Climate Change Weekly #53
Hillary Clinton took a trip to Greenland last week to see firsthand the impact of global warming. She should have traveled to Iowa, Kansas, Florida, and the Bronx Zoo.
Why Iowa? Because as the world has warmed, crops have responded with ever-improving yields. Nearly every year, important crops set yield-per-acre records in the United States and elsewhere. Hillary should have started her trip seeing for herself the food production gains in Iowa, the heart of the World’s Breadbasket.
Why Kansas? Because Kansas is in the heart of Tornado Alley. As National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) records show, strong tornadoes have become rarer as global temperatures have warmed.
Why Florida? Because hurricanes have become less frequent as global temperatures have warmed. As hurricane expert Ryan Maue writes in the peer-reviewed Geophysical Research Letters, “In the pentad since 2006, Northern Hemisphere and global tropical cyclone ACE has decreased dramatically to the lowest levels since the late 1970s. Additionally, the frequency of tropical cyclones has reached a historical low.”
Why the Bronx Zoo? Because plants and animals are expanding their ranges poleward as the planet warms, gaining more range poleward than they are losing equatorially. Despite alarmist predictions to the contrary, not a single species has been lost to habitat reduction during the post-Ice Age warming of the Earth (see Willis Eschenbach’s talk at http://climateconferences.heartland.org/).
As far as Greenland goes, Hillary was clearly on a wild goose chase. The much-ballyhooed loss of polar ice caps is simply not occurring. As shown by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites, there has been little if any reduction in the polar ice caps since the satellites were first launched in 1979.
Hillary clearly needs a new global warming travel agent.
IN THIS ISSUE
Pacific Institute refuses to release Gleick report … Heartland Institute calls Gleick report ‘fake investigation’ … C3 Headlines publishes links to peer-reviewed skeptic studies … NOAA caught doctoring old temperature records … NOAA caught in ‘budgetary Ponzi scheme’ … New study shows Medieval Warm Period in South America … Union of Concerned Scientists misrepresents skeptic funding
PACIFIC INSTITUTE REFUSES TO RELEASE GLEICK REPORT
The Pacific Institute refuses to release the contents of an “independent” study it commissioned regarding Peter Gleick’s theft of Heartland Institute documents and Gleick’s dissemination of a fake document he falsely claimed came from Heartland. The Pacific Institute officially has welcomed Gleick back into his position as president of the institute after claiming its investigation supports Gleick’s claims that he did not author the fake document he disseminated.
SOURCE: Quark Soup by David Appell
HEARTLAND INSTITUTE CALLS GLEICK REPORT ‘FAKE INVESTIGATION’
Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast issued a statement calling the Pacific Institute’s “independent” investigation of Peter Gleick’s conduct a “fake investigation” and a “whitewash.” Said Bast, “The Pacific Institute’s board of directors has failed to perform its duty and should be deeply ashamed. We have asked the federal government to prosecute Gleick for what we believe were serious crimes he committed, and we await its decision.”
SOURCE: The Heartland Institute
POPULAR TECHNOLOGY PUBLISHES LINKS TO PEER-REVIEWED SKEPTIC STUDIES
The peer-reviewed literature contains thousands of papers and studies that call into question assertions of a human-caused global warming crisis. Popular Technology has published a very helpful updated list of many of these studies, alphabetized by category.
SOURCE: Popular Technology
NOAA CAUGHT DOCTORING OLD TEMPERATURE RECORDS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is doctoring temperature data from early in the twentieth century, making those years appear cooler than they actually were, Anthony Watts reports on his Watts Up With That? blog. The doctored temperatures continue a trend where “adjustments, improvements, and fiddlings to data applied by NCDC [the National Climatic Data Center, a branch of NOAA] and other organizations always seem to result in an increased warming trend,” reports Watts.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That?
NOAA CAUGHT IN ‘BUDGETARY PONZI SCHEME’
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has been selling global warming alarmism as justification for ever-increasing requests for government funding, has been engaging in a “budgetary Ponzi scheme,” a Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) official reports. The agency has been playing a financial shell game to hide the traces of millions of dollars in misallocated funds, records indicate. Ever-increasing government funding, justified by asserted global warming crises, may have helped the agency cover up its tracks had the financial misconduct not been discovered by PEER.
SOURCE: Watts Up With That?
NEW STUDY SHOWS MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD IN SOUTH AMERICA
Sedimentary deposits in an alpine lake in Chile show temperatures there warmed and cooled in synch with the warming and cooling in Northern Europe during the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, scientists report in the peer-reviewed Quaternary Science Reviews. The study strikes yet another blow to alarmist claims that the Medieval Warm Period was a regional anomaly.
UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS MISREPRESENTS SKEPTIC FUNDING
The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report claiming corporate donations are unduly skewing the global warming debate in favor of skeptics. The Reason Foundation, however, has published a paper showing the group is grossly misrepresenting corporate donations, hiding the fact that corporate donations heavily favor alarmists.
SOURCE: Reason Foundation