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"Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: What You're Not Being Told About the Science of Climate Change"
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Climate Experts Speak Out in New Video - Science underlying Kyoto Protocol seriously flawed
OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, researchers at the University of Calgary, in cooperation with the Friends of Science Society, released a video entitled:
Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: What you're not being told about the science of climate change
At a news conference held in Ottawa, some of North Americas foremost climate experts provided evidence demonstrating that the science underlying the Kyoto Protocol is seriously flawed; a problem that continues to be ignored by the Canadian government. Scientists called on the Canadian government to delay implementation of the Kyoto Protocol until a thorough, public review of the current state of climate science has been conducted by climate experts. Such an analysis has never been organized in Canada despite repeated requests from independent, non-governmental climate scientists.
Carleton University Professor Tim Patterson (Paleoclimatologist) explains the crucial importance of properly evaluating the merit of Canada's climate change plans: It is no exaggeration to say that in the eight years since the Kyoto Protocol was introduced there has been a revolution in climate science. If, back in the mid-nineties, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would not exist because we would have concluded it was not necessary.
Contrary to claims that the science of climate change has been settled, the causes of the past centurys modest warming is highly contested in the climate science community. The climate experts presenting in the video demonstrate that science is quickly diverging away from the hypothesis that the human release of greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide, is having a significant impact on global climate. There is absolutely no convincing scientific evidence that human-produced greenhouse gases are driving global climate change, stated climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball. He added that the Canadian governments plan to designate carbon dioxide as a toxic under CEPA is irresponsible and without scientific merit. Carbon dioxide is a staff of life, plain and simple. It makes up less than 4% of greenhouse gases and it is not a toxic.
IPCC assertions about the unprecedented nature of the past century's warming, or the widespread beliefs that we are experiencing an increase in extreme weather, accelerated sea level rise and unusual warming in polar regions are also shown in the video to be wholly without merit.
The idea for the video was initiated by the Friends of Science Society, a registered not-for-profit group of geologists, environmental scientists and concerned citizens, in an effort to make the science of climate change available and understandable to the general public, stated Dr. Doug Leahey, President of Friends of Science Society. Commenting on his decision to get involved with the video project, University of Calgarys Professor Barry Cooper stated, Universities are in the education business. In a democracy like Canada, education and informed discussion of public policy are tightly linked. The public, media and government would benefit by hearing from all sides on this important issue in order to make as informed a decision as is possible.
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Friends of Science is a non-profit organization made up of active and retired engineers, earth scientists and other professionals, as well as many concerned Canadians, who believe the science behind the Kyoto Protocol is questionable. Friends of Science has assembled a scientific advisory board of esteemed climate scientists from around the world to offer a critical mass of current science on global climate and climate change to policy makers, and any interested parties.
We offer critical evidence that challenges the premises of the Kyoto Protocol and present alternative causes for climate change.
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To contact us, please click here. SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Tim Ball, Retired Professor of Climatology; Consultant
Dr. Ball was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology. He has an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Dr. Ball has a B.A., (Honours), a M.A. (University of Manitoba) and a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science), University of London, England. He is currently an environmental consultant and for 32 years was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.
Dr. Sallie Baliunas, Research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Baliunas serves as Senior Scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute in Washington, DC, and chairs the Institute's Science Advisory Board. She is also Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University, Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University, and past contributing editor to the World Climate Report. She received her M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Astrophysics from Harvard University.
Dr. Chris de Freitas, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Auckland
Dr. de Freitas completed Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Toronto, Canada and PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar. During his time at the University of Auckland he has served as Deputy Dean of Science, Head of Science and Technology at the Tamaki Campus and four years as Pro Vice Chancellor. His academic interests are broad but the focus is mostly on climate. He was also a contributing reviewer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Scientific Assessment Reports, 1995 and 2001.
Dr. Madhav Khandekar, Meteorologist retired, formerly with Environment Canada
Dr. Khandekar specializes in understanding extreme weather events in Canada and in other parts of the world. He holds B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics, a M.Sc. in Statistics from India (Pune University) as well as both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from Florida State University. As one of the world leaders in meteorology. Dr. Khandekar has worked in the fields of climatology, meteorology and oceanography for over 45 years and has published nearly 100 papers, reports, book reviews and scientific commentaries as well as a book on Ocean Wave Analysis and Modelling, published by Springer-Verlag (1989).
