Newspaper letter references:

A list of references used in my Letters to the Editor, so that the ill-informed can’t say that I’m “making stuff up”, or their personal favorite: “he doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate”. – Anthony


For my letter in the in the Chico Enterprise-Record September 14th:

Some recent letters here remind me of the Washington Post story titled Why we shouldn’t give in to climate despair,1 saying people are so upset over climate change they are suffering mental health issues labeled “climate despair.”

“Young adults are among the groups most vulnerable to feelings of depression and anxiety related to climate change, said Leslie Davenport, a climate psychology educator and consultant who is a member of a directory of climate-aware therapists.”

All this because of a small rise in global temperature over the past 150 years.

WaPo thinks people need mental-health treatment to cope with climate change. What they may in fact need treatment for is disorder known as “catastrophizing.” Psychology Today defines it this way:2

“Catastrophizing is a cognitive distortion that prompts people to jump to the worst possible conclusion, usually with very limited information or objective reason to despair. When a situation is upsetting, but not necessarily catastrophic, they still feel like they are in the midst of a crisis.”

What’s missing for those who think climate change poses “an existential threat” to people is the fact that the human condition is actually far better than it was than 100 years ago.

Crop production has increased dramatically,3 the Earth is greener4 thanks to the additional carbon dioxide man has out into the atmosphere, and human health is better than ever.5

Also, climate related deaths are also way down, approaching zero.6,7 (See figure below.)

These facts are something to feel good about.

Anthony Watts
Chico

References:

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/08/09/change-ipcc-report/
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/catastrophizing
  3. https://climaterealism.com/2021/04/sorry-google-news-food-production-keeps-growing-not-shrinking/
  4. https://climaterealism.com/2021/03/nasa-data-world-is-10-greener-so-far-this-century-thanks-to-co2/
  5. https://climaterealism.com/2021/02/sorry-ny-times-climate-change-is-improving-human-health/
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0040162520304157
  7. https://www.facebook.com/bjornlomborg/posts/374647437353599

For my letter published week of 8/9/21 in the Chico Enterprise Record.

I’m glad all the armchair climatologists have had a chance to weigh in about how terrible it is that I have an opinion contrary to theirs. Meanwhile, this week, the public is treated to a new round of scary climate stories courtesy of the U.N. (United Nations)

The new UN climate report1 is nothing new. If you track the history of U.N. climate statements, all the way back in 1972, Maurice Strong, first UN Environment Program director warned that “the world had just 10 years to avoid catastrophe2” and he was speaking of global cooling then2A. When the alarm switched to global warming, similar gloomy statements were made by the U.N. in 19823, 19894, 19905, 20076, 20157, and in 2018.8 Example: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” said former UN/IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri in 2007 6 .

It seems climate disaster is always just 5-10 years away; the “before it is too late” claim has come and gone, many times.

Just last week,  climate scientists admitted that their new AR6 generation of global climate models such as RCP8.5 are ‘implausibly hot’9 and therefore incorrectly predicting a hellishly hot future. Their admission raises questions on the reliability of UN temperature forecasts often touted in the media and used to promote extreme climate action10.

Climate is defined as 30 years weather averaged in a given area11. Climate doesn’t change the weather, weather changes the climate. But, somehow, believers erroneously think every weather event is actually climate12.

Anthony Watts
Chico

Reference list:

  1. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/
  2. https://arkivet.dn.se/sok/?searchTerm=maurice&fromPublicationDate=1972-01-25&toPublicationDate=1972-01-25&fbclid=IwAR0nUreSEGywqbxRit0cB67Qq0OWW8B-LYvAcimnGv0trLjMEIuY8lr6Dhc&phrases=maurice
    2A: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/50-years-ago-scientists-puzzled-over-slight-global-cooling
  3. https://t.co/8wyP10fJOn?amp=1
  4. https://apnews.com/article/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0
  5. https://twitter.com/BjornLomborg/status/1424475739861176328/photo/1
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/science/earth/17cnd-climate.html
  7. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/31/obama-s-almost-too-late-stop-climate-change/71496264/
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
  9. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/un-climate-panel-confronts-implausibly-hot-forecasts-future-warming
  10. https://twitter.com/RogerPielkeJr/status/1424716497797091338 (Dr. Pielke is a climatologist)
  11. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html (see section “What Climate Means“)
  12. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/weather_climate.html

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