Saturday, September 29, 2007

Scholastic Publishes Global Warming Scare Book

Children are increasingly being exposed to reports of the coming catastrophic climate change and the terrors of global warming. The emotional toll this is taking on young children is growing and parents may not know how to alleviate those fears or articulate the reasons that those fears are unfounded. It's a hard job to be the lone voice that tells them that everything they are studying in school about climate change is based on a falsehood.

To make matters worse, Inconvenient Truth co-producer Laurie David and cohort Cambria Gordon have written <>The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming which uses a carbon dioxide/temperature graph to show children how man is effecting climate change but with the lines mislabeled, making the assertions of the book incorrect when it states that temperature follows global warming. Scholastic Books, who have published The Down To Earth Guide To Global Warming has had to admit that the graph is erroneous and will correct it, but the text saying that the graph proves anthropogenic global warming theory will be unchanged.

Children across the country regularly receive Scholastic book order forms in school. If they get an order form offering this book, it would serve as a great opportunity to talk to your children about global warming and the problems with the current theories.

For back-up, download and print the report from the Science and Public Policy Institute website that explains the errors in the book. But don't expect to be popular with teachers and the school. When my daughter explained to her teacher that she didn't believe what they were being taught about global warming, her teacher reacted in disbelief and behaved as if my daugher were committing a treasonous act.

From the SPPI report by Robert Ferguson:

What really makes the David-Gordon graph “amazing” is that it’s egregiously counterfactual. Worse, in order to contrive a visual representation for their claim that CO2 controls temperature change, the authors present unsuspecting children with an altered temperature and CO2 graph that reverses the relationship found in the scientific literature.

The manipulation is critical because David’s central premise posits that CO2 drives temperature, yet the peer-reviewed literature is unanimous that CO2 changes have historically followed temperature changes.

Case in point, on page 103 of their book, David cites the work of Siegenthaler et al. (2005). However, Siegenthaler et al. clearly state the opposite, that CO2 lags “with respect to the Antarctic temperature over glacial terminations V to VII are 800, 1600, and 2800 years, respectively, which are consistent with earlier observations during the last four glacial cycles.”

“Parents and teachers should be concerned enough to demand that the publisher, Scholastic Books, recall, pulp and correct the error before mores copies reach innocent children.,” said Ferguson.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Global Warming Cure: Pipes in Ocean

Proposal: Install giant pipes in the ocean to stir up deep water and bring it to the surface, causing new blooms of algae to grow and suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fight global warming.

That's the theory proposed by James Lovelock, author of the Gaia hypothesis and British scientist Chris Rapley. The Gaia theory states that all living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as one living system and that this system regulates the Earth's climate, ocean salinity and atmospheric content so that everything is as Baby Bear announced, "just right". Because Lovelock believes the climate is self-regulating, he believes that this period of global warming will eventually pass and the earth will cure itself, but he warns that the last time this happened, it took thousands of years. His believes his proposal for pipes in the ocean will help the Earth heal itself.

Lovelock admits that his proposal could have serious repercussions for marine life by increasing the ocean's salinity. The proposal itself makes little sense coming from a man who believes that the earth is self-regulating and will rebound from global warming. Surely, any attempt to induce the system will result in chaos? Lovelock states that he doesn't believe that any efforts by man will reverse global warming, and it is too late for the cutting of carbon emissions to have any effect.

"I think we are almost certainly past any point of no return, and that global warming is irreversible, almost regardless of what we do in the conventional things, like following the Kyoto Protocol," he said.

Lovelock and Professor Chris Rapley, Director of the British Antarctic Survey made their proposal by way of a letter to the journal Nature..

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Report on Climate Change Prediction

A seminar held earlier this year to discuss the validity of current scientific strategies, particularly computer modeling, which are being used to establish and evaluate the link between global warming and human activity has been detailed a report called Climate change prediction: A robust or flawed process? and published by the Institute of Physics.

Richard Lindzen, Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spoke at the seminar and explained the limitations of climate models. He outlined why attempts to attribute global temperature rise to an increase in CO2 emissions were flawed.

