Before facing major surgery, wouldn’t you want a second opinion?
When a nation faces an important decision that risks its economic future, or perhaps the fate of the ecology, it should do the same. It is a time-honored tradition in this case to set up a ‘Team B,’ which examines the same original evidence but may reach a different conclusion. The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)was set up to examine the same climate data used by the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
On the most important issue, the IPCC’s claim that “most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely (defined by the IPCC as between 90 to 99 percent certain) due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations,”(emphasis in the original), NIPCC reaches the opposite conclusion – namely, that natural causes are very likely to be the dominant cause. Note: We do not say anthropogenic greenhouse (GH) gases cannot produce some warming. Our conclusion is that the evidence shows they are not playing a significant role.
Below, we first sketch out the history of the two organizations and then list the conclusions and responses that form the body of the NIPCC report.
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“Nature – Not Human Activity – Rules the Climate” by S. Fred Singer, PhD