Why I'll never take my kids to the Chicago Field Museum

From the Chicago Field Museum Climate Exhibit: CO2 makes Poison Ivy grow. Yes, but what about the millions of other plants in the biosphere that is booming? What about agriculture? I really resent this sort of one sided presentation foisted on children that won’t know any better.

Watch this YouTube video showing how a Cowpea plant responds to increased CO2 levels. Most any plant will react in much the same way:

And it gets worse.

Kids can now buy Carbon Credits at the museum from the flatlining Chicago Climate Exchange, which Gore and Pachauri are advisers for.

They may as well just throw their money down the toilet as CCX is now in EPIC FAIL mode. Sure, take money from the kids, why not?

The months of flatlining at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) should be a hint to the rest of the world that carbon trading is dead. Time to take it off life support. Even at 10 cents a ton, nobody wants it. At it’s peak in July 2008, it traded for $7.50 per ton of CO2.


Chicago Climate Exchange close on June 30th, 2010 – click for source

See who is on the CCX advisory board here

And there is lot’s more. How ’bout that Malaria Myth?

The Field exhibit promotes the theory that global warming will cause increased

incidence of malaria. Thatʼs a powerful scare story – global warming, then malaria in

Chicago. In the early days of settlement there was a lot of malaria in the Midwest.

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy:

Willis F. Dunbar in “Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State,” writes that the disease “was so prevalent that it was rather unusual to escape it.”

According the Paul Reiter, a malaria expert, malaria was a serious problem in Britain during the very cold period in the 1600ʼs known as the little ice age. Malaria, called ague, was mentioned 13 times in Shakespeareʼs plays.

Experts on malaria and other mosquito borne diseases have been fighting a losing battle with global warming believers. The idea that global warming will promote malaria is too good a scare story to let the facts get in the way. Nine malaria experts published a letter in the June, 2004 Lancet with the title: “Global warming and malaria: a call for accuracy.”

Above: Malaria endemicity in 1900 (a, top) and 2007 (b, middle) by increasing severity category. The difference in endemicity (c, bottom) from 1900 to 2007 indicates worsening malaria in red areas and improvements in blue (Gething et al., 2010).

If you give this issue a moment of thought, this result should be obvious. Of course malaria is not as bad now as it was 100 years ago. Global health interventions have reduced the problem significantly.

We covered it here on WUWT.

Gore, like the Field Museum, still pushes the factual errors associated with this. See here.

You can read all about the Chicago Field Museum Climate Exhibit in a July 5th walk through report (PDF) by Norman Rogers of www.climateviews.com who has now earned a place in my blogroll. Some of the other exhibit photos are similarly stunningly stupid.

h/t to Tom Nelson


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Has anyone bothered to call the Chicago Field Museum on the lie they’ve posted? CO2 doesn’t make poison ivy’s poison more poisonous because poison ivy doesn’t produce poison. Poison ivy’s sap contains urushiol — and most people are allergic to it.
But saying “allergen” doesn’t produce the chill factor that saying “poison” does…

Evan Jones

“He ain’t sick. He’s only got the ague.”
Don’t go to Michigan, that land of ills;
The word means ague, fever, and chills.


Can’t sell your carbon credits in the CCX market so you peddle them to kids.
How disgraceful !!! Be a man and just accept your loses !!!


I think Obama and company has something to do with this obamanation.
“Know the crooks and their roles:
George Soros, Joyce Foundation and connection to CCX.
What is CCX, the Chicago Climate Exchange, projected to gross 10 Trillion a year is Cap-N-Tax passes. Obama played a pivotal role in the formation of the CCX. (Click here for expose)
Barrack Hussein Obama, Board Member of the Joyce Foundation, funded the formation of the CCX. (
Valerie Jarrett is still on the board, Obama’s top adviser.) Obama sat on board and funneled money to Ayer’s brother (wild huh, just a guy in his neighborhood) and to form the CCX.”

Methow Ken

This is more than sad:
I’ve been to the Field Museum several times over the last 20 years; while in Chicago for HP user group meetings. A good friend of mine from NM with a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology (among others) was on the visiting faculty at the Field; once I got a ”behind the scenes” tour of the upstairs lab area that was fascinating.
Overall the exhibits at the Field are a true national treasure.
To have them stoop to this.
As per above: More than sad.

Evan Jones

As a kid, I used to spend summers on an island that is mainly glued together with poison ivy, so I learned early on how to recognize it. Poison ivy is easy to avoid. You just have to remember that it is arranged in 3-leaf clusters. That will steer you clear.

