Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Chill settling on global warming debate

A new peer-reviewed study in the scientific journal Nature may be hard for Al Gore and other global warming activists to swallow.

-- From "Chill settling on global warming debate" by Jim Brown on 5/2/2008

The study predicts that global warming will stop until at least 2015, a prediction that contradicts the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Gore, who have issued dire warnings about rising global temperatures. The document notes that global surface temperature will not increase until 2015, "as natural climate variations in the North Atlantic and tropical Pacific temporarily offset the projected anthropogenic [manmade] warming."

The prediction is based on initial findings from a new computer model about how the oceans behave over decades. Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Congress of Racial Equality and Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, says although the new model is improved because it takes into account the influence of ocean currents, it will be decades before scientists understand all the factors influencing climate change.

. . . Driessen is also a former Sierra Club member and has written extensively on global climate change. "Certainly the climate is changing -- warming [and] cooling. It's been doing that for a long time. I don't see that there's any evidence for a catastrophe, and what we're dealing with to a large extent is an awful lot of headlines, hype, hysteria, Hollywood special effects, and computer models. But they are not evidence that humans are driving some kind of catastrophic climate change -- certainly any kind of climate change that we haven't seen the past," Driessen points out.

According to Driessen, like other computer models used to study climate, this one should also be "taken with a grain of salt." He believes, although the study argues the change in ocean currents is masking man-made global warming, when one looks at the record, it is not borne out. He notes temperatures went up and down in the 20th century while carbon dioxide was increasing in the atmosphere.

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