Skip to comments.Networks Embrace ‘Catastrophic’ Warnings of Latest IPCC Report
Posted on 10/02/2013 9:01:54 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The UNs climate panel (IPCC) released its latest warning about "catastrophic" climate change on Sept. 27, garnering the frantic attention of all three broadcast networks that night. CBS even aired a claim about temperatures rising more than 200 degrees."
Predictably, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 27 repeated the IPCCs dire warnings without including any skeptics and without mentioning past failures such as their inability to accurately predict warming or sea level rise.
ABCs World News with Diane Sawyer, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News all failed to include criticism of the IPCC with the exception of a swipe against skeptics on ABC. NBC continued to link weather events like Hurricane Sandy to climate change while CBS aired a statistic that one scientist called meaningless.
With the words big warning onscreen, ABC announced the landmark report from top scientists. Dan Harris went on to mention weather events including superstorm Sandy, and ominously warned that the UN report says we will be seeing much more of these kinds of things in the coming decades as a result of climate change ... Of course, thats what the IPCC has been saying for years.
Harris acknowledged the existence of other viewpoints, but immediately tore them down saying, skeptics have predictably accused the UN panel of being alarmist, but Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, who is on the panel, says this is a major wake up call. Yet Oppenheimer himself has been accused of activist junk science by other scientists, according to meteorologist Anthony Watts website. Harris didnt happen to mention that.
Evening News took a different tack, airing a story about oyster farming and complaints that climate change is ruining a mans business. But in Ben Tracys story, which mentioned the IPCCs latest report, he said that oceans have absorbed much of the heat caused by CO2 and that ocean temperatures have risen only slightly. Then he made a claim that Principal Research Scientist Dr. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville called totally misleading and irresponsible.
Had all that heat gone into the atmosphere, air temperatures could have risen by more than 200 degrees [showed 212 degrees onscreen], Tracy warned.
Spencer told the MRCs Business and Media Institute, The oceans have warmed by an average of less than 0.1 deg. C (only the SURFACE by about 0.5 deg.) since the 1950s, and since that is so much water mass, the absorbed heat equivalent to 0.1 deg. IF RELEASED ALL AT ONCE IN THE ATMOSPHERE [it] would, indeed, be hundreds of degrees. But this is physically impossible. It is a meaningless statistic. The heat actually had to go through the atmosphere before it reached the ocean.
But the scary stories didnt stop with CBS. NBC said we were hurtling toward the day when climate change will be irreversible and catastrophic. Anne Thompson warned that the seas would rise three feet by the end of the century, and wed have more storms like Sandy. The medias claims about hurricanes and Superstorm Sandy dont line up with the facts. The U.S. is experiencing a drought of intense hurricanes, and climatologist Dr. John Christy, of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has noted that Sandy was a minimal hurricane.
Yet, NBC called for drastic changes in carbon emissions. Anne Thompson interviewed Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Regarding CO2 emissions, she asked him How much longer can we go?
Weve got about 30 or 40 years before we have to completely stop and go to zero, Masters replied.
Christy said he has examined the climate models used for the latest IPCC report, all of which failed to account for the lack of warming since 1996. He told CNSNews that he analyzed all 73 models used in the latest IPCC report (Fifth Assessment Report or 5AR) and not one accurately predicted that the Earths temperature would remain flat since Oct. 1, 1996.
All three networks excluded information from their segments regarding the IPCCs track record. None pointed out the IPCCs lack of explanation for the pause in global warming over the past 15 years, although Scott Pelley mentioned that the rise in air temperatures has slowed. The networks also failed to mention embarrassing mistakes, such as the inclusion in the 2007 IPCC report of an "unfounded" prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. They have made predictions time and again that far exceeded actual climate changes, as The Daily Mail (UK) reported on Sept. 14. But ABC, CBS and NBC didnt consider that worth mentioning to viewers on Sept. 27.
The Sept. 30 Wall Street Journal was skeptical of the latest IPCC report in its review and outlook section, noting the non-explanation for warmings recent plateau as well as problems with past predictions.
It's also hard to take any of this as gospel when the IPCC's climate models haven't been able to predict past warming. As Canadian economist and longtime climate student Ross McKitrick points out, IPCC models based on CO2 emissions predicted that temperatures should have risen between 0.2 and 0.9 degrees Celsius since 1990. Instead they have increased by about 0.1 degrees, the Journal said.
In 2011, James Taylor of the Heartland Institute pointed out that sea levels hadnt risen as forecast either: Satellite measurements, however, show global sea level rose merely 0.83 inches during the first decade of the 21st century (a pace of just 8 inches for the entire century), and has barely risen at all since 2006. This puts alarmists in the embarrassing position of defending predictions that are not coming true in the real world.
Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Editor for the Business & Media Institute at the Media Research Center. Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.
200 deg C is a Big F’n Deal!
It's that damned Van Allen Belt again, Lee.
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! Are we sure they didn’t mean the comedy channel? I guess noting surprises me anymore. What a bunch of asshats.
Need to have the Title for the video :
Busted: Lord Monckton on the Collapse of Al Gore’s Climate Lies
No Idea how that might happen.
Oh noes, humans will have to live in caves now where we’ll slowly lose our eye sight but will eventually gain high frequency sonar emitting echo location capabilities and the ability to hang upside down. God help us.
A reduction in Universal Entropy?
Colosing dopwn early tonight!
If the “science is settled” why does the UNIPCC track 73 unique climate models instead of just one???
A Media sitcom.
I judge the veracity of Global Warming by the actions of its adherents. I see the Al Gore’s and Tom Friedman’s of the world living the high life without a care in the world in my observations. They are jetting here and there, rolling in SUV caravans, living in giant mansions, burning fossil fuel like there is no tomorrow. I see this and I think, if they really believed what they preach, they wouldn’t be conducting there own lives in the way that they do. Plus they have cried wolf a little too much. Back in the late 80’s early 90’s they said if we did not change our ways it would be curtains in 20 years. Well, 20 years is now, and guess what, nothing has changed. It is still hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The ocean is still in the same spot. It did not move inland. The beach is in the same place it was in 1979. So they really mucked up that prediction. I will make my own prediction, in 2024 the climate should stay about the same it is today, and what it was 20 years ago also.
I'm not as think as you drunk I am, ociffer!
They are delighted to push the Democrats' agenda of confiscating literally trillions of dollars, without end, through energy taxes and "carbon trading" schemes so the global socialists can "redistribute" American tax dollars around the globe to third world pisspots. Sure, there will always be some low information voters who fall for this "global warming" nonsense, but at this point way too many Americans are clued in about the scam. Let the networks further destroy their own credibility. What's left of it, anyway.
Jeff Masters of Weather Underground: Weve got about 30 or 40 years” until climate Armageddon.
30 years ago they predicted we had only 10 to 20 years until Armageddon. When they realized people would live over that span and have memories of the silly predictions, they decided to bump their dire predictions out to 30 - 40 years. Of course, some young people today will remember Masters’ prediction in 2043 or 2053. Then the kooks will have to up their estimates to “We’ve got only about 60 or 70 years until disaster hits.”
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