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Report: Global warming near critical point

NOTE: If this article doesn't make any sense to you, go see the movie, 'The Day After Tomorrow'. The climatology is spread up for dramatic effect, but is essentially accurate. In particular, it does a nice job of explaining how the Gilf Stream could shut down, and what that means.

NOTE: China, just last week, shut down over THIRTY of their biggest industrial projects over environmental concerns.
Report: Global warming near critical point
Drought, crop failure among consequences possible

The Associated Press
Updated: 8:09 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2005

LONDON - Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday.

It called on the Group of 8 leading industrial nations to cut carbon emissions, double their research spending on technology and work with India and China to build on the Kyoto Protocol for cuttings emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming.

The independent report was made by the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain, the Center for American Progress in the United States and the Australia Institute.

“An ecological time bomb is ticking away,” said Stephen Byers, who was co-chairman of the task force with U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. “World leaders need to recognize that climate change is the single most important long-term issue that the planet faces.”

Byers is a close confidant of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the report was timed to coincide with Blair’s commitment to advance international climate change policy during Britain’s presidency of the G-8 this year.

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U.S. cooperation seen as vital
Byers said it is vital that Blair secure U.S. cooperation in tackling climate change. President Bush has rejected the Kyoto accord, arguing that the carbon emission cuts it demands would damage the U.S. economy and that it leaves out emerging polluters like China and India.

“What we have got to do then is get the Americans as part of the G-8 to engage in international concerted effort to tackle global warming,” Byers said. “If they refuse to do that then other countries will be reluctant to take any steps.”

According to the report, urgent action is needed to stop the global average temperature rising by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above the level of the year 1750 — the approximate start of the Industrial Revolution, when mankind first started significantly adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Beyond such a rise, “the risks to human societies and ecosystems grow significantly,” the report said, adding that there would be a danger of “abrupt, accelerated, or runaway climate change.” It warned of “climatic tipping points” such as the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets melting and the Gulf Stream shutting down.

Warmer and warmer, year by year
No accurate temperature readings were available for 1750, the report said, but since 1860 the global average temperature has risen by 0.8 percent to 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).

The report said a 2-degree Celsius rise in the average temperature could be avoided by keeping the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 400 parts per million. Current concentrations of 379 parts per million “are likely to rise above 400 parts per million in coming decades and could rise far higher under a business-as-usual scenario,” it said.

The task force urged G-8 countries to agree to generate a quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and shift agricultural subsidies from food crops to biofuels.

The task force of senior politicians, scientists and business figures was formed last March. Its chief scientific adviser was Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Blair welcomes comments
The British government welcomed the report, which mirrors many of the suggestions already floated by Blair in the leadup to Britain’s G-8 presidency.

Blair has acknowledged the importance of U.S. cooperation, but concedes Washington is unlikely to sign on for the Kyoto Protocol and is instead pursuing international commitment to developing new environmentally friendly technology.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 2005, 03:58 AM
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Global warming is happening. Any non-US government funded agency will tell you. The science of it is very simple. The evidence is huge.
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"Beyond a shadow of a doubt, environmentalists want people (especially those living in capitalist countries) to believe their conduct is causing global warming and, thus, destroying our planet. Therefore, environmentalism has capitalism in its crosshairs. It is those of us who benefit from the fruits of Western Civilization that are being turned into enemies in the daily sociological and political discourse of environmentalists. Americans, including President Bush, must come to understand that environmentalism is a serious threat. If we succumb to the global warming propaganda being thrust upon us daily (with our left-wing press wittingly or not being used as the primary tool of terror/propaganda), then Green Socialism stands a chance of dismantling Western Civilization and throwing us back into the dark ages. Our rights to life, liberty, and property are at stake here."

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Re: Fear Sells!!!

January 10, 2005

Something I read in one of the news magazines roughly 20 years ago has stuck with me ever since. One of the new breed of environmentalists was asked about claims his organization had been making that a certain pollutant would cause an increase in so many incidents of cancer among Americans. The fellow, who clearly knew the assertion was so much hype, confided that there were so many organizations out there raising money with scare stories about one thing or another that "unless you multiply your numbers by ten you won't get heard."

I was reminded of this rule of thumb most recently in reading a review of Michael Crichton's new novel, State of Fear. Crichton is of course the well-known author of Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park and several other techno-thrillers, fiction and non-fiction. What Crichton has discovered in his poking around for material is something I've been writing about for at least a dozen years, the fact that "Global Warming" is a giant hoax. By that I don't mean the earth is no warmer now than it was a century ago. It is, a bit. The hoax is that the warming has been caused by mankind oxidizing carbon, i.e., burning fossil fuels. How come so many serious people seem to believe it is gospel (One its true believers, Al Gore, almost became President)? Crichton's novel is upsetting a lot of eco-wackoes because it will almost certainly make a dent in the hoax when it is read by millions of people, when it gets to paperback, and when it is seen by tens of millions when it becomes a movie.

