Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

CNN vs. What the Science Says, Half 2

CNN’s battle with the information continues on this Monday article, by CNN Chief Local weather Correspondent, Invoice Weir:

The gist of the article is that Alaska was too sizzling this summer season. How ridiculous is that?

If we are able to’t even agree on one thing as apparent as the truth that Alaska is just too darn chilly, then is there any hope that we are able to ever agree on something? It’s a testomony to the ability of relentless propaganda that the Left has managed to persuade even many shivering Alaskans and Canadians hotter local weather above the 49th parallel would someway be a nasty factor.

I might not say that anthropogenic (artifical) world warming (AGW) is a fantasy. However the “local weather disaster” is definitely a fantasy. In truth, the “local weather drawback” is a fantasy. Worry of AGW relies on confusion and superstition, not science.

There’s convincing proof that emissions of CO2 and different radiatively-active gases do have a warming impact. However there’s no convincing proof that it’s in any respect dangerous.

One of many good issues about “world” warming is that it isn’t actually very world. Fairly, because of “Arctic amplification,” and destructive feedbacks that restrict warming within the tropics, the warming is disproportionately within the far north, the place it’s a blessing.

As the good Svante Arrhenius wrote on p.63 of his ebook, Worlds within the Making (English, 1908) [or Världarnas utveckling (Swedish, 1906)], “By the affect of the growing share of carbonic acid [CO2] within the ambiance, we could hope to take pleasure in ages with extra equable and higher climates, particularly as regards the colder areas of the earth, ages when the earth will convey forth far more ample crops than at current, for the good thing about quickly propagating mankind.”

The perfect proof is that AGW is actual, however modest and benign, and CO2 emissions and consequent rising CO2 ranges are helpful, reasonably than dangerous. (Right here’s an inventory of of excellent assets for individuals eager to be taught extra about local weather change.)

That CNN article is a multitude. It’s the character of climate which you can all the time discover someplace which is experiencing document one thing. So what? Unusually delicate climate in Alaska is one thing to have fun, not worry!

One particularly blatant little bit of misinformation in that CNN article is the half about ticks. The article says:

Traditionally, that blood-sucking bug wouldn’t survive the Alaskan local weather. Not anymore. “It’s sort of like a Russian roulette,” she says. “Ultimately, a tick goes to return and it’s going to have the ability to overwinter after which set up in our wildlife inhabitants up in Alaska.” 

That’s utter nonsense. By no means in American historical past has the southern Alaskan local weather been too harsh for ticks and tick-borne ailments, not more than California’s local weather is just too harsh for medflies. The hazard posed by these pests has nothing to do with local weather change, and every part to do with individuals carelessly importing the pests.

Lyme will not be a tropical illness. It was first found in chilly Lyme, Connecticut. (Likewise, Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever was first found in chilly Idaho.)

Right here’s a map of Lyme danger within the lower-48 States (purple is worst):

As you may see, even Maine and northern Minnesota should not too chilly for the deer ticks that carry Lyme illness.

Listed here are the local weather norms for Anchorage, AK vs. a city in central Maine (the place ticks carrying Lyme illness are endemic):

           Anchorage, AK           Dover-Foxcroft, ME  
Month    Excessive / Low(°F) Precip   Excessive / Low(°F) Precip
January    23° / 14°     four days    24° /  three°     eight days
February   27° / 17°     four days    28° /  5°     7 days
March      31° / 20°     three days    37° / 16°     eight days
April      43° / 32°     2 days    50° / 28°     9 days
Could        53° / 42°     three days    64° / 40°    10 days
June       59° / 51°     four days    73° / 49°    11 days
July       62° / 55°     7 days    78° / 55°    10 days
August     61° / 53°    10 days    77° / 53°     9 days
September  55° / 46°    10 days    69° / 44°     eight days
October    43° / 34°     eight days    55° / 34°     9 days
November   28° / 19°     5 days    42° / 25°     9 days
December   25° / 17°     5 days    30° / 12°    10 days

Discover how a lot colder the winter nights are in central Maine.

However CNN would have you ever imagine that Alaska was once too chilly for ticks. It’s full poppycock.


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