Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)
Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)
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This 880-page rebuttal of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), three years in the making, was released in June 2009 by The Heartland Institute. Coauthored and edited by S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., and Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced with contributions and reviews by an international coalition of scientists, it provides an independent examination of the evidence available on the causes and consequences of climate change in the published, peer-reviewed literature examined without bias and selectivity. It includes many research papers ignored by the IPCC plus additional scientific results that became available after the IPCC deadline of May 2006.
Chapter 1 describes the limitations of the IPCC s attempt to forecast future climate with computer models. The IPCC violates many of the rules and procedures required for scientific forecasting, making its projections of little use to policymakers.
Chapter 2 describes feedback factors that reduce the earth s sensitivity to changes in atmospheric CO2. Scientific studies suggest the model-derived temperature sensitivity of the earth for a doubling of the pre-industrial CO2 level is much lower than the IPCC s estimate.
Chapter 3 reviews empirical data on past temperatures. We find no support for the IPCC s claim that climate observations during the twentieth century are unprecedented or provide evidence of an anthropogenic effect on climate.
Chapter 4 reviews observational data on glacier melting, sea ice area, variation in precipitation, and sea level rise. We find no evidence of trends that could be attributed to the supposedly anthropogenic global warming of the twentieth century.
Chapter 5 summarizes the research of a growing number of scientists who say variations in solar activity, not greenhouse gases, are the true driver of climate change. We describe the evidence of a solar-climate.
Chapter 6 investigates and debunks the widespread fears that global warming might cause more extreme weather. The IPCC claims global warming will cause (or already is causing) more droughts, floods, hurricanes, storms, storm surges, heat waves, and wildfires. We find little or no support in the peer-reviewed literature for these predictions and considerable evidence to support an opposite prediction: That weather would be less extreme in a warmer world.
Chapter 7 examines the biological effects of rising CO2 concentrations and warmer temperatures. This is the largely unreported side of the global warming debate, perhaps because it is unequivocally good news. Rising CO2 levels increase plant growth and make plants more resistant to drought and pests. It is a boon to the world s forests and prairies, as well as to farmers and ranchers and the growing populations of the developing world.
Chapter 8 examines the IPCC s claim that CO2-induced increases in air temperature will cause unprecedented plant and animal extinctions, both on land and in the world s oceans. We find there little real-world evidence in support of such claims and an abundance of counter evidence that suggests ecosystem biodiversity will increase in a warmer and CO2-enriched world.
Chapter 9 challenges the IPCC s claim that CO2-induced global warming is harmful to human health. The IPCC blames high-temperature events for increasing the number of cardiovascular-related deaths, enhancing respiratory problems, and fueling a more rapid and widespread distribution of deadly infectious diseases, such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever. The peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals that further global warming would likely do just the opposite and actually reduce the number of lives lost to extreme thermal conditions.
|Author:||S. Fred Singer|
|Publisher:||The Heartland Insitute|
|Publication Date:||June 01, 2009|
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Climate Change Reconsidered Jun 06, 2009
By William Mellberg
There is a famous exchange between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson near the beginning of Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia."
"You see, but you do not observe," the great detective tells his friend. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
I was reminded of that Sherlockian insight while reading CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED. Unlike so many of today's climate experts (both the self-annointed ones and the genuine academicians), authors Fred Singer and Craig Idso (real scientists) have built this book on a solid foundation of scientific data. Holmes would have commended them! And unlike so many other recent books about climate change, this in-depth tome is strictly non-fiction. It is free of politically correct theories and full of historical facts (some might call them "inconvenient truths"). It is a book which all open-minded and clear-thinking individuals should read and consider before accepting the so-called `consensus' view about anthropogenic (man-made) global warming.
As an aside, this year (2009) marks the 400th anniversary of telescopic astronomy. I am reminded that when Galileo started to observe the solar system through his early telescopes, the `consensus' view placed our Earth at the center of the Cosmos. Galileo's heliocentric (Sun-centered) view was politically incorrect for which he suffered, but scientifically accurate for which he is remembered. It was based on facts, not theology (or ideology).
As a lifelong amateur astronomer (my parents gave me a telescope for my 11th birthday in 1963), I was especially interested in Chapter 5 and its focus on the relationship between climate change and variations in solar activity. I've observed those variations with my own eyes during the course of four, 11-year sunspot cycles. Moreover, I first learned about the historical and fossil records linking sunspot cycles to climate change in my Astronomy 101 class at the University of Illinois more than 35 years ago. Of course, that was before the present age when climate science became emotionally (and financially) bonded to political science.
Like Galileo, Singer and Idso base their ideas on scientific observations and historical facts, including sunspot records that go back to Galileo's time. CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED lays out all sorts of scientific observations and historical facts -- from changes in glaciers and sea levels to temperature and precipitation records. All of the various factors which contribute to Earth's climate are carefully examined, as are many of the extremes (hot and cold, wet and dry) which have been observed throughout history and in the fossil record. Climate change is clearly a natural phenomenon that occurs regardless of human activity. Given the climate changes in Earth's more recent past (geologically speaking), one wonders how today's global warming advocates can explain yesterday's temperature extremes (the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, for example) when industrialization and automobiles were non-existent?
CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED begins with a look at computer climate models and their deficiencies and shortcomings in forecasting future climate patterns. It ends with a look at the effects of climate change on human health and food production. The authors also address the economic impact of climate change. If, in fact, human activity has little or no effect on Earth's climate (compared to natural factors such as solar activity), the cost of countering anthropogenic global warming could be staggering in terms of tax dollars -- and a total waste in terms of results. As the authors state in their Preface, "We hope the present study will help bring reason and balance back into the debate over climate change, and by doing so perhaps save the peoples of the world from the burden of paying for wasteful, unnecessary energy and environmental policies."
In 1997, I wrote a book called MOON MISSIONS which offered an overview of the Apollo Program, as well as a layperson's explanation of what scientists learned as a result of our exploration of the Moon. In it, I noted that prior to the Space Age, we knew very little about the Moon and the planets. A wall seemed to separate astronomy from the earth sciences. As a result, our connection to the rest of the Solar System wasn't always generally understood or fully appreciated. The Moon missions radically changed this perspective. We came to recognize "the influence that extraterrestrial events have had on our own environment." Sadly, some scientists seem to have forgotten that lesson -- a lesson that has been expanded through our observations of climate change on other planets where human activity has zero influence.
Among its other achievements, CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED helps to re-establish the connection between Earth's environment and extraterrestrial influences, including cosmic rays. Of course, the authors also discuss the effects of terrestrial factors such as CO2 levels, cloud cover and rainfall. Their scholarly analysis brings some much-needed realism (and good old-fashioned common sense) to the climate change debate. Highly informative, CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED ought to be required reading for scientists, journalists, policymakers, teachers and students. It is an eye-opening read for everyone else (concerned citizens, taxpayers, etc.). In short ... this book is highly recommended!
39 of 50 found the following review helpful:
NIPCC well written so easy to read Jun 07, 2009
By Tom Harris
What I like most about the book, in comparison with the various IPCC tomes, is the ease with which one can get a quick overview of contemporary research in many different climate-science fields. While, in the IPCC case, I always had to find myself a quiet room and several hours to figure out what they were really saying, in the NIPCC case, I find it easy to read whenever I want. It is especially impressive to see the way in which the NIPCC have summarized findings in the beginning sections of the book in a way that will be quick and easy for media to grab quotes from (in fact, I challenge open-minded journalists to do that), while, at the same time, going into details, with many prominent peer-reviewed scientific references, on each of the main topics in the following chapters. Besides being a good summary of the massive controversy behind the scenes in the climate science research community about the causes of the past century's modest warming, "Climate Change Reconsidered" could make a good text book for university (and advanced senior high school classes) climate change courses as well since they do a easily understood and accurate review of the related basic science at the beginning of each of the topic-specific chapters.
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An extraordinary achievement Jun 08, 2009
By E. Calvin Beisner
I've been waiting for this book for twenty years. It was a long wait, but I'm not disappointed.
CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED is a tour de force. It takes on all the alleged evidences of catastrophic, manmade global warming and demonstrates, patiently and clearly, why they fail to support the conclusion. Its 2 authors and 35 contributors are outstanding scientists with unassailable credentials--a fact that, unfortunately, won't stop movement alarmists from their customary ad hominem attacks. The book is chock full of excellent data, analysis, and argumentation, sophisticated enough to meet the demands of any expert, yet clearly enough written to be accessible to laymen.
The Executive Summary states the main conclusions, in explicit contrast to those of the UN IPCC, briefly and clearly. Each chapter begins and ends with a helpful introduction and conclusion, making it easy for readers to see the big picture even while still offering massive amounts of data and explanation. Its documentation is voluminous, more current and more broad than that of the IPCC.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, I particularly appreciated the able integration of the principles, tools, and methods of many disciplines. As a scientifically literate layman who has read nearly 30 books on climate change science, including large parts of the IPCC's assessment reports, I found CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED far and away the most helpful publication in the field to date. It deserves careful attention particularly from policy makers and from environmental advocates, no matter their present opinions on the questions debated.
And for those who want to just write it off by attacking its authors, it's time to engage the real arguments for a change. The time for personal attack is over.
36 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Tony Lupo Jun 06, 2009
By Anthony R. Lupo
The NIPCC report, "Climate Change Reconsidered", is not just an attempt to refute the IPCC, but a volume that fills in the gaps left by the IPCC fourth assessemt report (FAR). With it's emphasis on natural variability as a cause for the recent climate changes, it is a must have for serious climate scientists who should not just rely on the IPCC FAR alone to get the full picture of our current state of knowledge (and what is not known) about climate and climate change. Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso have done a thorough job in providing climate science with this volume and should be commended for their effort.
30 of 40 found the following review helpful:
Tell Your Congressman to Read This Jun 05, 2009
By Fearless Bear
This is a magnificent rebuttal of the "party line" IPCC/Gore/Alarmist outcry that contends the Earth is threatened with disaster due to man's carbon dioxide emission. The scientists who gave of their time and energy to pull together the studies and data are acting in the finest tradition of belief in scientific integrity. They effectively shoot the alarmist banner full of great big holes, with real facts, data and analytical buckshot. This book will likely be the definitive work for the next several years on the science of climate change and its distortions.
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