Dr. Fred Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist who serves as president of the non-profit Science & Environmental Policy Project, has been one of a handful of academic scientists valiantly pointing out the giant holes in the GW hoax, but not getting very far because the News Media loves Global Warming. Fear Sells!! The New York Times, which is the chief advocate of the Hoax in the U.S., did not especially like Dr. Crichton's book, Crichton being an M.D. Dr. Singer, though, is overjoyed at having the Hoax exposed by Crichton, especially knowing that Senators John McCain [R AZ] and Joe Lieberman [D CN] will have to answer to their novel-reading, movie-going constituents sometime soon about why they have been promoting the Hoax with taxpayer's money. As far as I know, the only member of Congress who has even laid a glove on the Hoax is Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who is dismissed by the newsies because he wants to develop Alaska's energy sources!! Can you imagine?

Here is some of what Singer had to say in his review of State of Fear, in which a 60-foot tsunami has a prominent role:

The message conveyed is two-fold:

The scientific evidence does not support Global Warming fears – or even the occurrence of a significant warming trend.

The environmental movement and its well-paid leadership has jumped on the GW bandwagon because that's where the money is….

Crichton's story starts out with a series of seemingly disconnected events in far-flung places: Paris, Malaysia, London, Tokyo, Vancouver, Iceland, etc., and mostly California – but gradually comes into focus as we discover that the National Environmental Resource Fund (NERF), a fictitious environmental organization, is planning a gigantic worldwide conspiracy: major catastrophes to simulate imagined impacts of a sudden climate change. In contrast to the notorious movie The Day After Tomorrow, these disasters are carefully engineered by eco-terrorists and not at all connected to any climate change.

But our heroes, led by John Kenner, manage to scotch the nefarious doings of NERF and its egomaniac chief, Nicholas Drake but just barely. Drake and his minions want to surreptitiously trigger a series of natural disasters, including a supersize hurricane and a giant tsunami that would hit California with 60-foot waves; these disasters would be timed to coincide with NERF's big media conference, thereby awakening the public to the dangers of climate change wrought by Global Warming.

By coincidence, the tsunami that has caused so much death and destruction in Asia has produced plenty of commentaries from the eco-wackoes trying to somehow tie the earthquake to the GW Hoax.
It also provoked the following comment from Gary North, the political economist whose writings I follow on Lew Rockwell's website. Gary wonders why the News Media can go bananas over 150,000 tsunami deaths and ignore other environmental disasters that are orders of magnitude greater. He has also decided that fear sells.

Consider the number of estimated deaths directly attributable malaria, a mosquito-borne disease. Western governments have been major players in imposing this holocaust because they have banned the production of DDT, which is the most effective anti-mosquito chemical agent. Dr. Arthur Robinson, a chemist specializing in biochemistry, has summarized the situation:
"Somewhere on the Earth, on average every 12 seconds, a child dies of DDT-preventable malaria. The United States National Academy of Sciences estimated that DDT saved 500 million lives before it was banned. The discoverer of DDT was awarded the Nobel Prize.

"Then came Silent Spring – a book filled with deliberate falsehoods and blatantly marketed unreasoning and unjustified fear. The burgeoning enviro movement chose these lies for one of their first big campaigns. This campaign coincided with the rise of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA was in search of a big win with which to promote itself. The EPA studied the subject and its own scientific review board reported that DDT is harmless to the environment and is a very beneficial substance that should not be banned.

"Politics prevailed, however, over reason. DDT was banned, and the U.S. government spread that ban throughout the world by tying it to all sorts of international programs. The result: Malaria, which was well on the way to control and eradication, now afflicts 250 million adults and kills about 3 million children per year."

North mentions other unnatural disasters that take the lives of millions of people, including 45 million global abortions per year, or sanctions on Iraq designed to cause so much suffering that the people will overthrow their leaders. These are politically correct, though, so they don't sell. He reminds us that in 1996, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked by Lesley Stahl on "Sixty Minutes" about the reported half million deaths of Iraqi children due to the sanctions on Iraq, and whether it was worth it. She replied: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it."
The quote has been played a million times in the Arabic press, North points out, and of course if you know of it, you saw it on the alternative press. But when a Dow Jones search of mainstream news sources since September 11 was made, the quote turns up only one reference to the quote – in an op-ed in the Orange Country Register (9/16/01). Says North: "This omission is striking, given the major role that Iraq sanctions play in the ideology of archenemy Osama bin Laden; his recruitment video features pictures of Iraqi babies wasting away from malnutrition and lack of medicine (New York Daily News, 9/28/01).

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Lakeway-while I'm not convinced about the science of global warming it would be sheer folly to just dismiss it. If there's even a CHANCE that global warming is happening then we need to ask ourselves what we can do to lessen the odds and do less damage to the enviroment.

It comes down to this IMO: Do you even want to RISK the the side being right?

It's a winning issue for Democrats in the long run. Too bad for them other concerns trump it at the moment.
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Posted by Dr. Martian BagelOh yay, another conspiracy. All those scientific around the world are green socialists who created the global warming hoax. That sure makes a lot of sense.
LOL Of course you're right MB-but too often the global warming folks are socialists who mix in other issues with the environment.
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