John Q. Public

And all science takes it off the chin for climate science.
As I’ve said previously, climate science is to science what kazoo players are to classical musicians.

Dave N

Carbon credits are selling at 0.10, and the Museum is charging $1? Add that to their irresponsibility…


This is the same way Hitler-Jugend was fostered.


How long are they going to keep up with this fake science? Anyone with a bit of education can see right through those carbon criminals.


Nor do the gods appear in warrior’s armour clad
To strike them down with sword and spear
Those whom they would destroy
They first make mad.
Bhartṛhari, 7th c. AD; as quoted in John Brough,Poems from the Sanskrit, (1968), p, 67
and a thousand variants on this theme – but a proverb from ancient times.
But modern man is, of course, immune now, isn’t he. (*evil grin*)

Beth Cooper

Look,I represent the Bio Diversity and Equal Opportunities for the Scarlet Pumpernckle Society and on behalf of our membership must protest the emphasis placed by the Chicago Field Museum on the growth of Poison Ivy habitat attributed to co2 . Have they nothing to say about the recent growth spurt of the Scarlet Pumpernickle ,which two decades ago was on the threatened plants register? We have protested their selective bias ro the Museum authorities but to date have received no response to our emails.

That particular map of malaria needs to start a bit earlier. From:

Malaria is the leading cause of death and disease worldwide and was once endemic throughout much of the United States. During the civil war, there were over 1.2 million cases of malaria among soldiers of both sides. In 1933, 30% of the human population in the Tennessee Valley were infected.
Malaria was rampant in California during the gold rush and early 1900’s. In fact, many of the mosquito abatement programs in California were initially formed to combat malaria.
Today, there are about 1,200 cases of malaria reported in the US each year, approximately 300 of these (25%) occur in California. In almost every case, the disease is acquired outside the US in countries where malaria is common. However, there have been several occasions in which local transmission has occurred. Mosquitoes acquire the infection from persons with active malaria and transmit the parasite to local residents. The most recent of these occurred in 1974 in San Diego.

So back in the 1849 era California ought to have been shown with fairly rampant malaria. It was good public health systems that controlled it (and control it today… at “110 in the shade, and their ain’t no shade” in the Central Valley of California, there is plenty of heat for mosquitoes…
BTW, the native California vector (mosquito) happily lives at elevations up to 6000+ feet in the mountains. Think “Base Camp” of Squaw Valley Ski Resort… It’s not the temperature, it’s the public health system and bug sprays…
Oh, by the way, here is an interesting little story about a Malaria outbreak about the time I was an infant in Nevada County (in the mountains above the Central Valley):
at Lake Vera. Yeah, it’s “only” about 2500 feet elevation…

The outbreak of malaria at Lake Vera in Nevada County, California, in 1952 (Brunetti et al., 1953; Brunetti, 1953; Gray, 1953, 1953a; Fontaine, 1953) made it imperative that control measures be taken to prevent a recurrence of the disease in the following year. Not only was it desirable that the health of nearly 1,800 persons be protected, but the Oakland, Piedmont, Vallejo and Sacramento Councils of the Camp Fire Girls had a considerable investment in equipment and facilities at the four camps which would be jeopardized by a recurrence of the outbreak. In the absence of an effective local health department in this county and because of the wide area of the State from which the occupants of the four camps came, the State Department of Public Health initiated the epidemiological studies and the necessary control work.

The whole notion that warmth is what matters is just soooo broken.
Oh, and from a google of “Alaska malaria history”
we have the google timeline:
“1878 – Yellow fever had claimed 19000 lives in Memphis alone in 1878. Malaria outbreaks in states as far apart as Alaska , Louisiana , Virginia and Wisconsin had claimed thousands of lives in recurrent epidemics over our history. ”
Yes, that pesky old Alaska and it’s terrible tropical heat strikes again /sarcoff>
and toward the end of the Little Ice Age at that…
Yes sir-eee that 1878 global warming in Alaska must have been mighty bad…

Beth Cooper

Too quick…read ‘Pumpernickle’ and “to’ the Museum’.

Amino Acids in Meteorites

Michael says:
July 18, 2010 at 12:32 am
fluoridated parents
fluoridated, chlorinated, vaccinated, indoctrinated– ex: I always thought The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was some great novel we were supposed to respect. Then I learned what it really was. Ewwwwww! It took me until I was 47 to actually think about it for myself.
Kids are getting indoctrinated with global warming now. Some will learn later in life that is was political propaganda.


