UN Data shows ‘Warming has Stopped!’ – Climate Fears Called ‘Hogwash’ – ‘Global Carbon Tax’ Urged
December 3, 2008
Posted By Marc Morano – 4:34 PM – Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov
UN Data shows ‘Warming has Stopped!’ – Climate Fears Called ‘Hogwash’ – ‘Global Carbon Tax’ Urged
Aussie Scientist Says ‘No relationship between CO2 and temperature’
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Washington DC - The bad news for global warming alarmists just keeps rolling in. Below is a very small sampling of very inconvenient developments for Gore, the United Nations, and the mainstream media. Peer-reviewed studies, analyses, and prominent scientists continue to speak out to refute climate fears. The majority of data presented below is from just the past week. Also see: U.S. Senate Minority Report: “Over 400 Prominent Scientists (now over 500 and rapidly growing) Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007” & ‘Consensus’ On Man-Made Global Warming Collapses in 2008 - July 18, 2008 & An August 2007 report detailed how proponents of man-made global warming fears enjoy a monumental funding advantage over skeptical scientists. LINK
#Update: 2008 will be coolest year of the decade!- December 5, 2008 – UK Guardian
Excerpt: This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office. The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, which is 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07.
Excerpt: 10,000 people from 86 countries have descended upon Poznan, Poland for yet-another United Nations meeting on climate change. This time, it’s the annual confab of the nations that signed the original U.N. climate treaty in Rio in 1992. That instrument gave rise to the infamous 1996 Kyoto Protocol on global warming, easily the greatest failure in the history of environmental diplomacy. Kyoto was supposed to reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide below 1990 levels during the period 2008-2012. But since it was signed, the atmospheric concentration of this putative pollutant continued to rise, pretty much at the same rate it did before Kyoto. […] Since Kyoto, a very funny thing has happened to global temperatures: IPCC data clearly show that warming has stopped—even though its computer models said such a thing could not happen. According to the IPCC, the world reached its high-temperature mark in 1998, thanks to a big “El Niño,” which is a temporary warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that occurs once or twice a decade. […] Even if the earth resumes warming at the pre-1998 rate, we will have nearly a quarter-century without a significant warming trend.
Update: New Arctic ice analysis reveals ‘No clear evidence of a delay in the start of the later summer/early fall freeze up or the start of the late winter/early spring melt’ – December 4, 2008
Excerpt: [Based on analysis by] William Chapman, author of The Cryosphere Today website, who graciously prepared an analysis of the dates of the minimum and maximum Arctic sea ice coverage since 1979. Report from Atmospheric scientist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.’s website.
Update: Peer-Reviewed Study: Recent worldwide land warming' NOT 'a direct response to increasing greenhouse gases (GHGs) over land' - WorldClimateReport.com – December 3, 2008 ‘Rethinking Observed Warming? - Key quote: “Evidence is presented that the recent worldwide land warming has occurred largely in response to a worldwide warming of the oceans rather than as a direct response to increasing greenhouse gases (GHGs) over land.” Excerpt: Believe it or not, it is possible that aspects of the traditional greenhouse gas explanation could be largely wrong, and if you think we are crazy, let’s visit an article just published in the prestigious journal Climate Dynamics. The interesting (to say the least) work was conducted Gilbert Compo and Prashant Sardeshmukh of the Climate Diagnostics Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the work was supported financially by the NOAA Climate Program Office. The first sentence of the abstract reads “Evidence is presented that the recent worldwide land warming has occurred largely in response to a worldwide warming of the oceans rather than as a direct response to increasing greenhouse gases (GHGs) over land.” This sentence certainly captured our interest at World Climate Report – anyone suggesting that some warming may have been caused by something other than the buildup of greenhouse gases will always get a second look. […] Stating “global warming may not be occurring in quite the manner one might have imagined” is an interesting way to report that the entire global warming – greenhouse gas buildup link (largely unchallenged) may be a quite a bit off. Time will tell, but don’t look for a lot of press coverage coming from the Poland meeting of this interesting research challenging the gospel of global warming.
Update: Under the Weather: Internal Report Says U.N. Climate Agency Rife With Bad Practices - Fox News – December 4, 2008 Excerpt: As more than 10,000 delegates and observers gather in Poznan, Poland, to discuss the next phase in the battle against "climate change," a U.N. agency at the center of that hoopla badly needs to do some in-house weather-proofing. […] But the WMO, the $80 million U.N. front-line agency in the climate change struggle, and the source for much of the world's information in the global atmosphere and water supply, has serious management problems of its own, despite its rapidly expanding global ambitions. The international agency has been sharply criticized by a U.N. inspection unit in a confidential report obtained by FOX News, for, among other things, haphazard budget practices, deeply flawed organizational procedures, and no effective oversight by the 188 nations that formally make up its membership and dole out its funds.
