Global Warming Theories Fizzle, New Studies Show

Saturday, July 21, 2007

With little fanfare, claims of alarming changes in nature because of global warming are being discredited.

Results of two new studies of historical hurricane patterns add to a growing body of research that discredits global warming alarmism, said James M. Taylor, an environmental policy senior fellow at The Heartland Institute.


Supporting the finding that air and sea temperatures are, at best, minor factors in hurricane activity was another report in the May 24 issue of Nature by another team of scientists. They reconstructed a 5,000-year history of major hurricane strikes in the Atlantic basin, finding that long-term trends in the El Nino/Southern Oscillation and West African monsoons were far more predictive of frequent and intense hurricane seasons than were air and sea temperatures.


One example cited is a well-publicized report of the World Wildlife Fund on March 14, 2005, claiming "Himalayan glaciers are among the fastest retreating glaciers globally due to the effects of global warming." Yet the September 2006 issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate reported: "Glaciers are growing in the Himalayan Mountains, confounding global warming alarmists who have recently claimed the glaciers were shrinking and that global warming was to blame."

A Reuter's News Agency report Nov. 6, 2001, said "Africa's highest mountain might lose its all-year ice cap and snow by 2015 due to climate changes threatening to worsen an already tight water supply, the environment group Greenpeace said Tuesday." Yet an article in the Nov. 23, 2003, issue of Nature said, "Although it's tempting to blame the ice loss on global warming, researchers think that deforestation of the mountain's foothills is the more likely culprit."

In a 2006 policy brief, Earthjustice asserted, "The contracting winter sea-ice around the Antarctic Peninsula due to the earth's warming trend is responsible for the dramatic decrease in Adelie Penguin populations on the Antarctic Peninsula." In February this year, Taylor said, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted that Antarctic ice mass is growing rather than shrinking, and will continue to do so for at least the next full century.

It's not Global Warming, it's Ice Age Abatement.