Experts Comments on An Inconvenient Truth
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7 Apr 07
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A sample of experts'
Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor,
University of Auckland, New Zealand: "I can assure Mr. Gore that no
one from the South Pacific islands have fled to New Zealand because of
rising seas. In fact, if Gore consults the data, he will see it shows
sea level falling in some parts of the Pacific."
Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics
& geodynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden: ""We find no
alarming sea level rise going on, in the Maldives, Tovalu, Venice, the
Persian Gulf and even satellite altimetry if applied properly."
Dr. Paul Reiter, Professor - Institut Pasteur, Unit of Insects
and Infectious Diseases, Paris, France, comments on Gore’s belief that
Nairobi and Harare were founded just above the mosquito line to avoid
malaria and how the mosquitoes are now moving to higher altitudes:
"Gore is completely wrong here - malaria has been documented at an
altitude 2500 m - Nairobi and Harare are at altitudes of about 1500 m.
The new altitudes of malaria are lower than those recorded 100 years
ago. None of the "30 so called new diseases"" Gore
references are attributable to global warming, none."
Dr. Mitchell Taylor, Manager, Wildlife Research Section,
Department of Environment, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada: "Our
information is that 7 of 13 populations of polar bears in the Canadian
Arctic Archipelago (more than half the world’s estimated total) are
either stable, or increasing …. Of the three that appear to be
declining, only one has been shown to be affected by climate change. No
one can say with certainty that climate change has not affected these
other populations, but it is also true that we have no information to
suggest that it has."
Dr. Petr Chylek, adjunct professor, Dept. of Physics and
Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:
"Mr. Gore suggests that Greenland melt area increased considerably
between 1992 and 2005. But 1992 was exceptionally cold in Greenland and
the melt area of ice sheet was exceptionally low due to the cooling
caused by volcanic dust emitted from Mt. Pinatubo. If, instead of 1992,
Gore had chosen for comparison the year 1991, one in which the melt area
was 1% higher than in 2005, he would have to conclude that the ice sheet
melt area is shrinking and that perhaps a new ice age is just around the
Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study,
Salinas, California: ""The oceans are now heading into one of
their periodic phases of cooling. … Modest changes in temperature are
not about to wipe them [coral] out. Neither will increased carbon
dioxide, which is a fundamental chemical building block that allows
coral reefs to exist at all."
Dr. R. M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James
Cook University, Townsville, Australia: "Both the Antarctic and
Greenland ice caps are thickening. The temperature at the South Pole has
declined by more than 1 degree C since 1950. And the area of sea-ice
around the continent has increased over the last 20 years."
Dr./Cdr. M. R. Morgan, FRMS, formerly advisor to the World
Meteorological Organization/climatology research scientist at University
of Exeter, U.K.: "From data published by the Canadian Ice Service
there has been no precipitous drop off in the amount or thickness of the
ice cap since 1970 when reliable over-all coverage became available for
the Canadian Arctic."
Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, British Colombia, Canada comments on Gore’’s belief that the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) is an "invasive exotic species" that has become a plague due to fewer days of frost: "The MPB is a species native to this part of North America and is always present. The MPB epidemic started as comparatively small outbreaks and through forest management inaction got completely out of hand."
Compiled by Tom Harris, Natural Resources Stewardship Project, 7 Nov 06
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