Media coverage of a new peer-reviewed report casting severe doubt on alarmist global warming predictions has stopped in its tracks momentum sought by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The new report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, was featured on the Fox News Channel and print newspapers around the world.
Climate scientists S. Fred Singer and Craig Idso presented Biological Impacts to members of Congress, public policy organizations, and the news media in Washington DC in April. The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) issued the report, with Singer and Idso serving among the lead authors. The Heartland Institute published the report on behalf of the NIPCC.
The FOX News program Special Report with Bret Baier featured Biological Impacts in an in-depth segment.
The segment reported, “A torrent of new data is poking very large holes in what the president has called the scientific consensus about global warming.”
“Skeptics believe [alarmist] statements are demonstrably false. They point to observable data, not computer modeling, to prove their point,” the Special Report story explained.
“Despite repeated proclamations that science comes down on one particular side, it turns out many scientists do not agree,” said Baier.
“The NIPCC findings come on the heels of the IPCC’s much-ballyhooed warnings to farmers and other food producers that were contained in a report that U.N. agency released last week,” observed the Washington Times.
Global warming activist groups attempted in vain to minimize the new report’s impact. Prominent activist groups and media organizations such as Media Matters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Salon, and the UK Guardian published articles grudgingly acknowledging the NIPCC report.
James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, http://heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-IIb/Full-Report.pdf