Dr. Tad Murty, Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Earth Sciences in The University of Ottawa
Dr. Murty specializes in the mathematical modeling of natural marine hazards under climate change. He holds a B.Sc degree in physics from Hindu College, Machilipatnam, India, a M.Sc degree in Meteorology, Oceanography and Hydrology from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology and Oceanography from the University of Chicago, USA. He published over 215 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, and authored, co-authored and edited 15 books. He is also a specialist on tsunamis and is currently involved in several tsunami projects worldwide. In addition to his role at the University of Ottawa, he is Adjunct Professor in the department of Civil Engineering in the University of Ottawa. He is also associated with the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Dr. Tim Patterson, Professor of Geology and Paleoclimatology, Carleton University
Dr. Tim Patterson received both a B.Sc. in Biology (1980) and a B.A. in Geology (1983) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986. He is Canadian leader of the International Geological Correlation Program Project IGCP 495 Quaternary Land-Ocean interactions" and is Principal Investigator of a Canadian Foundation For Climate and Atmospheric Sciences project studying high-resolution Holocene climate records from anoxic fjords and coast lakes in British Columbia.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING
MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
FACT: Accurate satellite, balloon and mountain top observations made over the last three decades have not shown any significant change in the long term rate of increase in global temperatures. Average ground station readings do show a mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8Cover the last 100 years, which is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium. The ground station network suffers from an uneven distribution across the globe; the stations are preferentially located in growing urban and industrial areas ("heat islands"), which show substantially higher readings than adjacent rural areas ("land use effects").
There has been no catastrophic warming recorded.
MYTH 2: The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature increase for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
FACT: Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time. For instance, the Medieval Warm Period, from around 1000 to1200 AD (when the Vikings farmed on Greenland) was followed by a period known as the Little Ice Age. Since the end of the 17th Century the "average global temperature" has been rising at the low steady rate mentioned above; although from 1940 1970 temperatures actually dropped, leading to a Global Cooling scare.
The "hockey stick", a poster boy of both the UN's IPCC and Canada's Environment Department, ignores historical recorded climatic swings, and has now also been proven to be flawed and statistically unreliable as well. It is a computer construct and a faulty one at that.
MYTH 3: Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus warming the earth.
FACT: Carbon dioxide levels have indeed changed for various reasons, human and otherwise, just as they have throughout geologic time. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the CO2 content of the atmosphere has increased from a rate of about 0.2% per year to the present 0.4% per year. But there is no proof that CO2 is the main driver of global warming. As measured in ice cores dated over many thousands of years, CO2 levels move up and down AFTER the temperature has done so, and thus are the RESULT OF, NOT THE CAUSE of warming. Geological field work in recent sediments confirms this causal relationship. There is solid evidence that, as temperatures move up and down naturally and cyclically through solar radiation, orbital and galactic influences, the warming surface layers of the earth's oceans expel more CO2 as a result.
MYTH 4: CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas. FACT: Greenhouse gases form about 3 % of the atmosphere by volume. They consist of varying amounts, (about 97%) of water vapour and clouds, with the remainder being gases like CO2, CH4, Ozone and N2O, of which carbon dioxide is the largest amount. Hence, CO2 constitutes about 0.037% of the atmosphere. While the minor gases are more effective as "greenhouse agents" than water vapour and clouds, the latter are overwhelming the effect by their sheer volume and in the end are thought to be responsible for 60% of the "Greenhouse effect".
Those attributing climate change to CO2 rarely mention this important fact.
MYTH 5: Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
FACT: Computer models can be made to "verify" anything by changing some of the 5 million input parameters or any of a multitude of negative and positive feedbacks in the program used.. They do not "prove" anything. Also, computer models predicting global warming are incapable of properly including the effects of the sun, cosmic rays and the clouds. The sun is a major cause of temperature variation on the earth surface as its received radiation changes all the time, This happens largely in cyclical fashion. The number and the lengths in time of sunspots can be correlated very closely with average temperatures on earth, e.g. the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period. Varying intensity of solar heat radiation affects the surface temperature of the oceans and the currents. Warmer ocean water expels gases, some of which are CO. Solar radiation interferes with the cosmic ray flux, thus influencing the amount ionized nuclei which control cloud cover.
