Pat Michaels & Chip Knappenberger have a post up at CATO, questioning what effect reliance on govt grant money has on opinions about climate change.
It is well worth a read, but they use the example a recent Andy Revkin article, in which he interviews four prominent climate researchers.
The level of confidence that each showed in the mainstream (climate model-driven) global warming meme (despite this new research suggesting that something may be rotten in the state of Denmark) appears proportional to how much professional advancement still lies ahead.
The United Nations reported that the “hole” in the ozone layer is on the road to recovery about 27 years after countries signed a treaty banning the use of certain aerosols and other chemicals that were blamed for ozone depletion.
The report by the World Meteorological Organization says the ozone layer will recover to 1980 levels by mid-century or so, but warned that recovery hinged on continued reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals.
“International action on the ozone layer is a major environmental success story,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the ozone report’s release. “This should encourage us to display the same level of urgency and unity to tackle the even greater challenge of climate change.”
The WMO report comes about a week and a half before the UN’s climate summit in New York City later this month. Some leaders from major economies, like China and India, have opted not to attend the summit later this month and few countries have officially committed to backing an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s only binding climate agreement.
Jeffrey SachsWSJ Editor's note: Matt Ridley's Sept. 4 op-ed, "Whatever Happened to Global Warming?," stirred a strong response, not least among the enforcers of climate-change orthodoxy. Here is Mr. Ridley's reply to his critics, adapted from his blog:
Post-script. After the article was published, an astonishing tweet was sent by the prominent economist Jeffrey Sachs saying:
"Ridley climate ignorance in WSJ today is part of compulsive lying of Murdoch media gang. Ridley totally misrepresents the science."
Curious to know how I had lied or "totally misrepresented" the science, I asked Sachs to explain. There was a deafening silence.
There then appeared at the Huffington Post an article under Sachs's name. Its style was quite unlike that of Sachs. The piece purported to—in a spin doctor's words—expose:
A WET BLANKET: The House voted late Tuesday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing its proposal to clarify which waterways its jurisdiction covers.
The vote was nearly along party lines, though some vulnerable Democrats up for reelection joined Republicans supporting it.
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) said constituents told him the rule would force them to prove puddles and ditches are not subject to federal regulation.
“I support this bill because sometimes, a mud puddle is just a mud puddle,” he said on the House floor.
The public’s obsession with climate change, a common feature during much of the 1980s and 1990s, has been waning rapidly. The reason for growing climate fatigue is not so much a PR failure. After all, hundreds of millions are being spent each year around the world by thousands of NGOs, green energy lobbies and green government ministers. It is rather that reality no longer corresponds with alarmist predictions. No communication skills can revive the success of bygone scaremongering as long as the actual climate does not conform to apocalyptic predictions made just a few years ago. --Benny Peiser, PRWeek, 10 September 2014
From The Tales Of The Bird-Brained Dept.:
The titular quote is one of many taglines used in Hitchcock's infamous film, The Birds. Maybe the director was onto something about birds seeking revenge on us for no apparent reason. Now we have one (at least for the film's remake): Global warming will now cause our feathered friends to migrate or go extinct. And 2080 seems to be the year of choice for most birds to start migrating across state lines. Apparently birds are on track to do some wacky things in about 65 years. The research, carried out by the Audubon Society (natch), relied on carbon data provided by the United Nations. From ChinaTopix:
Birds are suffering, as well, and will have to migrate to different parts of the world to avoid extinction, according to a research study made by The Audubon Society.
Global warming turned the harsh deserts of the Arabian Peninsula lush and green during the most recent interglacial warm period, scientists note in the August 29 issue of Science. During the last interglacial warm period, global temperatures were significantly warmer than the present.
The article, “In Search of Green Arabia,” explains how scientists have discovered many more ancient artifacts in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula than expected. The article explains how the artifacts are evidence of a climate that was much wetter and conducive to human health and welfare than the present.
“The most pronounced period of wet and warm weather in the past few hundred thousand years took place about 125,000 years ago, during the height of the last interglacial,” the article notes.
Secretary of State John Kerry has an interesting worldview if he believes that addressing “Muslim-majority” nations with the concept that climate change is the prevalent challenge for this generation. He probably wouldn’t get much agreement among the very people he thinks we should be protecting.
Frankly, if Muslims were more worried about climate change perhaps there wouldn’t be such a surge in jihad, that is, if they believed that the so-called perpetrators of every evil, the West, weren’t the main reason for “global warming.” Trouble is, infidels are infidels as far as Islam is concerned and it would make no difference if the sin of Christian America were over-producing greenhouse gases or being who we are, a mainly Christian nation
The survey of 119 MPs from all parties was commissioned by PRWeek from Populus to establish the attitudes of parliamentarians to climate change and environmental issues as part of a special report on the subject.
Only 51 per cent of MPs agree that it is an established fact that global warming is largely man made, though there are substantial differences between parties. Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of Labour MPs agree that man-made global warming is now an established scientific fact compared with 30 per cent of Tory MPs.
Eighteen years (less one month) and counting; that’s the time since the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted “global warming” of the earth’s climate but, given the length of the current cooling cycle, the “warmists” are now calling it a “warming pause.”
Of the approximately 30 different models—all based on carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the air—used in their scenarios, none has proven correct. In fact, even the model predicting the least amount of warming over this period is substantially wrong: there was no warming at all, period.
This fundamental fact appears to be unknown to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If you have been busy enjoying this summer’s unseasonably cool weather across much of the nation, you may have missed the National Clean Energy Summit last week.
Sponsors of the one-day summit, held at the swanky Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in beautiful Las Vegas, Nev., included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Center for American Progress, a leading liberal think tank.
One of the summit speakers, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, equated global warming skeptics with members of the Flat Earth Society, EAGnews.org reports.
Titus also suggested that taxpayer-funded public schools should begin instructing kindergarten children about global warming.
Solitary polar bears have become the poster boys of global warming.
Standing on melting glaciers, their saddened faces are often plastered over posters, adverts and brochures warning of the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions.
But some scientists say polar bears, are far from endangered. Instead, they claim, the creatures are being used as political weapons in the heated debate on climate change.
'Canadian Inuit say that now is the "time with the most bears",' Mitchell Taylor, a biologist who has been researching polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, told MailOnline.
'In spite of claims to the contrary, there is no reliable scientific evidence that polar bear numbers have declined in any subpopulation so far.'