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December 4, 2005

Global Warming Roundup

Wheels Coming Off The Bandwagon

The last thing I posted about Global Warming concerned problems being uncovered with the much-vaunted Hockey Stick. Since then, it seems the reservations that have been expressed all along by many of the scientists best qualified to know are finally being heard at last, and in typical fashion, the declarations of ideological accord and an international evangelical mission are starting to fall apart now that politicians are beginning to grasp a little of what they've been talking about. Hence, I was a little surprised in McGarrigles pub in the middle of Sligo town a few days ago, when a friend of mine in local government, who seems generally to be pretty well informed, expressed amazement that anyone could think other than that the world scientific consensus was as good as unanimous, and it's a closed case. So I thought it might be in order to collect together a selection of pointers to some of the things that have been going on.


From voices in the wilderness, a turn to recognizing what some have been saying all along

December, 2001, Heartland Institute
Science journals yield to politics

September, 2002, Cato Institute
NASA scientist who lit GW bonfire turns the hose on its dying embers.

January, 2005 Proceedings of the Scientific Alliance Conference
"Apocalypse, No"

February, 2005, Spiked Online
"Cooler Heads Needed" Media claims vs. scientific facts.

April, 2005, Friends of Science Society, Calgary, Canada
"Climate Catastrophe Cancelled" (Video)

May, 2005, American Spectator, Tom Bethell
"The False Alert of Global Warming"

September, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Temperatures changes in Northern Ireland within range of normal variability

October, 2005, Geophysical Research Letters
Official--Hockey Stick a statistical artifact

November, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Simulation of Medieval Warm period and Little Ice Age

December, 2005, London Times
"Off With All Their Heads"

(Worth quoting an extract: "In reality, nobody has a fog what will happen. This is Virtualia, not the UK. During the last year, global warming has been predicted to lead to wetter winters, drier winters, another ice age, blazing-hot Mediterranean summers killing thousands, greater biodiversity and less biodiversity.")

December, 2005, Fox News
Turning it upside down. Sure enough, now a mini ice age!


Believe it or not, the Sun affects Earth's climate. Even the experts are beginning to accept it.
July, 2004, BBC News Online
Sunspots reaching 1,000 year high

July, 2004, Moscow seminar
Sun drives temperature, CO2 level follows

April, 2005, Russian Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Solar physicists cast doubts on GW claims

September, 2005, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Solar influence more significant than was thought

September, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Greenland temperatures driven by solar variations.


The media have been getting a lot of mileage out of ice-melting scenarios. A selection from the other side of the story to restore some balance.
January, 2002, Annals of Glaciology
Arctic temperatures much warmer in Holocene
www.ingentaconnect.com/content/igsoc/agl/ for Index

February, 2005, The Register, UK
Antarctic ice shelf collapse due to natural currents, not GW

February, 2005, National Science Foundation
Extent of Antarctic sea ice much greater than in previous years

April, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Arctic ice behavior part of natural cycle, not long-term trend


We've seen many examples of above-normal temperature swings used selectively as proof of the long-awaited GW "signature." Okay, to show that two can play, here are some reported record lows, proving we're heading for an ice age.
November, 2004, Israel, www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=72692

November, 2004, Australia, www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/wa/20041118.shtml

November-December, USA, www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s557.htm

December, 2004, California, www.ktvu.com/news/3958723/detail.html

December, 2004, Southern California, www.latimes.com/news/local/la-113004cold_lat,0,3392828.story?coll=la-home-local

December, 2004, Salt Lake City, deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595109185,00.html

November, 2005, Germany, www.zeit.de/online/2005/48/Winterchaos (In German, but the pic gives the idea.)

November, 2005, Belgium, France, Germany, news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2311862005


The U-turn in the political scene would be hilarious if it weren't for the wasted time and resources that could have been directed productively at other things.
July 2004, Moscow Times
Russia vows to bury Kyoto protocol, accuses UK of attempts to force ratification

February, 2005, Greenspin Archive
Carbon trading claptrap

February, 2005, Tech Central Station
Kyoto Crumbling

May, 2005, Numberwatch
Political conspiracy

June, 2005, RIA Novosti, Russian
IPCC Vice President says climate change not a global threat

October, 2005, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
U.K. former Chancellor of the Exchequer calls for abolition of IPCC

November, 2005, U.K. House of Lords debate
Grave doubts about Kyoto

November, 2005, Times Online
No confidence in Montreal conference

November, 2005, Times Online editorial
Predicts burial of Kyoto

December, 2005, BBC News Online
Montreal conference a theater of the absurd


In the end, the only way for the 21st century to go. But this was already known back in the 1970s -- see previous postings.
November, 2005, Times Online
U.K. ready to go nuclear

November, 2005, U.K. Observer
More U-turns. Now promoting nukes

November, 2005, U.K. Daily Telegraph
New nuclear age in Finland

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