Posts Tagged ‘Craig Idso’

New Paper at SPPI: Historical Global Temperature Trends

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Source:  SPPIIdso - historical_temp_trends

It has been claimed that the last decade of the 20th century was the warmest of the past hundred years and possibly the warmest of the entire past millennium (Mann et al., 1998, 1999). It has also been claimed that this observation is a cause for much concern, because the temperatures in question are supposedly so unprecedented. In fact, those who would have us believe that these supposedly high air temperatures are the result of anthropogenic CO2 emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels contend that the near-surface air temperature of the planet is currently so high that we must radically reformulate the energetic basis of the entire industrialized world in order to avoid a host of unwanted climatic consequences. But is this climatic characterization correct? … and is its adherents’ call to action truly prudent?

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/historical_global_temperature_trends.html

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Source: NIPCC

Reindeer Reproduction in a Warming World: Will It Be Helped or Hindered by the Changing Climate? (15 Oct 2013)

According to the authors of this study, who examined satellite derived measures of vegetation green-up, population densities, calf body masses and female reproductive success, the “effects of global warming on plant productivity and onset of spring are likely to positively affect sub-Arctic reindeer”… Read More

CMIP5 Backward Projections of Temperature and Precipitation (15 Oct 2013)
The best climate models of the present day are still not up to doing what we really need them to do to be of much service… Read More (more…)

August 2013 Science Reviews

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Source:  SPPI

Lost Lake, Alaska

Lost Lake, Alaska

Listed below are summaries and links to all entries for the August 2013 science reviews from the website of The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).  

These summaries can be read in full here:

http://www.nipccreport.org/issues/2013/aug.html

About NIPCC

In June 2009, the first full NIPCC report was published by The Heartland Institute. It is titled Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). The new report, some 880 pages in length, is the most comprehensive critique of the IPCC’s positions ever published. It lists 35 contributors and reviewers from 14 countries and presents in an appendix the names of 31,478 American scientists who have signed a petition saying “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

The NIPCC continues its work today, regularly reviewing the peer-reviewed scientific literature and archiving those reviews on this website. And, it will continue to produce major assessment reports to help inform policy makers and the public at large concerning the expected impacts (and non-impacts) of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on the biosphere. (more…)

Al Gore’s Global Warming Desperation

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Source: Front Page

Gore cashing in on climate scare

Gore cashing in on climate scare

Those who are wondering why Al Gore chose to publicly resurface in a Washington Post interview last Thursday with that paper’s ever-pliable Journolist founder Ezra Klein only need to look in three places.

First, there’s the recently revealed empirical evidence that the “global warming” movement’s claim that climate change is causing increased extreme weather events isn’t true. Second, there’s a new summary of historical research which blows up the movement’s infamous core “hockey stick” chart forecasting unprecedented, accelerating warming. Finally, there’s a new report due to arrive in a month from an increasingly desperate United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (more…)

Inconvenient Truth Update: Was the Record-Breaking Mumbai Rainfall of July 2005 Evidence of Climate Disruption?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Source: Global Warming. Orgrainfall 2

by Marlo Lewis

One of my favorite moment’s in An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) is when Al Gore blames global warming for a record-breaking downpour in Mumbai, India.

“July 2005, Mumbai, India, received 37 inches of rain in 24 hours—the largest downpour any Indian city has received in one day,” Gore wrote in the book version of the film (p. 110). Clear evidence (in his mind) that the world’s weather was going crazy and fossil fuel emissions were the culprit.

I looked into this back in 2007. Since it is unscientific to attribute any particular weather event to a gradual increase in average atmospheric temperatures, I reasoned that if global warming were influencing rainfall in Mumbai, we would see it in long-term precipitation records. Through a quick Web search I found that Mumbai had not one but two weather stations, and each had a program allowing site visitors to access and plot historic weather data. (more…)

July 2013 Science Reviews

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Source:  http://www.nipccreport.org/issues/2013/jul.html  Boy Sitting on Large Book Reading

by Dr. Craig Idso

Cold Weather vs. Warm Weather: Which Kills More People? (2 Jul 2013)
In Portugal, as in many other countries where, in the words of Vasconcelos et al., low winter temperatures “are generally under-rated compared to high temperatures during summer periods,” cold weather is demonstrated to be “an important environmental hazard” that is much more deadly than the heat of summer… Read More

