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Tag: climate


CLIMATE: Article biased against contrarians

Re: ”Climate skepticism takes toll on science” (TNT, 5-17).

This article reports on a study at the University of Bristol, England, which finds that climate scientists are downplaying future climate risks to avoid being labeled as “alarmists” and risking hate mail from climate “deniers.”

Yet the reporting in the article could not be more biased in favor of those scientists. The findings of just one study are presented unquestioningly, without considering possible biases in the study itself or of the journal in which it appeared (Global Environmental Change).

The point of the study is that any analyses of climate

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CLIMATE: IPCC’s message was misinterpreted

Re: “Scare tactics failing to spur action on climate change” (TNT, 4-6).

Economist Clive Crook misinterpreted the message of the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Crook leaves the erroneous perception that scientists have exaggerated the risks of climate change, and the IPCC calls for only gradual action on greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation.

The real message of the IPCC Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability report is threefold:

• Climate change is already affecting us, and most of the effects are negative.

• The burden of climate change harm

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CLIMATE: Pragmatism needed on many fronts

The News Tribune has provided a variety of informative articles and opinions about global warming or climate change.

In “Clamor over climate crisis inequalities is growing” (TNT, 11-17), The New York Times relates how countries that have not emitted much carbon are angry about the damages to their nations by stronger storms and rising sea levels. On the same day appeared The Associated Press investigation, “Secret cost of ‘green’ power,” which exposed the folly of ethanol as a viable way to reduce greenhouse gases, and a Washington Post opinion piece, “Megastorms could create tipping point for climate

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CLIMATE: Minnesota temperatures are trending downward

Minnesota lost 14 percent of its moose population last year and it may not have moose for much longer because of disease, parasites and a warming climate, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife researcher Mark Lenarz (TNT, 2-23).

The suggestion that a warming climate is responsible for the recent decline in and potential elimination of the Minnesota moose population is highly questionable because the NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports that Minnesota’s annual temperatures have actually been trending downward at a rate of 1.75 degrees F per decade during the 14 years since 1998 and that Minnesota’s

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CLIMATE: South Sound was warmer 5,000 years ago

Re: “As world warms, delegates again try talking” (TNT, 11-21).

The last time the world warmed was 120,000 years ago and that warming was 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the article about the United Nations climate conference in Cancun. The author has apparently not read about the Holocene Maximum, the global climatic period from about 10,000 to 5,000 years ago that was 2 degrees Fahrenheit or more warmer than present-day temperatures.

The warmer temperatures of the Holocene Maximum were responsible for replacing forests with prairies on many gravelly and droughty glacial outwash deposits in the South Sound Region. These

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CLIMATE: Wetter, cooler summers reduce wildfire threat in Northwest forests

Re: “Green energy groups protest Centralia TransAlta coal plant” (www.thenewstribune.com, 9-29).

The article about the campaign to shut down the Centralia coal-fired power plant stated that climate change models predict a drier Pacific Northwest that could lead to more wildfires.

These climate change models that are predicting a drier Northwest with more wildfires, however, contrast with the National Climatic Data Center data indicating that the Northwest summer wildfire season precipitation has actually trended upward by 1.15 inches, a 44 percent summer precipitation increase, over the last 10 years.

The National Climatic Data Center data also indicates that Northwest summer wildfire

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TAXES: Here’s solution for global slowing

Re: “RAT needed to counter global slowing” (letter, 5-2).

The writer is correct in pointing out the slowing of Earth’s rotation by two milliseconds since 1820. This is clearly related to the growth of industrialization over that same period.

The solution is obvious. A line of jet engines set on towers between Chicago and New Orleans could be positioned to speed earth’s eastern rotation to its proper rate. (A greener solution might be giant fans powered by windmills.) A similar line at the same latitude in Argentina would be needed to avoid upsetting (or perhaps to correct?) the natural wobble

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