December 2004 global warming news

by William Yeatman on December 31, 2004

in Kyoto Negotiations, Politics, Science

Where’s the party?
World Climate Report, Dec 16, 2004
Preliminary data indicate 2004 likely will register as the fourth-warmest year in the world’s surface temperature record. Yet despite all the gloom-and-doom scenarios, we haven’t experienced an all-time record-setter since the big El Nio back in 1998. Our planet may be warming, but not at a torrid clip.

CO2 No Pollutant  
Financial Times, Dec 29 2004
While it is becoming increasingly fashionable to maintain that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, it was rather shocking to see the Financial Times buy into what can at best be charitably characterised as a form of “political correctness” (“The price of carbon emissions,” December 27).

Media linking killer tsunami to global warming, Dec 28 2004
With the world’s attention focused on the earthquake/tsunami that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in at least ten countries that surround the Indian Ocean, media organizations like Reuters are pinning part of the blame for the catastrophe on “global warming.”

Russia may cash in $1 billion to $3 billion selling Kyoto protocol quotas
Interfax, Dec 27 2004
Russia may net $1 billion to $3 billion by selling quotas of releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere allowed to it by the Kyoto protocol, Vsevolod Gavrilov, deputy director of the Economic Development Ministry’s Material and Land Relations and Nature Use Economics Department, told Interfax on Monday.

Nature lays an(other) egg
World Climate Report, Dec 30 2004
Well grant the editorial staff at Nature this: They never are shy about printing really loosey-goosey stuff whenever the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) needs a boost or on the eve of another glitzy UN confab to discuss global climate change.

Where’s My Present?, Dec 27 2004

Global warming took a big hit this weekend in the United States as wintry weather stranded travelers, knocked out electricity and caused Christmas presents to be delayed.

Turning the page on fear, fiction of global warming
Houston Chronicle, Dec 22 2004
(George Will) — Crichton’s subject is today’s fear that global warming will cause catastrophic climate change, a belief now so conventional that it seems to require no supporting data. Crichton’s subject is also how conventional wisdom is manufactured in a credulous and media-drenched society.

Conservatives should make time to read Michael Crichton’s State of Fear
Human Events, Dec 29 2004
This year’s most politically incorrect book–and also the one likely to have the biggest impact on public opinion–is not by HUMAN EVENTS’ Ann Coulter. Nor, surprisingly, is it by any other prominent conservative writer or talker. It’s Michael Crichton’s new novel, State of Fear.

Scientist decries moral audacity of environmentalists linking tsunami and global warming
Dr. Pat Michaels / PRNewswire, Dec 28 2004
Anyone who has the moral audacity to blame thousands of deaths caused by the Indian Ocean tsunamis on global warming is in grave contravention of well- known facts about changes in sea level in that region.

Insuring climate change — high risk business
Tech Central Station, Dec 27 2004
Alarmism over climate change has created many bandwagons. One is Europe‘s insurance industry. It is an official “business partner” of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the UN’s official climate change booster. Many businesses seek a Green afterglow as global warming fellow travelers. The insurance companies claim a higher tone. They are in it to contribute. They may be taking a bigger risk than they realize.

Living in sunny times 
American Scientist, Dec 25 2004
A publication in Nature last October by solar physicist Sami K. Solanki of the Max-Planck-Institut fr Sonnensystemforschung and four of his colleagues is bound to intensify the arguments. Solanki and coworkers attempted to estimate “sunspot numbers,” a general barometer of solar activity, for times long before the beginning of the observational record, which starts four centuries ago. Their main result is expressed in the title of their paper: “Unusual activity of the Sun during recent decades compared to the previous 11,000 years.”

Evidence for sun-climate link reported by UMaine scientists
University of Maine, Dec 22 2004
A team led by University of Maine scientists has reported finding a potential link between changes in solar activity and the Earth’s climate. In a paper due to be published in an upcoming volume of the Annals of Glaciology, Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, and 11 colleagues from China, Australia and UMaine describe evidence from ice cores pointing to an association between the waxing and waning of zonal wind strength around Antarctica and a chemical signal of changes in the sun’s output.