Hot-Water Climate-Change Refugia for Corals? (2 Jul 2013)
According to the authors of this study, nearshore reefs in the sheltered bays of Palau are valuable refuges to “buffer coral-reef ecosystems against climate change-induced disturbances”… Read More

The Near-Death Experience of South Andaman Island Corals (2 Jul 2013)
They apparently have what it takes to survive a horrible case of bleaching… Read More (more…)

Idso’s Rebuttal to Scott Doney’s Senate Testimony on “Ocean Acidification”

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Source: Climate Etc. acid_test

by Judith Curry

Scott Doney’s testimony

Excerpts from Doney’s recent congressional testimony [link]

Rebuttal 

Craig Idso has written comprehensive rebuttal to the NRDC film “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification.” [link]

So what’s the story here? Are coral reefs really in their last decades of existence? Will the shells of other calcifying marine life also dissolve away during our lifetimes? The NRDC film certainly makes it appear that such is the case; but a little scientific sleuthing reveals nothing of substance in this regard. In fact, even a cursory review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals that an equally strong case – if not a more persuasive one – can be made for the proposition that the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2 concentration will actually prove a boon to calcifying marine life. Sadly, however, the NRDC chose to present an extreme one-sided, propagandized view of ocean acidification; and in this critique we present the part of the story that they clearly don’t want you to know.

[25 pages of text, 13 pages of references]

From the Conclusions: (more…)

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Source: Climate Change Reconsidered  co2

Shrub Proliferation Throughout Low Arctic Ecosystems (9 Jul 2013)
How rapid and extensive has the phenomenon been? According to the authors of this study, “vegetation in the upland tundra east of the Mackenzie Delta has changed dramatically in the last three decades with relative increases in tall shrub cover and alder density of 68.1 and 35%, respectively”… Read More

Impact of Continental Mass Change on Rate-of-Rise of Sea Level (9 Jul 2013)
New findings indicate the rate of sea level rise over the past two decades in on the order of 1.7 ± 0.8 mm/year, which is far less than that projected by climate alarmists… Read More (more…)

Caribbean Corals: What’s Really Been Giving Them a Hard Time?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://www.amazon.com/CO2-Global-Warming-Coral-Reefs/dp/0971484589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344747863&sr=8-1&keywords=idso+coral+reefs

In introducing their newest study of the subject, Cramer et al. (2012) write that “Caribbean reef corals did not appear to be affected by human activities until the 1980s (Hughes, 1994),” but they say that “since this period, coral cover in the Caribbean has declined by an average of 80% (Gardner et al., 2003) and branching species of Acropora and Poritescorals have been replaced by non-branching species of Agaricia and Porites,” citing Aronson et al. (2004, 2005) and Green et al. (2008). They also indicate that “surveys of fossil reefs have revealed that such drastic changes in Caribbean coral communities are unprecedented over the last c. 200,000 years despite large fluctuations in sea level and climate (Pandolfi and Jackson, 2006; Greer et al., 2009), implicating [some non-climatic] anthropogenic disturbance in the recent decline.” Nevertheless, they write that “the appearance and intensification of mass coral disease and bleaching events in the Caribbean and elsewhere have been widely attributed to anthropogenic climate change.”

So what, or who, is the real culprit? And how was the guilty party identified?

In terms of their contribution to the search effort, Cramer et al. “analyzed coral and molluscan fossil assemblages from reefs near Bocas del Toro, Panama to construct a timeline of ecological change from the 19th century to the present.” This work revealed “large changes before 1960 in coastal lagoons coincident with extensive deforestation, and after 1960 on offshore reefs.” Some of the “striking changes” they identified include “the demise of previously dominant staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis and oyster Dendrostrea frons that lives attached to gorgonians and staghorn corals.” And they say that “reductions in bivalve size and simplification of gastropod trophic structure further implicate increasing environmental stress on reefs.” (more…)

You call this ‘compromise’?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Source:  American Thinker

by Craig Idso

In a Wall Street Journal opinion article published on August 6, 2012, Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, issued an appeal calling for a new climate-change consensus among climate alarmists (those who believe society’s burning of fossil fuels is causing modern-day global warming and who are alarmed at its potential climatic consequences) and climate skeptics (those who consider that mankind’s contribution to present and future climate, if any, will be mostly benign).  (more…)

DeSmog Blog’s Bogus “Exposé” of the Heartland Institute

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Source:  http://www.globalwarming.org/2012/02/17/desmog-blogs-bogus-expose-of-the-heartland-institute/#more-13089

Earlier this week, the climate hysterics at DeSmog Blog and ThinkProgress tried (but failed) to manufacture a scandal by posting board-meeting and fund-raising documents stolen under false pretenses from the Heartland Institute, the Illinois-based free-market think tank. You can read Heartland’s response to the document heist here.

