Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Common misconceptions about global warming

Friends of Science highlights Myths vs Facts about climate change.  The top ten are:
MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
MYTH 2:  The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature decrease for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
MYTH 3: Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus causing most of the earth's warming of the last 100 years.
MYTH 4: CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas.
MYTH 5: Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
MYTH 6:  The UN proved that man–made CO2 causes global warming.
MYTH 7:  CO2 is a pollutant.
MYTH 8: Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.
MYTH 9: Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
MYTH 10: The earth’s poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
The FOS web-page also links to an academic paper by Prof C. R. De Freitas (Univ. of Auckland, NZ) where these fallacies/myths and more are discussed in detail.

Environment Minister Peter Kent and his bureaucrats should read it to bone up for the Doha Climate Conference later this month.



dmorris said...

Did you send this link to Peter Kent?

He won't find it on his own,and his staff probably have no idea that this site exists,most get their information from CBC,CTV,Global, CBS,NBC,CNN,etc,iow,the MSM.

JR said...

Indeed I did, along with a few friendly thoughts:)

Anonymous said...

The biggest misconception is that climate change does not exist.