Monday, February 05, 2007

$10,000 for Anti-Climate Change Articles

As most now know, the world's foremost body addressing global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released their 4th report this past Friday. The document is the most comprehensive report on the impacts of climate change ever produced and included the input of 600 authors from 40 countries, over 620 expert reviewers, government reviewers, and representatives from 113 governments.

Even more forcefully than in their 2001 report, the findings emphasize that human activity is to blame for massive increases in greenhouse gases and that the earth is facing catastrophic risks from global warming. Specific projections include:

  • Probable temperature rise between 1.8C and 4C Possible temperature rise between 1.1C and 6.4C
  • Sea level most likely to rise by 28-43cm
  • Arctic summer sea ice disappears in second half of century
  • Increase in heatwaves very likely
  • Increase in tropical storm intensity likely

But despite the overwhelming consensus on the threats we face, and our own blame for them, opponents are still massing resources to try to falsely diminish this scientific work. In addition to the Fraser Institute's upcoming response report, the Guardian and others are reporting that the Exxon funded American Enterprise Institute offered to pay scientists and economists $10,000 a shot for articles that contradict or criticize the IPCC's report. When you've posted the biggest profit in the history of the world, whats a few thousand dollars?

Get ready. More will surely be on the way.

The policy makers summary of the IPCC report can be accessed here.


kitimat said...

Climate change is huge in the polls, but the majority of Canadians don't seem to grasp the urgency of the situation. It's really no wonder when you examine our Prime Ministers reaction to the IPCC report. He let Canadians off the hook by declaring that this is "a long term problem" with no quick fix. This is true, but its a problem which requires IMMEDIATE attention. We only have the "short term" to make a difference on the direction of our climate. Once we pass a certain temperature threshold natural factors will warm the planet beyond our control. We need leadership that will work to mobilize action.

Barsawad said...

What is happening in Indonesia right now, is another wake up call to all those who still do not believe in Global Warming!