Daily Archives: December 13, 2007

Consensus Shattered As Major Scientific Study Says Global Warming Is Natural

Attempts to reduce CO2 emissions “pointless” as sun is cited as climate change culprit

Prison Planet | Dec 11, 2007

by Paul Joseph Watson

The so-called scientific consensus that global warming is man-made has been shattered with the release of a major new study backed by three universities which concludes that climate change over the past thirty years is explained by natural factors and that attempts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are irrelevant.

Climate scientists at the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, and the University of Virginia report that temperature fluctuations over the past three decades are not consistent with greenhouse model predictions and more closely correlate with solar activity.

The report dismisses attempts to reverse global warming by reducing carbon emissions as ineffective and pointless.

Authored by Prof. David H. Douglass (Univ. of Rochester), Prof. John R. Christy (Univ. of Alabama), Benjamin D. Pearson (graduate student), and Prof. S. Fred Singer (Univ. of Virginia), the study appears in this month’s International Journal of Climatology of the Royal Meteorological Society.

“The observed pattern of warming, comparing surface and atmospheric temperature trends, does not show the characteristic fingerprint associated with greenhouse warming. The inescapable conclusion is that the human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming,” said lead author David H. Douglass.

Co-author John Christy said: “Satellite data and independent balloon data agree that atmospheric warming trends do not exceed those of the surface. Greenhouse models, on the other hand, demand that atmospheric trend values be 2-3 times greater. We have good reason, therefore, to believe that current climate models greatly overestimate the effects of greenhouse gases. Satellite observations suggest that GH models ignore negative feedbacks, produced by clouds and by water vapor, that diminish the warming effects of carbon dioxide.”

Co-author S. Fred Singer said: “The current warming trend is simply part of a natural cycle of climate warming and cooling that has been seen in ice cores, deep-sea sediments, stalagmites, etc., and published in hundreds of papers in peer-reviewed journals. The mechanism for producing such cyclical climate changes is still under discussion; but they are most likely caused by variations in the solar wind and associated magnetic fields that affect the flux of cosmic rays incident on the earth’s atmosphere. In turn, such cosmic rays are believed to influence cloudiness and thereby control the amount of sunlight reaching the earth’s surface and thus the climate. Our research demonstrates that the ongoing rise of atmospheric CO2 has only a minor influence on climate change. We must conclude, therefore, that attempts to control CO2 emissions are ineffective and pointless – but very costly.”

The findings of the report help to explain why we are witnessing climate change in almost every corner of our solar system, from Mars to Pluto, to Jupiter and to the moons of Neptune – and clearly identify the sun as the main culprit and not CO2 emissions – which are being used as a pretext for control freaks to completely dominate every aspect of our lives.

Man-made global warming advocates have often made their case by claiming that the scientific consensus is fully behind CO2 emissions as the main driver of climate change, when in fact the UN’s own IPCC report was disputed by the very scientists that the UN claimed were behind it.

In reality, a significant number of prominent experts dispute the global warming mantra, but many have been intimidated into silence and had their careers threatened simply for stating an opposing view.

CIA may use waterboarding, but the simple truth is torture does not work

  

Civil rights protesters demonstrate waterboarding techniques

Daily Mail | Dec 13, 2007

By MICHAEL BURLEIGH

Like falling, drowning is one of mankind’s primal fears.

It is the basic principle behind the torture technique called “waterboarding”, pioneered in the Dutch East Indies in the 16th century.

More recently, it was used by the wartime Gestapo and the Japanese military police – one of whom was sentenced to 15 years for doing this to a U.S. prisoner of war – as well as by French interrogators during the bloody 1954-1962 Algerian War.

Ironically, many of these French torturers were multi-decorated veterans of the wartime Resistance who had themselves been tortured by the Gestapo.

First, let’s deal with the grim practicalities of waterboarding.

The objects of interrogation are strapped to a board and turned upside down as water is streamed over a cloth wrapped around or inserted into their mouths.

The effect is akin to gagging when you try to avoid choking to death on a piece of food, and it rapidly induces the most extreme panic in those subjected to it.

Supporters of the technique say it does no long-term damage to the human body; opponents claim it damages the lungs and brain while wrists and ankles can fracture as the victim struggles to break free.

