Hurricane Sandy is not evidence of climate change

This month, the United Nation’s Secretary General has repeatedly spoken of extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy, harsher droughts and floods because of climate change. Stating the science is clear and undebatable, he predicted even larger climate shocks unless the world urgently reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Yesterday, 125 climates qualified on climate responded with an open letter in the Financial Post, disputing such assertions.

OPEN CLIMATE LETTER TO UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: Current scientific knowledge does not substantiate Ban Ki-Moon assertions on weather and climate, say 125 scientists.

…The U.K. Met Office recently released data showing that there has been no statistically significant global warming for almost 16 years. During this period, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations rose by nearly 9% to now constitute 0.039% of the atmosphere. Global warming that has not occurred cannot have caused the extreme weather of the past few years….

The incidence and severity of extreme weather has not increased. There is little evidence that dangerous weather-related events will occur more often in the future. The U.N.’s own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in its Special Report on Extreme Weather (2012) that there is “an absence of an attributable climate change signal” in trends in extreme weather losses to date….

There is no sound reason for the costly, restrictive public policy decisions proposed at the U.N. climate conference in Qatar. Rigorous analysis of unbiased observational data does not support the projections of future global warming predicted by computer models now proven to exaggerate warming and its effects…

One response to “Hurricane Sandy is not evidence of climate change

  1. In the midwest USA, the drought of 2012 was labeled “extreme, due to climate change”. However, tree ring experts claim that in the 12th century the midwest experienced a 28 year drought. Now that’s extreme!
    When the city of Cedar Rapids flooded in 2008 we heard that it was due to the extreme weather caused by climate change. However, the city built on 15.2 square miles of the 100 year flood plain and on an island in the middle of the river. The only thing extreme, was the extreme ignorance of developers to think a 100 year flood plain based on a few decades of weather history would be safe to allow construction.

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