Is this unprecedent cooling at these high latitudes? See pools of cold areas (0C) off northern Chile 25North and Argentina (north), Uruguay


re previous refers to 700mb vertical velocity map

Full PDF for the maleria call to accuracy. http://www.marshall.org/pdf/materials/221.pdf


That plant growth video is very cool. It doesn’t just grow taller and bigger. It grows insanely fast. Maybe NASA should look into growing plants using higher concentrations of CO2? Oh wait. No one’s going into space anymore.
Anyhow, I’ve never seen or heard of this before until recently. Nice to see the comparison.

At WCR some wrote on GW something to the tune of:
“Everyting that’s good will be less, and everything that’s bad will be more.”
Do you ever wake up at night and wonder if the future of the country will get past all this? We’re talking some serious organised, widespread North Korean-style brainwashing here.

Yes but

It’s always interesting of course that WUWT always seems to never give the full story.
(1) never report the results of Free Air Carbon Dioxide Experiments (FACE) which show much less response than the beloved cowpea in a luxurious environment showing none of Liebig’s minima.
(2) CO2 isn’t Jack’s beanstalk – not enough water – doesn’t matter
(3) CO2 fertilisation will reduce protein yields in wheat – is that what CO2 lovers want?
(4) increased CO2 in the atmosphere means more cold injury from frost
(5) and CO2 will preference natural woody species – trees and shrubs in savanna woodlands choking out C4 grasses – is that what CO2 lovers want
Perhaps it might be more complex than you think. Why doesn’t Anthony give us the full story? How simple it is to give is a picture of a plant in a growth chamber.
REPLY: The experiment was done with identical nutrients, identical soil, identical water, identical light. CO2 was the only variable. To see the “full story” (covered previously) on Liebigs law and plant growth see here.
Oh and frost formation is a function of available water vapor, temperature, cloud cover, and wind, Co2 hasn’t anything to do with it. Why didn’t you give the “full story” about that?- Anthony


Hmmmm. You get side-tracked by that Malaria-stuff. We should concentrate on that Museum…… I checked their web-site. No mail-adresses.


I was recently in the Chicago Field Museum. The do-gooders that run the place have installed motion detectors that operate the lights inside of the display cases. When nobody is around the motion detectors turn off the lights and save electricity, right? If you’ve been to the Field Museum you know that some of the display cases are huge and have hundreds of exhibits, so you’re standing there looking at the exhibits when suddenly the lights go out. You end up looking like an idiot jerking and waving at the display cases trying to keep the lights on so that you can read the dialogs that are in the display cases. A clear example of what happens when over-educated half-wits who have been shielded from reality for the balance of their lives end up in a position of responsibility.

Yes but,
You can nitpick and cherry-pick a few minor examples, but on balance CO2 is a harmless and beneficial minor trace gas, essential to all life on Earth. More is better.
Trying to demonize “carbon” is self-hatred; you are made from carbon.
Here, get educated:


The thing about the photosynthesis bit is that how confused will children be? They are being shown that co2 is a toxin while in biology class some of them are being told that for photosynthesis and food crop production to take place CO2 is an essential ingredient. I can’t see how you spin this story to teenagers.
As for the malaria issue here are the counter points I made in May:
Eg: From Shakespeare to Defoe: Malaria in England in the Little Ice Age
In 1946-1948 there were 1500-2000 cases of malaria per 10,000 of the population in the territories of the former USSR


Beth Cooper says:
July 18, 2010 at 1:05 am
If you have an email address, why not present it here?


I want to see some comments on this from the regular AGW believers who come to WUWT. I wait for your response to this post. Bear in mind that the biosphere is greening at the moment in response to increased human induced co2 and bearing in mind all the things you ate for breakfast lunch and dinner. :o(

David L

CO2 makes poison ivy grow, and Roundup makes it stop growing.
I see a good idea brewing. If we could just eliminate all CO2 then we’d have no more poison ivy, no more warm weather, lots more ice and glaciers, more polar bears, and maybe even the wooly mammoth will come back?

David L

What about poison oak and poison sumac? Do they grow a lot with more CO2? I think I’m going to write a research proposal and find out.


I haven’t checked yet…but isn’t there a public comment section on their website?…should be a way to provide feedback to them regarding the “scientific accuracy” of their exhibit.
I’d love to see them have to retract some of this garbage…


They are being shown that co2 is a toxin

I must have missed this. Have you got an exact source for this wonderful piece of misinformation.
No… I thought not. There isn’t one, because no-one is actually saying that all CO2 is bad.
Just like most CO2 lovers – when the facts don’t match, just make up some new ones!