Michael Crichton takes a novel approach to global warming alarmism
CEI / National Review Online, Dec 21 2004
Michael Crichton’s new blockbuster novel, State of Fear, begins with sex, violence, and oceanography. It’s that sort of book all the way through, mixing the usual adventure novel clichs of beautiful young heroes, indestructible secret agents, and a plot to kill millions alongside hard science, including graphs, footnotes, and words like “aminostratigraphy.”

The new global warming lawsuit industry
WEBCommentary, Dec 21 2004
(Paul Driessen)The Kyoto climate treaty took a beating in Buenos Aires last week. Angry but undeterred, the ideological environmentalists are taking a new tack a wave of lawsuits against corporations that they and their acolytes claim are responsible for every observed or imaginable weather anomaly.

Australia alters stance on climate change pact
The Melbourne Age, Dec 20 2004
“The difference between the US and Australia is that we are prepared to engage in a new agreement (after Kyoto) as long as it is comprehensive. But a new agreement will have to include the US and the developing world.”

Pollution politics: Detroit and California feud over air rules
U.S. News & World Report, Dec 27 2004
If California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hummer gets regulated out of existence, he’ll have his own administration to thank.


Climate change meeting ends with goal to cut emissions
U.S. State Dept. / UN Framework Convention, Dec 19 2004
The tenth Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended an 11-day session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 18, with the Kyoto Protocol’s signatory nations looking forward to its implementation in February, 2005.

Green groups unhappy with climate change talks
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dec 18 2004
A last-ditch compromise between the United States and the European Union resulted in a seminar next May to exchange information.

Argentina signs agreements on green-house gas reduction
Xinhuanet, Dec 18 2004
The documents were signed under the Mechanism for Clean Development within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol, which will become effective in February 2005 and expire in 2012.

The Kyoto Protocol is dead
Reason online, Dec 17 2004
Buenos AiresThe Kyoto Protocol is dead. There will be no further global treaties that set binding limits on the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) after Kyoto runs out in 2012.

Greens concede Kyoto will not impact ‘global warming’, Dec 17 2004
Buenos Aires – After a relentless attack on the United States for opposing the Kyoto Protocol, environmental groups concede the international treaty will have no impact on what they believe to be impending catastrophic global warming.

MSU1278-1104.gif (29171 bytes) “Global Warming” at a glance: November 2004, Dec 10 2004
As determined by NOAA Satellite-mounted MSUs


Buenos Aires: Kyoto’s Waterloo 
Tech Central Station, Dec 17 2004
Since the refusal by the G-77, China and India to accept any commitment to reduce emissions on from 2012, when Kyoto Mark I expires, and — more surprisingly — the announcement by Italy that it will withdraw from the Kyoto process in the same year, we have entered a totally different ball game.

COP 10: Inuit all along
Tech Central Station, Dec 17 2004
(Christopher Horner) — On Wednesday the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a hard green legal group, convened the press to detail a pending human rights complaint. The forum for the complaint is the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS). The aggrieved are Arctic Inuit peoples; the defendant is the U.S.; the allegation against the U.S. is “for causing global warming and its devastating impacts”.

Eskimo filing against US just tip of legal iceberg, Dec 17 2004
“The Kyoto Protocol is dead for all intents and purposes, so environmentalists now go to Plan B: What they couldn’t obtain through the open democratic process, they are now desperately trying to seek through the courts,” said Chris Horner of the free market environmental group Competitive Enterprise Institute who attended the U.N. conference here.

Kyoto controversy continues
FoxNews, Dec 17 2004
The international global warming worry-wart community is meeting in Buenos Aires this week to figure out how to get the U.S. to participate in the global economic suicide pact known as the Kyoto Protocol.

COP 10: Who’s the greatest?
Tech Central Station, Dec 16 2004
(Christopher Horner) — British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Science Advisor Sir David King regularly calls climate change “the greatest threat facing mankind” and “worse than terrorism.” A local paper here, the Buenos Aires Herald, echoed this sentiment in an editorial this week. Blair himself more modestly calls climate change “the greatest environmental threat”.

More from COP 10, Dec 16 2004
(Ivan Osorio) — As in all other climate conferences, the major environmental pressure groups are making their presence felt here. Friends of the Earth International (FoE) is pushing bans on genetically modified trees, promotion of hydroelectric projects by international bodies like the U.N., and climate change litigation against business and governments.