Excerpt: No one is gassier than a global warming alarmist: Around 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be added to the Earth’s greenhouse effect from the December 1-12 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC said. That estimate is based on a turnout of 8,000 people, but as of Sunday 10,657 people had registered for the talks
Excerpt: "This cry that 'We're all going to die' is an overreaction and just not good science," said Andre Bernier, a meteorologist at WJW Channel 8. "I don't think I personally know any meteorologists -- here in Cleveland or anywhere else I've worked -- who agree with the hype over human-induced warming." […] Prime-time doubters - But, there are doubters -- all AMS certified -- in prominent on-air positions at each of the four Cleveland television stations. Bernier and Dick Goddard -- the patriarch of Cleveland weather forecasters -- predict the weather at WJW Channel 8. Both cite natural fluctuations in the Earth's climate and dismiss the industrialization of the 20th century and the subsequent spike in atmospheric carbon dioxide as the cause for warming. Goddard compared the current anxiety over warming with the global cooling concerns of the 1970s, which have since dissipated. He and Bernier both point to solar cycles as the key ingredient in climate change. Bernier also said he believes the climate is no longer warming -- but, rather, cooling again. "I have a hunch that in 10 years we're all going to be longing for global warming because it will be so cold," Bernier said. […]"Climate records also show that long before industrialization, the Vikings had settled in Greenland because it was warm enough," said Jon Loufman, who has taught meteorology courses at both Case Western Reserve University and Lakeland Community College. "I think the jury is still out on this."
Excerpt: MIT Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Richard S. Lindzen recently wrote, "There has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995." Such findings rarely are reported, even though - as Marc Morano, communications director for the Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told me - "Scientists keep coming out of the woodwork" to challenge the so-called consensus. "It's almost like a bandwagon effect."
Excerpt: Efforts to support global climate-change falls: There is both growing public reluctance to make personal sacrifices and a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the major international efforts now underway to battle climate change, according to findings of a poll of 12,000 citizens in 11 countries, including Canada.
Excerpt: One of Australia's leading enviro-sceptics, the geologist and University of Adelaide professor Ian Plimer, 62, says he has noticed audiences becoming more receptive to his message that climate change has always occurred and there is nothing we can do to stop it. […] His two-hour presentation included more than 50 charts and graphs, as well as almost 40 pages of references. It is the basis of his new book, Heaven And Earth: The Missing Science Of Global Warming, to be published early next year. Plimer said one of the charts, which plots atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature over 500 million years, with seemingly little correlation, demonstrates one of the "lessons from history" to which geologists are privy: "There is no relationship between CO2 and temperature."
Excerpt: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is Not Pollution - CO2 for different people has different attractions. After all, what is it? - it’s not a pollutant, it’s a product of every living creature’s breathing, it’s the product of all plant respiration, it is essential for plant life and photosynthesis, it’s a product of all industrial burning, it’s a product of driving – I mean, if you ever wanted a leverage point to control everything from exhalation to driving, this would be a dream. So it has a kind of fundamental attractiveness to bureaucratic mentality." - Richard S. Lindzen, Ph.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT.
European metal workers protest EU's climate policy – December 3, 2008
Excerpt: "We don't want to lose our job," one protester said, adding that the new regulations will possibly kill the steel industry in Europe. Several protesters held a coffin to indicate that the European steel industry will die when EU's climate change plan is implemented.
Dr. Herman is the past director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics and former Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona
Excerpt: “I have a solution for all those who fear the consequences of global warming. Tell them to move about 30 miles to the north and that will offset thee 1 to 1.5 deg F global warming that has taken place during the 20th century.”
By Chemical Scientist Dr. Brian G. Valentine, professor at University of Maryland, who has studied computational fluid dynamics and modeling of complex systems.
Excerpt: “You can knock about 7 miles off of that 30 miles North as a result of cooling that has occurred since the year 2000.”
Reality Check: KYOTO OBJECTIVE MAY BE MET BY 2010 ... WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING
Obama Urged to Adopt a 'Global Carbon Tax'- ‘Cap-and-trade approach won't stop global warming’ – By RALPH NADER and TOBY HEAPS Wall Street Journal - DECEMBER 3, 2008
Excerpt: A tax on CO2 emissions -- not a cap-and-trade system -- offers the best prospect of meaningfully engaging China and the U.S., while avoiding the prospect of unhinged environmental protectionism. China emphatically opposes a hard emissions cap on its economy.
