A Short Review of the Latest and Greatest in Climate Change

I thought I’d have a little fun and tackle a wave of global warming/ climate change articles that have been piling up on my desk. Every day there’s something new, so here are eight random articles worth checking out:

1: First I’ll visit an article touting the necessity of engineering humans to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true. The alarmists are so worried about humans having such an enormous impact on the climate that we (and every other species) won’t survive unless we take drastic action. And genetic engineering may be one of the solutions.

The writer, Rose Eveleth, actually comes across as reasonable, admitting that it seems like a far-fetched idea, and that those who don’t even believe in anthropomorphic global warming/ climate change would never agree to it. The scientists proposing it aren’t necessarily advocating any particular idea, but believe other scientists should look into the research for feasibility, hoping this would allow us to slow our carbon contributions.

Some of the proposals include: night vision; inducing meat allergies; breeding shorter people; increasing cognition; and increasing our empathy. Night vision would help us see better at night, and therefore we’d use less electricity during the day. Meat allergies would prevent us from eating animals that produce greenhouse gas. Shorter people would require less energy and use fewer resources. Humans with enhanced cognition would supposedly desire fewer children. And controlling our hormones to affect empathy would produce reasonable, environmentally friendly people.

Eveleth realizes there are drawbacks to all this, and she acknowledges the Nazi-style eugenics. But she doesn’t seem to be open to the idea that she could be wrong about climate change being a problem to worry about at all. She also doesn’t seem to be aware that some very smart people have lots of children for good reasons, and that empathetic people don’t necessarily accept the global warming hysteria.

2: The next article worth checking out is about the Arctic sea ice being too thick for ships to traverse.

Global warming alarmists constantly tell us that the Arctic sea ice is melting, and that this is evidence of global warming, and we must do something to stop it. But studies have measured the ice thickness in the Northwest Passage and have concluded it’s so “severe” that it will impact shipping lanes, even in the summer.

Lead researcher Christian Haas admitted, “This is the first-ever such survey in the Northwest Passage, and we were surprised to find this much thick ice in the region in late winter, despite the fact that there is more and more open water in recent years during late summer.” In addition, rapid sea ice melt “was at daily record low levels.”

I’d suggest the main reason why they’re surprised is because they’ve fallen for the global warming hysteria. Had they not bought into such a notion, then there’s no reason to be surprised because it wouldn’t be news worthy.

3: Here’s an excellent article showing how new temperature models have demonstrated errors in other, more complex climate models. This new model explains why the other models “run hot”, pointing out how they have “significantly overstated the amount of warming during the past 150 years.”

Researchers have also acknowledged an 18 year pause in temperature increase, something the other models don’t do.

Miroslav Kutilek of Czech Technical University in Prague said, “The results from complex computer models in common use do not agree with observations of reality. They lack validity because, when tested, they do not reflect well the climates of the past. In addition, they seem to underestimate some forcing factors while overestimating others. The complex models also entirely miss long-term processes, large scale, primary oceanic processes, driving regional climate.”

Of course this is one reason why weather forecasts are often wrong, and less reliable as they extend further into the future.

4: Here’s a related article in which Dr. David Evans, a former climate modeler for the Australian Greenhouse Office, admits that the United Nations is using mathematical models that are being applied incorrectly and are wrong. He said their estimates predicting global warming is off by as much as 10 times, and he explains that the political obstacles to correcting those models is “massive”.

I’ve always maintained that the global warming alarmism is more about politics than science, and Dr. Evans makes that clear. Politics and science often go hand-in-hand.

5: Pope Francis has repeatedly stepped into the global warming debate, calling it a major threat to life on the planet, and blames humans as the main culprit. He tells us that reducing our use of fossil fuels is urgent. But at least he admits that the science isn’t settled and encourages an honest and open debate. However, based on the next article, I’m not so sure he means that.

6: When he came to the United States Pope Francis lamented that the environment has been “devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature,” and he urged President Obama to propose initiatives for reducing air pollution, hoping there’s still time to heal the planet.

So much for an honest and open debate. Does the Pope realize that the kind of government action he’s calling for will hurt the very poor people he claims to care about, while enriching the politicians and the wealthy.

7: This next article highlights a study claiming that global warming is linked to the frequency of having sex, and records a drop in birth rates when the temperature rises above 80 degrees.

A few things about this study seem odd. Firstly, I’m surprised that the study actually demonstrates concern over a decline in the birth rate. Most global warming alarmists would love to lower the birth rate so we have fewer humans on the planet. Second, the study recommends using air conditioning to increase the fertility rate- even though global warming advocates would have us believe air conditioning is one of the chief causes of global warming. I’d also like to know if this is true anywhere in the world where temperatures are above 80 degrees nearly all year long.

8: Finally we have NASA producing a study about how Antarctic sea ice is being added to the continent through snow accumulation, outweighing any losses from thinning glaciers.

I like that the study challenges the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 conclusion that Antarctica is losing land ice. It’s also interesting that it highlights many unknown factors, assumptions and uncertainty surrounding climate change science. Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA, points out that that the growth in sea ice could reverse and begin shrinking in 20 to 30 years if current trends continue. Of course there’s no reason to suspect that the trends will continue because the climate always fluctuates. Scientists also assumed gains in elevation were due to snow accumulation, but we now know that’s not the case- even though they don’t know what’s contributing to it.

There are plenty of other articles worth exploring, but I’ll save them for another time. For now we don’t have to worry about the changing climate because that’s one of the few things in life that is certain; the climate will always change, and we simply need to adapt, just as humans have been doing from the beginning. In fact I’ve blogged about the success humans have had, adapting to a changing climate. At the moment the earth is not getting warmer, and every now and then we come across a report indicating that there’s global cooling occurring. But regardless of warming, cooling or stasis, it’s foolish to blame humans for whatever weather conditions and climate we experience at the moment and think we can alter the climate through legislation and other bizarre methods.

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