Al Gore has often revealed a fundamental dishonesty about catastrophic global warming and climate change disasters. His fantasies have an unfortunate high correlation with absurd disaster movies.
Recently, he became the laughing stock in the science community with his bogus claim of a new hurricane 'Category 6' measurement being added.
That claim was quickly debunked, and now the new IPCC report (AR5) has essentially debunked most of the hysterical climate disaster claims made by Gore et al.
Per climate scientist Judith Curry's analysis of the IPCC's new AR5 report and confirming what others have found:
"But the real issue is this. The IPCC approach, using highly damped deterministic global climate models, is incapable of producing abrupt climate change (beyond the melting of Arctic sea ice, which is not irreversible even on timescales of a decade).
The most scientifically interesting, and societally relevant topic in climate change is the possibility of abrupt climate change, with genuinely massive societal consequences (the disappearance of Arctic sea ice and regional forest diebacks arguably don’t qualify here). The IPCC has high confidence that we don’t have to worry about any of the genuinely dangerous scenarios (e.g. ice sheet collapse, AMOC collapse) on timescales of a century. These collapses have happened in the past, without AGW, and they will inevitably happen sometime in the future, with or without AGW."
Thus, similar to the Imams favored by Islamist jihadists, Gore and Wirth preach hostility and malevolence towards their critics.
At the "Social Good Summit" no less. The obligatory liberal double-standards in full color.
It would appear they hope to again unleash the incredible virulence of the AGW/green true believers. At a minimum, a desire to impose blatant censorship by intolerance - figuratively, the Democrats' version of a public beheading.
Aren't liberals/leftists just so grand, without evil malice, no?
The complete failure of the global warming alarmism movement, as represented by the fringe green-fundamentalists, is being welldocumentedon alllevels - ultimately, this spectacular failure is the result of extremists promulgating anti-science climate predictions that ignore the most basic of known physics
Dr. William Happer is one of America's preeminent physics experts, who now calls Princeton University home.
He is the scientific antithesis of those fringe, global warming alarmists predicting climate change disasters and doomsday over the last few decades. Fringe-green personalities such as Joe Romm, Bill McKibben, John Holdren, Michael Mann, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Hansen, Al Gore, Jeff Masters, Paul Erhlich are just some of the quack climate prognosticators-of-hysteria that Happer usually mops the science lab floor with.
And Happer is at it again, taking to task the anti-science clerics in a piece written for the Watts Up With That? blog. His current ire is focused on the crazed CO2-fanatics' claims of future temperatures by year 2050.
In his article, Happer discusses the basic disregard of physics that a hapless (witless?) WSJ reporter is responsible for. Instead of writing about known science, she instead lends credibility to an utterly ludicrous +6.0 degree warming prediction from the fundamentalists, which has no real basis in physics.
As the good doctor explains, per the logarithmic nature of a doubling of atmospheric CO2 levels, the subsequent global temperature increase will essentially be a +1.0 degree increase - not 2 degrees, not 3 and certainly not 6. This is irrefutable physics, explained in detail via the requisite formulas.
The real-world physics does not allow for a fantastic 6 degree increases to be achieved; for that to happen, the IPCC's mythical positive feedbacks have to arise.
In reality though, there is no acceptable physics science that supports the belief that positive feedbacks will arise, and at the same time produce the hypothetical big temperature increases. And adding to the green clerics' fallible alarmism, there is absolutely no empirical evidence that the fantasized feedbacks of their consistently wrong climate models even exists (hmmm...kind of like those fantasized, mythical 72 virgins).
With all that in mind, the above chart attempts to visualize (using the gold-standard, IPCC empirical temperature dataset) what Dr. Happer has explained. Let's breakdown this Excel chart to its components:
1. The blue curve (with the bluish area underneath) represents the simple running 12-month average of global absolute temperatures calculated from HadCRUT4 monthly anomalies. Since the end of the Little Ice Age (~1850), the actual global temperature increase has been about +0.85°C, through February 2013.
2. The red curve represents a simple 60-month average of the blue curve's data. The recent decade+ global warming pause (i.e., "stall") is clearly evident.
3. The light orange curve is a 2nd order fitted trend of the global temperature measurements extended out till year 2050. Based on this Excel fitted trend of all the empirical evidence, global temperatures are headed for a 15.0°C average by 2050 - an increase of about +0.53 degrees over today.
4. The darker orange arrows on the right axis represents the likely range of temperature increase from a doubling of initial 1850AD CO2 levels that known physics supports (although Dr. Happer's calculations indicate an increase of+1.0 degree, this Excel chart utilizes a narrow range that many other experts have spoken to). The possilbe range per the physics: +1.0 to +1.5 degrees.
5. The black-dotted curve includes monthly estimates of monthly atmospheric CO2 levels prior to 1959, and thereafter, the actual monthly measurements.
6. The grey curve is a 2nd order fitted trend for CO2 levels extended out to year 2050.
7. Finally, the pink-dashed line represents the non-physics +6.0°C global warming increase predicted by many of the fear-mongers.
This visualization of the empirical reality lends solid observational support to the physics laid out by Dr. Happer. In addition, the chart denotes how absurd the +6 degree fear-mongering is, and why "scientists" and reporters promulgating it should not be believed.
If you have some free time this weekend, watch the video below to understand why the gathering of "elites" in Rio is such a gigantic waste...and read thesethreearticles, which cover why catastophic global warming is nonsense and why use of the term "denier" is wrong.
Factual, empirical evidence is always a bitch when it strikes at the heart of a belief system - and James Hansen deserves to be a bitch slapped for the catastrophic global warming hoax religion he's peddled, which is empirically meritless
Read here. After 3 decades of predicting global warming disaster, one would think that NASA's James Hansen would finally give the 'doom and gloom' spiel a rest. But like a moth attracted to a flame (or a broken record?), Hansen couldn't resist doing the same old, same old in a recent opinion piece in the once proud NY Times.
Of course, the reason they call it an 'opinion' piece is that it doesn't have to include any empirical evidence that would embarrass the author, or none of those inconvenient facts challenging one's veracity. As a result, it's a perfect forum for Hansen since he can let fly with the surreal climate misinformation and his favored speculative disaster scenarios.
But when a "scientist" continually pushes bogus catastrophic fears on the public, they put themselves in harm's way for a well deserved major bitch-slapping.
And guess what? A global warming research expert, and a number-cruncher extraordinaire, decided to slap some sense into Hansen.
As Bob Tisdale makes perfectly clear in his response to Hansen's over-the-top catastrophic lameness, Hansen's catastrophic global warming disaster spiel has no empirical legs to speak of - it is the quintessential, proverbial emperor without clothes situation.
1. "Unfortunately, your efforts with climate models, and the efforts of the other modeling groups, have not been successful. Far from it. And since your opinions are based on the results of your climate models, one has toconclude that your opinions are as flawed as the models."
2. "...the instrument-based global surface temperature record since 1901 and the IPCC’s climate model simulations of it do not confirm the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming; they contradict it."
3. "The climate models used in the IPCC’s (2007) 4 Assessment Report show surface temperatures should have warmed about 2.9 times faster during the late warming period (1976-2000) than they did during the earlywarming period (1917-1944)."
4. "The climate model simulations are being driven by climate forcings, including manmade carbon dioxide, which logically show a higher rate during the later warming period. Yet the observed, instrument-basedwarming rates for the two warming periods are basically the same."
5. "In other words, there’s little evidence that the carbon dioxide you demonize in your op-ed has had any measurable effect on how fast global surface temperatures have warmed. We independent climate researchers have known this for years."
6. "...natural processes are responsible for most if not all if the warming over the past 30 years, a warming that you continue to cite as proof of the effects of greenhouse gases."
7. "ENSO is a natural process that you and your associates at GISS exclude in many of the climate model-based studies you publish, because, as you note, your “coarse-resolution ocean model is unable to simulate climate variations associated with El Niño-Southern Oscillation processes.”
