Tuesday, March 25, 2014

From Benny Peiser's Global Warming Foundation

Scientific Consensus Was Wrong IPCC Admits In Biofuels U-Turn
The Climate Change Debate Is About To Change Radically

With the IPCC Working Group II conference beginning today, upholders of the global warming consensus are drawing their knives to deal with inconvenient dissenters. The BBC's Matt McGrath describes the state of affairs here, revealing that Richard Tol has asked his name to be removed from the draft because of rampant alarmism that has been inserted, --Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 25 March 2014

Does global warming cause global species extinction? The IPCC is no longer sure: According to information seen by
Der SPIEGEL there are surprisingly strong doubts in the draft of its new report compared to its previous predictions. --Axel Bojanowski, Spiegel Online, 23 March 2014

A paper published today in
Nature Climate Change finds that global sea level rise has greatly decelerated 31% since 2002 from 3.5 mm/yr to 2.4 mm/yr. According to the authors, “This decreasing Global Mean Sea Level [GMSL] rate coincides with the pause observed over the last decade in the rate of Earth’s global mean surface temperature increase, an observation exploited [very unscientific choice of words] by climate sceptics to refute global warming and its attribution to a steadily rising rate of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” --The Hockey Schtick, 23 March 2014

The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse. The draft report represents a dramatic about-turn for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Its previous assessment on climate change, in 2007, was widely condemned by environmentalists for giving the green light to large-scale biofuel production. The latest report instead puts pressure on world leaders to scrap policies promoting the use of biofuel for transport. --Robert Mendick,
The Sunday Telegraph, 23 March 2014

The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due out next week. If the leaked draft is reflected in the published report, it will constitute the formal moving on of the debate from the past, futile focus upon "mitigation" to a new debate about resilience and adaptation. Our first step in adapting to climate change should be to accept that we aren't going to mitigate it. We're going to have to adapt. --Andrew Lilico,
The Daily Telegraph, 25 March 2014

A BBC executive in charge of editorial standards has ordered programme editors not to broadcast debates between climate scientists and global warming sceptics. Alasdair MacLeod, head of editorial standards and compliance for BBC Scotland, sent an email on February 27 to 18 senior producers and editors, which has been obtained by The Mail on Sunday. It reads: ‘When covering climate change stories, we should not run debates / discussions directly between scientists and sceptics.’ A BBC spokesman said: ‘All viewpoints continue to be given due weight in our output.’ Asked whether the BBC was prepared explicitly to disavow Mr MacLeod’s email, both officials failed to comment. GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser said BBC coverage of climate change has been ‘far too biased for far too long’. --David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 23 May 2014

Rising greenhouse gas emissions may result in better harvests of wheat and soya beans even after allowing for the damage caused to crops by more frequent heat waves, researchers say. Their findings appear at odds with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said in a leaked draft of a report due later this month that global warming would damage yields of wheat and “erode food security”. The study, led by the University of East Anglia, found that yields of wheat and soya beans would increase for the next 70 years under a “business as usual” scenario, in which carbon dioxide emissions rose rapidly. --Ben Webster and Hannah Devlin,
The Times, 20 March 2014

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