Science academies explain global warming reality

Feb 27, 2014 by Seth Borenstein

(AP)—Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on that addressed 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.

"People do have persistent questions all about climate change," said study author Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. "This is a one-stop shop for many of those questions."

The report, released on Thursday, addresses new issues such as the recent slowing in the increase of and how heat-trapping gases are connected to extreme weather. Increases in extreme weather, melting glaciers, rising seas and oceans getting more acidic are already happening, the 36-page report said.

And those changes "are expected to increase greater warming and will threaten food production, freshwater supplies, coastal infrastructure and especially the welfare of the huge population currently living in low-lying areas," the report said.

The report said that while the rate of warming is slower in the 2000s than it was in the 1990s it doesn't negate the 150 years of observations that show the world is warming. The report also says that more the 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases lately has been absorbed into the oceans' deep water, which for a while slows surface warming but not the long-term trend.

There is enough evidence on the science to warrant action, Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, said in a news release.

"We've changed the chemical composition of the atmosphere; that's not a belief system. We know that beyond shadow of a doubt," Santer said in an interview. "We ignore this at our peril."

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savroD
4.4 / 5 (7) Feb 27, 2014
You cannot explain science, much less convince someone in any manner of speech or writing about something they have already made up their mind about. Even otherwise intelligent people will reject science when they use the prism of their ideology to sort the data. There is no amount of data that would convince some people. While unfortunate, it's simply reality. Those of us who accept global climate science for what it is and where it points, (notice it's not a matter of belief since you either accept the science or you don't) should remember that some people will not change. The real question is will there ever be enough evidence for these folks, (and I'm not talking about the bought and paid for trolls who post here); and what will that evidence consist of. Like Klaatu questions in, well you know, "Is sinking the Rock of Gibraltar sufficient?"
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2014
The irony is that the report is all of 36 'pages' long, and I put 'pages' in quotes because they're more like presentation slides (and full of pictures.) Most people who've managed to graduate from High School, should be able to read that report in under an hour.

The report is also written in plain language, and targeted at non-specialists. Any "skeptic" could quickly disabuse themselves of a slew of misconceptions, and bolster their knowledge, with minimal effort just by reading this thing.

Which brings me back to the irony: the "skeptics" will spend far more effort, and much more time, writing up inane and ignorant posts, projectile-vomiting disinformation they've previously ingested from other-than-reputable sources, all over the internet -- rather than risk being disabused of their preconceptions.

Anyway, since for some reason the above article fails to link to the report, here is the link:

http://dels.nas.e...full.pdf
Maggnus
5 / 5 (4) Feb 27, 2014
Anyway, since for some reason the above article fails to link to the report, here is the link:
Thanks!
antigoracle
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 27, 2014
A report targeted towards the ignorant who are incapable of independent thought, and from the responses above, it has obviously found it's mark.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2014
Sounds like scientists are doing the same thing BHO and his regime does when caught in a lie, keep lying and make the lie bigger.
And, attack anyone who calls you out on the lie.
It's gotten so bad for the 'liberals' that US Senators are attacking Fox News, on the floor of the US Senate, for reporting on the failures of Obamacare, IRS attacking BHO's 'enemies', the cover up murdered US citizens in Libya on 9/11/12, before a presidential election,...
Of course this requires a complicit media. So complicit no protests were heard when the Regime tried to put govt agents in newsrooms to help guide the message.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2014
Shark jumping;

"Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape"
http://www.breitb...ore-Rape
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2014
Another reason not to trust scientists:
"Low-carb, high-protein, high-fat diets cause high cholesterol - a major indicator of heart disease and cancer risks,' he told Elle.com.

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Of course he is trying to sell a book, and of course he is lying about low-carb diets.

And the fundamental issue here is, like climate, conducting real science on human diets would required scientists must control the lives of their subjects to get the data.
Drs. Eades and others have prescribed low carb diets using quality fats, low starch vegetables, fruits, quality meat like grass fed beef,,....to reduce patients blood pressure, improved total lipid counts, and digestive disorders. It works for me and this is another reason why I don't trust 'experts'.
steven_gaylord1
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2014
Note: There is so much dissent from other scientists whose critique reveals a selective agenda. In other words, who's to trust? Who's lying? I'm not qualified to answer - even my own question.

Selected Highlights of the Updated 2010 Report featuring over 1,000 international scientists dissenting from man-made climate fears:

"We're not scientifically there yet. Despite what you may have heard in the media, there is nothing like a consensus of scientific opinion that this is a problem. Because there is natural variability in the weather, you cannot statistically know for another 150 years." — UN IPCC's Tom Tripp, a member of the UN IPCC since 2004 and listed as one of the lead authors and serves as the Director of Technical Services & Development for U.S. Magnesium.

"Any reasonable scientific analysis must conclude the basic theory wrong!!" — NASA Scientist Dr. Leonard Weinstein who worked 35 years at the NASA Langley Research Center and finished his career there as a Senior Research Scientist. Weinstein is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Aerospace.