Prof. Lindzen noted that, according to the latest IPCC Summary for Policymakers of the Scientific Assessment, we are already 86% of the way to the radiative greenhouse forcing associated with the doubling of CO2 and we have seen a change only of between 0.6 and 0.8°C in the past 100 years, which would be too small even if all of it were due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases. (emphasis added)

Lindzen pointed out that the records of the Hadley Centre, show that there has been no warming trend in global average temperature for the past ten years.

"Attributing global warming to the rise in greenhouse gases has been reduced to an issue of religious faith modulated by policy relevance. Unfortunately, in my experience when politics enters the picture, science takes a back seat - even among scientists." Prof. Richard Lindzen

Read the press release

Read the full report

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Global Warming's Children

There's been a lot of discussion in the news lately about El Niño (the little boy) and La Niña (the little girl). Each phenomena is being blamed on global warming, each is claimed to be more severe and long-lasting than in previous years and each is going to cause either drought or flood depending on where you live.

El Niño and La Niña alternate in cycles, El Niño lasts approximately two years but La Nina's span is shorter, not more than a year usually. El Niño signifying a warming of the waters of the Pacific and La Nina signifying a cooling of same. The phenomena has been recorded for at least 300 years.

Today I read in the Times Online that La Niña is going to change the world's climate. Just yesterday I read that global warming was making El Niño stronger in Australia and it has been in strong five year cycles for 30 years, due to global warming. Today they have changed their minds and it is no longer El Niño causing the drought in Australia, it's just global warming.

This is the news these days, ubiquitous stories about weather patterns, some already known to occur for at least 300 years (and probably occurring for thousands of years before man observed them at sea) and the implication that any weather - mild, severe, hot or cold is a direct result of global warming.

Is it possible that anyone knows more than a fraction of the equation of weather patterns and climate? Although their data and theories all clash and flip-flop, they are all shoved into a big box called "climate change" by the politically correct and "anthropogenic global warming" by the passionate activists.

I decided to look for these stronger El Niño patterns and I found this. This chart of the El Niño and La Niña occurrences since 1950 show that 5-year overlapping cycles occurred with regularity and some were hotter and some were colder than present.

If the global warming theorists don't watch out, they will find they have overplayed their hand. People can be moved by fear up for only so long. There is a saturation point where apathy completely takes over. A lot of people have reached that point already.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Klaus Dissenting Voice at UN Conference

President Bush was not among the 80 world leaders present today at the UN's one-day conference on global warming. Instead, Bush will hold his own two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday, hosting representatives of 16 nations considered to be the big emitters of greenhouse gases.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California criticized the Bush administration for not doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stated that California was leading the way. "California is moving the United States beyond debate and doubt to action," he said. "I urge this body to push its members to action also."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada stated that his country was in full agreement with the need to halve carbon emissions by 2050 but indicated that it was important to respect the unique characteristics of individual nations' economies. "We are balancing environmental protection with economic growth," Harper stated.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus did as he promised to do by providing a solitary dissenting voice.

"The hypothetical threat connected with future global warming depends exclusively upon very speculative forecasts, not upon undeniable past experience, and upon its trends and tendencies", Klaus told the conference.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Biodiesels Fuel Global Warming

Well, this is not news to me as it's been reported before. A new study published in the journal Atmospheric and Chemistry and Physics proclaims that biofuels derived from corn and rapeseed produce more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels.

The study focuses on nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Scientists found that the use of biofuels released twice as much as nitrous oxide as previously realised.

The growing of corn for biofuel has already raised it's price to levels that reach into the pockets of the poor. In places like Mexico, where corn is a staple and provides 40% of the protein in the average diet, this has had disastrous effects. In addition to being responsible for higher corn prices and the conversion of land formerly used to grow food, now that it is finally official that the switch to biodiesels also will increase the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, will the environmentalists finally accept that turning food crops into fuel crops was a mistake?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Drought Makes Rainforest Greener

Research by Scott Saleska of the University of Arizona found that tropical rainforests actually become greener and more lush during a drought. The research was done during a drought that coincided with the natural dry season in the Amazon in 2005 and results are being published in the September 21 issue of the journal Science.

An abstract of an article published in Geophysical Research Letters, March 2006, contains the following:

MODIS Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI, an index of canopy photosynthetic capacity) increased by 25% with sunlight during the dry season across Amazon forests, opposite to ecosystem model predictions that water limitation should cause dry season declines in forest canopy photosynthesis.

