SEARCH BLOG: GLOBAL WARMING
Asian countries seem to have a slightly different perspective about the climate and related issues.
- Russian scientists believe a new ice age is coming. So I guess it makes sense to be stingy with the oil and natural gas.
- The Chinese don't mind CO2 limits as long as they apply to Europe and North America
- And now the Japanese are backing out of their support of the IPCC proclamation regarding man-made global warming.
Marc_Morano@epw.senate.govJapan’s top scientists are publicly dissenting!Actual Debate! Top Japanese Scientists Dissent on Warming – Reject IPCC View - Call Climate Change 'Natural'[Note: Both Physicist Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, the former director of both University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute and International Arctic Research Center who has twice been named in "1000 Most Cited Scientists” and UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh are featured in the U.S. Senate report. Itoh has said: Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.”
See: U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Award-winning Geologist Shigenori Maruyama, professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has not yet been included in the U.S. Senate report, but is yet another prominent Japanese scientist dissenting from warming fears. Shigenori Maruyama can be reached at: email@example.com Maruyama has authored more than 125 scientific publications. bio page: http://www.geo.titech.ac.jp/
lab/komiya/maruyamalab/- Prof. Maruyama was decorated with the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon for a major contribution in the field of geology. ] maruyamalab.e.html
Energy think tank publishes new report on causes of global warming – January 12, 2008
Excerpt: Who is the real culprit behind global warming? The Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) pits differing views from five researchers -- some who attribute the greenhouse effect to CO2 emitted by human activity and others who express skepticism towards the claim -- against each other in the latest issue of its journal.
The study titled, "Global warming: What is the scientific truth?" contained work by Seita Emori, head of the National Institute for Environmental Studies who participated in the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as Shunichi Akasofu, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska, Kiminori Ito, professor at Yokohama National University, and Shigenori Maruyama, professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, three researchers skeptical of the man-made climate theory, and Kanya Kusano, program director at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) who takes a neutral stance towards the issue. All five researchers agreed either completely or partially with the claim by the IPCC that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level."
However, all but Emori disagreed with the IPCC assertion that "Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations" -- in other words, that global warming is the result of human activity. "CO2 emissions have been increasing, but the rise in air temperature stopped around 2001. Climate change is due in large part to naturally occurring oscillations," argues Akasofu. Ito pointed out problems in the figures themselves.
"Data taken by the U.S. is inadequate. We only have satellite data of global temperatures from 1979 onwards." While symposiums on the topic have been held on numerous occasions, the journal's editorial committee cites the "limitations of the spoken word" as a motivation for publishing the feature. The feature includes the data on which the five researchers base their arguments, and is posted for public viewing on the Internet.Home page of Japanese global warming debate: http://translate.google.com/
translate?prev=&hl=en&u=http% 3A%2F%2Fmdn.mainichi.jp% 2Fmdnnews%2Fnews% 2F20090112p2a00m0na002000c. html&sl=ja&tl=enBelow are the two full entries of both UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh and Physicist Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu in the U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims:
Physicist Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, the former director of both University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute and International Arctic Research Center who has twice been named in "1000 Most Cited Scientists," released a scientific study of the Arctic on March 2007 that concluded the recent warming was likely "natural" and not manmade. (LINK)
Akasofu, an award winning scientist who has published more than 550 professional journal articles and authored or co-authored 10 books, also recently blasted the UN IPCC process. "I think the initial motivation by the IPCC (established in 1988) was good; it was an attempt to promote this particular scientific field," Akasofu said in an April 1, 2007 interview. "But so many [scientists] jumped in, and the media is looking for a disaster story, and the whole thing got out of control," Akasofu added.
The article continued: "Akasofu said there is no data showing that ‘most' of the present warming is due to the man-made greenhouse effect, as the members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wrote in February. "If you look back far enough, we have a bunch of data that show that warming has gone on from the 1600s with an almost linear increase to the present," Akasofu said. The article concluded: "Akasofu said scientists who support the man-made greenhouse gas theory disregard information from centuries ago when exploring the issue of global warming. Satellite images of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean have been available in the satellite era only since the 1960s and 1970s. ‘Young researchers are interested in satellite data, which became available after 1975,' he said. ‘All the papers since (the advent of satellites) show warming. That's what I call 'instant climatology.' I'm trying to tell young scientists, 'You can't study climatology unless you look at a much longer time period.'" (LINK)UN IPCC award-winning environmental physical chemist Dr. Kiminori Itoh of Yokohama National University, a contributor to the 2007 UN IPCC AR4 (fourth assessment report) as an expert reviewer, publicly rejected man-made climate fears in 2008, calling the promotion of such fears “the worst scientific scandal in the history.” Itoh, who specializes in optical waveguide spectroscopy, is a former lecturer at the University of Tokyo and the author of the just released his new book Lies and Traps in the Global Warming Affairs (currently in Japanese only).
“We have described many topics in this book, including inaccurate temperature measurements (e.g., A. Watt’s work), ‘observations’ of climate sensitivity, many climate forcings such as colored-aerosol and vegetation (based on 2005 NRC report as Roger has so many times pointed out), and the effect of solar magnetic activity (including my own work),” Itoh wrote on June 17, 2008, on the weblog of former Colorado State Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr. Itoh’s new book includes chapters calling man-made global warming fears “the worst scientific scandal in the history.” “I also cited the opinions of Dr. Akasofu (Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska) in the last part of the book. He sincerely advises us‚ ‘When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists,’ and says, ‘IPCC should make appropriate comments before G8.’ I sincerely think he is correct,” Itoh wrote. Itoh concludes his book with six points:“1. The global temperature will not increase rapidly if at all. There is sufficient time to think about future energy and social systems.
2.The climate system is more robust than conventionally claimed. For instance, the Gulf Stream will not stop due to fresh water inflow.
3. There are many factors that cause the climate changes, particularly in regional and local scales. Considering only greenhouse gases is nonsense and harmful.
4. A comprehensive climate convention is necessary. The framework-protocol formulism is too old to apply to modern international issues.
5. Reconsider countermeasures for the climate changes. For instance, to reduce Asian Brown Cloud through financial and technical aid of developed countries is beneficial from many aspects, and can become a Win-Win policy.
6. The policy makers should be ‘Four-ball jugglers.’ Multiple viewpoints are inevitable to realize sustainable societies.” (LINK)
Also included in U.S. Senate 650 Scientist Report:Japanese Scientist Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan and former vice deputy president at the Shibaura Institute of Technology, dissented in 2008.
“Global warming has nothing to do with how much CO2 is produced or what we do here on Earth. For millions of years, solar activity has been controlling temperatures on Earth and even now, the sun controls how high the mercury goes. CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another. Soon it will cool down anyhow, once again, regardless of what we do. Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so. What makes a whole lot of economic and political sense is to blame global warming on humans and create laws that keep the status quo and prevent up-and-coming nations from developing. Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot,” Takeda said, according to a July 22, 2008 article. (LINK)