Issue #18: NIPCC Releases Interim Climate Report
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), already under severe criticism for violating the requirements of academic peer review and relying on secondary sources, comes under question again in a new report coproduced by three nonprofit research organizations.
Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report states, “natural causes are very likely to be [the] dominant” cause of climate change that took place in the twentieth and the start of the twenty-first centuries. The report also presents new research on a variety of additional climate change issues.
The 430-page report was coauthored and edited by three climate science researchers: Craig D. Idso, Ph.D. (at left), editor of the online journal CO2 Science and author of several books and scholarly articles on the effects of carbon dioxide on plant and animal life; Robert M. Carter, Ph.D., a marine geologist and research professor at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia; and S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., a distinguished atmospheric physicist and first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. Seven additional scientists and a policy expert on sustainable growth contributed to the volume.
The book is titled Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report because it precedes a comprehensive volume that is expected to be released in 2013. It focuses on scientific research released since publication of Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).
IN THIS ISSUE
Minority of Americans believe extreme weather claims … Astrophysicist Nir Shaviv explains importance of cosmic ray study … NASA data refute drought claims … Irene ends three-year hurricane drought … Cold water deadly for Florida corals … ClimateWiki update
MINORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE EXTREME WEATHER CLAIMS
Only 41 percent of Americans say global warming is creating more extreme weather events, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree with that assessment, while 16 percent are not sure. This marks a large shift of public opinion since June 2008, when 51 percent said global warming is causing more extreme weather events, versus only 25 percent who disagreed.
SOURCE: Rasmussen Reports
ASTROPHYSICIST NIR SHAVIV EXPLAINS IMPORTANCE OF COSMIC RAY STUDY
Nir Shaviv, one of academia’s most highly respected astrophysicists, has published an excellent summary of how the cloud ionization study recently conducted by researchers at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland supports a strong solar influence on global climate and cosmic ray theory in particular.
SOURCE: The Reference Frame
NASA DATA REFUTE DROUGHT CLAIMS
A new study by an international team of scientists strongly refutes a 2010 study claiming climate change and drought have induced a decline in global plant productivity during the past decade and posed a threat to global food security. New evidence from NASA satellite data show the earlier findings published by Zhao and Running resulted from several modeling errors, use of corrupted satellite data, and statistically insignificant trends.
SOURCE: Boston University
IRENE ENDS THREE-YEAR HURRICANE DROUGHT
When Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina, it marked the first time in more than 1,000 days – just shy of three years – that a hurricane struck the contiguous United States. This matched the periods from 1980 through 1983 and 1999 through 2002 as the longest periods in recorded history that a hurricane did not strike the United States.
COLD WATER DEADLY FOR FLORIDA CORALS
Corals off the coast of Florida died in record numbers in 2010 as a result of cold temperatures, scientists at the University of Miami report in the peer-reviewed science journal PLoS One. The cold temperatures in early 2010 were deadlier than bleaching events caused by warm water conditions, the scientists found.
SOURCE: University of Miami
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