In other words, global warming models predict that the rainforest will be hit by drought and indicate that the rainforest will suffer from decreased rainfall but actual measurements show an increase in green vegetation during a dry period. The researchers believe that less rain allows the trees to receive more sunlight and to dig their roots further into the earth to get water.

Other articles on this subject:
Times Online
Fox News

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Gore Warns Australia About Warming

Al Gore is hosting some expensive lunches in Australia to sound the urgent call to action about global warming. The price of a seat costs $1000 but if you spring for the VIP package, which includes prime seating near the Goracle and a meet-and-greet with him, be prepared to shell out $25,000.

Gore is urging Australia to step up to the plate (pun intended) and ratify the Kyoto agreement, stating that the United States would find it "impossible" to withstand the pressure to ratify Kyoto.

Perhaps there is difficulty in reaching Australians on this issue since the southern hemisphere hasn't experienced any warming. Artic ice may be melting but south pole ice caps are growing and overall the Antarctic has experienced a cooling since at least 1975. In fact, it really should be called "northern hemisphere warming" rather than global warming.

Of course, we realize that Gore will buy carbon offsets to make up for the enormous amount of carbon emissions generated by his air travel to Australia. And from whom will he buy them? Why Generation Investment Management of course, a company partly owned by none other than Al Gore.

Global Warming Lawsuit Dismissed in California

US Federal Judge Martin Jenkins dealt a blow to global warming activists in tossing out a lawsuit against 6 automakers, accusing them of contributing to global warming. The suit was brought by California's attorney general, seeking damages to offset monies spent by the state to deal with issues arising from global warming.

In his decision to grant the motion filed by the automakers to dismiss the lawsuit, Jenkins said the courts are not equipped to decide the complex issue of global warming.

"The Court finds that injecting itself into the global warming thicket at this juncture would require an initial policy determination of the type reserved for the political branches of government"

The suit named six automakers, claiming that vehicles produced by these six companies contributed 30 percent of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions in California.

The automakers named in the suit were Ford Motor Company, Daimler-Chrysler, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and Honda.

California's Deputy Attorney General Ken Alex, is deciding whether to appeal the ruling.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Smells Like Mammoth Dung

Sergei Zimov, chief scientist at the Russian Academy of Science's North Eastern Scientific station, reveals to the world a new danger, one that is destined to accelerate global warming beyond any predictions: mammoth dung.

Zimov points to melting permafrost and states that contained therein are layers of animal waste and other organic matter, which when exposed to the air will release tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the material decays.

Although the UN reported in June that there was no widespread melting of permafrost that could accelerate global warming, they aren't going to disagree that it is possible, probably because it sounds scary.

But Zimov is an expert, we know that from this excerpt from the Reuter's article:

Sergei Zimov bends down, picks up a handful of treacly mud and holds it up to his nose. It smells like a cow pat, but he knows better.

"It smells like mammoth dung," he says.

Nevermind that Siberia has lots of cows, the man's an expert - he has to be. I know I couldn't tell cow dung from the dung of a giant woolly elephant-like creature that has been extinct for thousands of years just by sniffing it.

But more importantly, this potential threat of tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere because of global warming perhaps belongs on the other side of the argument.

In his movie An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore displays a chart showing carbon levels and global temperature. Gore says the chart shows that carbon dioxide leads to global warming but experts have debunked this chart, stating the contrary, that carbon levels follow global warming, lagging temperature increases by as much as 800 years.

If the warm period being experienced in the Arctic is indeed causing strata containing organic material to be exposed, and the resumed decaying of this previously frozen material is going to cause an upsurge in atmospheric carbon dioxide, then it stands to reason that those who called Gore's chart into question are correct and carbon dioxide increases do follow global warming and not the other way around.

Mammoth dung, prehistoric goo may speed warming

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Climate Change Didn't Kill Neanderthal

In the sea of stories about climate change and the disaster it spells for modern man, one story at least gives hope.

Climate changes did not kill the Neanderthals.

It was originally thought that the Neanderthals all disappeared about 30,000 years ago but recent evidence that they may have survived until as recently as 24,000 years ago and lived contemporaneously with Cro Magnon (homo sapiens) led scientists to speculate that the disappearing ice shelves and drastic climate changes had been the culprit in reducing their numbers. But new evidence seems to point to the Neanderthals having died out before any of the big climate changes.