8. "If climate models are not able to simulate ENSO, then they do not include a very basic process Mother Nature has devised to increase and slow the distribution of heat from the tropics to the poles."
9. "The satellite-era sea surface temperature data reveals that ENSO, not carbon dioxide, is responsible for the warming of global ocean surfaces for the past 30 years..."
10. "In fact, the satellite-based sea surface temperature data indicates that, when major El Niño events are followed by La Niña events, they can and do act together to cause upward shifts in the sea surface temperature anomalies of the Atlantic, Indian and West Pacific Oceans."
11. "...those ENSO-induced upward shifts in the Atlantic-Indian-West Pacific data are responsible for practically all of the global sea surface temperature warming for the last 3 decades."
12. "Using those IPCC climate models in another group of comparisons, it shows that there are no similarities, none whatsoever, between how the sea surface temperatures of the individual ocean basins have actually warmed over the past 30 years and how the climate models show sea surface temperatures should have warmed if carbon dioxide was the cause."
As they say, read the whole bitch-slapped James Hansen memo; and, if you would like to support Bob's efforts as he dismantles the catastrophic global warming hoax, datapoint by datapoint, then buy his book (and yes, 'C3' did just that - still haven't had time to read, though).
In addition to the above, 'C3' has done its own 'bitch slap' of Hansen here, here and here. Because the empirical evidence so overwhelmingly refutes Hansen's non-scientific disaster predictions, the bitch slapping is actually fairly easy to do.
For even more critiques of Hansen's climate science pathetic-ness, visit this page.
The global warming debate is over, not - this debate will never end but the latest polls show that empirical evidence the skeptics utilize wins the debate, and the alarmists, with their never-ending hysterical catastrophic claims, lose the public debate (and the public)
Adding to the malaise and misery of the advocates of Climategate doom and gloom science, the alarmists' climate models have proven to be consistently and robustly wrong.
The continuing preponderance of evidence that proves the alarmist chicken-little to be wrong has taken its toll, as the polls document. Indeed, the public at large is thumbing its collective noses at the hysterical claims proven to be without empirical merit.
Poll #1:"According to a paper published in the April 2012 edition of Nature Climate Change, the results of 74 different opinion surveys from 2002-2010 show US public concern about climate change reached a high point of 54% in 2007 and declined to about 44% in 2010."
Poll #2: "Swedish politicos ‘don’t buy climate change’...Six of ten local politicians in Sweden doubt whether human activity is to blame for global warming, a new study has found."
Poll #3: "Gallup asked Americans to say how much they worry about each of seven environmental problems. All show significantly less worry today than in 2000, when worry was at or near its high point for each item...Concern about global warming is lowest of the seven environmental issues tested..."
Poll #4:"'Fewer Americans today believe there is a scientific consensus than did so during the 2000s... after peaking in 2010, public skepticism about global warming softened slightly in 2011, and remains at lower level this year...Today's level of belief that global warming is similar to what Gallup found in 1997 & from 2001-2005' -- 42% say media exaggerate the seriousness, a higher amount than it was for much of the past decade'"
Poll #5: "According to the Lowy Institute's annual poll, Australians are losing their conviction on climate change. The last poll, published in June 2011 showed that just 41 per cent of those polled agreed with the statement, "Global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs" down from a whopping 68 per cent in 2006."
Conclusion: The alarmist claim that the global warming debate is over dies on the jagged shoals of empirical evidence and public opinion. The continuous stream of catastrophic climate change scenarios and gross misinformation has proven to be non-effective. Thus, expect more of the same.
Read here. Who said an old dog (scientist) can't learn new tricks (or things)?
James Lovelock, the Gaia scientist, once proclaimed that humanity would soon end due to global warming from CO2. Yet over the last 15 years the lack of global warming has been significant and robust. And what did Lovelock do?
"James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too...“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said."
As an objective scientist, he reviewed the actual empirical evidence and realized he had been wrong - catastrophic global warming was not happening and likely not to take place. The man has courage.
A real extreme climate change, so-to-speak, from a real scientist - accolades to James Lovelock, it's well deserved.
Listening to the claims of the well known anti-CO2 fanatic, one begins to seriously wonder if Bill McKibben is a pathological liar regarding global warming; or simply a climate change nutbag; or stupendously stuck-on-stupid; or blissfully ignorant of actual climate/weather science - regardless, his latest video certainly does confirm his renowned talent for extreme 'cherry-picking' [McKibben survey at bottom]
Read here. Clearly, McKibben 'cherry-picks' certain weather events that recently happened across the globe, and then remarkably claims that they are all "connected" to CO2-induced global warming.
Unfortunately for the viewers of this video, McKibben totally fails to explain that the world's top extreme weather experts can find no "connections" between these incidents and global warming.
In addition, he completely (conveniently?) ignores the continuous onslaught of natural disasters that took place prior to 1987, a period of supposed "safe" CO2 levels.
Finally, he fails to mention the obvious elephant in the global warming alarmist room - over the last 10 years there has been no global warming.
So...time for a survey...what's your take on McKibben?
The UN's Climategate scientists and bureaucrats continue pushing the "severe weather" lies at Durban IPCC climate conference
Since time immemorial, humans have been talking about how bad the weather has been over the 'past year' or over the 'past growing season.' This uniquely human trait is often exhibited throughout the ancient text of the Bible. Yet the corrupt United Nations and its Climategate perpetrators continue to claim that recent bad weather is actually only due to "global warming" and human CO2 emissions.
Unfortunately for the UN 'liars of Durban,' the world's previous severe weather incidents includes a gigantic list of bad weather events happening well before dangerous CO2 levels.
In addition, the immense preponderance of modern climate peer-reviewed studies can find no connection between human CO2 emissions and modern severe weather.
And now, adding further empirical evidence misery to the UN's Climategate liars' claims, comes this startling factoid: severe hurricane landfalls in the U.S. have plummeted over the last 6 years!
Combine these type of actual facts with the recent extreme weather science report that is being suppressed at Durban ("Uncertainty in the sign of projected changes in climate extremes over the coming two to three decades is relatively large because climate change signals are expected to be relatively small compared to natural climate variability"), and it is no wonder that public and policymaker support for global warming and climate change policies has crumbled over the last few years - bureaucracy lies and science corruption usually have that sort of outcome, thankfully.
The 'Yale 360' body allergic to empirical data and objective science regarding ocean acidification and climate change
Read here. Green fraud is endemic within the academic community and is a major reason why the public now view science with less esteem. The Yale 360 forum provides further proof that the academia realm is less interested in honest science than in perpetuating the green fraud hysteria of climate change.
Case in point. A green propagandist, Elizabeth Grossman, had her hysterical ocean acidification article published by Yale 360. The article claims that a massive oyster die-off was caused by ocean acidification, which is supposedly caused by human CO2 emissions. Unfortunately for the public, this Yale 360 article is another "gross" misrepresentation of scientific truth and the actual empirical evidence.
Sooo...why did the oysters at the oyster farm really die? Here are the real science reasons that Yale 360 and Grossman decided the public really did not want to know:
Larval and juvenile shellfish are highly sensitive to acidic (low pH) seawater because their shells are formed from calcium carbonate, and dissolves when pH is low
Because this hypoxic and relatively acidic up-welled water is coming from deep basins and is cold (8 – 10 oC), it is saturated with dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen while at the same time being low in oxygen as a result of biological decomposition in the benthic zone
When hatcheries heat this gas-saturated seawater to 25 – 28 oC in order to meet the temperature requirements of young shellfish, the seawater becomes super-saturated
Preliminary experiments indicate that oyster larvae are very sensitive to gas super-saturation under these conditions
A third problem for shellfish hatcheries is the recent increase in the prevalence of a pathogenic bacterium (Vibrio tubiashii or Vt) that seems to out-compete other, more benign species in this distorted environment
High levels of mortality in shellfish hatcheries and in the wild have been associated with high levels of Vt in 2006, 2007, and intermittently in previous years, such as in 1998 when environmental conditions favored disease outbreaks
There is potential for further stress to oyster seed given the difference between water conditions in the hatcheries where larvae are produced, and quality of water found in the remote settings
In essence, natural climate change, in the form of ENSO, causes cold water of the Pacific to rise to the surface during certain periods. This colder water has a higher concentration of CO2 gas. The fish hatchery pumps the cold water into the farm tanks and then heats the water. This act of heating the cold water then causes it to become CO2 super-saturated. In addition, the freshly pumped sea water contains higher levels of bacteria (associated with a specific natural ENSO climate mode) dangerous to the oyster larvae/juveniles.
