Given the ever-escalating hysteria about this catastrophic, urgent, the-end-is-nigh ‘climate emergency’ that has been turbo-charged by world leaders who have the staff and resources to ‘do a bit of research’, here are ten questions I’d like to put to a panel on my Climate Science for Dummies TV show.
The panel would comprise our Prime Minister Anthony Albenese (along with any responsible ministers), Britain’s Prime Minister (?) Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and his climate tsar John Kerry, and all those in the world’s mainstream media who have swallowed the Katastrophe Koolade.
(Answers at the end.)
Question 1: Who said all of the following?
- For the next twenty to thirty years, man-made warming effects on climate extremes will be swamped by natural climate variability.
- The mild man-made warming may even be beneficial by reducing the number of extreme events.
- Neither IPCC models nor emissions forecasting are good enough to forecast extreme weather events up to the end of the century.
Question 2: Who said that ‘warming would melt the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 and deprive billions on the sub-continent of fresh water’?
Question 3: How much of the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide?
Question 4: How much of that amount is man-made (fossil fuel emissions)?
Question 5: Who said ‘enjoy snow now – by 2020 it will be gone’?
Question 6: Who said it is not true that 97 per cent of scientists unreservedly accept that AGW theory is fixed, or that CO2 is a ‘pollutant’ and its production should be penalised?
Question 7: Who said that the push to curtail carbon dioxide threatens to exacerbate poverty without improving the environment?
Question 8: Who said that ‘there is no climate emergency’ and that ‘climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science’?
Question 9: Our annual emissions are 400-500 million tonnes. How many tonnes of carbon dioxide do our grasslands and forests ‘breath in’?
Question 10: Who made the following declaration? ‘Frankly, it looks like we’re on a crash course towards massive species extinctions in the next 20 years. We could lose one-fifth or 20 per cent of our species within the next two decades.’
Q1: The IPCC’s November 2011 special draft report on extreme weather events.
Q2: The IPCC Fourth Report.
Q3: 0.04 per cent.
Q4: 3 per cent.
Q5: Catherine Pickering of Griffith University, reported in The Australian on July 3, 2012.
Q6: A group of 33 current and former Fellows of the Geological Society in an open letter to their president in 2018. (The Geological Society is the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences, a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists.)
Q7: The 300 scientists who signed a petition to then President Trump, on February 23, 2017. In the accompanying letter, MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen called on the United States and other nations to ‘change course on an outdated international agreement that targets minor greenhouse gases’ starting with carbon dioxide.
Q8: The Climate Declaration issued in June 2022 by Climate Intelligence, signed by over 1,100 scientists from around the world.
Q9: Some 940 million tonnes.
Q10: The VP for Field Programs at Defenders of Wildlife, Nina Fascione, in 2003.
These details, all with citations, are from Andrew L. Urban’s book CLIMATE ALARM REALITY CHECK (Wilkinson Publishing), coming soon.
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