Monday, October 29, 2007

Hurricane Season Letdown for Al Gore, Again

After incorrectly identifying the destructive power of Hurricane Katrina as a direct result of global warming, what Al Gore really needed was some bang-up hurricane seasons to back his claims and whip up public frenzy. Unfortunately for Al, that hasn't happened. No hurricane-strength storm made landfall in the US in 2006 and it appears that storm activity is once again going to fall far short of predictions for 2007.

Hurricane season is officially over on November 30, a date which soon approaches. September 2007 had the lowest tropical storm activity since 1977 and both September 2006 and October 2006 brought the lowest storm activity in 30 years. During the past 30 years, only 1977, 1981, and 1983 have had less activity.



The forecast for both years was for a fairly active season and as nature refused to adhere to the forecast and failed to whip up storms that would fulfill the projections, there was lots of backtracking and excuses for the dull season. Everything from wind shear to El Nino and the lack of dust in the atmosphere was blamed for the relative quiet. Only Chris Landsea, in an article in National Geographic explained that hurricane seasons naturally fluctuate and that storms as intense as Katrina have happened many times over in history but we didn't have the technology to track or measure them as we do today.

In the commentary, he and colleagues write that firm conclusions on the link between global warming and hurricane intensity must wait until the historical hurricane record has been reanalyzed with modern methods.

But even then, Landsea said, he expects the increase in intensity to be small.

"Theoretical and numerical models do suggest [hurricanes] will become more intense due to global warming, but by a fairly tiny fraction, about 2 percent for every degree Fahrenheit [0.5 degree Celsius]."


Moreover, much of the reason for the vast destruction of Katrina was the demographics, so many people living in a coastal zone prone to hurricanes and the fact that New Orleans lies below sea level.

"Scores of scientists and engineers had warned of the threat to New Orleans long before climate change was seriously considered, and a Katrina-like storm or worse was (and is) inevitable even in a stable climate."


Anyway, the 2007 season is another bust for Al Gore. Of course, the season isn't quite over with yet, and maybe nature will deign to hand Al a storm whose tales of destruction he can feed to a warming-hungry media and public. But as of today, it seems unlikely.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cat-astrophic Global Warming

There are few dire scenarios that haven't been linked to global warming but now and again, a clever cat-astrophe emerges. According to Monica Guzman's blog at Seattle Pi, animal shelters are filling up more quickly with stray cats, and it's possible that global warming is to blame.


The post includes this post from Dan Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter.

"A decade ago or two decades ago, when there were cold spells in the winter, a certain part of the cat population died off. But if we're not having those real cold spells, a lot more animals stay alive through the breeding season," Jordan said. He hasn't seen any data to back that up, but it's "certainly been discussed" among directors of other shelters, he said.


Did he really just say what I thought he said? Global warming is bad because not enough stray cats die on the streets due to the cold? Interesting perspective from a man who is dedicated to saving the lives of stray animals.

Of course, the post does admit that this year's number of stray cats brought in isn't any higher than last year. But let's not let facts get in the way of a really clever story.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

California Wildfires Can't Be Blamed on Global Warming


The Drudge Report has unearthed a memo telling CNN reporters not to "irresponsibly" blame the California fires on global warming.

According to notes from CNN's Monday news meeting network president Jon Klein tells employees to use the California fire tragedy to "push" their "Planet in Peril" special, but warns reporters not to "irresponsibly link" the fires to "Global Warming."


Despite these instructions, CNN's report included predictions of more fires like the current California fire, saying that we could be in for a "century of fires, just like what we're seeing now" as a result of global warming.

Consider these facts from Reuters:

California's parched climate, often desiccated brush, and Santa Ana winds create the perfect recipe for wildfires..."Fire Season" officially begins in early summer and lasts through October, though officials say that as the state suffers through cyclical drought conditions, they consider the season to be almost year-round in Southern California.


Earlier today, CBS News announced that an arson investigation was being launched into the origin of the Santiago Canyon Fire, which they believe was deliberately set. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arsonist. The Santiago Fire has destroyed homes and buildings causing the evacuation of 3000 people.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Why is Bangkok Going Underwater?

