Sunday, July 25, 2010

Global warmists lead with money but still lose argument

7/24/10, "Desperate days for the Warmists," Telegraph UK, Christopher Booker
  • "Warmists may be winning the big grants but they're not winning the argument."
"One familiar technique they use is to attribute to global warming almost any unusual weather event anywhere in the world. Last week, for instance, it was reported that Russia has recently been experiencing its hottest temperatures and longest drought for 130 years.
  • The head of the Russian branch of WWF, the environmental pressure group, was inevitably quick to cite this as evidence of climate change, claiming that in future
"such climate abnormalities will only become more frequent".

Meanwhile, notably little attention has been paid to the disastrous chill which has been sweeping South America thanks to an inrush of air from the Antarctic, killing hundreds in the continent's coldest winter for years.

In America, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been trumpeting that, according to its much-quoted worldwide temperature data, the first six months of this year were the hottest ever recorded. But expert analysis on Watts Up With That, the US science blog, shows that

  • In Greenland, for instance, two of the hottest spots, showing a startling five-degree rise in temperatures,

(continuing, Telegraph): "A second technique the warmists have used lately to keep their spirits up has been to repeat incessantly that the official inquiries into the "Climategate" scandal have cleared the top IPCC scientists involved of any wrongdoing, and that their science has been "vindicated".

But, as has been pointed out by critics like Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit, this is hardly surprising, since the inquiries were

The perfunctory report of the Science Appraisal Panel, chaired by Lord Oxburgh,

none of them remotely connected to what the fuss was all about. Last week Andrew Montford, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science, revealed on his blog (Bishop Hill – bishophill.squarespace.com) that the choice of these papers was approved for the inquiry by Sir Brian Hoskins,

  • of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College,
  • and by Phil Jones,
  • the CRU's former director – an appraisal of whose work
A third technique, most familiar of all, has been to fall back on the dog-eared claim that leading sceptics only question warmist orthodoxy because
  • they have been funded by "Big Oil" and the "fossil fuel industry".
Particularly bizarre was a story last week covering the front page and an inside page of one newspaper, headed "Oil giant gives £1 million to fund climate sceptics".
  • The essence of this tale was that Exxon Mobil, the oil giant that is the world's third biggest company, last year gave "almost £1 million" to four US think-tanks. These had gone on to dismiss the Climategate inquiries as "whitewashes".

It was hardly necessary to be given money by Exxon to see what was dubious about those inquiries. Not one of the knowledgeable sceptics who have torn them apart has received a cent from Big Oil. But what made this particularly laughable was that the penny-packets given to think-tanks that

  • have been largely irrelevant to the debate
  • are utterly dwarfed

Even the big oil companies have long been putting their real money into projects dedicated to showing how they are in favour of a "low-carbon economy".

  • In 2002 Exxon gave $100 million to Stanford University to fund research into energy sources needed to fight global warming.

BP, which rebranded itself in 2004 as "Beyond Petroleum",

The Grantham Institute provides another example. It was set up at the LSE and Imperial College with £24 million from Jeremy Grantham,

  • an investment fund billionaire,

to advise governments and firms on how to promote and invest in ways to "fight climate change", now one of

Compare the funding received by a handful of think-tanks to the hundreds of billions of dollars lavished on those who speak for the other side by governments, foundations, multinational corporations, even Big Oil, and the warmists are winning hands down.

  • Note: The UK Times article referenced above by Mr. Booker featured a photograph (below) of an area in the Himalayas meant to convey a scene of man-caused devastation. Using this photo was a bad idea:
Times caption, "The receding glacier in Sonamarg, near Srinagar, India". This is in the Himalayas, subject of the most famous lie in the UN climate report (object of the "voo-doo science" label). That is, the Himalayas are not abnormally melting, can't be compared to other ice formations, and only have "one automated weather station in the entire Himalayas to record climatic data." (11/10/09) ***

Another photo of Sonamarg in the Himalayas, from tourism website, kashmir houseboats

(information about hiking in Sonamarg area in the

summer) retrieved 7/23/10 by me.

Warnings of catastrophe in the Himalayas endured in other media such as

  • the NY Times and Time Magazine:

Leading up to Copenhagen, The NY Times elevated the stature of the false Himalaya data by reporting the Himalayas are melting due to man made climate change and threatening lives in Nepal and Maldives:

  • As did Time Magazine:
TIME Magazine advanced the IPCC catastrophic report on Himalayas: "and the 2007 global-warming assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change judged that glaciers in the Himalayas were "receding faster than at any other place in the world."...12/4/09, "The Tragedy of the Himalayas"********
  • (This is not to suggest the NY Times or Time Magazine had any idea about false data concerning the Himalayas). ed.
*** When asked to respond to this information, UN Climate Chief Pachauri termed it "magical science." (11/10/09, Times of India, "No proof of Himalayan ice melting due to climate change"
  • His "voo-doo science" remark was published by BBC News on 12/5/2009, "Himalayan glaciers melting deadline 'a mistake'"

(The survival of London has been said to be tied to carbon trading. In the US, one group, the EDF is said to have spent $100 million to try to sway congressmen to global warming financing)....

  • top photo of Chile herders in snow, reuters. via Climate Depot.


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  • Liddar valley in Kashmir Himalaya is an important region by virtue of its amazing scenic beauty, wildlife and water resource to more than half a million people and their livelihood which is directly linked to the meltwaters coming from the 48 glaciers covering total glacierized area of 39 km2 and having ice volume over 1,389 km3. Recently the increased human activity in the region has made a very negative impact on glaciers' mass balance particularly on Kolahoi. Since early 1990's the glacierized area in the Liddar valley has shrunk more than 40 per cent and as a consequence discharge in Liddar River is increasing. Unfortunately, this glacier was not studied after 1974 and since then it has retreated many times. There is an urgent need to study this glacier systematically and develop time series in order to understand the dynamics of Liddar valley glaciers. I suggest following scientific initiatives be taken upon Kolahoi glacier:
    • Kolahoi glacier be identifies as index glacier for long-term studies.
    • Automatic weather stations be installed in Liddar valley to monitor climate fluctuations
    • Mass Balance studies on Kolahoi should be initiated to know the impacts of Climate change on glacier mass
    • Liddar river be gauged near Kolahoi glacier and downstream to know the total flow from the basin

    By Blogger yawar nazir, at 3:34 AM  

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