming is an immediate health threat and discuss how to deal with it. A White House fact sheet says that asthma rates have doubled in the U.S. over the past three decades, and that "climate change is putting these individuals ... at greater risk of landing in the hospital." More wildfires, meanwhile, will increase the amount of air pollution from harmful particulate matter. [...] If it all sounds scary, it's meant to.
Why Obama Pretends That Global Warming Caused His Daughter's Asthma. Any politician knows how to tell lies. A skilled politician knows how to exploit his children as props. To make it to the top of the big brown pile, you need to know how to exploit your children to prop up lies. [...] Anyone who doesn't want to sacrifice what's left of our freedom and standard of living to the debunked global warming hoax can now be denounced as insensitive toward children. Even when unavoidable climate change brings welcome warmer temperatures, the connection with asthma is tenuous at best.
Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health. President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.
Dem resolution warns global warming could force women into prostitution. A California congresswoman warns global warming will be so detrimental to poor women, it will drive them to prostitution. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has re-introduced legislation that forces the government to address all "policies and programs in the United States that are globally related to climate change" through the lens of gender.
How many degrees of warming does this require?
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Rep. Barbara Lee: Stop Global Warming Before Everyone Gets an STI. I don't delve much into the Global Climate Change debate, mostly because it seems like there's no real way to be part of the conversation on either side without looking like a complete lunatic, and I already do more than enough of that. While I believe that stewardship of the environment is a very important thing, I'm not sure how the government, which can barely deliver the mail correctly on a good day, and frequently spends thirty times more on an item from a hardware store than it would cost on the black market in North Korea, is qualified to address the tragedies associated with a burning atmosphere and a rising ocean level.
Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution? [Scroll down] The point is that people, plants and animals thrive, and have thrived, across a very broad range of temperatures. Polar bears — to take one ludicrously-hyped example — have lived for millions of years under conditions both much warmer and much colder than any now in prospect. People, today, live under a far broader range of temperatures than any prospective change due to global warming, even if the alarmists are right.
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Gina McCarthy has a hammer, and everything looks like a nail.
Climate change key in Syrian conflict — and it will trigger more war in future. Climate change was a key driver of the Syrian uprising, according to research which warns that global warming is likely to unleash more wars in the coming decades, with Eastern Mediterranean countries such as Jordan and Lebanon particularly at risk. Experts have long predicted that climate change will be a major source of conflict as drought and rising temperatures hurt agriculture, putting a further strain on resources in already unstable regimes.
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White House: Seven in Ten Doctors Say Climate Change Is Harming Patients. Usually when the Obama administration is discussing doctors and health issues, Obamacare is on the table. Thursday [2/26/2015] however, the White House threw a curve by linking health to climate change. In a new blog post, the White House declares that "7 out of 10 Doctors [say] Climate Change Is Already Harming Patients' Health." While often the White House has been a source of upbeat reports on recent health improvements attributed in part to the Affordable Care Act, the language of this post stands in sharp contrast. For example: [...]
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Al Roker: Extreme Weather This Winter Made Possible By Climate Change. Larry King Live: "In an in-depth interview with Larry in New York, America's most trusted weatherman says he thinks the extreme Winter weather in the northeast this season has been fueled by climate change." [Video clip]
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Wind tax credits little more than corporate welfare; China is the real climate battlefield. In their OpEd, [Laura] Dorle and [Katie] Chapman claim that global warming is a cause for the Gulf of Maine shrimp decline. Yet the authors don't tell us that this seafood stock is at the southern edge of its range for this species and that its abundance at the fringe of its distribution could easily be affected by natural environmental variability, decadal increases in vessel catchability and chronic overfishing. The authors conveniently ignore these other factors that may cause this (and other) seafood species to vary in abundance but instead implicate global warming as the sole culprit for the shrimp decline simply because it fits their narrative. This is purposely misleading.
Obama signs executive order aimed at reducing flood damage from climate change. President Obama on Friday [1/30/2015] signed an executive director requiring all roads, buildings and other pieces of infrastructure paid for with federal money to be built in areas with less risk of flooding. With the order, Mr. Obama established the "Federal Flood Risk Management Standard," which makes the case that climate change will make floods more common and much more destructive.
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Global Warming So Bad Great Lakes Need Another Icebreaker. Earlier this month came much blubbering about 2014 being the warmest year in history. We set the record straight on that but, well, the alarmists won't give up. They can't help themselves. They would make the same claims if 2014 had been the coldest year on record. Remember, it's not global warming anymore. It's climate change. The new name allows the alarmists great latitude in their claims. No matter which way the thermometer moves, no matter how much it snows or doesn't snow, or rains or doesn't rain, they will say that man's burning of fossil fuel is causing the climate to change.
Kerry Uses Tsunami Anniversary to Push 'Climate Change' Agenda. Secretary of State John Kerry used the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean region as a reminder about climate change. The earthquake released huge walls of water that inundated a number of coastal regions in both Asia and Africa just before Christmas in 2004.
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The Gods Have Made Them Mad. It used to strike me as impossible for global warming to cause cold weather. Then I realized that I could chill a soft drink in the oven if there were no room left in the refrigerator to bake a cake. [...] I must admit, however, that I have yet to figure how to know when the brakes will brake and when they'll accelerate. If I could understand that, perhaps I could understand when and under what circumstances carbon dioxide heats the air and when it cools it. Then I wouldn't risk causing a drought with a rain dance.
Liberalism in Ruins. [Scroll down] Take also global warming — for Secretary of State John Kerry, the world's greatest challenge.Once the planet did not heat up in the last 18 years, and once the ice of the polar caps did not melt away, global warming begat climate change. The new nomenclature was a clever effort to link all occasional weather extremities to some underlying and fundamental climate disruption. Brilliant though the strategy was — the opposites of cold/hot, drought/deluges, and calm/storms could now all be used as proof of permanent climate change — global warming finally was hoist on its own petard: If it caused everything, then it caused nothing.