Actually, it most likely that modern man is the cause for the extinction of Neanderthal. Taller and superior thanks to evolutionary gifts, they simply took over, competing with Neanderthal over the same resources.

Modern man survives as a species with no natural enemies, the species that adapts his environment to his needs, not the other way around. With all the self-flagellation on the impact of man on the earth, the cries of environmentalists that man is destroying the planet and will cause the extinction of half the species on earth, it is surprising that no one has thought to accuse him of murdering his cousin Neanderthal.

Maybe they aren't sure they want that side of the family living next door.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Concensus Found That Refutes Global Warming

The co-authors of the new book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, Dennis Avery and Fred Singer, have compiled a list of 500 scientists who have published studies that disagree with at least one element of current global warming theory. They compiled the list through an analysis of peer-reviewed literature. According to their research, warm cycles happen with regularity, about every 1470 years, and moreover, they are good for us.

More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. "This data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850," said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.

Other researchers found evidence that 3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly; 4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate.

Avery, a Senior Fellow of The Hudson Institute and Singer,a climate physicist, noted that there are hundreds of additional peer-reviewed studies that have found cycle evidence, and that they will publish additional researchers' names and studies. They also noted that their book was funded by Wallace O. Sellers, a Hudson board member, without any corporate contributions.

"We have had a Greenhouse Theory with no evidence to support it-except a moderate warming turned into a scare by computer models whose results have never been verified with real-world events," said co-author Singer. "On the other hand, we have compelling evidence of a real-world climate cycle averaging 1470 years (plus or minus 500) running through the last million years of history. The climate cycle has above all been moderate, and the trees, bears, birds, and humans have quietly adapted."

"Two thousand years of published human histories say that the warm periods were good for people," says Avery. "It was the harsh, unstable Dark Ages and Little Ice Age that brought bigger storms, untimely frost, widespread famine and plagues of disease." "There may have been a consensus of guesses among climate model-builders," says Singer. "However, the models only reflect the warming, not its cause." He noted that about 70 percent of the earth's post-1850 warming came before 1940, and thus was probably not caused by human-emitted greenhouse gases. The net post-1940 warming totals only a tiny 0.2 degrees C.

Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years is available from

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Peat and Forests Slow Permafrost Melt

A recent study at McMaster University indicates that global warming may not melt the permafrost as quickly as computer models have predicted.

About 42% of Canada is covered in permafrost - frozen soil that remains at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years.

Studies using the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate Model have predicted that only a million square kilometres of the currently estimated 10.5-million square kilometres of permafrost would remain by the end of this century. But Altaf Arain, associate professor in Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster, states that computer models have not figured in peat and vegetation.

Peat and vegetation in northern areas may help protect permafrost from the effects of climate change, according to Arain.

"A layer of peat above the permafrost acts as insulation by trapping air pockets, which reduce heat transfer and helps permafrost retention," he says. "Vegetation can also help slow the rate at which permafrost melts because it shades the ground."

The study, entitled Impacts of peat and vegetation on permafrost degradation under climate warming, was published in Geophysical Research Letters in August and also appeared in Nature Geosciences this month.

McMaster University

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Czech President Compares Global Warming to Communism

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has long been outspoken about his belief that global warming has become an environmental religion which threatens basic freedoms and resembles Marxism in its approach.

"Communism has been replaced by the threat of an ambitious environmentalism," Klaus wrote in response to questions from the US House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Klaus is a man who has lived under communism. He warns of the consequences of following a environmental extremism and its effect on poorer and developing nations that cannot afford new technology. He worries about the loss of freedoms for the individual.

"This ideology preaches earth and nature and under the slogans of their protection -- similarly to the old Marxists -- wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central, now global, planning of the whole world."

Currently, Klaus is featured in an ad sponsored by The Heartland Institute that is running in major US newspapers. The ad shows Klaus challenging Gore with the slogan "Global Warming is No Crisis".

Klaus is scheduled to give a speech at the UN in two weeks and warns that they will be surprised by what he has to say.

"It will be a gathering of 'Gore-ites,' so they're going to be shocked that they invited me 'by mistake,' too. And I'm going to give a very tough speech."