Voila, a perfect storm of predictable factors cause a die-off of farm oysters, robustly a result of natural climatic conditions. Atmospheric CO2 levels and human CO2 emissions had nothing to do with this incident.
Conclusion: The academic-oriented Yale 360 environmental forum is not to be believed on any climate change or ocean acidification issue, as it is more a forum of green hysteria that is incredibly vulnerable to perpetuating scary green myths and anti-science fraud B.S.
Read here.The Powerline blog is reporting on a new site that is building a list of the threats, violence and crime being perpetrated by angry leftists, progressives, Democrats and greens at multiple 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations.
The new site (www.owsexposed.com) has proven to be so popular it is being overwhelmed by hits, thus slowing its servers down or causing them to crash.
One means to get around the site's crushing popularity is to monitor it using a RSS feed. This feed *** http://www.owsexposed.com/feed/ *** works well in Google Reader, which is shown in the below image. (click on image to enlarge)
Read here. There is the very misleadingly named web site, 'skepticalscience.com,' that is a major proponent of the establishment's global warming science fiasco. The site has always seemed to be a bastion of climate falsehoods, untruths and misinformation designed to specifically mislead the public - it's what some would refer to as propaganda with fundamentally evil intent.
As an example of the misinformation, the 'SS' site continuously pushes the propaganda that climate models can produce accurate predictions, for not only short-term scenarios, but for exceedingly long-term climate scenarios. As 'C3' has long documented, computer climate models are robustly and spectacularly wrong for any climate prediction, for any time period, without any question.
Computer climate simulations and models are sooo bad that even climate model experts admit their major shortcomings (as seen on the left - click to enlarge).
Not so the 'SS' site. Its desire to mislead the public is so strong that it deleted the offending factual information on the left from its own comments section. Why? Because fundamentally evil, totalitarian mindsets cannot allow the public to witness the truth or empirical fact - that's their nature.
A common tactic for the totalitarian mindset is to conclude that differing opinions and inconvenient facts must be the result of the mentally deranged, thus any information from these sources must be changed or erased, for fears the propaganda machine's "truth" will diluted.
"The deletions carried out by Cook don’t make sense as an exercise in moderation. They seem driven by an ardent need to present a clean and neat view of global warming. Of a need to reassure that no intelligent discussions exist, and all possible questions have (long) been answered...By November 2009, Cook had arrived at a dramatically different viewpoint. He saw ‘global warming skepticism’ as a sort of a mental illness or a psychiatric condition, with the afflicted being beyond any hope. Psychologic diagnoses permeates his thinking from that point on...Cook voices his thoughts on the shift in a post in November 2009. It is hard to fathom, why, anybody who ran a website and worked hard at attracting and nurturing an online community, would commit the most fundamental of indiscretions with his readers’ comments – deleting and moulding them at his own whim."
The totalitarian machinations found at the 'SS' site are typical of left/liberal/green "climate science" sites and blogs - the inconvenient empirical evidence and objective science must be smeared and/or eliminated. This is also very common within the left/liberal establishment MSM that constantly fabricates a "consensus" regarding global warming.
For the uninitiated to the 'SS' site, here are some inconvenient truths, objective climate science information and actual empirical evidence, that you won't find at their site:
The actual quotes of those proposing massive reductions in CO2 emissions are most revealing, and pretty damning as to their true motivations.
Words alone do not suffice, though. Below are new visual depictions of the forced taxpayer/consumer funding of "green" lobby/activists - literally, billions funneled into anti-democratic organizations with the clear intention of clamping a yoke on the necks of humanity. No doubt about it, the pseudo-green alarmists making up the "green" machine are truly evil.
Click to enlarge images. Source of image one; image two; image three.
Read here. The Worldwide Wildlife Federation (WWF) is a major green, anti-growth and anti-prosperity entity that appears to have unleashed an effective means to corrupt (ruin?) the IPCC process, its climate scientists and even a concerned public.
Step 1: Bribe the public with domestic and international travel reimbursement to report their own perceptions/reality of climate change - e.g. "I believe it now rains more in York".
Step 2: Bribe climate scientists with travel, leading conferences and hob-knobing amongst the wealthy and government elites by joining the WWF's "Climate Witness Scientific Advisory Panel".
Step 3: Then have these same pliable IPCC "climate scientists" take the publics reported perceptions and re-package them as supposed empirical evidence from actual scientific endeavors, with a persona of scientific gravitas.
Step 4: The WWF then sponsors or produces "scientific" reports using the results of steps 1 through 3 as the basis for the reports.
Step 5: The WWF compromised IPCC climate scientists then accept these WWF contrived-science reports as scientific gospel, positioning them as peer reviewed papers, when in fact they're the worst form of grey literature.
Literally, the strong stink of corrupted science is hard to ignore or dismiss with these new revelations.
"It is difficult to believe that any self-respecting scientist would have anything to do with the Climate Witness Panel after reading those eight pages. The WWF states baldly, right up front, that the purpose of the panel is to heighten the public’s sense of urgency. That particular phrase is used four times on the final page...In remarkably candid fashion the WWF says it wants to:
"inspire stronger action on climate change in the community. We aim to build a movement of individuals…who want to be active in addressing this threat."
No one, therefore, lied to these “leading climate scientists.” No one soft-peddled what was really going on. The WWF explicitly told them it wanted their help in frightening the public so that the WWF could build a movement."
Because the UN and governing elites did not fix the IPCC's Pachauri-problem, this type of climate science debasement by global warming alarmism proponents will also robustly taint the IPCC's 2013 report, as it destroyed the credibility of the 2007 report.
Read here and here. Chris Mooney is a joke among science aficionados. As a partisan disciple of the ManBearPig's level of science, he is continuously found to be knee-deep in the progressives' non-empirical attack on objective, impartial science.
"But as I commented at scienceprogress, the way I see the ledger, the religious Right gets a handful of anti-science points for views on evolution (and related rationalizations about the age of the earth, etc.), and for some dismissal of climate change theory, but the Left gets many more anti-science points for exaggerating the health and ecological risks of POPs; DDT; GMOs; plastics and plasticizers; pesticide residues; conventional agriculture; low-dose EM radiation; high-tension powerlines; climate change; population growth; resource depletion; chemical sweeteners; species extinction rates; biodiversity decline; and I’m sure the list could go on.
When Chris Mooney speaks of the world suffering from "accelerating" global warming, rest assured, as a partisan hack of the left, he is almost always absolutely wrong - massive stupidity or pathological lying can't hide the empirical, scientific evidence.
View here. As Marc makes abundantly clear, the global warming alarmists have zilch scientific case.
Objectively, alarmists only deal in exaggeration and hyperbole, which is Al Gore's favored technique. Regardless of political persuasion, it usually results in a major embarrassment, or two, or three, or four.
Read here. Al Gore's recent 24-hour global warming hysteria show turned out to be a real snoozefest, ignored by most.
