Icing The Hype
Dec 13, 2007
Gore: US Blocking Climate Talks Progress. US Response: Gore Wrong

Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday the United States is “principally responsible” for blocking progress at the U.N. climate conference in Bali. Gore urged delegates at the conference to take urgent action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. “My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali,” said Gore, who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for helping alert the world to the danger of climate change. The United States has opposed including in a final conference document a suggestion that industrialized countries reduce emissions by between 25 percent and 40 percent by 2020.

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Earlier Thursday, European nations threatened to boycott U.S.-led climate talks next month unless Washington accepts a range of numbers for negotiating deep reductions of global-warming emissions. See more here. See US response here.


Dec 13, 2007
It is No Longer Science…It Is a Circus !

By Eugenio Hackbart, METSUL Weather Center, Brazil

Should we have any doubt that global warming hysteria has reached an all-time high ? “If the worst projections regarding climate change in Northern Europe prove to be correct, Santa Claus will dress in Bermuda shorts and is going to travel with a sleigh pulled by camels instead of reindeers”. This is the initial sentence of a report (link below) published today in the popular news site of Latin America Terra, based on a newswire by agency AFP, concerning global warming. Later, the report states that the worst forecast point to a warming of 8C until the year 2080 and that the average temperature in the area of Rovaniemi – the supposed home address of Santa Claus - would top to 8C below zero in the end of the century (not exactly shorts and camel weather)

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People are being bombarded everyday by freaky reports. This is no longer a scientific issue. Global warming definitely became a circus. Report in Portuguese is here.


Dec 09, 2007
In “Biting Cold”, Disappointing Attendance at London Global Warming Protest

By Tom Nelson

Carrying banners with slogans like “cut carbon not forests” and “actions speak louder than words” protesters in London marched in torrential rain and biting cold past parliament and through Trafalgar Square to rally in front of the U.S. embassy.  Update: Check this out--Reuters has now removed ”and biting cold” from the above sentence: Carrying banners with slogans like “cut carbon not forests” and “actions speak louder than words” protesters in London marched in torrential rain past parliament and through Trafalgar Square to rally in front of the U.S. embassy.

Note also the paragraph about disappointing attendance: British police said 2,000 people took part in the march. Organisers said they estimated the number at 7,000. Note that organizers had hoped for a vastly greater turnout: Organisers say they hope up to 40,000 people could attend the rally. “Last year we attracted 35,000 people and we hope this will be bigger,” said Phil Thornhill of the Campaign Against Climate Change, which is organising the event. 


Dec 07, 2007
Tussle on Global Warming

By Brandon Larrabee, Savannah Morning News

Georgia lawmakers set up a meeting, which included members of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, to hear testimony on whether cars, power plants and other human activities contribute to climate change by belching out greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, questioned the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming. He pointed out that most scientists in Christopher Columbus’ day believed the Earth was flat and that a squadron of fighter planes lost over Greenland in 1942 was found in the 1990s under 250 feet of ice, even as the world was reportedly getting warmer. Seabaugh said he believed the theory of man-made climate change was being pushed by industries that could benefit financially.

In a separate presentation, self-proclaimed global warming skeptic Harold Brown, an agricultural scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, said many were worried about “global cooling” as recently as the 1970s. He also said some of the direst effects of a warming world, such as an increase in the number of deaths because of heat-related illnesses, might not be as bad as some feared, even if climate change were to continue.

“Global warming is a wonderful environmental disease,” he said sarcastically. “It has a thousand symptoms and a thousand cures and it has tens of thousands of practitioners with job security for decades to come unless the press and public opinion get tired of it.” Read more here.


Dec 06, 2007
From Kyoto to Bali - Temperatures Cooled 0.05C

By Bruno De Wolf as comment in the Reference Frame

I took the RSS data and executed a simple linear regression in Excel over the last 10 years, from December 1997 to November 2007 (with tools --> data analysis --> regression). Temperatures are indicated in difference between the current month and the long term average. For instance: a temperature of +0.2C means that month was 0.2C warmer than the long term average.

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What do we see? The linear trend is going down with a rate of 0.05C per decade. What’s more, the last 8 months are situated below the trendline, so the negative trend is likely not going away in the next couple of months. Read more here.

Icecap Note: This satellite data used is for the region from 70S to 82.5N, where most all of civilization resides. Kyoto was at the start of the ten year period and Bali the end. During this period the alarmists are telling us the warming is reaching catastrophic proportions, the populated world has actually cooled slightly and the cooling is accelerating.


Dec 06, 2007
Scientists Beg for Climate Action

By Seth Borenstein, AP

For the first time, more than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists, losing their patience, urged government leaders to take radical action to slow global warming because “there is no time to lose.” A petition from at least 215 climate scientists calls for the world to cut in half greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It is directed at a conference of diplomats meeting in Bali, Indonesia, to negotiate the next global warming treaty. The petition, obtained by The Associated Press, is to be announced at a press conference there Wednesday night.

The appeal from scientists follows a petition last week from more than 150 global business leaders also demanding the 50 percent cut in greenhouse gases. That is the estimate that scientists calculate would hold future global warming to a little more than a 3-degree Fahrenheit increase and is in line with what the European Union has adopted. In the past, many of these scientists have avoided calls for action, leaving that to environmental advocacy groups.

The unprecedented petition includes scientists from more than 25 countries and shows that “the climate science community is essentially fed up,” said signer Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria in Canada. (Icecap note: one of the many modeler scientists who has benefited greatly from the global warming hype).

But Jerry Taylor, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute said “scientists are in no position to intelligently guide public policy on climate change.” Scientists can lay out scenarios, but it is up to economists to weigh the costs and benefits and many of them say the costs of cutting emissions are higher than the benefits, he said. Read more here.


Dec 05, 2007
Skeptics Denied Press Credentials at UN Climate Meeting in Bali

By Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters

Want more proof of just how biased the United Nations is?  A group of reporters representing the conservative newspaper Environment & Climate News were refused press credentials to attend the U.N.’s climate change meeting in Bali this week. UN press office coordinator Carrie Assheuer said the newspaper’s representatives “do not meet the criteria for press accreditation.” Environment & Climate News has been in continual publication for 10 years; is sent to more than 75,000 elected officials, opinion leaders, and environmental professionals in the United States; and is one of five newspapers published the by 23-year-old Heartland Institute. I guess only reporters that buy into the global warming myth are considered accredited. Read more here.

Meanwhile even the AP takes note in this story how ironically “Climate Change Meeting Adds to Emissions”.  Nobody denies this is an important event, but huge numbers of people are going, and their emissions are probably going to be greater than a small African country,” said Chris Goodall, author of the book “How to Live a Low-Carbon Life.”


Dec 03, 2007
“Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May…”

Commentary by Alan Siddons

Its so ironic. The “science” of global warming is only as strong as the evidence that supports it. Yet alarmists have shown themselves increasingly willing to discard that evidence in order to promote hysteria. Thus they knock the legs out from under their own advantage. Its perverse.

All four previous interglacial periods were as warm or warmer than the present. Were these brief periods catastrophic?

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If so, then were the far longer periods of bitter cold somehow beneficial? Maybe they were for some species, but not for human beings, as even a microcosm within the present cycle shows.

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One can almost read the ups and downs as a tug of war between abundance and scarcity, with human civilization as the rope. We ought to be grateful for the summer were living in. As was written in the Maunder Minimum:  “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day, Tomorrow will be dying...” Yet rather than praise the gods for our present good fortune, in our selfishness we disparage it, expecting better, and even teach children to fear it. Read more here.


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