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Global Warming ‘Pause’ is More Than Temporary; Scientific Evidence

Friends of Science president Len Maier wrote in the Montreal Gazette that we dispute the claim by Dr. Shaun Lovejoy of McGill University that the current 16-plus-year slowdown in global warming is merely a pause. "The scientific method requires comparing predictions of your theory to the observational evidence, and the anthropogenic global warming theory as expressed in climate models fails the test." Lovejoy also falsely claimed there is a “consensus among scientists” of his views, but there is a wide range of views among climate scientists on the effect of CO2 emissions on global warming.

Rebuttal to Phil Elder's 'Primer on Global Warming'

This is the FoS rebuttal to Phil Elder's article published on TroyMedia July 28, 2014. Elder wrote many incorrect statements about climate, falsely concluding that human-caused CO2 emissions are dangerous. We rebut his assumptions using empirical evidence.

An Essay by Nigel Lawson: Cool It

This essay by Nigel Lawson is based on the text of a speech given to the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at the University of Bath. He says, "We know that, over millennia, the temperature of the earth has varied a great deal, long before the arrival of fossil fuels. ... the CO2 effect on the earth’s temperature is probably less than was previously thought. ... studies have clearly shown that, overall, the warming predicted for most of this century is likely to do more good than harm. ... Over the past 30 years or so, the earth has become observably greener, [due to CO2 fertilization] and this has even affected most parts of the Sahel. ...Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked."

Testimony at the UK IPCC 5th Assessment Review

Six experts were invited to give oral testimony to the Energy and Climate Change Committee of the U.K. House of Commons about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th report (AR5). Three experts reiterated the position of the IPCC, and three experts expressed a skeptical view. Dr. Richard Lindzen says the data presented in the AR5 "is consistent with there being no problem worth bothering about". Nicholas Lewis says the observational evidence in AR5 shows that the climate is much less sensitive to CO2 than in the models. Donna Laframboise says the IPCC is led by an "environmental activist" and that the IPCC is "untrustworthy".

Climate Change's Inherent Uncertainties

Emeritus professor Garth Paltridge, former chief research scientist with the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research, says "Virtually all scientists directly involved in climate prediction are aware of the enormous uncertainties associated with their product." He explains that climate models are unable to simulate the behavior of clouds and oceans fluctuations, two factors that have enormous effects on climate. The 16-year pause in global warming shows that climate scientists have seriously overstating the climate problem which risks destroying the reputation for honesty in science which is the basis of society's respect for scientific endeavour.

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