Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ΤΑΧΥΤΕΡΗ Η ΚΛΙΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΑΛΛΑΓΗ ΛΕΝΕ ΣΤΗ WWF

20-10-08 ΤΑΧΥΤΕΡΑ ΕΞΕΛΙΣΣΕΤΑΙ ΤΟ ΦΑΙΝΟΜΕΝΟ ΤΗΣ ΚΛΙΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΛΛΑΓΗΣ ΛΕΝΕ ΟΙ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΝΕΣ ΠΑΛΙ:

http://climate.wwf.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=142

ΤΙ ΕΧΟΥΜΕ ΠΑΘΕΙ? ΓΙΑΤΙ ΤΕΤΟΙΑ ΗΛΙΘΙΟΤΗΤΑ ΚΙ ΑΝΑΛΓΗΣΙΑ?

ΕΠΡΕΠΕ ΝΑ ΣΩΘΟΥΝ ΟΙ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΕΣ ΜΟΝΟ ΣΤΟ ΑΨΕ-ΣΒΗΣΕ ΚΑΙ Η ΧΛΙΔΑΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΤΩΝ ΣΤΕΛΕΧΩΝ ΤΟΥΣ, ΟΤΑΝ ΚΙΝΔΥΝΕΥΕΙ ΤΟ ΜΕΛΛΟΝ ΤΗΣ ΓΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΩΝ ΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ ΜΑΣ?

ΑΝΕΞΗΓΗΤΑ ΦΑΙΝΟΜΕΝΑ Κ. ΧΑΡΔΑΒΕΛΑ.....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

WWF’s Weak Warming Foundations
23 10 2008

(a) “The Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice 30 or more years ahead of the projections presented in the Fourth Assessment Report“.

This is a rather weak point. All it takes to refute it is a couple of years of increasing sea ice. Note that 2008’s minimum was higher than 2007’s, and the recovery in the past month has been impressive.

(b) “Floating tide-water glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula are losing ice faster and are making a greater contribution to global sea level rise than reported“.

It is another weak argument. The Antarctic Peninsula is a peculiar place where lots is happening that is not happening anywhere else. The more the Peninsula behaves “strangely”, the less it may mean for the warming of the whole planet.

(c) “Since 1990, global sea level has been rising one and a half times faster than forecast in…2001“.

This is a simplification. As reported in Accuweather’s Global Warming blog, the rise has been “far from uniform” and great parts of the ocean have seen almost no change at all.

(d) “Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions released as a consequence of human activity have been accelerating“.

This is no change in climate per se. And with CO2’s intrinsic global warming effect growing with the logarithm of the concentration, it may be quite inconsequential.

(e) “A re-examination of the climate impacts reported in the Fourth Assessment Report indicates that 80% cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are needed by 2050 to keep global average temperature rise below 2°C“.

That’s where Dr Tin starts with the abuse of future predictions. These have by definition little to do with any climate change impact being already felt. For the same reason, I’ll skip most of the “Climate Change Tomorrow” list (everything that doesn’t deal with the past and present).

(g) “The analysis of 542 plant and 19 animal species across 19 European countries demonstrates without doubt that the timing of activities of plants and animals, especially in spring and in autumn [...] have changed following national warming trends (Menzel et al 2006)“.

This is a an incorrect statement built upon a less-than-solid paper. Menzel at al can be read in full here. They write: “The pattern of observed change in spring efficiently matches measured national warming across 19 European countries“. Note: in spring. Also “The autumn signal was vague“.

(I won’t even start dealing with Menzel et al’s underlying issue, their assumption that changes are always linear)

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The impression is that in ”Climate change: faster, stronger, sooner - A European update on climate science” report, as in much else concerning climate change and global warming, the politics has preceded the science.

That’d be perfectly fine, and I won’t ask to curtail WWF’s political activities: but why oh why can’t they just trying to be more sincere in their aims? Do they have such a weak political (and economical, and ethical) case for CO2 emission reduction, they are forced to write quasi-scientific reports?

Anonymous said...

Move over Al Gore. Swankier carbon charlatanism has come to town in the form of the World Wildlife Fund’s luxury getaway called "Around the World: A Private Jet Expedition."

"Join us on a remarkable 25-day journey by luxury private jet," invites the WWF in a brochure for its voyage to "some of the most astonishing places on the planet to see top wildlife, including gorillas, orangutans, rhinos, lemurs and toucans."

