Some prominent climate specialists from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are downplaying the importance of the IPCC report:
The SBC is a conservative evangelical denomination, and the largest Protestant faith group in the U.S.
David Roach, writing for the SBC on 2018-OCT-09, quoted John Christy. 1 He is a former lead author for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a distinguished professor of climate science at the University of Alabama, and a former Southern Baptist missionary.
"Look at the real data. Remember that human life is precious. And thus providing access to [energy sources] that enhance human life is really the moral track to take here. I just wouldn't be too excited about these reports from government entities like the United Nations."
He recommends greater use of fossil fuels to improve living conditions worldwide, and to ignore the adverse effects that this usage will have on climate.
He also said that scientists generally agree that the Earth is warming and that humans have played some role in the warming. But he also said:
"... no one knows the percentage of warming that may be due to greenhouse gases, [though] in our research it doesn't look like much."
Roach also quoted R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who said the IPCC's suggested path forward:
"... isn't really a serious proposal. ... [because] the people who came up with this report and the people who are reporting about the report are flying on airplanes, and they are driving in cars, and they are using all the artifacts of the Industrial Revolution which the report implies should be scaled back. ... There is a deep anti-humanism that runs through so much of the ecological movement."
Christy also said:
"When you just look at real-world data, you don't find the catastrophic changes occurring [as claimed by some environmentalists. Even the IPCC has to admit tornadoes actually have declined in the United States in the last 60-70 years. Atlantic hurricanes actually have declined in the last hundred years."
He is apparently referring to the number of hurricanes. There is an honest disagreement among climate researchers about whether hurricanes are becoming more or less frequent. But there is general agreement that the intensity of the hurricanes is increasing, along with the damage that they are causing.
Christy continued, saying that the world should continue to burn fossil fuels but:
"... "make sure the poisons don't go into the atmosphere, like the sulfur dioxides and the nitrogen oxides."
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Christy's comment seems strange, because the most serious climate damaging greenhouse gas is generally agreed to be Carbon Dioxide.
David Roach continued by saying that a 2007 Southern Baptist Convention resolution:
"... on global warming [urged Southern Baptists] to proceed cautiously in the human-induced global warming debate in light of conflicting scientific research. ..."
[The resolution also stated]"We consider proposals to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions based on a maximum acceptable global temperature goal to be very dangerous, since attempts to meet the goal could lead to a succession of mandates of deeper cuts in emissions, which may have no appreciable effect if humans are not the principal cause of global warming, and could lead to major economic hardships on a worldwide scale." 1
2018-OCT-23: Global warming is changing how we observe the season of Fall:
Susan Brackney, writing for PBS, reports that this and future autumn seasons:
"... might not look or feel quite like it has in the past."
One change is that the onset of autumn weather has been delayed by an average of 1.4 days per decade. The spectacular show of fall colors will be affected by:
drought conditions which cause early leaf drop.
elevated levels of air pollution, ozone and carbon dioxide which can negatively affect leaf colors.
more powerful hurricanes which can "can wipe out entire swaths of trees." 2
2018-OCT-25: What worries Mary Sue Coleman?
She is the President of the Association of American Universities and a former President of the University of Michigan:
When asked "What keeps you up at night," she replied:
"I worry about the skepticism about facts, and I worry that some people don’t believe evidence. I worry about people who don’t understand that climate change is the future. It’s happening now, and it’s based on solid scientific research and scientific discovery. If we lose the ability as a nation to rely on those who are discovering new information, that is going to [adversely] affect us." 3
2018-NOV-05: UN report shows continuing healing of ozone layer:
A UN-backed report on the status of the ozone layer is issued every four years. The latest is titled "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018."
UN News reports that the report indicates that the concentration of ozone-depleting substances in the stratosphere continues to decrease, resulting in a slow improvement in the ozone layer. Ozone has recovered at a rate of 1 to 3% per year since 2000. This improvement is due to action taken at the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer which entered into force during 1989, almost three decades ago.
Complete healing of the layer is expected:
During the 2030's in most of the Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude areas of the world,
During the 2050's in most of the Southern Hemisphere, and
By 2060 in the polar regions. 7
Erik Solheim, the head of UN Environment, said:
"The Montreal Protocol is one of the most successful multilateral agreements in history for a reason. The careful mix of authoritative science and collaborative action that has defined the Protocol for more than 30 years and was set to heal our ozone layer is precisely why the Kigali Amendment holds such promise for climate action in future."
The Kigali Amendment is an international climate agreement entered into during 2016. It phases down the production and usage of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) and includes specific targets and timetables. 8
2018-NOV-21: Predictions for weather on U.S. Thanksgiving. President Trump again confuses weather and climate.:
Zeke Hausfather, a climate researcher at the University of California in Berkeley, made a forecast for Thanksgiving of "frigid temperatures and a high probability of climate denial" in North America. He tweeted:
"Resist the temptation to make claims about long-term [climate] warming based on short-term localized weather."
He noted that Eastern Canada and the Northeast US would be "... one of the coldest, if not the coldest, spot in the world." 4
His prediction on climate denial was spot on. On NOV-21, President Trump once more confused weather and climate. He tweeted to his 55.9 million Twitter followers:
"Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?." 5
In response to President Trump's tweet:
"QuoterGal" tweeted an image of the Titanic sinking with the front end under water and the back in the air. The caption reads: "If we're sinking then why are we 200 feet in the air? Republicans on Climate Change."
"Tom" tweeted: "It’s really a problem when the leader of the free world does not understand global warming and climate change. Education and Science matters. Global warming does NOT mean you won’t have cold snaps."
