Wednesday, 8 June 2011

James Hansen’s Storm in a Teacup

James Hansen’s Storm in a Teacup

Joe Fone is a member of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition.
James Hansen’s Storm in a Teacup
Climate change will be “the predominant moral issue of the 21st century”, declared NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, “comparable to Nazism faced by Churchill in the 20th century and slavery faced by Lincoln in the 19th century.
Did James forget Communism in the middle of the twentieth century? Surely, Mr Hansen, that was a very big threat ?

And you missed it?

Oh - no, Communism - they take from the rich and give to the poor - church of latter days Robbing Hoods - morphed into the church of the latter day Greens.

Joe Fone goes on:
But how could climate change, a phenomenon that has shaped the planet for four billion years without our help, suddenly become a “moral issue”, comparable to manmade catastrophes like Nazism? four billion years
Well, probably because four billion years ago, the Robbing Hood Communist movement didn't exist.
Why isn’t Hansen’s climate “catastrophe” front page news; the main item every night with a lead-in like “Latest developments on the on-going global warming crisis...” or “BREAKING NEWS: Global warming crisis deepens as average global temperatures rise another 0.01ºC and atmospheric CO2 increases another 0.001%!”? I mean, it IS a “crisis” right? That’s what Al Gore calls it. So it must be extremely urgent. Otherwise Al Gore, Tim Flannery and James Hansen, among others so inclined, could be accused of exaggerating a storm in a teacup. And they wouldn’t do that because they have the backing of the IPCC, an entity of the UN no less. And the IPCC has no political agendas while the climate scientists who supply them with their sanitised temperature data are uncorrupted by money, politics, influence and kudos of any sort that might otherwise bias their endeavours. A perfect set up for perfect science. And the Moon is made of green cheese.

IPCC can't see the wood for the trees.

Czech Physicist Lubos Motl reports that since 1945, the European forest density doubled. (Link in title)

Lubos is commenting on a report from the MailOnline (here)
The research, carried out by teams from the University of Helsinki and New York's Rockefeller University, shows that forests are thickening in 45 of 68 countries, which together account for 72 per cent of global forests. Traditionally, environmentalists have focused their concern solely on the dwindling extent of forested areas, but the authors believe evidence of denser forests could be crucial in reducing the world’s carbon footprint
Lubos says that "There are quite many lessons to learn here."
  • First, humans have become capable to significantly engineer the character of their environment because much of the increase of the European forest density was man-made.
  • Second, there is a clear spontaneous component of the growth, too. Nature just likes the improved environment - which includes higher levels of CO2 - and it benefits from it.
  • Third, things such as the forest growth are much more important for the character of our environment than a few degrees of temperature change in one direction or the other. Even if you care about the temperature and you want a lower one (which is unlikely), a forest typically reduces the average temperatures inside by 2 degrees Celsius or so.
 If we managed to increase CO2 from 391 ppm today to something like 1500 ppm (which is unfortunately unlikely), it may be estimated that the biomass growth per unit area would approximately double for all plants - relatively to today.  Read more here....

Thanks to Marc Morano.