For a price tag that starts at $64,950 per person, travelers will meet at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Fla. on April 6, 2009 and then fly to “remote corners” of the world on a “specially outfitted jet that carries just 88 passengers in business-class comfort.” “World class experts — including WWF’s director of species conservation — will provide lectures en route, and a professional staff will be devoted to making your global adventure seamless and memorable.” Travelers will visit the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil, Easter Island, Samoa, Borneo, Laos, Nepal, Madagascar, Namibia, Uganda or Rwanda, and finish up at the luxury Dorchester Hotel in London.

This is the very same WWF that says “the current growth in [carbon dioxide] emissions must be stopped as soon as possible” and that blames Americans for emitting 21 percent of global CO2 emissions even though the U.S. accounts for only 5 percent of the global population. In December 2007, the WWF launched its “Earth Hour” campaign, a global initiative in which cities and communities simultaneously turn out their lights for one hour “to symbolize their leadership and commitment to finding solutions for climate change.”

So how does this fantasy trip square with the WWF’s alarmist rhetoric?
The 36,800-mile trip in a Boeing 757 jet will burn about 100,000 gallons of jet fuel...

Anonymous said...

Κι απ΄τους υποκριτές σου σε άλλους τρομοκράτες:
Professor Deming has Teaching Certification Revoked by University of Oklahoma

For ten years or more, professor David Deming has taught a course in environmental geology at the University of Oklahoma. In October 2008, he was informed that the “general education” certification for his course was being revoked. Under the University of Oklahoma system, this means that student enrollment in the course is likely to drop by two-thirds.

This is a course which receives outstanding student evaluations. Professor Deming is well-known to be a global-warming skeptic. In 2006, he testified before the US Senate that media coverage of global warming had descended into ”irrational hysteria.” Excerpt:

“Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, and distinguished guests, thank you for inviting me to testify today. I am a geologist and geophysicist. I have a bachelor’s degree in geology from Indiana University, and a Ph.D in geophysics from the University of Utah. My field of specialization in geophysics is temperature and heat flow. In recent years, I have turned my studies to the history and philosophy of science. In 1995, I published a short paper in the academic journal Science. In that study, I reviewed how borehole temperature data recorded a warming of about one degree Celsius in North America over the last 100 to 150 years. The week the article appeared, I was contacted by a reporter for National Public Radio. He offered to interview me, but only if I would state that the warming was due to human activity. When I refused to do so, he hung up on me. I had another interesting experience around the time my paper in Science was published. I received an astonishing email from a major researcher in the area of climate change. He said, “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.” (University of Arizona’s Jonathan Overpeck was not named in testimony but is said to be that individual).

“There is an overwhelming bias today in the media regarding the issue of global warming. In the past two years, this bias has bloomed into an irrational hysteria. Every natural disaster that occurs is now linked with global warming, no matter how tenuous or impossible the connection. As a result, the public has become vastly misinformed on this and other environmental issues.” See full testimony here.

Professor Deming is unaware of any other case in the history of the University of Oklahoma where the “gen ed” certification for a course has been revoked. It would appear possible that Professor Deming’s position on global warming was a motivating factor. But in this case, the tragedy is that the people being punished are the students, not the professor. Those who wish to express their concern can do so by writing or calling University of Oklahoma President David Boren.

David Boren, President
University of Oklahoma
110 Evans Hall
Norman, OK 73019
telephone: 405-325-3916
email: dlboren@ou.edu

Anonymous said...

London has first October snow in over 70 years

From the Guardian

Cold snap causes flight cancellations while a motorway accident kills one driver and causes severe disruption.

Anonymous said...

Rajendra Pachauri simultaneously helped prepare a climate report for the Government of India that argues that climate change will not be a problem for India, while, as head of the IPCC, he preaches that climate change will bring doom and disaster to the rest of the world, and urges the west to become vegetarian. Somehow, the cynicism seems remarkably clear to many - even if the Nobel Peace Prize Committee fails to notice it.

Richard S. Lindzen
Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Μην πειράζεις τις κάστες, όπως ακριβώς έκανε ο Γκάντι, αν και εκμεταλλεύτηκε αχάριστα τις θυσίες των Ελλήνων, που γονάτισαν ΚΑΙ τους Άγγλους εισβολείς το 1944-47, και αποσύρθηκαν από την Ινδία, η οποία αφήνιασε για υπερπληθυσμό....