Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Global Warming: Is There Anything It Can't Do??

First, it was polar bears being killed off even though they now exist in record numbers. Then, it was the IPCC -- no less -- admitting there is no skill at regional climate forecasting. One would think, with those facts, the "sky is falling" forecasts would stop.

You would be wrong.

Big Climate and Big Environment know those gloom and doom forecasts are what keep the dollars flowing. So, we get this nonsense:

Amber-eyed jaguars could soon boot out polar bears as king of adorable, furry species nearing extinction because of global warming.
In the next 10 years, the tropics will suffer "unprecedented"climate change effects, long before the Arctic and its polar bears see big shifts, according to an analysis of global warming trends published today (Oct. 9) in the journal Nature.
But the study goes far beyond simply highlighting the plight of tropical plants and animals. For the first time, researchers have pinpointed individual tipping points, the years when each of the world's capitals will see climate extremesbecome the norm. New York City is fated to flip over to hotter temperatures in 2047...
"Amber-eyed jaguars." Love it! As a bonus, we get a weather forecast for NYC for 2047.

And, we even get a claim that "for the first time" we now have "individual tipping points." Really? What about these?

  • "Global Warming Tipping Point Close?"--headline,, Jan. 27, 2004
  • "Warming Hits 'Tipping Point' "--headline, Guardian, Aug. 11, 2005
  • "Earth at the Tipping Point: Global Warming Heats Up"--headline, Time, March 26, 2006
  • "Global Warming 'Tipping Points' Reached, Scientist Says"--headline,, Dec. 14, 2007
  • "Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming"--headline, Puffington Host, June 23, 2008
  • "Global Warming: Those Tipping Points Are Closer Than You Think"--headline,, April 29, 2009
  • "Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Planet Earth?"--video title,, May 11, 2010
  • "Must-Read Hansen and Sato Paper: We Are at a Climate Tipping Point That, Once Crossed, Enables Multi-Meter Sea Level Rise This Century"--headline,, Jan. 20, 2011
  • "Earth: Have We Reached an Environmental Tipping Point?"--headline, BBC website, June 15, 2012
  • "In spite of the continued released [sic] of 90 million tons of global warming pollution every day into the atmosphere, as if it's an open sewer, we are now seeing the approach of a global political tipping point."--Al Gore, interview with Washington Post, Aug. 21, 2013

  • In fact, the global warming tipping point scam goes all the way back to 1989!

    According to July 5, 1989, article in the Miami Herald, the then-director of the New York office of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Noel Brown, warned of a “10-year window of opportunity to solve” global warming. According to the 1989 article, “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.” 

    Oops. Another incorrect forecast that Big Climate hopes you will have forgotten years after it was made.

    Think I'm being too hard on this?

    Another article about the same study says,

    Study author Camilo Mora and his colleagues said they hope this new way of looking at climate change will spur governments to do something before it is too late.
    "Now is the time to act," said another study co-author, Ryan Longman.
    This isn't science. This is naked advocacy disguised as science -- and it is completely inappropriate.

    To be clear, I do not believe global warming is a scam. I believe it is a small problem for which adaptation is the most appropriate response. What I detest is 'forecasts' and advocacy put out by Big Climate and Big Environment for the purpose of scaring people.

    P.S. Dr. Judy Curry adds, "So, sounding the ‘alarm’ based on this paper seems misguided, "

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