"Our Energy Policy is Insane: This is the Inconvenient Truth". A host of data shows all catastrophic events allegedly caused by CAGW occurred in the past when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were lower and constant. For many weather events, rates of occurrences recently declined. The U.S. government provides data on various climate events CAGW proponents claim are increased — heat waves, record high temperatures, flooding, drought, wildfires, reduced snowfall, tornadoes, hurricanes, sea level rise, and Arctic ice melting. Inspection of data shows CAGW claims are false or exaggerated. Omitted from the data released by climate alarmists is satellite global temperature data show there has been no global warming since the super El Nino in the Spring 1998.
Foregone Conclusions of Global Warming. Seems that any weather, warm or cold, wet or dry, storms or lack of, points to the foregone conclusion of global warming, just as every single person in Iraq made it to the polls on election day and voted to reelect Saddam. Blame it on the polar vortex, according to climate scientists. Warming oceans and melting ice are weakening the vortex, causing colder, snowier winters. Huh? This year has given us, "The earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years." Arctic ice is decreasing as Antarctic ice is increasing, meaning a shift, not a net loss. How does one reasonably draw conclusions from conflicting and contradictory data? Unless the conclusions are foregone and data is simply window dressing.
Say, Remember When Warmists Said "Climate Change" Would Reduce Lake Effect Snow? Does global warming cause more lake effect snow or less lake effect snow? The answer from Warmists if you ask them? "Yes." Because, as we all know, no matter what happens with the weather, it will be blamed on "climate change" caused by the actions of Humanity.
Yet Another Hysterical Article Blaming Cold And Snowy Winters On AGW. These [buffoons] have created a tautology where by nothing can ever disprove their beliefs. Yes, what they are positing is poppycock, [...] but Warmists are too fanatical to understand nor ever give up. They are as far removed from science as those practicing witchcraft.
Climate Hysteria and the Buffalo Snowpocalypse. Once the snow started falling in Buffalo this past week, the sound of climate alarmists running to their keyboards in order to blame climate change became deafening. And, as always, problems abound in their analyses.
John Kerry Thinks Climate Change Causes Radical Islam. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated his assertion that radical Islam, which he simply calls "extremism", results in part from climate change. It's not religion that guides extremism, it's the weather. John Kerry commemorated Eid al-Adha at a reception in the State Department Delegates' Lounge last week. That was the event in which he tied Israel to the rise of ISIL (ISIS). The theme appeared to be that extremists, which he won't call by their name — radical Islamists — are not responsible for their actions. Rather their behaviors are caused by climate change, poverty, poor leaders, out of work youth, jealousy of the West.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Ebola: 'Consequence of Deforestation and Climate Change'. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted on its website an article that claims Ebola is a "direct consequence" of manmade climate change. The article also stated that the virus specifically threatens conservation efforts focused on ape and monkey populations in Africa, including those in Guinea, one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak and where the U.S.-run Chimpanzee Conservation Center is located. "The larger conservation connection, however, is perhaps less obvious: Ebola appears to be a direct consequence of deforestation and human disturbance," the article stated.
Did someone mention Ebola?
Few U.S. states preparing for climate change, study says. Fwewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states' efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center.
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Hagel: Climate change a 'threat multiplier'. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on other nations to join the Pentagon in taking steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change, calling it a "threat multiplier" that could exacerbate global challenges if left unaddressed. "Climate change is a threat multiplier," Hagel said at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, "because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today — from infectious disease to armed insurgencies — and to produce new challenges in the future."
Scientists to 'fast-track' evidence linking global warming to wild weather. Scientists are to challenge the climate-change sceptics by vastly improving the speed with which they can prove links between a heatwave or other extreme weather event and man-made changes to the atmosphere. It typically takes about a year to determine whether human-induced global warming played a role in a drought, storm, torrential downpour or heatwave — and how big a role it played. This allows climate sceptics to dismiss any given extreme event as part of the "natural weather variation" in the immediate aftermath, while campaigners automatically blame it on global warming.
HUFFPO Authors: Climate Change To Blame For Rise Of ISIS. A read-it-to-believe-it column in the Huffington Post is demanding that each American do more to stop the looming threat of the Islamic State — by recycling. Arguing a direct correlation between droughts in Syria and the rise of Islamist extremism, the authors blame climate change for the terrorist group's advance in the Middle East. With a title like "How Climate Change Helped ISIS," one would expect the article to be two words long: "it didn't."
Of Course: Newsweek Clowns Link Ebola and So-Called 'Climate Change'. This may well be the dumbest thing we've seen so far today, but it's still early. [...] Despite all evidence to the contrary they still claim temperatures are rising, when they obviously are not. Yet the media just keeps repeating the lies.
CBS Medical Correspondent: 'Climate Change' Linked to Ebola, Child Paralysis Virus. In a report on a mysterious virus causing paralysis in children that aired on "CBS This Morning" earlier this week, Dr. David Agus, a medical contributor for CBS News and a University of Southern California medical professor, discussed a so-called enterovirus that is believed to behind paralysis and muscle weakness in nine Colorado children. The virus, known as Enterovirus D68, had spread throughout the country.
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Thousands of Walruses Are Gathering on Alaska's Shore. Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.
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The Walrus and the Climate Hysterics. The "walrus crisis" is the Left's latest effort to bully us into electing Democrats. Because... they're going to do something about the walruses, I guess. Hard to say what. Chase them back onto the ice, maybe. Like the other manifestations of climate hysteria, the walrus crisis is entirely fabricated. First, let's note what how great it is that you can find 35,000 Pacific walruses in one place. It is a sign of a thriving wildlife population, estimated to have doubled since the 1950s.
Ten questions for Al Gore. [Scroll down] An outstanding question came from a scientist who would not allow his name to be used since he has received death threats as a result of his stance on climate change. He asked, "Every time there is a flood or a cyclone or any natural disaster anywhere on the globe, immediately climate scientists are pronouncing with certainty that it is due to global warming. Now there is no global warming for the past 17 years. How long it will take for the climate scientists to accept the reality that their models and projections bear absolutely no resemblance to what is actually happening?"
