All sensible people are environmentalists. We want to enjoy clean air, land and water and we like to think that future generations will live in an even better environment.
So why is it that, according to a Gallup poll released last month, Americans’ concern about environmental issues now rates near its lowest since the late 1980s?
While Gallup proposes several causes of the decline — a more positive view of the state of the environment, increased economic concerns, politicization of environmental issues — one explanation should trouble environmental strategists: they are, in effect, focused on the wrong issue.
Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. One news outlet summarized the conclusions of a group of environmentalists this way: "California's severe and ongoing drought is just a taste of the dry years to come, thanks to global warming."
Let's examine a few drought facts. California experienced eight major droughts in the 20th century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. They ranged from two years to as long as nine years, such as that which occurred from 1928 to 1937.
Our scientific method and traditions of free speech and open debate are under assault as never before, by intolerant inquisitors in our media, universities, government agencies, and even Congress and the Vatican.
They threaten our most basic rights and freedoms, our political and scientific processes – and ultimately our continued innovation and invention, energy reliability and affordability, job creation and economic growth, and modern living standards, health and welfare.
Congressman Grijalva and Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse sent letters to universities, think tanks and companies, demanding detailed information on skeptics’ funding and activities – in an attempt to destroy their funding, reputations and careers, while advancing “crony climate alarm science.” Equally intolerable, Democrats and the White House are blocking efforts to ensure that environmental regulations are based on honest, unbiased, transparent, replicable science that accurately reflects real-world evidence.
Five years ago today the Guardian was celebrating one of the most glorious moments in left-wing history since the erection of the Berlin Wall. I refer, of course, to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – a tragedy which the Guardian and the rest of the left-liberal media milked so hard that had it been a cow it would almost certainly have had to be put down by a vet, quite likely causing the newspaper’s environment team to be imprisoned for gross animal cruelty and beaten with rubber truncheons by black-uniformed officers of the RSPCA.
Here’s just one example of the kind of enviro porn I mean. See how droolingly it quotes experts from the usual, parti-pris conservation bodies like Pew Environment Group, the National Audubon Society, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature about all the species that might lose their lives: “the brown pelican, state bird of Louisiana”, the American oystercatcher, Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, the Caspian tern, royal tern, laughing gull, black skimmer…
A new report from seasoned meteorologists says the sun is “almost completely blank” as the center of the solar system enters its weakest cycle in more than a century.
“The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century,” according to Virginia-based weather forecaster Vencore Weather.
IT HAS been brought to my attention that for no apparent reason, in a letter of April 23, Dr Martin Rodger criticised me for having “attacked” the Royal Society and NASA in 2009 and for having “a history of climate-change denying”.
I don’t know anyone who denies that the climate changes; history and geology have shown us that the climate has always changed.
As a physicist with many years experience in the fields of fluid flow, heat transfer and thermal-hydraulics, I have a deep understanding of the physical processes which drive the climate.
I got a chuckle out of the quote in "A thought" by James Hansen in Wednesday's paper. His assertion that you cannot blame a single event on global warming, but you can blame frequency and intensity on global warming, seems to fly in the face of reality.
Let's look at a prediction made by Al Gore. When Gore accepted the Nobel Prize in 2007, he predicted that in seven years there would be no Arctic ice cap. His dire prediction was not only wrong but incorrect by a long shot. Both the U.S. Snow and Ice Data Center (part of NASA) and the Danish Meteorological Institute report significant growth and that an area the size of Alaska that was water is now frozen and part of that ice cap. While alarming the world about the perils of a dramatically rising sea level and the ensuing floods, the former vice president was spending $8 million on an ocean-front estate in Montecito, California, the height of hypocrisy.
From The Australian:
The Centre for Australian Ethical Research has settled a legal dispute with Sandfire Resources after admitting failings in the advice given to the Australian National University to sell its shares in the miner.
The controversial advice given by CAER was part of a move to divest from selected resources companies in the university’s $1.1 billion portfolio as part of a policy to divest from miners blamed for contributing to global warming.
University of Alabama climatologists have released the newest version of their satellite temperature datasets. Interestingly enough, the updated satellite data came with a surprise: it lowered the Earth’s warming trend. --Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News, 29 April 2015
The updated UAH satellite temperature data comes as scientists are looking into allegations of data tampering by government climate agencies, like NASA and NOAA. Scientists skeptical of man-made global warming argue that data adjustments made by climate agencies may not be scientifically justified. “Many people have found the extent of adjustments to the data surprising,” Terence Kealey, former vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said in a statement released by The Global Warming Policy Foundation. --Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News, 29 April 2015
University of Alabama climatologists have released the newest version of their satellite temperature datasets. Interestingly enough, the updated satellite data came with a surprise: it lowered the Earth’s warming trend.
Version 6 of the satellite data shows faster warming in the early part of the satellite record, which stretches from Dec. 1978 to March. 2015, but shows reduced, or even eliminated, warming in the latter part of the record, wrote climatologists Roy Spencer, John Christy and William Braswell. UAH Version 6 satellite data now shows a decreased warming trend of 0.114 degrees Celsius per decade, compared to Version 5.6’s 0.140 degree trend.
This includes a decrease in the warming trend for the U.S. since the late 1970s. Spencer, Christy and Brasell noted that the U.S. “trend decreased from +0.23 to +0.17 C/decade” and the “Arctic region changed from +0.43 to +0.23 C/decade.”
A group of like-minded thinkers meeting at the Vatican for a workshop on climate change have issued a final statement, making a series of bold proclamations on the environment and issuing an alarming ultimatum that the climate summit in Paris later this year “may be the last effective opportunity” to keep global warming from reaching “devastating” levels.
The workshop was scheduled to precede the Pope’s upcoming encyclical letter on human ecology in an effort to garner his moral support for UN proposals on climate change.
The workshop, entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity” was jointly organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, SDSN and Religions for Peace.
Since his first sermon about two years ago, Pope Francis has spoken about the need to protect the planet as part of a broad message on the environment. His preaching has also caused little controversy so far.
Now, the pope has already prepared a major encyclical, which will stress the need of addressing global warming which is caused by humans. Conservative Catholic skeptics have been crying foul at the pope's stand on the issue.
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and some other organizations hosted a summit on Tuesday at the Vatican. The summit was named 'Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development'. It was to help strengthen the global consensus on the climate change issue.