Not even that well known "climate scientist," Miss Rhode Island could save it - hmmm.....or, maybe she was one of the reasons it was a reality joke, no? Or possibly it's due to all the empiricalevidence that refutes the alarmist claim that human CO2 causes global warming, which caused most people to ignore the AGW (Al-Gore's-Wonderland) show.
The obvious failure of Al Gore's climate reality show to change public opinion, which a substantial majority believing that global warming is a non-issue is readily apparent. In fact, the recent NYT/CBS poll shows that global warming doesn't even rank in the top 25 of American's concerns. Did we say pathetic, yet?
Speaking of pathetic, this total failure by Al Gore and his hysterical "climate science" alarmism often seems to bring out the worst in his acolytes. The most recent pathetic disgrace is the example provided by the ill-named 'skepticalscience.com' website. An amazing juvenile display, an embarrassment that exemplifies the entire catastrophic global warming "science" effort is there for all to see.
This site is supposedly their award winning, best-of-breed climate science site - yikes! Honestly, it's no wonder that the climate science alarmists have lost the respect and belief of the public. (Keep it up fellas, you make our efforts that much more effective!)
"The propaganda website ‘SkepticalScience.com’, or SS.com in short, strives to serve as a ‘one-stop shop for all consensus communication needs’ kind of an outlet...however, the tone at SS has turned shrill. The main proprietor John Cook, who is a climate change communication award winner, apparently approves...The juvenility on display was objected to, by climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr. He observed that SkepticalScience.com had failed in its mission to “explaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation”...A bizarre and Kafkaesque scene unfolded as different commenters repeatedly demanded Pielke Sr answer the single question...One may perhaps be very convinced of being right and express opinions strongly, but to indulge in a blatant, abrasive attempt at censorship and controlling replies posted by a senior scientist … I cannot recollect a similar obnoxious event in the climate debate in the recent past."
The Al Gore climate propaganda machine will be in full swing for 24 hours starting September 14. His objective is to convince people that recent severe weather events are a result of global warming and climate change, supposedly caused by human CO2 emissions.
Unfortunately for Al Gore and his warming fundamentalist followers, severe weather events happen regardless of human CO2. The extreme weather events of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s provide ample evidence that the higher levels of 2011 atmospheric CO2 are irrelevant.
Below is a list of severe weather incidents (and other items of interest) that took place during the 50s, 60s and 70s. These terrible and destructive events occurred well before the current decade's hysteria about CO2 emissions. These events represent empirical evidence (reality) that refutes Al Gore's type of climate science.
The expanded severe weather list can be found here.
Based on this video, would it be possible that your typical eugenics-loving progressive/liberal/leftist might actually be able to come to terms with climate science per the real empirical evidence versus theory only? Naaahhh!
Read here. (h/t Tom Nelson) The green hysteria movement led by such shrill and depressing personalities as Al Gore, Joe Romm and Bill McKibben would make any young person feel pathologically hopeless, irritably moody and very angry. And as prisoners of government run education propaganda institutions these young people get a double, and sometimes triple, dose of daily hysteria about the world dying off because of global warming. The end result?
A young generation that doesn't give a crap since life will soon end for them because almost certainly Gaia is going to kill them off at a early age - as they were made to believe. With that attitude instilled by the lunatic greens, is it any wonder that they go off and riot against the establishment?
Maybe it's time to start holding each and every green organization legally responsible for the needless hysteria and over-the-top fearmongering they publish and proselytize, no?
"Got kids? Watched as they've been indoctrinated - sorry, I mean educated - about global warming over the last decade? Then you'll know what I mean. They come home from school moodily depressed about the future of our planet and, of course, what that means for their own lives. What's the point? We're all doomed! Why study? Why bother getting an education? It's futile. Sea levels are rising. Temperatures are soaring. Soon we'll all be living in a polluted hell-hole constantly battling the equivalent of the Queensland floods or the Victorian bushfires year upon year. And you want me to waste what precious time I have left studying accountancy?...It's called nihilism, and it's even more terrifying to witness in your teenage children than hickeys, drunkenness, truancy, insolence, idleness, bad marks or bullying. Nihilism, or the conviction that life on Earth is totally pointless, saps the young of their energy, their ambition, and their will to strive, struggle and triumph."
Read here. Radical environmental organizations, like Greenpeace, are non-compromising destructive forces that are literally committed to stopping economic prosperity and degrading quality of life for billions. The recent actions of the 'greenthugs' have become so deranged that even the New York Times is disgusted.
"Greenpeace would do well to start picking its shots more carefully...The destruction of a government-funded test of a genetically modified wheat variety in Australia threatens to completely marginalize the group, and presumably will undercut its credibility when it takes stands on other issues, from climate to palm oil...But this issue goes far beyond the stunts of a few extreme environmentalists. While others don’t go so far as to disrupt field research, the sentiments expressed by the raiders down under are popular among foodies and others who envision some kind of no-impact utopia feeding some 9 billion people."
Simply put, everyone should boycott Greenpeace and its friends. No sensible, rational person who desires to see their family and the world's people thrive, prosper and live well should ever give monies or time to green organizations that proselytize and act against humanity.
Read here. Al Gore and his billionaire friends need to make more money. The easiest and sleazeball way to accomplish said objective is to invest in "green" renewable energy schemes that are heavily subsidized by taxpayers in order to enrich the rich. Wealthy investors putting stakes into "green" wind turbine farms is one such example.
Wind energy, which represents ancient technology gussied up to excite investors, is a major environmental degradation. As is well documented, the wind turbines are efficient bird cuisinarts, killing at least 400,000 birds per year and growing.
To make wind turbine farms somewhat efficient, they need to be placed in windy areas that migratory birds favor. A U.S. agency committed to wildlife protection has given its blessing to placing wind farms along a 200-mile wide corridor within the U.S. that is a major migration path for the endagered whooping crane.
When Al Gore's money talks, bad things happen.....
"The plan by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) would allow for killing endangered whooping cranes. The government’s environmental review will consider a permit, sought by 19 energy developers, which would allow constructing turbines (over 300 feet tall) and associated transmission lines on non-federal lands in nine states from Montana to the Texas coast, encroaching on the migratory route of the cranes...The leading cause of death for the nation’s last historic population of whooping cranes, which stand at 5 feet and have a wingspan of more than 7 feet, is overhead utility lines, the Fish and Wildlife Service has said."
Read here. (h/t Tom Nelson) There are disciples that march in lock step with every leftist/progressive command. There are souls who never quaver in singing from the totalitarian hymnal.....Then there are the Al Gore lapdogs barking his faux-green hypocrisy, shedding his climate crocodile tears, spewing his anti-science propaganda - like Steve Colbert.
While some 69% of Americans now reject the blatant lies of Gore, there are still the Hollywood useful idiots who can't stop believing - like Steve Colbert.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of lefties/Democrats are seemingly incapable of examining the facts and actual empirical evidence about the climate, instead mindlessly believing Al Gore and his team of 'liar dudes.'
Read here. Producing the gigantic amounts of biofuel crops planned for the future will require the accelerated growth of dangerous chemicals and pesticides use across even pristine non-agricultural areas. To maximize yield and profit potential for wealthy biofuel investors, such as Al Gore and George Soros, modern industrialized agriculture demands the utilization of these hazardous, very toxic substances.
Peer reviewed research is documenting a future of significant environmental degradation as a direct result of the anti-fossil fuel, pro biofuel campaign - a campaign led by a collaboration of faux-green wealthy individuals and "sustainable" crony capitalists. Essentially, the "greens" will destroy the planet to save it.