Climate change may add billions to wildfire costs, study says. As wildfires burned in California, a study by several major environmental groups estimated that climate change could mean that future blazes will be much larger and add billions of dollars to already costly losses. The 46-page study released Tuesday, titled "Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon," is part of an ongoing project by three groups to examine what it calls the missing risks, such as wildfires, that climate change can make more expensive.
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Oops: First Species Wiped Out By Climate Change Lives. [V]irtually ever animal issue they try and blame on man caused climate change turns out to be wrong.
Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change. Half of all bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday [9/8/2014].
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Global Warming Jumps the Shark. This was the week when global warming jumped the shark. Just like it did last week. And the one before...
Could climate change doom Maine lobsters? Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It's already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world's oceans, scientists say.
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Environmentalists Try To Connect Ferguson And 'Climate Crisis'. Frequently criticized for being insufficiently diverse, environmentalists are trying to draw parallels between the crisis erupting in Ferguson, Missouri and global warming. "It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis," writes Deirdre Smith, strategic partnership coordinator for the environmental group 350.org. Smith ties the "institutional neglect of vulnerable communities in crisis" into the environmental movement's war against fossil fuels, which she claims hit minority communities the hardest.
HUH? Global Warming Causes Global Cooling? This sounds like things are getting a bit desperate for the folks in the global warming industry. Global Warming researchers from the United States and China on Thursday [8/21/2014] explained why the rapid global warming in the late 20th century has been slowing down over the last 15 years. Actually it hasn't slowed down, it's stopped and as of the beginning of August it's not 15 years but the earth hasn't shown any warming for 17 years, 10 months.
You Thought There Was no Possible Link Between Ferguson and Climate Change? Think Again.... Climate change is a serious problem because... Ferguson. So says environmental activist Deirdre Smith of left-wing pressure group 350.org. In an editorial written for Common Dreams ("Breaking News and Views for the Progressive Community"), she claims that it "isn't hard" to link the current tensions in Ferguson, Missouri with global warming.
After brutal winter and cool summer, UK paper blames Toledo water crisis on global warming. Even though last winter saw the second-highest ever of ice coverage on the Great Lakes, a left-wing British newspaper, the Guardian, is blaming agricultural — and global warming — for the toxic algal blooms that have made Toledo's water supply unsafe. The Ohio city gets its drinking water from Lake Erie.
Daily Kos Fail on Linking Washington State Fire to Climate Change. What a tragedy. I've been officially labelled a climate denier. Of course I deny there is a climate, and I deny weather, too. No term greater exemplifies the intellectual void on the activist left than "climate denier." But even more egregious is that the Daily Kos thinks there is evidence that the Carlton Complex of fires in Washington is the result of anthropogenic climate change. There is no such evidence at all. The Kos said I failed to cite the sources for my data. I guess the radical left suffers from an absence of basic reading comprehension skills.
A Global Fire History of the Past Century. What does it reveal about the relative roles of climate change and direct human impacts?
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots. As Washington still fights over whether or not climate change is real, people across the country are already paying costs scientists ascribe to it — sometimes in unexpected places. You might think about climate change in terms of rising sea levels threatening coastal cities. But all over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face just as many difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure.
U.S. Amb. Blames 'Climate Change' for Hotel That Collapsed 12 Years Ago on African Beach. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power posted photos on Twitter Wednesday [7/16/2014] to illustrate the purported effects of climate change on a West African nation's coastline, but the pictures show a hotel that collapsed into the sea 12 years ago, the victim of erosion blamed largely on years of illegal mining of coastal sand. [...] A Nexis search of news reports going back almost two decades shows that Benin, like its Gulf of Guinea neighbors, has long struggled with coastal erosion, a problem recorded since the 1960s. The earlier reports, however, say nothing about climate change, rising sea levels or melting icecaps.
Fire Statistics Debunk Asserted Link to Global Warming. The unusually quiet 2013 fire season continued a long-term trend in declining wildfires. From 1962 through 1982, for example, at least 100,000 wildfires occurred in the United States every year. Since 1982, however, not a single year has registered 100,000 wildfires. During the past decade, an average of 73,000 wildfires occurred each year. During the 1970s, by contrast, an average of 155,000 wildfires occurred each year.
Climate Change Induced Corn-mageddon? According to NOAA's own data, long-term drought has all but disappeared in the U.S. corn belt, and it is only getting wetter and wetter over time. And yes, that trend towards massively anti-drought conditions in the corn belt is also massively statistically significant. We find the exact same highly statistically significant trends towards far less drought in the corn belt since the late 1800s when we look at the 48-month, 36-month, 24-month, annual, May-October, or summertime PDSI. It is absurd to suggest that droughts in the American corn belt are becoming more frequent or severe due to climate change. The exact opposite is taking place.
10 Things Liberals Insanely Link To 'Global Warming'. [#1] Global Warming Causes Rape [...] Back in February, the "brilliant" minds at Mother Jones published an article claiming that global warming will cause an increase of 180,000 rapes by the year 2099. The good news is that if you're reading this article, you won't be around for the neighborhood rape parties, but the bad news, unfortunately, is that people actually believe this stuff.
Insurance Co. Sues After Storm, Claims Inadequate 'Climate Change' Preparation by City Officials. The Farmers Insurance Company is suing 98 Illinois towns, Cook County, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, asserting they were insufficiently prepared to deal with the effects of global warming that allegedly caused heavy rains and flooding in those areas last spring, damaging property, which led to expensive claims against the company. "During the past 40 years, climate change in Cook County has caused rains to be of greater volume, greater intensity and greater duration than pre-1970 rainfall history evidenced," reads the lawsuit, adding that the infrastructure systems used by the towns to manage the heavy rainfall apparently are "inaccurate and obsolete."
