DeSmogBlog's Alltop Global Warming Account

If you haven’t checked out Alltop.com, it’s worth taking a look. We’ve started an Alltop Global Warming category and are starting to build out a list of our favorite online sources for climate change news and science.

Would be great to hear suggestions on sites to add to our global warming feed. Just note that we can only add sites that Alltop has already included.

Vancouver Province Jon Ferry's Wonderful World of the Illogical

Is Vancouver Province columist Jon Ferry trying out for the Best Canadian impression of George Will?

In his column today Ferry takes a university campus newspaper article on violins and makes a fantastical leap in logic to his conclusion that “the jury’s still out on climate change.” I don’t know about the violin-side of Ferry’s argument, but it seems to me to be a convenient strawman for Ferry to knock down in his ongoing campiagn to prop up global warming junk science.

This is afterall the same guy who thought Martin Durkin’s “Global Warming Swindle” should be played to high school children.

instead of fiddling at the edges looking for little crumbs to feed an illogical conclusion, my humble advice to Ferry would be to take a poke around the websites of a few of the top scientific organizations in the world and see whether they think the jury’s still out on climate change.

Here’s a few to start off:

NASA’s Global Climate Change

The Royal Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Bobbing in the Big Apple?

We have heard a lot about Tuvalu disappearing under the waves. But Manhattan?

A new study published today shows that shifting ocean currents due to human-induced climate change will raise sea levels in New York by an additional 36 centimeters by the end of the century. 

That’s on top of the 15 cm due to thermal expansion of the oceans in our warming world.

Then there’s the impacts of melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, which scientists last week stated could double the IPCC predictions of only two years ago – to about a meter.

Let’s not forget another study published in February showing that the northern hemisphere will be preferentially impacted by melting in Antarctica – adding another 30% of sea level rise in places like New York.

Doing the latest math, that could total more than 180 centimeters (close to six feet) of sea level rise in the Big Apple by the end of the century. This sea level thing is starting to add up.

Guess what? Many parts of Lower Manhattan are only 150 centimeters above sea level. Some of the most expensive real estate in the world could be under water in only 90 years. That ironically includes the Marriott Marquis Hotel where the notorious Heartland Institute held their climate deniers gathering last week.

Paris Hilton and the End of the World

Britney Spears is a great artist. Paris Hilton is very talented.

It seems the yawning gulf between perception and reality has never been greater.

Truer still for how the public perceives climate science. A new poll shows that 41% of Americans now believe concerns around global warming are exaggerated -the highest level of skepticism in over a decade. 

This is a shocking figure given the latest scientific findings being reveled, even as we speak, at a gathering of 2,500 of the world’s leading researchers on climate change.

This chasm of opinion between the scientific community and the public shows how criminally irresponsible many in the mainstream media have been about portraying climate science, and how effective the misinformation campaign by the fossil fuel lobby has been in deceiving the average American.

Does public opinion even matter? In a voting (and shopping) society like ours, it is about the hottest commodity going. Right or wrong, any politician goes against it at their peril.

Perhaps Mark Twain said it best: “Its name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.”

More Blather From the National Post

The National Post is on a roll. After three stunningly stupid articles on climate change by Lorne Gunter and Peter Foster, they have published a fourth.

This latest dispatch by Foster “reporting” from the climate deniers gathering in New York further undermines the Post as a legitimate media outlet. So one-sided and erroneous is their editorial position on climate science that it is best described as journalistic malpractice.

While the Post felt it important to send Foster to cover the Heartland denier’s conference, they of course neglected to send any reporters to cover the UN climate conference last year in Poland, or the current gathering of 2,000 leading climate scientists in Denmark.

I suppose it is simpler to avoid mixing ideology with any actual information.

Speaking of which, there is plenty of newsworthy material being revealed at the real climate conference in Copenhagen – all of it very topical (and terrifying).

The projected rise in sea level by 2100 has doubled since the latest IPCC assessment only two years ago to one meter “or more”. That would put at risk more than 600 million people currently living in low lying areas around the globe.

“The seas are undergoing much greater changes than those described in the IPCC report…Two or three years ago, those making this type of statement were seen as extremists,” said Eric Rignot of the University of California.

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