A British documentary has been aired that takes the scions of the Global Warming debate and presents their side of the story. It’s over at Google and I highly recommend you watch ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ then this documentary back to back to see an argument based on emotion and one based on reason. The biggest difference you’ll see is the source material– Al Gore vs. a host of experts in climatology.
I will say that one of the researchers is objecting to his appearance in the film. Carl Wunsch at MIT is an oceanographer who feels he was taken out of context and that he believes that mankind has an impact on climate. The film’s producers disagree. One of the other researchers, Patrick Michaels, has also been on records stating mankind has an impact on planetary climate (in truth, it would be folly to think we didn’t have an impact), but the impact of humanity, as is explained very well in the British doc, is minuscule.
The best evidence in the film is the variance in the solar wind and cloud formation. There is a confirming study coming up in the next few months that will either bolster or break this theory.
In the meantime, the IPCC is at it again, this time making even more dire predictions of global destruction.
The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium.
At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press.
Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. [EDIT: of course, we won’t loosen restrictions on DDT to help fight it.] By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive.
For a time, food will be plentiful because of the longer growing season in northern regions. But by 2080, hundreds of millions of people could face starvation, according to the report, which is still being revised.
I read the report in the local newspaper here. You want some real gloom & doom, read this checklist (bold comments are my own):
_Hundreds of millions of Africans and tens of millions of Latin Americans who now have water will be short of it in less than 20 years. By 2050, more than 1 billion people in Asia could face water shortages. By 2080, water shortages could threaten 1.1 billion to 3.2 billion people, depending on the level of greenhouse gases that cars and industry spew into the air.
But of course, to cut back on greenhouse emissions, developing African nations will have to use alternative sources of power, like solar & wind, which are notoriously unreliable. They do have plenty of coal & oil, but they can’t use those. And they can’t use nuclear because nobody wants these unstable nations to have nuclear power. If developing nations were allowed power from these sources, they could afford more efficient means of getting clean water to their people.
_Death rates for the world’s poor from global warming-related illnesses, such as malnutrition and diarrhea, will rise by 2030. Malaria and dengue fever, as well as illnesses from eating contaminated shellfish, are likely to grow.
And these diseases could be controlled with DDT, pesticides, and genetically modified crop sources. But that’s anathema to the cause of the environmental movement.
_Europe’s small glaciers will disappear with many of the continent’s large glaciers shrinking dramatically by 2050. And half of Europe’s plant species could be vulnerable, endangered or extinct by 2100.
True, but the glaciers are remnants of the Mini Ice Age. The only way to save the glaciers is to dramatically cool the earth, and that also has drastic consequences.
_By 2080, between 200 million and 600 million people could be hungry because of global warming’s effects.
Although history has shown that warmer periods are “enlightened ages” where even remote areas like Greenland had prosperous farms.
_About 100 million people each year could be flooded by 2080 by rising seas.
Assuming, of course, that the temperature increase continues at the same rate for the next 70 years. Although the Antarctic is currently giving temperature results that directly contradict the Global Warming Catastrophe angle.
_Smog in U.S. cities will worsen and “ozone-related deaths from climate (will) increase by approximately 4.5 percent for the mid-2050s, compared with 1990s levels,” turning a small health risk into a substantial one.
And this has NOTHING to do with Global Warming, but everything to do with air quality.
_Polar bears in the wild and other animals will be pushed to extinction.
Although they have survived previous warming periods.
_At first, more food will be grown. For example, soybean and rice yields in Latin America will increase starting in a couple of years. Areas outside the tropics, especially the northern latitudes, will see longer growing seasons and healthier forests.
But then the Earth will turn into a Raging Inferno of Death and everyone will die. And the Earth will recover, monkeys will take over, and Charleton Heston will return from his spaceflight to fight the power of the corrupt Dr. Zaus.
Remember, fear drives politics, not science. If someone is telling you you’re going to die, or what you are doing will destroy the planet, they’re likely pushing an agenda on you that is devoid of scientific vetting.