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To the editor:
I am responding to the article I see at "Iowa
scientists: Drought a sign of climate change."
The scientists signing the Iowa Climate Statement are hugely
overconfident in their assertions that we are headed for dangerous
global warming and worsening drought. Considering the sun is thought
to be entering its weakest cycles in 150 years, we may very well be
in for global cooling, not warming; no one knows.
Contrary to popular opinion, the intensity and frequency of
extreme weather events are not affected by our emissions of
greenhouse gases, even if those emissions cause global warming. The
2011 Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change report (NIPCC
-- see www.nipccreport.com)
concluded: "...the data reveal there have not been any significant
warming-induced increases in extreme weather events." This was the
case whether the phenomenon studied was precipitation, floods,
drought, storms, hurricanes, fire or other weather-related events.
NIPCC author Dr. Madhav Khandekar demonstrated that extreme weather
events are now occurring with about the same frequency as they did
during the 1945-1977 cooling period.
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To see if extremes are really on the
rise, we must consult the National Climatic Data Center. We find
that most records were set many decades ago.
are the statewide extreme weather records for Illinois:
in a 24-hour period: 1996
Most snowfall in a
24 hour period: 1900
Greatest snow depth: 1900 and 1979
Since we have no chance of stopping warming, cooling or extreme
weather events, we need to better prepare for such inevitable
Tom Harris, B.Eng., M.Eng. (thermofluids)
Climate Science Coalition
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
November 28, 2012]
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