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I want to state up front that we have been living through a warming trend driven by a
variety of influences. However, it is my view that this is not unusual, and contrary to the
characterizations by the IPCC and the National Climate Assessment, these environmental
changes are not apocalyptic nor irreversible.
1995 Elected to Environmental Hall of Fame, at California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, CA.
1995 Fernow Award for Outstanding Contributions in International Forestry, given by American Forests and the German Forestry Association
Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development, 1st prize, 1991
Among the approaches that would improve climate science:
a. Return to the former reliance on science done by individuals and small
groups with a common specific interest and focus.
b. Change the approach from trying to make a complete, definitive model of
every aspect of climate to a different level. See kinds of models that explore
specific possibilities and phenomena.
c. Get out of the blame game. None of the above suggestions can work as
long as global warming remains a moral, political, ideologically dominated topic,
with scientists pushed into, or at least viewed as, being either for or against a
single point of view.
Nine Environmental Issues that need our attention now
Phosphorus and other essential minerals
Pollution by directly toxic substances
"The added greenhouse gases from human activity clearly have a role in increasing the heat content of the climate system from what it otherwise would be", but "there are other equally or even more important significant human climate forcings" and furthermore "We now know, however, that the natural variations of atmospheric and ocean circulation features within the climate system produces global average heat changes that are substantially larger than what was known in 2005. The IPCC models have failed to adequately simulate this effect.
"[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers." Michael Oppenheimer, published in "Dead Heat," St. Martin's Press, 1990.
By now we should have seen something, we were supposed to begin seeing effects from the "man made global warming. The predictions were all there, and they were made long enough ago that we can figure out if the sky is falling and the Manhattan skyline will be under water a week from Tuesday. So how did the global warming nuts do? Well if you excuse the expression, Not too hot. So don't cancel your trip into Manhattan next month (because Chicken Little was more accurate) and read the top ten dud predictions some are from Fox News, the rest have been covered here at the Lid
Nine Environmental Issues that need our attention now Energy Fresh water Phosphorus and other essential minerals Habitat destruction Invasive-species control Endangered species Pollution by directly toxic substances Fisheries Forests