The Hard Sell on Climate Change. More and more people in the middle of America — both geographically and culturally — have come to believe either that global warming is manageable or that extraordinary efforts to slow the economy to combat it aren't worth the cost. But that "doesn't faze the bicoastal urban media elite," says Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. These elites, he adds, "have become more hysterical in their treatment of the issue, blaming everything from drought to wildfires to hurricanes on climate change."
Global Warming Alarmists Are Getting Desperate. California Gov. Jerry Brown's absurd contention that LAX Airport is going to be turned into a bathtub because of climate change is the latest example of how know-nothings in the media, entertainment and politics are reaching for ever more questionable arguments as they continue to fail to stoke fears in an American public that, contrary to their hateful claims, largely believes in global warming but isn't particularly worried about it. Brown said that due to changes in glacier mass (breathlessly hyped as "collapse" by the media), in 200 years "the Los Angeles airport's going to be underwater." No, it isn't. A projected four-foot rise in sea levels won't much affect the airport, which sits 120 feet above sea level.
The Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction: 'Climate Change' Or Barack Obama? Working for the Obama Administration on a project called the National Climate Assessment, the scientists warned immediate action has to be taken by governments acting in concert (sounds like global government) to prevent a global catastrophe. [...] The report stated that corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are "outside of recent experience." Left out was whether dogs and cats are living together in California, but you get the drift; without the help of Obama and other Democrats, planet Earth faces an environmental Armageddon.
Governor Moonbeam Lectures GOP on Climate Change. There are about 1500 wild fires raging in Southern California — an annual occurrence as nature clears out old, dry scrub so that new sprouts can take hold. The danger, of course, is that a hundred years ago, there weren't million dollar homes in the path of these fires, so residents rightly are anxious and fire fighters exhaust themselves trying to bring the blazes under control. Also a hundred years ago, there was no theory that global warming was causing the wild fires.
UK Guardian: 'Climate Change' to Blame for Boko Haram and Nigerian Girls' Kidnapping. Britain's Guardian newspaper has come up with a novel explanation for the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Conventional analyses have pinned the blame on the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram (which means: "Western education is forbidden"). But according to the Guardian's Nafeez Ahmed, the real culprit is 'climate change.'
Warming disrupts Americans' lives: federal report. Most Americans are already feeling man-made global warming, from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons. And it is likely to get worse and more expensive, says a new federal report that is heating up political debate along with the temperature. Shortly after the report came out Tuesday, President Barack Obama used several television weathermen to make his point about the bad weather news and a need for action to curb carbon pollution before it is too late.
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Fed report: Warming [is] disrupting Americans' lives. The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase 'climate disruption' as another way of saying global warming.
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White House sets out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'. Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather.
Obama EPA Chief Regina McCarthy: Pollution holds African-Americans back. Regina "Gina" McCarthy, President Obama's chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has essentially called pollution a force of racism in the US, saying that pollution is "holding back millions of African-Americans." McCarthy made even more strange comments at an April 24 appearance at Clark Atlanta University sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus, [...] The EPA chief, who was appointed by Obama in July of last year, claimed that black students are the "most vulnerable to climate change" and they should become "champion climate justice advocates." Turning pollution into an excuse to throw the race card, McCarthy claimed that stopping pollution is all about "equity" and that minorities have been "overburdened by pollution and environmental health hazards for far too long."
Kerry: Climate Change 'Forcing Farmers Out of Business and Driving Up Grocery Bills'. Kerry stressed that "climate change's impacts aren't far off in the future — they are here and now," adding in bold type, "We're increasingly seeing events like those that scientists have long predicted." "Extreme droughts are hammering crop production, forcing farmers out of business and driving up grocery bills. More intense floods and storm surges are causing billions in property damage. The coasts are swiftly eroding, rendering home after home uninhabitable or uninsurable. We still have a short window of time to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, but the science tells us that window is closing," he said.
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Experts say climate change could result in higher coffee prices. Could climate change mean paying more for your morning cup of coffee? One climate panel says "yes." According to the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), pests, rising heat and extreme temperatures resulting from climate change may actually impact the supply of coffee. The news has those in the coffee industry worried.
Climate change is damaging fish brains and causing them to lose their survival instinct, researchers warn. Fish are losing their survival instinct as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change, researchers have claimed. The study confirms laboratory experiments showing that the behavior of reef fishes can be seriously affected by increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean.
Climate change causing fish to lose their minds, researchers say. Climate change's latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that's being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes' sensory systems, so they're not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on.
Sunk: Climate change threatens to flood world's largest Navy base warns Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Recently elected Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning that global warming could raise sea levels high enough to flood the Hampton Roads region, home to the world's largest naval base, without immediate and "smart decisions." Addressing an environmental summit this week at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., McAuliffe embraced climate change, blamed humans for causing it, and said action is needed now to protect Virginia's coast from rising ocean levels that will result from global warming. "The first big decision of course is to accept that climate change is real," he told the group. "I happen to believe in climate change. And I happen to believe that humans contribute to climate change."
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Al Gore Brings Climate Change message to Kansas City. Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film "An Inconvenient Truth." But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view. Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.
Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape. The phenomenon of global warming has been used to explain many things, but now Mother Jones is quoting a study saying it might cause more rapes of women. Matthew Ranson, an economist, avers that there is a historical connection between warmer temperatures and increased crime. He said, "Looking at the past, we see a strong relationship between temperature and crime. We think that is likely to continue in the future."
Climate change brings more crime. A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures — on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis — are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion.
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Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute. In delivering aid to drought-stricken California last week, President Obama and his aides cited the state as an example of what could be in store for much of the rest of the country as human-caused climate change intensifies. But in doing so, they were pushing at the boundaries of scientific knowledge about the relationship between climate change and drought. While a trend of increasing drought that may be linked to global warming has been documented in some regions, including parts of the Mediterranean and in the Southwestern United States, there is no scientific consensus yet that it is a worldwide phenomenon. Nor is there definitive evidence that it is causing California's problems.
