Daily Archives: February 6, 2007

‘Should We Believe the Latest UN Climate Report?’

American Daily | Feb 2, 2007  

The UN Climate Change panel is asserting – again – that humans are overheating the planet. Again, they have no evidence to support their claim – but they want the U.S. to cut its energy use by perhaps 80 percent just in case. Stabilizing greenhouse gases means no personal cars, no air-conditioning, no vacation travel. Nancy Pelosi says one-third of the Senate want this too.

It’s a remarkably sweeping demand, given that the earth has warmed less than 1 degree C, over 150 years. This on a planet where the ice cores and seabed sediments tell us the climate has been either warming abruptly or cooling suddenly for the past million years.

The first long ice cores from Greenland and Antarctic were brought up in the 1980s. The ice layers showed the earth warming 1–2 degrees roughly every 1,500 years—usually suddenly. The natural warmings often gained half their total strength in a few decades, then waffled erratically for centuries—rather like our planet’s temperature pattern since 1850.

History tells us the coolings, not the warmings, have been the bad part. After the Medieval Warming ended about 1300, Europe was hit by huge storms, gigantic sea floods, crop failures, and plagues of disease.

My big gripe with the IPCC is that they’re still keeping this climate cycle a virtual secret from the public.

What does the IPCC say about hundreds of long-dead trees on California’s Whitewing Mountain that tell us the earth was 3.2 degrees C warmer in the year 1350 than today? In that year, seven different tree species were killed—while growing above today’s tree line—by a volcanic explosion. The trees’ growth rings, species and location confirm that the climate was much warmer that of today, says C. I. Millar of the U.S. Forest Service, reporting in Quaternary Research, Nov. 27, 2006.

The new IPCC report warns us it can’t explain the recent surge of warming from 1976–1998. Therefore, it claims the surge must have been caused by human-emitted CO2. But the IPCC also can’t explain why more than half of the current warming occurred before 1940, before the Industrial Revolution improved global living standards and increased CO2 emissions.

Single-Digit Cold Deep Freezes Nation

Time | Feb 5, 2007 

Temperature crashed to 38 below zero Monday morning at Hallock in northwestern Minnesota

A bone-chilling Arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 38 below zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters Monday, halted some Amtrak service and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great Lakes.

The cold was accompanied by snow that was measured in feet in parts of upstate New York. “Anybody in their right mind wouldn’t want to be out in weather like this,” Lawrence Wiley, 57, said at the Drop Inn Center homeless shelter where he has been living in Cincinnati. Monday lows in the area were in the single digits.

With temperatures near zero and a wind chill of 25 below, school districts across Ohio canceled classes. “We have a lot of kids that walk to school. We didn’t think it was worth the risk,” Sandusky City Schools Superintendent Bill Pahl said.

With a temperature of 12 below zero and wind chill of 31 below, Wisconsin’s largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, also shut down, idling some 90,000 children. In upstate New York 34,000 kids got the day off in Rochester because of near-zero temperatures. Schools also closed in parts of Michigan. Even in Minnesota, where February cold is the norm and people are accustomed to coping, some charter schools closed.

The temperature crashed to 38 below zero Monday morning at Hallock in northwestern Minnesota, and to 30 below at International Falls, the weather service said.

London Ontario temperature drops to record low

The Gazette | Feb 6, 2007 

While Wiarton Willie may have predicted an early spring last Friday, winter returned with a vengeance in London on Sunday, setting a new cold-temperature record.

The daytime high on Sunday was -15.8 C — the coldest daytime-high on record for Feb. 4. The previous record was -15 C in 1996.

“There is a cold weather alert issued for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the area,” said Kaylene McKinnon, a public health nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

The alert was first issued Feb. 1 based on forecasts for temperatures below -15 C.

Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the cold air is caused by an Arctic air mass pulled down from the Arctic Circle and coming through Nunavut, the eastern Prairies, northwestern Ontario, then into the London area.

Record lows grip Denver

Rocky Mountain News | Feb 3, 2007

Temperature hits 18 below at Denver Intl

The record lows that gripped the Front Range on Friday will be giving way to a warming trend today that will build into next week.

The temperature hit 18 below zero at Denver International Airport shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, a record for the date, the National Weather Service said. The old mark was 16 below zero set in 1996.

Michigan Temperatures at Record Lows

Michigan Live | Feb 05, 2007 

It’s going to be bitterly cold early this week in Jackson, but temperatures are expected to climb up slowly by the weekend.

Jackson awoke today to record cold for Feb. 5. The temperature at dawn was 8 below zero, breaking the previous record of 4 below, set in 1974.

Frigid temperatures led all 12 public school districts in Jackson County to close today.

Each school district has a policy to close whenever wind chill drops below a certain temperature, typically 20 to 30 below, said Jim Penn, operations manager for Napoleon schools.

Global Warming Hypocrisy

Canada FreePress | Feb 5, 2007

The up-tick in global warming propaganda in recent days is to set the stage for the release of the Fourth Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change. Surprise, surprise, the report will say the sky is falling – faster and faster.

For people who have watched this process since the beginning, this report, at least the executive summary of the report, is mostly hogwash, word-smithed by policy wonks and media specialists, to scare the gas out of the economy.

The First Assessment Report was developed by a fairly balanced group of scientists from around the world, and released in 1990. The report was quite extensive, and dealt primarily with capturing and storing carbon dioxide.

The Second Assessment Report was adopted by a fairly balanced group of participating scientists in December, 1995. Then, the lead author of the report, B. D. Santor, acting with the consent of the Co-chair of the Working Group, John Houghton, and with the consent of the Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Michael Cutajar – changed the report significantly, without the approval of the scientists.

Dr. Freidrich Seitz, President emeritus of Rockefeller University, and former President of the National Academy of Sciences, said:

“I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report. Nearly all the changes worked to remove hints of the skepticism with which many scientists regard global warming claims.”

Arctic Blast Puts Much Of Nation In Deep Freeze

NBC 4 | Feb 5, 2007 

Coldest temperatures in 11 years
 
The National Weather Service said the huge Arctic air mass causing the deep freeze is working its way East from the Northern Plains.

Frigid arctic weather and biting winds gripped much of the nation Monday from the Midwest to the East Coast.
Minneapolis, extreme cold hampered firefighters at 10 below zero. Hoses and other equipment froze in seconds.

In Chicago, only a few hearty souls braved the coldest temperatures in 11 years to tailgate outside Soldier Field for the Super Bowl.

“You live in the Midwest,” said Bears fan Jeremy Grossenbacher. “You live by the lake, you know, by the Michigan lake. I mean, it’s cold all the time.”

Iran unveils herbal remedy against AIDS

Yahoo News | Feb 3, 2007 

Health Minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani has announced that Iran’s scientists have produced a herbal medicine that boosts the human’s body immunity system against the HIV/AIDS virus.

“The herbal-based medication, called IMOD, serves to control the AIDS virus and increases the body’s immunity,” Baqeri Lankarani was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.

“It is not a medication to kill the virus, it rather can be used besides other anti-retroviral drugs,” Baqeri Lankarani said on state radio.

The drug, made after five years of research, has been tested on 200 patients, IRNA said, adding that it is considered the fifth generation of medications helping control the HIV/AIDS virus.

“This is a substance good for both AIDS patients and those who carry the virus without showing the symptoms,” the director of the project, Mohammad Farhadi, told state television.