Category Archives: Commentaries Essays

The Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

By | March 12, 2008

‘Global warming’ is not a global crisis We, the scientists and researchers in climate and related fields, economists, policymakers, and business leaders, assembled at Times Square, New York City, participating in the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, Resolving that scientific questions should be evaluated solely by the scientific method;

Global-Warming Authoritarianism

By | February 21, 2008

Many people are calling for drastic political action to cope with climate change. But the authors of a new book, The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy, go much further, claiming that global warming can be effectively dealt with only by "an authoritarian form of government."

The Sad Legacy of David Suzuk

By | February 13, 2008

So David Suzuki’s next ‘Nature Challenge’ is apparently challenging students to determine if there isn’t some “legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing [about climate change] is a criminal act”, to quote the National Post (Feb 7, 2008).

A 2,000-Year Global Temperature Record

By | February 12, 2008

Over the past decade, considerable debate existed regarding the temperature history of the Earth on the time scale of millennia. If you followed our discussion on the subject, you know that one camp would like you believe that the highly-publicized warming of the planet over the past century is absolutely unprecedented over the past few thousand years.

The American Geophysical Union’s Official

By | February 6, 2008

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) document entitled Human Impacts on Climate begins with the statement that "the earth’s climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming." It sounds ominous, doesn’t it? But if mere warming or cooling is a sign of being out of balance, one could truthfully say that earth’s climate is almost always "out… Read More »

More Ice Than Ever

By | February 5, 2008

The Washington Post recently ran a shocking above-the-fold article warning us of "Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica." A new paper by Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a net loss of ice where most scientists thought the opposite would occur.

Examining Threats and Protections for the Polar Bear

By | January 31, 2008

As a Senator for the State of Alaska for the past 39 years, I possess a deep professional and personal interest in the status of our wildlife. Wildlife provides basic subsistence for many of the approximately 120,000 native Alaskans. Consequently, Alaskans take great pride in the sustainable management of our natural resources.

Yes, Virginia, there is a polar bear

By | January 31, 2008

Every eight-year-old knows the polar bears are drowning. “I feel sad for them,” said one friend’s kid the other day as he bundled up for school. Maybe he’d seen those TV ads featuring adorable baby bears with voiceovers by appealing children. “The ice is melting because of global warming,” lisps a little girl over pictures of polar bears… Read More »