WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature...The study, based on observations and statistics, did not find evidence for a popular scientific theory that links melting Arctic sea ice to blasts of cold air escaping the top of the world.
The poor and elderly are most threatened by worsening climate change, but there remains "glimmers of progress" especially after the 2015 Paris agreement to limit heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new big study published Monday in the British medical journal Lancet. Comparing the report to a health checkup, four researchers and several outside experts described Earth's prognosis as "guarded." "There are some very severe warning signs, but there are some hopeful indicators too," said co-author Dr. Howard Frumkin, a professor of environmental health at the University of Washington. "Given the right treatment and aggressive efforts to prevent things from getting worse, I think there's hope." The report highlighted health problems stemming from more frequent heat waves, disease spread by insects, air pollution and other woes. While the disasters have been costly, deaths haven't been increasing because society is doing a better but more expensive job adjusting to the changing conditions, the researchers noted...Based on 40 indicators, the study said "the human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible."
Seth Borenstein: "There's a scientifically accepted method for determining if some wild weather event has the fingerprints of man-made climate change, and it involves intricate calculations. Those could take weeks or months to complete, and then even longer to be checked by other scientists. In general, though, climate scientists agree that future storms will dump much more rain than the same size storms did in the past."
Climate Depot Response: AP's Seth Borenstein claims there is some kind of arcane black box that finds fingerprint of man-made global warming! This coveted climate black box is only available to select few: Michael Mann, Michael Oppenheimer, Kerry Emanuel, Katharine Hayhoe, Kevin Trenberth, etc.
AP's Seth Borenstein: Mann and Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California both compared the other side's behavior to the former Soviet Union under Josef Stalin. Mann first raised the Stalin analogy, then Rohrabacher used the comparison four times after that to talk about Mann and other mainstream climate scientists. "For scientists to call names to beat someone into submission, that's a Stalinist tactic," Rohrabacher said.