'Expect more global cooling'... La Niña may be returning – December 2, 2008
La Niña may be returning La Niña, a Pacific atmospheric phenomenon that ended during the summer, to be replaced by ENSO-neutral conditions, shows some signs of life again.Click the picture above for more maps. The weekly status (click PDF or PPT) indicates that the ENSO region 1+2 has a -0.9 °C anomaly (page 5/30). The regions 3, 3.4, and 4 have -0.4 °C which is close to -0.5 °C, the official cutoff for the La Niña regime (decided according to the 3.4 region).If La Niña returns, expect more global cooling to be more likely than global warming. Plan for more snow in Colorado and many other things. The cool phase of the PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) could bring more frequent La Niñas in the next 20-30 years and less frequent El Niños and take the global temperature down.
Must Read! Scientist Rips U.S. MAYORS CLIMATE PROTECTION AGREEMENT – December 3, 2008
By Richard Courtney, a UN IPCC expert reviewer and a UK-based climate and atmospheric science consultant: Excerpt: Concern at the possible effect of increased GHGs in the air has existed since the 1880s. […] To date, no scientific evidence of any kind has been obtained to support the hypothesis. The existence of global warming (GW) is not evidence of anthropogenic (i.e. man-made) global warming (AGW) because warming of the Earth does not prove that human activity warmed it. […] There is no “global warming pollution” and something that does not exist cannot be reduced. I assume that by “global warming pollution” the document means greenhouse gases (GHGs).
U.S. Scientist Predicts Global Cooling – November 7, 2008
By Dr. Robert H. Essenhigh, a Bailey Professor of Energy Conversion in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University, who has published over 45 peer-reviewed studies.
Excerpt: Robert Essenhigh has been making a steady ongoing case for a pending global cooling scenario, which can happen as early as the next decade -2012-2015 or onwards. He proposes that it is the temperature that drives CO2 release and not the other way around, as most people are predicting.
Climatologist Cliff Harris Predicts ‘at least 23-year cycle of global cooling’ – November 16, 2008 - Cliff Harris bio here:
Excerpt: Several Canadian environmental scientists agree that the new Jason satellite indicates at least a 23-year cycle of global cooling ahead. Count me in! This oceanographic satellite shows a much larger than normal persistent Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Cooler PDO phases usually last 21 to 25 years, so we should be quite chilly as a planet until at least 2030, maybe longer. […] These alternating natural climatic cycles defy the so-called "climate consensus" that human-emitted carbon dioxide was responsible totally for the recent cycle of global warming that began in the late 1970s and peaked in 1998.
Excerpt: Global warming seems to have stopped for now at least. There has been no warming trend since about 2001, and no increase in ocean heat content since 2003, despite rising CO2 emissions. We seem to have entered a cooling phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) which should last to about 2030
Excerpt: The sun’s magnetic field may have a significant impact on weather and climatic parameters in Australia and other countries in the northern and southern hemispheres. According to a study in Geographical Research, the droughts are related to the solar magnetic phases and not the greenhouse effect.
Flashback: Report Debunks Warming Fears – June 20, 2008 - U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) - an assessment report titled “Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate.Excerpt: A sampling of what the report reveals includes: Hurricanes declining, no long term increases in drought - There have been no observed changes in the occurrence of tornadoes or thunderstorms - There have been no long-term increases in strong East Coast winter storms (ECWS), called Nor’easters - There are no long-term trends in either heat waves or cold spells, though there are trends within shorter time periods in the overall record. But all of the above appear to be INCREASING in unverified climate models. Computer models predictions are not evidence.
Excerpt: Warning: Lord Turner said the UK must cut carbon emissions by 34% by 2020Tough new targets on tackling climate change will cost Britain £500 a year per household, push up utility bills and force 1.7million Britons into fuel poverty by 2020. The grim predictions came from independent Government advisers yesterday as they set targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions.
Time to Ditch Kyoto, The Sequel – December 1, 2008 By Gwyn Prins, of the London School of Economics
Excerpt: The Medieval Warm Period in Canada's Columbia Icefield - In viewing the researchers' results, it can be seen that the peak winter temperature of the Medieval Climate Anomaly -- or Medieval Warm Period, as we typically refer to it -- throughout Canada's Columbia Icefield was warmer than the peak temperature of the Current Warm Period (which appears to have occurred ~1915), while it was even warmer than the mean temperature of the 1941-1990 base period, as well as the mean temperature of the last ten years of that period (1980-1990). Hence, it is becoming ever more clear (see our Medieval Warm Period Project ) that recent temperatures around the world have not been "unprecedented" over the past one to two millennia, as climate alarmists typically claim they have.