"Please remain calm: The Earth will heal itself — Climate is beyond our power to control…Earth doesn't care about governments or their legislation. You can't find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations. Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone's permission or explaining itself." — Nobel Prize-Winning Stanford University Physicist Dr. Robert B. Laughlin, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1998, and was formerly a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

"In essence, the jig is up. The whole thing is a fraud. And even the fraudsters that fudged data are admitting to temperature history that they used to say didn't happen…Perhaps what has doomed the Climategate fraudsters the most was their brazenness in fudging the data" — Dr. Christopher J. Kobus, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University, specializes in alternative energy, thermal transport phenomena, two-phase flow and fluid and thermal energy systems.

"The energy mankind generates is so small compared to that overall energy budget that it simply cannot affect the climate…The planet's climate is doing its own thing, but we cannot pinpoint significant trends in changes to it because it dates back millions of years while the study of it began only recently. We are children of the Sun; we simply lack data to draw the proper conclusions." — Russian Scientist Dr. Anatoly Levitin, the head of geomagnetic variations laboratory at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Hundreds of billion dollars have been wasted with the attempt of imposing a Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory that is not supported by physical world evidences…AGW has been forcefully imposed by means of a barrage of scare stories and indoctrination that begins in the elementary school textbooks." — Brazilian Geologist Geraldo Luís Lino, who authored the 2009 book "The Global Warming Fraud: How a Natural Phenomenon Was Converted into a False World Emergency."

"I am an environmentalist," but "I must disagree with Mr. Gore" — Chemistry Professor Dr. Mary Mumper, the chair of the Chemistry Department at Frostburg State University in Maryland, during her presentation titled "Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming, the Skeptic's View."

"I am ashamed of what climate science has become today." The science "community is relying on an inadequate model to blame CO2 and innocent citizens for global warming in order to generate funding and to gain attention. If this is what 'science' has become today, I, as a scientist, am ashamed." — Research Chemist William C. Gilbert published a study in August 2010 in the journal Energy & Environment titled "The thermodynamic relationship between surface temperature and water vapor concentration in the troposphere" and he published a paper in August 2009 titled "Atmospheric Temperature Distribution in a Gravitational Field." [Update December 9, 2010]

"The dysfunctional nature of the climate sciences is nothing short of a scandal. Science is too important for our society to be misused in the way it has been done within the Climate Science Community." The global warming establishment "has actively suppressed research results presented by researchers that do not comply with the dogma of the IPCC." — Swedish Climatologist Dr. Hans Jelbring, of the Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics Unit at Stockholm University. [Updated December 9, 2010. Corrects Jelbring's quote.]

"Those who call themselves 'Green planet advocates' should be arguing for a CO2- fertilized atmosphere, not a CO2-starved atmosphere…Diversity increases when the planet was warm AND had high CO2 atmospheric content…Al Gore's personal behavior supports a green planet – his enormous energy use with his 4 homes and his bizjet, does indeed help make the planet greener. Kudos, Al for doing your part to save the planet." — Renowned engineer and aviation/space pioneer Burt Rutan, who was named "100 most influential people in the world, 2004″ by Time Magazine and Newsweek called him "the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer."

"Global warming is the central tenet of this new belief system in much the same way that the Resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity. Al Gore has taken a role corresponding to that of St Paul in proselytizing the new faith…My skepticism about AGW arises from the fact that as a physicist who has worked in closely related areas, I know how poor the underlying science is. In effect the scientific method has been abandoned in this field." — Atmospheric Physicist Dr. John Reid, who worked with Australia's CSIRO's (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Oceanography and worked in surface gravity waves (ocean waves) research.

"We maintain there is no reason whatsoever to worry about man-made climate change, because there is no evidence whatsoever that such a thing is happening." — Greek Earth scientists Antonis Christofides and Nikos Mamassis of the National Technical University of Athens' Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

"There are clear cycles during which both temperature and salinity rise and fall. These cycles are related to solar activity…In my opinion and that of our institute, the problems connected to the current stage of warming are being exaggerated. What we are dealing with is not a global warming of the atmosphere or of the oceans." — Biologist Pavel Makarevich of the Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Because the greenhouse effect is temporary rather than permanent, predictions of significant global warming in the 21st century by IPCC are not supported by the data." — Hebrew University Professor Dr. Michael Beenstock an honorary fellow with Institute for Economic Affairs who published a study challenging man-made global warming claims titled "Polynomial Cointegration Tests of the Anthropogenic Theory of Global Warming."

"The whole idea of anthropogenic global warming is completely unfounded. There appears to have been money gained by Michael Mann, Al Gore and UN IPCC's Rajendra Pachauri as a consequence of this deception, so it's fraud." — South African astrophysicist Hilton Ratcliffe, a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and a Fellow of the British Institute of Physics.

End Selected Excerpts
TegiriNenashi
3 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2014
skepticalscience.com is the ultimate destination for AGW Q&A. Huh, those lab coats think they can compete with blog?

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