'Loss of land is unlikely to be a factor in forcing depopulation of Tuvalu'
The Pacific nation of Tuvalu—long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels—is actually growing in size, new research shows. A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery. It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average. Co-author Paul Kench said the research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, challenged the assumption that low-lying island nations would be swamped as the sea rose.
Dr. Will Happer, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Princeton University: 'Aside from the human brain, the climate is the most complex thing on the planet. The number of factors that influence climate—the sun, the earth’s orbital properties, oceans, clouds, and, yes, industrial man—is huge and enormously variable. For the purposes of illustration, let’s just focus our attention on water. The earth is essentially a water planet. A major aspect of climate involves the complicated interaction between two very turbulent fluids: the atmosphere, which holds large amounts of water (think rain and snow), and the oceans, which cover fully 70% of the earth’s surface. We can’t predict what effect the atmosphere is going to have on future temperatures because we can’t predict cloud formations. And the convection of heat, oxygen, salt and other quantities that pass through the oceans, not to mention weather cycles like El Niño in the tropical Pacific, make predicting ocean temperatures an equally difficult business. We can’t predict either side of the atmosphere/ocean equation. But we can say this with certainty: Water—in all its phases—has huge effects on atmospheric heating and cooling. Compared to water—H20, carbon dioxide—CO2—is a minor contributor to the warming of the earth.'
Happer: 'So, if they want to show that the earth’s temperature at the end of the century will be two degrees centigrade higher than it is now, they put in the numbers that produce that result. That’s not science. That’s science fiction.'
Morano: "I got hecklers here in the background. in the UN media center."
"I will point out senator Mike was actually educated at Harvard. Most of the judges during the Salem witch trial were also educated at Harvard when they were sentencing the women to death. So we've had incidences of this kind of silliness before that witches could control the weather. Now they think our SUVs control the weather. We have not advanced, sadly."
Warmist Mass. State Senator Mike Barrett: "Well Marc...I want to give you a lot of credit for your eloquence even on behalf of something that is wrong headed. You are a gifted communicator you're sending out a message that has zero credibility though across the world."
Morano: "The U.S. is leading the world by being opposed to the UN Paris agreement we are proudly standing alone. Goodbye Syria. Goodbye Nicaragua. The United States is doing it all alone. The way true leadership should be done."
Morano: The 97% -- you might get that result in a North Korean election -- but you're not getting that in the scientific community and that's been proven to be nonsense."
Morano: "Assuming the UN is correct, in other words, it's a massive redistribution of wealth, global governance, central planning, turning over sovereignty -- to achieve nothing in the climate -- if you believe the UN. And it's the most expensive treaty in history. I hope I said enough there."
'After decades of beefy government subsidies wind power still meets just 0.46 percent of earth’s total energy demands, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The data includes not only electrical energy but also the energy consumed via liquid fuels for transportation, heating, cooking, etc. Solar farms generate even less energy. Even when combined, the figures are minuscule: wind and solar energy together generate less than 1 percent of earth’s energy output. Bottom line: wind and solar energy are not making a difference in the left’s crusade against fossil fuels.'