Medieval Warm Period Record of the Week: (via JunkScience.com)
Excerpt: California intentionally skewed its analysis of the economic effects of its climate change plan, according to a review by state-commissioned economists. All six economists found the analysis deeply flawed, and several even said the state hand-picked data to improve the economic case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We’re shocked, shocked to find that the political interests that want the rest of us to believe global warming is a true threat have cooked the books to promote the state’s onerous and presumptuous Global Warming Solutions Act. Utterly shocking. Who would ever have expected such stuff from people of such integrity and impeccable credentials? Well, OK. Maybe we would expect it considering the track record.
Excerpt: I have argued that Obama won’t be able to ratify any global climate treaty that is likely to come out of Copenhagen next December. Since the only thing worse than no global climate treaty in 2009 is a treaty that the President can’t get ratified, Obama, I believe, should be lowering expectations rather than making promises he can’t keep.
By Research physicist John W. Brosnahan, who develops remote-sensing instruments for atmospheric science for such clients as NOAA and NASA and has published numerous peer-reviewed research. - Excerpt: As a research physicist who has spent the past 30 years of my career in atmospheric science, I am surprised that government agencies, politicians, and much of the public have been manipulated by a political agenda with no scientific basis, which is the best way to describe the "non-link" between CO2 and global warming. There is virtually NO physical science to support any role of man's generation of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in climate change.
By renowned hurricane forecaster Dr. William Gray, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), and head of the schools Tropical Meteorology Project.
Excerpt: The influence of rises in atmospheric CO2 on hurricane activities is likely to be very small and within the noise level of our measurement capability or of any reliable numerical model output. There is no way of telling whether CO2 rises might have a miniscule positive or a miniscule negative effect on hurricane frequency or intensity. It would be unwise for our society to reduce atmospheric CO2 gases under the naïve belief that we would in any way be reducing the damage from these storms.
(Climatologist Dr. Robert Balling of Arizona State University, the former head of the university’s Office of Climatology, has served as a climate consultant to the United Nations Environment Program, the World Climate Program, the World Meteorological Organization, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Balling, who has also served in the UN IPCC. Excerpt: But if you said how about for the last 6 years from 2002 to present, all three show cooling. So you could answer the question a thousand different ways - if you said is the earth warming and you mean the last 100 years, the answer’s yes; if you mean the last 1000 years the answer may not be yes, or if you mean how about the last million years, the answer is well, we’ve actually been rather cold the last million years.
Excerpt: Indonesia’s National Agency for Meteorology & Geophysics plays host to the International Symposium on Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System in Jakarta on November 24th-26th 2008.In this article Dr. Willie Soon, geo-scientist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, and Lord Christopher Monckton, chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington DC., urge the assembled scientists to avoid the hysteria of global-warming alarmists, and instead study solar activity. […] Half a billion years ago, there was almost 20 times today’s CO2 concentration. Most farmers would prefer to grow crops under much-higher concentrations of CO2 than today’s 385 parts per million—less than 1/25 of 1 percent of the atmosphere. To feed the world, low CO2 concentration is not such a great idea. High concentrations are better, and they cause no harm.
‘Participants in the climate debate are not objective’ – November 27, 2008
Excerpt: It is unwise to massively reorder our society based on interpretations of extraordinarily complex data conducted by people who are not neutral as to the result. When scientists who believe in global warming stop calling colleagues who disagree with them “Flat Earthers” and “Neanderthals”, or insist that “the debate is over” and therefore it is illegitimate to question them, then I may be willing to listen to their arguments. Not until then.
Excerpt: Bob Woodruff sits down with students from third, fourth, and fifth grade classes at a school in Brooklyn. They tell him their hopes and fears for a world in the grips of a climate crisis and offer their words for the world to hear.
Captain Planet newsletter for kids promotes eco-propaganda – November 29, 2008
By IPCC 2007 Expert Reviewer Madhav Khandekar, a Ph.D meteorologist, a scientist with the Natural Resources Stewardship Project who has over 45 years experience in climatology, meteorology and oceanography, and who has published nearly 100 papers, reports, book reviews and a book on Ocean Wave Analysis and Modeling.
Excerpt: I like to ask my favorite question one more time: Where is Global Warmimg? Delegates attending the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland please take note: Global Warming has stopped! […] I fully share the commentaries and views expressed by David Whitehouse & Paul Biggs yesterday. It is now generally accepted by most scientists (except some die-hard AGW adherents) that the earth's mean temperature has NOT (I repeat NOT) increased in the last few years, OR to be precise, NOT increased since about mid-1998, when the SSTs (Sea Surface temperatures) started to decline. Since then, SSTs have declined steadily over world-oceans and as a result the land area mean temperature has stayed essentially the same over Northern Hemisphere (due to large urban effects which the AGW adherents refuse to accept) while in the Southern Hemisphere the mean temperature has definitely declined, as shown clearly by the satellite data...