UN conference shuts up reporter; calls global warming science questions ‘silly’, Dec 16 2004
During her original presentation, Watt-Cloutier held up a
article on Arctic melting that was published earlier this week. She ridiculed a passage quoting Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market environmental group. Watt-Cloutier was incensed by Ebell’s comment that potentially rising temperatures in the Arctic region may have some benefits.

COP 10: The EU is no longer united
Tech Central Station, Dec 16 2004
Italy has put it clear that it will not follow Brussels on the path of a perennial struggle to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Inside the Beltway: Eskimo dunk
Washington Times, Dec 16 2004
“Apparently their snowmobiles are falling through the ice,” relays Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who is attending this week’s global-warming negotiations in Buenos Aires.

Polar bear scare: Now I get it!, Dec 16 2004
The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report, then, was really all about laying the groundwork for the Inuits to sue the U.S. and U.S. companies! Moreover, U.S. taxpayers paid for the report, which will now be used as a basis to sue us!

Exclusive COP 10 report, Dec 15 2004
Ironically the meeting is being held at the Argentine Rural Society (La Rural, for short), an agriculture promotion body. Next to the convention hall is an amphitheater that looks like it could be used for equestrian or cattle shows.

Eskimos seek to recast global warming as a rights issue
New York Times, Dec 15 2004
Christopher C. Horner, a lawyer for the Cooler Heads Coalition, an industry-financed group opposed to cutting the emissions, said the chances of success of such lawsuits had risen lately.  From his standpoint, he said, “The planets are aligned very poorly.”

COP 10: Our low-carbon future?
Tech Central Station, Dec 15 2004
“To stop further damage to the climate we need a worldwide 60% reduction in emissions by 2050,” declared British Prime Minister Tony Blair in February 2003. Setting aside the question of whether or not catastrophic climate change due to adding extra greenhouse gases (GHG) to the atmosphere is really likely, is Blair’s goal feasible? 

Blood for Kyoto?
Washington Times, Dec 14 2004
Kyoto global-warming negotiations have resumed in Buenos Aires, where yesterday it was 85 degrees and sunny (being that the start of summer is a week away in the Southern Hemisphere).

There is NO man-made global warming
American Policy Center, Dec 14 2004
Why does the Kyoto Protocol only bind developed nations to draconian emission levels?

Penn State expert says global climate change likely to benefit Pennsylvania agriculture
Pennsylvania State University, Dec 14 2004
The effects for Pennsylvania won’t be all bad, according to research done by Shortle and his colleagues. “Climate change is likely to benefit our state’s agriculture,” he explains. “Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere should stimulate photosynthesis and raise crop yields, while crops may also benefit from additional spring and summer rainfall and warmer temperatures.”

Study claiming rapid Arctic ice melt refuted at climate summit, Dec 14 2004
“The temperature graph [of the Arctic used in the ACIA study] does not agree with any of the known [temperature] data sets for the Arctic. In other words, who knows where they got this data from,” Ebell told

COP 10: Premature congratulation
Tech Central Station, Dec 14 2004
Albert Einstein once said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting a different outcome.” As such, the stubborn Kyoto negotiators seem in need of help.

UN climate conference called ‘meeting about nothing’, Dec 13 2004
Buenos Aires, Argentina – “The Kyoto Protocol is a treaty about nothing. It’s the Seinfeld (TV sitcom) conference,” declared Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the free market environmental group Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Extremists on the run
Scripps-Howard, Dec 13 2004
While a superficial glance indicates the extremists are winning, they are, in fact, on the run. They’ve failed – largely because opponents like MIT climatologist Richard Lindzen, who has called warming theory a “religious belief” rather than sound science, haven’t been intimidated.

Only 21 EU countries to start pollution trading
Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2004
Only 21 of the 25 European Union nations will join the start of a carbon dioxide emissions trading market aimed at reducing gases which cause global warming, the European Commission announced here Monday.

Global warming negotiations heat up
Tech Central Station, Dec 13 2004
Last week, 5,400 delegates from 189 countries convened in Buenos Aires for further climate change treaty negotiations at the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10). Environment ministers from 90 countries are expected to attend the final three days of negotiations beginning on Wednesday. The COP10 of negotiations will conclude on Friday, December 17.

