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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

GreenWatch Newsletter 19 (March 17, 2009)

Featured Story:

The BBC covered the Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen. Here is the headline:

Sounds like this conference was filled with hard scientific data regarding the current impact of climate change and how the impacts correlate with previous projections. But read past the headline and what do you find (bolds are mine)?

In a statement in Copenhagen on their six key messages to political leaders, they say there is a increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climate shifts.

Even modest temperature rises will affect millions of people, particularly in the developing world, they warn...

New data was presented in Copenhagen on sea level rise, which indicated that the best estimates of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made two years ago were woefully out of date.

Scientists heard that waters could rise by over a metre across the world with huge impacts for hundreds of millions of people.

There was also new information on how the Amazon rainforest would cope with rising temperatures. A UK Meteorological Office study concluded there would be a 75% loss of tree cover if the world warmed by three degrees for a century.

There's not a single fact related to the headline in the entire story. This is a press release from the pro-global warming propaganda machine, passed off as an objective news story.

The BBC, as far as I can tell, did not cover the Heartland Institute's second annual International Conference on Climate Change, covered brilliantly by Marc Sheppard of The American Thinker. I can find only one mention of the "Oregon Petition," (in the 'Student Life' section) which has been signed by more than 30,000 scientists and includes the following text:

"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

For too many years the media have been blatantly promoting the global warming agenda. They've boosted dubious claims from scientists with dubious credentials and politicians with no credentials whatsoever, while suppressing dissenting opinions. Fortunately, the public is starting to catch on.

"Although a majority of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is either correctly portrayed in the news or underestimated, a record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated. This represents the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade of Gallup polling on the subject."

The media are caught in a conundrum now. They can continue suppressing dissent and watch their own reputation continue to plummet, or they can give those scientists who dissent from the "consensus" a voice in the debate, and watch as the truth gets out, and support for global warming dwindles down to nothing.

Whoopsy Daisy:

Last week, we tried to link readers to a clip of Bjorn Lomborg challenging Mr. Gore to a debate at the ECO:nomics conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, we linked you to the incorrect clip. You can see that clip here. Apologies for any confusion our error may have caused.

More Headlines:

UW-Milwaukee Study Could Realign Climate Change Theory

Kerry: Climate Change Delay is "Suicide Pact"

Britain's Birds Facing Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Has Global Warming Accelerated? (No)

Time to Prepare for Climate Change

The Reader's Corner:

Raymond of Bakersfield, CA: "I remember that back in the 1970's scientists had predicted the probability of a new "Ice Age" and how we had to increase the earth temperature, or we all would freeze to death. They all has a load of computer generated models to back their point, just like Al Gore and his people have today. There were major scientists who were convinced it would happen and the movie industry came out with a load of movies as well.

Now let's face a few facts, depending on where one lives we see 4 climate changes every year, they are seasonal. Yes, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, that is solid proof we have global climate change. We sometimes have hot years and colder years, that is because of that big ball of burning gas a few million miles away called the sun.

Now it is a fact that water vapor is the most destructive of the greenhouse gases. With too much of it, we have massive rains which cause flooding, soil erosion and with too little of it we have droughts, which cause soil erosion too. Now can Al Gore and his people tell me how to control the weather so everyone can get a decent amount of rain?

Now in the course of man down the ages, what did man do back in the stone ages to cause global warming? What industries did he have that contributed to the "Ice Ages" and what amount of Mastodon poop tipped the scales to cause the warming of the earth to end an Ice Age?"

Lee, San Antonio, TX: "If anybody believes Al Gore they must also believe in the Tooth Fairy! He's in it strictly for the money. His zinc mine on his property in Tennessee has been polluting the Caney Fork River ever since Armand Hammer first mined it back in the '40s!"

[PG]: Here's a recent USA Today story on the zinc mine I believe Lee is referring to.

Mary, Pittsgrove, NJ: "I do not believe there is true global warming; there are some changes, which are probably the earths' adjustment to the effects of man's activities. I believe the earth has gone through many changes, over the course of eons, and "full of himself" Al Gore ignores these truths for his personal benefit.

That said, the article about the melting of Arctic Summer Ice is confusing. I have read the ice is getting thicker in Antarctica. Can you provide an explanation?"

[PG]: Mary - the Arctic summer ice they're referring to in the North Pole, not in Antarctica (which, being in the Southern Hemisphere, is in the midst of winter while you in New Jersey, I in New York, and the polar ice caps in the North Pole, are enduring summer). You are correct; the ice in Antarctica has been expanding. As for offering an explanation...well, I'm afraid I can't offer anything more interesting than it's just part of a natural cycle. See, I'm not one of the people arguing that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the atmosphere, leading to world-altering natural disasters and unsustainable habitats for most of humanity. So when information like this comes around, it's easy for me to take it in stride. I think you can understand why it's a bit tougher for them.

Have a comment on one of the stories this week? Got a story you'd like us to cover for next week's newsletter? Email us at Greenwatchamerica@gmail.com. Be sure you include your name and location.

Most Egregious Claim of the Week:

According to some global warming experts, global warming will raise sea levels enough to make New York City vulnerable to hurricanes and storm surges, which, of course, brings thoughts of the special effects extravaganza The Day After Tomorrow. This story makes a similar claim:
"Scientists at the Copenhagen conference said that modest IPCC estimates of likely sea level rise this century need to be increased. Extra melting in Greenland could drive sea levels to more than a metre higher than today by 2100"
But it seems the greens made a few errors in calculation:
"This is typical eco-bloat. Taking into account that the Earth's surface is 70% ocean and that it takes 1.1 cubic mile of ice to make a cubic mile of water, to raise the oceans one inch would take 2400 (2398+) cubic miles of ice. To raise the oceans one meter would take 94,488 cubic miles of ice melting. Greenland is melting at 55 cubic miles a year, their dream is to make us believe that the melting would become not two or four times faster than today but 18.67 times faster, from 55 cubic miles a year to 1027 cubic miles a year for 92 years."
A typically silly error from the Green Agenda. But to be fair, that's really just a math error or, at worst, a cynical exaggeration. Far worse is a claim from Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that he offered at the previously mentioned Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen, who said that a warming of five degrees globally could make the earth unsustainable for more than one billion people.

That, in simple English, means that he believes a five degree increase would kill more than five billion people. The Hadley Center claims that the earth is on course for a possible 7 degree increase in global temperature by 2100. Good thing there are only 6.7 billion people on earth.

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