Here is a paper about the photosynthetic process. The words “carbon dioxide” or “co2” appear at least 48 times. Yet Gore et al are prepared to openly LIE and call it a toxin at its current atmospheric levels which it is not. Breath in and out of a plastic bag and it will be toxic. Drink too much water too fast and water will be toxic.
The poison ivy story above will produce a new generation of AGW sceptics.

Joe Lalonde

Carbon credit for a dollar is correct as admistration fees kick in.
You honestly think every penny for carbon credits will not have some tax or admistration fee attached?
Pretty expensive air they are selling when sold by the molecule!
Look at the CO2 you own under the microscope! Put a name to you pet CO2.
Hmmm…I wonder if I can sell O2 the same way….hmmm…(The Oxygen Exchange)?

stephen richards

Yes but says:
It’s all propaganda you fool. Check the science your friends are spouting. Go look and educate yourself.

stephen richards

David L says:
Nice idea but I don’t know how even to master race could stop the seas outgassing, the land, the volcanos etc etc etc. 😉

Yes but says:
July 18, 2010 at 2:14 am
It’s always interesting of course that WUWT always seems to never give the full story.
(1) never report the results of Free Air Carbon Dioxide Experiments (FACE) which show much less response than the beloved cowpea in a luxurious environment showing none of Liebig’s minima.
(2) CO2 isn’t Jack’s beanstalk – not enough water – doesn’t matter
(3) CO2 fertilisation will reduce protein yields in wheat – is that what CO2 lovers want?
(4) increased CO2 in the atmosphere means more cold injury from frost
(5) and CO2 will preference natural woody species – trees and shrubs in savanna woodlands choking out C4 grasses – is that what CO2 lovers want

Yes but you don’t give us the full story either.
Your point (3) Actually WUWT has covered this – see here. What research by the UC Davis group also says here is that nitrate was a less effective fertiliser than ammonium at elevated CO2 (700ppm). Since ammonium is the form of nitrogen found in natural fertilisers such as animal manures and is abundant the organic lobby should be happy! No protein reduction with ammonium as fertiliser either. Full paper here
(4) I assume you are extrapolating more CO2=warming=earlier bud burst, but with no reduction in the risk of early frosts? That is too many ifs for me. We don’t know what will happen.
(5) Averaged over all the FACE experiments the greatest benefits of elevated CO2 were accrued by trees. Sorgum was one C4 crop that showed the least benefit. May I remind you that C4 metabolism in plants evolved providing competitive advantage in elevated temperatures and drier conditions. Yes C4 plants are less able to take advantage of high CO2 but without irrigation – in natural grasslands, water often limits tree growth. As you said in (2) – not enough water – doesn’t matter.


Say, YES BUT, Where are your references?? You got real evidence? (snide comment deleted)


Yesbut @ 2:14 AM
It is clear that CO2 fertilizes plants. What this will do in our biosphere is not well characterized at present, but I’m here to tell you that there is a 4,000 to 1 imbalance of funding between alarmist and skeptic camps, and your research is from the heavy end of the Teeter-Totter.
It seems that CO2 is such a weak greenhouse gas that it won’t even keep us warm during the coming cooling. Thank Gaia that CO2’s powerful effect on crop fertility will keep millions from starving to death.

I hear CO2 makes food grow. But that’s just a rumor I am sure.

Henry chance

The regime wants a smart grid.
Now we have smart carbon that feeds noxious weeds more than beneficial plants.
I suppose this carbon makes snake meaner and piranhas hungrier.
Blantant bias really does make the carbon crisis movement look more ignorant.


The $1 carbon offset is likely the cheapest souvenir you can buy at the museum. And, just think, if the kids put it in a safety deposit box it will have a “antiques roadshow” value. That is, if they live to be, say, age 600.


