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Benefits of Global Warming Greatly Exceed Costs, New Study Says
*Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) to Issue Its
Critiqueof the United Nations' IPCC Working Groups II and III Reports at
National Press Club on April 9*
*What: *Breakfast press conference with authors and reviewers of *Climate
Change Reconsidered II*: *Biological Impacts*, and*Climate Change
Reconsidered II: Human Welfare, Energy, and Policies*
*When: *Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*Where: *National Press Club, Bloomberg Room, 529 14th Street NW,
*Who: Joseph Bast*, president, The Heartland Institute; *Dr. S. Fred Singer*,
professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia; *Dr.
Craig D. Idso*, founder, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global
Change, and others to be announced.
An international panel of climate scientists and economists will release a
massive new report April 9 that finds the benefits of global warming
"greatly exceed any plausible estimate of its costs." The new report, the
second and third volumes of *Climate Change Reconsidered II*, were produced
by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
and published by The Heartland Institute.
The new report summarizes scholarly research published as recently as
January 2014 on the impacts, costs, and benefits of climate change. Hefty
chapters summarize thousands of peer-reviewed studies of the impact of
rising levels of carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas produced during the
burning of fossil fuels - on plants and soils, agriculture, forests,
wildlife, ocean life, and humankind.
The authors find higher levels of carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures
benefit nearly all plants, leading to more leaves, more fruit, more
vigorous growth, and greater resistance to pests, drought, and other forms
of "stress." Wildlife benefits as their habitats grow and expand. Even
polar bears, the poster child of anti-global warming activist groups such
as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), are benefiting from warmer
"Despite thousands of scientific articles affirming numerous benefits of
rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2, IPCC makes almost no mention of
any positive externalities resulting from such," said one of the report's
lead authors, Dr. Craig D. Idso. "*Climate Change Reconsidered II *corrects
this failure, presenting an analysis of thousands of neglected research
studies IPCC has downplayed or ignored in its reports so that scientists,
politicians, educators, and the general public can be better informed and
make decisions about the potential impacts of CO2-induced climate change."
The authors look closely at claims climate change will injure coral and
other forms of marine life, possibly leading to some species extinctions.
They conclude such claims lack scientific foundation and often are grossly
exaggerated. Corals have survived warming periods in the past that caused
ocean temperatures and sea levels to be much higher than today's levels or
those likely to occur in the next century.
The authors contend the world's economies are heavily dependent on fossil
fuels because such fuels are and will continue to be safer, less expensive,
more reliable, and of vastly greater supply than alternative fuels such as
wind and solar. Dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels would have
devastating effects on workers and consumers of both the developed and
developing worlds, leading to severe hardship and even deaths.
Rather than continue to fight what is most likely a natural and unstoppable
phenomenon, the authors call for adopting new energy and environmental
policies that acknowledge current market and environmental realities. Such
policies would encourage economic growth as the foundation for a cleaner
environment, responsible development and use of fossil fuels until superior
energy sources are found, and repeal of many of the regulations, subsidies,
and taxes passed at the height of the man-made global warming scare.
A Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the report, written in collaboration
with the lead authors and approved by them, will be available at the press
conference. The complete study will be released digitally in April and
available in printed form in May.
Previous volumes in the *Climate Change Reconsidered *series were published
in 2008 <http://climatechangereconsidered.org/#tabs-1-5>,
, 2011 <http://climatechangereconsidered.org/#tabs-1-3>, and
Those volumes are widely recognized as the most comprehensive and
authoritative critiques of the reports of the United Nations'
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In June 2013, a division
of the Chinese Academy of Sciences published a Chinese translation and
condensed edition of the 2009 and 2011 volumes.
For copies of previous reports and background on NIPCC, please visit
Change Reconsidered website <http://climatechangereconsidered.org/>.
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