Skeptical Scientist ‘now seeking someone willing to bet’ $1000 that sea level will rise less than 5 inches – ‘Who Wants To Bet $1,000 On Sea Level Rise Through 2024?’
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Forestry professor David B. South of Auburn University: 'I am willing to bet the senator, or anyone else, $1,000 that the increase in sea level at Charleston from January 2006 to January 2024 (18 years) will be less than 5 inches. I wonder, is anyone really convinced the sea level at Charleston will rise faster than 7 mm a year during the coming decade? This is just half the 14 mm-a-year rate often cited in the national debate. If so, are they confident enough to take me up on my bet?' ...
'Frankly, I expect nobody is confident enough in the science behind sea-level rise predictions to bet their own money against me. And the more time that passes, the less likely it will become that someone will accept the bet. It's easy to make scary predictions. It's much harder to put your money where your mouth.'
Scientist tells U.S. Senate: Global Warming Not Causing More Wildfires – ‘To attribute this human-caused increase in fire risk to carbon dioxide emissions is simply unscientific’
Forestry professor David B. South of Auburn University says that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have nothing to do with the amount and size of wildfires. It’s largely forest management that determines the number and size of wildfires, not global warming. “Policy makers who halt active forest management and kill ‘green’ harvesting jobs in favor of a ‘hands-off’ approach contribute to the buildup of fuels in the forest,” South told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday. “This eventually increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” South said.
‘Data suggest that extremely large megafires were 4-times more common before 1940,” South said, adding that “we cannot reasonably say that anthropogenic global warming causes extremely large wildfires.’