The Associated Press article is accompanied by an image of a buddist monk carefully traversing a thin strip of wooden planking atop a dam, surrounded by the sea as the author proclaims that Bangkok is being submerged by rising seas. Soon, this could be the world, the story warns.

Bangkok is one of 13 of the world's largest 20 cities at risk of being swamped as sea levels rise in coming decades, according to warnings at the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held here.

"This is what the future will look like in many places around the world," says Lisa Schipper, an American researcher on global warming, while visiting the temple. "Here is a living study in environmental change."


Environmental change, not climate change. The environment is changing. Bangkok is sinking. Some areas of Bangkok are already below sea level and its highest point is only 3.5 to 5 feet above sea level. The city sits on clay, clay that is being compacted by the haphazard water management of the bustling city and the fact that the natural drainage canals were filled in during the 1950s to make roads. Bangkok is sinking at a rate of 4 inches per year.



The article does admit that the sea level rise in Bangkok is about .1 inches per year, the same as the global average. As we have already discussed in a previous article, this rise is not above the normal expected increase. Sea levels have been rising since the last ice age, and there has not been any acceleration in that rate since the 1950s.

The sea level rise that they say will finally do Bangkok in is the "projected" rise of the IPCC, not any sea level rise that has been observed in reality. Regardless of sea level, Bangkok is sinking, its future depends on land management and finding new ways of draining the floods from monsoons and combatting the compacting the unstable clay of its foundation.

This fact doesn't stop oceanographer Anond Snidvongs from stating "There is no one single solution to respond to climate change", when it is clearly a change in the environment and not the climate that is leading Bangkok to disaster.

This AP article, and many like it appear often. Warnings of vast floods as a result of global warming, all with headlines and content designed to whip up fear and frenzy over something that has not happened and in fact, there is no evidence to assume will happen. Projections based solely on unproven computer models and speculation.

To read the response of two dozen scientists to the AP scare story “Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History” go to this link.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

James Hansen, Politics, Money and Global Warming

The University of Montana is very excited about the special guest speaker they will host on Monday. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies will give a lecture entitled "The Threat to the Planet: How Can We Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?"" at UM.

An interesting topic for Hansen who has changed his mind over the years about what drives climate and what the future threat to the planet might be. In 1971, it was a computer model designed by Hansen that led to a Washington Post article that warns of an impending ice age.

The article entitled "U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming" predicted that a new ice age "could be as little as 50 or 60 years" away. The article was found by Washington resident John Lockwood while he was conducting related research at the Library of Congress and reported on by John McCalin in the Washington Times.

The scientist was S.I. Rasool, a colleague of Mr. Hansen's at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The article goes on to say that Mr. Rasool came to his chilling conclusions by resorting in part to a new computer program developed by Mr. Hansen that studied clouds above Venus.


Investor's Business Daily also reported on the 1971 report, referring to the original article in the Post.

The Post reported that Rasool, writing in Science, argued that in "the next 50 years" fine dust that humans discharge into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel will screen out so much of the sun's rays that the Earth's average temperature could fall by six degrees.


Hansen, who seems to have changed his mind about which impending doom is likely, having switched from global cooling due to aerosols to global warming caused by carbon dioxide, is often touted as a "whistleblower" and a critic of the Bush administration's policies on climate change. But what is not so well known is that James Hansen received $720,000 from George Soros' Open Society Institute in 2006. The goal of OSI is for transparency in all things, except their own dealings, which is why we didn't know of this funding until they released their 2006 report. Hansen is the man who accused global warming skeptics of being "court jesters" in the pay of big oil companies.

It was Hansen's climate data, later debunked by Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit,that proclaimed 1998 the hottest year on record. After spotting the error in the way the data was compiled, McIntyre alerted GISS. When the error was corrected, it turned out the hottest year on record was 1934, a year that was quite a bit before the much-mentioned big increase in carbon emissions that took place after 1940.

