Professor Ole Humlum, formerly of the University of Oslo, Norway points out that new data on rising ocean temperatures raise interesting questions about the source of the heat. “We can detect a great deal of heat rising from the bottom of the oceans. This obviously cannot be anything to do with human activity. So although people say the oceans are warming, in reality there is still much to learn.”
'Since 1979, Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice extents have had opposite trends, decreasing and increasing, respectively.'
'Tropical storms and hurricanes...no overall trend towards either lower or higher activity. The same applies for the number of continental hurricane landfalls in the USA, in a record going back to 1851.'
"Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent...since 1972, however, snow extent has been largely stable."
Danish statistician Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, the President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center: 'We will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three tenths of one degree...the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years...Again, that is using the UN's own climate prediction model.'
'If the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President Obama's very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century.'
'But here is the biggest problem: These miniscule benefits do not come free -- quite the contrary. The cost of the UN Paris climate pact is likely to run 1 to 2 trillion dollars every year.'
Claim: ISIS-OPEC coordinated attacks to kill UN climate treaty
Warmist Oliver Tickell of The Ecologist asks: Were Paris attacks 'in any way motivated by a desire to scupper a strong climate agreement at UN climate summit] COP21?'
'Failure to reach a strong climate agreement now looks more probable. And that's an outcome that would suit ISIS - which makes $500m a year from oil sales - together with other oil producers.' Tickell asked, is “ISIS Inc defending its corporate interests?”
Der Spiegel 'then writes that Oslo economist Halvard Buhaug is quoted saying that Hsiang and his team 'ignored data'. Worse, Buhang says that the 'authors used data that produced the strongest results.'
Jochem Marotzke, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg was also highly critical of Hsiang’s methodology, saying that alternative explanations were “wiped off the table” in order to give climate fluctuations maximum power as an explanation. Spiegel writes: All in all, Marotzke says that he is “skeptical when it comes to the robustness of the results'.
UN IPCC Lead Author & professor Richard Tol of University of Sussex also has expressed 'massive criticism' on the Hsiang paper, saying that the authors confused weather as climate. Spiegel writes: Most of the Hsiang-Team’s evaluated studies had to do with weather phenomena, Tol believes. ‘Forecasts on the conflict-enhancing effect of future climate was therefore strongly exaggerated’.'
Meteorologist Anthony Watts: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has been the keeper of U.S. wildfire data for decades, tracking both the number of wildfires and acreage burned all the way back to 1926. However, after making that entire dataset public for decades, now, in a blatant act of cherry picking, NIFC “disappeared” a portion of it, and only show data from 1983. ...Why would they do this you ask? The answer is simple; data prior to 1983 shows that U.S. wildfires were far worse both in frequency and total acreage burned. By disappearing all data prior to 1983, which just happens to be the lowest point in the dataset, now all of the sudden we get a positive slope of worsening wildfire aligning with increased global temperature, which is perfect for claiming “climate change is making wildfire worse”. See figure 1 below for a before and after comparison of what the data looks like when you plot it. ...Clearly, wildfires were far worse in the past, and clearly, now the data tells an entirely different story when showing only data post-1983. The new story told by the sanitized data is in alignment with the irrational screeching of climate alarmists that “wildfires are driven by climate change”.