"...the two researchers note that industrialized agriculture "is one of the most important drivers of environmental degradation worldwide," reporting that it "has caused large-scale contamination of soil, water and biota, through the extensive use of agro-chemicals, including pesticides and soil amendment products such as fertilizers." And they report that "there is increasing concern that micropollution -- characterized by low-level, multi-compound exposure -- may suffice to elicit critical, potentially hazardous effects on environmental and human health..."the hazards imposed by all 784 pesticides currently registered for use on biofuel crops in Brazil," and in doing so, they say they detected compounds that have been "suspended by international conventions," as well as compounds that are included in databases and lists of priority concern that are "highly toxic in acute exposure, neurotoxic, probable or known carcinogens, known groundwater contaminants, and/or of known reproductive or developmental toxicity,"...suggest that these chemicals will soon be employed "at increased rates, or for the first time, across large expanses of agro-industrially converted pastures and native (i.e., pristine) habitat in the cerrado (tropical savanna) and Amazonian rainforest biomes," which ecosystems will undoubtedly see great pressures exerted on the vast array of indigenous species of plants and animals that reside within them, perhaps driving many of them to extinction..." [Luis Schiesari, Britta Grillitsch 2011: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment]
Read here. (h/t Tom Nelson) The amazing stupidity and ignorance of the green mentality is truly frightening. Unfortunately, green politicians offer the public a frequent double-dose of this mentally-challenged idiocy. A recent example is that of an Australian 'green' politician:
"Stopping the expansion of Newcastle Port and NSW’s coal industry is essential if we are to ward off similar human tragedies such as that being experienced by Somalians today."
Just for the record, thousands of years before the mass burning, let alone shipping, of coal, droughts and famines plagued the world. In addition, peer-reviewed research has proven there is no relationship between CO2 emissions and drought (or floods for that matter).
The pathetic opportunism of politicians, combined with the green agenda idiocy, will seemingly never end - next thing you know, they will be blaming CO2 for deaths by polar bear attacks!
Climate Depot's Marc Morano does an interview on TV news. He nails the the massively failed IPCC/Gore approach to science as 'sub-prime' and then identifies Al's next pseudo-science PR effort to misleading the public - that bad weather is caused by CO2.
Read here. (h/t Tom Nelson) The left's radical green group, Greenpeace, has been wildly successful at raising monies from a terrorized public and the rube politicians that populate the corridors of power in Washington D.C. Greenpeace learned long ago that the spigot of money just keeps on flowing as long as catastrophic doom and gloom scenarios are popularized, such as global warming and climate change.
Principled people have left Greenpeace because of the never-ending money grub via its favored non-scientific, catastrophe-hysteria. Even so, since 1994, Greenpeace has been at the forefront of using typical bad weather events as sure signs that the "green gods" are in the process of catastrophic revenge due to man's prosperity.
"In the 1994 Greenpeace released a publication called “The Climate Time Bomb Catalogue”. In it they state categorically that the burning of fossil fuels will cause all kinds of disasters. As you will see, all of these “disasters” and “unprecedented” weather events are not new and have occurred many times in the near and distant past. The Climate Time Bomb predictions of the awful consequences of global warming have failed. Even in light of these failures organizations like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the National Resources Defense Council and many others continue to pump out scary storm stories, animal extinction dramas and dangerous sea level rise predictions. They rely on people’s ignorance of historical weather events to sell their predictions of doom. What you will find as you read on is that nearly 20 years ago, environmentalists were using exactly the same propaganda scare stories we hear today. As Joseph Goebbels said “It (in this case the environmental movement) must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”."
In reality, bad weather events are a natural consequence of our chaotic climate system - it has nothing to do with CO2 emissions or civilization's prosperity. For example, the year 1878 (additional bad weather events):
Next time you hear a Greenpeace cultist proclaim that a snowstorm or flood or tornado or heat wave or other naturally occuring bad weather incident is a result of human-caused global warming, you'll know you are in the presence of a lying, shakedown artist of climate alarmism.
Read here. Another excellent synopsis by Walter Russell Mead of Al Gore and his anti-CO2 movement, which has failed miserably, unless wasting billions of dollars and untold human-hours is the ultimate sign of success.
Not sure if Mead is properly designated as an intellectual, but his analysis is exquisite, clearly stating how the whole house of CO2-cards was stillborn from conception. He puts it into a contextual comparison to another infamous failure, the 1920's Kellog-Briand pact that was to outlaw war - forever. That treaty was an absolute flop just like the moronic Kyoto CO2 treaty.
Anyways, a great read and it explains why Gore is now only found in the pages of the Rolling Stone publication instead of on the UN's podium. Thank goodness for small miracles.
Read here. Without a doubt, Democrats/liberals/leftists/progressives are committed to proving to the public that they might be dumbest "elites" ever conceived.
The global warming and climate change debate continues to provide the pertinent evidence that leftist-types are either stupendously stupid or hysterically anti-science.
Why would any person possessed with a modicum of common sense, with both feet firmly planted on terra firma, suggest that Mt. Rainier is currently short on snow and snow pack? My god, these people are sooo stupid, no? Again, thanks Al for helping the skeptic cause.
"Once out of office, he assumed the leadership of the global green movement, steering that movement into a tsunami of defeat that, when the debris is finally cleared away, will loom as one of the greatest failures of civil society in all time."
"Gore has the Midas touch in reverse; objects of great value (Nobel prizes, Oscars) turn dull and leaden at his touch. Few celebrity cause leaders have had more or better publicity than Gore has had for his climate advocacy. Hailed by the world press, lionized by the entertainment community and the Global Assemblage of the Great and the Good as incarnated in the Nobel Peace Prize committee, he has nevertheless seen the movement he led flounder from one inglorious defeat to the next."
"A television preacher can eat too many french fries, watch too much cheesy TV and neglect his kids in the quest for global fame. But he cannot indulge in drug fueled trysts with male prostitutes while preaching conservative Christian doctrine. The head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving cannot be convicted of driving while under the influence. The head of the IRS cannot be a tax cheat. The most visible leader of the world’s green movement cannot live a life of conspicuous consumption, spewing far more carbon into the atmosphere than almost all of those he castigates for their wasteful ways. Mr. Top Green can’t also be a carbon pig."
We've long contended that leftists/liberals/greens are some of the dumbest, most anti-science, hysterical persons populating the planet. They also consistently exhibit a love for fascist and totalitarian styles of violence.
The latest example of greens' stupidity, hate and violence? Jill Singer of Australia. What a charming individual and country. We've added her infamous 'final solution' quote to the historical record of greenie craziness: their desires and objectives.
Read here, here, and here. What is it with Germans and their master plans based on extreme ideologies and authoritarian instincts? Combine their seemingly natural dictatorship tendencies with the Teutonic green, eco-nazi faith and, for sure, nothing good will come of it. (To the left is the self-proclaimed master plan's architect. Hmmm...did we say arrogant, yet?)
As 'NoTricksZone' documents straight from the land of WWII state-genocide, the German elites are restless and again want to impose their will, desires and beliefs, not just on neighboring countries this time, but on the entire globe - hey, it's "The Final Reich, Part IV™."
"WBGU chairman Hans Schellnhuber, head of the über-alarmist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, even once called this Social Contract For The Great Transformation a Master Plan for “transforming global society”."
"Equally unsettling is that the WBGU advisory board is particularly occupied by Teutonic vanilla-flavoured elitist scientists, who appear no longer content doing research, are frustrated with democracy, and so have taken it upon themselves to make master plans for transforming global society to suit their world view."
"Worse, they’ve surpassed all standards of temerity and arrogance in that they and 20 Nobel Prize winners recently set up an elitist Stockholm Court and put humanity on trial (without allowing a defense) and found it guilty. The verdict, to no one’s surprise, calls for the Great Transformation of the World, i.e. demolishing democracy."
"Their manifesto, a sort of Green Mein Kampf, not only calls for a radical overhaul of society, and especially the energy systems that support human life on the planet, but also of our politics and even the way we think. On page 1: "…the requisite transformation encompasses profound changes to infrastructures, production processes, regulation systems and lifestyles, and extends to a new kind of interaction between politics, society, science and the economy.”"