UM professor Steve Running, a member of the U.N. climate change panel that recently received the Nobel Prize, says of Hansen:

"This guy's the oracle of climate science. He's like the Allen Greenspan of economics."

But be wary, University of Montana. As James Hansen tells you about this global warming threat to the planet, remember that not so long ago he believed in a quite opposite threat, global cooling. He has published erroneous data in support of his new theory and taken money from a politically motivated group to publicly espouse it. He may not be the man you think he is.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Al Gore Debates Global Warming

Al Gore won't debate but that hasn't stopped the folks at DemandDebate.com. This film presents Al Gore's assertions about carbon dioxide and global warming in a clip from his film and then presents the other side through film clips of dissenting scientists.

Up for debate here is the entire premise for anthropogenic global warming, the carbon dioxide/temperature relationship.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Global Warming Doesn't Matter

Global warming, we are told, will affect the lives of every human being and species of animal, plant and marine life on earth. But according to Daniel Botkin in an article in the Wall Street Journal, there isn't much evidence to support the theory that global warming will be destructive. In fact, the evidence seems to point to the contrary.

He points out that over the last 2.5 million years the earth has undergone several dramatic climate changes and yet very few species have become extinct, the exception being large mammals from the last ice age, such as sabre-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths.


Sabre-toothed Tigers went extinct in last global warming
Aren't you glad they did?

He also disagrees that global warming will increase the incidence of epidemics of some diseases, stating that global warming has not widened the distribution of diseases such as malaria and encephalitis and it is not likely to do so in future. He points to research done at Oxford University that supports this statement.

Botkin is president of the Center for the Study of the Environment and professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Where Will Bossie Go?

Global warming theory has put vegetarians in a new position, an altar from which they can preach that not only is eating meat morally wrong, but also destructive to the environment. No longer do they have to try to convince people that slaughtering cattle for beef is inhumane, they are newly armed by global warming alarmist calls to halt livestock breeding and meat production. They can adopt the claims that cow flatulence and burping release large amounts of methane into the air, that they are destroying the ozone layer and adding to the greenhouse gases that will ultimately cause further global warming.

But say we all gave up meat-eating tomorrow? What of the millions of cows now on ranches and farms? We can't expect the farmer to continue to feed these massive grazing machines for no return.

Why don't we set them free? Well, aside from the obvious logistical problem of over a billion cattle set loose to roam the earth, can they sustain themselves after thousands of years of domestication?

Apparently, they can. Once loosed, cows, like nearly every animal, revert to a life-in-the-wild mentality. For example, they have been trying to hunt down a herd of feral cows in the Santa Monica mountains for several years. Once freed, these dull-witted creatures reach far down into their genetic memories and tap in to find a way to survive and the wits to elude would-be captors.

However, that presents another problem. Feral cows are hazardous to the environment. They eat nearly everything in sight and have been known to "walk down" trees to get to the tender top by bending it to the ground. They will eat shrubs, grasses and any low-growing vegetation available. In fact, feral cows are listed on the Invasive Species Specialist Group's website which says in part: "Unless well contained by adequate fences, cattle wander into native vegetation wherever suitable food is available. If unchecked this can result in the formation of feral herds roaming wild through extensive areas of country." Wow, go cows, didn't think you had it in you.

Feral cattle can severely modify native vegetation by browsing, crushing and trampling (Aston 1912; Wodzicki 1950). In native forests they invariably lay bare the forest floor and eliminate nearly all young trees, shrubs and ferns, until only a few unpalatable or browse-resistant species remain. In subalpine environments feral cattle open up clearings by breaking down and browsing low-canopied vegetation.


So, not even considering the economic impact of depriving those who raise cattle of their livelihood and even allowing for the number of cattle we might allow dairy farmers for those who will drink milk and eat cheese even if they won't eat the meat, we still would have to deal with millions of animals that cannot be turned loose, even if there were land available for them to live on. I have searched through dozens of vegetarian websites and have not found their answer to this problem.

Do we have a global barbecue as a final meat feast and allow humans to gorge themselves on steaks and hamburgers until the last cow is eliminated?

