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It might take months or even years, according to Fitton, to find out whether Karl and Holdren colluded to push a dubious but favorable climate report before the Paris confab: “It depends on how fast the administration can turn it around. The default position of the bureaucracy is always secrecy.” Regardless, Fitton said, the climate-change movement is suffering from serious problems. “They’ve lost their credibility. The public is starting to see this as a scam. That’s why the language of the climate alarmists has been intensified.” I’ll bet career suicide was never in the mix of catastrophic ends for the climate movement.
But for all their scrutiny of weather data, many meteorologists part ways with their colleagues — climate scientists who study longer atmospheric trends — in one crucial respect: whether human activity is causing climate change.
Meteorologists are more skeptical than climate scientists, and that division was underscored by the recent departure of Mish Michaels from WGBH News.
Michaels, a former meteorologist at WBZ-TV, lost her job as a science reporter at WGBH’s show “Greater Boston” last week after colleagues raised concerns about her views on vaccines and climate change. She had previously questioned the safety of vaccines and the evidence that human activity was causing global warming, both widely held views in the scientific community.
Rising temperatures and growing demands for thirsty grains like rice and wheat could drain much of the world’s groundwater in the next few decades, new research warns.
Nearly half of our food comes from the warm, dry parts of the planet, where excessive groundwater pumping to irrigate crops is rapidly shrinking the porous underground reservoirs called aquifers. Vast swaths of India, Pakistan, southern Europe, and the western United States could face depleted aquifers by midcentury, a recent study finds — taking a bite out of the food supply and leaving as many as 1.8 billion people without access to this crucial source of fresh water.
“My research was attacked by thought police in journalism, activist groups funded by billionaires and even the White House.”
Or look at the journalists who helped push me out of FiveThirtyEight. My first article there, in 2014, was based on the consensus of the IPCC and peer-reviewed research. I pointed out that the global cost of disasters was increasing at a rate slower than GDP growth, which is very good news. Disasters still occur, but their economic and human effect is smaller than in the past. It’s not terribly complicated.
That article prompted an intense media campaign to have me fired. Writers at Slate, Salon, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Guardian and others piled on.
In March of 2014, FiveThirtyEight editor Mike Wilson demoted me from staff writer to freelancer. A few months later I chose to leave the site after it became clear it wouldn’t publish me. The mob celebrated. ClimateTruth.org, founded by former Center for American Progress staffer Brad Johnson, and advised by Penn State’s Michael Mann, called my departure a “victory for climate truth.” The Center for American Progress promised its donor Mr. Steyer more of the same.
Published on Feb 20, 2013
By Dr. David M.W. Evans
“We check the main predictions of the climate models against the best and latest data. Fortunately the climate models got all their major predictions wrong. Why? Every serious skeptical scientist has been consistently saying essentially the same thing for over 20 years, yet most people have never heard the message. Here it is, put simply enough for any lay reader willing to pay attention…”
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The vaunted “97% consensus” on dangerous manmade global warming is just more malarkey
by Dr. David R. Legates
By now, virtually everyone has heard that “97% of scientists agree: Climate change is real, manmade and dangerous.” Even if you weren’t one of his 31 million followers who received this tweet from President Obama, you most assuredly have seen it repeated everywhere as scientific fact.
The correct representation is “yes,” “some,” and “no.” Yes, climate change is real. There has never been a period in Earth’s history when the climate has not changed somewhere, in one way or another.
People can and do have some influence on our climate. For example, downtown areas are warmer than the surrounding countryside, and large-scale human development can affect air and moisture flow. But humans are by no means the only source of climate change. The Pleistocene ice ages, Little Ice Age and monster hurricanes throughout history underscore our trivial influence compared to natural forces.
As for climate change being dangerous, this is pure hype based on little fact. Mile-high rivers of ice burying half of North America and Europe were disastrous for everything in their path, as they would be today. Likewise for the plummeting global temperatures that accompanied them. An era of more frequent and intense hurricanes would also be calamitous; but actual weather records do not show this.
It would be far more deadly to implement restrictive energy policies that condemn billions to continued life without affordable electricity – or to lower living standards in developed countries – in a vain attempt to control the world’s climate. ..
Just when we thought liberalism can’t get any more authoritarian, the Obama administration reminds us that it can.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently confirmed that she had “referred” the “matter” of whether climate change “deniers” should be brought to court on racketeering charges to the FBI.
Yes, that’s right. If you happen to disagree with the administration’s views of global warming, you could face a civil suit accusing you of fraud and corruption.
This represents a breathtaking corruption of the law. Laws designed to catch mafia figures on corruption charges could be twisted to punish Americans whose only crime is to contest the Obama administration’s view of climate change.
Does anybody deny the climate? No, there is no one who denies there is climate or that climate changes. The only thing being denied is that people are the primary cause of global warming. And by extension there is no man-made solution to the global warming problem.
What are the climate Flat-Earthers doing to save the planet and to lead us all into the promised land? Are they cutting their energy usage by significantly downsizing? Did they get rid of their cars and are now biking to work? Did they lose the jet? Did they jettison the mansion? No, they did not. They are just sitting around complaining while doing nothing personally to lead the way. The climate Flat-Earthers are hypocrites at best.
The goal of the climate Flat-Earthers is to sit around complaining until they can get other people’s money to redistribute to third world countries.
Increasingly, the left will slowly squeeze all the citizens of the US until there is only one way to think. It’s not that the right is wrong. It’s that the right is evil and stupid. The right is a plague across the land. The right must be crushed with all means available. If you want to know the future then just look at US universities today. Freedom is already being crushed at most universities in the US.
Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what’s become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide.
For those that recommend these kind of cockamamie schemes, there never seems to be a price for failure. Perhaps a firing squad should be the price here.
Findings of thicker sea ice near Antarctica are causing scientists to scratch their heads.
The ice paradox has already been a puzzling one for researchers who believe global warming risks melting sea ice and causing water levels to rise worldwide. Sea ice has been growing each year, bucking conventional wisdom, but now there’s even more confusing results: an underwater robot has found that sea ice is also much thicker than previously though, according to Discovery News.
Climate models suggests that sea ice should actually be shrinking due to a rise in global temperatures, largely believed to be due to humanity’s output of carbon dioxide particularly in the last century.
However, satellites observations show that the ice is actually expanding, setting new records the last three years. Antarctica’s land-based ice sheet, meanwhile, is melting.
Climate scientists hope to use measurements of sea ice thickness to help explain why the sea ice is growing. They want to know if the thickening is happening underwater as well.
The climate models got it wrong again. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.