Meat-eating must decline in U.K. to meet climate change targets. – Independent.co.uk • Canada plans to list plastic as a toxic substance. – TheGlobeandMail.com • Now you can see the list of climate change skeptics removed from Wikipedia. – JoanneNova.com.au •
Deer hunting on Staten Island? – NyTimes.com • Wikipedia deletes list of scientists who disagree with climate change “consensus.” Censorship? – Electroverse.net • The plague of locusts in Africa: Why? – Heartland.org •
Authors of an article in Nature, a premier scientific publication, have been required to retract an article published in October 2018 arguing that the ocean was absorbing sixty percent more heat than previously thought. That finding suggested that global warming is much more severe than predicted by prominent scientists.
The article was widely publicized by such media as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, and others.
“Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming,” was the Post’s headline. “The findings mean the world might have less time to curb carbon emissions.”
Within days, however, the Post and the Times modified their stories; the Times even changed the headline to a more tepid “Scientists Find a New Way to Take the Oceans’ Temperature.” The Post published a new story that explained why.
You are terrified about climate change! So you have joined millions around the world for Greta’s school strike for the climate. This is not anything to do with skipping lessons of course, you feel passionately. But have you got your facts straight? Time to find out…
- By how many degrees Celsius has the world warmed in the past twenty years?
- a) 0.3°C ~ b) 0.8 °C ~ c) 1.5°C
- By how many degrees Celsius has the world warmed since the pre-industrial period?
- a) 10°C ~ b) 3° C ~ c) 1°C
See all twelve questions here.
Roy Spencer is a meteorologist, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He recently discussed misinformation in the media.
On Amazon fires:
The rainforest itself does not burn in response to global warming, and in fact warming in the tropics has been so slow that it is unlikely that any tropical resident would perceive it in their lifetime. This is not a climate change issue; it’s a farming and land use issue.
On Greenland melting . . .
“The media, for whatever reason, has chosen a role for itself as a cheerleader for climate boondoggles. And the more specialized the media . . . the more completely it will devote itself to misleading the public about the true nature of the climate challenge in our democracy.” Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal.
Nuclear energy may be safer than we think, says a new study from the Global Warming Policy Foundation. A reason to support the Great American Outdoors bill, just passed by the Senate: it would fund maintenance of our national parks, says PERC’s Brian Yablonski on Fox News. Religious diversion? The Vatican recommends divestment from fossil…