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Submission + - 'Gaia' scientist backpeddles on climate change (msn.com)

DesScorp writes: "James Lovelock, the scientist that came up with the "Gaia Theory" and a prominent herald of climate change, once predicted utter disaster for the planet from climate change, writing "“before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” Now Lovelock is walking back his rhetoric, admitting that he and other prominent global warming advocates were being alarmists. In a new interview with MSNBC he says:

"“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.
“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.
“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising – carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added."

Lovelock still belives the climate is changing, but at a much, much slower pace."

Submission + - Heartland claims "science memo" is a fake (heartland.org)

DesScorp writes: "Following the earlier story about the UK Guardian obtaining secret memos from The Heartland Institute concerning the suppression of science education, the institute has replied that the "smoking gun" memo the Guardian has is a fake:

One document, titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy,” is a total fake apparently intended to defame and discredit The Heartland Institute. It was not written by anyone associated with The Heartland Institute. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact. We respectfully ask all activists, bloggers, and other journalists to immediately remove all of these documents and any quotations taken from them, especially the fake “climate strategy” memo and any quotations from the same, from their blogs, Web sites, and publications, and to publish retractions. The individuals who have commented so far on these documents did not wait for Heartland to confirm or deny the authenticity of the documents. We believe their actions constitute civil and possibly criminal offenses for which we plan to pursue charges and collect payment for damages, including damages to our reputation. We ask them in particular to immediately remove these documents and all statements about them from the blogs, Web sites, and publications, and to publish retractions.

Heartland also says that some genuine documents were stolen:

The stolen documents were obtained by an unknown person who fraudulently assumed the identity of a Heartland board member and persuaded a staff member here to “re-send” board materials to a new email address. Identity theft and computer fraud are criminal offenses subject to imprisonment. We intend to find this person and see him or her put in prison for these crimes.

So... who is telling the truth here?"

Submission + - The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows (guardian.co.uk)

DesScorp writes: "A story from UK's Guardian reports on a study of ice levels from the Himalayas area, and finds that no significant melting has occurred, despite earlier predictions of losses of up to 50 billion tons of ice. "The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero", said Professor Jonathan Bamber, who also warns that 8 years simply isn't enough time to draw conclusions. "It is awfully dangerous to take an eight-year record and predict even the next eight years, let alone the next century," he said."

Submission + - Columbus blamed for Little Ice Age (sciencenews.org)

DesScorp writes: "Science News reports on a story where scientists blame the little ice age on the discovery of the "new world", and the native depopulation and deforestation that resulted. "Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist at Stanford University." The story notes that the pandemics in the Americas were possibly an example of human climate manipulation predating the Industrial Revolution, though isotope measurements used during research have much uncertainty, so "that evidence isn't conclusive"."

Submission + - Antarctic melt maybe 'not due to climate change' (theregister.co.uk)

DesScorp writes: "New research suggests the increased melting of the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica may not be due to climate change, but to natural erosion of underwater rock that previously had protected the ice sheet from warmer seawater. A battery-powered robotic submarine (which consumed 5,000 D-cells) conducted surveillance of the area, and provided data for the previously undiscovered ridge. The article notes that the melting of the glacier is in contrast to an overall increase in Antarctic ice levels. The summary notes that "the glacier would have shown the same acceleration and thinning it has shown since the 1990s with or without climate change, perhaps accounting for its very rapid melting and the local contrast with the general picture of increased Antarctic sea ice.""

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