California's Drought Isn't Due To Global Warming, But Politics. President Obama visited California's drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global warming. But the state's water shortage is due to the left's refusal to deal with the state's water needs.
Agriculture chief says climate change already hurting agriculture, unveils new 'climate hubs'. Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today [2/5/2014], warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.
U.S. to launch 'climate hubs' to help farmers face climate change. President Barack Obama's administration will announce on Wednesday [2/5/2014] the formation of seven "climate hubs" to help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change, a White House official said. The hubs will act as information centers and aim to help farmers and ranchers handle risks, including fires, pests, floods and droughts, that are exacerbated by global warming.
Don't Blame Climate Change for the California Drought. Of all the media-savvy decisions that our friends in the alarmists' camp have made in recent years, the finest was to change their branding. "Global warming" is a clear hypothesis, subject to investigation and to criticism; "Global cooling," likewise. But "climate change"? Now that is beautifully and efficaciously ambiguous — less an ironclad prediction and more an ersatz Rorschach test onto which anything and everything can be projected.
Obama, the Ingrate. The December jobs report was truly awful, with 74,000 non-farm jobs created and the labor-force participation rate at a 35-year low. Liberals — the same bunch who insist that the climate is warming at an alarming rate — were quick to point to cold weather as a factor discouraging job-creation.
Climate Change: Don't Blame Man For California's Drought. California is enduring a historic drought. Naturally some are blaming it on man-made global warming. Are they right? Probably not. This isn't the first time the Golden State has gone dry.
Is global warming to blame for polar vortex? Global warming may be contributing to the "polar vortex" causing frigid temperatures across most of the nation on Monday [1/6/2014], according to some climate change researchers. While it seems counter-intuitive, the research argues that plunging temperatures could come from changes in the jet stream caused by climate change.
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Yes, we have no bananas, thanks to climate change. We hear that there is looming banana crisis in Costa Rica — the world's 2nd leading exporter of the fruit — as this year's crop is being threatened by an infestation of mealybugs, scale insects, and fungal infection. [...] It must be climate change, of course!
Senator: Sports Stadiums 'at Risk from... Sea-Level Rise Effects of Climate Change'. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at risk from the "sea level rise effects of climate change," and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing. "We see significant sports facilities, the palaces of — of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change," Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.
The Midwest Tornadoes Weren't Caused By Global Warming. Entire neighborhood blocks are gone, trees have been torn out by their roots, hundreds of thousands have no power and stunned survivors try to slog through the recovery and restoration of their lives. Making this tragedy even worse are alarmists who try to score political points on the lost and devastated lives.
Climate Con Artists Exploit Typhoon Haiyan. The United Nations climate chief blames the Philippines devastation on climate change, ignoring the historical record that 33 of the 35 most devastating storms occurred with CO2 below current levels. [...] There have been 35 cyclones in the last 800 years that have killed more than 10,000 people. Thirty-three occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM. The deadliest one in 1970 was blamed on global cooling at the time, says [Steve] Goddard.
Executive Order Ignores Climate Reality. President Obama is "preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change," by his new executive order issued Friday [11/1/2013]. [...] It is apparent that neither Obama nor the Sierra Club has been monitoring data from the president's own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The executive order first cites "an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures." This is a false assertion in view of records from NOAA and the U.S. Historical Climatology Network.
Al Gore Throws Another Climate Lie On The Barbie. Bushfires have been part of Australian life for centuries, long before the Industrial Revolution and the sale of the first SUV. Since the 1851 fires, there've been the 1898 fires in Victoria, which consumed 2,000 buildings, fires in Victoria in 1938 that killed 71 and destroyed 3,700 buildings, and the Ash Wednesday fires in the early 1980s that left 71 dead in the state of South Australia. Australia has been battling another round of massive bushfires west of Sydney for more than a week now, fires not unlike those that have occurred throughout its history.
Climate change said [to be the] driving force behind larger, more extreme wildfires. The researchers analyzed current and future climate patterns and their effect on the spread of fire in a mountainous region that includes Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, a university release said Thursday.
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Goofed Skyscraper Architect Rafael Vinoly Blames Climate Change For Building Design Woes! The now half-constructed 37-story Walkie Talkie glass skyscraper in London was given a special concave shape by its architect, Rafael Vinoly. [...] Vinoly's sorrowful attempt to dodge responsibility is typical today. Nobody is ever responsible for big screw-ups or gross incompetence anymore. Now it's always climate change.
Breaking News! Seventh First Climate Refugees Discovered! BBC, your climate reporting is pathetic. Doesn't anyone there think to check up on some dewy-eyed reporter gushing on about the tragic fate of the latest batch of pseudo-refugees? Missing the facts in this story would have been understandable a decade ago, but in 2013, you guys are a running joke.
Climate change will [cause] frequent and severe heatwaves over the next 30 years, experts warn. They say there will be a 'several-fold' increase in heatwaves up to 2040, regardless of how much carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but future efforts to slash pollution could stem the rise in extreme heat events later on in the century.
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White House blames floods, wildfires, power outages on climate change. Building a case for spending as much as $1 trillion to reinforce the nation's electric grid, the Obama administration on Monday [8/12/2013] said that climate change is causing floods, storms and even wildfires that threaten the country's electricity.
Climate change is making poison ivy grow bigger and badder. Climate change is making poison ivy grow faster, bigger and meaner. Rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and higher temperatures are to poison ivy what garbage is for rats, dormant water is for mosquitoes and road kill is to buzzards.
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Rise in violence 'linked to climate change'. Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.
Global Warming Makes People Mean! Even the Greenies will admit there hasn't been any rise in global temperatures in at least [...] seventeen years. You might be interested to know that violent crime — right here in the good ole US of A — has been dropping for at least a couple of decades now. Somehow, that doesn't seem to add a whole lot of credence to the "global warming - high crime" theory, now does it?
