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OTHER OPINION: GLOBAL WARMING Non-government report raises doubts on warming


September 30. 2013 11:07PM
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A new Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) report shows just how weak the case is for “man-made” global warming.


Unlike United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, the NIPCC’s 1,200-page report has no governmental sponsorship, freeing it from conclusions predetermined by politics. It comes from a consortium of The Heartland Institute, the Science & Environmental Policy Project and the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.


Taking into account research ignored by or contrary to the IPCC’s blame-mankind assumptions — and its latest report, unveiled on Friday, was no exception — the NIPCC report says “climate sensitivity to CO2 is much lower than (the IPCC’s incomplete climate) models assume.”


It cites the stability of global temperatures since 1997, “despite an 8 percent increase in atmospheric CO2.”


The nongovernmental group also says that even warming of 2 degrees Celsius would be “within the bounds of natural variability” and no environmental or ecological threat.


The United Nations’ group, says the NIPCC, made “climate change into a political issue long before the science was sufficiently advanced to inform policymakers,” resulting in “hundreds of millions of dollars” spent on “energy policies that now appear to have been unnecessary, or at least ill-timed and ineffective.”


“The weight of evidence now leans heavily against” the man-made theory, it says.


And that’s a far more objective, scientifically sound basis for policy than the U.N.-led alarmism.


Pittsburgh Tribune Review




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