“See who is on the CCX advisory board here”
Apart from Pachauri & his OIL interests as an advisor to Glorioil I see:
Ed Begley Jr. has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. ”
Lucien Bronicki is the chairman of Ormat International, an Israeli company in the field of innovative technology solutions to geothermal power plants, power generation from industrial waste heat, and solar energy projects. ”
Elizabeth Dowdeswell is internationally recognized for her global and highly diverse experience in building consensus and managing change……..a former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).”
Michael Polsky is the founder, President and CEO of Invenergy. Invenergy specializes in developing, acquiring and owning various power generations with an emphasis on renewable resources.”
Michael Zammit Cutajar is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “

David L: July 18, 2010 at 3:43 am
What about poison oak and poison sumac? Do they grow a lot with more CO2? I think I’m going to write a research proposal and find out.
Add deadly nightshade and wolfbane to the proposal, too — might as well make it real scare-fest…

Why not exchange forests of poison ivey on CCX as an offset since it is a more efficient consumer of CO2 and stays green year round. The “green” organizations are banking on the offsets being made into law.


Just because CO2 makes a plant grow faster doesn’t mean that makes it better…

Henry chance

I have kids that are national merit scholars. The country still cranks out some awesome students. This garbage helps kids to distrust the system. My kids have been to the Smithsonian and countless museums and displays of nature and history. I have devoted time to telling how some of these statements come about and the psychology behind the propogandists. This actually improves their curiosity and suspicion makes for better science.
What do you tell a kid when he finds out that his science book was involved in dubious messaging and not scientific at all?
Now kids are being told that with warming, Santa is having a meltdown and this melt will hamper Christmas. Can anyone unpack this? Is Santa involved in environmental, social and economic justice stunts?


It’s Lie-swatting Time again.
First Lie:
Carbon dioxide is “pollution”.
The liars describe carbon dioxide as “global warming pollution.” It is not.
It is food for plants and trees. Tests have shown that even at concentrations 30 times those of the present day even the most delicate plants flourish. For example, well-managed forests, such as those of the United States, are growing at record rates because the extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is feeding the trees. Carbon dioxide, in geological timescale, is at a very low concentration at present. 500,000,000 years ago it was at 7,000 parts per million by volume, about 18 times today’s concentration.
Next Lie:
Mosquitoes are “climbing to higher altitudes”.
The liars say that, because of “global warming”, mosquitoes are climbing to higher altitudes. They are not.
Most recent outbreaks have been at lower levels than those of a century and more ago. The liars also say that Nairobi was founded 1,000m above sea level so as to be above the mosquito line. It was not.
In the period before man-made global warming could have had any significant effect, there were ten malaria outbreaks in Nairobi, one of which reached as far up as Eldoret, almost 3,000m above sea level.
Let’s make this perfectly clear; Malaria is not a tropical disease.
Mosquitoes do not need tropical temperatures: they need no more than 15°C to breed. The largest malaria outbreak of modern times was in Siberia in the 1920s and 1930s, when 13 million were infected, 600,000 died and 30,000 died as far north as Arkhangelsk, on the Arctic Circle.
And there’s no reason to suppose that malaria will spread even if the climate continues to become warmer (which it won’t).
Next Lie:
Many tropical diseases are being “spread through global warming”.
The liars say that, as well as malaria, “global warming” is spreading dengue fever, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, arena virus, avian flu, Ebola virus, E. Coli 0157:H7, Hanta virus, legionella, leptospirosis, multi-drug-resistant TB, Nipah virus, SARS and Vibrio Cholerae 0139. It is doing no such thing.
Only malaria, dengue fever, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus are insect-borne, but NONE are tropical.
Of the other diseases named by the global warming liars, not one is sensitive to increasing temperature. They are spread not by warmer weather but by rats, chickens, primates, pigs, poor hygiene, ill-maintained air conditioning, or cold weather.
Next Lie:
West Nile virus in the US is being “spread through global warming”.
The liars say that West Nile virus spread throughout the US in just two years, implicitly because of “global warming.” It did not.
The climate in the US ranges from some of the world’s hottest deserts to some of its iciest tundra. West Nile virus flourishes in any climate. Warming of the climate does not affect its incidence or prevalence (and it’s getting cooler, anyway).


The music sounds like it came from the movie 2012.


It’s a museum. They have an exposition about the excesses of climate alarmism of the early 21st century. You just gotta provide the context for your kids yourself.

Ian H

@David L: You lack imagination.
If you are going to apply for a research grant into the effects of higher CO_2 on plant growth then I suggests you look into something like the effect of high CO_2 on grape sugars and the taste of wine. Or on the growth of hops and its effect on the taste of beer. It is obviously crucial that the wine and beverage industries have this information as soon as possible.
You could then have a fine old time sampling … sampling … mmmm …. sampling …. and pub … er … pubrishering papersh on … um … shhhh … um … on … aaa … the resultsh! … … … Hic!
And all on the public dollar!