Global Warming Sparks Fistfights and War, Researchers Say. Climate change will probably trigger more human conflict, according to an article in the journal Science. An examination of 60 separate studies, including one stretching back to 10,000 B.C., found that individuals, groups and nations are "substantially" more likely to become involved in physical conflict in hot weather and heavy rain.
Burning Man. About a month ago, a wildfire ravaged about 28,000 acres over the mountains around Mount Charleston, Nevada, leaving burn marks and charred land 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The fire, declared a major disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forced the evacuation of over 500 people, threatened over 500 structures, and was rated the nation's number one wildfire priority on July 7. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wasted no time blaming the fire's devastation on global warming.
Climate change will disrupt energy supplies, DOE warns. U.S. energy supplies will likely face more severe disruptions because of climate change and extreme weather, which have already caused blackouts and lowered production at power plants, a government report warned Thursday [7/11/2013]. What's driving these vulnerabilities? Rising temperatures, up 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century, and the resulting sea level rise, which are accompanied by drought, heat waves, storms and wildfires, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The White House state climate impact report claims there are 31 counties
in Hawaii, when there are actually five.
American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based. If you realize that the story is not really about global warming, but rather about changing the composition of the atmosphere, it becomes easy to understand why the believers are not disturbed by the fact that global warming, as measured by surface temperature, stopped 16 years ago. They easily find other scientific theories to buttress their faith. They ignore or discredit any science that challenges their faith. They tell us that if we don't stop adding carbon dioxide to the air, we will have extreme weather and the oceans will become acidified. The polar bears will die. The wine will lose its flavor. We will catch exotic diseases. If one theory of doom is refuted, or becomes boring, there are plenty of others to take its place.
With warming seas, lobsters become an abundant bargain. There is good news for consumers, but bad for struggling lobstermen: Prices for the delicacy are cheap again this season, and could stay that way. Massachusetts lobstermen were paid about $3.74 per pound last week, just four cents more than a year ago, when prices hit a record low.
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Dem Senator Uses Moore, OK Tragedy to Berate Republicans on Global Warming. They're still digging dead children from the debris and Democrats are already playing politics.
Democratic Senator uses Okla. tornado for anti-GOP rant over global warming. While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming. Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.
Dem. Senator Blames Tornado on Republicans. On Monday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used the devastating Oklahoma tornado as an excuse to bash Republicans for denying global warming and implied Republicans were responsible for actually allowing the destructive natural disaster to occur.
Senator Blames Okla. Tornado On Climate Change, GOP. Despite no evidence that devastating tornadoes have increased in frequency or intensity due to fossil fuel use, another warm-monger blames the Moore, Okla., disaster on GOP "polluters and deniers." Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., thought the devastation of Moore was a crisis that should not be wasted as he took to the Senate floor Monday [5/20/2013] to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming (known by its acronym, AGW).
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'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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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.
Ocean acidification and the coral reef scare:
Ocean Acidification: This Scam Exposed. Of all the climate "science" scams I've helped expose, about the worst has got to be Ocean Acidification. The very name is a lie: no our oceans are not turning acid; still less are our corals and marine life under any threat of dissolving in what the New York Times once hysterically described as "our deadened, carbon-soaked seas". Yet still this junk-science scare story refuses to lie down and die because there are so many vested interests determined to prop it up.
Great Barrier Reef: 5% bleached, not 93% says new report "discrepancy phenomenal". In a nutshell: a government funded group finds some bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, and repackages the stats to come up with the apocalyptic statistic that only 7% of the reef is not bleached! The SMH reported that "93% of the corals" are damaged. The reef is 2,000 kilometers long. Did anyone really think about these headlines? Then in a development that "no one" could see coming, local tourism is damaged, potentially costing a lot of jobs. "And the loss of these tourists could cost our tourism industry a whopping $1 billion a year, a report out today by The Australia Institute warned." This inspires local dive operators (who possibly know what the reef looks like) to pay for a two week expedition to survey 28 sites. They find about 5% damage and describe the difference as phenomenal. Indeed, they say the reef is pretty much just like it was 20 years ago when they last did a survey.
Rebutting Climate Alarmism with Simple Facts. [Scroll down] [A]tmospheric CO2 levels have typically ranged far higher throughout the earth's history, yet the oceans never became acidic. In fact, if they had, submarine fossil layers would have readily dissolved. Claims of the ocean "becoming acidic" are actually a misrepresentation of variations in the ocean's pH scale. Seawater has typically measured roughly 8.18 on the pH scale. Recent, pH levels of 8.10 have been noted, which would mean slightly less alkaline oceans. But it's misleading to say that the oceans are "becoming acidic," particularly when ocean pH often varies greatly, based on season and location.
Science Is Turning Back To The Dark Ages. According to a new study, scientists' claims that coral reefs are doomed by ocean acidification are overplayed. An "inherent bias" in scientific journals, says the editor of ICES Journal of Marine Science, has excluded research showing marine creatures are not being damaged. Instead, he says, many studies have used flawed methods by subjecting such creatures to sudden increases in carbon dioxide that would never happen in real life. No surprises there. The claim that CO2 emissions are acidifying the oceans is a favourite of climate-change alarmists. Man-made global warming theory has been propped up by studies that many scientists have dismissed as methodologically flawed, ideologically bent or even fraudulent.
Microsoft co-founders $162m yacht wrecks coral reef. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent millions on ocean conservation and backed programs to save endangered coral, but those reefs had better not get in the way of his 300-foot megayacht. Allen's $162 million Tatoosh destroyed 13,800 square feet of coral reef in the Cayman Islands' protected replenishment zone. Local officials said the massive anchor and chain wiped out most of the coral in the area on the western coast of Grand Cayman on Jan. 14. "Initial figures place the damaged area at 1,200 square meters ... with 80 percent of the coral within that area destroyed," according to the Cayman Department of Environment.