CIA sources say the practice has saved lives.

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou claims waterboarding has been used on three high-value Al Qaeda suspects including Abu Zubaida and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, respectively a senior trainer of jihadist terrorists and the mastermind behind the mass murders of 9/11.

Although Kiriakou left the agency three years ago, and relies on hearsay from his former colleagues, he claims that both men ‘broke’ in a few minutes, which is longer than the 14 seconds CIA men averaged when they researched the technique on themselves.

It is clear that the CIA and other intelligence agencies use a spectrum of interrogation techniques, running from severe to relatively mild, and that what constitutes torture is a matter of dispute.

Al Qaeda has no qualms on the matter – it issued a ‘how to torture people’ manual which earlier this year surfaced in Baghdad.

Horrific illustrations show how to burn victims with blowtorches and electric irons, or where to use hammers and an electric drill to maximum effect.

Several states, including some which are the West’s allies in the war on terror, routinely beat detainees, imprison them in dark and dank holes, or subject them to electric shocks or savage dogs.

The movie Rendition shows how this is done, with the active connivance of the CIA, which covertly flies people to destinations such as Morocco or Thailand with such treatment in mind

People who have survived such experiences and who were repatriated to Canada or Europe have reportedly returned with multiple cuts in their genitals made with a razor.

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Pope condemns climate change prophets of doom

Daily Mail | Dec 12,  2007

By SIMON CALDWELL

Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.

The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.

The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.

His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks.

The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.

“Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow,” he said in the message entitled “The Human Family, A Community of Peace”.

“It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances.

“If the protection of the environment involves costs, they should be justly distributed, taking due account of the different levels of development of various countries and the need for solidarity with future generations.

“Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken.”

Efforts to protect the environment should seek “agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances”, the Pope said.

He added that to further the cause of world peace it was sensible for nations to “choose the path of dialogue rather than the path of unilateral decisions” in how to cooperate responsibly on conserving the planet.

The Pope’s message is traditionally sent to heads of government and international organisations.

His remarks reveal that while the Pope acknowledges that problems may be associated with unbridled development and climate change, he believes the case against global warming to be over-hyped.

A broad consensus is developing among the world’s scientific community over the evils of climate change.

But there is also an intransigent body of scientific opinion which continues to insist that industrial emissions are not to blame for the phenomenon.

Such scientists point out that fluctuations in the earth’s temperature are normal and can often be caused by waves of heat generated by the sun. Other critics of environmentalism have compared the movement to a burgeoning industry in its own right.

In the spring, the Vatican hosted a conference on climate change that was welcomed by environmentalists.

But senior cardinals close to the Vatican have since expressed doubts about a movement which has been likened by critics to be just as dogmatic in its assumptions as any religion.

In October, the Australian Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, caused an outcry when he noted that the atmospheric temperature of Mars had risen by 0.5 degrees celsius.

“The industrial-military complex up on Mars can’t be blamed for that,” he said in a criticism of Australian scientists who had claimed that carbon emissions would force temperatures on earth to rise by almost five degrees by 2070 unless drastic solutions were enforced.

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Police granted extra powers for Pope’s visit

Officers and also private security guards will be given the power to conduct body searches

News.com.au | Dec 13, 2007

AUTHORITIES will be granted extra powers during the Pope’s visit to Sydney next year, in a security crackdown likened to that seen for APEC.

Officers and also private security guards will be given the power to conduct body searches and car searches at World Youth Day events.

The airspace above the Randwick Race Course, which is expected to hold up to 500,000 pilgrims drawn to the six-day event in July, will also be closed to air traffic.

Police will also be given power to remove unauthorised advertising, preventing rogue marketing, while private bus operators can also be forced to provide their services at a compensatory rate.

The World Youth Day Amendment bill was passed by the NSW Parliament last week, a Sydney newspaper reports today.

China will oppose mandatory carbon cuts

Forbes | Dec 12, 2007

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – China will not accept binding carbon emission cuts in any new global agreement on climate change, said a senior official with China’s economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission.

At a briefing held for Chinese journalists on the sidelines of the international negotiations in Bali, Xie Zhenhua, an NDRC vice-director responsible for China’s climate change policy, again rejected the idea that ‘important developing countries’ – China, India and Brazil – should be forced to make mandatory emission cuts.

