Climate Change Weekly #24
Journalist Donna Laframboise has published a new book, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert: An Expose of the IPCC, that blows the lid off of misconduct within the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Laframboise’s book is available at Amazon.com and is already receiving rave reviews.
According to Georgia Tech climate professor and moderate “warmist” Judith Curry, “The book is well written with ample documentation (numerous hyperlinks in the kindle version). The target audience is the broader public, and the ‘spoiled child’ metaphor provides a readable narrative for her arguments about the IPCC. Most (not all) of this material I’ve seen before, but Laframboise’s narrative makes a clear and compelling case regarding problems with the IPCC. Notably, she covers distinctly different ground from Montford’s book ‘The Hockey Stick Illusion.’ Her final chapter is entitled ‘Disband the IPCC.’ She makes a good case for this.”
Noting the strong reviews of the book posted at Amazon.com, Curry takes prominent global warming alarmist Peter Gleick to task for panning the book without apparently ever reading it.
“Reviews are pouring in at amazon.com: 38 out of 46 reviewers give it 5 stars,” wrote Curry. “Peter Gleick gives it 1 star, stating ‘This book is a stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change.’ It is difficult to believe that Gleick has read the book from the statements in his reviews; the book is not about the science of climate change. Rather, it is about the IPCC as an institution: the use of graduate students, WWF and Greenpeace sympathizers as IPCC authors; the use of gray environmentalist literature in IPCC (especially WG2); lack of conflict of interest oversight; the review process and the process producing the executive summaries; etc.”
Laframboise documents how the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has infiltrated the IPCC, with nearly two-thirds of chapters in the IPCC’s most recent report being co-authored by an individual affiliated with WWF. In fully one-third of the chapters, an individual affiliated with WWF put together the final content of the chapter as Coordinating Lead Author.
Laframboise also sheds light on the extreme political agenda of IPCC Chair Raj Pachauri, IPCC’s scientifically unjustified reliance on Michael Mann’s hockey stick temperature graph, Climategate, and a host of other IPCC-related issues.
“Overall, this is a very good book on an exceedingly important topic,” writes Curry, giving the book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
SOURCES: Amazon.com and Climate Etc.
IN THIS ISSUE
Holdren, IPCC setting up hidden email accounts … Gore’s science experiment exposed as a fraud … Judge overturns polar bear decision … No increase in cyclones, intense storms … Ten deadliest floods occurred prior to recent warming … IPCC mischaracterizes precipitation changes … Sea level not rising at Tuvalu, Maldives … ClimateWiki update
HOLDREN, IPCC SETTING UP HIDDEN EMAIL ACCOUNTS
Christopher Horner, senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), reports President Barack Obama’s science czar John Holdren is leading IPCC efforts to devise a plan to hide official climate-related correspondence on non-governmental accounts. The accounts would allow IPCC officials, including U.S. government employees, to conduct correspondence in secret and avoid Freedom of Information Act requests.
SOURCE: Competitive Enterprise Institute
GORE’S SCIENCE EXPERIMENT EXPOSED AS A FRAUD
A “simple experiment” shown in Al Gore’s “24 Hours of Climate Reality” turns out to have been faked, reports meteorologist Anthony Watts. Labeled “Climate Change 101” and narrated by “The Science Guy” Bill Nye, the experiment purports to show carbon dioxide causing the temperature to rise inside a glass jar. Watts shows multiple ways in which the experiment was faked and relied on false premises.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That?
COURT OVERTURNS POLAR BEAR DECISION
A federal district court in Alaska threw out a key section of an Interior Department rule that declared global warming is threatening polar bears with extinction. The court ruled the Interior Department did not properly conduct its review of the relationship between greenhouse gases and polar bears and must conduct a new review if it wishes to continue asserting greenhouse gases threaten polar bears. As a result of the ruling, the federal government is no longer required to regulate greenhouse gases for the protection of polar bears.
SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch
NO INCREASE IN CYCLONES, INTENSE STORMS
A pair of recent studies shows no increase in cyclones and intense storms as global temperatures have warmed, according to World Climate Report. The studies report a slight decrease in the total number of global cyclones and no increase in intense storms along the Gulf of Mexico coast compared to prior centuries.
SOURCE: World Climate Report
TEN DEADLIEST FLOODS OCCURRED PRIOR TO RECENT WARMING
The ten deadliest flooding events in history occurred prior to the resumption of global warming in the late 1970s, according to the Web site Epic Disasters. Nine of the ten deadliest flooding events occurred prior to 1935, with the most recent of the events occurring in 1975. Global temperatures cooled from the mid 1940s through the late 1970s.
SOURCE: Epic Disasters
IPCC MISCHARACTERIZES PRECIPITATION CHANGES
The increase in global precipitation during the past century occurred in a proportionate manner, defying IPCC claims of a disproportionate increase in extreme precipitation events, according to World Climate Report. While there has been a gradual increase in the amount of precipitation during the heaviest rainfall events, there also has been an increase in the amount of precipitation during moderate and light rainfall events. The increase in rainfall of all kinds has generally been beneficial to human civilization and global ecosystems, observes World Climate Report.
SOURCE: World Climate Report
SEA LEVEL NOT RISING AT TUVALU, MALDIVES
Tidal gauge measurements show sea level has not risen at all during the past several decades at Tuvalu, the Sunderbans, and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. The tidal gauge measurements contradict assertions by global warming activists that Tuvalu and the Maldives are succumbing to rising sea level and creating “climate refugees.”
SOURCE: The Hindu
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