What I want to know is, if we can't eat them and we can't let them loose, what do the vegetarians propose we do with them?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bill Gray Unimpressed by Gore Nobel Prize

Dr. William Gray, prominent meteorologist and hurricane expert (he was the first to fly into a hurricane to gather data) whose hurricane forecasts are taken into account by meteorologists, insurance companies and governmental agencies, has expressed dismay over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the IPCC. Dr. Gray is one of many well-qualified scientists who are skeptical of the theory that Gore's movie and campaign highlight and which led to his award.

Perhaps skeptical is a bit of an understatement. Bill Gray has expressed his opinion that An Inconvenient Truth is based on faulty science. He calls it ridiculous and says "We're brainwashing our children".

Dr. Gray says statistics prove that there is no increased hurricane activity due to global warming and in fact, the real case is just the opposite, with a decline in the number of hurricanes in the latter half of the century. He believes the current warm cycle will relent and there will be a cooling cycle within the next several years. He realizes that his views make him an outsider, a branded denier, but at 78, with nearly 50 years in the field, Bill Gray remains a man of his convictions.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sea Level Rise and Global Warming

The headline from an Associated Press story that ran September 22, 200, proclaims "Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History". But is it true?

Sea level rise is one of the most talked about catastrophic results of global warming predicted by the IPCC, Al Gore and a multitude of other global warming alarmists. Trying to find real information on sea level rises is nearly impossible as the first ten pages of results usually employ words like "projected" and "predicted" in the title of the articles.

The flooding of the world and the loss of islands like the Maldives are just that - predictions and projections. They are based on computer models whose accuracy cannot be tested and will not be known by anyone who is alive today and if they are wrong, certainly cannot be charged to those who made them, as they will also be long gone.

But what I wanted was actual data, real measurements of sea level rise - when it started, how much it has increased, etc. What I found was really rather surprising. It was not surprising that the current rise in sea level began after the last ice age. Global warming theorists tell us that the rate of sea level rise is accelerating, but surprise - in reality, there is no proof of this.

Professor Nils-Axel Morner of Stockholm University, who has spent years doing observational studies, concludes that there is no sea level rise in the Maldives, islands that global warming theorists say will eventually be flooded over. He states that contrary to what is generally believed, sea levels dropped in the 1970s and have remained stable. He further states that the IPCC has relied too heavily on computer models and based on observational data (facts) he believes that a sea level rise of 5cm is likely by the year 2100. In other words, no discernible rise will take place.

Simon Holgate of Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool, UK studied nine, continuous, century-long sea level records from around the globe. His research revealed that sea level rises were actually higher in the first part of the 20th century, before 1950 than they were in the second half. His research paper was published January 2007 in Geophysical Research Letters. He concludes that the high variability in the rates of sea level change observed over the past 20 years were not particularly unusual.

So when you get down to actual data, there isn't any acceleration in the rate of sea level rise, the seas have been rising for thousands of years at an expected rate. It is only computer models and projections that say otherwise, and without scientific evidence and solid data to back them up, these predictions are no more than computerized fortune-telling.

The AP story highlighted US historical sites that would soon be underwater and disappear forever. The article is based on these computer model predictions and not founded in real observational data. Why run a story like this if the data proves otherwise?

We know why.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Klaus Surprised at Gore's Nobel Prize


Our favorite and most outspoken global warming skeptic, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has expressed surprise at the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore.

"The relationship between his activities and world peace is unclear and indistinct," the statement said. "It rather seems that Gore's doubting of basic cornerstones of the current civilization does not contribute to peace."


Klaus has been vocal about the current global warming activist agenda, expressing his belief that if pursued, it will "fatally endanger our freedom and prosperity". Klaus has previously compared environmentalism to communism.

"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."

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Judge Finds 9 Errors in Gore Film

A High Court judge in the UK, Mr Justice Barton, has issued his full ruling on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, stating that the claims in the film are "exaggerated" and schools must warn children of the inaccuracies before showing it to them. All schoolchildren in th UK are shown the film in secondary school. A truck driver, Stewart Dimmock, took the case to court saying his children were being politically brainwashed.