– Monday, 01 Dec 2008
Excerpt: New Zealand could lose its unenviable reputation as the skin-cancer centre of the world thanks to climate change. […] …there may be cause for celebration, with some scientists believing that by the second half of this century the rate will be falling. Scientists think that climate change will speed up a recovery of the ozone layer over much of the world and block out more of the damaging UV rays.
Antarctica: Slight cooling in last 30 years - November 30, 2008
Excerpt: "Overall trend since 1979 for Antarctica is slightly negative. Now, take a gander at this chart, use your common sense, and then you tell me whether or not the melting of the South Pole is about to doom us all." "2008 update on Antarctic temperatures -- RSS"- Posted by jblethen at 11/30/2008
NASA's Hansen calls cap-and-trade a 'terrible' approach – November 30, 2008
Excerpt: Jim Hansen, director of the Nasa God-dard space…, believes carbon trading is a “terrible” approach. “Carbon trading does not solve the emission problem at all,” he says. “In fact it gives industries a way to avoid reducing their emissions. The rules are too complex and it creates an entirely new class of lobbyists and fat cats.”
Excerpt: An associate professor at the University of Delaware, Dr. Legates also serves as Delaware's state climatologist, though the position does not obligate him to share the views of other state officials. […] But, he emphasized, the climate always has been changing. “It's never been a constant," he said. "Climate is dynamic." Over the past million years, the climate has varied extremely and, for much of the last 150,000 years, the earth has been colder than it is now, he said. In fact, he said, scientists differ strongly as to what extent humans cause global warming by using machines that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Scientists also, he added, disagree as to what the future consequences are and what can be done about them.
NYTimes: Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ - December 1, 2008
Excerpt: Should their greenhouse gases be taxed? The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a “cow tax” on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock. The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog.
Criminalizing Carbon INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY – December 1, 2008
Excerpt: Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, and next head of the European Union starting in January, recognizes such authoritarianism and totalitarianism when he sees it. He sees global warming hype not as an attempt to save the planet but as a campaign to collectivize it, to put the nations of the world and their economies under the thumbs of global planners.
Excerpt: A volley of grim warnings sounded out at the start of the marathon talks, a step to a new worldwide treaty to reduce greenhouse gases and help countries exposed to the wrath of an altered climate. “Humankind in its activity just reached the limits of the closed system of our planet Earth," said Polish Environment Minister Maciej Nowicki, elected to chair the December 1-12 meeting in the city of Poznan. “
'Highly likely that 2008' will see 'no increase in global temperatures' – December 2, 2008 – By UK Astronomer Dr. David Whitehouse, who authored the 2004 book The Sun: A Biography.
Excerpt: In a few weeks the data will be in on the global average temperature for 2008. Although one should always be wary about assumptions regarding data (the December data hasn1t been measured yet) it does seem highly likely that 2008 will continue the trend seen in recent years (since 2001) of no increase in global temperatures. […] If temperature increases it is global warming, if it does otherwise it is climate change. Leave the models to one side for a moment and ponder that the only way to prove the global warming hypothesis is wrong is if the temperatures doesn't rise as the CO2 does. If that happened what will real world data look like?
Warning: Lord Turner said the Excerpt: UK must cut carbon emissions by 34% by 2020Tough new targets on tackling climate change will cost Britain £500 a year per household, push up utility bills and force 1.7million Britons into fuel poverty by 2020.
By Meteorologist Joseph D’Aleo, CCM, AMS Fellow - Excerpt: One of our loyal Canadian Icecap readers asked us to comment on the fact we are now at the end of November, in the top five years with the most sunspotless days the last century and heading towards a #3 or even #2 finish depending on how many spotless days we have in December. Here is a comparison of monthly spotless days in this cycle 23 minimum (red) versus the last cycle 22 minimum in the mid 1990s (blue). […] So far in the solar minimum after cycle 23, we have had 483 spotless days, the most since cycles 14-16, in the early 1900s. […] QUIET SOLAR PERIODS ARE COLD PERIODS - Case in point the Maunder Minimum during the little ice age, virtually spotless for decades/centuries from the late 1400s to early 1700s. The early 1800 quiet sun period known as the Dalton Minimum was a mini ice age. Cold returned in the late 1800s and early 1900s with again a declining sun.
More sea level hype: Venice - December 02, 2008
Venice is subsiding, "rising sea levels" are not to blame.
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