"Not only do the masterplan’s authors want to skip debate and necessary public discussion, which normally precede proposed public endeavours in democratic and open societies, they also insist that it all has to be done ultra-rapidly, “before the end of the decade”, without debate and always with the fictitious gun barrel of imminent climate catastrophe at our heads. This is psycho-terror."
"More worrisome is that this Green Mein Kampf is now in the hands of every European Environment Minister, who are drooling over all the power it promises to bring them. It won’t work without something going horrifically wrong. We saw similar results with the Soviet Union."
Read here, here, and here. The New York Times is a leading propagandist for human global warming and all of its associated catastrophic fantasies, but even they can't swallow the hysterical rants/claims of the George Soros controlled, partisan puppets. These are the irrational hacks, like Joe Romm, who are SHOUTING that US tornadoes are a result of human-induced warming - his rantings manage to portray the typical Democrat as exceedingly climate stupid and anti-science. Thank you, Joe!
Why did the NYTimes go out of its way to discredit the rabid, left/liberal anti-science, misinformation campaign by Soros et al.? Likely because the empirical evidence totally refutes the brain-dead propaganda that Soros-controlled media outlets spew out, and maybe the NYT's is getting sick and tired of the utter garbage science that Soros readers and Democrats are victims of.
Let's review the real-world science facts that the NY Times is admitting to. There simply is no empirical evidence that shows strong tornado frequency increasing (see first chart below, click to enlarge) due to warming. In fact, the evidence reveals just the opposite. It is well known, and beyond scientific doubt, that during spring seasons that are cooler than average, there is a higher likelihood conditions will spawn a greater number of ferocious tornadoes. This is especially the situation when the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is also in its cooling phase (see charts 2 and 3 below).
And as the bottom two charts reveal, deaths from tornadoes has declined significantly as the U.S. has warmed over the past 110 years.
For further information regarding the total bogosity of Joe Romm's non-scientific claims, here's what the NOAA weather/climate forensic scientists say per Roger Pielke, Jr.
Read here and here. The UN has become infamous for its scandals, corruption and outright fabricated, manipulative misinformation. The new reigning champion of UN bogus claims (at least those associated with pushing the global warming political agenda) has to be the 2005 blatant misinformation that by 2010 there would be 50 million "climate" refugees as a result of global warming.
"In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production."
The claim was such a preposterous bogosity that the UN is now trying to cover it up, and is ineptly failing to do so.
"Only one small problem there UN people, a little annoyance called Google cache, which has that page archived...Fear not dear readers, because as astoundingly smart as those UN people think they are, they forgot one very important yet tiny detail. The map links to a hi-resolution version of the “climate refugee map” and if you delete the page above and the map it contains, you also have to delete the hi-res image it links to...Ooops...I’m always happy to help the UN in times of “need”, sooooo I’ve recovered it and saved it here on WUWT, because that image link is likely to go down the memory hole on Monday."
If anyone really wonders why the UN and leftist/liberal elites are the bastion of climate-lies and science corruption regarding global warming and climate change, all it takes is reading their own words. Those words pretty much explain why climate science has become such an embarrassing disaster and the UN's IPCC a continuous joke on humanity.
Read here and here. The AMA, a bastion of politically-correct ideology, injects itself into the climate change debate by seemingly encouraging doctors to literally lie about climate change in order to scare their patients. The AMA editorial implies that climate change is leading to lower U.S. life expectancy, which must be a monumental surprise to the experts.
Here are examples of the climate-lies that the AMA uses in its editorial recommendations for doctors, regarding climate change and their patients:
Citizens of Florida have been at risk from rising temperatures: The truth? Over the last 20 years, the NOAA/NCDC reports that Florida temperatures are declining at a -3.8°F trend per century through February 2011. That's called major cooling, not warming.
Citizens of Florida have been at risk from more frequent hurricanes: The truth? According to the CSU Hurricane forecast team, it's been 5 years since a hurricane has made Florida landfall, which is the first time in recorded history that has happened.
Citizens of Florida have been at risk from increased ground-level ozone: The truth? According to the EPA, ozone levels have been declining in Florida. In fact, it has been declining across the entire U.S.
Citizens of Florida have been at risk from rising sea levels: The truth? According to NOAA, over the last 20 years the residents of Key West and Naples, Florida have "suffered" from annual sea increases of about 9/100's of an inch or less. The diameter of a golf ball is 1.68 inches, just about 42 times higher than the average "risky" annual sea level increase.
Citizens of Florida have been at risk from more droughts: The truth? According to NOAA/NCDC, over the last 20 years the residents of Florida have "suffered" from 58 inches of average precipitation "drought" per year. In contrast, residents of Arizona, another senior citizen paradise, have suffered from some 13 inches of precipitation per year. Droughts? How many Florida residents have died from droughts in the last 20 years?
The scientific information regarding Florida's recent, actual climate is well known and widely disseminated across something called the "web." There is no rational reason for the AMA (and its doctor members) not to know the actual Florida climate facts - the ignorance plea is not credible. Indeed, it would certainly appear that the AMA is purposefully publishing climate-lies, which always turns out to be inconvenient and harmful to the reputation for those pursuing a political agenda instead of empirical-based science.
Read here. As the global warming alarmists have become ever more desperate, due to their failed arguments, every single catastrophe that is associated with a tectonic plate event they now blame on global warming. Besides earthquakes and resultant tsunamis, now its volcanoes that are being caused by excess CO2, supposedly.
So, does global warming really cause volcanic eruptions? Here's what a recent peer-reviewed study found:
"The sensitivity of volcanoes to small changes in ice thickness or to recession of small glaciers on their flanks is unknown.....Broader feedbacks between volcanism and climate change remain poorly understood.....Uncertainty about the time scale of volcanic responses to ice unloading.....Lack of data on how past changes in ice thickness have affected the style of volcanic eruptions and associated hazards.....Poor constraint on how ice bodies on volcanoes will respond to twenty-first century climate change" [Hugh Tuffen 2010: Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society]
This study by a top volcanologist indicates that science really has no idea if warming causes eruptions. But clearly, this scientist lays out the facts why he needs a lot more research funds/grants so as to find answers to the known unknowns of "AGW volcanic" activity.
Read here. The UK's highly publicized Stern report on global warming impacts has been analyzed extensively and now finds itself on the ash heap of likely fraudulent, totally misleading economic/science research.
Based on the flood of AGW rubbish coming out of Britain, one wonders if the UK's elites and ruling class have taken a blood oath to assure their country is viewed as the island of messianic idiots and imbeciles; or, are they just attempting to enrich themselves by impoverishing their subjects?
A new World Bank study by scholars has this summary of the hysterical, Lord Stern AGW climate-impact "research":
"Given empirical evidence about the link between climate and damages, climate change is calculated to increase the damages from these five extreme events by between $11 and $16 billion a year by 2100. There is little supporting evidence that climate affects deaths from these events.....These values are completely consistent with estimates in the literature per extreme event. However, they are completely inconsistent with values stated by Stern (2006) who suggests that extreme event damages could be 0.5 to 1.0 percent of GWP by 2050. Oral statements by Lord Stern even suggest values as high as 5 percent of GWP by 2200. The Stern analysis has been criticized because it confuses changes caused by what is in harms’ way (baseline changes) with what is caused by climate change (Pielke 2007b). But even this mistake cannot justify the estimates by Lord Stern. The hypothesized damages quoted by Lord Stern are completely inconsistent with empirical evidence." [Robert Mendelsohn and Gokay Saher - pdf here.]
In addition, Roger Pielke, Jr. states:
"These studies underscore the fact that efforts to try to pin claims of attribution of recent events to greenhouse gas emissions are empirically groundless, even if symbolically and emotionally satisfying. We are going to have to proceed into the future without knowing the influence of greenhouse gas emissions on extremes."
