CALGARY, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - "Attempts to modify the climate through
reducing CO2 emissions may turn out to be futile," said top climate
expert Judith Curry in her testimony to the US Senate Committee on
Environment and Public Works on Jan. 16, 2014. This perspective is
shared by Friends of Science who hold the position that the sun is the
main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide.
Calls for low-carbon initiatives continue to lose ground according to
Friends of Science, as evidence points away from carbon dioxide's role
in global warming. Other factors appear to be more powerful climate
drivers than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at
the Georgia Institute of Technology, a 30 year climate science veteran
gave testimony that "The stagnation in greenhouse warming observed over
the past 15+ years demonstrates that CO2 is not a control knob that can fine tune climate variability on decadal
and multi-decadal time scales."
This statement is in sharp contrast to demands from groups like the
Pembina Institute whose energy policy papers call for a low-carbon
future. Most recently Pembina claim that British Columbia's LNG
developments will put that province on near par with Alberta's oil
sands emissions, saying 'carbon pollution' will cause sea level rise
Curry's testimony states that "sea level rise during 1920-1950 is of the
same magnitude as in 1993-2012" and that Antarctic sea ice is
increasing, contrary to the claims of anthropogenic (human-caused)
global warming proponents.
Curry notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5 WGI
report a weakening case regarding human influences on climate change.
There has been a lack of warming since 1998. The Canadian climate model
simulated 35-year tropical air temperature trend is 590% greater than
the actual satellite measured temperature trend, according to Friends
The evidence shows decreased climate sensitivity to increases in
atmospheric CO2, according to Curry's assessment. Low-carbon
initiatives may be a futile and costly exercise.
The EU and UK, burdened by climate change debt, are rapidly abandoning
targets, as reported in Der Spiegel Jan. 15, 2014 as "Green Fade-out:
Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals."
Friends of Science hold the position that the sun is the main driver of
climate change. Current unusual solar patterns and the long-term
decline of some 30% since 1990 in the sun's magnetic field are more
likely to significantly affect climate than human-made CO2 emissions.
Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of
literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main
driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of
the Friends of Science is made up of retired earth and atmospheric
SOURCE: Friends of Science Society
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