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A load of hot air? April 28, 2006

Posted by tkcollier in Enviroment, Science & Technology.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | A load of hot air?

Well this post has certainly produced the most heat of any of the almost 250 posts here. Be sure to read the 2nd comment from desmogblog which takes up the challange to rebut the sceptics.

How much has the planet warmed up over the past century? Most people reckon between two and three degrees. They are not even close. The real figure, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is 0.6C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by two United Nations organizations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess the "risk of human-induced climate change".

It's not surprising most people get it wrong. We are bombarded by stories warning us that global warming is out of control."Dr Cindy Carey, a frog specialist from Colorado University, warns that climate scientists have to be more sceptical of their own research.

"A bad paper that gets a lot of publicity could backfire considerably and they'll say see scientists are trying to convince people of climate change on the back of bad data."

After listing some examples this article (click onthe BBC news link at top-of-page to read) concludes wit this warning, just as the alarmist Al Gore movie (Link to movie trailer) is about to open:

All of the climate scientists we spoke to fervently believe global warming is being caused by human activity. Many agree there's also a major problem with alarmism.

A group of 60 expert Scientists just petitioned the Canadian governemet to caution them against a rush-to-judgement on the cause of Global Warming.

It may be many years yet before we properly understand the Earth's climate system. Nevertheless, significant advances have been made since the protocol was created, many of which are taking us away from a concern about increasing greenhouse gases. If, back in the mid-1990s, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would almost certainly not exist, because we would have concluded it was not necessary.

Click on this link to a Colorado State Climate Science Blog to read up on this new research. It is also being trumpeted by this provocative site.

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1. Mr Angry - April 28, 2006

And guess what? That IPCC had a vested interest in downplaying global warming. If you start paying attention to scientist who specialise in the field and ignore “findings” like the change in temp (which I would bet another study would contradict anyway) you will get an overall picture that would give any objective person pause for thought.

But that quote, in and of itself, is good advice. I’m not fond of scientists putting forward biased “evidence” to push their own agendas. And I’m not fond of political bodies at all. They tend to lie by default.

2. Dano - April 28, 2006

How much has the planet warmed up over the past century? Most people reckon between two and three degrees.

I note that among all your links, none of them are to citations that show people think this is so. Why is that? Because they don’t. They can fire up three neurons and Google the number.

And your 60 ‘expert’ non-climatologists (the usual denialist suspects) link needs a new number, BTW – it’s 59. One guy found out the scam and asked to have his name removed.

It’s just the same old FUD campaign in a new wrapper, that’s all.

Best,

D


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