Experts Can't Confirm Current Ocean Acidification Damage. With the pause in global temperature rise continuing well into its 18th year, polar bear populations and Arctic and Antarctic ice levels on the increase, and hurricane land strikes at historic lows, the list of horribles climate alarmists can trot out to scare the public is dwindling. Thus it didn't surprise me at all to see one of the leading mainstream media voices of climate hysteria, The New York Times, run a nearly 1,300-word commentary misleadingly titled, "Our Deadened, Carbon-Soaked Seas." The story told was not new. The authors — Richard W. Spinrad, chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Ian Boyd, chief scientific advisor to the British government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) — claim oceans are acidifying as they soak up human carbon dioxide emissions, threatening numerous ocean species including oysters, corals, and even clownfish.
Climate Update: Ocean Death Exaggerated? This week's New Scientist magazine covers a new study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that calls into doubt the familiar thesis that ocean acidification from human CO2 emissions will kill coral reefs.
Oceans Not Dying After All. One of the leading talking points of the climatistas is that we're going to turn to oceans into giant acid vats that will melt your toes off if we don't turn over our car keys to Al Gore. Well, Science magazine this week reports a whole lot of cold salt water on the theory.
Where is All the CO2 Going? CO2 gas can be absorbed by the oceans as a dissolved gas, much like CO2 is absorbed in carbonated soda. CO2 can also be stored in water by a chemical reaction. In the ocean, a molecule of CO2 can come apart and combine with the water. The CO2 then exists as carbonate (CO3) ions or bicarbonate (HCO3) ions. These different ways of storing carbon can dynamically change, one to the other, the proportions depending on the salinity (or alkalinity) of the water. Potentially the oceans are a huge sink for CO2 and they could eventually absorb all the human CO2 emissions. The key is "eventually."
Evidence discovered that 'ocean acidification' scare may be as fraudulent as 'global warming'. A startling discovery by a graduate student has uncovered what looks like a fraud remarkably parallel to the infamous "Hockey stick" graph of Michael Mann that purported to show global temperatures skyrocketing when atmospheric CO2 rose, but only did so because "hide the decline" was the operating principle in selecting data. For those who have not been keeping up with the alarmist follies, alleged ocean acidification has joined and supplemented the rapidly-fading alleged global warming threat as an urgent reason to stop emitting CO2, and hand money and power over to regulators who would control the production of energy, the very basis of modern life.
Cayman Islands Coral Reefs See Dramatic Comeback. In a stunning example of the natural world's remarkable ability to bounce back from ecological decline, the coral reefs surrounding Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean Sea — all but written off as dead by some marine scientists a decade ago — are rapidly regaining their health. Bleaching, blamed by global warming activists on warmer ocean water, and the spread of infectious disease took a heavy toll on the reefs around the turn of the century. From 1999 to 2004, live coral cover declined by more than 40 percent. But a 13-year study conducted by the University of Florida and Caribbean researchers and released in November 2013 found the amount of live coral on the reefs, the density of young colonies critical to the reefs' future health, and the overall size of corals have returned to 1999 levels.
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.
NOAAgate: how 'ocean acidification' could turn out to be the biggest con since Michael Mann's Hockey Stick. Christmas has come a couple of days early for climate sceptics, in what may well prove to be one of the biggest blows to the Global Warming religion since Climategate. This time the pillar of green faith which has been rudely dismantled by sceptical investigators is an alleged phenomenon known as "ocean acidification." For years this has been touted by environmentalists as possibly the greatest threat to the planet after "global warming."
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:
Feds offer Thanksgiving tips to fight climate change. The federal government is worried that America is too stressed out to deal with Thanksgiving dinner safely so at least two departments have entered to help everybody live through the uniquely American holiday while also curbing global warming. [...] "The volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day — about 1 million extra tons," said EPA "There are many simple ways to 'green' your holiday season by reducing, recycling, and reusing. You can also minimize your impacts on climate change." For example, buy organic foods and don't use paper plates and cups at parties.
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Your car causes salmonella and other funny global warmy stories. There has hardly been any warming in the last 20 years anyhow. And if we are doing cosmic epidemiology, so far global warming seems to come with longer lifespans, health, wealth, food, and less polio. It's likely that climate change will make you throw up, but it won't be gastroenteritis. Salmonella is spread through bad food handling — by mixing up a bit of manure with dinner, say.
Everybody Panic: 'Climate Change' Is Going To Destroy Your Christmas Favorites. This is all your fault, for refusing to give up your fossil fueled travel and big carbon footprint... no, no, it doesn't matter than all those pushing this issue haven't walked the talk, because they are doing something more important, spreading awareness, causing your own Christmas doom[.] [...] It's a real shame that you've refused to give up your use of an ice maker, which has caused weather patterns which had been the same for 4.5 billion years to change.
Abbas Blames Israeli Settlements for Global Warming at UN Climate Ceremony. At the UN Earth Day ceremony in New York on Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the "Israeli occupation" for global warming. The ceremony was intended to mark the signing of an agreement reached at an international summit in Paris last December, but Abbas seized the opportunity to engage in Israel bashing. Abbas took the podium and addressed the representatives of 193 nations gathered to address global environmental issues. "The Israeli occupation is destroying the climate in Palestine," Abbas declared, "And the Israeli settlements are destroying the environment in Palestine. Please help us stop the occupation and the settlements."
EPA Warning: Holiday Leftovers Contribute to Climate Change. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a video on its website to tell Americans that they should think about how much food they waste during the holiday season if they want to help save the planet. The video is part of the EPA's "Fight Food Waste" campaign. In the video posted on YouTube and in the text accompanying it, EPA claims that food waste contributes to climate change.
Schwarzenegger Pushes Vegetarian Diet to Stop Climate Change. Former bodybuilder, action star, and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is now advocating a part-time vegetarian diet to protect the planet from climate change. Speaking at the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference this week, the Terminator star was asked by the BBC whether he would recommend reducing meat consumption to save the environment from greenhouse gases.
Should your turkey be taxed for climate change? As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving Day feasts, there's an issue on the horizon that could make that turkey more expensive: taxing meat to reduce climate change. Livestock is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, adding about the same amount of emissions as that of all the world's vehicles, according to a new report from the U.K. policy institute Chatham House. But many consumers aren't aware of the link between their dinner plates and climate change, the report notes.
