The Huffington Post dutifully puts up the following misleading headline.
“Natural Disasters Displaced 42 Million In 2010; Climate Change Could Be Factor, Experts Say”
First up, what they really mean is man-made climate change, and more specifically man-made global warming. Pity then that the running temperature average is currently falling.
Then there’s this in the article:
“The intensity and frequency of extreme weather events is increasing, and this trend is only set to continue. With all probability, the number of those affected and displaced will rise as human-induced climate change comes into full force,” said Elisabeth Rasmusson, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
A refugee advocate is now an expert on climate change. And not just one…
Speaking at the Oslo conference, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called the issue of climate-related displacement “the defining challenge of our times” and criticized the international community for lacking the political will to reduce to pace of climate change.
“There is increasing evidence to suggest that natural disasters are growing in frequency and intensity and that this is linked to the longer-term process of climate change,” Guterres said.
That’s the latest graph from Dr. Ryan Maue, PhD, at Florida State University’s Deptartment of Meteorology. It shows the “[l]ast 4-decades of Global Tropical Storm and Hurricane frequency”.
Yes, they are becoming less frequent.
One could hardly argue that’s the case with media reports.
They are also becoming on average less intense as the following graph clearly demonstrates.
So that’s two, er, untruths in one sentence debunked by real empirical evidence.
Heck, even National Geographic reports global warming will result in less hurricanes and the like.
All in all, shame on the HuffPo and the UN. Their assertions have already been proved utterly wrong and yet they continue to repeat the Big Con.
PS In related news, the Big Con continues; your tax dollars are being earmarked to go to the Palestinian Territory to… fight climate change.
What? Eco-friendly rockets?
They may well be in need of aid for a swathe of problems (many self-inflicted), but to fight climate change hardly seems one of their most pressing problems.
HuffPo also dutifully reports the so-called death threats Aussie climate “scientists” have received. It’s also in the Atlantic with this deceptive added touch:
…Andrew Bolt, who works for a network co-owned by a mining executive…
Anyway, low blows aside, neither article actually tells the reader what the supposed death threats are.
That’s a pity because they’re rude, yes, but not actually death threats at all.
One final word from Dr Maue:
June 7, 2011 Global Tropical Cyclone Frequency has fallen to the lowest levels in recorded history. Only 64-tropical cyclones were recorded during the 12-month period from June 2010-May 2011. And, as most have noticed, it is very quiet — with only one development likely in the Eastern Pacific (Adrian) during the next 10-days.
H/T s_dog and Thumbnail in comments at Blair’s Lair.
Tim Blair follows up on the dubiousness of those so-called death threat claims.