Sunday, September 9, 2007

An Inconvenient Drumstick

PETA is planning a protest against Al Gore's dietary habits. When he arrives in Denver next month, members of PETA and other animal rights groups will convene to protest with signs depicting a cartoon Gore eating a drumstick and proclaiming:

"Too Chicken to go vegetarian? Meat is the No 1 cause of global warming".

"For Al Gore, the fact that his diet is a leading contributor to global warming is a highly inconvenient truth - pun intended," said Matt Prescott, a spokesman for Peta.

Which only goes to prove that PETA is insane. Sneer if you will at Al arriving in private jets to talk about carbon emissions from SUVs, publicly jeer the man who tells Americans to change their light bulbs and cut down on energy consumption while running an electric bill 20 times higher than the average citizen, but to deny a man his fried chicken is inhumane.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

US Geological Survey Predicts Polar Bear Extinction

You gotta love these headlines. They shock and amaze but usually have little relationship to the actual facts contained in the story they run with.

Here's the latest:

Most polar bears could be lost by 2050

Yikes. The majestic polar bear, gone forever. But is that what the US Geological Survey actually says?

"Projected changes in future sea ice conditions, if realized, will result in loss of approximately two-thirds of the world's current polar bear population by the mid 21st century," the report says.

Only 16,000 polar bears around the world are expected to survive through the end of the century in the northern Canadian Arctic islands and the west coast of Greenland, said the U.S. Geological Survey.

The World Conservation Union, based in Gland, Switzerland, has estimated the polar bear population in the Arctic now is about 20,000 to 25,000,

Okay, projected changes. But these are the same people who say the computer models are not showing the ice melting fast enough, so these projected changes are not those of the existing computer models, but of changes they project. And this will happen only if the ice melts as fast as they predict. Or will it?

The global warming people are telling us that the global temperature has been increasing in the last few decades and so by now, we should already be looking at dwindling polar bear populations. But according to a survey by the Canadian government, polar bear numbers are increasing.

The latest government survey of polar bears roaming the vast Arctic expanses of northern Quebec, Labrador and southern Baffin Island show the population of polar bears has jumped to 2,100 animals from around 800 in the mid-1980s.

Keep in mind that Canada now has about two-thirds of the world's polar bear population. The survey reported six areas as having stable counts, three areas as having decreased counts and two areas saw their counts increase. That doesn't sound like any shocking loss of population.

Yeah, but, yeah but...The polar bear first appeared on earth about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago and the global warming alarmists are saying that they have never had to live through a period warmer than this. Really?

According to a 2000 report from the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, temperatures on Greenland were higher than today at least once.

After the termination of the glacial period, temperatures increased steadily to a maximum of 2.5°C warmer than at present during the Climatic Optimum (4,000 to 7,000 years ago). The Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice
Age were also documented in the record, with temperatures 1°C warmer and 0.5-0.7°C cooler than at present, respectively.

And from what we know of Greenland's ice core, we know that even when the temperature was a full 5° C higher, the ice did not completely melt. See prior story - Ice Didn't Melt on Greenland in Historical Warm Periods

As the temperature seems to be going up in the Arctic, and has been for several years while the polar bear population has been increasing, there is only one conclusion.

"There is a definite link between changes in the sea ice and the welfare of polar bears," Steve Amstrup, who led the research team, said.

Yep, there is. They seem to like it.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

DiCaprio Film Bores Audiences

Leonardo DiCaprio may still thrill female fans with his ice-blue eyes, but his environmental movie, The 11th Hour, has turned out to be the film equivalent of a sleeping draught as DiCaprio fails in his bid to out-scare audiences first traumatized by his enviro-mentor, Al Gore and his film, An Inconvenient Truth.

The film has done poorly at the box office, grossing only $417,913 from ticket sales in its first 18 days. Cinemas scheduled to screen the film will probably start to bow out and the mostly likely result will be a quick departure to the home-DVD medium.

The movie was criticized for its incomplete understanding of forest management and the impact that it can have on the environment by none other than Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace. The film has even been panned by those who support man-made global warming theory.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Big Mac Attacks Global Warming

In Japan, the government's offer of a half-price Big Mac in exchange for a pledge to fight global warming created such a response that it crashed a government website. Applicants pledged to do such things as to take a minute off their shower times to help the environment.

