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NIPCC report: Rising CO2 is beneficial

Posted By Joanne Nova On September 1, 2011 @ 4:47 pm In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

For those who want science and not politics, the enormous scientific compendium known as the NIPCC reports has been updated to incorporate new results. There are hundreds of references to peer reviewed research. It is as always, thorough, professional and comprehensive.

The authors of the new NIPCC report conclude that “the net effect of continued warming and rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere is most likely to be beneficial to humans, plants, and wildlife.”

To summarize the executive summary:

  • The models overestimate the warming, don’t include chemical and biological process that may be as important as the physical ones.
  • Plants like CO2, grow faster and the green biomass of the Earth tends to counteract the warming effects of CO2.
  • New evidence shows the Medieval Warm Period was real, global and warmer than the present, while CO2 was 28% lower.
  • The ice is not melting as much as people expected; the seas are not accelerating; there’s no change in rain or river flows that you can blame CO2 on.
  • Life on Earth likes warmth. Amphibians, birds, butterflies, other insects, lizards, mammals, and even worms do better with a bit of global warming.
  • Warmth and CO2 increases crops and global food. It’s good for hungry people.
  • The latest research shows corals and marine life can adapt to climate change and flourish.
  • Warming improves human health. It reduces winter deaths more than it increases summer ones.
  • Even in the worst scenarios, mankind will be much better off in the year 2100 than it is today, and therefore able to adapt to whatever challenges climate change presents.

The 430-page report was coauthored and edited by: Craig D. Idso, Ph.D., Robert M. Carter, Ph.D.S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., amoung others.

“The book is titled Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report because it precedes a comprehensive volume that is expected to be released in 2013. It focuses on scientific research released since publication of Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).”

The report was produced by The Heartland Institute, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), three national nonprofit organizations based in Chicago, Illinois; Tempe, Arizona; and Arlington, Virginia; respectively.

Links to Download material:

Front Cover JPG (0.2 MB)Front Matter PDF (0.6 MB)

Chapter 1
Climate Models and Their Limitations   PDF (0.6 MB)

Chapter 2
Forcings and Feedbacks   PDF (0.6 MB)

Chapter 3
Paleoclimate and Recent Temperatures   PDF (0.8 MB)

Chapter 4
Observations and Projections: Cryosphere, Ocean Dynamics, and Hydrology   PDF (0.7 MB)

Chapter 5
Observations and Projections: Extreme Weather   PDF (0.6 MB)

Chapter 6
Terrestrial Animals   PDF (0.6 MB)Chapter 7
Terrestrial Plants and Soils   PDF (1.4 MB)

Chapter 8
Aquatic Life   PDF (0.9 MB)

Chapter 9
Human Health Effects   PDF (0.5 MB)

Chapter 10
Economic and Other Policy Implications   PDF (1.0 MB)

Appendicies
Appendix 1: Acronyms   PDF (0.3 MB)
Appendix 2: Contributors to the 2011 Interim Report   PDF (0.3 MB)

Back Cover GIF (0.1 MB)

Full Report PDF (8.3 MB)

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