CEI experts to monitor U.N. global warming conference in Buenos Aires, Dec. 13-17
Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dec 13, 2004
Ebell and Osorio will be available for interviews live from Argentina (Osorio in Spanish and English) and will report breaking news and eye-witness accounts on:

A chilling tale
Wall Street Journal, Dec 10 2004
“State of Fear” is, in a sense, the novelization of a speech that Mr. Crichton delivered in September 2003 at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. He argued there that environmentalism is essentially a religion, a belief-system based on faith, not fact. To make this point, the novel weaves real scientific data and all too real political machinations into the twists and turns of its gripping story.

Viewpoints: Tackling climate change
BBC, Dec 9 2004
Global warming alarmism is an implausible theory
Myron Ebell, director of global warming policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Global Temperature Report: November 2004
University of Alabama-Huntsville, Dec 08, 2004
Global composite temp.: +0.15 C (about 0.27 degrees Fahrenheit) above 20-year average for November.

Britain’s secret plan for new global climate pact
London Times, Dec 9 2004
TONY BLAIR is seeking to secure George Bushs backing for a new international treaty that would end Americas isolation on global warming, The Times has learnt.[…] The deal, described by one source as Kyoto-lite, would involve scientific agreement on the scale and nature of the threat, as well as an international programme to develop the technology needed for renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Carbon sink or carbon source? Aerosols play significant role in shifts
North Carolina State University, Dec 8 2004
Researchers at North Carolina State University have shown that the amount of aerosols dust particles, soot from automobile emissions and factories, and other airborne particles in the atmosphere has a significant impact on whether the surface area below either absorbs or emits more carbon dioxide (CO2).

New report undermines climate change claims
Marshall Institute, Dec 7 2004
Key scientific questions remain unanswered.

U.S. has three-pronged climate change strategy, envoy says
U.S. Department of State, Dec 07, 2004
Climate change negotiator briefs at Buenos Aires meeting.

Schwarzenegger vows to defend emissions law
New York Times, Dec 8 2004
Toyota, General Motors and seven other automakers filed suit on Tuesday to block California’s new greenhouse gas regulation, which was approved by the state in its final form in September.

Essay claiming ‘scientific consensus’ for global warming ridiculed, Dec 7 2004
A Science Magazine essay claiming there is a “scientific consensus” about human-caused “global warming” was ridiculed Monday by a British scientist, who compared such a “consensus” to the near-unanimous elections that existed in the old Soviet Union.

Let’s be honest about the real consensus
Tech Central Station, Dec 7 2004
The arguments for anthropogenic climate change often take the form of “we know it is happening, therefore we need to do something about it now”. While appealing to the uncritical thinker, it implies two important but unstated assumptions: 1) human induced climate change of any amount is very bad, and 2) public policy should be changed to fix it, regardless of the cost.

U.S. automakers challenge Calif. emission rules
Reuters, Dec 7 2004
U.S. automakers on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging California’s new vehicle emission rules.

Climate conference delegates wrestle with strategies
Associated Press, Dec 7 2004
New strategies to confront global warming took center stage in Buenos Aires on Monday, where thousands of environmentalists and government policy-makers gathered for an international conference on climate change.

Climate alarmism and the poor
Tech Central Station, Dec 6 2004
We are already exposed to nearly all the alleged negative impacts of climate change, and although any man-made climate change may make these dangers worse, there are policies that can be followed that reduce today’s harm.

Australia to Meet Kyoto Target But Refuses to Sign
Reuters, Dec 5 2004
Australia is on track to meet targets set by the global Kyoto Treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions but will still not sign the pact because it ignores key areas of the fight against global warming in developing nations.

In face of global warming, White House opts for tech fixes
Washington Post, Dec 5 2004
Rather than endorsing mandatory limits on carbon dioxide emissions linked to warming, the course embraced by most of America’s allies, the White House is focusing on technological fixes: developing energy sources that burn cleaner or finding ways to extract excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. 

U.S. officials brief foreign press on climate change policy
U.S. State Dept., Dec 3 2004
U.S. State Department and Department of Energy (DOE) officials gave international reporters an overview of U.S. global climate change policy December 2, in advance of the December 6-17 10th Conference of the Parties (COP-10) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Global warming: Satellite saga continues 
Tech Central Station, Dec 3 2004
The results of two research studies announced this week address the infamous discrepancy between satellite and surface thermometer trends over the last 25 years.

