Icing The Hype
Apr 20, 2007
An Inconvenient Tree

By Russell Seitz, The Wall Street Journal

Saving the tropical rain forest is well and good, for cutting down trees in the tropics means less long-term water transfer from soils to the atmosphere, leading to fewer clouds and a warmer planet. But planting trees where none exist in northern areas may actually hasten global warming. See full story here

Apr 17, 2007
Doubting Doomsday

Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

To begin with, staggering sums of money are channeled to researchers who emphasize the human role in global warming. The greater the sense of anthropogenic crisis, the greater the flow of research grants to address it. Our global-warming debate is contentious enough as it is. The last thing we need is to be disparaging the integrity of every scientist who takes a strong stand either way. Tempting though it may be to think otherwise, not every true believer is a scoundrel—and not every heretic is a shill.
Read article here

Apr 17, 2007
Newsweek: Should We Worry About Climate?  Lindzen responds to critics of his view

Richard S. Lindzen’s article on why alarm over climate change is unwarranted (”“Why So Gloomy” NEWSWEEK International, April 16-23 issue) drew comments from many readers. Some letters were laudatory, others were critical. Richard responds to some of the letters.  Read follow-up article here

Apr 09, 2007
Why So Gloomy [about climate changes]?

Richard Lindzen, MIT in Newsweek International

Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we’ve seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. Read article here

Apr 07, 2007
Commerce Department puts gag order on government meteorologists

Environmental News Agency

An order has been issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce that controls what federal government climate, weather and marine scientists can say to the media or in public, even when they are speaking as private citizens. Under rules posted Thursday, these federal scientists must obtain agency pre-approval to speak or write, whether on or off-duty, concerning any scientific topic deemed “of official interest,” according to agency documents released by a national association of government employees in natural resources agencies.  See Full Story Here

Apr 01, 2007
Now I’ve Seen Everything

Roger Pielke Jr. 

NASA’s Jim Hansen has discovered STS (science and technology studies, i.e., social scientists who study science), and he is using it to justify why the IPCC is wrong and he, and he alone, is correct on predictions of future sea level rise and as well on calls for certain political actions, like campaign finance reform.  See Prometheus Blog

Mar 22, 2007
Seth Borenstein at it again

Fred Singer in reports on Marc Sheppard’s review of Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press’s truly frightening little sci-fi piece entitled Warming Report to Warn of Coming Drought in American Thinker

Mar 22, 2007
Must Be Global Warming: Lack of Disasters gives Llyods of London a $7 Billion Profit

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market, on Thursday reported a pretax profit of 3.66 billion pounds (5.4 billion, US$7.2 billion) in 2006, a year of few global catastrophes

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