Read here. For some European citizens, the cost of global warming impact might reach a maximum of $330 per year; for others, it may be as low as $66 per year per person. This is the measly, almost negligible cost if existing human CO2 emission growth is not curtailed. This is infinitesimally smaller than a blip on the proverbial radar screen of potential future catastrophes. (An asteroid/meteor striking Earth over the next 70 years anyone?)
The Ciscar et al. peer-reviewed study examined aggressive, worst-case IPCC impact scenarios if CO2 emissions continued unabated, thus causing the hypothetical "positive feedback" warming. This meager EU per capita cost of speculative climate change is in stark contrast to the multiple trillions that Europeans would have to spend to achieve the highly unlikely utopia of a low/zero CO2 emitting, industrial/consumer society.
"A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that if the climate of the 2080s were to occur today, the annual loss in household welfare in the European Union (EU) would range between 0.2–1%. Furthermore, this minuscule change was derived using aggressive IPCC scenarios for temperature and sea-level rise. Regardless of the claims made by climate change doomsayers, the future is not going to suck after all.....This article [study] quantifies the potential consequences of climate change in Europe in four market impact categories (agriculture, river floods, coastal areas, and tourism) and one nonmarket impact (human health). The methodology integrates a set of coherent, high-resolution climate change projections and physical models into an economic modeling framework.....To put that into perspective, the average yearly income of an EU resident is around €24,000 ($33,000).....This means that the impact on individuals would range from €48 to €240 ($66–330) a year.....Bias not withstanding, in the end the impact turns out to be negligible, costing the average citizen no more than a dinner for two in a nice restaurant or an overnight stay in an upscale hotel. This study sends a message, and that message is simple: global warming, if it takes place at all, will hardly be noticed. [Juan-Carlos Ciscar, Ana Iglesias, Luc Feyen, László Szabó, Denise Van Regemorter, Bas Amelung, Robert Nicholls, Paul Watkiss, Ole B. Christensen, Rutger Dankers, Luis Garrote, Clare M. Goodess, Alistair Hunt, Alvaro Moreno, Julie Richards, and Antonio Soria 2011: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]
Read here, here and here. Three different climate/weather professionals note the consensus idiocy and misinformation purposefully spread by the major outlets of mainstream media when the issues are global warming, climate change and weather events.
Unfortunately, America's mainstream press has become known as the 'lame-stream' press and is now regularly mocked for the constant inaccuracies and bias, self-portrayed as "objective" reporting. The global warming science debate is a prime example of the biased MSM reporting, which has driven away both viewers and readers in masses, to the point where these media titans are soon to become probable "wards of the state" ala GM, Fannie May and etc.
"Just a suggestion, if this is what the media establishment is putting out there to win over the public hearts and minds on draconian carbon taxation, then at least come up with some hardened facts.....It’s like the media, liberal politicians, and now television series scientists awoke out of a coma and are marveling about the drastic changes in the weather/climate all around them. It’s snowed before, it’s flooded before, and it will again."
"I have written many times about the fact that the scientists who believe in global warming tend to be the ones who have not studied meteorology or related sciences. We had another of these interviews on NBC's "Today" show.....It would be nice if the television media actually quoted someone who knows something about how the weather (which is what the Northeast storms are) actually works."
Read here. There was a period during early 21st century when Greenland's ice mass reduction was happening due to its southeastern outlet glaciers melting and retreating. Most IPCC related alarmists claimed this was evidence of the infamous climate "tipping point" and predicted imminent catastrophic sea level rises would result.
Around 2006 the glacier retreats came to a screeching halt, thus stabilizing the ice sheet mass wastage and putting a lid on the typical alarmist's refrain that the Greenland ice sheet was disappearing. What stopped the glaciers melting? It was a natural, climatic negative feedback that took place (not the alarmist predicted, positive feedback induced tipping point).
A 2010 peer-reviewed study [Murray, T. et al. 2010] found that warm waters from the Atlantic were causing the melting of the glaciers; the melt waters from the glaciers decreased the temperatures of the surrounding waters thus the glaciers were no longer in contact with warm waters and the melting stopped.
"Murray et al. (eleven researchers) present evidence that suggests that the original ice wastage speedup "was the result of warm ocean waters coming into contact with the glaciers," and that this speedup "was probably terminated in part by increased discharge from the glaciers themselves, which increased ice sheet runoff and iceberg calving" that in turn "introduced additional cold water strengthening the East Greenland Coastal Current," which slowed glacier melting until warmer water again began to dominate the Current's waters.....write that their findings are suggestive of "a negative feedback that currently mitigates against continued very fast loss of ice from the ice sheet in a warming climate," and they thus conclude that "we should expect similar speedup and slowdown events of these glaciers in the future, which will make it difficult to elucidate any underlying trend in mass loss resulting from changes in this sector of the ice sheet." [Murray, T., Scharrer, K., James, T.D., Dye, S.R., Hanna, E., Booth, A.D., Selmes, N., Luckman, A., Hughes, A.L.C., Cook, S. and Huybrechts, P. 2010]
Read here. Yep, the Mexican president proposes replacing all his country's incandescent bulbs for the global warming crusade. This act of sacrifice will reduce future global warming by about one-ten-thousandth of a degree Celsius. Did we say pathetic yet? Hmmm.....I wonder if he signed the petition to ban the world's must dangerous substance, dihydrogen monoxide.
Of course, if the emperor of Mexico was really serious about global warming as he claims to be, he can do two things immediately to act on his true beliefs, and his compassion for Gaia and the rest of humanity.
1. Stop all fossil fuel extraction in Mexico, including all oil pumping.
2. Stop his country's citizens from fleeing Mexico, which will reduce fossil fuel use in the evil, CO2-spewing U.S.
Certainly, Mexico's brilliant and courageous leader must have the cojones to walk the talk of making the world climate-safe, right? These two simple steps will illustrate whether he is just another UN eunuch, or the real-deal hombre. Don't hold your breath, though - one thinks he's all sombrero, no cattle.
Read here and here. The infamous, never-before-seen, IPCC climate model prediction of scary, positive AGW-feedback has now been vanquished by scientific empirical research. NASA's researchers have just pushed the button of detonation, which will likely hasten the collapse of the IPCC's version of "climate science" upon itself.
Simply stated, the IPCC's Climategate scientists and computer models conjured up the scary prediction of a 3 to 5 degree Celsius temperature increase from a doubling of CO2, along with requisite, speculative, calamitous events of biblical destruction proportions. But now the latest research finds that CO2 doubling causes an increase of only 1.64 degrees, which is within the range of outcomes that skeptical scientists have been saying for decades.
Per physicist Luboš Motl, the NASA researchers, Bounoua et al., concluded the following:
"The article in Geophysical Research Letters combines their climate model with the feedbacks linked to vegetation, especially evapotranspiration - the sum of plant transpiration and evaporation from leaves...What is their result?...The resulting climate sensitivity attributed to the CO2 doubling from 390 ppm today to 780 ppm expected in 200 years from now (under business-as-usual) is just 1.64 °C - less than a Celsius degree per century or so. This figure is below 2 °C, the low end of the interval guessed by the IPCC." [Note: study's authors - L. Bounoua, F. G. Hall, P. J. Sellers, A. Kumar, C. J. Tucker, M. L. Imhoff (2010)]
From another publication comes this:
"A group of top NASA boffins says that current climate models predicting global warming are far too gloomy, and have failed to properly account for an important cooling factor which will come into play as CO2 levels rise...According to Lahouari Bounoua of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and other scientists from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), existing models fail to accurately include the effects of rising CO2 levels on green plants. As green plants breathe in CO2 in the process of photosynthesis – they also release oxygen, the only reason that there is any in the air for us to breathe – more carbon dioxide has important effects on them...In particular, green plants can be expected to grow as they find it easier to harvest carbon from the air around them using energy from the sun: thus introducing a negative feedback into the warming/carbon process. Most current climate models don't account for this at all, according to Bounoua. Some do, but they fail to accurately simulate the effects – they don't allow for the fact that plants in a high-CO2 atmosphere will "down-regulate" and so use water more efficiently."
