Global cold snap fails to cool protagonists of global warming

The Australian | Nov 29, 2008

By John Stapleton

EUROPE is shivering through an extreme cold snap. One of the coldest winters in the US in more than 100 years is toppling meteorological records by the dozen, and the Arctic ice is expanding. Even Australia has been experiencing unseasonable snow.

But the stories about global warming have not stopped, not for a second.

In May last year, The Sydney Morning Herald breathlessly reported that climate change had reduced the Southern Ocean’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide, claiming that as a result global warming would accelerate even faster than previously thought.

The story was picked up and repeated in a number of different journals around the region.

But this week the CSIRO suggested the exact opposite. “The new study suggests that Southern Ocean currents, and therefore the Southern Ocean’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide, have not changed in recent decades,” it said. This time the story got no coverage in the SMH, and was run on the ABC’s website as evidence the Southern Ocean was adapting to climate change.

CSIRO oceanographer Stuart Rintoul, a co-author of the study, said it did not disprove global warming and he did not believe its lack of an alarmist tone was responsible for the poor coverage.

But the story is being pointed out as an example of media bias on global warming. Critics argue that the ABC and the Fairfax media are the worst offenders.

ABC board member Keith Windschuttle said yesterday the national broadcaster was in breach of its charter to provide a diversity of views. “The ABC and the Fairfax press rarely provide an opportunity for global warming sceptics to put their view,” Mr Windschuttle said. “The science is not settled.

“We are seeing an increasing number of people with impeccable scientific backgrounds questioning part or whole of the story. I don’t believe the ABC has been reflecting the genuine diversity of the debate. Under its own act, the ABC is required to produce a diversity of views.”

Bob Carter of James Cook University, one of the world’s best-known climate change sceptics, said there was no doubt Windschuttle was correct.

“With very few exceptions, press reporters commenting on global warming are either ignorant of the science matters involved, or wilfully determined to propagate warming hysteria because that fits their personal world view, or are under editorial direction to focus the story around the alarmist headline grab — and often all three,” Professor Carter said.

National Climate Centre former head William Kininmonth said coverage of global warming had been hysterical and was getting worse, with a large public relations effort inundating the media with information from the alarmist side.

2 responses to “Global cold snap fails to cool protagonists of global warming

  1. The global warming alarmists are not really focused on the facts. What they are focused on is the money in your wallet, they want to implement huge carbon controls with cap and trade systems, that are nothing more than an additional tax on commerce. They can thus regulate every aspect of the economy (since virtually every aspect emits CO2 into the atmosphere). This is nothing more than another form of taxation but without the negatives that the use of the word “tax” has.

    They also want total control, which a carbon cap and trade system would give them, to decide who prospers and who does not.

    Reducing fuel consumption, developing renewable energy forms, developing domestic sources of energy, reducing non CO2 emissions are all very desireable. What is not desireable is implementing controls on CO2, which will do very little if anything to impact the environment and for which we have little control, since the developing world, that emits more CO2 than the developed world, does not have the money, the will, or the desire to do anything to curb their CO2 emissions.

    CO2 does little to impact climate. It is nothing more than an excuse to do other things. Some compare CO2 to Mercury, which is deadly in small amounts. Without CO2 we would all certainly be dead.

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  2. Yes, and I have stacks and stacks of indisputable articles proving it beyond a shadow of a doubt. See “Global Warming Hoax” archives in the categories to the right for about 250 of them. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone (unless they are malignant psychopaths who love evil) to continue believing and promoting this bald-face lie.

    We went through a natural warming period and we have been coming out of it for the last few years. Arctic ice is growing, glaciers are building up and this is looking like the coldest winter in the Northern Hemisphere in decades.

    And none of it, warming or cooling, has the slightest bit to do with human activity.

    Besides the 31,000 who have already declared anthropogenic warming to be a hoax, another 650 scientist have just jumped ship:

    Scientists abandon global warming ‘lie’

    Thankfully, some people still have both common sense and moral integrity enough to call a lie a lie.

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