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Global Warming Scam continues......

The Scam
The Result
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (SF Chronicle)
Climate e-mails released in new leak
Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press

  London --

  The British university whose stolen e-mails caused a global climatescience controversy in 2009 says those behind the breach have apparentlyreleased a second and potentially far larger batch of old messages.

  University of East Anglia spokesman Simon Dunford said that whileacademics didn't have the chance yet to examine the roughly 5,000 e-mailsapparently dumped into the public domain Tuesday, a small sample examinedby the university "appears to be genuine."

  The university said in a statement that the e-mails did not appear to bethe result of a new breach. Instead, the statement said they appeared tohave been stolen two years ago and held back until now "to cause maximumdisruption" to the imminent U.N. climate talks next week in Durban, SouthAfrica.

  If that is confirmed, the timing and nature of the leak would follow thepattern set by the so-called "Climategate" e-mails, which caught prominentscientists stonewalling critics and discussing ways to keep opponents'research out of peer-reviewed journals.

  Those hostile to mainstream climate science claimed the exchanges provedthat the threat of global warming was being hyped, and their publicationhelped destabilize the failed U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, whichfollowed several weeks later.

  Climategate also dealt a blow to the reputation of the University of EastAnglia's Climatic Research Unit, which is one of the world's leadingcenters for the study of how world temperatures have varied over time.

  Although a number of reviews have since vindicated the unit's science,some of its practices - in particular efforts to hide data from opponents- have come under strong criticism. The university says it is now muchmore open about what it does.

  The content of the new batch of e-mails couldn't be immediately verified,but climate skeptic websites carried what they said were excerpts.

  Although their context couldn't be determined, the excerpts appeared toshow climate scientists talking in conspiratorial tones about ways topromote their agenda and freeze out those they disagree with. There areseveral mentions of "the cause" and discussions of ways to shield e-mailsfrom freedom of information requests.

  The source of the latest leaked e-mails was unclear. The perpetrator ofthe original hack has yet to be unmasked, although British police havesaid their investigation is still active
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 (AP)
World temps maintain the heat of global warming
By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press

  (11-29) 03:53 PST DURBAN, South Africa (AP) --

  World temperatures keep rising, and are heading for a threshold that couldlead to irreversible changes of the Earth, the U.N. weather office saidTuesday.

  2011 is tied for the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850, theoffice said in its annual assessment of average global temperatures. TheArctic sea ice has also shrunk to record-low volumes this year, it said.The 13 hottest years on the books all have occurred in the last 15 years.  "The science is solid and proves unequivocally that the world is warming,"said R.D.J. Lengoasa, deputy director of the International MeteorologicalOrganization, and human activity is a significant contributor.

  "Climate change is real, and we are already observing its manifestationsin weather and climate patterns around the world," he said on thesidelines of the U.N. climate conference under way in South Africa.

  The IMO's preliminary report, based on the first 10 months of the year,was released in Geneva and at the U.N. climate talks in South Africa. Itprovided a bleak backdrop to negotiators who are seeking ways to limitpollution blamed for global warming.

  2011 has been a year of extreme weather, the weather service said.Parching drought in East Africa has left tens of thousands dead, and therehave been deadly floods in Asia, and 14 separate weather catastrophes inthe United States with damage topping $1 billion each.

  Climate negotiators have set a goal of keeping temperatures from risingmore than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above preindustriallevels. They already are 1.4 F (0.8 C) above the 1750 average.

  Small islands want that target reset at 2.3 F (1.5 C), saying their veryexistence is threatened by rising sea levels.

  Michel Jarraud, IMO's secretary-general, said the 2.3 F target already isout of reach.

  "Forget about it. It's too late," he told The Associated Press in Geneva,adding that 3.6 F (2 C) is now a very challenging target. "Technically, ifaction is to be taken quickly, 2 degrees is reachable."

  Record high concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are fastapproaching levels consistent with another 3.3 F (2.4 C) rise in averageglobal surface temperatures, "which scientists believe could triggerfar-reaching and irreversible changes in our Earth, biosphere and oceans,"he said.

  The IMO report said high temperatures saturated the Earth despite a LaNina event, when low surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Oceanhas a cooling effect on the entire globe.

  In an exhaustive study of extreme weather, the authoritativeIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported this month that suchevents will increase in frequency and intensity as the Earth continues towarm.

  The IMO said the extent of Arctic sea ice in 2011 was the second-lowest onrecord, and its volume was the lowest. Scientists see the Arctic as theplanet's most sensitive region and a barometer of the future.

  The largest departure from the norm occurred in northern Russia, wherethermometers soared and average 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius)above average in some places, and some stations reporting spring weather16 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius) above normal.

  The Russian Arctic and most of Siberia hold massive amounts of methanelocked into the permafrost, carbon-rich soil that never thaws. Warmersummer temperatures mean a deeper thaw of permafrost and greater releaseof methane, a gas with a global warming potential 23 times more powerfulthan carbon dioxide.

  The report came on the second day of the two-week conference in this SouthAfrican coastal city attended by 192 parties seeking agreement on futureaction to curb climate change.

  The talks will determine whether industrial countries will renew andexpand their commitments under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce theirgreenhouse emissions and whether developing countries will accept bindinglimits on their emissions in the future.

  Negotiators also are discussing how to raise $100 billion a year to helppoor countries move to low-carbon economies and cope with the effects ofglobal warming.
  Associated Press writer John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to thisreport.
Copyright 2011 AP