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Big companies are paying contrarians to undermine the work of climate scientists, according to a top UN official speaking before the release of a landmark review of climate science this weekby international researchers next Friday.

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Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:52 pm

Real scientists have been dealing with this for years. Now they prepare a 5 year study, make projections as best as possible and hope for the best. Honest science can not compete with these charlatans pretending to know science, but actually are paid hit men from the corporate block. Read the reports, ignore the chatter.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:08 pm
Kit said it.

personally, cannot believe, Real, Devoted Scientists could be bought with money.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:09 pm
Thank you for this real Important one, Carrie ~

Susanne R (235)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:34 pm
From the article:

"Formerly, the scientific consensus was that temperatures would rise by at least 2C, but in the new report this is likely to be reduced slightly to a 1.5C projected increase at the lowest end of the range. This slight reduction, which scientists stress does not reduce the known dangers of warming, such as more droughts and floods and fiercer storms, has been seized on by some climate sceptics, who see it as evidence that global warming will be less severe than thought."

They call themselves skeptics, but by claiming that the projected increase in temperatures is lower than climate change scientists had projected and seeing this as evidence that "global warming" will be less severe than thought, they're admitting that they DO believe in global warming.

Is anyone surprised that the Competitive Enterprise Institute would criticize the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? According to the article, the CEI "has in the past received funding from Exxon Mobil, the oil company, and the American Petroleum Institute, Texaco, General Motors and the Koch Family Foundations, controlled by the Koch brothers who made their fortune from fossil fuels"?

TomCat S (128)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:56 am
I never could understand the mindset that profit trumps survival. That's just sick!

Glenn Byrnes (197)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:05 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:31 am
noted thanks

Kath P (9)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:59 am
What's weird is that we all live on this planet and yet these bogus reports contradicting the fact that we're headed to @ell in a hand basket keep popping up. Shouldn't we ALL want to make our world the best place possible?

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:06 am
For our future

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:25 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:01 am
Sadly noted.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:08 am
"The 53 page document, seen by the Guardian which includes a note saying “do not cite, quote or distribute” says that levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now greater than at any time in the last 800,000 years, based on ice cores and other evidence, and the incidences of extreme rainfall are increasing, with rainfall likely to increase in the north but to decrease in the subtropics."

Al Gore's wonderful documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, documented these results from the ice cores. The last time the planet reached close to 400ppm Co2 was 640,000 years, we are well beyond that now. Then, what happened was the oceanic vectoring system, that which moves warm water from the equator to the poles and cold water back shut down. When that happened it ushered in an Ice Age, known as Snowball Earth, the entire planet encased in ice a mile deep most everywhere. If THAT is what current levels cause to happen (and they likely will because as the article points out, we are still doing nothing about this because the 1% are still making money from activities that produce these conditions and they value money over everything including the lives of their grandchildren) no oxygen breathing life on the planet will survive. The planet can't be killed, just made uninhabitable for a time, in 50,000 years or so, it will have cleansed itself of our presence the ice will retreat and it will be a green paradise again. I hope that if another sentient species arises, they read the fossil record better than we and take it seriously lest they suffer the same fate we are going to, along with the rest of the species that need oxygen to live. We are idiots, greedy self-centered idiots and we will get what we deserve. Even those who don't deserve it.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:28 am
The world is being run by greedy selfish humans that because they probably will not be alive do not care what happens to our grandchildren and their children Its all a case of me now and what moneyi can make now and damn the consequences

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Winnie A (179)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:57 pm

reft h (66)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 9:46 pm
it's hard to understand these people

Star S. (54)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 9:55 pm
I can certainly believe it. What surprises me more are the public. It only takes common sense to understand that man is contributing to climate change. It is impossible that 7 billion people do not have an impact.
It is us the pub;ic, that have to make up our mind and envisage the future we want and realize that it cannot be achieved without sacrifices i.e. we cannot sustain constant growth.

In Australia, we just had general elections and the first act of the new Prime MInister was to disband the climate change Commission. I seriously wonder what is in the minds of the our Australian politicians. We have been lashed by droughts, fires, then floods, and continuous disaster, yet we do not need any official body to study climate change. I am really disappointed, and can only hope that more of us wake up to the need for us to understand nature more and man's impact on it.

Roger G (154)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 3:35 pm
noted, thanks

Karen Chestney (112)
Monday September 23, 2013, 1:14 am
Any of us with half a brain know we humans have caused global warming. Big corps. don't want profits cut. BUT- we live here-so we better start cleaning up our planet. Support all climate control measures, Please.

Winnie A (179)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:32 am
Global warming is real, end of discussion.

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday September 23, 2013, 12:38 pm
Big companies are paying contrarians to undermine the work of climate scientists, according to a top UN official speaking before the release of a landmark review of climate science this week by international researchers next Friday Halldór Thorgeirsson said,“Vested interests are paying for the discrediting of scientists all the time. We need to be ready for that."
Thank You Carrie.

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:39 am
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