The judge singled out nine specific scientific inaccuracies in the film which he said had arisen in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration":

Error: Gore asserted that a sea level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting of ice sheets in the near future.
Judge: This is distinctly alarmist and will only occur after and over millenia.

Error: Low-lying Pacific atolls have already been evacuated.
Judge: There was no evidence of any evacuation having yet happened.

Error: The Gulf Stream that warms up the Atlantic would shut down.
Judge: Said it was "very unlikely" it would shut down in future, though it might slow down

Error: Graphs showing a rise in C02 and the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000 years showed "an exact fit"
Judge: There is a connection but "the two graphs do not establish what Mr Gore asserts"

Error: The disappearance of snow on Mt Kilimanjaro was due to global warming,
Judge: It cannot be established that the recession of snows on Mt Kilimanjaro is mainly attributable to human-induced climate change.

Error: The drying up of Lake Chad is a prime example of a catastrophic result of global warming
Judge: Insufficient to establish the exact cause (see our prior article on Lake Chad)

Error: Hurricane Katrina blamed on global warming
Judge: Insufficient evidence to show that

Error: Polar bears were being found that had drowned from exhaustion, having had to swim long distances to find the ice
Judge: Only four polar bears have recently been found drowned and that was due to a storm

Error: Coral reefs were bleaching because of global warming.
Judge: Separating the impact of stresses due to climate change from other stresses, such as over-fishing and pollution, was difficult.

Global Warming Hits SimCity

The latest entry in the SimCity series of games will incorporate global warming theory into its playing strategy. According to reviews, SimCity Societies focuses more on individual residents of the simulated cities and less on strategic planning to make the game more mainstream and accessible to more players. However, there is some planning you should consider in city building.

The game offers you a choice of power and energy sources for your city, but beware if you choose traditional cheap energy sources that emit high levels of carbon dioxide. You'll save money but your city will come under the cloud of climate change.

A city that spews carbon dioxide will be in ultimate danger of droughts, heatwaves and other natural disasters. Adding to the fun will be little warning facts about global warming to help guide you in making long-term decisions about your society.

What appears on the surface to be a more widely appealing, easier version of the SimCity series is, in fact, a piece of propaganda software, spreading the gospel of global warming to gamers (perhaps they fear they don't watch enough TV to be truly indoctrinated yet).

"With SimCity Societies, we have the opportunity not only to demonstrate some of the causes and effects of global warming, but also to educate players how seemingly small choices can have a big global impact," said Steve Seabolt, VP of Global Brand Development for The Sims Label at EA. "BP was one of the first major energy companies to publicly acknowledge the need to reduce carbon emissions and begin taking precautionary measures. As such, they are the perfect partner to help educate people on this important social issue in SimCity Societies."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Save The World - Eat a Kangaroo

While environmental activists worry about the polar bear, universally seen as the symbol of the Arctic (although polar bears show no sign of becoming extinct) - they are less concerned about Australia's wildlife symbol, the Kangaroo. In a newly released report, Greenpeace is advising red meat eaters that more kangaroos should be slaughtered and eaten, to save the world from global warming.

Cows and sheep burp and fart too much. The environmentalists worry about the methane produced by these herds of animals as well as carbon produced during the processing and shipping of these meats.


Cows fart too much

Kangaroo meat makes an excellent substitute, they advise. By law, a percentage of the kangaroo population can be killed for the meat and leather industry, but many are killed illegally when they invade crops on farmland.

Greenpeace also recommends that people switch to chicken and fish and away from red meat entirely.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Dennis Avery on Chesapeake Bay


Over at Enter Stage Right, there's an article by Dennis T. Avery on his testimony before the Senate environment committee regarding the effects of global warming on the Chesapeake Bay (there aren't any). His report on what he tried to tell the senators and what they actually heard is enlightening as it highlights the unwillingness of "man-made warming enthusiasts" to hear anything that isn't on the official global warming theory talking points.