"Gregory Thomas tweeted: "People aren't as stupid as you think. We know the reason you won't recognize warming is that it would mean the regulating of all those companies that are destroying the Earth while providing you the materials you need to make your millions. You are the cause of global warming."
"Marta Baker tweeted: "I ate today... does that mean world hunger doesn’t exist? Because it’s the same argument."
"VickiM" tweeted: "Trump is heavily invested in oil, as are those who fund his interests. If he was heavily invested in clean energy, he'd have a different opinion on climate change. Simple as that."
Olyver Weisenberger summarized President Trump's problem neatly by tweeting: "It’s global warming, not local warming. It’s climate change, not weather change."
The following reports in this section that discuss environment and climate change may be of interest to you:
Part 1: 2013: Quotes. Background. Bay of Bengal incident. Decline in Canada's arctic ice cover.
Part 2: 2013/2014: Canada loses its seasons. 316 North American cities to be under water.
Part 3: 2013/2014: Christians, Republicans' & Democrats' beliefs differ. Volcanoes cause pauses in global warming. Americans' views on climate change.
Part 4: 2014/2015: How Americans viewed climate change. HFC limits. Groups abandoning ALEC. Paris Conference reaches agreement.
Part 5:2016-FEB to AUG: Climate change concerns: Ocean levels rising. Displacement of animal species.
Greenland glacier melting. "Third Pole" glaciers melting.
Part 6:2016-SEP: Flooding on the U.S. East coast. U.S. and China ratify the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Pres. Obama: trends are "terrifying."
Part 7: 2016-SEP: Obama comments on warming (Con't). 31 countries ratify Paris agreement. Trump zigzags on Climate Change.
Part 8: 2016-Summer/Fall: Events showing that climate change is adversely affecting life on Earth
Part 9: 2016-OCT: Did God send Hurricane Matthew as an anti-LGBT message to humanity? Alternate opinions. Hurricane Matthew re-enters Atlantic Ocean.
Part 10: 2016-NOV: U.S. Costal real estate threatened. Rapid temperature rise in the Arctic. Very large poll about climate change.
Part 11: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's climate change beliefs. New heads of federal government departments. Extinction of 11 species.
Part 12: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's 16 Promised Plans on Energy and the Environment.
Part 13: 2017-JAN: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record, Ever.
Part 14: 2017-JAN: Recent Climate Change Measurements!
Part 15:2017-JAN to APR:
Climate Change Debate is Changing. What if All the Earth's Glaciers Melted?
Part 16:2017-JAN to APR: Donald Trump Becomes President. EPA Foe Installed as Head of EPA! Hundreds Die During Flood in Colombia. Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Reaches New High.
Part 17:Studies of the Effects
of Sea-level Rise in California between Now and the Year 2100.
Part 18: President Trump Decided that the U.S. Will Quit the Paris Agreement.
Explosive Reactions to his Plan, nationally and globally.
Part 19: More Reactions to the U.S.
Withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Record high temperatures in SanFrancisco and elsewhere.
Part 20:2017-AUG/SEP : Group of 20 summit meeting, Hurricane Harvey attacks Texas. Is climate change increasing the
severity or frequency of hurricanes?
Part 21:2017-SEP: 2017-SEP: Can government regulations help? U.S. record high temperatures. Did God send Hurricane Harvey to attack TX?.
Hurricane Irma attacks Caribbean, FL, SC, GA. Hurricanes Jose & Maria.
Part 22: 2017-SEP/OCT: The most expensive recent hurricanes to attack the United States. Does God use Hurricanes to send a message?
Conflicts, climate change cause rise in hunger.
Part 23: 2017-OCT to 2017-DEC: All UN states have signed the Paris Agreement. Government report contradicts the President. Comment by
the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Part 24:2018-JAN to MAY: New temperature records. President signs bill increasing research."Onion's" amusing fake news. Sea levels rising; cities under water.
Climate change beliefs as function of age.
Proposed Mount Trumpmore project. Volcano in Hawaii. How global warming is affecting California.
Animal, Insect, & Bird Ranges Shrink.
Nutrients in rice reduced. California Governor's comments.
Part 25:2018-JUN & JUL: During 2018-JUN: A very few encouraging signs. Hurricanes slowing as winds increase. Changes in Antarctic ice and environment. Norway's growing season increased. A new world highest temperature. Future ocean levels.
Part 26:2018-JUL: New York City reports to the UN. Impacts of
humans burning up all our fossil energy. WWW.CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG's tools.
Death Valley, CA, sets new record. Dissapearing wetlands in Louisiana. Climate change affecting Northern lands. Hurricane Florence.
Part 27: 2018-AUG & SEP: Dissapearing wetlands in Louisiana. Climate change affecting Northern countries. Hurricane Florence attacks the Carolinas. Pat Robinson's "Shield of Protection" doesn't work.
Part 28: 2018-SEP & OCT: Trump Admin. predicts: 7ºF temperature
rise by the year 2099. Impact of climate change on women.Green Building Week & commitment. New IPCC report predicts a "Strong Risk of
as early as 2040.
Part 30: 2018-NOV: Hope for people who have no access
to clean water. Trump Administration releases National Climate Assessment report.
Reactions to the report.
Part 31: 2018-DEC: How to lie about climate change. UN head repeats warning. Major report on Arctic climate. Greenhouse gases soar. Can climate scientists be trusted?
Part 32: 2019-JAN: Collecting plastic trash from the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Public opinion on the environment.
Status of climate change at the start of 2019.
Part 33:2019-JAN-MAR: If Ocean Cleanup fails.... Public opinion on environment.
Climate change in early 2019. Sea rise from Antarctic melting. Denmark fights cow flatulence. Disconnect between the EPA and climate scientists. Change is urgent