connectVideoDemocrats claim that the world will end in 12 years, scientists disagree
Scientist agree the world will get warmer, but there is no abyss; the Power of the executive director Daniel Turner weighs.
Although there is a broad scientific consensus that human activity play a role in the warming of the planet, critics say that the effects are blown out of proportion by alarmists.
Dire predictions of the mass-extinction on a rise of the man-eating tigers, here are some of the most striking examples:
1) GLOBAL WARMING IS SO BAD, PEOPLE AVOID HAVING CHILDREN
The birth rates are at their lowest level in decades, and the polls say that a large reason is the fear of climate change.
In one Morning, to Consult research done for The New York Times, 33 percent cited climate change as a factor in having fewer children.
A recent Marketwatch article also young people who have no money to save for retirement as a result of climate change.
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“I don’t see how the things are not too chaotic in 50 years,” a woman by the name of Rodriguez told MarketWatch. “The weather systems are already out, and I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to be a little apocalyptic.”
Critics say that such young people are the victims of fear-mongering by irresponsible media and politicians.
“The scare of our young people about climate change almost criminal,” Roy Spencer, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who maintains a database of satellite temperature data, told Fox News.
“The climate warming of the earth so slowly that almost nobody would feel the change in their lives,” Spencer said.
The Earth has warmed about 1 degree Fahrenheit since satellite data collection began in 1979. U. N. average forecasts predict a further increase of between 2 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit for the next 80 years.
2) ’12 YEARS OF LIFE’
Earlier this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., threw her Green New Deal, by saying: “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z… we are like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years, if we don’t tackle climate change.'”
Ocasio-Cortez has since said that she was not literally – the world will still exist, but she continues to argue that there 12 years before the catastrophic consequences became inevitable.
On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez has her top tweet read: “Climate change is here + we have a deadline: 12 years to cut emissions in half.”
The claim is based on a U. N. report that says that such a cut within the 12 years is the only way to limit the rise in temperature since the pre-industrial period to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius). But the Earth has already warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since that time — so the U. N. 12 years of statistics is about the cuts that are necessary in order to prevent a further increase of more than approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit.
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That is a far cry from “the world is gonna end,” critics say.
“If we maintain our abundant energy and prosperity, then we will need to do is great as it is, that it is a lot warmer,” Alex Epstein, author of the book “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” he told Fox News.
3) TORNADOES CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is shown that a tornado warning in DC last week, saying on Instagram: “They are no longer limited to the Great Plains, and moving to other regions of the country.”
While she noted that “tornadoes are not easy to link to climate change links, by their nature,” and they went on to link them to climate change.
“The climate crisis is real y’all … think that we in the casual tornado’s in the growing regions of the country?” she said.
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She left out that since the 1950s, strong tornadoes have a little less often, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Strong to severe storm activity has been going down for decades, so if it happens now it seems unusual,” Spencer said.
An NPR article Ocasio-Cortez shared linked to an academic study that found that tornadoes have increased in an area surrounding states as Aransas, Mississippi and Tennessee. But that increase is offset by decreases in other areas, especially in Texas.
The study reported that “it is currently unknown whether this is due to rising temperatures or natural variability.”
4) MORE MAN-EATING TIGERS
The website of The Call,” which advertises “Academic discipline, journalistic flair”, reported last week that an Indian tiger who allegedly ate a man “tells us a lot about the climate crisis.”
The article claimed: “The reasons why big cats turn on humans are complex and can be specific to individuals. But they can not be explained outside the context of climate change.”
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The article did not cite evidence of climate change caused by man-eating tigers.
It is also not to mention that Indian tiger populations greatly increased in the last few years, with an increase from 1,411 tigers in 2008 to 2,226 in 2014, thanks to the Indian efforts.
5) MASS EXTINCTION
News outlets around the world covered recently with a U. N. report on biodiversity.
The New Yorker magazine ran the headline: “Climate change and the New Era of Extinction.”
Harvard Business Review reported that “through a combination of human-induced climate change and the almost complete occupation of the planet by humans, we are destroying habitats and species at an unreal rate (similar to previous extinction events, you know, asteroids)…”
But critics say that such a mass extinction” does not appear in the hard data that the database cited by the U. N. actually shows a decline in species extinction in the last century, as efforts are increased.
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“The extinction peak in the late 1800s and early 20th century, followed by a significant decline that is still alive today,” geologist Gregory Wrightstone wrote on his website, “Inconvenient Facts”, in which he charted the raw extinction data.
While those data indicate that the man getting better in the conservation of species, many animals are still under threat — including certain species of elephants, rhinos, tigers, monkeys, giant turtles, and others.
But the U. N. report itself found that climate change plays a relatively small role in extinction, putting it at less than a fifth of the cause. Much greater is the impact of human intervention on the natural territory, according to the report.
What some scientists see climate alarmism, they inform the public to be skeptical.
“People can make almost any claim they want, connecting something in the nature by the human-induced climate change, and millions of people will believe it,” Spencer said.
He added: “Our young people need to learn how to think, not be told what to think.”
Maxim Lott is Executive Producer of Stossel TV and creator of ElectionBettingOdds.com. He can be reached on Twitter at @MaximLott