In other news , doctors attending the meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Vienna expressed concern about the possible increase in deaths from cardiovascular disease as a result of global warming. The experts state that people with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have exacerbated problems when there is a sustained period of hot weather and point to the recent increase in deaths during the European heat wave this summer.

But let's face it, hot weather doesn't cause heart disease, heredity and lifestyle do. In Africa, heart disease is nearly unknown in rural areas but the incidence of heart disease is rising in more westernized urban regions, mainly because of lifestyle and dietary changes. That is, the western diet is full of fat and cholesterol and is bad for your heart. So while being in a very hot climate when you have cardiovascular disease increases your risk of death, being in a hot climate doesn't cause cardiovascular disease.

Which brings me back to the Big Mac. This popular sandwich from McDonalds, with its 29 grams of fat, 75 mg of cholesterol and 1040 grams of sodium, is the epitome of the heart attack diet. It seems to run contrary to their stated concerns about heart disease and global warming to offer you something that will only increase your risk of dying should the planet heat up as they expect it to. Heat will kill you! Quick, eat a Big Mac and don't shower!

This is why I can't understand global warming theory. It's just too complicated.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Too Soon to Blame Global Warming for Felix and Dean

Two Category 5 hurricanes, Dean and Felix have made landfall in the last two weeks. This is the first time in recorded history that two Category 5 hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic in the same season. The temptation is great to put the blame on climate change, but some weather experts, including some global warming theorists, say it is too soon to make that assumption.

"My guess is that the high intensities of Dean and Felix had more to do with when and where they formed and tracked than with global warming per se," said Kerry Emanuel, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of meteorology who has published ground-breaking research on the subject.

Many hurricane experts, former IPCC contributor Chris Landsea, say the Atlantic has entered a period of increased hurricane activity that may last twenty years. Felix and Dean both formed in an area of persistent high pressure and passed "over a region known to be a great hurricane intensifier," according to Robert Muir Wood, chief research officer at London-based Risk Management Solutions.

"There is no doubt at all that warmer sea surface temperatures lead to more powerful hurricanes: we can see this every time a hurricane moves over warmer ocean waters," said Terry Joyce, director of the Oceans and Climate Change Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

"But to attribute both of these to global warming, after only two Category 5 storms, is ... premature."


Monday, September 3, 2007

Times Atlas Changes Blamed on Global Warming

The shocking headline reads "New Times Atlas displays effects of climate change" and the lead paragraph tells us that the latest edition of the Times Atlas has had to be mightily altered because of geographical differences brought about by climate change.

What are these great changes to our world that are so noticeable that the cartographers have had to re-draw their maps?

Well, for example, they cite Lake Chad in Africa, stating it is 95% smaller than it was in 1963. Did I mention that the last edition of the Times Atlas was published in 2003? Do you imagine that they haven't changed the Atlas in 40 years and are only just noticing Lake Chad? Hardly. Except it wouldn't be hype journalism unless you included things like 95% shrinkage of a lake, even if none of that shrinkage has taken place recently.

Satellite Images of Lake Chad

Aside from stating that sea levels have "strange effects" on the coastline, there are no other glaring geographical changes that are cited as being due to climate change, so let's examine Lake Chad, which we assume they meant to use as an example of how global warming is drying up water sources.

Lake Chad is the remnant of an inland sea. It has been shrinking and growing in cycles for about 13,000 years. It was at its largest around 4000 BC but studies of the sediment in the lake show it has nearly gone dry at least four times, around 8500 BC, 5500 BC, 2000 BC. and 100 BC. In the last century it nearly disappeared twice, in 1908 and 1984. It has been shrinking for the last 40 years due to increased population and increased irrigation in the area which has put a larger demand on the lake's water. In addition, overgrazing in the area has caused more desertification of the surrounding land. This may indicate that in recent years some of the lake's diminishing supply of water is due to human activity, but it isn't due to global warming.

If there is solid evidence of disappearing lakes or eroded coastlines, if global warming has taken a great toll on the geographical makeup of the Earth, why are these not reported, especially in an article that proclaims that global warming has necessitated changes to the Times Atlas? I can only conclude that this evidence must not exist.