An Excellent Example of Media Morass on Climate

by William Yeatman on June 11, 2010

in Blog

Here are headlines from two stories about the same peer-reviewed study.

Reuters: “Melting mountains put millions at risk in Asia: study

Nature: “Global warming’s impact on Asia’s rivers overblown

I’ll go with Nature on this one.

Bob R Geologist, Tuc June 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm

The media's treatment of this climate fiasco has been totally biased in favor of the environmental / political point of view that man's use of carbon based fuels is the villan. The myth that carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is responsible for controlling temperature was not allowed to be scientifically explained, even in most peer renewed journals. The barrier of political correctness ruled supreme to the everlasting failure of the media. Our pols still have the "bit in their teeth" with that supreme idiot at the helm of Gov't backing them. It will be to our everlasting sorrow if we allow cap and trade to become law. It will be the triumph of chutzpah over science that ruined our great country.

John A. Jauregui June 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

Question: What are the chances an infinitesimal (.04%) trace gas (CO2), essential to photosynthesis and therefore life on this planet, is responsible for runaway Global Warming?

Answer: Infinitesimal

The IPCC now agrees. See the IPCC Technical Report section entitled Global Warming Potential (GWP). And the GWP for CO2? Just 1, (one), unity, the lowest of all green house gases (GHG). What’s more, trace gases which include GHG constitute less than 1% of the atmosphere. Of that 1%, water vapor, the most powerful GHG, makes ups 40% of the total. Carbon dioxide is 1/10th of that amount, an insignificant .04%. If carbon dioxide levels were cut in half to 200PPM, all plant growth would stop according to agricultural scientists. It's no accident that commercial green house owner/operators invest heavily in CO2 generators to increase production, revenues and profits. Prof. Michael Mann's Bristle cone tree proxy data (Hockey stick) proves nothing has done more to GREEN (verb) the planet over the past few decades than moderate sun-driven warming (see solar inertial motion) together with elevated levels of CO2, regardless of the source. None of these facts have been reported in the national media. Why?

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