Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Scholastic's 'lil global warming book

CNS reports that Scholastic has acquired a "book to help school kids 'understand why global warming happens'" that is co-authored by the producer of Al Gore's Oscar-nominated documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. (No, it's Larry David's wife Laurie, not one of Al's penguins.) For those with a short memory, CNS also reminds us of the UN's recent venture into children's publishing:

Last year, the United Nations Environment Program published "Tore and the Town on Thin Ice," a children's book about a young boy in an Arctic village who loses a dog sled race because he crashes through thinning ice supposedly caused by man made "greenhouse gas" emissions.

(Given this government-funded kiddie screed, how on earth can liberals attack us for -- a private company -- for our children's books? At least they're marketed to parents.)

Meanwhile, Matt Drudge has an a post on his site about two new books countering the "global warming is all man made" theory that's so trendy with the preschool set. Since Drudge frequently changes his links, here's an excerpt:

Two powerful new books say today’s global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle. Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change, by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March.

Singer and Avery note that most of the earth’s recent warming occurred before 1940, and thus before much human-emitted CO2. Moreover, physical evidence shows 600 moderate warmings in the earth’s last million years... Unstoppable Global Warming shows the earth’s temperatures following variations in solar intensity through centuries of sunspot records, and finds cycles of sun-linked isotopes in ice and tree rings...

The Chilling Stars documents how cosmic rays amplify small changes in the sun’s irradiance fourfold, creating 1-2 degree C cycles in earth’s temperatures: Cosmic rays continually slam into the earth’s atmosphere from outer space, creating ion clusters that become seeds for small droplets of water and sulfuric acid. The droplets then form the low, wet clouds that reflect solar energy back into space. When the sun is more active, it shields the earth from some of the rays, clouds wane, and the planet warms.

Unstoppable Global Warming documents the reality of a moderate, natural, 1500-year climate cycle on the earth. The Chilling Stars explains the why and how.



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