In the climate debate, Heartland is perhaps best known as organizer and host of six international climate conferences and as publisher of Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

The Heartland conferences transformed the disparate ranks of climate-alarm skeptics into a confident, energized, networked movement. The NIPCC report and related publications not only debunk Al Gore’s “planetary emergency” but also provide the only comprehensive, fully-documented alternative to the alleged “scientific consensus” represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (more…)

RESPONSE OF PLANT SPECIES TO CO2 LEVELS

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Source: Center for Global Food Issues

BY DENNIS T. AVERY

The earth has stopped warming, but the greenhouse gasses continue to accumulate at higher levels in the atmosphere. In fact, it seems certain that the planet will have rising levels of atmospheric CO2  for the foreseeable future. No country has actually produced substantial cuts in its greenhouse emissions, and Asia continues to strongly increase its output of industrial gasses. Nor have any of the “renewable” energy sources been cost-effective enough to survive the coming budget cuts in Europe and the U.S.

Will the extra CO2 affect the biodiversity of the earth? Some have claimed that C3 plants will now out-compete C4 plants, that weeds will outgrow crop plants, and  tall forest trees will shade out the understory species. (The C3 and C4 plants have different patterns of photosynthesis.) However, Craig Idso of the Center for CO2 Science says we shouldn’t expect much change in our plant diversity due to the expected higher CO2  levels. Idso, trained in agronomy and geography, sees no clear threat to the earth’s species richness. (more…)

The phony ‘consensus’ on climate change

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Source:  Provo Daily Herald

The end is near …

… that is, for the myth that scientists have reached “consensus” on global warming and climate change caused by humans.

The theory (more accurately called a religion for the redistribution of wealth) has taken a number of body blows in recent times — although the climate-change lobby is still straining to impose its view on the world. For example, Time magazine issued a screed headlined “Who’s Bankrolling the Climate-Change Deniers?” The piece wonders why any doubts linger. Time says, “an overwhelming scientific consensus that says it does.” (more…)

Global Warming, if Real, Would Be Good For Us

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Source:  Dakota Voice

By Kevin Mooney

Government agencies and international institutions that have worked tenaciously to vilify carbon dioxide (CO2) as a dangerous pollutant have done a great public disservice, Dr. Craig Idso, a scientist and author told audience members at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting earlier this month. Contrary to what has been widely reported, CO2 is a key component to life on earth that could be beneficial to the environmental and humanity in particular, Idso explained during his talk in New Orleans.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding issued back in December 2009 claims that the “elevated concentration” of GHG (Greenhouse) emissions in the atmosphere “endangers public health and welfare.” The EPA also claims it has the authority to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

But Idso, who is the chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide, argues that conventional thinking is exactly wrong. He spells out in 55 ways, listed in alphabetical order, how CO2 actually enhances environmental conditions in a new book entitled: “The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment.” Idso co-authored the book with his father Dr. Sherwood Idso. (more…)

North Icelandic Shelf

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Source:  CO2 Science

Reference
Ran, L., Jiang, H., Knudsen, K.L. and Eiriksson, J. 2011. Diatom-based reconstruction of palaeoceanographic changes on the North Icelandic shelf during the last millennium. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302: 109-119.

Description
Working with data obtained from two ocean sediment cores — one obtained in 1999 at 66°33.10?N, 17°41.99?W and one obtained in 2006 at 66°33.18?N, 17°42.04?W — Ran et al. reconstructed summer sea surface temperature (SST) on the North Icelandic shelf for the period AD 940-2006, based on high-resolution and precisely dated diatom records, along with the help of “a modern diatom-environmental dataset from around Iceland [that] was established as a basis for quantitative reconstruction of palaeoceanographic conditions on the North Icelandic shelf.” This work revealed, as they describe it, that this location “was not as warm during the last century as during the Medieval Warm Period (MWP),” which they identified as extending from the start of their record in AD 940 to AD 1300. And from the graph of their data shown below, we estimate the peak warmth of the MWP to have been about 0.6°C higher than that of the CWP.
Estimated sea surface temperature vs. time (5 point running mean). Adapted from Ran et al. (2011).


Estimated sea surface temperature vs. time (5 point running mean). Adapted from Ran et al. (2011).