A parody, surely:
“SOY latte with honey” was climate-change warrior Anna Rose’s choice of coffee at a cafe.
It gets worse:
“There has been a massive campaign of misinformation and confusion and doubt,” she says.
And then the head of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition proceeds to demonstrate just that:
At the moment, Australia is on track for at least a one-metre rise by 2100.
False. Note that even the alarmist CSIRO projects a maximum rise of 0.8 metres, and likely rises of much less:
Note that since publication of the AR4, Pfeffer et al. (2008) have argued that a rise in excess of 2 metres is “physically untenable,” and that a maximum rise of 0.8 metres (near the upper end of the IPCC AR4 projections) is more plausible.
Note also that the observed sea level rise over the past 20 years is just 3.1mm a year (or 31cm per century) and falling:
Undaunted, Rose goes on:
it is not the polar bears and Barrier Reef, although they are affected
From Canada’s Globe and Mail in April:
The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.
Naturally, the conclusions have been refuted by some scientists, but this report does substantiate a 2007 federal government study showing increasing numbers of polar bears in northern Quebec, Labrador and southern Baffin Island. Counts there jumped from 800 in the mid-1980s to about 2,100 in 2007.
A 2011 study by the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature also reported that there had been no significant change in polar bear populations since 2007. Even the Obama administration admitted in December 2010 that polar bears are not an endangered species.
As for the Reef:
The Cell Press journal Current Biology this morning published what it says is the first large-scale investigation of climate effects on corals and found while some corals were dying, others were flourishing and adapting to the change in water temperatures…
One of the researchers, Professor Terry Hughes from James Cook University, said while critical issues remained he now believed rising temperatures were unlikely to mean the end of the coral reef.
And in Geophysical Research Letters last year:
Rising temperatures caused by climatic warming may cause poleward range shifts and/or expansions in species distribution… We show the first large-scale evidence of the poleward range expansion of modern corals, based on 80 years of national records from the temperate areas of Japan, where century-long measurements of in situ sea-surface temperatures have shown statistically significant rises. Four major coral species categories, including two key species for reef formation in tropical areas, showed poleward range expansions since the 1930s, whereas no species demonstrated southward range shrinkage or local extinction. The speed of these expansions reached up to 14 km/year, which is far greater than that for other species.
Some hard facts with your soy milk coffee?
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.