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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.

SCIENCE

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
www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=9557

September, 2002, Cato Institute
NASA scientist who lit GW bonfire turns the hose on its dying embers.
www.rense.com/general19/globalss.htm

January, 2005 Proceedings of the Scientific Alliance Conference
"Apocalypse, No"
www.scientific-alliance.com/pdf/Apocalypse%20No%20-%20Proceedings.pdf

February, 2005, Spiked Online
"Cooler Heads Needed" Media claims vs. scientific facts.
www.spiked-online.com/Printable/0000000CA8CF.htm

April, 2005, Friends of Science Society, Calgary, Canada
"Climate Catastrophe Cancelled" (Video)
www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=3

May, 2005, American Spectator, Tom Bethell
"The False Alert of Global Warming"
www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8177

September, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Temperatures changes in Northern Ireland within range of normal variability
www.co2science.org/scripts/Template/MainPage.jsp?Page=BrowseCatalogEnlarged&sProductCode=v8n39c1

October, 2005, Geophysical Research Letters
Official--Hockey Stick a statistical artifact
www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2005/2004GL021750.shtml

November, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Simulation of Medieval Warm period and Little Ice Age
www.co2science.org/scripts/CO2ScienceB2C/articles/V8/N45/C2.jsp

December, 2005, London Times
"Off With All Their Heads"
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-1900224,00.html

(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!
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,177380,00.html

SUN

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
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3869753.stm

July, 2004, Moscow seminar
Sun drives temperature, CO2 level follows
www.fednews.ru/cgi-bin/nquery.en.pl?sn=nKPE

April, 2005, Russian Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Solar physicists cast doubts on GW claims
tinyurl.com/b6w52

September, 2005, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Solar influence more significant than was thought
tinyurl.com/74od9

September, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Greenland temperatures driven by solar variations.
www.co2science.org/scripts/Template/MainPage.jsp?Page=subject/n/summaries/northamericagreenland

ICE

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
www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/24/ice_shelf_collapse/

February, 2005, National Science Foundation
Extent of Antarctic sea ice much greater than in previous years
www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=100849&org=olpa&from=news

April, 2005, CO2 Science Magazine
Arctic ice behavior part of natural cycle, not long-term trend
www.co2science.org/scripts/Template/MainPage.jsp?Page=BrowseCatalogEnlarged&sProductCode=v8n14c1

COLD

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

POLITICS

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
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/07/12/041.html

February, 2005, Greenspin Archive
Carbon trading claptrap
greenspin.blogspot.com/2005_02_13_greenspin_archive.html#110823311911796153

February, 2005, Tech Central Station
Kyoto Crumbling
www.techcentralstation.com/021405A.html

May, 2005, Numberwatch
Political conspiracy
www.numberwatch.co.uk/2005%20May.htm#conspiracy

June, 2005, RIA Novosti, Russian
IPCC Vice President says climate change not a global threat
en.rian.ru/analysis/20050623/40748412.html

October, 2005, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
U.K. former Chancellor of the Exchequer calls for abolition of IPCC
epw.senate.gov/hearing_statements.cfm?id=246944

November, 2005, U.K. House of Lords debate
Grave doubts about Kyoto
www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld200405/ldhansrd/pdvn/lds05/text/51110-04.htm#column_726

November, 2005, Times Online
No confidence in Montreal conference
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1894026,00.html

November, 2005, Times Online editorial
Predicts burial of Kyoto
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,542-1894254,00.html

December, 2005, BBC News Online
Montreal conference a theater of the absurd
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4494430.stm

NUKES

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
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1881698,00.html

November, 2005, U.K. Observer
More U-turns. Now promoting nukes
politics.guardian.co.uk/green/comment/0,9236,1651940,00.html

November, 2005, U.K. Daily Telegraph
New nuclear age in Finland
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2005/11/30/do3007.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/11/30/ixhome.html

 
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