APs global warming report called irrational hysteria by scientistsDecember 18th, 2008 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): A group of scientists have vehemently criticized a recent Associated Press (AP) report on global warming, calling it irrational hysteria, horrifically bad and incredibly biased.
According to a report by Fox News, the scientists said that the AP report contained sweeping scientific errors and was a one-sided portrayal of a complicated issue.
In the article, titled Obama Left with Little Time to Curb Global Warming, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein wrote that global warming is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama cant avoid, and that global warming is accelerating.
But, David Deming, a geology professor at the University of Oklahoma, took issue with Borensteins characterization of a problem he says doesnt exist.
He says global warming is accelerating. Not only is it continuing, its accelerating, and whether its continuing that was completely beyond the evidence, said Deming.
The mean global temperature, at least as measured by satellite, is now the same as it was in the year 1980. In the last couple of years, sea level has stopped rising. Hurricane and cyclone activity in the northern hemisphere is at a 24-year low and sea ice globally is also the same as it was in 1980, he added.
Deming said that the article is further evidence of the medias decision to talk about global warming as fact, despite what he says is a lack of evidence.
Reporters, as I understand reporters, are supposed to report facts, he said. What hes doing here is hes writing a polemic and reporting it as fact, and thats not right. Its not reporting. Its propaganda, he added.
Michael R. Fox, a retired nuclear scientist and chemistry professor from the University of Idaho, is another academic who found serious flaws with the AP story’’s approach to the issue.
Like Deming, Fox said global warming is not accelerating.
These kinds of temperatures cycle up and down and have been doing so for millions of years, he said.
He said that there is little evidence to believe that man-made carbon dioxide is causing temperature fluctuation.
Its silly to lay it all on man-made carbon dioxide, Fox said. It was El Nino in 1998 that caused the big spike in global warming and little to do with carbon dioxide, he added.
Other factors, including sun spots, solar winds, variations in the solar magnetic field and solar irradiation, could all be affecting temperature changes, he added.
According to James OBrien, an emeritus professor at Florida State University who studies climate variability and the oceans, Global climate change is occurring in many places in the world. But everything thats attributed to global warming, almost none of it is global warming. (ANI)
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