AN OVERVIEW OF CLIMATE CHANGE 2011

February 9, 2012 (part III added to Feb 6 posting): "Climate Review: I", by ICSC Chief Science Advisor and Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, Professor Bob Carter, PhD, Adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, published in Quadrant Online, Balmain, NSW, Australia:

"In a major three part series Professor Bob Carter covers the most important events which influenced the climate debate in 2011."

"Climate change is self-evidently a natural process. Warmings, coolings, cyclones, floods, droughts and bushfires have been coming and going since long before human industrial processes started adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; and, indeed, since before there were humans at all.

"The appropriate question is therefore not whether climate change is “real”, but the more specific one of whether human-related greenhouse emissions are causing dangerous global warming."

Read all of Part I.


"Climate Review II", By Professor Carter:

"To date, research findings are consistent with a largely natural, though still incompletely understood, origin for modern climate change. Discounting virtual reality computer model studies, no recent paper has provided empirical evidence that dangerous human-caused global warming is occurring; and neither the atmosphere nor the ocean are currently warming despite the continuing increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide."

Read all of Part II.


"Climate Review III", By Professor Carter:

"The Canadian withdrawal from Kyoto was shortly followed, on December 15th, by a meeting of the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources that heard from four expert witnesses about the science and economics of human-caused global warming. Significantly, this was the first time since 2005 that scientists who disagree with the hypothesis that humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming were permitted to testify before a Canadian government committee. A full transcript and videos of the hearing are available here.

"Where Canada leads, it is likely the western world will follow. For it is not difficult to work out that whilst Kyoto-style agreements exert no measurable influence on global warming, they have an all-too-measurable impact on national economies, engendering rising costs that impinge particularly on the citizens and countries who are less well off."

Read all of Part III.