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Energy Department smashes pumpkins for causing climate change. How scary are your jack-o'-lanterns? Scarier than you think, according to the Energy Department, which claims the holiday squash is responsible for unleashing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the U.S. end up in the trash, says the Energy Department's website, becoming part of the "more than 254 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) produced in the United States every year." Municipal solid waste decomposes into methane, "a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change, with more than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide," Energy says.
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More about methane.
Climate change poses "medical emergency," major report says. Climate change could undermine the last 50 years of gains in global health, according to a new report from The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The authors of the paper, published Monday evening [6/22/2015], say that the potential risk to human health posed by climate change has been underestimated. But they also say tackling it presents one of the greatest global health opportunities of this century. "Climate change is a medical emergency," Commission Co-Chair Prof. Hugh Montgomery, director of the University College London Institute for Human Health and Performance, said in a statement. "It thus demands an emergency response, using the technologies available right now."
A healthier lifestyle will also help fight climate change, says study. Banning carbon dioxide-filled fizzy drinks from schools and cutting consumption of red meat and dairy products are not only ways to make Britain healthier but also key methods for tackling global warming, a new study has said. Climate change has given people a golden opportunity to improve their health, according to the report on links between lifestyles and global warming — which even said that phasing out asthma inhalers could help.
Kofi Annan: Eat Bugs To Stop Global Warming. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants you to eat more insects. Why? It's better for the environment and your health, he argues. "Keeping meat consumption to levels recommended by health authorities would lower emissions and reduce heart disease, cancer, and other diseases," Annan told The Guardian Sunday [5/3/2015].
Squirrels and beavers contributing to global warming more than previously thought. Rodents such as squirrels and beavers are contributing far more to global warming than previously thought, forcing climate scientists to alter the models they use to chart how the world is warming up. Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, according to scientists from the American Geophysical Union. Faeces and urine produced by rodents are speeding up the release of carbon from the permafrost, the vast store of greenhouses spanning the Arctic Circle, researchers found.
Kerry: Starving Africa Shouldn't Build More Farms Because It Would Contribute to Global Warming. Speaking at the U.S.-Africa Summit earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry had a bit of astonishing advice for African leaders. While noting that Africa faces a starvation problem, he also admonished its leaders not to create more farms or farmland. The reason? Adding more farms would contribute to global warming.
Obama announces funds to prepare country for climate change. The president has made it a second-term priority to tackle climate change, as Republicans routinely deny that the Earth's temperature is warming and dramatically altering weather patterns. Last month, he announced an Environment Protection Agency ruling that would curb carbon emissions by a third over the next 16 years. The Supreme Court struck down parts of the ruling, but the cuts largely remained in place. The vast majority of the funds announced today — 236.3 million [dollars] — will go towards improving a nation's rural electric system in eight states.
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Stop buying big fridges, middle class families told. Middle-class families should stop buying large fridges in order to save energy and tackle climate change, a government-commissioned report has suggested. Families could save up to £36 a year on their electricity bills by replacing large fridge-freezers or televisions with smaller appliances, according to a study published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
James Cameron wants you to eat all the plants to stop global warming. Apparently, one of the next big projects for James Cameron has nothing to do with 100 year old wrecks or ten foot tall blue people who plug their pony tails into their dragons. The director and his wife are ready to convince all of you to eat nothing but plants. For your health? Not just that... it's also to stop global warming, of course.
Harry Reid Says 'Multizillionaire' Koch Brothers Are The 'Main Cause' of Climate Change. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) continued his deranged, one-man crusade against the Koch brothers on Wednesday, accusing the libertarian philanthropists of being the "main cause" of climate change. "The multizillionaire Koch brothers," Reid said, are "the two richest people in the world," and are primarily to blame for what some liberals refer to as "climate change." "They are one of the main causes of [climate change]," Reid said. "Not a cause, the main cause."
Reid: Kochs 'main cause' of climate change. Charles and David Koch are one of the "main causes" of climate change, charged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor. "While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. That's what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this. Not a cause, one of the main causes," Reid said.
Harry Reid Sinks Deeper Into the Abyss. Harry Reid's obsession with the Koch brothers has made him a figure of fun, but frankly, it has gotten past the point where anyone is laughing. After Reid's foray onto the Senate floor today [5/7/2014], his family, friends and colleagues should be concerned about his mental health. [...] "Pollution" isn't causing global warming, the Koch brothers are not the "two richest people in the world," and the idea that the brothers are somehow one of the "main causes" of climate change is delusional, even if you buy into the anthropogenic global warming theory.
Things Harry Reid Has Blamed on the Koch Brothers. Here's a unscientific compilation of things Mr. Reid blames on or has associated with the powerful brothers: Climate Change: "While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. That's what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this. Not a cause, one of the main causes."
Mother Jones: Marijuana Causes Global Warming. In an article from Mother Jones, the authors imply that marijuana growing is causing global warming. Watch the way the article moves deliberately to its focus on the environmental dangers of marijuana growing to the climate change climax.
Meatballs cause global warming!
Earthquakes 'contribute to global warming by releasing greenhouse gas from the ocean floor'. Earthquakes may contribute to global warming by releasing greenhouse gas from the ocean floor, a study suggests. Scientists uncovered evidence that a large earthquake in 1945 released more than seven million cubic metres of methane into the North Arabian Sea. The discovery exposes a natural source of greenhouse gas emissions that has not been considered before, they claim.
N.Y. professor suggests regulating air condition[ing] to cool global warming. Since air conditioners were first put on the market in 1939, they've been part of everyday life in the American household, as well as at work, in the car or inside stores and restaurants. Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology at New York University wrote an opinion piece in Time magazine recently, pointing out that global energy consumption is soaring. The expectation of air conditioning convenience is spreading to countries where American culture carries influence.
'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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