[Coral-List] notice particularly paragraph 5

Michael Risk riskmj at mcmaster.ca
Mon Mar 24 17:23:15 EDT 2014


While I agree with you that this "report" will be an oil-fuelled pile of BS, I don't think we should simply dismiss it.That would basically let them get away with murder-of future generations.

 Rather, we need to correct and contradict their assertions with the finest science available.  For example, this nonsense that increased CO2 will be good for plants in general and crops specifically. Recent research has shown that the small benefits of increased CO2 are far outweighed by decreases in yield caused by increased temperature. And we as reef historians/biologists/geologists  need to jump all over this assertion that reefs somehow survived similar previous climate insults. The geologic record shows all too clearly that reefs, no matter what taxon were the framework builders, simply died at the first opportunity. Sure, they were replaced later by someone else, but that "someone" was often very different. Seen any Rugosan/brachiopod/Rudist reefs lately???


 f 2014-03-24, at 1:32 PM, Sarah Frias-Torres wrote:

> just check out who published the study, The Heartland Institute. Enough said.
> Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Coordinator Reef Rescuers ProgramIsland Conservation Centre Nature Seychelles,Amitie, Praslin, Seychelleshttp://www.natureseychelles.org-and-Research CollaboratorSmithsonian-National Museum of Natural Historyat Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL, USATwitter: @GrouperDocBlog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.comhttp://independent..academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres
>> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:48:04 -0400
>> From: action08 at gmail.com
>> To: Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>> Subject: [Coral-List] notice particularly paragraph 5
>> 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,
>> Washington, DC
>> *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
>> (NIPCC<http://climatechangereconsidered.org/>)
>> 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
>> temperatures.
>> "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>,
>> 2009<http://climatechangereconsidered.org/#tabs-1-4>
>> , 2011 <http://climatechangereconsidered.org/#tabs-1-3>, and
>> 2013<http://climatechangereconsidered.org/#tabs-1-2>.
>> 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
>> the Climate
>> Change Reconsidered website <http://climatechangereconsidered.org/>.
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