Posted on 08 February 2012 by Ed Z
They told us the science is settled. They told us the opinion is fact. They told us back in 2008 we had 10 years to make changes to our lives or we’ll have gone too far to ever come back from the brink of total disaster. The climate crisis.
It seems now that nature has other plans.
The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows.
The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.
Wait, how can this be? I thought the science was settled but now you’re telling me the scientists are stunned? Well this must just be an isolated incident right? Oh.
Nearly 230 billion tons of ice is melting into the ocean from glaciers, ice caps, and mountaintops annually—which is actually less than previous estimates, according to new research by scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
If the amount of ice lost between 2003 and 2010 covered the United States, the whole country would be under one-and-a-half feet of water, or it’d fill Lake Erie eight times, researchers say. Ocean levels worldwide are rising about six hundredths of an inch per year, according to researcher John Wahr.
While vast quantities of ice melting into the ocean is not exactly good news, Wahr says, according to his team’s estimates, about 30 percent less ice is melting than previously thought.
So their estimates were wrong by 30% and we’re supposed to just shrug and say “tax me anyway”? Typically, in the real world, if your estimates are off by 30% you get fired. But the science is settled. Move along.
Posted on 20 December 2007 by Ed Z
Consensus is defined as "an opinion or position reached by a group as
a whole". Environmentalists and Global Warming advocates would
have us believe there is scientific consensus when it comes to the source of
Global Warming, that source being human beings.
Of course, with perceived consensus, comes all the authority associated with
it. When an issue is out there for debate, people can be skeptical of or
confident in the information being provided. However, when there is consensus,
when something is displayed as fact, you’re either a believer or a labeled denier.
And you have the pleasure of all the stigma attached to the word denier.
Articles have been written equating Global Warming skeptics with Holocaust
targets of corporate think tanks, members
of a Big Oil conspiracy or conspiracy
theorists in general.
You’re meant to feel guilty for driving, having Christmas dinner, using too
much toilet paper, and even having children. The hysteria has come to a
boil, and perhaps, with a release of the recent U.S. Senate Report, the boil
cane be lanced.
The report I refer to is the U.S.
Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming
Claims in 2007 and with any luck 2007 may be known as "the year
man-made global warming fears bite the dust."
Over 400 prominent
scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced
significant objections to major aspects of the so-called
"consensus" on man-made global warming. These
scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in
the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change),
criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice
President Al Gore.
The new report issued by the
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the
GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists, the
overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007.
The blog entry I linked to is a comprehensive summary, with links to backup
material. I especially appreciated the section titled Examples of “consensus”
claims made by promoters of man-made climate fears. Specifically, Al
Gore’s quote that compares global warming skeptics to people who "’believe
the moon landing was actually staged in a movie lot in Arizona".
The more debate there is, the more we let science run its course without
political interference the better it will be for everyone. Well, maybe not
for those who want to take your tax dollars and spend it based on a non-existent
Posted on 26 April 2007 by Ed Z
Some more on the impending end of civilization as we know it and that facts
that are irrefutable!
Carleton University science
professor Tim Patterson said global warming will not bring about
the downfall of life on the planet.
Patterson said much of the
up-to-date research indicates that "changes in the brightness
of the sun" are almost certainly the primary cause of the
warming trend since the end of the "Little Ice Age" in
the late 19th century. Human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2),
the gas of concern in most plans to curb climate change, appear to
have little effect on global climate, he said.
Mr. Patterson puts it well when he says, "The
only constant about climate is change".
On a side note, Spinal
Tap has joined the global warming parade.
Posted on 02 March 2007 by Ed Z
So, is everyone still convinced the debate is over and we’re the cause
of global warming? I guess all those SUV’s
on Mars are causing trouble.
Simultaneous warming on
Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes
have a natural—and not a human- induced—cause, according to
one scientist’s controversial theory.
I hear Al Gore has hired Dr.
Hans Zarkov to create a rocket ship to take him on a Mars tour.