Based on this newest research, we now know the following:
The climate models are definitely, and spectacularly, wrong.
The IPCC (and the UN's Cancun conference) is wrong.
Al Gore and all other leftist/liberal/progressive hack politicians are wrong.
Hollywood celebrities and MSM reporters are wrong (okay....nothing new here).
Self-righteous, self-misinformed, lame "science" writers are wrong. (Dudes, climate models are not science; they're fancy spreadsheets projecting non-empirical, non-proven output about as scientific as a Ouija board or a crystal ball output.)
Read here for the Cancún money quote about seeing drowning polar bears. Obviously, it's highly probable that either Greenpeace or the World Wildlife Federation shared this recent UK MSM story with the Seychelles truly brilliant, but demonstrably gullible ambassador.
Hmmm...okay...not to jump to conclusions...maybe he meant drowning lions in his language...btw, does he have a photo of the drowning animal per chance?
Hey, maybe he also heard of the new UK-AGW spontaneous combustion science and is now worried about polar bears bursting into flames....sounds far-fetched but stranger things have come out of Al Gore's mouth.
Read here. As European greens and government policymakers are frolicking and polluting at Cancun's paradise resorts for two weeks, their countries' soot emissions are destroying the Himalayan glaciers and drinking water of billions of people. Instead of fixing the black carbon (soot) pollution they are responsible for, the EU activists continue to rail about the atmospheric trace gas CO2, which, by the way, doesn't melt glaciers, sea ice or polar ice sheet caps.
There are multiple studies, including this latest article, that point to soot as a prime culprit in climate warming and ice melting.
"“….Angela Marinoni of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate in Bologna explained to an audience at the 2nd Third Pole Environment Workshop in Kathmandu on October 27th, the high Himalayas are also under an onslaught from this sort of pollution. Even at altitudes above 5,000 metres (16,400 feet), soot is widespread. And when it lands on glaciers it accelerates their melting.....By analysing atmospheric circulation patterns, Dr Marinoni and her colleagues found that winds could bring soot and dust from as far away as Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. And if that were not bad enough, the Himalayan valleys act as chimneys, pumping pollutants from the Indian plains to the mountain peaks. Dr Marinoni estimates that the combined effect of this crud could reduce the glaciers’ ability to reflect light by 2-5% and increase the amount of melting by 12-34%."
Read here. UK elites and scientists have made some incredibly stupid statements over the years about global warming, with one of dumbest being that alligators will be "basking" off Sweden. Now we have a group of UK "scientists" speculating that global warming might actually cause spontaneous combustion, in spite of the massive global cooling conditions that are currently plaguing civilization. Seriously, the Brits are talking about "spontaneous combustion," just like what might be found in a Harry Potter wizard fantasy.
"A fast-warming world could transform those peatlands into a "compost bomb" that would dump huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, British researchers have calculated.....The rapid rise in the temperature of peat that would follow the "compost bomb" scenario could even cause spontaneous combustion..."
The literal AGW-craziness that has consumed the UK science community has now advanced to some bizarre combination of mad cow deranged Monty Pythonism. The good news is that this level of UK bizarreness delivered the Climategate death blow to Copenhagen last year, and will do the same to the Cancun climate conference this year. Hey, thank goodness for small favors - in this case, the UK's natural island in-bred idiocy.
Note to incoming congressional Republicans: Any U.S. taxpayer dollars that are financing UK scientists should be stopped immediately. Every single UK scientist (all UK scientists, not just the climate research scientists) deserves to be cutoff permanently from the U.S. research money spigot. Not a single U.S. taxpayer dollar should ever be spent on any UK research effort in the future. Cutting the parasitical Brit scientists off once-and-for-all will prove your bona fides that you are serious about curtailing worthless waste and frivolous spending. Cutting the Brits off is an instant winner for the voters (name one voter in your district who would object) and a win-win for real science, not the Hogwart type the UK scientists embrace.
Read here. James Hansen, Al Gore and other global warming alarmists base frightening climate calamities (20 to 80-foot sea level increases) on the hypothesis that human CO2 emissions will cause an "amplified" increase in polar temperatures. Actual scientific researchers decided to investigate the validity of the polar-amplification hypothesis.
The nine researchers [White et al. 2010] examined all the evidence and research related to Arctic temperatures and determined that current Arctic temperatures are well within natural variability and no CO2-induced "polar-amplification" is to be found.
"In comparing the vast array of past climate changes in the Arctic with what climate alarmists claim to be the "unprecedented" anthropogenic-induced warming of the past several decades, White et al. conclude that "thus far, human influence does not stand out relative to other, natural causes of climate change." In fact, they state that the data "clearly show" that "strong natural variability has been characteristic of the Arctic at all time scales considered," and they reiterate that the data suggest "that the human influence on rate and size of climate change thus far does not stand out strongly from other causes of climate change."" [White, J.W.C., Alley,R.B., Brigham-Grette, J., Fitzpatrick, J.J., Jennings, A.E., Johnsen, S.J., Miller, G.H., Nerem, R.S. and Polyak, L. 2010.]
Read here and here. Mexican President Felipe Calderon at UN-2010 (COP16) climate conference in Cancun bemoans the hypothetical 2010 deaths of 60 Mexican citizens due to CO2-induced climate change. But amazingly, he fails to mention the 19,000 murders that took the lives of Mexican citizens during 2009, or the 69 citizens that perished by murder in a single day during January 2010.
(Update: Yep, the Cancun party animals look real concerned about 60 "climate deaths.")
This level of politician CO2-myopia/AGW-insanity, versus the real problems the average person faces, is exhibited world-wide by elites. The climate and CO2 fixation by the world's elites assures that the violence, and other dominant, common health/death issues facing the world's population will never be solved.
It's no wonder that the world's populace is turning against the governing class, and their attachment to climate change fear-mongering. Obviously, when the elites' focus is only on the 60 climate-deaths, versus the 19,000 violent-deaths, the faith in their governing abilities is lost. Unfortunately, a preponderance of world politicians seemed to be possessed by this myopic, governing insanity, much to the detriment of all citizens.
'Big Green' and its comrades have proven themselves capable of some the most outlandish lies in their incessant promotion of global governance, regulation and taxation of CO2 emissions. Possibly the biggest of lies is the one that today's modern temperatures are "unprecedented," never before warmer.
This big lie is the linchpin for all the associated hysterical, non-empirical, over-the-top, catastrophic predictions that are made by Big Green. Of course, when the actual, empirical, scientific data is actually considered, the big lie of "unprecedented" is shown to be a blatant falsehood.
As the graphs below reveal, there has been a general decline in polar temperatures over the last 10,000 years. Modern temperatures at both poles are well below their historical peaks.
Simply put, this means both humans and polar bears survived and adapted to warmer temperatures in the recent geological past. In addition, ice sheets outlasted extended periods of significantly higher temperatures in the past. (click on images to enlarge)
The other lie that the empirical evidence exposes as pseudo-science is that CO2 is the primary driving force of climate and temperature change. The ice core evidence is a stunning record of climate and temperature changing regardless of CO2 levels. Obviously, there are other natural forces in play that are the primary "climate disruptors."
That's not to say that human CO2 emissions have no part in modern warming, but it is more likely that a trace gas, like CO2, only has a trace affect on global temperatures and climate.
Notes: The average daily Vostok temperature (1958-2010) is the 2010 data-point for the Antarctica chart. The 2010 Greenland Summit temperature data point is average temperature of recent January through December monthly temperatures (added for modern context). The light gray columns in both charts represent CO2 levels, with 2010 estmated level (added for modern context) being the black column on far right.
YBP (years-before-present) figures were adjusted accordingly with use of year 2010 as end point.