UN talks to review where ‘dangerous’ warming starts
Reuters, Dec 3 2004
The Dec. 6-17 U.N. talks in Buenos Aires will also seek ways to persuade the United States to rejoin a U.N.-led fight against climate change and also try to involve developing nations like China, India or Brazil.

On creeping collectivization
Tech Central Station, Dec 3 2004
It is often argued that CO2 emission trading is in conformity with market principles. However, if we take a closer look, it is not. It requires a prior act of creating and distributing (property) rights (to emit), where no rights existed before. Only governments can do so.

Tighter vehicle emission standards proposed for Washington state
The Seattle Times, Dec 2 2004
Washington state would follow California’s lead in establishing tough new automotive standards to slash emissions of greenhouse gases under a proposed new bill.

US says no plans to sign new climate change pacts
Reuters, Dec 2 2004
The United States, which backed out of the Kyoto agreement, feels it is too early to assign post 2012 targets, senior U.S. climate negotiator Harlan Watson told reporters.

Geologys long-term perspective, Dec 2 2004
This response to the contents of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) concerns alarmist and highly questionable conclusions about Arctic climate and its variability.ACIAs gloom and doom perspective on Arctic climate and changes we might anticipate over the next century cannot be justified. The best available scientific evidence does not support such claims.

NASA study links wind, current changes to Indian Ocean warming
NASA, Dec 2 2004
A NASA study suggests changing winds and currents in the Indian Ocean during the 1990s contributed to the observed warming of the ocean during that period. The findings, published in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters, have potential implications for long- term regional climate variability.

Meteorologist likens fear of global warming to ‘religious belief’, Dec 2 2004
An MIT meteorologist Wednesday dismissed alarmist fears about human induced global warming as nothing more than ‘religious beliefs.’  “Do you believe in global warming? That is a religious question. So is the second part: Are you a skeptic or a believer?” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Richard Lindzen.

Climate alarm: Where does it come from?
Dr. Richard Lindzen, Dec 1 2004
Politicization of the global warming issue has rendered real communication almost impossible. First, it leads to a meaningless polarization associated with meaningless questions: Do you believe in global warming? Are you a skeptic or a believer?

Northeastern researcher finds missing atmospheric carbon dioxide
Northeastern University, Nov 30 2004
A Northeastern University researcher today announced that he has found that the soil below oak trees exposed to elevated levels of carbon dioxide had significantly higher carbon levels than those exposed to ambient carbon levels. The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that elevated carbon dioxide levels are increasing carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems and slowing the build-up of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Of grapes and hockeysticks, Dec 1 2004

The most important aspect of the 633-year temperature history, in our estimation, is the fact that it looks nothing at all like the infamous “hockeystick” temperature history of Mann et al. (1998, 1999), which underpins the climate-alarmist claim that 20th century warming is without precedent over the past thousand years.

City of London set to become carbon market world centre
UK Dept. for the Environment, Dec 1 2004
City of London is well-placed to become one of the world centres for the emerging carbon market, Environment Minister Elliot Morley said today.

Trash tax increase to fight global warming
Rocky Mountain News, Dec 1 2004
BOULDER – The City Council on Tuesday voted to nearly triple the tax on trash collection for homeowners, mostly to fund programs aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Kyoto a mixed bag for Russia
UPI, Nov 30 2004
Andrey Illarionov, Putin’s economic adviser, was quoted last September by the Russian Interfax news agency as saying Kyoto ratification could mean the country’s GDP could lose a total of $1 trillion by 2012.

Nigeria ratifies Kyoto Protocol on climate change
This Day [Lagos], Nov 29 2004
Nigeria has joined the over 120 parties that have so far ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Empty oil wells get a fill-up to reduce greenhouse gas
New Zealand Herald, Dec 1 2004
A short distance from Spindletop oil field, site of the gusher that triggered the Texas oil rush more than a century ago, scientists have found a purpose for the long-disused underground reservoirs – as storage for the pollution emitted by burning fossil fuels.

Urban heat islands of South Korea, Dec 1 2004
“Rural climatological normals should be used instead of the conventional normals to simulate ecosystem responses to climatic change, because the urban area is still much smaller than natural and agricultural ecosystems in Korea.”  Their advice should be heeded by everyone, including the IPCC.

November 2004 global warming news

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