John Cook has an article at SkepticalScience about his support for the Facebook Climate Fact Checking project. Cook has teamed up with Sander van der Linden of Cambridge University and Tony Leiserowitz to help Facebook debunk climate misinformation. (The boy has come a long way since the heady days of 2010 when he expressed his excitement in a series of emails to his fellow SkepticalScience plotters about having met a real professor at the University of Western Australia, only to be met by a painful embarrassed silence from his colleagues.)

Cook reproduces the Facebook Climate Science Info front page, which has some useful climate facts for countering denialism, for example:

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere harms earth’s plant life.

Yessir, those professors at Yale, Cambridge and George Mason certainly know the meaning of the expression “too much.”

and:

Overall, polar bear populations are declining because of global warming.

(OK, maybe their numbers are increasing in the Arctic, but on most continents numbers are dangerously low.)

Inyerfacebook being what it is, as soon as I click on their site, it translates itself into French and adds a graph of temperature rise for my region – Languedoc Roussillon, which is the southernmost bit of France – from which I learn that average temperatures here have risen by an astonishing 5.5°C since 1950. Given that a rise in global temperatures of 0.6°C from the date of the Paris agreement in 2016 would, according to the IPCC, tip us over the 1.5°C rise from the “natural” pre-industrial level, causing global catastrophe, I looked around to see if there was any evidence that our region, with a rise of nine times that, has suffered any untoward consequences.

In seventy years the population of the region has practically doubled, from 1.45 million in 1954 to 2.84 million in 2019. Climate refugees there are in abundance, mainly English and Dutch, who have built their second homes here. Tourism is the main industry, followed by wine-making and agriculture.

And there’s a successful African safari park – but no polar bears.

via Climate Scepticism

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March 8, 2021 at 03:42AM