Icing The Hype
Apr 29, 2007
Global Coolness: Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?

By Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

Is the carbon-neutral movement just a gimmick?  On this, environmentalists arenít neutral, and they donít agree. Some believe it helps build support, but others argue that these purchases donít accomplish anything meaningful ó other than giving someone a slightly better feeling (or greener reputation) after buying a 6,000-square-foot house or passing the million-mile mark in a frequent-flier program.

See Revkin’s story here

Apr 28, 2007
Vatican Closes Climate Conference, Some Panelists Consider Warming Beneficial

Associated Press in International Herald Triibune Europe

Vatican officials closed a conference on climate change Friday that heard from scientists, ministers and religious leaders about the negative ó and sometimes positive ó impacts of climate change.

“Not all the scientific world is crying disaster,” Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio at the start of the two-day conference he hosted.  “There are a good number of scientists who consistently don’t view these climactic changes in a negative light, and in fact say that these phenomena recur over the course of years and eras and sometimes they can have favorable results for agriculture and development.”
See full story here

Apr 28, 2007
Exchange with Writer on story about Mom’s Detroit Billboards on Global Warming

Detroit Sun

In a Detroit Sun Story by a fine architerecture writer and blogger. Michael Hodges, he described how one Detroit mom, Margaret Hetherman, a Roseville native now living in New York City, got tired of explaining to her 4-year-old that there just wasn’t enough snow to go sledding.  Hetherman sat down, coined an advertising campaign, and—at her own expense—mounted five billboards around the Detroit area, all with the tagline, “Take Back the Weather.” In the story the writer noted a string of snowless New York winters led Margaret to worry that her daughter, Lily, will only know snow in fairy tales.

That struck a chord with me as I knew that New York City, though seeing below normal snowfall this year, had experienced a record 4 consecutive winter with over 40 inches of snow ending last winer for the first time since records began in the 1860s. And I also know variations in snowfall and temperatures in Michigan tie to the PDO and its effect on the frequencies of El Nino and La Nina and have little to do with ‘global warming’. See some of the exchange with the writer in the following E-mail_Exchange.doc

Apr 26, 2007
Bill Gray’s Talk on Hurricanes and Global Warming At Bahamas Conference

Dr. William Gray

Dr. William Gray of the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University believes strongly in the role that the multidecadal behavior of the thermohaline circulation and the resultant Atlantic ocean temperatures has on hurricane frequency, strength and landfall potential. He downplays the role of greenhouse gases or global warming in hurricane activity. See his PPT presented at the Bahamas Weather conference here.

Dr. William Gray has headed up the The and has has worked in the observational and theoretical aspects of tropical meteorological research for more than 40 years. He has pioneered in making hurricane season forecasts for 24 years now which won him the Neil Frank Award at the National Hurricane Conference in 1995. His Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts are published here.

Apr 25, 2007
Move Afoot to Block “The Great Global WarminG Swindle “ DVD

David Adam, environment correspondent, UK Guardian

UK climate scientists are trying to block the DVD release of a controversial Channel 4 programme that claimed global warming is nothing to do with human greenhouse gas emissions. Sir John Houghton, former head of the Met Office, and Bob May, former president of the Royal Society, are among 37 experts who have called for the DVD to be heavily edited or removed from sale.

According to Mr Durkin, head of WAG TV which produced the documentary “This contemptible attempt at gagging won’t work. The reason they want to suppress The Great Global Warming Swindle is because the science has stung them. By comparison look at the mountains of absurd nonsense pedalled in the name of ‘manmade climate change’. Too many scientists have staked their reputations and built their careers on global warming. There’s a lot riding on this ridiculous theory. The DVD will be on sale shortly at a shop near you.”

As Benny Peiser of CCNET so aptly noted, “Welcome to the Dark Ages”.  See full story here

Apr 24, 2007
Relax, the Planet is Fine: An Interview with Richard Lindzen

Linda Frum, National Post, 21 April 2007

This Earth Day, Professor Richard Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist and the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT, wants you to calm down. The Earth, he says, is in good shape. “Forests are returning in Europe and the United States. Air quality has improved. Water quality has improved. We grow more food on less land. We’ve done a reasonably good job in much of the world in conquering hunger. And yet we’re acting as though: “How can we stand any more of this?” A leading critic on the theory of man-made global warming, Professor Lindzen has developed a reputation as America’s anti-doom-andgloom scientist. And he’s not, he says, as lonely as you might think. Read full interview here

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

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