Day By Day

Friday, February 29, 2008

Snows Of Kilamanjaro Return

Al Gore's environmental screed, "An Inconvenient Truth" was on TV recently, and I watched it as I always do, in bits and snatches . That's the only way I can avoid screaming at the set. Once again I was struck by how much the whole thing was "just about Al" -- the long sections where he reminisces about the death of his son, his boyhood visits to his father's farm, etc. I was also impressed by just how much of the "science" portrayed in the film has been discredited.

There is, for instance, the long bit on Katrina that flatly asserts that the number and force of hurricanes in recent years was due to global warming and predicts a continual increase in storm damage to America.

Well, forget that. Here's NOAA's take:

A team of scientists have found that the economic damages from hurricanes have increased in the U.S. over time due to greater population, infrastructure, and wealth on the U.S. coastlines, and not to any spike in the number or intensity of hurricanes.

Here's the press release; here's the paper.

Oh well, back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, as "Watt's Up With That?" points out, this study has been completely ignored by the MSM.

And then there's this:

Remember those dramatic sequences regarding the disappearance of the "Snows of Kilamanjaro" which Gore flatly stated was due to global warming? Of course you do.

Well, forget about that too. The melting of the snow cap has now been shown to be due to deforestation, not global warming, and it was a temporary thing. These pictures [also from Watts website] show quite clearly that the mountain's snow cap has returned. Once again the MSM generally ignored the story (the NYT reported the phenomenon in its "Travel" section). Once again the public has been uninformed or misinformed on an issue of great import.

And so it goes, and so it goes.