Dr. James Hansen is at it again. The man infamous not just for his catastrophic doom and gloom studies that were the basis for the movies An Inconvenient Truth and The Day After Tomorrow has gotten some more publicity probably resulting from being bored after retiring from his cushy job at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. Hansen is infamous for altering data to support his hypothesis and his latest publicity stunt involves a research paper of his that will be published online later this week in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion.
According to The Huffington Post, Hansen’s manuscript projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years. He states that there is evidence from previous centuries suggesting increased average temperatures of 1 degree Celsius warmer than at present resulted in rising sea levels of up to 16 to 30 feet and contributed to extreme storms. The study was a way for Hansen and his colleagues to signal to policy makers that present greenhouse gas emission targets were not good enough. The 2009 Copenhagen Accord signed by world leaders and echoed in June by G7 leaders, reduces carbon emissions in hopes of averaging warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
The basis of the scientist’s projections is Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets rapidly melting resulting from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere. The dissipating ice will ensue more ocean water, that will eventually change weather distribution patterns in which even more ice sheets melting will follow. Consequently, according to Hansen, sea levels will rise quicker than previously forecast.
Hansen’s political advocacy has gotten noticed in the press and scientific community, but (fortunately) not in a good way. Associated Press science writer Seth Borenstein tweeted since the paper was not peer reviewed he would not cover it. Despite Hansen’s work raising many key issues, Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research said the document was provocative and intriguing but rife with speculation and ‘what if’ scenarios. Trenberth’s remarks came after being asked to comment on Hansen’s work by infamous climate alarmist reporter Chris Mooney of The Washington Post.
Environmental scientists, like James Hansen, have politicized the science of subjects like global warming. This being done in order to achieve their ends of attempting to destroy the fossil fuel industry which, in turn, will revert mankind back to a Stone Age. Fortunately, This latest news demonstrating James Hansen’s latest attempt at political advocacy is getting the cold shoulder and at best even goes against the so-called consensus on climate change. Small wonder that in 2011 Hansen admitted climate skeptics the climate change debate. Despite this concession, however, it will not stop environmentalists, their scientific allies and political friends from continuing to use research papers linking human activity to climate change in order force their green utopian vision on everyone else.