MYTH 6: The UN proved that manmade CO2 causes global warming.
FACT: In a 1996 report by the UN on global warming, two statements were deleted from the final draft. Here they are: 1) None of the studies cited above has shown clear evidence that we can attribute the observed climate changes to increases in greenhouse gases. 2) No study to date has positively attributed all or part of the climate change to manmade causes
To the present day there is still no scientific proof that man-made CO2 causes significant global warming.
MYTH 7: CO2 is a pollutant. FACT: This is absolutely not true. Nitrogen forms 80% of our atmosphere. We could not live in 100% nitrogen either. Carbon dioxide is no more a pollutant than nitrogen is. CO2 is essential to life on earth. It is necessary for plant growth since increased CO2 intake as a result of increased atmospheric concentration causes many trees and other plants to grow more vigorously. Unfortunately, the Canadian Government has included CO2 with a number of truly toxic and noxious substances listed by the Environmental Protection Act, only as their means to politically control it.
MYTH 8: Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.
FACT: There is no scientific or statistical evidence whatsoever that supports such claims on a global scale. Regional variations may occur. Growing insurance and infrastructure repair costs, particularly in coastal areas, are sometimes claimed to be the result of increasing frequency and severity of storms, whereas in reality they are a function of increasing population density, escalating development value, and ever more media reporting.
MYTH 9: Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
FACT: Glaciers have been receding and growing cyclically for hundreds of years. Recent glacier melting is a consequence of coming out of the very cool period of the Little Ice Age. Ice shelves have been breaking off for centuries. Scientists know of at least 33 periods of glaciers growing and then retreating. Its normal. Besides, glacier's health is dependent as much on precipitation as on temperature.
MYTH 10: The earths poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
FACT: The earth is variable. The western Arctic may be getting somewhat warmer, due to unrelated cyclic events in the Pacific Ocean, but the Eastern Arctic and Greenland are getting colder. The small Palmer Peninsula of Antarctica is getting warmer, while the main Antarctic continent is actually cooling. Ice thicknesses are increasing both on Greenland and in Antarctica.
Sea level monitoring in the Pacific (Tuvalu) and Indian Oceans (Maldives) has shown no sign of any sea level rise.
More FACTS and MYTHS? See what Professor deFreitas has to say. Click here.
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Numerous peer-reviewed studies reported in recent literature have attempted to verify several of the projections on climate change that have been detailed by the IPCC reports.
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Tired of hearing about Al Gore and his inconvenient truth. Here is an excellent rebutal site with facts and videos.
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Thanks for an excellent post.
Important to publish these facts. The ignorant masses are being stampeded by the Global Warming Scare machine.
Thirty years ago, they were worried about the next Ice Age - remember Buffalo being buried under hundreds of inches of snow? Now it's Global Warming. In another thirty years who knows what. Perhaps the state of the Sun has more to do with our climate than whether a few million environmentally friendly cars are on the road. Note that the Global Warming crisis has come home to roost only after a half century of progressively tougher environmental regulations in the U.S.
I pose the heterodox question: Is it likely that we (the poor dazed American consumer) are not the problem?
Does the temperature stay exactly the same from one day to the next? What about from one year to the next? One decade . . .
Gorebal Warming isn't real??! You've just wrecked my entire belief sys....BWAHAAHAA, I can't even get it out with a straight face. (:^*)
I believe that global climate is a complex matter about which the so-called experts have no clue. Do you believe that environmental regulations caused the cooling that occurred between 1940 and 1975?
Thanks for posting this.
This is excellent!
I'm not referring to scientific studies - I'm referring to the same kind of garbage we now have in the daily press about Global Warming.
It should be known and publicized that the IPCC is a political organization chartered with an advocacy mission-- NOT a scientific organization charged with the mission of determining truth.
The original 1995 report, on which all else is based, was cooked. This is a known fact not a conjecture. The report was altered, faked by extremists after it was signed off by the few qualified scientists on the panel. This is documented and never refuted. See the book Satanic Gasses for further details.
Wow, a great site! Thanks!
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