Of particular interest are the facts regarding the waters of the Chesapeake bay, which the alarmists fear will swamp the Chesapeake islands, but in fact, seem to be receding.

Go have a read, it's worth it.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Bjorn Lomborg Takes a Cool Approach To a Heated Debate

Bjorn Lomborg has a novel idea on how to save the polar bear and it has nothing to do with reducing carbon emissions. Lomborg suggests we stop people from shooting them.


He points out the fact that the polar bear population has actually increased since the 1960's, a statement that is borne out by a Canadian government survey. He states that is due, in part, to greater regulation on polar bear hunting and suggests that if we save the 49 bears that are shot each year that it would have a more significant impact on the polar bear population than any attempt at curbing greenhouse gases. Lomborg further states that there is no indication that the polar bear is in any danger of becoming extinct.

Lomborg is the Danish professor who won fame as the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and his new book, Cool It: the Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, has recently been published.

Lomborg also takes issue with the reports that global warming will cause deaths from heatwaves, pointing out that there will be tenfold fewer deaths from the cold than there will be from the heat. He states that the death tallies that the UN's World Health Organization's lays at the doorstep of global warming are due in large part to malnutrition and diseases such as malaria and diarrhea in developing countries.

Lomborg says his new book is an attempt to have a "cool and rational conversation about climate change."

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Friday, October 5, 2007

CNN Rob Marciano Tells Us What He Thinks of Global Warming - Video

Here's the video of CNN meteorologist clapping his hands at the news that a UK judge had ruled in favor of a father who protested having Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth shown to his children in school. The judge ruled that children must be warned that the film may contain factual inaccuracies before viewing the film.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

CNN Meteorologist : "Definitely Some Inaccuracies" in Gore Film

Rob Marciano, meteorologist on CNN, clapped his hands and exulted, "Finally". He was referring to the news that a UK judge has ruled that children watching Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth must be told beforehand that the film contains factual inaccuracies.


As we reported yesterday, a concerned parent brought the case to court as his school-aged children were being shown the film that he considers political indocrination. In February, the government decided to require the film be shown in all UK secondary schools.

The CNN meteorologist said that there definitely are inaccuracies in Gore's film, commenting particularly on the claim that Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming.

The story was reported by Paul Derkin at Business and Media Institute.org.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

UK Judge Rules Gore's Film An Inconvenient Bias


Many parents are distressed at the one-sided and slanted education their children are being given regarding the issue of global warming. Schools often present only one side of the climate debate, ignoring the scientific dissent and inconsistencies in the theory. One parent in the UK decided to do something about it.

Stewart Dimmock whose children are ages 11 and 14 was distressed by what he calls the indoctrination of his children at school in regards to global warming theory. The children were shown Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and given Climate Change Resource Packs. Mr. Dimmock claims the film "is unfit for schools because it is politically biased and contains serious scientific inaccuracies and 'sentimental mush'".

Mr. Dimmock went to the courts with his complaints. A judge in the high court, Mr. Justice Burton, is due to rule on the case next week but has already declared that he agrees that the film promotes "partisan political views". His decision falls short of banning the film but will include the stipulation that schools must warn children that it represents only one side of the scientific debate and that they should consider other views.

In February 2007 the government decided to send Gore's film to all secondary schools along with two short films produced by the Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding global warming and the carbon cycle.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

China Claims Credit for Curbing Climate Change Babies

China is giving itself a chunk of carbon credits for having prevented the births of 300 million people since the institution of its one-child policy. Nevermind that the policy had nothing to do with global warming or climate change whatsoever.

However, the concept that human population must be controlled and curbed is a key issue for some environmentalists and a fervent campaign to eliminate the human race for others. Take Les Knight, founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. He wants to phase out the human race in order to save the Earth. Knight's website proclaims that humans "have evolved into a virtual exotic invader of Earth's biosphere as a whole, incompatible with undomesticated life forms."

In the current greening of the population control movement, fewer people=reduced carbon emissions and therefore a chance to redeem the earth from the global warming sentence that the human existence has imposed on it. It's a wonder that China isn't claiming credits for disallowing reincarnation without a government permit.