He said that calls for a ‘single-track’ mechanism in which each signatory country must commit to the same binding carbon cuts were ‘unfair,’ and developed countries must ‘take the lead’ in the fight against global warming.

China hopes that developed countries that have not signed up to the Kyoto Protocol will make specific commitments to reducing their emissions, and that developing countries will ‘implement positive measures to deal with climate change under the conditions of technological and financial support,’ Xie said at the news conference.

The Chinese delegation has already been involved in ‘tough’ bilateral discussions with a number of developed countries, Xie said.

He also noted that China ‘hopes that a technology transfer mechanism can be established as soon as possible, which is a problem that all developing countries need to solve urgently.’

Moscow Suspends Cold War Weapons Treaty

Moscow can now legally move troops and weapons without notifying NATO

Deutsche Welle | Dec 12, 2007

Moscow officially ended its adherence to a key Cold War treaty that sets limits on the number of soldiers and weapons stationed in Europe. Russia says NATO left it with no choice but to abandon the agreement.

Officials in Moscow said on Wednesday, Dec. 12, that there are no plans to build up their military forces after they suspended participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty but added the move was necessary to protect Russia’s national security.

“Such a step has been caused by the exceptional circumstances connected to the content of the treaty, which concern the security of Russia and demand that we take immediate measures,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) appealed for Moscow to reconsider its decision, calling the treaty a “cornerstone for European security for 15 years.”

“The suspension that takes effect today is not good news,” Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, the group’s chairman-in-office, said in a statement. “The loss of the CFE system of limitations, information and verification would be detrimental to all and could have security implications for all of Europe.”

Military free to move

Suspension means Russia can move troops around the country without notifying NATO, allowing Russia to lift the “limitations placed on arms deployments,” the Russian foreign ministry statement said.

Signed in 1990 and modified after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1999, the treaty places exact caps on the numbers of troops and heavy weapons stationed west of the Ural mountains. The CFE deal was seen as an important step in resolving the Cold War.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering Moscow’s suspension of the treaty last month. The decree met with wide acceptance in the Russian parliament.

“We won’t observe any obligations unilaterally,” Putin said in a speech last month. “Our partners did not ratify the treaty and some did not even sign it.”

Tit-for-tat decisions

At the heart of Russia’s complaints on the CFE is NATO’s failure to ratify the amended 1999 version of the treaty, which takes into account the huge changes wrought by the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. NATO’s expansion after the fall of the Soviet Union would potentially allow for the alliance’s troops within striking distance of St. Petersburg.

“The hypothetical transfer of NATO forces into the Baltics is a real military threat,” Alexei Arbatov, an arms control expert at the  Carnegie Moscow Center independent think-tank told Reuters news agency.

NATO countries say they cannot ratify the 1999 version because Russian troop presence in ex-Soviet Georgia and Moldova violates the treaty, a charge Moscow rejects. The Kremlin has said soldiers stationed in the two countries represent a peacekeeping force.

In a statement, NATO expressed “deep regret” that Russia had suspended the arms pact. But it underlined that the military alliance would not take any retaliatory action.

The demise of the CFE comes on top of Moscow’s threat to leave the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, as well as tensions around US plans to install a missile-defense shield in NATO members Poland and the Czech Republic.

Reply to US missile shield

While the Russian foreign ministry statement Wednesday made clear the military did not intend to make any major moves, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko last week gave a mixed message about possible changes in troop levels.

“Russia has no plans to raise its military presence in Europe, obviously, that is, if there is not an attempt to raise the military presence by NATO countries,” he told reporters.

Washington has said its missile shield initiative is designed to guard against attacks from “rogue states,” but Moscow views it as an attempt by the US to expand its military influence into Russia’s backyard.

Though Russia could theoretically return to the treaty at anytime, observers said international disagreement between Russia and the West makes such a move unlikely.

“The treaty is dead,” military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer told the AFP news agency. “It makes a lot of economic sense to move forces from Siberia to Leningrad district, because it’s two or three times more expensive to keep them in Siberia. It will also send a powerful signal to the West. It’s a win-win situation for Russia.”